Monday, April 23, 2018

Steadfast and Conquer

The hour in which we live right now calls for “Be ye Steadfast, Unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord!” To be Steadfast, Unmovable calls for a spirt of a Conqueror. It is pretty well know what Steadfast and Conqueror means, but as always we need a “deeper” understanding of these words that we might comprehend the fullness of what God is saying in His Word. To be Steadfast is to be firmly fixed!  Firm in belief and determined to not waver; Faithful!  We understand what Faithful means in marriage, but do we have the same knowledge of being Faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ?  Faithful; Unmovable, Steadfast in our Bible Reading, our Prayer life, our commitment to Worship and in our Giving? Faithful is “overcoming!”  and “overcoming” is “Victory after hard struggle.”  We are often burdened with various struggles in this day and age and we find it is most difficult at times to be Victorious, Steadfast, and Overcoming.  We know of Jesus Struggle with death, and the relinquishing of His will, that He might be Unmovable in His Sacrifice that brought about our Salvation. Jesus abounded in the work of His Father, as you might remember even as a child of about 12, He said, “I must be about My Father’s Business.” Jesus was Steadfast, Unmovable, and Faithful, overcoming the weakness of His flesh to be the Sacrificial Lamb for all humanity.  This Message is about revisiting our commitment to Christ. It is a known fact that Christianity has been lulled into a false relaxation. We are called to be warriors, conquerors, Overcomers, defeating our struggles and unmoved by the temptations of our day.  It is for the cause of God’s Kingdom that we abound in His Word, the Power of His Spirit and are Faithful to adhere to His Instructions. Our time has arrived to “Vanquish” the works of darkness – To Vanquish is to “Over Power Completely!” O God give us a Steadfast Spirit in our day that we might not be moved by the stresses of the enemy, nor his temptations to be at ease and world-like.  Let the Church Pray for a good old fashion revival that will quench our unkind attitude, our lack of preferring one another, the absence of a strong Faith, and cause our temperament to be more like Jesus! May be we Steadfast, Unmovable and Overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and love not our lives more then we love our God. In Salvation we are more than a Conqueror, we are well able to stand against the wiles of the devil for Christ rules and He is all powerful!   Loving you, Pastor

Sunday, March 25, 2018

A Week in the Life of Christ

In our system of a “week” we see Jesus moving toward the Cross, toward our destiny, toward His Suffering, toward our Salvation and it is begins with Palm Sunday. The day of the waving of the Palm leaves. The day of shallow Praises, weak worship, heartless blessings of the Messiah and the rebuke of the children. A day of deep sorrow and Jesus weeping, not for Himself, but for those who did not discern the depth of this day of His Visitation. Jesus sends Peter and John to prepare the Passover meal. It was at this very meal that Jesus imparted to us the “Emblems of Holy Communion, the Eucharist.” The meaning of Eucharist is powerful: it is gratitude, favor, Grace, and Spiritual Communion with God. All this Jesus did for us by offering Himself as our Lamb of Sacrifice.  As He came to the City of Jerusalem, His new followers begin to express their outward Praises. “Outward,” because their heart was far from Him. “They spread their garments in the way, took branches of Palm trees and went forth shouting, “Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel. Hosanna in the Highest!” Some of the very voices that praised Him would cry out Crucify Him! When the children cried out “Hosanna to the Son of David! It displeased the Chief Priest and Jesus pointed them to Ps. 8:2.The journey into Jerusalem is called the Triumphal Entry, Matt. Mark, Luke, and John record this occasion. Jesus did this to fulfill Prophecy: [Zech 9:9]. As He came near the city, “He wept over it; Saying, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!  Jesus visited the temple, saw the money changers, drove them out and proclaimed, “My House is the House of Prayer! He Visited Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. Very Important moment: Mary Anointed His Feet with ointment of spikenard and when Judas Iscariot complained about the cost of the ointment, Jesus said: “Let her alone: against the day of My burying hath she kept this.” O Rejoice greatly Child of God! Our King is Coming!   Loving you, Pastor

Sunday, March 11, 2018

His Side Pierced for Us

The fourth point of these Lenten Messages concerns Jesus side. As His time on the Cross is coming to a close we note the “Seven” things He said from the Cross. It would be well for us to hear the depth of these sayings. [1] “Father forgive them; for they know not what they do.” [Lk.23:34] This is seen in Scripture as the rulers “derided” Jesus, saying He saved others; let Him save Himself, if He be Christ, the chosen of God.” [Lk. 23:43] [2] Jesus spoke with compassion to the thief who turned Him: “Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with Me in paradise.” [3] When Jesus saw His Mother, “Woman, behold thy son, and to John He said, Behold thy Mother.” [John 19:26-27]  [4] Jesus cried with a loud voice, Eli, Eli, lama sa bach tha ni? That is to say, My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me? [Matt. 27: 46] [5] Jesus knowing that the Scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.” [John 19:30]  [6] Again Jesus cries with a loud voice: “Father into Thy hands I commend My spirit:” [Luke 23:46]  [7] Jesus said “It is Finished: He bowed His head, and gave up the ghost.”[John 19:30]   The sun was darkened over all the earth and the veil of the Temple was rent in twain from top to bottom! Now we can go boldly unto the Presence of God! It is now that the final point of our Message unfolds: John 19:33-34  “When they came to Jesus, and saw that He was dead already, they brake not His legs: But one of the soldiers with a spear Pierced His side, and forthwith came there out Blood and Water.”  I have given a lot of thought to this moment over the years as we approach this season of Jesus suffering. This is not a Doctrine, just a thought to ponder: Perhaps as the Blood and Water flowed from His Side, the Holy Spirit of Promise entered into the earth! His Blood to cover our sins and His Holy Spirit to bring Truth and Comfort.  John is the only one who writes of this Piercing, He also writes in 1 John 5: about the Water and the Blood and the Spirit. Some think of the Water as the Word, others think of the Water as the Spirit. Little is said about this moment at the foot of the Cross. Most theologians talk about the “washing of the Word” and the Cleansing of the Blood unto Salvation. And always as they discuss, I hear the Spirit attached! Jesus said; “If I go away the Comforter will come.”  As He left this earth, the Blood and Water poured forth from His Side – His Side was riven for us and the Holy Ghost arrived!  Loving you, Pastor

Sunday, March 4, 2018

My Heart Melteth Like Wax

In Today’s Message we see the “Inner Man” of Christ, His thoughts, His pain, His desires, and His cry for help.  It is awesome that David saw in the spirit the “Suffering of Christ!” He writes of his own suffering and yet it is not to be compared with the Suffering of our Lord Jesus Christ. The things that David saw in the Spirit came to pass as Jesus was Crucified! Most everyone knows about the Cross of Christ, even infidels will wear a cross. Yet what do we know about the Suffering Saviour beyond the pain of the thorns, the beatings and the nails? No wonder David was a man after God’s own heart, he had worshiped God to a great depth, therefore David became privy to the Sufferings of Christ.  I am sure if Christianity would walk their life in the path of Christ, always remembering His Suffering for us; we would never do some of the things that breaks His Heart. If we would remember His Suffering, His Sacrifice, we would rethink some of our decisions. Today we look not just at the Suffering of His Flesh, but the Suffering of His Soul, His Spirit, and His Heart. Psalm 22 is where we find 27 comments of David under the Anointing of the Spirit of God, sharing the Sufferings of the Saviour. Not only was there horrible pain in Jesus flesh, but perhaps even a greater depth of great pain in His Heart, His Soul and His Spirit. As Jesus faced the Suffering of the Cross, He took His closest disciples with Him, Peter, James, and John, and said to them: “My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with Me. He went a little further, and fell on His face, and Prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me: nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt.” [Matt. 26:38-39] O Jesus thank You for being obedient in the midst of your great Suffering, and bringing forth our Salvation! Let the Church Worship our God, His Son our Saviour and the Power of the Holy Ghost!  Amen.   Loving Jesus and everyone of you, Pastor

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Healing Hands and Feet of Promise

Today we enter into the Second Point of the Cross, “Healing Hands and Feet of Promise!” When America wants to know about the Wars of years gone by, they check out the History Books.  When a Lawyer wants to make a winning point, they check out Historical cases. History Books keep the powerful and important moments in our American History. And we believe that History! Christianity has a History that many Christians are not familiar with, yet pretty much everyone knows that Christians believe in Jesus, the Christ. Agnostics, unbelievers, seem to mock and scoff at the Christian’s belief, yet it is a Historical fact that Jesus Christ came to fulfill His Father’s will, therefore there is a God! Jesus testified, that He was about His Fathers business. His followers, eye witnesses, also testified of Jesus life, death, & Resurrection. What a Miraculous Historical event. Jesus came with Healing Hands extended and He traveled the path of Promise. Everywhere His feet carried Him, Promises were given to the believers. If one served in World War 1 or the Wars that followed, they are proud to be an American Veteran; why then are Christians shy to proclaim the power of their Christian Faith? The Resurrection Season is Historical! There are eye witnesses to the Healing Hands of Jesus! There are multitudes of eye witnesses to the journeys wherein Jesus’ Feet traveled, always pointing to His Heavenly Father. Luke 24:49 Jesus said: “Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you: Acts 2:39  He also said: “For the Promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. No need to be shy that you serve the “Risen Saviour!” These are old statistics, but take a look at them, 81Million people serve the Catholic Church; 28 Million serve the Baptist Church; 22 Million serve the Methodist Church; 8 Million serve the Presbyterian Church; 8 Million Pentecostals, and note Christianity at large, there are over 252 Million who call themselves “Christian.” Talk about History, Yes we have a name to live as the writer of Revelation declares, but do we have an ear to hear what the Spirit of God is saying?   Powerful thoughts:  Loving You, Pastor

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Crowned with Glory

To follow Christ is a serious matter that is often taken for granted in the Christian World. When Jesus asked us to be His Disciple, He also ask as to follow close to Him, deny ourselves, and there is a cross for us to bear. I’m sure there have been great discussions on this particular “cross.”  To me it is simple, it is the “cares of life” that seem to dog our every day existence. Perhaps it is something much greater, but whatever brings fear, anxiety, worry or doubt to our mind is an issue that is sent to detour us from our trust, hope, and faith in God. The whole world seems to ask this question in a crisis  … “If He is a Good God then why such suffering of children, or why such a disaster, etc.” If they are not a born again believer, then they do not understand the workings of God, nor the Mercy and Grace of our Saviour. He showed us through His suffering that we can overcome. It is a day by day overcoming, a growing in Christ, a trusting in God, and a following in Jesus footsteps with a minor amount of suffering. I say minor amount but it is not comparable to Christ’s suffering, but it is a suffering to us. Jesus was Crowned With Glory!?  When we read of the crown that humanity gave Him, it was somewhat different to our thinking but to His Father God it was a Crown of Glory. Jesus was obedient unto death and He willing gave His life. His mind was focused on the Fathers Will.  The Message today deals with our Mind, it is our crown. What do we think of Jesus, what do we think of being a Christian, how does our mind handle the things that we go through that are of a negative or painful nature? The shoved the Crown of Thrones upon Jesus Head … it is the work of the enemy to shove negative issues upon our head, in our mind. There is a lot to be said of things that deal with the “Mind” in Scripture. God through Jesus Christ has promised a crown in Scripture, it will be one that has escaped the thrones of this life. I hear the Word of the Lord, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus!” Loving you, Pastor

Saturday, February 10, 2018

God's Eternal Purpose

Let us give thanks for the Lenten Season, for it contains the Power of our Salvation written in Jesus’ Blood. Let us give attention to our Lenten Discipline and take on a Spiritual Commitment.
“The Lord said, I have pardoned … As truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the Glory of the Lord.”  ~ Num. 14:20-21                                                         
In this Passage of Scripture above, The Lord is talking to Moses. God wanted to eliminate the Israelites because of gross disobedience, but Moses stood in the gap. You no doubt will remember this account. God told Moses to send 12 spies into the land of Canaan. Caleb was the only one that came back with a positive purpose.  They found giants in the Land, but they also found great bounty of fruits, etc. and then there was the fact that God said: “I will give the land unto the children of Israel.” God has an Eternal Purpose for us, as He did for the Israelites. As they surveyed the land, it is said it “flowed with milk and honey.”  However 11 of them were blinded by the opportunity to profess their Faith in their God who has chosen them to redeem the Land. They did not understand the Eternal Purpose of God – to conquer and to stand strong against the forces of the enemy. While they saw the “good” it seemed fear overrode their Faith. They saw strong people, walled cities, and the children of Anak were know as huge men/giants. God’s Eternal Purpose was to bring them triumphantly into His Promised Land, but alas, they did not receive or comprehend His Eternal Purpose.  But there was Caleb, “Let us go at once, and posess it; for we are well able to overcome.” They saw the giants, and looked at themselves as grasshoppers. What spiritual truth can we get out of this account that God has given to us in Scripture? The hour is upon us, our country, and our Church to rely on the Eternal Purpose of God, for Eternity is nearer then humanity might believe. His Purpose ultimately is “to gather together in one all things in Christ, both in heaven and earth in Him.” Are we ready to be gathered together in Him, to receive the inheritance God has planned and predestinated for us?  The Lenten season is here to bring us to a quite halt, that we might think on Spiritual Matters. God’s Eternal Purpose is that by His Grace and through Faith in Christ Jesus we receive the Gift of God. We find this explanation in Eph. 3; “It is according to the Eternal Purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus!”  The Church at large; does it have Eternity on its mind?   Loving you, Pastor

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Surrounded With His Presence

Did you ever feel you were in a battle all by yourself? It is the work of the enemy to divide us from each other until we stand alone.  he, the enemy of our soul, is a divider of the saints.  This is not uncommon, all through the Old Testament God’s people faced many enemies. All the while God was dealing with them to see their Faithfulness and obedience. His desire was to prove them. Today it is not much different. The saints of God face difficulties, disappointments, and often adversaries.  However since Jesus Redeemed us, we are not alone, for He is with us and His Holy Spirit dwells in us!  The words of the Prophet Elisha are powerful:  “Be Strong and Courageous, be not dismayed” … Dismayed is a very strong word, meaning: one has no courage, under great pressure, fearful, great perplexity--filled with uncertainty, anxiety, disappointment,--on and on go the description of dismayed: the basic thought is: one is at a loss as to how to deal with adverse circumstances, etc. We must encourage ourselves with the Word of God.  When Elisha was surround by the enemy and his servant became fearful, Elisha Prayed. Prayer is a powerful weapon that God has given to us through our Lord Jesus Christ and the presence of the Holy Spirit. The enemy came by night with a host of soldiers, horses, and chariots and camped around Elisha. His servant arose in the morning and was “dismayed” as he saw the enemy surrounding them. Elisha’s spoke to him and said: “There be with us more than be with them.” Elisha Prayed for the eyes of the servant to be opened and when this happened … the servant saw that the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire surrounding him and Elisha. We have this exhortation from God’s Word; Eph. 6:13 “Wherefore take unto you the whole Armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”  We are facing evil days, but we are not alone. Jesus is with us!    Loving you, Pastor

Sunday, January 21, 2018

God's Precious Things

In my Prayer time I heard the Lord say to me, what is Precious to you?  As you know the theme for this year is to “Rejoice in the Lord!” So as I was verging on thinking negative, this was the response of the Lord to me.  So let’s see in Scripture what is the Precious things to the Lord. It is interesting to see the explanation of Precious. -- Precious deals with price, something of great value, a high price, something highly esteemed or cherished!  When we say to our child or grandchild, “you are so precious” – they really are not understanding the value you are placing on them. For to call someone or something Precious you are extremely highly esteeming them. God uses this term quite a few times in Scripture. He values creation as He talks of the ‘Precious things of heaven, the Precious fruit of the sun and moon, the Precious mountains and hills, the Precious things of the earth! God relates to the rivers, the rocks and states’ and “His eye seeth every Precious thing!” A great blessing to us, is: He keeps watch over us, we are one of those Precious things!  It would be good for us to place a great value on these things that are so often taken for granted. We don’t like to talk of death usually, but God sees it as, and I quote, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” Jesus is of great value and Precious to Father God.  Scripture declares: “Ye know that ye were not Redeemed with corruptible things, but with the Precious Blood of Christ, as of a Lamb without blemish and without spot.” It is so wonderful to know that we have been given “exceeding great and Precious Promises, that by these we might be partakers of His Divine nature, escaping the corruption of the world.” And then there is that Precious “Joy unspeakable” that comes with the trial of our Faith!  The song erupts in my heart:  “O precious is the flow that makes me white as snow, no other fount I know, Nothing but the Blood of Jesus! Every one of you are Precious to me!  Love Always, Pastor

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Rejoice Always

As I began my Prayer for the first sermons of this New Year … My thoughts wondered through the Scriptures. This is most usual, each year, meditating upon what will stir our heart to glorify the Lord more, for I know we must grow in our relationship with Jesus. The Passage of Scripture that invaded my mind came out of our Advent, the first Message concerning Jesus in the New Testament; The angel brought this Message to the Shepherds, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great Joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. [Luke 2:10-11].  As I thought on this first audible Message of our Saviour straight from heaven and being given to the Shepherds – they were told of Great Joy!  Sometimes we have Joy, but Great Joy?  Such Joy overrides Fear and this Joy dwells in our Salvation!  Now I feel the Holy Spirit nudges me to pursue our response to this Holy and Powerful Message of the Angels.  I begin to see that Great Joy comes out of Rejoicing and Rejoicing Always, in all circumstances! It took a little time to meditate upon being Joyful Always! My mind wondered, Joyful in every circumstance?  The greatest example of this Joy would be when Scripture reveals that Jesus saw the cross and suffering as a Joy that set before Him.  Well as I embarked upon this thought of Rejoice Always and this message began to take shape… my car got very sick, the lift in the house that carried me to the lower apartment decided to also be sick. I use the term sick as I smile to see the circumstances arise for me to practice this Message. Yes, we must practice God’s Word!  Rejoicing in the harsh circumstances takes the edge off the devil’s plan and gives us the victory!  Such trials are seasons when we exercise our Faith and we grow stronger in our Christian life. And somehow I think Rejoicing prepares us for the Coming of our Lord and Saviour!  Habakkuk gives us a great example of Rejoicing Always, he tells us when everything fails, “I will Rejoice in the Lord, I will Joy in the God of my Salvation!” The next statement of Habakkuk is: “The Lord is my strength.” There is strength in our Rejoicing! Paul also talks about Rejoicing Always and the God of Peace shall be with you! Joel admonishes us “be glad and Rejoice in the Lord your God!”  Our New Year theme must be ... Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say Rejoice.  Loving you, Pastor