No Need For Fear

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Don’t panic. I’m with you.There’s no need to fear for I’m your God.I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you.I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.

 

ISAIAH 41:10 (THE MESSAGE)

 

    Good morning! Look at the picture above for a moment, please. Have you ever felt like you were in the position of the trapeze artist on the left? The security of what got you to this point is suddenly gone. You are gripped firmly by nothing but air. Your focus is upon one and only one thing—the hands that you hope will catch you. The reality of it all is this: You either TRUST those hands, or you don’t!

 

    Pondering this scenario reminds me of a book I read about trusting God. In RUTHLESS TRUST, Brennan Manning writes: “The way of ruthless trust is not an abstraction but a concrete, visible, and formidable reality. It gives definition to our lives, reveals what is life-giving within us, shapes the decisions we make and the words we speak, prods our consciousness, nurtures our spirit, impacts our interaction with others, sustains our will-to-meaning in life, and gives flesh and bone to our way of being in the world.”

 

    If you’re stuck in the middle of thin air today, please remember the words of Isaiah 41:10. Abba Father promises to strengthen you, to help you, to hold you steady, and to keep a firm grip on you. Our Father is completely reliable for all in covenant with Him. He says, “Don’t panic. I’m with you.There’s no need to fear for I’m your God.” Go ahead…Let go…and you’ll fall into His waiting arms. That’s Ruthless Trust!

 

Never Forget: You are Loved!

 

Pastors Glenn & Diann

 

 

 



For The Kingdom Of God Is Within You

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     Good morning! Last Wednesday, we began a new study entitled “Revealing the Kingdom of God.” Part 1 was an eye-opener for us all. We talked about Jesus’ emphasis on God’s Kingdom and it’s relevance for today. We also shared a recent development within the Church that is radically distorting the simple message of the Kingdom. This is an issue that demands our attention. I invite you to listen to the message on our website, under the Media—Sermons tab.

 

     An important revelation about the Kingdom of God is in Luke 17:20-21, One day the Pharisees asked Jesus, “When will the Kingdom of God begin?” Jesus replied, “The Kingdom of God isn’t ushered in with visible signs. You won’t be able to say, ‘It has begun here in this place or there in that part of the country.’ For the Kingdom of God is within you.”The Kingdom that Jesus shared was intended to transform society by transforming the hearts of its citizens. In other words, the Kingdom of God is “an inside job”. As we grow in our relationship with God, we yearn to obey His Word and to honor His kingly rule in our lives. That is “manifesting the Kingdom of God”!

 

     Jesus asked an astonishing question in Luke 6:44, “Why do you call Me, Lord, Lord, and do not [practice] what I tell you?” The Lord spells “love”: O-B-E-Y. Join us this week for Part 2 of this phenomenal study!

 

Never Forget: You are Loved!

 

Pastors Glenn & Diann

 

 

 



Rejoice In The Lord

    Good morning! Today, I am excited to share with you the conclusion of “Walking By Faith”. As we explore “The Victory of Faith”,I’d like to remind you that the Apostle Paul wrote the words above while in the bowels of a prison. I’m not so sure that such surroundings would have prompted anything as positive from me! Can you relate?

 

    One Bible scholar refers to Paul’s letter to the Church in Philippi as, “The Epistle of Joy.” Paul mentions “joy” 16 times in 4 chapters. Paul also mentions the Lord Jesus 50 times in those chapters, revealing to us the secret of his power to endure such hardships. Joy is only possible in difficult circumstances if Jesus is the center of one’s attention.

 

    When I consider standing in a sewer, as Paul did while in this prison, I find his courage and confidence simply astonishing. John MacArthur writes, “Paul ministers out of a deep and abiding joy because Christ was his one and only focus. In the worst of circumstances, or in the best, Paul’s faith was unshakeable.” Wow!

 

    “The Victory of Faith” is not measured in goose bumps, ticker tape parades, or adoring crowds. Nor is it measured by “success”, however that may be defined. “The Victory of Faith” occurs when nothing—good, bad, or indifferent—moves us from our “one and only focus.” For Paul—and for us—Christ is Enough! To see the invisible, to attempt the impossible, to wait positively and patiently, and to endure every trial in the process—that is “The Victory of Faith!” Enjoying the journey of Walking By Faith is reserved for those who understand that JOY in JESUS is the goal. As it was true for Paul, so too for you and for me—CHRIST IS ENOUGH!

 

Never Forget: You are Loved!

Pastors Glenn & Diann

 



The Trial Of Faith

    Good morning! I trust that the series we are sharing on “Walking By Faith” has been encouraging to you thus far. Today we share “The Trial of Faith.” If you’re anything like me, you’d rather just skip the trial part of the faith-walk and move on to the VICTORY part. But, is that wise?

 

    When I was a spiritual infant, I remember singing the words of Joshua 1:9 in a worship song at our church. One Sunday, a minister shared a message entitled, “Go Ahead. Try Me” right after we finished this song. He said that the purpose of a trial is to determine truth and administer justice. He shared several stories of people whose faith had been tried and determined true. He also said, “You don’t know if you can trust your faith until it’s been tried and determined true. So rejoice! Every trial is for your benefit!”

 

    Don Moen is the author of the song mentioned above. The chorus says: So, be strong and take courage, Do not fear or be dismayed; For the Lord will go before you, And His light will show the way. Be Strong and take courage, Do not fear or be dismayed; For the one who lives within you, Will be strong in you today.”

 

    Friend, whatever you are enduring at the moment, rest assured that “the One who lives within you, will be strong in you today”! You will get through this trial, and your faith will be determined strong and true!

 

Never Forget: You are Loved!

Pastors Glenn & Diann

 



All Things Have Become New

 

Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”

 

REVELATION 21:5 (NKJV)

 

 

     Good morning! I trust that you were as blessed as I was during the four incredible services we experienced last weekend. The Lord saved the best for last, didn’t He? Pat Schatzline’s message, “The New Face of Royalty” set off a spiritual A-bomb in my heart. As he invited people forward, seating them at “the King’s table”, my heart was flooded with the reality of our new identities in Christ. Tears on the faces of those seated imprinted this truth on our hearts forever. What a moment it was!

 

     Are you living out of your recreated, spiritually perfect nature, or are you trying to rehabilitate the “old” you? If you’re battling sin, or you’re struggling with a crippling issue, remind yourself (and your enemy) that you’re free, in Jesus name. King David reached out to Mephibosheth, and demonstrated grace. So, too, King Jesus has ordained a permanent position of privilege for you. King David’s servants waited upon Mephibosheth. So, too, the Lord’s angelic hosts guard you in all your ways, assuring your present protection and future glory. Amazing, isn’t it?

 

     We all have moments when we are reminded of our past. Next time you’re tempted to look back, remember your high calling and your royal position. For you and me, All Things Are NEW! Glory to God!!

 

Never Forget: You are Loved!

Pastors Glenn & Diann

 



Welcome Pastor Pat

     Pat Schatzline is one of America’s leading communicators, and evangelists to students, and adults. Pat and his wife Karen co-founded Mercy Seat Ministries in 1997.  Pat has ministered to over 2 million people as he’s traveled the globe ministering God’s love and power at churches, conferences, camps, retreats, and universities.  Pat is the keynote speaker at some of the largest youth conferences in the world.  He is known for his crazy humor, unique ability to communicate God’s word with passion and illustrations, and most of all for his deep desire to see a generation of adults and youth experience the power of God and God’s amazing love.

     Pat has authored and also contributed to many articles and books.  Pat is known as a father and mentor of many of America’s top leaders.  Pat and Karen founded the Forerunner School of Ministry in 2001.  Since the initial launch of The Forerunner School of Ministry they have helped to launch many more sites.  Through the school of ministry they’ve launched hundreds into full time ministry. On a weekly basis, hundreds listen to Pat’s podcast. He has served on many national boards across America and has been featured on Christian television such as TBN, JCTV, and Daystar TV Network.  Pat has also written articles for many magazines and newspapers. He recently launched his new award-winning book through Charisma Media in January of 2013 entitled, “Why is God So Mad at Me?”  The book deals directly with a generation’s lost perspective on the character and love of God.  This dynamic book fervently declares, God is not mad at you, but He is mad about you!”  Family Christian Stores, Lifeway, Barnes and Noble, and many other mainstream retailers spotlighted the book. In February of 2013, his book was awarded the “National Critics Choice” award.

     NEW VENTURES: Pat and Karen recently established Legacy Conferences (www.Legacyconferences.org). This is a conference dedicated to the young in ministry to help them establish a foundation for a life of ministry. They recently co-founded the “Mercy Seat Evangelist” web site at www.mercyseatevangelists.comThis site is dedicated to the launching of young evangelists across the world.

     Pat and Karen Schatzline have been married since 1990.  They have two awesome kids named Nate and Abby.  Their daughter, Abby is in elementary school and was adopted from China by the Schatzline family in October of 2003.  Their son, Nate, is a former college football athlete who now serves as a youth pastor at Trinity Church in Dallas.  Nate got married in June of 2012 to his wife, Adrienne.  Along with traveling the world as evangelists, the Schatzline family simply loves to hang out and have fun as a family!  They enjoy playing games, working out, playing sports, and watching cool movies.  They believe they are called to be Forerunners for Jesus and believe in living by faith and watching God do miracles.  They believe the ministry has got to be fun!  Their home and offices are currently located in Birmingham, Alabama.

 



Walking By Faith

     Good morning! For the last couple of weeks, we’ve been teaching on WALKING BY FAITH. We’ve covered, “The Eyes of Faith” and “The Discipline of Faith.” Today, we examine “The Patience of Faith.” I hope that these messages are finding fertile soil in your heart. After all, faith eventually manifests in what we are believing for, right?

 

     Ephesians 3:20 is a hallmark Scripture relating to faith. Of all the promises in God’s Word, nothing provokes my faith like this passage penned by the Apostle Paul. He was writing from a jail cell, by the way. That’s not exactly the place to raise your expectations, is it? I believe that is why the Holy Spirit inspired Paul with that revelation. You see, geography, time, circumstances, etc. have nothing to do with faith that pleases God. That’s because the God-kind of faith is founded and rooted in the character and nature of the One Who cannot lie. If God inspires a vision, He will provide the resources to fulfill that vision. He did with Abraham and Sarah, didn’t He? Would He do any less for you or me?

 

     We are living in a season of rapid escalation. Knowledge increases by leaps and bounds daily. So does fear…or faith. The choice is ours. What in the world are YOU believing for, saint? Let’s trust Abba Father to exceed our wildest expectations. As Paul reminds us, “HE IS ABLE TO DO…MORE THAN ALL WE ASK OR IMAGINE”!

 

Never Forget: You are Loved!

Pastors Glenn & Diann

 



Life Is Good

     Good morning! If you’re like me, you are still basking in the glory of last Sunday. Have you ever seen so many people baptized at one time? It was a beautiful experience! So, what happens next? As Ephesians 4:4-6 illustrates, God places a very high priority on ONENESS. We use terms like “Children’s Church”, “Youth Ministry”, etc. but the truth is that we are uniquely valuable parts of ONE corporate body—the Body of Christ. There are no divisions or schisms in His Body. Jesus is the Head, and we are individual parts connected to each other, and to Him.

 

     Paul writes, So that there should be no division or discord or lack of adaptation [of the parts of the body to each other], but the members all alike should have a mutual interest in and care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the parts [share] the suffering; if one member is honored, all the members [share in] the enjoyment of it. Now you [collectively] are Christ’s body and [individually] you are members of it, each part severally and distinct [each with his own place and function] (I Corinthians 12:25-27 AMP).

 

     Chances are that you’ll see a person or two today that is a new family member. Starting today, invest your life, your love, and your wisdom into “newborns” in Christ’s Body. That is how the “many” become “one”. That’s life in The Royal Family!

 

Never Forget: You are Loved!

Pastors Glenn & Diann

 



Teamwork Makes The Dream Work

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other     succeed.…A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated,    but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.

 

ECCLESIASTES 4:9, 12 (NEW LIVING TRANSLATION)

 

    Good morning! There are not sufficient words in the English language to adequately express our appreciation to everyone who has labored to make Vacation Bible School such a success this week. For every child touched, for every person encouraged, for every hurting heart cheered and restored, we say a profound,

 

     Jesus came to earth in the form of a baby, but Abba Father placed him in a family to protect, provide, train, and prepare Him for His assignment. Nothing great in the Kingdom of God can be ever be achieved alone. Our Lord created us to be INTER-dependent, not IN-dependent. This week, many precious people in this fellowship demonstrated that powerful truth. Thank You for being “Jesus with skin on” to everyone who participated in Investigation Destination. What a blessing you are to us, and to the Lord!!

Never Forget: You are Loved!

Pastors Glenn & Diann

 




Blog 5.3.15
 

You Are God’s Masterpiece                                            MAX LUCADO

To see sin without grace is despair. To see grace without sin is arrogance.  To see them in tandem is conversion.

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (GALATIANS 2:20)

   Christ is on the move, aggressively budging you from graceless to grace-shaped living. The gift-given giving gifts. God sees in you a masterpiece about to happen.

   He will do with you what Vik Muniz did with the garbage pickers of Gramacho. Jardim Gramacho is the largest landfill in the world, the Godzilla of garbage dumps. What Rio de Janeiro discards, Gramacho takes. And what Gramacho takes, catadores scavenge. About 3.000 garbage pickers scrape a living out of the rubbish, salvaging 200 tons of recyclable scraps daily. They trail the never-ending convoy of trucks, trudging up the mountains of garbage and sliding down the other side, snagging scraps along the way. Plastic bottles, tubes, wires, and paper are sorted and sold to wholesalers who stand on the edge of the dump.

   Across the bay the Christ the Redeemer statue extends his arms toward Rio’s South Zone and its million-dollar beachfront apartments. Tourists flock there; no one comes to Gramacho. No one except Vik Muniz.

   This Brazilian-born artist convinced 5 garbage workers to pose for individual portraits. Suelem, an 18-year-old mother of 2, has worked the garbage since the age of 7. Isis is a recovering alcoholic and drug addict. Zumbi reads every book he finds in the trash. Irma cooks discarded produce in a large pot over an open fire and sells it. Tiao has organized the workers into an association.

    Muniz took photos of their faces, then enlarged the images to the size of a basketball court. He and the 5 catadores outlined the facial features with trash. Bottle tops became eyebrows. Cardboard boxes became chin lines. Rubber tires overlaid shadows. Images gradually emerged from the trash. Muniz climbed onto a thirty-foot-tall platform and took new photos.

   The result? The second-most-popular art exhibit in Brazilian history, exceeded only by the works of Picasso. Muniz donated the profits to the local garbage pickers’ association. You might say he treated Gramacho with grace.

   Grace does this. God does this. Grace is God walking into your world with a sparkle in His eye and an offer that’s hard to resist. “Sit still for a bit. I can do wonders with this mess of yours.” Believe this promise. Trust it. Cling like a barnacle to every hope and covenant.

   Grace hugged the stink out of the prodigal and scared the hate out of Paul and pledges to do the same in us.

   Grace comes after you. It rewires you.

   From insecure to God secure.

   From regret-riddled to better-because-of-it.

   From afraid-to-die to ready-to-fly.

I—yes, I alone—will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never  think of them again. (ISAIAH 43:25)

 

 
 
Blog 4.19.15
 

Worry Is Worthless: God Takes Care of You

CHUCK SWINDOLL

My soul takes refuge in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge until destruction passes by. (Psalm 57:1)

    Worry is a complete waste of energy. It solves nothing. That is why Jesus asked, “Which of you by being anxious can add a single cubit to his life’s span” (Matthew 6:27)?

    In essence He was saying, “You go to bed tonight and fret and fuss because you’re not five feet, eleven inches; you’re only five feet, nine inches. But when you wake up in the morning, you’re still going to be five feet, nine inches.”

    Worry will never make you stretch! And it won’t solve that anxiety on your mind either. Let me be completely candid. Do you know why we worry? We have a quiet, hidden, love for worry. We enjoy it! When one worry is gone, we replace it with another. There’s always a line of worries waiting to get in the door. So as one goes out the back door, we usher in the next one through the front door. We enjoy entertaining them.

    Worries are our mental and emotional companions. But Jesus says, in effect, that they’re worthless!

    Worry erases the promises of God from your mind. Jesus implies this when He says, “O men of little faith. Do not be anxious then, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘With what shall we clothe ourselves’
(Matthew 6:31).

    The promise of God is that He will not allow His children to beg for bread. He will care for our needs and that’s the promise you can claim. Since He took care of our greatest need at Calvary by giving us Christ, then you can be sure He will take care of everything else He considers important for us.

 

 
 
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GOD’S POWER WHEN IT MATTERS MOST

The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

I CORINTHIANS 10:13 (AMPLIFIED)

    Good morning! Last Sunday, we celebrated the triumph of Jesus over death. What a celebration it was! Most of us are familiar with Gethsemane, Golgotha, and the Cross. We realize that Jesus could have avoided all of those experiences if He had chosen to. Have you ever thought about the first temptation that Jesus experienced? It is so interesting that, according to Luke 4:1, the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness where the temptations would occur. WHY?

    A wise man once said, “A faith that has not been tested cannot be trusted.”  Jesus, the Son of God, had to endure the process of temptation and refuse the false promises of temptation in order to experience the power of God when it mattered most. Our Lord suffered the same temptations that you and I do, yet remained faithful to His Father. Even though we’ll face trials and temptations during our time on earth, Jesus left an example of how to overcome every evil attack! “For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those being tempted” (Hebrews 2:18 NKJV). Notice that Jesus “…suffered, being tempted” ! Jesus revealed a life key that gives me courage every day: God never said it would be easy. He said that it would be worth it! So, the next time you find yourself in a battle, remember: Satan tempts us to get the WORST out of us; God tests us to get the BEST out of us. Friend, this week, I hope that you will experience God’s Power When It Matters Most!

Never Forget: You Are Loved!

Pastors Glenn & Diann

 

 
Love your enemies
 
 

Even From the Cross: Love Those Who Hate

Dear Jesus,

   Sometimes it’s really hard to love people, particularly when You ask me to love those who hate You and do evil things. Please show me. How can I hate evil and still love the haters?

   Isn’t that what Paul did when he was in prison? In the worst of circumstances, he hated evil but continued to love. And You did the same, Jesus. When You were beaten, mocked, and crucified, You asked God to forgive Your enemies because they didn’t know what they were doing. That is pure love.

   Jesus, You are always in my heart, guiding me and leading me to be more like You. And for that reason, I have to pray for those who hate You and do evil things. I don’t love what they do, Lord — but I want them to know You, so I pray for them. I love them enough to ask that You will save them. Please, Lord Jesus, come into their hearts. Open their eyes to see You. They need You so much.

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You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. — Matthew 5:43–44

When Jesus was on the cross, He prayed for His enemies and asked God to forgive them. Can you love someone who hates the Lord or who willingly inflicts suffering? Love doesn’t mean that you accept acts of hatred and evil, but love requires that you pray for those most in need of salvation. Remember them when you pray.

Excerpted with permission from Jesus, I Need You: Devotions from Your Heart to His, copyright Zondervan 2015.

 

 
 
 
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CHILDREN OF THE BURNING HEART

 

And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” LUKE 24:32 (NKJV)

     Have you ever heard of a chronic condition ENJOYED by followers of the Lord Jesus, called “Holy Heartburn”? As A. W. Tozer writes, there is a passion for more of God that only those who know Him best understand. We were sharing Fifty Things The Holy Spirit Does last Wednesday night. Discussing Who the Holy Spirit is and describing the things He does in and through us pushed me to the breaking point. I was about to jump out of my skin! I sensed an insatiable hunger for the Glory of God shared by all who were present. We were all, “Children of The Burning Heart”!

     Friend, I encourage you to begin experiencing “Holy Heartburn” today. God’s Word is alive! Every page of Holy Scripture is like liquid fire setting hearts ablaze and renewing the minds of its readers. As we worship today and next Wednesday night, make it your aim to be fully engaged. When we make God Himself the object and focus of worship, He responds in ways that makes us realize that our pursuit of Him brings Him great pleasure and delight. Our hearts overflow with a joy the likes of which no earthly pursuit or experience can ever remotely compare!

     Today, will you open your heart, clear your mind of clutter, and worship King Jesus with reckless abandon? This week, will you set aside time each day to soak in God’s presence and meditate on His Word? If so, you might want to buy a bottle of Pepcid. Holy Heartburn is on the way!

 

 
 
 
 
3.15.15
 
 

Tragedy Turned Into Eternal Triumph

 

And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how He  died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!” (MARK 15:39)

    Mark’s account of Jesus’ death is an agonizing record of what seems to be a total failure. A mock trial, a brutal crucifixion, cruel taunts, a hurried burial. And for three days hope died in the disciples’ hearts.
A.W. Tozer explains how failure in the eyes of the world may be success in God’s eyes: “The current mania of people seeking to succeed in the world is a good thing perverted. The desire to fulfill the purpose for which we were created is, of course, a gift from God. But sin has twisted this impulse about and turned it into a selfish lust for first place and top honors.

    “When we come to Christ, we enter a different realm, one infinitely higher than and altogether contrary to that of the world. Our Lord died an apparent failure, discredited by the leaders of established religion, rejected by society, and forsaken by his friends. It took the resurrection to demonstrate how gloriously Christ had triumphed and how tragically the world had failed. The resurrection demonstrated once and for all who won and who lost.”

    There is no greater success story than the resurrection, for apparent tragedy was transformed into eternal triumph. That would be good news enough. But there is more! Christ’s resurrection makes a similar success story possible in the lives of Christians who know the truth of this verse: I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20).

    That’s a success story with brand new chapters being written every day. One of those chapters is reserved just for you. How will today’s page read?

Excerpted with permission from Once-a-Day Walk with Jesus Devotional, copyright Zondervan.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Valentines
 

Communicating Love and Respect in Marriage      Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

Excerpted with permission from Love and Respect for a Lifetime by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, © Thomas Nelson.  

  God’s way of communicating in marriage is to talk with words of unconditional love and respect.

  “If,” comments a wife, “I’m in the middle of a conversation with my husband that has the potential to become heated and a negative thought about my husband enters my mind, I remember the simple advice in Love and Respect that when I communicate with my husband, I need respectful words, a respectful tone of voice, and a respectful countenance. I also remember the simple advice that I need to think respectful thoughts about my husband because he is created in the image of God, and God commands me to respect him.”

The heart of the wise instructs his mouth and adds            persuasiveness to his lips. (Proverbs 16:23)

  I also teach “my response is my responsibility.” When my spouse and I get on the Crazy Cycle, my unloving words are my responsibility. My wife, Sarah, does not cause my unloving words, and I must always ask myself before I speak, “Is that which I am about to say going to sound loving or unloving to Sarah?”

  A husband comments, “Our relationship changed from frequent nagging and fighting when I realized that my response is my responsibility. I find myself constantly going back to that [truth] in every situation that gets heated. Our relationship has gradually gotten better and better as I try to speak lovingly.”
 

    It would be easy enough to deduce that communication is the key to marriage, but I don’t agree. To say that communication is the key to marriage is to assume that both spouses speak the same language. After more than three decades of pastoring, counseling married couples, and conducting marriage conferences, I’ve learned that, in fact, the wife speaks a “love language” and the husband speaks a “respect language.” They don’t realize this, of course, but because he is speaking one kind of language (respect) and she is speaking another (love), there is little or no understanding and little or no communication.

    Your words are a very good indication of what is going on in your heart — and your spouse knows it. Just about every couple knows what it is like to get into a conflict that escalates into a full-blown argument and they are not sure why it happened. Spouses tend to write off these kinds of arguments, saying, “If only she weren’t so sensitive” or “If only he weren’t so touchy.” But those aren’t the real issues at all.

    Conflict inevitably happens when spouses focus on their own needs and overlook the needs of the other. That’s when the issues arise. The wife needs love; she is not trying to be disrespectful. The husband needs respect; he is not trying to be unloving. Once the Love and Respect couple grasps a basic principle — that the apparent issue is not the real issue at all — they are on their way to cracking the communication code.

    Conflict is inevitable; it is simply part of living together. The key to keeping conflict from escalating is to choose to practice love or respect. When a husband speaks with a loving tone during a conflict, which may range from a mild argument to a more serious disagreement, his wife will feel one with him. When a wife softens her facial expressions and comes across more respectfully during those times of friction, the husband will feel one with her.

    Will the disagreement be solved? Perhaps, but more than likely it will still be there. Yet husband and wife can feel oneness because nobody has to win and nobody has to lose. Oneness is, and it is gained when the wife feels loved by her husband and the husband feels respected by his wife. They bond with each other; two, indeed, become one.

 

 

 
 
Love
 

I CORINTHIANS 13 (THE MESSAGE)

1 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.

3-7 If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.

 

10 Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.

11 When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.

12 We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

13 But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

 

 
 
 
Keep my mouth shut

“Help me, Lord, to keep my mouth shut and my lips sealed.”

PSALM 141:3 (THE LIVING BIBLE)

    Good morning! I’m not going to bother asking how many times you’ve wished you had prayed the words recorded by King David in Psalm 141:3. At least a dozen or two, right? Me, too! As you see on the front cover, an incredible prayer is recorded in Psalm 19:14. Years ago, I began praying that prayer before I left for each day’s activities. Being mindful of the huge impact of my words has saved me countless apologies and salvaged many vital relationships. If I’d only known this truth sooner! Can you relate?

    Over the first month of 2015, we’ve talked about the priority of setting a positive, spiritual atmosphere. It would be spiritual malpractice NOT to deal with the matter of our speech before moving forward. Today, we consider the power of our words. King Solomon writes, The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences

(Proverbs 18:21). As the Holy Spirit ministers to us, let’s allow Him to expose areas of speech that may cause Him grief, that maims our souls, or that wounds the hearts of those we love. This will be time well spent, even if it brings pain. No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening —it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way” (Hebrews 12:11 NLT). Let’s do whatever it takes to reap a harvest of right living in 2015. God Bless You!

 

Never Forget: You Are Loved!

Pastors Glenn and Diann

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Know Christ
 

 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (EPHESIANS 3:19 NKJV)

Possessing the Fullness of Christ                                 Francis Frangipane

    We have instructed the Church in nearly everything but becoming disciples of Jesus Christ. We have filled the people with doctrines instead of Deity; we have given them manuals instead of Emmanuel. It is not difficult to recognize someone from Pentecostal, Baptist, Charismatic or other traditional church backgrounds. Nearly every congregation seems to develop a particular slant or system of traditions, some of which ultimately obscures the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. We can honor our traditions, but we must not be limited by them. For us, they will never be enough. We are seeking to be like Jesus, not men. We want the kingdom of God, not typical American Christianity.

    Thus, as a man of God, I must be vigilant to submit myself, above all things, to the Spirit and words of the Lord Jesus, incessantly reaching for the holy standards of the kingdom of God. I consider that any focus or goal other than Christ Himself in fullness will become a source of deception in the days ahead.

    Look at what Jesus did with common people. In just 3 1/2  years average men and women were transformed into fearless disciples, literally filled with the Spirit of God. They did not wince at suffering; they did not withdraw from sacrifice. These once ordinary people were equipped with spiritual authority over demons and exercised power over illnesses. They were the actual living proof that Christ transforms people.

Three and a half years of undiluted Jesus will produce in us what it did in them: THE KINGDOM OF GOD!
 

The first disciples were just as average and human as we are. The difference between them and us is Jesus. He is the only difference. One may argue that this occurred two thousand years ago. True, but “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).

    You may say, “But they actually heard Jesus speak; they saw His miracles!” The same Spirit that worked through Jesus in the first century is poured out upon us today! The Holy Spirit has not grown old and feeble; He is still being poured out today. The words Jesus uttered in the first century are still “living and active” today (Hebrews 4:12), even to the “end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). We have no excuses. The eternal One who established His kingdom in men two millennia ago is fully capable of producing it in us today. All we need is undiluted, uninhibited Jesus. All we need are hearts that will not be satisfied with something or someone other than Him.

    Thus the pattern for leadership in the years ahead is simple: Leaders must be individuals whose burning passion is conformity to Jesus Christ. Is this not the highest passion of your heart—to possess the likeness of Christ? Heaven’s concern is: Will we become people who are seeking hard after Christ?
 

God—you’re my God! I can’t get enough of you! I’ve worked up such hunger and thirst for God, traveling across dry and weary deserts. So here I am in the place of worship, eyes open, drinking in your  strength and glory. In your generous love I am really living at last!   My lips brim praises like fountains. I bless you every time I take a  breath; My arms wave like banners of praise to you.

PSALM 63:1-4 (THE MESSAGE)

 

 
 
  
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For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

Psalm 139:13-140

     I want you to picture your heart, that powerful machine pumping inside your chest. Believe it or not, it’s about the size of your fist and weighs less than a half a pound. Yet in less than twelve hours, it does enough work to lift 65 tons off the ground!

     And not only that, but if you were to line up the veins, arteries, and capillaries of the average adult end-to-end, they would stretch over 60,000 miles. That’s nearly 2½ times around the world!

    Three millennia ago, before any of these facts would’ve been known, the psalmist said we are fearfully and wonderfully made. How can any rational person look at the human body and not see a divine hand in its design?

You are created by God, not in a factory, but custom-made unlike any other person in the world!

    God made creation. He constructed light years upon light years of universe. Yet that very same God also knit you together in your mother’s womb. He intricately crafted you before you even took your first breath as a newborn baby.

    You have significance. You are NOT the product of an accident. God Himself created you; He sustains you; and He loves you. Yes, YOU! Praise Him today for that amazing truth!

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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In this life we have three great lasting qualities—faith, hope  and love. But the greatest of them is love.

I CORINTHIANS 13:13 (PHILLIPS)

 

   Good Morning! Can you believe that there are only 17 shopping days left until Christmas? [I’ll make sure you’re informed from now until Christmas week!] Last week, we shared about the power of faith. I hope that article was an encouragement to you. And speaking of hope…

   The second link of this “life link” shared in I Corinthians 13 is the lasting quality of hope! What comes to mind when you consider this rich word? In my mind’s eye, I see three links of a chain. On one end is the quality of faith. On the other end is the quality of love. Smack dab in the middle of these qualities is the enduring, undeniable link of HOPE! An author/poet from a century ago, G. K. Chesterton once said, “Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.” Powerful, huh?

   As we remember the birth of Jesus, history shows that it was a very difficult period. Rome ruled the world, forcing the servitude of people living in conquered nations. Rome owned it all and there was nothing anyone could do about it…apparently. But God!

   God sent hope to planet earth in the form of a newborn baby. During His time here, Jesus preached hope, gave hope, and fulfilled hope. And He’s still doing the same some 2,000 years later.

   Nothing you can buy online or in a store can supply what the lasting quality of hope provides. Only Jesus can do that. HOPE: That’s what Christmas is really all about!

Hope Works!

Pastors Glenn and Diann

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 Nov 23-0

1 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all you lands!

2 Serve the Lord with gladness! Come before His presence with singing!

3 Know (perceive, recognize, and understand with approval) that the Lord is God! It is He Who has made us, not we ourselves [and we are His]! We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and a thank offering and into His courts with praise! Be thankful and say so to Him, bless and affectionately praise His name!

5 For the Lord is good; His mercy and loving-kindness are everlasting, His faithfulness and truth endure to all generations.

PSALM 100 (AMPLIFIED)

This Thanksgiving, Be Sure to Count Your Blessings!