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Greetings in the name of the Lord.

My name is Eddie Faulkner, I am the pastor here at Bolton Full Gospel Church. This is my home church. I came to know the Lord on Easter Sunday of 1980. I then went to Jimmy Swaggart Bible College. After graduation, I came back here and served as youth pastor before becoming senior pastor in July of 1987. I am married to my beautiful wife and best friend Ronnie. We have four sons:  Josh, Ben, Justin, Zach;  and one daughter, Mikayla. We also have two grandsons:  Ryker, Kellon; and one granddaughter, Wren.

 

 Joy
 
 
Nehemiah 8:10 says the joy of the lord is our strength. I believe that joy is very close to the definition of genuine Christianity, it is the aroma of authentic faith. Our God is a joyful God. 
Psalms 16:11 says, in thy presence is fullness of joy. Fullness does not mean that much to us. We say the glass is full.
So that would sound like fullness of joy is like, i am full of joy from the top of my head to the sole of my feet.
But it means more than that. In the Hebrew it means a joy which satisfies me. It does not just fill me, but it satisfies me.
That which fully satisfies the desires, dreams, and goals of my life.
Zephaniah 3:17 says that God will joy over us with singing. Can you imagine what the angels sound like singing?
Imagine that. But that is nothing like what it will sound like to hear God singing. There is actually singing in the divine Godhead.
So how can we know if we have real joy in our lives or is it momentary happiness. There is a difference between real joy and happiness. How can we know if whether we only think we have joy and don’t?
There are four things:
  • Joy is contented to grace.

You can not be judgmental and condemn others and have real joy. Either joy will drive out the judging and condemning in your life or judging and condemning will drive out the joy in your life.

  • The lack of joy is indicated by a lack of a sense of humor.
A sense of humor is the ability to laugh at yourself. When you fall on the ice come up laughing at yourself. Saints, God has a sense of humor. I can prove it, just look in the mirror.
  • Repent of situation happiness that steals your joy.
Situation happiness is contrary to the abiding internal joy. You have. I will not hang my joy on outward situations or circumstances. 
  • School yourself to rejoice. 
In trials, temptations, grief, fear, loneliness, set backs, disappointments; I will rejoice in the lord my God.
 
If I depend on God for everything, nothing can steal my joy.
Because what can separate us from the love of God? Then nothing can separate God and me.


Last week I thought I had a virus on my computer. It turned out not to be. Then I got to thinking about a message I had preached the Wednesday night before. It was a message on the mind.
Our mind is like a computer. What you program into it dictates how it will function. You cannot say, “I hate this computer, it never gives me the right answer.” Think about it. You can have the most powerful computer in the world, but if it’s program with the wrong software or with misinformation, it will never function as the manufacturer intended.
Too often we allow negative thoughts, words, and other viruses to access our mind, changing our software, or corrupting our information and values. We were created in the image of God. Before we were formed, He programmed us to live abundant lives, to be happy, healthy, and whole. When our thinking becomes contaminated, it is no longer in line with God’s word. Then we make serious mistakes and wrong choices. We go thru life with low self-esteem, worries, fears, felling of inadequacy and insecurity.
You cannot prevent thoughts from knocking at your door, but you can control whether or not you’re going to open the door and allow them to come in. If you kept your mind focused on the good things of God, the Bible says that, “God will keep you in perfect peace” (Isaiah 26:3). You can have peace in the midst of a storm if you learn to choose the right thoughts. That means in the tough times of life, instead of dwelling on your problems, you must decide that you will dwell on your God. Dwell on the fact that God Almighty is on your side. Dwell on the fact that He promises to fight your battles for you. Dwell on the fact that no weapon formed against you can prosper.
You may have gone through some disappointments and things in your life may not have turned out as you hoped. People may have treated your wrong. You may have suffered some set back, but you never come to a dead end with God. He always has a new beginning for you. Dwell on the fact that God still has a great plan for your life. When one door closes, God will always open up a bigger and better door; but you have to do your part and stay in an attitude of faith. Stay filled with hope.
If you keep your trust in God, He will fight your battles for you. It doesn’t matter what you are going through, or how big your opponents are. Keep an attitude of faith. Stay calm. Stay at peace. Stay in that positive frame of mind. You do all this by renewing your mind with the word of God.
When negative thoughts come, reject them and replace them with God thoughts. The key is to choose the right thoughts, to keep your mind set. Not just when things are going good, not just when you feel good, not when you don’t have any problems. You keep your mind set on the good things of God. Stay focused, stay full of faith, stay full of joy and stay full of hope. Make a positive decision that you are going to stay in a positive frame of mind.
You do all this by renewing your mind with the word of God. Your attitude should be: I refuse to go backward. I am going forward with God. I’m going to be the person He wants me to be. I’m going to fulfill my destiny.
If you will do that, God will continually work in your life. He’ll fight your battles for you. He’ll give you peace in the storm and He’ll help you live that life of victory that He has in store for you.
And you do it all by renewing your mind with the word of God.
Pastor Eddie


 

Eph. 5:15-16 "see then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil."

This Sunday is our Homecoming. We see friends we have not seen in a long time. We think about the past and all the love ones and saints that have gone on to heaven before us. We talk about how time stops for no one.

Have you ever said 'just wish I had a little more time"? As Christians, we should hold the view that we are stewards and not possessors of the resources available to us. Wealth and time belong to God and are given to us to faithfully manage for the best possible return. God gives us 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day and 168 hours in a week. What kind of steward would you say you are and why?

Why is it so important for Christians to make the best of their time and what are the eternal consequences of wasting the time God entrusts to us? (Satan has seen to it that the last days of the world are going to be so hectic people will not have time to think about the condition of their soul. What is worse, the Christian will not have time to pray and reach for the lost. The result of wasted time is people that could have been saved will be lost for eternity.)

Think about "Tithing Your Time". The least amount of time that God expects from us is 17 hours in a week. It is the smallest but most important block of time of our day and week. Yet when we fall short of time, from where do we take time and why? (Many will take God's time because the consequence of taking God's time may not be immediate, but the long term effect is disastrous.)

 

May you begin to faithfully to give a tithe of your time. See if God won't increase your time back to you as he promised in Malachi3:8. God bless your faithfullness!


Pastor Eddie

 


Family Worship

This article is an excerpt from 'Family Worship: Teaching Our Children God’s Word' written by by Scot Chadwick of Answers in Genesis. For the complete article and more family relevant articles click here.

Answers in Genesis is an apologetics ministry, dedicated to helping Christians defend their faith and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

How Family Worship Helps Our Child Training

As parents, we want to help our children interpret life from God’s perspectiveIn this way we must have a God-centered worldview based solidly in his WordSo we must teach and meditate upon the Scriptures constantly, both individually and as a family.

Many people refer to this practice as “family worship”—the regular practice of devotion to God in Scripture reading, praying, and singing, for the purpose of glorifying God and growing in his graceThe Apostle Paul noted that this was Timothy’s experience: “from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15).

WHAT DO MY CHILDREN NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GOD IN THIS SITUATION?

Family worship flows from hearts that love GodIt is to be the practical expression of consciously living in the presence of the LordAs such there is no one correct formula, setting, or scheduleRather it should be a natural part of our families’ lives, as we ask ourselves, “How can I speak God’s Word into this momentWhat do my children need to know about God in this situation?”

Within the greater context of living at all times for God’s glory, there should also be regular, formal times in which we gather our families together for Bible reading, prayer, and singingLet us be sure to read the Bible and not just books about the Bible, honoring the Scripture as our God-given authority, our source bookWe may also intersperse our reading with questions to encourage comprehension like, “What does this passage sayWhat does it meanHow must we respond?” We should pray also, blessing God, confessing our sins to him, giving thanks to him, and asking him to work in specific waysWe may also want to sing “psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” as a further means of “teaching and admonishing one another” (Colossians 3:16)This “agenda” is not difficult, but it can result in eternal dividends.

May your family glorify God and grow in his grace,

Pastor Eddie

 


The unbelievable made believable

The Impossible made possible
Luke 1:26-37
We are told by Luke that an angel came to Mary and told her that she had found favor with God. God had chosen her that she shall conceive and bring forth a son and shall call His name Jesus. She asks how shall this be seeing I have not had relationship with a man. How shall this be?
No where in the human race has it ever been known for a women to give birth to a child without knowing a man. It is unnatural, unbelievable, impossible. The angel said several words but the 1st 3 is what I want you to hear and understand. v35 "The Holy Ghost". Mary there is something that is going to appen to you that is impossible and unbelievable.
You are going to have a child without knowing a man. It has never happened since the foundation of the earth. It will be supernatural. Mary said How shall this thing be? The angel said to her "The Holy Ghost"
v35 "The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God."
God put the word (the word was made flesh John 1:14) inside her womb and she conceived and Jesus was born. 
The Lord wants to do the same thing for us.
We must read and study His Word and get it inside of us. And then the Holy Ghost will come upon us and the power of the Highest shall overshadow us and what we need will be born. You get the promise in you and the Holy Ghost come upon you and your promise will be born.
There may be something in your life that seems impossible and unbelievable. You are saying how shall this thing happen or come to pass or change? I will say to you what the angel said to Mary.
The Holy Ghost. He is here to help us in every situation. And He will never leave us. How shall this be?
The answer the Holy Ghost in any moment shall come upon you and that promise you have from the word shall be born and you shall have your healing, victory, deliverance. Your children and grandchildren saved. Your answer will be born. 
How shall this thing be? "The Holy Ghost"


Pastor Eddie

 

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