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Worship Service At Internet Church Of Christ

For Week Of Sunday, October 22, 2006
Featuring "Onesiphorus Refreshes Paul"

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      "May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onespirhorous, for 
      he often refreshed me; he was not ashamed of my chains,"
                     2 Timothy 1:16 (RSV)
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Welcome to the online worship service at Internet Church Of Christ. Here is a good place to worship our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. You are invited and are welcome at any time. Blessings to you in Him.

Opening Hymn

And Can It Be?

Words by Charles Wesley, Music and MIDI sequence by Bill McGinnis, Public Domain.

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AND CAN IT BE? - by Charles Wesley (1707-1788) - Public Domain

    1. And can it be that I should gain
       An int'rest in the Savior's blood?
       Died He for me who caused His pain?
       For me, who Him to death pursued?
       Amazing love! How can it be
       That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
   2. 'Tis mystery all! The Immortal dies!
      Who can explore His strange design?
      In vain the first-born seraph tries
      To sound the depths of love divine!
      'Tis mercy all! let earth adore,
      Let angel-minds inquire no more.
   3. He left His father's throne above
      So free, so infinite His grace!
      Emptied Himself of all but love
      And bled for Adam's helpless race!
      'Tis mercy all, immense and free
      For O my God, it found out me.

   4. Long my imprisoned spirit lay
      Fast bound in sin and nature's night.
      Thine eye diffused a quick'ning ray: 
      I woke -- the dungeon flamed with light!
      My chains fell off, my heart was free
      I rose, went forth and followed Thee.
  5. No condemnation now I dread
     Jesus, and all in Him, is mine!
     Alive in Him, my living Head
     And clothed in righteousness divine
     Bold I approach the 'ternal throne
     And claim the crown thru Christ my own.

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             O Lord, we come together in Your name,
             And as You promised, we know You are here.
             We now invite You to reveal Yourself,
             And share with us Your presence, openly,
             In Jesus' holy name we pray, Amen.

The Lord's Prayer

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The Lord, Himself, taught us to pray like this . . .

                     The Lord's Prayer 
          Our Father, who art in heaven,
            hallowed be thy Name,
            thy kingdom come,
            thy will be done,
              on earth as it is in heaven.
          Give us this day our daily bread.
          And forgive us our trespasses,
            as we forgive those who trespass against us.
          And lead us not into temptation,
            but deliver us from evil.
          For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
            for ever and ever. Amen.
                      Source: Book Of Common Prayer, based on
                              Matthew 6:9-13    

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         "For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father
          will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their
          trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."
          (Matthew 6:14-15 KJV)

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Worship Poem

Holy, Holy, Holy!

Words by Reginald Heber; music - "Nicaea," by John B. Dykes. MIDI sequence, anonymous. All are Public Domain.

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HOLY, HOLY, HOLY! - by Bishop Reginald Heber, 1827 - Public Domain

        Holy, holy, holy!
        Lord God Almighty!
        Early in the morning
        Our song shall rise to Thee!
        Holy, holy holy!
        Merciful and mighty!
        God in Three Persons,
        Blessed Trinity!
        Holy, holy, holy!
        All the saints adore Thee!
        Casting down their golden crowns
        Around the glassy sea;
        Cherubim and seraphim
        Falling down before Thee,
        Who wert, and art, and
        Evermore shalt be.
        Holy, holy, holy!
        Though the darkness hide Thee!
        Though the eye of sinful man
        Thy glory may not see;
        Only Thou art holy!
        There is none beside Thee,
        Perfect in pow'r in
        Love, and purity.
        Holy, holy, holy!
        Lord God Almighty!
        All Thy works shall praise Thy name,
        In earth, and sky, and sea;
        Holy, holy holy!
        Merciful and mighty!
        God in Three Persons,
        Blessed Trinity!

Scriptures And Teachings

Onesiphorus Refreshes Paul

by Rev. Vicky Yelton, Pastor
Engleside (VA) Church of God
"The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onespirhorous; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain: But, when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me. The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well."

2 Timothy 1:16-18

Onesiphorous restored strength and revived the Apostle Paul. He renewed him with a fresh supply of hope. He gave Paul a fresh supply of strength so he could maintain the gospel. What a wonderful blessing. We need to have more Onesiphorous servants like him today. This is a ministry that is lacking in the body of Christ at present (this is really a much needed ministry) ... to minister to the one who ministers to you. Galatians 6:6 puts it like this: "Let him who is taught the Word share in All Good Things With him who teaches." Wow ... isn't that a wonderful ministry? Look at this command from the Lord to share all your blessings with the one who teaches you!!! Many workers on the front lines have quit, left the call and abandoned the great work that the Master has trained them for because there just was not an Onesiphorous to hold up his or her arms. I can tell you it is not as easy as it appears to be a minister. Most of the time you feel misunderstood, alone, abandoned, used, and abused (taken for granted). Whatever you do for people is never is enough, or not right and God forbid you land in Jail like Paul ... oh well, that would be it ... the counsel would be called and you could be put out on your ear. This did not happen in the case of Onesiphorous and Paul. Onesiphorous was not ashamed of the chains that seem to hold Paul. Even in Paul's persecutions Onesiphorous identified himself with the Preacher-Man! Following Jesus will always lend itself to the opening of situations in your life ... some of them which may be unpleasant. You may run into ridicule or differences with the world and situations which may land you into the same kind of place that Paul found himself ... But, I pray that you will be an Onesiphorous person or that God will give you an Onesiphorous person if you are in need of a refreshing. Remember to refresh someone's spirit today. None of us has anything to hold our heads up about if not for Jesus ... "There is none righteous ... no not one."

Don't be like the other group that is mentioned in 2 Timothy that had no Grace and no Mercy. We see that Phygellus and Harmogenous because they just did not understand Grace and Mercy ... and they depended upon the Law they turned away from Paul and took the world's side. We also see another follower leave Paul in 2 Timothy 4:

10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.
You know it is time to make a quality decision right now! Which spirit will you choose? Onesiphorous (refreshing) or Demas who loved the present world and departed the faith?

You know here is one step more to think about ... you can be in a place and still not be there ... you say, "How." The answer is your heart is not in it. Did you ever have someone give you a kiss and you knew that the passion had gone??????? Do you feel the joy of serving the Lord has gone? ... Well, I come to you with the spirit of refreshing this morning ... Cheer-up and know that no matter what you have done or not done ... God still loves you and wants you to be happy. I have always taught my congregation that whatever they need they need to give ... why? Because the Bible says, Luke 6:38 "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again."

Onesiphorous gained a reward of mercy for himself and his house by being merciful to Paul and bringing a refreshing unto him no matter the cost or what anyone thought. (Look at the prayer of Paul above)

We all may not be facing the same problems and some may be suffering more severe situations then others ... so we must remember to strengthen one another as Onesiphorous did Paul DAILY. In Hebrews 13 verse 3 it says it this way: "Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body."

Hello! We are all in the same boat ... Like it or not! You might as well enjoy the journey.

You know it always seems easier to walk away from a situation then deal with it, BUT, it always comes back to haunt us in one way or another.
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Prayer For You

For Those Who Have Their Doubts About The Lord

             For those who have their doubts about the Lord,
             Who read the Word, but cannot hear its voice,
             Who view the world, but cannot see Design,
             For you I have have a special prayer today:
             I pray the Lord will open up your eyes,
             And let you see His glory all around.

                          by William McGinnis, Public Domain

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Holy Communion

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If you are alone, you will needed to be both "Leader" and "Assembly," as described in the ceremony.

Closing Hymn

"Do You Know Jesus?"

This is an original Christian worship song, in the Public Domain. Words and music by Rev. Bill McGinnis.

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DO YOU KNOW JESUS? - by Rev. Bill McGinnis, 1995 - Public Domain

      Do you know Jesus?
      Do you know Jesus?
      Do you know Jesus,
      And the wonder of His love?
      Yes, I know Jesus!
      Yes, I know Jesus!
      Yes, I know Jesus,
      And the wonder of His love!

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As we complete our worship service today, I leave you with this blessing . . .
       EPHESIANS 3:14-21 (KJV)
               For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord
               Jesus Christ,
               Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
               That he would grant you, according to the riches of his
               glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the
               inner man;
               That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye,
               being rooted and grounded in love,
               May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the
               breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
               And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge,
               that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
               Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above
               all that we ask or think, according to the power that
               worketh in us,
               Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout
               all ages, world without end. Amen.


This worship service is now completed. Go in peace.

Rev. Bill McGinnis

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