Weekly Messages

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Friday
Feb162018

Feb 18, 2018

Close Encounters - The Challenge - Ezekiel 44:11-14

There is a huge difference between an encounter and a Close Encounter. Over the next couple weeks, we are going to learn the ingredients that are necessary to have a Close Encounter with God.

Close Encounters can take on different forms. A close encounter may be seeing God at work in your life. A close encounter may be physical evidence of him. Maybe experiencing His healing physically, emotionally, spiritually. But the close encounter we should hold out for is Contact. The daily interaction. Daily communion. Daily presence. Daily relationship....With our God.

On a regular basis we encounter men. We encounter church. We encounter emotional moments. We encounter exhilarating times of worship. But my question today is...When was the last time that you had a close encounter with God?

We must understand that there is a huge difference between an encounter and a close encounter.

I would tell you today -that many churches or Christians -most of us have had an encounter/encounters with God. The problem is we get content to just settle for encounters with God.

But I want to challenge you to want for no to long for More than just an encounter with God. We need a close encounter. Contact!

King Saul had a great anointing. He just didn’t have a close encounter with God. He had no problem with that as long as he could have anointing. As long as the gold was still there. As long as the palace bed was still soft. As long as people still bowed down to him. David is a man after God’s own heart. He had a close encounter with God. All the while Joab his right hand man never has more than an encounter with God. Same environment -same opportunities-same God but different outcome.

The challenge that lies before us as a body and as individuals is whether we will settle for an encounter from time to time? Or will we hold out and hold on for a life changing, world wrecking, city shaking, addiction breaking, marriage restoring, teenager rescuing close encounter with our God?

In order for us to see his happen we have to make a choice and a decision. We have a choice/decision of what kind of church we want and what kind of relationship we want with God.

READ:  Ezekiel 44:11-14

If we are not careful we can be satisfied with doing the business of the King, and never really encountering Him OR we can make up our minds that we want more than that. We have to set our face like flint and fight for a close encounter with Him.

We can have a church where the close encounter is so close that all we can do is stand in awe. We can have a church where the move of God is so profound and so pronounced that Versailles will have to sit up and take notice. That people will flock to find out what is happening, that the starved will find spiritual food as well as physical food, that drug addict will find healing, that the unloved will find the love for which they have so longed.

We have a choice. We can settle for the encounters that have satisfied us for so long or become determined and desperate for us to be an individual where we have such a close encounter with God that stuff will fall off and stay off!

I once heard it said  “A church is not a church until God decides that it will become a place of divine visitation. A building in all its splendor is not a church until God takes up residence there!” We need God to occupy our place. We are nothing without His presence.

So my challenge is; Will you stop at only an encounter? Will you be satisfied with just a little taste here and there? Or will you join us as we pursue/chase after His presence at all costs.

My prayer today is that together we will press in until we have a close encounter with God. Long for something more of God...Long for a close encounter with Him.

Thursday
Feb082018

Feb 11, 2018

Loving the Bride - 1Cor 13:1-8, 13

1 Corinthians 13 -God shows us what true love is all about. That’s what the Bible tells us. But God doesn’t just talk about love…

God gives us an example of what love is like. Ephesians 5:25-27 says “Husbands, love your

wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for her;  to make her holy, cleansing her

by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without

stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and Blameless.”

Jesus is the ultimate example of that kind of love because Jesus is the ultimate example of how a husband ought to love his wife.

Jesus set us an example of how love should be done. And by His example, Jesus showed us that the most important thing on His mind was that His bride would be taken care of.

Christ’s most valued possession is the body of believers. That means that (if we love Jesus) we should do everything we can to make sure the bride of Christ (The Church) is strengthened and nurtured and built up.

How can we do that? How do we take care of the Bride (The Church)

4 things we can do for her:

1st – We need to make sure we spend time with her.

2nd – We need to take care of Christ’s bride by saying words of love and comfort to her.

Ephesians 4:29 says that we Christians should “…not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths,          but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who  Listen.”

3rd – We need to invest ourselves in the church

Lastly -We work at making sure her family grows.

Go home this week: Spend time with your loved ones. Build them up with your words. Invest in them. Keep your family growing

Spend time this week: Spend time with the church. Build up the church with your words. Invest yourself in the church. Keep the church growing.

Sunday
Jan282018

Feb 4, 2018

Guest speaker Dr. Rev. Dan Gilder - Message -  "A Healing Life Rythm" Mark 1:29-39.

 

 

Sunday
Jan282018

Jan 28, 2018

Guest speaker - Dr. Kim Katterheinrich - Message - Daniel 3:1-3  "Could you say it?" (about not compromising in our faith). 

 

Tuesday
Jan232018

Jan 21, 2018

How to Stop Flirting With Sin.  Judges 16:1-20

Some of you are saying I don’t know what you talking about. I don’t do that. But we all do -to some degree or another. Flirting with sin can be a dangerous place to be. It can hinder your relationship with God. If we want to truly follow God/Chase after Him then we cannot allow ourselves to get caught up dabbling/flirting with sin.

Heb. 3:13 says “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”

The writer of Hebrews was saying we must encourage one another so that none of us -are deceived by sin.or caught flirting with it.

 Almost by accident we can fall into a trap that’s good at encouraging one another in God’s forgiveness, but we never really warn one another of the dangers of sin.

 Judges 16: 1-20  In Judges 16....we read a familiar story of Samson and Delilah that shows us that temptation thrives to draw us away from God.

We need to realize is that sin will kill you. When we ignore God’s warnings in his word, we blind our eyes to the imminent danger. Talk about someone blind. Samson couldn’t see past Delilah. We tell ourselves we can dabble in sin and still come out on top. We say things like I am strong enough. I know my limits. I’ve got this.Temptation has a way of lowering our guard giving us a false sense of security.

Sin always has consequences. ALWAYS!  You may think you can flirt/dabble with it but you will lose. You may lose your marriage if you continue with a pornography habit. You may lose your job if you continue to steal from your company. You may end up losing everything if you plunge head first into drunkenness. Sin always has consequences! If we as the children of God chose to ignore the warning signs God's warnings will get louder and clearer.

But here is the good news: God’s discipline is meant to save us from death and separation from Him. God’s discipline is not pleasant, especially when you ignore the warnings. Warnings that are meant to keep you from harm. Don’t think you will continue flirt/dabble or walk in temptation without consequences.

Examine your life closely. Ask God to reveal the sin in your life. The sin you are flirting with. Maybe God has you squirming in your seat today. Get before the Lord. Repent and seek His forgiveness. Then ask for His strength to fight through the temptation.

Tuesday
Jan162018

Jan 14, 2018

For Such a Time as This - Esther 4:14-16

God is moving and I know that we are apart of God’s plan. For some of us that makes us real anxious. Maybe it’s the unknown of what God has instore for us.

God knows our circumstances and no matter what we face, we have no excuse to not answer the call of God.    God has brought us to this point in life 'for such a time as this'.

These are two of the most challenging questions one can ask:

Why am I here, right now and in this place?

What is my life all about anyway?

READ: Esther 4: 14-16

Many if not all of us may never be called into situations for the Lord that may cost us our lives. But we should live our lives with the same passion/desire to serve our Lord.

Maybe God is preparing you for the job of making a difference in someone’s life. Don’t let the devil lie to you and tell you that you are no good to the kingdom of God, that there is nothing left you can do.

Perhaps all of your life has been planned out-executed and led to this very time-in this very place-for one all-important purpose. God’s purpose/plan for YOU!

God’s power is not found in our physical appearance or physical abilities. He doesn’t need our help to accomplish his work. But he chooses to use us in his own way. Scripture says 'We are his workmanship and there is a purpose in everything that we face in life.'

We have to understand that God knows our strengths and he knows our weaknesses? We need to understand that “his strength” is made perfect in our weakness? Who knows what great things God has planned for your life down the road? God takes the weak and small and makes them into great and mighty warriors for his kingdom.

Don’t look at your circumstances right now. Look at the promises of God. Have faith in what he can do in his own time. We often miss God’s best because we can only focus on what is not instead of what can be, or what is! God is preparing you for something special and that time will come when you will be used mightily for God.

You are God’s personal creation and his love for you knows no bounds. God will take your life that at times may seem to be falling apart give it new life new hope and a brighter tomorrow.

You are being prepared and you have been prepared   “For such a time as this.”  God won’t accept any excuse for not doing what he has called us to do. He has given you everything you will ever need to fulfill His purpose.

He wants you to be willing to step out in faith and do whatever it takes no matter what the cost, no matter how much it hurts or how inconvenient it may be. To chase after Him and the plan He has for you. If we truly profess to be God’s people with the call of God upon our lives then we must be about our Father’s business. God has called each of us  “For such a time as this.”

Don’t spend another year making excuses. We only get one life to live. You only get one chance to do it right.

STEP OUT IN FAITH TODAY AND ANSWER THE CALL THAT GOD HAS PLACED UPON YOUR LIFE!

Thursday
Jan112018

Jan 7, 2018

How to Make the Most of 2018 - Proverbs 17:24

Proverbs 17: 24 (NIV) -A discerning man keeps wisdom in view, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.”

We all can do the one of two things this year: We can waste it away by sitting around and worrying about the things we failed to accomplish last year or the mistakes we made throughout the year OR We can decide to make the most of this New Year that God has granted us.

Time is not going to sit still...God is not going to sit still. God wants to see lives changed for Him. God wants to see YOU making a difference in the world you live in.

How will this year be any different than last year? God brings life to us in small pieces. At the beginning of every year God says, let’s wipe the slate clean and let’s start with a brand new year.

Proverbs 17:24 (The Good News Version) "An intelligent person aims at wise actions, but a fool starts off in many directions."

For many the last part of that verse describes them. It says, “ A fool starts off in many directions. ” Does that describe any of you? You start your year off in haste going in to many different directions at one time with no plan of action. You’ve got to have a plan! God has one....Good news: your a major part of His plan.

Four keys to get the most out of 2018.

1. Accept responsibility for my life.   Most people would rather blame someone else for the problems and difficulty. They are go around looking for someone who will accept responsibility for them. Galatians 6:5 “Each person must be responsible for Himself.”

2. Believe I can change.      Stop saying, "I can’t" and start saying, "I can". Believe Scripture!! Be the person that believes that you can change the world with the help of God. Philippians 4:13 (NIV) “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!”

3. Clarify what you really want.    You must decide what’s important in your life. God has given each of us the freedom to choose. We have the freedom to choose between good and evil. We have the freedom to choose How we want to live our life/who we want to live it for.

4. Don’t wait to begin.     Do it now! These three words can change your life. Do it now. If you and I wait for the right situation or the right time we may miss out on life all together.

Ecclesiastes 11:4 “Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.”

Conclusion:

 What kind of person will you be this year?

Will you choose to make the most of 2018?

Will you accept responsibility for your life?

Will you believe you can change?

Will you clarify who your going to live your life for?

Will you ask....What’s important to me?

Will I start right now?

Will my relationship with God be at the top of my list?

The choice is yours -to make the most of 2018!......What will it be?

 

Thursday
Dec282017

Dec 31, 2017

"2017 Year in Review" . Phil. 3:13-14 

How quickly the year has gone by? As the year comes to a close we often take time to reflect on it. Let us not forget to use our reflections as stepping stones into the future.

For some of us the past year has been challenging and yet for others exciting. For some there are no changes at all. As Christians we should reflect on the past year with an attitude of thankfulness/gratefulness to God for His mercy and kindness to us.

Whether we are reflecting on the past or visioning for the future...God is with us!

Lesson #1: Look back at the year coming to a close.

As we look back Paul gives us two important word to keep in mind

1. Remember    2. Forget

Philippians 3:13-14  “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.  But the one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

Paul reminds us 1st that while it is ok to reflect on the past the important thing is to press on towards the goal and to use only those things from our past that will help us achieve that goal. Which is our heavenly home.

We have to realize our past is our past. Many things we reflect on need to be left in the past. Jesus came to free us from the captivity of sin/the past.

Jesus said in LUKE 4:18: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor, He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Galatians 5:1

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by the yoke of slavery.”

We need to be surrendering those feelings to the Lord. When we truly let go of those thing we have the opportunity to lead the kind of life God wants us to lead.

The Bible tells us if we truly give those over to the Lord than we are free of those thing.  John 8:36 “So if the Son set you free, you will be free Indeed.”

Lesson #2: Look expectantly towards the future. 

Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no revelation (vision) the people cast off restraint(perish).”

We as a people need to have a vision for the Lord. Our vision’s purpose needs to be building the Kingdom of God in 2018.

We are called to be faithful to the mission of building His church. We cannot allow satan to let us look at the world through defeated eyes and say there’s to much wrong.

God has chosen us you and I to be apart of building His Kingdom. Right here/Right Now.

There’s a place Between our past/future. Its a place that we forget about all to often. It’s called  “the Here and Now”  Are you living your life in the Here/Now for His Kingdom?

Live for Him...Look expectantly to how God will work in 2018.

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Friday
Dec222017

Dec 24, 2017

"3 Christmas Presents You Don't Have to Wait to Open" - Luke 2:10-14

Where will you open your presents? 

When will you open your presents?

Here are some Christmas gifts you can unwrap right now.  You don’t have to wait.

In Luke 2:10-14, God shows us 3 gifts He gave us through the birth of Jesus. See if you can find them you as READ: Luke 2:10-14.

Christmas Gift #1:  FREEDOM FROM FEAR.....Vs. 10 The angels said “Do not be afraid”…

Matthew 6:25, 32-34  “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things.

Christmas Gift #2: THE JOY OF SALVATION....Vs. 10 “I bring you good tidings of great joy, which will be to all people.Today in the city of David a Savior has been born to you, which is Christ the Lord”

Vs. 20 tells us that they went to Bethlehem found Jesus, and were filled with joy after having seen Him. You and I know the rest of the story. Jesus reveals Himself as Savior but not the kind of Savior they expected.

Christmas Gift #3: Perpetual Peace....Vs. 14 “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rest.”

 

God sent His Son to be born in Bethlehem to give you some special gifts

-Freedom from fear

-The joy of salvation

-Peace that lasts.

You don’t have to wait any longer to open those gifts.

Luke 2:10-14(NIV) "But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the city of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,  “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

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Sunday
Dec172017

Dec 17, 2017

"Christmas Is...."  Isaiah 52:7-10

Christmas means so many different things to each and everyone of us.

“Christmas is sleigh bells. Christmas is sharing. Christmas is holly. Christmas is caring.”

The sights, sounds, and feelings....Sadly , that’s what Christmas is for most people.

CHRISTMAS IS ...

1) For People Who Have Nothing,         

2) For People Who Need Everything.

READ: Isaiah 52: 7-10

1) For People Who Have Nothing...                                                                                                          God sent a greeting of hope to a hopeless people. “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tiding, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” God in His faithful love and mercy came to His weary and lonely people with a message of good news.......“Your God reigns!”

2) For People Who Need Everything...

The our all-powerful and merciful God intervened for us all. He made it possible for us to have true peace. He gives us everything we need. We see messengers with a great message all throughout scripture. The angel that came to the shepherds that first Christmas announcing, “Peace on earth!”

God has sent His Christmas greeting to you. As we sing the old song “Peace on earth and mercy mild God and sinners reconciled!” That’s what Christmas is all about. And that’s just what we need. God gives us what we need. He gives us a message of hope and love and He gives us the ability to receive and believe it.

God has delivered us. That’s the perfect gift.

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Friday
Dec082017

Dec 10, 2017

Pastor Kelly

"The Cradle, The Cross and The Crown" - Lule 2:1-7

As Christmas rapidly approaches it would seem as though most/not all people are pretty much on overload don’t you think. We get to a point where we don’t know if we can take any more carols or Christmas cookies. Today I want us to focus on three symbols as they relate to Jesus. How they tie together....How they make up the message we are to share.

First part of our message: The Cradle

John 1:14: “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling amont us." 

Luke 2:12: “This will be a sign to 

you: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth

and lying in a manger.”

The second part of our message: The Cross
John 19:30, “It is finished!”
Final symbol of our message: The Crown

Revelation 19:1 “After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a 

great multitude in heaven shouting, Hallelujah! 

Salvation and glory and power belong to our God…”



-Vs 6 … “Hallelujah!  For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory." 

Are you ready to meet -the King of Kings and Lord of Lords today?

The Baby in Bethlehem became the Christ of the Cross and was crowned King of Kings and Lord of Lords. And will one day Return in all His glory! Will you be ready?

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Saturday
Dec022017

Dec 3, 2017

Pastor Kelly
"Waiting for Christmas" Luke 2:25-38

 How many of you have a hard time waiting for Christmas. You just can’t wait -till the season gets here.

What are you waiting for this Christmas? Are you longing for anything? What are you expecting to receive? Are you looking forward to anything special this Christmas?

In the Gospel of Luke, we come across two people -who make their appearance towards the end of the Christmas story.   Read Luke 2: 25-38

We’re introduced to Simeon in Luke 2:25. “Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon Him.”

Verse 26 - “It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.”

Verse 38 - “Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.”

There are three action steps from this passage that will help you experience God’s comfort and forgiveness this Christmas.

Action Step #1: Become a marveler
Action Step #2: Become a mover.
Action Step #3: Become a Messenger
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Saturday
Nov252017

Nov 26, 2017

Pastor Kelly,

Psalm 100:4 - Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name.

What is the presence of God?

It is inescapable....Psalms 139:7 – “Where can I go from your spirit, Where can i flee from your presence.”

It is Jesus with us.....Matthew 28:20 – “I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”

It is the Holy Spirit indwelling in us - John 14:16 -Promises Holy Spirit  “And I will ask the Father, and he shall give you another Counselor, to be with you forever, the Spirit of truth”

It is Holy....1 Peter 1:15-16 “but just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all your do, for it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

The How of Thanksgiving 

-Joyful -Glad service -Singing -Humble

Psalms 95:6 “O come, let us bow down in worship, Let us kneel before the Lord our maker.

The Motivation for Thanksgiving:

For the Lord is good and his love endures Forever; his faithfulness continues through all Generations.”

Psalm 36:5 - “Your mercy, O LORD, reaches to the heavens and your faithfulness to the skies.

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Saturday
Nov252017

Nov 19, 2017

Pastor Kelly
Overcoming Fear in Turbulent Times" Nehemiah 4:6-18

READ: Nehemiah 4: 6-18

 So what can we learn from Nehemiah

 1. As Christians expect enemies! Nehemiah had faced no enemies while sitting in the comfort of the palace.

 2. As Christians we need to understand that the enemy will underestimate us! Nehemiah's enemies underestimated the ability of the people to build and protect themselves.  

-Vs. 9 “But we prayed to our God and posted a guard Day and night to meet this threat.”

As Christians we can win because we have 4 key traits:

1. We know our weaknesses and set guards.

2. We need to have a heart to work.

3. To keep their mind on Christ.

4. As Christians we need a willingness to fight for others!

Good news God has placed you in a family that will rally to the call. We must set into place an alarm that is sounded when the call goes out when someone is sick, when someone suffers loss, when someone's world breaks apart we join forces and fight together.

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Monday
Nov132017

Nov 12, 2017

Pastor Kelly,

"Faith in Action: The Detour" Luke 10:25-37

“Greater love has no man than this, That a man lay down his life for another.”

Jackie Robinson stated: “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”

How do you feel when you see this sign? (Detour sign)

-Mad, frustrated, anxious, confused

Some detours in life come at you, and there’s no way -you can choose to take your normal route.

A serious illness - you’re laid off from your job - a loved one dies - a spouse walks out.

Those detours don’t give you a choice. But there are other times in your life when you have a choice to get off your normal path and take a detour. A detour that will enable you to help someone in need. When the chance to serve someone comes are you the kind of person who will follow the sign that says “Take your normal and comfortable route” or take the “Detour Ahead?”

We are going to look at a person in the Bible who decided to take a detour on his road of life so he could be of service to someone else. He is known as the “Good Samaritan.”

I. DETOUR: JESUS CHECKS OUR MOTIVATION:

Vs 25 - “On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he asked, ‘What must I do to inherit eternal life?’

II. DETOUR: JESUS CHALLENGES OUR DEFINITION:

He also challenges our definition of who is our neighbor. By using a Samaritan as the hero Jesus is giving a new definition of who is my neighbor.

III. DETOUR: JESUS CHANGES OUR APPLICATION:

So 1st: We are to check our motivation, do we have hearts of compassion?

2ndly: We are to check our definition do we have our own little check list of people who we will helpor are we willing to accept Jesus’ definition of anyone who is in need?

That brings us to the final question: What does this mean to me?

(A) In order to be the kind of neighbor God wants us to be we must realize that a detour takes risk.

(B) To be the kind of neighbor we must understand that a detour takes personal involvement. (time & money)

In the end Jesus switched gears Did you catch what Jesus did? No longer are we asking “Who is my neighbor?”but rather “What kind of neighbor am I?”

I challenge you to take a detour to get off your normal beaten path of life. It doesn’t have to even be anything big. But do something for someone else. Visit someone in the hospital. Take a plate food to shut-in. Volunteer to babysit for a single mom. Write a letter to a soldier overseas....Make a difference for someone else.

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