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October 2021

Oct. 3rd Worship Service – “Even These Things Are Better Together”

Join us this Sunday for  the series “Better Together” as we focus on, “Even These Things Are Better Together”.  There are some things you may not think go together, but when put together they are incredible.  This is how God created the Church.



September 2021

Sept. 26th Worship Service – “Growing Together”

Watch as we continue the series“Better Together”. In this message we will understand how important it is to be growing spiritually. There are numerous ways we grow spiritually. One of the ways we gr



Sept. 19th Worship Service – Missions Sunday

Listen to this exciting service as we focus on “Reaching Further” to the uttermost parts of the earth with the good news of Jesus Christ.  God has called us to not only reach our community, but to go above and beyond so that all might hear and experience God’s love.  We will also focus on our 2022 Missions Project and Trip to Garagoa, Colombia.





 
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“Listen Long Enough”

Thought for Today: LISTEN LONG ENOUGH

There is a battle in the land, as you well know the battle is between good and evil. And the enemy wants you to believe that’s all there is, but I have been instructed to warn you that this battle is not just between good and evil. There is a reason why good and evil are at war.  

Jesus said it this way “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26). You see, when God created you, He gave you the ability to make your own decisions. For the word of God says, “And the LORD God formed man in the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; AND MAN BECAME A LIVING SOUL” (Genesis 2:7).

God did not make you like a robot for you to just do what He tells you to do. He gave you free will to make your own decision; He created you to be His and He is yours. Just like the book of Song of Solomon mentions in verse 2:16, “My beloved is mine, and I am his.”  

Your soul (which is your decision-making capabilities) belongs to God. He created you, He knows what is best for you because He is all knowing, all seeing, everywhere at all times. The battle between good and evil is for the souls of humanity. “How do I know my soul (my decision-making capabilities) belong to God, Pastor Erick?” Ezekiel 18:4 says, “Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine; the soul that sinneth it shall die.”  

God is saying your soul should only be influenced by Him since He created you. If your soul is influenced by anything or anyone else, your soul will die. When a person dies their spirit is separated from their body. So, as the same in the spirit, when your soul dies it is separated from God.  

This fight between good and evil is more serious than just killing, stealing, lying, cheating, fornicating, cursing, drunkenness, deception, adultery, unforgiveness, hatred, racism and all other sins. The war between good and evil is for your soul.  

The one that you listen to the most will be the one that influences you the most. And the one that influences you the most will be the one who will win your soul. And I came by on my way to heaven to warn you that, if you listen to your feelings long enough, your feelings will control your soul instead of God.  If you listen to the world long enough, the world will influence and control your soul instead of God. And, if you listen to the devil’s lies about what you can and cannot do, the devil will influence and control your soul instead of God. 

The Word of God says in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour.” If you listen to the world, your flesh, or the devil long enough they will influence you to make decisions about your life that do not line up with God’s plans for your life.

God said, “For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11). God is saying to you that, since He is your creator He knows everything about you, and He wants to be the one who influences your decision making. He wants to be the one who influences your thought process since He created your mind. He wants to be the one that holds your heart since He created it. And He wants to be the one who influences your soul since He is the one that gave you a soul. If you listen to Him long enough, He will hold your soul in His heart. But, if you listen to the world, your flesh, or the devil long enough then you will take your soul from Him and give it to them. Who or whatever you LISTEN TO LONG ENOUGH will be the one that will influence your soul.

For it is written, “I will therefore chastise him (Jesus Christ) and release Him (Jesus Christ) For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feat. And they cried out all at once saying away with this man (Jesus) and release unto us Barabbas. Who for a certain sedition made in the city and for murder was cast into prison. Pilate therefore willing to release Jesus spake again to them. But they cried saying Crucify Him (Jesus the Christ). and he (Pilate) said unto them the third time why what evil hath he (Jesus Christ) done? I have found no cause of death in him; I will therefor chastise him and let him go. And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he (Jesus the Christ) crucified. And the voice of them and of the chief priests prevailed. And Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they required, (he listened to them long enough to appoint He did what they said)” (Luke 23:16-24). 

God is the lover of your soul and He wants to be the one who influences your life. If you listen to Him in prayer, worship, and the reading of His word long enough it will change your life. 

Keep your soul in God each day and you will be Blessed.  
 
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Erick Young
 
 

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“The Weapon of I DON’T KNOW”

Thought for Today: The Weapon of I DON’T KNOW 

You are going through something in your life, and you have been praying for the Lord to show up in the situation and make things better. Not only are you expecting Him to show up in your mind, you have an idea in your mind about how you think He will show up and fix the situation.

I want to inform you that, most of the time, God will not do what you thought He should do for your situation. As a matter of fact, most of the time God will not show up how you thought He would show up. Most of the time God will not use who you thought He would use to fix the problem.  

Every time you begin to get in your mind about how you think God will show up in your life, all you are doing is delaying the answer that He has for you. “How do you know that, Pastor Erick?” For God, Himself, said in Isaiah 55:8, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” 

You may not like what I am about to say, but I am more concerned with your soul rather than your feelings. If you are in a situation and you are asking God to come into that situation, your relationship with God is not what you thought it was.  

I want you to sit down and digest this spiritual truth found in Psalm 13:7-10, which says, “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there; if I make my bed in hell, behold thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.” 

You need to know this truth, the minute you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit began to dwell on the throne of your heart. Jesus said in John 14:23, “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.” 

It breaks the Father’s heart when His children ask God “Where are you in the midst of my troubles?” The Spirit of the Lord says to you, “I told you that I will never leave you nor forsake you, even unto the ends of the earth,” Deuteronomy 3:16 and Hebrews 13:5.

God does not have to come to you when you are in trouble, for the Word of God says that “He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; I WILL BE WITH HIM IN TROUBLE (not, I will come to him in trouble, but I WILL BE WITH HIM IN TROUBLE); I will deliver him and honor him” (Psalm 91:15).  

The way the world, your flesh, and the devil prolong the answer from God for your life is to get you to try to figure out HOW God is going to show up in the situation. I want to give you a powerful weapon for when the enemy questions how or when God will show up, what God will do, and who or what He will use to answer your prayers. 

When the enemy begins to question the how, what, when, and where of God’s presence in your situation, the most powerful tool you can use against the torment is by saying this, “I DON’T KNOW.”  

Religion will try to make you feel bad when you say “I DON’T KNOW,” because when you say it, it leaves the opportunity for God to show up how He sees fit. The Word of God says, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of the strongholds. Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). 

If you want God to reveal Himself and His plans for you in your situation, and end the questioning of the what, when, how, or who, then grab the weapon of “I DON’T KNOW.” This releases God to show up in your situation when He wants and how He wants. 

For it is written, “And it came to pass that while they communed together and reasoned, JESUS, HIMSELF, drew near and went with them, But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. And he said unto them What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another as ye walk and are sad?” (Luke 24:15-17). 

Most of the time, when God shows up in your situation, it will never be how you thought it would. Grab the weapon of “I DON’T KNOW” by saying, “God, I DON’T KNOW how You are going to show up in this situation, but I trust You” and watch God show up and show out. 

Be Blessed
 
By
 
Erick Young
 

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“Commitment of the Lord”

Thought for Today: Commitment of the Lord

Have you ever wondered how some people just get to hear from the Lord on a daily basis? There are some people out there who have actually seen, experienced, and communicated with Him. There are those who can read the Word of God and know how to apply it to their lives.  

In this season, the Lord will begin to reveal Himself to a certain group of people. I know this may sound strange, but not everyone will see, hear from, or experience Jesus.  

The Word of God says in Jeremiah 29:13, “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” Listen to me, you can’t just look for the Lord when things are bad, or out of order in your life, or when the world, your flesh, and the devil come knocking on your door.

The Word of God says you will find Him when you look for Him with all your heart. In other words, you have to make a commitment to be one with the Lord; He must be first in your life. Your desire for Him must be above your family and above your own life. This is what Jesus meant in Luke 14:26 when He said, “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea AND HIS OWN LIFE ALSO, he cannot be my disciple.”  

You might not like what I am about to say, but I am more concerned about your soul than your feelings. The truth of the matter is this, The LORD will not commit Himself to those who will not commit themselves to Him. And only you and the Lord will know just how committed you are to getting to know Him better.  

It’s one thing to say you are committed to the Lord, and it’s another thing to actually be committed to the Lord. The word “commitment” means being dedicated to a cause, or an obligation that restricts freedom of action.  

Are you committed to the Lord? Is your life dedicated to doing whatever you can to get to know the Lord Jesus better? Is your life dedicated to getting to know the Lord to a point where it restricts you from doing what everybody else is doing? Is your commitment to the Lord pushing you to keep His word instead of keeping the words of the world, your flesh, or the devil? Is your life committed to getting to know the Lord to a point where, no matter what life looks like, no matter what life sounds like, and no matter what life feels like, you are committed to hold on to the Word, Spirit, and love of the Lord?  

Some say, “I am committed to the Lord,” yet they only open the Word of God once a week. The Word of God says “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord and in His law doth he meditate day and night” (Psalm 1:1-2). 

Some will say they are committed to the Lord, yet only pray at night before they go to bed. When the Word of God says that “men (women) ought to always pray (communicate with God) and not to faint” (Luke 18:1). 

Some say they are committed to the Lord, yet they only praise and worship Him on Sundays. However, the Word of God says “I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth” (Psalm 34:1). 

You can fool me, you can fool the pastor, and you can even fool yourself. But the truth of the matter is, you cannot fool God; He knows how committed you are to Him. The Word of God says, “Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature (don’t just look on the outward part) because I have refused him; for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, BUT THE LORD LOOKETH ON THE HEART” (1 Samuel 16:7). 

God knows how committed you are to spending time in His Word, getting to know Him better. God knows how committed you are in your prayer life, and God knows just how much you are committed to giving Him praise and worship.   

God will not commit Himself to you if you are not willing to truly commit yourself to Him. For it is written, “Now when he (Jesus) was in Jerusalem at the Passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. BUT JESUS DID NOT COMMIT HIMSELF UNTO THEM, because He knew all men” (John 2:23-24). 

If you truly want to see, hear from, and experience God for yourself, show Him how committed you are to Him by reading His Word every day, praying (communicating with Him) every chance you get, and praise and worship Him in spirit and in truth. Once you do that, He will show you just how committed He is to blessing you with everything you need pertaining to life and Godliness. 

Be Blessed
 
By
Erick Young
 

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