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There Is Power in the Blood May 13, 2018

May 14th, 2018

There Is Power in the Blood

Ephesians 1:11-17 and Acts 1:1-11

(Quoted scripture is New International Version)

 

Some ideas for this sermon come from a book we are doing in a Bible study on Wednesdays with some of the members of the Ironwood Wesley United Methodist Church; Relying on the Holy Spirit by Charles F. Stanley.

Emilie Vinson shares her testimony of the how the power of God worked in her life.

“I never knew my Dad. He and my mom divorced before I turned one so I never even had the chance to form a relationship with him.”

“After my mom and I moved to the United States from El Salvador she got remarried and I finally felt like I had a family. But my relationship with my stepdad was never good.”

“I desired so badly to receive love from a father and to have that special relationship, but I felt like I wasn’t good enough. I wanted to be loved and was constantly trying to establish my identity in other things like friendships and material items.”

“But nothing filled that hole. I felt like I needed the approval of those around me in order to feel valued and loved. Around my junior year of high school, my mom and stepdad got divorced.”

“I was angry, confused, hurt and felt unwanted. I turned to boys, alcohol and drugs to gain approval and love. Substances became my escape and a way to avoid my emotions. It was in that time that I was raped.”

“Before leaving for college, I was at my lowest. I felt worthless. I had nothing else to offer. I was so lost in a partying lifestyle and I was convinced that what I was experiencing was what life was all about.”

“The second week of college I was invited to Campus Crusade for Christ at the University of Central Florida where I signed up for a small group. I left feeling surprisingly good.”

“I remember feeling loved and watching the other girls and the joy they had while talking about this “Savior.” I wanted what they had!”

“As I attended small group and began to be discipled I began to understand the gospel. I wasn’t ready to make the decision to follow Christ until I went home Christmas break. For the first time, I became aware of the weight of sin in my life and my need for a savior.”

“It was as if a blindfold had been removed from my eyes. I was able to see and understand why I needed Jesus, and that he LOVED me. In that moment, I accepted Christ into my life.”

“I have seen God teach me so much, I’ve come to understand that I have a heavenly Father who is crazy about me. He genuinely cares, and knows me.”

“Because of Christ’s death on the cross, I can be forgiven and live a life free in Christ. I no longer turn to temporary things for approval or worth. I know that my worth and identity lie full in Jesus and what he did for me. Although I continue to sin daily, I am daily shown God’s grace and reminded of just how much I need Him.”

Emilie does not say, yet I believe, when Emilie received Christ, it was through the power of the blood of Jesus shed on the cross, that Emilie had the power to overcome her past and her addictions. There is power in the blood of Jesus!

What is this power and how does it work in us?

Jesus tells us in John 16:5-7, “Now I am going to him who sent me, yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ Because I have said these things, you are filled with grief. But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor, (the Holy Spirit) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” The power comes from the Holy Spirit of God!

What about this Holy Spirit? In the Old Testament there are appearances of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit came upon people so they could complete certain tasks the Lord God wanted them to do. The prophets so they could prophecy, kings so they could rule justly, and in Exodus 31:1-11 we read of different artisans God used in the work of the Tent of the Meeting, which the people carried with them and set up as a place of worship, and the Ark of the Covenant they carried with them containing the 10 commandments.

Exodus 31:1-11, “Then the Lord said to Moses, “See I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts—to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set the stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship. Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given skill to all the craftsmen to make everything I have commanded you: the Tent of Meeting, the ark of the Testimony with the atonement cover on it, and all the other furnishings of the tent—the table and its articles, the pure gold lampstand and all its accessories, the altar of incense, the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, the basin with its stand—and also the woven garments, both the sacred garments for Aaron the priest and the garments for his sons when they serve as priests, and the anointing oil and fragrant incense for the Holy Place. They are to make them just as I commanded you.”

When God wants something specific done, He sends the Holy Spirit. The trick is the person He sends the Holy Spirit to, must receive and obey, or God’s work will not get done.

Do you listen to the Holy Spirit’s guidance in your life, so that God can use you?

There is no evidence in the Old Testament that the Holy Spirit continued to be with those artisans after the work was done. I believe God would send the Holy Spirit to people when He wanted something done, and when the task was completed the Holy Spirit would depart.

Look at King Saul. God anointed Saul with the Holy Spirit when He made him king, but then Saul messed up. After David was anointed with the Holy Spirit to be king, we read, in 1 Samuel 16:14, “Now the Spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented him.”

One other point about the Holy Spirit: Until Jesus’ blood was shed on the cross, the Holy Spirit would come and go in people’s lives, then Jesus says something in John 14:15-18, that changes that. “If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”

Up until now the Holy Spirit would come and go, but now, since Jesus’ crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension, Jesus says the Holy Spirit will not only be with those who believe in Him, the Holy Spirit will be in them and this will be forever!

Today we celebrate Jesus’ Ascension back to the One from whom he came. How does Jesus’ Ascension to His Father fit into the giving of the Holy Spirit of God?

Jesus tells us in John 7:38-39, “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” By this he meant the (Holy) Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.”

Jesus prays in John 17:1, 5, “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. – “And Now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.”  When is Jesus glorified? When He is in the presence of His Father God!

          The Apostle Paul writes to the young Pastor Timothy, this about Jesus. “Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.” (1 Timothy 3:16)

After Jesus tells the disciples to go to Jerusalem and wait for the Holy Spirit’s power to come upon them, we read in Acts 1:9, “After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.”

Jesus was not glorified until after His ascension back to His Father God. The disciple John, who was there and saw Jesus ascend, would later write in John 1:14, 18, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” – “No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.”

John was there when Jesus ascended. He knew that Jesus was now at His Father’s side!

Today we celebrate the Ascension of Jesus, and we also celebrate our mothers. Mothers have great influence in the lives of their children. My greatest sadness comes from the fact that mothers do not bring their children to church with them, if they even go to church at all. How are the children going to learn about Jesus being glorified in his crucifixion, resurrection and ascension into heaven; and how the power of the Holy Spirit is important in their lives, if we do not teach them? They will not. The world has convinced the young families in our culture that they do not need Jesus Christ in their lives. They think they can fill the emptiness inside of them with material things or drugs and alcohol. They only time some people pray is when they want healing for a loved one, or something for themselves. It breaks my heart.

With what we know about Emilie’s mother, I don’t think she was a good influence on her daughter with the lifestyle she chose, and Emilie would never have found Jesus if she hadn’t encountered Campus Crusade for Christ.

There are, in my opinion, good mothers who live out their faith, by making sure their children receive a Christian education, which teaches them how to cope with life; as well as secular education, which teaches them how to make a living. Both are important to living a full and productive life.

There is an example of what I would call a good mother in today’s reading, May 13, from the Upper Room. Written by Susan Bates from Oregon, Susan writes of a doctor’s visit with her mother.

“Betty, you are my favorite patient!” the young doctor greeted my 90-year-old mother when my sister and I accompanied her to a regular checkup. Mom has been dealing with dementia for many years. The doctor asked Mom detailed questions to gauge her mental capacity. She had difficulty answering trivial questions, so the doctor asked, “Betty, can you write a sentence or two?” Without hesitation, Mom quickly wrote on a piece of paper, folded it, and handed it to the doctor.

The doctor read aloud, “Jesus said…’I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”  (John 14:6)

“Doctor, you can believe it!” Mom said with her countenance glowing. The doctor smiled as he completed his notes.

After the appointment, we took Mom back to her assisted living residence, where she is cherished by the staff and other residents as she shares God’s love through her joyful spirit. We will never forget how Mom ended her prayer with us that day: “Jesus, I hope you have a wonderful day!”

Despite her illness, Mom continues to be an example of God’s faithfulness, inspiring us as she leaves her spiritual legacy. Her prayer reminded us that we can always talk to Jesus as a friend. (page 19)

What a witness that mother is to her children and to the people God puts into her life. I don’t know for sure, but I would guess that mother attended church with her children.

I’ll leave you with some questions.  Does the Holy Spirit live in you? And, do you listen to the Holy Spirit’s guidance, so God can use you? Do you witness to your faith in the thoughts you think, the words you speak, and the things you do? You may answer ‘yes’ immediately, but I would caution you answering too quickly.

The world we live in is very noisy, and we may use the excuse our lives are too busy to spend time with God. Yet unless we make time to spend with God; reading the Bible and spending time communing with God in prayer, we will not know what the Holy Spirit of God wants us to do for God. If we do not make time to get to know God as He knows us, we will not hear what the Holy Spirit has to say to us. Prayerfully examine your heart before you answer these questions.

We cannot be the Christians we are called to be without the power that comes from the blood of Jesus poured out when He was crucified on the cross. There is power in the blood! Live in the power of the blood of Jesus, by spending time with the Holy Spirit of God, whom Jesus sent when he ascended back to the One from whom he came!

 

Pastor Rosemary DeHut                                                                                     May 13, 2018

 

 

 

 

References: Stanley, Charles F., 2008. Relying on the holy

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May 14th, 2018

He Calls Me Friend May 6, 2018

May 7th, 2018

He Calls Me Friend

1 John 5:1-5 and John 15:9-17

(Quoted scripture is NIV Life Application Study Bible)

 

I hope you all have a BFF (Best Friend Forever). How would you describe what a Best Friend Forever is? Is she someone you feel comfortable sharing your emotions with? Is he someone you like working with because you feel you can share your ideas with him and he respects them? Where did you meet your BFF? In school, at church, at work, in a social or club setting? Or maybe your best friend is a sister, a brother or a parent. Maybe your Best Friend Forever is your spouse. My first Best Friend Forever is Jesus. My second BFF is my husband Joe. With both Jesus and Joe, I can laugh and cry, share my deepest feelings, pour out my heart to them and listen with my heart as well. I respect their opinion and their advice; and both Jesus and Joe give me lots of advice. I know it’s because they just want me to do things better and be happy, yet sometimes I don’t want to hear how I could have done things better, especially after I’ve already done it!

A Middle School English teacher asked her class one day to write imaginative definitions of a friend. One student said, “A friend is a pair of open arms in a society of armless people.” Another said, “A friend is a warm bedroll on a cold and frosty night.” Others said: “A friend is a mug of hot coffee on a damp, cloudy day.” “A friend is a beautiful orchard in the middle of the desert.” “A friend is a hot bath after you have walked 20 miles on a dusty road.” I hope those kids continue to recognize what a friend is; and have a friend who will be there for them, as well as be a friend like this to others.

Not everyone has a BFF. If we’ve been hurt by friends in the past, we build walls around our heart and it is difficult to let people in, because we are afraid we’ll be hurt again. I’m sure some of you can relate to this. I know I can. The trouble with building walls around our heart is; when we don’t let people in, we also don’t let Jesus in. Which is too bad, because Jesus can heal every hurt we experience.

When we think about it, isn’t it surprising that God, who for thousands of years had been hurt over and over again by the people He created, would become vulnerable and open Himself up to be hurt again when He came to us in Jesus?

In 1 John 4:9, the disciple John writes, “God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” What an awesome God we have, who loves us this much!

Jesus tells us in the Gospel of John 15:13-17, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. You didn’t choose me. I chose you.”  Only God can love like this. To lay down His life for human beings, whom Jesus now calls His friends.

Jesus is talking with the disciples as he is sharing the Passover Seder dinner with them. Up to this point, the disciples had been in the role of learners, followers, perhaps even servants, following the teaching and direction that Jesus has given them. He begins by explaining that everything he has been doing and talking about comes down to love. Just as God has loved him, he has loved them. And now, the number one commandment is to love one another.

Jesus says to them. “I no longer call you slaves (or servants), because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, –” Can you imagine what the disciples felt? This was a major change in the relationship between Jesus and the men around that table.

There is a great worship song written and first recorded by Israel Houghton, titled ‘I Am a Friend of God.’ The lyrics are: “Who am I that you are mindful of me, That you hear me, when I call, Is it true that you are thinking of me, How you love me, it’s amazing (who am I Lord) The chorus is: “I am a friend of God, I am a friend of God, I am a friend of God, He calls me friend.”

‘Someone has defined friendship as “knowing the heart of another and sharing one’s heart with another.” This morning we sang: What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer! This is how we build a friendship, spending time with a person; sharing our heart with them and they sharing their heart with us, speak words of love to them and listening for words of love from them.

Jesus began calling his disciples friends rather than slaves or servants because he has entrusted them with everything he has heard from his Father. Jesus trusted the disciples to share what he has taught them and what they have witnessed him do the past three years; the miracles, the kindnesses, the loving the unlovable.  He is now entrusting them to take what they have heard and seen into the world to build God’s kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven.

John the disciple, who was at the table that evening with Jesus, writes in his first letter, 1 John 5:3-4, “Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome. For every child of God defeats this evil world and we achieve this victory through our faith.”

We become children of God when we believe in our heart and confess with our mouth that Jesus is the Son of God and God raised him from the dead. (Romans 10:9) We have victory over Satan because Jesus battles Satan for us and strengthens us to resist Satan’s lies.

As children of God we are called to love one another as God loves us. We are not called to like everybody, in my life I have found that’s impossible, yet as children of God we must love one another, with the sacrificial love of God.

To me this means doing things for people when we really don’t feel like it. Speaking kind words, when we’d rather not, going that extra mile, when we’d rather be doing something for our self. Listening when we’d rather be telling the person our problems.

1 John 4:12 tells us, “No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us and his love is brought to full expression in us.”

I love that Jesus calls me friend. I try to live my life as an expression of his love.

Find your Best Friend Forever in Jesus. He’ll enable you to love others as God loves you. Remember, Jesus calls you friend! To have a friend you must be a friend. Be a friend to Jesus!

     

 Pastor Rosemary DeHut                                               May 6, 2018

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May 7th, 2018

Connected April 29, 2018

May 3rd, 2018

Connected

1 John 4:7-16 and John 15:1-8

(Quoted scripture is New Revised Standard Version)

 

Ruby Bridges looked like a typical first-grader. With a big bow in her hair and lunch box in hand, she climbed the steps of William Frantz Elementary School for the first day of school. But little else was typical about that day in November 1960. Though she wasn’t aware of it, Ruby had been chosen to be the first African-American child to integrate this particular New Orleans grade school. Every day on her way to school, escorted by armed federal marshals, she braved angry whites shouting at her as she entered an empty classroom. White parents had moved their children to other schools. Ruby did not realize until later, when a little boy told her why he couldn’t play with her, that she was the reason for all the commotion.

In Ruby’s interview with reporter Sheila Graham, she said that even in this stressful situation of having mobs scream at her, she prayed every day, before and after school, for those who were verbally abusing her. Ruby explained it this way: “One thing my mother always said to me was that when she couldn’t be with me, if I were ever afraid, I should say my prayers . . . Even at night, if I would wake up from a nightmare and want to get up and go to her room, she would immediately ask, ‘Did you say your prayers?’ That’s where that came from and it sort of stuck with me.”

Ruby’s mother wanted her to know that no matter the situation she was never alone. She was connected. To be connected is to have power. It is to have an eternal presence in your life. To be connected to God is to know Someone cares about you. Someone who will walk with you through the valleys we all must walk through.

Ruby Bridges married Malcolm Hall and today they live in New Orleans with their four sons. In 2014, a statue of Ruby was unveiled outside the William Frantz School.

In 1 John 4:7-12,  John the disciple writes, “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. Not one has ever seen God: if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.”

There were many pretend Christians in the days of Ruby Bridges, people who believed they were Christians, yet were not connected to God. If they had been connected to God through Jesus Christ, His love would have shone through them, instead of the hate that was revealed in their words and in their actions.

Pastor Larry Daniels tells the story of a particular lady who was in his little country church in Tennessee: He says, “It was interesting to me that before I even met her everyone was telling me about her. They were saying: ‘She is such a religious person.’ It is true that every time she came to church she brought her Bible with her. Indeed, everywhere she would go all over town she took her Bible with her. At the evening worship we would frequently call upon lay people to pray, she would always be the first to stand, and her prayers were nothing short of exquisite. It seemed like the subject of religion was always on her mind, in fact, almost to a fault. She almost didn’t know how to carry on a simple conversation without bringing it up.”

“I didn’t have any problem with any of these things. The problem that I had was that when it came to people who were down in society–the poor, the unemployed, divorced persons, alcoholics–she was relentless in her criticism. She was without mercy and compassion. There was judgment and nothing else. After a while, despite all of these outward appearances of religion, and despite everyone calling her a “religious” person, I had to begin asking myself the question: Does this individual really bear the fruits of the Christian life?”

The issue is not how much knowledge you have or even necessarily how sincere you are. The issue is–how do you treat people? If you are connected to God through Jesus Christ people will be able to see the fruits of your life in terms of your compassion and love and attitude. Those fruits of the Spirit the Apostle Paul list in Galatians 5:22-23, “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control-

Unfortunately, there are still today many ‘religious people’ who are not connected to God through Jesus Christ, and as John wrote in 1 John 4:8, “Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.”  I call them, ‘the Great Pretenders.’

Jesus tells us how to be connected to God through him, and what happens when we are not, in our reading from the gospel of John.

John 15:1-4, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.” – (v.6) Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.”

The disciples would understand this metaphor, because they were familiar with the importance of the grapevine. When Jesus spoke about vineyards, the disciples knew what he was talking about. It was an agricultural industry that had been carefully cultivated throughout the country for centuries. It was crucial because it was a cash crop as opposed to grain, which was raised purely for consumption. It was vital to the country’s economy.

A vineyard was also the symbol of the nation of Israel. In America we might think of amber waves of grain, but in Judea they thought of their nation as a vineyard. It was their national identity. Over and over again in the Old Testament, Israel is pictured as the vine or the vineyard of God.

The disciples would have read the 5th chapter of Isaiah, in which the prophet tells a story about someone (that someone being God) who built a beautiful vineyard on a fertile hill, doing everything needed to create an ideal setting for the vines. But the vineyard failed. The owner said, “When I expected it to yield domestic grapes, why did it yield wild grapes?” (v.4) He then tore down the protective wall and hedge, let the vineyard become overgrown with briars, and commanded the clouds to stop raining on it. That last detail makes it clear that the owner being described was God, and the vineyard of wild grapes was the people of Israel. Isaiah used familiar language to make his point, attempting to call the nation back from the destruction that threatened them.

The disciples would know the prophet Jeremiah wrote in chapter 2:21, “Yet I planted you as a choice vine, from the purest stock. How then did you degenerate and become a wild vine?” In Jeremiah’s time, the word “wild” actually meant “foreign.” Jeremiah was using the familiar story to warn the people to stop worshiping foreign gods, and warning them what will happen if they do not stop.

They would know the prophet Ezekiel’s words in Ezekiel chapter 19:10, “Your mother was like a vine in a vineyard transplanted by the water, fruitful and full of branches from abundant water.” And then in verse 12, “But it was plucked up in fury, cast down to the ground; the east wind dried it up; its fruit was stripped off, its strong stem was withered; the fire consumed it.” The mother was the land of Israel, then under threat by Babylon. Ezekiel painted the picture that everyone understood. Unfortunately, they didn’t listen to him and continued to disconnect themselves from God.

As Jesus talked about the vine, the disciples would have put it in context with the long history of stories about vines and vineyards. Jesus told this little story while he and the disciples were all gathered together after celebrating the Passover Seder, in the Upper Room; before they leave for the garden of Gethsemane and Jesus’ arrest. During this time Judas leaves the room to betray Jesus. If there was ever an opportunity to talk about wild grapes, this would have been it.

In Jesus’ analogy, he likened himself to a vine, while the fruit bearing branches here are the disciples. God the farmer is depicted as the one who cultivates the vineyard. He waters and tends the soil, so that the vine is properly nourished. He takes pride in his crop. But this means that he also prunes the vines and removes the dead wood. The grapes hang on to the branches. What Jesus is saying is clear. The disciples should receive their strength from Jesus. He is the true vine. If they break away from him, they will be like unproductive branches and die and bear no fruit. They then will have to be pruned out.

C.S. Lewis wrote, “God has designed the human machine to run on God Himself. He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to feed on. There is no other. That is why it is just no good asking God to make us happy without bothering about religion (being connected to God). God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”

We will never be happy living apart from the One who made us and saved us. Like a fish was made to live in water we were made to live connected to God through Jesus Christ His Son, and nothing can take the place of that.

The story of the vineyard and the vine is a story of everyone being connected together, rather than of cutting off and separating. It is when the parts of the vineyard are all connected that the good fruit is produced.

All of the different parts of the vineyard: the soil, the roots, the vines, the leaves… as different as they are to look at, they each have their value in producing good fruit. If there are unfruitful branches, it is not our problem or our focus. Rather than trying to find those vines that need to be cut off, our only purpose is to work together to produce the fruit the vineyard owner planted us here to produce. It is God’s job to prune the unfruitful branches.

We have this ‘cross connection’ with God. The vertical beam of the cross Jesus was crucified on, connects us to God. The curtain in the temple was torn in two when Jesus gave His life for us. We are welcomed into the presence of God.

The horizontal beam of the cross was Jesus’ arms stretched out wide to gather us in. All of us. Yet Jesus will not force us to live in and through Him. We have to come willingly, surrendering our heart and life to Jesus. The disciple John who calls himself the ‘beloved one’ of Jesus; writes in his first letter, chapter 4:15, “God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God.”

We know that when we confess that Jesus is the Son of God and believe God raised Him from the dead; when we ask and receive forgiveness; and surrender our heart to Jesus: The Holy Spirit comes to live within us and our lives produce fruits for God.

This is being connected. First becoming connected to God, which enables us to be connected to one another. Without our connection to God, we too would be, ‘great pretenders.’ Don’t be a great pretender. Get connected to God and everyone of your relationships will bear fruit; in the thoughts you think, the words you speak, the actions you take.

In the Gospel of John 15:11-12, Jesus says to us, “I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”

It is impossible to experience true joy in this life without Jesus. It is impossible to experience joy in our relationships with others without Jesus. Get connected and experience JOY!

 

Pastor Rosemary DeHut

April 29, 2018

 

 

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May 3rd, 2018


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~~ For the renewal of the church Spirit of promise, Spirit of unity, We thank you that you are also a Spirit of renewal. Renew in the whole Church That passionate desire for the coming of your kingdom Which will unite all Christians in one mission to the world. May we all grow up together into him who is our head, The Savior of the world. Amen. ~~