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Psalm 100:1-5

(1) Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands, (2) Serve the Lord with gladness, come before his presence with singing. (3) Know ye that the Lord he is God, it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves, we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. (4) Enter into his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise, be thankful unto him, and bless his name. (5) For the Lord is good, his mercy is everlasting, and his truth endureth to all generations.

God expects us to use the resources He has provided to guard against deception and in turn He promises to deliver us in His perfect timing for the greater good and our victory, which He has already secured.

He remains loving, tender, faithful, and available in us. His purpose is that we might know and believe He is God. His game is never hide and seek, but Seek and Find.

When we enter into a relationship with Him, He will develop in us a love for His standards. Our time spent praying and studying His word increases our knowledge and influences our lives in a way that we cannot keep joy from spilling over into the lives of others.

Knowing God has a purpose for those who obey His word and that He protects the righteous from harm should calm our fears, so that we might be effective servants of God.

In love, 

Pastor Barbara Bradley

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Love

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The word Love

The phrase “I love you”

Could this be the most overused word or phrase today?

Have you uttered this word or phrase?

Do you mean it when you say it?

What does love or I love you mean to you?

 

So as I begin to think about the word love and its meaning I found thirty-six definitions to the word love.  Any of those thirty-six could be what you believe love truly is. Martin Luther King Jr. describes love this way. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” “I have decided to stick to love...Hate is too great a burden to bear.”      - Martin Luther King Jr.

So let’s go deeper, Jesus says and commands that we love one another as he loved us. John 15:12. Some ask the question how did Jesus love? I tell you his version of love was not just said, it wasn’t just put in a phrase. His love simply was shown, it was shown when he spoke, shown when taught, shown when he faced challenges, shown when he was beat and mocked, shown when he was on cross. The best definition to the word love I can give is provided by the life of Jesus himself. Not just said but shown in his actions recorded for the world to see and hear. We should understand that this is our blueprint.

Finally I leave you with this, if we love like Jesus did, we have no time for hate. If we love like Jesus did, we are motivated to pray for others. If we love like Jesus did, the world would be a better place. While we say the word love or phrase I love you let’s understand that love cannot just be said it has to be shown in action. The definition of action is the process of doing something.  Martin Luther King Jr. showed it in his actions and so did our Savior, Jesus Christ.  


To those who will read this or share this, I pray that this will inspire and motivate us to put into action love or the phrase i love you.

      -Youth Pastor B

To Be Nothing and Him Everything

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"...nothing is more natural and beautiful and blessed than to be nothing, that God may be all; or where it has not been made clear that it is not sin that humbles most, but grace, and that it is the soul, led through its sinfulness to be occupied with God in his wonderful glory as God, as Creator and Redeemer, that will truly take the lowest place before him."

-Andrew Murray (Humility & Absolute Surrender)

I began reading this book as of last week and I must say that it has been one of much encouragement and a good reminder upon my heart and soul. Humility and absolute surrender are two things that we war against in our flesh on a daily basis. The battle to lay our lives down for the glory of the Kingdom and to fully surrender our hearts and trust the Lord completely is something very real.

I have come across many different understandings of what true humility is and I can honestly say that after reading this book, I have a much better understanding. Humility is an understanding within your heart and soul that without God, we are nothing and in our understanding, we become fully dependent upon Him, in everything that we are and do. The truth is that God doesn't need us for anything. He is the God of the universe, over all creation. Before God was God and after God there will be God. He holds all power and might and in His gloriousness chose to create man in His likeness. The truth is, we are nothing, but with God become something that He cares for and loves deeply.

Humility makes us look weak, lowly and insignificant but the truth is that in Christ, our weakness is made strong and our lowliness is exalted in Him. We read in 2 Corinthians 12 versus 9-10, "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong."

We read in Matthew 23:12, "And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted." It is through humility and making oneself lowly, to lift up God and make Him high upon the throne, where He is, that God chooses to exalt us.  It is here where we find ourselves seeking after His will and desire for our lives, in order that we might fulfill His great call upon it.

The one thing that will hinder us from fulfilling the God call upon our life and walking in true humility, is pride. Pride says that I can do all things on my own, without the Lord's leading and choosing our own path within the church and the kingdom. Pride makes one to believe that God needs them instead of them needing God. Pride is boastful in the things the Lord has blessed them with, such as gifts and talents and abilities.

I hope to encourage any of you who read this to know that without God, we are truly nothing. We need Him more and more every single day, to lead us and guide us upon His path here on earth. We needed His Son Jesus to save us from the death of sin and we still need Him who created us from the very beginning. I encourage you as you pray and seek after Him to remember that He is the Creator and you are His creation. To be humble in all things, fully surrendering your life to Him, in all areas of your life. Don't be afraid to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any areas of pride in your life as well as areas that need to be surrendered to Him. 

Blessings, 

-Pastor Josh