Connected by Determination 5/17

Many times I have experienced and have heard from others, how a lesson or sermon has affected someone in a way that was not planned, seen, or intended. God stirred that person and opened their eyes, through His word. And His purpose was fulfilled through what was preached, taught, or shared from His word.

That is part of the mystery and power seen in the preaching of the Gospel, the message of the cross. So do not ever hesitate to share the Word of God; you may be planting or watering a seed, cultivating or nurturing a young plant, or even bringing it to harvest. God’s Word never goes out empty.

Connected: The Church 4/26

Have you ever witnessed a rowing competition? Have you ever watched how they all pull together, how they are all connected? Those rowers are all different people, often different ages, but their focus is about getting to the finish line. They are of one mind, pulling together, and connected by their focus. That is how it is to be within the congregations of God’s Church.

Connected: Grace 4-19

Having been given new life we are now enabled by the Spirit to overcome sin. We are told in 2 Peter to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. We must be seeking to grow and gain knowledge.

Building Relationships, Part 2, 4-5

Jesus came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10) to restore the relationship lost at the rebellion, this is the good news, this is the gospel. Hosanna to the King of Kings and lord of Lords! I was lost, but now I am found and I was blind, walking in darkness, and now thanks to Jesus Christ, I see! I was once a sinner, now I am saved by grace, redeemed, and brought back into relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ His Son!

Building: Relationships 3-29

In this time of isolation and fear we must simply and intentionally be the Church! We must seek to be the Kingdom, building community, building relationships, and thereby God will build His Kingdom, His Church.

Building: Community Part 2 3/22

The Church is not a building! We are a community of believers, the children of God, and it is time that we showed the World that truth, by being the Church of the Living God to our communities. I am sure you have heard that the Church is to be the hands and feet of God.  Now is the time to be His Voice, to show His love and reach out to your neighbor, to let them know that you are there in this time of tribulation and turmoil. To speak peace, calmness, faith, and trust in the Lord God Almighty.

Being the Church 3-1

If Christ is your Lord and King, then you are a part of His Kingdom. As a part of His Kingdom, which is His Church here and now, you have responsibilities and duties, things you are called and commanded to do. This is not about those who are unable to work but those that won’t.       

Sanctification 10-6

Whole denominations have fallen away claiming to be open and accepting, out of love, of what God clearly calls sin. Jesus never accepted, encouraged, or endorsed sin. He loved the sinner and hated the sin. When Jesus comes back, He is coming in Judgment.  Judgment day, the Lord’s Day, the Last Day is coming.

Faith & Love, Part 2 9-15

Biblical Love is an action; we are called to love as Jesus loves, so that others can experience the love of God. To experience God is to experience the Biblical Love that Jesus showed us. That is found in few congregations today. It is forgiveness, acceptance, compassion, and faith in the One who loves us which leads us to works!

Each and every congregation of God’s church is called to love. We are to live out the love of God that has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us (Romans 5:5). Who is this “us”? Believers, the saints, the blood bought, the Bible believing Church of the living God!

Faith and Love, Part 1 9-8

Let’s say that God calls you to do something that is way out side your comfort zone. You know that God has laid it on your heart to do this and you are struggling with fear or doubt, but knowing the love of God, you take the step of faith, and do what has been laid on your heart. The moment you took your “Next Step” your spiritual journey was shortened. But now, having taken that Next Step you have to rely on God. There will be trials and tribulations, problems will arise, things will happen, the enemy will attack, but as God brings you through these trials and tribulations your trust and love for God increases and grows your faith exponentially.

Example for All, Part 2 8-18

If Christ came back today, would you be ready to go with Him? If Christ came back at that moment, would a place where you’re about to go or a thing you’re about to do cause you to be ashamed or embarrassed in any way? If so, then you need to change what you’re doing. If you are not living in a way that is pleasing to Him right now; then when will you? No one knows the day or hour of His return!

God’s People – Israel 8-4

Jesus said to the Jews, “Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit” (Matthew 21:43). The Kingdom is made up of those who follow their King, those who walk according to the Gospel. It is not by works of the flesh that anyone is saved, no matter their lineage or ancestry, there is neither Jew nor Gentile, we are one in the body of Christ. His Church. The Israel of God.