Monthly Word: December 2022

An Awesome Gift!

They presented Him with gold, incense, and myrrh ~ Matt. 2:11

It’s Christmas time! Jesus’ birthday, but what can you possibly give to the one who not only has everything, but created it all? The wise men probably asked the same question. As scholars, they were astute enough to navigate thousands of miles guided by a star. Influential enough to warrant an audience of a king. As well as rich enough to undertake such a long journey carrying, expensive gifts. In addition to “gold, incense, & myrrh, they gave Jesus some gifts that are priceless.

1 – Their TIME… long before His birth they’d invested years researching and preparing for it. This doesn’t include the two years it took to travel there.         Want to get closer to God; spend more time with Him!

2 – Their WORSHIP… once they found Him, they fell down and worshipped Him – Matt. 2:11. Worship changes us because when we stand in God’s presence with an open heart & let the Holy Spirit work on us, we are changed to be like Him, 2 Cor. 3:18.

3 – Their HOPE… while those around them saw only darkness, these men rejoiced, “the light that shines in darkness.” God’s healing love shines brightest in the darkness of our dashed dreams and broken hearts.

Therefore, in the middle of our families celebrations, take time out to be with Jesus… and how about a special gift to His work? After all, it is His Birthday!

 

~ Pastor Turner

Monthly Word: Nov 2022

John 8:14 amp – I know where I came from and where I am going.

A national news network recently reported on a man who was released from a prison after serving time for a crime he did not commit. A case in mistaken identity had stolen many of his best years. Unless you understand who you are before God, satan will sentenence you to a life of worthlessness, fear, and manipulation. Identifiying somebody means having the ability to recognize and say exactly who they are. Therefore, when you identify with what people say about who you are, instead of who God says you are, you’re setting youreself up for problems.

Jesus identified with only God’s opinion; “I know where I came from and where I am going.” People said terrible things about Jesus, yet the bible says the stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. Knowing who you are in Christ gives us the confidence to hold your head high! Paul says “in Christ you have been made complete.” That means you lack nothing! Once you’ve accepted that, you stop feeling like you constantly fall short. He loves you and has a plan for you; never loose sight of that! Instead of focusing on people, begin looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith – Heb. 12:2, because you already have His approval!

~ Pastor Jim Turner

Monthly Word: June 2022

Trust in the Lord

Ever notice how much energy it takes to keep a tight grip on something? You know what your holding on to don’t you? You’re in turmoil because you can’t control the people or circumstances in your life, release the grip; go ahead and surrender to God. Once you choose to surrender to God you will have much more energy & be amazed at how much easer life is.

Surrender What?

  1. Your position, place it all before God. Find your security, your identity, and contentment in Him.
  2. Your plans!
  3. Relationships!
  4. Your anxieties!

When emotions are wrapped around some issue; a possession, a job, an expectation or relationship, you are not fully relying on God. No you’re still clinging to lesser things. Stop – let it go! You’re delaying the surprise God has waiting for you.

~ Pastor Turner

Monthly Word: May 2022

Faith

Having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ ~ Rom. 5:1

Faith is rationally impossible where there is nothing to believe. Faith must have an object. The object of Christian faith is Christ. Faith means more than agreeing to the claims of Christ. It involves the will, it is volitional. Also, faith demands action! If we actually believe, then we will live, according to James 2:26 “Faith without works is dead.” It means the acknowledgement of sin and a turning to Christ. We don’t know Him through the five senses, but we know God through the sixth sense that He has given everyone, which is the ability to believe.

Believing is as real as any experience, yet many are looking for something more. Perhaps some feeling that will bring them a physical thrill, while others look for some spectacular manifestation. The bible says that a man is “Justified by Faith” and not a feeling.

Another object of our faith is the word of God. Let’s believe what it says (the will) and act upon it allowing God to bring our faith the fruit of the bible (word).

~ Pastor Turner

Monthly Word: April 2022

ZEAL

Romans 12:11 ~ not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;

The Lord desires us to be on fire spiritually. Demonstrating excitement for the things of God! We can’t wait around, expecting God to “zap us” with this.

If someone was asked to rate your spiritual fervor and zeal on a scale of 1-10 ten being high, what would they say? How about your joy inside and outside the church? Are you excited about the Lord? Do you have a fresh testimony, or could you share recent insight you’ve received from the bible? The ultimate question is, are you excited about Jesus and your Christian life?

We have to be willing to let our passion or zeal, show through. Sometimes people seem almost ashamed of their enthusiasm, hiding it under a mask of sophistication and control. Let’s let our light shine through! Wherever we go, get excited about Jesus and His word. I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it has the power of salvation to all who believe ~ Rom. 1:16

Let’s be movers, shakers, and doers for Jesus!

Monthly Word: March 2022

Finding our Place

Now you are the body of Christ, and member’s individually ~ 1 Cor. 12:27 NKS

When it comes to finding and fulfilling your role in God’s kingdom, notice three things;
1. Every believer has a ministry 2. Every ministry is important 3. We are all dependent on each other.

No single ministry can accomplish all we have been call to do. Like a jigsaw puzzle, each piece is required to complete the picture. You’ll always notice the missing piece first. When one part of the body malfunctions, the other parts don’t do as well. We need each other, and we’ve been called to work together. What God made you to be, determines what He intends you to do. Your ministry is determined by your make up. When your gifts don’t match the role you play, you feel out of place. Not only does this produce poor results, it also is a waste of your talents, time, and energy. So find your place then, & make up your mind to excel in it!

~ Pastor Turner

 

Monthly Word: Feb, 2022

Finding Your Calling

Eph. 2:10 ~ For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

When God calls us to do something, His call comes in several ways;

  1. You feel moved! There’s a moment of certainty when God puts His hand upon you, nudging you toward a certain need, usually an unmet one.
  2. It’s confirmed by other people! They will discern that God is at work in your life. People who know you well, watch. They volunteer comments like; You are at your best when you are… You shine when you’re doing that, etc.
  3. You’re gifted to do it! With a call comes giftedness to do what the calling asks of us. In your calling you soar in spite of the obstacles.
  4. You’ll see Results! God through you will change things touch lives, glorify God.

    All of us are called to do something for God. Find your calling and fulfill it!
    ~ Pastor Turner

Monthly Word: Jan, 2022

The Lord longs to be gracious to you ~ Is. 30:18

On December 31st the clock strikes midnight ushering in another year.Three hundred and sixty five days to fan the flames of your unfulfilled hopes and dreams. A new beginning! A gift full of promise. However, you must accept the gift, unwrap it and use it. Unfortunately, not everyone does.

“The Lord longs to be gracious to you.” Seek God, determine your goals, and write them down. Then release the outcome to Him, the one who longs to be gracious to you. To be gracious means to show favor. The desire of God’s heart is that you walk in His grace and favor everyday this year!

~ Happy New Year!

Monthly Word: Dec 2021

Finding Balance in Christmas Celebration

How de we make Christmas joyously special without it either paganizing it or becoming too commercial? I have grown more and more concerned with the question over the years. I am more deeply convinced the denial of Christmas fun is not required by us who share the deepest faith of Christmas!

Our challenge is to find and show the way to a holy and happy celebration of the season. I’ve carried into my Pastoral leadership the conviction that such traditions can be applied without allowing world mindedness to clutter our celebrating. A Spirit led congregation embraces Christmas; rather than embarking on a crusade against it that will do more harm by traumatizing kids & trampling on traditions. This reactionary posturing is worse than “scrooging.”  It does not allow a chance at accomplishing anything lasting, other than breeding bitterness and turning people off toward the church. However, a church family can convert many of our cultural traditions to serve the interest of evangelism and spiritual training.

Therefore, my Christmas prayer for all of us is;

~ The wisdom of God, that we might discern the times and seasons we are living in

~ For the Spirit of celebration (the Holy Spirit) to help us; prophesy like Zacharias, to give like the Wise Men, to shout like Angels, and sing like Mary!

~ That the truth of Christmas becomes liberating and filled with warmth of the love of our “Father’s” family. The church would be overflowing with the joy of Jesus, spreading a Holy contagion over everything we do.

Monthly Word: Nov. 2021

Thankful for Spirit Filled Living ~ Acts 4:31

The Holy Spirit can fill your cup until it overflows, or becomes like a river running through you. It’s a matter of capacity, availability, and spiritual hunger.

Here are 3 life changing things that the Holy Spirit does for us.

  1. He gives us direction when we feel lost; “for as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”
  2. When others put us down, He reminds us who we are. “The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, we are the sons of God.” Rom. 8:16
  3. He steps in when we don’t know how to pray about a situation – the Holy spirit prays for us, in harmony with God’s own will.

So what should our attitude be toward the Holy Spirit? In Ephesians 4:30 it says “do not grieve the Holy Spirit,” therefore this Thanksgiving season lets be thankful for the Spirit of the living God!

~ Pastor Turner