Thursday, March 5, 2020

The Coronavirus & Christians

Peace and Preparation not Panic.

Jesus told us in John 16:33, “I  have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

The Scriptures tell us to use wisdom and be prepared when facing challenges. However, the Lord does not want us to be ruled by fear. Peace is one of the gifts that our Lord gives us. 
Philippians 4:4-7 says, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness, (Gracious spirit) be apparent to all. The Lord is near.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Did you know that the word Corona means Crown? Psalm 65:11 says, “You crown the year with goodness and your paths drip with abundance.”

Psalm 103:2-4, “Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits- who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion.”

Psalm 149:4 says, “For the LORD takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.”
As we look back over history God has used believers to step up in times of crises to make a difference in the world. As believers, let’s pray and work for this virus to be stopped. Let’s use wisdom and be prepared. Then, let us live in the peace that only Christ can give and pass it on to others. 

Join with me in prayer for tonight’s Bible study groups of children, youth and adults. Then, let’s join in prayer for this weekend's services. Invite someone you know to come and worship with us.

It is an honor to serve as your pastor.

Marching into Promise Land Living

In Numbers 13, the Lord told Moses to send one man from each tribe of Israel to explore the promised land. Out of 12 spies, 2 gave a positive report and 10 gave a negative report about the land. In chapter 14, the people began to grumble and complain against Moses and Aaron: “If only we had died in Egypt…”.   As a result, only Joshua and Caleb, the two positive spies and their families, entered the Promised Land. Numbers 14:24 and 14:30 tells us that Joshua and Caleb had a “different spirit”. What gave them a different spirit? The answer: they believed God and His promises. They were not negative. They did not grumble and complain against the Lord and Moses.

There is an old hymn that is titled: “Faith Is The Victory”...that overcomes the world. Negativity, doubt, grumbling against the Lord and unbelief will keep you from promised land living. 

So, don’t give in to the temptation to grumble and complain. Have a different spirit. Believe God and His promises so you can enter Promise Land Living.

It is an honor to serve as your pastor.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Love Takes Time

In Deuteronomy 24:5 there is an interesting Bible verse about marriage. It states "A newly married man must not be drafted into the army or be given any other official responsibilities. He must be free to spend one year at home, bringing happiness to his wife." Wow, some have called this a one year honeymoon. I’m not sure how this was actually applied but I do see this: we must devote time to our marriage for it to be successful.  If the Lord has blessed you with a spouse renew your commitment to spend time together. Let the Lord help you renew your marriage.

This Sunday I will be speaking on the Three Phases of Love and How to Have a Strong Marriage.

The “Love and Respect” class for couples will begin Sunday evening February 16 at 6:00 PM.

It is an honor to serve as your pastor.

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