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Saturday, April 30 2016
Lord - I'm so thankful

Lord-I’m So Thankful

1 Chronicles 16:34 NLT

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. “

This week, with the storms approaching I was grumbling to myself about my aching joints.

Then I was out-and-about and opened the door for a Vietnam Vet and his grandkids.   He had two artificial arms and one artificial leg.   He had a big smile on his face and was  enjoying time with the grandkids.   He had chosen to be happy and enjoy the moment with his grandkids, in spite of his physical condition.

When I got into my car—this scripture came to me.    We need to always count our blessings.  There are always those who have it much worse than we do.    I asked the Lord to forgive me for not counting my blessings - I have so much to be thankful for!

So I quit grumbling internally about my discomfort and thanked the Lord that I have two arms and legs.  God is so good to me!

Let's remember to thank Him for what we HAVE today!

Love ya,  Pastor Phil      

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Saturday, April 16 2016
Pressing toward the goal

Pressing toward the goal

Philippians 3:13-15  (NLT)

13 “Forgetting the past and looking     forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”

Alright, we’ve just had a great revival, hope you availed yourself of the opportunity to  attend.  It is great to be rejuvenated  in spirit, but the lasting effect is what is important.

Did we actually allow the Lord to make a change in our lives?  

The proof is in the   pudding, we must align our lives with the new goals the Lord has placed before us, and  CHANGE to be what He wants us to be.

Begin today, Join me to worship Him with  complete abandon, not concerned about those around us.

Let’s just close ourselves in with God and Worship HIM, for He alone is worthy.

Love ya,  Pastor Phil      

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Saturday, April 09 2016
Overactive Imaginations

Distracted; that's what his problem was.  He knew his Mom had some logical reason for insisting he start home at a certain time. From his lofty perch of eight years of living he could recite the usual reasons given a little boy in those days...the most compelling being, "because I said so". 

Hide and seek with the neighbor's children became easier as evening wore on and darkness crept through the pines.  In horror he recognized the daunting truth; there was not sufficient time for him to make it home before dark. 

After a hurried thank you to the lady of the house he gathered his courage and began the long trek to the security of home. It was only a quarter mile but seemed much longer to his child's mind.

Remembering the recent rattler photos taken along this very same stretch of country road, he picked up the pace and began running through the encroaching gloom. 

"Wait! What's that piled up in the road?"

His active imagination filled in all the blanks as he "saw" the huge head of the serpent atop the threatening coils of an Eastern Diamondback lurking in his path. It was too dark to return to the safety of the neighbor's home. Daddy would be coming this way soon on his way home from work but he didn't want to explain why he wasn't already home. 

In an early attempt to master fear he sidled as close to the edge of the road as he dared. In his mad sprint past the sullen beast coiled in the road he got a close-up glimpse of the monster's head. What had absolutely terrified him was just a pile of Spanish moss recently fallen from one of the towering pines sighing in the ample breeze overhead. The darkness had disguised the identity of the moss and his busy little brain had done the rest. 

There are some pretty good life lessons in this true story: 

1. Pay attention to the authority figures God puts in your life.

2. Don't allow yourself to be so entertained that you ignore looming deadlines.

3. Some of the things we fear the most turn out to be nothing.

4. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other. You'll make it!

5. Don't forget where home is.

If you're looking for a place where you recognize the hymns and don't need ear plugs to protect you from the sound, you just might want to come home to Battlefield Assembly of God. 

See you Sunday!

Pastor Richard Orrell

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Saturday, April 02 2016
Let's live in Christ's Freedom

Let’s live in Christ’s Freedom

2 Corinthians 3:17 (NLT)

17 For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

Last Sunday we celebrated Easter.  HE rose triumphant, and paid the price for our freedom.

His challenge to us is to accept that freedom in Christ and not let anyone bind us with legalism and guilt.   We are NOT defeated but we ARE overcomers through Christ Jesus.

HE paid the price for our sin, we could not pay it.  "Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe" - - -

Accept your freedom in Jesus today my friend, don’t let the enemy or anyone’s  legalism take away your Joy and Freedom, GLORIUS FREEDOM.

Thank God Almighty, I’m free at last!

Love ya,   Pastor Phil      



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