Teaching and Faith Messages
from your Pastor Glenn

Elders, Pastors and Overseers

February 22, 2021

The Body of Christ

February 5, 2021

The Strength of God

December 14, 2020

Do Not Worry

June 30, 2020

Unknown God

February 17, 2021

Resurrection

January 26, 2021

Going Home

December 7, 2020

Love Is To Protect

March 13, 2020

Listening to the Holy Spirit

February 11, 2021

Repent and Be Saved

January 20, 2021

Thanksgiving

November 30, 2020

Who is in Control

February 2, 2019

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

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

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

The Body of Christ

February 5, 2021

In Exodus 19 we find the Israelite being led to the foot of Mt. Sinai, also called Mt. Horeb. This is the mountain where God spoke to Moses from a burning bush known as the mountain of God.
Here God gave his laws to the Israelites to keep their covenant with Him.
Exodus 19: 5 Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, 6 you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites." 7 So Moses went back and summoned the elders of the people and set before them all the words the Lord had commanded him to speak. 8 The people all responded together, "We will do everything the Lord has said." So Moses brought their answer back to the Lord .
Out of all the nations in the world God’s covenant was with the Israelites because they were the offspring of Abraham. God saw them as his treasured people and made holy by only serving him. Then God shows himself to the Israelites.
Exodus 20: 18 When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance 19 and said to Moses, "Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die." 20 Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning."
God showed himself this way to test the Israelites to see if they would fear him as their God and keep their covenant with him.
God warned the Israelites not to set a foot on the mountain which was holy because of his presence on it or they would die because of their sins that made them impure. They could not come near to God. God wanted the Israelites to fear him because they were corrupted by the Egyptians in their 400 years stent there.
When God chose Abraham, he made a covenant with him because he was faithful and God kept his covenant with Abraham by being a faithful, ever present, protective, and loving God, which he kept with Isaac and Jacob because of their faithfulness. God was always quick to forgive to those who heartfully repented from their sins as he was when David repented for his adultery and murder and with the evil King Manasseh when he repented in 2 Chronicles 33:12-13.
The books of Kings tell how the Israelites continued to be unfaithful and not fearing God which made God finally bring on his curse in Deuteronomy 29 and sent the Israelite as captives to Babylon. After 70 years they returned to Jerusalem and rebuilt the temple but remained under foreign rulers.
After the passing of 460 years, God sent his Son, and the Jews were still under foreign rule. They dogmatically followed God’s laws and feared him as an unapproachable holy God hoping that God would save them from the Romans and give them back their promise land and they did this not because they wanted God to be their God and they his people. They believed God was their God and they were his people because they were children of Abraham. Jesus told them that was not true, only those who had faith like Abraham were God’s children.
Jesus was sent to save them from their inability to save themselves from their sins and to show his Father not as the God of Exodus 19, but a gracious, loving and forgiving Father who has come to make a new far better covenant with all who put their faith in his Son promising them eternal life.
This is the gospel the apostles proclaimed at Pentecost, 53 days after Jesus was crucified to God fearing Jews in Acts 2. Peter filled with the Holy Spirit told the Jews:
Acts 2: 36 "Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ." 37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?" 38 Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 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." 40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation." 41Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
Peter told them to repent from their old ways of seeing a fearful unapproachable God but turn to an approachable forgiving God by believing in his Son. That day 3000 were saved because they believed their sins were forgiven forever and their conscience was finally set free to be with God forever.
This promise is for all who believe that Jesus is the Son of God, whose blood covers their sins once and for all, making it possible to be with God forever by making Jesus their Lord and Savior and receiving the Holy Spirit.
The gospel in not telling others to fear God as depicted in Exodus 19. It is proven by God it will not make them want him and be saved. Those who fear God this way demands God’s laws must be imposed on people of this world; it only pushes God away from them.
Acts 17 tells that those who repent are those who want to know God, so they will seek for him and find him through his Son who reveals a loving and forgiving Father who promises them eternal life with him.
The fear Paul tells believers they must have, is to work out their salvation with fear and trembling that their faith is true to Jesus of the Bible.
Jesus did the impossible to save us, so our part is to listen to him as our Father has commanded us to do and to love him by serving and obeying him as our Lord and Savior.
Let us be his church by being his faithful servants to the end. Be safe in Jesus.
Ps Glenn

Resurrection

January 26, 2021

The thought of resurrection comes mostly during Easter Sunday, which commemorates when Jesus resurrected from the tomb, that he was buried in for 3 days after being crucified.
Jesus and his apostles professed that anyone who believes in his resurrection after 3 days and being crucified for our sins will be saved and not perish and be resurrected like Jesus and have an eternal life with God.
Last Sunday, I shared how important it is to know what eternal life will be with God. In heaven God will live with us and we will be his children. There will be no more tears, death, sorrow, or pain. We will always look upon the face of God and he will give us his name and serve him forever in his light.
It will also be important to understand what we become when we are resurrected. Our faith rest in the hope we have in God’s promise of a new resurrected eternal life given to all whose faith is found worthy by our Lord Jesus Christ.
In Luke, we find what is and is not someone who is resurrected.
Luke 20: 27 Some of the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus with a question. 28 "Teacher," they said, "Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and have children for his brother. 29 Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman and died childless. 30The second 31 and then the third married her, and in the same way the seven died, leaving no children. 32 Finally, the woman died too. 33 Now then, at the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?
During the time of Jesus, the Sadducees were a political group that believe only in the written laws of God, found in the five books of Moses, called the Torah. The Sadducees denied the resurrection of the dead and an afterlife, saying the soul ceased to exist after someone dies and the body forever remain in the grave. They also do not believe in angels or demons.
Their opponent the Pharisee were a religious group that believed in the Torah and the writings of God’s prophets. They believed in the resurrection of the dead and an afterlife, believing they would be resurrected to reward or punishment in a future world based upon their behavior in this world. Believing at the resurrection God will raise the dead back to life in human form and reunited with their souls. Similar to what you can read in Ezekiel 37.
The Sadducees knew Jesus believed in the resurrection because he preached that he was the resurrection and the life that anyone who believes in him even though they die will live.
They tried to trap Jesus asking him who of the 7 husbands will be the woman’s husband at the resurrection. They knew that God would only allow the woman to have one husband.
So, Jesus tells them what will really happen at the resurrection.
Luke 20: 34 Jesus replied, "The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. 35 But those who are considered worthy of taking part in that age and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, 36 and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God's children, since they are children of the resurrection.
Jesus said the marriage union between a man and a woman only exist while they live on earth, but those who are found worthy by him will be resurrected with a new body that no longer have the need for marital union. They will be like the angels who do not have that need.
Paul also explains what kind of body we will have at the resurrection.
1 Corinthians 15: 42 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So it is written: "The first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam, a lifegiving spirit. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven. 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven.
At the resurrection, our bodies will be transformed into a new imperishable glorified spiritual body and not one of perishable and sinful flesh that the Pharisees believed in. Our new spiritual body will be like that of Jesus with his mind, seeing everything from his perspective.
The Sadducees and the Pharisees could not understand the resurrected spiritual body that Jesus said will be given to those he found worthy at the resurrection because they did not know the truth of God’s word or his power.
Matthew 22: 29 Jesus replied, "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.
The faith that our Lord Jesus finds worthy is one that hope in what eternal life and the resurrection will truly be.
Colossians 3: Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Set your heart on your eternal life and your resurrection.
Be safe in Jesus, Ps. Glenn

Repent and Be Saved

January 20, 2021

In 2 Peter 3:9, Peter said God is being patient in bringing his final judgment because he wants everyone to repent and be saved and not perish.
Repenting is turning from evil and turn to what is good to God and we do this by actively renewing our mind to be like Christ.
Jesus also said to repent so not to perish.
Luke 13: 5 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”
I do not know how often church goers think about repenting, but to God it is vital for our salvation not to perish.
I think most church goers assumes that everyone who attends church has a clear understanding of the good news of Jesus which they must repent to and be saved.
When God first became real to me at a Campus Crusades meeting no one clearly explained the gospel of Jesus to me but often hear them quote:
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. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.
These words of John are spiritual, given to him by the Holy Spirit. Being spiritual you would not understand it meaning by defining its words from world’s view. Like the words perish, eternal life, save, and condemn.
As a new believer, those who said it must have assumed or did not care that I understood its spiritual meaning. So, when I tried to understand it, it was from a worldly point of view and if I continued to use the world’s view I would have perished.
God’s word teaches that new believer’s spiritual understanding are like a child and they needed to be fed spiritual milk and that is God’s words that are digestible at first. And as they grow in their understanding of God’s word it increases their faith to want more. Then they become disciples of God’s word understanding solid spiritual food and become spiritually mature to understand the truth of Jesus’ gospel and distinguish good from evil.
Hebrews 5: 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
My initial thought of what eternal life meant was I would never die as the person I was on earth, its seeing heaven as a place to satisfy what I enjoyed in the world or wanted in the world that was not sinful.
I have heard heaven described as a place where all our love ones will be. A place to enjoy every earthly activity, like golfing, surfing, it will be like Disney World or an exotic tropical beach with crystal clear water. Everything that satisfies our worldly flesh.
But Paul and John tell us what eternal life will be.
1 Corinthians 15: 49 And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven. 50 I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
In heaven our flesh and blood cannot enter heaven, meaning what our fleshly desires will not follow us, we will be like Jesus. God’s word teaches when Jesus returns our body will transform into a new spiritual body. John tells what it will be like in:
Revelation 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.
In heaven God will live with us and we will be his people. There will be no more tears, death, sorrow, or pain because we will have spiritual bodies with the mind of Christ. We will always look upon the face of God and he will give us his name and serve him forever in his light.
Eternal life in God’s kingdom will not have any of our earthly desires. We will have the eternal love Jesus has for his Father.
Which eternal life would you choose to repent to? One to satisfy your flesh or one being in God’s love forever.
To understand the spiritual meaning of eternal life will require the Holy Spirit to tell you if it is true to God.
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.
The truth of eternal life must speak to your spirit and not your flesh.
When your spirit grows to understand God’s word through the Holy Spirit, God will increase your faith and understanding of his truth.
Matthew 13: 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.
But to those who do not seek to know the whole knowledge of Jesus, Jesus will remove any understanding of him.
When sharing the gospel message, we need to clearly explain what eternal life is, so those who hear it do not define it with a worldly perspective. Only then they can choose to repent to what is truly God’s eternal life and not one they want in heaven.
Those who want God’s eternal life will repent to what Jesus taught in Luke 14:26-33. To love God more than family first and to die to sin. And to seriously weigh one’s willingness to repent, just like when someone builds a house or goes to battle they must weigh the cost to do it, so we must also weigh the cost to repent by our willingly give up this world to receive eternal life with God.
Be safe in Jesus, Ps. Glenn

The Strength of God

December 14, 2020

In these days of Covid-19 testing of our faith, I know many believers have asked God for his strength.
So, how do we find God’s strength? How do we know when we have God’s strength?
In Nehemiah 8: 10, Nehemiah proclaimed “The joy of the Lord is my strength”. Nehemiah said this as he and the Jews celebrated after completing the rebuilding of the broken walls around Jerusalem in miraculous time knowing that it was God that made it possible for them to do it.
Knowing it was through God that they were able to rebuilding the wall they knew pleased him and brought him joy which gave them strength knowing the Lord was with them.
Whenever we do the will of God it gives him joy and pleases him seeing us as his children because we obey his will, which Jesus said in:
Matthew 12: 49 Pointing to his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother."
As God’s children we find strength knowing that he will always be for us and not against us.
It is important to know our Father’s will and that is to listen to his Son. Jesus is not asking his disciples to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. Jesus wants his disciples to build up his body, his church where the Holy Spirit will dwell in the body of believers.
After Jesus left to be with his Father, he sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in his apostles instructing them to share the gospel and to gather believers to teach them to be united by having one mind and spirit in Jesus as their Lord and Savior, thus making them his body.
Every believer, who is a disciple of God’s word, need to discern if their church has been true in being united having the one mind and spirit in Jesus.
Jesus said he will hold church leaders responsible to keep his church sincerely devoted to him, to always be a pleasing sacrifice and remain united in him which he said in Matthew 23: 45. There Jesus spoke of the servant who he has put in charge of his servant. These are the overseers, pastors and teachers who will be held responsible to prepare his servant for his return.
I pray I have been keeping you all focused on Jesus as your Lord and head of our church.
Jesus will also judge his servants.
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. 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 would judge his servants if they obediently denied themselves, died to their sins and followed his teachings. Those who obey Jesus teaching to please him he sees as his good and faithful servants, and they are strengthen knowing Jesus promise to never leave nor forsake them.
When servant leaders and servants remain united in mind and spirit obeying Jesus teaching his Spirit gives you strength to know he has made his 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.
Paul describes the strength of God that manifest in those who know and love Jesus as their Lord
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.
God strength comes to those who find courage being united with Christ, comforted by his love because they are in Christ, they are in fellowship with the Holy Spirit and have God’s tenderness and compassion being his children.
If you have found God’s strength then make his joy complete by being like-minded having the same love for Jesus, being one in spirit and purpose as you serve Jesus as your Lord in his church at East Shore.
Be safe in Jesus, Ps. Glenn

Going Home

December 7, 2020

Prophecies is the way God communicates with people and they are clearly revealed to us in the Bible to know who God is, his nature and his will so that believers will know and understand him and how to receive his promises and one being ready when his Son returns.
Matthew 24: 29 "Immediately after the distress of those days " 'the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.' 30 "At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.
Jesus will reappear in the clouds the way his disciples watched him leave in Acts 1 and 2 men in white told them that Jesus will reappear in the same way.
When Jesus reappear, he will send his angels to gather his elect from all over the earth and take them home. Paul also said this in:
1 Thessalonians 4: 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage each other with these words.
Paul said believers should always encourage each other of Jesus return for it is the hope that gives us the spiritual strength to overcome this world.
When Jesus said all nations of the earth will mourn, he is not talking about the world he is talking about Christendom, the church. Nations means a large body of people united by common descent, history, or culture. So, Jesus is saying there will be a distinction made between people in the church, one who are his elect and those who will mourn for not making him their Lord.
Jesus tells of another gathering by his angels to weed out those who are not his elect in his kingdom.
Matthew 13: 41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.
These are those who call Jesus their Lord but never do what he tells them to do.
Luke 4: 6 "Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?
Jesus describes in his parables in Matthew 25, who are his elect and who were wicked by what they did and did not do.
The foolish virgins did not bring extra oil and the wicked and lazy servant buried the Lord’s one talent. The oil and talent are metaphors of spiritual things the Lord Jesus wants us to do.
In the last parable, Jesus divides his sheep from the goats because one did what he wanted, and the other did not.
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.'
In this parable it is natural to believe that Jesus is speaking about the physical needs of those in need in the church.
But we should remember that Jesus speaks in spiritual words in his parables. So, Jesus wants us to help those who have spiritual needs. Those who are spiritually hungry and thirsty for God’s righteousness and needs to be fed and drink God’s word, those who feel like a stranger in church and need to be spiritually invited to be one in church, those who feel spiritually naked and need to be clothed with the Holy Spirit and those who feel spiritually sick or imprisoned by their sins and needs someone spiritually wise to spend time to teach them God’s grace and love through faith in Jesus.
Helping with physical needs believers are quick to help, even unbelievers do that, but only believers can help those with their spiritual needs, so that they can repent and be saved.
Jesus said when he comes no one will expect it.
Matthew 24: 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
Paul also taught that in:
1 Thessalonians 5: 1 Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
Even Jesus does not know when he will return to gather his elect, only his Father knows.
Matthew 24: 36 "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
So, the Father will tell his Son when to go and gather his elect and the wicked but there will be signs that will indicate his return.
Jesus said at that time when he returns there will be a time of distress and a signs in heaven. (Matthew 24:29)
So, will both signs be seen by believers before we are gathered to Jesus. One is and the other which you will find in:
Revelations 6: 9 When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. 10 They called out in a loud voice, "How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?" 11 Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed.
The time of distress is when believers will be martyred by the anti-Christ for remaining true to the gospel of Jesus.
Revelations 13: 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. 15He 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.
This is what Paul said we should be watching for to know that Jesus coming is near.
2 Thessalonians 2: Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, 2not 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.
The rebellion in church and the coming of the anti-Christ in Revelations 13.
Revelations tells of Jesus gathering of the elect after martyrdom of the saints in:
Revelations 14: 13 Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them." 14 I looked, and there before me was a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was one "like a son of man" with a crown of gold on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. 15 Then another angel came out of the temple and called in a loud voice to him who was sitting on the cloud, "Take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe." 16 So he who was seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested.
And a 2nd harvesting of the wicked who were part of God’s vine on earth, the church.
Revelations 14: 17 Another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. 18 Still another angel, who had charge of the fire, came from the altar and called in a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, "Take your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from the earth's vine, because its grapes are ripe." 19 The angel swung his sickle on the earth, gathered its grapes and threw them into the great winepress of God's wrath.
After the number of Martyrs are completed in Revelations 6 in the 5th seal then the 6th seal is open.
Revelations 6: 12 I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, 13 and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. 14 The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.
So, the sign of the sixth seal is after the harvesting of his elect by Jesus. The sign of the 6th seal is for the world to witness.
I pray my understanding of Scripture is from the Holy Spirit and is true to Jesus and as disciples you need to discern what is true to God’s word by the teaching of his Spirit, so that we are united in our faith in Jesus.
Let me know if you have questions or discern something else from Scripture.
Be Safe in Jesus, Ps. Glenn

Thanksgiving

November 30, 2020

This past Thursday families may have celebrated Thanksgiving following the City’s restricted guidelines and some may not have been thankful that they were restricted to be with other family members and friends.
But the origin of Thanksgiving was remembering the Pilgrims thankfulness to God for providing a plentiful harvest which they depended on to survive.
Being thankful to God comes from being content in whatever he provides for you, like Paul.
Philippians 4: 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Paul said there is a secret to being content and that is through finding strength in God in all situations by having a godly attitude that he told Timothy to have
1 Timothy 6: 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
Thankfulness does begin by being content, being satisfied in what God has given you.
We can look at Job, God saw him as godly and he did not get offended when he lost his children, his animals and his servants, even when he lost his health, but he was not content being separated from God and God corrected him.
An example of being content with just the little thing that comes from God is found in:
Matthew 15: 22A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession." 23Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, "Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us." 24He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel." 25The woman came and knelt before him. "Lord, help me!" she said. 26He replied, "It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs." 27"Yes, Lord," she said, "but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table." 28Then Jesus answered, "Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
The woman understood Jesus’s words that he came only to God’s chosen the Jews and that as a Gentile she was considered unclean and undeserving of anything from Jesus, but she humbled herself and acknowledge that Jesus was her Lord and would accept even the crumbs that fall off the Lord’s table. Jesus recognized her faith in him and her humble attitude and healed her daughter.
Jesus looks for humble thankful heart that sees him as their Lord and accepts anything his Father provides them according to his Son’s riches.
Philippians 4: 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
The riches of Jesus wait for believers in heaven, it’s not the riches of this world. So, the secret of godly contentment is believing in what you already have in heaven, being in God’s love forever, which make a believer’s heart thankful to God in all circumstances.
1 Thessalonians 5: 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else. 16 Be joyful always; 17 pray continually; 18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
May Jesus find a thankful heart in us. Be safe in Jesus, Ps Glenn

Do Not Worry

June 30, 2020

At times we all have feelings of worry, nervousness, or being uneased.
These arise when we are concerned about an upcoming event or something with an uncertain outcome like public speaking, an illness, or dealing with people you do not know.
It may arise when you have desire to do something that makes you feel unease like telling someone you love them for the first time or correcting someone.
These feelings make you anxious, causes anxiety.
Constant anxiety is a nervous disorder of excessive uneasiness and apprehension, causing compulsive behavior or panic attacks, which will require professional help.
Does Jesus want us to have anxiety? No.
In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus tells his followers do not worry about your life, your physical needs and about tomorrow.
So how do we overcome our anxieties? Peter said this:
1 Peter 5: 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Peter said to humbly trust in God’s mighty hand to deal with your anxiety because you know he cares for his children that obey his will.
So, if you believe that God loves you and you obey his will you do not need to be anxious but trust that it is in his mighty hand.
So, what should we do when anxiety arise? Paul said this:
Philippians 4: 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Paul said the moment you begin to feel anxious you immediately start conversing with God with a thankful heart because you know he loves you and will do what is best for you.
Then share your concerns with him and seek the Holy Spirit to recall what Jesus wants you to do from his teaching and then obey because you know it will guard your heart from responding like the world.
Then you will be overwhelmed by the peace of God.
The world cannot give this kind of peace from anxiety it takes spiritual rebirth by becoming a new creation in Christ, having faith in Jesus and his promise of eternal life with his Father which will give you God’s peace.
Be safe in Jesus
Ps Glenn

Love Is To Protect

March 13, 2020

Deuteronomy 22: 8 When you build a new house, make a parapet around your roof so that you may not bring the guilt of bloodshed on your house if someone falls from the roof.

To love God is to be responsible for the safety of others. When we know that there is a possible danger for someone and can do something to help prevent it and

don’t build that parapet, God will hold that person responsible for not acting to protect them.

James 4:17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.

Let us be lovers of Jesus by loving other as he has loved us, so that they can see Jesus in us.

Blessings
Ps Glenn

Who is in Control

February 2, 2019

The Bible says that God is sovereign, which means God has supreme authority over everything. He created everything. He is the only one who can allow or not allow anything to happen. He is in full control. God allowed his children to take control of their choice to love him or not.
He will never take control of us to make us love him.
That is why in Galatians 5:22, one of the Spiritual fruit is self-control if you love God. You must choose to love God by obeying his Son’s teaching and commandment. God even gave up his control of this world temporarily to the devil.
1 John 5:19, We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world in under the control of the evil one. So, if the devil is in control of the world now, you who love God need to take control of your life and live it by God’s will if you want to be with him forever. Because the day is coming when Jesus will return and take control of this world from the devil.
Philippians 3:20, But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,
21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
Be disciples of God’s word and know the will of our Father, because only those who obey his will become his children.
Blessings
Ps Glenn

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