Archive for December, 2013

Phil. 3:13, 14
“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,
I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (NKJV)

2013, that rough year is in the rear view. We have a choice to look back and get stuck in the mess or look toward the horizon at a new day. Perhaps make some changes or have that new attitude. Diets, eating better or working out more. No matter what you’ve chosen… we all know that resolutions tend to fade faster then the holiday itself. Gym membership last year, for example went up 93% after New Year. Then come February, dipped by 89%. What are some things that God can tell us to keep us, not only on the right track but keep up our positive changes throughout the whole year? New Year, New Direction, New Attitude:

1) Prayer. Start off each day connected to your power source, Jesus. Matt. 21:22 “whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

2) Keep your heart happy, regardless. Pro. 17: 22 “A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.”

3) Keep your mind right. Phil. 4:8 “whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”

4) With Jesus we can! Phil. 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

5) Do not be discouraged nor give in to anxiety. Heb. 13:6 “”So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?””

6) The Lord is there when times get hard. Nahum 1:7 “The LORD is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him.” Clearly, in case you missed it.. You’re never alone when you have a relationship with Jesus. He helps & keeps us safe.

7) Stay Connected all day ery day! Jesus will keep you on track when the lines of communication remain on. Give up the thanks to Him that gave it to you.. 1Thes. 5:17,18 “pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

When we fail or slip, it’s in our nature to complain. God’s will is for us to give thanks in that moment. Not sarcasm but genuine thanksgiving. Sounds weird doesn’t it? Try it and you’ll notice stress and negativity roll right off when we do this. This is essential in keeping up that forward momentum. Guess our creator knows what He’s doing after all. Yes, pray throughout the day makes the blues go away.

If we do the same old thing, we can expect the same results. So why not let God take the wheel of our lives and see what new places or positive changes He can take us to. God says to us right now:
Isa. 43:19 “Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.”
Don’t look back. Have faith in The Lord to make that new start stick. Press on toward our prize, which is to be like Jesus, our living example. AMEN & May His grace & peace be with you in 2014 & beyond.
By Pastor Pete



Ducks, Dynastys, Devil & Division

Posted: December 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

1Corinthians 1:10-13 (ESV)
“I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?”

Beware of the devil and his schemes. I’ve noticed a very disturbing trend worldwide and most notably on social network. People taking sides and quick to jump into an argument. Now, I’m not going to act like I’ve seen Duck Dynasty ..or any other reality show. Like most disease or stinky trash heaps I avoid it. Exploiting people, putting societies worst characters before the masses.. Satan knows well that ‘by beholding we become.’ Flipping channels however, media has been working overtime to put out an ‘us vs. them’ mentality. Choose a topic, get two or more folk with an opposing viewpoint, pit them against each other & then watch them go at it! Reminiscent of the Roman arena.

With that said, have we been duped into going backwards in our development? Sadly even Christ followers are in the fray of these controversies.. Is this God’s plan? Did He intend to have us fight? Oh.. Maybe He made an exception in the Bible for politics, Hollywood actors, reality TV, wayward preachers from L.A., ghost hunters and cussing moon shiners who claim to somehow represent Jesus? Not the word of God. Not for today nor any day. Unity and love …even a rebuke is to be done in love.

God’s word says clearly that “if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7 ESV
When we have fellowship, including social networks we need to “watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.” Romans 16:17-18 ESV

I could hardly believe there is a show on TV called CHRISTmas Light Fight.. Really folks?! Tis’ the season to covet thy neighbor with how many lights go up & then fight for the title of what?!? Did Hollyweird learn nothing from that flick “Deck the Halls” with Danny Devito & Matthew Broderick? We got to ask ourselves… where is the focus? Sure ain’t on God where it belongs…

The Facts: We have three enemies as I.D.’d in God’s word; (1) the world, (2) the flesh & (3) the devil. If the world says ‘fight amongst yourselves over needless things’ by order of Satan & the flesh complies.. Can we honestly say we are doing God’s will?

Who seeks to gain by dividing, not only Christians but the entire human race? Think & pray about it. “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1Peter 5:8 ESV

Satan seeks to sift us like wheat (see Luke 22:31). Meaning, as farmers have to separate the wheat from the worthless chaff during threshing so does the devil desire to fool us into trivial arguments in an effect to divide us and thereby taking the light we are commissioned to shine away from people who desperately need The Lord. Furthermore, if God’s people are willing participants, to divide God’s warriors & faithful servants so the Gospel commission can be slowed and/or stopped, just what the heck we doin’?

Meditate on His word to direct your life actions from here forward is my prayer…
Galatians 3:28 ESV. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

Colossians 3:11 ESV “Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.”

Jesus’ prayer as recorded the book of John 17:21-23: “that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.”

Avoid the dynasty ducks in life.. It is only Christ’s love that creates unity in the midst of diversity. So please miss the argument and instead focus on God and look to embracing the Savior in relationship and simply behold Jesus. It’s OK to agree to disagree… from there it’s Gospel forward. Now that you’ve been Phil’d in… Unify. ~by Pastor Pete

1Peter 5:6-7
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.

The holiday season has many positive aspects such as getting together with family, friends and celebrating our Saviors birth as well as the coming year. It also can hit our emotions hard so today we looking at dealing with one of the Devil’s “D’s”. Depression is a common, serious illness and does’nt indicate a person is weak. Depression can happen to anyone, at any age, and to people of any race or ethnic group. Depression can come from many factors including chemical imbalances in the brain, hormonal changes, medications or things going on in your life.

Depression, by definition is described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, or down in the dumps for a short period of time. Clinical depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for a longer period of time. It can include thoughts of suicide, feeling inadequate and/or being withdrawn from social interaction with others. Depression is so serious it requires medical, psychological assistance as well as Holy Ghost tactics! Today we are going to turn back to our creator’s official handbook on how to not only deal with this issue but also give you the tools to fix and get victory over them blues (regardless what time of year it is)!

* Bible heroes like David had discouragements like us. Check it:

Psalm 6:6 & 7 “I am weary with my groaning; All night I make my bed swim;
I drench my couch with my tears.”

Psalm 40:12 “For innumerable evils have surrounded me; My iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to look up; They are more than the hairs of my head; Therefore my heart fails me.” (Also read Psalm 88)

In overcoming his depression David left us these gems:

a) God does not abandon us when times are rough (see Psalm 16:8 and Psalm 139:7-17)
b) Trust and Faith in God leads us to actually celebrate when down (see Psalm Psalm 5:11 and Psalm 28:7,8)
c) While He is not the always the source of our trials and trouble, God uses our drama to bring us closer to Him and to connect in prayer (see Psalm 119:67, 71 and Psalm 62:8)
d) Life can be crazy and wild however, God is still the king of the Jungle (see Psalm 118:6-17)

* Praise and giving Thanks is vital to victory over depression (see Psalm 118:1 and 113:3 and 71:1-24)
Psalm 59:16,17
“But I will sing of Your power;
Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning;
For You have been my defense
And refuge in the day of my trouble.
To You, O my Strength, I will sing praises;
For God is my defense,
My God of mercy.”

* The great God of the universe waits on our call to Him in prayer. He looks forward to delivering us from our depression (see Psalm 61:2 and Psalm 60:4) it’s what He does…
Psalm 56:3,8,11
“Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.
You number my wanderings;
Put my tears into Your bottle;
Are they not in Your book?
In God I have put my trust;
I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?”

* Personal dirt leads to feelings of guilt. If sin has you there God’s word tells us to:
1) Confess your guilt to God
Psalm 38:17,18
“For I am ready to fall,
And my sorrow is continually before me.
For I will declare my iniquity;
I will be in anguish over my sin.”

2) Accept His forgiveness
1John 1:9
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Come on now…we all got dirt. If we say we have no sin then we so full of it (see 1John 1:10)!

* No, really.. God forgives you. No business! Sometimes in our low moments we don’t truly accept or believe it. Read Psalm 51 and then meditate or think on you being a warmly loved child of God. By faith make it real… because it is.

1Timothy 2:3-6
“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,
who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time”

* Bible hero Elijah, after the victory at Mt. Carmel was so bummed out that he wanted to die. Exhausted from the days stress, threats from Jezebel and starving he gave into thoughts of doom and gloom (see 1Kings 19:1-4). God’s prescription was a hot meal, a good nights sleep and encouraging words (see 1Kings 19:5-13).

* Bible hero Paul, while in Roman jail used the following tactics to overcome depression:
1) Recognize that ultimately God is in charge (see Phil. 1:12)
2) Magnify Jesus (see Phil. 1:20) in all you do
3) Give thanks and praise throughout the trial (see Phil. 4:6)
4) Rejoice in your trial in direct defiance of the enemy (see Phil. 4:4)
5) Recognize God is bigger than our drama & He will supply all our needs (Phil. 4:13,19)

Whatever it is that Satan has thrown your way.. God is bigger! If we use His tools we shall overcome. New thought, new approach, new direction will yield a new day. Give Jesus a chance and then sit back and watch the stormy clouds part and His glorious light shine upon you.
Merry CHRISTmas to you and may you have a joy filled, depression free and prosperous 2014!
~Pastor Pete (connect by email: