Pastor's Corner

April 2017

April 23rd, 2017

Pastor’s corner - April 23, 2017: John 20:14-16: "Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher)."

Sometimes I hear people that seem not to know the Love of the Lord, talk about women as if God considers them inferior to men. They go over to Ephesians 5:22 that says “wives submit to your own husbands.” What they don’t realize is the verse before that tells both men and women “submitting to one another in the fear of God”.

Women have never been inferior to men, Ephesians 5:22 is talking about the roles that we play within the family framework. There are many times I have to submit to my wife for her needs and her desires. But in spiritual matters the Husband is the head and God works through the Head and by the way He also holds him responsible for the spiritual climate in the home.

So, before anyone begins to think that Christianity is chauvinistic I want to say that one of the greatest privileges that was given to any human being was to be the first one to see our Lord resurrected from the dead and who was that? It was Mary. What an honor!

When Jesus was on the cross He had seven sayings and one of them was to His Mother, in telling her that John would take care of her.

I believe that if anything, God had elevated women to a place that was above men and what has happened with the feminist movement in wanting women to be on the same level of men was a major step down for them. Now when it comes to equal opportunity in the work place and equal pay I agree there, but I think there are certain areas when women are abdicating the position that God has given them.

Pastor Lee Cruse, the pastor that Jesus Loves.


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April 16th, 2017

Isaiah 43:19: "Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert."

There is something wonderful about the spring time of year. There is a smell of freshness in the air and I believe that brings a feeling of hope for the future. But the greatest part of spring to me is the celebration of Easter and our Lord’s Resurrection.

The Lord has told us that He will do a new thing and that He would make a road where there is no road and rivers in the desert. What this brings to us is a great hope and that hope is because the Lord is in charge of our future and the future is bright and shinning.

Before I go on, I am always cognizant of the person setting out there already saying to their self “well that doesn’t apply to me because I have messed up to many times.” Before you give up and believe there is no hope look at this verse in Lamentations 3:22-23 Through the LORD'S mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.

The fact that He has had mercy on you is why you are still here and because of the fact His compassions fail not and they are new every morning that He offers you, and I said yes you hope. Now the choice is this, are you going to be so infatuated with your sins when God remembers them no more and are you obsessed with your failures rather than God’s success on the Cross. He wants to do a new thing in you if you will allow Him.

A new thing in your life, that you can experience love and joy and peace. To experience meaning and purpose and to be excited about your life.

A new thing in your marriage where that you and your spouse can recover the love that you had for one another.

A new thing in your family and children’s life where that your children can see you as a godly person living for Christ and want that to be their life.

A new thing that as you grow older you will not just exist but have a purpose where you can say I have finished my course.

A new thing in the world to come and because of the resurrection we live with expectation of what we will see and hear and experience. The Lord has told us that eye hath not seen nor ear heard nor has entered into the heart of man what God has in store for them that love Him.

The Lord has done a new thing among us because He wants His children to live a life not of dread but of constant expectation of what He will do in this life and the life to come. What a way to live and it started when Jesus arose.

Pastor Lee Cruse, the pastor whom Jesus loves.


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April 9th, 2017

John 19:17: “and He bearing His cross went out to a place called the Place of a Skull which is called in Hebrew Golgotha.”

This time of year is a special time as we approach Easter and our Lord’s Resurrection. But may we never forget what it cost Him to buy our pardon. I know that the Bible tells us that “He endured the cross for the Joy” but He endured the most inhumane death that anyone could have suffered. He was beaten within an inch of His life with the cat of nine tails. Psalms 22 tells us that even His ribs were exposed.

I started pastoring when I was 24 years old and there have been times that I have wondered, “What in the world am I doing?” Times you feel you are getting nowhere no matter how hard you try. But just when I am ready to give up and throw in the towel, I see a cross, I see a picture of my Lord upon that cross, so scared and broken and bleeding and I remember, that was for me. How can I not go on, after He did that for me?

Maybe today you are in a place where you are tired and worn out and ready to give up and can’t figure out how to take another step. Then look up and look to the cross. I think Paul experienced this very thing if anyone ever did. In the book of II Corinthians Paul gives us a list of all the things He had been through. He tells us 5 times he received 40 stripes, 3 times beaten with rods, once he was stoned, 3 times shipwrecked, often in perils, sleeplessness often, hunger and thirst in fasting often in cold and nakedness and we could go on.

What was it that helped Paul to keep going? I believe that one thing was that Paul said Christ had sent him least the cross of Christ should be of no effect, and then he said in Galatians “But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Paul couldn’t give up because he continually remembered what Christ had done for him.

Do you feel unloved? Then look to the Cross, for there is the greatest sacrifice of love. Are you tired? Remember what He endured, His body so tired and weak but He never gave up. Why? Because of you. Do you lack joy? Remember He did it for the joy, for the joy that you and He would have together someday.

How can we gaze upon that picture of our Lord on the Cross and not want to pick up our cross and follow Him? He did this for you and He did it because He loved you.

Pastor Lee Cruse, the pastor who will never get over that Jesus loved me so much He was willing to die in my place.


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April 2nd, 2017

Ephesians 5:8: "For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light."

I have been reading some of Jonathan Cahn’s writings and he seems to have insight that many do not have. The question that comes to us is this “Which comes first”, “the day or the night”. What most people would say is the day.

Most people in the world would say the day and then the night and most people in the world see it as day ends and that leads into night. But that is not how God sees it according to His word.

If the day leads to night then everything goes from light to darkness then everything gets darker. Thus that would be the way of the world. We go from day to night, from youth to aging, from strength to weakness and ultimately from life to death. Day to night and that is the way of the world but not of our Father in Heaven.

When God created the universe it was not day or night, It is written “There was evening and then there was morning” (Gen. 1:3-5) The day began with the night and there was night and then there was day. It was the night that came first.

This is why every Jewish Holiday begins at Sunset and not just Jewish Holidays but every biblical day. Each day begins at sunset. There is evening and then there is morning. The world moves from day to night but in God it is the opposite.

The children of the world live from day to night. But the children of God live from night to day. They are born into darkness and move to the day. And if you belong to God, then that is the order of our lives. You are to go from darkness to light, from weakness to strength, from despair to hope, from guilt to innocence, from tears to joy and from death to life.

Every night in your life will lead to dawn. So we need to live according to God’s sacred order of time, that your entire life will always be moving away from darkness and into light.

I Peter 2:9: "But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;"

God has called you out of the darkness into His marvelous light. Are you in darkness at this time in your life? Then God is giving you an invitation to come out of the night and into the dawn.

- Pastor Lee Cruse the pastor whom Jesus Loves.


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