September 27, 2018

During the Cold War, the Strategic Air Command operated 24 hours a day as a shield of protection for our nation. This meant that at any point in a given day, there were fully combat-configured bombers flying to assure the safety of our nation.

Since these planes flew constantly, how did they remain full of gas? They did what is called mid-flight refueling. A refueling plane actually flew up next to the Strategic Air Command plane, docked in, and filled the plane with gas.

As a Christian, you need to learn how to refuel your life in mid-flight. You can’t just hop off to a tropical island every time you get tired and discouraged. You have to keep going. You have to learn how to recharge yourself in the middle of your hectic lifestyle.

The fact is, it takes energy to do God’s will. What do you do when you run out of energy? Psalm 94:19 says, “Lord, when doubts fill my mind, when my heart is in turmoil, quiet me and give me renewed hope and cheer” (TLB).

I suggest that once a day, you should go outside in your yard, sit down, and just be quiet. I’m not talking about reading your Bible. You ought to read your Bible every day, but I’m talking about getting alone for five minutes a day and being completely silent. Ask God a question, and then just sit there and listen.  You’ll be amazed how recharged you will be!

Pastor Jayson


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September 20, 2018

Pastor’s Corner…..
 

The apostle John tells us that “sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). Most people understand that when God gives us a “Thou shalt not” He means business. We understand that sin carries with it the penalty of spiritual death—separation from God (Rom. 6:23).

Have you ever thought about what God calls it when you commit some act He has called a sin, but you didn’t know that what you were doing was wrong, and thus sinned your in ignorance? Is it called:

  1. Grace
  2. Psyn
  3. Sin.                                      

The correct answer is #3.  Though some today have the attitude that “If ignorance is bliss, ’tis folly to be wise,” God has always held men accountable for their actions. In the Old Testament, God said, “If anyone of the common people sins unintentionally by doing something against any of the commandments of the Lord in anything which ought not to be done, and is guilty, or if his sin which he has sinned comes to his knowledge, then he shall bring as his offering a kid of the goats, a female without blemish for his sin which he has sinned” (Lev. 4:27-28). Even though one might have sinned unintentionally, the Lord still considered their action to be sinful, and thus held them accountable for their actions.

The apostle Paul tells us that the Old Testament was written “for our learning” (Rom. 15:4). While we are not under the Mosaic law today, we can learn many valuable lessons from it. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Paul himself had been responsible for the death of Christians, even though he “did it ignorantly in unbelief” (1 Tim. 1:13), and maintained a clean conscience the entire time (Acts 23:1).

We need to remind people today that sin is a serious matter—whether we sin intentionally or unintentionally. “Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.” (2 John 9).

Pastor Jayson 


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Sept 13, 2018

Just sitting at my desk this morning, waiting for the remnants of hurricane Florence to bring us rain in several days. It’s like watching a tea pot on the stove and waiting for it to blow off steam. The sky is still much too bright for any serious participation. But, I am assured by the Weather Channel that rain is on its way.
Waiting has never been the strongest suit of mine, though I’ve made an effort over the years to be better at waiting. You know, I have never known anyone who enjoyed waiting–at least waiting in line at the grocery store or at a fast-food drive thru. However, changing perspective about the wait can make a lot of difference. What if I try to be pleasant, think about others, engage in conversation, and think happy thoughts while I wait? I think I will give it a try and see how things work out. The NICU seems to be a good test that God can use as well…trust me it’s true!
God’s people must learn how to wait for the fulfillment of His promises. James draws a practical example from everyday life, saying, “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains” (Jas. 5:7). The farmer has learned to wait–to trust that rain is coming and his crop will produce its fruit. In the same way, James exhorts us to be patient and strengthen our hearts in knowing that the coming of the Lord is certain (vs. 8).
The inspired writer of the book of Hebrews says that while “it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment”, He “will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him” (Heb. 9:27-28). All who truly trust in God wait for the fulfillment of His promises. “Eagerly awaiting” is an expression of our love and trust in the Lord.
Our hearts are strengthened by these words of the prophet: “Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary” (Isa. 40:31). With the assurance of such promises, we can both endure the wait and find strength while we wait.
Happy Homecoming,
Pastor Jayson

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Pastor’s Corner

The gospel of Jesus Christ is intended for all races and classes of humanity. It is intended to save the most morally upright person this nation has, as well as the vilest of sinners. This is because the gospel can change the hearts of men and women and bring about their conversion (Matt. 18:3; Acts 3:19). Some unlikely prospects for the gospel have proven to be capable of conversion, such as Saul of Tarsus, Cornelius, a Roman military officer, Matthew the tax collector, and the Philippian jailer. To most Christians, these men might not have been considered “good prospects” for the gospel.
What can we learn from the conversions of these men?
 
1) We Must Not Prejudge The Hearts Of Men. Even Paul, one who was “formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man,” and who considered himself to be the chief of sinners, could be obtain mercy from God.
2) Christ Can Change The Hearts Of Men. At our conversion, we become new creatures. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Cor. 5:17).
3) The Gospel Has Not Lost Its Power. The gospel is still “living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword” (Heb. 4:12), and is still “the power of God to salvation” (Rom. 1:16). We must preach what people need, not what they want.
 
If you are a Christian, use your opportunities to teach the gospel. If you are not a Christian, remember that the gospel will be the standard of judgment. “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day” (John 12:48).
Pastor Jayson

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