Pastor's Corner

July 2017

July 30th, 2017

Matthew 7:13: "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it."

We live in a time of political correctness in which it seems everyone is afraid to say anything to anybody because we are afraid we will offend them.  Of course, I think there are many who are looking to be offended.  We advertise that we believe in free speech and yet we try to dampen any speech what so ever that is different from ours. At the basis of all this is fear and that is one more reason to believe that we are living in the last days because the Lord has told us that fear will come upon the earth. 

One of the things that many Christians are afraid of is that people will think because they expound their Christian views, they are narrow minded.  Being narrow minded according to the world means that you will not accept any other belief systems. 

May I tell you that I don’t see how we can be a Christian and not be narrow minded to some extent.  This does not mean that we don’t love others or care for them for we do.  But do we believe there is only one way to Heaven? Yes.  Do we believe that there is only one name given under God that men might be saved?  Yes. 

Jesus came into this world to seek and save sinners and to rescue people like me and you.  I also believe that my Father in Heaven is Omniscient and that means He knows everything, and He is an all intelligent being.   If there are many ways to Heaven like some expound, then why would our Heavenly Father allow His Son, His only Son, the Son that He loves to be beaten to an inch of His life and then to be crucified.  Crucifixion was the cruelest way a person could die.  Why did Jesus die the way He did because there was no other way. 

The Lord tells us to enter the narrow gate and the reason is because the broad way may appear to be the happy way but the Lord knows that there are many things that the world says is all right, and this is the way, but they lead to destruction.

The old King James Version says that there will be “few that find it” “the narrow gate”.  Don’t take that to mean God is being selective because He is not, for whosoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved”.  He is saying to us that compared to all those in the world there will  not be many who find it.

The longer that I live the more I conclude that anything that is worth anything has a cost to it.  There is a cost in coming to Christ and He even tells us that no man building a building that he first sets down and counts the cost.  You and I need to realize there is a cost but the benefits out way the cost.  This is why Jesus went to the Cross for the Joy that was set before Him endured the cross (Heb.12:2).   The Apostle Paul said, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in you”.

The Lord is longsuffering not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.  The World and the flesh and the devil will stand in your way, but God the Father is standing on the porch of heaven and He is looking for His child to come home.

Pastor Lee Cruse who just like you stood in a place of decision and I am so thankful that I trusted Jesus as my Lord and Savior and it is the greatest decision that I ever made in my life.


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July 16th, 2017

John 16:13-14: "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you."

The Bible provides many ways to help us understand that the Holy Spirit is truly a person. That is, He is a personal being rather than an impersonal thing. Every pronoun used in reference in Scripture to the Holy Spirit is He and not it. The original Greek language of the New Testament is explicit in confirming the person of the Holy Spirit.

Notice John 15:26 and what Jesus said: “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.” Jesus said He will testify of Me!

In fact, the Scripture that we opened with John 16:13-14 notice that He is used by Jesus 8 times, so the Holy Spirit is a person.

Matthew 28:19 Teaches us to baptize in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This puts the person of the Holy Spirit on equal footing with the Father and Jesus the Son.

As I read scripture I find in the Person of the Holy Spirit these things. That you can grieve Him (Eph.4:30), We can sin against Him (Isa.63:10), He can be lied to (Acts 5:3), We are to obey Him (Acts 10:19-21) and we are to honor Him (Ps. 51:11)

The Holy Spirit has attributes and this points to His personality. He has life (Rom.8:2), He has a will (I Cor.12:11), He is Omniscient (ICor.2:10-11), He is eternal (Heb.9:14), He is Omnipresent (Ps. 139:7)

Think about this, many times I have heard someone say how wonderful it would have been to live in the time our Lord walked the earth. But Jesus as long as He was in an earthly body was limited (by choice) to one area and people to minister to.

But because He has now gone back to Heaven, He promised us that the person of the Holy Spirit would come. And now because the Holy Spirit has come our Lord can minister all over the world at the same time. He can minister to you and to me and someone else on the other side of the world. How close are we to Him, He through the wonderful Holy Spirit is inside of you, how close is that?

How loving and kind and gentle the person of the Holy Spirit is, and therefore He has been pictured as a dove. May you and I come to know the person of the Holy Spirit.

Pastor Lee Cruse who has a desire to know the Holy Spirit in all His Fullness.


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July 9th, 2017

Jonah 4:1  But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he became angry.

We are finishing up studying the book of Jonah.  Most people only know Jonah as the guy who was swallowed by a big fish, doesn’t say whale, and lived.  That in its’ self is quit the miracle.   But we have found as we study this book, that there is much more to this four-chapter book.

The fact that Jonah ran from God and tried to go 2000 miles in the other direction to Tarshish, which is in Spain, is one thing.  But the greatest miracle to me is not just Jonah being swallowed by a great fish but that God was so patient with him, and even gave Jonah a second chance.  Jonah 3:1 says “now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time…   How true it is that our Heavenly Father is “long suffering not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance”.

God is a God of second and third and even fifty or more chances, if we will  mean business with Him, because He means business with us.   But an even greater miracle that God did through Jonah was when Jonah did go to Nineveh and was obedient to the Lord and that entire city was saved. 

The miracle of Nineveh a city with estimates of 150,000 to 600,000 people fell to their knees and repented at the message of Jonah.  The message was only 8 words and in Hebrew only 5 words and because of their repentance Jonah 3:10 says “God relented from the disaster that He had said He would bring upon them”. 

Now we see a danger, that  when we try to do the Lords business we have to be careful about.  Jonah preached the message that God had given to him and all these thousands of people were saved and yet Jonah was angry.  In other words, Jonah did what God told Him to do but He didn’t love those people.  Is it possible to minister to people but not really care about them?  Oh, what a thought that we could minister but not do it in love because we care about what people might say but we don’t care about people. 

What a shame that God can use a person to be a blessing to others and yet that person not partake in the blessings God gives.  

Jonah’s concerns were, that he had earlier prophesied that Israel would be given back their land and God did and Jonah was a very popular prophet.  But now he was concerned that if his Jewish friends found out that he was the instrument God used to save Nineveh they would be upset. 

We as God’s people must take a stand but we must be careful that our allegiance is always to Christ and Christ alone.  We must be careful in our day, we have been called to be followers of Jesus Christ, but I see too many today just like Jonah that are narrow minded patriots and this is on both sides.  

Whenever reputation is more important than character and pleasing oneself and our friends is more important than pleasing God then we are in danger of becoming like Jonah.   If we are not careful we end up living to defend our prejudices instead of fulfilling our spiritual responsibility. 

The Apostle Paul once said, “I determined to know nothing among you but Christ and Christ crucified”.  I think that is a good way to live. 

Pastor Lee Cruse the pastor who longs for Jesus to come and begin to run things. 


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July 2nd, 2017

Titus 2:11: "For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,"

I am now on my 26th year of pastoring and there are times of great discouragement but the one thing that keeps me going is the Grace of God. In this church we talk a great deal about grace, but if you will notice the verse that is before us says “the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men”. You can’t separate the Grace of God from Jesus. He is the one that appeared and He is the one that brings salvation.

Grace is the most wonderful thing in all existence, for in a world of darkness and evil, a world of misunderstanding, a world of hurt Grace appeared.

Grace is a new beginning for those who have stumbled and have fallen. Sometimes, we excuse sin and we sugar coat it. We present our sins as if what we did deliberately, was forced on us. But you and I both know that this is not true, and the Lord who was there and saw what we did also knows, He saw it.

But to that person Grace appeared and God through Christ forgives that person. Sometimes I think there are those who think there is no hope for them, that they know what they did, and they did it intentionally. But you know God’s grace has appeared to them also.

To those who think they have sinned so much or have gone so far that they can’t be forgiven, Romans 5:20 tells us But where sin abounded, (that means gone farther than we wanted to go) grace abounded much more. When you read this in the Greek it says where sin did abound grace (huperperisseuo) it super abounded.

God’s Grace, Jesus has appeared to all humanity and God is saying no matter what you have done Jesus is greater than any sin, any mess, any misunderstanding, and: He is greater than any possible hateful thing that anyone has ever done to you.

The question to you and I is not whether God will forgive or can forgive for that is a done deal. The question is will we receive the Grace, will we receive the person of Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:17 tells us For if by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

Here is the question will you today if you have not already, will you receive abundance of grace and will you receive the gift of righteousness. Because those who will receive will reign in life.

How can anyone of us live our life and not come to Jesus. Your Father in Heaven has done all the work, will you open your life up to receive what Christ has done.

Pastor Lee Cruse, who is thankful for the Grace of God.


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