This Week's Pastor's Corner

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April 21, 2019

 Today is the day that the Resurrection of Jesus is celebrated - although we should celebrate our Risen Savior each day. I was reading in the Gospel of John this week about the history of when Jesus appeared to Mary after His resurrection and before He ascended to heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father. John 20:17 says, “Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.” On the morning of the Resurrection, Jesus didn’t allow Mary to touch Him. What He was telling Mary is that it wasn’t going to be the way it used to be and that she could no longer hold on to Him in the old, previous way. It was a new covenant. Notice what Jesus said to Mary, “Go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God’” (John 20:17). For Jesus to call God His Father was one thing, but He said, “I am ascending to My Father and your Father.” In other words, “He is your Father now too.” Jesus opened a new relationship for us through His death on the cross and His Resurrection from the dead. No longer must we go through a high priest to seek forgiveness because Jesus became the final sacrifice for our sins. And He has given us access to God the Father, to whom we can come to in times of need. When Jesus died on the Cross, the veil in the Temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom (see Matthew 27:51; Mark 15:38 & Luke 23:45). This means that we have access personally to the very Throne of God for ourselves. Hebrews 4:16 tells us, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” What is your need as you are reading this? Do you know God as your Father? Or does He seem like some distant force? If that is the case, I have good news for you: God is not some force or distant power somewhere in the universe. He is personal, He is caring, and He loves you. And that is why He sent His Son to die on the cross in our place.

 

 

  

As I sat to write this week’s Pastor's Corner, I thought about some of the things we are learning in the Sunday evening study and in relation to the times we are living in. in Luke 9:23 we read the words of Jesus when He said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Me.” Notice that it is something we are to do each day - and many times it is multiple times throughout the day. I was reminded of

 

Jesus words in Matthew 4:4 when He said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ He was referring to Deuteronomy 8:3. As I thought about all this, I remembered when we were on some airline flights. Have you ever noticed that most people don’t pay much attention to flight attendants as they go over the emergency procedures at the beginning of a flight? I probably don’t do this as well as I could because I’ve heard it before.  But if while in flight what if there was a sudden noise outside and smoke coming from an engine? Then a flight attendant

 

suddenly steps forward and announces over the intercom, “Ladies and

 

gentlemen, we must make an emergency landing. We will be reviewing the emergency procedures with you once again. Please listen carefully.” I am sure I would wake up if I was asleep or put down what I was reading, find the emergency exits and pay attention for one simple reason: my life and Susie’s life depends on it. When it comes to the Word of God, we need to pay careful attention as well because our spiritual lives depend on it. Simply listening to the teaching of Jesus doesn’t make you a disciple. If you want to be a disciple of Jesus, then you must continue in God’s Word. Do you read the Bible every day and spend time with the Author? It is important because your Christian life depends on how much of the Bible you get into your heart and mind on a daily basis and how obedient you are to it. If you have a deficiency of the Bible in your spiritual diet, then you’ll wither spiritually. But if you have a regular diet of the Word of God on a daily basis, it will help you be spiritually strong.

 

 

 

As I sat to write this week’s Pastor's Corner, I thought about some of the things we are learning in the Sunday evening study and in relation to the times we are living in. in Luke 9:23 we read the words of Jesus when He said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Me.” Notice that it is something we are to do each day - and many times it is multiple times throughout the day. I was reminded of

 

Jesus words in Matthew 4:4 when He said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ He was referring to Deuteronomy 8:3. As I thought about all this, I remembered when we were on some airline flights. Have you ever noticed that most people don’t pay much attention to flight attendants as they go over the emergency procedures at the beginning of a flight? I probably don’t do this as well as I could because I’ve heard it before.  But if while in flight what if there was a sudden noise outside and smoke coming from an engine? Then a flight attendant

 

suddenly steps forward and announces over the intercom, “Ladies and

 

gentlemen, we must make an emergency landing. We will be reviewing the emergency procedures with you once again. Please listen carefully.” I am sure I would wake up if I was asleep or put down what I was reading, find the emergency exits and pay attention for one simple reason: my life and Susie’s life depends on it. When it comes to the Word of God, we need to pay careful attention as well because our spiritual lives depend on it. Simply listening to the teaching of Jesus doesn’t make you a disciple. If you want to be a disciple of Jesus, then you must continue in God’s Word. Do you read the Bible every day and spend time with the Author? It is important because your Christian life depends on how much of the Bible you get into your heart and mind on a daily basis and how obedient you are to it. If you have a deficiency of the Bible in your spiritual diet, then you’ll wither spiritually. But if you have a regular diet of the Word of God on a daily basis, it will help you be spiritually strong.

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

I was thinking about Flag Day being this Tuesday and that the American flag represents freedom. Jesus said in John 8:31-32, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (NKJV).  Satan wants to put blinders over your eyes so that you cannot see who you really are in Christ, and the only thing that can

 

remove Satan’s blinders and break the chains of bondage is truth. So many people - even God’s people - deal with unforgiveness. The Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Colosse, “…forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.” (NKJV) This is telling us that forgiveness is not an option. The Living Bible puts it this way: “Be gentle and ready to forgive; never hold grudges. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” There isn’t a person alive who hasn’t been wronged at some time in their life. Regardless of what caused the wrong, we have a choice when that happens. We can either let the wrong

 

that was done against us cause us to sit down and wallow in pity, or we can choose to get up, dust ourselves off, forgive, and keep going. Forgiveness is a choice, and it’s never too late to make the right choice. Forgiveness has to happen before the healing process from those hurts can begin. One thing is for sure and that is that you cannot expect any significant growth in your life until you release yourself from the effects of the wrong that was committed against you. Give it all to God: the anger, the resentment, the hurt, the shame, the guilt—and whatever else it is that has kept you an emotional prisoner of the past. You can be free beginning today. You do not have to suffer the rest of your life for your own past mistakes or the mistakes of others. What happened in your past does not have to define your future. God is in the business of restoration, and He will restore all you have lost if you will seek Him and believe His Word. Choose today to forgive—not only others, but yourself as well. God is not hiding truth from you. He has hidden it for you in His Word—all the way from Genesis through Revelation. If you are hungry enough for freedom, then you’ll get into God’s Word. The more of the truth of God’s Word you know, the more free you will become.

 

 

 

 

 

I was thinking about Flag Day being this Tuesday and that the American flag represents freedom. Jesus said in John 8:31-32, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (NKJV).  Satan wants to put blinders over your eyes so that you cannot see who you really are in Christ, and the only thing that can

 

remove Satan’s blinders and break the chains of bondage is truth. So many people - even God’s people - deal with unforgiveness. The Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Colosse, “…forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.” (NKJV) This is telling us that forgiveness is not an option. The Living Bible puts it this way: “Be gentle and ready to forgive; never hold grudges. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” There isn’t a person alive who hasn’t been wronged at some time in their life. Regardless of what caused the wrong, we have a choice when that happens. We can either let the wrong

 

that was done against us cause us to sit down and wallow in pity, or we can choose to get up, dust ourselves off, forgive, and keep going. Forgiveness is a choice, and it’s never too late to make the right choice. Forgiveness has to happen before the healing process from those hurts can begin. One thing is for sure and that is that you cannot expect any significant growth in your life until you release yourself from the effects of the wrong that was committed against you. Give it all to God: the anger, the resentment, the hurt, the shame, the guilt—and whatever else it is that has kept you an emotional prisoner of the past. You can be free beginning today. You do not have to suffer the rest of your life for your own past mistakes or the mistakes of others. What happened in your past does not have to define your future. God is in the business of restoration, and He will restore all you have lost if you will seek Him and believe His Word. Choose today to forgive—not only others, but yourself as well. God is not hiding truth from you. He has hidden it for you in His Word—all the way from Genesis through Revelation. If you are hungry enough for freedom, then you’ll get into God’s Word. The more of the truth of God’s Word you know, the more free you will become.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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