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We Are Free

   

By Pastor Mike

This is a free and Blessed country. We all need to get back to the basics and stop trying to take GOD out of everything.

We are free to make the choice on who we are gonna serve.

JESUS CHRIST suffered and died on that cross so we can be free –

FREE   FROM   THE   BONDAGE   OF   SIN

FREE   FROM   WORRY

FREE   FROM   FEAR

FREE   FROM   ANY   TYPE   OF   ADDICTION

John 8:32-36

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?

Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”

Romans 8:1-2

 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.n For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

HE paid the price so we can be free.

Galatians 5:1

 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

He will free you where you’ve been restricted, and held back. JESUS will release you so you can move!

Sometimes yokes can be  placed on you early in your life; people’s words that hurt can became a yoke around your neck. People that told you all kinds of negative things about who you are and what you were going to become and what you couldn’t do and what you wouldn’t be able to do. But today is the day to remove that yoke and be set free.

Ask yourself what do you need to be set free from? What are the issues or concerns that you are struggling with that keep you from being free?

Freedom from guilt                     Freedom from anger

Freedom from depression          Freedom from grief

Freedom from debt                    Freedom from habitual sin

Freedom from fear or worry      Freedom from pornography

Freedom from lying                   Freedom from too much drama Freedom from whatever

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God’s Benefits

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By Pastor Jeff,

Everybody appreciates a job that gives you a benefit package especially one that covers health insurance these days. It has been said that someone has calculated the benefits in the bible and has counted 3573 promises, another person says it’s 5467, and even another has said 31,173 promises or in other words every verse in the bible. I will just share a few of them here as God tells us Psalms 68:19, “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation.”

Salvation is one that is the most easy to see as John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” With that comes a place reserved in heaven for us, 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.” What an awesome benefit for knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Philippians 4:7 tells also that we receive peace that passeth all understanding, 1Peter 1:8 tells us joy unspeakable, and 1Peter 1:18-19 tells us how valuable we are to Him that he purchased us with His own precious blood! 1 John 2:1 tells us that He is our advocate, Deuteronomy 31:6 and Hebrews 13:5 says that He will never leave us nor forsake us! We receive our healing by His stripes in Isaiah 53:4-5 and we receive supernatural power after we receive the precious Baptism of the Holy Ghost, Acts 1:8, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” Mark 16:17-18, “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”

These are all awesome benefits and there is another one we don’t think about much that is very important to me; it’s what King David said in Psalms 38:4, “For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.” Sin is a horrible burden for us to bear and unfortunately even after we have has our sins remitted in the waters of Baptism in Jesus name sometimes because of tradition and church teaching we often allow mans convictions, misinterpretation of the bible to shame and humiliate us. Jesus has freed us not only from our past sins, but also the present and our future mistakes and thank God He does. Because no matter hard our try I still do stupid, but Jesus came to give us a way out from the burden of sin, Matthew 11:28-30, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” He indeed loads us down with Benefits!

 

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Dance before the Lord!

snoopy       By Pastor Jeff

My favorite cartoon when I was growing up was the “Peanuts” and my favorite character was of course Snoopy, he was so care free and I loved it when he would look up in the sky and dance with all his might.                                                    Psalms 150, “Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.”

It’s kinda funny that when we hear this scripture quoted many times  we talk about worship but we seem to ignore the verse that tells us to “praise him with the timbrel and dance”. Anybody who has danced either for fun or professionally is well aware of how physically demanding dancing can be, but doing it for the Lord are you crazy?

The church I was attending when I received and obeyed the salvation message was probably what most people would call radical in its worship. People would react in all kinds away to the worship, some would jump, run, clap, raise their hands and God forbid some would dance. Many times as the music would speed up I would feel a sensation come over me and find my feet start to move and I would do what any normal Christian would do, I grabbed hold of the pew in front of me until the music would stop, after all, I was not going to make a fool out of myself before hundreds of people.

But on one occasion a group came from the Indiana Bible college to lead us in worship and I said to myself that I would finally let go of that pew if they would play a certain song. Well you know what? yes they began to play that song (and no, I don’t remember what song it was). As soon as I took that step out into the aisle the Spirit of the living God fell on me, I found myself going from one end of the front of the church to the other dancing backwards, and never ran into another person, Praise God!

Many times after this event I found myself out dancing as hard as I could before the Lord, not caring who thought it was foolish or how much it was going to cost to have my suit dry cleaned. But sadly  over the years I found myself attending other churches that even though it was not openly spoken against you could feel it was not exactly encouraged either. Privately I occasionally gave into that feeling of being free to do whatever I wanted and danced before the Lord, but I confess I no longer want to dance privately. It must be the same feeling that King David had when the Israelites were bringing the Ark into the city. The bible tells us he took off his kingly robes and jumped and danced before the ark not caring what anyone else, even his wife thought of it. The word of God declares that we have been made free and that we are to praise Him in the dance. Don’t let others cause you to lose out before God, we are free indeed! So lets kick off our shoes and rejoice before our King, King Jesus!

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Be Free

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By Pastor Mike

I want you to know and understand that JESUS has set you free. You can be set free from anything that keeps you in bondage. You can be set free from depression, anxiety, fear, anger, worry and any addiction. Once you have been truly set free you will have no desire to stay where you are. John 8:36 tells us this: “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed”

I encourage you to build a strong relationship with JESUS. Spending time with JESUS will bring you much joy and happiness and a very strong feeling of hope. There is hope in JESUS to be free from drugs and alcohol. I know this because HE set me free from those things.

The more time you spend with JESUS you will find you want to be with HIM more and more. You will fall in love with JESUS and I encourage you to accept the Love HE has for you. When you have a relationship with JESUS, you can be guaranteed that when trials come in your life that HE will always be there with you and for you. HE will never leave you or forsake you. Change your focus to JESUS and it will change your life for the better.

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