Friday, July 13, 2018

Death?

Death?

Death is a reality we must all face one day.  Death is painful, yet it is not the end.  After death we do not disappear into nothingness.  God created us with a soul, and one day our soul we be separated from our body in what we call death.  The soul goes back to God, and the body is left here on earth, until the resurrection.

The comfort Christians have in death is, because we believe Jesus died and rose again, we will be resurrected with a resurrected like that of Jesus, we will live with God eternally, and we will see each other again (I Thess. 4:13-18).
Christians, when our loved ones transition from life, let us grieve with hope and comfort each other with our mutual hope.

God Bless,

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Can you live righteously before God?

Can you live righteously before God?

The average Christian wants to live righteously before God.  But temptations and compromise constantly beat on the door of our hearts determined to drive us into defeat (James 1:13-15).
A great way to live righteously before God is practice spiritual disciplines, which train us in righteousness.
For Instance in II Timothy 2:22, Timothy is told to live out godly characteristics with like-minded people (wholesome fellowship).
Christians, pick one or two spiritual disciplines (prayer, fasting, solitude, silence, bible reading, simplicity, worship, service, etc.), and intentionally practice them throughout the day.  You will find yourself closer to Jesus and enjoying abundant living (II Timothy3:16-17).

God Bless

Friday, June 29, 2018

The Obedient Christian

“The Obedient Christian”

While in college at San Diego State University, my roommate, Eric Stevens introduced me to the Navigators Ministry, which used a wheel to describe the obedient Christians life in action. Jesus is our center, the Bible, prayer, fellowship, and witnessing brings balanced actions in our lives.
Christian’s Study the wheel and join me in striving to balance such that obedience drives our daily actions.“The Obedient Christian”

God Bless


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Summer Growth?

Summer Growth?

Some of the most delectable fruits and vegetables reach their full flavor from the summer sun.
What about you?
Use the summer sun for meaningful vacation time, and other fun things connected to summer to grow in your faith.  Before you jump into the day, try taking at least 30 minutes to read God’s Word and pray about one life principle from what you read and practice it all day.  For instance in Eph. 4:32, I might pray about “be kind to one another” and buy my wife flowers, clean the entire kitchen, or take her to drink tea at Starbucks.  I can also buy someone groceries, or help a neighbor with a project, wash someone car for free, teach a class, etc.
Christians use this summer to walk in union with Jesus and grow deeper in your faith (Colossians 2:6-7).
FYI, I am resuming consistently using my journaling system to grow this summer.

God Bless,

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Sprinkle your Conversation with Grace.

Sprinkle your Conversation with Grace.

Our insecurities and our desire to dominate, often influences us to teardown others to build ourselves up.  Before you settle for such unwholesomeness, meditate on Eph. 4:29. “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.”
Christians, strategically sprinkle your conversations with grace.  Leave people better because they conversed with you.

God Bless,

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Before You Follow the “Zero Mercy Movement.”

Before You Follow the “Zero Mercy Movement.”

We all make mistakes and must face our just God, and governing authorities who are supposed to maintain order in society (Rom 3:23; I John 1:9; Rom 13).
The “no mercy” movement can move us to heartlessness.
This movement targets a person, exposes their wrong, and then seeks to punish them beyond recovery.
Punishment is biblical (we must face consequences for our wrong - II Samuel 11-12), but the punish beyond recovery (“the zero mercy” movement) is the concern here.  God could have destroyed you and me, but His mercy (Eph. 4:32).
Christians, before we deal with a guilty person, with “zero mercy” let’s temper our spirit with Galatians 6:1-5.  This does not mean people don’t get sentenced in court, dismissed from work, disciplined by church leadership, etc., it does mean we approach the issue with with a gentle spirit and a keen self awareness (cf. Matt. 5:7; 7:12).
Let’s get to worship this weekend.

God Bless,
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Embrace God’s Grace.

Embrace God’s Grace.

God often uses “a thorn in our flesh” to remind us to stay humble vs. arrogant.  Our thorn could be a physical ailment, a personal failure, struggle finances, communication problems, etc.
In II Cor. 12:7-10, God gave us help to embrace His grace with a “thorn in our flesh.”
1.  It is okay to pray for God to remove your thorn.
2. God can choose to leave your thorn in place.
3. Focus more on, and be content with God’s grace than your thorn.
4. The power of God’s grace is activated and operational as we remain weak before God (the I can’t, but through Christ I can do all things, mentality).
Christians, God’s grace (love and undeserved favor)is over, above, and beyond what you need or expect.  Embrace God’s grace.

God Bless,

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.
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