Believe

Hey Everyone. Hope you can join me for the next 30 weeks as we will mull over some powerful life questions like; ‘What do I believe’? What Should I do’? ‘Who am I becoming’?

Alliston Pentecostal Church is initiating a church wide event where every department will be examining the Bible so we might know how to live life the way God designed us. We’re partnering with the series ‘BELIEVE’ by Randy Frazee. Believe is an action word. Obtaining a solid foundation spiritually will put the ‘extra’ in ‘ordinary’. What Jesus so radically began 2000 years ago, he is doing again today, if you will only BELIEVE.

Come with me, believe with me, every Sunday morning starting at 10:30am.

Pastor Wayne Lucas

WHEN GOD IS SILENT

A former US. President, who himself often had to endure long receiving lines at the White House complained that no one really paid any attention to what was said.   One day, during a reception, he decided to try an experiment.

To each person who came down the line and shook his hand, he murmured, “I murdered my grandmother this morning.”

The guests responded with phrases like, “Marvelous! Keep up the good work. We are proud of you. God bless you, sir.”
It was not till the end of the line, while greeting the ambassador from Bolivia, that his words were actually heard.

Un-phased, the ambassador leaned over and whispered, “I’m sure she had it coming, sir.”

Have you ever wondered if GOD IS LISTENING?

You have found yourself in a difficult financial situation, or maybe your marriage is breaking up.  You have a physical condition that you have yet to receive the healing you have been believing God for.  Do you feel hopeless, maybe grief over the loss of a loved one – not understanding why.  Add to that unattained goals, emotional upheaval and a personal loss … and a follower of Christ might just conclude  ‘God isn’t listening to me’ or ‘God doesn’t Care’, and settle for resignation.

Lie!

You’re believing a lie.

God does hear, He does care, and He actually IS INVOLVED.

Maybe you just need to look at your circumstances in a different light.

For the next couple weeks friends, would you join me in my Sunday messages (available on the website for download) so that you might get a RIGHT PERSPECTIVE of why it appears GOD IS SILENT?

Pastor Wayne Lucas

FISHING

I enjoy fishing, but admit – I’m not a good fisherman. I have not taken the effort to learn about different fish types, and which lures are for which fish. A serious fisherman would not overlook that.
There are some basic qualities of a fisherman. Example: They are passionate about fishing. Fisherman do not get sidetracked by disappointments. Fisherman are equipped with the right tools to do their job.
Oh ya. That’s where novice fisherman like me stop, and real fisherman rise up.

I just saw something from scripture I hadn’t seen before. That when Jesus called people to follow him, he didn’t promise them eternal rewards, great benefits packages, or a fun time … no – Jesus simply told them that if they follow Him, He would make them ‘fishermen’. Not just fishermen of fish, but fishermen of men. I know, it’s confusing!

Join me for the next two weeks, as we take a new look at an old story. It’s time we go FISHING!

‘THE STORY’ series

I believe this new series  ‘THE STORY’ is one of a kind, that can change lives forever.

For those who are church goers, ‘THE STORY’ helps piece together bible events and people that make sense.  Now you will understand how it all fits together, and points towards the Christmas Story, and the Easter Story.

For those who just don’t ‘get’ the bible, all it’s mysterious stories, and why the need for the death and resurrection of Jesus … THE STORY series I believe will connect the dots for you.

Every Sunday morning at 10:30A Alliston Pentecostal Church is running THE STORY series from now until May 2016.  We start with a 12 minute video feed that ends with a real life application.  Any first time visitor to the service will be issued a complimentary THE STORY book.  Any children attending will be a part of THE STORY children’s edition in our children’s sanctuary.  Each week’s story will be the center of discussion for the entire family.

This is GOD’S STORY, and this is YOUR STORY.  It is where the ‘upper story’ and the ‘lower story’ intersect.  Come see for yourself how all this comes together in THE STORY series.

Pastor Wayne

GIVING IT YOUR EVERYTHING

When did we start believing that God wants to send us to safe places to do easy things?  That playing it safe is safe?  That radical is anything but normal?

Half way is no way to live.  If my Lord Jesus hung on the cross for me, the least I can do is carry the cross for Him.  There use to be a song I sang  ‘If Jesus is not Lord of all, then He is not Lord at all.’   the Gospel costs nothing, but it demands everything.

Now that I’m in my 50 (something), I am marking my days here on earth much more deliberately.  There is so much to do for my Lord, and time is running out.  Now more than ever before, God needs my EVERYTHING.  He needs YOUR EVERYTHING.

So what would this look like?  How do I get there?

I hope and pray that in the next few weeks, God will ignite a fire in our hearts to serve Him.

OVERCOMING THE ENEMY

God will often use people and circumstances that arise against you, negative situations – to bring authentic progress in your life.  Paul said it in 2 Corinthians 4:17  ‘for our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

What this means is that all our afflictions or problems in life, no matter how horrible they seem, are not a big deal COMPARED to the payoff for facing and enduring them.

Someone once reminded me that ‘you will never be an exceptional person if you fight only ordinary battles’

In the sports arena, we know that ‘If you want to be No.1, you can’t just beat No.9’

For the next couple of weeks, I want to look at what God has to say regarding ‘being more than conquerors’ through Christ Jesus.  Hope you will either join us Sunday morning, or at least tune in to my audio message to study together this tremendous truth.

Pastor Wayne Lucas

Don’t let the devil steal your WORSHIP

Don’t you love the 18th book of of the Bible?  The book of Job?   What a book full of contrast and emotion.

It was Job’s custom to frequently offer sacrifices on behalf of his children.  Job was always praying and sacrificing over his children (animal sacrifices were the primary ways to worship in those days)

So why all the sacrificing?

*So that his sons might not be cursed before God!  Seriously, that is what he said!

Now here is where it gets interesting.  The very FIRST THING Satan touched in Job’s life was not his children, but HIS LIVESTOCK!

In the culture of the O.T., Satan had destroyed Job’s ability to worship when he took away the man’ herds of sacrificial animals.

It appears to me that it was only AFTER the devil took away Job’s ability to worship was Satan able to touch anything else in his life.

Here’s what I’m getting at…

Worship is the jugular vein of life in God’s kingdom.

*If Satan can stop your worship, then he will have access to anything else in your life.

The last chapter of Job – I notice an interesting thing.

God speaks to Job’s friends and tells them to bring some sacrificial animals to God for sacrifices, but God wanted JOB to pray over them.

In the very next verse following the act of sacrificial Worship, the bible says that ‘everything that Job had was restored and more.

 

*Once worship was restored, everything else was also restored!

*If Satan can stop you and me from worshiping, he will steal from you, your family, your job, your joy, your church…

Just started a sermon series about ‘WORSHIP’.  Take a listen on the website, and tell me what you think.

– Wayne