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Friday, March 23, 2018

Lead me Gentle Shepherd



Our Bible Study today was about the Good Shepherd our Savior.

The shepherd walks openly through the entrance and calls each sheep by name.

He leads them out to find green pasture and walks ahead of them. 

The Sheep know His voice and follow him willingly.

He gives them a walk with joy and abundance.

He lays down His life for them.

He knows each one personally.

He gives them Life Everlasting.

He accepts each one as an individual.

He protects them from enemies. 

Our teacher used her husband as an illustration as she recited the 23rd Psalm.  Placing before him a beautiful plate with fruit on it.  She lifted the plate and set a round large doily for a table cloth under the plate:  “He prepares a table for me.”  She anointed his face with oil from Jerusalem, and combed his hair with a small soft brush.  She reminded the sheep that the shepherd was God loving him, caring for him and providing for all his needs; Bringing him fresh living water to drink, including a peaceful place to rest after receiving nourishment. 

Jesus used sheep and shepherds as examples of God’s love for us.  The heart of the Father is to lead, protect and give life, joy, abundance and supply our needs.

As events open for us to serve and care for friends, family and others, we can show God’s love.

We are called to be like Jesus and to be as a shepherd.

We considered the hireling who does not really love the sheep - - it is only a job.  There is no relationship - - only duty.

As we open ourselves to a personal relationship with our Father God, He offers us gifts of the Holy Spirit to bless others. 

Paul encouraged us to seek spiritual gifts and especially to prophesy.  Other gifts that often work with prophesy are the Word of Knowledge (knowing what you normally would not know) and spiritual Wisdom (unusual wisdom outside of your normal knowing), and discernment of all Spiritual things, (Revelation Knowledge of things going on that are not seen by the normal eyes.)


Thursday, March 22, 2018

God in Three Persons

Edited Sermon from my notes as our Pastor ministered on Sunday

Pastor Allan reminded us that the next generation is rising up to minister.  All sorts of things are going on in our city.  People out there desire to see a real Christian with a deep relationship with God.
May I encourage you to hide God’s Word in your heart?  For years many have thought certain passages meant one thing, but all of a sudden the word has new life and takes you deeper in Christ.  Big nuggets of gold are discovered as we dig deeper.  I have read passages about gifts to the Church in Ephesians 4:11  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 
Also speaking of spiritual gifts available to each Christian:  1 Corinthians 12:4-6  Now there are diversities of gifts, there are differences of administrations, and there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which works all in all..(edited)
We understand that we serve a tri-un God in three persons; The Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  This is easily illustrated with an egg that has a shell, but inside there is a yolk and the white.  There is one God, one Lord; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 
John the Baptist baptized Jesus and we see Jesus in the water, and The Father’s voice from Heaven saying “This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased,” and the Spirit in the form of a dove lighting on his shoulder.  This was a manifestation of all three persons.  In creation we also see God saying “Let US create.” 
Each person of the God Head, has characteristics different from the other.
God desires to be a Father to care for us.  God gave us the power of choice, but his desire is that we would love and follow Him.
Jesus told the story about the grieving father who allowed the prodigal son freedom to make choices, but he never gave up that the son would return and when he came home, there was great joy.
Jesus the Son voluntarily died on a cross and made provision for our sins to be forgiven.  Jesus promised that He would not leave us comfortless but would send the Gift of the Holy Spirit.
Some churches get skittish when you mention the Holy Spirit.  They hesitate to go further to experience the Gifts and ministries available.
There is so much to learn as we dig deeper, but as an overview today we address the three in one.  It is easy to emphasize the Father and Jesus Christ but to ignore the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit enters at salvation, and then there is more to come.  He baptizes to empower to be witnesses.  The Holy Spirit has gifts to equip as we walk worthy of His calling.
Our prayer life the Holy Spirit is important.  The will of the Father is made know to us as we pray.  When we know not how to pray, we might use our prayer language that will bring us direct to what God desires.
The Holy Spirit has more gifts to equip you to be a minister of the Good News.
We need to seek all three persons of the God head, because each has specific gifts for you.
The Father cares and provides for His children.
Jesus Christ the Son saves and forgives as well as heals and delivers.
The Holy Spirit empowers, guides, comforts and shares what is in the heart of the Father.
I want it all.  All that God offers is available to each of us.  Not just a Bi-line, but all that is offered if you seek and reach out to receive.
Don’t be scared to ask the Holy Spirit to fill you and to empower you.  There is no fear to approach the Living God.  He lives in His Temple, and you are that temple.
At times we are faced with a decision to examine the truth and to confront what we once believed. 
We see strange things happen, and some manifestations that are new to us.  Some fall, some jump, others raise their hands, and some shake.  Be bold and diligently seek for all that God offers.  You will discover new strength, and fire to live courageously for God.
In days past we were called “Holy Rollers” as outsiders did not understand and made fun calling these people crazy ones.
There is a balance, so that when people come into church they will give God glory, so it is up to us to use wisdom as well as being led of the spirit.
Know that God desires to pour out His Holy Spirit on those who ask. 
Seek understanding by personal Study and take advantage of the services and meetings offered here at our church.


Thursday, March 15, 2018


As I visited my friend Sylvia’s church on Sunday, I took notes as Pastor Gene Smith, Church of God in Selma, California ministered.

Revival is not always at “church.”  This is the gospel of Love, and the body of Christ extends all over the world. 
The center of things must take place in Jerusalem before Christ returns.  Prophesy is coming to pass and people are being stirred up. 

We are in the last days.  Jewish people will turn to the Lord as Zachariah prophesied.

Fear is everywhere.  Some people do not read the Bible or they would see how important Jerusalem is.  The country belongs to Israel and not to the Palestinians.

Jesus must be lifted up for people to believe.  Keep ready so as to not miss the rapture.

Isaiah 57 reminds us to take courage and to revive the spirit of our heart. 

Don’t be satisfied with things as they are, but reach out for more.  I must touch Jesus and plant my feet on higher ground.  I will take this mountain. 

God views “success” differently than we do.  Some ministers have large crowds but does their message change the people and is their walk different?

We can’t do a lot about the things happening in this world, except to pray.

We are all different, and we are all human beings.  We can have church as usual, with worship, special music and a nice message, but we must allow the Holy Spirit to do a work in and through us.

Let us stand on the Word and know that we know that we know.

The reality is we do not know what tomorrow holds, but we can safely place our trust in Jesus for He is the solid rock.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

The Blind shall See

Bible Study Sunday Morning from edited notes. 
Donald and Linda - team teaching


Jesus took clay, added spit and rubbed it on the blind man’s eyes.  Then He gave instructions, “Now go and wash in the pool and you shall see.”

Jesus showed us how to live.  He gave us a new Law, the law of love.  Love God and love one another.

This amazing miracle brought many questions from the spiritual leaders of the day.  “Who healed this man?  Why was he healed on the Sabbath day?  Who do you say that he is?”

His parents said, “Ask our son, for he is of age and can answer for himself.”  They said this because they feared they would be put out of the synagogue.

The man who was healed, said, I do not know who it was, but he must be a prophet. He shared only what he knew and what was revealed to him.

The leaders cast him out of the synagogue for confessing Jesus was a prophet, but Jesus found him.  “Do you believe on the son of God?  The man asked, “Who is he that I may believe?”  Jesus said, “I AM he.”  The healed man, said, “Lord I believe.”

So many have hardness of heart and stubbornness saying, “I refusal to change.”  The healed man’s confession was progressive as he received more information.

The issue was the man was born blind, and it was assumed that he must be a sinner.  We must use caution not to create a god of our own making.  Tradition and past teaching forms an idol for us to worship.  Ancient Rome had many gods,’ and it was difficult to see Jesus as God. 

A few moments of encounter with Jesus changed this man’s life.

The big question is:  “Who do you say Jesus is?”

Pressing In

Pressing In - - -
 Pastor Allan was ministering as I took notes and present an edited message.
“We need to seek God’s voice, to hear Him, and to understand what He is doing in our city.  The Unity in the community prayer meeting; to pray over Oroville, was a success.   

This is only the beginning.  The first step is the hardest.  It is important that we operate in love in these meeting with other churches.  We are there to agree together that our citizens will desire to open up room in their hearts for God.

Expose yourself to teachers and classes we offer.  Recognize the prophetic, the teacher and the Pastor each give us a different view of life.  We need the total view. 

Reading today from Mark chapter 5.  In this woman’s case she had exhausted her cash flow spending everything she had to get well.  She said within herself, “If I can only touch Him, I shall be whole.”  She pressed in and because of the crowd she was pushed to the ground.  However she reached out and touched the hem of His garment.  “Who touched me?” said Jesus.

We must get to the point where we don’t care what others say.  We need to pursue God and touch Jesus.  We must be willing to give up everything to reach Jesus.  We must realize our self effort is not working.  Are you willing to give your all?  Can you say? “I need you Jesus.”

This woman was out of solutions.  Her last resort was to touch Jesus.  According to the “Law,” she was considered untouchable.  She was banned from the temple, and had no spiritual life.  She had two other strikes against her; She was a woman, and she was a bleeder.  To her it mattered not, she must press on.

She heard about Jesus and she responded.  According to her faith, she was restored.  “Go in peace and be free from your affliction.”

Have you ever been discouraged, to the point of almost no hope?   Come to a place where you can experience the presence of God.  She entered into the presence and received.

When you enter here in this church, and feel His presence, reach out and touch the Lord.  God’s presence is also in our city. 

Everyone has a God story to tell.  I want to encourage you to reach out and share with others what God is doing for you.

We are hearing testimonies of people entering this building and being healed from long term suffering as the service is going on.

God is the God to change impossible situations.  You may think you are the least and are not worthy, but know that God’s opinion of you is different.  He is ready to clean up what society sees as dirty.  God is tidy and his arms are open to receive you.  We must reach out for what ever is our situation in life.  You are special and we all need Jesus.

“Why would God want me?” you might ask.  Because He loves everyone of us the same.  You are His favorite you. 

So many believe the lies of the enemy who wants to keep us deceived.

God is making Himself known in our city.  He desires to reveal Himself real to each of us. 

You know who you are.  No longer resist Jesus, but reach out, press in and receive.


Today we met to Plead the Blood over our city. Not just ANY Blood, but the precious Blood of Jesus must cover our citizens, our families and our friends.

Only the Blood of Jesus will save, heal and make a person, whole in their spirit, soul and body.  His blood was pure, and did not have the nature of Adam.  The baby Jesus did not have any blood from his mother's blood from Adam. The blood of Jesus came from His Father who was God. 

This meant his blood was unique and was able to flow from Calvary and cover the sins of the world.  It is because of His blood that we may boldly enter the Holy of Holies and approach God for ourselves.

"Lord we plead the blood to cover our sick city.  I sprinkle the Blood of Jesus over broken hearts, sad attitudes, sin in all of its forms, and disease, virus, flu and all infirmities."

 Reading a portion from Hebrews 9:22-28 (KJV)
 22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.


THE CROSS BY Guest Roy Lessin

THE CROSS BY Guest Roy Lessin
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, ”If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
 John 8:31-32 (NKJV)
The deceiver tells me I am good enough.
The cross tells me I am a sinner and I need Jesus.
The deceiver tells me there are many ways to heaven.
The cross tells me there is no other way for me to be saved.
The deceiver tells me to keep following what feels good.
The cross tells me I am lost without Jesus.
The deceiver tells me I am innocent.
The cross tells me I am guilty and need Jesus.
The deceiver tells me I can save myself.
The cross tells me I need a Savior.
The deceiver tells me Christ’s work is incomplete.
The cross tells me it is finished.
The deceiver tells me I am condemned.
The cross tells me I am justified.
The deceiver tells me I cannot be made clean.
The cross tells me the blood of Jesus cleanses me from all sin.
The deceiver tells me I must work for my salvation.
The cross tells me it is by grace alone.
The deceiver tells me my life will never change.
The cross tells me all things will be made new.
The deceiver tells me to be true to myself.
The cross tells me that I am not my own.
The deceiver tells me I can do as I please.
The cross tells me I have been bought with a price.
The deceiver tells me God is against me.
The cross tells me God is for me.
Friend - God is FOR YOU - Just receive Jesus.
The empty tomb tells me
He is risen and He is Alive !!