Saturday, September 17, 2016

Happy Anniversary Mt. Zion

Join us as we pray about our future:

1.  Praise God for being a part of a meaningful 94 year church history.  
2.   Pray for God to keep us close to Him in our worship and service.
3.   Pray for God to supernaturally protect our relationships.
4.   Pray for God to keep us focused on making disciples.
5.   Pray for God to help us be good stewards in every area of ministry.
6.   Pray for us to maintain meaningful connections locally and beyond.
7.   Pray for God to use us for a lifetime of faithful service.

God Bless,

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.
mtzionontario.com





Thursday, September 15, 2016

Celebrating a Church Anniversary

Unfortunately church anniversary have negative connotations for many.  The pressure to give money, the competition among various groups in the church to give the most, and the feelings of meaningless traditions leave a sour taste for many of us.
Does it matter?  Do we need church anniversaries?

After the Children of Israel crossed the Jordan River, God instructed them to set up some stones for a perpetual reminder of how He delivered them, and to tell their children and what God did.
Look at Joshua 4:24:
24 He did this so all the nations of the earth might know that the LORD's hand is powerful, and so you might fear the LORD your God forever."

No, we do not have a command in the bible that says: you shall hold a formal church anniversary.  However, local churches who host church anniversaries (or a celebration with a different name) can direct the focus on recognizing the powerful hand of God over the years, and encouraging God's children to reverence the LORD our God forever.

This weekend, Mt. Zion, a historic church in Ontario, Ca, celebrates 94 years of God's mighty hand.  Our desire is to come away more determined to reverence our Lord through our obedience and faithful service to Him.

Celebration times:
Saturday picnic:  10:00 - 5:00 pm
Saturday  worship:   5:00 pm
Sunday worship:      8:00 am & 10:30 am

God Bless,

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Confidence

Our functioning with confidence each day is important.  Our culture is often hostile toward Christians and can give us a feeling of uncertainty.  No need to be uncertain when you do what is right.

Look at what God says about this in Prov. 10:9:
He who walks in integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will be found out.

Practice doing what is right and you will enjoy total confidence from God in what you are doing.

Christians, let us go into this society and do what is right based on the standards found in God's word.

God Bless,

Pastor Brian E Kennedy, Sr.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Well Done Good & Faithful Servant

You pray each morning for God's direction (Prov. 3:5-6).

Despite the ups and downs throughout the day, you remain faithful to the Lord (Rev. 2:10).

I can hear the late Charles (Chuck) Colson exhorting the Prison Fellowship Staff:  "God did not call you to success, but to be faithful". Then he would say, "Be thou faithful unto death..."

Christians, at the end the day listen for God to whisper in your ear, well done good and faithful servant.

God Bless,

Pastor Brian E Kennedy, Sr.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Be in the Middle of God's Will

Look at a simple yet seemingly complex verse in Eph. 5:17: "So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is."

God's will is God's desire for us.  As we live by Christian values each day, we will naturally obey God's will for our lives (doing good to others, forgiving, being patient, showing tough love, witnessing, etc).

The special assignment to serve as a missionary overseas, changing jobs, dating and marriage, which neighborhood to live in, who to disciple, what action to take when wronged, what church to attend and where to serve, etc. require extra effort to discern (prayer time, godly advice, biblical support, signs from God, etc.).

Discerning and doing God's will is a responsibility that God commands Christian's to pursue.  We cannot stick our head in the sand and claim ignorance regarding the things of God.  We must understand the will of the Lord.

Christian's take time to understand and then obey God's will for you each day.  Guess where you will be in the future?  Right in the middle of God's will.  

FYI: A daily pursuit will remove much stress for those who struggle with God's will for their lives.

God Bless,

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Check your Schedule

It is Saturday afternoon.
You have more you want to do this weekend.

Is attending church to fellowship, worship God, and get answers to life's challenges a top priority on your things to do list.

Is being in fellowship so deeply ingrained in your regular practices you do not need to put church on your to do list?

What will you do with church this weekend (not next week, but this week)?

Just as we owe the IRS taxes, our jobs and family time, etc., we also owe God our time in worship, we owe Him our reverence, our talents and treasures, therefore as Jesus said: give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God the things that belong to God (Matt. 22:21).

God Bless,

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Enjoy the Emotional Connection in Prayer

When prayer is an intellectual exercise, and a robot like mechanical activity, and we pray because it is the right thing to do and because others are doing it, then our  prayer is not personal.

God gave us Ps. 116:1-2, so that we can get a glimpse of how He is personal.
Meditate for a moment on Ps. 116:1-2.
I love the LORD, because He hears My voice and my supplications.
2 Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.

The Psalm writer described more than an intellectual and mechanical connection exercise.  He loved the LORD because of his personal experience in their relationship.

The Psalm Writer's testimony is that God leans forward and listens to the voice, and the petitions of His children.   
How did the Psalm writer respond to God's personal interaction?  
I will continue to engage the LORD.  I will call on Him for the rest of my life.

Christians, throughout your life, be personal with the Eternal and personal God of all the universe in your prayer time.  Recognize God as all powerful, and all knowing, and as the One Who can and will do something about your circumstances.
Take promises found in Gods Word and incorporate them into your prayers to God.
Believe God for things beyond your imagination (Eph. 3:20-21).  
Yield yourself to God's plan for your life 
(I John 5:14-15).
Refuse to doubt God anytime you pray (Heb. 11:6, cf. James 1:6-8).

Enjoy your time in prayer with God, and engage God such that He enjoys you.

God Bless,

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.