Forgive as the Lord forgave you!

Colossians 3:12-17
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Wow! This is a great passage of scripture that tells us just what church should be! Now I think, and maybe I’m wrong, but I think that church should be a place where we as Christians (believers in the salvation that Jesus Christ gave us through His death on the cross), can come and be encouraged in the Lord! Where we as believers want to come and change our way of life and desire to make a difference in the world around us! If we are going to do what Paul is telling the church at Colosse to do and our desire is to “clothe ourselves” with these things then we need to put off our flesh and put Him on! I hope our church can be a hospital for sinners, not a hotel for saints.
We love you, let us know how we can serve you. Pastor Steve & Naomi

This World is Not My Home

Have you ever wondered what your thought pattern is going to be when you come down to the end of your life? Will you be like Paul and say “For I am ready to be poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.” (II Timothy 4:6-7) Do you long to hear the words, “Well done good and faithful servant?” I always talk tuff and say that I’m ready to go, but when it comes down to it we’ll see where my faith lies!
But remember the old song, “This World is Not My Home?” it’s true that we are just foreigners here and there is a promised land waiting for us in Heaven! That’s real folks! Life, at least to me, is great down here on this earth, but can you imagine what Heaven is going to be like? And we have a promise that we will be there if we know Jesus as our personal Savior! Paul writes in I Corinthians 15:19, “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.”
So then, we have Faith to trust Jesus as our Savior, we have Hope that we are going to make Heaven our home, and then we have that agape Love that allows us to treat our neighbor as we would treat ourselves. And the best part of all of that is the fact that it all comes through the grace of God! We get God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense! We don’t have to work for it folks! We just get it because our Heavenly Father loves us so much!
Please let me know if you need anything. Naomi and I love you all.
-Pastor Steve

Shadows in the light

Does anybody remember this song?
When I look into Your holiness, When I gaze into Your loveliness
When all things that surround become shadows In the light of You;
When I’ve found the joy of reaching Your heart, When my will becomes enthralled in Your love When all things that surround become shadows In the light of You,
I worship You, I worship You, The reason I live is to worship You

I worship You, I worship You, The reason I live is to worship You

I’m not sure who wrote it or what year it was that Naomi and I first heard it but I do remember it really touching my heart. Especially the words, “When all things that surround become shadows in the light of You, I worship You…”So what that is saying is that everything that we do, everything we say, everything that we face every day is a shadow compared to Him! He burns brighter, He shines brighter in my life and He makes all the bad things good! And He does this not by changing our circumstances, but by changing us! He is in the life changing business and I for one am thankful for that!
Alan Redpath once wrote, “The conversion of a soul is the miracle of a moment; the manufacture of saint is the task of a lifetime.” Philippians 1:6 “being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ.” Amen.
God Bless Your Day! Keep me in your daily prayers, please! Love All Y’All!!

~Pastor Steve~

Pure heart

Psalms 51 was the Psalm that David wrote after Nathan the prophet had come to him and confronted him about his adultery with Bathsheba and had Uriah killed in battle. What a great Psalm and what a merciful God we have! I want to challenge you to not just read but study the whole chapter and then apply it to your life.
The verse that really sticks out to me as I study this chapter is verse 10; “Create in me a pure heart, oh God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Did you see that? He doesn’t say anything about how the Devil made me do it. He doesn’t blame his circumstances. It’s not the environment he was raised in. He didn’t ask God to change anyone else, he asked God to change him!
You ever tried to make someone change? It doesn’t work t0o well does it? I’ve been trying to get Naomi to squeeze the toothpaste tube from the bottom and turn off lights for over 33 years now and it hasn’t happened yet! I’ve even shown her the benefits of lower electricity bills and read to her on the toothpaste tube where it says “For best results, start at the bottom and work up,” but she doesn’t care! So I have to give in and realize the only one I can change is me! Not my co-worker, not the other drivers on the road and for sure not my wife! Just me. Only me. And only through the help of my Lord Jesus Christ can “I can do all things.”
We don’t have to let others rob us of our joy. We don’t have to get frustrated with others when they irritate us. We are the only ones that can ruin our day. Our day won’t be ruined unless we allow it to be no matter what others do to us.
But we can’t do it in our own strength! We need to be empowered by the Holy Spirit of God and be plugged into Him. That’s the only way to overcome our flesh. That’s the only way to have a new heart created in us.
Read Psalms 51. It’s a great read!
God Bless Your Day, and please pray for me and I’ll pray for you!

~ Pastor Steve~

Make Him first in your life

Luke 12:35-40 Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. It will be good for those servants whose Master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, He will dress himself to serve, will make them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. It will be good for those servants whose Master finds them ready, even if He comes in the middle of the night or towards daybreak. But understand this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him.’

I sure do love this quote by C. H. Spurgeon: “It is a very blessed thing to be on the watch for Christ, it is a blessing to us now. How it detaches you from the world! You can be poor without murmuring; you can be rich without worldliness. . . . Untold blessings are wrapped up in the glorious hope.”
Are you on watch for the return of our Lord Jesus? Is your life shining before men that they can see your good works and glorify you Father in Heaven? Will you recognize His voice when He calls? Make Him first in your life and you will be ready!
You pray for me and I’ll pray for you. Let us know how we can serve you.

~Pastor Steve~

“Lady Liberty” by Brad McClain

That day I was horseback,
Just like days before,
But something was different,
My soul feeling sore.

Looked over my shoulder,
And what did I see,
At a full gallop,
Came Lady Liberty.

Her horse was all lathered,
He’d had a hard run,
When she overtook me,
Looked like he was done.

Her robes were all tattered,
Her face drawn and tight,
Her sword was all bloody,
She was quite a sight.

Said, “I’ve had a battle,
I’m weary and worn,
From defending freedom,
Our nation’s been torn,

By those who don’t answer,
To the Creator who gave,
The freedoms we cherish,
And men died to save.”

I held the bridle,
Of the horse that she rode,
Prayed as I sat there,
My shock clearly showed.

“Why did you stop me?”
I asked quietly,
She stared in my eyes,
She saw right through me.

“Where have you been,
When I rang the bell,
Were you too busy,
When your freedoms fell?”

I wept when I heard it,
Didn’t know what to say,
I said, “I am so sorry,
What can I do today?”

“Wake up from your slumber,
And ask God above,
To move by His Spirit,
On the land that you love.”

“Be a bold witness,
For the Savior who’s true,
And don’t be afraid,
Of those who hate you.”

“Pay more attention,
To all those who lead,
And become the answer,
For all those in need.”

“Vote for the reasons,
That we all hold dear,
And work for the right things,”
She made it real clear.

I made a promise,
As she rode away,
That I would do my best,
With what she said that day.

For freedom is sacred,
Cannot be ignored,
And if we aren’t careful,
It will slip from our shores.

Wake up and do something,
We better not wait,
Take our stand for freedom,
Before it’s too late.

“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority…” (1 Tim. 2:1-2)

Man in the Mirror

I am standing in front of the mirror,
Looking at my new boots and hat,
Waxing up my mustache, hoping I don’t look fat.
Thinking to myself if my money was well spent,
Do these boots fit just right and does my hat have a dent.
All these things I worry and wonder,
Then at a moment I get the chance to ponder.
If the Lord Jesus was here with me
Would he really be concerned with the things that I see?
If I spent more time looking at my heart,
I would probably realize why things fall apart.
As I look into the mirror and deep into my soul,
I see something there that makes me whole.
I see a little spot, that at times is hard to see.
It is my true heart that is what really makes me me.
This little spot is very dear to me,
It didn’t cost me anything, Jesus paid my fee.
The only thing is did was bow my head and say,
“Lord come into my heart, I give you my life today.”
So when I look into the mirror, at my new boots and hat,
I am going to remember, “What does Jesus look at?”
He looks at his children with love and compassion,
And not at the worlds latest fashion.
So boots or hat it doesn’t matter,
Give your life to Jesus, it make you all the gladder.~~

© 2011 Athen Allee

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