Pastor Casey begins his simple sermon with specific emphasis on verse 11 of Acts chapter 1. “…This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go.” “This same Jesus”- the sameness of our Jesus; the assurance of His return; the reality of His finished work on the cross. We need to recognize that the enemy can never undo the work of the cross. Satan’s only power against us is to try and convince us that; Jesus didn’t really do what the Word of God tells us or the Word doesn’t really mean that. This is an effort to get us to stray away to a different Jesus, a different Gospel. We need to know that Jesus is ever and always the same. He always loves us. Jesus is always near us.
In Hebrews 13:8-9 We are told, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace,…”. Our perspective can change and things may look different. Our emotions change and we may feel differently, but Jesus never changes! Pastor Casey reminds us that our lives must be based on the consistency of our God. He goes on to encourage us with other scriptures and examples. Listen in, you’ll be blessed.
Presented by the Ethiopia Mission Team (0:48)
Presented by Pastor Casey Kluver (0:15)
Today, we have a special treat of hearing from the Ethiopia Mission Team. Yvonne Gardner, Brent and Mandi Burton, were the leaders. Shane McTaggert, Kyler Burton, Sierra Burton, Addie Casterline, Zoey Stroop, McKenna Dudley, and Whitney Hanson were the other team members present and sharing this morning. Each one shared thoughts and experiences that impacted them during their time abroad. Words of encouragement came from Ruth 2-gleaning in the fields was a way for the poor to be provided for. As it relates to us, excess. Surely we all have more than enough to share with others. Mandi encouraged us all to work and share with ministries that help people with more than a hand out. To make a difference we need to empower people to improve their lives and communities. We can do this with Christ, and change the way people live.
After the team spoke, Pastor Casey encouraged us to remember what we have when we have Jesus. We were given purpose and choices. When we connect with Christ, we can connect with our purpose. It only takes one person to make a difference; one person with a vision. People respond to vision!
This morning, Pastor Casey starts with a short word about the crushing in life. For his sermon, he begins in Acts and points out there must be a recognition that because of Christ, we have something. Yet we cannot know what we have until we know who we have. Always there is the call to better know our Lord Jesus Christ. We cannot give or share what we don’t have and of course God doesn’t expect that of us. But we do have a responsibility to share what we have been given. Just to name 2 things we have because of Christ– salvation, Ephesians 2:8-9 and peace with God, Romans 5:1.
Pastor continues on showing more scriptures revealing God’s gifts to us. How are we making use of these gifts to change our world? Join in and be encouraged.