SUNDAY WORSHIP 11:00 AM
For whatsoever things were written in times past, were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. - (Romans 15:4)

I have a cousin who not too long ago lost her child in a tragic incident.

He was very young, so that made it even more tragic.

I reached out to her the other night to see how she was doing, and she said that she was "hanging in there.... some days are good, and some are bad".

I understood that....

So I sent her a few verses of scripture that I thought would probably comfort her a bit and bring consolation to her soul.

As I sent her the verses I was reminded of the verse I shared above, about how the scriptures give comfort.

You see, it wasn't that long ago in which I myself needed to be comforted in the same way that my cousin needs comfort now.

What I can recall so vividly, as I went through my own bout with grief, and great sorrow of soul, is How The Word of God served as a consistent and continual source of comfort to my soul.

It was through God's word that I was not only comforted, but also strengthened and given hope.

Hope that brings comfort in itself.

I read about the loss and grief of Job, and spent countless nights meditating on the prayers and cries of David through the Psalms. 

Every time I read, meditated on, or even talked about what I'd read with others, I was given great Comfort through God's  word.

David said in the Psalms (119:50), "This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me."

God's word is truly able to bring comfort to the grieving  heart.

A closing thought from MacLaren's Expositions as it concerns the word Of God: He writes, "Who can tell how many struggling souls have taken heart again, as they pondered over the sweet stories of sorrow subdued which stud its pages, like stars in its firmament? The tears shed long ago which God has put 'in His bottle', and recorded in 'His book', have truly been turned into pearls. That long gallery of portraits of sufferers, who have all trodden the same rough road, and been sustained by the same hand, and reached the same home, speaks cheer to all who follow them....."

Lord, may we all rely on what you have spoken to be our only true source of comfort and strength when our hearts are pained through the difficulties and trials of this Life. And as we believe, help us also speak.


In Christ's Love,

Pastor Lowe
And the angel of the Lord came back the second time, and touched him, and said, “Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you.” – (1 Kings 19:7 NKJV)
 
In this morning’s meditation and devotion, I was thinking on all that we’ve endured over the past year, and I realized that it was the Strength and Grace of God that Had kept us, even up to this point.
 
In my thought, I was also reminded of something that the Angel of the Lord told the prophet Elijah during one of the darkest moments of his life: he said
“Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee.”
 
The food that he was instructed to eat was food and drink that was supernaturally provided by heaven (God Himself); and what was provided “supernaturally” would be instrumental in helping him continue on “naturally”.
 
In fact, the scripture says, “And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights….”
 
In other words, what he ate and drank became the strength to carry him through his journey; a journey that was said to be “too great for him”.
 
The Journey of Life, for many of us, is a journey that is entirely too great at various junctures along the way; and what is needed to make it through is the nurture supernaturally provided from heaven.
 
The Lord Himself said, “Man shall not Live by (natural) bread alone, but by every word (supernatural bread) that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (Matt. 4:4)
 
So, just as the angel instructed Elijah to do, I encourage you (and me too) to “Arise and Eat, for the journey (of Life) is too great.
 
You never know when you may need to run in the strength of that meat.
 
Lord, help us to daily Arise and Eat so that we might have (Your) Strength for The journey of life.
 
In Christ’s Love,
 
Pastor Lowe

Jesus Christ is [eternally changeless, always] the same yesterday and today and forever. – (Hebrews 13:8 AMP)

One thing that has become apparent and clear to me as I have gotten older is that things in life change, and they change often.

In fact, not only do circumstances, seasons, and outcomes change; but “we” change as well…

If you don’t believe it, I challenge you to go take a look in the mirror and see if you still look like you did 20 years ago… 🙂

How did that work out?

The point is that we change…. Life changes… Even our emotions and thought processes change…

In this life, the fact that we are ever and always confronted with change means that nothing In this life is absolute and certain; not even the next day.

Yet even in spite of that, the one great truth that can bring great consolation, even to the most despairing and desolate soul, is the Truth that God doesn’t change!

Our verse above says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forevermore….

If He loved me yesterday (and He did), He Still Loves me today…. If He was in my corner yesterday (and He was), He is still For me today… If He was Faithful yesterday (His NAME is Faithful), He will be no less Faithful today…

That’s a reason to Shout!!

Everything around us may change…. But God Will Always Remain The Same!

There, in that Truth, Must our Hope Lie…

Father, we are greatful that You never change. That means we can always Have hope in your Love, Mercy, and Purpose for us… Help us to Fully trust In Your Goodness…

In Jesus’ Love,

Pastor Lowe

I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return]. – (Philippians 1:6 AMP)

This morning in personal devotion I was reminded again of what has always been the most reassuring promise for me in all of the Bible; that God would bring to a completion the work that He has begun in me.

This promise has always been especially dear to me because there have definitely been times and seasons (of unbelief and failure) in my Christian journey in which I wasn’t sure if He was working in me or on my behalf.

But He has NEVER stopped working in Me, in “spite” of me!

And if He began a good work in you, rest assured that He WILL complete it!

In the words of Charles Spurgeon, “The work of grace has its root in the divine goodness of the Father, it is planted by the self-denying goodness of the Son, and it is daily watered by the goodness of the Holy Spirit; it springs from good and leads to good, and so is altogether good.”

God Will Always Finish What He Started….

Lord God, we are so grateful that You will be faithful to bring to a completion the good work that You have begun in each of us. Help us to stand firm in trust as You work in us.

In The Love Of Christ,

Pastor Lowe

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give unto you, not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. – (John 14:27)

In our Thursday night Bible study we were briefly discussing the above-mentioned verse and what it meant to us.

We discussed the difference between God’s peace and the world’s peace; and one thing that we all definitely concluded was that they are two totally different things.

The peace that the world gives is a “Temporal peace”, and most of the time, it’s a peace that is based largely upon the outcome of circumstances.

Meaning that, if ones’ life is free of troubles, trials, challenges, and mishaps then “that peace” (of the world) can be attained.

But when things are going bad and unfavorable the world’s peace can’t be experienced…

In other words, if it rains I’ll have no peace…. and if the sun shines I will have peace.

God’s peace is not like that.

His Peace is eternal and not dictated by circumstance, which means we can experience His peace at all times, no matter what sort of trials and challenges this life may bring.

He Promised us His Peace, and it is available at “every moment” to His children…

In fact, He gave us the perfect antidote in His word for having His Peace..

One of my favorite verses in all the Bible reads, “Be careful (worried or anxious) for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with Thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

(Phillipians 4:6-7)

The peace that surpasses all understanding is a Peace Like none other; and it’s a peace that is available to everyone who will truly trust in God…

Father, we thank You for your promise of peace. The peace like none other.

Help us, Lord, to trust you entirely that we might abide in your peace.

May God’s Peace Be Yours,

Pastor Lowe

“So Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down, and it shall be that if He calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. – (1 Samuel 3:9 AMP)

One of the things that I have noticed with our 3 year old daughter is how she has learned to respond to discipline.

Although the responses have varied at times, there is one response that has stood out to me above all others; and that response is when she says, “Daddy I’m Listening….”

She will say it “right before” I take action (taking away the toy, sending her to bed, putting her in timeout, etc) and that tells me that she is ready to pay attention—if for no other reason than to avoid the consequence.

We are a lot like my daughter…

Sometimes we get so caught up with the hustle and bustle of life that we neglect to be still and pay attention to what God is trying to tell us (He’s always endeavoring to convey His Love to us).

Then, when we are confronted with a whole slew of difficulties and adverse circumstances, we are ready to sit down, seek God, and pay attention, because we need His help.

And that’s okay…

We’re living and we’re learning and Growing…

Each day That The Lord allows us to see is a blessing and extension of His Mercy toward us.

But I also believe that, each day, He desires to “speak to us” personally and convey that Love to us individually.

Even today…..

The question is, Will I take time to Listen…?

Eli told Samuel, “Go (find your quiet place), Lie down (be still from all care), and say Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening…”

We can all do the same, each and every day.

Will You take the time to Listen today?

Lord, please forgive us If we haven’t paid attention to your voice. There’s no excuse. Help us Be Still and listen as You speak.
In Jesus Name, Amen…

May God’s Voice Strengthen Your Heart Today,

Pastor Lowe

“Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”- Ephesians 3:20 

Last week in my devotional hour I was reading about the beginnings of the Life of Moses, when he was only a baby.

If you’re familiar with the story in Exodus, you know that Pharoah had actually given a charge to his people to kill every male born to The children of Israel (see Ex. 1:16, 22) 

So, when Moses was born, his mother hid him for the first 3 months of his life when she saw that he was a goodly child (healthy and beautiful), to protect him.

But she eventually had to “let him go” because she could no longer hide him.

The way I saw it is that she “released” him into the hands of God, and what God did afterwards was probably far, far better than anything she might have “Thought or imagined”!

After putting Moses in a basket, his mother set him among reeds that grew in the water, and somewhere around the same time, Pharaoh’s daughter Just “happened” to go bathe in the river in sight of the basket.

Pharaoh’s daughter had her servants then go fetch the basket, and she saw that it was one of the Hebrews’ children.

Moses’ sister saw what happened and offered to go get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the child.

The woman she went to go get just so “happened” to be the Mother of Moses.

Not only did God reunite Moses with his own Mother, but He also rendered compensation for her to do what she would’ve done ANYWAY!…. (See Ex. 2:9)

She couldn’t have asked for a better Outcome, or even “Thought” it….

What I learned from this story was, that, no matter how dire the circumstance may be, God is fully capable of turning it around for the good and bringing about a result that is always Much Better Than I can Think.

That kind of God is always worthy of our utmost trust.

Father help us to fully trust in your ability alone….

In The Love Of Christ,

Pastor Lowe

“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for their’s is the kingdom of heaven.”
‭‭(Matthew‬ ‭5:3‬ ‭KJV‬‬)

Recently I’ve begun a new journey again through the Gospels.

My goal and desire was to seek a Deeper and Fresher Look at the Life of our Savior and the things that He spoke.

Every word that He ever spoke, and does speak, is truly profound and worthy of our utmost attention.

My most recent reading is currently in The Gospel of Matthew at what is commonly known as “The Beatitudes”.

When I think about the word “Beatitude” I always formulate the thought in my mind that says this is what my “attitude should Be”.

The very first Beatitude is foundational, and it’s an attitude and posture that will take us a very long way in the matter of spiritual things if we “maintain it” always.

The Lord said, “Blessed are The Poor in Spirit”…. When I would read that in times past I would always have a picture of Literal poverty in my minds’ eye.

But I’ve since discovered that the poor in spirit are those who cry out for God’s help, depend entirely upon Him to meet their needs, and have a humble and contrite spirit.

In fact, God says He makes His dwelling with those that are of a contrite and Humble spirit. (See Isa. 57:15)

Where is Your Heart’s Posture today?
Are You totally dependent upon God and His Provision/Strength alone?
Do you Cry out to Him and trust in His help alone?

If yes, maintain that posture….

The Posture of The Poor (in spirit) means that we’re blessed, and the Kingdom is ours…

Lord, grant that we never become independent of Your Mercy and Help and always look to you for whatever we need in this life.
In Jesus Name,
Amen

Mercy and Peace Be Yours In Christ Jesus,

Pastor Lowe

5 So remember the heights from which you have fallen, and repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, your sinful behavior—seek God’s will] and do the works you did at first [when you first knew Me]; otherwise, I will visit you and remove your lampstand (the church, its impact) from its place—unless you repent. – (Revelation 2:5 Amp)

This morning when I woke up and really woke up, I had this particular verse of scripture on my mind and heart. (I actually had a fleeting thought of it the night before)

So I went to go read it and study it out a bit, and there were 2 glaring thoughts that I gained from it; and I want to share them.

The first thought that occurred to me was that “There is only One person who truly knows where we are internally”, and it’s not us.

In fact, David said in the Psalms that “such knowledge is too wonderful for me” (in reference to knowing what God knows.)

God Knows our hearts, and He knows where we really are, even beyond all that we say and do on a daily basis “for His name’s sake”. He knows.

And because David knew that God alone knew, he asked “Search Me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:” {see Psalms 139}

I believe He asked God because He’s (God) the only one that could search his heart and come up with the most accurate assessment of what’s on the inside.

The second thought was that “Our relationship with The Lord is absolutely the most important relationship that you and I will ever have in our entire existence; and it’s the ONLY relationship that will matter will all others come to an end.

As a result, our Love and relationship to Christ ought never take a backseat to anyone or anything else in this life….

But if we’re honest with ourselves, sometimes it does. And although we mask it with all of the good and right things, The One Who Loves our Souls, beyond our ability to even comprehend, Knows.

Having said all of that, If there was ever a charge of great importance I could give, it would be to encourage us all to do whatever we can, in The Power and Provision God gives, to Look Well To Our Own Souls throughout the course of this new year and beyond.In fact, Paul said “Work Out Your Own Salvation (apply, not earn) with Fear and trembling… and I believe a great part of doing that is by being firmly established in Love “To” God, above all others.
After all, He loved us First, and He loved us Most when He gave Himself up to die for our sins..

Father, we Thank You for always being so merciful and patient to-ward us. We ask that You will firmly establish our footing in Love for You, above everything else, in this New Year and beyond.

In Jesus Name, Amen..

We’re Praying For Your Growth and Strength,

Pastor Lowe

I would have fainted, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. – Psalm 27:13 KJV

Early this morning I was up looking out the window of our hotel (over downtown Los Angeles) thinking about the circumstances that eventually brought us to where we are.

I found myself rehearsing, in brief detail, all of the happenings of the previous year (which I believe turned out to be a tremendous challenge for so many, even in the body of Christ).

2021 was definitely a year that I will never ever forget; In it were dear loses, severe challenges, and trials that I would have never imagined, for myself, and so many others in our circle alone.

But I realized this morning, that, just as sure as there were  many heart-rending challenges and unbearable difficulties, in hindsight I could also see an “obvious” trail of Goodness literally “following us” every step of the way. (See Psalms 23:6)

God was being faithful to His promises even while we were enduring and going through suffering… He said “weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning..”; and I’m here to testify, that, though there was much weeping, at many junctures along the way we experienced almost DOUBLE the joy!

Wherever there was pain, there was also healing… Wherever there was loss, there was also gain… and whenever grief seemed to grab ahold, refusing to let go, God sent liberating comfort.

His Goodness was evident in every circumstance.

David Believed that He would see it all The Days of His Life, and we can believe it too.

I don’t know about you, but I can hardly wait to see ‘What Goodness Lies Ahead’…

Father, we want to thank You for the Goodness you’ve shown toward us in the previous year. We simply ask that you would help us to Put our Hope totally in You during this New Year.

In Jesus Name.

Love Yall,

Pastor Lowe