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Update For April 3, 2020

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Update For April 3, 2020

Sam and Nate Streaming Back Porch WorshipBack Porch Worship

This past Sunday, Nate and Sam lived streamed our weekly worship service from our back porch. I am working on getting that uploaded to YouTube.  They will be streaming worship on Facebook this coming Sunday at 10:30 AM. We are also going to attempt to stream to YouTube Live as well.

 

Lampasas Mission

The Mission is in desperate need of volunteers. Currently, they only open on Tuesday and Thursdays for drive-through pick up. At this time they are closed on Mondays due to lack of volunteers.

Have a blessed day,

Dee

Message from Pastor Nate About CO-VID 19

by CCCLampasas

Good Afternoon. The governor is calling for all public meetings to be cancelled until April 3rd. We will put up a sign that services are cancelled on the main entrances to the church. I will be working remotely from home for the school district. Please feel free to call, text, or message me on Facebook if you need me. The Lord will provide, and we will make it through this as a praying and caring church. Please continue to pray for everyone affected by this state of emergency including Billy who is not allowed visitors at the hospital except for visits from Barbara Hester. Please continue to pray for health professionals, business owners, employees, students, the poor, the elderly, widows, orphans, educators and others.

We are working on a way to provide Bible study, worship and other resources on-line.

Pastor Nate

Advent 2018: Hope

by CCCLampasas

Cross-posted  at  TheDeeZone

Today is the beginning is of Advent. Advent is a time for us to prepare for Christmas. It isn’t about shopping, baking, decorations or even preparing for the annual Christmas concert, play or cantata.

Advent is about what God did for us. It is about God’s Radical demonstration of love.

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:16-17 (NIV)

Humans were created by God to have a relationship him. Sadly, humans rebelled. It was God who took the initiative to bring restoration and healing to humans.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (NIV)

Christ came into a dark world so we might have hope. A hope that endures even in the most difficult situations. A hope that isn’t based on our circumstances. A hope that gives purpose and meaning even when life seems pointless. A hope that is anchored in the past saving work of Christ, the ongoing strength for today and the promise of future reward.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Have a blessed week.  — Dee

Father’s Day 2018: Get in the Boat

by CCCLampasas

Scripture: Genesis 6:5-10

What can we learn from Noah?

  1. Christian fathers and all men in general are to be men of character. Noah is an excellent father described in the Bible. He is famous for building an ark and believing in God when everyone around him called him crazy. He listened to Yahweh. He listened to the Lord’s warning.  Noah is being called a righteous and blameless man. He walked daily with the Lord. He righteous and blameless in comparison to the people of his time.
  2. Fathers do have a vital role in families today.
  3. Godly fathers and grandfathers protect their loved ones. Noah’s righteous living and His relationship with the Lord shielded His loved ones.
  4. Godly fathers and grandfathers persevere. Noah continued working year after year after year. Imagine the ridicule and criticism he received. People would think he was insane for building an ark.
  5. Even if our fathers have died or abandoned us, Yahweh is our loving father.  The Lord adopts believers into his family, and we are joint heirs with Jesus.

Sermon is in two MP3 files.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Nate’s Notes: The Lord Gives and Takes Away

by CCCLampasas

Photo Credit: WikiMedia Commons

Job 1:21 and said: “Naked I came from my mothers womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”

Helen Adams Keller, who lived from June 27, 1880 to June 1, 1968, was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. The story of how Keller’s teacher, Anne Sullivan, broke through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language, allowing the girl to blossom as she learned to communicate, has become widely known through the dramatic depictions of the play and film The Miracle Worker. She learned to “hear” people’s speech by reading their lips with her hands—her sense of touch had become extremely subtle. She became proficient at using braille and reading sign language with her hands as well.

In 1890, Keller began speech classes at the Horace Mann School for the Deaf in Boston. She would toil for 25 years to learn to speak so that others could understand her. From 1894 to 1896, she attended the Wright-Humason School for the Deaf in New York City. There, she worked on improving her communication skills and studied regular academic subjects. Around this time, Keller became determined to attend college. In 1896, she attended the Cambridge School for Young Ladies, a preparatory school for women.  In 1946, Keller was appointed counselor of international relations for the American Foundation of Overseas Blind. Between 1946 and 1957, she traveled to 35 countries on five continents.

It is hard to imagine a tougher life of suffering than to be born both deaf and blind. Hellen Keller looked at life in the proper way:

Helen Keller stated: “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

Job had wealth, status, a large family, and land. He faithfully served the Lord and even during incredible suffering, Job remained faithful. His wife told Job to curse God and die. His friends, instead of comforting Job, accused him of sinning against God. The Lord remained the one constant through Job’s trials. Even when he could not understand Yahweh’s actions or sense His presence, Job endured.

The writer of Ecclesiastes also understood that the Lord gives and takes away.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8  1 There is a time for everything,  and a season for every activity under the heavens: 2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,  5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, 6 a time to search and a time to give up,  a time to keep and a time to throw away, 7a time to tear and a time to mend,  a time to be silent and a time to speak, 8 a time to love and a time to hate,  a time for war and a time for peace. 

There are seasons in life when we are on the mountain tops and times when we are in the valleys. Hellen Keller knew suffering her entire life but she did not let her problems master her or control her destiny. No matter what season of life you are in, the Good Shepherd guides and loves you. For God so loved you, that he sent Jesus to live a perfect life, die a cruel death, rise from the grave, and ascend to the Father in glory.

Charles Spurgeon remarked in his sermon A Happy Christian:

The worldly blesses God while he gives him plenty, but the Christian blesses him when he smites him: he believes him to be too wise to err and too good to be unkind; he trusts him where he cannot trace him, looks up to him in the darkest hour, and believes that all is well. (Suprgon, Charles H. A Happy Christian. MTP 13:103)

All is well because we know who holds the future. All is well because of our relationship with the Triune God. We can experience true joy, true love, and true peace in Christ. Job completed our passage by stating in faith: praise the Lord! No matter what is happening in your life, praise the Lord!

Prayer:

Father,  We so often do not understand our suffering but we praise you regardless of our circumstances. May we have the faith to realize that You are greater than any problems we will experience. May we realize that You know our future and that You will create a new heavens and a new earth. In the precious name of Jesus we pray, amen.

 Pastor Nathan