At Sear’s, Lowe’s, Home Depot you can find appliances of all kinds, from small to large, with all sorts of features. And they are designed to be placed in a house, and there perform the job they were designed to do… But they just sit; not doing the job they were designed to do, because they’re not in a house, and they’re not plugged in to a power source.

At many Churches you can find Christians of all kinds, with all sorts of gifts and abilities. And they are designed by God to be placed in His House, and there, perform the purpose God gave them to do… But they just sit; not fulfilling their purpose, because they are not really part of the House, and they are not really plugged in to the Power Source of the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 2:10

{from James MacDonald}
If we take the Bible seriously (you do, right?), then we know that finding a way to honor our parents, no matter who they have been, no matter what they have done, is a very significant action. I’m serious. The Bible is filled with stories of people who honored their parents and succeeded and of those who did not honor their parents and failed. If you’re alive, you’ve got parents (even if they are no longer living)—and God’s command is to honor them (see Exodus 20:12).Now you may think, “If this guy thinks for a moment that I’m going to honor my old man, he has got another thing coming!” Well, let me try to get by your resistance. Honoring our parents does not mean several things.First, honoring our parents does not mean to go back groveling and seeking their approval (again). Children need to get freed from my-parents’-approval bondage.Secondly, it does not mean to make yourself vulnerable to their hurtful behavior. Sometimes appropriate boundaries between children and abusive parents are necessary. But the need for that boundary does not free us from the obligation of honoring our parents.Thirdly, honoring our parents does not mean ignoring or denying the past.Here is what honoring does mean. It means choosing to place great value upon our relationship with them. It means not kidding myself into thinking that my parents don’t matter to me. It involves taking the initiative to improve the relationship whatever its current condition. And it means recognizing what they have done right. You say, “They haven’t done a lot right.” They have done something right, even if it’s little more than giving you life (that’s big). So, express that recognition. Acknowledge the sacrifices that they have made for you. Honoring includes seeing them as Christ does, with compassion and mercy. It means forgiving them as Christ has forgiven you.The apostle Paul was right: “When I was a child, I spoke like a child. I thought like a child. I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways” (1 Corinthians 13:11). Tragically, some grownups continue to act like children towards their own parents. When you become an adult, it’s time to stop playing the child role. It’s time to stop going, “He has to say it first. They have to initiate. They’re the ones–.” That has to stop! It’s time to honor your parents. If you are an adult, IT’S TIME! Take the first step. Take responsibility for your relationship with your parents as part of your relationship with God.Honor our parents because God said so—no matter what age you are. Because His ways lead to freedom. Because words spoken at their funeral always seem way too late.Some of you may wish you had gotten this message ten years ago. You’ve stood by a casket with a eulogy in hand and desperately wished the person for whom the words were written would wake up and hear them. But they won’t. That opportunity is gone. So do it now. Be the adult. Write or say the words of honor to your parents that you hope your own kids will express to you. God will bless your obedience.

Blessings, Pastor Jerry

God’s Word…
I am who It says I am…
I can do what It says I can do…
I am going where It says I will go…
God’s Word is breath and life to my soul.
God’s Word is milk and meat to feed me.
God’s Word is seed to grow my faith.
God’s Word is a path I can follow.
God’s Word is light to guide my way.
God’s Word is the Rock on which I stand!
When I read God’s Word It brings me joy…
When I study God’s Word It gives me wisdom…
When I memorize God’s Word It purifies my heart…
When I quote God’s Word It defeats my enemies…
When I meditate on God’s Word It anchors my life.
I am a Bible-believing follower of Jesus Christ… the Word made flesh!

Psalm 138:2
Blessings, Pastor Jerry

Maturity as a believer in Christ is when I consistently make the decision to trust and obey what God’s Word says rather than the way I feel. Because, honestly, there are going to be times as human beings where obedience isn’t the easy thing… or the fun thing… but it’s always the right thing!
But what God’s Word says MUST override the way I feel. Our feelings often change based on what we eat, how much coffee we have, or if our favorite sports team/idol/whatever wins… GOD’S WORD DOES NOT CHANGE …it is both constant and consistent… and when we place ourselves in submission to HIS WORD rather than our world of feelings, greater things are in store.
I may not feel like forgiving someone. They hurt me, wronged me…and for me to forgive them feels like they are getting away with what they do. However, God’s Word commands me to love and forgive others (see Ephesians 4:32, Matthew 6:14-15, Romans 12:14-21). Forgiveness is NOT an option for followers of Christ… it is a command!
I may feel like I can worship Jesus without my money being fully surrendered to Him; however, He said WAY too much in His Word for this to be an option. AND, He said in Matthew 6:21 that our heart WILL follow our money. The quickest way to have a fully surrendered heart is to have a fully surrendered wallet!
I may feel like I don’t need church to worship Jesus; after all, there are a whole bunch of imperfect people at church. However, the Bible is clear in Colossians 1:18 that Jesus is THE HEAD of the church, it is HIS body… if we are going to be fully devoted followers of Christ, then what matters to Him MUST matter to us… and His church matters to Him!
I may feel like lashing out in anger because I am not getting my way…but God’s Word clearly says in Philippians 2:3-5 that it is NOT about me and that I am clearly responsible for my attitude.
I may not feel like sharing Christ with someone or inviting them to church… However, Jesus said in Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:45-48, John 20:21, and Acts 1:8 that us sharing our faith is NOT an option. He didn’t suggest it… He commanded it! and then empowered us to do it!
When God’s Word is so clear on something, for us to choose to follow our feelings over His facts is absolute insanity! Jesus Christ is the same always (Hebrews 13:8), and HIS WORD will NEVER pass away (Luke 21:33!)
I’m not saying this is easy… even the Apostle Paul wrestled with this (See Romans 7:15-21)!!! However, when we choose to fix our eyes and thoughts on Jesus and HIS WORD (Colossians 3:1-2), then we can rest assured that HE will ALWAYS help us make the right decision.

Blessings, Pastor Jerry

Key Moments
Jesus faced a key moment in the Garden of Gethsemane. Would he submit to His Father’s will, or, will He choose to go another way?
Esther faced a key moment when she had to talk to the King. Would she talk to him and risk her life, or, would she seek to save her life?
David faced a key moment in a cave when he had the opportunity to kill King Saul. Would he, or wouldn’t he?
Key moments face each one of us. It is important to identify it as a key moment. What will you do? Will you choose God’s will or your own will? Will you save or lose your life?
Here are some key moments that are happening right now:
1. Will the High School graduate choose God’s path or their own path.
2. Will the married couple choose to reconcile or divorce?
3. Will the unbeliever choose Christ or not?
4. Will the single person maintain sexual purity or not?
5. Will the pastor choose to preach that hard message or not?
Key Moments lead to key decisions. Key decisions affect the outcome of your life, your marriage, your finances, your ministry, and your future.
Key decisions lead to key prayers.
Jesus said, “Father, glorify your name.”
Esther said, “If I perish, I perish.”
David said, “I shall not touch the Lord’s anointed.”
Paul said, “Who are you Lord, and what will you have me to do.”
Mary said, “Be it unto me according to your word.”
Stephen said, “Father forgive them.”
Key prayers lead to key results.
Jesus’ prayer led to the salvation of the world.
Esther’s prayer led to the salvation of the Jews.
David’s prayer led to his ultimate anointing as King over Israel.
Paul’s prayer led to his personal salvation.
Mary’s prayer led to the virgin birth and our salvation.
Stephen’s prayer led to the conversion of the Apostle Paul.
Key moments lead to key decisions which lead to key prayers which lead to key results.
Are you facing a key moment right now?
Are you making the Spirit directed decision?
Are you praying a key prayer of surrender, submission, and faith?

1 Corinthians 6:18 says, “Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body.” (NLT)
Sexual sins are so bad because they affect you physically, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually. Sexual sins have a way of internally destroying a person that no other sin has. Because sexual intimacy is the deepest unity of two persons, its misuse corrupts on the deepest level. When a Christian commits sexual immorality, they involve the Lord in the very act.
Sexual sins affect you physically. Sex is addictive. Sex can bring sexually transmitted diseases. Sex can lead to unwanted pregnancies.
Sexual sins affect you emotionally. Sex brings guilt. Immorality promises pleasure but leaves you bitter. Proverbs 5:3-4 says, “For the lips of an immoral woman are as sweet as honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil. But in the end she is as bitter as poison, as dangerous as a double-edged sword.” Guilt is nature’s warning signal that something is wrong. Guilt is your conscience at work. Guilt, if left unchecked, will become dulled and destroy a person’s peace.
Sexual sins affect you relationally. They create hurdles and obstacles that must be overcome in the marriage. Relationships are affected by the lies and cover-ups that are a result of sexual sins.
Sexual sins affect you spiritually. When you engage in sexual sins, it breaks your fellowship with God. 1 Thessalonians 4:3 says, “God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin.” Sex outside of marriage is sin before God. When you sin, fellowship with the Lord is broken. Also, God promises to judge the sexually immoral. Hebrews 13:4 says, “God will surely judge people who are immoral.”
1 Thessalonians 4:4 tells us to possess our vessel in holiness and honor.

We’re at the end of week one of our 21 days of prayer and fasting.
God promises to reveal Himself to us if we seek Him with all our heart.
Jeremiah 29:11 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. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

God promises to give us His Peace…
God promises to give us a hope-filled future…
God promises to listen to our prayers…
God promises to reveal Himself to us…
I am praying these promises during my prayer time…

What is God doing on the inside of me?
God is encouraging me to look to Him and not look inwardly or outwardly. I have found if I look at people I will get discouraged or disappointed. I have also found that if I look at myself too much, I can get discourage or disappointed. If I look to God, He becomes my glory and the lifter of my head. God keeps telling me to focus on Him. I know this is basic… but it is life changing.
God is encouraging me to fan the flame of passion. I want to be passionate for God. I want to minister with a fire burning on the inside of me. I don’t want to become lukewarm in my faith. I want a renewal of my love for God. I have learned that passion must be renewed. I have learned that fire must be stoked. I have learned that passionless Christianity is not acceptable to God.
God is encouraging me to pray for God to make me more like Him. I want to be more like Jesus on the inside. I want to be more loving, kind, joyful, and holy. I need to be more like Jesus. I should be more like Jesus. I want a growing and abounding love for Jesus.

I not praying, “Bless me” …too self-centered… or “Use me” …still a little self-centered…
I am praying, “Search me” and “Make me”

That’s what God is doing in me. What is God doing in you?