Pastor’s Pen

Do not fear; Only believe!

Wonderful Church: Here is some great news. Jesus heals. Jesus healed one person after another during the New Testament times. Jesus healed “many people of many diseases, and plagues and evil spirits and He bestowed sight to the blind” (Luke 7:21). Jesus was all about healing people. In Luke 8:40-56, we see Jesus heal a woman who had a twelve year old uterine hemorrhage. She had lived the last twelve years of her life isolated and defiled while dealing with a constant flow of blood coming from her body. In this scripture Jesus also healed a twelve year old little girl who had just passed away from a sickness. Jesus healed one person after another in His daily life walking this earth. Is that now over? Was all the healing that Jesus did just for the New Testament days?

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Why Demons… today? For God’s greatness to be seen more clearly everyday

Hey Church family: You know the story in Luke 8, about the man with the demon problem? Have you ever thought, why did the demons even exist for the man to have the demon problem? I think most of us would agree that Satan and his demons exist. They are real. They fight against God and His purposes. They are murderers, liars, and thieves as scripture tells us. Throughout scripture Satan and his helper demons tempt, separate, and isolate people for future destruction.
 
And yes, it is true God could take out at this very moment every demon that exists and their leader Satan with just a breath but He chooses not at this time. God is all-powerful and Satan is not. Satan is a created being and God is not. God made Satan and his demons and God can destroy them. The reason we know He could destroy Satan and his demons is because we know He will and when He does He will throw them in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41).

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Having Faith vs. Engaging Faith

Hello Church Family:
Do you ever struggle with thoughts and feelings that this world is way too big, dark and dangerous and crazy out of control and that you are all alone to navigate all this mess that you cannot do anything about? Wow, just writing that sentence makes me anxious. That kind of thinking grows a root of unbelief that digs down deep into our heart and robs us of all other spiritual nourishment that Jesus Christ has for us. Our happy God wants us as believers to also be happy! We worship a God of hope who wants to fill us with all joy and peace in believing, so that by submitting to His power through the Holy Spirit we may abound in Hope (Romans 15:13). The only way that we can live happy lives is by engaging our faith in Jesus Christ as the Lord of all creation, believing that in Him “all things hold together” (Colossians 1:16-17). “All things” includes everything that may be bringing you panic, desperation, fear and anxiety. There is a difference in having faith and engaging that faith.

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What does your heart hear? With a hardness, shallowness, thorniness or goodness?

Hey Church Family: This week’s passage in Luke is a weighty one that must lead us to our own self-evaluation. How do you hear the Word of God? How you hear God’s Word is a really big deal. Jesus tells us very clearly through the Parable of the Sower that how we hear God’s Word determines if we have a place in the Kingdom of God (Luke 8:1-18). Let the weight of that teaching sink in. Or better yet, pause and go read that parable.
 
How we hear Jesus determines if we understand the secrets of the Kingdom of God (Luke 8:10). There are two type of hearing in which we engage every moment of every day. We can hear with just our physical ears – tones, sounds, words, vibrations. This type of hearing, as we say, can go in one ear and out the other or maybe at least our mind processes some of the information gathered by this type of hearing. There is a second type of hearing. This is the hearing that Jesus is really concerned with as He shows us in this parable. Jesus is teaching the crowd and us about the type of hearing that we do with our heart. Heart-hearing is crucial to salvation as Jesus teaches. Heart-hearing is the type of hearing that determines if the seed of the Word of God takes root within us to bring forth sustaining fruit of salvation and entrance into the Kingdom of God. In Luke 8:8, Jesus declares, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” He is referring to our heart ears.

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Know Your Sins – Know His Forgiveness

Hey Church Family:
Wow! The world is moving more and more to a place where nothing seems to be a sin any longer. Our society struggles to see many of its immoral, unethical actions or thoughts or its heart’s desires as an offense to our Holy God. This is a dangerous place to be. Church, we do not want to be unaware of our sin. Not knowing our sin results in not needing a Savior. Not knowing our sin results in a frail, feeble love for our Savior because we think that we really are not all that bad.
 
This week in Luke 7:36-50, we see a religious man, Simon, who was unaware of his own sin. He lived a rigorously religious life known by everybody as a man of position and power. Simon believed that his own moral goodness saved him from any debt of sin he might incur. In fact, he could not rightly remember what those sins might be. Which means Simon does not see his need for a Savior. The Savior, Jesus, who is eating dinner with him. And then there was the woman in this story. She was the opposite of Simon. The woman was known by everybody in town by her sin. She had no position or power. The religious community had her sins listed and memorized. She was a professional sinner, a prostitute. Simon and friends looked at her with scorn as they overlooked their own personal sin.

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Doubt your doubts… not Jesus.

Hey church family!
Do you ever doubt this whole “Jesus is Lord” thing we are banking eternity on? Every believer that has ever walked this earth has endured times of doubting this faith that we call Christianity. Maybe you have recently come across some compelling atheist philosopher, or NatGeo documentary that you thought was persuasive, or maybe you just attended your local biology class that declares endlessly an anti-creation science, or maybe it is just the day to day drain of life on this earth where there is endless suffering and evil that seems to always be winning. Whatever it is that may create some doubt, you are not alone. Every believer has struggled with doubt at one point or another in their marathon of faith.

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