Dover Assembly of God
10.21.2018 | Psalm 63: Trusting God In The Wilderness
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  • Dover Assembly of God
    4790 Carlisle Rd, Dover, PA 17315, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM
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October 21, 2018

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.

THIS WEEK

Today
9:00 am ~ Coffee & Donut Fellowship
9:30 am ~ Sunday School
10:30 am ~ R.O.C.K. Children’s Ministries
10:30 am ~ Worship Service
12:00 pm ~ Mini Membership Meeting
1:00 pm ~ Spanish Service
3:00 pm ~ Worship Practice

Monday
6:30 pm ~ Women’s Bible Study

Wednesday
6:30 pm ~ FAMILY NIGHT!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday Night Adult Bible Study
Join us on Wednesdays as we are studying the study on the book, The Christian Atheist, Believing in God but Living as if He Doesn’t Exist. Ask yourself, ‘Am I putting my whole faith in God, but still living as if everything were up to me?’ This study will challenge you to move from head knowledge to heart knowledge.

Women of Purpose
Women of Purpose Women’s Ministries – upcoming events:
~ WOP Christmas Dinner is scheduled for Friday, Dec 14 — More information to follow.

New Life For Girls - DATE CHANGE!
Due to scheduling conflicts, the ladies will be ministering in song and testimony on Sun., Dec 2. Plan on bringing someone who would benefit from hearing what God can do to change your life.

Water Baptism Service
We will have a water baptism service during our morning worship service on Sun. Nov 11. If you have not yet been water baptized and would like to be, fill out a pink form by the Information Center and we will include you for that day.

BODY NEWS

New Security In Place
Our new security system in our children’s ministries is in place. Both doors leading into the lower level will be locked. The entrance on the right has a camera and buzzer system. You will need to press the alert button and someone on the inside will let you in.

Faith Pledges
We made it! With last week’s pledges received, we have surpassed the $10,000 goal. An anonymous donor will match our $10,000 bringing our payoff down to $30,000 from $50,000! PTL! Please continue help us pay off this $30,000!

Deacon Board Meeting
On Sun. Jan , 20, we will have our annual business meeting. There are some changes that need to be made to our constitution concerning board members and elections. Currently we are unbalanced in our election process. Due to various circumstances, we currently vote for 4 members one year and only one member the next 2 years. In order to balance this out, the deacon board has proposed suspending the requirement of having 6 members plus the Pastor to having 4 members plus the Pastor until we get back on track to voting for 2 members every year as our constitution currently states. We need membership approval for this modification, so we will be having a short meeting TODAY (Oct 21) following church to discuss and vote on this temporary change.

Prayer Chain Update
As we update our current prayer chain, in addition to the phone chain, we are going to add the ability to receive prayer requests via text message. This way everyone will receive it at the same time and there won’t be a need to forward the information to the next person. If you would like to be a part of the text prayer chain, put your name and “TEXT”on a blue card and we will add you in.

Special Thanks!
~ To Keith Miller-for patching and painting our upstairs nursery.
~ To Leon & Michael Conley-for finishing our 2 fountains and trimming and mulching (with the help of Michelle) around the church and parsonage.

Pastoral Thank You!
Thank you from your Pastoral Staff for the wonderful Pastor Appreciation Day last Sunday. We are humbled and grateful for your love and blessings to us. And a great big thank you to Paul Jones for preaching for us. You did an amazing job!
~ Pastor Jeff & Anna, Pastor Keith & Lynette, & Pastor Luis & Edith

Election Day
Election day is fast approaching and every Christian should be aware of the issues and the candidates. There are voter’s guides on the table in the lower foyer to inform you as to where each candidate stands on vital uses. Please take one and be sure to vote on Tues., Nov 6. There is a chance that we could stem the tide on abortion.

Prov 24:11-12 - NIV
11 Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. 12 If you say, "But we knew nothing about this," does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?

PRAYER NEEDS
Please take time to review and pray for those on this list. Drop them a card or call to set up a time to visit. They will be blessed!

Shut-In
~ Helen S.
Prayer Needs
~ Rick C.
~ Robin H.
~ Rose K.
~ Phil & Murina S.
~ Beulah S.
~ Marian T.

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David wrote this psalm when he was on the run. Most commentaries believe this was when Absalom rebelled and had chased him out of town.

Verse 11 tells us that it was a time when he was king, so it wouldn’t have been when Saul was chasing him.
He was running away from his son who for all intents and purposes was out to kill him.

If this was me, I might sit back in regret and shame for what might be partly my fault.

The enemy wants nothing more than to allow us to wallow in self-guilt and regret for past decisions.

We are not our sins, and our sins do not define who we are. David could have easily just sat there lamenting all his bad choices, but instead he turned his focus on the God who can change the future.
First, he acknowledged God. For anything to be resolved in or lives, we first have to acknowledge that God exists.

Second, he realized that not only did God exist, but he moved it from head-knowledge to heart-knowledge. It’s one thing to say you believe in God, but quite another to say that he is YOUR God.
For something to be yours, you take possession of it. When you come to know Jesus, you take possession of that relationship. It’s your relationship. It’s not your parents, or your grandparents, but it’s yours!

David realized that even though he blew it as a parent, he still had that relationship with God.
Part of any relationship is seeking to spend time with that person. We adjust our schedules and sometimes sacrifice our desires in order to spend time with our spouse and families.

God shouldn’t be the last thing we think of when everything else is done.

Remember where he is. In the desert wilderness. He could have started out asking God to give him food and shelter.

He just sought God.
His deepest desires were spiritual, not physical. We know he needs food and water, but more than that, he wants to have that connection with God.
This attitude that David exhibits here isn’t something that he gins up at that moment.

This is a habit that he has learned over time and nothing that is new to him.

How do we know that? Because David relates his past experiences with God.
David has seen the power of God in his past dealings with God. Spending time worshiping on his own, he has seen God moving in miraculous ways. He has seen the power of God in the past.

If you feel like you are in the desert like David, are you able to look back and see where God has done great things? Have you experienced or seen the power of God in operation?

Now David would not have been allowed in the inner part of the sanctuary, but he came as close as he could consistently and saw God’s power and glory.

It is our regular worship that prepares us for the crisis experiences in or lives. You can’t expect to have God’s peace and confidence if we never spend time worshiping.

Our past experiences with the power and glory of God, prepare us for what lies ahead.

Warren Wiersbe says this: “What life does to us depends on what life finds in us”

Do we have a love for God in us? Do we have a storehouse of memories and knowledge of God’s word in us for which to look back?

David didn’t live in the past, but he used the past to get him through the present.

If we experience the love, power and glory of God in here, why do we not think we can experience it elsewhere?

David saw that in the temple and trusted him for the same in the desert.
David could have complained about his situation, but he didn’t. He spent time worshiping God.

Remember, David had already been busted by Nathan about Bathsheba and Uriah. But he found forgiveness from God.
That is how he can say from his heart:
He had been forgiven of his terrible sin. God extended him love and forgiveness to someone who wasn’t worthy.
David knew it. He first-hand experienced God’s love.
What horrible things have you done in your past?

Have you asked for forgiveness for them? Have you received forgiveness? Have you forgiven yourself?

Has God extended his love and grace to you? Someone who wasn’t worthy of that love but received it anyways?
He had been forgiven of his sins, so he wanted to praise God. He wanted to lift his hands in prayer.

What is the end result of David’s worship and prayer?
God gives a contentment, peace and a satisfaction that is unexplainable.

David equates it with something we all can relate to--if you are starving and someone takes you to Shady Maple.

David is saying that God’s presence is better than that, because food satisfies for a while, but God can satisfy all the time.

And with that contentment, satisfaction and peace comes songs of joy.

Because your joy doesn’t depend on what’s happening to you, or where you are at any given moment.

It comes from a relationship with Christ.
This wasn’t a nervous kind of “I can’t sleep”, but a calm lying in bed thinking about God’s goodness.

Our thoughts don’t keep us up at night, but we can rest knowing God is in control.
Rather than lying in bed worrying about his problems, he thought instead of what God has done for him in the past.

What has God done for you? If God was able to take care of that, will he not take care of this?

The Bible countless times refers to God as our shelter, fortress, a high tower--all images of protection.

God protects his children. And because we can be confident about his protection, we again can be joyful.
Picture a dad holding his child’s hand and walking with him/her across a street.

The dad holds that hand tight and walks a bit in front to protect them and to watch for dangers ahead.
How often do little children want to sleep with their parents?
Your presence allows them to sleep very peacefully. It’s still the same darkness, the same boogey man is under the bed, but your presence calms all their fears.

Nothing has changed for them, except you are there.

David knew that God was there for him, even in the desert wilderness. He learned that through past experiences with his Father.

What have we learned through our lives that encourages us?

If we trust God completely, then His presence will allay your fears and hurts.

If you feel you are in the wilderness and no one is around, take this time to worship God, remember what he has already done in you and around you.

As you do these, God will give you rest and calm and assurance.

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