From the Pastor’s Desk

Malachi 3-7 Even from the days of your father ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, Saith the Lord of hosts.  Rev. 22-5 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent and do the first works, God is not talking splitting wood or driving nails. He is talking about Worship, Praise, Prayer, commitment, stability. How does backsliding set in, and what are the first steps in spiritual declension? There is a clear lesson to be learned from the history of children of Israel.  They served God as long as they experienced Him (see Josh. 24:31). When His mighty works became only a memory, they gradually fell back into sin. Moses made it clear: “It was not with our fathers that the Lord made this covenant, but with us, with all of us who are alive here today” (Deut. 5:3). And, “your children were not the ones who saw and experienced the discipline of the Lord your God… But it was your own eyes that saw all these great things the Lord has done” (Deut. 11:2-7)  Every generation in Israel must have a personal encounter with the living God. This holds true for all peoples and nation. Grandpa’s stories won’t do. There is no such thing as a “second generation Pentecost.” “He is not the God of dead, but of the living” (Mt. 22:32) Are you experiencing Him today?    And that is the tragedy of skepticism: it confirms itself in unbelief. The skeptic has been disappointed too many times before. He is not willing to get his hopes up again. All his childlike expectation is gone. Even if God did work miracles in the past, for skeptic, there are none today.Thus, skepticism soon gives way to hardened unbelief, and hardened unbelief produces rationalistic doctrines. Why else would people invent such spiritually bankrupt teachings, unless their own lives hopelessly empty? Would someone who was miraculously healed teach that divine healing was no more? Would an eyewitness of the Spirit’s gifts and power claim that these manifestations ceased? The fact is. It is only those whose experience is devoid of the power of God who deny His power for today, since rationalistic doctrine is simply the rewriting of a supernatural Bible to suit a non-supernatural experience.    Obviously, the only thing that such doctrines can produce is religious formality, and  religious formalists are revival’s greatest enemies, since “they have a form of godliness, but deny its  power” (2 Tim. 3:5). They hide behind a cloak of “spiritual sophistication,” while in reality their hearts are coarse and hard, full of unbelief.  

                                                                     God Bless, Pastor Denny
If you have not received that gift of eternal life with Him, then pray this short prayer to the One who gave us victory over death through Jesus Christ.I know that I am a sinner and need your forgiveness.  I believe that Jesus died for my sins.  I now invite Jesus Christ to come into my heart and live as my personal Savior.  I will confess you before men, study your Word and live according to your will as you guide me.  Thank you for sending Jesus so that I might have eternal life. Your Word says in Romans 10:9-10 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the hearth man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation .Amen