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Morning “MO

Acts 4:13   “They recognized that they had been with Jesus”

When I spend time with Jesus, I am soaking in His presence. That soaking becomes the fragrance of light and life that so many others long for. 
Soaking in Hi
s presence requires a dwelling in His presence. It’s not a casual moment or even an occasional encounter.
When I soak in Him He overflows me. As I take Him in, He pours Himself out. It’s through this input and output that people recognize that I have
been with Him. When I spend that time His Spirit shows through us. This
becomes my true identity. I see differently, I hear differently. I love deeper,
and I sacrifice with joy. When
I spend time with Him I give Him the worship He deserves for His majesty and His holiness. It causes me to love
Him for His mercy and His grace. As I stay near Him it developed my character and it begins to reflect His character. No greater joy can we have
than to be recognized as having been with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Let your Light Shine.

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Posted 1/23/2018

 Tuesday ‘MO”

Rom 4:14

For if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of no effect,
 
    As I read this admonition from Paul to the Roman church I can’t help but think of how many times I approach the Lord with statements from the Law instead of promises through Faith. Have I just “made void” my faith in this matter doing so? Being an heir of God is not a legal position. It is a position of promise that can only be found by approaching the Thrown of Grace. There we “obtain Mercy, but also find Grace. The law can only provide direction and correction but never redemption. Gods design was never for us to base our relationship on a legal position but on a loving acceptance by grace found through faith. Mercy always speaks to our pardon, and our faith speaks of possibilities. That's what we find when we see every situation through the Light of His Word. The law can’t provide an entrance to the heir-ship of a child of God. It can only point the way to Him Who is our heritage, even Jesus.  Don’t “void” your faith today by standing on a legal right but through faith receive what is already yours as His child.  Jesus asks “What do you want me to do? Then He reveals to us that it is already done, only believe and receive. 
 
Pastor Paul

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Posted 1/16/2018

“Then God said’ “Let there be Light and it was good;”

 Isn’t it amazing that the very first command of God in the beginning was ‘let there be Light’. God didn’t need to create Light; He just spoke it into our reality. John tells us that in the beginning was the Light and He became flesh and dwelt among us. We clearly see that the Light John is referencing is the spoken Word. He ,Who is Light always was, but not until He appeared in Word were we able to comprehend Him. Because God inhabits His Word, when we speak it, the Light of the Word shines out. For us to experience Light, God had to speak it, and the same holds true for others. God saw the Light, that it was good. Don’t we all feel relieved and refreshed once the light of day comes? We are relieved from darkness, and it is good. Light in reference to its effect on darkness is not limited to the natural light of the sun. It also references the effect of eternal light on the soul through exposure to the Word, Who is Light. Once spoken, it separates that which is of the night and that which is of the day. Letting our Light shine, Who is the Light in us, will bring the Day to someone who is surrounded by darkness. And that’s  “Very Good”.

 Pastor Paul Scheumack

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Posted 1/9/2018
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{Life}
Isa. 8:19b-20
"Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living? 
To the law and the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them."
 
    It seems amazing that so many today walk in darkness when it comes to Gods word. Even those professing to be Christians seem to be devoid of the truth of His word that brings the light of life into their worlds. We hear more and more from the secular culture in which we live, that the answers to life's situation and challenges will be found through recognizing our past, taking control of the present and the future. In some ways this sounds like good advice until we realize that within our selves we do not have the ability to deal with our past, nor the wisdom to take control of the present and the future. Only as the Word of Life penetrates our thinking and our hearts can we overcome the past, celebrate today, and submit to the plans God has for our future. In the very next chapter Isaiah reveals the answer that God gives to all of the needs of our lives. 
 
Let the power of the presence of His life in us bring the forgiveness, wisdom, and faith for the future that we all need as we walk each day seeking the Light of His love. 
 
Pastor Paul

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Posted 1/2/2018
Morning “MO
 
I received this from the chaplain at Pomona Valley Hospital and it touched me and thought you would be encouraged as well. 
 
From Chaplain  Francisco Munoz :
 
Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. 
Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential.
Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.
 
-John XXIII
 
Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. 
 
In 2017, we witnessed and experienced the tragic and shocking events of violence in Las Vegas and fires in California . . .
In 2018, let our hopes heal us of our fears, let our hopes allow us to dream again of endless possibilities . . .
 
Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential.
 
In 2017, we experienced the barriers and stumbling blocks as we tried to move forward with our lives . . .
In 2018, let us engage our soul and spirit which energize our untapped gifts and talents  . . .
 
Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.
 
In 2017, our hearts were broken by the failures we experienced in our lives, in our nation, and in the world . . .
In 2018, let our broken hearts unite with other broken hearts in our families, in our communities, in our nation and in the world to bring healing to everyone beyond imagination . . .
 
In 2018, let us not consult our fears, instead let us consult our hopes and dreams . . .
Pastor Paul

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Posted 12/27/2017

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Isaiah 43:18-19

    "But forget all that—it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. [19] For I am about to do a brand-new thing. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness for my people to come home. I will create rivers for them in the desert!"

 It seems that God is always trying to get us to look forward and not back. He is doing a new thing each day but we can miss it looking over our shoulder at what He did yesterday. What He is doing today can’t be compared with what has been done. He is not waiting, but He is doing it now. Look at the circumstances through His revealed Word and we begin to see the way through them. He guides us beside the still waters to drink of His everlasting presence. 

Today is the day of new-beginnings.

Now is the time to allow God to turn the memories of our past year into a ministry of spiritual growth for our future. God reminds of of our past to protect us from the very shallow security in our present. 

"Looking unto Jesus, the Author and the Finisher of our Faith"

 Pastor Paul

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Posted 12/18/2017

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Jhn 1:14

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
 
In addition to the 1st verse of the apostle John’s book which reads; at the beginning was the Word and the Word was God, we are told that this very same Word became flesh and dwelt among us. JB Phillips, a translator of the New Testament, states; it’s more like God expressed himself in human form and we call Him Jesus. Jesus is the exact image and expression of God and is in fact God Himself. Once we can clearly accept that fact to be true, it changes the way we view the Word and the Way God dealt, and continues to deal with us as humans. But also how we can now walk and reason as spiritual children of God, Who is alive in us by expressing Himself Spiritually. He came into our reality in the form of a baby, lived as a Man, and died as a Savior for all humanity. Rose from the dead in Spiritual expression and today empowers us to live like He did in our reality. Christmas is the celebration of the entrance of Grace into a lost world. Jesus is that expression of Eternal Grace. The greatest gift this Christmas will be the reality of His Grace in our lives, and the availability of His Grace to everyone who will accept Him; “ Who is The Gift.”
 May the richness of His presence and the fullness of His Grace express the Glory of His reality in your Christmas. 
 
Blessings, and Merry Christmas

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Posted 12/6/2017
 Morning “MO"
 
Psa. 118:24
 
 “This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad.” 
 
This is the day that the Lord has made for you and me. Not for someone else. We are all children of God and created in His image, but we are all different in that we each have a different destiny. I can’t judge what God is doing in your life. But the same is true for each of us. Not only has the Lord made the Day but He has also made us alive in Him. He has also made us sit with Him in heavenly places. He has also made us righteousness through faith by grace. He has made us a new man, created in Christ Jesus. He has made us the workmanship of His good. pleasure. “We will rejoice and be glad in it.”
 
 Blessings
 

 Pastor Paul Scheumack