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Pastor Rich encourages you to pursue a personal relationship with God. That means one thing; Know God and make God known.

In Luke 9:51-10:12, Jesus exhorts us to pray for the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers. The harvest is great, but the laborers are few. The Lord sends the laborers. He speaks to the potential laborer and gives him the call for his special field. Our part daily is to pray for laborers for the harvest.

Harvesting anything requires time and timing. You have to know what you've planted and then take care to watch after it until it is time to harvest the fruit of your labor. The Lord has planted the seed of the Word in our lives for it to grow in us but also have an affect on the people around us. When the time is right, as we have witnessed to people of Him, we are to labor and bring in that harvest!

The fields (the job, school,business,your neighborhood) are truly ready for harvesting. Today ask the Lord what field is ready to be worked on. I believe we all have our fields. Your field may be in your neighborhood or in your own family.

Pray for the harvest, and I believe you also will receive your own call as a laborer in that field God has chosen for you.

Pray this, "Lord, I know there are works you have designed especially for me from the foundation of the earth. Help me not miss out on any of these good works. I want to always be in the right place at the right time so the fields you have chosen for me will always be fruitful and provide a great harvest. Amen"

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October 18, 2012

  
 
The concept of purity, cleanliness, or righteousness is something which is lost in today's society. If you’re reading this, you know what I am talking about. People live in such a way as if there are no consequences for the things they do in their life. However, living a life in such a way often means that one's life is completely filled with temptation, compromise and sin. According to Romans 3:23 "all have sinned" and are therefore impure and unclean; however, Christians need to be always removing the waste of sin from their lives. Christians should also be striving to sin less and less in their lives.                                   

We as Christians should desire purity in every aspect of their lives. we should want purity physically, mentally, and spiritually. We should take care to keep our bodies pure and free from sin. We should constantly be wiping the slate of filth from our minds. We should be focusing on presenting a true devotion to the Lord. We as Christians should be pure in all aspects of our life. We should have pure speech, pure dress, and pure attitudes in everything we do.  A Christian's actions often speak louder than their words.

1st Peter 1:22-23: "Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God . . ." 

If you study here are some related topics and/or words which might be useful to look up in a concordance: Pure, Clean, Righteous, Righteousness, Holy, Sanctified, Set apart, Sanctify, Blameless.

What areas of your life need to be purified from sin? That question is also directed toward me. I must always evaluate my life, and remove sin and other stumbling blocks in my life. Christians must always be seeking purity, for it is an ongoing state of life in the Lord, which must be maintained.

 
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Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert… (Isaiah 43:18-19)

The Lord doesn’t  lock Himself in to the expectations of men or to the hands of time. Behold, He is doing a new thing! He is not held by human tradition; He makes a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The Lord does things big and new.

The prophet asks the question, “Can’t you perceive this thing that He is doing?” Are you so blinded by your set ways that you cannot see the path God lays right before your eyes? It was the same for the Pharisees; they were blind guides who led people into darkness. So hard of heart, they refused to see salvation coming out of Zion, the Holy One of Israel, come to take away the sins of the world, Jesus! They remained locked in patterns of works, routines and self-righteousness while declaring their own praise and props.

But the God who makes a way in the wilderness, a river in the desert, had brought something new.

Do not be like the Pharisee, so consumed with his vision of himself that he was unable to perceive the mighty work of God. Be like the prophet, Isaiah, who saw the Lord seated on the throne and could only tremble as the angels cried out, “Holy, holy holy, is the Lord of hosts! The whole earth is full of His glory!” (Isaiah 6:1-6) God has done this great work so that the people would declare His praise     (Isaiah 43:21). We are walking in the newness of the Lord and His plan is perfect for us. OPEN YOUR EYES, PLEASE!

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The Hebrew word for a dried up river bed is "Nachal". Israel has many of these. In Israel it rains in winter, but not in summer. In the summer, these places stand as a testament of the rains that once fell and of the rains yet to come. Then, when they do come, the Nechalim (nachal plural) almost instantly fill with water. This is what the Scripture means when it says, "I will give you rivers in the desert." There is a promise in that for us.

This summer season we experience a great number of lakes and rivers dry up because of a lack of rain, at the same time there are people who are spiritually in a dry summer season...what do we do to help when we are hot and thirsty, dry and broken? We seek shade and water. We seek something to refresh and rehydrate to revive us!

Seek the refreshing water that Jesus provided to the woman at the well, seek the wellspring of life and "thirst no more".

We all know how dry things can get, but seek now the water of the Word and the Spirit that brings life to you,I know I will!                              


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October 18, 2012


Around Father's Day each year many people are thankful for their dad being in their lives.

I am thankful and also remember “the Father from whom all fatherhood derives its name” (Ephesians 3:15). To appreciate God as your Father everyday is something you can learn to do --- even if your relationship with your father was painful for you.

“Abba” is Hebrew for Papa and it's the first word that a little Hebrew boy or girl says. It's a wonderful, affectionate name for God.

To know that the Almighty God is our dear Papa is such a blessing!

The child in us all longs for Abba’s Love. You may have lost touch with it, but you have a child part of you inside. There’s a little and vulnerable part of you that longs for your Heavenly Father to lift you up in His arms with joy!

Have you brought this child in you to Jesus and his Abba?

There’s a void in you and in me that only Abba can fill. But we cling to people. We try to impress people. We rush around and strive to succeed. We worry. We accumulate more and more stuff. We seek new experiences. We escape into entertainments or alcohol. We hold onto old wounds, especially from our fathers.

O, my friends, Jesus shows us the Abba Father love of God that we desire! Nothing else will fill the void in you and in me. The Bible is full of affirmations of just how much “The Father God Loves you and me.”


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