Pastor's Blog - Grace Notes
June 4, 2018, 10:20 PM

Finding Faith


Grace Note – Are you sure you know what a church is?

An old nursery rhyme says, “Here is the church, here is the steeple, open the doors and see all the people." As a child, we were taught that the church is simply walls and a steeple that will be full of people. Admittedly, I tell the same rhyme to my grandkids. However, over time, we add things to "our" church to make it more holy, more inviting and more inspirational, to ourselves and to those who visit. But if we were to reverse this rhyme, it would be perfect in Jesus's eyes, one in which we come together as people, looking upon the same cross we serve, only to find ourselves surrounded by walls of people with special gifts in which to build a foundation. In Matthew 16:18, “ . . . on this rock, I will build my church . . . ” Jesus’s definition of “church” comes from the Greek word “ekklesia.” Ekklesia, to Jesus, was a gathering of people all focused on one thing, with one love, one hope, and one faith in serving God's will through Jesus. Placing our absolute faith in Jesus is what it requires to build a church. It does not require brick and mortar, or wood and glass to be a church, only complete faith in Jesus Christ.

This Sunday we will discuss how to find faith when we lack it, and how when we all come together in faith, we build a church, one in which the gates of Hades will not overcome.

It is through faith, we are saved.

Blessings,

Pastor Mike




May 15, 2018, 5:44 AM

The Ultimate Gift!


Grace Note – What a Gift at Pentecost!

You can't touch it, hold it, or see it, but you can feel it, hear it and carry it with you everywhere you go. To receive it you need to know who gives it, hope for it, pray to it, and then wait patiently to experience it. Once you accept you will wonder how you ever lived without it. But you can lose it if you deny it and not listen to it.

Jesus, before he ascended into heaven told us that the Father was going to send a gift to his disciples that would give them the power and ability to accomplish much more than he ever could. Hard to believe but true, when we are lead by the Holy Spirit, it germinates a seed within us that produce a gift so sweet that everyone will see it, want to hold it, and have it for themselves– for the Holy Spirit is lived out in us by the fruit it produces. Given the opportunity, the Holy Spirit will bring out in you all these if you will let it have its way: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Pray to the Holy Spirit to intercede in all you do and the challenges you face. If you do it will change you, others you come in contact with and the world in which you live! Please read Act 2:1-21; Romans 8:22-27; John 15:6-7; 16: 4b-15; Galatians 5:22-25

Peace found in the Holy Spirit,

Pastor Mike




March 6, 2018, 3:11 PM

Look up and believe!



Grace Note – at his wit’s end

Moses exclaimed, “Goodness, what else do you want? With God's help, we got you out of that brick-making-god-forsaken place, drown the ones chasing you, got water out of a rock when you were thirty, and provide manna and quail from heaven when you were hungry. God gave you victory over those that attacked you. God provided you everything you needed, and I'm leading you a place promised just for you – Paradise!” Now you complain, “This food is terrible. It’s too hot/cold in here. It’s too loud. I can’t hear. Who invited them? Why don’t we do what ‘I’ want? Why are we going this way?” (I added a few). God’s chosen leader was at his wit’s end.

So God answered them the best way he could and gave them something else on which to focus. Poisonous snakes! Snakes, feared by all to get their attention, and when bitten, brought sickness and death. They pleaded for mercy and confessed they had sinned. Then God sent the answer that would cure them, something to look up at, and to - to view very thing that plagued them now dead and hanging on a cross – a Snake (Sin). If they looked at the cross and saw the snake had been terminated and believed, they too would be spared to live rather than die. The story is told in Numbers 21:4-9 and John 3:14-21.

Jesus came when we were yet sinners, and died on the cross to save us from the very thing that was killing us - Sin. Those who look up upon Him and believe will surely live a life eternal in paradise!

Join us this Sunday as we look at what is essential for life!

Grace, Pastor Mike

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