Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Reconnect People to Church.

In every local church, we have scattered sheep.  People stop attending church for numerous reasons. Yes many are sick, some work, and others play sports.  Those who work and play sports can attend home bible study groups, etc.  

Jesus gave a parable to encourage us to seek out, find, and restore those who are disconnected from church. "What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying?

13 "If it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray.

14 "So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish" (Matt. 18:12-14).

Christians, ask God to direct you to a disconnected Christian and help them get reconnected in the church.  Oh yes, don't forget to rejoice when they are restored.

God Bless,

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Point People to Jesus.

Surely you know someone who is discouraged, depressed, and if they have not already quit, they feel like quitting.

Tragedies, disappointments, feelings of abandonment, and betrayal are contributors.

The belief that somehow we must do good works, self-punish and penalize ourselves through asceticism and other forms of self-denial to gain righteousness, is wearing people down to a weary and dispirited condition.

Christians, faithfully point these and other people to Jesus.  Many people during Jesus' time felt the same way.  Listen to the invitation Jesus gave:

28 "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.  30 "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light" (Matt. 11:28-30).

God Bless,

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Do you have Bible based standards?

Do you do whatever feels good to you, or do you have established standards by which you live?

Jesus gave eight powerful standards in the beatitudes in Matt. 5:3-12:

  1. Recognize your jacked up condition apart from God (v. 3).
  2. Cry over your jacked up condition apart from God (v. 4).
  3. Be meek vs. arrogant (v. 5).
  4. Pursue what is right (v. 6).
  5. Be merciful to others (v. 7).
  6. Be morally pure before God (v. 8).
  7. Seek a peaceful solution (v. 9).
  8. Rejoice when people attack you for your Christlike life (vs. 10-13).

Christians, be Christlike and enjoy the promise of God's blessings.

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

In 2017:

  1. Set your expectations beyond the human realm (Jeremiah 33:3).
  2. Be assured of your eternal connection to the body of Christ (Romans 12:4-5).
  3. Keep prayer as your on-going connection to the power beyond yourself (Psalm 116:1-2).

God Bless,

Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Worship Him!

This is the day Christians set aside to Celebrate God wrapping Himself in human flesh and coming to the earth to save humankind from sin, and to restore our relationship with God.

Set aside time today to worship Him.

Get to your local church.  If you are traveling away from home, find a worship service.  If you cannot get to a local church, you can have a worship service where you are.

Join in with what the heavenly host did over 2,000 years ago.

"But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;

11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

12 "This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14 "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased" (Luke 2:10-14).

Christian's let us join together all over the world and worship Him!

God Bless,

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

One Little Detail.

Every time I read the Christmas Story, one little detail encourages me beyond my imagination.  Look at the final words in the dialogue between Mary and the angel Gabriel.

"For nothing will be impossible with God." And Mary said, "Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her (Luke 1:37-38).  NASB

Christians, as we approach Christmas or any other day, keep a powerful biblical promise in your heart, and consistently function as a servant of the Most High God. 

  1. The Promise: "There is nothing impossible for God" (Luke 1:37).
  2. The Practice:  "Lord, I am your bondservant," use me for Your purpose and plan (Luke 1:38).

God Bless,

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Monday, December 19, 2016

What Can You Give?

God gave us love based on how He values us (Psalm 8).  Humankind is the crown jewel of God's creation and He loves us with immeasurable love (John 3:16).

How did God's gift to humankind work?  "For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ: Though He was rich, for your sake He became poor, so that by His poverty you might become rich" (2 Corinthians 8:9).

Having received God's grace we are called to show this type of love to others.  Find someone who needs some "God kinda love" and bless them with love (unconditional care and concern).  

Christians, give as God guides you.  Just give (Gal. 6:10).

God Bless,

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.