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Mar 25, 2018
King of Kings
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Revelation 17:14
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  • Mar 25, 2018King of Kings
    Mar 25, 2018
    King of Kings
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    Revelation 17:14
  • Mar 18, 2018Forgiveness
    Mar 18, 2018
    Forgiveness
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    Matthew 18:21-35 Ephesians 4:30-5:2
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    Mar 4, 2018
    Guest Speaker
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    Feb 25, 2018
    Our Message
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    Feb 11, 2018
    Marching in Circles
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    Joshua 6

 

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April 1st, 2018

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” -James 4:10
 
The world seems to be adrift without any guidance. As you look around there is more chaos than ever before. We seem to be more self centered and not care what others think or feel. It seems we are in a culture that often rewards the proud and even admires and applauds the prideful. In the past the ones who were great always were modest and humble, gracious and mild mannered.
 
Humility gets God’s attention. In Isaiah 66:2b we read, “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.” Humility draws the gaze of our Sovereign God.
 
What is humility? It’s not timidity, weakness, or being a wimp. NO, humility is standing before God at the cross in all our weakness and failures, and then living life in the shadow and power of the cross.
 
When our relationship was broken, Jesus humbled Himself at the cross. He lay down His life for ours on a cruel cross, taking our punishment, death (as we read in Romans 6:23 wages for our sin is death) shedding His blood, the price for our disobedience, and restoring our relationship with God. Just like Jesus humbled himself at the cross, we too must humble ourselves at the cross.
 
+ Humility is born at the cross and grows up in the time of prayer. +Humbled disciples of Jesus Christ are quick to thank others for all the help they receive.
+Humble people recognize the gifts God has given us and our hearts are filled with gratitude. +Humble followers of Christ are willing to ask for help and accept help.
+Humble people are willing to laugh at themselves.
+Humble people are willing to learn from anyone.
+Humble people can accept gratitude and appreciation for a job well done.
 
Jesus is an amazing teacher. He says in Mark 10:45, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many,” is what humility means. Jesus defines the difference between exemplary life and sacrificing life. He came with the understanding HE must be willing to die for others. Our Christian life should not just reflect the Lord’s example, but it should draw attention to the sacrifice Jesus made for our disobedience and sinfulness. The precious verses of Mark 10:32, “They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid. Again he took the Twelve aside and told them what was going to happen to him” it shows Jesus leading the way with determination and steadfastness. Jesus is aware of what will happen, betrayed, arrested, accused, condemned, abused, insulted, beaten, humiliated and ultimately executed. There was no hesitation or reluctance in His steps. He was leading the way with confidence. He accepted the fact that without His life of sacrifice, we cannot be redeemed. Someone had to pay the penalty for the sins of mankind. We cannot free ourselves from pride, selfishness, ambition, and our hopelessness. Our greatest foe is pride. We encounter this every minute of everyday.
 
Our greatest friend should be humility. How do we change what is a practical strategy:
 
(a) Reflect on the wonder of the cross.
(b) Begin our day acknowledging the need for God.
(c) Begin to express gratitude to God.
(d) Cast your cares on Jesus Christ.
(e) Count your blessings, small and big.
 
The world should not be our measuring stick but our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 
 
His blessings are many and God’s promises are true. I love you but most of all God loves you.
 
In Christ’s steps, Shaker

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March 1st, 2018

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.  Or just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.” -2 Corinthians 1:3-5
 
Let me share a story I read recently about a missionary. She was walking through a medical clinic in a third world country. She saw several people waiting to take a turn to see the doctor. Most of them were there for cataract surgery.
 
The sun on the island is so intense, most of the people worked outdoor jobs and so the incidences from cataracts was very high. Many of the people had blurred vision. Most of the islanders were uneducated and would go to the clinic to find out why they were losing their sight but would not take advantage of what the clinic had to offer. The clinic was performing small miracles. For a long time they still would not let the clinic help and continued to believe it could not help. 
 
After a few years the people working at the clinic asked those who had the surgery to go into the village and share their  experience of success with others. They became story tellers of how their sight was restored. They were so overwhelmed with joy and gratitude that they shared with every person who would listen. Their stories could not be contained. They had to tell it, they had to find others like themselves who needed to hear it, and to believe it.
 
The story tellers would introduce themselves and share their experience on how a simple procedure could change their vision and life.
 
Here we see how the people who found sight were able to convince others to come to the clinic.
 
To me it illustrates how we, who see the blessings of knowing Christ as our restorer of life, who has helped us go through our life struggles and turn them into joy. It is our turn to be their story teller of how Christ can change others lives.
 
As Paul says in verse 4–they would be able to comfort others who needed the same comfort. Trials and struggles are never easy, but it is through those circumstances  that God can shape and mold our character.
 
We see people who are lost and struggling with life and the circumstance they are in and we as people who know the love and compassion of Christ should come alongside them and open their eyes to the Savior Jesus Christ. We are blessed to share the good news to the loved-starved world around us. It is not the words, but our actions bringing others to see God’s love.
 
As spring will be here soon, let us plan to show sight, or clear sight to others around us. This is the Gospel in action; serving the poor and the marginalized in the name of Jesus Christ. God, who is the source of all compassion felt compassion so deeply that He was willing to go with the knowledge of sending His son to be the ultimate compassion for us.
 
The missionary that same day saw a man holding the doctor and saying “I see, I see, I can see!” Wouldn’t you like to hear the same because of your love in action?
 
Have a wonderful spring. God bless.
 
In His steps,
Pastor Shaker 

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