Tag: relationship with God

Appointed as servant and witness!

Scripture reading for June 10:  Acts 26, Psalm 115, Proverbs 22

Key Scriptures: Acts 26:15-18 “And I said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting.  But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen Me and to those in which I will appear to you, delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles–to who I am sending you to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.'”

Paul was sharing with King Agrippa the testimony and witness of his encounter with Jesus Christ on the Damascus road.  He told of Jesus appearing to him and appointing him to be His witness and servant. Jesus would enable him through the Gospel to turn people from darkness to light and deliver them from Satan’s power to restoration of a relationship with God by forgiveness of sins.  This was available for all who would receive and repent!

Faith Confession:  Thank You Lord Jesus for opening my eyes and appointing me to be your skillful servant and witness.  (Faith action:  Share the Good News of Jesus with someone God places in your path today.)

Proverbs 22:29 “Do you see a man skillful in his work?  He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.”  

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Sunday Rest and Reflection!

Sunday November 8th, 2014

Dear Friends,

As we enter the Thanksgiving season, it is good to reflect on all that God has blessed us with!  His provisions have been wonderful and salvation will bring us joys beyond our ability to imagine!  We live in a nation that has religious freedom and abundant food.  We have ability to communicate and travel as we please.  We have access to information that others around the world would not believe.

But there are great needs in our world too!  People are hungry and children are starving in some places.  Many are homeless and wander about looking for shelter and hope.  War ravages many parts of our world and plagues are taking lives as well.  The signs of the end of the age are all around us.  It is time to be diligent in our relationship with God.  Gather with God’s people to worship and pray!  Lift your heads to heaven looking for our Lord’s soon return!  The best is yet to come!

In His Love,   Pastor John and Mary

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True mothers and brothers!

Scripture reading for March 28th: Luke 8:4-21

Blood is thicker than water!  This statement is made to declare that family loyalty is often the closest tie that binds people together.  They may not get along on a daily basis, but if a family member is attacked or threatened, other family members will rally to their defense.  Blood relationship is a unique tie we have with our close relatives.  The Jews used this in their relationship to God as well, claiming Abraham’s blood brought them into a unique relationship with God.  Jesus disputed this common proverb when it came to following Him.

“Now Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see Him, but they were not able to get near Him because of the crowd.  Someone told Him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to see You.”  He replied, “My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.” ” (Luke 8:19-21)  The context of this statement was the teaching of the parable of the sower and the seed.  Those who received God’s word and put it into practice had good soil in their hearts and persevered to produce a crop of righteousness coming from faith.  Blood relationship would not necessarily produce this!

Faith comes by hearing and obeying the word of God.  (Romans 10:17)  It is by faith through God’s grace found in Jesus Christ that we are saved.  (Ephesians 2:8-10)   We are adopted into God’s family and become one with Him through covenant by His blood.  (Galatians 4:4-7)  The Holy Spirit bears witness that we are sons and daughters of God and we can now know God as “Abba” (Daddy).  Our faith resulted in belief in the word of truth and we were marked by a seal, the precious Holy Spirit!  Our complete family inheritance is guaranteed until the redemption of our bodies at the resurrection!  (Ephesians 1:13-14)

In summary, Jesus was not putting down his family but encouraging all that they could become close family with Him through hearing the word of God and obeying it!  That is the definition of faith!   Faith works through love.  Love is a relationship where people and our Father work to bring the highest good to each person regardless of personal cost!  Does your spirit and the Holy Spirit bear witness that God is your Father (Daddy)?

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