Prayer and Fasting as a church

Matthew 13:31-32

Over time a small herb can grow into a tree. It may not look like much but when God is done with it, it is a mighty tree! God will also keep growing His church. It is not the end of the story—just a chapter!

Changes in kids are not seen day by day, sometimes it won’t be seen for years, but it can be crazy how fast they grow! Use growth instead of change! We don’t want change but growth is natural!

There are three natural changes in our life.. the first one is the hardest.  You go from nothing to something and it is the most dramatic. The second is going from small to working and growing. The third is working and you are at your best peak optimal performance.

The most difficult is going from nothing to something !  For instance, when you start a church, it can be just from scratch with you and your family every week. When something is in place,  there are better ways to operate. This is where e are going into 2020. We need to continue to fine tune as we grow.

We need to remember to commit our way to the Lord,  trust in Him and He will bring it to pass!  Put your faith in His word. God is faithful and will not return it void! We need to stand on His word!!

The twelve disciples expanded and grew the kingdom. It was expanded to 120 in the upper room, which greatly multiplied the number of disciples. God took the small, expanded it and it blew up in the Book of Acts.

We can expand like that in 2020! It is going to happen. He will bring it to pass! Healing and forgiveness will happen in 2020!

Just like a trapeze artist, we have to learn to walk up the ladder and grab that bar and swing. When we swing, we need to learn to trust that we can grab the other bar coming towards us and move on to the other side of the tent! Grab that bar and jump and swing! We are in a transition …we need to fly through the air, and let go of that back rope and grab on to the next rope!!

LET GO AND LET GOD!!!!

Pastor Eric Cleveland
December 29, 2019

The Neverending Kingdom

Colossians 1:16-18

Beauty fades…As we get older, things that we thought were important, aren’t as important anymore! Midlife crisis … we do weird things, change our hairstyles, or whatever. We put our hopes in this life…basically we are having a “my life crisis”.

Jesus Christ is before the beginning. He is beforehand, the Alpha and Omega. He created all of us for a reason and purpose. We can’t fail if we don’t have expectations but we also cannot succeed.

We really have no idea what other people go through. In our church, we never have a normal service. It is more than the comfort of sitting for an hour in church. There are eternal consequences!

The birth of Jesus was more than a baby, or wise men. There is an eternal work of the kingdom of Heaven on earth. Through His death, burial and resurrection we can partake in that eternal kingdom. If we deny that, we also deny Christ!

When we sin and do wrong, God is still on the throne and will make an escape. It is Christ in you, The hope and glory!!

God never promised tomorrow! The Bible says He is the same yesterday, today and forever! His kingdom can reign in your life today! If God started something in you today, He will continue in His word and see it through to the end! God will walk on my behalf. He will make a way when there was NO WAY!!

We all want to celebrate the birth of Jesus, but the birth and death are linked. The kingdom of Heaven is eternal. My choice it to have fellowship with Him in His Kingdom and to celebrate His birth and His death!

Just remember one thing… you do not have to go a day without Him!!!

Bishop Jared Staten
Dec. 22, 2019

The Kingdom of Increase

Isaiah 9:7

The Hebrew word for increase means to multiply. God does multiplication. Adam and Eve had kids and they multiplied and so on and so on. It continues to this day! When we invest money, it increases. I does that over and over again.

We are also a church of increase! This applies to you ! Not everyday boring life ,but to add to it a little  with compound interest and our lives will multiply! If you bring someone to the Lord and they bring someone to the Lord, and are doing good things for God then that is increasing !

Millionaires don’t think like we do, They don’t have to work, they work because they love it!

Don’t come to church to have God take care of our problems…Come because God put something in my life I want to work to see it through! That is what the kingdom of Heaven is… it is getting what God said we could have. We need to stop the negative thinking about God and stop focusing on what was and what is!

It is like old songs and hymns… we are stuck in the past and you basically stopped connecting with the old songs. You don’t like the new songs and you are stuck! Stop longing for the past! God has so much for your future!!

During the walk in the wilderness, it took 40 years to kill off the generation, but after the Promised Land they never looked back at their old ways! We are so lucky that God is not bound by our past. We should be thankful for that!

Don’t get stuck in a rut! Our journey needs to be constant. Remember, the journey has nothing to do with where you are at, but where you are going. We are part of something greater—ETERNITY!

Our increase is based on what is coming, it is not just feeling the presence of God, but we are on a mission to take it beyond the surface.

We need God to speak eternal words in my life and move forward with expectation!

Don’t get bogged down and build a wall of impossibility!! Because… NOTHING is impossible with God!!

Bishop Jared Staten
Dec, 15, 2019

Prince of Peace

Isaiah 9:6

He is God Almighty!!He is THAT mighty God in the Son. He reveals the Father’s glory to us!

The first proclamation was from the angels. They proclaimed “Peace on Earth, Good will to men”.

So many are trying to take God out of our nation. The world does not want Christ or to be a part of it!

Celebrating around the holidays can get hectic. WE want it to be like a Norman Rockwell painting. We all want to step into that painting and be a part of that family. There will not be a crazy uncle or cousin there to bother us or ruin it! As adults, we know what is going on in families, and the adult weight of responsibilities!  Kids don’t see it. They are in a place of bliss and do not have the memories we have as adults.

As we grow up, we tend to get away from the joy God has done in our life!  For some of us, it is a trying and difficult time. We long to go back to that time when we were a kid, where there was joy and happiness. But for adults, where did that joy go?

The only way to find peace , is in Jesus! For times of trouble—stay close to the Lord. We need to find peace on earth–good will.

God brigs people to the house of God… we can’t do it alone! I need you Jesus! Just like the boat on the Sea of Galilee, when the fishermen cried out to God as they thought they were drowning! All you need to do is call on the name of the Lord. Call on the name of the Lord and he will come running to you!!

What did He say to calm the boat and waves? “PEACE BE STILL”

We tend to look around and want God to just take away all our problems…BUT, God may give you peace through that storm!

God says ” My Peace I leave with you, My Peace I give to you.”

God’s hand is reaching for you! There is peace to be had. and Joy in the Holy Ghost !!

Pastor Eric Cleveland

Dec. 8, 2019

First of All-Prayer

1 Timothy 2:1

We need to get the church stoked in prayer. God cares about worship and praise. This altar should be worship and praise! God works through our prayers!  God even said to the disciples to watch and pray for one hour. Stay awake for one hour, but God had to remind them!

First we need to be a praying people, before winning the lost, and the men, as head of the household, need to pray!  We need to pray in our homes, daycare,hallway, and pray for our children in this dark world!

To the men of this church—God is calling you to pray, lifting holy hands, in our homes, cars, convenience stores, etc. It is God’s will for men to pray everywhere. There is a need to pray with lifted hands.

There may be a situation that will come along that will make us NOT want to pray, but we need to persevere and pray until something happens!!

Elijah was a praying, righteous man and he prayed for a rain cloud. Seven times he prayed and finally God answered that the rain was coming soon. Don’t give up and don’t get discouraged. Matthew 21:22 says ” And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

The Children of Israel complained before they crossed over and got manna. After they complained, they got meat. After they crossed over they saw the promised land and became a praying people.

Pray everywhere and you will see the effects. We want to be a revival church—on fire, fresh and alive!! We want to see praise reports!  If the church REALLY prays, they will be happy because prayers lift oppression!

When the church starts to pray, an aroma goes up to God and He can smell the prayer! Remember to pray without ceasing! David knew that incense was prayers going up to God! Incense and prayer are synonymous with each other! When we pray, it becomes a fragrant cloud to God. Cologne is supposed to attract people so we should want our church to smell good to God!

We want to make our church a fragrant cloud to God.We need a church willing to pray against evil!!

 

Pastor Eric Cleveland

Dec. 1, 2019