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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

Wednesday Night Bible Study





BIBLICAL FACTS ABOUT PRAYER AND SOVEREIGNTY PART TWO:  THE HEART AND PURPOSE OF PRAYER AND THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD.

ACTS 4:23-31

  1. 1.   Confidence in God’s sovereignty – the true foundation for prayer. 23-28
  1. 2.   Asking for the right things – the true test of prayer. 29-30
  1. 3.The felt realization of God’s presence and power – the true answer to prayer. 31
 
 
 
1A      Believers in both the OT Scriptures and the NT Scriptures had no problem believing in both the absolute sovereignty of God and the necessity of prayer.     

  The early church had no problem with the sovereignty of God in their plight

A REAL SPIRITUAL BLESSING AT RIVERS OF JOY

WE HAD A WONDERFUL SPIRITUAL FILLED NIGHT AT RIVERS OF JOY LAST SUNDAY NIGHT.  
Three great specials







Dealing With Non Believers


DEALING WITH THOSE NON BELIEVERS




John Piper notes:

"Whenever a Christian converses with a non-Christian about the truth of the faith, every request of the non-Christian for the proof of Christianity should be met with an equally serious request for proof for the non-Christian's philosophy of life. Otherwise we get the false impression that the Christian worldview is tentative and uncertain, while the more secular worldviews are secure and sure, standing above the need to give a philosophical and historical accounting of themselves. But that is not the case. Many people who demand that Christians produce proof of our claims do not make the same demand upon themselves....If the Christian must produce proof, so must others." (Desiring God [Sisters, Oregon: Multnomah Books, 1996], pp. 273-274)

SUNDAY NIGHT AT RIVERS OF JOY BAPTIST CHURCH

SUNDAY NIGHT AT RIVERS OF JOY SEPTEMBER 26, 2010
I will have later this week
Bob and Saundra Temple singing video
Bill and Johnny singing video



Bill Bower getting ready for Singing
Bill Bower getting ready to teach the Adult Bile Fellowship Class Ephesians 4

Bob and Saundra Temple getting ready to sing Sunday Night-
Bob and Saundra on their 1st wedding anniversary night at church
We do like to have good fellowship
Charity just can't keep her eyes open and this was the 8th take.

The New Old religions of SELF-ISM


1A THE NEW OLD RELIGION; SELF
1. The keystone of modern selfism: the psychological theory of individuation
a. THE INDIVIDUATION PROCESS:
i. It is an experience that could be formulated as the discovery of the divine in yourself, or the discovery of the totality of your Self.

2. The gospel according to ego:
a. It is a structure that orders your psychological qualities, so you can make sense of yourself and your actions. It gives you a sense of uniqueness, but know that we all have that in common.
b. The leading preacher of the gospel according to ego: Psychologist
3. To allow one's personal plan or purpose to be derailed or changed is a cardinal sin in the religion of selfism.
a. No one messes with me, I’m doing things my way, and that’s how it’s going to be.” If you want to keep your head, keep a respectful distance.
4. People are terrified of any Divine power that moves through them.
a. Terrified of love. Relationship. Commitment. Loyalty. Devotion. They are terrified because, thanks to selfist dogma, all those things seem likely to compromise self-separation, self-power, self-purpose.
5. "I do my thing and you do yours. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, then it is beautiful. If not, it can't be helped."

6. And don't forget the self-improvement (or human potential) game, which became the bread and butter of pop-psychology. Self-improvement focused primarily on personal power, and secondarily, on personal purpose. "Have the life you want to have. Become the person you want to be."
a. Self-purposes. These are classics of the genre: "As a Man Thinketh," by James Allen. "Think and Grow Rich," by Napoleon Hill. "How to Win Friends and Influence People," by Dale Carnegie. "The Power of Positive Thinking," by Norman Vincent Peale.
7. AN UNHOLY ALLIANCE: SELFISM AND SPIRITUALITY
a. The two married and produced a monster child -- selfist spirituality, a blend of traditional spiritual goals and purely egotistical purposes.
b. Spirituality for personal power and fulfillment of personal purposes
c. Spirituality for personal separateness and self-protection
8. HAVE-IT-YOUR-WAY SPIRITUALITY. THE AGE OF SELFISM
a. The spiritual vacation. Committed selfists can't have a teacher -- not in a deep-in sense
b. Anymore, acceptable means of spiritual growth must allow you to exploit them and still be a rugged individualist.
9. DESIGN-YOUR-OWN-RETREAT-HAVE IT YOUR OWN WAY BURGER.
a. Two hundred and fifty-six possible ways to tailor your spiritual life to your personal requirements.
10. SPIRITUALITY GOES EAST: SPREAD THE GOSPEL OF THE EAST; “GO WITHIN, AND FIND THE TRUTH.” Yoga

Spirituality is God's way, not your way

This morning at Rivers of Joy Baptist Church, Minford, Ohio, I spoke from Romans 3:24. This is part one: The Introduction. The Religions of Self-ism.

PRAY BECAUSE GOD IS SOVEREIGN


If God Is Sovereign,[i] Why Pray?

The de[ii]sign of prayer. Why has God appointed that we should pray?

Ø  The vast majority of people would reply, In order that we may obtain from God the things which we need. While this is one of the purposes of prayer it is by no means the chief one. Moreover, it considers prayer only from the human side, and prayer sadly needs to be viewed from the Divine side. Let us look, then, at some of the reasons why God has bidden us to pray.
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Ø  First and foremost, prayer has been appointed that the Lord God Himself should be honored. God requires we should recognize that He is, indeed, "the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity" (Isa. 57:15). God requires that we shall own His universal dominion: in petitioning God for rain Elijah did but confess His control over the elements; in praying to God to deliver a poor sinner from the wrath to come we acknowledge that "salvation is of the LORD" (Jonah 2:9); in supplicating His blessing on the Gospel unto the uttermost parts of the earth we declare His rulership over the whole world.
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Ø  In the second place, prayer is appointed by God for our spiritual blessing, as a means for our growth in grace. When seeking to learn the design of prayer, this should ever occupy us before we regard prayer as a means for obtaining the supply of our need. Prayer is designed by God for our humbling. Prayer, real prayer, is a coming into the Presence of God, and a sense of His awful majesty produces a realization of our nothingness and unworthiness. Again; prayer is designed by God for the exercise of our faith. Faith is begotten in the Word (Rom. 10:8), but it is exercised in prayer; hence, we read of "the prayer of faith." Again; prayer calls love into action. Concerning the hypocrite the question is asked, "Will he delight himself in the Almighty? Will he always call upon God?" (Job 27:10). But they that love the Lord cannot be long away from Him, for they delight in unburdening themselves to Him. Not only does prayer call love into action but through the direct answers vouchsafed to our prayers our love to God is increased-"I love the LORD, because He hath heard my voice and my supplications" (Psa. 116:1). Again; prayer is designed by God to teach us the value of the blessings we have sought from Him, and it causes us to rejoice the more when He has bestowed upon us that for which we supplicate Him.
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Ø  Third, prayer is appointed by God for our seeking from Him the things which we are in need of. But here a difficulty may present itself to those who have read carefully the previous chapters of this book. If God has foreordained, before the foundation of the world, everything which happens in time, what is the use of prayer? If it is true that "of Him and through Him and to Him are all things" (Rom. 11:30), then why pray? Ere replying directly to these queries it should be pointed out how that there is just as much reason to ask, What is the use of me coming to God and telling Him what He already knows? Wherein is the use of me spreading before Him my need, seeing He is already acquainted with it? as there is to object, What is the use of praying for anything when everything has been ordained beforehand by God? Prayer is not for the purpose of informing God, as if He were ignorant (the Saviour expressly declared "for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask Him"-Matt. 6:8), but it is to acknowledge He does know what we are in need of. Prayer is not appointed for the furnishing of God with the knowledge of what we need, but is designed as a confession to Him of our sense of need. In this, as in everything, God's thoughts are not as ours. God requires that His gifts should be sought for. He designs to be honored by our asking, just as He is to be thanked by us after He has bestowed His blessing

"Lord, teach us to pray" (Luke 11:1).

BIBLICAL PRAYER:[iii]

Let me make three clear statements that define biblical prayer. They will show us why real prayer is so difficult for us. We often try to get God to agree with what we want instead of honestly seeking to know and bow to His sovereign will.
1. True prayer is a frank admission that God is sovereign. When we really pray we admit that the thing is in God's hands alone. We are saying that tomorrow, and all it brings, is not under our control but under His control. It is in His hands and not ours.
2. Prayer is a joyful surrender to God's sovereign purposes. We are acknowledging that God has the right and power to do whatever seems good to Him. We are saying that regardless of what God does tomorrow, we know it is part of the "all things" in Rom ans 8:28.
3. Prayer is earnestly pleading with God for grace to glorify Him regardless of what He does. We are really saying, "Father, give me grace to trust you and act like your child whether you say yes or no."
Prayer is ASKING, not TELLING God what to do.
Real prayer must be seen as asking, but we cannot see it in this light until we realize that God has every right to say no. When prayer is understood biblically, it is seen to be an attitude as well as an act. It involves the response of the heart to revealed truth as well as words of petition. Let me mention a few things that prayer is not.
 
1.   Prayer is not giving God advice and telling Him what to do, when to do it, and who to use to accomplish it. All of this is to treat God as if He had no plan of His own to resolve the problem.

2.   Prayer is not giving God information that He did not have before we prayed and gave it to Him. Have you ever "prayed" and carefully explained to God exactly what was happening, and when you were finished you felt, "Now God really understands what i s going on and will be in a position to see the wisdom of my advice!" How conceited can we be?


[i] The Sovereignty of God. What do we mean by this expression? We mean the supremacy of God, the kingship of God, the god-hood of God. To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that God is God. To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that He is the Most High, doing according to His will in the army of Heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth, so that none can stay His hand or say unto Him what doest Thou? (Dan. 4:35). To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that He is the Almighty, the Possessor of all power in Heaven and earth, so that none can defeat His counsels, thwart His purpose, or resist His will (Psa. 115:3). To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that He is "The Governor among the nations" (Psa. 22:28), setting up kingdoms, overthrowing empires, and determining the course of dynasties as pleaseth Him best. To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that He is the "Only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords" (1 Tim. 6:15). Such is the God of the Bible. http://www.reformed.org/books/pink/

The Sovereignty of the God of Scripture is absolute, irresistible, infinite. When we say that God is Sovereign we affirm His right to govern the universe which He has made for His own glory, just as He pleases. We affirm that His right is the right of the Potter over the clay, i. e., that He may mold that clay into whatsoever form He chooses, fashioning out of the same lump one vessel unto honor and another unto dishonor. We affirm that He is under no rule or law outside of His own will and nature, that God is a law unto Himself, and that He is under no obligation to give an account of His matters to any.