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Liberty Family, here are notes I have so far for our new Sunday Morning Journey of a Lifetime family worship time. I hope this will encourage you to come and join in.

Gratefulness vs Murmuring

James 1:17 – Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Today marks a really new beginning for our church. We are beginning what I believe to be the biblical way for families to worship together. It is also biblical for the older men to teach the younger men and boys and the older women to teach the younger women and girls. I am excited you are here to begin this journey with us. Today we will begin looking at the 49 positive Character traits and contrast them with the forty nine negative ones. That is 49 weeks, 5 years, of family Bible study that will transform our lives and our homes. To those of you who are single, welcome. You have been adopted into a family as they worship together. So get ready for the journey of a lifetime.

Grateful
a : appreciative of benefits received
b : expressing gratitude <grateful thanks>
Murmur
a half-suppressed or muttered complaint

Gratefulness is a foundational character quality for believers. It is also foundational in all our earthly relationships. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Let’s look at this verse more closely
1. We are to give thanks in every area of our lives – in the good times and the bad
2. NOTE: It is not being thankful for bad things, but being thankful during bad times
3. This is God’s will – Let’s say you break your leg. Some will think this means go around saying I am so thankful for breaking my leg. I know this was God’s will. (IT MAY NOT HAVE BEEN GOD’S WILL AT ALL) What is verse is saying is even when my leg is broken, I have plenty to be thankful for.
1. His saving grace
2. His provision
3. His unconditional love
4. His constant presence
5. My loving family
6. My church family
7. My ability to breathe
8. ____________________________________
9. ____________________________________
10. ____________________________________
You see, even on bad days, God is still being good.

Community/Outreach, Devotion

Becoming a good representative of His love – Friday

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EPHESIANS 6:19-20  And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

2 Corinthians 5:16-21 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

An ambassador is someone who does not have the right to speak for themselves. Everything they say is to be what the one they represent would say if they were there themselves. I have no right to have an opinion of anything Jesus said. It is my duty to just relay to others what He says. He said He was the only way to the Father. I have no right to say there may be some other way. He said that He came to save those that were lost. I have no right then to say He came so people could have good things. He said I was to be a witness for Him, therefore I have no right to keep quiet.

Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

We are His ambassadors. We are His mouth, His ears, His eyes, His feet and His hands. We have no rights. We are His and totally His.

I Corinthians 6:19 – 20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Let’s all commit to be what He bought us to be. His witnesses.

Devotion

Called to be saints – Thursday

Saints

ROMANS 1:7 – To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I CORINTHIANS 1:2 – 2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:

Clearly we are called to be saints. In the Catholic Church, they bestow the title of saint upon “good” Catholics who have done “great things”. In the Bible, all believers are called saints. One is not a saint because they do great things or even right things. NO! One becomes a saint because the righteousness of Jesus Christ is applied to the believers at the time they give their lives to Jesus. We were once sinners and now we are called saints.

Ephesians 3: 18-20 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

He has made it possible for us to be saints.

He is working through His power that dwells within each one of us.

Today, thank Him that He no longer calls you sinner, but He calls you saint.

Church Life, Community/Outreach, Devotion

What is salt and light – Wednesday

salt and light

MATTHEW 5:13-16 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

We are THE salt and we are THE light. You get that? Salt has a purpose and light has a purpose. Salt is used for seasoning and preserving. It also causes pain when rubbed into a wound. As believers, we actually are all three.

We are God’s way of seasoning the world with His good news. We are preserved by His Spirit and we, when we take a real stand on Biblical values, often rub “salt” into the wounds of those who reject Him. Light is to help one see in the dark. We are the only light that the lost can see as they walk through this world without the true life, Jesus Christ. We are here to point others to Him. But they cannot see Him. They do not talk with Him. So we, as God’s priests, are to shed the light of the gospel so that those who are lost without hope can be lead to the truth and set free from their sin. That does put pressure on us doesn’t it? We need to be careful that we are not doing something that would darken the light that those around us so desperately need.

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

What do you say, shall we turn our lights on? I vote yes.

Devotion

PRIESTHOOD – His disciples are part of Royalty – Tuesday

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I PETER 2:9-11 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

We are so loved by our Heavenly Father. He has made us a holy royal priesthood. He took us out of the darkness of sin and has set us within the light of His wonderful grace. He calls us a peculiar people. That phrase does not mean we are odd people, it means we are purchased by Him and therefore we belong to Him.

The message, which is a paraphrase addition of the Bible puts it this way. “But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do His work and speak out for Him to tell others the night-and-day difference he made for you – from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.” I like the way he puts this. We were rejected, not we are accepted in Christ.

Ephesians 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

With Priesthood comes responsibility. We are responsible to seek His will for our lives through the scriptures and then follow that which He dictates for us to do. It is when we do so that real joy becomes a part of our everyday walk with Him.

Psalm 16: 11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Devotion

Are you qualified to be His disciple? – Monday

Disciple

MARKS OF TRUE DISICPLESHIP
We have been talking about leading others to Jesus and then helping make disciples of them. “Leading them from being unbelievers to believers in action.”
This week, we are looking at what a true disciple is. We often use the term Christian to share with others what we are. I do not necessarily like that term simply because it has become a term that is used by too many groups today who do not really believe in the Bible definition of Christian. A true Christian is someone who is Christ-like.

Acts 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

Acts 26:28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.

1 Peter 4:16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

These are the only three times the term is used in the Bible. NOTE: One of these terms is used to indicate sufferings a believer must be willing to endure. This is so far from what the term has come to mean today. Christian is not some term that indicates God will flood us with material goods and fame and fortune. NO! It really is a term that shows sacrifice, suffering and service. This week, we will look into what a true disciple is all about.
May God help you grow in the knowledge and Grace of our Lord Jesus as you follow the devotions this week.

Are you qualified to be His disciple?

Luke 14:26-27 – If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

Luke 14:33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

Coming to Christ for salvation is a free gift that His grace extends to each of us. Being a disciple on the other hand, is extremely expensive. It costs the believer a lot.
It will cost you:
Your will
Friends
Time
Sometimes family
Wealth and fame

These things today are things that people often think they are entitled to if they give their lives to Christ. Fact is, Jesus said being His disciple would cost us.

NOT FAIR you say! Well, how fair was it that He had to leave heaven, suffer persecution and physical pain, betrayal and ultimate death for something He did not do. Not very fair was it? So it is fair that He would want us to give up self for Him. What has your being a disciple cost you? How quick are you to run when persecution or heartache comes? Ask Him today to help you be faithful to all He asks you to do.

2 Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

Church Life, Community/Outreach, Devotion

Loving the World vs Not Loving the World – Friday

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Loving the world
God makes it clear to hate the sin but love the Sinner.

John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

The world here is referring to mankind as a whole. There is no sin that disqualifies anyone from God’s forgiveness except the rejection of the redeeming work of Jesus Christ on the cross. God’s love is unconditional and He will turn no one away who asks forgiveness, repents, and puts their faith in Jesus’s death burial and resurrection. God’s love is what we need to restore the backslidden and reach the lost.

John 10:10b I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Not loving the world

1 John 2:15-16 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

The world here is the world system, which teaches self-centeredness, self-absorption, self-reliance, and self-satisfaction. It removes God from his sovereign throne and replaces Him with them.

John 10:10a The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:

What the lost don’t realize is that they are the devils slaves and blinded to the truth. What Christians need to realize is that they are servants to the Most High God, who were once blind but now they see.

If you are in the light, why would you want to return to the darkness?