Ken and I are so amazed that a year has passed since the start of our church – Village Bible Church. We love this little church plant – full of committed, loving people who want to reach out into the Johnson County community with the story of Jesus. May there be many more church plants in this area in the next few years!
(1) If that which is holy touches that which is unholy, will it make the unholy holy “? The answer is no.
(2) If that which is unclean (unholy) touches that which is clean (holy), will the unclean make it unclean (unholy)? The answer is yes, that is what it will do.
Clean cannot change unclean. But unclean can change clean.
It is a shame that often Godly, well meaning people, catch the disease of sin because somehow they think that their example and presence of righteousness will somehow rub off. It doesn’t work that way. We can catch sin. We do not catch righteousness.
Righteousness comes from responding in faith to the hearing of truth.
Often we should re-read Haggai 2: 11-13. Do it today !
I taught a Bible study on Heaven – in January of 2012. Someone asked me if I would make it available online – so I’ve uploaded the mp3 files to this website – it was just 4 weeks long, but our little group had a really great time talking about Heaven – as we attempted to ask and answer a few questions about our real home. For many of us, it was a sweet time of remembering our loved ones who had already gone to Heaven – and realizing how fantastic their lives are right now as they live and walk with Jesus every day.
Here are the 4 weeks of the study – just click on the play button to listen.
Over the years I have met a large number of wonderful Christians who appear to understand that their eternal salvation is not based upon their good works or obedience, but upon their faith in the gift of salvation paid for by Jesus Christ. However, I have also seen that many of these same people who have been saved by faith, are trying to live each day of the Christian life by their own obedience and good works. They continue to live in bondage.
I am so anxious to walk through the Book of Galatians on Sunday mornings – to be together reminded that the Gospel ( good news) message of salvation by grace through faith is not just to get us to heaven….but is the message we need to remember every day in order to live our Christian lives.
If you are struggling and feeling defeated at the end of each day, you will be encouraged as we begin our study in the Book of Galatians on Sunday, July 15th…..”How To Be Free”.
Recently Kathleen and I have had the opportunity to visit a lot of wonderful churches. It has been so much fun to experience the different church personalities. One thing that has stood out to me is that the churches which present a very “high view of God” send me away with a lot of peace and security.
It seems almost ironic that the more focus we place on “how God is going to help me” the less secure we are. On the other hand, the more I/we focus on Who He is, the more secure and peaceful all of life becomes.
During the last few months Kathleen and I have come to appreciate what the Apostle Paul experienced as recorded in Acts 16: 6-10. In these verses we read of Paul’s two missionary trips where he invested time, travel and effort in order to plant new churches, only to have the Lord close both doors and send him to Europe.
As far as we know from scripture, God never told Paul why he let him first take those two trips. We cannot adequately answer why God permitted this to happen the way it did. We only know that a Sovereign God worked within His providence. Because of God’s redirecting, the Gospel went into Macedonia, into Greece, Italy, Spain, on up through Europe into Britain, and finally it reached the shores of America. Praise the Lord !
As you know, Kathleen and I invested time, travel and effort considering several new geographical areas to plant the next church. God closed doors and has made it clear that He is not through with us here in Greenwood.
On Sunday, July 15th, we will be holding the first worship service for Village Bible Church. We will be meeting at the Indiana Wesleyan Building located at the Greenwood/Rt. 65 Exit. The facilities are wonderful. New….high tech….spacious….lots of parking !
The service will begin at 10:00 a..m. Nursery and children’s ministry will be offered during worship. We invite you to visit this site often as we keep everyone up-to –date on what God is doing.
I totally love this H2 Recorder. I can take it anywhere and set it up, even on the floor, and it picks up everything said in the whole room. Great, great recorder for Bible studies – everyone’s comments are just as clear as can be. Only about $150, runs on 2 AA batteries, and uploads an Mp3 file to my computer as easy as can be. And it’s small – fits easily into my purse.