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 

 

 

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

 

Stand on the Promises of the Almighty God

Pastor Tom Pina

Oct. 13, 2019

“I was glad when they said come to the house of the Lord.”

Jeremiah 32:17

God knows your situation. With trust and confidence we can lay it all on the altar! He will not leave you alone. We can trust Him no matter the situation. Abraham was told to drop everything so he could be shown the promise land. God wants us to drop everything so He can show us the promise land also!  It is human nature to not be able to grasp the power of the living God, But someday we will see beyond human nature!

I never thought I would walk a different life than what I had. I figured it was my lot in life . to either die of an overdose or armed robbery. We will overcome!! God will never leave us nor forsake us! We need to stand on the promise of the living God. He can bring you through! You need to put forth the confidence in Him!

I worked in tamale factory when I was young. I rode a bike to work. That bike had one bent wheel and 1 pedal. One day after work my bike was stolen! Wow, someone must have needed it worse than I did! I hitchhiked, rode the bus, etc. to get to work after that. I am so glad God had a better plan for my life!

God protects His children! Will it get heavy? YES! Sometimes stubbornness gets in the way also. Obey the word of God and allow yourself to fall into the hands of God.  We may have situations we cannot handle BUT  there is nothing too hard that God cannot do for you.

The key is to allow Him to be our God all the time, not just when you want Him to be! He always wants to be by your side. The simple power of the Mighty God is awesome, but we put limits on God. We need to understand that He is there to walk us through. He will never leave us but we will leave Him. We will leave and we will fail!

The strategy is to have faith in God. Jesus will help you cross the Jordan or the Red Sea and He will do it with understanding. Is there anything too hard for God? Don’t let the devil tell you you won’t make it! GOD WILL SEE YOU THROUGH!

Don’t lose your promise. When He said He will never forsake you…He meant it! He has never turned His back on me!

We serve a mighty God! Don’t let the enemy cheat you !!

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!