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Sunday rest and reflection–patience

As I reflect on Joshua and think about what he faced in his lifetime, I am reminded of my need for patience and courage.  It is hard to live patiently when you know what the Lord has said and no one around you is walking in faith.  Joshua kept quiet and had a positive outlook when almost everyone was grumbling and complaining. He lived faithfully and held his tongue and temper.

Joshua had to wait 40 years to enter his inheritance. As one of the twelve spies, he saw the land first-hand and understood from God’s Word that it belonged to them.  He believed that God would help them with the walled cities and the giants.  He had a good attitude and a good confession.  He tore his clothes and pleaded with the people when they rebelled at Kadesh. (Numbers 14:5-9) He faithfully served Moses for the 40 years as he walked with those who were destined to die in the wilderness,  He was chosen by God to lead Israel after Moses’s departure.  The Bible tells us that the first requirement of a steward is that they be found faithful!  (1st Corinthians 4:2)  Joshua was faithful and patient to wait until God’s time came for him to enter and possess his inheritance.

As you take time to rest and pray today, thank God for His faithfulness in sending His son Jesus Christ, our Joshua!    Jesus keeps a good attitude, even when we whine and complain.  He walks with us faithfully, even when we don’t recognize Him present.  He kept God’s Word perfectly and is the only one who can take us into the “promised land’!  He took the lowest place of a servant and God exalted Him to the highest place of authority.  What courage and strength it took for Him to save us!  Are you letting patience have it’s perfect work in your life today?  Have a great day of rest and refreshing!  Remember to gather with others of faith and worship the Lord!  God bless you!  Pastor John

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Sunday rest and reflection

March 3, 2023

Greetings!  Hopefully, you are spending part of this day with God’s family in a place of worship!  God redeemed us from slavery to sin to lead a life of worship!  We are to worship personally and corporately.  We come together to meet with God and His family and prepare ourselves for a week of ministry and witness. We come together to hear the Word of God preached and taught by those with gifts of teaching and preaching.  We use our gifts to encourage other believers and pray. The gifts in the body help us to become equipped to do the work God has for each person and the church family.  (Ephesians 4:11-16)

Moses is one of my favorite Old Testament characters.  He was strong and vigorous at 120 years of age.  Evidently the manna and water diet kept him healthy and strong!  Moses was greatly concerned for the next generation.  He wanted them to be blessed and and take by faith all that the Lord had promised as their inheritance.  He clearly understood how their sinful human nature was a danger to them.  He shared that nature and because of his own anger and dishonoring of God would not be able to go into the promised land himself.  Deuteronomy is the record of his last messages preached to this next generation before he died.

God chose the preaching of His Word to be the vehicle of teaching and inspiring this next generation. (1st Corinthians 1:21)  Faith comes by hearing God’s Word!  (Romans 10:17)  Faith also works by love and God calls them to love Him and love each other! (Galatians 5:6) Love is not a feeling, but a commitment to act for the highest good of another.  God’s promises show His love and our faith and obedience show our love in return!  God’s love hasn’t changed!  He is still using preaching to reach people and inspire faith in them. (Romans 10:14-15)  He still desires faith and obedience as a show of our love for Him.   (1st John 5:2-4)  When we walk in faith and obedience and love Him, His face shines on us! (Number 6:22-27)   Have a great day of rest and reflection! In His Love, Pastor John

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Sunday rest and reflection!

Sunday December 28th, 2014

Dear Friends of Jesus,

This is the last Sunday of 2014 and I have caught up on the blogs so I can finish Revelation in three more days on schedule!  We began in Genesis with man created by God on the sixth day of creation.   As we come to the concluding chapters of Revelation, the earth is to be renovated by fire and a new heaven and new earth will come forth.  The Holy City, the New Jerusalem will come down from Heaven and be the eternal dwelling place of man with God.  There will be no more sin, crying, pain, death or Devil!  God will make everything new!

Spend time today with the people of God and reflect on these things.  Prepare your hearts for His coming again and share the Gospel will those you God puts in your life.  The best is yet to come!

In His Love,  Pastor John and Mary

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The King Eternal!

Saturday December 6th, 2014

The passage for today is Paul’s letter to Timothy chapters 1-3.  Timothy was a young pastor, mentored by Paul, who was a pastor at the church in Ephesus.  Paul wrote to encourage him and instruct him in basic pastoral leadership.

“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst.  But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on Him and receive eternal life.  Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Timothy 1:15-17

” I urge then, first of all that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men–the testimony given in its proper time.” 1 Timothy 2:1-5

“Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great:  He appeared in a body; was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.” 1st Timothy 3:16

Paul stood in awe of Jesus Christ, the “King Eternal”!  Paul knew Jesus Christ as “God our Savior” and the only mediator between God the Father and mankind.  Jesus came in a human body, was crucified and raised from the dead.  He is now preached among all nations and is believed on in the world.  He was taken up in glory and will come again!  This is the Gospel Paul preached!

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Encouraging Words!

Saturday November 29th, 2014

May these five scriptures bring revelation and encouragement to your life today!

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.  On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ.” 2nd Corinthians 10:4-5

“For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ.  And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.  It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness.  Their end will be what their actions deserve.” 2nd Corinthians 11:13-15

“But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.””  “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That’s why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2nd Corinthians 12:9-10

“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves.  Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test? 2nd Corinthians 13:5

“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” 2nd Corinthians 13:14

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Sunday rest and reflection!

Sunday November 23rd, 2014

Dear Friends,

I am so thankful for the cross of Jesus Christ!  The cross is where our Lord gave His life that we might have eternal life!  It is a place where my sins were punished, once for all time!  It speaks of God’s great love for us!   Even while we were sinners, Christ died for us!  The cross is empty now–and the One who died there has risen from the dead!  He still bears the marks of crucifixion to remind us of His great love and sacrifice and to call us to the same kind of love for Him and others.

Please join with God’s people this Sunday and worship our Lord!  What a joy to gather with redeemed people and spend time in worship, prayer, and hearing His word!  God bless you abundantly!

In His Love,  Pastor John and Mary

 

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Sunday rest and reflection!

Sunday November 16, 2014

Dear Friends,

Sharing Jesus with others by sharing our testimony brings overcoming power to our lives.  Many Christians never share their experiences with Christ and miss out on the blessing this brings to them as well as others.  Gather today with God’s people to refocus your life on Jesus Christ and have a personal encounter with Him in worship, prayer and the Word!  It will be the best decision of your life!

In His Love, Pastor John and Mary

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Sunday Rest and Reflection!

Sunday November 8th, 2014

Dear Friends,

As we enter the Thanksgiving season, it is good to reflect on all that God has blessed us with!  His provisions have been wonderful and salvation will bring us joys beyond our ability to imagine!  We live in a nation that has religious freedom and abundant food.  We have ability to communicate and travel as we please.  We have access to information that others around the world would not believe.

But there are great needs in our world too!  People are hungry and children are starving in some places.  Many are homeless and wander about looking for shelter and hope.  War ravages many parts of our world and plagues are taking lives as well.  The signs of the end of the age are all around us.  It is time to be diligent in our relationship with God.  Gather with God’s people to worship and pray!  Lift your heads to heaven looking for our Lord’s soon return!  The best is yet to come!

In His Love,   Pastor John and Mary

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Sunday rest and reflection!

Sunday November 2nd, 2014

Dear Friends of Jesus,

Harvest is nearly in and the season of Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  Of course, for Christians, each day is a day of thanksgiving for the grace we receive from our relationship with our Lord Jesus!  We enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise!  Gather with God’s people today and offer thanks to Jesus for His marvelous salvation!  Remember His broken body and shed blood as we partake of Holy Communion.  Never forget His love for you and me and His promise to return and take us to be with Him!  Today could be that day!

In His Love,   Pastor John and Mary

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Sunday rest and reflection!

Sunday October 26th, 2014

Dear Friends,

I am so thankful to be able to meet with others of Christ’s family!  It is an honor to gather to worship Jesus Christ and hear His Word!  We must live by faith in the times that try our souls and faith comes by hearing God’s Word!  Let’s honor our Lord by gathering today!  A Sabbath rest in Christ is a mark of God’s people.  We rest one day and worship with His people!  See you in church!

In His Love, Pastor John and Mary

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