Merry Christmas!

1 Timothy 3:16 b

God was manifest in the flesh, justified by the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory.

Merry Christmas!

Jesus left heaven and became a man. He was like us except without sin. Because He was without sin He was justified in the spirit. He conquered the law and completely fulfilled the whole law. Because He fulfilled the law we can walk as if we did.

Awesome.

Freeing.

That’s why all of the Father’s promises are yes and amen.

Angels witnessed the whole story. The angels told the shepherds and sang about our savior.

The gospel has gone out into the whole world. It has been preached to the gentiles. I am proof of that. I am a non-Jew and I follow the King of the Jews. Thank you Jesus!

The Word has been believed in the world and is rapidly growing to all tribes and tongues. The gospel is alive. It is sharper than a two-edged sword dividing bones and marrow, the attitudes and intentions of our hearts.

Right now, the Word of God sits at the right hand of the Father. He makes intercession for all us saints. One day we will see it for ourselves.

Yes.

Great truth.

Jesus, thank you for coming to earth as a baby. Fully man and fully God. Thank you for the finished work.

Awesome.

I choose to live in your finished work. Your ways are greater than our ways. Your plans are perfect and amazing. Have your perfect way in my heart. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Written By: Keith Murphy

 

Sanctified for Worship.

Worship is not an event it is a way of life. Worship is the state of being “in”, as we were created to abide in the sanctuary of God’s great garden.  We were created to live in perfect union and harmony with our Lord God.  Lured into the wisdom of this world, by that snake we call the devil, the first thing that came into the hearts of mankind was the spirit of fear and the feeling of nakedness as sin persecuted the perfect harmony we had with our Heavenly Father.  Sent away from this sacred and holy ground, mankind was not only facing the sting of death, but all the other cares, anxieties, griefs, and hardships that the nature of this world has to offer.  

 

But Aha! With the curse there was already a plan of salvation as God’s son remained with mankind throughout.  For as it was written: “Thus said the Lord, thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the Lord thy God which teach thee to profit, which lead thee by the way thou should go” (Is. 48:17).  And in another place our Lord Jesus states: “I am with you always, even onto the end of the world” (Mt. 28:20).  We were never forgotten nor forsaken by our Lord and Father, but nerveless, mankind traveled with the feeling of lonesomeness as we were temporarily severed from our Creator.  

 

Why? Because mankind lost the “in” factor, but not anymore. Through Christ we found the Way back “in” to the holy grounds of spiritual matrimony;  Alleluia!!  Through His truth and life we have found our way back home. To the sanctuary. Where worship was as much to our nature as breath was to our lives, when we became “a living soul”.

 

And how do I know this? Because worship is in the divine nature of Christ Himself. By being cleansed by His blood (made righteous) and by the grace of God we were given an avenue to once more come into our Father’s Holy presence.  We do this through the Holy Spirit, also called the “Spirit of Truth”, (see John 14:16,17) for as it is written in red ink: “God is a Spirit; and they that worship Him must worship Him “in” Spirit and “in” truth”(John 4:24) (quotations mine).

 

Now let me tell you brothers and sister it takes courage, faith and many times desperation just to come to worship, but when we surrender to the place of “abiding in” we will get the best glimpse of His almost unfathomable glory that lies before us.  But first let us learn what it is to enter into His rest, for Jesus finished the work and His door is wide open. Justified by faith and not by works does not excuse us from the work that is needed to “enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name” (Ps. 100:4). Work? What are we talking about? The work of faithfulness that is needed to understand what it is to have the joy of the Lord fulfilled in us as we glorify the creator of heaven and earth. There is no better example of this, for Jesus said, “I have finished the work which thou gave me to do”(John 17:4), and understand this: That Jesus joyfully went to the cross, but He wasn’t happy about. In fact, He was asking our heavenly Father if there was another way to save us; although, He already knew what our Father’s will was.

 

God did not repent because He loves us. There was no other way into His Holy presence but through the blood and sufferings of Christ. Joy comes when we abide in Them and They in us despite the suffering that our outer tabernacle may face and feel. When I read John chapters 14-17 I see the worship of Christ to His and our Heavenly Father.  

Family; all my babbling can be summed up by this next simple sentence- Worship is this: To love, and honor, and abide in the will of They that created us.  

Simple right?  Next chapter of this blog we will discuss how to get into this “state of being.”  I am now going to leave you with this one last thought to ponder. Worship is everything that lies between being in a prostrate position in reverence, to raising our hands up high while making a joyful noise. Again, it is a way of life, for we have been sanctified to house the Spirit of God. Wow! What a honor.

 

May God bless us and keep us from the evil of this present world. May the love of God keep our hearts full with the melody of being one with Them, In Jesus’ name I pray.  Love you all very much, Rick      

Written by: Rick Porter

A Great Deal More.

Many of us know these lines from a Dr. Seuss classic:

~ It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.

I will concur with the fact:

Christmas does indeed mean so much more, a great deal more.

What I found interesting is that much of the world knows this story

and for whatever the reason, they neglect the real glory.

 

A stable years ago; the greatest gift did lay,

A gift for us all was placed in the hay.

A simple manger; on a quiet starlit night.

The Christ child was born to his parent’s delight.

 

The savior of the world; the price He would pay.

Born to save creation; which had slowly lost their way.

 

We were created by God, with purpose and reason.

Each of us to share joy for this glorious season.

 

Now, knowing Jesus we press onward in Joy;

All filled with hope from this blessed boy.

The Christ child came to enlighten us all.

Preparing our hearts, our minds, and our soul.

 

Though my look at a Seuss rhyme now comes to an halt.

My reason to love Jesus; I will forever exalt.

~

Written by Michael La Tulippe

Remember.

Deut. 8:18:

“And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”

Remember. Put God intentionally into the forefront of our minds. That doesn’t seem like a lot to ask….? 

Gratitude makes it easy to remember that every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father of heavenly lights. This amazing covenant God wants a relationship with us so much that He sent His Son to make it happen. Then all He wants is remembrance? Wow. Talk about Love with no strings attached! 

It’s so interesting to me that He wants to provide for our every need. But not only that, He wants to abundantly bless us and prosper us. Yup. His vision of what we can accomplish and ours need to match up. He says in preceding verses that He is giving us a good land with honey, milk, wheat, barley, abundant bread, springs of water, iron rocks, copper. He says when you have built fine houses and settle in them to remember Him. Make mention of all the good He has done. Mention His good and perfect gifts. 

Ya. That’s a good recipe for a thanksgiving dinner!

Remember. 

Jesus, I thank you for my beautiful wife, my three awesome kids, their incredible spouses, our 6?! Grandkids, our houses, our cars, our incomes, our health, our influence, and our inheritance. You’re an amazing God, full of peace and love. Thank you for a prosperous future. Thank you for expanding our church family. Thank you for bringing restoration to the Valley. We choose to remember how generous and benevolent you are Father. Thank you for transforming our hearts, minds, and bodies. Have your way. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

Written by: Keith Murphy

 

Our First Blog Post!

This is our very first CC Naugy blog post; how cool is that?!!

We have started this blog because our church family has been blessed with people who have an ability and a desire to share God’s truths, insights, encouragements, and convictions in multiple ways. As pastor I have read and heard countless Biblical, profound, and Spirit birthed revelations from so many in our church family. Some would consider themselves pretty good writers and articulators and some would not.

I really feel like we have a tremendous opportunity to highlight and share just some of what God is doing in so many of the hearts of our church family. Those who will choose to participate in this blog will be encouraged, challenged, and blessed. Reading and listening to what is posted here has a great potential to be seen and heard by many others and encourage them in their own life of faith. This blog will also be really helpful and freeing to those who have something brewing in their hearts from the Spirit. Writing has the amazing ability to give clarity and precision to our minds and emotions, and more times than not as we chose to write down what the Spirit is speaking to our hearts we are blown away by what comes out. This is because He is always speaking to us, and many times we need to slow down and listen and write to help better process what the Lord is speaking to our hearts.

This blog is definitely not a place for people to build their self esteem and find their self worth in comments or “likes” in response to what they have written or produced. This blog is a place to share news of what God is doing and speaking in people’s lives. Some posts will be inspiring, some may sobering, some may be exciting, some may be confusing, etc. It is not our goal to heavily filter what is written and shared here. Some obvious things will not be welcomed or posted. Guidelines of best practices for this blog can be found HEREThink of this blog not as a pastor’s blog, but as a church’s blog. This is a place where the family gets to share some of what God is doing in their life through words or through video.

I very much look forward to reading and listening to what The Spirit is going to share through you! Do not be shy or paralyzed by what you think other people might say or do about a post that you create. Let’s instead proceed with a focus to encourage and lift up our church family (and others) about the voice of God and the presence of God and what He is doing. He is so faithful and so good and so amazing so let’s keep talking, writing, and celebrating it in any way that we can! In some seasons He may seem quiet, distant, and far off and a blog like this is invaluable during those seasons.

Just a quick FYI, some things that God has spoken and encouraged to your heart are just for you and Him and not for others. Not all words and thoughts of your intimate relationship with your Father need to be publicly shared so do not feel like you have to do that. As you and your Father  are in fellowship He will bless your heart in amazing ways that are really only for you and Him to know about, please do not share those types of intimate relational things here 🙂

Philemon 1:6 “And I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.”

-pj

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