AGAPE TYPE OF LOVE

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Week of June 22,  2018

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.  Romans 12:9 (ESV)

This past Sunday I spoke from the book of Romans and outlined the apostle Paul’s exhortation of thirteen traits for living the Christian life. Paul opens with one of the first traits for the Christian, and that is to let love be genuine. This type of love is truly sincere, unhypocritical and without pretense. The Greek word for this type of love is agape and is used to express the true nature of God’s love. When we experience God’s love through Jesus’ Gospel work and Scripture teaching, we also learn what God wants us to avoid and better yet what God wants us to cling onto in our lives. We find out that much of what the world clings onto and loves should be avoided by the Christian. Why? In short, it is because many of the world’s first loves can derail us from living out a life devoted to serving Christ. God wants us to enjoy this life that we are given here on earth but not at the expense of losing our testimony for Christ in our daily life. I encourage all to maintain the struggle of discipleship and fellowship with the church body. Together we can all support each other in times of difficulty and ultimately bring glory to God.
I look forward to us meeting with you this Sunday as I continue investigating Paul’s traits for the Christian life.

God Bless, Pastor Gavan

THE DEPTH OF HIS RICHES

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Week of June 15, 2018

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! Romans 11:33 (ESV)

 

This past Wednesday night during our evening Revive service I opened the message with this powerful verse spoken by the Apostle Paul.  He wrote to the churches in Rome to teach and strengthen them with the truths of God’s attributes. It is good for all of us to remind ourselves that God’s ways are not always our ways. When we look at God’s redemptive plan for salvation, we can be amazed at His wisdom and knowledge. We can also be reassured of the riches He gives through his mercy in our lives. We can be amazed that through one act of disobedience God can bring about an occasion for mercy. Let us all remind ourselves that we serve a Holy and righteous God and while we might not understand everything we can feel his redemptive power through Christian life.

 

God Bless, Pastor Gavan

OUR SOURCE OF INSPIRATION

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Week of June 8, 2018

“But there is a spirit in man, And the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding.  Great men are not always wise, Nor do the aged always understand justice.”   Job 32:8-9

The foundation upon which you build will determine the strength or weakness of your spiritual life.  If we have committed our lives to Christ, then our behavior should become more and more like Christ.  If your spiritual life seems like you are living in poverty, then you should take steps to develop your spiritual life.  There will be no development spiritually until we become completely honest with ourselves.  To be completely honest with yourself is not easy.  Personal desires, self-interest, circumstances that continually change and many other factors cause us to be satisfied with lower moral standards which lead to disappointment and more dissatisfaction with life.

If we open our life and heart to the Holy Spirit, the source of truth, He will reveal yourself to yourself.  You will discover the things that block the Holy Spirit’s work in your life.  We must resolve to be honest with ourselves.  We must resolve to live in the light if we are truly serious about a strong spiritual life.

 

 

God Bless,  Pastor Rick

THE LORD PRECEDES YOU

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Week of May 4, 2018

“But after I am raised from the dead, I will go ahead of you to Galilee and meet you there.”  Mark 14:28

God never sends you into a situation alone.  He always goes before His children, as He did with the children of Israel when He led them with a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.  He always precedes you in any situation you encounter; God is never caught by surprise by your experiences, He has already been there.  He is prepared to meet every need because He has gone before you and knows exactly what you will need for your journey.  “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you.  He will be with you; He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”  Deuteronomy 31:8

 If you are going through a difficult or confusing time, know that your Lord has gone before you and He is present with you.  He is fully aware of what you are facing.  There is nowhere you can go that you will not find Christ waiting for you to join Him.  As a child of God; rest in the knowledge that your Savior preceded you, and He will walk with you through each experience of your life.  Ask for his guidance at this time.  He is more than ready to direct your path.

 

 

 

God Bless, Pastor Rick