- May 24 at 6:00 PM: Sunday Evening Bible Studies with Pastor John; click https://zoom.us/j/700087236
- May 27 at 6:00 PM: Wednesday night Zoom Bible Study Meeting; click https://zoom.us/j/700087236
- May 30 at 6:00 PM: Saturday Night Alive message with Pastor Skip. Go to https://www.youtube.com/c/JohnGocke and click on the image for SNA.
- May 31 at 11:00 AM: Worship Service for Long Lake Wesleyan and Adirondack Bible Fellowship. Go to https://www.youtube.com/c/JohnGocke and click on the image for “Sunday 11 AM Church Service”.
Jesus: Rock of Ages
The Lord lives! Praise to my Rock! May God, the Rock of my salvation, be exalted! (2 Samuel 22:47 NLT)
Come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. (Psalm 95:1 NLT)
The men of Israel saw what a tight spot they were in; and because they were hard pressed by the enemy, they tried to hide in caves, thickets, rocks, holes, and cisterns. (1 Samuel 13:6 NLT)
I look up to the mountains—does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth! He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. (Psalm 121:1-3 NLT)
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken. My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me. (Psalm 62:6–7 NLT)
My heart rejoices in the Lord! The Lord has made me strong. Now I have an answer for my enemies; I rejoice because you rescued me. No one is holy like the Lord! There is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.” (1 Samuel 2:1-2 NLT)
Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem, a firm and tested stone. It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on. Whoever believes need never be shaken. (Isaiah 28:16 NLT)
I thank you for answering my prayer and giving me victory! The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing, and it is wonderful to see. (Psalm 118:21-23 NLT)
From Judah will come the cornerstone (Zechariah 10:4 NLT)
“For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says, ‘The stone that you builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.’” (Acts 4:11 NLT)
“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).
- May 17 at 6:00 PM: Sunday Evening Bible Studies with Pastor John. Zoom is down so please join us on Facebook at: https://msngr.com/TDdLoeLfTPEz6atY
- May 20 at 6:00 PM: Wednesday night Zoom Bible Study Meeting; click https://zoom.us/j/700087236
- May 23 at 10:00 AM: Please come help plant potatoes for the Long Lake Community Garden; this is our 15th annual! Everyone is welcome. This is a fun time, please attend even if you are unable to work physically. Wear your boots, dress for any weather, and prepare for bugs, they are friendly up there! Location is Jud Lamos’ land on Steinfeldt Lane.
- May 23 at 6:00 PM: Saturday Night Alive message with Pastor Skip. Go to https://www.youtube.com/c/JohnGocke and click on the image for SNA.
- May 24 at 11:00 AM: Worship Service for Long Lake Wesleyan and Adirondack Bible Fellowship. Go to https://www.youtube.com/c/JohnGocke and click on the image for “Sunday 11 AM Church Service”.
Scriptures for “Jesus: God of creation” (May 17th 2020)
Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So, he is first in everything. (Colossians 1:18 NLT)
God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. (Ephesians 1:22)
As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” (Mark 4:35 NLT)
So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). (Mark 4:36 NLT)
But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” (Mark 4:37-38 NLT)
You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly. (Proverbs 3:24 NLT)
In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe. (Psalm 4:8 NLT)
Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith? (Mark 4:40 NLT).
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. (John 16:33 NLT)
For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. (1 John 5:4 NLT)
When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. (Mark 4:39 NLT).
The disciples were terrified and amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him!” (Luke 8:25).
Join us for the following online services this week:
- May 13 at 6:00 PM: Wednesday night Zoom Bible Study Meeting; click https://zoom.us/j/700087236
- May 16 at 6:00 PM: Saturday Night Alive message with Pastor Skip. Go to https://www.youtube.com/c/JohnGocke and click on the image for SNA.
- May 17 at 11:00 AM: Worship Service for Long Lake Wesleyan and Adirondack Bible Fellowship. Go to https://www.youtube.com/c/JohnGocke and click on the image for “Sunday 11 AM Church Service”.
- May 17 at 6:00 PM: Sunday Evening Bible Studies on Zoom with Pastor John. Register in advance for this this series by clicking this link and you are good for attending whenever you want through July: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUldOCqrj0qH9xHwz4Tci-pstwSWaLZm_Tu
Scriptures used on Sunday May 10th 2020:
1. God controls your lifespan.
You have decided the length of our lives. You know how many months we will live, and we are not given a minute longer. (Job 14:5 NLT)
Our God is a God who saves! The Sovereign Lord rescues us from death. (Psalm 68:20 NLT)
Go back to Hezekiah and tell him, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your ancestor David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will add fifteen years to your life, (Isaiah 38:5)
2. God controls your prosperity
In this way, King Hezekiah handled the distribution throughout all Judah, doing what was pleasing and good in the sight of the Lord his God. In all that he did in the service of the Temple of God and in his efforts to follow God’s laws and commands, Hezekiah sought his God wholeheartedly. As a result, he was very successful. (2 Chronicles 31:20-21 NLT)
Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do. (Psalm 1:1-3 NLT)
Once I was young, and now I am old.
Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned
or their children begging for bread.
The godly always give generous loans to others,
and their children are a blessing. (Psalm 37:25-26 NLT)
The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. (Psalm 23:1 NLT)
For the Lord God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right. O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, what joy for those who trust in you. (Psalm 84:11-12 NLT)
The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. (Proverbs 10:22 NLT)
The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. (Proverbs 11:25 NLT)
3. God has your FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)
For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! (2 Corinthians 4:17 NLT)
The one thing I ask of the Lord—the thing I seek most—is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple. (Psalm 27:4 NLT)
Jesus replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37 NLT)
Join us for the following online services this week:
- May 6 at 6:00 PM: Wednesday night Zoom Bible Study Meeting; click https://zoom.us/j/700087236
- May 7 is the National Day of Prayer. Although we can’t be together to pray, let’s pray at 7:00 PM for the National Day of prayer. The livestream is at 8:00 PM at: https://www.facebook.com/natlprayer/
- May 9 at 6:00 PM: Saturday Night Alive message with Pastor Skip. Go to https://www.youtube.com/c/JohnGocke and click on the image for SNA.
- May 10 at 11:00 AM: Worship Service for Long Lake Wesleyan and Adirondack Bible Fellowship. Go to https://www.youtube.com/c/JohnGocke and click on the image for “Sunday 11 AM Church Service”.
- May 10 at 6:00 PM: Sunday Evening Bible Studies on Zoom with Pastor John. Register in advance for this this series by clicking this link and you are good for attending whenever you want through July: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUldOCqrj0qH9xHwz4Tci-pstwSWaLZm_Tu
Watch the church service for May 3rd online at 11:00 AM at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofkeccq29gA
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. (Psalm 139:14 NLT).
“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” (2 Corinthians12:9 NLT).
The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. (Proverbs 12:26 NIV)
He who walks [as a companion] with wise men will be wise, but the companions of [conceited, dull-witted] fools [are fools themselves and] will experience harm. (Proverbs 13:20 AMP)
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2 NLT)
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind. And, Love your neighbor as yourself. (Luke 10:27 NLT)
When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. (Mark 5:15 NIV)
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! (Isa 26:3 NLT)
And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. (Luke 12:29)
Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. (Phil 2:5 ASV)
Watch the premiere of today’s (4/26) church service at 11 AM at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofkeccq29gA
Let your priests be clothed with righteousness and let your saints shout for joy. (Psalm 132:9 ESV)
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9 ESV)
And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. (2 Corinthians 1: 21:22 ESV)
And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God. (Hebrews 13:16 NLT)
“First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, requests, and thanksgivings be offered to God for all people; for kings and all others who are in authority, that we may live a quiet and peaceful life with all reverence toward God and with proper conduct. This is good and it pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to know the truth.” (1 Timothy 2: 1-4 GNT)
“And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” (Revelation 5:10 KJV)
“The sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to be king over all, but all who will take God’s gift of forgiveness and acquittal are kings of life because of this one man, Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:17 TLB)
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. (Romans 6:14 KJV)
Listen! I have given you authority, so that you can walk on snakes and scorpions and overcome all the power of the Enemy, and nothing will hurt you. (Luke 10:19 GNT)
“you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.” (Psalm 45:7 ESV)
He allowed no one to oppress them; he rebuked kings on their account, saying, “Touch not my anointed ones, do my prophets no harm!” (1 Chronicles 16:21-22)
For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power. (1 Corinthians 4:20 NLT)
I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. (Ephesians 1:19 NLT)
You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. (John 15:16 NLT)
Go to www.youtube.com/c/JohnGocke for the premiere video at 11 AM Sundays.
Verses cited for the April 19th sermon:
Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! (Deuteronomy 30:19)
God created people to be virtuous, but they have each turned to follow their own downward path. (Ecclesiastes 7:29 NLT)
We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NLT)
Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness! (Ecclesiastes 5:10 NLT)
Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.” (Luke 12:15 NLT)
For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows. (1 Timothy 6:10 NLT)
The more you have, the more people come to help you spend it. So what good is wealth—except perhaps to watch it slip through your fingers! (Ecclesiastes 5:11 NLT).
The man who works hard sleeps well whether he eats little or much, but the rich must worry and suffer insomnia. (Ecclesiastes 5:12 TLB)
Give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. (Proverbs 30:8 NLT)
Even so, I have noticed one thing, at least, that is good. It is good for people to eat, drink, and enjoy their work under the sun during the short life God has given them, and to accept their lot in life. (Ecclesiastes 5:18 NLT)
Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing. (Psalm 34:10 NLT)
And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. (Colossians 2:6-7 NLT)
But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” (John 4:14 NLT)
And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. (Acts 13:52 NASB)
I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. (Ephesians 3:16-17 NLT)
Wickedness never brings stability, but the godly have deep roots. (Proverbs 12:3 NLT)