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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   By Pastor Mike

The WORD of GOD is the greatest Book ever written. It is the greatest love story ever written. I wonder why our kids can’t read the Bible in school but they can read it in prison. They have a Bible people swear on in court to tell the whole truth but they can’t display the 10 commandments like they used to. The Bible isn’t a hard Book to follow.

You need to repent of your sins and turn away from them. Not just say sorry. We need to stop doing what we know is wrong. We need to stay on the narrow path to Heaven. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. The road to Heaven is paved with obedience.

Then you need to get Baptized in the Name of JESUS.

Matthew 28:19

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

The word name here is singular which means the name to be Baptized in is the name of JESUS. The name of the Father is JESUS. The name of the Son is JESUS. The name of the Holy Ghost is JESUS. Everyone that was Baptized in the Book of Acts was Baptized in the name of our LORD JESUS. If you need to be Baptized, you need to be Baptized in the name of JESUS.

You shall receive the gift of the HOLY GHOST. It’s a free gift. It’s yours if you want it. As you receive the gift of the HOLY GHOST you will speak in tongues. Speaking out loud is the key here. JESUS wants to take control of your tongue because it is the most unruly thing we got. We need to speak to the LORD and HE will take over and you will speak in another language. It’s for today. Whatever happened in the Bible back then is for us today. All of it. You gotta believe all of it.

John 1:1,14

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

John 14:9

Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?

Philip asks to see the Father and JESUS tells him that we been together how long? You’ve seen all the miracles that I did. You’ve seen me forgive people from their sins. If you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the Father. JESUS means that I AM THE FATHER.

Luke 11:23

23 He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.

See, it’s very simple. Either you’re for JESUS or you’re against HIM. If you’re against JESUS that means you’re either for yourself or for the enemy. Either way you’re gonna lose. I chose to be with JESUS. I wanna gather with JESUS, meaning spending time with HIM. People who don’t hang with JESUS scatters all over the place meaning they will fall for anything the devil throws at them.  We need to understand that if we look to the devil we will be oppressed. If we look to ourselves we will be depressed. If we look to GOD we will be BLESSED.

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  By Pastor Mike

We should stay thankful about what the LORD has done in our lives. Yes, we have ups and downs and we have real tragedies but when you think about what JESUS did, we really can be thankful. A lot of people have experienced the peace and comfort that can only come from GOD. The things that happen in our lives are very real. We don’t want them but we know that when we focus on JESUS, things turn around in our lives. If you’re a born again believer, we should be giving thanks to JESUS for what he did on the cross which made a way for us to live forever with HIM.

The most important thing that I’m thankful for is that I repent of my sins and HE forgives me. Then I’m thankful that I got Baptized in JESUS name. I’m very thankful that I got the Holy Ghost. Very thankful for having all of the power that JESUS has living inside me.

1 Chronicles 16:8

Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.”

We really need to tell people about what JESUS did in our lives as much as we can.

1 Chronicles 16:34-35

“34 O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.

35 And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise.”

Too many people lost sight of what’s important in life. They lost sight of the reason for the season. It’s all about JESUS and the season lasts from the beginning of time til the end of it as we know it. We should celebrate JESUS every day of our lives.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

JESUS is concerned about you. HE wants us to thank HIM in everything. The good, the bad, and the ugly.

Revelation 7:12

Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.”

JESUS is everything that we’ll ever need to get through anything we go through. Whether we put ourselves in bad situations or the enemy keeps tempting us and we take the bait. JESUS is our strong tower. Let’s run to HIM and stay with HIM.

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By Pastor Jeff,

When you are told that you have to do something, what is your usual reaction?

If you’re like me, it’s usual a little like, what? You can’t tell me what to do! Have you ever dealt with a toddler in trying to prevent them doing something? Even if you are protecting them from harm, they will give you a stern look and do what you demanded them not too!

Matthew 28:19, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” I’ve heard from some that this is a commandment that every Christian should make themselves do. Well with our nature of rebellion I think many of us refuse to follow and snub the thought as well. I mean, we would love to see others coming to the Lord but if you saying I have to give of my own precious time, I’m not doing it!

I want to change this to something we have to do to something we get to do. After all, if you had an encounter with Jesus Christ how could you be quiet. Let’s look at Mark 1:40-45, “And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed. And he straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him away; And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, show thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter.” And Matthew 9:27-30, “And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us. And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it. But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country.”

In both instances after receiving their miracle they were told to not spread the news, but really? How can you not share what God has done for you, if you received a miracle, wouldn’t you tell everyone that you met, I surely would! Jesus Christ has done so much in my life in just dying for my sins that I also can’t be quiet, not because I have to share Jesus with others, it is that I get too. It’s all about Him for without Jesus sacrifice I would still be destined for a horrible eternal life without Him.

So, what is the best way to share the gospel? with humility and maybe even a tear in your eye. Matthew West in his song, “Nobody” says this, “Cause I’m just a nobody, trying to tell everybody, all about Somebody, Who saved my soul” Pride will get in the way of your testimony so don’t let it!

This Christmas season is a great time to share the love of Jesus to our world for like that first Christmas when the angels appeared to the shepherds in the fields, Luke 2:15-17, “And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.”
It’s not about having to tell others of Jesus Christ but it’s the privilege of telling others!

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