Pastor Roger’s Blog 
 

We’re in revival, now what?

     Praise God, from whom all blessings flow, Praise Him all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heavenly host, Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. ‘Thomas Ken’ 1674 and the praise continues into 2016. We are giving praise for these great services; we are blessed through Mario Murillo and his team.

     I still have to pinch myself to realize this really is happening in our church but we know this is our answered prayer. We have believed, labored, sown seed, watered and now we can enjoy the increase God gives. It is no small miracle how these other pastors and churches are getting behind this great move. As I have already stated, this outpouring is not just for our church body but a work that will ignite the whole Northern Nevada.

     Now what do we expect? We expect to see this revival intensify and increase far beyond what has just taken place. We are going to keep right on praying and working until the return or our Lord Jesus. I believe our church is becoming the prayer center for Sparks/Reno. Have you taken note of new people joining in our pre-service prayer meetings. This is a sign that God’s children are hungry for more of Him and less of man’s programs.

     Now we must be aware of the devils tactics, he is always trying to stop God’s outpouring. However, we have learned how to overcome him by the Blood of Jesus and the word of our testimony. He will attack but our God will give us the grace and strength to be victorious. Let’s keep our eyes on Jesus, He is the mighty God of the universe.

God Bless, Pastor Roger



Better than Anticipated!

     You may have heard me say that “anticipation is most often better than arrival!” Well, I am convinced that will not be true with the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, nor do I believe it is true with these services we begin today with Brother Murillo.

     All we have to do is continue to pray and get out of the way! Our church has believed God for a move of His Holy Spirit that would exceed all expectations for this valley. Jesus has blessed this body mightily for this quarter of a century but God wants to take this blessing throughout the city. We have done our best to convince these churches we network with of these truths, however, even a church can be without honor in its hometown.

     I believe God has chosen Brother Murillo to multiply this blessing as he is well known and respected in the church worldwide. He has already reminded us that he is just an instrument in the hand of God and we receive that truth. We also know God has chosen a few instruments to give extra special anointing, and I know we are blessed to have this Godly couple minister not only to us but all who will come and lift the name of Jesus. Believe and receive your healing in His Name.

     John 4:38 Jesus said, “I sent you to reap what you have not worked for, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”

     We know there were pioneers of the faith long before “Spirit Filled Church” was birthed, however, we are part of that movement that longs for the lost to be saved and the sick made well!                               God bless, Pastor Roger



Prepare the way for the Lord!

In the Gospel of Mark 1:3, Mark is quoting the prophet Isaiah “a voice of one calling in the desert, ‘prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him.’ ”

     Northern Nevada is often referred to as a wilderness, a desert, a boneyard for Pastors. I believe God has been preparing this church to be an instrument in His hands to help bring in this end time harvest. I believe we, at Spirit Filled, are so ready to have the Holy Spirit move in our lives with such power no one could possibly deny.

     We have prepared the way by doing all we can in His Name, now we open our doors with great expectation. The Bible clearly teaches in 1 Corinthians 3 that one plants, one waters but only God can give increase. Let’s invite every person we can who may have a need. Of course, there will be people who want to see or experience a miracle and we welcome them. Let’s just continue in prayer and open our doors to each and everyone in this valley.

     Help me welcome Mario and Michelle Murillo as we expect God will use them to increase the ministry of reaching the lost for the Kingdom of God.

     This is perhaps the greatest opportunity God has given us since He birthed our church 25 years ago. May we all pray and obey as we enjoy God’s presence and have His way in our lives.

God bless, Pastor Roger



Looking Forward

      As I write this, we are praying for good weather for the travel and the March for Life on Saturday. We trust we will be with you this Sunday morning. God is blessing our church in many ways, we are only three weeks out from the Mario Murillo revival. We have been revivaled since God birthed our church 26 years ago but now I believe He is going to increase His blessings in a mighty way. I am thankful we are a pro-life church. As we gathered with thousands yesterday, it blessed my heart to be so fortunate to lead this church these past years. I believe God is bringing an answer to our many years of prayers. Yes, we are going to see many people miraculously healed. I am praying God will impart the gift of healings into this body of believers.

     In our daily Bible reading, we are in Exodus where God’s people were being mistreated but God heard their prayers. We know God hears and answers prayer offered in faith. The key is faith which unlocks the door of miracles. Let’s not waste any time trying to figure God out, let’s just come with child-like faith to receive from His loving hand. God wants to bless His people more than we can comprehend. All we must do is to come expecting and believing for great things. I believe this is the great outpouring for our valley.

     Let’s be sure to give God all the glory and keep His name above every name as you and I know He is worthy. Praise His Name!!!!

 God Bless, Pastor Roger



What Does it Mean to Believe in the Sanctity of Life?

     The phrase “sanctity of life” reflects the belief that, because people are made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26), human life has an inherently sacred attribute that should be protected and respected at all times. While God gave humanity the authority to kill and eat other forms of life (Genesis 9:3), the murdering of other human beings is expressly forbidden, with the penalty being death (Genesis 9:6)

     Humanity was created in God’s image, but sin has corrupted that image. There is nothing inherently sacred in fallen man. The sanctity of human life is not due to the fact that we are such wonderful and good beings. The only reason the sanctity of life applies to humanity is the fact that God created us in His image and set us apart from all other forms of life. Although that image has indeed been marred by sin, His image is still present in humanity. We are like God, and that likeness means that human life is always to be treated with dignity and respect.

     How could any born-again spirit filled Christian allow any type of abortion of our precious babies. Has the conscience of many been so seared we can be blinded by the devil who hates God and His children with a passion? I am convinced that any American that would vote for any office of our government who allows abortion has innocent blood on their hands. Any, as a matter of fact, Christians who won’t bother to vote for “life” candidates, they are equally as guilty.

     One ex-preacher who quit our church said in anger to me “There are a lot more issues than abortion in an election!” I said there are no issues after the one who was aborted! May God help us.                                                      

God Bless, Pastor Roger



What are you attached to?

Never be too attached to this old world or you might get to keep it. 1 John 2:15

“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”   I really believe twenty years ago many Christians were more attached to this world than today.

With all the tragedy and insecurity right now, more and more people are being drawn into a search for rock solid security.

     I challenge all of you to strike up a conversation with any sane person and ask them how they feel about the world’s condition. I am confident most people will agree this world is a mess. Now that leaves the door wide open to the only door that leads to peace and security. We are finding most people in our valley are hungry for the truth and a church where the Holy Spirit is allowed to work through the body of Christ.

     Jesus is the answer to every broken heart. He specializes in healing hearts and giving all of us a reason to serve Him in this ship wrecked world.

     I know God is giving Spirit Filled Church the greatest opportunity we have had since He spoke the church into being. We are praying that we will be able to have Evangelist Mario Murillo first quarter of this new year. I know most of you are praying God’s will for our church and this city where we clearly have been assigned to be a light in a dark world. Thank God for Jesus. He will have His way, all we must do is make a choice to be part of it!

God bless, Pastor Roger



Happy New Year

    I am writing this 9:00am December 31st. If we are not here Sunday morning on January 3, it really will be a happy new year. Not only new year but new everything, praise God! I do want to return thanks to God in the name of Jesus for the great year of 2015. God has blessed our church in so many ways that we could never name them all. I am most thankful for new converts as this really is the bottom line for every Christian church. I also want to give thanks for our church staff that makes my job so easy, and we are all thankful for all the volunteers that keep this building and grounds so beautiful. We could never afford to pay for all this labor of love we enjoy. We do have openings in almost every department, especially on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the cleaning crew. You do not need to be over 70 to apply! The Missionettes are in need of 4 leaders, please pray and ask God where He would assign you to the Helps Ministry.

     Now let’s talk about where we are going as the body of Christ this brand new year. We are believing for 2000 new converts to be added this year, that is ten times increase. You could ask where we would put that many. We are not just believing for this house to be filled but with the other spirit filled churches we network with. We are asking each and everyone of you to be in prayer about these revival meetings coming up with Mario Murillo, timing is crucial! Go on line and type his name in to see what happened these last few months in Branson. That’s what we want in Sparks/Reno. It will only come by intercessory prayer.

God bless Pastor Roger



Merry Christmas

“And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus (Hebrew, Yeshua), for He will save (Hebrew, yosheea) His people from their sins.” So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us” Matthew 1:21-23.

     Perhaps the greatest story ever told, where would we be without His amazing grace. I am so thankful we are not under the wrath (law) of God. God gave the Jewish people four thousand years to realize no human could ever fulfill the law. Now He has given everyone two thousand years to understand His sacrifice and how wonderful the day of grace is and how blessed we are with His becoming a man, fully God yet fully man.

     Jesus gave up His royal throne in heaven for one reason and one reason alone, to seek and save the lost
! Luke 19:10. All of the busyness the church finds herself caught into is absolutely worthless unless we win the lost.
I Corinthians 1:17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel – not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

     The power of the cross is the power that transforms darkness into light. The power that has changed our lives to be His disciples and now we “pray it forward.”

     Let’s give Jesus this Christmas what He came to do and that is for every person who will receive Him shall have eternal life.

Merry Christmas, Pastor Roger



Where has the year gone?

     Merry Christmas to all of you faithful members of Spirit Filled Church. Once again, we find ourselves asking “where has this year gone?” Well, the truth is, we are running out of time. Yes, there is an end to this dispensation, God isn’t running out of time, He is eternal. However, until we receive our glorified bodies, we are subject to running out of time.

     Thank God for the Christmas season because it reminds us that because God became flesh. He has made all who will believe become spirit beings. Jesus took on this human frailty for one reason and that of course to sacrifice His sinless body to transform us into His likeness. 2 Corinthians 5:21 clearly teaches this truth to all who will receive Him as our Lord and Savior.

     Our hearts go out to Pat, Annie and Gabriel as we know this is one of life’s tallest mountain. Thank God for the body of Christ who always rally’s to support those members who are hurting. We know Brother Ted is basking in the glory of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I really believe it will not be long before we will join up with the saints who have gone on before us.

     We must focus on Jesus because we know the enemy will try and distract us but as we pray and stay in His Word He will complete the good work He began in us. I am determined to lift His name higher this Christmas than ever before. In spite of all the difficulties of life, we have the greatest hope because He was willing to come save His people from their sins.

     What a great and mighty God we serve. Let’s all pull together to encourage those who are hurting with the good news of Christ’s birth.

God Bless, Pastor Roger                                                         



Thankful

     Why does it seem it is difficult for so many to remain thankful after giving thanks? One reason I believe is we are an entitlement generation. Those who really believe they are special and the only reason they haven’t become rich and famous is because so many of us have stood in their way of great success.

     We know that’s not true. The truth as always lies within the Holy Word of God who is always true. Jesus is truth and He speaks in truth and righteousness. John 17:17 Jesus said “Sanctify them by the truth: your word is truth.”

     John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Romans 2:11 For God does not show favoritism. Romans 1:21 – For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.

     If you read the rest of chapter one, I think you would agree with me this really sounds like many people in the world today. It may seem being unthankful is no big deal but here we see God reminding us it really matters in the long run, and we are in a marathon not a sprint.

     My prayer for our church is that we keep our eyes on the goal and learn to be thankful in every circumstance. The truth is, we can train ourselves (flesh) to return more thanks when we stay in the Word and connected to His body which we know is the true church.

     Happy Thanksgiving to all of you from the Canary home and family.                               

 
     God Bless, Pastor Roger