THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH
This is Nov. 2, 2014. I would challenge our church to join in a day of prayer and fasting. This is a great day to teach your children about the persecuted church.
Perhaps what you would spend on dinner that Sunday you could give in a special offering that we would take up that next Sunday. If you need to eat as a health issue you might try a Daniel fast that day. I believe God would truly bless us as we do this. It is not a new thing that in much of the world the church is being persecuted. Going back to the early church, continuing to this day under communism, yes even under communism, and in Muslim countries, the church suffers many times even to death. Would we be willing to lose all for Christ? I pray we would. Matt. 24: 6-9 “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nations will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.” Heb.13:3,6, “Remember the prisoners as if chained with them. Remember those who are mistreated since you yourselves are in the body also.” So we may boldly say; “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Let us rejoice, God’s Word says God’s people have been made more than conquerors. God said it, and that settles it.
Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia
Good Tidings to the Poor!
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 broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind. To set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the accepted year of the Lord.” This is the acceptable year of the Lord. This is the day of salvation. All that Jesus has promised has come. I love these scriptures. The gospel has been preached to the poor. While all people would benefit from the gospel, the poor would have the good news preached to them. They no longer would have to be poor. Amen. Do you know any brokenhearted any bruised? This word in the Strong’s concordance means, to crush completely, to shatter, break in pieces, broke to shivers, to bruised. The world is full of brokenhearted people only Jesus can heal these hurts, only our heavenly Father can heal to the uttermost. Dear ones don’t let go, Jesus has come to heal. This word, heal, means to make whole. Isn’t this what we need to be, made whole? He came to proclaim liberty to the captives, liberty to those who are oppressed. Oppressed means to press, to crush, weigh heavily upon. But Jesus said I’ve come to give them liberty. What healing words they are and they are true, come to Jesus. Even run to Jesus and know those healing waters. This is why Jesus came so we fallen children of Adam could walk in new life. Let’s tell the world the Good News. Let’s us embrace Him today and His Word. God bless you.
Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia
The thankful and the unthankful!!!
In Deut. 28th chapter the first 14 verses talk of the blessings on the obedient, the next 54 talk of the curses on the disobedient. You may think to yourselves, how could there be so many curses for the disobedient. It seems our heavenly Father does not look on disobedience as we do. He takes it much more seriously. In his dealing with the Hebrew children, He gave them water in the desert, manna to eat, there shoes and clothes never wore out. And on we could go. Through all this they complained continuously. Verse 47 & 48 tell us this, “Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joy and gladness of heart, for the abundance of everything, therefore you shall serve your enemies, whom the Lord will send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in need of everything; and He will put a yoke of iron on your neck until He has destroyed you.” We see this take place over and over in the history of Israel. Does leaness of soul come upon us because we forget to be thankful. I believe as we become unthankful it robs us of joy. We no longer see the things God is doing in our lives, nor do we hear of his goodness, we only see the sand and wind and the devil magnifies it all. We must guard againt this happening in our lives.This happens through praise, by the Word, by obedience, and by faithfulness. 1 Thes. 5: 14-18, “Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patience with all. See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Let us be thankful children and so please our Father and walk in victory.
Pastor Paul and Sister C.
STRIVING AND SUFFERING FOR CHRIST!!!
Phil. 1:27-29, “Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God. For you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.” In Acts 16:16-34, we find Paul has a vision, this man makes a plea for Paul too come and preach to them. Paul with Silas obeys. A chain of events causes Paul and Silas to be beaten and thrown in prison. In the inner prison, bound with chains,( 25-26), “But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken, and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.” Later in Philippians, Paul writes, let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ. Because of Paul’s conduct in these horrible circumstances God was able to move in and not only the prisoners saw the deleverance but the jailer and all his household were saved. All were blessed and the gospel was able to move in an awnsome way. Paul sets an example for all of us. Is our conduct worthy of the gospel of Christ? Are you ready not only to believe in Him but also to suffer for Christ. When we find ourselves in prison whether of our on making or wrongly accused, let us be found praising and praying and we will see those prisons come down and people will see what a great and mighty God we serve.
Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia
MEDITATE ON THESE THINGS!!!
Phil.4:4-8, “Rejoice in the Lord (always) Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men, The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of a good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” God has just given us some great instructions out of His Holy Bible. If we just followed these verses how happy we would be. Finally, brethren, wraps it all up. 2Cor. 10: 4 & 5, “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.” As we follow Christ and his word we find the secret of a happy life. Rejoice always, worry about nothing, and pray about everything. Let God’s peace guard your heart. Whatever things are, true, noble, pure, lovely, good report, praiseworthy, meditate on these things. Amen.
It is off to school we go!!!
School starts next week here in our part of Florida. We should pray for the safety of all the students, the teachers, the support groups, and the parents. The teachers today have to do what many parents do not. They will need to teach them more than reading, writing, and arithmetic. Every child needs to be taught to have structure in their lives. They need to be taught to have discipline, they need to learn how to be trained, and learn self-control, and etc. If they do not get it at home we pray some will be taught in school. The Bible gives us instructions on how we are to train up our children. The book of Proverbs is a good start. Pro.22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go. And when he is old he will not depart from it. ”Pro. 9: 10 ”The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Pro. 7:4 “Say to wisdom, You are my sister, And call understanding your nearest kin.” Pro. 5:12-14, “How I have hated instruction and my heart despised correction! I have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined my ear to those who instructed me. I was on the verge of total ruin, in the midst of the assembly and congregation.” Do you identify with this last Proverb? I believe a lot of us do. Hopefully this young person began to understand. This is a life time job. Parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, neighbors, friends, we all have a part. If we see a need, begin to seek God and pray. Ask what should I do, what can I do? We are part of God’s family. Then let us not fall short. God will give us wisdom and understanding. Hebrews 12:11, “Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”
EARLY WII I SEEK THEE
PS. 63:1-3, “O God, you are my God; Early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and glory. Because Your loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.” David longed for God Himself. He cried for more of God. David said, “My soul thirsts for you, my flesh longs for you.” David is desperate for more of God. And David finds God because God longs for more of David. In our busy world where the cares of the world and the need for more is always stealing our love relationship with the Father, we must seek for His kingdom first. His promise is, if we seek His kingdom first “all” these things shall be added. Seek God, long for more of God. We must guard our hearts in these matters. When do we seek Him? Early will I seek You. Where do I seek thee? So I looked for You in the sanctuary, To see your power and glory. David knows where to go in the quietness of Gods sanctuary. There he will see God’s glory and power. When David began to cry out for more of God, almost immediately he was caused to remember God’s loving kindness is better than life. David’s longing came from God. David praised him in the wilderness when he was running from his enemy, as he would praise God in safety. We are not alone, our longing, and our seeking is from God. And we have His promise that we will find Him whom our heart longs for. Jeremiah 29:13, “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me will all your heart.”
Song of Solomon 3:1-4, “ By night on my bed I sought the one I love; I sought him, but I did not find him, I will arise now, I said, And go into the city; In the street and squares I will seek the one I love. I sought him, but I did not find him. The watchmen who go about the city found me; I said, have you seen the one I love? Scarcely had I passed by them, when I found the one I love. I held him and would not let him go.” Sister Claudia