The lessons we learn from the waves we face

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER REVEREND RYAN NEER

Do you ever wonder what is going on? This time of change makes us ask what is going on? Everything is happening, one thing after another.

In the Gospels, Jesus taught about the storms we face. For three and a half years He molded and shaped the disciples into what they needed to be. Jesus is always teaching us something, somewhere. The rate of learning must be greater than the rate of change. We need to become a student of what we are going through! Isaiah 30:20 says the Lord gives a little adversity to make you a good teacher.

In Luke 8 the disciples were faced with a storm and they were fearful. Jesus awakened and in Luke 8:25 He asked them “Where is your faith?”  He had given them faith, and they had faith, but where did they place it?

We put a bandage on anything that we put our faith in that is not God! We put faith in a bottle, pills, relationships, which in return can create a bandage. Disappointment is God’s way of delivering you by what you did not know you were bound by.

God wants us to locate our faith! If you put your faith in relationships, you will get let down. Disappointment is the first step tp faith. Put your faith back in God. Remember the storm is about you seeing His sovereignty.

The same storm where Jesus was asleep, raged on and they were filled with water.  The Bible does not say the boat was filled with water but THEY were filled with water! They had internal waves. How can Jesus sleep when I am going through this storm? For the disciples, Jesus was trying to teach them where their faith was.

When the disciples were on the boat at night and a storm came upon them, Jesus saw it all and knew they would go through that storm.They were afraid. The waves were pounding, but they saw a figure walking on the water on the very waves they were afraid of!  Just remember that no matter how dark the night, there are still waves under our feet. Step on top of what you are going through. Jesus said “Heaven is my throne and earth is my footstool”.

Put your faith back in God! We are called to be like Him, not swallowed up in fear. Don’t get bound by uncertainty. Now is the perfect time for the church to step out in faith! Be a student like never before! He will put it under your feet!

 

Rev. Ryan Neer

April 19, 2020

 

 

Introducing the Son of Worship

2 Chronicles 29: 1-2

Hezekiah, the son of worship, grew up with evil all around him, but worship was instilled in his life. His name equaled strength or empowered of God. Ahaz was his father, a wicked king. Hezekiah was not the son of Ahaz but a son of David. He was the first king to get rid of royalty and worship God with all he had!

When we worship God and if you worship, the Spirit of God will be with you. There is no hopelessness, just look to Jesus.

In Hebrew, the word worship means to bow down. You need to show that He is greater than you ! We have an opportunity to worship with all our hearts! Those that love Him will get down on their knees, because He is greater than me or my problems and my needs. Give Him the honor as a sovereign God.

The Greek word for worship means to give reverence or adore, or showing awe to someone who is higher.  We need to work out our salvation with fear and trembling.

There were three princes in Babylon. They had made a name for themselves. They were told to bow down and worship another god but they told them , with all due respect, that they would not do it. Shadrach, Meschak, and Abednego were thrown into a fiery furnace for not bowing down to “their” god. King Nebuchadnezzar became very angry and set the heat in the furnace 7 times hotter to make them obey. they still did not obey and so the king had the bound and cast INTO the furnace.

They were very choosy about who they bowed down to worship. They decided to worship the ONE TRUE GOD!

Remember that we are still free to worship. The government has never said we cannot worship God. Don’t stop worshipping at home when all of this is over. You can be a worshipper no matter where you are !

In Daniel 3 as they looked into the furnace at the three princes, they noticed a fourth. God walks with us in worship, it is not predicated on how you feel. Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego worshipped God and danced in the furnace, so we can worship God in the midst of the bills!

The body may get sick, but one thing never changes and that is our walk with God. He took away the sting of death and the grave.

No one should never walk out of church depressed. You may have walked into church depressed but God was there and HE CAN DO ANYTHING !!

 

Bishop Jared Staten

April 6 2020

Appeal to your Heart

Jeremiah 31:15-17

Serving our teens and saving our children.

Brother Eric is appealing to your heart . He has presented a burden to us to pray and fast for our teens and children. We need to have passion and pull it deep from our hearts! As a church, hell has fought and thrown everything it can at us!! BUT we have overcome !

Think of martial artists… They prepare to get in the ring and fight! They are physically prepared. They walk in with the mentality of  “Come on!!”. We need to be that prepared when we come to church! We need to be on guard as a church.

As a church, I encourage you to weep and lament until God says “weep no more”!

When we get on Facebook, we should not air our dirty laundry, but put out Godliness and hope.

We should have a focus of prayer and fasting for the generation of children who are facing a wicked world! I am so thankful God has satan on a leash. He is trying to attack and take our children at every chance he can!

The reflection of a child on the outside, shows how they are feeling on the inside! Wearing all black, piercings, make up, studded collars,, etc. is a reflection of what is deep in their hearts ! There are lots of lies and they are fake on the outside!!

Some kids have left church because they have been hurt by kids in church! They feel like they have better friends in the world. WE are guilty of gossip and bullying, so of course why wouldn’t kids think they have more love in the world?? BUT it does not matter how long they are in the world… There is ALWAYS HOPE!!

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it! So many of our kids have left even though they have been trained. There are several potential reasons that they do not feel God.

No moving of God’s spirit. There is no interaction or hearing from God.
Parental influence…do you have a walk with God? Do you walk that walk? Are you stable in church?
Unrestrained lust for the world…They love the sin and want to do whatever they want to do!
The number one reason—lack of revelation, they were taught it but it never registered what it was all about.

We need to fear for our kids! Do they know what their worth is? The devil is buying today …how much is their soul worth?? Sex, money, fame??? Satan wants them to sell their crown to him…Don’t let ANYONE take your crown!!!!

We need a true, deep conviction about our kids…

I CHALLENGE THIS CHURCH TO FIGHT FOR OUR KIDS!! THEY DESERVE IT!!

Pastor Eric Cleveland
January 12, 2020

Manna from Heaven (part 1)

Exodus 16:3-4

There were 4 million people in the desert traveling to the Promised Land. They were hungry and they wanted something different than the manna that they had been fed every day. God prepared manna to sustain them the whole time they were in the wilderness. It was a good bread, not like rye or wonder bread. It was sweet like honey. It was a 2 year trip for all the Israelites going from Egypt to Canaan. They were tired of manna and wanted more. They finally turned to God, after trying to do it on their own and begged Him. He saw their immediate need.

It is not what you or I can do but it’s God’s purpose in His heart. He wants 2020 people to fill this church next year in 2020!

When the Children of Israel murmured and complained, there was still manna on the ground the next day. No matter how far you get from God, there will still be manna for you! It is all about God providing for us. We will mount on the wings of eagles, we will walk and not faint!

When we get up in the morning we need to say “I cannot wait to see what God has for me today!” There will still be manna on the ground!

God showed me last week when I was out of town that we have a mighty revival coming! If you are wanting a small church then you will have to go somewhere else, because this will not be it!!

God said to Moses to tell the children of Israel that they were only to gather the amount of mannah needed for that day because it would rot if they took more than needed and some of them did take more and guess what? It did rot!! Only on the 6th day were they allowed to gather enough for 2 days!

We need to realize that the prophecy given to us 5 years ago is not the same prophecy He has for us today!! Step out and get that new prophecy for you!! The manna is still there !

We fall down sometimes and have to literally crawl from our tents to the outside to receive our manna. During their long journey, the children of Israel had all their tents surrounding the tabernacle, which was right outside their tents. If you can crawl out of that tent there will be a tabernacle waiting for you with manna there also.

Remember that Jesus is the BREAD OF LIFE! He does not give us just any bread but Heavenly bread! Remember that it is not me , but CHRIST IN ME! We don’t understand why He gives us mercy, or manna, but that mercy is new every day!

The children of Israel got tired of manna everyday and wanted meat. Two years of it was a lot so they were not as excited about receiving manna after all that time!

Remember that many are called, but few are chosen. To be chosen is up to you. Are you going to get out of your tent?

Greater is He that is in me, than He that is in the world. Thank God He doesn’t leave me in my sin. We need to get back to the concepts that His mercies are NEW EVERY DAY!!

David learned as a young boy of 15 to depend on God. He ripped a bear apart with his own hands. He let the Lord sustain him. He called God his Refuge, Rock, Shield, Rescuer, Life, and Salvation.

So crawl out of that tent because there is manna right outside your tent. We are going to go forward… How?? By trusting in Jesus!! He got us here and He will keep us here! We need that manna!

Step out on faith and come to the altar for that manna you are needing ! The manna for the children of Israel was new every morning but they tired of it after 2 years. The thing is, there attitude changed about the manna …the manna did not change!

We need to put our faith in God and in His church and HE WILL OVERCOME!

The year 2020 is the Vision ! We are going to see the vision, but we must see God HIGH AND LIFTED UP!

 

Bishop Jared Staten

Nov. 17, 2019

Our God is Mighty

Job 36:5

There are no churches without problems. We sometimes get offended over the dumbest things! We get too emotional. We sometimes act like everyday Christians but we need to return to a life and walk with the sovereignty of God. God is mighty and strong in power! Does God do anything NOT mighty??

God gives us life and life MORE ABUNDANTLY!! He did not come just to help me make it through life but make it more abundantly!

There is Heaven and Hell then death and it’s over! Lazarus came forth out of the grave still in sin. He could not walk out because he was tied up in the grave. ALL the people that witnessed his raising were amazed. He does mighty works all the time!!

After Job lost everything and was in ashes he called to God…”El Kahora” Which means God is Mighty! Don’t call out to God only during circumstances because He is mighty ALL THE TIME!

1 Corinthians 5:19 IT was God in Christ who saved us. God wants to be the almighty in your life. He wants to be your bodyguard. He wants to be there at the beginning of your life and at the end of your life!

We don’t know the end… no man knows, but we will understand it in the end!!  In Revelation it is revealed the majesty of Jesus Christ, the Mighty God, who dwelt among us and died for us and who rose on the 3rd day for us!

Cedar Rapids NEEDS Jesus! He needs to be high and lifted up! The Bible says ” They shall be my people and I shall be their God.”

When God is on the throne and we fall in love with Him, He will change our heart from stone to love. WE MUST HAVE A HEART FOR GOD! 

Isaiah 6 it says He saw the Lord high and lifted up! There was a train so long that ll the robes of all the kings that they had conquered were attached to this train because He was the ONLY GOD, the mighty God and he was above all other kings and defeated all other kings!

We stand before God as a sinner and He looks down on us in all His wonder and says ” I LOVE YOU ANYWAY!” Jesus was the fulfillment of all strength and wisdom.  There is not one person in this church who should not have miracles in their life! I don’t want to just know about God but I want to experience Him! It doesn’t matter how far away you go, you cannot deny the experience of the Holy Ghost!

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow! He has comforted me, healed me, He became the light in my darkness, and when I was thirsty He gave me drink! He wants to be your MIGHTY GOD! Not just a friend in your posse, not just on of your loves.

He is the Creator, the All in All, Omnipresent, King of Kings, and the Great and Mighty One!! He is the God of every moment, in the good days and in the bad days. In all of these… I AM GOD! 

 

Bishop Jared Staten

Oct. 27, 2019

God is Mighty

2 Chronicles 18/20:1

You are not alone. The battle goes to God! You can go to Him with any situation. The devil plans to destroy you because you can’t save yourself so you need to call on the Lord and say “I need you to save me! Without you I can’t live!”

We also need the gospel to do mighty things. God is Mighty!! He is mighty to save. We have temptation everyday. We have friends who drag us down to their lifestyle! BUT, even when we are bad, GOD LOVES ME!

We need to ask ourselves the question–“Why did You save me?” Why am I alive? ” We serve a God that is almighty. It is hard to understand why God loves me but He does! He is merciful and He constantly gives us chances to get right with Him!

Psalm 47 says ” He is our refuge and our strength,” He is always with us. The world can take my life but not my soul! NOTHING can separate us from the love of God! That is the MIGHTY God we serve! He is ALWAYS THERE —-ALWAYS!!

We are given a promise of eternal life. What a mighty God we serve! What a mighty God we serve to save a sinner like me.

We are surrounded by sin everyday and we have to pray daily for God to deliver us from temptation. The devil is fighting every day!!! We can take three steps forward and one step back but we need to get tired of fighting! We need to cry to the Lord to deliver us!! We always need Go to deliver us. The enemy will try to sidetrack us and bring up past mistakes and try to destroy our family BUT we have to let God hold it all in His hands.

The devil will never gives us a break! BUT TRUST IN GOD !! Why??

BECAUSE GOD IS MIGHTY!!

 

Pastor Bill Gayete

Oct. 20, 2019

 

Tis the Season for Prayer

Pastor Eric Cleveland

Oct. 6, 2019

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

There was a kid in my high school that, although he was short in stature, would bully kids in his class. He managed to make friends with the football team and they would walk behind him and it would intimidate his “victims”. One day he decided it was my turn to be bullied. He kept walking behind me and kept kicking my leg and foot. He was always looking for a fight and had a cocky confidence even though he was short.  I ignored him and kept walking to class and that was the end of it!

We have an antagonist who keeps trying to kick our foot , BUT, we need to turn around and look at that little imp and tell him that he will NOT MESS WITH MY CHURCH OR MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS!  We need to push back against the enemy after so much and stand up to him! No more intimidation from the enemy!!

If prayer was like salsa, what would you be? Mild, Medium, or Hot?!  Mild salsa is bland, Medium is still too bland, and then there is HOT… on fire HOT !!

Before we merged our two churches together, we had fought battles separately, BUT now we are 2 in 1 and need to stand in unity. The Cedar Rapids church persevered and pushed through. The STAF church had to seek the Lord and pushed through.

God is calling all of you to fight for family, marriages, children and this church! If we don’t do this now, we will not be able to trust each other.

Are you faithful and dependable? We need commitment from everyone. We want everyone to be a part of the passion. We have a greater goal…. 2 cities …Cedar Rapids and Marion. God is preparing us by connecting and making new relationships. We need to share that there is a Jesus-name, Spirit-filled church that is here !!

In James 5:16  it says we need to pray for one another. ” The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” There is no break through without spiritual warfare.

We need to pray and refocus. If we don’t, then we will let the little pressures come in and make us pray.

We will know if the enemy has beat the church! We will sit here with no roof, and no one baptised. The praise team will sing the same songs and what does that all mean? The enemy has prevailed!!

Heaven is my home ! The devil cannot convince me to walk out of church. He has a plan B to distract and shut you down and hinder your work and get you to stop! We need to stir the church to pray for action!