Today we are reading Acts 2. In this chapter we read about the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. “When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language.” Acts‬ ‭2:1-6‬ ‭ESV‬‬ The outpouring of the Holy Spirit was a miraculous event! In this moment the disciples were given supernatural abilities to proclaim the message of salvation throughout the word. The impact of their gifting was that the world heard about Jesus and Christianity has been spread everywhere for 2000 years. How is the Holy Spirit active in your life? How are you carrying on the ministry of the disciples? May God use you to impact the world around you! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Acts 1. In this chapter we read about Jesus’ Ascension. “So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”” Acts‬ ‭1:6-11‬ ‭ESV‬‬ What about Jesus’ Ascension intrigues you? I wonder why Jesus made such a dramatic exit in full view of the disciples. I believe He did this to make a point. What is that point? I think the angels give us the answer. He will return the same way He left! Do you ever look at the clouds and imagine Jesus’ return? I have! May God bless us to see the clouds as a reminder of His promised return! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Matthew 28. In this chapter we read about the Resurrection of Jesus! “Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.””
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭28:16-20‬ ‭ESV‬‬ It’s hard to understand the joy of disciples. Jesus was dead and then He was alive! Each of the disciples was commissioned to take the Gospel throughout the world and all of them did. They gave their lives for this mission. We are commissioned to do the same. Where have you shared the message of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus? What is your strategy for reaching the lost? May God bless you in your ministry! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Matthew 27. In this chapter we read about the death of Jesus. We will focus on the people choosing Barabbas. “Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release for the crowd any one prisoner whom they wanted. And they had then a notorious prisoner called Barabbas. So when they had gathered, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” For he knew that it was out of envy that they had delivered him up. Besides, while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered much because of him today in a dream.” Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus. The governor again said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.” Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said, “Let him be crucified!” And he said, “Why? What evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!”” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭27:15-23‬ ‭ESV‬‬ “The people’s choice” is a common phrase to describe the will of the people. How tragic that the people chose to release Barabbas rather than Jesus. In spite of their horrible choice, the result was that Jesus died for us. His death paid our sin-debt. Now we are faced with another choice—Jesus or the world. Which do you choose? The only real choice is Jesus. The world cannot give us salvation and eternal life in Heaven. May God give you the faith to always choose Jesus. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Matthew 26. In this chapter we read about the events of the night when Jesus was betrayed. Immediately before this, He is anointed by a woman in Bethany. “a woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head as he reclined at table. And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? For this could have been sold for a large sum and given to the poor.” But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me. For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. In pouring this ointment on my body, she has done it to prepare me for burial. Truly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.”” Matthew‬ ‭26:7-13‬ ‭ESV‬‬ This story seems to indicate a disagreement between the disciples and Jesus and serves as a pretext for Judas turning against Jesus. The woman anointing Jesus is known throughout the world. What is forgotten is the alternative suggested by the disciples—giving money to the poor. We have no record of the disciples giving money to the poor. Jesus defends the woman. Have you ever been criticized for something you did serving Jesus? When we act out of love and devotion to Jesus, He is pleased. May your love for Jesus be known today. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Matthew 25. In this chapter we read again about the end times. “”Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”” Matthew‬ ‭25:41-46‬ ‭ESV‬‬ The punishment for unbelief is real. Our faith is not a matter of personal opinion or choice—it is the command of God. We must be saved through faith in Jesus. There is no other way. There is no other choice. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. The things we do for Jesus do not save us. We simply do them because we are saved. May God bless you as you do the work Jesus has called you to. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Matthew 24. In this chapter we read about the Second Coming of Jesus. “”But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭24:36-42‬ ‭ESV‬‬ How can we “stay awake”. The consequences of being unaware are compared to the destruction of the Flood. All the wicked were destroyed by the Flood. How are we protected from the flood of God’s wrath? How can you make people aware and ready for Jesus’ return? May God bless you to gather as many as possible into the Lord’s family! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Matthew 23. In this chapter we read about Jesus denouncing the Pharisees and other religious leaders. “”O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'”” Matthew‬ ‭23:37-39‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Have you ever witnessed spiritual leaders guiding their people without the Holy Spirit? Have you ever seen a congregation rejecting the leadership of their Called and Ordained pastor? They are two sides of the same coin. We have a partnership in the Gospel. We must be led by the Holy Spirit and bonded by unity and love. We must pray for each other and bear one another’s burdens. May God bless us as His humble servants. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Matthew 22. In this chapter we read about paying taxes to Caesar. “Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to entangle him in his words. And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone’s opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.””
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭22:15-21‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Nobody likes paying taxes! The same was true 2000 years ago when Jesus was on earth. Why don’t we like paying taxes? If taxes are what we “render unto Caesar”, what do we render unto God? We don’t like paying taxes, do we have the same negative attitude towards “rendering unto God”? May God give you a generous heart! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Matthew 21. In this chapter we read about Jesus cleansing the Temple. “And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.” And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them. But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant, and they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read, “‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise’?””
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭21:12-16‬ ‭ESV‬‬ As we read this passage it seems incredible that the Scribes and Pharisees see the wonderful things Jesus did and they were indignant. Have you ever seen a miracle? How would you react if you saw Jesus do wonderful things? You certainly wouldn’t be indignant! I wonder if some of those who mistreated Jesus later grieved their actions. May God inspire you with the miracle of your salvation! Pastor Tim