1.3 Million Pounds of Debt

Monday, March 30, 2015
“He paid a debt He did not owe;
I owed a debt I could not pay…” – Ellis J. Crum

Today is the first Monday in 6 months that I did not have to wake up hours before the rest of our house in order to go and work a second part-time job at UPS! The thing I missed most by having to work early mornings away from home was not seeing our kids in the morning before school. This was a gift that had become pretty routine, but once it was gone I knew how much I missed it. Although I almost always get to see them when they get home from school, for the past 6 months I missed hugging and kissing them before they left for their day.

The story is this. From 2012-2013 our family had acquired a rather large (in our eyes) credit card debt of $6,000. Something we had never done before and vowed that we would never do. For the most part, we had always paid off our full monthly credit card balance. However, we began having to use our credit card to pay for larger unexpected expenses (i.e., higher oil prices, broken appliances, a new computer, etc.) in addition to other expenses. By the Fall of 2013 we were only able to pay the minimum payment on our $6,000 credit card balance and knew we were in trouble. So I began looking for a second part-time job to help pay off this debt. We knew that if I didn’t, then we would be paying off this credit card for way too many years.

So at the end of September I began working part-time at UPS loading delivery trucks during the Preload shift (Mon-Fri approx. 3am-9am). What a physical and tiring job. On average, I would load approx. 1,000 packages every day. Some packages were small and light but by far most packages were large and heavy, some were very heavy (over 100 pounds). So for 6 long months I woke up way too early every morning and loaded packages for about 5 hours every day. I would then come home, eat breakfast, shower, and then try to have enough mental energy and physical strength to carry on my other duties and responsibilities as pastor, father, and husband.

After 6 months of this routine, we were able to pay off our entire credit card debt and I was able put in my 2-weeks notice at UPS! I calculated that over the last 6 months I loaded at least 1,000 packages every day, each weighing at least 10 pounds on average. Therefore, I spent 6 months paying off a $6,000 debt that equaled approx. 1.3 million pounds of UPS packages. What a way to picture a debt. Near the end of my journey at UPS, God reminded me of this truth: With His help, I was able to work hard enough to pay off this small debt (in His eyes) but that there is a spiritual debt that we all owe that none of us can remove ourselves, no matter how hard we try or how good we try to be. Easter reminds us that Jesus paid a debt He did not owe (our debt of sin) so that we could find freedom, forgiveness, life, and hope in Him. If you are experiencing the heavy load of your spiritual debt of sin, turn to the only One who can remove it, Jesus.

“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved… ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'” – Romans 10:9,13 (NIV)
“He Paid a Debt He Did Not Owe” by Ellis J. Crum
He paid a debt He did not owe;
I owed a debt I could not pay;
I needed someone to wash my sins away.
And, now, I sing a brand new song,
“Amazing Grace.”
Christ Jesus paid a debt that I could never pay.
 
He paid that debt at Calvary.
He cleansed my soul and set me free.
I’m glad that Jesus did all my sins erase.
I, now, can sing a brand new song,
“Amazing Grace.”
Christ Jesus paid a debt that I could never pay.One day He’s coming back for me
To live with Him eternally.
Won’t it be glory to see Him on that day!
I, then, will sing a brand new song,
“Amazing Grace.”
Christ Jesus paid a debt that I could never pay.
Yes, Jesus paid a debt that I could never pay.

His Needs Her Needs: 10 Emotional Needs in Marriages

His Needs Her Needs: 10 Emotional Needs in Marriages

All information adapted from Dr. Willard Harley Jr.’s book,
His Needs Her Needs: Building an Affair-Proof Marriage (Fleming H. Revell: 2001)

1. Affection: Showing love through words, cards, gifts, hugs, kisses, and courtesies; creating an environment that clearly and repeatedly expresses love.

2. Sexual Fulfillment: A sexual relationship that brings out a predictably enjoyable sexual response in both of you that is frequent enough for both of you.

3. Conversation: Talking about events of the day, feelings, and plans; avoiding angry or judgmental statements or dwelling on past mistakes; showing interest in your favorite topics of conversation; balancing conversation; using it to inform, investigate, and understand you; and giving you undivided attention.

4. Recreational Companionship: Developing interest in your favorite recreational activities, learning to be proficient in them, and joining you in those activities. If any prove to be unpleasant to your spouse after an effort has been made, negotiating new recreational activities that are mutually enjoyable.

5. Honesty & Openness: Revealing positive and negative feelings, events of the past, daily events and schedule, plans for the future; not leaving you with a false impression; answering your questions truthfully.

6. Attractiveness of Spouse: Keeping physically fit with diet and exercise; wearing hair, clothing, and (if female) makeup in a way that you find attractive and tasteful.

7. Financial Support: Provision of the financial resources to house, feed, and clothe your family at a standard of living acceptable to you, but avoiding travel and working hours that are unacceptable to you.

8. Domestic Support: Creation of a home environment for you that offers a refuge from the stress of life; managing the home and care of the children- if any are at home – including but not limited to cooking meals, washing dishes, washing and ironing clothes, and housecleaning.

9. Family Commitment: Scheduling sufficient time and energy for the moral and educational development of your children; reading to them, taking them on frequent outings, educating himself or herself in appropriate child-training methods and discussing those methods with you; avoiding and child-training method or disciplinary action that does not have your enthusiastic support.

10. Admiration: Respecting, valuing, and appreciating you; rarely critical; and expressing admiration to you clearly and often.

HER Top 5 Emotional Needs (on average):
1. Affection                                                                    

2. Conversation
3. Honesty & Openness
4. Financial Support
5. Family Commitment

HIS Top 5 Emotional Needs (on average):
1. Sexual Fulfillment
2. Recreational Companionship
3. Attractiveness of Spouse
4. Domestic Support
5. Admiration
Becoming an Irresistible Man to your Wife:

1. Affection. Her husband tells her that he loves her with words, cards, flowers, gifts, and common courtesies. He hugs and kisses her many times each day, creating an environment of affection that clearly and repeatedly expresses his love for her.

2. Conversation. He sets aside time every day to talk to her. They may talk about events in their lives, their children, their feelings, or their plans. But whatever the topic, she enjoys the conversation because it is never judgmental, always informative and constructive. She talks to him as much as she would like, and responds with interest. He is never too busy “to just talk.”

3. Honesty and Openness. He tells her everything about himself, leaving nothing out that might later surprise her. He describes his positive and negative feelings, events of his past, his daily schedule, and his plans for the future. He never leaves her with a false impression and is truthful about his thoughts, feelings, intentions, and behavior.

4. Financial Support. He assumes the responsibility to house, feed, and clothe the family. If his income is insufficient to provide essential support, he resolves the problem by upgrading his skills to increase his salary. He does not work long hours, keeping himself from his wife and family, but is able to provide necessary support by working a 40-45 hour week. While he encourage his wife to pursue a career, he does not depend on her salary for family living expenses.

5. Family Commitment. He commits sufficient time and energy to the moral and educational development of the children. He reads to them, engages in sports with them, and takes them on frequent outings. He reads books and attends lectures with his wife on the subject of child development so that they will do a good job training the children. He and she discuss training methods and objectives until they agree. He does not proceed with any plan of training discipline without her approval. He recognizes that his care of the children is critically important to her.

Becoming an Irresistible Woman to your Husband:

1. Sexual Fulfillment. His wife meets this need by becoming a terrific sexual partner. She studies her own sexual response to recognize and understand what brings out the best in her; then she shares this information with him, and together they learn to have a sexual relationship that both find repeatedly satisfying and enjoyable.

2. Recreational Companionship. She develops an interest in the recreational activities he enjoys most and tries to become proficient at them. If she finds she cannot enjoy them, she encourages him to consider other activities that they can enjoy together. She becomes his favorite recreational companion, and he associates her with his most enjoyable moments of relaxation.

3. Physical Attractiveness. She keeps herself physically fit with diet and exercise, and she wears her hair, makeup, and clothes in a way that he finds attractive and tasteful. He is attracted to her in private and proud of her in public.

4. Domestic Support. She creates a home that offers him a refuge from the stresses of life. She manages the household responsibilities in a way that encourages him to spend time at home enjoying his family.

5. Admiration. She understands and appreciates him more than anyone else. She reminds him of his value and achievements and helps him maintain self-confidence. She avoids criticizing him. She is proud of him, not out of duty, but from a profound respect for the man she chose to marry.

“Heaven is for Real” Handout

Click on the link below to view a thought-provoking handout written by Jessica Jones that goes along with the movie, “Heaven is for Real.”

“Heaven is For Real” Handout

 If Heaven is For Real…

If Heaven is real then we must ask ourselves some questions. These questions are different depending on where you are in your life and relationship with God.

… but you’re still skeptical of the movie. 

Can someone go to Heaven and come back?
This movie is based on an account of a young boy; the likelihood of every detail being exactly correct and accurate is unlikely. However, the small details are not nearly as important as the big picture. The big picture and overall theme is answering whether a boy can go to heaven and come back to tell his story. To answer this question we must first ask if Heaven is real. There are many scriptures in the bible that validate Heaven. The Bible clearly shows us that Heaven is for Real!

* John 14:1-3 * John 10:28 * 1 Corinthians 2:9 * Luke 23:42-43 * Revelation 21:1-4, 18, 27 * Revelation 22:1-5 * 2 Kings 2:11 * 2 Corinthians 5:1 * and MANY more – Google search ‘Bible Verses about Heaven’

Regardless of our opinion of the movie, we need to look at how this movie is effecting the audience it’s presented to. Is it overwhelmingly encouraging people to have a better or worse relationship with God? Is it encouraging people to live a better life, or a more destructive life? People are not perfect, our stories and accounts are not always perfect … but God doesn’t require us to be perfect to use us to bring people to Him.

… and you don’t have a relationship with God. 

Do you know where you will spend eternity?
The Bible says that Heaven is for Real! The Bible also tells us that hell is for Real! Each person has an eternal decision to make about where they want to spend eternity. If you believe in heaven and hell (or even if you don’t) you need to make a decision about your relationship with God. The Bible tells us that God loves us so much that He sent Jesus, His only Son, to take the blame for all your “sin” (your sin is the total of all the bad things you ever did or will ever do in your life) so that you can be with God, in heaven, forever. If you want to accept this gift from God, then pray this prayer to Him right now: “God… I believe that Jesus is your Son and I accept Him into my heart. I trust you to forgive me of all my sin and I want to live with you in heaven forever. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for forgiving my sin. Amen.”

…and you love God with all of your heart. 

Are you being selfish with your salvation?
So, you have a relationship with God and you are sure you’re going to Heaven! That’s great, but you’re not off the hook. It is your responsibility to make sure you tell anyone who will listen that Heaven (and Hell) is for Real. God entrusts his believers with the responsibility of sharing His love and promise of Heaven with all who are lost.

“It is the opposite of ignorance—it is intellectual honesty: to be willing to accept reality and to call things what they are even when it is hard.” ― Todd Burpo, Heaven is for Real

“The Best Bible Teacher” (When God’s Spirit Moves: Part 3)

Faith Assembly of God
When God’s Spirit Moves:
The Life-Changing Power of the Holy Spirit*
Part 3: The Best Bible Teacher
Wed. May 21, 2014

This study is an experience in understanding how the Holy Spirit wants to move and work in our lives. It is designed to both teach us more about the Holy Spirit and inspire us to welcome His influence in our daily lives.

John 16:12-14, “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you.” (NIV)

  • The Bible can only be explained & understood if you’re taught by the One who wrote it, the Holy Spirit.
  • Story: Brian Pettrey

A teacher (rabbi) better than Jesus?

  • John 14:15-17, “If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you foreverthe Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” (NIV)
  • John 14:26, “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (NIV)
  • Whereas Jesus taught people only from the outside, the Holy Spirit teaches us God’s truth from the inside.

More than “just reading”

  • Bible teachers are important, but the teaching of the Holy Spirit is most important.
  • 1 John 2:26-27, “I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.” (NIV)
  • Every time we open the Bible, we need to stop & pray!
  • “Teach me…,” “Give me understanding…” (Psalm 119)
  • Come to the Bible like children
  • We need Holy Spirit revelation.

Read with open eyes; don’t just reinforce prejudices

  • If we don’t get help from the Holy Spirit, we can fall into the terrible habit of reading Scripture only to find more ammunition for what we already believe. We need to come instead like children.
  • Sad but true: In the 1800s, many churches in the South would preach from the Bible in support of slavery.
  • “Thousands stand ready to split doctrinal hairs and instruct others in the fine meaning of Scripture words – but there are few through whom the Holy Spirit can work to bring [people] to new birth in the kingdom of God.” – William Law, English devotional writer, 1761

We need Holy Spirit teaching, not our tradition

  • John 5:39-40, “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life.These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” (NIV)
  • We need to search the Scriptures & ask for help from the Holy Spirit.
  • You can’t do one thing apart from God!
  • We must depend upon God & His Spirit
  • 1 Corinthians 2:12, “What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.” (NIV)
  • 2 Chronicles 16:9, “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” (NIV)

Recommended Resources:
* Cymbala, Jim. When God’s Spirit Moves (DVD, Leader’s Guide, and Participant’s Guide). Zondervan: 2011.
Cymbala, Jim and Dean Merrill. Fresh Power: Experiencing the Vast Resources of the Spirit of God. Zondervan: 2003.
Cymbala, Jim and Dean Merrill. Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire: What Happens when God’s Spirit Invades the Hearts of His People. Zondervan: 2003.
Cymbala, Jim and Jennifer Schuchmann. Spirit Rising: Tapping into the Power of the Holy Spirit. Zondervan: 2012.
Wood, George O. Living in the Spirit: Drawing us to God, Sending us to the World. GPH: 2009.

The Key of FAITH: Abraham had it (5.18.14)

Series: The Key of FAITH
Week 1: Abraham had it (Part 1)

Notes from a message I preached on Sunday, May 18, 2014 at Faith Assembly of God

Read Hebrews 11

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. . . . And without faith it is impossible to please God. . .” (Hebrews 11:1, 6, NIV)

What is biblical Christian FAITH?

  • FAITH is not belief alone or actions alone.
  • A person of FAITH Trusts and Obeys God through Jesus!

Why is this FAITH so important?

1) FAITH in Jesus is the basis of the Christian life.

  • Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is confidence [lit. “substructure” or “basis”] in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (NIV)
  • Hebrews 11:6, “And without faith it is impossible to please God” (NIV)

2) FAITH is the key to unlocking all that God has made available to us through Jesus.

  • Romans 3:21-24; 5:1-2a; 10:9-13; 16:25-27
  • Galatians 3:26-29
  • Ephesians 2:8-9; 3:2-12
  • Philippians 3:8-9
  • 2 Timothy 3:14-15
  • Hebrews 6:12; 10:19-23, 37-39

Abraham lived a life of FAITH

  • Genesis 11:27 – 12:9

A person of FAITH Trusts & Obeys God through Jesus!

Worship Song: “Forever” (Kari Jobe)

View the chord chart here.
The song is in the key of Ab. So if you are playing this on guitar, I would recommend you capo on the 1st fret and play the chords as if in the key of G.

The moon and stars they wept
The morning sun was dead
The Saviour of the world was fallen
His body on the cross
His blood poured out for us
The weight of every curse upon him

One final breath he gave
As heaven looked away
The son of God was laid in darkness
A battle in the grave
The war on death was waged
The power of hell forever broken

The ground began to shake
The stone was rolled away
his perfect love could not be overcome
Now death where is your sting?
Our resurrected King
Has rendered you defeated

Forever he is glorified
Forever he is lifted high
Forever he is risen
He is alive, He is alive!

The ground began to shake
The stone was rolled away
his perfect love could not be overcome
Now death where is your sting?
Our resurrected King
Has rendered you defeated

Forever he is glorified
Forever he is lifted high
Forever he is risen
He is alive, He is alive!

We sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah
The Lamb has overcome

Forever he is glorified
Forever he is lifted high
Forever he is risen
He is alive, He is alive!

You have overcome
You have overcome
You have overcome
You have overcome

Spoken Word by Isaac Wimberley

If there are words for Him, then I don’t have them.
You see my brain has not yet reached the point
where it could form a thought that could adequately
describe the greatness of my God.
And my lungs have not yet developed the ability to,
release a breath with enough to agility to
breathe out the greatness of His love
And my voice, you see my voice is so inhibited.
Restrained by human limits,
that it’s hard to even send the praise up.
You see if there are words for Him,
I don’t have them.
My God, His grace is remarkable
Mercies are innumerable
Strength is impenetrable
He is honorable, accountable
Favorable, He’s unsearchable yet knowable
Indefinable yet approachable
Indescribable yet personal
He is beyond comprehension
Further than imagination
Constant through generations
King of every nation
But if there are words for Him,
Then I don’t have them.
You see my words are few
In trying to capture the one true God
Using my vocabulary would never do
But I use words as an expression,
An expression of worship to a Savior
A Savior who is both worthy and deserving of my praise
So I use words.
My heart extols the Lord. Blesses His name forever.
He has won my heart, Captured my mind
And has bound them both together
He is defeated me in my rebellion
Conquered me in my sin
He has welcomed me into His presence
Completely invited me in
He has made Himself the object of my sight
Flooding me with mercies in the morning
Drowning me with grace in the night
But if there are words for Him,
Then I don’t have them.
But what I do have is, good news
For my God knew that manmade words
Would never do, the words are just tools
That we use to point to the truth
So He sent His Son Jesus Christ
As The Word, living proof
He is the image of the invisible God
The first born of all creation
For by Him all things were created
Giving nothingness formation
And by His words He sustains
In the power of His name
For He is before all things
And over all things He reigns
Holy is His name
So praise Him for His life
The way He persevered in strife
The humble Son of God becoming the perfect sacrifice
Praise Him for His death.
That He willingly stood in our place
That He lovingly endured the grave
That He battled our enemy
And on the third day rose in Victory.
He is everything that was promised
Praise Him as a risen King
Lift your voice and sing
For one day He will return for us
And we will finally be united with our Savior
For eternity, eternity.
So it’s not just words that I proclaim
For my words point to The Word
And The Word has a name
Hope has a name
Joy has a name
Peace has a name
Love has a name
And that name is Jesus Christ
Praise His name FOREVER!

“The Mosaic of My Heart” (Mother’s Day 2014)

This is the handout from a message that Christa preached (“The Mosaic of My Heart”) on Mother’s Day (Sun. May 11, 2014) at Faith Assembly of God

Heart Diseases                     →                   God’s Truth                     →                     Healing Prognosis
Fear/Worry “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.” Philippians 4:6-7 Peace, rest
Shame “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 Forgiveness, freedom
Gossip “May the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing to you,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14

 

“Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.” Ephesians 4:29

Known as an encourager and speaker of LIFE
Anger “Control your temper, for anger labels you a fool.” Ecclesiastes 7:9

 

“And ‘don’t sin by letting anger control you.’ Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.”   Ephesians 4:26, 27

 

“A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.” Proverbs 15:1

Peace, gentleness
Temptations “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.”   1 Corinthians 10:13 Wisdom to stand firm
Pride “Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” Proverbs 11:2

 

“Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor.” Proverbs 29:23

 

“For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.” 1 John 2:16

Humility, wisdom

These are the lyrics to the song, “The Mosaic of My Heart,” that Christa wrote.

I’m broken
I’ve been shattered,
Happiness stolen, but yet peace overflows
Because I trust You, 

The mosaic of my heart sings Your praise
The mosaic of my heart reflects Your grace
May my whole life be an offering of everything I have
I give it to you. You have it all.

I’m not perfect
I get anxious,
Worried, fearful, but yet peace overflows
Because I trust You,

You’re my deliverer, redeemer
You make me an overcomer,
Victorious for Your glory
When I’m broken, You heal me
When I’m anxious, You calm my raging seas
And I’m thankful

“Power Source” (When God’s Spirit Moves: Part 2)

Faith Assembly of God
When God’s Spirit Moves:
The Life-Changing Power of the Holy Spirit*
Part 2: Power Source
Wed. May 7, 2014

This study is an experience in understanding how the Holy Spirit wants to move and work in our lives. It is designed to both teach us more about the Holy Spirit and inspire us to welcome His influence in our daily lives.

Ephesians 3:16-17a, “I pray that out of his [God’s] glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.” (NIV)

Our job is not to “figure everything out.”

  • Acts 1:6-8, “Then they gathered around him and asked him, ‘Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He said to them: ‘It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’” (NIV)
  • Story: Terry Khem

The early Christians: great results in spite of weak credentials

  • Peter, Philip, Stephen… They were all ordinary people who were empowered by God’s Spirit.
  • Luke 24:45-49, “45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, ‘This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.’” (NIV)

Having the right message isn’t enough.

  • The great need today is for God’s Power.

Ebbs & flows throughout church history

  • Throughout church history, there have been times when God’s people became sick and tired of being sick and tired and prayed to God for a REVIVAL.
  • 1st & 2nd Great Awakenings, Welsh Revival, Azusa Street Revival, Brownsville Revival…

“To each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” (1 Corinthians 12:7, NIV)

  • Expect the manifestation of the Holy Spirit through every believer.
  • Zechariah 4:6, “‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.” (NIV)
  • “We are in urgent need of some manifestation, some demonstration, of the power of the Holy Spirit.” – British evangelical leader D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, in a 1970s sermon at Westminster Chapel, London

“New” is not always good.

  • Prayer of desperation to God, “There’s got to be something more!”

“I believe, and am growing more into this belief, that divine, miraculous, creative power resides in the Holy Spirit. . . . Unless He attend the Word in power, vain will be the attempt in preaching it. Human eloquence or persuasiveness of speech are the mere trappings of the dead.”
– Evangelist Dwight L. Moody at a prayer convocation, Northfield, Mass., 1880

Additional Reading:
Luke 1:35; 4:14; Acts 10:38; Romans 1:4; 15:13, 18-19; 1 Corinthians 2:4; 12:8-10; Galatians 4:29; Ephesians 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 1:5; 2 Timothy 1:7

Recommended Resources:
* Cymbala, Jim. When God’s Spirit Moves (DVD, Leader’s Guide, and Participant’s Guide). Zondervan: 2011.
Cymbala, Jim and Dean Merrill. Fresh Power: Experiencing the Vast Resources of the Spirit of God. Zondervan: 2003.
Cymbala, Jim and Dean Merrill. Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire: What Happens when God’s Spirit Invades the Hearts of His People. Zondervan: 2003.
Cymbala, Jim and Jennifer Schuchmann. Spirit Rising: Tapping into the Power of the Holy Spirit. Zondervan: 2012.
Wood, George O. Living in the Spirit: Drawing us to God, Sending us to the World. GPH: 2009.

Combined Worship Service @ Faith (4.27.14)

Here are the pictures, worship songs & Scriptures from the Combined Worship Service with Cornerstone Fellowship Assembly of God on Sun. April 27, 2014 at Faith Assembly of God

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“This is Amazing Grace”
“You Know Me”
“Here in Your Presence”
“Holy Spirit”
“My Jesus, I Love Thee”
“You Won’t Relent”
“I’m a Lover of Your Presence”
Revelation 5:6-10
Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. And they sang a new song, saying:
You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.'” (NIV)
Revelation 8:1-6
1 When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.
And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.
Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake.
Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound them.” (NIV)
Exodus 15:1-18
“Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to theLord:
‘I will sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted.
Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea.
The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.
He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
The Lord is a warrior; the Lord is his name.
Pharaoh’s chariots and his army he has hurled into the sea.
The best of Pharaoh’s officers are drowned in the Red Sea.
The deep waters have covered them; they sank to the depths like a stone.
Your right hand, Lord, was majestic in power.
Your right hand, Lord, shattered the enemy.
In the greatness of your majesty you threw down those who opposed you.
You unleashed your burning anger; it consumed them like stubble.
By the blast of your nostrils the waters piled up.
The surging waters stood up like a wall; the deep waters congealed in the heart of the sea.
The enemy boasted, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake them.
I will divide the spoils; I will gorge myself on them.
I will draw my sword and my hand will destroy them.’
10 But you blew with your breath, and the sea covered them.
They sank like lead in the mighty waters.
11 Who among the gods is like you, Lord?
Who is like you— majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?
12 You stretch out your right hand, and the earth swallows your enemies.
13 In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed.
In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling.
14 The nations will hear and tremble; anguish will grip the people of Philistia.
15 The chiefs of Edom will be terrified, the leaders of Moab will be seized with trembling, the people of Canaan will melt away; 16 terror and dread will fall on them.
By the power of your arm they will be as still as a stone—until your people pass by, Lord, until the people you bought pass by.
17 You will bring them in and plant them on the mountain of your inheritance—the place, Lord, you made for your dwelling, the sanctuary, Lord, your hands established.
18 The Lord reigns for ever and ever.'” (NIV)
Luke 4:18-19
18 The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (NIV)

“Agent in the Shadows” (When God’s Spirit Moves: Part 1)

Faith Assembly of God
When God’s Spirit Moves:
The Life-Changing Power of the Holy Spirit*
Part 1: Agent in the Shadows
Wed. April 23, 2014

This study is an experience in understanding how the Holy Spirit wants to move and work in our lives. It is designed to both teach us more about the Holy Spirit and inspire us to welcome His influence in our daily lives.


Church life badly needs the Holy Spirit.

  • Church is IMPOSSIBLE without the blessing & power of the Holy Spirit.
  • “The Christian religion is hopeless without the Holy Ghost.” – Samuel Chadwick (1860-1932), Methodist leader & college president in England
  • Jesus Christ can change ANYONE!
  • Story: Roma Black

Jesus was leaving?

  • John 16:5-16, “but now I am going to him who sent me. None of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ Rather, you are filled with grief because I have said these things. But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. 12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.” 16 Jesus went on to say, “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.” (NIV)
  • The Holy Spirit is God’s only agent on planet earth.

The Holy Spirit gets inside us.

  • John 14:16-17, “16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” (NIV)
  • The real problem lies within us.
  • Romans 8:9, “You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.” (NIV)

The early apostles & the Holy Spirit

  • Everything in the New Testament centers around the power of the Holy Spirit. But today the Holy Spirit is the most neglected member of the Trinity.
  • Peter after Pentecost vs. Peter before Pentecost
  • No outward teaching can replace the inner power of the Holy Spirit.

Current misgivings about the Holy Spirit

  • Extremes
  • Some people say, “I don’t want to know about the Holy Spirit; I just go by the Word.” But the Holy Spirit wrote the Word and speaks a lot about Himself there.
  • Unfortunately, there is a prejudice today against the Holy Spirit.

What the Spirit does today

  • Christians are the “temple” (inner sanctum) of the Holy Spirit
  • Christians have been changed because they’ve been invaded by the Spirit of the Living God.
  • Christianity is centered on Christ.
  • Churches are supposed to be Holy Ghost hospitals.

Preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ AND believe in the Power of the Holy Spirit!

Additional Reading:
John 3:5-8; Titus 3:5-7; Romans 8:5-6; John 14:26; Romans 8:13-16; 2 Timothy 1:6-7

Recommended Resources:
* Cymbala, Jim. When God’s Spirit Moves (DVD, Leader’s Guide, and Participant’s Guide). Zondervan: 2011.
Cymbala, Jim and Dean Merrill. Fresh Power: Experiencing the Vast Resources of the Spirit of God. Zondervan: 2003.
Cymbala, Jim and Dean Merrill. Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire: What Happens when God’s Spirit Invades the Hearts of His People. Zondervan: 2003.
Cymbala, Jim and Jennifer Schuchmann. Spirit Rising: Tapping into the Power of the Holy Spirit. Zondervan: 2012.
Wood, George O. Living in the Spirit: Drawing us to God, Sending us to the World. GPH: 2009.