Pastor's Corner

October 2017

October 22nd, 2017

John 9:1-3: "Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him."

Jesus and the disciples come upon a man who was born blind from birth. The disciples ask the Lord the question of why: Who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus gives them the answer but I want you to realize something else.

As we come to the Lord and the more and more we study His word the effect should be that we become more tender in our heart toward other people. The disciples when they looked upon this poor man saw him only as a theological issue. They didn’t see the man, and sometimes when we are talking with others or feeding others or issuing cloths to others do we see what the Lord sees. Do we gaze upon them with the eyes of Jesus and consider their heart?

How dangerous it is to study doctrinal issues or theological issues and see the reality of people. I love the study of Eschatology of the Second Coming and the Rapture. But the purpose of studying those topics is that it will create in me an urgency to lead others to the Lord. You may know all the events and what will happen next for the Lords coming, but how long has it been since you shared your faith with someone to get them to come to Christ before it is too late for them.

Jesus response to the blind man was one of compassion and love. The reason the disciples asked the way they did is because the Jews often attributed physical limitation to punishment for wrongdoing. So was the blindness the result of the man’s personal sin?

In their minds, the disability could be attributed to one of three types of sin:

1. Prenatal sin, an idea drawn from the story of Jacob and Esau in Genesis 26; the Jews believed that sinning in the womb was possible.

2. Some pre-existing sin of the man

3. Generational sin-a punishment for the wrongdoing of the man’s parents.

Jesus response in verse 3 resolves the issue and dispels any question related to blame: Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.

How we are like the disciples in that much of what we think is God’s way of doing things are not. I think of that verse which says that Israel knew the Acts of God but Moses knew His ways. The more we study and delve into the word of God the more we discover that many of the ideas and traditions of man, many of the beliefs of man are not from the Lord.

I think the main thing that I get from this portion of scripture is how we see and look at others. The Bible tells us when we got saved we were given the mind of Christ, and that’s the God given ability to love and to see people for who they really are. Even those that may be angry- but when we look beyond the anger we see their frustration and their feelings of loneliness. May the Lord give us the eyes and the heart of our Lord.

Pastor Lee Cruse, who wants to try to love like our Lord loved.


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October 15th, 2017

Matthew 17:14: "And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, …"

In Luke 9:37 tells us that when Jesus came off of the mountain a great multitude met him.

These verses before us are interesting to me because before Jesus came down off the mountain, He was transfigured before them and the appearance of His face was altered and His robe became white and glistening. Or in other words the glory of God came down and exposed Jesus for who He really was: the Son of the Almighty God.

This was such a powerful picture and standing beside Jesus was Moses who represented the Law and Elijah who represented the prophets and they were discussing Jesus' destination to go to Calvary. The disciples, when they saw this, were afraid, Peter spoke up and wanted to build buildings for Moses, Elijah and Jesus, but God the Father would have none of this and told Peter to be quiet and to hear His Son Jesus.

Now, when Moses went to Mount Sinai to receive the law, Moses came down from the mountain, and Moses’s face shined and when the people saw him, they ran from Him. But now Jesus comes down from the mountain of Transfiguration and the people ran to Him.

It is also interesting to me that the giving of the law occurred 50 days after them leaving Egypt and 3,000 people died. 50 days after Calvary and the Resurrection of our Lord, on the day of Pentecost 3,000 people were saved.

What a difference between the law and the grace of God! Hebrews 4:16: "Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need."

My point is this: when you and I are going through something, rather than run from God we need to run to Him. When everything is going south on you and you are having a hard time keeping your head above water, run to Him that you may find grace to help in time of need. When someone has hurt you run to Him to find grace to help in time of need.

But what about when you are guilty and have sinned and done things that you are ashamed of? Many decide because they are embarrassed and don’t want anyone to know, they will stop going to church. Let me tell you; that is exactly what you don’t want to do. In fact, Hebrews 4:16 says “let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy…" When do I need mercy? When I have messed up and when I have sinned. But because of what Jesus accomplished at Calvary, you and I, even when we have sinned can come. We can run into the loving arms of Jesus.

If we learn to get into His presence every day and listen to His voice, then when the problems and unexpected disasters occur, because you walked with Him in the sunshine, He will walk with you in the storms. Because you walked with Him in joy and happiness, He will walk with you when the tears are falling.

One of the things that I hope my children know is that when things are not going good for them, they can come to me. When they have done something that they shouldn’t have done, they can come to me. Yet the Bible tells us “If we being evil know how to give good gifts to our children, how much more will our Heavenly Father give good things to those who ask."

Run to Him, Run to Him for He loves you with an everlasting love.

Pastor Lee Cruse, who needs to do more running and less worrying.


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October 8th, 2017

Deuteronomy 28:1-2, 15: "Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.

 "And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God:

vs15 "But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:"

My heart is heavy today, Monday October 2, 2017 for when I awoke this morning the news was full of terrible atrocities that took place in Las Vegas Nevada.  They at this time are reporting 58 dead and between 4 to 5 hundred wounded or hurt. 

As I think about this, my mind went back to the book of Deuteronomy where God told His people that if they would obey His voice or His word and put Him in His rightful place, first, then He would bless them.  But then He tells us that if we as a nation won’t obey His voice or His word then curses will come upon us. 

I believe this is where we are today, we have told the Lord in so many areas of our culture that we don’t need Him.  We did that in our schools and look what has happened even to the point of little innocent kindergarten children being killed.

We have told him that we don’t need Him in our Judicial system and our Supreme Court the highest court in the land have handed down judgments that have gone against not only common sense but against God’s Holy Word. 

We have told him that we don’t need Him in our Government and as a result the deficit of this country is so high that we are teetering on a financial collapse and the ruination of this country.  I am sorry to say we now have a government that is totally inept and has no wisdom on how to fix any of the problems we are having. Wisdom comes from God, we have plenty of knowledge but the ability to use that knowledge is non-existent and that is wisdom. 

Some would say you are saying that God is causing this, no I am not, for I have come to believe that Jesus came on a rescue mission to save us.  He did not come to condemn us, because we were already condemned.  God is not causing the tragedies that we see, He wants to protect us from them, but we refuse to dwell in the secret place of the most High and shall abide under the shadow of the of the almighty because then He is my refuge and my fortress, my God and in Him will I trust. (Ps. 91:1-2)

God has warned us if we are not willing to allow Him to be the hiding place by trusting in Him and only Him then He can’t protect us. 

I believe that America is on a collision course for destruction unless we turn to God.  The question will we, I am afraid of that answer.  I remember walking in Galilee with Dr. David Reagan, we were walking by the Sea of Galilee where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount.  I ask this man who has studied the Word of God his entire life and is one of the most respected men in the Study of Eschatology what is the hope for America. 

He looked at me and said “I wish I could say it was II Chronicles 7:14, but I am afraid this is not going to happen”  He went on “the hope for America is the Coming of our Lord. 

What we see in Las Vegas is exactly what Jesus said “because lawlessness will increase the love of many will wax cold”. 

May we pray for the peace of Jerusalem, which is the second coming of our Lord. 

Pastor Lee Cruse who wants the Lord to come.


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October 1st, 2017

Matthew 9:2 Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you."

In the midst of Jesus’s teaching they brought to Him a paralytic, a man paralyzed lying on a bed. How important this lesson is to us who love and care about our family, friends and neighbors who are away from the Lord or have not found Him and are still searching. Notice what it says, when Jesus saw their faith. Not the faith of the man paralyzed on the bed but those who had brought him to Jesus.

I believe that God can and will move mountains to save someone, and I further believe that He will move when those around a lost person demonstrate a degree of faith and concern. Now Jesus says to the man “be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you” and that was the one thing that really ticked off those around this man, especially the religious Pharisees and Priest of that day.

Now Jesus who the Bible says knew what was in all men, understood what they were thinking and asked them a question. Which is easier to say your sins are forgiven or to say take up your bed and walk. You see the real question was who Jesus said that He was.

That was the burr under their saddle, just like it is today for many. There are many who try to diminish who Jesus is by saying that Jesus never said He was God. But read John 5:17-18, Jesus was saying He was God.

Throughout the book of John Jesus said He was “I Am”. To the Jew that meant He was God. The very reason the Pharisees had Jesus crucified “He said He was God” The story goes on and Jesus tells them, because of their unbelief He would demonstrate why He had power to forgive sins. He told the man to get up and take his bed and walk and He did. Demonstrating Jesus was God and only God could forgive sins. This past week I heard a man give his testimony and he made a statement that troubled me, he said “he went to the priest to be dissolved of his sins”. My friends I believe only Jesus can dissolve us of our sins and when we come to Jesus and we confess our sins the Bible tells us that He is “faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us of all of our sins. Jesus who was God has the power to forgive all sins. The Bible tells us in Romans 5:20 …But where sin abounded grace bounded much more. May I ask, have you come to the one who came to seek and to save that which was lost? How about today just come the way you are?

Pastor Lee Cruse, that there was a time in my life I came to Him and He forgave Me.


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