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REACHING THE WORLD FOR JESUS

We want to meet our King in 2014.

May God bless the Pastors and Bible Teachers all over the world, we thank God that Sermons to the World is now reaching 141 countries and all 50 States and The District of Columbia in the U.S.

MISSION

Mission: To be a resource to Pastors and Bible teachers in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. – Sermons to the World

VISION STATEMENT

Vision: To reach the world on the internet to fulfill the command of Jesus in Matthew 28:19-20 – “to go into all the world and teach all nations”.

Friday, October 17, 2014

PRAYER REALLY DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE




“PRAYER REALLY DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE”
By Pastor Mark Taylor

When we rely upon education, we get what education can do;  Education can provide opportunities that would otherwise be missed.  But it alone does not give us the wisdom from God to use our knowledge to always make the best decisions in life.  When we rely upon skill, we get what skill can do; Skill can be developed with training and practice, But when God gives you His blessing your skill will become a gift that far exceeds your ability.  When we rely upon 
, we get what technology can do; technology can be used for good or evil.   When we rely upon organization, we get what organization can do;  Organizations can meet the needs of people through group efforts

But, When we rely upon prayer, we get what God can do.  He can do more for you and me than education, skill, technology, and organization  Those  devoted to prayer do things by prayer-they begin with prayer, not tacking prayer on as an afterthought, after decisions are made.

"But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him."
1 Corinthians 2: 9

Prayer is not trying to convince God to give us what we want.  It is not a way of trying to get God to change His mind about things that needs to be changed in our lives.
It is praying "not my will, but thine be done."

Certainly there is a place for praying for God's blessings on our live as Jabez did:  

And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, ‘Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!’ So God granted him what he requested” (1 Chronicles 4:10, NKJV).

We are encouraged over and over again in God’s Word to ask God for blessings. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.  Matthew 7:7-8

But that is not what prayer is all about!.  Prayer is more than asking and receiving things from God
When we pray, we receive the gift of God Himself-

Prayer is communion with God. He wants us to know Him.  If we never gain anything from prayer but the opportunity to commune with God, that should be sufficient for us.

Jesus counted on prayer as a source of strength that equipped Him to carry out a partnership with God the Father on earth.

Prayer makes a difference in receiving forgiveness for your sins.  It is a second chance that is given to you every time you go to your Heavenly Father.

Prayer makes a difference in our relationship as children of God with our Heavenly Father.  Apparently God is the kind of friend and Father who rewards friendship and relationship with Him.

  No one in the Old Testament directly addressed God as “Father”, but Jesus did so 170 times. He told us to also:  Our Father Who is in Heaven..” (Matthew 6: 8-10).

Prayer makes a difference in what we can receive from God.  “You have not because you ask not” (James 4:2)  But that asking should be as a loving child who is asking for things to make him a better person and better serve his Father.

"Cast your care (your anxiety, your worries about the future, your concern about those you love) upon Him, for He cares for you" ( 1 Peter 5:7)

Prayer will make a difference in how much and how effective we will be in our service for the Lord.  Prayer is more than a reflective time to consider God’s point of view.  It is also a time to find a way to accomplish God’s will in the work He calls us to do.  

After entrusting the human species with the gift of free choice, God invited them to act as partners, even to argue and wrestle with the One who created them.   He asks us to pray for that which He wants to do.

Prayer makes a difference in our relationship with our Heavenly Father.  I spend time with my closest friends not because of what they can do for me, but for the pleasure of their company.    In one hand I hold the truth of God’s vastness, and in the other hand I hold the truth of God’s desire for intimacy.  Prayer that is based on relationship and not transaction may be the most freedom-enhancing way of connecting to a God who’s vantage point we can never achieve and can hardly imagine.  “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayer”. (I Peter 3:12)

Prayer makes a difference in feeling the presence of God in your life.  Prayer is not my way of establishing God’s presence, rather as my way of responding to God’s presence that is a fact whether or not I can detect it.  My feelings of God’s presence – or God’s absence- are not the presence or the absence.  Prayer means keeping company with God who is already present.  God has time for you.  A God unbound by our rules of time has the ability to invest in every person on earth.  God has, quite literally, all the time in the world for each one of us.  “For a thousand years in Your sight Are like yesterday when it is past, And like a watch in the night” (Psalms 90:4).  

Contact with Him is not our achievement.  It is a gift coming down to us from on high like a meteor, rather   than rising up like a rocket.  God finds ways to communicate to those who truly seek God.  I need to think more about God than about myself when I am praying..

Prayer will make a difference in our lives in increasing our faith.  Before the words of prayer come to the lips, the mind must believe in God’s willingness to draw near to us, and in our ability to clear the path for His approach.  Such belief is the idea that leads us toward prayer.  “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6). The more we pray, the more faith we will have.

Prayer is something the poorest person can do.  Prayer is something any person can do regardless of their education.  Prayer is something a child can do or someone who is in their senior years.  Prayer is something  a person who is sick or well can do.  Prayer is something a person who is discouraged and away from God can do.

Prayer Really Does Make A Difference

(Book by Phillip Yancy)


Saturday, October 11, 2014

THE PRAYER OF JABEZ


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The Prayer of Jabez
by Pastor Mark Taylor

And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, ‘Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!’ So God granted him what he requested” (1 Chronicles 4:10, NKJV).

Jabez was not remembered for some outstanding achievement, but a prayer.  He did not win a great battle or erect a great building. He simply prayed a prayer.  He is the only person mentioned in the first nine chapters of I Chronicles because of a prayer that  he prayed.

He prayed that God would bless him. He prayed that God would enlarge his territory, or his borders. He prayed that God’s hand would be upon him. He prayed that God would keep him from evil.

We are encouraged over and over again in God’s Word to ask God for blessings. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”  Matthew 7:7-8

Jabez prayed for God to bless him. He sought God’s blessing on his life. He was not worried about being selfish, he wanted God’s best and believed that God wanted to give it to him.

God wants to bless you and reward you with prosperity, good health, and happiness.

“Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.”  Psalm 35:27

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12

“Happy are the people whose God is the Lord!” Psalm 144:15

If you want to have more so that you can give more, then that is an acceptable prayer. If you want to be able to give more to missions or an outreach program so that people will come to know Christ, then by all means pray for material prosperity. 

If you want wisdom so that you can help other people then pray for wisdom, for the Bible says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5).  If you want to serve others with more talents and resources, then pray for those things in order that your life may be a blessing. 

Blessing means responsibility. Serving God by serving people takes time. If God gives me more, I have to do more.

“Enlarge my territory” This is taking the limitations off God in your life!

This is saying God, “I am not going to limit You in what you can do through me.” Remember, it is us who limits the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives The word for “enlarge” also means – to bring in abundance, to increase, to bring up, to multiply, to make greater, to extend the dimensions…”  Many people never have a purpose larger than themselves.  Jabez prayed that God would enlarge his borders.  A leader is a servant of other people. Jabez wanted to be used by God more than anything else.  

Do you want to be blessed by God?  Be a blessing Then pray for God to enlarge your life and your sphere of influence. Ask him for something so big that you cannot possibly do it by yourself. Ask him to enlarge your territory. Surely there is more to life than trying to make yourself happy.   God wants you to see beyond the circumstances. He wants to enlarge your life if you will join Hm by praying and believing for His blessing. 

The third thing to consider is: Jabez prayed for God’s hand to be upon him. Jabez knew that what he was praying for was bigger than what he could accomplish himself. He was praying for something so big that only the hand of God on his life could accomplish it.  Begin to pray for the hand of God to be upon your life so that you can accomplish something great for Him. Hopefully, it will be something so great that when it comes to pass, you and everyone else will have to say, “This had to be the hand of God, because there is no way I could have done this by myself!” 

But the final part of Jabez’s prayer is the most important. We need to consider the fourth part of his prayer: Jabez prayed that God would keep him from evil.  He wanted his life to be a blessing. He wanted to be protected from the harm of evil, but he also wanted to be kept from sinning, because he knew that sin causes pain. It brings pain into the world. It brings pain into the life of the one who commits it, and it brings pain into the lives of those whom the sin was committed against. 

Jabez called on the One who could, would and wanted to make the difference in his life. His prayer let loose God’s will, power and blessing in his life. It can do this in your life also.  Are you willing to be like Jabez and do the "extra" to bring about the extraordinary work of God in your life? It all starts with a prayer.



Friday, October 3, 2014

I WILL LIFT UP MY EYES



“I WILL LIFT UP MY EYES”
by Pastor Mark Taylor

“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence comes my help. My help comes from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.”  Psalms 121:1-2

Many of us have had the opportunity to see God in the power of the ocean, in the desert, and in the sky.  God has given us nature to reflect on His power and greatness. 

"The heavens declare the glory of God; and His creation shows His handiwork.  Day after day they speak.  And night after night they reveal knowledge." (Psalm 19:1-2)

In order to get the help we need from the Lord, we must lift up our eyes.  We have to get them off the problems and the distractions of this world and lift up our eyes to the person who can help us and that is God.  We have to focus on things that can bring our thoughts and minds back to God.  This should include attending church services where God’s people come to together to worship: “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25).  But there are also other ways to lift our eyes to the Lord.  We can listen to Gospel music, watch Christian programming on TV, read our Bible or listen to it read to us on tapes or CDs, and read Christian books by Christian authors.  We have many ways available to help us turn our minds and hearts back to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  We really have no excuse to let our days go by without thinking about and communicating with God.

David said “I will”.  We must act on our free will to come to God.  It cannot be only the inspiration of another’s experience that we should draw strength from.  It has to come from within ourselves and we must say “I will”.  I choose to turn away from human reason and negative thinking.  I choose to look to God and what he has already done.  He has done many marvelous acts of creation.  He has helped me before.  He has helped many people who have called on Him.  So “I will” look to Him.  

You may have to go to the mountains, or to the beach, or to a secluded area to find time to be with the Lord.  It is difficult to have uninterrupted time in our busy lives.  But you have to be willing to lift up your eyes unto the Lord in order to see Him.  You can do this in the early morning or late evening when you have some quite time. “Evening and morning, and at noon, I will pray and cry aloud; and He shall hear my voice” (Psalms 55:17).

God is waiting to hear from you and have your attention.  He has help for you and a solution to your problems.  But you have to be “willing” to go to Him: “But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).

Secondly, we must understand that our “help comes from the Lord”.  He gives us wisdom to make good decisions and know His will.  But again we have to ask and seek for His will: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5).  And “.. you have not because you ask not” (James 4:2).  God is not to busy to hear your request.  Nothing is too small or unimportant to God if it is a burden to you.

Finally, realize that the Lord you love and serve, and the one that loves you is the same one “which made heaven and earth”.  When you look at the mountains, waves, or waterfalls, you see the majesty of His creation.  If you think about how large the universe is or how complex the microscopic world is, you can begin to see how great our God is.  The thing that is so amazing is that someone as powerful as God is would care for someone like us.  We have God’s attention.  The problem is whether or not He has our attention.

We need to remove ourselves from the busy world that we live in and spend some time “lifting our eyes to the hills from where our help comes”.  This can take the form of an early morning devotional time, or a quiet time in the evening without the TV or radio, or a prayer in your car on the way to work. 

 Remember God is waiting to hear from you!!

“Call unto me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you know not” (Jeremiah 33:3).

“I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your
loving-kindness and for Your truth's sake; for You have magnified Your word  above all Your name. In the day when I cried You answered me and made me bold with strength in my soul” (Psalms 138:2-3).

“This poor man cried, and the LORD heard, and saved him out of all his troubles. The Angel of the LORD camps round about those who fear Him, and delivers them. Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him” (Psalms 34:6-8).


Friday, September 26, 2014

WHAT MORE COULD I HAVE DONE FOR YOU, THAN I HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE


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What More Could I Have Done? - Part One
What More Could I Have Done? - Part Two
What More Could I Have Done? Part Three
What More Could I Have Done For You, Than I have Not Already Done?
by Pastor Mark Taylor
What more could have been done to My vineyard, That I have not done in it? Why then, when I expected it to bring forth good grapes, Did it bring forth wild  grapes?   Isaiah 5:4
Our Lord has described His relationship with you in many different ways. He has called you His friend. “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.” John 15:13-14. He has called you to a special position in His service. “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
In our text verse today, God is comparing you to a place He has invested a lot of time and work to receive something in return. God is asking a question: “What More Could I have Done for You, That I have Not Already Done?” to receive something good from you in return.
Many Christians today have disappointed God with the fruits of their lives. Instead of producing the fruit of the Spirit, they have produced sour grapes in their lives. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering (patience), kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23.
Many people have given excuses on why they are not serving the Lord with their whole hearts which is a commandment we have received. “Jesus said, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.”
Isaiah 5:4
Matt.22:37-38. Many others have failed to show their love for others in deeds and actions.
When God looks at your life, what does He see? He wants you to know that it really matters to Him. Actions such as reading your Bible, praying, attending Church, ministering to others in need, are good fruits that a Christian should always produce.
Jesus put it this way: “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil.” Luke 6:45.
What more could God have done for you than to give you the desire and ability to bring Him good fruit?
He has provided a way for you to receive forgiveness of your sins through the death, burial, and resurrection of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16. Do you know of anyone else that cares that much for you? “For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:7-8.
“What More Could I have Done for You, That I have Not Already Done?”
What more could God do for you than to reveal to you the opportunity to receive eternal life? God has given you clear instructions in His precious Word - The Holy Bible. Ifyouconfesswithyourmouththe Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9-10. This opportunity is offered to anyone who wants to follow God and will live a life pleasing to Him. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved” Romans 10:13.
What more could God do for you than to provide you with the ability to communicate with Him? “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Luke 11:9-10.
What more could God do for you than to give you other Christians to help you learn about the love of God? “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. I John 1:7. He has given you a Church, a body of believers who can encourage you to live for God.
What more could God do for you than to give you all the things you need? He has given you the resources of prayer and protection. “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:31-32
What more could God do for you than to provide for you an eternal place to be with Him? “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’shousearemanymansions;ifitwere not so, I would have told you. 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.” John 14: 1-3. You will spend eternity some place. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be with God and all those people who love Him and are already with Him?
God has done a lot for you and in return He is expecting to see good fruit for all the time and energy He has put into your life. A relationship with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit is more than just mentally believing that they exist. It is a relationship. “But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! But do you not know, O foolish person, that faith without works is dead?” James 2:18-20.

God has given each of you gifts and abilities that can glorify Him and be a blessing to others. God has done His part and I don’t know of anything else He can do to show His love for you. The question then becomes: “God, What more can I do for you?”. Let that be your prayer and He will show you many ways to receive blessings from Him and be a blessing to others. Everything you do today for the Lord will count for Eternity. “Set your affections (mind) on things above, not on things on the earth.” Colossians 3:2

Friday, September 19, 2014

MAKING BETTER DECISIONS




MAKING BETTER DECISIONS
By Pastor Mark Taylor 

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

If you love the Lord and are doing your best to keep His commandments, He wants to bless you.  There are some principles of life that will help you to see if the way you are living, behaving, and thinking is working or not working.  I hope today if the Holy Spirit reveals to you something in your life that is not working, you will resolve to change it.

Because you are a child of God, He wants you to make good decisions.  God’s will for your life is that you have joy and have success while you live with Him on Earth.  “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.”  (John 15:11).  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.”  (Jeremiah 29:11).

Decision making is a very important part of all of our lives.  Some decisions are certainly more important than others, but they all have an impact on our lives.  Think about major decisions you have made - the person you have married, the career path you have chosen, the church where you have chosen to worship are all important decisions.  But you will still make more decisions in your life and the way you think can have a positive or negative outcome on what you choose.

Problems do not get better with time.  You cannot change what you do not acknowledge.  And what you do not acknowledge is going to get worse until you do.  Failure and bad decisions are the result of a lack of knowledge and wisdom.  Knowledge is the information we obtain, while wisdom is the ability to use it in the right way.  We get wisdom from God and we get it the same way we get our salvation, through faith.  “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and with no reproach, and it shall be given to him. But let him ask in faith, doubting nothing. For he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven by the wind and tossed. For do not let that person think that he/she shall receive anything from the Lord” (James 1:5-7). You don’t get wisdom without knowledge.   Learn how Jesus made decisions and what He taught about decision making and you will have the knowledge and wisdom you need.  “Take My yoke on you and learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you shall find rest to your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:29-30).  

Work only on those things that will truly change your life.  You need to stop saying: “Why are they doing this to me?”  You need to start asking: “What thought, behavior, and choices can I change to get a different result”.  Remember life is not about whether you are right or wrong, but whether the things you are doing are working or not working.

In life, “When you choose the behavior, you choose the consequence”.  Your thoughts are behavior also.  There is a pattern. “Watch your thoughts; they become words.  Watch your words: they become actions.  Watch your actions; they become habits.  Watch your habits; they become character.  Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny!”“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart  Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.”  (Psalm 19:14)

The second thing we have to do to become more successful in our lives is to  take action.  Good intentions are not enough.  “Even so, if it does not have works, faith is dead, being by itself. You believe that there is one God, you do well; even the demons believe and tremble. But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” (James 2:17-20). It has been said that “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”.  When God gives you the “right” information choose to follow it instead of your feelings or following the crowd.  Very often the window of opportunity will only be open for a time and then it is shut forever. “For He says, "In an acceptable time I heard you, and in a day of salvation, I helped you;" Behold, now is the accepted time. Behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2). 

The third thing we need to learn from the Lord Jesus is to be “content” with where we are until He gives us the wisdom and opportunity to change our circumstances.  This is a request for “Grace” in difficult situations.   “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Finally ask for forgiveness and learn from your mistakes.  It has been said: “If you always do what you have always done, you will get what you always have gotten.”  If you have making wrong decisions in your life or you say to yourself:  “Everything I do seems to always go wrong.”, then something needs to change.  Today, we need to get with the Lord and ask for forgiveness and accept personal responsibility for our sins.  Poor decisions either are sin, or they will lead to sin.  “Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your loving-kindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me completely from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I confess my transgressions; and my sin is ever before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done evil in Your sight”  (Psalms 51:1-4).




Thursday, September 11, 2014

SAY GOOD-BYE TO YESTERDAY



Video Link To Sermon Below
“Say Good-bye to Yesterday”
By Pastor Mark Taylor
“For a righteous person may fall seven times And rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity. (Proverbs 24:16).  
Christians are not “perfect”.  We are forgiven and we have the presence of God in our lives through the Holy Spirit, but we will all still make mistakes and fail ourselves and others from time to time.
The first step in saying good-bye to yesterday, is to acknowledge to ourselves and to the Lord that we have failed.  “Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me.”          (Psalms 51:1-3).  Feeling like you are the victim and blaming others for failures in your life will not allow you to put your past behind you. Change your response to failure by accepting responsibility.  To move forward today, you must learn to say good-bye to yesterday’s hurts, tragedies, and negative events.
Next, understand that God loves you right now for who you are.  You cannot do anything to make God love you more than He does right now.  I know that it is a hard concept to accept because others do not love and accept us unconditionally, but God does.  “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1).  He demonstrates that love by continually forgiving us and giving us opportunities to start over.  “The mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children's children, (Psalms 103:17).
Finally, in this process determine to release the event and move on.  You do not have control over how other people feel about you or what you have done, but you do have power to control your response to the event.  Holding grudges and repeated the event to yourself and others will only prolong the pain.  “but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.” (Philippians 3:13).

Many people before you have failed in business, relationships, and in accomplishing personal goals.  The average entrepreneur fails 4 times before they make it in business.  They have learned how to lemons in to lemonade.  Thomas Edison believed “ Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up”.
When we don’t what to do, then we need to ask God for guidance, because He does know the solution to our problems and can help us overcome failure.   “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5).  I would like to share a few strategies that successful men and women have learned in overcoming failure.2
  • Reject Rejection.  Do not give up because others think you have failed.  The Lord has not given up on you. “For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." So we may boldly say: "The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?" (Hebrews 13:5-6).
  • Don’t blame God and others for your failures.  He is the source of your help, not the source of your problem.   Remember how far you have come and give God glory for what you have.  Remember Job’s attitude about failure. “And he said: "Naked I came from my mother's womb, And naked shall I return there. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD." In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.” (Job 1:21-22).
  • See failure as only a temporary problem.  “For a righteous person may fall seven times and rise again.” (Proverbs 24:16).  
  • Keep your expectations realistic and achievable.  Ask for God’s will to be done in your life. “You ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that." (James 4:15).
  • Instead of dwelling on your failure, focus on your strengths. God has made you with special abilities and made you for a special purpose. “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.” (Psalms 139:14).
  • Don’t be afraid to start over.  Fear will bring procrastination and eventually stop you from overcoming failure. If you have the Lord Jesus in your heart, He will help you start over. “But Jesus looked at them and said, "With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible." (Mark 10:27).
  • Don’t get used to failure and make the same mistakes over and over again. “If you always do what you’ve always done, then you will always get what you’ve always gotten”.


A great future is awaiting the children of God in this world and the one to come - Don't Quit – Don’t Give Up.  The Lord is on your side.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

JESUS IS MY BEST FRIEND

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JESUS IS MY BEST FRIEND
By Pastor Mark Taylor

“And the Lord had replied to Moses, “Yes, I will do what you have asked, for you have certainly found favor with me, and you are my friend.” (Exodus 33:17- Living Bible)


God wants you to have a best friend.  And that best friend is His Son, The Lord Jesus Christ.  He wants to be your best friend and give you His friendship and bless your life.
He wants to be your best friend and give you His friendship and bless your life.

There have been times in my life when I needed a friend.  I needed someone to love me and accept me for who I was and where I was at that point in my life.  I found that friend in Jesus.  There is a Gospel song who's lyrics say:  

I would love to tell you what I think of Jesus, 
Since I found in Him a friend so strong and true.
I would tell you how
He changed my life completely; 
He did something no other friend could do.

No one ever cared for me like Jesus; 
There's no other friend so kind as He.
No one else could take the sin
And darkness from me; 
O how much He cared for me.

It is only when we know God personally that we can expect to be called His own and receive what He has in store for us.  “Let me live in your favor” was a request from Moses to God.  Once we know God’s ways and know God personally, than the favor of God can and will rest, in and on our lives.  Gods goodness and mercy will follow you, Psalms 23 says "surely goodness and mercy shall follow you all the days of your life!”

While Moses was spending time with God getting the Ten Commandments and getting instructions on how to worship God. the children of Israel were at the bottom of the mountain worshiping idols.  God told Moses that He would destroy all of them because of their rebellion and sin and give him a new group of people to lead into the promised land.  But Moses asked God to have mercy and He did.  Our Lord Jesus has asked our Heavenly Father to have mercy on us and continue to lead us into our promised land called Heaven.  “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” (I John 2:1 - NKJV).

In Exodus 33 verses 1 to 6 we learn that God will send the Israelites off to the Promised Land with an angel instead of going with them. We find that the Lord says that He wouldn’t be with them because of the hardness of their heart.  But again Moses prays to God and asks Him to go with them.  

For Moses had said, “If you aren’t going with us, don’t let us move a step from this place. If you don’t go with us, who will ever know that I and my people have found favor with you, and that we are different from any other people upon the face of the earth?”  And the Lord had replied to Moses, “Yes, I will do what you have asked, for you have certainly found favor with me, and you are my friend.” (v. 15-17 - Living Bible).

God makes a distinction between His people and the rest of the world by showing His pleasure through His divine presence.  He is with us even when we do not feel His presence.


We are created for relationship. God reaches down to us and looks for us. He came eventually, revealing Himself in Jesus. He moves in our direction, and speaks our language. Before we even took a step towards Him, God takes a giant step and moves towards us. He took our form and became a man, so that He can relate to us.

God wants us to be His friend. Not just an acquaintance. Not just one of our fans. Not just part of the crowd, but our friend. If you want to be a friend of God, you need to be a friend to God and get to know Him, up close and personnel.

Friends talk with each other and spend time with each other.  “My sheep (Friends) hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.” (John 10:27-28).  We must both speak to God in prayer and listen to Him through His precious Word - The Bible.  I know it is hard to speak to someone you cannot see.  But Jesus is with you and He can hear you.  He can speak to you through His precious Word - The Bible.  He can hear you sing praises to His name through praise songs and traditional hymns.

Friends do things for each other and with each other.  We must open up to Him, learn to tell him everything, be willing to do what He asks, be concerned about the things He is concerned about, and make friendship with Him our top priority.  "You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.”  (John 15:14-15).  

We obey because we love Him and know He has our best interests at heart. The closer we follow Him the stronger our friendship becomes.  Non-Christians think we obey because we have to, or because we are overcome with guilt if we don’t, or because we are afraid of some celestial punishment. We know, however, we obey because of love.

We are asked to love others, help the needy, live a Godly life, forgive when we don’t want to or feel like it, and lead others to Him.  The closer we get to God, the more we will Care about what He cares about; Grieve over what he grieves over; Rejoice over what brings Him pleasure.  To be a friend of God, we must care about all the people around us God cares about.  “Great opportunities may come once in a lifetime, but small opportunities surround us every day.”

Friends are proud of each other and their friendship. Friends of God tell their friends about God.  “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:38).  Let us share with each other and with others “What a Friend We Have In Jesus”.


Jesus is my BFF - Best Friend Forever.  He is inviting you to share that same relationship with Him.  Jesus is a Friend who “ sticks closer than a brother."

Sunday, August 17, 2014

ONE THANKFUL MAN



One Thankful Man
By Pastor Mark Taylor

And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go your way: your faith has made you whole” (Luke 17:17-19).

Giving thanks and the word thanksgiving are mentioned over 140 times in the Bible.  All the people used by God in the Bible had the “attitude of gratitude”.  David said: “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” (Psalms 103:1-2).  Daniel gave thanks: “Daniel went to his house. And his windows were open in his roof room toward Jerusalem; and he kneeled on his knees three times a day and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did before” (Daniel 6:10).  Paul tells us: “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

You do not have to wait until a special day like "Thanksgiving" to be thankful.  You do not even have to wait until Sunday when you go to church to be thankful.  You should be thankful everyday and every time God does something special for you.  You should be thankful for the things He has already done for you.  God loves to hear appreciative prayers of thanks from His children.

In this recorded event, Jesus stopped to help 10 seriously ill people even though He had been on a long journey and was probably very tired.  Leprosy was a disease which the Jews thought was a punishment for some particular sin.  Disease and sickness are not always related to sin, but Christ came to take away sin and demonstrated that He has power over sin and disease.  Our physical bodies are not made to last forever on this Earth.  Children of God will receive a resurrected body that will last forever and we will live with God forever: “And I heard a great voice out of Heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away all tears from their eyes. And there will be no more death, nor mourning, nor crying out, nor will there be any more pain; for the first things passed away. And He sitting on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said to me, Write, for these words are true and faithful” (Revelation 21:3-5).

The ten did not ask for a cure for the leprosy, but cried out “Have mercy on us”.  Sometimes we don’t know what to pray for: “Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26).

“And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go show yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.”(Luke 17:14)  When you ask the Lord to help you, He will usually ask you to do something to demonstrate your faith. 

The “One Thankful Man”, took the time to return to Jesus to thank Him.  He started out standing “afar off”, but now he was on “his face at His feet, giving Him thanks”.  He started out asking for mercy, and now he glorified God with a “loud voice”.
Those who have received mercy from God should publish it it others.  Their praise to God may encourage others and lead them to trust Christ.

 Jesus took notice of the grateful return the “One Thankful Man” made.  He also took notice of the ingratitude of those that were sharers of the mercy that did not return to give thanks.
“Where are the nine?”  Of the many that receive mercy from God, there are very few (one in ten) that return to give thanks.

Today, thank our Lord and Savior for the many times He has had mercy on you.  If you are a child of God you have much to be thankful for.  You have Heaven to look forward to.  Jesus told the “One Thankful Man” that his faith had made him whole.
He not only received a physical healing, but a spiritual healing.
He not only received a higher quality of life on earth, but he received “Eternal Life”.  Be one of the 10% that Loves God enough to give thanks to Him today!!!!

“To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever” (Psalms 30:12).

“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto Your name, O most High” (Psalms 92:1).

“Praise you the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good: for His mercy endures for ever” (Psalms 106:1).

“By Him, then, let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name” (Hebrews 13:15).