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Always Remember

  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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Focus

 By Pastor Mike

If you pay attention in church you know we talk a lot about putting our focus on JESUS. We really need to get this in our hearts. Focusing on JESUS will help us to get through the trials and tribulation and valleys and sicknesses and diseases. Never focus on the stuff you’re going through. Always focus on the one who is going to get you through it. You see throughout scripture the focus people had on GOD. Keeping your focus on JESUS will give you the confidence you need to get through this life and whatever comes your way. Please get a hold of this. It’s very important.

In dog obedience training, they put a dog at one end of a room and its master at the other end of the room, with a plate of food in the middle. And then the master calls the dog. If the dog eyes the food, he’s a goner; he’ll go straight for it. So they teach the dog to focus his eyes on the master. If the dog keeps his eyes on the master, he won’t be tempted. Instead of heading for the food, he’ll head straight to the master.

We need to keep our eyes on our master or we’ll get distracted. Our Master is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. And HIS name is JESUS. Focus on what JESUS did for you in the past. Focus on how close HE is to you right now. Focus on the Power of JESUS to get you through whatever the future holds.

If you find yourself at a point where you’ve lost hope and you think you wanna give up. Don’t you dare give up. JESUS won’t give up on you. Focus on HIM when you’re going for a job. Focus on HIM when you’re looking for your soul mate.

Focus on HIM when you feel depressed or sick. Turn your thoughts on JESUS, HE will never let you down, HE will never leave you.

Philippians 4:8

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.

JESUS tells us what to think on, what to focus on. We need to be careful not to let our minds wander to things of the world. None of that will get you to heaven. You focus on JESUS and follow that scripture. Thinking on those things will make you feel good and put a huge smile on your face.

Matthew 14:25-32

25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.

26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.

27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.

28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.

29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.

30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.

When Peter took his focus off of JESUS he started to sink in the water. Then immediately JESUS stretched out HIS hand and grabbed him. That’s how I felt when I overdosed. Like my feet were dangling in hell and JESUS snatched me out of the miry clay and placed me on the rock to stay. I’m focused on JESUS and I’m standing on the rock. JESUS is my rock.

Mark 5:24-29

24 And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.

25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,

26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,

27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.

28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.

29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.

She was Focused on the only one she knew now could heal her. Stay focused on JESUS and HE will provide all your needs. HE will heal you. HE will comfort you. HE will forgive you. HE will LOVE you as only HE can. HE will give you HIS peace.

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Keep Your Focus!

young-child-boy-looking-telescope-1455925  By Pastor Jeff

We are living in a day in which it is very easy to lose our focus after all we have to worry about terrorist attacks, information breaches, legalizing of gay marriage debate, riots against our police, and the list goes on and on. To keep our focus on what God and what He wants for His church can become easily overshadowed which is just what our enemy the devil wants. 1 Peter 5:8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”.

Recently I had a dream concerning this, I saw Satan with a smile as He watched, accused, confused the church of Jesus Christ. Satan is a liar as Jesus tells us in the gospel of John in fact he is called the “father of lies”.  In this dream I was raptured into heaven where praise God I recognized many a familiar face which brought a huge smile to my face. But as it continued I found myself in a room with others and our Lord Jesus Christ, we were being allowed to ask questions and immediately I raised my hand and asked if there was anyone in heaven that had been baptized in the titles the “Father, Son, and Holy Ghost?” as our Lord shook His head no, I found myself weeping as the thought of millions and even billions that have not been baptized in the precious name of Jesus Christ as the word declares in Acts 2:38, “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.”

I woke up shortly after and found myself still shedding tears, after pondering this in my mind and heart have purposed to be more focused on telling others of the need to be born again of the “Water and the Spirit” and the need to be baptized in immersion in the name of Jesus Christ which is the only example of baptism given to us in the scriptures. (see Acts 10:44-48, Acts 19:1-6)

I was also reminded of what the book of Jude 20-23, “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.” We need to resist being caught up in all the things around us that prevent us from doing what God’s purpose for the church is, to reach the lost. We will never win the debate with those that have a worldly view of things unless their hearts and minds are transformed by the power of God. We need to keep our focus and with compassion and maybe a little fear tells others of the eternal life they can have through Jesus Christ!

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