Re 22:7 Behold, I come quickly.... - Reaching the World for Jesus, One Heart at a Time
 
   Pastor Don’s Pen


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Feb  9, 2020
The Blessed of God                       Pastor Dons Pen

Matthew 5:3-8; Psalm 1:1; John 14:26; II Timothy 2:15; Luke 11:28; Revelation 22:7; Matthew 28:18-20; Malachi 3:10
 
 
All Christians desire to receive the blessings of God. We seek to serve and live for Him on a daily basis and we want His will and purposes fulfilled in our lives.
 
God’s word teaches us how to receive His blessings on your life.  Instructions on walking in Godly counsel, reading and studying God's Word.  God Instructs us and gives examples of being a witness and testimony for the Lord Jesus Christ.  
 
We have eternal life and as we mature in Christ we will be used to bring others to salvation.   As you pray each day for God's blessing on your life make sure it includes asking the Holy Spirit makes you aware of opportunities to lead others to Christ.
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Jan 12, 2020
Today is The Day                 Pastor Don’s Pen

 
2 Corinthians 6:2; Matthew 24:36-44; Matthew 28:19-20
 
            Having the privilege of being a pastor’s son and being raised in the church, the Gospel of our Lord has been a familiar topic to me. Because of this training,I received the Lord as my Savior at a young age of 6. Growing up and presenting the Gift of God to people I have come in contact with, many people have given different excuses as to why they could not receive this precious Gift. Two of the most used ones are either salvation is fine for me and other Christians but not for them or they do not have the time in their schedule to stop and receive this precious gift from their Creator.
            In the scriptures above as well as other ones in God’s Word is the proof that we should receive this gift immediately as none of us know when our final days on earth will be. The time we have maybe cut short because of an accident or the Rapture. In either case, there is no second chances to receive God’s gift after the Rapture or if we pass away due to the accident. Even if we live to an old age and the Rapture still has not happened, if we put off receiving Jesus as our Lord and Savior, there may come a day in our life where we no longer hear the call to Salvation due to the hardening of our heart.

            The same reasons why we should get saved as soon as we realize that the Holy Spirit is calling is also the same reason everyone we know or meet should be given the opportunity to accept this precious gift.  Are you following God’s commandment and telling others about the gift you received so that everyday others are added to the Kingdom?
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Jan 5, 2020

Reaching Others                   Pastor Don’s Pen
Matthew 28:18-20
 
            Throughout the world, there are many groups that reach out to others as they seek to further their organization. These may be school or church groups, fundraisers or others. They use several different sources of media such as television or radio ads, newspaper articles, or visits to your front door to achieve this goal.
 
            God tells Christians in His Word that we are to take His message of Salvation to every corner the world to every unsaved individual we find. He wants everyone to have the opportunity to receive His wonderful gift and by doing so they will have forgiveness of their sins, receive a home in Heaven and become a child of God. God has given us as His children many of the same methods in order to accomplish this goal.
 

            Given that we have access to many easy to use methods the question to consider is are you using every available method to reach those around you? Do you present the gospel every chance you get? Are you fulfilling God’s primary purpose for every Christian’s life which is to further His Kingdom?


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As the year 2020 begins, we need to consider our lives in 2019 and ask,  did I live up to God’s Word. We can prayerfully consider the changes that need to be made so that at the end of 2020 we can truthfully answer the question,  “Was Jesus first in my life?”
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Dec 31, 2019

Living for God
As this year comes to a close we need to look back at our lives. We need to ask ourselves the question – “Did we give Jesus first place in our lives this year?” We should consider our manner of conversation - or the way we lived our lives around our friends, neighbors, and relatives during 2015. In Romans 12: 1-2, the Apostle Paul tells us just as he tells the Church at Rome, “… present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God ...” and how to do it. God’s word tells us in many different passages of Scripture several things we should put in our lives in order to be a godly testimony for the Lord Jesus Christ.

  • We need to make prayer a part of our daily life (1 Thess. 5:17). Remember God talks to us through His word but we talk to God through prayer.
  • Bible study ought to be part of our lives on a daily basis         (II Tim 2:15).
  • Just as the Lord Jesus Christ told the disciples in Matt 28:18-20, He tells us to be a witness for Him. We must do this in order to bring the lost men, women, boys, and girls to the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Last of all, but not least, as we walk down through this life, are there things that are keeping us from being an effective servant of the Lord Jesus Christ? 1 John 2:6 tells us to walk as He walked.


 
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Dec 22, 2019
Wonderful Time of the Year
Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. People, for the most part, are happy and joyful. People, during this time of the year, decorate their Christmas trees and put up Christmas lights inside and outside of their homes. We send out Christmas greetings and cards to our friends and relatives. We likewise receive greetings and cards from our friends and relatives. We give and receive Christmas gifts. People also hold Christmas parties and sing Christmas songs during this wonderful time of the year.
Let us take a moment to consider all the money and all the commercialism put into Christmas. Do we really think about the true meaning of Christmas? Remember, even though man has turned Christmas into a holiday of commercialism, it is not about that at all. Christmasis about the birth of the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ(Luke 2:11 & 12).

I am not saying that we should not give gifts at Christmas time. The wise men gave gifts to the baby Jesus (Matt. 2:11) We as Christians ought to give a gift unto the Lord Jesus Christ and his work, first of all, and above all, before giving unto others.

Merry Christmas & God Bless You
Pastor Don & family

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Dec 2, 2019

Gardens of the Bible

A flower garden is a place of great beauty, especially during Spring-time.  There are many gardens mentioned in the Bible.  Here are a few I found in scripture.

·       The Garden of Eden (Gen 2:8-9)
·       Ahab’s Garden of Herbs (1 Kings 21:2)
·       The royal garden – which is the garden of Uzza (2 Kings 21:18)
·       The royal garden at Susa (Esther 1:5)
·       The garden of Joseph of Arimathea (John 19:41) where the Lord Jesus
         Christ was buried.
·       The “Kings Garden” mentioned in 2 Kings 25:4 & Nehemiah 3:15 is near the
         pool of Siloam
·       The garden of Gethsemene (John 18:1) where a detachment of troops, and
        officers from the chief priests and Pharisees came with lanterns, torches,
         and weapons arrested and bound Jesus.
 
Most of us think of the beauty a flower garden produces, however a garden starts as a place of death and burial.  Let me explain with the Words of Jesus Himself. John 12: 24 "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.
 
All of the beauty of the garden started with a seed that had died.  That dry dead seed was buried.  One would think that for that seed life is done.  The truth is that unless the seed died there is no new life.  Once the dead seed is buried and is watered it germinates and a brand new life springs forth from it.  Once the plant breaks through the soil it is bathed in sunlight its source of life.
 
We as Christians have come from death as well.  How fortunate for us that Jesus died for us that new life could spring up in us and reveal the beauty of the Life of Christ Himself in us.  We are bathed in Son-Light by the Spirit of God in us.
Eph. 3: 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man.
 
Just as a garden needs nutrients in the soil to grow, we as God’s young garden need God’s Word to feed us. Mathew 4: 4 But He answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’.
 
A Garden is a place of beauty when cared for, however, if left unattended it once again becomes place overgrown with weeds and thorns that can choke out the life of the flower.  Prov. 24:31 And there it was, all overgrown with thorns; Its surface was covered with nettles; Its stone wall was broken down.
 
We also must be watered and cared for to reveal the……….

Beauty of the Lord in our lives
Isa 58:11 The LORD will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
 

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November 9, 2019
 
Prayer is a very important part of a Christian’s life.
 
God talks to us through His Word. We talk to God through prayer. Just as earthly fathers want their children to talk to them;  God wants His children to talk to Him.
 
·        Jesus talked to His Father in John  17:1
These words spake Jesus and lifted up His eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:”

The Lord Jesus Christ taught His disciples how to pray in Matthew 6:5-13 (the model prayer).

God tells us in Colossians 1:9 and 1 Thessalonians 5:17 that we should pray without ceasing.

The more you pray to God and the more you ask for God’s power, the more strength and power you will receive from God.

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