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September 2021

Sept. 12th Worship Service – “Do I Belong”

This new series examines the importance of belonging and that we are better together. God created us to be a part and connected together. Just as iron sharpens iron, we sharpen each other and help one another reach God’s potential for our lives.



Sept. 5th Worship Service – “I Am the Vine”

In this final message of the series, you will discover a fresh insight on who Jesus is according to what Jesus said about himself. Looking at Jesus’ final “I Am Statement” made in John’s Gospel you r



August 2021

Aug. 29th Worship Service – “I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life”

In this message of the series, “Jesus According to Jesus”, we will look at what Jesus says about Himself to His disciples in the Upper Room. In John 14:6, Jesus says that He is the way, the truth, and the lif





 
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“Taking The Word From You”

Thought for Today: Taking The Word From You

For the last few months, the Word of God has been hitting you right in the heart. Everything you have been going through has somehow, some way, in some fashion and form been revealed in the Word of God and has had a way of showing you just what is going on. And God’s Word is also giving you instructions on what to do. 

You accept, receive, and believe God’s Word, but it seems like God’s Word is just not working for your life. You can’t see God’s Word coming alive and doing what He said it would do. 

I don’t know who I am talking to, but the Spirit of the Lord says to you today that the reason why the Word is not working in your life is because you are allowing the devil to come in and take the Word from you. You may be saying, “I am not letting the devil do anything, Pastor Erick. I don’t agree with you on this one.”  The Word of God says “Now the serpent was more subtile than any beast of the field which the Lord God made” (Genesis 3:1).

You see, the devil is not just going to walk up to you and take the Word of God from the soil of your heart. What the enemy does is, he brings to the theater of your mind another thought or another word that does not line up with the Word of God. And when you begin to entertain those thoughts, it is then that he moves in and takes the Word of God that was planted in your heart.

Here, let me give you an example: God said in His word “There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways” (Psalm 91:10-11). As children of God, we should be holding on to this word which says no plague (covid, delta, or any other disease) shall come near our dwelling. But then you see people getting sick, and, as you begin to dwell on those things and pay more attention to what the world, your flesh, and the devil says, the enemy comes and takes the Word from your heart that says “no plague will come near your dwelling.” And you begin to say “I don’t want to get covid,” “I won’t do this,” and “I won’t do that because I am scared to get delta,” instead of holding on to what God said.

You need to stop allowing the enemy to take the Word of God out from the soil of your heart. 

“How do I do that, Pastor Erick? I didn’t even realize I was letting the enemy do that.” The way that you hold on to God’s Word in any situation is this, no matter how you feel, no matter what you think, and no matter what people around you are saying, if you want to hold on to God’s Word and keep it in the soil of your heart so that it can grow and manifest the fruit (which is the evidence that God’s Word is real and it is true) is to say what God says about the situation.

“That’s it, Pastor Erick?” Yes, that’s it. When you hear people around you talk about their fears, when you see fear all over social media, don’t sit there and ponder on all that fear. Even if you have to say it out loud, say what God said. “For God does not give us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).

The world will tell you, and even try to show you, that this or that is impossible. Don’t focus on that, focus on what the Word of God says, and say what God says, “For with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37).

The world, your flesh, and the devil are telling you that you need this and that. As a child of God, you cannot afford to waste your time thinking about what they said because, when you do, the enemy will come in and take the Word of God from you, which says “According as his divine power hath given unto us (this means you) all things (let me say that again) ALL THINGS that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hat called us to glory” (2 Peter 1:3).

When you focus on what the world, your flesh (feeling and/or emotions), and the devil says, it allows the devil to come in and take the Word that God gave you from your heart.

It is written, “Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved” (Luke 8:11-12).

The last thing the enemy wants you to do is hold on to the Word of God in your heart because, as you hold on, not only will you see the power of God’s Word, but the world around you will see it, as well. Hold on to God’s Word by saying what God says and behold the glory of God in your life.

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Erick Young
 
 

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“Them Too”

Thought for Today: THEM TOO

The last few years, the church has only been concerned about its own. The enemy has deceived so many members of the body of Christ by twisting what Jesus called the second greatest commandment you can keep, next to Loving the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 

Jesus said the second greatest commandment is to love thy neighbors as thyself. The enemy has come into the body of Christ and twisted the words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to make many believe that Jesus was saying you must just love people who talk like you, think like you, believe like you, read the word you read, worship how you worship, and pray like you pray.

And then they wonder why so many people are deciding not to go to church anymore. And some are amazed that those outside of the church talk bad about the church. I don’t know who I am talking to, but the enemy is whispering in your ear that you cannot love someone who is gay, a drunk, on drugs or a drug dealer, or someone who does not believe like you.

The Word of God says “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23), Which means the price to pay for sin is spiritual separation from God the Father. God is not concerned about the details of sin; there is no big sin or little sin. SIN is SIN in the eyes of God the Father. Just because you don’t have the sin of being gay, you may still have the sin of pride. And just because you don’t have the sin of pride, you still have to deal with the sin of lying. And just because you don’t have to deal with the sin of lies, you still have to deal with the sin of unbelief. The truth that I am trying to show you is Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God.”

Just because your sin is not like their sin does not make you any better than them. Now, let me put this truth on your plate, everybody sins. Yes, you read right, I said everybody sins, including me. I know you might not want to believe this, but your pastor sins as well. The prophet that you get spiritual advice from sins, as well. That Sunday school teacher who knows the Word backwards and forwards sins, as well. That Evangelist that came into your town and was used by God to shake up your city, yup you guessed it, they sin as well. 

If anyone comes to you and says that they do not sin, and if you think in your mind that you do not sin, I want you to stop and read 1 John 1:8. I am going to place it here for you, but I want you to go grab the Word of God and read it for yourself. 1 John 1:8 says, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

When Jesus said to love your neighbor as yourself, He was not just talking about those in the church, those who read the Word of God, those who pray, or those who are right with God. When Jesus said to love your neighbor as yourself, He was saying to love humanity as you love yourself. 

One of the reasons why so many people can’t love those who are gay, drunkards, liars, thieves, manipulators, controllers, murderers, atheists, people of a different religion or a different belief is simply because they don’t love who they are. Jesus said to love your neighbor as you love yourself. There are so many people who do not love who they are because of their secret sins. 

The only reason that you will have the ability to love who you are is simply because God loved you so much that He showed you just how much He loved you in John 3:16, which says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever (this means anybody) believes in Him shall not perish, but will have everlasting life.” God wants to reveal who He is through you, but you won’t allow this to happen because that person has a sin that you are not committing. 

God wants to show who He is through you to every human being you come in contact with, even if they do not believe in God, and even if they do not believe like you do, and even if they have a sin in their life that you do not have in your life. God wants to SHOW THEM who He is through you. 

For it is written, “But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great and ye shall be the children of the Highest; FOR HE IS KIND UNTO THE UNTHANKFUL AND TO THE EVIL” (Luke 6:35).

Let God reveal who He is through you to every human being that comes across your path today, even if they don’t believe in God, and even if they don’t deserve God’s love. You must always remember this, the truth is that you didn’t deserve God’s love either, and just because their sin is not the same as your sin, God still loves them just as He loves you. When you show them love, you are letting them see God, for God is love. LET THEM see God in you today.

Be Blessed
 
By Erick Young
 
 
 

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“Better Decisions”

Thought for Today: Better Decisions

There are times in life when you wish that you made better decisions. You have learned to deal with the decisions you have made in life and just chalked it up to experience.   

But, you are in a position to make a big decision in your life, and the decision you make will not only affect you, but it will also affect your family,  friends, and those around you. Your flesh is pushing you to do one thing, the world is telling you to do another, and the devil is flooding your mind with all kinds of crazy options. You are asking what you should do, and Jesus said in Luke 18:1 that men (women) should always pray and not faint.   

The Holy Spirit of God says to you, pray. I know you may be afraid to ask these questions, but I will ask it for you: “Why do I need to pray? What is praying going to do? How is praying going to help me?” These are questions that many will not ask in public because they don’t want to be seen as heathens. I need you to take off your religious robe, be honest and ask God “Why do I need to pray?” I have discovered in my 22 years of preaching and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ that understanding the “why” of doing something can be a motivating force. Why pray? 

There are many Hebrew words for the word prayer. One of the words that caught my attention when studying prayer in the Hebrew language is the word “paga” which means to meet, encounter, or join.   

When you say that you are going to pray, what the spirit realm hears is “I am going to meet with, encounter, commune with and join with God about this.” The reason why the enemy has diluted the word “prayer” in the church is because of the power that this word has in its original context. When Jesus said men should always pray and faint not, he was saying we should always meet with, encounter, commune with, and join with God the Father about whatever is going on in our life.   

This was the plan of God since the beginning. Genesis 3:8 says, “And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. And the Lord God called unto Adam and said unto him where art thou?” 

You have to get this in your spirit, when God created the garden of Eden, the Word of God said He put man in the midst of the garden. In Genesis 2:8, God created a place to paga (meet with, encounter, commune with, and join) with Adam and Eve. But when Adam and Eve sinned, the Word of God says that He (God) drove out the man and placed him at the east of the garden of Eden with Cherubim’s and a flaming sword which turned every way to keep the way of the tree of life (which was in the garden). 

Did you know that after God kicked Adam and Eve out of the garden, He created another special place to meet with, commune with, and join with humanity? Did you know that, even at this very moment, the Father created a special place for you to meet with, commune with, and join with Him 24 hours 7 days a week? And the truth of the matter is, in this special place, you do not have to bow your head, close your eyes, get on your knees, or put your hands together to let Him know that you want to meet (pray), but you can. When you say “Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus” the fullness of who God is arises from the throne of your heart and you have His undivided attention. This is that special place that you can pray from.  

 

Let me show you this in the Word of God. John 14:6 says, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” In John 14:23 the Word says, “Jesus answered and said unto him, if a man loves me, he will keep my words and my Father will love him, and WE WILL COME UNTO HIM AND MAKE OUR ABODE WITH HIM (we will have a special place in their heart where we (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit) will dwell.” The fullness of who God is now dwells on the throne of your heart. This is where God created a special meeting place for you, just like He did when He created the Garden of Eden to paga, meet with, commune and join with you. 

   

The special place where God has chosen to meet with you, any day, any time, and any hour is right there in your heart. This is what is meant in Ephesians 3:17, “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love.”    

   

Prayer does not come from you bowing your head, although it does not hurt when you do because that is a form of humbling yourself. Prayer does not come from bended knees or the folding of your hands, although doing those things will help fight off pride. True prayer is when you paga, meet with, encounter, commune, and join with God the Father, from the throne of your heart where He now dwells because you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. 

  

If you want to make better decisions in your life, pray. For it is written, “And it came to pass in those days that he (Jesus) went out into a mountain to pray and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples and of them he chose twelve whom also he named apostles” (Luke 5:12-13). 

  

If you want to make better decisions in your life, do what Jesus did, pray (paga) with the Father and watch God open the eyes of your understanding to His will and plans for your life.

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Erick Young
 

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