The Year of Jubilee

Pastor Nancy Teachings

  The Year of Jubilee   “…they and their children are to be released in the Year of Jubilee…” (Leviticus 25:54)                What are you believing for 2014? For your own life? For your family? For your friends? What is it that is weighing on your heart to see resolved, to see restored, to see eradicated, to see fulfilled?                In the above scripture, God was instituting a season of release for His people Israel.  It took place every 50 years. During this time, those who had to go into slavery to pay a debt, etc. were released from that enslavement. Those who had to sell their property for some reason, had it returned to them.  The land received a year’s rest from production and God provided for His people during that time. This was a season of celebration and was appropriately named “Jubilee”!                Now in this NT era, we have Jesus, Who is our Jubilee every day!  He is our Messiah and our Savior.  He is our Lord!  As it says in Isa 61,  He came to proclaim the Good News to the poor, to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom to the captives and …

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 …