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Healed and Home

“And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: He maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.”  Mark 7(37)

man in praiseRev. R. St. Clair received his heavenly promotion early Saturday A.M., February 21, 2015. He experienced a massive stroke the previous Monday. He was saved in Tillicum in 1976 and pastored there in the 1989-1990 time frame and then from June — 2010 to the present. Rev. V. Espinoza has assumed the pastorate.

Jesus is a healer in the physical realm and in the spiritual realm. The greatest healing is that of a sin-sick soul. “Thou shalt call His name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1(21) He also is the great physician who heals the sick. “And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.” Matthew 9(35)

The question may be asked concerning Pastor St. Clair, why did God not heal him? The answer is Jesus did heal him. The Lord completely healed him. He has no more diabetes, no more pain, no more suffering, etc. He is healed for all eternity.

He is in his new home where he is far better off. “For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better.” Philippians 1(23) He experienced the Lord’s guidance during his transition to his heavenly home. “For this God is our God for ever and ever: He will be our guide even unto death.” Psalm 48(14)

“And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.” Revelation 22(5) “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Revelation 22(17) “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” Revelation 22(21) Home, home at last!

“Healed” — And — “Home”

“2014” — A Smooth Transition — “2015”

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” Hebrews 13(8)

smooth_transitionIn the political arena when an election causes a change in a political office, it is not uncommon to hear them speak of expecting a smooth transition. Our focus is not on a political transition but rather concerning entering a new year.  Through the greatness of our God we expect a smooth transition from “2014” to “2015”.

In a world of turmoil and uncertainty, we can move forward in confidence knowing we serve an unchanging Savior. His power and authority that was manifested in the old year will continue unchanged into the new year. The abundant love and mercy of our Lord will provide a continuous comfort and calming effect upon our lives as we look unto Him.

His spiritual provisions in times of trouble will be available without interruption. “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.” Psalm 138(7) The ability to rejoice in the face of adversity will continue to be a vital part of our spiritual armor. “For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.” Psalm 27(5-6)

We rejoice in the knowledge and assurance that we will be able to transition smoothly into the new year as we walk hand in hand with our Savior!

He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Hebrews 13(5)

Crunch Time

“But this I say, brethren, the time is short.” I Corinthians 7(29)

“I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.” John 9(4)

In a time of interacting with others someone may say it’s crunch time. There are various situations that may provoke these words. Sporting Charts explains Crunch Time as follows: According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the term “crunch time” has been in use since 1976. It is incredibly important for teams and players to perform well in crunch time, as those are the moments that separate the good from the great. Teams and players alike have built long-standing reputations based on crunch time performance (positive or negative).

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Basketball analyst Clark Kellogg has said, “It’s not what you do, but when you do it,” referring to the fact that players who come up big late in close games are more valuable than those who put up good numbers, but don’t get it done when it counts the most. If you have the heart of a champion, crunch time is something you relish.

It is crunch time as we labor together in God’s vast harvest field. The challenges are great and we must look to the Lord for the necessary strength, faith, wisdom, and resolve to faithfully stand in the gap during this critical time. “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it.” Ezekiel 22(30) The words in II Chronicles 16(9) speak to us in this regard; “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.”

In this spiritual crunch time, may we each have the heart of a true champion for God and excel for His glory in our lives and labors for Him!

Where Challenges Abound, Opportunities Abound Also

“For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.”
I Corinthians 16(9)

Road to Opportunity

As we approach the advent of a new year, the challenges we face are many. We are comforted to know we can meet these challenges with faith and anticipation, realizing there are opportunities that accompany the challenges.

We are embarking on a journey that we have not experienced before. This brings us face to face with the realm of the unknown. While some may react in fear, we can welcome the opportunity of looking to the Lord and allowing Him to walk with us. We read in Joshua 3(4); “Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure: come not near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed this way heretofore.” The direction we need will be afforded us. “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” Isaiah 30(21) The critical key is trusting and acknowledging the Lord. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3(5-6)

To many the entrance into the new year may bring a fear of being alone with no one to help them. For the Christian believer this challenge is met with the knowledge that we will not walk alone. Our loving Lord and Savior will be with us every step of the way. Moses experienced the promise of God’s presence as he looked to the Lord for the help he needed. “Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people. And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.” Exodus 33(13-14)

While it is true that the challenges before us are many, we can rejoice knowing there are glorious opportunities that accompany them. Let us look to the Lord in faith and obedience that we may explore these opportunities for His glory and the salvation of many souls.

The Power of A Focused Effort

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one think I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” — Philippians 3(13-14)

Business Executives Running in a RaceThe Apostle Paul knew and exemplified the power of a focused effort. In chapter three of Philippians he recounted some of his background and accomplishments as a Pharisee. Then he makes the statement, “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.” His focus became winning Christ, being found in Him and knowing Him. Therefore he was willing to forget those things which were behind and move forward in a powerful, concentrated, and focused effort to answer the high calling of God and receive the attending prize.

The power of his focus was so great that he was willing to give his life for the cause of Christ. When they besought him not to go up to Jerusalem because of the dangers that awaited him, his response was, “What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? For I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” Acts 21(13)

His was indeed a true, sincere, and dedicated focus for the glory of God. Thus we read the words of victory in II Timothy 4(6-8); “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

As we exercise a focused effort in our various labors for the Lord we will reap the positive results. The outcome of a hit and miss approach will very possibly be more misses than hits. The recommended and wise approach is to set our goals according to God’s word and will for our life, and then move forward in faith and obedience for His glory. The results will be rewarding and enduring.

The Ultimate Achievement

“He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3(30)

In our world of secular goals and large egos, there is another avenue of opportunity. This is the way of humility and Godly pursuits. As Christian ministers and workers, the challenge of “The Ultimate Achievement” is before us.

John had the priorities of life in the right order. He had the proper response when he was told, “all men come to him.” John 3(26) “John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. … He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3(27,30) His purpose was to glorify and lift up Christ, and cause others to follow Him also. “Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.” John 1(35-37)

Our purpose must also be to glorify Christ and become more like Him as we serve Him faithfully. Our pursuit is a progressive achievement, allowing Him to be formed in us daily. “Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.” Philippians 1(11) As this process takes place in our lives, we are able to fulfill the desire of those who would see Jesus. “Sir, we would see Jesus.” John 12(21)

We walk with Him becoming more like Him and looking forward to the glorious time when we shall in fact be like Him. “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” I John 3(2)

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