SUNDAY, JULY 3, 2016

Today at Emanuel Church of God in Christ, Pastor Richardson preached on "Protecting Your Liberty."

 Here are a few notes from the sermon today:

 

  1. The 4th of July is Independece day for U.S.A. This day is honored because on July 4, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was official (meaning that the U.S. was now an independent nation & no longer under the rule of Great Britain. The 4th is a day that represents liberty (the state of being free.
     

  2. Know that you are not given liberty by Christ's sacrifice to do anything that you want. Note that, in Ephesians 5:3 we are reminded, "But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints."  In the Amplified version it reads: " But sexual immorality and all [moral] impurity [indecent, offensive behavior] or greed must not even be hinted at among you, as is proper among saints [for as believers our way of life, whether in public or in private, reflects the validity of our faith.]"
     

  3. Here is why you should protect your liberty: 1.) Valuable & precious, 2.) Not cheap & bought with a price, 3.) Did not come over night but over time, not in an instance, 4.) It's under attack because the devil wants to steal, kill and destroy your freedom & 6.) God gave it to us, it is not earned.
     

Remember: Each of us have to stand fast, hold firm, guard protect our Christian profession.  & Be sure to celeberate 4th of July, but don't forget to rejoice over the blood of Jesus!

 

Scripture source: Galatians 5:1 (KJV), Ephesians 5:3 (KJV, AMP), John 10:10

Protecting our Liberty - Pastor Michael Richardson
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SUNDAY JULY  10, 2016 
Trouble Don't Last Always - Missionary Paula Kelly
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Today at Emanuel Church of God in Christ, Missionary Paula Kelly preached on "Trouble Don't Last Always."

Here are a few notes from the sermon today:

  1. Psalm 46:1-3 proclaims, " God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah."
    We all need refuge in our lives: for our minds, bodies & spirits. Our Refuge (God) is there to proctect us from the devil who (according to John 10:10) " cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy..."

  2. An example of trouble in the Old Testament is what happened to Job, who was said to be "the greatest of all the men of the east" in Job 1:3. God allowed the devil to attack Job, taking away his wealth, family, etc but not his life. After all of this, God restored to Job double what he had lost (Job 42:10.)

  3. An example of trouble in the New Testament is the woman with the issue of blood. In Matthew 9:21-22, we learn how she wants to get rid of her trouble & ultimately goes to Jesus for her healing. 
    "For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.
    But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour."

Think about it: What trouble am I dealing with?

Remember: Trouble don't last always, especially when you call on the name of Jesus! 

Scripture source: Psalm 46:1-3 (KJV), John 10:10 (KJV), Job 1:3 (KJV), Job 42:10 (KJV), Matthew 9:21-22 (KJV)

Today at Emanuel Church of God in Christ, Pastor Richardson preached on the title: Rest.

Here is the Scripture from today's sermon:

" Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

 Here are a few notes from the sermon today:

  1. Rest is a revivial act of being restored to normal or renovating. Rest is apart of restoration. We need rest to renergize ourselves to find strength to keep breaking out from being easily discouraged, forgetful, etc.

  2. Rest is needed for the stressed: we can all use some rest from all of the busyness of 2016. When you don't get rest, you run into problems: your performance can be compromised because you are tired. Know that it is okay to rest: even God rested on the 7th day after creating the Earth - "And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made."

  3. Jesus calls each of us to experience rest in Him: 1.) Come to Him-  "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." 2.)Take His yoke upon you (be closely connected to Him)-" Take my yoke upon you," & 3.) Learn from Him- ..."learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls...."

Remember: We all have to learn to rest in Jesus because we were not meant to go through this life alone.

Scripture source: Matthew 11:28-30 (KJV), Genesis 2:2 (KJV)

Sunday, July 17, 2016
Rest - Pastor Michael Richadson
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Sunday, July 24, 2016

 

Today at Emanuel Church of God in Christ, Elder Derrick E. Richardson (our Pastor's brother,) preached on being encouraged. He also helped us to usher into the presence of God & worship Him.

Here is the Scripture from today's sermon:

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Here are a few notes from the sermon today:

  1. The Word of God encourages us, so we need to spend more time reading & studying the Word: In Romans 15:4, it says- "For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope."

  2. You speak out of the abundance of your heart: Proverbs 18:21 says- "The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit." You can speak life into your life or death into your life. Be sure to speak victoriously over yourself because we have all victory through Christ & His blood!!!

  3. Each of us have the strength & courage (the ability to do something that is dangerous; mental or moral strength to go into a new place.) Courage is placed inside of us by the Word of God & Holy Spirit.

Remember: To be encouraged, you have to know who you are in Christ. Take a look at this list of "Who I am in Christ" statements & scriptures to declare over yourself.

Scripture source: Joshua 1:9 (NIV), Romans 15:4 (NIV), Proverbs 18:21 (NIV)

Being Encouraged - Elder Derick Richardson
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