|Posted on November 28, 2008 at 9:16 AM||comments (1)|
Live in Peace
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written:
"It is mine to avenge; I will repay,? says the Lord.
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12:18-19, 21 (NIV)
These verses offer great comfort to us when we?ve been offended by someone. However, if we?re the offending person, they can fill us with fear and dread. But the truth is, God is just. His desire is for us to grow in our relationship with Him. And whether we?re the offended or the offender, we can trust His justice.
The most accurate checkpoint of true forgiveness is whether you have a sense of peace. If you say you?ve forgiven someone and yet you find yourself still tied in knots when you think of that person, you aren?t at peace. If you?ve asked for forgiveness but find yourself mentally making a list to defend your offense, you haven?t truly asked for forgiveness.
The peace of God isn?t just a warm fuzzy feeling. It?s a sense that radiates from deep within our souls that God is in control and we can trust Him. Sometimes this peace is immediate. But there are other times when God wants to work deeply within our hearts. And to arrive at the point of not wanting to get even, we have to spend intentional time turning the whole thing over to Him.
Lord, only You are almighty and all-powerful.
Only You can be a fair and compassionate Judge of my life and of those around me.
Help me release my defensiveness and hurt to You, to trust You with the deep places within in me that no one sees.
I desire Your peace in my life and I can only have that when I trade in my agenda.
Teach me how to overcome evil with good.
|Posted on November 13, 2008 at 10:50 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted on November 10, 2008 at 11:02 PM||comments (0)|
Wow! What an awesome service we had on Sunday! The presence of the Lord was moving in a mighty way.
Worship was great. Thanks worship team for your willingness to serve the Lord with your gifts and talents.
The specials were a nice added touch to tribute we payed to our veterans. Thank you men and women for your sevice to our country. Because of your sacrifice we are free to worship God.
The altar time was powerful. People were saved and filled with the Spirit. God is doing something great in our midst. It is so exciting for me to just be a small part of what He is doing. I look forward, with anticipation, to what more God has in store for New Life.
Don't forget our Holiday Dinner is this coming Sunday following the morning service. It will be at te Juniata Pavilion. Directions will be available at the church. Just bring your food with you on Sunday morning and it will be transported over during the service.
|Posted on October 17, 2008 at 8:53 PM||comments (1)|
There is just something special when the body of Christ comes together and works alongside one another. Thanks Jim, Greg, and Terry for taking the lead and getting us all together. Thanks to all those who helped with the work, those who provide our meals, and especially those who provided the comic relief.
I am so looking forward to our next wok day(s), just so I can get to know some of you more.
The church building looks INCREDIBLE! We should be proud of the blessing the Lord has given us.
If any of you have some free days coming up and would like to help with some of the items still on our "TO DO" list, such as paint the left side classrooms, just let me know and we'll put you right to work.
|Posted on October 3, 2008 at 4:19 PM||comments (2)|
The Philly Cheese Steak was huge I actually brought half of it home (I never do that). The regular order of fresh cut fries was enough to feed 4. Suzanne's steak salad was made with a fresh cut of beef cooked to her liking. Needless to say when we left we were more than satisfied (food qaulity, price, service, and portions).
So...If your looking for a good place to dine in Altoona, PA. Try Tim's!
|Posted on September 29, 2008 at 9:53 PM||comments (1)|
While I would never publicly endorse a candidate from the pulpit of New Life, most people know that I?m personally voting for McCain and Palin. I believe their positions on moral issues most closely reflect those in the scriptures.?
However, I recognize that there is a distinct possibility that Obama and Biden may be elected. Our nation is currently in such an economic mess that people are starving for a change. If Obama is elected, I will pray for him and support him just as I have done for President Bush.?
Whomever is elected, we must remember the words that Daniel spoke to a godless king, Belshazzar, many centuries ago. He said: ?The Most High God is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and sets over them anyone he wishes.? (Daniel 5:21)
He spoke those profound words just before he translated the writing on the wall, ?Mene, mene, tekel, parsin.? God?s message to Babylon, the world?s super-power at the time was, ?You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting. Your kingdom is divided?? (Daniel 5:27-28)?
The same can be said for our nation today. We?re the world?s strongest super-power, but we have not measured up to God?s standard of being a beacon of righteousness to the world. To say our nation is divided is an understatement. Just wait until November 4, to see the red states and the blue states. However the election turns out, it will be a close call, reflecting a deeply divided nation.
God help us. Only He CAN help us. But only He WILL help us!?
I?m going to be asking the membership of New Life Worship Center to spend the next month in fasting and prayer. If you would join us, please do.
|Posted on September 24, 2008 at 4:07 PM||comments (0)|
Suzanne started tear down the wall paper in the dinning room (hoping to have it down and painted by Thanksgiving) which means that I have joined in the effort. If you've ever owned an older home you may have found that the previous owners decided to put up wall paper instead of fixing the cracks that lye underneath. That is the case with our home. Not only that but I think the wallpaper have been on for over 50 years, which has made it doubly hard to remove the paper and the glue.
Removing the wallpaper and the glue then cleaning the walls priming and painting them is quit a process, much like the Christian's life. At first we think we are just fine. We look good on the outside but underneath there are all kinds of hidden cracks (hurts, pains, trials). When we come to Jesus he starts the renovation process. He doesn't tear the old us down and discard us, He just Flip's This House. Jesus strips away the camouflage, wipes off the remains of the world and begins to prime us with the milk of His word. As our foundation is built upon he paints us into His perfect will.
We all need to ask the Lord to "Flip This House!" To take this old sinful self and turn it into something beautiful!
|Posted on September 15, 2008 at 8:25 PM||comments (1)|
What an absolutely beautiful day it was to be in central PA. The first of many crisp cool and breezy days ahead. As Suzanne and I sat outside enjoying our lunch today we were both just amazed at how the Lord has blessed us with being back in PA.
I know there is a lot of uncertainty from day to day. We wonder about gas prices, what will our utility bill be this winter, can I afford to spend the extra $1 to get the good quality meat, how are my kids really doing in school, who's going to be our next president,etc... But the one thing that is certain is that we serve a never changing God. His Word says, "I am the same yesterday, today and forever." What a wonderful reassurance to know that God is always faithful to His Word.
Enjoy this video to lift your spirt. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXXm696UbKY