Be Thankful

Less than 24 hours and turkey day will be upon us. We have so much to be thankful for. Let me encourage you to dwell on what you have, not on what don't have. It is something I practice, otherwise our joy can be quickly taken away.

Today look at John 14:12 with me...

He who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will also do; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.

Intimidating, challenging, frightening, encouraging words to say the least all rolled up into one delicious sandwich.

Intimidating in that Jesus is telling us that whatever He did on earth we would be given an opportunity to do even more!

Challenging in that we ought to live our lives in such a way as to be up for the assignments God has for us from day to day.

Frightening, in that life matters, our work on earth matters, my time matters, my words matter, everything has an eternal implication.

Encouraging in that He trusts us, He empowers us, He fills us with His Holy Spirit, He gifts us, He leads us, He guides us, He strengthens us, He is the focus not us.

Be encouraged today, God has great faith in you, a great plan for you, a great mission for you, a great future for you. Happy Thanksgiving!

~Pastor Randy

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Belief In Jesus Is A Game Changer

Two days away from a national holiday that acknowledges the goodness of God, I wonder how much longer the Thanksgiving holiday will acknowledge God?

Jesus said in John 14:1...

Do not let your heart be troubled, you believe I God, believe also in Me.

Yesterday I spoke about what it means to believe in God. Today I want to touch on what it means to believe in Jesus!

To believe in Jesus is to believe in Divine Intervention. God broke through natural laws and divinely brought Jesus to this earth. Fully God and fully man. This is called the incarnation found in John 1.

To believe in Jesus is to be in the minority in this world and I am afraid now in this country.

To believe in Jesus is to believe in eternal life, friendship, fellowship, abundant living, ETERNAL LIFE!

To believe in Jesus impacts sickness, death, and the grave.

To believe in Jesus gives us the absolute greatest of hope for today and forever.

To believe in Jesus is the most encouraging thing we can do today because it is a game changer. It changes the worst thing that can happen to us and puts into perspective the best thing that can happen to us. Believe in Jesus, be encouraged and have an absolutely fantastic day. Remember, no mater what happens today, God loves you very much!

~Pastor Randy

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Belief In God Is A Game Changer

Thanksgiving week is upon us. I love this week!

Jesus said in John 14:1...

Do not let your heart be troubled, you believe in God; believe also in Me.

Today my focus is to be encouraged with the phrase..."believe in God." To believe in God is to believe in everything He stands for. To believe in God is to believe that everything the Bible says about Him is not only true, but true for our day and for our lives. To believe in God is to believe in creation and the knowledge that He made me in a wonderful way into His image and His likeness.

I want you to be encouraged today because belief in God is a game changer. It changes the way we think, the way we live the way we act. To believe in God is to believe in hope, eternal life, love, forgiveness, provision, salvation and so much more.

Our God is POWERFUL. His power can change your life TODAY. Our God is not a wimp! Our God is the great I AM! Be encouraged today because the great I AM is on your side and regardless of what happens today, God loves you very much!

~Pastor Randy

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Temptation Has Its Price

Gas prices are high, food prices are high, health insurance premiums are high and it seems just about everything else is moving in that direction. Temptation has its price point too! It will always look like it is posing a sale when in reality it will cost you far more than the price tag! This is the nature of temptation. It usually looks good, tastes good, feels good and sounds good on the front end, but after you bite into the apple of temptation you discover the price you paid was far too high! The Bible tells us in I Corinthians 6:19-20…

Do you not know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.

Temptation has a price but so does God. These verses tell us a little about the price tag on our carcass. God paid a premium for you and me. He paid the ransom. He bought us not with money but with the blood of Jesus Christ. Let’s live our lives today in such a way that we remember our value to God. He literally paid more than gold for you and me! Hallelujah what a Savior! This encourages me to live my life not for fleshly pleasure but to please God. Let’s make that our goal for today.

God bless you.


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Temptation vs Sin

There is a difference, a big difference! There is a big difference between temptation and sin. Temptation is not sin, at all! Yet, they are so closely connected and related. David in the Psalms in one particular chapter is expressing his deep remorse and regret for the sins he had committed. That is what repentance is all about. David did not take the subject casually, nor should we. Psalm 51:11 says…

Do not banish me from Your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me.

David gets it. He understands that sin is a big deal. That is why I am making temptation a big deal. My goal for us is to better forecast temptation so we do not end up in Psalm 51. But if we do end up in Psalm 51 God is not going to leave us or forsake us. But He will want to clean us up!

Today I am thankful that my poor choices do not remove God from my life. And secondly, I have a God who desires to clean me up not chew me out. For this we all need to be thankful. I trust you will have a great day with the Lord.


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