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Posted 11/6/2017
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"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning." (James 1:17)
 
I don’t believe blessings from God are handed out in relation to how much we do for Him; that all comes on the other side of eternity. Having said that, I do believe that many of the blessings that I enjoy today are a result of my obedience to call of Christ and my heart to serve Him in every way I can. In other words, while my faith has taught me that you can’t out give God, my experience has also pointed out to me that life since I became a Christian is less troublesome, more peaceful, and the blessings far more frequent (or maybe just more noticeable with my "new eyes") Understanding that every "good" thing in my life has come from God it takes away the pressure of performance. I can serve Him with a joyous heart with only expectation of goodness. Because He is the "Father of lights", I can now see through the darkness of trials into a bright future in Him. His plan is a future and a hope. Nothing less will do.
 
Pastor Paul

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Posted 9/26/2017
Tuesday’s edition of the “MO”
 
Deut. 31:8
"He is the One that goes before you. He will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear or be dismayed."
 
Our God is in our past, our present, and our promised future. For us that is hard to understand but we can be confident that how He has been He will be. He is Jehovah God, our supply. He cannot fail, stumble, or be caught by surprise. Today is the next stroke in the masterpiece of our lives. He is the artist, life is the canvass, but we are the focus of His attention.
 

Pastor Paul

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Posted 9/19/2017
Monday Morning "MO"
PAstor PAul Scheumack
 

 "Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise-the fruit of lips that confess his name." Hebrews 13:15

 

 When we sacrifice something, you give it up for something or someone considered more important. A sacrifice of praise is "giving up" words of honor and adoration to God; it's letting your words express your heart towards Him. He is the Almighty Creator of the universe and deserves our praise, yet He cares for you. It's amazing!

A sacrifice of praise is only a small way of saying, "Thanks," yet the Lord delights in it. We are also challenged in Romans 12:1 to "offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship." In Philippians 4:18 we learn that our gifts "are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God." 

When we give up something of value or important to us for God, He never fails to bless us. Though our heart should not be to sacrifice something out of compulsion or in expectation of the blessing-we are called to offer right sacrifices.

Continue offering up a sacrifice of praise to God. Your days will be filled with peace as your focus is on praising God. Watch how your life begins to change when you praise God and focus on His greatness.

 

It is praise that God inhabits. If our desire is for the habitation of His presence then we have but one thing to do.  "Praise"

 
Have a 'Praising" good day
 
Pastor Paul

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Posted 9/11/2017

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Posted 9/4/2017

It’s always a good thing to listen to the will and desires of God as we begin any new endeavor. Each week is a new endeavor so lets start it out with great direction from His word.

 "Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have."

2 Corinthians 8:11-12

To will something is not the same as actually doing it. When a person is willing, it means that a person is ready to do something. I know that there are many times where I am ready, but it doesn’t mean that I act upon that readiness.

 Paul is encouraging the church to finish, or act upon, what it was so eager to do-excel in giving. The church had been eager to assist in the service of the saints, yet for whatever reason, (probably because they felt they could not give as much as they desired), they had not followed through on their desire.

 Paul is now challenging them to complete what they had been willing to do. What they did was not as important as their willingness to do it, but acting upon their willingness made their gift acceptable.

 There are many times when we are ready to do something, but we don’t follow through with the desire. Perhaps it’s because we can’t do all that we had planned to do! This week, I want to challenge you to go ahead and do something special for someone when you are inspired by the Spirit. 

 People don’t care if it is extravagant; they care if it is from your heart.

 Lets let God lead us this week into a new dimension of His grace as we extend ourselves beyond the limits of our own abilities into His desires.

 Pastor Paul

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Posted 8/24/2017

DESTINED FOR EMPTINESS

She said, 'I will go after my lovers, who give me my food and my water, my wool and my linen, my oil and my drink.' Therefore I will block her path with thorn bushes; I will wall her in so that she cannot find her way.' Hosea 2:5,6


Hosea married a prostitute. She bore him two children, then grew discontent and went off to find other lovers. God reveals that her story is parallel to all of ours when we forsake Him as our lover and pursue other loves. Though we are usually faithful for a time, we can easily grow discontent living by faith and crave the instant gratification of what our eyes can see and our hands can touch. We believe our detour is what we really need, that we will benefit and find the soul food we seek. It never happens. Disillusionment greets us at the end of the road.

God planned it that way! Is He cruel? No. Jealous? Yes. But even more importantly, He loves us perfectly and knows that He is the only love who can fill that aching void in our soul. He is the primary source for our need for connection and romance. Because He made us this way, He desires that we find Him at all costs and experience the pleasure He destined us for. What more loving thing could He do than thwart our spiritual affairs! Because He gave us free choice, He won't stop us from wandering, but He will make sure that we end up frustrated. An empty heart drives us back to perfect Love.