Weekly Word: Oct 14, 2019

Before and After

But you shall have power, after the Holy Spirit is come upon you ~ Acts 1:8

The best argument for the spirit filled life is those who live it. No illustration is more powerful than the life of Peter. Before Pentecost, he denied the Lord in weakness. After Pentecost, he faced a crowd with boldness and proclaimed that Jesus is Lord. That day, 3,000 were born into God’s family. That’s the power of the Holy Spirit.

Before Pentecost, Jesus gave Peter one of the harshest rebukes in the word of God, “get behind me Satan for you care more about the affairs of men than the things of God.” Peter was opinionated, critical, and often spoke without thinking. But what a difference we find in Peter after Pentecost! Now he is filled, broken, and channeled. It’s Peter 2.0, the new Spirit filled model, and he’s the example of what God wants to do today.

So let’s get into God’s presence today and ask Him to fill you again with His Spirit!

~ Pastor Turner

Weekly Word: Oct 7, 2019

James 1:23 ~ Let’s act on what we hear

Charles Spurgeon said that for every ten men who would die for the bible, he could only find one who would read it. I doubt much has changed! You’ll find ten people who’ll fight for prayer in public schools, to every one that prays for their children at home. Sadly, for every ten men & women who complain about sex and violence on tv, and find only one who refuses to watch it. This must change! Power to be salt and light in this world doesn’t depend on what we applaud, but what we apply.

Unfortunately, you can go to church enjoy great preaching and a service, yet leave and do nothing about it. God help us get our doctrine off the shelf and into daily practice, that people will be drawn to Jesus. It’s time to start acting on what we hear.

~ Pastor Turner

Weekly Word: Sept 30, 2019

Matt. 18:2 ~ Except you become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven.

What did Jesus mean when He said, “Become as little children?” He meant a child is teachable! If you’re teachable, you’re reachable. If you are hungry for God’s word, you have a future. A child is dependent! Jesus said in John 15:5, without me you can do nothing. The truth is you couldn’t even get out of bed in the morning without him, right.

Furthermore, notice also children are trusting! It never occurs to them to wonder if their needs will be met. They’ve learned to trust. Sadly, it’s only after we have exhausted our own efforts that we turn in desperation to God. Someone said, “if we use God as a first resort, we wouldn’t have to use Him as a last resort!”

~ Pastor Turner

Weekly Word: Sept 23, 2019

John 1:11 ~ He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.

How many of us would spend our last night with someone if we knew they were going to betray us the next day? Jesus did! He was faithful even when they were not. There is no greater opportunity for you to grow in Christian love than when you are rejected and abused. Jesus ask the Father to forgive those who crucified Him.

How we handle rejection reveals whether we have truly died to self and to the world. It’s impossible for a dead  man to feel rejection. On the other hand, being rejected without being offended is one of the greatest demonstrations of spiritual maturity.

In the old testament a priest was not allowed to minister if he had scabs – Lev. 21:20. A scab is an unhealed wound. As a result, when you have an unhealed spiritual wound, you are touchy & can’t function the way God wants you to. Consequently it will reflect in the things you say. We need to be healed, for it’s only when you pass the rejection test that you can reach out in love and make others whole.

Let’s ask God to help us live that way ~ Pastor Turner

Weekly Word: Sept 16, 2019

Listening Prayer

Be still and know that I am God ~ Ps. 46:10

Jesus did a lot of praying. On more than one occasion He prayed all night, yet few of His words were recorded. Could it be that He did more listening than talking? Remember when His words were recorded, what did He say? Luke 22:42 “Father, not my will but yours be done.” When Jesus prayed He surrendered totally to the will of God. From then on He believed He would automatically be given two things that we all ask for; direction and the ability to deal with things.

Thank God for the revelation of who we are in Christ, and our authority as believers before God and men. However, recently God has been letting us know there’s more to prayer than to “come boldly to the throne” like it says in Hebrews 4:16. That kind of prayer is about what you want, but the kind we are talking about today is about what the Lord wants. Since He sees the whole picture clearly, and He designed the plan, don’t you think it’s time to get quiet before God so He can tell us all about it?

The word for us today is “be still” and let God be God in your life.

~ Pastor Turner

Weekly Word: Sept. 9, 2019

Jesus Understands…

Hebrews 4:15 –  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.

Well intentioned friends say, “I know how you feel,” but deep down we think, NO – you really don’t. However, Jesus truly does! He was tempted in all things as we are. Therefore, Jesus can present our feelings to God, and He does on our behalf.

When we pray in Jesus’ name, pouring out our heart to God, Jesus acts as our attorney and says to the Father; “I know what they are feeling. I know what it’s like to be under pressure to sing. I stand with this child of yours who needs your help Father.” Sometimes it’s easy to think; Jesus was without sin, so how can He really feel my sin the way I do? In fact, because of His purity, Jesus can feel it even more. Because He is separated from sin, His sensitivity to sin actually increases. All the more, Jesus’ ability to sympathize with us is greater as well.

Bottom line ~ Jesus understands what you struggle with.

Weekly Word: Sep. 6, 2019

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our heart unto wisdom ~ Ps. 90:12

We are all equal in one respect, in that each person has been given 24 hrs every day. We need to choose to give our best time to our most challenging situations. Consequently, it’s not how much we do that matters, it’s how much we get done.

One of the best time savers is the ability to say “no.” Not being able to say no when you should, is one of the biggest wastes of time you will ever experience. Remember, Jesus said the thief comes to steal, kill, & destroy in John chapter ten. The first thing he wants to steal is our time, because time is the stuff life is made of.

The difference between people is determined by what they do with the amount of time at their disposal. Therefore let’s make David’s Prayer our prayer today; “Teach me to number my days” & recognize how few they are, and help us to spend them as we should. Let’s make up our minds to be all that we can today!

~ Pastor Turner

Weekly Word: August 26, 2019

Discovering our True Calling

For God’s Gifts can never be withdrawn ~ Rom. 11:29

Some people live and die without discovering their gifts. Most spend a lifetime trying to change theirs. Today we need to get into God’s presence and ask Him to show us clearly our gifts & strengths to build upon. Even if we have never done anything with them, or if we’ve failed time and time again. God’s gifts are still present within us. His call can never be withdrawn.

If we choose not to use the talents God has given us, we’ll probably spend our lifetime helping someone else reach their goals. Consequently, most of us let others control our destiny. Don’t do it! Don’t allow anyone to take over the driver’s seat in your life. Fulfill your own dreams and determine your own life’s course.

Remember, there are people watching for their lives to be affected by what God has placed in you. Therefore, take time today and get alone with the Father. Ask Him to reveal to you the gifts that He has placed within you.

~ Pastor Turner

Weekly Word: Aug. 19, 2019

When You’re Waiting

Wait on the Lord, and keep His way, and He shall exalt thee ~ Ps. 37:34

Waiting is not a waste of time! David was called by God to be Israel’s next King. However, he was hiding in fear of his life and wondering “where is God in all this?” So the question arises, how do we behave in a cave? What do you do in a waiting period?

First, David encouraged himself in the Lord. He reminded himself of God’s faithfulness, and we should too. Abraham built seven altars during his life as memorials to God’s goodness. We should start remembering! Next, David thought of Joseph’s experience; Listened until God’s time finally came, how God tested his patience ~ Ps. 105:19. David learned from Joseph, who are you learning from?

Waiting can be tough, that’s why you fill your cave with praise and thanksgiving. Make your waiting room a praise room! Stay shut in with God, and when the time is right He will come and get you. If He did it for David and Joseph and countless others, He’ll work it out for you too – if we’ll only wait.

~ Pastor Turner

Weekly Word: August 12, 2019

As the disciples stood round him, he rose up, and came into the city ~Acts 14:20

They stoned Paul and left him for dead, and the other disciples stood around, waiting to see if he would get back up. Unfortunately, if you’re waiting for others to come and lift you up, it probably won’t happen. The first move is up to you! Once you make it, then God will send others to help you. Consequently, until you accept responsibility for yourself, you can’t get anywhere with God. Furthermore, until you accept correction without resentment, your life will remain on hold.

Get Up! Your problems aren’t unique, you’re not the first person to fail. You would be amazed at how many of us are fighting the same battle and show some of the same scars. Your problem is not that you fell, it’s that you haven’t gotten back up! Be like the person who said, “I’m never down, I’m always getting back up.”

~ Pastor Turner