Daddy’s Girl

This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Caleb Beller.
[Luke 8:48 NIV] 48 Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”

There is something special about the relationship a father has with his daughter’s. The term “daddy’s-girl” instantly brings to mind fathers shepherding the hearts of their princess. As a dad to daughters (and to sons) I understand this special bond of love when saying the words “daughter.”
This woman had been suffering for 12 years with a very personal problem. She had tried everything, but nothing worked. In a moment of desperation, she decided, if I could just grab the hem of Jesus’ garment maybe things could be better.
One could only imagine the feelings of isolation and discouragement, wondering why it was never getting better. “Was God mad at me?” “Had I done something wrong.” “Does God even care!”
When Jesus felt the tug on his garment, instantly He knew someone had reached out in faith. Jesus in the midst of the crowd, asks “who touched me?” Luke tells us (47) that she was “trembling.” Why is she so scared? Verse (44) tells us she has already been physically healed. Jesus wanted to take it one step further. He wanted her to know, I see you, I know you, and I love you. The healing Jesus wanted to do goes even deeper than the physical. He reassures her that she is loved and treasured by her heavenly Father. That He sees her faith, loves her as His child, and cares about her circumstances.
Maybe you are struggling with some personal or private pain. It is time to reach out to Jesus. Grab onto His promises & experience the healing of the gospel. Let Him remind you today, that He sees you, knows you, and loves you!

Follow HIS Lead

This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Daniel Grant.

As CCF we are faced with a move in our near future! BUT God has gone before us and prepared a way for us, don’t miss His provision and guidance. God faithfully provided for and protected the Israelites on their 40-year move: Exodus 40:36-38 Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would go onward in all their journeys. 37 But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not journey till the day that it was taken up. 38 For the cloud of the Lord was above the tabernacle by day, and fire was over it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.”

God lit up the night sky with the warmth of fire and the light of His presence. He also protected the Israelites with shade by means of a pillar of cloud in the desert. So often in our modern, frenetic lives we run ahead or fall behind. I would like to encourage you to do neither. Don’t get ahead of the cloud of God’s leading and don’t fall behind the warmth of his fire. Stay right in in the ‘sweet spot’ of waiting on Him to move and moving with Him when He does. Good things are ahead!!!

“Mobile”

This weeks Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Rich Cathers.

The poles shall be in the rings of the ark; they shall not be taken from it. (Exodus 25:15)

As Moses and the Israelites traveled through the wilderness, God had them build a portable place of worship, the Tabernacle.  The centerpiece of the Tabernacle was a piece of furniture called the “Ark of the Covenant” (cue Indiana Jones music).  As God gave Moses instructions for how it was all to be built, there is this little footnote about rings and poles.  The Ark was built to be portable.  It wasn’t supposed to settle down and become stationary.  At a moment’s notice the whole thing needed to be ready to get up and move.

Studying the Tabernacle in the wilderness can be instructive on so many levels.  The Ark itself was supposed to be a model of God’s throne.  God was said to “dwell between the cherubim” that were molded on the Ark’s lid.  When the people stopped to camp, the Tabernacle (and Ark) was supposed to be in the very heart of the camp.  And it was all so very mobile.

Is God at the center of your heart?  Does He have the say over decisions you are facing?  Are you aware of His Holy Presence?  So what about those rings?  We need to stay mobile my friends.  When God says “move”, we pick up and go.  God has people to reach, places to go.  He may even want to send you.

The Great Raid

This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Caleb Beller.

[Exo 12:41 NIV] 41 At the end of the 430 years, to the very day, all the LORD’s divisions left Egypt.

In January 1945, the US Army carried out one of the most daring – and most successful – rescue missions in the history of warfare. The rescue mission grew out of the Battle of Bataan, a huge military defeat for the Americans and their allies. The Imperial Japanese Army took tens of thousands of prisoners. They made them march huge distances in unbearable conditions in what became known as the Bataan Death March. By the beginning of 1945, around 500 men were still being held here in unspeakable conditions. The American High Command was determined to get the men out, however difficult that might be. On January 30, they were given the green light. An estimated 500 Japanese soldiers were killed in a brief but intense firefight. Just four Americans died. All but two of the prisoners were safely escorted back across American lines to safety.

In Genesis 15:13-14, God tells Abraham that for 400 years they will be will captives in a foreign land, but He will bring them back. Now 400 years later God delivers on His promise.

[Exo 12:28] The Israelites did just what the LORD commanded Moses and Aaron. The story of Passover culminates in the rescue of God’s people from slavery. The story climaxes in the Israelites placing the lamb’s blood on the doors of their homes so that judgment will “Pass-over” them. God fulfilled His promise to rescue His people from slavery, and by faith the people were saved through the blood of a lamb.

Just like in Exodus, Jesus has come to our rescue, but we too must do our part. We must place the lambs blood over the door of our hearts and by faith follow Jesus out of slavery and into the promise land!

Don’t Just Get Ready-BE Ready

This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Daniel Grant.

In Matt 24 Christ answers the very important question of what will it look like for the end of the age? He walks them through the signs and symptoms of what the end looks like. Matt 24:42 “42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. Twice in this passage Jesus gives the apostles instructions that are SUPER relevant to us. He reminds us to watch and exhorts us to stay ready!

Matt 24:43-44 “But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into 44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” We are called to watch and to BE ready. It’s so very easy to get comfortable, relaxed and to think that Christ would NEVER come back in our day! That’s the same wrong-thinking of the people in Noah’s day – who had never seen a flood, were warned by Noah, and on the day it came didn’t enter the ark. Don’t just get ready beloved – stay ready!! This life is the warm-up lap for eternity, the full race is yet to come!!

“Faith; Quality or Quantity”

This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Caleb Beller.

Mat 17:19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it. –J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan. In the fairy tale, Peter Pan, we are told if we want to fly, we just need to think of a “happy thought.” If you google, “believe in yourself” you will find many a quote from sports figures, to politicians who will tell you basically the same thing, you just have to believe in yourself and anything is possible. While this sounds very exciting, in reality this is just not true. Standing on the edge of a cliff I can jump and really want to believe I can fly; the issue will not be the amount of my faith but the object of my faith.

Jesus had just returned from the mount of transfiguration with three of his disciples. The other nine had been waiting where Jesus had left them. While waiting a desperate father begged them to heal his troubled son. When Jesus arrived, we learn that the disciples were powerless to help. Jesus rebukes the demon and the boy is healed! Privately the disciples ask Jesus why they couldn’t heal the boy. Jesus tells them it is because of their, “unbelief”. The issue was not the size of their faith, Jesus said if only their faith was the size of a “mustard seed” they could move mountains.  We can infer from the story that the issue was not the amount of their faith but the object. “Why couldn’t we cast it out?” their focus was on their own power. Jesus tells them this kind only comes out through “prayer and fasting.” This speaks about a dependence on God, not self. Having faith in yourself can’t save you or others, but even a little faith in Jesus is enough to move mountains!

Fearless

This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Rich Cathers.

“Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:31)

I love the fact that the most repeated command in Scripture is “Don’t be afraid”.  I believe the reason this command is so common is because most of us live with so many fears.  Fear affects our decisions, traps us in inaction, drives our anger, and just makes life miserable.  Yet over and over God reminds us not to be afraid.  In Matthew 10, Jesus reminded us of our great value to God.  God keeps track of His creation, even the tiny sparrows.  God knows the number of hairs on our head.  Some of us feel like we’re worthless to God, but it’s just the opposite.  He values us greatly.  If He knows this much about us and values us so much, we don’t need to be afraid.

The context of the passage is something that a few of us are afraid of.  Jesus is telling His disciples about how He is sending them out into the world to share the gospel, to bring God’s love and forgiveness to a needy people.  Some of us find that task a little intimidating.  We’re afraid of offending people, or we might be afraid of how they will respond.  Yet despite these kinds of fears, Jesus gently reminds us that we are of great value to God, and don’t need to be afraid.

Don’t be afraid to share what God has done for you.

True Treasure

This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Caleb Beller.

[Gen 6:8 NKJV] 8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

A man bought an old $4 painting at a flea market in Adamstown, Pennsylvania, in 1989, thinking the frame could be fixed and reused. When he removed the canvas, he saw a folded paper stuffed in it. He opened the document and couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw an original copy of the Declaration of Independence, dated 1776. Later that year, the manuscript was auctioned for $2,420,000.

As exciting as it would be to find a treasure hiding in our midst Noah found something much more precious. In the midst of a generation where everyone was doing what was right in their own eyes, Noah was looking for someone else.

Here in this dark chapter about the depravity of mankind we see the very first mention of “grace” in the bible. Noah didn’t have to earn it or buy it, he found it. Judgment was coming on the world. When Noah’s grandfather was born, he was given the name Methuselah which means “upon his death it shall come.” He was the longest living man recorded in the bible. God was patient in bringing the consequences He foretold. God was waiting for Noah.

   Have you discovered the treasure of the grace of God? Like Noah God wants you to find Him, know Him and experience His love. He always offers His grace before His judgment. Jesus said, Mat 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Like Noah, God wants to use you to impact the world before His judgment. We cannot stop the rain, but we can help build the boat!

Motive of the Heart

This weeks Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Daniel Grant.

Zechariah, the minor prophet, had a strong rebuke for the people of his day. The people wondered if they should fast and mourn as was their custom in the fifth and seventh months.  God challenged them to examine WHY they did what they were doing? God looks to the heart, to the motives, to the things that men don’t see. God evaluates those three things.

Was it wrong for them to mourn and fast – NO!! But their heart was not in it! It would be better for them to get their heart right with God and then take the right action!! Zec 7:12 “Yes, they made their hearts like flint, refusing to hear the law and the words which the Lord of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the former prophets. Thus great wrath came from the Lord of hosts.”

Beloved don’t resist the Lord! Don’t let your heart become hard by bitterness, by unforgiveness or even by ritually holding on to the way things have always been!! Ask God to soften your heart, ask God to FILL your heart with love, compassion and forgiveness. And know that I’m standing right there with you?

We Have Won

This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Caleb Beller.
[Nah 3:19 NIV] 19 Nothing can heal you; your wound is fatal. All who hear the news about you clap their hands at your fall, for who has not felt your endless cruelty?
Philipippides was a professional courier who was tasked with carrying news from city to city. Having previously run 150 miles over the course of 2 days, he was dispatched from the battlefield to Athens to announce the victory. After completing the 25 miles from Marathon to Athens he, announced, “we have won” and died of exhaustion after delivering the news.
The news of victory is, “good news.” This news from the prophet Nahum was a prophecy about the downfall of Nineveh. This message of judgment on Nineveh didn’t come from the middle of a battle but at the height of its power. Nineveh was the most powerful, ruthless, destructive empire in the world. Having taken Israel captive, it seemed like all hope would be lost. Nahum’s name means comfort. Here the Lord speaks a message of hope and comfort to God’s people. Nineveh will be destroyed. This empire will fall because God has declared it.
When Jesus died on the cross, He declared, “it is finished.” In so many ways this was a cry of victory and not defeat. On the cross our sin was paid for once and for all. The power of Satan was defeated once and for all. The power of death was defeated once and for all. Although at times it may seem like Nineveh, that Satan’s kingdom cannot be defeated. The destruction has been declared, and victory has been foretold. Are you living in the light of His victory? Did you know that Satan is a defeated foe? How far will we run to share the news of His victory and Satan’s defeat? We Have Won!