Notes from Pastor Rick Wed, 03 Jan 2018 04:37:58 +0000 en What are you living for? Wed, 03 Jan 2018 04:37:58 +0000 Administrator Revelation 4:11 “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”
God created man, his final creation, and then rested - to enjoy His creation.
Our purpose, our reason for being, is to please Him.

Adjusting to the dark Mon, 18 Dec 2017 01:20:19 +0000 Administrator Jesus said, “If the light that is in you is darkness, then the whole body is darkness.” When we stay in the darkness long enough your eyes begin to adjust and it can begin to look like light.
I spend a lot of time in the sanctuary at Crossroads in the dark praying because I don’t want to waste the electricity by turning on the lights. I’ve noticed that my eyes adjust to the darkness after a while and I can at least see enough not to bump into chairs.
the thing is the same thing can happen spiritually. and I believe this is what Jesus was preferring to. We tend to adapt to our surroundings. And in some ways that could be positive but in many ways it can be negative if our surroundings are evil. in our society today unnatural things have become natural. Abnormal things have become normal. Romans 12:2 tells us, “…do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may  prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Blessed is the nation… Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:03:04 +0000 Administrator Psalms 33:12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,…
Modern philosophy teaches us that we don’t need God. Man can fix things himself. Man is perfectly capable of running this world without God. Well, look what we’ve done. We pushed God out, and now we’re faced with terrorism, famine, drug addiction, incurable diseases, violence in schools, epidemic suicides… Yeah. We’re doing a great job!

Does God need anything? Sat, 02 Dec 2017 23:32:12 +0000 Administrator If God needs anything, it would an object of His love. God created us for relationship with Him. He wanted someone to share His creation with.
Faith in God is a privilege. Yet, we are so distracted with other things that we deny God the very purpose of His creation.

What God wants Fri, 24 Nov 2017 21:41:33 +0000 Administrator In Hebrews chapter 11 we read about Enoch. The scripture tells us that God just took Enoch right out of this world. The reason given was that Enoch pleased God. We’re not given any information about Enoch doing any great things. He just please God and that was enough.
Apparently God is more concerned about relationship than he is about accomplishments.

Religion Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:27:21 +0000 Administrator I realized in prayer, all religions point to self. The Eastern religions are self-consciousness seeking, seeking for that perfect self. Ither religions are based on law, which again focuses on self because, if I can be good enough I can go to heaven. True Christianity, on the other hand, points to God. Our only merit is in what Christ has done. It all centers around Him, not me.
Isaiah 64:6 … And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am …

All about God Mon, 13 Nov 2017 04:22:25 +0000 Administrator I was really struggling with my unworthiness and wondering how God could possibly use me. During my worship time God reminded me that it’s not about me. It’s about Him.
1 Corinthians 1:30 “But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption,”

Knowing Jesus Sat, 11 Nov 2017 15:28:13 +0000 Administrator One day it occurred to me - we have basically been rejected by the majority of the people we came here for (as missionaries). ‘Just like Jesus.’
As much as I want to have a successful and productive ministry, it is apparently more important that I identify with Jesus. Lord, please show me what this is about. I have always wanted to know you more. This is not what I expected.
I understand the heartache Jesus, and how you must feel after giving so much and yielding so little.

Luke 17:25 “But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. (Like Noah)

1 Samuel 8:7 The LORD said to Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them.

Spiritual warfare Wed, 08 Nov 2017 16:05:06 +0000 Administrator The first demons that you’re going to have to face will be your own. That’s an angle I didn’t think about that the Lord recently showed me. Spiritual warfare starts with you and in you. You going to have to have a clean house, a clean temple, a vessel prepared for God to use. Satan will play on every weakness and flaw you have. That doesn’t mean that you have to attain perfection. It means that you need to be prepared to be attacked in these areas, because the devil’s name is accuser and adversary. Don’t give him much to work with. (Ephesians 4:27 NIV)

Self-adsorbed? Tue, 07 Nov 2017 14:48:32 +0000 Administrator Sometimes in trying to better ourselves, even spiritual improvement, we can become so focused on ourselves that we defeat the purpose. One day I realized:
“Lord all I’m thinking about is myself. Help me to focus on others and ‘be not weary in well-doing.’”
Forget about yourself. Focus on others.