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Online Worship Service At Internet Church Of Christ
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For Week Of Sunday, October 2, 2005

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." - (Genesis 1:1 KJV)

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Opening Hymn

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Words are by Martin Luther, translated. Music (EIN' FESTE BURG) is by Martin Luther, arranged by J. S. Bach, with MIDI sequence by Bill McGinnis from a published Bach arrangement. Everything here is Public Domain, free for all to use without restriction.

MIDI music file at http://www.loveallpeople.org/fortrs8b.mid

A MIGHTY FORTRESS IS OUR GOD - by Martin Luther (1529), Translated by
                               Frederick H. Hedge (1853).

           A mighty fortress is our God,
           A bulwark never failing;
           Our helper He, amid the flood
           Of mortal ills prevailing.
           For still our ancient foe
           Doth seek to work us woe;
           His craft and pow'r are great,
           And, armed with cruel hate,
           On earth is not his equal.
           Did we in our own strength confide,
           Our striving would be losing,
           Were not the right Man on our side,
           The Man of God's own choosing.
           Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;
           Lord Sabaoth His name,
           From age to age the same,
           And He must win the battle.
           And though this world, with devils filled,
           Should threaten to undo us,
           We will not fear, for God hath willed
           His truth to triumph through us.
           The prince of darkness grim -
           We tremble not for him;
           His rage we can endure,
           For lo! his doom is sure;
           One little word shall fell him.
           
           That word above all earthly pow'rs -
           No thanks to them - abideth;
           The Spirit and the gifts are ours
           Through Him Who with us sideth.
           Let goods and kindred go,
           This mortal life also;
           The body they may kill;
           God's truth abideth still,
           His kingdom is for ever.
                        Amen.

   The Essence Of Christianity
            "For God so loved the world, that he gave his
             only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth 
             in him should not perish, but have everlasting
             life." (John 3:16 KJV) Commentary

Invocation

       O Lord, we come together in Your name,
       And as You promised, we know You are here.
       AND SO WE WELCOME YOU WITH OPEN ARMS,
       AND PRAY THAT YOU FIND PLEASURE HERE WITH US,
       AS WE, YOUR LOVING CHILDREN WORSHIP YOU.
       We now invite you here to stay with us,
       And linger as we tell you of our love.
       FOR YOU ARE EVERYTHING THAT WE DESIRE,
       AND EVERYTHING WE HAVE, WE GIVE TO YOU.
       In Jesus' holy name we pray, Amen.
       
                        by Rev. Bill McGinnis - Public Domain                              

Declaration Of Faith

The Apostles' Creed
   This historic affirmation of faith comes to us from the early
   centuries of the Christian church.
      I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
      Maker of heaven and earth:
      And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord;
      Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost;
      Born of the Virgin Mary,
      Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
      Was crucified, dead, and buried;
      He descended into hell;
      The third day he rose again from the dead;
      He ascended into heaven
      And sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
      From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
      I believe in the Holy Ghost;
      The holy catholic church;     *
      The communion of saints;
      The forgiveness of sins;
      The resurrection of the body;
      And the life everlasting.
                             Amen.
                * Note: "catholic church" here means the entire body of
                  believers in Christ, not just one particular church.


The Most Important Question Of All Time

Was the universe created by Intelligent Design, or did it somehow "just happen" as a result of "natural processes?"

If the universe was created by Intelligent Design, then the next step is to try to identify the Designer. This path quickly leads to a recognition of God, then on to Judaism, Christianity, or Islam, the three revealed religions based on the One God.

If, however, the universe was not created, but merely "happened," then there is no need to seek a Designer, and no need to recognize any God. This path quickly leads to atheism, nihilism, and personal destruction.

For me, the evidence of Intelligent Design is overwhelming, summarized in my "Letter In Reply To An Atheist." It is preposterous to believe that the earth was created any way other than by Intelligent Design.

                  Letter In Reply To An Atheist      
                                                    June 15, 1997
Hi Eddy,
   I just returned from visiting my older daughter and her husband in
rural Virginia, at a place called Singer's Glen. One of their friends owns
a spring, where pure water gushes out of a hole in the side of a hill.
Not being a country boy myself, I had never actually seen anything like
this before.  My son-in-law and I went up into the woods and brought back
two gallons of this spring water for me to take back to my girl friend.
   As I was watching this spring gush forth pure water, I thought of you,
and it occured to me how totally impossible it would be for this huge,
intricate life-support system called Earth to have happened by itself, by
accident. Forget about "the origin of life," and "evolution," and "origin
of the universe," and all these questions with complicated theoretical
answers.
   Focus instead on the preposterous idea that mountain spring water,
forming streams, forming rivers, to the sea, then evaporated, up to the
atmosphere, cooled, raining down, soaked into the earth, re-cycled again 
could have happened by accident. You might as well believe that a Mercedes
Benz happened by some kind of accidental interaction between tools and
materials.
   No. This is a created Earth. It happened not by accident, but
by design. Evidence of design is everywhere.
   And if it is created, then there must be a Creator. And if there is 
a Creator, then why did He (it?) create it? And what does He (it?) want
from His (its) creation? Once you start answering these questions, it
leads you straight to the Bible, then straight to Jesus Christ.
   But the process all begins with a willingness to accept the
idea of an Earth created by design. If you can deny a created Earth,
then you can deny anything! And that is the essential position of
atheists: they are all in massive denial, because they do NOT
WANT TO DEAL WITH THE REALITY of a Creator. 
   Atheists like to attack the literal truthfulness of the Creation Story
in Genesis, and Christians feel compelled to defend it. But the literal
truthfulness of Genesis is a bogus issue. (Genesis is poetry anyway, not a
news report or a textbook.) The real issue is creation: was the Earth
created or not?
   If the Earth was not created, then you can forget about God, do
whatever you want. When you die, you die, and that is it.
   But if the Earth *was* created, then you had better get straight with
your Creator as soon as you can, before it is too late for you.
   And Jesus' offer of Salvation still stands, for you, good as ever.
Please accept it.
   Yours in Christ,
        Bill McGinnis
       
        http://www.loveallpeople.org/ministries.html

Scriptures And Teachings

Absolute Sovereign God

         "Who has given to Me that I should repay him?
          Whatever is under the whole heaven is Mine."
              God speaking, in Job 41:11 (NASB) 

The Lord God Almighty is absolute sovereign God over all things whatsoever. He created the heavens and the earth: everything whatsoever that exists. He has power over all things. He gives whatever He chooses to whomever He pleases. Nothing exists or occurs without His permission.

       
    "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."
     (Genesis 1:1 KJV)
    "All things were made by him; and without him was not
     anything made that was made." (John 1:3 KJV)
       
    "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power:
     for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are
     and were created." (Revelation 4:11 KJV)
    "I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and
     create evil: I the Lord do all these things." (Isaiah 45:7 
     KJV)     
    " . . . whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine."
     (Job 41:11 KJV)
    " . . . for all the earth is mine." (Exodus 9:15 KJV)
    "For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon
     a thousand hills." (Psalms 50:10 KJV)
    " . . . for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof."
     (Psalms 50:12 KJV)
        
    "And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked
     shall I return thither: The Lord gave, and the Lord hath
     taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." (Job 1:21 KJV)
       
    "And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and
     he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among
     the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say
     unto him, What doest thou?" (Daniel 4:35 KJV)
    "Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with
     mine own?" (Matthew 20:15a KJV)
    "Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say
     unto him, What doest thou?" (Job 9:12 KJV)
    "The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked
     for the day of evil." (Proverbs 16:4 KJV)
    "Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any
     thing too hard for me?" (Jeremiah 32:27 KJV)
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For His own reasons, He permits good and evil to exist side-by-side on earth. Blessings occur amidst tragedy. Good and evil are intermixed everywhere we look. Satan and all his evil works exist only by God's permission. These facts are illustrated by The Parable Of The Tares Of The Field.
                 Parable Of The Tares Of The Field
       
       MATTHEW 13:24-30 (KJV)
        24
               Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The
               kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good
               seed in his field:
        25
               But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among
               the wheat, and went his way.
        26
               But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit,
               then appeared the tares also.
        27
               So the servants of the householder came and said unto him,
               Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from
               whence then hath it tares?
        28
               He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants
               said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them
               up?
        29
               But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye
               root up also the wheat with them.
        30
               Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time
               of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together
               first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them:
               but gather the wheat into my barn.
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       MATTHEW 13:36-43 (KJV)
        36
               Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the
               house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare
               unto us the parable of the tares of the field.
        37
               He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good
               seed is the Son of man;
        38
               The field is the world; the good seed are the children of
               the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked
               one;
        39
               The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the
               end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
        40
               As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the
               fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
        41
               The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall
               gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them
               which do iniquity;
        42
               And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be
               wailing and gnashing of teeth.
        43
               Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the
               kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him
               hear.
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Why is this? Why does God do things this way? We don't know at this time. His thoughts are not our thoughts. We have only limited understanding of His methods and purposes. Later, we will understand it all, when He is ready for us to have this understanding.

       ISAIAH 55:8-9 (KJV)
       
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        8
               For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your
               ways my ways, saith the LORD.
        9
               For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my
               ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your
               thoughts.
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      "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now
       I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known."
       (1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV)
       
May the Lord bless this presentation of His holy Word.

Prayer For You

                MY PRAYER FOR YOU, THE READERS OF THIS PAGE
                       "Cast Into The Darkness"
                 He thought that He was smarter than the Lord;
                 He thought that Science proves there is no God;
                 And since no God, then nothing to obey!
                 And so he lived a rebel from the Lord,
                 Deprived of light, he wandered in the dark;
                 And when he died, there was no place for him.
                     *              *              *
                 I pray that you avoid this tragic end;
                 Avoid the darkness; choose, instead, the light.
                 Join the Lord in His eternal life;
                 Open up your heart and let Him in!  
       
                                  by Bill McGinnis, Public Domain

Holy Communion

A ceremony for Holy Communion is available to you HERE! - http://patriot.net/~bmcgin/pearl-holycommunion.html

If you are alone, you will needed to be both "Leader" and "Assembly," as described in the ceremony.

Closing Hymn

"Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind"

Words by John Greenleaf Whittier, 1872; music by Frederick C. Maker, 1887 (hymn tune REST). The MIDI sequence is Public Domain, by a person unknown to me, obtained from DigitalHymnal.org

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Please also see http://hymnsite.com/lyrics/umh358.sht

This is one of my very favorite hymns, truly an inspired work of highest spiritual and artistic merit, in both lyrics and music. I love it!

    DEAR LORD AND FATHER OF MANKIND
      by John Greenleaf Whittier   
           Public Domain
Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
Forgive our foolish ways!
Reclothe us in our rightful mind,
In purer lives thy service find,
In deeper reverence, praise. 
In simple trust like theirs who heard
Beside the Syrian sea
The gracious calling of the Lord,
Let us, like them, without a word,
Rise up and follow thee. 
O Sabbath rest by Galilee!
O calm of hills above,
Where Jesus knelt to share with thee
The silence of eternity
Interpreted by love ! 
With that deep hush subduing all
Our words and works that drown
The tender whisper of thy call,
As noiseless let thy blessing fall
As fell thy manna down. 
Drop thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of thy peace. 
Breathe through the heats of our desire
Thy coolness and thy balm;
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm!


                                           <>< 
Words by John Greenleaf Whitter, from his poem "The Brewing Of Soma," as published in his book, THE PENNSYLVANIA PILGRIM, AND OTHER POEMS, published by J. R. Osgood and Company, 1872.

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Please note that this poem appears, unmarked, as verses within the larger poem, "The Brewing Of Soma," and that this page is absolutely faithful to the original in its content and format. Various hymnals have modified it for various reasons, but this is the authentic original text, complete, as published.

Blessings to you! May you thrive and prosper in everything you do.

Benediction

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      "Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in
       all ways. The Lord be with you all." (2 Thessalonians 3:16 RSV)
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Blessings to you in Jesus Christ our Lord!

This worship service is now completed. Go in peace.

Rev. Bill McGinnis

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