How has God touched your life?

Have you heard His voice? Have you literally felt His touch? Pastor G and I sure hope so. We know Him this way and pray that we can help expand your knowing Him, too. We are preparing to hold a series of meetings about God the Holy Spirit once we are given the “all clear” in the wake of this corona virus plague and we are excited to share our experience and information with you.

Years ago, we asked God if we could know Him better, and He graciously honored our request. He first started with Pastor G literally hearing His voice and conversing with Him. We had been newly ordained as spiritual leaders, and Pastor G worked outside the ministry as an OTA (occupational therapy assistant). Things were tough in the field, and he had to travel an hour and a half each way to and from work. One day he came home to tell me that he and Jesus had talks while he was commuting. You can imagine my response. I looked at him like he was “losing it” and was from another planet. He kept sharing what they discussed, and I became convinced that what he said was really happening. Today, we both hear His voice and have truly meaningful spiritual talks.

Having left the fellowship we had belonged to for more than 20 years, we searched for a new church home. We attended various fellowships from Methodist to Pentecostal and discovered that each had much to teach us. We discovered our best “fit” was with the Pentecostals. We attended an Open Bible fellowship for quite a while. I looked forward to services and absorbing what God had for us. One Sunday morning, we were preparing to be seated when I felt a whole-hearted smooch on my left cheek. I looked around and saw no one standing on my left side and realized that kiss was from God the Holy Spirit. You know when teens interact with celebrities and say that they will never wash that hand (or whatever) again? That’s how I felt, knowing that He kissed me. Emotionally, I floated through the service, loving what had happened. As you can see, to this day, 20+ years later, I still remember.

Through the years, God literally told me what to do in various circumstances. The most recent one was a few weeks ago, when I heard the name of a woman in the neighborhood where we moved from a couple of years ago. Seems like she needed food, and God wanted us to bring it to her. Pastor George and I asked when to do this, and we heard “NOW!” So we went shopping for her and delivered the food. She had an urgent need. The visit also turned into an opportunity to witness to her, since she is not yet spiritually His.

Praise God for using us as His instruments! May He use you as well.

In His amazing love and service,
Pastor Sharon

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Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NKJV) To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:

For most of the last three months I have been led by God the Holy Spirit to reblog previous posts. This was a different season and purpose that God had for me. I had never even reblogged before. Now the leading of the Spirit is to blog new posts.

The posts on this blog are about God’s love. Witnessing that God is a loving God,  a Holy God, an all powerful God, and an eternal God all at the same time.  They are about God the Holy Spirit who lives in us, and that through Him, Jesus and the Father live in us. They also witness that God is able and willing to do what we cannot do. No amount of human works can pay the penality for our sins.  Jesus can, if we repent and accept Him as Lord and Savior. No amount of human works will change our carnal nature, but God the Holy Spirit can, if we allow Him to change our character to be like Jesus our example.

It is the frequent prayer of Pastor Sharon and myself that God’s people would give control of their lives to God. He has a purpose and seasons for the life of every one of His people. That purpose cannot be manifested by our human efforts.  Only God can do that. and Pastor Sharon and I can tell you the He does!

 

In His love and service,

Pastor George

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Pastor George’s encouraging words from the Word 9/11/2016

Life is Tough, But God Always Makes a Way

Isaiah 54:17 (NIV)

17     no weapon forged against you will prevail,
    and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
    and this is their vindication from me,”
declares the Lord.

A Christian’s life is a difficult one. Jesus did say that His disciples would have to carry their own cross.  He wasn’t referring to a small, light object that is on a piece of clothing or on a chain around the neck. Crosses were large and and very heavy. It took quite an effort to carry them. Today, as Jesus’ disciples, His servants, some of the spiritual weight we have to bear is from attacks against us, whether from flesh or spirit. What this means is that we will have to endure a certain amount of suffering and loss. Be encouraged, our Lord is faithful and true…

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Pastor George’s Up Close and Personal Encouraging Words from the Word 10/19/16

Life is Tough, But God Always Makes a Way

1 Corinthians 13:10-12(NIV)

10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

Here Paul likens the differences  between our incomplete present spiritual life and our future complete  life as spirit in Gods kingdom to the differences between a physical child and an adult. Just as a physical adult understands many things that a child cannot, when we are spiritually mature in God’s kingdom we will understand things that happen in our physical life that make no sense to us…

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Pastor George’s Encouraging Words from the Word 11/11/16

Life is Tough, But God Always Makes a Way

Romans 13:8-10 (NKJV)

Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

What was the purpose of the commandments?  By keeping them the people of Israel would learn to treat each other or relate to each other in a different way. In Egypt they were living satan’s way of pride and selfishness. God wanted them to live His way. The fulfillment or purpose of the commandments was to live God’s way of life…

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Pastor George’s Encouraging Words from the Word 11/17/16

Life is Tough, But God Always Makes a Way

1 Corinthians 2:8-10 (NKJV)

which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

But as it is written:

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”[a]

10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.

These verses tell us of two things in our relationship to God. The first is that spiritual knowledge cannot be obtained through human effort. It was impossible for the rulers of that age to know who Jesus really was unless God told them.. Spiritual knowledge is only revealed through God the Holy Spirit. As the scripture says, if these rulers had been given that knowledge…

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Pastor George’s word from the Word 11/21/16

Life is Tough, But God Always Makes a Way

1 Corinthians 16:21-22 (NKJV)

21 The salutation with my own hand—Paul’s.

22 If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come!

As Paul was finishing this letter to the church at Corinth, after all the teaching, correction and encouragement, he added a few personal touches. One was that he wrote  this closing portion with his own hand. From other comments in his letters it appears that Paul had poor eyesight. The rest of the letter was evidently dictated but he thought it important enough to do the difficult task of writing this portion himself.

Verse 22 is something that Paul wanted the brethren to take very seriously. The believer’s relationship with Jesus is to be more than than having Him as Lord and Savior. We are required by the Father to love Jesus. If we refuse to do this, then God will cast us…

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