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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  By Pastor Mike

Lots of people know the Golden Rule is do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Do you treat people the way you want to be treated? Do we pick and choose the people we want to be nice to? Do you treat people regardless of the way they treat you? The Bible says in:

Luke 6:31New King James Version (NKJV)

And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.”

We are commanded to love everyone. That’s how JESUS lived on earth, and if we are Christians, we gotta be like HIM. How will the world know that we are Christians?

Matthew 5:43-44

43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

JESUS didn’t say to treat people right “if only” they do something for you first. HE commanded us to love people. PERIOD. Don’t do the golden rule by your standards, do it by GOD’S standards.

The greatest way to give the Love of JESUS to others is by not expecting anything in return. Treat people right even when they don’t respond that way to you.

One way to treat people is to show the Love of JESUS is by sacrificing your own feelings for someone else’s feelings.

When people do you wrong we shouldn’t do them wrong. We shouldn’t react the way they do to us. Maybe that person is going through some stuff in their lives. Maybe they just ain’t feeling good. Maybe we need to understand them a little better. Sometimes we need to just let things go instead of dwelling on it because that will make us angry and bitter not just to that person but it will carry on to others we don’t want to do wrong.

JESUS calls us to do to others what you would have them to do you. Sometimes it’s not easy. Don’t wait for them to do something. Take the initiative.

You want to be forgiven? Forgive!

You feel hurt, broken and could stand a gentle touch? Be gentle with others!

You want to feel loved? Love others.

You enjoy a compliment? Compliment others!

In the movie Pay It Forward, people first needed to have something done for them by someone else before they passed a good deed along. That’s not all that different from our relationship to JESUS. JESUS died for us – to do something for us that we could never do – that is be cleansed of our sins. HE demonstrated the ultimate love, and now HE wants us to “pay it forward.” Do to others what you would have them do to you.”

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By Pastor Mike

I’m gonna talk a little bit about our GOD who’s name by the way is JESUS. That’s HIS name.

Commandments 1-4 teach how to love God. Commandments 5-10 teach us how to love others. 1-4 are vertical. 5-10 are horizontal.

Exodus 20 1-11

1 And God spake all these words, saying,

I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

He’s talking about don’t put anything between you and GOD. Don’t Worship anything else but HIM. No people, no job, no money, no sports teams. Even nothing that HE created. Worship the Creator not things HE created. HE did give us lots of things here on earth to enjoy but just be thankful for them. JESUS should be the most important thing in our lives. IS HE?

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

HE will show us mercy if we Love HIM. But its more than Loving HIM, we need to keep HIS Commandments. I believe lots of people love JESUS, but are they keeping HIS commandments. Look at the world and how many false idols there are. Things that people Worship and adore.

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

Got on internet, The use of GOD’s name in a degrading or in any way disrespectful manner expresses an attitude of disdaining the relationship we are supposed to have with HIM. Having a relationship with GOD demands that we represent HIM accurately, sincerely and respectfully.

Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:

11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

I say take an Andy Griffith day. GOD didn’t need to rest but HE shows us and tells us to. We need to get rejuvenated physically, emotionally and spiritually. Take a day to relax.

If we’re ever in doubt what GOD wants us to do, read HIS word. Listen to HIS still small voice. Follow HIS commands. HIS Commandments make HIS desires for us plain and easy. HE wants us out there spreading the Gospel to all nations.

Mark 12:28-31

28 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?

29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:

30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

When you think about this scripture, it tells us how important our relationship with JESUS is.

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 By Pastor Mike      

Everything that JESUS is against is happening more and more. I saw a preview on TV that there’s a show called Lucifer. They gave the devil his own show. There’s a lot of other shows that are nasty and scary and so many of them depict that everything is acceptable. Even the so-called sitcoms, they laugh about anything. We are living in the end times and it’s gonna get worse. Read the Book. We somehow got to get a show out there called JESUS. Or ACTS 2:38. Or whatever happens, JESUS wins. I’m on HIS side.

Proverbs 6:16-19

16 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

Everything here is what people turned into it’s not a big deal.

We need to accept HIS Love because it’s one of the greatest things we will ever have. JESUS loves us more than we’ll ever know. It’s unconditional. I learned that when I had my own kids. Then it was brought back big time when I got my grandkids.

When you get a hold of the love of JESUS it will bring you HIS joy.

There’s nothing more exciting than hanging on to HIS love and then experiencing HIS joy.

1 John 4:7-9

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

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” – Holy Ghost Joy.

NEHEMIAH 8 talks about the Joy of the Lord is our strength – He strengthens us when we bring HIM JOY – we do this by being obedient to HIM and by building a super strong relationship with HIM

NEHEMIAH 8:9-12 – GOD’s commands should bring JOY

ISAIAH 51:11 – Someday JOY will be everlasting

MATTHEW 28:8 – JESUS’S resurrection brings JOY

LUKE 15: 8-10 – Earthly repentance results in heavenly JOY

GALATIANS 5:22- 23 – JOY is a “fruit” of the SPIRIT

1 PETER 1:8-9 – Love for GOD brings JOY too deep for words

Having the Holy Ghost should bring ultimate Joy –

This is GOD ALMIGHTY living in us. It’s real –

It’s powerful – It’s all of GOD in us which means that everything GOD has is ours

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Overcomers!

overcomer

By Pastor Jeff,

John 16:32-33, “Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

Jesus spoke these words after He spent time explaining that He soon would be crucified, be buried and would be resurrected. Nice place to say “Be of good cheer” isn’t it? Let’s be clear, to us believers this world is not our home, amen! Unfortunately we are not immune to it’s suffering and pain which is a result of Adam choosing his way rather than God’s way some 6000 years ago. We all easily can find ourselves in mischief, trials, grief, sin, and yes as Jesus said, tribulations! It can really be a bummer, right?

So why should we be of good cheer? Jesus tells us in the very next words by telling us because “I have overcome the world” Thank you Jesus, even though this world is full of hate, misery, destruction, and as much as we don’t want to admit how it affects us, because of what Jesus did for us we can overcome it as well.

In every letter to the seven churches in Revelations chapter two and three he finishes by declaring, “He that overcometh…” God has put His Spirit in us to give us power to be able not to be entangled by this world and it’s enticement. Unfortunately we will have those who will not be able to overcome but that is not the choice Jesus wants for us, 1John 4:4, “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” Put your trust and life in the Hands of the one who declared, “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world”

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