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THE REAL SPIRITUAL DANGER OF DOING INSTEAD OF BEING

“The real spiritual danger of doing instead of being!”

In Matthew 7, we encounter one of the most shocking statements recorded in Scripture.

On judgment day Jesus will look at many service-oriented, religious people and say, “I never knew you.”

Even work done in Jesus’ name can be done for our own name.

Unless we rediscover the foundation of service, our good works can be all about us: promoting our image, heightening our own vanity and pride.

Service becomes a means to achieve our dreams, our purposes, our goals.

Service is radically different when we return to the why behind it.

In almost every religious system, service is a means to an end. If we’re Buddhists, we find bliss through self-restraint. Muslims get to heaven by obeying the Five Pillars of Islam. And many practicing Christians take the same approach: If we do good, we’ll earn favor with God. We need to remember that Jesus clearly said, “Apart from me you can do nothing.” Jesus didn’t say little. He said nothing.

Jesus Christ defied religion. Upending the cosmic scale that weighs our good and evil, Christ did the unthinkable: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

The message of grace is religious anarchy. We are forgiven, accepted, and loved not because of what we do but because of what Jesus Christ has already done on the cross. Independent of our performance, we are loved. We can’t earn the forgiveness we desperately need; God freely offers it through Christ.

As followers of Jesus, we serve out of overflowing gratitude that we are loved by a God who knows we don’t have it all together.

In theory, the concept of grace is attractive. But recognizing that we can never meet the expectations for God—that being good enough is out of reach—is uncomfortable. It feels easier to keep score and gauge if we’re meeting the core requirements of faith. If we don’t have a religious to-do list—then how are we supposed to know if we’ve met the minimum requirements?

I’ll do whatever you want, God. Just give me a checklist. But God isn’t asking us to follow a checklist: The Almighty wants us to understand and respond to His love. We are already forgiven and adopted into His family through the gift of undeserved love beautifully exemplified on an ugly cross.

Unless we are responding to the God who loved us first, our good works become about us—the antithesis of the Gospel.

Have you ever fallen into a performance mentality in your spiritual life?
How do you go about checking the condition of your heart?

Blessings PK
 

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BEYOND WHAT I FEEL

“BEYOND What I Feel”

SPEAK THIS OUT LOUD:
“I find my security when I build my life on WHO GOD IS!”
DID you say it out loud? GOOD!

We live in a social-media driven world where trends are constantly shifting from one thing to the next.

We change who we are and what we do based on the things we see in an attempt to stay relevant. Our security is found in our ability to keep up.

We’re tempted to chase after an idea of what we think will bring us happiness and fulfillment, but often times we are left feeling insecure and empty handed.

Other people’s opinions begin to define who we are and how we live our lives.

But Jesus didn’t sacrifice everything so that we would spend most of our lives wondering if we were enough.

He gave up His life, so that in the midst of our insecurity we would have a firm foundation to stand on.

JESUS IS a PLACE of REFUGE to go to even when we feel unqualified and unworthy.

Unlike the opinions of others, Jesus’ love for you is constant and unchanging.

He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

He is consistent and His grace knows no bounds, making Him the ONLY ONE WORTH BUILDING OUR lives on.

Our faith is dependent on establishing our foundation in the Lord.

When we find our security in Jesus, we are free from the comparison and pride insecurity often creates.

As we place our trust in Him, we’ll find that our confidence is no longer dependent on the views of others, but is solidified in knowing that GOD calls US HIS OWN! THAT’S LOVE!

SPEAK THIS OUT LOUD AGAIN!!!
“I find my security when I build my life on WHO GOD IS!”
DID you say it out loud again?
GREAT!

Now you have spoken TRUTH OVER YOUR FEELINGS & LIFE INTO YOUR DAY!
Enjoy every moment of the GOD GIVEN DAY.

LOVE YA,
PK
 

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BEYOND THE WALLS

“BEYOND The Walls.”

THIS IS THE DAY THE CHURCH LEFT THE BUILDING!

We often associate the word church to a building or location. However EVERY time the Bible mentions the word church, it refers to a person — not a place.

Buildings are inanimate objects. A building can open its doors for life to come in, but it cannot carry life itself.

It is stationary and stagnant.

People, however, carry the greatest source of life.

We are designed in the image of God: body, soul and spirit – purposed to be active and mobile.

The church was never meant to be confined to the four WALLS of a building. Jesus’ last command to His disciples before ascending into heaven was to go.

As the church, we are the carriers of God’s Word and an expression of Jesus’ love to the world. We come to the building in order to be sent out, so that we can invite those who are on the outside in. We become the hands and feet of Christ our King!

Matthew 28:19‭-‬20 NLT
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:19‭-‬20 NLT

God has commissioned us to be missionaries, representing His hands and feet on the earth.

We do not have to wait to be old, nor do we have to travel halfway across the world to be used by God.

The Bible says God chose the exact time and place in which you would live.

GOD put you around certain people because He knew that you could express His love to them in a way that no one else could. THAT MEANS YOU ARE A VALUABLE PART OF THE BODY!
You are the CHURCH THAT CARRIES THE HOLY SPIRIT IN YOU!

Wherever you are and whoever you’re with, God has created you to make a difference in the lives of others.

God is intentional and makes no mistakes. God will make much out of what you consider small.
He only asks you to go after the lost just as HE CAME AFTER YOU AND I.

TODAY repeat this statement before you pray and determine that this is “THE DAY THE CHURCH LEFT THE BUILDING” and broke through the walls.

“THIS IS MY DAY JESUS & I will make a difference wherever I go because I know YOU ABBA FATHER have a purpose for my life.”

Happy Monday, love ya,
PK
 

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LIVING BEYOND THE CIRCUMSTANCES!

“LIVING BEYOND THE CIRCUMSTANCES!”

Do you know how deeply loved you are by God?

HIS word assures us that “Nothing can separate us from the love of God.”

So often we talk about the beautiful exchange Jesus made on the cross, but rarely do we take the time to experience His resurrection power in our day-to-day lives.

Jesus came so that we could receive salvation — BUT EVEN MORE, He came to give us access to an authentic, vibrant relationship with God which empowers us to live BEYOND THE CIRCUMSTANCES we face in life.

This relationship is the only one who can exchange our brokenness for blessings.

He is able to do far beyond anything we could ask or imagine.

So, what’s required of us?

Surrender. We must choose to live beyond ourselves and give God access to every area of our lives. The Bible says it this way: He must increase and we must decrease.
John 3:30 NLT
“He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.”

SO – We or “I” must choose to live a life of surrender which allows for a beautiful exchange between God and His children!

Over the next 7 to 10 days, we are going to go on a spiritual journey to exchange our lives for His.

We will surrender our emotions in exchange for His peace, our problems in exchange for His promises and our plans in exchange for His purpose.

For today it’s simple- “LIVE BEYOND YOURSELF!”

When we give God control of our lives, He is faithful to keep His promises and carry us further than we could ever go on our own. So, open your heart and invite the Holy Spirit to point out any areas of your life that you’ve been holding onto.

Surrender is never easy, but it’s always worth it. So, enjoy the process and remember that God deeply desires to be in friendship with you.

Proverbs 3:5‭-‬6 NLT
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”

 
Love you all.
PK
 

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HIS PRESENCE CHANGES EVERYTHING!

” His Presence changes EVERYTHING!”

The Coronavirus pandemic is difficult to understand and hard to cope with, but at times like this, we need to remember we have the presence of Jesus.

Before Jesus calms the storm, we read that the disciples said, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” In the book of Luke, the same story says the disciples cried, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown.”

It’s quite clear that they thought they were going to drown! His presence should have been enough for their peace of mind but they were distracted.

Have you ever started out on something adventurous that went wrong, and someone says, “ I told you this was a bad idea!”

I wonder if there was one of those moments in the boat. The disciples’ concern is not wrong – several of them were seasoned sailors who knew the lake well; Jesus, by profession, was a carpenter.

As experts, they knew this storm was bad, and in the midst of it, Jesus is sleeping! They were probably thinking if he truly understood the gravity of the situation, he would be awake helping them.

If experts panic, we panic. When I’m on a plane during turbulence, I look at the flight attendants and they are calm, so am I. If they were to panic, it would permeate throughout the whole plane.

In the Word, the experts are panicking while Jesus is sleeping.

Have you ever felt like you are praying to a sleeping Jesus?

It feels like he is not aware of how much you are struggling; he hasn’t comprehended the danger you are in; he hasn’t realized how desperate you are, how overwhelmed you are, how all alone and all at sea you are!

Of course, we know that God never sleeps! Psalm 121: 3-4 reminds us, “He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.”

Hard-working experts are keeping us informed and up-to-date on all that is happening in terms of the Coronavirus pandemic – and it’s right that they do so; we need and value the information.

But there are moments when on hearing that information, we could easily panic!

But Jesus is in the boat. His presence is assured.

We may have moments when we wonder if he’s listening – we may even feel he is sleeping, but the Bible reassures us that he isn’t,
HE IS present. Jesus IS WITH YOU, always.

Take a moment to acknowledge your fears and worries before God. Remember as you call out that you are living temples of the Holy Spirit.

Love ya.
PK

“Lord, I trust in your presence. Today I acknowledge that you are here, and you are with me always.”
 

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HIS PEACE FOR US TOUCHES OTHERS

“When Jesus calms our storm those around us WILL WITNESS PEACE!”

At this present time, the Coronavirus pandemic is creating fear and anxiety in the hearts of many, but we are the followers of Jesus; the ones who have been given his beautiful gift of peace.

As the storm rages in Mark 4, Jesus is woken by his disciples and instantly jumps into action. One minute he’s a sleepy man; the next minute he is revealed as the master of creation.

Both his humanity and deity are revealed to the disciples in a few moments.

Psalm 46:10 says “Be still and know that I am God”, and here in our passage we see the God of the psalmist, roaring into life in a small boat on the sea of Galilee, literally commanding the sea to “Be still”.

The word that Jesus uses in his command is the root of the English word “serene” meaning free of storms or disturbance. Marked by utter calm.

Jesus commands PEACE, and the chaos is transformed into calm.

**Christ’s power brings peace!**

In Isaiah we read of Jesus: “… he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of PEACE.”

The Prince of Peace commanded PEACE to the storm, and everything changed.

Interestingly, we read in verse 36 of Mark 4 that “there were also other boats with him.”

The disciples were the ones who called on Jesus to help – but what Jesus did affected those in other boats too.

WHAT JESUS DOES IN US SHOULD AFFECT THE PEOPLE AROUND US.

When the Prince of Peace gives us the gift of peace – that gift will affect those around us.

This is the time when we must carry that peace to the “other boats” around us.

Be the light.
Love you all.
PK

“Lord, you are the peace in this storm. Today, help me to be a carrier of your peace, and to transform the atmosphere for those around me. You are Lord of all, Prince of Peace. I seek your transforming power today.”
 

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HE IS RISEN. HE IS RISEN, INDEED!!

He is risen. He is risen, indeed!

Friday we dwelt on the shocking picture of Jesus’ broken and lifeless body hanging on the cross.

It might be difficult for us to take in that picture. Well, the good news is that it does not end there with us glorifying a decaying body. Psalm 30: 3 is a prophetic pronouncement that, Jesus will not remain in the pit, is fulfilled.

The depressing dark picture slowly is beginning to take on some colour as the sun’s rays come streaming in. Psalm 30: 5 is a promise that we might spend the night weeping but there is joy in the morning.

A shocking and unexpected event had occurred. Jesus is risen, he had literally risen from the dead. The frightened disciples are now unfazed and unafraid; he had risen indeed!

This led to the confident proclamation of the disciples that if Christ had not been raised from the dead all their preaching and teaching is in vain (I Corinthians 15: 13-14).

We can easily conceive of a religion like Christianity without the resurrection.

With just the life and teachings of Jesus it would still look good.

There was no need for the disciples to include the resurrection.

The only reason they did was because the event did actually occur.

However, now in the light of Jesus’ resurrection, his life and teachings take on renewed meaning!

He becomes a standard for mankind. If Jesus is risen his teaching is no longer good advice but is the key to the good life.

The invisible one we pray to is really out there. We longer guess. We know!

Now that we know, it is a sobering reminder that we humans can actually communicate with God. That is why our relationship is not dependent on the clause, “if you are the son of God” rather it is “remember me.”

This morning as you celebrate Easter Sunday, remember, that Jesus is really alive and that he remembers you and is willing to accompany you along life’s journey.

We need no longer resign to death, suffering and failure instead let us look forward to resurrection possibilities in our circumstances.

Enjoy the day and live like HE LIVES!
LOVE YA.
PK

Dear Lord, I offer my life with all its unfinished business, resurrect it.
 

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HIS BLOOD

The Blood: Our Agent of Purification and Central Supply

As blood moves through your system, it removes waste material from your body.

Likewise, the Bible explains that: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

This cleansing is powerful! Jesus warned the Pharisees, “For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness” (Matthew 23:27).

The cleansing power of the Lord’s blood purifies our hearts from the inside out.

Just as your blood carries away waste from your system, Jesus’ shed blood removes the filth of sin and uncleanness from your daily life.

His blood purifies your heart perfectly so that you actually become a temple of God!

Blood is also the central supply to each of your body’s cells, of which there are millions.

Each cell in your body receives new blood—new life—every 50 seconds!

The life-giv­ing substance of blood constantly supplies your body with strength to continue living.

The shed blood of Jesus gives us continual life too: “Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:54).

Through the blood of Jesus, you now have a full supply of abundant life—divine, eternal life that sprang forth the moment you were born again!

From that moment, you stepped into a new life—the life of God became your life, to sustain and strengthen you forever!
 

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GOOD FRIDAY!

Quick Word to our body and those following our VOH page.

We may not be together for Good Friday but we are definitely ONE BODY UNITED IN THE LOVE OF JESUS OUR SAVIOR.
I am looking forward to going live SUNDAY @9am for our Easter Celebration. Join us and let’s worship with expectations of heaven meeting earth!!

“Good” Friday!

“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do…”

In the movie – The Passion of the Christ – the suffering of Jesus is portrayed very accurately.

You can imagine what Jesus had just been through.

He had been spat upon, his hair and beard pulled, they made fun of him, they ridiculed his teaching, they slapped him, they whipped him and they pressed a crown of thorns into his head.

Eventually they nailed him to the cross.

And this is what he says, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”

Even from the cross Jesus along with the father FORGIVES his perpetrators.

The union that he shares with his father is evident even in his forgiveness.

Jesus teaches us that when injustice is being done to us the father takes it personally.

Likewise, when we forgive we are forgiving on behalf of the father.

Jesus then reminds us that sin is ignorance.

When we sin we become ignorant.

We become so ignorant that despite being aware of the consequences of our behavior we still choose to go ahead with our action.

Jesus reminds us from the cross that we can accept his forgiveness and change our ways.

Forgiveness is a very difficult decision.

But it is a very important decision. More than anything, it offers us, the victim, freedom.

We must strive to forgive, because the father has forgiven us.

WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE possible. So with God’s help let us try to forgive.

Additionally, with the power of the Holy Spirit let us hope for our pain to be transformed into compassion and our memory into prayer and intercession.

The cross is at the center of our journey as Christians.

Jesus reminds us from the cross that forgiveness comes from the father’s loving heart and we must extend this forgiveness to others.

Love you all,
Pastor Ken

Dear Lord, thank you for the relief that your forgiveness brings to my life. Help me offer it to others.
 

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MAKE JESUS YOUR PRAYER

“Make Jesus your Prayer!” (3am time with the King)!

These days we are all so full of ourselves, without even realizing it, but what we desperately need is to be filled with Christ.

It is often even difficult to discern how different our ways are from His ways because, no matter what kind of home we have been raised in, Christian or non-Christian, because of our indwelling sin and because we have grown up in a church that is within the culture, we have acquired habits, behaviors, thought patterns, and reasoning from many sources other than Jesus Christ, without even knowing it.

This was Paul’s aim: “For me to live is Christ” (Philippians 1:21). Paul did not always live to Christ. He only began to do so when Jesus confronted Him on the road to Damascus and convinced him of his sin, and when by grace he was brought to see Jesus for who He was (Acts 9:1-19).

Make Jesus your prayer and cry out to Him. Ask Jesus to give you the ability to seek Him first as He commanded in Matthew 6:25-33.

 

3am Prayer.
If you read this and find it meets your hearts cry pray the words not just read them.

“Jesus, I need you. I can’t do life without you.
Jesus, you are not just an idea, a list of dos and don’ts, a doctrine, or a cause. I need you and I want you!
I want to know you so well that I know you better than I know anyone—my family, my friends, my closest friend—even myself. I want you to be with me right here, right now. I long to be able to sit next to you, to spend time in your presence, and to ask you questions that flood my mind and my heart. I want to be able to run to you, lay my head on your shoulder, pour out my heart to you, and have you put your arms around me and speak truth to me—even the hard truth. I need your help, your grace, your mercy. I can’t do life alone.”

Have a blessed day.
PK
 

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