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Psalm 150
Oct 06, 2021

Let Everything that has Breath Praise the Lord

In Luke 19:40 Jesus said, “I tell you, if these were
silent, the very stones would cry out.” (ESV)
Yesterday in our worship gathering our worship team
introduced you to Psalm 150 (Praise the Lord). I want
to encourage you to spend some time meditating on
Psalm 150 and listening to this new song.

There is a phrase from the hymn Take My Life, Let It
Be that grips my heart every time I sing it; “Take my
voice and let me sing always only for my King.” You
may not consider yourself a singer, but if you are a
follower of Jesus Christ, you are a worshiper. God is
calling you to use whatever voice you have to worship
Him with every breath you have.

A Psalm of Praise.
150
Praise the Lord!
Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty expanse.
2
Praise Him for His mighty deeds;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness.
3
Praise Him with trumpet sound;
Praise Him with harp and lyre.
4
Praise Him with timbrel and dancing;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe.
5
Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with resounding cymbals.
6
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord! (ESV)

Ryan Leffel
Worship Pastor

 

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Rest For the Soul
Sep 29, 2021
I think many times in life we forget who our real enemy is and that there is a spiritual battle raging all around us. We can read in Ephesians 6:12 that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. What can we do to fight such powerful not to mention invisible foes? How can we, as mere mortals, defeat some enemy who prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour as Satan is described in 1 Peter 5:8? Good news! In the book of Romans, God’s Word also tells us that we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us….. and that NOTHING can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
What encouraging words! So when you are fearful and anxious, you can look to God’s word and find many verses that tell us not to fear and to cast all our anxiety on Him because He cares for us. Ephesians 6:13-18 tells us to put on the full armor of God. In those verses, the Word of God is referred to as the sword of the Spirit…..sounds like we’re at war to me AND that we have weapons at our fingertips if we will use them. We are told to be strong in the Lord and His mighty power and take our stand against the devil’s schemes. That gives me hope to know that God has my back. I just have to stand in His power that He has provided for me and know that He is fighting for me.
In addition to the word of God we also have the powerful tool of prayer!! We just have to realize how truly powerful it is and use that power when we are facing challenges. One problem with being in a battle is that we can get so tired and sometimes discouraged. Reading God’s Word is one thing that lifts us up and worshipping Him is another. Christian music lifts my spirits in an amazing way. It really and truly speaks to my soul. Recently, I was so encouraged by a song I heard. The words just washed over me like a healing rain. I want to share some of the words to that song in hopes that it will minister to you as well. These are some words from the song, Rest For Your Soul, by Austin French.
 
Are you tired and troubled weighed down by a heavy load?
Praying for change, searching for faith, waiting on a miracle?
Are you drowning in questions, can’t believe where the road has led?
There’s one who knows the heavy you hold and He says
Come to me all who are weary and heavy burdened, all who are hurting.
Come to Me, I’ll be your shelter. My yoke is easy my load is light.
And you can find rest for your soul, rest for your soul.
 
I hope that if you are tired from the battle and feeling burdened, you will look to Jesus and find rest for your soul. Here is the link if you would like to listen.
 
Love and Blessings,
 
Belinda
 

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Wisdom
Sep 08, 2021
Have you ever known anyone who claimed to be wise but acted foolishly? True wisdom can be measured by the depths of a person’s character. Just as you can identify a tree by the type of fruit it produces, you can evaluate your wisdom by the way you act.
 
Think about this. We have so many supposed geniuses that are so “intelligent”, yet they deny the existence of God and believe the earth just formed out of nothing… Look at Romans 1:19-25 where it talks about them "professing to be wise but they became fools for rejecting God."
1 Corinthians 1:20 says man’s wisdom is foolishness to God. Chapter 2 says God’s wisdom is foolishness to man. Man’s wisdom comes from reason, while God’s wisdom come from revelation.
Proverbs 9:10 says “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and knowledge of the holy is understanding”
 
James tells us in this passage that there are two sources of wisdom, and we need to be discerning as to where our wisdom comes from.
One type of wisdom comes from God, is pleasing to Him, and good for our lives. And we’ll talk about that second. But the first type of wisdom he speaks of here is worldly wisdom. It does not come from God but instead from the devil. It is not good for our lives and can cause a lot of damage if we listen to it.
 
(Read James 3:13-16)
WORLDLY WISDOM (vs 13-16)
  •  Is from the devil, it comes from hell
  •  It seems right to men and women (Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way which seems right to a person, but it’s end is the way of death”
  •   It is a common thing for people to think they know everything, Satan loves to get people to question God’s word and rely on their own thinking… Genesis 3 (Did God really say don’t eat from the tree? You won’t die, your eyes will be opened and you’ll have knowledge)
  • Worldly wisdom views life from a limited perspective. It looks at the immediate impact—what is best for self-advancement and self-pleasure now. This is dangerous and motivated by self-centered ambition.
  • A wisdom of the world measures everything by how it affects you.
  • “What’s best for me?” is the world’s wisdom
-The world tells us to climb the ladder, achieve your dreams, assert yourselves, promote yourselves, advance yourself, it is all about you… Meanwhile, Jesus tells us to DENY OURSELVES, PUT OTHERS ABOVE OURSELVES, SERVE OTHERS
  • Self-centered ambition is the heart of worldly wisdom and the Bible tells us it is demonic and from Satan
  • Vs 16 says where selfish ambition and jealousy are, there is disorder and every evil thing
 
(Read James 3:17-18
GODLY WISDOM (vs 17-18)
  • Godly wisdom comes from heaven
  • Godly wisdom produces humility
  • For followers of Christ our goal is to bring God glory (which means place Him above every other thing in our lives and on this earth),
-the way we do that is by following Him, and making His name known to everyone (sharing about who He is and why we need Him)
  •  From this passage we learned that the way we bring glory to Him is by seeking Godly wisdom and not worldly wisdom… so how do we do that?
  • You don’t get this wisdom from intellectual efforts or practical experience as much as you get it from being with God. A Godly wisdom sees things from an eternal perspective that can only come from God.
  • Example: we love sports, but does that game really matter in the grand scheme of things. Our goal if we are player or coach should be to make the name of Jesus known to everyone.
 
1.      The first step is receiving Christ as our savior: Jesus Christ is our wisdom- Colossians 2:3 Jesus Christ “In whom all treasures and knowledge are hidden”.
We will not see the need in Godly wisdom if we have not trusted Christ to save us from the wrath to come. That wrath is hell, created for the devil and his demons, but people will go there bc they reject God and say they don’t need Him.
 
2.     The Word of God is also our wisdom- Deut. 4:5-6 “behold I have taught you statutes and judgements…Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations” 
 
 2 Tim 3:15 says the scriptures are able to make us wise unto salvation.
 
3.     We find wisdom in Prayer- James 1:5 says we find wisdom through believing prayer. “If any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God.”
 
Proverbs 2:1-8 speaks about this as well, about us crying out and asking God for His wisdom.
 
Worldly wisdom says, I got this, I’m gonna do me, this seems best for me, it is all self-centered.
 
Godly wisdom says, let me search the scriptures, God I need your help, I want to do what pleases you, please change my mind and perspective if I am seeing this wrong.
 
Jarod

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Surrounded By Brokenness
Sep 02, 2021
“And the word of the LORD of hosts came to me, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts: The fast of the fourth month and the fast of the fifth and the fast of the seventh and the fast of the tenth shall be to the house of Judah seasons of joy and gladness and cheerful feasts. Therefore, love truth and peace. Thus says the LORD of hosts: Peoples shall yet come, even the inhabitants of many cities. The inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, ‘Let us go at once to entreat the favor of the LORD and to seek the LORD of hosts; I myself am going.’ Many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem and to entreat the favor of the LORD. Thus says the LORD of hosts: In those days ten men from the nations of every tongue shall take hold of the robe of a Jew, saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.’”
Zechariah 8:18-23
 
Dear Church,
 
There are times when our lives are surrounded by brokenness, a history of hurts, and difficult seasons. The Jewish people fasted in the fourth, the fifth, the seventh, and the tenth month to commemorate times of brokenness and difficult seasons. However, look at the hope that the good news of God brings! He promises to transform their fasting to feasting. He promises that instead of sorrow, they will experience satisfaction in the Lord. Instead of grief there will be gladness. Instead of sadness there will be joy! The encouragement of the prophet to the people of God is to love truth and peace. Of course, the prophet is ultimately prophesying about the coming of Jesus Christ – the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Jesus is the one that brings peace, in fact, it is His peace He gives to us according to the gospel of John.
 
How do we know this is about Jesus? The Lord, in His grace, is reminding His people that the promise that was given to Abraham, that every nation will be blessed through the seed of Abraham, is about to be fulfilled. The return to Jerusalem in this text is setting up the birth of Jesus, the coming Messiah! Listen to the promise of God, “Thus says the LORD of hosts: Peoples shall come even the inhabitants of many cities. The inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, ‘Let us go at once to entreat the favor of the LORD and to seek the LORD of hosts'.” He goes on to describe “many peoples” and “strong nations” and explains that they will “take hold of the robe of a Jew, saying ‘Let us go with you.’” This picture is that Jesus came first to the Jew then to the Gentile. It’s what Paul is thinking about as he writes, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16). This is good news: Christ has come for everyone!
 
Today, the Lord Jesus has given us the opportunity to celebrate His grace! He has provided for us an opportunity to love truth and peace in Jesus Christ! He is wanting to transform your tragedies into triumphant moments for the glory of God! He is allowing us to have peace in difficult times, because we know the truth of His word and the power of His presence! To the family of Woodmont Baptist Church – stay faithful, there is a wonderful banquet ahead! Stay alert – the enemy wants to steal, kill, and destroy! Stay near the Shepherd – He leads us down paths of righteousness for His name’s sake! Be encouraged – There are “many people” and “many strong nations” that are enduring for the name of Jesus right now! Be prayerful – may God bless His people, and may we remain united in Him!
 
You Are Loved,
 
Chad Hess

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Lite Brite
Aug 24, 2021
"Lite Brite" 
 
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105
 
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12 
 
"You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14 - 16 
 
Woodmont Kids ministry has chosen the theme "Lite Brite" for the 2021 - 2022 school year. Our purpose is to have scripture that drives us for the year as our ministry equips parents and volunteers to point children to Jesus. Obviously as you search scripture the theme of light and darkness is traced from the beginning to end. Our three key verses for the year have been chosen to coincide with Woodmont as a family of faith on mission. 
 
As a Family - Psalm 119:105 - The Word of God as a light and a lamp. We've chosen this verse to drive the way we interact with families as we prioritize Bible skills and Bible memorization. We partner with parents by giving them tools and resources to disciple their children according to Deuteronomy 6. 
 
Through Faith - John 8:12 - As Woodmont exists to make disciples of all nations the primary purpose behind everything we do is disciple making. We pray that children will be drawn to the Lord Jesus by grace through faith. We hope they will follow Jesus and walk in light for all of their days. 
 
On Mission - Matthew 5:14-16 - In all we do, we encourage children and families to be mission minded so that others might see the good deeds and give glory to their Father in heaven. 
 
Please pray for all of our parents, kids, and volunteers as we work to make this year intentional and full of light!
 
Joyfully, 
 
Hope Murphy

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