In Need of God’s Help

September 12, 2011  
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Psalm 121:2 “My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.”

Did you hear about the mom who prayed: “Lord so far today I’ve done okay. I haven’t gossiped, lost my temper, been nasty, greedy or grumpy. But in a few minutes I’m getting out of bed, then I’ll need all the help I can get.” We might laugh, but the truth is, its hard to acknowledge our need of help, especially in a world that almost worships self-sufficiency. The most critical time in your life is when you don’t think you need God. It’s impossible to say, I need you Lord, then act like everything depends on you. Your faith will be underdeveloped and when you don’t use your faith you can’t please God.(Hebrews 11:6) If your vision doesn’t require GOd its probably not from God. Without God’s help, do we truly make a difference? Until we humbly acknowledge that we are powerless over most things in life, we’ll not make progress.

Whatever you’re facing today, read these words carefully. Psalm 121 3-8 “He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.”

Like the Wave of the Sea…Tossed – Pastor Dave

August 8, 2011  
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Are you winning or losing your spiritual battles? Are you down more than up? Are you frustrated, going in circles, or on a constant guilt-failure cycle? That’s not God’s plan for you. You can live a stable consistent life. But it requires life stabilizers.

The first stabilizer is decisiveness.  Israel wanted it both ways. They wanted Gods blessing, yet the right to disregard His word. Freedom to live like they wanted and still be HIS special people. Joshua proclaimed that was unacceptable. In Joshua 24:15 he declared, “Choose you this day whom ye will serve.” The church at Laodecia wanted it both ways. But Revelation 3:16 says, “So then because thou are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spew you out of my mouth.” God requires a choice that must be made, a goal set, and a mind made up. Wavering classifies you as double-minded and guarantees you will not, “receive anything from the Lord.” James 1:7

The second stabilizer is faith. You are called a believer because faith characterizes every area of your life. Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him.” Faith is not what you study, it’s who you are 24/7. Romans 10:17, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” That’s where you obtain faith, and there are no exceptions when we look at Romans 12:3 declaring, “God has dealt to every man the measure of faith.” That includes you! Faith, not feelings or circumstances, is what makes your life stable.

Empowered For A Purpose – Pastor Dave

August 1, 2011  
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“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” Isaiah 6:8

God has empowered you for a purpose. So we understand two things. First of all, borrowed beliefs have no power. You need a personal encounter with God, or your life will have little impact. After the apostles had been filled with the Holy Spirit, Acts 4:33 in the NLT says, “The apostles testified powerfully and God’s great blessing was upon them.”

Secondly, unused power has no value. Isaiah 6:4 says, “And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.” What a move of God in the church! But Isaiah had to leave, go out and fulfill God’s purpose. Later in this chapter, Isaiah writes, “I heard the voice of the Lord saying: Whom shall I send? Then said I, Here am I, send me.” Isaiah 6:9, God says, “Go and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.” It is important to spend time in God’s presence developing your relationship with Him. But then we must carry the WORD to those who are hurting.

In Romans 15:18, Paul writes in NIV, “I will not speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me.” Paul didn’t boast in what Christ had done for Him, but through him. God has one reason for filling you with His Spirit, and that is to pour you out to others. Luke 4:18, Jesus declares, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.”

You have been empowered for a purpose.

Pastor Dave

God Will Bring You Through – Pastor Dave

July 20, 2011  
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Acts 27:25 – So, dear friends, take heart. I believe God will do exactly what he told me.

On his way to Rome, Paul and 276 others were shipwrecked. In this story, we see three important keys: First, you must listen to God. If not, you experience heartache and loss. Paul warned them, “Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss.” But the guard failed to follow Paul’s counsel and adhered to the majority who said, “Sail on.” Who are you listening to? Do they know God? Are they walking in faith?

The second key is, “The purposes of God always overcome the plans of men.” The Lord can make mistakes become miracles. Through this shipwreck, Paul landed on Malta and preached the Gospel. In every situation, look for the hand of God.

Third, whatever you’ve lost, God can restore. Acts 28:10 in the Message Bible says, “We spent a wonderful three months on Malta. They treated us royally, took care of all our needs and outfitted us for the rest of the journey.” Don’t limit the Lord. He will use people to bless you. Luke 6:38 declares, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”

Be encouraged God will bring you through.

Pastor Dave

Be Not Weary – Pastor Dave

July 13, 2011  
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Galatians 6:9

The Greek word for “weary” is used in four other places in the New Testament. In each it is translated “faint”, and is used with the message “don’t be a quitter”. This text could be translated, “Let us not be faint-hearted and discouraged in well doing: for in due season we shall reap if we do not tire and give out and fall by the wayside.”

Many Christians miss great blessings because they don’t hold fast until the due season. God promises there will be a harvest time! “We shall reap.” But just as it is true for the farmer, it is true for us; there must be plowing, planting, and cultivating.

Any worthwhile Christian endeavor requires preparatory work. James Gilmore almost gave up after 7 years with no converts in Mongolia. But he continued, and after 8 years saw one convert, and then tribal revival.

The key to conquering weariness is worship. Worship renews your strength and births creativity and new ideas. Creativity can be invigorating. For example, walk for an hour and you’ll be refreshed, but stand still for the same time and you’ll be exhausted.

Hebrews 12:2 says, “Who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross…” Seeing yourself finish will birth strength, joy, and determination.

Be blessed as you walk in the Lord.

Pastor Dave

Fear Not – Pastor Dave

June 27, 2011  
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2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

There are 365 “fear nots” in the Bible – one for every day of the year. God’s Kingdom is positive! Jesus affirmed this when He said, “No man having put his hand to the plow and looking back is fit for the Kingdom.”

Pushing ahead into God’s plan and Kingdom requires all our faith and energy. The torment of fear will keep us from going forward. The devil is the author of fear and torment and will try everything to keep you from facing them and overcoming. Jesus is the Light and He desires to expose our fears so He may “destroy the works of the devil” – including fear.

Fear is a work of death; it robs us of our power. It takes away our joy and eagerness to help and live for others. It destroys our testimony of what God has done. Fear will cause us to bury our abilities and hold them back from God’s service.

God hath not given us the spirit of fear. Rather in John 14:27 Jesus declares, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Be blessed today!

Pastor Dave

Truth – Pastor Dave

March 8, 2010  
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We began our “ER” series yesterday. From my vantage point God was in the house in an incredible way. You might say, “That’s a big statement! How do you justify that?” Well, what causes the Lord’s presence to be among us?
The Bible says, “God inhabits the praises of His people.” So our worship attracted Jesus to the service. When Jesus is attracted to a place where people gather there will be change in our lives. Wherever Jesus went He brought change. I know of a couple of people that were healed. I saw some come back to the Lord and say, “I really need to get reconnected with Jesus.” The presence of God will change us. The truth is that we can be anywhere and worship God. We worship with our lifestyle, our conversation, and in the gatherings of believers to glorify the Lord.
Secondly, when you present the WORD of God, Jesus is attracted to that moment. John 17:7 says, “Thy word is truth.” John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” So when we present TRUTH Jesus is there. Now, we presented TRUTH in a different way than just preaching a sermon. But Jesus presented TRUTH through various illustrations. For example, and you can read about this in the gospels. He presented TRUTH in Mark 11, when He cursed the fig tree. Again, in Matthew 18:2-3, Jesus called a child into their midst and said, “except you be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
Our presentation yesterday in its simplicity was filled with worship and Truth. And those two elements will attract the presence of the Lord and bring change in peoples lives. I know I was touched and changed yesterday. I challenge you to create a time in your life where worship and Truth (WORD) will change you.

Pastor Dave

Pursuit – Pastor Dave

January 11, 2010  
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Yesterday I was thinking about the blessings of God and the goodness of God. Even in what some might see as small things, God’s blessing can be seen. I had been in town and received a phone call that Ayden had been running and ran into the corner of a wall. When I got home, it was obvious he needed to go to the emergency room. Debra and I have been there many times with Faith. I asked Debra to go because if Ayden had said “Papa lets go”, I would have been tempted to take him. So I stayed at home and prayed he wouldn’t have to have stitches. When Rachel returned, Ayden didn’t have to have stitches but the doctor glued the cut on his head! Praise God! That may not seem like much to you, but to me it was another place where God’s goodness is seen.
Now I could have been upset with God and said “Lord, we had such a great service today. Many people were ministered to, so why did you let this happen?” That question can be the difference between seeing how God works and becoming embittered in life. Things happen to all of us. If you allow circumstances that are outside of your control and determine your pursuit of God or your service to God, then you’ll miss the opportunity to view the goodness of God.
The Bible says in Romans 2:4 “Not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?” If when we were sinners God gave us glimpses and snapshots of His goodness that would draw us to Him, then how much more as we live for Him should we not look for His goodness in every situation.
No matter what your circumstances are today or what you are going through, why not look for God’s goodness in the midst of it all? I promise you if you look for Him, He’ll be found

Pastor Dave

Forgiveness – Pastor Dave

December 14, 2009  
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prayer.048I was listening to a young man share his testimony. As I listened, the Lord impressed me again about the power of forgiveness.
Mark 11:22 – 26 is very clear that unforgiveness can become a mountain in our life that hinders our spiritual life. Jesus states in verse 24 that “what we desire, when we pray, believe that we receive them and we shall have them.” There is only one problem in some of the teaching that I’ve heard. If we discount verses 25 & 26 we miss the whole point of what Jesus is saying. That is, if we don’t forgive, then we can’t be forgiven.
In Matthew 18, Peter asks Jesus, “How many times do I have to forgive? Seven times?” (Because Jewish law gave Peter the right of retribution often someone had trespasses seven times.) Jesus responds quickly and declares, “Not seven times but seventy times seven.” In other words four hundred and ninety times. Jesus is really saying to stop counting. Because as long as you are counting, you really haven’t forgiven.
This is not an easy thing to do. Forgiveness is not an emotion, it’s a choice a choice that releases us from captivity and brings freedom in our life. Forgiveness causes the “mountains” (or obstacles) in the way of progress and success in our life to be resolved. When we forgive we release God to deal with the person that offended us. Let me remind you that we can not stop offenses from happening in our life. But we can make the decision to forgive and not allow those offenses to control us. Jesus gives an outline in Matthew 18 for dealing with offenses. However, it seems that in the church we’d rather talk to other people about how someone offended us, our unforgiveness and our bitterness than to deal with it.
Many years ago I learned a principle that I call, The Principle of the Last Encounter. If we have a falling out with someone, we only remember that person in the context of the offense. However, years pass and we see that person and only remember the conflict. We may forget that over the years, the other person has changed and we hopefully have changed. It’s important to remember that in the context of relationships offenses and unforgiveness.
Be quick to forgive and I know God’s blessings will be released.

Pastor Dave

Poison – Pastor Liz

December 8, 2009  
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Chemicals.046“Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”

I read this quote last week and it really hit me hard. I even posted it on my facebook status. Because it is SO true! We choose not forgiving someone and we think we’re hurting them. When in all actuality, we are only hurting ourselves. So I did a little research on unforgiveness…

First of all, unforgiveness is a very powerful stronghold that Satan uses to cut and pick away at our heart. A stronghold is a mindset of wrong beliefs where Satan has control because we’ve given in willingly and repeatedly over time. Unforgiveness can lead to broken relationships and can lead to us walking away from God.

There are consequences if we choose to have unforgiveness in our heart:
If we don’t forgive, Satan can take advantage of us.
2 Corinthians 2:10-11 – “If you forgive anyone, I also forgive him. And what I have forgiven—if there was anything to forgive—I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.”

You give Satan even a little way in and he’ll end up taking and corrupting your entire heart. He’s out to kill, steal, and destroy and the other way to overcome is with Jesus who came to bring life and righteousness.
If we don’t forgive, bitterness and resentment spreads throughout our body and can lead to a “heart attack.”
Think of your heart relating to your spiritual life. You have a healthy heart as you read your word, dig into prayer, and live a righteous life. On the other hand, when we eat bad food, and don’t care of our bodies, plaque can build up, and this can eventually lead to cardiac arrest or a heart attack. The same way the sin in our life such as unforgiveness, bitterness, anger, etc. can suffocate life out of us. When unforgiveness is a major stronghold in our life because of a conflict we may of had with someone, it causes us to obsess over that person/situation and consume our life.
If we don’t forgive, we don’t prosper and God withholds forgiveness from us.
Matthew 6:14-15 – “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

This is why the act of forgiving is VERY important in our spiritual life. Choose to forgive unconditionally. Don’t wait on your feelings because your feelings take time to heal. Giving it up to God can set you free immediately.

Ephesians 4:31-32 – “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

The last thing I want to say is that forgiveness is not always a one time process. There will be times where the enemy will put thoughts of what happened into your head to bring up the past, but you must choose to get rid of those thoughts and forgive over and over.

Matthew 18:21-22 – “Lord how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to 7 times? Jesus answered, I tell you, not 7 times, but 77 times.”

Now the question is: Who do you need to forgive to allow breakthrough in your life and Satan to lose his stronghold in your heart?
Is it yourself? A family member? A friend? A past relationship?

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