Pastor’s Messages

Pastor’s Messages

Knowing What To Pray For

Knowing What To Pray ForDo you feel completely comfortable praying to God, or do you struggle sometimes with how you should approach Him? Don’t overthink it. Be real with what you are thinking and feeling. One way I’ve experienced real depth in my prayer life, is when I’ve intentionally let scripture guide my time of opening myself up for God to search me and tell me where I am missing out on His truth in my life.Romans 8:26-27 In the…

Relating to the Holy Spirit more like Jesus!

Relating to the Holy Spirit more like Jesus! Isaiah 11:13  A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;    from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—    the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,    the Spirit of counsel and of might,    the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—3 and he will delight in the fear of the Lord. If we understand the how the Holy Spirit worked in Jesus, we can learn from that relationship, and we can grow in how we hear…

Don’t Let Your Wounds Define You!

Don’t Let Your Wounds Define You! Colossians 3:12-14 – Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Hurt people, hurt people. So, stop holding onto your wounds as your…

Worship Is Not About Getting A Good Feeling

Hebrews 13:5  “I will never fail you.    I will never abandon you.” Sometimes we find ourselves complaining about feeling like God is absent. Most of us are familiar with the poem “Footprints”, but we know from scriptures like Hebrews 13:5 that God promises to never leave or give up on us. One thing God never promised was that we will always feel His presence. Psalm 22:1-2   My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?    Why are you so far from saving me,    so…

Change Happens When We Follow Christ’s Truth!

How do you know if something is true or not?                                       Ephesians 4:20-24  That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like…

Sharing Blessings During Times Of Suffering?

Sharing Blessings During Times Of Suffering? What connects more with non-believers, achieving prosperity or surviving adversity? Philippians 1:12-14  Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. 13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. 14 And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to…

An Encouragement For A Daily Devotion

An Encouragement For A Daily Devotion 1 Samuel 16:7  The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. Why we do what we do, is important to God. God told Samuel, It’s possible to do the right thing but with the wrong attitude.  When we meet with God in our quiet time, God is looking at our heart. Psalm 63:1  O God, You are my…

Empowering Others (Series)

What will happen with the people you love when you pass away? What will you leave behind? Are the people in your life prepared to mentally, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually to succeed? When you move on with another job are the people who follow you prepared for success? Join us as we look to God’s word and discover how to empower those around us. We will be looking at leaving a legacy of faith, hope, success, and kindness. Make your…

Don’t Let Guilt Control You

Don’t Let Guilt Control You   Psalm 51:10-12 How does guilt affect our lives? Guilt is a thief and an oppressor. It will steal your joy and leave you mentally broken and depressed. Eventually the sickness will go from your mind to your body as stress gives birth to high blood pressure, and other physical ailments. Psalm 51:10-12   Create in me a pure heart, O God,    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.11 Do not cast me from your presence    or take your Holy Spirit from me.12 Restore…

When You’re Angry…

When You’re Angry… Ephesians 4:26  “In your anger do not sin”:   Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, Growing up, how did your family deal with anger? There is such a thing as righteous anger. The problem with righteous anger is it usually doesn’t stay righteous very long. As we think about what made us angry, we often stir in self-righteousness, with just a hint of blame and condemnation, until our angry stew is fully…

Don’t Live As A Puppet To Sin

Don’t Live As A Puppet To Sin John 8:31-32  To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” What is it that we are freed from?Being in ministry for almost Thirty years, many with children, I’ve worked with puppets a fair bit. The puppet only does whatever you decide it should do. We don’t have to live as puppets…

The Harvest Is Worth The Work

The Harvest Is Worth The Work Galatians 6:9-10 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Good employers know, you don’t hire someone just because they look good on paper. You want someone who won’t leave when things get tough, because…

A Bad Taste At The Last Supper

A Bad Taste At The Last Supper                                                                   Luke 22:24-30 24 A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest.  A few days after Palm Sunday, these disciples who have been following Jesus, watching Him heal and teach so many, were oblivious to what was truly important during their last meal together. They were so focused on themselves and their own importance that were arguing with each other over who was the greatest. It…

Prayer That Is Real And Effective

Prayer That Is Real And Effective Praying on behalf of others requires vulnerability. Let’s take a look at Daniel 9:4-15 to see how we can become more authentic and effective in our prayers for our family, friends, co-workers and country. (Read Daniel 9:4-15) Daniel’s prayer of confession: I prayed and made my confession. We must confess, not only the sins we are guilty of, but our lack of faith in God and dependence on Him and our commitment to stand…

Anger Destroys

We’ve all seen people do really stupid things because they were angry. Anger can be relationally, emotionally, mentally, and physically costly. It breads mistrust and fear and can cause decades of damage in people’s lives. Many people live in fear and can’t cope with simple challenges. Proverbs 11:29 The fool who provokes his family to anger and resentment  will finally have nothing worthwhile left.” How has anger impacted your family? How are the relationships in your life? Is there anyone…

Social Distancing Together

Social Distancing Together As we are in our second year of social distancing. Mental, emotional, relational, physical, and spiritual exhaustion is affecting more and more people. I want to encourage all of us not to give into the temptation to cave as a way of dealing with isolation. It looks funny on paper, but we often deal with depression and discouragement by stepping away form others. We are created in the image of God and that means we are highly…