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Saturday, July 23 2016
Thank Him for His blessings

Thank Him for His blessings

Jude 1:24 (NLT)

“Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault. “

This week, God willing, I will celebrate 69 years of God’s faithfulness to me.

I testify to the truth of today’s scripture.   HE is able to keep us and He has kept me safe and blessed, enjoying His plan for my life.

I’ve spent time this week reliving God’s many blessings.   Why don’t you join me in celebrating HIS goodness as He guides our lives.

I thank Him for:

· Salvation

· My Family

· Our Church

· Blessings too numerous to mention!

Let’s commit our future to Him!

Love ya, Pastor Phil      

Posted by: Pastor Phil Illum AT 05:24 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, July 16 2016
Let's seek Jesus

In 2 Kings, chapters 22 & 23, the Bible records a time in the Kingdom of Judah when everyone was doing just as he pleased with no regard for what was right or wrong. But there was a young king on the throne who had it in his heart to please God rather than his own appetites. Josiah had been just 8 years of age when he had been thrust into leadership. But somehow, the young king felt differently about righteousness than most of his subjects. Scripture says, "He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord". 

In the 18th year of Josiah's reign over Judah, Hilkiah the high priest found the Book of the Law and gave it to Shaphan the secretary who read it to King Josiah. You see, the loss of the Law had led to the time of lawlessness in which Judah and Israel were now embroiled. The rediscovery of God's parameters for worship and behavior and the positive response of the Leadership temporarily forestalled the judgement looming over the Kingdom of Judah. Chapter 23 records a Spiritual housecleaning overseen by the King himself. Anything he found that smacked of the pervasive ungodliness of the past was removed. His administration purged the polluted forms of worship that had become commonplace and widely accepted. He had found out God's requirements and did his best to enforce them. Sadly, it was too late because the hearts of the people were not really in it.

We live in a time that bears some similarities to the end of Judah's freedom: There are no absolutes. Few seem willing to follow the parameters God has given us in His Word. The 10 Commandments have been scrapped as irrelevant, with some even labeling them hateful. The Old Testament is mocked and ridiculed as a collection of myths. The New Testament is rejected as non-applicable in this enlightened age in which we now live.

The days of miracles are over in the minds of many.

But there is still a hunger for God. And amazingly, that hunger is often in the hearts of the young. Oh yes; they are truly sick up to here with the plastic forms of organized religion. They have watched too many times as their role models have played a part in public that proved to be false in the crucible of everyday life. But they have a certainty in their hearts that the God of the Bible is real. They aren't much interested in knowing more about religion. They want to know HIM.

As this next generation hungers for HIM, they will find Him. "Blessed are they that do hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled!"

Let's join those seeking Jesus!


Pastor Rich Orrell

Posted by: Pastor Rich Orrell AT 07:00 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Friday, July 08 2016
Look Up:  He's Coming

Acts 1:11  (NLT)

11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!”

Listening to the latest news cycles can cause one to become disillusioned and discouraged.

Friends, don’t let the events of these days cause you to be concerned.   God is NOT surprised by the daily crisis de jour!

His Word assures us that  HE IS COMING BACK, just as He promised.

I encourage you to make it your goal to draw closer to Him with each passing day, with your eye being set on The Goal.

Rejoice in your Salvation and let not your heart be troubled!


Love ya, Pastor Phil      

Posted by: Pastor Phil Illum AT 07:30 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, July 02 2016
Reflections on the 4th of July

The founding of a nation is a profoundly significant moment in history. And the founding of the United States of America ranks second only to the birth of Israel. As a nation, Israel issued from the heart of God. America began in the hearts of  national heroes who loved the Creator God and sought a place where they could worship Him in freedom and liberty.

Who's to say that God didn't impregnate the minds of our founding Fathers with their insatiable desire for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Who could assert He was not the author of the thoughts they put to pen as they crafted the documents creating the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave?  The unfolding of our national character has often underscored the truth that God is indeed blessing America. 

Come on and sing it again:

"God bless America.  Land that I love. 

Stand beside her and guide her

Through the night with the Light from above.

From the mountains, to the prairies,

To the oceans white with foam;

God bless America, my home sweet home!

God bless America, my home sweet home!"

      -Irving Berlin

"If My people..."

With love for our Land and reverence for God who founded us as a nation,

Pastor Richard Orrell

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