Pastor's Corner

September 2017

September 17th, 2017

Philippians 4:14 -17: “Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress.  Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only. For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account.

Paul in writing to the Philippine Church commends them for their generosity and their compassion toward others.  They gave sacrificially and many gave when they didn’t have it to give.  They gave because they had love for the brethren.  Jesus once said that the world will know that we are His disciples if we have love one for another.

Last Sunday, God presented us with an opportunity to show our love for others to show comfort and caring for those that have just gone through one of the worst Hurricanes Florida has had.  The moment that I told you of their need and then we prayed for the Lord to give us an opportunity to share in this effort.  On Saturday, when I got the call from Brother Jonathan Vorce from the Lake Wood Church of God, I believe that God was orchestrating an opportunity for His people to come together in love.

I can’t imagine what it would be like to lose your home, and everything you have.  I also heard that in Texas only 7% had flood Insurance.  This disaster will last for months, maybe years.

Grace people came through. You raised right at $3,000 dollars and that didn’t include all the cases of water and cleaning supplies our church is sending back with them two generators and two chainsaws that we purchased at Lowes.  Does it not feel good to give, no wonder that God loves a cheerful giver.

I want you to know I am so proud of you and to be called your pastor.  What wonderful and generous people we have with such a big heart. 

Pastor Lee Cruse the pastor of the Grace Bible Church that Jesus Loves.

 



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September 10th, 2017

1 Corinthians 2:3: “I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.”

I once heard John Piper, who I greatly admire, talking to a group of young pastors and told them if there is one verse a pastor should live by it is I Corinthians 2:3. That I was with you, when you were going through the valley I was with you, when you were setting by side your loved one’s sick bed I was with you. When you walked to the grave side I was with you.

I didn’t delegate someone else to go, no it was me that was there standing by your side. To me this is the role of a pastor. Today when so many are looking for specific things in a church, I believe the number one thing is to have a caring pastor and a loving church.

Maybe right now you don’t see it, but I am afraid that the day will come when you will see it. It is interesting to me that the Bible when it talks about church attendance says in the book of Hebrews 10:25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. Did you notice that it says, “exhorting one another” that means your pastor and church is there for you?

Now some will say I would do that but I am afraid in those situations that I would not know what to say. Number one, what we are to say, the Lord will give us the words. (Col.4:4) But years ago I read a book by a man by the name of Joseph Bylie and the book was called “A View from a Hurst”. Joseph Bylie was a medical doctor who had lost three children. He lost a son to a motor vehicle accident at 17. He lost another child to leukemia at around 7 or 8 and he lost an infant. One of the things that he said was that the people He appreciated so much was those who came and didn’t try to explain why this had happened.

I know that many say things out of an uncomfortable ignorance. They see the person in pain and they truly want to make it better but they are uncomfortable and think if they could say the right thing they will relieve the agony this person is going through. But my friend I have been in that position more than I want to think about and I have learned that I don’t know why this tragedy has happened and neither does anyone else only the Lord knows.

Dr. Bylie said those he appreciated were those who came and sat and said nothing but let him know they were there and if he needed anything to let them know. Sometimes silence is golden and it is also powerful.

Now, understand that I am not saying that there are never times when the Holy Spirit does ask you to speak up and to use a comforting scripture to help someone. But you have to make sure that it is the Holy Spirit that is telling you to speak.

I also believe this verse is for parents and dads. So many families that I have done funerals for the one thing when asked about their mother or dad was they were always there for me. That means physically but it also means emotionally and mentally. It pays off to give yourself to others. Jesus said He came not to be served but to serve, and that should be our goal also.

Pastor Lee Cruse who wants to be there for this congregation.



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September 3rd, 2017

2 Corinthians 3:2: "You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody."

When you and I have come to know the Lord, one of the things that I believe happens is that there is a distinctive change that takes place within us. The Hope of Glory or Heaven for you and I is Christ in Us. (Col.1:27) Simply this means that people will see Jesus in our lives and our actions. 

The Bible is the living word of God (John 6:63) and we believe, because of that word living in us. (John 5:38) The word of God in the Greek is called the Spermatozoa.  When the seed of the word is planted deep into our hearts, God says that His word will not return unto Him void but would accomplish what He set it out to do. (Isa. 55:11). So when a person reads the word of God and that seed goes deep into his or her heart it will have an effect. 

Jesus is called the Logos or the word of God. (John 1:1) Most people in this culture will probably never pick up the Bible to read it.  Satan doesn’t want them to, because he knows that it will have a profound impact on them.  But people will watch you, they will watch your actions, they will listen to what you say.  My question to you is, will they see you or will they see Christ in You. 

Many people out in public will be seen as very religious but then they go home and it’s a different picture.  You can study the word, and study the word, but we must allow it to have an effect on us.  We are like the Sower and Seed, and remember that only one fell on good ground.  Other things prohibited the seed from growing.

Does your family see Christ in you, and do they see the outworking of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in you?  How about your spouse, has your marriage become legalistic that yes you are married and you do all the things that look like you have a successful marriage but is there passion?  Does your spouse feel that you want to spend time with her or him?  Many couples are like two passing ships in the middle of the night! 

May I also ask as we study the word do you cherry pick the portions that you want to look at or do you skip over those sections that make you feel uncomfortable.  For Instance, I Corinthians 7 is a chapter that every couple should read, it tells how to keep passion in your marriage where that you look forward to your husband coming home and he is looking forward to coming home. 

I find that many of the things that we are so embarrassed about, the intimate things that are between Husbands and wives, we refuse to discuss.  Yet these are the very things that God Himself established. But the devil out in the world doesn’t think they are taboo and so Satan takes the pure and righteous things and desecrates them. 

Men need to learn to touch their wives with a loving touch that has nothing to do with sex.  That your wife feels your touch and knows it is a touch of love.  Men need that reassurance that his wife steal thinks he’s the one.  I once heard a husband say when told he needed to tell his wife he loved her, he said “I told her that I loved her when we got married and thought that was enough”.   Now we all know that is ridiculous, your wife needs to be told you love her on a regular basis. 

But your husband needs that reassurance also, that you think he is your man.  Now some may be saying that’s crazy but Christ in you won’t.  Christ in you steps out of your comfort zone and does what the Holy Spirit tells you to do! 

Pastor Lee Cruse who needs to turn the Almighty Son of God loose in him.          



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