A friend spoke with me about the importance of meeting regularly together with believers. Another felt that struggle is a growth opportunity. "Pereservence must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." -James 1:4. God wants us to support each other, but also to realize that we grow through struggle. -Pastor Mike
Knowledge is important to teachers. Without it, we don't have much to pass on to our students. Jesus is a Master Teacher. By presenting his teachings to us, he has made our lives more stable and thusly full in the joy of knowing what to expect. "You have made known to me the ways of life; You will make me full of joy in your presence." -Acts 2:28. -Pastor Mike
Ice storms cover everything with a slippery coating that causes much pain. Applying salt makes ice melt. Sin is like an ice storm. It coats life with a slippery coating of deception. Christians need to be examples of salt in this world. "Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?"-Luke 14:34. Stay salty! -Pastor Mike.
We all want joy in our lives. Knowing what direction God wants us to take in this life gives us purpose, and purpose brings joy. Doing what God would have us to do also brings promise of a joyful eternal life. "You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand." -Psalm 16:11. -Pastor Mike
To mature as a Christian, we must learn discernment. For some this is a spiritual gift, but the rest of us must ask God to train us to distinguish good from evil. "But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil." -Hebrews 5:14. Ask God to help you to recognize temptation before it traps you. -Pastor Mike.
At times have you ever felt that you were not properly recognized for what you did? I have. Rejoice in the fact that God's recognition counts more than human praise, and he will bless us in his timing. "Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time." -1 Peter 5:14. Humbly obey God! -Pastor Mike
If you are like me, you may worry about your position and status, hoping to get proper recognition for what you do. Peter reminds us that God's recognition counts more than human praise. "Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time." -1 Peter 5:6. God will bless you in his timing. -Pastor Mike
God is light and sin is darkness. "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin." -1 John 1:7. Jesus has paid the penalty for our sins and his blood has washed away our sins. Just as Jesus has risen from the grave, we have risen to a new life with him! -Pastor Mike
What we put into our minds via the TV, movies, internet and publictions determines what comes out in our words and actions. "Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy I think about such things. -Philippians 4:8. -Pastor Mike
A young adult that I work with was hungry today, so I took him out for breakfast. "Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well: keep warm and well fed, but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it.?" -James 2:15-16. Jesus commanded us..."feed my sheep." -Pastor Mike