Pastor's Corner

May 2017

May 21st, 2017

1 Samuel 17:32: "Then David said to Saul, "Let no man's heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine."

This is one of the most familiar stories in the Bible where David went up against the giant Goliath. This is also a story that the Lord included in the scripture to encourage you and me. In I Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.

May I ask do you feel like you are facing giants in your life? Because if you are then there are several things that we can learn from the life of David.

First, I want to notice David’s faith, David said let no man’s heart fail because of him. The Bible tells us that if we are going to accomplish anything in the Kingdom of God then we must do what Hebrews 11:6 tells us to do. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

Our overall trust must be in Him and not in man nor his methods. Rom. 1:17 says “For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith." It is not faith in faith that some have but it is Faith in Jesus Christ”. Sometimes people will have a battle with going to the doctor and question as to whether or not they are trusting in the Lord when they go. I would tell anyone the main thing is to read Matthew 6:33 “seek first the Kingdom of God” so when I am facing a giant the first thing is to trust the Lord with all my heart and then if I need to go to the doctor I go.

David with all his faith and yet there were others that tried to discourage him. Yes Goliath did, “he cursed David”. But even those that were on David’s side, Saul said in I Sam. 17:33 And Saul said to David, "You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth."

David’s faith started before he came to face Goliath, for verses 34-37 David tells about how he had been keeping his father’s sheep and had to fight a bear and a lion. I wish I could convince people that what you are doing today is building up equity for tomorrow. How you live today will effect whether or not you will stand tomorrow. Many times I have been confronted by folks who are going through an unbelievable time and ready to give up. Then you look at how they lived their life. They had no time for God, church was seen as something they had to go to, almost a nuisance, and when the storms came they were not ready. If you will trust God in the Sunshine He will walk with you in the storms.

There will also be times when you are facing a giant that people will suggest other methods other than trusting in the Lord. Saul suggested that David take his armor. When David stood up he couldn’t walk thus he discarded it. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto thy on understanding in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.(Prov. 3:5-6) I want to get the Lord involved on the front end and therefore I know what ever happens He is in control.

What we see in this story is that when you are faced with a giant if you will have faith and trust the Lord then you to will be able to defeat your giants. David took a rock and rolled the giant Goliath, David rocked him and he rolled and no that is not where rock and roll started.

Pastor Lee Cruse, the pastor that realizes he is to weak and does not have the strength nor intelligence to run things on his own—I must turn them over to my Lord Jesus.


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May 14th, 2017

Isaiah 41:10: "Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."

The Bible tells us 365 times to “fear not”, one for every day of the year. Throughout my life I have had to remind myself over and over that I have a relationship with the Lord. By this I mean that the world and the flesh and the devil will continually try to minimize the relationship of Father and Child down to a legalistic method of living.

Did you notice that Isaiah says “I am with you” that He “will strengthen you and He will help you and will uphold you with His right hand”. Yet I continually hear people ask questions such as “if I do this can I still be a Christian”? In other words what is the least I can do and still be considered for Heaven?

Suppose I took that same concept and applied it to my relationship with my wife. I did just enough so I could stay married to her, I don’t think that would work especially with my wife. She wouldn’t let me get away with it and I don’t blame her.

The Pharisees and Sadducees had come up with 630 traditions or laws and Jesus relationship with them was terrible. In fact He told us that “unless our righteousness exceeded the righteousness of the Pharisees and Sadducees we would by no means enter the Kingdom of Heaven”. This is because it is not ritualistic it is an intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Intimacy or the first step to developing an intimate (and fulfilling) love relationship with God is to admit that the abundant life He promises will never be found in another person. Instead, as the definition of zoe (life) shows, true abundant life is internal and it’s found in Christ alone.

Jesus has told us in John 10:10 that He came to give us life and to give it to us more abundantly. Within any relationship there are things that I can do and things I can’t do if I want the relationship to flourish. The Bible even tells us that when we move away from Him or do something that is against His will and His word we grieve Him. That is how much He cares for us. When God created us He didn’t need us but He wanted us and He wanted a relationship with us.

The Bible also tells us that when we refuse to do what the Holy Spirit has directed us to do we grieve the Holy Spirit.

Many times I have had a discussion with people and they want to debate on how we need the law to keep us on the right path. I agree that the law is good and great and is perfect. The problem is we can’t keep the law. In fact Romans 3:20 says that “by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified”. People still don’t understand the Grace of God and how powerful it is.

We have something stronger in our life than the law, it’s the presence of the Holy Spirit and when I sin and do something the Lord doesn’t want me to do, I just don’t break a law or a rule, I hurt the One who loved me the most. The One who has stood by me through thick and thin. The One who has seen good in me all my life, the One who has never given up on me. The One who gave His only begotten Son to rescue me.

It is a relationship and I want that relationship to flourish and to grow and grow. But guess what your Father in Heaven wants that closeness even more than we do.

Pastor Lee Cruse, the pastor who wants that intimate relationship with the Lord.


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May 7th, 2017

Psalms 84:2-4: "My soul longs, yes, even faints For the courts of the LORD; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Even the sparrow has found a home, And the swallow a nest for herself, Where she may lay her young-Even Your altars, O LORD of hosts, My King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in Your house; They will still be praising You. Selah"

It is hard to believe that it has been thirteen years since the first service of Grace Bible Church was held. It has actually been 18 years since the idea of an independent work came into our minds. A work that would emphasize God’s wonderful Grace and Christ finished work on Calvary.

There is no way that any man could orchestrate all the things that have happened and taken place. Every step it seems the Lord has had his hand on this fellowship. Every step when there was a need and all of a sudden that need was supplied and He continues to supply our every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

When I think of this church I also think of all those who have been a part of this church family, who have been called home. At one time there were eighteen wonderful people here, that are now in Heaven. How much I miss them, and there are even times I will see someone that reminds me of them.

Do you ever get home sick? I do and more and more I realize that I am not a citizen of this world. Heaven is my home and the older I get I come to the conclusion that I now know more people in Heaven than I know on this earth.

I can say with the Psalmist “my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God”. Yes the swallow has found a home and even your altars, O Lord of hosts my King and my God. It is true that those we love who have gone on before are better off than we are, “blessed are those who dwell in Your House; They will still be praising You”.

My I tell you that it won’t be long until the Lord comes to get us! I know that many of us get tired, but the Lord is our strength and it is His strength that will see us through not our strength. You and I will tire out and already there are those who have become so busy that they are tired. They say they need time now to be able to meet the demands within their life. What they don’t realize the very thing that will energize them is the Lord. Many times when I talk to people that have fallen into this trap, they assure me the Lord is first in their life. May I tell you that one of the signs a person is running from the Lord, like Jonah who wanted to take a trip 2000 miles away from Jerusalem? Jerusalem represented the manifested presence of the Lord. One of the signs in a person’s life that they are running from God is when they start missing church. Church represents the presents of God.

There is a wonderful sound to Homecoming, to come Home, for it is at home with the Lord we find what we have always been looking for.

Pastor Lee Cruse, who believes Home and Homecoming have a special meaning, and who wants every person to come home.


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April 30th, 2017

Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened”.

There are many great and precious promises within the Word of God but one of the greatest is when our Lord tells us to come to Him when we have need. I believe that prayer is one of the most neglected practices within the lives of many Christians today. James even tells us “That the reason you have not is because you ask not”. Many suffer because they don’t take advantage of one of the greatest privileges that mankind has and that is to come to the throne of Grace as often, and at any time.

In Philippians 4:8, the Lord contrasts two things. One is anxiety and believe me, in this world every day I see people that are filled with anxiety and worry. The second thing is prayer and I believe that the Lord is telling us that if we are filled with anxiety and worry it is because we have not prayed. Prayer is the opposite of anxiety. If you truly look at the concerns in your life that seem to radiate, ask the question “have I prayed about this”? I can almost say with assurance that you have not!

Now I am not talking about one of those “now I lay me down to sleep” type of prayers that you learned as a child, no I am talking about praying in a way that when you get up you know the Lord has heard you. (1John 5:14-15) You have a confidence that He has heard you and you have peace that He will deal with it even though the answer has not yet manifested itself.

Understand when the disciples ask Jesus to teach them to pray, Jesus said “when you pray”, in other words He was taking for granted that they did pray. Our Father wants to hear from you each day. The Jews prayed three times a day and that was because Abraham who prayed in the morning, and Isaac who prayed at lunch time and Jacob who prayed at supper.

Now why is it that God wants to answer your prayers, because you are the bride of His Son, Jesus! When we pray in His will and don’t ask amiss that we would consume it on our own lust, He bends His ear down and answers. The Bible tells us that those who trust and believe in Jesus Christ as God’s Son are the Bride of Christ, (II Cor. 11:2 and Rev. 19:7-8). You know if my daughter-in-laws were to come to me and say they have brought children into the kingdom and need milk and diapers or whatever, I am going to get it for them, because I love my sons and I love my daughter-in-laws and I love my grandchildren. I don’t know of any father-in-law or grandfather if their kids needed something that they wouldn’t provide it.

The Bible Says “if you being evil know how to give good things unto your children then how much more will your Heavenly Father give good things to those who ask. (Matt. 7:11) What a privilege we squander when we refuse to turn everything over to our Father in Heaven.

Pastor Lee Cruse the Pastor who needs to pray and trust in everything in His life.


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