Agape Bible Christian Fellowship in Martinsville
5/14 Mother's Day
5/21 Church Annual Celebration
5/28 Family and Friends Funday
6/17 Men's Breakfast (Host: Agape Women)
6/18 Recognition of Fathers
6/21 Hero Central VBS 2017
6/22 Hero Central VBS 2017
6/23 Hero Central VBS 2017
6/25 Family and Friends Funday
Morning Worship in Martinsville
Bible study in Martinsville
Wednesday 12:00pm and 7:00am
Wednesday Narcotics Anonymous 5:30pm
Thursday Parenting Classes 6:00pm
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Removing the Shame
Check out 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
One of the messages of the Bible is, "God is a God of a second chance." 1 John 1:19 reads But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. Unfortunately, people experience things in life that sends them down a path of shame. It is shame that burdens the heart even greater than condemnation. Shame should be viewed as a heavy weight that we are unable to lift ourselves. God is the One who we should turn to in assisting us to lift the unbearable weight. To counter God, it is Satan who uses shame to motivate humanity to search for coping mechanisms that do not help remove shame. This is why we should always seek a closer relationship with God, because Satan is always going to attempt to make someone feel like they have not repented or asked for forgiveness, make feel as if something cannot be forgiven, tell someone there is nothing that can be done about shame, and dwell on regrets and mistakes that have been made in the past. In other words our shame comes from sin, abuse, and self-doubt. 2 Peter 2:9 states, "So you see, the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials, even while keeping the wicked under punishment until the day of final judgement." In other words, God is able to rescue each of us from the worst shames. So today, as you may read this message I encourage you to turn all shame and pain over to God. One of the reasons we sing great hymnals like "Jesus Paid It All" is because we should remind ourselves daily that although sin, mistakes, our pains and our aches may have left a crimson stain, Jesus has washed away the filth of sin white as snow. So this week I encourage you to let go and move past the state of shame by turning it over to God. God's love is unconditional and if you repent, you will be forgiven.
Elder J Hagwood
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