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June 10, 2018 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
In His Time: 1Peter 5:6-7 “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” Waiting is not always our best virtue or at least not mine. Have you ever said something like: Lord aren’t You listening, I need some relief, I can't take this anymore, or if you really loved me you would do something about my circumstances? All of us go through some distressing times. Christian’s are not immune to challenges, heartache or pain.
The creator of time wants to reassure us that the power that created the universe is the same power that is at work in the believer’s life. He will never leave us nor forsake us. He is always at work in our lives. You may be a little bit like me wishing he would hurry up with the answer to my distress prayer. That’s when I stop and remind myself, who created who. We must humble ourselves before the almighty God. God can do more with a broken heart that he can with a prideful heart. Pride is the number one sin.
This scripture assures us if we humble ourselves before the Lord he will lift us up. One of the joys of the Christian walk is to come to the point that one realizes that the Creator of the cosmos knows exactly what we need. And in his time, he will provide.
June 3, 2018 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
Blessing in Christ: Ephesians 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” The apostle Paul, probably writing from prison, declares unapologetically to the benefits of being in Christ. Paul encourages the believer to praise God the father for sending his son. Scripture once again reaffirms the virgin birth of Jesus. God was the father of Jesus not Joseph. Joseph along with Mary were given the great privilege of raising God’s son. The blessings of God come to an individual when they are in Christ.
The first spiritual blessing one receives is the grace gift of salvation. God inhabits the praises of his children. When Christians gather in their houses of worship there should be a time of praising God with thankful heart's for their salvation. Believers should be thanking God for the heavenly blessings that are available to all child of God. God will take care of his children. God tells us to cast our cares upon him because he cares for us. I personally can’t fathom all the spiritual blessings that God has for us. Why would he take a sinner like me and open the portals of heaven to me? Why because the believer is in Christ. The overriding theme of the whole Bible is about restoring mankind back to their sinless state with him which can only be accomplished by being in Christ. Are you in Christ?
May 27, 2018 ~ Pastor Doug Christy Remember the Scars; John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that to lay down one's life for his friends.” Memorial Day, being a time with great gratitude, when we remember those who have given their lives in the line of duty for our country. We give thanks to God that we live in the greatest country in the world. A time of giving thanks for the sacrifices of those who have gone before us and a time of thanking God that there are still those that are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, so that we can continue to enjoy the freedoms we have in this great country.
However, the horrifying consequences of war leaves scars that run deep into the human psyche. Whether you were on the winning side or the losing side the scars remain. If you happened to be on the winning side, there is some solace in knowing that the scars were not in vain. Life is full of scars. There are times that the crushing blows of life seem too heavy to carry. We cry out why and we get empty answers.
Christians need to remember the scars of Jesus. 1Peter 2:24 says, who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness--by whose stripes you were healed. Jesus still bears the scars of his crucifixion in heaven. To show the Believer one day, they weren’t in vain.
May 20, 2018 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
When testing comes: John 6:6 “But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do.” The miraculous feeding of the 5000 appears in all four Gospels. This was a major faith builder for those early disciples. The disciples were about to witness Jesus feed nearly 15,000 people using five loaves of bread and two fish if you counted the women and children that were there. Jesus was about to present a crisis to his disciples when he asked them where can we buy bread to feed these people. His request was impossible to complete, humanly speaking.
Philip and the rest the disciples were about to witness their anxiety over their circumstances change before their very eyes. The multiplication of the bread and the fish, with12 baskets of bread left over, truly was a game changer for those disciples.
All Christians go through times of testing. When God brings times of testing or trails into our lives it is not to hurt us but to make us more like him. Here are a few things that we believers need to keep in mind when challenging situations interrupt our day. Our circumstances never catch God off guard. He is an all knowing, ever present and compassionate God. We need to keep our focus on the one who can multiply the bread. God is using this situation to strengthen your trust in him. Finally, dear child of God, you never face a situation alone.
May 13, 2018 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
Godly Mothers Proverbs 31:30 “Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.” In this passage of Scripture, a beautiful picture is painted of a godly wife and mother. We are living in a time when society is redefining what it means to be a mother and father. The Bible tells us that we are to honor our father and our mother. There is one thing that all mankind have in common and that is we all have a mother and a father. Whether one believes in a creator or that we just evolved, we all had a mother.
Motherhood is the most important occupation on planet Earth. It’s been said, “no gift to your mother can ever equal her gift to you----life.” We still need the old-fashioned Bible way to reproduce. We still need mothers and fathers. For Bible believing Christians God’s biblical definition of the family is the only standard acceptable, we are commanded to honor our father and mother and the best way to do that is to live a Christ centered life.
Here are four good ways to do just that. In everything put Jesus first. Secondly, everything you do, do as unto the Lord. Thirdly, in everything give thanks. Fourthly, in everything magnify the cross because the sinless Savior paid our sin debt in full and gave us a home in heaven. Honor your mother by worshipping the creator.
May 6, 2018 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
Inauguration Day Acts 2:1 “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.” It was 50 days since the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. He said to his disciples, before he ascended into heaven, to wait in Jerusalem until they were filled by the Holy Spirit.
The greatest quest ever for mankind was about to begin. He was going to fill their spiritual gas tanks with super premium from on high, enabling them to go into all the world and share the good news of Jesus. He had restored the way back to God through his atoning death on the cross. There is eternal life in heaven for all repentant sinners. When one truly repents of sin and with a genuine heart cries out for forgiveness, the Holy Spirit comes into the life of that individual forever. That person now has the spirit of God dwelling or abiding in him. When the Holy Spirit comes in, holy living becomes the desire of your life. The Bible says we become the very temple of God because the Holy Spirit resides there. The individual goes from deserving death, to receiving life as a child of God.
Those disciples had a message that needed to be proclaimed, needed to be heeded and that demanded a response. This message has not changed. Everyone needs to hear it; everyone needs to heed it, everyone needs to respond to it. Will you respond?
~ Pastor Doug Christy
Stewardship 1Corinthians 4:2 “Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful. Matthew 6:21 "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” A steward is someone that has been entrusted with another’s property or possessions to manage. Christians are obligated to serve Jesus as his managers here on this earth. Every aspect of the Christian’s life is to bring glory and honor to God, as we have been entrusted with the holy trusteeship of the gospel.
The Christian steward must first understand, God is the creator of everything and everything belongs to him. There is nothing the Christian has that he can truly claim is his. In our humanistic society we tend to place man at the center of the universe and God as being a figment of our imagination. Therefore, to some; Christian stewardship seems cultic. However, for the Christian he has willingly put himself under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Everything the believer has is to be used to bring glory to God.
Here are the three T’s of stewardship. The first T is treasure. Some people have the idea that all we do is ask for money. God is not interested in what is his already. He wants your heart. The Scripture says find your treasure and you’ll find your heart. The second T is talent. The believer should be using his talents for the Lord. The third T is time. Christians should use our time wisely