Pastor Nancy

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Name: Nancy Aponte
Date registered: February 16, 2015

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  1. Sing, Enlarge, Spread Out! — February 21, 2016
  2. A Time for Courage — November 15, 2015
  3. The New Wineskin — June 9, 2015
  4. The Year of Jubilee — January 4, 2014

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Feb 21 2016

Sing, Enlarge, Spread Out!

Sing, Enlarge, Spread Out!

“Sing, O childless woman, you who have never given birth!…For the desolate woman now has more children than the woman who lives with her husband.” Isa. 54:1

 

Who knew that we would be in this place when I wrote last month’s Pastor’s Word on New Beginnings? God is amazingly wonderful and faithful to encourage and to edify even when we don’t realize in the moment how much we will need it in the days ahead!

Last month He told us He was doing a new thing, and since He is not a man that He should lie or the son of man that He should change His mind, has He not said it? Shall He not do it? Has He not spoken it? Shall He not make it good? Yes He shall!

As we enter into this new season of transition, let us remember the encouraging word we heard on Sunday, Jan. 31st through Pastor John Picarello. From the scripture mentioned above, we are encouraged to sing, to enlarge our house and to spread out our home—and spare no expense because of the future glory God has for us!

All of the desolation we have experienced, all of the discouragement and shame will be removed and we will have more spiritual children (saved souls) and descendants that we will overflow! Our God, the Creator will be our husband and He will give us an abundant heritage that there will not be room to hold!

We may be storm battered now. We may be troubled and desolate, but He is going to rebuild us with precious jewels and gems. He is going to bring peace to our borders and cause every weapon formed against us to come to nothing. Every tongue that rises to accuse us will be silenced! These are the benefits of the servants of the Living God! Meditate on this chapter during this month.

Believe, receive and prepare to conceive in the Spirit in this new season! ONWARD!

Blessings,

Pastor Nancy

 

Nov 15 2015

A Time for Courage

keepcalm“…be courageous…I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33b

 

In the scripture referenced above, Jesus is encouraging His disciples, and us, to be courageous, to take heart, though we will face trouble, tribulations and sorrows, He is giving us perfect peace as we rest in Him—for He has overcome the world and all of it’s sorrows and troubles.

Right now, in our church life and some of us in our personal lives, are facing trials and tribulations.  In Greek, the word “tribulation”  carries the challenge of coping with the internal pressure of a tribulation, especially when feeling there is “no way of escape” (“hemmed in”).  In addition to the financial pressures, ministry pressures, our senior Pastor is now in a physical battle for his health. And since we are a family, we are in it with him. So this word definitely fits our current circumstances. However, we, like Paul in 2 Corinthians 4:8, “are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.”  So this is not a time to worry, to be frightened, to fret, be anxious or driven to despair. This is a time to fight, to trust in the Only Healer, the Only Ruler, the Only King of Glory, The Lord Strong and Might, the Lord Invincible in battle.  This is a time where we must gird up our minds (1 Peter 1:13) and be sober-minded and hope-filled.

In 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 Paul exhorts us, “that our present trials and troubles are small (when looking at them with a heavenly perspective) and won’t last very long.  Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! That is what God is after.  The process that continually makes us into the glorious image of His Beloved Son Jesus!

So “we don’t look at the troubles we can see now, but rather, fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we can see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”  We fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.  In this process, we can rest, why? First, He tells us in advance that troubles would come—so He is not surprised—and so we shouldn’t be either. Not only that, but He tells us in Him we will always have perfect peace.  He is the Prince of Peace.  We just need to stay “in Him.” How do we do this? We stay connected to the Vine (John 15). Because apart from Him we can do nothing. He then goes on in John 16:33. to exhort us to be courageous, be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy, for HE HAS OVERCOME THE WORLD (Amplified)!

In John 14:1, He tells us, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust God. Trust also in Me.”

In John 14:27 He tells us, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

God has spoken to this church that we are His War Horse; that He is making us into His Special Forces. Special Forces and warhorses fight! Let us have the mind of Christ in this season and be undaunted, unyielding, unstoppable!

Onward Christian soldiers!

 

God bless you!

Pastor Nancy

Jun 09 2015

The New Wineskin

Wineskin-300“But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” – Luke 5:38

In the previous verse to the above noted scripture, it states the reason why a new wineskin is needed when pouring in new wine. Because of the fermentation process, it stretches out the skin. If the skin is old and already stretched out, it will burst and both will be lost.

God has been speaking to the church at large about a new wineskin He is creating. What is the “wineskin” that he is creating? Why do we need a new one? What’s wrong with the old wineskin?

What I believe God is creating is a new structure through which He will move in these last days to prepare the Bride, which is the church, for her Bridegroom—to be without spot, wrinkle—to be presented to Himself at the wedding feast of the Lamb.

He is “reforming” the church into the structure He created it to be. An example that we can glean from is the pile of dead, dry bones laying the valley in Ezekiel’s vision in Ezekiel 37.  The pile, at that point, was the only structure each bone in that pile knew. If it was dead, dry and disconnected, then it wasn’t functioning and moving in the way it was supposed to for too long. But it was all it knew. It wasn’t until the voice of the prophet, as commanded by the Lord, called to those bones to re-form back into the skeletons they were originally, did they begin to move, connect and line up in original design God had for the structure of the body. Once the skeleton’s were reformed, then the muscle, tendons, tissue and skin could cover it, then it was finally ready to hold the breath from the Living God that He released into it.

This is where we find ourselves right now as the corporate Body of Christ. God is calling the “bones” together to “re-form” back into His original design—which isn’t a pile! It is going to be different than what we are accustomed to, what we are comfortable with but if we don’t change, the whole thing will burst and there will be loss.

God’s purpose in this transition of reformation is to preserve both the wine and the wineskin. The wine is a fresh Holy Spirit outpouring. The wineskin is what holds it.  The current wineskin or structure is not able to hold the new outpouring that God wants to bring. It is not able to hold the Presence of God that He wants to bring and manifest in the midst of His Bride—His church—at this time in history. So we need to get ourselves ready for the change. Get ready to moved around to the place God has ordained we be in at this time and in this new structure.  The thing we need to be watchful of is that holding on to the old wine and wineskin. Like it says in verse 39, once the old wine has been tasted, no one wants the new. The old is familiar, it is comfortable, it is all we know. But we need to let it go, ask the Lord for the mindset of a pioneer and not let fear lock us up and away from the awesome things God has for the church, our families, our communities, our Island, our city and our nation at this time.  The new wineskin is a changed lifestyle to accommodate a new move of the Spirit in our personal lives. God wants us to change our schedules and routines in a way that shows Him that we are hungry & thirsty for Him! The new wineskin is also the means in which we worship together. You will, no doubt, see us do things a little differently as the Spirit leads us.

We may not know what it is going to look like or feel like, but that’s ok because God knows. This is going to be a great time to learn how to walk according to the Spirit of God in a greater way and break away from our self-reliance and leaning on what we are used to and comfortable with. It is going to be exciting and we are all going through it together!

God Bless you all abundantly!

Pastor  Nancy

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