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Thursday, March 22, 2018


Zechariah 9:9

Palm Sunday, in the Christian calendar is the Sunday before Easter and the first day of the Holy Week.  The account of Christ’s entry into Jerusalem is one of the few events that are recorded in all four Gospels.  Of the four reports given in the Gospels, only one, John, mentions palms. It has been the custom of all of the kingdoms of the Middle East to cover, in some manner, the pathway of royalty.   

It was a prophecy predicted in Zechariah 9:9 “Rejoice greatly; O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem; behold, thy King comes unto you: He is just, and having salvation; lowly and riding a donkey, and upon a colt of the foal of an donkey”.  It was fulfilled in Matthew 21: 1-11.  This chapter begins that which is called the passion-week. He had said to his disciples more than once, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and there the Son of man must be betrayed. A great deal of good work He did by the way, and now at length He is come up to Jerusalem.   

This passage of Christ's riding in triumph into Jerusalem, happened five days before his death. The Passover was on the fourteenth day of the month, and this was the tenth; on which day the law appointed that the paschal lamb should be taken up (Exod. xii. 3), and set apart for that service; on that day therefore Christ our Passover, who was to be sacrificed for us, was publicly shown. This was the prelude to His passion, His death, and His Resurrection. 

Palm Sunday pictures the peace-loving King who is going into Jerusalem to die to restore relationships torn by sin by establishing a new covenant in His blood.  In Revelation 19:11 there is the picture of the “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” to come and destroy His enemies, Satan, and sin.

There are many applications we can draw from this event.  God uses simple material things like donkeys, to accomplish His purposes.  He said: “The Lord has need of them” (Matthew 21:3). The Lord would like to use you to meet a need in other’s lives.   He also used their cloaks to give Him the red carpet treatment.  Some offered Him their shouts of praise and worship.

 God uses what we have to glorify Him.  Don’t ever think you have nothing to offer the “King of Kings”.  “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise” (Psalms 51:17).
The poor offered Him praise and worship.  “And when He had come near, even now at the descent of the Mount of Olives, all the multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works which they had seen, saying, Blessed is the King coming in the name of the Lord! Peace in Heaven and glory in the highest! (Luke 19:37-38)

Jesus was aware that although the common people received Him, the religious leaders did not.  “And some of the Pharisees from the crowd said to Him, Teacher, rebuke your disciples. And He answered and said to them, I tell you that if these should be silent, the stones would cry out. (Luke 19:39-40).

Palm Sunday and Easter are illustrations about your worship of the “King of Kings” and your coming to the foot of the Cross.  Jesus could have marshaled the forces of nature to pound the minds of the masses into submission or taken over my creating a military force, or creating circumstances that would literally force people to follow Him.  But God wanted our relationship with Him to be personal.  Everything He did was for us to find the purpose of His love and grace.  

Christ is God and can be everywhere at the same time, doing trillions of things at the same time, touching trillions of hearts at the same time.  He can do all of this in an individualized, customized, totally personalized, one-on-one way.  Most people consider Christ a great historical figure, but they have no personal relationship with Him.  God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit are about you.  Christ knew you before you were born, yet he suffered and died, and rose again so you could be apart of His Kingdom.  

There is a deep emotional work involved in getting to a full relationship with Christ.  Many people don’t want to take that deep a journey.  Their sin prevents them or blinds them to the love and grace existing for them.

Let Him be your “King of Kings, and Lord of Lords” today, and He will give you an unexplainable supernatural experience.  It is called being born again, saved, receiving eternal life, becoming a friend of Christ, and a child of the King!  He is coming again.  I hope you will offer your material things, your praises, and your lives to Him this Palm Sunday.

Thursday, March 8, 2018



By Pastor Mark Taylor 

There are many things we do not know about what heaven will be like, because it is beyond our ability to comprehend. But one thing we can be sure of is that it will fulfill our greatest longings, it will dazzle us with its beauty, it will obliterate our greatest problems with its power and splendor, it will be greater than anything we could imagine or dream, it will be a place where love and joy will reign unspoiled. God is busy preparing all of this for us. “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Hm” (1 Corinthians 2:9).

It will be where God will reward His Children for everything they have done for Him: every tear they shed in prayers for others, every person they helped, and every act of kindness done in His Name.  Think about what is really important.  “Only one life, it will soon be past, Only what is done for Christ will last”.  

If we make preparations for our grandchildren’s visit or guests coming to our home for a meal, how much more does a God of love prepare for the time His children will come to His eternal home. The Bible says, “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:11). Jesus said, “I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:2-3).  If this fallen world in all of its brokenness can be so wonderful, what must heaven be like? 

Heaven is the residence of God. The greatest reward of heaven will be God Himself. Nothing we see or experience will be greater than the fact that we are with God and see him face to face. We sing “O how I love Jesus”, “Amazing Grace”, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”.  When we get to Heaven, we will see that Friend and enjoy His company forever.  “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known” (1 Corinthians 13:12). 

How wonderful it will be to be in the presence of God where we will perfectly know him and know that we are perfectly known and loved. John writes in the book of Revelation: “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God’” (Revelation 21:3). We will have no greater reward or relationship than being with our wonderful God and seeing Him face to face. 

No matter what you are going through today - it is only temporary.  No one escapes difficulty and disappointment in this world.  Don’t let it drive you away from the God who loves you and wants to help you.  We are headed to a great place where God lives and where we will find true love and acceptance.  
Christians can be certain of their future in Heaven because Jesus prays for us. “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours.  And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them.  Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.” (John 17: 9-11).

Christians can be certain of their future in heaven because God is for us and not against us.   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).  In other words, how can we lose if God is on our side? How can we be kept from future glory if God is for us? Obviously we can’t.  We can be certain that He will bring His work to a fulfillment. God is not investing in a losing cause!  He proved His love for us on Calvary so we can be certain that nothing, absolutely nothing will keep him from completing His loving plans. Even when you struggle and fail, God still loves you and is still for you.

Christians can be certain of their future in Heaven because there is nothing that can separate us from God’s love.  For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8: 38-39). 

There is nothing in this world worth missing Heaven for.  There are temptations from Satan to be selfish, to mistreat others, to be actively involved in worldly pleasures that we know go against God’s principles. But I would ask everyone to consider if this wonderful place God has prepared for them that love Him, is worth missing.  Our time on Earth is brief and we can do many valuable and good things for the Lord Jesus while we are here.  He wants to bless us while we are here and then for Eternity.  At the end of your life you cannot take your wealth, your popularity, or your accomplishments with you.  Heaven is all about new things for those who love God and will serve Him in this life time. “Behold, I make all things new” (Revelations 21:5).

There are many things we do not know about Heaven because it is so much better than  Earth, that there are no human words to explain how great it is.  We will be reunited with our loved ones who loved God and accepted the Lord Jesus as their Savior.  We will be rewarded for all of our service and sacrifices in our service for God to meet the needs of others.  Jesus said, “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with Me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done” (Revelation 22:12).

I would encourage all of those who have not decided to accept the Lord Jesus as their personal Savior to make that decision, and give their lives to Him so that they might receive the gift of eternal life.  “Jesus said to him:  “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  (John 14:6).  Heaven is a real place that has been prepared for those that Love God and the Lord Jesus Christ. (John 14: 1-3).

Tuesday, March 6, 2018


You Are Special

Our Lord Jesus has chosen us and chosen to give us His love. That makes us special.  A couple of verses that reinforces my belief on this are: “You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain; that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in My name, He may give it to you.”  John 15:16 and  “I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own” John 10:14.  The fact is that God knows and loves us by name, personally and intimately.  That fact should motivate us to seek after Him, so that we might know and love Him in the same way.

You are special to Him.  Even if you have been away from God, He is looking for you today. He is drawn to people who are weak and admit it, and who ask for help from Heaven.  “My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”   (2 Corinthians 12:9).  You are more valuable than you think you are.  You are more valuable than others think you are.  You are of great value to the God that created you and to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave His live for you.  The Earth, the plants and animals, the sun and moon were created for you.

You and God are a majority.  You have all the resources of Heaven on your side. You can become God’s partner in accomplishing things on Earth that God wants to do. You are only “one” person, but you can allow God to use you to meet the needs of another person who feels that they are only one.
In our technological world we are seeing the de-personalization of our lives. As we go through the day, we feel like a number instead of a person. A statistic instead of a human being. 

Did you ever notice how important individuals are in the Bible?  Individual men and women, with names, and families, and histories, and personalities, and strengths and weaknesses?

God has given us an event in the life of the prophet Elijah.  In this event, God choose one person to make a big difference in the life of Elijah.  I Kings 17: 8-16   The widow women, told Elijah that she only had enough food for one more meal for her and her son and that the two sticks she had was to build a fire to cook their last meal.
Then Elijah told her if she would do this one act of faith that God would bless her for many days.

There was “one” prophet.  At times He felt he was the only one left that was serving God until God showed him there were 7,000 more.  Then there was the “one barrel” and “one cup” of the “one” woman. Before Elijah got to this ladies house, the meal and oil barrels were empty. The barrels were filled by God and never went empty until the famine was over and the rain came.  After she  did what the Lord told her to do, both of them were full.  “For your Father knows what things you have need of before you ask Him.”  Matthew 6:8.

You may not think you have much today to offer the Lord.  You may be “hanging on by a thread”.  But you still have “one thing” more you can do, one more prayer you can pray, and one more promise from God’s Word you can depend upon.  

God likes to use individuals.  He likes to take “one” person to accomplish things for His glory and to meet the needs of others.  And when He chooses that “one” person, it is usually the person who others would be dismissed as weak or unable to perform the task.

Our Lord Jesus ministered to individuals. Yes, He taught the multitudes. Yes, He fed the five thousand. But when He healed people, it wasn’t in great masses. If He wanted to, He could have waved his arms and cured hundreds at a stroke. But instead, He placed His hands on them, one at a time, and He healed them, one at a time. In the same way, when Christ looks at you and me, that’s what He sees; not anonymous faces in the crowd, but his precious, beloved children, whom He knows intimately and cares for deeply. 

God’s plan for each of us is unique.  He loves variety and diversity. God is working in your life differently than He is in mine, or in someone else’s.  It doesn’t mean that He loves you more or less. His plan for you isn’t better or worse than His plan for someone else, it’s just different. 

You are more valuable than the mountains, flowers, birds, and planets, that God created.  Use your life to be a blessing to others and to show your love to the God who thinks you are more valuable than any other thing in His creation.   Memorize and say this verse to yourself every day.  “I will praise You; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are marvelous and my soul knows it very well.” (Psalm 139:14).

When you or I go to God in prayer, He doesn’t say to Himself, "Oh, someone is praying." He doesn’t even say, "one of my children is praying." He says, "______ is praying.” (Put your name in the blank)

God’s personal love serves as a model for us to emulate in our love for one another.  We all have our own faith journey to follow, and someone else’s may not look like yours. That’s OK. Let God deal with them as He sees fit.

Just as we shouldn’t be satisfied with a superficial relationship to one another, we shouldn’t be satisfied to have a superficial relationship with our God. Christ, through His death, has removed every barrier; He has removed every obstacle; He has made it possible for us to truly know God; and He invites us to know Him; and desires that we know Him.

You are loved by God and that is something you need to remind yourself of every day.  You should love yourselves, because God loves you.  You will be able to stand before God one day and understand His love for you. 

Thursday, February 15, 2018


by Pastor Mark Taylor

“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.  They are new every morning: great is Thy Faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3: 22-23)

FORGIVENESS is another way we can “Love One Another”I know this is a difficult thing to do, but it is necessary in our relationship with our Heavenly Father.  Forgiveness is not about letting someone else get away with a past hurtful act against you, it is about you letting it go so God can give you happiness.  “If you forgive those who sin against you, your Heavenly Father will forgive you.  But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.” (Matthew 6:14-15).

Someone has said: “If you always do what you have done, you will always get what you always got”.  Some people get caught up in a cycle of doing the same thing over and over again and they will continue to get the same results.  Some people find themselves in a cycle of lack of forgiveness, bitterness, and fear.   Forgiveness can break the cycle of blame and pain.   “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear”. (1 John 4:18).

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 God’s power in you to forgive.  To move forward today, you must learn to say good-bye to yesterday’s hurts, tragedies, and negative events.

A memory is a memory is a memory - and there is no healthy way to erase it.  It is history and no one can go back and undo it.  You cannot simply talk a problem to death, but the Holy Spirit can teach you how to forgive.  You can rise above your anger by funneling your mental energy into your spirit and intellect.   They can create new meaning out of old memories.  Forgiveness will bless you with an inner security and give you an unexpected sense of personal power.  Our emotions should not be controlled by the actions of others.

Remember you have been forgiven many times for mean things you have done toward God.   You have sinned by sins of commission or by omission, but He has forgiven you.  “This is the covenant that I will make with them...says the Lord.  I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them.  And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.” (Hebrews 10:15-16). 

We need to get the emotional power to forgive, and to stop torturing ourselves with the question: “Why Me?”. Everyone has losses in life.   Many people blame God for things He has nothing to do with.  When there is a great loss in your life through a death, or broken relationship, or loss of a job, God is not responsible. The source of loss is the free will God has given to us and others.  Jesus said:  “Satan has come to kill, steal, and destroy, but I have come that you might have life, and have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10). 
If you have anger toward God, you need to ask for forgiveness for misdirecting your anger.  God can handle it, but if you continue to blame Him, you will cut your self off of the future blessings and happiness He wants to give you.  God does not do to things to His children that are harmful or hurtful. There is an evil power in this world called Satan who deserves the blame for death, hurt, and loss. 


Stop Hating those who have hurt you. It doesn’t mean you have to become their friends or hang out with them. But wanting revenge is not God’s plan for His children. “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto God’s wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” (Romans 12:19)  It is a medical fact that hate or bitterness will cause you mental and physical problems.  Forgiveness benefits you even if others do not accept your apology or attempt to make things right.  It will set you free emotionally and open your heart to receive love.

Stop Thinking about it.  When you begin to think of the person or situation that has caused you to become bitter or angry, change your thinking.  Instead of feeling sorry for yourself and playing the victim card, begin to think of how blessed you are now and focus on how good your future can be.  Tell yourself to change the subject within your mind. “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”  (Philippians 4:8).  The more you practice this the sooner you will have victory over the negative energy that comes from a lack of forgiveness.

Stop Talking about it.  I often hear people tell me what they have told many other people regarding what someone has done to them.  Repeating  the offense over and over again will never change the past situation or give you any peace in your life. There are many books, sermons, and counselors that can help you to move past your hurt.  The Bible says:  “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)

Stop Forgetting how good has been to you.  Remember how much and how many times you have been forgiven by God and others.  There is a saying:  “To err (make a mistake) is human, but to forgive is Divine.”  Paul had a lot of things to be bitter about, but this is what he said: “This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.” (Philippians 3:13).

Start Believing that you can forgive. Quit saying: “I can’t forgive”. We have to pray with faith that He will give you this ability.  It may not happen immediately, but it will happen.  Everyday thank God that He is giving you the ability to forgive.  “But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”  (Matthew 19:26).  “Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:23).

Sunday, February 11, 2018



“This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)

Acts of service, is doing things for others that you would want them to do for you. Our Lord and Savior said this: “Therefore, whatever you want people to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12).  You can show your love to others by doing things for them.  Love is not just a feeling, it is action.  “My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue only, but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18).

The “Love Language” of “acts of service” is something the Lord Jesus Christ both demonstrated and taught us to do. “So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you? "You call me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. "If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.” (John 13:12-14).  Today, in our society, we do not demonstrate or love for each other with this custom,  but there are many ways we can “wash each other’s feet” through loving each other with tangible acts of love and service.

One of the meanings for the Hebrew word for love in the Old Testament is “to give”.  It is more concerned about giving than receiving.  This love isn’t about getting some feeling or satisfaction.  It is about giving devotion and time.  Giving is God’s vehicle of love.  “For God so loved - He gave His only begotten Son…” (John 3:16).  It is not an emotion, but an action.  It is love or kindness toward people and showing people mercy and kindness.

Many people are locked into “gender” gaps and “generational” gaps which identify and limit them in the types of service that they are willing to give to those they love.  For instance, some men will not wash the dishes, because their dads never washed the dishes.  They view that service as something the wife should always do.  Some women feel that it is the husband’s job to take out the trash and wash the car.  

When we allow ourselves to think and live the way our parents did, we limit our capacity to show our love to others with acts of service.  “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.” (Philippians 2:3).  Remember there are no rewards for maintaining stereotypes, but there are tremendous benefits to meeting the emotional needs of those you love.  You may do a lot of things right, but if you don’t do it with love, you will not meet the needs of those who need your love. “And though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)

Loving each other with acts of service is not limited to the husband and wife relationships.  This command of “loving one another” applies to our friends, fellow Christian brothers and sisters, children, and grandchildren. It is a love language that should be spoken by each of us to each other.  Love is a choice and cannot be demanded or manipulated.  “Each of us must decide daily to love or not to love each other.  This is true in all our relationships.

One of the best ways to express our love to the Lord is in “acts of service”.  “Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.” (Psalms 100:2).  This includes attending worship services, giving, praying, and giving testimonies of His goodness.  “Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!” (Psalms 107:8).   

Below are some simple “acts of service” we can do for each other and the Lord:
  1. Be at church to show your love and support for each other and the Lord.
  2. Visit the sick and home bound, and those in nursing homes.
  3.   Prepare some food for someone who has lost a loved one or who has just had surgery and is at home sick.
  4. Use your gifts and abilities to serve the Lord and others within the church. (teaching a class, watching the nursery, sing in the choir, repairing,  cleaning etc.).
  5. Find a mission work outside of the church you can devote time to or donate money to help in their work for the Lord.
  6. Ask others and the Lord the question: “Is there something I can do for you?”
  7. Write a note or make a phone call to let them know you are “there for them”.
  8. Invite someone to your home for a meal or take them out and pay for it.

You may feel that no one else has expressed the love language of “acts of service” toward you, and you may question why you should.  Remember, love is something you do because the Lord has already done it for you. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8).  Demonstrating your love for others is not a matter of them deserving it or not, it is a matter of God’s grace in you.  “We love Him because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19). Express to your loved ones that it is a way you feel loved when they do things for you.  One practical way to do this is for two people or a family to write down two to three things they can do for each other to make each one feel more loved.  You can show your love for God by showing your love one another in “acts of services”. "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."  (John 13:35).  It is a testimony to your family, your friends, your church family, and most of all to your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” (1 John 4:7).

Tuesday, January 30, 2018



"This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”  (John 15:12)

Love is the most important word in the English language.  It was also the most important commandment given to us from God and the Lord Jesus Christ. “And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' This is the first commandment. "And the second, like it, is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:30-31).
Gary Chapman wrote a book taught and read by millions titled: “The 5 Love Languages – The Secret to Love That Lasts”. Hal Urban wrote another book titled “Positive Words, Powerful Results”.  In the next few weeks I will be using some of their material along with Scriptures and principles from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to help us fulfill the two great commandants.  Chapman’s book deals primarily with relationships between husbands and wives. Urban’s book deals with positive words.  I want to use their professional knowledge and take that a step farther and help us all learn how to love God, others, and ourselves.  I am praying that the Holy Spirit will help me teach us “How To Love”.
Chapman says that love can be expressed in five different ways or “5 Love Languages”.  They are: “Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch”.  In this message I would like for the Lord to speak to us about the first one which we will call “encouraging words”.  It doesn’t matter what age group you are in, the impact of words is that they can tear down or build up the person who uses them and the person who hears them.  “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21).
I am not going to spend much time on negative and offensive language.  The Bible along with most research shows that it causes physical, mental, social, and spiritual problems.  This includes complaining, moaning, whining, and hurtful language.  The words we use are stored in the heart and mind, and when we “speak our mind”, it is the overflow of what is stored in our hearts.  We need to be careful what we put in our minds and hearts.  Our Lord said: "A good person out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil person out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:45).
Words like many other things we do are choices.  We can look for the good in others and in every situation.  We can choose to use good words to.  If you take the time to think before you speak you can be an encourager instead of a complainer or a carrier of bad words.  Look for the good instead of the bad, the right instead of the wrong, 
Someone has said that every word that we speak is a chance to change what is bad into something good.  The Lord Jesus said this about the things He spoke: "These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:11).  Learning to love like Jesus will make your life and the lives of others meaningful and joyful.  “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10).  Encouraging words are a way to show how much you love others and God.
One way to show love through encouraging words is to emphasize what people do right instead of focusing on their mistakes.  One of the most powerful human relations skills is learning how to encourage other people.  Look for, and find the good in people, and then tell them what you found.  Find reasons for praise and applause.  Support others by reinforcing what they do well.  Sincere praise brings out the best in us.  God the Father uses encouraging words: “Then a voice came from heaven, "You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." (Mark 1:11).
Our words are choices.  We are just as free to choose positive and encouraging things to say as we are to complain.  People need to feel loved.  They need to be made to feel that their lives matter and that they are important.  Below are some ways to love one another and love God.
Give encouragement; Express thanks; Acknowledge others; Give a compliment;
Congratulate those you love; Offer words of comfort; make others laugh; communicate your love in words; let others know you are praying for them.

Let’s not forget the first commandment: “And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.”  We are created in God’s image, and He desires that we show our love for Him.  One of those ways is “words of praise”.  “Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!” (Psalms 107:8).  I am not sure if God needs encouragement, but He does desire our words of thanks, praise, and acknowledgement.  “Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” (Psalms 136:1).

This “love language” is not just a suggestion for being a better person, it is a command from God.  “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” (1 John 4:7-8).  Ask the Lord Jesus today to give you more love for people.  Now you know one way to show love.  In the next message you will learn another way to show your love to God and to each other.  You will learn about showing your love with the “love language” of quality time.  This week work on using Words of Affirmation (encouragement), to show your love to your husband, wife, parents, children, grandchildren, friends, co-workers, and especially to your Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018



Jesus Promises Another Helper - John Chapter 14

15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you….  23.  Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him, and make Our abode with him. 24.  He that loves Me not, does not keep My sayings, and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s which sent Me.  25.  These things have I spoken unto you, being present with you.  26.  But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, Whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever, I have said unto you.

When you ask our Lord Jesus to come into your heart and forgive you of your sins, God the Father sends you The Holy Spirit.  He lives in you and will not leave you.  He is the voice of God Who gives you the ability to communicate with Him and will give you power to overcome sin and have a relationship with Him.  The Holy Spirit, who is the Third member of the Trinity, is a gift to us in this dispensation, the "Church Age." The Holy Spirit's work is to give believers gifts or talents to enable him to serve and Love our Lord Jesus Christ.  Our Lord in His physical body could only be present at one place at one time, but through the Holy Spirit He can be every where all the time.  

The Holy Spirit is present through out the whole Bible. From Genesis 1 to Revelation. Genesis 1:2 says “darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”  Revelation 22:17 says: “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’”. It is evident that the Holy Spirit is present through out the whole Bible, but His function is a bit different in the Old Testament and in the New Testament.  While He was with them, He mostly came upon people in the Old Testament, while He lives in us today and never leaves us.

In this short message, I want to express how important it is for you to understand The Holy Spirit.  He is the third person of the Trinity - The Father, The Son, The Holy Spirit.  He is God who speaks to you from Heaven who lives in you.  There are many illustrations of how three can be one, but none are adequate.  God has made Himself known in three different ways.  One illustration is water.  It can be ice, liquid, and steam, but it is all water - H2O.  We were created in God’s image.  We are a body, spirit, and soul.  We are three, yet we are one.  The difference is our three must stay together while we are alive on Earth.  God can express Himself in three different forms while remaining the same substance.  He is still one God.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways," declares the LORD. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:8, 9). 

We not only can receive help from God The Father, and God The Son, but our Lord Jesus sent us God the Holy Spirit to be our helper.

The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit comforts us in time of trouble or sorrow; He helps us to overcome temptations & to live the way we ought; He educates our conscience; He helps us to pray as we ought; & He bears witness to God on our behalf that we are children of God.   To the Christian, the Holy Spirit is God’s great Helper - helping us where we are weak, lifting us up when we fall, comforting us in trouble or sorrow, guiding us in the way we ought to go, & standing alongside us as a witness for our defense before God on that great judgment day.

God gives us the Spirit so that we can know what the right thing is and how to do it. He could of given us a huge manual to study with the right thing to do in every situation that would ever come up in life. But instead He gives us the Spirit so that we have the answer right then as it comes up.
The second thing that the Spirit does for us is allow us to live as children of God. There is a big difference between being led by the flesh and being led by the Spirit. When we were led by the flesh we were sin controlled us. We were ruled over and had no choice in the matter. When we are controlled by the Spirit we are led as children are led.  How do I lead my children? 

First, I lead them gently. I take them by the hand, or if the way is too difficult I carry them.  Second, I lead my children in the way they need to go. I am not going to take them anywhere that is dangerous or unhealthy. No, I am going to take them to the best places for them.  Third, I lead my children personally.  I set the example for them. We talk along the way. I answer their questions and guide them through it encouraging and instructing.  

Another work of the Spirit is intercession for us, helping us to pray. Almost like a translator allowing us to speak the language of heaven. “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 (with feelings too deep for words) which cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26).  In our spiritual lives there are many times when we do not have any idea what is wrong, all we know is that something is not right. At these times the Spirit that is dwelling in us knows exactly what the problem is and is already taking the issue up with God.

There is much more about the Holy Spirit but this is a great start to understanding God in our hearts, making us truly alive, children of God, intimately linked with the Father, guaranteed of an inheritance and interceded for perfectly because He knows our hearts and knows the will of God. What a blessing to be led by the Spirit!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


By Pastor Mark Taylor

This is a very important question.  If we get this concept wrong, then nothing else in seeking a relationship with God will work.  We can be good moral people and have some knowledge of the Bible.  However, if we do not understand what the Bible says about "salvation", we can go through life deceived and discouraged.  So, Let us look at some basic evidences of knowing that we are true believers.  Because, that is what God wants.  "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may believe on the name of the Son od God."  (I John 5:13)

Jesus has given us specific statements regarding how we must become a Christian and how we can know if we are really “saved” or “born again”.   Many of us have heard the invitation to come to Christ and have given our hearts to the Savior.  We have read and heard the verse Jesus said to Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” (John 3:3).    

We know that before a child is born into the world he has eyes, but cannot see, he has ears but cannot hear. Before we are born we cannot breathe. It is only after he is born that he is now capable of hearing and seeing.  When we are “born again” we receive our spiritual eyes and ears. “The natural man cannot receive the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (I Corinthians 2:14).  

When we are “born again” God breathes into our soul a spiritual life.  It is that great change which God works in the soul when He brings it into life.  When we are “born again”, our spiritual life begins. Our Lord is reminding us that if we are going to have the kingdom of God in us in this lifetime, and the kingdom of Heaven in the life to come, we must do two things:  “Except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 18:3-4).

How can you know if you are “born again”.  There are several ways.  Have you come to Christ and asked for forgiveness of your sins and asked Him to be your Savior?  Is there a change within you that makes you care about spiritual things?  Is there a change in you that makes you want to avoid sin and the pleasures of this world?  “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Colossians 3:1-2).  The new birth does not consist in washing the outside of the cup, but a cleaning on the inside, in the inner man.  If you are not changed inside, this child is not born to you. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Another way you can know if you are “born again” is that there is a change on the exterior of your life.  Do your friends and family observe a change?  If there is no change in the outward life, there is no change within.  The proof of the Christian is in the living.  When we live in sin and worldly pleasure, and seek our own desires, and not God’s will, and we deceive ourselves.  “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 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. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:6-8).

The “New You” should not include the following characteristics. “But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds.”   (Colossians 3:8-9).  

The “New You” should include these characteristics: “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, long suffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another.  If anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.” (Colossians 3:12-13).

The “New You” has the ability and power from the Holy Spirit to overcome sin. 
“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”   (1 Corinthians 10:13).

The “New You” has the ability to love others. “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” (1 John 4:8).  “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the payment for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”. “And we have known and believed the love that God has for us.   (1 John 4:10-11)

God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him” (1 John 4:16).  “We love Him because He first loved us. If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.” (1 John 4:19-21).

The “New You” will demonstrate your faith by your good works.  “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”  (Ephesians 2:10).  “What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, "Depart in peace, be warmed and filled," but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” (James 2:14-17).