“Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me." Psalm 50:15 (NIV)
Do you ever feel alone when you’re struggling with temptation? You’re not! The Bible says God is ready to help.
In the Bible, Jesus gives you a prayer of deliverance to use when you’re tempted. He tells you to pray, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (Matthew 6:13 ESV).
We often shorten that prayer to just one word: Help!
Prayers don’t have to start with fancy words like “our gracious heavenly Father.” When you need deliverance from temptation, you can get right to the point: “Help! Keep my eyes straight” or “Help! I don’t like the way my relative treats me, and I’m going to see her today” or “Help! Everything in me just wants to get back at him!”
The Bible is full of people who prayed for deliverance—like David, Daniel, Esther, Peter, and Paul. God was there to help them, and he’ll help you too. In fact, God hears and helps everyone who asks.
You may wonder, “Why can I expect God to help me when I pray the prayer of deliverance?” Because God has promised to help.
The Bible says, “Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me” (Psalm 50:15 NIV). God doesn’t say you must have a long conversation with him. You can just say, “Help, God! I’m facing something now that willpower won’t get me through.”
He knows everything that’s going on in your life, and he’s sympathetic to your situation. He knows how irritating some people are to you; he knows about the things that tempt you.
The Bible says it very clearly: “[Jesus] understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most” (Hebrews 4:15-16 NLT).
Notice that the Bible says, “[Jesus] understands.” Why is Jesus sympathetic? Because he faced the same temptations that you face.
You may be thinking, “Wait a minute. Are you saying Jesus was tempted to get angry?” Yes, I am. “You’re telling me Jesus was tempted to have self-pity?” Yes. The Bible says he was tempted in all the ways you are, yet he did not sin.
Because Jesus was tempted but didn’t sin, he’s just who you need to help you overcome your own temptations. In fact, he wants to help you.
When you’re tempted, God isn’t angry with you. He’s not going to scold you. On the contrary, he wants you to come boldly to him! He says, “I’m here to help.”
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We will be welcoming new members this Sunday! We are excited to have 5 new members as well as 2 members transferring from another congregation. Thank you to Pastor Yates for leading our class!
Kick off your holiday shopping by supporting local crafters and vendors at Christmas in the Village in the FLC from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM on November 13. https://fb.me/e/1d0i0DQzO
Join us after service on Sunday, Nov. 21 for a fantastic Thanksgiving Lunch! Please sign up at the connection table in the lobby and let us know what you’ll be bringing and how many we can expect. Turkey will be provided! We will also be decorating the church for the holidays that afternoon and would greatly appreciate your help!
Our annual Chrismon Service will be held Sunday, Nov. 28. If you would like to be part of that service, please see Richard Baisden.
Breakfast with Santa: We are partnering with OH Chamber of Commerce to host this event! Join us Satruday, Dec. 4th at 9am!
Angel Tree: Grab a tag off of our tree set up in the lobby! We are supporting a few different families this year and we need your help! After shopping for your gift, please return it wrapped and with the tag attached so we know where to send it! Questions? Email the church office! Gifts need to be returned to the church office by December 19th!
Men's Lunch: Men meet for a time of food and fellowship every 1st Tuesday of the month at noon at Courtney's Diner (4066 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet).
Baptism: If you are interested in Baptism, please see Pastor Mike.
Youth Bunch to Lunch will be every 2nd and 4th Sunday. Teens will meet after worship for lunch and fellowship.
WORKERS ARE NEEDED! Please let us know if you can help in the following areas...
You are invited to join us on the Church Center app! Church Center is a place to connect with small groups and church events, send messages to your group, update your profile, and more! Download from the App Store and connect today. If you have trouble with setting up or updating your profile to keep your contact information up to date, see Jenn Houchin or Terri Ray.
Food Pantry: The Old Hickory Nazarene location is open on Wednesday from 5:00-7:00 PM. Volunteers and donations are needed.
Coffee Shop: Uncommon Grounds is open every Monday-Saturday from 7:00 AM-2:00 PM. Invite a friend and use this great outreach to introduce the church to your friends.
Debbie Woodard leads the Young Adult class in person and via ZOOM for anyone who would like to join. They meet Sunday mornings at 9am in the classroom next to the office.
Meeting ID: 868 1977 8952
Kenneth Ray & Gracie Smith lead the Friendship Class in person and via ZOOM for anyone who would like to join. They meet Sunday mornings at 9am in the classroom down the hall and to the right of the office.
Meeting ID: 846 6822 8046
Brice Rupert leads the teens class (grades 6-12), Kelsey Quillen leads the kids class (grades k-5), both in person at 9:00am. We have kids classes for all ages.
SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP begins at 10:00am in the sanctuary. The services will continue to be live streamed on Facebook and our website home page for those unable to be with us in the church building.
OH|KIDS CHURCH for K-5th grade meets in the kids room downstairs during the worship hour at 10:00am.
Coffee & Community Bible Study every other Tuesday at 9:30am in the Coffee Shop. Next meeting is on November 23.
YOUTH GROUP meets from 6-8pm. The first hour will be games and snacks and the second will be the Bible study.
Wednesday Night Bible Study with Debbie Woodard is on Facebook Live (from Debbie's page) at 6:30pm.
Richard leads prayer and devotional on Thursdays at 7:00 PM via ZOOM for anyone who would like to join.
Meeting ID: 894 2501 3143