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GLORY: 02 - The Heavens Declare Your Glory Psalm 19:1-6; Various

GLORY: 02 - The Heavens Declare Your Glory

Psalm 19:1-6; Various

Psalm 19:1-6; 104:24-30; Ro 1:20; Various

07-14-2019 Beaver Creek Christian Church

How do you know God? The first way that everyone knows God is through his creation (Ge 1:1; Jn 1:3). The beauty of nature is seen and appreciated by nearly everyone. David wrote that all creation testifies about God’s glory... his manifest presence and beauty. So let’s take a look at what creation tells us about God.

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GLORY: 01 - The Glory of God Psalm 29

GLORY: 01 - The Glory of God

Psalm 29

The Bible speaks quite a bit about God’s glory. In fact, you might say it is kind of a big deal (Ps 19:1; 29:1-11; 2 Co 4:6; Jn 1:14). John Piper defines God’s glory as “...the infinite beauty and greatness of God’s manifold greatness...” Glory is a revealing of God’s many attributes, characteristics, and works. To see God’s glory one must examine our multifaceted God.

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Church Building: What is its purpose? by Loren Lung

Church Building: What is its purpose?

by Loren Lung

I was talking with someone the other day who said there were three empty churches in their community. I ask them how the church can be empty since the church is actually the believers. The church in the New Testament was called the ekklesia (ek-klay-see’-ah) which means “the gathering” or “assembly”. The ekklesia is bound by the cords of fellowship or koinonia. The early church had no buildings because they met in homes, upper rooms, in the temple courts and synagogues. An empty church building is just a building. He laughed and said, “You know what I mean!”

The church building is a tool that facilitates the mission of the church. The building provides a physical space not only for the worship of God (1 Pet. 2:9) and the nurture of the saints (Eph. 4:15–16) but also for the witness of the church, which is called to be a “light” to the world (Matt. 5:14–16). The church also serves the common good of the community in which it exist by providing services and ministry to the public. The church building is also used for weddings, funerals, and other events in the community.

For this reason we should always maintain the facilities to the best of our abilities and make sure it is properly equipped for the needs of the congregation. Care and respect should be a part of the goal of all believers so that this tool will be able to be used for generations to come.

Having said that, the building should not become a mausoleum to the Lord. We serve a risen Savior. Jesus is alive and sitting at the right hand of the Father. His Word and His Spirit are at work in our lives. As his followers we are to carry on his mission in the world. Jesus doesn’t need another tomb!

The truth of the matter is the church building should be in use continually. There should be things going on all week long as well as on Sunday morning. What a blessing for the congregation, community, and individuals to be able to go to find resources, activities, and programs to better their lives in various ways.

Some well-intending people believe that the building is like a club house for the church and shouldn't be used for anything outside of worship services on Sunday morning. Other folks have elevated the church building to a point that it is more important than the congregation that it serves. If the congregation stops doing the Lord’s business then attendance begins to decline and the church tailspins in a downward spiral leading to the demise of the church. Eventually the building stands empty.

The saddest part for me personally is to see a for sale sign in front of a church building. Where some church buildings are put on the market because the congregation outgrew the building, most buildings are put up for sale because the church died out. Some church buildings have been bought and converted to health and fitness clubs, micro-breweries, offices, and community buildings. Others church buildings are torn down to make way for shopping centers, housing developments, or office buildings. What was once sanctified grounds (set apart for the worship and service of our Lord Jesus Christ) is now lost. Some of these buildings have even been used for occult practices. Empty church buildings are often lost opportunities in the kingdom of God.

The presence of the church building in our community is a visible emblem of the grace and hope that comes through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It should be a public outpost of God’s Kingdom in the community. Church buildings, when filled with the loving and merciful people of God, are “aid stations” for downtrodden neighbors seeking refuge from the storms of life.

My prayer is that Beaver Creek Christian Church will always use all its facilities to serve the Lord Jesus Christ. I pray that our people will use this tool for worship and service to the Lord for many years to come.

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Bad Girls of the Bible And What We Can Learn From Them

Bad Girls of the Bible

And What We Can Learn From Them

It is interesting to read through the Bible and find all kinds of stories of people who just do bad things. Why do you supposed that God included “Bad Boy” and “Bad Girl” stories in His Word? It surely wasn’t so that we would learn from them, is it?

Yes, that is exactly why. It is not so that we would emulate their life but that we would about God, His will, and his love and grace. Paul said in Romans 3:23 that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” We may view these people as bad but they are no worse than we are. “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it” (Ja 2:10). We all deserve the punishment of death for our sin (Ro 6:23) but God showed his love for us by sending Jesus, His Son, to die in our place (Ro 5:6-8) so that we could have life with him (Jn 3:16-18) if we just believe.

We all make choices. God gave us that freedom from the very beginning in the Garden. With that freedom God gave instructions and told of the consequences for not following him. Then he allowed His creation to make their choices.

Even though time and time again, man and woman, has made the foolish choice to follow our own desires and whims, God still loves us. His word is filled with these stories of failure, willful disobedience, improper conduct, outright sin, and self-destructive behavior. Sometimes there is a repentant response to His love and grace that leads to a happy ending. Other times there is prideful resistance that gets stomped by God’s wrath. But other times we shake our heads because the outcome is not exactly what we thought it was. Sometimes it appears the bad guys get away with it… for now.

This month I will be preaching about a few of the Bad Girls of the Bible and what we can learn from their stories. Why the girls? Because we can learn a lot by how God deals harlots, murderers, liars, and evil queens. It gives us encouragement and hope in his dealings with us too.

There is hope for all of us “bad boys” and “bad girls” out there. You have a choice. Your past doesn’t dictate your future or your eternal home.

Join us each Sunday in May for Bad Girls of the Bible.

PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Lord, Thank you for Your Word, the Bible. As we study the different characters help me to glean what you would want we to learn. Help us as we study to apply the truth off the Scripture to our lives. In Jesus' name, AMEN.

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FAITH UNDER FIRE 02 - FIRE!

FAITH UNDER FIRE

02 - FIRE!

FAITH UNDER FIRE:

02 - FIRE!

Text: 1 Peter 1:1-12; Various

Date: 02-10-2019 Beaver Creek Christian Church

Fire is one of the most terrifying images in our minds. Fire burns! But fire also can be used in many helpful ways. Fire isn’t all bad. The Apostle Peter knows first-hand the burn of fire. But he also knows the benefits of facing the fire head on. In the letters of Peter he encourages Christians whose faith is under fire (1 Pe 1:1-12; Mt 16:21-28). Peter’s words can help encourage us today as well.

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FAITH UNDER FIRE 01 - Tangled Nets

FAITH UNDER FIRE

01 - Tangled Nets

FAITH UNDER FIRE:

01 - Peter’s Tangled Nets

Text: Luke 5:1-11; 1 Peter 1:1-2; Various

Date: 02-03-2019 Beaver Creek Christian Church

What a tangled mess! In Luke 5: 1-11, Jesus watched Peter, Andrew, James, and John working with their nets. After each day of fishing, whether they were successful or not, The fisherman had to untangle, wash, and mend their nets. Like Peter’s nets, sometimes our lives get pretty tangled in things that aren’t important like worldly possessions, busy schedules, entertainment, social obligations, relationships, sin and temptation, and contentment. The tangled mess can be so bad that we become unproductive and complacent. But Jesus took the tangled mess of Peter’s life and made him a rock and a pillar of the church. Peter’s relationship with Jesus went from being acquaintance to personal friend. This story gives us a starting place to having a deeper relationship with our Lord.

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CELEBRATE LIFE! 04 - Eternal Life

CELEBRATE LIFE!

04 - Eternal Life

CELEBRATE LIFE!

04 - Eternal Life

Text: ; Various

Date: 01-27-2019 Beaver Creek Christian Church

Heaven is the reward for all who call on Jesus and have their sins forgiven and it truly is a wonderful place. As Christians we can celebrate because Jesus has restored our relationship with God and given us eternal life. And eternal life is so much more than just a heavenly home. So what is this eternal life? Let’s see what the Bible says about it.

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7 Ways to Improve Your Relationship With God

The Bible has compared our relationship with the Lord as a marriage (Hosea; Ep 5:22-33; etc). And just like marriage sometimes we need a little help to us work on our relationship. A healthy relationship is one that is active and growing from day to day. Here are 7 ways to improve your relationship with God.

1. Try to Understand Your Partner- In a marriage we want to try to get in our spouse’s shoes and see things from his/her perspective. With God we do this by abiding in Him and contemplating or meditating on His word. (Js 1:8; Jn 15:4).

2. Communication - If we stop talking and listening to our spouse our marriage will deteriorate. The same holds true in our relationship with God. Of course we are supposed to pray, but are your conversations deep and personal or are you still just talking about the weather? If you want to improve your relationship with God work on your prayer life and be listening to the Holy Spirit as he communicates with you. (Ph 4:6-7; Cl 4:2; 1 Th 5:17).

3. Do something nice for your Partner- In a marriage advice column it said that you should try to go out of your way to do at least one nice thing for your spouse each day. In your relationship with God you can do acts of kindness in your community which are the same as doing it for the Lord (Mt 25:31-46). There is also much work to be done in God’s church too. You could join a ministry team, do some maintenance or cleaning, teach a class, start a study for youth, etc., etc. (Ga 5:13; Ro 12:1,2).

4. Express Gratitude and Praise- Another piece of advise in marriage is to focus and praise your spouse’s positive behavior and attitudes rather than to focus on the negative. Likewise, our relationship with God grows as we praise him and show gratitude for all that he has done. (Ps 100; 107:1; Cl 3:16-17). A gratitude journal helps you focus on the things God is doing.

5. Show Tenderness - Sometimes in a marriage we forget to show tenderness like getting close, holding hands, giving hugs, or a gentle kiss. In our relationship with God we demonstrate our tenderness to him by showing compassion and gentleness to others. How we treat others is a reflection of our love for God. (Cl 3:12; 2 Co 1:3,4; Ph 2:1-3)

6. Challenge Yourself - In a marriage it is good to have goals and objectives to keep you on focus. In your relationship with God it can help to write out goals and objectives. Start with the question, what kind of a person do I want to be? And then, what kind of a person does God want me to be? (1 Pe 1:13-16; 1 Jn 2:6; Ep 5:1-2)

7. Seek help - Most married couples wait til it is almost too late to seek professional help. Don’t seek help as a last resort. An accountability partner can help you keep your relationship with God on track as you help your accountability partner. (Pr 27:17; Ga 6:1,2; Ja 5:16; 19-20).

I am praying that these helpful hints can help you get your relationship with the Lord moving in the right direction. Most of us know the right thing to do but we fail to do them. Let’s pray that we all grow stronger in the Lord together.

PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Lord, I praise you for all that you are and for the mighty acts of your hands. I am grateful for the life that you have given me and for the abundant and eternal life that comes through your Son, Jesus Christ. I asked that you will help me to walk with you each day, step by step, and that our relationship will grow closer and closer. Help me to be the person that you have called me to be. I pray that you will also help my brothers and sisters in Christ to have a deep relationship with you too. In Jesus' holy name, Amen!

Loren Lung

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CELEBRATE LIFE! We Can Celebrate Abundant Life!

CELEBRATE LIFE!

We Can Celebrate Abundant Life!

CELEBRATE LIFE!

03 - Abundant Life

Text: John 10:10; Ephesians 3:14-21; Various Date: 01-20-2019 Beaver Creek Christian Church

More is better. In most cases where relationships, money, material possessions, food and other indulgences we find that this is not true. But for Christians Jesus has come to give us more life (Jn 10:10). Abundant life, life to the fullest, a life of joy and love, whatever you want to call it Jesus came to give us more than we could ever have without Him. The Apostle Paul elaborates on this “more life” in Ephesians 3. We aren’t talking about a health and wealth gospel but it does have “glorious riches” and “boundless riches.” And we get more...immeasurably more. Christians can celebrate life because Jesus came to give us life to the fullest through a restored relationship with God. Let’s talk about what this “more life” is all about.

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CELEBRATE LIFE! 02 - The Implications and Application of the Sanctity of Life

CELEBRATE LIFE!

02 - The Implications and Application of the Sanctity of Life

CELEBRATE LIFE!

02 - The Implications and Application of the Sanctity of Life Text: Psalm 8:4-9; 139:13-16; Various

Date: 01-13-2019 Beaver Creek Christian Church

God has given value, meaning, and purpose to human life (Psalm 8:4-9; 139:13-16). Jesus emphasizes this in Luke 12:6-7 when he says even the hairs on your head are numbered. The simple truth is that God loves us and his love is shown in his actions. God’s value on human life makes it sacred...there is a sanctity in life. So if God values human life so much why don’t we? This very truth has powerful implications to apply to our lives.

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CELEBRATE LIFE! 01 - Life has Value, Meaning, and Purpose in Jesus

CELEBRATE LIFE!

01 - Life has Value, Meaning, and Purpose in Jesus

CELEBRATE LIFE!

01 - Life has Value, Meaning, and Purpose Text: Various

Date: 01-06-2019

We Christians, have a reputation a reputation of being stoic prudes that rain on people’s parades but the life of a Christian is really one of celebration. We celebrate life itself (Ps 118:24; Hb 3:17-18) each day of life is a gift to be used to the fullest. Today let’s look at three good reasons to celebrate life!

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THE LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS: 02 - The Light of Peace Luke 2:8-14; Is 9:7; various

THE LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS: 02 - The Light of Peace

Luke 2:8-14; Is 9:7; various

THE LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS

02 - The Light of Peace

Text: Luke 2:8-14; Isaiah 9:7; Various

Date: 12-09-2018

Is “Peace on Earth” possible given the cultural, socioeconomic, religious, political, and educational differences? The problem is that we have confused world peace and the peace that Jesus brings. The Biblical answer to this is clear for those who seek honestly and earnestly. Let’s take a look at Jesus, the light who brings true peace on earth.

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