Jesus, God with Us

Pastor Damian Teachings

  Jesus, God With Us   “Unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given…” (Isa. 9:6a)   Our culture is becoming more and more secularized. There are forces at work today that would like to take anything religious (that is, as long as it has to do with Jesus and Christianity) out of the public square. All other “religious” expression is allowed.  Well, I would like to take this opportunity to make a Christmas Declaration! Christmas is the celebration that God is with us! When the prophet Isaiah boldly declared this prophecy, he told of the birth of Messiah! This was not the birth of just any religious leader. It was not the birth of a “good man” who went around trying to help people. This was a declaration that Messiah would be born into this world! That means that GOD was coming into the world to save His people and all who believe in Him. More specifically, as this scripture implies, the announcement of the birth of Messiah was the announcement that the God-Man was coming to be among us! Yes. Jesus the child…This means that He would have human form. He would be born …

Thankfulness

Pastor Damian Teachings

“THANKFULNESS” “…And always be thankful.” (Col. 3:15c)   November is the month in which we celebrate Thanksgiving. I know it is a great time for getting together with family, renewing acquaintances, and seeing how big the children have grown. It’s a time to be thankful for all the good things we enjoy. But, do we ever think about that first Thanksgiving?   The pilgrims came to this country to escape religious persecution in England. Those brave, courageous families that came to this country did so at great personal cost and expense. They first escaped to Holland from England, many leaving their wives and children behind; not knowing whether they would ever see them again! They travelled across the sea in two ships, The Mayflower and the Speedwell. The Speedwell kept leaking and was forced to return to port twice. The Mayflower continued alone. Of the 102 passengers aboard the Mayflower, only 53 survived.   They arrived with NOTHING. They had to build the houses their families would live in; learn to raise their own crops and livestock; establish a self-governing colony organized to be law-abiding and efficient – Why? What made them make such a sacrifice? What made them leave …

Is This True?

Pastor Damian Teachings

“Is This True?” “And where two or more are gathered together in My Name, I will be there…”  Matthew 18:20   I would like to ask you to meditate on this verse. Do you think Jesus was speaking figuratively or literally? Of course, He was speaking LITERALLY! That means that whenever two or more disciples gather together in the Name of Jesus (ie: to worship Him and fellowship together) HE WILL BE PRESENT WITH THEM!  This is the key to the entire New Testament Believer’s experience. THE PRESENCE OF GOD LIVING IN AND WITH US!!   Think of it, we can get together with friends, family, coworkers and associates. Jesus never promises to be present in those settings. However, when we gather for HIM, He promises to be there. Can you imagine that? Jesus Himself, PRESENT with His worshiping disciples!! An in His presence, there is fullness of Joy; there is peace and healing; love and power – all for us to experience! This is why we are changed after spending time in the presence of Jesus!   All the foregoing begs a very serious question. “Why would anyone ever want to miss that experience?” What activity can we do …