Who Is In Charge?

How does this reminder from the Word of God make you feel? Malachi 3:6 says “For I am the Lord, and I do not change.” Does this knowledge (or reminder) effect your life?

I think that we should have a passionate and clear vision of what God has called us to do. We should not judge our faith by public opinion polls or what’s fashionable, because these things change. I am a big believer in learning from the past but we also need to keep focused vertically and forward. Isaiah 43:18-19 “Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new.”

How do you apply this verse to your life?

This is a new day! Today you stand on the edge of a new change, a new challenge, and a new commitment. The only way to proceed is trust, obey, and know the Word of God.

Trust in the one who knows your future. Amen?


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Confession

The Bible tells us that if we confess our sins we will be forgiven of our sin and cleansed from all unrighteousness. This is the state of cleansing that God desires for us to be in. That’s what Zechariah 1:3-6 is talking about – God’s people will be cleansed by their confession.

Therefore tell the people: This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Return to me,’ declares the LORD Almighty, ‘and I will return to you,’ says the LORD Almighty. Do not be like your ancestors, to whom the earlier prophets proclaimed: This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Turn from your evil ways and your evil practices.’ But they would not listen or pay attention to me, declares the LORD. Where are your ancestors now? And the prophets, do they live forever? But did not my words and my decrees, which I commanded my servants the prophets, overtake your ancestors? “Then they repented and said, ‘The LORD Almighty has done to us what our ways and practices deserve, just as he determined to do.’”

We see two things here:
1. Repent (Don’t be like your ancestors) – Don’t repeat the history of turning from God! Turnto God instead!

2. Remember God’s Word is forever (apply it, Joshua 1:7-9) “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Do life God’s way not your own way. Realize who is the true power source. So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.” Zechariah 4:6

Amen?


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Making Wise Choices

In Matthew 6:19-24 Jesus talks about having Treasures in Heaven instead of accumulating wealth here in this life. Over the next few days we’ll unpack this great teaching and hopefully apply its lessons to our lives. Today let’s look at the first two verses about being rich?

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

There is a contrast here about two kinds of riches. There are Earthly riches, which you leave, and are temporary. Jesus says do not store up or focus on these, but instead on heavenly riches, which you receive in Glory which are eternal.

Our problem with riches is we choose the wrong thing. May we follow Jesus’ example and focus on what really lasts. Amen?
Pastor Ty Choate


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Gifts of Thankfulness

Happy Thanksgiving! Today is a day to express grateful and thankful hearts. We’ll continue to look at things we should be thankful for from 1 Corinthians 1:7-9.

7 Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. 8 He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
1. Gifts (v. 7) All believers are blessed with spiritual gifts we should share.
2. Protection (v. 8) Stand firm in the faith and allow the Lord to be your shield.
3. Faithfulness (v. 9) Give thanks to a faithful God by showing your faithfulness.
4. Fellowship (v. 9) Thank you Jesus for bringing us in to the family of God.

May we give thanks for today for all these and more. Amen?
Pastor Ty Choate


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Showing Thanks

Look at one story of thankfulness found in Luke 17:11-19: 11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” 14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. 15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. 17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

Ten Were Healed – Only One Came Back
1. Only one broke the Levitical law about quarantine.
2. Only one understood what was happening to them in a deeper sense.
3. Only one went from lamenting to thanksgiving and praise.
4. Only one who came back was a Samaritan.

It wasn’t Suzy Sunday School or Deacon Doug who truly understood (got it). It was the Samaritan! The guy that had no business at Jesus feet, but he was the only one who did.

5. Only one saw the difference between being healed and being whole. Nine lepers were so intent on following the law, but the one, who turned around and came back, saw a significant difference in his mind and heart. Clearly in the mind of Jesus there is a difference between being healed and being made whole.

Always come back to Jesus with a grateful heart. Amen?
Pastor Ty Choate


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Face Time

As we celebrate Thanksgiving week may we always be thankful for a holy God.

Let’s look at Psalm 11 today.

1 In the LORD I take refuge. How then can you say to me: “Flee like a bird to your mountain. 2 For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart. 3 When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” 4 The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne. He observes everyone on earth; his eyes examine them. 5 The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked, those who love violence, he hates with a passion. 6 On the wicked he will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot. 7 For the LORD is righteous, he loves justice; the upright will see his face.
May God help us seek Him and see His face. Amen?
Pastor Ty Choate


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Thanks Giving

We come to God so often with our complaints or requests that we tend to neglect
giving thanks to Him. I love what Paul writes to the church in Corinth (and us).

4  I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.
5  For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and
with all knowledge—
6  God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you.
7  Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus
Christ to be revealed.
8  He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be
blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9  God is faithful, who has called you
into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. – 1 Corinthians 1:4-9
This passage shows us the how and why should we show our thanks. May we
always have a “thanks-giving” heart. Amen?
Pastor Ty Choate


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I’m Mad

There are things that happen that should make us mad. Some may think that anger is a sin, but it’s not. The Bible is clear on this subject. God’s Word says in Psalm 4:4, “In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.” So it’s not the anger but not to let it cause you to sin. Which is difficult. Jesus got mad but He never sinned.
For believers to gain this same type of control we need to take to heart the rest of this verse. Let’s break it down:
When you are in your beds – You can think clearly and rationally about what has happened or to come. Be still, quiet, and calm.
Search your hearts – Psalm 139:23 says, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts”. Allow His thoughts and ways become yours.
Be silent – Allow God to speak and the Holy Spirit minister to you.
Do not let your temper rule who you are. Be still. Be quiet. Hear and Obey God.
Amen?
Pastor Ty Choate


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Life Care

I read an article recently titled, Does the Church really matter to God? It really got me thinking because in record numbers people leave the church every day. This is one of those “minor prophet” verses that we probably never read or skipped over. It’s God’s Word to the church for all time.

Amos 5:21-24 really talks about what matters to God: “I hate all your show and pretense-the hypocrisy of your religious festivals and solemn assemblies. I will not accept your burnt offerings and grain offerings. I won’t even notice all your choice peace offerings. Away with your noisy hymns of praise! I will not listen to the music of your harps. Instead, I want to see a mighty flood of justice, an endless river of righteous living.”

Whenever you see the word “justice” in the Bible it is usually in regards to caring for people’s needs. Living a “righteous life” means doing it God’s way.

Imagine that?

God wants us to take care of others and live a Christ-honoring life – a radical concept by most standards of “church”. By the way, church, He means do this every single day – not just on Sunday.

Always be the church that matters to God. Amen?
Pastor Ty Choate


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Hope Happening

Hope in God’s eyes is not wishful thinking but means a “strong and confident expectation”.
How many times in life do things not turn out as we planned or hoped for? Look at the promises that are made in Proverbs:

Proverbs 10:28 – The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.
Proverbs 11:7 – Hopes placed in mortals die with them; all the promise of their power comes to nothing.
Proverbs 11:23 – The desire of the righteous ends only in good, but the hope of the wicked only in wrath.
Proverbs 23:18 – There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.
Proverbs 26:12 – Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them.

Hope is from God and is always available regardless of what’s happening in the world. Amen?
Pastor Ty Choate


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Hope Delayed

The Book of Proverbs is full of wisdom when it comes to whom we should put our trust. There is one in particular that we should take a look at. Hope delayed (deferred) makes the heart sick, but hope fulfilled is a tree of life. – Proverbs 13:12

What happens when we put our hope in something?

There is excitement and plans on it becoming a reality. We dream about it and become impatient when it doesn’t happen in our time frame.

What happens when what we hope in doesn’t become a reality?

There’s a sense of disappointment, and we lose our Focus. Some may stop trusting and give up on Hope.

What happens when what we hope in is fulfilled? Words like Joyful – Invigorated – Trusting – Fulfillment come to mind.

Life and Eternity with Christ is the fulfillment of what we hope for!
Eternal Hope is deferred but promises and assurances are given. We experience redemption, salvation, eternal hope, and joy. For eternity we will enjoy His presence and peace.

Amen and Praise the Lord!


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Truth

It isn’t what we think, feel, or wish for, that makes it right. The Bible shows us what is truth from God. God’s Word says in Titus 2:1, “You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine.” Sound doctrine is what biblical truth is! It’s nice that we don’t have to make things up or figure them out all the time. We just have to have faith in the Word and obey.
A long time ago a man asked Jesus, “What is truth”? Sadly, he didn’t realize the very essence of it was standing right in front of him. Jesus has given us His Spirit and Word. May we consume and live by them.
We don’t have to stretch the truth – just live it! Amen?

You are invited to Revival Services November 15-17
at Hopewell Baptist and FBC Osgood
Theme – Being the Church

Friday 6:00 at Hopewell – Pastor Steve Allen speaking
Saturday 6:00 at Osgood – Pastor Ty Choate speaking
Sunday Pulpit swap – (Pastor and Praise teams) Hopewell at 9 and Osgood at 9:30


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Great Examples

Everyone loves to get a compliment. What is the best one someone could give you? Solomon was given a great one. Look what God’s Word says in 2 Chronicles 29:2, “He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father, David had done.”
He not only did “everything right” but did the right things for God! As a bonus he was compared to a “man after God’s own heart” – his Father David. Pretty cool stuff. Do you know we can be offered this God compliment as well?
1. Love the Lord with everything you got.
2. Follow God’s commands by loving those around you in the Name of Jesus.
Jesus promised us eternal life. May we all earn the “Well done good and faithful servant”.
Amen?
You are invited to Revival Services November 15-17
at Hopewell Baptist and FBC Osgood
Theme – Being the Church

Friday 6:00 at Hopewell – Pastor Steve Allen speaking
Saturday 6:00 at Osgood – Pastor Ty Choate speaking
Sunday Pulpit swap – (Pastor and Praise teams) Hopewell at 9 and Osgood at 9:30
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Right Sacrifices

God’s Word says in Psalm 4:5, “Offer right sacrifices and trust in the Lord.” Most of us would agree and say, Amen to this verse. Take a closer look and underline the phrase “right sacrifices”.
How do we know what sacrifices are considered right in the eyes of the Lord?
We are instructed in what is right by Paul in Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things. (NKJV)
Let’s give to God whatever is true, pure, noble, right, and good. Offer the most excellent praises. Lean and depend on Him.
Amen?
You are invited to Revival Services November 15-17
at Hopewell Baptist and FBC Osgood
Theme – Being the Church

Friday 6:00 at Hopewell – Pastor Steve Allen speaking
Saturday 6:00 at Osgood – Pastor Ty Choate speaking
Sunday Pulpit swap – (Pastor and Praise teams) Hopewell at 9 and Osgood at 9:30


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Know Your Pain

God knows your pain. The Psalmist shares this truth; The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. – Psalm 34:18

For his anger is but for a moment. His favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may stay for the night, but joy comes in the morning. – Psalms 30:5

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. – Psalm 147:3

Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. – Psalm 61:1

Do not forget the fact that death is the consequence of sin that started in the Garden with Adam and Eve. Jesus died on the cross to release us from the sting of death, which is sin. “Where, O death is your victory? Where, O death is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Corinthians 15:55-57.

But sin is ugly, and the suffering caused by sin is enormous. Sin is something to cry about. Forgiveness should cause us to rejoice.
Amen?

You are invited to Revival Services November 15-17
at Hopewell Baptist and FBC Osgood
Theme – Being the Church

Friday 6:00 at Hopewell – Pastor Steve Allen speaking
Saturday 6:00 at Osgood – Pastor Ty Choate speaking
Sunday Pulpit swap – (Pastor and Praise teams) Hopewell at 9 and Osgood at 9:30


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Watches Over

Through the Scripture, Jesus shows us His ability to grieve and feel loss. “When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her, also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit, and was troubled, and said, ‘Where have you laid him?’ They said, ‘Lord, Come and see.’ Jesus wept. And so the Jews were saying, ‘Behold, how He loved Him!” (John 11:33-36).

Jesus knew that He would soon raise Lazarus from the dead, so why was He so disturbed by the events of that day? There was His great sense of compassion. He hurt to see others hurt. His emotions were pushed to the limit by witnessing the sorrow of Mary. Those with compassion are able to “weep with them that weep” and all Christians ought to have this ability (Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn Romans 12:15).

Jesus continues to watch with compassion over us today as well, as is shown by His standing at the right hand of God ready to receive Steven’s spirit as Steven was being murdered for his faith in Jesus (Acts 8:55,56).

Always remember this same Jesus watches over us as well. Amen?

You are invited to Revival Services November 15-17
at Hopewell Baptist and FBC Osgood
Theme – Being the Church

Friday 6:00 at Hopewell – Pastor Steve Allen speaking
Saturday 6:00 at Osgood – Pastor Ty Choate speaking
Sunday Pulpit swap – (Pastor and Praise teams) Hopewell at 9 and Osgood at 9:30


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Freedom

God sent Jesus to heal the broken hearted… Jesus proclaimed: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; he has anointed me, and sent me out to preach the gospel to the poor, to restore the broken-hearted; Luke 4:18 His mission is revealed – bring the Good news, and along with it hope and vision. The prophesy is filled freeing the poor, weak, powerless, captive, blind, oppressed, and the brokenhearted through His power. With our brokenness and repentance comes obedience and faith.

Belief in Christ is critically important to help us come out of spiritual slavery, and even more so, to help us in staying out! We need to change our hearts, minds, actions, thoughts, tongues, and attitudes to have freedom from sin. Remember: Freedom has no value unless you remain free!

Jesus was reading a prophesy about Himself found in Isaiah 61:1-2. God promised and Jesus delivered! Amen?

You are invited to Revival Services November 15-17
at Hopewell Baptist and FBC Osgood
Theme – Being the Church

Friday 6:00 at Hopewell – Pastor Steve Allen speaking
Saturday 6:00 at Osgood – Pastor Ty Choate speaking
Sunday Pulpit swap – (Pastor and Praise teams) Hopewell at 9 and Osgood at 9:30


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Hope for the Lonely

Have you ever felt that something or someone was chosen over you? Sometimes we lose hope and feel alone. True hope can only come from God. Hope is defined by: The feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best. “Hope” in Scripture means “a strong and confident expectation.”
What does the Bible say about hope? It is mentioned 180 times – 34 times just in Psalms. Here are ten of my favorite on hope.
Psalm 9:18 -But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.
Psalm 25:3 -No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause.
Psalm 25:5 – Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
Psalm 33:18 – But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
Psalm 33:20 – We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.
Psalm 37:34 – Hope in the LORD and keep his way. He will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are destroyed, you will see it.
Psalm 42:5 – Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
Psalm 62:5 – Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.
Psalm 130:5 – I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.
Psalm 130:7 – Put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love and with him is full redemption.
Jesus will never leave you. He is our hope. Amen?
Pastor Ty Choate


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Questioning God

Do we have the right to question God’s plan? God has so many blessings for us if we’re obedient. We need to be still, listen, and think about what He has in store for us. God’s Word says in Jonah 4:4, “But the Lord replied, “Have you any right to be angry?””
If God is asking you this question, consider the words of this great song.
Have Thine own way Lord,
Thou art the potter, I am the clay,
Mold me and make me After Thy will,
While I am waiting, yielded and still.
Be in and follow God’s will for your life today and every day.
Amen?
Pastor Ty Choate


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Citizen Christian

This election has merited a lot of discussion. Problems with leaders and countries have been around for a long time. It’s time we think from our Christian hearts and not our earthly minds.The following is an excerpt from a booklet called Five Duties of a Christian Citizen published by BGEA and Cru.

Citizenship in a free country is a blessing from God. Our great system of self-government assures every Christian a voice in the affairs of the nation, and enables us to bring a heavenly perspective to the earthly realm. God wants us to do His will in government, just as in the church and in the home. But too often we have disobeyed our Lord. We have ceased to be the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world,” as Christ has commanded us. As a result, the moral fiber of America is rotting away – and our priceless freedom is in grave jeopardy. – Bill Bright 1980
British statesman Edmund Burke said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” America is one of the last strongholds of freedom on earth – and citizens who are dedicated to God are the only resource for the preservation of our freedoms, including the freedom to serve Him. We can be used by God to set this nation on a new course of righteousness for His glory.
Charles Finney, who helped introduce half a million Americans to Christ, wrote in 1835: “The time has come that Christians must vote for honest men and take consistent ground in politics, or the Lord will curse them… God cannot sustain this free and blessed country, which we love and pray for, unless the Church will take right ground. Politics are a part of religion in such a country as this, and Christians must do their duty to the country as part of their duty to God… God will bless or curse this nation according to the course Christians take in politics.” His words are no less true for us today. Our nation’s course is up to us.
“A Christian’s first duty is to God. It then follows, as a matter of course, that it is his duty to carry his Christian code of morals to the polls and vote them… If Christians should vote their duty to God at the polls, they would carry every election, and do it with ease… it would bring about a moral revolution that would be incalculably beneficent. It would save the country.” – Mark Twain 1905
Christian lawyer Michael Whitehead put it this way: “If America is to be saved, saved Americans must lead the way.”
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.- 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
May we apply Jesus to all aspects in our lives. Amen?
Pastor Ty Choate


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