It’s All About Him

November 29, 2012

33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.  34 And when they were gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret.

35 And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto him all that were diseased;

36 And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.  Matthew 14:33-36

 

As you take a look at the text, you quickly realize that it was all about Jesus. If you are his disciple (follower, pupil and learner) today, you still know "It's All About Him". As Andre Crouch said in a classic song, "Jesus is the answer for the world today."  Let's see how Matthew describes how others 

responded to Jesus. 

 

1. Worshiped Him.  Jesus had directed his disciples to get into the ship and go to the other side. At the fourth watch, Jesus walks on the water unto his disciples.  When he enter into the ship they worshiped Him and confessed he was the son of God.  

 

2. Knowledge of Him.  When they arrived at their destination and the people recognized it was Jesus who had traveled from villages, towns and synagogues preaching the kingdom and healing every sickness and every disease. He was well known.

 

3. Brought to Him.  Those who took knowledge of Jesus went out and gathered those who were sick. It reminds me of the woman at the Well who went and told others to come and see a man.  Jesus is the man that everyone needs to come into contact with to experience life and it more abundantly.

 

4. Besought Him.  The people requested that Jesus would allow those that came to only touch the hem of his garment. Today, you can be used to be an intercessor on the behalf of others that they may have an encounter with Jesus.

 

5.Touch Him.  By touching the hem of his garment, they touched him and were made perfectly whole.  It goal is to get others to Jesus, the only one who can mend and heal the condition of mankind.  The bible tells us we are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power.

 

I pray that you have touched Him. If not, 

reach out today and ask him to come into your heart.  If you have, let God use you that others may be able to touch him and declare he is the son of God and  that "It's All About Him." 

 

Much Love and Respect,

Pastor Eric 

WOW - Happy Thanksgiving

November 22, 2012
Do you see what we've got? An unshakable kingdom! And do you see how thankful we must be? Not only thankful, but brimming with worship, deeply reverent before God. For God is not an indifferent bystander. He's actively cleaning house, torching all that needs to burn, and he won't quit until it's all cleansed. God himself is Fire! 
Hebrews 12:28-29 The Message Bible

 

As you celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends, you are afforded the opportunity to pause for the cause and reflect upon what you are truly thankful for. Many will gather to eat a delicious meal and share their personal reflections. Some will say they are thankful for God, yet their personal lives reflect something entirely differently. 
 
In the text above, the writer of Hebrews reminds us that we have an unshakable kingdom to be thankful for. The Message translation expresses it in a way that perhaps we do not realize what we really have and therefore are not thankful, nor respectful to the one that has provided it - God Almighty!  
 
An unshakable kingdom provides stability in  unstable times and security in an insecure environment. The times and seasons we live in are indicators that we must embrace and experience this God given kingdom.  I remember my life before Christ (B.C). It appeared I had it all together on the outside, but inwardly I was unstable and moved by everything that happened to and around me. I am thankful I invited Jesus into my heart and life. He has taught me how to calm and quiet my soul. Psalm 131:2  It is in Him that I live, move and have my being.    
 
These chaotic times we live in are causing many to look for something to grab a hold of that cannot be shaken. "Can you see what we got?"  It's an unshakable kingdom that brings comfort in chaos. As this becomes clear to you, it will cause your thanksgiving to turn into reverent worship to God. With such reverence, you will begin to regard yourself as a citizen of an everlasting kingdom and never forget the King rules and reigns in your life and deserves all the praise, honor, and glory 

Therefore, let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire,"  
 
 

Happy Thanksgiving,

 

Pastor White 

Walking in Integrity

November 15, 2012

Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.  Proverbs 10:9 

 

I am sure most of you have been following the recent news regarding high level CIA and military officials being involved in conduct that reflects negatively upon their ability to lead. The fallout has resulted in personal embarrassment, career ending implications, and strained relationships to name a few.  These individuals all have something in common that you must be cognizant of. They all failed to walk in Integrity.    

 

According to webster's dictionary, Integrity is the firm adherence to a code of moral or artistic values. The quality or state of being sound, complete, or undivided.  There is an old saying that says, "if you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything." You must ask yourself not only what you stand for, but what are you standing on. What you stand for and on is connected to how you are walking and greatly influences who or what you are spending time with. The word teaches us not to walk in the counsel of the ungodly, stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in the seat of the mockers, but to delight yourself in the law (word) of the Lord.   

 

As men and women of God, you must stand firm and walk uprightly according to the truth of the Gospel. You must make the word of God the rule of your life and actions. None of us are perfect which indicates our need to trust in the perfect one. Your trust and confidence must be in Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith. It is when you decide to turn and walk in your own way that you begin to walk crooked. It is in your crookedness or perverseness that you are exposed or found out.    

 

In closing, integrity is of the heart. In your daily walk, look deep within and pull out what God has written upon the tablet of your heart. Cultivate this integrity through spending time in the word so that you will have a 'firm adherence to a code.' The only foundation worthy to stand upon is the one created by God. All others are as shifting sand. Please know the Father desires not to expose you, but to present you as light in the midst of darkness.

 

Much Love and Respect,

 

Pastor White 

Pray For Our Leaders

November 7, 2012
"I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth"                    
1 Timothy 2:1-4, NASB
 
As the election season draws to a close,  real work begins for those you elected to serve and lead our country. For many, there are insurmountable challenges ahead. Some of you may have not participated in the process, but you still have a voice.  Whatever your position or party affiliation, I encourage and urge you to pray for all our political leaders. 
 
According to our text above, if we fail to pray and give God thanks for those in authority, it could lead to troubling times for the society we live in. When you pray, it gets the attention of God in heaven and places angels on assignment. The book of James reminds us the earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. 
 
The opening text also implies that your prayers can lead to your leader's salvation and knowledge of the truth. I hope you are excited that God desires to use you as an intercessor to intercept any unrighteous plans and intervene in the lives of those you have elected into public office. This means your responsibility is not over after the election, but only beginning.
 
The bible tells us in Romans 13:1 that everyone must submit themselves to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.  The authorities that exist have been established by God. Since God has established all authority, I ask you to do that which is good and acceptable in His sight -  PRAY.
 
 
Much Love and Respect,
 
Pastor White