Forgiveness

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By Pastor Jeff,

Forgiveness! It’s one of the most significant expressions of love that I can think of, Jesus over and over tells us the importance of it. In the Lords prayer He tells us in Matthew 6:12, “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” Then to further emphasis it he follows up in verses 14-15, “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” As we see here, it can be positive if you are willing to forgive, and negative if you chose not to forgive.

Joseph (Genesis 37-45) is a great example of someone who chose to forgive his brothers who should distain to him and even came to the point of almost killing him but sold him to slavery. Eventually Joseph had the opportunity to exact revenge on his brothers but instead showed grace. The story if Ahitophel  is the opposite, a one time friend and council to David, he became an enemy as result of David’s sin with Bathsheba whom was his granddaughter. We find him at the end of the story hung from tree after his betrayal was not heeded by Absalom (2Samuel 17:23).

Recently I had the opportunity to see the story of one Eva Moses Kor who had a twin sister named Miriam. These two sisters as well as the rest of their family were sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1944 where the entire family except for the twins were killed immediately. A doctor Josef Mengele “the angel of death” began experiments on Eva, Miriam and many other twins which had lasting affects on they bodies and may of contributed to Miriam’s’ death in 1993. Eva later was put into contact with another “Nazi” doctor who was at the camp, a Dr. Munch. She was soon confronted with the idea to write a letter of forgiveness to this doctor but was challenged to also to forgive Dr. Mengele. Eva decided that she would and then realized that she and she alone had any power to forgive, not the others who were at the camp, not any church, or any other organization. It was hers alone as we also have the same power to or not to forgive, it’s our power!

Ephesians 4:30-32, “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

Forgiveness is not always easy, but it is necessary, even if the person who is the recipient does not or cannot accept it we still need to forgive not once, not twice, but as Jesus tells us in Matthew 18:22, “seventy times seven”, really what Jesus was saying is there is no limit on our ability to forgive others except the limit we put on it.

Our greatest example is found in Jesus Christ, even after the beatings, mocking, and bing nailed to a wooden cross he declared in Luke 23:35, “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do…” If we want to be Christ-like we need to be able to do the same!

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When are we Going Home?

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By Pastor Jeff,

John 14:1-3, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” Revelations 22:20, “He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”

Nothing gets me more excited than when I get to talk about end-times, for I truly believe that we are at the very day that Jesus Christ can return at any moment. It however frustrates me when I hear those that look at a certain event coming and then declare that this is the day that the world as we know it will end. We witnessed that recently as some so called prophets (self proclaimed) declared that this past Saturday, September 23rd was fulfilment of Revelations 12:1-6 when it was a stretch at best! Well we can look at our calendar and clearly see that this day has come and gone but we still are here. People have been setting dates of the Lords return for generations against what the Word of God tells us in Matthew 24:36, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”

With that saying, I do see much that is happening in our world that do point to the soon return of Jesus Christ, and I would like to quickly share some of them with you. (I have written and published a book on “Endtimes” that goes into a deeper study of bible prophecy which I can make available on request.) We don’t have to look to far to see how much technology is advancing the fulfilment of the “Mark of the Beast” mentioned in Revelations 13:13-18. One being the IPhone 8 and the soon coming IPhone X with face recognition, chatbots as they call them are being increasingly used and put into our everyday lives such as those that are being used  at the Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts to give council to those who are at the end of their lives.

Customers at the Costcutter store, at Brunel University in London, can now pay using their unique vein pattern to identify themselves. It works by using infrared to scan people’s finger veins and then links this unique biometric map to their bank cards. There also seems to be an optimistic possibility of Israel, Palestine and other Arab nations to have the long sought peace treaty that we find in Daniel 9:20-27.

So, when are we going home?

Many people try to imagine what heaven will be like, we do know of the streets of gold, pearly gates, tree of life and other things mentioned in our bible. We also know that there will be no more sickness, pain, or death. We know that we will have a light there will not come from a light switch, our Sun or any other star, but from our only Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ.

I believe with all my heart from the understanding I have found in the word of God that He is coming and coming quickly! There is only one way that we or any other one can get there, that is to become “Born Again” by the water and the spirit and we, as those that know this have a great responsibility to tell others of that fact!  Luke 22:45-49, “Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”

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Who is your Strength?

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By Pastor Jeff,

If I asked you, who is your strength? no doubt those who know Jesus Christ will shout out His name. Lately I have been hearing the quote from Friedrich Nietzsche, the German philosopher,  “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” This quote has been part of many songs and I recently heard a Christian artist use it.

I’ve been always fascinated with strength, I remember the old Superman (the black and white one) and imagined myself as having the same powers he had, I watched the Olympics and became fascinated by the weightlifters who could lift massive amounts of weight! Then I thought of the animal kingdom and the tremendous amount of strength you could see by horses, elephants, and other large animals. Interestingly the strongest pound for pound creation on our earth is relatively small, no! not the ant which can lift  times it’s weight, but the Gung beetle, which can carry, 1140 times its own weight which would be equal for us carrying 80 tons!

We can look at a 747 which requires 735,000lbs of thrust to lift its 67,400lbs in the air and the F-1 rocket engine that was used to send an Apollo spacecraft into orbit produces 7.5 million pounds of thrust, that folks is power!

Then we look at nature and all of us have the recently observed the power and damage sustained by hurricanes Harvey and Irma (which had 185mph winds), the strongest wind recorded for a tornado was 302 mph in 1999. Our Sun holds 99.8% of the our Solar system’s mass, about 1 million earths could fit in the Sun, the temperature on it’s surface is 10,000 degrees but the inner core is estimated at 27 million degrees, that is one hot powerful Star, isn’t it!

But all these pale to a God who with His very word spoke our world and universe into existence in a mere six days. The book of Psalms is filled with references to a God who is our strength, in all we find 271 times God is mentioned as our strength, lets look a just a few.

Psalms 27:1, “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

Psalms 28:7, “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.”

Psalms 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

Psalms 118:14, “The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.”

John 10:10, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” 

The enemy of our souls hates us and only desires harm for us, but our Lord Jesus Christ is our strength! Let’s face it, most of us have no desire to endure hardships to become stronger and when we face trials by ourselves it can destroy us physically, emotionally and spiritually. But if we rely on the strength that comes from God we can be overcomers of everything that comes our way. The only limit to what God can do is the limit we place upon Him, He and He alone is my strength!

So a question, what is the greatest force in the world? (hint, its a four letter word)

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What is Truth?

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By Pastor Jeff,

As Jesus stood before Pontius Pilate, during questioning Jesus replies with this statement found in John 18:36-38, “Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.”

That question, “What is truth?” has echoed throughout the ages and it seems in our day of what you can only call questionable news has us asking this question daily. Even the fact checking sites have also become questionable sources of information as they are overseen by people with bias’s one way or the other. Jesus himself was not sentenced as result of truth but as a way to satisfy the crowds that were demanding it.

Truth should not be determined by what makes people feel good, what the majority decide, by good intentions, or even the fact that it is believed by those expressing it. Galatians 1:6-9, tells us, “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”  It’s relatively easy to get caught up in lie if you do not adhere to Proverbs 23:23, “Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.”

Truth is not subjective, it either is or isn’t the truth and that any attempt to distort, falsely interpret the word of God to make one feel good is a lie. this includes abortion, gay marriage, adultery or even who Jesus is. Jesus makes no qualm about claiming that He was God in the flesh, 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.” (John 5:58, 1 Timothy 3:16 and so on)

The real question is how much truth can we know? John 16:12-13 gives us the answer, “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.” Now this does not mean we will know everything, but if we take the time to read, study, pray,  and seek God for answers we will without a doubt get to the truth!

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We Are Created

   By Pastor Mike

Genesis 1:26-28

26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

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

If you believe the Bible it says that we were created. If you don’t believe in the Bible then you’ll understand it when JESUS comes again. But if I were you, I wouldn’t wait too long. JESUS is coming soon. Are you ready? Get right with JESUS and know HIM. HE created everything. How else would everything be here. How else would the universe be here. I know a lot of people believe in the big bang theory. It’s true that GOD said it and BANG it happened.

I hear people blame GOD for everything bad that’s going on in this world. They blame HIM for the wars going on. They blame HIM for the sicknesses and diseases there are. People gotta understand that JESUS gave everybody freedom to choose what they want to do. Choose you this day whom you will serve. That’s all on us. Nothing bad or evil comes from GOD. NOTHING. JESUS didn’t start all those wars. People did. There is sicknesses out there but as Born Again Holy Ghost filled people we have the authority to command all sickness and disease to get out of people. We need to keep praying until something does happen.

We were not created to suffer or be in pain because by HIS stripes we are healed. We weren’t created to be afraid because HE doesn’t give us a spirit of fear. We should not be sad or depressed because HE gives us all the hope we will ever need to first make it to heaven and also to stay happy and excited because of that Hope.

I believe we were also created to be soldiers in HIS Army. HE knew we would need to be out there to defeat anything the enemy throws our way. JESUS is our Victory over everything. EVERYTHING. We were created to be super strong against the enemy through JESUS CHRIST. We were created to bring people to the LORD. We were created to Worship. Make sure you worship JESUS from your heart.

John 4:23-24

23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Hebrews 10:25

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Why should we go to church?

  1. The importance of assembling is both subjective and objective. It benefits the individual with spiritual stability and growth, and it benefits objectively by its positive effect on others.

The purpose for the assembling is for participation in worship and fellowship and with one another.

Worship is something that we must do together. It is something that we will be doing for the rest of eternity, so we might as well get used to it now.

We need each other—the presence, fellowship, strength, encouragement, care, and love of each other.

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 By Pastor Mike

Everyone is given a measure of Faith – the size of a mustard seed. Ever see one, it’s very small. It’s up to us to grow our Faith. We grow our Faith whenever we see GOD answer prayers.

So, if everyone is given faith as a mustard seed, how much has yours grown? How many people have put their faith in other things and not in JESUS? Faith can and will move mountains. Faith will remove the mountains in your life. That’s a promise from JESUS.

Don’t let the enemy take your Faith away with his lies and false promises of a better life. Nothing good comes from him. He will always tempt us but it’s always our choice to fall into those traps. He knows our weaknesses and he’ll do anything to throw those obstacles in our paths. Focus on JESUS. You can’t lose.

Ephesians 2:8-9

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Salvation is a gift from GOD. HE gave us HIS plan of salvation by repentance, getting baptized in JESUS name and receiving the precious gift of the HOLY GHOST. There are people who think they can work their way into heaven. People will do good works for JESUS. Then brag on how much they do for JESUS. Or they brag on themselves. We give testimonies all the time and we need to ask JESUS “What can I do for you today LORD?”

Matthew 7:21-23

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.   (a wicked act or thing)

This has got to be the scariest thing that could happen to anyone. There are so many people not knowing JESUS. Not knowing the Truth. That’s why we’re big on having a strong relationship with JESUS. HE will get you to heaven. No one or nothing else. Do you know HIM and Love HIM with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength?

James says, “faith without works is dead.”  Works are to faith what the body is to the spirit.  Our body shows the life of the spirit by our actions.  Work shows our faith.  The only way I can display that I am alive is with my body. The only way that I can display that I have faith is by my works. Having Faith in JESUS should have us do the works of the FATHER. Passing on the Blessing you get, feeding the hungry, praying someone back to health, for financial Blessings, for Peace, comfort, for GOD’S Grace and Mercy. For LOVE. JESUS wants to do mighty things through us. Are we willing vessels?

Faith is believing that no matter how good things are, the best is yet to come.

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  By Pastor Mike

We need to remember every day what the military has done for this country. Never forget. We are here because of the freedom we have.

Moses had to remind his peeps to remember all the suffering they did as slaves in Egypt. How they were oppressed by Pharaoh. He reminded them that GOD got them out of there and to the promised land because they were HIS people. We need to remember and never forget where JESUS brought us out from. When we were slaves to sin.

Deuteronomy 5:15

“And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day.”

Deuteronomy 15:15

“And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee.”

The things of this world will distract you. The devil makes things look nice and shiny and it catches our eye and we want it. Our focus and passion for JESUS changes.

Remember when you started to build a strong relationship with JESUS, how you just loved HIM so much that you couldn’t get enough of God, church and the Bible? What happened? We need to ask ourselves if we still hold that same love? Do we still have that same passion? Remember your first love for Jesus and GET BACK to it!

JESUS reminded them in

Matthew 16:9-10 “Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?”

He told them to remember the loaves.

In Mark 6:52  the Apostles were afraid when the waters were kicking up and the boat was rocking like crazy. They didn’t know what to do. They called on JESUS and he calmed the storm and told them, remember all the miracles you saw me do. They “considered not the miracle of the loaves.”

If you have a need that seems too big or a situation that is out of control, REMEMBER THE LOAVES! Nothing is too big for GOD! Today is the day to grab a hold of JESUS and REMEMBER all HE has done for us

Luke 16 tells of Lazarus and the Rich man. Lazarus died and was in Heaven, but the rich man died, he was in Hell. He looked up and called for mercy from Abraham, but Abraham said, “REMEMBER.” You were Blessed with so much in your life and helped no one. Anyone going to hell will remember that they had a chance to serve JESUS. Be with HIM forever.

If you reject the Truth today and go into eternity without JESUS, you will remember it in hell forever!

Remember when you were feeling sad and depressed. Do you remember how JESUS held you in HIS arms and comforted you.

Remember when you needed money for bills and JESUS provided for you. Remember how HE provided a job.

Remember when you were in pain and JESUS healed you.

Remember when you were scared and afraid and HE gave you peace.

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