Reaching the Lost. Discipling the Saved. Sharing the Love of Jesus with Everyone.

Author: Scott Heitshusen (Page 1 of 77)

Naked and Afraid

The show “naked and afraid” seems strange to me. Why anyone would want to be on that show is beyond me. And, for the record, more and more, if I’m naked and see a mirror, I’m afraid, too!

With You there is forgiveness, that You may be feared.

Psalm 130:4

What’s interesting is that before the Fall, there was naked and no afraid. Harmony and serenity with God and nature. Amazing!

But once sin entered the world, so did fear. So did shame. So did danger and hardship.

But the loss of perfect communing with God had to be the biggest loss. Sin produces alienation with God. Separation. Even more rebellion. It brings dissatisfaction, fear, and depression.

That wasn’t just true in the Garden at the Fall. When we rebell and sin, we can also experience that loss, that fear, that shame. We can experience the loss of communion with God and the love and safety that comes with Him.

The effects of the Fall – of sin – can hardly be overstated. It’s effects were immediate, devastating, and perpetual.

We are not the only ones not satisfied with the way sin leaves things between God and us. God wasn’t either. He set in motion the same day both the forgiveness of Adam and Eve as well as His Plan for the redemption of His people. Enmity would give way to victory. Sin to forgiveness. Death to life.

Whether or not we will be ‘naked’ in heaven (do you ever wonder that?), we will never be afraid, through faith in Jesus Christ, through Whom we have forgiveness, life, and salvation!

Praise the Lord!

Scriptures

  • Genesis 3:8-15
  • Psalm 130

A Sabbath to God

“Work/home balance.” That’s tough to get right. There are some who say younger generations are better at that, it’s difficult regardless.

The seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God.

Deuteronomy 5:14

If we ‘err’ on the side of to little work, we can be seen as lazy and may not be able to properly provide for our families. If we overemphasize work, we estrange our families, whom we are called to love, honor, and cherish.

But for us, the issue is not a struggle between work and home. For most Christians – whether they admit it or not – is a struggle between giving God our time; our hearts, minds, souls, and strength.

The commandment to keep the Sabbath is routinely misunderstood or altogether ignored.

It is true that our ultimate rest is found in Christ, Who has fulfilled it for us forever. It is also true that the specific day is no longer necessitated. But two things remain:

  1. God made us to need rest,
  2. God gave us the Sabbath as a blessing, and most importantly,
  3. God desires and deserves our focus!

We are not just in need of rest; we need rest in God! We need time with Him!

Everything else falls into place when we set Him as our priority in all we do. When we put Him first, we start to get a better understanding of the blessings of family and of honest labor. We start to see all the gifts of God differently. We start to experience His Grace in everything more clearly!

Let us remember a sabbath to God!

Thank You, Lord, for being our rest – forever!”

Scriptures

  • Deuteronomy 5:12-15
  • Mark 2:23-3:6

Pizza & Ice Cream Fellowship!

Come join us for some great food and fellowship!

LifeBridge is hosting a youth group from New Mexico and they will be in worship with us on Sunday, June 16.

To welcome, celebrate, and get to know them, we will be having a free fellowship luncheon that day (free will offerings accepted) following worship with pizza and ice cream! (Who doesn’t like that?!)

Please sign up in the back of the sanctuary if you plan to attend so we know how many to plan for.

Yum!

Purified and Sent

Isaiah was a prophet of God during the end of the northern kingdom of Israel before their deportation and also foretold of the southern kingdom of Judah’s coming fate as well.

I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”

Isaiah 6:8

In today’s reading we get a glimpse of Isaiah’s sending by God as well as a magnificent depiction of God’s throne room!

Some of the heavenly beings cover their eyes as not being worthy in the Lord’s presence – and Isaiah, realizing his own state of unholiness and sinfulness is terrified in the presence of the most Holy Lord!

And yet, when the Lord asks who will go for Him, Isaiah, now purified from his sin, is bold and anxious to serve in whatever way the Lord desires! And let’s be honest – what the Lord desired from Isaiah was not easy.

The Lord has purified you from all sins through Jesus and calls You to serve Him.

What is your answer?

Scriptures

  • Isaiah 6:1-13

Put on Notice!

Pentecost is a pivotal event in the life of the Church; as was the Tower of Babel. For most Christians it is vastly minimized: “The Tower of Babel ‘incident’ was reversed at Pentecost.” That description, though true, is a weak testament of what is taking place.

And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Acts 2:21

At Babel, the people we, once again, trying to build themselves up, elevating themselves to heaven, making “a name for themselves.” They wanted to “become like God.”

Sound familiar?

This was idolatry. Physical and spiritual rebellion. And when God scattered them, that didn’t stop. The rebellion and idolatry continued. They worshiped other gods – whether real rebellious spiritual beings or fake ones; they didn’t worship YHWH; the God of gods and Lord of lords.

And soon after Babel, God starts His plan of reversal. He Calls Abram, makes covenant with him, giving him a great name, and wanting him and his offspring to have all of the families of the earth blessed through them!

God wants things to be different!

But evil doesn’t want the change and fights for continued idolatry and rebelion; and it seems they will win.

But Jesus and His empty tomb show that evil is a defeated enemy; and Pentecost is a strong, offensive move to show this to all the forces of evil and put them on notice:God’s coming for you!

The tongues and language reversal was God’s way, not only of reversing the curse of Babel, but God saying, “My disciples and people are coming into your areas and domain, evil; and you will not withstand it! I’m bringing the fight to you, and I am victorious!”

Pentecost is not only a reverse of a curse, but the advancement of God’s Kingdom and victory over sin, death, and the devil in and through Jesus Christ!

Hear this in every tongue and language, all peoples and evil everywhere: God has won – and He’s coming for you! Through faith in Jesus, we are a part of that army of victory – unto everlasting life!

Let’s go!

Scriptures

  • Genesis 11:1-9
  • Genesis 12:2-3
  • Acts 2:1-21

DONATE BLOOD at LIFEBRIDGE – Give the Gift of Life

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The need for more blood donations is growing daily. Your blood donation is essential to keep the blood supply strong and steady. Without on-going donors, we cannot ensure people have the blood they need.

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LifeBridge Community Church
2162 FM 2187 Rd.
Sealy, TX. 77474

Sunday, June 16, 2024
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Donor Bus Parked Outside.

Contact Angie Wolfe for more information.

“The Verse Is Right” – A BridgeKidz Series

We are starting a new BridgeKidz series with the tagline, “Everyone’s Favorite Bible Game Show!”

When I’m afraid, I put my trust in You.

Psalm 56:3

Synopsis

Gear up for a little friendly competition, as your kids become contestants on the ultimate game show: The Verse is Right. Each week, kids will compete in games of skill and chance as they memorize God’s word and learn the value of loving and trusting in Him.

Objective

Kids will memorize 9 Bible verses as they learn “I can love and trust God.”

Dates

Our series begins on Sunday, May 19, 2024, and will continue through July 21, 2024.

Join us!

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