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Sunday May 19, 2019 Lord’s Day Preparation

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 I pray that you all enjoyed a wonderful Mother's Day celebration. I am so thankful to Pastor Matt Feldi and his congregation from Baltimore Bible Church for allowing him to come and bless us with his teaching from Psalm 127. I am also thankful to each of you and the leadership for allowing me to go to California for our youngest son Peter's college graduation from The Master's University. It was also a blessing to spend Mother's Day with my beautiful wife and kids, plus my mom. In addition to this we had the wonderful blessing of our son Averyl's engagement to Hannah Lowery. It was a full and wonderful week and thank you to all for their roles.

 This week we come to the much anticipated message on The Will of God. In this topical message we'll be examining many different Scriptures that address the nature of God's will and allow us to better understand this complex topic, particularly as it relates to God's gracious offer of salvation to all people and His divine appointment of those whom He chooses to be saved. We have several verses that we've shared over the past weeks in consideration of this topic and more are listed in our study verses at the end of this week's update.

 Our songs for the morning will be: 

To God Be the Glory, #19;
Immortal Invisible, #36;
Speak O Lord, #368;
By Faith, #361. 

Take time to read through the rich theology in these songs and to sing them together as a family. Our previous emails give details of where the songs can be found, and also details on acquiring a hymnal if you've not yet done so.

Please take some focused time to prepare for our worship by reading and studying our text from God's Word, studying the hymns which we'll be singing, and spending time in prayer for all the elements of the Lord's Day and the needs of our blessed church family.

Please consider the following ways to better use these details to prepare for our corporate worship.

1. Read the texts over the next couple of days & pray through them.
2. Gather with the family (wife/children) and read the texts to them ahead of time, talk through it.
3. Consider the lyrics to one (or all) of the songs listed in the weekly email of preparation)
4. Think of gathering together with another member/family from The Master's Church to prepare together (e.g., Sat night, Sunday brunch) and pray for the service, the sermon, the building up of the flock, power in preaching)
5. Study the texts suggested from the pulpit as additional devotional material and make them part of your weekly reading

(1 Tim 2; 4:10; John 3:16-17; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 John 2:2; Isaiah 53:4, 10; Acts 2:23; 4:27-28; Romans 8-11 [particularly 9:1-33; 11:1-24]).

May the Lord richly bless your study and preparation as we come together to serve Him

In HIS Hands-

 

Pastor Scott


Sunday May 12, 2019 Lord’s Day Preparation

Dear Family,

 

This past week in our conclusion to the discussion on prayer I mentioned a few resources for you to consider in an effort to advance your prayer lives. Here they are again in case you missed them: 
Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret
The Autobiography of George Mueller;
Adoniram Judsom: A Biography; 
E. M. Bounds on Prayer; The Hour that Changes the World, Dick Eastman.

The resources give great examples and practical application to increase your prayer life.

 

This week we will be blessed to have a dear friend of mine Matt Feldi who is Associate Pastor at Baltimore Bible Church. Matt will be preaching on Psalm 127 and it will be a wonderful time together. I am so grateful to Matt the church leadership team in allowing me to attend my son's college graduation from The Master's University in California this weekend and look forward to being with you all next week.

May the Lord richly bless your study and preparation as we come together to serve Him.

In HIS Hands-

Pastor Scott


Sunday May 5, 2019 Lord’s Day Preparation

Dearly loved of the Lord,

 

This week on Thursday is the National Day of Prayer. This is a time for us to remember and pray for our nation including its leaders, national, state, and local as well as our military and emergency service providers. Please take time to pray for our President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, also our other national leaders particularly in light of the political events in our country. Pray for our Governor Thomas Wolf, State Senators Robert Casey and Patrick Toomey, U. S. Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, and our state senators and congressman as well as local officials.

As we remember our military I was struck today (Wednesday) to see of the Carry the Load march moving into Yardley and then on to Philadelphia. This 40 mile walk is the longest endeavored into by a community in the events history. A huge praise to these who are keeping before us and our community the men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our nation and its freedom both at home and abroad.

May the Lord richly bless your study and preparation as we come together to serve Him

In HIS Hands-

Pastor Scott


Sunday april 28, 2019 Lord’s Day Preparation

Dear Brothers and Sisters in arms for our Lord,

 This week we launch into the second chapter of the book of 1 Timothy. Intrigue continues. We will be looking at 1 Timothy 2:1-7 over the next couple weeks and I trust that you're as excited as I am to get back into this wonderful book after an outstanding Resurrection weekend with our Good Friday and Easter Services. Thank you to all who did so much to make this a rousing success for both services.
Our second chapter launches us into a wonderful discussion of God's plan of salvation amidst his exhortation to prayer. 1 Timothy is a manual on how to do church properly, but it is in no way to be considered an elementary treatise, but delves us further into the deep things of God in line with what we've already experienced. What a great blessing! You won't want to miss our services.

 

May the Lord richly bless your study and preparation as we come together to serve Him

In HIS Hands-

Pastor Scott


Sunday april 21, 2019 Resurrection Lord’s Day Preparation

Dear lovers of our Christ,

 I wanted to send you a devotional for the Passion Week. I have included the appropriate Scripture reading for each day of the week so that you can read, meditate, and pray about all that our Lord went through on our behalf.

I have included the day and any particularly important details about the day and the Scriptures from the Gospel accounts. If you notice the anomaly I mentioned in our message, or have any questions, you can email the church or share it with me our services later in the week.

Sunday (often labeled as Palm Sunday): John 12:2-11 (this is a critical link in understanding the timing of the Passion week.

Monday (10th of Nissan per Jewish calendar, see Exodus 12:1-3): Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44; John 12:12-19.

Tuesday: Matthew 21:12-17; Mark 11:12-19; Luke 19:45-48.

Wednesday: Matthew 21:18-26:16; Mark 11:20-14:11; Luke 20:1-22:2.

Thursday (the 1st day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread): Matthew 26:17-75; Mark 14:12-72; Luke 22:3-65; John 12:20-18:27.

Friday (14th of Nissan per Jewish calendar [day began at sunset on Thursday, the day before], see Exodus 12:6-13): Matthew 27:1-66; Mark 15:1-47; Luke 22:66-23:56; John 18:28-19:42.

Saturday (Sabbath began at Sunset on Friday, the day before).

Sunday (Resurrection Day-Praise the Lord, He is Risen!!!): Matthew 28:1-15; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-49; John 20:1-25.

Delight in your studies and marvel at the gift our King has given to us as we praise our great God and Father.

 

In HIS Hands-

Pastor Scott


Sunday april 14, 2019 Lord’s Day Preparation

Dear Church Family,

This week we come to the close of the first chapter of the book of 1 Timothy. Already it has been a rousing study with a unique and wonderful introduction, exhortations against false teachers and those living contrary to God's word, and Paul's incredibly personal expression of his own salvation as one of the most thorough and emotional in the Bible. This week in 1 Timothy 1:18-20 this beauty and intrigue continues.

As you consider preparation for next week let me encourage you with a daily devotional idea. Take time to look at detailed accounts of the Lord's life during this week as recorded in Matthew 21-28; Mark 11-16; Luke 19-24; and John 12-21. Each day focus on the details of Jesus' life as given in the Gospel accounts and allow these to be the details that you meditate on as you consider what our Lord went through each day in preparation to bear our sins on the cross at Calvary.

 May the Lord richly bless your study and preparation as we come together to serve Him

In HIS Hands-

Pastor Scott


Sunday april 7, 2019 Lord’s Day Preparation

My Dear Family,

I write today being half way between my old and new home as we are on the road with some of our worldly belongings. Although I've only been gone since Monday morning to move my family to Bucks County I already miss being with each of you. This is a great feeling and as one whom the Lord has blessed to minister to you his dear flock.

We continue on this week through in 1 Timothy 1:12-17. If you missed last week I'd strongly encourage you to go to our website and listen to the message from last Sunday so that you're up to speed as we carry on into the second half of this great text. You may want to go back and listen even if you were there, as it will solidify many of the wonderful components of that section of Scripture. Paul's approach to this text is so personal and passionate as we saw last week. That passion only increases still more as we move ahead. Don't miss this great Sunday together. It's going to be a great Lord's Day celebration and I sincerely hope that you'll join us.

May the Lord richly bless your study and preparation as we come together to serve Him

In HIS Hands-

Pastor Scott


Sunday march 31, 2019 Lord’s Day Preparation

Sons & Daughters of our King,

We continue on this week through this wonderful first chapter of 1 Timothy. What a blessing it has already been and there is still a mountain of rich treasure for us to unearth as we continue to move along. This week we'll be looking at the first part of 1 Timothy 1:12-17. Paul continues to express his desire for young Timothy as he leads the church and helps us to know how we're to guide our young church. He does that in our text this week by becoming intensely personal about his faith and ours. This will be a rich discussion in understanding how incredibly abundant and beyond full comprehension is the glorious gospel of Christ Jesus our Lord which has been given to us. Don't miss this great Sunday together.

Also, after our service we'll have some light snacks and a Q & A where we'll talk about all the exciting things going on in our church and some of the future plans. It's going to be a great Lord's Day celebration and I sincerely hope that you'll join us.

May the Lord richly bless your study and preparation as we come together to serve Him

In HIS Hands-

Pastor Scott


Sunday march 24, 2019 Lord’s Day Preparation

Dear Church Family,

What a joy it is to be at home in Buck's County again. I look forward to seeing each of you this Lord's Day as we gather to worship our King. Our text for the service will be 1 Timothy 1:8-11. We will also be celebrating the Lord's Table this Sunday. I am so excited to be sharing with you in Communion and I want us to direct our thoughts back to 1 Timothy 1:5 as we consider the gift of our faith in our glorious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

May the Lord richly bless your study and preparation as we come together to serve Him

In HIS Hands-

Pastor Scott


Sunday march 17, 2019 Lord’s Day Preparation

Dear Ones,

This week I write to amidst the fury of packing up our worldly possessions as we prepare for our move to Buck's Co. in a few weeks. I look forward to being back with you next Sunday to continue on in 1 Timothy, but we have Justin Peters as very special guest to break forth the Word of God this Sunday. Justin is a wonderfully gifted and humble man who has endured much from the world and from the hands of false teachers in his younger years. You will be blessed to hear from him this week.

As we prepare for our glorious Lord's Day celebration Justin will be preaching on Luke 16:19-31 and the parable of Lazarus and the rich man. This is an incredible message and during the time Justin will be focusing on the power of the gospel and the Word of God.

May the Lord richly bless your study and preparation as we come together to serve Him

In HIS Hands-

Pastor Scott


Sunday march 10, 2019 Lord’s Day Preparation

My brothers and sisters in arms,

 I write to you from the Shepherd's Conference in Southern California where I have been daily feasting on a heavenly banquet of God's Holy Word. I have been blessed to be strengthened, humbled, and extraordinary fed from the Words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I encourage you to go onto the conference website and listen to the messages, both past and present, and if possible, the daily messages are also being live streamed today for your viewing.

 As we prepare for our glorious Lord's Day celebration we'll be expositing 1 Timothy 1:3-7 (you'll remember from last week where we discussed that in its basic form, exposition is explaining God's Word). Our continuation in 1 Timothy is going to be a great opportunity for us to get into the meat of this wonderful letter and we carry on from our introductory message last week. If you missed that message you can go to our website and refresh yourself on those rich introductory verses.

May the Lord richly bless your study and preparation as we come together to serve Him

In HIS Hands-

Pastor Scott


Sunday march 3, 2019 Lord’s Day Preparation

Dear Family,

The last five weeks have been a virtual feast of wonderful teaching from God's Word from several godly men who have blessed us to come and open the Scriptures. This week we begin our first Expository Preaching series from the book of 1 Timothy. If the term Expository Preaching is somewhat, unfamiliar don't worry as we'll be explaining exactly what that means. Our text will be 1 Timothy 1:1-2. You can look down to the end of the email to see the associated texts that I'd like to have you read and consider as we prepare to worship our great God and King Christ Jesus on this upcoming Lord's Day. 

Our songs for the morning will be: 

Great is Thy Faithfulness, #86;

Rock of Ages, #209;

Blessed Assurance, #403;

Immortal Invisible, #36. 

May the Lord richly bless your study and preparation as we come together to serve Him.

In HIS Hands-

Pastor Scott


Sunday February 24, 2019 Lord’s Day Preparation

Dear Brothers and Sisters of the King,

The abundant blessings of God are ours each day and particularly as we gather on the Lord's Day, and this week will be a highlight to those blessings. We will be hearing from Dr. Carl Hargrove, one of the elders of our church plant from our sending church Grace Community. Carl will be teaching us from Colossians 3:14-17 as he discusses The Guidelines for a Healthy Church. In addition to this wonderful text focusing on the our unity of Christ and its results, Carl will be leading us in celebrating the Lord's Supper. Communion is a sacred ordinance commanded of all Christ's children. Please take focused time before our services to prepare your heart for this wonderful celebration.

May the Lord richly bless your study and preparation as we come together to serve Him

In HIS Hands-

Pastor Scott


Sunday February 17, 2019 Lord’s Day Preparation

Dear Children of the King,

 This week we will be blessed to hear from James Dolezal. James is going to be bringing one of my favorite passages of Scripture which will be a wonderful time in God's Word and a great opportunity to grow together in the power of our most holy faith. Make sure you plan on joining us as we gather.

 This week we'll be looking at Psalm 19. A brilliant text that looks at both God's General Revelation and His Special Revelation. In addition to these incredible themes there is a multitude of vivid aspects of creation, salvation, and many other wonderful treasures.

My usual guidance for studying the Scripture is to read the passage through several times to get the sense and write down repeated and key themes that present themselves to you as you read. Then go back and go through and look up all the cross references from the verses. This process will give you a wonderful idea about the texts which we're studying.   

Our songs for the morning will be: Praise to the Lord, The Almighty, #2; I Sing the Mighty Power of God, #26; Holy, Holy, Holy, #48;

How Great Thou Art, #5.

May the Lord richly bless your study and preparation as we come together to serve Him

In HIS Hands-

Pastor Scott


Sunday February 10, 2019 Lord’s Day Preparation

Dear Church family,

 Jonathan Master is teaching this weekend and it is going to be a wonderful time in God's Word as we come to glorify our great God and Savior. Make sure you plan on joining us as we gather.

 Here are our worship details for this week's services. This week we'll be looking at Daniel Chapter 2. This text focuses on so many wonderful attributes of God, such as His omniscience, omnipotence, and sovereignty. It also helps us see how important is the vital element of prayer, and reinforces for us that the goal of our lives is to bring glory to God. You can see the texts I'd suggest you read and consider alongside of these great themes in preparation for this message at the end of the email.

 Our songs for the morning will be:  Immortal Invisible, #36; How Firm a Foundation, #364; I Love Thy Kingdom Lord, #352; On Jordan's Stormy Banks I Stand, #423… (complete letters through our email updates)

May the Lord richly bless your study and preparation as we come together to serve Him

In HIS Hands-

Pastor Scott


SUNDAY FEBRUARY 3, 2019 LORD’S DAY PREPARATION

Dearly loved of the Lord,

 The Lord gave us an exceptional day of worship last Sunday as we launched in our new facility at the Council Rock Senior Center in Richboro. It was a time of wonderful singing and honoring Christ with the reading and teaching of His Word. I pray that all of you who attended were as encouraged as I was, and those that were not able to attend will be able to do so this upcoming weekend. Matt Tarr is teaching this weekend and it is going to be an excellent time of worship that you will not want to miss.

 Here are our worship details for this week's services. This week we'll be looking at several texts of Scripture, but primarily Philippians 2:1-18. This text focuses on the important element of unity within the church and those things which help build unity as well as those which are contrary to this vital element of the church. Please read through these verses as well as those highlighted at the end of this email and consider what other sections of the Bible the Lord brings to mind during your reading. If you have time, go to those Scriptures and use all of this as you consider our time together on the Lord's Day afternoon.

 Our songs for the morning will be: Before the Throne of God Above, #187; Come, Behold the Wondrous Mystery, #184; In Christ Alone, #177; All Glory Be to Christ, #133…(for complete letters please sign up for our weekly email)

May the Lord richly bless your study and preparation as we come together to serve Him

In HIS Hands-

Pastor Scott


Sunday January 27, 2019 Lord’s Day Preparation

Dear Congregation of The Master's Church,

Here are our worship details for this week's services. It is my prayer that you will look at our text and the hymns for this week and use them as a devotional and preparatory materials as we prepare for our wonderful first Sunday at 3:30 P. M. in the new facility at the Northampton Senior Center in Richboro. The Lord has been doing great things through these preparations, as He always does, and we want to be ready to worship Him with all our hearts and souls.

 This week we'll be looking at 2 Chronicles 5-7. This text examines King Solomon's dedication of the temple and will serve as a great place for us to focus our thoughts as we consider what the Lord has in store for us as we seek to minister to His chosen people here in Buck's County and to one another. Please read through these chapters and consider what other sections of the Bible the Lord brings to mind during your reading. If you have time, go to those Scriptures and use all of this as you consider our time together on the Lord's Day afternoon.

 Our songs for the morning will be: Great is Thy Faithfulness, #86; I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord, #352; Take My Life and Let it Be, #37; My Heart is Filled with Thankfulness, #374. …( for complete letters please sign up for our weekly emails)

May the Lord richly bless your study and preparation as we come together to serve Him.

In HIS Hands-

Pastor Scott