THE NAME OF THE LORD (to be cont…)

In 2017, we began the year with a series, “THE ACCEPTABLE YEAR OF THE LORD” taken from Is. 61 as well as Luke 4. As we continue to speak on the various names of our Lord, I find myself being encouraged so much! For instance, here’s what we have looked at thus far:

Elohim (God) – He is God, there in none other. “in the beginning…God” – Gen 1:1; that’s it! Why complicate life when its so simple. He’s got this cause HE IS GOD! It begins and ends with Him. How you begin matters….more importantly WHO you begin with is vital! If your pursuits do not welcome and invite God in the beginning….then its a matter of time, but it will fail simply because when He is not in it….it’s void of sustainable power and life. Yahweh (Lord, Jehovah) – His proper name. Too holy to utter yet so personal. He has chosen to reveal His name to us. To us, He is pleased with revealing to us the secrets of His kingdom.

El Elyon (The Most High God) – Higher than any drug, any addiction, affliction, religion, any betrayal, hurt, hiccup, or hang up. HE IS MOST HIGH GOD

Adonai (Lord, Master) – If we surrender; He will Master your SOUL, your SINUSES and your SLEEP. 

El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty)

El Olam (The Everlasting God)

Jehovah Jireh (The Lord Will Provide)

Jehovah Rapha (The Lord Who Heals You)

Jehovah Nissi (The Lord Is My Banner)

It All Began Here!

“As you pray, more light will come”


It all began here. 1990, Natalie and I moved to Broken Arrow, OK. to attend bible school. I was a part of a prayer group where we would get up early and attend Prayer and Healing Center to pray over the request given us. I entered the center and received my request and went into this little 12×10 empty room with chairs around the edges. No one was present but me…physically anyway. I knelt down in the corner facing the wall and began to pray…then suddenly…

He came. The Spirit of God came and invaded that moment. Simple vision: a dark cloud so black nothing could penetrate it…Until I began to pray. As I prayed a beam of light pierced through the darkness and the darkness could not comprehend it. It tried to distinguish its beam but to no avail. Then I heard, “As you pray, more light will come.” Just like a good little catholic boy, I obeyed the voice and prayed more. Sure enough, just as He said, more light came”

Just like a Hollywood scene, the camera began to zoom out of the dark cloud and I noticed it was over a geographical area but it was not clear yet. So I prayed the more. More light came and it began to get clear. I realized I was praying over the city of Seguin and the location was Central Park, where I grew up.

In my spirit, I knew that it was a privilege of mine to pray for this city and to hold it close to my heart simply because the Creator had it close to His heart and wanted His Light to penetrate this area. Little did I know that 25 years later, He would ask me to plant a church there.

Natalie and I received a mandate to began Crossroads in late 2006, after a time of fasting and prayer in Mason, Tx. As we stepped out in faith, the first place I came to begin Crossroads was where it all began…Central Park in Seguin, Tx. We prayed and believed God would honor His Word which He always does. Last night at Central Park during our Candlelight service was even more confirmation.

Honestly, this all began in the heart of God, before any of us could have imagined. He has a plan and purpose in this community and I endeavor to be a part it. He also has a specific purpose for you as well. Obedience is a must.

Join us and be a part of an exciting time here in Seguin. Pray and see the light continue to get brighter and brighter!

Sola Fide,
Pastor Marcus

FAITH IN DECEMBER 2016

A reminder to enjoy what’s right before you cause you just never know when the one you held onto in the morning may not be there in the evening. Why? It’s just life…period. 

If someone would have told me that 

  • it would be the last time I held my daughter in my arms while we visited the mall…i would have never let her down.
  • It would be the last time i made breakfast for her even though it was just toast and jelly…i would have sat and talked while she ate.
  • It would be the last time I would hug my wife before she left to visit a friend…I would have hugged her twice as long and let my last words be “i love you…forever”.
  • It would be the last time I got to sit down with my pastor and ask him to pray for me…i would have told him why and hold nothing back from him.
  • It would be the last time I would give my grandson and punch on the shoulder and tell him I love him…i would have hugged him instead and drive with him to school….with his phone off.
  • It would be the last time i got to address our congregation…i would throw away my notes and share what was in my heart…to focus on the things that matter the most…Your God…Your Family…Your Mission w/ Obedience.

I am blessed this morning. Baby Faith brought healing to my heart that i needed today. Sometimes we wake up and never realized that there is so much collateral damage in our soul, that we miss and forget to take the time to embrace the things that matter the most.

Love you. You’re God’s Best.

Pastor

9/11 PRAYER

9-11-01logo450Psalm 34:19
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.”

2 Corinthians 4:8-9
“We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.”

Father, there are over 3000 people who wake up this morning in Washington, Pennsylvania, and New York remembering what life was like 15 years ago. Their lives changed in one moment of time. Not only did their life change but this nation changed and shifted as well. My prayer is for the families of those who left this earth. The loved ones who continue to move forward…some with hope and others without any. Father, i know things have changed but there is something I will forever hold on to regardless of what the circumstances are on this earth….Your unfailing love! YOU NEVER CHANGE and You are the same yesterday, today, and forever! Afflictions come but You deliver! Pressure comes but You release it in your timing so that we are not crushed by it. We find ourselves perplexed at various times in life but we dare not despair. The towers of faith and hope may have been struck down in many lives but our faith in You will never be destroyed. You are our Sustainer and the lifter up of our head. We place our trust in You this morning Master. Move by Your Spirit over this nation Father and may Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. May heaven reach down and touch earth today once again and reveal Yourself in a special way to Your people. Allow those who do not know you see your loving kindness and tender mercies. Bring them to the entrance of Your salvation and knock on the doors of their heart. May they open it and see Your beauty. For You are good and Your loving Kindness extends to all the earth. I declare Your Lordship over this day here in our city, our family, and in my life personally. Much pain has come but much much more mercy has been revealed. I honor You Father. Speak to us today in Your own way. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Sola Fide
Your Servant,
Marcus

Psalm 34:19 

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.”

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 

“We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.”

WHAT IMAGE DO I REFLECT?

02drown27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.
(Genesis 1:27-28)

I was reading this morning and thinking about God’s original design for man. What was God’s original intention for man when He created them and placed them on this earth? After all, God created  them in His image and after His likeness, therefore, what does “His likeness” look like? Is there something in scripture that helps me chart my course and gives me some type of measuring grid. I’ve always been about evaluation, progress, course correction, and just making sure I was moving in a direction in my life that had forward motion. Unsurprisingly, there it was in Genesis.

God has given us 4 things that we can measure ourselves with. The question to ask is this: Am I reflecting Gods image in my life? When I inspect the harvest in my life, what do I see? Does it match God’s original design?

If our Creator asked His creation to accomplish a certain task, then He also placed within them the ability to get it done. We have what it takes cause God’s Design has placed this within us. Believe it. Yield your heart to it and begin walking in it!

8 Then God blessed them, and God said to them,

  1. “Be fruitful  – h6509. פָּרָה p̱ârâ

    • to cause to bear fruit, to make fruitful, to show fruitfulness, to grow or increase.
  2. and multiply;- h7235. רָבָה râḇâ 
    • to increase in whatever respect; to enlarge; to have more in number; to become many or be numerous, greater, abundance.
  3. fill the earth- h4390. מָלֵא mâlê

    • to satisfy, accomplish, complete, and confirm; to be full of; to be at an end, furnish, replenish and satisfy.
  4. and subdue h3533. כָּבַשׁ ḵâḇaš

    • to tread down, conquer, subjugate, keep under or bring into subjection; to make subservient.

QUESTION: DOES MY LIFE REFLECT THE FOLLOWING IMAGE?

  1. Being Fruitful – Am I growing?
  2. Experiencing Multiplication – Am I increasing?
  3. Filling Earth – Am I a Resource for others and myself?
  4. Subduing the Earth – Am I in Control of my Appetites?

IN HIM

the-book-of-ephesians7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, 9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him –
(Ephesians 1:6-10 NKJV)

START DOING: according to the riches of His grace 8 which He made to abound toward us

  • Have you ever been asked to go to a store and pick up or pick out an item that someone else has already paid for? Your responsibility is to take the time and go into the store, choose the item (in some cases) or just receive the item that has already been purchased. I have and it’s absolutely a joy when you get to bring it home and begin to use it for your home and family. Natalie and I have had mattresses, cars, school tuition, checks, and countless of other items. There has never been a time when we walked out and said, “Is that all we get?” or we walk away feeling like we just wasted our time. There has always been a sense of gratitude simply because we received what was not expected or even deserved.
  • Same is true here. Paul mentions something similar, “According the RICHES of His grace which HE MADE to ABOUND TOWARD US…” Listen, the word, “redemption” means this: a releasing effected by payment of ransom or liberation procured by the payment of a ransom. Simple terminology is this: We are recipients of treasure that someone else paid for.
  • START REMINDING YOURSELF. He DAILY loads you with benefits; He is not mad at you. Your mad at yourself and trying to muster up points to get God approval. He already has approved you and accepted you even when you and I were far away from Him. He gave us what we didn’t deserve…abundantly, richly, abounding TOWARD US…

STOP DOING:9 having made known to us the mystery of His will,

  • Quit playing games and feeling sorry for yourself by saying that you dont understand or His ways are too difficult or its just too hard to figure out what God wants to do with me…. NO SIR…NO MAM…RE-FRAME…RETHINK…and embrace the precious and abundant beauty He has for you and the things that concern you like your family, your business, your future, your children, your dreams, your spouse, your relationships. Listen, there are times we need to stop trying to figure everything out and put a smile on believing that He has something special for me TODAY! Quit expecting the worse today and begin to expect the best for your life today. The mystery of His will is no longer a mystery…it’s reality! He REALLY DOES LOVE YOU AND CARE FOR YOUR LIFE, HOPES, AND DREAMS.

CONTINUE DOING: in Him…

  • Two of my favorite words in the New Testament are these: “IN HIM”. I remember taking the time one year and getting a red pen and going through the new testament and underlining every time i read the words, in Him, in whom, through Him, etc….you can grab it here: Take the time a download it, get your pen out and receive everything you have in Christ.

PRAYER: Father, you are good, gracious, and abundantly caring for us all. I am overwhelmed this morning of your love and grace. Precious are You towards us all and You make us abound in You. I pray that as we continue to walk with You, Your realities will become embedded in our hearts and minds. That we would so embrace your goodness towards us that all things unholy, unrighteous, and flat out lies would bow down to the realities we have In You. Touch our minds today so we can believe Your goodness. Amen.