9 Actions to Consider This Sunday

Here are nine servant actions for you to consider.
  1. Pray as you enter the property. Pray for the guests. Pray for the services. Pray for the pastor and the sermon.
  2. Park at the most distant spot available. Save the closer parking places for guests.
  3. Greet people. They may be guests. They may be members. It’s okay to introduce yourself to either.
  4. Look for people to help. You know the place well. Many others will not. Be a guide. Help someone who looks like he or she needs help.
  5. Sit as close as possible to the front of the worship center. Save the back rows for guests and late entrants, so they don’t have to walk past so many people.
  6. Sit in the middle. Don’t claim that aisle seat where people have to walk over you or past you.
  7. Sit closely. Your worship center may be packed. If so, be willing to sit cheek to cheek.
  8. Volunteer to serve. As the number of attendees increase, so does the need for volunteers. parking lot help, & the church greeter ministry are a few of the areas that will need more volunteers to help serve and minister to members and guests.
  9. Pray as you leave. The Holy Spirit is likely working in many persons who attended. Pray for His continual work of conviction and comfort.

These are simple acts. They are acts of service. And if you survive doing these acts of kindness and service on Easter, you just might be able to do them on other days of worship as well.



Quest Ranch Summer Servant Camp

When: July 1-6, 2018

Purpose: To serve Quest Ranch by working on facilities, cleaning, general maintenance, and more. We will provide Corkey, the owner operator of Quest Ranch, a break so that he will be prepared to minister the remainder of the summer season.

COST: $60 per person – includes lodging, most meals (we will eat out a few times), Camp T-shirt, Bible study material
 

 

photo-2To Bring: pillow, sleeping bag, twin sheets, blankets, BIBLE, notebook, Personal Hygiene items, Towels, washcloth, snacks, Ice Cooler if desired, River sandals or old  tennis shoes for river, sunscreen, hat, swim suit (modest please, 1 piece or cover up required), cool work clothes, snacks, special dietary food items.

 

Overview: We will work in the mornings, float the river or swim in lake during afternoons, and have Bible study/Worship time in the evenings.

Additional expenses will include travel (gas), 3 meals out, incidentals, keepsakes.
Sign-up with Pastor Kevin ASAP. kevin@KevinInman.org
Take a look at the Quest Ranch website for more details.
 


Showing Love Through Hospitality

 

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it” (Hebrews 13:2).

Hospitality should be a trait of all Christians, because whenever we display it, we minister to the Lord.

If you are a Christian, your responsibility to love others does not stop with fellow believers. The apostle Paul is very explicit and direct about this: “See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all men” (1 Thess. 5:15). “All men” includes even your enemies. The “strangers” mentioned in today’s verse can refer to unbelievers as well as believers. The writer of Hebrews is saying we often won’t know the full impact hospitality will have; therefore, we should always be alert and diligent because our actions may even influence someone toward salvation.

The last part of Hebrews 13:2, “some have entertained angels without knowing it,” further underscores the point that we can never know how significant or helpful an act of hospitality might be. Read more…



James: Bond Slave-part 2

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James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad: Greetings. James 1:1

 

Today we will focus upon the first half of verse one.

James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ…

James identified himself as a bond-servant (more here). As William MacDonald has stated in Believer’s Bible Commentary,

“At one time, he had not believed in the Lord Jesus (John 7:5). He may have shared the view that Jesus was out of His mind (Mark 3:21). But our Lord patiently sowed the seed of the word. Though unappreciated, He taught the great principles of the kingdom of God. Then the seed took root in the life of James. A mighty transformation resulted. The skeptic became a servant. And he wasn’t ashamed to say so!

The skeptic became a servant…a slave to God and the Lord Jesus Christ. James was not alone in using this description. Being a servant, a bond-servant, a slave of Jesus Christ is the essence of the Christian life. The apostle Paul often described himself as a bond-servant of Jesus (Romans 1:1; Philippians 1:1). The apostle Peter (2 Peter 1:1) and Jude (Jude 1) did also (by the way, Jude is also the half brother of Jesus on their mother’s side).

James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ…

James called himself a bond-servant of God AND the Lord Jesus Christ. This speaks of Christ’s Deity. If Jesus were not God it would be idolatrous for James to say that he was a servant of God and also of Jesus Christ. Anytime God and Jesus Christ are included together like this, the Bible is telling us that they are equal. No mere man could be spoken of in direct connection with God. Four times in Isaiah the Bible says there is no God beside the Creator Jehovah God (Isa. 44:6, 8; 45:5, 21). Exodus 34:14 says, “For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.”

Why would James make this assertion that Jesus is equal with God? James had come to believe in Jesus as “the Lord Jesus Christ”.  
LORD – Master
JESUS – Savior

CHRIST – Messiah, the anointed one, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

We hear a lot of references to just “Jesus” today. But when we are addressing Him, we should recognize Him for who he is: the Lord Jesus Christ! We would do well to remember today, as James did, that Jesus is the Lord Jesus Christ.
We should remember that:
1. Jesus did indeed claim to be God (John 10:30-33).
2. Jesus accepted worship as God.
     a. Six times in the Gospel of Matthew Jesus accepted worship (Mat. 8:2; 9:18; 14:33; 15:25; 20:20; 28:9).
     b. Thomas worshipped Christ and called Him God (John 20:28).
     c. Unlike the elect angels and the apostles who refused to accept worship (Acts 14:11-15; Rev. 19:10), not once did Jesus refuse it. The Bible teaches that it is idolatry and wickedness to worship anyone or anything other than the one true and living God (Ex. 20:3-5; 34:14; Isa. 42:8; Mat. 4:10). Therefore, the fact that Jesus accepted worship is indisputable evidence that he was and is Almighty God.
3. Moreover, Jesus is called God many times in the New Testament Epistles. See Philippians 2:5-6; Colossians 1:15-17; 1 Timothy 3:16; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 1:8-9; 1 John 5:18.  This is not an isolated instance from a misled or delusional half-brother. This statement is a direct reference to the fact that Jesus is the Christ and Lord.
What about us? Do we recognize Jesus as the Lord Jesus Christ? Have you surrendered to His will? Is Jesus Christ your Lord…your Master? Are you His slave? Are you guilty (like much of the realm of Christendom) of asking Jesus to be your Savior and not surrender to His Lordship?
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Our knees MUST bow to King Jesus! We have two choices:
-We bow down now willingly, or
-We will be forced to bow and acknowledge the Sovereign Lord Jesus Christ!
For it is written, “AS I LIVE, SAYS THE LORD, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME, AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL GIVE PRAISE TO GOD.”  Romans 14:11
Until tomorrow, Keep looking for our blessed hope…
Pastor Kevin