To Live Well, Think Well

July 11, 2017

According to the Bible, the engine that runs your life is your spirit, your heart, your mind. Robert Browning said, “Thought is the soul of the act,” and Emerson said, “Thought is the seat of action. The ancestor of every action is thought.” No wonder the Bible counsels, “Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts” (Proverbs 4:23 Good News Bible). Good thinking is the mother of good living.

God Has Time for You

July 10, 2017

Rewind history for over 2000 years and picture Jesus Christ tortured, bleeding, nailed to a rugged cross where He hangs and gasps for every last ounce of breath. Just in that moment, another crucified man, a criminal, speaks feebly to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom” (Luke 23:42). Graciously, despite His own pain and suffering, Jesus takes time to give that man the most encouraging words of his life, “…today, you will be with Me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43). Does the Great King of the universe have time for you? You bet! Just as Jesus had time for that dying sinner! Do you have time for Jesus today? Will you call on Him today?

The Power of Godly Music

July 8, 2017

Music is one of God’s best gifts not only to express our passion but to restore mental health and emotional balance. David used music therapy to remedy King Saul’s depression. “…David would take a harp and play it with his hand. Then Saul would become refreshed and well, and the distressing spirit would depart from him” (1 Samuel 16:23). Johann Sebastian Bach said, “The sole object of all music should be the glory of God and pleasant recreation.” Will you add godly music to your day by singing or playing recorded music?

Passport to Heaven

July 7, 2017

No one is too good for Hell, and no one is too bad for Heaven. No one can out-sin the grace of God, but no one will become a Heaven-bound child of God by default, by chance or by luck. To escape Hell and enter Heaven, everyone must intentionally make a conscious decision to receive Jesus Christ, the only one who can issue anyone the official passport to Heaven. We must believe Jesus when He said, “I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). Have you gotten your passport to Heaven?

Expecting God

July 6, 2017

Jacob was running for his life when he said, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it” (Genesis 28:16). We often miss God because we expect Him to come this way and do something one way, but He does it another way, and He usually works in the dark, behind the scene, even while we are sleeping. To save yourself the frustration of wrong expectation, prayerfully ask God do His thing, then step aside, go to sleep, and let Him do what He wants, when He wants, and how He wants. That’s what it means for you to be you and for God to be God.

The Best Place to Find God

July 5, 2017

Where and how can we really know that God exists? Nature reveals God as Creator (Psalms 19:1; Romans 1:20), but it doesn’t tell us about the heart of the Creator. Conscience reveals God as Moral Law Giver (Proverbs 20:27; Romans 2:15), but it only gives bits and pieces about God. Only one source shows us a full picture of God — the will, love, and grace of God: it’s the Bible, the Word of God (John 5:39; 2 Timothy 3:15). Have you searched its pages today to see and hear God more clearly?

Free At Last to Last

July 4, 2017

The most miserable slave is one who has a memory of freedom, the one who remembers a time when he used to be free. “Therefore, stand firm in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage” (Galatians 5:1). If you’ve tasted the freedom of Jesus, never let anyone or anything make you a slave again. Happy July 4th, America, and Happy Independence Day to you, my friend!

The Power of Freedom May Enslave

Every normal person is a free moral agent, granted by the Creator the freedom to choose, the greatest power in the universe. Using one’s freedom to commit sin is slavery, the worst abuse of freedom, which offends God and exploits others. Jesus said, “…whoever commits sin is a slave of sin'” (John 8:34). Freedom in its purest form is the power to do what’s right by God. Slaves of righteousness are the freest people on earth; they have been set free from sin’s prison and given the power to live godly (Romans 6:18). Are you among the truly free?

Make God’s Kingdom Your Life

The Lord’s Prayer, which is Jesus’ blueprint for how we should pray, ends with “For Yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory” (Matthew 6:13). As seen in The Lord’s Prayer, everything in life
— relationship with God & others, worship, prayer, provision, protection — everything should be about God’s kingdom. In that same chapter, Jesus commands us, “Seek FIRST the KINGDOM…” (verse 33). Said the legendary David Livingstone, “I will place no value on anything I have or may possess except in relation to the kingdom of Christ.” How will you honor YOUR KING today?

Worship, a Divine Romance

Worship is connecting with God in order to commune with Him. Worship is all about intimacy with the Almighty, the spiritual equivalent of that thrilling encounter between male and female, as new life is conceived and later born. As divine romance, worship was birthed in the Garden of Eden when the Creator formed, touched, kissed and breathed life into Adam (Genesis 2:7). The true worshiper gladly opens the heart’s door when the Lord knocks, proposing a romantic dinner in the spirit (Revelation 3:20).

NOTE — Join us for Communion Sunday, July 2, 2017; message title, “The Mystery of the Broken Bread”.

A Day’s Gift

June 29, 2017

There are no ordinary days. Every day is a special gift, wrapped and delivered by God, and should be greeted with “This is the day that the LORD has made” (Psalms 118:24). Thank You heavenly Father for letting me see a new day in the land of the living. I have never seen this day before and will never see it again. As You have given me this gift of time, I dedicate it to You. Grant me the wisdom, power and discipline to make the most of the day, to bring You glory and advance Your kingdom on Earth, in Jesus’ name. Amen!

What We Believe

Knowing that what we believe and how we behave are linked, we adhere to the following biblical tenets of faith to guide our ministry and mission. The following faith statements are drawn from various portions of the Holy Bible.

1. We believe the Bible is the revealed will of God and the inspired Book of which God is the Primary Author who guided the human writers.

2. We believe in One True God revealed in Three Manifestations known as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

3. We believe in the Genesis account of the Creator, the Source of Life, who fashioned the universe marked by Intelligent Design.

4. We believe God created One Human Race made up of different ethnic groups expressed in Two Distinct Genders of Male and Female.

5. We believe in the Sanctity of Human Life from conception until natural death.

6. We believe in Biblical Marriage as the union of one man and one woman to form a family unit as the building block of human society. Marriage exists to express love, sexual fulfillment that curtails sexual immorality, and to procreate children to preserve the human race.

7. We believe God instituted Human Government to enforce law and order in society. Government’s main function is security through the enforcement of laws that should not contradict the moral laws of God as revealed in the Bible.

8. We believe in the Redemption of Sinners by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, apart from the seed of a man. On our behalf, the sinless Christ perfectly obeyed the laws of God, died on the cross and shed His blood as the punishment for our sin, and rose from the dead, proving He is God and the only means of salvation for sinful humanity and the fallen world.

9. We believe in the Kingdom of God as the government and rule of the sovereign God for His glory. Personal access into God’s Kingdom begins at the point of conversion when the sinner repents of sin, receives Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and is born again as the Spirit of God regenerates the sinful heart.

10. We believe in the Church as the family of God and the executor of God’s Kingdom agenda on earth. The New Testament pattern is for every true Christian to belong to a local church for fellowship, spiritual growth, ministry and accountablity.

11. We believe in the existence of Angels who are messengers of God and servants to God’s children, and in the reality of demons as agents of Satan, the devil, who is the archenemy of the human race and especially of God’s children.

12. We believe in the Literal Resurrection of the dead based on the historical resurrection of Jesus Christ. The righteous dead (believers in Christ) will be raised to be rewarded for their works, while the wicked dead (unbelievers) will be raised for judgment and sentencing to Hell.

13. We believe in the Second Coming of Christ as King of kings and Lord of lords. He will return to take away His Church from the earth and to set up His kingdom on earth as an extension of Heaven.

14. We believe in Judgment Day and in the existence of Heaven and Hell. We believe Heaven is a literal place that is the eternal home of the saints, and we believe Hell is a literal place of torment for the devil, his demons and their human followers.

15. We believe the Kingdom of God is the primary message of the Bible and the priority of the Church which is to be advanced through the  Great Commission of reaching people of all ethnic groups with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Essential to advancing the Kingdom of God is the Great Commandment of Love expressed through lives of grace, compassion, truth and holiness.