Posted by: firstupcofkewanee | February 4, 2011

Who is God?

Exodus 3:13-14 (King James Version)

 13And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?

 14And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. 

Exodus 6:2-3 (King James Version)

 2And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the LORD:

 3And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.

And God said – I AM THAT I AM – but my name JEHOVAH was I not known!

These are the first times in scripture God started to reveal his name to humanity. We must emphasize HIS NAME, meaning only one name!

 The following Old Testament Scriptures declare the Lord as the Holy One, the God of Israel:

Isaiah 41:20; Isaiah 43:3; Isaiah 43:14-15; Isaiah 48:17; Isaiah 49:7; Ezekiel 39:7

Deuteronomy 6:4 (King James Version)

 4Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD

Isaiah 12:2-3 (King James Version

 2Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

 3Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

 The word salvation in the Hebrew language is YESHUAH. When we translate YESHUAH from Hebrew to English we have JESUS. So we can safely say “Behold God is my YESHUAH (or translated into English) Behold God is my JESUS.

For the Lord JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; and also is become my YESHUAH (or translated into English) For the Lord JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; and is also become my JESUS.

JEHOVAH savior is translated into English as JESUS!

Isaiah 43:11 (King James Version)

 11I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.

Luke 2:11 (King James Version)

 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

JESUS IS GOD!

John 8:56-59 (King James Version)

 56Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.

 57Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?

 58Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

 59Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

1 Timothy 3:16; Philippians 2:6-8; John 1:1

WHO IS THE SPIRIT?

John 4:24 (King James Version)

 24God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

 John 14:16-18 (King James Version)

 16And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

 17Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

 18I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

John 16:7 (King James Version)

 7Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

 NOTICE:  In order for the Comforter to come Jesus had to go away. Because Jesus was always the comforter; remember he said be of good comfort: Matthew 9:22; Mark 10:49; Luke 8:48; John 11:19. The Comforter had to leave in order for it to come.

Also the Comforter was to be with them and also in them.

Ephesians 4:6 (King James Version)

 6One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Comforter; for He dweleth with you, and shall be in you. One God and Father of all, and in you all.

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Posted by: firstupcofkewanee | January 24, 2011

Are You Willing?

Exodus 35:4-5:

4And Moses spake unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying, This is the thing which the LORD commanded, saying,

 5Take ye from among you an offering unto the LORD: whosoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, an offering of the LORD; gold, and silver, and brass,

The word we will focus on is: WILLING.

The word WILL means “The faculty of determining ones actions, an intention, determination, voluntarily, completely without coercion or undue influence. By intention, not accidental, according to one’s own desire.

Exodus 25: 1-8

God dwelt in the tabernacle built from materials that people WILLINGLY gave. Yes, God expects us to pray, read our Bibles, pay tithes, obey His Word, attend Church, but He loves to see what we do because of our willingness to obey Him!

What happens when people are willing to give because of their love, adoration, reverence and respect for Jesus?

Exodus 35:21-35

1  Chronicles 28: 2-3, 1 Chronicles 28: 9-10, 1 Chronicles 28: 11-14

David was not going to get to see the completion of the temple, but that did not stop him from doing all he could do to prepare for the work to be accomplished.

David challenged the people! 1  Chronicles 29: 1-8

Exodus 32:36: 26Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD’s side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.

Who is on the Lord’s Side? Let him come unto Me!

Posted by: firstupcofkewanee | April 29, 2010

Christian Character

What does it take to really call yourself a Christian? Visit us for Wednesday Bible Study @ 6:30PM to find out more about the character of a true Christian!

Also visit us Sunday mornings @ 10:00am – Sunday School Classes for Adults and Youth! And Sunday Evenings @ 5:00pm!

Posted by: firstupcofkewanee | April 17, 2010

It’s Time For Church!

Don’t forget our service times are Sundays 10:00am & 5:00pm and Wednesdays 6:30pm. Everyone is welcome!

Posted by: firstupcofkewanee | March 14, 2010

God’s Dwelling Place

Exodus 40:33-35 

 33And he reared up the court round about the tabernacle and the altar, and set up the hanging of the court gate. So Moses finished the work.

 34Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.

 35And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. 

2 Chronicles 5:13-14  13It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD;

 14So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God.

 Moses received plans from God to build a tabernacle. Later, Solomon built the temple for God. These buildings were the dwelling places of God during Old Testament times. When the tabernacle and temple were dedicated to God, God’s presence filled them to where the priests could not minister – for His power was so great. 

After Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, Jesus chose to dwell not in a physical building, but inside His people. 

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 

 19What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  

 20For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

 We see evidence of Jesus dwelling inside His people in Acts 2:1-4: 

Acts 2:1-4 

 1And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

 2And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

 3And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

 4And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 

It is Jesus’ desire to dwell inside of you, me, and everyone! We are His church and He longs to fill us with His glorious Spirit! If you truly repent and turn to Him, He will fill you with His Spirit!

Acts 2:38-39 

 38Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.  

39For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call.

Posted by: firstupcofkewanee | January 24, 2010

Building God’s Church

Matthew 16:18 – “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

We are living in a tough time.  However, God has called us to a special work and we hold the destiny of God’s redemptive purpose for this decade.

God has always searched for a people who would seek him.  Thourough history, God has continually reached out for man, but people turned away from God.

There was a period in history where the prophets’ voices were silent.  This produced the Pharisees and Sadducees.

But God had an answer – He would let hell see what heaven looked like.  He rolled himself in flesh and came to Bethlehem’s manger.

The Jews crucified Jesus, but he rose again from the grave, to save the lost.

We are to be God’s witnesses.  Jesus gives us authority over all the power of the enemy. “In my name you shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.  These signs shall follow them that believe. ”

The early church impacted the world, and it was said at the end of the 1st century that they shook the Roman Empire to its foundation.  They turned the known world upside down.

Later, the Dark Ages saw a church in decline.  During this time, God stil had a church.  The beginning of the 20th Century saw a mighty pouring out of the Holy Ghost.

It is time for the church to shwo this world was heaven looks like.  We don’t have time to wait until tomorrow.  The time is now.  We need to leave our houses and spread God’s message of love, grace, and favor throughout this world, and help them learn God’s plan for their lives.

Posted by: firstupcofkewanee | January 17, 2010

Close to the Cross, but Far From Christ

Luke 23:47-49 (King James Version)

 47Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man. 

48And all the people that came together to that sight, beholding the things which were done, smote their breasts, and returned. 

49And all his acquaintance, and the women that followed him from Galilee, stood afar off, beholding these things.

After the crucifixion of  Jesus, the Roman centurion declared Christ’s righteousness, but he failed to declare Christ’s purpose. He only knew about Christ’s personality, but not His person! 

We should not be fascinated by the cross! We should not concern ourselves with our nearness to the cross, but to the Christ of the cross! The cross itself cannot save us…but Christ can! 

Matthew 11:28 (King James Version)

 28Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 

John 7:37-38 (King James Version)

 37In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 

We have the choice of how we perceive things. It’s our choice every day to either have a spirit of complaint or contentment. 

Complaint dampens and destroys love for God – complaint is faithlessness! 

Contentment is the opposite of complaint. It fills the heart with faith and endless reasons to praise God! 

 Fire extinguishers work by removing one of the three things needed to keep a fire ablaze: heat, oxygen, and fuel. 

WATERpressures of life can dampen our worship. 

Isaiah 59:19 (King James Version)

 19So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.

OXYGENheart clutter can choke out the Holy Spirit.  

Ephesians 4:30-32 (King James Version)

 30And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.  

 31Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:  

 32And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. 

FUELcontinued revelation of God is the fuel for the fire! 

1 Thessalonians 5:16-19 (King James Version)

 16Rejoice evermore.  

17Pray without ceasing.  

18In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.  

19Quench not the Spirit. 

We tend to make church attendance the sum total of our relationship with God, but we can enjoy God’s presence in so many ways – read His Word, pray, fellowship with God’s children, get out into His magnificent world!

Posted by: firstupcofkewanee | January 4, 2010

Spiritual Evolution

Evolution is defined as a gradual process in which something changes into a different and usually more complex or better form, the process of developing.

The word “Evolve” means to develop, or change over time.

Acts 2:1-4 (KJV)

 1And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

 2And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

 3And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

 4And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Throughout the scriptures, Fire is the symbol of the presence of God. The fire that fell upon the apostles was not meant to be a one time phenomenon!

Matthew 3:11 (KJV)

11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Acts 2:42 (KJV)

42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.

The followers of Jesus “continued steadfastly..” in the work of the Kingdom despite the troubles they faced because of the fire that continued to burn!

Jeremiah 20:9 (NKJV)

9Then I said, “I will not make mention of Him, nor speak any more in His name.” But His word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones; and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not hold back.

How do we keep the Holy Ghost fire burning? By living for God! Reading our bibles, praying, fasting, witnessing, worshipping! It’s easy to get discouraged by the work of daily living, but it’s time to make a Resolution for Evolution!

We cannot afford to be content staying where we are. We must strive daily for spiritual growth and a deeper relationship with Jesus.

Joel 3:9-10 (KJV)

 9Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:

 10Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.

It’s time for warfare Christians! Please remember Philippians 4:13 which says,

Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengthenth me.”

Posted by: firstupcofkewanee | January 3, 2010

Hesitating on the Edge of Greatness

Moses sent 12 spies to spy out the land of Canan and give a report on what they saw. 10 spies said the walls were too large and the giants were two big to conquer. 2 spies, though, were different. Caleb and Joshua had a different heart. They believed God would give them this land and told this to the people. 

The children of Israel of course, chose to believe the 10 spies with a bad report, even though God told them the land of Canan was theirs to inhabit. 

This scenario is still occurring today. We have been given promises from God, but we don’t always see the fulfillment of these promises as quickly as we would like to see them. Or maybe the obstacles in the way seem too large to overcome. Without faith and patience, we will listen to the bad report of the ten spies and go along with the majority who wants to give up.   

If we want to be successful as Christians, we need the heart of Caleb and Joshua – who walked by faith and not by sight. Caleb and Joshua didn’t hesitate on the edge of greatness. 

 Joshua 14:7-8 (King James Version) 

 7Forty years old was I when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadeshbarnea to espy out the land; and I brought him word again as it was in mine heart. 8Nevertheless my brethren that went up with me made the heart of the people melt: but I wholly followed the LORD my God. 

Caleb later claimed Mount Hebron for his own. 

Joshua 14:12-13 (King James Version)

 12Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the LORD spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the LORD will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the LORD said. 13And Joshua blessed him, and gave unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh Hebron for an inheritance.

Ask Yourself: 

*What has hindered you this past year? 

*What has stopped you from gaining the things of God you desired? 

It’s time to stop hesitating on the edge of greatness- and claim that mountain in faith believing! Let this be our New Year’s Resolution!

Posted by: firstupcofkewanee | January 1, 2010

Make a Resolution! Read the Bible in 2010!

This year the First United Pentecostal Church is challenging you as well as ourselves to read the entire Bible in 2010! Come and receive your B.R.E.A.D. chart to use as a guide to your daily reading! Make a resolution to build a stronger relationship with Jesus this year!

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