USA – Gospel Sing, Jan 30, 2023

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs.”

(Psalm 100:1-2)

Many thanks to the Sedro Woolley Community Church that has held fast to the vision of having a time set apart to allow believers from any church family to come together as the Body of Christ and give everyone an opportunity to share their love for God and one another “before the Lord with joyful songs.” This assembling of the saints is a long-time tradition in Skagit Valley and is held at different church families on the 5th Sunday of each month that has five Sundays. The afternoon starts with a potluck, breaking bread together at 1pm, and everyone that wants to sing notifies Tami who puts them on a list so each person or group can be ready. The Garden of Eden family ministry was grateful to be able to host this assembly this month.

Sedro Woolley Community Church is located at 901 Talcott in Sedro Woolley. Please contact Pastor David Nichols, (360-770-1504 or 360-755-9696) for information.

The next gospel sing will be April 30, location tba (to be announced).   

“What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church.”

(1 Corinthians 14:26)

“How good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters live together in unity. It is like the precious oil poured over Aaron. For there the Lord bestows His blessing, even life evermore.”

(Psalm 133:1-3)

Three of the words to describe the New Testament church in (Acts 2:42-46) were “Everyone – Everything – Everyday” and verse 47 says: “And they praised God and enjoyed the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

Let no one go to the grave with their song still in their heart.
 
 

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The World – The Spirit of the Lord is freedom, Jan 29, 2023

Now the Lord is Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

(2 Corinthians 3:17-18)

 Not many have experienced the true “Body of Christ” that is available for those who surrender and come just as they are when they hear our true Father invite us to “Come home”.  Jesus invites us to come and “enter” His rest as the Son of the Father. Don’t let yourself be fooled by the things of the world. Don’t flatter Satan by believing he is telling us to wear a mask. When Adam and Eve willfully disobeyed God, they immediately felt “shame” and put on a mask, a fig leaf. “In Christ” there are no fig leaves allowed. That is what New Testament believers found as they came to the Father and received power and were baptized and clothed with power by the Holy Spirit.
 
(Acts 2:42-47)
 
We can hop from one church to another trying to identify with people that have the same fig leaf as we do. Religion and our carnal nature not only allows, but also requires fig leaves (masks). There is nothing new under the sun (Son). The Lord is Spirit and where the Spirit is – there is freedom. The only offering that is required is to give up the right to take care of yourself. Jesus made the way for us to come into the loving arms of our Father but He will not seduce, entice or in anyway influence us other than what was made available to all humankind by the love shown at Calvary.  He wants that all would come, but His will is that each must choose. Our Father loves us too much to force us against our will to spend eternity with Him if we don’t want to be His Son or Daughter now. Jesus invites each of us to take off our mask by denying ourselves and picking up our cross daily and to be His. Eternity is not an event or place – it is found only in Christ Jesus and is only a heartbeat and breath away.  Love, Church, praying and even giving are not activities, programs or events – they are a person, Jesus Christ, and you can’t come in as long as you are convinced it is about you. For that reason we don’t rely on our love for Him, but rather on His love for us. The Church is not an organization. It is an organism, the Body of Christ, with the heart of the Father, the mind of Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

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