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North Livermore Baptist Church – Lewiston Sun Journal

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NORTH LIVERMORE – At the August 28 North Livermore Baptist Church service, the congregation was greeted by Pastor Bonnie Higgins at 9.30am to begin the service. The call to worship was sung by Lew and Linda Lyman and the invocation/Lord’s prayer was recited. The hymns sung were “What a Wonderful Savior”, “A Child of the King”, and “Living for Jesus”. The service ended with “Go now in peace”. Linda Lyman is the organist each week. Janet Diaz is the pianist each week. Lew Lyman conducts congregational music each week.

The Church had collected school supplies and backpacks for area schools. A blessing on backpacks filled with school supplies was made during the service.

The sermon, titled “The Will of God in My Life” and the scripture reading from Matthew 6:10. Pastor Bonnie began the service by saying that people always seemed to ask ‘what is God’s will for my life.’ She went on to say that we always ask what we are supposed to do and if we are doing what God wants us to do. To begin with, no one will do the will of God unless they are in a relationship with Jesus. The relationship must be there to hear God, His Will in our life.

What is God’s will for everyone? Jesus explained to the disciples what the Will of God was. It is the same for us, as it is for them. The Will of God is that we have a relationship with Him, that we have accepted Jesus as our personal Saviour. God’s will is that we love him and everyone, including our enemies. His Will is also that we obey Him, to spread His gospel message, to align our desires with His Word, and to willingly put God first in our lives. God’s Will and plan for our lives is to glorify God in everything we do, think and speak. We are to be in worship with him daily.

How do we know if we are in the Will of God? Pray, pray, then pray some more. Always ask God first what his will is in any decision we have to make. God gave us agency, but He wants to guide us in all our decisions. This world is ruled by Satan right now, so as Christians we need to talk to God about the direction of our lives. We must read His Word, the Bible, and pray that God will show us His Will through His Word. We must first seek God and not what the world says and does.

There is a saying that “everything happens for a reason”. Does that mean it’s in the Will of God? The answer is no. We must remember that we live in a fallen world and sometimes Christians do what they want and forget to live what God intended. We are the ones who screw up God’s plans for our lives. God has the perfect plan for our lives, but we choose not to follow his path and take the path that feels right to us. Because of this, we find ourselves in bad situations, out of the Will of God. But our God is a forgiving God and He will put us back on the right path for our lives, the path that leads to Him. Everything happens for a reason is usually said when a person is not in the Will of God and has chosen a path that is heading towards disaster and people believe the saying because they don’t want to take the blame for it. not seeking the Will of God for their life.

The Bible tells us that Jesus did the Will of God. Do you remember the garden the night before Jesus was crucified? Jesus asked his Father to take the cup away from him if it was God’s will. It was not in the Will of God because Jesus was crucified and resurrected so that we could have hope in eternity. In John 6:38 it says “For I came down from heaven, not to do my will, but the will of him who sent me”, Jesus said that his life on earth depended on the will of his Father to him. Jesus came to earth to do His Father’s Will for each of us. He didn’t come to do what He wanted to do; Jesus came to obey his Father.

In our scripture, the goal is not for God to do our will, but for us to do God’s Will, “Thy will be done”. God’s Will is for all men to have a relationship with Him through the saving blood of Jesus Christ and know the truth of His Word and spend eternity with Him.

The announcements in the bulletin were that the congregation will be collecting canned corn for the pantry in September. Bible study is Tuesday at 1 p.m. Upcoming Events: September 3 – Deacon/Trustee meetings, September 18 – Church BBQ. AA meetings are held on Friday evenings at the church.

For more information, see our website at northlivermorebaptistchurch.org. You can email the church at [email protected] Pastor Bonnie’s office hours are Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon.