Real People – Real Stories – Easter 2016

This Sunday, we celebrate that the tomb is empty, the stone has been rolled away, and Christ, our Lord, is risen! And it is that fact changes everything. Sunday, we will hear testimonies about the life changing statement, “But Jesus…” Jesus changes everything when you let Him in your heart and take over! He can be trusted no matter where you find yourself in life. One of the great things about Jesus is …He loves you just the way you are – But He loves you too much to leave you that way!!! I know today will be powerful!!! I pray you will open up your minds, ears and heart to what God has for each of us this weekend!!!

May God bless you,

Pastor Erik

Baptism Celebration 3/20/2016

Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God, which continues for the rest of our lives, the first step in response to God’s love. For all involved, it is a joyful moment when we rejoice in what God has done for us in Christ, making serious promises and declaring the faith. The wider community of the local church and friends welcome the new Christian, promising support and prayer for the future. Hearing and doing these things provides an opportunity to remember our own baptism and reflect on the progress made on that journey, which is now to be shared with this new member of the Church. This service paints many vivid pictures of what happens on the Christian journey. There is the sign of the cross, the badge of faith in the Christian journey, which reminds us of Christ’s death for us. Our ‘drowning’ in the water of baptism, where we believe we die to sin and are raised to new life, unites us to Christ’s dying and rising, a picture that can be brought home vividly by the way the baptism is administered. Water is also a sign of new life, as we are born again by water and the Spirit. As you pray for the candidates, picture them with yourself and the whole Church throughout the ages, journeying into the fullness of God’s love.

The Voice of God – Part 4

Two armies are fighting in a dimension not visible to the natural eye. Many places in Scripture provide insight into this dimension where angels do God’s bidding and demons oppose God’s children. Jacob made reference to this in Genesis 32:1,2. After being met by God’s angels, Jacob named the place “Mahanaim,” which literally means “double camp”—the place where he camped and the camp of heavenly beings.What role do prophetic people play in exposing Satan’s schemes and warring in the heavenlies? A major one. Historically, the prophets understood and prophesied against the worship of the demonic gods of the Gentile nations. Just as the prophets of old prophesied against the false gods of nations, however, God is raising up a company of prophets to speak His word against the strongholds of cities and nations. Ephesians 6:12 says: we wrestle against these powers and not flesh and blood, and I don’t have any idea how to do that. Growing up in church, I never heard a single sermon on the healing of nations or wrestling against powers of darkness for nations. There must be a way to wage war in this way for nations, I reasoned, or the Bible wouldn’t say to do so in Ephesians 6:12 and 2 Chronicles 7:14.

The Voice of God – Part 3

To really get a grasp on how important dreams and visions are, we must go back to the Scriptures in Joel 2:28, which describes what will occur when the power of the Holy Spirit is poured out in the end times:
And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.
As I was growing up spiritually, in the church, the area of prophetic dreams and visions was not very clear. However, linking these areas with the moving of the Holy Spirit is undeniable. I am convinced that God tries to speak to many of His children through dreams or visions. Many people, however, don’t understand what God is trying to say or what they should do with the experiences they have had. This week we look to The Word for teaching us about dreams, visions, prophetic styles and gifts.