Saturday, December 31, 2011

Greetings from Len Harper at South Brandon Worship Center

Greetings Family and Friends of SBWC,
        I woke up this morning with great anticipation and excitement for the New Year 2012! The Holy Spirit is doing a "New thing among us. He is making paths in the wilderness and streams in the desert places!"  Expect a great harvest in your life in 2012 and in our church! As you celebrate the New Year tonight, dedicate your life, your family, and your church to the Lord. Ask the Holy Spirit to "overshadow you" as He did with Mary, and birth great things through you and through our church in 2012!
      
Start the "New Year" off right by worshiping in the Lord's House on Sunday morning. We will begin a new message series: "Inspire 2012!"
    
Also, plan to join us on Monday @ 7 pm for our "Inspire 2012" prayer service, as we pray God's blessing for 2012.  Jesus said:"You do not have, because you do not ask . . . ask and it shall be given to you!"


What is "Inspire 2012!" ? We believe the Holy Spirit wants to "Inspire" us as a church family in "2012" to: 

1. "Read the entire Bible in 2012!"  Through daily Bible readings. The Holy Spirit "inspired" men to write it and is now "Inspiring" us to read it!

2. "Share and Prayer!"  Share family devotions after dinner (read 1 or 2 verses & talk about what it means); and then pray for another family (invite them to SBWC).

3. "Worship! Grow! Serve!"  Eliminate excuses for missing Sunday worship (be faithful!); grow closer to God (join a Family Group!); serve others on mission (volunteer!).

As we commit to these 3 challenges, "Inspire 2012!" is going to be a great year for your family and for our church.  Thank you for the joy of being your pastor. I look forward to sharing this New Year . . . "Inspire 2012!" with you!
Pastor Len Harper
South Brandon Worship Center
www.southbrandon.org



A Papa Roy Devotional for the New Year

The following came from a friend.  It was written by his spiritual mentor, whom he refers to as Papa Roy.


A Touch of Encouragement
Today, when it comes to setting up circumstances, no mere game can top God.Look among the nations and watch—be utterly astounded!  For I will work a work in your days which you would not believe, though it were told you. (Habakkak  1:5)

 God’s reminder is to watch what he is doing. He is at work even through the seeming injustice. He is not wasting your time even in the pain. Observe the things going on around you. You will be “utterly amazed.” God is doing some unbelievable things. But you’ll have to look up and look out to see them. (R. Moore)

“Be Amazed!”  Have you ever stopped to think about the smallest things in life? Just think… the trees that we see, the air that we breathe, and the ground that we walk on our something we take for granted. Think about what life would have been like without any of these things that I have just mentioned. Look at the world and be amazed. God put all these things for us. Yes, we (humans) may have built the roads for us to drive on, but who gave us the land? God provides us with a strong foundation for us to live the way live today. It's too bad that we seem to forget that regularly. (M. Lee)

December 12/31/11 click on this Song [Mercy Me-I Can Only Imagine] http://youtu.be/0xwzItqYmII
         
“In God we trust”, so, “Just watch!” God seems to be saying.  Watch these things work out! Recommended Reading: Habakkuk 1:1-11, Isaiah 45:1-13,

Papa Roy says the purest mark of spiritual maturity is the confident acceptance and assurance that God is in control in all circumstances of one’s life and everyone else’s life as well. We need not understand the whys and wherefores or even the when’s. We need but trust the one who is in control. It’s a waste of time to try to strive for control over what’s in God’s hands. Isaiah makes that clear for us in 45:9. He says, “Woe to him who strives with his maker! Does the clay say to the one who fashions it, what are you doing?”

God of Wonders http://youtu.be/t7F-B2DLvAQ

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Rizen You've Done So Much/ We Worship You



One of my friends from junior high school posted this on his Facebook wall. I thought it was worth posting here!!

God Alone is a Refuge from Treachery and Oppression


Today I was taking a look at Psalm 62.   At the beginning, there is a note that this is a Psalm of David.  As you read the Psalms, you will see that David, shepherd, musician, warrior, king, went through many struggles.  Despite these struggles, he states that he will put his trust in the Lord.

In verse one, David writes “My soul waits in silence for God only.” Ps.62:1.  This demonstrates that as we struggle, we still must wait on Him.  In waiting on Him, sometimes we must turn off the noise and the distraction so that we can hear where he is leading us.  Remember in Hebrews, He invites us to boldly (or with confidence) come before his throne of grace where we can receive mercy.  Heb. 4:16.  Also, in Hebrews, He promises that he rewards those who diligently seek Him. Heb. 11:6.

In the second part of the same verse, David reminds us that our salvation is from God. When it comes to our souls…eternity…our salvation definitely comes from Him. Ps. 62:1. We repent from following the ways of this world, we turn to Him, who told us to put our trust in His Son.  See, e.g. Matt. 17:5.  Not only do we look to Him for the salvation of our souls, but we look to Him to rescue us in every aspect of our lives.  David faced difficulty when his king, Saul, was trying to kill Him.  David was later challenged when his own son Absalom, stole his throne.  Still, he placed His trust in God.  Not only will God rescue our souls, He will also rescue us in all of our struggles… if we relinquish our pride and trust Him.

Then, in the second verse, David reminds us of God’s nature. See Ps. 62:2.  He is our rock!  He is our salvation! He is our stronghold!  If we stand on our trust in Him we will not be shaken!  If we drop to verse 5, we see the same description, as David reminds us that our hope comes from the Lord.

If any of us is struggling, going through a difficult time, we can certainly look to Psalm 62 for encouragement, and see how despite his oppression, David was willing to put his trust in the Lord.  



Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Thoughts About the Meaning of Christmas


Is it possible that this joyous occasion that we call Christmas is really about darkness.   If it was not for darkness, there would have been no need for the Father to send the Son.  Our sins place us in darkness.  Because of our sin, we harm those around us . . . and ourselves.  Because of our sin we are on a path of destruction that would take us into eternal separation from God.  That is a polite reference to hell. We know this is true because the Bible tells us that the wages of sin is death.  Rom. 6:23.

Despite this depressing outlook, God gives us hope.  Although the Christmas story is described in the books of Matthew and Luke, the often quoted scripture from the Gospel of John should not be overlooked.  God has given us an avenue that allows us to turn away from that path of destruction.  “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whosoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life.”  Connecting the Christmas story to the Gospel of John, we can look at Isaiah 7:14 which is quoted in Matthew and reads, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son and they will call Him Immanuel, which means God is with us.”  Matt. 1:23.  God sent his Son on a rescue operation.  He call us to receive this gift that is eternal life through Jesus his son.

The Father sent this message to Joseph through an angel who said “she will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus…. Joshua….Yeshua, which means the Lord saves because he will save people from their sins,

So this Christmas will you reject him or receive him.  Are you willing to receive the one who came to save this world.  John instructs us that Jesus is the true light.  He reminds us that to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, he gave the right to become children of God.  John 1:12.





Thursday, October 6, 2011

Morning Worship - You Reign

Started the morning hearing with this song.  This was a great way to get the day moving in the right direction. The kids enjoyed it as well.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Hmmmm . . . Presenting the Here's Hope Bible (or the Pro-Choice Bible)








Yesterday I heard a radio personality make reference to a Planned Parenthood Bible.  I thought this was a joke, but sure enough, a charity that sends funds to Planned Parenthood has its own Bible.

Although some people spend time protesting abortion clinics, that is not my thing.  If your pro-choice, I am not going to hassle you.  I understand that we have a disagreement as to when life begins. I believe that life begins at conception, which is supported in scripture.  The other view says life begins at birth.

Still, if you deny the Word of God is real, active and sharper than any two-edged sword, then why would you have your own Bible.  As the Word says, you are either hot or cold, just do not be lukewarm.

So what do you think?  Should organizations that make it no secret that they provide financial support to Planned Parenthood and similar facilities have their own Bible?

Interesting thought: When I download this picture and I find it very interesting that a certain number came up in the file name that came from Revelation 13:18. I am not suggesting anything. I just note that this number coming up was interesting.  

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Why Pastors Need Our Prayers

Some may not realize that they need to pray for their pastors all the time.  He is the pastor.  He has a direct line to God.  I don't need to pray for him. He needs to pray for me.  In reality pastors have a very difficult job as they work to shepherd their flocks.  Many work late hours, including taking phone calls, answering emails and counseling church members.  While there are superstar pastors that are prominent on television, the substantial majority of pastors are not wealthy.  Indeed, there are some who work outside of their churches during the week to supplement their incomes.  J. Lee Grady has written an excellent column reminding church members to pray for their pastors.  The following is an excerpt of Lee's column:

 
Often when I speak to a group of aspiring ministers, I greet them by saying: “Welcome to the war.” I also remind them that when they signed up to join the front lines of spiritual battle, a bright red target was painted on their backs. Ministry can be wonderfully rewarding, but let’s not kid anybody: Most of the time it’s a thankless job full of headaches, disappointments, conflicts, loneliness, frustration, petty complaints and tight budgets.
And while we might assume all pastors lead megachurches and drive new cars, keep in mind that the average church in this country has 75 members and the average pastor makes less than $34,000 a year—and  may work an extra job to feed his or her family. The statistics are alarming: 90 percent of pastors work more than 50 hours a week; 70 percent say they don't have any close friends; and 45 percent say they've had to take a leave of absence from ministry because of  depression or burnout.
The rest of the article is here:  Your Pastor is on the Firing Line-Please Pray!

As always, lifting up in prayer: Pastors Len Harper, Brian Jones, Ken Ackerman, Cindy Ackerman, Chuck Ammons, Jeremiah Playle, Michele Playle, and Chris Thomas. 

Friday, September 23, 2011

Bone Hampton on Rick James Bible


The other night we were at a men's meeting at church and our pastor asked us to turn to Ephesians.  A friend of mine was sitting next to me and he realized he had a problem.  There were pages missing in his Bible including, the entire book of Ephesians.  I leaned to him and said I hope you got a discount.  Later, he said that he wanted to read the King James Version and he pulled this Bible off the shelf as he headed out the door.  This was a perfect set-up where I said it looks like you have one of those Rick James Bibles.  I then told him about Bone Hampton’s comedy act on the “Rick James’ Bible.”  Bone Hampton is a lot funnier than me, so I am posting the excerpt from Thou Shalt Laugh below.


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Wisdom From My 17-Year Old Nephew - Abortion

My 17-year old nephew, Benjamin McKnight III, is not afraid to tackle tough subjects.  Even if what he has to say will draw fire from his classmates.  Still, I recognize that he has more than 300 followers on his blog.  He must be doing something right.  Check out what Ben (when he was younger we said Bennie) had to say about abortion.  By the way, I think the most heated debate I had in high school involved the Cowboys and Eagles.
My Thoughts on Abortion
     Recently, one of my Facebook friends put up a status saying, “‘abortion doesn’t make you unpregnant, it makes you the parent of a dead baby.’ pro-life.” Another Facebook friend saw this status, and responded with her own status, which said “it literally sends a pain in my stomach when ANYONE trash talks girls who get abortions. you have no idea what you’re talking about.” That status became the beginning of a four hour, 295 comment discussion between 14 different people, myself included. There were opinions voiced, heated back and forth discussions, and, thanks to one immature girl, some threats. However, I don’t think that I got my point across as well as I could have. Therefore, here is my full, unsolicited opinion on Abortion.

Rest of Story is Continued Here.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Communion on the Moon










I attended the USMA from 1982 until graduation in 1986. During my upper class years, I was in the Company G-1 where I have many fond memories. A comment on Facebook caused me to see what I can find regarding the history of Company G-1. Among other things, I found out that Col. Buzz Aldrin was assigned to that great company. The following excerpt was shared by Col. Aldrin, with his classmates from G-1, 1951.

Communion on the moon! "In the radio blackout, I opened the little plastic packages which contained the bread and the wine. I poured the wine into the chalice our church had given me.

(Full story continues here)


I've heard the story before, but it is good to read Col. Aldrin's version of the events. I have to say, after reading the page, I have a great deal of respect for him and the other G-1 graduates in his class. Go Greeks!





Monday, August 15, 2011

Jesus Said What?

An intellectual atheist/agnostic has released a diatribe regarding Jesus and scripture. His comments read as follows:

Well, as Jesus said about homosexuality... oh, that's right! He never said a WORD about homosexuality, not one. So how did homophobia become a Christian litmus test for these sex-obsessed fundamentalists? Jesus did say quite a bit about greed, materialism, selfishness, hypocrisy, the importance of paying taxes, and bearing false witness. But who needs to follow his teachings when you commune with him every morning with Fox & Friends?

If you claim to be an atheist/agnostic, how can you comment on what Jesus had to say. If you reject the Bible, how can you use it to state your case on Jesus’ position on a particular subject. Certainly, too much time and effort has been placed on the subject of homosexuality. Still, as a non-believer I hardly think you are in a position to say Jesus never said x, therefore x cannot be true.

If there is any doubt as to the Christian position, consider this, in the opening of the Gospel of John, the apostle writes in the beginning was the Word and the Word was God and the Word was with God. Then, we turn to the Gospel of Matthew and see that Jesus affirmed the Old Testament. Jesus said that he did not come to abolish the Law of Moses and the prophets, but to fulfill it. See Matt. 5:17. Thus, he affirmed the moral laws set forth in the Law of Moses, included the so-called slam verses that define certain moral behaviors as sinful. Regarding the New Testament, we have Paul writing all scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. 2 Tim. 3:16-17.

In the mind of the Christian, this means that the Holy Spirit inspired the writers of the Old and New Testament. Even if certain principals were written by Moses or written by Paul, because all scripture is God-breathed means that Moses and Paul, wrote with God’s approval. Further, if a doctrine is approved by God, it was approved by Jesus. I think somewhere Jesus said I and the Father are one.

Next time, the non-believer decides to pontificate what Jesus may or may not have said, perhaps he needs to first develop a relationship with Jesus.

P.S. If you are getting your theology from Huffpo, Fox & Friends, or Think Progress, your problems are too big for me to handle.

This was not my atheist friend's first diatribe against the Bible and sad to say, it will not be his last.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Seeking Him

. . . know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him, but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever. I Chr. 28:9

This passage comes with a command and a promise. If the command is received, the promise brings comfort. If it is rejected you are on your own.

The Lord wants us to know Him. We are to hold Him in awe. We are to respect His power. It is also important to recognize His goodness and His love.

He asks us to serve Him with our whole heart. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, strength and mind. We are to put everything within us to serving the Lord. We are to willingly offer ourselves as a sacrifice, holy and pleasing to the Lord. Like Isaiah after his cleansing, we must be wiling to say “Here I am send me.” You do not have to be a pastor or a missionary. You can be a teacher, a firefighter or even a lawyer. Wherever you are, submit yourself to the Lord with your entire heart and willing mind.

If you go after Him, if you willingly submit yourself to Him, he promises that you will find Him. It is his desire to have a relationship with you. Ignore Him and you are on your own. Many of us make that choice, but that is a dangerous place to be. Seek the Lord and He will order your steps. Seek the Lord and He promises to guide your paths. These promises are not difficult or burdensome. They are for our good. He tells us that his yoke is easy and his burden is light.

Prayer: Father, help us to willingly serve you with our whole hearts. May we present ourselves as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to you. Allow us to willingly serve you. Thank you for your promise to reveal yourself to us. Thank you for your words of comfort and the assurance that you will never leave us or forsake us.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Stirring Up a Riot


























“they rounded up some bad characters from the marketplace, formed a mob and started a riot in the city.” Acts 17:5

The first few verses of Acts 17 focus on Paul’s missionary work in Thessalonica. In earlier chapters, we see Paul is confronted with opposition. In Thessalonica, the opposition that he faces is more intense. The antagonists did not simply contradict Paul’s preaching. They took things a step further by rounding up some bad characters who incited a riot. (See Acts 19:23-41 about Paul in Ephesus).

I have never been anywhere near a riot before. Nor do I care to be anywhere near one. I have seen them on TV and that is enough for me. People in biblical times are no different than people today. Occasionally, you will see a group in a foreign country rioting for religious reasons. Perhaps a cartoonist will draw an image of a certain religious figure sending people into turmoil. Also, in foreign countries you might see riots driven by political or economic reasons. Here in the United States, as well as our brothers in Canada, you might see riots because your sports team lost or won a championship. (See “The Sports Riot: First We Lose (or Win) Then We Set This Sucker on Fire”). The problem with riots is a large number of people will always get hurt. There are also occasions where some may die.

Returning to Acts 17, we see the intensity of the opposition that is instigated by these unsavory characters. This all takes place because Paul is preaching the Gospel. The scripture is not clear, but it seems that the other believers kept Paul and Silas hidden so no harm would come to them. It was not until the middle of the night that the other believers helped Paul and Silas escape to a town called Berea.

Today, we should not be surprised if we encounter opposition when we go public with our faith. If we imitate Paul by holding that we are not ashamed of the Gospel, we will encounter opposition. See Rom. 1:16. Our society is comfortable with the EC Christians (i.e., Easter Christmas) and the secret agent Christians. The Great Commission Christians, however always attract criticism from the atheists, agnostics, people of other faiths, and even those Christians who deliberately ignore Matt. 28:18-20. Jesus warned his disciples about this. In John 16:33, he said “in this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!” If Peter and Paul experienced trouble, we should not be surprised if wee too experience challenges because of our faith. At the same time we should remember the promise that he will never leave us nor forsake us. Heb. 13:5.

Prayer: Father, I give you thanks for trusting us with your Great Commission. Whether the times or difficult or easy, that you promised you will never leave us nor forsake us. We ask that you help us to walk in a manner worthy of our calling. Fill us to the fullest measure, enabling us to share your good news with great boldness. All of these things I pray to you in Jesus name.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Thankful for Salvation

And he brought them into his house and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, having believed in God with his whole household. Acts 16:34

Unfortunately, many of us take our salvation for granted. We regularly attend church. We sing our favorite songs. We may even pay attention to the message from our pastor. Yet, we frequently forget how we got to the point. What were the circumstances that led us to become regularly attend church.

In this passage we have the story of the Philippian jailer. Paul and Silas are in Philippi preaching the gospel and bringing salvation to the city. While many are being saved, others are opposed to their preaching leading to their arrest. While in jail, Paul and Silas started a mini gospel concert, singing hymns and praising god. Their singing caused the entire prison to shake and their chains were loosed. We need that kind of singing in our churches.

When the jailer saw that the prison doors were open, he believed that Paul and Silas had escaped. He was so overcome with fear that he was prepared to take his own life. In his eyes, suicide was better than the punishment that he would have faced at the hands of the Roman authorities.

Paul managed to get the attention of the jailer, stopping him from killing himself. Immediately, the jailer asked “what must I do to be saved.” Acts 16: 30. Too bad people do not ask us that question more often. Here, the jailer recognized that God was working in the lives of Paul and Silas. His pagan religion was nothing compared to the God who Paul and Silas praised in their singing.

Paul’s response was simple, “believe in the Lord Jesus and you shall be saved, you and your household.” In the middle of the night, when everyone should be sleeping, the jailer brought Paul and Silas into his home. Salvation came to his home that night. The Philippian jailer was full of joy having received salvation. This was an incredible transformation considering the fact that moments earlier he was thinking about taking his own life. He was so grateful to Paul and Silas that he invited them into his home and prepared a meal for them.

Considering the Philippian jailer’s response, are we grateful for our salvation. Is there someone in our lives whom we need to thank for sharing the gospel with us? Is there someone that we should recognize for investing in our spiritual growth? Also, are we excited about our faith? We cannot simply go through the motions each Sunday and say it is time to go to church. Like the Philippian jailer, we should “rejoice greatly for having believed in God,” and receiving the free gift of salvation.


Prayer: Father, I thank you for your love and all spiritual blessings that you have poured on my life. I thank you for rescuing me from darkness and bringing me into your marvelous light. I thank you for those who shared your love with me and spent time discipling me. For every blessing that you have extended in my life I give you all the glory, honor and praise.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Good Friday 2011 - Saying # 7 Be Ready to Face Eternity














We had a great Good Friday/Easter Weekend at South Brandon Worship Center and the Sunday Night Remix Church. For Good Friday, like last year, six men from my church and I had the opportunity to present the "7 Last Words of Christ." This year I spoke on number 7, which comes from Luke 23:46. My notes are below. Since I was the last of the 7 speakers, my presentation included a challenge.

Luke 23:46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, Father into your hands I commit my spirit. When he said this he breathed his last.

This last saying highlights the importance of submitting to the Lord. Yielding to God’s will. That was the kind of life lived by Christ.

There is no dispute that Jesus was severely wounded; beaten. He was hanging on the cross for hours. Yes, he was dying. But I would argue that at this point he was still far from death. He was in bad shape. He truly was hurting, but take a close look at verse 46 – Jesus called out in a loud voice.

Despite the hours spent on the cross, there was still a certain level of strength in him. His calling out in a loud voice, gives us insight into his death. In dying, Jesus, truly laid his life down on our behalf. It was not the Jews who killed him. The conspired to have him sentenced. They worked towards his execution. But it was not the Jews who killed him. It wasn’t the Romans who killed him. They beat him. They nailed him on the cross, they cast lots for his clothing, but they could not kill him on their own.

John addresses how Jesus death was an act of submission.

John 10:17-18 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life – only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own accord. I have the authority to lay it down and the authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.

The Jews and the Romans could not have killed him, without Jesus willingly submitting himself to the Father.

Again, this statement is a lesson on submission. The word commit means to put in charge or to trust. Jesus last words are teaching us to put our trust in the Father.

Jesus lived his life submitting to the Father. This statement was his final message on the subject. To imitate Christ, we must be willing to trust God. This is revealed throughout scripture. For example, Peter tells us

1 Peter 2:21 because Christ suffered for you leaving you an example that you should follow his steps.

In other words Peter is telling us to follow the example set by Christ to submit ourselves to God’s will.

Peter continues, v.22-23 He committed no sin and no deceit was found in his mouth. When they hurled insults at him, he did not retaliate, when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead he entrusted himself to Him who judges justly.

With this statement, he teaches us to place our trust in Him and the Father. This is an important lesson.

This last saying is interesting because it comes directly from the Psalms. No one was more familiar with the scripture than the Scribes and Pharisees.

While this statement describes what was happening – Jesus submitting to the Father, it also quotes from the book of Psalms, where in chapter 31, verse 5 David writes into your hands I commit my Spirit. The theme throughout this entire Psalm is a lesson on submitting to God. v.1 In you, Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness. v.13 they conspire against me and plot to take my life. But I trust in you, O Lord; I say you are my God.”

So these Pharisees who were looking forward to his death, if they were paying attention received a lesson on trusting God. We who are in need of a Savior, need to receive that same lesson. Hopefully, we do not have the same religious barriers as the Pharisees. Over and over again, the scriptures remind us to trust in the Lord.

Pro.3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight. Mk 9:7 This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to Him. John 14:1 Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.

For those of you who say that Jesus is the Lord of your life, have you made him Lord over every aspect of your life. I am not talking about the Lord over Sunday morning; or the Lord over Good Friday. Have you made him Lord over Monday through Saturday? Is he Lord over your workplace. Is he Lord over your finances. Is he the Lord over your home and your Family. Are you listening to Him.

To those who have not received Jesus; I ask, what will you do with the Cross. What will you do with Good Friday. This is not simply a historical event where an innocent man has died. Jesus has reminded us that God wants to be our Father. He said, when you pray say “Our Father.” Jesus died to reconcile you with the Father. None of your sins are too big for God’s forgiveness. Jesus illustrated this in describing the father running to embrace the prodigal son after he squandered his share of his father’s estate. God’s love for us is great. He wants you to be part of the family. That invitation comes with a promise. John 1:12 tells us, to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.

So, do not leave this Worship Center without doing business with God. Do not leave here without receiving the free gift of salvation. If you have any questions, go to any of the men who spoke this evening, or go to any of the pastors of this Church. Do not leave here not knowing whether you will spend eternity with the Father. Today can be your day of salvation!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Super Bowl Celebration at South Brandon Worship Center












Super Bowl Celebration at South Brandon Worship Center

We really are having a tailgate at Church this Sunday. There will be dogs and brats on the grill. We will have chips and dip. We may even have wings. Church members will sport their team colors. I am sure we will see Packer green and yellow and Steeler yellow and black. Still, we are not pulling a bait and switch. A church service will take place at SBWC. You will hear uplifting music and Pastor Len Harper will deliver a message entitled “How to Be a Winner on God’s Team.” We are taking advantage of what has become an American Holiday and using it to reach our world for Christ. If you are in the Brandon/Valrico area and have nothing going on Sunday morning, pay us a visit at South Brandon Worship Center at 9:15 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. You may even hear the answer to the question "what must I do to enter the Kingdom of God?"

By the way, we have several small groups at SBWC and each of our small groups will host Super Bowl parties in their homes.