Jesus’ Word to You

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Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.  (Mark 13:31)

An old saying goes, “all good things must come to an end,” and in most cases this is true.

Companies close and relationships fall apart.  Nations crumble and loved ones die.  Hopes fail and dreams fade and according to Jesus, even heaven and earth will one day cease to exist as we know them.

But there is at least one good thing that will never, ever come an end: Jesus’ word to you.

So what is His word to you if you’re in Christ?

You are loved, embraced, accepted and forgiven, and nothing can ever take that away.

–Pastor Phillip

Jesus is your guarantee of eternal life

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.  (1 John 5:13)

Scripture is not given to us only for equipping, but also for encouragement.  God’s Word isn’t brought to us merely to teach us to follow commandments, but to help us find confidence in the status of our relationship with God!

If you’re in Christ, God doesn’t want you to think you have eternal life in Him – He wants you to KNOW it!  He doesn’t want you to just hope for a better future, but to have the kind of confidence in Christ that produces a better and more joyful life right now.

Christian, if you’ve trusted Jesus for salvation and surrendered to Him as Lord, then no matter what you do or is done to you, you can have confidence in this truth.

Jesus is your guarantee of eternal life.

–Pastor Phillip

God’s promises are on their way

The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.  (2 Peter 3:9)

Sometimes it can seem as if our prayers go unanswered.  Sometimes it can seem as if God has forgotten us, or gotten distracted or delayed.  Have you ever felt that way?

Take heart!  Nothing could be further from the truth.

God’s promises are perfect, and so is the timing of their fulfillment.  If you’re not seeing them come to pass, it means that He is making sure everything is in its proper place so that when they do, it will be in a way that brings the greatest glory to Him and the most good for you.

This also means that for those who are not in Christ, God’s promise of judgment is sure to come, as well.  Yet, in His great love and mercy, He is giving more time to come home to Him and more opportunities to repent!

If you’re not fully right with God, let His kind patience move you to turn away from sin and turn to Him for salvation.  If you’re in Christ and waiting for His promise to you to be fulfilled, let His faithfulness move you to keep trusting, keep hoping and keep walking forward in Him.

In whichever position you find yourself, may you remember and be moved by this truth.

God’s promises are on their way.

–Pastor Phillip

Jesus is your guaranteed inheritance

For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one.  Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.  (Hebrews 10:34-35)

The world has its values system of what matters and what doesn’t, and it teaches us to safeguard what we hold to be most valuable.  Yet, in this life we have far less control than we imagine, and in light of this vulnerability, how do we deal with the inevitability of loss?

We fix our eyes on the one thing we can never lose: Jesus Himself.

It is Christ who is our cherished possession, and His love that is our greatest reward.  If the uncertainty of life has you down, you can be lifted up by re-orienting your values system around this one simple truth.

Jesus is your guaranteed inheritance.

–Pastor Phillip

Jesus is your ultimate inheritance

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Acts 13

JESUS IS YOUR ULTIMATE INHERITANCE

And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers, this He has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus… (Acts 13:32-33a)

Inheritance rights are a big deal.  All throughout history and even in our own day, it’s more common than not to see families squabble and fight over who gets the most valuable items or amounts after a loved one dies.

Why is this?  Because we all want to have the best portion of the inheritance.

Make no mistake about this, though.  Above silver and gold, above lands and property, above stocks and bonds and heirlooms and memories and anything else you might receive, there is one thing you have coming to you that is far more valuable than anything else.  Not only that, but there is one thing you can pass on as a legacy that outshines anything else, too.

Jesus.

Maybe your family situation is pristine or maybe it’s problematic.  Maybe you have a great inheritance coming to you or maybe there’s nothing left but a string of unkept promises.  Maybe you have a great ability to leave an inheritance for those you love, or maybe you find yourself lacking in more ways than one.

Whatever your circumstance, don’t miss this simple but powerful promise from God.  If you’re in Christ, then Jesus Himself is God’s gift to you.  His presence is yours to experience, His power yours in which to walk.  His love is there for your peace, and His grace is yours in which to stand.

Rest in this promise today, and as you do, may you find hope in this truth: Jesus is your ultimate inheritance.

-Pastor Phillip

p.s. To learn more about God’s INCREDIBLE inheritance for you in Christ, check out my teaching series “Inheritance” by CLICKING HERE.


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Jesus is your resurrection

God’s Hope for Your Heart on Easter Sunday

JESUS IS YOUR RESURRECTION

Easter is the time we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.

Often we focus on the words of the angel to the women who were looking for Jesus’ body, “Don’t be afraid, because I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here! For He has been resurrected, just as He said.” (Matthew 28:5b-6)

These are good words, needed words, but maybe sometimes what we need most are not just words about Jesus, but words from Jesus Himself.

Consider this…

Jesus had many followers, but only few whom He considered true friends.  These were people who cared for Him in a special way, and for whom He cared a great deal in return.  Three in particular were a set of siblings named Lazarus, Martha, and Mary.

Then Lazarus died.

Maybe this Easter season, you know what it’s like to experience death and loss.  Maybe the death of a loved one, or the death of a dream.  Maybe the loss of a friendship, or the loss of hope itself.

If you know what it’s like to wrestle with discouragement, and especially if you’re hurting now, look at what Jesus told Martha in her darkest moment of grief and loss.

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.”  (John 11:25a, emphasis added)

This Easter, as you remember the reality that Jesus rose from death, don’t miss this amazing truth.

Resurrection is not just an event, it’s a person.  It’s not just a past remembrance, it’s a present reality for you and for me.

Whatever loss or death you face, may you have hope for greater things to come because of this profound truth: Jesus is your resurrection.

-Pastor Phillip


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God will keep His word

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 12

GOD WILL KEEP HIS WORD

May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, the tongue that makes great boasts, those who say, “With our tongue we will prevail, our lips are with us; who is master over us?”
Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan, I will now arise, says the Lord;
I will place him in the safety for which he longs.

The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.
You, O Lord, will keep them; you will guard us from this generation forever.
(Psalm 12:3-4)

Do you ever find yourself in a place where it’s easy to talk big, but not deliver?  Here’s some good news…

God never gets in that position!

Look at the contrast in Psalm 12 between the empty boasts of foolish people and the steadfast promise of God.  When the Lord says He will do something (in this case, place the needy in safety), His words aren’t corrupted by competing interests. They aren’t delayed by an inability to act or a lack of available resources.

They are pure words that Jesus will make sure come to pass.

That means that as you read God’s written word and get to know Jesus the Living Word, you can have confidence that God will hold fast to it, and to you.

Embrace this truth and you’ll discover the hope found within this realization: God will keep His word.

-Pastor Phillip


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God’s Word is your firm foundation

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Matthew 24

GOD’S WORD IS YOUR FIRM FOUNDATION

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.  (Matthew 24:35)

There are many things in this world on which to build your life.

You can build it on your achievements, always seeking one more win to validate your existence.

You can build it on your relationships, tying your sense of worth to the ups and downs of how things are going with the people in your life.

You can build it on your money and possessions, feeling your greatest sense of value based on the value of the things you own.

You can build a life on any of these things, but it won’t last forever.

Jesus says all of these things will “pass away,” will vanish, will disappear in time.  Achievements will be forgotten.  People will die and relationships will fall apart.  Money and possessions will either slip away in this life or be wrenched away when this life is over.

However, there is something that Jesus said is a solid and eternal foundation for your life: the words of God.

God has spoken in the Scriptures, and He still speaks today through the Holy Spirit.  When you build your life on that foundation, then that is a life that is strong and resilient.  That is a life that is full of joy and peace.  That is a life that flows with the blessing of God, because it’s founded on something eternal and good.

Don’t look to the things of the world for your answers and security, look to the substance of Heaven.  As you do, your heart will find its hope in the realization of this truth: God’s Word is your firm foundation.

-Pastor Phillip


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God always keeps His promises

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Matthew 1

GOD ALWAYS KEEPS HIS PROMISES

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.  (Matthew 1:1)

For thousands of years, God’s people had waited for His promises to come true.

He had told Abraham, “In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3)  Yet, they had been through so many ups and downs, triumphs and trials, and here they were under Roman occupation with no hope for deliverance in sight.

But God always keeps His promises.

David, the greatest king of Israel, had been promised a kingdom that would last forever when God spoke this through the prophet Nathan: “I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.  He shall build a house for my name, and he shall be to me a son…and your house and your kingdom shall be established forever.” (2 Samuel 7:12b-13, 16)

David’s son Solomon seemed like a good candidate for this promise.  After all, he did, indeed, “build a house” for the Lord, the temple of Jerusalem.  But Solomon died, his sons were evil, and Israel’s kingdom eventually fell apart. Even the temple, that great house Solomon built for God’s name, was destroyed.

But God always keeps His promises.

Now, enter Jesus.  Matthew records the family history of this Savior, this Messiah, and the first thing he mentions is that Jesus is “the son of David, the son of Abraham.”

Matthew knows the truth: that Jesus is the promised heir of David.  This was the message of the angel Gabriel to the virgin Mary, “The Lord God will give to [Jesus] the throne of his father David… and of His kingdom there will be no end.” (Luke 1:32b-33)

Matthew knows the truth: that Jesus is the promised offspring of Abraham.  This was the message the Holy Spirit spoke through Jesus’ relative Zechariah, that the Lord “has visited and redeemed His people and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David…to show the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, the oath that He swore to our father Abraham…” (Luke 1:68b-69, 72-73)

Jesus came because God always keeps His promises.

If you’re still waiting on God’s promises in your life, may you take strength and find hope in this truth: if you are in Christ, God’s greatest fulfillment is already yours, and the rest will come in just the right time…

Because God always keeps His promises.

-Pastor Phillip


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God’s promises are on their way

Scripture Notes on 2 Peter 3

The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.  (2 Peter 3:9)

Sometimes it can seem as if our prayers go unanswered.  Sometimes it can seem as if God has forgotten us, or gotten distracted or delayed. Have you ever felt that way?

Take heart! Nothing could be further from the truth.

God’s promises are perfect, and so is the timing of their fulfillment.  If you’re not seeing them come to pass, it means that He is making sure that everything is in its proper place so that when they do, it will be in the best way for the greatest glory for Him and the most good for you.

This also means that for those who are not in Christ, God’s promise of judgment is sure to come, as well. Yet, in His great love and mercy, He is giving more time, more chances, and more opportunities to repent!

If you’re not fully right with God, let His kind patience move you to turn away from sin and turn to Him for salvation.  If you’re in Christ and waiting for His promise to you to be fulfilled, let His faithfulness move you to keep trusting, keep hoping and keep walking forward in Him.

In whichever position you find yourself, remember and be moved by this truth.

God’s promises are on their way.

-Pastor Phillip