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Pastor Rick

March 27th, 2016 Comments off

Greetings Friends,

Friday and Saturday were devastating days for the disciples, the friends and family of Jesus, but ah Sunday was coming and they would soon be rejoicing.

Up from the grave He arose!

As hard as it is to think of death, we have this amazing truth to compete with our fear and sadness -that one day we will change from these mortal bodies to spiritual ones.

I challenge anyone to come up with a concept more awesome .  We who believe have this blessed hope that because He lives we will live again!   We don’t have a word big enough, comprehensive enough to exclaim how incredible that is!

If you haven’t renewed your dedication to God, you can do that by sincerely asking Jesus to come into your heart, forgive you of your sins and start you on the path living for Him.  You’ll never be sorry you did and Easter will never be the same.

God Bless, Rick, your cyber pastor

Pastor Rick: How do you say thanks?

December 20th, 2015 Comments off

Hello Friends,

I’m sure you will receive gifts this Christmas season. How will you let people know that you appreciate what they have done for you?

People all over the world have words to say thank you:  Danke, Gracias, Graci, Merci, takk deg, Σας ευχαριστώ,  tacka dig,  ありがとう .

They also may show their appreciation by smiles, handshakes, hugs, kisses, cards, gifts, and acts of service. These days emails, texts and phone photos may deliver the warm words of gratitude and love.  But how do we show our thanks to God?

To our Heavenly Father we show our gratitude with our love and respect. Some raise their hands and voices in prayer and song, or bow their heads, bend their knees, humble themselves in reverance in some way.

Others only feel more comfortable showing  reverance by being very still and quiet.  Which  ever way you choose to express your thanks to the people in your lives and to God, be sure to do it with passion and sincerity.

Give what you would like to receive. Give with gratitude.

Hope to see you soon,

Pastor Rick.

Sara: First Historical Woman of the Hebrews

April 26th, 2014 Comments off

Hi Friends, 

Did you know that the first Jew was a Gentile? That’s right, Abraham, who came from beyond the Euphrates was the first man to be called a Hebrew, “Abram the Hebrew” (Genesis 14:13)

The word Hebrew itself means, “the immigrant,” and was no doubt the usual designation among the Canaanites.

As his wife, Sarah was the first Hebrewess – the joint fountainhead of the great Jewish race (Genesis 11:29-31; Isaiah 51:2) Abraham has been fitly called, “The fountainhead of the Hebrew hero life,” and Sarah is the heroine of such life.

She remains the first unquestionably historical woman of the Hebrews, and their first mother. She is, therefore, one of the most important female figures in the world’s history, as the natural source of the Jewish people, through whom the nations of the earth were to be blessed.

Only two women are named in the illustrious roll of those conspicuous for their faith: Sarah is the first, and Rahab the second (Hebrews 11:11; 31) , both of whom lived by faith and died in faith ( Hebrews 11:13).

Do you know a woman named Sarah or Sara? They have always been popular female names both among Jews and Gentiles.

Read more about these remarkable women and their interesting lives.  The Bible is crammed full of intriguing stories of real people.

 Pastor Rick

Bible Study With Pastor Ricky: Apostle Mark’s Mother

January 12th, 2014 Comments off

Hello Friends,

Mary, the mother of Mark , is mentioned only once (Acts 12:12-19 )

She was probably the aunt or sister of Barnabas, the one-time companion of Paul ( Colossians 4:10), which may accounts for Barnabas’ choice of Mark as his companion-a selection over which Paul and Barnabas parted.

Sir William Ramsay believes the narrative of Mary in the Acts was by Mark, which would explain the details of his mother’s large house becoming a well-known center of Christian life and worship.

Some think that this same house was the scene of a still more sacred gathering when, in its upper room, Jesus observed the Lord’s Supper on the night of His betrayal.

It was to Mary’s home that Peter found his way after his miraculous escape, for he knew that a company of believers had gathered there to pray for his release. Peter had a peculiar affection for the godly home. He called Mark, “his son” (1 Pet.5:13)  – a spiritual son, having led him to yield his life to the Saviour.

Using Mary’s home for a meeting place for the saints tells of her tried steadfastness and the bond of intimacy that existed between them.  Having a maid named Rhoda  indicates that the household was considerably large, implying that Mary was a widow with means to maintain such a big home. As Barnabas her relative gave up his land for Christ, Mary gave up her Jerusalem home to be used as an infant church.

Mary was a woman of sterling qualities , loyal to her Christian ideals. At that time Christians were a persecuted sect, yet she faced the consequences of yielding up her home as a center of spiritual power and influence, and was self-sacrificing in time, effort and money to serve the Lord.

As for Mark the evangelist, her son, he was deeply attached to his mother which was probably one reason why he returned to Jerusalem from Perga (Acts 13:13) to be near her. Doubtless he derived something of Mary’s straightforward and decided character so prominent in the gospel he wrote portraying Jesus as the lowly servant of God.

Another woman worthy of study and admiration.

God Bless you my friends,Rick

Thanks to Biblegateway.com



Pastor Rick’s Sunday Study

November 24th, 2013 Comments off

Hello Friends, Our lesson today is an exciting one.  Jesus walks on water and Peter  joins him.

Matthew 14:22-33 (New Living Translation)

. . . Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home.  After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray.
Night fell while he was there alone. Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves.  About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water.  
When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!” But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said.“Take courage. I am here!”Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”
“Yes, come,” Jesus said.So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus.  But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”

When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.

When Peter was allowed to walk on water to get to Jesus, he did it!  That is, of course, until he took his eyes off the Lord and let fear set in.  That’s when he began to go under.

Most of us wouldn’t have had the nerve to even think about taking that first step outside the boat, so we have to hand it to Peter for being as courageous as he was.

The message for us is pretty obvious.  Keep your eyes on the Lord and he will allow you to do some awesome things. Don’t give in to  fear and doubt, but trust in the God.

See you soon, Pastor Rick

Pastor Rick talks about Forgiveness

September 29th, 2013 Comments off

Hello Friends,

The Bible talks a lot about forgiveness.  Over and over again we are directed to forgive.  In the Lord’s Prayer Jesus gives as an example, “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.”

Forgiveness, it says, is given to us in the same measure that we give it to others.   If we withhold forgiveness from anyone, we only add to our own discomfort.  Forgiveness, as they say, is a gift to yourself.  It frees you from the unhealthy attachment to a person or situation.  It is breaking the bonds that bind.

Do you need to forgive someone?  Do it right now.  Give it to God and refuse to take back the anger, the pain, the heartache of whatever the situation represents to you.  Pray for the person you must forgive with all sincerity, that God will bless them.  When you can do that, you’ll know you are truly free. 

Pastor Rick

Pastor Rick: “Altogether Now . . . 1,2,3”

September 15th, 2013 Comments off

The preacher, irritated by one woman in the congregation who always read faster than the rest during weekly responsive readings, addressed the problem:

“Now we are going to read the Twenty-Third Psalm- in unison.”  He paused.

“Will the lady who is always ‘by still waters’ while the rest of us are ‘in green pastures,’ please wait a minute until we can catch up?”

Hi Friends,

Some times a preacher has a less than perfect day and has to hold his tongue to keep from saying something he shouldn’t.  Knowing how to approach people who rub you the wrong way isn’t just for the people in the pews.  We have to work on that too.

If we are to live harmoniously with others, then Christ sets the example for us.

As The Message puts Romans 15:5

3-6That’s exactly what Jesus did. He didn’t make it easy for himself by avoiding people’s troubles, but waded right in and helped out. “I took on the troubles of the troubled,” is the way Scripture puts it.

Even if it was written in Scripture long ago, you can be sure it’s written for us. God wants the combination of his steady, constant calling and warm, personal counsel in Scripture to come to characterize us, keeping us alert for whatever he will do next.

May our dependably steady and warmly personal God develop maturity in you so that you get along with each other as well as Jesus gets along with us all.

Then we’ll be a choir—not our voices only, but our very lives singing in harmony in a stunning anthem to the God and Father of our Master Jesus!

See you soon, Pastor Rick

Pastor Rick: Worry?

September 1st, 2013 Comments off

Hi Friends,   I am using the Amplified Bible today to see what God says about worry.

Luke12: 22-30

And Jesus said to His disciples, Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious and troubled about your life, as to what you will have to eat, or about your body, as to what you will have to wear.

For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Observe and consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barns, and yet God feeds them.  Of how much more worth are you than the birds!

And which of you by being overanxious and troubled with cares can add a cubit to his stature, or a moment of time to his age – the length of his life?

If then you are not able to do such a little thing as that, why are you anxious and troubled with cares about the rest?  Consider the lilies, how they grow; they neither wearily toil or spin nor weave; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory his splendor and magnificence- was not arrayed like one of these.

But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you O you people of little faith?

And you, do not seek by by meditating and reasoning to inquire into what you are to eat and what you are to drink,nor be of anxious troubled mind – unsettled, excited, worried and in suspense.

For all the pagan world is greedily seeking after these things, and your Father knows that you need them.

Only aim at and strive for and seek after His kingdom, and all these things shall be supplied to you also.

So,  as Dr. Charles Stanley says, Trust in the Lord and leave all the consequences to Him.

Thanks for stopping by today, folks. See you soon, Pastor Rick

Pastor Rick

March 24th, 2013 Comments off

Hello Friends, 

If you want to know true freedom, then come to peace with your Creator.  Paul was imprisoned, but wrote some of his greatest letters that became a big part of our New Testament.  Other giants of the faith illustrated through their lives that liberty is not in what is around us but what is in us.

  Being a Christian is establishing a relationship with Jesus Christ, which requires a commitment. It can be done in private, but telling someone later of your decision strengthens your commitment.

Why not take this moment to get closer to God?   A simple prayer sincerely spoken from the heart is a start.  You might say something like this:

Our Heavenly Father, Please forgive me of my sins.  I’m truly sorry, and I don’t want to repeat them. I want to live for you . I believe Jesus Christ is your son who died for my sins and was resurrected after 3 days.  I ask for Jesus to be the Lord of my life and to be my personal savior. Please help me to be the person you want me to be.  In His name I pray, Amen.

If you said this prayer why not attend a Bible believing church in your area? God bless you as you step out in faith.

Pastor Rick 

Pastor Rick Gets Serious About ‘The Golden Rule’

March 10th, 2013 Comments off

Hello Friends,

What does it mean to ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you’ ? Most of us can quote this ‘Golden Rule’ but how many of us truly live by it?

In the 1670’s it was called the ‘Golden Law’, but the concept of “the ethic of reciprocity”, goes back even further.  It is a standard way that different cultures throughout history have used to resolve conflicts.  It can be found in almost all world religions.  Billions have this as part of their ethical belief and yet  we as the human race fail miserably to live up to it.

If followed as intended, people would be more emphathic;  perceive others as also having ‘selves’.  We would treat everyone with consideration, not just our family, friends, or  special group.  If we followed this rule we would not have wars, abuse, inequality, hate, family conflict, divorce, etc.

So why don’t we? Because there are forces in our world that stand in direct opposition to anything that represents a loving heart.  It is from the ‘dark side’ and comes from the enemy of our very soul.  We are in a battle with this enemy on a personal level, but also as inhabitants of this planet Earth.  

Check yourself when you hear yourself talk about others and hear whether you are living by this rule in your heart and actions.

I have to listen to myself too.  May God help us all to do better.

See you soon, Pastor Rick

 

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