Pastor Roger’s Blog 
 

Memorial Day

     Please remember our Veterans on Memorial Day and every day. Please pause for a moment or two to consider the sacrifices of all Veterans who have given freely so that we all may enjoy our freedom. As it was their job to defend our freedom, so it becomes our job to honor their memories.

     Memorial Day, once there was a time to commemorate those who have fought and died in wars to keep us great. Those feelings, now I fear, have greatly weakened instead replaced by America’s love of the 3 day weekend. (Richard Shuster) Thank you Richard Shuster.

     Norma and I want to thank all of you who kept the home fires burning as we enjoyed a short vacation. We had a wonderful time of rest and relaxation in New York and a week at home. Many things have happened in two weeks and we are so blessed to be a part of this great church body. I also want to thank all of you for my Happy Birthday wishes and blessings.

     We enjoyed the great service we attended in New York City but I can assure there is no place like our home church. Perhaps one of the most underrated blessings a Christian enjoys is a church where they know they are loved and appreciated.

     God is pouring out His Spirit on our congregation with blessings, signs and wonders. One of the greatest gifts is the gift of His Holy Spirit. Jesus wants all of His children to be filled with the Baptism of His Holy Spirit with evidence.

     We are living in the most exciting time as we anticipate the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.                       

God Bless,  Pastor Roger



Discipline and Priorities

We need to learn two principles which are crucial to life.  First, we need to learn the principle of discipline.  Life is not doing what you want to do; it is doing what you ought to do.  Paul said this was a struggle in his life.  Each day he had to deal with doing what was right. 

Secondly, we should learn the principle of priorities.  Your relationship with God is the single, most important relationship in your life.  We must encourage ourselves to set godly priorities and discipline for ourselves and follow them. 

Don’t allow problems that stem from disagreement about minor, “temporal” or non-eternal things derail you from your walk with God.  We tend to be more “problem conscious” than “power conscious.”  Perhaps, this is why Jesus instructed His disciples, on one occasion, to come aside or come apart for a while.   (See Mark6:31)  If you don’t “come apart for a while”, then you might “fall apart for a while.”  Jesus set the example for us by taking time to “unload” in the presence of His Father.  Prayer is an important part of this church and should be. Prayer needs to be an important part in our daily life with God. 

Satan has made it his priority to keep the saints of God from their proprieties.  He does his best to keep us so bogged down in “things” that we forget to spend time with God.

Blessings,  Pastor Tim
3 John 1:2


True Worship

Good morning everyone, thank you for deciding to be here with us this morning.  Way too often we forget the effort you went through to get here–some Sundays more than others!

Romans 12:1-2 says, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Paul is giving us some encouragement to serve and dedicate our lives to Christ.  As hard as this life can be at times, this is the best, and as far as I am concerned, the only way to live this life here on earth.  My prayer this morning is that whether you are at the top of the mountain or in the lowest valley, that you will draw near to God and He will draw near to you.  He will fill your heart with peace and your mind with the wisdom and knowledge of Him.

Pastor Tim
3 John 2


Pray

Today we honor all the ladies in our church and in our lives. We men, at Spirit Filled, know full well we love and need all of you women who do so much for us and our great church. We are blessed beyond measure of all of your labor and love to us and to our Lord Jesus Christ. I have never understood the gender argument, the Word of God is extremely clear that we need each other to be complete. Just because a few mentally imbalanced people think they can become the opposite sex by whatever means they can find, they will always be what our Creator created them to be.

     God’s word is very powerful and to the point in Romans chapter 1 and 2. How can anyone read these passages and not realize we are in the last days. Many will say “well I am not living like that!” However, verse 32 of chapter 1 says:

Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them

     If we cast a vote for any candidate who approves abortion or same sex marriage, are we not approving of such things? Our prayer at Spirit Filled is that God would bring our nation back to Him. We need the power of the Holy Spirit to lead these men and women back to the truth of God’s Word. Mothers are a powerful influence in your families and even if you think your children’s not listening, you still have the most powerful weapon which is intercessory prayer! Pray and obey and plead the blood of Jesus over your family each and every day.

     Galatians 6:9

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

 God Bless, Pastor Roger   



National Day of Prayer May 5th

    This year’s theme for the National Day of Prayer is “Wake-up America” emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually to return to the God of our Fathers in reverence for His Holy Name. The scripture chosen this year is Isaiah 58:1 “

Shout it aloud, do not hold back, raise your voice like a trumpet. Declare to my people their rebellion and to the house of Jacob their sins

.” I encourage everyone of you to meet with us at noon Thursday. America really needs prayer as we approach this election. Will we be able to save our beautiful nation for our children and grandchildren?
     This house, our church, has been built upon the words of Jesus “

my house shall be called a house of prayer

” Matthew 21:13. The question is ‘are we raising up a generation who will keep these words?’ We must build upon the Rock of Salvation. Our nation is at a crossroad and so is the church. Will we be able to keep our God given vision alive or will we go the path of entertainment? There’s nothing wrong with Christian entertainment but if it ever takes the place of prayer, we are doomed to failure. We must stand our ground and believe God that He is the only hope we have in a sin infested world.

      We are believing God for even greater outpourings in our church but we must remain completely dependent upon Him to guide us and give us wisdom as we are in a great time of growth and revival. I am convinced we have these great blessings because of so many of you who pray and obey. Let’s stand together as believers in the power of Christ’s resurrection and His soon return.

God Bless, Pastor Roger      


Evangelist Outreach Ministry

     Spirit Filled Church is on the move, God is really answering our prayers. I am so thankful for all of His blessings. He is adding daily to the church those who are being saved. Could it be that after all of these years of prayer, God is really bringing this great blessing to our city? I really do believe that is exactly what He is doing. Now we are praying about adding 3000 square feet for more office space and some extra class rooms.

     Brother Mario Murillo has agreed to allow our church to advertise using his name as our Evangelist Outreach Ministry. He also would like to lease half of the new space as God allows us to expand. It is no small complement to all of you who make up this body for him to have chosen to be a part of our church. He is a gifted man of God who has the gift of discerning of spirits and he has confirmed this is the church God has directed him and his family to be a part of.

     Brother Mario’s vision and ours go hand in hand. He wants to win the lost and see people healed in the Name of Jesus. Who would have believed that God would add this kind of a blessing to a little church that began 26 years ago in a garage?
     Zachariah 4:10 “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see that work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand

.” (The seven lamps represent the eyes of the Lord that search all around the world.) NLT

     Keep praying and believing and we will see the vision He gave us come to completion. May God bless each and everyone of you who have stood together to be the instrument God chose for Northern Nevada.

                                                                         God Bless
                                                                       Pastor Roger                                                                                                               


Passion Week

   Today we begin what is known as Passion Week. When we give any thought, we fully agree this should be a week of passion as we celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is the greatest act of love that has ever been given to this human race. Anyone who is any kind of a Bible student would have to conclude we were all lost and on our way to hell because we were all sinners.

     Now we who receive His sacrifice for our sin debt have been freed from the sentence of death. We who believe have eternal life because this sinless man gave Himself in our place. I think any Christian who is passionless surely has not clearly understood what He gave for all of us. We know and teach He was God in flesh, gave up His throne in heaven to become a human subject to all our frailties. He, the perfect man, allowed these self-righteous leaders to mock Him, spit upon Him, beat and crucify Him when He could have called 10,000 angels to rescue Him but rather submit to humiliation and death to give all who would believe eternal life.

     Yes, this should be the greatest week for every Christian as we reflect on the truth of eternal life. Jesus promised that we, who stay true to the end will, rule and reign with Him forever! What a grand concept and to think we can’t earn it just believe, receive and have a better life for walking in this truth. I pray this will be the greatest passion week of our live.

God Bless, 
Pastor Roger                                                                 


Keeping on Focus on Jesus

          Once again we find ourselves in a very busy time of ministry. Palm Sunday next week, Easter following, City-Wide Prayer this Monday and both Men and Women’s ministry still this month. We also are encouraging everyone to support the Franklin Graham Prayer Rally in Carson City, March 30th at noon in front of the Capitol Building. We are cancelling our Pastors Prayer Meeting in order that we can meet there and pray for our nation and the world. Let’s not forget we have three services scheduled with Mario Murillo April 3rd and 4th.

     Yes, we are busy but we must keep our focus and always keep our eyes on our great Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All of these services we trust will help win the lost and extend Christ’s Kingdom in our area. We are learning the only way to have fruit that remains is to saturate everything we do in prayer. This is where the main line denominations have errored by allowing the enemy to side track them by losing this vision to pray and win the lost. Of course we want to feed the poor and cloth the naked but we must lead all in need to conversion to Jesus and being grounded in a real spirit filled church.

     Anyone can discern the problems very few have answers to this most difficult questions. Here, at Spirit Filled Church, God has given us a great leadership and great people who know exactly what we are doing. Prayer, Praise/Worship and the Word of God is our sure foundation. My prayer is that we stay with that vision until the rapture of the Bride of Christ. I know it was the Holy Spirit who gave us this truth who so many call too simple. However, I have no doubt God clearly spoke even before we launched the first service. 

Keep the Faith, Pastor Roger
 


Eyes on the Prize

     Once again we find ourselves experiencing a very busy month. We must always be careful not to miss what God is saying and doing in our church. Of course we are very concerned about all the other churches we would like to encourage and strengthen, but any seasoned saint of God knows full well we better keep our eyes on Jesus. May we never fail to see and understand what God is doing in our personal walk.

     We are already in the Easter month and I want to be sure I won’t allow the enemy steal this most precious time. Of course, we believe this is one of the most sacred times for all true Christians. We are planning once again to have the great drama portray the crucifixion on Good Friday with Resurrection on Sunday morning.

     Life can be overwhelming but we keep our eyes on the prize. Philippians 3:14, I press on toward the good to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
     There will always be disgruntled people in their depression that would love to bring others down, but we must rise above those attacks that will steal and kill our joy. We have so much to be thankful for as God continues to pour out His Holy Spirit to new heights of glory.

     As we move forward with these outpourings of God’s revival in our church, we would be naïve not to think the enemy wouldn’t try to put the fire out.

Stay and Pray,
Pastor Roger


The Kingdom of God is Drawing Near

     Reflection and meditation are of great value. After these two weeks, we would be very wise to reflect upon what we experienced with the Murillo Ministries. I do believe this was one of the greatest outpourings in our church. I, for one, believe these services were clearly ordained by the hand of God. Now what we do with these blessings is up to each one of us. I really want to take from these blessings and build upon them. We must take what God has given and go forward in grace and faith.

     I believe our church is entering a whole new era of growth and the miraculous. We fully understand that no church can be built on signs and wonders alone, but God has already given us a sure foundation. We have been preaching and praying for 26 years the same message that Jesus preached. “

Repent for the Kingdom of God is drawing near.”

After John the Baptist was put into prison, Jesus preached the same message as John. (Mark 1:15)

     Churches must never seek the signs and wonders without a sure foundation. Jesus said these signs will accompany or “shall follow” those who preach the good news. Of course the good news is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What better news could any of us hear that would be more exciting than knowing with absolute certainty that those who believe in Jesus and confess their sins their names are recorded in the “Lamb’s Book of Life.”

     There is no better news then knowing we will be in heaven with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. See you there!

God bless,
Pastor Roger