Matthew 6: 7,” But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” The kingdom of God is where God is King. Is God the King in your kingdom? I pray so. God will not share his Kingdom. Seek God first and all these things shall be added. That is all that we need to do. Jesus says, not to worry about anything else- I know your needs; God knows where you live, he has your address. He knows you are praying for those children, grandchildren, so many things, but our God is a great God. Again, He says I know what you require and that is enough- What a wonderful Savior. In Matthew 7:7 and 8, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find, and knock it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” It goes on to say if you, being evil, know how to give good gifts how much more your heavenly Father knows what to give you. We must have faith in God's Word. Also, it says to keep on asking, keep seeking, keep knocking. Like the widow before the unrighteous Judge, we have to put action behind our prayers. Trust in the Lord with our whole heart and lean not on our own understanding. Seek God's kingdom first. Amen
Isaiah 55:6-13, “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, and He will abundantly pardon. For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways. And My thoughts than your thoughts. (11-12) So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please. And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. For you shall go out with joy. And be led out with peace. The mountains and the hills shall break forth into singing before you and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”
Folks, “Let us seek the Lord first.” - Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia
Pastor's Corner for 07/18/2021
“Wonderful, Merciful Savior” (originally by Eric Wyse)
Wonderful, merciful Savior
Precious Redeemer and Friend
Who would have thought that a Lamb
Could rescue the souls of men
Oh, You rescue the souls of men
Counselor, Comforter, Keeper
Spirit we long to embrace
You offer hope when our hearts have
Hopelessly lost our way
Oh, we've hopelessly lost the way
You are the One that we praise
You are the One we adore
You give the healing and grace
Our hearts always hunger for
Oh, our hearts always hunger for
Almighty, infinite Father
Faithfully loving Your own
Here in our weakness You find us
Falling before Your throne
Oh, we're falling before Your throne
You are the One that we praise
You are the One we adore
You give the healing and grace
Our hearts always hunger for
Oh, our hearts always hunger for
You are the One that we praise
You are the One we adore
You give the healing and grace
Our hearts always hunger for
Oh, our hearts always hunger for
This is one of my favorite songs. What a message of God's love and grace. Let us worship him folks. He is worthy. Whatever we have to face this day, week, or year; God is with us and we will praise Him. - Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia
Pastor's Corner for 07/11/2021
WHOM THE SON, JESUS, HAS SET FREE IS FREE INDEED
It had been 400 years of slavery for the descendants of Abraham. It was time, God remembered his promise to Israel, that He would come and deliver His people. And so He did. He sent Moses with this message to Pharaoh, “Let my people go,” After God shows himself strong, and Pharaoh and his little gods small, Pharaoh lets the Hebrew children go. God shows Pharaoh his mighty arm. He could have destroyed them all, but only took the first born. God had sent Moses to cry out “let my people go” and so it happened as God said it would. God keeps his Word. We see it in God's heart for His creation to be free. Last Sunday we celebrated Independence Day. I love the the 4th of July and am so grateful to be born in America. This was God's will that we be free. Also, there is a higher freedom that God wants his children to walk in. That is to be free to walk in the Spirit, to be Spirit-led. Jesus said, “whom the Son has set free is free indeed”. The truth sets us free. One of our founding Fathers, Patrick Henry is quoted as saying, “Give me Liberty or give me death.” That has to be our heart's cry too . I will have liberty from all my worry, negativity, addictions, cares of the world and anything that keeps me from walking free in Jesus. We can have many things that keep us in slavery. The Bible tells us the violent take it by force. We are told to pull down those strongholds in our mind. In other words, if we mean business, we must fight to win this war so that we can walk in the freedom Jesus wants us to have. Jesus tells us in Luke 4:18-19, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted. To proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of the sight to the blind. To set at liberty those who are oppressed. To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”Jesus has come, his heart is to see us walk in Liberty.
John 8:31-16, “ Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him. If you abide in My Word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. They answered Him, we are Abraham's descendants and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, You will be made free? Jesus answered them, most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”
Let us walk in that freedom that Jesus purchased for us at Calvary.
- Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia
Pastor's Corner for 07/04/2021
COMMUNION - DO THIS IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME!
Have you ever wondered why we as Christians eat a small piece of bread and a drink of grape during the church service? For thousands of years, Christians have continued a practice called communion. Communion uses bread as a symbol for Jesus' body and wine or grape juice as a symbol for His blood. Jesus himself started the tradition of communion. He instructed His followers to use bread and wine to remember the sacrifice He was going to make when He died for our sins on the cross. Jesus called Himself, “the bread of life”, which means that we're nourished by Him. We survive because of Him, and He satisfies us when everything else leaves us empty. The early Church celebrated Jesus by taking communion, sometimes every day. In Acts 2:42-45, it was a chance to recognize Jesus and thank God for all He has done for us.
1 Corinthians 11: 23-26, “For I have received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you; that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take eat; this is my body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me. In the same manner, He also took the cup after supper, saying, this cup is the new covenant in My blood, this do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me”. For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes.”
Taking communion does not make you a Christian. It does not save you or get you to heaven. God warns us about communion without considering what it means and why we're doing it. And to intentionally set aside time to remember what Jesus has done and why He did it! In the book of Corinthians 11: 27-31. We are to remember Jesus is the one who provided all we need.
Let us remember, it's not about the bread or juice; it is about the body and blood of Jesus. It is not the ritual or the method; it is about listening to Jesus and doing what He says. Communion is not an obligation, but a celebration. Communion celebrates the Gospel; Jesus was broken for us so we can be fixed by Him. Communion marks the story of Jesus. He gave Himself completely to give us a better life, a new start, and a fresh relationship with God. It's about a person to worship. Jesus wants us to remember when we have communion, that He gives us our daily bread and also our spiritual bread, so that we can keep walking daily with Him. Let us do this in remembrance of Him.
- Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia
Pastor's Corner for 06/27/2021
HOLINESS IS WHAT I LONG FOR
Hebrews 12: 12-14,” Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed. Pursue peach with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.” Seek holiness. Without it, no one will see God. God is a Holy God and we must become like Him. We must become the image of our Father. More of you, Jesus, and less of me. Knowing that Satan is out to steal, kill, and destroy us, and all that we love. One of the ways that Satan works against us is through demons that he sends to torment us. They try to harass us, and they try to oppress us, and try even in some cases possess us. Demons have to have an entry point. It could be a mutual appetite for a particular sin. For an example, you might entertain lustful thoughts and a spirit of like appetite might come in; then you would not be able to control those thoughts. This lustful spirit or demon would grow stronger and you weaker. Demons stay true to their appetites. In this case a demon of hate would not have an appetite for lust. How do we prevent this from happening? By having a clean house. We pull down those strongholds. We don't let them take root in our mind or heart. And, we walk in Holiness. No demon is going to stick around when there is no like appetite to hang on too. This is very serious, as we want and need to walk in victory. To have a successful Spirit filled life. We cannot be in partnership with the devil and also walk with God. The two cannot walk together. So we must clean our lives up, see if there be in wicked way in us, and walk in holiness. Happiness is, walking in holiness before God.
Ephesians 1:3-4,”Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and with out blame before Him in love.”
1Corinthians 7:1, “ Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”
Let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit. We must resist the devil. Then it says he will flee from us. Let us have a clean and holy house and church folks. - Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia
Pastor's Corner for 06/20/2021
ABBA FATHER : Our Father
This Sunday is Father's day. I want all fathers to know how important you are. How needed you are in your family. You were hand picked by God to be that one and only father in your family. Embrace it, and know you can do this. Jesus said for you to take up your cross daily and follow Jesus. This is your privilege and it is your job.
I am so proud of our fathers. I am so proud of my sons and my grandsons. You are mighty men of God. Your heavenly Father is so proud of you. I can hear him say that's my son, that's my boy. There are two places in the New Testament that it refers to God as Abba, Father; as if, it is OK for us to say Daddy to our heavenly Father. Our Father longs for a close, intimate relationship with us. He is not some far off deity in some far off galaxy that can only be reached on Sunday morning during church service. Rather, He chose us to be His child. 1John 3: 1, “Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! And so we are.”
In the book of John, Jesus talks about and reveals to us that relationship between Jesus and the Father. Over and over Jesus says, “the Father and I are one.”
Matthew 6:8-13, “Our Father in heaven, Holy is your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For your is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen”
Let us look at “Our Father.” How wonderful is He. Jesus is saying that our heavenly Father wants us to know Him. He wants us to know we are safe. It is alright to be honest with him. He wants us to know that He choose to love us. We did not choose Him. If you think that no one loves you. Know that that is not true, because you have a heavenly Father who loves you. He sent His very own Son to die for you, and as sons and daughters, we will spend eternity with Him. What great news! I hope this makes your day. It has mine.- Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia
Pastor's Corner for 06/13/2021
SPIRITUAL WARFARE—LET US MAKE OURSELVES READY
Psalms 144:1,”Blessed be the Lord my Rock, who trains my hand for war and my fingers for battle.” We do not like to think of war. Psalms tells us God himself trains us. Natural war and spiritual war will come. And folks, let me be the first to let you know, we are at war! The devil has come to steal, kill, and destroy us. We must know this warfare is relentless. The devil has already lost the war and he knows it. His desire is to take us down with him. He wants to kill us. Thank you Jesus we have already won, just as he has already lost. This is why we need to know the Word and we need to know what it tells us about this war. It all started in heaven, in Revelation 12: 11-12, “And they overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Therefore rejoice, o heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.” 2Corinthians 10:3-6. “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not natural but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.” Isn't it wonderful that our warfare is not natural, but mighty in God. God fights the battle with us and we are not alone. He has given us His Bible and it gives us all the information we need to be more than conquerors. Bring every thought into captivity into the obedience of Christ. Don't let your thought life destroy you. Don't let Satan win. "Strongholds" can be fortresses in our minds. We must pull them down. We can win and we must win. Not only for ourselves, the body of Christ, but also for a lost world. It is not about us. Yes, God wants us to walk in freedom, but we fight for others. Spiritual warfare will continue, but we will win because Christ has won. Only the mighty, in Christ can win. Let us read Isaiah 54:17 “ 'no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,' declares the LORD”. We have God's word. We can stand on it. Praise God! - Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia
Pastor's Corner for 06/06/2021
WHAT A WONDERFUL NAME IT IS! THE NAME OF JESUS!
Every tongue will confess and every knee shall bow on earth, above the earth, and below the earth to the name of Jesus. Everything that has ever been made, or will be, is subject to the name of Jesus. The Bible states that there is power in the name of Jesus. You might ask, “who can use the name of Jesus?” All those who have accepted Jesus as their Savior can use that precious name. Isn't that wonderful! Jesus told the disciples, “I have been given all authority,” then He says to His disciples, “I have given you all authority to lay hands on the sick, to cast out devils, to speak in new tongues, to raise the dead.“ There is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain. These three work together; the Blood, the Word, and the name of Jesus. The book of James says that the devil trembles at the name of Jesus. We could use a little trembling in the church at the name of Jesus. The gospel tells of a Roman Centurion who came to Jesus. His servant was sick and dying. He told Jesus that it is not necessary for Jesus to come to his house, but only that Jesus speak the word that his servant will be healed. He told Jesus, “I have men under me and I say go and they go, I say come and they come. “ Jesus marveled at his faith. This man understood that all authority had been given to Jesus, and this sickness had to bow to that Name. Oh, that as a church, we would walk in that authority. In Acts Peter and John came to the Temple to pray and a beggar was laying there who had been lame since birth. Peter looked at him and said, silver and gold I have none, but what I have I give to you. He used the authority of the Name of Jesus. The man was healed. He gave God the glory, leaping and praising God. What a wonderful name.
Philippians 2: 5-11,” Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and giving Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
What a beautiful name it is! The name of Jesus! - Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia
Pastor's Corner for 05/30/2021
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL
O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassion'd stress
A thorough fare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness.
God mend thine ev'ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.
O beautiful for heroes prov'd
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life.
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev'ry gain divine.
O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears.
God shed his grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea
HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY
Let us pray for our wonderful country. God has been so gracious and kind. Father, we pray for your mercy and grace. Let us return to the God of our father. We ask that you forgive us of our sins. In your wrath remember mercy. Let us remember those that have went before, those that served, those that died. Let freedom ring. God bless America. - Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia
Pastor's Corner for 05/23/2021
ARISE AND SHINE
The world looks at us and asks, “Is there anything to this Jesus?” Many times we do not set that example. We know that we are a continuing work and God is not finished with us yet. We know that God really loves the world and God loves us, and we are to love each other. Even when people are not very loving and kind we are to love. The Holy Spirit is moving very strongly in this hour and the spirit wants to use us. God has been speaking that into my life. We are to listen and hear what the “Spirit” is saying. The Holy Spirit is working two ways in our lives today. First, the Lord is cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit to produce it in our lives. Galatians 5:16-18 ,22-25 “I say then; walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. But the fruit of the Spirit is, love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are in Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” The 16th verse states, in the beginning, that we are to walk in the Spirit and it ends with telling, that if we live in the Spirit, we must walk in the Spirit. There is a progression here. As God is working in our lives to cultivate the fruit of the Spirit. Our eye is on Jesus, the beginning and end of our perfection.
Jesus said, ”Preach the Kingdom, with signs following, heal the sick, cast out demons, freely you receive freely give.” To do this God has given us the” Gifts of the Spirit” to work as He wills, for the building up of the Body of Christ and to fulfill “The great Commission”. We need the gifts working and we need to pray they are manifested at Victory Life Church. This is God's will. God wants his church to walk in the the Spirit. 1Corinthians chapters 12-15, “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant; there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. But the manifestation of the Spirit is giving to each one for the profit of all: for to one is giving the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the workings of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of Spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.” We can, and we need to have these gifts working in our lives, and in the church, as He wills. Let us pray to this end. Let us put action to our prayers and as the Lord leads. Let us be open to the working of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit can do with one word what it would take us many sermons to do. However, we are not negating the preaching of the word, and there is no substitute for it. Let us arise and shine church. Let us walk in the Spirit. - Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia
Pastor's Corner for 05/16/2021
CAN’T WE USE A LITTLE JOY?
You should be in the book of James if you are reading along with us this month of May. The second verse tells us “My brethren, count it all JOY when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” I have always thought this verse to be very strange. Have you noticed God asks the impossible out of us sometimes... knowing that we have to trust him? Because it is hard to count “it” all joy. That joy in the verse really means to leap for joy. If you live in NW Florida, this week we found ourselves in another crisis and this one a shortage of gas. No gas, just long lines, and people hoarding gas. I find this very irritating and un-American. Talk about not thinking of your neighbor first. Hopefully you have not lost all of your joy by now.
In Nehemiah, we are told “the joy of the Lord is our strength.” So this joy is accessible only through God. The joy of the Lord is our strength. God's joy, not ours; not the world's, but God's. Thank you Jesus for your strength! We need that holy strength, because we will have trials. We will suffer, but though it all we have Jesus. In Hebrew 12:2, “looking into Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” We were His joy, he endured the cross for us. No wonder we want to please him. He did it all for us. That is why we leap for joy when the way is so hard. We have Jesus... the beginning and the end of our Faith. If we will always look to him, that joy can be ours. How do we respond to the world when they ask us, “How are you?” Do we have a cheerful outlook on life? Regardless of what is going on in our life, we can lift their spirits. We should be a positive, uplifting, encouraging and hopeful people of faith. Who, in all circumstances, give God praise.
Psalm 100: “Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands. Serve the Lord with gladness; come into His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise, be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.” - Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia
Pastor's Corner for 05/09/2021
Proverbs 31:10-31 The Message A Virtuous Wife , Virtuous Church
“A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds.
Her husband trusts her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it.
Never spiteful, she treats him generously all her life long.
She shops around for the best yarns and cottons, and enjoys knitting and sewing.
She’s like a trading ship that sails to faraway places and brings back exotic surprises.
She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast for her family and organizing her day.
She looks over a field and buys it, then, with money she’s put aside, plants a garden.
First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
She senses the worth of her work, is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.
She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth, diligent in homemaking.
She’s quick to assist anyone in need, reaches out to help the poor.
She doesn’t worry about her family when it snows; their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear.
She makes her own clothing, and dresses in colorful linens and silks.
Her husband is greatly respected when he deliberates with the city fathers.
She designs gowns and sells them, brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.
Her clothes are well-made and elegant, and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.
When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say, and she always says it kindly.
She keeps an eye on everyone in her household, and keeps them all busy and productive.
Her children respect and bless her; her husband joins in with words of praise:
'Many women have done wonderful things, but you’ve outclassed them all!'
Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades. The woman to be admired and praised
is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God. Give her everything she deserves!
Adorn her life with praises!”
Although Solomon was talking about a “natural” wife and mother it is also talking about the spiritual, God's church. We are called to be a virtuous church are a church of moral excellence. God, as always, sets the bar high... But would we want it any other way? The God we worship is worthy of all praise and glory. Let us look to the virtuous woman as our example to follow.
Have a wonderful Mothers Day, all you mothers. - Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia
Pastor's Corner for 05/02/2021
WHERE IS YOUR HEART?
Mark 10: 17-22, “Now as he was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, Good teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? So Jesus said to him, why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. You know the commandments, do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal. Do not bear false witness, do not defraud, honor your father and your mother. And he answered and said to Him teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth. Then “Jesus, looking at him, “loved him,” and said to him, one thing you lack, go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” But he was sad at the word, and went away sorrowful. For he had great possessions. “ In Matthew 6: Jesus tells us not to lay up treasures on this earth where you can lose them, but lay up treasures in heaven. Where your treasure is, there your heart will be. So, we must guard our hearts. Jesus also told us to deny ourselves, take up our cross daily and follow Him. Jesus did not make it easy for the rich young ruler. Nor does He make it easy for us, His body and church. Jesus was showing him his heart. Just like Jesus said, ”It's been said don't commit adultery, but I say if you look on a woman with lust you're already committed adultery in your heart.” See, Jesus always got to the heart of the matter. From the heart comes all the issues of life. Check your heart. Is it in line with Jesus? I want to bring this out, that the verse says, Jesus looked at the the young man and loved him. " Jesus wanted to get him to look at himself. The ruler had kept the commandments since his youth. He was not a bad guy. But one thing the rich ruler needed was to give his heart completely to Jesus. The Psalmist said, “ search my heart Oh, God and see if there be any wicked why in me. “ I believe we have been under heavy demonic attacks. As long as we are on this earth, Satan is going to come against God's church. We must fight this fight. We cannot fight if our hearts are not totally given God, so take some time and let God search your heart. If He shows us there is something in our lives that is holding us back, give it to Jesus and put it under the blood. Do not pick it up again. We can walk Holy, as He is Holy. With God all things are possible. Be encouraged He loves us. - Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia
Pastor's Corner for 04/25/2021
DAILY, I SURRENDER ALL
The Lord has put it on my heart that prayer is a daily discipline. Recently I heard, not surprisingly, that the Bible is the most purchased book, but also the least read book. I was not surprised. The one Book that brings us life is the one book so hard to consistently read, to study, and to fall in love with. One reason, we have a devil who does not want us to read the words that bring us life. So, its his job to keep us to busy, sidetracked, and distracted. The devil will do whatever it takes to take us out of the game. But, all the credit cannot go to our enemy. We have a role in this too. We must choose to take time to study the word of God. Jesus said, in the Lord's Prayer, “give us this day our daily bread.” Just as we need to eat food daily for health and strength, we also need to be spiritually fed each day. When I was a child, I loved the stories in the Bible. I believed the Bible was God's Word. There was much that I did not understand. I believe until we die the Holy Spirit will be opening the Bible up to us and we will understand more and more. We will continue to learn from the word of God until we graduate into His presence. Until then, we are students and disciples. I had a real break though in my twenties. It was then I accepted Jesus as my Savior. I could not put the Bible down. It became a brand new book to me. The Holy Spirit began to teach me the Word. I have tried to be a student of the Word ever since. We must train ourselves to study. You could say studying the Word is a discipline. It is just like tithing and being faithful. Paul, the apostle, said we should daily search the scriptures. That teaches us to obey the Word of God. It gives us the ability to walk a Holy life just as Jesus did, and said we must do.
Luke 9: 23,24 “ If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. ”For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.”
Let us daily fall in love with Jesus and His Word. “Thy Word I have hid in my heart that I might not sin against You.” - Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia
Pastor's Corner for 04/18/2021
WHO WILL BUILD MY CHURCH?—JESUS
God has been dealing with me about His Church. We are his church. In Mathew, “Jesus says the gates of hell will not prevail against His Church”. Jesus says,” the thief comes but to steal, kill, and destroy but I (Jesus) have come to give you life and give it more abundantly.” Jesus says Satan will not succeed. But, Satan says I will see about that. Jesus said that the gates of hell will come against the church, but He also said the gates of hell will not win. Hell does come against God's church. So, we will see battle.
Sometimes I fear, as with the seven churches in Revelation, five of which Jesus says, I have this against you. The cares of the world and many other things, get us in trouble. Satan uses our many distractions against us in warfare. Remember, we are at war, but Jesus says the battle is His. Let God arise and his enemies be scattered. In my own life, when I have an occasion to be offended, I don't dwell on it. I just don't pick it up. I don't let it eat away at me. The enemy knows us too well and he knows what will work on you and me. We must be smart in this war. Also, I feel that the church has lost its first love, that excitement about our first love relationship with God.
The book of Acts talks about times of refreshing that are coming from the Lord. If we want to walk in victory, we need to stir this up in us. God wants to bring many souls into the kingdom and He wants to use us to do it. Let us be alert, and be available, in these most difficult times. We are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus. There is hope, and as always, it comes from God's own Word.
Isaiah 54: 17,: No weapon formed against you shall prosper. And every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord.”
1Corinthians 10: 3-6,”For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.” - Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia
Pastor's Corner for 04/11/2021
I WILL RETURN
Not only did Jesus tell the disciples that He would die and on the third day that He would arise from the dead, but He also said that He would go away to prepare a place for them. Jesus said He would return. Oh, glorious day! But first, He would go to Father and would sit at the right hand of God, ever making intersession for us. He will return. We have this blessed hope. God's word is true. It will not return void, but will do what God says it will do. What a wonderful Savior. We should feel his presence on this Blessed Easter.
After His death and resurrection, Jesus had a meal and fellowship with his disciples for a period of 40 days. Before he ascended, He told them not to leave Jerusalem until the Holy Spirit came. On the day of Pentecost the spirit fell upon them. Then, they became witnesses for Him all over the world. They carried the good news to the ends of the earth.
As they watched, Jesus was taken up into heaven, then suddenly two men dressed in white clothing stood beside them. The angels said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand here looking at the sky? Jesus has been taken away from you into heaven. But He will come back in the same way you saw Him go. He will return the same way. We see this again in Revelations where it is promised that Jesus will return. He will come again as a King on a white horse and every eye will behold him. What a wonderful day! Come quickly, Lord Jesus. What are we to do to until that day comes? We must carry on and fulfill the great commission. Tell everyone Jesus is coming and that we must be ready.
“Carry on Church”
Revelation 1:4-8, “May grace and peace come to you from the One who is, an who was. And who will come. May grace and peace come to you from the seven spirits who are in front of God's throne. May grace and peace come to you from Jesus Christ. What Jesus gives witness to can always be trusted. He was the first to rise from the dead. He rules over the kings of the earth. Give glory and power to the One who loves us! He has set us free from our sins by pouring out his blood for us, He has made us members of his royal family. He has made us priests who serve his God and Father. Give him glory and power for ever and ever. Amen. Look! He is coming in the clouds! Every eye will see Him. Even those who pierced him will see Him. All the nations of the earth will be sad because of him. This really happen! Amen. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the Last, says the Lord God. I am the One who is, and who was, and who will come. I am the Mighty One!” - Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia
Pastor's Corner for 03/28/2021
JESUS –THE AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF OUR FAITH
Hebrew 12:2, “ Looking unto Jesus who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Let us look into the author and finisher of our faith as we enter into “Holy Week.” We needed a Savior and God sent His only Son, that through Him we could be saved and cleansed from our sins. While we were sinners He died for us. Let us meditate on this wonderful act of love.
In the book of Isaiah, we see the suffering servant. Isaiah 53: 3-5, “He is despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surly He has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrow; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God and afflicted. He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him. And by His stripes we are healed.” He was the perfect, spotless lamb. All we would need would be found in Him.
Isaiah 53:7- 10, “He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as sheep before its shearers is silent. So He opened not his mouth. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him He has put His soul an offering for sin.”
Christ was dead. All seemed hopeless on that fateful Friday when Christ was crucified. But, Friday is not the end of the story. There is more. Praise God!
It had been prophesied that Christ would suffer and die. It was said of Him that He will be disfigured by suffering. He will be widely rejected. He will bear our sins, diseases, and sorrow. He will make a blood atonement. He will be our substitute. He will voluntarily accept our guilt and punishment. He will be buried in a rich man's tomb. He will justify many from their sin. He will die with transgressors. He will be exalted. He is the fulfillment of prophecy.
It may seem like that dark and hopeless day, but hold on to His promises. He is the author and finisher of our faith. He is risen! It is finished!
It may be Friday, but rejoice. Sunday is coming. Somebody SHOUT!
Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia
Pastor's Corner for 03/21/2021
A SEASON OF GRACE – CHRIST IN OUR PLACE
ROMANS 5: 6 - 8,” For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
We only have one more Sunday until it is Easter. Let us remember and meditate on the sacrifice He made for us and all that He endured for us. This is the “Passion Of the Christ.” Let us walk these last few days with Him. Even though we do not and cannot understand the totality of His love for us. How much He suffered for us. All we can do is believe in Him and receive God's love for us. I pray, open our hearts Lord to your love.
How can it be that His Son would choose to die for us. The God of all creation has ordained it. Now we are able to have victorious life here on planet earth and a glorious one in heaven for eternity.
Revelation 13 says that He is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Our redemption was not an afterthought. “From the foundation.” Does that make you a shout? God had it planned, His Son would die for us. What love. Let us walk with Him and feel His joy and pain these weeks ahead.
Hebrews 13: 8,” Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever.” He will not change. That same Jesus who died for you, will bring you through every trial and be with us to the end. What a wonderful Savior.
John 3:14-17, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believe in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” - Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia
Pastor's Corner for 03/07/2021
YOU NEED NOT FIGHT IN THIS BATTLE
We thank Jesus for victory. The battle belongs to the Lord. In the Old Testament there are many stories of how God interceded for His children. One is found in 2 Chronicles, chapter 20, verses 1-30. In this battle three nations came up against Israel. At this time King Jehoshaphat was king, and he was a good King who served God. Israel could not win. There was a multitude coming against them, but Jehoshaphat went before God and laid it all out. He told God in verses 12-18, “O, our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us, nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” Jehoshaphat knew one thing for sure that God is his answer, his only answer, and he cried out to God, and said, “our eyes are on You,” And as we read in verses 14-18, God takes care of His people. “Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly. And he said, listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, king Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you; do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not your, but God's. Tomorrow go down against them. They will surly come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the brook before the wilderness of Jeruel. You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you. And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the Lord, worshiping the Lord.”
They went out in the morning for battle and as they praised God, He destroyed their enemies with a great victory. What did they do, but worship and praise? They need not fight in this battle.
While I was in Texas recently, I got up early and was praying for several people when God gave me these scriptures. We need not fight this battle. This battle belongs to the Lord. Folks, know that God's Word is true. Let us praise and worship our God, as we let Him fight our battles. The battle was won at the Cross. When Jesus came out of that grave on Easter morning, He did not bring any diseases with Him. No sickness, no poverty, no broken hearts. We have been set free from the curse. Let us walk in the victory that has been bought for us. - Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia
Pastor's Corner for 02/28/2021
LENT - A SEASON OF GRACE
Lent is a time of spending more time in prayer and reading my Bible to better acquaint myself with the words of Christ. A time to do as the book of Matthew tells us in chapter 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” It goes on to say not to worry about things, or tomorrow. God will take care of that. We must listen and hear what God is saying. We are to separate ourselves from the world. Let us, even with our busy worlds, try and do this. God wants to do awesome things among us. God wants to purify and enlighten us through His word. We can change those thing that are not pleasing to our Father. He will show us the way to go. God wants to bring us into a deeper love relationship with Him. All these are reasons we set ourselves aside to seek Him more. Isn't it wonderful to think what God can do with us? This is grace folks.
Mark 1:9-15, “It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptizer by John in the Jordan. And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him as a dove. Then a voice came from heaven, “You are MY beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased,” Immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness. And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and angels ministered to Him.”Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand, repent, and believe in the gospel.”
Remember to honor God in all you do, and to praise and thank Him for all your blessings. - Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia
Pastor's Corner for 02/21/2021
WHO SHALL SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF CHRIST?
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Let us run into His everlasting arms. Jesus said that He will never leave you, He will never forsake you. He will be with you unto the end. Last year, and this year so far, has brought us many challenges and some tragedies, and yet we trust in Him. Hebrews tells us, “Now the just shall live by faith”. It speaks of those who overcame tremendous odds, fears, and death. Many chose torture and did not accept deliverance, but instead chose death, that they obtain a better resurrection. Please read Hebrews chapters 11-13. You will be blessed to read of the Bibles heroes of faith who walked knowing that nothing could separate them from the love of God.
Hold tight to your faith and trust in Him who is trustworthy.
- Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia
Pastor's Corner for 02/07/2021
ADOPTED INTO THE FAMILY
When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are adopted into the family of God. What a wonderful thing. We become sons and daughters of the King. I have a hard time imagining that. When God calls us to be His sons and His daughters He becomes a very personal Father to us. Paul tells us in the gospels that we can call Him our daddy.
In all fake religious you have to earn your way into the favor of a so called god or goddess. And then there is no guarantee you will ever be good enough, or that you can work hard enough to be enlightened. One false denomination teaches that only so many can make it into heaven at all. That leaves us in a really a sad and hopeless situation. But Jesus says come to me, all who are tired and weary, and I will give you rest. It's not about our works, It's not about us at all. Out of our love for God, because of His love for us, comes the desire to keep His commandments and obey the Father. And in 1John , He says his commandments are not grievous, but again we serve, we obey out of love. What a wonderful life.
1John 2:28 & 29, 1John 3:1-3, And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him. Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”
First, we are children of God. God, our Father has bestowed his love on us. We shall be like him. And because of that blessed hope we walk in righteousness as He is righteous. We walk and we talk as are Father does. We are conformed to his image. We even look like our daddy. How wonderful is that? I pray it's true in my life, in our lives. Thank you Father for loving us. God said he loved me, that settles it. Amen.
- Pastor Paul and sister Claudia
Pastor's Corner for 01/31/2021
LET GO And LET’S GO
It is a catch on words, but it is true, that we must let go of last year and let's go with God. Let's see what He has planned for us this year. Our guest speaker last week, Bro May, spoke to us about what God has planned for us. God is a “now” God. He heals the past, he saves us from the past, but He is a now God. He is also a God who speaks to our future. There is much to be done. Bro May spoke through the Holy Spirit about what God has in store for many of us and this ministry. The blessings that He has for them. So God is going forward and we want to part of that blessing. Many souls will come into the Kingdom and not only do we want to part of this great end time revival that will cover the earth, but also bringing up those into the faith. We must teach and preach the sound doctrine of the Word of God. Many will not even know the elementary teaching, so we must be ready.
Isaiah 43: 18-19, “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it?
God has given us our orders and we have been given the authority to walk in his power. Remember his word, you shall receive power, and so we have.
Matthew 28:18-20,” And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you ; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen”
Luke 24: 46-49,” Then He spoke to them, Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things. Behold I send the promise of my Father unto you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.” We are ready, so let's go. - Pastor Paul and sister Claudia
Pastor's Corner for 01/24/2021
I CHOOSE LOVE, I CHOOSE KINDNESS
We know both love and kindness are important Fruits of the Spirit. You can't have one without the other. As the song goes, What the World Needs Now is love, sweet love. We can start with a little kindness. Let us let both the fruit of kindness and love grow together and see what God does. I have been sharing that God has been telling me for sometime to come away with Him. In this hour, God is saying come away my beloved, come away with me. We can be distracted by so many things that want to steal our time and attention. Jesus said to Martha that Mary had chosen what was good and right. She chose the better thing as she was seeking Jesus and sitting at His feet, instead of being distracted by other things. He said that would not be taken away from her.
Let us seek to love Him more. As the deer pants for the water brook, so my heart longs after you Lord Jesus. Out of this love for Jesus comes everything else. The first commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your mind, soul, and strength. Then we should love each other as God has loved us. Service with out love, in any form, is just a job and becomes nothing more than a chore.
1 Corinthians 13: 4-8, “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth, bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.”
How do we do this? How do we put on love and put on kindness? 1 Peter tells us to put these things on, to add these things. What things? Peter says that we are to give all diligence, to diligence add faith, then add virtue, to virtue, knowledge, self-control. Do you need self control in your life? I know that I do. With relationship with Him comes perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and then love. We put these on, we add them to our dress and to our daily walk with Jesus. Then the world will see the manifestation of Christ's love and the fruit of love and kindness in our lives. They will say, man I need this, I really need this love. It really must be about this Jesus.
Now is the time! 2 Corinthians:6, tells us, now is the day of salvation. When Jesus told those fisherman to follow Him, they left all. What's holding you back from doing this? He said, “Come follow me.” And so they did. The rest is history. Love turned the world upside down. There is no greater love than what Christ did for you. I choose kindness! I choose love! - Pastor Paul and sister Claudia
Pastor's Corner for 01/17/2021
SEE THROUGH GOD’S EYES
Psalm 40: 1-4a, “I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit. Out of the miry clay, and set my foot upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth. Praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord. Blessed is that man who makes the Lord his trust.”
Blessed is that man who makes the Lord his trust. During these troubled times blessed are we who put our trust in the Lord. I waited patiently for the Lord. That is a pro-active statement. We are not just seated in despair, but we are actively seeking God. We are patiently waiting on the Lord. God hears our cries. He knows where we are living. He has your address. He brought us out of the miry clay, out of a horrible pit. That is pretty bad folks. Do you feel like you are just slipping into that clay? No solid ground there? But, Jesus sets us on the solid Rock, amen! We are not in a hopeless state. He has put a new song in our hearts and a praise unto Him. We will trust in our savior. Jesus is our Savior. On this the solid Rock I stand, all else is sinking sand, as the song goes.
Isaiah 43: 1-3a, 18 and 19,” But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel. Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you, when you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”
“Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
God is doing a new thing. Let us walk in it church. God bless us all.
- Pastor Paul and sister Claudia
Pastor's Corner for 01/10/2021
A SECRET PLACE: A HIDING PLACE
Song of Solomon 2:10-14,” My beloved spoke, and said to me; rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For lo, the winter is past. The rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. (b.) Rise up, my love. My fair one, and come away.!
2;4, “He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.” God has been speaking and saying to me, come away my beloved. Come away with me. There is a secret place in God, there is a hiding place. We must run into our beloveds arms. We know that God is able to, and will, keep us. We see in Matthew 23,24, and 25, that Jesus tells us what will take place in the end time. We must be ready, but God is telling us that He has a hiding place for us. Our hiding place is our heavenly Father, Himself. Psalm 32:7, “You are my hiding place, you shall preserve me from trouble; and shall surround me with songs of deliverance.” We can have hope. We have faith in our God. We can even, yes, be joyful in the secret place. Psalm 91: 1- 16 , He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most Highs shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2, I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. 3, Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. 4, He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. 5, Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; 6, Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. 7, A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. 8,, Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. 9, Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; 10, There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. 11, For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. 12, They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. 13, Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. 14, Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. 15, He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. 16, With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.''
Folks we must trust in the Lord. - Pastor Paul and sister
Pastor's Corner for 01/03/2021
COME, I WILL SHOW YOU THE BRIDE THE LAMB’S WIFE’
It is hard for us to understand how we can be the Lord's wife, the Bride. Revelation 19: 7 : ”Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” His wife has made herself ready. We have something to add to this marriage as the bride of Christ. We have made ourselves ready. Recently, the Lord spoke to my heart and said He wanted me to renew my vows to Him. God wants, and longs for, that holy and pure commitment to Him. Our first love, that first love we had when we first came to Him, or perhaps, that sinner who has come home. Deuteronomy 6:5,” You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” Friend, He will accept nothing less than our all of our love given to Him. This is what He wants. It is also what our hearts long for. Let us surrender afresh this day, this hour. Your will Father be done this year.
Revelation 21:2-7,”Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband, and I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, God himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes, there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold I make all things new. And He said to me, write, for these words are true and faithful. And He said to me, It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the End, I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things and I will be his God and he shall be my son.”
Revelation 22:17,” And the Spirit and the bride say “Come. And let him who hears say, “Come”! And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.”(20,) He who testifies to these things says, “Surly I am coming quickly.”
As the bride of Christ, let us make ourselves ready. He is coming quickly. Come Lord Jesus. - Pastor Paul and sister Claudia
Pastor's Corner for 12/20/2020
GOOD NEWS. JESUS IS FOR ALL THE PEOPLE
Luke 2: 9-10, “And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord stood before them. And the glory of the Lord shore around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tiding of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
To all people! Jesus was born for everyone. Perhaps that is why he was born in a stable, with shepherds for his first visitors. This was to show that Jesus was accessible to all people. The Wise Men came visiting from the East. Everyone who opens his heart to Jesus is welcome. There is a place for you at His table. Let us carry the Good news to a lost and dying world and tell them that the Savior has come. What do you need in your life? Do you need a Counselor, someone who will listen and will give you wise advise? Jesus is the one who will always tell you the truth and He knows your heart. Maybe you need a father. He is not just any father, but a Father who is also mighty God. He is someone who will speak Peace, someone whose very name is Prince of Peace. Someone who will be there tomorrow, always. Someone who is said of, that His government will never end. We find that all we need is in Jesus Christ. He is truly the answer to all of our prayers. Only He can fill our hearts with joy, peace, and love. Only He fills the void in our hearts. He is our everlasting Father. Maybe your father has let you down, He will never let you down. Child of God, why not surrender all to Him. This Christmas, why not go to the cross? He is waiting for you and for me. The greatest gift has come and He is waiting. Like the shepherds and the wise men, let us worship Him. Thank you Jesus for coming into our world. We love you Jesus.
Isaiah 9: 6-7, “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is giving; and the government will be upon His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful. Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end.” - Pastor Paul and sister Claudia
Pastor's Corner for 12/06/2020
WHEN THE FULLNESS OF TIME HAD COME
Galatians 4: 4-7, “ But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts,crying out, “Abba, Father”! Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”
There is a fullness of time in God. A visitation, you could say, when God says this is it. I have had it happen in my life, also in the life of my family. The perfect timing of God is fulfilled when we accept Jesus as our Savior. Out of this, salvation comes. And as the scripture tells us, we are adopted into the family of God. God becomes our Father and we can come to Him, as our “Abba, Father” or “daddy, Father.” ...even as heirs of God! How can we understand such a wonderful personal relationship as we enter into our new birth.
All old testament scriptures leads us to the coming of the Messiah and the fulfillment of the law and prophets.
In Luke 1:20,” But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time”. Zacharias, a priest before God and a righteous man, he and his wife Elizabeth were blameless before the Lord. They had been chosen to be the parents of John the Baptist. Elizabeth had been barren when the angel came to Zacharias and told him he and Elizabeth were to have this child in the fullness of time. And it happened as the angel said. Then in Luke 1:26-45, this same angel came to Mary and declared she will have a son , he will be the Son of God. He will save his people from there sins. The Messiah, the promised Messiah in the fullness of time is coming. Then in verse (45) “Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord”. Blessed are those who believe. Mary had to believe and she did. She became the mother of the Savior of the world. This Christmas we also must believe, and so we will. “The just will walk by faith.” .- Pastor Paul and sister Claudia
Pastor's Corner for 11/29/2020
THE TIME OF VISITATION : SEEK HIM FIRST THIS CHRISTMAS
Luke 19:41-44,”Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, if you
had know, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace.
But now they are hidden from your eyes. For days will come upon you when your
enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on
every side, and level you, and your children within you, to the ground and they will
not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your
Jesus knew that his popularity was short lived and the people would turn against
him. The prophecy would come to pass in 70 years when Jerusalem would be
destroyed and it's people either killed are dispersed though out the world.
Lets go back to Jesus' birth. When the greatest event in all history was about to
take place only a hand full of shepherds and some wise men would know what
happened. Even the religious, when they realized that the Messiah would be born in
Bethlehem, did not even seek Him out. I was thinking about this as I was thinking on
the coming Christmas season, would we have been like the populous and just let
this event pass us by. I feel that God is going to visit His church this Christmas
season. It will be a special visitation. Let us be full of anticipation waiting for this
event. Let us be found worthy. Let us meditate on His greatness. Let us be like the
woman who bought costly perfume and anointed Jesus's feet and worshiped Him.
Let us worship Him, let us draw near with our whole heart. We have something to
say. Jesus is here! I heard recently that there is going to be a divine importation
coming into every area of our lives and that it will yield much fruit. We must be
hear the voice of God. We must have the mindset that says, “Send me, Lord!”.
Peter told us how to get prepared for our visitation in, 1 Peter, 2:11,12. “Beloved, I
beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the
soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak
against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify
God in the day of visitation.” Let us be found ready.
- Pastor Paul and sister Claudia