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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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RISE UP!

Rise Up!

The Lord is inviting you and me into a place where the impossible becomes possible. It’s a place of victory.

When our “little strength” is coupled with prayer and faith, we can be assured that the Lord will lead us exactly where He wants us to be and we will do what He wants us to do.

The little strength that you have can either make you cower in fear, or it can make you confident that God’s strength and power working through you is all you need!

When the Lord brought His people out of Egypt, there was no question that the heavens and everything on the earth were subject to Him.

God’s faithfulness was on display and present in the midst of His people.

Sadly—even after all the miracles God’s people had seen over the years—when the time came to cross the border and claim the place of promise that God had given them, they cowered in their own littleness! Instead of walking through the open door in God’s strength, they ran in fear that their little strength was no match for the giants in the land.

The children of Israel forgot who God was, and instead of relying on Him to be their strength, they turned inward and were overcome with fear!

Whenever you turn inward, you are in trouble! You need to turn upward—you need to raise your hands to heaven and pray for strength to walk through the open doors that He has set before you.

Though your strength is small, you are invited to arise and pass through into a place of victory that is already prepared for you.

We don’t have to fight for it; the fight has already been won. We have to enter into it by faith.

VICTORY 2020.
PK
 

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IT’S NOT WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE

“It’s Not What It Looks Like.”

“And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest.” Ezekiel 37:3 KJV

God asked Ezekiel, “Can these bones live?” In other words, is it possible for God to revive and restore what has been dead and long forgotten about, for many years, and live again?

You’ve been asking yourself, can your dream live again?

The answer is undoubtedly — Yes! When God’s Power breathes on you, it’s not too late to accomplish that dream that God has birthed inside of you.

When God asked Ezekiel, “Can these bones live?” Ezekiel responded, “O Lord God, thou knowest.” In the face of seemingly impossible odds, only God’s Word can rebuild, restore and revive dead dreams.

He is the Ultimate Architect. Only God can breathe life into old mantles and make them brand new.

Seek God and follow His Voice regarding the plans that He has for you.

He is the One that leads our destiny and holds our future in His hands.

It is God who breathes His Spirit into old things and make them new.

Seek God. God will create a new thing in the middle of the valley. “Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19 KJV

Now is the time to build. Now is the moment. It’s time for every dry bone to live again.

Submit to God and allow Him to breathe on you again.

Blessings
PK
 

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VERY DRY

“Very Dry”

Pastor Brenda shared some of her thoughts on her personal studies. This was what came of it. God sure is good.

“And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.” Ezekiel 37:2 KJV

When Ezekiel passed through the valley of dry bones, in Ezekiel 37:2, he noticed two things:

1. That there were very many bones in the valley.

2. The bones were very dry. We later find out in Ezekiel 37:11, that these very dry bones represented the spiritual condition of Israel during that time.

The valley of dry bones, that Ezekiel was led to, was not a representation of nor a reflection of Ezekiel’s present heart condition or his present season.

In fact, the bones in the valley were a reflection of Israel’s spiritual state and season during that time.

Sometimes, God will send you to someone else’s dry valley in order to speak life.

When God sends you into someone else’s valley, He does not send you broken, dry or defeated — He sends you full and with power.

Ezekiel was sent by God to speak life to their dry and defeated situation.

These bones reflected the spiritual, emotional and the physical state of Israel.

During that time, their hope as a nation was dry and withered.

As a people they were emotionally drained, spiritually slain and physically defeated.

In fact, the Bible calls the condition of the bones in the valley as “very dry”.

Sometimes, you’re sent to very dry places where the vision, dream and the people have been defeated for so long that success seems to be a far stretch.

God sent Ezekiel to a people during their darkest and driest hour in order to speak life.

Sometimes, God sends Ezekiels to deliver a message of hope to a valley full of dry bones.

God has put His Word in your mouth and His fire in your hands in order to rebuild, revive and to restore. His Promise, His Hope, and His Plans for you are great. It’s time to build again.

Love ya
PK
 

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THERE IS NO GOODNESS APART FROM GOD

There is no goodness apart from God.

Some people assume God is angry most of the time and that his favor only lasts a moment, but the Bible tells us it’s just the opposite!

You are always the apple of His eye even when you feel like spoiled fruit.

God has moved on from that bad thing you did or that terrible thing you said.

He may have been angry or disappointed in the moment, but He’s moved on.

Have you? You don’t have to worry about falling out of favor because of a failure.

God’s goodness is ongoing and never runs out. His favor is always around us, on us, and with us; God’s favor is forever!

In fact, goodness does not exist apart from God; it did not originate on it’s own—aside of, or apart from him.

It’s definitely not something that originates with human beings (Do you have to train your children to be bad, or good?).

God is the source of all goodness and all good things.

Some people still separate good from God, which can deteriorate mankind’s need to thank, honor, and worship him.

God, thank you for being present in my life.

Help me to open up my eyes to see that you are the source of all good things and that you bring favor into my life everyday. In Jesus’ Name. Amen

Love ya.
PK
 

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NO LONGER SLAVES TO FEAR

“No Longer Slaves to Fear”

Fear is referenced in the Bible many times over.

God knew that as humans we would struggle with this emotion. For some of us, that struggle is a daily battle. For some of us, it’s a nightmare.

Don’t give up! There is hope.

Hope is a Person—personified in Jesus Christ our Savior.

He is our Peace.

He is our Strong Tower. He is our Help.

He is our Resting Place.

He is our Shield.

He is our Deliverer.

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear”. What a promise! What a Savior!

Happy Wednesday
 

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LIGHT CONQUERS DARKNESS – VICTORY

LIGHT CONQUERS DARKNESS – VICTORY

Have you ever noticed that in almost every movie where there is a villain and a hero, the hero always comes out victorious?

Can you imagine watching films where the villains were always successful and the movie ended with everyone downcast and defeated? No thanks!

Here’s some great news for you and I: as a follower of Jesus we are always positioned on the side of the hero – the side of good! Romans 8:31 puts it this way: “If God is for us, who can ever be against us?” Jesus conquering over sin and death means we get to walk in that VICTORY. In this GOOD FIGHT, we are on the winning side!

But, that’s not to say we won’t face challenge and trial.

In fact, we should expect to face some dark and difficult times as we journey through life. But we do so, trusting that God is with us.

He is our source of LIGHT in what can be a pretty DARK world. HE HAS ALREADY WON THE VICTORY!!!

LOVE YA,
PK
 

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