Pastor Scott’s Blog

September 14, 2018

Are you weary? 
 
Life as a Christian can be a challenge, but I would not want to do life with out Jesus. I have been waking up singing “O Come to the Altar” by Elevation Worship. A couple weeks ago I helped a dear family friend and her dad load up a moving truck as she is off on a great new adventure in Arkansas. 
 
There is a difference in physical weariness and mental or spiritual weariness. By the time I arrived at home after loading the truck, I was physically spent, ready for bed. The next day I found muscles that I apparently had forgotten about. But even in that physical weariness, I felt good. It’s nice to get a work out! Not to mention the satisfaction of helping a fellow believer that has ministered so incredibly to my wife and family.  Physical weariness will pass, rest, food and water… and maybe a couple Advil and your good to go. 
 
The mental and spiritual weariness is a whole different thing. As news of a pastor committing suicide in California broke, my own spiritual and mental weariness was exposed. As a follower of Christ we all must remember Jesus’ words in: 
 
John 10:10 
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
 
The devil does not want us to succeed as a genuine Spirit filled believer and he doesn’t always attack blatantly, punching you in the face, or breaking a leg. He does it subtly, in your thought life and time management. Do we hold every thought captive? Or do we let busyness, fear, anger, control, hatred, insecurity, anxiety, lust, frustration, etc… rule our thoughts. Eventually that will bubble up and out, you will act on it. If we allow these things (and others) to fester in our lives, it will exasperate the weariness, pulling you away from what it is that God has for you. Loneliness and depression is another way the enemy attacks, bringing thoughts that you are alone, and stripping hope. 
 
BUT, Here comes the hope that we do have…. we have the ability through Jesus to recover and be even stronger than before. You are NOT alone. 
 
Jesus, brings life… and not just life, but abundant life. 
We tend to take on things that are not ours to hold on to.
 
Matthew 11:28-30
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 
For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
 
What are we to do?  First we must come to him… look to Him, don’t isolate yourself and try to take care of the weariness alone. 
Who is to come? ALL of us. Those who have worked and are exhausted, weary from toil, mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally. Weary from the effects of sin. 
What will He do? He will give you rest. Peace, refreshing, the ability to recover… to regain strength. 
Then, take HIS yoke. His heart, the center of physical and spiritual life as God created it. That’s the only thing we are to carry…having our thoughts, passions, desires, appetites, affection or purposes based on Gods word.  
There is a promise here, if we come to Him, we will find rest for our souls. 
 
It Is Well With My Soul! 
 
My prayer for you is that in your weariness you will go to Jesus, humble yourself and seek His strength. You will find rest, you will find peace, not only does Gods word say it, I personally can testify to it, it works.
May everything we do, glorify God. 
 
I am praying for you all and love you dearly! 
 
Hold Steady! 
 
If you get a chance look up “O Come To the Altar” and as you listen, let your prayer and actions reflect what the lyrics are saying. https://youtu.be/rYQ5yXCc_CA
 
We do not need to live in weariness…
 
O Come To The Altar
 
Are you hurting and broken within? Overwhelmed by the weight of your sin?
Jesus is calling
Have you come to the end of yourself Do you thirst for a drink from the well?
Jesus is calling
O come to the altar
The Father’s arms are open wide Forgiveness was bought with
The precious blood of Jesus Christ
Leave behind your regrets and mistakes Come today there’s no reason to wait
Jesus is calling
Bring your sorrows and trade them for joy From the ashes a new life is born
Jesus is calling
O come to the altar
The Father’s arms are open wide Forgiveness was bought with
The precious blood of Jesus Christ
Oh what a savior
Isn’t He wonderful?Sing hallelujah, Christ is risen
Bow down before Him For He is Lord of all
Sing Hallelujah, Christ is risen
O come to the altar
The Father’s arms are open wide Forgiveness was bought with
The precious blood of Jesus Christ 
Bear your cross as you wait for the crown
Tell the world of the treasure you found
 
God Bless!
 
Pastor Scott 
 

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True Freedom

2 Corinthians 3:16-17 (NIV)
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
 
4th of July! 
Independence Day! 
On July 4th 1776, thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England and eventually became the United States. The first readings of the Declaration were in Philadelphia at Independence square. Bells were rung and music was played. The next year they celebrated with bonfires, bells and fireworks. And the fire works and music continue today. Bringing unity across all beliefs, races and political standings for a day. 
 
God has indeed blessed us in so many ways as a nation. We have been able to send aid to those in need, missionaries to many nations and support/deliverance for those who are oppressed. 
 
Do we really understand the freedom we have today? We are spoiled and in all honesty a little clueless.  Men and women picked up weapons and fought for us to have the freedoms we have today. Slowly, freedoms are being taken away. There are those who seek to remove some of those freedoms and are working diligently to do so. 
 
Setting that aside, the freedom that we have in Christ is much more important. Freedom is something we seek when we are oppressed. Freedom in Christ is not a political or economic freedom. There are millions of people that are oppressed that have freedom in Christ. The Apostle Paul talks about sin being oppressive and that we are actually slaves to it. But, we have Gods Grace! God has a plan for our ultimate freedom. 
 
Romans 6:1-2 
Believers Are Dead to Sin, Alive to God
1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? 2 May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?
 
If we want true freedom, we need Jesus. We really have to make a heart and mindset change. But with freedom comes responsibility. In the secular world we need order and direction, we need people who will defend that freedom even if it brings them to deaths door. As for our freedom in Christ, we must sacrifice and die to self. Surrender, obedience and submission of our will, such a hard thing, but doable. We cannot and must not continue living in sin once we have surrendered our lives to Jesus Christ. 
 
If you want to experience true freedom. Surrender. Go ALL in. Stop sinning. Seriously. If you are a follower of Christ, then make the adjustments necessary for freedom to be unleashed in your life. Confess your sins and ask that the Holy Spirit will guide, direct and protect you. If you are not a believer or follower of Christ. I challenge you to take that step today. 
 
Romans 3:23 says that we all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God. 
 
Romans 10:9-13 
9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 
10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 
11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” 
12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; 
13 for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
 
Talk to God.. He will hear you. 
 
It doesn’t matter who you are or where you have been, it doesn’t matter what the scar or what the sin, it doesnt matter if you fallen along the way, there is healing for your life today. (Carmen)
 
We live in a broken world and the only thing that can fix it is Jesus. It starts with you simply asking for forgiveness and believing in Him. Jesus died on the cross for our sins. His death, burial and resurrection gives us the ability to have a restored relationship with God. 
 
God wants us to experience the greatest freedom available. Freedom that comes with Jesus being Prophet, Priest and King of our lives. 
 
Prophet: Speaking into our lives through Gods word and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 21:11, Luke 7:16, John 4:19, Mark 6:4)  
Preist: Our mediator between us and God. Jesus goes to God on our behalf. (1 Timothy 2:5, Hebrews 4:14)
King: Jesus has all authority on heaven and Earth. He is the Lord of ALL, he walks, talks and directs with authority, 
 
2 Corinthians 3:17 
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (Freedom).
 
Prayed for ALL of you this morning! 
Keep your eyes on God! 
Pray for your fellow believers and for our nation….especially our President and leaders. 
 
Love you all! 
Pastor Scott 
 
Psalm 33:12
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.

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Blog May 16, 2018

GODS WORD
 
Gods word is more than a good book to read. It’s the key to direction for our daily lives. 
 
2 Timothy 2:15 
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
 
We live in a fast paced world and even though we have a desire to be in Gods Word and strengthen our relationship with Him, we don’t take the time. I want to encourage you to be known as a genuine believer is Christ. It starts by surrendering your whole life to God. 
 
Once we have surrendered all, then its time to learn everything we can about God and strengthen our relationship with Him. We cannot just open our Bibles on Sunday morning and expect that to be sufficient. please, pick up your bible Mon-Sat as well. Read, pray and meditate on it, give the Holy Spirit an opportunity to speak to you. 
 
Gods word is true, and trustworthy, it helps us develope and strengthen a Biblical World view. My view of the world as a man, is limited at best and not clear without Gods word. He has the BIG picture and wants us to experience and participate in all He has for us while we are here on planet Earth. 
 
We have a bible study Monday nights where they are studying Gods word chronologically. We are using Answers in Genesis ciriculum, the adult version of what our children are being taught Sunday mornings. At the beggining of the study they lay out some amazing tools for studying Gods word. I will be integrating those tools in my Sunday messages and again as I write my blog. 
 
I always encourage people to spend time in Gods word, to grab a devotional and at least spend 15 min to start the day talking to and hearing from God. But, I want to challenge you to go further. Spend more time in Gods word. By all means, use the devotional, but dont just look at the scripture verse and mans opinion of that verse, go deeper. 
 
There are three important things that the Monday night curriculum teaches from the beggining and apply every time we open our bibles. We must implement these to strengthen our relationship with God and know how to apply His word to our daily lives. 
 
  1. Observe The Text—ask the 5-W’s and 1-H…
  • Who wrote it and who is it written to? 
  • What words are repeated or emphasized? 
  • When was it written? 
  • Where is it happening? 
  • Whyis it being written (the main point).
  • How is it communicated and Howdoes it affect those who it is addressed to and howdoes it affect you? 
 
  1. Interpret The Text—
  • What does the rest of the Bible say about this topic?
  • Use cross-references, look at culture, the meaning of word meaning, what is the context, use commentaries or parallel messages that are similar.                                                                                  Be careful NOT to read your own ideas into the text…
 
  1. Apply The Text—James 1:22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. Live what you read, put it into action. 
  
2 Timothy 3:16-17 
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work”.
 
Each time we gather, the Holy Spirit is right here with us ready to speak to and through each of us. 
 
We love teaching, you know learning about Gods word… its the reproof or correction that bugs us. If we open Gods Word we need to read and study with the heart and mind set that we are in Gods presence and are seeking his instruction and direction for our lives. Sometimes it will bring encouragement and hope, and at other times, correction or reproof. Listen carefully to both.
 
Have you spent time in Gods word this week? Are you seeking to hear what HIS word says? 
Gods word is where we should be going as we make life choices and decisions…everything we need to know about life is in the Bible. 
 
I would encourage you to journal… write down what God is saying to you as you read…as you…
Observe—Interpret—and Apply His word. Start with the scriptures i used in writing this. What is God saying to YOU? 
 
Slow down, unplug and open your Bible. 
 
The more we study and apply Gods word to our daily lives, the easier it will be for us to share the hope we have with others and to defend our biblical world view.  
 
Prayed for you all this morning! 
Love God—Love Others! 
Pastor Scott

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Blog April 12, 2018

Celebrate good times, come on! 
 
Good morning! 
We all have things we celebrate. Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, accomplishments. The Bible has feasts and celebrations from Genesis to Revelation. Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, Feast of First Fruit, Pentecost, etc… Gods people have celebrated victories over their enemies and Gods provision. 
 
Psalm 47:1
O clap your hands, all peoples; 
Shout to God with the voice of joy.
 
So, let me ask you a couple questions. Are you celebrating? What are you celebrating? 
 
I am celebrating life today! Grateful for one more year with Pamela. One year ago today, she received the stem cell Transplant. Literally a second birth. Pam now has 2 birthdays… March 12 and April 12 (does that mean she is aging faster? Shhh, dont tell her I said that.) God’s hand has been in this whole process. We do not know why things happen the way they do. But, I do know that God is in control! Celebration and second chances….. Second birth! Which brings me to the main thing. 
 
Being Born Again! I know that’s Christianeze. What does that even mean? Born again?
 
 
 
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
 
A hard saying by Jesus: 
Nicodimus came to Jesus at night. He was a prominent Pharisee and member of the Sanhedrin (the ruling body of the Jews) and he was seeking answers. 
 
John 3:3-7 
Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
4 Nicodemus *said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?” 
5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
 
Born Again! Means born from above, bringing others to Jesus’ way of life, or to convert someone. 
Nicodimus, needed a heart change. He needed a spiritual transformation. When we are born again, it’s not by works or anything that we can do, but by grace, the only thing we can do, is believe. To, lean in with every thing you have, body, mind! This brings eternal life… meaning we get to spend eternity in heaven.
 
2 Corinthians 5:17 
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
 
But while we are still on this earth, we are a new creation. The old man dies and a new creation emerges. 
Additional reading: (Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:3; 1John 2:29; 3:9; 4:7; 5:1-4, 18; John 1:12-13) 
 
We become adopted children of God by trusting in Jesus. 
 
Why? Why must we be born again? Because of our sin nature. 
Romans 3:23 says “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”. 
We are spiritually dead. New life comes through Christ. New birth… born again. Our sins are forgiven and we have a restored relationship with God. 
 
Ephesians 2:8-9
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
So, being born again, we are a child of God because Jesus died on the cross it paid the penalty for our sins. Because of this we have a restored relationship with God. (2 Corinthians 5:17) 
 
If you have never accepted Jesus as your savior or been born again. Can you listen to the Holy Spirits prompting and respond to Him today? 
 
Romans 10:9-13
that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
 
It’s simple… pray something like this:
God, I realize that I need you. I know that I have sinned against you. I have sinned against you, please forgive me. Thank you for sending Jesus to pay the price for my sin. I believe in Jesus and that He was raised from the dead. I put my trust in you for salvation. Help me serve you and share the hope I now have with others. In Jesus name amen! 
 
If you have prayed this prayer. Let me know. So I can get you some resources and walk with you in this NEW LIFE! 
 
Celebrate! Celebrate life! Celebrate the NEW life you have in Christ. Each day is a gift from God. Celebrate about your marriage, your kids, your job, the fact that you can draw a fresh breath. If you call yourself a believer… act like it. Be a Spirit filled believer, share the hope you have with others. 
 
Psalm 47:1
O clap your hands, all peoples; 
Shout to God with the voice of joy.
 
Love God…. Love people… share hope…
 
Love y’all! 
Prayed for you this morning! 

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