Mar 16, 2014
Friend of God

Proverbs 3:32b, he (God) offers his friendship to the godly.

One of the benefits of the Cross of Jesus Christ is that Jesus’ followers are friends of God. The Bible records people that were God’s friends; e.g., Lazarus, John 11:3, Abraham, James 2:23 and Moses, Exodus 33:11a. Romans 5:10-11 state that our friendship with God was restored by the death of Jesus, and that we should celebrate that God calls us His friends. Two things that keep us from living like we are friends of God are: 1) church hornets and 2) difficult circumstances. Church hornets are people that use their words to destroy their fellow church friends (Proverbs 11:9). Trying circumstances can cause us to believe that God does not care about us. Job 29:4 speaks about this truth. We must allow Romans 5:10-11 to speak louder than the church hornets or difficult circumstances. God offers us His friendship to us. May we not disrespect Him by not believing that we are His friends, Pastor Greg
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  • Mar 16, 2014Friend of God
    Mar 16, 2014
    Friend of God

    Proverbs 3:32b, he (God) offers his friendship to the godly.

    One of the benefits of the Cross of Jesus Christ is that Jesus’ followers are friends of God. The Bible records people that were God’s friends; e.g., Lazarus, John 11:3, Abraham, James 2:23 and Moses, Exodus 33:11a. Romans 5:10-11 state that our friendship with God was restored by the death of Jesus, and that we should celebrate that God calls us His friends. Two things that keep us from living like we are friends of God are: 1) church hornets and 2) difficult circumstances. Church hornets are people that use their words to destroy their fellow church friends (Proverbs 11:9). Trying circumstances can cause us to believe that God does not care about us. Job 29:4 speaks about this truth. We must allow Romans 5:10-11 to speak louder than the church hornets or difficult circumstances. God offers us His friendship to us. May we not disrespect Him by not believing that we are His friends, Pastor Greg
  • Mar 2, 2014Fools are as Fools Do, Part 1
    Mar 2, 2014
    Fools are as Fools Do, Part 1
    Fools
  • Feb 16, 2014From the Heart Flows the Springs of Life
    Feb 16, 2014
    From the Heart Flows the Springs of Life
    Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.  Proverbs 4:23 We need to ensure that the life that flows from our heart is pure and not contaminated. Purity of heart is a process that God does. He takes us on the journey of inward transformation. Know understand that “watching over your heart” is a tender relational term not a military term. May God bless your journey of having a pure heart, Wendy
  • Feb 9, 2014Kindness and Loyalty = Favor with God and Other
    Feb 9, 2014
    Kindness and Loyalty = Favor with God and Other
    Proverbs 3:3-4, Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation. Proverbs 3:3-4 is one of my top 20 favorite passages. It is clear and straight forward. Loyalty and kindness grant me favor with God and people. An added bonus is that I will earn a good reputation. As a pastor, I have concluded there are two main reasons Christians are not kind. 1.) We do not have the desire or ability to be kind. 2.) We think others do not deserve our kindness. God has a solution for these problems. The solution to the problem that we do not want to be kind or cannot be kind is the Holy Spirit. An outcome of the Holy Spirit controlling our lives is kindness (Galatians 5:22-23a). Kindness is a by-product of living by the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 13:4 teaches that an aspect of love is kindness. Love and kindness are readily available to the Christian that desires to be kind. All Holy Spirit transformations are a process. The process to transform us into kind people can take years. BUT, we have hope. With the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, anyone can become a kind person. The solution to the problem that we do not think others deserve our kindness is humility. The Bible is very clear that God is kind to us. He does not give us what we deserve, and He expects us and empowers us to give undeserved kindness to others. Romans 2:1-4 and 3:23-24 clearly teaches this truth. Luke 6:35 reads, Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. Colossians 3:12 teaches us that God chose us to be the holy people he loves,  and that we are to clothe ourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. May God bless your journey of becoming a loyal and kind person, Pastor Greg
  • Feb 2, 2014Kind Words are Sweet to the Soul
    Feb 2, 2014
    Kind Words are Sweet to the Soul
    Proverbs 16:24 reads, “Kind words are like honey—sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” God has designed the human body to absorb words that are spoken to us by others. Good, loving, truthful and kind words impact a person for the good; whereas, negative, evil, unkind lies have a negative impact upon people. God has called us to be His spokespeople. We are to have his disposition and use our words the way He intended them to be. Look at this short list of the positive affects truthful words have upon a person. Proverbs 10:11a, The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain; Proverbs 10:32a, The lips of the godly speak helpful words, Proverbs 12:18b, the words of the wise bring healing. Proverbs 15:4a, Gentle words are a tree of life; Proverbs 12:25b, an encouraging word cheers a person up. I encourage you to “test” God’s word. Do this experiment. For one week speak only kind, helpful, life inspiring words to those around you. Keep a written record of the outcomes. If at the end of the week, you come to the conclusion that God’s word is truthful and the kind words are sweet to the soul, then incorporate this behavior into your character for the rest of your life. God bless, Greg