Saturday, July 20, 2013

"Let The People Rejoice!!"

Special Speakers for Today:
Dr. Danny & Julie Casto
Rev. Jodi Taylor
Chaplain Connie Gregory
Rev Kevin Dershem

Luke 13:17 "... all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Jesus!"

From The Pastor's Heart: 
Today the people of the Commerce family are given time to "sound off!"  They are ministers or in training for ministry.  They have been asked to share their testimony, give a favorite scripture, and add a personal comment.  It is with great joy that the congregation takes this opportunity to share with them the goodness of the Lord.  All through the scripture we find god's people rejoicing, gaining victory over the enemy and shouting unto Him in triumph!  It is no different today; we witness the presence of our God, the salvation of our Saviour and we have great reason to testify... to shout, to sing, and to praise our Lord.  The Israelites shouted when the walls of Jericho came down and God gave them the enemy's territory.  In Ezra the people rejoiced, gave willingly, giving thanks unto the Lord for He is good and His mercy endureth for ever!  Consider the people of Ezra's day in chapter 3: As they came out of captivity and into Jerusalem, and they began the work on the House of God and verse 10 confirms their adoration for God!  "When the builders laid the foundation of the Temple of the Lord, they set the Priests in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites with cymbals, to Praise the Lord, and verse 11 They sang together by course in Praising and giving Thanks unto the Lord,; because He is good, for His mercy endureth for ever...!  And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the House of the Lord was laid."  This was the foundation of the physical temple of the Israelites--How much more shall we rejoice, testify and shout for joy because 1 Peter 1:19-20 tells us of "With the Precious blood of Christ, as a Lamb without blemish and without spot; He was foreordained before the foundation of the world, and is manifest in these last times to us!"  And now no other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ."  Let the hearts of all who read this rejoice for Christ is our Foundation and with great purpose He has chosen us to be His witness in the earth!

Let us rejoice together... worship & embrace the Power of His Holy Ghost!
Loving you, Pastor 

"The Anointing"

Thoughts From the Word of God: 

Scripture tells us that priests and kings were anointed--set apart to be used by God.  In 1 Samuel 16:12 we read about David: "Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: that day forward..."  David's victories came because he was set apart for the service of God. In Exodus 28:41 Aaron was anointed and consecrated to minister in the priests office and in Exodus 40:15 his sons were anointed "for their anointing shall surely be an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations"  

Not only were men/women anointed, but the Old Testament the tabernacle, te furniture and all the utensils used for worship were anointed with holy oil before they could be used.  Exodus 30:22-30 describes a special oil containing fragrances of myrrh, sweet cinnamon, calamus cassia and olive oil.  Oh!  That our worship would be holy and anointed!

The Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 3:16 "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?"  Should we not be symbolically anointed just as the furniture and utensils of the Tabernacle?  The perfumes used in the special oil were myrrh, cinnamon, calamus and cassia. They were then mixed with olive oil.  myrrh was used for burial and speaks of death.  If we want to be anointed by God, we must "die to self"... our goals, our dreams, our talents must be given to God, we must "die to self"... our goals, our dreams, our talents must be given to God for His use.  The second ingredient, cinnamon, is used when we bake.  Its taste and fragrance are pleasant.  It is a sweet tasting spice.  There needs to be a sweetness in our life--the fruit of the spirit should be evident.  The third ingredient used was calamus which grows in miry soil.  To get the smell it had to be beaten--the more it was beaten, the better the fragrance.  We go through difficult times; but hose are the times that God uses to mold us into the image of Jesus.  God uses those circumstances to shape us for the anointing.  The last perfume used is Cassia.  Cassia grows high in the mountains.  If we desire the anointing, we must get on the mountain top with God.  There's no shortcut to the anointing!  Finally, the mixture was mixed with olive oil.  In scripture oil represents the Person of the Holy lSpirit--we see it in types and shadows throughout the Bible.

We need the anointing of God on our life; but it takes "abiding in Him".  1 John 2:27-28 tells us:  But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.  And now, little children  abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.
Loving you, Pastor

Thoughts of Purpose

From The Pastor's Study: 

Job 17:11 made a statement that perhaps one might feel the same way on occasion.  He said: "My days are past, my purposes are broken off, even the thoughts of my heart."  Of course we realize that Job was going through a devastating time in his life.  It seemed that nothing was going right, his life, his wealth, his health and you might say marital problems.  Just in case anyone ever feels that way, I decided to bring this message concerning the "purposes of God in the earth!"  For God has great purposes of God in the earth!"  For God has great purpose for the earth and for His people.  We may pass through devastating moments, but God always has an important purpose for our life.  A wise man, Solomon, known to the greatest except for Jesus wrote: Eccl. 3:1 "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven."  It is my thought that humanity often questions their life, their existence, their purpose, etc.  In this message today, we give ourselves to 'some thoughts of purpose' found in the scripture.  I loved it when I read:  "Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust,--Many, O Lord my God, are Thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and Thy thoughts which are to us-ward:... if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered."  Psalm 40:4-5 God's purpose for our life is seen in the power of His Holy Spirit who "helpeth our infirmities:"  He searches our heart and He makes intercession for us when the "Job" feelings seek to overwhelm us.  But this we know: "All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose".  Eph. 1:9-13 tells us "according to His good pleasure, He has purposed in Himself: to gather all things as one in Christ; His purpose is: "that we should be to the praise of His glory, as we trust in Christ.  When we hear the Word of truth, receive the Gospel of our Salvation and believe... we are sealed with the Holy Spirit of Promise!"  What a thought!  What a purpose!  Here is an awesome thought with great purpose... God's purple for us is eternal!  In a brief statement of Isa. [14:24], the Spirit of God moves upon him and he speaks forth this powerful word:  The Lord of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand: Because of sin we learn: 1 John 3:8 "For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil."  Please read 2 Timothy 1:9-10, it will dispel the works of darkness and bring you forth in the hope of Eternal Life!
Loving you Pastor