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Jun 10, 2018
Four Foundational Principles Given After the Day of Pentecost
It is God’s plan for the church to grow. 
Fundamentals are the key. Today we look at four foundational principles given after the day of Pentecost.
 
Psalm 75: 6-7 Promotion does not come from the east or west. God is the judge. He puts down one and sets up another.
 
I pray that God gives you promotion, but some have been promoted by the world to their result of their destruction. 
 
The game of promotion and self promotion has slid into the church.
The church in general is in decline. 
Coming out of bible college, my wife and I came to be associate pastors in Allegan, Michigan with a church of about 200 people. 
We bussed in a lot of kids from the city. The church grew and the pastor and I felt that it would be a good time to move up to two services in the morning. The elders of the church shot down that idea because they did not want to miss out on seeing all their friends in the service with them.
From that point the church began to decline.
We visited two years ago to find out there was just 12 people left.
 
The first century believers were led and directed by the Spirit of God  We have that recorded in the book of Acts.
Acts 13:2-3
Acts 15:28
Acts 16:7
We must be filled with the Spirit.
Acts 2:46
 
4 principles:
1) Continue steadfastly in the apostles doctrine
You will never grow spiritually without the word of God active in your life. They got the word into their hearts and minds.
Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
The word needs to be so rich in your life that the enemy will be resisted by the word in you heart.
 
2) Fellowship
Hebrew 10:24-26
 
3) Break Bread Together
They enjoyed their time together.
Commit to inviting someone over for a meal.
 
Revelation 19: 6-9
 
4) Pray together often and regularly
God is looking for people who will trust Him for the impossible. We look to do things within the range of our own abilities.
Refuse to be pitiful by thinking God can only use me up to the level of my abilities.
Mathew 25:21
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  • Jun 10, 2018Four Foundational Principles Given After the Day of Pentecost
    Jun 10, 2018
    Four Foundational Principles Given After the Day of Pentecost
    It is God’s plan for the church to grow. 
    Fundamentals are the key. Today we look at four foundational principles given after the day of Pentecost.
     
    Psalm 75: 6-7 Promotion does not come from the east or west. God is the judge. He puts down one and sets up another.
     
    I pray that God gives you promotion, but some have been promoted by the world to their result of their destruction. 
     
    The game of promotion and self promotion has slid into the church.
    The church in general is in decline. 
    Coming out of bible college, my wife and I came to be associate pastors in Allegan, Michigan with a church of about 200 people. 
    We bussed in a lot of kids from the city. The church grew and the pastor and I felt that it would be a good time to move up to two services in the morning. The elders of the church shot down that idea because they did not want to miss out on seeing all their friends in the service with them.
    From that point the church began to decline.
    We visited two years ago to find out there was just 12 people left.
     
    The first century believers were led and directed by the Spirit of God  We have that recorded in the book of Acts.
    Acts 13:2-3
    Acts 15:28
    Acts 16:7
    We must be filled with the Spirit.
    Acts 2:46
     
    4 principles:
    1) Continue steadfastly in the apostles doctrine
    You will never grow spiritually without the word of God active in your life. They got the word into their hearts and minds.
    Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
    The word needs to be so rich in your life that the enemy will be resisted by the word in you heart.
     
    2) Fellowship
    Hebrew 10:24-26
     
    3) Break Bread Together
    They enjoyed their time together.
    Commit to inviting someone over for a meal.
     
    Revelation 19: 6-9
     
    4) Pray together often and regularly
    God is looking for people who will trust Him for the impossible. We look to do things within the range of our own abilities.
    Refuse to be pitiful by thinking God can only use me up to the level of my abilities.
    Mathew 25:21
  • Jun 3, 2018The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is still for Today
    Jun 3, 2018
    The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is still for Today
    The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is still for today.
    You can still go to heaven without speaking in tongues, but if I can be strengthened by praying in the Spirit, then I want to do it.
    I pray that God will reignite his Holy Spirit fire in you if you have been quenched.
     
    Acts 1:8
    Be greater servants to be used by God. Have explosive power. The greatest place of ministry is not in the local church. The church equips us to go out to the marketplace. 
    Build up the saints for ministry.
    When I received the baptism of the holy spirit the bondages to sin fell off quicker and quicker. We saw that when working with Teen Challenge. Murderers, prostitutes and drug addicts were transformed. God is for you and your deliverance. 
     
    More than 500 people were invited to Jerusalem and 120 were there for the outpouring of God’s Spirit.
     
    Matthew 3:11
     
    John 20: 21-22 Receive the Holy Spirit. There is a work of salvation that only Christ can do.
    John 14:17
     
    Acts 1  Tarry in Jerusalem and wait for the impartation of power
    TL Osbourne said the Spirit helps us go beyond our human abilities and be an effective witness for Jesus Christ.
     
    Acts 2:1-4 Peter had struggled with doubts and he denied Jesus.
     
    Acts 2:14
    John 4: After outpouring of the holy spirit… Men crippled in his legs was met by Peter and John
     
    1 Cor. 14:2 Anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people, but he speaks to God.
     
    When my son, Chris, was killed in Iraq, I did not understand. We had prayed for him. I learned that God’s plan is different than my plan, and I learned to have peace with God’s plan.
    Acts 2:4 As the Spirit gave utterance, the spoke. 
    The power of God is for us today. Be filled and allow God to flow through you.
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  • May 13, 2018Four Steps to Give You a Sure Foundation and Hope
    May 13, 2018
    Four Steps to Give You a Sure Foundation and Hope
    Mark Batterson book, All In
    The more you give, the more you enjoy the portion that you keep.
    You will find that you can do more with the 90% remaining than you could have done with the 100%.
     
    Exodus 20:12
    Ephesians 6:2
     
    Don’t buy the lie that raising your children full time is a lower class carrier than working outside the home.
    Your life has great value to God and to us. 
     
    Prov. 13:2
    The enemy tries to get you depressed.
    A dream fulfilled is a tree of life.
     
    John 10:10
    If you have lost hope, I pray that you will sense that God is moving in your life. Take authority over you thoughts and proclaim that God has given you power, and love and a sound mind.
     
    Four steps to give you a sure foundation and hope
     
    1) 1 Peter 5:6-7 Submit yourself to God. Resist the devil.
    My brother James Bedford Smith was born small. He is large and loving now.
    At the Skinners house there was a big kid picking on little Jimmy. Jimmy never fought anybody. The other kids were not going to let us leave, so I told Jimmy to punch him in the nose. When he got hit, the other kid started bawling and as we were leaving Jimmy stopped and said he wanted to go back and tell the other kid he did not mean to hurt him.
    There will come a time when you need to stand by the word of God against the enemy. 
     
    2) Strengthen your faith. Remember what God has done for us. Recite 1 Chronicles 16:8-12. Sing to Him. Sing praise to Him. Tell of His glorious acts. Remember the wonders and miracles.
     
    3) Trust in God’s timing.
    Some times answers come quickly to prayer and other times His concern about our character and growth means that the solution does not come right away or as expected.
     
    4) Be thankful.
    Have you ever had a time when you did not feel like worshiping God?
    Lord, I thank you for saving me and delivering me out of darkness.
    Romans 5:1-5
    God’s love has been poured out into our heart’s by the holy spirit.
    As pastor’s at Daystar assembly of God there was a member Maribeth who had terrible depression and fears. God began to give us a plan for her. At some point, she made a decision to stand on God’s word and get into the presence of Jesus.
    God turned her life completely around from being over weight she went on to win the presidents fitness award. She went from unemployed to working in for the government.
    She began to bless other people in her life. She would bring cookies to people. When she got cancer and was about to die, we were praying for her in the hospice, she was able to claim victory over hopelessness.
     
    Isaiah 53 By his stripes you are healed.
    In the name of Jesus, we break the spirit of depression off of peoples lives.
    As long as Moses kept his hands up the Nation of Israel was winning the battle.
    Bring the restoration Lord.
    I submit to God, and resist the devil. By God’s word, the devil must flee.
  • May 6, 2018Five Yokes the Anointing will Break in Your Life
    May 6, 2018
    Five Yokes the Anointing will Break in Your Life
    God nearly always brings the blessed answer to prayer Just In Time.
     
    Luke 4:14-21
     
    If our liberty in Christ is going to be a realty in life, we will need to learn to walk in the continued freedom of Christ, independent of anyone else we know.
     
    There is a shaking taking place.
    Many walk in bondage and captivity because we are not desperate to be set free. You must yearn in your spirit to be free. Only you can decide for yourself to allow God to work in you heart and change your life. Until you decide for yourself that you want to be free, no-one else can do that for you, and yet it takes the power of God to get you out of bondage.
    Zach 4:6
     
    There is some work for you to do and the Holy Spirit will help you break the yoke of bondage.
     
    There is a devil who seeks to steal, kill and destroy you. The devil works primarily through bondage and captivity.
     
    God has deliverance for you.
    27And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] his burden shall be taken
    away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed
    because of the anointing. —Isaiah 10:27
     
    Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.—Matthew 11:29 New Living Translation
     
    10The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might
    have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly. —John 10:10
     
    Five Yokes the Anointing will Break in Your Life
     
    18The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the
    poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and
    recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
    19To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. 20And he closed the book, and he gave [it] again to
    the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on
    him. 21And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. —Luke 4:18
     
    1) Those who are poor — God wants to be your provision. 
    Jesus has come to give you understanding, to meet all you needs.
    2) To heal the broken hearted. Some have deep wounds in your heart from people rejecting you.
    Jesus can bring healing to your heart.
    3) Liberty to the captives. 
     
    1Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again
    with the yoke of bondage.—Galatians 5:1
    As a young man my pastor told me he knew I was struggling with tobacco addiction. He said that he was waiting to use me and he was praying for me. There was no condemnation in his tone.
     
    I was 17 years old living on my own and my dad helped me buy a home.
    Then when the new pastor came to town he needed a place to stay. My mom asked to come stay with parents and to let the pastor live in the house. The Hungarian pastor’s wife anointed the house with oil and she would invite me over to my own house for a meal and fun time. God used that relationship to bring me to restoring the relationship with Jesus and to break every bondage in my life.
     
    5But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement
    of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. —Isaiah 53:5
     
    27And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] his burden shall be taken
    away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed
    because of the anointing. —Isaiah 10:27
    Anointing word here is “Shamen” - to become fat or enlarged. This enlarging of the anointing is to big for the yoke of bondage.
  • Apr 29, 2018Guard the Anointing of the Holy Spirit
    Apr 29, 2018
    Guard the Anointing of the Holy Spirit
    God can use you. You are chosen and you are anointed.
    Jeremiah 28:11
    Ephesians 1:17
     
    Wednesday night School of the Spirit will be meeting in room across from Coffee Grounds Lounge
     
    Lisa brought over a meal with instructions to cook for a specific amount of time. It was delicious. The study of God’s word is like that.
     
    Last week we studied the anointing of God
    John 15:15-16 Jesus called us friends. I chose you and appointed you.
    2 Corinthians 1:1-22 Now God… put His Spirit in our hearts.
     
    God wants to work through us by the Holy Spirit.
    Matthew 10:8 Go and heal the sick… freely give.
     
    Without the anointing, we can not accomplish the purpose of God.
     
    Every day churches are closing more than in history.
    Without the Spirit of God, we can change nothing in the world nor in our own life.
     
    Jeremiah 29:11
     
    We need to enablement anointing of the Spirit of God to reach others.
     
    The last days will be full of challenges.
    Your flesh will draw you back into the things of the world.
    Greater is He that is in us.
     
    Guard the anointing in your life
    Deny other peoples negative mentality
    Have you ever live near a highway and gotten irritated about people throwing their trash in your car?
    Have you had a co-worker who is negative about the company?
     
    John — When I get to heaven, I will be like Jesus. 
     
    I refuse to make negative comments about my church family and pastor.
     
    1) Do not allow people to pull you into negative thoughts.
     
    2) Don’t allow bitterness and un-forgiveness offend you. Let it go.
    How many times should you forgive. (70 x 7)
     
    3) Do not take vengeance, leave room for God’s wrath.
    Romans 12:19
     
    I got out of North Central College in 1985, and to a job as pastor of a church
    We had a boy distracting others in kids church so we told Mom to keep the boy with her for a two weeks. The mother became upset about that and she shared her disgruntlement with a friend. The friend went on to say a bunch of negative things. 
    When that mother was in the hospital with a brain disease, God prompted me to see her in the hospital. One side of her face was limp and she could not speak but she had a tear in her eye, and God used that moment to bring emotional healing and she completely recovered physically also.
     
    Don’t take vengeance, leave room for God to act.
     
    Guard your anointing by knowing that God has a plan for your life.
    You are not in your workplace by accident. 
    When looking for a job position, do not let the qualification requirements prevent you from applying.
     
    The steps of righteous people are ordered by the Lord. Through that job, God used us. It happened because we were sensitive to the anointing, and the Spirit of God gave me wisdom in answering the interview questions. 
    15-17 Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity.
    1 John 2:15-17 (message bible) 
     
    The enemy wants to get into your head. The anointing of God protects us from that.
    Worship and prayer keeps us in the presence of God.
     
    27 And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.
    Isaiah 10:27
  • Apr 15, 20185 Lessons from John 11
    Apr 15, 2018
    5 Lessons from John 11

    John 11

    There is a story behind Horatio Stafford’s well known song.

    His wife was Anna. One of their son’s died of ammonia.

    They lost many things in the great Chicago fire.

    Nov. 21 1873 Anna and the children were on an ocean liner from Chicago to Europe. The ship collided with other ship and Ann bid for her children and took them to the deck and prayed that God would spare them. 226 passengers were lost including 4 Spafford children. Anna was found by a rescue boat clinging to debris. She sent a short telegram to her husband: “Saved alone” Horatio took the next ship and four days into the trip, the Captain informed him they had reached the place where the children died.  That is when Horatio wrote, “It is well with my soul.” He met with his wife and God eventually blessed them with three more children. 

    (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lQ5ApL3UqI)

    In 1881 Horatio moved to Jerusalem where he lived for the rest of his life.

    Five Lessons from John 11

    If we put our faith in the Captain of the Army of the Host of Heaven, He will guide us through the troubled waters. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing the word of God

    1) Satan will lie to you when you are in trouble, and try to convince you the situation is terrible.

    When Lazarus was sick and then died, the devil would say that Lazarus is gone forever. Then enemy will try to break your faith down. You need to get the truths of God’s word into your heart. When the devil was tempting, the Lord in the wilderness, Jesus quoted back the word of God that he had learned. When we submit ourselves to God and resist the lies, the devil must flee. Know the word, recognize the lies and resist the Lies.

    2) Know who to send for. James 11:2-3; Mary and Martha sent for Jesus. We can fix many things ourselves, but there are some things we can not fix. When my Godfather, Virgil was in the hospital, he was having kidney failure from being a severe alcoholic for many years. That habit ended one night when he came drunk to a church meeting and got saved. Brother Barker reminded my dad of that time and said that Virgil can heal him. That night God totally healed him from complete Kidney failure and the next day there was nothing wrong with them. They worked fine for the rest of his life (14 more years).

    3) Sometimes the healing is instant and sometimes we have to wait. James 11:4-7 Jesus made them wait. You may be doing everything that you need to do and still have to wait.

    4) His delay does not mean that God is not attentive to your situation. God may be setting up the situation so that He is the only one to get the glory. God is interested in you being completed. He is not  comfortable. Remember Daniel when he had to wait 21 days. The response was sent right away, but Daniel had to wait for the answer to arrive.

    5) You need to take Jesus back to the place where you suffered your loss. In vs 39 we read, Jesus was taken to the tomb and Jesus told them to roll away the stone. The response was to warn Jesus that he seems to be overlooking a serious stench problem. Maybe they were concerned that Jesus was going to make a fool of himself. Notice that in this situation, Jesus did not move the stone Himself. By moving the stone, they were confirming their faith in Jesus. Jesus

    Jesus is a personal savior. It is time for Jesus to revive the Spirit of God within you, and along with that the power of God, and your health, and the great commission to go into all the world making disciples.

    It is time to come out of the tomb of being dead in sin. Jesus says, “Come out. Loose him and let him go.”

    If you know Jesus as you Lord, heaven is your future. If you have not repented and put your trust in Him, eternal punishment is your choice, and just reward.

    What is going on in your life that needs revival into the kingdom of heaven? Come to the alter for prayer.

    Phillipians 4:7

    Next week we will talk about the anointing. Tell three people, it is not time to give up. Just keep believing.

  • Apr 8, 2018Remodeled
    Apr 8, 2018
    Remodeled
    I was so disappointed last night, because my wife and I love corned beef hash.
    My wife and I went to Ann Arbor and found out the Hash Bash was for a different group of hash lovers.
    You need at least one good unsaved friend.
    80% of people came to church because they were invited.
    Tell someone this week.
    How would you like to go out to lunch with me Sunday? Great, we will go right after church.
     
    Let’s be real and let the spirit of God have his way.
     
    John 21: 2-19
    Peter said I’m going fishing. 
    Jesus
     
    Remodeling spending is going to be 340 billion this year.
    7.25% increase over last year.
    No matter how bad your broken down home is, the designer can plan and the carpenter build a place from that old home that will be beautiful.
     
    I quit school after 8th grade, and left home at age 16. I had started dating my wife at age 15.
    When God got a hold of me, I heard that God has a plan for me, and I went to the alter. God changed that old house.
     
    Peter was in the courtyard the night Jesus was taken to be put on trial. Three times he was accused of knowing the Lord. Jesus caught his eye, and the rooster crowed confirming the prophecy from Jesus had come to pass.
    Peter recognized that he had come up short and the devil was using that situation to destroy Peter’s confidence in serving Jesus.
     
    One of the first thing Jesus did after being resurrected was to come see his friends and restore the relationship. Jesus gave us the supreme example for never writing anyone off.
    Jesus sat with Peter and he initiated a restoration for His relationship with Peter. 
    Vs 12-13 Jesus asked if Peter loves Jesus more than he loves the cares of the world?
    Your old life will not bring you joy
     
    Luke 16:13 — You can not serve both God and your old way of living
     
    Sometimes things need to done the right. My son went into the military and he had a wonderful drill instructor. The sergeant did not let my son choose his own way of doing things. 
     
    Jesus did not leave Peter to his own decision. Jesus pressed him by asking if he had agape love for jesus. Twice Peter replied that he phileo loved Jesus. So, Jesus finally asked so you say you kinda like hanging out with me (phileo love) and Peter’s heart broke. Peter confessed that he does really agape love Jesus. At that point, Jesus commissioned Peter to serve and love Jesus’s family.
    A few weeks later, Peter proved that he was no longer holding back from trusting Jesus. He had been too timid to admit knowing Jesus on the night of his trial, but he had been transformed into a person completely trusting in and serving Jesus.
    The Lord knew Peter would fail. He knew we would fail too. He has given each of us gifts for the works of service to supply the whole body. 
    Some of us have become mentally and emotionally exhausted. Sometimes we think if we don’t get out of here we will go crazy. 
    Pastor, I wan you to pray for me because my mind is under such a strong attack. If you are able, come stand at the alter. 
  • Apr 1, 2018Resurrection Sunday
    Apr 1, 2018
    Resurrection Sunday
    Resurrection Sunday
    Pray for a place for a place Glenn and Donna may live near Saline Assembly.
     
    Coming together in fellowship is the way the church grew in Acts. We need that time together.
    Thank you Father that your word is alive. Release our faith for miracles in our lives. We bind every spirit not serving you.
     
    1 Now a,1the first day of the week came Mary Magdalene,
    early when it was yet dark, unto the sepulcher,
    and saw the stone taken away from the tomb.
    2 Then she ran, and came to Simon Peter, and to the
    other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said unto them,
    They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulcher,
    and we know not where they have laid him.
    3 Peter therefore went forth, and the other disciple,
    and they came unto the sepulcher.
    4 So they ran both together, but the other disciple
    did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulcher.
    5 And he stooped down, and saw the linen clothes
    lying: yet went he not in.
    6 Then came Simon Peter following him, and went
    into the sepulcher, and saw the linen clothes lie,
    7 And the kerchief that was upon his head, not
    lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together
    in a place by itself.
    8 Then went in also the other disciple, which came
    first to the sepulcher, and he saw it, and believed.
    9 For as yet they knew not the Scripture, That
    he must rise again from the dead.
    10 And the disciples went away again unto their
    own home.
    11 ¶ bBut Mary stood 1without at the sepulcher
    weeping: and as she wept, she bowed herself into
    the sepulcher,
    12 1And saw two Angels in 2white, sitting, the one
    at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body
    of Jesus had lain.
    13 And they said unto her, Woman, why weepest
    thou? She said unto them, They have taken away 1my
    Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.
    14 1When she had thus said, she turned herself
    back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that
    it was Jesus.
    15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest
    thou? whom seekest thou? She supposing that he
    had been the gardener, said unto him, Sir, if thou
    hast borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid
    him, and I will take him away.
    16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and
    said unto him, Rabboni, which is to say, Master.
    John 20:1-16
     
    Jesus has risen!
     
    Do you remember accounts of the fierce battles during World War II?
    The allies launched D-Day to expel German armies from the invaded lands. The death toll was high.
    Eisenhower responded. There are no victories at discount prices.
     
    Revelation 1: I turned around and saw 7 golden lamp stands and someone like the son of man…and voice like rushing waters. v 16 in his right hand. I fell at his feet as though dead.
    Jesus is Lord to the 
    Hebrews: by his death he may break the power of him who 
     
    What happens after you breath your last breath? There is salvation and also judgment coming.
    Jesus took our penalty, and He represents 
     
    Gen. 3  The resurrection was given prophetically. The bible says God had a desire for relationship.
     
    Adam and Eve gave up there place in the garden of Eden
    We spend our lives trying to cover our sins. The only way to overcome is to come into His presence and let him heal you of your brokenness.
    God covered the nakedness.
     
    Hebrews: I will declare war between you and the woman. He will bruise your heal
    The Lord declared war on the devil and the war will come out in His favor.
     
    When the enemy comes to tempt you. Say, “That is not who I am, that is not me any more.” 
    Sin has pleasure for a season, but the wages of sin is death. The gift that Jesus gives is eternal life.
     
    John in revelation says, I was dead, but now I am alive.
     
    When the Romans had a great victory, the victories leader of the battle would be honored and praised. At the end of the procession with the victor, the bound royals of the defeated land would be put on display in humility.
     
    When Jesus came out of the grave, he brought the power and authority of all heaven. Our enemy had been stripped of his power.
     
    When Jesus came out of the grave he walked with the people for 40 days.
    We are not the tail, we are the head. If God is on our side, who can be against us. 
     
    We are victorious because Jesus is Victorious. God has the authority.
    So when this corruptible hath put on incorruption, and this mortal hath put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying, that is written, oDeath is swallowed up into victory. O death where is thy sting? O grave where is
    thy victory? The sting of death is sin: and the strength of sin is the Law. But thanks be unto God, which hath given us
    victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
    1 Cor. 15: 54
     
    Whatever you are faced with, just say, Jesus is Lord.
     
    In Hastings, Michigan, we started a church.
    Chris said, Let’s pray that God will send us from kids today.
    A station wagon full of kids showed up for the first service.
     
    I remember praying for food one winter blizzard day, and the spirit of God reminded me to have faith.
    I was too proud to ask the church congregation for help. There was a knock on the door, 8 o’clock at night. The worship leader came in her little Ford Escort loaded with groceries. I asked what was going on. When I was praying to prepare the worship service, and God told me to bring groceries now. The blizzard did not matter.