Sunday Morning Meetup – 6/7/2020

Welcome to Sunday Morning Online

Welcome!

We are now meeting in our building. As we do we want to observe recommendations from the CDC. 

  1. Good handwashing (20 seconds).
  2. Cover your cough.
  3. Six-foot spacing.
  4. Obviously, if you have a fever or new symptoms you should let us know and stay home.

Announcements

Check out the announcements below and if we missed anything please update us on the Prayer, Needs and Updates form. Thanks

After several hybrid meetings without any participation, we decided to move our Sunday meetings to the building only.

  • Sunday Morning – 10:00 AM.
  • Sunday Night – 5:00 PM.
  • Thursday Night – Online @ 7:00 PM.
  • Friday – The Gathering @ 7:00 PM
  • There is an Offering button in the giving section below as well as on the Home Page upper left corner.

  • You can also mail your gifts to LSF – PO Box 103 – Warrens, WI 54666

This week we will be having communion using Fellowship Cups. It will make serving easier for the next few months.

This is a pre-packaged juice and wafer item.

We will be having our Q3 meeting on the last Sunday of this month. Cranfest is still up in the air at this time. 

Please add any agenda items you have on the form below.

Thanks.

 

Prayer Requests, Needs & Updates

Please fill out the form below with your prayer requests so we can pray about them during our meeting together.  Also, any updates you might have for answered prayer or announcements can go here. Thanks.

Use the Prayer Watch link above to access our prayer list. Contact me for password.

Songs

Take Me Back

Giving

Malachi 3:8–12 (CSB)
8 “Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing me!”
“How do we rob you?” you ask.
“By not making the payments of the tenth and the contributions. 9 You are suffering under a curse, yet you—the whole nation—are still robbing me. 10 Bring the full tenth into the storehouse so that there may be food in my house. Test me in this way,” says the LORD of Armies. “See if I will not open the floodgates of heaven and pour out a blessing for you without measure. 11 I will rebuke the devourer, for you, so that it will not ruin the produce of your land and your vine in your field will not fail to produce fruit,” says the LORD of Armies. 12 “Then all the nations will consider you fortunate, for you will be a delightful land,” says the LORD of Armies.

Scripture​

Matthew 5:31 (CSB)
31 “It was also said, Whoever divorces his wife must give her a written notice of divorce.

Matthew 5:27–32 (CSB)

ADULTERY BEGINS IN THE HEART

27 “You have heard that it was said, Do not commit adultery., 28 But I tell you, everyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of the parts of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of the parts of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.

DIVORCE PRACTICES CENSURED

31 “It was also said, Whoever divorces his wife must give her a written notice of divorce. 32 But I tell you, everyone who divorces his wife, except in a case of sexual immorality, causes her to commit adultery. And whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

Be aware when you abruptly see apostasy. How will you acknowledge it, sound the alarm, and remain faithful?

In the last 2 weeks we have seen some disturbing things in our nation. Stacked upon the pandemic is the tragic death of George Floyd and the lawlessness that continues after.

God created man.

So God created man in his own image; he created him in the image of God; he created them male and female.

Genesis 1:27 (CSB)

There is no statement of race, religion, occupation, association, political party… God created man – period. And He created them in His image, male and female.

God has also described how we are to walk in His creation.

Mankind, he has told each of you what is good
and what it is the Lord requires of you:
to act justly,
to love faithfulness,
and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8 (CSB)

To act justly, – is to do what is right in God’s eyes.

To love faithfulness, – or mercy or kindness – it is the kindness of men towards men. It holds the feeling of joint obligation with God and loyalty to God that causes us to walk as faithful or godly ones.

And to walk humbly – showing a humble walk with God.

…I will look favorably on this kind of person:
one who is humble, submissive in spirit, and trembles at my word.

God - Isaiah 66:2 (CSB)

There is another disturbing movement happening on the earth. It would serve us well to be aware of it.

There is a growing apostasy on the earth.

…For that day will not come unless the apostasy comes first and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.

2 Thessalonians 2:3 (CSB)
Waiting In the Wings

APOSTASY (ἀπόστασις, apostasis, ἀποστασία, apostasia). A public denial of a previously held religious belief and a distancing from the community that holds to it. The term is almost always applied pejoratively, carrying connotations of rebellion, betrayal, treachery, or faithlessness.

The Lexham Bible Dictionary

Jesus asked a question. 

...Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?

Jesus - Luke 18:8 (CSB)

Knowing the events that must occur before His return we can see why God will shorten the days. 

Unless those days were cut short, no one would be saved. But those days will be cut short because of the elect.

If anyone tells you then, ‘See, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘Over here!’ do not believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.

Jesus - Matthew 24:22–24 (CSB)

So what is causing me to look at this subject? Is it civil unrest and racism?

Is it the pandemic and the approaching economic challenges? Is it the increase of tornadoes, earthquakes in unusual regions?

Well, yes and no. What really is causing my concern is the repeated pattern of turning away. Those who carry the label “Christian“ decide that they don’t really believe in God.

I first heard the rumblings in August of last year (2019). Marty Sampson, a singer, and songwriter with Hillsong decided he didn’t believe in God.

How sad. He wrote some heartfelt songs. And now he doesn’t believe in the God that inspired them?

This was just days after author Joshua Harris announced that he didn’t consider himself a Christian. He wrote books on dating. He was then in the process of divorcing his wife.

Campus Crusade, now known as Cru, had a couple of leaders that established their own YouTube channel. Their names are Rhett and Link.

Early this year they have come out to proclaim that they don’t believe in God either. Men who were leading others to know God, supposedly through Christ, no longer believe.

In the past two weeks, Jonathan Steingard has proclaimed the same thing. He was with Hawk Nelson and helped write the song Drops in the Ocean. Something is wrong!

How do we acknowledge apostasy?

God tells us through His Spirit that there will be a falling away. We know that apostasy is in the earth. People are drawn away by their own desires.

Now the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will depart from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and the teachings of demons, through the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared.

Paul - 1 Timothy 4:1–2 (CSB)

God gave us a conscience. It is the inner sense of what is right or wrong in our conduct or motives. It moves us toward right action.

But here Paul tells us that those turning from faith in God have a seared conscience.  They are unwilling to listen and learn from their conscience.

Simply put, their conscience is desensitized and rendered ineffective because of their rebellion against the gospel. More specifically – they are against God.

Let me state the obvious. We are in a spiritual war for hearts and minds.

Don’t fool yourself. This isn’t a matter of opinion it is a matter of life and death.

Hebrews shows us a picture of falling away from God’s grace.

Make sure that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no root of bitterness springs up, causing trouble and defiling many.

And make sure that there isn’t any immoral or irreverent person like Esau, who sold his birthright in exchange for a single meal.

For you know that later, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, even though he sought it with tears, because he didn’t find any opportunity for repentance.

Hebrews 12:15-17 (CSB)

This is concerning and brings the question. If we turn away from what we know is right are we able to return? Maybe, if there is an opportunity for repentance…

21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Proverbs 18:21 (CSB)

How Do We Sound The Alarm?

We need to watch out for one another. We need to be in relationships that promote following Christ (discipleship).

I have talked on discipleship many times. In fact, I left us with these questions two weeks ago.

  • Who is your somebody that helps you grow in Christ?
  • Who is your somebody that you are helping to grow in Christ?
  • Who is your somebody to whom you are sharing Christ?

By keeping our focus on growing and going in Christ, we hold fast to our faith in Him.

In these relationships, we can notice changes in our brothers and sisters. We can have conversations as to what is going on in their hearts.

Watch out, brothers and sisters, so that there won’t be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.

But encourage each other daily, while it is still called today, so that none of you is hardened by sin’s deception.

For we have become participants in Christ if we hold firmly until the end the reality that we had at the start.

Hebrews 3:12-14 (CSB)

By being in a community of believers we can help each other. When someone is being pulled from the truth we can sound the alarm.

How do we remain faithful?

First of all, we need to recognize that we are in a war. As the accuser’s time grows short his attacks will intensify.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this darkness, against evil, spiritual forces in the heavens.

Ephesians 6:12 (CSB)

We need spiritual discernment. We can ask for this because distinguishing between spirits is a gift of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 12:10).

John tells us that we must distinguish between THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH AND THE SPIRIT OF ERROR.

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

This is how you know the Spirit of God:
Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God.

This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming; even now it is already in the world.

1 John 4:1–3 (CSB)

We must identify the voice we are hearing. Is it the voice of truth or the voice of the accuser?

We must then take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.

For although we live in the flesh, we do not wage war according to the flesh, since the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds.

We demolish arguments and every proud thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to obey Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:3–5 (CSB)

This is something each one of us must do. No one can do it for you because it takes an act of your will.

I’ll close with this – pursue holiness. The people of God are called to be holy because He is holy.

We must allow the Holy Spirit to sanctify us. We purify ourselves by submitting and obeying what He commands.

As we cooperate with Him, He sets us apart for His work.

Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, bearing this inscription: The Lord knows those who are his, and let everyone who calls on the name of the Lord turn away from wickedness.

Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also those of wood and clay; some for honorable use and some for dishonorable. So if anyone purifies himself from anything dishonorable, he will be a special instrument, set apart, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.

Flee from youthful passions, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

2 Corinthians 10:3–5 (CSB)

What does God require of us? He wants us to act justly, to love faithfulness, and show kindness to people. He wants us to walk humbly with Him.

We must acknowledge that apostasy is in the earth. We have a responsibility to stand and to help others to stand.

We must sound the alarm. We are in a spiritual war and it is a matter of life and death. We need to watch out for one another.

We must remain faithful. We need to identify the voices we are hearing and discern if it is from God or the accuser. And then we need to take those thoughts captive to obey Christ.

Lastly, we need to cooperate with the Holy Spirit and be holy. He will prepare us for every good work to fulfill God’s purpose.

What spoke loudest to you today? Let me know in the comments below.

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