Pastor Roger’s Blog 
 

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 


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