Because He Lives!

Pastor Damian Teachings

      “Because He Lives…!” “…can these bones become living people again?”   (Ezekiel 37:3)           The verse above may not seem to have anything to do with the Easter Season we’re celebrating at this time; but I assure you it has EVERYTHING to do with it!  We are living in a culture that seems to have more of a focus on death than life! The Walking Dead is a very popular TV series; movies are being made concerning the apparently inevitable Zombie Uprising that is going to come upon us – soon so some think. While I don’t watch these kinds of shows and movies, I did have an interesting conversation recently with someone who does. The show is not only about zombies who have died for some reason and are walking around, dead, seeking a meal. The “zombies” are also the living characters in the TV series. Apparently, there are many people whose lives are “dead” and lifeless on a number of levels, least of all physically. Folks are walking around with “dead emotions, hopes and dreams.” Their lives have been a series of failings and heartbreaks and they have become numbed to the world around them. Some …

Our High Calling

Pastor Damian Teachings

  “Our High Calling” “But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives…” Phil. 3:20   One of the aquatic birds that my family enjoys watching is a pelican. Whenever we’ve been to Florida, we watch and laugh as they fly low to the water and suddenly plop down into it to catch a meal! They are so clumsy and awkward and funny to watch. Of course, we like to add sound effects to the entire scene, but that’s another story. The Bible describes the children of God as “…mounting up with wings like eagles…” (Isa. 40:31) Eagles are so different from pelicans. They fly much higher; can see better; they can look directly into the sun; they swoop down ever so silently on their prey and snatch them in their talons before the prey knows what happened. High flying, stealth hunters and advanced “visionaries”. Quite a contrast, wouldn’t you say? Now, on to our topic: Do you know that we are citizens of heaven RIGHT NOW? That’s right; we are citizens of a heavenly city. It’s as if we belong there and are just visiting earth on a temporary visa! We find ourselves here, but we …

God’s Favorite Instruments

Pastor Damian Teachings

“God’s Favorite Instruments” “But God has chosen things considered foolish… powerless…despised…considered nothing at all…”  1 Cor. 1:27   In this era of superstars and steroids, of American Idol, The Voice, and Britain’s Got Talent ordinary and average people seem to have no chance to really becoming something. Who knew we were surrounded by such a vast supply of talented individuals? It’s amazing to me to see the thousands gather for an opportunity to audition for one of these special events. What I think about is not the ones who will be chosen, but the thousands who will be “rejected.” It’s the same with sports championships. The Superbowl is coming up. I am always amazed at how dejected the “losing” team coach or quarterback behaves in the post-game interviews. They are almost in tears because they feel like LOSERS! In reality, they are the second best team or athletes in the world! Aren’t the last place teams the losers?  How different it is with whom God chooses as His favorite instruments to get His Plan accomplished! He actually looks for what everyone considers “losers”. He seeks out the weak, the base, the foolish and powerless to get His will done. Are …