The Pastor's Corner
"Shew I Unto You A More Excellent Way" (1 Corinthians 12:31)
September 10, 2016
God's Salvation Gasoline Station
I was driving down Heaven's road one bright and sunny day, when I saw a sign on the side of the road that read; "God's Salvation Gasoline Station is only fifteen minutes away." I thought to myself what kind of name is that to give to a gasoline station, for I haven't heard of a name like that anywhere in this nation. As I got a little closer, I could see a sign that read 'Free Gasoline All The Time.' As I drove to the gas pumps, the words on the pumps were really, really strange. They had on them: regular faith, unleaded understanding, and super strength all in Jesus' name.
An Angel approached my car and asked: "What kind of gas do you need"? If you want to, you can serve yourself; but we do have full service, you may need some assistance from someone else." I got out of my car and asked the angel; "What gas should I fill up with to stay faithful to the Lord and on one accord?" The Angel said: "Just fill up with ten thousand gallons of super strength, measured off by twelve million gallons of regular faith, and let them equal up to twenty-two billion gallons of unleaded understanding and with this you can run a good Christian race."
Then I said; "But there's something else that I need. I really need a friend indeed. Do you have any gas to fill my empty heart?" And the Angel said; "My son, I will fill your empty heart, for I am the Lord thy God." He filled me up that very day and he changed my life in every way. He filled me up with faith, understanding and strength. And he said; "Come back, I hope to see you again."
I got back into my car while the tears rolled down my face, and I said to myself; "Surely this is a wonderful place where all men can come to be revived and forgiven of their sins, and where sinners can be converted and reborn again." I was about to leave when the Angel handed me a road map and said; "This is the road map to God's salvation that will make you rich in wisdom and ever so free, but you have to study this map and you have to read." He said: "Well my son, you finish your course and run a good race, and if you ever get weak along the way, just remember you have a place where you can go to be revived inside your soul. Go and tell the young and tell the old to keep the faith and stand bold".;
Pastor Mi'guel Adams
February 12, 2016
"God Is Looking For Unwanted Trash”
I would like to engage your mind in reflecting upon the word “Trash” which reminds me of something that is useless, smelly, and disregarded. The word “Trash” is defined as worthless or discarded objects or matter. Also, trash can be considered as waste, the remnants of something that was initially useful or good. Society may consider people who search through garbage looking for food insane or unstable because sound minded people usually do not indulge in picking through trash. When I was a teenager, I owned a ten speed bike. I loved my bike and rode it almost every day. As time would have it, my new bike began to look old and used because it had lost its appeal to my senses. The chain had rusted, the seat was worn, the rims and tires needed to be replaced, and the paint was peeling off the frame. I enjoyed riding my bike when it was new and shining and appealing to the eye, but as my bike began to deteriorate, I lost interest in riding it. So, one day my mother was cleaning the backyard and she disposed of my unwanted bike that I had stopped riding for a long period of time. The morning that she placed the bike at the street curb in front of our home for pick up, one of my neighbors saw the bike frame and asked my mother if he could have the frame for which she replied yes. This young man carried that unwanted, worn, deteriorated, old rusty frame to his home and through his creativity and vision he had created one of the most beautiful bikes that I have ever laid my eyes upon.This young man saw something that I had considered as old, useless “Trash” and his faith made it a Treasure. I was very angry and upset because he had taken my unwanted “Trash” and transformed it to a trophy bike for all my friends to see.
I am reminded of the old Hebrew text found in Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow, though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool”. What man sees as worthless, The Almighty God sees as worth. What man sees as “Trash”, God sees as a Treasure. The world will put you into a trash bin but God will retrieve you from the garbage disposal. The power of God is able to save, redeem, deliver, heal, wash, cleanse, and transform a life that was previously considered useless, shameful, and sinful. It is imperative to understand that God is looking for unwanted trash that he can cleanse, and restore to perfection through The Lord Jesus Christ. You may feel like “Trash” but if you come to Jesus Christ just as you are, He will make you a living miracle for all the world to see, the “Trash” that God made into Treasure. The Apostle Paul stated in the book of II Timothy 2:21 “If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work”. God is looking for unwanted Trash to change into holy vessels that will be used for His Glory.
Pastor Mi'guel Adams M.A.
“Making Your Happiness a Habit”
January 25, 2016
What is happiness to you? Is it having a loving marriage, great relationships, a well-paying job, respect from your peers, traveling the world visiting exotic places or maybe having good health? Some people can differentiate between what brings them happiness from what their neighbor considers as happiness. What events have you experienced in your life that has created happiness for you? Have you ever been truly happy concerning the quality of your life or the circumstances that have shaped your life? I guess we all have experienced happiness in this life one time or another. I believe that we all have shared in the experience of being in a state of happiness at different stages of our lives, but for most of us it was short lived. Every person will experience happiness for a brief moment or even a season then it seems to wither away as a fresh cut rose. The dictionary defines the word “happiness” as quality or state of being joyous, glad, or content. Also, happiness is defined as a state of enjoyment, and a general inner feeling of satisfaction. I have often reflected on what is true happiness, and where does a person search in order to experience this euphoric state. Why is it sometimes so difficult to maintain or sustain the state of being happy? Many people in our society maintain other life altering habits yet happiness seems to elude many intelligent, wealthy, educated, poor, and gifted people.
As I reflect upon my own life, my greatest state of happiness that I have experienced was when I chose to obey and walk in the will of God. I realized that I could experience a life time of divine happiness and that it was a gift from God that I could accept or reject. The Apostle Paul stated in Philippians 4:11 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content”. God’s word reveals to his people where happiness originates and how we can have perpetual happiness in this life. In Psalm 16:11 King David declared unto us “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore”. Many people are searching their lives for the right person, event, experience, success, pleasure, and possessions that they believe will create the happiness that they desire. However, eventually everything that they achieve fails to satisfy their souls and the longing for happiness. Making your happiness a habit requires prioritizing God’s word and living in His presence every day until it becomes a lifestyle. Remember, that the word “habit” means “action that has become nearly automatic through deliberate or unconscious repetition”. The Lord Jesus is concerned about our happiness and he has invited us with an open invitation that echoes through the corridors of time to “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”. The song writer wrote these lyrics that says “You have longed for sweet peace, and for faith to increase, and have earnestly, fervently prayed; But you cannot have rest, or be perfectly blest, until all on the altar is laid”. Proverbs 3:13 states “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding”. Make your decision to love and follow The Lord Jesus Christ and He will offer you happiness that will create a habit in you.
Pastor Mi’guel Adams M.A.
January 18, 2016
Have you ever asked yourself what are true riches? Is it possessing a substantial amount of money or owning expensive mansions, luxury vehicles, yachts or doing what you want when you want to do it? People in the world look at riches totally different than what God’s word defines as True Riches. Some people believe that if they had more money they would be happy and satisfied with their lives. Some feel that having riches would give them peace and tranquility, even rest in their soul, but having worldly riches is temporal and not eternal. God’s word states in I Timothy 6:17 “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy”. It is imperative that we understand that worldly riches are brief or short lived and they have an expiration date, but God’s riches are everlasting. The Lord does bless His people with many blessings and riches are just one of his manifold blessings. Having good health, a sound mind, love in your heart, having eternal salvation, your sins forgiven, God’s favor, having a family, friends, a job, and a home are just some of the many blessings that The Lord Jesus has bestowed upon us His children.
Lets expound upon the parable of Jesus Christ found in the gospel of St. Luke 12:16-21 “The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater, and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God”. This parable examines what God views as true riches which are not defined as having a substantial amount of money but being in right relationship with God. What message is The Lord Jesus conveying to us when he declares “So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God”. Being rich toward God encompasses several areas of a persons life which includes: your service toward God and people, your commitment to Jesus Christ, your faithfulness to The Lord, your giving of money and time to ministry work, your obedience to the word of The Lord, and your love toward God and His people. When these areas are pleasing toward God you will begin building your treasures in heaven and experience God’s riches in your life. The song writer wrote this song: “You may build great cathedrals large or small, you can build skyscrapers grand and tall, you may conquer all the failures of the past, but only what You do for Christ will last”. Make your eternal decision to give your life and follow The Lord Jesus Christ and He will give you the True Riches of His love.