Pastor Roger’s Blog 
 

Passion Week

  Passion Week begins today, it seems to me we have been in a passion month. It seems nearly the whole world is shut down and if for any reason you are not self-quarantined, you do not love America or your family. Yes, I am in favor of taking necessary precautions and doing what we can to stop the virus of corona. Yet true numbers do not lie and there are still far more people dying from the regular flu and have for many years. So why all the panic” Well “they say” this is what we ought to do! Just think the most Holy Week in the entire Bible and I believe the devil has shut the church down without even a fight from most Christians. I do not live by “they say” but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God! Matthew 4:4

     Today is Palm Sunday and also known as “Triumphal Sunday”. I pray by the end of today, we can say “Yes this was a triumphal Sunday.” Most of our Christian lives we have been reminded we walk by faith not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7 and 2 Corinthians 4:18 “fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” Do you really think the world believes these passages? Well, right now many Christians are having difficulty to live this out. How can one fix their eyes on things not seen? Well, it is very elementary, these are “spiritual eyes” and spiritual eyes only see things that are not seen by physical eyes. Why are so many living in fear rather than faith? Only God knows, however, I believe Jesus Christ covers us and walks with us in every trial. Well, what shall we do? We must press in pray all the more, exercise our faith that it might be seen by unbelievers. We are in Jesus, the light of this unbelieving world. Thank God in the Name of Jesus we are passionate for His presence!
 
 
God Bless You,
 
Pastor   Roger 


For we walk by faith not by sight

To the church at Sparks Nevada, Spirit Filled Church. Yes, there is a lot on our plate. We are always concerned about the safety of this flock. We are taking every precaution we can to protect our people. However, I have not had the slightest sense that Jesus would have us close our church. Yes, I am praying about this, it is my main concern at this time. I can’t help but believe if the P.C. police can shut us down this easy way, what will happen when the days grow darker? Jesus said Luke 18:8 “I tell you that he will avenge them speedily nevertheless, then the Son of man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”  

     2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith not by sight.

     When God sent the death angel to Egypt, every doorpost covered by the blood of the lamb was safe. No one, not one died. We have applied the Blood of Jesus to our doorpost of our hearts. If Jesus takes us home, so much the better, this is not our home. I refuse to walk in fear and, no, I don’t think live streaming is the same as gathering in His Name and praying in the spirit. Yes, you can pray at home but there is power when we join together. I do not know one verse that says we should refrain from the local church, but we know a powerful verse. Hebrews 10:24 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.   

     What day? The day of our Lord’s return for His church the Bride. Choose this day for yourself but I for one would rather stand on the Word of God rather than the media who would if they could close every church in America. Stand firm!

                                                                   God Bless You,
                                                                  Pastor   Roger   



Thank-you

Norma and I want to thank all of you who helped make our 60th anniversary special. We had a great week off as we traveled to Phoenix to enjoy the playoff games of our great grandsons. Thanks to all of you who kept the fire burning in our absence. We were with you in spirit in every service. It’s always good to take a few days and see new places. Of course, we made a visit to their home church. It was really packed with people and programs. I always seek the Lord for our church when I see something new and different. I preach and teach we all should give ourselves a spiritual examination from time to time. That goes for the entire church body as well. I really believe we are on the right path that leads to heaven. We do not believe there are many paths but only one and it is straight and narrow. It’s not difficult to hear there are many ways to heaven, but we know there is only one and His Name is Jesus. 

     Today I want to reflect on our church direction and be open to hear the Holy Spirit.  Of course, we want to grow but if we compromise on the true Word of God, we could all be led astray. From the beginning God spoke to the foundation of our church must be built upon the Word of Jesus. Prayer, Praise and Worship and the Word of God will build a church that will not fail in times of crises. Any true Christian can see the spiritual attack on the Body of Christ. Shall we go with the crowd or shall we remain true to the vision Jesus clearly gave thirty years ago? I think the solid core of believers know the answer.



The Power of Jesus Blood

 

Today as Christians, we know about the blood, sing hymns about the blood, and remember it during Communion. But how many of us truly know how deep its power runs, and all that it has provided for us? Even more important how many of us use it and apply it in our lives every day?

God is love. And the greatest expression of His love toward us is the blood of Jesus. That love covers every need man has had or ever will have, and every time we apply the blood, we experience an outpouring of this love. It is love, through the blood, that has created a barrier between you and all the works of the devil.

 Of all the glorious things that the blood means, this is one of the most glorious: 

 “His blood is the sign, the measure, yes, the impartation of His love.” 

Let’s elevate the blood of Jesus to the same place in our hearts that it has in God’s heart and awaken in our spirits those powerful things the blood has procured for us. The power of the blood of Jesus has provided everything you need to live a life of victory, including redemption, fellowship, healing, protection and authority over the devil.

                                                                   God Bless You,
                                                                  Pastor   Jerry   



Lots of opportunities

Spirit Filled Church is alive and well. Thank God! Well, we are looking at another busy month. Thank God for all His blessings. The main thing is souls are being saved and many are being baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence. Evidence is very important, I pray there is enough evidence to convict me of Christianity. I did say last week if you become part of this body at least you will know you are saved. Thank God for the Cross of Calvary. Jesus paid it all and our job is to tell everyone we come in contact with.

Lots of opportunities this week to be involved; the Ranger race on Saturday is well worth the effort, Men’s Meeting this Friday and Jason Waayan is fired up about their mission to Yap Island. These three young men were blessed by our Lord Jesus to reach out to the lost souls and many healings.

If anyone is looking to be involved in the Body of Christ, this is the place. Our school is being blessed and we are reaching out to children to train them up in the way of the Lord. Parents can’t hope, without the church children will learn to follow Jesus. If we don’t train them the world will and that leads to eternal death. The most important thing we will ever do is to make disciples for Jesus.

I want to thank each and everyone of you who have committed to this vision God gave us 30 years ago. I do believe we are in the very last days and about to see Jesus come for His bride. Be ready, stay ready and reach out to everyone you can, and above all pray for these who are on the front line!

 

God Bless You,
Pastor Roger



Seak God’s Face

     What a week we have enjoyed. World events are happening faster than ever. The Word of God is being confirmed minute by minute. I really believe our prayers matter even as we pray for the world. As God pours out His Holy Spirit, the evil one is doing everything he can to distort the truth. In the Daily Bread this morning, we read Matthew 24:12 ”And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.” Interpreted “apathy” we must recognize the signs.

     Jesus said, “You can read the weather but not the signs of the Son of Man?” We must rely on the “Holy Spirit” at all times to keep up us on the path of truth. Jesus is the truth. Why are so many trying to silence Christianity, they are the ones who are blinded by the god of this age.

     Just about anyone can point out the problems but not many can bring answers for the battle going on. I am convinced each one of us must seek the face of God. We do praise Him for His hand of blessings but we need to see His glory. We all know only things done in the Spirit will last forever. Then why do we worry so much for these things that will pass away? We must enter into His Holy realm if we want to win the world. Being like the world or friends with those who do not love Jesus will not win them. Some think if you keep silent then they will come to Jesus. How foolish, only the gospel changes lives, breaks chains, set captives free. That is our mission and I am praying we will win thousands before the end. 

     Thank God for every one of you who are helping to win the lost. Spirit Filled is on the move and I know we are on the right path.   

                                                                   God Bless You,
                                                                  Pastor   Roger  


No man is an island

   Goodbye January, hello February. I hope you all have a great Ground Hog Day and it goes in your favor.

     We enjoyed a wonderful January even though it was extremely busy. I want to give a big thanks to all who help with all these ministries. 

     One lady said the Women’s Meeting was the best ever and I think the “March of Life” was a record on the West Coast. We are all highly blessed even in the middle of attacks from the spoiler.

     You have heard it said ‘no man is an island’, I would also say ‘no pastor can do much by himself’, but when he has a great church like this one, much can be done in the body of Christ’s Kingdom. 

     The Worship Team and Choir had a great dinner meeting and I think the Passion is at an all-time high. We are praying about how to fill the Choir and getting more men voices singing for the glory of God.

     Our renewed vision for more boys and girls is becoming more clear day by day. Lots of ideas are coming and many of you are stepping up to the challenge. The public schools are at an all time low and we need to reach out to as many kids as possible and teach them the words of Jesus. At Spirit Filled Church, we are not confused about genders. The Bible is very clear God made male and female in the beginning (Mark 10:6). This is an excellent time to invite families who are discouraged with the public school and can’t afford private schools. We invite any and all boys and girls to the Ranger Derby. This is always a great hit and lots of fun for all (even older folks.)

     I am excited about learning the perfect plan God has for Spirit Filled and our families.



Stand up for those who are helpless

 I am writing this prophetically because these events have not yet taken place. We had a wonderful celebration of life for Ray Marks and family, the Women’s Meeting was a great time by all, The March for Life in San Francisco was a great success. I trust we are all home as we marched for the unborn who cannot protect themselves. As born-again Christians, we must stand up for those who are helpless. I believe God has called His church to be pro-life. We must stand for truth and righteousness.

     As we are already closing out the first month of 2020, we find ourselves pressing in more then ever. The only way to know God’s perfect plan is to spend more time in His presence. God is opening doors for our church as we endeavor to reach out to those who need Jesus. I thank God for all for our volunteers who are always ready and willing to go the extra mile.

     We are updating our church website and we need pictures of our department leaders. Once we get these, we will be able to let each department leader keep their link updated.

     Our school is really blessed, and we are praying about bringing in more boys and girls to our Sunday School and other ministries. We are a praying church and we know we must be specific as we pray and intercede. We have great youth services; we just need to fill these rooms with young people who will be trained in discipleship. Every young person has great potential. They just need us to train them in our Lord. I am sure God is leading us in this path. Keep up the good work.

 

                                                                   God Bless You,
                                                                  Pastor   Roger 


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