GOD IS AWARE OF YOU EVEN IN THE BIG CROWD

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Week of July 20, 2018

“And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.”              Luke 19:5(NKJV)

We live in a large world and it is easy for us to feel that we are just insignificant specks in the midst of a multitude of people. Our world tends to depersonalize us but remember that God loves us in specific ways that are particular to us.

Great crowds of people had come to see Jesus as he travelled through the land and the Bible tells us that one particular person was a not so tall man named Zacchaeus. Since his height prevented him from seeing Jesus through the crowd he climbed up into a nearby tree to get a better view of Him as he approached. When Jesus passed by the tree that Zacchaeus climbed, he stopped, looked up at Zacchaeus, and spoke directly to him.

Jesus will relate to you in ways that are unique to you.  He knows your past and He knows what you will face in the future.  Now because He knows everything about you, His word will perfectly fit the circumstances of your life.  God will personalize His word to you.  Take comfort in knowing that you have not been lost in the crowd.

 

God Bless, Pastor Rick

DO YOU LOVE ME MORE THAN THESE

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Week of July 13, 2018

“So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love you.”  He said to him, feed my lambs.”  John 21:15 (NKJV)

Jesus always has a unique but wonderful way of restoring us when we fail Him. He will not use methods like humiliation or harsh criticism to get your attention and He will not ask you to make resolutions to try harder. Jesus’ method for correction is to take us aside and ask us to reaffirm our love for Him. The Bible tells us that Peter failed his Lord when he fled from the Garden of Gethsemane and then publicly denied that he even knew Jesus. I am sure that Peter even doubted that he could once again be Jesus’ disciple.

Maybe you feel that you have failed the Lord in some way in the past or even just recently. Perhaps you have disobeyed Him or denied Him by the way you have been living. If that is you, take courage that Jesus will take you aside just as He did with Peter two thousand years ago. He will not humiliate you but He will ask you to reexamine your love for Him. He asked Peter, “Do you love me?” If your answer is yes He will most assuredly reaffirm His will for you. Remember that Jesus does not need our promises to try harder. Jesus is simply asking for our love. If we truly love Him it will show in our daily service for Him.

God Bless, Pastor Rick

IF MY PEOPLE….

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Week of July 6, 2018

But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes’ and your ‘No’ be ‘No’.  For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.”  (Matthew 5:37, NKJV)

Our Lord wants us to be people on whom others can depend by speaking the truth in love. He calls for us to have integrity in our speech. During Jesus’ earthly time oaths would be used to fortify the truthfulness of a person’s statement. The method of swearing by something or someone sacred was to alert others to the fact that their statement was absolutely true.

Think of the ways we can shade or distort the truth by the way we say something or by what we leave out. In contrast, Jesus demands honesty and directness. So, all that is really needed is a simple “yes” or “no” without any embellishment. We are to be people who are known for truth. There is no need to swear by anything if we are people who mean what we say and say what we mean. This is truly a great way to live.

The key to that quality of life is sincerity in our relationship with God and one another. The Lord honors an honest “no” that has a possibility to be changed to a yes more than an insincere yes that we won’t follow through with. Let us make today and every day a day for earnestness with God and others.

 

God Bless,   Pastor Rick

 

TWO IMPORTANT THINGS TO HOLD ONTO IN OUR LIVES!

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Week of June 29, 2018

“Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the adviced tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.” (Proverbs 3:3–4, ESV)

The book of Proverbs unleashes a wealth of godly wisdom from our Lord. Two things that we are advised not to forsake in our lives is steadfast love and faithfulness. The teaching encourages us to bind them around our neck and write them on our hearts. In Hebrew anthropology, there was an understanding that the neck housed the throat, which was the essence of our life. The heart was also considered the very being of the person. The Proverb instructs us that steadfast love and faithfulness should essentially be our lifestyle and our very nature every day. The Proverb continues to say in the fifth verse that when we do this very thing, we will find favor in the eyes of God and also in our fellow man.  I encourage all to remember that trying to obtain wisdom without first submitting to God is futile. The wisdom that we need is godly wisdom, and that comes through an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ.

 

God Bless, Pastor Gavan