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Are you ready for this?

Even though the word “revelation” is mentioned once in the book of Revelation, it is used 44 times in the New Testament. Of those time, 26 times it is used as a verb and 18 times as a noun, and in the book of Revelation it is used as a noun, and as I mentioned earlier it is a singular noun, revelation of Christ.
Of the 18 times it is used,
8 times as revelation of the truth of God (1 Cor. 14:6, 26, 2 Cor. 12:1, 7, Gal. 1:12, 2:2, Eph. 1:17, 3:3)
2 times is for revelation of Christ first coming (Luke 2:32, Rom 16:25)
2 times as revelation of judgment (Rom. 2:5)
1 time as revelation of us as children of God (Rom. 8:19)
Six times in four books of the New Testament, the noun form of Revelation Apocalypsis is used, twice in the writings of Paul and three times in the writings of Peter and once by the Apostle John.
3 times other than the book of Revelation, it is used as a noun for the revelation of Jesus at His second coming. (1 Cor. 1:7. 2 Thes. 1:7, 1 Peter 1:7)
The first time in the New Test…

The Assurred Promise of Christ's Return

The Word Revelation in the Greek is apocalypsis. Yes apocalypse. Some of you didn’t know you knew Greek. Apocalypsis is a word that almost uses a double negative. it comes from a compound word “apo” which means “away from” and “clypsos” as in eclipse or hiding or veiling something. You know a solar eclipse like the one coming on Aug. 21 is the hiding of the sun or when the moon comes between the earth and the sun. A lunar eclipse is when the moon is hidden and the earth comes between the sun and the moon and the moon is obscured. Apo calypsos means an unveiling. A Revealing of Christ. The book of Revelation is singular. It is not revelations. It is singularly set on revealing or unveiling one thing: Jesus Christ.
It may surprise you to know that the word “Revelation” or apocalypses is only used once in the entire book of Revelation. Only once. But it is frequently used in the new Testament. Jesus promised in all four gospels not only that he would rise again, but he also promised that…

The Past, Present and Future Aspects of the Lord's Supper

Jesus said “As often as you do this, in Remembrance of Me”. We look back to the sacrifice of Christ and remember that we were justified in our salvation.
Secondly, not only does Communion call us to remember Christ’s sacrifice, it calls us to reflection Christ’s sanctification of us. We were saved when we received Christ and are being saved as we daily grow to become more like Christ.
But the third aspect of the Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion, is the Future coming of Christ, and His ultimate revelation in glory. Paul said in 1 Cor. 11:26, “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.” Jesus said, “But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.” (Matt 26:29)
We not only remember we have been justified in the past, we not only reflect that we are being sanctified in the present as day by day we get closer to the kingdom of heaven and more and …

Seven Ways to Praise The Lord

Did you know there were seven “ways to praise” the Lord in worship? Seven distinct Hebrew words used for His praise. Psalm 100:4 uses four of these words in just one verse. All told, these seven words are used 754 times in the Old Testament. 
We should not need to ask why God would put so many times and so many ways to praise the Lord. Praising that which is praiseworthy not only lifts up God, but it helps us.
Don’t you enjoy telling someone else how good something was? When you find a really good restaurant, don’t you go around to others and “praise” the food? 
It brings an attitude of gratitude in our hearts. We look for the good in all of the bad. Prayer meetings often center around the hurting, sick and dying, but worship is a celebration of Great our God is. No wonder the Lord dwells in the praise of His people. We should too. Let us raise His praise.

Worship (Hebrew Halal) used 165 times, it is the root word from which we get Hallelujah. See Ps. 113:1[1]
Obeisance (Hebrew Barak) u…

Daily Praying the Word

PRAYING GOD’S WORD: More than 300 Bible verses are included in this book to effectively guide you in praying God’s infallible Word back to Him. Twelve times in Psalm 119 the writer tells of God’s faithfulness “according to Your Word”:
      to cleanse us as we obey (v. 9),       to revive us when we’re discouraged (v. 25),       to strengthen us in sadness (v. 28),       to save us in love (v. 41),       to receive God's mercy (v. 58),       to do good to us (v. 65),       to comfort us (v. 76),       to renew us (v. 107),       to uphold us (v. 116),       to protect us (v. 154),       to teach us (v. 169), and       to answer our prayers (170)
One way of praying God’s word is to paraphrase a verse into a prayer of your own. For instance, when you read…
6Now godliness with contentment is great gain. 7For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8And having food and clothing, with these we will be content. 1 Timothy 6:6-8 3Give us day by day ou…

Saturday Praying the Word

Worship Service/Sunday School
Please Pray:  ...that our worship would honor God. 
“When I look into Your holiness,  When I gaze into Your loveliness,  When all things that surround  Become shadows in the light of You.  I worship You, I worship You.  The reason I live is to worship You.”

1. Worship Service  …That we would truly worship God. 1 I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord.” Psalm 122:1 8Oh, give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name, make known His deeds among the peoples! 9Sing to Him, sing psalms unto Him, talk of all His wondrous works! 10Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord.  1 Chronicles 16:8-10 23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." John 4:23-24
…People are invited by friends, drawn by God’s Holy Spirit, and welcomed. 9“Th…

Friday Praying the Word

Church Ministry; Governing Authorities
Please Pray: ...for the direct ministry our church has to Killeen. ....for those in our government, who minister to us (Rom. 13:4, 6).
“Sweetly, Lord, have we heard Thee calling, ‘Come follow Me!’  And we see where Thy footprints falling,  Lead us to Thee.  Footprints of Jesus  that make the pathway glow; we will follow the steps of Jesus  wherever they go.

1. Adult, Youth, Children and Preschool Ministries. That we would impact the world. 4Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 6Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever th…

Thursday Praying the Word

FBC Supported Missions
Please Pray: ...for the various committees which work to direct and support the ministry of First Baptist Church …for the kingdom of God to be advanced in all His church, not only in our own church, denomination or area.
“Oh Lord You're beautiful, 
Your face is all I seek, For when Your eyes are on this child, 
Your grace abounds to me.”
If you would like a print out of this prayer guide pdf version of it, let me know. 
1. Various church ministries and committees 2Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few: therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Luke 10:2 16“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 40The disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher. Luke 6:40 17And whatever you do, in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Fathe…