CHRIST’S PRESENCE REASSURES

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Week of February 15, 2019

“Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” (Luke 24:36, NKJV)

Jesus’ disciples were stunned after the terrible events of the first Good Friday.  Without their Master, they were scared, confused, and without a leader.  Their dreams had been shattered, and life had lost meaning for them.  Dejected and disheartened this group sat together talking over what had transpired when suddenly Jesus appeared in their midst.

This transformation in their lives was nothing short of a miracle.  The presence of Jesus brought new life and drive to their lives.

All of this happened two thousand years ago, but the resurrected and living Christ still has the same impact in the lives of people today.

If you are disheartened, if you are in danger of giving up hope, then it is time to invite Jesus into your life and ask Him to support you.  Trust Him and allow Him to change your despair into hope and your sadness into joy.

 

God Bless, Pastor Rick

REMEMBERING WHO WE ARE

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Week of February 8, 2019

 “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”  (Genesis 1:27, NKJV)

When it seems as if nothing in your life is working out, it is time to remember a few spiritual facts.  You were created in the image of God.  Yes, this image has been damaged by our sin, and as a result, you may have forgotten your spiritual heritage.  However, knowing that you were created in His image should flood your heart with new hope and inspiration.  We were not created to be tossed around by attitudes and moods beyond our control.

Because you have been created in the image of God, you have been created for spiritual greatness, and as a child of God, you will not find satisfaction until you live in awareness of His presence.  We were created to live in the presence of the Lord; when we live there, we find freedom, satisfaction, and strength for daily living.  When we live there, we will live confidently knowing that His spirit is working in us.  It is good to – remember who you are!

God Bless, Pastor Rick

EARTHEN VESSEL

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Week of January 25, 2019

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7

Someone said, “Within this earthen container, the one true God is at work.” Paul on another occasion said this in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

Where we are weak, God shows up strong on our behalf and shines through our lives. We all have weaknesses but do not be disappointed, think of it as a gift. God designed you with your weaknesses; they did not just show up, surprising even God. He placed them very deliberately into His blueprint for you, and this is why we all have different strengths and weaknesses. God wants to use your weaknesses to bring you closer to Him so that He can bring you closer to the image of Jesus. Allow Him to fill your earthen vessel so that you might depend on God’s power and not your own. The important thing about a vessel is that it be available for service. Your availability allows God to reveal His glory through your life, as you become a monument of God’s grace.

God Bless, Pastor Rick

BELIEVING WHOLEHEARTEDLY

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Week of January 18, 2019

“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3, NKJV)

Too often, we settle for much less than what God wants to do through us. We read in Jeremiah 32:27, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?” Of course the answer is no, yet when we face difficult situations we will confess we believe God but then we lower our expectations that God will really perform it. It is one thing to believe God could perform a miracle in the Bible or the life of a friend; it is quite another matter to wholeheartedly believe God can do anything He chooses to do in our lives.

When Almighty God speaks to us, what we do next proves what we believe about Him regardless of what we say. God revealed to Moses His plan, which was the greatest exodus in human history, and He planned to use Moses to accomplish it. Well, Moses argued with God, he made excuses to why he was not the right person. I am sure he believed intellectually in God’s power, but he did not allow it to drop into his heart or at least to the degree that God wanted. As a result of Moses’ argument with God, his ministry was limited, so God then raised Aaron up to help Moses accomplish what God intended for Moses to accomplish.

Do you sense there may be far more that God wants to do through your life than what you have been experiencing? Ask God to show you what it is and then respond in faith and obedience to His will.

God Bless Pastor Rick