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

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

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