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…

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BE FREE BY BEING CONTROLLED

Oxymorons are figures of speech in which seemingly contradictory words appear side by side to describe a concept. They are often humorous and intriguing. Like Jumbo shrimp, harmless crime and even non-fat ice cream. When you first see the title “be free by being controlled” sounds impossible. You are probably thinking, “Isn’t the definition of freedom the ability to self-rule without restrictions or controls; or the release from captivity or slavery?” We see in the news many people fleeing their country and migrating to other countries, including the U.S. The problem is not the migrating but the issue is that many people want to come to a country without submitting or obeying the laws of that country. This is a lesson we see clearly and learn frequently throughout life. Obeying the rules or controls of the land provides freedom from the confines of prison. Submitting to your teacher’s control, instruction, learning principles and strategy allows greater freedom to choose the college or vocation you want. Submitting to your coach’s control provides you more freedom from anxiety, pressure and fear when you face a difficult opponent. Submitting to the control of a theatre director or music teacher produces great freedom to explore the art, maximize your expressiveness and freely become the art form. The same is true spiritually. As you submit to the Holy Spirit, stop fighting the way of God, put on the daily armor and let the Holy Spirit guide you in making the right choices in your life. You then become free from the world and are supernaturally empowered by God to achieve your unlimited God-given potential. You are increasingly released from the control and condemnation of sin and then free to truly become the one He created you to be and live the abundant life Christ died for. Today, look at the controls in your life that allow you freedom. Be thankful. Then, look at areas in your life that aren’t working out well. Anything that we are indebted to controls us. Paul wrote, “owe no man anything except a debt of love.” As you move into the year 2019, jettison any emotional baggage you might have. This includes any unforgiveness, offenses, regrets, and grudges that occurred up to this point. Make a concerted effort to release people that had offended, betrayed or hurt you and travel with a light heart into the new year. It is time to remove everything that has weighed you down and re-enter the race that is set before you. Don’t give up but become the person God had intended for you to become.


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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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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
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WHERE IS IT?

Are you facing a seemingly impossible situation? Is what you’re asking God for seem unlikely to come to pass? Is your faith being tested?
Perhaps, you feel completely trapped, hedged in and overwhelmed, with no solution in sight. Maybe you’re confronted with a challenge where there is no resolution. Or, your heart is heavy with doubt as you cannot figure out what to do next, for there appears to be nothing you can do about what you now face. If you are on an emotional rollercoaster, you could be wondering, “How can things change for the better?”
However, impossibilities are the platforms upon which God does His best work; have faith. With man it may be impossible. But with God, all things are possible. Have you ever felt you were in a hopeless situation? Today, realize your faith only works in the realm of impossibilities. So, where is your faith? Is it working?
Your faith guarantees the results are inevitable. Your faith keeps you going when everything else tells you to give up and quit. Your faith should be the force that gives you the refusal to quit. You should look into the face of adversity and say, “I like my odds.” When you do this, it gives you an unwillingness to move aside. Your faith should solidify your belief in a cause wherein you become distracted by nothing.
 

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RIGHT NOW

“This is my command – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

Your past is never the gauge of what you become. In any hour, (right now) you can choose to liberate the future. Never make assumptions in life based on what you have done in the past or what everyone else thinks. The future of your life depends on what you do RIGHT NOW. Begin to accept your past for what it was. Start acknowledging your present for what it is and then anticipate your future for what it can become. These will be the thoughts that will shape and govern your life. When you think about it, God told Joshua to be bold, strong, courageous and not to be afraid. Was Joshua’s assignment based on what he had done in the past? Of course not. God was talking to him about what he should do RIGHT NOW. He was showing him where he is and where he should be going. His future and the people he was leading depended on what he was to do at that moment. His RIGHT NOW” moment. He was to anticipate his future for what it can become. If you want something that you never had in you life, you have to do something that you have never done. You will always be afraid to do something that you have never tried before. That is ok. Do it afraid. When you do, you will hear God speak to you in a soft spoken voice that will say, “ I am with you wherever you go.” When you start questioning yourself about whether you can do something or not, remember that it is difficult to define “Impossible”. Your vision or dream that God has given you yesterday IS the confident expectation today. Therefore it becomes your reality of tomorrow….What will be your reality?


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