Returning to Holiness for Church Renewal — By Pastor Chris

If there is any ecclesiastical bias indorsed by the Lord, holiness must be a basic precept of it. In order for there to be any holiness in a church, it must understand, value, and cherish the celebration of Sacraments, as well as other “means of grace.”  The first step in returning to holiness as a church body is to understand what holiness means; what it is.  In order to obtain a complete picture of what [Continue Reading]

God gives us five gifts to fight spiritual battles! — By PC

The Resources God Gives Us to Fight Spiritual Battles: The mind of Jesus The Holy Spirit of God God gives us His divine power An individual spiritual gift from the Holy Spirit Each other: working together We have the mind of Christ  NLT 1 Corinthians 2:16 For, “Who can know the LORD’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?” But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ. What does it mean to [Continue Reading]

What are you fishing for in life? — By PC

NLT Romans 8:32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? I have an uncle who is an avid fisherman.  He knows where to fish, when to fish, what kind of bait to use in all different situations…and he catches a lot of fish.  If uncle isn’t catching fish…no one is. We all know about fish stories…how the stories are [Continue Reading]

Love is the glue that keeps you! — By PC

This is Paul’s letter to the Ephesian church describing to them how a healthy church should look. Of course, he meant this for the Ephesian church, but there is an overarching truth here that extends to the entire Body of Christ (that is, all Christian churches throughout all time). Let’s begin in Eph 4:16.  NLT Ephesians 4:16 He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps [Continue Reading]

Jesus turns the ordinary into the everlasting!– By PC

JESUS’ FIRST MIRACLE — John 2:1-11 My passion for the scriptures is the potential we have in Christ to be overcomers in this life. I really believe that Jesus is sufficient for all of our shortcomings (to include our sins). AND I believe He is sufficient to help me live my life the way the Bible instructs me to live…that is, righteously. The sufficiency of Christ is so much more than just taking away our deficiencies (or [Continue Reading]

A Proper Understanding of God’s Grace — By PC

ESV John 20:21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Three powerful truths that I would like to share with you: A proper understanding of God’s plan and purpose for our lives must include a proper understanding of grace, which is not [Continue Reading]

Out with OLD and in with the NEW! — By PC

ESV 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. New is nice! And when “new” comes, the “old” is gone! That’s why I don’t understand why everyone doesn’t love to become a Christian…God makes us into something new! The Holy Scriptures teach us that the way one becomes new in Christ Jesus is by faith…by faith in Him to [Continue Reading]

The True Message of Christmas! By PC

What’s the message we receive at Christmas time?  Unfortunately, from the time we’ve been little kids, we’ve been told that if we are not good, we won’t receive any toys from Santa Clause.  I can personally attest to the fact that that is not true! Nevertheless, the messaging is that you must be good in order to receive toys from Santa Clause. He has a good list and a naughty list and you definitely want [Continue Reading]

At least 16 promises God gives to those who abide in Christ Jesus–By PC

These promises are exclusively for those who are “in Christ.”  NOTE: how each of these verses are pointing to those who are “in him,” or “in Christ.”  Please see my blog to find out WHO abides in Christ, because those who “abide in Christ” are the same ones who are “in Christ.” This is an important caveat for those who are interested in soteriological theology (theology concerning the salvation of humankind). Only those “in Christ” may claim these promises: YOU [Continue Reading]

WHY are we saved? For what purpose? — By PC

1. We are saved so that “we might become the righteousness of God.” ESV 2 Corinthians 5:21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. **NOTE: we must change into the righteousness of God [My underline]. 2. We are saved to become “pure and holy.” ESV 1 Thessalonians 4:7 For God has not called us for impurity, but in [Continue Reading]

How do we abide in Christ? — By PC

John tells us that we have to practice righteousness and not sinfulness (1 John 3:7-8). This is the key to abiding in Christ. Many will say, just believe…have faith…confess your sins…free gift…then you have a reservation in heaven…and they place little emphasis on practicing righteousness, which is “abiding in Christ.” However, we say, “receive Christ by faith and be baptized in One Spirit”—that’s being reconciled to God—”then get on with the business of abiding in [Continue Reading]