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September 5, 2017, 3:58 PM

TRUE WORSHIP!


So, What is True Worship anyway?                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Well, to put it as simply as I can, "TRUE WORSHIP, IS THE ADORING CONTEMPLATION OF GOD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST! ...TRUE WORSHIP IS ALL I AM, RESPONDING TO ALL THAT GOD IS!"                                                                                                                                                                                                  It is the investment of my entire self into God. My body, my soul, and my Spirit, responding to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit!    It is the involvement of my mind, my emtions, and my will...my whole Heart, lifted to God in Praise, Adoration, and Thanksgiving! Worship is saying with my entire self, what John said is being said in Heaven...in Revelation 5:12, it says "...saying with a loud voice, 'WORTHY, is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches and wisdom and might, and honor and glory and blessing.'"  Worship is more than just going to God in prayer and asking Him for stuff...and its is even more than giving Thanks to God for all He's done....those are elements of worship, but real worship, is more like a Bride who is loving her husband....not only for what He's done, but for WHO HE IS!  Worship is the Bride of Christ, loving on Jesus...with all the forms and elements that go with that. 

Remenber, Worship is all that I am, responding to all that He is! May we never take the worship of Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for granted, but rather, every time we gather together, may we truly give to Him an offering of our total self. 

Maranatha....Pastor Doug.

 

 

 

 




September 1, 2017, 3:18 PM

RAISING EMOTIONALLY HEALTHY KIDS!


Proverbs 15:23 says, "A person finds joy in giving an apt reply- and how good is a timely word."                                                                                                           It's also been said that : "If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others."                                                Billy Graham has frequently shared this story:                                                                                                                                                                                                      "A man and his wife visited an orphanage where they hoped to adopt a child. In an interview with the boy they wanted, they told him in glowing terms about the many things they could offer him. To this he replied, "If you have nothing to offer except a good home, clothes, toys, and other things that most kids get, and thats all, I'd just as soon stay here." The hopeful, but confused parents said, " Well, what on earth could you want besides those things?" The boy replied, "I just want someone to love me."                                                                                                                                                                            I can gaurantee you that what every child most wants, is the LOVE OF HIS FAMILY...including the love of their Grandparents! The Grandparent/child relationship is second only tot he Parent/child's connection in a child's emotional growth.                                                                                                                    Feeling parental (and grandparental) love and acceptance is critical to every child's emotional and Spiritual development. KIDS flourish in the unconditional love of the entire family! All children struggle emotionally as they move through various stages of development....but we can help them, by showing them unconditional love. Unconditional Love, is what our children, and Grandchildren want and the need the most from us. SO....we can pray that our children, and grandchildren, will be certain of the love that we have for them. And we can certainly ask the Lord to help us to point them to Jesus...the one who loves them best!                                                                                                                                                                                                                            HERE ARE SOME OTHER THINGS WE CAN PRAY FOR:                                                                                                                                                                              1.) Pray that our children/grandchildren feel secure in the love of their parents and grandparents. (Eph. 6:4)                                                                                    2.)Pray that our children/grandchildren feel our affection.                                                                                                                                                                                3.)Pray that our children/grandchildren have tender memories of their childhood.                                                                                                                                  4.)Pray that our children/grandchildren feel the support and prayers of family during the hard times of life. (Phil. 4:6)                                                                   5.)Pray that our children/grandchildren receive honestly affirming words and actions from their families. (Eph. 4:29)                                                                     6.)Pray that children/grandchildren adopt healthy, compassionate, and realistic ways of thinking about themselves and others. (Phil. 4:8)                                May God Bless all parents and Grandparents with Biblical knowledge, and huge amounts of unconditional love. Pastor Doug.




August 30, 2017, 1:03 PM

PRAYING THROUGH OUR DOUBTS


In John 20:28, The Apostle Thomas made this declaration to Jesus, He said, "My Lord, and my God!"                                                                                                One of the things that amazes me most about God, is the way He is able to work with our doubts and turn them into something else. In fact, in Isaiah 42:16, God has made this promise, He said, "I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them: I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them."                                                           God has beautiful ways of showing us His Faithfulness when we least expect it. Maybe thats why the Bible reminds us in 2Tim. 2:13, "If we are faithless, He will remain faithful." We all have our rough edges that require smoothing. The apostle Thomas was famous for this...I mean when you think of Thomas, one word comes to mind: "DOUBT." Thomas is best remembered for his worst doubt. "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it." (John 20:25)  .But there is so much more to Thomas than doubt alone.      Thomas loved Jesus deeply. In fact, earlier, when the diciples tried to talk Jesus out of going back to Judea, where He would face sure danger, Thomas is the one who said, "Lets's go too, and die with Jesus." (John 11:16).   The Bible is full of prayers of people like Thomas.....people who love God and are committed to Him, but they struggle in the moment.  Moses said to God, "Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?...O Lord, please send someone else to do it." (Ex. 3:11, 4:13). Job lamented, "I cry to you, O God, but you don't answeer. I stand before you, but you don't even look." (Job 30:20). If prayers like these are anything, they are HONEST!  God wants us to be real with Him. He deeply desires "Truth in the inner parts...." (Ps. 51:6).  And when we give ourselves to God, questions and all, He is able to take our struggles and forge them into Faith! God can do that! Thats what happened with Thomas. When Thomas called out to Jesus, "My Lord, and my God." he was the first disiciple to grasp that Jesus was God in the Flesh, and was standing right in front of him.  You see, God used Thomas' struggles to get him to that place. Thomas takes a huge leap of faith over the heads of the other disciples and lands on his knees in a striking confession of faith. The point is: When we pray our questions,  and we are honest with God about them, then God is able to do more than we could ask or think. God is so strong and loving, that He can even take "SOMETHING" that is holding us back....and turn it into a subject of praise later on. Thomas is proof of it - proof that God is able to shape every facit of our darkest doubts....until they shine with everlasting light. For that to happen, we need to be honest with God in prayer, and give Him all of our doubts. Maranatha, Pastor Doug.




August 29, 2017, 4:45 PM

STUDY TO SHOW THYSELF APROVED!


The Apostle Paul said to Timothy in 2Timothy 2:15, "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of God."  The commandment given here, is 'TO STUDY'! The question is, Do you really want to live a Holy life?                                            In John 17:17, Jesus said, "Sanctify them (that means, make them Holy) in Truth, your WORD is Truth."  So...do you want to be sanctified? Do you want to be Holy? Do you want to be powerful in the Lord? Do you want to stop walking around on eggshells, not sure of anything? Do you want some spiritual steel and concrete under your feet? Then learn to be faithful in Bible Study. That means that you must be faithful as a christian to attend your Sunday School class, and to attend your worship service, and to attend Wednesday night Bible study, because these are the places where Christian Bible study takes place, studies that are designed to take you deeper into God's Holy Word. In 1Tim. 4:13, Paul said, "Until I come, give attention to the reading of scripture, to exhortation and teaching." All of those things happen in church. So let me just encourage you, that, if you want to .."Study to show thyself approved unto God..." Then get yourself and your family into Bible Study at church, and be faithful to it every week! It will do amazing things for your soul!  Maranatha, Pastor Doug.




August 29, 2012, 2:37 PM

A Famiy Integrated Church - Turning The Hearts Of The Fathers To their Children pt. 4


Crossroads Community Baptist Church
A Family Integrated Church With A Family Integrated Sunday School

How To Turn The Hearts Of Fathers To Their Children Pt.4
Malachi 4:6 says: *And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.*
It often takes someone else, to help turn the hearts of the father*s to the children; it usually doesn*t happen automatically. Notice that the verse mentions turning the hearts of the fathers to the children, before turning the hearts of the children to the fathers. This is a purposeful thing! Because before the hearts of our children are turned back to their fathers, someone has to help fathers first turn their hearts to their children.
*As we pointed out in our last article- most Sunday Schools, graded education, youth groups, sports teams and so on, tend to split up the  family and turn the hearts of children to their peers, rather than to their fathers. The church has to become purposefully active in reversing this trend, if we are to see our children not only born again, but active in their own pursuit of God within their generation. The church must become pro-active in bringing families together every chance they get; whether it*s in worship service, or Sunday School, or mission trips, or just  church fellowships. Turning the hearts of fathers to their children, must become a priority.
*Ephesians 6:1-4 says* *children, obey your parents in the Lord; for this is right. Honor thy father and mother which is the first commandment with a promise, that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. And ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath; but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.*
*In turning the hearts of father*s to their children, the fathers need to recognize that it is the father that has the primary responsibility for the spiritual training of his children,
not the mother (however where there in no father- or no father who is willing to accept this responsibility- it then falls to the mother)- But Biblically, the training of children, is the Father*s responsibility- not the mothers, not the church, not the Sunday School Teacher, but the Fathers. This is why a family integrated Sunday School is so important, it helps to turn the responsibility to the father.
*The word *Nurture* in Ephesians 6:4 means- tutorage, that means education or training, or instruction, as well as discipline. It is critical that fathers understand how important they are to the spiritual and Biblical training of their children. But like Paul said in this passage- as the father assumes this responsibility of *Bringing up his children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.* He is not to *prevoke his children to anger** If a father does this, he must be quick to go to his children to ask their forgiveness * because if a child*s heart is filled with anger toward his father, because of his father*s provocation- that child will be less likely to listen to his father*s instruction. This is just good parenting!
*Exodus 10:2 says: *And that thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and thy sons son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that
 I am the LORD.*
In turning the hearts of the fathers to the children, fathers and grandfathers need to be instructed to tell all their descendants, the things that God has done for them during their lifetime. Fathers need to see the importance of their descendants knowing how God is real today, and not just some sort of historical figure. Fathers and grandfathers should write down things that God has done for them. This is how we create a spiritual legacy. When children see the things that God has done for their father and grandfather, it not only gives them a greater ambition to follow God,
but it also elevates their earthly father in their minds, because they begin to see that their *dad* is also a mighty man of God. It makes him a hero in the eyes of his children; and children*s hearts are drawn to heroic men.
Psalm 71:18 says* *Now also when I am old and gray headed, O God, forsake me not; until I have showed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to everyone that is to come.*
*A father*s heart is turned to his children and grandchildren when he develops a deep desire to show them God*s power in his life, and that God is real. A father needs to ask God to help him in actively turning his heart toward his children. This should be a fathers daily prayer* because he needs to show God*s strength and power to everyone, but especially to all of his future descendants that are yet to come. In my own family, most of my ancestors left no record of God*s strength or power in their lifetime. Most of what is left of their time on earth, is a name, a date of birth, who they married, and the day they died, and frankly, that doesn*t inspire any of their descendants  to turn their hearts to the Lord. I am determined, (with God*s help) to change that within my own family. By God*s grace; my heart will continue to be turned toward my children and grandchildren, and with God*s help, I will leave a legacy of God*s power and strength in my life, so that future generations within my family will know first hand, the great things that God has done in my life, and in my generation* and then they too, will    pick up the torch, and pass it on to their children and grand children!
*Turning the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, has to start somewhere. May it begin with me, and with the men and boys of Crossroads Church.

By Pastor Doug Dunnavant


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