Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Who were the heretics of Jude’s Day?

Jude intended to explain the Gospel of which he, himself, had experienced but now needed to switch his approach to spend his time in defending the truth.  Does that still hold true today? 

While we have been given the direct command to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth, to all people, until the Lord returns for His own in the rapture; we have also been given the clear mandate to defend the truth.  What Jude is telling us in this short little book is as relevant for us today as it has ever been for those of the first century. 

While much has changed through the years, Satan’s tactics & the human heart has not!  While we have dressed up the past issues with modern clothing & up-to-date styles the deception is as real as it has ever been.  In fact, in our time, we have a greater deal of arsenal available to accomplish this deception. 

Join us this Sunday, your attendance at church does influence someone beyond yourself! 

Pastor Jim

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Thinking Ahead with Pastor Jim

The Believer’s Victory! | Romans 8:1-25

Paul having written the book of Romans while at Corinth, gives clear insight as to why he was so forceful, bold and on target when he describes humanity at its worst in the first three chapters.  This introduction into humanity would be discouraging had he left us there, and as humans we probably would be destroyed, staying there. 

However, since God is the author of Romans, there is great hope for us!  God is the one who sought us ‘while we were still sinners.’  In Chapter 8 we see that He is not only the Savior, but also the one who gives us victory.  Salvation is personalized and takes place at the time we believe.  For many of us, we are still unaware that the provisions for victory over sin was made for us in Christ, even though we may already be forgiven.  The Holy Spirit is the one who is presently working in our behalf to gives us daily victory. 

Victory must be received by faith as salvation is received by faith! 

See you this Sunday! 

Pastor Jim

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Thinking Ahead with Pastor Jim

Trust in the Character of God!

1 Samuel 7:1-6, 15-8-22

In a time when right is wrong and wrong is right, we must have confidence in the character of God to be able to determine our course of action in life. 

Those who have authority over us are placed into that position by God, Himself.  God is sovereign and He either places people into a position of authority or allows them to be placed into that position of authority.  The individuals who have authority over us are accountable to God. 

Proverbs 29:2 clearly tells us that those who are under authority are either helped (rejoice) or harmed (groan) by the rules they serve under.  Daniel Webster said “Whatever makes men good Christians makes them good citizens.”  While we are citizens of heaven, we must not minimize our responsibilities on earth. 

Join us this Sunday! 

Pastor Jim

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Thinking Ahead with Pastor Jim

God’s Job Description for today’s Outreach
Jude 1:22-23

Jesus said that some of the evidences that would indicate that His coming is around the corner is that “. . . lawlessness will increase and that most people’s love would grow cold.” (Matthew 24:12)  I have not read, seen or heard of another time where people have had such a hatred for others and a hate/love perspective for self, as in our time.  They think and live only for themselves, and at the same time, actually living a lifestyle that is destructive to themselves, without meaning and without purpose. 

As a follower of Christ, this is the perfect scenario to demonstrate the difference that Christ can make within our lives.  Jesus tells us through Paul (Galatians 6:10) and John (1John 4) that if we do not love  other believers, and the lost within our world that hate their own lives while living for themselves then we do not love God either. 

In these few verses Jude tells us what our response should be to those around us who are lost.  The number one goal is to reach them with the Gospel.  It is the gospel that changes lives! 

Join us this Sunday! 

Pastor Jim

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Thinking Ahead with Pastor jim

 God’s Job Description for Today’s Believers!

Jude 1:19-25 – August 17, 2014AM 

What does God expect from us as Christ’s return is drawing near?  God never leaves us wondering what we ought to be doing or how we ought to live.  Throughout scripture, as well as here in Jude, God gives us clear direction as to what He expects from us as we are busily serving Him until He returns for us in the rapture. 

Warren Wiersbe tells us . . . “In attempting to minister to people, we must be careful and exercise discernment lest they do us more harm than we do good (Jude 22-23).  Concerning the Pharisees, Jesus said to His disciples, ‘Let them alone’ (Matt. 15:14).  God told the prophet Hosea, ‘Ephraim is joined to idols, let them alone’ (Hos. 4:17).  And Paul told Timothy to withdraw himself from certain troublemakers (1 Tim. 6:2-5).  Ask God for wisdom as you seek to help persons wandering from the faith,” 

God promises to keep His Word & He certainly has the ability to care for us, but we must allow Him to be God within our lives, in order for us to receive His approval in our day by day living.

 Join us this Sunday! 

Pastor Jim