Pastor Roger’s Blog 
 

Santity of Life

January is Sanctity of Life month, and Spirit Filled Church is on board 100%. Next Saturday we travel to San Francisco to march for life. We want to let the world know we believe in fighting for the unborn. When someone can’t defend themselves, I believe God would have those who can defend the helpless. We believe that every person has a God given right to live, after all, He is the who can give life and even more abundantly. 

     God gives and God takes away. On Friday morning, Ray Marks went to his eternal reward. We have known Ray for many years and I know he loved and served Jesus. Let’s all pray for comfort for his family as it is always difficult to say the final farewell. We know Ray loved his family and I know he wants everyone of them to be with him again. Let’s pray that his passing will bring his kids to a closer walk with Jesus.

     There are a lot of great tings happening here at Spirit Filled. Our men had great kick off dinner and our ladies will have theirs next Friday. I believe our people are at an all-time high of expectation. Have you thanked Jesus for a true Spirit Filled Church this year? What a blessing to be a part of Christ’s body who knows His Holy Spirit is for today.

     I know we have the best working church in the city. I want to thank all of you who decorated and also took it all down. Thank God for our volunteers who go above and beyond the call of duty. Our study Tuesday evening is a reminder of why we work for His Kingdom and how He will reward those who are faithful. God bless each one of you.



Building Christ’s Kingdom

     Two down 50 to go, so how is your plan working in building Christ’s Kingdom so far? It has been said no one is ever late, they just didn’t start on time. Spirit Filled Church is off to a great start. Beginning with our New Year’s Eve Watch Night service. Ask your Christian friends how many attended their “Watch Night Service” and see them give you a puzzled look. It’s not the sheep’s fault if they do not have a leader. You might say ‘what’s the big deal about a Watch Night Service?’ Well, not only does Jesus expect us to watch at night but each and every day.

     Matthew 25:13 “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”

     Remember the therefore rule, go back and see what it is there for! When we do that in this passage, we see we better be sure our lamp is full and have a reserve of oil. The oil in the scripture always represents the anointing of the Holy Spirit. How can Christians be filled if they haven’t heard about the in-filling? Acts 19:2 He said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.”

     Please note this was several years after the “Day of Pentecost” meaning the Holy Spirit was fully come. Acts 2:1

     People were being saved but not all were being baptized in the Holy Spirit. How can they if they have not been taught? This Tuesday evening we begin a study on doing works. And here again I think many Christians do not think they need to do works or be involved in the work of the church “The Body of Jesus”. I think this will be a great opportunity to self-examine ourselves. It will help as we go forward in the New Year to reach out to those who have not heard.

                                                                   God Bless You,
                                                                  Pastor   Roger 


Happy Mothers’ Day

 

     Happy Mother’s Day to all the ladies in church today. We are very thankful for the godly women God has placed in this church body. As you know, I love Mother’s Day and want to remind all women this is about you and your mother. You do not need to be a mother in order that you would honor your mother, even should she have been a poor role model she still deserves your respect according to the Word of God. I pray we all will remember the mothers who gave us life. I, for one, am “pro-life!”

     As we look ahead to this next weekend service with Evangelist Mario Murillo, his wife and team, we are anticipating a great harvest of souls. We also expect to see miracles and signs and wonders. Brother Mario has asked us to bring everyone who needs a miracle of healing. I am believing for the sick to be made well and the lost to be found. Remember, this was not man’s idea but Jesus recorded His words over two thousand years ago. Yes, it does matter how you feel about this. We must gather in Christ’s name with expectant faith.

     Mark 9:23-24, 
Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”

     Jesus is only asking that we would exercise the faith he has already given us. I am confident when we get our eyes off ourselves and see Jesus, we will have these great miracles for our church and even the world.

     Thank God for your prayers and support. I know Jesus has Spirit Filled on the right course.

Pastor Roger                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


National Day of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer is in the History Books of 2017. I thank God for all of you at Spirit Filled who helped make it a great success. Our prayer for next year is that Christians in Northern Nevada will come out and help us pray for America.

     Our president gave great comments about God, His Word and prayer for America. President Trump said more about God on Thursday than all the other presidents I can remember. Thank God for our president who stands up for the Christian church. Yes, he is far from a perfect man but he stands up for the only one who is perfect.

     Daniel 9:19, “O Lord, hear. O Lord, forgive. O Lord, listen and act! For your own sake, do not delay, O my God, for your people and your city bear your name.”

     This verse was on the cover of the program. I wonder what pastor, what church or the weakest Christian wouldn’t want to pray this on county property. I thank God that we have a praying church and not afraid to pray in public.

     Now what are we going to do about it? I tell you as we reemphasize evangelism we must win the lost and train them up as disciples who are brave enough to stand up in the town square. Thank God for His faithfulness.

God Bless,   
Pastor  Roger
    


Evangelism

     Evangelism, e-van-ge-lism (noun)…The spreading of the Christian gospel by public preaching or personal witness – zealous advocacy of a cause.

     I Samuel 17:29, And David said, “What have I done now? Is there not a cause?”

     Evangelism, no ministry in the church is more vital. Evangelism involves several key actions telling the good news, announcing the Kingdom (reign) of God, and bearing witness.

     We were reminded last week of the 40 days after the resurrection of Jesus He spent a lot of time exhorting the apostles to go out and win the lost. He gave the great commission before His ascension in Matthew 28:19, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

     This was one of His final commands and I am confident this is what He would have his church engaged in. Every believer can be a soul winner even if we have to just give a cup of cool water in His name.

     The first thing we must do is to pray God will put upon our hearts to be active in his harvest. Most Christians want to win souls but many have been led to think they can’t because they feel unqualified. Our church is making plans as to how all can be trained and equipped.

     Start today asking God in earnest prayer to give you a heart for the lost. We must have desire before we can accomplish anything. We begin today but we also are planning some classes with Evangelist Mario Murillo will be announcing in our May 21st. In a city that is less than 5% churched just about everyone you run into needs to hear the message. Be ye prepared.
 
God Bless,   
Pastor  Roger
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              


Spring into Soul Winning

     Spring is officially here, everyone knows this is a new season. What would God be saying to Spirit Filled Church as we enter this new season? I am convinced He is speaking to our church about soul winning. I believe the Holy Spirit has been speaking to me these last couple of months to engage in active evangelism. We have tried all kinds of technics, everything from side walk Sunday School to giving new bicycles. The most effective way I have experienced is the Body of Christ agreeing on reaching out to people we know and cross our paths on a daily basis.

  • Step one is to agree it is God’s will and command for believers to win souls.
  • Step two is to pray and ask God to open our eyes to those He has marked for salvation.

     I know that Jesus died for all sinners but we know God knows everyone will not be saved. We also know there are people we know who are ready to receive and serve our Lord and Savior. There is no higher calling than to be a disciple of our resurrected living God. How happy are you knowing your sin debt is paid in full? Well, there are many just like us who would receive Him if only we could bring them to Him. Let’s pray like never before for the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us to those who are held in bondage. Jesus is the answer and we are simply instruments in his hands.

     My prayer simply, Jesus help me to see through your eyes and guide me to a hurting broken heart that you will heal and give eternal life. Don’t look for the most beautiful but look for those who are down trodden and need a savior. Jesus said ‘the well do not need a physician.’ He will guide us to those He has marked by His Holy Spirit.                                   
God Bless, 
Pastor  Roger                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            


Palm Sunday

The History of Palm Sunday

     The celebration of Palm Sunday originated in the Jerusalem Church, around the late fourth century. The early Palm Sunday ceremony consisted of prayers, hymns, and sermons recited by the clergy while the people walked to various holy sites throughout the city. At the final site, the place where Christ ascended into heaven, the clergy would read from the gospels concerning the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. In the early evening they would return to the city reciting: “Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord.” The children would carry palm and olive branches as the people returned through the city back to the church, where they would hold evening services.

The Meaning of Palm Sunday

     Palm Sunday commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. The gospels record the arrival of Jesus riding into the city on a donkey, while the crowds spread their cloaks and palm branches on the street and shouted “Hosanna to the Son of David” and “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” to honor him as their long-awaited Messiah and King.

     The significance of Jesus riding a donkey and having his way paved with palm branches is a fulfillment of a prophecy spoken by the prophet Zechariah (Zechariah 9:9). In biblical times, the regional custom called for kings and nobles arriving in procession to ride on the back of a donkey. The donkey was a symbol of peace; those who rode upon them proclaimed peaceful intentions. The laying of palm branches indicated that the king of palm branches indicated that the king of dignitary was arriving in victory or triumph.

God Bless,
Pastor  Roger                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


Keep Christ First

    April 2017 – how many thought we would live to see it. April is a great month as we celebrate our Lord Jesus sacrifice for all mankind. Thank God for Jesus who paid the entire cost of our

sin, our sin was actually nailed to that old rugged cross.

     I feel for those who do not believe in Jesus. Just think what it would be like to stand before the great white throne judgement knowing full well that none of us are perfect in ourselves. One thousandth of a blemish and we would be doomed forever because the Bible is clear that God cannot look upon sin. I have never met anyone who was brazen enough to claim they were 100% perfect in everything they have done. The truth is we all need a savior and the Bible says Jesus was the perfect sacrificial Lamb without the slightest blemish. He was perfect then and He is perfect today, and all who will believe in Him shall be covered by His perfection.

     I would like to make every effort this month to keep Him foremost in our mind. Let’s commit to making this month a month to remember the greatest sacrifice ever given.

     I hope we will all memorize 2 Corinthians 5:21, “For He (God) made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 

     My prayer for Spirit Filled Church is that we come closer to Him than ever. Let’s press in and rise above all the worldly distractions that separate us from being disciples that are willing to go the extra mile as we carry the message of His death, burial, and resurrection.

 God Bless,  
Pastor  Roger                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


What If…

Deuteronomy 28:2 – All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God.
What if …
Ÿ   What if we did exactly what God told us to do?
Ÿ   What if He told you to go dip in the Truckee River 7 times, would you?
Ÿ   What if He told you to run around the church shouting “hallelujah”, would you do it?
Ÿ   What if He asked you to give all you have, would you do it?
Ÿ   What if He asked you to walk forward during a service, would you go?
Ÿ   What if He asked you to pray for your enemy, would you gladly do it?
Ÿ   What if He asked you to read his word, would you read it?
Ÿ   What if He asked you to follow him, would you?
Ÿ   What is He asking you to do today and will you say “yes”?
 

    Some things seem easier than others but they all require us to surrender to the Word and Will of God. If we will obey, it comes with all the blessings of God.

God Bless You, Pastor Tim     



To The Victor Goes The Crown

Congratulations President Elect Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. I do believe this church and all the prayer warriors across this nation had our prayers answered. The only person that I heard say “God told me” was Joan Vereen who stood before our pastors group and prophesied that Donald Trump would be elected president in this election. Well, it certainly came to be, thank God. Now, we who prayed that way must continue to pray and believe he will allow God to use him. I hope and pray we won’t be like the 9-11 tragedy when it seemed every church and cathedral was jammed packed for about sixty days then it seemed the allegiance died down. If we truly want America great again, we must continue to pray for our leaders as the Bible tells us to do; America will never be great until we allow God in the person of Jesus Christ to rule and reign our lives. Of course we know full well there will always be those who hate the name of God, however, we have just witnessed what God will do through the power of prayer. I am confident we, at Spirit Filled Church, will continue to be active in praying for our nation. We know no man can heal our nation, but we also know God will use men and women as instruments in His hand to get His will done. It is never enough to agree in theory and expect someone else to get the job done, we all have a part and responsibility to stand up for truth and righteousness. I pray for strength for each and everyone who holds the Name of Jesus up as the one and true God. Now is the time we pray and obey.