What is God Like? Part 2 of 3


This message was recorded on Friday to have it online for some of our home bound  congregants. I invited a senior saint to sit in for the recording of this video. She told me it was the first time she had left her house in a week. She was so happy to be able to be someplace where another human was. This sweet lady was almost giddy to be in church, even if it was only the two of us.

It is sad how many seniors are sitting at home during this crisis. Many do not know what to do. Some are scared and lonely. It was a blessing to have a dear sweet senior sitting in to hear me preach to an otherwise empty building.

During the recording session my phone rang. Which was quite unusual as it was set to ‘do not disturb’. The phone call turned out to be about another senior church member who is in the hospital. That call allowed me some time to pray with the one person in the building. We were both blessed by the interruption.

I finished the message and did not do a retake. Sometimes we just need to allow room for a little disruption to remind us of what really matters.

 

Rev. Burt Schwab

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A blessing of love


DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT by Kris Schwab
May 23, 2020
The creation story documented in Genesis has acts of love woven throughout. Adam, human life itself, began as a marvelous act of God! After creation of light, sky, land, vegetation, and animals, God supernaturally brought a wonderful gift to Adam named Eve. It’s truly a match made from Heaven above, a structure God set forth to make life wonderful…together!
I’m so excited for weddings that will take place today. Unions of love entering into a covenant of love ordained by God himself. Covenants blessed by God, to be honored as long as life endures.
Whether you are entering this covenant today or have been walking this journey for awhile, be blessed by the gift you have in each other. Honor the Father in the way you love each other. Live for Jesus individually and as a couple. Always maintain space for the Holy Spirit to be in your marriage. He is the best advocate you can ever rely on! Marriage is a blessed gift. Your spouse is a very special treasure.
May God grant a blessing of love, honor, respect, joy, adoration, excitement, closeness and intimacy upon all marriages represented by those who read this post today. I also pray for God given tools needed to cultivate, forgive, mend, restore and grow in our marital relationships. God, be with those who have loved so deeply and have lost their life mate. Let them sense your presence today. Be exalted, Lord. Let our lives bring honor of you. Thank you for the gifts you give to us in and through each other. Amen.
Genesis 2:18, 22-24
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man. “At last!” the man exclaimed. “This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken from ‘man.’” This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.
Kris Schwab
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Give the fight over to God


DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT May 19, 2020

In your majesty ride forth victoriously in the cause of truth, humility and justice; let your right hand achieve awesome deeds. (Psalms 45:4)

Difficult times are not new to God’s people. Nor do difficult times come as a surprise to God. The heart’s cry of the Psalmist gives permission for God to enter the situation and lovingly conquer.

If you are in the midst of a difficult time, give the fight over to God. Surrender control to his guidance. His truth, humility and justice will come out victorious. Watch and see his mighty right hand bring forth awesome deeds!

 

Kris Schwab

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What is your source of light?


DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT May 18, 2020

Where are you heading? When you encounter darkness, what is your source of light? Who will you encounter when you arrive at your destination?

Psalms 43:3 says, “Send me your light and your faithful care, let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.”

Something tells me that even the strongest Maglite won’t be enough! We need God to illuminate HIS pathway in our lives. Our desire — that he would keep us in HIS loving and faithful care each step of our days. The ultimate destination is to BE WITH GOD. To be in HIS presence, experience HIS holiness. To enter into the place HIS glory dwells.

So powerful and so incredible. It’s a place I cannot fully comprehend or imagine, but it is a place I want to be!!

 

Kris Schwab

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What is God like? Part 1 of 3


 

A three part series with a brief look at some characteristics of God.

  1. God is Spirit (John 4:24)
  2. God is Eternal (Genesis 21:33, Deuteronomy 33:27)
  3. God is Self-existent and Self-sufficient (Genesis 1:1, John 1:1)
  4. God does not Change (Malachi 3:6)

“The reason for weak Christians is an inadequate concept of God.”- A.W. Tozer

 

Rev. Burt Schwab

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Living with actions and in truth.


DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT by Kris Schwab
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
(1 John 3:18)
The words we say have great influence, but the things we DO are even more powerful! Throughout my entire marriage, my husband has told me that he loves me every single day, sometimes multiple times throughout the day! By repeatedly hearing his words, I might believe him but because his actions are consistent with his words I KNOW it’s true. In fact, I believe him so much that I TRUST that his love is true! I am secure in my relationship and commitment because his actions have proven (and continues to prove) that his words are true.
Christ following brothers and sisters, I think this passage is SO important in the way we live our lives before man, but it is also SO very important in the way we live our lives for CHRIST! To be a light in this very dark world, it is SO important for our words and actions…OUR LIVES…to be consistent with Jesus’ teaching and example portrayed in the Bible. It’s how we demonstrate our love to our Savior! This fabulous record of love, faith, forgiveness, peace, truth, faithfulness and surrender, inspired and directed by God himself, is constantly at risk of being tainted and spoiled by human sin. But Jesus’ story of redemption and eternal security is still so relevant and desperately needed today!!
Today I ask you to take a moment and reflect on where you are in life today. Are your words and actions in alignment with each other? What about your life’s testimony for Jesus? Are your words and actions consistent with what the Bible teaches? Are you living a life worthy of the calling of discipleship of Jesus?
Ask for forgiveness where you fall short. Pray for God to impart a passion to reach the lost through your words, but more importantly, proven by your actions. Ask him to renew your spiritual fervor and strengthen your resolve for Godliness. Recommit yourself to living the Gospel message in word and deed.
The Holy Spirit is poking at my heart, convicting me as I pray this morning. I am assured that He is ready to mold and transform soft and pliable hearts!
Kris Schwab
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Do not miss today’s purpose!


DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; (Psalms 24:1)

We have such a loving God. With creativity and purpose, he created the world and breathed life. Each day we are on earth should be a day filled with adoration, love and awe — Adoring the simple blessings. Loving our family, friends and special moments. Feeling, touching, breathing, experiencing the awe of God’s masterpiece.

Enjoy the gifts and blessing he has given you. Do not miss today’s purpose!

Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty— he is the King of glory. (Psalms 24:10)

 

Kris Schwab

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Unswervingly?


DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT May 12, 2020
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
(Hebrews 10:23)
Unswervingly? (There’s a word you don’t hear everyday!) Yes! Constant. Steadfast. Directly on course. But don’t overlook the action point – HOLD. Yes, dear friends, HOLD ON! Don’t allow yourself to grow weary or lose sight of HOPE. Hold on to hope, not because you are so strong but because GOD IS SO FAITHFUL!!
With so much noise all around, it’s a great reminder for us today.
Kris Schwab
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Daily Encouragement May 11


DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT

Are you ever at a loss for words when you approach God in prayer? Do you feel too broken, too impure, too far away to even be understood? Or are there times when you just can’t seem to articulate what’s really inside? Yep, me too! Romans 8:26-27 brings great comfort!

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
Romans 8:26-27

Holy Spirit, help us in our weakness. God, let your will be made known. Let our hearts align with yours. Amen.

The Holy Spirit is present, revealing what’s in our heart to God heart. Scripture says the Spirit intercedes for us in accordance with the will of God. DO pray. DO petition for needs. DO cry out to God. But take comfort and find peace in knowing the very deepest cries of your heart can be made known to God, even when you can’t find words.

Kris Schwab

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Scriptures Inspired


Three applications of the truth that Scripture is inspired by God.

Rev. Burt Schwab

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