All Things New!!

December 31, 2014Pastor's Blog

Acts 10:1-48 The tenth chapter of Acts starts with a story that is one of the great turning points in the history of the church. For the first time, a Gentile is to be admitted into its fellowship, and God has made all “unclean” food clean. According to Jewish custom Gentiles were look down upon and considered to be unclean, also certain foods were considered unclean as well. However, God is addressing a much deeper issue. God is teaching the early church that he can make all things clean and … Read More

Keep It Moving

December 30, 2014Pastor's Blog

Acts 14:1-28 Paul and Barnabas are doing ministry together, and God is doing amazing things. People are giving their hearts to Jesus, getting healing, and the church is growing at a rapid rate. However, in verses 19-23 we see how to respond when we face hard times or persecution. The people of Lystra were mad at Paul for doing the work of God. As a result, Paul has been stoned nearly to death to the point he had to play dead so his attackers could stop. Verse 20 says that … Read More

Seeking to Love Biblically

December 29, 2014Pastor's Blog

What you won’t find in Deuteronomy 24 are rules for daily living today. However, there are healthy principles found here for building relational health in the body of Christ. Consider the following samples: Vs. 1-5- This law kept the ex-husband from taking advantage of his former spouse through remarriage. See Jesus’s comments from Mt. 5:31-32. To minimize the occurrence of divorce, provision was granted for newlyweds to stay at home for one year. Vs. 11-15- No one was to be unjustly harsh with the poor, especially in the repayment of … Read More

Sometimes Growth Hurts

December 27, 2014Pastor's Blog

Acts 6:1-12 By this time in the book of Acts, the church of Jesus is growing at a rapid rate. People in that day are getting saved, healed, and transformed by the hundreds daily. However, there is one problem with growth, it comes with issues. The first issue that the church encountered was the widows of that day were being neglected. The church had become so busy in preaching that they begin to forget about the widows. Back in biblical times it was not uncommon for widows to starve to … Read More

Got Relationships?

December 26, 2014Pastor's Blog

Some people dismiss the importance of Romans 16, but this chapter actually showcases one of God’s greatest priorities-relationships! God had surrounded Paul with godly men and women and he intentionally protected these life-giving relationships. These weren’t just people who wandered into Paul’s life, they were divinely appointed for mutual betterment. Proverbs 27:17 shares; “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another” and Romans 16 gives us a living example of that. God actively brings individuals into our lives for mutual benefit AND for mutual sharpening. Spending time with godly … Read More

Matt 2:9-12

December 25, 2014Pastor's Blog

I love how the Wise Men were…wise! Think about it… They were waiting for the King. They were watching for signs of His arrival. They weren’t content to observe; they set everything aside to see the King. They followed the star to locate Him. They exuberantly rejoiced when they found Him! When they entered His presence, the first thing they did was fall down and worship! They gave Him gifts befitting a King. Wise men indeed! What about us? Do we have faith that He’s coming back? If so, does … Read More

Continuing in Faith

December 24, 2014Pastor's Blog

Ephesians 5:18 “…be constantly filled with the Holy Spirit, …” It’s over! We’ve come to the end of this Advent season with the hustle and bustle of Christmas behind us. Now the journey begins…the FAITH journey. It’s not a journey to be taken lightly. We will surely walk through some dark valleys as well as have glorious mountain top experiences. But do you know the most important thing needed for this journey? The scripture above should give you a hint. We need the Holy Spirit. The scripture is clear – … Read More

Are You Gazing?

December 23, 2014Pastor's Blog

Acts 3:1-10 As we continue to read through the book of Acts, you will see an “overflow” of the Holy Spirit filling God’s people in Acts 2. This story of the lame beggar being healed is just that. One particular phrase that stood out to me was in Acts 3:4 “Peter directed his gaze at the lame man”. Peter blocked out everything around him and focused on this man. This story takes place at the busiest time of the day, with hundreds of people crowded around Peter, rushing into the … Read More

Luke 2:1-7

December 22, 2014Pastor's Blog

It was a well-known fact that in Jewish tradition, the Messiah was to be born in Bethlehem. The problem was that Mary and Joseph didn’t live in Bethlehem, but in Nazareth of Galilee. I’m sure that Mary, being a good student of scripture would have known this bit of information. She probably studied the events surrounding the birth of the Messiah, especially given her immediate circumstance. She may have wondered, how in the world is God going to pull this off? How will Jesus be born in Bethlehem when we … Read More

Matthew 1:18-25

December 20, 2014Pastor's Blog

It’s time to read the Christmas story and I usually read the story from Luke. It’s familiar to us, and it has a real beauty to it. But, check out Joseph’s perspective from the book of Matthew. Jesus is unexpected. Jesus is not the result of any human initiative. Nobody thought Jesus up. God took the initiative completely to bring about the birth of Jesus Christ to save his people from their sins .Jesus has been surprising people ever since. He was unexpected, and he continues to show up unexpectedly … Read More