“Divine Appointments” is the title of Pastor Doug’s sermon for Sunday, April 23, 2017. The sixth part of a series, “Reaching Our ‘Full’ Potential“, the notes for this sermon can be downloaded here. Please join us for worship each Sunday at our church facility, 33rd and Avenue I, Kearney, Nebraska, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.
Living Faith Fellowship enjoyed Pastor Greg Madsen’s presentation at the 2017 Good Friday Service. His talk can be heard again by clicking here.
“Responding to Easter 2017″ is the title of Pastor Doug’s sermon for Easter Sunday, 2017. The notes for this sermon can be downloaded here. Please join us for worship, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at our church facility, 33rd and Avenue I, Kearney, Nebraska. There will be no Sunday School classes on Easter Sunday.
Farrol and I wish each of you a blessed Easter. What a magnificent time to reflect on God’s grace and mercy on our lives as we remember what Christ did on our behalf to set us free from the bonds of sin and death.
Remember Good Friday services at LFF are at 7 PM. An excellent time of worship/praise and teaching from God’s Word will be ours as we gather together to grow in His grace and knowledge.
Easter Sunday Morning: We will not be having any Sunday School classes.
Our Worship & Celebration time is at 10 AM. Join us as we celebrate the single greatest event in human history: Jesus’ Resurrection.
Because He is Risen we have strength for today and a bright hope for tomorrow.
Have a blessed Easter,
One person said this week, “We really should celebrate “Easter” every day!” Now that would be nice! Each day understanding the “hope, the victory, the forgiveness, the deliverance from darkness to light, the freedom that is ours in and through Jesus Christ……Now that is something to think about daily for sure.
But, if your anything like I am, the “to do list,” will often get in the way, we will get bogged down with the cares and concerns of life and all to often forget what Christ has done for us and try to handle life’s situations ourselves.
He took the penalty we rightfully should have paid upon Himself, out of love for each of us and went to the cross in our place………. Victory over our sin and immanent death freely given by the grace and mercy of our Lord.
I spent four minutes this week and listened to a favorite on U Tube entitled “That’s my King” by Dr. S.M. Lockridge…….take a moment in the busyness of life and be reminded of who the King of Glory is for each of us. WOW!!!!
Christian friends, Farrol and I wish each of you a blessed Easter, now and each day He gives us. The cross is empty and the tomb is vacant…..
“But thanks be to God who has given us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore my beloved brethren be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord. Knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Cor. 15).
Striving together for His glory,
For many years I have asked the men I work with and our congregation not to get so busy during the Easter season that we miss what God has for us, to help mold us into the people of God He deserves us to be. I have asked this question, each year, of myself and many others, as we walk through what is called “Holy Week” “What difference will the Easter season make in our life?”
May I encourage you to join me in following the Lord through the events of this week asking God to grow us, deepen us and develop us into the person He deserves us to be. I like starting in the Gospel of Luke and his record, beginning with Palm Sunday and walk through the events of the week with our Lord.
The single greatest event in all of human history, “the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ!”
Palm Sunday: Luke 19:28-44
Monday: Luke 19:45-48
Tuesday: Luke 20:1-21:38
Wednesday: Luke 22:1-6
Thursday: Luke 22:7-53
Good Friday: Luke 22:54-23:55
Saturday: Luke 23:56
Resurrection Morning, Sunday: Luke 24:1-12
“Lord, teach us what you have for us so we might honor You with the life we have been entrusted.”
Striving together for His glory,
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,
(Pastor Doug’s devotional can be received via email by contacting him at email@example.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.)