September 3, 2017, 10:03 PM

Love Your Enemies (Today's sermon reflections)

Matthew 5:43-47 You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect."

Difficult message this morning to apply. We need to challenge ourselves to love like Christ, not based on how they treat us, when they are good to us, or when we are in a terrific mood.  Our love needs to be perfect, like Christ's love.  He loved us while we were sinners, haters of God, and hearts that were desperately wicked.  This week love like Christ.

July 17, 2017, 12:01 PM

Are We Salt and Light?

Vacation is an amazing time of relaxation and mental health renewal.  It is never time away from my Savior; He walks with me where ever I go.  My relationship with Him should permeate every aspect of my daily life.  As always, coming back from vacation reminds me how much I miss my church family.

Yesterday was just such a blessing, Pastor Tim is still teaching from the Sermon on the Mount.  His focus this week was on Matthew 5:13 & 14; we are the salt and light.  As a Christian, I need to live, speak, and act as one who has surrender their life to Christ.  I need to guard my heart against “world views” that do not line up with scripture.  If I succumb and practice these world views, I will lose my saltiness.

What good is salt without flavor? According to Matthew 5:13 it is worthless and will be thrown out and trampled on.  How do these scriptures apply to my life? I need to live like I’ve been redeemed to reach others for Christ.  If my life reflects today’s “world views” why would my neighbors (those going to hell) see a need for the Life Changing Grace of Jesus Christ.  Our life NEEDS to be salt and light to an unsaved world. We need to GLORIFY God daily with right living, attitudes, and values.

June 22, 2017, 12:00 AM

Seek First the Kingdom of God: Matthew 6:33

Matthew 6:33 (ESV) "But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."

In this section of scripture, Christ tells us not to be anxious about anything: living, food, water, or clothing.  That our (Christians) focus should be on seeking out God’s kingdom and His righteousness and He (God) will take care of our needs.  I believe that this is an excellent practice and challenge for the local church, as well.  Seek God’s kingdom and His righteousness and He (God) will take care of our needs. 

Grace Fellowship Church is in a unique position of claiming this verse.  Everything we do; such as, worship, teaching, GraceKids, or working behind the scenes needs to focus on seeking God’s kingdom and righteousness.  The promise of this verse is that He (Our God) will take care of the needs.  Sweet! What a blessed promise!

Hand-in-hand with this verse is the Sermon on the Mount.  Pastor Tim continues to expound on each aspect of Christ’s sermon.  This last Sunday was on purity.  In our society purity is an antiquated word.  However, God is absolutely pure and demands purity and cleansing (Hebrews 12:14).  Moreover, God expects purity of heart (Psalm 24:3, 4).  In this section of the Sermon Jesus:

  1. Confronts false purity (Matthew 15:11; 18-20)
    1. Individually – sinful desires and acts come from the heart (Matthew 15:18-20
    2. Religiously – hypocrisy, rituals, greed, pride
  2. Provides purity by His word and sacrifice (John 15:3)
    1. We (believers) are spiritually clean, made pure by the washing of Jesus Christ’s blood
    2. We need daily purity and fellowship with God

As a church seeking Christ’s righteousness, I would encourage you to visit us Sunday morning. We love to worship Christ and Pastor Tim faithfully presents God’s word.