The Joy of The Lord

Just as true love (Agape) does not depend on reciprocal love, joy does not rely on favorable circumstances. Joy is not happiness – Happiness depends on happenings while joy is the result of knowing that Jesus is in control of your entire life. Joy is a product that is developed in all true believers through the power of the Holy Spirit. This Holy Spirit is conforming us into the likeness of Christ, who, “For the joy set before Him endured the cross” (Hebrews 12:2). If we are to be Christ-like, then we should understand the words of James when he said “Count it all joy when you fall into various trials” (James 1:2-4). How many times do you stop to thank God when your tire goes flat or you catch a severe cold or worse? Did you know that failure to be joyful is actually a sin? Indeed, joy is a Fruit of the Spirit and anything not of the Spirit is of the flesh – Anything of the flesh is a sin. We cannot conjure up true joy, however, we can pursue the things of God and earnestly seek first His Kingdom. Step back in every situation and realize that God is in control. Today’s Fruit is Joy.

Fruits of the Spirit - First is Love

Approximately every two years I find the necessity to speak on the attributes that God desires to see in His believers. He has listed them   for us in Galatians 5:22 and today we will begin with that scripture. God calls these attributes “the Fruits of the Spirit”. These fruits are not something that we can conjure up on our own but rather, can be developed in us as we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit who indwells every true believer. This list of nine fruits which grow out of our relationship with Christ, begins with “LOVE”. Thus, as we begin our new series, we will focus on what has been called “the Crown Jewel” – LOVE. Everything written, everything prophesized (even judgement) has its foundation in the love of God. This love that God has for His creation runs through scripture like a velvet chain. It was love in the Garden and it will be love that will see mankind united with Christ in the end of all things. Guess what? – God wants us to share this same love  that He has shown to us with others. Today,  we will look at true love, the love of God and   how we might apply it, not only to ourselves   but to those around us.


The Battle Belongs to the Lord

This great land of ours, including the entire world, is headed for the greatest disaster ever known to man. Jesus said of this “day” that unless those days were shortened no flesh would survive. It will be horrible and catastrophic! In such a time, where should the children of God be found? That question has been answered many times in the word of God. God has shown His people that the victory of such an existential, overwhelming global threat can only come from our Creator. The word “salvation” is used in the Old Testament to exhibit how God has a way of moving things around and changing emanate disaster into a glorious victory. Today, Rob Hooper will walk us through one of God’s recorded miracles – The story of King Jehosaphat, King of Judah. We all need to pay close attention to today’s message and forget about the political party to which we belong. There is but one way to move from annihilation to victory. It will not come through anything of this world. It will only come through our faith in the only One who can save us – Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

God's Scheduled Appointments Part - 2

Last week’s message was “God’s scheduled appointments” and we spoke on four of these appointments that both our Bible and human history have recorded. The first three were all kept by a man named Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus was the Passover Lamb (fulfilling Passover). His death made us sinless in the eyes of God (fulfilling the Feast of Unleavened Bread) and at His resurrection He became the First Fruits of all who will never die (fulfilling the Festival of First Fruits). Fifty days after His resurrection, God kept another scheduled appointment. He sent His Holy Spirit and gave power to the church – Thus, completing four of seven appointments. It has been 2,000 years and God has three more appointments to complete His plan of redemption for mankind. In the end God will show up announcing (Feast of Trumpets) His final Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) and establish His Kingdom with mankind (Feast of Tabernacles). Today, we will look at the road of grace that will take us to that final glorious day. God has kept four appointments – Do you think He will keep the remaining three?

God's Scheduled Appointments

Last week we ended by saying that “through the seed of Abraham all nations will be blessed”. That seed of Abraham was developed through the Nation Israel. God allowed this Nation Israel to grow while in slavery in Egypt for 400 years. Then, when the TIME was just right, God sent a deliverer, Moses, to lead His people out of that slavery and into the Land of Promise. The night before they left Egypt, God sent the “angel of death” who passed through the land. Any household not having the “blood of the Lamb” on its doorpost would suffer the death of the first-born son. This event was called the Passover and was the picture of the beginning for God’s timetable. That timetable would extend from the sacrifice of the true Lamb of God (Jesus), to exactly the right time when the sins of man were paid. God’s timetable did not stop there. Fifty days later, at exactly the right TIME, God sent His Holy Spirit to guide and to comfort those who have put their faith in the true Lamb. Only through the acceptance of the true Passover Lamb will mankind live eternally and be blessed through the seed of Abraham.

Did You Know God has a Time table?

Did you know that God has a timetable? God says in Ecclesiastes that there is a time and a season for everything under the sun. And, from the countdown of sin in the Garden, God has ordained a 7,000-year period of time to resolve that issue of “sin”. This timetable unfolds as we work through the contents of the Bible. We are rapidly approaching 6,000-years of human history. Scripture then tells us that the last 1,000 years will be a millennial reign of Christ. We are living on the threshold of a major shift in God’s timetable. Time from the Garden to the reign of Christ is all recorded in human history except for the final days in which we now live. However, we can look backwards onto our history and realize that not only did God make a timetable – He kept it! Today, we begin a mini-series on God’s timetable. As we proceed with this series, as we look to the mountain of fulfilled scriptures and the reality that God is right on time, our faith will increase. As the Apostle Paul wrote to Titus, we are ” looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.


The seventh Chapter of Romans paints a picture of man who is controlled by the flesh (sin) – Who, by his own remission cannot be righteous. Paul asks at the end of Chapter 7, “Who will deliver me from this body of death” – The answer is, “Jesus Christ our Lord”. Chapter 8 then begins by saying, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus”. The 8th Chapter of Romans will take us from condemnation to a love of God that is so wonderfully omnipotent that we simply cannot comprehend such a love. Keep in mind, nothing has changed – We are still the same sinful flesh that we were in Chapter 7. However, our acceptance of what Christ did on the cross made us a child of God. “We received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out Abba “Father. That sonship with God through Jesus Christ is a bond stronger than “life or death” and it can never be broken nor can “anything separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”. Today we study the 8th Chapter of Romans. Hang on to your seats as the Apostle Paul brings us from CONDEMNATION TO GLORY.

Struggling with Sin, or Practicing?

How many of us who are in Christ are struggling with a sin or sins that we though were long since gone. The Apostle Paul, the man who wrote 2/3 of the New Testament, shared this same experience – One of struggling with sin. He said that in his flesh, “nothing good dwells”. And, many times his flesh caused him to do evil (wrong) rather than good. Paul’s desire was to always do good but the sin that lived within him caused him to do that which he did not desire to do. Paul calls himself a “wretched man” and asked, “who will deliver me from this body of death?” The answer is of course “Jesus, our Lord”. When we come to Christ, He comes to us. He places His Spirit in our hearts. However, we are still made of sinful flesh and there is a war ongoing between the flesh and the spirit. The problem with many believers is that they do not feed or walk with the Spirit that is within them. Rather, it is the flesh that gets fed. Recognizing those times that we spend feeding the flesh and ignoring the Spirit will identify the struggle that is within us. And, this will be the subject of today’s lesson – Are we  struggling with sin or are we practicing sin? 

Submit Yourselves to God

The author of our Bible (God) is well aware of our frailty and our appetite for sin. He even admits that sin seems good for a season (Hebrews 11:25-26). But, that season can and will eventually separate us from God. God would rather that we not sin at all! When we do, all He wants us to do is ask His forgiveness – Then, He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins. The Apostle Paul found sin to the point of apostasy (falling away) in the early church. I wonder what he would say about the churches of today. So many people are comfortable with church on Sunday and possibly a mid-week study. The rest of the time, the same people make worldly decisions without even consulting the God they claim to serve. To God this is idolatry and all are guilty! James 4:7 -8 gives us the solution to our frailty. James tells us 2 things that we can do: (1) Submit to God, (2) Resist the devil and he will flee from us. And, the end result is that God will draw near to you. Sounds simple and it is! So, today we search for additional scriptural tools that we might use to combat the sin so readily found both in church and in our daily lives.

God and Our American Flag

No one really knows who designed our American Flag – We all grew up thinking that Betsy Ross sewed the first American Flag. However, only God knows for sure. Rather than attempting endless endeavors to establish our flags beginning, I find it very interesting how the number and colors of our flag are representative of the God we serve and His relationship to the people He loves. Our nation was founded on the principles and statutes of the Christian/Judeo faith. As such, our flag should represent that which is most meaningful to us as Christians – And it does! Simply put, “Old Glory” has all this and more. The original 13 stars represent 6 plus 7. Six is the number of man and seven is the number for God. Blue is of course the color of heaven and blue forms  the backdrop of the stars. We must note: There are now 50 stars/states and 50 is the number for the Jubilee or new beginning. Isaiah writes “By His stripes we are healed” and that healing washed our souls white as snow with the precious red blood of our Savior. Again, there are 13 total stripes. So, who really designed our first flag? I believe it  was God Himself.

I Would Rather Stand With God

Believe it or not, “sin” came to us from the eternal realm. God did not create sin but rather God created beings with the ability to choose. God created the angel lucifer who was both beautiful and “perfect in all his ways” (Ezekiel 28, Isaiah 14). Then, using God’s gift to choose, he chose to be “like God”. This was the same proposal given to Adam and Eve Just do what God told you not to do and you shall “be like God”. Neither man or Satan has yet achieved “Godhood” but 6,000 years later they are still attempting. Today, satanism is on the rise and is even being offered as extracurricular studies in our public schools. The killing of unborn babies is being politically labeled as “women’s right to choose”. Perverted sexuality is being taught and displayed as normal behavior and children are presented with the option to change their very gender. Sadly, many pastors and churches worldwide are adopting many of these demonic social issues. The Bible warns us that “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”. The churches today need to return to the true and living ‘God and once again choose to DO what He tells us to do – Anything else is “sin”.

Our Heavenly Father

Today is Father’s Day – A day when we reflect on that man in our life that we call “Dad”. I know as we breach the subject of a father, there are some who have not had a good relationship with their earthly father. I also know that there are many of us who have memories of a father who loved us and cared for us and who was always there for us. However, no matter what your relationship was or is with your earthly father, all of us have a Heavenly Father who loves us with a love that we cannot even comprehend. Did you know that our Heavenly Father’s number one concern is that we should not perish (because of sin) but that all would come to the Father through His Son, Jesus Christ. Even when we walk away from our Heavenly Father, He is always there with open arms to take us back. Today, we will look at a parable told by Jesus concerning a son who strayed from his father only to return to a father who never strayed from the son. The story is dubbed as the “Prodigal Son” but in reality it is the story of the steadfast, enduring love of our Heavenly Father. Today, we contemplate the love of our    Heavenly Father.


Are You Buildiong God's Temple?

After 70 years in captivity, a small group of Jews returned to the land of Israel to rebuild the temple which had been decimated by the Babylonian King, Nebuchadnezzar. At first the people went right to work rebuilding the Temple of God. But then, apathy, discouragement and local resistance convinced them to build their own houses and the work on the House of God came to an end. After 15 years, God sent the Prophet Haggai to tell these people who were living in their “paneled houses”, while God’s House (The Temple) lay in ruin, to get back to work. His message was simple – “Consider Your Ways”. Haggai pointed out that the people needed to spend more time on the building of God’s Temple and less time on their own supposed needs. The Temple of God today is no longer a building. Today, God’s Temple resides in the hearts of the believers. We do not need wood or stone to build a physical temple yet many of our temples are in need of repair. God wants for us to continually be building and rebuilding that temple (Our walk with God). His message today for us is the same as it was in the days of Haggai – “Consider Your Ways”. 


Suffering Servant Isaiha 53

Chapters 42, 49 and 50, of Isaiah paint a picture of a Servant who will “establish justice”, be a “Light to the Gentiles” and be endowed with “God given wisdom”. However, when the reader arrives at the 53rd chapter, this Servant will be displayed as the “Suffering Servant”. Why? Why would this Servant suffer? Isaiah tells us that his life would be “blameless” and be full of “truth”. Yet, he would be led to prison like a common criminal and to death as a “Lamb to the slaughter”. He would be “unattractive, wounded and bruised” and be a Man of “Great Sorrow”. This Man was indeed a Servant of God, yet in Isaiah 53:4, Isaiah says that, “He was smitten” (killed) by God and in verse 10 Isaiah also states that it “pleased” God to bruise Him. Again, we must ask why? Why would God do this to His blameless Servant? The answer is “LOVE”. God loves us so much that He, Himself, in the person of the Son, paid the price for the “inequity” of us all. He “bore the sins of many” and through Him we have “peace” with our Creator. With tears in our eyes we look to this Servant of God who paid our    price for OUR SINS and our TRANSGRESSIONS.

Memorial Day 2023

Tomorrow is “Memorial Day” and on that day we remember those men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our “Freedoms”. The Bible teaches that “greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13). But, today is also Pentecost, the day in which we celebrate the birth of the “Church”. “We preach Christ, crucified”. The death of One man on a Cross, 2,000 years ago, has touched the lives of billions of people throughout history. No other single event is as important, or as impactful, as the moment that Christ, the Son of God, died for the sins of the world. The Church would have never been, had not that Man died on the Cross. This nation would have never been, had not that Man died on Cross. The lives of billions of people would never have been changed, had not that Man died on a Cross. The central theme of all Christianity is the death and resurrection of that Man who died on a Cross. Today and tomorrow, we will remember all of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, those who died for our nation. And, as we do, we will also remember the sacrifice through whom “the world might be  saved” by that Man, the Son of God, Jesus Christ.

Micah 7:7 A warning we may need

We have been studying the last chapter of the Book of Micah for our Wednesday night Bible study. Micah was telling the people of his day that they were about to be conquered and carried away as captives to the land of Assyria. When Micah looked out at his country, Israel, he saw evil openly displayed with “both hands”. God brought judgement against Israel in the year 722 BC. The same evil that was present in the days of Micah are now present in our world today. Because of that evil, this world will soon go into the worst judgement of man’s history. In Micah’s day, there was no way out, there was no rapture. However, in Micah 7:7, the prophet proclaims, “Therefore I will look to the LORD”. In our day and age, many Christians think that God will come and take them away in the Rapture simply because they darken the door of a church on Sunday mornings. Truthfully, in Revelation Chapters 2 and 3 Jesus visited 7 churches – Only one church was found worthy to be raptured. Christians wake up! Our only hope today is the same as Micah’s hope – We need to “Look to the Lord and wait for the God of our salvation”.

Mothers Day

Have you ever wondered why we are who we are? Most of us, if not all, can trace who we are back to the cradle. It is the hand that rocks the cradle who has been the influencer and the developer of our lives. Today we celebrate “Mother’s Day”, a day set aside to honor that #1 woman in all of our lives who influenced us to become who we are. To explain this wonderful phenomena I have chosen to speak from the Book of Ruth – The story of two mothers. In this story, Ruth is a picture of a Gentile bride who has turned to the God of Abraham, Isaaic and Jacob. She came into this faith by watching the life of her mother-in-law, Naomi, as she endured severe hardship through famine and even the loss of her husband and two sons. Naomi’s faith was an inspiration to her two daughter-in-laws whom she referred to as her own daughters. Because of Naomi’s inspiration Ruth accepted both her people and her God. Ruth would marry and become the great-grandmother of Israel’s most famous king, King David. Her name appears in the lineage of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. Naomi gave to Ruth the greatest gift of all – The true and living God.

Agape Love

If I were to give one word to describe Christianity, that word would be LOVE. If I were to give one word to describe the entire contents of the Bible, that word would be LOVE. If I were to give one word to describe the Creator and Savior of the world, that word would be LOVE. Unfortunately, the word LOVE has been stolen and reformed in such a way that even most Christians do not understand the full scope and its true meaning. Imagine however, a love so deep that it requires nothing in return. A love so rich in mercy and grace that you and I can only scratch the surface of its importance to every living cell on earth. This is the type of love that God has for His most valued creation – US – Mankind. The Bible declares that while we were yet sinners, rebels against our Creator, while we wanted nothing to do with Him who created us, He died for us.That death was a separation in the Triune Godhead. The Son separated Himself from the Father and the Holy Spirit. As Jesus, the Son of God, hung on the cross the entire sins of mankind were placed upon Him. He cried out to the Father, “why have You forsaken Me?” The answer to His disparity is LOVE.

If You Love Me Keep My Commandments

It is important for myself to have someone capable of stepping into my place as pastor/teacher whenever the occassion may arise. Pastor Don is that person. Sometimes I simply cannot be there on a Sunday or a Wednesday night and I need help. I know that I can count on Don to cover even with only a short notice – Giving him very little time to prepare. I have also noticed that Don has a pastoral heart and he is there to pray for and to help others as well. He has been teaching our Sunday morning Bible Study for several years but he gets very little time at the pulpit. This morning Pastor Don will be delivering the Sunday morning message from the pulpit. It is my understanding that he has chosen the topic of “The Greatest Commandment”. One day a lawyer asked Jesus a question. The answer that Jesus gave was amazing. Listen today as Pastor Don explains this amazing answer. 

What Does it Mean to be Baptised?

What does it mean to be baptized? – Why do we get baptized? And, who  should be baptized? These three questions will be answered today. First, baptism is a public statement of faith in the presence of friends/family stating that you have chosen to follow Christ and He has saved you from the consequences of your sin. However, baptism is not salvation. Secondly, the reason we should get baptized is because Jesus commanded all believers to be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. In fact, this was Jesus’ final command to His followers as he ascended into Heaven. Finally, to answer the question of who should be baptized, I first need to ask another question: Are you saved? And, have you given your life to Jesus Christ? If yes, then refer to question number two and get baptized, because Jesus clearly told every believer to be baptized. It should be noted every believer in the New Testament was baptized (with the exception of the thief on the cross). With this in mind join us this morning as we totally immerse into the water those who have chosen to witness their faith publicly in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


Easter is the annual celebration of the day that Jesus rose from the dead. Easter means that our greatest enemy, death, has been conquered. Because He lives, we have confidence in tomorrow. Because He lives, we have no need to fear or even to worry. We know that He is our First Fruits and that which He accomplished will one day be accomplished in us. We, who were once “poor in spirit”, will now possess the Kingdom of Heaven. The “meek” will inherit the earth. All the promises that were made by Jesus of Nazareth will now come to fruition. Our Savior did not just die in our place that we might not be condemned. Rather, our Savior moved us from death to life. Easter is God’s proclamation emancipation – The slaves to sin have been set free – Love is stronger than death and death no longer has any meaning in the believer’s life. We, who believe in Him, are not like those who have no hope. We know  that one day we will all experience the same resurrection that we speak of when we use the term “don’t die dead”.
       Because He Lives We Can Face Tomorrow!

Hand Writing on the Wall

The most important day of all human history is the day that our sins   were paid and mankind was reconciled to his Creator. So important is this day that God saw fit to place it as the centerpiece of His Word. There, in the center of the Bible, in Psalm 118, God wrote, “This is the Day the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it”. This day was proclaimed in the Book of Exodus and the author (God) was very specific. Four days prior to that day (10 Nissan), the people were to select a lamb. They were to keep that lamb until the 14th day of Nissan and then sacrifice it at twilight. In the year of our Lord, Jesus of Nazareth rode into Jerusalem on Sunday, the 10th of Nisan (we call this day Palm Sunday). On that day, the people proclaimed Jesus as their Messiah. Little did they know that they were actually selecting the ultimate “Passover Lamb”. Four days later, on the 14th day of Nisan, Jesus, the Passover Lamb, was slain on the Cross at Calvary. By the way, four days from Sunday is Thursday, not Friday. Palm Sunday begins what  we call “Passover Week”. 

Pastor Bob will now walk us through this amazing week.


When God called Abram (Abraham) from the City of Ur of the Chaldeans to go to the Land of Canaan, He made a very straight forward statement. God said, “I will bless those who bless you and I will curse those who curse you”. So many professing Christians today who claim to have accepted the Jewish Messiah into their life have forgotten where they stand regarding the Nation Israel. Abraham’s seed is the Nation Israel. The promise of His blessings flowed from Abraham to Isaac to Jacob and then to his 12 sons who became the 12 Tribes of Israel.
Christians be careful! Make no mistake, we are called to support Israel. Today, we once again welcome Dr. and Pastor Richard Hill and his wife Oanh. These two have dedicated theirs lives to blessing the Jewish community with the greatest blessing ever given to mankind – The
Gospel – The Good News that their Messiah came – Their Messiah died for their sins – Their Messiah who is also our Messiah wants to spend eternity with all of His creation. Our job as Christians is to support  Israel and stand behind those who do.

Church Ordinences

There are many rituals, sacraments or ordinances that are observed within the Christian Church. Most of these are based on denominational doctrines, although every denomination will claim some scriptural basis for the ritual. However, there are only two such ordinances that were commanded by Jesus and these are: Communion and Baptism. Here in the First Southern Baptist, we only follow the commands of our Savior and therefore only keep these two ordinances. Communion came to us at the end of what is commonly called “The Last Supper”. Jesus, knowing that He was going to the cross, instructed His followers to “do this in remembrance of Me”. Baptism on the other hand was a common way of declaring one’s allegiance to God and John the Baptist actually baptized Jesus. As Jesus ascended into Heaven, He said to His followers, “Go into all the world baptizing in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit”. There are variations between denominations of
how we are to take Communion and/or how to Baptize. Today we look to God’s word for guidance as we study these two ordinances, Communion and Baptism.

Be Filled With the Spirit

Sandi and I spent the first 20 years of our marriage serving as evangelist. We held services in the same California Prisons where I had come to know and grow in the Lord. God had called us to return to those prisons to tell the inmates of his love and grace. We encountered so many broken lives each week and had the privilege to lead many to souls to Jesus. It was an amazing time in our life. Lately I have been feeling the urge to rekindle that spark of evangelism right here in our Yucca Church. It is not easy to evangelize in an established church setting as it was in prison many years ago. I know that most people in this church already know the Lord, Jesus Christ as savior.  But, are you on fire for the Lord? – Is your heart’s desire to see others come to Salvation? – Are you a servant of Christ? – If so, let us pray for revival and be filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit. My job now as paster, is to “raise up the saints for ministry”. The ministry is simple, be filled with the Holy Spirit then people will be drawn to the spirit within you and then and only then will they be open to your sharing our Lord Jesus Christ.

Understanding the Gift of Salvation

As we continue defining our “Statement of Faith” we come to number 5 and 6 on the back of our weekly Bulletin. I am including these two together as I feel that one flows from the other and therefore can be better understood as one statement. Number 5 basically states that “man” was originally created in the image of God but “man” fell into sin and is now lost. Number 6 expands the idea that “man” cannot fix this on his own but only through the free gift of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ can we be healed. We will look at the concept of “original sin” and why each one of us is in need of a Savior. We will come to an understanding that there is absolutely nothing that we, ourselves, can add to God’s free gift. There is no good deed good enough or works big enough that can add to our salvation. In this study today, we will come to understand all of man’s desperate needs of a Savior from the sin that is decaying both our spirit and our body. Today we will
deal with “Whys” – “Howcomes” – And the “Why Me”. To all these         questions God has the ansers – Lets look at  Salvation.

O' Hades Where is Your Sting

Last week we learned that Jesus was 100% man and 100% God. He
went to the Cross and the man part of Jesus died on the Cross and paid man’s penalty for sins. This week we will learn the same man’s (Jesus) body was raised from the grave and that same man’s body ascended into heaven and that same man’s body now sits st the right hand of the Father and is man’s High Priest and advocate. Yes, Jesus is still 100% God and 100% man but it is important to understand that it is a man’s resurrected body in heaven which is sitting at the Father’s right hand. Jesus is our “First Fruit”, proving that we, who have put our faithin Him, will also live with Him in eternity in heaven. Our earthly body will be changed into a heavenly body and in a twinkling of an eye, death will be swallowed up in victory. Our body which is now an earthly body is full of “corruption”. Our Bible tells us that corruption must take on incorruption in order to dwell in heaven. This is an amazing miracle that will only happen to those people who have placed
their faith in God’s only plan of redemption.
Hallelujah, Amen!

The Trinity

Columbia River

The word “Trinity” is not in the Bible. Yet, the concept of a triunal God is taught from Genesis to Revelation. The Bible teaches that God, one God, exists eternally in three persons – Father- Son – Holy Spirit. When the Apostle John explained the person of Jesus, he wrote: “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God”. This statement begs the question – How can a person be with
another person and even be the person with whom you are with? The answer is of course that the Word and God are One yet they are separate. In multiple verses, the Bible explains this relationship in the concept of Father and Son. Jesus said to His diciples “When you have seen Me (Son) you have seen the Father”. The Bible also teaches that there is a third person of the Trinity – The Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is that person of the God Head who indwells the believer and converts a worldly heart into a temple of the true and living God. Today, we will
look closely at the God we serve, understanding that He exists in eternity as three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

war is coming

Civial War

A war is coming – This war was prophesied by Ezekiel 600 years before the birth of Christ. Ezekiel said that this war will come in “the Latter Days” of man’s history. A coalition of nations led by a man called Gog from the land of Magog will bring a surprise attack upon the Nation Israel. God will intervene to protect His people and the attacking army will be utterly destroyed. Ezekiel tells us that God will do this to let the world know that “He is God”. The land of Magog is modern day Russia and the coalition of nations that will accompany Russia will amaze you. All of them are current day haters of Israel. We are living in a time when war with Russia could happen at any time and many people believe that this war could trigger the Great Tribulation. Ezekiel’s war will happen – God’s prophecies will come to pass – And, we who believe in God’s word are now able to see this developing before our very eyes. If we are still here to see Russia marching against Israel, come on down to the church, the Rapture should soon be upon us. We are most definitely living in exciting times.

Rapture of the Church

Pastor’s Desk – Jesus said to His followers, “In My Father’s house are many mansions;…I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also”. In ancient Israel a statement like this was spoken to the “would be bride”. The groom was going away to prepare a place for his wife to live in His Father’s house. When that room was finished and at a time of His choosing, the groom would stand before the bride’s house and “call her out” to go to be with him. Every Jewish person in that room at the Last Supper understood what Jesus was saying to them. He was going away – But, He was coming back – To take them to His Father’s house. Believers refer to this future event as the “Rapture of the Church”. The day will come when Jesus will return and call His Bride and we will then go with Him to His Father’s House. This glorious event is the next Biblical Prophecy yet to be fulfilled. Until then, the Church is to continue looking for    the “Blessed Hope and Glorious Appearing    of our Great God and Savior, Jesus Christ”.



The Signs of the End are Starting to show. Even in a Country who Matured to be a Safe Place to Live, is Now Reverting Back to Lawlessness. 

We are living in the last of the last days. All end time prophecy is connected through the Nation Israel. And, the Book of Daniel is the hub in the wheel of all prophecy. Daniel was given direct information concerning the timeline of when and how this end time scenario will unfold. God spoke through the angel Gabriel and told Daniel that 70 weeks of years were dedicated to Israel until all sins, transgressions and even prophecies will be resolved. Beginning in the year of 445 BC and counting forward, God used 69 of these 7 year periods (483 years). Precisely at the end of the 483 years, Jesus entered Jerusalem and then died on the cross for the sins of mankind. The Church was born and became God’s visible witness to His grace and mercy and Israel has remained scattered throughout the known world. However, God is not done with Israel – There still remains 7 more years dedicated for Israel. 

From the Garden to Bethlehem

Palmetto tree

Today we come to the second part of our three part series – “From the Garden to Bethlehem”. God said in the Garden that He would put enmity between satan’s seed and the seed of the woman. “He shall bruise your head and you (satan) will bruise His heel”. The “He” in this promise became known throughout Old Testament scripture as “The One” or “The Messiah”. Last week we followed scriptures that showed us the path of the Messiah. This Messiah however, would only come through the seed of the woman. He could not come through the seed of a man. Like it or not guys, it was a man who sinned back in the Garden and God said that the “One” must come through the seed of the woman. The enemy knows this and he has attempted to destroy that seed for 6,000 years. Today we will trace that seed through  the Old Testament scriptures. Both the seed of the  woman and the anointed One, the Messiah, all come together in that little town of Bethlehem.


The Birth of Jesus Should not Have Been a Surprise

Garden and Pond

The Savior that was announced to the shepherds at the birth of Jesus should not have been a surprise to the Jewish Nation to whom He was born. This baby was the promised Messiah. He was originally promised to all mankind in Genesis 3:15 at the Garden and specifically promised to the Tribe of Judah throughout the Old Testament Scriptures. Today we begin a new mini series that will begin at the Garden and will culminate at the tiny town of Bethlehem. It must have been a great shock to the “Wise Men” when they came to Jerusalem and discovered that no one could tell them directions to the child. “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews”, they ask. Even King Herod and his advisors did not know of His coming – Only that He was to be born in Bethlehem. Today we will look to the myriad of scriptures of which every Jew in Israel should have been familiar. We will begin with the promise of God in the Garden to send “One” into the world who would “crush” the head of satan, to the prophecy of Micah who actually pinpointed that location as Bethlehem. The promises of God are etched in stone. What God promises will come to pass. This promise was of a Savior for you and for me. Today we begin to follow this Savior from the Garden to Bethlehem.


Fruits of the Spirit

Fruit Found in Florida

A fruit is a thing that grows from a thing. The fruits of the Spirit are attitudes/behaviors that grow in a believers life when he/she remains in the Vine of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Growth in the Spirit takes time. Growth develops as our walk with Christ develops. Moment by moment, day by day, we as believers are given the choice to either follow the leading of the Spirit or the leading of the flesh. The way of the flesh is eventual death and the Bible tells us that those who “practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God”. Today, as we review the wonderful “Fruits of the Spirit”, we need to continually ask ourselves “am I following the leading of the Spirit or the leading of the flesh”. If your decision brings you peace, joy and comfort, you have chosen wisely. If your decision brings you pride, glory and no comfort you have chosen the flesh. Keep in mind that our natural state of being is to always choose the flesh. However, true growth comes from the Vine of Christ and His Vine produces fruits of:

  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.


Gratitude Or Thankfulness

Silver Falls

Gratitude toward God is the first true sign or proof of a changed life. Gratitude or thankfulness also accompanies true prayer. It is impossible to relate to God in any other fashion other than that of thankfulness. Thankfulness recognizes the awesomeness of God and His supremacy over our very lives. This recognition should always be the first part of our prayers. When Jesus was asked by His disciples on how they should pray, He said, “Our Father who is in Heaven Hallowed (Holy) is Your name. Then, secondary to God’s attributes should always be our recognition for that which He has done in our lives, past, present and future. Also, there are many benefits for thankfulness to God. The Apostle Paul encourages us to approach God with “Thanksgiving” and when we do, God gives us “peace which surpasses all understanding. As we celebrate our day of Thanksgiving, remember He is always there for us through good or bad – Have a Blessed and Thankful Thanksgiving Day!

Pastor Wayne


Life or Death

Cross By Esteban Zárate - Flickr: 100_0314, CC BY-SA 3.0,


Life or death is the ultimate cosmic battle. God, who is life and the giver of life, breathed the breath of life into man and he “became a living soul”. Through the temptation of satan and man’s lust, death entered the world. Our Bible is basically a love story of God’s plan to redeem us from death and bring us back to the Life that He gave.  Our enemy, the devil, is still here to temp us, to deceive us and to kill, steal and destroy us. This devil twists the blessings of God in such a way that man continues to choose his way over the “One” who is the giver of life. Thus, natural man continually chooses death and every year on October 31st, natural man celebrates “death” which gives glory to satan the co-author of death. Sadly, Christians participate equally with a Christ rejecting world on this day. Believers be careful and be aware, satan prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. What seems cute and sometimes comical is in reality the celebration of death not life. Tomorrow is Halloween,  Christians need to be praying not celebrating. Choose Life NOT Death!        

Pastor Wayne            

Consider your ways

Rattle Snake


The small group of Jews that chose to return the land of Israel after 70 years were enthusiastic God-fearing believers. Their goal was to rebuild the temple of God in Jerusalem. In the first two years they worked hard and completed the foundation. Then, obstacles arose and enemies in the area applied pressure and the building project came to a halt. The people became spiritually lethargic and said, “The time has not come that the “LORD’S” house should be built.” and, for the next 14 years little or nothing was done on the temple. Then God sent prophet Haggai with a very strong message “Consider Your ways”. They wanted the blessings of God but did not want to “DO” – Rebuild the Temple of God. Today, God’s temple is not made of brick and mortar, but his Temple resides in our hearts. God’s message is still the same. “Consider your ways”. Much of the church today has become spiritually lethargic and our Temple often in need of repair. However, the command from God is the same. Today as it was in the days of Haggai – “Consider your ways”.

                                                                                                                                                                Pastor Wayne