Thursday, June 22, 2017

Don't Forget Your Best Friend"


Mom is 83 years old now and came to visit for three of our children's graduations (one college, two high school).  She spent time with each child to share with them about the Holy Spirit.  She taught them about the enabling power, encouragement, and constant presence of the Holy Spirit to help us throughout each day.

During her good byes she said to each one: "don't forget your Best Friend".


Christians, Jesus promised the Holy Spirit to us as our constant Companion and Helper (John 14:16-18).

Each day as you face a variety of feelings, and circumstances, "don't forget your Best Friend".


God Bless,


Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Friday, June 16, 2017

What Fruit do People See in You?


Galatians 5:19-23 gives two list.  The fruit of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit.
Christians, make sure people see the fruit of the Spirit in your life.  Memorize the fruit you desire to practice so you remember what to practice (I memorized them in pairs of three).

Love
Joy 
Peace

Patience
Kindness
Goodness

Faithfulness
Gentleness
Self-control

God Bless,
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

God Created the Keys to Healthy Communication.


God said: "My dearly loved brothers, understand this: Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger" (James 1:19).  HCSB


The key is swiftly, hurriedly, quickly listen, which is the first of these three actions.  

In the listening process you ask clarifying questions (did you say...? can you repeat that please?), and summarize (I think I hear you saying...).

The listening process will naturally slow you down and help you be slow to speak.  The listening process will also prevent becoming angry about things that you are really unclear on.


Listening is the potent key to healthy communication.


God Bless,

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

What controls your motives?


What motivates you is a great question, but what controls your motives is a bigger question.

Take time to evaluate and ensure that Jesus controls your motives versus something self-serving, that will not make a difference in the world around you.  Look to II Cor. 5:14-15 for help in this area.  "For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; 15 and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf."

Christians, live for Jesus by doing things with pleasing Jesus in mind and your motives will come under the control of Jesus.

God Bless,

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Do you really love others?


Are committed to the work, or are you committed to the people in the work?

Do you easily walk past people and don't feel anything?  Do you see a person struggling and are not moved to help in some way?

You are not thinking anything bad about them, you just don't feel obligated or moved to speak, pray, or help them.  Hence, you walk past as if you have something much more important than a simple gesture of love.

Hey! I love people!  What are you saying?

The way to check yourself is explore the love chapter in I Corinthians 13.

See what God says about your ministry and great sacrifices without love.

See what love is and is not.

Christians, be intentional in showing care and concern for others (love).  Love is a distinguishing mark for Christians (John 13:34-35).


God Bless,


Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Are You Really Alone?

Life can have seemingly endless hard twists and turns that makes you tired, and feeling alone and defeated.

As you deal with the feelings of being alone, fiercely fight the "woe is me" syndrome, and know that you have God working on your behalf, and you have other Christians to pray and walk with you.  Therefore, get up with truth in God's Word, and join with other believers to strive for the victory we have in Christ.


"No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to humanity. God is faithful, and He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape so that you are able to bear it" (I Cor. 10:13).

Christians, we need God and we need each other so let's do healthy life together (Hebrews 10:24-25; Rom. 12:4-5).


God Bless,

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Help Others for the Good?

 

God will show you someone who needs edification (building up) in some area of their life.

Pray and ask God for wisdom, courage, and strength as you reach out to them with pure motives.

You will be surprised how people will respond with thanksgiving.  What God leads you do is just what they need.


"Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves. 2 Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification" (Rom. 15:1-2).


God Bless,

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Ready for Death and Dying?


God said in Psalm 139:16, that all the days of your life were recorded in God's book before you were born.

Hence, you have no real say over the length of your days.

You do however have say over the quality of your life.

You can choose to obey God and love Him with your total person, and love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:28-31).

You can choose to live the Holy Spirit controlled life and display the fruit of the Spirit (Eph. 5:18; Gal. 5:22-26).

You can choose full and meaningful life (John 10:10).

Then when your day to depart this life comes you can transition with total confidence (II Tim. 4:6-8).

  1. You are ready to leave here.
  2. You fought the good fight in serving God.
  3. You fulfilled your God given purpose.
  4. You kept your faith in God.
  5. You anticipate your reward from God.


Christians, live to love and serve Jesus, and death and dying will be a pleasant transition from labor to reward.


God Bless,


Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Stormproof Your Life

Life has swift changes, tragedy, and disappointments, that are like  storms in our lives.

We can stormproof our lives by continually hearing and obeying the words of Jesus (Matt. 7:24).

This is a picture of continually thinking about something Jesus said (such as treat people the way you want to be treated, or stop worrying and seek God's kingdom and His righteousness, etc).  This is how you build a stormproof life that will handle any storm that comes your way.


God Bless,


Pastor Brian E. Kennedy 

Friday, April 28, 2017

Did you know?


Did you know that God is speaking to Pastor's all over this world so that you can hear a word just for you and be built up in the faith each weekend (Eph. 4:11-13).  

Did you know that most Pastor's are honest, hard working, godly members of the body of Christ (yes we do have some wolves in sheep's clothing).

You will know the Pastor's after God own heart by their fruits (Matt. 7:15-20).


Prioritize each week and make your way to the church in which God has called you.  Your Pastor is studying and praying before to give you an encouraging word from heaven.


God Bless,

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Is God Whispering In Your Ear?


Jesus said those who do the will of My Father in heaven are going to heaven (Matt. 7:21-23).

Jesus spoke about us living a changed life as evidenced by our obeying God's established kingdom principles (a great list of God's principles for every area of life is found in the sermon on the Mountain (Matt. 5-7). 

Christians, read Matt. 5-7, and practice even the hard parts, and listen for God to whisper in your ear each day before your bedtime: "well done My good and faithful servant."


God Bless,

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Who can I Affirm?


Who can you encourage with a word of encouragement?  

Look for someone doing good work, someone discouraged, someone that God put on your heart, and encourage them.

Look at what God said about this: "Like apples of gold in settings of silver Is a word spoken in right circumstances" (Prov. 25:11).

Christians, ask God to show you the right person to affirm, the right time, and the right word to share.


God Bless,


Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Are You Available to God?


The Book of Acts gives us early church history, practical insights into church growth, and unquestioning obedience to God.

For instance look at Acts 13:2-3: While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them."

3 Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.


Everyone was sensitive to hearing God's voice and responding with unquestioning obedience.


Christians, listen for God's voice speaking through His word, through others, creation, circumstances, to your heart, and respond to Him with availability and obedience.


God Bless,

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Friday, April 14, 2017

If you Invite People, They Will Come.


Do you know people who trust you, but do not attend church?
Guess what?  If you invite them, they will attend church with you.
Resurrection weekend is a high weekend in the Christian faith.  We put special emphasis on Jesus dying for the sins of the world, and rising from the dead to authenticate His work to restore us back to God.
Invite people to attend church services and small group meetings with you so that they too can enjoy a personal relationship with God through Jesus (be a soul winner at the church you attend).

On behalf of Mt Zion Church of Ontario, you are invited to attend any of our special services for Resurrection weekend (224 W. Calif. Street, Ontario, Calif.)

Good Friday  Service:              7:00 pm
Saturday Service at Mt Zion:  5:00 pm
Outside Resurrection services at Ontario Town Square (224 N. Euclid Ave).
6:00 am   (Bring a coat or blanket)
8:00 am   (Bring a hat)
10:00 am (Bring a hat)

Christians, Jesus is Risen just as He said.  Let us lead people to our Savior.

God Bless,
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.
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Do you know people who trust you, but do not attend church?
Guess what?  If you invite them, they will attend church with you.
Resurrection weekend is a high weekend in the Christian faith.  We put special emphasis on Jesus dying for the sins of the world, and rising from the dead to authenticate His work to restore us back to God.
Invite people to attend church services and small group meetings with you so that they too can enjoy a personal relationship with God through Jesus (be a soul winner at the church you attend).

On behalf of Mt Zion Church of Ontario, you are invited to attend any of our special services for Resurrection weekend (224 W. Calif. Street, Ontario, Calif.)

Good Friday  Service:              7:00 pm
Saturday Service at Mt Zion:  5:00 pm
Outside Resurrection services at Ontario Town Square (224 N. Euclid Ave).
6:00 am   (Bring a coat or blanket)
8:00 am   (Bring a hat)
10:00 am (Bring a hat)

Christians, Jesus is Risen just as He said.  Let us lead people to our Savior.

God Bless,
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Stay Focused:

During Passion Week, Jesus focused on dying on the cross for the sins of the world (John 3:16 is great summary of why Jesus came to the earth).
On the Wednesday before His death, the plot thickened.  Judas, went to the Chief Priest and negotiated the betrayal of Jesus (Luke 22:1-6).
Was Jesus swayed by evil or betrayal?  No, Jesus focused on moving closer to dying on the cross for our sins.

Christians, stay focused on God's desire for your life.  Yes you will have "haters" (John 15:18-20). The bombing of the Coptic church's in Egypt is an example of hate for Christian's by certain groups.  Yes, people will smile in your face and turn around and betray you.  Judas betrayed Jesus, Who only did good (Luke 22:47-48).
Do not be confused, detoured, or overcome by evil (Rom. 12:21), stay focused on and do what God's desire for you each day.

God Bless,
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Watch 4 Things for Daily Success

In Prov. 4, God gives several benefits from asking Him for, and cherishing His wisdom.  At the end of the chapter you see how God's wisdom will give you daily success as you:


Watch over your heart (v. 23).

Watch your mouth (v. 24).

Watch your eyes (v. 25).

Watch your feet (vs. 26-27).


Christian, use God's wisdom so that you will hear God whisper in your ear each night, "well done, My good and faithful servant," and you enjoy sweet sleep.


God Bless,

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.


Friday, March 31, 2017

Talk Directly to God

As you move throughout each day, say a prayer here and there.  Take advantage of the post-resurrection ministry of Jesus.

Because of Jesus, we have ongoing communication from God and toward God anytime, anywhere, and for any reason.

Why stress, why go without, why struggle with guilt and shame, why wait, why be lonely, why be unfulfilled, why wonder.

Talk to God about it!!

Name drop, and mention the name of Jesus, to get into the throne room, ask God about anything, and then sit back in faith, and watch God work on your behalf (John 16:24-27).


Christian's this kind of stuff pushes us to the house of prayer each weekend or other days to worship God with other brothers and sisters in Christ.  


Get to church this weekend and share with someone what happened when you talked directly to God about things.


God Bless,


Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Senior Pastor

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Learn From Church Ushers?


They frequently serve in silence and with a smile.

They have a lot to say, but they say it in preparation to silently serve us in church.

Sometimes people do not smile back, but instead of negatively reacting, they keep smiling.

Sometimes they try to seat people in one place but the people choose another place.  Does the usher negatively react? No, they turn and return to their post smiling.

Do ushers have feelings like everyone else?  You bet they do.  

Will they quit because of what someone said or did in church?

You will see them again on their next shift with that same smile eager and ready to serve us in church.

What is with these ushers in church who get along with ushers from other churches and makes silent service with a smile their priority?

Check out the scripture that shapes their values:

"Better a day in Your courts than a thousand anywhere else. I would rather be at the door of the house of my God than to live in the tents of wicked people" (Psalm 84:10 -  HCSB).

Christian's thank an usher or ushers for their consistent Christ-like service on behalf of the Lord's church.


God Bless,


Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

It Takes Two to Tangle


Yes, you are tempted to cuss them out!

Yes, they offended you!

Yes, your manhood, or your womanhood was attacked!


However, you do not need to take the fight to the next level with harsh words. 

God said diffuse the fight with a soft answer.

A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger 

(Prov. 15:1).

Christians, let's make a difference today by the way we defuse a potential fight.


God Bless,


Pastor Brian E Kennedy, Sr.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

How About Some Wisdom Today?


The solution to one of my greatest frustrations in relating to God was getting wisdom.  My diligent study produced my knowledge of accounting, but I needed and wanted more than accounting knowledge.

Then I discovered Prov. 2:1-6, & 9:10.

What a huge relief.  I simply needed to show reverence for God and ask Him for wisdom. 

Prov. 9:10: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Prov. 2:6: For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.


Christian's, with deep-seated reverence for God, ask God to help you practically apply knowledge (wisdom) to your daily opportunities from His eternal reservoir.


God Bless,


Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Individualist or Interdependent?


Our culture promotes individualism as the normal mode of operation.  Self-reliance, independence, and preoccupation with serving self first and foremost, despite the needs of others, is at the heart of individualism.

God promotes interdependence. Interdependence, is where I need you, and you need me.  In Rom. 12:4-5, God emphatically stated that we are intimately connected to each other.

"For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function,
5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another" (Rom. 12:4-5).

Christian's being connected to Christ, and doing acts of care and concern for others in life is much more fulfilling than an excessive preoccupation with getting all we can get, canning all we get, and sitting on the can of self-centered pursuits (Luke 12:13-21).

God Bless,

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.
Mtzionontario.com

Unquestioning obedience to God


Once God told Abraham that circumcision is a physical sign of their covanant relationship, Abraham immediately acted with unquestioning obedience to God (Gen. 18:10-23).


Christians, as we walk with God today, we know what His word says about numerous issues.  Hence, as we hear Him speak to our hearts, let us obey Him with unquestioning obedience.

Obey God and watch Him work.


God Bless,

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Kingdom Fitness


Jesus taught us to make and keep kingdom matters a priority (Luke 9:57-62).

Look at Luke 9:62: But Jesus said to him, "No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God."


 When farmers plowed their fields to plant crops, they had a "marker" at the end of each row so they would make a straight row.   Looking back would cause the farmer to lose focus and the row would end up crooked.


Consider what is distracting you today and causing you to lose focus on your God given marker for today.


Christians, in all that you plan to do today, ask God to clarify His work for you today and keep your eyes on today's "marker".  

Make sure you get God's work done.


This is how to stay fit for the kingdom.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Shine for Jesus

Christians, after a great weekend of corporate worship all over the world, this is a great day to shine for Jesus.  Jesus gave us a practical way to shine for him in Luke 6:31:  "Treat others the same way you want them to treat you."

Christians, ask the Holy Spirit to show you practical ways to practice Luke 6:31.


God Bless,

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Timeless Insights from The Book of Judges

May I Have Your Opinion?

I've just completed my first book through a publisher (this is a dream come true for both Hilda and for me). Praise the Lord!!
The book title is: "Timeless Insights from the Book of Judges." ISBN-10: 1512770841.
You can obtain my book from the link below.

If you will, I would like your thoughts. I will process your thoughts and incorporate them into my next book.
Please feel free to pass my request on to others.
God Bless,
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy


Why is Love so Important?


God said: "Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law" (Rom. 13:10).


Christian's show the love of Christ today.  Show the unconditional care and concern of Christ strongly in your most challenging circumstances.


God Bless

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy

Monday, January 30, 2017

Restore Wounded Christians.


After a person sacrificially, and tirelessly gives their time, talent, and treasures, to building God's kingdom, and then get caught red handed in an ungodly transaction, we should we in the church do?  I am not talking about a crime, but something where they did not use discretion.  Where they fell into sin (you know sin, the thing we are all familiar with).

As you process this question consider several of your indiscretions, in which if you you got caught red handed, would also land you in serious trouble.


Yes, we need to hold each other accountable and not compromise our biblical values.  But what happens after we give the spiritual spanking?  

Before you give a punitive based response, let God give you His redemptive based response in Galatians 6:1-2:

 

"Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.  2 Bear one another's burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ."

Christian's let us fulfill the law of Christ, which is AGAPE, as we deal with each other.


God Bless,


Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

How Do You Rate?

How do you rate regarding using the resources God has entrusted to your care?


In Matt.25, Jesus used a parable to discuss how we will be held accountable for the faithful or unfaithful use of our resources from God.

One person received five talents, one two, and the other one talent.

Talents are more than money, but invaluable entrustments for kingdom building (this could include money, spiritual gifts, and other resources you have to expand the kingdom).


"Now after a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them.

20 "The one who had received the five talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, 'Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have gained five more talents.' 

21 "His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master... (Matt. 25:19-31).


Christians, use your resources to do good for Christ's sake each day (Eph. 2:10), and expect to hear Him say: well done good and faithful servant.


God Bless,


Pastor Brian Kennedy, Sr.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Our Walk and Our Talk.

Jesus warned us to watch out for spiritual leaders who teach one thing but practice something different. "Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to His disciples, 2 saying: "The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses;
3 therefore all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them"" (Matt. 23:1-3).

Christian's, when Jesus looks at our lives, let us be people He can count on to spread the message of God's love, to do good works, and live righteously before Him.
Let us be great ambassadors for Christ
(II Cor. 5:17-20).

God Bless,
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy

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.