Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Q: If I was christened as a baby, why should I be baptized?
A: All of the baptisms in the New Testament are similar in one regard: all believed first and then immediately followed Christ’s example of baptism by immersion in water. Baptism is announcing that one has chosen for himself to put his faith in Jesus Christ as his Lord, as well as for his salvation.  Immersion is the act of being totally submerged in liquid.  Baptism by total immersion symbolizes, through a living picture, our death to sin, the burial of our old life, and the resurrection to walk in a new life with Jesus Christ as your Lord.

I was christened as a baby, but I did not get BAPTIZED until I has heard about the sacrifice that Christ has made for my sins.  I admitted that I could not get to Heaven by my own good deeds and that I had sin in my life. Romans 3:23 NTL “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard.”  I believed that if I asked Christ to save me that He would faithfully do that.  Romans 10:13 NLT "Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved."  I confessed my sins to the Lord and repented (which means to go the other direction).   Romans 10:9-10  NLT “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.” 

Baptism is an outward sign of an inward change; therefore after I admitted, believed, and confessed, then I was baptized. 

Acts 16:29-34 MSG  “Sirs, what do I have to do to be saved, to really live?" They said, "Put your entire trust in the Master Jesus. Then you'll live as you were meant to live… They went on to spell out in detail the story of the Master… he couldn't wait till morning!—was baptized, he and everyone in his family. There in his home, he had food set out for a festive meal. It was a night to remember: He and his entire family had put their trust in God; everyone in the house was in on the celebration.”

Monday, October 20, 2014

Early Voting Starts Today!

Genesis Bible Study

Genesis Bible Study – Chapter 41
By Carri Pratt

“It is because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.” Genesis 41:52

One minute Joseph believes he has been forgotten to live out his days in a jail cell, the next he is standing before the most powerful man in Egypt and is given a position of authority over the kingdom!

Our God Is Amazing!

So, why such a troubled road for Joseph? For God’s Glory – the reason we live on the earth. God was allowing Joseph to become spiritually mature enough to handle the responsibility and plan He had ordained for his life.

When we look back at the youthful, somewhat innocent arrogance Joseph displayed wearing his royal coat of many colors in the fields with the sheep; we see pride that needed to be removed and the spiritual immaturity that needed to be matured.

The fact is that every individual that says “Yes Lord!” and makes Jesus the King of their lives must submit to His authority and receive the gifts of salvation, justification, sanctification and glorification. Acknowledge this list and know that three of these feel amazing and one is amazingly challenging, demanding and difficult. The Gospel changes everything, and it will change you from who you were to who God wants you to be.

Sanctification is the process God uses to make us into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ. Many times trial by fire is the only way to burn off the worldly characters so deeply ingrained in our souls. We are sanctified so that we may be glorified in Christ. God does this, because He Loves Us.

God’s plan for Joseph was to save an entire nation. Joseph was faithful and God’s plans were fulfilled.

Hear this, God has a plan for you. Will you be faithful so that God’s plans may be fulfilled in you?

Challenge: Take a look at your life. Remember the moment you received salvation. Now look at the trials you have experienced since that moment. What good came from them? Do you see God at work in your life? He has a plan for you! Thank Him and give Him praise for His amazing love.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Lies Women Believe

Lies Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
T2W Book Club

“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:8-9

This week read chapter 4: Lies Women Believe about Sin

Countering Lies with the TRUTH about Sin. . .

13.    Lie:           I can sin and get away with it
        Truth:        The choices I make today will have consequences.
        Verse:       Galations 6:7-8

14.    Lie:           My sin isn’t really that bad
        Truth:        Every act of sin is a rebellion against God
        Verse:       1John 1:5-10

15.    Lie:           God can’t forgive what I have done
        Truth:        There is NO sin too great for God to forgive!
Verse:       Psalm 130:3-4

16.    Lie:           I am not fully responsible for my actions
        Truth:        I am responsible for my own choices
        Verse:       Colossians 3:1-17

17.    Lie:           I cannot walk in consistent victory over sin
        Truth:        Through Christ I have been set free from sin
        Verse:       Romans 6:6-7