The greatest love story, John 3:16
We find it hard to understand this love that is so freely given to us. It is true, and we can rejoice knowing that our great and mighty God truly does love us.
We obey not only out of reverence but out of love. What an honor it is that we walk with our Lord. Let us rejoice together. We see this love story in Genesis and also in Revelations. We see Jesus was slain before the foundations of the world. Because we would need a savior, one was provided. The word tells us at the appointed time Jesus came. He was not too early, and he was not too late, can we not trust Jesus to also be right on time for us. As we celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord this Easter let us remember that Friday it looked as though all was lost. It looked like the enemy had won. Oh, how hopeless it seemed. The disciples, in their grief, had forgotten that Sunday was a coming. Now that Satan and his demons were defeated, how heaven must have rejoiced. And so it was. Let us also rejoice this Easter. “He is Risen.”
Matt. 28: 1-8, Now after the Sabbath. As the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. But the angel answered and said to the women; Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. “He is not here; for he is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. “And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.” So they went quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.
Pastor Paul and Sister C.
The Faithfulness of God
Duet, 7:9, "Know therefore that the Lord thy God, He is God, the faithful God." The faithfulness of God is one of his most wonderful attributes. Without this quality He would not be God. It would be contrary to His nature, which would be impossible. II Tim. 2:13, "If we believe not, yet He remains faithful, He cannot deny himself." Ps. 36:5, "Thy mercy, O Lord is in the heavens and thy faithfulness is unto the clouds." We can look to the clouds and see faithfulness. He does not change, even though our world may. People may, friends may, our ears can be distracted by the noise of the world. He remains faithful. We can look back and see his faithful hand. We must also look forward and know He will be faithful. Lam. 3:22 & 23, "His compassion fail not, they are new every morning, great is thy faithfulness Oh Lord unto me." We can trust in His faithfulness. The Psalms tell us, "Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life." Cannot we worship Him? He Is Worthy.
God Bless you all.
Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia
Proverbs 6:6-8, " Go to the ant, thou sluggard ; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest." The ant doesn't spend all her tjme eating. It runs back and forth carrying food into the nest so that it may survive the winter when there will be no food. If you are young, prepare for the future by giving yourself to the profession you have chosen. Whatever you plan to do in life prepare for it by study, hard work, whatever it takes to get you there. There are no short cuts to success. What you set your hand to, do with all your heart. If this is true in the natural, how much more in the spiritual? Luke 14:26-33, " Anyone who wants to be my follower must love me far more than he does his own father, mother, wife, children, brothers, sisters- yes, more than his own life- otherwise he cannot be my disciple. And no one can be my disciple who does not carry his own cross and follow me. But don't begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first getting estimates and then checking to see if he has enough money to pay the bills? Otherwise he might complete only the foundation before running out of funds. Or what king would ever dream of going to war without first sitting down with his counselors and discussing whether his army of 10,000 is strong enough to defeat the 20,000 men who are marching against him? So no one can become my disciple unless he first sits down and counts his blessings- and then renounces them all for me." You will have to deny yourself things God puts off limits. Give yourself fully to God. Amos 4:12, " Prepare now and instead of God's wrath we will hear, 'Welcome home. We have prepared a place for you.'"
God bless you all- Sister Claudia
A Gift From God
Ps. 127:3a " Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord." We should look at our children as gifts from God. Children are spiritual gifts as well as biological gifts. We have been given intructions from God that we are to teach and bring up a child in the way they should go. If we do, we have the promise that they will not depart from that way when they are old. Jesus answered the question, " Who then is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? Assuredly, I say unto you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one little one like this receives me." Matt. 18:1-5. Jesus said, if you want to know who is important to me, then receive these little ones.
Are we reluctant to be available for this ministry? Is it our fear that we will not be able to meet the need? Or perhaps, itis that we feel we are to old. Maybe working with children is just not our cup of tea. Maybe it is because we do not see an immediate reward. I have found that God is looking for so eone who is available more than a person who is talented. The children really need our help and our love. Many of them are from broken homes and have terrific needs. We may not have much time to influence them. Our opportunity to impact the life of a child could be a very limited one. Let us not lose any chance that we have been given. Let us not fall short of our calling. Matt. 19:13-15, " then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, ' Let the little children come to me, and bo not forbid them: for such is the kingdom of heaven'". And He laid His hands on them and departed from them. For those who have not had the opportunity, we would love for you to step out and be blessed.
God bless you all - Sister Claudia
Striving For A Crown
1Cor. 9:24-27 "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my bodyand make it a slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize." In watching the Olympics we see what Paul was talking about. Only a few will win a prize. Phil. 3:14- "I press on toward the goalto win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." So there is a higher call to a higher goal that is in Christ Jesus. In verse 25 of the first text, Paul states that everyone that competes for the prize does so for a perishable prize. We are seeking an eternal prize that will not rust, becay or perish. I must discipline my body and mind or become disqualified. We cannot aford to flaunt our liberties as some do. We do not want to be as those who the Master says, " I never knew you, you workers of iniquity". Jesus, the pattern son, when he realized his time was near, set his face as a flint toward Jerusalem. Nothing could stop Him from obeying the Father's will. Let us run the raceas to win it, so we also will receive the prize and hear, "well done my good and faithful servant".
God bless you all - Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia
God Is In Control
One of my favorite people in the old testament is Joseph. He remained God's man through many hardships. He was sold into slavery by his brothers. His owner's wife tried to seduce him. His response to her was, "Should I do this great sin against my God?" He understood that when we sin, it's against God first. Many others might suffer from that sin, but it's first and foremost against almighty God. Joseph ends up in prison for doing the right thing. But, after many years in prison, where Psalms tells us he was in irons and fetters, he is set free. These trials that God allowed into Joseph's life covered 20 years. Does waiting on the Lord seem to take a long, long time? Oh, it must have seemed that way to Joseph. He understood that it was God's plan all the time. Through all this he was able to release his brothers. They also had been in a sort of prison for a long time. A prison of thier own making. When they were setup by Joseph, thier response was God has done this to us for what we did to Joseph. Oh, did we not hear his pleading and begging? How heavy a burden of guilt can be. Genesis 45:4-8 "For God did send me before you to preserve life.","and God sent me before you to preserve you, and to save your lives by a great deliverance." "So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God." Joseph three times acknowledges that it was God who sent him before them. Can we not trust God? He goes before us and makes the crooked places straight. As he did with Joseph, so He will truly do for us. We serve a mighty God! Thank you Lord for the example of Joseph and your Word.
God bless you all - Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia.
Only God Can
What can your God do? My God is the great “I AM”. My God is all I need! Let it be so Lord. My God is all powerful. My God loved me even before I knew I needed a God to love me. John 3:16a - “For God so loved the world he gave his one and only son...” John 15:16 speaks of how God chose us before we were and desires that we go and bear much fruit. Only my God is patient and kind, longsuffering and full of goodness. No, He is ALL good. He never changes; He is the same yesterday, today and forever; We can count on him. This world is on sinking sand, but our God is the Rock. And if we build on this Rock, Jesus Christ, we will never be moved. Our Lord Jesus has not died in vein. He died as our substitute because death was the penalty for our sins. Because he lives we can, and will, live forever. Only God can save to the uttermost. If you have not, why not accept Jesus now as your Lord and Savior. What an awesome God. Oh, that man would praise God for the great things He has done.
Only God can turn a mess into a message, a test into a testimony, a trial into a triumph and a victim into victory!
How can we not praise Him?
Pastor Paul, Sister Claudia and family