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Thankfulness

“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to theRock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with Psalms.”

Psalm 95:1-2

At this time of year I am reminded of how much we have to be thankful for. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays as it is a time to reflect upon the goodness of the Lord and all the ways he has blessed us, and to respond in praise and thanks to Him!

I think of who He is, as He is a God of love, mercy, grace, and faithfulness; He is compassionate towards us!

I think of al the blessings He has given to me, the beautiful things He has done in my life, and the relationships He has blessed me with! How He has always met me where I was at, and poured out His love upon me!

He is a wonderful God and I know I need to thank and praise Him more.

Thanksgiving also reminds me of sharing the blessings God has given me with those around me, and how blessed I am to be able to do that! May we all think of God and thank Him this week and keep our eyes and hearts focused on Him this holiday season!

Pastor Stephen


Great is Your Faithfulness

“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23)


It’s amazing to think of the Love that God has for us! He has so much love for us we can’t even begin to understand. In the highs and in the lows he loves us! Wether we fail or succeed he loves us! Whether we wander or we stay near he loves us! He will always love us! He has new mercies for us daily! His forgiveness is perfect! And to think that he would forgive us and then on top of that have a great faithfulness! Oh how faithful our God is! He is always there no matter what. When we call upon him he is faithful to answer. We serve an amazing God who is there to provide for us and to care for us! He’s faithful in our times of joy as well as in our times of need! So I remind you today to rest in his faithfulness and find joy in his faithfulness! He will always be faithful. At times we may have struggles or moments when we may not see his faithfulness in the middle of the storm but know that he is still there. Know that he will calm the storm and remain faithful. Trust in him! 

  • Rickey

Philippians 4:5-9, 11, 13, 19

There are times in one’s life where we just struggle with things. Maybe it’s people, maybe it’s a work related issue, perhaps its a financial situation, maybe it’s an illness, or just burdened by the weight and circumstances of life. In the book of Philippians it says-

Let your gentleness be known to all men. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds through Jesus Christ. Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is an virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy- meditate on these things. The things which you have learned and received and heard and saw in me, do them, and the God of peace will be with you. I have learned in whatever state I am to be content. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory by Jesus Christ. Philippians chapter 4 verses 5-9, 11, 13, and 19.

I don’t know about you, but I really want the Lord to guard my heart, to guard my mind, and to guard my life from everything that is not of Him. This world that we live in is filled with disappointment, difficult times, uncertainty, and division. Immorality and sinful behavior is running amuck in every form imaginable, distractions at every turn to entice us, to keep us busy and operating on overload, to get our focus off of the Lord. I really desire the Lords peace, calm, and wisdom filled presence each and every day. I want to live my life with joy no matter what my daily circumstances or difficulties are. I want to rest in knowing that God, the creator of the universe, is going to supply 100% of my needs (not wants) each and every day. Trust God, He is absolutely worthy of our trust. He will never leave us or forsake us, not even for a single moment. Thank you Jesus!

Pastor Mike


Nachal

Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

John 4:11 The woman saith unto Him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast Thou that living water?

John 4:10-11 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, give me a drink, thou wouldest have asked of Him, and He would have given thee living water. The woman saith unto Him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep, from whence then hast Thou that living water?

Jeremiah 17:13 O Lord, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the Lord, the fountain of living water.

The Hebrew word for a dried up river bed is “Nachal”. Israel has many of these. In Israel it rains in the winter, but not in summer. In the summer, these places stand as a testament of the rains that once fell and of the rains yet to come. Then, when they do come, the Nechalim (nachal plural) almost instantly fill with water. This is what the Scripture means when it says, “I will give you rivers in the desert.” There is a promise in that for us.

We, like the Nachal, were made to flow with the water and the life of the Spirit of God. When we are not connected to God, to His flowing waters, we feel dry and empty — without purpose. But we were meant to be overflowing! Maybe you are feeling dry and empty in your life and walk? Praise the Lord! What an opportunity to allow God to fill you with His river’s of Living Water!

 If you are dry and thirsty, turn to the Lord today and the waters will flood in again! This is a new year and our Lord is looking for people to become true inspirations, this comes from a heart fully yielded to God. Being filled with the Holy Spirit continually and overflowing with the Living Water, sharing in His love with others. Do you have it? If not come today to receive the Living Water. Praise God!


GOD STILL BREAKS CHAINS TODAY

No matter how strong the shackles of lust, drugs, alcohol, deceit, our flesh , or sin, the Holy Spirit is still in the business of breaking these chains and setting men and women free from the bondage that ensnares them.

Acts 12:5-7 says- Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church. And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison. Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, “Arise quickly!” And his chains fell off his hands.

Matthew 7:7-8 says- ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

The most important fact of my existence to remember is this– God is always with me, and He will always take care of me. Live within the confines of today, do not focus on tomorrows worries, or past regrets. God is committed to caring for me, and He is completely capable to do just that. He says come to me all you who are weary, and I will give you rest. God will orchestrate your life my friend, let Him do it!

Pastor Mike


A Great Light Shines

In this season of hope, peace and love we can be eternally grateful for all that we have. In this year of 2020 how fortunate are we to have Jesus Christ in our lives?  Our congregation has so much love and able to bring fellowship to so many.  Please reach out to others in our congregation who you haven’t seen or been able to speak to.  We all need a voice if we are not able to reach out and touch them.

In Isaiah 9:2 it reads: “The people who walk in darkness will see a great light.  For those who live in a land of deep darkness a light will shine.”

On the very first Christmas night, so many years ago, a light so piercing, so pure and so bright came down from the heavens.  This majestic completely perfect light brings hope to the weary, peace to the anguished and hurting and love to the broken.  Our world is attempting to be strangled in the darkness and the shadows, but the one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, has come into the world and his name is Jesus.

Our fellowship with each other and our ability to reach out to so many who are not part of our congregation is so very important. We believe that the only true basis of Christian fellowship is His love.  We believe that the worship of God is fruitful.  Praise, lift up and pause today and everyday for the great light that God brought to us.

Merry Christmas

David


Where is your Trust?

A word today of encouragement for all my friends from Streams in the Desert, by L.B. Cowan-

We live in a world that is filled with uncertainty. There are days when it seems like our nation is about to crumble under the weight of despair, division, immorality, lawlessness, and fear. Truth, justice, and righteousness no longer seem to matter, our society is largely focused on satisfying ourselves, taking care of number one, and how much pleasure can we fit into a 24 hour day.

Psalm 46:5 says- “God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved; God will help her when the morning dawns.” Will not be moved- what an inspiring declaration! Is it possible for us who are so easily moved by earthly things to come to a point where nothing can upset us or disturb our peace? The answer is yes, and the Apostle Paul knew it. When he was on his way to Jerusalem, the Holy Spirit warned him that “prison and hardships” (Acts 20:23) awaited him. Yet he could triumphantly say, “But none of these things move me” (Acts 20:24).

Everything in Paul’s life and experience that could be disturbed had already been shaken, and he no longer considered his life or any of his possessions as having any earthly value. And if we will only let God have His way with us, we to can come to the same conclusion. Then, like Paul, neither the stress or strain of little things, or the great and heavy trials of life will have enough power to move us from “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding (Philippians 4:7).” God declares this peace to be the inheritance of those who have learned to rest only on Him. The world can neither give nor take away this kind of peace.

“Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever (Psalm 125:1).” There is an old Scottish version of this Psalm that strengthens our blood like iron: “Who clings to God in constant trust, as Zion’s mount he stands full just, and who moves not, nor yet does reel, but stands forever strong as steel.”

Be strong in the Lord, Heaven is near, and eternity is forever.

Pastor Mike


The Lord is our Rock

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;

We all say we trust in the Lord but do we really? Earlier this week a co-worker put a message out to our team that he was told he has cancer, he asked for prayer, he said that he is scared of needles and not very fond of doctor’s. Rather than just saying I would pray for him I messaged him to see if he was available to talk, he was.  He then shared with me some details of the cancer he has and his fears, that the tumor is the size of a grapefruit and the doctor told him it has progressed quite a bit. I asked him how his relationship with the Lord is, he said he is a believer (praise the Lord). I was then able to share words of encouragement with him and remind him that God is in control and no matter what the outcome is, it is for His Glory. He agreed. I was also able to pray with him, he then had tears running down his cheek but I could also see some relief in his face.

I shared Psalm 18:30 As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

I believe he is trusting Him, sometimes we say we trust in the Lord but sometimes it is very difficult to admit that it is hard especially when you are told some devastating news. I pray for my co-worker everyday now that 1: God would heal him 2: God would comfort him 3: whatever the outcome of this is, God would be glorified.

Please pray for my co-worker his name is Jake

Blessings 

Jim 


Matthew 7:24-27

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was it’s fall.”

When the storms of life come our way, when our world is turned upside down, when the world literally begins to shut down all around us, when everything that could go wrong does go wrong, The Word of God says- the wise man’s house stood and the fools house fell. The wise man’s house survived the storm, and the fool’s house was destroyed, because their homes and their lives rested on different foundations. One house rested on the rock of God’s Word, the other foundation rested on the sand of human wisdom. 

 The storm always reveals what foundation you are resting on. The rock foundation I am speaking about is THE WORD OF GOD APPLIED TO OUR DAILY LIVES. Our survival depends on what foundation what we rest our lives on, and our foundation most definitely determines our future. Trust God one day at a time, He will never leave you nor will He forsake you, He will always provide a way for His children.

 May God richly bless you as you spend time with Him daily.

 Pastor Mike


Jeremiah 33:3

‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’

I find it very comforting that God speaks to us. He speaks to us through His word, He speaks to us through prayer, He speaks to us as we meet corporately as a church. But what I find comforting as well is that God always meets us right were we are at. God spoke to Jeremiah here in verse 3 chapter 33 in a prison, in the mist of a horrible circumstance. Jeremiah was in prison because he was being obedient to what God wanted him to do not because he was in the wrong or did something to deserve it. I am sure this was a difficult situation for Jeremiah on so many levels. But I am personally encouraged by this verse because so often I find my self in prisoned per say in many situations that life throws at myself. And when I call to God and seek Him with my whole heart He is found, and He answers in due time and I am ok with however He handles things. And the great and mighty things that He pulls off in our lives are just so incredible when you truly look back at things, and like God told Jeremiah “I am going to show you great and mighty things which you don’t know.” I love that because the reality is if He showed us what He was going to do we wouldn’t belief it anyway. Let us trust God more often, let us walk by faith and not by sight. His plans for us are good and not evil.

Trusting in my Savior Daily

Pastor Joe


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