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On the 2013 Shiloh Temple Theme: Power for Living

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After much prayer, seeking, and waiting for the Lord, Pastor Marvin Sanders announced our 2013 theme: “Power for Living” based on Acts 1:8.

There are some who believe the Christian life does not require dedication, discipline, or sacrifice. There are some who believe the Great Sacrifice of Christ gives them permission to “sin now and ask forgiveness later.” Additionally, they convince others to believe the same things. There is no biblical support for such beliefs.

In God‘s Word, we’re called to live a life of sanctification, honor, and holiness. We are called to live a new life, a transformed life, a Christ-centered and Spirit-led life. However, it is impossible for us to live such a life on a continuous basis. Because of the sin nature that dwells within us all, we will fall short from time to time. Yet, God has not set us up to fail. God wants us to live powerfully, effectively, and victoriously. Therefore, He has provided His Spirit and His Word to equip us with all things that pertain to life and godly living.

It’s a tragedy that so many Christians lives powerless and unproductive lives. We are children of the King, ambassadors for His Kingdom, and representatives of His power. Surely, we should reflect the power that exists within Him. So throughout 2013, we will bring you several posts based on teaching we are receiving from our pastor. We are determined to live a life of power and to help you do the same.

Seeing the Blessing of Our Storms

Power for Living Sunday School Lesson for September 16, 2012

Faith is Endurance” (Hebrews 12:1-11)

A few words on the lesson aim…

That you will learn that difficulties are often permitted by God to develop character within us.

Charles Swindoll says, “Each problem is a God-appointed instructor” letting us know that there is a purpose in every trial and hardship we encounter in life.

When we are going through a personal trial, it is good to search to discover what God is working in or out of us. It is good to embrace the words of David in Psalm 139:23-24, “ Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

No one likes going through trials. I can’t think of any Christian that says, “Oh goody! Here comes a trial! I wonder if it will be cancer, or bankruptcy or divorce. I am so excited about this upcoming storm in my life!” However, if we were to have a proper understanding of the ways and methods of God, we would rejoice when storms are approaching. Why? Because each storm has a purpose, bringing with it a lesson to learn. Each storm presents us with an opportunity to know Christ more intimately in “the fellowship of sufferings” (see Philippians 3:10). Each storm gives us an opportunity to gain a new level of spiritual maturity.

As we go through our trials, let us keep in mind how essential it is for us to learn the lesson God is teaching us. Always remember: somewhere, in some distant future, someone is depending on you to learn this lesson. At the time a storm enters our life, we may not understand why God has elected us to experience problems with our health, family, career, etc. But we can be encouraged to know we will understand some day. When a person walks into our life and they are experiencing that same trial, then we will become living epistles as we fulfill the words of Paul in 2 Corinthians 1:3-6 (NASB),

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer


David Embodies God’s Justice


A few words on the Bible Truth from todays Sunday School Lesson, “David Embodies God’s Justice” (Scripture Reference: 2Samuel 23:1-7).

God is faithful to His Covenant, even when we are not.

We are all subject to fall. We are all subject to go astray and drift. As the Sunday School Lesson Commentary says, “No matter how powerful, wealthy, or talented a person becomes…none of us ever escapes the reality that ‘sin is crouching at the door, it desires to have you’ ” (Genesis 4:7, NIV). We must, therefore, be watchful because the Devil is seeking any and all occassions to get us caught up in sin. And if we are not careful, we can get so caught up in the Devil’s web of deceit that we end up losing all that we have gained in Christ: peace, joy, a good name, etc.

Yet, all is not loss. So long as we are living, we have a chance to “get it right.” As long as their is breath in our mortal bodies, we can turn to God in repentance. The Lesson Commentary says it this way

…Despite the seriousness of our sins, God can speak and work through our lives to bring an enrichment to individuals and society as a whole and bring honor to Himself. For that to happen, a person must be willing to return to God in repentance as David did (Psalm 51).

No matter what we have done, so long as we have not committed the unpardonable sin, we can come to God and receive His forgiveness and restoration. We don’t have to spend out lives in the pig’s pen. We can return to the Father with a broken and contrite heart… He will not turn away the heart that comes to him humbled and full of brokeness. He is faithful to His Word. He is faithful to His promises. “Even if we are faithless, He remains faithful. He cannot deny Himself” (2 Timothy 2:13)

Sunday School: God Preserves a Remnant

Genesis 45:3-15

A few words on today’s lesson:

When we look at the life of Joseph, especially in the context of today’s lesson, we see a man who suffered betrayal and injustice. We see a man who has endured some very difficult situations and remained faithful to God. When he came face to face with those who had wronged him, instead of being proud and boastful, he extended mercy and forgiveness. Even more so, he sought an opportunity to bless them. He does this because he understands that his pain was part of God’s plan and purpose.

We would do well to apply this lesson to our own lives. Every increase, blessing, and promotion comes from the Father above. These things are not for our selfish enjoyment, but for the Father’s glory. We best glorify God when we show kindness and compassion to those we consider to be undeserving. We best glorify God when we look for opportunities to be a blessing to others. We best glorify God when we extend love and forgiveness to others. And we best glorify Him when we step outside of self and show concern for our fellow man.

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