16 Apr 2017

Happy Resurrection Day!

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There is no question but that Jesus lived and died and was resurrected. There are several eyewitness accounts in the Bible which would certainly be good enough for any court of law today.
John writes: “We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us. We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard…” (1 John 1:1-3 NLT)
Paul writes to the believers in Corinth: “Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then, and you still stand firm in it.  It is this Good News that saves you if you continue to believe the message I told you…. I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve. After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles. Last of all…..I also saw him.” (1 Corinthians 15:1-8 NLT)
He also writes to the church in Rome: “God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation.  For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.” (Romans 5:8-11 NLT)
Through faith in Christ’s death and resurrection, a wonderful new friendship relationship with God can be ours together with complete and total assurance of our salvation—not on our own merits (for we can never attain God’s righteousness ourselves) but solely on Christ’s merits alone.
No other faith or religion guarantees this to you!
Through faith in Jesus Christ, His perfect righteousness and holiness are imputed to you. He has prepared and prepaid your way, for, just as He said, He is the Way and He is the Door. (John 14:6, 10:7-9)
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14 Apr 2017

TGIGF — Thank God it’s Good Friday!

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Men put up memorials and statues to remember their victories and heroes, but the greatest hero and the greatest victory of all is remembered, not by lifeless stone or metal, but by a rugged wooden cross on which Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died as the once-for-all, everlasting sacrifice to atone for the sins of men, and by the bread and wine of Holy Communion—symbols of His body broken on the cross and of the blood that He shed.                                                                                                                                                                     Two thousand years later, the cross of Christ has lost none of its power, nor has His blood lost one drop of power to cleanse us from sin. And our greatest hero, our wonderful Saviour, is very much alive—Jesus, the same yesterday, today and forever! (Hebrews 13:8)
Thank God it’s Good Friday!
27 Mar 2017

Where Did God Come From?

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For a bio of the responder, Dr. Kent Hovind, click here

 

06 Feb 2017

Addiction Recovery and Support Groups

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From February 16, there will be Addiction Recovery and Support groups – one for men and one for women – at Columbia Heights United Methodist Church 775 Galloway Road Galloway Oh 43119 (corner of Galloway and Hall) Columbia Heights United Methodist Churchevery Thursday evening. The meetings start at 6 pm and aim to finish no later than 8:30 pm.

Discover God’s power through Jesus Christ to set addicts free – whether from drugs, alcohol, gambling, pornography, or whatever, and in any combination. Hear people share their stories and have your eyes opened to “the God of all hope” (Romans 15:13). If you know anyone who has a problem with addiction, bring them.

You need not be a Christian to attend what will be a safe and judgment-free environment of mutual encouragement, help and support. Support will also be accessible through the week.

The men’s group is part of the successful Champions Network of Refuge Ministries, a men’s ministry (http://therefugeohio.org). The church is providing the corresponding women’s group. Pastor Eric will be leading the men’s group and Pastor LaVonne will help in leading the women’s group.

30 Dec 2016

This New Year

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We may now be entering into the New Year of 2017 but let us not take it for granted. Rarely do we stop to recognise that every day, every hour, every moment of every year is made and given to us by God. Indeed every breath we take is numbered and given by Him. Jesus said that God numbers the very hairs on our heads! Psalm 139:16 tells us that every day granted to us is written in a book that God keeps in heaven.

Such precision is evident throughout all of creation. The fact that space travel is possible with mathematical precision is persuasive against “order from chaos” predicated by the “Big Bang” theory. Indeed, it is no more than a theory and breaks man’s own laws of thermodynamics.

earthIf we would rocket out of our galaxy, the Milky Way, and look back to try and pick out our planet Earth, we would find it impossible; and we would soon appreciate the vastness of the universe and the greatness of God, the Creator. The Milky Way is estimated to contain as many as 400 billion stars of which our planet is just one; and our galaxy is just one of the two trillion galaxies that we are able to observe. There are infinitely more galaxies and planets that we can’t observe.

Psalm 147:4-5 says of God: He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; His understanding has no limit. Psalm 19:1 contradicts the random Big Bang theory in saying of God: The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

One of the great hymns of all time is ‘How Great Thou Art’. The Holy Spirit would readily anoint George Beverly Shea’s singing of this hymn to convict Billy Graham’s crusade audiences of their need of salvation. The first verse says: O Lord, my God, When I in awesome wonder, consider all the worlds Thy hands hath made. . . I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed. The third verse says: And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing; Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in; That on the Cross, my burdens gladly bearing, He bled and died to take away my sin. Israel’s King David wrote in Psalm 8:3-4: When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is mankind that You are mindful of them, human beings that You care for them?

An earth year is, as we know, the time it takes for the earth to go round the sun. Let this be for you a year of orbiting the Son… Jesus, the Son of God. King David’s life’s orbit was around the Lord in intimate friendship, a man after God’s own heart. There’s nothing stopping you from deciding to do the same for 2017, especially since Christ has opened the way for all who will receive Him. And let us always remember that God does care for us. He loves us; and in His love, He sent His Son Jesus to make a way of salvation for us if we will simply accept, believe and trust Him.

 

 

17 Dec 2016

Joy To The World!

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star-peaceGenesis and Revelation, written thousands of years apart, the first and last of the 66 books of the Bible; one written in Hebrew, the other in Greek; one that denies us the tree of life, the other that restores it to us; one that places us under a curse, the other that removes it; one that casts man out of a beautiful garden, the other that brings him a new earth. Sixty-six books written at various times over the millennia by numerous authors of different social backgrounds, cultures and places, yet each woven into an epic and true story with a perfect beginning and a perfect end, depicting the fall of man but promising man’s salvation and ultimate restoration through Jesus Christ.

And the One who is the Grand Editor of this magnificent work is God. It could only be God. For is there any man, or any group of men, that has lived long enough to write such a masterpiece or even have smarts enough to plan it? Truly all human history is His Story, whether men believe it or not. It is the greatest love story ever told. And none will ever better it. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

A man, Adam, lost our eternal intimacy and oneness with God; and so a man had to win it back. No man was good enough or equal to the task; and so it was, as the Old Testament prophets foretold, that Jesus came that very first Christmas morn to be born in Bethlehem. God came to earth as a baby to grow and to live as a man.

jttwHe was born in very humble surroundings that none might be deterred or disqualified from coming to Him for the priceless gift of eternal life and happiness He offers; for the gospels are clear that Christ rejects no one who turns to Him. As a baby He was venerated by both Jews and non-Jews, by poor Jewish shepherds and by the Magi, foreigners from the east. Tradition says the Magi were kings but they were in fact highest-tier, king-making priests of the Parthian Empire who practised a mix of astrology and astronomy. Thus they followed a star to find the Christ-child, and thus from the outset Christ was presented to the world as a king willing to receive all peoples regardless of their social status and previous religious background.

Christ came to share our humanity, to be tempted in life in every way, just as we are, and yet He resisted all temptations and sinned not.  He blessed and healed all who came to Him, and then went to the Cross willingly to die for us, to pay a price for our salvation that none of us can ever pay, because all sin and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Only light can have fellowship with light, righteousness with holiness, the perfect with perfection. He arose from the tomb in great glory. He returned in triumph to heaven as the one and only righteous and eternal, atoning sacrifice for our sins. Love and Justice were fully satisfied.

So Jesus has prepaid your ticket to heaven. You have only to pick it up by believing and trusting in Him. By choosing to believe what Jesus has done for you, you exchange your unrighteousness for His righteousness; but not so that you can go on living as you did before. No, you must ask God to forgive you your sins and you must determine to turn and live your life as best you can with His help according to His teachings. The Holy Spirit, as Jesus promised, will be your Helper and Guide. This is the just the start of a brand new life: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Cor. 5:17).  Ask God to lead you to a lively church and to a good Christian mentor. Get yourself a Bible and start reading the New Testament. Don’t ever think that you can go it alone.

07 Dec 2016

“God, God, God” !

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“First, God. God is the subject of life. God is foundational for living. If we don’t have a sense of the primacy of God, we will never get it right, get life right, get our lives right. Not God at the margins; not God as an option; not God at the weekends. God at center and circumference; God first and last; God, God, God.”
— Message Bible, Intro to Genesis

The God of All You See and Don't See

05 Oct 2016

Time to Refresh

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As can be appreciated from previous posts, Eric & LaVonne have really been taking some hits; and the grieving process, especially for LaVonne, has not been easy. Grieving is natural for everyone but for the Christian it is a process that need not last long. Christians can rejoice in knowing that heaven is real and that they will be reunited with their loved ones in heaven one glorious day.

Times of RefreshingEric and LaVonne have had to deal not only with their personal grief but also with adjusting to life and ministry together on a permanent basis without enforced, extended periods of separation, which has been the pattern of their marriage for the last 4 years. But God is so good and has blessed their marriage with a high degree of flexibility and resilience. Nevertheless, times of refreshing and recuperation are much needed; and in August, LaVonne resigned as an associate pastor at New Life of Springfield Church, so that she and Eric could rest, refresh and spend resettlement time together, as well as to wait on the Lord for their future path.

They are presently enjoying refreshing at Zion Christian Fellowship in Columbus (Powell Campus) under Pastors Jim & Mary Baker. Based at that church is the Columbus School of Supernatural Ministry that is linked with the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in Redding, California, under Pastor Bill Johnson — they run the same curriculum. Eric and LaVonne have enrolled in the Columbus school and are very much enjoying the classes. They have also joined the Healing Rooms movement and are very much enjoying being part of the team at the In His Presence Healing Room in Plain City, Ohio.

We wait to see what God has for them next. Eric’s heart is for missions, as our June 13 post indicates. This requires a great deal of financial support, but God’s vision always receives His PROvision—and Eric and LaVonne are waiting on the fulfillment of a stack of exciting prophecies.

Even so, Eric and LaVonne are open to whatever the Lord requires of them. Recently, some of the ladies from the Springfield church approached LaVonne to continue mentoring them, which has led to monthly ladies meetings in one lady’s home in Springfield, that began last month.

15 Aug 2016

The Drugs War

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Sadly, the youngest of LaVonne’s three sons, Justin, passed away in November 2015 at the age of 32.

We do not want to hide Justin’s passing because we wish to expose the sorry pattern that is all too familiar in America today—medically prescribed opiate-based painkilling drugs leading to opiate addiction and ultimately to death by accidental overdose. Watch this video produced by the Minnesota Department of Human Services:

Over 38,000 people died of drug overdoses in the U.S. in 2010, greater than the deaths attributed to motor vehicle accidents, homicides and suicides put together. Overdose deaths from “opioids” (narcotic pills like Oxycontin, Percodan and Methadone as well as heroin) have become the fastest growing drug problem throughout the U.S., and not just in large urban settings. People addicted to prescription drugs are being driven to use heroin, which is readily available everywhere, even delivered to your door, and so very much cheaper than prescription drugs. Families of all backgrounds in America are having to contend with problem in epidemic proportions. We recommend Sam Quinones’ book, ‘Dreamland’. of course, the prescribed opioids route is not the only route. More familiar routes, such as teenagers experimenting with drugs or drugs being freely available at parties still apply, but the prescription route has multiplied the problems of addiction and surplus prescribed opioids are being passed around or resold. it is a growing nightmare that takes families by surprise.

Despite intense prayer and his family’s best efforts to help him, Justin passed away; but he knew Jesus, and is now in a far better situation in heaven. Pastor Eric is now in training from Refuge Ministries of Columbus, Ohio, to be a member of their Champions Network with a view to establishing and leading Christ-centred recovery groups. Watch this video by NBC 4 local news.

LaVonne tells her son’s story on YouTube with her mother’s heart, and, if you wish, you can access it by clicking here, Justin’s story.

30 Jul 2016

God’s Directions Are Always Best

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LaVonne flew to England to be with Eric for a two-month period on January 26. The Lord woke her up very early one morning telling her to book a flight and to do it right away. He even said which agency to use. The agency informed her there was a cheap ticket on offer via Chicago, which LaVonne dislikes using as a hub airport; but because of the low price and the Lord telling her to go that way, she went ahead and purchased the ticket.

So she flew out of Chicago on January 26 and into London Heathrow on January 27. This was the Lord’s perfect timing, because Eric’s father passed away suddenly on January 26, aged 90. Therefore, when Eric so needed his wife to be with him, she was already on her way! Father God knew He was calling Eric’s dad home, and Father God made the necessary arrangements.

polar-bearWinter Storm Jonas, a severe category 5 winter blizzard of historic proportions, blew over the eastern seaboard of the United States between January 22 and 24. The Washington Post renamed the storm “Snowzilla.” It closed all of LaVonne’s preferred hub airports and was still disrupting travel plans as late as January 29. Chicago’s O’Hare airport, however, was unscathed. The captain announced they were leaving the gate 15 minutes early to avoid a snow-front that was coming in. LaVonne had a hassle-free trip.

Furthermore, LaVonne’s length of stay was enough for them to manage their father’s funeral and probate and a host of other practical things, which went through very smoothly. Eric found a cheap ticket to fly back to the States with LaVonne on her return flight, and they flew out of Heathrow at the end of March with everything taken care of!

Praise God, somebody! And, praise God for an awesome thanksgiving service for Eric’s father’s life and that he is now reunited in heaven with Eric’s mother.