Category Archives: Pastor’s Corner

Praises and Prayers

Reparatory and Preparatory Prayer

As the weekend draws nearer to Florida so does Hurricane Irma. A record-breaking Atlantic storm which has already devastated a number of Caribbean islands appears to be headed for landfall in Florida sometime Sunday morning.  Several of us have friends and relatives living in Florida so we are rightly concerned for their safety. As we continue to pray for the reparation of all the damage done to the Houston area by Hurricane Harvey, I ask for your prayers for the people of Florida as they prepare to face the violent winds and waters headed their way.  Pray for safety for the residents and for the storm to dissipate or turn back to sea. Pray also for the rescue workers and repair crews being called in to help. Above all, pray for God to be glorified as a result of these storms. May His love, compassion, and mercy shine through and bring people to a saving faith in Jesus Christ. May all those affected by the storm praise God for the strength to withstand such tragic losses. 

I saw a T-Shirt the other day with the following words printed over a picture of an armor suit (full armor of God): “The Devil whispered in my ear today ‘you are not strong enough to withstand the storm.’ I replied, ‘I am a chosen child of The Living God. I am bold. I am courageous. I AM the Storm!’”

As children of The Living God, we are empowered by the indwelling of His Holy Spirit – the full power of God literally lives in us! So, we have a choice to make; we can choose to try to endure the storms of life, or we can choose to use the power of God available to each and every follower of Christ and be the storm which brings fear and dread to Satan. Remember that the victory already belongs to the children of God – we just have to claim it.  Philippians 2: 10-11 assures us that “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Pray in faith, live in strength.

-Pastor Dave Jones

A GUARANTEED Investment Opportunity!

I’m sure you have all experienced some sales pitch which “guaranteed” a hefty return on your investment…yet there always seems to be some “fine print” in the disclaimer if you search hard enough.  For instance, yesterday in the mail I received a check for $35,000 guaranteed to be wired directly to my bank account!  In (much) smaller print at the bottom was the stipulation that this was a “personal loan” for the low, low interest rate of 12%. As the old saying goes, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”  Pretty sound advice when we are dealing with matters in a fallen world filled with selfish people who are (mostly) only interested in promoting their own interests.  Even our closest loved ones will often fail to deliver on promises made – we are, after all, only human.

The Good News (really, THE GOOD NEWS) is that Jesus, the One Man who ever lived who never broke a promise, has offered us a number of fail-proof investment opportunities and we have it in writing!  Forgiveness, eternal life, joy, and peace, just to name a few of my favorites. But, there is one more promise which I would like to remind you of today – the promise of answered prayer (John 14:13-14).  In these dark days of trial, suffering, and continual attacks on followers of Jesus, I urge you to remember this promise and do not be discouraged, but be ENCOURAGED as we have the iron-clad promises of The One (and only) who has not and cannot break His word.

-Pastor Dave Jones

Psalms 150

During my morning meditation The Spirit pulled me to Psalms 150:

Praise the Lord.

Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord.

As Chaplain Nigolian so poetically pointed out to us last Sunday, we must stay “on mission.”  As Christians, our mission is to live lives which praise The Lord.  Every action and every inaction we take will determine how successful we are in accomplishing our mission.  We have SO MANY reasons to rejoice in the lives which God has so graciously granted us.  As you continue to charge through your busy week, I challenge you to take the time to read this short psalm every morning and see for yourselves how putting your focus squarely on God and rededicating your daily lives to your mission of praising Him changes your attitude, your world, and the world around you.  As Jesus told His disciples, HE is the vine and we are the branches – don’t cut yourself off from your life-sustaining nourishment…PRAISE THE LORD!

-Pastor Dave Jones

Praises and Prayers

As we continue to study The Holy Spirit and His power in the life of believers, I urge you to reflect on our congregation’s praises and petitions.  The Spirit will move us to pray for God’s will and will increase our awareness of needs of others.  Pray earnestly and expectantly – God WANTS to answer our prayers!

-Pastor Dave Jones

Praises and Prayers

As we continue to study the impact of The Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives, we must always remember to seek Him in prayer. As we commune with God through the power of the  Holy Spirit, we will grow closer to God and to our goal of becoming more like Christ. Seek God through His word and through prayer.

-Pastor Dave Jones

Praises and Prayers

As we learned from John 14 this past Sunday, Jesus PROMISED to answer our prayers when we pray in His name. We also learned that we have the power of God Himself, in the form of The Holy Spirit, LIVING INSIDE us as believers.  He is our advocate, helper, counselor, friend, and constant companion—we are NEVER alone.  So, be encouraged, pray boldly, seek first His Kingdom, and enjoy the abundant life which God wants us to have.  Read John chapter 14 again, then start praying!  :)

-Pastor Dave Jones

Praises and Prayers

As we continue to study prayer in our Sunday morning services, it is imperative that we “practice what we preach.”  So far we have looked at how to pray with a bold heart and how to pray with a loving heart. In short, we should be confident in our prayers because we KNOW that God will hear the prayer of the righteous and we should pray compassionately knowing that God has commanded us to LOVE one another.  Our prayers are POWERFUL because, rightly done, they invoke the most powerful force in the universe, our Creator God.  I challenge you to pray with joy and great faith having full assurance that your prayers are pleasing to God.  Praise Him and do everything for His glory!

-Pastor Dave Jones

A Lifestyle of Prayer

This Sunday I will begin a new sermon series on powerful praying. Many of us have seen first-hand a “miracle” cure or deliverance as an answer to prayer.  I  want all of us to embrace the power of prayer and to learn to use this tool as the direct link to tapping into the power which God promised all His children.  The power of prayer WILL change lives – both yours and others.  Come join me this Sunday as we learn to pray boldly and kick off this study by observing Holy Communion.

-Pastor Dave Jones

Praise and Prayers

An Alaskan summer brings us so much for which to be grateful!  The long days of light and magnificent scenery refreshes our souls and lifts our spirits.  As we enjoy this beautiful blessing, let us always remember to give thanks to the Creator from Whom all blessings flow!

-Pastor Dave Jones