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April 10, 2022 • Paul Thibodeaux • Isaiah 43:16–19

43:16 Thus says the LORD, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters, 43:17 who brings out chariot and horse, army and warrior; they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick: 43:18 Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. 43:19 I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

God Is

April 3, 2022 • Olu Brown • Isaiah 43:16–19

43:16 Thus says the LORD, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters, 43:17 who brings out chariot and horse, army and warrior; they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick: 43:18 Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. 43:19 I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

Broken Yet Whole: Being Made New

March 27, 2022 • Johnnetta Johnson • 2 Corinthians 5:16–21

16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. 17 So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. 19 That is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. 20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

The Tune Up

March 27, 2022 • Paul Thibodeaux • 2 Corinthians 5:16–21

16 So then, from this point on we won’t recognize people by human standards. Even though we used to know Christ by human standards, that isn’t how we know him now. 17 So then, if anyone is in Christ, that person is part of the new creation. The old things have gone away, and look, new things have arrived! 18 All of these new things are from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and who gave us the ministry of reconciliation. 19 In other words, God was reconciling the world to himself through Christ, by not counting people’s sins against them. He has trusted us with this message of reconciliation. 20 So we are ambassadors who represent Christ. God is negotiating with you through us. We beg you as Christ’s representatives, “Be reconciled to God!” 21 God caused the one who didn’t know sin to be sin for our sake so that through him we could become the righteousness of God.

Daily Bread

March 20, 2022 • Olu Brown • Matthew 6:9–15

14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; 15 but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Bread for Today · Jesus petitioned God and taught his disciples to ask for daily bread, that is, enough bread to fulfill their needs for that day. This was an act of faith because he didn’t ask for a bread manufacturing company or truck filled with bread to last an entire year. Just enough bread for today. · “Just in Case” Faith · Therefore, I say to you, don’t worry about your life, what you’ll eat or what you’ll drink, or about your body, what you’ll wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds in the sky. They don’t sow seed or harvest grain or gather crops into barns. Yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than they are? Who among you by worrying can add a single moment to your life? Matthew 6:25-27 (CEB) Bread for Tomorrow Eschatological Bread: For the future beyond today’s needs. · When we pray with an eschatological faith for daily bread, we are not only praying for bread today, but we are also praying for bread for the generations and centuries to come. · “God, bless the unborn generations…” Bread Forever · The bread Jesus refers to in the text is more than physical bread. The hymn “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah” by Methodist minister and hymn writer William Williams beautifully glorifies Matthew 6:11. o Guide me, O thou great Jehovah, Pilgrim through this barren land. I am weak, but thou art mighty; Hold me with thy powerful hand. Bread of Heaven, bread of Heaven, Feed me till I want no more.

Knowing Who Knowing What

March 13, 2022 • Paul Thibodeaux • Matthew 6:10

Have you had the question “how do I know God’s will? We often pray or say, “God your will be done” as is mentioned here in the Lord’s Prayer. We sometimes say, “well God whatever is your will.” We even say sometimes “God I just want your will.” But how do we know? When something happens in our life after we prayed for God’s will, how do come to grips with the understanding that it was or is God’s will. As we walk through this Lenten now about 10 days about a quarter of the way in I hope it has already been as excellent time of reflection. As a church as we go through Pastor Olu’s book Lenten Prayer walking through the Lord’s prayer in Chapter _ titled Your Will I will cover today the times in our life when we are trying to figure out God’s will Pastor Olu mentions as I concur the are spiritual disciplines and methods of prayer and moments of worship that we can participate in but there are still moments where we are left wondering of God ‘s will. The reason we walk through Lent as a time of reflection is because it centers in the same shoes of Jesus as he was in a time of wilderness, temptation, and reflection and at towards the end after the victory of making through the time in the wilderness even Jesus asks the question about God’s will. We see at the beginning of the chapter _Luke 22:42__reminds us of the question Jesus had “Father if are willing, remove this cup from me yet, not my will but yours be done.” So how do we know? Let me try and provide some things that we can do that will prepare us in understanding God’s will. If there are some things we are willing “say with yall ‘WILLING’ to do in will take us a long way.

An Inclusive and Holy God

March 6, 2022 • Olu Brown • Matthew 6:9–15

9 “Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one. 14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; 15 but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Be Strong

February 27, 2022 • Olu Brown • Haggai 2:1–5

2 1 On the twenty-first day of the seventh month, the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai: 2 “Speak to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, to Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest, and to the remnant of the people. Ask them, 3 ‘Who of you is left who saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Does it not seem to you like nothing? 4 But now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ declares the Lord. ‘Be strong, Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land,’ declares the Lord, ‘and work. For I am with you,’ declares the Lord Almighty. 5 ‘This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.’

Covered

February 20, 2022 • Paul Thibodeaux • Ephesians 6:10–17

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. When it gets down to it, we are fighting the enemy everyday. The enemy we fight is an enemy we don’t see? Evil schemes designed to confuse us, derail us, distract us and defeat us. The Apostle Paul reminds us we don’t fight against flesh and blood but against spirits and principalities. The spirit of defeat who’s whole purpose is to get what troubles us on the inside. Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes

Fear: External

February 13, 2022 • Olu Brown • Acts 27:21–26

21 For a long time no one had eaten. Paul stood up among them and said, “Men, you should have complied with my instructions not to sail from Crete. Then we would have avoided this damage and loss. 22 Now I urge you to be encouraged. Not one of your lives will be lost, though we will lose the ship. 23 Last night an angel from the God to whom I belong and whom I worship stood beside me. 24 The angel said, ‘Don’t be afraid, Paul! You must stand before Caesar! Indeed, God has also graciously given you everyone sailing with you.’ 25 Be encouraged, men! I have faith in God that it will be exactly as he told me. 26 However, we must run aground on some island.” Synopsis: · Two-week series focusing on our internal and external fears. Sharing the good news that our fears don’t have to cause us to stay stuck, and we can move forward, even in the midst of fear. I. Stuck in a Storm · Vs. 21 “For a long time no one had eaten. Paul stood up among them and said, “Men, you should have complied with my instructions not to sail from Crete. Then we would have avoided this damage and loss.”

Fear: Internal

February 6, 2022 • Olu Brown • Mark 4:37–41

37 Gale-force winds arose, and waves crashed against the boat so that the boat was swamped. 38 But Jesus was in the rear of the boat, sleeping on a pillow. They woke him up and said, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re drowning?” 39 He got up and gave orders to the wind, and he said to the lake, “Silence! Be still!” The wind settled down and there was a great calm. 40 Jesus asked them, “Why are you frightened? Don’t you have faith yet?” 41 Overcome with awe, they said to each other, “Who then is this? Even the wind and the sea obey him!”

I'm Talking . . . Real Love

January 30, 2022 • Johnnetta Johnson • 1 John 3:16–24

Title I'm Talking . . . Real Love Scripture: 2 Corinthians 8:1-9 (MSG) 8 1-4 Now, friends, I want to report on the surprising and generous ways in which God is working in the churches in Macedonia province. Fierce troubles came down on the people of those churches, pushing them to the very limit. The trial exposed their true colors: They were incredibly happy, though desperately poor. The pressure triggered something totally unexpected: an outpouring of pure and generous gifts. I was there and saw it for myself. They gave offerings of whatever they could—far more than they could afford!—pleading for the privilege of helping out in the relief of poor Christians. 5-7 This was totally spontaneous, entirely their own idea, and caught us completely off guard. What explains it was that they had first given themselves unreservedly to God and to us. The other giving simply flowed out of the purposes of God working in their lives. That’s what prompted us to ask Titus to bring the relief offering to your attention, so that what was so well begun could be finished up. You do so well in so many things—you trust God, you’re articulate, you’re insightful, you’re passionate, you love us—now, do your best in this, too. 8-9 I’m not trying to order you around against your will. But by bringing in the Macedonians’ enthusiasm as a stimulus to your love, I am hoping to bring the best out of you. You are familiar with the generosity of our Master, Jesus Christ. Rich as he was, he gave it all away for us—in one stroke he became poor and we became rich.

Are You Ready to Get Down?

January 23, 2022 • Paul Thibodeaux • 2 Corinthians 8:1–9

Title "Are You Ready to Get Down” Scripture: 2 Corinthians 8:1-9 (MSG) 8 1-4 Now, friends, I want to report on the surprising and generous ways in which God is working in the churches in Macedonia province. Fierce troubles came down on the people of those churches, pushing them to the very limit. The trial exposed their true colors: They were incredibly happy, though desperately poor. The pressure triggered something totally unexpected: an outpouring of pure and generous gifts. I was there and saw it for myself. They gave offerings of whatever they could—far more than they could afford!—pleading for the privilege of helping out in the relief of poor Christians. 5-7 This was totally spontaneous, entirely their own idea, and caught us completely off guard. What explains it was that they had first given themselves unreservedly to God and to us. The other giving simply flowed out of the purposes of God working in their lives. That’s what prompted us to ask Titus to bring the relief offering to your attention, so that what was so well begun could be finished up. You do so well in so many things—you trust God, you’re articulate, you’re insightful, you’re passionate, you love us—now, do your best in this, too. 8-9 I’m not trying to order you around against your will. But by bringing in the Macedonians’ enthusiasm as a stimulus to your love, I am hoping to bring the best out of you. You are familiar with the generosity of our Master, Jesus Christ. Rich as he was, he gave it all away for us—in one stroke he became poor and we became rich.

Leftovers

January 16, 2022 • Olu Brown • 2 Chronicles 31:2–5

2 Hezekiah reappointed the priests and the Levites, each to their divisions and their tasks, to make entirely burned offerings and well-being sacrifices, to serve, to give thanks, and to offer praise in the gates of the Lord’s camp. 3 As his portion, the king personally contributed the entirely burned offerings for the morning and evening sacrifices, as well as the entirely burned offerings for the Sabbaths, new moons, and festivals, as written in the Lord’s Instruction. 4 He ordered the people living in Jerusalem to provide the required portion for the priests and the Levites so they could devote themselves to the Lord’s Instruction. 5 As soon as the order was issued, the Israelites generously gave the best of their grain, new wine, oil, honey, and all their crops—a tenth of everything, a huge amount.

Regifting

January 9, 2022 • Olu Brown

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