Once again, we have the privilege of entering a new year with all its challenges and opportunities. What will this new year bring to you and your family? To our church family? There are so many uncertainties, but the one thing that is certain is that God remains seated upon his throne, God is in control, and he has revealed what his plans are for this world. We call this information the word of “Prophecy”.
The church, sadly, to say, continues to mirror the values and lifestyle of this world. Where are the truly godly Saints who know the difference between being a consumer or a contributor? Too many have the attitude.-“ What can your church do for me and my family?” We need those who love the Lord and are willing to step forth and say, “Here am I, use me, Lord!”
Let us have the ambition to be a blessing unto the Lord, and not just to seek blessings from the Lord. Our God is worthy of all our best in time, talent, and treasure. To consider the events of the past two years, would it not be wise for us all to desire a closer walk with our Lord?
May we face this year in a spirit of faith and not in fear! Let us remember that the darker the night, the brighter the light. Let us determine to shine for Jesus! Matthew 5: 14-16.
Keeping our eyes on Jesus,
The Psalmist asks, " Wilt thou not revive us again that thy people may rejoice in thee?" (Psalm 85:6) This question seems to focus upon God's willingness in wanting his people to experience revival, but this is not the case. The question points to God's people. Will God's people be willing to meet the conditions God has set forth for revival to be experienced?
The condition for revival to be realized in the lives of God's people is clearly marked out...Repentance! The saints who are willing to repent of their sins will experience the Holy Spirit's work of renewal. A soul cleansed of sin will come to know the joys of having a right relationship with God.
Revival is the great need for God's people. The spiritual condition of the church depends on each individual believer choosing to get right with God. We are prone to the problem of yielding to a wandering spirit and thus God calls out to us to come close. Revival comes to those saints who would answer God's call to come and renew their relationship to him.
May revival be the desire of God's people and let it begin with ME!
The prophet Isaiah declared, “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him” (Isaiah 59:19)
The enemies of your faith are raising up in full force against us in so many ways. The spirit of godlessness has cast a dark cloud over our nation and has even impacted the church. What can we do? This is the question that many are asking!
To look to the scriptures is to find the answer. During the times of King Jehoshaphat, the children of God were being pressed from all sides by the enemy. The action on the part of King Jehoshaphat tells the story. In his fear he turned to God to seek His face and he proclaimed a fast. His prayer before God tells us how King Jehoshaphat felt in his heart and mind. He declared before God “…neither know we what to do but our eyes are upon thee.” (2 Chronicles 20:12)
Yes, we feel so weak and helpless before the enemy. Let us realize that God is our strength and our shield The psalmist reminds us: “The name of the Lord is a strong tower: The righteous run into it and is safe.” (Psalm 18:10)
May we determine to meet the enemy in the name of Jesus and stand firm in our faith in the Lord. John tells us “Ye are of God, little children and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)
These are days of uncertainty and challenge, but God has provided great insights in his word to help guide us through these difficult times. No matter what may happen here on earth, our God remains on his throne in heaven. God alone is directing the affairs of this world. He will ultimately bring to pass His perfect will.
God has given us a Biblical blueprint as to what we can expect with future events here on earth. This blueprint is given to us in the Book of Revelation. BEFORE our Lord returns, He is going to shake this world at its very foundation. He is both the creator and judge of this earth and the world is soon to recognize this important reality.
To help in giving a proper understanding of God's plans, we have begun a new series of study on the Book of Revelation. The focus of this study will be upon the people behind the prophecies of the book. We will look at a total of 13 different characters that are presented throughout the book.
To keep a consistent pace for study, we will be presenting the study on both Sunday and Wednesday evenings at 6:30. This format will begin on Sunday evening September 15th and continue each Wednesday and Sunday evening.
We will learn that our God has put out in the open all that he intends to do as he judges this world and establishes His Anointed One upon the throne. We welcome you to come and join us as we study this amazing book of prophecy.
The world is being remade on a daily basis right before our very eyes. Things are changing at a rapid pace and it’s difficult for one to keep up with the new challenges that change brings. The world is being fashioned by those who are in positions of power who wish to bring the world together under the banner of a New World Order.
The World Economic Forum is pushing the world in this direction along with the new leadership in Washington, D.C. Within the last year we have witnessed a transformation in our own country that is almost beyond recognition. Constitutional rights and freedom of speech are being suspended for the reason of controlling dissent and disinformation.
We are losing our freedoms in the name of personal security. When people are fearful, they become easy prey for those who would take advantage of the situation. The idea of “crisis management” is alive and well in our world today—create a crisis and gain control.
As believers, we are commanded to “fear not”. Our God is in control and his will is to be accomplished in this world. The world is moving toward its final countdown. All the present conditions have been set before us in God’s word. It is time for us to know God’s word, trust in God’s word, and share God’s word. Satan may have his plans for this present world, but God has his plans as well. Who do you think will win out in the end?
Jesus declared, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world,” (John 16:33)
God is still on His throne!!!
Summer has ended and we are now moving into the fall season. Fall is such a wonderful time of the year. Things begin to slow down as we head into the winter months. But like fall and winter, many of God's people begin to fade away and become buried by the many things of life. These two seasons illustrate spiritual lessons that should not be overlooked.
The leaves are colorful and full of life for a season but then the leaves begin to change color. By winter, the leaves are gone, and the trees are barren. Sounds a lot like some Christians. Their season of beauty has given way to a season of barrenness.
The Psalmist speaks of trees planted and fruitful in Psalm 1. This is the need of our day. We need Christians who are planted in the faith and fruitful in their service. The opposition is “spiritual tumble-weeds.”
We read in 1 Corinthians 15:58 –
“Therefore my beloved brethren be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord."