Monthly Archives: February 2014

Forgiveness Videos

Dear Friends,

I want to share a couple of videos from James McDonald about forgiveness.

Stay in The Light, 1 John 1:7

Pastor Larry

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Parenting

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Church Growth in existing churches is very difficult today. To revamp and recharge has its ups and downs as well. So what are we to do? Be a family friendly church. How do you do that? Make sure you include all ages in every aspect of your ministries. The family unit is under attack. If the family can be unraveled so goes the church body. God wants the church to be a family. He designed it that way.

Yesterday at FBC Del Rio, we had an early parent/child dedication day since the Lord has blessed our church with several new children. 10 little ones dedicated to Jesus! How precious they are and we are so thankful to God for His trust in us to raise up this next generation of children.

You can listen to yesterdays sermon on our church website: http://fbcdelrio.com/media.php?pageID=115

Stay In The Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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Have the Funeral

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As God accepted the names of those who have hurt us in the past, I sensed a relief coming over our group of 40 last Wednesday evening. Some of us have been hanging on to a hurt for too long. This first step in the healing process, was a visual of how to actual give your unforgiveness to God and really bury the past. God accepted our sacrifice and I know He is pleased.

As far the people that hurt us, it is between them and God now. We are free from any more guilt, hurt, or shame. We gave it God and He placed those names in the grave. When we hurt someone we are now very aware of the damage we cause when we don’t repent and ask for forgiveness. We can control our actions, but we don’t have any control over the actions of others. Only God can change a person, not us.

Stay In The Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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Have You Given Your Unforgiveness to God?

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Last evening, we forgave people from our past that we have continued to hold a grudge against. As we finished our 7 week study on forgiveness, we came face to face with the truth of our hearts. As a result many were set free last night. Hearts were changed. Hearts were healed. Hearts were revived. God soften our ugliness, softened our anger, and God showed us that it is possible to forgive when we stop trying to fix the situation ourselves. We must allow God to do the change and it starts with Him. We somehow have decided to bypass that part of forgiveness. Only God can change a person, we cannot. When God gets involved, all things are possible. All forgiveness is possible.

Stay In The Light, 1 John 1:7

Pastor Larry

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Are You Hungry? John 6:1-15

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Do you hunger and thirst after the Kingdom of God? In John 6:1-15, Jesus teaches His disciples to trust in Him in order to desire the things of God. He multiplies the offering by giving thanks to God for what He is about to do. This miracle is the only one, other than the resurrection, to be recoreded in all 4 Gospels. So, it is evident of the significance of this gathering of hungry followers.

Jesus multiplies the 2 fish and 5 loaves, He meets the needs of the crowd, and His name is magnified so much that He is given the title of Prophet. Of course Jesus was no prophet, He was the the Son of the Almighty! He walked on water, He healed the sick, He fed crowds with miraculous multiplication, and He conquered death by defeating it on the Cross!

Are you Hungry for Jesus to change your life?

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7

Pastor Larry

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Legacy

Legacy is what you leave behind that is lasting. For some, the legacy of spirituality is something that is lacking in our society. Our children are desiring a real and lasting faith that they can apply into their terms and lifestyle. I know that may sound outlandish, but it is true. Our lifestyle will not be the same as our children’s lifestyle. They crave relevance and acceptance not rules and religion.

Josh McDowell, a world renown youth communicator, states “Rules without Relationship lead to Rebellion.” Relating to your children must be a priority if you want them to believe in the Rules. It has been well noted that 80% or more of youth that leave the church upon High School graduation. Make sure you relate to your child before you install a bunch of thou shall nots.

Tragically, Joshua Heschel notes that for many of us, “faith is completely replaced by creed, worship by discipline, love by habit; when the crisis of today is ignored because of the splendor of the past; when faith becomes an heirloom rather than a living fountain; when religion speaks only in the name of authority rather than with the voice of compassion.”

Stay in Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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‘America the Beautiful’ Super Bowl ad sparks controversy

Today I am posting an article from Dr. Jim Denison who writes a daily email that I always read every morning. This article was from Feb 4, 2014. Click on the link to read all about it.  ‘America the Beautiful’ Super Bowl ad sparks controversy.

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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