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THERE’S AN ENGINEER AT WORK

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Week of April 27, 2018

One day in Peter’s life he was praying when he sees a vision of forbidden food.  He makes this statement in Acts 10:14 “But Peter said, “Not so Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean.”  A heavenly voice said, “What God has cleansed you must not call common.”

In another town God had told Cornelius, a Centurion, a Gentile, and in a figurative sense forbidden food because he was a Gentile, to look for a man named Peter.  So Cornelius had sent three men to find him.

As the men approached the house where Peter is praying, the Holy Spirit tells Peter there are three men looking for you.  Peter follows the man to Cornelius’ house and finds a crowd waiting to hear the good news.

Cornelius tells Peter that God promised to send him a messenger.  Peter now understands that he is that messenger and that his vision was a perfectly timed lesson from God, which was this; the gospel is for all people, even Gentiles.

Oswald Chamber describes God as the Great Engineer who creates circumstances to bring about divine appointments in our lives.  Keep your eyes open today for how God engineers divine circumstances in your life.  I promise you He is working behind the scenes.

 

 

God Bless, Pastor Rick

The Fruit Of The Spirit

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Week of November 24, 2017

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23,N KJV)

Most likely, you will be meeting with family over the Thanksgiving holidays.  It may be that not all your family are believers, or maybe they are not too deeply committed to following their faith.  If there is ever an excellent time to demonstrate the character of Christ, it is when we are with those family members.

The fruit of the Spirit gives evidence of the character of Christ in a person. They are signs of God’s presence in your life and should be a part of every follower who has committed themselves to becoming like Christ. The Holy Spirit is the Helper that allows us to embrace these Christ-like characteristics.  He makes the impossible, possible through Him.

Take one aspect of the fruit of the Spirit and during a quiet time thinking on ways it can become a part of your life.  Yes, with some of the elements it is going to be more time consuming to grow than it will be for others.  Just remember, you cannot rush spiritual growth.  When the nine parts of the fruit of the Spirit becomes part of your life, you will have a balanced life.  You will be honoring Christ with your life, and your family will know even if not communicated to you, that indeed Christ has made a difference in your life.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SURRENDER AND OBEDIENCE TO GOD COMES FIRST

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Week of September 16, 2016

 “For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men —the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.” Mark 7:8 (NKJV)

Traditions and rituals have always played an important role in society.  This is also true in the church.  Congregational life and practices are largely controlled by traditions, rituals, and church ordinances.

It is essential to adhere to rules so that everything can run smoothly, but it is of utmost importance that these rules don’t become the dominant controlling factor in any Christian community.

The foundation of what we do is not following traditions and rituals but giving devotion and obedience to God that rises from our love for Jesus Christ.  His will takes precedence over the will of people.

So, to be a channel of the love of God, surrender yourself unconditionally to the Holy Spirit first and then use the traditions and rituals of denominational life in a way that reflects the love of Christ.

 

 

God Bless, Pastor Rick

KEEP YOUR EYES FIXED ON GOD

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April 8, 2016

 And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock; and He said to them, “Hear now, you rebels!  Must we bring water for you out of this rock? (Numbers 20:10, NKJV).

 

It’s easy to see why Moses became frustrated with the Hebrew people. Moses lost his patience and became angry with them because they were being so hard–hearted.  Yet each and every time that Moses shifted his focus away from God, it cost him.  When he sought to help his people by taking matters into his own hands he ended up spending the next 40 years herding sheep on the back side of the desert.  This time his behavior cost him the opportunity to enter the Promised Land.  In his frustration, at the people’s irreverence, Moses committed the same sin of disobeying God’s instruction.  Sin happened because Moses allowed his attention to shift to the behavior of others rather than God. This can happen to us all.  God is always putting people around us who need our ministry but if we concentrate on their weaknesses and stubbornness their disobedience may frustrate us.  We may, just like Moses, commit the sin we are condemning.  We must keep our eyes open on God.  When a friend’s behavior disappoints you, don’t concentrate on the friend’s sin but go to the Lord and ask Him what He wants you to do in that person’s life. This way you will have the wisdom and the patience you need to help your friend in a way that God desires.

 

God Bless, Pastor Rick