Message From Matt | February 1, 2018

The body that you always wanted! 
 
How many advertisements have you read or commercials have you seen that promote a pill, diet, or exercise plan that will give you “the body that you always wanted”?  In our lifetime the number of these ads probably range in the thousands.  If you want to lose your gut – there is a pill or a plan for it!  If you want to grow hair – there is a procedure for that!  If you want to look younger – there is a cream for that too!  If you want to be healthier – for 3 easy installments of $19.99 you can get the latest gadget to get you there!  It seems as if our culture is saturated with the desire to look the best we can, to be as strong as we can, to feel as good as you can and if you need help, there are products out there that will help you achieve your goal!  

Is there anything wrong with being healthier, stronger, or younger looking?  Of course not!  In fact, it is biblical to be a good steward of our “temple”, but the reality is that the best body that you will ever have is not by taking a pill or doing the latest workout craze!  If you are a believer of Jesus Christ, it is actually when Jesus returns for His church that you will have your best, glorified body!  

Look what these verses say about our glorified bodies:

1 Corinthians 15:52-53 –  “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” 

Philippians 3:20-21 – “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.” 

1 John 3:1-2 – “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

A curse of the fallen world in which we live is that we will have sickness, troubles and death!  The blessing of spending an eternity with the Lord is that our bodies will be like His – PERFECT!  Today we live with pain, wrinkles, aches, and problems, but when we are with Him – NO PAIN OR PROBLEMS!  What a glorious thing – thank God for this truth!

Even though, at the rapture of the church, our bodies will be changed to be like His glorious body, don’t give up on looking and being healthy in this life!  If you have an exercise plan – keep it going!  If you don’t have an exercise plan – start one!  If you want to look younger – go for it!  If you want more hair – don’t worry about it…BALD is BEAUTIFUL!  🙂 Continue to watch what you eat and be a good example to others in this area!   Keep on pressing on towards good health.  BUT…also focus on the Lord more and more until Jesus returns or until we pass away! Physical exercise is good, but Godly exercise is best (1 Timothy 4:8).  

 

I’ll end with this…

“For the grace of God that bringeth  salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lust, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” – Titus 2:11-14

Look for Jesus’ return!!

Matt Roller



Message From Matt | January 25, 2018

 

I was reminded this morning by a friend of the quote that I had forgotten about that states, “God comforts the disturbed and disturbs the comfortable.”  I am not sure who to credit for the quote as an online search has given me three different potential candidates, but whoever said it first, I agree with them.  I wish I would have remembered that quote when I gave the 2018 challenge to everyone on New Year’s Eve, but since I didn’t, I wanted to take this time to remind you again…God will comfort us when we have troubles but God does not want you to be comfortable in your spiritual walk! Being comfortable doesn’t lead to growth!
 
Proof verses for this is 1 Peter 1:1-13 which reads, “Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into. Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; “
 
The truth is that if God wanted you to be comfortable in your spiritual walk, then He most likely wouldn’t allow trials to happen in your life! But these trials have a purpose and great benefits:
  • Trials in your life can make you stronger in your faith! 
  • Trials in your life can produce good fruit in your life!  
  • Your faith through these trials is worth more and lasts longer than anything this world has to offer!
  • Your faith through these trials will bring praise, honour and glory when Jesus returns!

There is so much good that comes from having faith in God through your tough times – so be encouraged!  If you are going through something hard, don’t fret too much, but have faith in God!  He won’t let you down!  IT’s OK if we are uncomfortable – that grows our faith!!!

Until Jesus returns:

  • Focus your mind on God (gird up the loins of your mind)
  • Be aware of what’s around you (be sober)
  • Have hope in God! 
See you all Sunday – invite someone that is unchurched to come with you this Sunday!
 
Matt Roller


Message From Matt | January 18, 2018

 

In a rut?
 
I was taking the kids to school this past Monday, on a day that I was wondering why they had school to begin with, when I had an observation about the ruts made in the snow.  As I’m sure that you are all aware of, the roads were pretty slick due to the snow and the travel was very slow going.  Thankfully, we didn’t have any incidents on the roads and as long as I stayed in the ruts made by other cars before me,  we didn’t slip and slide too much.  However, when I moved out of those ruts to change lanes or get off at my exit, that’s when the driving became more treacherous.  After all, those ruts kept me in the lane and were more stable that driving in the mounds of snow.  I realized once again that there was a feeling of safety when I was in the ruts and for that drive to school and back I was thankful for those ruts!

Somewhere in that trip to school and dealing with the snow covered roads, I got to thinking about those ruts. I realized that ruts made in the snow might be the only ruts that I have anything positive to say about.  I started thinking about the other ruts that we can experience in life… 

  • Married couples can have ruts in their marriage and it seems bland and boring!
  • Employees can have ruts at their job and feel like they are stuck!  
  • Business owners can feel like they’re in a rut and that their business is faltering!  
  • We can be in ruts with our health, money, life goals, and the list could go on….  

There is nothing good about these ruts and these situations can lead us to feeling burned out, lonely and lost!  

The same thing can be said about our prayer life!  It is easy to get into a rut in our prayers to God. Sometimes we are in a rut because our prayers are just a routine that we follow.  In other cases, our prayer life could just be just ritualistic, where we say the same prayers at dinner time and bedtime.  The reality is that our prayer life can easily become mundane and monotonous and the results are more destructive than we realize.  Why destructive?  I think it is because we get lulled into a complacency, believing that the same old prayer that we always say is just what God wants to hear, but in reality I think that we miss an intimacy with God that requires more than just the standard prayers. God is wanting more than the routine and rituals in our prayer life!  

What is He wanting in our prayer lives?  We have already discussed a few of these things, but let me remind you:

  • He is looking for people that pray fervently (passionately) to Him!  – “...The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” – James 5:16
  • He wants us to pray boldly (confidently) – “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in the time of need.” – Hebrews 4:16
  • Pray believing (have faith) – “In whom (Jesus) we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.” – Ephesians 3:12

He also wants us to consistently  have Him on our minds!

In one of the shortest verses in the Bible, Paul tells the Thessalonians that they are to…” Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) and that is the same way it should be for us.  We shouldn’t just pray before each meal and that is the extent of our conversation with God.  Neither should we get stuck in the rut of just praying the same prayers for different occasions and feel good about that.  In reality, we should have God in our thoughts and on our minds throughout the day.  No one can be on their knees before the Lord 24/7, but we can ponder on and speak to Him throughout the day.  Having Him constantly in our thoughts really can help us!  When we are tempted to sin, our thoughts need to turn to Him and His Word…and it helps us!  When we have a struggle, He can help us!  When we are overwhelmed, He can help us!  Thinking on and praying to God throughout the day is a great way that we can experience His presence and helps us not to feel burned out, lonely or lost!  

So let’s focus on God throughout our day and avoid the rut of a normal prayer life!

Want to take part in a powerful group prayer time?  Our boiler room prayer time is every Sunday morning from 8:15-9:15 AM in the conference room.  Please come and pray with us!
 
Matt Roller