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Friday, April 27, 2018

From the Pastor...

Jesus Christ, the Divine Teacher of Prayer
Luke 11:1-13

Let it not be forgotten that prayer was one of the great truths which our Lord came into the world to teach and illustrate. It was worth a trip from heaven to earth to teach men this great lesson of prayer. A great lesson it was, a very difficult lesson for men to learn. Men are naturally averse to learning this lesson of prayer. The lesson is a very lowly one. None but God can teach it. But it is a sublime, and heavenly vocation. The disciples were quickened to prayer by hearing Jesus pray and talk about prayer.

He sought to impress on His disciples not alone a deep necessity of prayer in general, but also the importance of prayer to them in their personal and spiritual needs. And there came moments to them when they felt the need of a deeper and more thorough schooling in prayer and of their grave neglect in this regard. One of these hours of deep condition on their part and of eager inquiry was when he was praying at a certain place and time, and they saw him, and they said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples."

Our divine teacher of prayer lays himself out to make it clear and strong that God answers prayer, assuredly, certainly, inevitably; that it is the duty of the child to ask, and to press, and that the Father has obliged Himself to answer, and to give for the asking. In Christ's teaching, prayer is no sterile, vain performance, not a mere rite, a form, but a request for an answer, a plea to gain, the seeking of a great good from God. It is a lesson of getting that for which we ask, of finding that for which we seek, and of entering the door at which we knock.   - E. M. Bounds

Friday, April 13, 2018

From the Pastor...

What is the meaning of life? There are many answers to this question. It means power, possessions, honor, progress, culture, ect. That is not the true answer. If that is all life means then our answer is no answer at all, because surely all these things end in nothing. The true answer is that the meaning of this life is eternal life. Such is its seriousness.

The word of God is the message of eternal life. Jesus Christ came to show us eternal life and to bestow it upon us. Real life begins with faith in Christ.
- Emil Brunner

1. Grace - God accepts me as I am.
2. Faith - I accept the fact that he accepts me.
3. Peace - I accept myself.
4. Love - I accept you.
5. Fellowship - You accept me.
- Adrian Brown

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

From the Pastor...

Pure Devotion
"I am afraid that...your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ"  - 1 Corinthians 11:3

What True Devotion To God Is Not.
Devotion does not consist of reading the Bible, nor praying, nor attending meetings. These may or may not be specific instances of devotion, but are not to be regarded as devotion itself.
Devotion does not consist of individual acts or exercises of any kind. These may indeed be devotional acts, that is "acts of devotion," but let it be remembered that no acts or exercises in themselves constitute devotion.

What True Devotion To God Is.
Devotion is that state of heart in which everything - our whole life, being and possessions - are a continual offering to God, that is they are continually devoted to God. True devotion must be the supreme devotion of the will, extending out to all we have and are - to all times, places, employments, thought and feelings.
-  Charles G. Finney

"We are God's: let us therefore live for Him and die for Him. We are God's: let His wisdom and will therefore rule all our actions. We are God's: let all the parts of our life accordingly strive toward Him as our only lawful goal [Rom. 14:8; cf. 1 Cor. 6:19]. O, how much has that man profited who, having been taught that he is not his own, has taken away dominion and rule from his own reason that he may wield it to God!" (Institutes, 3.7.1)
-  Iain H. Murray

Jesus of Nazareth
Without money and arms, He conquered more millions that Alexander the Great, Caesar, Mohammed, and Napoleon;

Without science and learning, He shed more light on things human and divine than all philosophers and scholars combined;

Without the eloquence of schools, He spoke such words of life as were never spoken before or since, and produced effects which lie beyond the reach of orator or poet;

Without writing a single line, He set more pens in motion, and furnished themes for more sermons, orations, discussions, learned volumes, works of art, and songs of praise than the whole army of great men of ancient and modern times.
-  Philip Schaff

Saturday, January 27, 2018

From the Pastor...

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will by my witnesses..." Acts 1:8

"Strengthened with all power according to His glorious might..."  Colossians 1:11

The inner life of Jesus was unique. It is the life of God loved out in a person. This life by His Spirit is given to every true believer. But it must be nurtured and sustained by a daily desire and decision to be in touch with the Lord; to receive the promised power to live His kind of life instead of our own self-oriented life. How serious can one be about this if they refuse to take time each day to come into God's presence in prayer and hear Him speak to their heart through His Word? HE HIMSELF IS OUR POWER. Time with Him brings the necessary strength to resist the influence and control of the present world system.

The call of God has not changed. The majority may adore the glitter, glamour and glory of this culture but the true believer has tasted qualities of another world. The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him." Psalm 25:14. The love, joy and peace of God comes only to those who will receive the spiritual power to renounce and resist less things and partake of His inner life.

Here is an acrostic that can be used each morning to help you begin your day with Him.

P - Lord I PRESENT myself to You this day. I PRAISE You for Your goodness and love to me. Romans 12:1-2, Psalm 100:4

O - Lord OPEN my heart to Your Word and OPEN Your Word to my heart. Psalm 119:18, Eph 5:26, John 15:3

W - Lord WASH my heart and mind with Your truth. (Here read a portion of scripture)

E - Lord ENERGIZE me to do all I must do today in Your Spirit. Col 3:17

R - Lord please REMIND me of Your presence and power in every situation today. John 4:26

"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the lord and in the power of His might." Ephesians 6:10

Thursday, January 11, 2018

From the Pastor...

This life therefor is not righteousness, but growth in righteousness, not health, but healing, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it, the process is not yet finished, but it is going on, this is not the end, but it is the road. All does not yet gleam in glory, but all is being purified.
- Martin Luther

Blessed is he who submits to the will of God; he can never be unhappy. Men may deal with him as they will... he is without care; he knows that 'all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.'
- Martin Luther

Cry for grace from God to be able to see God's hand in every trial, and then for grace.. to submit at once to it. Not only to submit, but to acquiesce, and to rejoice in it... I think there is generally an end to trouble when we get to that.
- Charles Spurgeon

If anyone could tell you the shortest, surest way to all happiness and perfection, he must tell you to make it a rule to yourself to thank and praise God for everything that happens to you. For it is certain that whatever seeming calamity happens to you, if you thank and praise God for it, you turn it into a blessing....
- William Law

I thank God for my handicaps, for through them I have found myself, my work and my God.
- Helen Keller

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

This Christmas Season...

Mighty Christmas

When you say Merry Christmas, what do you think the word Merry means? My whole life Merry Christmas, simply meant, “Hey, happy Christmas to you.” But, what if merry didn’t mean happy?
Think about it. Remember Robin Hood and his Merry Men? It wasn’t Robin Hood and his happy-go-lucky cheerful men joyfully jumping up and down in tights. No, in the old English, merry meant mighty or powerful!
I don’t often quote my own song lyrics, but these are about as sisynced as I can be:

What if all of this were true
Emmanuel, how God came through
Is this more than Christmas cheer
Is this just a story or what if it’s real

Would I still be lonely would I know fear
Would my worry hold me, could I be healed
I’m crying out loud

This year like never before
Jesus reveal a little more
To my soul would you
Show me just how powerful
You are more than a manger
Jesus the mighty savior
In my soul turn this
Merry into Mighty Christmas

What if in my silent nights
You were enough, You were the light
Angels saying “Do not Fear”
Is that still a promise, do You still come near?

Meet me in my lonely, tear down my fear
Hold me through my worry, Lord would you Heal

This year like never before
Jesus reveal a little more
To my soul would you
Show me just how powerful
You are more than a manger
Jesus the mighty savior
In my soul turn this
Merry into Mighty Christmas

Whatever you are dealing with this Christmas season, remember, this is either a Happy-go-lucky safe and boring Christmas or this is a powerful and Mighty Christmas where Jesus, Emmanuel, God is With Us.
10000MINUTES Practice:
Every time you say or hear Merry Christmas, remember Jesus is Near! Mighty Christmas!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

From the Pastor...

America has experienced unbelievable prosperity over the last 50 years and unprecedented prosperity in the last five years. What happens is the prosperity leads to a fear of loss. The more you have, the more you are afraid of losing it. And a fear of loss leads to a loss of faith. And I think we've got people right now in the Christian world who are being driven by fear rather than by faith.  - Ron Blue

Thou who has given so much to me, give one thing more - a grateful heart!  - George Herbert

Realize that joy comes from your relationship to God and His unchanging faithfulness. You don't need to live in perfect circumstances to be happy. You don't even have to be loved and appreciated by others in order to be happy. It's pleasant to be loved and appreciated, but not vital to your happiness.  - W. Backus & M. Chapian

God incarnate is the end of fear; and the hart that realizes He is in the midst will be quiet in the middle of alarm.  - F. B. Meyer

Monday, October 30, 2017

From the Pastor...

“This life therefore is not righteousness, but growth in righteousness, not health, but healing, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it, the process is not yet finished, but it is going on, this is not the end, but it is the road. All does not yet gleam in glory, but all is being purified.”
500 Years of Reformation
By: Laine Johnson
Do you know why October 31, 2017, is such a special day? A day to celebrate and give much thanks to our God? Not because it’s Halloween. It is Reformation Day! This year is particularly special because it is the 500th anniversary celebration.

Most historians mark the start of the Protestant Reformation as October 31, 1517, when a Catholic priest, monk, and professor named Martin Luther nailed Ninty-Five Theses to the church doors at Wittenburg, Germany. The church doors were commonly used as a bulletin board to post important information. This movement became know as the “Protestant” Reformation because in the years following Luther’s formal protest, many others began to protest church abuses. These became known as protesters, and thus the movement became known as the Protestant Reformation. This movement was the basis for hundreds of Protestant denominations that exist today.

These Ninty-Five Theses were a public rebuke and challenge to papal authority and to corrupt practices within the church. Luther was especially upset and reacting to the selling of indulgences. These were supposedly a means of buying forgiveness for yourself or others, thus requiring no need for repentance.

By 1518, Luther’s Ninty-Five Theses had been reprinted and distributed in many cities across Europe. In 1521, Pope Leo X formally excommunicated Luther from the Catholic Church, but the fires of change had begun to set Europe ablaze. Luther’s stand had emboldened many others to stand. Catholic practices had kept the Word of God from the common man. Sermons and mass were always given in Latin, even when no one in the pew spoke Latin. During the period leading up to the Reformation and the decades following, Bible translations began to be propagated in common languages so that all could read and hear God’s Word.

The Reformation became a worldwide revolution, especially in Western civilization. It was not just a church movement, but one that affected all of society. There were five particular teachings that began to define the Reformation. They are known as the “five solas” that distinguished the protesters from the Catholic Church. They are:

For decades now I have been involved in discussions about reformation vs. revival. Are they the same? How are they different? What do we need most today? Which one comes first?

My conclusion is that they are different, that either may come first, and that we need both! OneCry is all about crying out to God for revival. Maybe it would be appropriate to cry out for revival and reformation, or reformation and revival.

Reform needs to take place. We need revival. We need God’s sovereign intervention in the affairs of the church and our world. We need to cry out to God for both. My view is, work on “reforming” the church and her ways, to line up with biblical theology, philosophy, practice, etc., and pray that God would send revival.

Like in Luther’s day, we live in a time where many of the now “Protestant” Church’s practice and theology do not line up with biblical practice and theology. We desperately need the Holy Spirit to blow upon the church and on our land.

Andrew Murray captures this burden in his book Absolute Surrender:
Do not let us think, because the blessed Reformation restored the great doctrine of justification by faith, that the power of the Holy Spirit was then fully restored. If it is our belief that if God is going to have mercy on His Church in these last ages, it will be because the doctrine and the truth about the Holy Spirit will not only be studied, but sought after with a whole heart. It is not only because that truth will be sought after, but because ministers and congregations will be found bowing before God in deep abasement with one cry: “We have grieved God’s Spirit. We have tried to be Christian churches with as little as possible of God’s Spirit. We have not sought to be churches filled with the Holy Spirit.”
So let us press on in obeying Him, seeking Him, loving Him, and crying out to Him! May this be one cry from all of us.