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As ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. KJV Matthew 10:7 -- I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. KJV Matthew 16:19 -- Ye are come … unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, KJV Hebrews 12:22 On my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: KJV Acts 2:18 -- That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. KJV 1 Corinthians 2:5 --
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Pastor's Corner
 
3/5/00
The face of God! We are told to seek His face. He said that He spoke to Moses ‘face to face’. He said that if you would seek Him with all your heart then you would find him.
But what do you expect to SEE when you see Him?
Do you expect a frown as He analyzes you from top to bottom?
Do you expect a glare as He fumes at you over your sin?
Do you expect a rolling of His eyes as though to say, ‘Oh it’s you!"
Do you expect a quizzical look like ‘Whatcha want today?’.
Do you expect a shocked look of ‘Oh no not HIM, not HER!’.
Do you perhaps expect that you will not find His face at all but rather that you will only be allowed to see his hinder parts like the prophet of Old did?
Maybe you expect to see Him with flared nostrils of anger, and to feel the fiery blast of His judgment; the judges face.
I have a thought for you to consider when you seek the face of God. I offer you an example; a face to stare into in your minds eye, even as you seek the face of the All-Knowing, All-Mighty Deity. I challenge you to LOOK INTO THE FACE OF JESUS CHRIST as he is portrayed in the Gospels.
What you will find is the face of one who wept at the sight of lost lambs, and scattered souls. You will see the face of one who loved so intensely that he multiplied food for the hungry, multiplied health to the sickly, and multiplied blessings to those he felt they deserved nothing from God.
The self-righteous religious leaders looked to the heavens and expected to see the GOODNESS in God’s face; for they saw themselves as worthy. Yet, they received the SEVERITY of God. Meanwhile, a humbled fisherman became ‘fisher of men’ when He saw the masters face. A tax collector thief became a collector of souls for the kingdom; once HE saw the face. And the lowly people of the land who had now heritage INSTANTLY received a kingdom when they say HIS FACE. SEEK AND YOU SHALL FIND TOO!
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Jesus IS the "the express image" of the "person" of God (Hebrews 1:3).
"Jesus saith ...he that hath seen me hath seen the Father..." (John 14:9).
© Anthony J. Massotti Th.M., Th.M. 3/5/2000

3/12/00
The WORLD says: "You are all the same in God's eyes."
The BIBLE shows: God LOVES all - but He FAVORS some (individuals, nations, families, etc. ) above others.
It is hard for us to conceive that a JUST GOD must make distinctions between His sons and daughters; His created. In our flesh we cry "UNFAIR" when we consider that our peer might actually be 'more blessed' than we are blessed.
Yet, God has not been arbitrary or unfair in the dispensing of His favor. He does not say, 'NO YOU CAN'T HAVE'. He merely says, "IF YOU...THEN YOU"; which is Cause and Effect, Sowing and Reaping, Action and Reaction. God has been 100% FAIR with all His sons and daughters because He has told them ALL the ground rules for success and for victory in life.
God has CLEARLY explained to us HOW things work and even how He works. And having been given that information, through the Bible, through the preachers, through the gifts of the Spirit, we are left without excuse or complaint. We have been given the CAR and the KEYS and the MANUAL, but we have been forewarned that HOW WE DRIVE will determine our destiny. God makes DISTINCTION based on our choice of will! He has even availed Himself to us for advice, assistance, and admonition. It is we who must decide to 'call upon His name' and 'pray' and 'seek' and 'knock' and 'ask'. If we DO not, then we get not; and the distinctions between us all will grow wider and wider as decision after decision is made.
The GOOD NEWS is that you have at your disposal an entire KINGDOM of resources, and can even ERASE (have forgiven) the mistakes of the past, in order that you may at any time pick up your life and CHANGE your final state of existence. You can become ANYTHING in God that you desire, but it would be wise to find out from Him where you fit in His will. If you choose to go it alone, don't complain about your state. God did not STOP YOU; it was you that stopped God.
The Scripture says, "I have set before you LIFE and DEATH -- CHOOSE LIFE". We must all make that choice every day. God is waiting for your decisions; don’t waste your opportunity.
© Anthony J. Massotti Th.M., Th.M. 3/12/2000

 
3/19/00
1 Timothy 1:12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
John 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Luke 14:11 For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Proverbs 10:4 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
Isaiah 66:2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.
Matthew 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
THE WAY IS CLEAR, AND THE ROAD IS PAVED, BUT WILL WE WALK FOLLOWING THE LIGHT IN THE PATH HE LAYED?
© Anthony J. Massotti Th.M., Th.M. 3/19/2000

3/26/00
Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Matthew 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
Matthew 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
Matthew 9:38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Mark 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
Luke 6:28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
Luke 18:1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
James 5:13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
James 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
© Anthony J. Massotti Th.M., Th.M. 3/26/2000
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