August Month 2009

August 28th, 2009
"And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the Grace of God was upon him." -Luke 2:40

There are many folk who are not doing anything to further the kingdom of God. Then there are others who spend so much time at home and out doing what they think is the will of God, that they miss out on taking care of home. Max Lucado says, "What Many people find it hard to be kind to others, or to put others before themselves. That makes you think they will listen to you in the missionary field across the country or ocean, when they won’t listen across the hall?"

Jesus knew his calling when he was twelve years old. But, after confounding the teachers and elders in the temple, he did not start his ministry he went home. Home to grow with his parents and his siblings and to continue becoming what God wanted Him to be. Perhaps the reason many of today’s churches are struggling with evangelism and outreach, is that not enough believers are growing up at home and taking care of their responsibilities in their home or in their church home.

Before you can be a blessing to your community and to the kingdom you have to a blessing in your home, to your family , at your church home and to your church family.

Pastor SP Courtney

August 21st, 2009

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16

Many people find it hard to be kind to others, or to put others before themselves. That is why, I am confident when I say there is no one on earth that can do what Jesus did. Could you? Could you love people who literally plotted and participated in trying to crucify you?

We must learn to allow ourselves to do what Christ did, demonstrate our love through sacrifice and service. Jesus said even, sinners love those who love themselves, but he expects us to love our enemies and even pray for those who abuse you.

If you feel lonely, don’t hat, if you feel unloved, don’t for the God we serve loves us beyond our comprehension. Jesus traded in His heavenly home for a feeding trough in an animal stable. He traded in glory and honor in heaven for the dusty streets of Jerusalem. Why, because of His love for you and I. We must thank God for all he does and know that it is all because he loves you.

Pastor SP Courtney

 August 7th, 2009


 "And she gave birth to her first born, a son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn." -Luke 2:7

In our society today many believers struggle with the concept of being accountable to God and their kingdom responsibilities. We shout Halleluiah, sing glory to his name and lift up our hands to a holy God. However when it’s time to God’s will, to witness to the lost, feed the hungry, mentor a child or visit the sick, there are few who are consistently accountable to things of God.

However when I read the story of Mary and baby Jesus, it really puts accountability in the proper perspective. There she was, just a teenager, sitting in a stable with smelly animals, after just giving birth to her first born who the angel testified was Jesus the Christ. The pain of the delivery, the weary feet from the journey, the smell of the animals, yet the text says she wraps her baby and lays him in a manger. Her responsibilities were not forsaken because of her circumstances. She did not complain she just took care of her Lord. We want our children to do their best, in school, and in life. However we must be like Mary, despite our circumstances we must get better at handling our God given responsibilities. Cradle, the things that God has given you to do and be the person that God has called you to be.
Pastor SP Courtney

August 14th, 2009, Friday
"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past" - Isaiah 43:18

Every person, no matter how much faith they have or how good a person they are will face disappointments. It may be something simple like not getting that promotion you really hoped for, or not closing that big deal you worked so hard on. Maybe you didn't qualify for a house you really wanted. Or, it may be something more serious like a relationship not working out, the death of a loved one, or some kind of illness in your body. Whatever it may be, the reality is that we’re all going to suffer some setbacks. But I believe one of the main keys to overcoming disappointments is learning to let go of the past. The past weighs you down and holds you back.

If you feel "stuck" today, you may want to examine what you're holding on to. Be willing let go of the past by choosing forgiveness. Who hurt you? Who wronged you? Release it to God. Do you need to forgive yourself? Do you need to receive God's forgiveness? Make the choice today to let go of the past so that you can experience the bright future God has in store for you!

Keep Strong
Pastor SP Courtney