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Seeking Revival

This week I want to start off with some verses, “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”” ‭‭Acts‬ ‭20:35 ‬ This week I want to encourage you in these words that Jesus said, that it is more blessed to give than to receive. I believe that God wrote the desire to help others in the core of our being and that it is a constant battle between that desire and the desire that sin wrote, which is just to look out for yourself and act like no one else exists. I want to encourage you this week to help someone, not because I asked you to or because you think you should, but because you want to and to serve God. No matter where you are, you can help someone whether you are by yourself or in a crowd of those who need help. If you are trying to reach people for God, one of the best ways to reach them is to meet their needs first and then share with them. This was an example used by Jesus, He would help them with their physical needs by healing them and then would meet their spiritual needs.

  So many people would rather send money overseas for missions, instead of doing something to serve others themselves. But we as the church have forgotten that the biggest mission field is right in our own communities. Yes, people need to hear about God overseas, but there are those right here in our communities that need the gospel, help or just want a friend to walk through this time with them. We need to see that maybe all the travel restrictions are not an obstacle to sharing the gospel, but maybe a blessing because we are all here. We all have questions about our own mortality during this time. People are scared or at least a little bit more conscious of it. I believe this is the perfect time for a revival like we have never seen before, the wood is dry and ready, all we need is a spark, could it be you that lights the match? It just takes a group of men and women to be on fire for God, to start a revival that will change millions of eternities forever, it is not a one man job, but nothing is impossible with God. So pray and ask God this week for revival.

This week I want to encourage you that just because you are stuck in doors or you feel like no one wants to talk to you because of the pandemic, that you can still share the gospel exactly where you are. God has placed you exactly where He wants you. There’s always someone around you, who you could help or share the gospel with, even during this pandemic. This week find someone to help and share the gospel with, also this week pray and ask God for revival to break out.

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The Relationship you were made for

This week I want to start off with some verse,“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us.” ‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:10-19‬ 

This weekend is all about love and relationships, but not a lot of us think about our relationship with God, we focus on other relationships. We neglect the most important relationship we will ever have, a relationship with God, our Creator and Savior. This relationship is more than you could ever have with anyone else, it is what you were created for. He can love you more than anyone else because He is love. When you have a relationship with God, your relationships with others will grow. This week I want to remind you that God is the God of love and He loves you. He gave up part of Himself to come down here and suffered on the cross, so that one day we could live forever with Him. So this Valentine’s day what could be better than to start a relationship with your Savior, a relationship that will last forever. The whole reason you were created is in fact and the whole reason the human race was created is to know Him and to have the free will to choose God and to willingly come to Him. Not because we have to, but because we want to come to Him to know Him as are Lord and Savior. 

So this week I want to encourage you to come to know Him as your Lord and Savior. It is a free gift that God gave to us, not so we could escape hell, but so we can be in a relationship with Him forever. All you have to do to is accept the free gift of salvation by admitting that you are a sinner; sin is anything that was not in God’s original plan for His world and that saddens the heart of God; and believe that He sent His only begotten Son to die on Calvary’s Hill for your sins, bridging the gap between mankind and God forever, and confess Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior of your life. Also this week I want to encourage you, if you are a Christian, that this week can be the week that you grow closer to Him than you have ever been, be who He made you to be and look at Him differently because He made you and called you to Him.

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Storm Calmer

This week I want to start off with some verses, “But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.””

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭14:26-33‬ ‭

I think that Peter is a great example of what a lot of us are like as we follow Jesus in our everyday lives. I think sometimes we are still worrying about things that Jesus has already conquered in our lives, you see He had already calmed a storm before. He can do it again. But, we like Peter do not see that we are only looking at the storm that is raging around us and seem to miss a lot of the little miracles and some of the big miracles that occur. Even though we seem to notice more miracles during the storms than in any other season in our lives. You would think that we would notice more on a peaceful lake than on a stormy night at sea, but it always seems to be more during the storms in our lives. A lot of you may think that Jesus is closer to us during the storms of our lives, but the truth is, He is always right there. It just takes a storm for us to notice His light radiating all around us, because we are so busy, we miss all the miracles that happen in our everyday lives. But, even in the storm there is lightning, wind, rain, and thunder that can distract us from Jesus and make us forget that He is right there with us.

I want to encourage you, that when you find yourself in a storm to remember Jesus is a storm calmer, whether it is a storm within you or it is something going on around you, remember that He is right there with you, if you are a Christian. If not, He can be right there with you, all you have to do is accept Him into your life, it is a free gift and He wants to come walk on the waters of life with you every day, whether you are in a storm or on a peaceful lake. Just remember that it is never too late, no matter what you have done, He still wants to know you and love you through it all, He will not love your sin, but He will love you. 

This week I want to encourage you no matter where you are to look for Jesus moving in your life, it may feel like He is closer in the storms of life, but He is always there, we just need to slow down long enough to notice. Also, if you do not know Him, He wants to come and walk with you through life, He loves you more than anyone could or will. He will be beside you in the calm and through the storms all you have to do is accept the free gift of salvation by admitting that you are a sinner; sin is anything that was not in God’s original plan for His world and that saddens the heart of God; and believe that 2000 years ago  He sent His only begotten son to die on Calvary’s Hill for your sins bridging the gap between mankind and God forever, and confess Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior of your life.

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Light or dark

This week I want to start off with some verses, ““No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness. Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright, as when a lamp with its rays gives you light.”” Luke‬ ‭11:33-36‬ 

In our society today, the world is trying to have us keep our beliefs in the church building. But, we need to realize, we are the church and the light of the world. Light is in us and they can try to tell us that our beliefs are supposed to stay inside the building of the church, but we are the church and we have the light the world needs. They can try to make us cover up the light that is within us, they often say that we are trying to push our “religion” on them and sometimes I think we are so eager to share our light that we come across as pushy, but more often I think that it is the Holy Spirit calling them to Jesus. 

If you are in a dark room for a little while and someone turns on the light, your eyes will hurt for a few seconds and then your eyes will adjust. But, when a Christian walks into a room, it should be the same way, some people will adjust and want to know what the light is and some people will be offended and want you to leave, just how some people would want the light to be turned off in the room. So many people seem to be offended by our light, that they seem to want to bring any other religious holidays up to celebrate, but when it comes to Easter and Christmas they want to take Christ out of the holidays and call it something else, like spring break or winter holidays. 

I even see people in Christian circles calling our holidays by other names to try to keep from offending anyone. If you aren’t saying Merry Christmas because you are worried about offending someone and you are a Christian, then you need to check yourself. In the passage above Jesus is saying, if you dwell in light, then you will be a light, if you dwell on darkness, then your light will go out, but that does not mean you lose your salvation, it means that you are supporting the world. We are called to be in the world, but not of the world. One of my pastors would say you support one of two kingdoms, the kingdom of the world or God’s kingdom. 

Here is my question this week, whose kingdom are you supporting this week with your words and actions? I also want you to remember this week, that we are the church, the church is not a building, it is a gathering of people and that church can not be contained within four walls. Even if they threw us in prison the gospel would continue on, even without a church building. This week I also want to encourage you to be less worried about offending people with your faith and to be more worried about their souls.