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Prepare for Heaven

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

From the Minister’s Desk                                                                                May 7, 2020

 

To the Saints at the North Las Vegas Congregation,

First, I want to thank each of you very much for being a part of our Church family. I am thankful to God for the privilege of leading this group of His people home. That’s how I see my charge and responsibilities to you, is to prepare you for Heaven.

Our Tuesday night class was a vivid reminder of those responsibilities and as I reflected on my efforts with the congregation, I am humbled and found myself feeling a bit unworthy and failing. Feelings that I must overcome by doing better in the abilities afforded to me by God.

I am aware of God’s expectations of me. I’m not always sure of your expectations of me. That’s why I preach and teach the way I do. I am trying to save myself and you. So, thank you for your comments and questions in class. That’s how we grow and learn what areas we as a congregation much improve in. For now, I want to say that if you are not ready to die, knowing that your next step is either Paradise or Tartarus as we wait for the judgment, one of us is not doing a good job! 

So, hearing that some of us are not ready or getting ready for death scared me a bit, in that I don’t want to be the blame for you not being prepared. I don’t want the destruction of any souls to be on my account. God said that we must all give account for ourselves. But I am charged as written in Ezekiel 3:16-21, 33:1-9, 2Tim.4:1-5 and 1Tim.4:15-16 I ask that you please read these verses and know that I take these personal and literally.

Knowing what God wants from me in ministry, preaching, teaching and living I am sure that if I adhere and obey, I will be saved. I pray you do too. Today I want to address our worthiness. Please don’t try to be worthy on your own. You can’t! It’s not what we think that makes us worthy- it’s what God says, and we do that makes us worthy. Jesus warns us that even the love of God does not avert from those who refuses to obey him and accept his forgiveness. That’s what makes one worthy of Christ, worthy of the kingdom of God, not what we think or feel. Trust and obey God to be worthy and start preparing your soul to meet Jesus at the judgment. My labor is not in vain if I do as God has commanded me. I pray your labor will not be in vain either. Let’s make the sufferings of this life payoff with treasures in heaven where there is no dying, no crying, no pain, no sorrow, no diseases and no fears. Until next time, may God bless you and keep you.

 

God's Order to "Social Distance"

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

We are living in the now where our lives are being impacted spiritually, financially, emotionally family relations, etc. This is a great time to examine our own selves to see if we are in the faith and whether we have other gods before the Lord.   

 

Are more readily influenced or guided by a situation, man or God? The nature of man is to react or respond to a situation or person the only way they know how. We often react in a “fight or flight” principle rather than a “think it over or think before you act” principle.

 

Social distancing is not a new thing. God enacted “social distancing” a long time ago. Social means ‘to form cooperative and interdependent relationships with one’s fellow species, inclined by nature to have companionship with others of the same species, (sociable- the interaction of the individual and the group or welfare of human beings as members of society. God made mankind to be social beings.

 

Distance means ‘the degree of space and time between two objects or entities, to place or keep a distance, to leave far behind, not close in space, time or relationship, separated in a relationship other than spatial, far apart.’ God also ordered his people to distance themselves from the other Nations and their gods. Have we? _________

 

Gen.12:1-5… Is this ‘social distancing?’___________________________________

 

Deut.7:1-6… Is this ‘social distancing?’ ___________________________________

 

Our God is Israel’s God. The only true God. The Creator of all things. He knows the positive impact ‘social distancing’ can have on people, so He commands his people to practice ‘social distancing.’ What should that look like for us today? See below:

 

Rom.16:17-20… Is this ‘social distancing?’ ________________________________

 

2Cor.6:16-18… Is this ‘social distancing?’ ________________________________

Why then are we not practicing God’s order to ‘social distance?’ _______________ Who has convinced you that God is ok with us not doing as He has clearly commanded? _________________________________________________________ Who has the greater influence over you and your choices? _____________________                                   

Can you see that if man won’t obey God, they won’t obey man either? ___________

Rom.13:1-6 & Heb.13:17… Obeying the government is an order from the Lord.

LGG

We are living in the now where our lives are being impacted spiritually, financially, emotionally family relations, etc. This is a great time to examine our own selves to see if we are in the faith and whether we have other gods before the Lord.   

 

Are more readily influenced or guided by a situation, man or God? The nature of man is to react or respond to a situation or person the only way they know how. We often react in a “fight or flight” principle rather than a “think it over or think before you act” principle.

 

Social distancing is not a new thing. God enacted “social distancing” a long time ago. Social means ‘to form cooperative and interdependent relationships with one’s fellow species, inclined by nature to have companionship with others of the same species, (sociable- the interaction of the individual and the group or welfare of human beings as members of society. God made mankind to be social beings.

 

Distance means ‘the degree of space and time between two objects or entities, to place or keep a distance, to leave far behind, not close in space, time or relationship, separated in a relationship other than spatial, far apart.’ God also ordered his people to distance themselves from the other Nations and their gods. Have we? _________

 

Gen.12:1-5… Is this ‘social distancing?’___________________________________

 

Deut.7:1-6… Is this ‘social distancing?’ ___________________________________

 

Our God is Israel’s God. The only true God. The Creator of all things. He knows the positive impact ‘social distancing’ can have on people, so He commands his people to practice ‘social distancing.’ What should that look like for us today? See below:

 

Rom.16:17-20… Is this ‘social distancing?’ ________________________________

 

2Cor.6:16-18… Is this ‘social distancing?’ ________________________________

Why then are we not practicing God’s order to ‘social distance?’ _______________ Who has convinced you that God is ok with us not doing as He has clearly commanded? _________________________________________________________ Who has the greater influence over you and your choices? _____________________                                   

Can you see that if man won’t obey God, they won’t obey man either? ___________

Rom.13:1-6 & Heb.13:17… Obeying the government is an order from the Lord.

LGG

Shame, Shame, Shame

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

I’m not ashamed to own that Jesus came and died on Calvary, that by his blessed free atonement He prepared a way for me and fix it so that I from bondage I might forevermore be free O, praise the Lord I’m not ashamed. I’m not ashamed to tell the sinners that the Lord will save their souls, if they will only come obeying, He will cleanse and make them whole, and he’ll prepare for them an entrance to that everlasting fold. I’m not ashamed to testify that he has cleansed my souls from sin, and by his blessed Holy Spirit he has made me free within; yes I am trying now to serve him and some precious souls to win, O praise the Lord, I’m not ashamed.  I’m not ashamed to speak for Jesus, I’m not ashamed to praise his name, I’m not ashamed to own His blessings.” We must not be ashamed of who we are in Christ. Lk.9:26… He bore the shame for us. Heb.12:1-3

 

Shame: ‘the painful feeling that arises from the consciousness of something dishonorable, improper, ridiculous, etc., done by oneself or someone else. Disgrace, embarrassment, humiliation.’  Since shamefulness is a conscious feeling that’s painful, why would a child of God be ashamed? They have disobeyed. When should a child of God be ashamed? When disobeying.  

 

If I know what the Lord said to do and do it not – SHAME ON ME. Jas.4:17                   

If you know people are struggling, you can but won’t help them – SHAME ON YOU.  Phil.2:4

If people are told and taught the truth and refuse to obey it – SHAME ON THEM.  2Tim.4:3-4

If we do not go out and spread the gospel to everyone we meet-SHAME ON US. Mt.28:19-20

Shame on Me, Shame on You, Shame on Them, Shame on Us – so what’s the fuss? We are all guilty!

 

If Jesus said I’m to love you and I don’t, SHAME ON ME. Mk.12:31

If the bible says you are to obey them that have the rule (lead) over you, and you don’t SHAME ON YOU.  Heb.13:17  

If people refuse the word and believe they can just call on the Lord, be morally good and do things their way and be saved SHAME ON THEM. Mt.7:21-23

If Jesus says we are to love one another as he has loved us, and we don’t SHAME ON US.       Jo.13:34-35 Shame on Me, Shame on You, Shame on Them, Shame on Us-so what’s the fuss? We’ve all fallen short of God! 

 

The fuss is the rhetoric going on in the world over religious matters, which God has already given all the instructions and guidance needed. The fuss is due to people ignoring what God has said and listening to Satan who opposes God in everything. Just as the passages above are clear on the issues provided, so it is with “all that pertain to life and godliness.” 2Pt.1:3-8 

 

It would be a Shame for one to come before God in judgment having known what was required to be saved and chose not to do it. There are no justifiable reasons for such and “each one must give account.” 2Cor.5:10… Let’s be ashamed now, repent, rededicate ourselves to Christ, submit to His word and to God’s will now so we don’t hear SHAME ON YOU at the judgment!     

LGG

Easter Sunday (Every Sunday)

Sunday, April 12, 2020

“This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psa.118:24 Today is the Lord’s Day above all else. Today is the day Jesus rose from the grave, to become our Passover. “Purge out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you are unleavened. 1Cor.5:7-8 (The old leaven is the old teachings and lifestyles before coming to Christ, including keeping a Passover feast once a year. The position of Christians is analogous to that of Israel, and they should put away the evil and purge out the leaven of sin that is among them that they may be a pure unleavened lump of holiness.) For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.” (Eating unleavened bread and spreading blood over our door post has no value to us today. Only the blood that Christ shed has forgiveness and saving power. He shed His blood and died in our place.) This is a day of remembrance of all Christ did and taught. “Therefore, let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness: but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” (It’s not about us eating a meal at Easter dinner, but we must keep the feast perpetually. That is, live holily. The whole life of the Christian should be a joyous and pure feast of services to God in sincerity and truth, none of the old leaven of heathenism being retained in the body, the church. To us, Christ is a perpetual sacrifice, an ever-present paschal Lamb, demanding and enforcing constant vigilance and unceasing cleanliness. 2Cor.4:16… The individual must put away every sinful habit of the old life. The church must purge itself of all whose lives are sources of corruption. That’s a “social distancing order” from God that many refuse to keep or choose to ignore. Thus, sin persists in the person, their homes and in the Church. 1Cor.5:9-13… This is an order that most Christians fail to obey.

 

Do you remember what day you were delivered from the bondage of sin? ___________________

 

How are you doing both physically and spiritually this morning? __________________________

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Did you thank the Lord for waking you up? ___________________________________________

 

How do you plan to worship Him today? _____________________________________________

 

You do know that you can call on Him, pray, read his word, talk about him to family, friends, and neighbors. Many will be at a loss because their traditional way of coming before God in a crowd has been restricted. Now is a great time to understand and implement what Jesus said, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them.” Mt.18:20 This was never meant for anyone to use to avoid being assembled together in worship, but to understand that no man or circumstance can prevent His followers from being in His presence.

How often do you feel His presence? ______________________________________________________________________

 If you were not restricted from assembling at the building today, would you have gone? _______

Why or why not? ___________________________________________________________________

LGG 

Good seeds

Sunday, April 05, 2020

Greetings beloved,

What a blessing it is to be able to witness the word of God, the good seed, planted in the hearts of God’s people and what it is producing. We see many of you still holding on to God’s unchanging hand, not giving in or giving up on Him during this crisis. As Jesus taught his disciples, we have taught you of the “good seed and the tares.” You are not “the person who heard the teachings and quickly accepted it with joy, but now that trouble has come to you, you have quit believing and is more concerned and worried about health, wealth and tomorrow that you have stopped being fruitful for the Lord. No, you are still engaged spiritually, seeking ways to continue growing in the knowledge of God’s word and keeping fellowship with His people, your brothers and sisters in Christ. You are calling & encouraging one another. God’s will in action!

 

You are not “running from your responsibilities” to “seek the Lord while he may be found or call upon him while he is near.” You understand that every day is a blessing and an opportunity to do as he has commanded. You are “redeeming the time.” You know that we are in evil days and “the Lord is our refuge and strength.” Though our frail bodies may ache, break and fail us, our souls remain strong in the hope and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. We trust that if we endure the trials and troubles of this life, having our faith tried even by this virus, “we will receive the end of our faith, even the salvation of our souls.” Jesus said, “My peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world gives. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Find comfort in being in Christ.

 

You learned how to “Survive Imprisonment.” You saw how one can be a prisoner in and of their own lives, but without bars. The mind is a powerful organ and it can be very deceitful. Jesus came to set us free from our captivity of sin. He tells us to “set our affections on things above and not on the things of the earth.” Then we can relate to the teaching that “God did not give us the spirit of fear; but of power and of a sound mind.” But we must not continue to be “conformed to this world” in which we were born in, but “we are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, that we may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” We do that by learning, obeying and living God’s word.

 

Now we are about to learn what it means to ‘serve other gods’ and that we are not to do such. More good seeds being planted in the hearts of God’s children. Enjoy!

LGG   

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