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35 minutes | Oct 17, 2021
Disobedience Will Take You Places You Never Intended To Go
Jonah’s Disobedience. (Jonah 1:1-3) Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.” But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.Don't let disobedience to the word of God take you places you never intended to go and through expereinces that God neve intended for you to have to endure.
9 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
Have you ever been around someone who just complains, has something negative to say about everything. In the midst of celebrating they complain about the color of balloons.They are usually also the ones who trust no one, believe everyone has a hidden agenda or are out to get them.Proverbs 15:13 A cheerful heart brings a smile to your face; a sad heart makes it hard to get through the day.Joy is good medicine. Those who have joy are usually grounded in their faith. See the issue is we have been tricked into believing that God has lost control. We sip on Satan’s poison, we have been duped into thinking politicians, the government, the media and Sagtan himself, have everything on lock.Regardless of what it looks like God is still on the throne. Revelation 1:8“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”As believers it’s hard to talk to anyone about God or lead anyone to Christ because we don’t know how to represent the Kingdom in the times of turmoil We called to be the salt of the earth. The meaning of being salt has nothing to do with us having the tang of salt, but the value. In biblical times salt was highly prized as a preservative of food – so precious that it was used as money with Roman soldiers were even sometimes paid in salt.Taking on the persona of salt of the earth, means we are to bring value to situations, conversations and environments.Matthew 5:13-16 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. “You are the light of the world. Let your light shine before others, so they will give glory to God.We cannot effectively draw people into the Kingdom if it looks like the God we serve has no power.In the midst of turmoil, pray for God to show you Him, his purpose and your assignment. As committed servants we should want to be part of the solution that gives God glory not part of the negativity that showcases Satan’s agenda.
42 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
Special Bible Study message from Dr. James Merritt
15 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
If GOD Knows All Then Why.....
We say God is omniscient, meaning one who knows all things. The word omniscient is nowhere in the bible but the inference of God knowing all things in prevalent from Genesis to Revelation. Psalm 147:5 Great is our Lord,abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite. 1 John 3:20 “for God is greater than our heart and knows all things”There is no doubt lingering in regards to God’s level of knowledge, however, the impact or the influence of His knowledge and our humanity rears up many valid questions.I was recently asked if God knows everything then why pray, why does He ask questions, is our destiny already predetermined and last but not least if God knows everything does that negate our free will?This morning I prayed as asked by the Holy Spirit to guide me to explain this in the simplest way possible.First let’s talk about how intimidating it is when we truly embrace that God knows our every thought. Iur angry thoughts, lustful thoughts, vengeful ideas, secret greed, and hidden coveting. God also knows our secret longings, hopeful desires, and private dreams. And He understands. Sometimes we are harder on ourselves than God is. Psalm 103:14 tell us that He knows we are frail humans made from dirt and born with a sin nature. However, at the same time we can also be too easy and carefree and not hold ourselves accountable regarding our thoughts. The bible tells us so a man thinketh so is he, which tells us our thoughts ought not be set on the things outside of the will and ways of God,In Colossians 1:21 it speaks of our minds alienating us and making us enemies of God. You know our ancestors used to say don’t go anywhere you don’t want to take God, because he is always with you, well this morning I am telling you don’t fix your minds on things and thoughts you don’t want to have an open conversation with God about. Let’s talk about the core issue that remains on the table. If God knows in advance how we will act, then most perceive that this means we cannot act other than in accordance with God's foreknowledge, so then we cannot possibly have free-will. Not so!
17 minutes | Oct 12, 2021
The HE I speak of....
He is the First and Last, the Beginning and the End!He is the keeper of Creation and the Creator of all!He is the Architect of the universe andHe is The Manager of all times.He always was, He always is, and He always will be…Unmoved, Unchanged, Undefeated, and never Undone!He was bruised and brought healing!He was pierced and eased pain!He was persecuted and brought freedom!He was dead and brought life!He is risen and brings power!He reigns and brings Peace!The world can’t understand him,The armies can’t defeat Him,The schools find it hard to describe Him, andThe leaders can’t ignore Him.Herod couldn’t kill Him,The Pharisees couldn’t confuse Him, andThe people couldn’t hold Him!Nero couldn’t crush Him,Hitler couldn’t silence Him,Technology can’t replace Him, andCNN can’t explain Him away!He is light, love, longevity, and Lord.He is goodness, Kindness, Gentleness, and God.He is Holy, Righteous, mighty, powerful, and pure.His ways are right,His word is eternal,His will is unchanging, andHis mind is on me.He is my Redeemer,He is my Savior,He is my guide, andHe is my peace!He is my Joy,He is my comfort,He is my Lord, andHe rules my life!I serve Him because His bond is love,His burden is light, andHis goal for me is an abundant life.I follow Him because He is the wisdom of the wise,The power of the powerful,The ancient of days, the ruler of rulers,The leader of leaders, the overseer of the overcomers, andThe sovereign Lord of all that was and is and is to come.And if that seems impressive to you, try this for size.His desire is a relationship with ME!He will never leave me,Never forsake me,Never mislead me,Never forget me,Never overlook me, and
56 minutes | Oct 10, 2021
Put Down Your Checklists
We are venturing into part 2 of our study of Galatians. Galatians, the New Testament book, written by Paul as a letter to the Galatians who were believers who received salvation based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, but strayed from the foundation of the teachings that led to their receiving salvation. But they began to be drawn back to the practices of religiosity which had nothing to do with the Kingdom of Heaven or pleasing God.Now Paul was the perfect man to address the Galatians for he was once a devout Jew, who knew first-hand what it was like to be more committed to the practices, traditions and rituals of religion than to God Himself. Paul was so committed to religiosity, he was blinded and didn’t recognize when the Savior the Jews were looking and praying for actually arrived. Pau was the leader of the pack that ridiculed the teachings of Jesus Christ and wanted to jail and kill those who followed Jesus’ teachings.But then God confronted Paul. Let me tell the story to some and refresh the story in the minds of others. The story comes from the book Acts and begins in the 9th chapter Yes, we are studying Galatians but I need to you understand the underlying and qualifying components of Paul audacity when he addresses the Galatians.See Paul, who went by the name of Saul at that time, was on his way to Damascus with a letter from the high priest in Jerusalem who gave him authority to arrest any who belonged to what was called, “the Way,” meaning Christians, those who followed Christ. Paul sought to intentionally oppose the name of Jesus. And no doubt because he had the support of the high priest he walked with a false sense of entitlement and much arrogance. So much so that in Acts 26:9-11. Paul says in his own words “I too was convinced that I ought to do all that was possible to oppose the name of Jesus of Nazareth. 10 And that is just what I did in Jerusalem. On the authority of the chief priests I put many of the Lord’s people in prison, and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them. Let me give you a little sidebar here, be careful who you follow, I don’t care what their position is nor what kind of illumination of authority they have, keep your heart aligned with the will and the ways of God, don’t allow distractions to blind you so you don’t recognize when God is moving and when He is telling you stand down.Let’s go back to the road of Damascus. Suddenly a bright light was shone on Saul, so bright it caused him to fall to the ground. Then Jesus spoke to Saul, asking him, “Why are you persecuting me?” in a voice understood only by him. Then Saul, as I am sure he was shivering in fear, asked “Who are you, Lord?” “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”I find the need to pause right here with another sidebar, for all of you who struggle with Jesus being God, Paul had to face this reality in the most shocking, and unimaginable way. Notice the voice didn’t say this is God, the voice he heard proclaimed to be Jesus confirming they are one in the same, because only God can create an experience like Paul had that day.
21 minutes | Oct 8, 2021
TGIF: A "Lord You Are My Everything" Kind of PRAISE!!
TGIF: A "Lord You Are My Everything" Kind of PRAISE!!I am your son, You are my FatherOh how you love to love meOh, You are my source, there is none other (there is none other)Oh how You love, to love meMy life is in Your handsYou've given meAnother chance, to proveMy love againMy life is in your handsI just really wanna tell You I love yahEverybody clap your handsC'mon put your hand like thatSing oh (oh)Then we go like thisWhen I'm in need, You're my providerOh how You love to love meOh, When I am sick, You are my healerOh how You love to love meMy life is in Your handsYou've given meAnother chance, just to proveMy love againMy life is in your handsI just really wanna tell You I love yahEverybody clap your handsEh, ohSing oh (oh)You are my joyYou are my peaceYou are my strengthI want you to say thisYou're my everythingYou are my joy, singYou are my peaceYou are my strengthSomebody say You're my everythingYou're my everythingYou are my joy (joy)You are my peace (you're my peace)You are my strength (you're my strength)You're my everything (you're my)You are my joyYou are my peace (you are my peace)You are my strengthYou're my everything, singYou're my everythingYou are my joyYou are my peaceYou are my strengthYou're my everything (You're my everything)Somebody clap your hand nowOh
16 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
Ephesians 6:10-18. The Armor of God10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.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 Lord’s people.
28 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
Walk In Faith - GOD will take care of YOU!
Abraham is mentioned several times in the Bible for some of the great things he accomplished, but Romans 4 says that he was saved because of his faith and not because of his works. Hebrews 11 says that he followed God even though he was not sure where he was going. Abraham is known as a man of faith who faithfully followed the Lord’s leading.God gave Abraham the promise that the Redeemer, the Saviour would come through his family. Abraham and his wife Sarah were past child-bearing age when God gave them a child named Isaac. Even though God had promised that Abraham’s descendants would one day be a great nation, He asked Abraham to sacrifice his only son Isaac in Genesis 22.God told Abraham to take Isaac to a mountain to sacrifice him to the Lord. God never intended for Abraham to kill Isaac. This was merely a test to Abrahams level of faithAs we read the story of Abraham and Isaac we are reminded that God is faithful and that we can place our trust in Him.If you are not sure, what God is doing, trust him. Not sure where he’s leading you as long as it's Him leading you, follow. Like Abraham, God has made some promises concerning your life, if you are not sure what those promises are, start setting time aside where you and you alone can commune with God then listen and know that sometimes your faith will challenge you to give up what may make you uncomfortable, that is unimaginable, just know God will reward you greatly and according to your faith
47 minutes | Oct 3, 2021
Galatians I: LAW AND FREEDOM
For the next few weeks right up to the Christmas season we will be studying the book of Galatians. The book of Galatians is Paul’s letter to the Galatians, to the believers, encouraging them to shift somethings, let somethings go, to exalt their faith over traditions and formalities.Let me give you a little background on the Galatians, they were believers who started their walk with Christ believing in the authentic truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ which boasts that we are justified by faith alone.The doctrine of the gospel is plain and simple and teaches that Jesus and only Jesus provides the way for us to be accepted by God and that it is Jesus and only Jesus by which any one can be fully a member of the Kingdom of Heaven.True believers of God live by faith in Christ, his birth, his life, his death and his physical resurrection.Here is where the problem Paul was having with the Galatians that he seeks to lay to rest in this phenomenal book. See, during the 2000 years leading up to the coming of Christ, God’s people believed the only way to experience God’s saving blessings was by succumbing to the works of the law of Moses.This is where believers even today need clarity, follow me close. Because as we live and breath in today times this belief system has exalted a form of blasphemy against Jesus Christ, as it has allowed yokes of slavery to once again bound us from the very thing Jesus died to free us from.In Galatians 1:6-8, Paul says as he speaks to the Galations, I am amazed that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, turning to a different gospel. Paul goes on to say there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.Paul continues in his proclamation by announcing But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!In other words, Paul is saying I don’t care who comes knocking on your door, who presents themselves as wise, who calls themselves a pastor, evangelist or an apostle. He even goes as far as to say even if an angel comes to you teaching and preaching anything outside the parameter of the true and authentic gospel which is you are saved by faith in Jesus alone, then let them be under God’s curse. Ok, what specifically is Paul talking about? We know that in Exodus 31 the Word of God tells us that the ten commandments were received by Moses and inscribed in the stone tablets by the finger of God.The laws conveyed in those commandments clearly reveal God’s standards for His people living in a fallen world. Our behavior, God has commanded us to be righteous. His commandments make us conscientious of our sins, as God once and for all codified morality.There is absolutely no question of God’s opinion concerning adultery, murder, theft and the addressed sins in the ten commandments. And there is no question concerning that violation of His commandments will reap a penalty.
12 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
I want to talk to you this morning about walking out of your imperfections perfectly. First and foremost we need to understand that how or what we deem as perfection is quite different from how God deems it.We deem perfection based on “doing”, but God deems perfection based on “being”. Let me explain, the flaw in our perspective of perfection is we put a heavy emphasis on the works of the flesh, what one does, what we can see with our eyes, count and measure with our hands.Because of our flawed perspective, we find ourselves in unfavorable circumstances and unfavorable love and friendship relationships.Think about it, if you ask most wy they like or love the person they are in a relationship, most time their list will begin with and in some cases even end with what that person does, how they measure the person character based on how they make them feel and based on this list they have proclaimed love for the person and deemed them as their perfect match.Now let’s look at God’s perspective of perfection. In God’s eyes, the definition of perfect is outlined in the fruit of the spirit which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.Pay close attention to the wording of the scripture, notice we say “the fruits of the spirit”, which is incorrect, as the Word of God refers to the fruit of the spirit, singular, it's not a typo. These attributes are not a list of fruits but collectively are defined as the fruit of the spirit. We can’t operate in one effectively and be committed to them all. Think of it like this, there are many ingredients in a cake but they all come together to make one cake.The attributes contained in the fruit of the spirit for lack of a better term, are not sold separately, they are not displayed or accessible via a buffet for your choosing. The attributes of the fruit of the spirit are collectively one and only distributed as a package deal.
14 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
WAKE UP! Rise & Shine
God is doing a new thing, don't miss it lying dormant in old ways
60 minutes | Sep 26, 2021
Do You Have a PASTOR?
First and foremost before we enter into the word of God, please know this message is not a solicitation for me to become your pastor, however, it is a solicitation for everyone to become spiritually covered. We are living in a time when "church" is being done outside of the traditional parameters we are accustomed to and in all honesty, there is absolutely nothing wrong with change. We as a people have a tendency to want things to remain familiar, predictable, and essentially within our control. But if we think about it and research the Word of God all of those things are contrary to the character of God and don't align with the will of God. The ways of the world are what is most familiar, what does God say about the ways of the world, He is clear that we should not accept the ways of the world as His will and we should not conform to the ways of the world. \We certainly know God not to be a predictable God. Isaiah 55:8 God tells us “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. But we yearn for "predictability". Why because if we can predict it we feel like we can control it. "PASTORS ARE NOT MOTIVATION SPEAKERS, BUT REVELATION RELEASERS"
6 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
Beware of Busy
In our supersonic postmodern society, known for its busyness and its increasing ability to deliver instantaneously, we find ourselves hurried more than our ancestors ever could have imagined. We have come a long way from the horse-and-buggy days, and because of that, our twenty-four hours a day seem more and more restrictive. We never feel like we have enough time to accomplish everything we want or need to do, and the clock keeps ticking. Amid maintaining a 1,500-calorie diet, picking up the kids from soccer practice, and keeping our car insurance current, we can somehow lose touch with what is really important. We become like robots rapidly moving from one task to the next. We are overworked, overstressed, and spiritually undernourished. Our culture promotes “bigger and better” and subtly challenges us to keep up. Whew! Who made these rules anyway? Satan loves to keep us running in circles trying to beat the clock. If he can distract us, he can minimize our usefulness to the Kingdom of God. Satan may be the Prince of Darkness, but he is also the Duke of Distraction.
33 minutes | Sep 19, 2021
Mirrors & Reflections
The very person staring back at you in the mirror every day is the one you are going to have to get real with concerning the reflections of your heart and the direction of your life.
8 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
So A Man Thinketh
Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
7 minutes | Sep 11, 2021
Life's Greatest Investment
Life's greatest investment is in the Kingdom of God
34 minutes | Sep 11, 2021
INCREASE YOUR WING SIZE: The Animalistic Character of God Pt 2
The character of an eagle provides some extraordinary life lessons for mankind, lessons that align with the character of God.When we look to enhance our character we should first evaluate what we want our lives to symbolize, what is the mark we want to leave on this, and what are some of the things we will be remembered for.The eagle symbolizes freedom, strength, and power, it's easy to see why and how God would use this incredible species to refer to himself and as believers, we should strive for our character to symbolize the same attributes.Freedom - Believers it's time we embraced that we have been given the gift of freedom, not to run amuck, not to be independent of the mandate of God but to be able to fully execute our God-ordained purpose, to be able to move without boundaries, dream without limitations and move, live and operate in freedom from fear.Not only were we given the gift of freedom, but we were also given it with instructions. In Galatians 5:1 the scripture tells us For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. The instruction from heaven tells us not to submit again to a yoke of slavery, free, the confines of religiosity and traditions, man-made boundaries, and lack of confidence derived from not accepting who you belong to Like an eagle, as children of the Highest God, we also have unlimited access to strength. Strength is defined as the capacity to withstand great force, and not buckle under pressure. Our unlimited access is not just a one-time allotment and occasional dose. In Isaiah 41:10 it reads “ Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”I will strengthen thee, is the fine print in the covenant God has made with us “will strengthen” infers continuously, unlimited, and promise with no expiration date. “Will strengthen” is a renewal, continuous benefit.
41 minutes | Sep 9, 2021
The Mark Of the Beast and The Antichrist
The expression antichristos is found in the Bible only in the Johannine Epistles (1 Jn. 2:18, 22; 4:3; 2 Jn. 7), but the idea behind it is widespread. We should probably understand the force of anti as indicating opposition, rather than a false claim, i.e. the antichrist is one who opposes Christ rather than one who claims to be the Christ. If this is so, then we should include under the heading ‘antichrist’ such OT passages as Dn 7:7f., 21f., and those in 2 Thes. 2 and Revelation which deal with the strong opposition that the forces of evil are to offer Christ in the last days.The concept is introduced in John as already well known (‘you have heard that antichrist is coming, 1 Jn. 2:18). But though he does not dispute the fact that at the end of this age there will appear an evil being, called ‘antichrist’, John insists that there is a temper, an attitude, characteristic of antichrist, and that already exists. Indeed, he can speak of ‘many antichrists’ as already in the world (1 Jn. 2:18). He gives something in the nature of a definition of antichrist when he says, ‘This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son’ (1 Jn. 2:22). This becomes a little more explicit when the criterion is made the refusal to acknowledge ‘the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh’ (2 Jn. 7). For John it is basic that in Jesus Christ we see God acting for man’s salvation (1 Jn. 4:9f.). When a man denies this he is not simply guilty of doctrinal error. He is undercutting the very foundation of the Christian faith. He is doing the work of Satan in opposing the things of God. At the end of the age this will characterize the work of the supreme embodiment of evil. And those who in a small way do the same thing now demonstrate by that very fact that they are his henchmen.
9 minutes | Sep 8, 2021
God & A Spider's Web
You may not know when, you may not know how... but let your faith in God stand tall because He is never without a plan
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