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This is our online worship service for today, Easter Sunday April 12th.
Opening Prayer: Wes Smith.
First Music Offering: “Nobody,” Casting Crowns with Matthew West.
Second Music Offering: “Hallelujah,” Kelley Mooney
Third Music Offering: “One Day,” Cochren & Co.
Fourth Music Offering: “Best News Every,” Mercy Me.
Communion: Dana Smith
Today’s message: “Hope is Alive,” Wes Smith.
Closing Prayer: Ken Smith.
SERMON NOTES – April 12th, 2020
Hope Is Alive
1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish?
2 My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest
How should we respond when we find ourselves in situations where we feel alone, anxious, or forsaken?
The words Jesus spoke on the cross were actually taken from Psalm 22. In many ways, this Psalm is about Jesus, but it also provides us with three step we can follow when we feel alone:
1. Be honest with God about how you’re feeling.
Relationships start with being real. So if you’re feeling forsaken by God, tell Him that. Ask God your questions, and prepare your heart to hear his answers. You might not like what He has to say but remember, you asked the question.
Tell Him what you’re feeling. But remember feeling are always real but there not always right and despite what some in today’s world would like to tell you they’re not always facts.
2. Give God glory always.
Our feelings don’t change the fact that God is worthy of being worshiped. In fact, it’s often through worship that we discover the cure for our worry. When we focus on who God is, our perspective eventually shifts—even if our situation doesn’t.
3. Remind God of his promises.
Throughout Psalm 22, David basically tells God, “I know who You are. And since You’re always true to character, deliver me like You’ve delivered Your people before me.” Reminding God of his promises is not only an act of faith, but it also helps us remember the faithfulness of God’s character.
Ultimately, God’s faithfulness was personified when Jesus was crucified. Jesus willingly suffered alone on the cross so that we could experience eternal companionship with God. Jesus is the prophetic fulfillment of Psalm 22.
And, because He endured separation from God, we never have to.
Through Jesus we know that Hope is truly Alive.
In closing I ask that you would pray for each other and look after each other as we have been instructed by Christ to do.
Mark 12:30-31 (NIV)
30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.
31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
Never forget, God is in you and with you always. He will never forget you, He will never turn away.
In all things I ask that you please go to God in prayer first. Prayer does work
He is listening and remember, God Loves You No Matter What!
ANNOUNCEMENTS & EVENTS for the week of
Wednesday, 6pm – Not Your Mama’s Bible Study will be available online @ RealHopeInChrist.com. We hope to resume in church meetings Wednesday, April 30th but will adhere to the guidelines set forth by local and national health departments.
Billy Graham, “Heaven.” Heaven features inspiring real-life stories intertwined with never-before seen footage of Mr. Graham talking about heaven, filmed at his North Carolina mountain home.
We never know what we truly believe until it’s a matter of life and death. Billy Graham, along with firefighter Cheyane Caldwell and Laurie Coombs, a young woman forced to face the reality of death, share the Gospel message, and what really happens when we die.
Text to Tithe: Due to a number of requests for a more “modern” way to tithe, Text to Tithe has been created. It’s safe, fast, and secure. Just text the word, “give” to (786) 288-0839 and follow the link. Thanks!
We thank you for joining with us in worshiping our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We hope that you enjoyed our service today and encourage you seek God in everything that you do.
At Real Hope In Christ our purpose is to love the Lord our God with all of our hearts and with all of our souls and with all of our minds.
Our focus begins with all the people of Citrus County and by the Grace of God we will:
Gather together to worship and celebrate God,
Grow in our knowledge and faith,
Give in love and,
Go out into the world to shine brightly with the light of salvation from our Savior Jesus Christ and tell the world what we know is true; God Loves You No Matter What!
We boldly ask God to help us shake the Earth and touch the Heavens!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.
We look forward to seeing you again. Thank you and May God bless you!