Christian Studies and Readings

Christian Studies and Readings Al.Reaud Thu, 08/11/2016 - 15:39

These are pages dedicated to reading about Christ, Christian topics, and things of our Lord. These started when I became a member of Resurrection Fellowship, after hearing some great, pertinent, and penetrating sermons. Not all may appreciate these pages, but I didn't either, before I found the Lord. Or I would better say, the Lord touched my life. It's not been the same since, I can testify to the truth of that. So whatever your background, denomination, orientation, or whatever, these pages are for you. With that in mind I pray that these pages allow you to better understand our Lord, to get closer to Him, and to allow His touch in your life, in Jesus's Name, Amen!

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Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving! Al.Reaud Thu, 08/11/2016 - 16:39

We should always have in mind that all good things come from the Lord, and an attitude of thankfulness is proper. The Lord does not give us strife, harm, addiction, nor any of the ills of society. The Lord, rather, allows the enemy to tempt us and sometimes touch us with these things. Though none can fathom or understand the mind of God (How could the finite encompass the infinite?) and His reasons for allowing things, we can rest assured through faith that God tests us sometimes via the crucible of fire. When He does so, we are refined as gold or steel is in a smelter, and we are purer, stronger, and better for it. Thus we should always thank the Lord for the little and big things in our life, even when we are in the fire of testing...
(Research & composition courtesy of Bob Deitrick)

Synonyms: Thanks, appreciation, thankfulness, acknowledgement, recognition, gratitude, gratefulness. Thankful, obliged, gratified, contented, satisfied, indebted to, beholden, pleased, appreciative, overwhelmed. Thankfulness: warmth of feeling, gratefulness. Thanksgiving: a ceremony of giving thanks. Last Thursday in November, turkey day. Antonyms: Unthankful, thankless, ungrateful, rude, disparaging.

(Psalm 118:1) Give Thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His love endures forever...
Directions: One person to read each verse. After each verse repeat Psalm 118:1 as a group. (There are 13 below...)

  • Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love and kindness go on forever… (I Ch 16:34)
     
  • Thank the Lord for all the glorious things He does… (Ps 105:1)
     
  • Thank God for His son... His gift too wonderful for words… (2 Cor 9:15)
     
  • Let the peace of Heart which comes from Christ be present in your lives and always be thankful... (Col 3:15)
     
  • Don’t be weary in prayer; keep at it; watch for God’s answers and remember to be thankful when they come… (Col 4:2)
     
  • Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His loving kindness is forever… (Ps 118:29)
     
  • Come before Him with thankful Hearts. (Ps 95:2)
     
  • Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything; Tell God your needs and don’t forget to thank Him for His answers… (Php 4:6)
     
  • Always be joyful. Always keep on praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you… (1 Th 5:18)
     
  • Sing out your thanks to him… (Ps 147:7)
     
  • Since we have a kingdom nothing can destroy. Let us please God by serving Him with thankful Hearts and with holy fear and awe… (Heb 12:28)
     
  • But your Heavenly Father already knows perfectly well that you need them (food and clothes) and He will give them to you if you give Him first place in your life and live as He wants you to. So don’t be anxious about tomorrow… (Mt 6:31-34)
     
  • Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds... (James 1:2)

The "Lord's Prayer" for modern times

The "Lord's Prayer" for modern times Al.Reaud Thu, 04/02/2015 - 21:20
Our Father,
Who lives in heaven,
Holy be your name.
Your kingdom come, Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Thank you for giving us today's bread and blessings,
And please forgive us our sins,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
Please lead us from temptation,
And deliver us from the clutches of the Evil One.
For yours is the kingdom and power and glory!
Forever, in Jesus' name, Amen.

Jesus told us “7 And when you pray, do not keep babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.  8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.Matthew 6:7-8 (NIV)

We must remember that God does not lead us into temptation, but He does allow us to be tested by them.  God has also promised that he won't allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13). {quoted from Zondervan Life Application Study Bible, NIV}

Jesus gave us the template for us to pray in Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4. Jesus did not say to verbatim repeat the words in the Lord's Prayer, like a mantra. I pray as above because:

  • We live in modern times and the vernacular is different.
  • I believe in thanking God for what he gives freely and consistently every day.
  • I was taught to say please and thank you, especially to our elders and superiors.
  • We can only sin against God, not one another. We do trespass against one another.
  • Praise God first, give thanks, then present your requests. That is the template for praying to God.

Lessons From The Sermons

Lessons From The Sermons Al.Reaud Sun, 06/22/2014 - 21:05

This book is a compilation of notes from pastor's sermons that I've had the pleasure to hear as I've attended churches in the Fort Collins area. Where possible, I'll include the date, name of the pastor and the church. Please don't take offense if I've failed to include the information, as sometimes it's taken on a napkin…

Be Rich Series

Be Rich Series Al.Reaud Mon, 10/03/2016 - 09:50

This is a sermon series done by Pastor Jonathan Wiggins, Senior Pastor of Resurrection Fellowship in Loveland, Colorado on what the significance is of being rich and how God wants us to act with the blessings He has given us. There is nothing wrong with being rich, and Jesus never looked down on being blessed financially. In all actuality, as Americans if we are making $48,000 or more annually, we are in the top 1% of the world's wage earners as compared to the other 99% of the world's inhabitant's! The Lord is so good in blessing us with such pecuniary abundance! Praise the Lord! smiley

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Think Right - Do Right (Part 1)

Think Right - Do Right (Part 1) Al.Reaud Mon, 10/03/2016 - 10:03

This is the first part of the series "Be Rich", received on Saturday, October 1, 2016. It deals with having the correct mindset for being rich. The sermon is available at: http://www.rez.org/sermons/

  • The Bible is the only religious text that has predictive prophesies that have come true hundreds and thousands of years after the prophesy was spoken.
  • Plant roots by your actions and how you interact with others (Luke 3:11-15)
  • Determine to give even out of lack. God gives abundantly.
  • To prepare the way for Jesus, John the Baptist a lot of times went to their wallets. Meaning beliefs and attitudes that the people had about money.
  • Connect your abundance with the Giver…
  • God is Jehovah- Jireh. God provides.
  • When we lead with actions, feelings follow.
  • We need to live the Way so that prosperity complements our faith, which makes people say “I want what they have…”

Scripture verses: Luke 3:11-15, 2 ♦ Corinthians 8:9, 9:11 ♦ Ecclesiastes 5:10,12 ♦ Proverbs 18:11

Willing and Able (Part 2)

Willing and Able (Part 2) Al.Reaud Fri, 10/14/2016 - 21:52

Resurrection Fellowship, the pastors, the staff, and all the congregation cordially invite you to come by our church, to praise and worship the Lord, and to have a excellent fun time in Christian fellowship. The doors are open to all, we would feel highly honored if you did, and you would be very welcome. Come on by! I personally recommend the the Saturday evening service starting at 5PM. But there is also excellent worship on Sundays at 08:30 and 10:30, and all services are live online.

This is the second part of the series "Be Rich", received on Saturday, October 8, 2016. It deals with how to honor God with your abundance. The sermon is available at: http://www.rez.org/sermons/

  • Give willingly, with a heart for the future.
  • We are not very good at being rich…
  • Be of a “get to” faith, not a “have to” religion.
  • When you serve the Lord, “YOU” will be better off.
  • What would happen if we got an “I get to” philosophy instead of an “I have to” philosophy?
  • Blessings can be that catalyst to praise.
  • The heart of God is not moved by how much you give, but by how much of our heart we put into that giving…
  • A few tips on how to give in a God-pleasing fashion…
    • Give obediently. Be faithful to the commands of God.
    • Give joyfully. Make yourself and God joyful by making others joyful. Joyful giving blesses you an others.
    • Give in covenant. With God, with your church, with your family in Christ. Give to those in whom you have a covenant relationship with.
    • Give with vision. Don't just give to whatever. Give looking to God's plan and for the future.
    • Give to be blessed. Give to be in the flow of Jehovah-Jireh.
    • Give to make a difference in the lives of others.
    • Give out of devotion. Be madly in love with Jesus. Be the bride of Christ! heart

Rich in Good Deeds (Part 3)

Rich in Good Deeds (Part 3) Al.Reaud Sun, 10/23/2016 - 14:21

This is the third part of the series "Be Rich", received on Saturday, October 15, 2016. It deals with how to honor God by investing your time and self in service. The sermon is available at: http://www.rez.org/sermons/

  • We are so blessed that it is important for us to be reminded often of that blessing from God.
  • You can be spiritually rich and financially dirt poor…
  • You can be rich in relationship with God and financially dirt poor…
  • God gives liberally… Have faith and ask Him and He will give what is good.
  • Be rich in the principles of a Christian life.
  • Your faith is not meant to be personal, private, and hidden. So shine your light!
  • Be rich in faith and do for the Lord!
  • If we really want to be wealthy wen need to be givers AND gifts.
  • Be rich in whatever you do and make it your ministry. Go the extra mile because “you get to”!
  • God wants us to spend all our wealth (wisdom, knowledge, talents, etc.) on good deeds.
  • If somebody needs prayer, don't tell them you're going to pray for them, PRAY FOR THEM right now!
  • Be generous!

Be Rich Towards God (Part 4)

Be Rich Towards God (Part 4) Al.Reaud Sun, 10/30/2016 - 13:45

This is the fourth part of the series "Be Rich", received on Saturday, October 22, 2016. It deals with how to honor God putting your hope in Him and investing in His plan. The sermon is available at: http://www.rez.org/sermons/
Rez Serve Day is tentatively scheduled for July 15, 2017…

  • Change hell with a water pistol! Have that kind of faith…
  • God is not the god of the snapshot, He is the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob.
  • Look at the kids and invest in them…
  • Be available for others, be willing to inconvenience yourself, your back is not as bad as you think it is. Lift that weight!
  • Invest everything you have in seeing the Kingdom of God come.
  • God did not call you to take it easy and to a life of comfort. Nowhere in the Bible will you find that call…
  • Live to give God a return on his investment.
  • Stuff is temporary, souls are eternal!
  • Step outside the walls of your church…
  • We need to move from being a consuming church to being a participating church.
  • Do good, be generous, put your hope in God.
  • Give the best you have for the purposes of God.
  • The Bible is filled with advice about money, possessions, and giving.
  • Step up and say “I'm in!” to God's plan.
  • Don't just give of your money, give of your time and of yourself.
  • Jesus can live BIG in us, if we give of our time, influence, stuff and hearts.

Torah Wisdom on Financing (Part 5)

Torah Wisdom on Financing (Part 5) Al.Reaud Wed, 11/02/2016 - 20:20

This is the fifth part of the series "Be Rich", received on Saturday, October 29, 2016. It deals with Torah wisdom on financing given by a very special guest speaker. The sermon is available at: http://www.rez.org/sermons/

  • Recommended Reading: Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money by Rabbi Daniel Lapin.
  • Jesus Christ was the greatest man that ever lived on the earth, and he spoke a lot about money and posessions.
  • Torah wisdom on financing is why the Jews are more represented in the top individuals listed by Forbes Magazine.
  • Seven Principles -
    1. Gold is good. Money is a good thing. Money is not evil. Genesis 2:12 Don't confuse cause with effect. There is a mistranslation that confuses "camel" with "rope", so a more accurate translation of what Jesus said would be: “Again I tell you, it is easier for a rope to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” - Matthew 19:24 How can a rope get into a needle? By unraveling… Gold is you, because when you put your gold into the tithe, you put you in…
    2. Gold is a testimony of service. You bought value to somebody else, unless you stole it. God put the wish for gold in us so that we can serve others more, and create value in somebody's life.
    3. More service = more gold. More service ⇒ solving more problems in the community. Send the youth out to serve society, not to serve themselves. Ask other people what they need, to bring prosperity to yourself. The more people you can serve, the greater you will be in the Kingdom of Heaven.
    4. More friends = more gold. It's not cynical, such as more gold = more friends. Go and make a list of people who would answer your calls who aren't family and you don't owe money to. It's good to make connection, so go meet with friends and talk shop or whatever!
    5. More generosity = more gold. Simple Kingdom Economy 101. You have to both receive and give. Tithing is an example. Never raise donations from a place of desperation. Believers should give the LARGEST TIPS. It's evil not to tip big. Giving money away helps us to focus on other people. Giving generously gives you influence. It allows you to create more friendships.
    6. More education = more gold. Jews are people of the Book. Education gives you power. Get books, study, put into practice, make it a habit. Keep your brain ON! enlightened
    7. Never consider retiring. Volunteer, create some value for others, serve. The word 'retired' isn't in Hebrew. God rested, but he didn't retire. Rabbis say that if the word isn't in Hebrew, it didn't come from God… wink Continue to be productive until God calls you back! Like in golf, follow through on life!

Four Cups Series

Four Cups Series Al.Reaud Sun, 08/17/2014 - 11:31

This is a sermon series done by Pastor Jonathan Wiggins, Senior Pastor of Resurrection Fellowship in Loveland, Colorado on the four cups of the Seder meal and their significance. BTW, Rez is an awesome place to worship, with the Holy Spirit filling the place on service nights, especially Saturday evenings. For those that worry about these things, it would be classified as a Charismatic Church.

The Story

The Story Al.Reaud Mon, 07/14/2014 - 21:14

This sermon note is from Part 1 of the series, as taken down from a sermon given by Pastor Jonathan Wiggins, Saturday, June 21, 2014.

HONOR ISRAEL!
► Taste everything God has for you.
► Prophets can be a very irritating bunch of guys.
► You're special because God loves you but you're not special. So let the air out of your head.
► We should be and remain teachable.
► As long as there are lost people out there the church needs to grow.
► God is looking to bring up a bride from the body of the church.
► Minister the cup of salvation to the lost souls! That should be our highest priority.
► Sin breeds blindness.
► A life without purpose is a miserable life.
► God wants our lives to shine and make a difference in the world.
► 1 Peter 5:6, 2:9
► Mark 9:23
► Exodus 6:6-7 (The four cups of the Seder meal stand for Salvation, Deliverance, Redemption and Fulfillment.)

The Cup of Salvation

The Cup of Salvation Al.Reaud Sun, 08/17/2014 - 11:43

This is Part Two of the series, and are notes taken from the sermon given by Pastor Jonathan Wiggins on Saturday, June 28, 2014.

I see Jesus in you!
► Deliverance is getting the bondage of sin out of you. We are delivered from that kind of thinking…
► Jesus came for the sick, not for the healthy…
► Heaven rejoices over one saved sinner!
► Reach out to people so that the Church on weekends isn't about you anymore.
► God is a father, that is why the lost ones are so important.
► It's all of our jobs to relay the message of Christ. The pastor can't do it all by himself.
► How to reach the lost:

  1. Take personal responsibility.
  2. Build relationship.
  3. Tell them your story.
  4. Invite them to weekend services (y'all who read this are definitely invited to Resurrection Fellowship!)
  5. They will experience: Celebration, Inspiration, Preparation, and Invitation.

► Strengthen the hospitality and welcome to newcomers.
► Be user friendly. Relate to the person.
► Growth track…
► Exodus 6:6-7 (The four cups of the Seder meal stand for Salvation, Deliverance, Redemption and Fulfillment.)

The Cup of Deliverance

The Cup of Deliverance Al.Reaud Sun, 09/21/2014 - 21:12

This is Part Three of the series, and are notes taken from the sermon given by Pastor Jonathan Wiggins on Saturday, July 5, 2014.

► Exodus 6:6-7 contains the four promises.
► “Deliverance”: I have issues…
► We need to connect with new believers to help them move forward. We need Godly friends to help pull us out of our holes filled with muddy water…
► We need to be nice to our fellow parishioners. Don't let visitors think that they are invisible. So turn on your welcome…
► Small groups connect, protect and grow. (See Rez's small groups)
► Read in the Bible about the proper use of the gifts of the Spirit. 1 Corinthians 14:1-39.
► Six Flags over Jesus!
FIELD of DREAMS: Volunteer work in Lake Providence, Louisiana, hopeforlp.org

I am...

I am... Al.Reaud Sat, 02/08/2014 - 15:35

These are some of the many and manifold promises of our ever-loving God whose grace is never ending...
(Research & composition courtesy of Bob Deitrick, 37 promises...)

  • A child of God (Romans 8:16)
  • Redeemed from the hand of the enemy (Psalms 107:2)
  • Forgiven (Colossians 1:13, 14)
  • Saved by Grace through Faith (Ephesians 2:8)
  • Justified (Romans 5:1)
  • Sanctified (1 Corinthians 6:11)
  • A New Creature (2 Corinthians 5:17)
  • Participant in His Divine Nature (2 Peter 1:4)
  • Redeemed from the curse of the Law (Galatians 3:13)
  • Delivered from the powers of darkness (Colossians 1:13)
  • Led by the spirit of God (Romans 8:14)
  • A Son of God (Romans 8:14) 
  • Kept in safety wherever I go (Psalms 91:11)
  • Getting all my needs met by Jesus (Philippians 4:19)
  • Casting all my cares on Jesus (1 Peter 5:7)
  • Strong in the Lord and the power of his Might (Ephesians 6:10)
  • Doing all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13)
  • An heir of God and joint heir with Jesus (Romans 8:17)
  • Heir to the blessings of Abraham (Galatians 3:13, 14)
  • Observing and doing the Lord’s commandments (Deuteronomy 28:13)
  • Blessed coming in and going out (Deuteronomy 28:6)
  • An inheritor of eternal life (1 John 5:11, 12)
  • Blessed with all spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1:3)
  • Healed by his stripes (1 Peter 2:24)
  • Exercising my authority over the enemy (Luke 10:19)
  • More than a conqueror (Romans 8:37)
  • Establishing God’s Word here on earth (Matthew 16:19)
  • An overcomer by the blood of the lamb and Word of my testimony (Revelation 12:11)
  • Daily overcoming the devil (1 John 4:4)
  • Not moved by what I see (2 Corinthians 4:18)
  • Walking by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7)
  • Bringing every thought into captivity (2 Corinthians 10: 5)
  • Being transformed by a renewed mind (Romans 12: 1, 2)
  • A laborer together with God (1 Corinthians 3:9)
  • The righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5: 21)
  • An imitator of Jesus (Ephesians 5:1)
  • The Light of the World (Matthew 5:14)