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​​​1 Corinthians 2:1-2 (NIV) 
When I came to you, brothers,
I did not come with eloquence
or superior wisdom as I proclaimed
to you the testimony about God.
For I resolved to know nothing while
I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
 
Paul, Jesus' main Apostle of the New Testament, had a method
of preaching and "attracting" people to God, Jesus, and the Church.
 
It was the message of the Cross.

 

Galatians 2:20 
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live;
yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life
which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith
of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave
himself for me.

 

It was not that the church was soooo cool!
It was not that the pastor was soooo cool!
It was not that the praise team were rock stars!
It was not that some famous people were part of the congregation,
and the others were very smart and wealthy professionals, and
the rest were just very "groovey"!
 
It was that Jesus gave Himself for each one of us,
suffering beyond human comprehension,
was rejected by society, was made a curse,
was crucified openly and shamefully, and even
went into hell itself - ALL ON OUR BEHALF!
 
To rid us of our sins, to gain our justification, and
to secure our adoption by God as sons and daughters,
and to gift us Eternal Life - all exactly according to
the prophetic Scriptures.
 
THIS IS WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT!!
 
All the other stuff ---- IT IS NOT ABOUT!!
 
Enjoy His Pure Precious Gift of Love & Salvation
Pastor Dave
 

 

I Need My Spouse!

Today we look at a most important KEY in a flourishing
marriage relationship:

Actually, this is a grand key to every healthy relationship.
 
The key is NEED!
 
A relationship will flourish and grow and be blessed,
as long as both parties sense a real and mutual NEED
for each another.
 
"I need you!"
 
My marriage will be blessed and rewarding and prosperous
as long as I sense a real NEED for my wife and she senses
a real NEED for me.
 
When this ingredient goes - so goes the relationship!!
 
When I don't feel as if I NEED her... this breads arrogance!
 
Arrogance in a relationship negates the love connection!
 
When I feel like I NEED her, but at the same time,
am well aware of the fact - that she does not NEED me...
then I become "NEEDY"!
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SAD FACT:
Many times when a couple (or people) "fight", they will boldly
proclaim, communicate , or insinuate that "I do NOT need you"!!
 
This is because, instinctively, people know that this is very
hurtful and damaging!
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Neediness is also a poison for a relationship, and for
my own self worth! This neediness can turn one into a
people worshipper - A true danger!!
 
This Key to Relationship Prosperity applies to all relationships!
 
Even a church!!!
 
If most of the people in a church do not sense a need for
[the] church, it becomes very discernible and observable!!
 
This church will feel very not alive.
 
And that is because, this overt sense of need in a relationship
is the love spark to it, which in turn ignites relational health.
 
In the sad state of a church where the folks within do not
feel a NEED; The people will not come much, will not connect much,
will not give of themselves much (will not "engage").
 
And just as a marriage without mutual NEED (becomes a non-marriage),
and a relationship without mutual NEED  (becomes a non-relationship) so
the church, in this case, will become a non [-Jesus-] church.
 
As two people engage completely in love - they both mutually need
one another! This makes a marriage.
 
As Jesus Believers engage completely in love and faith - they all mutually need one another - this makes the church.
 
Just last week, someone who had not been to church in a while
told me that the family was discussing coming more often.
 
I remarked back to them - YOU NEED US AND WE NEED YOU!
 
I Believe it!
 
In the great romance book, the Song of Solomon  - our example
for romantic love... the wife makes this comment:
 
"I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine"!  (SoS 6:3)
 
She could say it with absolute confidence!

Christmas is Heaven

Going to Heaven is the number one reason of Christmas
and why the Savior came.  Everything that Jesus came to
do really, results in going to Heaven, becoming a child and citizen
of Heaven, the Home of the Heavenly Father!

THE MESSAGE OF CHRISTMAS
Jesus the Savior came
FROM Heaven
FOR Heaven
to get us INTO Heaven!
 
The Jesus mindset and perspective is - this is the biggest thing going!
 
It's why He came! Hallelujah!!
 
Heaven is not a thought to put off until "6 weeks before they die"!
 
It is now!!!!
 
It is the biggest deal - now!!
 
...For us - our friends - our relatives - our acquaintances...
 

1. The greatest place in the universe

     by far is HEAVEN

 

2. The greatest things in the universe

     by far are found in HEAVEN

 

3. The most beautiful sights in the universe

     by far exist in HEAVEN

 

4. The greatest feelings and realities of love

     by far are felt in HEAVEN

 

5. The most tremendous experiences of

      peace and joy and happiness and

      contentment

      by far are granted in HEAVEN

 

6. The most perfect understanding of all

     mysteries and questions and truth

     will be completely realized in HEAVEN

 

7. The perfect and complete revelation of God

     and all that He is and who He is will be

     totally seen and experienced in HEAVEN

 
Through faith in the Lord Jesus and receving His free
gift of Eternal life, by asking Him, we become Heaven-Bound!!!

 ...and it feels so good!!!
Merry Christmas to us all!!!
 

New Things Old Things

We, as people, seem to thrive by clinging on
to the OLD and striving for the NEW with
equal effort and energy.
 
We were made that way!
 
The Key is clinging on to the RIGHT stuff of OLD
and striving for the Right stuff that is NEW!!
 
It is an awesome balance!  It is what makes life great!
 
There are things - old - in our lives that we should forget,
and leave far behind, buried in "the Past"!
 
There are things - new - or yet to be experienced, that
we should not even entertain the thought of, or even
head in that direction!
 
Some people only dwell on the past, and have no
insight into their future.
 
Some people value none of their past, appreciate none
of their present, and only cling to an unrealized future.
 
When a person is numb to both past and future, and
wholly despises their present - this is a very dangerous
situation.
 
**Reading and Meditating on God's Whole-Word**
from Genesis to Revelation is the best thing that
exists to keep us in healthy balance on these issues,
Past, Present, Future!
 
The Scriptures teach, that man shall not live by
bread alone (i.e. earthly sources), but by EVERY
Word that comes from the mouth of God! (Mt 4:4)
 
God's Word is perfectly balanced!!
 
Matthew to Revelation is not the whole Word of God.
 
Genesis to Malachi is not the "old testament" to be
discarded!
 
There are elements of the "old testament" within
Genesis to Malachi, but the whole of it, is everlasting
Divine Truth and spiritual food for us today!!
 
Make 2017 a year of the Word for yourself!
Make 2017 a year of Healthy Balance for yourself!
Make 2017 a year of the Excellent Divine Life & Living!!
 
God Bless You Abundantly!!!
Pastor Dave
 
 

God of Blessing

We were reminded Sunday that God is a God of Blessing (Dt 28:1-14)
 
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law,
being made a curse for us: for it is written,
Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
That the blessing of Abraham might come on the
Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might
receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
[Galatians 3:13-14]
 
As we walk in the wonderful Light of God, His
blessings come upon us - in the spirit and in
our natural world.

Blessing Defined - to have the Hand of God
in our affairs,  for our good and well being.

 
Today's Proverb (Ch 10) again reinforces this awesome truth.
Proverbs 10:6 (TLB)
The good man is covered with blessings from head to foot...


Proverbs 10:22 (TLB)
The Lord’s blessing is our greatest wealth...
 
Proverbs 10:25 (TLB)
Disaster strikes like a cyclone and the wicked are whirled away.
But the good man has a strong anchor.

Proverbs 10:27 (TLB)
Reverence for God adds hours to each day...

​Proverbs 10:28 (TLB)
The hope of good men is eternal happiness...

Proverbs 10:29 (TLB)
God protects the upright...

Proverbs 10:30 (TLB)
The good shall never lose God’s blessings

The Love of His Cross

"God loves you!"
 
But just how real is this - really?  

This is what "Easter Season" proves to us.  It is VERY real!
 
Jesus suffered beyond human comprehension!
 
No matter how Hollywood has tried in recent years to portray the death of Jesus in very graphic ways; it still does not touch the extremity of what He went through for you and for me!
 
What does God expect in return?
 
Of late there has been a preaching emphasis which indicates God wants NOTHING in return for the great sacrifice of His only begotten Son!
 
This is an utmost fallacy!
 
Among other things the Scriptures teach us that God the Father and God the Son (Jesus) want
a very REAL faith on our part!
 
Out of His sacrifice, Jesus wants us to have a very REAL desire to walk with Him everyday!
 
Let's not wait till death's door to make this very very Real in our lives.
 
God's Love for us is VERY REAL!
 
And you shall love the Lord your God
with all your heart, and
with all your soul, and
with all your mind, and
with all your strength:
this is the first commandment.
Mark 12:30

A Real Relationship

​Today we celebrate not only our Real Relationship
with God our Heavenly Father, but the promise
that He would make Himself very accessible and
easy for us to "find"!
 
If you have come to God through Jesus Christ,
take joy and have faith that God is very near you,
in regards to an ACTUAL, REAL, LIFE GIVING
RELATIONSHIP!
 
Believe it!
 
Act every moment of the day as if it is true!
 
Because it REALLY is!
 

Hebrews 8:11 
And they shall not teach every man his

neighbour, and every man his brother,

saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know

me, from the least to the greatest.

 

Hebrews 8:11 (MSG)
They won't go to school to learn about me,

or buy a book called God in Five Easy Lessons.  

They'll all get to know me firsthand, the little and

the big, the small and the great.

 

May You Enjoy Him to the Fullest!

Valentine

With Valentine's Day coming this Sunday, I offer you a most intriguing reminder:

Jesus said this during one of His teachings: "At the resurrection [i.e. in Heaven] people  will neither marry nor be given in marriage..."  Matthew 22:30 

This is a great cue from the Master, to "put it all in", when it comes to our marriage relationship.

One reason that we enter into a marriage covenant, is to guarantee that we get to keep this most wonderful person "forever"!

As it turns out - our marriage will not continue beyond this life; SO, WE MUST MAKE EVERY DAY OF OUR MARRIAGE COUNT!

One word that always comes up in a marriage conversation is "CHERISH"!

We cherish our marriage and our marriage partner, because as awesome as it is (or can be), and as wonderful as our Best Friend (spouse) may be... it will only be for the rest of our lives!

Let's not take one single day for granted!
Let's Celebrate this special gift that God has given to us!


 

Share the Good

What you have been given freely, freely give it to others!  This is what Jesus teaches us.
Sunday, Heather Tyler, from Youth With A Mission, shared with us testimonies of sharing
the love of Jesus with others.

Jesus' main mission was to share the message of God's love, and salvation by faith to
EVERYONE!

This is what Jesus spent His life doing -- He tells us to do the same also.

1. God loves you! 
2. Jesus died on the cross taking our sins upon Himself.
3. He paid the price of sin for us and gives us eternal life for free--------------
4. IF WE WILL FREELY ACCEPT IT!

No matter who you are --- tell someone about it!!

Matthew 10:8
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead,
cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

 

A How2 Church

We are a HOW 2 CHURCH!

We are here to encourage others and to show people HOW to WALK with GOD!

The Bible begins with God walking with, talking with, and helping man - in a very real
personal and present way! (Genesis Chs. 2-3)

The Bible concludes with telling us of the future ahead where God will come down on earth and
be with men - once again - FACE to FACE!  (Revelation Ch.21).

The point is -- this is the whole point!
God really desires for man to walk and talk with Him!!

Jesus came to demonstrate this (Jesus was God) in a very miraculous way!
1) He showed us how God interacts with man.
2) He taught us how we should interact with God.

Oh the goodness of God!  He invites all of us to come to Him...
And to WALK WITH HIM!

We are here to show people HOW2!

Pastor Dave


Revelation 3:20 Jesus said;
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will fellowship with him, and he with me.



 
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