"HIDE AND SEEK"
Thursday, August 6, 2015
By Rev. Margaret Aranda, MD, Ph.D.
Bible Scripture Written by Randy Smith:
John 7: 1 - 12
Closing Prayer & Song by Kirstie Whitehand
WELCOME! Our Lord said, “Do not forsake the gathering of yourselves together.”
How are the disabled supposed to ‘gather together’ if they can’t make it to a CAR, much less a church or gathering?
What about the lost and forgotten that are in Nursing Homes, like Mandigirl Here?
What about the teens who have no car? This is for YOU!
Last week, we studied verses in the Book of John that taught us how we must accept the Son in order to go to the Father, as a “Two for One” Package Deal. Continuing with this theme, let us Praise the Lord together:
“I Come to Worship You”
By Danny Netty
“How Great Thou Art”
By Elevation Music
By Third Day
“Lord, I Lift Your Name on High”
“Your Love Oh Lord (Psalm 36)”
By Third Day
We Worship You, Lord, and Come before You with our Requests. We honor You as we keep You in our daily lives:
PRAYER REQUEST: First and foremost in my soul is not just prayers for the African orphans of our sister ministry with Pastor Steven Mwesigwa at Hope & Joy Ministries.
God will bless this ministry with gifts of money. It is up to you, dear brothers and sisters, to turn around and give some of it back to the church. Please pray that God trusts you to be blessed, so that you can in turn be a blessing to others.
PRAYER REQUEST: Pastor Steven Mwesigwa also asks for protection against “BISAKA OWOBUSOBOZI,” who calls himself God and “channels people to his evil work.” It sounds like all fear this man. When you pray morning and night, agree with us together that his orphans have Angels protecting them always. Amen.
PRAYER REQUEST: For all our disabled and Chronically Ill FB friends, including: Kirstie Sweetie, Christian Guy, Mandigirl Here, Helen Waltz, Tracy Norton, Bob Coleman-Long, Amy Cole, Tamzin and her mother, and all those who suffer.
Help us to know that we are just on earth as in a “hotel” and that our real home is in Heaven. Help us to bear our own Crosses, as Christ did for us. Help us to die to ourselves and become alive to Christ. And finally, help us to accept Christ and His healing, and then to go proclaim Your Love to the world!
PRAYER REQUEST: We ask for special blessings for those who are searching for a job, or a raise, or a better economic position, including Heather K Guhl, who had her wages stolen.
PRAYER REQUEST: Please enter here if you have any other prayer requests:
PRAISE REPORTS: I praise you Lord, for allowing your Holy Spirit to dwell within and amongst us. Let those who have ears to hear, listen to the Word of God.
PREPARATION FOR HOLY COMMUNION: Please gather your wine and bread for this, if you have listened to my teaching videos on Holy Communion. Thank you.
SONG OF REASSURANCE:
“Open the Eyes of My Heart”
By Michael W. Smith
SCRIPTURE: John 7:1-12 Title: “Hide and Seek”
1 After these things Jesus was walking in Galilee, for He was unwilling to walk in Judea because the Jews were seeking to kill Him.
2 Now the feast of the Jews, the Feast of Booths, was near.
3 Therefore His brothers said to Him, “Leave here and go into Judea, so that Your disciples also may see Your works which You are doing.
4 For no one does anything in secret when he himself seeks to be known publicly. If You do these things, show Yourself to the world.”
5 For not even His brothers were believing in Him.
6 So Jesus said to them, “My time is not yet here, but your time is always opportune.
7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it, that its deeds are evil.
8 Go up to the feast yourselves; I do not go up to this feast because My time has not yet fully come.”
9 Having said these things to them, He stayed in Galilee.
10 But when His brothers had gone up to the feast, then He Himself also went up, not publicly, but as if, in secret.
11 So the Jews were seeking Him at the feast and were saying, “Where is He?”
12 There was much grumbling among the crowds concerning Him; some were saying, “He is a good man;” others were saying, “No, on the contrary, He leads the people astray.”
This is the Word of the Lord.
What a nice group of brothers Christ had, that they wanted him to travel to Judea to “make himself known” and get into the public eye. Do you think they were being nice? Do you think they had Christ’s best interests in mind? Do you think Christ was hiding from them?
It is as if they said this tantalizingly, with glazed eyes for Christ to become a ‘Pop Star.’ It implies that their intentions were not good, as they insisted more than once that He go to the Judea with them.
But in return, Christ knew the intentions of their heart. He didn’t say, “I know you just want me to get caught and killed.” No, he said the truth and yet was still politically correct. He said, “My time is not yet here...” (Verses 1 - 6).
He said the truth, but not the whole truth. Why?
To prevent further problems that could lead to His untimely death. He knew this could happen, and His own Words saved Himself.
This is verified in Verse 7, where Christ says, “The world cannot hate you”,...OK...
... “but it hates Me” ...OK...
....”because I testify of it”...OK...
... “that its deeds are evil”.... Wow.
Again, He tells His brothers to go without Him (verse 7), and reiterates again that he will stay in Galilee (verse 8). He had no intention of telling them that He was going to Judea, but He did do it secretly, away from the public eye. So did Christ tell a lie? (verses 9-10).
And at this Feast of the Booths in Judea, men were grumbling (again), arguing about whether he was a good man or whether He led the people astray (verses 11 – 12).
We see that Christ was His Own man. He walked a Spiritual walk. He could not be ordered by his brothers as to whether or not He should go to Judea, or not. He already knew that the public were grumbling against Him, seeking for His death.
Did He lie to his brothers when He said he would stay in Galilee, and yet He did secretly travel to Judea? We don’t know the intentions of His heart at the moment that He was asked this question, so there is no way for us to judge Him by reading His mind. Since He is God, I believe that He did not tell a lie, but afterwards, thought about it a little more, and was led by God to go ahead and make the trip secretly, since the time of His death was not now. It would come up soon enough.
And Christ knew the Plan. Does Christ lead your Plans?
By Matt Redman
INVITATION AND RENEWAL PRAYER:
Do you want to accept Christ as your personal Savior?
If you have not yet said this prayer ALOUD to accept Jesus as your Lord and Personal Savior, you can do so now: “Lord, I have not accepted You fully into my heart, or I did once long ago, and have strayed. I ask that you forgive my sins, enter my heart, and stay with me forevermore. I thank you that by grace alone, and your death on the cross, I can enter Heaven to be together with you.”
If you have said this prayer in earnest, please stay after the service for Counsel and make sure we get a Mentor for you, so that we can disciple you from a ‘baby’ Christian to a ‘fully-grown’ Christian who is then able to lead. We then go out to all ends of the earth, spreading the Gospel or supporting those that do so. Amen!
“Lord, I Lift Your Name on High”
Stop at song’s end. Listen to Playlist later, my brothers and sisters in Christ.
PREPARATION FOR HOLY COMMUNION: Until I studied it myself, I did not realize how seriously God judges us for taking Holy Communion. It is Holy.
We are not to take it if we are sinning, or it is blasphemy against OURSELVES and the Lord. I encourage you not to take Holy Communion until after watching my short version (31 min) of my Bible Study on it: https://youtu.be/RIW44PDgM6w and the Sermon version at: https://youtu.be/cGExxw8gzdk
LET US SAY "THE LORD'S PRAYER”,
AS CHRIST TAUGHT US TO PRAY:
Let us take Holy Communion together, after saying the Our Father, as Jesus told us to pray together:
THE OUR FATHER
Our Father, Who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy Will be done,
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory.
Forever and ever. Amen.
Gather: your bread and wine for Holy Communion.
Bread, tortillas, chips, and grape juice, water, or any juice works.
1 Corinthians 11:23 – 26 Song: “Take Eat, This is My Body”
TOGETHER WE PARTAKE IN HOLY COMMUNION:
We proceed with Holy Communion, in Remembrance of Christ’s death:
TAKING THE BODY: We break off the bread, eat it as His Body, and remember His death for us. Amen. As we chew it and swallow it, it cleanses our bodies and our souls. (Eat the bread.)
TAKING THE BLOOD: We drink the wine that signifies His blood, for the shedding of all sins, as Christ died and took our place for us on The Cross. (Drink the wine.)
You may sit or kneel after taking Holy Communion, remembering Christ’s death for you. Christ does not want us to forget it.
By Danny Nettey
DONATIONS and NEEDS: Pastor Mwesigwa needs $350/mo to feed the orphans. May people “adopt” a child for $30/mo. May our tithes and offerings cheerfully be given to meet their needs, Lord, as You love a “Cheerful Giver.” Speak with him directly through FaceBook, please.
GO PUT YOUR FUNDS IN A SHOEBOX OR A JAR: Save your pennies and give once/month, or once/3 months, if you can. This is your time to go sock it away. Do this happily! Go now!
“Because He Lives I Can Face Tomorrow”
By Standard YT Video
CLOSING PRAYER BY KIRSTIE: Dear Lord, we bow our heads in respect of many veterans and the many men and women that have served for our countries. Let their families find the love, strength and courage they need to carry on with their lives. Let their loved ones always be remembered as heroes now they do not feel the soil under their feet anymore. Let their families have NO MORE TEARS now; their loved ones are at peace in NO MORE PAIN and in the hands of the Lord himself.
We also pray for our loved ones who are fighting horrid diseases and who are fighting for their lives in hospitals. We pray together today for all the adults, young and elderly men and women and children that are critically ill. We ask that your healing powers shine down on those who need your healing.
We also thank you Lord for our loved ones today. We pray all our families find the strength, love and courage to carry on with their day to day lives. Lord may we all be blessed by Your hands up on our souls as we all face our day to day lives. We pray for our family and friends to be blessed and touched by your hands. We also pray that Pastor Steven gets some more donations to feed OUR orphans in Africa, so that our children can have the medication, shoes and clothes they desperately need. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen!
By Jeremy Camp
DISMISSAL: Holy Spirit, thank you for bringing your presence into our lives today. Let us make our bodies holy and pleasing to you. Guide us, Lead us, Form us to the Will of God. Let us gain holiness in God’s eyes.
Keep your heart and soul and mind and body full of love, positive outlook, and a winning WARRIOR attitude for YOU are in God’s spiritual army against evil forces. God gave us everything to overcome this war. So go. Win.
Go now in peace to love and serve one another. Forgive your neighbor. I bless you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
I leave this as your parting song:
“I Can Only Imagine”
By Alicia Keys
This concludes the Service today. Thank you so much for being gathered here with us! For those of you who want to accept Jesus as your Personal Savior, this is what you need to do so now:
To be “born again,” please note the PLAN OF SALVATION:
1. All have sinned. (Romans 3:23; 1 John 1:8)
2. There is a penalty for sin (Romans 6:23; John 3:18)
3. You cannot save yourself (Titus 3:5; James 2:10)
4. Salvation has been provided (Ephesians 2:8-9; John 3:16; John 14:6)
5. The conditions are simple: A. Repent (Luke 13:3); B Confess (1 John 1:9; Romans 10:9); C. Believe (Acts 16:31)
6. Now is your time for a Decision (Joshua 24:15; 2 Corinth 6:2)
Do you repent for your sins?
Do you confess your sins to the Lord?
Do you accept the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God, into your heart?
If you answer “yes” to all these questions, you are now a Born Again Christian! We love you! Welcome to the body of Christ! Confess it with your mouth, or write it here! You must say it out loud! Praise the Lord!
Go now, and Spread the Word of God to all the Ends of the Earth!
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