The Anger Rules in Relationships

In life, in marriage, and in all relationships, we must learn to control our anger and learn to forgive. Forgiveness is a key part of love. The LORD sent Jesus to die for our sins so we could be forgiven.

The world teaches you to be quick to anger and slow to forgive, but the LORD teaches us to be slow to anger and quick to forgive!

Here are the anger rules:
It is okay to be angry.
1. Do not hurt yourself.
2. Do not hurt others.
3. Do not hurt things.
Always talk about it.

*****Ephesians 4:31-32
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.*****

Proverbs 14:29
He who is slow to anger has great understanding, But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.

Proverbs 16:32
He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.

James 1:19
This you know, my beloved brethren. But let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; A fool always loses his temper, But a wise man holds it back.

Proverbs 15:1
A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.

Proverbs 15:18
A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, But the slow to anger pacifies contention.

Colossians 3:13
bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.

Romans 12:19
Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.

Ephesians 4:26
Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,

Proverbs 14:17
A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, And a man of evil devices is hated.

Matthew 6:14-15
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Matthew 18: 21-22
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ” Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times? ” Jesus answered, ” I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

It is okay to be upset or angry, but do not sin in your anger! Be quick to listen and quick to forgive. Be slow to anger! Remember to SMILE!

Be a Blessing to Others,
~M

Marriage 101

Hello, Readers!  I pray that you are learning and growing in Christ as you read our blogs.  We added a tab, so you can submit questions.  Please submit them.  We would love to hear from you and answer any questions you have.

Let’s talk about Marriage 101.

1)    God Created Marriage.

Genesis 2:18-24  “Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” So the Lord God formed from the ground all the wild animals and all the birds of the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would call them, and the man chose a name for each one. He gave names to all the livestock, all the birds of the sky, and all the wild animals. But still there was no helper just right for him. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up the opening. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man. “At last!” the man exclaimed. “This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken from ‘man.’”  This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.”

So what is God’s original design for marriage?

God created Eve because He knew that it wasn’t good for Adam to be alone.  The way God uniquely created Eve from one of Adam’s ribs illustrates God’s design for marriage: that the husband and wife become one.  Achieving oneness in marriage requires couples to do two things:

  • To Leave.

Genesis 2:24a:  This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife

As verse 24 states, marriage begins when a “man leaves his father and mother.”  By specifying the parent-child relationship, it is                          implied that if it is necessary to leave your father and mother, then all lesser ties must be broken, changed, or left behind.  You will                    still love and honor your parents.  You will still have other friends.  But your best friend should be your spouse.  And no one or thing-              including hobbies, business, or even church activities- should get in the way of that relationship.

  •  To Cleave.

Genesis 2:24b:  and the two are united into one.

To cleave means “to adhere firmly and closely or loyally and unwaveringly.”  As the text says, “the two are united into one” when                      this happens.  In the original Hebrew, the word used for cleaving meant an aggressive action, implying that you are holding tightly                  to your relationship with your spouse.  The Greek translation of this same word means “to cement together, to stick like glue, or to                  be welded together so the two cannot be separated without serious damage to both.

2)    Husbands and Wives Have Distinct Roles in Marriage.

Ephesians 5:21-33:  “ And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.   For wives, this means submit your husbands as to the Lord.   For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church.  As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything.  For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word.  He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault.  In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself.  No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church. And we are members of his body.  As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one.  So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

  • God’s Plan for the Husband:                  

              He is to be the head of his wife.

Ephesians 5:23a:   For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church.

He is to be the head of his wife as Christ is the head off the church.  True authority in the marriage relationship has been given by God to the husband.  From the beginning, God designated the man as the leader in the marriage relationship.  Like Christ, a husband should be firm and decisive but also humble and unselfish.  Before a husband can expect his wife to submit to him, he has to submit to Christ.

  •  He must love his wife as Christ loved the church.

Jesus said in Matthew 20:28:  “ For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom               for many.”

To love as Jesus loved means that a husband focuses primarily on his wife’s needs, not his own.

              Ephesians 5:25:  For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her

The wife’s submission hinges upon the husband’s fulfillment of this role.  Just as the church loves Jesus because of His incredible display of love for it, so the wife will love and submit to her husband as she sees his demonstration of love toward her.  One heart burning with love sets another on fire.

  •  He must encourage his wife’s spiritual growth.

Ephesians 5:26:  to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word.

One of the husband’s first priorities is to make sure his wife has a good relationship with God.  He is to encourage his wife’s spiritual growth, recognizing that it affects her personal happiness as a woman, wife, and mother.

  • He must love his wife as he loves himself.

Ephesians 5:31:  As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into              one.”

A husband must recognize that he and his wife are actually “One.”   Therefore, he must do for his wife what he would do for himself.  He should give her needs as much attention as he would his own.

Ephesians 5:28-29:   In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself.  No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church

2.) God’s Plan for the wife.

  •  She must submit to her husband’s leadership.

Ephesians 5:21, 24:  And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.  24 As the church submits to Christ, so you                     wives should submit to your husbands in everything.

She must submit to her husband’s leadership Just as a wife submits to God, seeking his will above her own, so she must submit to her husband and his decisions.

These guidelines for the husband and the wife become much easier to follow if they respect the first code of conduct listed: “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”  The word used for submit is a term that means to arrange or rank under.  “In other words, we need to put the needs of our spouse before our own-in the fear of God.  As we do that, our marriages will flourish as God intended, and you will be a living illustration of Christ’s love for the church to an unbelieving world.  For marriage is not so much finding the right person as it is being the right person.

3)    The Boundaries of Marriage Are To Be Honored and Enjoyed.

Proverbs 5:15-21:  Drink water from your own well— share your love only with your wife.  Why spill the water of your springs in the streets, having sex with just anyone?   You should reserve it for yourselves. Never share it with strangers.  Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you. Rejoice in the wife of your youth.   She is a loving deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts satisfy you always. May you always be captivated by her love.   Why be captivated, my son, by an immoral woman, or fondle the breasts of a promiscuous woman? For the Lord sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes.

Proverbs 5:15-21 (NLT)

4)    Remain Faithful to your Spouse.

Hebrews 13:4:  Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery. 

5)    Divorce is not Part of God’s Plan.

Mark 10:2-12:  Some Pharisees came and tried to trap him with this question: “Should a man be allowed to divorce his wife?” Jesus answered them with a question: “What did Moses say in the law about divorce?”  “Well, he permitted it,” they replied. “He said a man can give his wife a written notice of divorce and send her away.”  But Jesus responded, “He wrote this commandment only as a concession to your hard hearts. But ‘God made them male and female’ from the beginning of creation. ‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife,  and the two are united into one.’ Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.” Later, when he was alone with his disciples in the house, they brought up the subject again. He told them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and marries someone else, she commits adultery.”

God allowed divorce as a concession to people’s sinfulness. Divorce was not approved, but it was instituted to protect the injured party in a bad situation. Unfortunately, the Pharisees used Deuteronomy 24:1 as a proof text for divorce. Jesus explained that this was not God’s intent; instead, God wants married people to consider their marriage permanent. Don’t enter marriage with the option of getting out. Your marriage is more likely to be happy if from the outset you are committed to permanence. Don’t be hardhearted like these Pharisees, but be hardheaded in your determination, with God’s help, to stay together. —Life Application Bible Notes

6)    A Christian should not leave a Non-Christian Spouse.

1 Corinthians 7:12-16:  Now, I will speak to the rest of you, though I do not have a direct command from the Lord. If a Christian man has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to continue living with him, he must not leave her.  And if a Christian woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to continue living with her, she must not leave him.  For the Christian wife brings holiness to her marriage, and the Christian husband brings holiness to his marriage. Otherwise, your children would not be holy, but now they are holy.   (But if the husband or wife who isn’t a believer insists on leaving, let them go. In such cases the Christian husband or wife is no longer bound to the other, for God has called you to live in peace.) Don’t you wives realize that your husbands might be saved because of you? And don’t you husbands realize that your wives might be saved because of you?

You could very well influence your spouse to Christ.  My mom was not a Christian when her and dad got married, but through the faithful devotion to God that she saw in my dad, she got saved. Now please don’t take this as it’s ok to just get married to anyone expecting this same result. 

7)    Marriage is not for everyone.

1 Corinthians 7:7-9:  But I wish everyone were single, just as I am. But God gives to some the gift of marriage, and to others the gift of singleness. So I say to those who aren’t married and to widows—it’s better to stay unmarried, just as I am.  But if they can’t control themselves, they should go ahead and marry. It’s better to marry than to burn with lust.

1 Corinthians 7:32-35:  I want you to be free from the concerns of this life. An unmarried man can spend his time doing the Lord’s work and thinking how to please him.  But a married man has to think about his earthly responsibilities and how to please his wife.  His interests are divided. In the same way, a woman who is no longer married or has never been married can be devoted to the Lord and holy in body and in spirit. But a married woman has to think about her earthly responsibilities and how to please her husband.  I am saying this for your benefit, not to place restrictions on you. I want you to do whatever will help you serve the Lord best, with as few distractions as possible. 

8)    Marriage is for Companionship.

Proverbs 18:22:  The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the Lord.

Marriage was created for companionship.  Look back at Genesis 2:18–“Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” 

9)    There is an Intimacy in Marriage that can’t be found anywhere else.

 Song Of Songs 4:7:  You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way.

 Song Of Songs 4:9-10:  You have captured my heart, my treasure, my bride. You hold it hostage with one glance of your eyes, with a single jewel of your necklace. Your love delights me, my treasure, my bride. Your love is better than wine, your perfume more fragrant than spices.

When you find time this afternoon, I challenge you to read this chapter in God’s Word.  You will see just what I’m talking about when I say “Intimacy in Marriage.”

10)  A Strong Marriage is an Ideal Environment for Raising Godly Children.

Malachi 2:15:  Didn’t the Lord make you one with your wife? In body and spirit you are his. And what does he want? Godly children from your union. So guard your heart; remain loyal to the wife of your youth.

Scripture tells us that “a triple-braided cord is not easily broken”(Ecclesiastes 4:12).  A strong marriage is not simply built upon emotions or dreams, but upon a solid relationship with Jesus Christ.  Such a couple recognizes that God is the one who has placed them together and that He is the one who will keep them together for the long haul.

Children who see their parents united by their love for God and one another have a distinct advantage over those who don’t – they have a chance to see the love of God in action.  They witness the power of Prayer when they witness prayers answered, they observe the value of unconditional love when they witness forgiveness, they understand the concept of trust when they witness wedding vows being honored, and they learn respect for God’s Word when they witness their parents obeying its principles.  In essence, they see firsthand what it means to be a Christian.  Our homers should be places where our children are encouraged to follow God and His Word because of how we live, not just what we say.  They need our example – as a couple committed to God and to each other – to give them hope and stability in this uncertain world.  As the Bible says, “Those who fear the Lord are secure; He will be a refuge for their children” (Proverbs 14:26).

The Crazy Thing Called Love

Hello Readers!!  I pray you are having a wonderful week.  I found some interesting facts about love, relationships, and marriage on the internet that I would like to share with you.

  • Historically, sweat has been an active ingredient in perfume and love potions!  Gross!!
  • Most Americans believe LOVE is the foundation of marriage.
  • Only 51% of American adults are married.
  • 60% of women say that religion is important in marriage.  Only 50% of men agree.
  • In America, the average marriage only last 7.5 years

In today’s society, marriage is quickly becoming something of the past.  The above statistics are alarming, but I can see why.  Most Americans believe that LOVE is the foundation of marriage.  I believe CHRIST should be the foundation of marriage.  Religion (a relationship with Christ) is not a priority is marriage anymore.

Read with me:  Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.

Why do you think the Bible mentions “a cord of three stands is not quickly torn apart”?  Because, we are suppose to intertwine God in all of our relationships if we want them to be strong and last.   Also, the scripture mentions: “But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.”  I believe this clues us in on how to treat our spouse/love.  We are not supposed to tear each other down, but lift each other up.  We should be encouraging to one another.  Once a word is spoken it CANNOT be taken back.  Please, watch your mouth.  Words hurt others deeply and cause scars that never fully heal.  This in return creates bitterness and resentment.  The Bible warns of this in Hebrews 12:15–“See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.”

I would like to share with you what my husband and I do to build each other up.  We have a “sunshine” notebook.  Several times a week, we write love notes to each other to remind each other why we love and appreciate one another.

I would like to challenge you to do three things for the rest of the week.

  1. Don’t say anything negative about your spouse/love.
  2. Say at least one thing you admire or appreciate about your spouse/love.  You can send them a random text message, email, or write a love letter.
  3. Greet each other with a smile.  You know, one smile can change someone’s day!  It makes the other person wonder why you are smiling.

In closing, let’s read Galatians 5:13-15:

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.”

Thanks for reading!  Remember to be blessed and be a blessing to others!

~M.

Building a Better Marriage Part 2

Welcome Back!  Let’s begin with Part 2 of building a better marriage.

6. Forgive your spouse.

Matt 6:14-15:  “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

7. Consider what God wants in your situation not what you want.

1 Peter 3:9:  “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing”

8. Visualize what your life can be together.

Jer 29:11:  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’

9. Pray together regularly.

Eph 6:18:  “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”

10.  Do NOT give up.

Gal 6:9: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

So don’t get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time. 

Also check out Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Eccl 4:9-12:

9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: 10 If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! 11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? 12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Love Never Fails!

~Pastor G

Building a Better Marriage Part 1

My wife talked about love yesterday. This week we are going to focus on marriages/relationships. We are going to talk about 10 steps to building a better marriage. Today, we are going to focus on the first five.

1. Make commitment (not your feelings) the foundation of your marriage.

Hebrews 13:4 reminds us “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.”

You must give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage.

Did you know that:

  • 1 out of 3 marriages end in divorce.
  • 1 out of 50 marriages end in divorce if the couple had a church wedding.
  • 1 out of 105 marriages end in divorce if the couple attends church regularly.
  • 1 out of 1,155 marriages end in divorce if the couple attends church regularly and has family devotions.

2. Learn to draw a very large circle of love.

Ephesians 5:25 reminds us “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her”

So, you, husbands, are commanded to love your wives with the same love Christ showed the church. He gave up his life for her.  Think about that.  We have a great example to follow–Christ’s love for the church.

3. Humble yourself before your spouse.

Ephesians 5:21 reminds us, “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”

4. Continually say positive things to your spouse.

Eph 4:29 reminds us, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

5. Never go to bed angry with your spouse.
Eph 4:26-27 reminds us, “In your anger do not sin” : Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.”

Come back tomorrow for part 2!

Show your spouse you love them today!

~Pastor G

Love…

Hello readers! I am Pastor G’s wife, M. I will be sharing pieces of my heart with you on Mondays and Thursdays. Pastor G will be writing on the other days. We have been so very blessed to work in ministry together for the past eleven years!

I love this time of year. The season starts to change from summer to fall. The kids go back to school. (We have a kindergartner and a first grader!) Football season. But, mainly, this time of year reminds me of when I met my husband. I can’t help but just sit back and smile as precious memories come flooding back. I can still feel the butterflies in my stomach on the day we first met. It is quite a story. I think I will share a little of it, so you can get to know us a little better.

We were both attending college at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. I had just started my sophomore year. G had just transferred to OBU for his senior year. He was getting ready to graduate from Henderson State University, but felt the Lord call him across the street to OBU. 🙂 I was at cheer practice in the gym, when I heard an unfamiliar voice, “Hey M! You looking fine!” I was quite embarrassed. I had no clue who he was. Later that evening, I got a call from a friend asking me to come by their new apartment and watch movies. So, I went…..Yep, G was his new room mate! It was a set up! We have been pretty inseparable since. We met Fall 2001, feel head over heels in love, and married right after finals in May 2002.

What is love?! Love is best defined in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8:

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

I have learned that love is not just a feeling, but it is an action. It requires effort from both parties. I love my husband deeply. My love for him grows daily. But, I must always remember to love God the most!

So, today, I challenge you to write a love letter to The One who made your heart–Jesus, and the one who holds your heart on Earth. Just remember to be blessed and be a blessing to others! God is Love!

~M.

Recall Notice

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  I will not post any new blog posts on Sundays.  Sunday is considered the Sabbath Day.  I will be spending it worshiping our Lord with my family and resting.

I received this email a few weeks ago and thought I would share it with you.

RECALL NOTICE:
The Maker of all human beings (GOD) is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year, due to a serious defect in the primary and central component of the heart. This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units code-named Adam and Eve, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units. This defect has been identified as “Subsequential Internal Non-morality,” more commonly known as S.I.N., as it is primarily expressed.

Some of the symptoms include:
1. Loss of direction
2. Foul vocal emissions
3. Amnesia of origin
4. Lack of peace and joy
5. Selfish or violent behavior
6. Depression or confusion
7. Fearfulness
8. Idolatry
9. Rebellion

The Manufacturer, who is neither liable nor at fault for this defect, is providing factory-authorized repair and service free of charge to correct this defect. The Repair Technician, JESUS, has most generously offered to bear the entire burden of the staggering cost of these repairs. There is no additional fee required. The number to call for repair in all areas is:

P-R-A-Y-E-R. Once connected, please upload your burden of SIN through the REPENTANCE procedure. Next, download ATONEMENT from the Repair Technician, Jesus, into the heart component.

No matter how big or small the SIN defect is, Jesus will replace it with:
1. Love
2. Joy
3. Peace
4. Patience
5. Kindness
6. Goodness
7. Faithfulness
8. Gentleness
9. Self control

Please see the operating manual, the B.I.B.L.E.(BEST Instructions Before Leaving Earth) for further details on the use of these fixes. WARNING: Continuing to operate the human being unit without correction voids any manufacturer warranties, exposing the unit to dangers and problems too numerous to list, and will result in the human unit being permanently impounded. For free emergency
service, call on Jesus. DANGER: The human being units not responding to this recall action will have to be scrapped in the furnace. The SIN defect will not be permitted to enter Heaven so as to prevent contamination of that facility. Thank you for your attention!

– GOD

Remaining Focused

Remaining Focused on the Right thing
Matthew 14:22-33

22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.  25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.  27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”  28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”  29 “Come,” he said.  Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”  31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”  32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Jesus SENT the disciples out into the STORM.

Jesus PRAYED for the disciples that He SENT.

Jesus WENT to where the disciples WERE.

Jesus CALMED the disciples’ MINDS.

Jesus TOLD Peter to COME to Him.

Peter FOCUSED on JESUS and stepped out in FAITH.

Peter LOST his TRUE FOCUS by letting the WORLD distract him.

Peter CALLED on JESUS to be his SAVIOR.

Jesus IMMEDIATELY helped his SERVANT Peter.

Jesus REMINDED them that with HIM all things are possible.

Jesus RECEIVED the PRAISE from the people.

From Your Pastor’s Heart,

Pastor G

In God We Trust

These four words, “In God We Trust,” are printed on the United States of America’s currency. Why? Many years ago this nation made a decision to be a nation that honors God above all else. Yet throughout the last century the nation that began its roots of putting God first has become a nation that follows everything but God. Yes, there are still people like myself that believe that God is the answer to our nation’s problems, but there are only a small handful of us that still stand in obedience to God. It is time for the people of God to rise up and stand boldly. It is time for us to shout from the rooftops and proclaim the Name of Jesus as Lord and Savior. It is time for us to do what God has called us to do.

Thousands of years ago God spoke these words; “if My people who are called by My Name shall humble themselves, Pray, Seek My Face, and Turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

The very Word of God spoken thousands of years ago still rings true today. As believers in Christ as our Savior and Lord, we must do as His Word has instructed. If we continue to stand back in the shadows any longer, we will suffer not only as a country but also as individuals. God gave us the key to becoming and sustaining a healthy and thriving nation. We may have started out on the right path of putting God first, but we are not anywhere close to where we once were as a nation. It is time for Christians to obey the command of God the Father. He gave us the KEY, so why are we not using it?

First, we simply need to stop searching for something to fill the emptiness in our hearts. We must do as His Word said, HUMBLE ourselves. By doing this, we are acknowledging that God knows what is best for us. We are showing God that we will follow YOU LORD and only YOU.

Second, we are called by God to PRAY. Prayer is our direct way of communication with God. Praying to God also tells HIM that HE is the answer to our problems. It is our way of saying, God I cannot fix this on my own, I need YOU.

Third, we as Christians need to stop chasing down every form of entertainment and start seeking God in all that we do and say. Matthew 6:33 tells us this; “But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.” It is time for the children of God to search and seek Him and Him only.

Fourth, we must REPENT. God told His people to turn from their wicked ways. As Christians we are to do and say the things of God. Yet if we are living in sin, then we are not doing as God commanded. Therefore, we must REPENT of our sins and come back to God.

Finally, as Christians, we are promised that if we obey what God has asked of us. Then God will hear from Heaven and forgive our sin and heal our land.

Do you believe? If so, then as our USA currency states, “In God We Trust.” It’s time we live it.

Pastor G

A reminder for us all…What will you do today to encourage someone’s faith?…May God Bless you as you Serve Him…From Your Pastors Heart.