Thursday, June 6, 2013

To Know My Enemy - Pastor Sean

Does the "treadmill of life" ever feel like its stuck on Mount Everest level? For every step taken it feels like you've accomplished nothing? Or you're getting nowhere? 

Don't be afraid! Nothing could be further from the truth.  

Dark spiritual forces are at work in the world, but their only hope of success  is to lie about the authority and empowerment they claim to have.  In reality, believers who are in Christ have ALL the authority over our adversary.  The only weapons provided the enemy come from what we give away.

The agenda of the enemy is to make life seem hopeless. Never let darkness set your agenda!

 Jesus said, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth."  Our savior is who sets the plan.

He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross. - Colossians 2:14, 15 NLT

Wow!  All that I can say...Wow!  Think, ponder, meditate on what this scripture is revealing to ALL who are in Christ.  Our enemy is completely without weaponry he is disarmed.  Not only that he is subjected to public shame.

Jesus alone won the victory on the cross, but we share in the celebration and triumph (2 Cor 2:14) of the victory.  To put it in common terms, we get to talk smack about the loss the enemy suffered!  Best of all, unless we supply him, he is powerless against it.

You may have heard the phrase when the devil reminds you of your past remind him of his future.  Do more than that, remind him of his present.  He has already lost.  There is nothing to fear from an adversary who is powerless and defeated.

In the face of what may seem without point remember, you are not've already won!

But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. - 1 Corinthians 15:57, 58 NLT

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Remain in Me - Pastor Kristin

John 15:5-8: "Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who parts from me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. But if you stay joined to me and my words remain in you, you may ask any request you like, and it will be granted! My true disciples produce much fruit. This brings great glory to my Father."

John 15 is one of those chapters we could read each day! We need to be continually reminded to remain in Him and that only He can produce the fruit that brings glory to the Father. But how can we remain in Him. As I was reading this passage I kept thinking of John 1.

John 1:1-5: "In the beginning the Word already existed. He was with God, and he was God. He was in the beginning with God. He created everything there is. Nothing exists that he didn't make. Life itself was in him, and this life gives light to everyone. The light shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it."

The branch needs the sap from the tree to flow through in order to have life and produce fruit. And that life is the Word. As we remain in His Word each day we are remaining in Him!!! Nothing is made without that life just like we cannot produce fruit without remaining in Him.

John 15:5"Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”

Friday, August 24, 2012

Don't be Discouraged - Pastor Ty

A lot of times we find ourselves feeling down and out about our situations and circumstances. It's so important that we keep a guard over our heart and mind to protect it from doubt and unbelief and negative thinking...aka "stinkin thinkin." If we begin to feel sorry for ourselves, we can miss the will of God in that moment. 

I Thessalonians 5:18 - Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.  

Its never going to be easy BUT YOU CAN DO ALL THINGS THRU CHRIST WHICH STRENGTHENS YOU!  Yeah, there are going to be times when we are disappointed. But we must be careful not to allow the enemy to keep us meditating on what's not happening for us and what's not going our way. The enemy wants to steal our faith and the opportunity that we have to exercise our faith. You are a champion! More than a conqueror! The enemy will try to invade your head with doubts about all you know to be TRUE & RIGHT. Be strategic about what you listen to. Victory is yours. Everything is going to be ok and remember that every SETBACK is a SETUP for a COMEBACK. Don't be discouraged but thank God in faith that nothing the enemy does can work as long as we keep resisting him and believing Gods plan and purpose will prevail in our lives!  Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Be STRONG (bold) and COURAGEOUS. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with YOU wherever you go."

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Be the Best for His Glory - Pastor Reeves

Have you ever heard the saying “living your life with excellence and worth doesn't come easy?” Bearing the cross can be a difficult process. If we are going to live as disciples of Jesus, we have to remember that all of our efforts of worth and excellence are difficult. The Christian life is “gloriously” difficult sometimes, but its difficulty does not make us faint and cave in—it stirs us up to overcome.
God saves people by His sovereign grace through the atonement of Jesus. The bible says we have to “work out” that salvation in our everyday, practical living (Philippians 2:12). If we will only start on the basis of His redemption to do what He commands, then we will find that we can do it! If we fail, it is because we have not yet put into practice what God has placed within us. But a crisis will only reveal whether or not we have been putting it into practice. If we will obey the Spirit of God and practice in our physical life what God has placed within us by His Spirit, then when a crisis does come we will find that our own nature, as well as the grace of God, will stand by us.
It’s crazy to say this but I thank God He gives us difficult things to do! Because in moments of difficulty we grow, we change but it is up to us to see or make a difference. Remember His salvation is a joyous thing, but it is also something that requires bravery, courage, and holiness. It tests us for all we are worth. The bible says in Hebrews 2:10 that Jesus is “bringing many sons to glory” , and God will not shield us from the requirements of sonship. God’s grace produces men and women with a strong family likeness to Jesus Christ, not pampered, spoiled weaklings. It takes a tremendous amount of discipline to live the worthy and excellent life of a disciple of Jesus in the realities of life. And it is always necessary for us to make an effort to live a life of worth and excellence.
Take a moment this week to read and study Matthew 7:13-14
"Enter by the narrow gate . . . . Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life . . ." Matthew 7:13-14

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Teach My Hands - Pastor Kristin

I was listening to a sermon the other day when the minister taught this verse.  Psalm 144:1 Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teaches my hands to war and my fingers to fight” This verse has just rolled over and over in my heart.  It made me think about what the Lord asked Moses in Exodus 4:2 so the Lord said to him, "What is that in your hand?" He said, "A rod."  Moses was to simply use what he had to do mighty things for the Lord.     

David learned by experience that God would teach him to use what was in his had to do great things whether it was a slingshot or an instrument.  I know David understood what Paul would later write in 2 Corinthians 10:4 “for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.” And even when are hands are empty we can lift them to the Lord in worship or clap them in praise and began to war in the spirit.

Monday, July 30, 2012

The BIG Picture - Pastor Reeves

"We know that all things work together for good to those who love God" Romans 8:28

If you think about it; it’s only a faithful person who truly believes that God sovereignty controls his or her circumstances. We take our circumstances for granted so many times by saying “God is in control” but not really believing it. We act as if the things that happen were completely controlled by people. To be faithful in every circumstance means that we have only one loyalty, Jesus Christ. God may cause our circumstances to suddenly fall apart, which may bring the realization of our unfaithfulness to Him for not recognizing that He had ordained the situation. We never saw what He was trying to accomplish. This is where the test of our faithfulness comes. If we will just learn to worship God even during the difficult circumstances, He will change them for the better very quickly if He so chooses.

Being faithful to Jesus Christ is the most difficult thing we try to do. We will be faithful to our work, to serving others, or to anything else; just don’t ask us to be faithful to Jesus Christ. Many Christians become very impatient or offended when we talk about their faithfulness to Jesus. We treat God as if He were a machine designed only to bless us, and we think of Jesus as just another one of the workers.

The goal of faithfulness is not that we will do work for God, but that He will be free to do His work through us. God calls us to His service and places tremendous responsibilities on us. He expects no complaining on our part and offers no explanation on His part. God wants to use us as He used His own Son. CHANGE… It’s my life motto!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Ever Feel Stuck? - Pastor Ty

Ever feel stuck? Don't feel like you can finish? "I want to challenge you today not to give up but just take one more step. Don't allow your mindset to be average or or your heart to be lukewarm." Revelation 3:16It's distasteful to God when we stop short or don't go all the way through the test.

God wants us to live a life full of Him! Enthusiasm- is God within! Die to yourself and obey God! I challenge you to take your eyes off your circumstances an put them on Jesus and know that He has overcome the world and he will bring you out of where you may feel stuck. "Keep a teachable heart and while you are waiting on God know that you are preparing for his best! There is no place worst to live than thinking there is no point to your life." Hebrews 6:11

Go all the way through! If you want to experience the promises of God. You have to go all the way through with Him and trust His plan. We can learn from the bad decisions of the family of Abraham, Genesis 11:31 "but they settled for another place..."

Don't settle for anything that gives temporary gain. There might be pain in waiting but remember that God has great gain in the near future. Life and death have been set in front of you, Now Choose Life! We honor God by going all the way with Him and trusting His plan. He gave us the Holy Spirit to go all the way through our trial. I love the quote, "I can have the pain of discipline today or have have the pain of regret tomorrow."
I end on this thought, Jeremiah 29:11 God said he has a plan for you, and it's a good one, so the bottom line is nothing else matters. 

Live life today with purpose and on purpose with faith trusting in God, and when you don't know His plan, trust that God does and take one more step.