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[04/27/20] We are planning on having Sunday morning service next Sunday and have a wonderful morning of worship and preaching as we also strive to follow COVID 19 recommendations. Looking forward to seeing everyone who can be there and for those that won't be able to, we understand and look forward to seeing you soon!
I'd like to share a song given to me by the Holy Spirit a little over a year ago. I know He gave me this song because it only took about 15 minutes to write so I have no doubt God directed it!
This song was inspired by a Wednesday night Bible study where our Pastor, Mark Miller, made a comment that we are really trophies of grace in the eyes of Jesus. That had a profound impact on me and I jotted that down in my notes and went home and wrote this song.
I believe it is inspiring for Resurrection Sunday.
Here are the chords and lyrics:
Trophies of Grace 1/25/2019 John Roby
You knew from the beginning what You would have to give
You never used Your power so that You could live
Oh what a greater glory to finish as You planned
And though we are not worthy, You hold us in Your hand
We’re trophies of Grace treasured by You
Won at such a cost for a promise to come true
Set apart from the rest
You see us as Your best
We’re trophies of Grace
(last chorus C G)
And when it came to winning; You had to lose it all
No time for hesitation; no sacrifice too small
To suffer was your pleasure for You knew in the end
You’d bring us to the Father and hold us in Your hand
The challenge was for us but You took our place
You fought the good fight and You won the race
The challenge was for us but You took our place
You fought the good fight and You won the race
For trophies of Grace
The churchs are empty...BUT that’s okay! So is the tomb!
[04/05/20] 4/5/2020 sermon will be posted tomorrow morning before 10:00 am. Thank you all for your patience. We will get through this together!
Sermons will be posted each Sunday morning by 10 a.m. until we are able to meet again as a church body.
COVID 19, How Much Do I Trust God? May our faith be a tool and not an ornament……..
Be sure and open your Bible or Bible on phone and read the story of Abraham being tested by being asked to sacrifice his own son in Genesis 22:1-19.
How much do I trust my Lord? Is He bigger than my greatest fears? Is He bigger than COVID 19?
A farmer was out driving his tractor one day when he rolled onto a stretch of gopher mounds. The earth crumbled beneath one tire and the tractor rolled over on its side. Luckily, the farmer escaped the situation with only a few bruises. He went home and told his wife. She breathed a sigh of relief and said, "Honey, the Lord sure was with you."
The farmer surveyed his bruises and answered, "Well, if He was, He sure got a rough ride."
Ever felt like that? Do you feel like that now? (GOD IS STILL HERE)
Abraham and Sarah knew that God was with them. They were a fortunate couple, who after years of heartache were living their last years in happiness. God had promised them a son, and in their old age he was born. They watched Isaac as he grew, knowing that he was a special child. After years of turmoil and trouble Abraham and Sarah could now enjoy their retirement years basking in the glow of a promise kept.
One day, though, God called to Abraham. "Here I am," Abraham replied. God told Abraham, "Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of those mountains that I shall show you." Oh, no. Please God, not that!
God knew how much Abraham loved his son. What God had commanded Abraham to do was unthinkable. It was unbelievable. No sane parent would willingly harm his or her child. It was an outrageous request. Maybe Abraham should have his hearing checked. Maybe he didn’t hear everything God told him. Isaac was the child of promise. Isaac was Abraham’s link to the future. What about that promise that he would father a great nation? The whole request seemed so inconceivable, so outrageous, so unfair. How would he tell Sarah that he would offer their only son as a sacrifice?
1. Abraham Was Willing Even if He Didn't Understand.
Notice that Abraham was willing to act in faith even when he did not understand. The bottom line was that Abraham was a man of faith. Abraham asked no questions. He didn't try to reason or argue with God. He didn't try to strike a deal. He did not even ask for an explanation or a reason. Abraham said nothing!
In such a situation you would think that at least the thought would enter Abraham's mind to run in the opposite direction. Abraham had taken matters into his own hands before, why not do so now when his son's life was at stake? Why not run away from God now that his link to future generations was in question? That is what I would have done, wouldn't you?
Maybe God is not as real to you or me as He was to Abraham. For Abraham deliberate disobedience was unthinkable, regardless of how absurd the request may have seemed. Without question or reservation he set out for the mountains with his son, Isaac, and two servants. They would travel for three days until they arrived at the special mountain that God would guide them to. Abraham took his faith seriously. It was not something he took lightly.
Many years ago some missionaries were going into a remote corner of Africa to work with a primitive tribe. The missionaries were uncertain about how they would be received, so they decided to give the tribe a gift as a sign of goodwill. As they flew over the area a bright, shiny new plow was parachuted down to the tribe. The plow would help the natives as they farmed. At least that was the missionaries’ intent. They were unprepared for what they found a few days later when they arrived at the encampment. The natives had never seen a plow before. They hadn’t a clue as to what this strange-looking instrument which had dropped out of the sky was used for. Not knowing what to do with it, they had put the plow on a pedestal and were worshiping it!
The plow was designed to help them farm. It was designed for use in the fields, not to be revered. It was designed to strike deep in the African soil. It was designed to help the people, to nourish the people, to make them healthier, to make their quality of life better. But the members of that primitive tribe didn't know that, so the plow became an ornament, rather than a tool! (1)
Sometimes we do that with our faith. We make our faith an ornament instead of a tool to help us live our everyday lives. Abraham might not have understood what God was commanding him to do, but being a man of great faith Abraham was prepared to do whatever God commanded.
2. It Was Never God's Intent for Abraham to Sacrifice His Son.
Fortunately, it was never God's intent for Abraham to sacrifice his Son. We need to know that. Every once in awhile we hear about a tortured soul who ends not only his or her own life, but also the life of innocent family members. It would be a tragic misunderstanding if anyone reading this took this story to mean that God would ever tell anybody to take the life of a child. You don't worship the God I worship if you could ever read that into this story. God never intended that Abraham should harm this child in any way. I suspect that deep in his heart Abraham knew that. Perhaps that is why he told his servant, "Stay here with the donkey; the boy and I will go over there; WE will come back to you."
In silence father and son walked the final steps to the mountain. As they approached their destination Isaac asked his father, "The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?"
Abraham replied, "God himself will provide the lamb for a burnt offering my son." There was no other conversation as they slowly made their way up the mountain. A troubled father, a trusting son, making their way into the dim unknown. That's what faith is all about, isn't it?
Randy Morrisl died in October, 1991 after a courageous battle with cancer. Randy Morris was 43 years old when he died. Before his death he wrote a letter telling about his faith. In it he described how he always prepared for prayer by going through what he called a "relaxation phase."
"After a few moments," Randy wrote, "I travel in my mind to a place in the north Georgia mountains where I used to go on camping trips. There I have built an open structure, a gazebo, where I go to talk with Jesus. Normally, I go in and call for Jesus and he comes. We visit, and usually I give him my prayers of thanksgiving and intercessions."
Late one summer Randy got the news that his cancer was back. He was in his own words, "an emotional wreck." At that time Randy prayed. In his mind he was again in the mountains waiting for Jesus to come to the door of the gazebo. "At that moment a completely unthought-of event happened that shook me to tears," Randy wrote. He saw himself as a five-year-old boy. "I became like a camera recording the event," was the way he described the experience. In the person of this boy he ran up to Jesus and hugged him. He pictured Jesus picking him up and carrying him to a seat and holding him in his arms. "He hugged me," Randy wrote. "I didn't say anything... He knew I was frightened. There were no answers and the future seemed so dim. As he hugged me he said, `Trust me, Trust me.'"
"[Jesus] held me for a long time that night," Randy wrote, "until he knew I understood what he meant." Randy found strength from this experience. "We must trust Jesus as a child trusts - totally!" he wrote.
Then Randy concluded his letter with these words, "Because of this, whatever turns out to be the ultimate result of this disease, it's not the burden it was before. [Jesus] made no promise, nor did he reveal the future, but he had provided the format for living out the rest of my life with just two words... Trust me." (2) Abraham didn't understand why God commanded him to sacrifice his son, but Abraham was a man of faith who placed his trust in God.
3. We Can Place Our Trust in God.
We also can place our trust in God. "When they came to the place that God had shown him, Abraham built an altar there and he laid the wood in order." Then he bound Isaac and placed him on the altar. Abraham, with tears in his eyes, stood over his son with a hot coal in one hand ready to start a fire and a knife in the other. At that moment, when Abraham was ready to kill his son, an angel of the Lord called out to him, "Abraham, Abraham!" For the third time Abraham answered, "Here, I am." The angel told him, "Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son from me."
What a relief! God had tested Abraham, and Abraham passed the test with flying colors. At that moment of great relief Abraham looked up and saw a ram, caught in the bush. The ram was sacrificed instead of Isaac. Father and son worshiped God on the mountain. Abraham named the place, "The LORD will provide," because he now knew the truth: God did provide and would continue to provide. Abraham placed his trust in God in a way he never had before. Abraham knew he could depend on God no matter what happened.
That's the kind of faith you and I need. With such a faith we can live our lives in confidence.
In 1958, America's first commercial jet air service began with the flight of the Boeing 707. A month after that first flight, a traveler on a piston-engine, propeller-driven DC-6 airliner struck up a conversation with a fellow passenger. The passenger happened to be a Boeing engineer.
The traveler asked the engineer about the new jet aircraft. The engineer was wildly enthusiastic about this new, improved way to travel. He began speaking at length about the extensive testing Boeing had done on the jet engine before bringing it into commercial service. He recounted Boeing's experience with engines, from the B-17 to the B-52. When his traveling companion asked him if he himself had yet flown on the new 707 jet airliner, the engineer replied, "I think I'll wait until it's been in service awhile.'"
Even enthusiastic talking about our faith doesn't mean much if we aren't also willing to put our lives where our mouth is. (3)
The question for the day is: How much do you trust God? Abraham learned that behind the clouds of uncertainty God awaits. He placed his total trust in God and his trust was not misplaced. My guess is that Abraham was a different person when he descended from the mountain. From that moment on Abraham realized that God would take care of his son, Isaac. From that moment on he realized God would provide whatever was necessary for the fulfillment of His promises.
How about you? The world is in crazy fear about the future but that fear does not have to cripple the children of God. Do what is asked of you by our leadership. Stay home if they ask. Wash your hands FOR SURE. But know this for a fact. You are loved by the One True God and YOU CAN TRUST HIM WITH YOUR ETERNITY. Privileged to be your pastor. mark
In accordance with the guidelines set by our National Leadership, we will not be meeting as a church body for the next two Sundays for the safety of our church family and our community. We will be uploading a sermon to our Delaware page on 3/22 & 3/29 as a way to continue our worship and fellowship. We, as a body of believers, understand full well that none of the things that we are facing are a surprise to our Lord and we will continue to rely on Christ as our sustainer and comfort through this time.
Please also know that if you are in need of assistance for anything during this time, our church family will do everything possible to meet that need. Please feel free to contact
Mark Miller (918) 232-8287
Charlie Pearson (918) 724-2078
Kenneth Pearson (918) 639-3322
Dennis Melton (918) 688-4742
David Kennedy (918) 695-3051
with questions or concerns.
Thank you for BEING the Church at Delaware and for being Kingdom Minded as we move forward through this together.
Privileged to be your pastor
[02/05/20] Due to the weather, we will not be having dinner and bible study tonight. Stay warm and see you Sunday!
Join us this morning for a wonderful service beginning at 10:30 am. It is Celebration Sunday so breakfast is at 9:30 am. We would love to have you!
Celebration Sunday is tomorrow!
Breakfast at 9:30 am and service at 10:30 am. Come join us!
Breakfast at church this morning!! Homemade waffles, hash browns, eggs, biscuits, gravy, and sausage!! Oh yum!!!
Come join us for breakfast and an amazing service. Breakfast just started and service is at 10:30 am!
Delaware's Fall Creek shirts for 2019!!
Won 1st place in our category last week!!!
Baptisms of 10 great young people this morning after an incredible week at Falls Creek! Please keep these wonderful kids in your prayers as they go out to make a glorious difference in our world!
Are you a fan of Christ? Do you know who He is? OR Are you a follower of Christ? Are you letting Him lead you and are you following His will? Leave all the things in life that separates you from Him at the cross and follow Him.
We had an amazing week at Falls Creek!! We had 34 students, sponsors and cooks!!! More than 11 decisions for Christ including salvations and rededications!!
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