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Father

  By Pastor Mike

(Illustration) A young boy came to Sunday School late. His teacher knew that he was usually very prompt and asked him if anything was wrong. The boy replied “no,” that he was going fishing but his dad told him that he needed to go to church. The teacher was very impressed and asked the boy if his dad had explained to him why it was more important to go to church than to go fishing, to which the boy replied, yes he did, “dad said he didn’t have enough bait for both of us.”

Today we celebrate Father’s day. I wanna give honor to the dad’s here today. If your Dad is still around, let him know how much you love him. Thank him for all he taught you. All that he’s done for you. Call him up.

Austin L. Sorensen once said, “A child is not likely to find a father in God unless he finds something of God in his father.” Seeing God in their father is a child’s best way to come to know God as their Father.

In 1960, 17% of children in the United States were raised apart from their biological fathers. By 1990, that number had risen to 36%. Today, about half of all the children in the U.S. are raised without a father in their home. How could we have become so irresponsible?

When I got a hold of JESUS and who HE is and that HE is my Heavenly DAD, My relationship with HIM is the best one ever. I want to keep making it stronger. I understand HE Loves me unconditionally and died for me. That’s Agape Love. Our Heavenly Father has Blessed us with so much. HE gave us HIS WORD and all of the promises inside. HE told us how to live. What to do and what not to do. HE teaches us to take responsibility for our actions.

We need to understand that every day is Father’s Day if you get that JESUS is HIS name.

There are many Great things my Heavenly Dad taught me like how to pray

MATT 6:9-13

9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Let’s follow in our Heavenly DADDY’s footsteps on the narrow path so that one day we can see HIM face to face – to spend eternity with HIM

Let me tell you some of the things my Heavenly DAD can do:

HE can make the blind see – the deaf hear – the lame walk – cast out demons –  Forgive sins – Heal every sickness and disease.

HE gives us a plan of salvation       HE delivers us

HE gives us peace – comfort – joy – knowledge – wisdom – LOVE – HIS WORD. HE gives us a way out of everything

I’m preaching JESUS CHRIST

JESUS owns everything, and look how much HE lets us keep and look at how much HE Blesses us – not just with stuff – with Breath – HIS Love – true joy – healing – comfort – strength – deliverance – wisdom – understanding – eternity with HIM.

You can have HIS Peace when you rest in our Heavenly Dad’s arms —– think about the times when you hold your child in your arms- whether it is now or back in the day- they didn’t have a care in the world at that time and they felt at peace………… they fell asleep because they are safe in their Daddy’s arms. We can experience that kind of peace in our DADDY’S arms when we cry out ABBA FATHER…

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Faith

 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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Stay in the JESUS Zone

359709_0d57c7ee05c76c4e52cbbfc04a480d28_png_srz_468_351_85_22_0_50_1_20_0  By Pastor Mike

Did you ever stay in a comfort zone too long. That’s not a good thing. We need to get out of our comfort zones and get and stay in the JESUS zone and reach people for JESUS. That’s what HE wants us to do. When HE grabbed HIS disciples, HE took them out of their comfort zones. Some were fishermen, tax collectors, a doctor.

Matthew 16:24

24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

We need to be careful of those comfort zones because they can cause us to get complacent and be happy with the way things are. When people get satisfied with the way things are then they can be tricked into believing anything that the enemy throws at us. There are lots of things the enemy wants to do that are happening in the world right now. People, even Christians, in their comfort zones are thinking “Oh well its really not hurting anything or anybody,” let’s leave it alone. But if it’s against the WORD of GOD, it is hurting a lot of people. A lot of that thinking is what’s gonna fill up hell with lost souls.

Remember when the Jews were set free and left Egypt? They were excited at first but when things were not happening the way they wanted. They wanted to go back to slavery. They thought of Egypt as their comfort zone because even though they were slaves they were taken care of. We were set free from that slave mentality by JESUS. We are free indeed. That’s exciting. We have to get out of our comfort zones if we want to be like JESUS.

Let’s not stay content on where we are in our growth process to be more like JESUS. Let’s keep pressing on and get out of our comfort zone and do what JESUS wants us to do. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been saved, get out of your comfort zone. One of the things JESUS wants us to do is to go and spread the Gospel to everyone. What they do with it is up to them. People won’t have an excuse about not hearing about JESUS. But it’s up to us. Isn’t it exciting when you get a chance to witness to somebody?

Mark 16:15-20

15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

18 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.

19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

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Dedicated to JESUS

The-Gospel-of-Jesus-Christ[1] By Pastor Mike

There’s an old song and part of the lyrics were “ dedicated to the one I love.”

I ask myself and everyone else, who are we dedicated to? What are we dedicated to?

Lots of people are dedicated to their jobs, money, sports teams, and a lot of things that won’t get you to Heaven. If we follow those lyrics and ask ourselves if we truly are dedicated to the one I love then we need to stand up and stand strong and let everyone know we are dedicated to JESUS. HE is the one we need to be in Love with and to be dedicated to.

Are we ready to be dedicated to the things that JESUS wants us to do. That’s why we need to reach people who don’t know JESUS. That’s what HE wants us to do. Every day. That’s what JESUS tells us to do and that is important to HIM.

Mark 16:15

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

Revelation 14:6

“And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,”

The more dedicated we get about telling people about JESUS, the more people will want to build a relationship with HIM. The more Bible studies will be going on. The more they will understand the plan of salvation. They’ll want to repent of their sins. They’ll want to get Baptized in JESUS name. They will receive the free precious powerful gift of the HOLY GHOST.

Don’t let family and friends and neighbors and co-workers go on without knowing JESUS. JESUS was dedicated to go through with getting beat beyond recognition. Being ridiculed and spit on. Being hung on a cross. Dying for us and after three days rose from the grave to give us eternal life. Do you know JESUS today? Do you want to know HIM more?

Spiritual growth is not an accident. It’s very intentional. You gotta be dedicated to grow in your relationship with JESUS. You gotta make a choice to grow. You are as close to JESUS as you choose to be. If you are not growing spiritually don’t blame anybody. If you don’t feel close to God right now, guess who moved? JESUS don’t move.

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. The peace, comfort, grace, mercy. 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. I guarantee your life will change for the better when you know JESUS. It’s an awesome change. Because you know when troubles come HE will get you through them.

Psalm 23 4-6

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.”

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Standing Strong

men_Stand-Firm-Logo1[1]  By Pastor Mike

We know and believe that JAM (Janesville Apostolic Ministries) is GOD’S church and it is led by JESUS in all we do. We will stand strong in our beliefs that JESUS is GOD ALMIGHTY. We will always believe in the plan HE gave us for salvation. It’s in the book of Acts chapter 2 verse 38-39. It says:

Acts 2:38-39

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. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”

We take having a very strong and personal relationship with JESUS very important in all of our lives. HE wants to know us on a very intimate level.

We need our special personal time with JESUS but there is something very powerful about praying as a body of believers. It’s necessary so we can stand strong together against the enemy in this city and all the surrounding cities.

We need to ask ourselves how our relationship with JESUS is. Is it strong and getting stronger? There are really no excuses for not building a strong relationship with HIM. Nobody wants to see JESUS and HE turns to you and says:

Matthew 7:21-23

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.  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? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

Everyone is called to reach the lost. We have to let the people know and see the miracles that are happening here and the miracles that are gonna be happening.

Mark 16:15

 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

Luke 4:18

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,”

Let’s be ready, willing, and able to reach the lost in 2016.

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Don’t Be Fooled

standing-against-temptation-400x400[1]  By Pastor Mike

There was a professor teaching his students about evolution and told them to forget about JESUS, the stars died for you.  Lots of students laughed and applauded.  But you see, he knows that there is a JESUS and HE died for everyone. He was making fun of what JESUS did for all of us. He was fooled at some point in his life.

I was fooled growing up in a church that didn’t teach & preach the Truth. I kept searching to find the Truth and thank GOD I found it.

The enemy will try to fool us into thinking that things of the world are better than what we would ever get from JESUS.  Remember he is a liar and deceiver and poo-poo head.

Psalm 14:1

“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.”

The enemy says “You can be a Christian. Just don’t invest any time building a relationship with Christ.” Satan knows we can easily defeat him if we put all of our confidence and trust in JESUS.  He tries to keep us away from searching God’s Word and to not pray.  Satan knows our connection to God is through those two things.

I’m sure you’ve heard this “Don’t bother to search the Bible.  It doesn’t apply for today.”

Matthew 24:35

“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”

Another thing I heard is “You can believe that Jesus was a good man Just don’t believe HE was GOD in human form.”

Only God has no beginning.  Only God is the great “I AM” There was never a time when God did not exist. God had no beginning. In claiming to be the great “I AM” Jesus was saying I AM GOD!  I was the one who spoke with Moses at the burning bush thousands of years ago. And I am the one who spoke with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden.

He will work hard at making us too busy so we don’t spend time with the LORD. He wants to break up families – and it’s working.  He’s breaking up families and marriages. Don’t be fooled.  Put JESUS first.  Seek HIM first. We can get too busy doing our own thing. B.U.S.Y. means Being Under Satans Yoke.

Please take the time to look up and read Titus 3:1-7.

Just because you do something that makes you feel good doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good for you.

Don’t be fooled to be thinking we can’t do what JESUS wants us to do.

Build a relationship with JESUS because it’s best to know HIM before you meet HIM.

Stop, drop, & roll doesn’t work in hell.

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Heaven Bound

Heaven Bound  By Pastor Mike

I greet you all in the name of our LORD, JESUS CHRIST. It will be with JESUS we will spend eternity if we make it to heaven. One of the things JESUS wants to do is to know us. To know JESUS is just like any other relationship. You have to spend time with HIM. Talk to HIM and listen when HE speaks to you. Study HIS WORD so you know what HE is saying and all the lessons HE teaches us in there. Love HIM and let HIM love you back. HE wants that none should perish. That means HE wants none of us to go to hell. Hell was made for the devil and his angels not us.  Matthew 25:41  Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” Jesus doesn’t want any of HIS children to go to hell. That’s why we have to know HIM.

Just like any relationship, it takes time to get to know one another. We need to make JESUS our top priority in life. You don’t want to see HIM and HE looks at you and says “…I never knew you…” Matthew 7:23. Once we leave this earth we will find there are no clocks, watches, or calendars. Eternity has no ending and we will end up in one of two places. One place is the hardest, nastiest, hottest, scariest, darkest place. In hell, they will be eternally separated from JESUS. You will never feel HIS love, peace, comfort, protection again. That’s why I encourage everyone to build a super strong relationship with the King of kings. It’s okay to fall deeply in love with JESUS. Remember HE died for each one of us. Read the Bible and make it very personal.

Everything HE did was because HE loves us. The enemy wants to take as many people with him as he can and his direction is straight to hell. When you’re with JESUS you’re victorious in anything the devil throws at you. Don’t listen to the lies of the devil because he wants to make evil look good and good look evil. The more you stay focused on JESUS the more you will understand HIM. I will continue to encourage everyone to focus on JESUS and you will lead a winning life. It’s a marathon until you reach the end of the race. Endure until you see HIM face to face. I pray the LORD to keep HIS hand on you and lead you to HIM.

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