A Glancing Thief

Look to Jesus for Joy and Truth

Luke 23:32 There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death. 33 And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. 34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” …35 And the people stood looking on. But even the rulers with them sneered, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself….” 36 The soldiers also mocked Him… 37 and saying, “If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself.” … 39 Then one of the thieves who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” 40 But the other thief, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” 43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” 44 Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth... 45 Then the sun was darkened… 46 And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’” Having said this, He breathed His last.

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood…

Romans 4:5 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies evil people, his faith is imputed for righteousness…

No one has enough faith to believe that:

• Order came from disorder • Uniformity came from the accidental • Intelligence came from non-intelligence • Design came from chaos • Personality came from non-personality • Love came from hard matter • Everything came from nothing (everything in the cosmos came from absolutely nothing—is a new atheistic idea).

Hebrews 12:2 look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…

Matthew 5:21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. …27 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart….”

Revelation 21:3 …God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” 5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new…11 having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal. …18 The construction of its wall was of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. 19 The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: the first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald…21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass. 22 But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.

Revelation 22:1-20 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, … 3 And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. 4 They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. … 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” … 16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.” 17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. … 20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Revelation 4:10 the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him…and cast their crowns before the throne…

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How to Become More Like Jesus

Daily Walking as Jesus Walked

 

Follow Jesus

Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.”

Union with and indwelling of Christ

Colossians 1:27 …the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Ephesians 3:17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

John 15:5 [Jesus said] “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”

John 17:23 I in them, and the Father in Me…

2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?...

 

Two main guides:

I.                    Sermon on the Mount - Matthew 5-6

II.                  1Cor. 13:4-8

 

What we cannot do:

1.      Die for the sins of men.

2.      Raise ourselves from the dead.

3.      Any miracles on our own; must be God’s will.

Matthew 8:2… a man with leprosy approached him and knelt before him. “Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.” 3 Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!”

Love

1 Cor. 12:31 Now eagerly desire the greater gifts. And yet I will show you the most excellent way.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient and is kind; love does not envy; love does not boast, love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 Love does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, Love is not easily angered, it’s not easily provoked, thinks no evil; 6 Love does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. -- Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails.

Rom. 5:5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out on our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

A.     Pray to be filled with the Holy Spirit

Eph. 5:18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit.

Expect by the power of the Holy Spirit to move and touch others like Jesus.

B.      Do Good

Acts 10:38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

 

        C. Seek to Love others – constantly

        D. Forgive others quickly

        E. Offer mercy and grace to others perpetually

        F. Share the Gospel and Go in and become aware if people need prayer for healing and deliverance

Mark 16:15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues.”

G. Take charge in humility and power

Ephesians 2:4-5 But God, who is rich in mercy… made us alive together with Christ … 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

(memorize this verse)

I.        Serve others

Matthew 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.

J.       Sacrifice

Romans 12:1-2 …present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

1.      Be with Jesus every day – Seek Him all day

2.      Deeply partake of the Lord’s Table – communion.

John 6:56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.

3.      Expect to move in power and authority with grace and humility. Be open to help others Spiritually and in practical ways. Do not let little inconveniences, trifles, mistakes, little problems, vexations or people’s flesh get to you – vault over such or ignore such things (i.e., Jesus and Simon the Pharisee).

4.      Today, are you expecting to walk like Jesus?  (you are not an actor, but actors stay in roles, you can stay and remain in Jesus and move like Him).

 

Revolution and Renewal through Jesus

Luke 22:41 And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”… behold, a multitude; and he who was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them and drew near to Jesus to kiss Him. 48 But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” 49 When those around Him saw what was going to happen, they said to Him, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” 50 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear. 51 But Jesus answered and said, “Permit even this.” And He touched his ear and healed him. 52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests, captains of the temple, and the elders who had come to Him, “Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs? 53 When I was with you daily in the temple, you did not try to seize Me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.” 54 Having arrested Him, they led Him and brought Him into the high priest’s house. But Peter followed at a distance.

John 18:3 Then Judas, having received a detachment of troops, and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons. 4 Jesus therefore, knowing all things that would come upon Him, went forward and said to them, “Whom are you seeking?” 5 They answered Him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am.” And Judas, who betrayed Him, also stood with them. 6 Now when He said to them, “I am,” they drew back and fell to the ground. 7 Then He asked them again, “Whom are you seeking?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” 8 Jesus answered, “I have told you that I am. Therefore, if you seek Me, let these go their way,” 9 that the saying might be fulfilled which He spoke, “Of those whom You gave Me I have lost none.” 10 Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus. 11 So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?”

Matthew 21:44 And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.”

John 12:24 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. 25 He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

Luke 9:23-24 Then Jesus said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me…”

“What am I afraid of?” Most of our anger stems from fear, and most of our fear comes from the perception that we are losing control. As long as we are in the driver’s seat and things are going our way, we rarely get angry. But let things not go our way, as they did that night when the soldiers came to arrest Jesus, and fear takes over. It is only a short step from fear to impulsive anger, and from sudden anger comes all manner of evil.”

Acts 3:19 Repent therefore … so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.

Acts 2:17 ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. … 19 I will show wonders in heaven above And signs in the earth beneath: Blood and fire and vapor of smoke. 20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.

“Letting go means giving up the right to always be in control. Letting go means admitting that you aren’t calling all the shots. Letting go means that you choose not to manipulate others with anger and threats. Letting go means admitting that you don’t have all the answers. Letting go means yielding your frantic emotions to the Lord. Letting go means resigning your position as Boss of the Universe.”

Hebrews 12:2 look to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…

Twisted People and Crooked Nations

Making the Crooked Straight

Luke 13:10 Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. 11 And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. 12 But when Jesus saw her, He summoned her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are free from your infirmity.” 13 And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. 14 But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, “There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.” 15 The Lord then answered him and said, “Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath free his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? 16 So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be free from this bond on the Sabbath?” … 18 Then He said, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? 19 It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put in his garden; and it grew and became a large tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches.”

Psalm 146:8 The LORD opens the eyes of the blind; The LORD raises those who are bowed down..

Matt. 7:7 “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for…Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”

John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.

Numbers 21:8-9 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.” 9 So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole…

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Wednesday Night Service

Join us this Wednesday for our evening service at 7:00 p.m. in the church building with a modified format as we continue the men’s and women’s Bible studies for two more weeks.

And Sunday Night Service

Sunday 6:00 PM

 

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Trust Jesus with All Your Heart

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of destruction.

John 15:5 [Jesus said,] “…without Me you can do nothing.”

John 1:35 Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. 36 And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 38 Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, “What do you seek?” They said to Him, “Rabbi” (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), “where are You staying?” 39 He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day (now it was about the tenth hour). 40 One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus. Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, “You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas” (which is translated, A Stone). 43 The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”

John 11:21 Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may dead, yet he shall live. 26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” …32 Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He grieved in the spirit and was troubled…. 38 Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. … And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. 42 And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” 43 Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” 44 And he who had died came out…

Abundant Life Community Church

 

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A Church in Granbury just for You and your Family!

A Church in Granbury Texas Just for You & Your Family!

 

 

Welcome

At Abundant Life Community Church, we seek to have a living relationship with God and get away from going to church simply out of tradition. Many of us in Granbury have gone to church our whole lives because it's part of the culture, while others have probably never even stepped into a church. We believe that God is reaching out to all of us in these last days. Come join us as we discover God's purpose for our lives at Abundant Life Community Church, Granbury.

We're here for people like you!

Sunday Services Our Sunday services are an opportunity for people to come and enjoy time together—whether it's their first time or they've been coming for years. Being in community impacts lives and reminds us that we can't do life alone.

Sunday 11 AM and 6 PM. Wed. 7 PM.

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Crushing Fear and Worry

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God[c] was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.

John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me [Jesus] you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

Mark 7:24 From there He arose and went to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And He entered a house and wanted no one to know it, but He could not be hidden. 25 For a woman whose young daughter had an unclean spirit heard about Him, and she came and fell at His feet. 26 The woman was a Greek, a Syro-Phoenician by birth, and she begged Him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27 But Jesus said to her, “Let the children be filled first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” 28 And she answered and said to Him, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs under the table eat from the children’s crumbs.” 29 Then He said to her, “For this saying go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter.” 30 And when she had come to her house, she found the demon gone out, and her daughter lying on the bed.

Ephesians 1:19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. 22 And He put all things under His feet…

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524 Crockett St., Granbury. 682-498-3031. 

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Wednesday Night Service

Tamatha and the team (Rick, Jen, Mike and Eddie) are back!

Pastor Mike is preaching about ½ of the Wed. nights

Join us this Wed. for our evening service at 7:00 p.m. 

Children Born of the Spirit and Not of Fear

John 1:12 But as many as received Him [Jesus], to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.

Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

1 Corinthians 2:16 For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

Luke 19:1 Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.

2 Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich.

3 And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way.

5 And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.”

6 So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully.

7 But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, “He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.”

8 Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.”

 9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; 10 for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

 

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Come Back for More: The Fullness of God’s Love

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient and is kind; love does not envy; love does not boast, love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 Love does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, Love is not easily angered, it’s not easily provoked, thinks no evil; 6 Love does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. -- Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails. …

Rom. 5:5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out on our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Ephesians 3:14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

1 Cor. 12:31 Now eagerly desire the greater gifts. And yet I will show you the most excellent way.

Acts 3:10 Then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

John 13:23 One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him.

 Luke 17:11 Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12 Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. 13 And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. 15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. 17 So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? 18 Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”

 

Wednesday Night Service

Join us this Wed. for our evening service at 7:00 p.m. Come & share as you get to know others.

Abundant Life Community Church 

 

524 Crockett St., Granbury. 682-498-3031. 

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The Truth Brings Freedom

John 8:32 [Jesus said,] “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Eph. 1:17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. 22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church.

Col 1:13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

2 Cor. 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Exodus 20:8 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control…

Mark 16:15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature… 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues … they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Luke 18:15 Then they also brought infants to Him that He might touch them [and pray and bless them]; but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called them to Him and said, “Let [suffer] the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. 17 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” [see Mt. 19; Mk 10].

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Receiving a Word: Power and Change

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Matthew 4:4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”

Phil 2:5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who … made Himself of no reputation … He humbled Himself …

Matthew 8:2 And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” 3 Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

Matthew 8:5 Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, 6 saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.” 7 And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” 8 The centurion answered and said, “Master, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 10 When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!”

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Join us this Wed. for our evening service at 7:00 p.m. Come & share as you get to know others.

Abundant Life Community Church 

524 Crockett St., Granbury. 682-498-3031. 

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Filled to Serve & Minister Like Jesus

 

John 10:30 [Jesus said,] “I and My Father are one.”

Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one!

Acts 1:8 But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power to testify about Me with great effect, to the people in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth, about My death and resurrection.

Acts 2:1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues…

Matt. 3:11 … He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire…

Acts 4:8 Then Peter filled with the Holy Spirit, said …

Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

Eph. 5:18 … be filled with the Spirit. [a present passive imperative – continuous command]

Gal 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control...

Acts 8:15 who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. 16 For as yet He had fallen upon none of them…

Luke 11:13 – “…how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

Acts 2:17 …‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh…

Acts 8:15 who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. 16 For as yet He had fallen upon none of them…

Acts 10:44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word.

Acts 11:15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, as upon us at the beginning.

Mark 5:36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”

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Baptized and Filled with the Spirit for Jesus

Acts 2:1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues…

Matt. 3:11 … He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire…

Acts 4:8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said …

Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

Eph. 5:18 … be filled with the Spirit.

Genesis 2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

 

Gal 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control...

Acts 8:15 who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. 16 For as yet He had fallen upon none of them…

Acts 1:8 But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power to testify about Me with great effect, to the people in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth, about My death and resurrection.

Luke 11:13 – “…how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

Acts 2:17 …‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh…

Acts 8:15 who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. 16 For as yet He had fallen upon none of them…

Acts 10:44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word.

Acts 11:15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, as upon us at the beginning.

1 Corinthians 15:1-4 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you … that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.

From Dust to People of the Holy Spirit

Acts 2:1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues…

Acts 2:5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit…

Acts 4:8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said …

Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

Eph. 5:18 … be filled with the Spirit.

Genesis 2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Gen. 15:6 And Abraham believed God and it was accounted (imputed) for righteousness…

Rom. 3:24 Being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.

Rom. 4:5 "But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted (imputed) as righteousness."

Rom. 5:1 "Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,"

Rom. 5:9 "Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him."

Luke 18:13 And the tax collector … would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified…

1 Cor. 1:30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and justification [righteousness] and sanctification and redemption.

Gal. 2:16 Nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the Law…

Gal 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control...

Acts 8:15 who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. 16 For as yet He had fallen upon none of them…

Acts 1:8 But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power to testify about Me with great effect, to the people in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth, about My death and resurrection.

Luke 11:13 – “…how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

Acts 2:17 …‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh…

Acts 8:15 who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. 16 For as yet He had fallen upon none of them…

Acts 10:44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word.

Acts 11:15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, as upon us at the beginning.

1 Corinthians 15:1-4 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you … that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.

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Come Grow with Us - Abundant Life Church Granbury

 

 

Abundant Life Community Church Granbury

 

Who We Are

 

Led by Pastor Mike Robinson, Abundant Life Community Church, a Love-Driven church in Granbury TX, is recognized for its innovation and love. Designed for the person who might not be used to attending church, Abundant Life, a Jesus-centered fellowship, has quickly become one of the most popular Granbury churches for people new to their faith, to church, or to living in the Hood County, TX area.

 

What to Expect What are services like? 

 

Our services last one hour and includes singing together led by our contemporary band, a time where you can participate in fellowship and friendship, followed by a 25-30-minute message that is relevant to your life today. We offer complimentary coffee and donuts each week so you don't even have to worry about breakfast. Did I mention you can wear shorts, flip-flops and a T-shirt? If you'd rather wear a suit or tie, that’s ok too. It’s more important to us that you hear from God than look a certain way. 

 

What is the community like? 

 

Each weekend we open our doors to businessmen and students, working moms and homeschool families, people of all walks of life. We gather together to worship and encourage one another as we seek to make the most of Jesus Christ. 

 

What if I'm not a Christian? 

 

We welcome you with open arms on your faith journey. Feel free to engage as much as you feel comfortable. We hope you find a community of people who are all seeking to find purpose and meaning is this life. We believe that meaning and purpose is found in Jesus, but we welcome you to explore that on your own.

 

The Pastor

 

Hi, I’m Mike and I’m the pastor at Abundant Life Community Church, Granbury. My main role is to lead and feed. I provide leadership and vision for Abundant Life and am usually the pastor who shares the message on Sunday mornings. I first showed up in Granbury in 2013 as a writer of Christian books and a long-term pastor. That year God put a love in my heart for this community and its people. In April of 2015, God birthed Abundant Life Community Church along with a small core-group. Since we opened the doors of the church, it has been an amazing ride ever since! 

 

 

Friends

 

Friendship was designed by God to bring joy and meaning to our lives. God places us in community to encourage each other, lift each other up and share in the ups and downs of the journey. That’s why so many solid and life-long friendships start at Abundant Life Granbury.

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Sunday Services Our Sunday services are an opportunity for people to come and enjoy time together—whether it's their first time or they've been coming for years. Being in community impacts lives and reminds us that we can't do life alone.

 524 Crockett St. just of the Granbury Square, right next to the US Post Office. 682-498-3031

http://www.ALccGranbury.com

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All for Jesus

by Mike Robinson

Give it all to Christ

Xerxes the king of Persia once boarded a boat. Later it began to sink because there were too many men aboard. The ship started sinking; sinking more and more; it appeared that all aboard would drown. But an officer called out to the shipmen: “Are you not willing to sacrifice and die for your king?” Suddenly almost all the men leaped out of the boat into the water and drowned in order to save their king.

The question for Christians: How much will you sacrifice for your King? Most Christians will not be called to forfeit their life for their faith, but how much will you sacrifice in order to serve others for your King?

We should aim to serve King Jesus and love others since James calls an undefiled and pure religion one that helps the widows and the poor.

Jesus Came and Gave Himself for His People

Jesus comes to His sheep by His glorious grace through His Word and Spirit to save us. Jesus “gave Himself for me” (Titus 3).

Christians ought to ponder:

·         Trouble comes—but Jesus came.

·         Failure comes—but Jesus came.

·         Problems and pain come—but Jesus came.

And Jesus Christ comes to bring peace, joy, hope, and cheerfulness to all who trust Him (Romans 5:1 & 15:13). Today give Jesus full swing of your heart as He declares to you that He will pardon every sin; heal every wound; and overcome every trouble. Christ comes, swiftly, in a full gallop upon His victory horse to triumph for His people. Yearn for Him and you will find peace for your soul no matter how things unfold.

As the deer pants for the water, so my soul pants for you, O God (Psalm 42:1).

What Color or Race is Jesus?

What race or color was Jesus of Nazareth? Jesus was Jewish through Mary, but we do not know what genetic material God used in the miracle of the virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14). Jesus of Nazareth was probably not white in a Northern European sense. Moreover, the color that matters most is red – the color of the blood that was spilled on the cross to Redeem the lost.

Jesus has Conquered!

Jesus is mighty to save; mighty in battle, mighty in reassurance, and mighty in conquest. We must abide in Jesus. In our shame, we must hurl ourselves upon Jesus. When we fall, when we are crowded-in by trouble, when we find ourselves desiring relief, we must turn to Jesus Christ and all the force of Hell’s fury will not pry the arms of Jesus from us; He’s master and Lord. He’s a saving Savior who will never let us go.

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness (Charles H. Spurgeon).

Touch Others for Christ

During the American Civil War, the Sisters of Charity served hurting soldiers on both sides of the great conflict. Under the name of Jesus they cared for wounded and dying men from the South and North as these godly caretakers became the last face in this world that many dying men would see. They touched, comforted, prayed, and offered Scripture to a host of dying men for Jesus. Let us follow their example as we embrace Paul’s admonition to serve God by serving other people.

But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us… This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works…. (Titus 3:4-8).

Jesus Left Heaven for His People

No one has ascended to Heaven but He who came down from Heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in Heaven (John 3:13).

Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you … that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).

Jesus Christ stepped out of the celestial beauty of Paradise into a sinful and dark world. The Lord came and treaded on the surf of a stormy sea as He ultimately aimed for the Cross. Jesus came; the God-man; the Light of the world went marching on the swells and then He spoke calm to the wind: a stoppage of a storm. He would also heal many hurting and ailing people. Later there would be a crucifixion, a burial, and then a grand resurrection blast that would hush death, hell, and the grave. Jesus came; thank God, Jesus came; the blaze, the light—full of power and grace: the Lord Jesus.

Jesus rose on wings of exaltation as His glorified body, blushing with majesty and sweet transport, established salvation. And this Jesus, with eye fixed on His sheep, had the Cross shake the world and is now shaking defiance at all the foes of truth and all princedoms of Hades; we serve a King robed and crowned with glory: Jesus is the song of deliverance and the elation of eternity.

What a Savior; What a Lord!

Fairest Lord Jesus

 

Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature,

O thou of God and man the Son,

Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor,

thou, my soul's glory, joy, and crown.

 

            Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands,

robed in the blooming garb of spring:

Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer

who makes the woeful heart to sing.

 

            Fair is the sunshine, fairer still the moonlight,

and all the twinkling starry host:

Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer

than all the angels Heaven can boast.

 

            Beautiful Savior!  Lord of all the nations!

Son of God and Son of Man!

Glory and honor, praise, adoration,

now and forever

Check out my apologetics devotional book Jesus is Calling You to Himself on Amazon  

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At ALCC, we seek to build an environment where our hearts find satisfaction in Christ and are encouraged by being a part of an authentic community. If such pursuits resonate in your heart, feel free to call us or dig deeper into our website. Better yet–sit down and talk with anyone from ALCC. Our best “ad” is the loving people at Abundant Life Community Church Granbury.

Sunday Services Our Sunday services are an opportunity for people to come and enjoy time together—whether it's their first time or they've been coming for years. Being in community impacts lives and reminds us that we can't do life alone.

 524 Crockett St. just of the Granbury Square, right next to the US Post Office. 682-498-3031

http://www.ALccGranbury.com

ALccGranbury at FaceBook and Twitter

I Got Saved at a Convenience Store by a Hippie Street Evangelist

A Street Evangelist Led Me to My Purpose

by Mike Robinson

He must have been born around 1955 and ministered on the streets of Southern California: rough-looking, a Jesus-people participant and not much of a worldly success. But he was a marvelous evangelist, gifted for all-comers. So he headed to the 7-Eleven on Roscoe Boulevard to witness to traditional Valley Girls and Guys, whose lives revolved around the beach, cars, and sports.

You don’t get famous that way, but in 1979 he won a minor league baseball player to the Lord. The ballplayer was me—happy, content, addiction-free, godless, and enjoying life. In the middle of the store, during our only encounter, the evangelist confronted me with the reality of heaven and hell as he called me to Jesus, as the other customers noticed a loud conversation regarding my eternal destiny and, mesmerized, watched me pray with the street minister over the shop counter.

In a set that looked like a 1970’s convenience store (because it was a 1970’s convenience store), with music from Seals and Crofts playing in the background, the reality of my sin and need of a Savior struck me for the first time, and the possibility of hell suddenly became conspicuous. Even though I was only looking for milk and a Hershey Bar, I came to Christ that night. That unknown evangelist has a big part in the dozens of books I have written, the pastoral work I have fulfilled, and all the people I have been blessed to lead to Jesus.

Yet the evangelist, whose name I did not get, never became famous himself. His era was filled with countless hippy-type evangelists—a very roll call of radical Christians, including such ministers as Greg Laurie, Wally Tope, and Craig Englert—but they tended to be kind, patient, or at least the hosts of great luaus. My nameless friend, however, never made it big or gained headlines. There are no churches or seminaries built by him. I just remember the scruffy clothes, beard, bare-feet, and beaming smile. He was aggressive with love and mercy, and he appeared to have lived by two rules: one, tell everyone about Jesus; and, two, tell everybody else about Jesus. Everyone. Assertive and gracious, he pursued souls the hard way: on the streets with strangers.

He was an ordinary man with extraordinary passion. He worked hard for the eternal benefit of others. Above all, he followed Jesus and brought the lost to his Lord—an unsung hero because he was personally in it for God alone and not any self-aggrandizement. One day when I am in heaven, I want to ask an angel to run the footage—replay the night I stumbled into 7-Eleven looking for candy but finding a glorious treasure. Mr. Gabriel, Sir, run the footage, and please go to the next room. I want to weep and rejoice as I rerun the moment Jesus called me to Himself—the moment I found real purpose.

Forget all about your problems and just go and share your faith—help others find their eternal purpose.

Understanding the Influence of Worldviews

It is absolutely safe to say that if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid, insane or wicked (Richard Dawkins).

And unguided evolutionary theory of course, though a key, relentless issue, is only one. At the bottom, the worldview foundation, truth can only be supported by Almighty God. Thus, non-essential issues simply dissolve away. My concern is that worldview themes breed, grow and are pressed on believers as daily pestering by belligerent atheists who, uneducated in logic, theology, and ethics raise issues in a shotgun style. In some circles, Christians are more alarmed than in the past, and consequently less focused evangelizing the lost. And as the New Atheists increase their vitriolic attacks, I am concerned that Christians will withdrawal, even, in the future, to abandoning outreach to atheists and other hardcore sinners.

What should Christians do to make things better? At this point I look to a powerful yet often unnoticed truth that will make a real impact. It is the actuality that individuals are raised in a particular moral background and they tend to think that background and its presuppositions are true and will always remain true. Understanding the guiding power of competing worldviews will have a powerful effect in the communication of Christian truth.

Much of Western Europe is no longer Christian-centered. In contrast, American Christianity has grown and remains vibrant because it focused on Jesus Christ, the Bible, and the gospel. Additionally, from Jonathan Edwards to Josh McDowell, Christians in the U.S. have focused on apologetics.

In previous generations, I have come to think that many Christians in America were raised on the gospel and with some measure of instruction on defending the faith. The American Church in the past was so vigorous, muscular, and equipped that it could absorb any blow. This reality of the Kingdom became their governing assumption: Skeptics could throw any amount of punches at the church, Darwinian roundhouses and all, and it would be fine.

The controlling element of culture they were raised in is the reality that lived in their heads: the Judeo-Christian worldview. But when the nasty New Atheists went wild in the present, in which the rationally unprepared could actually be flustered, even disconcerted, things appeared different. All this reflects an intellectual culture of brute and irrational contempt, the type of rational environment[1] that makes the world worse. Nonetheless, I think the acrimony of the New Atheists birthed scores of apologists and ministries aimed at defending the Faith.

In the lives of countless congregations one can find leaders and members trained in tearing down false worldviews as they defend the truth. The church in America has always managed to maneuver itself through rough waters, pressed its way through intellectual challenges, survived every rational contest not only intact but more robust. Today, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we may be seeing a renaissance in apologetics; it’s growing wide and my prayer is it will grow deep.

The muscled, knowledgeable church is not merely in the past. Certainty, reason, and scriptural truth can still be extolled today as the church “takes the Kingdom and takes it by force” (Matthew 11:12). A winsome rational defense has to be practiced as well as demonstrated.

Truth has to be protected every season, in part by what atheists and false religionists say. But ultimately, the believer must repose upon the truth of God revealed in Scripture. God exists and all men know it (Romans 1:18-21). Proclaim it, defend it, and live it.

I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3).

For the fresh and powerful proof for God see my book Reality and the Folly of Atheism HERE on Amazon

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1. One cannot have the analysis of evidence without God. The God of the Bible is the precondition for the examination of evidence. Analysis uses induction, empirical testing, the laws of logic, and morality. One cannot account for any of those dynamics without God and His revelation. In a moment of honesty, renowned philosopher W.V. Quine, granted: “The collapse of empiricism (truth is found through man’s senses) would admit extra input ... by revelation.” Considering that empiricism is self-refuting (one cannot measure by seeing or hearing the definition of empiricism, so it collapses under its own load) it must concede truth claims to revelation by God and the general application of its precepts. Frame notes, “It is the responsibility of the Christian to regard God’s word as absolutely certain, and to make that word the criterion of all other sources of knowledge. Our certainty of the truth of God comes ultimately, not through rational demonstration or empirical verification, useful as these may often be, but from the authority of God’s own word. God’s word does testify to itself, often, by means of human testimony and historical evidence: the ‘proofs’ of Acts 1:3, the centurion’s witness in Luke 23:47, the many witnesses to the resurrection of Jesus in 1 Cor. 15:1-11. But we should never forget that these evidences come to us with God’s own authority. In 1 Cor. 15, Paul asks the church to believe the evidence because it is part of the authoritative apostolic preaching.” Rational pre-commitments assist in directing one’s investigation and analysis of the data (as well as its interpretation and communication). This admission is often difficult to get from some atheistic inquirers to acknowledge. What worldview can furnish the a priori necessities and rational tools for science, analysis, research and proof? Christian theism delivers the epistemic ground for the a priori immutable universals utilized in rational enquiry and proof; in principle, materialistic atheism cannot furnish the aforementioned ground. What is obligatory to account for analysis and proof is a first principle that has the ontological endowment to not only ground it, but to account for proof and its preconditions—all the universal operational features of knowledge. The loss of the immovable point of reference, in principle, leaves the ungodly bereft of a resource necessary to construct the analytical enterprise required to prove anything. Without God, one cannot hoist the necessary a priori operation features of the intellectual examination of evidence and proof. The Christian worldview supplies the fixed ontic platform as the sufficient truth condition that can justify induction, immutable universals, attributes, identity, and the uniformity of the physical world. But materialistic atheism lacks such a fixed ontic platform. Consequently, it fails to provide the sufficient ground required to justify enquiry, research, evidence, and proof. 

Last Days Ministry and America pt 2

Luke 7:11 Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd. 12 And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” 14 Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” 15 So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother.

John 2:10 … You have keep the good wine for last!

Acts 2:17 ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams.

Joel 2:28 “And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions. 29 And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. 30 “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. 32 And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the Lord Shall be saved…

2 Timothy 3:1-5 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

                Wednesday Night Service

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Abundant Life Community Church 

 

524 Crockett St., Granbury. 682-498-3031. 

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A Friendly Church in Granbury Texas

Abundant Life Community Church is dedicated to being a joyful place to hear the message of hope we have in Jesus. We are an exciting church where you can experience authentic community in the midst of a crowd. A place where we selflessly serve those both within, and outside of our four walls through our numerous ministries. We are making a difference by finding and solving needs in our own community and around the world! This is not just a church, this is a place to make lasting friendships and glorify God. We believe the church world needs less hype and more authenticity, so Abundant Life Community Church Granbury, strives to make Jesus the center of all we do!

Sunday 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM. Wed. 7:00 PM.

524 Crockett St. just of the Granbury Square, right next to the US Post Office. 682-498-3031

We have experienced what happens when a faith community is excited by the most important purpose known to humankind—knowing Jesus Christ personally and living dedicated lives for His use and in His power.

If you have questions about what it means to know God, we welcome you. Perhaps you are interested in what it means to accept the joy of being a follower of Christ, we welcome you. Yet, ultimately, we desire to be a Christ-dependent community equipping people to impact our world with the love of Jesus. We see our calling to be a people who take seriously the claims of Christ and His love on every part of our lives.

At ALCC, we seek to build an environment where our hearts find satisfaction in Christ and are encouraged by being a part of an authentic community. If such pursuits resonate in your heart, feel free to call us or dig deeper into our website. Better yet–sit down and talk with anyone from ALCC. Our best “ad” is the loving people at Abundant Life Community Church Granbury.

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Why Germs Do Not Evolve into Mozart

Bacteria are the Fittest: No Need to Evolve into Weak Large-mass Organisms

By Mike Robinson

Granbury, Texas

There is no reason for single-celled organisms to evolve into 'higher' forms

Bacteria: Any of a group of microscopic single-celled organisms that live in enormous numbers in almost every environment on Earth, from deep-sea vents to deep below Earth’s surface to the digestive tracts of humans. [They are] the dominant living creatures on Earth, having been present for perhaps three-quarters of Earth history and having adapted to almost all available ecological habitats. As a group, they display exceedingly diverse metabolic capabilities and can use almost any organic compound (Encyclopedia Britannia).

For three billion years, more or less, the evolution of species proceeded ponderously along a hit-or-miss fashion, until... a sufficiently intelligent species evolved. Then the intelligence took a hand, and evolution was never the same again. The key to evolution is randomness. [1]

There is a constant need in our civilization to prefer illusions over reality, a need to deny our perceptions. [2]

I have never heard the scientific grounds for the need of a bacterium to evolve into a “higher” form. The bacteria appear to be some of the fittest creatures on the planet, only rivaled by cockroaches. These two types of organisms do not need to evolve. They survive quite nicely. Nothing is more tenacious, more resilient, more stout, and produces more functioning and self-procuring offspring than bacteria. Why would they need to evolve? Why would cockroaches need to evolve? They could survive a nuclear bomb. The organisms that evolutionists claim as the “higher” creatures, die off easier and quicker, and produce far less offspring. The higher up the ladder, the more likely the organism is extinct or is put on the endangered species list. Look how fragile the whales and the great apes are as a species—weeds, bugs, and germs are vigorous survivors because they are much harder to kill.

Why would a cockroach evolve? They can survive almost anything

Large body mass creatures are much less fit than the tenacious organisms like bacteria and cockroaches. The evolutionists do not have to deal with just a missing link; the whole chain is gone. Only God and His revelation can give us a foundation for science.[3] The theory of survival of the fittest does not comport with the reality of ultra-resilient cockroaches because they do not need to evolve into higher forms. They do just fine without knowing Mickey Mouse or Plato. Bacteria would not become more stout and produce more survivable offspring if they could read poetry or applaud Tiger Woods. Bacteria do not have determination or conviction. Even if they did, how could that resolve give them the innate force to evolve? They would need purpose and the means to fulfill that purpose, a teleological reason. This can only come when there is intelligence and purpose. A universe composed of only matter and motion cannot produce teleology, hence unguided evolution is a myth; it is fable for profligate adults. It not only does not gel with the facts; it is impossible for it to be true.

Odds, Probability, and Certainty

Hoyle, the Cambridge Astronomer, once said that the odds of life arising by chance have about the same probability of “a tornado blowing through a junk yard and forming a Boeing 747.” That is devastating to those who submit to the blind faith of evolution. Yet it is much worse than that. There are no odds for the existence of God. There are no probabilities. It is impossible for the God of the Bible not to exist. Without God, one cannot discuss or argue about the theory of evolution. S.E.T.I., the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, scans the heavens for codes, information, language, and patterns. They base their work on the theory that finding a radio signal with a code would prove there are intelligent beings out there in the vast reaches of the universe. The premise is: a code presupposes a code-giver. A code-giver has intelligence. Within the Christian worldview, this makes sense. The baffling thing is to watch the scientists, who study the DNA code, fail to make the same deduction. They would if an alien sent a simple code over the air waves. This type of fuzzy reasoning is the problem with the theory of unguided

A code-giver presupposes intelligence, yet this is often ignored by evolution.

Unbelieving men suppress the truth in unrighteousness. The Christian is not to battle in the trenches with our facts against the Darwinian materialist’s facts. We must demonstrate that without the true God, as the pre-requirement of all our thought, we cannot make sense of anything in the abstract or in the biological. My uncle is not a monkey, and my grand dad is not a polliwog. I am not a product of monkeydom; I am created in the image of God. Mozart, Milton, and moms are not the product of unguided animated stardust. Evolutionists want their father to be a muskrat and their mother to be an opossum. They delight in the fairy tale that their great aunt was a tadpole or snapping turtle. But if man evolved from an animal, then all humans are animals, and this gives them license to behave like animals.

The funny thing is the doctrine of evolution presupposes God since this false notion employs the laws of logic[4] since only the immutable God has the capacity to ground such immutable laws. Science presupposes God. Induction presupposes God. So all their crazy theories require God. All true and false postulations need God and His revelation as the precondition of their intelligibility.

The Bible speaks of God as the Creator with absolute certainty. There is not a cosmic odds-giver crunching the probability of the existence of God Almighty. We are told that one cell is made up of 100,000 molecules; that 10,000 finely tuned, interrelated chemical reactions occur concurrently. That a cell contains, in its nucleus, a digitally coded database larger than thirty volumes of an encyclopedia. The apologists then explain that the odds of this happening by chance are overwhelming. They say the evidence is beyond a reasonable doubt, so it’s probably true. The truth of the matter is; God’s existence is not a probability. The odds-giver should not give a thousand to one odds that this world was created by a Creator. There is absolute certainty that God lives, and that He created all things in the heavens and the earth, period. We must have God, as the pre-essential of creation, or nothing in the cosmos can make sense.

The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts. His ways are always prospering; Your judgments are far above, out of his sight; as for all his enemies, he sneers at them. He has said in his heart, “I shall not be moved; I shall never be in adversity” (Psalms 10:4-6).

 

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NOTES

1.        Isaac Asimov, Science Past - Science Future  (N.Y.: Ace Books, 1975), p. 207.

2.        John Saul, Voltaire’s Bastards: The Dictatorship of Reason in the West  (NY: Random House,  1992), p. 11.       

3. God furnishes all the a priori essentials; the necessary epistemic equipment utilized in all scientific pursuits. God has the ontic attributes of omniscience, immutability, and omnipotence (He has universal reign) thus enabling Him to be the ground for the universal and immutable laws of logic that are utilized in all thought and analysis. Any position that rejects the true God, as the epistemic (knowledge) base, not only leaves an unnerving fissure, but hopelessly fails too. Consequently, whatever evidence science discovers must be discerned and processed with the rational implements that arise from Christian theism and the worldview that emanates from God. The immaterial, transcendent, and immutable God supplies the indispensable pre-environment for the use of immaterial, transcendent, universal, and immutable laws of logic. Atheistic thought, because it rests upon mutable and non-universal ground, cannot furnish the necessary preconditions for the immutable universal laws of logic; therefore it results in futility because of its own internal weakness.

4.        The Laws of Logic: Abstract, non-concrete laws of thought and reason that are immaterial, aspatial, universal, obligatory, necessary, immutable, and absolute. Some academics identify them as the laws of thought or the laws of reason. A few scholars strongly prefer to name them the laws of logic because they are independent of human minds. All rational thinking (and science) presupposes and uses the laws of logic. The most well-known law is the Law of Non-contradiction: A cannot be A and Non-A at the same time in the same way. Consequently a man cannot be his own father. The laws of logic reflect the nature and mind of God; thus, they have ontological grounding—that is, they are grounded in the very nature of truth itself and cannot be reduced to human convention, opinion or psychology. Without these laws, knowledge and rational thinking are impossible. To deny the laws of logic, one must use these laws in one’s attempt to deny them. Those who deny the laws of logic are participating in a self-defeating endeavor.