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Bethel Family Worship Centre is a family oriented church that welcomes all nationalities and cultures, striving to meet the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of people. The Church, led by pastor Duane Grant, exists to help people to know God, to glorify and honor Him, to lift one another up, and to equip believers for ministry and outreach. Check out our podcasts and get in touch!

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Bethel Family Worship Centre is a family oriented church that welcomes all nationalities and cultures, striving to meet the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of people. The Church, led by pastor Duane Grant, exists to help people to know God, to glorify and honor Him, to lift one another up, and to equip believers for ministry and outreach. Check out our podcasts and get in touch!

    We Still Need to Pray

    We Still Need to Pray

    We Still Need to Pray
    Acts 10:1-8
    In Caesarea there lived a Roman army officer named Cornelius, who was a captain of the Italian Regiment. He was a devout, God-fearing man, as was everyone in his household. He gave generously to the poor and prayed regularly to God. One afternoon about three o'clock, he had a vision in which he saw an angel of God coming toward him. "Cornelius!" the angel said. Cornelius stared at him in terror. "What is it, sir?" he asked the angel. And the angel replied, "Your prayers and gifts to the poor have been received by God as an offering! Now send some men to Joppa, and summon a man named Simon Peter. He is staying with Simon, a tanner who lives near the seashore." As soon as the angel was gone, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a devout soldier, one of his personal attendants. He told them what had happened and sent them off to Joppa.
    Intro:
    1 Timothy 2:1-3
    I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Saviour,
    2 Chronicles 7:14
    Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.

    He was a Devout God Fearing Man

    Acts 10:2 He was a devout, God-fearing man, as was everyone in his household.
    Acts 10:34-35 Then Peter replied, "I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism. In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right.


    He was a Generous Giver

    Acts 10:2 He was a devout, God-fearing man, as was everyone in his household. He gave generously to the poor
    Acts 10:31 He told me, 'Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your gifts to the poor have been noticed by God!'
    2 Corinthians 9:9-11 As the Scriptures say, "They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever." For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous.


    He was a Person of Regular Prayer

    Acts 10:2 He was a devout, God-fearing man, as was everyone in his household. He gave generously to the poor and prayed regularly to God.
    Matthew 7:7-8 "Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
    Romans 12:12 Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.


    He was a Well Respected Man

    Acts 10:22 They said, "We were sent by Cornelius, a Roman officer. He is a devout and God-fearing man, well respected by all the Jews.
    1 Timothy 3:2 So an elder must be a man whose life is above reproach. He must be faithful to his wife. He must exercise self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation.
    1 Timothy 3:8 In the same way, deacons must be well respected and have integrity.


    He was a Righteous Man

    Acts 10:35 In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right.
    1 Peter 3:12 The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil."
    James 5:16 Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.



    Conclusion:
    James 5:13
    Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray.

    • 30 min
    Easter Thanksgiving

    Easter Thanksgiving

    Easter Thanksgiving
    1 Corinthians 15:3-8, 57
    I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve. After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles. Last of all, as though I had been born at the wrong time, I also saw him.
    But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.

    I am Thankful for the Cross

    1 Corinthians 15:3 I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. cChrist died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said.
    Romans 5:6-9 When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willling to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God's sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God's condemnation.
    Colossians 2:14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.


    I am Thankful for the Resurrection

    1 Corinthians 15:4 He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.
    John 11:25 "I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying."
    Revelation 1:18 I am the living one. I died, but look - I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.
    1 Corinthians 15:6-8 After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he was seen by James and later by all the aposles. Last of all, as though I had been born at the wrong time, I also saw him.
    Romans 10:9 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.


    I am Thankful for my Faith

    1 Corinthians 15:17-19 And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins. In that case, all who have died believing in Christ are lost! And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world.
    1 Corinthians 15:20 But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died.



    Conclusion:
    1 Corinthians 15:57 But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.

    • 32 min
    The King is Coming

    The King is Coming

    The King is Coming
    Matthew 21:1-11
    As Jesus and the disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the town of Bethphage on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead. "Go into the village over there, " he said. "As soon as you enter it, you will see a donkey tied there, with its colt beside it. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone asks what you are doing, just say, 'The Lord needs them,' and he will immediately let you take them." This took place to fulfill the prophecy that said, "Tell the people of Israel, 'Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey - riding on a donkey's colt.'" The two disciples did as Jesus commanded. They brought the donkey and the colt to him and threw their garments over the colt, and he sat on it. Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting, "Praise God for the Son of David! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Praise God in highest heaaven!" The entire city of Jerusalem was in an uproar as he entered. "Who is this?" they asked. And the crowds replied, "It's Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee."

    Jesus is King

    Matthew 21:4-5 This took place to fulfill the prophecy that said, "Tell the people of Israel, 'Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey - riding on a donkey's colt.'"
    Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey - riding on a donkey's colt.
    Micah 5:2 But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from the distant past.
    Luke 19:38 "Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in highest heaven!"


    Jesus as Messiah

    Matthew 21:9 Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting, "Praise God for the Son of David! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Praise God in highest heaven!"
    Psalm 118:25-26 Please, Lord, please save us. Please, Lord, please give us success. Bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord. We bless you from the house of the Lord.
    Luke 19:39 But some of the Pharisees among the crowd said, "Teacher, rebuke your followers for saying things like that!"


    Jesus as Worthy of our Praise

    Matthew 21:9 Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting, "Praise God for the Son of David! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Praise God in highest heaven!"
    Ephesians 1:21 Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else - not only in this world but also in the world to come.
    Luke 19:40 He replied, "If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!"


    Jesus as Returning King

    Matthew 21:5 "Tell the people of Israel, 'Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble riding on a donkey - riding on a donkey's colt.'"
    Revelation 19:11-13 Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war. His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him that no one understood except himself. He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God.
    Revelation 19:14-16 The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses. From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will release the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty, like juice flowing from a winepress. On his robe

    • 41 min
    Biblical Giving

    Biblical Giving

    Biblical Giving
    2 Corinthians 8:1-7
    Now I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, what God in his kindness has done through the churches in Macedonia. They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity. For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will. They begged us again and again for the privilege of sharing in the gift for the believers in Jerusalem. They even did more than we had hoped, for their first action was to give themselves to the Lord and to us, just as God wanted them to do. So we have urged Titus, who encouraged your giving in the first place, to return to you and encourage you to finish this ministry of giving. Since you excel in so many ways - in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us - I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving.

    The Importance of Generosity

    2 Corinthians 8:2 They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity.
    2 Corinthians 9:13 As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ.
    2 Corinthians 8:7 Since you excel in so many ways - in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us - I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving.


    The Importance of Tithing

    Deuteronomy 12:13-14 Be careful not to sacrifice your burnt offerings just anywhere you like. You may do so only at the place the Lord will choose within one of your tribal territories. There you must offer your burnt offerings and do everything I command you.
    Malachi 3:10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. "If you do," says the Lord of Heaven's Armies, "I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won't have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!"
    Malachi 3:11 "Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from insects and disease. Your grapes will not fall from the vine before they are ripe," says the Lord of Heaven's Armies.
    Genesis 14:20 Then Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of all the goods he had recovered.
    Matthew 23:23 You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things.
    Acts 2:44-45 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need.


    The Importance of Blessing

    Ezekiel 44:30 The first of the ripe fruits and all the gifts brought to the Lord will go to the priests. The first samples of each grain harvest and the first of your flour must also be given to the priests so the Lord will bless your homes.
    Proverbs 3:9-10 Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine.
    Luke 6:38 Give and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full - pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.
    2 Corinthians 9:7-8 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don't give reluctantly or in response to pressure. "For God loves a person who gives cheerfully." And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need, and plenty left over to share with others.


    The Importance of Right Motives

    Proverbs 3:9 Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce.
    2 Corinthians 9:7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And

    • 50 min
    Celebration & Commemoration Amidst Suffering

    Celebration & Commemoration Amidst Suffering

    Celebration & Commemoration Amidst Suffering
    Psalm 23:5 You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies

    Turmoil Suffering are Common Inevitable



    2 Corinthians 11:23-27 I have worked harder, been put in prison more ofter, been whipped times without number, and faced death again and again. Five different times the Jewish leaders gave me thirty-nine lashes. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked. Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift a sea. I have traveled on many long journeys. I have faced danger from rivers and from robbers. I have faced danger from my own people, the Jews, as well as from the Gentiles. I have faced danger in the cities, in the deserts, and on the seas. And I have faced danger from men who claim to be believers but are not. I have worked hard and long, enduring many sleepless nights. I have been hungry and thirsty and have often gone without food. I have shivered in the cold, without enough clothing to keep me warm.




    God Uses Suffering



    1 Peter 5:10 In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.
    Romans 5:3-5 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.




    We Must Celebrate Commemorate



    John 16:33 Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.
    Romans 8:18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
    Psalms 13 O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way? How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? How long will my enemy have the upper hand? Turn and answer me, O Lord my God! Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die. Don't let my enemies gloat, saying, "We have defeated him!" Don't let them rejoice at my downfall. But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. I will sing to the Lord because he is good to me.

    • 34 min
    The Essentials of Water Baptism

    The Essentials of Water Baptism

    The Essentials of Water Baptism
    Matthew 3:1-3, 13-17 (NLT)
    In those days John the Baptist came to the Judean wilderness and began preaching. His message was, "Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near." The prophet Isaiah was speaking about John when he said, "He is a voice shouting in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way for the Lord's coming! Clear the road for him!'" John's clothes were woven from coarse camel hair, and he wore a leather belt around his waist. For food he ate locusts and wild honey. People from Jerusalem and from all of Judea and all over the Jordan Valley went out to see and hear John. And when they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River.
    Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. But John tried to talk him out of it. "I am the one who needs to be baptized by you," he siad, "so why are you coming to me?" But Jesus said, "It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires." So John agreed to baptize him. After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. And a voice from heaven said, "This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy."

    The Essential of Repentance



    Matthew 3:1-2 In those days John the Baptist came to the Judean wilderness and began preaching. His message was, "Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near."
    Matthew 4:17 From then on Jesus began to preach, "Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near."
    Matthew 3:6 And when they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River.




    The Essential of Turning to God



    Matthew 3:2 "Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near."
    Matthew 3:8 Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God.
    Matthew 3:11 "I baptize with water those who repent of their sins and turn to God. But someone is coming soon who is greater than I am - so much greater that I'm not worthy even to be his slave and carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.




    The Essential of the Kingdom of Heaven



    Matthew 3:2 "Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near."
    Acts 2:36-38 "So let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah!" Peter's words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, "Brothers, what should we do?" Peter replied, "Each of you must repent of your sins, turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ to show that you have received forgiveness for your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.




    The Essential of Obedience



    Matthew 3:15 But Jesus said, "It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires." So John agreed to baptize him.
    Matthew 28:19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.




    The Essential of Heavens Approval



    Matthew 3:16-17 After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. And a voice from heaven said, "This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy."
    Acts 2:38 Peter replies, "Each of you must repent of your sins, turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ to show that you have received forgiveness for your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    • 23 min

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