“Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop”

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This week’s ‘Pastor’s wives to Person, was written by Kimberly Beller.

“Instead, they had some points of dispute with him about their own religion and about a dead man named Jesus who Paul claimed was alive.” Acts 25:19

I love the Book of Acts. It’s such a simple name for the beginning account of the mighty force that God was fully spearheading! Amongst this surge of believers of this new Way, was the man Paul, who had been changed, and who had decided with every turn that he would not collect, but instead, hand out his passion for the Christ.

                   Here, we see Paul, who has been captured, being strengthened in his Witness, day by day, year by year. He was telling everyone what he has seen and heard, including Felix, and now Festus the new governor. They found no fault, but the unresolved envy coming directly from the religious-leading Jews who wouldn’t let him go from their hostile grasp of judgment.

But here’s what I love. You’ll notice that in every opportunity, Paul looked to share the Gospel. When the grasp got tighter, instead of looking towards the problem, he found a chance to create a new way of opening his message to a greater audience. He couldn’t be stopped.

                   And as you see the conversation between Festus and King Agrippa, you hear a very ordinary outsider’s conversation, preaching the very elements of the Gospel! Paul’s life shared that fragrance of the Gospel, and it multiplied in spite of his circumstances, and with no chance for words himself!

Today, our circumstances do not stop the Gospel. Our feelings do not stop the Gospel. I pray that when we are willing and with little courage, we can trust and pray with confidence that the Holy Spirit in us, will go for us. After all, that resurrecting power in them is the same power in us. It can’t stop, it won’t be stopped. 

“Pouring Out, Pouring Into”

Two hands hold a broken pot with water pouring out.

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

So many of us are out of our element. We have been asked to stay at home, sidelined or maybe even retrenched!! Let me ask you a simple question, where has your focus been? I challenged the youth this week focus on “what is true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”

 Has your focus been on productivity, on ministry, on family? Where have your BEST efforts been spent? If ever we had time to think and re-evaluate, now is the time!! Lastly, I would like to ask you whose life are you pouring into? Acts 18:26  “So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.” Whose life have you been pouring into these last couple of weeks? Who have you been discipling? Who have you been leading? Who have you been praying for? Beloved, each of you have things that God wants you to invest your time in, set your gaze on HIM, and hold fast to HIS realigning of our lives!

My Inheritance

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This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Caleb Beller.
[Jos 14:9 NIV] 9 So on that day Moses swore to me, ‘The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly.’

Here “Caleb” is asking Moses for that which God had promised him. Caleb, now an old man is passionate about receiving all the Lord had promised. Yes, there were still giants in the land, but he was confident the Lord would deliver on His promise.
In perhaps the largest sum ever inherited by someone who did not know the person who bequeathed it to them, we have the case of Zsolt and Geza Peladi, who were literally living in a cave near Budapest when they were painstakingly tracked down and then, once found, were informed they had inherited over $6 billion- from a grandmother they’d never met!
Could you imagine living as a beggar when someone tells you, you have inherited a fortune? Today on “Good Friday” we are reminded of the price that was paid and the inheritance made available to us through Christ’s death. Because of what was done on the cross we all have access to the riches of Christ (Rom 8:17).
What is our inheritance that comes from His death? We can have our sin and shame paid for in full! His righteousness and perfect life can be added to our account! We can be filled with His power to overcome sin and walk in love!
Are you walking in the fullness of your inheritance? Let us all ask today for the fullness of our inheritance! Let’s also remember the price that was paid for us, and that we can tell the other beggars that they too have an inheritance waiting for them!

Companions

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

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Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. (Acts 4:13)

So here we are, several weeks into this phenomena called “social distancing”.  Some folks considered “essential” are still going to work, but a whole lot of us have been staying home.  Thanks to the wonders of telecommuting, some of us working at home are busier than ever.  Some of you are bored out of your heads. And it looks like we may have at least one more month of it.

Besides bad haircuts and expanding waistlines, have you taken a moment to think how you are going to emerge out of this next month?  Do you think you will have changed? I find that I am affected by the people I spend time with.  If I’m hanging out with companions from Texas, you might hear me picking up a slight drawl.  If talking like Yoda I am, think you might of whom I have been watching.

Peter and John had been arrested for healing a lame man and pointing people to Jesus.  And now, after a night in jail, they stood before their accusers and spoke the beautiful words of truth. It was obvious who they had spent time with.

Turn off the TV.  Take a few minutes to read your Bible and pray. He is longing for you to set aside some time for Him.

Barabbas is Me

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

[John 18:40 NIV] 40 “They shouted back, ‘No, not him! Give us Barabbas!’ Now Barabbas had taken part in an uprising.”

Mark and Luke tell us Barabbas was not an innocent bystander or political activist, but a murderer. Matthew tells us he was well known, but it was for creating chaos, and violence. Barabbas was guilty, Jesus was innocent.

This exchange is one of the great illustrations of the gospel. We see Barabbas the guilty thug and murderer and Jesus the Messiah and healer. Barabbas deserved to be condemned and Jesus set free.

This story is no mere tragedy of justice but an illustration of grace. Grace is an undeserved gift. The gift isn’t just that we are set free, that would be amazing but would inspire no real change on my part… just a “get out of jail free card.” As Barabbas walks away a free man, Jesus is led away to be beaten, whipped, and crucified.

The reason we are set free is not some judicial technicality, it is because Jesus has taken my place and paid the ultimate price. 2 Cor 5:21 says,” God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” This seems so unfair, and selfless love truly is. It is not fair that Jesus is punished for our sin, but it is true.

We never read of Barabbas having a changed life. Jesus dying for me doesn’t automatically change me. It is my response to this grace that transforms my life. How have you responded to Jesus taking your place? Take some time to think about the price that was paid for you today. Jesus didn’t do it to make you feel guilt, but to transform you by His grace. Celebrate His love today by thanking Him and sharing it with someone else!

“DON’T Panic – PRAY. DON’T Fear – HAVE Faith”

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

John 10:27-28 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.” Beloved take a deep breath, and listen for the voice of the Shepherd. Listen for the calm, listen to the still small voice of the maker of Heaven and Earth. He has got this and He has got you in His enormously capable hands. Open up your Bible, and read the words of life-everlasting. Only then, launch into the action that God has for you. Re-read Ephesians 2:10

DON’T panic. Panic is the enemy. Don’t buy 18 cases of toilet paper(but if you do: tithe-that’s 1.8 cases for the church;) Over three hundred times in Scripture God tells us NOT to fear. Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah had serious reasons to fear, but with God he made the choice to have faith. He looked to God, NOT his circumstances. Take the time that God has gifted to us, and reach out in faith: call your family, call your neighbors. See how you can be of service. Share the gospel, live the gospel! And WHEN you feel anxious, PRAY!!

Viral Gospel

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

[John 4:29 NIV] 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?”

April 18, 1775 Paul Revere, and William Dawes made their famous midnight ride sounding the alarm… “the British are coming!” Historians argue that this daring ride may have turned the tide in the war that led to the birth of our nation.

In our story Jesus engages with a “Samaritan” woman who seems to be on the “outside” of a people who were already “outcasts.” Jesus pushes past all the cultural barriers and engages her with a life altering conversation. “Living water, eternal life, and Jesus is the Messiah!” This woman has encountered the most amazing gift the world will ever know and what does she do next?

With desperate passion, she leaves everything and compels the entire village to come see Jesus for themselves. In two simple but urgent sentences she ignites a response that changes the village forever.

[John 4:42] “They said to the woman, ‘We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”

In this time of great chaos as we navigate our daily lives. Let us not take for granted the gift of the gospel. Jesus has come into our brokenness and offered us healing and hope. The question is what will we do with it? Her passion and urgency to bring others to Jesus resulted in them seeing the truth for themselves. She didn’t let bitterness or fear keep her from getting the message out. May we have the same passion & courage to get others to Jesus this week!

Giants

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

There we saw the giants … and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.” (Numbers 13:33)

Did you have any expectations when you asked God to lead your life? Sometimes we have these unspoken ideas that perhaps our lives will be “better” or at least a little “easier” when we chose to follow Jesus.  In many respects, this is true.  Yet allowing God to lead you will also mean that there may be changes up ahead. Do we avoid trouble?  Do we choose the easier path?

God was leading the nation of Israel out of slavery in Egypt and toward their “Promised Land”.  As they camped on the border, they sent twelve men across the border to spy out the land and give a report.  Two of the spies came back with glowing tales of milk and honey.  The other ten chose to focus on the difficulty ahead.  All they could talk about was those giants in the land.  The nation grabbed onto their fear and refused to move ahead to the Promised Land.  It was one of those watershed moments in Israel’s history.  Do they go forward in faith, or do they hold back in fear?

The older I get, the less I like change.  I would like everything in my life to stay the same.  Yet I find that as God continues to lead, He challenges me to face a changing future. Let me have the faith of Caleb who said, “we are well able to overcome it” (Num. 13:30).

Lost & Found

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

[Luke 15:20 NIV] 20 So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

The Fathers’ eyes had been fixed on the horizon with loving grace, anxiously waiting for any sign of the son’s return. One could only imagine the daily prayers as He sat hoping for any signs of life. When the moment miraculously came the Father breaks into a sprint not to condemn but to comfort.

So often it is the fear of rejection or anger that keeps the “lost” from coming back. This story illustrates the gracious heart of our heavenly Father. Like a “light-house” on a rocky shore, His love shows us the way safely home. The bible teaches us in [1Jo 1:9] “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

If all this is true why are so many prodigals still afraid to come home? In our story the Father is not the only one to respond. The elder brother is filled with bitterness and refuses to celebrate. The issue is not the anger over the prodigal’s sinful life, but his outrage for the Fathers gracious response. How many prodigals remain at large because the fear of the family is greater than the perceived love of the Father?

The elder’s brother’s resentment over the Fathers grace robbed him of his joy and undermined his own sense of security with the Father. May we this week model the love of the Father, praying and preparing for the return of the prodigal. May we rejoice with heaven over each sinner who repents and guard our hearts from bitterness at the Father’s gracious response.

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!