Where do you take refuge?

in this day and age, where people find their comfort in a time of need is vast and personal. Some turn to family, some turn to substances, very few though, turn to God. 

You see, sometimes life is difficult. Most of us know this, we can even see the wisdom in how trials are affecting people. We can offer comfort to others, both in love and faith.

When we are the ones being tried, when our lives are in shambles, where do you turn?  We need to understand that God desires for us to turn to Him in all things.  When the enemy attacks, the Lord desires to be our shield and sword.

When God tries us, he desires us to come to Him for instruction, to learn how He desires us to change.  To understand how He is trying to mold us into the person He wants us to be.

The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭18‬:‭10‬ KJV)

This verse should be forever on our minds. When things are good, and especially when things are bad. Taking comfort in friends and family are a good resource, but nothing takes the place of the creator of the universe, the author of salvation.

Now keep in mind, when one is “safe” with the Lord, it doesn’t mean out of harms way.  It does mean that whatever you are going through, that strong tower of God is what is defending you.

Take refuge in the Lord.

God Bless

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Sermon: 02/22/2015 – Prepare for Persecution

Prepare for Persecution

Revelation 20:4
John 3:15-21
Matthew 16:24-26
Titus 1:2
Luke 9:23-24
John 10:25-30
John 15:18-25
Titus 3:7
2 Timothy 3:12-14
Romans 6:23
Revelation 3:14-16
1 John 5:10-12
Luke 10:21
1 Timothy 6:12
1 Corinthians 1:17

Speaker on Sunday February 22nd:

Pastor Jason Doyle

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Sermon: 02/15/2015 – Jonah 3 – Fulfilling God’s Will

Jonah 3 – Fulfilling God’s Will

Jonah 3

Speaker on Sunday February 15th:

Pastor Jason Doyle

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Sermon: 02/01/2015 – Are you lost in the blood?

Are you lost in the blood?

Luke 23:43
1 Corinthians 13
2 Corinthians 13:11
Revelation 2:4
1 John 4:7-8
Matthew 5:43-48
Ephesians 6:24
Ecclesiastes 6:9-10

Speaker on Sunday February 1st:

Pastor Jason Doyle

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Be There

In our walk of faith, like an epic story, people come in and move out of our lives.  The Church is an especially complex place for our interactions with others. No other place can you find true friendship and fellowship, along with debate and opposing opinions.  No other place with so much at stake. 

We watch people come in and leave our Church each year. Most leave because they don’t find what they are looking for. I ask this question, why?  

We tend to take a back seat, especially in the Church, when people start distancing themselves from the Church.  We may not even notice!  How shameful is that?  We have a responsibility to our brothers and sisters in Christ.  

When someone’s life gets rough, or they start diving back into sin, their first instinct is usually to start backing away from Church. If we aren’t there to be their shoulder, their rock, who do you suppose will be?  The one pulling them away from the Church, the enemy of God. 

Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. (‭Galatians‬ ‭6‬:‭1-2‬ KJV)

You see here the responsibility we have.  It’s one we should not be taking lightly.  For a further example, read Ezekiel 33 (the watchman on the wall) for further evidence of this responsibility. 

Meekness is key as well.  If we become condescending to those we are ministering to, make them feel worse, we are not doing our jobs.  We are to approach this task as Christ would,with love, humility, and true compassion.

The other side of this is keeping our own selves pure.  We sometimes have to get down in the pit with those we are ministering to. We need to make sure we don’t unintentionally put ourselves at risk as well.

The bottom line here is we cannot be Christians who ignore the issues around us. I feel this shortcoming is the leading reason for the decline of the American Church.  We stopped fulfilling the law of Christ because it became difficult.  It requires us to donors than care about ourselves.  These people gave us a benchmark to show how much better we are.  We forget they are lost in this world like we were, and sometimes still are. 

Let’s work towards being the kind of Christians Christ commanded us to be. 

God Bless.

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Once Dead

I want to talk about simplicity.  We tend to want to complicate things when it comes to our faith and our salvation.  Sometimes, however, the simplest things are the truth. 

We were once dead. Now, physical death is always present, and that is not the death I’m talking about.  Due to sin, we are destined for eternal death. Now, we know Christ died for us.  The question now is, what do you do with it?

For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5‬:‭14-15‬ KJV)

Here we see the logic of the cross.  If Christ died for all, then all were destined for death.  Now, because Christ rose again, we have life everlasting.  

This is the critical point here: if Christ died for us, we should no longer be living for ourselves.  Think of it like this: Christ died a physical death to prevent our spiritual death.  In turn, we are to live our physical lives for Christ, no longer for ourselves.  The options are simple: living for ourselves with eternal death, or living for Christ with eternal life.

Consider who you living for in your prayers.

God Bless

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