February 1, Newsletter 2021

BE MY VALENTINE’S

Let us pray

Father, We seek your presence that we may be made aware of power beyond ourselves. Forgive us when we forget that your ability is always available to us as we struggle in our daily walk with thee. We seek your presence, Father, because we need a strong shield against temptation, we are tempted daily by the devices of the world. Keep us we pray from compromising your truths or engaging in activity’s that are displeasing to you. We need your presence that we may find the ability and desire to be taught what is Godlike and right. We need your presence so that we might understand what is holy and sacred and eternal.

Father, we need your presence so that we might have a love for your word with all its power and insight and guidance. We need your presence so that we may be examples of Godlikeness as we walk in the community, and as we show loyalty to your kingdom, and serve you in all humility among our fellow human beings, and as we show care for your creation. We pray this prayer in the name of Jesus, Amen.

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FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Carolee Johnson, Leah Wisher,
Nicole Uszengki, Leah Bean.

To add a loved ones name birthday
To our Birthday list email pastor Dennis at
denniscarolee@yahoo.com  

 

 

 

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Wear your mask in public.

Did you know you could save a life just by wear your face mask when out in public? It does save lives. Be the bigger person, wear your mask for the sake of your loved ones.

 

 

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The Pastor's Podcast

Now! You can listen to the Pastor’s sermons on Anchor at any time of the day, and it’s “FREE.” Join the Pastor on your smart phone as he discuss’: the title of your choice below.

     Sermon                                      Minutes


The gift of God                        38:00
The Christian Church                34:00
Understanding Communion       32:00
Facing the storm of life            32:00
The Christian Race                   44:00
Saturated with God’s word       36:00
The Temple of God                  29:00

Copy the link below into Goggle search on your smart phone To listen to the pod cast. https://anchor.fm/dennis-l-johnson/episodes/The-gift-of-God-eo9fea

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AN EYE OPENER

As a pastor, I was amazed, shocked, and surprised to see our Capital under attack. What surprised me the most was to learn that the Capital was not under siege by an enemy or a foreign terrorist, but by American Citizens with a grudge. What scared me the most about the Capital attack was that some folks in the crowd came with the mindset to kill our elected officials for performing their Jobs. Christians are taught to be angry but do not sin, nor give place to the devil to use you for evil (Eph.4:26,27). We know the unruly mob that attacked the capital were not from God; for John said, he who loves God must love his spiritual brothers and sisters also (1-Jn.4:21).

This mob of people was angered because they believed their presidential candidate lost the election because of foul play. And now they fear the Nation is in peril.
To me: pastor Dennis, it's like this group of people has
taken their eyes, their faith, and their hope for America off of God, the creator of the universe, and placed them on a man to solve the nation's problems. like a mere man can change the course of the world.

Will the world change? Yes, it will, but not until the
last-days (Read 2-Tim 3:1-5) Will religion be attacked? Yes, it will, silly, (Read Rev.13:1-18).
God has already written and foretold the History of the world and has placed it in the book of Revelation, Man, can not change, stop, or annuli God’s preordained course which He has set for the world.
Every Christian, believer, and follower of Christ whose name is, written, in the Lamb’s book of life wins!
(Read Rev.21:1-27).

The invisible God….

There is nothing sadder than not believing in God because you cannot see Him. But, this is how the Israelites treated the living God, even after He delivered them from the hand of Pharaoh.

No one but Moses had seen the Lord when He appeared to him in the burning bush (Ex.3:1-15). Not one person was present when God told Moses He had seen the oppression of the Israelites who are held captive in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters (Ex.3:7).

And the Lord had brought the Israelites out of Egypt, and when Pharaoh perused them, the Lord fought for the Israelites against the Egyptians (Ex.14:24-25).
The Israelites spent forty years in the wilderness, and God fed them daily (Ex.16:1-36).and he also gave them water to drink so they could quench their thirst.
(Num.20:1-13).

And their clothing and their shoes did not wear out
(Deut.29:5--6), yet the Israelites still found reasons to complain to Moses and Aaron about the Lord because they could not see Him.
Pharaoh, king of Egypt, had never seen God, nor did he know who God was, but, Pharaoh witnessed God’s
Miracles and felt His mighty power when Pharaoh refused to set the Israelites free (Read Ex.7:7-25),
And (Ex.8:1-32), (Ex.9:1-35).

Pharaoh’s army had never seen God either nor did they know who God was, but when God troubled the Egyptians chariots they told Pharaoh the Lord fights against the Egyptians (Ex.14:25). What’s my point for this article, well, I want you to understand that just because you do not see God dose not mean He is not moving in your life. God is your heavenly Father and He wants to be a part of your life but you have to let Him into your life. (Lk.11:2-4).

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DAD. What is love?

Son. Where are you getting all of these questions? Well, Dad. When you read the Bible to me, it states that the Christians, believers, and followers of Christ. Are to love one another. Yet, when I saw people beating one another with hockey sticks, flag poles, and their fists while attacking the capital. It made me wonder, dad, Does love even exist anymore in America?

First, let me say this son, John, the Disciple that Jesus loved wrote, those who love God must love their brothers and sisters as well (1-Jn.4:21). Jesus commanded His followers to love the Lord their God with all their heart. With all their soul, with all their mind, and with all their strength. Such is the first commandment. And the second commandment is like it you shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these
(Mark 12:29-31).

Jesus said, you have heard that it was said, you shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons and daughters of your Father in heaven (Matt.5:43-45).

Jesus taught Christians, and us also how to live as sons and daughters of God. However, all do not have faith, believe, or obey the words of Jesus. In (Lk.6:46), Jesus said, but why do you call Me Lord, Lord. And not do the things which I say?

It is out of God’s love for the wicked that He sent His Son Jesus into the world, because it is notGod’s will that anyone should perish but that all should come to repentance (2-Peter 3:9). Jesus said for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance (Matt.9:13). God’s will to save sinners should be a Christians will as well, but how dose a believer, preach to someone they hate or feel they are unworthy to be saved. God did not call us out of darkness to judge, but rather to love.

Peter, Jesus, favorite Disciple, was a judge; he only
preached to the Jews because he believed everyone else was unworthy. But in a vision, God said to Peter and us, as well, what God has cleansed you must not call, common or unworthy (Acts 11:9), and this reminds me of what Jesus said to His Disciples. In (Lk.18:8), Jesus said, when the Son of Man comes, will He “really” find faith on the earth? The Bible says Christ died for all peoples and not just for the ones we like or think should be saved (2-Cor.5:15).

My son, listen to me; love is sharing God’s blessings with others even when they don’t deserve it, or are of a different nationality. Remember how God demonstrated His love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Rom.5:8),
In (Gen.22:17), the Lord reminds us when we bless others, He the Lord will bless us (Gen.22:17). Paul joins in the conversation saying, whoever has this world's goods and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, (Does not help), how does the love of God abide in this man or woman? (Read 1-Jn.3:17-18).

The apostle Paul says Christian love suffers long and is kind; does not envy; does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice
in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

My son, be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, and in purity.

 

 

Christians don’t do that, Lie.

The apostle Paul said to Timothy, preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when the followers of Christ will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and believe a lie
(2-Tim.4:1-5).

The Bible list ten reasons why Christians should not
Lie.

1) God does not lie (Heb.6:18), and Christians should not either.
2) Christians are taught not to lie to one another (Col.3:9).
3) When a Christian lies, they lie not to men, but rather to God (Acts 5:4).
4) Christians should not lie because no lie is of the truth
(1-Jn.2:21).
5) A righteous man or woman hates lying (Pro.14:5).
6) The mouth of those who speak lies shall be stooped
(Psalm 63:11).
7) Those who speaks lies shall perish (Pro.19:9).
8) A poor man is better than a liar (Pro.19:22).
9) Lies are not from God, but rather from Satan (Jn.8:44).
10) The six things God hates (Pro.6:16-20.

There are six things the Lord hates, a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devise wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord or division among brethren. 

 

Why I cannot; but believe in God.

For me, pastor Dennis, I have no choice but to believe in God. Why do I believe in God? For one, since the age of eighteen, God has been revealing Himself to me in so many miraculous ways that I cannot help but believe

that God exists (Heb.5:4).

One such time was shortly after being Ordained I needed somewhere quiet where I could go and pray to the Lord. So, I converted some attic space into a prayer room, to use when praying to the Lord (Matt.6:6). Well, one day, while praying in the attic, I heard a voice say to me, Cry for My people.
I was startled and shocked because this was the first time that I heard the Lord’s voice while praying. I replied saying “what.” and the Lord said to me, Cry for My people. Once again, the voice said to me, cry for My people, and this time I responded by saying, I have nothing to cry about Lord, and thinking this was the end of the conversation, I begin to pray again.

And while I was praying, I felt something running down my checks so, I wiped them with my hand, and guess what? They were tears running down my cheeks. And these were not your usual tears; these tears were big, and my whole face was-soaked from the tears running down my cheeks. I could not believe that God was using my tears to cry for His people. It’s an honor to be used by God, even if it only involved shedding tears. I will never forget this experience I had with the Lord.

So I ask you, how can I not believe in God after experiencing such an encounter? Oh, this story is true. And it was me, Pastor Dennis, whom God used to cry for His people.

Why am I sharing this story with you? Well, for two reasons, 1), hopefully, you too may have had an encounter with the Lord. And 2) that you might know that God is active in the lives of believers, and He wants to be present in your life as well.

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