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Message for January 29, 2023 from Pastor Jerry

Jesus said, ”This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you” Luke 22:20 NKJV

     Last Sunday both LaVerne, while leading praise and worship, and Pastor Shirley, when preaching, mentioned the “cup” while sharing about its place of importance in our Christian society.  Jesus told us to drink of it in remembrance of Him until He comes back again.

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     Laverne and I frequently visit McDonalds in Columbia.  During our time there we made several new friends.  One of them is Brother David Chundy.  He is an Evangelist that loves God and His Word.  He is usually there reading his Bible and making notes in his notebook while drinking his coffee.  Over the time of our acquaintance I have talked with him about personal and spiritual things.

     Originally from the Island of Mauritius and Rodrigue, he grew up in France where he learned to be a pastry chef.  After several other places he ended up in Columbia.  One of the things he shared with me from his notebook was the main points from a sermon he did called, “What’s in the cup?”  

     He has visited our church a few times over the years and recently I asked him to share his sermon on the cup.This Sunday is my time to preach since it’s the fifth Sunday of the month.  I did not have any idea that the last point shared last Sunday would be about the importance of “The Cup”.  Today we will hear the rest of the story.

     We will also be having communion at the end of the service today.  If you are a believer in Jesus Christ please share with us.  Not a believer?  You are welcome to come and accept Jesus, today. His blood was shed for you, too.

Message for January 22, 2023 from Pastor Shirley

Victory in Jesus my Savior forever, He sought me and bought me with His redeeming blood; He loved me ere I knew Him.  And all my love is due Him.  He plunged me to victory beneath the cleansing flood.                                                                               
The word “redeemed” comes from the Greek word “agoradzo” and it means to buy out of the marketplace.  If you have been born again you have been redeemed.  The price that was paid for you was the precious blood of Christ.  
“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect”.  1 Peter 1:18-19                                                                                                                                                                
I Am Redeemed – Jessie Dixon  I am redeemed, brought with a price has changed my whole life.  If anybody asks you, just who I am, tell them I am redeemed.  I’ll tell of His favor, I’ll tell of His love, I’ll tell of His goodness to me. He purchased my redemption with His own precious blood, and from sin I’ve been set free.There’s no shackles on me, I’m as free as I can be; because Jesus changed my life.  He died up on the cross, that’s why I can tell the world that I am redeemed”.     
John 3:16 sums up the New Testament’s redemption message. “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.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.  God loved the world so much that He sent Jesus to redeem each one who puts their faith in Him.  

Message for January 15, 2023 from Pastor Shirley

Thomas said to Him, Lord, we do not know where You are going, so how can we know the way? Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me. If you had known Me [had learned to recognize Me], you would also have known My Father. From now on, you know Him and have seen Him.
There are not several ways to God, there is one way.  And Jesus made the statement I Am The Way!     
In Exodus 3:13-14,  God had just told Moses to go and tell His people that their deliverance was near.  Moses wondered how the people would believe that God sent him.  “Then Moses said to God, ”When I come to the children of Israel and say to them, “The God of your fathers has sent me to you,” and they say to me, “What is His name?” what shall I say to them?”  And God said to Moses, ‘I AM who I AM.”  And God said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, I AM has sent me to you”. 
We see Jesus as a type of Moses because He came to deliver people from their  spiritual captivity.  John was saying in 14:16  that the “I AM” in Exodus was now physically standing in front of people, ready to be their Door to the Father, their Way, their Truth, Their Life. 

Message for January 8, 2023 from Pastor Jerry

From what source do you get information to live your life?
“But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year.  For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins” Heb. 10:3-4
     Under The Old Covenant the sacrifices given were only a reminder of sin.  It kept the people living in a sin conscious life looking forward to a time when sins would be taken away.  Jesus came and died on the cross to shed the blood that would not just cover sin, but do away with it forever.  In addition to the one offering of Christ bringing assurance of salvation, the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us through Jeremiah that God will work in us to produce new desires to do His will. Furthermore, whereas the Old Covenant could only bring a reminder of sins the New Covenant brings real forgiveness.
     We find our confidence to enter into God’s presence founded on the blood of Jesus and His high priestly ministry.  Our hope in God’s presence must be based on an assurance of the justifying power of the blood of Christ and the sanctifying cleansing of the Word of God.
     The confession of our hope of the future consummation of our salvation will never waver as long as it is  grounded on the faithfulness of the One who promised. We must not rest our hope on our own good works.  Satan can cause anyone to doubt if they have a righteous life and therefore make us doubt our salvation but he cannot undo what God did for us in Jesus Christ.  We need to believe in Jesus’ blood and walk by the Holy Spirit.  In that we can be secure in our hope for the future.

Message for December 18, 2022 from Pastor Shirley

Have y’all heard the word “mulligrubs”?  I have but never knew the meaning.  So what  do you do if you don’t know the meaning of a word?  Google it of course. Mulligrubs-a despondent, sullen, or ill-tempered mood, to be of low spirits.  At one time or another we all have had a good case of the mulligrubs.  From past experience I have just woken up feeling low of spirits or just in an ill mood.  Now I know it is just a mulligrub spirit trying to discourage me. 
The next time you get the mulligrubs  (not if but when)  be like David and talk to yourself.                         
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.  Psalm 45:15

Message for December 4, 2022 from Pastor Shirley

What a wonderful time of the year!  This is the season we celebrate the birth of our Savior.   
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given- he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”    Isaiah 9:6.
We call him “Jesus” the name the angel gave to Joseph. “And she will bring forth a Son and you shall call His name “Jesus” for he will save his people from their sins”.  Matthew 2:21
What a person was named in Biblical times would signify a person.  It would imply such as rank or authority.  The name “Jesus” means “savior” and “deliverer”.  Jesus announced his purpose for coming in Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost”.  Jesus the Savior came to restore peace by reconciling all of Creation to God. Colossians 1:19-20 says that God was reconciling to himself all things through Jesus. By restoring our right relationship to God, Jesus also opened the door for us to live in right relationships with each other, Creation, and ourselves.

Message for November 27, 2022 from Pastor Jerry

My four year old grandson River is really good at not hearing when you call his name.  He is so busy with what is right there in front of him, he does not hear you.
How many times in life are we so concentrated on the situation right in front of us or just busy with life that we don’t hear God speaking.  God is a speaking God-are we listening-are we expecting.  Maybe  we are not aware of how he speaks. 
Over and over God interacts with people in different ways.  God spoke to Daniel through visions, Balaam through a donkey, Peter through a rooster, and he spoke to Moses out of a shrub. He is a God who says in Isaiah 28:23, “Give ear, and hear my voice; give attention, and hear my speech.” And Proverbs 3:6 (MSG) adds, “Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Seeing a beautiful sunset – an unexpected hug from someone – a friend or stranger provides a kind word precisely for the season of life you are in – a Scripture you read before suddenly it leaps off the page and you get it.
Let us not be so busy that we ignore the ways in which God is reaching out to us. Be expecting him to communicate with you.  Yes God is speaking, may we have an ear to hear and eyes to see.      

Message for November 20, 2022 from Pastor Jerry

“Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices.  My flesh also will rest(dwell in security) in hope.” Ps. 16:9
“For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.” Rom.8:19
     The title of my sermon today is “Is your hope secure?”  “My hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.  I dare not trust the sweetest frame but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.”  Your hope does not rest on what you have done, but on what Jesus has done.  He is your hope for the future because He has done all that is necessary for you to have secure hope.
     The Psalmist in the above verse says his heart(spirit), glory(soul), and his flesh(body) rests in secure hope.  Hope doesn’t doubt that God is faithful and His promises are true.  There is a big difference between the “hope” of the world and the “hope” of God’s Word.  When the world says, “I hope it will work, but it may not” it really means “I want it to work, but you never know if it will or not.”  Biblical hope says, “God said it so it will work”  If this is true as the Bible says, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Heb. 11:1
     In this morning’s sermon I plan to explain the value of hope and its trustworthiness as we remember that His word says He cannot lie.  If He says something, He will do it.  It is not for us to figure out how He is going to do it or when, we are called to “only believe”.  Have faith in God and leave it all in God’s hands. Trust and obey. Amen

Message for November 13, 2022 from Pastor Shirley

A sure thing – have you heard someone say that?  Sure-thing definition -“An outcome that is certain or assured; a certainty”.                          
We are living in uncertain times.  As Believers we live by faith not by sight.  Hebrews 11 tells that faith is the substance of our hope.  F
aith is what underlies the Christian hope. Hope is powered by faith.  Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.  The more we know and understand His will, which is His Word faith increases and hope will grow stronger.                                                   
No matter the uncertainty in the world around us, the one sure thing – we have certain hope in the midst of uncertainty.  As Believers we are never without hope.
 Jesus is hope and he lives in us and through us.
“But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.”  Isaiah 40:31

Message for October 30, 2022 from Pastor Shirley

“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 Jn.4:10
     The message I have for today is nothing new, but is a deeper view of God’s character.  God is love.  It’s His nature to love and He cannot go against His nature.  God is perfect love.  To be like God is to love like He loves.  God’s love for man is “The greatest love story ever told” and there will never be a better one told.
     Love is the thing that God wants us all to learn.  He was where love had its beginning but He didn’t create love, He was, is, and always will be love.  He wants to help us understand love and live a life that revolves around God who is love.
     Love is not a human emotion but a Divine emotion coming from the very nature of God Himself.  Grace is a form of love and can only be understood when we get a view of love through God’s eyes.  Grace is God’s love given to us by God Himself.  You can hardly separate grace and love.  There really is no reason to even try.  Just accept the fact that grace is only love in action.
     God is love.  But, we can be weak in faith by listening to Satan’s lie saying “You surely don’t believe God loves you”? YES! God loves me.

Message for October 23, 2022

The greatest counterfeit of God is satan. The more valuable something is the more likely it is to be counterfeited.  Lies are the counterfeit of the truth.  John 8:44 “He (satan) started out as a killer, and he cannot tolerate truth because he is void of anything true.  At the core of his character, he is a liar; a master of deception and the father of lies”!  Satan does not want you to know the truth.  As Believers our truth comes from the Bible. John 8:32 “If ye continue in my word, . . . ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”.                                                          
Since Satan lost his position in Heaven after failing at overthrowing Jesus he now operates in the world to counterfeit that which is in Heaven. What is in Heaven all – that is good, precious and valuable. 
Truth outweighs facts. Facts never set anybody free.  Fact is I was a sinner – truth is I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior and now I am a Saint.
We don’t live under facts but truth.  The devil will always tell you what you were – not what you are as a born again child of God. 
Don’t be misled by satan, the counterfeiter of all things good. God is good – the devil is bad.

Message for October 1, 2022 from Pastor Shirley

David said, “I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living”.   Psalms 27:13-14                                                                   As I was preparing for the message, “Finding Honey In The Hard Places Of Life” I heard these words, “the goodness of God, the goodness of God”.  Honey is the goodness of God.  The Bible doesn’t just say that God does good things. It says that God is good.  It’s not just what he does; it’s who he is and who he is never changes.
David said I would have fainted (lost courage, lost hope, gave up) but I believed to see the honey (the goodness of God) in the land of the living.
“The land of the living” is this present world in which we live now.  In the hard places of life let us look for the honey (the goodness of God). Whenever we are in the hard places of life God does not bail out. He stays right there with us helping us walk it out.  That is His goodness. 
You have led me through the fire
In the darkest night
You are close like no other
I’ve known You as a Father
I’ve known You as a Friend
And I have lived in the goodness of God
                 “The Goodness of God” (song)

Message for October 9, 2022 from Pastor Shirley

The New Testament Greek word of church is “Ecclesia”.  Most today think of the English meaning of Church which is assembly.  The church is more than an assembly.  The word ecclesia is derived from a Greek verb meaning “to call out”.  As Ecclesia we are called out to be the Kingdom of God on the earth.  As the church goes, so does a nation. When Ecclesia compromises truth then it affects the nation.  And the after effects of compromising the truth of Word has brought ungodliness into this nation as never before.  We as Ecclesia have been awakened from slumber.  Real breakthrough is happening as God’s Ecclesia gets into agreement with him and kingdom agenda.  The church has awakened to the authority we have been given to speak into the nation to see change.  As Ecclesia is aligning with God and his purpose we are seeing reformation take place.
We are called, anointed, appointed for such a time as this.  Let us not be silent!
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Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth.  Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.  God is not a secret to be kept.  We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you?  I’m putting you on a light stand.  Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine!  Keep an open house; be generous with your lives.  By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.  Matthew 13

Message for October 2, 2022 from Pastor Shirley

The heartbeat of America has been under attack by those with an agenda to destroy everything this nation was founded on.  It seems as if the heartbeat of our great nation has been slowly fading away.  Many have been thinking will America survive?  Looking at things through natural eyes it seems as if there is not much hope.  Looking through spiritual eyes takes on a whole different level of seeing.  I still hear the heartbeat of this great nation. God has a covenant with America and He is not a covenant breaker. (And You are Way maker, miracle worker Promise keeper, light in the darkness My God, that is who You are)                                                               Medical CPR is a term meaning Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.  Through CPR one attempts to revive the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain and heart in order to save a person’s life. 
Spiritual CPR – Continued Prayer Rescue.  Spiritual CPR is performed through Believers by faith decrees, praise proclamation, and prayer agreement in order to bring the Kingdom of God to earth.  As believers we must continue to perform spiritual CPR and not give up.  As we rally together as One we will see our God move in powerful ways.  Life is coming back to our nation. The heartbeat of this great nation will be beat loudly again. 
The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power]. James 5:16

Message for September 25, 2022 from Pastor Shirley

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6                                                   
Like many of you I am trusting the Lord in the day adversity.  You don’t know how it will work out or when.  This is a time we lean into God and trust.                                                         
According to the dictionary the word trust means-a firm belief or an assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, of someone or something.  One in which confidence is placed-dependence on something future or contingent-hope.  As I take this definition and apply it to this verse for me it is saying and I pray it will to you also.  Have a firm belief and an assured reliance on the character, ability, strength and the truth of the promises of God. 
On those days that it seems overwhelming we must choose to place our trust and hope and confidence in the Lord.  At those times it is tempting to look at the situation, try to figure it out, to plan the next step.    
May we be reminded of the verse in Proverbs 3:5-6 
-Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.   King James Translation
-Put all your hope in God, not looking to your reason for support. Bible in Basic English Translation                                                -Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know.     Good News Translation                   
-Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own.   The Message Bible

Message for September 18, 2022 from Pastor Shirley

This is the day which the Lord has brought about; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalms 118:24  
Psalm 118 was not written when times were good. It was a time of adversity. The psalmist cried out to God as he was surrounded on all sides by the enemy. He felt pushed back, and about to fall. Yet right in the midst of great struggles he was able to say, “this is the day which the Lord has brought about and I will rejoice and be glad in it”.  This chapter starts and ends with the same verse, of giving thanks and praise to God.  We read of gratitude and the reason for praise – God’s unending love.  This phrase is repeated five times, first at the beginning of the chapter and then at the end.  “His faithful love endures forever.” His love is everlasting to everlasting.  Everyday is a gift from our God.  We never know what a day can bring but we can trust the one who holds us in every moment.
We Have This Moment – Today hold tight to the sounds of the music of living happy songs from the laughter of the children at play hold my hand as we run through the sweet fragrant meadows making memories of what was today we have this moment to hold in our hands and to touch as it slips through our fingers like sand yesterday’s gone and tomorrow may never come but we have this moment today tender words Gentle touch and a good cup of coffee and someone who loves me And wants me to stay Hold them near while they’re here, oh and don’t wait for tomorrow to look back and wish for this day We have this moment to hold in our hands and to touch as it slips  through our fingers like sand yesterday’s gone  and tomorrow may never come but we have this moment today    (Gaither Vocal Band) 

Message for September 11, 2022 from Pastor Jerry

“And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.” Acts 4:31(NKJV)
     This word, boldness, is defined in word wealth for the verse above.  It means outspokenness, unreserved utterance, freedom of speech, with frankness, candor, cheerful courage, and the opposite of cowardice, timidity, or fear.  Here it denotes a divine enablement that comes to ordinary and unprofessional people exhibiting spiritual power and authority.  It also refers to a clear presentation of the gospel without being ambiguous or unintelligible.The Greek word “Parrhesia” is not a human quality but a result of being filled with the Holy Spirit.
“And with great power(dunamis) the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus.  And great grace was upon them all.” Acts 4:32(NKJV)
     Dunamis means energy, power, might, great force, great ability, strength.  It is sometimes used to describe the power of the world to come at work upon the earth and divine power overcoming all resistance.  The English word is dynamite.  The dunamis in Jesus resulted in dramatic transformations.  This is the norm for Spirit Filled Christians.
     We live in a world, today, that is putting pressure on us to compromise our faith.  I have lived my life by God’s Word.  I have preached His Word and I believe the Word is a standard by which we should judge our lives.  I will not change nor surrender my faith to any other idea or person.  I will love them, and help them anyway I can but I will not compromise my faith in God’s word.  I speak it.

Message for September 4, 2022 from Pastor Shirley

                               Don’t Reject What is Impossible to Earn!
                                              Ed Elliot
One of the greatest ways we can reject or resist God’s love for us is to try to work or earn it.  A free gift will never be received by the person who is trying to deserve it.  Don’t reject what is impossible to earn!
We see this so clearly with the elder brother of the Prodigal son.  He kept all his father’s laws and commandments, believing he would be rewarded for his hard work. When he heard his wayward, sin-loving brother was being thrown a party with the fatted calf being the main entree on the menu, he was livid with jealousy and anger.  This was their father’s gift to the Prodigal, welcoming him home, but the older brother thought he deserved it all because of his hard work and obedience.  Their father patiently explained to the elder brother that everything he had was his for the taking.  Why didn’t the older brother know this?  Because he had no intimacy with his father.  He saw their relationship based on his obedience to all the rules.  His father never related to his children based on their performance but on the love he had for them. The older brother went without for a long time because he knew his father’s laws and commandments but not his father’s heart.  Sadly, many believers are no different from this older brother.  They endeavor to obey God’s laws and commandments, believing it will earn them His favor and blessings. Like the older brother , they will grow angry and frustrated when they see prodigals freely receiving what they have worked so hard for.  
Don’t make the mistake the older brother made in trusting in rules and laws to give you what only intimacy with God can.
“For if by one man’s offense death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ”   Romans 5:17

Message for August 28, 2022 from Pastor Shirley

Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For after all these things the Gentiles seek or pursue after.  For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But seek or pursue first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these shall be added to you.  Matthew 6:31-33                                        
The Gentiles (those without God) are seeking after the temporal things of life. Don’t  be like them. Jesus is saying those who belong to me don’t need to worry about your daily provision. The key is seeking me. When you pursue me and my way I will provide the daily things you need.    
In previous verses of Matthew 6 Jesus says, “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on.  Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you.

Message for August 21, 2022 from Pastor Shirley

Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For after all these things the Gentiles seek or pursue after.  For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But seek or pursue first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these shall be added to you.  Matthew 6:31-33                                        
The Gentiles (those without God) are seeking after the temporal things of life. Don’t  be like them. Jesus is saying those who belong to me don’t need to worry about your daily provision. The key is seeking me. When you pursue me and my way I will provide the daily things you need.    
In previous verses of Matthew 6 Jesus says, “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on.  Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you.    

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