Songs of the Season NOW

LET HEAVEN & NATURE & PEOPLE SING!

Luke 2:10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

Luke 2:14    “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!

Luke 2:15   When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.


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De-Stressing The Holidays

De-Stressing The Holidays

Pastor George Dupree – Wednesday, December 11, 2018

The Christmas Holiday Season can certainly be Joy-Filled and of course, they can be Stress-Filled too. Maybe you had to stretch a little bit even to just read this post but I encourage you to read on, it’ll take only a few minutes… Read more…

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Advent of Hope

Advent Of Hope

Sunday, December 2, 2018 – Pastor George M. Dupree

  What is Advent? – Advent comes from the Latin word adventus meaning arrival or coming. Advent also means the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.   The Hebrews looked forward to the coming of a Savior or Messiah—the First Advent. The prophecies of the Messiah gave them hope. Hope is associated with anticipation and expectation. God uses the scriptures to bring hope into our lives because the scriptures tell us who God is and they tell us about His awesome love for us. Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.   Advent counts down the four weeks leading up to Christmas. This season is about resetting Jesus Christ at the center of our lives. By observing Advent we will be able to focus on the true meaning of Christmas, which is Jesus, He was God’s gift to all mankind. So in essence, Jesus was the first Christmas present ever given.   The first candle, the candle of hope means his promise and the hope we have because of Him. We can have hope because God is FAITHFUL and will keep the PROMISES He made to us. Our true hope comes through Jesus because He came to forgive our sins and give us eternal life.   Mary brought Jesus into the world; God uses PEOPLE to bring hope into the world. He uses men and women, boys and girls to bring this message of hope. He’s not interested if your perfect, He just wants to use ordinary people to declare and extraordinary message of hope.   As we begin our journey through Advent, we pray we will remember that hope is found in Jesus. You can count on this, during the next 23 days your life will be busy so our expectation for this Advent series is that we’ll be reminded to be more intentional in looking at what has come to us because of the Advent of Christ.   The Old Testament prophet Isaiah said – The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined.                        Isaiah 9:2   For someone stuck in a dark place the greatest comfort would be light. The light would bring hope. That’s where we get the expression “light at the end of the tunnel.”   For the Hebrew people the prophecies of a Messiah gave them hope. For Christians we have the comfort of prophesies fulfilled through Christ; which should bring to us anticipation and an expectation that God can do anything and that He will fulfill what He has spoken of.   Jesus brings Hope – He turns DESPAIR into hope. He takes away our sin and that removes despair.   He works great things in us, from the INSIDE OUT. He changes our heart. When He makes us whole on the inside it really doesn’t matter as much what’s happening on the outside.   His main mission was to RESCUE mankind from their sin, that’s redemption. Sin causes separation from God and separation from God causes despair and hopelessness. That’s what the message of the Gospel brings; it brings hope because Jesus brings redemption.   Paul had persecuted the Christians Acts 26:9 “I used to believe that I ought to do everything I could to oppose the followers of Jesus of Nazareth. 10 Authorized by the leading priests, I caused many of the believers in Jerusalem to be sent to prison. And I cast my vote against them when they were condemned to death. 11 Many times I had them whipped in the synagogues to try to get them to curse Christ. I was so violently opposed to them that I even hounded them in distant cities of foreign lands.   Then God told Paul I am going to send you to the Gentiles,18 to open their eyes so they may turn from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.’   Because of him persecuting the Christians Paul probably felt hopeless and alone but after Jesus appeared to him he had HOPE. He tells us where this hope comes from; it’s Christ in us. Colossians 1:27 God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.   Jesus looks beyond the outward appearance and actions, He looks to the heart. In Paul He saw the brokenness and the emptiness that was in his heart and He came along side him and filled his heart with hope.   This we know – Paul was broken and without hope but Jesus changed that. He didn’t reject Paul, instead He was gave him hope.   Romans 15:13   Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. RECEIVE HIS HOPE – GIVE HOPE TO SOMEONE ELSE


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Close The Book

CLOSE THE BOOK

Sunday, November 25, 2018 – Pastor George Dupree

  There is often a contradiction between our new identity in Christ and how we think and feel about ourselves, this affects the way we live, it affects our emotions. These emotions don’t need to be removed; they need to be reshaped. God wants to renew our mind by the Word of God. When you know the Word of God you can fight against the contradictions that come to you.   Contra means against – Diction means something spoken   A contradiction comes against what has been spoken. Often we’ll have thoughts that are contrary to what God says and in those times we can choose what we’ll believe.   Here are some things that often affect what we believe about ourselves

  • What people say about us
  • What we do
  • Where we were born
  • What we’ve done

Our emotions respond to what we are thinking. What do you think of yourself? What do you say about yourself? What Does God Say About You? What’s important is who you are IN Christ.   This is what you can say about yourself as a believer in Christ   I am God’s child. John 1:12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,   I am Jesus’ friend. John 15:15 No longer do I call you servants…but I have called you friends… I am a new person in Christ 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. The Holy Spirit lives in me 1 Corinthians 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.   I am a masterpiece Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.   I am totally and completely forgiven. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I am alive in Christ. Ephesians 2:5 Even when we were dead in our trespasses, [God] made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved… I am loved by God Romans 5:8 But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.   Do any of these phrases match your thoughts about yourself?

  • I am unloved and un-loveable.
  • I am not good enough, I feel inadequate.
  • I am a fearful and anxious person.
  • I am a disappointment.
  • I am not very smart. I am not special or important.
  • I am worthless and don’t deserve anything.
  • I am a sinner and can’t be forgiven.
  • I am unwanted and don’t belong.
  • I feel condemned.
  • I have no plan or purpose for my life.

Here Are Some Truths That You Can Say About Yourself

  • I am not who others say I am, I am what God says I am.
  • I am not what I do – I’m a human being not a human doing
  • I am not what I did – I’m forgiven and I’m a new creation
  • The truth about me is always what God says!

If you think that you don’t fit in – YOU BECOME A CONFORMER – you will try to conform to what others want of you or what you think will make them accept you.

  • 1 Samuel 15:24 I was afraid of the people and so I gave in to them.

If you think that you’re not good enough – YOU BECOME A PERFORMER – You’ll try to do things to make people accept you.

  • Luke 10:40 Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.

YOU NEED TO KNOW WHO YOU ARE IN CHRIST – LET’S DECLARE IT In Christ I Am Accepted

  • Ephesians 1:6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

In Christ I Am Brand New

  • 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

In Christ I Am Complete

  • Colossians 2:10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

In Christ I Am Free

  • John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

 

  • Romans 8:1 There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

This is what God said about Jesus Luke 3:21 Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”   This is what the devil said to Jesus Luke 4:3 and the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread. 4 But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’ ”   This is what Jesus said and did Luke 4:16 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. 17 And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:   18 The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; 19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.” 20 Then HE CLOSED THE BOOK, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down.   SAY WHAT GOD SAYS AND CLOSE THE BOOK


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Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is Giving Thanks!

Thanksgiving always reminds me that an attitude of gratitude that is so very important in life. Gratitude for family and friends, gratitude for living in a country of such bounty and freedom, gratitude to the Lord for His care and concern for my life. I have special gratitude today for my wife Carolyn. She makes Thanksgiving very special for our family; her energy and creativity are amazing. She’s a special gift from the Lord to our family and me and I love her very much. Let Us All Give Thanks Today With A Grateful Heart.   Take time today to give thanks to God for all of His blessings in your life.   No matter what’s going on in your life, find just ONE thing to give thanks and praise to God for and before you know it you’ll find another then another… Remember we’re called by God to give thanks in all circumstances.

  • 1Thessalonians 5:18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Reach out to someone around you this weekend and share His love with them. You’ve been blessed to be a blessing! Thanks Giving – Giving Thanks – Giving with Thanks – that’s what being a Christian is all about. Happy Thanksgiving.

Love, George & Carolyn


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Who Are You

WHO ARE YOU?
 
Who’s the true you?
 
You were born with one identity but when you’re born again you have a new identity.
2Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
 
Our identity or image was distorted when man fell in the garden and that’s the identity or image we are born with and that’s why Jesus said we needed to be born again.
 
The way we see our image is to look in a mirror and the Bible teaches us that God’s Word is like a mirror so you need to look into His Word to see the true you.
 
We Should Be Developing A Healthy Self-Image Based Upon What God Says
 
You shouldn’t live your life according to what others say about you. You have to live by what God says about you.
Psalms 139:14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
 
Did you know that you are a masterpiece.
Ephesians 2:8 God saved you by his special favor when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
 
Gideon had a very poor self-image and low self-esteem.
 
Judges 6:11 Now the Angel of the LORD came and sat under the terebinth tree which was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, in order to hide it from the Midianites. 12And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him, and said to him, “The LORD is with you, you mighty man of valor!”13Gideon said to Him, “O my lord,ifthe LORD is with us, whythen has all this happened to us? And whereare all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the LORD has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.” 14 Then the LORD turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?” 15 So he said to Him, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakestin Manasseh, and I am the leastin my father’s house.” 16 And the LORD said to him, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man.”
 
Gideon didn’t see himself as a success. He saw himself and all his people as failures and defeated. But God saw things differently.
 
When you see yourself as God sees you you’ll go past the self and others imposed limitations that prevent you from living your best life now.
 
We need to do what Abraham, the father of the faith did; we need to call things that are not as though they are, then we’ll rise to the place that God intends for us.

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Upcoming Events

IN DECEMBER SUNDAY MORNING SERVICES WILL BE AT 9:45AM
Advent Services Preparing Our Hearts For Christmas Beginning December 2nd – Christmas Eve
Free Pancake Breakfast With Santa – Bring A Camera & A Friend
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – A Holiday Tradition For The Entire Family – Christmas Eve @6PM

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Walk In Love

WALK IN LOVE

Sunday, September 30, 2018 – Pastor George M. Dupree   

  The Greatest Commandment Is Love Matthew 22:36-39 (LB) “Which is the most important command?” Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. The second most important is similar: Love your neighbor as much as you love yourself.”                      The Greatest Goal Is Love

1Corinthians 14:1 Let love be your highest goal
 
The Greatest Motive Is Love
1 Corinthians 16:14 Everything you do must be done with love                 
 
Love Is Demonstrated
Romans 5:8 (NKJV) But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.        
1 John 3:18 (GW) “We must show love through actions that are sincere, not through empty words.”
 
Galatians 5:6 (NIV) “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.”
 
Ephesians 5:2 (NLT) “Live a life filled with love for others, following the example of Christ, who loved you and gave himself as a sacrifice to take away your sins.”
 
Love Is Lasts Forever
 
1 Corinthians 13:13 (NCV) “Three things will continue forever: faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love.”
 
1 Corinthians 13:3 (Message) “No matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.”
 
Love Is Something I Practice
 
1 John 4:7 Dear friends, let us practice loving each other, for love comes from God and those who are loving and kind show that they are the children of God, and that they are getting to know him better
 
1 Timothy 4:12b but be an example for the believers in your speech, your conduct, your love, faith, and purity. 15 Practice these things and devote yourself to them, in order that your progress may be seen by all.                                          
Love Is Something I Pursue
 
1 Corinthians 14:1 (Amp) Eagerly pursue and seek to acquire love. Make it your aim, your great quest…                                                     
It’s All About Love
 
1John 3:16 (CEV) We know what love is because Jesus gave his life for us. That’s why we must give our lives for each other. 17 If we have all we need and see one of our own people in need, we must have pity on that person, or else we cannot say we love God. 18 Children, you show love for others by truly helping them, and not merely by talking about it. 19 When we love others, we know that we belong to the truth, and we feel at ease in the presence of God. 20 But even if we don’t feel at ease, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything. 21 Dear friends, if we feel at ease in the presence of God, we will have the courage to come near him. 22 He will give us whatever we ask, because we obey him and do what pleases him. 23 God wants us to have faith in his Son Jesus Christ and to love each other. This is also what Jesus taught us to do. 24 If we obey God’s commandments, we will stay one in our hearts with him, and he will stay one with us. The Spirit that he has given us is proof that we are one with him.                                         
 
Love Doesn’t Rub Sin In – Love Rubs Sin Out                               
 
1 Peter 4:8 (NLT) “Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.”                           
Colossians 2:14 (CEV) “God wiped out the charges that were against us for disobeying his Law. He took them away and nailed them to the cross.”

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Moderate Your Meditation

MODERATE YOUR MEDITATION
 
Sunday, September 23, 2018 – Pastor George Dupree
 
Psalm 19:14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.
 
There are many misunderstandings about what meditation is. As Christians, we use the Bible as our guide for all of our spiritual disciplines. Some forms of meditation encourage you to empty your mind and rid yourself of conscious thinking, this in not Biblical meditation. Biblical meditation encourages you to fill your mind with the Word of God.
Psalms 1:1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
 
If you do the first two, you will be the third.
Don’t walk in the counsel of the ungodly – Delight in the Word of God
You’ll be like a fruitful tree.
 
There are benefits to meditation
 
A Stable Life
You are planted; even if everything else around you is being uprooted you remain planted. You’ll have stability in your life because your roots go deep.
 
A Productive Life
You’ll have a productive & fruitful life – yielding fruit, results, evidence of God in your life.
 
A Prosperous Life
Prosperity is more than money, prosperity is the ability to make wise decisions – you don’t usually have to talk yourself into making the wrong decision. The choices you make each day determine your destiny. That’s why we have to daily meditate on God’s Word.
 
A Fresh Faith – his leaves will not whither.
We all need refreshing of our faith on a regular basis. Nobody’s interested in buying something that’s stale; it doesn’t have the same appeal as something that’s fresh. We don’t want to live on stale bread, we live by the bread of God’s Word, and it’s best on a daily basis.
 
 
What does it mean to meditate?
Meditate – to think deeply or focus one’s mind for a period of time, plan mentally; consider, think deeply or carefully about something, to utter a sound, to mutter; the act of thoughtful deliberation with the implication of speaking to oneself, muttering sounds spoken to no one in particular, melody
 
Ephesians 5:19 …making melody in your heart to the Lord
 
To meditate is to ruminate
Ruminate is a verb and it means to think deeply about something. It also means to chew the cud.
 
Meditation is repetitive thinking. Worry is negative meditation, continuous thinking of a negative thought. That’s destructive. But the act of meditating on God’s Word is constructive in our lives.
 
Final Thoughts To Meditate On
Joshua 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
 
Psalms 145:5 I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works.

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Anchored In Hope

ANCHORED IN HOPE
Sunday, September 16, 2018 – Pastor George Dupree
 
Psalm 92:12 The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,
He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13 Those who are planted in the house of the LORD
Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They shall still bear fruit in old age;
They shall be fresh and flourishing,
15 To declare that the LORD is upright;
He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.
 
The Bible talks about hope being an anchor for our soul. When your soul is anchored in God’s Word it is hopeful and that’s the place that your soul can flourish.
 
An anchor is a person or thing that provides stability or confidence in an otherwise uncertain situation.
 
When you’re anchored in hope you believe that God is going to work in your life.
 
You Believe!
 
There are two kinds of hope – Anchored Hope & Unanchored Hope
 
Unanchored hope is built upon wishes and maybe’s, luck and happenstance.
 
Anchored hope takes you beyond the physical and the natural and it takes you behind the veil or the thing that separates you from the supernatural presence of God. Anchored Hope is built upon the Word and the Promises of God Almighty.
 
Anchored hope is built upon two unchangeable things; God’s oath and His promise. Or you could put it his way this Anchored Hope is built upon His Name and His Word!
 
Hope is a desire for something, usually good, to happen in the future.
 
Usually that means we want something to happen but we have now way of being sure that it will happen.
 
Biblical hope not only desires something to happen, it expects that it will happen.
 
The reason we can have hope or a confident expectation is because we put our trust in God and He cannot lie.
 
Hebrews 6:18 (CEV) God cannot tell lies! And so his promises and vows are two things that can never be changed. We have run to God for safety. Now his promises should greatly encourage us to take hold of the hope that is right in front of us. 19 This hope is like a firm and steady anchor for our souls.
 
When you anchor a boat you do it so you don’t drift away. Most times you don’t even notice that you’re drifting away because it’s so subtle. It’s only when you bring into focus a point of reference that you realize that you’ve actually drifted.
 
If you were on open water with no point of reference and no anchor you’d certainly drift. It’s the same with the sea of life, you need a point of reference and you need an anchor.
 
The point of reference is God’s Wordand the anchor is the belief that God cannot lie.
 
The hope of knowing that God is with and for us is the anchor and because of that we can say it is well with my soul.
 
When you’re unsure and unanchored your soul will be in turmoil, that’s when you need to encourage your soul in the Lord with His Word.
 
Psalms 25:1 To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul. 20 Keep my soul, and deliver me; let me not be ashamed, for I put my trust in You.
 
Psalms 42:1 As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. 5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And whyare you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him forthe help of His countenance. 6 O my God, my soul is cast down within me; therefore I will remember You…11 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.
 
Psalms 146:1 Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul!
 
Matthew 11:29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
 
Romans 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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