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by Pastor E. Keith Hassell | April 1, 2020
Currently our church is adapting to a different way of worshiping and communicating as a church. This was in some way forced upon us by a little microscopic virus and the recommendations of our government. We are cooperating. We will not have physical gatherings but will live stream our services on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings on our website and church Facebook page. We will also have a live conference call prayer/share meeting on Sunday evenings. Be involved! Get others involved! Check our church Facebook page and website for details. I don’t like change. I know you don’t like it either. But change is sometimes required. We like our “customary” worship venue and often believe it is required. Can we worship God outside of the “building”. Can we adapt? Will the Lord bless it? The Lord is reminding us that the church is not the building. It is not even the Sunday morning worship hour. The church is you and me. It is about relationship with God and one another. Relationships can grow outside the building. Paul and Silas had to learn to worship God in a prison cell. They worshiped and others noticed. Sometimes our worship has become so customary that no one notices anymore. But now, what will these “Christians” do when they can’t be in their “building”? Does the church die or thrive? Because Paul and Silas were willing to worship in a different setting, those outside the church were impacted. We must learn to adapt with the season and let our light shine. The world is listening. The world is watching. A harvest of souls is waiting.
by Pastor E. Keith Hassell | March 18, 2020
NOTICE: All Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and Wednesday evening meetings are CANCELLED until after the first of April. We hope to meet again on Sunday, April 5th. This difficult decision was made by the Elders and me, not out of fear but, in cooperation and submission to our President’s and the CDC’s recommendations for no gatherings over ten people which are intended to curb a spike in the COVID-19 virus. We will continue to have Live Stream Only services on Sunday mornings at 10:30 am and Wednesday’s at 7:00 pm. We will have a conference call prayer/share meeting on Sunday evenings. If you would like to be included in this call, please email me at email@example.com. We hope everyone will be involved as a church family. We encourage those who have internet to gather in groups less than ten in order to watch and worship together. We believe under these unusual circumstances this can be a unique time to strengthen our relationships with one another and with the Lord. Be sure to remember and reach out to those who need our extra love and attention. God is in control and we are expecting His work to be done through this in Jesus' name! Thank you!
by Pastor E. Keith Hassell | March 1, 2020
2 Samuel 22:35 (NKJV) "He teaches my hands to make war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze."
We are soldiers in Christ’s army. (2 Timothy 2:3-4) We are not called to be passive; we are called to engage in war. This war is spiritual. Our war is not against human beings. It is a war with demonic powers controlled by Satan who deceive and imprison the souls of men (Ephesians 6:12; Revelation 12:9). Our enemy is strong and the battles are often fierce. God has given us spiritual weapons (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). We fight to deliver lost souls out of the prison of darkness. We are sent forth to declare and defend the truth that sets men free. (John 8:31-32) Those for whom we fight will often oppose us being under Satan’s control. We must not take their opposition personal. We must not allow Satan’s evil to get inside of us lest it win. The LORD taught David how to fight to win. We need to ask the Lord to teach us how to fight also. The LORD will teach us how to engage in spiritual warfare in order to overcome the enemy’s power and to win souls. We must not fight evil with evil; we must overcome evil with good. It is time to learn how to fight spiritual battles. It is time to learn how to win. “Lord, teach our hands to war!”
by Pastor E. Keith Hassell | February 1, 2020
We are living in evil days. Spiritual darkness is covering the earth and deep darkness the people. (Isaiah 60:2) As faultless children of God, we are called to shine as lights in the midst of this crooked and perverse generation. (Philippians 2:15) Our lives are to be on display for the world to see. The world is watching whether we realize it or not. We are not to imitate their crooked and perverse way of thinking, speaking, and living. Those in darkness live wreckless lives without considering the consequences of their choices. We, however, are to walk “circumspectly”, not as fools but as wise. To walk “circumspectly” means to carefully consider all of the circumstances and their possible consequences. Instead of adding to the evil around us, we are to redeem the time and opportunities that God has given us to shine as lights in the darkness around us. We are to live as a godly witness and example to our children, family, co-workers, friends, and to new believers. People are watching to see if we live what we profess. We are instruments of God’s light to redeem those still in darkness. May we shine in the darkness around us while we still have time! May others see, believe, and be set free from the evil grip of darkness!
by Pastor E. Keith Hassell | January 1, 2020
God is on the move! When God is on the move, He expects us to move with Him! When God brings light into the darkness around us, He expects us to arise and shine forth as reflections of His light. When God’s light begins to shine through us, people will take notice. They will either recoil at God’s light or receive God’s light. Those who receive God’s light will be drawn to God’s Lighthouse on earth, the local church, which is filled with God’s Light Bearers. Like the wise men who came to Bethlehem, secular leaders will begin to seek out the wisdom from above for the desperate problems of our day. When God’s light begins to shine and His glory is made manifest, even those straying sons and daughters and lost family members will begin to come back to God and be discipled at your side. What a wonderful prospect! What a wonderful promise! God is on the move. Don’t sit around hide the light. Arise, shine, for your light has come! Happy New Year!
by Pastor E. Keith Hassell | October 1, 2019
The one commandment that Jesus gave to us is the commandment to love. Who are we to love? We are to love one another. How are we to love one another? We are to love as Christ has loved us. How has Christ loved us? He lived to serve us and died to save us. Why are we to love one another? It is so that others will know that we are His disciples. They will not know that we are His disciples by the profession of our love for God. Many claim to love God but do not love others. They will not know that we are His disciples by our profession to love one another. They will know that we are His disciples because they see how we love one another. They will see the love of Jesus in us! Those who love have seen God and know God, for God is love. Therefore, love is the most important virtue of our Christian life. Love is the King of all virtues. Without love, nothing else matters. The buildings we worship in will one day be gone. The ministry tools we use will one day be outdated or perish. The ministry positions we hold will one day be retired. Our petty preferential differences will be our shame. The only thing that will matter when this life is over is the relationship we have with God and with one another. The most important thing that we have in this life are not things but our spiritual family. We are part of God’s forever family. Therefore, let us love one another as Christ has loved us. Remember, it is Christ’s command. We love you! Pastor Keith & Sheila
by Pastor E. Keith Hassell | September 1, 2019
Everyone is in pursuit of something. Everyone has one supreme desire that guides the direction of their life. God has wired us so that our heart can only be set on one desire at a time. Jesus said that no man can serve two masters because he will either love one and hate the other or be loyal to one and not the other. (Matthew 6:24) This being the case, what is your ONE desire? What is the ONE thing that defines the course of your life? King David had everything he could want and yet his ONE desire was to be in God’s presence. More than anything else he wanted to dwell in the house of the LORD and to seek His face. That is why God said that David was a man after his own heart. When we give our whole heart to God then we are able to receive His whole heart in return. He does not want us to seek His hand but to seek His face. We cannot give God our whole heart when everything is about us. We cannot give God our whole heart if we are seeking revenge or holding on to a grudge. God wants us to seek Him without distraction or pre-occupation with other things. He made us for fellowship with Him. We will never outgrow our need for Him. We will never be satisfied without Him. Satan will do everything he can to steal our heart away from God. Don’t let him! Become a God Seeker! Put Him first place. As we seek God first, He will add to us everything else we need. In addition, He will fill our lives with joy and fulfillment regardless of the circumstances we may face at any given moment. May we, like David, make the LORD our ONE desire!
by Pastor E. Keith Hassell | August 1, 2019
Many have the mistaken idea that churches pay pastors to do the work of the ministry. Pastors are the “professionals” and members are the fans who sit in the grand stands to cheer them on. Nothing could be further from the truth! When Jesus ascended into heaven, He gave the gifts of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers to the church. They were given to equip the church (the members) for the work of the ministry so that the body of Christ would be edified (built up). Why aren’t local churches accomplishing more? It is because we depend on the “professionals” to do the work. As a result, pastors burn out while members rust out. This is not God’s plan! His plan is that each member contribute something to build up the church so that it can accomplish Christ’s work in the earth. He has a plan for YOU! Have you discovered God’s plan? The pastor’s job is to equip the members of the church to do the work of the ministry. The pastor’s role might be compared to a football coach. The church is the team and every member has their role on the field. When each one is trained, equipped, and works in cooperation with others under the direction of the coach, the team can move the ball down the field. There are no fans on God’s team! We are all called to minister on the field. It is time to get out of the grand stands, show up for training, and then get out on the field. The church has a job to do for Jesus and we all have our part to play. See you at practice!
by Pastor E. Keith Hassell | July 1, 2019
How is your prayer life? Has the altar of prayer been neglected or even missing in your life? Judah had been conquered by the Babylonians and the temple destroyed but seventy years later the LORD commissioned Zerubabel to return to rebuild the temple. The first thing he did was rebuild the altar. Restoring the altar is the first step in restoring everything else the enemy has destroyed. Altars are sacred places where men meet God. In calling the people of Israel back to God, Elijah restored the altar of the LORD. There God answered by fire and a revival took place in Israel. We can sometimes feel overwhelmed by the evil that surrounds us. Positive change can seem impossible when we believe that it depends upon us. However, altars remind us that everything depends upon God. God can turn an impossible situation around if we will spend time at the altar of prayer. At the altar we behold the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross and make petitions through faith in God’s promises. Let us face our need with prayer. We have great challenges but God is greater than the challenges we face. Prayer is the key to revival. Prayer is the key to breakthrough. Prayer is the key to the miraculous for we call upon the God of miracles. Let us restore and revisit the altar of prayer. Let us trust in God who can turn things around.
by Pastor E. Keith Hassell | June 1, 2019
This verse speaks of Jesus. Jesus is a King and He has a kingdom. When we are born again, we enter His kingdom. While on earth we are called to be a member of one of His kingdom embassies called the local church. Together we have received a commission to go into all the world to preach the gospel and to make disciples. We are called to represent our King and His kingdom throughout the world. We cannot do this is if our churches are weak. Jesus said He will order and establish His kingdom. Even now Jesus is working to bring things in order on the inside so that we will be able to carry out His work on the outside. Jesus is working to establish His kingdom within the church so that it will accurately portray His kingdom to the lost world around us. Each of us has a calling, a gift, and a purpose that will help make the church strong. Jesus is zealous to accomplish His work in and through His church. He will use those who are willing and obedient. Those who are will eat the good of the land. (Isaiah 1:19) The doors of opportunity to reach beyond our walls are opening. Will we be ready? Will we rise to meet the challenge? It will take faith and courage to step up and to step out, but through faith we can seize the opportunities before us. An opportunity must be seized in the time of the opportunity or else the opportunity will be lost. Don’t miss God’s opportunity. Be among the willing and obedient. The good of the land awaits those who will.
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