Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Guest Rev. Ron Breese


Oh Let Us come into the Lord’s House with Rejoicing for His Love is awesome, and His Grace in our Salvation!  We are a Blessed people! We are the Creation of God! In my devotions this week it seemed the Lord pointed out to me some special things regarding “Let Us!”  I loved the thought of the family of God being seen as “Us!” and what was the Lord saying concerning “Us?” You will surely find out in the Congregational Reading today! The family of God is His “Beloved!” When the family of God walks together in Peace and Harmony it is truly a great blessing of honor to Him. I am so thankful for everyone of you!  We are a Family and I always feel the support of our Church family. God’s Word encourages … Let us sing unto the Lord – Let us make a Joyful noise – O Let us come into His Presence together and Praise His Holy Name!  Let us be Thankful, Let us be glad to go into the House of the Lord. How awesome it is when we Magnify our Saviour and exalt His Name together! It is like the Psalmist said in 133; Worshiping together is like the “precious ointment that ran down upon Aaron the priest; It is as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the Blessing, even life for evermore!”  The longer I live the more I love our Lord! There’s a song that says: “The longer I serve Him the sweeter He grows…” Isn’t that the truth! Over and over the Lord is at our side, molding us, shaping us, bringing us into His image.  Sometimes it’s painful, sometimes it’s glorious, for sure it is always necessary for our Spiritual growth. Soooo… “Let Us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.  As we have therefore the opportunity, Let Us do good unto all, especially unto them who are of the house hold of Faith.” Today I leave you with this powerful thought from Jeremiah 31:6-7 “For there shall be a day, that the watchmen upon the mount Ephraim shall cry, Arise ye, and Let Us go up to Zion unto the Lord our God. For thus saith the Lord; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the Chief of the Nations: publish ye, Praise ye, and say, O Lord, Save Thy people, the remnant of Israel.” Let us lift up our heads for our Redemption draweth nigh! Loving you, Pastor

Monday, July 2, 2018

In God We Trust

Once again we celebrate the Freedom of our Country!  July 4th is a day that no one ever forgets! A day of great liberty for our Country. Yet the forces of darkness have set themselves to destroy the Works of God, the Creator of this Nation. I placed an article last week in the Bulletin called “Repairing The Nations,” which is a project of the American Family Association and comes with an urgent Call! Will God’s people take a moment to bend a knee in humility to Pray for our Nation?  All across the Land the Cry is going forth; “Christians come to God on your knees in Repentant Prayer for a Nation that is quickly falling into gross corruption.” The “Call2fall” is here, it is the 1st day of July, let us come to the Altar and reaffirm that our “Declaration of Dependence” and our Trust is in our God who will make His Country Great Again!  Does America truly believe in their voice, that says: “One Nation Under God!”  I think of the multitude of times that God and Trust are in the Lord’s Word! God is speaking to us concerning our Trust in Him. In just a few minutes I have passed through 10 verses of Scripture in the Psalms relating to our Trust in God.  As Christians it is part of our thought-life to Trust in God, but as I have noted in my own life, in the midst of crisis we really have to bear down in our heart and reach for our Trust in God!  Consider the meaning of Trust! “Firm belief in the reliability, truth and strength of someone! ”That someone is a Divine Being who created us! Can we accept this explanation of Trust for our Country? Will America place a firm belief in our Creator? Think about how important our money is to us, of course we don’t “love” it, but it is an important commodity, a value to us. And on that penny, it reads “In God We Trust! I have to smile; it is on a penny [and all monies]. When we are somewhat desperate, or have a ‘penny to our name’, it is then that we “Trust in God!” But how awesome it would be, if our thoughts were always focused on our Trust in God, just as an animated through running through our life daily. Even when David, the man whom God Loved greatly, his life was being pursued by the enemy, he penned a song of Trust. Ps. 40:3 “He hath put a new song in my mouth, even Praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.” O let the Church continue strong in their Trust of our God! Trusting God & Loving you, Pastor

Monday, June 25, 2018

To God Be All the Glory!


We continue to celebrate Pentecost throughout the month of June and our Prayer is “O Lord send the Fire of Your Presence upon Your people and Your land!” There is a special note in the bulletin regarding the Call2Fall! Please take note of this special time that the saints of God are calling for Unified Prayer throughout the Land. a day of “humbling and Praying” for our Nation and the leaders of our United States. It is our desire that God will be glorified in this action of His people.  And it is our Prayer that it will spark a fresh devotion of unified Prayer perpetually. God is to be glorified in His People! As we communicate with Him in all sincerity He is blessed and glorified. The Lord spoke to Moses in Lev. 10:3 – O hear His Words:  “This is it that the Lord spake, saying, I will be Sanctified in them that come nigh Me, and before all the people I will be Glorified.” God has set apart His people and consecrated them to righteousness and the failed to heed His Word. There is much discussion on the term Sanctified, but to simply put it forth is to say: God requires His people to be an example of the believer and walk in His way! Christianity has veered somewhat off the path today, but make no mistake God is still calling forth a people who will be Sanctified, that is set apart from the worlds system and a life that will Glorify the Presence of God in our life!  For All the Glory belongs to God, and He is seen as an awesome God when we Give Him all the Glory! Whatever accomplishments have happened in our life, it is because of His Love and favor. Today as we Worship let us give Thankful Thought to the life He has given us. We may have a bucket list unfinished, but it will fad in the beauty of His Holiness as we come into His presence and truly give time to Worship Him, to set as His feet as Jesus declared to Martha as she complained that her sister spent too much time at Jesus feet.  Jesus said unto her, “Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42. It blesses the heart of God when we Pray, when we Worship, and when we take time to sit quietly at His feet and give Him Praise! Let us kneel together on July 1.  ~Loving you, Pastor      

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Faithful Fathers


Happy Fathers Day to all our Fathers!  You are greatly appreciated in this Church Family!  May God’s Blessings overwhelm you today as you worship in the Father’s House! When Jesus’ parents finally found Him in Jerusalem talking with the doctors, they scolded Him and He said, “I must be about My Father’s business!”  As I meditated on this Passage of Scripture, I thought about the “Father’s Business!”  Our Father’s have a lot of business to attend to in life.  Jesus was preparing spiritually to be obedient to the Father’s business, and our Fathers must be prepared to do the physically business of God’s Children. And of course that includes Spiritual Business also. But there is a responsibility upon the shoulders of the Fathers. As we will see in Scripture today there are Fathers of Faith, Fathers of forgiveness, Fathers of Trust, Fathers of unbelief, and Fathers of obedience.  Abraham was a father of faith, He was challenged by God in various ways to exercise his Faith. He became the example of our Father God.  He was asked to sacrifice his only son. As he took his son to the place of sacrifice, his son asked: “Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” No doubt everyone knows the Fathers answer: “My son, God will provide Himself a lamb.” Abraham was faithful to do the Heavenly Father’s business.  Joseph was willing to do the Father’s business in taking Jesus to raise as his own for a season. We see Joseph’s heart as they search for him in Jerusalem: When Jesus was found in the temple, Mary exclaimed: “Behold, Thy father and I sought thee sorrowing” We don’t often think of Fathers sorrowing, but truly there is a soft spot in their heart for their children. Then there is the Father that believed … A Father stopped Jesus on His journey one day and said: “Sir, come ere my child die.” Jesus replied “Go thy way, thy son liveth!” And the man believed, before he returned to his son, his servant came and exclaimed, “Thy Son liveth!” This Passage of Scripture continues to verify the fact that when Jesus spoke, it happened! Let me close with this admonition from the Lord to our Fathers … John 3:35-36: “The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into His hand. He that believeth on the Son hath Everlasting Life.  Born Again Fellows, you are God’s son and you are in His hands!  Loving the saints, and praying for our Fathers, Pastor

Monday, June 11, 2018

Diversities


We are living in a generation of Diversity. Humanity can do whatever they want to do it seems. They can say whatever comes to their mind ... on Television, curse, mock our countries leadership, use examples of the Bible incorrectly for their own purpose. New sitcom called  “Living Biblically” ...  Diversities: this is a “Variety” of things  — the quality of having different forms, types or qualities; an assortment of; something differing from others of the same general kind.  Perhaps this is why we have a multiplex of Churches in our world, consisting of various beliefs and teaching a variety of doctrines – different denominations; a variety of Mission statements, and many combinations of beliefs concerning the Word of God.  The Revisions, they are just that, God’s Word Revised ... all this has brought about Diversity in our generation like no other generation.  Did you ever just watch the news and then wonder what world are you in?  One broadcaster tells you the tax program is no good, the next broadcaster tells you it is going to help you in a very big way. This is a Diversified generation! The variables are unending. Church life has changed and I’m resigned to say perhaps the Christian Life has also been diversified and changed to be more comfortable then the “fire & damnation” of the past.  But Jesus is the same, yesterday, and forever, He has not changed, nor has God Changed, He said, “I change not!” Jeremiah declared there is a “Sound of battle in the land, and of great destruction!”  It is a war against the Holiness of our God. While we are a country under God, the battle to take God out of our country is raging.  Disobedience to God is rarely taught and such punishment in not give a second thought. However the Word of God teaches us to come out from among the world and manifest Christ in our life. “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; ”As we increase in Him, His Holy Spirit empowers us!  Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; It is better to walk in the diversity of the Holy Ghost, the gifts that has been given to the body of Christ then to follow the path of the world. O let the Church of Jesus Christ be alerted to the hour in which we live and stir up the gift of the Holy Ghost in our lives!    Loving you, Pastor

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Thy Great Power


God through Jesus Christ has empowered His People with the Holy Ghost! It is not a Power to rule, it is an inward Power of Spiritual Strength! The Old Testament speaks of God’s Great Power!  It is strength in our inner man.  Our Faith is stronger, our Hope is more trusting, our Love for God grows daily. As we see Jesus Ascend unto the Father, He leaves this Message … “Ye shall receive power, after the Holy Ghost comes upon you!”  Power to overcome those little things that detour you in your Spiritual Growth. Yesterday was good, tomorrow will be better, but is Spiritual strength growing? … In God there is Great power and “nothing is too hard for Him!” Christianity needs this Great Power for the day in which we live. We need to know of a surety that the Arm of God is stretched out toward His Children and … “Is anything too hard for the Lord?  When God’s Message reached Sarah that she would have a child in her old age, she laughed within herself. God’s response to that was: “Is anything to hard for God!” It is important to note the rest of God’s Word to her … “At the appointed time…” -- God has a time set in motion for the difficult season of our life. “At the Appointed time He said, I will return to thee, and you shall have a son.” There was a waiting process!  Ps. 27:14 “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” The waiting period strengthens us and tests the power of His Presence in our life. Sometimes it is hard for us to discern the Power of the Christ we serve. I love Nehemiah’s statement: “These are Thy servants and Thy people, whom Thou hast Redeemed by Thy Great Power! He was referring to the Israelites because of their disobedience, but it serves us well today as we see anarchy on the rise against God and Christianity. On day when the kingdoms of this world becomes the Kingdom of our Lord, we will Praise with the Elders and give thanks: “O Lord God Almighty, which art, and was, and art to come; because Thou hast taken to Thee Thy Great Power, and hast reigned!” Let the Church of Jesus Christ be alerted, He is Coming Soon! Loving you, Pastor

Sunday, May 27, 2018

The Promise of the Father


In the Old Testament God gave a Promise to the Israelites, it is called Abraham’s Covenant and it is awesome to read and to recognize that in the beginning of Holy Scripture we are included in God’s Plan. It is found in Genesis 17:1-7 to be brief let me quote Vs7 “And I will establish My Covenant between Me and thee, and thy seed after thee in their generations for an Everlasting Covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.” Here we need to stop and ponder this powerful statement that includes all the generations to come.  It was an Everlasting Covenant!  As we move into the New Testament we hear about the Promise of God being revealed through Christ.  In Christ we are Promised Eternal Life, this life has been Gifted with the Power of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is the Promise of the Father!  Yet today it is not preached much in our Churches and when it is, it is like a mere statement that happened long ago. But wait, it is still in effect today!  Has the Church of Jesus Christ lost its power? We are called by Jesus to be Witnesses of Him and to receive the Baptism of the Holy Ghost!  In Acts 1:4-5 listed above, we note Jesus Commanded them they should wait for the Promise of the Father! Perhaps this Command is not taken seriously in our Christian society today. If fact when it happened the ‘receivers’ were mocked! And those who looked on asked “What meaneth this” But Peter lifted up his voice and reminded them of the Old Testament Scriptures of Joel the Prophet: Joel 2:28-29: “It shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh;” Note Peter’s Words of the New Testament as he quotes from the Old Testament … As the Day of Pentecost arrives the Holy Ghost descends with a great sound, a rushing of a mighty wind and cloven tongues -- flames of fire! To this Peter responds: “This is that which was spoken by the Prophet Joel!” How has some portion of the Christ’s Church missed this “Promise of the Father” to them? Acts 2:39 declares: “For the Promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are far off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.  He is calling today, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying!” Note what comes with the Promise: Acts 13:52 And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.” Praying for the Holy Ghost to fall afresh & Loving You! Pastor                          

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Steadfastly Minded


Imagine the heartache that Ruth and Naomi was going through, losing their husbands and now alone in the world and no one to provide for them. Naomi was in her homeland, but Ruth was not in the land of her birth, but in a strange country. Now we read, Ruth was “Steadfastly Minded” to remain with Naomi in this strange land no matter the circumstances. As we ponder this thought … we note there were others in Scripture who had a Steadfast Mind. Today we pursue that thought, knowing that we need a Steadfast Mind in our relationship with our God. Perhaps these Scriptures are not new to you, but as we walk through them, no doubt we will be strengthened Spiritually. It is the work of the enemy to mess with our mind and often the negative things that are set forth in our mind never come to pass. But they took hours of peace from us as we stewed over the negative things set before us by the evil one. We know we are commanded in Scripture that God gives us the victory but it is often difficult to place our trust in Him when we are in the midst difficulties – I hear the Word of God “Be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord…!” May we get a vision of being “Steadfastly Minded.”  I believe we can have such a strong mind because once again God’s Word instills this Message in our heart. “Let this Mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.”  In Jesus we see a Steadfast Mind. And He lives in us.  We are sometimes prone to “forget” and perhaps confess weakness of mind, but today we encourage ourselves in the Word of God as we see the power of “Steadfastly Minded” Patriarchs. Ruth was rewarded for her Steadfastness. Job was rewarded for his steadfast attitude and Daniel also saw the hand of God move for him.  We read of Esther who was strong minded and saved the Hebrew Nation. Consider the Mary’s in Scripture, they were not daunted by what they thought, they still believed. In this generation, may we be Steadfastly Minded, even as Stephen and stand strong in the face of difficulty!  For our God is a refuge from the works of darkness and we are His overcomers! Loving you, Pastor

Unfeigned Faith of a Mother


First let me welcome the Mothers today! Wishing all our Mothers to be exceedingly Blessed, not just today, but every day throughout all the years of their life! We rise up and call you Blessed, you are precious to us! You have given life to us! Parents have a grave responsibility before the Lord and we are challenged as children to Honour our parents. And then we are challenged by our own children to teach them the way of the Lord. “Unfeigned Faith,” what is this?  It is genuine Faith, Sincere Faith, and to understand Unfeigned, we have to look at the most powerful part of that statement which Faith. So much has been said about Faith in the Christian world that I am reluctant to speak about it. Yet Faith is the very existence of our Christian life, our Christian Testimony. It is a belief and trust in the loyalty of our God. Such a belief and trust spills over into our daily life. It is of the utmost importance that someone believes in us, is loyal to us, and we can trust them. In the natural most often this falls the challenge of our Mother. I have walked with many mothers throughout my life as a Pastor and 99.9 a Mother will stand with her child no matter the circumstance. God has given Mothers a strength that surpasses the crisis of our day. Thank God For Mothers. The Faith of a Mother is not easily quenched by the fires of our day. Timothy in the Bible was reminded that there was this “Unfeigned Faith” in his grandmother and in his mother and he was challenged to stir it up. Consider other Mothers in Scripture and you will be blessed!  The wonderful Mother of Jesus, she pondered all things in her heart and stood weeping at the Crucifixion, she was there!  Hannah vowed to God for a child and God answered.  Again Thank God for Mothers, Thank God for the life they have given unto us. Remember God’s Word tells us to “Honour thy Father and Mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.”  Loving You, Pastor

Monday, May 7, 2018

Chosen and Sanctified


The business of the day moves along and often time seems to elude passes and us too quickly. Today we have more machines then our parents before us, yet there seems to be less time.  I say this, because in the busyness of our day it is difficult to take a moment and give some thought to Spiritual matters. Why Spiritual Matters?  We know we have been chosen by our Lord & Saviour and time should be given to Him. Most Christians are aware of the Passage of Scripture that commands us as God’s people to: “Humble ourselves, and Pray, and seek His face!” The Scripture goes on to say “He will forgive our sin.”  Perhaps we don’t often think about sin as we hold to the fact that we are “Born Again.” But the temptations of the enemy of our soul come often and sometime unbearable. Thank God His Mercies and Compassions never fail us. They are new every morning because “Great is His Faithfulness.” -- “The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in Him.” What a powerful thought, “The Lord is our Portion!”  There is so much contained in that thought as we take it to heart. It’s probable that we don’t often think of ourselves as being “chosen” of God, yet He sent His Son that all His creation might have Eternal Life.  Jesus sits at the Right Hand of the Father in heaven and ever intercedes for us. We know this, but somehow it escapes us in the busyness of our day.  We are His witness in the earth. The gods of this world seem to parade before us, and sometimes seem bigger then life, but we are victorious in the Faithfulness of our Saviour. Hear the Word of the Lord from John 15:16 “Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain:” And Vs 19 reminds us we are not of world, He chose us out of the world. We are the Lord’s House, He resides in us and I read: “For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that My name may be there forever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually!” 2 Chr. 7:14-16  “He chooses us, He sanctifies us, watches over us and is perpetually interceding for us to the Father that we might be seen as sanctified when we come within the veil to worship our God!"  
Loving you, Pastor

Be Still and Know That I Am God

In an age of electronics it is possible that we rarely since the “Stillness” of God desiring to commune with us. It is in His Still Small Voice that He often speaks to us. Our World is in the midst of great trouble, anxiety on every side, we need to hear the Voice of the Lord! His Spirit is alive and well, moving in our heart and life, yet we are often not quiet enough to hear Him. I love that Passage of Scripture in Psalms that God seems to quiet our stress and He says to us: “Be Still and Know that I Am God!” On the sea of Galilee the disciples got caught in a raging storm, I’m sure you have read this Account in Scripture, but it never seems to quiet my heart when I read, “Be still and Know that I Am God!” If only we could still our life to such a point that the Still Small Voice of God would penetrate our Spirit in such a way that the calmness of His presence would take control of the issues that seem to beset us. To know that He is our God, He is in control of all the issues of Life and He desires to comfort us with the power of His Holy Spirit! The storm rages and often we feel alone, yet as the Account in Scripture reveals He is there beside us in the midst of the storm. The all-consuming Jesus never leaves our side, He rides out the storm with us and if we will hear His Voice, we will hear … “Peace be still!” Perhaps you have been harassed by the enemy in the night seasons, here is a Passage of Scripture that often comforts my heart:  Psalm 4:3-7 “Know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for Himself: the Lord will hear when I call unto Him. Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and “be still.” Selah. Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord.” What are the sacrifices of righteousness?  It is to be in right standing with Jesus, to do the “right thing” trust Him, Worship Him: Be still and know that He is beside you and He will speak to your storm! It is interesting to note the Passage of Scripture that follows:  There be many that say, Who will shew us any good?” As we see the corruption in our world today and the lack of respect for God, we might have been heard to say such a statement.  But know this, God is in the midst of the storm and His Word to us is “Peace Be Still!” Loving you, Pastor

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 spirit 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