Monthly Word: May 18, 2020

What time is it?

All of us must quickly carry out the task assigned to us… For there is little time left before night falls, and all work comes to an end. John 9:4 (TLB)

When you’re a child, time is endless. However, as we grow older it begins to fly by. In later years, time is a gift to be used wisely!

When Jesus was 33yrs old, He said in John 17:4 “I have finished the work You gave me to do.” At the age of 70, Paul the apostle said, “I have fought a good fight, I’ve finished my course.” (2 Tim. 4:7)

Let me ask you a question: Have you found the will of God for your life yet? There is not a more important question. If you want to know what His will is, ask Him & wait in His presence. I promise you, He will reveal it to you according to James 1:5. The next question is, are you doing the will of God? During this time of staying home, what a great opportunity we have to ask Him what we can do that can make a difference. There will be souls in heaven because you prayed, witnessed, and gave so people could hear the gospel.

When life is over, will we be able to say, I’ve finished the work you gave me to do? I hope so, it will be a rewarding moment when we finally see Jesus!

~ Pastor Turner

Monthly Word: May 11, 2020

Robbing God

“Will a man rob God? Surely not! And yet you have robbed me, what do you mean? When did we ever rob you? You have robbed me in tithes and offerings due to me.” Malachi 3:8-9

Reading these verses seems harsh, but it really isn’t. It’s simply what God has required and He is reminding His people who knew the requirements but ignored them. If He already owns everything, how could I be robbing Him one might ask?

First, you’re robbing Him of the joy of blessing you. God says He wants to open the windows of Heaven and pour out a blessing so great you don’t have room to receive it ~ Mal. 3:10. As a father I’m thrilled when my children are blessed, don’t rob God of that joy!

Next, you’re robbing Him of having first place in your life. Often we don’t tithe because we have nothing left over. How dishonoring to the Lord! He doesn’t want our left overs, He wants our first fruit. Listen to what Proverbs 3:9 says, ” Honor the Lord by giving Him the first part of all your income.”

Finally, your robbing Him of having resources in His house ~ Mal. 3:10. God doesn’t need our resources people do. In the old testament, believers gave over 25% of their income to the work of God and the widows, orphans, and those in need were well cared for.

This is a challenging portion of scripture in the days we live in. You really don’t know what you believe until your faith in that area is tested. So I can say trust the Lord practice doing what He says by putting Him first in all you do. Then, watch how He will open the windows of Heaven (giving you new and different streams of income) and we will give Him all the glory!

~ Pastor Turner

Monthly Word: April 27, 2020

Proving God Faithful in Hard Times

1 Tim. 6:17-18  Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share,

As a believer, everything we have God gave us, and made us a steward over. It’s easy to think we are self-made. Enjoy the many blessings God has given you, but don’t trust in anything but HIM. It could be all gone in a day. Elijah discovered that when the brook dried up, God was still His source (1 Kings 17). The most important thing you’ve got is your relationship with Him. Consequently, anything you put before that you will end up losing.

So what’s this all about? Putting the Lord first, following His instructions in His word, and being patient. As a result watch how creatively He meets and exceeds your needs. It’s a beautiful thing to watch! In Malachi 3:10, He says “bring your tithes into the storehouse and prove me, if I will not open the windows of Heaven.” As a church we are seeing God do awesome things! If he dries up the brook (your source of income) the Lord will lead you to another source of income. Another promise from His word is, “I’ve never seen the righteous forsaken or His children begging for bread.”

Therefore, if you’re experiencing the opposite of what I am saying, examine your faithfulness to God. Start with your obedience to Him and your giving habits, how you spend, and save what He has provided for you. Furthermore, it’s a good time to make small changes and be ready for the next time an emergency happens. Go with God in His ways and He will go with you!

~ Pastor Turner

Word from Pastor: March 29, 2020

With all that’s going on it’s hard to believe that soon it will be Easter, when Jesus was raised from the dead! As a result, that powerful resurrection morning changed everything. The question is, are we ready for God to do something. In Isaiah 43:19 we read, “Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth.” If God says He is going to bless you, then ignore the circumstances and believe God who cannot lie.

You’re too important to God to be destroyed by a situation that was only meant to give you character and direction. In as much, it was only the grace of God that enabled you to survive and make it through. God proved that He could bring you out of the fire without ever the smell of smoke and out of the lions den, without so much as a bite mark. If you want to know what God can do for you, look at what He’s already done for you and start praising Him.

Additionally, listen to the words in Isaiah; “Behold I will do a new thing; NOW it shall spring forth.” After feeling like you’ve waited forever God will suddenly move. When the church was born we read, “suddenly there came a sound from Heaven of a rushing mighty wind ~ Acts 2:2.

Are you ready for God to move suddenly? Are you ready for doors to open? We are all ready for this virus and fear it brings with it to be suddenly destroyed! When it’s all said and done we will rise out of this crisis, stronger, closer to Jesus, and I believe a more prosperous people. God will move suddenly in our lives, Jesus said I am the Resurrection and the life! Let’s believe what He said.

~ Pastor Turner

Monthly Word: March 2020

What to do when you are discouraged.

1 Kings 19:8 –  So he arose, and ate and drank; and he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights as far as Horeb, the mountain of God.

Elijah had just experienced his greatest victory in one day, both fire and rain fell from heaven. Yet nothing changed. In fact, things go worse because Jezebel vowed to kill him and he had to flee for his life. Sitting under a juniper tree, discouraged and exhausted he said in 1 Kings 19:4 ” It is enough now, O Lord take away my life.”

Have you ever reached that point? Are you frustrated by your inability to change things at home, on the job, or in the circumstances around you? There is an answer. Elijah laid down and slept. As he did, an angel touched him and said “arise and eat because the journey is far to great for you.” We need strength that can only come from a touch from God. We get so busy working for God, that we have no time to spend with Him. Consequently this makes us weaker, and unfruitful.

To restore our souls the Lord brings us back to the basics. Jesus rose early each morning to spend His first hours with the Father. There He got His strength & instructions for the day.

~ Pastor Turner

 

Monthly Word: February 2020

It’s a Daily Walk!

Gen. 6:9 ~ Noah walked with God

To walk with God means that we stay yielded to His word and attentive to His Presence. Though we do not see Him, we know Him. We have found our security in Him. Another man who walked with God was Enoch. Listen again from Gen. 5:24; “Enoch walked with God: and was not, for God took him! Everyday he arose and sought the Lord, walking with Him and seeking to please Him in all that He did. Therefore, their relationship was intimate. Hebrews 11:5 states, “he obtained the witness that before he was taken up he was pleasing to God.” Imagine living in such a way that you have a “witness” in your spirit that God is truly pleased with you.

Not only is such a life possible, but i can be ours, starting today. Living such a life, a blessed life that enables us to hear from God. As a result we are able to communicate with Him. It’s called prayer. I’m certain we are in a season of an open Heaven, which means expect God to answer our prayers big & small to His glory. We are living in exciting times.

~ Pastor Turner

Monthly Word January 2020

Life has a way of keeping us busy and away from praying. To tired, to busy, feeling down you name it. When you get alone with God in prayer, there seems to be an attitude of honesty. There we can repent of attitudes and actions and get real with Him. In prayer I speak to God, and He speaks to me. It takes a spiritual ear to hear what He is saying. Learning how He speaks to us takes time and patience. However I can tell you, if you train your spirit to hear what He’s saying, as a result, you’ll hear from God.

In prayer the Lord teaches us to be thankful… “with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God ~ Phill. 4:6.” Therefore, take some time today and get alone with God in prayer. You’ll be glad you did!

~ Pastor Turner

Weekly Word: On Hold

The weekly word written by Pastor Turner will return in the new year. These words of encouragement will continue on a once a month basis. Thanks for reading!

Weekly Word: Dec 9, 2019

For God’s gifts and call are irrevocable ~

Have you discovered your gifts?

The Greek word translated repentance in this verse means “irrevocable!” Samson’s gift finally destroyed him, but he never lost it. Even if you’ve never discovered your gift, or you’ve been running from it, it’s still there! That means you can choose to do something with it right now. God’s gifts are never loans, they are always deposits. The more you use them the stronger they get. Paul told Timothy “stir up the gift that is inside you” in 2 Timothy 1:6. You were born an original, don’t die a copy! Discover your gift! Therefore, don’t despise your small beginnings. For instance, Walt Disney told people, “this whole thing started with a mouse.”

In the New Testament, they started with 120 against the might of Pagan Rome. However they ended up changing the world. There are people waiting to be reached, saved, and blessed by what God has placed within you. Ask Him to help you discover your gift, unlock it, and offer it to him.

~ Pastor Turner

 

Weekly Word: Dec 2, 2019

For the one who has everything

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

It’s Christmas time and we celebrate Jesus Birthday. But what can we give to the one who has everything? The wise men probably asked the same question. As scholars they were astute enough to navigate thousands of miles guided by a star. Also, they were influential enough to warrant an audience with King Herod, and rich enough to undertake the long journey carrying expensive gifts. Furthermore, besides the gold, incense, & myrhh, they gave Jesus some gifts that were priceless. Here’s what they gave;

  1. Their Time – long before His birth they invested year’s into research and preparation.
  2. Their Worship – once they found Him, the fell down and worshipped Him (Matt. 2:11)
  3.  Their Hope – while those around saw only darkness these men recognized the light that shines into darkness.

Therefore, in the midst of your family celebrations, take time to be with Jesus; after all it’s His birthday!\

~ Pastor Turner