Living Heaven on Earth - Doing the Bible

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In these troubled times we wonder how are we to live as believers, as followers and disciples of our Lord Jesus.  Pastor Don gives us the secret.  And the choir follows with a heart-felt response.

LIVING HEAVEN ON EARTH:
DOING THE BIBLE

Matthew 6:9-10 (ESV)

9 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Malachi 2:10 (MSG)

10 Don’t we all come from one Father? Aren’t we all created by the same God? So why can’t we get along? Why do we desecrate the covenant of our ancestors that binds us together?

Ephesians 3:14-15 (ESV)
Prayer for Spiritual Strength

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.

Revelation 5:8-9 (ESV)
8 And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.

Revelation 7:9-10 (ESV)
9 After this I looked and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”

John 13:34-35 (ESV)

34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

John 17:20-23 (ESV)

20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

22 The glory that you have given me, I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.

Philippians 2:1-3 (ESV)
Christ’s Example of Humility
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affections and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

WE MUST HAVE MORE OF THE
POWER OF THE SPIRIT

Acts 1:18 (ESV)

8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

Acts 6:4-8 (ESV)

4 “But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” 5 And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicalaus.

How Then Shall We Live?

EEF experienced a very moving service on the Sunday following the Charlottesville VA events of this weekend.  Makeda McCreary called us to worship;  Erin Rose, one of our teaching pastors, pours out her heart in response to that time as well as giving us the hope in Jesus instead of the despair that comes without Him. The sermon was followed by a stirring community prayer time for direction and boldness to testify to the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The videos for the service can be found on the EEF YouTube Page

Psalm 27 (NKJV)

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked came against me
To eat up my flesh,
My enemies and foes,
They stumbled and fell.
Though an army may encamp against me,
My heart shall not fear;
Though war may rise against me,
In this I will be confident.

One thing I have desired of the Lord,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord,
And to inquire in His temple.
For in the time of trouble
He shall hide me in His pavilion;
In the secret place of His tabernacle
He shall hide me;
He shall set me high upon a rock.

And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me;
Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice!
Have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
When You said, “Seek My face,”
My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”
Do not hide Your face from me;
Do not turn Your servant away in anger;
You have been my help;
Do not leave me nor forsake me,
O God of my salvation.
When my father and my mother forsake me,
Then the Lord will take care of me.

Teach me Your way, O Lord,
And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.
Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries;
For false witnesses have risen against me,
And such as breathe out violence.
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.

Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!

Andy & Rachel Graham - Spirit Pour Out

Spirit pour out and flood this city
Heaven come down and shake the walls
Fill us Lord the world is waiting
Father let your kingdom come
Come restore generations of desolation
Bind up the poor and broken heart
Plant and sow, till and grow what time has ravaged
Break down the walls of race and war
Spirit pour out and flood this city
Heaven come down and shake the walls
Fill us Lord the world is waiting
Father let your kingdom come

God we seek the peace and welfare of our city
Prosper redeem her as your own
That all would see your glory here in greater measure
Through us your church your kingdom come

You are the God builds
You are the one who saves
You are the God who prospers
Evil has no claim
You are the God builds
You are the one who saves
You are the God who prospers
Fervently we pray

Ephesians 6: 10-17 (NIV)

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For 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. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Tending the Garden of Your Mind

Following a Christian hip-hop song by our summer music interns, Erin Rose, our worship and teaching pastor, delivers another powerful word from the scripture about guarding our minds in Philippians 4:8.  

Here are the words from the song, You've Been Faithful by Eddie James

As I look back over my life
I can see how Your love has guided me
Even though I've done wrong
You never left me alone
But You forgave me
And You kept on blessing
This I recall to my mind
Therefore I have hope
It's because of Your mercy that we are not consumed
Because thy compassions fail not,
They are new every morning
Great is Thy faithfulness

You've been, Lord You've been so faithful


I can never repay You Lord for what You done for me
How You loosed my shackles and you set me free.
How You made a way out of no way
Turned my darkness into day
You've been my joy in the time of sorrow
Hope for my tomorrow
Peace in the time of storm
Strength when I'm weak and worn

Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

The Earth Shall Know - by Urban Doxology

Let us come on one accord
To lift up praises to our King
There is splendor and power all around Him

We will gather all together
Every nation, tribe, creed and color
Put our differences aside
And let our Father be glorified

And the earth shall know His name
And the earth will sing His praise
And all of the earth shall see
The grace of our God
Of our God

Though our appearances change
We are all the same
Saved in Jesus' name
We've been washed by the blood of the Lamb
For by Him we were created in His image
In His name
And through grace His grace
We are called to change
Communities together healing people
Meeting needs
Giving honor to our King

And the earth shall know His name
And the earth will sing His praise
And all of the earth shall see
The grace of our God
Of our God

Heal the land
Meet the need
Set the captives free

The Whole Gospel to Every Man, Woman, and Child - Acts 8 - Philip Obeys

David Bailey, one of our EEF Elders, encourages us to let Jesus overcome our cultural, economic and other differences to love all people and bring them to our Lord.  His message is proceeded  by our sister Richetta Armstead, who is actively evangelizing on the streets of Church Hill.  And in addition, you can listen to the wonderful worship songs by the music interns along with our worship team.  

Here are the slides that Richetta talked about:

PRAISES AND MIRACLES

  1. An EEF member received a new car for commuting.
  2. Cancers are in remission or surgically removed on several individuals.
  3. Deliverance from alcohol, drugs, and substances.  Several males were admitted to the Healing Place or the VA Drug Program.
  4. Financial blessings were received.
  5. The homeless found shelter, apartments, and homes.  Not sleeping on the streets.
  6. A prostitute received her wings.  God freed her from her heroin bondage on “T” street.
  7. Male delivered from sleepless nights, after a 15 year span because of a demon spirit.
  8. Two attempted suicides stopped through prayer in person & over the phone.
  9. Baked spaghetti dinners prepared….30 plus.
  10. EEF calling cards distributed…200 plus.
  11. Carepacks distributed…500 plus.
  12. Floor fans donated and distributed…5 total.
  13. Family relationships healed and abusive partners removed from homes.

Acts 8:26-40 (NIV)

Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”

Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.

“How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading:

“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,
    and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
In his humiliation he was deprived of justice.
    Who can speak of his descendants?
    For his life was taken from the earth.”

The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.

As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.

The Seaside Story

The pillar of cloud had led the people out of Egypt, becoming a pillar of fire by night to give them light.  When Pharaoh and his army pursued the Israelites, the “angel of God who was going before the host of Israel moved and went behind them, and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them, coming between the host of Egypt and the host of Israel…” Exodus 14:19-20a.  

We need to remember that the same God that directs us also protects us.  If we cannot see the  pillar of fire before us, when it has moved out of our sight to the back, we can be confident that God is still working even in the dark.  We need to remember who he is and that he is working, even when when all we see is darkness.

Exodus 13:17-22(ESV)

When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near. For God said, “Lest the people change their minds when they see war and return to Egypt.” But God led the people around by the way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea. And the people of Israel went up out of the land of Egypt equipped for battle. Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for Joseph had made the sons of Israel solemnly swear, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones with you from here.” And they moved on from Succoth and encamped at Etham, on the edge of the wilderness. And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night. The pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night did not depart from before the people.

Exodus 14:19-22

Then the angel of God who was going before the host of Israel moved and went behind them, and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them, coming between the host of Egypt and the host of Israel. And there was the cloud and the darkness. And it lit up the night without one coming near the other all night.

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.

Fatherhood - A Message by Don Coleman at Celebration Church

Mark 9:14-29English Standard Version (ESV)

And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them. And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed and ran up to him and greeted him. And he asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute.And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood.And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”

Percy and Angie Strickland Exhort Us In Their Farewell Message

Percy and Angie Strickland and their children are leaving Richmond to a new community in South Carolina after serving here in the East End for the last 17 years.  They founded the Church Hill Activities and Tutoring (CHAT) non-profit that serves over 200 kids in this area, and Angie has served wonderfully as the head doctor of the local hospital's emergency room.

Here are slides used in the message:

1. No act of compassion is ever wasted.  Not even one.

2. Fun is an onramp to joy and the joy of the Lord is our strength.

3. A people of the resurrection are always known by their hope.

4. We all use more grace than we deserve, so give more that seems reasonable to others.

5. The harvest is plentiful/overwhelming - get in the field!

6. There is no substitute for the will of God