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You asked for it - from the Pastors desk.
Part 1 - Healing
(James 5:13-15) Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
God still heals people.
(2 Timothy 4:18) The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
God is more concerned about my soul.
(Matthew 10:28) Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
God wants me to grow in faith.
(Hebrews 11:6) And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
(James 5:17-18) Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.
- Faith begins with a Word from God.
(1 Kings 17:1) Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.”
(Romans 10:17 NKJV) So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
- Faith continues regardless of what I see.
(1 Kings 18:43-44) “Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked. “There is nothing there,” he said. Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.” The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man's hand is rising from the sea.” So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’”
(2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV) For we walk by faith, not by sight.
- Faith goes from a small beginning to a grand finale.
(1 Kings 18:45-46) Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain came on and Ahab rode off to Jezreel. The power of the LORD came upon Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.
(Zechariah 4:10 NLT) Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin…”
(2 Corinthians 12:8-9 NLT) Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.
YOU ASKED FOR IT: WHY DOES GOD ALLOW SUFFERING?
“In this world you will have trouble.” John 16:33
GOD’S PLAN — He created a PERFECT world.
“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” Genesis 1:31
OUR PROBLEM — We have ABUSED our free will.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
“We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” Romans 8:22
GOD’S PURPOSE — He wants to bring GOOD out of suffering.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
OUR PERSPECTIVE — We must think LONG term.
“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
GOD’S DESIRE — He wants us to TURN TO Him.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
- He gives us PEACE to deal with our present.
- He gives us COURAGE to deal with our future.
TAKE AWAY — Are you READY?
“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” 1 John 5:13
YOU ASKED FOR IT...from the Pastors desk Part 3 – How To Change
(Romans 7:15 NLT) I don't understand myself at all, for I really want to do what is right, but I don't do it. Instead, I do the very thing I hate.
It becomes a part of your identity.
You feel increasingly hopeless.
You become defensive.
You become a slave.
You begin to lose your life.
How to Change
(Romans 6:12-14 NLT) Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God… Sin is no longer your master… Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.
Get rid of the excuses.
(Luke 14:18-20) But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’ Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’ Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’
Make a break.
(2 Corinthians 6:14-17) Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” “Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.”
(1 Corinthians 15:33-34) Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.’ Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning…
Fill the void.
Give your life to Jesus.
(Ephesians 5:18) Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.
Get in a small group.
(Ecclesiastes 4:8-12) There was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil… Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Find your purpose in life.
(Acts 20:24 NLT) But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.
Live your life for the good of others.
(1 Peter 4:10) Each one should use whatever gift he’s received to serve others.
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Part 4 – What Happens when we die?
(Ecclesiastes 3:11) He has also set eternity into the human heart.
(Ecclesiastes 12:6-7) Yes, remember your Creator now while you are young, before the silver cord of life snaps and the golden bowl is broken. Don’t wait until the water jar is smashed at the spring and the pulley is broken at the well.7 For then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.
(Luke 23:42-43) Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.” [Luke 16:19 - 31] [2 Corinthians 5:6 - 10]
What About Heaven?
- Heaven is a real place.
(Revelation 21:14) The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it is long.
- Heaven is a right place.
(Revelation 21:4) He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.
- Heaven is a relational place.
(Revelation 22:2) On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
- Heaven is a rewarding place.
(Revelation 22:12) “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.”
(Matthew 16:27) For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done.
Living for Eternity
(Titus 2:11-13 NLT) For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, will be revealed.
- Refocus my energies.
(Matthew 6:19-20) Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven.
(2 Corinthians 4:18) So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
- Reach people.
(Jude 1:22-23) Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them.
(Revelation 22:17) The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.
- Renew your relationship with God.
(2 Peter 3:13-14) But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.