Have a blessed, happy, Saint Patrick day!
Acts 16: “And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, come over to Macedonia and help us. Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.” In the fifth century, St. Patrick has a similar vision to come to Ireland and preach the gospel. Patrick was born in England and at 16 years old he was taken to Ireland as a slave. At this time Patrick was not saved, his father was a deacon and his grandfather a priest. While in captivity, he worked as a shepherd and strengthened his relationship with God through prayer eventually leading him to convert to Christianity. After six years in captivity he heard a voice telling him that he would soon be home, and then a ship was ready. Fleeing his master, he travelled to a port, two hundred miles away. After a very difficulty time Patrick makes it home. Patrick recounts that he had a vision a few years after returning home. I saw a man as it were coming from Ireland, and he carried many letters, I read the heading, ”The voice of the Irish” the voice of the people come over and walk among us. He studied in Europe and is ordained as a missionary. Acting on the vision, Patrick returned to Ireland as a missionary. He writes that he baptized thousands of people. He ordained priests to lead the new Christian communities. He converted wealthy woman, some of whom became nuns. He also dealt with sons of kings, converting them too. St. Patrick’s position as a foreigner in Ireland was not an easy one, his refusal to accept gifts from kings placed him outside the normal ties. Legally he was without protection, and he said that on one occasion he was beaten, robbed of all he had, put in chains, perhaps awaiting execution. Many trails and many miracles happen. Truly St. Patrick, one of Gods great servants. God bless us all.
Pastor Paul and sister Claudia.
I have set My face like a flint.
Is. 50: 4-7, these verses are a clear prophecy of Christ’s suffering. The seventh verse says , “for the Lord will help Me; therefore I will not be disgraced; Therefore I have set My face like a flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed. Luke 9: 43-51, (51) “Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem.” Jesus said, “
I only do the Fathers will. “As we enter into this month before Easter let us also do as Jesus did and set our face as a flint to do the Father’s will. Jesus knew His time had come, over and over he told his disciple I must go to Jerusalem and this is what they will do to the Son of Man. The disciples could not believe and did not understand what Jesus was saying. They wanted a King, a deliverer, had they not giving up everything to follow Jesus. They did not need a savior, they needed a conqueror. Or so they thought. Are we not like that also? We may think we know what we need. We have already made our plans and now we only need His approval. When do we say, truthfully, Lord not my will but your. During this month let us set aside the time to search for the Father’s will. Also, read the gospel’s account of that last week that Jesus spent with his disciples. Walk with them. Be there with the disciples at the last supper. Go with them to the Garden as Jesus prayed and great drops of blood fell to the ground. Jesus said He was sorrowfully even to death. Truly it is the greatest story ever told. What a wondrous love. Truly it is the greatest love story and we are part of it. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for dying for me. As the old hymn goes, “Let me tell you, the old, old story of Jesus love for me.”
Pastor Paul and sister Claudia
THE RACE OF FAITH
God can finish what He has started. Take heart and be encouraged.
Hebrews 12: 1 & 2, “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
The Christian life is a race.
Fix our eyes on Jesus. Jesus is the pattern Son, our inspiration.
Jesus is,” the author and finisher of our faith.”
Jesus not only started it, He is going to complete it. Our job is to lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us. What weights us down? Is it the cares of the world, paying the bills, health, or a thousand other things? What about me? Amen.
Roman 12: 1&2, “I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” We can win this race if we do it Gods way. The answer is always in God’s Word.
Pastor Paul and sister Claudia
YOU HAVE LEFT YOUR FIRST LOVE
Rev.2:2-5, I know your works, your labor, your patients, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen, repent and do the first works, or else I will come quickly and remove your lampstand from its place unless you repent.
The Song of Solomon 4:2-8, “I sleep, but my heart is awake; It is the voice of my beloved! He knocks, saying open for me, my sister, my love. my dove, my perfect one; ( her answer), I have taken off my robe; How can I put it on again? I have washed my feet; how can I defile them? I arose to open for my beloved. But my beloved had turned away and was gone. My heart leaped up when he spoke. I sought for him, but I could not fine him; I called but he gave me no answer.”
With the Shulamite woman, the cause of her beloved’s departure was her delayed response to him. Are we not like the Shulamite woman? We want God on our terms. She realized that if she lost her lover she would had lost everything. She ran after him, her love. She found him whom her heart longed for and she would not let Him go. With the first stir of independent action from God we must run back into His arms. Guard our hearts, oh Lord. As we see in our church, as in the book of Revelations, they had many good works but they had left their first love. Jesus was no longer first in their lives. They were not doing bad things, but they had fallen out of love. We must guard our hearts. Do we have that love we once had? If not, we must stop and go back, repent, and fall in love with Jesus again. And we will receive the blessings.
Pastor Paul and sister Claudia
A MATTER OF LOVE “Happy Valentine’s Day”
Col. 3:14,” But above all these things put on love.” The Bible talks a lot about love, There is a friendship love, and there is also a deeper love between husband and wife, parents and childrens, etc. Then there is” agape “, the God kind of love. John 3:16, “For God so love the world that He gave his one and only Son.” When we accept Jesus as our savior that God kind of love is planted in our hearts. As we allow the master gardener to take over that love will grow and grow and one day we will be able to walk in that love. Deut. 6:5, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” See how it works out in our walk. First love God, then our neighbor. 1John 4:7-21,(7-8) “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God, and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. (11) Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. (19) We love Him because He first loved us.” 1Cor. 13: “Love suffers long and is kind; love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things, love never fails.” (13)”And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
Lord, our greatest desire is to be like you, as you taught us to pray;
we ask You to teach us to love.
In His love, Pastor Paul and sister Claudia
REVIVE US AGAIN O LORD!
One of the reasons we fast is for Revival. We want God’s will more than our will.
Acts 3:19, “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presents of the Lord.” We see that as we repent there will come times of refreshing from the Lord. How we need those times of refreshing, how it blesses our soul. We are ready once again to run the race and fight the good fight of faith. We sang this little song. “Time of refreshing, He sends times of refreshing to my soul. When I’m weary from the fight, don’t know what’s right. He “Jesus” sends times of refreshing to my soul.
Five Reasons to Seek Revival By Dr. Walter Fletcher Jr.
Psalm 85: 1-13
God’s track record (1-3) What God has done, He can do again-today.
God’s wrath is turned from us (4-5)
God, once again becomes the center of our joy. (6-7)
God’s people begin to walk in holiness and purity (8), “A holy man or woman is an awesome weapon in the hand of the Lord”.
God’s glory will be seen again in our land.(9-13). Why should the wicked say, “Where is your God”.
Thank you Jesus that as we repent, seek God, then we will enjoy those times of refreshing from the Lord. Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia
Only be strong and very courageous!!
God has giving us this New Year. I believe He has great things for us. As Joshua and the children of Israel were getting ready to enter the promise land. God told them over and over to be very strong and be of a good courage. We also have promises that God has giving us. We are to make ourselves strong and very courageous. Let us not be fearful and lose the promise. The greater One indwells us. We can do all things through Christ that strengthen us. We are part of the Army of God. Let us go forth in battle, knowing the battle has been won. Joshua 1:1-9(5-9), “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and of a good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall mediate in it day or night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Do you want to make your way prosperous and have success? Then follow the Book of the Law. Read verse (8) again, the law shall not depart from our mouth, mediate on the Word day and night, observe to do all it says, then your way will be prosperous and you shall have success. We must follow His way not ours. Let’s together see what God has for us in 2015. God bless us all.
Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia