Pastor's Blog

March 29,2020

Many times we quote from the book of Esther 4:14.

“Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”  As the body of Christ we believe that each of us is strategically placed for a certain period of time in a certain place.  The NIV  brings another thought into play when it describes Queen Esther’s role in the palace of Shushan.”And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?" 

As Christians, each of us has a royal position!   

1 Peter 2:9 ,  “You are a royal priesthood, a chosen generation…..”    And position is everything in the arena of influence.  The journey of life will cause your arena of influence  to change from time to time, but your position of royalty in Christ Jesus is a constant.  So, wherever life takes us, we should always be aware that the Creator of the Universe is working on a big plan in which we are like pieces of a puzzle.  

Every season brings us new opportunities to shine light into darkness and bring hope where hopelessness has prevailed.  Let’s challenge ourselves to be ready with the Gospel message of good news wherever we are

March 22, 2020

       Recently, we’ve all faced a quarantine in our nation as many businesses and schools have been closed.  We’ve been told to help flatten the curve of the outbreak of a Coronavirus by social distancing.  The storm is horrific and it has interrupted us all, but, take heart from the the most read book on Earth, the Bible.  
Proverbs 24:13-16    Passion translation
“Revelation knowledge is a delicacy, sweet like flowing honey that melts in your mouth.  Eat as much of it as you can, my friend!  For then you will perceive what is true wisdom, your future will be bright, and this hope living within will never disappoint you.  Listen up, you wicked, irreverent ones——don’t harass the lovers of God and don’t invade their resting place.  16 For the lovers of God may suffer adversity and stumble seven times, but they will continue to rise over and over again.”  It’s a great encouragement to think about this powerful truth describing the “lovers of God.”  Adversity comes, that’s for sure!  But if you are one who has chosen to live for the Lord, you continue to rise over and over again. 
In Acts 27, Paul faced a storm which seemed endless.  Acts 27:20  “Now when neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest beat on us, all hope that we would be saved was finally given up.”  Paul turned aside from the raging storm, and God spoke to him.  In Exodus, chapter 3, Moses also turned aside to hear what Go would say.  Today, we can also “turn aside” and listen to the voice of God.  
The Kingdom of Heaven is never closed. As you read Psalm 91,starting with verse 14, you’ll find 7 promises God has made to those who love Him.  Encourage yourselves daily with these words.  
And remember this,  Proverbs 24:13
“Revelation knowledge is a delicacy, sweet like flowing honey that melts in your mouth.  Eat as much of it as you can, my friend!”

March 15, 2020

       In the book of beginnings, God gave the awesome task of dominion to Adam in the garden of Eden.  

Ge 1:26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”   Ge 1:28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”  Many battles are the result of a contest over dominion.  Ours is a spiritual one concerning the voice of authority in the Earth.

Consider satan’s priority assignment.  When the Word is sown into peoples’ hearts, what is satan’s first move?  Did you say, ”Steal the Word immediately!”?   Mark 4:15 verifies this, and why is this so?  Words are containers of faith or doubt.  Dominion is won by the believer who continues in faith saying the truth rather than accepting the reasonable taunts of the devil.  Mark 11:23 enforces saying 3 times more than believing.  Our continued response of speaking truth in the face of adversity will ensure victory, but if one hesitates and considers the appeal of the senses, the battle is over!  

March 15, 2020

March 8, 2020

A couple of years ago, Susan and I did the “Bottom LIne” broadcast using Growing Up in Christ Jesus as our subject.  We could have called it the ABC’s to maturity because the items addressed were all related to choices we make after accepting Jesus as our Savior. Here’s the topics we discussed:  Learn to forget, learn to forgive, learn to pray,  learn to believe, learn to worship, and learn to give.  Of course this isn’t an exhaustive list, but it certainly is a good place to begin.  

I told Susan that I believed one of the most significant keys to “growing up” is learning to forgive.  Forgiveness is not optional to us as believers, and actually puts us into the place of power.  So many times I hear folks say things like, “well, if you knew what they did,” you’d know that I’m entitled to hold this grievance.  But, someone once said that holding unforgiveness  is like  drinking poison and expecting the perpetrator of your misery to get sick.  Well he or she won’t!  That stuff you or I are holding onto will only affect us, and that in a very detrimental way.   So forgive, let it go, and be blessed.

Also, learn to forget.  Pressing forward in life only happens when we lay the past to rest, good or bad!   People get stuck when they want to hang on to the way it was.  Remember the only thing you can count on is change.  Change is the most constant thing we experience!  So let’s move forward.....if guilt has anchored your soul, learn to forget!  The past is just that; it has passed, and we have to live in today.  This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!