Dover Assembly of God
1.6.2019 | Acts - Week 27
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    4790 Carlisle Rd, Dover, PA 17315, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM
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January 6, 2019

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
Sunday
9:00 am ~ Coffee & Donuts
9:30 am ~ Sunday Classes
10:30 am ~ R.O.C.K. Children’s Ministries
10:30 am ~ Worship Service
1:00 pm ~ Spanish Service

6:30 pm~ Week of Prayer-Sanctuary

Monday
6:30 pm ~ Week of Prayer7:00 pm ~ Deacon Board Meeting

Tuesday
6:30 pm ~ Week of Prayer

Wednesday
6:30 pm ~ FAMILY NIGHT
UPCOMING EVENTS
Week of Prayer
Week of prayer begins TONIGHT. We will meet Today through Wednesday evenings in the sanctuary from 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm for worship and prayer. We encourage everyone to make an effort to join us. Please see the insert for specific prayer topics.
Men's Breakfast
The guys will be going to Dover Valley restaurant for our first breakfast of the year. We’ll meet there at 8:00 on Sat. Jan 12. Please sign up in the lower foyer if you are able to join us and be sure to invite someone along!
BODY NEWS

Snow Cancellations
Should we have the need to cancel any of our services due to inclement weather, we will put that information on our Facebook page, our website, and the local TV stations [WGAL-CH 8, CBS 21, ABC 27, FOX 43, CW 15] If you would like to sign up for a TEXT on your cell phone that will indicate the status of our services, please fill out the blue & white card with your name and cell phone number. Please be sure to hand them into our Information Center and we will add you to our list.
Annual Business Meeting
As we prepare for our annual church business meeting on Sun., Jan. 20. we ask that you pray for the election of our new deacon board members. The following have been nominated and have accepted the nomination to run for the 2 positions that are open.
~ Carl Dobbins
~ Dick Sweitzer
Since there are only 2 candidates running and 2 positions available, this will be a ratification of Carl & Dick for the positions.
Hoodies
Dover Assembly hoodies have arrived. Please see Pastor Jeff to receive yours.
Special Thanks!
To Katie Jones & Dave for taking down our Christmas decorations and re-decorating our platform area! We greatly appreciate 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
~ Robin H.
~ Beulah S.
~ Phil & Murina S.
~ Marian T.

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Last week we left off with Paul & Silas being beaten and put in jail for casting a demon out of a slave girl, which in turn caused their owners to lose their investment.
Acts of the Apostles 16:22-24 NLT

This verse is pivotal to what happens next. These men were persecuted, beaten and jailed for only doing what God had called them to do.

Sometimes being obedient to God means there might be hardship in your future.

I love this quote from Johnny Cash.

Being a Christian isn't for sissies. It takes a real man to live for God – a lot more man than to live for the devil, you know? If you really want to live right these days, you gotta be tough. If you’re going to be a Christian, you’re going to change. You’re going to lose some old friends, not because you want to, but because you need to." - Johnny Cash

It sets up what happens next. Given the hardship and beatings they received, how would you expect them to act? How would we react given those same scenarios?

How do we react when we get bad news? How do we react when God doesn’t prevent us from enduring pain or loss?

Most of us probably would not react well.

How did Paul & Silas react to such mistreatment, pain, humiliation, and suffering?
Acts of the Apostles 16:25 NLT

The truth is, complaining and moaning and blaming God doesn’t change anything.

Paul & Silas weren’t just praying to be released, they were praising God for what God was going to do.

And they didn’t know what that would be.

During our time of praying for help, do we also take time to thank and praise God for who he is and what he’ll do?

When we say we have faith, what do we mean? Do we trust God in spite of our current circumstances? Do we praise him when things are hard?

Do we trust him when we don’t see a way out?
Paul & Silas trusted God even when they didn’t see God’s plan of escape.

Here is a crucial truth...
Acts of the Apostles 16:25 NLT

This is a great truth even today. People watch Christians to see how they react when things go wrong.

And I believe this to be an undeniable truth of life: More people come to Christ by the witness and testimony of someone who is suffering than by those who may not be.

And people watch how your faith intersects with your struggle.

In other words, does your faith and trust still work when things aren’t going well? Or are we only faithful and loving God when everything is going great in our lives?

In the middle of praying and praising God, God intervenes.
Acts of the Apostles 16:26 NLT

Sometimes in the middle of praising God is when God answers.

When we have a time of praise and worship, it’s not about singing songs.

It’s about acknowledging who God is and praising him simply because we love him.

During the time we praise him, God is doing a work in our lives.

I have found that God encourages, blesses and lifts me up when I worship.

When we are able to leave our problems aside for a moment to just thank and worship God, God lifts our spirits and puts a song in our heart!
A sacrifice by definition is something that is difficult. It takes effort and sometimes is costly.

Old Testament sacrifices cost the people money, time and the travel do offer it was sometimes difficult. Sometimes our time of worship might be difficult, and might take effort to focus.

It takes an act of the will to lay our all on the altar with God. Because we don’t know how God will respond or if he will respond.

When we praise in spite of our circumstances, God is able to give us a peace and security that we didn’t have before we started.

That is also called the peace that passes understanding.

It doesn’t just happen. It happens when we behave a certain way. The whole context of that phrase is this:
The first thing it tells us to do is to rejoice! In spite of what is going on in our lives. If we first rejoice and let God take away our anxiety and worry, then the peace comes.
Acts of the Apostles 16:27 NLT

In these times, if a prisoner escaped the jailer who allowed it would suffer the same fate as the prisoner he let get away.

So that tells us there was probably people in jail who were awaiting execution. He wanted to avoid the public humiliation and resulting execution.
Acts of the Apostles 16:28 NLT

We're probably all wondering why everyone didn’t just leave.

The general consensus is that since the prisoners were listening to Paul and probably heard his prayers to Paul’s God, and then the earthquake happened, they were thinking that either Paul was a god or at least Paul prayed to a God who made them too afraid to leave.

God’s answer to prayer had a profound effect on those who were around.

Miracles are not only for us, they are designed to be a profound testimony to those around us who don’t believe.

Miracles are designed to get people’s attention so they are open to the truth. To the reality of God.

As evidenced by the next verse.
Acts of the Apostles 16:29-30 NLT

The jailer knew that Paul & Silas had been beaten, arrested and thrown in jail and in stocks. Yet he saw them praising God.

I’m sure it got his attention. Why are these guys happy? Who is this god to whom they are praying?

We don’t know exactly what they were praying, so we can only speculate.

Maybe they were praying to be released, maybe they were praying for another chance to share God’s word...

In either case, the jailer heard it and now the earthquake (the miracle) convinced him that what they were accused and beaten for was true.

This goes back to my assertion that more people come to Christ not because of blessings, but because of hardships that Christians endure and more importantly, how we respond to them, because when people who don’t know Christ experience hardships, they want help.

They want someone who has experienced and can relate to them. And how we got through it. People will flock to you because they want the answers you have.

The jailer must have heard what Paul was preaching before he went to jail because he came in and asked him that very question...
Acts of the Apostles 16:31 NLT

Now we know that one person getting saved does not automatically mean that everyone is saved because HE did it.

I believe that Paul & Silas were given a word of prophecy. They knew that when the jailer went home and told his family, they too would believe.

Again, the gifts of the spirit in operation.

Notice also, that they didn’t put any demands on doing anything to be saved. They didn’t say, be circumcised, be baptized, do good things.

He said the same thing we say today...
Acts of the Apostles 16:31 NLT

They then go into God’s word to show them that what they just said was true.
Acts of the Apostles 16:32 NLT

Just because Paul said it or any preacher says anything, they need to back everything we say up with what the Bible says.
Acts of the Apostles 16:33-34 NLT

When someone comes to Christ, we should notice a difference in their lifestyle and actions.

Instead of killing himself, the jailer cleaned up Paul & Silas, washed and cleaned his wounds. His normal course of action should have been to report the earthquake and loosed prisoners and then submit himself to the punishment.

That would be the honorable thing to do for a roman jailer, but God renewed his heart and spirit, made him a new person, and thus his whole attitude can lifestyle changed.
Here we have a gentile bringing in a Jew to eat with him. When the family heard the gospel, they believed and were baptized, and the whole family rejoiced because they now had a relationship with the living God.

An entire household which was more than wife and kids-usually meant many generations and aunts and uncles-came to faith in Christ, not because Paul had a lot of things or blessings, but because God allowed Paul & Silas to endure suffering in order to be a witness to an entire family.

We never know how God will use hardships in our lives in order to be a blessing to someone who needs Jesus.

Going through a hard time right now? Look around to see who may be watching you. Look around to see how you might be able to change someone’s life.

The enemy meant to have Paul & Silas in jail to stop their work. But God turned all that around for His good.

God turned what the enemy meant for evil around and used it for good, and God can turn any hardship in your life around as well.

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