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November 2020

Life Church Nov. 1st Service – “What God Expects From You For your Country”

We are blessed to live in such a great country as the United States. With God’s blessings comes responsibility. Through God’s Word He shows us how to live as citizens. When we follow these expectations, our families, communities, and our nation will experience God’s blessings and favor. In this message, we will discover what God expects from you as a Christian citizen.


October 2020

Live Church Oct. 25th Service – “Loving Like Jesus”

“Taking Our City” is love in action showing compassion and mercy to the hurting. To be compassionate is to make a decision and choosing to help those who are struggling. Jesus is our greatest example of love in action. He chose to extend mercy wherever He went and ultimately demonstrated God’s mercy by dying on the cross for our sins. Let us be God’s hand extended in showing God’s love and mercy.


Life Church Oct. 18th Message – “Give Grace and Mercy a Chance”

In this encouraging message you will discover essential truths of God’s forgiveness. The Bible tells us that God freely, unconditionally forgives us of all of our sins. Because of His forgiveness toward us, we should demonstrate mercy and forgiveness to others. In taking our city, we must learn how to unconditionally love and forgive others extending grace and mercy even when others have done wrong to us.




 
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“Perfect Vision
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It has been proclaimed 2020 will be a year of perfect vision. What we did not know is God has allowed us to see the bad as well as the good out of this year. But there is one aspect of 20/20 vision, says the Lord, that will begin to manifest to all of my children in this season. And before I go any further:

Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven (God’s way of doing things); but he (she) that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (Matthew 7:21-23 [emphasis added])

The Spirit of the Lord says to you today I have allowed all of this darkness to arise in 2020 as a part of perfect vision so my light may shine in the darkness. If there was no darkness, how would you know the light is shining? I say unto you, my daughter; I say unto you, my son. I will begin to manifest in your life as my Word says, “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.” (Isaiah 60:1) As you keep your eyes on me, says the Lord, I will begin to exercise a part of perfect vision you have not even thought of. You see, you thought perfect vision was just about having the ability to see things clearly. But there is an aspect of perfect vision the enemy of your soul did not think about.

This aspect of perfect vision is seen in my Word which says, “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: . . .” (Psalm 23:5) The Spirit of the Lord says to you today, I will begin to exercise peripheral vision in the sons and daughters of the Most High God. Peripheral vision allows you to see objects all around you without turning your head or moving your eyes. It helps you sense motion, and walk without crashing into things. It is what you use to see something out of the corner of your eye. David was focused on the table set before him by God. But God allowed him to use spiritual peripheral vision to see where the enemy was. I do not know who I am talking to, but God is saying to you, do not be alarmed when you begin to see the enemy using the people instead of just thinking it is people who are evil. Do not be alarmed when you begin to see the enemy in the bad situation instead of just seeing the bad situation.

I am strengthening your spiritual peripheral vision. Do not be alarmed when you will begin to see the words of the enemy instead of seeing the person the enemy is using to spread the word. I am strengthening your peripheral vision. This is an aspect of 20/20 vision the enemy of your soul had not prepared for. You keep your eyes on Jesus through prayer (communicating with God), worship (staying in the presence of God), and the reading of the Word of God (learning who God is and who you are in Christ) . And the Lord himself will begin to strengthen your spiritual peripheral vision. The power in the spiritual peripheral vision is you can see the enemy of your soul coming before he gets there. You will be able to see the lie before it even manifests. You will begin to see the snares laid down for you to get caught up in, and have the ability to avoid them. This is the aspect of 20/20 vision the world, your flesh (feelings and/or emotions), and the devil did not prepare for. For it is written:

But mine eyes are unto thee, O God the Lord: in thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute. Keep me from the snares which they have laid for me, and the gins of the workers of iniquity. Let the wicked fall into their own nets, whilst that I withal escape. (Psalm 141:8-10)

Keep your eyes on Jesus and the kingdom of God (Gods way of doing things). He will give you 20/20 vision while at the same time strengthening your spiritual peripheral vision to see the strategies of hell to avoid them, while you focus on the kingdom of God.

Be Blessed!
 
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Erick Young
 

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“God Will”

There are two things God has ordained for the church (this means you) to strive for. And very few are striving for these two things because the world, the flesh, and the devil have told them one task could never be done. And they have mocked and belittle the other task. The two things God has ordained for His church is Perfection and Holiness. Most of the church does not strive for holiness because they were taught holiness is perfection. Very few strive for perfection because they believe in their heart, they will never obtain it so why even try.

I do not know who I am talking to, but you need to hear what I am about to say. God will never tell you to do something, and not give you the ability to do it. Did you hear me? God will never tell you to do something, and not give you the ability to do it. Pastor Erick, I never read, or God has never told me to be Holy, and He never told me to be perfect. Here, let me put this plate of spiritual food in front of you. Now I cannot make you take this spiritual food in, but you will never be able to say I did not know. God’s Word says, “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation (life); Because it is written, be ye holy; for I am holy.” (I Peter 1:15-17 [emphasis added]) You see, the reason you never strove for holiness is because the enemy of your soul has told you holiness is perfection.

I came by on my way to heaven to inform you holiness has nothing to do with perfection. When God says that He is Holy, He is saying He is set apart from any other god. There is no God like Him. And God is saying to you, be ye holy for I am holy. He is saying to you today, be set apart from everybody else in the world. You are my child. Do not live like everybody else lives. You live a holy life. Do not talk like everybody else. Speak holy. Do not think like everybody else. Think holy thoughts. Do not act like everybody else. Be holy. And most of all, do not love like everybody else. Let the love flow from you. Be holy. Religion has made holiness a proud look. I do not do this or that. I do not say this or that. Religion has made holiness all about what you do not do. But a true relationship with the Lord, Jesus Christ will pull you into true holiness. It focuses on what you can do, and not what you cannot do.

The second thing the enemy of your soul does not want you to strive for is perfection. Jesus said, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48) I did not say it; Jesus did. The problem with many of God’s children is this: You have believed the lie the world, your flesh, and the devil have told you. They told you, you can never be perfect. So, with that lie placed in the depths of your soul, you do not even strive for perfection because you believe you will never be perfect. I came by on my way to heaven to tell somebody this truth: God told you to be perfect for He is perfect. And God will never tell you to do something and not give you the ability to do it. Yes, you will make some mistakes, fall, fail, stumble, and times when you will sin. But those things should never stop you from striving to be, and do, what God has called you to do and be. The Word of God says, “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: . . .” (Proverbs 24:16) Listen to me! The Lord is not coming back to get a church that is like everybody else. And He is not coming back to get a dirty church. The Word of God says, “That He might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish (perfect). (Ephesians 5:27 [emphasis added])

Strive for holiness; strive for perfection. Remember you “. . . can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13) God said He “. . . will never leave thee [you], nor forsake thee [you].” (Hebrews 13:5 [emphasis added]) “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” (Luke 1:37) For it is written:

The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy O Lord, endureth forever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.” (Psalm 138:8 [emphasis added])

And when the world, your flesh, and the devil say to you, you are not holy or perfect, look them in the eyes and say, I am not perfect at it, but I am working at it. Because God will help me be perfect, and God will help me be holy. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Be Blessed!
 
By Erick Young
 
 

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“Thriving Through COVID-19
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COVID-19! China virus threatens millions around the world! Harvard professor linked to working with Chinese on Coronavirus! Death toll climbs as virus enters sixth month . . . seventh month . . . eighth month . . .ninth month . . .  Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade canceled. Dropping the ball in Times Square on New Year’s Eve in jeopardy. Hmmm . . . one could get lost in the sea of media releases. Yet . . . we still have the NFL selling limited seating tickets. As of midnight, November 16, 2020, over 11.3 million cases of COVID-19 reported in the United States, with over 247,000 deaths. Millions more around the world have been diagnosed. I would venture to say the majority of people have – in some form – been touched by this disease.

For the church, we have witnessed state government restriction regarding attendance at worship services. Restrictions, too, on attendance at weddings or funerals. Sadly, loved ones have died alone – without family, pastors, friends. Pastors/priests found themselves without the ability to minister to their congregations. While tele-evangelism for been around for years, it was either a delayed or pre-taped broadcast. For instance, for someone in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to have watched a Billy Graham crusade in Houston (1974, Astrodome – awesome), the Kalamazooan would have to wait several months. Live broadcasts of Dr. Graham’s crusades did not begin until the mid-1980s. Talk shows were filmed before “live” audiences, but aired later. No one envisioned something like an international virus interrupting the manner of communication. Suddenly, “social distancing” and “wearing masks” became common vocabulary from the White House to my and yours  house. COVID-19 created a sense of urgency for men/women of God to reach their sheep.

Enter 21st century technology! To the founders of Facebook, YouTube, and Zoom, I say “Thank you!” In adherence to state COVID-19 guidelines, my home church stopped all live services and activities on March 22. However, as a congregation, we were not left in the cold. Our pastor began taping his Wednesday evening Bible study and Sunday morning message. The church media team would upload the study and message on Facebook and YouTube. Beginning  May 31, we returned to God’s house for “live” services. The media team began “live” streaming on Facebook/YouTube, allowing “at risk” congregants, and families not ready to mix with others, continue receiving God’s Word, delivered under the unction and anointing of the Holy Spirit. Men’s and Women’s Bible studies, Youth  Ministries, and Children Ministries used Zoom, allowing participation from home.

Elohim, My God (as Moses referred to him in Psalm 91:2), stepped in to ensure His children would receive His Word. The Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent, God of all Gods used man’s invention (Seriously?) to assist His messengers/shepherds in reaching their sheep. Miracles happened not only in the New Testament with Jesus Christ but throughout God’s Word. From the parting of the Red Sea so the Israelites could cross on dry land, to Elisha’s body being so full of the anointing a dead body was revived, to Ezekiel’s Valley of Dry Bones, miracles abound.

And know ye this day: for I speak not with your children which have not known, and which have not seen the chastisement of the Lord your God, his greatness, his mighty hand, and his stretched out arm, And his miracles, and his acts, which he did in the midst of Egypt unto Pharaoh the king of Egypt, and unto all his land; . . . But your eyes have seen all the great acts of the Lord which he did. (Deuteronomy 11:2-3, 8)

In this paragraph, I facetiously wrote “seriously,” regarding man’s invention. While a fan of the television show, The Big Bang Theory, I am not a fan of the theory as detailed in science. I do, though, believe in a “big bang theory.” Walk with me to the beginning. Let your imagination . . .

Angels gathered around the Throne. Michael and Gabriel standing beside God. The four beasts crying, “Holy, holy, holy,” as well as the 24 elders saying, “Thou art worthy, O Lord.” God waved His arm, and all went silent. Using His finger, God pointed and said: “Okay, Neutrons, you are going to mix with the Protons. Hey! All you Atom kids, get over here and stop fooling around. Gasses, I told you to stop eating the borracho beans. Vapors, please stop emitting. On my count, I want you to all come together. I am going to create something spectacular.” And with a wave of His arm . . . The angels, elders, and beasts stood in awe and amazement as shapes began coming together and then . . . “In the beginning God created the heaven and he earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” (Genesis 1:1-2) Yes, atoms, protons, neutrons, gasses, and vapors came together. Yes, a “big bang” happened but not on its own. The Spirit of God moved . . . and time began.

God, in his infinite wisdom, looked forward through the eons of time to the year 2020. He knew the challenges his messengers/shepherds/evangelists would face in fulfilling the Great Commission. As Mordecai asked Esther, “. . . and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14) Elohim prepared the minds/talents of young men to create outlets of communication. Their specific knowledge, individually and/or collectively, came to the aid of the kingdom for such a time as this. Solomon (the wisest man on earth) says, “To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity, To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: . . .” (Proverbs 1:2-5 [emphasis added])

Thriving Through COVID-19? Absolutely! But God! As Jeremiah wrote:

Thanksgivings will pour out of the windows; laughter will spill through the doors. Things will get better and better. Depression days are over. They’ll thrive, they’ll flourish. . . .They’ll look forward . . . to being a community in which I take pride. (Jeremiah 30:19-20 The Message [emphasis added]

Blessings, my friends! I pray you all have an awesome and amazing Thanksgiving!
 

by
Marilyn Emswiler

 

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