Welcome to Our Sunday, July 5th, Worship Page!

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND!

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GIVING

“He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord [when you lend something, you get it back; when you give to help others, you are lending to the Lord]; and that which you give, will the Lord pay you again.” (Prov. 19:17)
We do not give to get; we do not give with ulterior motives; but God will not be in debt to anyone. And many Scripture passages assure us that giving never makes any one poorer. In fact, when you lend, you get back with interest; and that is the way God deals with us.
It is such a God as this we worship with our systematic, proportionate giving.

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Prayer


O Lord, our God and King, we come to You with grateful hearts for Your great love and mercy. We thank You, Lord, for all that You have done for this land that we have the privilege of living in and being a part of. We thank You, Lord, that so many have come here from all over the world, that they might have liberty and a better life.
Lord, we surely are not perfect. In fact, Lord, we have so many faults and failures that it is embarrassing. And yet, we believe that it is where You have desired us to live, and work, and service our fellow man. Help us to solve our problems and rejoice in our diversity. Help us to come together instead of pulling apart.
Lord, our problems are heart problems. They are problems of the heart. And we need changed hearts. And the only One Who can change hearts is You, O Lord. So we ask Thee to change our hearts and the hearts of the people of this great land.
Lord, we need revival. And we know that revival must start with Your children. So, revive us, O Lord. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen!

 

Prelude:

SPEAK, LORD! (Played by Pat)


For the Children (big and small):

OBEDIENCE (Played by Pat)


Obedience is the very best way,
To show that you believe.
Doing exactly what the Lord commands,
Doing it happily.
Action is the key – do it immediately,
Joy you will receive.
Obedience is the very best way to show that you believe.
O-B-E-D-I-E-N-C-E
Obedience is the very best way to show that you believe.
(Repeat)


CHORUS
THIS WORLD IS NOT MY HOME!

(Played by Pat)



This world is not my home; I’m just a passing through
My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue.
The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door,
And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.
(repeat)


HYMN:

AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL (Played by Pat)


 


O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties Above the fruited plain!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea.

O beautiful for pilgrim feet, Whose stern, impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat Across the wilderness!
America! America! God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self control, Thy liberty in law.

O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved And mercy more than life!
America! America! May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness And every gain divine.

O beautiful for patriot dream That sees beyond the years,
Thine alabaster cities gleam, Undimmed by human tears!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea.

SCRIPTURE: 1 KINGS 3:3-15

And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David, his father; only he sacrificed and burned incense in high places. And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar. In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, Ask what I shall give thee. And Solomon said, Thou hast showed unto thy servant David, my father, great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David, my father; and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. And thy servant is in the midst of thy people whom thou hast chosen, a great people, who cannot be numbered or counted for multitude. Give, therefore, thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad. For who is able to judge this thy great people? And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies, but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern justice, Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and understanding heart, so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any rise like unto thee. And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honor, so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days. And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father, David, did walk, then I will lengthen thy days. And Solomon awoke, and, behold, it was a dream. And he came to Jerusalem, and stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and offered up burnt offerings, and offered peace offerings, and made a feast to all his servants.

SERMON:

July 5th, 2020: Pastor Ed Scaglione



WHAT IS OUR NATION’S GREATEST NEED?

Our country that was founded more than 240 years ago, is limping from one crisis to another. Some of these crisis are imaginary and others are quite real. We live in a time when it seems that our leaders and representatives are in desperate need of something. What is it that they need? And what is it that we the people need? The answer is found in the life of one of the greatest kings to ever rule a nation. Turn with me to 1 Kings 3.

The first thing that Solomon did after he had become king of Israel was to seek God’s attention. “And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David, his father, only he sacrificed and burned incense in high places. And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place; a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar.” (1 Kings 3:3-4)

Notice first of all that Solomon loved the Lord. “And Solomon loved the Lord.” (1 Kings 3:3a) He sought out God in order to worship Him. He also brought great sacrifices to God. Because he loved the Lord and sought God, God graciously appeared to this young man in a dream. “In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by right; and God said, ‘Ask what I shall give thee.” (1 Kings 3:5) At this point, Solomon in a series of steps requested wisdom. (1 Kings 3:6-9)

Immediately he acknowledged God’s faithfulness to his father, David. “And Solomon said, ‘Thou hast showed unto thy servant David, my father, great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.” (1 Kings 3:6) He is speaking of God’s covenant love for David. To be a great leader and great people one needs to know God and be thankful for His past blessings.

Next, Solomon admitted his need. “And now, O Lord my God, Thou hast made thy servant king instead of David, my father; and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.” (1 Kings 3:7) Now, Solomon was about twenty years old, not a little boy. He was simply saying that he was too young and ignorant to know how to carry out the duties of a king. Oh, how much better our present leaders and representatives today would be, if they would simply acknowledge their inadequacies.

Further, Solomon pointed out the awesome size of the nation. “And thy servant is in the midst of thy people whom thou hast chosen, a great people, who cannot be numbered or counted for multitude.” (1 Kings 3:8) How much greater is the need today when one considers the great size and complexities of our nation.

Finally, he requested “an understanding heart to judge” the nation and to “discern between good and evil. “Give, therefore, thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad. For who is able to judge this thy great people?” (1 Kings 3:9) In a parallel passage in 2 Chronicles the words “wisdom and knowledge” are used. “In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, ‘Ask what I shall give thee.’ And Solomon said unto God, thou hast showed great mercy unto David, my father, and hast made me reign in his stead. Now, O Lord God, let thy promise unto David, my father, be established; for thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude. Give me, now, wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people; for who can judge this, thy people, who are so great?” (2 Chron. 1:7-10) Here then is the greatest need of any leader or representative. Wisdom – especially, wisdom from God. Not only do our leaders need wisdom, but so do we. By this request Solomon indicated his desire to be good more than great, and to serve God’s honor more than to advance his own honor.


Notice next that God responded favorably. “And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. And God said unto him, ‘Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies, but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern justice, behold I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart, so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. And have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honor, so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days. And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father, David, did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.” (1 Kings 3:10-14)
This is not a surprise if we realize that God views wisdom as supreme, greater than silver and fine gold. Solomon wrote, “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding; for the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies; and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.” (Prov. 3:13-15) Later he wrote, “Wisdom is the principle thing; therefore, get wisdom; and with all thy getting, get understanding.” (Prov. 4:7) And again, “Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.” (Prov. 8:10-11) Wisdom is the one thing that the Lord most desires us to seek as well.

But this may seem incredible to you. Why doesn’t the Bible say that salvation, a godly walk, or perhaps the knowledge of God is the “principle things?” Well, it does. The concept of wisdom is used interchangeably with the phrase “knowledge of God” and “fear of the Lord.” Again, listen to Solomon’s words. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Prov. 9:10) This includes practical piety, living in obedience to God’s Word. God told Moses to write, “Behold, I have taught you statutes and ordinances, even as the Lord my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land to which ye go to possess it. Keep, therefore, and do them; for this is your wisdom and understanding in the sight of the nations.” (Deut. 4:5-6)

Even the New Testament plainly states that “All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” are hidden in Christ. (Col. 2:3) The apostle Peter admonishes us to “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 3:18) This is the equivalent of the Old Testament’s admonition to seek the “knowledge of God” - in other words - “wisdom.”
Obviously, God was pleased when Solomon made his request. Notice that his request was not selfish, and because of this, God gave him all the things a less spiritual person might have sought. God gave him long life, wealth, supremacy over enemies, and honor. (1 Kings 3:11-13) Notice also that the gift of long life was specifically conditioned on Solomon’s obedience. God told him, “And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father, David, did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.” (1 Kings 3:14) Sad to say that Solomon fell far short of this because of his eventual idolatry. And although he did reign for forty years he did not enjoy the great length of days that he might have, had he been obedient. He did enjoy fully the other aspects of God’s special blessings.

At last Solomon awoke from the dream and returned to Jerusalem, where he celebrated. “And Solomon awoke, and, behold, it was a dream. And he came to Jerusalem, and stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and offered up burnt offerings, and offered peace offerings, and made a feast to all his servants.” (1 Kings 3:15) The peace offering was not designed to obtain peace with God, but rather to celebrate through communion with God the peace already obtained. It could also be called a “fellowship offering.” Thus, we learn here how God delights to fellowship with and bless those who desire the things that God desires for us. Solomon put God’s kingdom first and sought the greatest of all possessions, wisdom, in order to advance the kingdom. In this sense he delighted himself in the Lord, and God gave him his heart’s desire. His father, David, wrote, “Delight thyself also in the Lord, and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” (Psa. 37:4) It is amazing that with such a clear example of this great principle in Scripture, that we as Christians still find it very difficult to give up everything for the Gospel’s sake.

Not only do the leaders and representatives of our nation need to seek and desire wisdom from God, but so do we. In the political realm we need wisdom to know who and what to vote for. Christians need God’s wisdom and guidance for the possibility that they themselves should serve in the political realm. Of course, we need wisdom to know how we can stand against that which is wrong and going wrong and stand for that which is right and help turn our nation back to God.

We read in the Psalm, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom He hath chosen for his own inheritance.” (Psa. 33:12) This of course refers to Israel, but the principle is still the same. And we need wisdom to know how to pray for our nation. The Lord made a second appearance to Solomon and one of the things He said was, “If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chron. 7:14) Again this is a promise to Solomon and Israel, but the principle applies to believers today as well.

Prayer

Lord, we need leaders and representatives who know You personally. We need leaders and representatives who realize that they do not have the answers nor the wisdom to guide this great land. Lord, would You speak to those in positions of responsibility in our governments that they need Your wisdom. And then may they seek Thy wisdom. And may we, O Lord, pray for those who must make decisions in our cities, counties, states and nation. May we hold them up before Thy throne and intercede on their behalf.
And may we, O Lord, be examples of godly, Christian citizens. We ask in Jesus’ wonderful name, Amen!

If you don't know Christ as your Savior, I beg you to read the gospel presentation by clicking on the link below. Ask God to open your heart and your mind, so that you can come to know Christ as your Savior.

WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?

WhatMustIDoToBeSaved


HYMN:
THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER (Played by Pat)


 

THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER

O say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

O thus be it ever when free men shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust!”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!