Pastor Chris shares on some of the common questions that he has received during a time of mourning after the death of a local high school student. First is the question of what could I have done to prevent this, and the second is why would God allow this to happen. Looking at death, the character of God and the reasons why God gives us free will. He is a loving and a sovereign God.
Pastor Chris shares on giving testimony to what the blood of Jesus has done in your life. God’s will is for us to give all the glory in all things and to retell of His goodness in our lives. Either through healing of the heart, the mind or the body, remember to build your faith through your testimonies.
I was recently traveling across the country and as I sat some however-many thousand feet (I confess I never pay attention to the notifications) I am reminded of the magnitude of God. I had been reading the latest book that is on the top of my “must-reads” that are given to me often, and I had dozed off momentarily. After a “ding” in the cabin I lifted my head, lifted the window shade and saw nothing but the clouds below and a perfect shiny outline of the globe. Amazing to see the limit of the heavens that we look up at so often.
I was reminded of the goodness of God and the reality that his perspective is not our perspective and my heart was reminded of God’s words through the Prophet Isaiah in chapter 55 verses 8-11, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
God’s perspective will ultimately reveal the true purpose of what we have been given. All the realities of our life; the trials and struggles that we are in at any given moment, are not lost on God and neither are they there without God’s full awareness. When we begin to recognize that God is the one who sends the rain and snow to the earth (wherever we are), we can begin to see the perspective of Heaven. God is not an evil God who desires your pain and suffering. The gospel is “Good News” and Jesus demonstrated that it was to affect every part of life and that good news was also demonstrated in the early Church (see Acts 4).
God makes great things come from dry ground. God is sending you the vital sustenance that you need in order for the soil that you are in to sprout up, become a tree, bear fruit and give you seed for multiplication through sowing making sure that you never worry about food and the basics of life. God is using the reality of how He treats us to illustrate the faithfulness of His word to do what He purposes and for those purposes to be achieved in abundance. Notice that it is God’s perspective (not ours) of His faithfulness to get us what we need in every circumstance which creates the outcome for His children in verse 12, “For you shall go out with joy, and be led out with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth into singing before you and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”
In all of this we can take heart and know that God’s purposes, His word, will be fulfilled in our life and it is in His perspective that we take hope, not in our circumstances. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11.
God desires for us to fulfill the calling that He has on our lives, and He desires that we keep our eyes and our minds in the right places. Too often we allow the things of this world grab our heart, mind and attention when we are to be heavenly minded. Colossians 3:1-2
Pastor Chris continues his series on the five-fold ministry as detailed in Ephesians 4:11. Pastor Chris gives the outline to the purposes of each of the ministry graces that were given by Christ to the church. A proper understanding of these ministry gifts will begin to produce greater unity in the body of Christ and develop a clearer vision for the region that the church has authority over.
Pastor Chris talks about the current state of affairs in the world and the Christian biblical response to them. We are to no longer respond in fear of terror and anger, but in faith and love. Ephesians 1:16-19. God is calling His church to rise with authority and to be a light in the world while changing the tides of culture.