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“BAD NEWS”

When is the last time you stopped in your local pharmacy to picked up some antibiotics for you or someone in your family?  Were you surprised by the amount of people  that were waiting in line to pick up their medications for all the different illnesses that are going around.  It is as though everyone has something doesn’t it?  One of my wife’s friend’s shared with her that she was in line because her daughter had a head cold as well as pink eye, and she thought she was coming down with it also.   Wow! Your heart has to go out to her and her family.  The doctor certainly gave her some “bad news”
    This year, the flues and sinus infections seem to be harder on the community than other years have been.  I sometimes wonder if God is not allowing the sicknesses to be greater than usual to call us back to him.  Do you think there is anything to this kind of thought?  Lets turn to the Scripture to see if we can find an answer to this question.  In the 1st book of Kings Chapter 14 starting at verse 1 we read about a King of the Jews named Jeroboam who became very sick.  This illness concerned the King so much that he had his wife "disguise herself and go to the prophet Ahijah at Shiloh, to see what God might say through this holy man”.   
    She was to take him a gift of ten loaves of bread, some cakes, and a jar of honey, and ask him what would happen to the Kings son?   The LORD told Ahijah, the prophet, that the King’s wife was coming pretending to be someone else. God instructed the prophet to answer her with the exact message God gave him.  When she entered the prophets house he asked her why she was pretending to be someone else?  Then he told her, "I have bad news for you.  Give your husband, Jeroboam, this message from the LORD, the God of Israel:  “I promoted you from the ranks of the common people and made you ruler over my people Israel.  I ripped the kingdom away from the family of David and gave it to you.  But you have not been like my servant David, who obeyed my commands and followed me with all his heart and always did whatever I wanted him to do.   You have done more evil than all who lived before you.  You have made other gods and have made me furious with your gold calves. And since you have turned your back on me, I will bring disaster on your dynasty and kill all your sons, slave or free alike.  I will burn up your royal dynasty as one burns up trash until it is all gone”. 
    Then Ahijah said to Jeroboam's wife, "Go on home, and when you enter the city, the child will die.  All Israel will mourn for him and bury him.  He is the only member of your family who will have a proper burial, for this child is the only good thing that the LORD, the God of Israel, sees in the entire family of Jeroboam.   And the LORD will raise up a king over Israel who will destroy the family of Jeroboam.   This will happen today, even now!  Then the LORD will shake Israel like a reed whipped about in a stream. He will uproot the people of Israel from this good land that he gave their ancestors and will scatter them beyond the Euphrates River,
for they have angered the LORD by worshiping Asherah.  He will abandon Israel because Jeroboam sinned and made all of Israel sin along with him”.
    Think about the story we just read in this passage.  Our great Nation is one that was founded on God and His ways.  Do you think the Lord God would have the same message to us today?  In other words would God say that He has some  “bad news” for us because of our sin against Him? Lets face it, many of God’s believers have turned their backs on their Creator’s ways, like Jeroboam did, and are worshipping idols and rejecting His ways.  You might wonder what idols we, believers, are worshipping.  Wouldn’t you agree that many of God’s people today have placed their “time” before God.  For example, how many people attend a church.  Statistics share that 65 out of 100 people in this Country do not, therefore how many people are really honoring God’s Sabbath.  We say we are to busy.  We justify this by saying we only have one day off and there is no time for a Sabbath.  God will understand.
    I do not think so, God did not understand the sin of Jeroboam, why would He understand and tolerate our sins?   Will you pray with me today.  Lord, do not give our Nation the same bad news as You gave the King of the Jews.  We, your believers, repent of our sins this very moment and reclaim this Nation as a people that follow the One true God, the God of Abraham, Isaac , Jacob and Moses.  The God that gave us Jesus, the savior of mankind.  Amen.  .  

I PRAY THAT THIS MESSAGE TOUCHED YOUR HEART AND BROUGHT YOU A BIT CLOSER TO GOD.  WE WELCOME YOUR COMMENTS. 
    MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL THE DAYS OF YOUR LIFE.
PASTOR TERRY COLLINS


 
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“PUSHING THE LIMITS”

Are you the kind of person that finds yourself always pushing the limits no matter what the consequences are?  Let me give you and example of this. The speed limit is different in many states, for instance, Pennsylvania’s interstate and turnpike limits are 65 mph and the State of West Virginia’s limits are 70 mph.  We always seem to have trouble keeping these, even knowing that if we get stopped for speeding we will have to pay a heavy fine.  How many people do you know that set their cruise control 5 mile an hour over the speed limit feeling that this is a safe speed to travel?  They feel that the State police will not ticket them for this small violation. 
    It seems like people always push the limits in just about everything we do even when we know that we are wrong.  In other words, we are willing to take a chance, aren’t we?   Wouldn’t it be safe to say, that we also push the limits of God.  We seem to always do the things that we know are against the Lord’s will.  Some examples of this would be the way we talk, using language that is definitely un-godly.  We drink an excess of alcohol to the point of drunkenness, or let ourselves become gluttons as a result of the excess food we have been blessed with.  Then there are those that utilize drugs not even considering the social consequences yet alone taking time to wonder how our Creator feels about this.  Its as though we feel that God will understand, the Lord will tolerate our sins, won’t He?  If you think about it, we push our morality way beyond the limits God has set before us in the Commandments.  Many of us think that our moral lifestyle is our own business and it is perfectly alright with God if we are not hurting anyone.  What do you think about this?
    If we use the Bible, for our standard, to address these issues and turn to  the 1st book of  Kings Chapter 13 we will learn that God does not tolerate sin at all.  The Chapter talks about Jeroboam who was the King of Israel and dishonored God knowing that it was wrong.   This King went as far as to build false idols and commanded God’s people to worship them with him.  This was a direct violation to God’s 2nd Commandment.
    In verse 1 we read where God sends one of His prophets from Judah to Bethel to give King Jeroboam a message, as he himself was about to sacrifice to these false gods.   The prophet told him that a child named Josiah would be born into the dynasty of David and this child would sacrifice the priests from the pagan shrines, who come here to burn incense and human bones on you, Jeroboam."  He went on to tell the king that the Lord had promised to give him a sign so he would know that these Words would come about.   The prophet told him that the altar, the king had built would be split apart, and its ashes would be poured out on the ground."  The King became very angry with the man of God for speaking against the altar he sacrificed on, so he pointed to his men and shouted, "Seize that man!" But instantly the king's hand became paralyzed in that position, and he couldn't pull it back.  At the same time a wide crack appeared in the altar, and the ashes poured out, just as the man of God had predicted in his message from the LORD.   The king cried out to the prophet saying, "Please ask the LORD your God, to restore my hand again!" So the man of God prayed to the LORD, and the king's hand became normal again.
    Even after all of this, Jeroboam did not turn from his evil ways.  He continued to choose priests from the rank and file of the people.  Anyone who wanted to, could become a priest for the pagan shrines.  This became a great sin and resulted in the destruction of Jeroboam's kingdom and the death of all his family.
    What’s the point of this passage?  We just read about the judgment of God toward sin.  We have learned that God will not tolerate sin of any kind, so why do we take the chance by pushing the limits of God’s commands in any way?  Without repentance, sin will rob you of heavenly peace and joy and your eternal life.  Remember, we might justify our sins, but God will not, no matter what the situation is. 
    Today, change your ways and repent of your sins.  Yield your Spirit to the Spirit of God and let God mold you according to the Lord’s ways, not the ways of this world, and know that this is the only way to walk in the blessing of the Lord.     Amen.

    I PRAY THAT THIS MESSAGE TOUCHED YOUR HEART AND BROUGHT YOU A BIT CLOSER TO GOD.  WE WELCOME YOUR COMMENTS. 
    MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL THE DAYS OF YOUR LIFE.

PASTOR TERRY COLLINS


 
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American sports fans are getting ready to watch another super bowl football game with the Patriots playing against the Giants this coming February.   This causes me to think about the last time the Pittsburgh Steelers won the super bowl game when Ben Rothlisberger played the quarterback position.  This was the first time he went all the way in a season.     
    Everyone seemed to know that his game was off, but he had that gracious composure to keep his cool and guide the team to a final victory. Even though the odds seemed to be against him, it didn’t seem to phase him at all.  
    I couldn’t wait to hear what Ben had to say after the game, and was a little bit disappointed when this didn’t happen.  Our local news paper shed some light on this situation the next day.   They informed their readers that after the game Ben just sat in front of His locker with his fingers on the bill of his new Super Bowl cap.  He took off his left wrist band that was filled with plays and held it, rubbed it, and smiled.  He then removed his right wristband and caressed it, and Then he sobbed.  The reporter went on to write that he was cherishing the feeling of being a champion with the pressures and expectations finally off of his shoulders.  I can’t imagine how this must have felt, can you?  Have you ever been on a championship team?
    If you were to turn to the 1st book of Samuel, Chapter 17, starting to read at verse 4 in the Bible, you would learn about a biblical Philistine champion that challenged God’s people, the Israelites in battle.  His name was Goliath.  He came out of his armies ranks to face the forces of Israel single handedly by making a challenge to them. He was a giant of a man, measuring over nine feet tall!  He had an armor bearer that walked ahead of him carrying a huge shield.  It is told that Goliath stood in the middle of a large field and shouted across to the Israelites soldiers, "Do you need a whole army to settle this dispute?  Choose someone to fight for you, and I will represent the Philistines”.  We will settle this issue in a single combat!     Talk about a super bowl battle.  The giant went on to challenge his enemies by saying If your man is able to kill me, then we will be your slaves. But if I kill him, you will be ours!  He went on to defy the armies of Israel!  When Saul, the Israelite King, and his warriors heard this, they were terrified and deeply shaken, but David, a young Israelite Shepard, volunteered and received permission from the King to fight this giant. 
    Goliath was insulted that a mere boy would come against him and as he walked toward David with his shield bearer ahead of him.  He sneered contempt at the ruddy-faced boy shouting "Am I a dog,", "that you come at me with a stick?"  He then cursed David by the names of his gods demanding that David would come to him so that he could give his flesh to the birds and wild animals!
    Talk about the odds being stacked against you.  David shouted in reply that he came to him in the name of the Lord Almighty--the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.  “Today the LORD will conquer you, and I will kill you”.   How about that for confidence!  The young shepherd went on to tell this giant warrior that everyone would know after that battle that the LORD does not need weapons to rescue his people. It is His battle, not ours.  “The LORD will give you to us!"
    Lets face it, David knew that he was on a championship team that consisted of him and God.  He quickly ran out to meet the giant while reaching into his shepherd's bag and taking out a stone then hurled it from his sling and hit the Philistine right in the forehead.  Goliath stumbled and fell face downward to the ground.  David triumphed over the Philistine giant that day and was honored as a true warrior and Champion by the King. 
    You can also be on a championship team.  Oh! It might not be a super bowl football team, but if you believe and walk with Jesus Christ and are open to the guidance of the Spirit of God, then you will find yourself on an un-defeated team for the remainder of your life.  It doesn’t matter how old you are or how much experience you have, it doesn’t even matter if the odds of life are stacked against you, with Jesus you can find peace of mind everyday of your life.  With Jesus in your heart, you can find victory over the storms that come your way.  With Jesus, you can experience His full joy by obeying His commandments, that is twenty-four-seven.
    You might be wondering how you can get on this team, simply ask Jesus, the Son of the most high God, to be your captain, to be your Savior.  Ask Him to forgive your sins and to guide you for the rest of your life.  Yield to His ways and live in relationship with the Lord that created you.  This will make you a warrior on God’s team.  Amen!

    I PRAY THAT THIS MESSAGE TOUCHED YOUR HEART AND BROUGHT YOU A BIT CLOSER TO GOD.  WE WELCOME YOUR COMMENTS. 
    MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL THE DAYS OF YOUR LIFE.
PASTOR TERRY COLLINS
    


 
Posted By disciple

 How many times have you had your plans cancelled because of an event that was out of your control.  To say the least this can be very frustrating.  Our ministry has planned to do three Crusades in Kenya this year hoping to fly out of the U.S.A. on Feb. 25th when chaos took over the Country right after their presidential elections were announced a couple of weeks ago, changing all of our plans.

The way we understand the crises is that the two largest tribes within the Country had presidential hopefuls running for election.  It appears that there was some corruption in the counting process of the ballots and violence broke out through out the slum areas of Nairobi and other poor cities in the Country including Eldoret where we were headed. 

We learned from two of our friends that work with our ministry there that many were displaced from their homes for fear of loosing their lives.  Their homes were burnt to the ground.  Our Pastor friend, stated that some of his church members were gunned down.    He is living temporarily with his family and sister-in-law outside the city.  He is praising God to just be alive, although he states that they have no food.  Our photographer that also lives in the city with his family lost their home to fire and found themselves living in the bush until he could come back into the city somewhat safely.  They too have lost all and are doing everything they can to just exist.  This is pretty much what the entire city is going through right now. 

As you probably have figured out, our ministry is not frustrated because our plans have been changed as a result of these tragic events but heart broken at this point in time, knowing that many of the people that were shot were people that we preached to last year during our Crusade.  We  grieve with the people of Kenya that find their lives totally in disarray.   Our praise to God is that the altar calls were so large that we find ourselves with hope that some of the people that lost their lives there are probably in heaven right now with Christ because we were obedient to travel and do His work.

As a result of all the new developments within the city we are now planning to return as soon as we can get into the country safely to feed as many people as possible.  Last year we purchased 2 tons of corn maze and distributed the food to a multitude of Christ needy there.  Our prayer is to purchase as much food as possible to feed as many as we can this year.  We continue to pray  that our Godly works will show our faith in Jesus as we share the Gospel in Kenya once again.

If you would like to become a part of our next  team to go to this Country please contact us or if you would like to help provide some food for these beloved people, please contact us at terry296@verizon.net

 

May God bless you

 

Terry Collins

President