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The Law of the Lord is Perfect

 

The Law of the Lord is Perfect

 

C. Hayden 1-12-20

 

 

 

I love the Scripture passage in Psalm 19, verses 7 through 8.  This passage declares, “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.” If anyone wants to know what converts the soul, it is spelled out right here.  It is not our great charisma, or programs, or talent. It is God’s Word that brings an individual to the point of salvation.  As we preach God’s Word and teach His statutes, the Holy Spirit opens the heart of a receptive unbeliever, enlightening them to their sinful condition and revealing the way to everlasting life through the Lord Jesus Christ. 

 

The New Testament confirms the importance of God’s Word in a person’s conversion.  In Hebrews 4:12 we read, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” This verse reminds us that it is the Word of God that gives us the ability to decipher what is our own thinking from that which God is revealing to us.  It discerns human soul thoughts from God infused spiritual insight.  Through God’s Word we are able to separate and recognize the truth of God from the lies of the devil.  And doing so, are free to believe in Christ’s sacrifice, setting people free from the penalty of transgressing against God’s law. 

 

The law is good! Through the Word of God we are able to see our need for a Savior.  After the Holy Spirit convicts the non-believer of their transgression of the law, faith in Christ leads us to receive God’s grace through the Blood of Jesus Christ! While hearing God’s Word at first may taste bitter, being condemned by the Truth, through repentance the Word of God turns sweet as we humble ourselves before the Lord and become beneficiaries of the God’s grace through faith in the Savior: For it is by grace through faith that we are saved!  It is a beautiful thing! 

 

Be blessed even more!!

 

 

 

Pastor Chris         

 


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The Christmas Presence

 

The Christmas Presence

 

C. Hayden 12-10-19

 

 

 

Brother Lawrence (Nicholas Herman), a 17th century Friar, wrote one of the all time great Christian classic books on the subject of God’s presence in the life of the believer.  Titled “The Practice of the Presence of God,” Brother Lawrence’s work is a collection of letters and teachings examining what it means and ways we may achieve an awareness of God’s tangible presence in everyday life.  The Scriptures are clear that having an awareness of God’s abiding presence should be the norm for Christians and not the exception.

 

 In Mathew 1:21-23 we read about Joseph’s conversation with an Angel, “’She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.’ 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 ‘The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’ (which means God with us).”

 

That’s right, Immanuel, God is with us.   Jesus confirmed this understanding that we may enjoy his presence when He said this, “’He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.’ 22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, ‘Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?’ 23 Jesus answered and said unto him, ‘If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him’” (John 14:21-23 KJV).

 

This Christmas holiday, may we celebrate Christ our Lord with the understanding that He is with us in the midst of all of the activity and busyness we find ourselves in.  He is Immanuel and we can always recognize His presence if we choose to do so.  Not just in theory, but in the tangible real presence that the Holy Spirit provides.

 

Be blessed even more!!

 

 

 

Pastor Chris         

 


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Contentment – Not A Dirty Word

Contentment – Not a Dirty Word

  1. Hayden 11-24-19

 

In the book of Philippians, the Apostle Paul addresses the church thanking them for the gifts that they had collected on his behalf. He was not necessarily in need of the gift they had given, in fact he goes on to say that very thing to them. But he was thankful for their generosity and the blessing that was attributed to their account for showing Christ’s love in their giving. The Scripture reads thusly, 10 ”But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:10-13).

 

Contentment—what a word for growth! When the Apostle writes to the Church at Philippi and tells them that he “can do all things in Christ”, it is in reference to being content no matter what the circumstances may be in our own personal lives. Paul declares that no matter the circumstances that surround him or what the state of his economics may be, he will live in contentment and joy regardless. In fact, the Book of Philippians is known as The Epistle of Joy; being joyful whether good or bad may knock on your door. It is in Philippians that we read such things as “Rejoice in the Lord always”, “Be anxious for nothing”, and “by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-7).

 

Peace, love, joy, and relatedly so, contentment are to be what the world sees when viewing God’s Church throughout the whole year, and especially at Christmas time. As we enter the season of gift giving and gift receiving, let us remember that having Christ in our hearts and family at our side is the most precious gift we can give to ourselves and those we love. Mark Twain wrote a famous quote that was later adapted to the film “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The quote goes like this, “No man (“No one” in the movie) is a failure who has friends.” And if you think you don’t have a friend in the world, you are wrong. As your Church family, we want to be here for you. But One who knows you the best, loves you the most. Jesus Christ wants to be the friend of every man, woman, and child in the world. And a better friend no one could ever have! That fact only should make us content in all things. Have a wonderful Christmas season!

 

Be blessed even more!!

 

Pastor Chris         


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Thank You Veterans!

Thank You Veterans!

  1. Hayden 11-11-19

 

This past Monday, our nation celebrated and honored this nation’s great veterans; and for good reason. They serve and have served this great nation in ways many of us would hesitate to do. They often put their own lives on the line to keep our country safe and its citizens free. Many deploy to foreign lands, saying goodbye to their spouses and their children for months on end. They missed holidays and special family life events simply to keep this country strong and protect our wonderful constitutional republic. THANK YOU goes out to YOU OUR VETERANS. And yes, we support our troops, past and present.

 

Theirs is a rare sacrifice that contributes so much to the freedom we enjoy as Americans. As a Christian, I appreciate the fact that my freedom to worship

and speak the Gospel as secured by the Constitution is protected by the actions of veterans now and in the past. With this freedom, we are able to know the truth and speak the truth to the world. As Jesus declared, “If you continue in my Word you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). There are many people living in other nations who do not have the freedoms that we enjoy. To many, the truth is barred, outlawed, and hidden from them. Throughout history, some world leaders have desired to take our freedoms from us. Some would even desire to take our freedom to preach God’s Word, meet together and study the Bible without State interference, and worship our God in accordance with our own conscience. Thankfully, our veterans fought to keep us living in, “One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

 

Now don’t get me wrong. Truth and the freedom that truth provides, comes directly from God. Galatians 5:1 tells us, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by the yoke of slavery.” But, while living in these United States of America, many have stepped up from time to time to protect our right to the truth and thereby our right to be a free people. It is our veterans that protect us from earthly foes that may wish to rescind our Constitution and remove the Word of God that is the foundation of our liberty and the justice that so many Americans aspire to. So having said all of this, THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN TO OUR WONDERFUL VETERANS. You are so appreciated!

 

Be blessed even more!!

 

Pastor Chris         


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Fellowship of Believers

 

This past week we were able to meet and greet many of our neighbors for a wonderful time of food, fun and fellowship, as Central Christian’s Fish Fry was a huge success!  We were able to serve over 450 of our neighbors with fish and chicken, music and smiles.  I’m not exactly sure how much money was raised, but that was never the point anyway.  Our goals for the evening was to provide an opportunity to meet and serve our neighbors, provide opportunities for said service to our members, and to enjoy each other in the fellowship of believers throughout the evening as we served others.  In these three categories, the Fish Fry was a huge success!  And I think we raised a good amount of funds at the same time.  Hallelujah!

 

 

 

Text Box: “Do not forsake assembling together…” Hebrews !0The Word of God encourages us to gather together in fellowship opportunities.  In Hebrews 10:24-25 we read,   “…and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”  Because we know that the return of the Lord is drawing near, we need to continue to reach out to our communities and fellowship with one another, keeping ourselves busy in building God’s Kingdom “here on earth as it is in heaven” (Lord’s Prayer). 

 

In the next few months we will have several opportunities to gather together as a Church family in service and fellowship together.  Some of these events include the Harvest Fall Festival gathering on October 30th, the Christian Women’s Fellowship Lunch and Bizarre sale on November 2nd, the all Church Christmas dinner, kettle ringing, Christmas Eve Watch Night gathering along with regular weekly services in December.  All these opportunities that we might bring others into God’s Kingdom and grow in our own spiritual lives and fellowship with one another.   Let us remember the Apostle John’s strong admonition to the Body of Christ in 1 John 1:5-7, ”This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

 

Be blessed even more!!

 

 

 

Pastor Chris         

 


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We Look At The Unseen

We Look At The Unseen

  1. Hayden 9-23-19

 

God calls His people to live by faith. In fact, Scripture tells us that “the just shall live by faith” and that “without faith it is impossible to please God: for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him”(Hebrews 10:38, Hebrews 11:6). So to live by faith is absolutely critical in developing a strong relationship with our Lord. Unfortunately, so many of God’s people struggle to maintain a life marked by this one guiding principle – that is “living by faith.” So how do we do it?

 

This phrase can be defined in a couple different ways but I see God’s Word describe it as trusting in God and what His Word tells us in spite of what we may perceive with the five physical senses. Your five senses may see you as weak, but God’s Word tells the weak to say they are strong. Your bank account may claim you are poor but the Bible tells us that God will supply all your need according to His riches in glory through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). Those around you may tell you that you can’t accomplish anything, yet God’s Word tells you that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13).   For many people who live only by the five physical senses, seeing situations and circumstances by the eye of faith is foreign at best and impossible at worst. But we are not destined to be ruled but what we see for we are God’s children. We walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).

 

When Abraham was told that he would be the father of many nations even though his wife Sarah was well past child-bearing years, he had a choice. Was he going to believe God and His Word or would he doubt God and believe the deadness of Sarah’s womb? He choice to believe God and it was counted as righteousness before the Lord. And of course, he became what God said he would, the father of many nations. What do you see in your life that tends to contradict what the Word of God declares regarding you? Remember these words from the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 4:18, “while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

Be blessed even more!!

 

Pastor Chris         


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Musings–Quo Vadis

Musings – Quo Vadis

  1. Hayden 9-26-16

 

Just exploring a few musings today. Last night after the Elder’s meeting, I did a little channel surfing on the TV and came across this old movie that brought back fond memories. The movie was called “Quo Vadis”, a New Testament-times epic starring Robert Taylor and Deborah Kerr. The title “Quo Vadis” is a Latin phrase meaning, “Where are you going?” The film tells the story of a fierce Roman Commander, Marcus Vinicius who falls in love with a Christian girl named Lygia. Throughout the movie, we are able to witness the evolution of Marcus’ belief as he begins to change from hardened battle commander loyal to Rome to a Christian believer willing to die for “the Faith.” This change begins as he is able to witness first hand the strength and courage of believers as Nero exacts his madness upon Rome, blaming Christians for the fire that He himself started, then executing believers in the coliseum in some of the most hideous ways.

 

My main muse is over what many of these early believers suffered for their faith in Christ along with many others throughout the centuries and even today. They suffered torments, tortures and even death for their faith. And yet we struggle over the most benign of issues. How could we even hope to be strong enough to be faithful like them when we often make up things to imitate real problems? I could say so much more, but I will let the Scriptures close out this muse. Everyone have a great week!

 

Hebrews 11:32-38 – And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: 33 who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. 36 Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented— 38 of whom the world was not worthy…”

 

Be blessed even more!!

 

Pastor Chris         


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Indescribable

Indescribable
C. Hayden 8-26-19
Today can be a day of great joy and contentment. It can be a day of seeing the possibilities that is afforded by a
relationship with the very Creator of the universe. The God who made the stars in the heavens, billions of
multiplied billions that have all been named by Him. He calls believers in Christ His very children. It is an awesome
reality that we need to be reminded of over and over again.
We are promised in Romans chapter 8 this awe-inspiring passage, “
31
What then shall we say to these things?
If
God
is
for us, who
can be
against us?
32
He who did not spare His own Son, but
delivered Him up for us all, how shall
He not with Him also freely
give us all things?
33
Who shall bring a charge
against God’s elect?
It is
God
who justifies.
34
Who
is
he who condemns?
It
is
Christ who died, and
furthermore is also risen,
who is even at the
right hand of God,
who also
makes intercession for us.
35
Who shall
separate us from the love of
Christ?
Shall
tribulation, or distress, or
persecution, or famine, or
nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36
As it is
written:
“For Your sake we are
killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep
for the slaughter.”
37
Yet in all
these things we are more than conquerors
through Him who loved
us.
38
For I am persuaded that neither death
nor life, nor angels nor
principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,
39
nor height nor depth, nor
any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Indescribable!
On Sunday September 15
th
at 6pm, Central Christian Church will be having another movie night. We will be seeing
the video “Indescribable,” a Passion Conference video delivered by Pastor Louie Giglio of Passion City Church in
Atlanta, Georgia. The video is about 45 minutes long and we will be serving refreshments throughout. In this
video, viewers will begin to realize what an awesome and powerful God we serve and that He desires to embrace
His people as His very own. It will truly be a wonderful night. Spoiler alert: That last picture is absolutely
INDESCRIBABLE! Hope to see you there!
Be blessed even more!!
Pastor Chris

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Communing With God

Communing With God

  1. Hayden 8-10-19

 

No one’s faith can grow to any significant level and no one’s relationship with the Almighty will be strengthened without spending time with God Himself. If we neglect communing with our spouses and children, those relationships begin to suffer and will eventually become non-existent. Unfortunately, so many who view themselves as believers in Christ have neglected communing with the Lord and therefore have forfeited any meaningful relationship with Him. But Saints, it does not have to be that way. God has made a way for us to come into His very presence anytime we wish. We sing about meeting with God, but do we. The song “in The Garden” is an iconic hymn that we love to sing, but far too often, they are only words we admire, failing to put them into practice. “I come to the garden alone…And He walks with me and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own.” Wonderful words of life!

There isn’t even close to enough room on this page to list all of the scriptures telling us our need to pray. And that is exactly what prayer is, simply communing with God. After listing the armor of God in the 6th chapter of Ephesians, the Apostle Paul gives one very important piece of advice. Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints…” (Ephesians 6:18). And in the book of Hebrews the Lord beckons us to come to Him. To commune with Him. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for He faced all of the same testings we do, yet He did not sin. 16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most” (Hebrews 4:15-16). It is in His presence we receive mercy and grace. It is in communing with God that His power is made abundantly available to His people with a fullness of joy. Enter God’s presence and commune with Him regularly. Your faith will grow exponentially.

 

Be blessed even more and have a wonderful week and thank you for all you do for God’s Kingdom!!

 

Pastor Chris         


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GIANTS

 

Giants

  1. Hayden 7-25-19

 

The past few weeks have been an adventure as the Thursday morning Bible study has been tackling the issues that surround overcoming and conquering the giants that people face in life. Louie Giglio, well known Pastor and speaker, has been taking us on an odyssey of courage reminding us that, even though we may be facing giants that want to destroy us, they must fall to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The last couple of episodes we faced down giants of “fear” and “rejection.” We are looking forward to facing down more giants in upcoming Thursday morning studies. The office was packed this last study with 9 in attendance. But we have room for many more so if you have an open hour, join us every Thursday at 10:00am in the church office.

 

This study surrounds the Biblical account of David and Goliath and how this young faithful shepherd boy faced down and defeated the mighty giant Goliath. In the same way, we can face down giants also, but Louie puts a twist on who David really is. As the study points out, we are not David. it is Jesus Christ who is David, our champion. We do not become victorious by being David. We overcome by relying on our David—Jesus Christ!!

The Word tells us in Romans 8:35-37 says, 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” We are conquerors through Him! The Lord is David who has defeated Goliath and by relying on Christ and His shed blood, we become victorious over the giants that would want to take us down. As the Apostle John said in 1 John 5:4-5 – for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

Be blessed even more!

 

Pastor Chris         

 

 

 

                                                                        

 


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