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Christ Over the City

Posted on February 16, 2018 at 2:40 AM Comments comments (0)

A NOTE FROM YOUR PASTOR:

January 2018


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

On the first day of 2018, Monday, January 1st at noon, thirty-four Christians from different denominations and congregations met downstairs at our church to join in prayer. The gathering was called 'Christ Over the City' and it was a time of prayer in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins and to lift up Jesus Christ as the only name under heaven by which men must be saved and to pray that many would find salvation in Jesus Christ this coming year. It wasn't a time to honor local dignitaries or to recognize the various ministers and pastors who attended. It was all about Jesus Christ and the need to find forgiveness in Him and to pray for others to find new and eternal life by believing in Him.

We prayed aloud and we prayed silently, agreeing in our hearts and minds with those who were praying. We knew we were one in Jesus Christ.

We knew we were one in the Holy Spirit and we experienced that unity that comes from believing in the only begotten Son of God. Hearts were warmed and spirits were encouraged as we looked toward the start of a new year and all that it had to offer in the way of reaching out to the unsaved with grace and truth. We prayed to show love to all even as we prayed to be bold in sharing the message of the gospel. We sang 'Amazing Grace' at the beginning of the hour and we finished our prayer time by singing 'There Is a Fountain.' A local bagel shop provided free bagels and 'shmear' and we shared over bagels and coffee after our time of united prayer.

God blessed our time together in a unique way that only those in Christ Jesus can know. We prayed that all may come to know Him and His love. There is something more important than ‘the common good’ of a city or community and that is that people come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. To know Jesus is eternal life. We give God all the glory and praise for the time and the prayers we shared. My continued prayer for this year is that Bible-believing Christians and congregations will join together for a united witness--a witness that does not compromise the name of Jesus in any way. I pray that you will have a blessed year and that you will face it with a renewed hope in Jesus Christ and the power of prayer in His name. May God richly bless you and yours in the love of Jesus Christ this day and throughout the year!

My love be with you all in Christ,


Pastor Ray

The Bible is God???s Word

Posted on November 6, 2015 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

NOV. 2015 COMMUNICATOR

 

PASTOR’S ARTICLE

 

As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this month let us remember the Pilgrims and the reason why they came to this country-- religious freedom. For them freedom meant the right to believe and practice only what is in the Bible, without adding anything to it. In England they were considered fundamentalists and Bible literalists, and were imprisoned. Although they were persecuted they continued to be true to God and His Word.

I pray that we can find inspiration in the Pilgrim’s example of biblical faith. They would rather be imprisoned, or called names than to compromise the Scriptures. Today we face the same challenges when we read and interpret the Bible. If we share with others that we believe the Bible is God’s infallible Word we may face ridicule or scornful judgment. “You sound like a literalist/fundamentalist” may be someone’s response, but we do not let such accusations keep us from a strong and sure faith in the Word.

One of the early church Fathers, Tertullian, wrote about his own faith back in the second century. “I believe Christ died for me because it is incredible. I believe He rose from the dead because it is impossible.” Remember, with God all things are possible and it is impossible to please God without faith. Often we are tempted to put our own reason and logic above the words of the Bible, judging the Scriptures instead of allowing the Scriptures to judge us.

This doesn’t mean that we never use our reason. For we compare Scripture to Scripture; we investigate the historical background of what we’re reading; we look up definitions of words. But in all our study we remember that the Bible is God’s Word to us and our reason is subservient to Him and what He has told us.

Does something in the Bible sound incredible, illogical and unreasonable? Compare it to other Scripture, pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and seek the plain sense of what’s written, trusting in God. Use your logic and reason to serve God’s Word, not to determine which part of the Word is true and which is not.

This Thanksgiving let us be thankful that we live in a country where we are not imprisoned for believing what the Bible says. Let’s remember the Pilgrims and the sacrifices they made so that they could believe and practice what was in the Bible without persecution. And may we find renewed hope and encouragement in God’s Word today!

 

My love be with you all,

 

Pastor Ray

 

September Communicator

Posted on August 31, 2015 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Do you ever worry or are you ever anxious? Of course we all worry about things now and then. Just reading the daily news can make you anxious about what’s happening in the world. There is only one answer to all worry and anxiety: Believe in Jesus Christ!

First, we can have assurance that we are forgiven of our sins, saved, and have eternal life because we believe in Jesus. Period. Like the old hymn says, ‘Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to the cross I cling.’ Jesus has done it all as far as our salvation is concerned. Only believe! The New Testament was written so that we ‘might know we have eternal life.’ And what is eternal life? ‘To know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.’ Believe in Jesus and rest assured in Him!

Being assured of eternal life in Jesus Christ is the basis of living worry-free and non-anxiously in all of life. When we believe in Jesus, we have perfect peace—a peace that passes all understanding, guarding our hearts and minds in Jesus Christ. How do you have that peace? Believe in Jesus, the Messiah, the Son of God, who died on a cross for your sins, was buried and rose again.

When the news of the world begins to shake you, remember Jesus. Trust in Jesus in whom and through whom all things were created. Fill your mind with thoughts of his life and his death on the cross, his resurrection and his coming again, and peace will fill your heart. Do worries about family relationships, finances or health cause you anxiety? Fill your mind and heart with Jesus. Pray, yes, and believe in Jesus in whom all things hold together.

‘You believe in God, believe also in me,’ Jesus said. It’s one thing to believe in God but to know the peace of Jesus we are to believe in Jesus and remember His work on the cross. This is the work of God--that you believe in the One whom God sent—Jesus! This is Jesus’ commandment: ‘Believe in His (Jesus) name and love one another.’ Always be believing in Jesus.

Perhaps you may have been anxious about your own salvation. Then fill your mind and heart with the words of Christ, which are Spirit and they are life: ‘Believe in Me,’ He said! Then once the words of Christ have renewed your assurance and peace, all the world’s news can’t shake you. Believe in Him!

 

 

My love be with you all,

 

Pastor Ray

 

Pray For Revival- Spectrum Newspaper Article

Posted on July 11, 2015 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (1)



 

  Jesus defined marriage: “Have ye not read, that He which made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they two shall be one flesh?” (Matthew 19:4-5). The Supreme Court cannot change the meaning of marriage from what Jesus, the Son of God, said that it is. Jesus words shall never pass away.


  The question for Bible-believing Christians is ‘How shall we react when the laws of a country go against the word of God?’ Our first reaction is to confess our own sins. How can we talk about the speck in our neighbor’s eye when we have a log in our own. But once we take the log out of our own eye then we can see to help take the speck out of our neighbor’s eye. Let us confess our sins and seek the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus Christ.


  The second thing we are called to do is to pray for revival of the churches according to God’s Word. Are we studying God’s Word and living according to its precepts and ordinances? Are we witnessing to others about the good news of Jesus Christ? Are we seeking God’s guidance by the power of the Holy Spirit?


  And the third thing we need to remember is that ‘our citizenship is in heaven; from whence we also look for a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.’ We don’t organize an anti-Supreme Court demonstration. We don’t even look toward winning the next election or passing new legislation. We obey the laws of the land even as we proclaim God’s Word. Our weapons are spiritual, not carnal. We are called to use the spiritual weapons of the Word of God and of prayer in this battle for righteousness, not the weapons of this world. We lift up our eyes to Jesus, proclaim the Word of God with love, and consider ourselves blessed ‘when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake.’


  Pray for revival and that many may come to a saving knowledge of Jesus in this time when society is abandoning the Bible and failing to follow the Lord. And may God bless His children in this time of testing, and grant us His peace!

JUNE COMMUNICATOR

Posted on June 2, 2015 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Did you know that the Bible is restricted or banned in 50 countries? We are blessed in America to have so many Bibles available to us. However, having the Bible available and agreeing on how to interpret it are two different things.

 

There are basically two ways to read and interpret Scripture. We can read it in the way that it says it is to be read—that it is God’s Word. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God,…” (2 Timothy 3:16).

 

This is the way that Jesus read and interpreted the Bible: “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled” ( Matthew 5:18 ). “The Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35). He believed the stories and people of the Old Testament were historically real and accurate. Also, as the Son of God and member of the Trinity Jesus is the final arbiter and interpreter of the Old Testament. We see this in his approach to interpreting the Ten Commandments and in his declaring all foods clean.

 

Or we can read the Bible in another way--that it is just like any other book ever written. This method is called the historical-critical method and it sets up man as the judge over the Bible, even as judge over Jesus and his words. In reading the Bible this way a person can choose for himself or herself what parts are meant only for the time in which it was written as compared to what can be applied today. This is the basic division in how to read and interpret the Bible. These two ways of reading the Bible have caused a huge split in churches and societies in today’s world.

 

For example, we see this in the current understanding of marriage. One side claims Biblical marriage is defined as between one man and one woman for life. This was affirmed by Jesus in Matthew 19:4-6, and in Mark 10:6-9. I believe Jesus is the final word on this.

 

Those who read the Bible from the historical-critical method say that marriage is evolving and we can define it differently today. But it all comes down to what you think of the Bible: God’s Word or just another book?

 

May God bless you as you read and apply God’s Holy Word in your life!


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