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To see the gospel extend beyond the walls of our church through various outreaches.

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Message for September 8, 2019 from Pastor Shirley

      There are times when Christians suffer from “spiritual amnesia”.  Spiritual amnesia means; when a child of God forgets who they are, whose they are, why they are.  Unlike physical amnesia which occurs suddenly due to blunt force trauma to the brain. Spiritual amnesia comes on slowly over a period of time.  It starts when a person gradually begins believing the lies of the world, the flesh and the devil over the truth of God’s Word.  

       In the Scriptures we read  God continually admonishes his people to remember.  The big problem with Israel they would suffer spiritual amnesia when times got hard.  They would forget where God had brought them from and what he had already done for them.  Deuteronomy chapter 8 the Lord tells them that he is bringing them into a good land-be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God.

       We all are subject to “spiritual amnesia”.  We must continually remember whose we are-a child of God; who we are- a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation, a [special] people for God’s own possession.  Why we are-so that we may proclaim the excellencies [the wonderful deeds and virtues and perfections] of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9-10)

       The pull of the world can be strong.  The lines of right and wrong have been blurred.  As Christians we must guard against “spiritual amnesia”.            

Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]. Romans 12:1-2

Message for September 1, 2019 from Pastor Shirley

     “No ground we’re giving up no ground.  We’ve got a cause worth fighting for. What is the cause you are fighting for.  Your marriage, your job, your health. The enemy wants you to discourage you to the point of giving up. 

      In 2 Samuel 23 we read of a man  named Shammah who stood in the middle of his pea patch when the Philistines attacked.  All others had run off. Shammah stayed. His attitude was; This is my pea patch. It may not be much in anyone’s else’s eyes but it is mine.  He was determined not to surrender to the enemy.  

     What you are standing for may not look like much to others.  But to you it is worth fighting for. Others may have said, “give up-look how long it has been-you are never going to see the change-you are never going to see the victory.”  You may have been left standing alone, but not by God.  

     2 Samuel 23:12 “But Shammah took his stand in the midst of the pea patch and defended it and struck down the Philistines and the Lord worked a great victory.”

    I want to encourage you today to keep fighting.  We fight by continuing to stand, by continuing to believe the Word, by continuing to trust the One who has already won the fight for us.

    The Lord worked a great victory for Shammah and is doing  the same for you.

Message for August 25, 2019 from Pastor Shirley

      “No ground we’re giving up no ground.  We’ve got a cause worth fighting for. What is the cause you are fighting for.  Your marriage, your job, your health. The enemy wants you to discourage you to the point of giving up. 

      In 2 Samuel 23 we read of a man  named Shammah who stood in the middle of his pea patch when the Philistines attacked.  All others had run off. Shammah stayed. His attitude was; This is my pea patch. It may not be much in anyone’s else’s eyes but it is mine.  He was determined not to surrender to the enemy.  

     What you are standing for may not look like much to others.  But to you it is worth fighting for. Others may have said, “give up-look how long it has been-you are never going to see the change-you are never going to see the victory.”  You may have been left standing alone, but not by God.  

     2 Samuel 23:12 “But Shammah took his stand in the midst of the pea patch and defended it and struck down the Philistines and the Lord worked a great victory.”

    I want to encourage you today to keep fighting.  We fight by continuing to stand, by continuing to believe the Word, by continuing to trust the One who has already won the fight for us.

    The Lord worked a great victory for Shammah and is doing  the same for you.

Message for August 18, 2019 from Pastor Jerry

“The wicked shall be turned into hell, And all the nations that forget God (Yaweh).”  Psalm 9:17 (NKJV)

             Every year the President of the United States gives a public speech broadcasted by the major new networks.  In his speech he tells about the condition of the nation as he sees it. Not everyone agrees with the President’s opinion no matter how much proof may exist either pro or con.  The Bible is the same way and good Christians do not always agree with what other good Christians say about its message.

             Jesus said to the Pharisees, “You search the Scriptures, but it is they that speak of me.”   He was calling their attention to the fact that the Scriptures talked about Him but they could not see Him in them.  They only saw what they were taught and what they wanted to see. The Church today is much the same way. It is the product of what people have been taught and what they choose to believe.

             Today you can find a church that preaches anything you choose to believe.  There is an effort being made by the Devil to convince people that you must amend the Bible to fit the society in which we live.  This results in moral and ethical decay of Scriptures and removing the power of God from the Bible. The Bible is not just a book of human opinions.  The writers of Scripture were moved by the Holy Spirit to write what they wrote. (Hebrews 1:1)

             I am afraid that a great portion of our nation is running at high speed away from God.  Statistics verify that this is happening at a high level. Common behavior today is made up of things once never imagined in society.  I know. It has happened in my lifetime. I know I’m old enough to be called an “old fogy” but my “excuse” is that I still believe the Bible is the manual for life and conduct.  That is not from hiding my head in the sand but by searching the Scriptures to find peace and security. I have found the joy spoken of by the song writer. “It is joy unspeakable and full of glory, full of glory, full of glory.  It is joy unspeakable and full of glory. Oh, the half has never yet been told.” I have spent 48 years sharing the message with all who will hear and receive.

Message for August 4, 2019 from Pastor Shirley

Your lives are like salt among the people.  But if you, like salt, become bland, how can your ‘saltiness’ be restored?  Flavorless salt is good for nothing and will be thrown out and trampled on by others.

Your lives light up the world.  Let others see your light from a distance, for how can you hide a city that stands on a hilltop?  And who would light a lamp and then hide it in an obscure place? Instead, it’s placed where everyone in the house can benefit from its light.  So don’t hide your light. Let it shine brightly before others, so that the commendable things you do will shine as light upon them, and then they will give their praise to your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:13-16 

        Jesus is speaking to a crowd of people and tells them, “You are to be salt seasoning and to be light”.  Salt is a seasoning and light brings sight. The goodness of God is not to be kept a secret. As salt in the earth we are to bring flavor to the world by sharing the “Good News”.  God intends to get his work done on earth today: through you and me. Jesus told His followers to “let your light shine before others,” calling them to live an active faith, not a passive one.  We are not saved to hide the “Good News.”  

       The world is living in darkness. For their minds have been blinded by the god of this age,[a] leaving them in unbelief.  Their blindness keeps them from seeing the dayspring light of the wonderful news of the glory of Jesus Christ, who is the divine image of God. 2 Corinthians 4:4  

       The circumstances we face in life are just an opportunity to shine brightly for the Lord and to share God’s overcoming truth with those around us.  The people that are around us then will know what we believe by how we live and by the testimony we have

      

This big light of mine I am gonna let it shine.  Won’t let satan blow it out “no” I am going to let it shine.  Let it shine till Jesus comes.

Message for July 28, 2019 from Pastor Shirley

Your lives are like salt among the people.  But if you, like salt, become bland, how can your ‘saltiness’ be restored?  Flavorless salt is good for nothing and will be thrown out and trampled on by others.

Your lives light up the world.  Let others see your light from a distance, for how can you hide a city that stands on a hilltop?  And who would light a lamp and then hide it in an obscure place? Instead, it’s placed where everyone in the house can benefit from its light.  So don’t hide your light. Let it shine brightly before others, so that the commendable things you do will shine as light upon them, and then they will give their praise to your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:13-16 

        Jesus is speaking to a crowd of people and tells them, “You are to be salt seasoning and to be light”.  Salt is a seasoning and light brings sight. The goodness of God is not to be kept a secret. As salt in the earth we are to bring flavor to the world by sharing the “Good News”.  God intends to get his work done on earth today: through you and me. Jesus told His followers to “let your light shine before others,” calling them to live an active faith, not a passive one.  We are not saved to hide the “Good News.”  

       The world is living in darkness. For their minds have been blinded by the god of this age,[a] leaving them in unbelief.  Their blindness keeps them from seeing the dayspring light of the wonderful news of the glory of Jesus Christ, who is the divine image of God.
2 Corinthians 4:4  

       The circumstances we face in life are just an opportunity to shine brightly for the Lord and to share God’s overcoming truth with those around us.  The people that are around us then will know what we believe by how we live and by the testimony we have

This big light of mine I am gonna let it shine.  Won’t let satan blow it out “no” I am going to let it shine.  Let it shine till Jesus comes.

Message for July 21 ,2019 from Pastor Shirley

    The MC of American Idol asked one of the judges what he is looking for from the contestants.  He said that there are two things he is looking for: first, originality (how are you different?); and second, the WOW factor (he or she has to wow him and the audience). 

       Originality comes from the word original meaning, “present or existing from the beginning.  Created directly and personally by a particular artist”. Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus. Even before we were born, God planned in advance our destiny and the good works we would do to fulfill it!

       The WOW factor!  Words that relate to wow are – to breathe (new) life into, captivate, give something to talk about, stimulate, stir.  We were created by God brought to salvation through Jesus Christ.  The Church (not a building) but we the Church (called out ones, chosen ones) are to manifest the Word in the earth.  Our lives are a testimony of the saving power of Jesus Christ.  

1 Peter 2:9 But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.  The Passion translation reads, “He did this so that you would broadcast his glorious wonders (HIS WOWS)  throughout the world.

      The “wow” (the Word) step into my life one day – His name is Jesus.  My life has never been the same. His love has “wowed” me over and over again.  Because of His loving kindness toward me I can now share the “wow” (the Good News) of the Word with whosoever.  He can and will do the same for you. Only believe!

       I want to share a poem  with you that wrote several years ago after experiencing the wow of God in my life.

Message for July 14, 2019 from Pastor Shirley

“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” I Timothy 6:12 (NKJV)

“….I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” Jude 3 (NKJV)

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering for He who promised is faithful.” Heb. 10:23 (NKJV)

Would you agree that things are much different in society now than they were two thousand years ago?  Society nationally, culturally, and worldly has gone through many times of change over the years. Some seem to be for the better and some are for the worse.  All of us are engaged with life around us trying to find the path in which to walk. There are many of us who have made it our choice to take the Bible as our standard for living.

It seems imperative that our forefathers recognized a time coming when society and the Bible would be at a standoff about morals and behavior.  It would seem that the fight for life on this planet is in full swing. Battle lines are being drawn and the time to choose is now. I have chosen to take my stand on the Word of God.

By that I mean God’s Word has priority over the beliefs of society when there is a conflict between the two.  We are not called to conform our spiritual beliefs to fit the society around us. We are called to “fight the good fight” and keep the faith.  We are not to stand by passively when what we are taught by Scripture, rightfully interpreted, is not the standard of our society. What is a good fight? It is a fight you win! Better yet, it is a fight not fought with carnal weapons but spiritual.  Ultimate warfare is fought with the heart and mouth as we believe and confess.  

Much of what goes on, especially in academic and political venues, has no real concern about what God has to say about anything.  A recent poll conducted found that most people say they never consult the clergy about decisions in their lives. So many aren’t even sure they believe in God.  Where do you fit in this? 

Message for July 7, 2019 from Pastor Shirley

        Like a pop up thunderstorm on a beautiful summer day unexpectedly things can happen, and it seems out of nowhere.  We are walking in His Word. Our heart is devoted to the ways of the Lord. Out of nowhere a “pop up”. Why me?  Why now? What do I do?

       The Bible tells us in 2 Chronicles about a King named Jehoshaphat. Verses 17:3-9 tells us, “The Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the earlier ways of his father David. He did not seek the Baals, but sought the God of his father and walked in his commandments, and not according to the practices of Israel. Therefore the Lord established the kingdom in his hand”.  The Lord established the kingdom under Jehoshaphat control; so that he had great wealth and honor. His heart was devoted to the ways of the Lord.  Then a “a pop up”. In 2 Chronicles we read that a message came to Jehoshaphat that a great multitude was coming against him. The first thing Jehosphahat did was call the people together to a fast and prayer.  2 Chronicles 20:4 So [the people of] Judah gathered together to seek help from the Lord; indeed, they came from all the cities of Judah to seek the Lord [longing for Him with all their heart].  Verse 14-16 tells us that the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel, and he began to prophesy to the people.  This is what the Lord says to you: “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army.  For the battle is not yours, but God’s.  You will not have to fight this battle.  Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

      Whatever “pop up” has come along in your life, this is your word today.  “Be not afraid or dismayed for the battle is not yours, but God’s.  Remember your position in Me.  Yes, stand firm and see the deliverance I will give you.  I, the Lord, say to you again, “Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged.”

Message for June 30, 2019 from Pastor Shirley

      Like a pop up thunderstorm on a beautiful summer day unexpectedly things can happen, and it seems out of nowhere.  We are walking in His Word. Our heart is devoted to the ways of the Lord. Out of nowhere a “pop up”. Why me?  Why now? What do I do?

       The Bible tells us in 2 Chronicles about a King named Jehoshaphat. Verses 17:3-9 tells us, “The Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the earlier ways of his father David. He did not seek the Baals, but sought the God of his father and walked in his commandments, and not according to the practices of Israel. Therefore the Lord established the kingdom in his hand”.  The Lord established the kingdom under Jehoshaphat control; so that he had great wealth and honor. His heart was devoted to the ways of the Lord.  Then a “a pop up”. In 2 Chronicles we read that a message came to Jehoshaphat that a great multitude was coming against him. The first thing Jehosphahat did was call the people together to a fast and prayer.  2 Chronicles 20:4 So [the people of] Judah gathered together to seek help from the Lord; indeed, they came from all the cities of Judah to seek the Lord [longing for Him with all their heart].  Verse 14-16 tells us that the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel, and he began to prophesy to the people.  This is what the Lord says to you: “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army.  For the battle is not yours, but God’s.  You will not have to fight this battle.  Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

      Whatever “pop up” has come along in your life, this is your word today.  Be not afraid or dismayed for the battle is not yours, but God’s.  Remember your position in Me.  Yes, stand firm and see the deliverance I will give you.  I, the Lord, say to you again, “Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged.”

Message for June 23, 2019 from Pastor Shirley

Our God is a turnaround God!  We go back to the book of Genesis chapter one and began to see how he showed his turnaround power.  The power of His words brought order into chaos and things began to turnaround. He began to speak to the darkness and the darkness turned into light.  He spoke to the emptiness and in turn filled it with it with fruitfulness. God created man (Adam) and turned a rib into his helpmate (Eve).

     The enemy has sought to turn back what God has destined to turn around.  His first attempt was in the garden with Adam and Eve. The enemy came in to reverse God’s attempt to turn what He had created.  (John 10:10) The enemy came to steal, kill, destroy what our God came to find, restore and to heal.

      BUT God is a turnaround God!  God demonstrated His turnaround power in the form of His Son.  It was at the cross that the turning point came for all humanity to receive their Savior.  Jesus paid the ultimate price for any situation contrary to His Word to turnaround.

      As the Sons and Daughters of God his spirit rest within us.  According to Mark 15 we are to go unto all the world and preach the gospel.  We are commissioned to work with Him to turn our world around. As we go we speak to the darkness and bring forth His light.  Turnaround! We go and find the lost and speak to them the message of salvation. Turnaround!

Message for June 9, 2019 from Pastor Shirley

      Psalm 68:19 “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation”.
      Psalm 103:2-5 “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with loving kindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s”

     In Psalm 103 David  talks to his own soul and reminds himself to “bless the Lord” and “forget not all his benefits.  Hebrew meaning of forget is, “to be oblivious of from want of memory or attention.” There are days I just wake up and head out and go about my day. It is easy to get stuck in the same old routine of life.

      The Hebrew word benefits means, “to treat well.”  The God of our salvation desires to treat us well.  Well means, healthy, glowing, fine sound, thriving, increase”.  Believe, look, expect, the blessings of the Lord in your life every day and rejoice in the God of your salvation.

      Let’s start our day with confessing, “I am going to look for the load of benefits which the Lord has promised me. Not only am I going to look for them I am going to expect them!

Message for June 2, 2019 from Pastor Shirley

    David said, “Yahweh, you are my soul’s celebration. How could I ever forget the miracles of kindness you’ve done for me”. Psalms 103:2

David told himself to never forget the good things God has done.  May we never forget God’s goodness in our lives either.

      The Israelite had a problem,they kept forgetting all the good things God had done for them.  “They believed his promises and sang his praise. But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold.” Deuteronomy 12-13  

      We no don’t have to try and remember on our own effort – we have the Helper!   God – who’s living within us – helps us to remember the good things He has done.  John 14:26 “But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you”.

     Look what the Lord has done, Look what the Lord has done, He healed my body, He touched my mind. He saved me it was just in time, I’m gonna praise His name, Each day He’s just the same, Come on and praise Him, Look what the Lord has done I was bound by the chains of darkness and sin I had no hope and no peace of mind, My sins were as scarlet He washed them white as snow, He opened up my blinded eyes, Now my soul has rejoiced Since I made Him my choice, I’ve got love, peace, everything I need, Now my name’s been written down in the Lambs book of life, Can’t you see what He’s done for me!

              (Lyrics to the song, “Look At What The Lord Has Done)”

     Hasn’t He always been faithful to you? Hasn’t He always brought you through? Has God done what He said He would do. I think we ought to stand up and praise Him , Don’ t you!

Message for March 26, 2019 from Pastor Shirley

      There are going to be many times in our lives when we will be confronted to make a choice between “sense knowledge” and “Word knowledge.”  Situations come and go in our lives. Things change and we sometimes have no choice but ride the tide. But one thing I know for sure God’s Word is unchanging.  He has told us that He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Now that is shouting good news!

      What does it mean when we choose to make the Word the first and final authority in our life.  It means believing what He has promised in His Word. It means believing the Word instead of what the circumstances says.  It means believing what God has given us in the Word to live by instead of what people say.

      I have found in my walk with God that when I have chosen the Word as my final say so there is stability that comes when everything is saying contrary.  There is peace knowing His Word is working on my behalf.

      Make the choice that no matter what circumstances come along in your life that will you go to the Word and make it your first and final authority.  

      Psalms 119:89-90  “What you say goes, God, and stays, as permanent as the heavens. Your truth never goes out of fashion; it’s as up-to-date as the earth when the sun comes up. Your Word and truth are dependable as ever; that’s what you ordered—you set the earth going. If your revelation hadn’t delighted me so, I would have given up when the hard times came. But I’ll never forget the advice you gave me; you saved my life with those wise words; save me I am all yours.                 

      Man may change his opinion about what God has declared.  But what He had promised would be sure forever. The word settled means fixed, or to stand firm.

Message for May 19, 2019 from Pastor Shirley

Mark 5: 21:34 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse. When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.

      In Mark chapter five we have the story of a very sick woman.  Jesus is on his way to heal the daughter of Jarius and He is interrupted as He goes by this woman who comes and touches His clothes.  When she did her life was instantly, completely transformed. Wow the amazing power of a “faith touch”.

      This woman heard  about Jesus. She must have heard the talk of the One who was going about healing the sick.  She was according to the law ceremonially unclean. Should not have been out in the crowds of people.  But this was her opportunity for a miracle. Now or never moment. After all she had tired the doctors and they offered no hope. She only got worse not better.  She spent all she had. She was physically and financially drained. Before she pressed through the crowd to get to Jesus she began to talk to herself. For she said, “ if I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole”.  That is the talk of faith for a miracle!

      Do you need a touch from the Healer?  The Word tells us in Psalms 147:3  He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds [curing their pains and their sorrows].

     There are no hopeless situation with Jesus!

Message for May 12, 2019 from Pastor Shirley

1 Corinthians 1:20-22  “Whatever God has promised gets stamped with the Yes of Jesus.  In him, this is what we preach and pray, the great Amen, God’s Yes and our Yes together, gloriously evident.  God affirms us, making us a sure thing in Christ, putting his Yes within us. By his Spirit he has stamped us with his eternal pledge—a sure beginning of what he is destined to complete”.   (Message Bible)

Standing on the promises of Christ my King,
Through eternal ages let His praises ring,
Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,
Standing on the promises of God.
Standing on the promises of God my Savior;
I’m standing on the promises of God.
Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
Standing on the promises of God.
Standing on the promises I now can see
Perfect, present cleansing in the blood for me;
Standing in the liberty which Christ makes free,
Standing on the promises of God.
Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord,
Bound to Him eternally by love’s strong cord,
Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword,
Standing on the promises of God.

Message for May 5, 2019 from Pastor Shirley

     Ecclesiastes 3:1 “For everything there is a season.”

     Ecclesiastes 3:11 “Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time.

      We serve a God of seasons.  Just as there are different seasons in the year, there are also different seasons in the life of the believer.  We must recognize that just like the natural seasons change, the same happens as it relates to seasons in our lives.  The more we discern the season we are in we will be able to get through it with grace. We see it in creation.  God created the four seasons that are based upon the rotation of the Earth as it orbits the Sun.  The seasons change as the earth moves, but the sun in our planetary system remains constant, and everything revolves around it.  Much like the earth, our lives should revolve around the Son, Jesus Christ. Our lives will change, and we will experience many seasons during our life as a believer, but the Son remains constant yesterday, today and forever. Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

Message for April 28, 2019 from Pastor Shirley

     Hebrews 12:2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.

     What does it mean to look unto Jesus?  If I was in a situation where I needed help and someone came by to lend a hand I don’t just look at his hand I look unto him.  When I look unto the person lending the hand I am turning to him and expecting him to offer the help I need.

     The Passion translation tells us Hebrews 12:2  Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection].

     Looking in the Greek signifies undivided attention.  To

look away from all distractions in order to fix one’s gaze on one object.  Distract means, “to draw away or divert, as the mind or attention”. The distractions the enemy puts in our lives is to keep us from being all God has created and called us for.  To keep us from continuing believing the promises of the Word.

      David tells us in Psalm 121:1  I look up to the mountains and hills, longing for God’s help. But then I realize that our true help and protection come only from the Lord,our Creator who made the heavens and the earth.

Message for April 21, 2019 from Pastor Jerry

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:1-2(NKJV)

            One of the most common symptoms of Christian believer is feeling that at times they are not as close to God as they should be.  We feel separated from the One we desire to feel closest to. “I just don’t feel as close as I should to God.”

            We just do not feel something that we think we should feel in order for us to feel right about our feelings about being close to God.  Writing this sentence is almost as difficult as trying to understand living by one’s feelings. You should learn not to live by your feelings but live by your faith in the Word of God.  Truth is not to be found in your feelings but in the Word of God.

            When Jesus was before Pilate, the Governor, he asked Jesus, What is truth?”  Jesus said in John 17 while praying for His disciples Sanctify them by Your truth.  Your Word is truth.  Faith in God’s Word is how we live an overcomer’s life in this world.  Our mind must submit to every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God.  Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. You cannot figure out life with your feelings.  But, by studying the Word of God until you think the way it teaches. So, get started today and don’t quit.  Just keep on keeping on. AMEN!

Message for April 14, 2019 from Pastor Shirley

  Last Sunday was a day of breakthrough for New Life For The Nations.  As I entered the sanctuary Holy Spirit said, “Anoint the hands of all those that are present today.”  I was just obedient to do what I heard not knowing the significance of what was said to me at the time.  This week as I looked into the significance of what happened Sunday morning I am so excited to share it with you.

   The origin of “anointing” was from a practice of shepherds.  Lice and other insects would often get into the wool of sheep, and when they got near the sheep’s head, they could burrow into the sheep’s ears and kill the sheep.  So, ancient shepherds poured oil on the sheep’s head. This made the wool slippery, making it impossible for insects to get near the sheep’s ears because the insects would slide off.  From this, anointing became symbolic of blessing, protection, and empowerment. We have anointed hands, because we are His temple. (1 Corinthians 6:19)

    The New Testament Greek words for “anoint” is chiro, which means to “smear or rub oil” and by implication, to consecrate for office or religious service” – and aleipho, which means “to anoint.”  Another meaning for the word anointed is “chosen one.”

    The Bible says that Jesus Christ was anointed by God with the Holy Spirit to spread the Good News and free those who have been held captive by sin.  

Luke 4:18-19 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim the good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”  After Christ left the earth, He gave us (the Church) the gift of the Holy Spirit.  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever. John 14:16  Now all Christians are anointed, chosen for a specific purpose in furthering God’s Kingdom. 1 John 2:20 But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge. The Word tells us 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 “Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee”   

The “anointing of the hands” goes along with the message Sunday morning and the Prophetic Word that was given. “There is a new resolve coming to the lives of My people who have chosen to settle into this place, to settle in the gifts I have given you.  A resolve that has said, “We will rise and our voices will be heard.” I have given you the Word of Salvation to this region and beyond. Take up this mantel and go in the “anointing” I have given you as My body of believers. Stand firm in what you have been given.  For this is your time to show forth my Glory.”  DO YOU BELIEVE!

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