STANDING WITH OTHERS

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Week of July 21, 2017

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor.  For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.  But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.”  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

God designed us to cooperate.  Throughout the scriptures, He speaks of His people as a community that accomplishes more together than separately.  God did not create us as isolated individuals who seek to achieve our goals.  Our success depends on our interdependence.  This is why He established the church and has given the Holy Spirit to empower the believer to do His work.  Our interdependence enables us to not face a crisis alone.  If we have cultivated supportive friendships, we will find strength and comfort during those times.  Interdependence is also a safeguard for when we are lured by temptation.

If you are not part of a caring community of believers, you are missing out on what God designed you for.  Link your life with others who are seeking God’s will and strive to be a source of support and encouragement that those around you need.

 

God Bless, Pastor Rick

GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL

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Week of July 14, 2017

“And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.”  Colossians 1:17(NKJV)

Sometimes it seems as though everything is going wrong in the present.  Your future appears uncertain when problems surround you.  Consider history, you will discover through the ages individuals have struggled through difficult times most likely similar to those you face.  People have always been confronted by situations like we have to battle.

Before we give into discouragement, we have to acknowledge the greatness of God.  He spoke the world into existence.  He created you.  He has kept a close watch over His creation.  He will never abandon us nor forsake us.  Because of His great love, He gave His Son to this world, so that “whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

So, hold on to His promises, place your entire trust and faith in the living Christ.  Through Him, you will survive all dangers and adversity.

 

God Bless, Pastor Rick

 

 

 

SITTING AT HIS FEET

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Week of July 7, 2017

“Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.”  John 12:3(NKJV)

Mary had a very special love for Jesus.  It is not surprising that of all those who followed Jesus, Mary was the one to anoint His feet.  The disciples would have their opportunity to show the same love, but pride often got in their way.  Martha leaned toward acts of service.  While Martha had labored on behalf of Jesus in the kitchen, Mary sat at Jesus’ feet and listened to His teachings.  Because Mary had come to know and love Jesus in this way she was willing to humble herself and offer this deep expression of love to Him.  This type of love comes only through spending time with Jesus.

The way we express our love for Jesus depends on the kind of relationship we have developed with Him.  We must spend time with Him and listen to His voice.  If we find that our love for Jesus has dwindled or that we struggle to serve Him, it is a clear sign that we must take time to sit at His feet.  We may have been involved in Christian activities on His behalf and yet neglected our relationship with Him.  We are prepared to serve Him after we have spent time with Him, heard His voice, and received His love.  Like Mary, do we need to set aside some of the lesser important things and once again sit at His feet?

 

God Bless, Pastor Rick

YOU CAN CHANGE

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Week of June 30, 2017

 

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”   2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)

We all have desires, we all have hopes, and we all have plans for someday.  It is a good thing to have dreams.  Sadly, many dreams never become a reality because we simply never take the first step.

The same thing is true in our spiritual life.  Have you ever said, I’ll live a more devoted life someday?  I’ll pray more and study God’s word more diligently one day.  I’ll strive to be a better Christian one day.  Sadly, one day seldom arrives.  There is a difference between a desire to change someday and to actually change.  Do you really want change in your life?  Have you started taking the first step?  The Lord never changes a person against their will.  The first step would be to submit to the will of God for your life.  Remember God’s plan for your life are good plans.  When we submit to His will, transformation takes place.  You don’t just reluctantly conform to something but true change; transformation takes place.  When transformation occurs, what you thought was an impossibility has become a reality in your life.

 

God Bless, Pastor Rick