SERVING GOD

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Week of October 19, 2018

“Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.” (Philemon 7, NKJV)

Many people fervently desire to serve the Lord, but they do not know how or they do not make the time.  As a result, they experience a vacuum in their spiritual life.  They become frustrated and complain that they remain unfulfilled.  In their disappointment, they withdraw more and more, until they say it is not worth the effort.

It is essential we understand the importance of serving and the benefits that come from our service.  Every disciple of Jesus has the capacity to serve in some area.  You can share the gospel with others, you can offer hope, you can visit someone in the hospital, or you can make a phone call to someone you have not seen in church.  The church also offers multiple opportunities to serve.  Wouldn’t it be a wonderful feeling to know because of your service “the hearts of the saints have been refreshed.”  Serving the Lord will bring that satisfaction to your life.

God Bless, Pastor Rick

 

ABUNDANT LIFT

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Week of October 5, 2018

Has your past been the story of frustration?  Do you feel that your life is uninspiring?  Do you find little reason for hope?  Jesus said “I have come that you might have life and that you might have it more abundantly” John 10:10.  Listen, you can do whatever you want with the future.  You can choose to live constructively or destructively; you can face the future with optimism or pessimism.  We must not forget that God, in His grace, gave us life and even abundant life.  Every day is a gift from the loving hand of God.  Choose to live your life to the fullest.  The foundation was laid when you became a believer.  Ask God now to reveal His purpose for your life.  Set goals in life and put all of your strength and commitment to their fulfillment.  Live your life with a great attitude.  You will begin to experience a new story, not one of frustration but one of joy and satisfaction.  Then this gift of life that God has given to you can be utilized to the fullest, to abundance.

 

God Bless, Pastor Rick

SEEKING JESUS

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Week of September 28, 2018

 And Simon and those who were with Him searched for Him.” (Mark 1:36, NKJV)

Simon Peter was known for some foolish behavior throughout the Gospels but he should also be understood as a man that was always seeking Jesus. Peter swam in his haste to get to Jesus and walked on water in order to reach Him. Peter followed Jesus during the night of His crucifixion and ran to the tomb when heard that Jesus had risen from the dead. Peter did not always say or do the right things but he did constantly seek after Jesus. Now because of his persistence to seek the Messiah the disciple Peter was continually growing in his faith.

What do those who know you best know you for? Do they see you searching for fame and fortune, do they see you as a believer but someone who is just more of a casual believer, or are you known as a person who seeks after Jesus? We are told by the prophet Jeremiah, “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13, NKJV) I encourage starting each morning of your life by searching for Him with all of your heart. I believe that not only will you find Him but also others around you will come to know His saving grace as a result of your example and testimony.

 

 

God Bless, Pastor Rick

ALL THINGS MADE NEW

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Week of September 21, 2018

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promises is faithful.”  Hebrews 10:23 (NKJV)

There is a saying that goes like this, “Life has a way of taking the life out of you.”  In other words, it can take the fight out of you.  It can leave you at times feeling hopeless.  Your dreams feel like they have been shredded and nothing seems to work out as you had planned.  We can even be tempted to find other people to blame and also to say I am going to throw in the towel.  To do this though is to cause damage to your spiritual welfare and your mental welfare.  When you are in a state of dejection, you can become easy prey to the tempter whose main aim is to drive a wedge between our Heavenly Father and us.

It is important to remember that Jesus has promised to be by your side throughout your life.  He invites us to cast our problems upon Him and to trust Him during such times.  As we study the gospels, we see how compassionate and loving He was toward people when He walked this earth.

Open your heart and life to the Holy Spirit.  He will be right there by your side and guide you into the will of God.  You will sense His presence, and He will give you peace.

 

God Bless, Pastor Rick