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October 1st, 2018

“To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. – Colossians 1:27
In this letter to the church of Colossi, Paul writes in spite of his suffering, he is rejoicing because there is hope. Hope and love are things everyone needs. Hope gives direction.
Our hope is Jesus Christ. Without Him we would not have hope for anything beyond this life. The above verse tells us Christ is in us, knowing that brings us hope. As we look at our lives we get discouraged and loose hope. We know He loves us, He is in us and there is no need to despair.
Since Jesus is our source of hope, this verse tells us that the Holy Spirit’s power can bring joy. People everywhere  are looking for happiness, wealth, good times and fame. But we know peace and joy can come from within us because of the Holy Spirit living in us. Those who do not know or have Jesus as their strength do not have that hope.
The worldly material, power, and fame does not give us hope as Jesus does. Those things only bring disappointments and heartache. The Psalmist say in Psalms 42:5, put your hope in God; Psalms 62:5 says, “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.” again we read hope comes from God.
Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.“ It says God plans to give you hope and a future.
Hope is given to us by God. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you.” (1 Peter 1:3-4) 
God in His mercy set hope before us. It becomes our anchor in times of despair as you look forward to the inheritance before us in eternity.
Throughout the Bible we see great saints like Moses, David and others were successful because of their faith.
When we display our lives before others, our hope touches them and helps them to see who our God is. Our hope builds others and brings joy and happiness. we become the conduit of God’s love to others.
In Matthew 16:27, “For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.” We are told we will be rewarded for what we have done throughout our lives.
God bless. Have a beautiful fall, enjoy the colors and the gentle breezes as we look forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas.
In Christ’s steps,
Pastor Shaker


September 1st, 2018

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” -John 1:1-5
As a young man when I first read this passage I did not understand clearly what John was writing. Most people said to me I need to read the Gospel of John so I could see God’s love for me. It took me years to understand these verses. Now I feel, how could I have been so clueless.
God was, God is and God will be. There is no beginning to God and there is no end to God. Our infinite mind cannot comprehend it. We need to accept it. But our world always wants everything explainable. If God is explainable by man, I do not need him. I would rather have a God who is so big and capable that He could carry me through my struggles and problems which seem to come out of nowhere. I would love having a God who says rest in me, I will take care of you, trust me things will fall into place.
Scripture says that the number of God’s years is unsearchable. In Job 36:26, “How great is God—beyond our understanding! The number of his years is past finding out.“ We will never know the first time God was God. He is eternal. God was never bound by time as we perceive it. That’s why God sent his son, Jesus Christ, to our world in human form. Jesus followed God’s instructions in the physical world and showed us that God can be trusted and He had a plan. God’s plan for Jesus was to go through all the things you and I go through, pain, suffering, disappointments, betrayal, loss of loved ones and more. Jesus was emotional; He cried, got angry, He was compassionate. He loved and He was patient and more. That’s why He could say I have overcome the world and you can too.
David in Psalms 139:7-10, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.” says it doesn’t matter where we are, He still can guide us.
To show us humans that we must not despair–Jesus entered and became man, imprisoned in flesh and restricted himself to help us see it is possible. God in Jesus went from needing nothing to needing air to breath, food to eat, shoes to walk. Oh what a transformation because we need Him. He was willing to set aside being God and humbled himself to be a man. God gave up his heaven’s crown for a crown of thorns.
The following scriptures tell us what He did: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:10
And these following scriptures helps us understand He is aware of our humanness:
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. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-5
Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.” Isaiah 49:13
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.” Hebrews 4:15
Jesus wept.” John 11:35
Now I hope we can all begin to understand John 1:1-5. We have an awesome God. We don’t have to feel abandoned. He is always near.
You know HE IS COMING BACK to take us to HEAVEN where He lives. I’m looking forward to it. Hope you are too.
God bless. Have a blessed fall with the beautiful colors in the trees and gentle breezes on your backs.
In Christ’s steps,
Pastor Shaker