1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
2 The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.
3 Then God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.
4 And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness.
15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,
16 for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can't see
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him.
17 He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.
18 Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body.
He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything.
19 For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ,
20 and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ's blood on the cross.
1 The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.
2 Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known.
3 They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard.
2 Timothy 3:1-5|NLT
1 You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times.
2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred.
3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good.
4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God.
5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!
For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made,
they can clearly see his invisible qualities-- his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.
3 Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other.
3 Don't be selfish; don't try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.
4 Don't look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
6 Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.
7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form,
8 he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal's death on a cross.
9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
1 Timothy 6:11-14|NLT
11 But you, Timothy, are a man of God; so run from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness.
12 Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have confessed so well before many witnesses.
13 And I charge you before God, who gives life to all, and before Christ Jesus, who gave a good testimony before Pontius Pilate,
14 that you obey this command without wavering. Then no one can find fault with you from now until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.
2 Timothy 2:22|NLT
Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.
Mike brought the message. Like a flat tire, with a bad attitude, you can't go anywhere, until you change it.
We face many problems and questions in our lives. What answers do we want?
Our human nature has many flaws. Stop kidding yourself and be honest with yourself.
What are our responsibilities and what are God's responsibilities?
We were having communion and concentrated a lot on the making of sacrifices. On the topic of being the church, Pastor Dwayne looked at what God desires from us - both individually and as a nation.
How much are you willing to pay for the greatest treasure on earth?
What is the purpose and use of going to church? What do you want from it? Pastor Dwayne started looking at the experiences of God's presence even in the Old Testament. What are you prepared to pay for the joy that God has set before you?
Pastor Dwayne also referred to the amazing story of Brother Yun, the Heavenly Man:
Brother Yun, Heavenly Man, Shares His Story https://youtu.be/kViMxA7eDn8
The Heavenly Man 2002 [Audiobook] https://youtu.be/05rUd9p6vfE https://ChristianAudio.com
Testimony by Brother Yun https://youtu.be/L73xMGVttJE
Is Brother Yun a Con-Man?! ? Back To Jerusalem podcast https://youtu.be/VmtioayLCyQ
Short biography https://www.inspirationalChristians.org/missionaries/brother-yun/