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We invite you to join us in a celebration of worship, christian fellowship, study and service. When you become a part of our exciting journey of faith, you will be encouraged, challenged and rewarded with renewed faith and power. Our culture at Faith Chapel Christian church is one of positivity, acceptance, and a general spirit of goodwill. Having “new life” isn’t just something we talk about, it’s something we do. Live sermons at 10am SLT on Sunday mornings, & 4PM SLT Sunday evenings. Be sure to touch things and explore! Come be a part of our grand adventure!



Jack Hyles said " Do not ask for fears to be removed; ask for courage equal to the fears." God didn't give us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7). I believe every one of you have the potential to be great warriors for Jesus, and tonight I will explain why, and how you can make Satan tremble to think of you!

Spiritual Warfare Basic Training Part 2
Where: Faith
When: 16 hours ago [24 Jan 2021 10:00 SLT]

As Christians, we are in a spiritual battle of some sort on a daily basis. In warfare, battles are fought on different fronts, for different reasons, and with varying degrees of intensity. The same is true in spiritual warfare. Our spiritual battles and warfare are real, even though we cannot physically see the attacker. But, we can educate ourselves on how the battles are fought and how they impact our lives on a daily basis. This will be part 2 in this series, and it expands on what we learned last Sunday!

For those of you that haven't heard I pulled Faith in OSGrid out of the mothballs, renewed her as "Anointed" and scheduled sermons to be held at 8am and 5pm on Sundays. This will in NO WAY affect Faith Chapel in DigiworldZ and it's operations. There are roughly 150,000 active users on OSGrid and I can't just ignore the opportunity to evangelize all we can in these troubling times. Anyone that wants to help will be welcomed, gratefully :) I love you - you will always be my family :) Come visit and give me feedback or sit in on sermons! https://opensimworld.com/hop/85725
Loving Our Messy Families
Where: Faith
When: 7 days ago [17 Jan 2021 16:00 SLT]

Being a part of God’s family reminds us that messy is ok. We don’t have to get our lives together before God accepts us. In the same way, we don’t have to fix our families for God to welcome us into his. The Church is messy, full of dysfunction. It’s also beautiful, full of more kindness and love than we could ask for.

Spiritual Basic Training Day 1
Where: Faith
When: 8 days ago [17 Jan 2021 10:00 SLT]

Luke 14:31 “What king going to make war against another king sits not down first and consults whether he’s able with ten thousand to meet him that comes against him with twenty thousand?” Christians today are woefully unprepared for battle in the spiritual realm. Today we will learn what is at stake in this battle, how we can fight a 'noble battle' on Jesus' terms, and what kind of power to expect in opposition. Sermon is in voice.

Spiritual Warfare - An Introduction
Where: Faith
When: 14 days ago [10 Jan 2021 16:00 SLT]

As Christians, we are in a spiritual battle of some sort on a daily basis. In warfare, battles are fought on different fronts, for different reasons, and with varying degrees of intensity. The same is true in spiritual warfare. Our spiritual battles and warfare are real, even though we cannot physically see the attacker. But, we can educate ourselves on how the battles are fought and how they impact our lives on a daily basis.

Sin 101
Where: Faith
When: 15 days ago [10 Jan 2021 10:00 SLT]

Today we take a look at Sin - that plague we have to deal with in our fallen world. I will explain today the origin of Sin, the effects of Sin, the nature of Sin, and the cure for Sin. To understand Salvation and our struggle with Sin we have to understand the forces we battle.

Did Jesus Fulfill Prophecy?
Where: Faith
When: 21 days ago [3 Jan 2021 17:00 SLT]

Spoiler: Jesus fulfilled over 300 prophecies during his short time on Earth. some recorded up to 1500 years before His birth. Let's review this astonishing phenomenon and gain a few insights on what they mean for us today and the future.

Will God Save Me If I Sin, And Keep Sinning?
Where: Faith
When: 22 days ago [3 Jan 2021 11:00 SLT]

Yes. For the longer answer you'll have to come and listen :)

Hi everybody! There's temporary conflicts with Devins' Celebration Events, so we're going to move next Sundays services from 10am to 11am and 4pm to 5pm. Grid time. Thanks for understanding :) See you Sunday, if not before :)

Confession of Faith for the Church in Virtual Worlds
Posted on June 11th, 2010 by Neal Locke

(Also posted at Sacred Space in Cyberspace)

PREFACE
In a time of deep cultural change, the church has both great opportunity and great responsibility. It is propelled into the future by its mission, while connected to the past by traditions, teachings, and writings stretching back to the beginnings of our faith. It is often tempting to forge ahead into our mission, mindless of the lessons and wisdom of our predecessors. It is equally tempting to enshrine our traditions as idols, embracing only the familiar and failing to acknowledge the new paths where God would lead us in the fulfillment of our mission.

Technology changes things. But technology is a part of God’s Creation, and a gift: We can use it for good, twist it to evil, or ignore it. The last option, while always popular, has rarely been successful. Gutenberg’s printing press changed the world, paving the way for the Renaissance and the Scientific Revolution. Because it made possible the Reformation, it also brought drastic changes to the church, changing almost every visible aspect of Christian worship and theology in just a few generations. In our generation, the internet and digital communication have already brought about drastic changes, and will continue to transform the church in sweeping and dramatic ways in a short span of time.

In the past few decades, church participation in our culture has been in steep decline. And yet, as millions of people leave behind behind their communities of faith, millions more are finding community online, in places that a few years ago wouldn’t have even qualified as places. Worshiping communities of Christians are also beginning to appear online, especially taking root in 3-dimensional synthetic interfaces known as Virtual Realities, or Virtual Worlds. The writers of this confession are among them.

We are not “virtual” churches. We are not “virtual” people. We are very real people forming very real relationships and communities that happen to gather in virtual locations. Like the churches of the early Reformation, we have been met with interest and acclaim, with bitter criticism and rejection, as well as casual disregard. But we aren’t disappearing, and right now we are faced with some critical questions: Can we forge into the future without losing sight of our past? Can we successfully articulate our faith to churches that have little understanding of virtual worlds, who see our endeavors as nothing more than game-playing? Conversely, can we successfully articulate our faith to the millions of people already engaged in virtual worlds, but who have little understanding of the church, who see it as irrelevant to contemporary life?

Like many confessions, this one springs from a time of great upheaval, and a strong desire to preserve the integrity of the gospel and the unity of the church in the face of new situations and challenges. I. GOD

We trust in one God, who alone is the creator and sustainer of all worlds and all realities, whether labeled virtual, physical, spiritual or otherwise. God reigns over all. God loves all.

But we rejected God’s reign, and scorned God’s love. From the beginning, we attempted to create our own worlds, with our own rules, where we loved our own selves above all. Virtual realities are nothing new. As a consequence, we are a broken and messed-up people, still wandering through dysfunctional worlds of our own making, longing for a better one.

God, however, didn’t sit around idly, waiting for us to come back. Instead, God came to us where we were, taking on the flesh, blood, molecules and matter that would best communicate to us in the medium most familiar to us at the time: We know this manifestation of God’s love by name: Jesus.

II. JESUS CHRIST

And so we trust in Jesus Christ, fully human and fully divine, who entered into an existence fundamentally different in substance and structure than the one he knew before his time on earth. He came as a child into a strange world where he had to learn to sit, stand, walk, and communicate with others. He did this with the help of two in-world natives, Mary and Joseph, who showed him gracious hospitality, welcoming him into the world and teaching its customs.

We take note of Jesus’ ministry, as he gathered both crowds and small groups to himself, effectively using the technology, language, and familiar images of his day to convey God’s love and reign to all. He particularly embraced those outside the mainstream—the ones labeled by society as outcasts, deviants, and unbelievers. He visited the sick and comforted the suffering. He challenged powerful institutions, calling them out on oppressive bureaucracy and legalism, and calling them back to the heart of the best traditions of their ancestors.

Ultimately, he gave up his life for this cause and was subjected to cruel betrayal, torture, and execution at the hands of those he came to save. He willingly accepted a fate he did not deserve on behalf of those who did, so that we might know mercy and grace, and through this act be once and for all awakened to God’s love, saved and redeemed.

We believe that God raised Jesus up from death into yet another new form and context, giving us hope and reassurance that, following his example, we need not fear new forms and new contexts—in the life to come, or in the life we live today: We are a resurrection people.

III. THE HOLY SPIRIT

Before his death, Jesus promised that his presence would remain among us, even when his physical form did not. Because of this, we trust in the Holy Spirit, who comforts us, guides us, and binds us together with all God’s people in all places. We believe there is no place, whether made of molecules and matter or bits and bytes, that God’s Spirit does not permeate.

Further, God’s Spirit provides us both example and inspiration for presence that transcends geographical boundaries, as we strive to be present with and for one another across our own geographical locations in a deep and meaningful way.


IV. THE CHURCH

We trust that God calls together faithful believers in every age to be the church, to worship and pray together, to fellowship and study together, serving one another and the world. Historically, the church has been recognized in two forms: The universal church, and the local church. As professing Christians, we stand together with our sisters and brothers as members of the universal Church, which is not limited by time or place.

We celebrate the remarkable diversity and adaptability of the local church through the centuries. Christian communities have gathered in homes, cathedrals, mountaintops, prisons, airports, in prosperity and in adversity, liturgically and spontaneously, and wherever two or more have been gathered together by the leading of God’s spirit.

Until recently local churches have almost always been associated with a geographical region, and this has served the church well. However, churches transcending geography are not without precedent. The Apostle Paul considered himself a participant and leader of many churches dispersed across the Mediterranean. He even writes that his “virtual” presence by means of his letters should be viewed as no different than his physical presence (2 Cor. 10:11). Paul used the information superhighway of his day—letters, roads, and messengers—to be actively present and engaged with his faith communities.

We believe it is time to acknowledge that the idea of “locale” extends beyond mere physical location. Most people today are part of one or more thriving communities that are geographically dispersed. We reject the notion that communities mediated through technology are inferior to ones mediated by physical space, or that they are acceptable only as a substitute when physically based community is not possible. Rather, each type of community is different, each with its own strengths to be celebrated and weaknesses to be addressed. Some people will entirely prefer one to the other, and many will seek a mixture of the two. We believe that God’s presence, true fellowship and community, as well the human propensity for sin, can be found to their fullest extent in any of the above.

We recognize that ever since the invention of the auditorium, eyeglasses, hearing aids, and pulpit microphones, our worship experiences have already been increasingly mediated through the medium of technology, and we are thankful for the enhancements and inclusion these things have represented for the church.

Accordingly, we recognize the full legitimacy and divine calling of churches that gather partially, primarily, or solely in virtual worlds, and call upon our sisters and brothers in the universal body of Christ to join us in welcoming them into conversation, fellowship, and shared ministry. This recognition is to be tempered with the caution that all churches—in any medium—are ultimately flawed and human institutions, and not all who self-identify as churches live up to the high ideals to which we are called.


V. MARKS OF THE CHURCH

Because of the wonderful diversity of local churches through the ages, and especially the new and unique ways in which churches in virtual worlds are evolving, we find it useful to affirm three historic marks by which Christian churches, and Reformed Churches in particular, have often been recognized: We believe that the church exists where the Word of God is truly proclaimed and taught; where the sacraments are rightly administered, and where church discipline is effectively practiced.

Our intention in affirming these marks of the church is not to define precisely how each one ought to function, or what “rightly” consists of, but rather to elevate the importance and seriousness which we ascribe to each of them. We trust that churches who ascribe to these ideals and approach them with reverence, prayer and thoughtful discernment will be led by God’s Spirit to creative and appropriate decisions.
1. Proclamation of God’s Word: Underneath the rich visual fabric of images and sounds that comprises most virtual worlds is code—the words and phrases of various programming languages that make possible all that we see, hear, touch, and interact with in digital environments. Likewise, we trust that God’s eternal Word is the underlying fabric of all reality, all creation, both virtual and physical.

We recognize Jesus Christ as God’s living word, the good news sent to live among us in the dynamic and interactive medium of a human being. We recognize the sacred scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as God’s written word, passed down to us from generation to generation, the story of God and God’s people, translated into countless languages, formats, and mediums. In all its forms, God’s Word is incarnational.

Therefore, our proclamation of God’s word ought to be no less incarnational. If churches in virtual worlds do nothing else, let us at least follow the sacred charge of Christ to go into all the world and proclaim the gospel. We see the groundbreaking changes in technology that allow us to do this, and affirm them as a great opportunity that must not be squandered. As people spend increasing amounts of time in online communities, we are committed to following the example of Christ and interfacing with them where they are. We heed the words of the Apostle Paul: “How are they to believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how are they to hear without a preacher? So faith comes from hearing and hearing comes by the word of God” (Rom. 10:14, 17).

We affirm that there are many ways in which God’s word has been proclaimed, but the best and most hallowed are those solidly rooted in God’s living word, Jesus, and God’s written word as found in scripture.

2. Administration of Sacraments: At different times in the life of the church, various sacraments have been recognized, and in virtual worlds new expressions of the sacred continue to be explored. However, there are two sacraments instituted in scripture by Christ that are recognized by most professing Christians: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We affirm the historic importance of these two sacraments, and their significance as signs and seals of our faith.
Not only do we believe these sacraments are of utmost importance, we also believe that their administration is entirely possible within the framework of virtual worlds, drawing upon the imaginative creativity of church communities who gather there, upon the elements that are indigenous to virtual worlds and appropriate to their local context, and trusting in God’s miraculous and mysterious ability to make these elements–those consisting of molecules and matter as well as bits and bytes–efficacious and spiritually nourishing for those who earnestly receive them.

We believe that these recognizable sacraments are a central element in the continuity of the church throughout history as well as a unifying practice between the churches in virtual worlds and their geographically-based counterparts. Finally, we believe that the church just isn’t the church without the sacraments, and we are deeply committed to being the church in the virtual world.
3. Practice of Church Discipline: In order to carry out the mission of the church, leadership and structure are needed. Because we are a flawed and human institution, accountability is needed as well. These practices are evident in the ministry of Jesus as well as that of the early church in Acts. They are not intended as means by which power or condemnation is exercised, but rather as tools to help us realize our mission.

We believe that leaders should be chosen by the community, in prayer and Spirit-led discernment. We believe that leaders, in consultation with the community, should put into place written policies and practices available to all that protect the voice, dignity, and humanity of everyone who comes into contact with the church. We commit ourselves to transparency in leadership and discipline, and to using the technological resources at our disposal in a manner that reflects our Christian values.

While we value transparency, we also recognize the unique opportunity that virtual worlds offer for real people to explore their identity, their calling, and their relationships in the safety of anonymous participation. We respect the privacy of our anonymous friends, and acknowledge that even those who claim to be open with their identity often wear masks and choose boundaries within relationships, both in virtual and non-virtual worlds.

Inevitably, a leader will fall short, a member will act badly, or an anonymous visitor will abuse the privilege anonymity affords. We believe it is the responsibility of the community to gather around the fallen one, gently admonishing where necessary, excluding only when necessary for the safety and sanctity of the larger community, but even then actively seeking reconciliation, and remembering that we, too, are broken people in need of grace.

We believe that all of these marks of the church are not just profitable, but indispensable to the life and witness of the church in any time or place. For this reason, no church should ever be prevented from observing them publicly and visibly in some fashion within its normal context.


CONCLUSION

When Jesus spoke to his followers, he often used the images and symbols of everyday life to create a virtual world in the mind of his listeners. He occasionally used fantastic images of bizarre and otherworldly nature, as can also be found in the writings of Daniel, Ezekiel, and Revelation. But the world that the scriptures paint virtually in our minds when we read them, individually or corporately, is at once more real and substantial than any reality we can experience–virtual, physical, or spiritual. Jesus called this world the Kingdom of God. This is the reality we strive for, that we eagerly await, and that we celebrate for it has already begun.

Some people prefer to spend their time engaged in virtual worlds, some in physical worlds, and most in some mixture of the two. But as passionately as people defend each of these preferences, the division between physical and virtual realities seems contrived and artificial in light of the reality of God’s Kingdom, which transcends all reality and all worlds.

In fact, it is our hope that wherever we spend our time, as we work and pray and reach out to others in pursuit of God’s Kingdom, this unity of purpose draws us together as the church and erases all that divides us. This is not to say that we forsake our distinctiveness, which is a gift from God that allows a diverse church to minister to a diversity of people. There is as much room and need in the Kingdom for churches that are distinctively attached to physical locations as there is for those that are distinctively called carry the gospel into the digital frontier.

Nevertheless, the Kingdom that unites us is far greater than those that would divide us, and with this confession we affirm, elevate, and even celebrate our commitment to the historic faith of the church, and to its future. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all evermore.

https://www.mrlocke.net/confession-of-faith-for-the-church...
Did Jesus Fulfill Prophecy?
Where: Faith
When: 29 days ago [27 Dec 2020 10:00 SLT]

Spoiler: Jesus fulfilled over 300 prophecies during his short time on Earth. some recorded up to 1500 years before His birth. Let's review this astonishing phenomenon and gain a few insights on what they mean for us today and the future.

Tari Tari has created a donation area along the fence in the front and to the left of the Chapel! Feel free to drop a donation box there. There is a box to use as a guide to size, it's the prim textured one 😛
Don'tcha wanna be happy?
Where: Faith
When: 1 month ago [20 Dec 2020 18:00 SLT]

We all want to be happy. We all want happiness. Aristotle even called it the "greatest good". Let's look at how we, as Christians, can be filled with happiness, and keep that security and joy for eternity :)

Free Luther Bible for our German speaking friends, complete and accurate! Come by and grab one, and please share liberally! hop://login.digiworldz.com:8002/Faith/101/184/22
Kostenlose Luther-Bibel für unsere deutschsprachigen Freunde, vollständig und genau! Komm vorbei und schnapp dir eins und teile es bitte großzügig!
hop://login.digiworldz.com:8002/Faith/101/184/22
The King, The Herald, and the Media in the Age of Jesus.
Where: Faith
When: 1 month ago [20 Dec 2020 10:00 SLT]

This morning lets take a closer look at some common biblical words and stories (mostly around and about the time of Jesus' entry into his recorded ministry), and dig deep into their meanings and symbology. There are treasures that we'll dig up, play with, and take home - and if some of them don't give you chill bumps you better get checked later :P

We now have free Spanish language bibles - The Biblia Reina Valera 1960. Full unedited bibles - free! Come get yours now, and PLEASE share liberally!
Ahora tenemos Biblias en español gratis - La Biblia Reina Valera 1960. Biblias completas sin editar - ¡gratis! ¡Venga y obtenga el suyo ahora y POR FAVOR comparta generosamente!
The Gift of the Christmas Child
Where: Faith
When: 1 month ago [13 Dec 2020 18:00 SLT]

We all bring gifts to celebrate the birth of the Christ child, but what did He bring us?

Hello! Faith Chapel is happy to announce a new club for Christians and others who want a non-threatening and clean hangout, to meet others with similar values and goals, with fun activities and good music! Club Eternity is open 24/7 now, non-stop popular Christian music! Looking for a Christian DJ for weekly events, and hosts. Contact Ometeotl Mikoyan on OSGrid or Digiworldz. hop://login.osgrid.org/Faith/213/123/1002
Who Was That Christmas Child?
Where: Faith
When: 1 month ago [13 Dec 2020 10:00 SLT]

Over 2 millenia ago, a baby was born to a young carpenter and his wife from a small town in Israel. He only lived 33 years before he was tortured and killed by the Romans. Since then billions have followed his teachings, over 7 billion have been martyred for following him, and 100,000 and climbing are being killed yearly. This Sunday lets take a look at how a man from such a seemingly unassuming beginning could have such a powerful influence on mankind.

How to Reclaim What We Have Lost
Where: Faith
When: 2 months ago [6 Dec 2020 18:00 SLT]

God created a perfect world for us, with cool people and neat things to do, but sin has stolen and obscured the good around us. Tonight we will review how to reclaim peace, and joy, and love.

The Dangers of False Teachers and Heresy
Where: Faith
When: 2 months ago [6 Dec 2020 10:00 SLT]

1 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. 2 And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; 3 and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.
I can't overstate the damage those that by pride, poor understanding, and/or a desire to corrupt the Saints can do in a church and community. Come today and learn how to recognize and defend against those enemies of the Church and sound doctrine.

Where do we go from here?
Where: Faith
When: 2 months ago [29 Nov 2020 18:00 SLT]

Tonight I will preach "topically" on a topic so many are distressed about. It's been a hard year. We thought we'd see better times just around the corner, but it looks to some like 2021 will be 2020s meaner sibling :P As Christians we all need to look at everything through the lens God gave us - Gods' Word. Let's take a good look tonight at current events and what it means to us.

Christs' Judgement Seat - What does that mean to a Believer?
Where: Faith
When: 2 months ago [29 Nov 2020 10:00 SLT]

Today lets' look at a huge misconception even among "bible scholars" about Christs Judgement Seat. If Jesus died to atone for all our sins - what's there to judge? Are we going to be stopped at "The Celestial Gates" and answer for all our deeds, good and bad, and then see which way the scales tip? I will clearly and definitively answer these questions and more today. Bring friends, they'll love you for it :)

Herods' Temple Has Been Rebuilt - In DigiWorldz!
Where: Faith
When: 2 months ago [24 Nov 2020 09:45 SLT]

Herods' Temple aka The 2nd temple, has huge significance in several major religions, besides being a fascinating story in it's own right. Come poke into all the corners and learn all about life in the 1st century. The Temple Mount holds several secrets to be found, many even I have just learned during this build! Come visit today! hop://login.digiworldz.com:8002/Faith/129/16/1509

WOW! I'd like to thank everyone for all the growth and love we've seen at Faith Chapel! We've grown into a mature, cohesive church family and I'm so proud of everyone :) I'm often humbled by the members' devotion and patience, and encouraged by your personal efforts on behalf of the church. Remember - when you're talking to someone and they express boredom or dissapointment with the way their life is going, to share how good Jesus is and how He can change the lackluster of life into eternal JOY! I thank you all so much, I love you all! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Your Happiness Is Waiting!
Where: Faith
When: 2 months ago [22 Nov 2020 18:00 SLT]

The clearest place where we see the beauty of Christ is in his word, the Bible. That is why the Holy Spirit inspired the word, so that we could read the word and know Christ. The Spirit gives us eyes to see the beauties of Jesus that call joy up out of our hearts. Please join us at 6PM grid time at Faith Chapel.

Glorification - Our Eternal Destiny
Where: Faith
When: 2 months ago [22 Nov 2020 10:00 SLT]

The last few months we've covered justification, sanctification, adoption, atonement, propitiation, regeneration, and salvation - this week I have a treat! Glorification of the Saints (that's you!) for eternity. A lot of people will groan and say "Oh, eternity will be so boring" but they're wrong! Come hear this thrilling, informative sermon on our eternal destiny at 10am grid time!

Earthly Authority And Christ
Where: Faith
When: 2 months ago [15 Nov 2020 18:00 SLT]

Tonight we will look at mortal governments and how our actions and attitudes should reflect our new nature in Christ.

Born Again - What does that mean?
Where: Faith
When: 2 months ago [15 Nov 2020 10:00 SLT]

Jesus said ‘I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, “You must be born again”’” (John 3:3-7). There are many interpretations of what this means among Christians. Let's look at what God tells us through scripture.

Our faith, our actions, and government
Where: Faith
When: 3 months ago [8 Nov 2020 18:00 SLT]

This year has been marked by tribulations all over the world. How are we, as Christians, to respond to these challenges? Lets look at what God tells us, in His Word. Expect a lively respectful discussion afterward.

Today we cover the doctrine of Adoption. God is committed to us. He has given us his name. He has made us his heirs, and solemnly pledged that as our heavenly Father, he will provide for us with the lavishness that befits his means as possessor of all the riches of glory (Philippians 4:19).
He has said, in effect, “From now on, you have nothing to worry about (Matthew 6:26). I will care for you (1 Peter 5:7), and if you do ever find yourself overtaken by anxiety, come and talk about it to me at once (Philippians 4:6–7). Always remember that I am your home, and that I will never disown you; and should you ever go astray, I will always take you back (Luke 15:20). My love will never let you go.”

Neither the world nor Satan can kill the Church. The best they can do is bury us. But we are the Body of Christ, and burying us is like burying a seed in the most fertile soil. The seed is about to display the incredible life force that’s been in it all along. Bury us, and we only take root and sprout up. The Father brings rain, the Son shines on us, and the Holy Spirit fills us with power for growth.

Burying the Church is like burying Christ Jesus. The world tried that once, and look what happened. He is risen. He resurrected, and the Church does the same exact thing whenever they are put underground, and counted as dead. The world can make us go underground with our gatherings by making laws against Christians publicly worshipping, but we will only root deeper and wider.

The Church is like a white dandelion. The world and Satan blows on us to kill us, but little do they know that they have only helped further our cause. They did us a service by spreading us out to take root and grow in more areas than before.

God has always done this throughout history with His people. He has done it with His people as a whole, and He has done it with His people individually. Just when the visible Church seems to be buried with heresy, He sprouts up men like Martin Luther. And when it comes to us individually, the overwhelming sense of our weakness and sin may bury us at times, but God uses it for our growth.

Afflictions may bury us for a while, but God comes in His perfect time to raise us up.

All to His glory, amen.
By Joshua Arnold
Where is God in All This Trouble?
Where: Faith
When: 3 months ago [1 Nov 2020 18:00 SLT]

Everywhere we see in the news and around us, natural disasters with increasing frequency, terrible hurricanes, massive fires consuming huge tracts of forest on every continent, social unrest, riots, senseless murders, even our own eventual and inevitable mortality - makes us wonder where is Gods' hand in all this, and is there a purpose? Tonight we find answers to this and more in Gods' Word.

Hearing Gods' Voice
Where: Faith
When: 3 months ago [1 Nov 2020 10:00 SLT]

Gods' Word is our anchor, our solace, it is our compass, and our defense. But do we listen? How do you hear the Word - with a hunger, with a desire to share with others? Matthew 7 says "The one who hears My Word and obeys it is like a man who builds his house upon the rock." Lets visit the Word this morning and establish our foundation on that Rock!

What do we do with Temptation?
Where: Faith
When: 3 months ago [25 Oct 2020 18:00 SLT]

Even Jesus was tempted as shown in Mark 1:13 & Luke 4:1-13. Gods' Law is written on each of our hearts (Hebrews 4:15). So, and when a sinful temptation is introduced, our consciences immediately sense danger. But, the temptation itself is NOT the sin! Sin comes in when we yield to, or mishandle, that temptation. Tonight we will forge our weapons to deal with temptation properly. Bring fire :)

As In The Days Of Noah
Where: Faith
When: 3 months ago [25 Oct 2020 10:00 SLT]

"As the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be." (Matthew 24:37) Compare the days of Noah with our modern times today and you'll notice the striking parallels. The parallels are astounding, and there is no doubt that God's judgment is not far off. Todays' message is about how Jesus was foreshadowed in the Flood narrative, and how the conditons today fit the prophecies. So let us pray that God will draw our hearts unto the things of the Spirit and free us from the bondage of corruption that holds the world in its grip. Todays service will be held at the Ark Exhibit! hop://login.digiworldz.com:8002/Faith/179/190/2010

Dressed for Battle
Ephesians 6:10-18
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
When you wake up in the morning and get ready for the day, you’re probably not thinking about stepping onto a battlefield. But the enemy is all around us, constantly assaulting our heart and mind with temptations, adversities, emotional attacks, and more. And some days, it feels as though we are standing on the front lines of combat with no protection whatsoever.
Therein lies our misunderstanding. You see, we do have protection. The Lord made provision for our nakedness in battle. He hasn’t sent us to war unprotected. Instead, He’s given us a suit of armor that the enemy can’t penetrate—the armor of God.
In today’s passage, the apostle Paul tells us step by step how to prepare for our daily warfare, and yet most Christians don’t pay much attention to the instruction. We may say, “Well, that’s a nice metaphor, but we shouldn’t take it literally. After all, the armor isn’t real.” Yes, it is. It is as real as the clothes on your back.
Do you want to see a dramatic change in your life? Do you want to stand strong in the face of adversity? Do you want to overcome temptation? Then you need to dress for battle.
I challenge you to intentionally put on your spiritual armor every day for the next seven days. Put on one piece at a time—the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth, the sandals of peace, the shield of faith, and the sword of the Spirit. Just try it as you meditate daily on Ephesians 6:10-18, and watch what God will do.

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