SUNDAY – MARCH 18, 2018

“Give to the Lord, O families of the peoples, give to the Lord glory and strength.  Give to the Lord the glory due His name; bring an offering, and come before Him.  Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!”  I Chronicles 16:28-29
It’s that time of the year when Spring and Easter are just ahead of us.  There is always much excitement about “going to church” during this season.  It seems the whole world directs its attention to the Church’s celebration of Jesus Christ’s resurrection.  There are usually more people in church during this season than the rest of the year, and that is quite alright.  It appears as if God is doing the stirring of people’s hearts and He is drawing their attention to what He has accomplished through His Son’s death and resurrection.  As God’s people gather, we expect the Holy Spirit to be present with us, and when He is with us He will lead us to worship!
     “We are brought to God and to faith and to salvation that we might worship and adore Him.  We do not come to God that we might be automatic Christians, cookie-cutter Christians, Christians stamped out with a die.
     “God has provided His salvation that we might be, individually and personally, vibrant children of God, loving God with all our hearts and worshiping Him in the beauty of holiness.
     “This does not mean, and I am not saying, that we must all worship alike.  The Holy Spirit does not operate by anyone’s preconceived idea or formula, but this I know: when the Holy Spirit of God comes among us with His anointing, we will become a worshiping people.” (Tozer, A. W., Whatever Happened to Worship, page 14.)
Certainly it is our desire during this special season to experience encounters with the manifest Presence of the living God. We expect that people will experience real worship, even if they have never genuinely worshiped before, this year they will enter something new in their “church-going.”  Let’s open our hearts to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to anoint us for true worship.  May the name of our great Lord be glorified by a fully worshiping congregation of God’s people.
A worshiping believer,
     Pastor Doug





SUNDAY – MARCH 11, 2018

“…and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.  And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”  Ephesians 1: 19-23
Communion, The Lord’s Supper is a common practice of Christian believers throughout history and around the entire world.  It is a celebration of what Jesus has done for us on the Cross as well as recognition that everyone connected to the Cross is also connected to each other. The true Church is universal in nature and “she” is what Christ shed His blood to purchase.  She has become His Bride, and He has no greater delight than seeing the Church be filled with His glory on earth.  All believers “eat the same bread” and “drink the same cup.”
     “Church members may by necessity be scattered over the surface of the earth and separated…but in every true member of the Church is the homing instinct and the longing of the sheep for the fold and the Shepherd.
     “Give a few real Christians half a chance and they will get together and organize and plan regular meetings for prayer and worship….They will hear the Scriptures expounded, break bread together in one form or another according to their light, and try as far as possible to spread the saving gospel to the lost world.
     “Such groups are cells in the Body of Christ, and each one is a true Church, a real part of the greater Church.  It is in and through these cells that the Spirit does His work on earth. Whoever scorns the local church scorns the Body of Christ.”
Mr. Tozer wrote the preceding paragraphs in God Tells the Man Who Cares.  I frequently and continually pray that we each will discover a great love for the Church and will find great blessing and joy in participating in the life of Needmore Bible Church.
A member of His Church,
     Pastor Doug





SUNDAY – MARCH 4, 2018

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down

on the edge of his garments.  It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of Zion;

for there the Lord commanded the blessing- life evermore.”  Psalm 133:1-3


It is wonderful to have so many people accept responsibility here at Needmore Bible Church and then have them faithfully serve God and all of us through dedicated and excellent work. While it is true that we need each of those who make a contribution to the work (and the examples are far too numerous to list at this time), it is more important to know that the ultimate work, the “real” and eternal work is done by God and not by man.  The church must be understood as more than a “human” or “social” institution.  There is a supernatural dynamic at work in the church, or else it is not a “true” church at all.  A. B. Simpson wrote on page 29 of In Step With the Spirit: “The Church was never intended to be a natural and intellectual organization, but a supernatural instrumentality wholly dependent upon the power of God.”
The Church is divine in its origin and also in its efficacy.  She will make the greatest impact when consecrated believers are filled with the Holy Spirit and they are determined to work together to be “…a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:21, 22) “The Church is found wherever the Holy Spirit has drawn together a few persons who trust Christ for their salvation, worship God in spirit and have no dealings with the world and the flesh.” (Tozer, p. 25, God Tells the Man Who Cares)
It is our utmost desire to be a part of His Church here at NBC. We want to be “real” and “true” in our efforts of serving the Lord Jesus Christ and the world that He has placed us in.  The two needed elements are born-again, Spirit-filled Christians and the power of His Presence in our midst.  Without either one of these we cannot be more than a mere earthly organization.  We cry out in full surrender, “Lord Jesus, take us completely and make us wholly Thine.  Anoint us with Your Spirit and use us for Thy glory!”
A member of His Church,
     Pastor Doug






“Then Moses said, ‘I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.’

So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said,

‘Moses, Moses!’ and he said, ‘Here I am.’  Then He said, ‘Do not draw near this place.

Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.’”  Exodus 3:3-5


When people encounter the living God and He speaks to them, the place becomes “holy ground.”  It is the presence of God and His word that sanctifies the place.  The entire Bible record from beginning to its conclusion proclaims that God “speaks” to people.  He is not a silent Sovereign.  God communicates with people because of His great love for them.  He does not want to be hidden and unknown, so He speaks.  The world certainly does not understand a “speaking” God, and they might even call it “mental illness,” but we absolutely affirm that our God “speaks” with us!  God speaks through the Bible, by His Spirit, and through our conscience.  In Faith Beyond Reason on pages 82 and 83, Mr. A. W. Tozer wrote about God speaking through our conscience.


     “It can be fatal to silence the inner voice, the voice of human conscience.  Some silence it, for instance, when that voice speaks in outraged protest at the human habit of lying.  It may plead eloquently against the habit of dishonesty, or take a person to task for jealousy or for some other sin.

     It is always perilous to resist conscience, to ignore the inner voice.  Let the Lord talk to your inner spirit, to your innermost being.  Within you is a conscience that cannot lean on anybody, that cannot share the blame with anybody – a conscience that singles you out, isolates you and says, ‘You are the man!’ ‘You are the woman!’  It is the voice that makes you want to lower your head and tiptoe away while no one is watching.

     “I am grateful for the human conscience.  If there was no conscience and no voice of God in the world, we would all become beasts in very short order… If that voice is speaking to you – that inner preacher who does not preach to a crowd but only to the lone individual soul – respond!”
Our God is speaking!  We must be willing to listen to hear what He is saying to each of us.  When we hear His “voice” we must be willing to do as He tells us!
     Pastor Doug






“If You, O LORD, kept a record of our sins…who could stand?  But with You there is forgiveness…

My soul waits for the Lord more than the watchmen wait for the morning…

Put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love, and with Him is full redemption.”  Psalm 130:3-7


The God we serve is a super-natural God.  That means that He is “above” or “superior” to nature.  He has created nature, rules over it, and even works through the very nature He created.  Yet, we must always remember that our God is the Sovereign Supreme over the entire universe.  And you and I must be open and aware of the supernatural works that God will do in our lives.  We must expect the miraculous because the “real” Christian life is given to us in supernatural ways.  All of our experience from being born-again to worshiping God falls into the realm of supernatural and miraculous!
Mr. Tozer reminded us about this truth when he wrote about our new birth.  “In our day, we send reason ahead on its short little legs, and faith never follows.  Nobody marvels, because the whole business can be explained.  I have always claimed that a believing Christian is a miracle, and at the precise moment that you can fully explain him, you have a Christian no longer!

     “I have read the efforts of William James to psychologize the wonders of God’s workings in the human life and experience.  But the genuine child of God is someone who cannot be explained by human reasoning.

     “In this relationship with Jesus Christ through the new birth, something takes place by the ministry of the Spirit of God which psychology cannot explain.  This is why I must contend that faith is the highest kind of reason after all, for faith goes straight into the presence of God.”  (Faith Beyond Reason, p. 40)
We were also reminded on Thursday in Seek God for the City that worship must take us beyond our own logical rationale.  “We know what it is to be impressed by our own religious performance.  We can say all the correct words, yet leave our hearts far behind.  Our worship routines are so well-rehearsed that they have become predictable and safe.  We are among those who have approached You without heart or humility.  Please break through our pride.  Gather our wayward hearts.  Surprise us with Your supremacy.  Stun us with how dangerous You are.  Ravish us with the brilliance of Your beauty so that the cloud of clever religious pride evaporates in the radiance of Your glory.” (P. 8)
Our God is an awesome God!  Let’s approach Him as if He is awesome!
     Pastor Doug






“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!  For His mercy endures forever.  Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy… Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!  For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.”  Psalm 107:1-2; 8-9   “Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!”  Psalm 29:2

When we gather on Sunday morning at 10:00, it is for the purpose of worshiping our God.  We label the time as a “worship service.”  It is a thousands-of-years-old tradition that is recorded in the Bible.  There have certainly been different rituals and practices over those years, but the fact that God’s people have worshiped God in corporate settings is a very well established fact.  You and I are gathered here today to join the millions of people around the world and down through history to worship.  It is possible that in spite of the clear call to worship, there are many, many folks who never really worship in the “worship service.”


Mr. A. W. Tozer gave much effort to call the church to genuine worship.  He knew that our God is certainly worthy of genuine worship and when Christians gather their attentions must be focused on God rather than on our individual concerns.  He was often criticized for his stern and serious approach to worship.

     “One man wrote an article as an expose of me.  He said that I claimed that religious entertainment was wrong, and he said, ‘Don’t you know that every time you sing a hymn, it’s entertainment?’ Every time you sing a hymn?  I don’t know how that fellow ever finds the way home at night.  He ought to have a seeing-eye dog and a man with a white cane to take him home!

     “When you raise your eyes to God and sing, ‘Break thou the bread of life, dear Lord, to me,’ is that entertainment – or is it worship?  Isn’t there a difference between worship and entertainment? The church that can’t worship must be entertained.  And men who can’t lead a church to worship must provide the entertainment.  That is why we have the great evangelical heresy here today – the heresy of religious entertainment.” (Success and the Christian, pp. 6-7)

     “I hope that we will remove from our hearts every ugly thing and every unbeautiful thing and every dead thing and every unholy thing that might prevent us from worshiping the Lord Jesus Christ in the beauty of holiness.  Now I am quite sure that this kind of thing is not popular.  The world does not want to hear it, and the half-saved churches of the evangelical fold do not want to hear it either.” (“The Chief End of Man,” Sermon #10, Toronto, 1962)


We must not care what man thinks of all this. We must care what God thinks of our attempts to worship Him!
I want to be a “true worshiper!”
     Pastor Doug






 “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! ‘For who has known the mind of the Lord?  Or who has become His counselor?  Or who has given to Him and it shall be repaid to him?’  For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever.  Amen.”  Romans 11:33-36

Oh, how much we need to be in prayer that God will minister to all of us through His Spirit when we gather for fellowship and worship.  If the Spirit of the Lord is not present and at work in our gatherings, then we are just having a “social” event.  We certainly all want God to be at work when we come together as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.  We want God to be at work convincing all who come and share with us that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God.  And when He is with us, He will work!


On pages 25 and 26 of Echoes From Eden, Mr. Tozer Wrote some very important truth about the working of the Holy Spirit.

     “The Holy Spirit, whom Jesus also called the Spirit of Truth, has not come into this world to fool around.  He will be found wherever the Lord’s people meet, and in confirming the Word and the Person of Jesus Christ, He will demand moral action!

     “It is for that reason that when a man goes to a gospel meeting he never knows when the last shred of excuse will be stripped from his naked, trembling conscience forever.  Men may joke and play – even about sacred and spiritual matters – but the Spirit of God is in dead earnest!

     “God is still speaking in this lost world, and one of His voices is the presence of the Holy Spirit, convicting a lost human race of such weighty matters as sin, righteousness and judgment.  While the Holy Spirit continues His ministries, we know that this lost world is not yet a forsaken world.”

This is our highest desire and our hope that God will not “leave us like orphans.”  He will come to us and dwell in our midst.  Let’s gather with expectation that many people will be convinced that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God.


Come, Holy Spirit, and fill this place!
     Pastor Doug






“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!  ‘For who has known the mind of the Lord?  Or who has become His counselor?  Or who has given to Him and it shall be repaid to him?’  For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever.  Amen.”  Romans 11:33-36

An expression that has often been used by new adherents to Christianity or by new church attendees is “I’ve found religion.”  That is a possibility for human beings.  A person can “find religion.”  A person can encounter religious life and can then observe and study and learn about it to the point of deciding whether or not to join in.  The reason a person can “find religion” is because religion is created by other human beings.  It is planned and organized practices that are done in response to awareness that there is a God.  Even though a person can “find religion,” it must be clearly stated that a person cannot “find God.”  The truth is that God must find man!


In the passage above it is stated that God’s judgments and ways are beyond the ability of the human mind to “discover” them.  They are unsearchable, meaning that the human intellect cannot find them by going in search of God’s essence, His thoughts or ways.  Isaiah reported this truth with the following words: “’For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord.  ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.’” (55:8-9).  This hyperbolic expression indicates that God and His mind, His thought processes are beyond the sphere of human reasoning.  A human being cannot comprehend, cannot find God using his or her natural cerebrations.  As the Apostle Paul wrote, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” (I Corinthians 2:9).


There is good news though for those who wish to “find God” and to “know” Him.  Paul wrote after his statement that human eyes, ears, and imaginations cannot understand God in all His ways, “But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit!” (I Corinthians 2:10).  Mankind cannot find God, and God knows that, so He has chosen to reveal, to make known His truth to those who will receive it through the enlightenment of His Spirit.  A. W. Tozer wrote, “The uncomprehending mind is unaffected by truth.  The intellect of the hearer may grasp saving knowledge while yet the heart makes no moral response to it.”  Only the Holy Spirit can give “sight” to human eyes and minds in order to know God and His truth.  We are praying and believing that God is going to give revelation and spiritual sight to folks now in darkness.


I saw the Light, no more in darkness, no more in night!
     Pastor Doug






“I said, ‘O my God, do not take me away in the midst of my days; Your years are throughout all generations.  Of old You laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands.  They will perish, but You will endure; yes, they will all grow old like a garment; like a cloak You will change them, and they will be changed.  But You are the same, and Your years will have no end.  The children of Your servants will continue, and their descendants will be established before You.’”  Psalm 102:24-28

The longer a person lives, the tendency is to become more and more comfortable with the familiar old “paths,” but yet everything seems to keep changing.  Like rolling down a hill, things seem to change more and more frequently the closer to the bottom we get.  The rapidity of change and change’s far-reaching effect can cause people to become fearful and frantic.  One might easily think that there is no real hope for the future and those folks who will attempt to live in it. In spite of this common experience for mankind, there remains a truth that some “things” will not change!  There are sure and solid foundations that we can build our lives on that will remain immoveable.  In Jesus, Author of our Faith on pages 142 and 143, Mr. Aiden Wilson Tozer has written the following.


     “The Scriptures are open and plain.  Jesus Christ is our Savior and Lord.  He is our High Priest, alive and ministering for us today. His person, His power and His grace are the same, without change, yesterday, today and forever!

     “He is the same Lord because He is the same God.  He is the same, never having changed in substance, in power, in wisdom, in love, in mercy.  In His divine person, Jesus Christ has never known correction or change.  He feels now as He has always felt about everyone and everything.

     “Jesus will not yield to those who charge that He is an absentee, that He is far away and unavailable.  Our faith tells us that Jesus Christ is close at hand, that He is a living force in our lives today.  He is the Holy Spirit of God fulfilling His promises moment by moment.

     “We…must stand together in our faith.  Our Lord is as powerful now, as real now, as near to us now, as loving now as He ever was when He walked among the men and women on the shores of Galilee.”

This is the foundation of truth that we must build our lives on.  Apart from God there is nothing else to stand on but the “quicksand” of this world!
I’m standing on The Rock!
     Pastor Doug






 “Oh, sing to the Lord a new song!  Sing to the Lord, all the earth.  Sing to the Lord, bless His name; proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.  For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.  For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the Lord made the heavens.  Honor and majesty are before Him; strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.”  Psalm 96:1-6

Have you ever thought about how much of the stuff you have in your life you could live without?  Do a mental exercise and just begin to imagine certain “items” taken from your life.  Imagine living without each particular item. Have you ever reached a place where you thought that you just couldn’t live without “that!”?  Well, what is “it” that is essential for you to live?  What is the most basic foundation that if you have it, you could live?  Is it possible that “God” is really all that you need?  In Tozer Speaks to Students on pages 164 and 166, he wrote about the “sufficiency” of God.


     “The error that everything new is good and everything old is bad takes place in the realm of practice and worship and religious activity generally. This is a view…that can lead, of course, to great rebellion against the truth….

     “We will never be where we ought to be until we go back to those old paths and learn to find God.  Then we will cease to be bored with God… We will center our affections upon God and Christ… and become specialists and experts in the realm of the spiritual life.

     “It is amazing how little outside stimulus we need if we have that inward stimulus.  It is amazing how much God will meet our needs.  It will not be God and something else.  It will be God everything.

     “And then, wisely, we will gear into our time…and in a moment we will become…alert to the needs of the world around us… At the same time, our great anchor will be God above… God will be enough.”

We serve the one and only true and living God.  He has made us for Himself, and we will never be complete until we are complete in Him.  He is more than able to save every one of us to the uttermost!
Satisfied in Jesus!
     Pastor Doug






      “Behold, God is great, and we do not know Him; nor can the number of His years be discovered.  For He draws up drops of water, which distill as rain from the mist, which the clouds drop down and pour abundantly on man…Indeed, can anyone understand the spreading of clouds, the thunder from His canopy?…At this also my heart trembles, and leaps from its place.  Hear attentively the thunder of His voice, and the rumbling that comes from His mouth.  He sends it forth under the whole heaven, His lightning to the ends of the earth.  After it a voice roars; He thunders with His majestic voice, and He does not restrain them when His voice is heard.  God thunders marvelously with His voice; He does great things which we cannot comprehend.  For He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth’; likewise to the gentle rain and the heavy rain of His strength… From the chamber of the south comes the whirlwind, and cold from the scattering winds of the north.  By the breath of God ice is given, and broad waters are frozen… And they swirl about, being turned by His guidance, that they may do whatever He commands them on the face of the whole earth.  He causes it to come, whether for correction, or for His land, or for mercy.”  (Verses from Job 36:26-37:13.)
Do you remember who the God we serve is?  Do you remember that He is the sovereign Creator who controls His creation and directs it according to His will?  Do you remember that He is supernatural, not contained or constrained by nature?  He is above it and is free to “break in upon it” anytime He chooses.  Those times that He does we label miraculous!  We serve the one and only supernatural God who performs the miraculous for His own glory and the benefit of His children.  Hallelujah!
The prophet Isaiah describes our God very well in His prophecy as recorded in the 40th chapter.  The entire section sounds very similar to the description recorded in Job.  Here are some verses to read.  “Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, measured heaven with a span and calculated the dust of the earth in a measure?…Behold, the nations are as a drop in a bucket, and are counted as the small dust on the scales;…All nations before Him are as nothing, and they are counted by Him less than nothing and worthless.  To whom then will you liken God?  Or what likeness will you compare Him?…Have you not known?  Have you not heard?  Has it not been told you from the beginning?  Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?  It is He who sits above the circle of the earth…”

But here comes the good news for those who love and trust the true and living God!  “Have you not known?  Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary, His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength.  Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”  (Isaiah 40:28-31)

Remember our faith is in the supernatural Creator, God!  Let’s live by this faith!
     Pastor Doug