I Have a Confession

 
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 Ephesians 1:3-10 NIV

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he[b]predestined us for adoption to sonship[c] through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9 he[d] made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.

 I Have a Confession

I tend to go overboard when it comes to decorating my home for the Holidays.  I don’t know what comes over me, but I tend to not put a little touch of something when decorating.  I tend to “lavishly” decorate!   Pastor Art loves the Holidays,  and always expresses his thankfulness to me when I am done with my decorations.  I am so grateful because it is in me to decorate and make things new.

God “lavished” His grace on us in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ.  He made all who choose Him new in Christ in the most beautiful way.  We now are holy and blameless in His sight through the precious blood of Jesus Christ.  This grace was in the heart of God, and Satan could not stop the plan to bring man back into favor and blessing with our Heavenly Father.

I hope as you prepare to set at your table this Thanksgiving, you will reflect on and be thankful for the most precious gift ever given......Jesus Christ.  

grateful,

Pastor Wendy

The Jezebel Spirit

 
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here she comes.......there she goes

she comes in loud like thunder

she leaves a cloud with no rain

she comes in brazen and bold

she leaves puffed up and frustrated

she comes in sowing seeds of strife and discord

she leaves and her intentions and agenda’s are revealed

she comes in with seducing flattery, stroking your ego while she aggressively bonds

she leaves with accusations, chaos and divisiveness

she comes in driven to fill this aching void of her own

taking advantage of naive and vulnerable sheep, unaware and trusting

she comes in looking for weaknesses criticizing and disqualifying those in authority

she leaves arrogantly convinced she see’s the problem, and has the answer

she comes in goat like, loyal to no one in particular but her own appetites

she leaves wolf like, luring and seducing her prey outside the fold of God that He drew them into for safe grazing

she comes in validating herself, while casting doubt on God’s leaders

she leaves either getting her way, or being exposed for her divisive wolf like ways

she comes in concealing war in her heart, stirring and influencing others to join in

she leaves with clinched fist, jaw set, ready to fight any who dares to correct her

she comes in obstinate and arrogant toward godly structure and order

she leaves misunderstanding, misjudging, and rejecting God’s design for the local church

she comes in alone to a united flock of sheep with a true Pastor

she leaves scattering as many as she can, normally disgruntled sheep using her drama as a boiling exit point along with one or two Jezebel’s in training.

here she comes and there she goes, too many I have seen to count.

Pastor Wendy

Romans 16:17-18 NIV

17 I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. 18 For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.

Acts 20:28-31 The Message

28 “Now it’s up to you. Be on your toes—both for yourselves and your congregation of sheep. The Holy Spirit has put you in charge of these people—God’s people they are—to guard and protect them. God himself thought they were worth dying for.

29-31 “I know that as soon as I’m gone, vicious wolves are going to show up and rip into this flock, men from your very own ranks twisting words so as to seduce disciples into following them instead of Jesus. So stay awake and keep up your guard. Remember those three years I kept at it with you, never letting up, pouring my heart out with you, one after another.

Jude 1:16-23 NLT

16 These people are grumblers and complainers, living only to satisfy their desires. They brag loudly about themselves, and they flatter others to get what they want.

17 But you, my dear friends, must remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ predicted. 18 They told you that in the last times there would be scoffers whose purpose in life is to satisfy their ungodly desires. 19 These people are the ones who are creating divisions among you. They follow their natural instincts because they do not have God’s Spirit in them.

20 But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit,[g] 21 and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.

22 And you must show mercy to[h] those whose faith is wavering. 23 Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives. 

Revelation 2:20 NKJV

20 Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.

 

Feed My Sheep....Love, Jesus

 
 

She belongs to Me!  Jesus

 

John 21:15-17 (NLT)   
15 After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.” "Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him. 16 Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.” “Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said.  17 A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”  Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.”  Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.

My husband, Pastor Art and I have been in the ministry about 30 years.  We have answered the call to pastor after the heart of Jesus mentioned here in John 21.  We believe principally a healthy church will grow when the sheep are fed a healthy diet of God’s inerrant Word.  

We have seen ministries that seem to draw sheep to an inordinate attachment to personality, or “movements,” and extremes that run rampant in this hour of living in the last days.  The fruit produced is not Christ like.  We have worked hard to teach sheep to look to Jesus and make Him their focus.  

By feeding sheep a balanced diet of the Word of God, (and sheep choosing to align their lives to these powerful truths!) senses are developed to discern good and evil where by decisions can be made to live out God’s plan for our lives.  He desires to provide, bless and lead us on in the narrow path that leads to life.  The enemy desires only to harm us, and lead us away from our place in the body where we find green pastures to feed in under the loving care of God’s Shepherds. 

Hebrews 5:13-14 (AMP)  
13 For everyone who lives on milk is [doctrinally inexperienced and] unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a spiritual infant. 14 But solid food is for the [spiritually] mature, whose senses are trained by practice to distinguish between what is morally good and what is evil.

The biggest threat to the body of Christ is not from the outside.  It is not the issue of abortion or gay marriage. The biggest threat to the local Church is a spirit of division and strife.  It is also the “itching ears” that leave sound doctrine to feast on extremes that do not develop the character of Christ and thus pull sheep into deception and out of their true place in God’s plan and purpose, weakening the body.

2 Timothy 4:1-5 (NLT)  
1 I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he comes to set up his Kingdom: 2 Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. 3 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will reject the truth and chase after myths. 5 But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.

love in Him,

Pastor Wendy

No One Will Know?

                                                                 ....until you get caught!!

     ....until you get caught!!

 
Psalm 101:1-8 (NLT)
1 I will sing of your love and justice, Lord.
    I will praise you with songs.
2 I will be careful to live a blameless life—
    when will you come to help me?
I will lead a life of integrity
    in my own home.
3 I will refuse to look at
    anything vile and vulgar.
I hate all who deal crookedly;
    I will have nothing to do with them.
4 I will reject perverse ideas
    and stay away from every evil.
5  I will not tolerate people who slander their neighbors.
    I will not endure conceit and pride.
6 I will search for faithful people
    to be my companions.
Only those who are above reproach
    will be allowed to serve me.
7 I will not allow deceivers to serve in my house,
    and liars will not stay in my presence.
8 My daily task will be to ferret out the wicked
    and free the city of the Lord from their grip.
     What we do in private does matter.  God see's us, and knows us through and through.  I believe it is important to live with the awareness that God never leaves us as believers for a moment.  His Spirit resides in our spirit and we are one with Him.  How we behave when no one else is around, can either erode or build our trust with Him.  He wants to increase our influence.  He can not increase our influence if we are not trustworthy and aligned to His standards of life that reveal His nature and ways.   
     I think it is also important to remember, you see you.  Personal integrity and self respect are powerful, vital components of living freely and confidently from your heart moving forward into your destiny.  If you continually disrespect your convictions and fall to temptation repetitively, you might end up in a place that is not a true reflection of who you really want to be.  This is where people often settle for less than their true dreams and destiny of what God intends.
     It takes hard work to set boundaries with people who have no problem crossing certain lines with you, and it can be difficult to rock their boat!  But remember, you have a dream and a destiny to fulfill that does not come easy or natural.  You live to the beat of a different drum.  The real test is following your own personal boundaries with yourself!  You have a relationship with God that must come first before anyone or anything.  You can't live and prosper in God’s plan for your life without His anointing, blessing, and favor resting upon you daily.  Stay close to Him, and tread lightly before His presence.   He does have a plan, but you must live it out each day under His loving watchful eye, yielding to a higher standard of ways than this world could fathom.  He has given us everything we need to escape the decay and death of sin if we will live in tandem with His heart.
2 Peter 1:3-9 (ESV)
3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to[a] his own glory and excellence,[b]4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. 5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue,[c] and virtue with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8 For if these qualities[d] are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.
love,
Pastor Wendy

Home Grown

Beautiful tomatoes grown in Gene's garden and gifted to my family.

Beautiful tomatoes grown in Gene's garden and gifted to my family.

Galatians 6:1-7 NLT

7 Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. 8 Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. 9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

Galatians 5:19-23

19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division,21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

Home Grown

It was the summer of 1984, and Art and I had just gotten married.  I was getting ready to make our supper, and realized I needed tomatoes for the salad.  I was raised in a home that had fresh tomatoes, “home grown” from our garden.  I was not accustomed to running to the grocery store in the summer to get tomatoes.  If no tomatoes were lying around in the kitchen, you could just run outside to the garden and pick them right off the vine!  

I prepared our supper, and made the salad with “grocery store” tomatoes and we sat down to eat.  The minute I tasted my salad, I was shocked at this grainy, flavorless vegetable imposter that called himself a tomato!  How dare he pretend to be a real tomato.  All the sudden I realized there was nothing like my dad’s tomatoes raised in that rich soil he cultivated year after year.

Our hearts are God’s garden, where He plants the seed of His Wordto bloom and grow into luscious fruit.  That fruit of the spirit will bless all, (including you) who partake of your garden.  You have the job of tilling the soil, removing the debris, spreading the fertilizer, and pulling weeds.           

          He comes to us all as the sower and sows His Word.  It falls into our hearts regardless of the condition of our soil.   All the hard work will pay off when your heart has been prepared to receive, incubate, and protect the precious seed of God’s Word.

The grainy, tasteless fruit is the works of the flesh.  You have incubated the wrong seed in a heart lacking the nourishing minerals and elements needed to grow God’s seed.  You are producing the wrong crop in a dry heart full of weeds and rocks.  Your fruit hurts you and all who partake of it.  It takes little effort to grow this common natural seed, it thrives in a proud, stubborn, self willed heart.  It feeds on vain thoughts, and the lies of the devil.   God’s seed grows in the humble heart of believers who yield to His ways on a daily basis.

Hosea 10:12-13 (NLT)

12 I said, ‘Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love.  Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and shower righteousness upon you.’                                                                                                            13 “But you have cultivated wickedness and harvested a thriving crop of sins.  You have eaten the fruit of lies— trusting in your military might,
believing that great armies could make your nation safe.

Love in Him,

Pastor Wendy

Home

 
 

 

Matthew 10:32-38 (NLT)

32 “Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.

34 “Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace, but a sword.

35 ‘I have come to set a man against his father,
    a daughter against her mother,
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.

36 "Your enemies will be right in your own household!’

37 “If you love your father or mother more than you love me, you are not worthy of being mine; or if you love your son or daughter more than me, you are not worthy of being mine. 38 If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine.

 

     It’s amazing the emotion that is evoked with the one small word, “Home.”  We all long for Home to be a place of consistency, comfort, support, understanding, unconditional love and acceptance.  Things tend to get complicated when the “age of innocence” comes to and end and all the sudden very different and even opposing ideals begin to emerge within one’s own family.  We are not all on the same page, nor do we agree.  

     It can be heartbreaking to see family actually move from the heart position of no longer celebrating each other, but simply tolerating each other.  Unfortunately, it can get worse as Jesus reveals in v36 above, and spiritual war can break out in our homes, and family can become our enemy. 

     It all comes down to what you have done with this man, Jesus.  If you belong to Him and He belongs to you, you have drawn a line in the spirit that puts you on the front line of attack with every other human who refuses to deal with this God-Man, Jesus Christ.  This Man, Jesus, who says He is the Son of God, who came and lived a spotless life to offer Himself as the only sacrifice that cleanses all who trust Him from their sin, and presents us washed and forgiven to God is at the very core of the issue.  Those realities of what a Christian believes about Him, are fighting terms to the unbeliever, and we are thrust into this intense battle of the ages that will not cease or lighten up until the final hour is at hand.  Truth will be revealed, and believers will be rewarded and received into Heaven to live with God forever because of the precious blood of Jesus that has qualified us to receive our inheritance.  These words I speak provoke the godless to hostility no matter who they are.

     Home on earth is fragile, vulnerable, and complicated.  Not all in your Home will agree with your convictions, and you should not be shocked when war breaks out.  Keep your heart strong, and never turn your back on God.  Love your family, but they do not deserve your worship.  You allegiance is first to the One and Only who freed you from your sin and gave you a new heart.  He is your Home. 

blessings,

Pastor Wendy

Sweet Satisfying Companionship

Psalm 25:8-15 (AMPC)

8 Good and upright is the Lord; therefore will He instruct sinners in [His] way.

9 He leads the humble in what is right, and the humble He teaches His way.

10 All the paths of the Lord are mercy and steadfast love, even truth and faithfulness are they for those who keep His covenant and His testimonies.

11 For Your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my iniquity and my guilt, for [they are] great.

12 Who is the man who reverently fears and worships the Lord? Him shall He teach in the way that he should choose.

13 He himself shall dwell at ease, and his offspring shall inherit the land.

14 The secret [of the sweet, satisfying companionship] of the Lord have they who fear (revere and worship) Him, and He will show them His covenant and reveal to them its [deep, inner] meaning.

15 My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He will pluck my feet out of the net.

 

Sweet Satisfying Companionship

 

     Humility, Obedience, Fear (reverence), Worship, Prosperity, Fulfillment, Understanding, and Confidence are all mentioned here in light of a  healthy believer's life. 

     Let’s look at the flip side:

     Pride, Disobedience, Arrogance, Idolatry, Poverty, Dissatisfied, Confusion, and Fear (dreadful alarm) are all marks of a godless life.

     The fruit of a true believer's life is a secret only found when we surrender our will and let God have us, fully.  He becomes our Sweet  Satisfying Companion.  Nothing can be withheld from God, in order for the benefits of the true covenant He designed for you to be unlocked and flow freely.                                                                                                                            

Luke 17:33 the message

33 If you grasp and cling to life on your terms, you’ll lose it, but if you let that life go, you’ll get life on God’s terms.

     I have noticed some people have such a hard time with that initial surrender.  They get deceived into thinking they will lose something they can never get back, and may end up in a place of regret.  The exact opposite is true, and only revealed after we let go and let God!  If you knew how good God is, you would quickly surrender all to Him.  All He has is good planned for you.  

blessings,

Pastor Wendy

 

Comfort

Birdie n Me

  26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. John 14:26 NKJV

    26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: John 15:26 NKJV

 4 For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Romans 15:4  NKJV

     I love my bible, my coffee, and my Birdie!  We all have places we draw comfort from in natural and spiritual things.  Hopefully you have found the true Comfort that comes from God alone through His Word, His Holy Spirit, and His Truth.   The greatest comfort there is for me is the Holy Spirit doing what only He can do in my heart.  He makes the Word come alive!  This relevancy found in the “aha moments,” of my quiet time truly ignites my passion and purpose to carry on without burnout and frustration taking over.

     I have never enjoyed being around people who are not honest with me.  And I find nothing more beautiful than a person who is honest with themselves.  I love honesty and truthfulness in relationships.  But I crave spiritual Truth.  That place where I know God is speaking His heart to me personally through His Word and the Person of the Holy Spirit.   When God reveals His truth to me, I find strength and focus to live with a sense of belonging to something and someone much bigger than myself.  God is big and His Kingdom is huge!  Sometimes we can feel insignificant and overwhelmed.  But somehow, when the Holy Spirit comforts me through scripture and revelation knowledge, I find my place in the big picture that gives my soul relief and confirmation that I am right where I am suppose to be, doing just what He intended me to do.

     There is nothing more frustrating than trying to comfort someone who refuses to be comforted.  It is heartbreaking to watch that type of grief and suffering in a inconsolable soul. You can not force comfort, it must be welcomed and received through an open heart.  Make sure you open your heart today and receive a good strong dose of Comfort from the Holy Spirit; it is His primary assignment and He will not force this gift upon you.

Love,

Pastor Wendy

 

 

 

Take A Little Time

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Psalm 16: 7-9 KJV

7 I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.

8 I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.

     I have always found myself drawn to a quiet place in God, that is full of stillness that calms my soul.  He is always there, and just being in His presence fulfills me.  

    Never underestimate the power of taking a little time to “set the Lord before you.”  As you look upon Him, you will see beauty and truth that will infuse you with inner strength, hope and joy.  As you pour out your heart to Him,  He will meet you with wisdom and understanding.

    There is a skill or art in learning to turn inward and getting over into the spirit.  Many fail to discover this place of rest, joy and freedom.  His name is Jesus, and He is waiting to meet you in praise, prayer, and supplication to be your guide into the deeper meaning of life.  

    If you are tired of a life full of so many task, distractions, and obligations that leave you feeling spent and unfulfilled, I encourage you to “take a little time to set the Lord before you.”  Let your heart pour out to God, and He will in turn pour His heart into you.  You will never leave that place of communion the same; your hope will grow, your faith will ignite, and love will overflow. 

Love,

Pastor Wendy

There's a Storm Coming!

24-25 “These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.  26-27 “But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards."          Matthew 7:24-27The Message

      I grew up in Louisiana where we were accustomed to sudden storms, severe storms with lots of thunder, lightening, and strong winds.  We also had our fair share of tornados.  Sometimes these storms would literally appear out of nowhere, and other times we knew they were headed our way.

     Growing up in this type of climate, I could walk outside and feel the storm coming.  The color of the sky would change, there may be a sudden stillness in the air, and the atmosphere would just seem different.  You would be compelled to look up, and take note that a storm is brewing.  Everyone would make their preparations to avoid being caught in it unprepared, and adjust their plans for that day if necessary.  

     God has warned us here in Matthew 7, that storms will come to us all.  We will feel beat up by these various storm systems, yet our lives can endure and remain strong and steadfast.  We can get through it and move on with our lives as a testimony to the solid foundation we have built our lives on.  The Word of God is our Rock that holds us up even in the toughest storms!

      Don’t be surprised when the storm hits suddenly, and learn to read the signs given to us when one is on the way.  Our spirit, in union with God, will often warn us that we are headed into a storm.  Things will just seem to slow down, and we will feel drawn into deeper communion with our Father.  He may warn us of what we should do to be prepared, and what we should not do during the storm.  I assure you He has a plan, and wants to reveal it to you.  His plan will keep you strong and free from fear in the midst of every storm, sudden or on it's way.  Look up, study the clouds, and make your preparations before it hits.

blessings,

Pastor Wendy

Mighty Men of Valor

 
             Pastor Art Evans and Pastor Bernie McGlaughlin

             Pastor Art Evans and Pastor Bernie McGlaughlin

 
 

2 Samuel 17:10(AMPC)

10 And even he who is brave, whose heart is as the heart of a lion, will utterly melt, for all Israel knows that your  father is a mighty man and that those who are with him are brave men. 

 

     Where are the mighty men?  Where are the brave?  My husband and I noticed a trend years ago among churches that grieved our hearts.  The church was full of strong women serving the Lord, but few men taking their place as leaders in the body of Christ.

     You have heard the term dead beat dads, or back door husbands.  They don’t provide for their children, nor honor their wives.  They don’t sore like eagles, they gather like flies.

     Sadly, many mighty have fallen to fear, frustration and apathy.  I am very proud of Pastor Art pictured above with Bernie McGlaughlin, our friend who pastors in Scotland.  They are two of the godliest men I know.   They cherish their wives, honor and provide for their children sacrificially, and lead men in their churches to rise up and fulfill the call of God in their lives, church and community.

     Christian Worship Center is full of godly men who are taking their place in Christ and leading as only they can in this hour of great challenge.  They are eagles soaring in the spirit reaching for God’s best!  They are not flies gathering around the left over provision and dreams of others, afraid to stand up and be heard.  They are leading their wives, children, church and community into the blessing and favor of God.

     There is nothing more beautiful than a man and woman serving God together.  Each, in their unique way and calling, complimenting each others strengths.  We need strong men taking their place, not becoming passive and quiet while their wives take inordinate control. 

 

Genesis 3:16-17 (NLT)

16 Then he said to the woman,

 “I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy,
    and in pain you will give birth.
And you will desire to control your husband,
    but he will rule over you.[
a]”

17 And to the man he said,

“Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree
    whose fruit I commanded you not to eat,
the ground is cursed because of you.
    All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it.

 

     The desire for women to control their husbands came from the fall, along with the man following her horrible advice!  There is a time when men should not listen to their wives if the wife is in error.  It is not God’s way or desire for women to relate to their husbands, or men in general, in this controlling, disrespectful, and demeaning way.  Women who desire God’s best for their families, church and community, must learn how to properly honor and respect their husbands in a way that will only encourage them to rise.  I have witnessed controlling women in the church run right over their husbands pride one to many times.   These men often become passive, weak and silent.  

     These men need other strong, mighty and brave men to restore their confidence to rise up and become all that God intended, soaring in the high places of the spirit.  Communing with God, and following His voice to lead, honor, and protect their families, church and community.  Thank God for strong Pastors, and leaders being examples in our midst who will not lay low and settle for less than God’s best.    When honor and order are restored in the home, God will favor these men to influence and lead in the church and in their gifts and callings in the workplace and community.

     I am so thankful to be in a church where mighty men have risen, to lead and serve.  It is a safe place when men rise up, soaring as only men can in their place in God leading with strong powerful strength and wisdom.   It is a beautiful thing to watch an eagle soar.

Cherished, provided for and protected,

Pastor Wendy Evans

Love Your Local Church

                                  Pinecroft Baptist Church, Shreveport, Louisiana

     This is where it began for me as a believer.  It was the summer 1973, and I was sitting in the back row of this beautiful church in the South.  The choir was singing "The King is Coming."  I was  having my spiritual eyes open to the reality that Jesus was coming back and the believers would be swept away with Him into eternity.  I began to realize the issue of sin in my own heart and that I needed to be saved.  I left church that Sunday heavy, and that heaviness turned into strong conviction the following week.  I could not as a 9 year old little girl, wait to get back to church the following Sunday to give my heart to Jesus.

     I woke up the next Sunday, got myself dressed and walked to church by myself, meeting a friend half way who joined me on my journey to Pinecroft Baptist Church .  I went to Sunday School which I loved, and couldn't wait to get into the main service to give my heart to Jesus. The Pastor preached and the invitation was given.  I darted down that long isle and put my hand in the deacons hand and burst into tears as I proclaimed, "I want to be saved."  He was elderly and gentle, and led me in the sinners prayer.

     The weight of sin rolled off my heart, and I knew my name was written in the Lambs Book of Life.  It was like I became all new and clean and free at the same time.  I became very aware that I was not alone and the presence of God was tangible.  I have never felt Him leave or abandon me.  He is always there, and I have been forever free.  

Free indeed,

Pastor Wendy

 

Lady and the Tramp

 
 
Proverbs 14:1   A wise woman builds her home,
but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands. NLT
 

You are a Lady: 

Compassionate

Strong

Focused

Thankful

Forgiving

Confident

Loving

Kind

Gracious

Humble

Honest

Loyal

Peaceful

Faithful

Giving

Content

Called

Anointed

Wise

Sent

You are not a Tramp:

Hard hearted

Weak

Fickle

Ungrateful

Bitter

Insecure

Hateful

Mean

Touchy

Proud

Deceiver

Divisive

Raging

Fearful

Selfish  

Wanton

Lost

Uncovered

Foolish

Hidden

 
 

Satan messed with the wrong girl!

Your are blessed,

Pastor Wendy

Focus on Jesus

 
 
2 Corinthians 4:5-6 The Message
5-6 Remember, our Message is not about ourselves; we’re proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master. All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus for you. It started when God said, “Light up the darkness!” and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful.
7-12 If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us. As it is, there’s not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at. We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken. What they did to Jesus, they do to us—trial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, he does in us—he lives! Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus’ sake, which makes Jesus’ life all the more evident in us. While we’re going through the worst, you’re getting in on the best!
Focus on Jesus
If we are not careful, Christians can get all worked up and stressed out about the very things that were never our assignments in the first place.  We were never made or called to receive or take the glory, the praise, or the honor that alone belongs to God.  We are His errand runners!
We are messengers of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Our lives are completely and totally forgiven, yet we are severely flawed. Our walk as a believer is inconsistent at best.  We have not arrived; we are a work in progress.  His work of sharing this glorious gospel does not need or wait on our perfection.  In fact, our weakness should give all hope that He can use anybody, anytime, anyway that He wants.
I meet so many believers who are very hard on themselves, and have these paradigms of perfection that can lead to a sense of overwhelming frustration.  I believe these paradigms of perfection are often self imposed along with the ceaseless accusations of the enemy.
Jesus said His yoke is easy and His burden is light; lets remember that first in light of ourselves and then we will not judge and be to harsh with others when we see their flaws.
He alone has the power to shine flawlessly lifted up for all to see!
a work in progress,

 

Pastor Wendy

Teach Me Something BEAUTIFUL

 
 

Like many mothers I loved watching my daughters learn new things, like music, arts and crafts, or cooking and sewing.

     Many have heard the phrase, "An idle mind is the devil's workshop."  For 2016 I believe it's still quite true!  I would now add, "A mind addicted to social media is a devil's playground."  I have actually seen men and women in church during a sermon or even an alter call, scrolling through their Facebooks as if they can't stop!  The addiction is very rampant and real.  I am so grieved when I see young girls in elementary school already absorbed, fixated and spending way too much time on social media. 

     We all have heard of the dangers of our boys becoming addicted to violent video games.  God help the women who marry these young men, if they don't get their breakthrough. And God help the young men who marry these young ladies who cant function without exploiting themselves on Instagram, Facebook, etc.  These young girls may grow up and become women who are so self absorbed with a superficial identity that is basically full of narcism and fantasy.  They often do not have the tools to properly value and nurture their own homes and children because of their warped sense of identity.  Their thoughts, and possibly hearts are full of toxic emotions that foster comparing themselves with each other, which can lead to jealousy, self loathing, and even suicide. 

     I think the women "back in the day" knew something about minding their own business and having something beautiful to work on, like sewing, quilting, embroidery and knitting for their loved ones and families.  It is all coming full circle and you can find all kinds of beautiful crafts every where to learn, and share with your daughters.

     I  am learning embroidery right now at 51, and look forward to making keepsakes for my family. It is actually my daughter and her friend who inspired me!   It is relaxing, and decompressing to make something of worth with my hands, allowing my mind to rest.  Anxiety disorders are off the charts and there is something healing about a godly woman teaching you something beautiful.

Below are a couple of scriptures that help remind us of truths we need to embrace in this day of chaos, unrest and disorder.

Titus 2:3 NLT  3 Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers.[a] Instead, they should teach others what is good. 4 These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, 5 to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes,[b] to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God. 
1 Timothy 5:13 AMPC   13 Moreover, as they go about from house to house, they learn to be idlers, and not only idlers, but gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not say and talking of things they should not mention.
I want to challenge women of God to do something beautiful with each other including  your spiritual and natural daughters; pass on something that will only bless them and never become a stumbling block to their faith.

 blessings,

Pastor Wendy

The "U" word.....

 
UNITY
"There is no greater power on earth, than the agreement between a husband and wife."

     I believe this to be true and I heard a pastor say it decades ago.  I have done my best to live in unity with my husband.  I have not been totally successful all the time, but have seen the favor of God crown our lives year after year.  And believe unity has much to do with the favor and blessing being perpetually released from heaven into the life we enjoy as a couple.  

     Below is a beautiful song that describes the powerful anointing unity invokes from God. 

Psalm 133 

A Song of [a]Ascents. Of David.

1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

2 It is like the precious ointment poured on the head, that ran down on the beard, even the beard of Aaron [the first high priest], that came down upon the collar andskirts of his garments [consecrating the whole body].

3 It is like the dew of [lofty] Mount Hermon and the dew that comes on the hills of Zion; for there the Lord has commanded the blessing, even life forevermore [upon the high and the lowly].  AMP

     I do believe this kind of unity is not restricted to just couples to enjoy.  I believe it is a heart posture that can be found among two or more individuals with a common dream or cause desiring God to be in the center of all they do to live life and prosper under His covering, anointing and blessing.  Let God be in the midst of your dreams and pursuits and keep the oil of blessing flowing to all involved!  

     What is the opposite of unity, but the "S" word; Strife.  

James 3 KJV

13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.

15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

     I think we often forget some of the strongest warnings in the Bible.  Here the scripture tells us that where strife is active, literally every evil work is present.  Think of it this way, Unity releases blessing and favor into your life and relationships.  Strife releases every evil work into your life and relationships.  Choose for yourself, because you are the only one who can determine the heart posture of your life.

In Him,

Pastor Wendy

     

 

 

Catch me marveling at the Light; I refuse to marvel at darkness!

 
 
 

a huge beautiful Maple tree in Scotland I was standing under recently

 
Psalm 118:21-24
21 I will praise You, For You have answered me, And have become my salvation.  22 The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. 23 This was the Lord’s doing; It is marvelous in our eyes.  24 This is the day the Lord has made;  We will rejoice and be glad in it.

How much time do you spend marveling at the Light?  Do you take the time to stop and soak up all of God's beauty, all of His wonder, and all of His goodness.  Or do you tend to marvel at darkness?  

When the enemy of your soul sings his song of darkness showing you pictures of your demise, I challenge you to look up into the face of your heavenly Father and behold His beauty.  Your soul will begin to sing of His marvelous salvation and His good plan for your life.  Your heart will rejoice and be glad when you are mindful of His gift revealed in His Son, Jesus Christ.

Everyday I hope you will stop to marvel at Light focusing on what is beautiful and pure.   When a bad report comes, or you see something dark, refuse to marvel at that image of defeat and ugliness.  Through prayer coupled with thanksgiving and praise,  look away from the darkness and focus on truth and beauty found only in God's Light,  The darkness will fade away never getting the chance to lead your soul into heaviness and unrest.  You must refuse focusing  on things that pull you down and leave you confused and discouraged.  No one else can do this for you, because you alone are the gatekeeper of your joy!   Jesus paid far too high a price for you to be once again ensnared into any type of bondage.

blessings,

Pastor Wendy

He Stood Up for Me

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A song given to me by the Holy Spirit after Art preached about the woman caught in adultery:

He Stood up for Me

V 1  My time had come, surrounded on all sides.

I felt the chill of their scorn, their judgement against me.

Caught in the moment of my weakness, my secret sin exposed.

My life caught in their vicious hold.  Oh but God, had a plan revealed that day, to me.

His mercy, brand new for me that blessed day.

Chorus

Jesus, my Advocate

Jesus, Lover of my soul

Jesus, the One whose love covers me

the day I stood in the midst of Thee.

V2  All of the sudden with their stones they walked away.  

And He now surrounded me,

with His grace sufficient He stood up for me.

with His grace sufficient He stood up for me.

with His grace sufficient He stood up for me.

repeat Chorus

V3   The evil plan against me they could not perform.

Brought to the One who Alone held the authority to forgive and set me free.

Not to death, but mercy they brought me.

Not to death, but mercy they brought me.

Not to death, but mercy they brought me.

Final Chorus

 

 

 

I Promise

     My heart is thankful for a husband that is true to his word, keeps his promise to me and not a covenant breaker.  We have been married for 31 years, and this little church is a place we visited a couple of years ago to remind ourselves where it all began.  Two young hearts promising to love, honor and do life together..... forever!

      Hebrews 10:19 And so, dear brothers and sisters,[f] we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. 20 By his death,[g] Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. 21 And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, 22 let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.  23 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.  NLT

     I have been born again for 42 years and God has never broken one promise to me ever!  When I have not understood the what or why of a situation gone horribly wrong, even after I prayed and sought God will all my heart, eventually I see clearly that other factors that have not been disclosed to me, can equally determine the outcome of certain situations.   Authority is relational, and every human spirit must seek the will of God for themselves.  You can not stop seeds that have been sown from growing and producing fruit.  Your prayers help, but prayers are not the only part of the equation in the will of God being done.   Covenant through union with God in Jesus Christ is the powerful personal first step in someone giving themselves to God and setting in motion a divine plan whereby the goodness and mercy of God flow freely into their lives.  

    Galatians 6:7 Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. 8 Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. 9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. NLT

    God never breaks His promises, but we and our loved ones miss the mark, sowing seeds of strife, division, and even destruction.   Any disaster you encounter is not a "act of God!"  It is an "act of fallen man," missing the mark and letting sin reign; or an "act of evil," where Satan steals, kills, and destroys the ignorant, vulnerable and deceived. 

passionately loved,

Pastor Wendy

     

 

Naked and Empty Handed

 

Naked and Empty Handed

      That’s how we came into the world, and that is how we will leave! 

     11They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Revalation 12:11

       What have we done with Jesus is all that will matter when we enter into death and step into our final destination.  Did we receive Him, love Him and go on to know and obey Him?  This life in the natural realm is quickly passing, but our life in the spirit realm will never end.  We must contend to remain mindful of the unseen realm and allow our hearts to be anchored in the truth of His word, kingdom, and soon return.  He promised He is coming for His Church and He is looking for faith.

    We can spend so much time taking our experience in this temporary realm much more serious than we take our experience in the unseen realm with God.  Lower yourself and exalt Him.  Let go and let God.  Cast your care and hold onto your peace.  Your life is in His hands, and that is a secure, powerful, place to be.

16Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2Cor. 4:16-18 NIV       

    We must daily meet God on His terms through yielding our will to His ways and taking the time to renew our minds in His Word.  Then your heart and affections will be set on high,  far above the temporary trials of life.  Nothing will overcome you in this place of communion with your Father.

1Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.  Colossians 3:1-4 NIV

    Never reduce God to mere human experience, or try and bring Him down to your terms.   That is precisely when you will find yourself loving your life more than you love God, losing heart and throwing your hands up in frustration.  That is a dangerous place to be called PRIDE.

Washed and Forgiven,

Pastor Wendy