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What Is God Like?

What is God Like?  Beginning Wednesday, June 17 our Wednesday night Bible study will be on the Attributes of God.  While there are many opinions about who God is and is not, God’s Word helps us to better understand Him. 

To help with the study below is a short video summary on the Attributes of God.  I hope that you will find it helpful and encouraging to learn more about the Greatness of the One True God.

https://youtu.be/BJWn_c0n-3M

The Bible Study will be streamed at 7:15 pm on Facebook Live.  Also, you will be able to watch it on-demand on our YouTube page (www.youtube.com/user/NewHopesbcLancaster).

Blessings,

Pastor Steven



You Follow Me

In John 21:15-25, we find the conclusion of the gospel with an account of Peter’s restoration.  Peter had denied the Lord three times just as Jesus had said that Peter would (see John 13:36-38), so the Lord graciously restores Peter three times.  After telling Peter what kind of death he would experience one day, Jesus issues Peter a simple command to “follow me.”

Instead of focusing on the Lord‘s will for his life, Peter turned to compare himself to John.  In response, Jesus tells Peter that what happens to John is none of his concern.  Peter needed to focus on the task the Lord gave him and not compare himself to others.  The Lord’s plan for each believer is different, so Peter would gain nothing by getting distracted on the Lord’s plan for John’s life.

Like Peter, we too can become distracted by comparing ourselves to others rather than focusing our attention on the Lord and following him.  Rather than comparing ourselves to others, we should be spending time with the Lord asking what His will is for our own lives.

Our primary goal should be to grow in our walk with the Lord.  We can only do this when our focus is on him alone.   

Blessings,

Pastor Steven



God Hears

As we saw in my last post, names were very important in the Old Testament because they often gave identification or identity.  Throughout the Bible, God is given many names.  Each of these names helps to reveal something about God.  By reflecting on the names, we learn more about God.

When we first think of God, we might think of such things as His sovereignty, power, or perhaps His holiness. The name “Elohim Shama” reminds us of something else about our Great God.  The word “Elohim” means God and is first used in Genesis 1:1.  The Hebrew word “shama” means to listen or to hear.

In Exodus 2:24, we read that God “heard” the groaning of the Israelites who were in Egyptian slavery.  In turn, God remembered the covenant that He had made with His people and then acted to rescue His people by calling Moses to deliver them out of Egypt.

The name “Elohim Shama” reminds us that God is a caring and personal God who desires to hear His people (see Psalm 17:6; 1 John 5:14).  We can know with certainty that God is there for us when we have worries or concerns.  We never have to worry about God not hearing us whenever we call out to Him.

Do you have something on your heart?  Why not pray to the LORD who listens.

 

Blessings,

Pastor Steven



Lord God Almighty

“Lord God Almighty”

In the Old Testament, names were very important as they often gave identification or identity.  Throughout the Bible, God is given many names.  Each of these names helps reveal something about God.  By reflecting on the names, we learn more about God.

One name of God, “El Shaddai”, means Lord God Almighty and All-Sufficient One.  It is similar to the word used for mountain which depicts strength.  The first time it is used is in Genesis 17:1.  In the passage, God has told Abram that he and Sarai would have a son even though they were very old.  God referred to Himself as “El Shaddai” to remind Abram of His limitless power and ability.

Because God is the Almighty and All-Sufficient Lord, there is nothing that He is unable to do or provide for His people.  He is, therefore, the only source of all blessings, power, and provision for His people.

Whatever seemingly impossible situation you have in your life is not impossible with El Shaddai, the Lord God Almighty.

 

Blessings,

Pastor Steven

*Here are a few more uses of “El Shaddai” in Genesis (Gen 28:3; Gen 35:11; Gen 43:14; Gen 48:3)



Video – Pastor’s SPace #3

Check out the last episode of Pastor’s SPace video on our YouTube page (www.youtube.com/user/NewHopesbcLancaster). It is a brief message from Philippians 1:12. The message is under Pastor’s SPace.
 
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Jesus’ Post-Resurrection Appearances

Jesus’ Post-Resurrection Appearances

Who did Jesus appear to after his resurrection?  When did he appear to the disciples?  Who did he first appear to?  Jesus appeared to various people over a period of 40 days after his resurrection.  These firsthand accounts give powerful testimony to his victory over death. 

On Wednesday 04/15 and 4/22, we will be studying the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus.  We will be following them chronologically all the way to his ascension.  Below is the document that we will be using for our study.  Perhaps you will find it as a helpful tool.

PDF Download =  Jesus_Post_Resurrection_Appearances_SFP

Also, we will continue our study on the life of Samuel on 04/29.

Blessings,

Pastor Steven



Easter Reading Plan – Mark’s Gospel

Beginning tomorrow, I want to encourage you to take time to read, pray, and reflect on Holy Week. The reading plan below takes you through each day from the Triumphal Entry to the Resurrection.

Dr. Wayne Slusser’s Easter Reading Plan Through the Gospel of Mark:

• Sunday (Palm Sunday) – Mark 11:1-11 (Entrance into Jerusalem, Triumphal Entry)
• Monday–Mark 11:12-19 (The Fig Tree and Cleansing the Temple)
• Tuesday–Mark 11:20-33 (Discussion with the disciples)
• Wednesday–Mark 13:1-37 (Olivet Discourse)
• Thursday–Mark 14:1-72 (Passover, Last Supper, Gethsemane, Betrayal, Arrest, and Trial)
• Friday (Good Friday)–Mark 15:1-47 (Roman Trial, Crucifixion)
• Saturday–Mark 15:42-47 (Burial)
• Sunday (Easter)–Mark 16:1-8 (Resurrection)
 
Blessings,
 
Pastor Steven


Video – Pastor’s SPace #2

Check out the last episode of Pastor’s SPace video on our YouTube page (www.youtube.com/user/NewHopesbcLancaster). It is a brief message from Philippians 1:2. The message is under Pastor’s SPace.
 
 
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Video – Pastor’s SPace

Check out the first Pastor’s SPace video on our YouTube page (www.youtube.com/user/NewHopesbcLancaster). It is a brief message from John 16:33. The message is under Pastor’s SPace.
 
 
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Resurrection Resources

“Resurrection Resources”

On Sunday, April 12 we will be celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Jesus stated before his death that he would rise again on the third day (Matthew 28:6).  Furthermore, Paul states that the resurrection is vital to the Christian faith (1 Corinthians 15:14).  With such an important time of the year approaching, I wanted to provide you with some suggested resources to prepare your hearts for this great day.

Bible Reading:

  • Chronology Bible Reading = https://carm.org/bible-difficulties/matthew-mark/resurrection-chronology
  • Scripture Verses for the Passion Week = https://www.blueletterbible.org/study/he_is_risen/index.cfm

 

Books/Reading:

  • The Final Days of Jesus = https://www.amazon.com/Final-Days-Jesus-Important-Person/dp/1433535106/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=easter+last+days+of+jesus&qid=1583175903&s=books&sr=1-2
  • Ryken & Boice “The Heart of the Cross” = https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Cross-Philip-Graham-Ryken/dp/1581346786
  • David Jeremiah “Seven Signs of the Resurrection” = https://davidjeremiah.blog/the-true-meaning-of-easter-and-seven-signs-that-jesus-rose-from-the-dead/

Audio:

  • Warren Wiersbe – Back to the Bible – The Last Seven Words from the Cross = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqyNEIly7tc&list=PL7SX6GaWeL8S-7-VHf0uwcuXSg1q0fJIK
  • Warren Wiersbe – https://www.moodymedia.org/sermons/seven-words-cross/

May the Lord bless you and encourage your hearts because our Savior lives today.  

Blessings,

Pastor Steven