Teaching and Faith Messages
from your Pastor Glenn
Lord of Heaven and Earth

Lord of Heaven and Earth

Nov 16, 2021

The Peter in Me

The Peter in Me

Nov 4, 2021

Recall

Recall

August 31, 2021

Deserving

Deserving

June 7, 2021

Armor of God

Armor of God

May 3, 2021

Doctrine

Doctrine

April 12, 2021

Spiritual Armor

Spiritual Armor

March 24, 2021

Elders, Pastors and Overseers

Elders, Pastors and Overseers

February 22, 2021

Yes Lord

Yes Lord

Nov 9, 2021

How do I Inherit Eternal Life

How do I Inherit Eternal Life

Oct 13, 2021

In The Later Times

In The Later Times

August 11, 2021

Jesus Taught Paul Personally

Jesus Taught Paul Personally

May 18, 2021

Example Christ

Example Christ

April 26, 2021

Worshipping God from the Heart - Not Appearance

Worshipping God from the Heart - Not Appearance

April 3, 2021

Hearing With Your Ears

Hearing With Your Ears

March 17, 2021

Unknown God

Unknown God

February 17, 2021

Believe the Truth

Believe the Truth

Nov 4, 2021

Indescribable Love of God

Indescribable Love of God

Sept 7, 2021

Walk Like Jesus

Walk Like Jesus

June 28, 2021

Jesus is Lord

Jesus is Lord

May 11, 2021

Church Doctrine

Church Doctrine

April 19, 2021

Power of Christ in Church

Power of Christ in Church

March 29, 2021

Evangelist

Evangelist

March 7, 2021

Listening to the Holy Spirit

Listening to the Holy Spirit

February 11, 2021

Lord of Heaven and Earth

Lord of Heaven and Earth

Nov 16, 2021

We have just finished reading 1 Corinthians in our daily bookmark. This letter by Paul for churches give very clear instructions in how the body of Christ should conduct itself and for believers to follow and obey.
Paul teaches the kind of mind a disciple of Christ should have.
1 Corinthians 2: 16 "For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ.
Paul said that believers have the mind of Christ meaning we need to think like Jesus and feel what Jesus felt. What gave him joy, what made him suffer and what made him angry.
The gospel revealed how Jesus felt and how he responded. We need to remember that whatever Jesus felt he was revealing what his Father was feeling because he said he came to reveal his Father. But to have the mind of Christ we need to have the mind of the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 2: 14 The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man's judgment: 16 "For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ.
So, to understand the mind of Christ a disciple must of have the Holy Spirit to teach them to understand the Spirit of God. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit let us look at Mark 11 and understand the heart and mind of Jesus.
Mark 11: 12 The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. 14 Then he said to the tree, "May no one ever eat fruit from you again." And his disciples heard him say it.
Mark 11: 19 When evening came, they went out of the city. 20 In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. 21 Peter remembered and said to Jesus, "Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!"
In this story Jesus was hungry for the fruit of the fig tree even though he knew it was not in season to bear figs. Jesus became angry and cursed the tree and it withered and died.
To understand this story, we need to see it with our spirit which Jesus said we need to use to understand his words because they are spirit and will give life.
John 6: 63The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.
When the fig tree did not provide figs for Jesus its Creator, even though it was out of season, it disobeyed God’s will and Jesus cursed the tree and it withered. The tree chose to remain in its natural state and not be supernatural for its Creator.
The spiritual meaning of this story is Jesus hungers for spiritual fruit he wants us to bear for him which he teaches in:
John 15: 1 "I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5 "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. 8 This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. 9 "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love.
We are spiritual branches that live connected to Jesus as our vine that nourishes. As his branches Jesus said we must bear fruit for him, or we will be cut off from him and wither. To remain fruitful, Jesus said you must remain in his love by obeying his Father’s commands and the evidence of spiritual fruit are:
Galatians 5: 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.
Spiritual fruit must bear all these qualities. They cannot be fake human fruits; they must be real spiritual fruit that comes from remaining in Jesus’ love by obeying his teaching and commandments.
As we mature in the mind of Christ, we will bear an abundant of fruit for him as we spiritually learn and remember spiritually the way Jesus feels about things, so that we will always be prepared to preach his Word in season or out of season.
2 Timothy 4: 2 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction.
Be disciples of Jesus and know his heart by being in God’s word daily, drinking in its truth and bear much fruit for him.
Be safe in Jesus,
Ps. Glenn

Yes Lord

Yes Lord

Nov 9, 2021

In the last day the world will be judged by Jesus and that includes everyone who have confessed that Jesus is their Lord. We will stand before him and Jesus will judged us for the things we have done for him as our Lord.
2 Corinthians 5: 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
Jesus tells what will happen to some who have called him Lord on that day.
Matthew 7: 21 "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' 23Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'
This is very important to understand because it is essential for our salvation just as much as believing in God’s grace, you must have faith in Jesus as your Lord.
That is what Paul said in:
Romans 10: 8 But what does it say? "The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart," that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: 9 That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
If you have confessed Jesus as your Lord, you are promising to give him your complete obedience in what he teaches and commands us to do. You are his servant; he is not yours. He is your Lord and King. If you obey Jesus as your Lord, you will be known by him and be saved and not perish. Jesus came to show us how to be a servant when he served his disciples while on earth. Now he sits on the judgement seat judging how his servants serve him as their Lord.
I know there are some who think attending church, giving to the church and or doing good works for the church will make them known to God and he will help them get what they want in this world. God did not send his Son so that we can have what we want in this world, the Bible clearly teaches what Jesus came to give us.
John 3: 16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Jesus came to give us eternal life and He is looking for those who wants to be with him and his Father forever. Those who are faithful to Jesus as their Lord are those who love him for dying for their sins giving them a heart that desires to obey him so that they can be with God forever.
If God has given you a taste of eternal life believing that in heaven there will be no more pain, no more tears and no more sorrow but just his love forever there must be a change in your life that has made God your ultimate treasure making you continually seek him, by reaching out to him and finding him by making his Son the Lord of your life.
Jesus commands us to put his teachings into practice and through practice your mind will become like his and he will see you as his good and faithful servant and will usher you into his Father’s kingdom.
2 Corinthians 5: 9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.
Be safe in Jesus
Ps. Glenn

Believe the Truth

Believe the Truth

Nov 4, 2021

As disciples of Christ, we believe that the Bible is the very word of God given to us by his prophets and apostles and the Bible reveals the heart of God to us, his will and purpose for us.
As a new Christian we may have developed our beliefs from Christian family members, Christian friends, a pastor, Bible teachers, Christian speakers, and from Christian books you read because you trust that their words were true to God. And by believing in them this became your doctrine.
I have shared that Paul told Timothy that his doctrine is what will save him if perseveres in them and this is true for our doctrine. Do you believe your doctrine will save you? When you look at your doctrine who or what influenced what you believe to be true to God? I believe it is very important to know how you form the foundation of what you believe is true to God.
When you were a new believer you were not spiritually mature to filter what you were taught by others through the Holy Spirit teaching of Scripture. So, every new believer will be developing their doctrine by those who they put their trust in.
New Christians who love Jesus are the most vulnerable because of their spiritual immaturity in understanding the heart and mind of Christ. When they go to church, they can be taken advantage to do things in church Jesus has not asked believers to do but do it out of guilt or obligation to God.
Jesus commissioned mature disciples to go make disciple which is to nurture new believers to mature in knowing Jesus as their Lord by always put their trust completely in God’s word because it is active and alive to correct their heart in knowing God.
Hebrews 4: 12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
It is God’s word that is spiritually active and alive that judges the thoughts and attitude of our own spirit to makes us mature in our knowledge of Jesus and grow in the wholeness of Christ, knowing how to obey his Father’s will.
For us to spiritually mature it will require our spirit to always remain new so that it can grow in its understanding of God’s word so that we do not remain fixed on what we believed as immature believers.
Jesus tells us to remain new in this parable.
Mark 2: 21 "No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse.
22 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst
the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, he pours new wine into new wineskins."
Jesus was speaking to the Jewish leaders who were fixed in their own traditions and beliefs making them unable to hear God’s Son telling them to repent and believe in him who his Father in heaven has sent to give them a new convent promising them eternal life.
To find the ever-abundant treasure of God’s truth is to always be new to the Holy Spirit’s teaching as you mature in God’s word and the more you understand God’s truth the more it will set you free.
But we must always be aware that not everyone in church will choose to be new to the Holy Spirit’s teaching just as Paul had this challenge with his listeners in:
Acts 28: 22 But we want to hear what your views are, for we know that people everywhere are talking against this sect." 23 They arranged to meet Paul on a certain day, and came in even larger numbers to the place where he was staying. From morning till evening he explained and declared to them the kingdom of God and tried to convince them about Jesus from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets. 24 Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe. 25 They disagreed among themselves and began to leave after Paul had made this final statement: "The Holy Spirit spoke the truth to your forefathers when he said through Isaiah the prophet: 26 " 'Go to this people and say, "You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving." 27 For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.' 28 "Therefore I want you to know that God's salvation has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will listen!"
To grow in your understanding in Christ is to remain new to hear and see with spiritual eyes and ears and not remain calloused and hardly hear and have your eyes closed. Repentance is not a one-time event it’s a forever renewing of the mind and heart as a disciple of Christ growing in the knowledge of your Lord Jesus.
Please be true to Jesus and refine your doctrine of faith to be Holy Spirit defined by his word in Scripture.
Be safe in Jesus.
Ps Glenn

The Peter in Me

The Peter in Me

Nov 4, 2021

Peter was known as one of the pillars of the first church of our Lord Jesus.
Jesus said this to Peter in:
Matthew 16: 16 Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." 17 Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."
Some believe when Jesus told Peter that on this rock, he will build his church that Peter whose name means rock that he would be the foundation of Jesus’ church. That whatever Peter binds on earth will be bound in heaven and will be the keys of church doctrine and its salvation.
If this is true, we should also look what Jesus told Peter after he acknowledge that he was the Christ the Son of the living God.
Matthew 16: 21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. 22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. "Never, Lord!" he said. "This shall never happen to you!" 23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men."
If Peter was to bind on earth that Jesus will not be killed than our salvation would never be loose in heaven. But Jesus rebuked Peter for having a mind that wants what Satan desires the things of man and not having a mind for the things of God.
So, Peter is not the rock of Christ church it was what Peter acknowledged that is the rock, the foundation of the church, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
Because what Peter said was not his own it was from God.
17 Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.
The rock of the church is having faith in Jesus as Christ the Lord, the Son of the living God. It’s not following Peter or Paul or any man, but Jesus alone. That is what Paul teaches in the beginning of 1 Corinthians.
As we read stories of Peter, we need to look at what the Holy Spirit wants us to learn from them and to examine ourselves to see if we have the same tendency to do what Peter said and did as things of man.
We already learn Peter was not afraid to rebuke the one he called the living Son of God because he felt he knew what was better to do than God.
Peter also did things that had no purpose or meaning to God. We learn this when Jesus took Peter, James, and John up the mountain to pray, and Peter saw the transfiguration of Jesus and saw Moses and Elijah.
Matthew 17: 3 Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. 4 Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters--one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." 5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!"
Why did Peter want to build a shelter for them? In Mark’s version it said that Peter did not know what to say because he was frightened and in Luke it said that Peter did not know what he was saying.
What Peter was feeling was an overwhelming awe of Jesus’ glory, the same way he felt when Jesus filled his fishing net miraculously with fish he was overcome by fear at the glory of Jesus and did not know what to do in his presence.
This time in fear Peter wanted to build a shelter for Jesus thinking this would please him.
But God stopped Peter and covered him in cloud so he could not see and told him that Jesus was his Son whom he loves and well pleased in, just listen to him.
So, do you have those same inclinations as Peter, to do something you think will please Jesus or do something because you feel guilty and want to do something because you feel you owe God, or do you do things for Jesus because you think his agenda is your agenda?
Peter did this when he promised Jesus, he would die for him but instead denied him 3 times because Jesus did not fulfil his agenda.
What God wants us to do is to know him by just listening to his Son whom he loves and is well pleased in.
The Holy Spirit does not control our choices, he reveals God’s choices to us from Scripture and making us responsible for our choices. We learn this from the story in Acts when Peter was shown in a vision that God made all things clean. That there was no favoritism between Jews and Gentile believers, but in Galatians 2, Paul rebuked Peter for favoring his Jewish brothers and not his Gentile brothers. The Holy Spirit did not make Peter choose what was right with God, Peter chose to follow the things of man.
That is why Paul tells us in Philippians to work out your salvation with fear and trembling because the measure of faith we use God will use to measure us.
Be safe in Jesus.
Ps. Glenn

How do I Inherit Eternal Life

How do I Inherit Eternal Life

Oct 13, 2021

What people think heaven will be like comes from other people’s concept of heaven in movies or books. It could be from myths that someone in church may have been taught.
What if someone ask you about heaven and what they must do to get there, what would you tell them?
Before answering it would be best to discern if their spirit is sincerely seeking out these questions. Begin by asking them if they believe in God? If they say yes, then you can share that you believe that heaven is where God lives and reigns and that you can share only what God says heaven will be like and how you can be with him from the Bible, because you believe it is the very word of God.
If they are willing to listen, then they may be someone Paul said is seeking God and trying to reach out to him and find him.
To help them find God, ask them what they think heaven is like.
People’s concept of heaven would be from what I said earlier or may be what they want heaven to be like, but not the way Jesus says it will be.
This is what the Jesus says it will be like.
Revelations 21: 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."
Revelations 22: 3 No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 There will be no more night. They will
not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.
Jesus said in heaven, God will dwell with you and he will wipe away all your tears, there will be no more death, mourning, crying or pain. You will forever live with Him and serve Him and bear his name. There will be no more night but live in the light of God and reign with him forever.
This description of what heaven is the prophecy of Jesus that you can share as God’s word and we are warned not to add or take away from it.
Revelations 22: 18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.
Will this description of heaven appeal to everyone? No.
But there will be those who are being called and drawn by God and are seeking God and you who know and love him can help them find him.
Begin by sharing that God loves them so much because they are his children because when he created Adam and Eve, he loved them by giving them his breath, a life-giving spirit which lives forever which gives our body life and this spirit that dwells in us make us God’s children.
But because of Adam and Eve’s sin and our sins, which is being disobedient to God’s will we were cursed to die for our sins which is to be forever separated from God and his heaven.
Now God still loved his children so very much that he made a way for them to be with him forever and that is through his Son, Jesus to die for the penalty of our sins.
And if you believe that Jesus is the Son of God who came to earth and took on the flesh of man and died for your sins on the cross and rose from the grave on the 3rd day and confess that he is your Lord, God promises you will be with him forever in heaven. But this belief must also be with the right heart for God which Jesus teaches.
Jesus teaches what a person heart must be like it they want to inherit eternal life.
Luke 10: 25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" 26 "What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?" 27 He answered: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind' ; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' " 28 "You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live."
So, your belief in Jesus is to love him with all your heart, soul, strength and mind. Jesus gives an example of what this means in:
Luke 18: 18 A certain ruler asked him, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" 19 "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good--except God alone. 20 You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.' " 21 "All these I have kept since I was a boy," he said. 22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." 23 When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth. 24 Jesus looked at him and said, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!
To love God is to love him more than anything in this world especially the world’s riches even your own life wanting to be with Jesus in his kingdom which Jesus promised to the thief who was dying next to him.
Luke 23: 39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: "Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us!" 40 But the other criminal rebuked him.
"Don't you fear God," he said, "since you are under the same sentence? 41We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong." 42 Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. " 43 Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise."
These Scripture passages are for you to know for certain what is true to God, so share to someone who is seeking God for the first time these Scriptures would be overwhelming to them. Begin by sharing what they need to believe in Jesus and it must be with all their love for God and wanting to be with him heaven more than this world.
If they believe in you words and repent they will seek for help in understanding how to love God and this opens the door to their heart for you to teach them God’s word or invite them to a church body that are spiritually mature that can teach them God’s word by the Holy Spirit.
Remember Jesus reassures us that only he knows who he will allow to come to know him and his Father.
Luke 10: 22 "All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him."
But as children of God, you must always be prepared to share the hope you have in him.
Be safe in Jesus,
Ps. Glenn

Indescribable Love of God

Indescribable Love of God

Sept 7, 2021

In Matthew 12:48-50 Jesus tells his disciples they are his Father’s children because they obeyed his Father’s will. Everyone who say they are child of God must know God and obey his will by being a disciple of Jesus, a student of his word.
A disciple who obeys God’s word are holy to God because they remain in his will and believe in what his word really is in these 2 Scripture passages.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it
judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
2 Timothy 3: 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
God’s word will judge if your heart’s thoughts and attitude is spiritually for Jesus or for our flesh. Scripture is God breathed meaning it is the very word of God which you must put your sole trust to learn, rebuke, correct and train in to be God’s righteous and to know how to do fruitful labor for him.
God’s word is the only means to fully know God spiritually and you should not hold on to your personal life experiences or that of other people’s experience to know God and his truth because they appeal to your human senses it does not appeal to your spiritual sense which comes from only God’s word. We can trust that God has vetted everyone who were written in the Bible and not those outside of the Bible to be his example. You only can measure the spiritual fruit that someone bears is true to Scripture.
Jesus said his words are spirit and not of the flesh.
John 6:63, Jesus said, “The Spirit gives life, the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.”
Jesus is saying to understand his words requires the Holy Spirit and not your human sense. So, to understand Jesus’ teachings and his Father’s will for you it comes through the Holy Spirit recalling to you God’s words from Scripture.
The Holy Spirit is teaching you when you hear someone’s teaching, and you recall their words from your spiritual knowledge of God’s words and examples from the Bible.
That is why Jesus said no one will understand his parables unless they are one of his disciples because his teaching was not for those who see things from a worldly perspective.
Matthew 13:10 The disciples came to him and asked, "Why do you speak to the people in parables?" 11 He replied, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables: "Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. 14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: " 'You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. 15 For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise, they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. To understand the spiritual teaching of Jesus is to define it from God’s perspective. So, how would you spiritually describe the love of God? Describing it from a worldly perspective can never justify the true love of God. God’s love can only be defined by his word.
This is how Paul describes God’s love.
Romans 8: 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Being finite human beings, we can only imagine what these things are that can never separate us from God’s love.
If you never experience any of these things that Paul spoke of, then how can we truly describe or compare God’s love from anything we see or experience from our finite life on this earth.
When someone compare God’s love to something they love here on earth that is what they will want in heaven. I heard someone say Disney World is like being in heaven. But a disciple of God’s word will know what heaven will be like from Jesus’ words in Revelations.
What we should understand about God’s love it is indescribable to anything here that we will experience in our lifetime on earth or anything in all of God’s creation. We will only know God’s love when we are in it in heaven because God is love. You can only imagine what it will be like in heaven from Jesus’ perspective.
Be safe in Jesus
Ps. Glenn

Recall

Recall

August 31, 2021

When you hear a sermon and in that sermon the teacher uses personal self-analogy or examples from this world hoping you will recall a similar experience or example from this world to help you understand Jesus and God’s will what sense are you using to understand their teaching?

Your human or spiritual sense.

In John 6 63, Jesus said, “The Spirit gives life, the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.”

To know if you understand Jesus and his Father’s will is through the Holy Spirit recalling the spiritual words of Jesus and his life example and that of his apostles.

If you cannot spiritually understand a sermon of Jesus and his apostle’s teachings and their life examples but need worldly examples to understand, you are using your human instincts and not the Holy Spirit to know Jesus and his Father’s will for you.

You will know it is the Holy Spirit teaching in you when you hear a teaching and recall it from your spirit knowledge of words and examples from the Bible.

You must put your complete trust in God’s word and not in your life and examples of this world, but only have the mind of Christ.

Be safe in Jesus,
Ps. Glenn

In The Later Times

In The Later Times

August 11, 2021

There is a growing division in churches over the covid vaccine between those who say it is okay to take and those against it.
This division does not fulfill Christ mandate that his body be united as one in spirit and faith.
Any kind of division should never be brushed off as a personal choice of a believer because those who confess that Jesus is their Lord must subject themselves completely to his will as his servants and obey God’s will and not personal choices.
There is also a danger when people say that God’s word does not want people to take the vaccine.
I have heard that there are some pastors that are teaching that the covid vaccine is the mark of the beast found in Revelations 13.

To take the mark of the beast is to identity yourself with the beast. To worship him, obey his will, and have sincere devotion to him.

When someone takes the mark willingly and knowingly, they will forever be tormented in the lake of fire.

Revelations 14: 11 And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name."

Revelations 13 says that it is the 2nd beast who will persecute and kill those who do not worship the image of the beast and take his mark. This 2nd beast is the anti-Christ, the lawless one that Paul spoke of in 2 Thessalonians 4. Paul said this lawless one must first be revealed to believers before Christ returns.

So, how can the covid vaccine be the mark of the beast when the anti-Christ has not been revealed to believers.

Our God is not an unjust God. He will not allow his children to unknowingly take the mark of the beast. The Holy Spirit will clearly reveal the anti-Christ and the mark that he will force everyone to take. This taking of the mark will be a clear choice to either follow Jesus and refuse the mark or follow the beast and wear his mark.

The Holy Spirit teaches in Scripture what will keep someone from inheriting eternal life. They are rejecting Jesus as your Lord and Savior, to blaspheme the Holy Spirit, to be unforgiving, to willfully sin, to willfully worship the image of the beast and to willfully take the mark of the beast.
God is a just and forgiving and will always provide a means for someone to repent from their sinful choice and receive his forgiveness.
If the vaccine is the mark of the beast, it will be impossible to remove when it exists in your body. It condemns a believer who did not willingly take the vaccine because it identified as the mark of the beast. It provides no recourse to repent, and they will be eternally unforgivable and forever separated from God.

That does not sound like a patient God who wants all to be able to repent and not perish.

In 2 Peter 1:2, it reads, Grace and peace is your in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. This knowledge we have in Jesus is knowing that he wants us to do all things out of love by being obedient to him. So, when a believer takes the vaccine out of love to protect their loved ones, their church family, and those around them to protect them from getting sick you are someone Jesus calls his sheep.

Matthew 25: 34 "Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick, and you looked after me, I was in prison, and you came to visit me.'
Getting vaccinated to protect others from getting sick is serving Jesus as his servants by caring for others from getting the deadly virus. Jesus said those who care for others will be blessed by his Father and inherit His kingdom.
Scripture does not say that the Covid vaccine is the mark of the beast because the Lawless one has not been revealed and it makes it impossible for some to repent. Nor does it say if it changes your body’s DNA it changes you from the image of God, because the image of God is Spirit and not the body that God made from dust. Nor does it say you will be condemned because it has the DNA of aborted babies. Roman 8: 28 Paul said, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
God has not wasted the life of aborted babies but has glorified their innocence to save others just as his Son’s innocent death saved us from spiritual death. That is the same understanding Joseph had in:
Genesis 50:20, You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
God’s word does not teach that Jesus died to save your body. You are not sin because you have a disease, have a blood transfusion or organ transplant from someone of this world. So, in the same way taking the vaccines does not make your body more sinful. Jesus said he came to save your spirit and not your flesh.
John 6: 63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.
And Paul said:
1 Corinthians 15: 50 I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
Our sinful body will never inherit heaven, but how you use your body to serve Jesus while on earth to care and help others out of love for God is what will count as being worthy to him.
We need to always remember what Paul said in:
Romans 8: 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
If you love Jesus, God will work for your good because you are following his purpose as his children to love others as he has loved you.
I must always keep in mind what Paul said, not to teach what is not true to the Holy Spirit and someone who has abandoned their faith in Jesus’ teachings and commandments.
1 Timothy 4: 1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 3 They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. 4 For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer. 6 If you point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, brought up in the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed.

We are in the later time and Paul warns us to be aware when teaching is from a hypocritical liar that teaches believers not to do things that God has meant for his good and to be thankful for.
The Holy Spirit will always set before us choices that will example Jesus’ obedience to his Father’s will to show his love and mercy that saved us.
Paul said salvation is by grace through faith that is true to the name of Jesus. He also states in Colossians that God has set before us the choice to be faithful to his Son and follow the right path he has set before us in his teaching to remain reconciled with God.
Colossians 1: 22-23, But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation-- 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel.
Salvation rest upon your choice to continue in your faith which dismiss the once saved always saved belief. If that was true, there would not be the need to continue in your faith to remain holy in God’s sight and in the gospel. Paul said in Philippians to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, because Jesus said the path to his Father is narrow. Salvation is conditional by the faith that you choose to follow and believe is true to Jesus.
God’s word does not say you must take the vaccine it is your choice to choose what best examples the love he showed you, but he does want us to discern when teaching is hypocritical and not true to Jesus’ teaching.
Eternal life is to know God and Jesus, so let the Holy Spirit counsel and guide you to be a living sacrifice and do what Jesus wants his sheep to do.
Be safe is Jesus, Ps. Glenn

Walk Like Jesus

Walk Like Jesus

June 28, 2021

Jesus left his apostles to be the fathers of his church because they spoke his words which were the will of God for his children and Paul said he exampled Christ. John shares Jesus’ love for his church in his letter to them in 1 John.
In 1John 2, John shares what makes someone God’s children.

1 John 2: 1 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense--Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

John reminds us of Jesus’ love for us by being an atoning once and for all sacrifice for all our past, present and future sins. And he did this not just for Believers but for the whole world. This is God’s grace given to everyone.
Jesus has become the defense attorney for all who want to be with his Father by advocating for us before his Father as our sacrifice so we can receive his forgiveness and allow all who love God to be with Him as his children by loving his Son.

1 John 2: 3 We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. 4 The man who says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: 6 Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.

John teaches that we must know Jesus and walk like him if we want God’s love to be found in us. He said no one can say they know Jesus if they do not know his commandments and obeys them. Those who do what is against his teachings and commandment, Jesus sees as a liar because his truth is not in them.
The faith of our salvation is knowing and obeying Jesus’ teachings and commandments that he spoke and gave through his apostles. That is why we must always be repenting to know how to walk like Jesus. We cannot walk any way we want to in this world and still think we will be saved.
Is it easy to walk like Jesus? No. It depends if you are willing to give up everything in this world by denying yourself, picking up your cross and follow Jesus because you want to be with God more than anything in this world.
I have heard it said that once saved always saved. That once you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior you will always be saved even if you walk away from him. That is not true in what Peter said in:

2 Peter 3: 17 Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.

You can fall from your eternal security when you chose to follow lawless men and do not continue to be faithful to love Jesus as your Lord.

1John 2: 7 Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. 8 Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining. 9 Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. 10 Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. 11 But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.

John said there cannot hate anyone in the family of God. We can hate evil but never hate a person. You can be angry or disappointed like Jesus was with the Pharisees and at time with his own disciples, but he never hated.
Hate is to despise and want the worst for someone. Jesus said to love your enemies. If there is any hate for a someone, John said the light of God’s forgiveness does not live in you and Jesus said if you do not forgive his Father will not forgive you.

1 John 2: 18 Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us. 20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.

John said as children of God we must always keep in mind we are in last days before God kingdom comes and because of this we must be aware that there will be many who will come out of churches that will teach what is anti to Jesus’ teaching and commandments. So, it becomes vital for the church to remain steadfast in the Holy Spirit’s teaching of God’s truth and not man’s teaching. God truth is his armor that you must put on to fight the schemes of the devil and help you identify the lawless one when he comes.

1 John 2: 21 I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. 22 Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist--he denies the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also. 24 See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is what he promised us--even eternal life. 26 I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray.

John said if you know God’s truth you will know when someone is lying about Jesus. Jesus proclaimed himself as the Messiah sent by God, that he is the Son of God, meaning he is God. That he and the Father are one and that his name is the name of God, “I Am”. The Pharisees knew this and killed Jesus for proclaiming he was equal to God.
We must always hold on to this truth about Jesus and always remain in the name of the Father, Son and Spirit to receive his promise of eternal life and not be misled and follow a lie.

1 John 2:27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit--just as it has taught you, remain in him.

This anointing is the Holy Spirit and John said “if” the Holy Spirit remains in you meaning that the Holy Spirit can leave you if you reject Jesus as your Lord. To know that the Holy Spirit is in you is realizing that He is teaching you God’s truth and not what is counterfeit by recalling to you the teaching of Jesus and his apostles as a devoted disciple of God’s word and obeying it.

1 John 2: 28 And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming. 29 If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.

We are born of Christ when we live in his righteousness by doing what is right to him. Then you can have the confidence and not be ashamed when Jesus comes to take you home when he returns or if your body falls asleep in him and your spirit appears in his presence.

Be children of God who walks like his Son. Be safe in Jesus,
Ps. Glenn

Deserving

Deserving

June 7, 2021

The book of Proverbs is mostly of Solomon’s teaching of wisdom that will keep you safe from harm, from death, it gives insight to ways to have a prosperous and good quality of life. He teaches what is right and wrong, what is just and unjust, what is good and evil in God’s eyes.
In Proverbs 3:27, Solomon wrote:
Proverbs 3: 27 Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.
Solomon said wisdom recognizes when someone deserves something good for their good actions or character and those who recognizes it should not withhold giving them what is good.
Recognizing what the Lord sees as someone deserving good, we need to look for examples in the Bible.
You will find those who God saw as deserving were those who have a servant’s heart and the willingness to sacrifice themselves for what was good.
There are 4 women of the OT that we can learn from who God saw as deserving.
The first is Sarah who gave herself in obedience to follow her husband Abraham, trusting his faith in God. She is the one that Peter speaks of her Godly character as an example to follow.
1 Peter 3: Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, 2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. 4 Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight. 5 For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, 6 like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.
Sarah’s inner beauty pleased God because she put her hope in him and submitted herself to be do his will for her husband. For this Sarah received God’s goodness and became the mother of the Jewish nation.
The 2nd is Ruth. Ruth the widow gave up her own Moabite family to follow her widowed Jewish mother-in-law, Naomi back to Jerusalem to care for her in a foreign country. We find Ruth’s good heart in her words to Naomi.
Ruth 1: 16 But Ruth replied, "Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go, I will go, and where you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 17 Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me."
Ruth’s good character was seen by others.
Ruth 2: 6 The foreman replied, "She is the Moabitess who came back from Moab with Naomi. 7 She said, 'Please let me glean and gather among the sheaves behind the harvesters.' She went into the field and has worked steadily from morning till now, except for a short rest in the shelter."
Ruth 2: 11 Boaz replied, "I've been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband-how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before. 12 May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge."
Ruth’s good character and actions was rewarded by the Lord. She became the wife of Boaz, the mother of Obed, the father of Jesse, the father of David.
The next person is Abigail the wife of Nabal who showed contempt towards David after David had protected Nabal’s flock and his shepherds from harm while in the field. Nabel’s contempt made David angry, and he promised to destroy every male in his household.
After Abigail, Nabal’s wife learned of this she quickly responded to save her family.
1 Samuel 25: 18 Abigail lost no time. She took two hundred loaves of bread, two skins of wine, five dressed sheep, five seahs of roasted grain, a hundred cakes of raisins and two hundred cakes of pressed figs, and loaded them on donkeys. 19Then she told her servants, "Go on ahead; I'll follow you." But she did not tell her husband Nabal. 20 As she came riding her donkey into a mountain ravine, there were David and his men descending toward her, and she met them.
1 Samuel 25: 23 When Abigail saw David, she quickly got off her donkey and bowed down before David with her face to the ground. 24 She fell at his feet and said: "My lord, let the blame be on me alone. Please let your servant speak to you; hear what your servant has to say. 25 May my lord pay no attention to that wicked man Nabal. He is just like his name-his name is Fool, and folly goes with him. But as for me, your servant, I did not see the men my master sent.
Abigail put the salvation of her household more important than the foolishness of her husband. After Abigail appealed to David he relented and accepted her offer of forgiveness.
1 Samuel 25: 35 Then David accepted from her hand what she had brought him and said, "Go home in peace. I have heard your words and granted your request."
After Nabal died suddenly, Abigail the widow received God’s goodness when she was asked by David to become his wife, which she did and had a son by him name Kileab.
The next woman is Esther. Esther willing risked her life to save the Jewish nation from destruction by presenting herself before the King, which meant death if he did not accept her presences. We see Esther’s character from the words she spoke.
Esther 4: 16 "Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish."
The Lord showed his goodness to Esther for her willingness to sacrifice herself to save God’s chosen people. Esther was accepted by the King, and he showed much favor to Esther, and she was able to reveal to him Haman’s evil plot to destroy the Jews and she was able to stop his plan and saved the Jews from annihilation.
These Godly character and acts, God sees as deserving of his goodness and what he wants to see in us. To be obedient, virtuous, loving, and sacrificial, not doing it for a reward, but totally out of a sincere heart.
Jesus wants us to have the wisdom to recognize these deserving qualities in other believers and to give them what is good the way God did.
God’s goodness was more than earthly riches, fame, or accolades. He gave these women hope for their family’s future.
This same goodness we can give to those we see as deserving because of their love for God by acknowledging their faithfulness in loving God and your steadfastness to be united with them in that same love and hope we have in Jesus and his eternal future he has for us.
Be safe in Jesus,
Ps Glenn

Jesus Taught Paul Personally

Jesus Taught Paul Personally

May 18, 2021

This past Sunday I shared that Jesus taught Paul personally and it could not have been at his conversion on the road to Damascus when he first met Jesus.

Acts 9, it tells of Paul first encounter with Jesus who appeared as bright light and spoke to him in that brief moment. Paul never saw or heard Jesus before this.

Now, in Galatians you will learn more about what happen to Paul after that brief encounter with Jesus in Acts 9.

In Galatians 1: 11-12, Paul tells how he received the gospel of Jesus.
11 I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up. 12 I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.

Paul said he learned the gospel personally from Jesus and this could not have been in the brief moment he heard Jesus on the road to Damascus.

So, when did Jesus teach him?

Galatians 1: 15 But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased 16 to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not consult any man, 17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went immediately into Arabia and later returned to Damascus. 18 Then after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to get acquainted with Peter and stayed with him fifteen days.

Paul said through God’s grace he was pleased to reveal his Son. This is on the road to Damascus and later learn it was for him to preach to the Gentiles who would form Christ church.

After this encounter with Jesus, Paul said he did not consult any man or go to Jerusalem to see the apostles. He immediately went to Arabia for 3 years and then went to Damascus and then to Jerusalem to meet with Peter.

So, what was Paul doing for 3 years in Arabia? I think this is where Paul learned from Jesus personally for 3 years.

Remember Jesus ministry on earth was for 3 years teaching his chosen apostles, who recalled his teaching after receiving the Holy Spirit.

Everything we read in Paul’s letter is what Jesus has revealed to him which he recalled through the Holy Spirit.

What the Holy Spirit wants us to learn from this is that it will take a personal commitment to be a Christ disciple learning Scripture to know Jesus. He does not teach you by osmosis, visions, dreams, its walking with Jesus and listening to his words.

Be safe in Jesus,
Ps. Glenn

Jesus is Lord

Jesus is Lord

May 11, 2021

It is very important to read the Bible always from the Holy Spirit’s perspective. For he is the author of the Bible. We do this to discern spiritually what he wants us to understand from his point of view and not the world’s.
Having the Spirit’s point of view, we can examine ourselves when reading about those he wrote about as example to follow or not. We also will learn how Jesus responds to those who believe in him and those who do not.
A good example to learn from is the story of Martha and Mary in Luke and John. It teaches about their character and attitude towards Jesus and how they responded to him and how Jesus responded to them.
Luke 10: 38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!" 41 "Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."
In this story Martha invites Jesus and his disciples to her home for a banquet and there is no mention of her parents or a husband or being a widow only that she has a sister Mary that lives with her. It was their home.
Martha must have been the eldest who took her responsibility to care for her guest seriously especially since she invited Jesus her Lord to her home for a banquet. Mary being younger was not as responsible as her sister not caring to help her, which upset Martha. We all can relate to both this kind of character and attitude in own lives.
Jesus points out to Martha because you have invited me into your home, you should not worry and become upset about peripheral thing to please me or your quest. All Jesus desires is when you invite him in it is to sit and listen to him because that is what will count in heaven and if Mary takes to heart what she hears and accepts his words as God’s truth it will never be taken from her.
We learn that Jesus desires each time you invite him in as you read his word or gather in his name it to listen to him and not be concerned about the outside appearance of things. It is only to sit and listen to him.
We listen by eating the same food that Jesus eats.
John 4: 31 Meanwhile his disciples urged him, "Rabbi, eat something." 32 But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you know nothing about." 33 Then his disciples said to each other, "Could someone have brought him food?" 34 "My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.
If you are listening to Jesus, he reveals his Father’s will and like him it is do it until it is finished.
In John 11 we learned which sister sat at Jesus feet and listened to him.
John 11: 1 Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair. 3 So the sisters sent word to Jesus, "Lord, the one you love is sick." 4 When he heard this, Jesus said, "This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it." 5 Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
We learn that Martha and Mary’s have a brother and Lazarus may have been their younger brother as he never says anything in this story. Being deeply concern of his sickness they reached out to Jesus to come quickly because they knew he could heal him before he dies because He loved them. But that is not what Jesus did.
John 11: 6 Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days. 7 Then he said to his disciples, "Let us go back to Judea."
Jesus wanted Lazarus to die.
John 11: 14 So then he told them plainly, "Lazarus is dead, 15 and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him."
We learn just because Jesus loves us does not mean he will heal us of all our illness he may allow us to die so we can go home to him. Jesus will protect us from the schemes of the devil, but he will allow us to be subject to diseases and the evil that exist in this world. That is why Paul teaches to obey those who enforce the laws because they will protect you and to take medicine to heal you or protect you from diseases as he told Timothy to drink some wine for his upset stomach. God those provide the means to help us in this world.
When Jesus was near to Martha’s home Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.
John 11: 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home. 21 "Lord," Martha said to Jesus, "if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask."
Here Martha goes out to meet Jesus and proclaims her faith in him as her Lord, as her healer and God’s anointed. Hearing her faith, Jesus responds to her with words of life because of her faith in him.
23 Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again." 24 Martha answered, "I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day." 25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 26 and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" 27 "Yes, Lord," she told him, "I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world."
Martha did the only thing necessary, she sat and listened to Jesus’ teaching as truth. Seeing her faith, Jesus was able to reveal to her the key to eternal life and that is having faith in him. Martha received this truth by acknowledging to Jesus that he was her Savior, that he is the Son of God who has come in flesh.
Now Mary reacted differently when she heard that Jesus was near, she did go out to meet him like Martha but stayed at home mourning the death of her brother. Martha returned home and told Mary, Jesus was asking for her.
John 11: 28 … "The Teacher is here," she said, "and is asking for you." 29 When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him.
Mary responds to Jesus only when it seems he wanted her and not her wanting Jesus. This is how the world responds to being loved by someone that the person who loves me will do or give me what I want. Is this how you see Jesus loving you? That He will do what you want? If you think this way about Jesus, he is no longer the Lord of your life. You have made yourself lord over him.
Those who do this will blame God when things go wrong and not their way. They will blame him for allowing someone they love to die. They do not believe that Jesus is the one who will resurrect and give eternal life to all who believe in him that they will never die.
John 11: 32 When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died."
Mary did not express the same faith Martha had in Jesus, but blamed Jesus for allowing her brother to die. We see that Mary did not hold on to Jesus’s teaching during the times she sat at his feet. This is what Paul teaches that there will those who will always be learning God’s word but never acknowledging its truth.
John 11: 33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled.
Jesus was disturbed by their weeping over someone’s death when before them was the source of everlasting life who they did not believe in.
John 11: 34"Where have you laid him?" he asked. "Come and see, Lord," they replied. 35 Jesus wept.
Jesus tears was not of empathy for those grieving over the death of Lazarus. Jesus wept because they did not believe he is the giver of eternal life.
Jesus said in John 2:24 that he does not put his trust in people because people but their trust in what concerns people and not what concerns God.
Jesus never saw Lazarus as dead and never to be loved again. Jesus loves those who love him, and he never wants them to suffer spiritual death, but will give them eternal life so that they can be loved by his Father forever.
John 11: 39 "Take away the stone," he said. "But, Lord," said Martha, the sister of the dead man, "by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days." 40 Then Jesus said, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?" 41So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, "Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me." 43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!" 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, "Take off the grave clothes and let him go." 45 Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, put their faith in him.
Upon seeing her brother being resurrected back to life, Mary repented and believed in Jesus as her savior and Lord of life, that all who believe in him will never die which we see Mary’s repentant heart in chapter 12.
John 12: 1 Six days before the Passover, Jesus arrived at Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 Here a dinner was given in Jesus' honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. 3 Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus' feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 5 "Why wasn't this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year's wages. " 6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it. 7 "Leave her alone," Jesus replied. "It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. 8 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me."
Believing in Jesus, Mary recalled Jesus’ teaching about his own death and resurrection as being true, so she prepared his body for his burial and believing in his resurrection to follow.
I hope you are growing in your faith in Jesus by eating the spiritual food he eats doing his Father’s will and not being the lord over Jesus. Thinking because he loves you, he will do what you want him to.
If Jesus is your Lord, you serve him and not vice versa. You die for Jesus because he already died for you, so you can be with your Father forever.
Do not test God’s love for you.
Be safe in Jesus,
Ps. Glenn

Armor of God

Armor of God

May 3, 2021

I remember in the 60’s when I was in elementary school we would have drills to respond to a nuclear bomb attack.
Teachers told students huddle under their classroom table. Like that would have done anything to protect us.
But during that time there was a fear of a possible nuclear war with Russia. I know some people were even building underground bomb shelters to prepare for a nuclear war.
On January 13, 2018 we experienced an island wide alert of an imminent inbound missile that N. Korea fired toward us. Mostly everyone panicked because they did not know what to do. People were driving crazily to get to their family, and some were hiding in storm drains.
Do you remember what your thoughts were at that time? Were you prepared for a nuclear attack? Or were you always prepared to be with Jesus?
Did you know going to church is to learn how to be ready to be with Jesus?
That is what Jesus said in:
Matthew 24: 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
When we gather in his name it is to learn how to prepare ourselves to be with Jesus. Jesus also said who is responsible for preparing his servants for him.
Matthew 24: 45 "Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.
Jesus said that he has put faithful and wise servant in charge of his household, this being his church. These servants are pastors and teachers who oversee his church responsible to get his servants ready to be with him.
Do you feel you are ready to be with Jesus?
Being ready for Jesus is one of the most important teachings Jesus wants his church to be doing, so that we will be ready if he calls us home today or when he returns.
Jesus said we need to watch for signs to let us know he is coming is soon.
Matthew 24: 32 "Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.
In Ephesians 6:10 Paul tells of a sign that the church must be aware of before Jesus returns.
Ephesians 6: 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
Paul said that there will be a day of evil coming, meaning an evil event before Jesus returns. Paul explains what that day of evil will be in:
2 Thessalonians 2: 1 Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, 2 not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come. 3 Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4 He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God. 5 Don't you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? 6 And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. 7 For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, 10 and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.
This day of evil Paul says will happen before Jesus returns to take his faithful follower’s home. Paul said there are 2 signs that must occur before Jesus returns, the rebellion of the church and the revealing of the lawless one the anti-Christ.
This rebellion is when churches rebel against Jesus as its head but follow their own teachings and design for church, following their own doctrine that is not true to Jesus and his apostles teaching.
When the anti-Christ comes, Paul said he will display counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders and ever sort evil deception to God’s truth and God will also send a powerful delusion so that those who do not know His truth but choose to delight in wickedness of the devil’s lies he will condemn.
Revelations 13 gives more insight of what will happen when this day evil arrives.
Revelations 13: 1 And the dragon stood on the shore of the sea. 2 And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. … The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. 3 …. The whole world was astonished and followed the beast. 4 Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, "Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?" 5 The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months. 6 He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. 7 He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. (This verse tells us that Jesus has not raptured his church yet.) And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. 8 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast--all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.
9 He who has an ear, let him hear. 10 If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints. (vrs 9-10 tells us that we need to be ready to go to prison or be killed for our faith in Jesus at this time.) 11 Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. 12 He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. 13 And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. (This is 2Thess2:9 and Job 1:16) 14 Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. (Vrs 15, is the powerful delusion God will do because only God can give this breath of life to the image.) 16 He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, 17 so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. 18 This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is 666.

So, how do we prepare for this this day of evil, Paul said you need to put on the full armor of God in Ephesians 6. This armor of wisdom will protect you from the devil’s schemes of lawlessness at work right now and from the day of evil to come.
Jesus wants his disciples to wear God’s armor every moment of their lives while on earth by denying themselves, picking up their cross and faithfully follow his teaching and commandments.
This is God’s armor.
Ephesians 6: 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
God’s armor is to know and understand his truth, his righteousness, his gospel, his faith, his salvation, and his word that comes from Jesus and his apostle’s teachings.
Without God’s armor you will fall for schemes of the devil’s lies and his secret power of lawlessness that is already here and you will also be able to recognize God’s powerful delusion that he will send to those who do not know his truth,
Church is where we gather to be ready to be with God by learning from His word his armor. Jesus will hold all his followers responsible to keep each other ready to be with Him when he returns or if he should call you home today.
Be safe in Jesus,
Ps. Glenn

Example Christ

Example Christ

April 26, 2021

Being called by God is determined by him and those who respond to his call by seeking him with all their heart are his chosen, those he has elected to be with him.
We know this because Jesus teaches that his brothers and sisters and those he calls his friend are his disciples. Christ disciples are those who have responded to God’s calling, who seeks God with all their heart by following Jesus as his students obeying his Father’s will from his teachings and commandments.
To be a disciple of Jesus the only means to learn his teaching is from the Bible and being taught by the Holy Spirit.
When reading the OT and the NT you need to seek what God is revealing about himself and his will for you and what he teaches about the heart of those who believe in him and those who do not.
There is a big difference between what we read in the OT and the NT in how we apply it to ourselves as a follower of Jesus.
The Holy Spirit wants us to know about the faith of those who loved and obeyed God in the OT and how they listened and obeyed him.
Hebrews 11: 1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for.
Hebrews goes on to tell of Abel, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and many other OT heroes of how they lived a life of faith in God and why.
Hebrews 11: 13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country--a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.
Those who believed in God in the OT were those whose faith was in an eternal life with God and were commended for their faith.
Hebrews 11: 39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. 40 God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
Paul teaches that we can also learn from the OT examples of those who did not obey God and the consequence of their sinfulness as a warning for us.
1 Corinthians 10: For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers, that our forefathers were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. 2 They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. 3 They all ate the same spiritual food 4 and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. 5 Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered over the desert. 6 Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did. 7 Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: "The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in pagan revelry." 8 We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did--and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died. 9 We should not test the Lord, as some of them did--and were killed by snakes. 10 And do not grumble, as some of them did--and were killed by the destroying angel. 11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come.
In the OT, we learn what people of faith did which God commended because their faith was driven in having an eternal relationship with Him. It also teaches of those who disobeyed God and the consequences for sinning as examples and a warning.
Just like people of faith in the OT our faith is proven by our actions in what God will test us in, which will be unique to each person as it was for the OT saints.
Hebrews 12: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
The stories of faith by the OT saints are examples of their perseverance that becomes our witness of our faith perseverance like theirs in the race God has given each one of us to run, which God commends when it is out of love for his Son as his disciple.
The acts of faith by OT saints were their obedience to God out of love for Him because of the old covenant they had with him.
Our act of faith is our obedience to a new covenant we have in Christ, not for the old covenant. Jesus does not teach his disciples to copy what the OT saints did in obedience to the old covenant. He wants his disciple to follow his teachings and commandments that promises a greater and new covenant with God of eternal life by faith and not works.
In the OT to love God was to destroy his enemies, but in the NT our love for God is to love our enemies.
Our faith is still motivated by the same love the OT saints had for God but now to obey the law of his Son under a new covenant which is to obey his teachings and commandment out of love for him that God will test to see if it is true to Jesus.
That is why our faith must be built on the author of our faith.
Hebrews 12: 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
So, fix your eyes on Jesus’ teachings because he is the author and perfector of our faith. Jesus does not want us to copy OT saints, but he wants us to have the same faith as them because of their love for God.
Paul tells us to follow his example because it examples Christ.
1 Corinthians 11: 1 Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
To example Jesus is to know him and this is how we know and him.
1 John 2: 3 We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. 4 The man who says, "I know him," but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: 6 Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.
To walk like Jesus is to know him from the NT and not the OT because there has been a change in the priesthood to a new covenant with God.
Jesus teaches that following the OT does not give eternal life, it was given to testify of him.
John 5: 37 And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form, 38 nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent. 39 You diligently study the Scriptures (OT) because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me,
Do not test yourselves by what OT saints did you need to test yourselves to see if Christ Jesus is in you.
2 Corinthians 13: 5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you--unless, of course, you fail the test?
Are you in Christ? Then as his disciple you should know how to walk like him.
Be safe in Jesus,
Ps. Glenn

Church Doctrine

Church Doctrine

April 19, 2021

Last week I shared a message on the importance of church doctrine and how the truth of your doctrine will save you. So, our doctrine must be defined clearly from Scripture.
It is important when reading Scripture, you are seeking to know the mind and will of God by only reading out the meaning of Scripture. Never read into Scripture to manipulate God’s word out of context to benefit what you want God’s will to be or what you want church to be. Never add or take away from God’s word.

Paul teaches what the doctrine of church should be.

1 Corinthians 14: 26 What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church.
Paul said the purpose of church is to strengthen the body of Christ through hymns, word of instructions, revelations, and interpretations of tongue. So, each time we gather in Jesus the purpose is to grow stronger in our unity of faith and knowledge of our Lord Jesus.

Paul goes on to teach to do this in church.

1 Corinthians 14: 27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, two--or at the most three--should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. 28 If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and God. 29 Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said. 30And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop. 31 For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged. 32 The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets. 33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.
We need to remember the early church did not have what we have the spoken word of God written for us in the Bible. They relied on the Holy Spirit speaking to them directly through prophecy and tongues of what the Holy Spirit recalls to them from the apostles and Jesus’ teachings.

Every time we gather it is to hear instructions and encouragement through the teaching of Scripture which focus on building the church up in their faith, knowledge and understanding of our Lord Jesus Christ. To have a single mind of Christ with a common purpose and good for His name sake.

That is why Paul said to eagerly desire the gift of prophecy.

1 Corinthians 14, 1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy. 2 For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit. 3 But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort. 4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church..

Paul said prophesy and interpreted tongues is speaking God’s word to edify the church to strengthen and encourage everyone and not self.

So, prophecy benefits the church. I do not know of anyone who said they eagerly sought the gift of prophecy, but I know many who eagerly sought the gift of tongues and sought churches that speak tongues, but not its interpretation. Where there are people who say they can give this gift of tongues to anyone who wants it, which Scripture says only the Holy Spirit can give as He determines.

Being caught up with supernatural spiritual gifts and not the word of God does not unite the church in their faith and knowledge of Jesus.

Church doctrine is to gather to edify the church with God’s word to give instructions with the purpose to build up the church in its unity of faith and to mature in their knowledge of Jesus and to be obedient to his Father’s will and acknowledging the interpretation of tongues as with any spiritual gifts for the common good of the whole church.

Paul teaches what we should be doing when we gather.

1 Corinthians 14: 6 Now, brothers, if I come to you and speak in tongues, what good will I be to you, unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or word of instruction?

1 Corinthians 14: 12 So it is with you. Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church.

1 Corinthians 14: 20 Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.

1 Corinthians 14: 22 Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is for believers, not for unbelievers.

1 Corinthians 14: 24 But if an unbeliever or someone who does not understand comes in while everybody is prophesying, he will be convinced by all that he is a sinner and will be judged by all, 25 and the secrets of his heart will be laid bare. So he will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, "God is really among you!"

Prophecy is the spoken word of God that is led along by the Holy Spirit only found in the Bible. To eagerly seek the gift of prophecy is to eagerly seek wisdom and understanding from the Bible.
You will recognize the gift of prophecy in you when the Holy Spirit recalls to you the heart and mind of Jesus from God’s word.
John 14: 26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
Another doctrine we need to remember when we gather as the body of Christ taught by James.
James 2: 8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, "Love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing right. 9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.
Favoritism in church forms cliques with those who having the same spiritual gift or same ministry. Because they favor those who have the same interest, but the only interest that counts is what interest Jesus.
Be safe in Jesus, Ps. Glenn

Doctrine

Doctrine

April 12, 2021

I know we all would like to believe that the Lord hears all our prayers and blessed to know that he will answer our every request.
Jesus did say this is possible in:
Matthew 18: 19 "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them."
Jesus said his Father will answer prayers when believers gather and ask in agreement what is true to his name. Meaning what is true to his teaching.
Even Paul tells us that this power of Jesus is present when believers assemble in the name of Jesus.
1 Corinthians 5: 4 When you are assembled in the name of our Lord Jesus and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present,
This power of Jesus exists when believers assemble as the body of Christ with Jesus as its head. They all have the same mind of Christ.
We all need to examine ourselves and ask why I gather with other believers is it for the same purpose to be one in the power of Christ to glorifying our Father by obeying his will.
This is only possible when a church is doing what Paul said it must be doing.
Ephesians 4: 12 to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Every believer who gathers with other believer must know that they all agree in their faith and knowledge of Jesus and not assume they do.
They all have a common faith in Jesus as their Lord obeying his teaching and commandments.
This common faith in Jesus’ teaching becomes the church doctrine. Most people who go to church do not even know the full doctrine of its church. So, how can the power of Jesus be present.
This is interesting when people gather with others from another church, they assume that they all have the same doctrine, but if they do not the power of Jesus will not be present.
True? Think about it. For me, I want the power of Jesus to always be present when I gather with other believers because we have the same mind of Christ by capturing our every thought and make it obedient to his teaching.
We need to understand that whatever we accept as our doctrine is what will save you.
1 Timothy 4: 16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.
This is where your doctrine must always be true to Scripture because false doctrine will always be present.
2 Timothy 4: 3 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
Paul tells Titus that pastors are the ones responsible to lead the church in what is trustworthy sound doctrine, and they must be able to refute what opposes it.
Titus 1: 9 He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
As the pastor of East Shore, I understand what I teach is for the sake of our salvation. I do not teach to make a living or have an ulterior motive but only want for all of us to be with our Father in heaven. So, I fearfully teach what I pray is sound to Jesus’ teaching to save us.
I have no desire to gather people by doing church or teach to make them feel good or to pet their emotions or to teach what their itching ear want to hear.
I want to be among Jesus’ brothers and sisters who know and obey their heavenly Father’s will because they want the power of Jesus present when they gather so that our Father will answer our every prayer.
I hope you have the same desire for East Shore.
This is only possible when our doctrine is one of the same and not cookie cut with just foundational truth but clear and sound to everything that makes us Jesus’ body by being united in the same faith in the whole knowledge of our Lord Jesus.
When you gather with others remember Jesus is only present when you all agree to everything he teaches in Scripture that he will recognize as being his body.
Be safe in Jesus,
Ps. Glenn

Worshipping God from the Heart - Not Appearance

Worshipping God from the Heart - Not Appearance

April 3, 2021

Knowing God is knowing what God looks at when it comes to loving him.
He said this to Samuel.
1 Samuel 16: 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."
Only God knows what the intention of people’s heart when they serve him, he knows if it is out of love for him.
He even looks at the heart when they pray to him as Jesus pointed out to his disciples when the Pharisee and the tax collector prayed to God.
Luke 18: 11 The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men--robbers, evildoers, adulterers--or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.' 13 "But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.' 14 "I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
God exalts those who seek him with a humble and contrite heart. God does not consider the appearance of things we do he looks at the heart of why we do it.
Jesus said true worshipers of God will worship him in spirit and in truth and not by appearance or posture because that is what man looks at.
Jesus said his Father rewards those who pray and give to him in secret, it is not for others to see.
Paul said true spiritual worship is being a living sacrifice. So, worshipping God is obeying what Jesus tells us to do with a humble and thankful heart which God sees.
Be true to Jesus always.
Ps. Glenn

Power of Christ in Church

Power of Christ in Church

March 29, 2021

Have you ever heard of the power of our Lord Jesus being in church?
What would that look like and how can you tell if his power was in church?
Is it even possible for his power to be in church?
How important would it be to have the power of Jesus in church?
Paul said this to the Corinthians church.
1 Corinthians 5: 4 When you are assembled in the name of our Lord Jesus and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present,
He tells us that 2 things are needed to have the power of our Lord Jesus present in church. He said the church needs to assemble in the name of our Lord Jesus and the spirit of the apostles must be with them when this is present in church the power of Jesus will also be present.
Being in the name of Jesus is to be completely soaked in him, its being baptized in Christ and that is knowing completely everything that is true to the name of Jesus from Scripture.
Having the spirit of the apostle with us is to hold on to their teaching just as Paul said in:
1 Corinthians 11: 2 “I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the teachings, just as I passed them on to you.”
So, when the church assembles as one in the name of Jesus and holds on to the teaching of his apostles the power of Jesus is present.
What is the power of Jesus?
Jesus tells us in:
Matthew 18: 19 "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them."
Jesus said when 2 or 3 believers agree in what is true to his name, He will be there because they have the Holy Spirit in them revealing his Father’s will to them and when they persevere in obeying his will, they will receive whatever they ask.
Hebrews 10: 36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
Paul teaches what church must be doing to have the power of Jesus.
Ephesians 4: 11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
When church strives together to reach unity in having the same faith and knowledge of Jesus by maturing in his word with the purpose of having the same mind of Christ the presence of Jesus power is present.
Paul tells us what happens to a church that is united with Christ.
Philippians 2: 1 If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.
It brought joy to Paul when the church was like-minded in Christ, having the same love for him, being one in spirit with the Holy Spirt and serving Jesus with the same purpose. A church that is like that will find encouragement, comfort, fellowship, tenderness and compassion and the power of Jesus will be present to answer their prayers.
Be safe in Jesus.
Ps. Glenn

Spiritual Armor

Spiritual Armor

March 24, 2021

Are you daily aware and prepared for an ongoing battle we have with the devil while on this earth?
In Revelations 12, John saw a wonderous sign and in it he saw from the moment Jesus was born the devil tried to destroy him, but he could not, but after Jesus was taken home to heaven, the devil waged war on God’s children who remained on earth.
Revelations 12: 17 Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring--those who obey God's commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.
At this very moment we are in a battle with Satan who is waging war on us trying to destroy our love for God.
Paul tells us that this struggle is a spiritual battle against the devil’s power of darkness and his forces of evil, his demon’s influence.
Ephesians 6: 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
It is the darkness of the devil’s lies that he uses in this world to mislead people away from God and he uses his demons as his spiritual forces to instigate his evil influence.
John tells us that this spiritual war with the devil will distinguish those who are born of God from those who are born of the devil.
1 John 3: 9 No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God's seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. 10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.
John did not say God’s children will never sin, he said they will choose not to continue in sin. Just like Jesus told the adulteress woman to leave her life of sin. Those who resist sinning out of love for God are God’s children. Remember even Paul confess his struggle with the sin of coveting but was so thankful for the blood of Christ that redeems him.
But those who choose to live in sin are children of the devil. They are those who do not love God and have rejected his Son and have no desire to obey his teachings and commandments. Instead they love the way of world which the devil’s rules.
Paul tells us not to be yoked to those who do not believe in God.
2 Corinthians 6: 14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people." 17 "Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you." 18 "I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."
Paul is not telling believers to condemn or disassociate with people of this world he said not to be yoked together with their worldly beliefs. This is agreeing, standing with and or accepting their belief that conflict with God’s.
When someone in church does this they become an enemy of God.
James 4: 4 You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
A believer becomes adulterous when they condone, tolerate, and accept the world’s sin as being no longer offensive to loving God. They love the world more than God.
James said those who do this become an enemy of God they no longer love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. Their interest is accepting people’s sinfulness in church and not their love for God.
Paul confronted this adulteress attitude in 1 Corinthians 5 regarding the church’s no action to correct the sexual immorality of a man in church. Paul told them that they should have expelled him from church, and he admonished the church because they were being proud of their tolerance of the man’s sinfulness, they were committing adultery towards God and refused to judge sin in church. Paul tells us not to associate with those in church who refuse to repent of the sins.
1 Corinthians 5: 9 I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—10 not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11 But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat. 12 What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside?
The devil’s weapons is his ability to tempt us to sin because of the weakness of our flesh to give in to sin and rebel against our Lord Jesus. He already has victory over people in the world he wants to destroy the body of Christ.
Before Jesus went home to his Father, he gave us his name to protect us from the devil.
John 17: 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name--the name you gave me--so that they may be one as we are one.
John 17: 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world anymore than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.
The power of Jesus name that protects us from the devil is to truly know and believe in Jesus and his gospel teachings from Scripture. The name Jesus is not a magical word that wards off the devil and his demons. The power of Jesus name rest in those whose faith is true to Jesus from Scripture and not in those who do not know him. You see this in:
Acts 19: 13 Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, "In the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out." 14 Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15 One day the evil spirit answered them, "Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you?" 16 Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.
The power of Jesus name comes by putting on the full armor of God.
Ephesians 6: 10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.
Ephesians 6: 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
The full armor of God is knowing what is true about Jesus, knowing his righteousness, his gospel of peace, having faith in what he has done and has promised, his salvation and being a disciple of God’s word. We need to put on the full armor of God when we battle against the schemes of the devil.
Paul said we do not wage war with devil with weapons of the world we defeat him with the knowledge of God and being obedient to Christ.
2 Corinthians 10: 3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
The devil knows he lost, and he will do all that he can to deceive God children, so be on guard and always wear the full armor of God.
Be safe in Jesus, Ps. Glenn

Hearing With Your Ears

Hearing With Your Ears

March 17, 2021

In the gospel of Mark chapter 4, Jesus told the parable of the 4 soils, later his disciples who did not understand asked Jesus to explain it meaning. After teaching its meaning he told them this.

Mark 4: 23 "If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear." 24 "Consider carefully what you hear," he continued. "With the measure you use, it will be measured to you--and even more."

Jesus said we need to listen to his teachings carefully with the right heart, seeking to understand his Father’s will and he will measure the sincerity of our heart as we listen to his teachings out of love for him.

Knowing and obeying our Father's will Jesus said in Matthew 12:50 are those he will recognize as his brothers and sisters which makes them his Father’s children. So, it is very important to know our Father’s will and not guess or assume what it is. We need to listen carefully to hear our Father’s will when reading his word with the mind of Christ so our heart becomes like his.

In John 3:16, there is no denying of God’s love for the world when he gave his one and only Son to die for its sins, but this love God has for us does not mean he will know you or that you will find him, or that he will come close you. We need to understand God gave his love to the whole world and the world rejects his Son and does not want to know or find him or care about being close to him.

But for believers, Jesus said it is the measure you use to know his Father’s will and love him will determine if God knows you, if you will find him or that he will come close to you.

We find this in:

1 Corinthians 8: 3 But the man who loves God is known by God.

Jeremiah 29: 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

James 4: 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you.

If you want God to know you, you must love him. If you want to find God you need to seek him with all you heart and if you want him to come close to you, you need to come close to him. God showed us how great his love is for us by giving his Son, so God wants to know how much we love him.

We all can proclaim God’s love for us, his great and awesome love, but Jesus is measuring our sincere devotion to love God and by that measure we use He will give to you.

Our salvation is believing in God’s loving grace that saved us through our faith in his Son and Lord by loving his Father by obeying his will and then they will make their home in you.

John 14: 23 Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him."

The Holy Spirit makes his home in those who love Jesus by obeying his teachings and commandments and not the way the world loves, it is the way Jesus loves his Father.

Those who love Jesus know why he is their Lord and Shepherd like David did in:

Psalms 23: 1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

When Jesus is our Lord and Shepherd, we no longer want worldly things and its interest.

We find peace with God which restores our weary soul by finding rest when we take upon Jesus’ light burden and easy yoke in Matthew 11:28. Jesus’ name gives us comfort through the Holy Spirit’s teaching, counsel, and guidance by showing us how to stay upon the narrow path to enter the narrow door.

Jesus is our hope and assurance of our eternal life, so we no longer walk in the fear of death (Hebrews 2: 14-15).

God is love and anyone who wants to be in his love forever must love Jesus by seeking him with all their heart from God’s word and obey it so God will make their home in them and by the measure you use to want to be with Jesus, he will use that same measure to be with you.

The body of Christ must be one in its faith, love, and baptism in his name for the purpose of preparing each other to be with God forever in his kingdom. It does not seek God for their survival or what concerns the world, they die to it and live for the interest of God.

A church is a Christ driven one when it seeks Jesus to be its head by obeying his teaching as their Lord and profess in the same hope of eternal life for those who love the name of Jesus.
Be safe in Jesus
Ps Glenn

Evangelist

Evangelist

March 7, 2021

One of the most influential evangelists I remember was Billy Graham. I watched him on TV as he spoke to thousands of people in stadiums preaching God’s grace of salvation through his Son, Jesus. I cannot think of anyone as popular as Billy Graham preaching to save the lost to find a Savior.
Billy’s heart was to bring people to Jesus to be saved. He had no ulterior motives wanting people to join his church or to make money from his outreach. He just wanted people to be saved so that they could receive the Holy Spirit and be led to have a personal relationship with Jesus.
The spiritual gift of an evangelist is to show the path to someone who is seeking God by sharing the good news of Jesus, so that they can find him and convince them that Jesus came to save them from their sins so that they could be with God forever.
In the gospel the first evangelist was John the Baptist who preached to the Jews who believed in the coming of their prophesied messiah, that they should repent from their sins because their Messiah was coming soon and he will forgive their sins so that they can be with God in his kingdom.
John was called by God to make a straight path to his Son, which John’s father being filled with the Holy Spirit prophesied about him at his birth.
Luke 1: 76 And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, 77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, 78 because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven 79 to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace."
The Holy Spirit tells us the work of an evangelist is to give those called by God the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins out of tender mercy and grace of God who sent his Son and the Holy Spirit from heaven to give light to those living in darkness and in the shadow of death and to guide them so that they can find peace with God.
One of the 1st church evangelists was Philip who went to the Samaritans to preach the gospel.
Acts 8: 5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ there.
Philip was one of the 7 chosen to care for the needs of the church because they saw him full of wisdom and the Spirit and he was also known as an evangelist.
Acts 21: 8 Leaving the next day, we reached Caesarea and stayed at the house of Philip the evangelist, one of the Seven.
No one knows who God is calling to his Son, but sometime the Holy Spirit may lead you to someone being called. Philip was led by the Holy Spirit to someone seeking God.
Acts 8: 29 The Spirit told Philip, "Go to that chariot and stay near it." 30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. "Do you understand what you are reading?" Philip asked. 31 "How can I," he said, "unless someone explains it to me?" So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 The eunuch was reading this passage of Scripture: "He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before the shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth." 34 The eunuch asked Philip, "Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?" 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. 36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, "Look, here is water. Why shouldn't I be baptized?"
The Holy Spirit told Philip to go near the eunuch and just listen. Philip heard him reading from Isaiah seeking to know who the prophet was talking about and Philip knowing Scripture, the Holy Spirit enabled him to explain who the lamb that was slaughtered was Jesus.
The Holy Spirit may lead us close to someone seeking God by just listening to their heart’s desire to know God. So, we must all be ready by being a disciple of God’s word so that the Holy Spirit will enable us to share who God is and then lead them to Jesus.
The work of evangelizing also must be done in the church, which Paul tells Timothy that he needed to do in the church.
2 Timothy 4: 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
Paul tells us that evangelizing those in church is a work of service, so that the church will know the whole meaning of Jesus Christ salvation and have the same hope in him. Only then will the church become the body of Christ having one faith in the complete knowledge Jesus.
Jesus through the Holy Spirit is the only one who determines and gives spiritual gifts, and one is an evangelist.
Ephesians 4: 7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.
Ephesians 4: 11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,
The words of an evangelist are an important part of a church and must be spoken often and not assumed that everyone in the church knows and understands God’s will and their salvation. Without understanding and knowledge of our salvation and the promise of eternal life how can a church be one in Christ.
The church must stand on one true salvation, believing that Jesus is the Son God, sent by his Father’s grace to die for the sins of the world and rose from the grave to save all who believe in him from eternal death and must confess that Jesus is Lord of their life by obeying his Father’s will and those who do shall receive eternal life with God in his kingdom.
When evangelism is clearly sounded in church those who believe will produce good works of service to build each other up to be obedient to the teachings and commandments of Jesus because they love him.
Let us all be true disciples of God’s word so that we can have a heart of an evangelist and be ready for the leading of the Holy Spirit by listening for those who are seeking God and then be an ambassador for Christ.
Be safe in Jesus, Ps. Glenn

Elders, Pastors and Overseers

Elders, Pastors and Overseers

February 22, 2021

As new churches that Paul started through his ministry, he needed to select leaders to overseer these churches when he could not be there.
They were called Elders, Pastors or Overseers chosen to care for the spiritual wellbeing and to protect Christ flock.
In the book of Timothy, Paul gives Timothy the responsibility to choose overseers to be pastors in the church in Ephesus.
Being a pastor is a gift that the Holy Spirit gives as described in Ephesians 4 with a specific purpose. You cannot earn a degree to be a pastor, it must be given by the Holy Spirit, which is having a heart of a shepherd.
A pastor can be chosen by leaders of a church or they can ask to be one which Paul says would be desiring a noble task.
1 Timothy 3: Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task.
Being noble is to hold a high moral standard of God as a pastor and for the flock they shepherd.
Paul tells Timothy the godly characteristics that a pastor must have to shepherd the body of Christ.
1 Timothy 3: 2 Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?) 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap.
Peter tells why pastors need to have these Godly characteristics.
1 Peter 5: 2 Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers--not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
Peter said the pastor must have these characteristic to be an example to the flock under their care because those who do will be rewarded by Jesus when he appears.
Read Acts 20: 17-32, in that passage Paul describes what a pastor’s heart would be like.
Pastors serve the Lord with great humility and with sincerity.
They do not hesitate to preach anything that would be helpful to know God’s will and always remind the flock to repent and have faith in our Lord Jesus.
They see their life effort is to care for the church given to them by Jesus by testifying to the gospel of God’s grace by their teaching and exampled in their life.
They understand they have the responsibility to keep the flock the Holy Spirit has given them from perishing, so they must not hesitate to teach the whole will of God.
They must always be on guard of those who distort the truth of God’s word to sway disciples to follow them and not Jesus.
Jesus said in John 10 there is a gate keeper who will only allow him into his flock. These are the Pastors, Elders and Overseers watching over Jesus’ flock who are responsible to lead and teach the flock to only recognize the voice of Jesus and only follow him when he calls them by name.
Jesus also said they are his servant that he has put in charge of caring for his fellow servants to keep them ready for his return.
Matthew 24: 45 "Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.
Godly characteristic and the heart of a pastor is clearly revealed to us from Scripture and it will be the responsibility of Jesus disciples not to assume they are in me or any pastor, but bear witness to them as I will bear them to my Lord Jesus who will hold me accountable and as I will hold all who proclaim Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
As your pastor I do have a calling to only allow Jesus into the flock by encouraging us to be disciples daily feeding on the word of God and to teach the whole will of God found in God’s word. I do this because my heart desire is for all of us to recognize the voice of Jesus and be ready to go with him when he calls us home before or when he returns.
So, let everything we say is true to Jesus is because it is found in the Bible and not because a pastor said so or wrote. There is only one name under heaven that can save us.
Be safe in Jesus,
Ps. Glenn

Unknown God

Unknown God

February 17, 2021

After Paul’s conversion, he made it a custom to go to synagogues to preach to the God-fearing Jews and Gentiles from Scripture telling them that Jesus was the Messiah they have been waiting for and shared the good news of God’s grace of forgiveness and His kingdom to come to all who believed in Jesus as their Lord.
Ever since the Jews returned from Babylon, they put their hope in the prophesied Messiah return to save them from foreign rulers and once again be free in the promised land.
Today you do not hear of someone like Paul going into Synagogues and preaching about Jesus being their Messiah and now Israel is a free and independent governing state in their promised land which they once believed that their Messiah to come would give them. Today Israel lives with constant unrest, finding no peace from their enemies.
But Revelations those tell us that one day 144,000 Jews will be chosen to be holy to Jesus and will follow and serve him before God’s kingdom comes.
Like Paul, disciples of Jesus must always be prepared to share the gospel, which Peter tells us to be.
1 Peter 3: 15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,
Peter said we must always be prepared to share the hope we have in Jesus if someone sincerely asks you why you believe in God. When we know the God of the Bible we can be like Paul as he addressed Greek philosophers in Acts17, who asked him to share his belief in God. These Greek men only believed in their many mythical gods like Zeus and Hermes, which they said Barnabas and Paul were in Lystra.
Read Acts 17: 22-32 and see how Paul shared who his God was.
Like these Greeks we were once like them believing in all kinds of different religious beliefs, superstitions, myths, and mythical gods. Like many in Hawaii we were raised believing in the mythical Pele, goddess of fire. You hear her name spoken on tv news when Kilauea erupts. We hear that it was bad luck to take a lava rock around Kilauea or a heiau and good luck when waving a green tea leaf. When I was young my mom told me, it was bad luck to whistle or cut my toenails at night and when we came home visiting the graveyard or from a funeral service we needed to throw salt over our back to ward off bad spirits from coming in.
Many in Christ church still believe in these kinds of myths and superstitions which would not please Jesus when church leaders are not correcting them to give them up and know their true God.
Paul being understanding of these Greeks never condemns them for their belief. So, in the same way we need to be understanding of people’s beliefs and be like Paul in the way he revealed his God.
Paul knew his audience were religious, so if someone ask you about your faith in God first find out if they are religious. If an atheist asks you to prove your God to them, you know in Romans, Paul said that God’s existence and divine nature is evident in his creation, so you do not need prove to someone God exist he has done that for you.
Jesus and his apostles always shared with God fearing people, so best to share your hope to someone who believes in a divine being.
To share like Paul, you need to know God intimately from the Bible and do not expect those you share to knows the Bible or believe it is the very words of God. Be like Paul and share what you know is true about God from Scripture with conviction and never share what is not true.
Like Paul we believe God created everything and he is the Lord of heaven and earth. God’s home is in heaven and not in buildings made by man. God does not need anything from us for everything belongs to him, even our life and breath he gives to us. We believe through the 1st man he created everyone on earth was made through him. We believe that God has made everyone to be born at a certain time and place specifically to seek him and maybe reach out to him and find him because God is never far from anyone. God being our creator makes everyone his children. God is Spirit and there is no manmade image that can reveal him. God sent his Son to save us by dying for our sins that kept us from Him and he proved it by raising his Son from the grave so that one day his Son will judge this world with justice wanting everyone to repent and be saved before that day comes.
After Paul shared his hope in God some believed and others did not and that will be the same for all Christ ambassadors who share the hope they have in Jesus, trusting that only God knows who he has called to be saved.
Acts 2: 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off--for all whom the Lord our God will call."
Be safe in Jesus,
Ps Glenn

Listening to the Holy Spirit

Listening to the Holy Spirit

February 11, 2021

In Acts 7, the disciple Stephen was one of the 7 deacons chosen to care for the needs of church widows. He was chosen because he was seen to be full of faith in God’s grace and filled with the power of the Holy Spirit’s wisdom of God’s word and Jesus’ gospel.
Stephen’s faith and wisdom made him unafraid to debate with Jews who opposed the gospel of Jesus which they could not stand up to, which led them to falsely accuse Stephen of saying that Jesus said he would destroy the temple and change the customs of Moses. So, they seized him and brought him to face the court of the Sanhedrin which met in the temple.
The Sanhedrin were made up of Pharisees and Sadducees. These were learned men who studied the Books of Moses and the prophets and justified themselves to be the authority of knowing God’s will from Scripture far greater than anyone else. There they told Stephen to justify himself from his blasphemous claims.
Stephen addressed them from Scripture telling them of Abraham and Moses’ life with God. He reminded them that Moses told them there would come another prophet like him and that their forefather was sent to Babylon for not listening to his prophets and that God’s throne was in heaven and not something man made on earth. The Sanhedrin could not disagree with Stephen because they knew what he said was true. Then Stephen rebuked them.
Acts 7: 51"You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit!
Stephen’s anger with the Sanhedrin was not personal it was the Holy Spirit of God who rebuked these men who said they knew Scripture but resisted what he clearly spoke to them from Scripture. They resisted to acknowledge and obey the Holy Spirit’s truth but instead listen to Scripture to please themselves. They would not repent to the leading of the Holy Spirit and be saved.
Stephen always heard the Holy Spirit teaching when studying Scripture and had complete faith in God’s grace through the gospel of Jesus giving him the Holy Spirit’s wisdom in the gospel power that saves, which Paul said in:
Romans 1: 16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.
Stephen final word reveals the heart of someone whose faith full of God’s grace in the good news of Jesus.
Acts 7: 55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 "Look," he said, "I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God." 57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, 58 dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." 60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." When he had said this, he fell asleep.
Stephen faith was built on wanting to be home with Jesus, just as Jesus wanted to go home to his Father while on earth. Stephen’s heart was like Jesus when he asked Jesus to receive his spirit the same way Jesus asked his Father to receive his spirit before dying on the cross. Stephen also asked Jesus not to hold the sin against those stoning him in the same way Jesus asked his Father to forgive those who were crucifying him.
Having the same faith as Stephen makes us want what he wanted and that is to be with God. The Holy Spirit will make every lover of Jesus have a heart that is convinced that nothing can separate them from the love of God because they have a heart like Jesus and assured, they will see heaven open for them and see Jesus standing next to his Father welcoming them home.
To be like Stephen is to be a disciple of God’s word seeking the wisdom of the Holy Spirit’s guidance to know the complete knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ who waits for us in heaven.
Be safe in Jesus,
Ps Glenn