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    4790 Carlisle Rd, Dover, PA 17315, USA
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July 14, 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 School
10:30 am ~ R.O.C.K. Children’s Ministries
10:30 am ~ Worship Service
1:00 pm ~ Spanish Service

Wednesday
6:30 pm ~ FAMILY NIGHT

Friday
6:00 pm ~ Women’s Summer Refresher

Saturday
6:30 pm ~ Saturday Night Spanish Service

UPCOMING EVENTS

Women of Purpose
The next event for the women will be the Summer refresher that will be held at Diane Crumrine’s house THIS Friday, July 19 starting at 6:00 pm. Join us as Dee D’Agostino shares with us. Please be sure to sign up at the women’s table in the upper foyer. Please bring a favorite picture of yourself to share and be prepared to tell the memory that goes along with it. TODAY is the last day to sign up. See the list on the women’s table in the upper foyer.

Pastor Jeff & Anna
Please keep Pastor Jeff and Anna and family in prayer as they travel to the Outer Banks for vacation July 20—July 28. Pastor Keith & Gil Tunney will be sharing God’s word while they are away.

Vacation Bible School (VBS)
Mark your calendars for this 4 day event. It will be held Aug 4-7. The theme is Video Games and the title we have chosen is “POWER UP”. Donations of $5.00 / $10.00 / $25.00 gift cards to purchase gifts and supplies are being accepted at this time. You can register online at www.doverassembly.com/vbs/

Please grab some flyers from the church to post around town to help us promote this great outreach!

Something New Is Coming! Get Ready For It!
We will roll out this new thing in the weeks to come. Just be in prayer about it, because it is going to be exciting!

BODY NEWS

Congratulations!
To Robin & Keith Housseal on the birth of their new granddaughter. Cora Mae Hansford was born July 9 at 9:11 pm and weighed 8 lbs, 3 oz and was 20.9” Congratulations to parents Quay & Paiton Hansford!

Saturday Evening Spanish Service
In addition to the regular Sunday afternoon service, Pastor Luis has started a Saturday evening service, beginning at 6:30 pm. Continue to pray for Pastor Luis and this tremendous outreach.

Online Giving
In the age of smart phones, websites, social media and electronic banking, our church wants to be sure that we are exploring every technology that will ultimately benefit the work of God here in Dover Assembly. We have partnered with the company Tithe.ly.com and put a link on our website and phone app that will permit online giving.

You can learn more and give online at doverassembly.com/give.

UPCOMING EVENTS
July 19 ~ WOP Women’s Summer Refresher
Aug 4-7 ~ VBS
Aug 9 ~ WOP Women’s Book Club Dinner
Aug 29, Sept 2-8 ~ Dover Fireman’s Fair
Sept 6-15 ~ York County Fair
Sept 7 ~ “Fearless” Youth Event
Sept 9 ~ Women’s Bible Study Begins
Sept 22 ~ “Invite Your One” Day
Sept 25 ~ See You at the Pole
Oct 5 ~ Dover Parade
Oct 11 ~ Women’s Cupcake Decorating Night
Oct 18-19 ~ Men’s Conference @ CLA
Nov 8 ~ Joyce Meyer
Nov 15-16 ~ Women’s Conference

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-Ins
~ Helen S.
~ Beulah S.
Prayer Needs
~ Robin H.
~ Rose K.
~ Marian T.

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July 14, 2019 - Pastor Jeff Bender

Last week was about moving the mountains in our lives. How is that done unless we expect God to show up?

And how does he show up? By doing the miraculous -- which is the topic today.

Do we today, expect God to do miraculous things? Or do we think that God doesn’t work that way anymore?

If I took a poll, I’m confident that everyone here would say God does miraculous things, but do we live our daily lives REALLY believing it?

When people say they heard from God, what is our reaction? Has anyone had a dream or vision that they can say for certain was from God?

When was the last time you heard anyone talking about demon possession? And lastly, has anyone ever said those things to someone who doesn’t yet believe?

Why not? Let’s look at what Jesus said about this.
Philip was questioning the validity of who Jesus said he was. Jesus reminds him of all he has said up to this point, in all his sermons and one on one discussions.

Then he says, if my sermons and interactions with people didn’t convince you at least look at all the miraculous things YOU SAW ME DO in the past 3 years. That in itself should prove who I am.

The he goes on to say that anyone else who believes, not only in the miraculous, (which only verify what He taught) but in the fact that he was God.

If you believe that, Jesus said you will do the SAME WORKS that I have already done. And not only that, you will do a lot more of them than I did.

They won’t be greater in power, but in numbers.

Why will we be able to do these? Or I guess the better question is HOW

because I am going to be with the Father.

And later in John 16 Jesus says this . . .
So if this is true, why do we not see much in the way of the miraculous?

Beside the fact that by definition, miracles are things that don’t happen every day in normal ways.

A few reasons:

1) Things that we have today in the way of modern medicine and modern technology would be considered miracles in Jesus’ day.

2) Since we are so “advanced”& “prosperous”, we don’t need to see them. We live and act is if God were not here with us.
There was an article in Christian Century entitled “Embarrassed by God’s Presence”

It’s concluding sentence said this:
“The central problem for our church, our theology, and it’s ethics is that it is merely atheistic.” “That means churches (and Christians) operate and conduct business as if God didn’t matter.”

Do we start every day expecting God to be an active part of our lives?

Do we expect to hear from God during the day, Getting direction from Him.

We want and are comfortable with predictability. We want to see everything lined up before we step out.

Sometimes I think we are happier with things being predictable rather than expecting God to do the miraculous.

If we come to church knowing what will probably happen, we know we’ll be done by noon and nothing out of the ordinary is going to happen, that is comfortable for us.

Do we want God to throw a monkey wrench into the service and do something miraculous?
That mind set leads to 2 different possibilities.

a) It tells us that if I miss today, I’m not really missing anything. It’s the same every week.

b) I don’t come really expecting God to show up in a miraculous way.

We come expecting the normal and both scenarios don’t allow for something miraculous to happen.

This also applies to our daily lives outside of church. If we live with predictability, we aren’t disappointed if God doesn’t show up.

I call that a spiritual safeguard. If I don’t step out and really trust God for this provision or healing and God doesn’t come through like I think, I won’t be disappointed or worse get mad at God for not coming through.

But that isn’t living by faith.

What is the definition of faith?
God’s word tell us to pray for healing. It tells us to cast our cares on him. It tells us that he is our provider. It doesn’t tell us to think about “what if”.

What if he doesn’t heal or provide or answer like I want?

We do what he tells us to do with confidence and leave the results up to him.

Daniel prayed for 3 weeks until the angel came to him. What if he quit at 2 weeks or 20 days?
I think modern Christianity is this: We have lived with the notion that God only works on our insides (our spiritual side) and doesn’t interact a lot with the outside material world.

That thinking leads to not having faith or trusting God for the miraculous:

If we have the money, we’ll do it. If we don’t, then we’re not going to trust God to get it for us.

If the doctors can’t do anything, then maybe at that point I’ll pray about it.

When the apostles went through the book of Acts, as they preached, miracles just kept happening. They didn’t think they wouldn’t.

Miracles occurred to validate God’s word being preached.
Have you ever heard this phrase: “Prayer doesn’t change things, it changes us”?

I’ve said that on many occasions, but is that really true?

If God does not change outward circumstances by way of prayer and faith, then why do we pray?

If God is going to do what God is going to do and no amount of prayer will change that, then we have absolutely no reason to pray.
In Exodus 32, we read that Moses prayed and God “changed his mind”.

Now we know that God doesn’t literally change His mind. But what happened here was Moses prayed according to what God had planned and the outcome was what Moses prayed for.

So if Moses didn’t pray, would God have sent judgment? Yes.

But God knew that he would pray and that he would answer that prayer.

When we pray for miracles and healing and provision according to God’s word, His plan is to use that prayer to bring about His glory.

All throughout the gospels, we see people being attracted to Jesus because of the miraculous.

He then used that to preach to them. The more he did miracles, the more people he got to preach to.

Eventually His words are what brought people to being saved, but he used the miraculous to start the conversation.

And I believe that today is no different.
It says ANYONE WHO BELIEVES. It doesn’t say anyone HERE who believed, or anyone who believes UNTIL THE BIBLE IS FINISHED,

It says anyone who believes. Do we believe?

Do we still believe that God is at work on earth? Or is he away and not interacting with us?

Do we still believe that the Holy Spirit is in us and with us?

Our country is just as much a mission field as Africa and African have seen many miracles. Why wouldn’t God do it here as well?

How do we receive miracles? How do we live our lives believing that they will and do happen?
This verse does not mean that God gives us everything we ask for.

Doing something in Jesus’ name implies being completely aware of who He is and what He is capable of.

It means acting as His representative, with His power and authority.

Therefore our prayers must reflect Jesus’ character and be consistent with His desires and purposes and have a desire to honor both Jesus and the father.

Will the outcome of that prayer bring glory to God? Will it advance the gospel or kingdom? Does it reflect the love and compassion that Jesus showed?

Then we have to be uncomfortable with the predictable. We have to trust in God’s word regardless of what has happened in the past.

If you have liked things being predictable and you didn’t want God to upset your apple cart, we have to change that mindset.

Do we really want God to show up? Not just goosebumps after the music, but a time where God does awesome things.

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