If you’re looking for a site with Free Bible Studies for Small Groups, or to recommend for someone who wants to study the Bible, try Kathleen’s new Bible Study site. She has taught small group Bible studies for many years, and is using this site as a place to make them available for free. Click on the image below, or go to www.kathleendalton.com.
(1) If that which is holy touches that which is unholy, will it make the unholy holy “? The answer is no.
(2) If that which is unclean (unholy) touches that which is clean (holy), will the unclean make it unclean (unholy)? The answer is yes, that is what it will do.
Clean cannot change unclean. But unclean can change clean.
It is a shame that often Godly, well meaning people, catch the disease of sin because somehow they think that their example and presence of righteousness will somehow rub off. It doesn’t work that way. We can catch sin. We do not catch righteousness.
Righteousness comes from responding in faith to the hearing of truth.
Often we should re-read Haggai 2: 11-13. Do it today !
Over the years I have met a large number of wonderful Christians who appear to understand that their eternal salvation is not based upon their good works or obedience, but upon their faith in the gift of salvation paid for by Jesus Christ. However, I have also seen that many of these same people who have been saved by faith, are trying to live each day of the Christian life by their own obedience and good works. They continue to live in bondage.
I am so anxious to walk through the Book of Galatians on Sunday mornings – to be together reminded that the Gospel ( good news) message of salvation by grace through faith is not just to get us to heaven….but is the message we need to remember every day in order to live our Christian lives.
If you are struggling and feeling defeated at the end of each day, you will be encouraged as we begin our study in the Book of Galatians on Sunday, July 15th…..”How To Be Free”.
Recently Kathleen and I have had the opportunity to visit a lot of wonderful churches. It has been so much fun to experience the different church personalities. One thing that has stood out to me is that the churches which present a very “high view of God” send me away with a lot of peace and security.
It seems almost ironic that the more focus we place on “how God is going to help me” the less secure we are. On the other hand, the more I/we focus on Who He is, the more secure and peaceful all of life becomes.
I can hardly wait to dive into the Book of Galatians on our first Sunday, July 15th. If you get a chance, carve out a little time to sit down and read through the entire book. It is just 6 chapters….but wow…what a powerful message. Each week, I want to remind us how important it is to “preach the Gospel message to ourselves everyday”.
During the last few months Kathleen and I have come to appreciate what the Apostle Paul experienced as recorded in Acts 16: 6-10. In these verses we read of Paul’s two missionary trips where he invested time, travel and effort in order to plant new churches, only to have the Lord close both doors and send him to Europe.
As far as we know from scripture, God never told Paul why he let him first take those two trips. We cannot adequately answer why God permitted this to happen the way it did. We only know that a Sovereign God worked within His providence. Because of God’s redirecting, the Gospel went into Macedonia, into Greece, Italy, Spain, on up through Europe into Britain, and finally it reached the shores of America. Praise the Lord !
As you know, Kathleen and I invested time, travel and effort considering several new geographical areas to plant the next church. God closed doors and has made it clear that He is not through with us here in Greenwood.
On Sunday, July 15th, we will be holding the first worship service for Village Bible Church. We will be meeting at the Indiana Wesleyan Building located at the Greenwood/Rt. 65 Exit. The facilities are wonderful. New….high tech….spacious….lots of parking !
The service will begin at 10:00 a..m. Nursery and children’s ministry will be offered during worship. We invite you to visit this site often as we keep everyone up-to –date on what God is doing.
We had a great time last night with Pastor Michael Boehm and his wife, Maren, and 3-year-old Pierson and 18-month-old Thatcher. Lots of talking and rejoicing in the wonderful things the LORD is doing in new church plants all over the area.
Michael and Maren planted Encounter Church in 2006, working in partnership with Mike Grine and his wife, and Kerris Wright and his wife. The church runs about 100 now, with a strong volunteer-base of 55. Wow!
This will be an exciting time to pray, answer questions, layout the vision and challenge individuals to make a one year commitment to be pioneers to help launch the church.
We are so excited about the Evangelistic Opportunity. Faith Bible Church will be focusing on a geographical area in Indianapolis that has within a five-mile-radius a population of 175,743 people. Very few churches in the area. Terrific automobile access from all four directions. According to national statistics, of this 175,743 people, 59,752 have not been in church within the last six months and 144,988 did not attend any church last Sunday.
What a wonderful opportunity to offer the Hope of Jesus Christ to so many unchurched individuals and families!