Word Of Life Christian Fellowship Church
A Christian Community Church 95 Old Loudon Rd, Concord, NH 03301 - Phone: 603-228-2444 Serving Concord, Manchester, Merrimack, Bedford, Chichester, Hookset, Bow,
Merrimack County andHillsborough County, New Hampshire
Publish Date: August 18, 2009 :: Author: Rev. Thomas Peetz
As a believer we will face many obstacles on the road of life. As one minister said, "The storms of life will come on all of us at some point in our in our life." How do we deal with these things? Some may believe that God may be doing this to teach us something. Others may not know what to believe and just grin and bear it, like the world. What does the Word say in such matters? In the past thirty years that I have been involved in ministry, I have come to see some things about our heavenly Father.
First, He is a Good God. In James 1:16,17, it says, " do not err, my beloved brethren, every good gift and ever perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, nor shadow of turning."
The second thing is that God loves us, and wants only the best for us. John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son..." One of the most quoted verses in the Bible, revealing His immeasurable Love toward us by sending His Son to be the sacrifice for the world. Hard to imagine, but not hard to believed when understood.
"Jesus said unto him, If thou can believe, all things are possible to him that believeth." Mark 9:23
What is it that you are facing in your life? Is it a physical, financial or family problem? No matter what you may be looking at, it can change! "And what can make it change?" you ask. It is what you believe.
In the gospel of Mark chapter 9, verse 17, we see a man who has a son who is suffering with some kind of demonic spells. One time the demon would throw him into the water, another time into the fire. His father had his mind on what Jesus could do (verse 22). This is where many of us have missed it. It is not about God's ability in this situation, but about what you can believe God will do for you in this situation, using His ability. One definition of "grace" (God's divine favor) is God's willingness to use any or all of His ability to meet whatever need you may have. Paul wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in Romans 1:16, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." The word "salvation" comes from the Greek word sozo, which is total wholeness and well-being to everyone that believeth.
Over twenty years ago, I was an associate pastor in a large charismatic church. A woman in the church came to me and asked if I would go to the hospital and pray for her nephew. I told her that I would, and I went. Now this young man, who was about twenty years old, didn't go to church and you could say he was a long way from God, but his aunt was praying and believing for him. Tragically, he had been in a serious motorcycle accident without a helmet, and was pronounced dead at the scene, but on the way to the hospital, they saw he was still alive, though barely. When I saw him in the hospital, he was in intensive care and in a coma. I began to talk to him and tell him that he would live and not die. I told him that God loved him and wasn't finished with him. I said this many times while there. I went to see him a few times while he was in the coma, and then one day he woke up! Most everyone had given up on him, but I hadn't. I believed what Jesus said, "All things are possible to him that believeth," and I believed! The last time I saw him, he was sitting up in bed with a head clamp, watching a tennis tournament.
His aunt and I believed, and his life was saved.
What is it that you believe God can do for you and your situation?
Publish Date: August 1, 2009 :: Author: Rev. Thomas Peetz
Has it ever occurred to you that we could be the generation that could experience the catching away of the Church, or what has come to be known as the Rapture of the Church. Well, if the Bible is true and is the infalliable word of God, then we very well could be that generation. I realize that many would say that throughout church history this has been said of their day, but up until recently there always was a very important part of the puzzle that was not in place. That most important part of the puzzle was Israel.
A Non-Denominational Christian Family Church - Concord, NH
Address: 95 Old Loudon Road, Concord, NH 03301 Mailing Address: PO Box 2214, Concord, NH 03302 Phone: 603-228-2444