Posted on August 9th, 2017

I remember as a little kid, not wanting to grow up.    Why?  It seemed like little kids always had the most fun!  When it was time for Christmas, I didn't have to deal with the hustle and bustle of shopping in crowded stores, driving on crowded streets, counting my pennies to make ends meet  -- I just tore open the presents and made a mess!  Grown ups seemed to have so many problems and responsibilities like working a job, paying the bills, mowing the lawn and washing dishes.  Why would I want to grow up?  What I did not understand, is that there is so much joy and satisfaction in fulfilling your dreams in adulthood.  Once I grasped that concept, I never wanted to be a child again!

​Just as it is God's plan for us to grow naturally and find the joy in adulthood, it is also and even more so, His plan for us to grow up spiritually.  The joy and deep satisfaction in fulfilling the call of God far surpasses any childhood game.  There comes a point in our walk with Christ when we should no longer talk and act like a child.   Instead of feeling needy all of the time, we grow strong and confident and become the one who is nurturing others.  ​"When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me."  I Corinthians 13:11, NIV

Now, don't get me wrong,  we are always in need of His nurture and strength!  We cannot accomplish all of the will of God in our adult spiritual life without have a relationship with the One who gives us the grace to accomplish it.   The Bible tells us that as we submit to the Word of God and the Lord's righteousness (His right way of doing things) we will grow up into Christ.  He has given His ministers as gifts to the body of Christ for the purpose of perfecting our character for His glory.  His nature will dominate our words and actions.  Where we lack self-control, in Him we gain self-control.  We become grounded in our faith and strong in the Lord!

​"And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:,"  Ephesians 4:11-15.

​Let this be our prayer today: "Lord I desire to grow up into Christ because that is Your perfect will for my life.  I turn my heart towards You and Your Word today.  I will put away childish things and allow the Holy Spirit to guide me.  I will listen to the ministers you have placed over me in the Lord and allow myself to grow up into Christ! "

by Pastor Jessica Baker on April 28th, 2017

​Did you know that tyranny has many faces?  Oh I know, we immediately think of world leaders who are tyrants in their nations keeping their people in bondage and fear.  But those are not the only tyrants we face as a human race.  As a matter of fact, the unseen tyrants are the worst of all.  “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places,”  Eph. 6:12.  You see, Jesus knew this and gave His life’s blood to defeat our greatest enemy.  “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross,”  Col. 2:15, NIV. 

The tyranny in your life may sound like the tormenting whisper of depression, the dark lonely lies that you are just not good enough, the endless noise of fear causing sleepless nights, or maybe the nagging voices of addiction -- but in any case, all of these tyrants have been defeated!  JESUS GAVE HIS LIFE FOR YOUR FREEDOM!  These taskmasters no longer have authority over you when you are in Christ!  Jesus defeated them…ONCE AND FOR ALL (Heb. 9:12).  God’s powerful, unfailing Word tells us that, “They (the former tyrant masters) are dead, they shall not live and reappear;  they are powerless ghosts, they shall not rise and come back.  Therefore You have visited and made an end of them and caused every memory of them (every trace of their supremacy) to perish!”  Isaiah 26:14-16, AMPC.

​Rise up today and declare that Jesus is Lord of your body, your soul, and your spirit.  Plead the blood of Jesus and take authority over these tyrants by rebuking them in the Name of Jesus!  He purchased your freedom for's time for every trace of torment to perish in your life!

by Pastor Jessica on April 20th, 2017

I would like to introduce you to my dog, Cody.  Being part Great Pyrenees and Anatolian Shepherd, needless to say, Cody is a big dog -- and still a puppy.  The thing about Cody that we could never have prepared ourselves for, is the fact that no matter how hard we have tried, we cannot keep him on a leash.  We were somewhat prepared for the chewing up of our yard furniture, barking all night long at rabbits and the digging of holes in the yard, but we were not prepared for his exceptional ability to break free from his leash!  We have purchased many supposedly infallible leashes and collars, but to no avail -- he just chews or tears them off!  Thankfully we have a fenced in back yard and he is physically contained in that way...but good luck eating your lunch at our picnic table!

​There are those that actually believe that God's Word can be chained, put on a leash, like their yard animal.  What they do not realize is that binding up God's unchanging Word is an absolute impossibility! HIS WORD CANNOT BE CHAINED!  It has stood the test of time. Kings and entire kingdoms have tried to destroy and eradicate it, yet it still remains.  "All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the Word of the Lord endures forever,” I Peter 1:24-25. 

His Word is all-powerful.  His Word is trust-worthy.  His Word is faithful.  His Word is inerrant.  His Word is infallible.  His Word cannot be bound!  "Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel, for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the Word of God is not chained,"  2 Timothy 2:8-9, NKJV.

​​The spirit of this world would like you to believe that God's Word is limited by human intelligence and human strength.  Human philosophy, guided by the spirit of antichrist has belittled the inerrant Word of God to nothing more than a book of history that cannot be trusted as Divine.  This humanistic idea that our Creator's Word is up for debate and alteration is a mockery of our Holy God.  "​For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it,"  Isaiah 55:8-11.

The first thing Satan did in the Garden of Eden was challenge the validity and power of God's Word.  He said to Eve, "Did God really say?" (Genesis 3)  Causing Eve to challenge the Word of God in her own heart, the first man and woman fell into sin and were separated from their relationship with God.  Satan's strategy is the same today.  If he can cause you to doubt the truth of God's Word then he can rob you of your trust in God -- which in turn, robs you of your relationship with the Almighty who loves you and sent His Son to save your soul! 

So how do we combat this torrential flood of humanism and anti-Christ idealism influenced by Satan concerning our Father's Word?   We just do exactly what Jesus did in His temptation in the wilderness:  REBUKE THE LIES AND ATTEMPTS OF SATAN TO DECEIVE US.  Jesus rebuked Satan and said "IT IS WRITTEN," Matthew 4.   It is time for the church of Jesus Christ to STAND UP AGAINST SATAN AND PROCLAIM THE WORD OF GOD IN DEMONSTRATION AND POWER!  Stop engaging every man's opinion as possible truth.  "Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written: So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge,"  Romans 3:4, NIV.  Do not allow the enemies of God to rob you of your faith and trust in God's Word!   Jesus Christ was manifested to destroy the works of the devil.  He gave us authority in His name to trample over the deceitful works of darkness.  

The Psalmist David said, "The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.  More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb,"  Psalm 19:7-10.

Pray this prayer with me today:  Precious Heavenly Father, I believe in You and I trust in Your Word.  I believe that your Word is pure and true.  I believe that Jesus is the Son of God and He came to destroy the works of the devil!   In the Name of Jesus,  I rebuke the deceitful lies and attempts of Satan that have warred at my soul.  I command the enemies of God to flee.  I will rise today and overcome the doubt and unbelief that has tried to rob my faith!  I am a believer!  I am an overcomer!

by Pastor Jared Baker on January 25th, 2017

Every Dad has to experience building a playhouse for their children once in a lifetime, right?   As I embarked upon this great project, I realized that in order to build the rafters for the roof I would need the correct pattern.  So, I built one that would be my paradigm or pattern for the rest.  I had made four of them when I realized that my measurements were incorrect!  I had built four rafters and try as hard as I may, they were not going to fit properly on the playhouse! I had to take them all apart and start all over again.   My paradigm was wrong.  A paradigm is an example, a pattern, a model, or a point of reference. If the paradigm is wrong, then everything else will be wrong!

I recently read an article about a visit that Bill Nye, (the science guy) had made to the Creation Museum at Answers in Genesis Ministries. He said that it’s not crazy to believe that we are descendants of Martians.  At the same time, he argued that believing we may have come from Adam and Eve is a “betrayal” of our intellect.  He was also asked how he can determine what is right and wrong since he believes we are all merely a chance accident of the random meeting of matter evolving over billions of years.  He said,  "I determine right and wrong based on what I feel as a member of the human tribe”.  If this is true, then how can anyone tell anyone else that what they are doing is right or wrong?  If morality is based only on “feelings”, then each person’s version of morality will be quite different!   

This is why, as a culture, we have come to the place where nobody wants to be told what is right or wrong. This is why we have millions of successful adult business men around the world that believe it is “right and good” to have sexual relations with young children and spend huge amounts of money to fly to nations where the child sex trade is flourishing.  This is why we have “ministers” that live in adulterous affairs.  If our version of right and wrong is based on our “feelings,” then anything goes for anyone!

The Bible, however gives us a very different picture!  The Bible clearly gives us the paradigm of morality for life.  Jesus said in Matthew 22:40, that all the law and prophets can be summed up in these two “paradigm commandments” … Love the Lord your God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself!  The moral compass of our life begins with the vertical relationship with God and our love for Him!  Because He loved us first, we can now love Him (1 John 4:19).  If we walk in love, we won’t harm others or talk and gossip behind their back.  If we walk in love, we won’t live in sexual perversion because we understand our bodies are the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:18-20).  If we walk in love, we won’t lie about others or cheat others or steal from others.  If we walk in love, murder is not even a thought because Jesus said those that hate another is as if they have murdered in their heart!

Many people’s lives, even Christian's lives, are so messed up and off track because they have chosen to pattern their lives after their own feelings, or the opinions of popular culture or what is fashionable and politically correct today!  Just as I did with the roof of that playhouse, we must have the correct paradigm or pattern for life or else everything else will be off!  God's Word alone is the correct paradigm for our lives!  Look to God’s Word and Him alone!  He is the Creator of the universe and His ways are righteous (always right!).  "The LORD is righteous in all His ways, and holy in all His works, "  Psalm 145:17.

by Pastor Jared Baker on January 5th, 2017

In the beginning,  God created everything and saw that it was “very good” (Genesis 1:21).  God evaluated and looked at His creation and liked what He saw!  Unfortunately, the rest of the story is not as good as the beginning.   The enemy came to Eve in the form of a serpent and deceived her by questioning God’s standards and His authority.

In Genesis 3:6 we see that Eve “saw” that the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was “good” for food, “pleasant” to the eye, and “desirous” to make her wise.  She took of the fruit in direct rebellion to the Word and Will of God!  The standard by which she made choices had changed from the wisdom and words of God to what she “saw and perceived as good”. There was a new standard of deception set forth by the enemy!  The Bible tells us that satan deceives even today in the same way: as an “angel of light.” (2 Co. 11:12-15)  He deceives even many Christians to believe that what God’s Word says is wrong is really right, and what God’s Word says is right is really wrong!

Humanity has been creating, destroying and re-creating what they “see” as standards of good and right for thousands of years.  Ever since the fall of man, we have been trying to re-create God and His standards of right and good for ourselves in our own way!  Humanity has believed that what seems right and good or what “feels” right, must be good and right. The Bible says in Proverbs 14:12, "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death."

You can find examples of all kinds of evil that was thought of as good and right in every generation and culture.  The ancient Greek military institutionalized pedophilia and homosexuality by joining twelve year old boys to a mature man as the boys “mentor”.  This practice would most often include sexual relations between them.  This was celebrated as good and right in many of the ancient writings of the time.  The Nazi’s of World War II Germany firmly believed that the racial cleansing and murder of millions in Europe was the right and good thing to do.  In our nation and culture today, many believe that it is right and good for us to have the right to murder the innocent unborn in the womb.  I even heard one Hollywood star brag about her abortion, saying she has never regretted it a day in her life! 

If right and wrong is based on popular opinion, then anything goes.  But if the standard of what is right is based upon the Word of God, then we understand the pedophilia, racial cleansing, and abortion are NOT RIGHT BUT ALL WRONG no matter what the popular opinion of a culture might be!

The Apostle Paul tells us in 2 Tim. 3:16, that it is God’s Word that gives us the true standards of life and good and right.  It is God’s Word that we are to judge right and wrong, good and evil, light and darkness by --  not our own feelings or standards.  What one generation tolerates, the next generation will accept, and the following generation will participate in!  DO NOT allow your standards of life and the choices you make be dictated by the spirit of this world, the opinions of others and the deception of satan!  Make the decision today to look to God’s Word and His Will as your standard of right and good in life!  God is GOOD!  My wife and I have found in our twenty years of marriage and ministry with our five children that God’s standards and His ways always bring about strength and stability!  Let God’s Word, His standard, strengthen you, heal you, and bring purpose and direction to your life today!

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