Dover Assembly of God
10.28.2018 | Psalm 130: Out Of The Depths
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  • Dover Assembly of God
    4790 Carlisle Rd, Dover, PA 17315, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM
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October 28, 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
1:00 pm ~ Spanish Service

Monday
6:30 pm ~ Women’s Bible Study

Wednesday
6:30 pm ~ FAMILY NIGHT !

UPCOMING EVENTS

Daylight Savings Time
Don’t forget, we turn our clocks back one hour this coming Saturday night. Be sure to set your clocks and alarms so you can join us right on time! If you don’t remember, you will be at church one hour before everyone else. Actually, there are some of you that probably need to leave your clocks right where they are.

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
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!

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.

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?

Dover Assembly Hoodies
We will be ordering hoodies with our church’s new logo and vision statement. If you would like to order one or more, please see the sign up sheet in the lower foyer. Pullover or zipper hoodies are available. Payment must be received before the order is placed.

BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
Nov 2 ~ Bobbi Jo Blanchard
Nov 3 ~ Dick Sweitzer
Nov 4 ~ Pastor Jeff
Nov 4 ~ Allison Miller
Nov 13 ~ Rick Crone
Nov 13 ~ Erikah Nunez
Nov 21 ~ Marlene Kroft
Nov 22 ~ Lakelynn Wilson
Nov 23 ~ Carl Dobbins
Nov 25 ~ Travis Luckenbaugh

Nov 2 ~ Keith & Lynette Miller
Nov 7 ~ Jason & Juliet Johnson

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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We have been studying thru ACTS and have seen the historical aspect of the church.

Learning God’s word is vital, but it has to go beyond just learning information. It has to apply to our lives today.

Our study of God’s word has to include both knowledge of what God says AND practical everyday experience with God.

The psalms are everyday people who struggle, pressing into God for His help. The vast majority of the psalms are just that--prayers of people who are hurting and sometimes at their wit’s end.

And that is where the psalmist is when he wrote Psalm 130. This psalm emphasizes what God does for helpless people who cry out to him for mercy.
The psalmist recognizes his problem is over his head, but what is the first thing he does? He cries out to God.

In fact the way this phrase is used in Hebrew indicates that he has not stopped crying out.

Even when he was brought this low, he hasn’t stopped crying out to God.

Sometimes when it seems like we are drowning and there is no hope, we give up praying.

The psalmist says that even when he is the lowest, and it seems like nothing is happening-he doesn’t stop crying out to God.

Spurgeon says: “Prayer is never more real and acceptable that when it rises out of the worst places.”

Never stop crying out to God!
One commentary had this quote: “It is better for prayer to be heard than answered.”

That may be confusing, but if we read on, it says: "Once we know that God really hears our cries for help, then we trust him for the best outcome.”
Sometimes God’s answer to our cries aren’t exactly what we want, but it is always what we need at that moment.

First, he asks for mercy. What is mercy? Mercy is not getting what you do deserve.

Grace is getting what you don’t deserve.

Why is he asking for mercy? Because he knows he is not worthy of God answering his prayers.
Even the most moral and upright person we know has a laundry list of sins in their lives.
And since just one sin can’t be in God’s presence, we wouldn’t have a leg to stand on if we asked God for help, if His help was based on our actions.

If God’s answers to our prayers were solely based on our goodness, we’d never get any answers.

The psalmist realizes this and asks God for mercy-not getting what he does deserve.

The only way to be forgiven is to come to God and receive it.
Today God offers forgiveness for all our sins, but not everyone is automatically forgiven. We have to believe what God says about it.
It is because of Jesus that we can come to God, sins, warts and all, because it doesn’t depend on what you do, it depends on what Jesus already did.

But it doesn’t mean a flippant attitude towards God. Our relationship with God is something to be respected and honored. We can’t ask for forgiveness and keep living like we want.

The psalmist addresses that.
Forgiveness is not to be taken lightly, for it cost God his son. Therefore we ought to love and fear God.

When kids are little, it is okay to instill a little fear in them of you. Fear keeps them from doing something stupid.

Fear of God, is said to be the beginning of wisdom.
When we are convinced that God hears us as we cry out to him, he gives us the peace we need.
This isn’t hopeless resignation, but hopeful anticipation.

When we know God hears us and loves us, cares for us and is our dad, we wait hopefully for his answer to our need.

We don’t give up and just figure it’s never going to happen.
God’s compassions (mercies) are new every day, so every day something new may occur in your life and situation.

Tomorrow may be the day God brings you out of the depths of despair.

We can live in joyful expectation that tomorrow might be the day.

If you are forgiven and still find yourself in the darkness and depths, wait on the Lord and trust His word.
Think about what watchmen do. They stand at their posts all night long, protecting the city from outside invaders.

They long for daylight when their watch is over and more importantly, the threat of a nighttime attack is over. The city is safe for one more night. They can’t make the sun come up any earlier. They just have to wait.

Sometimes we just have to wait. There’s nothing we can do to speed up God’s answer. But we can wait excited for that morning light.

Don’t our troubles seem to get amplified at nighttime? We just want to go to sleep and wait for the morning.

When we wait excitedly for God’s response, we are able to rest easy.
He has gone from crying out to God, to finding rest in God. God has taken away the depths from him and replaced it with confidence.

Now he wants his friends and countrymen to experience what he has.

He has felt the freedom of being forgiven of his sins, now rejoicing that his God hears him, he has that relationship that assures him that he has a father in heaven who knows the needs of his heart.

And he wants everyone to experience it too.
If you feel like you are going through the depths--that you can’t even come up for air and something else drags you back down, remember this...

1) You are not alone. That feeling has been around since the beginning of time.

2) When we cry out to God, He absolutely hears your heart and you will find mercy.

3) As you wait seemingly forever in the dark of night, for the morning light to come, know that you can’t make God’s answer come any sooner that God knows is needed. And with that knowledge we can rest, knowing God has it all in control.

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