The “Right” Choice, Pastor Doug’s Devotional, March 23, 2017

Dear Friends,

In life we are confronted with all types of choices as we all know. One wisely said, “we are the sum of all our choices.”

Choices, not a new thing and important that we make good and right choices. Moses, when speaking to the children of Israel before his death uses these words found in Deut. 30, “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live you and your descendents, by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him, for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in this land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”

Friends, not a lot has changed in choice making today for each of us. Blessing, peace, joy and true and lasting deliverance comes when we choose these three things:
1) To love the Lord our God with our total being
2) To obey His commands. For the NT believer there are two. You can name them and a commission we are given
3) To cling to Him, trust Him, to allow Him to be Lord and Master, self dying each day, Christ honored living for His glory.

Choices!!! These are truly the right choices for each of us to make!

Have a great day,

Doug

(Pastor Doug’s devotional can be received via email by contacting him at dgshada@gmail.com. His daily word of encouragement can be read by connecting with him and / or with Living Faith Fellowship on Facebook. Each has a unique inspiration for the day.)

‘Reaching our “Full” Potential’ Sermon #5, Pastor Doug’s Sermon, Sunday, March 19, 2017

Pastor Doug’s fifth sermon in the series “Reaching Our ‘Full’ Potential” for Sunday, March 19th, is posted here. The title of this sermon is “Discipline Ourselves for the Purpose of Prayer.” Please join us for worship each Sunday at our church facility, 33rd and Avenue I Streets, Kearney, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.

“The Discipline of God’s Word” (Part 2), Pastor Doug’s Sermon, March 12, 2017

The Discipline of God’s Word” is the title of Pastor Doug’s sermon for Sunday, March 12, 2017. This is the second installment of this topic, the fourth in a series called “Reaching Our Full Potential.” The notes for this sermon can be downloaded here.

Please join us for worship this Sunday at our church facility, 33rd and I Streets, Kearney, Nebraska, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.

Pastor Doug’s Sermon Series – Reaching Our “Full” Potential

Pastor Doug is leading us in a series of sermons entitled “Reaching Our ‘Full’ Potential“. Sermon #1 is a focus on our need for discipline, which can be downloaded here.

Sermon #2 is a focus on our need for right thinking, which can be downloaded here.

Sermon #3 is a focus on our desperate need to be in the Word of God, which can be downloaded here.

Please join us for worship each Sunday at our church facility, 33rd and I Streets, Kearney, Nebraska, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.

“No Greater Ambition”, Pastor Doug’s Devotional, March 8, 2017

“No Greater Ambition” is the title of Pastor Doug’s devotional for March 8, 2017, which is posted below. His weekly devotional can be received via email by contacting him at dgshada@gmail.com. His daily word of encouragement can be ready by connecting with him on Facebook and with Living Faith Fellowship on Facebook. Each has a unique inspiration for the day. Also, please join us for worship at our church facility each Sunday, 33rd and Avenue I, Kearney, Nebraska, beginning at 10:00 a.m. with Sunday School for all ages beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Dear Friends,

I just finished reading 2 Corinthians 5 in my daily devotions and I am so grateful for the truths that are in this chapter that are so “very” rich for our life. Let me list the main ones that jumped out at me:

-Vs. 21, “He made Christ who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” How powerful is that!

-Vs. 1-2, “We have a mansion in Heaven when He says it’s time to leave our earthly tent (called our body) and join Him in glory.” Nothing we did or can do deserves this mansion made by the Master Carpenter…WOW!

-Vs. 17, “Being in Christ, we are new creatures, the old things passed away, all things become new.” We have a new “position” before God, forgiven, accepted and secure in Christ. Thank you Lord!

-Vs. 20, “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ.” We have a new purpose here on this earth to represent the King of glory.

Friends, there is “No Greater Ambition” than to make it our highest desire to be pleasing to Him (vs. 9), through our character, speech, and thought life. Sure, I know we are not perfect, but we can strive each day to glorify Christ, being consistent, faithful and obedient to Him regardless of all that is going on around us.

Why, you ask? Friends, Paul’s words in vs. 14 are so good for me and I hope you, “The love of Christ compels me,” drives me on, stimulates and empowers me, refreshes me. There is “no greater love” than His love for each one of us!

Have a GREAT day friends,

Doug

P.S. Men are invited to our monthly “Men’s Breakfast” this Saturday, March 11th, 7:00 a.m., in the church fellowship hall. A testimony, breakfast, and great time are being planned.

“Boat and Water”, Pastor Doug’s Devotional, February 15, 2017

Dear Friends,

I enjoy being out on a boat on the water. I recall though one time where we were out on the water fishing in a boat, catching some big bass by the way, and I noticed that the boat was taking on the water and in a few short minutes the boat, we felt so safe in a few minutes before, sunk, that’s right sunk….. My fishing partner and I had to swim to shore (there’s a whole other story to that but we will save that till another time).

Friends, we are living in a world filled with hatred, disobedience, rebellion, anger, strife and deep immorality all around, and we are called as Christ followers to “live in this world.” I love the boat analogy for each of us, “We are to live in this world, but not to allow the world (it’s system’s and evil) to live in us!”

I don’t believe in isolationism at all, because we are called to be salt and light in our world as Christ followers. I do believe in “Insulation” though. Where the Word of God and prayer is our strength and stability, the call to be “holy as Christ is Holy” is our mandate, and obedience and faithfulness to our living Lord is our opportunity to make a kingdom difference for His glory in this world.

Living in these times where the waves are high and often dangerous does not have to capsize us. Let’s keep the water out of our boat and navigate well across the waters for His glory as we head toward the celestial city, called glory.

Safe voyage friends!

Doug

Pastor Doug’s devotional can be received via email by contacting him at dgshada@gmail.com. His daily word on encouragement can be read by connecting with him on Facebook and with Living Faith Fellowship on Facebook. Each has a unique inspiration for the day. Please join us for worship this Sunday at our church facility, 33rd and Avenue I, Kearney, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.

Possibilities Africa Missions Trip

Living Faith Fellowship partners with Possibilities Africa to bring lasting wholistic change to individuals, families, and communities in Kenya and Rwanda. The following slide show briefly shows our missions team from working with the PA staff.

Possibilities Africa trains individuals and groups to bring wholistic transformation to communities. For more information, contact Pastor Doug or Pastor Duane.