First Free Will Baptist Church

2565 E 18th ST, Tucson AZ, 85716

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Don't be intimidated

Posted on June 25, 2019 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

I was preparing for the services to start on a sunday and looked to see if there were any messages on the answering machine that needed to be addressed. When I listened to it there was a person who was offended about the idea that we stand true to what the bible says about all things, even things that have been considered alright in this present society and choose to name call in many different vulgar ways. It reminds me of looking at the news and different social media platforms and seeing people simply yelling and name calling instead of having a dialoge. Sadly, even the church in many places has compromised in the idea of getting along and the false narrative that the word doesn't apply today as when it was wrote. There are even some churches that will not even look to go into the old testament because they only concentrate on the new testament, even though things like homosexuality are still sins in both the old and the new testament. All of this bullying and name calling is designed to do one thing and that is to intimidate you in such a way that you will compromise like some churches and christians have done or make you afraid to share the truth of scripture because of fear of the response. So what should one do when confronted with those types of situations? First and foremost stand true to the word of God, after all it is the only way that one should live. Second, love people even if they are yelling at you and cussing you out. Psalms 150 reminds us that everything that has breath should praise the Lord, so when in th situation you should praise God because he has allowed you to go through it and even yell praise the Lord if you want to see a truly interesting response. Mathew chapter 5:11-12 says, "Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be excedding glad:for great is your reward in heaven for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you." There are many different places in the bible that talk about fear and how the Lord is greater in you than anything else in the word, so don't be intimidated trust Jesus and live for God every day. 

D day remembrance

Posted on June 6, 2019 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Looking at all of the D day celebrations going on this 75th anniversary it is good to be able to be reminded of the sacrifice that people made to give the whole world a chance to be free from the socialist, totalitarian, evil German empire that was wrecking havoc on the world and leading 6 million Jewish people to death in concentration camps. It is harder to remember as the years continue to lead to many of the survivors of D day  leaving us and sadly we may not have any who can let us truly understand the idea of sacrifice and dedication. Now there may be some who are here that have no connection to D Day and may be wondering what does it mean to me. You may be going through a battle and the enemyy way seem to powterful and destructive for you to overcome. Let those who died on Omaha beach so that their fellow soldiers could defeat the enemy be a reminder that you can overcome with help. Spiritually, we had a D day that happened over 2000 years ago when Jesus willingly died on a cross for the sins of the wolrd, so that all would have a chance for liberty of the deadliest enemy which has a desire to see all suffer in hell for all eternity. We can experience our own D day when we allow Jesus to be our Savior and Lord and have our old powerless, deserving of hell old person to be dead and new person raised in holiness and righteous found in his place. Let our D day stand for Death of our old sinful life, Dedication to following Jesus, and a Determination by faith to keep marching up that hill because Jesus is marching that hill with you and for you.

God's strength available especially as school is out for the summer

Posted on May 24, 2019 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)
It is that wonderful time of the year for all of the school kids, when they are released from their gilded cages of school and now have to be entertained by their parents. Some are fortunate to have the older children also home to be the summer guardians of the children, while the parents have to work. You look at all the different camps that are out there and start trying to figure out if there is one that you can afford, or sadly some children have to fend for themselves because they are raised in a single parent household and their parents have to work. Then lets not forget the fun aspect of trying to figure out where is the vacation going to be and how to fit it into the schedule that you still have. So, there are a multitude of scenarios that can cause additional stress, which is a great strength stealer. 1 Chronicles 16:11-12 says, "Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually. Remember his marvelous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth." Now this verse was written in response to the Ark of the Covenant being returned to the city of David, which was such a great thing that David danced and appointed people to take care of the Ark. So, with this in view David gives some great advice to make it through when the children triumphantly enter back into the home for a lot longer extended stay then when they were being shipped off to school, unless you are a homeschooler then your parents are already following these keys. 1st-Seek the Lord. if you want true help look unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. 2nd-Seek the Lord's Strength. If you need strength he has more than enough supply and his is the designer of strength so he knows better how to apply it to your life and circumstance. 3rd-Seek his Face continually. The book of Colossians shows us the Jesus is the fullness of the Godhead bodily, so seek his face without ceasing He will be there in your time of need. 4th-Remember is Marvelous works he has done. If you don't have a lot of experience in seeing his marvelous works, cause you haven't allowed him to take control of your life and take away all your since, remember you are as he puts it-have been Fearfully and Wonderfully made-you are one of his Marvelous works. 5th-Remember his wonders and judgements out of his mouth. This is done through getting into his word and allowing his word to get into you. Now you may wonder how this ties into David's experience of the Ark and our experience with the Savior Jesus Christ. The way it does is that the ark entering the city of David has a great view of Jesus entering into our hearts also the Ark spiritually represents Jesus. The tables of the law(Jesus is the Word of God), The Manna that came down from Heaven(Jesus is the Bread of Life), and The Aaron's staff that budded(Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life).

He's Risen

Posted on April 12, 2019 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)
As we come to a very important time of remembrance of Jesus being the "Resurrection and the Life" it is good to check to see the ways that Jesus breathes new life in us every day. Jesus because of his death on the cross and resurrection from the day have made eternal life possible to all who put their faith in him and accept what he did for the sins of our lives and even the sin nature from our birth. Here are a couple ways that Jesus can breath new life into a believer every day. 1st is through his word. 2nd is through the time of fellowship that we experience in prayer with him every day. 3rd is the Holy Spirit that he gives to all believes which literally can make the inward man to be renewed day by day. These are important concepts in the days that we live when there are so many things trying to take away our hope and replace it with fear and uncertainty. Yet, the Lord is avail to breath life into you today even when you can't find enough breath to even utter the word HELP.

Keep Searching

Posted on January 21, 2019 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)
In the book of Luke the fifteenth chapter there are a couple illustrations dealing with things being lost. One is the lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost son. Each one of these show how important and precious when the lost things are found, even so much that heaven rejoices over one lost sinner repenting over the ninety nine just. Now God is not saying that he does not care for the ninety-nine just, but they are already enjoying all the privileges and power associated with having everlasting life through Jesus' death on the cross and resurrection which we receive through faith by his grace. It is one of the main reasons the church is here is to constantly reach out to those who are lost and to treat that quest as the most important and valuable quest(calling) of ones this side of eternity life. It is also a reminder of the extreme measures that God was willing to go through to reach out and find us when we were lost because of sin.

A New Year

Posted on January 2, 2019 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)
It is interesting to see how so many people look towards the new year with a thought about the current and soon to be last year. Some make resolutions, some have parties, others may take the new year as a time to have communion with their significant others. The new year is met sometimes with a dread attached since the previous year may have been difficult. Yet, for the Christian the new year does not start every January 1st it first began the day a person made a commitment to Jesus being their Lord and Savior and from that day on every day is a new year celebration without a look at the previous years because those have been forgotten and thrown under the blood of Jesus never to be brought up again by God. The bible expresses to us that the outward man perishes but the inward man is renewed day by day so every day can be a new day where ones sins are gone, ones record is clear, and every day is a new opportunity to provide to the world a true new year's celebration.

Workable

Posted on October 23, 2018 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)
One thing that is true about life is that a person will have to go through something that they are going to have to "deal with it." Some will try to work around the situation, some will try to make the situation workable. In other words, you will have to come up with a solution to your situation what ever it may be and hope that it will work out in the end. One thing that a person cannot work out or make workable is their eternal account of sin. Many try to make sin workable by simply saying that their sin is not as bad as someone else or that they are generally a nice person so they are sure they are going to heaven. Gracefully, God allowed his son to die on the cross for the sins of the world, so that the power, stink, and consequences of sin can be destroyed for all that call on his name. In other words, He did the work, so that we could enjoy the privilege of working out this new underserved gift of salvation until Jesus comes to take us home with him. A verse I like is John 14:6 "I(Jesus) am the way, the truth, and the Life, no man cometh to the Father, but by me."

Back to School

Posted on July 30, 2018 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)
This is one of the interesting times of life, when the summer is over and all the kids have to go back to school. Some go through the joy of seeing their old friends, while some parents go through joy thinking about the school being responsible for a large chunk of their time, which they have had to do all summer. Some have trepidation since they are going into a different grade and have no idea if any of their friends will be there or if they will have to make it through the recess jungle all by themselves. There may fear for some based on the year of school, or if they have to navigate an entirely different school this year than last year. Some worry about being bullied or having a mean teacher that gives them nothing but homework and keeps them in during the times when they can strengthen or make new friends. There are many Parents who worry about what they are being taught and if they have enough money for supplies or the chance of going to a school that resembles their beliefs and a high standard of learning that leads to success. As you can see there is a big bag of mixed emotions and thoughts surrounding going back to school. As a Christian we understand that we are always in school, being taught through the Word, by the Holy Ghost and our pastors and teachers along the way. The bible says in John 16:13 "Howbeit, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself, but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come." When we are not doing this every day time with God, then it is like taking a summer vacation and the dread of the conviction of God you have been avoiding will finally hit you where you live when you decide to go back to school and spend the first quarter trying to catch up with all that you had missed during your summer. Don't let fear or neglect keep you from going back to school, cause in the end God is still with thee and will help thee to be successful in the things that matter.

being picked by the team

Posted on June 22, 2018 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)
Yesterday, there was a big television event which had millions of people watching to see what would happen. It was the NBA draft. Everyone had an agent that was setting up appointments to meet with teams and show how much they deserved to be picked. The teams looked at the different players seasons, their workouts, interviews, and the teams personal needs, to decide who is the best person to pick for their team. There were many times on television leading up to the draft, where everyone was debating who should or would be the number 1 pick. As history has shown, the one who is picked number 1 is not always the best player, nor has the greatest impact to the national basketball association throughout their careers. Yet, the author cannot remember a time that the GM's would go out and try and find the puniest, most unathletic person to be the star of their team. Obviously, you may be thinking, since their job is to do whatever is necessary for their team to be successful and win the championship. As great as a championship is, it only lasts for one season and the promises of salvation never end, they can only be forfeited by the one who was lucky enough to be picked to be on the everlasting life team. How were they chosen, did they try out for God or have some special skill that God wanted? the answer is no. Jesus died for the whole world, which none of the people could have been picked because of talent or being good. Honestly, were are all( because of sin) the puniest, most unathletic and unworthy people, yet Jesus literally left heaven and made it possible for all to be part of his team by faith. Simply, believing in the Lord Jesus Christ and accepting his invitation to be on his team with all the benefits on earth as well as in heaven.

Being acceptable to God in an unacceptable culture

Posted on April 30, 2018 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)
One of my favorite parts of psalm 19 is verse 14 which states, "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer." One of the reasons that this verse becomes dear to me is that it comes after most of the psalm reminding us about God's perfect judgements and statutes that man are suppose to follow. So, what? you may be saying at this moment. The reason why this is important is that it gives us a clue about how we can live an acceptable life in an unacceptable culture that is doing everything it can to take away our abilities to love and serve God. So here are ways we can live an acceptable life: 1) Recognize who God is in relation to our imperfections 2) Recognize that God has given us his word to help shape the thoughts and intents of our heart 3) When you recognize these things make the right choice to live an acceptable life(This is the biggest hurdle) 4) Be as determined as you are when you choose to show up to work when sick as you should be to consistently live an acceptable Christian life 5) Find a group of believers that life this life so you can learn how to live acceptably.

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