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Vision Baptist Church Alpharetta, Georgia

Vision Baptist Church Alpharetta, Georgia
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We had a fantastic service here at Vision Baptist Church.┬ On Sunday morning we were blessed to have six people baptized.┬ We also had a new member, James Byrapaka, join the church. ┬ ┬ ┬ ┬ ┬ ┬ ┬ We had special music performed by Hannah Ewing, Joanna Bush, and Taylor White with Charlotte Penrod on piano. Bro. John Pearson brought us our offering devotion from Job 31.┬ Then, Bro. Gardner preached from Psalm 127. ┬ ┬ On Sunday evening, we had a short time of testimony. Kevin White, missionary to Bolivia, gave us a short message from 1 Corinthians 2.┬ We had special music performed by Johanna Bush and Hannah Ewing with Charlotte Penrod on piano. Then, Bro. Gardner preached┬ out of 2 Chronicles 22-24 on how you can make a difference in the lives of others. ┬ ┬ If you would like to view this service, please check out our live stream on Facebook.
I John 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. You can't just say you know God. Knowing God will cause you to walk as He walked. Knowing Him affects you. Many may say that they are His, believers, saved, etc. but they are not telling the truth. We know we are His when we walk in truth. We that are in Christ love His Word. We want the truth. We want to live in truth. We want to act out the truth. Being a true believer means that we will walk as He walked. Knowing and living thinking of Him affects every area of our lives. Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash
I Peter 2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Jesus didn't sin. He was God in human flesh. He is the only One to ever be sinless. Even more than that there was no guile found in His mouth. That means no deception, no deceit. He didn't use cunning words. There was no duplicity when Jesus spoke. He didn't disguise His Words so that they couldn't be understood. Jesus didn't use secret treachery. This truth means that He was frank, sincere, honest. Now when you read and hear what He said you can be confident that He meant exactly what He said. He wasn't trying to confuse. He wasn't using code or double speak. I love knowing this to be right about Him. I know that I can trust the Word of God for this very reason. Photo by Anna Sastre on Unsplash
James 3:15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. 16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. Some verses just hit me hard. This is one of those verses. I know what it means to feel envy. I know what it means to want to come out on top, to have things work well for me which is the strife mentioned here. Look how ugly this verse is. Where there is jealousy, fussing, and fighting you can be sure that it is not the Lord's work. It is instead the work of the devil to be involved in all the competition and comparing that goes on. We are living and acting like men of this world rather than of His world when trying to see who has the bigger or better work. That is not how the Lord works. Maybe these verses will deal with your heart as well today. Think about this, how much are you comparing and competing. How much are you jealous and envious of others? Time to realize that this is coming from the devil and not from our Father. Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash
Hebrews 8:11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. The day is coming, in the millennium, when God will place the truth in men's hearts. All men will know Him. No longer will it be necessary for one man to teach another. What a beautiful thought and truth this is but until then we will have to do all that we can to get the gospel out. Men do not know the truth. They must be taught. We have the truth. We must be about our Father's business. Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash
Titus 3:2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. The man of God was to speak evil of no man. He was not to be a fighter but rather a gentleman. He was to show deference to all. What a description of the man of God we find here. This is the type of man I want to be. I want to become more and more of the kind and gentleman. I want to be a person that loves and shows love to all. This verse sounds like a perfect picture of Jesus and what He did. He is our example. Actually, He is living out His life in and through us right now. Let's take this verse to heart in how we live. Photo by Wout Vanacker on Unsplash
I Timothy 1:9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; 11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust. Paul said that the law wasn't meant for the righteous. He then goes on to tell us that the law was for the opposite type of person. The law was for those outside the law, for the disobedient. The law was for the sinner and the ones far away from God. The law was given to the criminal. The law was for those that didn't know God, didn't live like they knew God and were far off from God. That was the truth that came with the gospel that God committed to Paul. So often we misuse and misunderstand the law. We place it in our lives as a moral standard. The beauty […]
We had another great Sunday service here at Vision Baptist Church. On Sunday morning and evening, we had special guest speaker, Alexis Givens, missionary to the Dominican Republic. On Sunday morning, John Pearson┬ brought us the offering devotion from Ezra 2. ┬ We had special music performed by Tracy Paver and Kristen Mize on piano with Ben Mize on guitar.┬ Then, Bro. Gardner continued preaching from Mark 12 on the thought that your giving shares your testimony. ┬ ┬ On Sunday evening, Jeff Brown performed the baptismal of Joseph Ewing.┬ Then, Zack Elrod, one of our WEC members, gave a report on the country of Germany, and our 5 minute preacher, Tyler Ellis, preached from Acts 9. Then, Joe Gibby gave an update on the Holt family, missionaries to Chile. ┬ ┬ Then, we had special music performed by Johanna Bush, Savannah Morgan, and Nikki Schwerzler, with Charlotte Penrod on piano. Bro. Alexis Givens gave a report on the ministry in the Dominican Republic.┬ Then, Bro. Gardner preached┬ out of 2 Chronicles 21. ┬ ┬ ┬ ┬ If you would like to view this service, please check out our live stream on Facebook.
I Thessalonians 2:8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us. Paul loved the people that he ministered to. He wanted to help them and love them with no limit to his love. Paul wasn't there to give them the gospel. He was willing to give his very life. He loved them more than they would ever understand. As a pastor and leader for many years, I have a small understanding of what Paul felt. I love the people God has given me. I hurt when they hurt. I am happy when they are happy. It is a beautiful thing to be in the ministry. If I have the privilege of being your pastor you can know that I feel this way about you all the time. It means you get hurt more because you invest your heart and life but it is worth it. Let's love God's people. Let's give them the Bible but let's go a step further and give them our hearts. Photo by Deniz Altindas on Unsplash
Philippians 1:14 And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. Paul was in jail because of his preaching. He had preached the gospel without fear. Now as he is in chains, he is glad that others are getting bolder to preach the gospel. His suffering helped them not to be afraid. We should not be afraid of the world when it comes to sharing the gospel. There is little that they can do to us. What they do should cause us to speak out more boldly than ever. Your example will challenge others. You facing your fears helps others overcome their own. Photo by Paolo Nicolello on Unsplash
Ephesians 5:4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. This verse sure hit me hard. So often we are just teasing, just jesting or joking but are wrong to do so. No filthiness or obscenities should come out of our mouths. We shouldn't be talking foolishness either. That would mean we are not to speak like we do not understand what truth is. We don't mess around with things that might be a mockery of God. No risqu├ę talking is right either. We should be giving thanks rather than wasting our speech on matters of no actual value. That doesn’t mean you cant have a good time, but it does say that maybe we should be just a little more careful how we talk. What comes out of our mouth reveals what is in our heart! Photo by Dan Cook on Unsplash
Ephesians 3:7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Paul said God made him a minister of the gospel by the gift of His grace. It was God's power in Paul's life that made him useful for the cause of the Lord Jesus. We are made ministers by God. We do not make ourselves. He saves us and puts in us the gifts needed. He makes us ministers. It is the goodness of our God that makes us into His workers. It is His grace. It is a gift to be allowed to teach and preach the Word of God with His power. It was God working effectually in the life of Paul that put him in the ministry. That is how it should be in your life. I think that means we ought to respect those that God did make ministers in this manner. I think we should recognize the hand and work of God in their lives. We are in His ministry, doing His work, so let's give Him the glory due to His name. Photo by Annie Spratt on […]
Mark 4:38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? The disciples wanted to know if Jesus was concerned for their lives, their safety. The truth is that Jesus was at that very moment training them how to serve Him best. He was teaching them to trust Him. They thought He didn't know what was going on with them but He did. How many times is God at work in our lives and we do not realize it? We think He doesn’t care when He is doing what is best for us. He is training and teaching us. He is maturing us. It is time just to trust that He loves us and is doing what is best for us at the moment. Photo by David Dibert on Unsplash
Luke 8:14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. One of the most dangerous things for all of us to be so worried about living that we forget who is life. We get hung up on what we think of as real riches. We choose pleasures. These things cause us not to be useful to the Lord and HIs kingdom. We are so busy doing our own thing that we do not have time for what is essential for Him. Have you allowed money, pleasure, and life, in general, to get in the way of your serving God? Do you find yourself to busy to think about the things of God? Do you want to serve God and just can't seem to get around to it? Maybe God is speaking to us in this verse! Photo by Paweł Furman on Unsplash
Galatians 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. This Bible word Abba is beautiful. It is God telling us to call Him not only Father but Daddy. We, the born-again sons of God, have a tremendous relationship. He is not only our Father but loves us tenderly like a dad. It was His idea to tell us to call Him Abba, Daddy. No other God is ever like God. No other like Jesus Christ exists in all the world. A God that loves us. A God that dies for us to give us life. A God that wants an intimate personal relationship. He comes giving. He comes saving us and serving us. If you do not know this quiet peace and sweet relationship, then you can right now. Believe that Jesus Christ is who He says that He is and you can be saved. Believe that He died for you. Believe that He lives for you. Believe that your sins can be forgiven by His ministry on the cross. I call on you to trust Christ as your Savior today. Photo by Juliane Liebermann on Unsplash
II Corinthians 7:10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. Sorrow is a part of our lives. We do things we shouldn't. We are embarrassed. We are sorry because we hurt a relationship. My dad used to discipline me. I would tell him that I was sorry. He would often ask if I was sorry for what I did or the fact that I was about to be punished. The truth is that most often I was sorry I was getting in trouble. True, godly sorrow will bring us to repentance. We will be ready to see the error of our ways and obey God. The other sorrow leaves you crying in your beer and still living and doing the same as before. The crying in your beer sorrow will lead you to death and hell. Which kind of sorrow have you experienced? Have you come to see your sin and your need of a Savior? If not why not now? Photo by Tom Pumford on Unsplash
I Corinthians 16:22 If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maran-atha. This verse is super strong. Paul says that if a person doesn’t love Jesus then let them be Anathema. Anathema means to curse them, to let them go to hell. Paul loved Jesus. To reject Jesus, not to love Him meant you rejected the person Paul loved most in the world. Paul couldn't wait for Jesus to return for him, Maranatha. That word means that Paul wanted Jesus to come quickly. It is an “either or” situation. You either love Jesus, or you do not! You want Him, or you hate Him. I challenge you to decide to love and trust Him. I do not want to see you go to hell. I do not want to see you live under a curse but you are and will if you do not trust Jesus and love Him. Photo by Carsten Stalljohann on Unsplash

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