” Putting the Pieces Together “
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” 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


“Don’t Worry “

 

December 10,2016
“Then He said to His disciples, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭12:22-24‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

This was part of my devotion reading this morning, which really spoke to my heart. We tend to let the worries of the day take over our lives these past couple of days having the Uganda kids choir staying with us and hearing some the of the stories of their home country, and I think about the missions trips to Mexico and Haiti that I have gone on.
The kids at Casa Del Pastor playing in the dirt with a flattened soccer ball, using whatever they have to amuse themselves and they are happy.
In Haiti there are children living in very bad situations, if they want to go to school they need to be up very early in the morning and walk several miles, crossing rivers and some just can’t make the journey so they don’t go to school.
I think about myself complaining about some of my situations and God reminds me that He has blessed us with jobs so we can have a vehicle to get around in, a house to live in, food on the table and trust me I haven’t missed a meal in along time.
Worrying is not trusting in God, so stop worrying and start worshipping.
Just remember.
Of how much more value are you than the birds?”

Blessings
Jim Hernandez


RECLAIMING LOST GROUND!

Selah November 13, 2016

RECLAIMING LOST GROUND!
2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
I truly believe we have given the enemy enough ground in our lives.
We have let him destroy our marriages, we have let him miss lead our children for far to long, we have allowed him to destroy our country, and we have let him consume our time, thoughts and emotions. We are in a war, a spiritual battle and it’s time to get a battle plan together – it’s time to take prayer seriously! We need to go to battle in prayer, writing things down and praying over them, writing names down and praying for them, praying over scriptures for our loved ones and situations. The devil is in this for keeps, he is serious about destroying you and everything about you. He comes to rob, kill, and destroy you. But when we pray, when we humble ourselves, and seek Jesus, and turn from our wicked ways, God hears from heaven and things begin to happen, miracles, salvation, relationships restored, He calms the seas, and the storms are calmed. Go to prayer! Reclaim lost ground in Jesus name it’s never to late. NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD.

“Reclaiming lost ground”
Pastor Joe


“How long oh Lord? How Long?”

Selah September 25, 2016

“From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” Psalm 61:2
 I love that the book of Psalms covers a range of emotions as David walks through his life. He’s so honest in his cries to the Lord. Several times he says things like, “How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever?” Ps 13:1. Don’t we feel like that sometimes? We know we must endure the trials and tribulations of this life, but for how long? How long is this trial going to continue? We can become so weary and so beat down from waiting. Sometimes we become so tired of praying for the same thing over and over, only to receive no answer yet.

 But, so many more times throughout the Psalms, David reminds us of the incredible goodness of the Lord. “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!” Ps 34:8

 Our trials are hard. But we are not called to walk them alone. We are called to take refuge in Him. Rest in Him. Be still before Him. I encourage you to take the time to not only continue in crying out openly and honestly to the Lord daily, but to also sit quietly before Him and allow Him to fill you and speak to you. He knows the length and outcome of each and every trial, and He desires us to sit as His feet while we wait.

 “Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!” Ps 31:24

 Pastor Stephen


” Not surprised any more “

Selah August 14, 2016

” I am just not surprised any more ”
I read a quote from A.W. Tozer the other day it said this: ” Too many professed believers talk as if [Christ] were real and then act as if He were not.” Many of us have so many skeletons in the closet, so many insecurities, past hurts that have never been dealt with at the Cross of Christ. It reminds me of a bathroom I once painted; the people before us decided to paint over their wall paper, and painted over it again as well. By the time we got the house and were ready to change the color there was no way of painting it over again we had to rip it all out and get to the bare nakedness of the wall it was only then that the true color of the paint and the true texture of the wall was seen for the beauty it was. One day each of us are going to have to face our wall and we will have to make that choice to finally strip away those things we have been dragging around with us are whole life. And when you do! you will experience the true beauty in which God intended for you; the true freedom in Christ, God intended for you; and the true peace and joy God intended for you. Jesus said: ” you shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.” Abide in His word, believe in His forgiveness, believe and live the promises God has given you and let Jesus set you free.

I am free in Christ and so can you! 
Pastor Joe


” It’s time to suit up – It’s game time “

Selah July 10, 2016
Colossians Chapter 3 verses 12 thru 17 the apostle Paul gave us our uniforms to put on as Christians. So lets suit up, and get on the field and get off the bench! 
Colossians 3:12 thru 17 in the Message bible

So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even–tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all–purpose garment. Never be without it. Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.

See ya on the field
Pastor Joe


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