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An ongoing series of informational entries

Pastor's Heart

Nov 13 2017

The relationship that exists between man and God does not depend on man. God loves you anyways. When Jesus died on the cross, none of us had sinned yet. Our sins were all in the future and He still died on the cross covering them...

Pastor's Heart

Nov 20:2016

The fact that you can breathe, talk, walk, smile and do anything at all is an indication that you can say thank you. If you look clearly, removing all the scales of life, uncertainty, fear, insecurity, needs and wants, you will be able to see clearly and to give thanks. Choose to find a reason to give thanks daily. If you develop the habit of giving thanks, it heals you, it changes your view of life and makes you a better person. Giving thanks makes us see the positives and eventually we develop a joyful infectious spirit. This brings a positive attitude which in turn helps develop an attractive personality. With an attractive personality, we become surrounded by people who eventually become our supports. With supports, your need becomes our need, etc.

Pastor's Heart

January 1 2017

Life is a journey with twists and turns. Time is a continuum, on it are points where we stop and reflect. We have such an opportunity today, look at the past, glean from the lessons we picked up on the journey and say, "This far the Lord has helped us" 1st Samuel 7:12. We consider the present and choose to celebrate and accept it is the gift it is, well that is why they call it "present". We can then say, "This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it" Psalm 118:24. Then we look into the future and plan because He has been there. We can then say, "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" Jeremiah 29:11. Happy New Year!

Pastor's Heart

Jan 15, 2017

God, like any other builder ensures that He has blue prints before He creates anything. Blue prints are the mental images of the finished product complete with what it does. When He was creating you, He had a plan, the Bible says that He said, "let us make mankind in our image..."- He planned and set in place a purpose for every one of us. We all have a purpose, you are not an accident, you are not the "un-planned for child" like your mother says. The challenge is figuring out what it is we are meant to

do-our purpose! If you are seeking to know your purpose, I suggest to you that the best place to begin the search will be in the user's manual-the Bible! Your story is not over yet- I challenge you this year to find your purpose and become it. If you have already, become all you can be. No one can ever BE your purpose like you can.

Pastor's Heart

Jan 22, 2017

“Repent” is a command that runs through all scripture from Genesis to Revelation. “Repent” is also a term that is in the verge of extinction from the church today since we rarely speak of it or practice it. Since before Jesus, and even after Jesus and the dispensation of grace, repent remains a big part of the scriptures. Repent means take a 'u' turn! It means change your life, it means stop what you are doing and do it no more. Jesus promises to sustain our decision to repent, which means we are assured of support in the decision to turn it around. Sin is Sin! In order to stop sin, we have to acknowledge it as such. Society has labeled sin so flamboyantly that it can always be explained and justified. The spirit of God in you will continue pointing out sin in our lives, we can choose to justify or even ignore his voice but it will always remain sin. Jesus puts it well when he gives the illustration on white washed graves. You may paint it white on the outside but deep within its still a stinky rot that slowly eats you up. Choose today to attempt the path of repentance.

Pastor's Heart

Jan 29, 2017

It is easier for kids to play trust falls than it is for adults. As we grow, we learn to mistrust and let it grow in us so much that it outgrows any trace of trust that we are born with. God wants us to trust Him but is aware that trust is challenging. They say trust is earned, so God wants you to trust Him and He does not ask this of us blindly so. He wants us to see Him and learn to trust Him, He wants us to trust Him and He has set up means by which we can unlearn mistrust and relearn trusting. Practice proves to be one way by which we learn trust. Start by letting go of reigns in little things and move on to trusting Him with the big things. God wants to be trusted and therefore will allow us to learn in our speed, within our ability. He will always earn your trust and therefore will not let you down when you start off on your quest to trust Him. In the Bible, God only challenges man in the area of trust because as easy as it may sound depending on individuals, it is the hardest thing that man has to do. Step by step, day by day learn to trust Him.

Pastor's Heart

Feb 5, 2017

There is a certain pride that comes to me when someone comments that Liam, my one year old, looks like me. A joy even more within me, when he grows and gets into ministry, to preach better than me. I will feel accomplished, I will be the happiest dad, this because he is my son. We are God's children and it pleases Him when we emulate and walk like Him. Humility is power under control. It is having all the right to fight back but choosing not to. The way we carry ourselves should testify to the work that God is doing in us. When you squeeze a sponge, you will mostly discover what it is full of. As children of God, what happens when we are squeezed? How do we react under pressure? What comes out of us when we are squeezed? A horse has so much power, yet when trained it's a humble animal. In fact, it is so humble that kids with mental struggles find and learn so much through equine therapy learning from this animal with so much power, yet so humble. False humility as the book of Colossians describes is when we pretend to be what we are not. We are Gods children and He is proud when we are described as humble. He was described as meek which means humble. Can we then look like our father?

Pastor's Heart

Feb 12, 2017

Children belong to God. We as parents, we are simply stewards that take care of the precious ones for a season. When the season is over, we are required to give them back to their owner. Good stewards invest well. We can choose to invest in the children that the Lord has given us beginning with the first step of presenting them to God for dedication. Dedication is simply telling the owner to partner with you and participate in the process of your investment into these awesome munchkins. Proverbs 22:6 says, "Train up a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old he will not depart from it...” The call for dedication is more for the parents than it is for the baby. Parents commit publicly to provide the environment that's Godly and that they will allow God's children to grow in a God-like environment. When invited, the owner is involved and when the owner is involved you do not have to try much, you just surrender them to Him. A steward may care for the investment but not as much as the owner, for you see where your treasure is there your heart is also. God’s heart is with your child, He cares about them more than you do, and He cares about their destiny more than you do. Present them therefore before God, invite Him today into your home and into your children's lives.

Pastor's Heart

Feb 25, 2017

The law in Wyoming states that any person who is considered an adult by law is also a mandatory reporter. This means that as long as you live in this state, if you observe anything that is endangering the safety of a fellow human being, you are supposed to report it. In the instance that you do not report such an incident, you are by law accountable and could be legally sued for “negligence per se”, which is negligence through the violation of statues and regulations that causes harm. In the Christian life we have such a law that covers all- The call to go, is a command given by Jesus Christ to all who call themselves by His name. God allows us an opportunity to partner with Him in the process of reconciliation. He calls us to go forth and make disciples, to share the good news of salvation to all. Actually the Bible says that He will not return (Jesus) until all creation has heard of the message of salvation. Jesus trusted twelve guys with the message back then, He counted on them and put His trust in their ability to spread the word. Today, He has the same trust in you and me. He has given us all that we need to do this. He believes that we can go out there, and tell the world about Him. If Jesus is questioned about whether he is confident you will do it, I am sure that Jesus gives the greatest smile, nods His head and proudly says “Yes! I trust her/him”. Let us then walk on, go forth because he is counting on us. Cheyenne must hear the word, and see the Love. Wyoming we declare you for Jesus, the 50 States of this country and the world. We can do this! Start today with your co-worker, or your best friend or the cashier at Walmart. Let’s spread the Love, share the story. Invite them to find a church where the truth of the word is taught, and encourage them to start studying their Bible. You can surely afford a coffee for someone and just love on them. Jesus is alive and well!

Pastor's Heart

March 3 2017

Go ye and make disciples of all the people baptizing them in the name of the father the son and the Holy Spirit. Discipleship is not preaching or aiding people into salvation, that is part of it but not all of it. Discipleship is pouring into another person, living life, experiencing life with another person and walking with another person through their journey. Discipleship is when we make a choice to pour ourselves fully into another person, investing our lives to model and live life with another. Jesus Christ modeled discipleship to us by the way that He lived with the twelve. He invested Himself fully in their lives, he spend himself on them which means emotionally, physically, time and resources. Jesus had to pour Himself out for us to see so that we could emulate it. He would later speak to the twelve in these words, “greater love hath no man than one laying down his live for His friends” Paul in explaining his own share in discipleship says I am being poured out like a drink offering. Discipleship is a command but also comes at a cost. We have to be obey the call to go but also be aware that it comes with requirements and sacrifice. Love however, empowers us to ploughing through the hardships and are able to attain the goal to discipleship. Agape Love which Christ has put in our hearts enables us to see people as candidates of the grace,our quest to introduce them to Jesus at the foot of the cross trumps the hardships that may come along the way. Obeying the command to make disciples is a choice but the ramifications of not making the choice are dire. Many a souls are at stake if we do not heed the call. Many that Jesus met were introduced to Him by their friends. Will you heed the call to select people like Jesus did and invest in them. Pour yourself into someone else.

Pastor's Heart

March 9, 2017

The Lord spoke something to me a few weeks ago, He said to me, “It reading of the word does not completely change your heart, then you might as well be reading a newspaper or a novel” it was an open rebuke to me but one i’d love to share with you. Since we are a family, we should share laughter, joy and rebuke. Indeed the word of God is all that the world has for complete transformation. All other books are meant to inform buy the Bible is specifically created to connect a father with His prowess, transferring Himself into His Children. The Bible is meant to change us and make us more and more like our Heavenly Father. We all aught to be students of the Bible because God Himself is made manifest in His word. The Bible says that He is the word and that the Word Himself became flesh and dwelt amongst us. When we make a choice to seek the face of God, He reveals Himself to us! The Bible is one of the major ways with which the Lord chooses to manifest through. Obedience is the only thing that facilitates the transfer of the father into His children. The moment that we stop obeying is the moment that the transfer ceases. We are only transformed because of our ability to obey and respond the transfer positively. God will edge us towards Himsef through our study of Hos word. In the scriptures, He reveals to us what and who we truly are and that way we respond by thwarting the narrative that life has peddled for us, the lie that we have been forced by life into. Our response is to receive the word and walk as the Lord leads us

Pastor's Heart

March 16, 2017

If you know your worth, then the disappointment that comes in life due to rejection is pointless. You are very important, so much so that God wants you. Imagine that; the King of Kings, the creator of the universe, the Lord, the Owner of everything wants you, He needs you. In God’s grand scheme of things, you have a place, purpose. You count and are valuable to Him. I don’t know about you but it is feels good for me to know that I am wanted. In life so many people may have rejected you, maybe relationships that did not work out, perhaps a group that you wanted so bad to join in school or society whose requirement you could never meet. In the Lord, there are no requirements, God wants you just the way you are. He promises that He will never reject anyone that comes to Him. He loves you so much, the Bible says that He has a tattoo of your name in the palm of His hand. If God had a fridge, your photo would be on the fridge door, if He had a computer or phone, you could be the screen saver. He wants to see you every time. He wants to follow you on Twitter and Facebook and on all social media. God wants to be friends in every aspect of your life. God wants you and that should matter. Now, it doesn’t matter what life has thrown at you, God is on your side and He wants to do you good. He wants to support you in digging yourself out of the hole and the jumble that the world has thrown at you over the years. He has a plan for your life and all He wants is your cooperation. Would you choose to partner with Him today? Would you say Yes to the call to and be in a friendship with God? He says I am looking for a man! Will you be that man?

Pastor's Heart

March 25, 2017

The relationship that exists between man and God does not depend on man. Man cannot attain to God’s lowest standard of righteousness. In fact, when man reaches the highest peak of his righteousness the Lord calls it filthy rags. There is nothing that the human race could ever do to fix this. Our taint is so much, so that there is no human activity that could ever deliver man. All the offerings of bulls and goats just postponed the sin disease. There had to be a solution, a permanent solution and since man could not be the Source, God had to be, He wanted to redeem man, He needed to redeem humanity and set man free from sin. God therefore gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. When Jesus died on the cross, He took away all the effects of sin on Humanity, He wiped the slate clean and invited everyone who believes in his work on the cross. Since man couldn’t and still can’t do anything, God gave us a free pass, the bible calls it grace. It is unmerited favor that man receive s when he chooses to believe and follow Christ. The salvation of man cannot still be bought, the grace of God cannot be earned. The grace is Gods extension to man so that man can reach Him. Think of it as a rope thrown to a man in an abyss, you could never do anything to get out but God has now sent the rope. No amount of work screaming, jumping, running or effort would ever help you out. Only God can pull you out. This rope is Jesus work that resulted in God’s grace.

Pastor's Heart

April 1, 2017

The relationship that exists between man and God does not depend on man. Man cannot attain to God’s lowest standard of righteousness. In fact, when man reaches the highest peak of his righteousness the Lord calls it filthy rags. There is nothing that the human race could ever do to fix this. Our taint is so much, so that there is no human activity that could ever deliver man. All the offerings of bulls and goats just postponed the sin disease. There had to be a solution, a permanent solution and since man could not be the Source, God had to be, He wanted to redeem man, He needed to redeem humanity and set man free from sin. God therefore gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. When Jesus died on the cross, He took away all the effects of sin on Humanity, He wiped the slate clean and invited everyone who believes in his work on the cross. Since man couldn’t and still can’t do anything, God gave us a free pass, the bible calls it grace. It is unmerited favor that man receive s when he chooses to believe and follow Christ. The salvation of man cannot still be bought, the grace of God cannot be earned. The grace is Gods extension to man so that man can reach Him. Think of it as a rope thrown to a man in an abyss, you could never do anything to get out but God has now sent the rope. No amount of work screaming, jumping, running or effort would ever help you out. Only God can pull you out. This rope is Jesus work that resulted in God’s grace.

Pastor's Heart

April 15, 2017

The thought of reclining gives me a sense of comfort, confidence and even relaxation. Reclining with Jesus to me is on another level, a higher level, a rest that I yearn for and long for. The Bible records that at the Last Supper, Jesus was reclining at the table with His disciples. Jesus sat with His disciples at the table and just kicked back. It did not matter that He was going to be killed the same night, or even that He was eating His last supper. The Lord just kicked back! He knew that the result of the following events would result in a posture of reclining and rest for them that believe in Him. The Bible speaks about “His rest” and entering into it for believers. Jesus, after the work that He had done at Calvary, entered into “Rest” and invites you and me to join Him. Easter is a time when we think about and commemorate the process it took for there to be a spot at the table for us to recline with Him. His death through the then time's toughest, most ruthless torture techniques was so that we would not have to go through that to acquire our salvation. Entering into His rest calls for us to accept and believe in the work He did at the Calvary, and the power that He has. The power to save sinners from sin and the effect thereof. Jesus' posture is amazing in most of the scriptural pictures especially when there is turmoil. The Bible says that He was sleeping when the sea was raging and tossing the boat up and down. Jesus is most relaxed when there is trouble. He is King over floods and all else, so He says come to me all ye that labor and I will give you rest, learn from me… We can learn from Him, believe in Him and kick back at our worst moments because we know Who is in us.

~Pastor Dan

Pastor's Heart

April 22, 2017

I have a cheezy acronym for the people that the Lord wants to use. FAT. God loves and uses FAT people, Faithful, Available and Teachable. Faithfulness speaks of a level of trustworthiness. Can you be trusted to carry through with an assignment? Are you dependable? We are all pregnant with destiny. Some of us are even entrusted with the bringing forth of other’s destinies. The million dollar question is, can you bring forth? Availability is the other prerequisite for being used by the Lord, being there when He calls. Sometimes we are too busy that we do not hear the voice of the Lord. Availability comes with planning and choosing to be there when you are called upon. Availability is especially hardest with the times we live in and the culture that we embrace. We have so many distractions, starting from our homes to school, work and in all things that we are involved in therefore, availability calls for a sober choice to be there! It means planning and choosing to be there when the call comes through. We have to be like fire fighters, be always available to serve when called upon. Finally, being teachable. We all know less than what we should, some people know what we don’t! We have to be ready to learn and one way to do this is by being taught. This is the hardest thing in life. Accepting that we do not know and that we can learn from others. God will use us if we are ready to learn. Remember He wants to teach us but He will do this through others. Our readiness to receive feedback determines if we are usable or not. The Million dollar question is, are you FAT?

Pastor's Heart

April 29, 2017

When I was growing up, they baptized people in the stream. It was highly believed that as the waters in the stream kept moving, they took with them all the sin and cleansed the person who was being baptized. This happens metaphorically but in real sense baptism is not salvation, and salvation is not baptism. You can literally get into the water a dry sinner and come out a wet sinner. Salvation happens prior to baptism and when we enter these waters of baptism we are saying, I am already in a relationship with Christ, I am being changed from within and this is me telling it to the public. Baptism is an outward declaration of the inside transformation. The Holy Spirit is already doing a work in you teaching you, growing you and changing you. The next step is then declaring to the public that you subscribe to this faith and that you have chosen to follow Christ. Jesus says that if you are ashamed of Him in public, then He will be ashamed of you before His father Luke 9:27. When we enter the sacrament of baptism, we are calling to other believers to witness it, as well as to support you and call you out if necessary. You are saying, "please, I am a brother, keep an eye on me because the Bible says you are a brother’s keeper." Baptism shows us who to keep. We also follow in the steps of Christ at baptism, we identify with Him as He with us, by the same waters as He went through we declare, "I am with you."

Pastor's Heart

May 6, 2017

Imagine being in the medieval war, the battle is raging and the warfare bloody. You are young and strong so naturally you sign up to fight, limited training but hey, you are doing it for country. Somewhere along the way in the midst of a battle, someone stubs you, his sword misses your heart by inches. At this time you are still fighting, only you are fighting to live. Someone manages to get you off the war front and into a medical facility where you can receive some help albeit just to stop the bleeding. When you get there, someone at the door says to the person helping you, “I am sorry but we can't admit this one" you can barely hear what he is saying due to the frailty of your situation with the blood loss and all but you manage to lift your head long enough to hear the reason why, you won’t be admitted. "He is too bloody," you hear him say. “He needs to be cleaned up because he may just mess up our hospital.” You'd say “this is absurd, this is a hospital, admit me, take care of my wound, heal me, let's worry about cleanliness later”. In the same way, the church is a hospital. There is an ongoing war outside, people are being hit right and center, casualties to this war are walking through our door steps. Let's love them, hear their stories, cure their wounds then talk to them about the mess on their clothing. Their lives are certainly more worthy than the mess they could cause. There is lots of brokenness in the world already, our priority is to care and love. Jesus models this for us in the scriptures by living with people, in the midst of their mess, consistently loving them and helping them. He reaches to their level. He is accused of eating with sinners. He admits in John 3, I did not come to condemn the world but to save it. We never clean fish in the ocean, we first catch the fish, and then we clean them.

Pastor's Heart

May 13, 2017

I read somewhere this morning that success is like fighting with a gorilla, you can't stop fighting because you are tired, the only time you can stop is when the gorilla is tired. I believe this is true with everything that we are doing in this life and here at Rhema. You cannot afford to quit because you are not winning. Life will throw punches at you consistently and you will sometimes even get knocked over but this does not mean that you are a loser. The Bible says that seven times a righteous man will fall and seven times will he arise. Just because yesterday did not end the way you wanted it to end does not mean that you are worthless. You are a peculiar people, a chosen generation and irrespective of where you are in the journey, keep punching, eventually something will give, the gorilla will become tired and you will be the victorious one. We are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus...you can't be a conqueror unless you conquer something. Whatever it is you are fighting now, it may be a situation in your home, a past memory or experience whose memory just drains you. It may even be a habit that you have tried letting go of in vain, it may be a friendship that affects your life negatively. Whatever it is I have been sent to tell you "It is running out of juice!” keep at it punch after punch... you see your punches and persistence in prayer every morning is simply weakening the situation. The bible says keep doing good and in due time you will reap a harvest, if you do not give up. See the key is in not giving up. Hold on a little bit longer for your salvation is at hand. Do Not Give Up ~Pastor Dan

Pastor's Heart

May 20, 2017

The first time I ever hiked up a mountain was in 2004. Mt Longmont which is a volcanic mountain has several peaks and the idea of the hike is to go around the crater on top of the mountain. The crater has approximately a 19 mile diameter. Many of us from our youth group started off strong, all excited but as we started the accent, there was this wave of discouragement that hit the group. A few people decided to turn back at the first hour of the hike. We rested at every hour and here the tour guides instructed us before we proceeded. The second time we rested, we were warned about the wild animals that lurked around looking for weak prey. We all were weak prey at this time. I thought about going back so many times, going back meant encountering these animals, it meant hours of trekking. It meant loneliness because no one wanted to go back at this time. When we reached the peak after several hours, there was a certain jot within, a satisfaction. I promise I did not think about the hike down at this point. At last I had conquered, I was in the very top, many in our team had stayed at the first base camp, and all they'd hear are stories about the peak. There was a joy in the conquering and lessons on the journey... so is life, life is hard, I have heard the phrase the struggle is real and it is! However, the joy in fulfilling the task at hand supersedes the hardships in the way. The lessons learned in the process cannot be replaced or even transferred. You are meant for the process, learn to glean from the lessons and focus on the peak. Giving up means miles of trek, possibility of attacks and even death! Do not give up

Pastor's Heart

May 27, 2017

My trip in Washington DC was great. I went for the annual convention for our denomination which was really good. Amazing speakers and worship was led by elevation worship again, awesome! My hotel and indeed the whole convention deal was in the NW side of D.C. A place that looks busy and beautiful compared to Cheyenne WY. I remember the first night I went to the hotel roof and just marveled at the skyline and the lights in the city. The hotel I was at was about ten minutes’ walk from the Washington Hilton where we had the meetings and every morning I walked to the center always amazed at how the city was busy with great historic sites. I enjoyed these walks for three days and felt like I had enjoyed the whole D.C. experience. On Thursday afternoon, we took a cub and went by advice to the deep parts of D.C, we went drove around town and man, it was way better, much bigger than I had experienced. Turns out the NW side of town looked better but it wasn't the best. We went to the Smithsonian museums, my best being the Spy museum went to Chinatown saw the capital at close range and realized that D.C. Is bigger and better, I even rode a train. Why am I telling you all this? Because I learned on this trip a parallel sometimes we are just scratching on the surface with our spirituality, enjoying little thinking it is all. I invite you today as we start the series going deeper! We are gonna learn how to dig deeper into God and what He has to offer.

Pastor's Heart

June 3, 2017

Milo of Croton was a 6th century wrestler, it was highly believed that as a kid Milo was given a bullying carry, the bull being then just a young bull. Milo was to carry this calf over a certain hill and cover a certain distance. Over the years, the bull grew and so did Milo, but because he had been carrying it for so long he never felt the weight of the bull that now weighed in the hundreds of pounds. Sometimes in our lives we bear burdens, weights that we do not have to carry but we carry them so long they become part of us. We do not know what to do if these are taken from us. We have grown and so have the weight of our burden, but because of fear of losing our identity due to letting go of the weight. Jesus invites us to let go, He is aware of our the connection of our identity to our burdens and so does not just take them away and leave us in guarded, cold and scared. Like a child whose safety blanket is stripped from we'd feel lost, that's why His invitation to let go of our weight is really a trade as opposed to a confiscation. He says take my yoke and learn from me. He proposes an exchange in the promise that the yoke that He offers you is light. He is offering Milo a stuffed bull in exchange of the flesh bone and blood bull. The Lord understands where you are, He understands your identity crisis and the connection you have with your burden. He will set you free but with understanding. You have to trust in His gift to you, you have to trust that it is sufficient for you. We are all Milo in some way of another, all of us carrying a weight that seems to be part of us, let us accept the invite to the trade. The trade is only possible and valid if both parties are willing and consenting. Jesus would say to you today take my yoke for it is light...he light

Pastor's Heart

June 17, 2017

There is a higher calling for each believer, when we come to Christ, we become new creatures, the old is soon consumed and the new comes. In the “new,” we have a sense of direction because suddenly the compass for life begins to make sense. It is more like if you had a map that was in another language and suddenly through some new translation device you are able to read the map. Jesus left us with the bible which is a map for the journey, a compass if you would, only that the compass and the map are written in a language that we cannot comprehend fully until we have some sort of help. That is where the Holy Spirit comes in. The bible is the mind of God, in Romans 8, Paul says to us, “who knows the mind of God but the spirit of God?”, translated who knows the word of God but His Spirit. The call for us as Rhema and for me as your pastor is that we can all become consistent readers of the word of God and eventually desire so much that we become students thereof. Here is an easy way to do that, invite the interpreter of the heavenly tongue that the bible is written in. Invite the Holy Spirit to join you in the quest to study. The bible calls us to Study to shew ourselves approved unto God, workmen that need not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. We can challenge ourselves in this matter too. I have seen many a challenges of diets and losing weight, I therefore invite us to this table, to eat on the word of God, and exercise our walk with Him, to work out our own salvation in fear and trembling so we can run the race and emerge successful, losing the encumbrances of the weight that satan has put on us. It is our responsibility to study! You can only overcome using what you know, the only way for us to know is to spend time in our devotion and study of the word of God. Invite the Holy spirit on the journey with you and it will suddenly be fun. You will be reading everything in a language that you understand

Pastor's Heart

June 24, 2017

You are God's plan A for the salvation of this world. Now, here is the Caveat, there is no Plan B! He is banking on you- talk about putting all His eggs in one basket... you are it guys. God plans with us in mind because He knows that we are capable of delivering. He counted on twelve uneducated guys back then and two thousand years later the message is here with us. You see God does not call us to perfection or to success, He calls us to faithfulness. When we are faithful in our part- say sowing the seed, He is sure to use another faithful to water and another to prune as He gives the increase. Electing to be faithful starts with a sober choice to speak. We need to be bold enough to speak and share the faith that we have, we need to be confident of our story so much so that we cannot keep our peace. We are in a generation where war is waged against believers. Mufflers have been installed to ensure we don't speak. We are much safer when we are quiet. That is Satan's MO. He wants to silence the church and believers because He knows how powerful a spoken word can be. You see, faith comes by hearing and unless you speak, no one can hear. A spoken word creates faith, faith pleases the Lord, a pleased Lord emits Joy, and the Joy of the Lord is our strength. If you want to be a strong believer, start speaking. Share the good news. When Paul first encountered Christ after his redemption, all Jesus told him was this, "Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent!”- Acts 18:9. Guys we are all He has and today He would come to us with the same encouragement. God is so serious about us speaking the word that He used angels to break the apostles out of prison with only one mandate, go and keep talking Acts:5: 19-20. Speak therefore!

Pastor's Heart

July 1, 2017

Jesus says that we can only know true disciples by the kind of fruit that they bear. A good tree He says, bears good fruit and a bad tree bears bad fruit. Evidence of our growth and depth in the work and the walk with God is in the kind of fruit that you bring forth. "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. If you, in assessing yourself and receiving feedback from your friends family and coworkers and sometimes even strangers cannot see evidence of the fruit then it is time for you to re-look at yourself introspectively. Are there something's that you need to deal with? Is there a root of bitterness within you that you need to pull up? Are there some weeds that have grown together with the wheat? Is the foundation you are building upon secure? Do we need to destroy some building so we can build on a secure foundation? An honest Self-assessment is necessary if there is need for depth and growth. As long as you believe there is no problem, there won't be a push to fix it. We can lie to a lot of people but we can never lie to ourselves. You know well when the Holy Spirit sends a prompting in your life about a choice of a lifestyle or a habit. We can choose to join and agree with Him to uproot it, or ignore the promptings and do our thing. That is how free will works. God is faithful and will fight our battles, but we need to allow Him, we need to say I am here. Come and Help me! Questions for you…what kind of fruit are you bearing? Are your fruits in season? Would it bother you if all believers bore fruit that are similar to your fruits? In order to be fruitful we need to Uproot and plant, We need a caterpillar to make a pillar Let’s talk!

Pastor's Heart

July 8, 2017

As believers we are governed by a different set of rules as opposed to the those of this world. We are here on this earth but we do not belong here. We are a people that are set apart and separated. Sometimes, actually most times we never feel like we are set apart, we are living among them and there seems to be no clear distinction between us and the world. Hope is one thing that the world does not have and that the world cannot provide. Someone said that the problem with life is that it is so daily and I believe so, it is a whole cycle daily and unless one has something outside of this world to hold onto. Paul addresses this in the church at Corinth he says back then people said "let us eat and drink because tomorrow we die" The same attitude is in play in the world today and therefore there is nothing to hang onto. Being a believer means that we have a reason to live for, it means that every day that the Lord has allowed us to have in this world is pregnant and our role is to bring forth whatever he has a portioned us to on that day. Hope does not disappoint, it is the light at the end of the tunnel, it is the fuel that keeps the lamps within us ablaze even in the darkest of times. We are aware that the twists and turns of life will happen but that does not hinder us from living our lives to the fullest. Jesus tells us in John16:33, I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” That means that issues and circumstances will not look different for us as compared to the world but that We are aware within us that there is a tomorrow for us. You see our spirit testifies together with the spirit of God that we are sons of God. The peace that we feel within in the midst of chaos, the world does not have that, it is Him telling us quietly that we are ok, that we will be fine. Comfort from the Holy Spirit

Pastor's Heart

July 22,2017

On the flight back from Philadelphia, I started thinking. I thought about the lack of control that I had in that plane, I had mixed feelings about the whole flying deal, and first, I felt helpless because I did not have any control. There was nothing I could do about anything in regards to the plane, in the other hand I felt relieved that I was not in control, I felt free, relaxed. You see, all of us do not know what to do with control, in fact it is scary to know that you are in control and at the same time, we are even more afraid of when we lose control. We are in this conundrum as Human beings but Jesus offers a solution. On that plane, I just sat there, I did not know who the pilot was, I had no idea what level of education he had, did not even know if he had an aviation certification, I didn’t even know his name but was willing to trust that he was able to fly the plane. I sat in there with my whole family on the seat just above the wings and settled in. I even took off my shoes haha. I did not falter because I believed and thoughtlessly surrendered. I blindly had faith in the Captain of that plane. Jesus calls us to believe in Him in the same way, unlike the Pilot, he allows us to know His name, His reputation and because of our need for control, He even allows us to share in the burden. Jesus says, “Come to, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” He allows us to take on a lighter burden, allows us to be in control but also be free. Trusting Him He promises will bring us rest and hope. Jesus has a good plan for us but we must first trust Him, we have to know that He is in control and has the knowledge and the expertise to get us home. Trust comes from surrender, we have to let go in order to receive. The invitation to surrender is all inclusive and you can learn to trust and believe in Him. He has the GPS for life, He knows how to navigate

Pastor's Heart

July 29, 2017

Chinos, is talking to his friend after an exam, his friend asks him how the English paper was, he looks at him and goes, "Well, the paper was good, the questions were easy apart from one question that really got to me" "what's that?" The friend asks, "The question was, what is the past tense for ‘think’, "oh so how did you do?" asked the friend? Chinos answered, "Well, I thought and thought and thought and then I wrote thunk!" Like Chinos, we all think. Our brains process information but we decide what we bring forth through our actions or our words. Our mind is a weapon, we can choose to use our mind to produce what is worthwhile or we can choose to bring forth evil. It takes a new mind to mind the things of God. We are not necessarily responsible for what comes in our mind but we are responsible for how long we allow what comes to linger in our thoughts. You have the power to push back thoughts that are not acceptable. We can train ourselves to exercise this power. You can learn a step at a time to train yourself how you think. The goal is thinking well. Many believers do not know they have this power and ability this they dwell on every thought that comes to their heads. Brooding is a habit that we learn young and keep it up until we receive the revelation and understanding that we are in control. You can let your mind puppeteer you or you can take control of your mind. Transformation will only be possible in the life of a believer if they allow and utilize a new mind that the Lord would like to supply. Your mind only processes information, your heart only receives information after you process it. You can choose to guard your heart. Not all information that comes to your mind should go to your heart. Develop a lid and filter that protects your heart. The Bible says guard your heart because from the se springs the issues of life. Your heart is a wellspring for life and it is your responsibility to guard it against information.

Pastor's Heart

September 2, 2017

Someone made a comment somewhere this past week, a comment that made me think seriously. He said, "Many people say that the Lord is silent and is not answering them but their Bibles are all still new and closed not been read before" The Bible is the heart of God, the mind of Christ and His will for all of humanity. You cannot say that you are living a Godly life without an active lifestyle of studying the Word. God is serious about what He has written in Hos word, in fact, He is so serious that He is willing to be held accountable for what He has written, the Bible says that He will follow His word to perform it. God is the very heart of the written word. Being a student of the word like any other thing that you can be good at takes practice. It takes practicing it daily until it becomes character and eventually a habit. While other books inform, the Bible transforms. The word of God makes the difference it is what changes man. The word of God is not only read by the student but it also reads the student, pointing out some things in the life of an apt student. It allows for realistic checks within the reader. It sets in motion some serious soul searching and eventual changing. Man is more aware of the Lord's doing and allows Himself to Learn, God uses the word to speak His plans and will go man. The spirit of man clicks with the spirit of God as we emerse in the deep studying the scriptures

Pastor's Heart

September 16, 2017

In these recent weeks if you have been following the news then you are aware that there have been fires in several states, some of which have been catastrophic. There have been hurricanes in Texas and Florida, an earthquake in Mexico and the looming war with N. Korea. All these are scary and even devastating, for us it is news or perhaps even just smoke in the evening from the fire in Montana but for the residents in these places it is reality. People in Florida today have nothing to call home, in Montana even Texas after the floods. What is our call in all this? Do we just look and move on? Do we do something about it? Jesus tells us a story about the Good Samaritan a man who was walking and noticed a person in need. Our vision states that we want to make the Kingdom visible, how do we as individuals live our lives in this times of calamity and effect change in people who need it most? How can we embody the heart of Christ and respond to His heartbeat that is full of grace and compassion. Compassion seems to have been lost in our business, we observe people in need as if we are watching TV as our lives go by. I challenge you today to arise, identify a need in this community and in your neighborhood and meet it. Not because someone is watching but because it is who you are, who you represent... the kingdom. Compassion is not an American thing to do, it is an individual thing to do. If we all at Rhema will effect a change within our environment by living out the kingdom, I believe that is how to begin healing for this broken world.

Pastor's Heart

September 23, 2017

I would love to buy my dad a present for his birthday, In my head I want to buy him an expensive present because for me expensive is meaningful. I choose to buy him an obstacle course, a bouncy house obstacle course, it costs about 5600. You see as much as the bouncy house is expensive, my dad will never appreciate it. See it is not what he needs, sometimes when we go into worship, we tend to get our Father God what we think is expensive and or what we enjoy and presume He will enjoy it because we do. Our father has stipulated some of the things that He wants in worship, as the case of my dad and his birthday gift, if I was to get him a gift that would really be appreciated I would need to know what he enjoys, what he likes and then I would get him a gift that is meaningful to Him. Worship that is meaningful to our Father in Heaven has to emanate from a heart that deeply cares. A should that searches and finds what really is meaningful to the recipient. Jesus, when He is teaching us the Lord ’s Prayer points out to this when He clearly distinguishes our Father by saying where He dwells. You have to learn to give a God sized worship if you are going to make it worth your while. Knowing God on an intimate level will make your worship valuable. My question for you today is this, do you know Him? God knows people at an intimate level, when man strive to reach to Him and minister to Him on that level suddenly worship comes alive, Hearts and lives are changed. Our Spirit testifies with the spirit of God that we are son’s of God. When we can touch the heart of God, when our hearts palpitations can match with the Lord’s own heart, I believe then we have reached a place of Value in our worship and walk with God

Pastor's Heart

October 14, 2017

I am glad to be back home. Those two weeks were rough on me, I missed my family and my church family. I often wanted to just get a chance to hear from them. It was frustrating when I tried talking to Anne and the kids and there was some interruption for lack of a signal. I just wanted to do everything and anything to see them, or even hear from them. God calls us his children, he longs to hear from us and desperately yearns for a one on one moment with each of us. I realized one thing in my being away, there was a joy and sense of security after every time I talked to my children. There was a settling, some sort of reassurance that I was there for them and that they were there for me. In the same way, when we call home, there is a lot that we benefit from. The bible says that if we call on our father in heaven, we will be saved. Communication between us and our father guarantees salvation for us. It fosters a sense of security and the overwhelming sense of belonging and knowing that we have a father who cares for us and reassures us of the same when we pray to Him. God wants to communicate with us as much as we need to talk to Him. He does not need anything in that sense but he enjoys to hear from us. An old American culture of checking in at the dinner table is quickly diminishing and so is our culture of checking in into the heavens through prayer. It is sometimes just good to check in, tell your father how you are doing, and hear his heart about you and about your circumstance. Make a habit of calling home daily, checking in at the dinner table, and talk about your day with your father who is so much interested in hearing from you.

Pastor's Heart

October 21, 2017

The biggest part in parenting is in teaching our children how to treat their peers. Most of the redirection I have had to do in my few years of parenting have been in showing my children how to treat each other and how to behave with each other. The same way our father in heaven celebrates when he knows that His children are treating each other well. In Psalms 133, God reveals His heart in regards to this, He says where there is unity He commands a blessing. The way that we treat each other speaks of the change within us. The dying words of a person are taken seriously because they represent the most meaningful part of their lives Jesus prayer at the end of His ministry in the book of John 17 again fully reveals the heart of God. Jesus speaks of the unity of the body on His way out. Which implies that the Lord of all creation cares about how we care for each other as His children. He encourages us to love each other and encourage unity amidst the brethren. The whole Christian faith is hang upon the relational hinge. God calls us to interact with people, to love on people and to share the good news with people. We are called to interact with people. God is serious about relationship as He is about people. He loves when we can emulate Him and live our lives to make other’s lives easier.

Pastor's Heart

October 28 2017

Central to the Christian faith is the cross. A symbol for the work that was accomplished on the Calvary back then. God is a God of justice, and justice requires that a balance is met when there is a problem. The death of Christ on the cross served to meet the requirements that were needed to appease the need for recompense over sin. God being a just God has to meet the requirements for justice and that is where the cross comes into the Christian faith. A justice for sin required a sinless person that did not need to atone for his own sin. Jesus met the bill for this and chose to give Himself as a pure sacrifice for the redemption of mankind. Jesus death on the cross ensured that you are separated from sin and its power. We, prior to cross were entangled in sin. Sin yet had the power to hold us down and even control us, Jesus action rendered sin powerless. Sin may row and growl at us but it is powerless even toothless aggression. Sin has lost its grasp on man, it may rub off of man but the effect is as easily rubbed off. The blood that Jesus shed on the cross is sufficient in cleansing and rendering whole and justified any man in Christ. We are separated from sin when we accept Jesus into our lives. We are invited to a life of complete freedom. The alienation between mankind and God was thwarted by the work of Christ at the Calvary. The cross was instrumental in making this possible!

Pastor's Heart

November  4, 2017

A father is easy to please but hard to satisfy. There is a place in a father that always believes in the ability of their children to do better. When my son Liam was learning to walk, I was impressed that he could stand up and hold himself against the table however, my conversation with him would go something like this “Woo hoo… you go Liam I am so happy that you can do that… now let go of the table… ” That is being a father. Our father God loves us and always believes in our ability to be more. To be more not for him but for us. He has put in us potential and wants us to live up to our fullness as his children. Father God loves us with an everlasting love, He even declares in His word that there is nothing that can separate us from His love. Our father loves and relentlessly pursues us to ensure that we are our best. His hand on us is not hand of condemnation but rather a soft shove, pushing us to become our best. God has set us up in a place where we can confidently grow in Him. He wants to fully celebrate us as we achieve. Every opportunity and challenge that comes is an avenue for us to meet our next goal in life. Let us purpose to grow as believers. For us to meet the goals that God has set before us, all we need is Him. Growing is a part of being a believer God’s grace ensures that we attain to our level in Him.

Pastor's Heart

November 11, 2017

God wants to help you, He wants to be your friend and a close confidant. He cares about your going in and your coming out. God is not an intellectual finding or a subject of study, He is a loving father who has a good and grand plan for each and every one of His children. Understanding God in an intellectual level is not enough, knowing Him and his heart is what makes a difference in the life of a person. God put the desire within man for Him, it is a longing for man to go back home, home where we all know fully yet feel we’ve never been. A yearning for a place so familiar yet elusive. Knowing Christ and a journey through the Bible serves to guide us back to where we all know and long for. God knows your very hearts and is not aloof He wants to help us we have to learn to ask. When we know our father well, we do not ask like outsiders, we do not engage Him as beggars but as sons a people knowing and well known. God wants to reach out to you as a person and help you. Like any father, He is concerned about your welfare and wants what is the best for you. I write this delicately because I know that some of us have never had a good relationship with our fathers, some even do not know who they are. I would like to submit to you that there is a relationship deeper than you have ever experienced, a love greater than wat you know. An unrelenting love that will never quit on you, an everlasting kind of relationship. In fact, He says in his word repeatedly, I will never leave you nor forsake you world without end. God is on your side, He is in your team and wants you to be all that you can be. Hey Live to know and be known by your Father in Heaven.

Pastor's Heart

November 18, 2017

Give thanks unto the Lord for He is good and His Mercy endures forever. Praise is telling God what He has done, thanksgiving is when we stop for a moment, consider the things that the Lord has done and giving him a sacrifice of thanksgiving. The life of a believer should be a series of the love and thanksgiving. Someone said that if God did not do anything else in the remaining part of your life you will remain eternally indebted to him, you will always be owed a debt of thanksgiving because he has already done too much. The Psalmist cries out in Psalms 116:2, What shall I return to the LORD for all his goodness to me? but a heart that’s full of gratitude? He does not eat our cattle nor can He use money, however, God will do so much with an attitude of gratitude and a heart that simply says a “thank you” Gratitude means a lot when it is genuine and when it emanates from a pure and real place. It is so easy to sometimes say thank you in a habitual way without thought or meaning. What if we meant when we said thank you? I believe that this would be more meaningful to the receiver of these magical words as well as to the giver of the same. When we mean our “thank you” we are in essence admitting that we need, that we are inadequate and that we have received from without us. The Lord takes our praise and thanksgiving seriously, He actually comes down to receive it in person. The greatest show of the Almighty’s power and presence has been manifest when there has been praises and thanksgiving. David is called the friend of God because he praised God, gave thanks and meant so in doing this.

Pastor's Heart

December  2, 2017

As we choose to find the baby and worship Him, it may mean that we are making a decision to go against all that is considered “normal”. Everyone around us is focused on the palace! The world would want you to live your life in the “normal” within the boundaries and the trends that is set. Choosing to follow after Christ is choosing to swim against the current, it is making a sober decision to trudge a path that’s less traveled. In essence, it seems as if you lose your swag the moment that you choose like the wise men to follow after Christ. We are however more stable in our faith and in life when we are standing out, when we are loving but not agreeable. It is imperative that everyone that calls on the name of Christ sets boundaries and takes a stand. The world is doing all that it can to eliminate the boundaries, to limit freedom by seemingly giving freedom. We are consistently faced with a decision to either bow to the world and the world systems or choose to stand up for what we believe in. Following Jesus Christ is a choice that we get to make, living for Him is another choice. The word peculiar is used by Peter to describe believers, this word in the dictionary means “strange” or “odd”. We are to be strange, we are in this world but not of this world. In other words, we are pilgrims and aliens. As believers we need to live our lives to where the world will discover our weirdness, but still see the light in us. We are to blend in just enough not to blend in. We are called to stand out! May the Lord help you to be different today, may the Light of the Lord shine through you.

Pastor's Heart

December 9, 2017

We’ve been talking these past few weeks about putting Jesus at the center. To be able to put someone that close requires first that a person is well acquainted with the person they are putting close. To know what the person is like and what level of credibility there is in such a person, one needs a level of commitment and investment in the quest to know, build trust and eventually put them at the center. Time is an implied evidence for experience that enhances credibility. Jesus Christ is the Lord and the master of time. The Lord created seasons and times and exists outside the realms of time. David in the Psalms tells us this about our Lord, “He made the moon to mark the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down”. The Lord exists outside of time and therefore he is not controlled by the laws that control us. I would like to encourage you to have the Lord as the center of your life and Christmas because He has been to both the ends of time and sees the end from the beginning. He is Yahweh! The Bible has documented evidence of the mightiness of the Lord and His power. When you engage on a journey to know Him, and prove Him, then you will have no problem with putting Him at the center. The Psalmist calls us to taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. He declares that whoever trusts in Him is blessed, That is a comfort for me and an encouragement to seek to know and follow this Lord, not only follow Him but also put Him at the center of it all!

Pastor's Heart

December 16, 2017

“But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people'.” The birth of Jesus was meant to bring joy to all the people, however we all know that this was not so, there was Herod that wanted all children dead because of his insecurities. I believe that there is a sense of insecurity in each of us, one that hinders us from enjoying or accepting the joy that the birth of Jesus brings. When we are born again, Jesus is born in us and starts the process of growth within us, slowly taking over. We can choose to accept this conquest or like Herod declare war protecting our territory. Insecurities that we carry with us can easily be solved when we allow Jesus a chance. As Herod was going to learn later, Jesus was not interested in taking anything away from him, as a matter of fact, the Lord comes to add more to us. The grace of God is what counters the insecurity, a knowledge that the Lord is doing a work in us to make us better. That which seems like taking away is simply a swap for betterment. Jesus came that we may have abundant life, there is only one thief who comes to steal, kill and destroy. Jesus' birth in us should be celebrated and received with gladness. He comes to add to us, to fill our cups, He comes to make us better individuals and groups of people. He came that He may die for all. The angels said they bring good tidings that will bring joy to all... is your walk with the Lord joyful? You see, the joy of the Lord is your strength. If you are struggling, remember the grace, be joyful and you shall find the strength for the journey.

Pastor's Heart

December 23, 2017

About ¾ of the Bible is prophesy; things spoken before they happened. The birth of Jesus Christ was predicated way before He was born. Prophets from of old spoke about Him without really understanding what the Spirit of God was allowing them to see. About 750 years before the birth of Jesus, the prophet Isaiah started dictating what He saw, “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom." This is the prophecy about the first coming of Christ, now after that generations passed, people guessed who the messiah was, but one day, in the tiny city of Bethlehem in Judea, a boy was born, a prophecy fulfilled. This same thing is going to happen, generations have passed since the prediction of His second return, one day just like it was in Israel, the same Lord that came will return this time as a King in Glory. His purpose will be accomplished on this earth. Everything will pass away except for His Word. Jesus is going to come again to take His bride home. Are you coming? Christmas itself has no value if He does not die, Christmas has no value if He does not return from the dead, Christmas would have no value if He does not return for His bride. We celebrate Christmas because we have hope, hope that He came and went and will return. Question is, will He find you still waiting?

Merry Christmas

Pastor's Heart

January 6,2018

Harvard University published a finding in their Harvard Gazette of November 2017, according to this article, intermittent fasting and manipulating mitochondrial networks could increase lifespan. Two thousand and some years prior to this finding, a teacher in the small town of Nazareth encouraged his followers to fast and pray. This Christian discipline was prevalent in the early church but over time it diminished and so did the lifespan of human beings. Believers of old would gather, pray and fast and the recorded results of such were huge accomplishments in the spirit realm causing a ripple that affected the physical realm. Multiple healings, restoration and miraculous signs happened as these believers set aside time to submit to their God. Jesus in Matthew 9:15, says these words, “The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.” Earlier on Jesus had spoken to the same disciples about fasting in these words, “When you fast”. These both to me do not sound like options, fasting has to be done. As Rhema, we endeavor to set aside a time, as individuals and communally as a church to fast and pray. 21 days of prayer at the beginning of the year both fulfill our giving unto the Lord the first fruits of our increase. Fasting is to voluntarily abstain from eating/drinking for an extended period of time. “Eating” and “drinking” can be literal or represent anything that is holding us back. When fast we declare to the body that we are in control and that it is not the flesh that is running the show! Join the Fast Lane!

Pastor's Heart

January 13, 2018

What is in it for me? In the book of Matthew 19:27, Peter asks Jesus this question, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?" Jesus' reply to this question is amazing as He speaks to Peter and the disciples things that would seem unimaginable, but also with a “base conclusion”, It is not in vain! You may be here today wondering the same thing especially during these weeks of prayer and fasting, you may even be questioning your sanity as you open the fridge and go for something that normally wouldn’t be your first choice. I have a mandate to tell you that it is not in vain! There is a reward not only in the afterlife but also in this. God is not a debtor to anyone, everything that you hand Him will be given back to you fully shaken together, pressed down and running over. As you invest your time in the kingdom and sacrifice your comfort through these days of prayer and fasting I assure you that it will not be for free. God will honor your time and sacrifice. Blessings of all sorts will be unleashed your way this year and most importantly, you will learn a lesson in controlling your flesh. Allow the Holy Spirit of God to do the work that He is doing, show up for duty daily and invest yourself fully in the kingdom. You will not regret it, no one has had an encounter with the Lord of Hosts and remained the same. The Bible says cast your bread upon the waters and after many days you shall find it. It means we look at all we are doing not as a giving but as an investment. When we invest in the Lord He finds pleasure in investing in us. This week has been encouraging for me. I am looking forward for the coming weeks.

Pastor's Heart

January 20, 2018

The heart for any relationship is communication. It doesn’t matter how strong the relationship is, if you cut off the communication then the relationship will suffer a slow death when you are lucky, or sometimes even a sudden death. We have a relationship with a father that cares and would so much want to impact our lives but because of lack of communication with Him, many believers will not experience the fullness of Christ in them. Believers are engaged in church, participating in the religious activities but there is no impartation. There is no real impact of the Word and no real recorded change in their lives. Prayer is the way that we communicate with God. He is interested in us and we show our interest in Him when we engage with Him in a consistent and continual relationship through prayer. Jesus modeled prayer for us. In fact, G. Campbell, in his book the Crises of Christ tells us that before and after every major event in the life of Christ, He prayed. Jesus, in simply living out His life and upholding His relationship with His father showed the Christian church how to maintain a relationship with the Father. The only way to uphold the relationship between the church, which is the bride of Christ, and Himself the Groom and husband, is through consistent prayer. The difference between your problem and its solution is the distance between your knees and the ground, as long as you are able to talk to your Father, then you can be confident that He will hear you. In the midst of lives’ chaos and struggles, we should all just have one goal… “If only I can talk to my Father, then all will be well!” I believe very strongly that the problems in in this world have a solution in prayer.

Pastor's Heart

January 27, 2018

The heart for any relationship is communication. It doesn’t matter how strong the relationship is, if you cut off the communication then the relationship will suffer a slow death when you are lucky, or sometimes even a sudden death. We have a relationship with a father that cares and would so much want to impact our lives but because of lack of communication with Him, many believers will not experience the fullness of Christ in them. Believers are engaged in church, participating in the religious activities but there is no impartation. There is no real impact of the Word and no real recorded change in their lives. Prayer is the way that we communicate with God. He is interested in us and we show our interest in Him when we engage with Him in a consistent and continual relationship through prayer. Jesus modeled prayer for us. In fact, G. Campbell, in his book the Crises of Christ tells us that before and after every major event in the life of Christ, He prayed. Jesus, in simply living out His life and upholding His relationship with His father showed the Christian church how to maintain a relationship with the Father. The only way to uphold the relationship between the church, which is the bride of Christ, and Himself the Groom and husband, is through consistent prayer. The difference between your problem and its solution is the distance between your knees and the ground, as long as you are able to talk to your Father, then you can be confident that He will hear you. In the midst of lives’ chaos and struggles, we should all just have one goal… “If only I can talk to my Father, then all will be well!” I believe very strongly that the problems in in this world have a solution in prayer.

Pastor's Heart

February 3, 2018

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Discipleship is not just introducing people to Christ, it is certainly part of it but not all of it. Discipleship is pouring into another person, teaching, living and experiencing life with another person. Pretty much walking with another person through their journey. Discipleship is when we make a choice to pour ourselves fully into another, investing our lives to model and live with each other in love. Jesus Christ modeled discipleship to us by the way He lived with the twelve. He invested Himself fully in their lives, fully expendended himself in them emotionally, physically, timewise and resources. Jesus had to pour Himself out for us to see and learn to emulate it and duplicate it in the way we obey His great commission. He would later speak to the twelve in these words, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” Paul, in explaining his own view of discipleship says, “But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.” See there is a cost to pay in making disciples but the joy, fulfilment and reward from it cannot be compared to the cost. Not to mention the ramifications of not obeying the great call and the dire effects of the same. Many a souls are at stake if we do not heed the call, societies are dependent on our obedience. Love empowers us to plough through the hardships and challenges that come with being poured into each other. Agape Love which Christ has put in our hearts enables us to see people as candidates of the grace and our quest to introduce them to Jesus at the foot of the cross simply oils us even as we take out feet out to meet introduce and walk with people. Heed the call today, Identify and unconditionally and intentionally pour yourself in someone, starting this week.

Pastor's Heart

February 10, 2018

Agape love, which is the unconditional love of God, is the propeller for our commitment to the extension of the Kingdom. Our quest to reach out and share the love of God should not have any limitations. It is easy to love people who think like us and believe the same things that we do. It is harder however, to love the people that are different. Agape love transcends the barriers and biases that we have as individuals and even as a culture. Only God has the power to enable us to see the broken world a right. How do you love someone who mishandles you? Matthew 5:44 says “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” Prayer is the key for loving the unlovable, but also God is in the business of making us more like Himself. This means that He may not change the people that are mean to us but as we pray for them, God changes us. He wants to increase our capacity to love! During this Valentine season, I know that you can love those that love you, everyone can! Why don’t we push ourselves and do the God thing? Go out of our way and reach out to people that are not like us, people who do not even try to love us. Let us choose to reach out and bridge relationships that have been charred. We Can redefine Valentine’s Day into a season of building bridges. You have no idea how much healing and joy you may cause by reaching across the isle... you may not know how much payoff there is in doing the hard thing. Either way, there is nothing to lose. Get that card write and send it, reach out... stretch your hand and see what the Lord is going to do with such a gesture. Our father consistently stretches His hand at things he’d rather not look at, He would be pleased to see His children emulate Him.

Pastor's Heart

February 17, 2018

This week yet again another mass shooting, about 17 victims and over a dozen injured in Florida high school. As Jesus predicted, love is waxing low. During times like these, many get conflicted over their faith, many questions hang in the air seemingly without proper answers. “Where is God? Why would He allow such to happen? ““I prayed for my child in the morning before she went to school, why did this have to happen?” A lot of conjecture is being thrown out especially at this age of social media, someone even alluded that violence is happening in our schools because God is not allowed in the schools. Now we may join in and continue chasing our tails with the questions or we can do what God called the church to do during these end times. He said to pray that our flight is easy! One of the things I love about the Bible is its candidness when broaching subjects as hard as death. He does not promise that He will spare us because “we prayed in the morning”. He promises eternal salvation in the aftermath. Our role as the church is to be ready now, and to prepare others around us so that when the time comes, and even though we are taken from this life, our reality is that we are present with God. Is God aware of the deaths? Yes! Is He doing anything about it? Yes! He did when He sent His son. “Whoever believes in the Son will not die”, we just sleep. All this does not make it easier. In fact death still remains a difficult pill to swallow. That’s why the church exists to pray and support the families of the mourning. Like Jesus we cry with them even though we know that they’re just sleeping and will wake soon. We prepare others and tell them about the hope that exists beyond the grave- accepting and teaching that it is hard but also a scriptural reality. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” Hebrews 9:27

Pastor's Heart

February 24, 2018

This week yet again another mass shooting, about 17 victims and over a dozen injured in Florida high school. As Jesus predicted, love is waxing low. During times like these, many get conflicted over their faith, many questions hang in the air seemingly without proper answers. “Where is God? Why would He allow such to happen? ““I prayed for my child in the morning before she went to school, why did this have to happen?” A lot of conjecture is being thrown out especially at this age of social media, someone even alluded that violence is happening in our schools because God is not allowed in the schools. Now we may join in and continue chasing our tails with the questions or we can do what God called the church to do during these end times. He said to pray that our flight is easy! One of the things I love about the Bible is its candidness when broaching subjects as hard as death. He does not promise that He will spare us because “we prayed in the morning”. He promises eternal salvation in the aftermath. Our role as the church is to be ready now, and to prepare others around us so that when the time comes, and even though we are taken from this life, our reality is that we are present with God. Is God aware of the deaths? Yes! Is He doing anything about it? Yes! He did when He sent His son. “Whoever believes in the Son will not die”, we just sleep. All this does not make it easier. In fact death still remains a difficult pill to swallow. That’s why the church exists to pray and support the families of the mourning. Like Jesus we cry with them even though we know that they’re just sleeping and will wake soon. We prepare others and tell them about the hope that exists beyond the grave- accepting and teaching that it is hard but also a scriptural reality. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” Hebrews 9:27

Pastor's Heart

March 3, 2018

When we teach our children how to walk, encourage and empower them to go forward, there is a sense of pride when they take a step and sometimes fall. It is however very disheartening for a parent if after a few years your child still continues wallowing on the ground or fall repeatedly. There is an expectation for growth and if the milestones are not reached, it is a clear indication that something is going wrong. When the children of Israel were still in the desert, God fed them and did all that He needed to support them (well they were just “children” haha) the moment that they stepped in the promised land, the Manna stopped and they had to fend. There was an expectation for growth in their walk with Him. When He first calls us, God does a lot for us, he holds our hands, sends manna our way but He has an expectation of our growth. He wants us to be able to fend (using “fend” loosely). We are expected to grow and mature as we continue walking with Him. When they crossed the Red Sea, God asked Moses to lift up the staff for the waters to part, but when they come to the Jordan, because of the growth expectation, He wanted the “boots” in the water He had the priests bearing the ark of the covenant to stand in the water for the water prior to parting - Because of these precursors and many more in the Holy Scriptures, we know what is expected of us as believers. We cannot continue living like we were living, in the desert. The handouts will stop and accountability sets in. Are we living like a people being transformed? Are we walking in the path that the Lord is ushering us toward? Are we cooperating with the Holy Spirit? Is there a clear distinction between you as a believer, and an average non believer? Let your light so shine they may see your good works and glorify your father… 

Pastor's Heart

March 10, 2018

A man walks into a jewelry store seeking to get a chain with a cross for his mother on mother’s day. Talking to the associate at the counter he asks, “I would like to get a chain with a cross on it,” The associate looks at him and asks, “Do you want the plain one or the one with the little man on it?” referencing the cross? The work that Jesus did at the cross is a work that seemingly is losing its value in the world. The Cross is to us a symbol for freedom for us but in Jesus time it was a symbol for torture, it smelt like death and represented the same, no one walked around wearing a cross on their necks, it would be like today if you walked around carrying an electric chair. The cross to us represents victory and that is why we flaunt around with it-the work that was done on it and the result which is the reunification of our kind with the father! Death had to happen to appease the requirements of the Father for sin. It could have been your death, the cross was meant for you, the blood to be shed was supposed to be your blood because we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Jesus however took our place and died in our stead so that we can have conciliation with our Father. Pondering the work of the cross is a duty for mankind, Jesus says we should break the bread and drink the wine as we commemorate the broken body and the poured blood. Considering the cross is one way to remind us of who we are in Him and what He accomplished on that day at the Calvary. Jesus paid it all, and all to Him we owe is a truth that we need to deliberately thing about.. He is our propitiation and hope, and we ought to make it our way to take time daily and consider the cross in our walk. Behold the son of man that takes away the sin of mankind.

Pastor's Heart

March 17, 2018

In the desert they gave in to their craving; in the wilderness they put God to the test, they made an image, a visible and tangible representation of him in form of a cow. Little did they know that all along God had a plan to send forth to humanity an image and likeness, tangible and visible a clear representation of both might and gentleness in the form of man-the man Jesus Christ? Jesus walked this earth to be a representation of the father, when we read about everything that He did and said, we are meant to see the nature of our father. He grew up in grace and truth and lived a model life for an average believer to emulate, in fact Jesus says He only did what the father did and only said what the father said. Jesus said to Phillip, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'?.” Such authority and authenticity could only come of the Lord Himself. He lived among mortals as one of us, depicted and showed us the attributes of the Father, taught us the way to live and became THE WAY to the Father for us. He paid the ultimate price to show the perfect love that the father has for us and how far He is willing to go to redeem mankind. He resurrected from the dead to show the ultimate power that the father possess over everything. He healed the sick, set the captives free and ministered to tormented hearts, He even forgave sin a responsibility only God could handle. He knows you, and challenges you to know Him. He wants you to have the relationship with the father on a level you understand well. The father lived and walked among us! For Love alone, He lived and now lives on within us if we allow Him. 

Pastor's Heart

March 24, 2018

The church seemingly has lost its relevance in the society, the influence and credibility that the church and the church leaders had in the society started plummeting sometime in the last century and does not seem to be regaining. It used to be that the clergy were held in high esteem as men who carried the day. Church leaders were called to create cohesion where there wasn’t, sometimes they were even used as arbitrators in police stations when there ensued an argument. In the time we are living in, the leaders of the church have lost their authority and so has the church. The church is seemingly dead! But wait, In Mark 16 these women Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body, they were headed to the tomb, clearly the body of Christ was dead. This did not deter them from going to the body and from having a desire to anoint the body. The bible calls the Church “the body of Christ”, this means that perhaps as it may look, the body is dead however, this should not stop us from showing up. Like the women let us gather some spice, let us show up weekly to the body. These women left the tomb excited and blessed heavily, the body as it turned out was not dead. They received in themselves a ministry that thrilled them and gave them eternal life. Let us all show up to the body, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as ye see the Day approaching. The Church may seem dead but when you show up you will receive, something that blesses your life and changes you eternally!

Pastor's Heart

April 1, 2018

The rising of Jesus from the dead is a game changer. Just when Satan thought that he had him, just when there was seemingly a stunning silence in the heavens and the Hell forces burst out in jubilation, Just as all hope seemed to have been lost. The mourners were silently leaving the house of Mary, the hype in the City about the Passover and the murder of the itinerant preacher, the disciples were resigning quietly hidden away, lonely and scared. All was seemingly quiet, the heavens had turned, and normalcy was slowly creeping in for the people except for the disciples, hurdled up in the little house pondering what to do next, fear grief and loneliness. Their teacher was no more, they would look like losers, and they had left everything to follow this man. Where do they go next? Is the ministry over? Were they dup how do they begin? Do they go home to their families? What will their families say? Are they next in line to be executed? Were the soldiers looking for them? Yes Jesus had taught well and done miracles, He had also protected them somehow, he always knew what to do and what to say, they were all alone, they were scared, they were confused. Two days for them had been like months, they has stayed up, afraid of the third day, what if he does not resurrect? They knew cases of the dead that never came back… They were thinking… Then the door swung wide, they all panicked and started moving toward the end of the room, peter reached for his sword, Andrew, looked at his brother expecting him to Shout a command They all stared at the door… It was Mary, Mary Magdalene “He is not there! She shouted, the tomb is empty!” 

Pastor's Heart

April 7, 2018

The natural order of things have to be followed otherwise things may end up in a pickle. (being American) Jesus brings forth this truth when he shares with His disciples about the order of things there in John 16. I must go He says otherwise the Helper will not come. Jesus had to come to the earth, had to die and resurrect, He also had to go to the father so that He could come back again in a way that could be much more helpful and effective. When Jesus walked the earth, He was confined in one location and the only way that He could expand His influence was for Him to go so that He could come again as the third person of the trinity.  In that form he could have the ability to be everywhere and in everyone at the same time when He is invited. He says to the disciples, “It is to your advantage that I go” it probably did not make sense to the disciples then and sometimes to us now but it is important for us to embrace this truth and this form of the God head for us to be effective as well.  My daughter this week was so excited about the possibility of going to heaven and her expression while relaying this information to her brother was “I am excited, we are going to heaven to see the real Jesus” in the Holy Spirit we get to see the real Jesus, in Him we experience everything that He can offer that He could offer if He was standing in front of us. He will heal, give hope, encourage, uplift, correct and lead. The Holy Spirit is here and he wants to live and be actively involved in the life of every believer that becomes aware of His presence. We have missed out on many opportunities in life because we are driven and many times ignore the prompting of This person that wants to live inside us and to ease the journey for us. It is important that this Jesus-“guaranteed helper” is allowed to have His place and enables us to live life to our full capacity 

Pastor's Heart

April 14, 2018

The Story of blind Bartimaeus in Mark chapter 10 would have gone differently if he had refused healing from Jesus siting the fact that Jesus was a stranger, they had no acquaintance, and that he was too weird for him. Bartimaeus, as much as he did not know the Lord Jesus, believed and received what the Lord was offering. He later sung a song of Joy and celebration when he realized that he could for the first time in his life- see. If you have power and you do not know how to use it, you may as well not have it at all. The church has been accorded a resource which is the Holy Spirit. He has been given to the church as a gift from the father just as He gave His only begotten son. We all think it absurd when we imagine Bartimaeus denying and denouncing real help that could potentially change his all life. However, we also know that in one way or another we have rejected the work of the Jesus who through the Holy Spirit comes to us in a different form. We are marked recipients of this gift called the Holy spirit but like all the other gifts that we receive, we have to accept and embrace them, for them to have any effect on our lives or in us. In the case of the Holy Spirit, we have to believe Him, receive Him and utilize Him by engaging with Him in our day to day lives. He is already in love with you just as much as the Father and the Son, what remains for us is choosing to let Him in. We then direct Him to the driver's seat, and enjoy the ride. Jesus said, “The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you” It is time we activate the Super-Power that has been in us all along. It would be absurd to the future if they read our story and discovered that we rejected help so readily available because we had excuses. We can live a full life full of purpose, if we allow the Holy Spirit to HELP! 

Pastor's Heart

April 21, 2018

The bible is a record of actual historical events that took place in this same realm that we live in today. Every account in the bible was recorded prior to or during the time of the occurrences. Jesus says in John chapter 17 in His prayer that His focus is on the disciples at that time, but also all in the future that would believe in Him. This means that all the promises that Jesus gave are legitimately ours for the taking. We can receive every blessing and promise in the bible because of He, who made the promises. The bible says that the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times. Every word and promise that comes from the bible is inspired and is meant for our fulfillment, Jesus is not just saying stuff to make people feel good about themselves, He means everything that He says and we can completely trust in the word that He gives. One beautiful habit that I have learned is the habit of receiving the word and customizing it to myself and or my situation. I have trained myself to receive the word, by proclaiming "Amen" sometimes I just say, “I receive it in Jesus name”. Receiving works this way, faith comes by hearing and when we proclaim the reception, our ears hear us and this builds our faith. This may sound as simple but works. We are in a world full of distractions and it is easy for us to be so easily, distracted, when we say “amen”, we interrupt our minds, refocus and tune in. My most common prayer is normally that the Lord will interrupt my life so much so that I would be distracted by righteousness. I pray that you will today choose to not only be a student of the bible but also be an active participant in believing and living out the words of Christ 

Pastor's Heart

April 28, 2018

Someone wrote on Facebook this week and said, “God wants full custody not just weekend visits” This set me to think about our relationship with God and with the Holy Spirit. Our culture as Americans has taught us to be independent and in control, anything that we cannot control is alien and scary. The gift of God to humanity would be useless if it depended on the direction of man. Sarah from our church often says this, “God is so powerful and He cannot be confined in any way or in a box.” Our desire as a culture to manage and have control has necessitated our rejection of many heavenly gifts that could help us. Many times, the Holy Spirit of God is not even considered or allowed into our lives because of the fear to loose. We are afraid of the unknown and the general mantra for many it seems is this, “If it is uncomfortable or uncontrollable, then we don’t want it!” We, as a culture have developed resistance to “help” and as a result have missed out on an opportunity to become all that we can be. Our desire to hold onto power has stripped us and left us uncovered. Due to our fear and dread of losing control, we have entangled ourselves and become constrained by our own illusion of power. True power only comes in surrender! A believer only realizes maximum power when he or she learns to let go of the controls and to trust in God’s direction and will. God is willing to do a lot with us, but we need to be willing to allow Him full reign. God knows our limits and has send the helper who has the ability to take us to the heights that we cannot reach. Allowing Him control, changes us and allows us to have the freedom and the real control that we crave.   

Pastor's Heart

May 3, 2018

The bible declares in Proverbs chapter 18:21 that the power of life and death lays in the tongue. God created Man in his image and since He spoke the world into being, it would make sense that God would create in us an ability to create. In His own way God at His pleasure and to His own glory accorded us an ability to create our world using our words. He speaks to Jeremiah in this words, “See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant." The tongue of Jeremiah, or in this case yours, is what will enable you to accomplish this great fit. It would further make sense that God would empower the tongue to be an instrument to edify the individual using it. As to Jeremiah, the tongue can create desirable circumstances, and destroy undesirable circumstances. Bearing the Holy Spirit within us and the tongue to speak, we wield immense power. Your tongue can either destroy or build, the Bible says that if we bind anything here on earth it is bound in heaven (we bind and loose with our words). We can make our walk with God easy and powerful just by “saying”. If only we as believers could understand the power we have, and how it works, then we would be unstoppable. We are God’s pride and joy and we share in His creation through the power in our words. We speak to mountains and they move, to diseases and they’re healed, to demons and they depart. Unfortunately, most of us don’t even know we bare such power. God has also allowed us to use the tongue for our own edification and the edification of the Church. We are the instruments that God wants to use to accomplish his plan to make the earth alive again, and to create saints of the peoples of this earth like you and me. Speak life! 

Pastor's Heart

May 10, 2018

God created man to worship Him! When man honors that call and worships God, the angels that are on duty and those that are off duty (if there is something like that) all come together to join in at the worship of the Father. Our imperfect worship is attended to, by a perfect Father in Heaven. When the environment is set for worship and an atmosphere is created that is conducive for the presence of God, He honors our feeble effort by showing up! When people worship here on earth, the heavens congregate and join in with shouts of acclamation “Holy! Holy! Holy! is the Lord”. The bible says that God is seeking out worshipers that will worship Him in truth and in spirit. A deep seeking heart that is poured out to the Lord in worship attracts special and specific attention from God Himself. The heart of a worshiper is the heart that gives, a soul that surrenders to the Father with an out-pouring of glory and praise.  You do not need to be perfect to give worship, when we start adoring and admonishing the Lord something happens to us, the word of God through our confessions cleanses us. The word of God like water cleanses us of all our encumbrances (Ephesians 5:26) God is passionate about worship, he enjoys grateful hearts and attitudes. In the Scripture we see many amazing things happening whenever Worship or Praise is involved, we see walls coming down, prison gates opening, and chains falling off. We have even witnessed earthquakes because of Praises (Paul and Silas). God is into Worship so deeply that if there was a secret for growth and maturity and establishment in Him, or simply for safety, it is in Worship! “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of Almighty”(Psalms 91:1) Under the Shadow of the Almighty sounds to me like a safe place, within His reach, protected, secure. I believe that there is a level that comes with surrender in Worship, and I like you should desire it!

Pastor's Heart

May 17, 2018

An average man at any given time is either at war, just been done with a battle or getting ready to get into the ring. We all need a good ally if we can get one. The exception of which we will be devoured. As Christians, more often than not, we find ourselves at war. Sometimes it is the internal war that rages within, as the flesh continues its unending war against the spirit, and at other times, the war is external. As human beings, we fight emotionally when we lose a loved one, or a job and sometimes even broken trust and lose of a relationship. Relationship heartaches and many little battles make the war that we have to fight for as long as we are on this side of heaven. In this war, as well as all others, it is important that we have a good support system, we all need a good and hopefully powerful ally on our side if we are to win. Now, Exodus 15:3 says, “The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name” and with being a man of war, God has allies as well as He does foes. It is up to us to choose from what side to fight, you can either choose to fight alongside this “Man of war”, who is the greatest ally of them all, or choose to march up against Him. It is ill advised to take on the second choice, the author of the book of Hebrews attempts to describe the experience in this words, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” As an ally, God is the best bet there is, He has a good track record therefore you can never get better. He has the skill, the will, the experience and the might. On your side, He will dedicate all His the force to your protection, He will utilize all the resources at His disposal (which is everything) for your sake. He says He will give up nations as a ransom for your sake (Isaiah 43:4). He promises to never leave you nor forsake you. He will fund all your endeavors as regards to warfare (we know War is an expensive affair) With Him, victory is guaranteed. In fact as believers, we do not fight for victory, with Him on our side, we fight from victory! 

Pastor's Heart

May 26, 2018

This past year, I had an opportunity to visit the Arlington National Cemetery. It was surreal for me standing on this well-manicured fields with thousands of tomb stones signifying lives and stories of brave men and women who died at war. Every white stone represented a story, a story that we get to tell because the bearers could not. Most of these stories vary but the baseline is the yearning for a stable country where freedom is a guarantee. Paul says, “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”(Gal 5:13). It seems however, that as a nation we did not heed this council. Deuteronomy 32:7 says, Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you” These men and women that went ahead of us had ideals, they fought for something. We need to preserve the ideals and the virtues that they fought for, they fought for a country free of persecution and discrimination, a place of peace and stability. These men and women would turn in their graves if they discovered that the reason they died for is not even thought of. It would sadden them, if they discovered that hate has taken the place of oppressors and school shootings, racial injustices and the occult have become the new normal for our country. Our way of honoring their sacrifice is through spreading peace and love. Let us not fuel the fire unknowingly through our sentiments and comments on social media, let us perform serious restraint in the face of an aggressor in any setting or form. Jesus says we are the salt of the earth, we cannot be of value if our saltiness is diluted and we ourselves deluded. We can pick on the former ways that are good and follow those, teach and instruct our children in the love for God, our neighbor, and the love for our nation and the values that America stands for. Happy Memorial Day!

Pastor's Heart

June 1, 2018

The church is the only organization that exists for the sake of the people that are not in it. The role of the church in the society has to be defined and clear! Our influence within this community of Cheyenne and its outskirts has to be so defined that if we are ever to be gone we will be missed. What will we be known for in this community? Is there a defining quality that makes us, as Rhema and you as an individual stand out? The church encompasses the members who belong, and as we go along doing life, we seemingly have a huge banner on our backs that spells our role. The outside world already knows what Christians ought to do, be, or behave. The line between our lives and our ministry is blurry and often inexistent, we have to discover that we are on mission at all times and that we are soldiers in season and out of season. Our impact as a church in this community is going to develop its flesh and ligaments formed around the endo-skeleton or bones that are our individual livelihood and ministry. Rhema CC is just a word, however if the people that come here can band together and clearly define their role in their own individual lives, Rhema will be a force to reckon with for the greater good of this society and the embodiment of Christ in it. We are called to be impactful, to influence. We are to be thermostats and not thermometers, (Thermostats change their environment and Thermometer get changed by the environment) we are to be pace setters and leaders in our individual areas of influence. If individuals that go to this church can define their role as individuals, choose to impact and change the atmosphere of their influence at work, community or school then we will truly say with confidence that as a church we are being effective. I am convinced that the Holy Spirit wants to do something in this city and in our neighborhood, but we have to present ourselves as the conduits and agents that He can use. 

Pastor's Heart

June 8, 2018

You have a part to play on this earth! Everyone has a specific purpose that God created them to accomplish. By the help of God and our persistence, we are able to live out our purposes to the fullest. The nature of God has always been to create a solution to a need, This means that God does not create anything before ascertaining its use. Man was primarily created to meet the need of management. In Genesis 2:5, b, The Bible says that because there was no one to manage the earth, nothing grew from it. If we can all find out what our place is, in this earth, and figure out our area of dominion then we can live our lives to the fullest. Alongside the primary area of our dominion, or the primary purpose of every believer, God has called us all, to the ministry of reconciliation. This means that we are all called to bring back a relationship that is long lost between a father and his children. We do this by telling the children about their father. We call this in in the Christian circles, “The great commission” (making disciples of all the people!). There is a clarity of purpose when one of these children gets to be reconciled with the father. God has the key to every one of our futures, this means that we are essentially making the world a better place when we reconcile God with His children. Wouldn’t it be marvelous if all the people in Cheyenne were doing what they were created to do? When we allow people to know their God, we allow them to discover themselves and the purpose for which they were created. God then, having Dominion over the people, that have dominion over the earth, then we as Cheyenne become a better society. You may say that you are not sure of your purpose yet, that is ok because the call to spread the gospel is universal and also a very good place to start if you are on a quest to find your place in the church, the community, and in the body of Christ

Pastor's Heart

June 15, 2018

The essence of the FATHER’S role
Is to mirror God’s, own heart
And to value instruction in God’s ways
With the grace that God imparts

Every father needs God’s wisdom
To carry out his role
As the tower of strength and support,
For each fragile heart, he holds

And there’s no greater reward in life
For a father to take his place
And uphold the values of the Lord
With integrity and grace.

Pastor's Heart

June 23, 2018

The word of God is alive and well, we can own it, make it alive in us and walk in it’s power. When God speaks, whatever He says goes forth, it is up to us to claim the effect of the spoken word or the rhema word for our lives. This word of God has transformational power, it can change our future and transform our colorful past into testimonies and lessons for the future. If we allow its dominance in our mortal bodies, the word is able not only to change us from inside out but also to give us a new personality and different view of life’s circumstances as well as a better attitude. Throughout the scriptures, God has made promises, promises we can claim and customize to our own lives. In order to customize the promises, we need to have faith because faith is the key that will open the promises in the word. We also need the word to unlock the faith because faith comes by hearing the word, (So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God –Romans 10:17) but we also need the faith to unlock the word because without faith the word is void. (For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard.-Hebrews 4:2) Faith and the word work together like the age old chicken and egg mystery. Well the Key to all is beginning to study, at least you have control over this. When you study the word, then you will start having faith in the word. This will give you the power to study even more... (Confused yet?) A lot can be said about the world that we live in, a lot can be said about us, these all can affect us but if we learn the art of studying and making a sober choice to believe what the Lord says about us and about the world around us, then we will be able to come out on top. In a world where there is hate malice and mayhem everywhere, as the bible rightfully predicts “in the last days people’s love will wax low”, we can get hope through believing the truth that comes through the Rhema word of God. 

Pastor's Heart

June 30, 2018

The Lord said something to me a few weeks ago, He said to me, “If reading of the word does not completely change your heart, then you might as well be reading a newspaper or a novel,” it was an open rebuke to me, but one i’d love to share with you. Since we are a family, we should share laughter, joy and rebuke. Because, as the bible says “Better is open rebuke than hidden love.” Indeed the word of God is all that the world has, for complete transformation. All other books are meant to inform but the Bible is the only book that transforms. It was specifically designed and created to connect a father with His children. God, transferring Himself into His children! The Bible is meant to change us and make us more and more like our Heavenly Father. We all ought to be students of the Bible because God Himself is made manifest and revealed to us even as we study His word. The Bible says that He is the word and that the Word Himself became flesh and dwelt amongst us. When we make a choice to seek the face of God, He reveals Himself to us! My heart says of you, "Seek his face!" Your face, LORD, I will seek. (Psalms 27:8) The Bible is one of the major ways with which the Lord chooses to manifest through. On our part, obedience is the only thing that facilitates the transfer of the father into His children therefore we need to be willing and obedient. The moment that we stop obeying is the moment that the transfer ceases. We are only transformed because of our ability to obey and respond the transfer. We are created to receive the transfer and apply it into our lives so that we can become more Like the transferor. God will edge us towards Himself through our study of His word. In the scriptures, He reveals to us what and who we truly are and that way we respond by thwarting the narrative that life has peddled for us, the lie that we have been forced by life into. Our response is to receive the word and walk as the Lord leads us

Pastor's Heart

July 6, 2018

When all hope is lost, look up! God is our hope He is a strong tower where the righteous run to and are safe. Under His pavilion you will encounter protection, He will not allow us to be overwhelmed by the cares of this world, He wants to help us, and He wants to rescue us from the mayhem. When the children of Israel cried out to Him, He delivered them from their captivity set them free from their troubles. God is faithful and willing to help us. He will never suffer the righteous to be moved. He is a voice for the voiceless and a hope for the stranger. God is a healer and He is Jehova Shalom the Lord our peace. We call Him Jehova Rapha, the Lord Who heals us. The Lord is Elshadai, the Lord Almighty, He is able to do it all, turn the tide and change lives, transform us and change our story. He is Jehova Nissi, the Lord our banner, a flag of victory and glory with Him, we do not walk in defeat but in victory as we declare His Name. His Name Has the power to destroy the worst within ourselves and without us, in Him we only see with our eyes as destruction is visited upon the unrighteousness but it does not come near our dwelling. He is Jehova Rohi my Shepard and Tsidikenu my righteousness if the Lord be for us who can be against us? These are just but a few ways through Which He has revealed Himself to us, there is no one way that the father could fully be understood He is YAHWE seek Him taste Him and you will see that the Lord is good. The Name of the lord is good, as he is, He is lifted up above all, He is far much wiser than the wisest of our times. In fact, where man’s intelligence ends, God’s ignorance begins. He is all God All man, worthy is His Name, Great and Mighty are his deeds, He has saved us from the power of sin and damnation, he has delivered us from the snare of wickedness and the entrapment of lust, the lust for glory and the pleasures of this world Praise His Holy Name. In His name we are well! We are safe, We are restored. In Him we are Whole! Hallelujah 

Pastor's Heart

July 13, 2018

A friend, originally from Africa visited me this past weekend, I was explaining to him how my first priority when we closed on our new home was to ensure that I plant a garden. His response was “Yea, once an African, always an African.” It hit me that I may be an American citizen now, but I have a load of experience with another culture. Transitioning from one culture to another takes different times depending on the person. When allowed time and grace, newer members to a different culture become transformed. When we come to Christ, He moves us from “Africa to America” (Changes our position) from unrighteousness to righteousness, however we still have the ‘garden planting’ mentality within us. We have a righteous standing, but sometimes we pick up somethings from our former selves. The Bible says that we should know that our old self is dead, crucified with Him so we should not serve sin. (Romans 6:6-23) Learning not to serve sin is a process. For some, it takes the snap of a finger but for others it’s longer. We have to help each other being aware of this, and extending grace appreciating the difference in every individual. The Bible says “Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. Make level paths for your feet," so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed” (Hebrews 12:12-13) As believers, we are in a unique position to help without judgement because we all know that we have some level of Africa in us and that we are still transitioning. We have a level of our past experiences that attempts to crop up in us also and therefore can never point a finger. We are at different levels but we are all redeemed... A person on the first level counts what they have as a blessing and so does the person on the seventh level. God is an impartial God, if He has lifted you from the first level to the seventh He can do the same for the other person. Find your part and support others on their level.

Pastor's Heart

July 20, 2018

Listening to this song “Slow Fade” by Casting Crowns, I started thinking about how indeed, sin finds a way to creep in slowly, undetected to many. The idea that life crumbles sometimes as depicted, and also the fact that it does not start at the crumbling point. You see as a pastor, I am never afraid that one of us will instantly fall off the cliff into sin, or away from the faith. But rather, I am concerned about the quiet small steps and silent warming up that leads to sin. The best analogy I have for this is a frog, if you put a frog in hot water with the intention of killing it, the poor thing will most likely jump out of the water in the instant of contact, probably even saving its life. However, if you adjust the temperature of the water slowly the poor frog will never know what hit it. The Bible warns about our cozying up to sin. When we get too comfortable and feel relaxed and oblivious of the slow fade within us as believers, we easily get hit before we realize what hit us. Paul warns us in 1st Corinthians 10:12, “If you think you stand watch” I believe that many people get too comfortable and without knowing it get bit by the ancient serpent. As children, we ought to be proactive about sin, we need to be aware of areas in our lives that are potentially vulnerable and ask God to consistently help us. We can also find faithful, well-meaning, and trusted brethren who we can appoint as our keepers. These will pray with us and encourage us. God has delivered us from the power of sin, however, there is an enemy with one MO, He will want to steal kill and destroy you! (John 10:10). However, we have in us the power to overcome him. The scriptures say that we know satan’s schemes (2Cor 2:11b), this awareness is power to us, as they say being forewarned is being fore armed. We are aware that he will not just heat up the water to a deadly temperature, he will warm it slowly. Tonight therefore we have been equipped with tools to fight back, and by faith and testimony, we shall overcome!

Pastor's Heart

July 27, 2018

A story is told, too similar to the prodigal son’s. A runaway teenager after his s shenanigans writes his father a letter, “Dad” He says, “I know you are angry with me, I am sorry that I ran away from home, I am sorry that I worried you by my absence and lack of communication. Dad, I know you do not want to see again or hear from me, however, I will try anyways, tomorrow I will be on the train that passes in our neighborhood at 3 PM. I have booked a seat that overlooks the maple tree at the turn on 7th, if I see a white ribbon on the maple tree in the corner, it will be a sign to me that you are ready to forgive me and talk to me. I will get off the train at the next stop and come home, however, if I do not see a white ribbon on the tree I will know that you are still very angry with me, and will keep going on the train to God knows where. Dad I love you and I sure hope you can find grace in your heart to forgive me. Let mom know I love her!” On the next day as the boy was looking at the tree, he couldn’t help but tear up. Not only was there a white ribbon on the tree but the entire tree was all white, covered in ribbons. Romans 2:4, Paul asks the church this question/ Statement, “Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God's kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?” God’s Love draws us to repentance and He, like this father in the story, will show us all the signs that we need to show he wants us home. Our Father accepts us no matter what we have done or where we have been. We, on the other hand have to get off the train! Life like the train is moving and we on it are headed in the wrong direction, our father awaits us at home looking down the road waiting patiently for our return. Let us now come back for our forgiveness and restoration.  

Pastor's Heart

August 5, 2018

Jesus would have been an absolute PR nightmare in our society today. His PR team would have to scramble looking for a way to explain away all the un-common things, that He went around doing. I believe that the narrative today for the modern day politician, church, and common man is to care for their reputation. There is absolute value in the image that you portray as an individual, a church or as a community. However, Jesus did everything that any church leader, political leader or any person in authority would consider career suicide. Jesus extended himself and went to Zacchaeus house in spite of what that would do to His reputation. He hanged out with, and served Mathew when He knew he was a tax collector, a man hated by most. Jesus allowed a “well known” woman wipe his feet, with her tears and hair. He only hanged out with the sinners and dejected. When he went to the synagogue, which He loved doing, you’d expect a Rabbi of His stature to sit at the front but no! He was at the back chatting up this guy who had a withered hand, (a guy no one wanted to sit next to). This Jesus, when he encountered people with various issues, He loved on them first, He ministered to their needs by serving them. When they saw who He was, they were drawn in by the love that drew Him top them in spite of them. They then gave themselves to Him to reciprocate the love and the service they had already received (were reached). This is our story! Even though we don’t want to admit it sometimes. He came to the lowest of the low and payed attention to us, He loved us and then performing a work of service by dying on the cross He won us over to Himself. He then commissions us after laying this model down for us, “Go ye,” He says, “And make disciples of all the people.” We can model the way of Jesus, “The way of the cross” by Loving people, extending ourselves out to them by Serving and then Reaching them with the gospel of Jesus Christ   

Pastor's Heart

August 12, 2018

God’s love for mankind is a choice! God has chosen to love us, in spite of us. When we were in the very bowels of hell Jesus chose us. He chooses to love us even when we don’t merit. Our finite minds cannot comprehend the infinite love of God, and that is why we keep struggling with embracing the love that God has truly given to us. As human beings, we are limited in many ways and one such limitation is in the way we express love. Now, we can never be able to meet God equally in the love game, it is just a simple arithmetic, being that He, is love itself. Naturally because of our competitive nature we feel inadequate and struggle with uncertainty as to whether we are loved. We put the measurement standards we use on our love for Him to try and equate His love for us, we become frustrated because we realize we don’t love Him enough and beat ourselves. We sometimes feel that He loves us less since we love him lesser. Listen, child of God, if we never loved Him, never attempted to, did not choose to follow Him, He would still love us! He would still choose that love. Because He is a father, He is love, He cannot help it! Bible says that when we were yet sinners Christ died... somewhere else it says not just for us but also for the whole world... you are loved! Out of that Love, God is able to do anything that we ask according to His will. He is the author of everything, he supplies our desires, and if he does, he definitely has the capacity to fulfil His desires in us. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Our faith plays a big role in our awareness of His love for us. We struggle with insecurities because at one point or another we lose our faith and the truth that He loves us. We have to believe as children, that our father loves us! His grace enables Him to Love us and His love for us will not be hindered by anything. Just because you don’t yet feel loved, does not mean that you are not loved. You have to start confessing and professing His undying love for you today.

Pastor's Heart

August 19, 2018

We recently bought a property and relocated. My wife Anne being who she, is thought it was good to meet and get to know our neighbors. Anyway we together figured the best way to do that is to share a coffee or tea with them and talk. About a week ago, she ran into one of our neighbors and extended an invitation, he politely turned her down and said he and his family liked keeping it to themselves. Our heart sunk because unfortunately the society we live in promotes this kind of isolation. This week studying Acts 20, I marveled at just how many people were involved in the ministry with the Apostle Paul. The success of his ministry was not a one-man show, Paul had brethren that worked alongside him. When you read his epistles, you will catch him sending greetings and reaching out to multiple people thanking, encouraging and affirming them in their walk. In the end he declares, I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Like Paul, for us to finish our course well, we will need like-minded people walking with us, in agreement. The culture of individualism that has engulfed our nation cities and neighborhoods, can only be curbed, if we believers model the walk and the life in community. Jesus said that the world would know us by how we love each other. We cannot love people at a distance. How we interact, and deal with each other and how we deal with conflicts is a sure testimony of true unity. Satan specializes in “divide and rule” He isolates people and strikes when they are most vulnerable. It is our duty as believers to show the world the power that comes of a unified front. our call is to identify like-minded people, and embrace people that are different from us in order to be brethren. We have a mandate to make disciples of all the people because we need each other! Last week we learned about the prayer of agreement and its power, we need someone to agree with! Start today with a smile, then move over and say hello…It always works. 

Pastor's Heart

August 26, 2018

This morning I woke up to an article about a 75 year old (Sheridan Michael) who is preparing to leave behind her life in the U.S. to return to the Middle East to join Foursquare's work there. Although her next step is a big one, she is trusting that her Father loves her, placing her very real fears at His feet and choosing to follow Him. This set me thinking about why we do what we do. The Bible says “for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” God has both put the desire and the ability within us to accomplish the work that He has set before us. An understanding of such a truth is vital.. When we wake to this enlightening truth, we find the burden of ministry suddenly lighter and His yoke bearable. We suddenly find it normal that we are abnormal. That it is not weird that within a week we spend some time just reaching out to people and then show up to church on Sundays to spend more time singing and worshiping Him. If the desire to accomplish the tasks ahead of us comes from God, and the ability to do comes from Him, then our part is simply to submit and let everything play out. John the Baptist had this revelation and said, “I must decrease that He may increase. When you are led by the Holy Spirit, not only does the work of ministry become easy, it also makes sense. The author of the work essentially knowing every edge and corner holds our hand and directs us! When we look at our forerunner Jesus and what He did at the Calvary, ministry becomes a passion for us. We soon are counting it joy that we are persecuted for His sake. We become so passionate that at the age of 75 like the Sheridan, we just want to go and do more for Him. Falling in love with Jesus and allowing the Holy spirit to have his way in us, stirs the desire that is already in us for the work of ministry. Jesus said these words meaningfully “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.”

Pastor's Heart

September  2, 2018

It would seem appropriate for us to talk about work during this Labor Day week. God has Invested Himself in the work that He has given us the opportunity to do on His behalf here on earth. In an awesome kind of way, God has generously supplied us with what we need to make sure that we are comfortable even as we toil in His Labor. The bible says, "When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people” The Gifts that the Holy Spirit bestows upon us are designed to be used as we can match forward into the enemy camp and win over souls for Christ. Whatever gift that He has given you He has only given you because there is a need in that particular area. Paul would later tell us to fan into flames the gifts that we have received. The reason that we fan them is because there is a real risk for Christians to fall into apathy and ignore the gifting that we have. This renders the gifts or dormant or seemingly dead. Jesus once said that no one goes to war at their own cost, this implies that if you are going to take up the banner that says “Yeshua HaMashiach” and run with it into battle, He will ensure that you are well equipped to do what He needs you to do. All we need to do is desire and ask in accordance to our need and His will. If you are in need of healing, there is a gift for that, if you need wisdom there is, if your car breaks down, there is someone with the ministry of helps that will want to move in and help. Desire and ask! Jesus made sure that there is a gift that coincides with the need at hand. In other words, your need necessitates a gift and your faith in asking activates the same. Jesus has it all covered because victory on our part means that His sons, daughters and joint heirs with Him get reconciled to Him. Take up a chant now and start off. Lift up the banner and proclaim Him! The Anointed one!

Pastor's Heart

September  9, 2018

I am going to start by making an outrageous statement, “We are all, in full time ministry! We may not be pastors or paid ministry workers but we have all been appointed! From the very beginning, God has an idea of what we are going to do or become before he embarks on the work of Creation. In His statement at the beginning He proclaims “Let us make man in our image and let them rule! (Paraphrased) God has a reputation of identifying a need, and then creating a solution. In Genesis 2:5, He identifies the deficiency of management, (… there was no one to till the land…) then He created man to meet that need. In Jeremiah, he says unto Jeremiah, “"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” Yet again, the same pattern as in Genesis, (Need-Solution.) All these verses point to the fact that we are all created by God to accomplish a goal on this earth. It does not matter how your flight here was, it does not matter what kind of vehicle was used to deliver you in this planet. You are here on mission, you are a solution to a problem. The best clue to what you can solve is the thing that bothers you the most (haha). God has you here for a divine purpose, you are not an accident, and you are created by design to meet a need. The sooner we find out what our call is, the better it is for us and the easier it is for us. When we discover why we are here, we incline towards the reason of our existence and follow our lives purpose. You are not too young to start living your life and accomplish all you were created to do, Abram started ministry when He was 75. Neither are you too young you may ask King David too, God can use you beginning now, just say yes to the call. Start doing something and then the Lord will guide and direct you to where He wants you to serve.

Pastor's Heart

September  16, 2018

God is so powerful! There is no one as powerful as the Lord God Almighty. In fact, he is so High that Hebrews 6:13 says, “When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself” There is no one that could ever hold a torch for Him. The bible teaches that God is light and there is no darkness in Him..., when I first read this verse, I could hear this silent sigh of relief, a rest that my heart finally hit. “I am thankful that there is absolutely no darkness in God!” A trace of darkness in an entity as powerful as God, would be so scary even disastrous, can you imagine the possibility of an evil ultimate force? So as I continue searching and listening to know who He is, I continuously capture these attributes of Him that seem insignificant at first but when I take time to chew on them, man they truly bless my heart. Gang, God is the Light without a shadow, that is all about Him! His integrity in thought and action is unmatched. He is also confident of His decisions, so stable in fact that Numbers 19:23b says that He is not a man that He may repent, He is good for His word. He does not change His mind; He is truly Legit! You can count on the safety of His decisions concerning you. You can count on the integrity of what He says concerning you. God is also a Father, a Dad who does everything for the welfare of His children. He is concerned about your every concern; He is a father who cares about you even though sometimes it does not feel that way. When God says it shall rain, better bring an umbrella. I pray for an intimate and personal revelation of God to you this morning 

Pastor's Heart

September  23, 2018

A sad story on the news this week out of North Carolina, one-year-old boy Kevin lee Welch whose mom after their SUV got stuck in tree grips after they took on the flood waters. Kevin’s mom took the baby out of the car attempting to walk with him to safety but lost her grip of the baby as she tried to wade through the flood waters. How does such a Mom get back from that? I can imagine the trauma and guilt and the scenarios running through her head of what she imagines would have caused a different outcome. I do believe that only Jesus can comfort and bring her back from this tragedy. Only He has the answers to heal every brokenness that we may have encountered or gone through. Many people are plagued with guilt shame and sorrow over events in their lives, sometimes people are victims of a single event in their past that they never seem to get over. Jesus does not just patch up old wounds but he heals them. He renders peace within His people that is insurmountable. He gives us a clean slate; he allows us to have a fresh beginning. The scriptures say “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” God ensures that what he hands us is the new, he takes away our history and renders us new if we let Him. The key word is “Let Him” We have to allow the Lord free reign in us for Him to alter anything. He goes a step further not only to take care of our situation physically but also to heal us emotionally. We just need to learn to surrender to Him. Surrender is learning to trust Him and let go of all of our fears and concerns! We have to trust in His ability to save. Whatever it is that we think is so big for us and in us is sometimes the very source of our shame and fear. We may deem it our freedom but it is moistly what our shackles are made of. We may think that we are handling it but then we are being handled. We will have many things happen to us in this world, the key to our salvation is to let go and surrender to Christ. He is the creator of the world. Go on, swap your yoke with his, whatever the yoke you bear. His is lighter and smoother. He was a carpenter’s son and knows how to deal yokes, He knows just what will fit right!

Pastor's Heart

September  30, 2018

We often say to people, "God bless you" what does it look like when God blesses? In some cultures, "God bless you" is said when someone sneezes, some others say the same as a matter greeting. The bible teaches of the blessings of God; they are much deeper than what we have made them out to be. Blessed means happy/ honored /healed transformed/ wholesomeness. God's blessings, make rich and add no sorrow. The blessings of God are a nod of approval from the Creator of the universe. You cannot work for the blessings of God, you cannot steal blessings from God, whom He blesses is at His discretion. God is able to transform a live from zero to hero by blessing. He is able to make your story His story (history) by giving you a new beginning. God is not only able to transform you; He is also willing. No one can curse whom the Lord has blessed, no one can change your story once He starts penning His story. Now the bible teaches that we are a blessed people, when you are in Christ you are blessed, handpicked by the Lord Himself. Jesus death has ensured our blessedness and victory. The manifestation of our blessedness is unlocked by our faith in His finished work. All those goodies that "God bless you " has in store are yours for the taking. You have the key though, Isaiah says God's hand is not too short not His ear too deaf but our sin has hindered us... guess what, the little problem of sin was taken care of at the Calvary. We can actually live a blessed life. The blessed life thanks to Jesus and His work at the Calvary. I Jesus says, if you are in me and I in you, ask for anything and you will receive that your joy may be full.

Pastor's Heart

October 7, 2018

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever. I am glad to be a preacher of the gospel of the King that never changes. His character and being is the same, His nature and attributes are the same, that brings much comfort and settling in my heart. We live in a technological world that is constantly changing, what was new and hype yesterday is antiquated technology today. People are unstable reactive and unreliable, gone are the days when a person’s word was their honor. Politicians and neighbors are consistently changing. The weather patterns in these past few years have been on such a rollercoaster that no one clearly can define climactic conditions in a region. The truth is that everything is changing, we are changing. I am certainly not the person I was three years ago; given the same circumstances I could make a totally different decision. Change; weather positive or negative is inevitable. Our children are not as they used to be, our friends are not who we thought they were. With all this spinning, I would love to have a constant, a part that will never change, an anchor if you would. A constant reminder of who I truly am! I would like to recommend to you Jesus Christ, He is the only one that does not change! He operates outside of Time because he created time, He is not affected by time or the effects of it. He is the Alfa and Omega, the beginning and the end, His word is His honor, He will do what He says He will do. He is a fortress for you if you want Him. You can run to Him to escape the spin from this dizzying world, He can save you from your own emotional rollercoaster and financial debacle. He is the oasis in the desert

Pastor's Heart

October 14, 2018

The only reason that we are blessed is so that we can bless others. God has created man with a social function within him. He knows that because of this we all need to be drawn to each other. Giving and being given is one way that the Lord ensures that we stay in contact with each other. When you discover the value of the blessings that you have, and especially when you use them to bless others, you will realize the value of true richness. The Joy that it gives to stay in fellowship with each other. Many of the communities that are “poor” sometimes are much alive and joyful because in their luck they have been caused to support each other and that creates community which is God’s ultimate goal for humanity. Many of the people that have come into my life and stayed have been people we have shared mutually, people that were a blessing to me and me to them. Gods simple way to grow a community is asking us to be a blessing to each other. The Church at Antioch thrived because they simply sold everything and shared the proceeds. The bible says, give and it shall be given to you. When we extend our hand with a material blessing God creates a deeper connection that has spiritual ramifications both to us and the people that we extend our hand to. Jesus knew this secret and that is why whenever He ministered to the spiritual need in any person first started by ministering to their physical. Giving a blessing of any kind to a person is the ultimate way to show our care and to receive the blessing. Jesus says “All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them” his part was giving Himself as a blessing to us.

Pastor's Heart

October 21, 2018

The very first words in the bible are, “In the beginning God”. These words are very vital you because God is not in the beginning but He is at the beginning. He does not exist within time and is there when time begins. Think with me if you would, God is not in time but created the universe and time. No wonder when He steps into time, He breaks the laws of our time because He does not really dwell within our time confines. He lives in a dimension called eternity. From eternity, God is able to step into our time and effect some changes. Peter tries to explain this revelation and does a good job even though it's hard to really explain something we do not yet exist in. He says, 2 Peter 3:8, With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. When I was in Africa, I had not seen snow and therefore could not understand the concept no matter how elaborate it was described because I had never stepped in it. Likewise, we cannot fathom the idea of eternity until the day when we step into it. When we step into eternity, we will be able to understand the existence outside of time. God cannot just follow the rules of time and therefore we can trust Him to do His will at His appointed time. We are His children and when we pray He is able to shift the sands of time and meet us at the very place that we need Him the most. Understanding the concept of the realm God exists in will hopefully give us hope in our prayers, may our faith be built because he is not consulting anything and he is not ruled by time. The earth and all that there is in it is His. He is never late to his appointed times. He can make what looks late in our lives be just the right time. The bible says He will make everything beautiful in His own good time.

Pastor's Heart

October 28, 2018

In Christ there is transformative power. As long as we are spending time with Him, He will be changing us continuously from the people that we are to the people that we are meant to be. The kind of change that Christ brings to our lives is radical and noticeable. It is radical because we are fallen, we live in a fallen world with standards that are skewed. When Jesus takes a hold of us He changes this first. Our perspective toward life changes, our view of self and others which in the world system has always been upside down becomes right side up and that’s confusing to most. They start calling us fanatics because our world view changes. Suddenly we are not about us anymore and that’s what makes us look radicalized. It is noticeable because 2 cor 3:2 says, “Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:” We are not members of a secret club but rather members of an open club. Everyone knows how we should conduct ourselves and they are not afraid to point out to us when we are not. Sometimes those who do don't even belong to the body. Jesus has allowed for the kind of lives that we live to be a testimony to who and what we believe. He says in John 13:35, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love is a doing word, the way we conduct ourselves in regards to others determines the level of growth and transformation in us. If a christianometer existed, the SI unit would be how we love. You have a clear way to measure your walk with the Lord. And that is simply how you love! Today you can take a pause, stand in front of a truth meter and self-test how your walk with the Lord is going, are you loving?

Pastor's Heart

November 4, 2018

The future is scary, there is a lot we do not know about the future. That is why we all default to the past. Leaving in the past negates faith, because faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. God wants and asks us to forget the past because the entire idea of the gospel is hinged upon faith. If we nullify faith, then we are nothing. In fact, the bible says that without faith it is impossible to please God. Dwelling in the past does not enhance our confidence for the future, in any case it increases our anxiety about the future. One thing that will help us is the reminder that our past was once a future that we were scared of, that even though it looked and seemed bleak, it came to pass and that we went through it. That is why God introduces us to the concept of “Now” What can we do in the now? It is after all what we have, we can choose to do anything in now! When we are in Christ, not only do we have the Now, we also have the future because the bible reassures us about the future, He says, “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.” He has our future accounted for, that way we do not have to worry about our future. He assures us that the future He has for us is to prosper us and not to harm us. Looking at a future in Him is not as scary. God in our future makes sense of it, He has been there! Essentially, our future is Gods past, so when He gives us assurances about our future he has already seen how it unfolds, He has already been to our tomorrow, and so He tells us to focus on what He is doing in “the now”.

Pastor's Heart

November 4, 2018

The future is scary, there is a lot we do not know about the future. That is why we all default to the past. Leaving in the past negates faith, because faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. God wants and asks us to forget the past because the entire idea of the gospel is hinged upon faith. If we nullify faith, then we are nothing. In fact, the bible says that without faith it is impossible to please God. Dwelling in the past does not enhance our confidence for the future, in any case it increases our anxiety about the future. One thing that will help us is the reminder that our past was once a future that we were scared of, that even though it looked and seemed bleak, it came to pass and that we went through it. That is why God introduces us to the concept of “Now” What can we do in the now? It is after all what we have, we can choose to do anything in now! When we are in Christ, not only do we have the Now, we also have the future because the bible reassures us about the future, He says, “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.” He has our future accounted for, that way we do not have to worry about our future. He assures us that the future He has for us is to prosper us and not to harm us. Looking at a future in Him is not as scary. God in our future makes sense of it, He has been there! Essentially, our future is Gods past, so when He gives us assurances about our future he has already seen how it unfolds, He has already been to our tomorrow, and so He tells us to focus on what He is doing in “the now”.

Pastor's Heart

November 11, 2018

We live in a time with many distractions, many of these are targeted at removing us from encountering a depth with God. Paul says that he wishes we could grasp the height and the depth of the love that Christ has for us. Well the environment and circumstance that we live in is specifically designed to deter us from knowing or experiencing such a depth. God wants us to understand on a different level every time, in the bible, He allows people to know Him on different levels, an example is knowing Him as Jehova Rapha or Ebenezer or Jehova Nissi. These are different revelations of the same God at different times. Yet we live at a time where we are so casual and shallow in our relationship with God we miss out on who He really is. To be able to deep into the things of God. We are going to need to be intentional about our quest for Him. David says “My heart says of you, "Seek his face!" Your face, LORD, I will seek.” we have to stop and actually develop interest, personal interest in seeking God. We have to find our own faith; we have to figure it out. God wants us to find Him on our own volition. We have to develop a deep desire to God and the things of God, we have to seek after the Lord with all our hearts and minds and He will reveal Himself to us. What about Grace you ask, Grace is a key that open the door and allows us the freedom to pursue Him. God wants to reveal Himself to us but we have to allow Him to do that. Our desiring to know Him is a first step toward our desire for Him. God wants you to want Him, he is waiting for you to want Him, Unfortunately He has been waiting too long. Let us seek the face of God.

Pastor's Heart

December 2, 2018

Moving the knowledge of God from head knowledge to heart knowledge is milestone to be desired and a goal to be aspired by all. Knowledge puffs up but the spirit gives life. If all we have about God is acquired knowledge, then we are a tree that boasts of great branches yet no roots. The Lord is Spirit and knowledge of Him can only be revelatory knowledge. Acquired knowledge is good but in many instances does not stand the pressure and the demands of existence that require and thrive only on revelation. God has wanted to reveal Himself to us, the bible is a tool that He uses to effect this desire. Head knowledge of God Is a place where God starts to engage with his Children, however many of us either choose to stay in this state and never grow to another level. The risk factor of engaging God only in head knowledge is the proclivity to fall back in our old ways. We are much likely to be tossed back and forth by every wind of doctrine as Paul says. This is because all other information is head knowledge and therefore without proper footing, and foundation in the revelatory knowledge, we run a risk of all knowledge sounding the same. When we meet with and interact on a spiritual level with God, we stumble upon a well that is never drying up. He enriches us within and allows us in return to enrich others. When it moves from the head to the heart, we become it! He says, “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life..

Pastor's Heart

December 9, 2018

Worship is a place reserved within the heart of a worshiper for the heart of the object of his reverence. In other words, a desire to worship is built within the heart of a man. Worship is not an act that springs forth in response to a stimulus but a heart that springs forth from a fact of creation. The response of a heart full, not because of what it is done for but because of the existence of a deep desire that is pre-installed in the heart of man. Worship does not come as a response but rather it is revealed in us and through us as a duty, an inborn desire to revere a being unknown to us yet inspired enough for us to respond. At any given time, man is worshipping, before the introduction of Christianity in many of the religion of the earth, humans had been drawn by the force within, a desire to express worship, and attempting to fulfil this duty, many ended up creating gods off trees and some chose to worship whatever they deemed would fulfil this deep burning desire. In our culture today, man still feeds this desire and historically hasn’t satisfied it, some have created lust gods, some drug, some music, some, technology, some very diverse and weird things seeking to fulfill this duty. Jesus is the answer! Worship is happening whether you chose to worship the right God or gods. Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” 

Pastor's Heart

December 16, 2018

Our entry into the walk with the Lord is not an extraction from the fallen world but rather a buffer for the eternity in a better place, a place where God has indeed prepared for us. Since as believers we still live in this fallen world, we encounter many challenges and struggles as believers. In fact in John 16:33 Jesus says, These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. Somewhere else the Psalmist would say a similar thing to us Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. (Psalms 34) Now therefore, let us live in this understanding; the journey for us as believers may not always be cozy and plush, sometimes it is a rough and bumpy terrain. We are consistently under attack, from the enemy directly and through relationships and circumstances. The most important thing to acknowledge is this, God is always with us! A strong tower where the righteous run to and are safe, He is always in the valley with us. As believers we are to tough through these challenges aware that they do not define us, and that there is hope for us, and hope does not disappoint. We will need in these moments to be standing on the promises of God in the storm, trusting His every word and relying on His grace. You are victorious as a believer, not because the wind does not blow your way but because you are more than a conqueror in Christ, when the winds blow. Sometimes we need the wind to learn trust and dependence on God. In fact, the bible says that Jesus learned obedience through suffering. The narrative that once you become a believer it turns all cozy is not biblical nor is it factual. Sometimes we are made stronger in the wind

Pastor's Heart

December 23, 2018

Christmas is about a child, a child that was born to us yet again a Son that was Given. God deemed it right to send Jesus our way as a child. John 2:51-52” And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. Children say the most profound things, lately at my house, we have been checking in in the evening before bedtime. My two year, soon to be three son, Liam; in His check-in said that his highest point in the day was going to the bible study and that he was thankful we could do bible study. And of course his lowest part of the day was when we went back home. Jesus, when he was twelve was left behind in Jerusalem by Joseph and Mary (talk about poor supervision) they had to journey for days before they finally found Him in the temple talking to the elders. when they told him of their predicament, He challenged them; “And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?” When we raise our children in a relationship with God, when we bring them to Jesus, they fall in love with Him, they want to spend time in His house. In fact, Jesus says that the purest, most perfect form of praise comes forth from the lips of children. Mathew 21:16. When we train our children to worship and praise God, the expressions of worship that proceed out of their mouths often lead to teary eyes. The simplicity by which they live is amazing, the small things they are thankful for and their excitement about very insignificant things (at least to us) is Just Godly. Yet Jesus says we need to be like them to inherit the kingdom Lets Learn!

Pastor's Heart

December 30, 2018

As the year draws to an end I would like us to take a pause this morning, a pause from the reality and business that our lives have become. To think for a minute about the victories and loses of this past year. I am firm believer that the reason God allows us to remember our past is only because He wants us to learn from it. In the old testament, you will see God reminding every generation about the Journey from Egypt as a lesson. The lessons that we can learn from the lowest points of our year and the encouragement that we can gather from highest point of our year is the only reason that God allows us to remember. He has the ability to give us a fresh start daily like a baby. He however allows us to get into a new day and a new year with the memories so we can draw from these. However, satan uses what's meant for good to corrupt. We are to be vigilant and see through his lie and choose this year to have a different regard for the past. The attitude with which we look at the past (2018) will either cause us to raise or diminish and die alive. I do imagine time as a straight line that keeps going with some points upon which we stop to ponder. As we stop at this point, reckon the grace that the Lord has poured your way throughout this year. Find him in the most orderly parts of your life, find Him in the busy chaos, you will find that when you are intending on finding him, you will. You will see His might on display on every page and every day of this ending year. The greatest lesson is that He IS! God has always been here even at our lowest. As we look into this incoming year I want you and I to be aware of that fact He is! When Moses wanted to know more about Him, He gave just that answer, “I am!”. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever

Pastor's Heart

January 5, 2019

January signifies the beginning, it signifies that the old just ended and the new has begun. January is a reflective month, a month where we all think about our choices and the opportunity that we have to alter these for the betterment of who we are as a people. As the year begins, we can either make a choice to be crippled by the past or we can choose to be excited about the future. I strongly suggest the latter. In this beginning, there is hope that and anticipation for the differences that this new can bring. A lot can happen in a year as you may already know and the force with which we begin will determine the trajectory and the destination. That is why we must choose to begin well. What if we soberly prepare for the happenings? What if we determine the fate of this year by allowing the Lord himself to stir the ship? What if we chose to get off the driver’s seat and let the Lord seat in it? I do believe that this is a real opportunity for us, that January can be the year the beginning of the greatest days of your life, that this morning can be a landmark that changes your life forever. Jesus is willing to drive, we just need to allow him, to get out of our own way. In fact, He would say to us this morning, “enter into my rest” let me be the one to do this year. Allowing Jesus to step in fully in this year will ensure that you are safe and your destination is guaranteed. This is the day that the Lord has made, this is the beginning for the rest of your life. Make today count because it is all that you have. Allow the Lord to offer direction and guidance and he will ensure that you are the best. Jesus will make the rest of your days the best of your days.

Pastor's Heart

January 13, 2019

I had a conversation with this 13-year-old girl, she said to me that she was no longer going to pray, because God did not answer her. In the moment of her anger and frustration she told me that in fact God had not talked to her, ever! Him. She was angry at me for representing such a God and angry at God for this. During this conversation, I remembered the lessons from my own walk with God, how in my youth I shook my tiny finger at a Huge God. However, drawing from the lessons I have learned, since then, I know that God is always on time, He answers our prayer and always hears us when we pray. Isaiah says, “Behold, the hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear dull, that it cannot hear:” We can trust that Christ will show up when we need Him, and in the right time. The bible says that the Lord lifts up those that are bowed down. Looking back am glad that He did not show up as I wanted Him to, when I wanted Him to. The Lord showed His faithfulness in my life when I needed Him and came through for me in ways I could never have dreamt possible. My way could have been instantly gratifying but with serious long-term ramifications. The Psalmist says "But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head”. Somewhere else he says, “The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.” I write a series of these verses so that as we continue on in this new year, we are aware of who God is, and what He can do. In the midst of turmoil, many times we forget that He is a God who can reach out to us. God is the Master of time. When He shows us it the right time and place and way. In your Case, He is still on time! Wait on Him, Pray and wait He will surely deliver 

Pastor's Heart

January 20, 2019

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1 :1) There is no clear separation between God and His word. His ability, availability and power are in His word, and basically are His word. As God is, so is His word! The word of God is as alive as the Lord is. The same power that the Lord could exhibit if He were to walk this earth or to change anything in this world is now packaged into the word that comes forth from His mouth. In fact, the bible says that He created everything that you see and perceive by just saying a few words (His Word) If we can grasp this powerful truth then I can confidently say that we are an edge ahead of the world. The Lord does not do anything outside of what He has spoken! The bible is the medium by which the Lord continues speaking to us, and also to effect change in our time and realm. Every answer that you seek for life and livelihood is hidden in the scriptures. God saw it fit to package everything that you could ever need in the pages of the bible. the publisher of the Gideon’s version of the bible, describes the bible as a traveler’s map, indeed, we are lost in this world without a map. Now, faith is the key that opens the up our world into the kingdom realm. Our faith in the Lord and in his word will enable us to make the word incarnate. This means that the word will come alive and live in us. We can make the word of God live in us and through us. our faith will activate everything that the Lord has said about us and for us in the scripture. Be ye doers of the word.

Pastor's Heart

January 27, 2019

God has only one MO from the beginning of time, He wants to reconcile and restore. He knows us by our names, knows where we have been and understands all of our failures and shortcomings. He has a plan of restoration and redemption for us if and when we choose to have him. Trusting God and His ability to do these things is what will enforce His work in us. That is why salvation only comes through our faith in Him. He allows us a chance to choose Him and in so doing we give Him the permission to work in us to and to change us in ways that glorify His name and that elevate us into the original glory that He had purposed for us in the beginning. The Scriptures say that God is for us, He is on our side He wants what is best for us. God has the capacity and the willingness to restore what has been lost, what has been stolen because of our fallen nature. We on the other hand have to be willing to let Him do this in us. Understanding that the Lord is the way is very powerful in the life of a believer. Knowing that there is a way that we can live, a way that is different from the way we are living now. A path that results in our well-being. God is the same but we waiver, we are corrupted and tossed around. We can trust in His stability. Trust is more for us than it is for God we can fully invest our confidence in God and in His ability! This is called having faith. Confidence in an unseen God who has power to make us as unto Himself. We are all a work in progress, if we can choose to allow Him to continue building on us, if we can choose to allow ourselves to be malleable, it would go a long way. Trusting God will ease us into the process of restoration that He is doing in us

Pastor's Heart

February 3, 2019

If you are like me, you know that there are yet a few areas in your life that need to be changed. That there are still mountains to be conquered before you stand over the hill and across the bridge. The transformation of a person starts in the mind. If we can change the way we think, we can change the way we live. For non-believers we say, “Be born again, come be washed by the blood of the lamb” However, for believers we say, “Let us renew our minds!” If we are going to live a life that honors the Father and that blesses the world around us, we have to be open to the renewal. As I have said before, it takes a new mind to mind the things of God. The Holy Spirit enables us to be renewed as we are washed by the waters of the word. The scriptures guide the renewal of our minds and hence our complete transformation. When we allow the word of God to effect change in us, we renew the way that we think and start thinking and processing things in a biblical way . A repeat of biblical thinking over time makes us new people, servants who do not need to be ashamed. Renewed thinking is vital to growth and transformation of a believer. Just like the vehicles we drive need oil change to reduce and eliminate friction in normal operation, we need the word of the Lord and the holy Spirit to continuously renew us. Vehicles whose oil is not changed frequently can still move but sometimes they are as good as dead. If believers choose to resist the word and the renewal of their minds, they may still move but be very dead.

Pastor's Heart

February 10, 2019

Back in Africa, I started writing my book. An old windows 98 computer with a good processing speed but no connection to the internet. I went down town to research on computers with the internet and brought the data on a diskette lol (For the wise) anyway, one day I brought home not just the data but also a computer virus that crashed my computer. Moral, do not work on a computer without direct internet connection. When we download information from a different place and just bring it in, it may crash the computer because of the contamination. When it comes to the way that a human being processes information, then the central processing unit would be the mind. The mind of a person is made to capture information and electronically process and make judgments and decisions regarding the information. When God created man, He made man in His image giving him free will but also sending guidance or a map that leads man back to Him. In man He created a desire to pursue Him and His will, and through His word He offered guidance of the pursuit. Since God cannot make us chose Him, he made it so that there would be options, and a choice of Him would be our doing and also an actual choice. So if the bible is a guide and our mind is the CPU, then if we are to be successful at all in finding our maker, we have to link our mind with a source so that when we look at the guide (His word), we can make deductions that are designed by the maker. We can align our mind with the mind of God! (Connect to a fast internet connection) This is made possible through the Spirit of God that knows both the mind of God and the mind of man. The bible declares that we have the mind of Christ, which means that we have underestimated our worth because we are hidden in the earthen vessels. If we can re submit our minds to the author of the same, if we can link up the CPU to a proper internet connection, a source then there is nothing that we cannot process rightly especially the guide (Bible) .

Pastor's Heart

February 17, 2019

Jesus, aware that He was not going to be with His disciples forever decided to give them a way to reach Him when He is gone. A phone number if you would. He sits down first with His disciples according to the gospel of Mathew and then with the multitude Ccording to Luke and teaches prayer. What is unique about this one minute prayer is that He uses the same words literal verbatim when teaching at both the settings. I do personally believe that this prayer in it's word for word is a sacrament. That if we can allow ourselves to not just recite the words but actually woefully pray these words of Jesus we can unlock something in the spirit that we haven't yet placed our finger on. Not to be misquoted here, I do not mean to discount the use of the prayer as a model because it undoubtedly is. I do believe however that the word of God is so literal sometimes and we often go digging when we just need to stay and allow ourselves to soak in the word in it's purest form. .Jesus in doing this first with the disciples and then with the multitude says to us we are not outsiders. Wether you are in the clergy like the disciples would be or a layman like the multitudes, that this prayer can minister to us. Our father who art in heaven

Pastor's Heart

February 24, 2019

My son is at that stage where he believes he is a super hero, and do not get me wrong, he is. last night he had a unique request of me and Anne, Daddy he said tomorrow after church can we stop by walmart and get a batman costume with a cape so I can jump off the counter and fly!?" Now being his dad I told him to wait, the reason is that he is young, meaning man on the ledge deal for him is no joke. If i got him the costume today he will jump off and attempt to fly... Sometimes in praying, there is a period between the time that we pray and the time that the answer comes. Now, God has the ability to answer us instantly when we pray, however sometimes because of our circumstances and situations, God allows there to be a time of waiting between prayer and answer. I do believe that reason the lord allows is is so that he aligns everything so that the " The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it. Proverbs 10:22. He will sometimes have us wait so that we are old enough to know that if we buy a batman costume at walmart and attempt flying without a proper landing gear we may crash land.

let us learn to wait on God Well

Pastor's Heart

March 3, 2019

The words of a dying person are held in reverence in so many cultures around the world. These words, especially the very last ones have been held in esteem. The reason being that these words often are of importance and reveal what really truly is in the heart of the person. In the sophisticated world we live in, we have formalized these words into what we simply call a will. These words are taken seriously and even honored by the courts of law. Today and in the next few weeks we are going to pitch camp around such words. Jesus, just before yielding His ghost, spoke some things, words that are of significance and that should be held as such. By the help of the Holy spirit we are going to see what Jesus held in His heart at the very last. Allow me to take you on a journey these following few weeks of lent as we walk together to the valley of the skull. May you tune in and allow the Holy Ghost to bring forth the truth that is hidden in these words of Jesus. Forgiveness is where we begin our journey because it is the only thing that sets Christianity apart from all the religions of the world. The Seven things Jesus wants us to know.

Pastor's Heart

March 10, 2019

“II Corinthians 4:18, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. “If the things that are visible are temporary, then it means that since heaven is not visible it is more real than the world that live in. More real than the chair that you are sitting on right now. Jesus had a lot to say about heaven but all he said to defend his claim on the heaves was, “if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?” He was so confident of the existence of heaven that he did not enter into arguments or great efforts to defend its existence. Heaven He says is a place where God will dwell among His people, there will be no suffering and no pain. Jesus sees it fit to bring up the same promise to a man beaten by the evil in this world and the effects of sin just like you and me. A man whose road seemingly mapped is at its very end, ready for a death by hanging for his sin. Like you and me feeling worthless, jilted and without power. Jesus reversed the effects of sin on the life of this man just like He is willing to do that today. He says I will see you later! When the man is sure that his end is already set, Jesus says it is not good bye, it is see you later. When a person becomes broken before the father, His story is altered. His eternal address is changed. Seeing that heaven is real, so is the alternative. Hell is as real. Jesus invites us with a promise to change our destination and eternal address even as he alters the trajectory of our life. The Man had a hope in the future that only Jesus can guarantee. He says you know where I am going because I am the way the truth and the life.

Pastor's Heart

March 17, 2019

My mom consistently reminded me as a child who brought me to this world. This was mostly not because she was proud of what I was doing, but essentially letting me know that she knew the way out as she brought me in. Everyone that you have known historically or even now has come to this world through one way. All the billions of people on this planet have come through a parent of some sought. Even if you arguably brought up vitro fertilization, the source of the raw materials is a parent. Cultures vary from place to place and change over time. Where I grew up, the retirement plan for the parents is their children. I admire this culture firstly because it honors the word of God and also because it sets an expectation toward the children. Setting the children to a ready when it comes to supporting the parents. It takes two parents like in my case to support eighth children but the eight children cannot support the two parents when they are old and frail. Jesus sets an example for us on the cross of Calvary, at his last hour, he honors His parent. He takes care of his mother by writing a will handing him over to John. We have a responsibility to take care of the parents that God used to bring us to this world. When we were children, we were told that our parents were our second gods. Excuse the misguided verbiage but the concept is solid. Parents are indeed the authority that we first encounter on this planet. Granted there are some parents who for a reason were not in the picture or did not do this, However, I do believe that someone somewhere played that role in your life. Honor them, pray for them and visit them. Do something to honor them!

Pastor's Heart

March 24, 2019

As far as I remember, we have always been in some kind of financial deficiency. We as a family growing up and even sometimes now, we are either in some need or a need that is coming up. Well a few years ago, I needed to go to a conference so desperately, this conference was not church sponsored, but I knew that the Lord needed me here. So, I told my wife and we got the ticket off our then meager income, I parked my bags and went, with just enough lol. At the conference, I met this awesome college kid, a missionary who was planning to go to Africa, we talked and went out to lunch. Inside I was praying for a miracle because in our talks I had gathered that he was going through a tougher financial hardship than I was, I had little on me and felt I needed to pay for his meal. Even though deep inside I knew that if I did, I would be tipping the first domino and risking an uber to the airport the next day. Anyway, as we were talking, this other gentleman walks over to us and says, “I’d recognize your accent anywhere, you are from Kenya aren’t you?” I said yes. We chat a little (He’d worked in Nairobi a few years back) he went his way. When later we went to pay, the cashier said to us, “Tetelestai” No she did not, but she said it is paid in full, the gentleman seated at table number six paid for your meals. This is what happened at the Calvary brethren, we owed a debt, a debt of death because we were conceived in sin. We had to pay by death because the reward of sin is death. At the cross we were meant to pay our dues, to pay for the meal, to die to appease the wrath of God but instead it had been taken care of. Our spot was taken. When we got to the cashier there was a declaration, It is finished! It is paid in full! 

Pastor's Heart

March 31, 2019

Jesus says He is a fulfilment of the law. A careful study of the old testament will reveal Christ on every page. All along, God had been declaring His redemptive work through His son. He reveals the salvation of mankind from the first day of the fall of man when He declares that the seed of man will crash the head of the serpent. The foster generation names meaning in Genesis 5 declares the story as follows,

Hebrew English

Adam Man

Seth Appointed

Enosh Mortal

Kenan Sorrow;

Mahalalel The Blessed God

Jared Shall come down

Enoch Teaching

Methuselah His death shall bring

Lamech The Despairing

Noah Rest, or comfort.

He continues speaking about Him through Abraham by first asking mankind to offer an only begotten son. When man (Abraham) says Yes, the Lord offers a lamp in the stead of the son. Just as Jesus is offered in out stead, taking our spot on the cross of Calvary. He is also revealed to the nation of Israel through the redemption and victory that the Lord overwhelmingly gives the Jewish nation against the oppressors. Let's camp here and see Jesus.  

Pastor's Heart

April 7, 2019

Tetelestai means Paid in full

The curtain was torn in twain.

Access

Access to God through His son Jesus

It is finished meant for jesus that the pain was done

It meant for us the same thing. He had done all that was needed so that we did not ever have to.

Paid for our redemption

conqured death

aceptad in the beloved

access to the holie of holies

asurance of salavation

Pastor's Heart

April 14, 2019

The body that we have is a container, a vessel that the Lord utilizes on this side of heaven. One fact about this vessel is that it has reached its destination. It's work has been done! Now the enemy's oldest trick is to make us at home in the flesh. He makes us fall in love with the world so much so that we never think about beyond it. The bible warns about the love of the world as enmity with God, reason being that we forget our quest to invest in the beyond. We can be likened to the people who are happy to be in the fuel tanks that separate from the space shuttles when they launch. A time is coming when we shall depart from this earth, at this point, we will either spend our eternity in the new Jerusalem, or in the bowels of hell. The revelation that life does not end at death and that death is not a destination is the most profound revelation that can ever happen to a human. Because then we start thinking of what happens beyond our death. Where do we spend eternity? The bible has a clear and vivid description of what happens at death in Ecclesiastes 12:7 “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” He says then there will be judgement to choose a final destination. Christ by rising from the death opened a portal for us, a get out of hell free card. If we believe in the finality of the work that He did at the Calvary, we have the promise of salvation. Eternal salvation, we will get to sit with Him and dine with Him. First step though, we need to realize, and this quickly that the world we live in is not the end, that our spirit will separate from this body, soon. Where does your spirit go? Where do you spend your eternity? 

Pastor's Heart

April 21, 2019

Jesus death and resurrection means that we have been restored to our factory setting. When God created man, He was perfect, was full of potential and power, man named everything that you see in the face of the earth, he had knowledge and potent beyond your greatest imagination. He could communicate not only to all the other animals but also to inanimate things. Man had a personal relationship with God, he hang out with God in the garden, went on evening walks with the creator of the universe, and conversed with God. Basically, man had it all going for him until sin entered the world, man fell from this position, and in so doing He handed the authority that He had to the enemy who is Satan. To restore man to His original self-meant that God had to do something radical. God had other options, He could have created man 2.0 but He loved us so much, he just had to have man. Man back to his original state, to do this He sent His son to invade the lowest and darkest, to retrieve the authority back to man, to bring man back to His original state, to “reformat man” for the nerds in the house. Jesus came, lived here on earth to show us our potential, in our original form, He died on the cross to pay a debt we owed, He dealt with our oppressor and when he resurrected he declared by that act that we could be our old selves again. Like the snickers commercial, we are not ourselves without Jesus. Today, you could be all that because He’s got the power now, and not only does He have the power, He can have us, as well. For he says, "In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you." I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2

Pastor's Heart

April 28, 2019

Jesus called us to ministry, he says I called you and ordained you. This means that every one of us that are believers have been chosen specifically to go forth and make disciples of all the people. To do this, means that we will encounter people with questions, people with reservations and concerns. Paul describes His ministry and the success that he had in ministry, He also lets us in on the secret for His success. In 1 Corinthians 2:2 he declares, “For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” When Jesus died on the cross, He declared “Tetelestai” this means that the solution to all of life’s issues lays in one answer, the cross. Everything that we go though, or everyone else goes though, all the questions have a single answer and that is, “Jesus Christ and Him crucified”. We can feel free to take any one of the people we encounter to the cross for a solution. Jesus has made it so that we have a way where there was none before. He has given it all up so that we can have it all. He died so we wouldn’t have to. He is our only solution. Today as you go on to make disciples of all the people, do not go into theology or deep philosophy or deep psychology, the answer is simple. Jesus came lived among us, was crucified and died. But then He rose again and is in the Heaven sited on the right hand of God interceding for us. He is the solution. Whether it be a family issue, an addiction, or a challenge of any sort, He is an answer. Jesus is the answer! Going is not a request, it is a command. No one fights a war with their own cost, so Jesus Equips you today. Go therefore and be productive

Pastor's Heart

May 12, 2019

A mother knows! Jesus had grown up in the care of His mother Mary. Mary had heard from the Lord about the greatness inside of Jesus even before Jesus was conceived. She had witnessed the Holy Spirit coming over her cousin Elizabeth by mere proximity when she was with child. She had heard the prophetess at the temple as well as Simeon who had waited for the coming of the Messiah. ( Luke 2:25–35 ) She knew what potential Jesus had and did not have a single doubt in her spirit when at the age of thirty at a wedding they had both been invited she asked her son’s favor. When the wine ran out and she perceived it was going to be a crisis, she approached him to provide a solution. The human part of the Incarnate father may have not known that the time was come, but a mother knows! Here is their exchange in John 2:3-5,” When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Today as we think about and celebrate our mothers, and mother figures, let us consider the words of wisdom that this woman that God used to bring the Messiah into this world spoke to His servants (You and Me) “Do whatever He said tells you.” If we chose to do whatever Jesus tells us to do, our lives become easier, suddenly we are living our purpose. Our experience on this side of heavens makes sense only if we get prompts from our maker. He knows why you are here, if you listen to Him you will be Just fine. These words from a movie we watched last night resonated with me," Would you recognize the voice of God when He speaks to you?" He says, “My sheep they hear my voice and follow me”

Pastor's Heart

May 26, 2019

You is kind, you is smart, you is important. We are at such a place in time when we have to believe these words more than we have in the past. We live in a time when everything wants to reduce your worth and make you feel as if you are of no value. “I have been sent today to tell you, “You are important!” That, in spite of how you feel or where you have been. Jesus still deems you worthy of His ultimate sacrifice. You see brethren, Jesus is not asking, “Where have you been?” He is instead saying, “I know where you are, but also where I can take you!” God has made you in a way that He prides in you and even has a plan for you. Imagine that… the Creator of this world, the master, and God of all creation has you accounted for! He has a plan that is distinctly set apart for you as an individual. The devil is a liar, he wants you to feel lonely, unimportant, un consequential, yet he does this because he is afraid. He fears that you will know the truth, the truth that you are powerful, you are strong, that you are more than a conquer. Because of what the Lord did at the cross, you are unstoppable. All that the devil can do now is slow you down. Jesus ensured that you are covered, that there is nothing that will stop the power of God that is in you. The same power that was used to raise Jesus from the dead. Your self-view has a huge role to play in how the world see’s you. The way we present ourselves to the world is how the world perceives us. Lets walk worthy of our calling. 

Pastor's Heart

June 23, 2019

An old man trudges down the street as the sun sets on the horizon and the gentle breeze hits his face. He listens as the birds chirp away in a distance, he hears the silent chuckle of a baby in the house to his right, a laughter in yet another house and the noises of the vehicles on the highway at a distance on this beautiful evening. Evening walks used to be his favorite thing and this particular evening would have been a beautiful one. Seemingly peaceful surroundings but inside the old man is this wonder, a question that is way too familiar to him, “Who am I? Why am I here? “He pondered his life, along his journey of life, he had lost a son to a motoring accident, his wife of 45 years had left him, he had just left a job that he could no longer do because of health-related interference. Generally, change had happened, change is inevitable, it will happen as long as we are in this world. Jesus, aware of what the implications of change, warns us in saying we should not fall in love with, attach ourselves to anything on this planet. He knows that we are in the habit by nature of attaching our identity to things, He therefore gives us this counsel in Matthew 6:19-21, do not store your treasures on earth, because change happens (paraphrased) The quest for the knowledge of our identity is as old as time itself. Every man or person at any given time has sat down and asked this of themselves, who Am I? Christ comes and changes the narrative for us, He says to us that we are sons, joint heirs with Him. He speaks to us about linking our identity to this new-found truth. He calls us to identify with heaven and store all we count worthy in a place where change does not happen. He is a stable point. Hebrews 13:8 says that He is the same yesterday today and forever. Imagine the possibilities that can come our way if we build on a foundation that does not alter? Imagine the confidence, it may rain, the sun may be harsh, the winds may blow but if our identity is linked to a stable force then it really does not matter what happens. I invite you today to discover the value of identifying with the creator and not the creation.

Pastor's Heart

June 30, 2019

God desires nothing less than intimacy with the children that He has created. He requires that we desire Him and pursue Him because He created us with the desire already in us. The reason that God demands our pursuit of Him is not so that we benefit Him, or so that We have Him feeling good about Himslelf but in His manifold wisdom, God is aware that if we are not actively pursuing Him, we will be actively pursuing something else. Now, there are only to actively known forces, on the universe and beyond, the alternative to pursuing God is pursuing satan. God therefore strongly warns and counsels us in His word to pursue after Him as a way of protecting us. He could as easily herd us into His courts, However, God chooses to allow us to make a choice. In Deuteronomy 30:15-18 the bible says, “See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. Joshua says to the house of Israel, choose you today whom you will serve, as for me and my family we shall serve the Lord. Being intimate with God is going to be an act of intent. You are going to need to be intentional about this quest and choose to follow God. You cannot get pregnant with the things of God in the street. There must be a level of Intimacy for you to give forth the fruit of righteousness in God. Matthew 3:8

Pastor's Heart

July 14, 2019

We are blessed! We all are blessed. Yes the levels of blessings may greatly vary in our view but before our father we are all blessed and given to the capacity with which he expects our output. Luke 12:48 states says, “But he that knew not and committed things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required; and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.” Because we are blessed, there is a level of expectation. When we respond to what the Lord has given to us. James says to us that faith without action/ works is dead. “Works” here denotes our response to what the Lord has given to us. When we see the blessings that the Lord has given to us, we respond to this love and grace by showing our hand. Even though we give off our finances, time and resources that we really do not own, our father is delighted in us. God is not all about the stuff, he is about the hearts. When we learn to give out, we are turning to be more and more like Him. This pleases Him so much he keeps count! He first gave as an example for us. He gave His time, His resources and eventually His very heart through His only begotten Son. As a good father, our God loves to celebrate when we make the right choices. He rewards us openly for things that no one knows we even did. His blessings manifest in us as we open ourselves giving heals us, it disentangles us and releases us to fully express who we are in Him. We are sons of our father when we learn to invest in the Kingdom, when we choose to continue saying yes to His call for service. Proverbs 19:17 says that He who gives to the poor lends to God. Guys when He pays back He does so with interest. There are many opportunities in this community for you to start lending out to the Most High. God will not forget the labor of your faith. He will always remember this here on earth and when one day we meet Jesus. In heaven, these words will melt your heart. “Well done good and faithful Servant” Ow what a joy it shall be. He will wipe our tears and welcome us into the beloved. Imagine that!

Pastor's Heart

July 21, 2019

We all fall short in many ways, we all sin and need the grace of God. When the Holy Spirit brings to our consciousness the fact that we have sinned, (which I pray it is the case for us all), we need to confess such misdoings and learn to repent. Repentance is the ability to stay on top when the Lord pulls us from the quicksand and the muck of sin and allows us to go to the top yet again. The Holy spirit will continue bringing us to the knowledge of the things that are not right. He quickens our conscience and allows us an opportunity to ask for the help of the Lord so that we make a U-turn. 1st John 3:20 says, “If our conscience condemns us, we know that God is greater than our conscience and that he knows everything.” God created us in a way that our conscience can alert us of the things that are amiss. It is the bells that Go off in our heads and hearts to remind us that we are not where we ought to be. Because of disregard to the holy spirit and his promptings, sometimes we get to a place where sin does not bother us. As Timothy would put it in 1 Tim 4:20, our conscience is been seared with an iron(paraphrased) After continual compromise, we fall into a place where we are unaware of the things that entangle us. The things that we should condemn, we find ourselves celebrating. The Prophet Isaiah says woe to the man who calls good bad and bad good. At this juncture, sin is so prevalent and common that it has become part of life and we are so comfortable in it. Our responsibility is to cooperate with the Holy Spirit so that we work with Him in making us like Jesus. It is high time that we ask the Lord to search us through and through. 1st to point us toward the areas in our lives that need forgiveness, then the areas in our lives that have been so prone to sin that they no longer feel like sin. Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord

Pastor's Heart

July 28, 2019

“Remember what I told you: 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. John 15:20. I like that the Lord reminds His disciples about suffering. You see brethren, when we are sitting and basking in the warmth of the salvation that the Lord has given us, When we are eating at the same table with the master of the universe, the warmth of His embrace and enjoying His presence, we have a tendency to forget what we have been called into. As long as we are on this side of heaven, we will go through challenging times. If suffering is inevitable, then the only option that we have is how we go through it. How we go through it determines if we come to the other side victorious or if we end up with a mess. Suffering can either end in a mess or in a message. The believer in the midst of a storm, is uniquely positioned to determine the result of the experience. Nothing just happens! Everything that happens has a purpose and mostly God desires to show His glory through our situation. Jesus when confronted with the situation with the blind man answer “"Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. John 9:3. God allows us to go through some seemingly hard situations so that He can show Himself. I do believe that we are a culture that is afraid to go through hard times. We have insulated our homes and our lives, we have cushioned ourselves and our lives. We have even preached to you that because we are believers we are cushioned. That is far from the truth. Sometimes as a believer, you will have to go through challenging times. It is Ok! Even though you go through the valley of the shadow of death, do not be afraid. He will be in the shadow with you. When you go through Fire, He will be in the fire with you. Through the waters He will be there.

Pastor's Heart

August 11, 2019

The very first thing that the Lord told man after creating him was to be fruitful and to multiply. This became man’s mission from the time that He was created to eternity. Fruitfulness is an expectation of God from us, all of us. When a person understands the capacity within mankind to create things from pre-existing material, when man discovers that the seed is already in Him to multiply anything that he lays His hand on, we often celebrate their work. Yet this is meant for all of us. We all have a seed in us and when we discover the kind of the seed that is within us, we become expects in that area. We subdue that area, we have dominion over that area. A mango seed does not struggle to produce mangoes, it just becomes a mango. You have a unique seed in you, a set apart seed that only you are. Become what the potential of that seed is! God does not judge us outside of what He has given us and that he has taught us. He is the one that Paul speaks of in 2 Corinthians 9: 10, “Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.” God has ensured that we are equipped to be fruitful from the first time that he created us. The bible says that the very first thing that God tells man is a blessing to be fruitful. The mistake that we do is judge others in comparison to the seed of others. It is like expecting a mango seed to bring forth bananas, it is impossible! Everyone is been created and given a capacity by God. Only God knows what He has put in us and what He expects of us. He alone has a right to judge us. He knows our season of fruitfulness and what we can bring forth. Go therefore and be you! Become!

Pastor's Heart

August 18, 2019

Last week we learned that the first thing that God spoke into His best and new creation _mankind was a blessing to be fruitful. We focused much on the physical fruitfulness of man. Now there is a spiritual level to being fruitful and that is through the fruits of the Holy Spirit. People enjoy the gifts of the Holy Spirit and thrive in this area, The Gifts are good and easy, they are just that-gifts! We receive these and I will use the word freely delicately but we receive gifts freely. The fruits on the other hand have to be worked for, we have to invest some in order for us to see fruit. We need just the right atmosphere and environment for a yield. We need to have just the right amount of water, humility, sunshine, heat. We do have a responsibility to nurture and cultivate an environment that leads to fruitfulness. When the fruits show forth from a place well nurtured, they cannot be fake, they cannot be emulated they are just at the right place time and way. Our fruit will draw people in, they are meant to be enjoyed and the Holy Spirit releases them when they are needed and when they can satisfy. You cannot copy the fruits, you cannot fake them! Without the Holy Spirit you can fake love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. For so long. These are cultivated in you as a believer and the more you learn to depend on the master, study about the master and abide with him the more the manifestation of these fruits. In fact, Jesus says that we will know if people are truly walking with Him by the kind of fruits that they bear. How are you bearing this morning? Are you trying too hard? Allow the Holy Spirit to help you cultivate the environment within you where you are able to bring forth. Trust in His wisdom and do not lean on your own understanding. 

Pastor's Heart

August 25, 2019

The greatest most profound revelation that can occur to a person is the realization that he or she is just but a branch. That separate from the vine there is only one option, withering and eventual burning. Understanding that we are the branch will help us realize our dire need for the vine. The psalmist after making this revelation on his own pens down these words as the expression of the state of his heart and soul and body, “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? Psalms 42:1-2. The perpetual state of our should should be that of earnest desire and yearning. Yearning for God, for His warmth and embrace. We are in the cold. Without Him, we are on the outside. We risk withering if we continue without Him. The second truth that we need to know and embrace today is the fact that the one who gives the blessings is more important than the blessings. When in the spring a branch senses the squirt from the vine and decides its too blessed for more, shuts down its entry point because its started budding, such branch is risking withering. Yet it is so easy for us as believers. We pray for a good job for example, when we get the job, we quit going to church, praying and doing the basic devotion because we are too tired. Remember, it takes what took you up to keep you up! Jesus teaches us to pray and He says “Give us our daily bread” realize that He could have said Give us out yearly bread, or our monthly bread, perhaps even our weekly bread yet He says OUR DAILY. He said day because we need the source today! He is all we have. We will need the vine to be fruitful. Our ministry and live will find its value in our fruitfulness. When we create in our lives an attitude of dependency and realize that we are only as fruitful as our attachment to the true vine, then our lives will suddenly get into formation. He will order our steps and well guide our growth. He will not just do this but also sustain us and keep us fulfilled. We all want our lives to matter, we all want to leave a mark on this planet, the key is to remain in the true vine.

Pastor's Heart

September 1, 2019

Beginning from the time when we are young children, we are taught quickly about falling down. Mostly through our own experience because of the lack of balance. As we grow up and gain our balance physically, we are also learn that we will still keep making mistakes and falling. Falling is a part of life. Through these experiences, we are acquainted with falling and failure as a negative force. We are focused on the failure and miss out on the very importance of the falling and what lessons we can accrue from the fall. Today we will focus on falling up instead of the traditional falling. We often grapple with failure and allow our failure to take us further away from God, yet it can be a great and tremendous boost for our quest to submit to the leadership of Christ. what makes a growing person to decrease the number of falls is the training in good balance and stability. Character is a similar training which we can take as a people to minimize falling. Character is that which is unchanging. It is the balance in life that we need to gain and embrace in order that we can “ fall up” if ever we were to fall at all. If we as believers will take heed to our character, we can go a long way in staying stable and avoiding the route of failure. Character is what will protect you as a believer and ensure that you are safe and so are all that look up to you. As a believer, you are by default a leader as God wants to use you to lead his people to Him. People will not follow you unless they trust you. (Trust attracts loyalty) Having character ensures that we are trusted which makes people follow us. Trust is like a bank account, it does not fill up quick but as people test your character over time and mostly under pressure, they learn to trust you. When you violate the trust, the account is depleted. Even though they may forgive you, people will not trust you. Your credibility is put in question and is all that you believe in and teach. What you have worked to build for years can be brought down in a matter iof seconds. What is it that you are doing today that you know could violate that trust? Who are you with today that you know you shouldn’t be with? Guard your account! Listen, we ought to train ourselves in character daily. When we fall in character, we fall up

Pastor's Heart

September 8, 2019

It seems as if our brain is wired in a way that it is up to something at any given time. It is either at a state of concern (negative meditation on the wrong things) or at a state of rest, (Positive meditation on the right things) The devil is a liar, it is his language. Aware of the effect of the kind of meditation we duel on, sometimes he sets our brains and thoughts at a perpetual state of fear and anxiety. What we are most afraid of is what Jesus in fact in Mathew 6 specifically cautioned us against fearing and or being anxious about. Jesus knew how our minds work, He was aware that as long as we dwell on these false snapshots of reality that is only real in our minds, we remain enslaved to fear. Fear is the opposite of faith, fear is evidence that we are not trusting in anyone but us. Jesus says that because of our nature we have reduced life to equate to what we eat and dress and where we live. Yet life is much more than these things. When we come into salvation we are invited into a place of rest. He wants us to rid ourselves of the negative meditations and have our minds in a state of perpetual rest, In fact he instructs on what to dwell on in our meditation and thinking in Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Rest does not bar the snapshots from coming, we learn to deal with the negative snapshots we learn to react to them in power. The power that we wield in our tongues. If you see any of the negative snapshots in your mind’s eye, say something with your mouth! You have been given the power to bind things here on earth and in so doing it is set in the heavens. Go ahead therefore and exercise your power. IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING

Pastor's Heart

September 15, 2019

In these recent weeks, we have watched on the news as the weather has caused devastation and ruin to many a lives and families together with their property and even death. The Governor in the Carolinas in an interview a day after the hurricane hit said, “Dorian has passed, now we rebuild and heal” I thought that was a powerful statement. Storms may come, but they always pass! Sometimes there are storms that come our way in our walk with God. These may stretch us and sometimes even threaten our lives. Around these moments, during the storm, it is hard sometimes to relate what is happening with what the Lord has already spoken over our lives. The promises that He has made to us sometimes don’t make a lot of sense when we are in the eye of the storm being tossed back and forth. God said to Abraham, I have made you a great nation. The circumstances and the experiences of Abraham did not match up with the name that God was giving him. He did not look like an Abraham, yet because of the faith that he had in who said it, the bible says that Abraham did not waiver. He believed and it was accounted to him as righteousness. Today we may be faced with many circumstances, the tide may be high and the storms of life threatening to take you down. It is best in times like these to have an anchor. Christ is an anchor that has been tested and proven to withstand all forms of storms. Having faith in His word is what will enable us to go through every challenge and storm and to emerge successful and alive on the other side. Remember that there is always the other side. Storms come to pass. The beauty about the word of God is its unchanging nature. It is firm in all seasons. Whatever season you are in today, remember what the scriptures say about that situation, tighten your grip upon that word, the bible says bind it upon your heart. If we do this, then it doesn’t matter what name the storm is Given, there is one with a Name that is greater than any other name. Jesus Christ. We can go to Him any time. Proverbs 18:10 literally says “The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” We can find safety in the Name of the Lord. While at it., Pray for the people around the country that are going through storms, real ones and metaphoric storms

Pastor's Heart

September 22, 2019

God invites us to live by faith because he knows that we have a limit to what we can know and what we can perceive about things that are not yet materialized. He invites us to live by faith as a substance of things to come. Essentially, He is asking us to focus on the future because faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Because we have a constant seduction to default to what we know and what we have seen and can, God instructs us to regard the future that we hope for. Our default tendency is to fall back to what we know, it is easier to live in the known places-our past. God inviting us to walk by faith is a form of protection for us. This is because the more we look in the past the less we move into our future. If you literally walked looking backwards, you will have a high affinity to stumble. When in obedience we walk in faith, our perspective on life changes, and so does our reality. We start beholding things and pulling into reality things that we hope for. A future that we desire as we look unto Jesus Christ the author and finisher of our faith. God is making a new thing for us. He invites us to consider the things that He has already set into motion and that He is expecting us to embrace through faith. We can trust Him because He says that He can create rivers in the wasteland or in the desert. Walking by faith is allowing God to use our creative power to allow us to realize the work of the creation that our faith brings forth. When we walk in faith, we choose to join God in bringing the blueprint of our faith and deeper imagination into reality. We are called to be co-creators with God. When we activate our faith and create what in your time is virtual reality, God furnishes it and makes it our reality. The past only detracts us from the truth of what could be. He says to us do not consider the past, behold I am doing a new thing. Focus therefore on God this morning. Behold therefore the new thing that He is making and forget therefore the past and thrive for what is ahead.

Pastor's Heart

September 29, 2019

The word of God is God! God encourages us to study the word of God because as we spent time studying the word of God, we get to understand who God is, and what He has done. God seeks to reveal Himself to His children and the only way that He can do this is through the Holy Scriptures. When we study the word of God, we come face to face with the creator of the universe. We learn about His compassion and His endearing love, we become acquainted to His person in Jesus, and get to hear His Heart as He sends His Holy Spirit. The more heart we have in the study, the more the Lord reveals Himself from us. When we choose to study the bible, we choose to allow God to reveal Himself to us and when He does, He becomes a part of us and dwells with us and in us. John 14:26, “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you” You can only remember what you knew and forgot! If the Holy spirit will remind us, it will only be because we are studying the word of God. God has Hidden all the truth of knowledge in His word. He has all the answers that you seek tucked away between the pages of the scripture. Make a habit to study, not only to finish reading, but to understand and to get a revelation. Prayerfully studying the bible will enhance our ability to receive the relation. In studying, His truth will reign within us. “We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free”, Our freedom is tied to our knowledge of the truth. The Knowledge of the truth is the beginning of wisdom. All the scriptures drive us toward one thing- an encounter with our creator. Lets therefore create a habit to study the word, embrace it and enforce this habit upon our children and they theirs.

Pastor's Heart

October 06, 2019

Jesus ministry was addressed to two distinct groups. One was His disciples that he meant to instruct in the ways of the Kingdom, and the pharisees, who were set in their way. These pharisees followed Jesus vehemently hoping to find something that they could use against Him. They made for a good spot and audience though because somehow, they were always present. The pharisees were a very prominent sect during this time and they used their prominence not only to deride others, but also used their power and position to intimidate those they considered of a lower caste. They were notorious for following human laws and traditions, self-righteous pride, and hypocrisy. Jesus, in His teachings, pointed this out and let His disciples know that to be a part of His Kingdom, they’d have to be the exact opposite of what the pharisees were.

The Pharisees enjoyed the spotlight and could go to major extremes to feel noticed, they’d sound gongs when they were giving to the poor, they extended their robes and set out differently. They liked high places at parties and even walked in a way that set them apart. If the Pharisees lived in our time, they’d dominate the media waves giving speech after speech of what they were doing. Wait, maybe they live... Jesus addressed the issue of Humility as opposed to the hypocrisy and pride. He let His followers, and us know that a place of humility is much more stable than a prideful heart. In Matthew 23:12 He says, “For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted”

Pride is a sin that God hates, from the beginning, satan and his rebellion was caused because of the pride of his heart, Cain killed Adam because of pride. The world today is in the chaos we are in because the sin of pride. Pride appears to be a root cause of many other unimaginable sins and abominations. To walk with Jesus, we aught to consider His caution regarding to this sin. You may say “ I am not proud.” Well, how is your prayer life? The epicenter of pride is prayerlessness, not praying or asking of God is a declaration that you got it and do not need Him. 

Pastor's Heart