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“Deuteronomy” literally means “words”.

I wanted to post a couple of words and the book of words.

Have you ever wondered how you are going to get from point A to point B….or how we get from here to there?

I know a lot of people who are always on on journey to a “place called there”.

They are “here” but they are always trying to get “there”. Once they reach “there” they realized again they need to get to another place called “there”.

Here are some words about getting from here to there out of Deuteronomy.

A land in which you…shall…lack nothing.” Deuteronomy 8:9 AMP

When God delivered the Israelites from slavery He did it in stages:

First: He brought them out of the land of ‘not enough.’

As slaves in Egypt without power, they were forced to depend on Pharaoh for everything. And when you have to keep relying on anyone but God, you’re not really free. God won’t allow you to get ‘hooked’ on anybody but Him. Elijah was living happily by a stream in the middle of a famine. Ravens brought him meat each day. What an arrangement! But one day the ravens didn’t show up and the brook dried up. What happened? God dried up the brook to drive him back to the source! Regardless of who God uses – He alone is the source of all you need.

Second: He brought them through the wilderness of ‘just enough.’

God provided them with manna – just enough for each day. Now it’s no fun struggling to barely get by. But we tend to appreciate what we had to struggle for, and we learn to trust God more. Plus, living through seasons of ‘just enough’ builds into us a tenacity to keep moving toward better things.

Third: He brought them into the land of ‘more than enough.’

God described Israel’s future home as “a land in which you shall lack nothing.” God’s ultimate goal for you is abundance – in all areas of life! Is that so you’ll have more than the next guy? No! God told Abraham, “I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing” (Ge 12:2 NIV). Having status and success means being positioned to bless others and fulfill God’s agenda for your life.

Enjoy the journey from here to there.

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Arizona Cardinals, Football, Kurt Warner

Kurt Warner Retires

Brenda and I made it a date at our favorite eating establishment here in Prescott to watch Kurt Warner announce his retirement today.

So the Office had all the TV’s turned up and Kurt gave thanks to God, his family and his team mates for the amazing journey they helped him attain.

A man of deep faith who carried a Bible to each post-game news conference, Warned walked away with a year left on a two-year, $23 million contract, knowing he still had the skills to play at the highest level.

“It’s been an amazing ride,” Warner said. “I don’t think I could have dreamt it would have played out like it has, but I’ve been humbled every day that I woke up the last 12 years and amazed that God would choose to use me to do what he’s given me the opportunity to do.”

Great job Kurt on and off the field – you have been seemless.

Thanks for the amazing games Brenda and I have enjoyed these past 12 seasons.

“If you’re going to go out, go out on top.” – Kurt Warner

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Ministry

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I just received this email from our clothing bank volunteers and I thought I would spread the news.

“Hi Pastor,

Just wanted to give you some statistics for our food and clothing bank for 2009.  I am not sure when our yearly meeting will taking place, but this could be some
positive information for the church as to what we are doing in the community.

TOTAL VISITORS TO CLOTHING BANK:    JANUARY-DECEMBER 2009 –  267 families, each family consisted of 3 or more people within the household.  Most of  the families had 5 or more people within their household

FOOD BANK:    25 families were given food thru our bank when we began to give it out on Thursdays.  Not sure how many were given out on Sundays, I was not involved in that program

Prescott First is doing a good work for the Lord- Praise God.
Be encouraged, we are praying for you

Evelyn, Frances, Esther, Helen, Carol
Servants”

These amazing ladies serve people every Thursday and they are to be thanked and appreciated.

“I needed clothes and you clothed me.” Matthew 25:36

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church family, family, Ministry

Jacob Baudek – Safe In The Arms Of God

I just wanted to post the details and times for Jacob Baudek’s Funeral.

Also, here is a link to the interview with Jacob’s father David from azfamily.com.

http://www.azfamily.com/home/Father-of-boy-swept-away-by-floodwater-talks-to-3TV-82556602.html

If you would like to help the Baudek family, a bank account has been set up at Wells Fargo. The account number is 5944475937.

The Funeral will be held at:

Prescott First Assembly of God church

1455 Willow Creek Road

Prescott, Arizona 86301

11:00 AM January 29th.

For directions go to http://www.prescott1st.com or go to http://www.google.com and go to maps and type in 1455 willow creek road Prescott Arizona  86301.

We come together to support and remember.

Steve Lummer (lead pastor Prescott First Assembly)

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18Wherefore comfort one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 (niv)

Recommended Resource: Safe in the Arms of God: Words from Heaven About the Death of a Child by John MacArthur



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Sharing The Table

Tonight we begin a new venture at Prescott First Assembly called Sharing The Table.

This is a time to do church the Primal way.

By primal, I mean we are attempting to strip away the clutter of formalities we have piled up on the church for the last 2000  years. (not us personally but you know what I mean.)

Tonight’s gathering will be Acts 2:42-47 driven.

Worship

Fellowship

Discipleship

It is simple – It is primal  – and it is real.

Bring your favorite dish and come together with people to share the table and celebrate Baptism 7:00 PM

Here are the Sharing The Table dates for 2010

January 25th,  March 31st,  June 3oth,  September 29th, December 29th.

See you at the table.

Steve (lead pastor PFA)

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Just sayin'

KEEPER OF THE VINEYARDS

“They made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept”. Song of Solomon 1:6

Do you think it is possible that we can become so caught up in doing things for other people that we neglect our own lives? Let me be a little more personal. Can we become so caught up in looking after others, that our relationship with God and our relationship with our own family suffers from neglect? The Bible says in Song of Solomon 1:6 (KJV), “They have made me the keeper of vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept”.

Let’s be honest here for a minute. People who have conviction and take responsibility for others, more often than we would like to admit, get too busy caring for everyone else and can end up neglecting their own lives.

If  we are not careful we can end up buried in everyone’s  “situations” like the guy in Proverbs 24 – “The vineyard ….I saw that it was overgrown with nettles. It was covered with weeds, and its walls were broken down. “

No one wants to be in that situation.

STAYING FREE FROM THE BARRENNESS OF THE BUSY LIFE:

1. Get rid of the WEEDS by planting some SEEDS.

2. Rebuild the WALL with some BOUNDARIES .

3. CULTIVATE the fruit and enjoy some of it YOURSELF.

Here is a classic closing scripture to let you know just how easy it can happen.

1 Corinthians 9:27 tells it like this. – Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! 25 All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 26 So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. 27 I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.

Amazing isn’t it? Even some spiritual heavy hitters realized the importance of keeping it all in order.

Just one more short illustration from a spiritual giant. I love the story Leonard Ravenhill tells about a group of tourists visiting a picturesque village who walk by an old man sitting beside a fence. In a rather patronizing way, one tourist asked, “Were any great men born in this village?” The old man replied, “Nope, only babies.” A frothy question brought a profound answer. There are no instant heroes–whether in this world or in the kingdom of God. Growth takes time and effort…

Don’t neglect your own vineyard while taking care of everyone else.

“They made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept”. Song of Solomon 1:6

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Feeling Forsaken?

Does it seem like God has left you alone in this world?

Are you close to giving up because you feel like you’ve failed so many times? Does it seem like God has left you alone in this world? Do the promises in the Bible seem empty and broken to you?

These are the types of feelings, doubt and discouragement that Satan our enemy uses to defeat us from really exhibiting the abundant life during turbulent times. Ironically, it is in these times of adversity that we are able to shine the brightest for our Lord and He for us. Anybody can smile and be happy when things are going well!

The faith of the true Believer grows with every season of adversity encountered. As we mature and learn more about Jesus and His love through the trials of adversity, we can joyfully profess to others- “

Don’t quit now because God has said,  “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

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