The church’s beginning is in Genesis 1:26-28 when God created man (mankind is plural) and He created them male and female. Real unity with two or three is more powerful than the idea of unity in a large group. In 1 Peter 3:6-7 God tells about husbands and wives and the marriage covenant. Prayer between a husband and wife is powerful. In Ephesians 3:14-15 Paul prayed for the whole family of Christ to have a revelation of the love of God. Ephesians 5:21-30 tells the husband to love his wife as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her. Jesus laid down His life for the church. Are we decreasing in our love for the church? Today there is as much disregard for the church as there is for the family. No matter what your brother does, he is still your brother. Love the church. Make your family better. Christ sanctifies and cleanses the church with the washing of the water by the word. He nourishes and cherishes the church. A husband and wife become one like Christ and God are one. The Christians in the early church ran to their own company (Acts 4:18). We are to make disciples, which is work. Influence others. We are all one family.
The Nature of the Church
What To Do When Everything Goes Wrong Part 2
We can be strong in the Lord and stand against the wiles of the devil. Isaiah 54:17 tells us that there will be weapons against us but that they will not prosper. Satan seeks whom he can devour. We can get “captured” by ourselves by not listening to and obeying the Holy Spirit. Learn to dodge the next weapon. Every tongue that rises against you, you shall condemn. (Isaiah 54:17) Oppose, not tolerate, negative talk against you. You may have to condemn the words that even loved ones speak or have spoken against you. You have a heritage to break everything built up against you. You can say “NO!” and not let self-judgment cause you to back off. In Luke 13:11-17 a woman had a “spirit of infirmity” assigned against her. A “spirit” is a personality, entity, being. It is alive. She didn’t glorify God when she was crippled over but when she was healed. She was loosed (like a donkey is untied) from the spirit of infirmity which came from Satan. You can know the devil’s there, and still not get paranoid. Don’t look for reasons why something bad is happening to you, but if there’s sin in your life, repent and look to the blood. Then, when God looks at you, He sees the blood. If you stand against the enemy, you need the breastplate of righteousness on you. Romans 8:1 says that there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. You empower Satan when you say, “What’s wrong with me?” What’s the devil’s “revival”? War. God is for you! You must condemn condemnation. The weapons formed against you are words. There is power in the Word of God. Sin no more. Get the living Jesus in your heart.
What To Do When Everything Goes Wrong Part 1
Proverbs 24:10 says that if you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. When we are weak, we can rely more on God’s strength. If you get weary in a time and in a land of peace, how will you handle the really bad times? (Jeremiah 12:5) We need to get strong in the Lord. MAKE SURE YOU ARE IN CONTACT WITH THE LIVING JESUS! Rather than wondering what others think, want God’s approval. Get right with God by repenting. Drop those sins, even those that seem small. Put on the whole armor of God. (Ephesians 6:10-18) Ask yourself if you are missing a part of the armor, because if you are, you can’t stand against the devil. Where the devil attacks you shows you where you are weak. The devil hates you and wants to kill you. There is a real devil, who has strategies against you in a real war. Be careful to notice the subtle way the devil steals your time away from God. STAND and don’t waver. We stand against the wiles of the devil. We don’t wrestle against people. Some seasons in your life are darker than others. You don’t need to be afraid of the evil day, if you have your armor on. Run to the Word and stand on God’s promises. Your faith should put out the enemy’s darts. Paul’s expansion on the armor of God is really from Isaiah’s teaching in Isaiah 59:14-17. Intercession was tied in with all the pieces of armor. Satan tries to take you out of the role of intercessor. He is afraid you will get into the Spirit. When things go wrong, PRAY MORE. LEAN ON AND FOLLOW THE SPIRIT. TAKE THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, PRAYING.
Jesus Is Great!
The angel told Mary that she would conceive and have a Son named Jesus, and He would be great. (Luke 1:26-32) Keep Jesus at the focus and center of your life. Colossians 1:12-23 tells us that God has delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us into the Jesus’ kingdom. Jesus is the head of the body, the church. Make sure Jesus always has pre-eminence and keep Him first in your life. He reconciled all to Himself having made peace through the blood of His cross, and we are now reconciled to Father God. We were alienated, and we were enemies in our mind by wicked (twisted) works. Our thoughts can be alienated from God. The blood and His body died on the cross to present us (me) holy, unblamable, and unreprovable in His sight. How does God see you? He sees you holy. He sees you without blame or fault. He sees that nothing is needed to be added or fixed about you. The alienation and enmity are in our minds, not in God. What He sees is more important than what you think about yourself. He sees you always victorious, having more than enough, finding opportunities, and full of love, joy, and peace. God sees the answer. God can’t answer a prayer when it is for something He has already given us. Luke 1:13-15 is the account of the angel telling Zacharias that Elizabeth was going to have a son named John and that he would great in the sight of the Lord. Even though John the Baptist would be great, in fact greater than Adam, Abraham, and Daniel, Jesus said that whoever is the least in the kingdom of God is greater than John. That is who we are. Most of us do not see the greatness God sees. If we would see ourselves as God sees us, we would be translated from darkness to light in a moment. Knowing that you are holy, unblamable, and unreprovable in His sight will destroy past memories and make every day new. God sees what He has fashioned for Himself.
Value the Word of God
Psalm 19:7-10 tells us that God’s Word is the law, a testimony, statutes, the commandment of the Lord, the fear of the Lord, and the judgments of the Lord. The Word should be more valued than your paycheck. In keeping God’s Word is great reward. The Word is not qualified by the sower, and the sower does not determine the Word. It is the Word that is important. We are experience-oriented, but purifying your soul is not an experience, but a process by obeying the truth through the Spirit. (1 Peter 1:22-23) God wants our hearts red-hot for Him. Love others and reach out to them, even those who are different. God’s Word is eternal. When we work the Word, we will be blessed. (James 1:25) The Word of God can convert your soul. It is a process of renewing your mind by it. Your desires rule you, and you can choose your desires. (Psalm 19:10) What you focus on long enough, you will desire. Get your desires on the Word. Read the Word for yourself and value it.
Text: Mark 4:26-29. The kingdom of God is as if a man should plant seed. Be seed-minded. Planting seed takes time, but keep planting seeds. It does not always mean giving money. Rule your life by divine appointments. Apostle Dale sowed seed by helping a man get out his car out of a ditch. Forget your own deliberate plans and honor God’s divine appointments. When you realize what you’ve done, you will have to say, “I don’t know how that happened. It was the Lord!” Peter did everything he needed to do as a fisherman, but Jesus, a carpenter, told him what to do to prosper. His obedience brought a boatload of blessing. Let go and leave it up to the Lord. Be immediate in your obedience to do what God tells you to do (thrusting in the sickle). Apostle Dale tells of blessing missionaries to Russia and how that impacted them and him. Whenever inspiration comes, act on it.
Meditating on the Word and Your Testimony
Sydney Ropp had the offering message. Dale’s message, Text: Psalm 1:1-4. You can be blessed by what you don’t do: NOT walking in the counsel of the ungodly, NOT standing in the path of sinners, and NOT sitting in the seat of the scornful. Watch your desires. The Word and God’s promises do not change, so keep your eyes on them. Meditating takes time, just like planting by the rivers of water and then prospering (the harvest of meditating). Meditation is greater than crisis. In Psalm 119:1-2 the Word is called “His testimonies”. A testimony is a landmark in your life. It is something you can obey and keep, because it should change your life forever. For instance, Pastor Syd and Jen can keep the testimony of their daughter’s miraculous birth. There is a law of gratitude for all that God has done in your life. Meditation is seeing God in the Word making a change. Make the New Testament biographical by reading it and putting yourself as the character in the account. Do not let your testimony slip. In Genesis 15:5-6 God gave Abram an image to help him see and believe what He was saying to him about being the father of many descendants. What is the image you have of yourself? Get the right image and then you will have it. Meditation is your way out of wherever you are. Joshua 1:8 tells us to keep the Word coming out of our mouths and we will see things differently. Action comes out of meditation and prosperity comes out of the action. The problem of your problem is that it demands your attention. Meditate on the Word, not your problem. Light comes out of darkness (Psalm 112:4).
Feeding the Sheep
Text: John 21:15-17. Jesus affirmed Peter by asking him three times if he loved Him and then He told him to feed His sheep and lambs. Jesus must be more important to you than anything else. The phileo (responsive love) that Jesus and Peter talked about required the action of Peter’s feeding His lambs and sheep. Here “feed” means to pastor. He was saying, “If you love Me, take your place.” People get out of their place, and then they get into trouble. David was supposed to be going to war, but instead he saw a woman and gave into temptation. One of the roles of a pastor is to feed his sheep. The second role is to protect the sheep. Peter wasn’t a pastor, but he was an apostle. In other words, he was an apostle, pastoring. Don’t put church roles into a box. Pastor/Apostle Dale shares about being an apostle and a pastor. An apostle needs to keep his feet in the local church and his hands in the world. He shared that Sydney Ropp will be the CWI pastor, so that Apostle Dale can fulfill the apostolic role in CWI. What happens to Ukraine is happening to us, because of our connections. Pastor Demeke’s church will be joining CWI. Gene English is reaching to Washington, D. C. Our sister church is in Colorado.
The Role of the Apostle and Pastor
Texts: John 21:15-17; Philippians 1:27; 2:12, 19, 25-30; 3:17; 4:10. A pastor’s role is to feed (with the Word) and protect the local church. The Lord told Apostle Dale to keep his feet in the local church and his hands in the world. Jesus had world dominion in mind. If we are after the world, we need a world structure. Apostle Dale makes a comparison of his role with that of Paul’s. Paul was an apostle. He wrote his epistle to the Philippians from prison, so even though he wasn’t physically with the people, he knew what was going on with them. He communicated with them. He expected their obedience to him. He determined the movement of ministries and teams. He expected their service to the apostolic ministry. He expected them to follow him. During his lack of presence, he expected them to care for one another. He expected them to take care of his needs. Apostle Dale told about the Lord’s calling Pastor Sydney to come to Lancaster. In the first phase, he saw him pastoring and covering the pulpit in his absence. In the second phase, he saw him traveling and learning with Apostle Dale, and in the third phase, he would release and send him. We are in phase one, where Pastor Sydney will be installed as the CWI pastor. Apostle Dale will step out in apostolic ministry. Under Apostle Dale will be Pastor Sydney Ropp (CWI, Lancaster), Pastor Gene English (Slavic church in D. C.) and Pastor Jay Stoltzfus in Colorado, and Pastor Demeke Getahun (Ethiopian Church). Pastor Demeke’s church will be joining CWI and will take the CWI name. Artack and Anna (Slavic) will be coming to New York, Philadelphia, and Lancaster. Pastor Sydney shared how the Lord brought him and Jen to Lancaster. God’s will cannot be stopped, although it can be delayed. We live in perilous times. Pray and be bold to confess your faith. We can have greater unity, because we have a common Lord. Lord, help us find our place in Your kingdom.
Having A Sound Mind in Crisis: God Is King of All the Earth
(Alex Mirsaidov translated to Russian) Jesus said we will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but, “See that your heart is not troubled.” Watch your heart. Fear is a spirit from the devil. Rebuke that spirit. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind. That’s what we need in times like these. We can have a supernatural understanding of our days if we ask God, the wisdom of God is ours. Satan is afraid of prayer and of you praying. Satan is afraid of a prayer meeting. The prayers of God’s people change nations. Don’t be afraid of bombs and guns. It is by the Spirit. The key verse in Daniel 4:13-17 is 17- “in order that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men.” Just like in Nebuchadnezzar’s case, a kingdom can change overnight. Things can happen quickly when people follow truth and throw off corruption. We can depend on the Word and the Spirit of God. Jesus is Lord. God is King. The pastors in Ukraine are rising up and working in a new unity. The politicians are looking to the pastors for answers. It’s an amazing day. God rules. Don’t get into strife with one another. It’s a great opportunity to destroy the devil’s propaganda. There needs to be repentance in Ukraine. It wasn’t by accident that Daniel and Joseph were in their positions. We are all in our place for a reason. You have a place. For every Pharaoh, there’s a Joseph. For every Nebuchadnezzar, there’s a Daniel. We have a place of power, love, and a sound mind. Ask God to share His secrets with you. Start praying for nations, presidents, and other leaders.
Faith: Love Meditating on the Word
Speaking God’s Word satisfies you (Proverbs 18:20-21). Your words carry the power of life or death. The people who love His Word will eat its fruit. Pastor Dale told of how he loved football practice, whereas others on the team didn’t but only wanted the lights and action of the Friday night games. We have to love “practice”, the daily time with the Father, His Word, and the confession of it. We “see” by what we hear, because words carry visual images (Mark 4:21-26). Sin brings darkness, and darkness is a lack of the Word; the Word is light. Love the process of meditation on the Word. There is power in it. Meditating on the Word is like sowing seed, like the practice for the football games. It’s a process of life. Blessed (favored by God) is the man who doesn’t walk, sit, or stand where he shouldn’t (Psalm 1:1-3). Sometimes you are blessed by what you don’t do. Don’t walk in ungodly counsel. Good is not necessarily God. Correct your course, or you’ll get in a place where you’ll have to justify your course. Love the Word and love meditating on it. Take heed how and what you hear. Start where you are. It’s a process of planting (Psalm 1:3). If you love the process, you’ll love the harvest. Meditate on the Word for the Word’s sake, not to get some result and apply kingdom principles first.
We Are Blessed in Christ
Pastor Dale shared about a Mennonite missionary to Ethiopia who found out that miracles are for today and is writing a book about the miracles in Ethiopia. Pastor Dale told about talking to a Baptist pastor near Pittsburgh who told him that he doesn’t believe in speaking in tongues and being charismatic, but this pastor told of being in Africa in a crisis and how he and the Africans didn’t understand each other, but all of a sudden this language came out of his mouth, and they understood him. The pastor said he still doesn’t believe in tongues. Sermon: Just like you are a sibling in your family, and you don’t have a choice about it, you can try to be depressed, defeated, or sick, but you’re blessed. God has blessed you! Isaac, even through deceit and deception, couldn’t take back his blessing. God has commanded the blessing on us. You are blessed! “Happy” is not the same as “blessing”. God has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). God’s blessing rests on you. You are blessed in heavenly places, which is the spiritual realm where angels and demons are. The spirit realm birthed us. You are blessed in Christ. Being born-again or saved is Christ in us. Colossians 1:27 says Christ in us, the hope of glory. Jesus Christ has come in my flesh (1 John 4:2). We are also in Christ. That’s where the blessings are. What does it mean to be in Christ? In Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive (1 Corinthians 15:22). What are the effects of being in Adam? (Romans 5:12) Adam opened the door to sin and as a result suffering, wars, corruption, and death came. Does sickness come because of a person’s sin? In some cases it does. All sickness does come from sin, at least from Adam’s sin. If you have sinned and have sickness, run to the cross and the blood of Jesus takes care of it. Apply faith to the grace that has been given to you. The Old Testament priesthood was replaced by Christ as our High Priest. Abraham tithed, and when you tithe you are really giving to God, testifying that Jesus is alive (Hebrews 7:8-). Levi paid tithes through Abraham, but Levi was born 430 years after Abraham. How could he have paid tithes to Abraham? Abraham paid tithes to Melchizadek, the Priest of the Most High God, a type of Christ, obligating Levi to come underneath what Abraham did. You are the result of those who have gone before you. One act affects lineage. (Pastor Dale told of his German cousin, Johnny, and his meeting with his grandfather years later. He found out that he was the recipient of one act of mercy.) In Abraham, you can be blessed. (Pastor Dale gave a demonstration of lineage: God, Adam, Cain. When Adam sinned, there was a breach, and the blessings couldn’t pass down the line.) We all were in Adam. Jesus’ lineage is in Luke 3:23-38, tracing all the way to Adam, who was the son of God. In Adam all die. In Abraham there can be blessing because he tithed. In Christ, He took His blood and went to heaven to the mercy seat, breaching the gulf with His sacrifice. As long as you put faith in the blood of Jesus Christ, the lineage doesn’t stop at Adam, but goes back to God. We were grafted into the root. Being born is how we inherited all the sin and sickness and death, but being in Christ is to have all the righteousness, wisdom, redemption, peace, joy, love that comes to us through Christ Himself. We have to receive by putting faith in the grace of God. If you are in Christ, you are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). It’s your birthright to be blessed. You are born blessed and healed. We are in Christ, blessed and redeemed.
Faith: Your Words Will Work For You
Our words work for or against us, bringing either life or death (Proverbs 18:20-21). Pastor Dale told of Janny and Bill Grein giving all that they had in obedience and then God’s blessing them by having Pat Boone sing twice one of her songs on the Tonight Show. Use your mouth to speak life, blessings, and joy. Pastor Dale told of being in Tulsa and having a car that “died”. He kept speaking to the car to be sold. Within a short time of being towed by his employer’s company, a man bought it and had it towed. You aren’t going to have what you believe, but what you say (Mark 11:23). Speak the Word, and then faith will come. It has to get into a place of abundance. The third experience Pastor Dale shared was when he was sickened by some food in Moscow and was left with a bad rash after a week of fever and delirium. He kept cursing the rash that it would leave. When he was in Istanbul, Turkey, he ministered to a Muslim man who had been scalded by boiling water. The man was instantly healed. Later Pastor Dale found that his own rash had disappeared, and that he was healed, too. The increase of your lips will satisfy you. Your words will work for you.
Faith: The Power of the Holy Spirit and Thy Kingdom Come
Jesus’ public ministry ended when He died, but His private ministry began with His disciples after He rose from the dead. In Acts 1:1-8 Jesus was giving His disciples leadership training. He told them that they would receive power (dunamis) after the Holy Spirit would come upon them. Jesus told the Pharisees that if He cast out demons by the Spirit of God that the kingdom of God had come upon them (Matthew 12:25-29). In the Lord’s Prayer it says, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. The kingdom of God comes after the devil’s kingdom is destroyed (Luke 11:14-22). When His kingdom comes, the atmosphere and culture change. (Pastor Dale tells of the kingdom of God coming into the life of a co-worker.) The kingdom is in our lives. Acts 1:8 and 10:38 tell us that we will receive power after the Holy Spirit has come upon us. That means both proximity and progression. It’s our receiving the kingdom personally. Power is progressive. Jesus conquered the devil in the wilderness, after He was full of the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 3:21-22; 4:1). Personal battles need to be won before you can minister to others. It is your personal victories that put you in a place of power. (Pastor Dale’s personal victory over asthma put him in a place to destroy that sickness in others.) Every personal victory causes an increase of power in your life so that you can possess the kingdom of God. After your personal victory, you’re in a position to bind the strongman (Luke 11:20). Challenge: Pray for God’s kingdom to come in the area that you need victory. Personal victory over the devil separates little children from men (1 John2:12). Be strong in God and His Word and bring the kingdom of God into your life. After the Holy Spirit has come upon you, each day should bring you greater power.
Faith: The Power of Forgiveness
Offering Message: Even after we are saved from our sins, we still need to make a choice for what God has provided for us, such as life, prosperity, and healing. Pastor Sydney shares a strong testimony of choosing healing over sickness and death and choosing provision over lack. Jesus doesn’t like lack. He provided for fishermen who weren’t catching fish, food for the multitudes, and possible increase for the rich young ruler. Sermon Message: Colossians 3:13 tells us to forebear and forgive one another. This goes beyond tolerating one another to loving and understanding. If you quarrel, forgive it out. We are to owe others our love for them, because we are in a debt to one another as a result of Christ’s forgiveness of our sins (Romans 13:8). Jesus is all about forgiveness (Ephesians 4:31-32). The effectiveness of our speaking to the mountains in our lives depends not only on our believing, but also in our forgiving others (Mark 11:23-26). The “Lord’s Prayer” is a prayer template or pattern. If you notice how often “we, us, our” is mentioned in this prayer, you will realize it is not for yourself, but for His whole Body (Matthew 6:7-13; Luke 11:1-4). Some translations use the words, “debts” and debtors”, which carry the importance of forgiveness. The disciples knew the mechanics of prayer, because they were trained in the Jewish prayers. You have to learn the mechanics of prayer before you get into the “art”, passion and fire behind it. As an artist takes care of his tools, you will get into the tools of prayer- the name of Jesus, praying in the Spirit, etc. Challenge: Use the Lord’s Prayer to “kick start” your day and prayer time. Each time you pray it, forgive whoever comes to mind. Be quick to give, forgive, and forget. Get rid of the bitterness rejection, and pride, including that of spiritual pride. The sin of omission separates the goats from the sheep. Repentance should be ongoing. If you’ve forgiven someone once, and that person keeps coming back in your thoughts, keep repenting and forgiving. Consciously and deliberately work forgiveness into your praying. Forgive and ask life for a brother and even for our nation (1 John 5:16).
The Word in Your Heart and Mouth
Text: Psalm 27:1; Proverbs 18:20-21. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit. You are satisfied by what comes out of your mouth, and by saying and confessing aloud the Word of God, you activate this spiritual principle. You get what you ask for. What is abundant in your heart (Matthew 12:34)? If what’s in your heart in abundance isn’t good, don’t hide it, but curse it and say what you want and need, and don’t drop your commitment to what you’re saying. In other words, speak death to what you don’t want and speak life to what you want. Your tongue is a powerful rudder, and your words are producing- life or death. When you are quoting Scripture into a situation, you’re not lying if that’s not what is in the natural. In Mark 4:35-41 Jesus said, “Let us cross over to the other side.” He sowed Word seed. Jesus used His words exactly and precisely. The disciples spoke care and worry. Jesus spoke death when He rebuked the wind and spoke life when He spoke to the sea, “Peace, be still.” Speak your desires and end results by speaking the Word.
Text: Mark 4:14-20 (The Parable of the Sower and the Seed). God’s Word is the seed. The ground (soil) is a person’s heart. The seed’s (the Word’s) growth and fruitfulness depend on the ground that the seed lands on. If the soil (a person’s heart) is good, it doesn’t take much for the seed to grow and produce fruit, like the woman who was healed of the issue of blood. Immediately after you receive the Word, Satan will try to steal it out of your life, because he hates the Word in you more than he hates you. Don’t let Satan take the Word out of you! Tribulation and persecution arise for the Word’s sake, and people get offended at it. Maybe it’s a Word about giving or healing. Keep a good heart. We have three main enemies or weeds in our heart. They are: the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts for other things. These “weeds” choke the Word and cause the Word to become unfruitful. Keep the weeds out of your garden. Your heart must be receptive. For example, before ministering to a person with cancer, you have to get the fear out of his/her heart. Pluck out the lust of the flesh, of the eyes, and the pride of life (1 John 2:15-16). Get your heart right before God, and bear fruit- thirty fold, sixty, or a hundred.
Put Me in Remembrance
God blots out your transgression for His sake and tells you to put Him in remembrance (Isaiah 43:25-26). This is covenant and legal language, pointing to a contract made together. What does He forget? He forgets our sins. What is to be remembered? We are to call on God to remember His promises to us. Remembering is a covenant word to make a claim on a promise that was given. God does not count our sins against us, because He put them on Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:15-19). We are to declare the Word of His covenant. We can plead our case for righteousness together with the Holy Spirit. We say God’s Word promise, and the Holy Spirit pleads with us. We declare our innocence that we may be justified. Keep your own word (Psalm 15:1-5). What God says, He will do. We insult and offend God when we dishonor or disbelieve what He says. God’s Word will come to pass, if you listen to His voice to observe and to do it (Deuteronomy 28:1). Jacob pleaded with God (Genesis 32:9). You can plead with God by saying, “Lord, You said …” Put God I remembrance of His promises, plead together with the Holy Spirit, and make a declaration.
Acknowledging and Confessing Your Faith
Offering message: Isaiah 1:19 tells us to be both willing and obedient. We are givers, not takers. Our willingness is important. God wants us to change nations. Sermon message: You received salvation by confessing with your mouth the Lord Jesus, (which means saying aloud), and believing in your heart, (that’s faith) that God has raised Him from the dead. The same way you received salvation, you receive all the spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus, such as healing, righteousness, freedom from fear, and provision. Because you know that God has already provided for these spiritual blessings, you can hold onto them by confessing them as your own, thanking and praising Him for the victory. Confessing is acknowledging every good thing that is in you in Christ Jesus. You can abound, which means having more than you can contain, because you have fellowship (communication, free flow, interchange, koinonia) with God and Jesus, who are alive. Jesus is in the heavens, which is not referring to distance, but is the realm of the Spirit and access, a place of control of the universe. For example, the instant you die physically, you are with Him. There’s no time or space lapse. Use your faith by confessing the spiritual blessings that are in you through Christ Jesus. (Pastor Dale tells of using his confession of faith to get the victory over asthma.) [Texts: Philemon 6, Colossians 2:6-7; Romans 10:9-10; Hebrews4:14; Ephesians 1:3]
Praying the Ephesians Prayer
Ephesians 1:15-20 is a prayer that you can pray for yourself and your loved ones. Paul prayed this prayer with thanksgiving, not with worry and fear. If you pray that a) you might receive a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus Christ and God, and that b) the eyes of your understanding (your spirit) would be enlightened, you will pray to know what is 1) the hope of His calling, 2) the riches of His glory, and 3) the exceeding greatness of His power toward you. Numbers 1)-3) do not happen if you don’t do a) and b). The hope of His calling means your purpose. You are sent. If you don’t have hope, you don’t know why you’re here. Walk in your purpose. Pray for the hopeless using this prayer. The riches of His glory refer to what belongs to you. As a child of the King, you have an inheritance. What belongs to you will come through prayer. Do you know the exceeding greatness of His power toward you, how powerful you are? The same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead is at work in you. You have an assignment: Write and print out Ephesians 1:17-19 personalizing this prayer for yourself, and then post it somewhere you’ll see it. Then do the same thing inserting your loved ones’ names. Finally, pray these prayers for yourself and your loved ones.
Praying in the Spirit
Jude 20 tells us to build ourselves up in our most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit. Some translations use Holy “Ghost”, meaning “Guest”, indicating the indwelling Spirit of God. Ephesians 6:18 says for us to pray in the Spirit with all prayer and supplication. We are to pursue love, desire spiritual gifts, prophesy, and to speak (pray) in tongues (an unknown language) (1 Corinthians 14:1-2, 4). Why are we to pray in tongues? It’s something only you can do for yourself, because it edifies you, and it’s speaking mysteries to God. Out of you will flow rivers of living water when you pray in the Holy Spirit. When you are praying in the Spirit, you can get the interpretation of what you are praying (1 Corinthians 14:13). If you give out a tongue in a group, there must be an interpreter. When you pray in the Holy Spirit (tongues), what you are praying is not coming from your mind but from His Spirit in you. Praying in the Spirit will greatly help you to know how to raise your children, what to say, actually everything you do, because He has prepared things for you. When you pray in tongues, you’re speaking mysteries (1 Corinthians 2:4-13). God had hidden these mysteries from the devil since before the beginning of the world, and He reveals them by His Spirit. Our minds and our emotions are not the Spirit. We receive the Spirit so that we might understand what has been freely given to us by God. God’s Spirit gives us the ability to speak the mysteries, the wisdom of God.
Praise Is for the Lord
God is everywhere, even in hell, so how were Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:9-10) able to hide from God? There is an essential presence of God, which means that God is everywhere, but there is also an influential presence, such as our fellowshipping with Him, which can be covered up. We prepare God a habitation by our praise. Listening to praise and worship music is not preparing a habitation for God. Praise is aloud and loud. In Psalm 22:2-5, a Messianic psalm, it says that Moses and the Israelite fatherscried to the Lord. Luke 18:38-43 tells about the blind man crying out to Jesus for Him to heal him. He was annoyingly loud to the point that he was rebuked and told to be quiet. What did he do? He became louder! He was so loud that Jesus stood still and healed the man. Then, the other people started to praise Jesus, too. We know Paul and Silas were loud in the prison, because the other prisoners heard them. Worship is for God, not to give you some emotion. Our praise is to Him, because He is holy. He is enthroned in the praises of His people. You don’t naturally want to praise God, and in fact, something in you inhibits your praising. When it says in Psalm 149:5-9, “Let them sing aloud on their beds”, it means that on the bed of sickness and affliction, we are to lift our praises to Him. [Pastor Dale shared the time he rescued a beaten-up missionary in Romania.] Praise binds difficulties, and sometimes that means that you have to praise in spite of heavy oppression. Praise Him until you get a note of victory. Heaven is a noisy place (Revelation 19:1). Salvation, glory, honor, and power belong to the Lord our God. Praise Him!
Dale Armstrong – Women in Church and Ministry
Paul says in Galatians 3:26-28 that we are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus and that there is neither male nor female, for we are all one in Christ Jesus. This is a supernatural unity, Greek and Jew, slave and free, male and female. (Pastor Dale shares of how a woman song writer, Janny Grein, impacted his life and how he gave a place for her to preach. That church experienced 16 weeks of revival. During that time, God supernaturally communicated with him when he was in Kiev, and Janny was ministering in his church in Titusville.) Acts 2:16 quotes Joel which says that your sons and daughters shall prophesy and that God’s Spirit would be poured out on your menservants and maidservants. Women do have a place in ministry. The book of First Corinthians was a letter written in response to a letter the church had written to Paul. Paul’s letter refers to what they wrote previously, as seen in 1 Corinthians 7:1. Chapter 11:2-5 and 16 says that the women can pray and prophesy but that there is a flow of authority. Chapter 14:31 says that you can all prophesy. Verses 34 and 35 were not Paul’s comments, but comments he was responding to from the Corinthian church. How do we know? He just said that women may prophesy, and the law doesn’t say that women can’t prophesy anyway. It is in the Jewish commentary, not the law. Paul’s response is in verse 36-40 where he says, “Did you write the word of God?” In Acts 2:4-11 all spoke aloud in tongues. Go back to Acts 1:13-14 and see that those who were part of the 120 people werewomen, Jesus’ disciples, Mary the mother of Jesus, and Jesus’ brothers. Mary and the other women spoke in tongues on the Day of Pentecost.
Prophetic Conference – Prophecy in the Church
Text: 1 Corinthians 12:1, 7, 11; 1 Corinthians 14. Today’s problem in the church is not a lack of knowledge about the gifts of the Spirit but the absence of the them. The Holy Spirit distributes to each one as He wills. Just because He used you one way one time, don’t limit Him to only using you in that gift. We should desire to prophesy, because prophecy edifies the whole church. All of the gifts should be done, decently and in order. Prophesying is a commandment (14:1). Your brothers and sisters in the body of Christ are your “safety net” for prophesying. They will help teach and affirm you. Just as hearing and hearing the Word is the only way to get faith, prophesying is the only way to edify the church. We are to covet the best gift, which is the gift that you need at the time. When we gather for a church service, we should come in full, so that God can use us. Churches need an interpreter, who is like a moderator. Learn to allow the Holy Spirit to use you, but be humble enough to understand that He may use someone else instead of you. Desire the prophetic anointing.
We Would See Jesus
Text: John 12:20-21. The Greeks were coming to worship at the feast, but they had to stand outside, so they talked to Philip as a connection saying, “We would see Jesus.” We can ask the Holy Spirit to open your loved ones’ eyes that they may see Jesus (Psalm 119:18). The gospel is hidden to the lost (2 Corinthians 4:3-6). Why can’t people receive the gospel? Satan, the god of this age has blinded their eyes, and the gospel is veiled to them. Satan is the god of this worldly system and of those under his rule. Jesus is the ruler of the earth. There are only two groups: the children of light and the children of darkness. Satan has representatives on earth. Jesus never lacked power over the devil. If He would have wiped out the devil, He would also have wiped out all of Satan’s people. Jesus wants the harvest. Let’s turn on the light. People need to be exposed to the light, so that they can make a choice. Saul saw Jesus, and Jesus told him that he was to be a witness to open they eyes of the lost, to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God,that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Jesus (Acts 26:13-18). How can you pray for your unsaved loved ones? Pray that they would see and for God to open their eyes. Pray that the devil wouldn’t blind their eyes. We are witnesses to open the eyes of the lost. Satan tries to make people think that God is against them, or that there is not a God. People are already forgiven (2 Corinthians 5:19), but Satan blinds people so they can’t receive. Why don’t people receive their inheritance (verse 18)? Again, it’s because the devil has blinded their eyes. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son (Colossians 1:9-13). You have a purpose in life. God can restore you to His purposes in an instant. He redeems the time.
The Word of God – Renewing Your Mind
Texts: James 1:21; Romans 12:1-2. God wants His Word engrafted in us, so that we become one with the Word for the saving of our soul. We present ourselves to God. We are not to be conformed to the world, but we are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. How does this happen? The world forms a framework of how we look at things, but we can change that by becoming Word-minded. You can change your thinking by thinking, responding, seeing, and reacting as God thinks, responds, sees, and reacts by desiring and meditating on the Word (Psalm 1:1-3). If you want change, get into things that will change you. Everyone meditates, either positively or negatively (worrying). How do you see things? What’s your mindset toward reading and memorizing the Bible? You can create your own desires by renewing your mind. How can you create a desire or control your desires? One way you can control your desire is by perceptions (Proverbs 18:1). Before you can desire something, you must know about it. Your perception could be negative or positive. Run to the Bible and find out what will set you free. Secondly, pay attention to your desire and study the positive. Instead of studying about cancer, study the Scriptures about healing. Thirdly, conception takes place when you change your thinking and do not even remember the way you used to think. For example, instead of thinking poverty thoughts, you think according to prosperity. You must delight in the Word (Psalm 1:2).
The Will of God – The Lordship of Jesus
Text: John 7:14-17. God sent Jesus, and Jesus sent you. God wants you to live out your purpose. The issue is man’s willingness to obey God’s will. You will not know God’s will until you are willing to obey, so you must consecrate yourself to do His will first, and then He will reveal His will for you. God waits for your consecration first, and you must obey first. Once you are willing, He will give you His ability. Saul thought he was serving God, but Satan had deceived him by leading him in the opposite direction of God’s will. (Caution: Satan tries to do that to us, too.) When Saul met Jesus in Acts 9:3-5, he recognized Jesus as his Lord, his King, his Ruler. We are God’s slaves, and He is our Lord. God wants people’s eyes to be open to Him and to their purpose in Him (2 Corinthians 4:3-4). You are saved when you confess Jesus is Lord in your life and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead. Jesus is alive. Are you willing to obey Him, or are you afraid to step into His plan for you? The issue is that He is Lord. Lordship is salvation.
The Priority of the Word of God
To be wise, obey the Word of God (Matthew 7:24-28). Storms and problems come to everyone, but you can measure your life by your victories. Prepare before the storms by acting on the Word. Search the Scriptures and seek honor from God and not from man (John 5:39-40, 44-47). Put Jesus first in your life. Miracles don’t cause people to repent and have faith (Luke 16:19-31), but hearing the Word does. You need to hear and obey the Word (Romans 10:16-17). Build faith on the priority of the Word. Our experiences should lead people to the Word to get faith. Meditate on the Word day and night (Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:2-3). Martha was rebellious because she wouldn’t put a priority on the Word. In Matthew 8:6-8 the centurion showed faith when he said, “Speak the Word only.” Jesus said in Mark 5:35-36 to only believe. Don’t add to the Word. Don’t do things because the devil manipulates you based on fear or convinces you that your prayers didn’t work. Guard your heart (Proverbs 4:20-23). Your faith will overcome the world. Praying in unbelief is worse than profanity. Speak the Word only.
Pastor Gene English, leader of the Men of the Word, preached on new beginnings, connecting the beginning of the world in Genesis with the new beginning through the birth of Jesus Christ. John Tobias shared his testimony, demonstrating the new beginning in a person’s life by salvation through Jesus Christ.
Peace on Earth, Peace of Mind
Text: Philippians 4:6-8. How can the peace of God keep our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus? God is interested in you, spirit, soul, and body. Your physical body affects your mind and that affects your spirit. Your thought-life has a bearing on your spiritual life. The peace of God comes after you think on things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report. You can filter the thoughts that you are meditating on. What is the priority in your thoughts? Is it going to benefit you? Apply the filter of Philippians 4:6-8 to what you are thinking. What is the pattern in your thought-life? If that pattern is negative, cut it out! Write down what you think about before you go to bed, and then write down what you think about when you wake up. Those are the thoughts you are meditating on. You can wake up with thoughts of peace, joy, holiness, victory, and prosperity. How? Your mouth controls what you think. Think on what is true, honest… In 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 we are told to cast down imaginations and to bring into captivity every thought. Your thinking is not your identity; it’s an activity. Your filter is: #1 What is the priority in my thought-life? What is important for me to be thinking on now? The Word should be your importance. What does it say about my thoughts? #2 What is my focus? You can’t stop thinking about something by not thinking about it. You need to replace it with another positive thought- the Word of God. Focus with your mouth by speaking it aloud. #3 See what your patterns of thinking are. How do I interpret what I see? Tear down imaginations and strongholds in your life and think the Word and victory.
Faith – The Word of God is Alive
Texts: Psalm 107:20; John 6:63; Hebrews 4:12, 1, 2. The Spirit gives life, and the words that God speaks to us are life. His Word is living, active, powerful, and sharp. The Word of God gets into the heart of man and divides spirit and soul. You can find out who you are based on the Word of God. If you try to figure out your past, you will not live up to the glory of your future. Speaking the Word to people can change their lives. (Listen as Pastor Dale shares various testimonies of this truth.) You do not want to miss one promise God has for you. The Word has to be mixed with faith. God is sovereign (all-powerful). You can be bold if you know you are right (Philippians 1:20-24), and if you’re wrong, be bold to change. Choose life. Mix faith with what you hear. Choose to live. Choose to prosper. Choose to have a good marriage. Choose not to fear. Mark 4:14-15 tells us that the Word is seed, and the devil comes to steal the Word right after you hear and receive it. Why? He does not want you to get truth, because the Word is your answer. Endure and do not let go of your faith. The Gospel should benefit you.
Text: Romans 12:1, 2.One time when Pastor Dale was in Russia, he prayed for a woman whose leg was gangrenous. He didn’t know it at the time, but she was going to have it amputated the next day. When he laid hands on her, he didn’t feel anything, but the next day her leg was as normal as the other one. Last night there weren’t many people here, but God healed people. God set us up with intent. Sometimes we need to be away from unbelief. Some things you need to flee, such as sexual sin, and some things you need to resist. Sometimes Jesus cleared a room from unbelief. There is something about corporate faith. You need to realize you are a believer. Present yourself before God. Get rid of the spectator mentality because of condemnation. You are a Christian, a devil-defying participator. We do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Condemnation needs to be dealt with in the minds of people, because it makes people feel that God is against them. If you have a mindset of condemnation, you can’t hear what God is saying. While he was in Russia, a pastor stole his church (in PA) from him. He was convicted by the Spirit’s telling him that no one can steal what you give. Teri confirmed what the Lord told Pastor Dale. When they met with the other pastor, that man became angrier and angrier, and he didn’t even hear Pastor Dale say that he was giving him the church. It wasn’t until his wife told him to shut up and that he was giving the church to him that his countenance changed. Condemnation puts you in a negative view, and you’ll judge everyone else negatively. Second Corinthians 5:19-21 says that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. We are ambassadors for Christ and should be reconciled to God. For He made Jesus to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. He has committed to us the ministry of reconciliation. God is not imputing our trespasses against us. If you have a negative view, you won’t hear the Word. His grace is sufficient for you. Men died for that grace. A negative attitude toward yourself brings defeat. Get into the Spirit. We do not war according to the flesh. The weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:3-6). Don’t try to war by using your flesh. The first stronghold you need to pull down is condemnation. How do you cast down strongholds? You replace the stronghold with a Word thought and then erect the foundations of righteousness.
Faith – Values and Priorities
Hebrews 11:1-6. When you value spiritual things and the Word of God, your priorities will line up. Faith becomes easier when you value the things of God. Faith and understanding are two separate things. Faith is a spiritual process, not an intellectual one like understanding. Believing (faith) is in your heart and probably won’t make sense. The visible has its origins in the invisible. Truth always trumps facts, and what is spiritual overrides the natural. It is impossible to please God without faith, and we must believe that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. We believe in His presence even more than His existence. In Mark 5:25-27 the woman with the issue of blood risked her life to go to Jesus for healing, based on what she heard about Him. That’s where her faith came from, and hearing the Word is where our faith comes from, too. It comes from communing with the Living Word. What she heard brought her to action and changed her. IF FAITH DOESN’T BRING YOU TO ACTION, IT IS NOT FAITH AT ALL. The woman had no other options. WHEN YOU PUT VALUE IN THE RIGHT PLACE, IT WILL CHANGE YOUR PRIORITIES, AND THEY WILL LINE UP. Proverbs 2:1-5 tells us to seek and cry out for God. The awe-inspiring presence of God will give you the fear of the Lord. What is the fear of the Lord? It is putting the right value in the things of God above the things of life. Faith is not repeating words but is sitting with Jesus. Don’t let the issue of faith condemn you. Recognize faith in your life. There’s no difference in healing warts and cancer, except our fear. God is not afraid of cancer or any disease. Use the faith that you already have to come to Him, speak to the disease, or to respond to an altar call. FAITH WILL DRAW YOU TO GOD. God does not teach us with bad things. The woman with the issue of blood again risked her life when she fell at Jesus’ feet, telling Him the truth. You can stake your life on the Word of God.
Faith: The Greater One in You
(This was the first Sunday morning service at the Landisville Church.) Texts: 1 John 3:1-4; 4:1-4; 2 Corinthians 4:16). God loves us so much He calls us the children of God. People in the world can’t understand spiritual things until they are born-again. As we move farther away from the world and closer to a supernatural, spiritual life, supernatural things should become the norm. Revelation is a good thing: every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Jesus is Lord. When you see Jesus, He changes you. Learn to love people, especially other believers. You can know the Spirit of God, because every spirit that confesses that Jesus has come in the flesh is of God. He has come and does come in human flesh- that means in your flesh. False religions can’t believe that Jesus can come into our human flesh. The inward man is renewed daily. The Greater One lives in you. You are full of God. We don’t look at things which are seen, but at the things which are unseen. Speak the Word boldly.
Faith – Speak the Word
Text: Hebrews 11:1, 6. You can apply your faith to anything you do not see but which is promised in the Word. We should be like Jesus. That means that we should please God with our faith. In Mark 9:23 Jesus told the father of the child who had seizures: “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” In Matthew 9:29 Jesus told the blind men, “According to your faith let it be to you.” Where you are in life is a measure of your faith. We must speak the Word (Romans 10:8-17) and have it in our hearts. You were saved by speaking the Word after hearing the Word. You cannot make someone else receive salvation. You have to receive salvation (John 1:12). Your faith cannot rise above your knowledge of the Word. God loves everyone equally. Jesus healed all who came to Him. The faith that you used to get saved is the same faith that you can use to be healed. Faith does not come by miracles or praying or reading. It comes by hearing the Word of God. Have you run out of faith? You have to stir up your salvation. You cannot live off of thirty-year old steak or a thirty-year old experience. The Word in Romans 10:17 is “Rhema”, the spoken Word. You do not have a faith problem, but you have a “Word” problem. Get into the Word. The carnal mind is enmity with God, so if you are fighting a habit or a lust, double-up on your Word intake. Experiences of the past are not faith. Faith is now. Do not think that you would believe if you saw a miracle or an angel, because faith does not come that way. They cannot save people or give people faith.
The Power of the Word: What Is Faith?
Texts: Luke 5:15-26; Hebrews 11:1-3. The people in Luke’s Scripture came to hear first and then to be healed. The power of God was there to heal, but the one who was healed was the one who showed his faith when his friends lowered him through a roof to reach Jesus. You can see faith, and it works. Jesus told the blind men, “According to your faith be it unto you.” Faith puts the priority on the living Word of God. Faith brings God into the now. Faith is the substance (reality) of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. You need hope for your healing or for your prosperity first, but do not confuse hope for faith. Make sure that you are not parroting what someone else has said when you are “confessing” or “professing” your faith. If you are wavering or in doubt, do not even think you will receive anything from the LORD (James 1:3-6). If you are in hope and not in faith, or your faith is wavering, get more Word in you (Romans 10:17). Faith is a measure of God’s faithfulness. We can be confident in Him and believe what we have heard God say. We can believe God’s report (Isaiah 53:1). Locate your faith. Am I in hope or in faith? Jesus is our High Priest (Hebrews 4:14). Hold fast to your profession of faith (Hebrews 10:23).
Your Normal Is Their Supernatural
When you use the name of Jesus, you invoke His presence. Don’t live without the presence of God in and on your life. Jesus is alive, seated in heaven, ruling this world. Jesus Christ always causes you to triumph (2 Cor. 2:14). You don’t know how anointed you are, because when you conduct the anointing, you don’t feel it. When you walk in the light, people in the dark see you glow. There should be a savor of victory around us. Liberty is an unveiling and being in the presence of God in mercy and truth. His presence is not a place. We should praise God for what He has done in the past, as well as for things more recent. David praised God for what He did for Moses. You become what you worship. Heb.4:14 tells us to hold fast our profession. A profession or confession is positive if it’s based on the presence of the living Christ. He is easily touched with the feelings of our infirmities (Heb. 4:15). People run and hide from His presence because of sin and condemnation, but we should come boldly (freedom of access) before the throne of grace, not crying and hiding (Heb. 4:16). Boldness comes before grace. The main point is that we have a High Priest (Heb. 8:1). We must offer something to Him. What is that? Heb. 13:15 tells us that we are to offer the sacrifices of praise to God continually, giving thanks to Him who always causes us to triumph… who redeems us… who sets us on a firm foundation. Hosea 14:1 notes prophetically that our sins are taken away when we repent and sacrifice praise.
The Love of God – Part 7
Text: Gal. 5:6-22. Love is a choice and a commandment. Sin always hurts someone. Love will purify you and can motivate you to serve others. Change the way you talk to others. Walk in the Spirit, and you won’t fulfill the lusts of the flesh. When are you walking in the lusts of the flesh? It’s when you do things for what’s in it for yourself. Walking in the Spirit is walking in love. Don’t set yourself up as an idol. The love of God will get you out of sin. You won’t be fulfilled until you serve and bless others. Walking in love is tapping into the Spirit. Love your enemies and pray for them. Bless implies finances. Give out of your heart.
The Love of God Part 6 – Get Outside of Yourself and Serve Others
Text: Gal. 5:13-14. Dig in and chew on the Word concerning love. Charity (selfless love) fulfills the commandment along with the commission of serving others. You can’t cover up the wrong thing by doing a good thing. (Review: 1 Kings 3:16-28.) Love gives without limitation and reservation, and love always wins. You have to take the initiative to love. 1 Cor. 13 tells us to love, which begins in the spirit, and then comes the act, and then the emotion. Get out of yourself and serve others. Prov. 15:1 tells us that a soft answer turns away wrath. Don’t try to prove a point at the expense of hurting others, but listen respectfully to others. Prov. 25:21-22 says to serve your enemies. Pastor Dale tells of a man in Russia who saw the fruit of doing that. (Pastor Dale also explains the Hebrew meaning of the term “coals of fire”.) What is in it for you? The Lord rewards you, “reward” meaning “paycheck” (Gen. 15:1). Fear makes us think, “When is it my turn?” Sometimes God has us kill a dream, so He can have us fulfill a bigger one. Get outside yourself and ask, “What would love do?” Don’t be afraid of walking in love.
The Love of God Part 5 – The Heart of the Father for You
Offering: Jer. 17:5-8; Mal. 3:10-11; Ps. 121:1-7; Ps. 119:130. Sermon: 1 John 4:15-16. God is love! If we confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God and His love abide in us. Do you believe in God’s love? God is full of compassion, gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in mercy (love) (Ps. 86:15). He Loves Us! Don’t judge God’s love by your unfaithfulness. He loves us today! What did Jesus do on the earth? He preached, He taught, and He healed (Matt. 9:35-38). He was moved with compassion (Matt. 14:14). The more revelation you have of God’s love, the greater you can believe for His willingness to heal you. He heals because He loves you. He healed the blind men, because Jesus had compassion on them (Matt. 20:30-34). Jesus was moved by compassion and cleansed a leper (Mark 1:40-45). He healed a demon-possessed man (Mark 5:19), telling him to tell others so they would know that if He healed him, He would heal them. The father of an epileptic boy called on Jesus’ compassion for his son’s healing (Mark 9:20-23). Jesus raised up a dead boy, because He had compassion on the widow mother. When He had compassion, He healed. Do you have faith in Jesus’ love? Having faith in God’s love is more important than having faith in His power. What do you believe about the love of God?
Walk in Love Part 4
In 1 Kings 3:23-27, King Solomon revealed what was in two women’s hearts to find which was the honest mother. Just like the mother in that passage, we need to let love be our guide. Walking in love is walking in the Spirit. Whatever we do, we need to do it in humility and love, esteeming others better than ourselves. Jesus was led by the Spirit of love: in John 4:1-3 Jesus left the area because He didn’t want to become famous, and He ended up at the well of Samaria talking to a woman about the living water. The secret to seeing miracles is walking in humility in ministry and love. Walking in love will help you get what belongs to you and looks at the best interests of people. When strife broke out between Abram’s and Lot’s men, Abram allowed Lot to pick the best land. Love guided Abram to prefer Lot, because he knew God was his source. Love will always give without limitations. In Gen. 26:17-23, love led Isaac, and the Lord made room for him. James 3:16 says that envy and strife bring confusion and every evil thing. There’s joy at the end of the journey if you do the right thing. Know that God is your source, and learn what love is (1 Cor. 13). 1 John 3:16-18 tells us to lay our lives down for our brothers and to love in truth, serving one another. There is no fear in love (1 John 4:16-20). The love of God will support, guide, and supply you. We are to bear one another’s burdens (Gal. 6:2) and to please our neighbor (Rom. 15:1-3). In love, we ought to serve one another. (We discerned the body of Christ and served communion to someone else.)
The Love of God – Part 3
Gal. 5:13-16 tells us to serve one another by love and to walk in the Spirit. When you serve one another by love, you’ll use your prosperity to bless others. Love is like an iPhone: most people don’t know what it can do. We need to pray to comprehend the love of God (Eph. 3:13-19). We are in a relationship, that of a family. We carry one another’s burdens, restore others, and serve because of our love for people (Gal. 6:1-2). If your problems aren’t mine, you’re probably not family. Learn to serve others in the body; otherwise, you’re a guest. Charity is a love that gives (1 Cor. 13:1-4). Spiritual relationships should be stronger than physical family relationships. Love should motivate your giving and doing good deeds. Be longsuffering in love. Walk in love, even when the other person doesn’t treat you right. (There were four words given at the end of the service.)
Love Is The Direction – Part 2
Text: John 13:34. Part of the commandment of loving God and others is to love ourselves, which we can do if we understand how much God loves us. The love of God is already in us, if we are full of Him (Romans 5:5). Life is about 1) choices, 2) words, 3) actions, and love should determine each of these. Jesus prayed that the love that God loved Jesus with would be in us (John 17:26). Love is an action and is the direction we need to take. Every problem that has ever defeated any Christian is the result of not walking in love. If the question is whether to walk in love or to be “right”, choose walking in love. Allow love to temper all your decisions. The three facets of love are: 1) Learn to receive and believe in the love God has for you; 2) Respond in love to people; 3) Learn to direct your love on the right objects of affection. Love righteousness and hate sin. Ask yourself: Where am I directing my love? Meditation is more powerful than experiences. Meditate on the Scriptures that will help you overcome whatever sin you’re in or need you have. Meditate on Scriptures about meditation and those about the love of God.
The Love of God- Part 1
God wants your love to flow through you to others. The first commandment is to love God, and the second one is to love your neighbor as yourself. (Mark 12:28-31; Gal. 5:13-14). If you’re having a sin or habit problem, look at your love-walk. John 13:34-35 tells us that the new commandment Jesus gave is that we are to love our neighbors as Jesus has loved us. Where our love-walk breaks down is that we don’t love ourselves as God loves us. Husbands are to love (agape) their wives (Eph. 5:28). Agape is a God-like and selfless love, which looks for nothing in return. Phileo love responds to love. The husband is to initiate love. Marriage problems are a husband problem. The wife responds to the husband’s love. If the husband doesn’t love his wife, he does not love himself. Wives need to build their husbands’ self-esteem and learn how much God loves them. Read 1 Cor. 13:4-13 putting your name in the place of the word “love”. You have a choice to step out in love or be selfish. Emotions come after choosing to walk in love. The love of God is in you if you are born-again. The first commandment (in 1 John 3:23) is that we should believe on the name of Jesus Christ and love one another. Jesus Christ first loved us, and if we say we love Him, but don’t love our brother, we’re liars. He wants us to love each other so we can experience the love of God.
Hunger for the Holy Spirit Part 6 – Seeking the Glory of God
Text: John 7:37-39. If we aren’t seeing God move, it’s our hunger that is the problem. Love for people will pull down God’s power. Our hunger and thirst should be centered on Jesus. Promote and present Jesus to His glory! Go into the promised land and let go of the things in the past. When Jesus was here on earth, the Holy Spirit wasn’t given, because He was not yet glorified. Deut.8:14 warned the Israelites that they would forget the Lord and would take credit for their prosperity. Watch that you don’t think that you did what the Lord did. Be humble and give God the glory. Now that Jesus is glorified, the Holy Spirit empowers us to do greater works. Glorify God in your temple (body). Jesus had to go away to give us His Holy Spirit (John 16:7). It’s a sin to think that God hasn’t come through for you. Live for Jesus. You’re accountable to Him, not to the world. The Lord’s Prayer (Matt. 6:9-13) says, “For Thine is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory”. Are we thankful? Don’t forget you are forgiven. To Him be the Glory!
Hunger for the Holy Spirit Part 5
Text: John 7:37-39. We are a spirit living in a body and having a soul. When our spirit leaves our body, we’re dead (James 2:26). Your mind is part of your soul. God doesn’t speak to you through your body, but through your spirit (Prov. 3:5). Learn to listen to your heart, because that’s where you’re expected to live. God’s Word doesn’t do you any good unless it’s in your heart. The shield of faith quenches all the fiery darts of the wicked one, and the sword of the spirit is the Word of God prayed (Eph. 6:16, 17). We must keep (guard) our heart, because out of it springs the issues of life. Sanctify your heart for Jesus (1 Peter 3:15). The easiest evangelism is “glowing with the love of Jesus”. Your body has a voice. Your soul has a voice. Your spirit has a voice. The Word of God feeds your spirit, because it is alive (Heb. 4:12). God wants your spirit operating correctly. Receive in your spirit first, and then the soul can proceed (Luke 1:45-47). What’s in your heart? When your life is led by the flesh, it will never be satisfied. You have to control the flesh. Instead, yield to and give into the Spirit and go with your heart. The mindset of the Spirit is life and peace.
Hunger for the Holy Spirit Part 4
(LISTEN TO THIS ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE UNSURE ABOUT THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.) Text: John 7:37-38. Are you hungry for Jesus and His Holy Spirit? Seek Him and eternal things. One of the first steps of directing your hunger and thirst is to check your priorities. Out of those who believe will flow rivers of living water (the Holy Spirit). The Spirit is poured out when Jesus is glorified. He wants to flow through you. Some people are perishing now in sin, and Jesus came for them (John 3:16). Don’t give up on people. First you must believe in Jesus as your Lord and Savior, because the world can’t receive the Holy Spirit (John 14:15-17). After salvation there’s more, including the baptism of the Holy Spirit (John 20:19). Tell people how to be born-again (Rom. 10:9, 10). When you’re born-again, you have the Spirit, but it’s not the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Salvation is for you, but the baptism of the Holy Spirit is for power and service to others. After salvation, ask for the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:11-13). Some haven’t heard about the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 19:1-6). You are a spirit and God is Spirit; yield to Him, allowing Him to flow like a river out of you. Study the Bible for yourself, reading Acts 2, 8, 9, 10, and 19. Praying in the Spirit will bring you peace, bless others around you, and change you. Let the Holy Spirit have His way in your life. (There was ministry for salvation, being filled with the Spirit, and receiving a fresh in-filling.)
Hunger for the Holy Spirit Part 3
John 7:37-39. Do you want the truth? You must get into the Word yourself. Don’t compromise, stay comfortable, or be lukewarm, but be hungry and thirsty for the Word. Take a drink of the Holy Spirit and out of you will flow rivers of living water. Come to Jesus and make sure your life is right, cutting off what shouldn’t be there. Be passionate about Jesus and don’t be afraid of what God asks you to do. In Acts 8:5 the people heard Philip preaching, and they saw the miracles he did. Simon the Sorcerer was saved but then wanted to buy the ability for people to receive the Spirit from him. Is there enough power in your life for people to want? Be hungry for God.
CWI’s Unique Purpose
(This was the last church service held at Greenfield. Next week’s service will be in Landisville, Saturday night, 6:30 PM.) Text: 1 Peter 2:1-10. Pastor Dale shared about some past churches that he and others pastored. Jesus is the chief cornerstone, and we are living stones building a spiritual house for a holy priesthood. People in personal revival can become a holy nation. Keep your eyes on Jesus and be in communion with Him. CWI’s peculiar, unique, and distinct purpose is to be a strong “Word” church with a pastor who is sent out frequently as an apostle. Numerous people shared testimonies of how God changed their lives while they were at CWI in the Greenfield building.
Hunger for the Holy Spirit Part 2
Text: John 7:37-39. The promise of power is the Holy Spirit, whom we can receive after we are born-again (John 3:16; Acts 2:33; John 14:16-17). We have to ask for the Holy Spirit to live in us and be hungry and thirsty for Him (Acts 2:1-6, 11). Jesus commanded His disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Luke 24:49). When He came, they began to speak in tongues and continued as the Spirit gave them utterance. They all heard them speaking in his own language. It was tongues and interpretation. The Holy Spirit doesn’t force you to do anything. We can be refilled with the Holy Spirit. In Acts 10:44-46 the Holy Spirit fell on everyone who heard the Word. The Jews were astonished that the Gentiles spoke in tongues and magnified God. You don’t need interpretation when you’re praying personally. Obey the Lord. Follow after love (1 Cor. 14:1). Desire spiritual gifts and be thirsty.
Hunger for the Holy Spirit Part 1
Offering message: 1 Peter 2:5; Phil. 4:16-18; Mal. 1:6-9. Don’t give because of compulsion or need, but give unto the Lord being led by the moving of the Holy Spirit. If your offering carries no value to you, it carries none to God. What you don’t value and give in faith doesn’t bless you. Sermon message: In John 7:37-39 Jesus said that the believers should receive the Holy Spirit. He was not yet glorified, so the Holy Spirit had not been sent to us on earth. When the Holy Spirit came, He came to reside in us, just as Jesus had resided on the earth before He sat down beside the Father. Most people don’t know what belongs to them and have false ideas about the Holy Spirit. (Pastor Dale compared hunger for the Holy Spirit to learning to eat and appreciate sushi.) The Holy Spirit gives you power (Acts 1:8). If you’ve been filled with the Holy Spirit, appreciate your victorious living. Luke 11:11-13 tells us to ask for the Holy Spirit (after you are born-again John 3:16) – the first infilling and then a refilling on a frequent basis. John 14:16-17 says that He is the Helper. To build yourself up, pray in the Holy Spirit (Jude 20). The Spirit and the Word only help you when you apply them and put them to action. Discipline yourself in spiritual matters and pray in the Holy Spirit and with the understanding (1 Cor. 14:13-15; Acts 9; Acts 19; Acts 2:1). You have to turn on praying in tongues. Ask God for more and receive His power today.
Are You Thirsty?
Text: John 7:37-38. If you are thirsty, came to Jesus and drink. In 2 Chron. 17:1-6 and 18:1 we see that Jehoshaphat strengthened himself in the Lord, but after he prospered, he got into pride and allied himself with the evil king of Israel, Ahab. Don’t allow God’s blessings to cause you to disdain why you were blessed in the first place. Put yourself in remembrance and stir yourself up. (Pastor Dale shared how he was born-again, filled with the Spirit, and called to the ministry.) The Gospel changes lives. The people left Jesus, so He asked the disciples if they were going to leave, too. You will be tested when Satan brings accusations against you for receiving from God. But, when you are thirsty and receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, rivers will flow through and out of you (John 7:38). God will work where hearts will receive Him. Eph. 5:18 tells us to not be drunk with wine, but to be filled with the Holy Spirit. It means to keep being filled, and it’s a command. Being filled with the Holy Spirit will bring life to the Scriptures for you and is like being born-again all over again. Acts 19:2 Have you received the Holy Spirit since you believed? Get in the river and be filled with the Holy Spirit and speak in other tongues. (Pastor Dale and others ministered for those who were thirsty to receive the Holy Spirit.)
We need to apply faith to every aspect of our lives, whether it’s for healing or for direction in a church move. Likewise, we must discern if any hindrances are from the devil or if the Lord is stopping certain movement. In Rom. 1:9-13 Paul speaks about the hindrance that was keeping him from getting to the people in Rome. Again in Rom. 15:22 he tells how he was “much hindered”. Kenneth E. Hagin relates how he had his greatest fight for three years against demonic forces when he was starting Rhema Bible School. In 1 Cor. 16:9 Paul said that when a great door opened for him, he had many adversaries, and in 1 Thess. 2:17-18 the Bible says that Satan hindered them. Some things are just demonic. When Satan hinders, it’s to kill, steal, and destroy. On the other hand, sometimes God hinders, but it’s to bring life (John 10:10). In Acts 16:5-10 the Holy Spirit forbid Paul to preach in Asia. His “open door” led to a prison where he and Silas prayed and praised God, and then they saw all the doors open (Acts 16:11; 2 Cor. 2:13-14), and people were saved. It’s about salvations. Let God’s peace rule your heart (Col. 3:15) and don’t be ignorant of Satan’s devices (2 Cor. 2:11-14). Know these three things concerning decisions: See deliverance; know the devil is mad because he hates progress; and be guided by God’s peace and Spirit.
Victory in Jesus Christ
Text: 1 Cor. 15:57-58; 2 Cor. 2:14. God gives us the victory through Christ Jesus, so be steadfast, immovable, and always abounding in the Lord’s work. Keep your eyes on victory. The Word can’t be bound, and God always leads us into triumph in Christ. Don’t submit to fear and terrorism. Ps. 91 is a powerful chapter to stand on. Run to the Lord when you’re in trouble. Great victories come from great battles. Make the Lord your dwelling place. Even though Jesus’ death on the cross looked like terrible defeat, there was a wonderful victory on the other side of the cross. JESUS IS LORD! That’s our position of victory (2 Cor. 4:5). We either bind or loose (Matt. 18:18-20). You have to take victory by agreeing. Walk in victory and pray that our faith does not fail (Luke 22:31-32). (Pastor Dale shared an update on the changes to the plans for where we meet.) Walk in faith and keep your eyes on Jesus.
Share Your Testimony
Offering Message: We are like living stones being built into a spiritual house … to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:5). God doesn’t accept all offerings. We give to the Lord in faith our best first-fruits (Heb. 13:16; Gen. 4:1; Heb. 11:4). God is our Source. Sermon Message: The woman with the bleeding problem for twelve years pushed her way to Jesus by faith. How did she have faith? She heard testimonies of what Jesus had done (Mark 5:22-36). She knew she could be stoned for being around people in her time of uncleanness. Jairus, a synagogue leader, was right there with Jesus, going to his sick daughter. He could have been a threat to the woman with the bleeding problem. Her fear and her sacrifice concerned the testifying of what Jesus had done for her. While she was getting ready to testify, Jairus didn’t know that his daughter was already dead. Although the woman looked like an obstacle to his daughter’s healing, she was actually a source of faith for Jairus to believe that his dead daughter would be all right. [A friend from Titusville, Cindy, shared a testimony of Jesus’ healing her of leukemia, and her interceding for Pastor Dale’s son who was being operated on for appendicitis.] Sharing a testimony can be a basis for faith for someone in a test. Heb. 13:15 tells us to continually offer the sacrifice of praise and thanks to God. Make testifying a part of your daily life. TESTIFY AND GIVE THANKS TO GOD. When you identify yourself as who you are in Christ, fear goes. Testify and praise God. (Remember to pray for the team going to Honduras.)
How to Escape Part 3
A young lady name Anatasia testified to Jesus healing her back while she was in her seat during a CWI healing service. (It was the same service that another man’s back was healed.) Sermon message: The Body of Christ should be more positive than the world and should magnify the Lord, because He is bigger than any problem. There is a way out. Pastor Dale shared about the way the Lord took him out of extreme depression/suicide. Lighten up. Job, the first book of the Bible to be written, records Job saying that “at famine and destruction I will laugh.” God is faithful, and He won’t give up on you. Talk about Jesus. Look at Jesus. He knows how He is going to come through for you. How do you escape? #1 Praise Him with joy. #2 Have a prayer life. Every failure in a Christian endeavor is a prayer failure. Spiritual problems require spiritual solutions. In Luke 22:39-43 Jesus was saying that if you have a prayer life, you won’t have a sin problem. You can say, “Not my will, but Your will be done” only if you have a prayer life. Heb. 4:15 Jesus was tempted but was without sin. Boldness comes before grace. You are going to make it.
School of Miracles Part 2
(Tongues and interpretation were given about God’s love, joy, and peace in us.) Be a magnet for blessings. They should overtake you like your dog greeting you when you come home. John 5:1-4 There were multitudes of sick and needy people, but Jesus ministered to certain ones and mainly those who came to Him. There are seasons for miracles. When the Spirit moves, move with Him. Get yourself ready for God to move. In Mark 6:1-7 the people were offended because of a spirit of familiarity. Jesus taught the people to build up their faith when they didn’t believe in Him. If the gift of the Spirit (the supernatural) isn’t in operation, healings can happen based on faith in the Word. Don’t be offended at the Word. It is Jesus. Mark 5:25-34 tells about the woman who was healed of the issue of blood because she heard of Jesus. Whatever she heard was enough to cause her to press in for her healing. Desperate people take drastic moves to get dramatic results. Press in. Pastor Dale told of Norvel Hayes commanding a woman, who didn’t know how to play the piano, to do just that for worship in a service.
School of Miracles Part 1
John 2:1-11 is the account of Jesus’ first miracle of changing the water to wine. Mary, Jesus’ mother, expected a miracle, which brought glory to God and caused His disciples to believe in Him. How do you receive a miracle? Pastor Dale shares his and others’ experiences of God’s miracles in his/their life/lives. #1 Learn to expect miracles. Look for them and expect the impossible from God. There’s always victory and deliverance. #2 Respect God’s timing. Don’t let defeat destroy you and keep you from seeing the miracle. #3 Instantly obey God. #4 Exactly obey God. John 5:3-8 tells of the healing at the pool of Bethesda. You have a choice to respond or to rationalize when the Spirit is moving. Respond and don’t wait until the anointing has passed. #5 Prepare for your miracle. There’s something you can do to prepare for your miracle. Act on your faith. It causes your mind to be creative. Dream again and get ready to receive. #6 Act on your miracle. Faith is an action. Take a step of faith. PRAISE GOD FOR YOUR MIRACLE!
How to Escape Part 2
Communion: Taking the cup means that we are baptized with the baptism that Jesus was baptized with, the baptism of death (Matt. 20:20-28). Sermon: In 1 Cor. 10:13 God tells us that no temptation has overtaken you (personally) except what is common to man, and that God is faithful to make a way for you to escape what you are not able to handle. Jesus has already been through whatever you’re going through (Heb. 4:14). Pastor Dale tells of a man who God delivered from cocaine, but the same man couldn’t overcome his nicotine addictions. God knew he couldn’t handle the cocaine addiction, so he gave him an instant deliverance, but he could win over cigarettes. Every test has a way of escape. Obedience is more than victory, which can be based in self. We are incapable of fighting sin. Our fight is that of faith. You don’t resist sexual sin. You flee from it! You don’t need victory over it; you need to escape from it. You aren’t strong enough to overcome. So how do you get out? The number one way is to praise the Lord as a lifestyle, and number 2 is to have a prayer life. Luke 22:40 tells you to pray that you do not enter into temptation. The way of escape is to realize that you need a prayer life. Heb. 5:7-8. Jesus was tempted to not go to the cross. He didn’t try to be strong. He asked for prayer. Let the trials of life take you to your knees. Pray for yourself (James 5:13). Don’t pray for people who don’t want it or who aren’t believing in faith. The presence of temptation is the call to pray.
How to Escape Part 1
Text: 1 Cor. 10:13. God wants you to escape temptation. Learn how to get out of what you’re in. Satan wants to isolate you, so he lies to make you think your situation is unique, and you’re the only one experiencing what you are. Temptation can mean to solicit to do evil, but it also means a trial or test. Faith doesn’t mean that you won’t have problems, but that you’ll get through them. So, how do you escape temptation? The #1 way is praise/joy. James 1:2 tells us to count it all joy when you experience trials/temptations. Your response to a temptation will be your first step out. Joy is a spiritual force and belongs to believers. Neh. 8:10 says that the joy of the Lord is our strength, and it’s there for those who choose it. Temptation reveals that the devil is at work. Whatever is out of line will draw you like a magnet bringing Satan, trying to keep you depressed, etc. What’s the cure? Praise! (Ps. 33:1-2; 33:1; 8:1-2). Hit Satan with praise to God. Stop looking for answers. Praise – that is the answer. Praising God has a mirror effect so that whatever God is, we participate in. Praise is the weapon that shuts up the devil and is our declaration of God’s worthiness. Paul and Silas praised God when they were in prison and were delivered overnight. (Acts 16:22). Give thanks to the Father for He has delivered us and translated us into the kingdom of God (Col. 1:12). Instead of spending your energy fighting, praise! God is faithful. If you have a big problem, magnify God and choose to praise Him.
The Gifts of the Spirit
Before the sermon, Pastor Dale shared experiences of a former pastor who walked away from his salvation, even though he was miraculously delivered and filled with the Spirit. God doesn’t give up on us. Don’t give up on Him. Psalm 37: 18, 33. Focus on the next step and not the whole plan. God knows the days of the righteous, and their inheritance will be forever.
In 1 Cor. 12 Paul tells believers what we need to know about spiritual gifts. God wants to use each one of us differently and distributes the gifts as He wills, so listen to Him (He does speak to us !!!) and be led by His Spirit. When He speaks, the gifts are close, and be ready for more than one gift to be in operation. For example, a word of knowledge may be followed by the gift of healing. When He starts using you, don’t get so excited you stop the flow of the gifts after the first one is manifested. Go by the voice of the Lord. When someone prophesies over you, check if it reflects on Jesus. Obey Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Jesus gives the ministries (v. 5), the Holy Spirit gives the gifts, and God works the gifts in all the ministries. Eph. 4:7 says that each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Rom. 12:4-6 says that all members do not have the same function or office. We are members of one body (the Church) and are members of one another. We have different gifts according to the grace that is given to us. First there’s a call, then God gives us the grace we need to do what He has told us, and then He gives gifts to give away. 1 Cor. 14:1 Pursue love, desire spiritual gifts, but especially prophesy. Say, “I want to be used by You, Lord!”
Pastor Dale outlines his trip to Siberia and tells of Jesus Christ’s amazing life changing power in men in Siberia and how they are being used by the Lord in Russian churches. He shared his prayer requests for Teri and himself and his family, as well as for the Siberian pastors and people. Dan and Betty, Pastor Syd, and the congregation prayed over and for Pastor Dale and Teri.
The Kingdom of God Part 8
The kingdom of God is the realm in which God’s will is fulfilled. Luke 12:29-31 tells about the kingdom principle of sowing and reaping. Worry blocks the kingdom. When you focus on developing the kingdom, your living will come to you, because He will see that your needs are met. Your peace and joy levels are gauges of your faith. God is a giver. We should be sowing where we will reap a spiritual harvest. Mark 4:26-32 includes the Parable of the Mustard Seed. The kingdom is about people. How are you giving? The world’s way is taking, but God’s way is giving. If you are giving as if you’re bartering or trading or earning favor, you won’t receive any spiritual benefit. Love gives freely. Jesus bought us back. Sowing is giving because of love. Give of yourself not expecting anything in return. God is a giver: rest, keys of heaven, His life, the Holy Spirit. Sowing is a heart decision, and what you sow, you must release. Pastor Dale sowed a church, and it affects us even now. What you sow affects others. The opposite of giving, sowing, and loving is fear. Rev. 21:5-8 says that the cowards (fearful) will be in the lake of fire. Fearfulness will steal your seed. Faith and giving must be done in love (1 Cor. 13:3; Gal. 5:6-6:10). Sows as God sows.
State of the Church Address
Offering message: In the Parable of the Talents, the man in Matt. 25:14-21 gave talents and then left to come back later. Just as those men were to put to use what was given them, so we need to use what God has given us. Your problems are opportunities for God to show up. Sermon: Text: Matt. 18:11-35. Pastor Dale explained the process of dealing with someone in the church who has sinned. We are the church, and when as an apostle, Pastor Dale is away, we should be able to carry on, because we are caring for one another and are gathered together, agreeing on the Scriptures in Jesus’ name. He has given us authority to bind and loose and to bring reconciliation to others. Pastor Dale desires to see that the sheepfold increased when he comes back from being away. There are many open doors, but beyond those doors are many adversaries (1 Cor. 16:9). To see a need is a call to serve. We are family, and we all need to work for one another. The focus of this church is missions. You need to develop what God has given you, whether it’s like Moses’ rod or the talents given out. Pastor Dale shared some of the “open doors” and asked for prayer for him on his long trip to Siberia. Find your place in this family. We need watchdogs. What’s in your hand?
Wake Up Citizens
An 8 minute audio clip of Dale’s challenge of the government’s view of gun control. Pray for the churches in Syria, as Muslim sects are persecuting Christians. It is imperative for Christians to be good citizens. Politics tries to hide the real issue, such as changing the rights of a baby to life being changed to a woman’s right. The original meaning of the right to bear arms was to protect the citizens from government that had gone the wrong direction and to keep the balance of power. We need to pray for our country and government. Wake up!
Prayer: Abiding With the Father
John 15:1-7. If a fruit tree isn’t pruned, the “suckers” take away from the fruit. If we are to bear fruit, we need to cut some things off. Your life will change when you prune it. If we abide in Him, we’ll bear much fruit. The root of failure is our lack of daily time with God. Get into the Word to know God’s will. When you abide in Him, you can trust your desires. Prayerlessness is a sin. Pastor Dale tells about almost losing his wife and son and how it changed when they prayed. There are turning points of answered prayer or negligence. Someone’s life could depend on your obedience to pray. When Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, He was at a breaking point, but He knew the Father’s will and obeyed Him. We need to have the Word in us and be prayed up, so we can handle the pressure when it comes. During the Finney revival there was the prevalence of prevailing prayer, spontaneous prayer, and intercessory prayer groups. Be hungry after God
Prayer: The Will of God
(Kevin Burrows shared a vision the Lord showed him, and there was an altar call for repentance of unforgiveness. Kathy Neff told about a picture she had about receiving our inheritance.) Sermon: John 15:1-7. The goal of our Christian walk is to abide in Jesus. Don’t get your eyes on the fruit but on abiding and seeking God. The first indication of fruit in a disciple’s life is answered prayer. If you’re abiding in Him, then ask what you desire. The only reason Jesus prayed, “If it be Your will,” is that He didn’t know the Father’s will. We can know what His will is by reading His Word. Abiding is being at home with God, thinking like He does, seeing things like He does. When we know His will, we can be confident that we’ll get what we pray (1 John 5:14). Don’t pray, “If it is Your will,” and if your prayers failed, don’t say it was God’s will not to answer it. Don’t blame God if your prayers failed, but agree with God’s Word (Mark 9:14), Abide, let the Word get in you, and stand in faith. You should have a daily time of prayer. Get into the presence of God. Consecrate to unite with the will of God. Ask for your daily bread. Forgive.
Prayer: The Discipline of Prayer
Offering message: Realize: Jesus is alive! Heb. 7:4. Pastor Dale prayed over Gene English, and Kevin Burrows had a word for him. Sermon: The disciples raised up a crippled man on their way to prayer (Acts 3). They had the discipline of praying at certain times in the day. Don’t let go of your prayer life. We need the discipline of prayer. When you keep your eyes on the goal, the discipline needed to reach it isn’t drudgery. Pastor Dale explains discipline from the perspective of desire, such as saving for a trip to Hawaii. Discipline is not drudgery if you keep the desire. Have the desire and discipline for prayer in your life. The devil hates prayer because he’s afraid of it. Discipline in doing natural things takes time and money. Acts 16 tells how prayer changed things. If we want to see things happen, we need to bathe and birth them in prayer. In Rev. 3:15 God says that He will spew out of His mouth those who are neither hot nor cold for Him. Prayer avails much (James 5:16-17). Christianity is a relationship of love and prayer with God and the Holy Spirit. Let your desire for prayer determine your discipline for prayer. As you go through your day, “see” the call to prayer. Be a people of desire. Desire brings you into prayer. Fasting is putting away carnal desires for spiritual ones, which results in spiritual fervency.
Love the Church and Serve
Offering message: Matt. 6:1-2. Never let tradition steal from you that God wants to reward you. He wants us full and overflowing so we can bless others for His kingdom. We need to believe God is a rewarder. Sermon message: Eph. 5:23-2. Do we love the church and are we ready to give ourselves for it? How committed are we? God gave us Jesus, who gave His life for us. Jesus is the Good Shepherd. The individual has value. When Jesus left the ninety-nine to go after the one, they had to make it on their own. Follow the Holy Spirit. Pastor Dale told about rescuing children who lived in the sewers and how the former “sewer rats” ministered to the young new additions. This is a picture of what the church is to be: the ones who have been set free ministering to the lost and the newly saved ones. Comparing it to the role of a coach, the five-fold ministry (Eph. 4:11-13) is to equip the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body. The saints are to do the work. We need believers who are servants.
Fasting and Prayer
January will be a CWI month of fasting. Matt. 6:16 tells about fasting. During this time, turn your ear to the Lord and be open to take a step and spend time in the Word of God. Fasting connects with repentance. Whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive (Matt. 21:22). Do you have a prayer life? Are your prayers being answered? We are called to be disciples. Ministry starts with prayer and will take you to limitless places. God wants your prayers answered. James 4:2 says that prayers aren’t answered because we lust, covet, do all kinds of things to get what we want, when what we need to do is ask- pray! DON’T BE A TAME CHRISTIAN. We need prayer and revival and a revival of prayer. Cry out and put energy into prayer by lifting up your voice (Prov. 2:1-3). Prayer begins with devotion to Jesus. The seven basics to how to pray are: 1. Pray to the Father. 2. Pray in the name of Jesus. 3. Pray through the Holy Spirit. 4. Pray in faith. (John 15:7) 5. Persevere. 6. Find someone who knows how to pray and get together with them. 7. Pray until you have His presence, assurance, release, and then praise Him.
Holy Communion was also one of the early church’s way of experiencing God. Another way the believers connected with God was through liturgy in which the church body would confess and/or repeat the Scriptures that were read. In Hebrews 10 it’s recorded that Jesus said when He came into the world that God didn’t desire sacrifice and offering, but He desired a body prepared for Him. The Last Supper was supernaturally revealed to Paul, since he wasn’t there at the time and no one else told him about it. Do you give thanks to God for the privilege of serving and being a sacrifice to Him? Rise up because your price was paid by Jesus Christ. Sin is costly; Jesus died that your sin would be washed away. Judge yourself before the consequences come. The CWI body received the sacrament of holy communion.
What Our Daddy Has Told Us
Dale’s sermon from Yerevan, Armenia. When the woman with the issue of blood touched Jesus, He didn’t say, “God healed you,” or “I healed you,” or “My power healed you,” even though all of these were true. He said, “Daughter, your faith has healed you.” She touched Jesus with her faith. Pastor Dale told of how his son reacted when he was little when he told him that he was going to get him a bicycle for his birthday. His son was thanking him and showing joy, even though he didn’t have the bicycle. What he did have was his daddy’s word. Faith is when you can thank God before you see it. Faith is when you cannot be made to doubt. Faith is exercised with a voice of praise. If you can’t act on it, it’s not faith in your heart. Faith is when you cannot stop yourself doing something, such as praising God for your healing. Good news will make you do something. In Acts 14:7-9 Paul perceived a lame man, who heard Paul’s speaking the Good News, had faith to be healed, but he still wasn’t healed. Paul yelled at him to stand up, and he jumped up and started walking around. The man needed to act on his faith in order to release it. God has never failed us. God’s Word is that by His stripes I am healed! You have faith, but it has to touch Jesus. You can’t doubt. Release your faith and act on His Word. God’s Word says that all my needs are met; I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me. Have you heard the Good News, but you’re still sitting in your problem? The greatest way to release and act on faith is to praise the living God. (There was time for healing and salvation ministry.)
Protecting Your Heart
Offering Message: Gal. 6:7-10 and Eph. 6:8. Don’t be deceived. Reaping what you sow is a positive thing. Whatever good each one does, he will receive back from the Lord. God meets your needs on the basis of your sowing. Manifestations of the flesh steal from you, such as not acting on the Word, being deceived into thinking that there’s only one opportunity, and you missed it, and giving up too soon. Sermon notes: Prov. 4:20-23 and Mark 4:13-19. “Keeping” your heart is strategic, because it’s where battles are won or lost. Your heart is a garden; the seed is the Word of God; the soil is your heart. Satan comes to steal the Word with persecution and affliction immediately after you’ve heard it. He doesn’t care about you; he just doesn’t want the Word to grow and produce fruit. God comforts those who suffer to make them able to comfort others who need the same comfort (2 Cor.1:3). Distractions, such as cares, the deceitfulness of riches (materialism), and the lust of other things (being driven and feeling pressure) suck the life (the Word) out of you. The Word will not work in a heart of care, materialism, and lust. Let your heart be good soil: hear the Word, receive it, and do it.
Healing: Keep Your Heart
Text: Prov. 4:20-23. How do you keep (guard) your heart with all diligence as we are told to do in our text? First of all, you need to walk in the peace of God (Phil. 4:6-7). God wants you to prosper and be in good health even as your soul prospers. God works from the inside (your heart) out. When you’re not in peace, your heart is vulnerable. We are NOT to worry, but through prayer with thanksgiving, we are to let our requests be made known to God. Keep in a focused place. A “keep” is a fortification at a strategic place. When you keep your heart, the devil can’t get in. How do you take care of worry? First Peter 5:7 tells you to cast your care on Him, because He cares for you. Don’t try to be stronger than your cares, but start praising Him, replacing the worry with thanksgiving. The result? Peace. Pastor Dale tells about Terry Law’s experience with extreme cares upon the death of his wife and children. When Terry gave his sacrifice of praise, he entered into God’s peace. Keep your mind stayed on God (Is. 26:3), and He will keep your heart in perfect peace. Meditate on Him and be still. Delight in Him, and He will give you the desires of your heart (Ps. 37:4-7). Stay in God’s Word and presence until you get His peace.
Healing: It Impacts Others and Starts in the Spirit
Pastor Dale teaches about the importance of miracles and healings in impacting many other people, even as Paul and Silas’ praising opened doors and loosed bands (Acts 10:25-26). In Mark 5:25 the woman with the bleeding problem heard about Jesus. What did she hear about Him? What do people hear about Jesus from you? You can have the power and anointing of God in you, and you don’t know it. You conduct God’s power, and some people will be repelled by you or attracted to you by it. Prov. 4:20-25 and 3 John 2 and Mark 4:14 tell the importance of attending to God’s Word and of our soul prosperity in relation to our health. The challenge is that Satan immediately comes to steal the Word. Do you value the Word? People died to get the Bible available to us. Sometimes traditions make the Word of no effect (Matt. 15:6b and Mark 7:13). Decide as an individual to get into the Word and to not be molded by the pressure of the world. Seek God on your own. Renewing the mind means thinking like God, seeing like God, and reacting like God. Once you’re a new creation, you need to pull down any of Satan’s strongholds that you have (2 Cor. 10:3-5). Get hungrier for the Word, because it’s slipping from our culture.
Healing: Responding to the Spirit of God
There were testimonies of healings during previous services. Pastor Dale tells of many experiences in which the Spirit of God moved in services to bring miracles, healings, and deliverance. Healing may come through the preaching of the Word of God, but there are times when it comes through a move of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a gentleman and will ask what you want, not assuming anything. When the Spirit moves, you must cooperate quickly in order to receive. The anointing is the power of God. There are seasons when the Spirit moves, and we need to move with Him (John 5:1-9). Angels bring new seasons and gifts from heaven. When it’s in season, everyone can get in. He moves to relieve pain, to advertise to others who need to know of His healing power, and to diabolically oppose the devil (Acts 10:38). Don’t live with or cope with sickness. It’s from the devil, and God won’t cooperate with him. When Satan is coming in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will come, too.
Healing: Putting the Word First in Your Life
(Prov. 4:20-23) We need to keep our hearts with all diligence. Just like a farmer checks his fences regularly, we need to be diligent to attend to the Word. The Word will change our lives. Don’t be lazy about getting into the Word, because that’s where there is victory. If the Word is in you, you can handle problems when they come. Rom. 4:17-21 tells us that Abraham strengthened himself in faith, giving glory to God. Enjoy your time with God. Pastor Dale relates how people in Armenia and Russia went out of their way and put much effort into getting someone to a healing service and then saw miracles. If we want to see the power of God, get into prayer and praise and make it a priority. Develop a taste for the glory of God. You’ll never have a strong faith life without a strong praise life. Pastor Dale gives powerful testimonies of people who were healed and delivered. The importance is giving glory to God.
Healing: Faith is An Action
In Luke 5:15-20 people came to hear first and then to be healed. The power of the Lord was present to heal, but the healing that is recorded was a paralyzed man whose friends acted in faith to lower him through a roof to access Jesus. Faith must be a visible act. Jesus demonstrated by healing the paralytic that He also had the power to forgive sins. In John 3:14, 2 Cor. 5:21, Gal. 3:13, Rom. 5:12 Jesus’ death on the cross provided for our sacrifice (payment for the consequence of sin) and our substitution (the judgment for our sin). Sickness is the process of death. When Jesus dealt with sin, He dealt with sickness. Stay in and fulfill your purpose. Isaiah 52:13- 53:4 tell us what is Jesus’ finished purpose- salvation, healing, peace. Redemption includes healing (Matt. 8:17, Is. 53:1, 1 Peter 2:24). Because of Jesus, we were and are healed. Choose to believe that you are healed. Pastor Dale shares how he acted on the Word to receive his healing from asthma. Faith is an act. The price was paid on the cross. Put your faith in the direction of your healing.
Healing: The Priority of the Word and Praise
In Acts 4:23 we see healing as a response to political persecution. Our country needs a healing revival. We start by hearing and receiving the Word of God on healing. The Word of God must be a priority in your life. It’s your responsibility to find it for yourself, because the Word is life and healing to you (Luke 5:15; Luke 6:17; Prov. 4:20-23). Step 1 is to get your priorities right by preferring the Word over current events, the doctor’s report, or whatever is coming against you. Pastor Dale shares a powerful testimony of two miracle healings as a result of a woman’s hunger for the Word. The Word must be in your daily life so that you have life and health. Another step is to not be anxious, but to pray and supplicate with thanksgiving, letting your requests be made known to God (Phil. 4:6-8). Meditate and think on the Word and good things, not on things that won’t help you. Praise, thank, and worship God until the peace of God comes that will guard your heart and mind. Even a “little bit” of the Word can bring life and healing to you. The crippled man in Acts 14:7-8 had faith to be healed, but it wasn’t until he acted on it that the man was healed. Get the Word for yourself, thank and praise God, and then act on the Word.
A Picture of Hell from Luke 16
Offering message: Deut. 28:1-2 says IF you listen to the voice of the Lord God and obey His commandments, then He will set you high above all the nations of the earth and blessings will come upon and overtake you. Sermon: Pastor Dale shares a couple testimonies of people who saw visions or dreams and the importance of judging them against the Word. Pastor Dale tells of a pastor in Armenia and his experience in hell. Luke 16:19-31 tells of two men, one in Abraham’s bosom and one in hell. There are seven things we can learn from this Scripture. 1) Consciousness and communication will continue after death. 2) Memory and sentiments remain. 3) The good are rewarded and the wicked are tormented by their true character and what they deserve. 4) In hell you are aware of the final destiny of others, living and dead. 5) There’s no means of change. 6) All further efforts of salvation are abandoned. 7) Brokenness. Life is brief. Salvation is now. This is your last generation.
Pastor Dale has seen the importance of economics in a country. In the former USSR he saw the void of moral consciousness. We are seeing the change in our own nation. In Canada twelve years ago a law was passed making it illegal to preach against homosexuality. Don’t allow political change to happen that will continue to kill children and cause our nation to keep drifting in the wrong direction. The church needs to stop being passive. Pastor Dale has determined to raise up political leaders. He wants to start a president’s college. Vote for the principle that will move this country in the right direction.
The Power of Our Words Part 7 (Principles of Faith: The Spoken Word)
Sermon: In Mark 11:12-14, 20-24 the fig tree spoke lack and non-productivity, so Jesus answered it with a curse. He didn’t keep looking at it, because by faith He knew what would happen. Faith and your words work for you. You will have what you say. The word “pray” can mean to say and to address someone. Jesus spoke to the fig tree, but in Mark 11:23 He told Peter (and us) to speak to the mountain, and in verse 24 to believe that he will have what he says. There are four principles from this story shown by example: 1) Speak to you problem. 2) Speak the desired results and act on the promises. 3) Jesus’ words were at work in the unseen realm. 4) Negative words are a curse. There are five things Jesus taught from this passage. 1) This principle will work for whosoever , which means you. 2) Speak TO your mountain. 3) Speak the end result. 4) Don’t waver. 5) Believe what you say will come to pass.
The Power of Our Words Part 6 (A Harvest of Words)
Text: James 3:2-5. Your life will go where your words lead you. Prov. 18:20-21 says that from the increase of your lips you will be filled. Speak more, affirm more, confess more, proclaim more. Death and life are in the power of the tongue. The time to build words for long life is when your children are young. The Bible has many promises of long life. Your stomach (the spirit of man) is satisfied by the fruit of your mouth (the words that come out of your mouth). The fruit of what you say is a harvest of words; the yield of a fruitful harvest; the offspring of life (birthing something through words). Get a harvest of words that you want in your life. Learn to love the power of your words, love the law of words. Authority is exercised by words (Deut. 30:14-20), such as when you say “yes” to salvation. Gen. 1:1 God said, “Let there be light”, which really means, “Light be!” God is the source of power. Satan responds to words because he is a created being. God gives the power to become the children of God to those who receive and believe Jesus. You receive and walk in Jesus with your mouth (Col. 2:6; Rom. 10:9, 10). Pastor Dale shares experiences about releasing power by confessing God’s Word. Love the power of your words.
Faith: Build Yourself Up
Offering message: Pastor Dale shared about a demonstration of faith and being steadfast (moving in a course), immovable (not being pushed off the course), and always abounding (doing more) (1 Cor. 15:57, 58). The demonstration was our sowing into Novi Jerusalim. Pastor Dale also talked about not putting the brakes on your faith. Sermon texts: Acts 20:32 and Jude 20. In order for us to built up, we need to get into God’s Word (listen, read, meditate on it) and pray in the Holy Spirit. Don’t live on your own strength. To help people, don’t try to fix their problems, but show them the options of how they can fix it themselves.
The Power of Our Words Part 5 (Speak God’s Word)
Text: James 3:1-6. Verse 6 tells about the curse side of our words: the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity, set on fire by hell. The words you speak define you. Some people have cycles of life, in which they constantly have troubles and tragedies. In those troubles looking for meaning in suffering and saying that you’re a victim of a generational curse won’t set you free. Instead, break the cycle by SPEAKING THE TRUTH OF THE WORD! There’s a secret place in God where we need to live (Ps. 91:1-9), and you get there by SAYING, “The Lord is my refuge and my fortress. He is my God, in Him I will trust.” Speak what the desired result is and who Jesus is, which releases authority. When you are aware of a curse on you, SPEAK, “It will not come near me!” Believe in the power of the blessing. Unbelief and fear silence your mouth. Remember, even though there is a strategy to defeat you and your family and your future, GOD’S POWER IS GREATER. Is. 54:17. Don’t ignore words spoken against you, because that’s agreement with those words. YOU shall condemn every tongue that rises against you in judgment. YOU break the curses, because they are cycles of fire. Josh. 1:5 and Heb. 13:5 assure us that God will never leave nor forsake us, so we can boldly say: “The Lord is my helper!” Speak God’s Words.
The Power of Our Words Part 3
(There was a baptismal service for four young ladies.) Text: James 3:1. Be careful with your words and control them. Think before you speak. Your words control your whole body. We should love the principle of our words changing things to the point that we can control our body. You can’t trust your thoughts or your emotions, because they can be manipulated. Pastor Dale shares an experience when he used Scripture to change his depressive thoughts and also, when a Congressional aide said the Lord’s Prayer and was able to resist an addictive sin. Confess God’s Word- it’s alive! Check what you’re meditating on before you go to bed and when you wake up, and you’ll know where you are. You can pull down strongholds in your mind and cast down imaginations (2 Cor. 10:3-5). Speak Eph. 1:4-6 with your name in it. Phil. 4:6-8 tells us not to worry but to pray, supplicate, and give thanksgiving in our prayer requests. It also tells us what to think on. Use the Word to shut your mind up when your thoughts are not good.
Pulpit Freedom Sunday
Dales shares about Pulpit Freedom Sunday. Listen to 10 minutes of Dales bold stand.
Encountering Islam Part 5
Confronting Islam is a mission aspect, to reach them for Christ. It is increasing greatly by population and American conversions to Islam (after 9-11). Many of the Muslims live in cities and are blacks in prisons. Even youths who were raised in Christian homes are converting. We need to pray and be prepared. Pastor Dale read from a book, The Islamic Anti-Christ, by Joel Richardson. They believe in Allah, prophets, scripture, end times, angels. Islam is enforced and spread by blood and the sword. All Muslims must believe in their own end-times beliefs. The flying of the black flag is an emblem of the coming of their messiah. Satan turns truth around. The Muslims believe that Satan will come and defeat Jesus. Allah is not God. We pray in the name of Jesus. The Muslims believe that Jesus will return and will defer to the Muslim messiah (Madhi) and will make a peace accord with Israel for seven years. Pastor Dale believes that the Anti-Christ will be a Muslim.
Encountering Islam Part 1- A King Without a Kingdom
The purpose of these meetings is to make us aware of what to pray. Missions are our focus in looking at the Islamic nations and the Muslims. In Matt. 26:48-54 Jesus let us know that there is a spiritual realm. In John 18:33-37 we learn that the kingdom of God is different from earthly governments/kingdoms. Both the Jewish and Islamic world had the spiritual and political arenas intertwined. Jesus told us that His kingdom was not of this world. America became a missionary sending-out country, but with it came pride. We need to look at Muslims as human beings who are lost. In 2 Kings 6:8-16 fear was an issue then, and it’s an issue now. We need to see in the Spirit; there are more with us than with them. DO NOT FEAR. This isn’t a war of religions: there are only two kingdoms- God’s and Satan’s. We need to introduce people to Christ. First John 4:1 warns us to not believe every spirit, but to test them, because there are many false prophets. Every spirit has to be able to say that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh- IN OUR HUMAN FLESH. Other religions do not believe that God can live in a person. This is the starting point of the gospel: Jesus, the Greater One, lives in us!
The Power of Our Words Part 2
Text: James 3:2-4. Faith in your words can work for or against you and can change the direction of your life. Matt. 12:36 tells us that we will have to give account of every idle word. Actions start with words. Philemon 6 says that the communication (intimate sharing, interchange) of our faith becomes effective by our acknowledging what is every good thing in us in Christ Jesus. Do we acknowledge Him in our life situations so the Word works for us? Our first confession should be: “Jesus is the Lord of my life.” We must acknowledge truth to be truth for ourselves, because the Word of God works. It’s not based on how spiritual we are. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us and that includes our relationships, business, even shopping. Ps. 103:1-7 is a great prayer/confession. Remember, your words change the direction of your life. (There was a communion service.)
The Power of Our Words Part 1
Offering message: Prov. 3:5-9Are you honoring God with your first-fruits and possessions? Gene English spoke about listening to the voice of silence from God in relation to his trip to Namibia, Africa. Pastor Dale preached on the power of the tongue from James 3:2-8, Prov. 18:20-21, Prov. 6:2, Mark 11:23-24, Prov. 12:13-14, and Isaiah 54:17. If you can control your tongue, you can control your whole body and being. The worst the conditions, the smaller you have to start, just like starting a fire with the smallest and driest wood. Your words are kindling to the fire you’re trying to build. The fire you build can bring life or destruction. Negative words and talking about your problems will burn your life up. Death and life are in the power of the tongue. You can be snared (tricked and trapped) by your words. Talk to your problems and tell them to be removed. Believe what you say, and you will have what you say. Use your words to work for you. Weed out the negative words! Rise up and condemn what comes against you.
Jesus is the True Vine (John 15:1-7). He takes away the branches that don’t bear fruit and purges with the Word those who do. The Word cleanses you. Allow Him to change and cleanse you. The goal is abiding in Him; fruit-bearing is the natural by-product. The levels of abiding are: bearing fruit, bearing more fruit, bearing much fruit. Without Jesus, we can do nothing. Allow your point of need to draw yourself to God’s arms. If you abide in Him, and His words abide in you, you will ask what you will (desire), and it shall be done for you. Be in union with the Word about what He is dealing with you. When your will and words from your heart (not just words from your head) are God’s will, He can trust you. If you want to know His will, get closer to Him, and when you know His will and do it, He will get the glory. Respond to the word that He has spoken to you. Abiding is one aspect of fellowship with Him; you’ll walk in light if you allow Him to cleanse and purge whatever He is dealing with you about (1 John 1:3-7)
The Christian Life: Do You Value Christ’s Death For You?
Word Given by Pastor Dale: “Watch the turning of the tide. Watch the changing of the guard. Watch the renewal of times and in two years, just two short years, and you will see, and you’ll look around, and you’ll laugh, and you’ll remember, “Oh, do you remember those times of fear and concern in the political and the financial realm?” Two short years, and you’ll see a renewal and a shaking and a prospering. Rejoice, and do not fear! Thank You, Jesus! Wars and wars and more wars. Not much has changed, but Satan’s playground is smaller and smaller and smaller. So, though he may snarl and snap more furious than before, fear not! Fear not! The gospel is here. The gospel is clear. Salvation is near, more near than you thought. Hallelujah!”
Sermon notes: Text: 2 Cor. 5:14-21 goes from the point of Christ’s suffering, sacrifice, and death and crescendos in our living in Him. Only the deepest joy (because of Christ’s and our victory) can carry the heaviest burdens. Look at people through the redemption of Jesus, not according to the flesh. Pastor Dale gives several examples of this. What’s the victory? It’s that we are new creations in Christ, because He reconciled us and gave us a ministry of reconciliation. Evangelism is a mirror of how you value and respect your own salvation. We represent Jesus and stand in His place. Don’t keep what Jesus did for you to yourself, but share it! He made us the righteousness of God in Christ. He paid for our salvation and healing. Gal. 3:13-14 tells us that Jesus Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, because He was made a curse for us. Blessings and curses are spiritual. Get a grip on all that He has already paid. Give Him the glory. He died that we might live.
Faith: Foundation for Believing
Pastor Dale explains the four stones in our foundation of faith. They are: 1) God is not a respecter of persons. He treats everyone the same, and He does not have favorites. In the story of the Prodigal Son, neither the elder nor the younger son had the father’s (Father’s) heart. Jesus came to bring freedom for all of us. 2) Numbers 23:19 God never lies. You can place your faith in your Father. He is not arbitrary. We can receive what He has promised. 3) Heb. 13:8 Jesus never changes; He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is moved with compassion. James 1:16-17 tell us to not be deceived; every good and perfect gift is from God, and He does not change. 4) Faith is of the heart, not the head. Your head will steal your faith. Faith is a product of the heart/spirit and is a spiritual force. Your heart is a better guide than your head if you’re full of the Word. Trust in the Lord … and lean not on your own understanding (Prov. 3:5-6).
The Christian Life: Live in the Grip of the Love of Christ
Word Given in the CWI Service by Larry Hostetter- Do you know it’s all about you? It’s all about you. It couldn’t be done without you! Do you know how important you are? Do you know how important you are? This is the Body of Christ. It’s one of the little bodies of Christ all across this nation, all around the world. I’ve got a marvelous Church, … a marvelous Church that is doing a great work today. You don’t read about it in the newspapers. No, No! That’s a whole different world, but My Church is My world in this world, and it’s here to be a light. It’s here to be a witness of My love for people, My love for individuals. You’re all important. You’re all part of the Body. Do you know how much I love you? I gave My only begotten Son for you. My love will never die for you, but you have a choice: who will you serve? I’ve done it for everyone, but who will you serve? I asked for ten percent. That means that you get to keep ninety percent, but that ten percent is what you owe to Me for what I’ve done for you, but don’t forget, over and above that is where the blessings are. When I put on your heart to give … so be faithful, for My love for you is so great. I just desire for you to know Me, to know My love for you. So seek Me. Seek Me in the Word. Seek Me in prayer. Seek Me on your face. There’s power in that, you know, on your knees for a mighty and holy God. Until you can do it on a bent knee that shows Me that you reverence Me, you want to serve Me, you want to live for Me, because I am your King, says the Lord God. I am your King, and who will you serve?
Teri Armstrong shared about an after-school program that is successfully ministering to poor and neglected children in the Ukraine. Larry Hostetter gave a word about God’s love for us and about loving, knowing, seeking, and serving God.Text: 2 Cor. 5:14-17. If you aren’t gripped by the love of Christ, you will go nowhere. Life’s focus needs to be in balance: Don’t just focus of false humiliation and struggle (the death of Christ), nor focus only on the lofty things (being an ambassador of Christ). It’s because He died for us that we are His ambassadors. Being gripped by His love means that you value that Christ died for you by living for Him. Be an example of Jesus and what He has done in your heart (Phil. 3:15-19). Going after your own will and dreams leads to an end of destruction. Everything is about serving Jesus. Here’s something else to keep in balance: suffering and glory; true humility that He may exalt you. Be clothed in humility by preferring others more than yourself (1 Peter 5:1-6). God allows us to continually confront pride in our lives in one area at a time. Allow the love of Christ to grip you. He will exalt you in due season (2 Cor. 5:14-15). Die to self and know that what you’re doing is the will of God.
Faith: Get in the Word
Heb. 11:1, 3, 6. Faith is evidence. The Bible tells us that both Jesus and Paul perceived or saw faith in someone to receive healing. There’s a difference between a miracle by the sovereign move of God (the gifts of the Spirit) and receiving a healing by faith. Faith is up to you. You can have faith to be healed, but if you don’t act on it, it won’t do you any good. Pray for specific things so you know when you’ve received. Faith pleases God. Do you believe that God is a rewarder to you? If you do, He will work for you. Pastor Dale shared how God rewarded him for not complaining and for leaving his family to serve Him by miraculously healing a man who was deformed from birth. How do you have faith? Rom. 10:17 tells us: by hearing and hearing by the Word. God’s words are alive and are Spirit, and they are health (Prov. 4:20-23). You’ll sense a difference by spending 30 minutes a day focusing on and reading the Word. The Word feeds your spirit, and then your faith can be released. If you can’t be talked out of believing you’re saved, you should have that same kind of faith to believe you’re healed. Your faith needs to be developed, like working out at the gym develops your body. Get into the Word! Read it! Speak it!
The Christian Life: His Love Constrains Us
The love of Christ constrains us (2 Cor. 5:14-21). To understand what the word “constrains” means, we need to know that we owe a debt to Jesus for our lives, like someone saving your life in war, and then you do all you can to protect and save the life of that person. Jesus’ death for our lives constrains us because it is a covenant bond, and God has the right to ask everything of us. Rom. 13:8 states that what we owe is to love one another. LOVE IS A DEBT, BOND, OBEDIENCE, COVENANT, ALLEGIANCE. The word “constrains” can also be used when someone is “taken with a fever”, meaning is has a hold on someone. We love God, and He loves us (1 John 3:14-18). You must forgive others, because Jesus has forgiven you (Col. 3:13). Pastor Dale shares a power testimony of Smith Wigglesworth’s wife and one that matched that in Mariupol, Ukraine. Eph. 5:2 tells us to walk in love. Pastor Dale tells of an example when he walked in love when his assistant took a church from him. The debt we owe Jesus is one we can’t work off. You belong to your Master. God doesn’t postpone your debt. He forgives it! Another meaning for “constrains” is to be put into debtors’ prison for a debt owed. Love in Christ Jesus is to lay down your life. LOVE NEVER FAILS! God’s love is in you (Rom. 5:5). Love is a commandment. Don’t feel love for someone? Don’t fake it. Faith it!
The Christian Life: The New Creation
Offering message: Seed reproduces. Pastor Dale shares about the powerful reproduction of seed he planted in Russia and the life-change of three people from that ministry time. A woman’s gangrenous leg was completely healed, a pastor’s assistant was freed and a church was restored, and many churches, drug rehabs, and orphanages were started. Sermon message: The love of Christ surrounds us (2 Cor. 5:14). The price of Jesus was paid for all; He died for you; live for Him (v.15). You are a new creation, not a makeover (v. 16), because the “old” you died, and a new creation was born. Jesus has committed the ministry and the word of reconciliation to us (v. 17-19). When you became a new creation, you became an ambassador for Christ (v. 20). God made Jesus to be sin for you (v. 21). When you were born again, your body didn’t change. Your body is not your identity, not the real “you”. Your desires and addictions are not you. What’s created “new”? It’s your spirit. You are a spirit having a soul and living in a body. Your body and your soul (mind, will, emotions) may want to sin (lusts of the flesh and of the eyes, the pride of life), but your spirit does not. You have to decide to transform your mind by feeding on the Word of God. Your spirit becomes alive immediately at the new birth, and with it comes the anointing of God, which teaches you and helps you make the right decisions (1 John 2:15-27).
The Christian Life
(Word given about God’s wanting us to use us to bring in the harvest and our need to be obedient and faithful.) Communion: John 6:47-58 Jesus is the Bread of Life. Our sins have been remitted. Don’t abuse yourself with past sins. Sermon: Mark 16:14-20. Repent of hardness of heart and unbelief. To evangelize, go and tell others of what Jesus has done for you and give them Scriptures. It’s up to them to choose the Good News. Signs should follow you, not the other way around. What are the signs? Casting out demons in His name and living devil-free; speaking with other tongues; not being hurt by deadly things. Fight for Jesus. God confirms His Word. Kim Miller gave a powerful testimony of one person’s obedience to the voice of God bringing salvation to a whole Jewish family and healing to their son. (A word was given about pressing into Jesus and walking with Him in the light and repenting.)
The Christian Life: What’s in Your Wake
What follows after you? Praying in the Holy Spirit, healing, casting out demons? We as believers, not just the “pastors”, are to do Mark 16:14-18. (The Great Commission really was Jesus’ correcting the disciples for their unbelief and hardness of heart.) Be a witness, tell the truth of the gospel, and tell what you have seen God do. In Mark 6:1-6 the people who knew Jesus from His hometown were offended when He laid hands on the sick, and their unbelief stopped Jesus’ doing mighty works there. When there was unbelief, He taught more to build their faith. Don’t let the devil rob you of mighty works. Matt. 14:28 demonstrates that faith is based on the Word of God and not on what you see or what has happened in the past. Use your faith so that it will grow, starting with where you are. Personalize Mark 16:17-18 by putting yourself in the verses. There was opportunity for people who sense there is ministry in their future and who are willing to lay their life aside for the gospel. “Here am I, Lord. Send me.”.