October 17, 2021
Last week we finished with the Gospel of John. But as we mention in this week's sermon, please do not ever be "done" with John. Let this gospel go with you all the days of your life. Refer back to it often to remind you of how awesome God is, and how He keeps His promises to believers in His Son, Christ. Remember why John wrote his gospel...
John 20:31 - but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.
This week we began a new sermon series, Portraits of Bible Characters. We begin our journey in these fascinating people of the Bible with Genesis 22:1-18, Abraham - Faithful Obedience. As we progress through this series, let us keep at the forefront of our minds that God is PERFECT and ALWAYS GOOD, yet He uses imperfect, flawed human beings to accomplish His perfect will.
So we will not just look at all the "good" traits of these characters, but also their sinful traits as well. And we will discover that God can make "good stuff" our of flawed people.
We pray that you will invite Jesus into your life and make Him Lord of your life. If you need to pray about this with someone please call Pastor Harvey at 323-316-7131 and he will be glad to pray with you.
Here is a reminder of our church building Sunday schedule..
9 am - Highland Park Christian Church adult and children's Sunday School
10 am - Highland Park Christian Church main worship service
12 noon - Iglesia Evangélica Génesis main worship service
2:30 pm - Iglesia De Dios Pentecostal M.I. main worship service
Let us pray for you. Just send an email to us and we will add you to our online prayer list.
We will continue to prepare these online worship pages for you.
We will continue to keep uploading the sermon and providing the YouTube versions of the songs that we sang during worship. Even if you cannot join us, we'd still like to pray for you.
We'd Love to Pray with and for You!
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This weekend we have prepared a worship page for you that includes...
We have great YouTube versions of Christian Hymns and contemporary songs that we sang today...
Pastor Harvey began our sermon series Portraits of Bible Characters with a message about faith, obedience and fulfilled promises in Genesis 22:1-18, Abraham, Faithful Obedience.
We hope this continues to bless YOU and draws you closer to God.
Remember, Denise and I are a phone call away if you want to pray together or just chat.
(Also remember that God is NOT far away, He has promised that He would never leave us - can I get an "Amen"!)
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Thanks for all of your support!
For Him and His Kingdom,
Pastors Harvey & Denise
Pastor Denise is now meeting LIVE with the children - come join her in Sunday school every Sunday at 9:00 am. Sing, Pray and learn about God.
Also we are meeting LIVE for Adult Sunday School every Sunday at 9:00 am
right now we are studying the writings of John. Please join us!
And Now It's Time to Worship Christ
Prayer Requests from Sunday, October 3, 2021
Al - Keep him in prayer this week this week for his eye recovery.
Harvey/Denise - Pray for Pastor Larry Field for continued improvement as he continues to recover from COVID-19. Pray also for Stan Moore, recovering from an illness. Pray for Harvey's friend, Jason who has stage4 colon cancer. Pray for his parents, also.
Pray for our Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes and their safe delivery and the children that will be receiving them.
Ericka - Pray for her dad and her friend Gina's dad who is now in hospice.
Bryan - Unspoken
Marlene - Pray for Tammy who is in the hospital and Pam and Debbie for continued prayer. Pray for Dorothy, a friend, who is recovering from a fall. Her hip was fractured, pray for the Lord's mercy upon her.
Dorothy - Pray for a special request and continue to pray for Francisca and here two children.
Randall - Pray for his daughter Pauline, for healing and relief for her left knee.
Margarito - Praise that his kidney diagnosis has stabilized and for continued progress.
Marcus - Wade, a friend of his needs prayer for a personal issue.
Michelle -Pray for her sister Joanna, who is battling uterine cancer and also pray for her as she undergoes a legal battle.
And Now It's Time to Worship Christ
Lead Me to Calvary
artist: Hymn Charts
I Will Serve Thee
Artist: Soul'd Out Quartet
Operation Christmas Child Update
Al Packing Party - Saturday, October 23, 10:00 am
Come and join us as we pack shoeboxes and of course pray over them!
Here are the shoeboxes that we are getting ready to send!
Thank you all!
He is Exalted
Artist: Twila Paris
After singing a few songs, then as a congregation we read together aloud the following scripture...
Genesis 17:1-9, 15-16
1 Now when Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; Walk before Me, and be blameless.
2 "I will establish My covenant between Me and you, And I will multiply you exceedingly."
3 Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying,
4 "As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, And you will be the father of a multitude of nations.
5 "No longer shall your name be called Abram, But your name shall be Abraham; For I have made you the father of a multitude of nations.
6 I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings will come forth from you
7 I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you.
8 I will give to you and to your descendants after you, the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God."
9 God said further to Abraham, “Now as for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations
15 Then God said to Abraham, "As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name.
16 I will bless her, and indeed I will give you a son by her. Then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.”
God Will Take Care of You
Artist: Lisa & Neil Rondina
Genesis 22:1-18 - Abraham; Faithful Obedience
Pastor Harvey Simpson
Here is the text of Genesis 22:1-18-Abraham; Faithful Obedience
1 Now it came about after these things, that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”
2 Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.”
3 So Abraham got up early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him and his son Isaac; and he split wood for the burnt offering, and set out and went to the place of which God had told him.
4 On the third day Abraham raised his eyes and saw the place from a distance.
5 Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey, and I and the boy will go over there; and we will worship and return to you.”
6 And Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and laid it on his son Isaac, and he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together.
7 Isaac spoke to his father Abraham and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” And he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
8 Abraham said, “God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” So the two of them walked on together.
9 Then they came to the place of which God had told him; and Abraham built the altar there and arranged the wood, and bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood.
10 And Abraham reached out with his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son.
11 But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”
12 He said, “Do not reach out your hand against the boy, and do not do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”
13 Then Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram caught in the thicket by its horns; and Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering in the place of his son.
14 And Abraham named that place The Lord Will Provide, as it is said to this day, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
15 Then the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven,
16 and said, “By Myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son,
17 indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand, which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies.
18 And in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”
artist: Keith & Kristyn Getty
Again, Denise and I are available for prayer.