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The Process

Selah 

July 30, 2017

PROCESS OF SALVATION – PROCESS OF DESTRUCTION
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 1:18
Each one of us is either in the process of salvation or the process of destruction. Which process you choose is your own choice. The response to the knowledge of the cross of Christ determines which process you have chosen. Those who choose to reject the cross are in the process of eternal destruction and they are already perishing. To these the message of the cross is nonsense and foolishness.
But to those who have responded to the message of the cross they know God’s divine plan and provision for the redemption of sinners. The gospel focuses on the incarnation and crucifixion of Christ. This is the theme for the message of the cross and it is powerful wisdom to those who are saved.
What is the message of the cross to you? Is it foolishness?
Or, is it the power of God.
We need to continually pray for our unsaved family, friends and co-workers for they are currently perishing. But the power of our God can bring them to the saving knowledge of Christ.
Be Blessed,
Alan


Selah

Selah

July 16, 2017
Selah from what I have read and learned is thought to come from two Hebrew words. S_lah, “to praise” and S_Lal, “to lift up”. Others believe it comes from Salah” to pause”.
I am certainly not well enough versed, nor am I qualified enough to know. So perhaps Selah is all three: “To Praise,” “To Lift Up” and “To Pause”. We praise God, we are here to lift up God and we come here to pause and love our God.
As I read Romans 4, it is clear that God’s promise to count Abraham as righteous and to give the whole earth to him and his descendants was based on a right relationship with God that comes by faith, not just his and our obedience to God’s Law. So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. Romans 4:16.
Wow! Faith in The Lord our God and we, through faith, as Abraham’s spiritual descendants, are counted as righteous and will inherit the Earth. Are you kidding? How can we not praise, lift up and pause today and every day to love God.
Blessings to all of you, go out in our world and let everyone know God’s promise to us to make us righteous through faith and inherit the Earth.
David


Battle Ready

Selah 07/09/17

Battle Ready

It seems lately I feel God has been putting on my heart the importance of prayer, I have been reading about prayer in my devotion time, the leadership of the church have been getting together for prayer and it has been very powerful.
There is a battle going on, and the enemy wants to destroy your marriages, your family, relationship with friends, especially your children but we have a powerful weapon to battle him, that is prayer.

From Chuck Smith’s Effective prayer life:

The Battle
There’s a conflict taking place around us continually, a spiritual conflict. Invisible to our physical eyes is the spirit world which is divided into two categories: the forces of good and the forces of evil. These are in constant combat with one another and diametrically opposed to each other. When I enter into intercessory prayer I step right into the battle and begin to fight in this spiritual warfare.
Paul the apostle said that “we wrestle not against Flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12). Therefore, we’re to put on the whole armor of God. Paul then goes on to list the armor of God that should clothe a Christian for battle.

My brothers and sisters in Christ now is the time we need to to be on our knees, in our prayer closets be clothed in the armor of God.

Are you ready for battle?

Blessing,
Jim Hernandez


The Church

Selah

July 1, 2017

The Church

Today it is with heavy heart I write this Selah as I watch and pray for those who are suffering in the body of Christ. Brocken relationships, marriages hanging on by a thread, children caught up with the lust of this world, people suffering with cancer as it effects everyone they know. Our country is a mess, the Christian church for the most part does not even know what sin is let alone forgiveness. We are living and ministering in extraordinary times! But as I look at the early church so were they. As I read in The Book of Acts they were persecuted, shunned, and cursed at, yet they stayed true to the gospel and to the call of ministry. Peter in Acts chapter 12 it says verses 1 thru 5.
“ Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also. Now it was during the Days of Unleavened Bread. So when he had arrested him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to keep him, intending to bring him before the people after Passover. Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.”
What fueled the early church to endure all the opposition? 1. They were a praying church individually as well as corporately. 2. They were empowered by the spirit through prayer. I truly and firmly believe if we are going to endure and see miraculous changes it is going to happen through prayer. Prayer wasn’t just a spiritual discipline that they practiced when things weren’t going well or when someone was sick. It wasn’t a matter of enjoining some formal ritual. Rather, prayer was part of them, an underpinning of their faith in expression and devotion. They prayed consistently let that be us as we endure, and grow as Christians, may prayer be what we are made of, a residing Christ within our hearts fueled by the Holy Spirit of God.

Praying earnestly and consistently

Pastor Joe


Fulfilled In Him

Selah 

June 25, 2017

In the book of Revelation 3:14-22, the Laodiceans thought they were in need of nothing because they had everything. But, as Christ so graphically told them, though they thought they were rich, they were really “wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked.”

Christ had invited them to abandon their preoccupation with their riches and their gifts and turn their hearts to the Giver of life, to seek from Him what they really needed. What we really need, only He and He alone can really give. People are desperately seeking satisfaction, peace, happiness, contentment, and fulfillment from all kinds of things in this world that ultimately can’t provide any of those things.

Solomon, the richest and wisest man who ever lived may have said it best. At the end of his life he looked back on his life, He saw the vast and amazing things he had learned, things he built, and all that he had acquired (he had it all), he said this- “Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done and on the labor on which I toiled; and indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind.” (Ecclesiastes 2:11)

I know that I am not a good man, I don’t have any real talent or worldly treasure, and this life has definitely not been easy for me. But this is what I do know- my greatest blessing has been to know Jesus Christ, He is the center of my life, He is all that I ever hoped for, He is my most precious gift, in Him and Him alone I find deep and amazing peace as often as I want it. He makes me happy to be alive. He gives my life purpose.

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. Ephesians 3:20

Keep your eyes and your heart fixed on Jesus, one day at a time. May He bless you deeply.

Pastor Mike


” Putting the Pieces Together “

Selah

June 18, 2017

The pressure of life is relentless at times. The enemy never rests, he is constantly attacking all that I hold dear. I am engaged in a battle that is far to much for me. Alan Redpath says this-”never act in a panic, never allow your emotions to dictate your actions, but at that moment of desperation force yourself into the presence of God, and wait there until you have a Word from the Lord. Cry out to Jesus for mercy. Wait upon God until He makes His way plain. Never let anything or anyone drive you from the wounded side of Jesus.”
Often our lives seem like a thousand disassembled pieces of a jigsaw puzzle– confused, disoriented, senseless, tragic. But God is in the details… carefully, wisely, in His way, and in His time, putting the pieces together to form a complete and perfect picture. If He can turn the agony of the cross into an empty tomb, and ultimately our salvation, Jesus can certainly manage the lesser trauma of our lives toward His ultimate purpose.
All of God’s dealings with you and me are designed with one supreme objective– TO BRING US TO THE END OF OUR OWN RESOURCES. Once that happens my friends- God opens up the gateway into victory and the stepping stone into blessing. God begins at that moment of complete surrender to accomplish His purpose for our lives!
Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6
Pastor Mike


Elijah’s God

Where are the Elijah’s of God?

May 28, 2017

James 5:16 says- ”The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much”. We know Elijah was a man of like passions as we are, but alas, we are not men of like prayer as he was! One man praying stands as a majority with God. Today God is bypassing men not because they are too ignorant, but because they are too self sufficient. Brethren, our abilities are our handicaps, and our talents our stumbling blocks. The brutal, soul shaking truth is that we are so earthly minded, we are of no heavenly use. No man is greater than his prayer life. The Pastor who is not praying is playing. The people who are not praying are straying. The only power that God yields to is that of prayer. A title undeniably true of the church today, would be, We Wrestle Not! We will display our gifts, natural or spiritual; we will air our views, political or spiritual; we will preach a sermon or write a book to correct a brother’s doctrine. But who will storm hell’s stronghold? Who will tell the devil no? Who will deny himself good food or good company or good rest that hell may gaze upon him wrestling, embarrassing demons, liberating captives, depopulating hell, and leaving in his travail a stream of blood washed souls? (excerpts from “Why Revival Tarries” by Leonard Ravenhill).”

May God richly bless you as you seek Him in prayer…

Pastor Mike


Victory

Selah Easter 2017

Victory

Happy Resurrection Day to each of you what a glorious time of the year as we celebrate a risen Savior. The significance of the resurrection is life changing as well as faith changing. God the Father made a way for all humanity, He opened the door of heaven. Forgiveness of sin, saved by grace, and victory over the grave. None of us are good enough, none of us are clean enough, as a matter of fact none of us deserve Gods love let alone heaven. But because of Jesus its all a gift to us, a gift of love. Forgiveness, fellowship, we are clean, and the gift of salvation – eternity – heaven, its all a wonderful gift form Jesus. Why you say? Or how do you know you might ask? Can you prove it to me might be your question? I will tell you yes I can with a resounding YES! The proof is His resurrection, He rose from the dead to life again – to never die again. He is not in a tomb, and He is not on a cross, His spirit lives in us and throughout every born again believer who walks this earth. And He said just as I have been raised from the dead so shall you. Take courage my friend HE IS RISEN, come to Jesus and receive your gift of salvation, have your sins forgiven, restore your relationship with God – and have the hope of heaven – He is waiting for you!
John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Believing – Hoping – Trusting His every Word
Pastor Joe


He knows your Pain

“They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”
Matthew 21:7-9

Today we remember Jesus entering triumphantly into Jerusalem! He declared Himself as the Messiah promised by God, coming to save us all!
But my eyes were drawn to what Jesus did next. Luke 19:41 says “Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it.”
Jesus wept in compassion knowing that His love and freely offered salvation would be rejected by many. He saw all the pain and suffering that so many people would experience because they did not accept Him, and it moved Him to tears.
I have been thinking of all the pain, suffering, and sadness throughout the world. We see and hear terrible things on the news every day. Jesus wept in compassion over this. He went to the cross, dying in His love for us! He knows our pain and came to redeem us and bring us salvation!
When we get depressed or frustrated seeing the pain that can be all around us, let us look to Jesus, knowing He weeps over it too, and He died to bring us out of this pain and in to abundant life with God!

Happy Palm Sunday,
Pastor Stephen


Don’t forget God

As you go about your busy schedule as I do, it can be easy to forget about God. I know it was for me in years past. Fortunately, the last seven or eight years have been far more rewarding because of my relationship with Him.

As our local and state economy improves and picks up steam so does the temptation to get so busy that we set The Lord to the side and feel “I’ve got this”. We can’t just set The Lord over to the side burner just in case we need him. I personally feel that taking the quite time to spend with Him and reading my Bible helps relieve any anxious and stressful moments in life.

“I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark. … I have come to save the world and not to judge it.” John 12: 46&47

All the best for you today and this week and God Bless You.

David


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