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September 8, 2018, 7:54 AM

Do you have beautiful feet?

Isaiah 52:7 ESV 

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

One of Satan's most viscious and evil lies is that "it is all about you".

This lie is so self serving that it is powerfully easy to accept.

God would have all of us (his children) join Jesus ( His son) in the war to reconcile the world.  

Beautiful feet carry Good News.  

So many of us miss the mark.   How are your feet.

Pray that God gives you the boldness to tell someone about  your salvation experience. 

   For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Luke 11:10 (NKJV

I would like to  specifically pray with you .   Please send an email  to me at  

                               I will pray with you for the boldness to share Christ. 

                              I will pray that God prepares the way and gives you the boldness to go.

Grace and Blessings





September 1, 2018, 7:33 AM

SharpRemarks September 1

September 1, 2018
Sarasota, Florida


This morning  as I read ""My Utmost for HIS Highest" by Oswald Chambers my thoughts turned to my understanding of Holy.  Isn't is interesting how our understanding of Christian and Religious words can  get skewered.  Oswalds thoughts on Holy turned me to self examination which no doubt was his intention.   

His use of 1 Peter 1.161 was a good choice because God makes it crystal clear.  Makes it difficult for folks to misunderstand what God is telling us.  I use WordSearch 12 in my studies so I pulled up the parallel  Bible feature to see what the translators did with this word Holy. I like the use of the word "be" in the translations rather then the choice of 'shall' by some.   I believe God's purpose for this statement is better expressed with "be"    Not only is it a direct communication of an instruction but the goal of my over all condition.   I am to be Holy.   It is the discription of my current relationship with God and the activities of my Life.  

Those of you who know me better than most know my understanding of Philippians 2.12.     Philippians 2.12  joins with Luke 9.23 and helps provide the internal push for my service and ministry as I strive to be more like the image  of God. (think creation)  To be Holy!

Oswald concludes today's devotion with this statement "Holiness is not simply what God gives me, but what God has given me that is being exhibited in my life."2

God's Grace has given me my spiritual salvation. Accepting that God has set me aside to a specific calling. (think Vocation)   Because of that I am expected to grow in Holiness and live and walk in the purpose that has been established for my life.

Grace and Blessings


1 Our 2019 January Bible Study will come from 1 Peter and be led by Dr. Roy Saint.
2My Utmost for His Highest: An Updated Edition in Today's Language. by Oswald Chambers  September 1


April 24, 2018, 8:04 AM

SharpRemarks April 2018



I am excited about our church calendar.  For a "small" church we seem to keep busy.


One of our upcoming events has captured my focus.  Spiritual Gifts.  Probably the most misunderstood and abused of all scripture doctrine that relates to our Christian Walk.


I believe God  has called me to a disciplining ministry.  Over the years that has involved me in several roles for me to accomplish the task God has set before me.


For that endeavor God as endowed me with specific spiritual gifts.  You may question my effective use of those gifts, but I will affirm that their presence has embolded me to involve myself in the ministry opportunities that have been placed before me.


I am persuaded that without my belief and trust in those gifts I would have become a pew potato like so many of my brothers and sisters in Christ. Some have commented on my level of activity at my age but again I credit God's use of my life to that longevity.


Spiritual gifts are not some mystical hocus pocus but the result of our belief,trust and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and his promise of the indwelling presence of  God's Holy Spirit.


The presence of God‘s Holy Spirit is what empowers us to work in the kingdom. The Holy Spirit is invaluable and plays a role in our understanding, our inspiration, our motivation, our strength, and our perseverance.  Just as the Scriptures have informed us the Holy Spirit truly is our helper.  Our relationship with the Holy Spirit is spiritual and intentional.


It is incumbent upon us to do all that we can to understand our relationship and the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.


And for that very reason I’m very hopeful regarding the study We were about to embark upon “The Journey to Discovering and Using your Spiritual Gifts!” 






     Journey To

     Discovering And Using

     Your Spiritual Gift(s)!!




This 13-lesson study covers twenty spiritual gifts mentioned in the New Testament.  Lesson titles include:

  1. Five Questions About Spiritual Gifts,
  2. The Gifts of Service and Leadership,
  3. The Gifts of Giving and Mercy,
  4. The Gifts of Hospitality and Faith,
  5. The Gifts of Discernment and Singleness,
  6. The Gifts of Knowledge and Wisdom,
  7. The Gifts of Prophecy and Exhortation,
  8. The Gift of Pastor/Teacher,
  9. The Gifts of Apostle and Evangelist,
  10. The Gift of Miracles,
  11. The Gift of Healing,
  12. The Gift of Tongues and Interpretation of Tongues,
  13. and Discovering and Developing Your Gift.

This study concludes with a "Spiritual Gifts Profile and Inventory."

  • Workbook  $10.00 each
  • SUNDAYS AT 5:00 pm
  • Registration please:‘

       At Church:      Sign up sheet in vestibule

       By phone:       941-474-7647

           By Email:          

    Send Questions to:

    Everyone is invited.  
    • Open to the public 
    • Bring a neighbor/friend.
    • Bring your favorite Study Bible
    • Bring a commentary that you like.
    • Meet in Fellowship Hall around our new tables





06-05-2018 at 5:43 PM
Bob & Penny Lorence
A Very Powerful Look into our Spiritual Gifts. Great learning so far. We Look forward to next weeks session.
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August 3, 2017, 7:34 AM

On my heart

ON Tuesday 8/1 I received a request to provide a one hour meeting for the Gardens of Venice on Wednesday 8/2 at 10:00 AM.

Eight people answered the call to provide ministry to resident of this facility.

Obviously their hearts were ready and on very short notice they prepared music, testimony and equipment.  Arrived before 9:30 and immediately began to visit and fellowship with the residents.  

God will use their efforts for the Kingdom

Thanks go out to:

  • James 
  • Sam
  • Glen
  • Dorothy
  • Suzette
  • Gregg
  • Scott
  • Pat

It was a joy to see Ministry and Discipleship.  

Pastor Bob

September 13, 2016, 9:00 AM

Bad Dogs and Door Hangers

We had a good morning yesterday as seven of us gathered to put out door hangers promoting our Back to Church Sunday in the neighborhoods we choose. We made some good contacts in addition to all the doors we saw. :-) Lots of houses out there. Ran on to two former church members who had moved out of town and have now returned. Had a good contact with a family that was from Virginia and never established a church here. Several of the folks we talked to that were out in their yards know our church because the home owner assoc. has it's two annual meetings in our Fellowship Hall. Friendly folks .............well all but one.......

One lady told me they didn't want what I was giving out and not to come on their driveway.. that they had a bad dog. Just then the dog came flying around the corner of the house and as I was telling my feet to run I saw the bright yellow tennis ball in his mouth. I guess his owner forgot to tell him it was his turn to be bad. He was a black lab that couldn't get any more friendly. Turns out his owner was the bad one in that partnership. :-) She growled a lot louder than the lab did.

Join us this Sunday (9/18/2016) at 11:00 AM as we gather to Worship God and Our risen Savior. After worship we will move to the fellowship hall and have a classic spaghetti lunch. Just like your salvation and grace from God it is free.

1 John 4:4

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