Resurrection Sunday

John 19: 25-28

We are living in uncertain times. We are not sure what is going on.We are a lot like the disciples in the New Testament. They walked with Jesus for three years and learned to love this man. In the Upper Room, Jesus said he would be gone soon. Judas left.

Jesus went into the garden to pray and the soldiers came. All of the disciples left Jesus, yet John the Beloved was with Him to the end. As the crowds mocked Jesus, Jesus looked down to see Mary, His mother, and John the Baptist standing together. He said to them …Woman, this is your son and son this is your mother.

Remember, when you are in the garden, Jesus is there. When we stand at the foot of the cross, Jesus will notice us. Even in His agony, He took notice of His mother and John the Beloved. There is always room at the foot of the cross for you!

In these uncertain times there is room at the cross for ALL of us! When we feel like we are not worthy, our response should be not to run away but run to the cross, to be covered by the blood of the cross.

Jesus is the Way the Truth, and the Life–not me but by ME ! He said to repent and you shall be saved.

On a hill there was a cross for me! I should have died, I was the sinner. The cross is a place of liberty! I believe in an interactive God!

Pray the prayer of the Father and people will be healed!

So..Make your way to the foot of the cross!

 

Bishop Jared Staten

April 12, 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

Annoyed or Anointed

John 9:3-9

Anointing sounds pretty in the Bible, but in the Bible Jesus wanted to heal a blind man. He mixed his spit with dirt and made mud. He did not just dab the mud on the blind man’s eyes but, like a carpenter, he splattered it on and mashed it into his eyes. He filled on all the gaps and made sure to rub the mud in very well. It was not pretty, and did not look good and I am most sure it was irritating to the blind man. There were three ways the blind man could have been irritated:

  1. Socially irritated-He was minding his own business and did not know who Jesus was. He was just trying to make money and was not even thinking of being healed. He never asked to be healed.Miracles take anointing.
  2. Emotionally irritated-He could hear the spit, but did not know what was going on. He felt the wetness on his eyes as Jesus rubbed the mud mixture into his eyes. All he had to go by,was his hearing and feeling. HE was irritated emotionally because he could not see what was going on.
  3. Physically irritated-Jesus actually rubbed mud deep into his eyes and most likely it would have been very uncomfortable to the blind man, and may have even been in pain by it.

We will get irritated in life. God will take you to a place of irritation. There are many things that make us irritated. Circumstances can irritate us, a stomach ache can irritate us. So many things can be of an irritation to us. We do not understand that God is trying to anoint us! If you have no irritation then you will not have anointing!

Why did Jesus use spit? He could have used wateror just said a word, but why did He humiliate him? We do the same with church. We get irritated so we switch churches.We just don’t understand God’s anointing!

The blind man was justified to be annoyed. He never received an anointing. Anointing is meant to be annoying and is meant to irritate you! We become comfortable with what we live. We expect God to move us when in our comfort zone but that won’t work.

His ways are bigger than our ways. He has GREAT plans for us! Just remember that irritations come with anointings. Even though we are irritated right now, we will get to a place where something changes. We either get comfortable with the irritation or or look for something on the other side of that irritation.

Get to that place of irritation and move to obedience and a miracle will happen!

As the blind man washed the mud and spit from his eyes, he was able to see for the first time in his life! Are you tired of not seeing what God can do in your life?

We are programmed to believe that irritation is from the devil. God created good and evil. He let the devil irritate Job. Don’t you think God knows what is going on in your life? A little irritation and you will come out like gold!!

Just remember to NOT give up in the middle of the irritation. God has something for you!!

 

Bishop Jared Staten

March 15, 2020

 

Release His Spirit

1 Corinthians 3:16

As Christians, we need to take up the cross, deny ourselves, and walk with Christ. Remember, you are the temple of God and the Spirit of God dwells in you ! We need to continually thank God for filling us with His Spirit.

2 Corinthians 4:7 says  “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” We have options… Brokenness is good for the church. When we break the outer man, the inner man can be released. So if you want to walk with Christ, you need to take up your cross and follow Him. It is not about me, but about releasing His Spirit into the world.

Unless we plant a seed in the ground, it will NOT grow! Sowing that seed in the ground will make it come back up and vegetate, and grow more and more and will produce more seeds!

Jesus even said to His disciples to take up their cross, deny themselves, and follow Me. By a lack of the cross, there will be more divorce, backsliding, and more of a mix of sin with Christianity.

1 Corinthians 10:21 says “Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.” You cannot be in the world and in the church…you must choose one or the other! We all have a desire for sin and can be wrong in the moment, but God convicts our heart and wants us to cut that sin off NOW !

GET GOD TO GET GOOD! Bring every struggle and desire to Him. He came down and crucified himself for us! Destroy ALL sin that will stop you from living for God! ALL sin!!

As a church, we are under attack! Satan is at work and when Satan comes in like a flood, My God will hold up a standard.

Are you willing to do what God asks of you? Are you willing to lay hands on people? Sometimes our spirit is willing but our flesh is weak! Jesus had to pray 3 times because His flesh was weak! If we are not willing to die to ourselves and take up that cross, we need to pray, pray, pray! Say YES to God!

We need to demonstrate God’s love. Fall on the rock of Jesus Christ… “not my will, but yours”. It is not about you and me but about reflecting God’s glory!

Pastor Eric Cleveland
January 26, 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

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

From Manna to Promise (Part 2)

Joshua 5:11-12

When God said “Let there be light” He did not have to say it again.

We are the church, not the building! We don’t want to “plug” into God just a little bit, because what you plug into is what you get out of it!  We need to be in a place in life to move beyond manna.

Mercy is a good thing and we need manna in our lives, but we do need to be in a place in life to move beyond manna. Manna was for the Children of Israel to always have food and for 2 years they had manna to survive. They crossed over and possessed the land. He called them to another level and purpose.

The purpose of manna is the purpose of the mercy of God., but it comes a time when we need more than manna. God put an expiration date on the manna. it was only good for one day! In heaven we will not need mercy, it’s just for this time. The judgement will come and then all mercy will be gone.

God has more than manna for you. We will all go through the wilderness and need the mercy of God.

There are problems with manna.

I like steak!! Forty years of eating manna..every day!! Manna is just mercy. Mercy will get old. One day you will not want to leave your tent to get manna and you will lose value in your life! God made you for more than a “manna life”. Manna falls for everyone, not just certain people.

There is no inheritance in manna. When spending time living with what God did in the last year, you are not living in manna! Manna joy is temporary, so plant a seed and it becomes permanent. Paul learned how to get through things and plant seeds. God has a walk of faith for us, not just mercy!

Did you know that 3% of athletes make it. They eat, sleep, and drink football. The world only offers temporary things. Manna was just to be temporary also! God wants to take you from manna to something permanent!

The Children of Israel had no persuasion to die. They did it to get the inheritance for their children and their children’s children.

Are you persuaded that God has a promise for you or are you fine with manna? The moment the Children of Israel stepped over into Kadesh-Barnea, they had new corn, not the old corn.

God says NO MORE MANNA!! You will now live off of the promise!!

I WANT THAT PROMISE !!

 

Bishop Jared Staten 

Nov. 24, 2019 

 

 

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