Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Bible Never Gets Old

With the Country divided behind the election, hate groups emboldened to disrespect and harm people and property, people rejecting biblical values to pursue what God calls sin, and people on the edge, God's Word is fresher than the morning news.  God put a word of encouragement in I Peter 4 to encourage His children.

  1. Stand out as a Christian by your godly lifestyle (I Pet. 4:1-6).
  2. Be a sober prayer warrior (I Pet. 4:7).  Despite the new California law, this ought to help Christians avoid being sucked into the smoking marijuana movement (see also Eph. 5:18).
  3. Be loving without complaining        (I  Pet. 4:8-9).
  4. Use your spiritual gift for the good of God's kingdom (I Pet. 4:10-11).
  5. Rejoice when persecuted for doing the right thing (I Pet. 4:12-16).
  6. Remember God is the just Judge and you can entrust your soul to His care (I Pet. 4:17-19).

God Bless,

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Worship God Despite the Critics

Some say that Christians stopping to thank God for His blessings today is based on negative historic roots in how the Native American's were treated by so-called Christians.

The criticism is harsh.

Christian's let critics say what they please.  Refuse to allow a critics interpretation of our personal relationship with God today to dictate what we do to honor our Heavenly Father.

Christians, stay in touch with that facts.  We are God people and the sheep of His pasture, and frequently do the rest in Psalm 100 (on Thanksgiving Day or any other day):  "Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. 5 For the LORD is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations" (Ps. 100:4-5).  NASB

Happy Thanksgiving.

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Use Your Power Righteously.

Each one of us has a sphere of influence.  This is a form of power.  Be Righteous as you use your power.  Whatever you do or neglect to do, God is watching and will judge (Gal. 6:7-8).

James, the brother of Jesus warns us to treat people fairly.  The context is directed to ruthless people who abuse others with their wealth and power, but the warning puts all of us on notice.   "Behold, the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields, and which has been withheld by you, cries out against you; and the outcry of those who did the harvesting has reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth" (James 5:4).

Christians, treat everyone you deal with fair and square.  God is watching and will punish us if we use our power to mistreat others (James 5:1-3).

God will bless us for treating people fairly (Gal. 6:9).

God Bless,

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

When all the Dust Settles

You ever wonder why God tells Christians to consistently gather in places like local churches? Consider what God said:

"and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds,

25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near" (Hebrews 10:24-25).

 Christian's have a special place before God.  People determined to function in this "worlds" evil, greedy, and cruel system, have issues with our hope in Christ and our practice of biblical values.  This is at the root of Christian persecution .  Worldly people attack us because of the Jesus they see in us (John 15:18-20).

When all the dust settles, Christians, we have each other.  Do not focus on skin color,  focus on the biblical values a person calling themselves a Christian believes and practices.

Christians get in a local church with Christians who obey God's Word and demonstrates love for each other.  Yes reach the world for Christ, to expand the kingdom, but always remember, in our doing good in the world, God gave us each other.

God Bless,

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy

Monday, November 14, 2016

Need Help?

Getting started is harder on some days (like Monday morning after a long weekend) than on other days.

Coffee helps, but does not hit the bullseye.

Try stopping what you are doing (especially if you are "spinning your wheels") and pray.

"Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need" (Heb. 4:16).

Christians, stop right now and ask God for the help you need for today.

God Bless,

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Cherished Relationships

Cherished relationships are powerful and will result in our improvement (Prov. 27:17).

With life's seasoning, I cherish healthy relationship more than ever.

On November 5th., God gave Hilda and I, twenty two years of marriage. He also gave us a memorable weekend together.

God is right: "A man who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD" (HCSB).

Take time to think about your most cherished relationship(s), and do something together to make precious memories.

God Bless,

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Friday, November 4, 2016

What is Your Standard?

Do you possess high standards in everything you do?  I am not referring to perfectionism which is often rooted in the desire to not be rejected or criticized. Nor am I referring to doing things well because you want something in return such as a payment, a good grade, a contract, a special relationship, etc.  Possess high standards because high standards are a Christian value rooted in the Word of God.

Christian's use God's standard for everything you do:  "Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men,

24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve" (Col. 3:23-24).

God Bless,

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Confidence Builder's

What can the Christian do to build confidence?  

  1. Draw upon the strength you have in Christ.  Discouragement from failure can shut you down.  Try again with divine power.  "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me" (Phil. 4:13).
  2. Think Positive.                    Life can cause us to develop a negative attitude as we see and process things.  Yet God commands us to think positive.  "Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things" (Phil. 4:8).

Christians, go forth with confidence.

God Bless,

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.