Skip to main content
#
Word of Life Family Church - Rockwall
home
email usour twitterour facebook page google plus
members
contact us
 
 
 
HomeAbout UsCalendarPastor's BlogPhoto GalleryMedia LibraryAbout GodContact UsFAITH Building SitesWhat we BELIEVE
 
 
 Pastor's Blog 
Sunday, August 21 2016

Be ENCOURAGED!

For I long to see you, that I may IMPART to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be ESTABLISHED that is, that I may be ENCOURAGED together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me. Romans 1:11-12 (NKJV)

You can see Paul’s PASSION for the benefit of his fellow believers, his work, his family!  He LONGS to see them.  He desires to IMPART spiritual gifts to them.  He wants them to be STABLE & ESTABLISHED.  And he wants to ENCOURAGE them together in FAITH!

The Amplified version says:

That is, that we may be mutually strengthened and encouraged and comforted by each other's faith, both yours and mine.   

Notice that encouragement happens in the context of COMMUNITY!  This is why we must not quit meeting together and even more so as the COMING of the Lord approaches!

Rick Renner writes in Sparkling Gems from the Greek:

The devil works overtime to try to tempt you to skip church, stay home, and do something else instead. But, friend, why ISOLATE yourself when you are in the greatest NEED of encouragement?

For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may LEARN and all may be ENCOURAGED. 1 Corinthians 14:31 (NKJV)

We ALL can be ENCOURAGED & BLESSED!

Posted by: RevRickFlynn AT 08:16 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Sunday, August 07 2016

Be CONTENT!

Discontentment seems to be a regular part of our lives today.  That is truly unfortunate.  Did you know that one of the roles of advertisers is to create discontentment?

Did you know the typical supermarket in 1976 carried 9,000 items, in 1994 it carried 30,000 items (Our Daily Bread, May 26, 1994.  sermonillustrations.com]).

And according to the WalMart website: In 2005 the discount stores average 107,000 square feet, employ an average of 225 associates and offer 120,000 items. walmart.com

Listen to the what God’s word says, the apostle Paul writes:

Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have LEARNED in whatever state I am, to be CONTENT… Philippians 4:11 (NKJV)

         The Amplified Version says: Not that I am implying that I was in any personal want, for I have learned how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am.

         (CEV) I am not complaining about having too little. I have learned to be satisfied with whatever I have.

         (MSG) Actually, I don't have a sense of needing anything personally. I've learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances.

Consider that: QUITE content regardless of the circumstances!  In Philippians 1:12 we find out that Paul wrote these words about CONTENTMENT when he was in PRISON!  What sould that say to us today???

Herb White, formerly a regional vice-president of an insurance company but then an associate Pastor @ Neighborhood Bible Church in Sacramento California, when we were youth pastors, used to say: 

“I’ve had LOTS and I’ve had LITTLE and LOTS is BETTER!”

         (GW) I know how to live in poverty or prosperity. No matter what the situation, I've learned the secret of how to live when I'm full or when I'm hungry, when I have too much or when I have too little.

       (NLT) 12  I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.

       (MSG) 12  I'm just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I've found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty.

       (HCSB) 12  I know both how to have a little, and I know how to have a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content—whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need.

What is the SECRET of CONTENTMENT???  It is found in verse 13:

              (AMP) 13  I have STRENGTH for all things in Christ Who EMPOWERS me [I am READY for anything and equal to anything THROUGH HIM Who INFUSES inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency].

Be sufficient in Christ, be CONTENT today!

Be blessed!

Posted by: RevRickFlynn AT 11:21 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
    ABOUT US

    Word of Life Family Church - Rockwall
    We have MOVED!
    3023 E I-30 Suite 1400
    Rockwall, Texas 75087

    currently meeting at Church of Prayer Event facility

    SATURDAY @ 6:30 pm

    CONTACT

    Word of Life Family Church
    P. O. Box 675
    Rockwall, TX 75087
    PH: 469-264-7780

    email usour twitterour facebook page google plus
    Always, Always, Always BE HOPEFUL!

    Always, Always, Always BE HOPEFUL!

    Faith gives SUBSTANCE to the things we hope for (Hebrews 11:1).  That is BASED on the Word of God.

    Proverbs 13:12 tell us that: Hope that is deferred, that is prolonged or delayed, makes the HEART sick.  But when the dream is fulfilled it becomes a TREE of LIFE!

    Finally:

    Hebrews 10:23 (NKJV) Let us hold fast the CONFESSION of our hope without wavering (seize and hold fast and retain without wavering the hope we cherish and confess and our acknowledgement of it -AMP; hold tightly to the hope -CEV; We must continue to hold firmly to our declaration of faith -GW; hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm -NLT), for He who promised is faithful.

    (MSG) Let's keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word.

    Keep CONFESSING the WORD, hold tightly the CONFESSION of your HOPE!

    Be blessed!