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Vision Baptist Church Alpharetta, Georgia

Vision Baptist Church Alpharetta, Georgia
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John 4:35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. It is our custom to put things off for another day. We are procrastinators. We know that the world needs to be reached with the gospel. We just think we have plenty of time to get with the work. We can do it tomorrow. We can take care of ourselves and a few other things first. Jesus asked His disciples to quit waiting. He asked them to look up right then. There was a harvest waiting right then. It was time to get the harvest in. How are you living and thinking right now? I know you love God. I know you fully plan to be involved in doing His will. You would “never” not obey. You would never rebel, but you might be guilty of putting it off until a better or different day. Procrastination is the same as rebellion, just in another form. Will you today consider that it is now time to obey. Lift your eyes. See the need. Get involved. Do […]
We had a wonderful service on Sunday, May 20th here at Vision Baptist. On Sunday morning, Bro. John Pearson gave us our offering devotion. Then, we had special music by Joanna Bush and Hannah Ewing with Charlotte Penrod on piano. Then, Trent Cornwell preached a message from Mark 12. Then, on Sunday evening, we had our Student Driven service and our Awana Awards program. Whitney Elrod led the awards ceremony for our Awana kids. Then, we had special music by Lydia Bush, Lydia Littlefield, Adri Bush, and Joanna Bush with Charlotte Penrod on piano. We also had several verses brought to us by our youth boys. Then, Greg Keelan was our preacher for our Student Driven Service and he brought us a message from Joshua 7. If you would like to view these services, please check out our live stream on Facebook.
Luke 21:27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Jesus is coming back. He is coming soon. He will come with great glory and great power. When I was a child, I heard much of His coming. Today, little is said, but that doesn't change the truth. Jesus is coming soon. He is returning to take us home. He is coming to judge the world that has mocked and rejected His love and offer of salvation. Every day you should consider that today might just be the day. We are to live our lives in light of eternity. We are to live looking for our Savior. Are you ready for Him to come? Are you confident of your salvation? If you are not saved, then today trust Jesus and be saved. Photo by Andrew Ruiz on Unsplash
Luke 23:25 And he released unto them him that for sedition and murder was cast into prison, whom they had desired; but he delivered Jesus to their will. Jesus had come to save people from their sins. Jesus loved and served. The religious people hated Him so much that they chose a hardened criminal to go free instead of Jesus. They didn't want the wicked man, but anyone would be better than Jesus. They feared Him. He talked about God's love. He spoke of salvation that He would purchase and not their works. Jesus had turned the religious world upside down. They wanted Him dead. Who do you choose? Do you prefer this world and rebellion over a God that loves you? Do you want sin instead of salvation? Do you wish you over Him? Who would you have go free? Will you allow Him to give you real freedom that this world has no way of offering? Trust Christ today. Photo by Ashim D'Silva on Unsplash
Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife. One of wildest stories in the Bible is that of Lot's wife. She loved the world of sin more than the will of her Savior. She looked back longingly to the past instead of submitting and seeking the promise that God had given. She turned into a pillar of salt. She lost because she couldn't make up her mind to leave the past. She dwelt on the past. She loved the past. She feared the future. She didn't trust God. We were told to remember Lot's wife because we suffer from the same sins and temptations. We adjust our past to what we believe sounds best. It we want we make it horrible. If we want we make it better than it was. Whatever we dwell on the past and hang on to what we have and know. We are afraid to trust God for whatever else He has for us. So remember Lot's wife. Realize that looking back hurts and costs. Trust God. Look forward to whatever He has for you. Leave the past where it is. Photo by Joel Filipe on Unsplash
When Vision Baptist Church was officially started in March of 2006 we had all the dreams and desires of most church plants. We prayed that God would use our combined efforts to see people come to know Christ and become followers of Him. It was also our desire that God would use our new church plant to be a place that people could be equipped for missions service. Over the last 12 years God has been very gracious to us and allowed us to see this dream become a reality! In the summer of 2005 a handful of use moved to Alpharetta. We started to learn the “lay of the land” and begin meeting people. One night a group of us decided to go to “Meetup” where people were learning spanish. Being that we spent time together in Peru, South America most of the group knew some spanish and thought it would be a great way to meet some people we could talk to about Jesus and let them know about the new church that would be started the following year. At that meeting we met a very, young Miguel Sanabria. I believe he was a sophomore in HIgh School […]
We had a wonderful time this Sunday here at Vision Baptist Church. It was our Mother’s Day Sunday service, and we also had a baptism service. Jeff Bush baptized his children Alexa and Hudson, and then, Ben Johnson baptized his daughter Evie during our Sunday morning service. Then, Bro. John Pearson gave us our offering devotion out of Revelation 18 Then, we had special music by Jessyca McKinnon and David Burkhart with Kristen Mize on piano singing “Your Grace Still Amazes Me.” Then, Bro. Gardner preached a message on being a parent worthy of honor from Ephesians 6. Then, on Sunday evening, Dustin Brown was presented with his arrow as he begins deputation to the country of Turkey. Brett Broadrick, our WEC representative for Asia, gave a report on the country of Nepal, and missionaries Paul and Amber Taube, and missionary interns Justus and Courtney Mize. Then, Nate Wilkerson was our 5 minute preacher and he brought us a message from James 3. We had special music performed by James Byrapaka and Chris Fies. Then, Bro. Gardner preached from 1 Kings 15 and 2 Chronicles 13. If you would like to view this service, please check […]
Luke 11:3 Give us day by day our daily bread. The Lord Jesus taught His disciples to pray and ask for the bread of each day. That is such a great picture of how we are to live. He wants us to ask for enough for today. In Matthew 6:34 He stated that we were only to face the problems of one day at a time. We are given our bread one day at a time. The reason people get so stressed is that they are trying to face a week's problems or even more. We are to live today, just today. We can't live our yesterdays. We can't live our tomorrows. The world we live in causes us to fear tomorrow. Jesus would tell us to just take care of today. I can only live one day at a time. If I learn how to live today, then I will be ready for tomorrow. If I can learn to focus on today and my serving Jesus, then the problems of tomorrow will take care of themselves when the time comes. Help me learn to live one day at a time. Help me learn to trust you for tomorrow's problems […]
Ezekiel 18:23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live? God doesn't want anyone to die or to be destroyed. He takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked. He wants to see them return to Him and live in truth. God loves you. He doesn't want you to die and go to hell. He wants you to be saved. He has done all that is necessary for your salvation. He has paid for your sins. He offers you a free gift. If you just accept the gift, believe Him you can be saved. Regardless just like He said to His people in the Old Testament He loved them. He took no pleasure in their death. You will be the one that chooses not to believe. You will choose rebellion and suffer the consequences for yourself. Or you will trust Christ. He wants you saved. He wants you forgiven. Will you trust Him today? Photo by Cristian Grecu on Unsplash
Luke 4:43 And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent. Jesus came to preach the kingdom of God. He came to take it to other cities, not just Jerusalem or Bethlehem. Jesus came to preach the gospel to the world. His thought was the next city, the next town. He was sent for that purpose. If I can see that God sent Jesus to preach, to announce the kingdom of God, then I must ask myself how that affects me. I should gather that I too am sent. There are plenty of verses that make that extra clear. We are to take the gospel to the world. It is the next city, other cities. Do I even consider others than those that I love and live with? Do I realize that we as a people and me as an individual have been sent to tell others of what Jesus did on the cross? Is my church trying to do anything to get the gospel to the world? Photo by Stephen Monroe on Unsplash
Luke 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. Even Jesus grew. He increased. He, somehow, increased in wisdom. His body grew. God and man were more and more pleased with Him. I should never stop growing. I want to be more and more of what He would have me to be. I want to increase in my faith. I want to grow in my walk with Him. I want to be more and more pleasing to Him even though I know He is pleased with me. I want to be who I was meant to be. I want to take advantage of everything that He has for me. I want to decide never to stop growing. If Jesus grew, then I certainly need to grow. I will seek to grow more and more. Photo by patricia serna on Unsplash
Mark 14:33 And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy; 34 And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch. It is hard to see or imagine the pain Jesus felt. He had made Himself 100% human. Jesus was still 100% God, but He felt like we feel. He was hours from the cross. He needed help. He needed the Father to do something for Him. He prayed three times. Each time He accepted the Father's will for His life and death. Jesus was staring at the death of the cross. He saw the pain and humiliation that He was about to face. He prayed. He asked His friends to pray. What a lesson for us we have here. When we are staring at something bigger than us, we need to seek God. We need to realize that He can and will help us. We need to pray. We need to know that Jesus understands us. He has felt our pain and humiliation. He understands and will meet our needs. Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash
Mark 10:9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. The beauty of marriage is that God made marriage. He makes marriage. He joins us together. The lesson here is to realize that my marriage is more than an accident. God, somehow, unbeknownst to me, has joined us to our spouses. If God has put us together, we are not to be divided. Marriage should be honored and respected. Marriage is between and man and a woman. That is how God did it in the very first marriage in the Bible. It is how He created humans. Then somehow I met my wife. God brought us together. We fell in love. We decided to marry. I doubt that most considered that it was God putting them together but it was. That is how the verse reads. So let's respect our marriage. That means that today we work just a little harder to be the spouse we should be. It says that we love and accept the person that God has given us. It means that we work through and out of the problems and not the marriage. Photo by Daniel Suarez Photography on Unsplash
Matthew 26:75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly. Jesus had warned Peter about his pride repeatedly. Peter had promised that he would never deny the Lord Jesus even if the others did. Jesus told Peter that he would be severely tested. Jesus let Peter know that he would indeed deny him. Now that he had denied Jesus he heard the rooster crow. He remembered what Jesus said. Remembering his pride broke his heart. He began to cry as a broken man. The Holy Spirit is at work in our lives. He warns us. We hear preaching. We get truth given to us. We often choose to ignore the truth until! Until we fall, we sin, we are made to realize that our pride has indeed lead to a fall. So much better would be to remain sensitive to the Holy Spirit, to allow Him to convict us, to warn us of sin. Ask God to work and guide in your life. Seek Him. Listen as the Word is spoken and preached that God would work before you have to […]
Matthew 23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. Everything in life and this world tells us that we have to put ourselves out there. We have to push and promote ourselves. We must make ourselves significant. Winston Churchill reportedly said that history would be kind to him because he intended to write it. That is precisely the attitude that we so quickly develop. Scripture and the Lord Jesus teach us that we are to humble ourselves. We are to get our eyes and our thoughts off of ourselves and on to Him. We ought to think of others more than we think of ourselves. The truth is that we should just forget about ourselves, our wants, our needs, our place, what people think of us and see about loving and promoting Jesus. If we honor Him, He will take care to give us whatever honor we need. He will bless us if we will die to ourselves and live to Him. Photo by Abigail Keenan on Unsplash
Matthew 20:15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? God gave each worker what he wanted. He gave the least per hour precisely what He had agreed to provide. He didn't cheat anyone. However, it might look like it wasn't fair. He gave the ones that worked all day the same as the ones that had only worked an hour. He had agreed with the first on their wage, but now that they saw what others received they wanted a new contract. We judge how we are treated by comparing ourselves with others rather than seeing what we were promised or what we truly deserve. God is the owner. We are just servants. We belong to Him. Put bluntly we are His property. He brought us for a price. We like it that we have been purchased and belong to Him when it comes to talking about salvation. We do not like it so much when it is speaking of Him doing with us as He pleases. I want more. I think I deserve more and better. I get jealous. I get upset. I focus […]
Matthew 15:16 And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding? Jesus knew that the regular people weren't getting His message. They didn't know what He was doing. They didn't understand that He was God come to die for their sins. They didn't realize that salvation was a work of God and not of religion. There comes a time when God's people should understand the truth and be ready to live it out. After all this time of following Jesus are you still not understanding? Are you still confused? Decide to surrender all to Him, and you will find that obedience and submission lead to understanding and direction. Jesus loves you and is working in your life to make you grow and be all you are supposed to be. Photo by Marion Michele on Unsplash
Matthew 10:31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. God loves and takes care of His creation. He cares for the sparrows. He knows what is happening in their lives. Not a one falls that He doesn’t know it. Jesus says that we are far more valuable than a sparrow, a small bird. We should trust Him. He will do right. He will take care of us. The birds sing to their maker without a care in the world. We live in fear or believing Satan more than we believe God. Can we not decide today that we will believe God at least for today? Can’t we decide just to trust that He will meet our needs? God is good. Let's believe Him. Photo by Mathew Schwartz on Unsplash
Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Jesus is calling on us to humble ourselves before Him. We are not prominent, proud, pompous, powerful, people who can get what we want. We need Him. We are to come humbly asking Him to work in our lives. I want to be careful to die to myself. I want to let God live through me so that this verse can be right for me. Tozer had this to say about the ordinary world we live in compared to what Jesus was teaching. In the world of men, we find nothing approaching the virtues of which Jesus spoke in the opening words of the famous Sermon on the Mount. Instead of poverty of spirit we find the rankest kind of pride; instead of mourners we find pleasure seekers; instead of meekness, arrogance; instead of hunger after righteousness we hear men saying, “I am rich and increased with goods and have need of nothing”; instead of mercy we find cruelty; instead of purity of heart, corrupt imaginings; instead of peacemakers we find men quarrelsome and resentful; instead of rejoicing in mistreatment we find them fighting back […]
Malachi 1:14 But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, And voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing: For I am a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, And my name is dreadful among the heathen. God hated it when His people would act as though they had nothing to give so they could keep all they did have. They would make promises to give and then give God something of no value or damaged goods. They treated God like He was a beggar. They gave God what they didn't want for themselves. They showed no respect for Him as a great and powerful God and king. Have you considered how you are treating God with your offering? Do you give to Him like He is someone famous and worthy? Do you treat Him with the dignity you would someone famous and influential? Do you just use God or is there a real love from your heart for Him? Our giving is very likely a reflection of our opinion of God. We give little, leftovers, and what is unimportant because we see God that way! We give little because He is little in […]
Haggai 1:6 Ye have sown much, and bring in little; Ye eat, but ye have not enough; Ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; Ye clothe you, but there is none warm; And he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes. God's people only considered themselves. They didn't think about God nor were they thankful for all He was doing in their lives. They didn't realize that as they worked and sought after money, they were really losing. They worked hard, but God wasn't blessing. Money can never satisfy us. We will never have enough unless we work at turning from things to God. Material goods make lousy masters. Money is a terrible boss. We must let Jesus rule in our hearts. We must live with our hands open for God to take and use whatever He wants. Unclench your fist. Let go of your stuff. Take your treasures off the throne of your heart and put Jesus there, Then God will bless you as you serve Him. He will not allow you to lose more than you make. He will bless you! Photo by Taylor Ann Wright on Unsplash

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