Dover Assembly of God
10.4.2020 | Heaven - Week 5
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    4790 Carlisle Rd, Dover, PA 17315, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM
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Weekly Bulletin
October 4, 2020

Welcome to Dover Assembly!
We are so glad you have chosen to attend Dover Assembly this morning. It is not by accident that you are here. We believe that God has allowed you to be here so that you might receive all that He has for you. We pray you are blessed as you allow the Lord to work in your life.


Sunday ~ Pastor Appreciation Sunday
9:00 am ~ Coffee & Donut Fellowship Time
9:30 am ~ Sunday School
10:30 am ~ Worship Service - Watch Live
10:30 am ~ R.O.C.K. Children’s Ministry
1:00 pm ~ Spanish Service
7:00 pm ~ Deacon Board Meeting

~ Adult Bible Video Series: “The Study of Angels”

6:00 pm ~ Jewelry Exchange


A New Thing!
Today the Lord is beginning something new at Dover Assembly! Please enter into worship with us as we worship today with our brand new format! The Lord tells us in Colossians:
Col 3:22-24
23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. NIV

Serve and worship with us as we do a new thing!

WOP "Reclaim" Conference
This year's annual District Women of Purpose Conference is being offered virtual on Sat., Nov. 14, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. We are able to watch the live stream right from the comfort of our own church sanctuary! If you are interested please sign up in the upper foyer by the deadline of Sun., Oct. 11.

The Registration cost has been lowered: $20.00 per person!

WOP Jewelry Exchange
Please join us for a night of fellowship and jewelry exchange on Fri., Oct. 9, 6:00 pm at the church. Please bring jewelry you would like to part with for a jewelry exchange! Also, pizza and salad will be served. Please bring chips or dessert. Sign up in the upper foyer. LAST DAY TO SIGN UP!


Welcome back our Newest Deacon Board Member! Congratulations to Keith Housseal as he has agreed to fill the Deacon spot vacated by Pete D'Agostino as he has chosen to step down from ministry at Dover Assembly and has moved elsewhere. Welcome back Keith! Right where you belong!

Food Drive
The upper foyer outside the nursery, will have a collection bucket for donations of canned food during the month of October which we will donate to New Hope Ministries for distribution to families for Thanksgiving.

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~ Gladys J.
~ Beulah S.
~ Olga K.
~ Marian T.
~ Rose K.
~ Cindy D. (Angel’s mom)
~ Betty N.

TODAY ~ Pastor Appreciation Sunday
Fri, Oct. 9 ~ WOP Light Dinner & Jewelry Exchange - 6:00-7:30 pm
Sat, Oct. 17 ~ Men's Conference @ Christian Life Assembly
Sat, Nov 14 ~ WOP Virtual Conference
Wed, Nov 25 ~ Thanksgiving Eve Service - all departments meet in sanctuary
Thu, Nov 26 ~ Thanksgiving Day
Fri, Dec 11 ~ WOP Christmas Dinner to be held at the church - 6:00 pm
Sat, Dec 12 ~ Kids Christmas Dress Rehearsal - 9:00 am - noon, lunch provided
Sun, Dec 13 ~ Kids Christmas Play
Wed, Dec 23 ~ No Family Night Service
Thu, Dec 24 ~ Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Fri, Dec 25 ~ Merry Christmas! Happy Birthday Jesus!
Wed, Dec 30 ~ No Family Night Service

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Week 5 - October 4, 2020 - Pastor Jeff Bender

We are continuing our series on Heaven.

In the past few weeks we have talked about:
1) Heaven being a real physical place.
2) How to get there, what is there, it’s permanent, and who will be there.
3) You get there instantly upon your death, escorted by angels and met when you arrive
4) And you will have things to do when you are there.

Today we're going to hone in a bit more on what we will be like when we’re there.
One of my favorite TV shows growing up was the 6 Million Dollar Man, then Bionic Woman. The premise was ordinary people had mechanical parts attached that allowed them super human abilities. In the 70’s that was straight SCI FI.

Jump ahead to today. Wired Magazine had a story “Could We Soon Upgrade Our Bodies: Extreme Bionics Will Create Modular Super Humans”

3D printers are making replacement parts for our bodies.

A drug that is common today has been tested and shown to have slowed down the aging process. Professor Gordon Lithgow says: “This could lead to an aging vaccine, which when given to young people could increase their life span by 50%.”

Modern science is great. We live longer than 100 years ago, are mostly healthier and modern medicine has given us many advantages.

All of these attempts are worthy, I guess, and their goal is to try to eliminate any physical hindrances we may have and to perfect our bodies.

But no matter how much they progress, there is one inescapable fact. Our bodies will deteriorate and we will eventually die.
And no matter how long we extend our lives, in reality it is miniscule in comparison to eternity.
What people are searching for on earth is in reality only found in heaven.

We want perfect bodies. We want perfect health, immortality.

God’s word is pretty clear that all of these are available to those who believe.

We’re going to look at the resurrection chapter (1 Corinthians 15)

What will our bodies actually be like? Remember we talked about having a temporary body while we wait for the return of Christ and we are reunited with these bodies.

But after that happens, what will they be like?

We will have our bodies back.
If we know that we will have our same physical appearance bodies, according to this, we will be the same but perfected.

We mentioned earlier that we will be recognizable to others.

They will know who we are. So we must retain something about our body here, that others will know, there.

The verse says “our bodies will be full of glory”.

The verse literally means “brilliance”. Or a luminescence quality.

The same as when Moses came down from the mountain.

The same thing happened to Jesus on the mount of transfiguration.
Sounds like we will have a glow about us, but we will have a body that others know.

When Jesus was resurrected and walked among the people for 40 days, he had a body that was like everyone else’s.

When Jesus walked on the road to Emmaus with the two guys, they saw him as a normal man. They didn’t recognize him as Jesus, nor did they think he was an alien or a ghost or something.

He even said to them . . .
Jesus kept his wounds here, doesn’t really speak of it in heaven.

It also seems that our bodies will be able to eat.
We talked last time about having jobs.

If we are able to eat, then we can assume that someone will have to prepare it.
Maybe in heaven there will be different food.

Talking about Israel in the desert . . .
In heaven, our bodies will also be indestructible.
Why do we refrain from doing things? Skydive? Scuba dive? Race cars?

Because we are afraid of dying! As we get older and our bodies get older, there are things that we don’t do because our bodies won’t take it.

If we are raised in incorruption. Sounds like indestructible to me.
Bionic beings!

If we are raised in power, we won’t ever get tired or worn out.

Don’t know if there is sleep in heaven. There won’t be any night, so possibly no need for sleep.
Our bodies will not have the same limitations that we have now, no matter how young and strong we might be.

Imagine working and never getting tired.

There’s one thing I’m excited to see: Are we able to beam about and walk through walls?
Lastly, think about this: Right now we are always at war with our flesh.
We now have the Holy Spirit to help us in this battle. And the more we yield to Him, the less we struggle with sinful thoughts and desires.

But the battle is always raging on.
Have you ever felt that your life was controlled totally by the Holy Spirit and that your own desires fell away? Felt awesome, right?

But not long after that, the enemy shows up again.

Our greatest battles are right after our greatest victories.

But when we feel the presence of God and we know that our actions are totally in line with God’s will and word, we feel totally blessed.

That is what it will be like all the time in heaven.
Your life will be governed by the Holy Spirit all the time and the enemy or our own selfish desires will not be there to harass us.

We will experience the fruit of the spirit without any hindrances or limitations.

We and everyone else around us will have perfect love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and we won’t need self-control or patience

No more defeat, no more temptations, no more sin.
Let’s close with this thought. What things in your body are issues you are struggling with? High blood pressure? Diabetes? Maybe arthritis? Depression? Bad knees? Bad attitudes? Discouragement? Alzheimer’s?

The list of physical ailments goes on forever.

If you are young, cheer up, these are things you can look forward to.

If you’re older, you know what I’m talking about.

The point is, these physical bodies, no matter how long medicine and science can keep us going, will eventually wither and die.
“What is the greatest surprise you have found about life?" A university student asked Billy Graham. He said “The brevity of it, time moves so quickly and no matter who we are or what we have done, the time will come when our lives will be over.”
When I was a babe and wept and slept, Time crept;

When I was a boy and laughed and talked, Time walked.

Then when the years saw me a man, Time ran.

But as I older grew, Time flew.

Soon, as I journey on, I'll find time gone.

May Christ have saved my soul, by then, Amen.

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