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December 16, 2014, 3:13 PM

5 Keys to a Stronger Relationship

Our homes are under attack.  Our marriages and families in particular are suffering from the effects of a sin cursed world.

Here are 5 keys I believe can help make any relationship (whether they be marital, parental or other) stronger.

1.  A Kind Word

We consistently underestimate the power of a kind word and the venom of angry or mean words.  The old saying “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”  just isn’t true. 

Proverbs 15:1 “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.”

2.  A Loving Embrace

I am not speaking about a romantically motivated or sexual touch.  There is little more effective than a gentle touch, pat on the back or hug to show love and support.  Parents, research tells us that we aught to be embracing our children multiple times a day.  The same applies to our spouses, family and friends.  God shows us a touch of His love daily and demonstrated His great love in the greatest way, the gift of His Son.

3.  A Listening Ear

God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason.  Taking time is one of the greatest ways to convey love for a spouse or a child.  Much of that time should be spent just listening to them.

4.  A Shared Prayer

The last thing satan wants any person to do is to pray.  While it may seem cliche, it is true that a family that prays together stays together.  Whether it be with family, a friend or a stranger, it is difficult to be angry and hostile with each other when you are praying with each other.

5.  A Common Focus

A common focus will draw us together as we hone in on the focal point.  Any common focus will do this to a point, but ultimately it is the focusing Jesus Christ and goals and tasks He has set before us that draw us the closest together.  As we draw close to Jesus we will draw closer together.

Philippians 2:5  "Let this mind be in you; which was also in Christ Jesus."

December 15, 2014, 11:58 AM

Sunday's Sermon Summed Up in 4 Statements.

1.  God’s plan of salvation was prepared before the creation of Satan, Sin or the world; it is above sin, the power of sin and the consequences of sin because God prepared it with patience and love.

2. If we are to be prepared for the kings coming we must first be prepared by the plan of salvation for the acceptance of the Man of Salvation, Jesus Christ.

3.  We must be prepared for the King of Kings to come in power, and glory in our own lives as well as for Him to come again to claim His true church and take them home to heaven; we are prepared just as those who were involved in Christ’s coming the first time:  Prepared through personal holiness, humility, sacrifice, faith and prayer.  

4.  If we prepare for the King of King’s coming, He will come and make himself real in our lives every day, not just when He comes to take us a home.

Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 1:5-14, 16-17, 26-38, Luke 2:25-38


December 12, 2014, 8:13 AM

So Much to Do, So Much Time?

Have you ever been overwhelmed with a task that seems monumental, or get impatient with the rate of your progress?

As a pastor that is just beginning at a new church, I have to remember to bed patient.  There are so many things that I want to accomplish, so much I want to see done, and so many people I want to reach out to, that it can sometimes be downright overwhelming.  If I am not careful and remember to be patient and wait on the Lord, it can even be frustrating and discouraging.  

In our Christian walk with God and spiritual growth, the same thing can happen.  As we grow in Christ, there are times when we sin, fail and fall down spiritually that we get discouraged with our what we perceive as a lack of spiritual progress.  Sometimes we may feel like our knowledge of the Bible or spiritual matters is not what it should be.  Or we lose our temper or get into a pointless argument and wonder if we will ever reach an acceptable level of spiritual maturity.  There are even times when we seem to lack the faith in a matter of prayer or during a crises of life and wonder, “what is wrong with me?”

Can I encourage you with a thought and verse of scripture that the H.S. encouraged me with today?  

Philippians 1:6

"Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:"

Christian, God is not finished with you yet.  Understand that both our spiritual progress and my task as a pastor are both processes that take time.  God does not expect you nor me to immediately be a completed product.  In fact it is impossible for that to take place.  He will not be done with us, nor will we be done with our tasks on this earth until He takes us home to Heaven and perfects us according to His promise.  Until then he is molding and making us to that end, one step at a time.  Yes, we should be growing, yes we should be making progress.  when we fail and fall we must repent and ask God to help us.  But, always remember that He goes with us step by step and will forgive and restore us and keep us moving in the direction He has for our life.

Don’t get in to much of a hurry but wait on the Lord!  He began the good work in us and He will complete it!  

December 11, 2014, 8:44 AM

Don't Live by Presumption; Live by Faith!

Satan tried to convince Jesus to use Satan's means to accomplish God's purposes.

Matthew 4:6a "And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down; for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time though dash thy food against a stone."

Jesus understood that this would be acting on presumption and not living by faith.  It would be attempting attempting God's work with the world's methods.  Often times the worlds ways seem easier and quicker, but in the end they will fail.  Living by faith means that we may not always understand or see how things will work themselves out, but we believe without first seeing, that they will.

Remember, the world looks for spectacular displays, but God uses a holy life that is lived by faith not presumption.


December 10, 2014, 8:14 AM

Waking Up on the Wrong Side of the Bed


I think I may have woke up this morning on the wrong side of the bed.  Here is how it all started:

1.  My youngest son decided to yell for me to “turn on his lamp” about 15 minutes before my alarm was to go off.

2.  My children decided to be especially loud this morning and despite all waking up early, procrastinated in getting ready for school, doing everything from taking 15 minutes to put on shoes, to refusing to put on a jacket even though there was frost on the ground, to watching T.V. (a normal no-no before school) when they were not even ready to go to school yet.

3. (And this may be the worst yet) I stopped at QT on this cold morning to get a hot cup of Pumpkin spice Cappuccino, paid for it before I poured it and then realized that they were out of pumpkin spice cappuccino.

Needless to say I was not happy, a little disgruntled and had a poor attitude.  

Then just before I got to church, I saw a rabbit running along side the road. He was hopping at a furious pace and then paused for a brief moment beside a squirrel that apparently had been hit by a car.  In the moment that the rabbit paused, a hawk swooped in and ensnared the distracted rabbit in its claws and in a blink of an eye flew away with its prey.  It was in a word breath-taking to behold.  And then it hit me…

The Bible says that the Devil is like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.  He is just waiting for us to become distracted by things that are most often outside of our control, so that he can swoop in and pick us off.  Just like the hawk did to that rabbit.

Christian, we live in a world that God has given us.  We have breath in our lungs that God has given us.  We have a new day to wake up to and serve Him and enjoy that God has given us.    We have blessings that we often take for granted, like children which God has given us.  We have money to buy coffee and a job to pay us the money so that we can buy coffee (even if it is not the flavor we wanted) which God has given us.  And as we run through our brief time in this world that we call but is not our home, let us give thanks to God for His many blessings.  Let us keep our eyes on Him and on the task He has set before us.  And in doing so we may avoid being picked off by the devil in a moment of distraction.  

God forgive me, your servant when I whine, when I grumble and when I complain.  


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