Pastor George’s Word from the Word 11/28/16

 

2 Corinthians 13:11(NKJV)

11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.

 

Love is the essence of God. Peace is possible because of the outgoing concern of love. To become complete, to fulfill God’s purpose in creating us, we must have love as our core value as well. This cannot be done through our human efforts. Only God living in us through the Holy Spirit can create a new man or woman to be like Him.

 

In His love and service,

Pastor George

 

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Pastor George’s word from the Word 11/21/16

1 Corinthians 16:21-22 (NKJV)

21 The salutation with my own hand—Paul’s.

22 If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come!

 

As Paul was finishing this letter to the church at Corinth, after all the teaching, correction and encouragement, he added a few personal touches. One was that he wrote  this closing portion with his own hand. From other comments in his letters it appears that Paul had poor eyesight. The rest of the letter was evidently dictated but he thought it important enough to do the difficult task of writing this portion himself.

Verse 22 is something that Paul wanted the brethren to take very seriously. The believer’s relationship with Jesus is to be more than than having Him as Lord and Savior. We are required by the Father to love Jesus. If we refuse to do this, then God will cast us away from Him.  Love is God’s nature and obedience without love is never acceptable to God.

In His love and service,

Pastor George

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Pastor George’s Encouraging Words from the Word 11/17/16

1 Corinthians 2:8-10 (NKJV)

which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

But as it is written:

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”[a]

10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.

These verses tell us of two things in our relationship to God. The first is that spiritual knowledge cannot be obtained through human effort. It was impossible for the rulers of that age to know who Jesus really was unless God told them.. Spiritual knowledge is only revealed through God the Holy Spirit. As the scripture says, if these rulers had been given that knowledge they never would have crucified Him! However the rulers being ignorant of this was part of the Father’s plan to offer salvation through His Son.

The second thing that these verses tell us is that what God wants to offer us is conditional not only on our obeying Him but on our loving Him. Think about this: God being all powerful,  can make satan obey Him, but the devil will never love Him. To receive what God wants to give us, eternal life with Him in the kingdom, then obedience is not enough. We must love Him.

In His love and service,

Pastor George

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Pastor George’s Encouraging Words from the Word 11/11/16

Romans 13:8-10 (NKJV)

Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

 

What was the purpose of the commandments?  By keeping them the people of Israel would learn to treat each other or relate to each other in a different way. In Egypt they were living satan’s way of pride and selfishness. God wanted them to live His way. The fulfillment or purpose of the commandments was to live God’s way of life and love.

 

In His love and service,

Pastor George

 

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God makes a way for us to give to those who need

Hi spiritual family. Do you live Matthew 25:31-40? Do you provide food, clothing and shelter for those who need? Do you do so on a regular basis like we are exhorted in James 1:27? Here in the US, we are a few weeks away from Thanksgiving, and many do contribute to a special meal for the homeless and those who don’t have the funds to buy what’s needed to celebrate. That’s wonderful, and I know God is pleased. But what about ongoing needs? Do you seek to help on a regular basis year round? If you do, you are God’s instrument of blessing to those “have not” souls. If you don’t, you can start now. Why not contact your local food bank or homeless shelter and find out what their most pressing needs are and supply those needs, say, on a monthly basis? God works through human instruments. May He work through you. Be physically and spiritually safe and be blessed.

Matthew 26:11a(NKJV)
11 For you have the poor with you always.

James 1:27 (NKJV)
27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

Matthew 25:31-40 (NKJV)
31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

Proverbs 10:12b (NKJV)
12 Love covers all sins.

Matthew 22:37-39 (NKJV)

37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

 

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Pastor George’s Encouraging Words from the Word, 10/26/16

Matthew 6:11-14 (NIV)

11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from the evil one.

14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

This is the conclusion of the series looking at Jesus’ model or outline of prayer that He gave His disciples. Verse 11 shows that our heavenly Father is concerned about our physical needs as well as our spiritual ones. God knows that we are not physically independent. If we do not have food, clothing and shelter we will die. He wants us to ask for what we need physically.

Verses 12, 13 and 14 are about the spiritual side of our Christian life.  Verse 14 refers back to verse 12, where we are asking God to forgive our sins not only because we have repented of them, but because we are living His way of life and have forgiven others when they sin against us. God wants us to forgive that debt and and not to expect payment or compensation(revenge) of some kind. Nowhere in this outline of prayer does  it show that we are required by God to allow this person to run up another debt(sin) against us. God allows us that choice. If the other person will not repent of their sin against us, then the debt of that sin remains between them and God. And the penalty for unrepented sin is death.

In Verse 13, we are asking our loving heavenly Father to spare us from situations which would make it difficult for us not to sin and to rescue us the evil one(Satan) who wants us to be in those situations He wants us to sin, to hurt us and to destroy us spiritually.

This model prayer is given in general terms. To go from the general to the specific, God has given us His Holy Spirit to live in us, to guide us, teach us, and transform us. If our desire is to be like Jesus, then our all powerful and tender hearted Heavenly Father will be pleased to give these things to us.

In His love and service

Pastor George

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Pastor George’s Up Close and Personal Encouraging Words from the Word 10/19/16

1 Corinthians 13:10-12(NIV)

10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

Here Paul likens the differences  between our incomplete present spiritual life and our future complete  life as spirit in Gods kingdom to the differences between a physical child and an adult. Just as a physical adult understands many things that a child cannot, when we are spiritually mature in God’s kingdom we will understand things that happen in our physical life that make no sense to us now.

Some of you may know that I am bi-vocational. I am a pastor and have a ministry on the internet with my wife Sharon, who is also a pastor. Besides that, I have a job in a local grocery store. Years ago when God was revealing to us what part of His work He wanted us to do, the leading from the Holy Spirit was that He wanted us to be in the ministry full time. Following His lead, we did clearly supply information on how to donate to the ministry on the web sites we were using. But the donations never came in. The leading from the Spirit continued to be that God wanted our brothers and sisters in Christ to support us. In addition, the leading was that we were to continue the work the Father had given us to tell Christians about His love. And in addition to that, for me to get a job with a paycheck outside the ministry.

So back to verse 12. Even now I only understand what happened in part. If God wanted certain people to support us and He knew that they would not why did He tell us that was His will? And when they did not support us, why didn’t He make them?  I do understand what part of the Father’s work He has given us to do, and we have been faithful in doing His will for the ministry. I also understand that in this physical life there are bills to pay. Even though physically I’m close to 60, spiritually I still am a child. Some things God does I understand and some things I do not. However, when I am complete in God’s kingdom, then I will know fully.

In His love and service,

Pastor George

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