Saturday, May 30, 2020

God Is Still Speaking To America

God is still speaking to America.  Consider Prov. 25:4: “Remove the impurities from silver, and the sterling will be ready for the silversmith” (NLT).  American’s want to heal from COVID-19, but the evil that fuels the ongoing killing of unarmed black men, and other injustices are impurities that hinder our healing.  The ongoing violence toward black communities is an old demonic post-slavery strategy to make black people feel inferior, and expendable, to spread fear, and stop progress.  Sadly, many churches overtly, and some unknowingly perpetuate these racist values. Just as Holy Spirit-filled Christians spoke out, and fought against slavery, we too, with Holy Spirit power, must condemn and fight these anti-Christian values, and practice “one body, many members,” Christianity (I Cor. 12).
This weekend, I will discuss how improving our prayer lives will help us.  I will also discuss how good cops must pray and ask God to show them how to expose rogue cops, and stop the violence in American policing (go to Mtzionontario.com, scroll down, and click watch).

God Bless,
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Continued Prayer / Monday Night

As we in the U.S. rapidly approach 100,000 reported deaths from COVID-19, please pray for grieving families.  Pray for people to respond to God speaking through COVID.  Pray for churches to effectively evangelize and disciple online, and in safe church re-openings.  Pray for church leaders to recognize clear signs from God in moving forward, just as the Children of Israel recognized the cloud over the tabernacle, as a sign to be still, or move forward (Num. 9:15-23). I believe the Lord will use the Monday Night Prayer meeting to reveal the sign for when Mt. Zion reopens, so that on that day, our celebration will not be eclipsed by safety concerns.  Will you join me in prayer meeting this Monday at 7:00 pm and let’s remain alert in prayer (go to mtzionontario.com, and click on Monday night prayer).

Friday, May 15, 2020

8th Week Update

Hello Everyone.

This is the 8th week since we started on-line services.  I know as each week
passes, our desire to see each other increases, but remember God's glory and
your safety is our priority.  Please be patient and pray for wisdom
regarding our re-opening date, and safe, "new normal" practices.  Until then let's stay connected through our online services, and rejoice over what God
is doing.  Monday night we had 87 people in prayer meeting.  All we need is
for you to join a prayer group at Mtzionontario.com for us to exceed 100
prayer warriors in prayer. A man from Cameroon, Africa joined Mt. Zion, and
a Lyft driver I met in Texas a couple years ago is also joining.

Mt. Zion was approved for the Payroll Protection Plan, and on this Saturday at 10:00 am, we will host a free zoom mental health workshop
(https://zoom.us/j/91550270509, Password: 430791).  Yes COVID-19 is strong, but our hope is in God's presence, power, and provision.  Join me in praying for God-sized intervention, during these troubling times (Eph. 3:20-21).

God Bless,

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr

Friday, May 1, 2020

Beautiful May Flowers

Beautiful May flowers and Mothers Day compliment each other.  We love our mother’s and especially pray for mothers who endure the devastation of having lost a child.  With confirmed cases of COVID-19 moving well past one million in the U.S., we will still celebrate special days, and yet continue safe practices.
This Sunday we will celebrate the Lords Supper online at 8:00 and 10:30 am (MtZionOntario.com, scroll down and click “watch”).  Obtain some bread and grape juice and let’s honor Jesus through our obedience.
I thank you for your ongoing financial support online, via the mail, and dropping off gifts on Sundays from 9:30 to 12:00 noon.
Because of your support our Helping Hands ministry is fully stocked with food and ready to help.
Together as a church, we can expand our online outreach with the gospel by everyone viewing and subscribing to the weekly Mt. Zion worship services on YouTube.

God Bless,
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Faithful

Despite the political wrangling between the White House and Medical and Science professionals, with over 52,000 Americans dead, COVID-19, has proven to be deadly.
Moreover, with the confirmed cases of COVID-19 approaching one million in the United States, use God's wisdom and continue safe practices.  COVID-19 is still dangerous in the U.S.
As Pastor, I personally thank you for being faithful and generous in your giving during these difficult days.

We don't know when we will physically regather, but your giving is helping us maintain critical services, and constantly improve on keeping our children, youth, and adults connected throughout each week.

How is the drive up and drop off your offering from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm going?  Thanks to our Deacons it is safe, fulfilling for each giver, and a blessing to the church.
Today, prayerfully consider how you can give someone a timely word of encouragement.  It will bring great value to them like apples of Gold in settings of silver (Prov. 25:11).
I look forward to worshipping with you online tomorrow at 8:00 am and 10:30 am (go to MtZionOntario.com and click watch).

God Bless,
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Safety In Jesus

As more people in the US are tested, unfortunately the over 687,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases will obviously increase.  Therefore, continue with best practices to stay safe.  Also hydrate (include hot fluids), exercise, rest, enjoy family, avoid isolation, help seniors and the vulnerable, complete your Census 2020 form to bring valuable resources to your area, pray for families in crisis, and for those serving at all levels during this pandemic.  Christian's, God is speaking through C.O.V.I.D-19, especially here in the U.S.  Let's pray, seek God's face, change our wicked ways, and watch our God work (II Chron. 7:14).

Mt. Zion will continue remote prayer, bible studies, worship services, and meetings until further notice. Moreover, in addition to our online giving options, the Sunday "drive-up and drop off" your offering at church from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm, will continue each Sunday.

This Sunday, I look forward to talking to you about safety in Jesus.  Be encouraged.

God Bless,
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Pray, Pray, Pray

Pray, Pray, Pray 

A dear brother and friend, Pastor Clint Cobbins, died from COVID-19 during the week ending March 28, 2020.

He, among other Pastors, help lead our ministry efforts in Holmes County, Mississippi.
A front line soldier committed to winning people for Jesus, and helping them grow is missing from our ranks, and his wife, family, Life Changing Ministries COGIC, the community, and we in Cali, have hurting hearts (I Cor. 12:26).
As COVID-19 currently makes its way throughout the US, we have more people dying than recovering.
Saints of God, please continue with best practices, and pray for those fighting to recover from COVID-19, and for those who lost loved ones from COVID-19. 
Pray for those dealing with other health challenges.
Pray for our first responders, doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals, as they serve under enormous pressure, and with limited resources.
On Sunday, we will continue our online services at 8:00am, and 10:30 am., as we discuss Coping with COVID.  
You can go to MtZionOntario.com, scroll to bottom, and click watch.

We will also stream Instagram and Facebook live at 8:00 am.


God Bless,

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Connecting to the Early Church

Connecting to the Early Church.

The early church modeled numerous practices that resulted in growth. One of those practices was connectivity. They met regularly in the temple and in homes (Acts 2:42-47).

As we stay at home this Saturday and Sunday because of COVID-19, join us for worship on our Youtube channel at 8:00 am and 10:30 am for a message on Coping with COVID.
Our physical gatherings are canceled until April 6.
Please keep Veronica Haynes and her family in prayer (her moms service is tomorrow at 3:00 pm at Rose Hills Cemetery, in Whittier).  

God Bless,


Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Senior Pastor

Friday, March 13, 2020

What Are Christians Leaders Doing?

What Are Christians Leaders Doing?

Christian leaders responsible for millions of families internationally are committed to the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. At Mt Zion, we too are committed to these efforts. Hence, as we plan our worship experience this weekend, you can expect the following:

1. Seating space spread out in the sanctuary to a limit of 250, or a healthy distance.

2. Worship services presented on screens in the Mt Zion Cafe, and in classrooms next to the sanctuary.

3. Lysol disinfectants used in our meeting areas.

4. Our continuing emphasis on preventative practices (washing hands, keeping hands out of face, avoiding direct flow of coughs and sneezes, stay hydrated with healthy fluids, get rest, exercise, and stay home if you are sick).

5. Our ongoing love for people who choose to not hug right now.

6. A sermon to help us better understand COVID-19, and how prayer power will make a difference.

7. Services available on YouTube at 10:30 am

8. Our commitment to not operate out of fear, but wisdom, collaboration with credible medical and disease control experts, and increasing faith in our God, all with a view to help others.

God is still in control, and He will guide us through this crisis as He done throughout history (Psalm 91).

God Bless,
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Let’s Cry out to God?

Let’s Cry out to God?

With COVID-19 running its course, Christians, as we gather in various settings, we too must implement best practices (wash hands frequently, avoid hands in face, hydrate with healthy fluids, get rest, exercise, disinfect our gathering environments, avoid the direct line of coughing and sneezing, stay home if sick, and don’t be offended if some don’t hug during this time).
Clearly God is speaking. The question is what is God saying? Among other things, God is saying to the church: Emulate Jesus and fill our message of hope with His love and honesty (John 1:14). As we deal with COVID-19, which is beyond our control, let’s cry out to God for divine intervention, a closer walk with Him, and boldness to lovingly share Jesus with non-Christians.
God Bless,

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Friday, February 28, 2020

What Does Jesus See When You Give?

What Does Jesus See When You Give?

One day Jesus watched people give their offerings in the temple. When He saw a widow give two small copper coins, he commented that she gave more than everyone else because they give out of their surplus, but she gave all she owned, and all she had to live on (Mark 12:42–44).
What does Jesus see when you give in church, and to kingdom causes? Does He see you giving a tip, or giving generously.
Christian’s, pray before you give in person, online, or through the mail. Ask God to help you be obedient, joyful, and generous in your giving (II Corinthians 9:6-8).

God Bless,
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Are you Voting?

Are you Voting?

February 3, 2020, marked 150 years since the 15th amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1870, which allowed Black men to vote. After that, three other voting related amendments were made to the constitution, and the Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965, so that all Americans, 18 and above can vote without discriminatory practices.
This Sunday 2/23/2020, at 3:00 pm, Mt. Zion Church of Ontario, is celebrating the enormous progress made in our country, with a view to pursuing future opportunities. Our speaker is Dr. Gilbert Holmes, Dean Emeritus at the University of La Verne College of Law.‬
‪Christians, let’s pause to praise God for progress, and trust Him to guide us forward today, and into the future (Prov. 3:5-6).‬

‪God Bless,‬
Pastor Brian Kennedy Sr.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Well Done!

Well Done!

The parable of the talents in Matt. 25:14-30, describe how Jesus entrust His resources to us to grow His kingdom interest.  Jesus charges us to share the gospel to increase the number of people with a love relationship with God (His kingdom interest). Hence, the “talents” can represent something valuable like the gospel and not just money.  Jesus gives each of us some of His resources (“talents”) according to our ability (not more and not less than we are capable).
We need not compare our resources from Jesus with what others have or don’t have.  We simply need to take what He gives us and grow His kingdom interest.
Here is the challenge.  Jesus will personally meet with us regarding His expectations because He wants to reward us for our faithfulness (Matt. 25:19-23).
Don’t be lazy and unfaithful like the servant who buried his opportunities.

Christian’s, be productive today with the Lord’s resources, grow His kingdom interest, and listen for those soothing words: “well done, My good and faithful servant.”

God Bless,
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Monday, February 3, 2020

The Corona Virus:

The Corona Virus:

Hello Everyone:
The Corona Virus, like any other virus is serious and we should take precautions to reduce our risk of getting sick.

After speaking to a couple medical professionals, I learned that you can reduce your risk by washing your hands several times throughout the day (especially after being in public places, touching handrails, shopping carts, door knobs, etc).
Avoid putting your hands in your eyes, or in your mouth.
Avoid being in the direct path of someone sneezing or coughing.
Drink plenty of water, eat healthy, exercise, reduce your stress, and get plenty of rest.
Use God’s wisdom.

God Bless,

Pastor Brian E Kennedy, Sr

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Connectivity

Connectivity

We spend a lot of time and energy  connecting with “key players” for landing that dream job, or big client, getting an offensive or defensive advantage, etc.
Some are connecting to the material things in the universe.
Some are wondering through life trying to find purpose in a variety of connections.
Connectivity was created by God.  God created us, to connect with Him, each other, and His creation (Gen. 1:26-31).
Today, Jesus, the risen Christ stands ready to connect us to a meaningful, and eternal relationship with God, The Creator (John 10:10; 14:6).
By putting your faith in Jesus (Rom. 10:9-10), you will begin the ultimate connection.
Get to a bible teaching church to get guidance on your journey.  Connect!

God Bless,

Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Monday, January 27, 2020

A Tribute to Kobe:

At the end of our 1/26/2020, worship service, we were preparing to dedicate baby Ratliff, to the Lord, then we received news that Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash.
We later learned, that Kobe and his 13 year old daughter, Gianna, along with the baseball coach at Orange Coast College, John Altobelli, his wife Keri, and daughter Alyssa, and Gianna’ teammate, Payton, and her mother Sara Chester, and the pilot, Ara Zobayan, and the girls’ assistant coach, Christina Mauser, died in that crash (9 people).
All five families, and endless members of the community connected to them, are devastated and feeling the huge void from this tragedy.  From this tragedy we all stand in the need of prayer.
In regards to Kobe, his wife and other children, the entire nation, and supporters in other countries, are mourning the loss of this quiet, yet gigantic national leader.
Kobe, taught us how to let our work ethic in our preparation, and our performance speak louder than our words.
Today, as we leave our family members, and friends, let’s leave loving impressions in their hearts (a kiss, a hug, a kind note, a good deed, words that express our care for them, etc.) just in case today is our last day with them here on earth.

God Bless,
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Our Dirt in the Church



Ministry is not always a bed of roses.  We are people, and people happen to people wherever people are, because we are people.  We come to God broken and in need, and He does not give us an holy beat down, but gives us His unconditional mercy and grace (Eph. 2:1-9).  Then God expects us to do good (Eph. 2:10; Matt. 28:18-20).  God knows we are people and gives us Jesus as our Constant Cleansing Agent (I John 1:8-2:2).  God also gives us great examples and principles regarding dealing with our dirt in the church.  Yes, some Christians bring heathen practices into church.  When that happens we use God’s redemptive methods designed to restore them.  Let’s talk about it over the next two weeks during our weekend worship services.  You can also catch us on YouTube.  Mt Zion Church of Ontario.

God Bless,
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy Sr.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

The Kingdom People



The Beatitudes in Matt. 5:5-12, are clear practices that mark us as “the kingdom people,” irrespective of our skin color, birthplace, economic status, or the people we know, or don’t know.
This powerful eternal status, starts with the right heart before God.  God, my heart condition cast me into utter spiritual poverty before You. I am “poor in spirit,” I am starving for You, and I need Your divine supply (v 5). God, I feel bad about what my heart led me to do.  I am “mourning,” I am crying about it (v. 6).
It is this feeling of remorse, this contrite heart, that gets God’s attention and moves Him to turn our sorrow into joy and happiness.
Each beatitude is prefaced by:  Oh how happy! Oh how fulfilling!  Oh how well off.  Oh how excited are you: then you read the verse and practice what Jesus said.

Christians, Jesus is really telling us to enjoy our lives as “The Kingdom People.”

God Bless,
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Just Do Right!


God said: “He who walks in integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will be found out” (Prov. 10:9).
At the annual World Vision Pastor’s Gathering, I heard an insightful panel discussion about justice and racial reconciliation in the church.  Chi Chi Okwu, Jenny Potter, and Austin Brown, powerfully articulated how we don’t need more of the “let’s be friend’s” approach to racial reconciliation, but we need to acknowledge our systemic racist practices, and do things that reflect anti-racism in the church by pursuing justice.  Help the underfunded school, show mercy and loving acts in communities living with fear, poverty, and under-representation.  We need to practice what Jesus said in Matt. 25:34-40, regarding the hungry, thirsty, strangers, naked, sick, and prisoners.
May I add, this type of ministry naturally opens the door for the gospel to go forth with power.
Christians, this is a matter of integrity; it is just doing what is right before God.

God Bless,
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Replace the Old with the New!

Replace the Old with the New!

Once you become a Christian you get to experience new things.  The old things are past away (the old bad habits, negative beliefs, leaving God out and doing your own thing, etc), and new things have come (II Corinthians. 5:17).
Are you “sick and tired of being sick and tired” of the same old stuff dragging you down, depressing you, and leaving a trail of disappointment?
This is a new year, replace your “old life“ practices with “new life” practices, one at a time.
For instance: ask God to remove the taste of drugs and or alcohol out of your mouth, and every time you get an urge, drink water and pray.
Ask God to clean up your language, and before you cuss, quote your favorite bible verse and pray.
Instead of making excuses for not attending church, start worshipping God and praying at home, and then get ready for church, and bring worship and prayer with you.
You will have to fight for your “new life” practices, but if you eliminate one “old life” practice at a time, by the end of this year, you will rejoice over numerous victories vs. being depressed again over the agony of defeat.
Christians, replace the old with the new!

God Bless,
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.