You saved the best till now!

You Saved the Best For Now!

When listening to the book of John, Chapter 2, recently a phrase stood out to me in a new way. It was the scene of the Wedding at Cana.  Let’s read it in the Message Translation and I will share what the Lord showed me about it.

The Wedding at Cana
John 2:1-11  Three days later there was a wedding in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there. Jesus and his disciples were guests also. When they started running low on wine at the wedding banquet, Jesus’ mother told him, “They’re just about out of wine.” 
 Jesus said, “Is that any of our business, Mother—yours or mine? This isn’t my time. Don’t push me.” She went ahead anyway, telling the servants, “Whatever he tells you, do it.” 
 Six stoneware water pots were there, used by the Jews for ritual washings. Each held twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus ordered the servants, “Fill the pots with water.” And they filled them to the brim.  “Now fill your pitchers and take them to the host,” Jesus said, and they did. 
 When the host tasted the water that had become wine (he didn’t know what had just happened but the servants, of course, knew), he called out to the bridegroom, 
 “Everybody I know begins with their finest wines and after the guests have had their fill brings in the cheap stuff. But you’ve saved the best till now!” 
 This act in Cana of Galilee was the first sign Jesus gave, the first glimpse of his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

The Lord spoke to my spirit as to a deeper meaning of this passage.  He sent many great prophets to Israel.  Over and over He sent them holy men who proclaimed the Truth of God.  The more they drank, the less the flavor mattered.  Yet there came a day, when the wine was failing that God sent the Best Wine, Jesus Himself.  He was the best and finest of gifts from God.  He fulfilled what the prophets could not fulfil.  God saved His best for last.

Welcome to All Our International Visitors

Welcome to all our international visitors

It is an honor to have you come and visit our website.  We pray you are blessed by something you find here.  We realize there are Christians all over the world, so we have brothers and sisters everywhere. We want to follow Jesus, who died for all, lives to intercede for us and is coming again to take us to be with Him in Heaven.

2 Corinthians 5:1-5 Easy-to-Read Version 

We know that our body—the tent we live in here on earth—will be destroyed. But when that happens, God will have a home for us to live in. It will not be the kind of home people build here. It will be a home in heaven that will continue forever. But now we are tired of this body. We want God to give us our heavenly home. It will clothe us and we will not be naked. While we live in this tent, we have burdens and so we complain. I don’t mean that we want to remove this tent, but we want to be clothed with our heavenly home. Then this body that dies will be covered with life. This is what God himself made us for. And he has given us the Spirit as the first payment to guarantee the life to come.  No matter your circumstances, please remember the Lord Jesus died for all mankind.  There are no special people chosen to receive Him as Savior.  All you need to do is say yes to His invitation and salvation comes into your life.  He will help you through every crisis, every painful place, and every loss.  My own life is a testimony of that fact.  Through every loss, sickness, and painful place, Jesus has brought me through.  He will do the same for all you call upon His name.

John 3:16-18 The Passion Translation 

16 For this is how much God loved the world—he gave his one and only, unique Son as a gift. So now everyone who believes in him will never perish but experience everlasting life.  17 “God did not send his Son into the world to judge and condemn the world, but to be its Savior and rescue it!18 So now there is no longer any condemnation for those who believe in him, but the unbeliever already lives under condemnation because they do not believe in the name of God’s beloved Son.

Romans 10:8-13 Easy-to-Read Version

This is what the Scripture says: “God’s teaching is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart.” It is the teaching of faith that we tell people. If you openly say, “Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart that God raised him from death, you will be saved. 10 Yes, we believe in Jesus deep in our hearts, and so we are made right with God. And we openly say that we believe in him, and so we are saved.  11 Yes, the Scriptures say, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disappointed.” 12 It says this because there is no difference between those who are Jews and those who are not. The same Lord is the Lord of all people. And he richly blesses everyone who looks to him for help. 13 Yes, “everyone who trusts in the Lord will be saved.”


God is Redemptive

god is redemptive

John 10:10

The devil came to:

steal       kill       destroy

Jesus came to give:

Life       Abundant Life

redemptive – adjective (Oxford Dictionary)

~       acting to save someone from error or evil

redeem – verb (Webster’s 1828 online dictionary)

~       to purchase

~       to regain possession of a thing

~       to rescue, recover, deliver

Every thing God does is redemptive.  God desires us to be like Him.  He wants us to keep others from error and evil.  We bring understanding of how to prevent the devil from trespassing in their life.

Presenting Jesus as the Way, the Truth and the Life helps to establish a person in  abundant (overflowing) life.  (See John 14:6)

When an opportunity presents itself whereby we can be redemptive, there are 4 keys that will help us know what to do:

Exalt God

Declare the Promises of God

Establish the Person/People (teach them in God’s way)

Let the Person/People Experience God’s Presence (by testifying about God’s personal love and relationship with you)

Be redemptive ~ Give to others Jesus’ abundant life.

God’s Love Breaks the Clawing Beast of Fear

The Love of God breaks the clawing beast of fear

Fear is like a raging, clawing beast, destroying peace and love in our lives.  It tears at us, rages and shoves against us.  It can come day or night without warning.  Sudden events can trigger it quicker than any other thing.  Learning about a serious disease, an accident, loss of job or relationship, money needs being more than the present supply can open the door for fear.

God has spoken over and over in the Bible about conquering fear.  He would come into a group of people or speak one-on-one and speak faith and life into a place of fear and loss.  We walk by faith and not by sight, yet that faith must be acted on to become alive in our hearts.  We can speak to fear and tell it to leave our presence in the Name of Jesus and the power of His blood-bought Covenant.  The only fear we are to walk in is the fear of the Lord.

Declare the Word of God to overcome fears voice

2 Timothy 1:7 King James Version 

7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Romans 8:10-17 King James Version

10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.  11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.  12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.  13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.  14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

Proverbs 19:23 King James Version

23 The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.

Isaiah 50:10 King James Version

10 Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God.

1 John 4:11-18 King James Version

11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.  12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.  13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.  14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.  15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.  16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.  17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.  18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

We must pull down any wicked imagination of fear in the Name of Jesus

2 Corinthians 10:3-6 King James Version

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;)  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;  And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

Anytime fear tries to war against you with lies and temptations, choose to speak out against it by declaring what the Bible says about it.  Take your Holy Spirit given authority and send fear packing.  That sounds easy, doesn’t it?  It may take you a few times of declaring out loud the Word of God, but keep doing it until you see the victory in Christ Jesus!

I pray you rout fear out of your lives, one day at a time. Thereby growing in faith in God’s provision for all things in your life.



Let’s Make 2020 a Good Year!

From the Sunday Bulletin January 12, 2020

Let’s Make 2020 a Good Year!

The book of Hebrews outlines twelve steps to take that can ensure benefit and blessing
  1. Let us fear lest we fail to rest in Christ. (Hebrews 4:1) The promise of God’s rest.
  2. 2. Let us be diligent. (Hebrews 4:11) Deliberately choose to be obedient to follow Christ.
  1. Let us hold fast to our confession. (Hebrews 4:14) Recognize His position of authority.
  2. Let us draw near to the throne of grace. (Hebrews 4:16) The atonement of Jesus Christ gives us the standing to boldly draw near…
  3. Let us press on to maturity. (Hebrews 6:1) Through the Holy Spirit working in us.
  4. Let us draw near to the Most Holy Place. (Hebrews 10:22) He desires relationship with us.
  5. Let us hold fast our confession without wavering. (Hebrews 10:23) Our hope is secure in Him.
  6. Let us consider one another (Hebrews 10:24)
  7. Let us run with endurance the race. (Hebrews 12:1) Lighten the load for the race.
  8. Let us show gratitude. (Hebrews 12:28)
  9. Let us go out to Him outside the camp. (Hebrews 13:13) We need to daily choose to walk away from the world and toward the camp of Christ as we live.
  10. Let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise. (Hebrews 13:5)