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 Abilene First Church of the Nazarene                                 June 2017 
From Pastor Dave
    
Happy June Y'all!  Summer is now in effect and most of you will likely busy yourselves with much travel and fill your schedules with a whole lot of kid's ballgames.  No matter how busy your schedule becomes in any season remember, just as much as you schedule time for anything, the Lord loves when you are a part of His schedule.  God loves a Bible that is not collecting dust.  The acrostic for BIBLE is " B asic I nstructions  B efore  L eaving  E arth ."  I have attached a Bible Study that I just used in my office for my private study but it is too good not to share with you.  I pray you will take the time to settle in and use it for your own inspiration.  Be inspired J --PD
 
 
PSALM 119
This psalm is special in several ways. It is the longest psalm (176 verses), and it is an acrostic psalm, following the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. In most editions of the Bible, the twenty-two sections of this psalm are headed by the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet (Aleph, Beth, Gimel, etc.). In the Hebrew Bible, each verse in a section begins with that Hebrew letter. For example, all the verses in the "aleph" section (vv. 1-8) begin with the Hebrew letter "aleph." Look at the "teth" section (vv. 65-72) and start v. 67 with "Til" and v. 71 with "Tis," and you will have each line starting with the English letter "T" (which is the same as the Hebrew "teth"). The Jews wrote in this fashion to help them memorize the Scriptures so they could meditate on God's Word. We do not know who wrote this psalm, although the writer refers to himself many times. He was suffering for his love for God's Law (vv. 22, 50-53, 95, 98, 115), yet he had determined to obey the Word regardless of the cost. All but five verses mention the Word of God in one way or another. The exceptions are vv. 84, 90, 121, 122, and 132. God is referred to in every verse. The number eight is stamped all over this psalm. Each section has eight verses; there are eight special names for God's Word listed; there are eight symbols of the Word given; the believer has eight responsibilities to the Word. The word "eight" in Hebrew literally means "abundance, more than enough"; it is the number of new beginnings. It is as though the writer is saying, "God's Word is enough. If you have the Scriptures, that is all you need for life and godliness." Indeed the Bible points us to Christ: He is the Living Word about whom the written Word speaks. In one sense, Ps. 119 is an expansion of Ps. 19:7-11. Note the eight basic titles of the Bible in the first nine verses of the psalm: law of the Lord, testimonies, ways, precepts, statutes, commandments, judgments, and word. These are repeated many times throughout the psalm.
 
I.  What the Bible Is
 
A. Water for cleansing (v. 9).
This whole section (vv. 9-16) deals with victory over sin. Young people in particular need to learn to heed and hide the Word that they might overcome temptation. As you read the Word and meditate on it, it cleanses your inner being, just as water cleanses the body. See John 15:3 and Eph. 5:25-27.
 
B. Wealth and treasure (vv. 14, 72, 127, 162).
Many people do not know the difference between prices and values. Your Bible may cost but a few dollars, but what a treasure it is. How would you feel if you lost God's Word and could not replace it?
 
C. A companion and friend (v. 24).
The writer was a stranger (v. 19), rejected by the proud (v. 21) and by princes (v. 23), but he always had the Word to be his counselor. Read Prov. 6:20-22.
 
D. A song to sing (v. 54).
Imagine making a song out of statutes-laws! Life is a pilgrimage; we are "tourists" and not residents. The songs of the world mean nothing to us, but God's Word is a song to our hearts.

E.    Honey (v. 103).
The sweetness of the Word is like honey to the taste. It is sad when the Christian must have the "honey" of this world to be satisfied. See Ps. 34:8 and Job 23:12.
 
F.    A lamp (vv. 105, 130).
This is a dark world and the only dependable light is the Word of God (2 Peter 1:19-21). It leads us a step at a time, as we walk in obedience. First John 1:5-10 tells us we walk in the light as we obey His Word.
 
G. Great spoil (v. 162).
Poor soldiers were made rich from the spoil left by the defeated enemy. The riches of the Word do not come easy; there must first be that spiritual battle against Satan and the flesh. But it is worth it. Read Luke 11:14-23.
 
H. A heritage (v. 111).
What a precious inheritance is the Bible! And think of those who had to suffer and die that we might have this inheritance.
 
 
II.  What the Bible Does
 
A. It blesses (vv. 1-2).
It is the book with a blessing (Ps. 1:1-3). We are blessed in reading the Word, understanding the Word, and obeying the Word. We are also blessed when we share the Word with others.
 
B. It gives life (vv. 25, 37, 40, 50, 88, 93).
"Quicken" means "to give life." The Word gives us eternal life when we believe (1 Peter 1:23). It is the living Word (Heb. 4:12). But the Word also quickens us when we are weak, discouraged, and defeated. Revival comes when we yield to God's Word.
 
C. It gives strength (v. 28).
Trusting the Word encourages us (Matt. 4:4). God's Word has power (Heb. 4:12) and can empower us when we believe and obey.
 
D. It gives liberty (v. 45).
A law that gives liberty-what a paradox! Sin would have dominion over us (v. 133), but the Word sets us free (John 8:32). True liberty comes in obeying God's will. His Word is "the perfect law of liberty" (James 1:25).
 
E. It imparts wisdom (vv. 66, 97-104).
We may get knowledge and facts in other books, but true spiritual wisdom is found in the Bible. Note in vv. 97-104 that there are various ways to discover truth-from your enemies, from your teachers, from your older friends-and all of these are good. But above them all is a knowledge of the Bible. Teachers may know from books, and elders may know from experience (both deserving respect), but these without the Bible are not sufficient.
 
F. It creates friends (v. 63).
Knowing and obeying the Bible will bring into your life the very finest friends. Those who love God's Word are friends indeed. There are false friends who may dazzle you with their worldly wisdom and wealth, but their friendship will lead you astray. Stick with those who "stick" with the Bible (v. 31).
 
G. It gives comfort (vv. 50, 76, 82, 92).
More than sixty verses in this psalm mention trial and persecution (vv. 22, 50-53, 95, 98, 115, etc.). The believer who obeys the Word will have trials in this world, but the Bible gives him lasting comfort. The Comforter, the Spirit of God, takes the Word of God and applies it to our hearts to comfort us.
 
H. It gives direction (v. 133).
The Christian life is a "walk," a day at a time and a step at a time (vv. 1, 3, 45). The Word directs our steps, both for walking and for running (v. 32). Note the prayers in vv. 35 and 116-117. As we pray for guidance, the Lord answers through His Word.
 

III.  What We Must Do with the Bible
 
A.   Love it (vv. 97, 159).
The way you treat your Bible is the way you treat Christ. To love Him is to love His Word. The Word is a delight (vv. 16, 24, 16, 35, 47, 70) and not a disappointment; we rejoice to read it (vv. 14, 162).
 
B.   Prize it (vv. 72, 128).
To hold the Bible in high esteem is the mark of a true saint. It should be more precious to us than any earthly treasure.
 
C. Study it (vv. 7, 12, 18, 26-27).
At least twelve times the psalmist prays, "Teach me." The Christian who daily studies his Bible will be blessed of God. Bible study is not always easy, for it takes the "whole heart" (vv. 2, 10, 34, 69, 145).
 
D. Memorize it (v. 11).
"The best Book, in the best place, for the best purpose!" is the way Campbell Morgan explained this verse. All ages need to memorize the Word, not children and young people alone. Joshua was not a youth when God commanded him to memorize the Law (Josh. 1:8). Jesus was able to quote Scripture when He faced Satan in the wilderness (Matt. 4:1-11).
 
E. Meditate on it (vv. 15, 23, 48, 78, 97, 99, 148).
Meditation is to the soul what digestion is to the body. To meditate means to "turn over" God's Word in the mind and heart, to examine it, to compare Scripture with Scripture, to "feed on" its wonderful truths. In this day of noise and confusion, such meditation is rare but so needful. Meditation is impossible without memorization.
 
F. Trust it (v. 42).
We trust the Bible about everything, because it is right about everything (v. 128). It is true and can be trusted wholly. To argue with the Bible is to argue with God. We test every other book by what God says in His Word.
 
G. Obey it (vv. 1-8).
To keep the Word is to obey it, to walk in its commandments. Satan knows the Word, but he cannot obey it. If we know God's truth and fail to obey it, we are only fooling ourselves.
 
H. Declare it (vv. 13, 26).
As we obey, we should also witness to others about the Word and tell them what the Lord has done for us.

Nazarene Missions International
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MONTHLY EMPHASIS FOR JUNE:  World Mission Broadcast
 
World Mission Broadcast (WMB) and Nazarene Missions International (NMI) have a long history of partnership and the annual offering for WMB remains as one of the offerings NMI officially supports. The offering provides resources that reach millions of people around the world with the Gospel.   Holiness programming, delivered over the airwaves, literally sends the message of Jesus's redeeming love around the world and listeners respond and they are won to Christ.  We will be supporting the WMB by sending our offering collected through Mission Money March in June. Please also put the WMB ministry on your prayer list. 
 

MISSION EMPHASIS SERVICE
 
We will be having a special Mission Emphasis service on Sunday, June 18. Watch for more details!
  
Thank you for supporting Missions Around The World And Across The Street!
 
Gayla Hastings
NMI President  

Children's Department

Hello everyone! 
 
Another school year come and gone!  Where did the time go!?  We had great school year here at FCN.   The kids stayed busy earning badges for Caravan, learning the books of I and II Samuel in quizzing, and learning two black light puppet skits. I would like to give a huge thank you to my team of helpers that help keep the Children's Department going.  Y'all are the best!
 
This summer we will have Mission lessons on Sunday evenings at 6:00 p.m. and object lessons followed by a craft, game or water play on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m.
 
I don't have an exact schedule for this summer but will we keep Wednesdays low key and fun for the kids.  It is summer after all and that means taking time to chill and have fun! 
 
Thank you to all of you that volunteer to watch the nursey on Sundays!  We couldn't do it without you! We definitely are growing and the need for workers is a must!  I try to have activities and snacks in the nursery for our toddlers during the service.  Please let me know if anything is needed to make it easier. 
 
Here's to a fun summer! 
 
Carrie Turnbow

WYBT1 Youth

As I was preparing for one of our Wednesday night youth lessons, I came across a devotional titled "The Junk Food of Life".  The Scripture reference is 1 Corinthians 10: 23; "All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify."  It talked about things that just because you can do something, should you do it?  Is what you doing building you up or tearing you down or blocking your walk with God?
 
After we had our discussion over this devotional that Wednesday night I started thinking, and realized that our kids are about to be out of school.  Now this is not a bad thing except that they are going to have a lot more free time on their hands.   How are they going to spend all that time?  Are they going to just sit and watch TV?  And what are they watching?  Or are they going to go on video game overdrive? Or are they going to sleep an extra 10 hours a day?
 
The question I am getting at is what they are doing, seeing, spending all their time on?  Is it edifying God,  or is it making their brain numb?
 
Please join me as I pray for our youth while they are out of school and have an extra 8 hours a day to use...that they will use this time wisely and not feed their brains with junk.
 
I would also like to ask that you pray for Kevin and I as we take Ashton, Hannah, Norman, and Nicholas to Indiana for One Heart Many Hands.  We will be leaving Saturday, June 17, and returning sometime Sunday, June 25.
 
Your Sister in Christ,
Sherry  

Men's Basketball
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Are you ready for some basketball?  The men of the church will meet on Saturday, June 3, at  6:00 p.m. in the FCN gym for some fun and fellowship.  Bring a friend!  Participants must be at least 14 years of age.  Please contact Robert Hehn for more information.  

   
FCN Book Club

The next FCN Book Club meeting is on Monday, June 5, at 6:30 p.m. at Mad Coffee, located at 8049 Hwy 83/84 (the corner of FM 707 & Hwy 83/84).  We will be discussing "Lumpini Park" by Ty Hutchison.  The Book Club will not meet during the summer.  The first fall meeting will be on Monday, September 11.

Disk Golf

 
 
Disc Golf Outing--Saturday, June 10, at Will Hair Park , located on East Ambler, between North Treadaway and ACU-- We will begin at  8:30 a.m., weather permitting.  Everyone is invited, regardless of age.   Hope to see you there!
   

Online Sunday Morning Services

 

Our Sunday morning Worship Services can now be found online!  Go to:

 

 http://www.fcnabilene.org/sermons and click on

 

"First Church of the Nazarene on USTREAM"

 

June Calendar

Check out events on the FCN Calendar.  See the events and times listed (they are even color coded)!
 
June Birthdays & Anniversaries

 

Birthdays 

  5  Dennis McDonald

  7  John Chappell
      Luverne Wadley

13  Jeri Spiker

14  Daryn Peters

15  Carroll Burks
      Peggy Santana
      Nate Seigman

16  Rita Billings

22  Lona Mae O'Neal

25  Luke Turnbow
Anniversaries
 
  4  Jesse & Lanaee Brooks

17  Ben & Beverly McAnally

20  David & Kathy Kessell

29  John & Julie Knowles

30  Bernie & Carol Hehn




From the Staff and Ministry Leaders of
Abilene First Church of the Nazarene
www.fcnabilene.org
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