GIVE YOUR BEST

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Week of April 20, 2018

 

“You shall not sacrifice to the Lord your God a bull or sheep which has any blemish or defect, for that is an abomination to the Lord your God.”  Deuteronomy 17:1

God’s love moved Him to sacrifice that which meant the most to Him – His only Son.  Our response to this sacrifice, if we truly understand His love for us, is in the desire to give back to God, that which means the most to us.

The Old Testament reveals that God set forth high standards for the sacrifices He required of His people because a worthy sacrifice had to cost the people something.  That which we give to God reveals our heart’s condition.  A heart that overflows with gratitude for God’s love will respond in devotion.  God takes delight in the person who gives to Him out of a loving heart. This is a person who understands that God is the source of everything they possess.  If you struggle in giving your best to God, take some time to reflect on what God sacrificed for you.  It will surely inspire you to love Him with all your heart!

 

 

God Bless,

Pastor Rick

FAITHFUL IN A LITTLE

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“He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.”  Luke 16:10

God rewards those who are faithful.  Throughout our life God seeks to grow us in our faith.  He will lead us into situations that require a “little” faith and if we are faithful, He will take us into situations that require even greater faith.

The best way to tell if we are prepared for a greater revelation of God is to see how faithful we’ve been with what God has given us.  This is a foundation principle in God’s relationship with us.  When we are faithful with a little then we are ready to be entrusted with more.  Until we are faithful with the little HE will not trust us with more.  God will not lead us beyond our present level of trust and obedience to Him.  The children of Israel were unwilling to trust God to lead them into the Promised Land and that generation was never able to move forward with Him.

God may have opened a door of opportunity for you to walk through.  It’s time to demonstrate your faith in Him.  Your steps of faith will lead you into a deeper relationship with Him and your faith is an open invitation for the blessings of God upon your life.

 

 

God Bless, Pastor Rick

 

 

THE GOD OF SECOND CHANCES

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Week of March 9, 2018

But go, tell His disciples, and Peter, that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.”  (Mark 16:7, NKJV)

Does God give second chances to those who have failed Him?  The answer to that question is found in the life of Peter. Peter at one time proudly announced that he was Jesus’ most reliable disciple. Yet, during a pivotal ministry crisis, Peter not only fled with the other disciples, he also blatantly said that he did not even know Jesus.

Later on, after Jesus’ crucifixion, the angel at the tomb gave the women special instructions to let Peter know that He had risen from the dead. The resurrected Jesus appeared to Peter and allowed him the opportunity to reaffirm his love and commitment. Jesus restored Peter as His primary spokesperson on the Jewish holiday of Pentecost, on which three thousand people were added to the church. Peter gives us a good example that Jesus will find you and bring you peace in your life. If you feel you have failed the Lord, remember to never give up. Remember what happened to Peter and that God has not yet finished developing you as His disciple.

 

God Bless, Pastor Rick

EXTRAORDINARY

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Week of March 2, 2018

“There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the middle of a bush.  Moses stared in amazement.  Though the bush was engulfed in flames, it didn’t burn up.  “This is amazing,” Moses said to himself.  “Why isn’t that bush burning up?  I must go see it.”  When the Lord saw Moses coming to take a closer look, God called to him from the middle of the bush, “Moses!  Moses!”  “Here I am!”  Moses replied.”  Exodus 3:2-4

Moses was going through the routine of his day when he noticed an ordinary thing, a burning bush.  He also noticed an extraordinary thing; the bush, though burning, was not being consumed.  Moses turned aside to give a closer look.  When the Lord saw Moses turn aside from the routine of his day, He spoke to him.

There will be times when in the ordinary details of life, you may be oblivious to the extraordinary that is right next to you.  There may be times when in the middle of your day you notice something unusual.  Your first reaction might be, “I’m not going to disrupt my life for this” or “I’m too tired to investigate this”, but in that moment may be the opportunity of a lifetime.

God usually speaks out of the ordinary experiences of life.  The next time you see the unusual in the midst of the mundane, don’t continue business as usual.  It may be that God has ordained that moment to be a life-changing time for you and those around you.

 

God Bless, Pastor Rick