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Friggatriskaidekaphobia

     Now put Friggatriskaidekaphobia behind you once and for all! We who have received the Spirit of God to convert our human spirit know full well of His love for us. Therefore, we do not fear as the world fears. It is a great privilege to be a disciple of the living God. As we follow Him, He promises to be with us in every situation.
     Now we know Jesus is perfect love because He said “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13.
     Yes, He was made flesh, lived on earth, crucified and on the third day rose from the grave. This is the only true and living God. We must keep our eyes on Him because He is returning soon for His beloved bride!                 
 
God Bless, Pastor Roger         


We Honor Our Veterans

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave” – Elmer Davis 

     Today and everyday, we at Spirit Filled Church, want to say “God bless our Veterans.” As born-again Christian Americans, we know the value of those who stand up to protect our God given rights. I am thankful for every man and woman who has served their country in the military. Often I see young men and women who are volunteering for duty and I am amazed how young they are, really just kids going off to war and possibly giving their limbs and lives to help keep us safe. God bless each and everyone of you.
     When I think about sacrifice, I always think of the price our Lord and Savior paid for our freedom. Freedom from invisible chains that hold captives in prison. Only Jesus can really set us free, and guarantee eternal life for all who will chose Him as Lord and Savior.
     As we think about soldiers today, I am reminded that the Bible has a lot to say about that subject. 2 Timothy 2:4 No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier. Verse 3 Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
     Jesus is reminding us that we must be focused on serving Him and well trained to fight against the wiles of the devil. This spiritual war will not last forever, but our spirits will. So we must turn from the flesh and build the spirit that will be with Jesus for eternity.                                               
God Bless, Pastor Roger                                                    


Happy Nevada Day!

        Happy Nevada Day Nevadans! I love this beautiful area where God planted our wonderful church. Of course there are things we don’t love about Nevada; such as the immorality, gambling and being known as the most unchurched state in the union. However, we know and love the Word of God.
     Romans 5:20 –The law was added so that the trespass might increase, but where sin increased, grace increased all the more. We often quote it by saying “where sin abounds so much more does grace abound.”

     So when we really think it through, we who are planted in this church, have a lot to be thankful for. We have more grace than others and the fields really are white for harvest.
     I know all of us are aware of the miracle of those who are being born into Christ’s Kingdom each and every week. Just keep in mind, we are all involved in this miracle. The church is of course all of us put together, each one doing their part God assigned us. We know that national average for souls born-again are around twenty a year. Well praise God, we have that amount monthly.
     If Nevada is the most unchurched state, we know that means over ninety percent of Nevadans do not attend. But get this – 7 out of 10 unchurched people have never been invited to church in their whole lives! We are praying that God will stir each and everyone of us to be an evangelist.
 
God Bless, Pastor Roger                                                    


What is your assignment?

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
    
As born-again Christians, we really do believe these words of Jesus. The challenge is how can we care and not care at the same time? Start with prayer then make a promise to yourself that you will read God’s word everyday for the rest of your life. The more we learn about God, the more we will know what things we can change and what things we cannot change trusting our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to take care of those we cannot.
     It seems there are far too many Christians that are expecting God to change things He has clearly given us as our appointed assignments. Many would ask, tell me which things are mine and what must I leave to Him? Here again is why we must have a personal relationship with Him because it is not always the same for each of us.
     There are God given assignments that may be assigned to you that I could never complete, and vise versa.
     Seek God, He is not far from you in your time of need. He wants to lift those burdens and grow us into maturity at the same time.
     If we are not growing, we are not walking according to His perfect will. Jesus asked how can there be quarrels among you. We must forgive and move on to the higher plane He has for us.
     May the God of all peace comfort you in every situation, He delights in blessing His own!              
God Bless, Pastor Roger                                                    


Indian Summer

Fall time in Nevada is known as Indian summer. It is my favorite time of the year. We usually have come out of a long hot summer knowing full well cold weather is on the way. So, we Nevadans, have learned to enjoy this most glorious time and praise God for His blessings.         

     I doubt you’ll read this for a weather report so let me move on to my calling by Christ Himself. That is to seek and save the lost and bind up the broken-hearted. No Pastor could do much, if anything, until he learns this is a body ministry. It takes many hands to get things done in His Kingdom. If you need prove, stop by on a Thursday morning and see all the work that goes on by all of our volunteers.

     Yes, God is blessing our church and of course the boogie man would love to stop this great outpouring even though this is so called witches month, I have never been attacked by a witch or goblin. I have however seen little foxes spoil great vines. Let me remind everyone of us to be on guard against petty arguments that do not amount to a hill of beans. One thing that helps me is if you must be always right and know everything about everything, then so be it. No use trying to help anyone who knows everything because there is nothing you can do that they don’t already know. So, God bless them in the Name of Jesus and all the rest of us will just keep on winning souls.

God Bless, Pastor Roger                                                                                                                                                                                      



Oregon Gunman Targets Christians

Our hearts go out to the families of the innocent students murdered at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College.  We must pray for Christians throughout the world who are being executed by the thousands.  Now we are seeing more and more, even in the United States.
So why does the President and the media continue to hide the truth?  Most of these attacks on Christians are coming from a religion that hates Christ and Christianity.  It has already been rumored that the killer was of the Muslim faith.  We do not have proof yet, but there are many other accounts of this extreme hate group committing cold-blooded murder.

Matthew 24:4-5, And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.

Pastor Roger



Are You Expecting?

     Acts 3:5 – So the crippled man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.
     How can we claim we have faith if we do not expect to receive from God? The Word of God teaches we must have faith to please God. We also must have faith to receive. We have been studying the book of Hebrews and we all are familiar with Chapter 11:1 – “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”
     I like to think I live my life by expectation. I expect we will win more souls, I expect I will become more like Jesus, I expect all of our family to be saved, I expect our church will do even greater things in these last days. I expect to see Jesus face to face and have heaven as my home for eternity.
    The eternal law of seed time and harvest, planting and reaping, giving and receiving. Give to God in faith, expecting Him to bless your return. Mark 11:24 – “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
    
We, at Spirit Filled, have every right to expect God to even increase our blessings. We have not wavered from the vision God gave us in May 1990. Lots of prayer and seed planting sown with faith in these 25 years.

     Walk by faith expecting a great harvest and we will see our city changed for the glory of God.
                                                                                                        God Bless, Pastor Roger



Take Me Away…

     Whether man realizes it, or will admit it, he, too, groans for a physical and spiritual escape from it all. There is a plan for escape for the few who will follow instructions for the rest, everything will go from bad to worse to horrible.
     Jesus is coming to take His true children out; then let the world “go to the devil.” Yes, God is going to permit satan to actually rule in person on this earth.
      Although God’s prophets foretold many explicit signs of Christ’s first coming, most people missed him!
     2 Timothy 3:1-5 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.

     The good news, Luke 21:28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.
                                                                                         God Bless, Pastor Roger   



Remembering and Looking Forward

     Yes, this is the weekend we should always remember. Our nation has been under attack for fourteen years and it seems to be getting more intent.
     Someone recently said there is nothing they can do about that. I beg to differ, we can and must pray with faith that God will raise up leaders that will lead our beautiful America back to Him.
     Prayer without faith is like faith without good deeds. We need both to be effective in Christ’s Kingdom. We are entering a new era at Spirit Filled in a program that will help us track our efforts and to see where we can improve in soul winning and assimilation of new families coming into our church.
     I believe God has given us opportunity by sending Gary Lebeck who is setting up this new church software that will help each and every department. We must continue to pray and use the tools God is sending us. We have been blessed with this great facility, really a miracle that God clearly gave us. We are blest with one of the most beautiful and useable sanctuaries in all of Northern Nevada. I know God wants all of us to be more effective in our ministries and fill this church to the very brim.
     I thank God for everyone of you but we cannot say we have arrived, there are thousands who do not have eternal life and it is clearly our assignment to reach those Jesus has assigned to our church. No, we can’t win them all but we can win many as God gives us the increase.
 
Praise His Name, Pastor Roger


Happy Labor Day!

      Happy Labor Day! Sounds like an oxymoron, however, to born-again spirit filled Christians, it is a happy Labor Day. I believe one of our greatest privileges in our life is to labor for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We are enjoying a great Bible Study in Hebrews and the Bible reminds us in chapter 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another and all the more as you see the day approaching!
      What day? The day we have been proclaiming all of our Christian lives. What a day that will be when we look upon His face. Yes, this is a time to labor and spread the good news. The longer we serve Him the more we love Him. I for one never tire of gathering in His name and enjoying the presence of His Holy Spirit.
      God is blessing our church in every way. I believe we are in the last day harvest. Never in our lives have we seen such miracles. Even Hollywood is being used for the glory of God. Of course there are attacks of the evil one but we are not those who shrink back vs 39.
      I hear great reports of the movie called “War Room”. Well, we have been making war in the heavenlies from the inception of our church. Ephesians 6:12 clearly speaks of spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Praise God, we at Spirit Filled know how to combat these forces in the Name of Jesus. Yes, we are excited to stand our ground and declare there is one God and His Name is Jesus!
God bless,  
Pastor Roger