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

 

 

The Road

Luke 10:30-35

The road to Jericho is similar to the Death road. Three thousand foot decline in elevation and it rained for over 2 weeks. The road was dangerous with bandits and was often called “Bloody Pass”. It was a treacherous place to travel.

Men would start their journey to Jerusalem after leaving the presence of God to journey , but would fall into the wrong crowd. Sometimes we mean to worship God but somewhere along the journey we are left a mess. I have never met anyone who walked away from God without something to complain about!

The parable of the sower and the seed is a great example of planting a seed in bad ground. It will not take root there. It is the same with people. The seeds can be sown in our heart but if it falls on dry ground it will wither and die.

There is no need to live inside the walls of mediocrity anymore. Let God tear down those walls. We go to church week after week and go through the motions, but we cannot let those emotions dictate our life! Don’t let a wall keep your from the promise! The world will lie and tell you what church should be but we cannot let them decide who God is to you!

In the parable of the good Samaritan, the Levites had rules and regulations they had to follow. They were not allowed to enter the Holy place after touching any dead thing. In the present day, it is not about the building ,but about the touch from God. We need to find God and not just talk about Him. Christianity does not make you a better person, but is to save us from the sins of self. It is not about being better but being sanctified.

I am so thankful that when I was bleeding and dying on the side of the road, I had someone to save me from my sins!  The Levites were all about work, and were forbidden to touch blood because it was unclean and they had to be pure to minister in the tabernacle.

We build walls around people we know and form groups. It is not wrong to have a group of friends , but there are people in the city that need God so we need to get outside of that group!

The Samaritan was looked at as a dog in Bible times by the Jews, but he was the one who stopped and bound the wounds of the the wounded man and took him to place to get help.

The promise of God is what marks you, not attendance or worship will save you. The promise will save me!

The church is like the special forces. If you are filled with the Holy Ghost, He has filled you with power. He gave us power to destroy the works of the enemy. BUT, is God testing you to see if you love Him? NO!! He allows us to go through things. He knows our heart, and He and wants us to become mature and grow up. He is stretching us!

God called you to be GREAT ! We cannot settle for anything less! When we are facing our biggest problem, God will make provisions because He has already prepared a table for us!

Bishop Jared Staten
February 2, 2020

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