You Are Somebody

  By Pastor Mike

I want to talk about how we are somebody in the eyes of the LORD. We are precious to HIM. We were made in HIS image.

Genesis 1:27

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Since we are created in the image of GOD, we are precious and valuable in HIS eyes. HE loves us even when we make mistakes. We are HIS children.

We are something to HIM because HE made a way so we can be with HIM forever and that’s by being born of the water and the Spirit so we can enter into HIS Kingdom.

HE tells us  in Acts 2:38-39

38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

Never let the enemy tell you that you’re no good or that you’ll never be good enough. JESUS says you’re good enough for HIM because HE died for you.

We follow the Word of GOD and believe what it says. We believe in JESUS and that’s why we have the Hope that the world doesn’t. We have the Love of JESUS that the world can’t give. I wanna please JESUS with my words and actions.

Romans 8: 8-9

So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

How about the Love of JESUS. How powerful is HIS love. Nothing can separate us from HIS Love.

Romans 8: 38-39

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We are somebody to JESUS and that’s why the enemy wants to steal us away from HIM. The devil and the world, want to destroy us that proves we are special to GOD. The enemy walks around wanting to steal your salvation, steal your relationship with JESUS, destroy your marriage, destroy your children and grand kids, destroy your family.

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Reaching Out

  By Pastor Mike

Remember the last week we celebrated  the death burial and resurrection of our LORD and Savior JESUS. We are so excited, and we should be, for that because of what it brings to our lives. HE died so we can live forever with HIM. We have a plan of salvation. HE gives us healings of all kinds. HE gives us peace and comfort. HE gives us HIS Grace and Mercy. HE gives us HIS Love. HE gives us every promise that’s written in HIS Word. We should stay excited so others can see what we have in our lives. We should be the salt and the light of the world. Because all HE has given us, all the Blessings in our lives is something we need to share with others.

Matthew 5:14-16

14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

I’m very happy that this church takes the time to tell people about JESUS and what HE has done in our lives. Everyone is welcome here and we don’t judge nobody. I want to encourage everyone today to keep letting people know about JESUS. From our family to our friends and neighbors and co-workers. GOD is opening doors, we need to walk through it to, spread the Gospel. There’s a lot of people hurting out there.   We need to let them know that there’s hope and HIS name is JESUS.

2 Pet. 3:9  “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. “

JESUS wants everyone to come to HIM. HE cares about everybody. HE cares for you and me. That’s AWESOME.

Let’s be committed to make a difference in the Kingdom of GOD, one person at a time. Reach out to someone you know. Reach out to someone you just met. Maybe reach out to someone you’ve reached out to before. What would be the reaction if we brought at least one person to the LORD?

Luke 15:7

I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.”

We should care about the lost. JESUS does. One thing I learned is that it’s ultimately their decision to stay with JESUS. We need to stay excited about serving JESUS so that it becomes contagious and people all around us catch the fire of the HOLY GHOST. What will happen when people come up to us and ask us “ what should we do“ then we can tell them.

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The Resurrection

Resurrect

By Pastor Jeff,

1 Corinthians 15:12-19, “Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up—if in fact the dead do not rise. For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.”
If this is true then we have any miserable people in this world for many religions do not believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ or any other type of resurrection. The Muslims, Orthodox Jewish faith, of course we have Hinduism, Buddhism, and others as well fall into this category. Non-Christians as a whole do not believe in a literal resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
However a 2017 poll in the UK found that ½ of the population doesn’t believe in the Resurrection and 23% of so-called Christians don’t believe it neither.
In America a 2013 poll said that only 64% believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ so that would mean 36% either have no view or don’t believe in the resurrection either.

There is a movement out there that are infiltrating many churches called Progressive Christianity which believe this,
1. Believe that following the path and teachings of Jesus can lead to an awareness and experience of the Sacred and the Oneness and Unity of all life;
2. Affirm that the teachings of Jesus provide but one of many ways to experience the Sacredness and Oneness of life, and that we can draw from diverse sources of wisdom in our spiritual journey;

People most miserable!

1 Corinthians 15:20-23, “But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming.” There is actually 3 parts of the first resurrection, two mentioned here and another in Revelations. 20:4-6, “And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.”

If we examine the bible we have ample evidence of a resurrected Jesus Christ as
Jesus over and over told His disciples of the coming trial, death and resurrection, Matthew 20:18-19, Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death, and deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock and to scourge and to crucify. And the third day He will rise again.””

So, let’s look at some of the reasons some claim that Jesus was not resurrected, the body was stolen, Matthew 28:11-15, “Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened. When they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers,saying, “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.’ And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will appease him and make you secure.” So they took the money and did as they were instructed; and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.” So, you are telling me that these disciples who ran at the arrest of Jesus, were hiding in a room, could of snuck in and rolled a massive stone away quietly so as to not awake these soldiers (who would of been condemned to death from sleeping on the job) and carried Jesus body away somewhere.
The Swoon theory which states Jesus did not die on the cross but lapsed into some kind of comatose state and later revived-John 19:31-35, “Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe.”
It was an Hallucination, right!
That the resurrection and even the death of Jesus was just a non-literal, Myth, I ask you,what person would endure torture, suffering, rejection, and death for a myth?

The resurrection is an integral part of the Christian faith and I contend you can’t call yourself a Christian if you do not believing in the biblical account of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ!
Romans 10:9, “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

I wholeheartedly believe in the miraculous birth, the life, the teachings, the betrayal, suffering of Jesus Christ. But if ended there, I would be most miserable for I have had dear friends and family that have passed on that If I didn’t believe in the resurrection I would just eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow I die. But I have the hope of seeing my dear friends and loved ones again because the resurrection is true and Jesus has put His Spirit in me so one day I also will be resurrected!

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Palm Sunday

By Pastor Mike

Today is Palm Sunday. It’s the day we remember and celebrate when JESUS entered Jerusalem as our Savior and our King. JESUS rides in on a donkey and a large crowd gathered and laid palm branches and their cloaks across the road, giving JESUS royal treatment. They shouted “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” When the people shouted “Hosanna!” they were using it to express adoration, praise, or joy.

This day has a lot of significance for our lives today. It’s a very important day because that’s when JESUS started HIS journey that ended with HIM on the Cross. Lots happened in this week leading up to HIS death burial and resurrection. The palm branch represented goodness and victory and was a symbol of the victory HE would have over death.

1 Corinthians 15:55

55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

HE knew it wouldn’t be long before some these same people that praised HIM would turn their backs on HIM and want HIM crucified.

Palm Sunday reminds us what is going to happen this week. JESUS rides into town being praised. Then when HE gets there HE finds people in the temple selling and buying. So HE throws them out and turns their tables over and tells them that the temple is HIS house of Prayer.

Then HE tells HIS disciples everything that’s going to happen. Man was looking for someone to fight their battles in that present day world. GOD had the ultimate plan of sending HIS SON to fight the final battle over death. This is the greatness of why we celebrate this week. Because of this ultimate sacrifice, we can be set free of death. Free from sin. To be free from everything the enemy throws at us. To be able to claim the Victory over everything.

Then at the end of the week HE took what is the last supper, also known as the LORD’S supper. They partook in what is known as communion. Then they went to the garden of Gethsemane where JESUS prayed. JESUS knew what HE was gonna go through.

Mark 14:32-39 New King James Version (NKJV)

32 Then they came to a place which was named Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 And He took Peter, James, and John with Him, and He began to be troubled and deeply distressed. 34 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch.”

35 He went a little farther, and fell on the ground, and prayed that if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him. 36 And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.”

37 Then He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “Simon, are you sleeping? Could you not watch one hour? 38 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

39 Again He went away and prayed, and spoke the same words.

Let JESUS direct our thoughts and attention to HIM every second of our lives because HE is what matters most.

Let’s always focus on worshiping the KING of kings and the LORD of lords, thanking HIM for HIS sacrifice, celebrating the power of the Resurrection, and the new and exciting life found in HIM alone. HIS NAME IS JESUS.

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  By Pastor Mike

Philippians 4:4-9Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

Our thoughts are very powerful. Proverbs 23:7 tells us that what we think in our hearts, that’s what we are. We control our thought life.  Sometimes maybe not listening to certain things or watching certain things will help.  With all that’s going on in the world, we need to protect our mind and our hearts. When things happen in our lives, call on the Name of JESUS.  Scream it if you want to.  Get to talking to HIM ASAP.

The peace HE gives us hits us deep in our hearts and souls.  We know that HE is with us and holds us & comforts us.  HE helps us control our mind & hearts.

Things that are true (JOHN 14:6).  The Bible is the Truth – JESUS is the Truth.

John 14:5-7

Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

The Bible is full of good reports. People were healed from every sickness and disease. Remember the woman with the issue of blood for 12 years. She spent all she had on doctors. She had enough and tried the report of the LORD because she heard HE was around and HE heals. People were blessed with things. There was a way for people to be saved and be in Heaven for eternity.

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   By Pastor Mike

If you want to experience and keep True Joy in your heart, read the Scriptures. GOD truly wants us to live in HIS Joy.  GOD wants us to be Joyful to show the world that living for HIM is an awesome thing. HE doesn’t want sad, depressed, scared Christians walking around like you’re not enjoying living for GOD. Choose to live in JOY

Nothing the world has to offer can give you true JOY or everlasting JOY –

In John 15 JESUS talks about having a strong relationship with HIM and in verse 11, HE says – “These things have I spoken unto you, that MY JOY might remain in you, and that your joy might be full”.

Psalm 16:11 says when we are in HIS presence it is fullness of JOY.

Acts 8 talks about the miracles of GOD in Samaria people being delivered & healed and there was Great JOY in the city.

Acts 13:52 “And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost” (Being filled should bring you joy)

Romans 14:17 “For the Kingdom of GOD is not meat & drink; but righteousness, and peace, and (Watch this) JOY in the Holy Ghost.

1 John 1:4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

Joy is based on a relationship with JESUS CHRIST.

Paul learned to rejoice in HIS relationship with JESUS. His joy was deep in his heart. Put it deep in your heart so when troubles come you automatically know HE is right there with you.

He will never leave us nor forsake us.

He will stick closer than a brother.

TRUST HIS WORD and HIS promises

Accept HIS LOVE and know HE is in control

There is very little I can do in my life that will give me True Joy. I depend on GOD to give me True Joy.

Jesus will never let you down.

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 By Pastor Mike

I wanna talk about how much I need JESUS. I need HIM every second of my life. I need HIS direction in all I do. I need HIS GRACE. HIS Mercy. HIS LOVE. HIS peace. HIS comfort.  HE is always there for us and will answer our prayers. JESUS needs to be first in everything we say and do and think. HE loves us more than we can understand. HE wants us to be with HIM forever.

People have said to me that I use JESUS as a crutch. I do lean and depend on JESUS for everything. I used to lean on the enemy and I always ended up doing the wrong thing. Now I lean on JESUS and great things have happened in my life. I’m excited about JESUS in me. I’m excited about going to heaven. I’m excited about learning more about HIM and what HIS Word is saying to us.

John 12:32

And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”

HE didn’t say: Lift up a church or a denomination or an organization or a religion or traditions. HE said Lift HIM up.
Talk about HIM, witness about HIM, preach and teach about HIM. Let HIM live in our testimony. Let HIM live in our singing. Remember that the church is a hospital for the hurting not a museum.

The more you grow in your relationship with JESUS, you’ll get a better understanding of all HE has for you. I wanna be super close with JESUS. If you don’t feel close to GOD right now, guess who moved? JESUS doesn’t move. Grab a strong hold of HIM and don’t let go. EVER!

We need to encourage people to build a strong relationship with HIM so they can get the Hope there is in HIM. The Love there is. I encourage everyone today to know JESUS. HE’S the best friend you’ll ever have. HE will be there with you at the mention of HIS Name. HE is always there.

It’s not religion or traditions that saves the lost, heals the sick, and sets the captives free. It’s the living Saviour, JESUS is our Saviour, HE is our healer, HE is our deliverer. HE is the lover of our souls. HE is our everything.

We must never lose sight of JESUS. Always tell people about HIM. Never substitute anything for JESUS, because there’s nothing that can take HIS place in our lives.

No matter how intense the battle, no matter how weary the warrior, no matter how overwhelming the odds – do not retreat. With the Word of GOD in your hands, with your brothers and sisters by your side, with the LORD fighting for you, it won’t be you who retreats, your enemy is going down.

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