Weekly Word: December 31, 2018

A New Beginning

He who was seated on the on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”

Everybody needs a new beginning. After Jonah failed and ran from the call of God, we read; The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time. He is the God of second, and third chances. When David failed so badly, he discovered there was a fountain open to the house of David for sin and uncleanness – Zechariah 13:1.

The good news is you can start again! You can close down the door on last year with all it’s pain and failure. Paul says forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching for those things before us in Phil. 3:13. If your making resolutions, start small. Don’t set yourself up for failure by saying I’ll pray for two hours everyday. Staying fit spiritually is done by making things a daily habit and way of life.

What we need is a new relationship with God. So lets make that our number one resolution.

~ Pastor Turner

 

Weekly Word: December 24, 2018

Christmas

Born to you this Day

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:10-14

What a moment in History! Christ had come! God with us was here. The hope of the promised Messiah was now fulfilled. God’s one and only son had been sent sacrificially in love. The Prince of Peace was here to begin His kingdom and fill humanity with the wholeness of peace. New and amazing joy was being unleashed in the world. The angels of heaven were now bringing it to all humans, beginning with the humble and lowly shepherds.

Because Christ has come, God is with us. Because God is with us, we can know His hope, love, joy, peace filling us in the present through His Spirit. Therefore because God is with us we can look confidently to the fullness and perfection of His presence and the completion of his work in our world. This is what we celebrate in Advent. Let us join with the shepherds in praising God and worshipping the Savior. Let us give thanks that our God is truly faithful, and always with us.

~ Pastor Turner

Weekly Word: December 10, 2018

“God With us Brings Love”

The Second Sunday of Advent signifies love and reminds us that Jesus was sent to us because of God’s great love for us.

Let’s explore and experience God’s amazing love. First, think about His amazing love directed to us through His son. He allows us to love one another by channels of His love. Let the reality that God’s love came crashing into our world permeate your life this week. Experience the depth of His love and allow that love to overflow to others.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world He gave His only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Ephesians 3:17-19 “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

~ Pastor Turner

Weekly Word: December 3, 2018

Read Isaiah 7:14

This Christmas let’s invite our friends and family to experience the miracle of the gift of His Presence – God with Us! During Advent, the four weeks leading up to Christmas let’s prepare ourselves for this season. Everything changed on that unexpected first Christmas more than 2000 years ago. The trajectory of history, the future, even infinity was transformed when God became man. Jesus the Son of God became the son of man, fully divine yet fully human. As the prophet Isaiah foretold long before Jesus came to earth as Immanuel, God with us.

However, Advent is not just an extension of Christmas, it’s a season that links the past, present, and future. Advent offers the opportunity to share the ancient longing for the coming Messiah. To celebrate His birth and to be alert to His second coming.

May God bless as we enter the Christmas Season!
~ Pastor Turner

Weekly Word: November 26, 2018

Are you thankful for forgiveness?

“Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalm 103:1-5

In the early days of New England it was a Thanksgiving custom to place five kernels of corn at every plate. This was a reminder of the First harsh winter when almost half of the colonists died. Unfortunately, food was so scarce that only a few grains of corn were rationed at a time. However in the better days that followed, the colonists wanted to remind themselves they had much to be thankful for.

It must have been a similar spirit that the Psalmist reminded himself to be thankful. He wrote with enthusiasm the 103rd Psalm. In the verses he mentioned five things he was thankful for. The first was forgiveness, read this over again. What are the other four things he mentions.

Remember this Thanksgiving we have much to be thankful for with great enthusiasm. Express to God our Father what you are thankful for!

~ Pastor Turner

Weekly Word: November 19, 2018

A Pastor was building a great church recently in a large metropolitan area. He said “I am no building this for myself, I am building for three generations. For this is where God has placed His Blessing.”

Our influence should outlast our lives and touch our children, and our children’s children. Whatever we are building, it’s not just for us, it for them. If this is the standard by which our life is measured, how are we doing today?

Abraham prayed for everything he received, Isaac inherited it, and Jacob schemed and took shortcuts to it. But when trouble hit Isaac’s life, he remembered and turned to his Father’s God & so did Jacob – Gen. 32:24-26. Cover your children and your grandchildren with prayer today, and everyday. Sow the word of God into their hearts. Don’t just talk about it, show them! By the time our children reach the age of 12, they will have asked a lot of questions. Therefore, we have the opportunity to tell them what God has to say.

In other words, when you go, make sure to leave the lights on!

~ Pastor Turner

Weekly Word: November 12, 2018

Great is His loving kindness toward those who fear Him. Psalm 103:11

Have you noticed lately that many of the promises we claim are conditional? They require reverence and submission to God. Could this be why in spite of all the hours we spend memorizing and quoting the word, that we see little results? When we treat our relationship with Him as the most precious possession we have, He will fulfill your desires. He must have, first place in our lives. Finally Proverbs 14:26 says, “In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence.” When we live with a genuine God consciousness, you can face anything life brings. For when you honor God, He will honor you. When you put Him first in everything, He’ll take care of anything that concerns you.

~ Pastor Turner

Weekly Word: November 5, 2018

Taking the High Road

Proverbs 15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words cause quarrels.

If you win an argument and lose a relationship you haven’t won anything. It takes a lot of conflict and a lot of pain before most of us realize that going the extra mile often means that we come out on the short end of the stick. However, doing it the way Jesus taught means we usually win in time.

Today or tomorrow you’ll meet someone you can either control, convince, or change. Instead of trying to win them over, why not just sow seeds of kindness. Ask yourself, how would God’s love respond in this situation?

Listen – Hereby perceive we love God, because He laid down His life for us; we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren 1 John 3:16. God’s love will cause you to lay down your own will, your wants, and your own way. His love will make you want to reach out in kindness to others, even when it costs you. That’s what we call going the extra mile!

~ Pastor Turner

Weekly Word: October 29, 2018

Please strengthen me one more time – Judges 16:28

Samson’s disobedience cost him his sight, strength, usefulness, anointing, and his testimony. But don’t count him out! God heard his cry for mercy and his hair began to grow again. His supernatural strength returned, and God gave him an opportunity to accomplish even more in his death than he did in his life. You may be hurting deeply today because of your failures. In spite of all that he had gone through, Samson finished his life victoriously.

There are two things you need to know about God. First, His love will never let you off; Hebrews 12:6 whom the Lord loves He corrects, it’s not enjoyable, it hurts. However, afterwards we can see the positive results. Second, His love will never let you go. When the prodigal son returned, his father was waiting for him. We have all experienced failure and despair, it’s not a theory, it’s a reality!

Don’t give up – look up and cry like Samson, ” Touch me one more time!” I promise you, He’ll do it.

~ Pastor Turner

Weekly Word: October 22, 2018

Except you… become as little children, you cannot enter the kingdom of God. Matthew 18:2

What did Jesu mean when he said, become as little children? He meant a child is teachable! If we are teachable we are reachable. If we are hungry for God’s word, we have a future. A child is dependant! Jesus said in John 15:5, without me you can do nothing. Sometimes when we succeed, we become drunk on our success. Then we go out and act like it all depends on us. The truth is we can’t get out of bed without him.

Notice also a child is trusting! It never occurs to them to wonder if their needs will be met. They’ve learned to trust. Someone has said, “If we used God as our first resort, we wouldn’t have to use Him as our last resort.”

Today, we need to become as a little child; teachable, dependant, and obedient. Ask God to help you live that way.

~ Pastor Turner