Monthly Word: June, 2021

Wow! It’s hard to believe but we are well into June already. The weather has been hot, it’s been a drastic change. However, June is a month of transitions; school is out, seniors have graduated, and there seems to be a new freedom as people again gather in numbers. It’s an exciting time to be alive, as good times seem to be happening!

But remember the scripture, “beware that in your plenty you do not forget the Lord” Duet. 8:11 NLT – a spider dropped a single strand down from the rafter of an old barn and began to weave his web. Months went by and the web grew. It’s elaborate maze caught flies and other small insects, providing the spider with a rich diet. Then one day the spider noticed a single strand, stretching into the rafters; “I wonder why it’s there, it doesn’t catch me any dinner?” Concluding it was unnecessary, he climbed as high as he could and severed it. In a moment, the entire web began to fall upon itself, tumbling to the floor taking the spider with it.

Could we as people or as a nation make the same mistake… Can a country spin a great web, then sever it? Moreover, can we grow so successful, strong, smug, so self sufficient that we forget the strong strand that supports us? Could we look at our prosperity and respond not with gratitude, but with arrogance?
A movement to remove God from all public life has gained momentum. An embolden portion of our population stares at a strand of faith in God, upon which our country hangs and asks: why is this there? Are we forgetting the hand that holds us? We are not the first nation to suffer from amnesia, Israel did too, and Moses warned them; “beware that in your plenty you do not forget the Lord your God!”

Let’s praise and glorify Him in all we do and say. Always remembering to be grateful for God is what holds this nation together; and our lives are totally dependent on Him!

~ Pastor Turner

Monthly Word: May, 2021

Read Isaiah 6:1-9 ~

Isaiah had a vision of the Lord, and it transformed his life! This threefold vision does not precede revival, it follows it – When we come in contact with God, our lives are never the same. When we come into God’s presence, or experience His presence, we will experience revival.

Isaiah’s vision was threefold:
1 – He looked up seeing God
2 – He looked in, seeing himself
3 – He looked out, seeing others

Sometimes we ask the question why do I need the Lord or why should I come to church? Because when we come together to worship Him we know the bible says He is there in a different way than when we are alone!

Think about this, the best way to show a stick is crooked is to lay a straight one next to it. In the same way, when we stand before God we will see our unworthiness and short comings. As a result, when we see this in ourselves, God can bring His cleansing into our lives. Then God will speak, commissioning us to do His work!

~ Pastor Turner

Monthly Word: March, 2021

Spirit Filled Living

They were all filled with the Holy Spirit ~ Act 4:31

The Spirit filled life has promise of great adventure and power as we allow Him to have first place in our lives. Here are three life changing things 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.” (Rom. 8:14)

2 – When others put us down, He reminds us who we are. Rom. 8:16 says “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s             children.”

3 – He steps in when we don’t know how to pray about a situation. Even when “We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” (Rom. 8:26)

What should my attitude be toward the Holy Spirit? Don’t Grieve Him, but yield to Him the bible likens the Holy Spirit to a dove, and a dove is gentle. He always stays where He is welcome, think about it!

~ Pastor Turner

Monthly Word: Feb, 2021

Jesus’ Gift of Prayer

 “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” John 17:24

When we pray in adversity, we may not see the full answer until we come into the peace of Heaven. When we pray in the face of danger, we may not recognize the hand of protection until we are in His care. Unfortunately we often forget to pray in times of prosperity, security, and freedom. Yet this is the most critical time to pray so we don’t become selfish, arrogant, and captivated by the worlds charms.

Prayer has eternal value! Therefore, we’ll never know the full glory of our prayers until we are in the presence of the one who answers them. Jesus is praying for us today right where He is, in Heaven eternal, just as He prayed for us while on earth. We should thank Him everyday for this wonderful and precious gift!

~ Pastor Turner

 

Monthly Word: January, 2021

Our Year of Grace and Favor

The Lord Longs to be Gracious to You ~ Is. 30:18

On December 31st, the clock strikes midnight ushering in another new year. Most are glad to see 2020 in their rear view mirror. Furthermore, there is excitement to see what 2021 holds for us. I am expecting this to be the year of the favor of the Lord for His people.

A new beginning, a gift full of promise. However, we must accept it, unwrap it, and use it. Unfortunately not everyone does that. Maybe you dread what the new year holds; retirement, empty nest, unemployment, and so on. Well the Lord takes people at the end of their rope and sets them on the road to peace, joy, and victory. He’ s an expert at drying tears, calming fears, injecting courage into anxious hearts, as well as removing the sting of old memories. God makes all things new – Rev. 21:5 says. He never leads you back, just forward.

“The Lord 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 of the year. Let’s believe together that 2020 (what the enemy meant for evil) God will turn it around and make something beautiful out of it. Looking forward to 2021

~ Pastor Turner

Monthly Word: Dec. 2020

Immanuel God is With Us ~

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” Matthew 1:23

We are closing in on Christmas! Therefore I want to remind you of what an amazing treasure the first Christmas brought. As our planning, preparation, and commitments reach a fevered pitch in these last few days before the holidays, I don’t want the real treasure of Christmas to be stolen from under you. The point of Christmas, after all is God came to dwell with us so we could dwell with Him forever! As John reminds us in the 1st chapter of his gospel; the word was God… and became flesh and dwelt among us – vs 14.

So Merry Christmas & let us keep Christ in the center of our celebrations.

~ Pastor Jim Turner

Monthly Word: November

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him and bless His name ~ Ps. 100:4

Psalm 100 commands us to make a joyful noise & serve the Lord, come into His presence, enter His gates and give thanks to Him, and bless His name! These commands are based on timeless truths. God made us therefore we are His people. Furthermore, the Lord is good and His steadfast love endures forever. His faithfulness is to all generations. Consequently, our ability to praise, serve, or enjoy God’s presence flows out of our understanding of who God is and who we are in relation to Him.

Everything I am is due to Him. My worship, service, and fellowship with the Creator is dependent upon self-understanding. How can I praise when I am still the center of my own world? Not knowing the Lord hinders my worship. How can I praise whom I fear, or bless the one whom I think is evil? Or thank the one whom I think is inconsistent? Know the Lord and worship Him with joy, singing and dancing before Him because He is good and His mercy endures forever.

~ Pastor Turner

Monthly Word: Oct. 2020

Staying on Course

James 1:3 ~ The testing of your faith produces endurance

Endurance means staying on course, but endurance is only a word until we deal with a strife torn marriage, or financial crisis, etc. It takes commitment to keep on going when discouragement whispers “give up” and doubt says “it can’t be done.” As a result, endurance takes on a new meaning and becomes your anchor in the storm, your compass in times of confusion, and musters up faith that get’s you up the next hill!

As we are living in troubled times, our nation is so divided right now and there doesn’t seem to be a solution. Consequently, Covid-19 is still taking a toll on our health and economy and frankly our freedom to make our own choices. Thereby doubt and fear whisper again in our ears to just give up. However remember God knows how to get us through any trial and gives us two great promises;
1. His comforting presence – Isaiah 43:2-5
2.  The assurance that He won’t permit more pressure than we can handle – 1 Cor. 10:13

Furthermore, there’s another reason to stay the course, being that people are watching us. They see us staying at our post, working hard, keeping the faith, sharing the faith, and continuing to worship together. We are staying the course because He is faithful, the one in who we put our trust.

~ Pastor Turner

Monthly Word: September 7, 2020

Discovering life’s Purpose

1 Peter 4:11 ~  If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

If you watch people who are fulfilling their life’s assignment, their motivation is high. They have amazing endurance to overcome obstacles. They are growing and learning. There’s real joy in what they do! To miss out on your life’s assignment is to miss out on the way God made you. Whether your job is in the church or business, you are gifted and called by God. Here are some questions to help you find your life’s calling.

  1. What’s the raw material? God has given you certain temperaments and talents, you have to honor your raw material.
  2. What unlocks your compassion? There’s a big difference in doing what God’s called you to do or doing what others want you to do. Knowing what your called to do often starts with discovering what you’re not called to do. When you accept your limitations, your on the road to understanding your life’s assignment.

Therefore let’s be clear; you have an assignment. It’s to do what God’s wired you to do. You must seek it with an open mind. When we pretend to be something w are not, we live with a chronic sense of inadequacy, consequently setting up a life time of frustration.

Your life’s assignment is something you discover, not something you choose!

Monthly Word: August

Get up and fight the good fight of Faith ~ 1 Tim. 6:12

Some of us are strong in faith but weak in fight. Without fight, Caleb would never have gotten his inheritance. Listen to Joshua 14:12, “Now therefore give me this mountain… if so be the Lord will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out.”

To subdue Goliath, David had to fight. David said to the Philistines in 1 Sam. 17:47 “And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord‘s, and he will give you into our hands.” Did you hear that? All shall know the battle is the Lords! The world and church want to know if the God we talk about is bigger than any giant they face. Their weapons don’t work, and they wonder if ours do.

Consequently, it’s a lot easier to admire Jesus than to follow Him. The moment you really try to follow Jesus, you’re in the fight of your life; in the work place, community, home, and anywhere else you happen to be. However, remember it’s the battles that produce victories. Believe me, God has planned out your victory! Therefore, the bigger your battle, the greater your victory will be!

~ Pastor Turner