A Word From Bro. Joe!

Dear Church Family,

1 Thessalonians 4:17 has always been a scripture that brings me great joy and hope! It reads, “Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet The Lord in the air!” The longer I live and the older I get, the more I find myself praying, “Lord, let me live to see that day!” I’m almost sure every Christian has prayed that prayer before. We’d all like to skip the process of death and meet Jesus in the air! Hallelujah, as the Apostle John exclaimed in Revelation, “Come quickly, Lord Jesus!”

Do you know that the word rapture is not found in most English translations of the Bible? It’s not in the King James Version, the New King James Version, or the New International Version. But that doesn’t diminish its reality or our excitement about it. According to the Apostle Paul, one day soon Christ will descend from heaven with a shout, and believers who are alive at the time will be “caught up” or “caught away” to be with Him.

When The Bible was translated into Latin in the fourth century, the translators rendered the original Greek phrase with the Latin word rapura, a term meaning “snatched away”. That’s the source of our English term rapture. Later, when The Bible was translated into English, the scholars bypassed the Latin term and used the more literal words, “caught up”. The meaning, however, is the same.

In our modern society, rapture also means being caught up in excitement and joy. When Jesus descends from Heaven with a shout, we, His children, will be caught up with Him in the clouds, and we’ll feel rapturous joy in our hearts.

Tom Blackaby, a Christian author once wrote, “Many people do not seem to think Jesus will come back in their lifetime; if they did it would affect the way they lived.” I think he’s exactly right!

We’ll be continuing the new sermon series, “Please Pass the Fruit Salad”, and taking a fresh look at the fruit of The Spirit, this Sunday. The spiritual trait of PATIENCE will be our topic when we come back together this weekend. I hope you’ll join us at 10AM and bring someone with you. I’ll look forward to seeing you!

Love always,
Bro. Joe

 

Sermon Notes Now available

Here are the sermon notes from Pastor Joe’s and Pastor John’s recent sermons:

Oct.18th, 2020, “I want patience, and I want it now!” (Pastor Joe)

Oct.11th, 2020, “The Prince of Peace” (Pastor Joe)

Oct. 4th, 2020, “It’s a Mad, Sad, Bad, World” (Pastor Joe)

Sept. 27th, 2020″What’s Love Got To Do With It” (Pastor Joe)

Sept 20th, 2020 Biblical Authority (Greg Hall)

Sept. 13th, 2020 Joy Ride “The Secret”. (Pastor John)

Sept. 6th, 2020 Joy Ride “Stand Strong”  (Pastor John)

Aug 30th, 2020 Joy Ride “Live like a Citizen of Heaven”  (Pastor John)

Aug 23rd, 2020 Joy Ride “Running Towards the Goal”  (Pastor John)

Aug 16th, 2020 Joy Ride “Trivial Pursuit”    (Pastor John)

Aug 9th, 2020 Joy Ride “Caring for Others”    (Pastor Joe)

Aug 2nd, 2020 Joy Ride “Understanding God’s Purpose”  (Pastor Joe)

July 26th, 2020 Joy Ride “Identify with Christ”  (Pastor Joe)

July 19th, 2020 Joy Ride “Focus on the Positive”.(Pastor Joe)

July 12th, 2020 Joy Ride “Pray for Thanksgiving”. (Pastor Joe)

July 5th, 2020 Stressed Out: ‘Enjoy The Journey”  (Pastor John)

June 28th, 2020 Stressed Out: ‘From Shepard to Chef” (Pastor John)

June 21st, 2020 “Stressed Out” Purposeful Valley   (Pastor John)

June 14th, 2020 “Stressed Out” Follow The Leader (Pastor John)

June 7th, 2020 “Stressed Out” Rest vs Restlessness (Pastor John)

May 31st, 2020 “Stressed Out 24/7 Shepard” (Pastor John)

May 24th, 2020 “God Is More 5” (Pastor Joe)

May 17th, 2020 “God Is More 4” (Pastor Joe)

May 10th, 2020 “God Is More 3” (Pastor Joe)

May 3rd, 2020 “God Is More 2”  (Pastor Joe)

April 26th, 2020 “God Is More 1”   (Pastor Joe)

April 19th, 2020 “Is There Any Hope?”  (Pastor Joe)

April 12th, 2020 “The Day That Changed Everything” (Pastor John)

April 5th, 2020 “Persevering in Uncertain Times”  (Pastor Joe)

March 29nd, 2020 “When You Are Afraid” (Pastor Joe)

March 15th, 2020 “The Lure”  (Pastor John)

March 8th, 2020 “Just Do It”  (Pastor John)

March 1st, 2020 “WiseUp”  (Pastor John)

February 23rd, 2020 “Outlook Determines Outcome” (Pastor John)

February 16th, 2020 God Questions “Can I Be Sure I Will Go To Heaven When I Die? (Pastor Joe)

February 9th, 2020 God Questions “Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?”  (Pastor Joe)

February 2nd, 2020 God Questions “What are you Really Like?” (Pastor Joe)

January 26th, 2020 “Warfare & Worship” (Pastor Joe)

January 19th, 2020 “The Way We Worship” (Pastor Joe)

January 12th, 2020 “The Walk of Worship” (Pastor Joe)

January 5th, 2020 “Weight of Worship”  (Pastor Joe)

December 29th, 2019 Crossing Our Jordan  (Pastor John)

December 24th, 2019 Christmas Eve “Joy to the World”. (Pastor John)

December 22nd, 2019 Christmas Surprise – “Surprising Birth” (Pastor Joe)

December 15th, 2019 Christmas Surprise – “Surprising Parents” (Pastor Joe)

December 8th, 2019 Christmas Surprise – “Surprising Reality” (Pastor Joe)

December 1st, 2019 Christmas Surprise – “Surprising Preparation”  (Pastor Joe)

November 24th, 2019 Money Matters : “Dealing with Debt” Part 2  (Pastor Joe)

November 17th, 2019 Money Matters : “Dealing with Debt” Part 1 (Pastor Joe)

November 10th, 2019 Money Matters : “The Right View” Part 2 (Pastor Joe)

November 3rd, 2019 Money Matters : “The Right View” Part 1  (Pastor Joe)

October 27th, 2019 Heaven; What We Do In Lift Echos in Eternity.  (Pastor John)

October 20th, 2019 Heaven; What Will We Do In Heaven?   (Pastor John)

October 13th, 2019 Heaven; Who Will Be In Heaven?  (Pastor John)

October 6th, 2019 Heaven; Can You Only Imagine?  (Pastor John)

September 29nd, 2019 The 10 Commandments: Develop inter Contentment (Pastor Joe)

September 22nd, 2019 The 10 Commandments: Always Be Honest  (Pastor Joe)

September 15th, 2019 The 10 Commandments: Respect Others Rights  (Pastor Joe)

September 8th, 2019 The 10 Commandments: Maintain Sexual Purity (Pastor Joe)

September 1st, 2019 The 10 Commandments: Respect Human Life  (Pastor Joe)

August 25th, 2019 The 10 Commandments: Honor Family Values (Pastor Joe)

August 18th, 2019 The 10 Commandments: Take Time Off (Pastor Joe)

August 11th, 2019 The 10 Commandments: Disciple Your Speech (Pastor Joe)

August 4th, 2019 The 10 Commandments: Worship God Correctly Part 2 (Pastor Joe)

July 28th, 2019 The 10 Commandments: Worship God Correctly. (Pastor Joe)

July 21st, 2019 The 10 Commandments: Establishing Your Priorities.  (Pastor Joe)

July 14th, 2019 The God Who Wants To Friend Me: Our Father Lives in Another Realm (Pastor John)

July 7th, 2019 The God Who Wants To Friend Me: Our Father’s in Charge  (Pastor John)

June 30th, 2019 The God Who Wants To Friend Me: He’s a Loving Father  (Pastor John)

June 23rd, 2019 The God Who Wants To Friend Me: No Limit to Our Fathers Knowledge (Pastor John)

June 16th, 2019 The God Who Wants To Friend Me: He is a Good, Good, Father(Pastor John)

June 9th, 2019 Family Matters: Dealing with Divorce Part 2 (Pastor Joe)

June 2nd, 2019 Family Matters: Dealing with Divorce Part 1 (Pastor Joe)

May 26th, 2019 Family Matters: Solving Family Problems (Pastor Joe)

May 19th, 2019 Family Matters: Love, Sex and Marriage. (Pastor Joe)

May 5th & 12th, 2019 Family Matters: Discipline That Works Part 1 & 2 Pastor Joe)

April 28th, 2019 Family Matters: Setting Your House in Order (Pastor Joe)

April 21st, 2019 Easter: It’s Friday but Sunday’s Coming (Pastor Joe)

April 14th, 2019 Under Attack? Put On the Armor : We are both Warriors and a War Zone (Pastor John)

April 7th, 2019 Under Attack? Put On the Armor Part 2 (Pastor John)

March 31st, 2019 Under Attack? WWIII: The War on the Family (Pastor Joe)

March 24th, 2019 Under Attack: Armor Up Part 1 (Pastor John)

March 17th, 2019 Under Attack: Spiritual Warfare is Real! (Pastor John)

March 10th, 2019 God Uses Ordinary People: Peter’s Inspirational Comeback (Pastor Joe)

March 3rd, 2019 God Uses Ordinary People: Peter’s Unstable Character (Pastor Joe)

February 24th, 2019 God Uses Ordinary People: Peter’s Impressive Courage  (Pastor Joe)

February 17th, 2019 God Uses Ordinary People: Peters Bold Confession  (Pastor Joe)

February 10th, 2019 God Uses Ordinary People Peters Dramatic Call (Pastor Joe)

February 3rd, 2019 Handling Life’s Challenges How to Release Your Regrets (Pastor Joe)

January 27th, 2019 Handling Life’s Challenges: How to recover from Resentment (Pastor Joe)

January 20th, 2019 Handling Life’s Challenges: How To Handle Your Hurts (Pastor Joe)

January 13th, 2019 Handling Life’s Challenges: How to Remain Calm in a Crisis (Pastor Joe)

January 6th, 2019 Handling Life’s Challenges: How to Make It Through A Bad Day (Pastor Joe)

December 30th, 2018 The Perfect Storm (Pastor Joe)

December 23rd, 2018 Christmas Whom (Pastor John)

December 16th, 2018 Christmas Whoever (Pastor John)

December 9th, 2018 Christmas Whose (Pastor John)

December 2nd, 2018 Christmas Who (Pastor John)

November 25th, 2018 How To Survive Loneliness (Pastor Joe)

November 18th, 2018 Difficult People Forgiving The Cruel (Pastor Joe)

November 11th, 2018 Difficult People: Encouraging the Inconsistent (Pastor Joe)

November 4th, 2018 Battle For The Mind  (Pastor John)

October 28th, 2018 Difficult People: Confronting The Phony (Pastor Joe)

October 21st, 2018 Difficult People: The Critic (Pastor Joe)

October 14th, 2018 Summit’s Vision  (Pastor Joe)

October 7th, 2018 Fatal Flaws: Lust (Pastor Joe)

September 30th, 2018 Fatal Flaws Gluttony (Pastor Joe)

September 16th, 2018 Transformed  (Pastor John)

September 9th, 2018 If it is the Lord’s Will (Making Your Life Count – Pastor John)

September 2nd, 2018 Don’t Use Time Like A Fool (Making Your Life Count – Pastor John)

August 26th, 2018 How We Live Our Life Echos in Eternity (Making Your Life Count – Pastor John)

August 19th, 2018 King Solomon’s Spin on Life (Making Your Life Count – Pastor John)

August 12th, 2018 Re-prioritizing Our Life (Making Your Life Count – Pastor John)

August 5th 2018 Attitudes For Life Change (Pastor John)

July 29th, 2018 Fatal Flaws Greed  (Pastor Joe)

July 22nd, 2018 Fatal Flaws – Slothfulness  (Pastor Joe)

July 15th, 2018 Fatal Flaws – Envy  (Pastor Joe)

July 8th, 2018 Fatal Flaws – Anger  (Pastor Joe)

July 1st, 2018 Fatal Flaws - Pride  (Pastor Joe)

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