Touching Lives for Eternity with God
We are a church that is traditional in our practice of Worship and Doctrine. Baptist in every nuance that the word suggests. We are contemporary in our Ministry and Relationship with others. We recognize our responsibility in the community. We strive to fulfill God's call to minister to our fellow man. We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to man. It has God for its author, salvation for its end and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver and Ruler of the universe. Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. We affirm the Baptist Faith And Message as Submitted to the SBC in Orlando, Fl 2000. Our petitioned for membership in the Southwest Florida Baptist Association was approved in January of 2010 We welcome everyone to join us for worship and fellowship. Our facilities are used regularly for social ministry to recovering individuals and for community association meetings. Pastor: Bob Sharp 941-685-4367
Mission: People Reaching people and helping them to know and have a relationship with Christ
Discharging Our Obligation
... Walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
I have to be faithful to what I know to be true, so I must tell you that if you will not worship God seven days a week, you do not worship Him on one day a week....
Too many of us try to discharge our obligations to God Almighty in one day—usually one trip to church. Sometimes, nobly, we make it two trips to church, but it's all on the same day when we have nothing else to do—and that's supposed to be worship. I grant you, sir, that it can be true worship, provided that on Monday and Tuesday and the other days you also experience the blessings of true worship.
I do not say that you must be at church all of the time—how could you be?
You can worship God at your desk, on an elevated train or driving in traffic. You can worship God washing dishes or ironing clothes.... You can worship God in whatever is legitimate and right and good....
So that's all right. We can go to church and worship. But if we go to church and worship one day, it is not true worship unless it is followed by continuing worship in the days that follow.
Father, I pray that You might give me a sense of Your presence wherever I am, in whatever I'm doing. Direct my heart to worship You throughout the day. Amen.
Tozer on Christian Leadership: A 366-Day Devotional.
Generally, on this page, I have not shared my personal thoughts. Rather, sharing with you writings regarding pearls found from others. I thought I might share something a little more personal today. Not on my personal FB but on the linked NHBC page.
These past weeks have been a time that is very different from the past years. I have been reminded of so many fundamental teachings of scripture that I have heard, learned, and then tried to walk. Ultimately tried to share. My daily devotions have been important. And I have tried to be faithful in my entering into those devotions. And scripture reading has been the nutrients and the glue of it all.
The amazing thing is how these readings have paralleled my current place in time. I have many times given my “Haa” expression of being startled as the truth of the scriptures linked with the timeliness of the moment in time sank in. Scriptures first followed by Chambers and Tozer who have been the daily staples and others on occasion. All seemly to be offering wisdom for the moment.
Today, believe it or not, My scripture readings have arrived at Matthew chapters 5, 6,7, and following.
I tell you, these are not some abstract philosophy, nor, some Youtube script. God’s word for life with clarity and meaning. Truly amazing to me. A reminder….yes. A refresher...yes! Reinforcement…absolutely! Several years ago NHBC engaged in a Bible study titled “Read the Bible for Life.” I thought at the time catchy title. I loved it. However, it is a great study, I recommend it for one and all. Haa. These weeks I have experienced the meaning of that study in a living sense never before experienced. Think about it “Read the Bible for Life” The Bible is such an amazing instrument of life that I bet Bible studies will continue in Heaven. 😊 Life—eternal life.
My friend, (and my enemies) read the Bible for life. Life in it’s fullest.
Lord, in a world that is contradictory, chaotic, filled with the lures of Satan help us to find the desire, the time, and the wisdom to read the Bible so we may look upon Your face.
Honor This Purpose
And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
Without argument, most things are at their best when they are fulfilling their purpose and design.
For instance, a piano is made with a specific purpose: to produce music. However, I happen to know that someone once stood on a piano in order to put a fastener of some kind in the ceiling. Some artistic women have used piano tops as family picture galleries. I have seen piano tops that were cluttered filing cabinets or wide library shelves.
There is an intelligent design in the creation of a piano. The manufacturer did not announce: "This is a good piano. It has at least nineteen uses!" No, the designer had only one thought in mind: "This piano will have the purpose and potential of sounding forth beautiful music!"...
Do not miss the application of truth here. God was saying to Abraham, "You may have some other idea about the design and purpose for your life, but you are wrong! You were created in My image to worship Me and to glorify Me. If you do not honor this purpose, your life will degenerate into shallow, selfish, humanistic pursuits."
Lord, so many lives today have indeed degenerated into "shallow, selfish, humanistic pursuits." Work through me this week to help people with whom I come in contact to see the one purpose for which You created us. Amen
Tozer on Christian Leadership: A 366-Day Devotional.
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"Work Out" What God "Works in" You
"... work out your own salvation... for it is God who works in you... " (Philippians 2:12-13).
Your will agrees with God, but in your flesh there is a nature that renders you powerless to do what you know you ought to do. When the Lord initially comes in contact with our conscience, the first thing our conscience does is awaken our will, and our will always agrees with God. Yet you say, "But I don't know if my will is in agreement with God." Look to Jesus and you will find that your will and your conscience are in agreement with Him every time. What causes you to say "I will not obey" is something less deep and penetrating than your will. It is perversity or stubbornness, and they are never in agreement with God. The most profound thing in a person is his will, not sin.
The will is the essential element in God's creation of human beings—sin is a perverse nature which entered into people. In someone who has been born again, the source of the will is Almighty God. "... for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure." With focused attention and great care, you have to "work out" what God "works in" you—not work to accomplish or earn "your own salvation," but work it out so you will exhibit the evidence of a life based with determined, unshakable faith on the complete and perfect redemption of the Lord. As you do this, you do not bring an opposing will up against God's will—God's will is your will. Your natural choices will be in accordance with God's will, and living this life will be as natural as breathing. Stubbornness is an unintelligent barrier, refusing enlightenment and blocking its flow. The only thing to do with this barrier of stubbornness is to blow it up with "dynamite," and the "dynamite" is obedience to the Holy Spirit.
Do I believe that Almighty God is the Source of my will? God not only expects me to do His will, but He is in me to do it.
My Utmost for His Highest: An Updated Edition in Today's Language.
This NHBC page is an extension of my personal Facebook listing. By now you know that I have resigned the Pastorate and will not be authorized to post as NHBC.
I was unaware that Facebook has a 14 day deactivation to close down a page. Today is day 13 of that action.
If you want anything from the archives better get it soon. I will not retain even one jot.
Thank you for your prayers and encouragement, your chuckles and laugher, wit, wisdom and even your duh's.
Also, I own my church email addresses but they will also disappear in a few days. Disappear as in deleted:-)
There will be a replacement page pop up soon. Be ready... :-)
My email [email protected] will remain active.
NHBC is alive and I am sure something under their authorship will appear in this social media in the future. Church business email should be directed to [email protected]
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Shalom Grace and Blessings.
"Lord, I will follow You, but... " (Luke 9:61).
Suppose God tells you to do something that is an enormous test of your common sense, totally going against it. What will you do? Will you hold back? If you get into the habit of doing something physically, you will do it every time you are tested until you break the habit through sheer determination. And the same is true spiritually. Again and again you will come right up to what Jesus wants, but every time you will turn back at the true point of testing, until you are determined to abandon yourself to God in total surrender. Yet we tend to say, "Yes, but—suppose I do obey God in this matter, what about... ?" Or we say, "Yes, I will obey God if what He asks of me doesn't go against my common sense, but don't ask me to take a step in the dark."
Jesus Christ demands the same unrestrained, adventurous spirit in those who have placed their trust in Him that the natural man exhibits. If a person is ever going to do anything worthwhile, there will be times when he must risk everything by his leap in the dark. In the spiritual realm, Jesus Christ demands that you risk everything you hold on to or believe through common sense, and leap by faith into what He says. Once you obey, you will immediately find that what He says is as solidly consistent as common sense.
By the test of common sense, Jesus Christ's statements may seem mad, but when you test them by the trial of faith, your findings will fill your spirit with the awesome fact that they are the very words of God. Trust completely in God, and when He brings you to a new opportunity of adventure, offering it to you, see that you take it. We act like pagans in a crisis—only one out of an entire crowd is daring enough to invest his faith in the character of God.
My Utmost for His Highest: An Updated Edition in Today's Language.
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Interested in WORSHIP
(this is long from Holman Dictionary)
Human response to the perceived presence of the divine, a presence which transcends normal human activity and is holy. Thus, Jacob, fleeing away to Haran, perceived the presence of the Lord in a dream while sleeping at “a certain place,” and when he woke from his sleep, he said:
Surely the Lord is in this place—and I did not know it!… How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven (Gen. 28:16-17 NRSV).
Before the dream, the place had only been a stopping place reached by sunset (18:11), but when he awoke it had become a holy place. The holy presence of God had penetrated into ordinary (profane) space in a way which had aroused acute awareness on the part of a human being. The sacred (holy) and profane are united in an experience of worship.
The consciousness of holy presence brings forth a response from those who perceived it. The response is worship and may take many forms. The response may be private and intensely personal, in the form of prayers, confessions, silence, and meditative experiences of various sorts. Jesus, leaving the disciples behind in a place called Gethsemane, went a ways from them to fall on the ground and pray alone to the Father (Mark 14:32-35). According to Matthew 26:39 (NRSV), he “threw himself on the ground and prayed”; according to Luke 22:41, he “knelt down, and prayed” (NRSV). Each of these is a physical posture considered appropriate for worship in prayer.
Jacob’s response was to take the stone he had used for a pillow and to set it up as a pillar, declaring that the stone pillar would be a house of God, apparently meaning that a temple/sanctuary would be built there. This would be a place where communication could occur between the divine-heavenly realm and the human-earthly realm. The messengers of God would be continually going up and down bearing the petitions of worshipers and the responses of God. Thus Jacob proposed that his personal experience of the presence of God be made available to others.
Worship in the Bible moves back and forth between personal experience and corporate experience. Personal worship may occur in very private circumstances or may be related to public worship. This is illustrated by the shifting back and forth from plural speakers to a singular speaker in the Psalms (for instance, Ps. 44). Personal worship and corporate worship are mutually interactive. Corporate worship is empowered by personal experience, but personal experience needs affirmation and interpretation in corporate worship. Thus, early Christians were warned not to neglect meeting together in worship, “as is the habit of some,” in order to encourage one another in the faith and in the spiritual life (Heb. 10:25 NRSV). Assembling together in worship is an affirmation of what the worshipers believe and an opportunity for mutual response to the gracious actions of God.
Worship in the Bible appears in varied forms and types. Times and places are among the major factors. Worship, especially of the corporate type, normally takes place according to some sort of schedule and/or calendar. There are times and seasons for worship, even though in the Bible God is present with His people at anytime. Sharpened awareness of the divine presence may result from intensive exercises of worship during special times and at special places. These occasions and places are also the contexts for religious education and the development and enjoyment of fellowship among the worshipers. Thus in ancient Israel there was the divine comand that “Three times in the year all your males shall appear before the Lord God,” and “Three times in the year you shall hold a festival for me” (Ex. 23:17,14 NRSV). See Day of Atonement; Festivals; Sabbath.
The Psalms with expressions of lament, confession, thanksgiving, praise, teaching, and celebration show the breadth of Old Testament worship. See Music; Psalms.
The followers of Jesus, who became known as Christians, received a rich heritage of worship from Judaism, but the new dynamics of their experience with Christ brought about major changes. The festivals of Passover and Pentecost were retained but in different forms. The Lord’s Supper, the crucifixion, and the resurrection of Jesus are all closely related to the Passover celebration (1 Cor. 11:23-26; Matt. 26:17,26-28 and parallels). The Christian Easter is a form of the Passover. According to Acts 2:1-42, Pentecost was the occasion of a great filling and empowering of the disciples of Jesus by the Holy Spirit (interpreted as a fulfillment of Joel 2:28-32). Scattered references in the New Testament (1 Cor. 16:8; Acts 20:16) indicate that the early Christians converted Pentecost into a Christian observance. It has continued to be observed as a part of the Christian calendar by many churches (seventh Sunday after Easter). Tabernacles/Booths has not been continued in Christian worship except in the related forms of thanksgiving observances and harvest festivals. The Day of Atonement is used theologically to interpret Christ’s sacrifice in Hebrews 8-9, but does not seem to have been a regular part of Christian worship, except in the form of penitential periods like Lent. For Christians the whole complex of Temple activities, priesthood, sacrifice, and sin-cleansing rituals either became obsolete or were reinterpreted in major ways (for instance, the church itself becomes the temple (1 Cor. 6:19; Eph. 2:21-22; 1 Pet. 2:9). See Church Year.
Sabbath has been a major problem for Christian worship. The early Christians are said to have met on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7; compare 1 Cor. 16:2; John 20:19,26)—though attending the Temple together on a daily basis (Acts 2:46). The early Christian meetings seem to have been joyful occasions for teaching, prophesying, singing, praying, reading apostolic letters, and the “breaking of bread” in the Lord’s Supper (Acts 2:42,46; 1 Cor. 14:26; Eph. 5:19-20; Col. 3:16; 1 Thess. 5:16-18). The explanation of the emergence of the Christian Sunday from these beginnings is plagued by a lack of precise information and by doctrinal disputes. It seems clear that the first day-of-the-week meetings of the early Christians were not sabbaths. The first-day celebration became “the Lord’s day” (Rev. 1:10) with emphasis on the resurrection. In time, the Christian Sunday became the Christian sabbath for most Christians; though non-Sunday, sabbatarian groups have been very persistent in Christian history. It seems logical for Christians to observe both sabbath and Sunday, but in most cases this has been judged both impractical and unnecessary. The extent to which Sunday should be considered as sabbath is debated by Christians both in theory and in practice. One polar position is represented by a long tradition of puritanical sabbath observance on Sunday, with no works and a minimum of other activities apart from worship. The other pole gathers around it the conviction that sabbath was annulled by the work and teaching of Jesus (compare Gal. 4:10-11; Rom. 14:5; Col. 2:16-17) and that Christians are free from any sabbath observance on Sunday. Most Christians maintain a middle position of sabbath/Sunday observance, taking Sunday as a messianic continuation of the Jewish sabbath and believing that the loss of the sabbath theology of the Old Testament would be serious and unnecessary. The sabbath theology includes the archetypal testimonies of God’s saving action in creation from chaos and in Exodus from slavery. Such fundamental aspects are essential for a life of faith and merge without conflict with the celebration of the resurrection and the lordship of Christ.
The discussion above indicates that worship in the biblical context in multifaceted and complex. Some elements seem to be of vital importance. Time and places have been referred to already. The New Testament and much Christian experience move away from rigid adherence to calendars and places, but they are still important in Christian practice. The awareness of divine presence, however symbolized and realized, is absolutely essential for worship. Like Jacob, every true worshiper becomes aware that “The Lord is in this place!” As in the case of Jacob, the sense of presence may come in private and personal experience. However, the most basic pattern is found in the promise of Jesus, according to Matthew 18:20 (NRSV): “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” The heart of Christian worship is the power of Christ’s presence in a gathered community of disciples (see John 14:12-14; Acts 2:43-47; 4:9-12,32-37; 1 Cor. 5:3-4; Rev. 2:1). According to the New Testament, the presence of Christ is especially manifest in the breaking of the bread at the Lord’s Supper (compare Luke 24:28-32,35). However, the Presence is not limited to the Supper and may occur wherever and whenever “two or three are gathered” in the name of Jesus Christ.
Marvin E. Tate
Holman Bible Dictionary.
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