Monday, September 21, 2015

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Believing for Big Things

In 1st Kings 18 Elijah prayed for God to show himself strong and break a 3 1/2 year drought brought on by wicked Ahab's sin. As he prayed he asked his servant to go look at the sea and bring back a report; six times nothing. However, the 7th time a small cloud the size of a man's hand was seen. That was enough for Elijah. Rain was coming. Celebrate small things. If you've been praying about something & you see a glimmer of change, celebrate! Release your faith. Believe God is moving on your behalf. Be blessed.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Pray for Israel

God made a promise about Israel. He promised to bless those who blessed Israel. There are many reasons why America is a great nation. America was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, not Islamic-Christian principals. Our Founders were not all Christians but they understood the value of looking to the God of the Bible not the God of the Koran. When Israel became an independent nation in 1948 American president Harry Truman was the first Head of State to recognize Israel's independence. America & Israel have been inseparable allies, but change is in the air. For years there have been those who haven't agreed with America's support of Israel but that disagreement is accelerating. God's word is truth. He will do what he said he'd do. As America pulls away from its support of Israel, God will pull away his hand of blessing from America. As America backs away Israel's enemies are emboldened. Christians, continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Be blessed.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Jesus is a true friend

Proverbs 17:17 says, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.” I’ve been thinking about friendship today. Real friends are hard to come by. An acquaintance is nice to have. You can laugh and talk about stuff with an acquaintance, but you’d never share a deep dark secret with one. Those are reserved for those true friends.

A true friend will love you regardless. You can make a dumb decision and a friend will still love you. You can root for different sports teams and a friend will not fall out with you. A true friend will not insist on going to their favorite restaurant all of the time because they know it’s not about the meal, it’s about the fellowship. Yep, that’s a true friend.

Real friends are born for those tough times in your life. I remember those kind of friends. I want to be that kind of friend. In those tough times you don’t need a cheerleader, you need a shoulder. You don’t need advice, you need an ear. Those are true friends. Jesus is our friend. I pray that you allow him to reveal his friendship to you today.

Pastor Hobbs

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Freedom isn't free

Tuesday was Veteran’s Day. We set this day aside to remember the sacrifice that our service men and women have paid to promote and defend our freedom; the price our military personnel has paid to promote and defend our freedom is so very high.

Our Veterans had to leave home. They trained hard. They learned how to live on a little and to brave the elements. If they were not planning on making the military a career, they literally put their lives on hold.

Many have gone in to battle and been wounded, maimed and even killed. All of this for love of country and liberty. Yes, our freedom comes at a great price.

Jesus secured our spiritual freedom. He also left home. He endured hardship. He suffered. He was wounded. He died. He did it all for you and for me. He paid the ultimate price so that we could be free.

Tuesday we remembered the price that our veterans have paid. But we also remember the price that Jesus paid. God bless the United States of America.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Pastor's pen: Support, bless Israel

I don’t know if there has ever been a nation that has sparked as much controversy as the nation of Israel. Israel is a tiny nation surrounded by multiple millions of people who hate them and want to destroy them.

The nations of the world side with these hater nations and always condemn Israel when any conflict arises. Britain was instrumental in getting a sliver of land carved out by the UN for the Jews to call home. When Israel declared itself to be a nation in June of 1948 the United States was the first nation to recognize Israel’s independence.

God has blessed and honored these two nations for their actions toward Israel. But more and more Israel is finding herself isolated. The U.S. is not as friendly to her as it has been historically. God said he would bless those who blessed Israel and would curse those who cursed her. I want to live in a nation blessed by God. Our government must continue to help protect and support the nation of Israel.

Bishop Stephen D. Hobbs

Monday, April 28, 2014

Pastor's corner: Every Sunday a 'little like Easter.'

What Now?

We have just come through the Easter season. Churches were full. Worship was energetic
and alive. Many guests will become active church members. Who knows how many were
saved and added to the church on Easter Sunday. Yes, Easter is the highlight of the year
for the church.

But I remember years ago of a pastor who had a huge attendance push for Easter that
almost tripled his average Sunday morning attendance. I heard a pastor say, “I wonder
what it’s going to be like preaching to hundreds less people this Sunday?” He wasn’t
being snarky or jealous. It’s a legitimate question. How are we supposed to feel after the
biggest day of the year?

The church in Acts is our model. They worshipped, prayed, did church business, preached, discipled; well, you get my point. They carried on. Easter is now over, but we must carry on. Be the church. Have church. After all, every Sunday is a little Easter. Be blessed.