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Delivering the school supplies to Catalina Elementary School. Pray for the teachers, administrators, staff and students.
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“All Praise To Thee” by Martin Luther, Arthur T. Russell; arranged by J. S. Bach. 25 copies available.
Today's reading is 2 Thessalonians chapter 1. Many use social media for their political causes and agendas. Others use it to promote their products and brands (after all I share practically every post from this page on my own personal page). Still others use it for its primary purpose of connecting with family, friends and the world.
As a follower of Christ, I try to look for the prayer needs of my family and friends through their posts. Some are obvious, such as when someone asks for prayer or they vent due to some frustrating day. Others are not so obvious.
I do not do this all the time, although I should. I am still growing in the Lord. But with prayer I also try to look for ways to encourage, connect or help that person. Again, there are many days of just scrolling through timelines hoping to see something funny. For those who truly love the Lord, you need to love people whom He created.
The whole reason we have these epistles from the Apostle Paul is that he was trying to disciple, encourage, admonish and love people. He used his form of social media to lift up others to a better relationship (and sometimes start one) with the Lord Jesus Christ. In this way he was never too far away from the many churches whether he was in prison or not.
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 (CSBBible)
11 In view of this, we always pray for you that our God will make you worthy of his calling, and by his power fulfill your every desire to do good and your work produced by faith,
12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified by you, and you by him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Who has God laid on your heart to encourage today?
Free Music! We are cleaning out our music and offering it to churches and individuals who would like it. The only cost may be for shipping. Acts 1:10-11 by W. A. Criswell and William Hooper. 3 copies available.
Free Music! We are cleaning out our music and offering to churches or individuals for free. The only charge may be shipping.
Active Living Club Songbooks, 6 copies available.
Today's reading is 1 Thessalonians chapter 5. This is the end of the first letter to the church at Thessalonica. The Apostle Paul recaps some things and then fits in some last advice. Much like the end of of a lecture series or sermon, the speaker will recap and then try to fit in a lot of material. These are short but strong commands which Paul has expressed in this letter and others.
1 Thessalonians 5:12-22 (CSBBible)
12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to give recognition to those who labor among you and lead you in the Lord and admonish you,
13 and to regard them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.
14 And we exhort you, brothers and sisters: warn those who are idle, comfort the discouraged, help the weak, be patient with everyone.
15 See to it that no one repays evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good for one another and for all.
16 Rejoice always,
17 pray constantly,
18 give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
19 Don’t stifle the Spirit.
20 Don’t despise prophecies,
21 but test all things. Hold on to what is good.
22 Stay away from every kind of evil.
Recognize those who are working hard among you. Rejoice and pray always. Don't scoff but test. All good advice that is surely needed still today.
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“A Song Was Born” by Joe E. Parks. 16 copies
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FREE MUSIC! We are cleaning out some of our music and offering it to churches and individuals who can use them. The only cost may be shipping.
“A New World” by Ronn Huff. 27 copies
Today's reading is 1 Thessalonians chapter 4. I have attended and conducted many funerals. I have heard many people encourage grieving family members to not be sad because their loved one is in a better place. These people mean well, but they are not understanding God's full design of humans.
God created us with emotions. Emotions are not evil, although left uncontrolled to can lead to all kinds of sin. Built into our souls is the capacity and need for grieving. Relationships create vulnerability in us. When that relationship is torn from us, whether by choice or death, grief is the naturally created response.
But because God has placed eternity in our hearts, we know this life is temporary and our grief is temporary. So I encourage people to grieve. Let the pain wash over you. Let the tears flow. But also let hope overwhelm that sadness. We are allowed to grieve, but hope takes over because we know there is more to life than this world can offer.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 (CSBBible)
13 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, concerning those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve like the rest, who have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, in the same way, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.
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“A New Creation” by Baynard L. Fox. 22 copies available
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“A Hymn of Youth” by Dale Wood. 13 copies available.
Our reading today is 1 Thessalonians chapter 3. The Apostle Paul left Thessalonica earlier than he wanted to because of threats to his life and liberty. He also states that he was kept from coming back there at that time because he was hindered (1 Thessalonians 2:18). Timothy was able to travel there and reported back to Paul how they were growing in the Lord. This news brought Paul great comfort and joy.
1 Thessalonians 3:6-10 (CSBBible)
6 But now Timothy has come to us from you and brought us good news about your faith and love. He reported that you always have good memories of us and that you long to see us, as we also long to see you.
7 Therefore, brothers and sisters, in all our distress and affliction, we were encouraged about you through your faith.
8 For now we live, if you stand firm in the Lord.
9 How can we thank God for you in return for all the joy we experience before our God because of you,
10 as we pray very earnestly night and day to see you face to face and to complete what is lacking in your faith?
In the great family of faith, there is great joy and encouragement in others' well doing. There is no room for jealousy or competition among the Body of Christ. We should be excited for a church's growth even if it is not our church. We should praise God for a soul saved even if they never attend our Worship Service. I try to encourage our members to lift up Jesus, not Woodhaven.
Free Music! We are cleaning some of our extra music. This is available for any church or individual. The only cost would be postage.
“A Feast of Remembrance” by Ron and Patricia Owens; adapted by Buryl Red. 14 copies available.
It may not look so tough, but it took a lot of energy to remove it. Next time potted plants!😁
Today's reading is 1 Thessalonians chapter 2. Some people led by good-natured humor have joked with me, "Must be nice just working one day per week." Others have said similar phrases less jokingly. In all honesty, there are lazy ministers who do the bare minimum or even less to gain a paycheck as parodied in Moliere's "Tartuffe." But the majority of ministry professionals work long hours and with great effort because they know their boss is not the Deacon or Elder Board but the Lord Jesus Christ. The judgement of people pales in comparison with the judgement of God.
The Apostle Paul set a good example of a proper work ethic.
1 Thessalonians 2:9 (CSBBible)
9 For you remember our labor and hardship, brothers and sisters. Working night and day so that we would not burden any of you, we preached God’s gospel to you.
The office of a minister is not a privileged position but one of service. Let us remember "to minister' literally means "to serve".
Hello Woodhaven family and friends.
We will have an in-person Bible Study tomorrow, Sunday, September 13, 2020, at 9:30am followed by an in-person Worship Service at 11:00am on campus. The Worship Service will be streamed through Pastor Scott Patz's Facebook profile (Lord willing). Please join us either in person or virtually.
Psalm 86:11-13 (CSBBible)
11 Teach me your way, Lord, and I will live by your truth. Give me an undivided mind to fear your name.
12 I will praise you with all my heart, Lord my God, and will honor your name forever.
13 For your faithful love for me is great, and you rescue my life from the depths of Sheol.
One of our Charter Members and a very helpful Deacon when I first arrived at Woodhaven. May you enjoy your eternity in Heaven, A.D.!
legacy.com Arlington David Manor (A.D.), 94, of Astor, FL passed away on Friday September 4, 2020. He was born in GA, lived most of his adult life in Orlando, FL and then moved to Astor, FL in 2002. He served in
Our reading today is 1 Thessalonians chapter 1. The Apostle Paul opens this letter to the church at Thessalonica with such wonderful sentimentality of sweet remembrance.
1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 (CSBBible)
2 We always thank God for all of you, making mention of you constantly in our prayers.
3 We recall, in the presence of our God and Father, your work produced by faith, your labor motivated by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Do you ever think about those people God has placed in your life with joy? Those precious memories of God providing a smile through others. Maybe you should write a letter or a thinking of you card to them expressing what an impact they had upon you. Maybe share a precious memory with them to brighten their day. Take the time to do so with them now rather than share that memory with others at their funeral.
We are cleaning out some extra music. Any church or individual is welcome to these. Free, but you may have to cover shipping costs.
“Calvary” by Henry Vaughan and Paul Rodney; arranged by William Rees.
25 copies available.
Progress. Stopping for lunch so I took the after picture even though I’m not quite finished. There is a possibility of rain this afternoon and also a possibility that I’m done working outside for the day😁. The before picture was taken slightly after I started.
Someone stole our weeds. Thank you Tamra Nicholas for your thievery 😉.
There is no filter, but if you are from Florida you are understand why the a/c repair personnel might be bathed in heavenly light.
Today's reading is Colossians chapter 4. In recent months, we have had to get creative to connect with our church family. Telephone calls, texts, video conferences, and social media replaced fully meeting in person. Many of us rediscovered the power of hand written notes and letters.
The Apostle Paul traveled to a lot of places and met a lot of people, but we know him primarily from his letters. He, being led by the Holy Spirit, wrote these epistles to correct, encourage and disciple young churches. These letters have been preserved through history and in turn counseled churches throughout the ages. He continued this ministry even from prison as is the case for this letter.
Colossians 4:18 (CSBBible)
18 I, Paul, am writing this greeting with my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.
The gospel will continue to go forth no matter what challenges the world throws at us. God is still working through the pandemic. May we join Him in His work.
We are cleaning our some music. If any church or person would be able to use these, please let me know. There is no charge except postage.
“God Is Our Hope and Strength” by James R. Pears
31 copies available.
Our reading today is Colossians chapter 3.
Colossians 3:23 (CSBBible)
23 Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people,
This mindset has made many days doable for me. Dealing with a difficult boss, remember you don't work for him/her but for God. Dealing with difficult customers, remember you don't work for them but for God.
When I worked in retail, we groaned in anticipation of the days following Christmas. Extra workers were needed for returns. Customers would argue that the product was purchased from that store even though it may be a brand your store does not carry. Customers would bring in items that they knowingly trashed yet claimed it was liked that. Customers would argue that the price was more than you were offering in return. I had one older gentleman bring in an electric razor that was many years old claiming he just got it for Christmas and it didn't work. It was not a brand we carried and was jammed full of hair. I wondered if he shaved his dog. Anyway, as he was yelling at me that his wife purchased it for him THIS Christmas at our store, I spent time cleaning it and oiling it. He was really not happy when I got it to work and handed it back to him. Days like that I would take a moment and pray "God, remind me that I am working for You."
[09/09/20] We had technical difficulties tonight so we were unable to stream the Bible Study.
We are cleaning some music. If any church or person would be able to use these, please let me know. There is no charge except postage.
“Build Thee More Stately Mansions” by Mark Andrews; arranged by Charles Dews. 20 copies available.
Our reading today is Colossians chapter 2. When we read Paul's letter to the Corinthians earlier this year, we saw how he was combatting the idea of cheap grace and libertinism of the gospel. That is the idea that one is saved and free to do whatever sin because it has already been forgiven. Paul condemned that thinking.
In a similar yet opposite manner, he is combatting asceticism in Colossae. There were groups saying we should not touch anything, not take pleasure in anything, and live Spartan lives. Paul shows that type of thinking is also a form of self indulgence. It is elevating one's removing their self from the human condition. If that is the way to salvation, why did Christ have to be incarnate? He could have just sent His spirit to inhabit people, yet He ate, drank, laughed and cried.
God does not want us removed from the human condition for He created us as humans. He wants us to be complete humans, not bound by sin's chains, the baser actions, nor just mere thoughts. We are to glorify God through our actions. We are to glorify God through our emotions. We are to glorify God through our relationships. We are to glorify God through our total lives, physical, spiritual, emotional and mental.
Today's reading is Colossians chapter 1.
Colossians 1:13 (CSBBible)
13 He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son he loves.
In his book The Discipline of Grace, Jerry Bridges tells about a Cold War-era Russian pilot who flew his fighter plane to a U.S. base in Japan and asked for asylum. He was flown to the United States and given a new identity. Bridges points out that although this pilot had the same physical characteristics and personality traits after his experience, his new identity allowed him to live a new life. He was delivered from a totalitarian regime, and able to enjoy all the benefits of living in a free society.
That is a beautiful illustration of the new life we have in Jesus Christ. Our appearance does not change, but our demeanor should. Our name does not change, but our inheritance does. We are no longer shackled by sin, and have power from on high available to us.
Walk in the newness of life. God bless.
Psalm 107:1-3 (CSBBible)
1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his faithful love endures forever.
2 Let the redeemed of the Lord proclaim that he has redeemed them from the power of the foe
3 and has gathered them from the lands— from the east and the west, from the north and the south.
Good afternoon Woodhaven family and friends.
Tomorrow, Sunday, September 6, 2020, we will have in-person meetings for Bible Study at 9:30am and Worship at 11:00am. For our Bible Study, we will use the book "The Mission: Joining God In His Work" with Session 1. During our Worship Service, we will take part in Communion. The elements will be in individual sealed containers for each participant. The Worship service will be streamed through Pastor Scott Patz's Facebook profile, but not the Bible Study.
Hope that you can join us either physically or virtually. God bless.
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