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  1. Keri Farina

    I just want to say thank you to the Lord for the cross. It’s the place where the Lord Jesus went willingly and gave up everything for me and for my sins. Thursdays teaching is still revealing to me the power of the cross. It was for the joy sent before him that he went there. How could it be joyful to endure such pain? It was because the Lord knew what needed to be done. The cross should compel us to be done with pride, selfishness, sin, our plans, and ways. To look to the one who directed us with his example, of perfect love. Jesus laid down his life for us by dying on the cross. I am thankful that everyday I look at the cross, and compare myself to the one who died on it, I can see how much farther I have to go. The cross is offensive to sin. It shows you your state compared to all that Jesus is, and stands for. Yet there is hope when we look at the cross. We see Jesus who is the only one that can do it in us, as we seek him, and walk in obediance to his word. I thank you for the cross, for in it, I find my hope and my future!

    Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2

  2. Lauren Sheehan

    After hearing Sunday’s message God had led me to Proverbs 26:2 which says: Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest.

    I had to share this powerful word, it reminded me of when Pastor told us how Jesus defeated all darkness forever on the cross…the venom meant to kill, fell back on the enemy because it had no place to land on Jesus.

    Hallelujah, forever the enemy is defeated and in Jesus we ARE more than conquerors!!!

  3. Bob Munchel

    It is all about THE CROSS
    Last Monday evening Janet and I were listening to a sermon on YouTube. The speaker was commenting on these words of ​the Catholic saint, ​St. Francis of Assisi, “I share the gospel with people and sometimes I even use words”. His point was people will see what “good” lives you live and that is “the gospel you are preaching”.
    Amazingly the next day one of the Catholic patients at the hospital asked me, after I shared the true gospel with her, “did you ever hear what St. Francis of Assisi said about sharing the gospel by sometimes even using words”? Our discussion led to “if you shared the whole gospel, the wickedness of man, the need for a Savior, the blood shed on the cross for our sins, the resurrection power and laying your life down to follow Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then your actions may​ ​be a testimony to the Lord.” However, if they never hear of the cross, they just think “we have nice neighbors” and when they die they spend eternity in the lake of fire. The gospel “without the words of the cross” is no gospel at all. This lady’s 40 something daughter then interjected “mom, he is absolutely right. What he is saying is the truth.” The mother said “I never saw it like that”. Praise God He orchestrated this meeting and the conversation with these two women and ​had blessed​ me to hear the message the previous night.
    St. Francis’ words are so contradictory to what Jesus Christ taught and what the word says​:​ ” I am not ashamed of the Gospel for it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes”​ and the scripture “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God”.​​​

    The power of the cross and His blood is everything!!!!!
    What an amazing God we serve!

  4. Joann Case

    This morning I woke up with such joy thinking about the transformations that have taken place in this season of breakthrough. I thought of the kids coming out from youth group a few weeks ago. When my son came into the car he was radiant, full of life, beaming and smiling, talking about how amazing the night was with his leaders and Pastor Janeth. From that night he’s been a new person. He sees with new eyes, hears with new ears and even speaks and prays as one with a new mouth and heart. When we talk about things and I bring examples from the bible he now says, “I never saw it like that before,” where in the past, I was met with “I don’t get it,” silence, or resistance. Thank you Lord for breaking through in our lives!!!

    “Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy.” Isaiah 35:5-6

  5. janet munchel

    I will not forget.
    Eight years ago today, 9/9/08 I had my kidney transplant. That day the Lord granted me a new kidney, new physical life. As amazing as this kidney transplant was, and as thankful for this as I am, I praise God that His plan did not stop there. Through the years following my kidney transplant, His mercies have been unending. I thank God for His grace and the gift of repentance. To Him alone belongs all glory and honor and thanks for continuing to open my eyes to know Him more and more.
    I thank God that He has brought pastors into my life, using them to demonstrate His unfailing love in bringing truth that has and continues to set me free.

  6. Tania Landwehrle

    Driving to work this morning I couldn’t help but sing,” my soul my, soul must sing.” Last year I struggled to get myself and my children out of the house in a timely manner.As the school year approached, I began to get anxious. A week before school, I broke down in a full panic before the Lord. I laid all my fears and concerns at his feet. I felt the Lord telling not to worry he has it under control. In his mercy he changed everything in my life, including the start time at work.The new start time is exactly what I needed to get my family out of the house in a timely manner, and me to work early! I can’t help but feel the Lord had indeed handled it.

    Isaiah 54:4 Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated.You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.

  7. Karen McBee

    God wants us to know that in the midst of struggle, His promises are true! We are his empty jars, his temples, and his instruments…that He can use us to bring glory to His name! He does not fight with the weapons of this world and his wisdom far surpasses all of man’s wisdom. Thank you Lord for the hope that you bring and for the promise of victory in the name of Jesus Christ!

    2 Chronicles 20:15…Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not your’s, but God’s.
    Deuteronomy 1:30…The Lord your God will fight for you.
    Exodus 14:14…The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.

  8. Jessica Lefler

    Joshua 3:1-4 Early in the morning Joshua and all the Israelites set out from Shittim and went to the Jordan, where they camped before crossing over. After three days the officers went throughout the camp, giving orders to the people: ‘When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before.’”

    Pastor spoke yesterday about how God cannot share his glory with another. This is a time where we are crossing into territory where we have never been before, and though there are giants/kings to defeat – the ark of God is with us and goes before us. Where the ark is, the glory of God is and where the glory of God is, there is victory over all of our enemies!

    God has been leading me and showing me the land that I need to take back for his glory. With each battle, he gives me the strategy to lead me into victory. I am so thankful for a God who calls me to move out of my same old position, where I have been comfortable, not victorious, to follow him into the place he’s leading his church, so that I can bring him glory. With God before us, who can be against us!

  9. Nicole Ellis

    You will keep in perfect peace
    those whose minds are steadfast,
    because they trust in you- Isaiah 26:3

    God IS doing the impossible or what the world calls impossible. I’m glad that nothing is too hard for God and this week, as certain challenges arose, God then challenged me and said, will you fear what the world fears or trust me as King? And when I began to rely on the Lord for strength, those mountains that used to seem so big, began to look like dust compared to the One who who created them and called them into existence. God is putting deeply into my heart the truth that He is Greater, He is Higher, He is Stronger. He is the true Refuge and Safe Harbor. When everything in life falls away, He will remain and for that I am both in awe and grateful.

  10. Evan Johnson

    What an amazing season the Lord has brought forth! It truly is a season of breakthrough! Throughout this time, God has broken through mindsets I’ve had and fears that I’ve held my whole life – mindsets and fears that only God could break through and change – mindsets and fears that I’ve tried to change time and time again myself, but it was impossible…but God broke through them when I trusted Him and gave them to Him! The Lord has broken through and is continuing to break through! The peace of God is now replacing those fears and those mindsets! Thank God that He does the impossible! I am excited for what impossible things God will continue to do!

    “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
    Ephesians 3:20‭-‬21

  11. Katie Orlando

    God is doing so much right now in His people! I am so thankful for how He put together the sermons from the last two weeks. Two weeks ago we learned about God being the God of the impossible, and this week, we learned about knowing who God is. The sermons go together so well! When we see God for who He is, the God who is able to do things that are impossible, we start to get to know Him as He truly is. Only God is able to truly change a person’s heart and make that person want to live for Him and His ways. Only God can rescue us from sin, selfishness, pride! And when we start to see Him doing this in us, we start to know that He can do what He says He will do. As we learned about Jonathan going up to attack the Philistines (1 Samuel 13:23-14:14), it’s amazing to see the faith that he had in the Lord. We learned about how he went along with his armor bearer and was in an exposed place as they came upon the Philistine camp. But Jonathan did not shrink back! Instead, he knew the Lord and knew that “Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few (1 Samuel 13:6).” Praise God that He gives us the same confidence in who He is today! He is my Deliverer and the One who is changing me still! Nothing can stop Him or His plans! Our God is able to save, and we know it is true, for we have seen it with our own eyes!

  12. Christian Lefler

    …Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the Lord. – 1 Samuel 1:15

    We learned that Hannah’s prayer was answered because it was for God. This last week the Lord has done something amazing and has switched my life and my household around to show me that truly nothing powerful happens when motives are not solely for God. No matter how hard the trying, how zealous the effort, or how passionate the prayers.

    “Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, has turned my anger away from the Israelites. Since he was as zealous for my honor among them as I am, I did not put an end to them in my zeal. – Numbers 25:11

    The Lord is zealous for His honor and for the generations to come that will honor Him. I thank God for breaking open my household and all of my old mindsets and ways with my family so that I can be about the generations and His honor…just like He is. This is really something so impossible for me to do, but not only is God able! He is a zealous God!

  13. Keri Farina

    I have to tell of the goodness of God. This season for me has been like no other. The Lord has given me joy! It isn’t like the joy that comes from everyday things that is only a temporary. The joy that is filling my heart has come from knowing that no matter what comes our way the Lord is powerful enough to handle it. He is rising up my faith in him every day as I continue to trust him more and more. He always comes through for me and for my family. He is the God of breakthrough! Even when times are darkest there is peace in knowing, he is with us, and that he has the plan ahead even when I cannot see it. It takes so many burdens off of my shoulders knowing that he is the one that is seated on the throne and that he is over and above all things. His ways and his timing is perfect. The plans of God will go forth and nothing is impossible for our God. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:24

    For God is King of all the earth;
    sing to him a psalm of praise.
    God reigns over the nations;
    God is seated on his holy throne.
    Psalm 47:7-8

    The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all. Psalm 103:19

  14. lynn santiago

    Ephesians 3:20
    GOD IS ABLE!!!….to do immeasurably more than all we can ask for or imagine according to his power that is at work in us.
    This is one of my favorite scriptures to quote. I would say “wow anything that I ask for according to gods will and when the things I ask for line up with his word he will give it to me.” I always seem to leave out the most important part of the scripture…according to his power that is at work IN ME!
    I think most of us were hoping before we came to know the truth that God would send a lightening bolt down and zap us and poof we had all of our prayers answered and our problems solved. Not so!
    As we have been learning that true salvation is coming when transformation is occurring inside of you and is seen by others around you. True faith propels us to move when God tells us to and trust that he is able to see us through and HE will do the work.
    As I have taken the challenge this week that pastor gave us to go deeper with God by stepping out and doing the things I have been affaid to do…miraculous things are occurring in my home. Things that I have been praying for a long time to change but did not believe that the power of God was inside of me; so I could not move.
    As I am coming to see, the abundant life begins when we step out of fear into faith and we see for ourselves in our own lives God does soo much more than we could even fathom according to his power when we let it work through us… Becoming Jesus in the flesh!
    Thank you Jesus… You defeated death, hell and the grave so I could do the same and walk like you did!

  15. janet munchel

    Hallelujah! This week there was breakthrough in UFCs rehab/nursing home ministry. During the Wednesday afternoon worship, ​​several ​patients raised their hands and joined in to acknowledge the ​L​ord in Praise and thanks.​ One wheel chair patient that really struggles to walk stood up and raised her hands praising the Lord throughout the worship!​ Also, by sharing the truth of Gods word, a worker was led to the gift of repentance, set free from a lie that had caused discouragement and despair, to begin to walk in freedom and truth.
    GOD IS ABLE and He is demonstrating His powerful love. His truth is marching on!!

  16. Patty High

    “But be sure to fear the Lord and serve Him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things He has done for you. ” 2 Samuel 12:24

    “Give thanks to the Lord of lords; His love endures forever. To Him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever.” Psalm 136:3-4

    I love the power of gratitude and thanksgiving. Over this past week, the Lord has been reminding me of all the great things He has done for me and as I thank Him, I see the promise of the Lord that with thanksgiving I enter His gates. This, in many ways, is my “impossible”. The Lord has changed my heart from who I have been, once proud and stubborn and trusting in my own ways, but I now see and love His ways and the works of His hands, knowing completely that there is nothing good that comes from my own. Thanking Him for all the ways He has cupped me and led me and had mercy on me and loved me – His great works – is changing what I once thought could never be changed. Praise the Lord of lords, His great love has endured even for me!

  17. Charles Ellis

    1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.2 Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, 3 those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south. Psalm 107:1-2

    16 Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me. 17 I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue.18 If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;19 but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer.20 Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me! Psalm 66:16-20

    I love these verses and through this time of stepping out God is establishing in my life a stronger will to share more testimonies of how He has loved me and rescued me from so many trials (from robberies to provision to healings to the love He even poured out through my mother’s passing). To honor Him and have conversations that I haven’t had in the past where I would speak of all the things God has done in order to establish His reign in my life. I also pray that through sharing these personal testimonies of how mightily God has moved that others who the Lord has caused to fear Him would be drawn to Him.

  18. Anna Washack

    Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer,saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.”” – 1Samuel 7:12

    When I read this I thought of a field. This field had a long post fence as long as the horizon, as far as the eye could see. Each post was a stone alter. It reminded me of the passage in Deuteronomy when it talks about walking with your children and telling them about the Lord – sharing the heart of God, His commands, His ways, what He has done for us.

    This is our legacy – to demonstrate to the world the power of God – to instill the heart of God in our children, building alters of thanksgiving and praise along the way.

    Thank you Lord for every place where You have helped, delivered, healed, saved – Ebenezer, the LORD has helped me this far! Praise Him!

  19. Bob Munchel

    Acts 2:38 Peter replied, repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off- for all whom the Lord our God will call.
    Two years ago today, August 24, was a very special day for many at United Faith Church, including myself. That was the day many of us got baptized on the holy grounds of the church house.
    The day of baptism was a time of many tears and much joy as the Pastors held me. The baptism was the old man dying under water and a new man springing forth, touched by God, forgiven of so many sins, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. I know He did that for so many of us that blessed day!
    I thank the Lord for His grace, mercy, love and faithfulness He has shown to His children at UFC.
    What an amazing God we serve!

  20. Karen McBee

    1 Corinthians 1:25- For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
    Proverbs 19:21- Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

    Pastor Jeff’s sermon on the God of the Impossible was inspiring and right on time! Unless we know that apart from God, we can do nothing good for the Lord, we will try to do things using our own wisdom and ideas! Unless we surrender who we are including our past experiences, our thoughts, ideas, etc., we cannot please God or do anything that is good! God wants to be glorified through us doing the “impossible” in our lives! Our purpose (point # 3 in the sermon) is to exemplify the power of God to glorify His name! The wisdom of man is not even comparable to the Lord’s wisdom! Thank you Lord for your Spirit of Holiness that leads us to do the impossible that we may honor your name!

  21. janet munchel

    For about a year, I was having a problem with swallowing solid food. After taking a bite, the food would begin to get stuck in my throat, and I would have to take a drink to dislodge the food and find relief. Bob and I had been taking this issue before the Lord and were trusting Him to reveal the problem and provide the solution that would give Him glory. Pastor and some of the ladies from the morning prayer groups took this to the Lord and all had been praying for guidance with Bob and I.
    After undergoing various swallowing tests showing no improvement, a second endoscopy was suggested. Last week, that endoscopy was performed. After a week of my throat healing from the procedure, I noticed that I could swallow perfectly!! What a relief it is to be able to eat and not be concerned about choking! After a year of tests and procedures with no lasting results, my esophagus was perfectly stretched to provide easy, unrestricted swallowing.
    I give God all glory and thanks for this healing and for answered prayer. HALLELUJAH!!!!

  22. Stephanie Sheehan

    I wanted to share the word that the Lord put on my heart yesterday morning.

    It’s Song of Solomon 2:12-15 NIV

    SHE
    “Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.”
    HE
    My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places on the mountainside, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely. Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.”

    Amen

  23. Katie Orlando

    Psalm 103:1 “Praise the Lord, o my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy Name.”

    Praise You, O Lord, that you have created us to worship You! Praise You, O Lord, that Your ways are higher than ours! Praise You, O Lord, for Your love towards Your people! Thank You for the new songs you are arising in all of our hearts! The Lord is faithful and good, who He is and what He alone has done cannot be matched. There is nothing and no one besides Him. Everything within me will praise You, for You are worthy of praise!

  24. Patti Hughes

    1 Chronicles 14:11
    So David and his troops went up to Baal perazim and defeated the Philistines there. “God did it!”exclaimed David. “He used me to burst through my enemies like a raging flood!!” So they name that place Baal perazim “the Lord who bursts through!”

    Thursday, we were singing a song about the waters bursting up like a spring…as we climb with praise and prayer what can’t He do!!! Look and see all the great things He has done along the way!!! What encouragement, what joy to know we are on a pilgrimage to meet Him. Thank you oh mighty one..for you alone are good!!!

  25. Jessica Lefler

    “Who am I, Lord God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?” 1 Chronicles 17:16

    After being raised up as King, winning battle after battle, being victorious over every enemy- David remained humble before the Lord knowing that he’s nothing and it was only God who had brought him all the way from a lowly shepherd boy. Even the words that God spoke over him David said let it be done so that the people will say “the Lord Almighty, the God over Israel, is Israel’s God!”

    Psalms 124 talks about what would have happened to us if God weren’t on our side. I realized I take for granted the safety I’ve had, the good health, the food on my table, being able to wake up in the morning, to be apart of his church- all of which I have not even come close to deserving. I took a long hard look at where I’d be if he weren’t on my side and I thought…who am I that you have brought me this far Lord?

    It’s all for his glory. The Lord searches all the earth to find just one that he can show his magnificence through. God has done so many miracles in our lives and our praises declare to the whole world that he is the Lord Almighty and our God! Thank you Lord for all you have done for me! In return, may my life be like David’s where you can do everything you want to do so that you get all the glory you deserve, for you are the Lord Almighty!

  26. Stephanie Sheehan

    This Sunday I learned that God testified concerning King David because David was a man after God’s heart and would do everything that God wanted him to do.

    Because David was devoted to God and to seeking out the wisdom of God, (through studying the word of God, by prayer, worship, and the guidance of the prophets and his advisers whom also served the Lord), he could do everything the Lord commanded because he knew God and knew what The Lord wanted. David pursued God, and the bible says seek and ye shall find knock and the door will be opened.

    God says in Ezra 7:9-10
    9 He had begun his journey from Babylon on the first day of the first month, and he arrived in Jerusalem on the first day of the fifth month, for the gracious hand of his God was on him. 10 For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the LORD, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel.

    The Lord calls us to be devoted to Him. Devoted to His word. Devoted to obeying him. Devoted to spreading the gospel. We have the privilege to come to know the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords and the honor of carrying out everything he commands us to do.

    In Matthew 9:37-38 when Jesus was traveling throughout many towns teaching and spreading the good news, he saw the helpless crowds of people and had compassion on them and said to his disciples:
    37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

    Let us be devoted to the Word of the Lord, to seek after the heart of our King to know God; that we would be workers to bring in the harvest, to teach and spread the good news (Matthew 9:35), to teach obedience to the commands of God (Matthew 28:20), and to do everything He commands.

  27. Anthony Orlando

    Proverbs 25:2 “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.”

    I noticed something this week while doing the reading. Being the first book of Chronicles, it was mostly just names. The strange thing I noticed; having read it before, is that this time it was exciting. It was fun looking up the meanings behind the names and looking at the contexts. It was fun seeing the genealogies and the special hidden things within them. God has made reading fun. All in all it was enjoyable, as it is the glory of God to hide a matter and the glory of kings to seek them out. And the process of seeking it out was like a treasure hunt. And I feel so rich in knowing this wonderful King and coming to know Him and His character better each day, as the more I seek after him the more I find Him and the closer I feel to Him.

  28. zuleika hanvey

    I am very thankful for this past Sunday’s message, I was not able to be in service because one of my sons was sick, I was blessed to have been able to listen to it and see how The Lord is perfect with His Word for us…On Saturday night my family and I were talking about being the tents and temple of The Lord. One of our Scriptures Pastor Janeth used was in Amos 9:11 The Lord Restoring David’s fallen Shelter, tent, temple…

    And this is what The Lord was showing my family again on Saturday night thru these verses,
    Zechariah 6: v.12
    “Here is the man whose name is the Branch and he will branch out from His place and build the temple of the Lord. It is He who will build the temple of the Lord , and he will be clothed with majesty and will sit and rule on his throne. and He will be a priest on his throne. And there will be harmony between the two.

    John 2:19
    v.19 Jesus answered them: “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in 3 days.”
    v.20 They (Pharisees) replied, ” It has taken 46 years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days??”
    v.21 But the temple he had spoken of was His body!

    Hebrews 8:1
    v.1 Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We do have a high priest who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by The Lord, not by mere human being.

    In Pastor Janeth’s message this past Sunday she spoke about rebuilding our temples and what it means, and one of the things she spoke about is of how people without the revelation of Jesus Christ are waiting to rebuild something that shines, wear beautiful clothing, keep routines, rituals, and all that looks good on the outside.

    As the Lord is bringing us as a Church and individually into The revelation of Christ we can start to see our True calling, our restoration to be the third temple of The Lord, not build by human hands, one that is lead from the inside out by The Spirit, one like Jesus, not by all the Words but by His powerful actions, like Jesus fearing God, and not men. Dwelling in The Father’s presence like Jesus, interceding and praying at all times, being a tabernacle and tent for The Lord, a Priest on this earth as it is in Heaven! Something that shines from the inside, that is clothed from the inside, good and pleasing to God, and this only thru the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Praise God for such a call.

  29. Anna Washack

    Praise the Lord, my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
    2 Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—
    3 who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,
    4 who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
    5 who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. – Psalm 103:1-5

    Today this is the song of my heart. How can we not praise the Lord?… He truly is the best! I will not forget all that the Lord has done for me. If He stopped today and never did another thing, I would still have more than enough to thank Him for all the rest of my days. The Lord is good there is no one better. Bless the Lord!

  30. Keri Farina

    Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. Isaiah 64:4

    As we wait on the Lord we lay down our busy days, our plans, our thoughts, and trust that his ways are better than ours. When we seek him as his word says we find him, and he is more precious than gold or silver. He is faithful to fulfill every promise and he sends his Holy Spirit to bring comfort, peace, and confirmation.
    The Lord is amazing and those who put their trust in him will never be disappointed! For even in our most difficult times if we look to him and wait for him who acts on our behalf, he will guide us. I am so thankful to serve such an amazing God! He is my strength, my hope, and my future.
    As for me and my house we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15

  31. Seritta Nelson

    Last Sunday we sang the song “Crown you Lord of all”. Pastor corrected us saying that the Lord is within us and He is already crowned Lord. To support this Psalms 93:2 actually says “The word in Your throne was established long ago;you are from all eternity.” What we actually want is for God to be Lord in our lives.

    Also, with this weekend’s prayer focus being having fear in the Lord; to be in awe of the Lord. If the Lord lives within me, fearing Him should not be an after thought. The Lord and His word should always be a part of me and be on my mind. He is a living God and the truth of His word is actively transforming lives. This includes mine and many other miraculous testimonies from our family in Jesus Christ. We should always be changing looking more and more like the character of the Lord.

    Romans 12:2 says “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” I thank God for His living word because it stands the test of time. His disposition never changes. Our lives may have many hills, valleys and mountains but the word of God is firm and comforting with a distinction of our lives with Him as Lord, versus without Him as Lord.

  32. Nathan Farina

    God strengthens us in ways we would never understand. This week God has given me two amazing verses.
    The first was Zechariah 10:12 “I will strengthen them in the LORD and in his name they will walk, declares the LORD.”. In this verse God showed me that He will continually give me the strength to follow him. He is the one who gets us through our daily lives, not by our own strengths. OUR STRENGTH COMES FROM HIM! He’s how we persevere through problems so I will put my Faith in him.
    The second verse that the lord gave me was Colossians 2:6-7 “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” I know that Jesus Christ has entered my heart and now the important part is that I continue to live my life rooted in him. If we receive such an amazing gift how could we turn away from it. God gave Jesus to give us a second chance in life. I will not misuse this great gift and I will stay rooted in this new life. I thank God for this gift. I want to devote this new life to God. Thank you Jesus for this chance to glorify you!

  33. zuleika hanvey

    Zechariah 4:6
    “This is the Word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit” Says The Lord Almighty
    The Spirit of The Lord is The Spirit of Truth, and by His Truth we are being set Free! No earthly might, no earthly power, ideas, opinions could ever empower us to do the true work of The Lord… This week The Lord touched us with a time of returning to Him, our Father in Heaven, to become His priest, “a people that have a special thing with God” as one of my young sons described it….by His Spirit He has reached into our hearts and continues to do so, so that we would be a people truly reflecting His Kingdom in the depth of who we are… A people born again of His Spirit! No longer going after every other thing and desiring every other but We are passing from our natural state of thinking (death) to His wonderful light.. (The Kingdom of The Son He Loves)

    Father in Heaven Thank you for guiding us by your Spirit and that by your Spirit you are awakening us more and more, giving us to be born again to worship and serve you in your temple, for giving your Son Jesus Christ for me, us, your beloved Church. Thank you for giving us Pastors that live by your Spirit and know how to love us and teach us by your Truth… I just wanted to say Thank you!

    Amen

  34. Jessica Lefler

    “Have I not commanded you? Be Strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

    ”’I am with you,’ declares the Lord.” Haggai 1:13

    The Lord spoke these words to me this week and showed me that he is with those who are with him. As I am learning to judge my own heart regarding what is for me vs. what is for his Kingdom – I see that when my heart is set on his kingdom and doing the work of his house, his is with me every step of the way to accomplish what he’s called me to do, so that I bring him glory.

    At work this week in the midst of a very busy time with new responsibilities and multiple nerve-racking presentations, the Lord showed himself faithful to be with me despite my fears and he caused me to triumph over all of them. He was with me- not to benefit me, but to advance his kingdom and to glorify himself through me. He was my strength this week and without him I would have failed miserably. But when I am purposed to bring him glory, and do the work he’s called me to – he causes me to succeed, he makes the work of my hands prosper.

    Thank you God for not leaving me or forsaking me, for teaching me that you are a God who is near to all who call on you in truth!

  35. Anna Washack

    “So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.” – Zechariah 4:6

    This week of seeking the Lord has been amazing. God is revealing Himself to His people in a deeper way. He is shining His Light in our hearts; so that He will have for Himself a church that is wholly devoted to Him and will diligently serve in His House. This verse in Zechariah is special to me because it shows that transformation can only be done through the work of His Holy Spirit. Man will never be able to will himself to change old habits or patterns. Even repentance is a gift from Him! This is the promise from God to a heart that is willing and obedient to serve Him: He will do the work. I need only to obey and follow Him.

    Thank you Lord that you have not left me alone and orphaned, but you have sent your Holy Spirit. Thank you Lord, for the hope of restoration with You. As for me and my house, I shall serve in Your house all the days of my life.

  36. Joann Case

    “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” Matthew 7:24

    The past two weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be a wise builder in the Kingdom of God. This verse keeps coming to the forefront of my mind. It’s so clear; listen to the Word of the Lord, build your life upon the Rock… Jesus, and live out His Word. Then when the rains (problems) come and the winds (troubles) blow in our lives, no matter what the situation or circumstance, we will remain standing… unmoved, because we are anchored in Him and in His Word. Thank you Lord that you are the foundation of our lives!

  37. Stacey Orlando

    Psalm 144:12-15
    Then our sons in their youth
    will be like well-nurtured plants,
    and our daughters will be like pillars
    carved to adorn a palace.
    Our barns will be filled
    with every kind of provision.
    Our sheep will increase by thousands,
    by tens of thousands in our fields; our oxen will draw heavy loads.
    There will be no breaching of walls,
    no going into captivity,
    no cry of distress in our streets.
    Blessed is the people of whom this is true;
    blessed is the people whose God is the Lord.

    This psalm is so connected with Pastors sermons these past Sundays on Nehemiah and Ezra …their names being the Comforter and Helper, who to the church is the Holy Spirit. God has called us out from captivity to restore the walls and house of the Lord- starting with the restoration of our very lives; to become the generation changers of our blood lines and community by raising the next generation to love and serve the Lord. We, his people, will restore His honor and Name among the nations— and the Lord will be exalted from one generation to the next, our sons and daughters flourishing in the courts of the Lord, and as this psalm states “There will be no breaching of walls!” as the Holy Spirit causes us to rise as living stones in strength and power to be that wall for the Lords children—no more going into captivity! For the children of the Lord shall dwell in the refuge of the Most High as they grow and are taught of the Lord—yes great shall be the peace of our children! Blessed is the people of whom this is true; blessed is the people whose God is the Lord!!!

  38. Samantha Foster-Tiso

    “To all perfection I see a limit, but your commands are boundless.”
    -Psalm 119:96

    This verse was on my heart this morning. The Lord’s word is full of endless wisdom! It is a light unto my path and a lamp unto my feet! Today, I praise God for His Word and the Holy Spirit- the helper- that gives us understanding of it. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and HIS perfection is unlimited- He is holy. Thank You, Father, for never leaving me nor forsaking me, but fully equipping me to do the good works you have planned for me to do! May Your good and pleasing will be done and may Your people stand on Your perfect Word as we build Your Kingdom in our hearts!

  39. Isaiah Farina

    We read Nehemiah earlier this week and one part that really hit me was verse 6:9
    “They were all trying to frighten us, thinking, ”Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed.”
    “But I prayed, “Now strengthen my hands.”

    We will always face opposition from the world, and Nehemiah was enduring a ton of opposition from Sanballat and his associates at the time, so did Nehemiah pray that they would just leave him alone? No, he prayed that God would make him able to endure whatever they threw at him!

    This reminds me of James 1:2-4
    “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything”

    Sure God could have just blown Nehemiah’s enemies away, but then the Jews wouldn’t have had to endure anything and the other nations wouldn’t be as amazed at the Jews perseverance and know that God was with them. God will help us endure any trials that are against us, and he will give us the perseverance we need.

  40. Luke Washack

    As I studied Nehemiah this week I was also moved by the verse in 10:39 shared in Sunday’s message.
    ” We will not neglect the house of our God!”
    It reminded me of Psalm 69:9
    “for zeal for your house consumes me, and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.”

    The zeal for his house is unstoppable! It moves a godly man to action. It rebuilds cities, outruns horses, and flips the tables of idolatry in the house of God!

    A zealousness brings faith to action for one purpose. To restore to God what is rightfully His! To restore the hearts of men to God, at any cost, starting with yourself.

    Nehemiah could do nothing else other than what God has put in his heart! Let the zeal for his house arise! Let us as living stones be built up to display his honor and glory.
    Isaiah 61:4
    They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.

  41. zuleika hanvey

    Nehemiah 12:27
    At the dedication of the wall of jerusalem, the levites were sought out from where they lived and were brought to Jerusalem to Celebrate joyfully the dedication with songs of thanksgiving and with the music of cymbals, harp and lyres.

    As The Lord Our God is having us finish building the walls that sorround our hearts, mind and soul let us come into His House with great songs of expectation, joy, and thanksgiving! Thanking Him for all He has done on the cross for us, (the greatest wall!) but even just this past week, how so faithfully he has kept us, rose us above all circumstances and brought us to today! Us and our households, let us come to encounter the presence of our Lord once more…

    Amen

  42. Bob Munchel

    Colossians 4:2 And pray that God may open a door for our message, that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ for which I am in chains”.

    The Lord opened doors this week to allow me to speak with two Jewish people. The first one was about 65 and she shared about Jewish traditions and beliefs she was raised in. She shared “we were taught so many traditions but never how to love God”. She heard about Jesus, but never before “heard the gospel of Jesus” and was touched as she heard about Jesus’ sacrifice, love and redemption for His followers. The term “Lamb of God” opened her eyes to the sacrifice the Lord made for us.
    The other person shared with me how they will speak loudly about the “blessings” of the Lord in Deuteronomy but only whisper the “curses in Deut 28”, and even the word “curses”. They do this because their fear of the Lord is so great and “the curses are so bad”.
    Neither one ever heard any of the prophecies in the old testament about Jesus as they concentrate on the first five books of the Old Testament 3 days a week in their temple.
    As I reflected on both conversations, I was even more grateful that He opened our eyes to reveal Himself to us Gentiles. “To my elect, my chosen, my predestined, the blessings, the cursing”, just took on deeper meaning this week. What an amazing God we serve. Thank you Lord!

  43. Rob Case

    Nehemiah 2:5
    and I answered the king, “If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my ancestors are buried so that I can rebuild it.”

    From Pastor’s message on Nehemiah 1 and through our reading this week, the Lord was showing me that Nehemiah was a man of prayer, faith and action.

    He prayed to the Lord, confessed his sins, those of his ancestors and those of his people. He acknowledged that the Lord was right in scattering the Israelites, and he trusted in God to be merciful and to hear his prayer.

    But he didn’t stop there. He took the next step and believed that God was going to use him. He then took action and went to the rebuild the walls of Jerusalem himself.

    The Word of God is never idle and faith without works is dead. The time is now to pray for God to rebuild the walls, believe that God will rebuild the walls, and to take the next step and to be the one used by God, like Nehemiah was, to rebuild the walls.

  44. Elaine Seligson

    Isaiah 62:10-12
    Go out! Prepare the highway for my people to return! Smooth out the road; pull out the boulders; raise a flag for all the nations to see.
    The Lord has sent this message to every land: “Tell the people of Israel, ‘Look, your Savior is coming. See, he brings his reward with him as he comes.'”
    They will be called the Holy People and the People Redeemed by the Lord. And Jerusalem will be known as the Desirable Place and the City NO Longer Forsaken.

    Thank you, Lord! For all the restoration, and redemption that has and is taking place, for the renewal of our hearts and mind.
    Lord, only you and your mighty power working in us can accomplish more than we can ask or think.
    Lord, help us to build the walls so our house is ready to serve and glorify You, and Your Kingdom Forever!!!!

  45. Jarrell China

    As I was reading Nehemiah I was able to see a heart of a man who had an enounter with God. Nehemiah was a man that was about God’s business. In Nehemiah 2:19-20 When Sanballat and Tobias began to Mock Nehemiah and question his works. Nehemiah was quick to answer  confidently saying “The God of heaven will give us Sucess”.

    It’s important to say focus on God at all times, even though the  enemy may be there to mock and question what we do but just like Nehemiah God will not give us more than we can handel and he will grant us sucess as we complete his works and continue to have daily encounters with him.

  46. Christina China

    “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.” Nehemiah 4:14

    This week, starting with our sermon and continuing with the entire reading has been awesome. I learned a lot by reading the story of Nehemiah. Nehemiah heard of the condition of the wall in Jerusalem and began the story by repenting for his and his ancestors sins and meeting with the Lord, and THEN he went forth to rebuild the walls and do the work the Lord had called for him to do. He ended up doing more than rebuilding the walls, but brought reconciliation among the people and led others back to the Lord. And he never let the taunts, the threats or anything else stop him, but moved how God called him to move and came back with the Word and wisdom of the Lord! And this is for each of us, also.

    Sunday Pastor taught on Nehemiah and how the God of Comfort is with us and he will do it. He will lead us to rebuild our walls, which in turn builds the church. We each have work that was assigned for us to do and people we were called to bring the light of the Lord, the Word of God to. I am in awe that despite my past sins and who I once was, God will do it (rebuild) in me and through me!! I can’t even begin to thank Him enough that, He has kept me, is teaching me and is calling me forward! It has been so encouraging this week to move forward in what the Lord did Sunday and in what I learned through the reading and even again in Bible Study.

  47. Katie Orlando

    Reading Nehemiah this week, as well as learning about it in Pastor’s sermon, has brought a deeper understanding of what the book is all about! I had always thought of Nehemiah as the book where the wall is rebuilt and not really seen how all the other pieces tie together. Nehemiah weeps before the Lord and repents of the sins he and his ancestors have committed before he goes to the king with the request to rebuild the wall. But not only does Nehemiah get to rebuild the wall, everything is provided for him to do so!
    Pastor Janeth had preached that there are times where we will have to see the things that hurt us and that we have done that hurt God and weep and repent, not just push them down as we so often do. It’s true! We have to see the wall that the Lord has put around our hearts so that no ungodly thing can come in and see where the breeches are, just as Jerusalem had. When we see those breeches, we can repent, get rid of them, and get to work rebuilding what was broken so that it will never be broken again!
    The Lord is the One who leads the way, and He is able to do it! He hears our prayer, and uses us for His glory, giving us the tools so that we can rebuild the wall with Him!

    “…They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work.”-Nehemiah 2:18

  48. Christian Lefler

    Nehemiah 4:1-2
    Sanballat was very angry when he learned that we were rebuilding the wall. He flew into a rage and mocked the Jews, saying in front of his friends and the Samarian army officers, “What does this bunch of poor, feeble Jews think they’re doing? Do they think they can build the wall in a single day by just offering a few sacrifices? Do they actually think they can make something of stones from a rubbish heap—and charred ones at that?”

    When I look at the taunts of the enemy in my life they are harsh but would all be true…BUT…God has provided! He has given His seed that when worked can accomplish anything. Through His Word and His comfort I can do all things through Him who encourages. Sanballat thought they were just offering a “few sacrifices” but they were actually restoring the full service of God’s temple and the law, the house of bread, the house of praise and protection. Thank you Lord for only You can create a fortress from rubble!

  49. Sonny Cardona

    I have to say that the Lord has been showing me these past few weeks that He wants us to feed the nations Manna from Heaven (which is the word of God) the nations are hungry and we have the bread of life to feed the people of God so now the Lord is showing me that in order to feed the nations we must “GET RID OF ANY MORE YEAST THAT YET REMAINS ” (SIN) in our lives so we can start working and being used by God to advance His kingdom! It is time to start building those walls like Nehemiah so us as United Faith Church can be a refuge for those that God brings to us and leads us to and so we can comfort them the same way as the Lord has comforted us! 2 Corinthians 1:2-4 which reads: Praise to the God of all comfort, (3)praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, (4)who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God!

  50. Stephanie Sheehan

    The Lord had me reading the book of Nahum. God was speaking restoration for Jacob, Freedom for His people, and complete destruction of His enemies. When the Lord was speaking destruction upon Nineveh (a city that plotted against The Lord), He says in Nahum 2:13;
    “I am against you,” declares the LORD Almighty. “I will burn up your chariots in smoke, and the sword will devour your young lions. I will leave you no prey on the earth. The voices of your messengers will no longer be heard.”

    When it says, “the sword will devour the lions”, the sword is the Word of God. The Lord has blessed us with His word and we are to use it to devour the lions. In psalm 17:12-13 The Lord again talks about the sword being used to rescue His people from their enemies:

    12They are like a lion hungry for prey, like a fierce lion crouching in cover. 13 Rise up, LORD, confront them, bring them down; with your sword rescue me from the wicked.

    The sermon on Nehemiah 1 declared that we are anchored by the Word of God and The word is about to rise up to become the wall that will stop anything coming against it, it will never be breached. The word of God is powerful, the word of God is the sword and the wall. The word of God devours our enemies, keeps us anchored to The Lord(psalm 17:4), and keeps our enemies out of the temple.

    Nahum 1:15 “Look, there on the mountains, the feet of one who brings good news, who proclaims peace! Celebrate your festivals, Judah, and fulfill your vows. No more will the wicked invade you; they will be completely destroyed.”

    The feet of the one who brings good news is Jesus, and Jesus is the WORD made flesh (John 1:14)
    God wants to restore and deliver his temple and wall that now we and our children and our childrens children will live in safety.

    Nahum 1:13 says, “Now I will break their yoke from your neck and tear your shackles away.”

    The time is Now!

  51. Evan Johnson

    Nehemiah 4:14:
    ‘After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”’

    This verse has been really standing out to me. Israel’s enemies were plotting against them, since they were angry that the walls were being rebuilt. But the Israelites were not to fear, because the great and awesome God was going to deliver them as they rebuilt the walls and fought for their families. What a loving Father that He would want full deliverance for His people, and He would deliver them as they worked to repair the wall, even walls that had fallen due to their own rebellion towards God! When the enemy came to inflict fear or oppression on the Israelites, they were called to remember who their God was – their deliverer, their comforter, their all in all – and stand and fight for their families…the family of God! In the same way, I’m called to remember the great and awesome God – my deliverer, comforter, all in all – when the enemy tries to come to intimidate or destroy – to remember that I am called by the Most High God into full deliverance and sonship, and that He will continue to deliver me as I work to fill in the gaps and rebuild the wall!

  52. Tony Orlando

    Nehemiah 8:9-10 Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and teacher of the Law, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to them all, “This day is holy to the Lord your God. Do not mourn or weep.” For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law. Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
    After hearing the words from the book of the law the people wept as God’s word convicted them. Yet the God of comfort was with them to have the walls of Jerusalem completed even though they had been opposed. Now it was time to rejoice. As we rebuild our own broken walls, with His word in our hearts, the God who says “Comfort, comfort my people” is with us. We still need that sword in one hand because the enemy will do anything to turn us aside from God’s will but in submission to the Lord, and in seeking only to please Him, His victory will be our victory. And we will rejoice.
    Psalm 145:21 My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.

  53. janet munchel

    Sunday’s message was extremely powerful. God is a God of comfort. He is faithful and true, and brings His mighty word in His perfect timing to speak HIs love, comfort and to strengthen us to be able to persevere in our situations and trials. God’s word is meant to be a mirror to our hearts when we examine our lives in comparison to what God intends for us in His word. Nehemiah 8 reminds me that God/His word never changes. Back then, the Israelites had turned from the Lord and were again disobedient. The lord used Ezra and other Godly men to read the law to them.This brought tears as they saw their lives not aligned with the truth of God’s word. God had mercy on them, and turned their tears of sorrow into JOY, telling them not to grieve, for the joy of the Lord is their strength! The Lord ‘s chosen people were able to confess their sins, come into His favor once again, and finish God’s work of rebuilding the walls of the destroyed temple…all for the glory of His Name!
    Today, God’s unfailing love speaks joy to my heart, even as I write this. We are beyond blessed to have pastors filled with the spirit of God, followers of Christ, bringing truth and understanding of God’s word to us. The Holy Spirit has now become our truth, understanding, direction,comfort…leading us in unity with Jesus, the one way, truth and life….living lives that please Him, enabling us, through God’s grace, to be re-builders of the walls of our destroyed temples….all for the glory of His Name!
    Thank you, Jesus!!

  54. Lauren Sheehan

    I love that we have been learning about taking the seed the Lord has given us and making bread that pleases our God. That as workers for the Kingdom there is an expectation that we will be constantly baking, being sure to have plenty to offer to all God sends our way, and producing a beautiful fragrance that is pleasing to the Lord.
    Nehemiah 4:17 …Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other, and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked.
    This word demonstrates the way to “bake” to work! As we each are building our portion of the spiritual wall to guard what has been entrusted to us we must do it with the sword of truth at our sides. When I am at work, school, home, everywhere, I must always have my hand on the sword quick to cut anything that opposes God. By knowing our sword (the word) we can speak it, destroy the plans of the enemy, and advance the Kingdom of our God.
    This is what baking for the Lord looks like!

  55. Anthony Orlando

    There is truly something amazing about the Lord’s peace. Life is run by seemingly out of control, random variables that we have very little power over, regardless of our own precautions and planning. But it is the power of God, the One who calls all things to order and is truly in control, which brings us true peace. And this is not some ignorant and worldly peace that implies things are okay and that we can take a break, but a peace that instead says “I am God, I am in control” and simply silences the chaos, for what outcomes do we have to worry about if God is in control of our lives? Nothing! For if He for us, what can truly be against us, for it is He who has the final say, and God is God.

  56. Silas Farina

    Matthew 6:33
    31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

    I want to thank God for how faithful He is to his people. When He and his kingdom are first in my life I don’t need to worry about the things the world worries about because He is the provider and care taker of his church. There are blessings for those who put all their trust in Him. I speak for myself when I say I have lacked for nothing when He is my everything!

  57. Steven DiCorcia

    I wake every morning with thanksgiving in my heart to the Lord Jesus Christ. I am amazed at the mercy and love of God. The Lord has put a new song in my heart and I can’t help but worship him with all my heart. I was reading about King David in 1 Chronicles 16 and how he instructed the Levites to take up their instruments and give praise and worship to their God with a song of thanks.
    “7 That day David first appointed Asaph and his associates to give praise to the Lord in this manner: Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
    make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.”
    I rejoice in him because he has saved my life forever and has done everything to reconcile me to God the Father. I know I can do nothing good without Jesus Christ.
    I am thankful for my Lord and savior and he has given me the desire to live for him.
    Praise his Holy Name forever !

  58. Marlene Smith

    Amen Jessie!
    …for my house will be called a house of prayer.

    We certainly don’t need a building to pray for God’s Kingdom to come and His will to be done. We’ve been praying for a long time without it and the Lord has been faithful. However, now when I pray, I’m often seeing myself and others “in the sanctuary”! Sometimes I forget the church isn’t completed yet. It reminds me that God is a promise keeper. It reminds me that the Lord is always on the move. When the doors do open it won’t be because we’ve come to an end of a plan, but the beginning of many more to come! So excited to see where He will lead us!!!

    Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

  59. Keri Farina

    The Lords word is powerful and it causes things to change in our lives and opens our eyes to the world around us. The teachings on the bread have really begun a transformation in my life. We have been given the Lord, the bread of life that satisfies like no other bread. It’s time to share what we have been given in the word, and live it out with our actions.
    His word is causing me to want to please him more than pleasing man. To seek Gods will and apply it.
    Galatians 1:10 Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.

    It has propelled me to work harder at work, knowing the Lord sees all things, and is over all things. It causes us to want to help those around us, and go the extra mile. It’s the practical way to show the kingdom of God to those who don’t know him. Lord you are the bread of life and your word feeds us and changes us! You are the truth, and those that know you, will walk in the truth, seek your will in their lives, and live it out. Thank you Lord.

  60. Jessica Lefler

    “…for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.” Isaiah 56:7

    Many times Jesus tells us to ask, seek, knock (Matt 7:7, Luke 11:9), to seek him while he can be found (Isaiah 55:6)– not so that we can have what we want but so he can have what he wants.

    Our church that is being built is a physical representation of his house of prayer. Our Pastors and those involved in the decision making of all the many details, colors, flooring, where things will be, how things will be done, are constantly seeking God for what he wants – down to the simplest level of detail.

    We, as the church of God, are his temple, his house and if he is pleased with us seeking him for every detail of his church building, how much more are we to seek him for every detail of our lives to be what he wants, so we can be his dwelling place! He is establishing his kingdom here on earth in us so that the world can see what his home in heaven is like, where HE reigns and there is peace, joy, love, truth, provision and so much beyond what we can think or imagine. In a world where man builds everything for himself that will only rot and be destroyed- Praise God that he calls us to work for something greater- to represent heaven by praying and living out “thy will be done, thy kingdom come.”

    “And foreigners who bind themselves to the Lord to minister to him, love the name of the Lord and to be his servants, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to my covenant – these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer.” Isaiah 56:6-7

  61. Anna Washack

    This Sunday’s sermon is not only encouraging but practical. It had me thinking: in math there is the “Zero Property of Multiplication”. This property (or rule) states that when any number is multiplied by zero, the product will always be zero. It doesn’t matter what the number is, when you multiply it to zero, you get zero as the answer.

    It’s the same way with the Lord. No Word, no faith, no trust yields NOTHING. The Lord expects His people to not come to His House empty. Instead, we are to bring our praise, thanksgiving, and songs of worship. Even those that are empty and in need can bring their hearts before the Lord. I think of Hannah who was so distraught, yet she brought her honesty to the Lord–she knew and believed that God was who He said He was. One word of the Lord-one praise brought to the Lord is a start. The example Pastor gave on Sunday of the widow giving the last bits of the little she had left is so encouraging. God does miracles and He is faithful!

    “…so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty,
    but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
    – Isaiah 55:11

  62. Jessica Lefler

    “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you… for my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.” John 6:53,55

    Without food and water, we’d die. So it is no coincidence that he says my body is real food and my blood is real drink. What does he mean by real? He is the only food and drink that is true. We can fill ourselves with every other thing, and it might seem like we are still alive, but it will only leave us empty, under-nourished and lead to death. Only Jesus and his word is true food that satisfies and endures forever.

    When Jesus told his disciples about bread that comes down from heaven and gives life they asked to have this bread always and his response was “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35

    Father, give us this day our daily bread- for apart from you God there is no life, but in you is life everlasting!

  63. Katie Orlando

    “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.”-Proverbs 25:2

    Truly the Lord calls us to seek Him in all things! There is a worship song that states, “You don’t hide Yourself to tease us.” He does not hide a matter so that we feel discouraged and can’t attain what He has for us-He doesn’t hold out His promises just out of reach. Instead, He calls us to take the Word that we have been given and meditate on it and seek Him on where to go next, not take things into our own hands. Pastor Janeth’s sermon on Sunday was about taking what the Lord has given us and go deeper-not stopping and getting comfortable, but instead, working with the Lord to come to a deeper understanding of who He is and coming into a deeper relationship with Him! Thank You, Lord, for You are worth seeking out…better than gold, silver, diamonds, everything! You are that pearl of great worth, and worthy of all of our lives! I’m so thankful that we can seek You and come to know You in a new way, every single day!

  64. Anna Washack

    “You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.”
    – Psalm 119:114

    The Lord is my safety and shield, He is a strong tower where I find peace. He is my hope, the anchor to my soul. His Word is Truth and guides me everyday. Thank you, Lord!

  65. Christina China

    Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth, sing praise to the Lord, to him who rides across the highest heavens, the ancient heavens,who thunders with mighty voice. Proclaim the power of God, whose majesty is over Israel, whose power is in the heavens. You, God, are awesome in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. Praise be to God! – Psalm 68:32-35

    Our God is higher and greater than all things! This psalm shows an awesome picture of His might and splender. I thank Him that I have been called to be His. And today I sing praises and thanks to such an awesome, powerful God.

  66. Keri Farina

    This morning the song that I keep singing is “Lord you are good and your mercy endureth forever”. It’s so true! The Lord has been so good to us! He has been so faithful time and time again! Thank you Lord for your continued mercy, love and forgiveness. You are faithful!!!

    For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100:5

  67. Patty High

    “I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.” Psalm 145:1

    Lord, every day I am amazed that you opened the eyes of my heart to begin to know you and that you called me out of this world to be your daughter. Your mercy and grace for me are irresistable – I am in awe of you and I will praise your name for ever and ever!

  68. Tony Orlando

    Deut. 7:9 Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments. As I was seeking the Lord he showed me that as each generation honors him he blesses them to a thousand generations. And then the next to a thousand and so on. Each generation starts a new thousand years to all eternity. So he will always have his remnant to praise him. His children to honor him. A covenant of love that never ends. An everlasting and eternal blessing from God to those who love him and keep his commands. As a father, I can see now how very much it matters to the Lord to raise our children to love him by obeying his commands,teaching them by my loving him and obeying his commands, so that his blessing will remain throughout eternity. Praise the Lord!

  69. Lauren Sheehan

    On Sunday we were given the command to advance, to shake off all that holds us back and to go to Kedesh! The past few nights I have been drawn to Psalm 63.

    Verses 2-8 say: I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.

    This psalm fills me with joy, perseverance, thankfulness, and praise for my Savior. Father, command me and I will go…because your love is better than life! Glory to your name Mighty King!

  70. lynn santiago

    Romans 15:13
    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, then you will overflow with confident hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

    This scripture came to mind this week as I have been meditating on what hoping in the lord truly looks like. As I am coming to hope in Jesus for everything in my life, my soul is quickly settled when situations come up; where in the past fear would send me into chaos. Hope in Jesus is drawing me nearer to him everyday; where before fear would cause me to disconnect from Jesus. Hope in Jesus brings me peace and causes joy to overflow and confident hope is anchoring my soul as I wait on him to heal, restore, fill, empower, saturate, consume, and overtake every part of me; that I would be sanctified and set apart for him.

    He is the faithful one and he has done it! Amen!

  71. Christian Lefler

    Psalm 25
    1 In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.
    3 No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame.
    5 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

    The Lord has given such a great and living hope that never fails because He never fails. Even if I can’t yet see an answer to a prayer or a promise fulfilled, like Abraham who hoped against all odds and against all sight and logic…..I have the one who is Himself the answer and who is Himself the fulfillment of every promise.
    It is so much better to hope in the one who is the blesser instead of having hope of blessings.

  72. Patty High

    “Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” Psalm 25:5

    I don’t hope in the things I once hoped for anymore. My hope is in You, O Lord, for in You I have all I need and all I desire! I am filled with thanksgiving today over Your character and Your heart for me and I am so grateful that You are leading me more and more into Your truth. I bless Your Great Name!

  73. Anna Washack

    “Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
    – Psalm 103:1-5

    Thank you Lord–You are the anchor to my soul. Soul: praise the Lord because He is GOOD!! There are so many things, the list is so long, to thank the Lord for today. Bless you Lord!

  74. Margaret Graefe

    I knew this week the full meaning of “How Great Thou Art” in my life. The Lord Jesus taught me what hoping in him truly means. You Lord are the Hope in my life. When I hope in you, you are there with me. When I hope in you, you give me your strength. When I hope in you, you give me your love. I know now the true meaning of hoping in the Lord Jesus Christ. He was not only with me on Monday when my need for him was so great, but he is with me always. Hoping in him is not just for one day but every day. Pastors email helped encourage me to draw my strength from the Lord with the following verse:

    Psalm 62: 5 “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him”

  75. zuleika hanvey

    Titus 3 v.6
    Whom he poured out us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, (Rebirth and Renewal thru His Holy Spirit) That having been Justified by Grace we may become heirs having The hope of Eternal Life.
    My Hope is in The Lord Jesus Christ – I have been reminded all week about This Hope in Christ Jesus and my only Prayer has been that He would be formed in me Through all and any circumstances, so my prayer list has shrunk! because all that I have faced this week, for my household and our Church building, The prayer has been – My hope is in The Lord Jesus Christ! God Just let Jesus be fully formed in me, in my Church, in my family, at my job…And I love Pastor’s word this is The “Apointed Season for that hope being revealed Thru The preaching entrusted to this Church by The command of God our Savior” Titus 1:3 Thank you Jesus that all that was lost is being restored!! Hope, true Hope is in The Lord Jesus Christ and the Power of His Word Thru His Beloved Church
    He is a good Daddy!

  76. Sherene Cornelius

    The Lord has really been opening my eyes this past week and showing me that not only is he here with me now, but he has always been! Just last week I found out that I received a scholarship from work for school. This scholarship doesn’t only allow me to continue my schooling in September but it also covers about half of my tuition for that semester as well!! I know that a gift like this could come from no one other then My God!

    It is truly a blessing to know that I belong to God, that he is my protector, my provider, and my guide because His love is TRUE! I never knew what love was, but God filled that emptiness with his sweet love. The Lord is truly amazing in everything that he does and I cannot wait to see what is to come!!

  77. Jessica Burke

    Late last night I woke up to fix my pillow and heard the lord speaking sweetly in my heart. “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” I thought am I dreaming? No, I wasn’t…. it is our Lord and savior who prays over us even as we sleep. He intercedes for us in the inner sanctuary on our behalf, constantly making petition for us. He is the great high priest whose ministry lasts forever because of the power of His indestructible life. I am glad to put my hope in Him and Him alone as he will never leave us empty handed or disappointed. We live in a world that offers no assurances, but we can be assured of Christ, who never changes. He is : provision, love, truth, life, joy, comfort, peace, bread, rest……..all that we need , we find in him. Let us hold unswervingly to the Hope we profess in Jesus Christ, the ANCHOR to our SOUL.

  78. Katie Orlando

    What an awesome service it was today! Pastor Janeth’s message on Hebrews 6:13-20, speaking on God’s promises and hope, will continue to resonate with me all week and further. Jesus is truly our hope-He is the reward! He is our anchor! It ties so perfectly with another verse mentioned today, Hebrews 10:23, “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.”
    I know that I have seen God’s faithfulness in my life, and I know that His promises are true! He says He gave us everything we need for life and godliness-it’s true! He says He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life-it’s true! He says He will never leave or forsake us-it’s true! And He says that He will come back for His people-it’s TRUE! We’ve talked a lot recently about how He is the God of the impossible…what can He not do? He’s God! I can’t wait to see what’s next!
    Thank You, God! You are faithful and true! Your promises are so amazing, and I know that I can put all of my hope in You!

  79. Patty High

    I just want to praise God for His timing and His goodness!!!!

    I had been praying about applying for a certification exam for a long time now, years really, but every time I came back to it, it just wasn’t time. Then a couple weeks ago, license requirements at my job changed and opened a door for my company to cover the cost of the test itself and I was selected as the individual to receive it. I began to move in what was needed for that, but the Lord STILL had different plans!

    Two days later I was notified of a scholarship opportunity that opened up nationally covering the cost not just of the test, but of organizational membership, study materials, books, and practice exams. I was awarded the scholarship a week later!

    How amazing is the love of God for us and how awesome is His timing! United Faith Church, can you believe this God we serve, who blesses us tremendously as we wait on Him?!?!

    “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” 2 Peter 3:8

    “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

  80. Joann Case

    Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
    let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
    2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving
    and extol him with music and song.
    3 For the Lord is the great God,
    the great King above all gods.
    4 In his hand are the depths of the earth,
    and the mountain peaks belong to him.
    5 The sea is his, for he made it,
    and his hands formed the dry land.
    6 Come, let us bow down in worship,
    let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
    7 for he is our God
    and we are the people of his pasture,
    the flock under his care. Psalm 95:1-7

    So thankful to be heading out to gather together as one to lift up the Name of Jesus! He is our Savior! He has done so much for us! He is our great and mighty King! He is our Creator! He loves us and cares for us! And in a little bit we will altogether extol his Holy Name with music and song. How great and awesome is our God, the Maker of heaven and earth! This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

  81. Keri Farina

    Yesterdays sermon on Ruth and Naomi is still touching my heart. As we learned Naomi and her family left the land of Judah due to the famine and went to the land of Moab. Judah was were Gods house was, and Moab was not a good place. During that time Naomi lost her husband and two sons and was left with her two daughter in laws Ruth and Orpah. It was a difficult time for them and Naomi realized she was bitter for all that had happened. She had left the place of worship in Judah and Gods house, and all she had in Moab was heartache and despair. We learned Naomi took responsibility for walking away from God. When we walk away from Gods will, and the place he has called us things happen and we lose our way. Yet even though she was in despair she kept taking in the word of God which we see when Naomi urged Ruth to leave her. But Ruth replied, ” Don’t urge me to leave your or turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Ruth 1:16. Ruth knew of Naomi’s God even during the trial. Naomi had shared with her who her God was.

    The good news is Naomi and Ruth returned to Judah and the house of God. Not only did the Lord redeem her situation but also her daughter in law Ruth. The Lord blessed them abundantly! The Lord provided them with food, someone to redeem their family line by marrying Ruth and also a child which kept their family line going. Who Jesse, David and eventually Jesus came from.

    Wow! Talk about a hope! Jesus has done that in my life and the lives of so many around me. He takes a hopeless situation and brings hope and redeems things we thought were impossible. Thank you so much Jesus! There is abundance in the house of the Lord. Thank you Lord for bringing me to your house, your word, and to a life so wonderful I couldn’t have even imagined!!!

  82. Joann Case

    “Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy. For the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth. “God has ascended amid shouts of joy, the Lord amid the sounding of trumpets. Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise.” Psalm‬ ‭47:1-2‬, 5-7

    I woke up this morning with such joy, expectation and thanksgiving! We serve the Living God… the Lord God Almighty who rules and reigns on high. Today and everyday I want to be a vessel of praise; clapping, singing, shouting out praise for the Lord is King! He is awesome! He delivers his people! He is mighty to save! He deserves ALL honor! He is worthy of ALL praise!

    I thank God that though I were once dead in my sins and unable to worship, unable to sing to God or shout or clap, I am now made alive in Christ! (Eph 2:5) The Lord has captured my heart, has set my feet dancing and a mouth that once couldn’t sing, can’t stop and hands that didn’t move, now clap to the Lord because he is worthy! He has set me free! Every day of my life I want to show my thankfulness to the Lord by being a vessel of praise and a vessel that honors and bears the name of the Lord Jesus.

  83. Marlene Smith

    Happy Anniversary! 10 years and FOREVER MORE! I am yours, LORD and you are mine.

    PS 26:5
    I love the house where you live, O LORD,
    the place where your glory dwells.

    You have drawn me with your loving kindness…there is no place I’d rather be than in your arms of love.
    You are The LORD, there is no other…King Jesus, You reign over all!
    With you I’m safe. With you I rest. With you I remember and dream of what’s yet to come. With you my strength is renewed and my joy made complete.
    So blessed you call me your own.

  84. Elaine Seligson

    Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through
    the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.
    1 peter 3-4

    Praise God for a living hope…. I am so thankful for all of God’s blessings, for our Pastors, for our new United Faith Church, and our Brothers and Sisters in Christ. Thankful for the chains that are broken, and for his mercy and grace. May we bring glory to His Name! The Name above all names
    Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

  85. Patty High

    How great is the Lord God Almighty and His love displayed through His Son, Jesus Christ!!!

    Between the doctrinal classes over the last several weeks, the sermons, and last night’s service, God has been revealing the power of His gospel – establishing His Lordship for His glory in those that are His. He led me to 2 Corinthians 4:5-6, “For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness’, made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.”

    Lord, let the light of Your glory shine in me and through me today!

  86. Anna Washack

    “Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens. Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies to silence the foe and the avenger.”
    – Psalm 8:1-2

    The Name of the Lord is powerful! The Lord Jesus’ majesty reigns over all. Last night was incredible. The presence of the Lord to come and meet His people astounds me. I will never hear or see the Name of the Lord in the same way ever again. My praise and thanksgiving shall be a vessel that will be used to silence the enemy in this land. Praise the Lord, who reigns Most High!

  87. James Daskalakis

    No, In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:37-39)

    Tonight was amazing, and truly I will never be the same again! It truly is a new season and as always it is because of the Lordship of Jesus Christ! The Lord Jesus Christ has delivered me from my past and broken all that once chained me. Truly there is nothing that can separate us from the love of Jesus Christ when He becomes our Lord. He is Lord of all and therefore above all.

    Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah for I have been set free in the love of The Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth!

    God Bless UFC

  88. Katie Orlando

    I am so thankful for the classes we have had on doctrine these past few weeks! God has done so much through them, changing what I think about Him into who He really is! I know that He has elected me-from before the beginning of time-to be one who would bear His Name and follow Him all the days of my life! He wants us to really KNOW Him and KNOW His Word, fully, 100%, inside and outside. The fact that He would reveal Himself to us through His Word is amazing and humbling, as I see how much I did not deserve it. But praise God, His call is irrevocable (Rom. 11:29)! I am so thankful that He has given us these classes so that we can stand firm in what we believe and grow spiritually: “Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves…” (Eph. 4:14). He is our firm foundation! He is the Rock that we can place our hopes on! Jesus is exactly Who He says He is! He doesn’t change! And after the sermon from Sunday, I can say that all my faith and hopes and dreams are in Him! Praise God for His love toward us, and I can’t wait to see what God will do in UFC!

  89. Marlene Smith

    Wow! What a busy and exciting time it is, isn’t church? …to be called to such a time as this. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see what God is going to do each new day!
    Last Thursday, early in the morning, I was praising and thanking God for keeping us through the night and giving us another day with new mercies and more chances to come to know God through seeking his will. Then this scripture flooded into my heart.
    Psalm 16:5. LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. 6. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.
    It caused me to reflect again, on all we’ve been learning. God is good all the time and worthy of my praise. How blessed am I? His grace is irresistible. Though I stumble, He lifts me up and still says “This is the way, walk in it…I am with you.”

  90. KDaskalakis

    Colossians 1
    16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.

    In the classes last week I learned so much about how God is above everything, ruler of everything, in charge of everything, He is everything. Which is something I have “known” but can now say I really understand it. There is nothing on earth created by anyone else, used for anyone else, or any other purpose then His. He calls it all into being and holds it all together. He has chosen me to be in His household and therefore to accomplish His purpose. What my life will look like being fully convinced of who He is and what His will is. Fully lived out for Him. Paul often spoke about how he is fully persuaded and fully convinced of the gospel. For me I can say I am fully convinced that God is everything He has said He is. We do so much in life because we believe it. We follow laws because we believe it will keep us safe or keep us out of trouble. We take medicine because we believe it will make us well. I will follow His word because I am fully convinced of the whole gospel that it will go well with my soul if I do!

    2 Timothy 3
    13 But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them.

  91. Tony Orlando

    How fortunate are we to have been taught by Pastor Janeth how our church doctrine aligns with the truth of God’s word. We have been blessed with excellent leadership and I am grateful to God for ordaining our pastors for the work of his kingdom. His kingdom come. His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Deut; 32:2 “Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.” As Pastor’s teaching has watered us like rain from heaven we will continue to grow for in and for the Lord’s kingdom work.

  92. lynn santiago

    Titus 3:4-7
    When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, 5 he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.[a] 6 He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. 7 Because of his grace he made us right in his sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.

    Ezekiel 36:25-27
    I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean.i will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.

    These 2 scriptures hit me so deeply throughout our recent teaching on our doctrine. As we studied where our church and its beliefs come from through the scriptures, I have been brought to a deeper level of understanding who my father in heaven is…his magnificent sovereignty, love, compassion and forgiveness towards someone like me. I am confident that Jesus cleansed me, saved me, and has given me new life out of a life that was dead and useless by the power of his Holy Spirit because I know and am FULLY CONVINCED that he is the God of the impossible and he is the God who breaths life into the dead and calls things that are not as though they are!

    Our doctrine is a doctrine of love that leads man to a relationship and reunites man with their father in heaven. A doctrine that created a family out of a people that were lost, wicked, depraved and without love or hope. A doctrine with the purpose and plan to demonstrate the love, power and victorious life that is in being a follower of Jesus Christ. A doctrine that is breaking religion, self motivated dead works and allowing the love of God….Jesus to show us the way to an abundant life here on earth.

    How???
    By removing our hearts of stone and giving us hearts of flesh that love him and each other…bringing heaven here on earth sanctifying( healing us and setting us apart) for God alone.

    THIS is united faith… THIS is my family

  93. Luke Washack

    When I remember our classes, our conversations, and comments I think of this passage:

    “As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him—you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
    -1 Peter 2:4-5

    Jesus is building his church with Living Stones, precious to Him! What an honor to hear the Word of the Lord which has resulted in unwavering faith. What a great privilege to be instructed in the Word of Truth — Rejected by men but precious to God and to His elect. I shall boast in Christ alone, my solid rock and firm foundation!

  94. Anna Washack

    I was raised Catholic and went to CCD classes for most of my childhood. I was that kid that always asked the questions and all I remember learning was to “have faith”. What does that even mean?

    Over the years at UFC I have been blessed to be taught the Word of God. Additionally, these doctrinal classes over the last few weeks have opened the Word to me in a deeper level. Faith is not in anything of my own, but simply that God is who He says He is and His Word is True. What peace! What freedom! Faith in Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection, His call and election in my life — through no merit or work of my own– is my hope.

    “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”
    – 1 Peter 3:15

  95. Nicole Ellis

    “Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” – 2Timothy 2:19

    This verse has stood out to me the most during the doctrinal teachings that I have been so privileged to sit under. Just like a house built on an insecure foundation will inevitably crumble, so it is with our foundation in the Lord. God is securing what has been so shaky in me, removing the rocks in the ground with each class, and establishing real roots in my heart. He is laying a foundation that will not be able to be shaken so that I, just a vessel for the Lord chosen by grace, will become immovable. I have learned that being immovable in the face of wickedness, evil, and everything anti-God is what God really wants. I look forward to all that God is doing with me personally and here at UFC!

  96. Karen McBee

    1Peter 2:24- He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness.

    1Peter 3:10-12- “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.

    The bible is very clear…as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we must live for righteousness and die to our sin. That doesn’t mean we can say a prayer and go on living everyday for ourselves. It means we give up our lives for Christ…we find a whole new purpose for living! We die to our old selves and our old ways and become born again. We start a new life walking with our Savior each and every day, learning his ways, his thoughts, his likes and his dislikes. We are dedicated to the one and only true God until the day we are taken up to be with him! Thank you Lord for all that you have done, all that you are doing, and all that you are about to do!

  97. Jarrell China

    2 Timothy 2:20. In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use.

    The last three weeks of class I realized just how blessed I am to be a part of God’s kingdom. The Lord planted a seed in me before I was even thought of. He gave me everything that I would need in my walk. He made me for special purpose. A purpose to do his Will and to glorify his name. This class has opened up eyes to see that it is time to wake up and take off the grave clothes. There is work to be done in the Kingdom of God.

  98. Sonny Cardona

    These past doctrinal teachings at U.F.C. have been amazing and it has opened up my eyes more so to the Faith I believe in and it also has given me a deeper understanding of Christianity! Now I can truly say that I am ANCHORED in Christ and will not be swayed by any other teaching or doctrine that sets itself up against the sound doctrine of Christ. I have learned that salvation for us is to bring Heaven on earth and that it leads us with right standing with God. Salvation is not for us to be saved to just be saved but to do the “WILL” of God, it is not for our own comfort to be living however we want but to be transformed daily being conformed to the likeness and image of our God and destroying satans kingdom and establishing the Lords kingdom here on earth, Matt: 6:10 your kingdom come, your “WILL” be done, on earth as it is in Heaven!

  99. Jennifer Beames

    “‘On that day,’ declares the Lord Almighty, ‘I will take you, my servant Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will make you like my signet ring, for I have chosen you,’ declares the Lord Almighty.” – Haggai 2:23

    I am so overwhelmed with thankfulness to the Lord that He has chosen me—not because I am anything special or because I have anything to offer a King, but simply because from the beginning of time, he decided, in His perfect will, that I would serve Him and be a vessel meant for noble purposes.

    The Lord has used the doctrinal classes to solidify me in His TRUTH like never before. And in this solidification, I have found such freedom in knowing that it is He who works in me to move according to his pleasing and perfect will. The only way for me to be pleasing to the King of the Universe is to be filled with His Spirit of Holiness—and that is exactly what He has chosen me for! To be filled with the HOLY Spirit, so that HOLINESS may come forth in my life and bring Him praise!!

    The verse above really caught my heart—we have been CHOSEN by God to be like His signet ring. What does a signet ring do?? It establishes the AUTHORITY of the one who wears it. We have been chosen, elected and predestined by God to establish and be a seal of the authority and Lordship of the Lord Almighty to all of the ends of the earth, and to make His Mighty and Powerful name known!

    Praise be to the LORD of all Creation!!

  100. Silas Farina

    1 Peter 5:5-7
    5 In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,
    “God opposes the proud
    but shows favor to the humble.”
    6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

    We serve a God that will lift his people up. The trouble of the world will never overcome someone who relies on the Lord. May we decrease in ourselves that he will increase. I’m so thankful that we serve a God who never leaves his own forsaken, but genuinely cares for his children and loves them. Nothing is impossible for the one who created the universe!

  101. Charles Ellis

    “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. – Isaiah 55:8

    The doctrinal classes at UFC have been amazing. To go deeper and really explore theology has challenged what I’ve known and interpreted from the Bible and taken my understanding of God’s word to new places. God’s thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways. I think what the experience overall has really taught me is just that: His Word holds His thoughts and His ways, and as I’m seeking Him and reading from His word, I truly have to check ALL of my thoughts,opinions and ideas at the door. The bible is the very word of God, and God alone.

  102. Steven Esquilin

    You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit–fruit that will last–and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. John 15:16

    I am so thankful for the classes and for God opening up my eyes to see that he has chosen me not of anything that I have done but just by his grace and mercy. For I was predestined from the beginning of time. That he would call me out and open my eyes to see the love that he has poured on me and the call in my life. He has given me the Holy Spirit to make me a new creation to be used for his kingdom and bear fruit for his name. What a great calling that God would chose me the foolish thing of this world the worse of the worse to change my life so I may do Gods will and bear fruit for him. Thank you Lord!!

  103. Keri Farina

    The classes this past week have really impacted my life and my family. One of the verses that touched my heart was Ephesians 2:1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. I will be forever grateful for the Lord drawing me to him. It is not something I deserve, or could ever earn, but something that will cause me to want to serve him the rest of my life. I want to love him the way he has loved me and live a life, that reflects that. Thank you Lord!!!

  104. Anthony Orlando

    I am extremely grateful towards God for the teachings and sermons of this past month. I am just realizing the lengths of his love and how he has directed my life so that I may know him. By Gods will I was born in this time and in this country. By Gods will I was born to my parents, and by Gods will I wound up at this church, led by these pastors. By His will and His will alone he made himself known to me. All things within my life have led me to Him. God has chosen me, not on the virtue of anything on my part, but because He simply wanted to. I am in no way worthy of the call and life He has given me. All praise be to God, the author of all life!

  105. Christine Lefler

    In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will- to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
    – Ephesians 1:5-‬6 NIV

    God is doing something amazing!
    I’m so thankful for the classes we had. My eyes are being opened to see that there is nothing I can ever do or nothing I have done for God to have predestined me… chosen me to be set apart for his kindgom. To be a daughter of the Most High God.
    He did it in love, and for His pleasure and will to choose a person like me that is the worst, so that he will get all the glory. It has nothing to do with me.
    Thank you so much Lord for your unfailing Love.

  106. Christina China

    “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” – Ephesians 4:4-6

    I am so grateful to have been a part of these classes over the last few weeks and have learned so much. This verse really says a lot about what I have learned. There is only One God and One Way and it is so important to be united as His Church in One Mind, One Spirit, under One God so we can accomplish all He has set out for us from the beginning of time. We each have a purpose and a plan before we even existed and He has called us here, now, together to demonstrate His power and greatness.

    The last part says He is over all, through all, and in all…what can stand in His way? What can stop His plans? What can stop us when we are with Him? NOTHING!

    Thank you Lord for opening my eyes to see you more and to know your Word more for your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

  107. Rob Case

    1 Peter 1:3
    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he gave us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead

    What an amazing God we serve! The doctrinal classes brought together for me what it really means to believe. I know that I am dead, helpless and hopeless without Him. I know that it is only by his mercy and His grace that He has called me who was dead to life. Thank you Lord for your sovereignty and power! Thank you for your choosing and election. Thank you for the new birth! Thank you Lord that those that are yours will persevere to the end.

  108. Jason DiCorcia

    “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”
    John 6:40 NIV

    “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.
    John 6:44 NIV

    These verses remind me of these past couple weeks in the doctrine classes. Pastor was giving an explanation of the order of salvation and how the very work of salvation is something that God alone does. In my worst sinful and wretched state he draws me to him and calls me his own. Once so far from God and now becoming his very own possesion there is a thankfullness welling up and a desire to follow with everything that I am. These past couple weeks God has given his spirit of power and love through the teachings we have received and today says wake up ! For today is the day of salvation. Now follow me, believe me, and obey my commands, make your calling an election sure. Pastor clearly explained there is no room for the flesh in this walk and Christ has the power his very Holy Spirit to help us obey. Your deliverer is coming and he will raise you up!! Thank you Lord for your promised holy spirit

  109. Evan Johnson

    Romans 8:29-30
    “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”

    I am in awe that the Creator of all would elect me to be in His Kingdom – He foreknew me before the beginning of time to carry out His will, and now has equipped me to do so. The doctrine classes have been amazing – they have helped me understand and solidify my belief about how God is the one who calls people to this amazing grace, how from the beginning of time He predestined and knew us who would be called to Himself for eternity. It’s so exciting to know that through Jesus Christ, we enter into that eternal life where absolutely nothing of this world could destroy it!
    Psalm 103 says that “He knows how we are formed, He remembers we are dust.” Dust is nothing. Yet He created man, in His image, from that dust, then breathed life into him. He literally created something out of nothing! Who can do that? Only God, only the Creator of all things! He made those somethings out of nothing to bring Himself glory, and so that which was once not, now is, now would glorify Him and be called according to His purpose! Predestined for Him!

  110. Jessica Lefler

    “He has saved us and called us to a holy life- not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.” 2 Timothy 1:9

    The teachings over these past weeks have been so key in opening my eyes to see that the Lord works all things for his purpose and glory. I am convinced that there’s nothing I can do that would make me worthy of salvation, no amount of effort, or wishing or even wanting salvation, because the word says no man seeks God. But because of God’s amazing grace I am called to be holy, set apart- not for myself, so things would go well for me or even so I could go to heaven but solely for HIS will to be done on this earth as it is in heaven.

    Later in the same verse it says “this grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.” How humbling it is to know that God would choose, before i ever existed, to give his grace to be made holy- something I could never be on my own- he overcame death to bring life so that his will would be accomplished.

    Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Lord, let your will be done in me God according to your plans and for your purpose!

  111. ruggery juste

    The last three weeks in the doctrinal classes have been such a blessing. I have learned so much about the will of God, grace and the resurrection and I see the importance of knowing the doctrine and building on that foundation. I thank God for letting me be part of the classes and opening my eyes to the Truth and revelation he is giving. I can’t wait to see what God will do next and how he will use the teaching we have learned in the classes.

  112. Christian Lefler

    2 Timothy 1:9 He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.

    The doctrinal classes have solidified God’s Word and shown His amazing plans….it helped me see just how much God has done. How He elected me before I could even have a say or do anything, called me from the grave AND made me to hear AND made me see to understand AND the ability to repent and desire to serve Him. The list of what He is doing apart from me just goes on….like we talked about in class, how can a man who is dead and buried in his transgression ever hear God’s call let alone choose God?…impossible, but with God all things are possible!

  113. Anna Washack

    “The word of the Lord came to me: “What do you see, Jeremiah?” “I see the branch of an almond tree,” I replied. The Lord said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.” – Jeremiah 1:11-12

    The Word of the Lord endures forever! The Lord is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He holds time in His hands. The Lord is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End…. Since the Lord is omniscient, the very same Word that He spoke in the beginning, He is speaking today. His Word never comes back void, but will accomplish what is has been purposed to accomplish since the beginning of time!

    THIS is the amazing God that I serve. The character of the Lord is amazing. I’m in awe of the incredible power of His Word.

  114. James Daskalakis

    Praise be to the God and Father of our lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to revealed int the last time. 1 Peter 1:3-5

    Through our doctrinal classes and our readings the Lord has changed my house and myself by revealing the wealth that we have being those called into the Kingdom of God. There is nothing that compares in value to being one called and purposed for bringing heaven down on earth through His Holy Spirit and Word. The power that we have through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who resurrected from the dead rises us from death to life in Him! A resurrection that is not of this world but one of heaven that as the word says is eternal, never perishes, spoil or fade. As we place our faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ we don’t live a life for ourselves but one for God’s will demonstrating God’s power and authority for His glory! In a response to God’s mercy we are to live our lives out onto Him for His will to be accomplished in these last days assuring our salvation.

    I am a the new man today because God has opened and caused my heart to respond to His mercy allowing me to have the understanding of the immeasurable power to live in the resurrection through Christ who overcome death, hell and the grave! All the while living a life not of this world but abiding in His power demonstrating that especially today God is alive and active and saving those who diligently seek Him.

    I thank God for His Son the Lord Jesus Christ for the power that is alive in Him today!

  115. Stacey Orlando

    Psalm 84:4-5 Blessed are those who dwell in Your House; they are ever praising You. Blessed are those whose strength is in You, whose hearts are set on a pilgrimage.
    I’m just in awe of this God—as we continue to see the work being done and even our sign going up on Sunday! I’m in awe…not just to see a sign or building go up—but watching the will of God— watching the House of God being built for us and the future generations to dwell. I’m in awe because I know the true foundation of that house, the true walls, the pillar and Capstone! Founded on the Truth of the flawless Word of God—His perfect and full counsel of the mind of God through Jesus Christ! Preached, taught and modeled, day in and day out by our pastors. Founded through diligence in guarding His precepts, discipleship and mentoring—for the guiding of each us into the destiny God has called for us as individuals, who then in turn make up a part of the whole—the body, unified under One Head, one doctrine, One Spirit, Jesus Christ! Lord! Creator God!
    I’m in awe because I know that none of this could be happening just simply from the human will but is truly by HIS will, His strength and seal of ownership upon us—for His Names sake His own zeal is accomplishing this!
    To Him be all the Glory!!!

  116. Arthur Masella

    A week ago Friday, this scripture had been popping in and out of my mind from day to day.
    Job 14 (KJV) — 7 For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. 8 Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground; 9 Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.
    Then, on Thursday, as I am cooking in the back yard, I randomly start wandering around and in the corner of the yard where the dog generally hangs out I look down and I see an old tree stump with a 6 inch diameter and four three foot branches or small trees coming out of the ground from the dead stump!! And I immediately think of this scripture!! I had my daughter come out and take a picture of it because it fit the scripture perfectly. It reminded me of John 5:39 and how there is always a “3D” to the scripture and how in Revelation 3:14 Jesus Christ is the beginning of the creation of God.
    The manifestation of the written Word is advancing rapidly upon the lives Our Gracious Father has called us to!!!!!!!

  117. Bob Munchel

    Deut:4:9 Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.

    Last week one of the things Kris spoke about was ​”​ how could Israel forget the things ​that ​God did for them​?​”. How could they forget the Red Sea parting and the cloud and fire that followed them 24/7, and the plagues against Egypt​, etc​?

    This week the Lord brought back so many things He has done in my life that I need to continuously thank Him for. It is such a blessing when the Lord shows us so many of “the dots” that got us to where we are now, and when He reminds us of “where we were and what He has done” in our lives.
    As Pastor Jerry says at mens,” I don’t know what the future holds but I know who holds the future”. Thank you Lord for the past, present and future “blessing” for your children.
    What an amazing God we serve!

  118. Dwight McBee

    “So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. He has saved us and called us to a holy life – not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time…” 2 Timothy 1:8-9 NIV

    Through our recent teaching the Lord has revealed a deeper meaning of His attributes. I now have true understanding of God’s omnipresence. Omnipresent, according to Merriam-Webster’s definition, means to be present in all places at all times. With this attribute God exists outside of time as we know it, a reality that we do not have in the fallen world. From His omnipresent vantage point He has seen the moment we opened our eyes, and the moment we close them at the same time. The Bible says His grace was given to us BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF TIME! He saved us and called us to a holy life before our first day of life! Nothing we have done has earned this, it is a work of God! Whenever I read about eternity I now have a whole new understanding.

    I am just in awe of who He and what He has done right now…

  119. Lauren Sheehan

    I have been absolutely amazed as I am learning about God’s Kingdom and purpose for us! Something that the Lord has been showing me is how his grace TRANSFORMS and he makes a distinction between those that are His and the world.

    Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.

    In Christ we say “No” to the ways of the world while we are living in it. We were redeemed by our Savior Jesus Christ that we would be purified FOR Him, doing His will here on Earth as it is in Heaven!

  120. Patty High

    “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” Psalm 100:4

    How great is the Name of the Lord! The Lord had me build an altar of praise to Him recently simply in gratitude for His Word, for His ways, for His thoughts, for His holiness, and for His Lordship. Doing that, it became easy to relate to David when he said that he’d rather be a doorkeeper in the house of his God than to dwell in the tents of the wicked. It was such an amazing time with God and I have found that that time is strengthening me still. Lord, thank You for the unbelievable privilege to enter Your gates and to dwell in Your courts! Let my heart be renewed again in You that in my life, Your kingdom would come and Your will be done here on earth O God as it is in heaven!

  121. Dwight McBee

    “From the ends of the earth, I call to you. I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the Rock that is greater than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against my foe.” Psalm 61:2-3 NIV.

    I am reminded that my Father knows all things. He knows the end from the beginning, and everything in-between. He is my strong tower, high and glorious! Father, may we abide in you always. You have heard the cry of our hearts!

  122. Stephanie Sheehan

    I just finished up my first year of graduate school and in order to maintain my scholarship and place in the program, I had to get certain grades in each class. I want to say Praise God and thank you for leading me and for keeping my path straight throughout this year. Not only has He given me success in the program but most importantly He has lengthened my days and blessed me with the opportunities to gather with the church all throughout the year, (even during exam weeks!), and to accomplish all that He has called me to do.

    The Lord had opened my eyes to Proverbs 3:5-8 at the end of high school, and I have held on to this verse and He has kept my paths straight throughout the end of high school, undergraduate schooling and now my graduate studies. It is truly a miracle that I am standing exactly where the Lord wants me, no matter how big the obstacle, how little time, or how impossible something may seem, when we submit to The Lord, to His word, then He will make our paths straight.

    Proverbs 3:5-8
    Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.

    Thank you United Faith Church for your prayers, and encouragement in the faith! I love you guys!

  123. Keri Farina

    Last night while praying the Lord gave me this and it really blessed my heart. For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves in whom we have redemption the forgiveness of sins. Colossians1:9-14
    Paul praying this really puts life into perspective. We just like Paul can pray for the knowledge of his will, wisdom, and understanding, in our lives and the lives of others. Then we can please the Lord and our lives will reflect that as our fruit will be the evidence! We are not alone in any of it. It will be God who strengthens us in order for us to persevere and share in this great inheritance. With Jesus all of this had been made possible. What can’t we do if Christ be living inside of us? Thank you Lord for your word. It is life. It is truth, and it sets us free!

  124. Christina China

    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

    The Lord has been reminding me of this verse throughout this past week and it reminds me of the sermon Sunday. I am not supposed to be moved by my emotions, but rather stand firm on the Word. I have seen this week as I laid down what I thought and felt and just spoke the Word, God has been able to move.

    Thank you Lord for your Word. Thank you for giving us all we need in your Word. I want to KNOW it more and more.

  125. Anna Washack

    The fear of the Lord leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble. – Proverbs 19:23

    This verse makes me think of this Sunday’s sermon. Peter knew the Lord, he trusted in who God is, and therefore was able to rest — even in the midst of turmoil. How amazing is the Lord that He promises rest for those that belong to Him! This is encouraging to me because God does not promise that my life will not have hardships or trials, but He does promise to empower me with His Word of Life and give my heart peace to rest in Him no matter the circumstance.

  126. Stephanie Sheehan

    It truly is the Word that sets us free from our bondage. In the sermon this past Sunday it was said that people act upon their emotions; how they feel, and what type of mood they are in. I always used to do everything based on emotion, and this emotion comes from the heart. Everything I tried to do and accomplish always turned to nothing, and even what I could manage or make happen the Lord showed me it was all apart from him, and therefore it was not good- John 15:5, “…apart from me you can do nothing”.

    The word that I held on to that broke me free from the bondage of my own emotions, my own self, was Jeremiah 17:9-10. It says,
    “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”

    so if the word says our hearts are deceitful… this is certainly not a characteristic of God. In fact, Psalm 5:6 says,
    You destroy those who speak falsehood; The LORD abhors the man of bloodshed and deceit.
    And so, nothing we do based off our hearts, our emotions will ever be good, the Lord destroys the man of deceit. The bible even says our hearts are so bad that they are even beyond cure. But… praise be to God! For his word says in Ezekiel 36:26, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh”.

    He says, “I will”, meaning God. And who is God, God is the Word: “in the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God” (John 1:1). And in John 8:31-32 Jesus says, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”. So when we hold on, (obey), the Word of God then we will know the truth, why? Because his word is truth, because his word is God, and God is a God of truth. And the truth/word/Jesus will give us new hearts and set us free!

    The word has set me free from my own emotions. I now move in obedience to the word of God. And I know that when I obey the word, the word always accomplishes what it sets out to do, “but the word of God continued to spread and flourish” Acts 12:24.

    Thank you Lord for Your Word!

    1. Stephanie Sheehan

      Also, just a side note; some differentiated cell types can not be regenerated and so the loss of these cells is permanent. It is no surprise that our heart cells can not be renewed. When our heart cells are damaged it typically just scars over. Scientifically our hearts can’t even be cured or renewed…. We need new hearts!!!! Praise the Lord that HE gives us new hearts when we obey and trust in the Lord!

  127. Mollie Steffen

    Philippians 1:21
    ” For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain”.

    This scripture has been in my heart recently and it’s one that I have always held on to, but the Lord has opened my eyes to a deeper revelation of what its saying. Living in Christ is actually having the Holy Spirit and being circumcised daily is the cutting of our flesh. When we decide to really live like Paul did, it’s not a comfortable feeling and the cutting of our flesh can hurt at times, but ultimately that is what it means to be a real Christian and live as Christ did. Either way we are dying, for me it’s now letting the Lord cut me with his word which is the sword; and be totally delivered into the abundant life he has set for me!!!

    When we die completely to our old ways, thinking, attitudes, desires, that is when the new creation bursts forth and we are unstoppable with the power of the Holy one who is Jesus Christ, We have the power through his son to accomplish all that he has set before us every single day. What we gain is everything because the Lord rewards those who earnestly seek him. ( Hebrews 11:6) We get to be in the Army of God which we don’t deserve and the blessing comes forth. We gain an inheritance with the Lord Jesus Christ!! That is powerful and worth dying for.

  128. Katie Orlando

    Pastor Janeth’s sermon this morning on Acts 12 was amazing! It was so exciting getting to learn about Peter’s escape from jail in a new way. The thing that stuck out to me most was when Peter was asleep the night before he was supposed to be brought out for a trial, the last night of Passover. He was asleep, not out of laziness, but because he knew that whether he was rescued or not, he was going to be with the Lord and nothing would take that from him! He may have been bound in chains and heavily guarded, but he knew that the Word of the Lord is what sets us free! Even with the physical chains, his soul was not chained! He was freer than ever before! I am so thankful that truly, the Word is what sets us free from all of our bondage! It was said today that when Peter realized that he really had been rescued and it wasn’t just a vision, it wasn’t the end, but just the beginning! Thank You, Lord, that when You set us free, it is just the beginning of the plans You have for us to glorify You!

  129. lynn santiago

    Exodus 15:13

    In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed.
    In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling.

    This scripture hit my heart as soon as I read it. As I read through this weeks reading, I saw how ungrateful and wicked the Israelites acted towards God. I know I was not any different before the lord opened my eyes. I was just like them not trusting the lord many times on this road to freedom.
    I thank you lord for on this journey I am coming to know and love you! God thank you for being such a good father and not giving me what I wanted, but blessing me with who and what I needed…your unfailing love and redeeming my life through your son Jesus!

  130. Keri Farina

    When Pharoah let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.”Exodus 13:17

    Wow! Reading this reminded me of the times in my life where I cried out to God for a shorter road yet he had my best interest at heart. On that long road I got to know him and understand how much I really needed him every day. Just like the Israelites we are on a journey to the promise land. He will be our guide and his ways are higher ( and better) than our ways! Praise God!!!

  131. zuleika hanvey

    Yesterday’s message was so life-changing!! The Power and the touch of God was and is so amazing and exciting….humbling as well for The God of The bible would be so compassionate and mindful of us… We have been going over The real life story of Moses, and seeing how the example of Moses and the Israelites coming out of Egypt… They were tired, pressed, depressed, in pain, hopeless, enslaved to their circumstances under the horrible hand of Pharaoh… When they cried out to Yahweh, He heard and saw their cry and had compassion on them
    In the Bible in Exodus 3:7
    The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of MY people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I AM concerned about their suffering.
    What a compassionate God…
    So our Message yesterday from Pastor Janeth calls us to remember God’s deliverance then but more so now. Christ has delivered me and called me out to worship Him. He delivered me from my slave drivers which was my old way of living, in sin and as an enemy of God and His people. Now He calls me His very own thru the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ “Who takes away the sin of the world” John 1:29
    So I can’t do it, be perfect, and sinless but Christ in me is Perfect and I can be Holy because of His Holy Spirit by His Grace!! I become a new creation away from “Egypt” where my family, and I suffered away from the presence of God… and the scripture that really touched me from Pastor Janeth’s message is in 1John 3:8
    The reason why Christ appeared was to destroy the devil’s work!!! No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because
    God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning.
    This gives me a clear conviction of how much I want the born again lifestyle with Jesus and not sin or continue to sin but strive for His perfections thru His Holy Spirit…. A True Christian, it was a very powerful and life-filled message quickly giving fruit at my place of work, where I got to share God’s message and love on those He wanted me to love on and seeing them come attentive and alive, then sharing with my family what The Lord does at work, and them realizing How God is a changer of all things, hearts, situations, you name it when we trust Him for the change when it is His will to perform.
    Never returning to Egypt for The Lord is so Good. With God All things are possible and this is really just the beginning
    Thank you Jesus!

  132. janet munchel

    “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, the so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. ……”

    This verse in Ephesians 3 continues to run through my mind after the powerful message on Friday night. Pastor shared how the Holy Spirit’s main purpose is to break the power of sin/flesh in our lives.
    God is love. Out of His love flow His glorious riches, the many facets of who He is. In trusting in His love for us, we ask Him to empower us through the Holy Spirit to break the power of sin in our lives. This is so awesome. Because of the Holy Spirit’s power to break sin in us, flesh no longer rules. Our flesh is cut off, circumcised , set apart to live for Gods purposes, not ours. With sin no longer ruling in our hearts, Christ can now take residence to rule and reign where He belongs. Christ can now dwell in our hearts by faith. As a result of this, our lives are transformed, Hallelujah!
    “For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the flesh you will live. ”
    Thank you, Father for giving us your Holy Spirit!

  133. Katie Orlando

    How amazing it was to finally get to celebrate the Passover as a church last night! I’m so excited for this past week, getting to hear Pastor Janeth’s sermons on Sunday and Friday and getting to read about the events leading up to Passover in Exodus this past week. The Lord has opened my eyes to a new understanding of what Passover means and what He did for His people through it! I am so thankful that He marks those that are His, making a distinction between them and the world, just as He made a distinction between the Hebrews and Egyptians during the plagues. I am so thankful that He is the One who cuts off the flesh of the old man and makes us into a new creation! I am so thankful that the call He has in our lives is greater than anything we could have had for ourselves! And I am so thankful for the work of the Holy Spirit, Who changes our minds, our desires, everything, so that we can look and act like Jesus! The same God who opened the Red Sea is the same God that we serve today! What can He not do? Who is like Him? The answers are NOTHING and NO ONE! I am excited to get to serve Him and know Him in a new way, and I can’t wait to see what He has in store for me and for all of His people!

  134. Ashley Hughes

    I have been battling a sinus infection for a woke that was affecting my vision and hearing. Last night during the Passover service, the Lord popped my ears open and everything was 2x as loud as before and all the colors got brighter again. Not only has the Lord physically delivered me, but my spiritual eyes and ears have been reopened and I’m excited to see as the Lord sees and truly hear things the way He does.

  135. Stephanie Sheehan

    The Lord led me to this psalm during prayer.

    Psalm 115:4-8
    4 But their idols are silver and gold,
    made by human hands.
    5 They have mouths, but cannot speak,
    eyes, but cannot see.
    6 They have ears, but cannot hear,
    noses, but cannot smell.
    7 They have hands, but cannot feel,
    feet, but cannot walk,
    nor can they utter a sound with their throats.
    8 Those who make them will be like them,
    and so will all who trust in them.

    Even if it appears that people who trust in these things (idols-anything that is not the Lord Our God) can hear or see, they cannot. The word is clear; those who make the idols and those that trust in them will be like them. The psalm goes on to say trust in the Lord. When we trust in the Lord we can see, hear, smell, feel, walk, and speak because we will be like OUR God! The psalm ends with:

    12 The LORD remembers us and will bless us:
    He will bless his people Israel,
    he will bless the house of Aaron,
    13 he will bless those who fear the LORD—
    small and great alike.
    14 May the LORD cause you to flourish,
    both you and your children.
    15 May you be blessed by the LORD,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.
    16 The highest heavens belong to the LORD,
    but the earth he has given to mankind.
    17 It is not the dead who praise the LORD,
    those who go down to the place of silence;
    18 it is we who extol the LORD,
    both now and forevermore.
    Praise the LORD.

    Amen!

  136. Keri Farina

    This morning in prayer the Lord brought me to Joshua as the Israelites were coming into the promised land. The Lord took them out of Egypt from the hand of slavery and the cruel taskmasters that ruled their lives. Celebrating Passover was like no other this year. As the Lord is cutting away our flesh and old ways the Lord is coming and bringing forth newness that he has called forth from the beginning of time. Just as Joshua circumcised the Israelites after crossing over the Jordan, at Gilgal, the Lord is calling us to come out and be set apart for him. No longer can sin have a place in our lives. It must be cut off. As I look at Gods house being built I can’t help but smile as I see the Lord is building up his Church the same way, to honor him and worship him in unity and in spirit. It’s a new day and a new season! Thank You Lord for your perfect blameless sacrifice on the cross and thank you for your Holy Spirit so we can be victorious in you!

    Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” So the place had been called Gilgal to this day. Joshua 5:9

  137. Jessica Lefler

    This week, the Lord led me to when John the Baptist and Jesus were circumcised. God had spoken specifically to their parents what their names should be and it was at the time of their circumcisions that they were given. Not just names, but their prophesied, preordained purposes were given – the moment their flesh was cut they entered into their destinies.

    The Lord does the same with us when we our hearts are circumsized. The flesh counts for nothing and when the Holy Spirit cuts away our flesh – who we were called, ordained to be is revealed and only then do we begin to live as God’s children, chosen, called by name to do his will. “The Spirit you received brought about your sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15

    God calls us to shed the flesh and come into our true identities, who He has named us to be even before we were born!
    “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” Jeremiah 1:5

  138. Lauren Sheehan

    Exodus 4:11-12 The Lord said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”

    When reading this I thought about Sunday’s sermon and how Pastor reminded us that WE can not cut off our flesh…but GOD can! God has called each of us and instructed us where to go and what to do, He knows that we can not do it that’s why he chose us. How would God be glorified if we could do it on our own? Praying that the Lord’s commands cause the church to move fearlessly knowing that the I AM has sent us and will help us do what He has instructed.

  139. Keri Farina

    Reading Exodus really touched me this morning. When Pharoah wouldn’t let the people go the Lord prepared a place for his people in Goshen. Goshen represented safety, security, peace, protection from the enemy and the plagues. That is exactly what the Lord has done for us. I was talking to a friend last night and we were just in amazement as to all the miraculous things the Lord is doing and how the last ten years the Lord has always provided all we have needed. He never left us destitute or without a place to meet. He provided jobs, homes, and all that we needed in the natural. But more than that he provided deliverance, healing, truth, peace, restoration, life, and salvation. We are never alone with him. He is more than enough. He has kept us in Goshen his safe place all these years. You are in the land Lord! Thank You Lord!

    But on that day I will deal differently with the land of Goshen, where my people live; no swarms of flies will be there, so that you will know that I, the Lord, am in this land. I will make a distinction between my people and your people. This miraculous sign will occur tommorow. Exodus 8:22-23

  140. Keri Farina

    Today Church Servive was unbelievable! The word about Passover and circumcision of the heart, not only brought deliverance, but hope! It’s not a work of man or anything that can be done in religion. I know because for so many years I tried to be religious and do it on my own, and all I got from it was frustration and failure. But when Jesus comes in and circumcises your heart it’s the Lord working in you and changing the things you couldn’t change. What freedom and joy to know we can’t do it but the Holy Spirit can! It reminded me of one of my favorite verses! It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by the yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1 Now I am not only reading that word, but living in the truth of it. Come into Jesus! Only he can cut off the pieces of our heart and flesh that are wicked and dead to God and replace it, with a new heart and a new mind. One that hopes, believes, and trusts like never before! Knowing that the one who began a good work in you will bring it unto completion. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it!

  141. Joann Case

    I’ve been thinking all week about Pastor Janeth’s sermon on the dry bones coming to life. I want to thank the Lord that He alone awakens the dead parts in me when I cry out to Him and He breathes new life in me. Hallelujah! Every need I have He sustains me and carries me through and that although I were dead in my sins He has made me ALIVE in Christ!

  142. lynn santiago

    Romans 10:10″For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified
    ; and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”

    As I went throughout my week this scripture really hit my heart deeply. As I am connecting and believing in Gods word I am drawing closer to his heart. As I am drawing closer to the Lord’s heart and his love I am connecting closer to my family and their hearts.

    For a very long time I believed in the Lord and his word with my head and not my heart which was so futile and religious. BUT GOD in his amazing grace is allowing me to see and believe with my heart and for that I must profess with my mouth how beautiful the Lord is. I must profess that God your love is so incredible.

    I thank you Jesus that you are my Lord and mighty savior. I thank you Jesus for the amazing things you have done in my life this week. Thank you Jesus for the love you are pouring into my home. I am so thankful for my husband and my marriage. I thank you Jesus for showing me the way to the only thing that matters is you! Your love, your heart, your kingdom, your word, and your will that brings life abundant here on earth as it is in heaven.

  143. Cheryl Donoghue

    Remnant: a left-over, a small portion of a greater multitude.

    Although remnants could be looked upon as worthless scraps, and many times are, God assigned high value to those of His people whom He set aside for Holy purposes, those He labels as “Remnants”.

    I was that worthless scrap and when I cried out for forgiveness He erased the sins of my past and washed me clean and gave me new life. But for the generous love, Grace and mercy of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ I have been grafted into His heart and Church and will Love, honor and obey Him and the Church all the days of my life.

    Romans 11:4-6 I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to baal. So too, at PRESENT TIME there is a REMNANT chosen by GRACE. And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, Grace would no longer be Grace.

    I am so grateful to God for scooping me up out of my disgustingness, for His Word, for His leadership both in the past with Paul and in the present with our Pastors and leaders for establishing us in all of His ways and making us HIS remnant.

  144. Samantha Foster-Tiso

    Tonight in class I learned about special molecules in the immune system called “endogenous pyrogens.” The literal meaning of their name is “fire maker from within.” My professor went on to tell us that the function of these molecules is to heat up and burn away anything that tries to come in and compromise the immune system or harm the body.
    All I could think of was Hebrews 12:29, “for our God is consuming fire.”
    WE, the church of God, are the body and HE is the fire that is before us, behind us, and within us! HE is the fire maker from within… The Lord burns up whatever threatens the immune system or doesn’t belong. He refines us and protects the body.
    Hallelujah!! Thank you, God!

    Romans 1:20
    “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”

  145. Mollie Steffen

    This past Thursday at bible study the Chapter that really hit me was Romans 3:10-12.

    “There is no one righteous, not even one;
    there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God.
    All have turned away, they have together become worthless;
    there is no one who does good, not even one”.

    The Lord was speaking and reminding me that not one person is good only JESUS CHRIST is the ONLY GOOD thing. I’m not guaranteed the next breathe in my lungs, or the next day to open my eyes, and not entering into heaven. God is saving NOW and today is the day of salvation! Every day he opens our eyes to get to know him better , to see our state and repent “turn” away from our wicked ways and choose life = JESUS CHRIST . This verse is who I’am and I can never forget that .

    I’m so thankful for the power of his word that is the TRUTH and it’s setting me free and bringing forth transformation to be NEW in everything. It’s propelling me forward to a deeper relationship and understanding of how big God really is and to know that I cannot do it, but Christ in me the hope of GLORY…. 1 Colossians 1:27

    Blessings to you this day church!!

  146. Karen McBee

    Romans 6:4…We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a NEW LIFE!

    Ezekiel 37:13…Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. 14 I will put my Spirit in you, and you will live…

    Pastor’s sermon on Ezekiel reminded me of what we were reading for bible study in Romans. We can have NEW LIFE through our Lord Jesus Christ. But first we have to know that we are dead without him and the lives were are living are in need of a transformation! The bible says that not one of us is good…not even one…that is without Jesus. But when we surrender our old lives of sin and die with Christ, we can also resurrect with him and live NEW LIVES of righteousness to glorify the Father. …I will put my Spirit in you, and you will live!!! Thank you Lord for your sacrifice that we may live!!

  147. Katie Orlando

    This past weekend, when Pastor Janeth was teaching on Jesus’ love and Lazarus’ death (John 11:1-11), I was remembering the sermon a few weeks ago about the sickness of sin. Lazarus became sick and died, just like how we are sick with sin. But if we believe in Jesus and put our whole hope in Him, He raises us from the dead and heals the sickness! Lazarus’ sickness was specifically to bring glory to God and to cause others to believe. Our sin sickness does nothing but push people away from God, but if we come to Jesus and ask to be made whole, what was darkness can be turned to light! Not only that, we fall in love with this God who saved us and was dedicated to us! Thank You, Jesus! You are the Healer, and You are the Beloved One!

  148. Elaine Seligson

    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.- Romans 15:13

    I wanted to share my thankful heart with you, and tell you how the love and faithfulness of God has blessed us.
    The Lord has been answering prayers and moving within my family in New and exciting ways.
    I know the Lord is moving in all the families of UFC, and I am in awe of all the things he has done and continues to do.
    Many prayers are being answered, God is restoring, and redeeming the things that were stolen.
    The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. (Luke18:27)
    Thank you Jesus, for our Pastors and United Faith Church.
    Praise Your Holy Name!

  149. Jessica Lefler

    What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! Romans 7:24-25

    Lord you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago. Isaiah 25:1

    Lord I praise you for your perfect salvation! When I think of how I deserve to be separated from you forever and how you have planned from beginning of time to reconcile me to the Father- I can barely comprehend it! Thank you Lord for your faithfulness is perfect, everything you are and everything you have done is worthy of my praise!

  150. lynn santiago

    1 Corinthians 15:5
    “O death where is your victory? O death where is your sting?”

    As I have been meditating on the sermon from Sunday throughout this week I just want to thank you Jesus for waking me up to your love and kindness by showing me how void and empty I was all of my life. Void of love, patience, or any ability to care for anyone else but myself. I thank you my lord and savior for coming to wake me up in every way and bring me back to life like you did for Lazarus.
    When pastor was talking about how Jesus wept and was upset when he saw Lazarus dead, it was because he could see how death (which is sin) separates us from God and the ones we love. So Jesus said, I will defeat death so that death(sin) will no longer separate us from Our father in heaven or the ones we love. That we as Christians would see the sin in our loved ones as death and how that is keeping them away from God. Then the love of Christ would compel us to sacrifice and be dedicated to fulfill the plans that the lord has had for us to complete; bringing his kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven.

    Thank you God for your love, sacrifice, and dedication through the resurrection power of your gentle and humble son…Jesus Christ.

  151. zuleika hanvey

    Romans 8:11
    “And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies
    because of His Spirit who lives in you”
    Pastor Janet said something on Easter Sunday that really stuck with my heart… “Christ resurrected from the dead but I too resurrect from the dead”
    I felt that that was me…I was touched by the fact that I was dead in my sins, rebellion, hatred, bitterness, unbelief and dead to the understanding of the Kingdom of God, but in His amazing Love, He chose to give up His own life to claim mine, by the power of His own name! Today I am becoming alive to Christ day by day, alive to His desires, His honor, His prayers…in my day to day life, becoming alive to a new mind-set that only wants Him. Seeing Him come alive in me and everything I am touching is exiting …. I too resurrect !! Praise Jesus!

  152. Mollie Steffen

    Psalm 27:4-6

    ” One thing I ask from the Lord,
    this only do I seek:
    that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life,
    to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
    and to seek him in his temple.
    For in the day of trouble
    he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
    he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
    and set me high upon a rock.
    Then my head will be exalted
    above the enemies who surround me;
    at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;
    I will sing and make music to the Lord”.

    I love these verses because it really represents the church and how we are to dwell in his house = the church all the days of our lives. There is no other place that I belong than in the house of God worshiping and serving the almighty God for eternity. Keeping our eyes fixed upon only him, and singing all the new songs that he gives to me daily which is a joyful noise unto him. I’m so grateful that I have a new song, and Jesus has come to give me JOY that is unexplained.

    His house is a shelter, a safe place, a rock, refuge for all of those who are in need of a mighty savior. I know I’m in need everyday of Jesus and saving from myself. Thank you father for thinking of me and leading me into your house where it’s a safe place and showing me LOVE that is beyond my comprehension!! Bless the Lord O my soul!!

  153. Lauren Sheehan

    The other day the Lord gave me a picture. He showed me a man walking through a forest pushing aside branches, treading through tall grass, and knowing the way that he was going. Others followed this man and were able to see what branches were needed to be pushed aside and where to step through the tall grass. As more people began to follow, the branches that were pushed either fell or grew to stay back, the tall grass faded in the spots that were walked on and a path became more and more evident.

    Jesus has shown us the way to the Father, and every time someone follows the path, it becomes more clear for those that will follow. In Hebrews 13:7 the Word says: Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.
    The leaders in our church have faith that runs after Jesus and displays his faithfulness, goodness, and love…making the path clear for us. Let us imitate their faith and lead the way for our brothers and sisters to come!

    Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. -1 Corinthians 11:1

    1. Marlene Smith

      I was excited to read your entry today, Lauren. (Friday, 4/8) Unaware of your vision, I saw the same this morning as I was praying. I knew the man blazing the trail was Jesus and was praising God that he was making the way clear to those who are trusting in him to do it.

      It reminds me of the Hymn,
      Be not afraid, I go before you always.
      Come follow me and I will lead you home.

      John 14 – I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life and the only way to the Father.

      Thank you for showing yourself to us Jesus and showing us the way home! We are in the world but not of the world!

  154. Katie Orlando

    I am so thankful for what the Lord did for us this past Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday! His presence was so tangible, nothing could ever compare. During our reading for the week, this verse stood out to me: John 15:6 “If you do not remain in Me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire, and burned.”

    Pastor Janeth spoke on Good Friday about how the dead, broken off sticks were taken outside the city and used for fires. As Jesus took that long walk Calvary, He saw those broken off sticks and saw us, those who were going to be thrown into the fire. In His mercy and love, He died for us so that we could come to know Him! He proved His Word is true when He rose again on Resurrection Sunday! At one time, we could not remain in Him, but now, with His Holy Spirit and power, we can remain in Him and know Him to the fullest, never to be broken off! I am so thankful for the love of the Father toward us, that we can come to know Him!

  155. Bob Munchel

    ​John 15:9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.

    This verse has been “hitting me” for the last two weeks. As the Father loves His Son, Jesus Christ loves us. Honestly I cannot get the fullness of such amazing love with my limited finite mind. However, I know the Spirit He has placed in me ” leaps and rejoices” every time I read this verse or “renew my mind with it”.
    Jesus Christ loves us the way the Father loves Him! Awesome, amazing, incredible ( there is no human word to describe that! )
    How blessed we are that the love and Spirit of God is with us. That Spirit of love saturated our Good Friday service to the point most of the church body “couldn’t leave”. ( once again, there is no human word to describe the presence He blessed us with that night)
    What an amazing God we serve!

  156. Marlene Smith

    Let the Word go forth…Jesus said “Follow me”.

    As I’ve been looking to the cross, my heart saddened because I remembered a time when I thought I’d bypass it on my way to heaven. Honestly, it wasn’t in the picture, just heaven…and me going there someday. Then the time came when I’d peek at the cross but couldn’t bear to see the pain and suffering. Now, by the grace of God, I can’t bear to leave Jesus. My heart is set to follow him. Love compels me to the cross. His love (Joy set before me) helps me die to my selfish desires. Jesus then rises in me and leads me to the Father who is Love! Hosanna, in the Highest! Hope that does not disappoint is anchored in my soul. Peace that surpasses all understanding doesn’t come onto me but into me, my strength is renewed.
    PS 84:5-7 – Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the valley of weeping, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.

  157. Keri Farina

    I want to thank the Lord for all he has done for me. Not only has he paid the price with his blood for my sins but he continues to show his faithfulness to me daily. There was a point in my life when I struggled with so much anxiety and worry that at times it was almost debilitating. It left me powerless and so discouraged that sometimes it felt like it was more than I could bare. I am here to testify to the miraculous work that the Lord has done in my life. Not only has he brought peace to my anxious mind, but he has helped me to overcome in places where in the past it was just not possible. He has given me favor in my workplace and joy throughout my day. So many days I just find myself singing to the Lord and then realize I am singing. Only he could have healed my heart and filled it with joy. I am thankful for each person in our Church that has prayed for me, my Pastors, and my mentor who over the years encouraged me not to give up. The Lord has brought peace and calmness into my life and for that I will always be grateful. He has overcome and thanks to him I have overcome too!

    I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33

    You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent.
    O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever. Psalm 30:11-12

  158. Patti Hughes

    This verse has been with me all week.
    Psalm 21:2
    You have granted him his hearts desire, and have not with held the request of his lips.
    David is speaking of his reliance upon God, just as Jesus did.
    Jesus requested the heathens, the wretched, the dogs, the “sticks” that were destined for the fire. It was that joy, love that was set before him, to choose the the foolish things of this world to keep for himself. To transform, to bring back to life, to resurect, and to be with him for eternity. God granted him his hearts desire, only through humbleness and thankfulness, and most all the obedience of the journey to the cross where he made a way. Can you see the mercy, the love? Today at the cross, I see love and mercy, and today I look back with thankfulness and gratefulness, but more importantly, I look forward with faith, hope and trust in what is set before me. I was thinking of that saying, while he was on the cross you were on his mind. And the Lord said, religion says that, but faith says while he was on the cross , family, friends and the nations were on his mind…. expand…move….that is my prayer. And to lean on the “stick” and not my own understanding.
    Awake awake awake my soul, God resurect these bones, fom death to life in you alone.. awake my soul.
    He has done it.

    1. Lauren Sheehan

      This morning while I was reading, the Lord lead me to Psalm 19. The last verse (Psalm 19:14) says: May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

      I’ve been carrying this verse around all day as a reminder that though we live in this world we are not to be of it. Our thoughts, words, actions should all be to honor OUR King!

      …my Rock and my Redeemer, may I please you this day!!!

  159. Mollie Steffen

    This week as I have been seeking the Lord and seeing the cross in such a new way it is bringing such hope,life, trust in ways that I know will never ever be the same again for me.
    I see the cross as yes it is death in one way, but as we crucify all of our past and flesh it’s a goodbye to all of those things that have kept me away from his will. The beauty of God is now he has truly opened up my NEW eyes to see the cross as NEW LIFE in a NEW way, I’m beyond thankful that he thought of me when he died.

    Revelations 21:5
    He who was seated on the throne said : I’am making everything new”! Then he said, “write this down for these words are trustworthy and true”.
    These words are life to my soul and his word never comes back void..

    This season is like no other. I can’t wait to see ALL the new things he is going to do with my life, and his church as we continue to journey with our faithful God. I’m seeking to be a new creation in Christ Jesus and I know he will do it with each one who believes and follows HIM !!!!!

  160. Jessica Lefler

    On Sunday I saw myself holding a dead piece of wood and I heard the Lord tell me that he can bring new life, sprouts out of that dead wood. Today, as I think of the cross – I see that same piece of dead piece of wood. It was once a tree, with life and breath, but sin cut it off, sin cut it down, sin brought it to its lifeless state where it is just a dead piece of wood. This cross is me; I’m that piece of dead wood. I think of Jesus dying on it and how Satan thought he was sealing my fate – to be dead forever, putting to death my only hope of life… but what he didn’t account for is that the blood that was spilled on me, on that dead cross, held all the power of resurrection life in just one drop! Now, through the power of the blood, I am grafted in again, where nutrients and power flow from the throne to bring me back to life! I am that dead piece of wood- that is brought to life, sprouting new life once again because of Jesus’ death and resurrection! Thank you Jesus! you are the only One who brings life out of death! Hallelujah!

    Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

  161. lynn santiago

    Isaiah 53:9
    He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence nor was any deceit was in his mouth.

    Isaiah 53:5
    He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

    When I think of the sermon on Sunday and try to wrap my mind around how much God loves us to allow his son to be crushed and ultimately die such an agonizing death for man to be restored back to God, our father, it is beyond comprehension.

    Thank you my father for allowing your son to pay the price I could never pay as a ransom for my life. You raised him from the dead making his resurrection and life the ONLY way for man to be resurrected from his own dead life into abundant eternal life with you our father and Lord!!

    JESUS…. Lord and savior of the world! Worthy is your name!

  162. Samantha Foster-Tiso

    John 14:1-4
    “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house, there are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back to take you with me, that where I am you may also be. You know the way to the place where I am going.”

    This is not only a word of peace and comfort, but a word of victory! It reminds me of the love of God and how much He cares for us. We don’t deserve to be where the Holy One is, but because He went first and broke the chains of sin on the cross, we may be in His presence. Thank You, Jesus! HE IS THE WAY!

  163. Katie Orlando

    The message on Palm Sunday was amazing! I love how Pastor Janeth taught about Jesus’ triumphal entry in a new way. Jesus knew He was going to the cross, and yet He did it for the joy set before Him! It’s crazy to think about how many people in the crowd on Sunday who were excited for Jesus to come in were in the crowd on Good Friday shouting to crucify Him-because He didn’t do what they had hoped He would and didn’t “work out” the way they thought. They had their own things they wanted Jesus to do, not seeing what He was actually going to do, set them free from sin! It can’t be my own hopes and dreams, they all have to be His, which are far better than anything I could ever think of! I am so thankful for what God is doing right now! I am thankful that Jesus was the good that came out of Nazareth! I am thankful that I can walk with Him! And I am thankful that His death brought us true life!

    John 12:24 “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”

  164. Anna Washack

    This morning as I was leaving for work, I saw my hydrangea plant. It is coming out of its winter dormancy – it is nothing but a bunch of dry brown sticks. Yet, when I looked closer I saw that there are buds beginning to form. While I was driving to work the Lord was reminding me of His cross and Pastor’s sermon; that life springs forth from the dead wood. Praise God! One week ago there was nothing, no buds, no new growth…but today there is! God’s timing is perfect! I’m am excited for this season with the Lord. Father, that we would die so that You may live. Bless you Jesus!

    “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”
    – 2 Corinthians 5:14-15

  165. ruggery juste

    Hebrew 11 from our reading last week really stood out to me . Chapter 11 spoke about having faith and how faith is so key because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. I love how right after that verse he gives you an example on how different people in the bible believed and put their trust and faith in God . Each person demonstrated their faith in a different way and each person believed God’s word so the situation didn’t matter. God is calling me to trust and believe in him, and have faith just like they did. It really shows how God word doesn’t come back void and how God can use each of us if we truly believe in him. I no longer want to sell God short because God can accomplish the impossible and reading this chapter just validated it for me

  166. KDaskalakis

    But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written,
    “DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory.
    55 “O Death, where is your sting? O Death, where is your victory?”

    When I read this verse this morning I was reminded immediately of the verse in John
    14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us

    He became flesh and in the flesh he overcame sin and death. Now we can be the perishable who have the imperishable that once again becomes flesh and with him and through him we can also declare death has been swallowed up in victory!

    Thank you Lord that in You sin, death, and the grave have no hold on me! You reign in victory!

  167. Patty High

    “So keep the words of this covenant to do them, that you may prosper in all that you do.” Deuteronomy 29:9

    The Lord was speaking to me through His Word this morning about how faithful He is to meet all of our needs when we seek Him and apply His Word to our lives. As I do that, I am entering into and confirming His covenant with me – that I might prosper. Wow! In a season where things feel busy, it is amazing that the faithfulness, provision, and prosperity I search for is found fully in the Covenant of Christ through trusting in His Word. Thank you Lord!!

  168. Steven DiCorcia

    Today’s message of hope is the only hope for the entire world! I will always be in awe of God’s love demonstrated through Jesus Christ and the cross.
    Jesus Christ willingly died to save the people of this world, and then rose to LIFE ETERNAL. No one, or God has ever done this before and never has again! To those who do the work of God, the promise of eternal life is for them.
    John 6:27-29
    27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”
    28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”
    29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
    Thank you Jesus for beating death, hell, and the grave by the saving work of the cross!

  169. Karen McBee

    Psalm 24: 7-10
    Lift up your head, O you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord might in battle. Lift up your heads, O you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty- he is the King of glory.

    Thank you Lord for taking us in! You are the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! We exalt your name this day and everyday!

  170. James Daskalakis

    Ephesians 3:20-21
    Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever amen!

    I thank God for His son the Lord Jesus Christ, The Holy Spirit and The Word of God for their perfect power and purpose in making a sinful man a man who can love God. These past months God has moved mightily in my life, in ways that i couldn’t measure if I wanted to. There is another generation coming, one that loves God and will worship Him in Spirit and in Truth and I praise the Lord that He has brought me to this church, His Holy Place that I would come to know His will for my life. I am home and I thank God that He has led me here and is making me in His image!

    My heart rejoices onto the Most High my Father in Heaven, for He has rescued me from the grave and brought me to life.

  171. Evan Johnson

    Shout for joy to the Lord all the earth, worship Him with gladness, come before Him with joyful songs! Know that the Lord is God! It is HE who made us, we are His, the sheep of His pasture! Enter His gates with thanksgiving, His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him and praise His name, for He is good and His love endures forever, His faithfulness continues through all generations!
    Hallelujah!!! Thank You Lord that through the cross, You made a way for us to enter into Your courts! It is by Your blood we have been redeemed and through it and Your Holy Spirit we are more than conquerors over all!

  172. Katie Orlando

    Psalm 103:1 “Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy Name.”

    Than You, Lord, that You while I was sick with the disease of sin, You came and died for me! Praise You, Jesus, that as Pastor Janeth spoke in the sermon, You are my medicine, my antidote, the surgery that makes me whole! Everything about me praises You, because it is You who heals me and sets me free, it is You who saves me, it is You who changes me! There is no one like our God! We declare that our Light has come!

  173. Marlene Smith

    Glory to God in the highest and peace to his people on earth upon whom his favor rests. (Luke 2:14) I am so grateful to my God who has kept me and continues to keep me. He is faithful. The Victory is his. All Glory and Honor and Praise to King Jesus, my Lord and my Savior. He is mighty to save and worthy of praise!

  174. Anna Washack

    In football there is a saying, “the 12th man on the field”. It’s referring to the fans in the stands. Certain stadiums and teams are known for the loud volume that the team’s fans create. This causes an interference with teams on the field because they are unable to hear the play calling.

    Similarly, as believers we are called to shout, worship, and praise the Lord here on Earth. We are the Lord’s biggest fans — We are cheering on and advancing His Kingdom. Everyday, every moment our purpose is to live in such a way that our words and actions cause an interference and declare to the rulers and principalities on this Earth that our God reigns! Fans in the stands shout, yell, and use noisemakers to make a disruption to the opposing team. How much more shall the Lord’s people worship?! We are His noisemakers — He calls us His trumpets, cymbals… We are His instruments of praise!

    Psalm 150: “Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heaven! Praise him for his mighty works, praise his unequaled greatness! Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn; praise him with the lyre and harp! Praise him with the tambourine and dancing; praise him with strings and flutes! Praise him with a clash of cymbals; praise him with loud clanging cymbals. Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord! Praise the Lord!”

  175. Keri Farina

    Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods.
    Psalm 95:1-3
    Praise you Jesus!!! Today I awoke with joy as I read this word and was reminded of what an amazing God we serve. His mercies are new every morning and great is his faithfulness!!!

  176. Anna Washack

    The Lord put this psalm on my heart. I have so much to praise the Lord for–He is good, merciful, loving…. Praise the Lord!

    “Let all that I am praise the Lord;
    with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
    2 Let all that I am praise the Lord;
    may I never forget the good things he does for me.
    3 He forgives all my sins
    and heals all my diseases.
    4 He redeems me from death
    and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
    5 He fills my life with good things.
    My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!”
    – Psalm 103: 1-5

  177. Mollie Steffen

    The Lord put this song on my heart the last couple of days and I just keep on singing it to him…

    “The name of the Lord is our strong tower the righteous run into it and they are safe; Blessed be the name of the Lord, Blessed be the name of the Lord most High…”!!!

    He is an Awesome God and most worthy of all our praise !!

  178. Keri Farina

    “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:14 Praise You Jesus for you are the Redeemer!!! You are the spotless Lamb of God who takes away our sins! You did it all on the cross at Calvary!!! You are greater, you are mightier, you are higher, and all powerful over all! You deserve the glory,the honor, and the praise!!! I can’t stop singing tonight and praising your name for you are exalted above all the heavens and you are my God!!! You reign!!! You reign!!! Lord Jesus!!!

  179. Bob Munchel

    Yesterday as I entered the 3rd floor of the hospital I ​informed​ the nurse I was there to pray for the patients. She looked at me and said ” well then GO PRAY for them”. As I walked away I started to smile as I heard ” yeah, go do what I had you come here to do”. I could just feel power and excitement enter me.
    Then the Lord opened many doors in the hospital to share & discuss His word and gospel. He opened the doors for a Greek Orthodox couple, a ​Messianic Jewish man, a woman visiting from Kentucky, a few Catholics, and even a Spanish speaking Catholic Mexican that asked if I could get him a bible. Praise the Lord for​”opening doors” as it states in Colossians 4​- ” Pray that God may open a door for His message”.​ What an amazing God we serve​ in an amazing time​! God Bless!

    1. Dwight McBee

      Bob – What a great testimony! Thank you for sharing. I know patients in hospitals are in need of the Great Physician! Praise God that we can serve in in these places!

  180. lynn santiago

    1 Peter 2:23
    When they hurled their insults at him he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats.
    Instead he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.

    I have been thinking a lot about this verse since Sunday. Jesus made no threats or did not retaliate because he knew that nothing or no one had any power over him. For the joy set before him he endured the cross so we could become like him and not let any darkness overcome us!

    Thank you Lord Jesus for the gift of your amazing love and your example of faith in our father in heaven. There is no one like you Jesus and you are deserving of all honor and praise!

  181. Mollie Steffen

    “The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming , “The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.” Psalm 92:12-15

    As I was reading this I’m reminded of the promises of God and he was speaking to me about how the righteous who are his people, will always have a secure place in him.
    When we crucify our flesh and are raised from the dead we will be like that palm tree flourishing the word says , looking beautiful , thriving, filled with the fruit of Jesus Christ.

    In Christ there is no wickedness . He is the perfect , spotless lamb of God that has washed away my sins on that rugged cross. I’m rejoicing this day because this amazing God has opened up my tomb where I was once dead , but today I’am alive and being resurrected every single day with the word of God which is being activated like never before. What joy fills my heart as the church is moving and growing daily with this awesome God we serve !!!!

  182. Rob Case

    I have been reflecting Sunday’s message that on the cross Jesus broke all the powers of death, hell and the grave. The Good News is that it is finished and that sin no longer reigns! Through your death and resurrection Lord Jesus, you have proven that you are far more powerful than any sin or darkness. Thank you for taking away my sins and thank you for breaking the darkness in my life! What an awesome and mighty God we serve!

    Isaiah 40:31: but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

  183. lynn santiago

    Hebrews 1:3

    The son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining ALL things by his powerful word!!

    This scripture hit me soo deeply this week. It goes right along with what we have been learning over these past weeks about the supremacy of Jesus and how in him all things hold together.

    Thank you Jesus for not giving me over to the depravity I deserved; No! instead you have sustained me through your powerful word. Thank you God for sending your son to bring us life and the resurrection power that the LORD Jesus displayed on the cross that disarmed the powers and authorities of this dark world. I praise your holy name and declare there is no one like you! Lord your are
    amazing and magnificent! You rein supreme over all the heavens and the earth! Your kingdom will rein forever! I am so thankful to have been chosen to come to know you and live in your beautiful kingdom!

    I have the song in my heart… Hosanna You rein! Hallelujah you rein!!

  184. Jessica Lefler

    “But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever. For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. And I will hope in your name, for your name is good.” Psalm 52: 8-9

    Right before this scripture are verses that talk about the penalties for the wicked and evil. When I got to verse 8, my heart rejoiced because there was a “but.” The prior verses describe who I am and what I deserve. BUT God has taken the punishment for me and erased the penalties that I deserved. Not only that but he put me in his house to grow deep roots in love so that I can flourish. Praise you God, you do the impossible, you take something so wicked and make it into a flourishing tree to be in your house forever!

    Thank you Lord, thank you for plucking me out of the darkness and placing me in your house! When I look at the church being built and how detailed it is down to the last nail – I remember what he has done to bring me into his house. For what you have done for me Lord, I will always praise you!!!

  185. Katie Orlando

    “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever.” Psalm 136:1

    During prayer, God brought me to this Psalm, which praises God for who He is, as the Creator, the Redeemer, the Lord above everything! He is truly a good God who deserves the praises He is due.

    Pastor Janeth’s sermon this past week about how to be born again just resonates with that. A life that is born again is a life that praises God as King over all! She also mentioned the wedding at Cana and how you need to be filled with water to be turned into wine. His Holy Spirit is truly the wine, and that wine brings joy. God is placing within me a joy for His Word and His ways, as the Word is alive, it is Jesus! That Word (Jesus) leads us to a relationship with His Father, God, and from there, we truly can be turned from water into wine! I am thankful for how God has been bringing these amazing messages out these past months and how He is transforming us into a people who are born again and can never be the same!

  186. Keri Farina

    I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; before the “gods” I will sing your praise. I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for your love and faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. Psalm 138:1-2 How can I not praise you Lord? For you have been so good to me. As I hear the birds singing outside my window I am thankful for your kindness, goodness and love towards me. I awoke today with breath in my lungs, and saw his creation starting to spring to life all around me. This is a beautiful day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it!!! It’s Ressurection Season and the Lord is resurrecting my heart! Thank You Lord!!!

  187. Joann Case

    “Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a song of praise. God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne.” Psalm 47:6-8

    This morning I woke up with a song in my heart and then I remembered this verse from praying last night. The thanksgiving and joy in my heart could not be contained for the Lord is LORD over all!

    Sing praise all the peoples of the earth. Our Great and Mighty King Jesus reigns over all the heavens and all the earth! He is seated far above all rulers, powers, and authorities. He sits at the right hand of the Father, robed in majesty and splendor. He is King of all the earth. All is subject to him. His Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom! The mountains bow down and the seas roar at the mention of his Great Name! How Awesome is the Lord Most High! There never has been and there never will be any other God like Him! Thank you Lord for you woke me up this morning to bring you praise… And you Lord are most worthy of all Praise!!!

  188. Patty High

    Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. Psalm 100:1-3

    Lord, You have filled me with joy this morning in the hope that I have in Your Word. I praise You for who You are, and I thank You for the joy You are pouring out simply as I come to know You more.

  189. Linda Leonetti

    Isaiah 61:7 (AMP) INSTEAD OF YOUR SHAME YOU SHALL HAVE DOUBLE HONOR, INSTEAD OF CONFUSION THEY SHALL REJOICE IN THEIR PORTION, THEREFORE IN THEIR LAND THEY SHALL POSSESS DOUBLE, EVERLASTING JOY SHALL BE THEIRS. SO THE LORD WILL CAUSE RIGHTEOUSNESS AND PRAISE TO SPRING FORTH BEFORE THE NATIONS THROUGH THE SELF-FULFILLING POWER OF HIS WORD.

    The Lord gave me this word in March of 2011, concerning our building program! Who would have ever believed that a small group of believers in love with God would sacrificially give to build such an amazing building by His grace!

    The unity of the workers, the testimony of outsiders feeling His presence in the sanctuary, and the commitment to follow God’s instructions without compromising is a miracle of God. In my experience with other building programs, strife and eventually people leaving from offense has been the norm….not a testimony but a reproach upon the Lord’s Name. Today, I saw the “double blessing” of the Lord building a natural structure for a place for His spirit and Name to abide, and the greater 2nd blessing of building His very character into His people so that He can abide in us!

    Ephesians 2:19-22- NOW YOU ARE NO LONGER FOREIGNERS, BUT FELLOW CITIZENS AND MEMBERS OF THE HOUSEHOLD OF GOD, HAVING BEEN BUILT UPON THE FOUNDATION OF THE APOSTLES AND PROPHETS, JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF BEING THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE, IN WHOM YOU ALSO ARE BEING BUILT TOGETHER FOR A DWELLING PLACE OF GOD IN THE SPIRIT.

    Only the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Grace and Truth (Jesus the Word being birthed by His Spirit) can transform my heart to love God by submitting to His commandments and the household of Father God.. A church building is the Father’s house where His children come to worship Him, fellowship in His light, and make disciples who obey the word. As His “walking epistles” we are the Word that goes out to be “read by all men” (II Cor. 3:2). The Word is out!

    The Lord has truly blessed us with double in our natural and spiritual land! I will praise His name forever in the natural sanctuary and my temple!

  190. Lauren Brandt

    Hebrews 1:2 And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe.

    This verse reminds me of the teachings and sermons these past few weeks. “He has spoken to us through his Son”… Jesus Christ is the Word and very utterance of God. “Through the Son he created the universe”… When God said “let there be Light”, that was Jesus, the Words of God. He is the very Word and utterance of God that came to earth in the form of man. Wow. Now, that very Word can live inside of us. That Word is all powerful… created the heavens and the earth, beat death, hell, and the grave, healed the blind, made the lame walk, caused the deaf to hear. I cling to, and put my hope in the very Word of God. No longer do I speak of what I can do, because I can do nothing that is why the Word had to come down in the form of Jesus Christ. I speak about what the Word of God can do through me as I cling to it, believe, and put my hope in it. For God’s Word and Laws are in my mind and written upon my heart.

  191. Jennifer Beames

    As I have been meditating on the word that the Lord has been bringing forth, God keeps putting Psalm 119:96 on my heart–“Even perfection has its limits, but your commands have no limit”. The Word of God is BEYOND perfection!! Why? Because the word of God IS God! And through the Lord Jesus Christ, the incarnate, beyond-perfect word, we can have this surpassing perfection dwelling within us, written on our hearts!

    There is absolutely nothing that is more powerful than the beyond-perfect word of God. So with this word within us, what can we not do for God?! He says that our minds cannot conceive what He has in store for those who love Him. I’m looking for a new thing today, for His extra-perfect word to bring me higher with Him to a place that my mind has never conceived! And I am praying the same for all of you! 🙂

    I’m so excited for what He is doing!!

  192. zuleika hanvey

    “See I will create New Heavens and a New earth. The former things will not be remembered,
    nor will they come to mind. Be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight
    and it’s people a joy!” Isaiah 65:17 The Word of The Lord….
    I am rejoicing in our God and Savior Why? Because He is my Redeemer, my Conqueror and Mighty Victor…. I am thinking about who
    He has been to me, and all that He has created in me…how more and more i am not remembering what was so much anymore…but coming into more of His newness for me everyday…
    especially in these past 10 years in United Faith Church and it is overwhelming to me His goodness…and justice for He has been
    such a forgiving and all providing God as well as a stern Father… When I think about all the personal victories I have from The Lord I have to praise Him! He took me out of my old life of sin and destruction, He beat my past with His Powerful Word of His Plans for me, hope and a future, and for my family, He beat sickness in me, physical and mental for by His stripes I am healed. Against all ods I have been able to raise my children, and still doing it, for when I was weak He was and Is Strong in me, and I have been able to do all things thru Christ who has strenghtened me. I am in Awe of what The Lord God Almighty is doing in our Pastors! and the Victories in their lives are awesome to see, How they are a Love Story to me with Jesus… How The Lord Rewards those who are faithful and Truly Love Him, not by just Words, but with their lives giving Him Glory in all they do..In this Church we can all testify of the Glory and Victories of Jesus in our lives…Overwhelming Victories! producing True repentace and thankful hearts, and minds. Thank you Father for I know There’s so much more for your Glory and yours only in Jesus My Lord.

  193. Marlene Smith

    THE WORD IS OUT! Ever since I heard this spoken on Sunday, I keep getting a picture of a tube of toothpaste. You can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube once it is out, and it doesn’t do what it is supposed to do all by itself. Someone has to believe that it will do what it is meant to do and then apply it…over and over again.
    I am overflowing with thanks that God has called me to such a time as this. SMILE! For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edge sword, it penetrated even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing from all of creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:12-13
    As a child is taught to brush their teeth to stay healthy, I have been taught to allow the Word of God to wash me, feed me, teach me, deliver me…make me healthy and strong. In my own strength, when things got too hard, I’d quit and either settle for something less or find something else to give my attention too and pretend it was “just as good”. NOT NOW-The Word is Out and it is always before me and in me. It is setting out to do what it is meant to do in me. I’ll run and not grow weary… I am more than a conqueror in Christ who loved me. All in my path will know that Jesus is Lord and being in his presence IS the blessing. Glory to God who loved us first!

  194. Mollie Steffen

    Hebrews 1:3
    The SON is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the Majesty in heaven.

    God created the beautiful bright sun we get to see with our eyes . He was reminding me about his SON who is Jesus that is more powerful than anything else. His living Word is stronger and more powerful than the sun that shines today.
    He is the fullness of all his glory and we get to walk daily with the SON of the living God inside of us… What a beautiful gift he has entrusted us his beloved people with . Nothing could ever take that away from us !! We are Overcomers with Jesus Christ.

    Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever !!!

  195. Christina China

    For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. –  1 Peter 1:23

    For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. – 1 Corinthians 1:18

    I am so thankful for the past few Thursdays and Sundays and the powerful messages Pastor Janeth has been teaching us about the Word. The Word(Jesus) is SUPREME over all things. The Word is active and alive and powerful! The Word changes us, the Word guides us, the Word is still doing the miraculous, transforming work it has been doing since the beginning. I am so thankful to be given this Truth and so thankful that He died on the Cross for me! I want to know the Word(Jesus) more and keep being transformed.

    It is so exciting to see and hear all the Lord is doing in us as we get together and as we share and praise God there is more as the Word is going out and producing all it was set out to do in us!

  196. Jessica Burke

    Hebrews 1:9
    But about the Son he says…….
    9 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.

    Jesus was the obedient Son of God that obeyed every decree and command of God the Father. He never acted begrudgingly, half-heartedly, or with spite in his heart. Even unto death on the cross, His joy was set before Him in completing the will of God. There are many that do not understand how someone can live a holy and disciplined life with abundant joy, as their own hearts do not rejoice in righteousness. The joy that God gives is not found in this world, which is why the world cannot understand it. Only those who are being born anew, born of spirit will rejoice in the victories of a supernatural kingdom. That we would rejoice every time we say NO to the flesh for Jesus is the OVERCOMER.
    He has set you above your companions by anointing you with joy. Our joy defies the wisdom found in the world.

  197. Patty High

    I remain in awe of all the Lord is doing in our midst!!! As He raises the banner for His Word to be exalted within me, He is setting my heart on fire with love for Him like never before. The hope that I have in Him grows daily and the faith that I have in His promise, that His Word never (EVER) comes back void, is changing the way that I look at every circumstance I come across. There is joy! There is peace in the presence and comfort of the promises of God! Lord, let Your Word refine me and burn bright in me that You would be seen and glorified in all I do. I want the legacy of my life to be Your Great Name, O God.

    “As the rain and the snow
    come down from heaven,
    and do not return to it
    without watering the earth
    and making it bud and flourish,
    so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
    so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,
    but will accomplish what I desire
    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
    You will go out in joy
    and be led forth in peace”
    Isaiah 55:10-12

  198. Katie Orlando

    Hallelujah, Jesus is SUPREME over every single thing, over every thought, fear, pride, everything! What an amazing message we received this past Sunday, and it was great to meet together as a church again on Thursday for a continuation on the message! I am in awe of the grace God has given us. The grace is showing us who we are and allowing us to nail the flesh to the cross. And that God would covenant with Himself-Jesus, His very Word-that we could come to know Him. The Word is alive, 100%, forever, for it is Jesus! Jesus never dies, He is the High Priest that God appointed over us! God is activating the Word in my life in a new way, and I am excited for it. He is giving me, like Pastor Janeth mentioned, a Rolodex of words for every situation. Jesus is alive, this Word was not written just for people many years ago, as many make the argument that the Word cannot be applied to today because of how different things are now. No, it was written for today, as Jesus never changes, He is the same yesterday, and today, and forever! (Hebrews 13:8) Thank You, Jesus, that You are activating Your Word in my life and in the church! YOU ARE LORD!

  199. Patty High

    Oh the amazing, amazing grace of God!

    As the Lord continues to reveal more about last night in my heart, He spoke to me about the ways that He emptied Himself, through humility, to be both man in the flesh and His own sacrifice on the cross. In that, He put to death the flesh, nailing it to the cross, and offers me new life daily through Himself, the living Word. This same God, who is superior over EVERYTHING, continues to demonstrate His humility by filling me with His power through His Word, Himself. But what kind of power? First and foremost, the power demonstrated in Christ – to authoritatively nail my flesh to the cross and live in the victory of resurrection! Lord, let me be a demonstration today of the power of Your living Word! Reveal to me those places where I have remained in the flesh that I may walk them, believing in my victory through You over every last one of them, straight to the cross. Let the promises of Your Word, Your heart, saturate every part of me so that I can fulfill what You have planned for me as a member of Your body, the church.

    “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

    “I am God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for me to do.” Ephesians 2:10

  200. Karen McBee

    Hebrews 4:12-13
    The word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

    This scripture is speaking to me today. When we read the word of God, it should be transforming us, convicting our hearts and shaking us up. We shouldn’t read the word like any ordinary book. No…this is the word of LIFE! I know for me and seeing my state without Christ, I must look into the word ready to receive all that the Lord wants to show me and put it into action in my life. The word penetrate means to succeed in forcing a way into. The word of God forces a way into our hearts and transforms us into the likeness of Christ!

  201. Jessica Lefler

    “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you- they are full of the Spirit and life.” John 6:63

    Jesus is the Word of God! Almost every time Jesus spoke he was saying he is the word of God and that he was in the father and the father was in him. As the word of God, the breath of God made flesh- he is God! As Pastor was saying last night, the flesh has to die so the spirit can come forth. Jesus is saying that here- the flesh is worthless… Romans 8:8 says “Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.”

    BUT, praise God- he has given us the Word wrapped in flesh, and everything he speaks, every single word is Full of Spirit and life! Colossians 2:2&3 tells us that there is full riches in understanding, hidden treasures of wisdom and knowledge… Oh the depths of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! that he would put on flesh to make his word available to us- so we can be spirit and please the Father. He went to the cross and crucified his flesh so we can do the same. He made the perfect way to no longer be worthless in our flesh but to become rich in spirit in the depths and treasures of the word of God! Thank you Lord!!!

  202. Anna Washack

    Jesus Christ is supreme and the power of His cross is the only way to live. He is The only Way, Truth, and Life! Through the last few teachings this verse in Proverbs has been in my heart:

    “No one can be established through wickedness, but the righteous cannot be uprooted.” – Proverbs 12:3

    The only way to be rooted is in Christ’s love. We become established when the overflow of a heart is rooted at the foot of the cross. Then, thanksgiving overflows and the evidence of being rooted in love – is Love! Love for God, for His commands, for His Church. God is revealing the areas that have been established in wickedness (self, pride…) in order for them to be brought to the cross and be crucified. The promise and love of God is great: the righteous cannot be uprooted! Thank you Lord for the cross.

  203. Tania Landwehrle

    For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”
    John 3:16-18 NIV
    Since yesterday’s service I cannot get this verse out of my head. It is a verse that I have known all of my life and never truly understood what it meant…. until yesterday. God sent himself as a perfect sacrifice to atone for the sins of the world. Not to destroy, but to save the world .As long as you recognize that he sent himself. The word covered by flesh, that he overcame on the cross.
    “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
    John 1:14NIV

  204. Mollie Steffen

    Praise GOD for the Word of Truth that continues to come forth every week. I’m so thankful for his precious word and that God is continuing to open up my eyes every single day, and week to a new revelation of HIM!!

    Colossians has been incredible to read and it has been hard for me to move out of Chapter 1. There is so much that God is speaking to his church.

    The verse God is having me meditate on and that is my rema word is Colossians 1:12-14.

    “Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in his kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

    Qualified means: to make sufficient, render fit. To equip one with adequate power to perform the duties of one.

    I have never qualified for anything in my life before. This blows me away that the God of all creation thought about me, and has chosen a wretched sinner like me to be a part of his glorious kingdom, to qualify ONLY through the Lord Jesus nothing of myself, and gain the greatest reward which is getting to know him, to live in his presence NOW , and the greatest one is to one day see him face to face I will get to worship him for ALL ETERNITY..
    He has brought me out of such a dark place , shown me his love, light, the WORD of truth and has forgiven me of all my sins because he took them all upon the beautiful cross.

    The Lord is reminding me of the song ” SEE HIS LOVE”… This is Jesus in His Glory, King of Heaven dying for me, IT IS FINISHED, he has done it death is beaten, heaven beckons me…. Such Love, Such Love is this for me!!!

  205. Lissa Smith

    Luke 24 talks about the men who were on the road to Emmaus not long after Jesus died on the cross. Their faces were downcast, and they said, “they crucified him; but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel.” These men didn’t realize that Jesus rose from the dead and was walking with them in that very moment!

    Jesus responded to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the scriptures concerning himself.

    From the sermon on Sunday, I am seeing God’s awesome plan of salvation through Christ’s death on the cross. Through the cross, we receive grace to crucify our own flesh and the power to say ‘no’ to ungodliness. We become new creations, lovers of God, members of His household forever!

  206. Patti Hughes

    2 Corinthians 5:14-15
    For Christs love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. (He is the first fruit, and we are His fruit) And He died for all, that those who live, no longer live for themselves (PattI), but for Him who died for them ans was raised again.
    Thursday night and word and a thought came together…I saw a magnet..Alone it’s really not active until there is another one is present. Jesus is that magnet, if we choose, he stands us up and aligns us with that force. Although we can’t see it, it’s there. That force is the power that saves, that keeps us on the Way. Because if, we turn that magnet away, it is not getting the power or energy needed to keep moving. And if turned opposite, that magnet will totally repel from the other. Is it Christ who turns away? He stays the same, yesterday, today and forever! I pray resurrection, awakenning to my mind. And just think and see when those two magnets are finally together…what can separate them, they just belong, United.
    The word I received was Compel
    Compel:
    1. to force or drive, especially to a course or action
    2. to secure or bring about by force.
    3. to force to submit; subdue
    4. to overpower
    5. to drive together, UNITE by force; herd
    6. to use force
    7. to have a powerful and irresistable effect, influence, etc
    I can see Christ all seven definitions..and it is one WORD, one WAY

  207. Evan Johnson

    As I was praying today, the Lord gave me a picture of a plane breaking the sound barrier and producing shock waves in the air around it. It literally shifts the atmosphere around it as it is breaking through the speed of sound. Our thanksgiving, worship, praises, and prayer do the same…but they are so much more powerful than breaking the sound barrier. Our thanksgiving and worship shifts the atmosphere and breaks the airwaves and causes the enemy to tremble and scatter…there is power and energy in the thanksgiving and praise to God! It changes the atmosphere and sends shockwaves to the darkness, breaks through the air and causes us to be seated in the heavenlies!

  208. Katie Orlando

    The sermon on Sunday and teaching on Thursday by Pastor Janeth has been amazing. We must remain in the Lord, be renewed in our minds, and train up in Him. It made me think of how when someone is an athlete and they are training, they train hard and push themselves to go farther, lift more, whatever they are working for. God is like our coach, pushing us on, giving us the strength to go farther in Him! It’s exciting to get to know Him in a deeper way, get to know His Word as LIVING AND ACTIVE! His Word gives us the power to go further and enter into the rest He has for His people, and that is when we can really begin working for the Lord in His Kingdom! His Word is Jesus! Jesus is alive! And we know that His Word is powerful to change us and bring us into a new relationship with Him! It is His power through the Holy Spirit, the Word, through Himself to do what He has called us to do and be who He has called us to be! Amen, Lord, thank You for Your Word!

  209. Steven DiCorcia

    These past couple of weeks have been life changing for me. When these WORDS from God entered my heart it was activated in me to live by them by the power and will of God through the Holy Spirit. And even more after the message from Pastor Janeth Santiago last night.
    Colossians 1: 9-14
    9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,[e] 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you[f] to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
    I have some physical consequences of my past sins and afflictions that have caused me to rely on my God and the Lord Jesus Christ like never before. He has proven Himself faithful to give me the strength to endure and gain immeasurable patience that causes me to be thankful, even when things are physically not so great. Because this was not always the case, I would really struggle but the Lord has strengthened me. The joy of the Lord is my strength, not just words, THE WORD OF GOD MANIFESTED IN A LIFE AS IT SHOULD BE! God is greater than all of it! He reveals His love for me every day as I ask Him for help. So I see why He is training me in His strength, endurance, and patience. It’s not just for me, it’s to carry out the same ministry of reconciliation as Christ Jesus, and our Pastors have demonstrated. Seed will bear seed of its own kind.
    I believe this and know it is for His church and within the power of God to change a life that loves Him.

  210. Anthony Orlando

    Colossians 1:3 “We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you…” Something stood out to me as I read this line last week. Colossians, Philippians, 1 Corinthians, and both Thessalonians begin with Paul giving thanks. These are instructional letters, yet Paul is still thankful in writing these. Why? He is thankful for the seed and fruit he has been given, he is thankful for the good soil that some of those seeds have landed on, he is thankful for God’s love and call in his life and even thankful for what he has to endure. It would be easy for Paul to view this as a burden, yet he is glad to have been chosen by God for this very purpose, no matter what that entails, and be it peace or suffering he counts it all as joy simply by knowing God’s heart. This thankfulness, as Pastor Janeth mentioned, is something needed so that we may rise and bring forth fruit. We must be thankful through the extraordinary and the mundane, full of gratitude in times of joy and times where there might be pain, and taking with appreciation things God has willed for us, because His will is perfect; the secret that Paul always held in his heart that caused him to be victorious in every situation.

  211. Bob Munchel

    Ephesians 5:20: always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Pastor taught last night that “Grace” is the root of the tree and “Thankfulness” is the fertilizer that allows the tree to grow to eventually produce fruit.
    We have so much to be thankful for in our church and our house. First, we are so thankful for what Jesus Christ did on the cross for us, and then “graced” us to see our true state and see our need for a Savior. We are also so thankful that He has blessed us with a church that preaches the gospel that will continue to save people from spending eternity in the lake of fire. So many people will come to know the Lord through the gospel being taught and will grow to produce fruit through the discipleship at UFC!
    In the last month The Lord saved me twice from dying due to heart complications and allowed Janet and I to become grand parents of our new grandson this past Monday. How can I repay the Lord for all He has done for me, my family and the many families of UFC. Thank you Lord! You are incredibly good to us!
    What an amazing God we serve!

  212. Keri Farina

    Colossians 1:3-8 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the LOVE you have for all the saints the faith and LOVE that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth the gospel that has come to you. All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all it’s truth. You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, and who also told us of your LOVE in the Spirit.
    Last nights words are really coming alive to me. God is LOVE. Only LOVE would humble himself and come down in the flesh and dwell with man. To make a way for us to come into salvation instead of the death, and hell we deserve The price of sin. The WORD is GOD and GOD is LOVE. Wow! I want that LOVE not only to dwell in me, but also to pour out to others around me. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John15:13. Thank you so much Jesus! To know you LORD is to LOVE You. You are the WORD and you are LOVE!

  213. Karen McBee

    Colossians 1:22- But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation-IF YOU CONTINUE in your faith, established and firm (rooted), not moved from the hope held out in the gospel.

    Colossians 2:6- So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, CONTINUE to live in him, ROOTED and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

    Jesus is the word and he word is life! After leaving bible study tonight I can’t get enough of his word. Reading Colossians again, the Lord is showing me that I must continue to live in him and continue to grow deeper and deeper roots. Thank you Lord for your grace and truth!

  214. Silas Farina

    Colossians 1:25-27 “25 I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness— 26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. 27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

    God’s word has been poured out on his people! This word is the answer to all of life’s mysteries and problems. Jesus is living in his word because he is the word made flesh. We have been blessed with a priceless gift! Let’s not let it go to waste!

  215. Lauren Sheehan

    In the reading this week, Colossians 4:3 says: And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ…

    Paul is literally praying for the opportunities to speak and share the Word of God. In doing so, he is continually practicing the Word. This reminded me of pastor’s sermon on Sunday when she mentioned that the Word is the only offensive weapon (Ephesian 6:17 …and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God). What does it matter if we have a sword if we do not know how to use it? I pray that as we read and learn the Word, we would ask for the opportunities to speak and share of this message, that we would be planting seeds and bearing fruit for our God!

    “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7

  216. Joann Case

    I’ve been meditating all week on “the word is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword”. Hebrews 4:12

    It’s alive! It brings life! It’s powerful! It causes change in our hearts and our lives! And Praise God it’s all we will ever need for life and godliness! Thank you Lord for your powerful Word!

  217. Keri Farina

    Praise Jesus! The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Thank you Lord that you have been all of the above to me. Sunday’s message confirmed what a mighty God we serve. Abiding in His word is abiding in him and his will being known to us. How can we know his will? By being trained in his word. I don’t have to have all the answers, he has them. The unfolding of your word gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. Psalm 119:130 Thank God he left us his instruction manual, his Word. He is the Word!!!

  218. Lissa Smith

    Through Pastor Janeth Santiago’s message, I’m seeing the love relationship that we come to develop with the Word, who is Jesus. Just this weekend, the Lord had me praying the scriptures below, and when I look at them now, I see the beautiful union that is cultivated as God loves on the church through His word, and the church loves back on Him as we follow His Word.

    Psalm 119
    169 May my cry come before you, Lord;
    give me understanding according to your word.
    170 May my supplication come before you;
    deliver me according to your promise.
    171 May my lips overflow with praise,
    for you teach me your decrees.
    172 May my tongue sing of your word,
    for all your commands are righteous.
    173 May your hand be ready to help me,
    for I have chosen your precepts.
    174 I long for your salvation, Lord,
    and your law gives me delight.
    175 Let me live that I may praise you,
    and may your laws sustain me.

    We cry to Him, He rescues us with the word, our lips praise Him, He teaches us His law, we choose to follow His commands, His Mighty hand saves us!

  219. Lori DiCorcia

    “… For the LORD is your life…” Deut. 30:20
    “I am the way, the truth and the life…” John 14:6
    “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” John 1:1
    “The words I have spoken to you – they are full of the Spirit and life.” John 6:63

    I am so thankful that the Holy Spirit has given understanding of the Word from Pastor Janeth on Sunday. The WORD (Jesus Christ), the living, active WORD is LIFE. We have all had our lives stolen from us. I was raised in and lived in death. Very few were raised in and according to the Word of God (which is life). Our only hope of restoring our LIVES, our true life, is in the Word – Jesus Christ. To know the Word and follow the Word is life! I may not have lived before, but today GOD has opened my eyes to see and my heart and mind to understand the message from Sunday – ONLY in the Word – living in and with (obedience to) the Word is there real, genuine life! Obedience is life! God has opened up an opportunity for me to know Him (through the power of His Holy Spirit) the way I was always supposed to know Him. And it brings JOY and PEACE to know my heart can cry out “Abba, Father!” Thank you Jesus for your gift of LIFE!!

    “See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life,… ” Deut. 30:15-19

  220. Nicole Ellis

    Revelation 21:5
    “He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
    Thank you Lord that you are making all things new in our lives, our hearts, our minds. What a gracious and loving God. You ARE trustworthy and true.

  221. Stacey Orlando

    1 John 5:1-4 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. 2/ This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out His commands. In fact, this is love FOR God: to keep His commands. And His commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
    Since Pastors message last Sunday I have kept thinking of the verse “What great love the father has lavished on us, that we would be called the children of god!” That Love He gave while we were yet still sinners! Christ came and died on the Cross…taking our penalty, our punishment for those sins…to wash us clean, transforming us and empowering us to overcome the world!! EVERY DAY!!!! He gave us His love that we did not deserve- that we may now give Him the love He DOES deserve!!!
    How can I express true love to my husband, children, all my brothers and sisters, my pastors or anyone…by loving God and carrying out His commands!!! (1jn5:2) Oh and this is no burden when we see His love…when by His love we have been set free!! For whom the Son has set free is free indeed to overcome the selfishness of the world by loving the Lord thy God with all thy heart soul, mind and strength (the 1st command) and from that place we can love His children!
    THIS IS THE VICTORY THAT HAS OVERCOME THE WORLD!!!

  222. Katie Orlando

    Pastor Janeth’s sermon on being rooted and established in love (Ephesians 3:17) was amazing! God wants us to have a root, a root that is established in Jesus’ love on the cross. The roots must go deep, not like the plant with shallow roots that is scorched when it is in the sun. We are incapable of loving without Him. Earlier, I was looking at a National Geographic magazine. They were talking about how trees are able to live for such a long time. Among other things, in some cases, trees are able to form clones of themselves. There is an aspen tree colony in Utah that is called Pando (which means “I spread” in Latin). All of the trees in the colony have been determined to be clones of a single male tree due to identical genetic markers. These trees share a root system that is estimated to weigh approximately 6,000,000 kilograms, which would make it the heaviest organism in the world! It reminded me about how Jesus is the root, and He is able to literally make us into clones of Himself! We look just like Him! He wants us to spread His Gospel so more and more can join into this root system and know the Lord! We are able to share in the root system that goes deep and are united together in faith. Science may not be able to fully understand why trees are the way they are, but with the Lord, we are able to see how God shows Himself and His plan in creation, and that man is without excuse (Romans 1:20). Pando, just like the rest of creation, is groaning for the sons of God to be revealed, as in recent years there’s been less new trees taking the place of old ones, as all creation has been subject to frustration until the true sons of God can be revealed, mighty oaks of righteousness for the display of His splendor! I am so thankful that with the Lord, we can have deep roots that will NEVER die and can be established FOREVER AND EVER in God and His love! What an amazing blessing it is to be in the Kingdom of God and know that the Lord wants us to love Him the way He has loved us!

  223. Jessica Lefler

    Mark 10:21 “Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

    This verse really grabbed my heart. Jesus loved this man and because of his love for him, he revealed what was keeping him from eternal life. Today, many think that loving someone is giving them everything they want. We can see all around us and in us the entitlement that breeds, wanting and expected to have what we want and being quick to blame God when we don’t have it.

    But that is not love. Love is to lead someone to everlasting life and Jesus loved this man to tell him what was holding him back from it. For this man it was money because he was so wealthy, but it can be different for each one of us. As we seek Him, when he reveals what’s in the way, will we walk away sad like the rich man, or will we receive the love of the Father who made a way through his only Son and push whatever the obstacle is out of the way so that we can follow Jesus? Thank you Lord for loving me and for loving me through my pastors who have always shown me how to follow you!

  224. Mollie Steffen

    While at work this week one patient asked me the question “ Why are you so happy”? Another said “You’re singing and really jolly”. I Love how the Lord is moving and it’s being seen by all the different people I meet on a daily basis. I have had a chance to share this week about who I used to be without the Lord, what God has done in my life and is currently doing. I was once depressed, sad, lonely, angry, had hatred towards everything, and was physically dying, but “My God” , “My God” has resurrected this heart, soul, mind, body and every single day he is saving me from something. I cannot live without my savior. I can testify to people and it’s Only because Jesus has given me Life, Breathe, Hope, Joy, Love, Confidence and a Peace that I cannot explain. I have been given a second chance to live my life for him.

    Psalms 40:1-3
    “I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him.”

    This is my song, and I will never stop worshiping, praising, being so thankful for all God has done in my life and will forever continue to do as walk on this journey with him. I’m the miracle, thank you Father for sending your Son to die for Me, and for your unconditional Love!!!

  225. Anna Washack

    The Lord’s love for His people is amazing. As I’m reading Deuteronomy I’m seeing God’s heart for His children. It really is a simple choice: choose to obey His commands and follow the Lord in order to receive life; or, ignore the Lord, disobey His commands and receive the consequence – death. The Lord clearly explains both sides. There is no middle ground!

    Throughout the week this verse has been on my heart. It sums up the evidence of someone who chooses to follow and obey the Lord:

    “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”
    – 2 Corinthians 5:14-15

    I was thinking of the story of Mary and Martha. How Martha was so busy running around ” doing the work” and serving that she missed the fact that Jesus was there. Her heart had the wrong focus; she was consumed in the act of doing. Whereas Mary’s heart desired one thing: to lay at her Lord’s feet. She was compelled by love to worship the Lord. Pastor Janeth’s message not too long ago said “to come back to the heart of worship and be at the foot of the cross”. God is love and without Him there is no love. At the cross the perfect example of love is before my eyes. I can never love or do a work of love without first having the love of the Lord within me. Only then can I be ‘compelled by love’ and live a life that is the overflow of His Love. Lord, let Your LOVE compel me so that you will be honored!

  226. zuleika hanvey

    God Is Love, Love is God….. Praise you Lord because I am understanding with my heart, seeing more with my eyes, hearing with my hears!!
    I was blessed to be able to talk with someone recently… He is an older man who used to serve in the navy and had gone to war against Vietnam. He just came around me for no reason and as we began to talk and he told me what his position in the navy was I said, “that’s cool!” his response was “no it’s not, when you have to kill people” I began to tell him that in my life I may have never gone to His kind of war but that I had to fight another kind of war, the war for my soul, my husband, my children, and i began to give him examples, when i was sick with cancer, when my mind was gone filled with confusion, when my husband was an alcoholic, when my children were scattered, but how the Love of God came in and changed our minds!! How The Love of God made us turn to Him, and caused us to forget the past, and look forward to a new life! How The Love of God reached us thru Pastors that Loved God, thru His Church, friends that became our Mentors that were loving God and would teach us how to love God and not ourselves, That The love of God that would send His only Son to die for him and me… I told him that it could be the same for him if he called on the Love of God thru His Son Jesus Christ at which point God could touch him and cause him to leave all his past behind, navy, dead religion, etc. that all that matter was a relationship with Jesus. We talked more but one of the things that touched me about this sharing, he said ” i have 4 children, and I don’t know what they are, if they are coming or going” I told him that he needed to worry about himself for now, and coming to love and know the love of God for the bible says that He is faithful to those who love Him, up to 4,5,6,7, 1000 generations and as if it had just been revealed to him he was taken back and said “that’s forever”….. So blessed to have been able to share forward this message on Sunday that at the same time changed me even again….Thank you Jesus!!

  227. Christina China

    “And the Lord has declared this day that you are his people, his treasured possession as he promised, and that you are to keep all his commands.”
    Deuteronomy 26:18

    We have been learning more and more about the love of God. God is love. Nothing can give us true love but Him alone. When I read this verse it touches my heart and I can’t help but to think, “Wow! How great is His love that a wretch like me can be called His treasured possession!” We will never find anything more wonderful than God! And no one else will ever love us like Him. Be blessed today!

    “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

  228. Lauren Brandt

    God is love. The bible tells us that in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him (Col. 1:16). He created all things… He created love! He is literally the definition of love! 1 John 4: 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

    God gave us a way to truly see, understand, and come into this love. It is only through his Son. He is the only way to the Father. So if you desire love this day, ask God to open up your eyes and your heart to understand what He did for us through Jesus. Then, you will be rooted and established in His love and never the same. Not relying on self to love but God who is love.

    One of the things that Pastor said on Sunday that really touched my heart is that God, knowing that man was not capable of loving him or following his commands sent a piece of himself: Love… Jesus to the earth so that we could now come into His perfect, everlasting, eternal love. That to me, is one of the most beautiful descriptions of God’s love that I have ever heard.

    Thank you God that you made a way when there was no way! Thank you that your perfect love came down, has opened my eyes so that I can see it, and entered into my heart so that I can live it out.

  229. lynn santiago

    For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have ETERNAL LIFE!

    Thank you God that you allowed your only son to come down and be vulnerable to Satan; like a lamb being led to the slaughter. Knowing what your son would have to endure; you still allowed it. No matter what he was put through he would not hate satan or disobey you. Thank you Lord that knowing that at any moment you could have stopped your sons anguish but, because you SO LOVED us you allowed it. For the joy set before him your son Jesus knowing what he had to endure did it all for the sake of love.

    I think of the song that we often sing … Such love this is for me.

    Your love is the most amazing gift you have given the world!! Because of your love we have been rescued and delivered from death, hell, and the grave! Your love which is your son (the essence of love) is the truth that has set us free! Freedom from our futile thinking, from depravity, from Gods wrath, from anything that has kept us from loving you the way you have loved us!! Our freedom is here!!

    Thank you God for showing me what and who love truly is..,you and your precious son Jesus my deliverer. I’m so grateful for your love.

  230. Karen McBee

    Deuteronomy 30:19-20…This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you LIFE and DEATH, blessings and curses. Now CHOOSE LIFE, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice and hold fast to him. FOR THE LORD IS YOUR LIFE…

    Reading this and chewing on it…He is making it perfectly clear for us. How many of us would choose to walk into a burning building or jump in front of a car? Of course we wouldn’t!!! But when we choose NOT to serve the living God, that is exactly what we are doing…choosing death! Can I say that the Lord is my life… My entire life…not just the parts that I choose. My prayer this day is that we would examine our hearts and ask the Lord to reveal the places where we have excluded Him and to bring us deeper into a relationship with him…the GIVER OF LIFE!!!

  231. Jessica Burke

    God’s unconditional love for each one of us certainly does surpass all knowledge. Mainly because it doesn’t make sense to our kind of thinking. In this world, love is conditional, it is earned, and it can be lost. Our minds sometimes have difficulty to fathom the deep love that was lavished upon us even at our worst. God defies every worldly principle, and proves time and time again that he will not be governed by skepticism, pessimism, or doubt. The fact that: God is Love, will not change based on any condition. I have yet to find anything in this world that is an absolute assurance except this love. Certainly not the value of any commodity, the stock market, my home, my job, even “laws’ that govern nature continue to be disproved or found faulty. Let us choose to turn away from the things that will crumble and instead be rooted and established in the IMMOVABLE. It’s the smartest investment we could ever make. Put your stake in the ground and be built in the Love of God and for God.

  232. Mollie Steffen

    In our reading this week what is hitting my heart in Deuteronomy 30:10 says :

    ” If you obey the Lord your God and keep his commands and decrees that are written in this Book of the Law and TURN to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul”.

    The word turn really stands out to me . It means to repent, never go back , reject , hinder, repulse and hate the sin that is within us . It’s not a surface thing, the Lord was talking to me and saying it’s the deepest parts of your heart Mollie, those things that hold you back from entering into the fullness of his covenant that he has for me.

    I have turned away from the things the world once tried to hold me down with and I’m being challenged daily, weekly with the word of God through my pastors and desiring with my whole heart to be a lover of my God . I’m going after him and applying these teachings to my life . God is Love and I know that when I see the beautiful cross this day, what Jesus did for me, how can I not run to it and give him my life, my heart , my soul and tell the world what he has done for me . He died for me and chose to make me his daughter, that blows my mind .

    I can say this day I’m excited and there is a stirring in my heart to show the world , all those I encounter daily the Love that has been shown and given to me .
    Let’s take up our cross every single day UFC … It is finished !!! It’s time for us to give him back the Love he deserves ….

  233. art smith

    What a message Pastor has given us today, Called to love. At the foot of the cross I died, and at the foot of that same cross I found love for the first time. Their’s no other place we can die, and then find the most amazing love. Through the words it is finished!!! Jesus has allowed each of us the opportunity to know this love. It’s through these messages I draw closer to my God.

    So I pray that each of us, being rooted and established in this love. May know this love that surpasses all knowledge.

    Art

  234. Dwight McBee

    But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” – (1 Samuel 16:7)

    Just like a tree, man see’s only the surface. God see’s the root! Let us hold to the message from Sunday’s sermon. God is Love. Love came down. Love rose again. So open your heart to Jesus so that you may be ROOTED and ESTABLISHED in Love.

    1. janet munchel

      1 Peter 1:22
      “Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.”

      Through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, a way has been opened for us to purify ourselves through obedience to the truth, to the command … “love the Lord your God with all our heart, all of our soul and all of our mind, and love others as yourselves.” Praise God, that Jesus showed us the way of love by laying His life down in complete obedience, humility and oneness with the Father’s will.
      The love of God does not change. As Jesus demonstrated His sincere love for each of us through the cross, so we are called to love Him with HIS love by laying our lives down in complete obedience, humility and unity with the Father’s will, allowing the Holy Spirit to fill
      us with His love, and lead us daily for His will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven.

      Thank you Jesus for showing us the way to love and to truly live!

  235. Tania Landwehrle

    What an amazing day! A day of love for the Lord , what a overwhelming thought that while I was still a sinner Christ died for me. Being completely aware of who I am he pursued me.knowing that I am incapable of love he called me out to love him,knowing that I can never love him the way he requires without him. How awesome is the Lord!!!

  236. Karen McBee

    Phil. 2:3-Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others more than yourselves.
    As we have been learning about what true love really, I am reminded that Jesus Christ gave us the ultimate give of love by putting us before himself. He sacrificed himself unto death so that we could live! It being Valentine’s Day today, we look around and see what the world portrays as love…lots of candy, hearts and flowers! The love that the world knows is conditional and temporary. But the love that was given to us upon that cross is true and perfect love! It never lets us down and it never fails!
    We have an opportunity to love others how Jesus loves us! Let us stomp on fear, rejection…whatever the things that hinder you from showing others the love of God this day! No need to worry about ourselves…Matthew 6:33- But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

  237. Dwight McBee

    This week The Lord reminded me that the world is a wicked and adulterous place. There is a great deal of distraction readily available to satisfy your heart’s desire. I have been asking myself, what is my heart’s desire?

    As we studied how Moses instructed the Israelites before entering the promised land, we read how he warned against foreign gods, and against merging in. The Lord told Moses to remind them about their own rebelliousness. I realized that their heart’s desire was exposed. They were not loyal to the God who saved them and they were easily lured to abandon the God of their salvation from Egypt. I was so convicted because I realize that Jesus saved me.

    I may not have built a golden calf, but idols come in many forms. I was led repentance, to search my heart’s desire and to remember what The Lord saved me from. I am here to worship The Lord Jesus Christ who saved me from slavery to this world. I was called out of a life of depravity and into an everlasting kingdom!

    My week was completely different, new and amazing!

  238. Tania Landwehrle

    “Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.”
    ‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭4:7-10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

    This verse really hit me because we have been called to live a life of holiness just as Pastor has been putting forth that word, to love the things that God loves,and spit upon the things that he hates. That benefits how to live in this life and the life to come.

    “Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”
    ‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭4:15-16‬ ‭NIV‬‬.

    This word puts into perspective how important it is to live a godly life.That obedience will save not only me,but others.Living in obedience causes a reaction. It is my prayer that that reaction would increase in my life.

  239. Patti Hughes

    Grace..we know it as the unmerited favor of the Lord. What does that mean? It is, only, the Lord opening our eyes to see our sin. To bring us back to him, not continuing in the same patterns. But, truely, truely, getting to know Him for who he is, and understanding what he hates. We are a wicked, stubborn people, and if we think differently, we have fallen short of that grace. Acts 7:51 He supplies this grace abundantly. Not to be used and taken advantage of. His grace saves. His grace is sufficient. We learn who He is in this grace, and we can enter the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time. Hebrews 4:16. Search our hearts so ours eyes can be opened to what hate and what you love. Gratefully yours. You stand alone mighty mighty king!

  240. Joseph Pinnisi

    We truly serve the Most High and AWESOME God!
    “Intimate”…. I heard that word time and again but never had it hit me so hard as when I heard it on Thursday evening.
    It revealed to me the way I’ve been walking with Jesus. I’ve been walking with Him but missing the purposeful meaning of a deep personal relationship with Him. The way a person who falls in love gets to know their partner. How am I to get married and NOT know everything about my partner? It just will not work!
    I thank the Lord my God for reveling this to me. In it, once again, He shows HIS Love and what He wants from me. Not only me but what He desires from all His children. This is the scripture I was brought to while I was praying;

    Galatians 2:20
    20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

    Now that’s intimate! That’s LOVE! That’s God! Now it’s time my faith rises, and my heart goes deeper to it’s owner, Jesus Christ!
    His Love is my strength and keeps me moving towards Him! Now it’s time to get “Intimate”.
    What an awesome time to be alive….like in the song, “forever I am changed” Amen!
    Thank you God. Hallelujah!

  241. Linda Leonetti

    2Corin.3:18- SO ALL OF US, WITH UNVEILED FACES, SEE AS IN A MIRROR THE GLORY OF THE LORD, & WE ARE BEING CHANGED INTO HIS VERY IMAGE, FROM ONE DEGREE OF GLORY TO THE NEXT, BY ADONAI, THE SPIRIT.

    Pastor’s message on Sunday challenged me to gain new spiritual eyesight! I have been crying out to “see” & understand in the spirit to enable me to spit upon evil. Jesus said in Matt.5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God” are those believers who have an undivided heart to obey His commands out of love, not obligation. I praise God that He has changed my desires to become His desires! By the power of the Holy Spirit, when I read the Word it becomes a mirror to not only show me my sin, but to destroy these enemies of my soul that spit upon God’s goodness & grace to me! Moses pleaded with God to “show me Your glory”…Moses (under the law) did not have the Holy Spirit to reveal the glory of Jesus–Moses could only experience it when God called him into His presence.

    As the offspring of Abraham, we can now receive the mighty power of the promised Holy Spirit to be partakers of His holiness. Jesus said, “I only do what I SEE my Father doing”. Our new eyesight will also cause us to persevere to spit upon any obstacle that rises against us as we manifest the power of the Gospel & the character of Jesus to the world.

    Heb.12:28 – LET US HAVE GRACE TO SERVE GOD ACCEPTABLY WITH REVERENCE & GODLY FEAR. We are destined to LIVE in the glory . The victorious church of the Lord Jesus Christ demonstrates the victory of His death, burial & resurrection to those “sitting in darkness”….a light to the gentiles. Praise the Name of Jesus!

  242. Bob Munchel

    Remember, Remember, Remember…..that is a constant command in Deuteronomy.
    While visiting patients this week, one woman began telling me her story about how her life got out of control. Darkness broke in the room when I heard myself say ” you can’t handle life without Jesus Christ and you sure can’t handle death without Him”. How foolish is the heart of man that thinks he can do anything without the Lord. How abundantly blessed we are when He graces us to see truth through His word, the Holy Spirit and the teaching we receive.
    Remember, Remember, Remember…..”There in the presence of the Lord your God, you and your family shall eat and shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to, because the Lord your God has blessed you.” (Deut 12:7)
    My, what an incredible God we serve!

  243. Lissa Smith

    “You hem me in- behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is to wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.” Psalm 139:5-6

    And Jesus said, “I have given them eternal life… no one will snatch them out of my hand.” John 10:28

    Today, I heard the command, “open up.” I remembered we talked last night at bible study about the Lord desiring to go to the deepest places in our soul… To dwell inside of us, but how we so often defiantly put walls up. The word says- open up you ancient gates, open up you ancient doors and let the King of glory in!

    Tonight, God opened up my heart with His mighty hand, and I was overwhelmed by His goodness and my sinfulness before Him. Getting the slightest glimpse of His goodness in my life is knowledge that is too wonderful, too lofty for me to attain!

  244. Jessica Lefler

    The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. Jeremiah 31:3

    I praise God today for his everlasting love and for his goodness and kindness! How can I ever repay you Lord? With a thankful and obedient heart! Oh what manner of love is this that we should be called sons and daughters of God! Thank you Lord, thank you for your everlasting love!

  245. Anna Washack

    “Remember today that your children were not the ones who saw and experienced the discipline of the Lord your God: his majesty, his mighty hand, his outstretched arm; the signs he performed ….. But it was your own eyes that saw all these great things the Lord has done. – Deuteronomy 11:2-3; 7

    While reading Deuteronomy I was thinking about what a responsibility we have as believers. God has commanded us (commissioned us) —We that have encountered the Living God to share who He is. We are called to share not in words, but in action – demonstrating His Word’s transforming power in our lives.

    Just like the healing of the blind man that Pastor Janeth preached about on Sunday… If God has opened my eyes then I SEE Him. I see my state compared to a Mighty God, His commands, & more importantly His heart. I see who I was and the hand of God in my life. The song “Amazing Grace” has taken an even deeper meaning in my heart: “I once was blind, but now I see!” Thank you Lord!

  246. Katie Orlando

    This week’s sermon on Jesus healing the blind man at Bethsaida really impacted my heart. The thing that stood out most to me was when Pastor Janeth said that our lives are meant to produce Godly offspring and train them up in the Lord. While reading in Deuteronomy this week, I saw that played out in 5:10, where God says that He will show “love to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments.” I am excited to, as Pastor said, spit on sin and darkness and get to know the Lord better, and train my future children to love the Lord, because He is God, and He is so good!

  247. Jessica Lefler

    Amen! As I was driving into work today listening to Deut. It stood out to me how many times it says obey the Lord’s commands and it will go well with you. And when it’s not specifically saying that it gives examples of how our land will prosper, our families will grow, we will have strength and victory over our enemies… If we love the Lord and obey his commands. I thought- all that is required is to keep my eyes on Jesus and follow what he tells me. Then I read Steph’s and Jessica’s posts and they encouraged me in the same thing!

    In a world where there is unrest, uncertainty, turmoil and churn… Peace is found when we do not look to the left or right but keep our eyes on Jesus and follow what he commands.

  248. Christina China

    Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. – 1 Corinthians 11:1

    You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. – John 15:16

    The past Sunday was so great and the truth that has remained with me all week is that we were born to bear fruit. That is our purpose in Christ. We are supposed to lead lives that reflect Him and the love He has graciously given us. He is all about love and we must be all about love. It starts in the home and then will spill out. I must SHOW who God is to my children. I must DEMONSTRATE Christ in what I do each day. This is how our children, our spouses and ultimately all those around us will come to know His love and who He is.

    Praise God He is giving us truth after truth so that we may be transformed and shine for Him!

  249. Lauren Brandt

    Pastor Janeth talked about the significance of Jesus spitting on the blind man’s eyes on Sunday. I thought it was interesting that the Priests back in the day would spit on all those who rebelled against God. They spit upon the sin. It was a sign of rebuke. Jesus was spitting on the blindness and sickness. It hit my heart. We have been learning about getting out of the boat of self and flesh, loving God and loving others. In Deuteronomy 7 God is talking to the Israelites about how they will overtake the promise land and the nations who live there. He specifically tells the Israelites “Do not bring a detestable thing into your house or you, like it, will be set apart for destruction. Utterly abhor and detest it, for it is set apart for destruction” (Deut 7: 26). When I was reading this verse I immediately was reminded of Jesus spitting on the man’s eyes and what that represents. My God has declared a covenant of love with me. I do not deserve it. There is nothing in me that God can look at and say because of her goodness I will make a covenant of love with her. It is simply because he is God and chose me. For that, I say to the Lord… I will not bring a detestable thing into my house, my body. But I will utterly abhor it, detest it, and spit upon it. I make a covenant back to you. I will love you with all my heart, soul, and strength. Your commandments will be impressed upon my heart. I will go out and be a living example of what your love looks like and what it can do… open the eyes of the blind.

  250. Arthur Masella

    Deuteronomy 11
    11 but the land which you cross over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water from the rain of heaven, 12 a land for which the Lord your God cares; the eyes of the Lord your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year.

    As I looked at this scripture in verse 12 and saw “the eyes of the Lord your God are always on it” made me think of Jeremiah 1:12 Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.” – and it made me think how the promised land is His word……and then I thought of His promises to me and it really rocked me that “I have been in His promised land”—because if we possess the Living Word and IT possesses us we would have to be in the promised land.

  251. Stephanie Sheehan

    I am thankful for the commands of God. I am thankful that He commands me each day to bring Him glory, that He commands me to move or not to move, to speak and when not to speak. I am thankful that whenever He commands me, I know that I know that I know, that the fruit of my obedience to that command will be abundantly blessed. No matter what the command may be, if I obey, I know that I am in victory and it will bear much fruit. There is so much peace when we obey and follow the Lord, as He has called us to. Thank you Lord for your command! Here I am God, come to do your will.

    Haggai 2
    4 Be strong, all you people of the land,’ declares the LORD, ‘and work. For I am with you,’ declares the LORD Almighty. 5 ‘This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.’

    19 Is there yet any seed left in the barn? Until now, the vine and the fig tree, the pomegranate and the olive tree have not borne fruit.
    “‘From this day on I will bless you.’”

    1. Jessica Burke

      Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21

      Steph,
      When I read your post, I immediately thought about this scripture that the Lord had given me but I had the hardest time remembering where I had seen it! It carries the same message that you shared. God will guide us in all things. We hear the command throughout our day because God is teaching us his ways, leading us into holiness, and keeping our feet from getting caught in any trap. We do not rely on our own understanding to navigate through life, because we are so limited. We don’t know what the future holds, we don’t know what other people are thinking, and sometimes we cannot grasp the possible consequences of our decisions. Not to worry!!! God Does!!! When He sees me looking in the wrong direction he says, “Jessica, this way, this is the way. Now walk in it.”
      We are called to live in this life supernaturally. Not doing the things that make sense according to worldly principles, but taking the time to hear where the Lord leads. I truly believe that this is the way to succeed in God’s kingdom, and by default makes you successful in the world.

  252. ruggery juste

    God really been talking to me and reminding me about pastor’s teaching about stepping out of the boat. I know for me stepping out the boat is rising up and stepping up from being a boy to being a man. God is calling me to move, speak and trust him truly no matter the situation or circumstance. It time to demonstrate and move through God.

  253. Charles Ellis

    Deuteronomy 5:2-6:

    2 The Lord our God made a covenant with us at Horeb. 3 It was not with our ancestors that the Lord made this covenant, but with us, with all of us who are alive here today. 4 The Lord spoke to you face to face out of the fire on the mountain. 5 (At that time I stood between the Lord and you to declare to you the word of the Lord, because you were afraid of the fire and did not go up the mountain.) And he said: 6 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

    Reading this verse really shows the Lord’s heart in wanting a relationship with His people by specifically calling out to each person individually and reaffirming that they were in covenant with Him and that God’s presence and influence in the lives of their ancestors, (the glorification of God) didn’t just end with their ancestors but continue on with them and so on.

    God wants the relationship, the loyalty, the holiness of His people to be made known to everyone and throughout time, throughout the generations. It encouraged me to see my purpose for The Lord more clearly and really reminded me of Sundays’ sermon where Pastor Janeth spoke about how the true purpose of the Christian is to produce fruit for God.

    He wants to transform my life, and the life of the generation after me, and all generations following. Generations that would glorify Him in every aspect of their lives and honor Him in all they do.

  254. Lauren Sheehan

    This morning I woke up with this verse on my heart:

    “…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

    I set my heart, mind, and soul on the Kingdom of Heaven this day. I think and acknowledge God for He is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy!!! Glory to God in the Highest!

  255. Karen McBee

    Just want to praise God today for the journey he has each and every one of us on! I am reminded of how much He loves us while reading Deuteronomy. He continually reminds us… 6:24 “The Lord commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the Lord our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today.” It’s like he can’t say it enough! He wants us to obey and fear Him so that we may prosper to glorify His name. He wants the very best for us, just like a parent wants for their child. He’s just amazing!

  256. Lissa Smith

    He led you through the vast and dreadful desert, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. -Duet 8:15

    But the land you are crossing the Jordan to take possession of is a land of mountains and valleys that drinks rain from heaven. It is a land your God cares for; the eyes of the Lord your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end. -Duet 11:11-12

    The two lands described above completely contrast one another. The land God brought His people into looked nothing like the land they came from.

    This reminds me of the hope of salvation… The old is gone, the new has come. It’s so encouraging to know that no matter how dry and thirsty, venomous and dreadful our lives may be at the start of our journey with Christ, He leads us through and provides water and manna (word and spirit) at every step, into a place where we drink new wine (joy) from heaven and enjoy perfect union with the Father as we bear the abundant fruit of His love.

  257. Mollie Steffen

    Yesterday at the Elementary Youth Group we had such a sweet time in worship with the Lord. We had the kids just lay before God and let him speak to them . I can say I felt his presence , the shalom (peace) of God come into the room and touch every single one of them. I know they had been running and going all day at school , we played a few games and when it came time to worship God , they got excited and were able to really just settle their hearts, minds, and just focus on what God wanted to speak to the hearts of his kids . When I asked them if they felt the sweetness of God’s presence, they all said “yes”.

    I looked up at one point and saw one of the kids Laying face down on the floor with his hands raised up and his face to the floor I know God was speaking to him about his worship . It was so awesome , really touched my heart to see these young kids desiring to worship God in their own way, and start to really understand what having a relationship with Jesus really is meant to look like .

    What joy God takes in when his little ones come to know him at such young ages . My heart is filled with the thankfulness , joy , and excitement this day for how he changing , moving in the hearts of his children .

    “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it”. Proverbs 22:6 NKJV

  258. Jessica Burke

    Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. Genesis 1:11

    From the beginning, God establishes the laws of nature. This law of reproduction in plants applies to humans as well. God commands Adam and Eve to be “fruitful and multiply!” As Christians we are commanded to bear fruit, the fruit of our own kind. The scriptures frequently compare man to trees as pastor recited several examples in service…. “oaks of righteousness planted for the splendor of the Lord.” The fruit that I bear will truly show what kind of tree I am.
    What a testimony for my parents Pastors Jerry and Janeth, that my sister and I love God. Not just spoken with words, but with action and power, we both live our lives in the knowledge of the Holy One. That testimony testifies to the kind of trees pastors are.

    I encourage each and every one of you who have children of your own to see the simplicity of this message which I received from service. If you love God, your children will love God. If you honor God, your children will honor God. If you bless His name, your children will also, and if you serve him only, they too will have devotion to one.
    As we often say, “an apple tree can only produce apples, and a banana tree can only produce bananas.”

    How God brings such wisdom to the simple like me : )

  259. Mollie Steffen

    I thank the Lord for the challenge that has been brought to me through the recent teachings and sermons . I can say God has stirred the waters in the depth of my heart and is continuing to do so as I’m going after him. I will not relent until I come into the fullness of what he has for me and I bear that fruit which he has promised for my life.

    When we touch Jesus and really receive the word, put it into action, that is the faith that causes us to believe which is OBEDIENCE unto the father .

    Deuteronomy 6:4-9
    ” Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments I give you today are to be on your hearts . Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates”.

    We have a command from God to love him , speak of all the good things that he has done , is currently doing, and what he is going to accomplish in the future. I love this chapter because it mentions the word command about six or seven times . It’s so evident that God is making a strong point in what he commands shall be done .
    I’m excited and asking daily for that new command so that I may Love him the way he deserves and move into my calling . When he speaks I must listen , do , and obey that is relationship with the almighty King !!

    I’m looking to touch the hem of his garmet and be empowered ONLY to serve in his kingdom . What an honor and privilege it really is to be the chosen one of God . Thankfulness has come into my heart in such a new way recently .

  260. zuleika hanvey

    Praise God for His Super Bowl in His Church today! Jesus Touched down today for us/In me. He did a touch down in my heart and mind. Pastor Santiago’s message was so significant from the book of Mark 8:23. Jesus healing the blind man, One of the things that was really real to me and I kept thinking about was when Jesus prayed for the blind man and after the second time he prayed for him, jesus sent him home but told him to not go back into the village. As pastor Janeth explained to us today, Jesus had to take the blind man out of the village and Keep him out for good because he didn’t want the man to go back with the crowd where he had been blind (Bethsaida) an unbelieving town. Today I feel and see how The Lord touched us and brought us out of those towns where we have been blinded in for a long time…All fears, unbelief , all forms of rebellion, enticements of good things and bad things, lawlessness, and all that has kept us from the fullness of Christ in us, he has touched us and we touched Him! and now He says “Don’t even go into the village” we are healed !! to serve Him, to love Him, to Praise Him, to adore Him, to be undivided anymore, to hate what He hates, and love what He loves, to be vessels of His Spirit and His Truth, healed to reproduce the Fruit of Love for God, in ourselves, our houses and children first and then all those around us! The fruit of holiness= to love what He loves, to hate what he hates. Today I am so grateful that I got to spit on some sins in my own heart in my children and got restored to My Father in Heaven !! All Glory and Honor to Yahweh

  261. Vickie Candela

    Thursday night’s message really helped me see how I have been when relating to others. I have always been concerned about what to say or what not to say but I see it is about the love of God compelling us to touch others. I have been meditating on John 15:16-17 “You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask of the Father in My name, He may give to you. “This I command you, that you love one another.” Love is an action it is not a performance. If He has chosen me and appointed me than I just have walk in His love and He will take care of the rest. Yesterday I was able to make some connections with people God put on my heart and it was freeing. I believe this is only the beginning!! Praise God!! John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

  262. Steven DiCorcia

    Good morning,
    As I awoke this morning I had an overwhelming memory of what Christ Jesus has done for me. With this also came a song of His tremendous bravery and committed that was rooted in love.
    As I celebrated my birthday yesterday in the presence of God with my family I was reminded that 3 years ago I was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer and should have died. But God in His great love and mercy called Pastor Janeth to have all the men of the church pray for me to be healed, and by God’s great mercy He did!! I just celebrated another birthday because of the love and mercy of Jesus Christ and our loyal Pastors. I have been given an opportunity to serve God! I just want to say thank you to all of UFC church and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I am here today to tell you He did change everything and gave me thankfulness! I am overwhelmed by His great love and mercy and the powerful obedience of Pastor Janeth and Jerry to do what God has commanded as they were compelled by the love of Jesus Christ and for all God people.
    Hebrews: 12:1-3
    Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
    The Lord put this Word in my heart as if He was calling me to be as brave as our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. For it is written of and we are eye witnesses to the greatest love of all that was demonstrated by God in Christ, our Pastors, and now we see it in the church. I know God will increase His love in His church simply because it is His church and we are thankful enough to want to please our Father and do His will. He saved my life, my family and has changed hearts and minds that desire to love God and one another. He does loves us through everything to show the incomparable riches of His mercy. The mercy that makes me thankful enough to live for Him. As Pastor Janeth and Jerry teach and preach that if we “fix our eyes on Jesus” our faith will without doubt increase and we can love God and others as He has loved us.
    And we can demonstrate the love of God to those who are just like we were before Pastors led us to the Lord Jesus Christ. It is time to lead by example, by the power of God’s love just as we were led. The mercy of God is love, and His name is Jesus Christ!
    Blessings to all who love the Lord Jesus Christ.

  263. Joann Case

    Pastor Janeth’s Thursday night teaching was powerful. It left me thinking about James 1:22, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”

    Jesus becomes tangible to the people around us when the Word becomes living and active in our own lives. We demonstrate the Word by what we do and how we act, not by what we say. That’s when love is truly an action. It will cause us to move outside of yourselves, our comfort zones, and our comfortability. Only then will the scriptures come alive in our lives where we become the hands and the feet of Jesus.

    Matthew 25:35-40 “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

  264. Stacey Orlando

    Pastor’s sermon on Sunday and teaching on Thursday so beautifully defined what it means to be a Christian. It doesn’t take faith to read the Word or speak about the Word…but it does take faith to BE the Word in action! To live obediently to the voice of Christ IN the Word ensures a life that bears fruit in every season. Fruit that lasts! I was reminded of how Jesus commanded the disciples to feed the 5000, as Pastor mentioned on Sunday. We know how the people being fed responded—that Jesus was made for them—but the disciples responded with obedience—made for Jesus. They took their baskets with such a small amount and started to hand the food out to the people. The food didn’t multiply instantly, producing tons of food all at once, but the miracle happened as they faithfully obeyed and gave out from their baskets. I was thinking all week that we have something so much greater in our baskets…the fruit of the Spirit—the first of which is love…which truly was what motivated Jesus in the first place to feed the enormous crowd with so little.
    The command of God is to love Him and to love others as we have been loved by Him. If that love stays in the basket (heart) and is not demonstrated from my life to God and others, that fruit will rot and be wasted. But just as the fish and loaves freshly reproduced as they were given out in faith, so too the fruit of love in our baskets will be replenished fresh— in seeking Him on how to invest this fruit of love and then moving… never giving this fruit a chance to sit in the basket to rot, but instead- putting faith in action we will produce a crop of love in every season, fruit crops that will not perish, but becomes 30 times, 60 times, 100 times greater than what we started with, simply by giving it away!
    Incredible! What compares to the Kingdom of God!

  265. Lissa Smith

    Pastor Janeth gave an incredible teaching of the true gospel at bible study. These are questions I’m reflecting on…
    Is Jesus tangible to others through me?

    Can I say to others… watch me, do as I do, follow me as I follow Christ?

    Who are the people I need to sow into?

  266. Patty High

    I praise God for what He has been speaking, specifically about love. The Lord is redefining what love is for me – revealing the heart and the selflessness that love requires… everything Christ displayed for me and all that He asks of me so that I can truly be someone that demonstrates how great His love is.

    In 1 John, it says that anyone who obeys His Word, that is who loves Him. Not hearing the Word, but doing it. Lord, you are teaching me what it truly is to walk in love. Even in these last couple of days, you have led me into conversations and relationships with people that needed Your comfort at just the right time. I know there is so much more. Let me be one that displays Your love through my life every day!

  267. Sonny Cardona

    “What an awesome God we serve”!! I am so thankful to Jesus for calling me out of the kingdom of darkness and calling me instead into His “kingdom of light” and now the LORD is calling me to “STEP OUT”. Through the sermon last Sunday and the teaching Thursday night, the Lord has taught me that faith equals obedience and that obedience equals stepping out of that boat and He has lead me to Genesis 6:22 which reads (Noah did everything just as God commanded Him) so by Noah obeying God and doing everything that God commanded Him to do, him and his family was saved, Noah stepped out in faith through obedience! So faith does come by obedience and when we obey Jesus when He calls us out He increases and builds our faith and trust in Him that much more and when we step out in faith the Lord will make the impossible possible (Matthew 19:26) He will also do among us signs, wonders and miracles and after Jesus does this what else can we do for God but thank Him and build altars for Him just as Noah did after He stepped out of the boat (Genesis 8:20)!!!!

    All I want now is to be used by God for His kingdom and Glory! I understand that I was not saved just to be saved, but saved to be used to save others from the wrath of God and I was blessed to be a blessing to others. Gods kingdom is a kingdom of selflessness so it’s not about the job, the money, the car, the house or going to school but it’s all about the kingdom of God which is an everlasting kingdom and the kingdom of this world (satan) which is contrary to the kingdom of God will perish!

  268. Charles Ellis

    Deuteronomy 4:11-14

    “11You came near and stood at the foot of the mountain while it blazed with fire to the very heavens, with black clouds and deep darkness. 12Then the Lord spoke to you out of the fire. You heard the sound of words but saw no form; there was only a voice. 13He declared to you his covenant, the Ten Commandments, which he commanded you to follow and then wrote them on two stone tablets. 14And the Lord directed me at that time to teach you the decrees and laws you are to follow in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess.”

    Yesterday’s bible study was great. This verse really touched me and as I was reading it, I thought a lot about a sermon from a couple of months ago where the message compared obedience to the Lord like the way we would change the side of the road we drive on in another country. The lessons, commandments and values that we are being taught are for a new land, a new life we are journeying into to possess. It’s not for the same one. Furthermore, it’s for another purpose. I pray that God’s word would reign in His people, in His church so that the world could see His love through us and He would be glorified.

  269. Nicole Ellis

    I’m so excited for how The Lord is calling me out of the boat. In the last week, Jesus has had me pray with someone in my neighborhood, telling him of the God of all hope and all that the Lord has done for me. I watched as tears welled up in his eyes as we shoveled his walkway together and I know he touched Jesus that day. At work, the Lord had me defend someone who was being treated unfairly and we ended up talking about Jesus, and I know she also touched God that day because she said that sometimes she feels unworthy and I told her that God told me to defend her and she had the biggest smile on her face for the rest of the day. I’m realizing that it’s not about saying the perfect words or even having the perfect verses, but being willing to step out, take risks, and being just a vessel of the Lord and His love.

  270. Silas Farina

    James 2:14-18
    14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

    After Thursday night group last night I really began to see what being a Christian really is. For so long I’ve always seen it in a way that you need to TELL people about what God can do and SPEAK about our Gods love; but it is so much more than just the things you can say. We need to be living examples of God’s love. There is a big difference in saying to someone, “Hey guys, God and Jesus love you.” With no context or example what does that really mean to someone? Not much. It’s just words really. But what if we became the example of God’s love? That’s what stepping out in faith is. Jesus was the ultimate example of putting others above himself. Jesus was with God during the creation of the Earth, but still he was humble enough to wash the disciples feet. He helped the poor and the broken. He was a man of action!

    But then how can we think we can please God without action? God’s Kingdom is here and now today but how can the Kingdom move forward without any action. Spouting verses upon verses like a rambling gong and saying Christian clichés at someone has never helped anyone. That is just cold dead religion. Faith without action is dead. I think back the times our Pastors and leaders have taken us out to do something, taking care of us when we where in need, going out of their way to bless someone and expecting nothing in return.. that’s what God’s love is! We need to live our faith not just speak it! That’s what makes it real and not just religion. People will easily forget rambling the words you speak to them about your faith, but If you live it by selflessly laying down your life for someone; that is something no one could ever forget. That is how people see God’s love.

  271. Lori DiCorcia

    Deuteronomy 6:12 “be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.”

    I never want to forget you Lord. You have been so merciful, so faithful, so compassionate, so patient, so kind, so loving …. the list could go on and on. The Lord has done so much for me and He has been with me ALL of my life. He has shown me the ways He has saved me and watched over me through the course of my life. The Lord has said to me that in all the ways that He has been there for me, I am called to be there for those in my life. I will never forget what you have done for me God and I will live my life to be your hands to serve, feet to go, mouth to speak words of love and encouragement and shoulder to cry on. You have so powerfully blessed me in my life now it is my time to bless you!! Bless the LORD oh my soul, Bless the LORD!

  272. Katie Orlando

    Both of the teachings by Pastor Janeth this week, on Sunday and part two last night, have been amazing and life changing. Jesus is calling us out of the boat, just as He called Peter out of the boat. I know that for so long I have wanted to be comfortable and not step outside of that. But by being obedient and stepping out of the boat in faith, Peter’s life was changed forever, and so were the lives of the men on the boat. They knew that they could do whatever Jesus commanded them to do with faith, and that when they called on Him to rescue them, He would do so! I will be obedient to what God calls me to do and step out of the boat, even if it doesn’t fully make sense. Last night was amazing, as the Lord called for everything that we have of ourselves to fall off. God has begun to give me a strategy and change the way my days go. And the realization and understanding of us demonstrating Jesus to the world, as it was spoken last night, truly changed my perception. We can tell people all kinds of things about God’s character, but if they have never seen it demonstrated, they can’t understand. I pray that I would demonstrate God’s love to the fullness! Thank You, Jesus!

  273. Anna Washack

    “…Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world.” – Isaiah 12:4-5

    Lord, You are good. This morning You woke me up with a song: “Your Love never fails!” As I’m watching the snow come down this morning, it is blanketing everything. No sooner have I shoveled the walkway or cleaned off my car and again it is already covered. Oh Lord, how You lavish Your Love on Your children. You have blanketed me in Your Love & Truth. Your Word has protected and guarded me. I want the world to know: How GREAT is MY God!

  274. Rob Case

    Deuteronomy 4:7
    What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the LORD our God is near us whenever we pray to him?

    What an incredible teaching last night on Deuteronomy!

    God wants to be near his people. He wants to touch his people and make himself known.

    Lord Jesus, thank you for all the people that you have used in my life to be your voice, hands and feet so that I can know you.

    Lord make me your hands so you can touch someone through me this day, make me your voice so that someone can hear you through me this day, and make me your feet so that you can draw near to someone through me this day and they can come to know you.

  275. Keri Farina

    Thank you Lord that you are a God that hears our prayers and delivers your people. Last nights part two on stepping out of the boat brought such healing to my heart, and deliverance to my mind. I can barely contain my joy! Seeking first his Kingdom is truly the only way to step out of the boat into the stormy seas. It’s not about me, what I am going through, or what is going to happen when I step out of that boat. If my eyes are on him and his Kingdom he will guide me over those deep waters and I will walk on that water. Jesus is able to pull someone out of hell, just like he pulled my very life and mind out of hell. He is looking for that one person who he can use as his hands and feet to do it. Not in religion, but by others seeing our relationship with the Lord and our love for others. Lord where you go I will go. What you say, I will say. Stepping out of the boat, into the waters TODAY, and keeping my eyes on you!!! The Author and Finisher of my Faith!!

  276. zuleika hanvey

    Sunday’s sermon was such a blessing from The Lord. I can say that this past week was becoming very challenging emotionally for me, fears surfacing, and all kinds of arrows coming my way, juggling a new job, home, children along with my husband of course, and wanting to do the will of God in every aspect of it the Storm of all the what “if’s” began to hit because the only outcome there needs to be is to serve and please the Father thru Christ. The Lord reminded me of The Lord and Peter walking on water and Then The Lord confirms it this past sunday! what a beautiful account He gave us in This Word of how Peter so boldly called out to Jesus and went on to meet THe Lord in the storm by THe Lord’s command came to me.. Then Pastor’s sermon confirmed The Word! I will never grow more faith if I am not willing to step out believing and knowing that each time Christ is and will be in any situation He calls me to. That could be on the outside or weather he is showing something in my own heart. I could now identify the storm of the “what if’s” and fix my mind and eyes on the only prize that matters, to be and walk with Christ! I am now stronger in the storm and I bless our Lord for it!!

  277. Karen McBee

    When I was listening to the sermon this week, Pastor Janeth said something that hit my heart. We all say, ” I wish I had more faith.” That is so true. But the truth is that we know (or now we know after the sermon) how to build our faith…by OBEDIENCE! When the Lord commands us to do His will and we step out and obey, God always comes through and our faith grows. If we truly want to know God and serve Him with our whole heart, we must obey his commands, even in the trials. This is not an option. And our reward is knowing the one and only true God who gives peace and joy that surpasses all understanding.

  278. Eileen Masella

    Colossians 3:1 Since, then you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above not on earthly things.

    I have been in Colossians a lot this week and this verse reminded me of Peter. When he called out to Jesus, his eyes were on the Author and Perfecter of his faith. He called out to Jesus in expectancy. As he stepped out of the boat and walked on the water he could see things from a a whole different perspective then those in the boat. He was strengthening his spiritual eyes. In the sermon Pastor Janeth said that faith is a process, so every time we say “command me” and we listen and OBEY, He strengthens our eyes and brings us to a place that is only possible through Jesus.
    Lord, that I would lead a life pleasing to You, bearing fruit in every good work……those things which God has commanded me to do.

  279. Luke Washack

    What really impacted me on Sunday’ with Pastor Santiago’s message, is how faith and obedience come together. You cant have one without the other. Just like faith without deeds is dead, you can’t say you have faith in Jesus Christ and not obey his word. In this text, waiting for the Lord’s command is key! Peter said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.
    This makes me excited about deepening my relationship with Jesus. Listening, hearing his commands for every morning. Obeying Him is safety! He is a strong tower never failing! I will be asking, waiting, obeying, and I shall walk on water with Him this day, and forever more.

  280. Jarrell China

    “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt? Matthew 14:28-31

    After hearing this amazing life changing message I have been starting my days off different. I’ve been praying for the Lord to command me to step out do His will and not doubt his abilities. I was reminded of Matthew 19:26 (KJV) “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, with men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”

  281. Evan Johnson

    Hebrews 12 “And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith”
    This scripture has been on my heart like never before this week while reflecting on the sermon and stepping out of the boat. The Lord is the author and perfecter of faith…He has written every single day of our lives, He has planned for us where He wants us to go, what He wants us to do, how He wants us to follow Him. When He calls us out of the boat, He already knows what will happen and as we remain focused and obedient to Him, He sees us through – He is literally perfecting our faith in Him as we step out of the boat! It’s so awesome to know that the Almighty has a race and a plan already set out for me…for He has written it out, and I can see that as He calls me out of the boat, out of my own comfort zone, my faith in Him is increasing…it’s Him who is perfecting my faith, bringing me closer and closer to Him and knowing Him more!

  282. Christian Lefler

    Sundays message was so encouraging and powerful, “men still walk on water”! Reading about this story so many times, I never wondered why the disciples didn’t call out to him in the storm if he was their savior, or why they weren’t expecting Jesus to show up but thought it was a ghost. Looking at my life I asked “was I really expecting God to show up during that storm?” I’ve “dealt” with storms in an earthly, not understanding that God is in the storm and that there is a purpose from the Father….Lord command me to do that which I cannot do and will never ever be able to do without full expectation toward the one who can do all things.
    Pastor Janeth’s message also made me look at Peter, was there something special about him, did he have super faith? We don’t know what all the disciples were thinking or feeling except that they were very afraid, but despite their fears we do know one thing……he was the only one to leave the boat.

  283. Anna Washack

    To be a follower of the Lord Jesus is to come out of the boat. Pastor’s message was powerful and convicting. As I listened, I realized that I haven’t even seen God’s full potential in my life. So many times I chose to be comfortable, I used my limitations to reason instead of moving in God’s power. I was being no different than the Israelites in the desert. On Sunday, I heard the Lord call my name – I answered.

    The Lord reminded me of a lady I had met at the nursing home recently. He told me to visit her. It wasn’t the “right time”… I didn’t know if she would remember me… I didn’t remember her full name… Excuses! I knew the Lord commanded me to go. So I went. It was great! She and I talked and I saw how just spending time with someone who is lonely is bringing Light to them. I’m excited to see where God commands me to go as I obey His instruction.

    Jeremiah 1:4-10:
    “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

    “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”

    But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.

    Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”

  284. Christina China

    “You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.” – James 2:22

    There is so much that I received from Sundays sermon from Matthew 14 about faith and obedience, but one thing that really touched me is how faith goes far beyond our speech and lies within our actions. Peter asked God to command him to come to Him and when Jesus said, “come” Peter did and his faith was being acted out by his stepping off the boat. I too am being called “off the boat” and to demonstrate my faith by my actions. Everyday opportunity is present to obey and grow in our faith. I am expecting to keep growing and be able to SHOW others my faith and how great my God is!

  285. Cheryl Donoghue

    Bible study opened and closed last night in the presence of God. Amazing.. It was as if He stopped time..
    We discussed heavenly gifts, Grace, Commands, Rebellion, hard hearts, whole heartedness.
    We talked about idolatry and how it extends beyond the worship of tangible shaped items—it’s a matter of the heart: self control, pride, greed, power, pleasure and even a person–it’s anything or anyone which causes us to think less of God, or want or seek something or someone more than Him.
    Last night I entered into a renewed covenant with the Lord. There is to be Godly obedience and with that comes privilege.
    Privilege as defined by Merriam Webster: a right or immunity granted as a peculiar benefit, advantage or favor. Perogative; especially such a right or immunity attached to a particular person or group.

    1 Peter 2:4-5 As you come to Him the living Stone rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to Him, you also like living stones are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

    Our privilege.
    Jesus says come..He invites us into a relationship… We obey and then receive the privilege to, Love and honor the Lord with all our hearts, soul and strength. Deut 4:5
    I am so thankful for the privilege to Love and honor and praise the Lord my God, King of Kings, creator of the universe, Savior of my soul, lover of my heart and grateful for all it implies.

    James’ annointed teaching afforded us the opportunity to get out of the boat and meet Jesus in the storm.
    Time is now. Without change, we do not grow and without growth we cannot matter. Look everywhere and anywhere for points of weakness, or elements of where Truth is missing. Ask the Father: show me…then listen for Him, receive wisdom from the word and from our Pastors and leaders so that we are prepared with a pure heart and a bright light.
    With the Grace of God and if You command Lord
    I will take the land internally and externally.

    Father..what are my orders?

  286. janet munchel

    “Lord, command me.”
    After hearing the powerful message on Sunday, I prayed, “Lord, command
    me to come and I will step out wherever you call me.”
    I heard, “Go to Fred and Denise (our neighbors) and share
    what I just did for you and Bob.” “Now? ok holy spirit, please fill me
    and speak through me.”
    What a privilege! What an opportunity! I was not comfortable in the least
    walking over to their door, knocking on it, and asking Fred if I could come in
    for few minutes to share what the Lord had just done for Bob and I. The Holy
    Spirit did lead. Almighty God was exalted, for He had done what only HE
    could do.
    Thank you Holy Spirit, for being my strength, my boldness, my all in all.

  287. Lauren Brandt

    28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
    29 “Come,” he said.
    Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

    I can imagine Peter at this moment. Jesus was on the scene but the wind and the waves were still going strong. Even while the storm was still in motion Peter not only asks the Lord to tell him to come but he steps out of the boat into the water. While walking, he becomes afraid and starts to sink because he sees all that is going on around him. His reaction was not “what can I do”, or” how can I save myself”, but “Lord save me!”

    The world, our lives, can be a storm. It is in the storms that we are supposed to come to the end of ourselves ask the Lord to command us, teach us, and lead us. We step out of the boat (the comfort of our flesh) and onto the water (obeying the command He gives). From there he takes us on a journey of obedience to his commands that causes faith to increasingly grow. Jesus said in John 16: In this world you may have trouble but take heart! I have overcome the world! Every day as we walk on the water in obedience to His commands we see the wind like Peter (the struggles we may face). Those struggles may be situations we are dealing with around us or things we are dealing with within us but it is in those struggles that we cry out “Lord save me!” Every time He saves, and every time it causes our faith to grow more and more. Not in flesh or self but in Him. Thank you Lord! I am walking on the water!

  288. Jessica Lefler

    Since Sunday’s sermon, I have been seeing all the areas in my life where I have based my decisions on what is comfortable for me. I see how my motive to be comfortable has kept me in the boat many times and kept me from stepping out. As I was driving into work this morning, confessing these areas to the Lord, where I had chosen my comfortability over obedience, I found myself asking that HE would be comfortable… in me.

    Acts 13:22 says “God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’” God said that David was after his heart because he would do everything God commanded, and God used him mightily. I look at Pastor Janeth Santiago and see the same thing- God has moved so mightily through her and continues to do so, because she has been willing and obedient.

    What makes Jesus comfortable, what makes us a pleasing place for him to make his dwelling? The answer is simply, an obedient heart. The great part about it is that it is Jesus in us that causes and enables us to be obedient, because He is the faithful Son who was obedient even unto death on a cross.

    I’ve spent/wasted so much time making myself comfortable and the truth is, my flesh will fade away. But praise God because now, as Paul says, I will beat my flesh into submission, so that it is not my flesh that is comfortable, but the Spirit of the Living God in me! Only as obedient vessels, can God move through us and have his way in our lives so that he gets the most glory. Christ in us, the hope of glory!

  289. Ricardo Campa

    “And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?””
    ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭14:28-31‬ ‭

    Pastor Janet’s sermon on stepping out of the boat has been life changing.
    When the Lord commands us to do something we must obey and must trust that He will bring it into completion no matter what the situation is. He is always with us and we must trust in Him all the way through. Thank you Lord for who you are.

  290. Tony Orlando

    Hebrews 11:6 ” And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” As Pastor Janeth said Sunday, saying we have faith but not showing that faith is meaningless. The Lord has called me to step out of the boat. To open my mouth and share with others what He has done and He is doing in my life. Even to share the times I have failed him due to pride and selfishness. Not to “preach” but to share in love with those he sends me to. To not be timid but speak as He leads me and if the waves get rough to call upon Him. In all things He is there when we do as He commands. Praise Him for who He is!!
    An awesome God and king!

  291. Linda Leonetti

    Pastor’s sermon “Walking on the Water” revealed so much to me about living productively by faith in the Kingdom! Having come out from the “word of faith” movement, I can testify that you can quote the word & confess it forever, but until you actually OBEY it, you will not know Jesus. In Judaism, they assume that the word you hear is acted upon …or that you give “heed” to the word. Ephesians 2:10 states, FOR WE ARE HIS WORKMANSHIP, CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS FOR GOOD WORKS WHICH GOD PREPARED BEFOREHAND THAT WE SHOULD WALK IN THEM. If I truly believe that Jesus is the Son of God who personally healed, delivered, & sanctified me, then there is no other option but to leave my kingdom of self to serve my Savior.
    The Israelites were terrified to draw near to God at Mt.Sinai to hear His voice…in the New Covenant, we are so privileged to hear our Shepherd’s voice & come into the Lord’s presence because of the blood of Jesus! This great access to our Lord carries a responsibility to rely upon His grace to bring forth His kingdom in power so that the world knows that Jesus alone is God.
    Heb.12:25-28 SEE THAT YOU DO NOT REFUSE HIM WHO SPEAKS FROM HEAVEN…THEREFORE, SINCE WE ARE RECEIVING A KINGDOM WHICH CANNOT BE SHAKEN, LET US HAVE GRACE BY WHICH WE SERVE GOD ACCEPTABLY WITH REVERENCE & GODLY FEAR.
    Unbelief, which was evil in God’s eyes, kept His people from entering & possessing their land. Church, we are the “festal gathering” of the firstborn who are registered in heaven (Heb.12:23). We were born to walk on water!

  292. Keri Farina

    See, the Lord your God has given you the land. Go up and take possession of it as the Lord, the God of your fathers, told you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 1:21. Stepping out of the boat seemed difficult for me but after Sunday’s message and Gods command I knew that was what he was calling for me to do. As I took the step in obedience the Lord was with me and guided my every step. He even was kind enough to speak to me as I was stepping out into the water. Today Lord I will do whatever you have commanded me to do for I know you will be with me and your word tells me not to be afraid. Thank You Lord!!!

  293. Lauren Sheehan

    1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
    God has called me out of the boat! The Lord has placed a DESIRE in my heart to be commanded, every minute of every day I want to be hearing His voice, obeying His commands, and performing miracles! May our mighty King be glorified through our lives for He is worthy and worthy to be praised!!! I am thankful for the call this day and wait in expectation of the miraculous plans the Lord has for each of us to do!
    Praise be to God Most High

  294. Stephanie Perez

    Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence:
    1 John 3:18-19 NIV
    The Lord is commanding us out to go win souls for the kingdom! To step out of our comfortable lives that we live on a daily basis to step into the fire the battle so that we may strengthen our faith through Christ Jesus be his vessels and allow him to do the rest the Lord commands us to be weak for his kingdom as Paul said in 2 Corinthians 12:10
    That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. Amen

  295. Jessica Burke

    “Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other. Keep his decrees and commands, which I am giving you today, so that It may go well with you and you children after you and that you may live long in the land the Lord your God gives you for all time.” Deut. 4: 39-40

    Father, we do acknowledge you today. For we have SEEN your strong arm of power in testings, signs, and wonders, by great and awesome deeds. You have personally taught us your commands and laws and enable us to follow them through the power of Your Son. You lead us on an incredible journey which we can only say, “There is none like you!” You carry us, as a father carries a son. You go ahead of us to search out places for us to lay our head, and show us the way that we should go. How blessed we are to have God near us the way that you are. The way you are near to us when we pray. Let us serve you wholeheartedly and revere your holy name. Amen.

  296. Mollie Steffen

    What a blessing the sermon on Sunday was, coming to truly understand that It’s the command of God that brings us to the true understanding of faith.
    It’s stepping out of the comfortibility of every day living and listening for Gods command to do something ,or those things you never could do without him!

    We have to be in expectation to meet with God daily , at our jobs, schools, homes, when we go to the stores, he is ready to use the willing vessel who is obiedent not to just hear the command, but move in it and know that only power through his spirit will do what he desires through us.

    Everyday that God opens our eyes, we get a chance to propel and move to the next level he has for each one of us . He desires to increase more every day inside of us, so that we can be transformed into his perfect image , never looking the same or looking back, but only striving to look more like Jesus … Who is beautiful !! What a creator we get to serve .

  297. Jessica Burke

    I was so blessed by Sunday morning’s sermon by really coming to understand that faith is built by obeying the command! When God commands us to do something, it will always be something that presses us to step away from our comfort zone. God’s commands are clear, not hazy or confusing, and he wants us to complete the charge to its exact description: not later, not half way, not the way we think is more appropriate. The better we get at obeying the command, is the more successful we will be. Not just in spiritual sense, but in life, in family, and in work. Each of us have experienced Gods faithfulness when we obey him, and this builds faith. When you face a situation that looks impossible or daunting, ask God to command you! He will direct us, and save us from anything that tries to encroach upon us. As we all read Deuteronomy this week, pay attention to the word “Command”. This is the way to true faith!

  298. Anna Washack

    I’ve been reflecting on Kris’s sermon all week. The part that I keep coming back to is how understanding true grace and it meeting with faith causes a reaction. It produces fruit. He asked the question: What fruit have you yielded because of God’s grace in your life? By understanding grace, the Lord’s unmerited favor in my life, it produces thankfulness. This thankfulness is fueled by knowing the great love that the Lord has lavished on his children. It reminded me of this verse:

    “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”
    – 2 Corinthians 5:14-15

    This message sparked my heart, brought conviction, and an urgency to produce for God’s kingdom. Thank God for His Amazing Grace!

  299. janet munchel

    Psalm 100
    “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,
    Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs.
    Know that the Lord is God,
    It is He who made us, and we are His;
    We are His people, the sheep of His pasture.

    Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise,
    Give thanks to Him and praise His Name.
    For the Lord is good and His love endures forever;
    His faithfulness continues through all generations.”

    Thank you Lord, for giving your perfect word to glorify you and your
    amazing ways!

  300. Katie Orlando

    Being able to listen to Kris’ sermon on Sunday, despite of the snow and not being able to physically meet together as a church, was a huge blessing. And the message was a powerful one indeed! The power of grace, which opens our eyes to who we are without Jesus and shows us how much we do not deserve what has been done for us through His death on the cross, is beyond amazing and drives us to change! The thing that stuck with me the most was when Kris said that grace causes us to strive-not by doing works, but by realizing how much we don’t deserve the grace we have been given and doing all that we can to live a life that is worthy of the calling that is on our lives. Literally, giving up our very lives because we know how much we have been given, knowing that we deserved the complete opposite of what we have been given. I am so thankful for the grace that God gave me to come to know Him, and I am excited to be able to live my life for Him!

  301. Jessica Lefler

    The simple question Kris asked in his sermon, what has grace done in you, what has it produced in your soul?… brought so much conviction and revelation. When I see that grace is a heavenly gift, not mine to own, intended to propel me into holiness so that I can be fruitful and bring God the utmost glory – I see why satan has so twisted it to be something that has no power and keeps me the way I am, in my sinful state. There’s no power with that grace, it only reinforce a powerless, ineffective Christian to stay that way.

    But as I was listening to Kris preach, I felt ignited, woken up – there’s a race to be run, there’s a higher level to attain to, there’s much to be done to put the grace to work like Paul says, to advance the kingdom of God. If grace has the power to save a wretch like me, what can it not accomplish! This week I have been thanking God for my weakness because confidence is rising in me to know and trust that the grace of God has the power to make His strength fully complete in me. Amazing Grace!

  302. Nicole Ellis

    Hearing Kris’ sermon on grace was like putting on a new pair of glasses. Suddenly, the old vision, (the old way of doing things) just seemed so insufficient in light of a great and awe inspiring God. I loved when Kris said that grace is up in heaven and it’s something that we need to reach for continually. It reminded me of the saints in heaven gathered before the throne of God declaring that salvation belongs to HIM. It is not ours to just take. It is the Lord’s to give and in His GRACE, he CHOOSES to extend his long arm of mercy; just like he chose to send his one and only Son to die for an undeserving people. Like Kris said, what kind of “chemical reaction” does that produce in us when we hear of God’s kindness? A chemical reaction is defined as a process in which atoms of the same or different elements rearrange themselves to form a new substance. It hit my heart that it’s time to rearrange, to be made new!
    2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come; The old has gone, the new is here!”

  303. Tony Orlando

    Merit:
    1. claim to respect and praise; excellence; worth.
    2. something that deserves or justifies a reward or commendation; a commendable quality, act, etc.
    We see in grace the unmerited favor of God. We do not deserve it nor can we claim it. We do not own it. Understanding God’s grace allows us to come into all the Lord has for us and leads us into holiness. Rom 6:14 “For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.” And through faith in Jesus a righteousness comes from the Father for all who believe. Like Kim said, it is an eleventh hour pardon. Salvation from God for those who cannot save themselves. A beautiful message. I can never look at again it as I used to.

  304. KDaskalakis

    I love the message this past Sunday. The more I thought on it the more the Lord has been speaking to me of His grace. That for long it has been treated like a get out of jail free card in a game that can be whipped out whenever we need it most. But it is soooo much more, and different than that. It is the pardon that comes, sometimes in the eleventh hour, to change the sentence. It’s not to be thought of lightly or something to take for granted, but something to really look at and see, oh my God He has saved me. It is not something we can enact in our own will, but something he bestows at HIS WILL.

    It reminds me of the scripture in Romans 9 that says

    15 For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.”
    16 So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.

    This is the evidence of a disciple, one who is constantly looking to be changed, renewed, transformed, and is always seeking to see themselves rightly in the Lords eyes. That one, is one who appreciates the mercy and grace shown and looks to prove the saviors sacrifice, to provide that grace, was not in vain!

    Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
    2 Blessed is the one whose sin the LORD does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit.
    Psalm 32

  305. Stacey Orlando

    Kris mentioned the Ephesians 2 scripture in his sermon on Sunday—“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are Gods handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
    As I was listening to the sermon on grace, I was reminded of another scripture…2 Tim 3:5 ”having a form of godliness yet denying its power.” As Kris’ message drove home–Grace is the power to live holy, fruit filled lives! God’s grace is supernatural, undeserved power to go the distance…to dig deeper, reach higher and run the race God has marked out for us! Not in our power which produces dead works, but as we come into the understanding of—gratitude for—and reliance on the grace of God, we are no longer under the law but under the power of His grace that says NO to ungodliness and causes us to live by the Spirit which fulfills the law—doing the good works of the Spirit, bearing fruit as Christ’s character invades. Now “looking the part” as someone touched by the power of His grace. Someone pulled out of the muck of this world and with a deep desire to live a life worthy of that heavenly gift…we are changed from old thinking, habits and anything that does not bring glory to God and propel us into the destiny He has prepared. Grace…WOW!

  306. Linda Leonetti

    Praise God for the unity of the Spirit…Kris’s sermon was such a confirmation of what the Lord has been revealing to me! Whenever I think of the sermon’s text, “the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,” I see Jesus dying an agonizing death on the cross for the whole world & my sins. I, like Paul, do not want to “receive the grace of God in vain”. The grace that brings salvation through faith also teaches me to live a holy life that pleases the Father. Only the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of Grace) can truly change my mind about my sin to hate it as He does & turn from it. I like the word Kris used, “striving”, which implies that one must persevere to have the mind of Christ & crucify the flesh.
    Philippians 2:11,12 (amp.)
    WORK OUT YOUR OWN SALVATION WITH FEAR & TREMBLING (SELF-DISTRUST, WITH SERIOUS CAUTION, TENDERNESS OF CONSCIENCE, WATCHFULNESS AGAINST TEMPTATION, TIMIDLY SHRINKING FROM WHATEVER MIGHT OFFEND GOD & DISCREDIT THE NAME OF CHRIST. (NOT IN YOUR OWN STRENGTH) FOR IT IS GOD WHO IS ALL THE WHILE AT WORK IN YOU (ENERGIZING & CREATING IN YOU THE POWER & DESIRE) BOTH TO WILL & TO WORK FOR HIS GOOD PLEASURE & DELIGHT. ……this is amazing grace!

    Since I don’t own grace, I must continue to humble myself (no trust in my thoughts, opinions, wisdom or ability to please the Father) by continually seeking the Lord to know what He says is honoring & right with Him. James declares that grace is given only to the humble, & that one must ” humbly welcome the word & be a doer of the word…thus providing the power to save one’s soul!
    I cannot live without grace…it enables me to change into the likeness of Jesus (my testimony) , preach the transforming power of the Gospel (my calling) , and experience the joy of my salvation by bringing heaven to earth as I demonstrate His love!

  307. Lauren Sheehan

    It was truly a blessing to receive the message as a church yesterday although we could not be together physically. When Kris spoke about grace being a gift from the heavenly realm I was in awe of God’s goodness. Because grace is not something we can pull out of our pocket, it is POWERFUL! If we were in control of when grace was given where would be any urgency to change? God’s grace, which He gives, is powerful and life changing. I am thankful for all the grace poured on to me, and I lay myself before the Lord looking to please Him in all that I do.

    But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not without effect…. 1 Corinthians 15:10

    This is one of my favorite verses because it has caused me to rise up and acknowledge the power of grace saying His gift will not be in vain.

  308. Mollie Steffen

    Blessings Church!!

    It was so awesome to hear the word of the Lord and knowing that we were all United In Faith through his Holy Spirit.

    As I listened to the sermon the Lord reminded me of when I was a manager a little over 2 years ago now. I was thinking how unqualified I was in the world’s eyes to be in such a position, but God was the one one who put me there for a time to learn, be stretched beyond to the point where I couldn’t be any longer, really having to rely on his wisdom and ways every step and challenge that was brought to me. I learned so much about myself in that job and I’m thankful to God for such an awesome learning experience, but I know it was training for his kingdom and the skills will be used for his purpose and glory.

    Kris was talking about how when we don’t qualify, it causes us to strive, push ourselves, go after those things that only God could attain and do, not US. The message of grace is so key to our walk and just knowing that I don’t deserve it, own or even have the rights to it because it is a special gift. It should be causing that reaction to say “NO” to the world and ungodliness every day, and say “YES” to the pushing, beating our bodies into submission like Paul speaks of, knowing that we have been called to something much higher = THE KINGDOM OF GOD!!! This was a powerful message .

    2 Corinthians 12:9-10
    ” My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I’m weak, then I am strong”.

    God is our strength ALL the time when we are humbled and weak in ourselves!! He then rises us up , glorifies himself through the father in heaven…

  309. Keri Farina

    Yesterday’s sermon on Grace brought such conviction to my heart. When Kris said “Grace causes a reaction inside of you when it hits you!” It really hit me. As the word went forth from Titus that Gods grace causes us to say no to ungodliness the Lord was showing me how many times I have taken that grace as an excuse for my sin. It hit my heart deeply when Kris said “It brings power to change your mind about sin. Your grace is not in vain in me”. The Lord was showing me what an amazing gift grace is and I want my life to reflect that. I don’t ever want to take it for granted. His grace is the power to transform my life! To bring glory to his name for all he has done! This verse in 1Corinthians added more conviction.
    But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No I worked harder than all of them–yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 1 Corinthians 15:10
    Lord your grace will not be taken for granted anymore in my life. Your grace will draw me closer to you everyday and lead me on the path of righteousness.

  310. marlene

    What a glorious day, UFC! Praise God for His message today. Though snowed in, He made a way to unite each of us to Him and each other. Amen!
    Titus 2:11-12 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “NO” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and Godly lives in this present age. Kris shared with us, in the message, about the gift coupons that he had gotten. They got him out of certain chores around the house. He appreciated and enjoyed using them and he really missed them when they ran out…RAN OUT!
    This was very sobering to me. It reminded me that God’s Grace will run out one day for those who squander His Gift of Salvation. I praise God because I once was a squanderer but His Grace opened my eyes. Now I am being saved everyday from wickedness that used to bind me up and pull me down.
    This message encourages me to draw closer to God, to seek Him more while He still may be found, and to grow in His image…counting it all as JOY!
    GRACE-We don’t deserve it, we can’t own it, and we can’t live without it. We are truly blessed.

  311. Anthony Orlando

    Kris’ anointed message today was so relevant. God has given the most important thing, His grace. And though His grace is a gift of unmerited favor, we have no excuse to sit back and squander that gift. It is not through my effort I am saved, but God has still called me to run His race in obedience. And I cannot just sit back and assume everything in my life will be perfect simply due to grace, but I have to get up and live within the power of His grace that enables me to live a holy life.

  312. Luke Washack

    I was truly blessed by the message today. How great is God that he would teach us His ways, so that we would walk in His truth. Grace is a powerful thing when understood. I love that grace is power to strive and act according to God’s purpose. The power to prove out faith to be true. Grace is the power that transforms a man with bad character into a man that takes on God’s character. Grace is not an excuse to keep sinning, but power to change. Not only that, it’s power to believe that He can do it in even us!

  313. Cheryl Donoghue

    Dear Lord, there are times I am quietly reflecting on your goodness, and there are times l just want to sing and dance with You. I do know that I am in awe of You, that I love and adore you and that I want every breath to be an offering of praise and every movement you allow me to make, be a dance of praise from the depths of my heart.
    Praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord! Psalms 150:4-6
    Thank You for You!

  314. Arthur Masella

    I loved this message of Grace. I loved it when Pastor Kris asked the question to us,”What has God (Grace) done that has caused you to move toward Him? Because we know that true Grace catapults a believer from this world to His world!!! As his message was building on itself as I listened, a touch before this question he had mentioned how Grace was a gift and then it all came together for me – 1st it was this out of Hebrews, Have I been enlightened? Have I tasted the Heavenly Gift? Have I become a partaker of The Holy Ghost? Have I tasted the good Word of God? And have I tasted of the power of the age to come? And if this Grace is truly upon me, I race with a great excitement toward every promise that God has for me, not riding near the boundary line of worldly desires, but a GREAT HOPE that the life of Jesus Christ can be mine!!!, because Jesus Himself said,”he who believes in me, the works that I do he will do also, and greater works he will do, because I go to my Father”-Grace is not for a worldly complacency in the faith, but it is to be aggressively taken advantage of so that we can become true warriors under the power of the Holy Ghost for the call upon our lives!!! Crazy zeal comes to mind like the zeal of Phinehas. See you all soon.

  315. Bob Munchel

    We were so blessed to be able to hear such an awesome sermon this morning regarding grace. God blessed our home with His presence during our time of worship and “opened our hearts and minds” while listening to such a blessed sermon.
    Needless to say, all of the messages Pastor Janeth has sent this week from Honduras are such a great testimony to God.
    What an incredible God we serve! God Bless from both of us.

  316. Patty High

    In this new year, the Lord has been challenging me more and more to spread wide the posts of my faith, reaching beyond what is possible in my own flesh and trusting Him for the strength and for the wisdom to do great things. The Lord has made it clear that He wants all of the land of my heart and that with it all things are possible. I am so excited for the work of God that is being birthed in me and through me! Lord Jesus, the land of my heart is Yours!

    “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.” Colossians 3:1

  317. Arthur Masella

    Hello everyone!!!!!!!!! I was reading Deuteronomy 28:2 earlier,”And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God.” As the word “overtake” took hold on the tablet of my mind, I thought of the word “overcome”, and then I thought of “His Word” over this church which is “HIS VICTORY” and I began to be “Overwhelmed” by ALL He has done for ALL of us over the years and even now quickening things – which has been RELENTLESSLY RADICAL for lack of a better term – but of course – HE IS GOD and “EXCEEDINGLY ABUNDANTLY” is part of HIS NAME in our lives!!!! He has overtaken us with His Love and overwhelmed us with His Mercy and overcome us with His Grace!!!!!!!!

  318. Jessica Lefler

    “The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” Proverbs 18:10

    This verse and song has been on my heart the past few days. With the storm this weekend, I think of how in various storms everyone wants to find shelter, but often what seems like even the strongest refuge can fail. Things that can seem so sturdy and dependable like intelligence, a job, education, good health, a big house, wealth, a strong will… have absolutely no power to save us. There is only one refuge, one place that is safe and it’s in the shelter of the Most High.

    This verse says that it’s the righteous that run to His Name and are saved, because only those who have been made righteous through the precious blood of Jesus can find the refuge of the Lord. It’s easy to tell what our refuge is; it’s simply what we run to when the storms come. When we trust in everything else to be our security – the Lord is not our refuge. It’s only when we see who we really are and how everything else in this world will not only not protect us but lead us to destruction- that we can call on the Name of the Lord. When we do, we can run to the safety and security that is only found in the arms of God.

    The more I meditated on this verse, I thought – I don’t want to leave this refuge. I know storms, challenges and trials will come, often without warning and I want to be in the only safe place when they do. Psalms 91 says whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will find rest. John 15 talks about how only those who remain/abide in the vine will bear fruit and not be cut off. This strong tower, the Name of Jesus, is not a temporary refuge; it is an eternal dwelling place!

    Thank you Jesus for being my refuge- it is by Your Name and no other that I am saved!
    “How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty!… Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.” Ps 84:1&4

  319. Tony Orlando

    Praise God for a good report! I was diagnosed with C.O.P.D. (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) a few years ago. It’s a disease that makes it hard to breathe. It’s also a progressive disease so it gets worse over time and there is no cure. I had a breathing test December 4th and got the official results today. My lungs have recovered 50% of the function they had lost. I gave thanks to God but the doctor said it’s because of the medication. But it’s the same medication where the last test showed a decrease in function last year. No Doctor, we know it’s the Lord. He is our healer, deliverer and savior. This healing is not for me. It is for the glory of God. It is God showing his mercy and healing power. He is the Lord and there is no other. Is there another god who do this? No way! It is a miracle. The technician had said people either stay the same or get worse, not better. I am so grateful. God has cured cancer in our church. He has healed the broken and turned hearts of stone to hearts of flesh. Ps.150:2 “Praise him for his acts of power, praise him for his surpassing greatness.” Thank you my God and King.

  320. Jennifer Beames

    Job 29:2-4
    2 “How I long for the months gone by, for the days when God watched over me, 3 when his lamp shone on my head and by his light I walked through darkness! 4 Oh, for the days when I was in my prime, when God’s intimate friendship blessed my house,”

    Last night at bible study, we talked a lot about the relationship that Job had with God. He knew the Lord. He knew who he was in the Lord. He had spent his entire life seeking the Lord and developing a close relationship with Him—to the point where God acknowledged him and even called him righteous! It was because of this relationship that even when Job was in the midst of his suffering, the cry of his heart was not for his ailments to be taken away, or to have his riches back—but instead, it was to be with his friend, to dwell with God!

    As I was driving into work this morning, the Lord put a song that is based on the verse below on my heart. One thing I ask, One thing I seek, that I may dwell with him always! When we dwell with him, we can stand firm in any circumstance, like Job did, because we know who our Friend, the King of all the Universe, is and who we are in Him! He calls His people the apples of His eye.

    Praise God! As we seek to dwell with Him and to build our relationship with Him, He comes near to us and His intimate friendship blesses our houses!

    Psalm 27:4
    One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.

  321. Samantha Foster-Tiso

    Blessed new year, United Faith!! Praise God for this new season. I know there’s an eager expectation in my heart for all that comes with the year of Jubilee… Liberty to serve the Lord and worship Him freely!!
    Last night in my anatomy class, we briefly reviewed the basic necessary characteristics of any living thing… I thought about the requirements of movement and growth, and I got excited thinking of what God will do with us in this season. Jesus is LIFE!! And in this year, the year of Jubilee, we are going to be freed by the power of the blood of Jesus from so many generational curses and chains that have held us back from what The Lord calls us to. God will be glorified as the land that the enemy stole is turned back to its rightful owner- The Lord!! We will dance and sing for God like never before and a new LIVELINESS will be birthed! We will have freedom to MOVE- dancing for God and going where He tells us to go! We will have freedom to GROW- maturing in our relationships with The Lord and producing fruit of the Spirit!

    Psalm 57:8-11
    “Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn.
    I will praise You, O Lord, among the nations;
    I will sing of You among the peoples.
    For great is Your love, reaching to the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
    Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let Your glory be over all the earth.”

    Hallelujah! Our God reigns! May there be LIFE, joy, and freedom in the land as it is returned to The Lord!!

  322. Lauren Sheehan

    In this new year I have been excited that the old has gone and we have “turned the page”. This year of Jubilee is a year God is overtaking the land! The other night in prayer I was led to Psalm 18:37-39
    ” I pursued my enemies and overtook them;
    I did not turn back till they were destroyed.
    I crushed them so that they could not rise;
    they fell beneath my feet. You armed me with strength for battle;
    you humbled my adversaries before me.”

    Hallelujah! The land is the Lord’s and in Him there is victory!
    Romans 8:31 “If God is for us, who can be against us?”

  323. Katie Orlando

    Over the weekend while I was praying, I was led to read Leviticus 25, where Pastor Janeth had preached about the Year of Jubilee the week before. The Lord really hit me with these verses: Leviticus 25:29-31 “If a man sells a house in a walled city, he retains the right of redemption a full year after its sale. During that time he may redeem it. If it is not redeemed before a full year has passed, the house in the walled city shall belong permanently to the buyer and his descendants. It is not to be returned during the Jubilee. But houses in villages without walls around them are to be considered as open country. They can be redeemed, and they are to be returned in the Jubilee.”
    As I read about the difference between the walled in and open cities, I saw it as people. We build up walls throughout our lives before we know the Lord, and if we decide we are going to keep those walls after we have come to know Him and don’t tear them down, the land that is rightfully God’s will never be able to be restored to Him: because of those walls, whatever has that land (satan, a person, etc.) will get to keep that land. But if we work with the Lord and ask Him to show us those walls and tear them down so that there is nothing standing in between us and God, that land gets returned to us and we are able to give it back to God, the only true Owner of the land! He doesn’t want us to have the walls, He wants us to be open! It also goes with Kris’ sermon from this past Sunday, about how we truly are only a tenant in the land and we are not the owner, it’s only God who is the Owner!
    I am so thankful for how God has been merciful to show me walls I have had and helped me tear them down. As we tear down those walls, the land that was taken from us is returned, and we are able to till that land as a tenant until Jesus comes for us! Thank You, God, for this amazing gift! Now, we take back the land!

  324. Stephanie Sheehan

    Psalm 92:4-5
    4For you make me glad by your deeds, LORD;
    I sing for joy at what your hands have done.
    5 How great are your works, LORD,
    how profound your thoughts!

    Thank The Lord that He is creator, that He is always good. I thank God that He has saved me from myself, from my ways of thinking and doing things and has placed my feet on solid ground. I walk by faith knowing that my God is greater than anything and anyone, what can He not accomplish? Thank God for the way He is Uniting His church, for the way He is using his children to establish his Kingdom on earth.
    How awesome are the works of The Lord! Thank The Lord that we have a hope that never fails, Thank The Lord for His blessings.

    Psalm 92:12-15
    12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,
    they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;
    13 planted in the house of the LORD,
    they will flourish in the courts of our God.
    14 They will still bear fruit in old age,
    they will stay fresh and green,
    15 proclaiming, “The LORD is upright;
    he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”

    Amen!

  325. Mollie Steffen

    “David wearing a linen ephod, danced before the Lord with all his might, while he and the entire house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets.” 2 Samuel 14-15

    The other day while In prayer the Lord brought to my heart King David and just how he was so free to dance before the Lord because he knew who his God was and didn’t care what others thought of him . I thought of the church and how we are suppose to be just like him , free to dance, worship, and pray for that freedom to glorify the Lord only not for ourselves!!

    What Kris said yesterday in his sermon about us just being tenants really hit me, because King David knew that his body belonged to God and he was just that tentant. He owned nothing , but gave everything to God because he owns all things !! He had no shame dancing before all the people even though it may have looked silly.

    ” I will celebrate before the Lord. I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes.” 2 Samuel 22

    This is our time and will we become like King David this year of Jubilee ??

    It’s so exciting to see the word of God going forth in such power and being confirmed through the unity of his spirit !!

  326. Joann Case

    What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. Isaiah 22:22b
    UFC, The Lord has had this scripture on my heart all week. Little did I know how powerfully He would use it in my life. You see the Lord called me back to school again… and this really was an impossibility as the deadline was OVER for this semester. By the world’s account the door was shut, yet the Lord said the time is now and the door is OPEN!
    Over the past two weeks roadblock after roadblock came my way as the department workers explained the needed paperwork and requirements. Their words on the other side of the phone conversation were not encouraging as they said, “you can fill out the application and send it in, but the deadline is up and it will be reviewed for the fall semester pending the return of key paperwork.” At one point I remembered thinking Lord, how will this be possible? You said spring semester. He whispered to me, “I will make a way where there is no way.” Yes Lord! You alone! I remembered opening my email after that and getting Pastor’s email… “Take a moment and bless the Lord.” It came at the perfect time. I bless you Lord! I love you Lord! What can’t you do? You can do anything!
    Classes start on Tuesday. The college is closed on Monday and Friday afternoon at 4:20 (they close at 4:30) I got a phone call from the Graduate Studies Department that I was accepted into the program. The Lord gets all the GLORY, HONOR, and PRAISE! When He opens a door, no one can shut it. This truly was a miracle in my life. Everyone in that department said it was impossible for me, but the Lord said believe, the door is OPEN, now walk through it! Thank you Lord!
    Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

  327. Jessica Lefler

    “Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalm 103:1-5

    How amazing is our God! He heals, forgives, redeems, loves, satisfies and renews- that is SO much! When I think of all he’s done for me, how he rescued me from my sin, called me by name, washed me with his blood – I can’t help but praise Him… it’s more than enough to praise him for the rest of my life!

    My soul might forget- so I remind it: Soul Bless Him, everything single part of me praise Him, because he is great and has truly done great things for me!

    “I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.” Psalm 104:33

  328. Stephanie Sheehan

    Romans 8:37
    overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

    Happy new year United faith church! Overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. It is beyond amazing that we get to serve God, that we get to carry out his will, that we have the honor of bringing honor glory and praises to His great name! All the works that he has called us to accomplish, He will bring to completion. We stand in victory when we remain in His love- And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love (Romans 8:38).
    How great is our God, how sweet and powerful is his love! Truly there is no place else I would rather be then in the presence of The Lord Most High!

  329. Katie Orlando

    Ephesians 4:3-6 “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit-just as you were called to one hope when you were called-one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.”
    During prayer, God brought me to these verses and reminded me of marching bands. When you see the really good ones, they are able to move quick together and know the beat of the drums, so much so that they move in unity, knowing exactly what steps they are to take and where to go. They can even do some amazing formations! But God was showing me that it wasn’t like everyone showed up one day and was just able to do that. They had to learn the music, learn the steps, and get good and playing the music and doing the steps together. They also listen to their conductor so they will know the beats and where to go!
    This is just like the church. We learn God’s Word and about Him, put it into practice and practice His presence, and listen to our pastors and leaders. Through this, the Lord unites His people so we can all hear His voice and know where to go and what to do! I am so thankful to know that it isn’t just about showing up, but about real relationship! What is better than practicing His presence, than hearing the voice of God? As we all unite with the Lord, we can move in the same excellency as those marching bands, but with such a different purpose: to exalt the King! Marching to His heartbeat! Praise God for His unity!

  330. Linda Leonetti

    Ps.63:1-5 Oh God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly;
    My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You in a dry & thirsty land where there is no water.
    So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power & Your glory.

    BECAUSE YOUR LOVE IS BETTER THAN LIFE, my lips shall praise You.
    Thus will I bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.
    My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow & fatness, and my mouth shall praise with joyful lips.

    To know the love of my Heavenly Father is better than any relationship, award, or
    possession! The soul satisfaction in being at peace & in peace with my creator because of the precious
    sacrifice of His Son Jesus is a realm of joy I never would have thought possible. Bone marrow is where cells ar
    are produced which sustain life.

    Proverbs. 3:7,8- Do not be wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord & depart from evil;
    It will be healing to your body, & refreshment to your bones.

    As I worship the Lord, & praise Him, my soul rejoices & my body comes alive in response to His love &
    grace (which I don’t deserve) Father God didn’t love me from afar…He acted upon His love & sent Jesus to
    deliver me from sin & bring restoration to equip me to be His deliverer.

    In this new year, I am singing a new song that testifies of how His love drives out fear, restores my soul, &
    causes me to “come to life” to love others with His love! Jesus is the answer for what ails mankind…knowing
    Him will cause UFC to do mighty exploits in His name! His love never fails!

  331. Mollie Steffen

    Blessed New Year Church!!!

    As we have entered into this new year I hear the Lord saying move, fly, and embrace all that I have for you which is our callings. Each one has a different call that God has set before them. We must “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” Matthew 7:7
    They are opened even now and it’s time that we walk through them.

    This past New Years was a time like never before . It really touched me that the God of all creation would cover us with his precious blood and prepare his people for what is coming and where he is about to take us . I know for me I will never be the same and I cannot wait to see where he takes each one of us !!! Fly , soar on wings like eagles church ….

    What a powerful, mighty , awesome God we get to be a part of his glorious kingdom!!

  332. Karen McBee

    Matthew 6:33…But seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness, and all of these things will be given to you as well.

    Just reflecting back on service yesterday and asking the Lord to search my heart, asking Him to never let me forget who I am without Him and thanking Him for His grace. When He is truly first in our lives, when we truly understand our need for a savior, nothing else really matters. Everything that we do, say, or think will be connected to Him and focused on the Kingdom!

  333. Jarrell China

    I am so thankful for this New Year. I know that this year is going to be great and I am waiting in expectation to see what the Lord is going to do. I want to be in his spirit and move in his spirt this year like never before. I want less of me and more of him.

    Psalms‬ ‭143:10‬ ‭
    “Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.”
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  334. Christine Lefler

    Blessed New Year!
    Praise God for this new year. I’m so thankful for everything he has done in the past year and I can only imagine what is to come. I know he is opening our eyes to see him and know him like never before. To really start to understand his character and how Mighty and Great he is.. (like we’re reading in Job)
    Thank you Lord that your waking me up and bringing me into your light!!

    This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
    Ephesians 5:14 NIV

  335. Ashley Hughes

    I was led to pray today in a dark place, both physically and spiritually, and as I was praying over this pitch black room, light began to enter and I could see the other side clear as day.

    Then, I began to pray for the people the Lord placed on my heart; my heart truly was breaking for them as I saw their need for God. For a long time, I was just like them, and I saw before me what I would’ve become had the Lord not shown me mercy by opening my eyes to see how much I needed Him.

    I asked for their eyes to be opened to see their need for God too, and I asked the Lord to let there be light everywhere I step to help make a way for them. I asked the Lord to not only cut the chains off from the generations that come after me, but to also have mercy on those that came before me because of my obedience unto Him.

    When I was done praying, the Weekly Word that Pastor Kris writes arrived in my email and it contained this verse:

    When people are brought low and you say, ‘Lift them up!’ then he will save the downcast. He will deliver even one who is not innocent, who will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.” Job 22:29-30

    I fell back on my knees and cried before my God and thanked Him for his faithfulness. Thanks be to God who was, who is, and is yet to come!!

  336. Stacey Orlando

    “Victory in Jesus my Savior forever He sought me and bought me with His redeeming Blood. He loved me ere I knew Him and all my love is due Him, He plunged me to victory beneath His cleansing flood.”
    I’m so thankful to the Lord for His victorious Blood and His Word ignited by His Spirit that triumphs over all things!
    I was just in awe of Him as we entered into the New Year together with the Lords table…remembering all the years of the past before knowing Him- celebrating with a very different drink in my hand… NOTHING COMPARES TO HIM!!! Hallelujah…What joy! What love! What amazing grace!
    This past year He has revealed Himself and character so personally and tangibly …He is the One who triumphs not only over my past but He triumphs in my present and is triumphant over our future. He is God and has predestined us all to do good works that He has prepared in advance for us to do—HIS WILL BE DONE HIS KINGDOM COME IN OUR LIVES EVERY MINUTE OF THIS NEW YEAR!
    I’m so thankful to our Pastors and thankful for each of my brothers and sisters. We were prepared on New Year’s for such a time as this…time to rise… time to plow together for His Names sake and make the most of every opportunity—covered by His Blood, free to live the lives He has destined for us from the beginning of time!
    Victory in Jesus!

  337. marlene

    Happy New Year Church! I can’t believe that we are already 1 week into the New Year and already moving in this great new season. We’ve been called to pull treasures out of darkness and the gates of hell will not be able to overcome us as we walk empowered by the Holy Spirit. “Not by power, not by might, but by your Spirit, Lord-I shall overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the power of my testimony!” (Zech 4:6-Rev12:11)
    Praise Jesus, new doors have been opened to bring the Good News and to break lies over family members and old friends. To my delight, I see God’s light melting hard hearts, His truth is entering and lies are being shattered!!!! What a joy…incomparable! I’m looking forward to and expecting to walk through many more doors! I’m ready to share all that the Lord and our Pastors have shared with us. What good is it to gain the world and lose your soul? –Matt 16:26. God’s blessings are not in the “stuff”, it’s in His presence, in getting to know Him, and being able to witness others coming into that same blessing! 2016…a year like we’ve never seen. May we lead many sons to Glory!

  338. Bob Munchel

    New Years Eve and the services that have followed have been an absolute blessing. When I reflect back on so much from 2015, I get excited. I thoroughly believe we have just seen “the tip of the iceberg” as to what the Lord is going to do in 2016.

    Thank you Father for your continuous blessings you bestow on your UFC family. What a God we serve!

  339. Tony Orlando

    Happy new year to all. I am excited about the new year and what God is doing. He has brought us to a new season. And His light has shattered and broken through the darkness that was within me for which I am forever grateful. 2 Cor4:6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. Praise the Lord who is deserving of all praise, now and forever! He has rescued this unworthy servant and has broken the chains that bound him. This year will be exciting as God works in all of us for His glory. No retreat! No surrender! The church is moving!

  340. Rob Case

    Happy New Year UFC! I’m so excited for all that God is going to do this year. This is the year we’re going to soar with God like never before, love Him like never before, and trust Him like never before so we can serve Him like never before! Go and take the land!
    Numbers 33:53 “Take possession of the land and settle in it, for I have given you the land to possess.”

  341. Sonny Cardona

    I just want to wish everyone at UNITED FAITH CHURCH a very happy NEW YEAR!!! I am so blessed that the Lord has kept me and has brought me into this New Year! This past year in 2015 the Lord has taught me a lot and has strengthened my “faith” and “trust” in Him that much more! During New Years Eve service when Pastor Janeth told us to flip the page I remember flipping the page and as I flipped the page the Lord told me that I have flipped the page to a new chapter in my life and that the past was gone and the new has come!!!!! In this New Year the Lord has spoke to my heart and so now I know for sure that He has plans to prosper me and to give me hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11) and not just me but for all my brothers and sisters here at United Faith Church, I can’t wait to see all that the Lord is going to do in His Church and with His people, we are truly in a land that’s flowing with milk and honey!!!!!!!!

  342. christina china

    Happy New Year everyone!

    I just have to say I am so excited for this next year and all that the Lord will be doing in us at UFC. The Word that was given New Years Eve was awesome…the page has turned and this year we are going forth as the Light in the darkness. God has done so much in my life and has poured His Light into my life through our Pastors and so many in this church and I am so grateful, now it is time I go to bring that light to others. This New Year’s Eve service I was filled with so much hope and expectancy for this next year. I agree that next year it will be so awesome to look back and reflect on all He has done in 2016 in each one of us and in our church!

  343. Katie Orlando

    Happy New Year everyone! I am so thankful for everything our wonderful Pastors and leaders have done for us this past year, as they led us to a new place with the Lord and brought deeper revelation of who God is! I enter into this year with excitement for what God is going to do in His church for this year! God has truly rescued me last year from who I was and has brought me to a new place with Him, and I know that if He could do all of that, what can He not do? We truly serve a great God! I can’t wait to see what He will do this year!

  344. Anthony Orlando

    Thank God for this New Year! Thank God for the communion and fellowship as He brought us in to this season! He has made all things new, and I’m excited and preparing for everything He has in store for us, His church. Happy New Year everybody, and God bless!

  345. Elaine Seligson

    This is a new year! We are all excited knowing United Faith Church is on the move. The love of Christ has motivated us to have a true servants heart. Wanting to serve our Lord Jesus Christ, being stretched and used for His Glory. So much to be thankful for, We serve an awesome God, what a blessing!!!!
    Psalm 91:1-2
    Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
    I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

  346. Anna Washack

    It is a NEW year! The Church is moving! I am coming into 2016 with an eagerness and expectation compelled by Christ’s love. I left 2015 behind, turned the page, and have said, “Here I am, Lord – Send me!” The Lord is stirring my heart with His purpose. He is giving me eyes for His Kingdom and transforming my heart with His dreams and desires. I can’t wait to reflect back next year and see ALL that that the Lord has accomplished through His Church.

    “They will rebuild the ancient ruins
    and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.” – Isaiah 61:4

  347. ruggery juste

    Happy new year my brothers and sisters I am so excited for this new year. I know this year is going to be different than any other for us. I can’t wait to see how God is going to use each of us this year. I know for me this year he has put it on my heart to serve the kingdom. I am so excited for all of God’s plans for this year!

  348. zuleika hanvey

    Praise be to God !
    Happy new year United Faith Church family!! In that evening before our New Years service I heard the Lord say ” you will be lead out in joy like a calf out of their stall”. Later on at the beginning of the service Pastor Santiago spoke the same words to us. Sure enough the excitement caught up to me when I realized that “oh my God I am here, I really am here! When the enemy and my circumstances said no and had me as good as dead in my faith… That night the realization came and said yes you are here!!” Praise you God in the mighty name of your son Christ Jesus my salvation! Thank you pastors Jerry and Janeth and kids!! Glad to be together in the kingdom of God bearing fruit that will last????????

  349. Jessica Lefler

    “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord… Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Eph 5:8, 14

    Coming into this new year, I hear the Lord and Pastor saying wake up! This will be a year like no other year and God is calling us to be awake- to be ready to not only be in the light but to BE the light. From the beginning of time, when God said “let there be light” darkness could not overcome light, nor will it ever be able to. I think about how in a dark room, even the smallest flicker of light expels the darkness around it. We are that light and it is increasing more and more as we are awakened to the will of God. Though darkness will increase, I praise God for the surety of his refuge, the shelter he gives us in his light. For nothing is greater than God, even the darkness is as light to him! I am in expectation for all that God is going to do this year and for how bright his church is going to shine!

    “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.” Isaiah 60:1-2

  350. Steven DiCorcia

    Amen Dwight, the Lord has shown me the same thing, and how exciting it is to know that Christ has done everything already to lift the wrath of God the Father from us because of our sins against Him, and more then that; for us that turn away from our sinful ways and trust in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, He reconciled us to our Father, our creator that we may be with Him always. If God is for us, who can be against us ! Praises to the one and only Holy and True God !
    Job 9:32 – 34 NIV “He is not a mere mortal like me that I may answer Him, that we might confront each other in court. If only there were someone to mediate between us, someone to bring us together, someone to remove God’s rod from me, so that His terror would frighten me no more.”
    Thank you Jesus !

  351. Joann Case

    Happy Blessed New Year UFC! We are on the Move… Ready and Prepared to GO and DO all that the Lord calls for us to carry out in this NEW season!

    The New Year’s Eve Service was so beautiful and the Lord’s presence was so sweet, yet powerful as we brought in the New Year. It was wonderful to dedicate 2016 and all the works we will fulfill, to Him! Such joy filled the room! Such expectation of the plans the Lord will accomplish for his Namesake, to further the Gospel, and expand the Kingdom! Before our very eyes we are seeing the scriptures come alive as men and women are trusting in Jesus as their Savior, families are being transformed, and children are being clothed and fed. There truly is no one like you Lord. There is nothing you cannot do! The doors are open! I stand in awe of you Lord!

    “Look at the nations and watch—
    and be utterly amazed.
    For I am going to do something in your days
    that you would not believe,
    even if you were told.” Habakkuk 1:5

    Looking forward to all the Lord has in store for us in 2016!

  352. Evan Johnson

    Happy New Year UFC! I am excited for all that the Lord will do in this new year…we are now in the shelter of the Most High, covered by His blood, and as we go out to expand His Kingdom and make His name known, He will be our front and rear guard. I am so thankful how He has turned the page, and I am in expectation that He will move mightily in this year, in expectation that He will accomplish more than I could ever ask or imagine!

  353. janet munchel

    Upon hearing that we were going to have a New Years Eve service this year, my heart rejoiced! This year has been so special for all of us here at UFC. We can all look back with awe and gratitude at how the grace of God has touched, delivered, healed and transformed so many of our lives this past year. How great is our God!!
    And, the lord gave Pastor the most powerful message to transition from 2015 to 2016…….” And I tell you that you are Peter and on this ROCK I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not overcome it.” If God is for us, who can stand against us! Hallelujah!! He is building a Holy temple INSIDE and OUT!
    Excitement and expectancy fill my heart as we enter this New Year!
    Our destiny is Glory…..
    Our purpose……lives that belong to HIM, to bring Glory and Honor to the ONE who is worthy!

    Happy New Year, my brothers and sisters!

  354. Dwight McBee

    This New Year’s celebration was so different from any other I have experienced. I realized that taking part in The Lord’s table in rememberance of His blood that covers His beloved has done something in heaven and on earth! I am reminded of this as I read:

    Job 9:32 – 34 NIV “He is not a mere mortal like me that I may answer Him, that we might confront each other in court. If only there were someone to mediate between us, someone to bring us together, someone to remove God’s rod from me, so that His terror would frighten me no more.”

    Job cried out for what we all have! He was lost in this moment in need of a Savior! Praise God for the blood of Jesus that washed our sins away that we may be called sons and daughters of the most high! We dwell in the shelter of the Most High and rest in the shadow of the Almighty!

  355. Keri Farina

    The Lord is moving and I am so blessed to be a part of it! At New Years Eve Service, the Lord brought such joy, hope, expectation and excitement for all he is going to do. What a way to enter the New Year!!! The Lord is going to feed those who are hungry, give back hope to the hopeless, pull people from the depths of despair, and empower us every step of the way to do it. We will be his hands and feet. I can testify the Lord can do it because that is what he has done for me! The Great Commission is going out in 2016!
    Matthew 13:17 For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it. He is revealing his will to us! He empowered us to go out and make a difference in the lives of others. His blood has made the way for us to accomplish all the works that in our own strength would never be possible. In his strength it is attainable. I am excited to go out this year and have already started sharing the hope Jesus has given me and all he has done in my life. Only Jesus can bring a true transformation to someone’s life. As we are learning as the days grow darker we can be that beacon of light to the lost and hurting world, and offer the hope and good news that has changed our lives to others. Now that, makes this, a Happy New Year!!!

  356. Mollie Steffen

    I just have to confirm the word of the Lord with the sermon yesterday. While I was praying on Saturday morning the Lord led me to Psalm 91. What God was really pressing upon my heart is that.. “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in Whom I trust”.
    I was getting a picture of his people all running into the church (which is the safe place the refuge) and he was saying when we are covered in his presence, his wings, that no matter what darkness may come I will protect those that I love and have loved me.

    What an Awesome God we serve. I know this year the unity is going to continue to keep on growing as we are being led by the Holy Spirit connecting to his heart and one another. What can we not do with this powerful God as we trust in him with our whole heart and lives..

    I cannot wait to see what this season brings those that are being hidden in the shelter of the most high !!! Blessings

  357. Joseph Pinnisi

    Hebrews 11:8
    8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.

    Thank you God for EVERY aspect of my life, from childhood to this present day. Thank you for your trails and healings. Thank you for fulfilling your promise never to leave or forsake us! Praise be to you Father.
    As Abraham did not no where you were leading him and remained faithful to you, my prayer is that I would be blessed to carry that same faith all the days of my life.
    I also, do not know where I’m going but I DO know this, I will trust and follow you my Father, my Creator, no matter where YOU lead me. Let YOUR will be done. Words are not enough to express my thanks for you Jesus.
    ALL GLORY AND HONOR IS YOUR FATHER GOD!!!! Have your Glory.
    What an awesome and glorious time to be alive with you Jesus Christ….In your precious and Holy name…AMEN!

  358. Patti Hughes

    Happy NEW Year!!!!!!!
    I am so excited for this new time. The Lord has been bringing me back to remembering my childhood. I remember, I was made to sit in a corner for most of the day, because of my struggles with spelling. The Lord showed me, what this did to me. Low self esteem, humiliation, fear of failure sank in. The darkness had covered The Seed. But then, there was a Great Light, He graciously exposed what had been done. The walls came down, and the walls that came down have became my ammo. The rubble, became weapons. I thought about the service on New Years and what Pastor said about the rock. Matthew 16:18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. And about David using the rocks for battle to overcome the gates of hell. For it is the Lord strong and mighty that equips us with what we need to fight. I remember those days in the classroom but he has overturned my past and made it a victory! He has left me with a pile of shiny rocks to be used now to overcome, to go with the confidence and assurance of what HE has done on the cross. I can see those gates……
    Romans 8:28 And we KNOW that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to HIS purpose.
    Psalm 33:18 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear HIM (not man) and those whose HOPE is in his unfailing Love.
    Release the battle cry!

  359. zuleika hanvey

    So thankful for all of The Lord’s goodness thruout these last few days in the healing, delivering, joyful presence of God almighty.
    The night is far spent, and the day is at hand… Romans 13:12
    Our day is here… Like pastor Janeth spoke yesterday we have arrived at our destiny and now is when we get up and with the Lord resurrected from the dead from our old life we come out as new!! Looking forward to this new year with The Lord with my United faith church family!!

  360. Jennifer Beames

    Genesis 1:16-19 “ 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.”

    Philippians 2:14-16a “14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life.”

    As I was praying earlier, the Lord brought me to these two verses. God has called us to shine like stars in the universe, like the stars He spoke into being in the very beginning—and what is our job as stars?? To bring His light on earth as it is in heaven, and to separate light from darkness! He calls us to bring His Kingdom of Light wherever we go, and we do that by holding firmly to the word of life and coming into and remaining in the light of the glory of God, His son, Jesus Christ of Nazareth! We are called to be the light in this world—the beacon of hope for all who are searching for a savior from this warped and crooked generation! I pray that the Lord would shine His light on every heart and that we would shine for the Lord in all that we do!

  361. Tania Landwehrle

    But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.”
    ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭13:5-6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  362. lynn santiago

    “Because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.”

    Thank you lord for shining down on me and bringing me into the light of your son. You are so amazing!!

  363. Keri Farina

    But the angel said to her, Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. Luke 1verses 30 thru 32. What the angel said to Mary did happen, and that is why we it we celebrate Jesus being born this Christmas Eve. He is our hope! He is our peace! He is our joy! Not just on Christmas Eve and Christmas, but all throughout the year! You are the most precious gift Jesus!!! No gift we could ever receive could compare to you!!!

  364. marlene

    For God so loved the world that He gave us his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

    Thank you Father, Your Love overwhelms me.

  365. Lauren Brandt

    As have been taking time to really reflect on the sermon from Sunday and read Luke I keep thinking about Mary. Mary was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit and impregnated with Jesus. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests Lk 2:14. The favor of God rested on and overshadowed Mary. The result was God’s glory being planted within and birthed from her womb… Jesus Christ! We are to be like Mary, like the sermon said on Sunday we are to carry within us and to birth forth glory. What does that look like?…

    Pastor Janeth said on Sunday that the glory of Jesus is the splendor of all God is. The Word tells us that Jesus is the image of the invisible God, that he is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being. Everything God is, every characteristic that God has is found in the man Jesus. Jesus said that he and the Father are one. If you know him you know the Father.

    I want to be a carrier of that glory. I am praying that I and all of us this Christmas will be overshadowed by the Spirit of God and that he will implant that glory within us just like he did Mary. Through Jesus we have access to the Father because they are one. Emmanuel, God with us, God WITHIN us!

  366. Joann Case

    4 For as in the day of Midian’s defeat,
    you have shattered
    the yoke that burdens them,
    the bar across their shoulders,
    the rod of their oppressor. Isaiah 9:4

    While reading this verse I immediately saw Jesus walking up the road to Golgotha. As he made his way up to be crucified he bore on his shoulders the weight of my sins, guilt, and shame. He did that for me, for you and for the whole world.
    I was struck that even though it is Christmas Eve and I came to Isaiah for the foretelling of Jesus’ birth, the message of the Cross is so powerful in this passage! Jesus shattered the yoke (sin) that burdens all mankind by bearing the cross (the bar, the rod) on his shoulders. He broke the power of death, hell, and the grave when he rose from the dead making it a public spectacle. Those who follow Jesus, now follow his example. Sin, and the death that sin leads to, no longer has a hold on us because Jesus has overcome it all!! Why?? Because we have Good news…

    6 For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
    And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
    7 Of the greatness of his government and peace
    there will be no end.
    He will reign on David’s throne
    and over his kingdom,
    establishing and upholding it
    with justice and righteousness
    from that time on and forever.
    The zeal of the LORD Almighty
    will accomplish this. Isaiah 9:6-7

    Glory to God in the Highest!

  367. Tony Orlando

    Micah 5:2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times. “

  368. christina china

    “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.” -Isaiah 9:6-7

    Praise God through Jesus Christ we are brought in to a Kingdom that is everlasting, full of peace, truth, love, and that never ends and serve such a great and awesome King who is above all and has overcome all and is Mighty, Just and Holy! Nothing can compare. I kept reading this because it really speaks to the greatness of our Lord. I am excited in this season to know Him and that I am His and excited for all He is doing!

  369. Mollie Steffen

    Praise the Lord for such an amazing season we have been in and even more so what we are about to enter into… The Year of Jubilee !!

    This verse really hit my heart this week in our reading… Ephesians 1:17-19

    “I keep on asking the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe”.

    This is such a powerful prayer and what the Lord was really speaking to me about is that the more we get to know him, he truly is everything that I need and lack for nothing in him. He is the hope in which we live for, the assurance of eternal life that is guaranteed only by the precious Holy Spirit whom is given unto us.

    What an honor and privilege it is to be the elect, chosen ones of the creator of the Universe… Bless his Holy name!!!

  370. Anna Washack

    “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.” – Daniel 7:13-14

    What a promise. Praise God the King is seated on His throne! Jesus Christ: who was, who is, and who is to come. How awesome it is to belong to Him, to be in a kingdom that is victorious. Hail the King!

  371. Jessica Lefler

    Praise God, this is the day he has made! The Lord has been talking to me about his will and how his desire is for us to know it and live it. In Ephesians 5 he says: “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” Everything we see was created according to his will. God chose us to be his sons and daughters through Christ because it pleased him and was his will to do so. He makes his wisdom and understanding, which is unsearchable and better than any riches this world could offer, available to us for the purpose of his will. When Jesus was on the earth he spoke constantly about how he only did what his Father did, he lived and died and rose again and now reigns, all in accordance with the Lord’s will.

    The world tells us the opposite message, it says we can do our own thing and still have Jesus on the side. But it’s a lie, this verse tells us that those who do not know the Lord’s will are foolish. Anyone who lives to do their own will, fulfilling their own desires based on what they think is right isn’t in God’s kingdom, but of the kingdom of Satan who, because he wanted his own way above God’s was thrown out of heaven.
    I’ve heard countless stories of people who accomplished amazing feats, endured extreme conditions, torture, being stranded, no food, lifting insanely heavy objects – all fueled by human will. We’ve heard, “where there’s a will there’s a way” and the human will can be pretty powerful. And yet, I can’t help but think of how much more powerful God’s will is and what greater things His will can accomplish in us! When we see that his will was to send his Son to die on the cross for the world and rise again, conquering death, hell and the grave – we can know for sure that God’s will is so much better than our own will.

    When we find out what his will is and do it, we look and live like Jesus and the Father gives his Holy Spirit to accomplish his will in us just like he did with His Son.
    “For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed” John 5:20.

  372. Luke Washack

    Psalm 144:1 (NIV) 1 Of David. Praise be to the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. 2 He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.

    I have always loved this psalm, and it reminds me of how the Lords people do not wage war like the world…And thankfully so! That would mean they would be servants of the world, it’s power, and dominion. It would look like submission to sinful nature-anger, rage, malice, slander, backbiting, murder. It’s always avenging self, claiming to be a victim, self righteous, and has nothing to do with God. The word of God is clear-those who live like this are contrary to the people of God. Col 3:8. Believers are told to put these off and put on love-for Christ and the believers.

    The believers of Christ turn their focus toward the mightiest warrior, the Most High, Jehova Saboath-The Lord of Hosts-the one who defeated death, hell, and the grave-The Lord Jesus Christ. Because the battle belongs to the Lord!

    The believers lift up their obedient trained hands- in praise to the King! They war in prayer for God’s kingdom- not self. They are powerful because they love Jesus! Believers, don’t concern themselves with childish strife on the earth-but instead set their minds on things that are above! They purpose themselves to know Him, and make Him known! They have submitted to God. They have set their minds minds and hearts to the Lord’s will- the Lord’s cause- and are always victorious…because the Lord always wins.

  373. Patty High

    This morning’s sermon was so powerful. We talk all the time about being overcomers and more than conquerors, but as I learned more about the celebration of the Feast of Dedication, I learned more about what truly makes us overcomers – THE NAME OF THE FATHER!

    The power of Christ in me is found in the glory of the name of God revealed through my life. I used to be someone that worked and tried and moved so much in my own strength, but there was never victory in that. The times where I have experienced the Lord moving mightiest in my life has been when I have been weakest, in that the Father is glorified. Hallel-Ya!

    1. Keri Farina

      Amen Patty! Just like we learned yesterday Jesus did everything to glotify the Father. I want to do the same in my life. Reading Ephesians I can’t get out of Chapter 1:11-12 In him we are chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. The Lord really has it all covered. Trusting in his will, knowing he works out everything for the purpose of his will, eliminates the stress of us having to figure it all out. We just have to look up to our mighty Father in Heaven and trust him. If we seek to glorify the Father like Jesus did then no matter what this life throws at us, we will know that our Father will get us through. Just like Pastor said yesterday about God “He never loses!” Thank you so much Father!!! You rule!!! You Reign over All!!!

  374. Katie Orlando

    Last week’s sermon about the kingdom of God and Jesus being our King has spoken volumes this week. Jesus is the true KING! Friday night during prayer, I was reminded about our reading from Colossians this week, specifically 2:15 “And having disarmed the powers and authorities (of darkness), He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”
    I have a study Bible (Fire Bible) that includes a text note about this verse, explaining that “triumphing over them” means “leading them in a triumphant procession,” which was a military practice. I was led to look up triumphant processions and found some amazing facts! According to sources that have been found, captives from war would be in front, with the general (and later, only the emperor) being celebrated in a chariot near the middle. Jesus actually changes this order around, with Him in the front, showing Himself to be the conquering King, and leading the captives behind Him, showing that He has that ultimate victory over all of them! I envisioned Him as the head of procession, leading all of the captives He took when He died on the cross, all things of the flesh (pride, anger, anxiety, etc.)-and of course captivity itself! Sometimes, they were accompanied by their young children in the chariot. We are God’s children through Jesus (Galatians 3:27)! We are able to ride with Him in that chariot, declaring that He is above all the defeated captives we have had in our own lives! Hallelujah! He is truly our Conquering King, who leads the captives in His train! I am thankful for what Jesus has done!

  375. Cheryl Donoghue

    We are the Church! Amen! This has been some week I’m sure you’d all agree. As Pastor said, ” Power, Influence and Authority!!!

    The Church (Us) are made up of people who are “called out” of the world and into the Kingdom of God. We are the Temple of God and the Holy Spirit. Continuously growing in the knowledge of our Lord.

    Listening to the sermon from Kris: the Church is “the pillar and foundation of the Truth”. (1ti 3:15)

    Live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way, being fruitful in every good work, growing in knowledge of God. (Col 1:10)

    From the days of John the Baptist until NOW, the Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing and forceful men lay hold of it. (Matthew 11:12)
    Matt 11:12….here Jesus gives additional information on the nature and character of those who become part of His Kingdom. He makes it clear that forceful people are the ones that take hold of the Kingdom of Heaven. This refers to US a people who are boldly committed to breaking away from sinful and ungodly practices of the human race and who give themselves completely to seeking until they find deeper knowledge of Christ, His Word and His perfect purpose.

    Let us remember Jesus told us ” The Kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say ‘here it is,’ or , ‘There it is’ because the Kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21)

    Please that I have the ear to hear your heart dear Jesus, and that together with my brothers and sisters we live our lives worthy of You, in Power, Influence and Authority in your precious name. Amen.

  376. James Daskalakis

    Colossians 1:9-12
    9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of His holy people in the kingdom of light.

    How good is it of our Heavenly Father to send us the Holy Spirit who is our counselor in the Kingdom of God! This week God transformed me through the power of the Holy Spirit by understanding the power that is in the Holy Spirit. God has called us all on a pilgrimage to befriend the Holy Spirit, for He will lead us into victory in God’s Kingdom along with His word and Savior Jesus Christ.

    In Colossians 1:9 Through the power of the Spirit (Holy Spirit) we the sons and daughters of God can be filled continually with the knowledge (to become thoroughly acquainted with, to understand) His will through all wisdom and understanding that the Spirit provides (according to His ability). To know God’s will for our lives and be empowered to understand His desires for us in His kingdom is a necessity in order to as verse 10 shows live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit and growing in the knowledge of God. We who were once so against God can live a life worthy of our Heavenly Father, please Him, bear fruit for Him (in the transformation of our lives) and come to know Him more and more. This leads us to verse 11 through 12 and being strengthened with all power according to His might allowing us not to just give joyful thanks with our lips but our whole life. God has qualified each of us but it is only through His son the Lord Jesus Christ who has sent us the counselor the Holy Spirit who we are to obey that we can obtain such a powerful inheritance while fulfilling the word of God.

    Befriend the Holy Spirit today as He leads, teaches and empowers us into victory in the Kingdom of God!
    Hallelujah!

  377. Nicole Ellis

    Last week in bible study we talked about sanctification and commanding our souls to submit to God and not our fleshy desires. What’s really exciting is that this week is Hanukkah and I recently found out that one of the translations for sanctification in the Greek is hagiazo and when translated into hebrew, it is Hanukkah. It’s awesome to see God continuously confirm the word he gives in bible study!

  378. Jessica Burke

    We serve a great God and King whose kingdom reigns over all and lasts eternally. The Bible serves as the “Constitution” establishing this holy nation’s dominion and authority over all creation. If we are joining as members of Gods nation, we must know its laws and obey them as ones who have been granted citizenship. When Pastor Janeth was sharing this thought on Sunday, I was so excited because my undergraduate is in Political Science. I can recall that my peers and professors would walk around with a mini booklet of the constitution in their pockets. Their hope was to memorize and to enact the laws of the United States and be ready at any moment to be able to teach others the framework of this great nation. We should have the same kind of passion. We are not lawbreakers!!!!! We must be outstanding citizens in the city of God. For, “Glorious things are said about you, O City of God.” Psalm 87:3

  379. Pastor Jeffrey Brandt

    Something from Sunday that Pastor Santiago had said has been such a blessing to me. As she spoke she reminded us all that the Lord takes us to heaven for only a certain period of time. After the set time, the Lord Jesus will come back along with His redeemed people to rule and reign in His kingdom established on the earth!

    What the Lord really showed me was that heaven is just like the Ark of Noah. It was in the ark that God’s people were kept safe during the time of judgment, and it was only for a certain period of time they needed to remain there. After the flood of judgment, the ark doors were opened and God’s people were now free to live in the fullness of God’s blessing and inheritance on the earth!

    Praise God that he’s calling us into the Lord Jesus, the Ark, the one who’s prepared a place for us in heaven. But it doesn’t stop there! We look forward to the promise land of coming back with Jesus to live in the fullness of God’s blessing and inheritance on the earth!!!

  380. art smith

    What do you have that God hasn’t given you? This past week of prayer, fasting, and seeking the lord has been to say incredible would surly be an understatement. We gave up the one thing that we try to control the most, our TIME. We say it’s my time I can do what I want, but it truly is God’s time. Your life (time) is not your own you were bought at a price. Through this time our house, has become a house of prayer where the presence of God dwells. I can say that the kingdom of God has come? Let your kingdom come, and your will be done. All hail the King of Glory. If you seek him you will find him.

    Hosea 6:3 let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surly as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth. Amen!!!

  381. Evan Johnson

    Hebrews 12:28-29 “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ‘God is a consuming fire.'”

    This verse has been on my heart all day while reflecting on yesterday’s sermon. We’ve entered into the Kingdom of God, the kingdom that will reign forever and never be shaken. Though the world around us is in darkness and is constantly being shaken, as we give thanks and joyfully serve the Lord, we cannot be shaken or moved. Although he faced a lot of persecution, Daniel knew what Kingdom he really belonged to and constantly served the Lord. When he was thrown into the lion’s den, he was not shaken by the lions. He knew the Kingdom he belonged to is an everlasting one, no matter what situation he was ‘thrown’ in. He knew where the true Throne was, and his soul rejoiced at that. Praise God that we are in the Kingdom of God that is eternal, immovable, and unshakable, and as we serve Him and revere His name, we are unshakable!

  382. Nathan Farina

    “Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you.”Matthew Chapter 7 verse 7
    During this amazing week the Lord really showed me how powerful his Holy Spirit is, and how when you call on him he truly comes. I have been set free by the Holy Spirit in my own household. So just as the word says “Ask and it will be given to you.” I thank God for this awesome week, and all that is has shown to me and my family.

  383. Isaiah Farina

    This has been a time of great growth in my family and in me. When Pastor Santiago first told the church that we would be fasting the TV my first thoughts were ” Oh jeez, this isn’t going to be easy.” But praise be to God almighty for it was only when I put the remote down and picked up the Bible with my family that I realized how much time I waste away from God. The Lord made me want to spend time with him and, while there were the dull moments without TV, the time me and my family spent with him brought us closer to him and with each other. I know He will bless our family for generations to come.

  384. Patti Hughes

    The Beatitudes
    He said:

    3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
    4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
    5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
    6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
    7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
    8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
    9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
    10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
    11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
    12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

    AS he stood on the mountain, he gave the disciples all they needed, its the truly His kingdom laws, the perfect laws. First choose, then, submit, obey, you get love, submit, obey, you get love, submit, obey, yup love. All my life, ( well the last 15 years) I thought His kingdom was my kingdom, picking scriptures that “fit”. Until 2 years ago, my kingdom fell, and God with his great mercy, showed me who he was, and who I am. I will be forever grateful. Choose, submit, obey, repent, choose, submit, obey repent. This week has been a week like no other for me. In His presence is deliverance, healing, obedience, in Bible study we share life changing scriptures. not the ones that “fit” but the ones that change our hearts. And then there is Sunday….He comes…crazy…..like no other. Last night we prayed the Beatitudes, only when praying…Jesus was on the mountain, dressed in His Royal Robe, His Sash, His Crown, His Scepter, and His Signet Ring. He is King, He is King. He’s coming to rule, he’s coming to reign. I meditate on the WORD, I have been fed for 2 years and each has been a building block for me. I thank all my Pastors for their vision and their example to follow according to the Great Commission. Thank you for caring for my soul, thank you loving me.

    In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,

    “God opposes the proud
    but shows favor to the humble.”
    Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

    Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
    Amen

  385. zuleika hanvey

    PS. 100 NKJV
    Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
    Serve The Lord with Gladness;
    Come before His Presence with singing ,
    Know That The Lord, He is God…..
    Amen! He has been so faithful, so giving, so forgiving, so restoring, and I think about so much of the “things” I gave up from my life, my past, my present and gave up how I wanted my future to be, but NOW I can know Him and grow in Him, His past, His present, His future. He has done such incredible acts of Mercy for me, and my house! and now all I want to do is be an offering of thanks to Him and His Church, United Faith Church!

  386. Anna Washack

    “For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
    for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her vindication shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a BLAZING TORCH.” – Isaiah 62:1

    We are the blazing torches of God – His Word, His Light, His Truth set on fire with a passion and zeal to worship and honor our King! I’m coming to church today with eager expectation, with a heart that is overflowing with gratitude, to WORSHIP the Almighty God. Hail, Hail, to my King! Everlasting to everlasting He Is GOD!

  387. Silas Farina

    Let us serve the Holy King continually!! This week of prayer and fasting has been amazing. The time of praying with my family and setting apart time for God was a blessing for all of us; even though we were trying to bless our King! When we gave God our worship and prayers He proved that we cannot out give God, He kept blessing us with his presence over and over again. This week was a time of unity for all of us. During Bible study and Men’s I felt a new bond between all of my church brothers and sisters. There is going to be abundant fruit when God’s people seek him! We grew closer as a family and closer as one body of the Church. This is only the beginning!!

    1 Corinthians 12:26-27
    26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.27 Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.

  388. Cheryl Donoghue

    We are the Mighty Mighty Warriors! Amen! Victory is The Lords!
    This week has been such a blessing. The unity of the Church, our hearts beating in time together with our Lord Jesus!

    Last night I had such a wonderful dream we were together at service, but outside was these tall figures with wings (couldn’t see any detail of face or anything) but there were too many to count and their huge wings that were touching each other and they formed circles around us..an army of angels. Then inside was us shoulder to shoulder. What a magnificent sight.

    May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you A Spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with One heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    Romans 15:5-6

  389. Patty High

    I rejoiced with those who said to me,
    “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
    That is where the tribes go up—
    the tribes of the Lord—
    to praise the name of the Lord
    according to the statute given to Israel.
    Psalm 122:1, 4

    I am filled with joy and expectation this morning coming into church. I can’t wait to worship the King with all the people of God!

  390. Keri Farina

    This morning I woke up with expectation and excitement for today knowing the Lord is going to do great things. The Lord brought me to Psalm 84 and confirmed it! These verses jumped off the page.
    1How lovely is your dwelling place,
    O Lord Almighty!
    2 My soul yearns, even faints
    for the courts of the Lord,
    my heart and flesh cry out
    for the living God.
    4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house,
    they are ever praising you.
    10 Better is one day in your courts
    than a thousand elsewhere,
    I would rather be a doorkeeper in the
    house of my God
    Than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
    Looking forward to going to the House of the Lord today, to Praise His Holy name and give him thanks for all he has done!

  391. Joann Case

    Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100

    Praise Jesus! What an amazingly powerful week of prayer this has been! This week the Lord has been really touching my heart with boldness in prayer, worship, praise, and sharing the Gospel and my love for the Lord at work. All week I kept thinking how Daniel without hesitation opened his windows and prayed and worshiped the Lord in broad daylight, in plain view and in earshot of the world despite the King’s decree. Daniel was not ashamed of who he loved and served! He knew his God and he loved and honored him all the days of his life. It was no secret who he served and this week in our neighborhood there was no secret who we serve. As for me and my house, WE WILL SERVE THE LORD! Praise God… Jesus’ Name resounded on our street! We are called to be the light of the world, a city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Amen! We will not be hidden!

    Hallelujah! I enter your gates with thanksgiving and praise! I SERVE THE LIVING GOD! I SERVE THE GREAT I AM! I SERVE KING JESUS! And I will continually serve you and worship you in the daylight, in plain view, in earshot of the world my Lord with the windows open bringing you forth the praise and worship that is due your HOLY Name! For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.

  392. Sherene Cornelius

    This week has been absolutely amazing!! The lord has been showing me how many excuses I had for literally everything I did and how lazy i became because of it. I am truly thankful for the Lord opening my eyes and showing me the truth of how I was AND for guiding me during this transformation! I am to reflect none other then Jesus Christ and to do that I have to give my ENTIRE life! The lord has also been teaching me to listen, not only hear but listen carefully and act! I am to move in his timing and only his timing, that is the only way to be victorious. I am grateful for his love for it is like no other, it is powerful and true! I am so excited for ALL that is to come!!
    HAIL TO THE KING OF GLORY!!

  393. Stephanie Perez

    But you, Lord , are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord , and he answers me from his holy mountain. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side. Arise, Lord ! Deliver me, my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked. From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.
    Psalm 3:3-4, 6-8 Blessings to all of you i would like to thank the Lord for the deliverance and walls broken down in our lives this past week. Doors that were closed have now been opened in my life … I thank the Lord for just being able to spend that extra time with the him, it has also brought my family alot closer to the Lord. It has been such a great experience praying and worshipping together wow amazing
    I also thank the Lord for the ufc family and especially our Pastors for their Love and Dedication to Our Father in Heaven.
    Hail to the KING!!! Victory is ours!!

  394. Ashley Hughes

    The Lord has been moving mightily this week in my life. He convicted my heart daily and healed deep wounds from my childhood. I have always been so afraid of failing at everything I do and worried that I would let everyone down including the Lord, but the Lord instantly freed me from that fear as I was praying. And then the next day, the Lord showed me this anxiety I didn’t know I had which caused me to constantly overthink everything after I had done it and gave me the impulse to fix situations right away, most of which weren’t even messed up. The Lord removed the anxiety too and my mind was instantly at peace! There are no more thoughts randomly racing in mind, which is strange because they were there my whole life and it seemed normal, but praise be to God because this is so much better!!! The Lord is also teaching me to stay humble and resist pride and rebellion. It has been an incredible week and I can’t wait to share in the victory with my brothers and sisters in Christ at service in the morning!!!

  395. Ricardo Campa

    Hail to the king!!! I shouted it out over my life over my family and over my household. This week was awesome I was able to see how much we can be influenced by the world. But thank God for His mercy and grace that He is training me to hear His voice in these dark times and to declare Him king over my life.
    “Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
    ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭37:4‬ ‭
    Lord I desire more of you.
    Hail Hail Hail to the King!

  396. Eileen Masella

    Who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with His blood. 1 Peter 1:2
    This really has been an amazing week. The Lord has mainly been speaking to me about killing the flesh. He is stirring things inside of me and a new determination to serve Him continually and wholeheartedly, to make every effort to advance in the qualities of Jesus Christ, to kill every bit of the flesh that would step in the way of my inheritance.

    My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise His holy name for ever and ever. Psalm 145:23.

    Thank You that Your mercies are new everyday.

  397. Stephanie Sheehan

    Psalm 40:5-10
    5 Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.
    6 Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but my ears you have pierced; burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require.
    7 Then I said, “Here I am, I have come– it is written about me in the scroll.
    8 I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”
    9 I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, as you know, O LORD.
    10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and salvation. I do not conceal your love and your truth from the great assembly.

    All week during this special time, I have been recounting the many wonders The Lord has done, and am amazed at the things He has planned for his people, planned for those who are UNITED in FAITH. The church is truly desiring the will of God and running after it, and so, the proclamation of the righteousness of the King of Kings is growing louder and louder as we are becoming one.

    This week my lips have not been sealed, and I have not hid His righteousness in my heart. Conversation at school and home has been full of the sweetness of God by recounting how faithful and good The Lord is, and has been to me.

    God has been so faithful to his people. I hold on to the living hope, He is constant and divine, He is the one who will never leave us nor forsake us, the one who says remain in me and I will remain in you, the one who says I will bring to completion the good work I have started. The ways of the Lord are so great, I am running after my King along with all of my brothers and sister, eagerly desiring to walk in His will all the days of my life. The more aligned we are to his will, the greater we bring Him glory!

  398. Lori DiCorcia

    I want to give a SHOUT OF PRAISE and THANKSGIVING for all that the Lord is doing in my life. I have been praying for so long for the selfishness in my life to be broken. The Lord has opened a door of opportunity for change, for transformation by giving of myself in ways I was too selfish to do in the past. He is opening my heart to feel and to love perhaps for the first time in my life. I am no longer content just going through the motions of life. I now desire to be involved in life just like Jesus was and God is moving in my heart now. To know that I don’t have to be the same, that God is willing to change me, willing to give me His Spirit to empower me is so amazing to me. But God has shown who He is! He hears the cries of His people and He answers them. Hallelujah to His name!

  399. Jennifer Beames

    Isaiah 50:7
    Because the Sovereign Lord helps me,
    I will not be disgraced.
    Therefore have I set my face like flint,
    and I know I will not be put to shame.

    I have been so amazed this week with how the Lord is moving in our midst! It has been a week of breakthrough beyond what we have ever experienced! As I have sought the Lord this week and have laid down the things of my flesh—every desire, every thought—the Lord kept putting it on my heart to “set my face like flint”. Flint is a very hard rock, so to set our faces like flint is to be resolute, determined, UNMOVED by any circumstance. I have never been one, in the past, to set my face like flint or to remain steadfast for the Lord or anything else, for that matter. I truly believe that throughout this week, even up through tonight, the Lord has solidified me, showing me what it means to set my face like flint, and has set my eyes on the prize, which is to serve the Living God all the days of my life and to fulfill the destiny that He has called me to!

    I have set my face like flint, determined and unshaken by this world, pressing in to attain the goal for which Christ has taken hold of me, proclaiming to the nations who my God is and of His magnificent glory, unashamed of what He has done for me! As I step into and walk in the calling that God has on my life, I am confident that I will not be put to shame!

  400. KDaskalakis

    All hail be to Jesus! This week the Lord was continuously bringing me back to the cross. When He went to the cross in the ultimate act of love he was forced to wear a crown of thorns, but in His submission on the cross to death He was given full authority and is now crowned with an eternal crown and eternal authority to give eternal Life. This week in my life, my family, and in my generations He is crowned in victory, honor, and power.

    But he began to show me how His kingdom is in authority but when we exalt Him as King His love overflows and it is a love that always protects. In Nehemiah it says

    14 And I looked, and arose and said to the nobles, to the leaders, and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.”

    He then was showing me when we exalt Him we become people who can say zeal for your house consumes me. His Love causes us to always look out for His kingdom, our brothers and sisters and help to defend them as well. When we are, as in Peter it says purified by obeying the truth we will love one another genuinely. And that love always protects always hopes and always perseveres, and we can only obey what we call Lord.
    He also led me to proverbs where it says

    Mercy and truth preserve the King, And by lovingkindness He upholds His throne.

    So This week I am one who has said Hail to the King of Glory for He is Great and Awesome!

  401. Enjolic

    1 Peter 1:3-6 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

    All’s I can say is wow. Thank you God for the new birthing, a new hope, the resurrection of Jesus, and an undeserving inheritance in your kingdom. This week of prayer and fasting has brought me closer to God in so many ways and strengthened my walk with Him. The time spent with Him has been so refreshing and life changing and I know I want and need more of it. During this week I found myself just reflecting on really who God is and remembering all He has done. There is such a freedom in worshipping Him and I really felt that in our home this week as my husband and I and our two girls put on worship music and danced around our living room. We truly serve an amazing God. He is worthy of ALL our praise and ALL our worship. What an exciting time to be apart of ! HAIL to the KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS!!

  402. Charles Ellis

    Praise God for how He’s moved this week. I feel closer to him in a very new way that I’ve never felt before. I’m thankful for the body of believers that have surrounded me in fasting and prayer, demonstrating how united we can become in Christ.

    Psalm 145:18 “The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.”

    Thank you and bless you Lord for your love, your mercy and your grace!

  403. Anthony Orlando

    In this time God has truly shown me the joys of prayer and left me amazed at His answers. One thing I’ve been seeking the Lord for is that He would be constantly on my mind in my heart. And he is answering! I can’t think of anything better, He is becoming my focus, with thoughts of Him and a desire to pray constantly popping into my head. All I want is His will in my life!

  404. Lolmedo

    This week the lord has shown me how patient he has been with me, he reminded me of so many events, places & things that I have done (2 Peter 3:15 bear in mind that our lords patience means salvation) I’ve read this so many times before & in this weeks bible study I shared with my brothers &a sisters how now thru his revelation on how kind & merciful he has been that his purpose was to bring me into salvation & how I rejected his love & the gift, he has held back what I really deserve & that is death. I praise God today for his long suffering I want to come into a relationship with him & this week he has given me the opportunity to seek that, thank you father for opening my eyes to see you even more clearer, I look forward to see what this coming year will bring as we plow thru the enemy’s camp & take back everything for gods glory ( the word he has given me this week is SEEK,SEARCH, & DESTROY) all that is not godly in my life.

  405. Steven DiCorcia

    Every day the mirror of Christ Jesus is before me. Every day I have an opportunity to make choices. I thank my God for changing me forever by loving me and teaching me the truth. The truth is I can do no good without His Holy Spirit, His Word in me, and His love. I thank God that he gave me a desire to love and honor him because he saved my life, and my families lives. He gave me the ability to make choices for Him and for His church. He gave me the Holy Spirit to carry it out. These past weeks the Lord has changed me by increasing His love in me and giving me opportunities to share that love and the gospel with people I work with. I am so thankful to God for using me to bring the hope I have in Christ and to speak about the gospel to others as it was spoken to me. I am so excited with the possibilities for this season and all the victories we have, and yet to have in Christ Jesus.
    Isaiah 12
    In that day you will say:
    “I will praise you, Lord. Although you were angry with me, your anger has turned away and you have comforted me.
    2 Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense[a];
    he has become my salvation.”3 With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. 4 In that day you will say:
    “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. 5 Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world. 6 Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.”

  406. Samantha Foster-Tiso

    I praise God for every opportunity I had this week to just spend time praising Him and proclaiming how great He is! In the eyes of the world, it should have been a very stressful week for me with schoolwork as the work piles up and final exams get nearer. But something happens in the presence of The Lord that causes all anxiety to be broken and all wandering thoughts to be captivated. It is because He is HOLY and nothing that is not of Him can remain where He is. I was reminded this week that it is definitely nothing short of a privilege and an honor to serve a God who is so loving that when His people call on Him and worship Him, he meets us where we are and inhabits His praises! He is holy, powerful, merciful, and loving!
    Also, during prayer this week, The Lord was speaking to me about the unity of His church in worship. Because His Holy Spirit inhabits His praises, it causes the many shouts and songs of His people to unite and rise up to the heavens as ONE sweet, powerful voice! Praise God!! He is perfect in all His ways and He unites his church not just locally, but universally.
    1 Peter 2:10, “Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God! You had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”
    Praise The Lord!!

  407. Keri Farina

    This week my life has changed. At Bible Study James and Pastor Jeff really challenged us that if we wanted more of the Holy Spirit to ask God for more. Just like Daniel we are praying to the Lord and he is delivering us. This morning as we began to pray we started prayer by singing Amazing Grace my chains are gone and when we started Nate shared that is the same song they sang yesterday while praying, and Silas said they sang it at his group also. The Lord is uniting our Church! For me he has taken my eyes off of my circumstances and put them on those around me that don’t have the Lord and are lost. He is putting on my heart to pray for others who need chains broken, just like the Lord has done for me. Tonight he gave me, For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6 verse 2. He has heard my prayers and has helped me to remain in him even during my darkest hours. His Holy Spirit is bringing us to a new level with God. It really is the time of Gods Favor!!! The Lord is breaking through!!!

  408. Elaine Seligson

    John 15:8-10
    My true disciples produce much fruit. This brings great glory to my Father.
    I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love.
    When you obey me, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father and remain in his love.

    This week has been a time of reflection, a time of seeking and soaking in that love (agape) is the word that comes to mind, to describe and express this beautiful time together with Jesus, My Lord and my Savior. His love that changes your life forever. You want to glorify, and exalt him to serve him and to stand firm the army of Christ that will not be shaken.

  409. Karen McBee

    Luke 1:45- Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!
    This week has been an amazing spiritual journey! Trials, blessings, overwhelming, joy…a peace that surpasses all understanding. God is so faithful! His promises are true and He is the only thing that truly satisfies. No matter what happens in our lives, we know that we serve a mighty King that can demolish all strongholds! When He is for us, WHO can be against us?!
    This week God opened a door for me to start working with the children in our community. I have the opportunity to share about a hope that never disappoints…the hope of JESUS CHRIST!!! I am so excited for all that God is going to do!!! Praise his HOLY NAME!!

    1. Keri Farina

      Praise Jesus Karen, this afternoon in prayer the Lord gave us the exact same verse! He is confirming his will and his word. In the same chapter in verse 37 it says For nothing is impossible with God. I agree, this week has been an amazing spiritual journey!

  410. Roland Landwehrle

    This week has been so powerful. The lord has been revealing so many things to me about myself. He brought me to read Nehemiah today and reminded me how the walls of Jerusalem were rebuilt. How no sooner than they began to reconstruct the wall all of the other nations who did not serve the lord became enraged. How in the end no gap was left in it. That is how my week was. The lord showed me so many gaps in my life and my walk. All of the unaddressed issues that served as a back door to wickedness. An entrance for Satan to get a foothold and pry his way in. This is what the Lord does he fixes things that are broken and in ruins. People in particular the more they are broken the more he builds them up. I was left with so many gaps in my life so many holes in my walls secret entrances for Satan to find his way in. The lord has been showing them to me this week, sealing them up with his word and teachings. This week my son joined me in the 9PM prayer every day. By His grace he showed my boy how to pray with the holy spirit. Previously he would pray scripted typical prayers, but this week the spirit touched him. He opened his heart to the lord and poured out to God right before my eyes. Even today my wife and I prayed for two hours and at the end we brought the children in. I was overwhelmed with joy by the prayer that burst forth from my son. The room was filled with joy, laughter, singing and praise as my children belted out to the Lord in worship through prayer. My family is a living testimony to what the lord can raise out of ruins. The walls of the city are being rebuilt those who oppose the lord are angry with us, but just as It was in Nehemiah we post guards through our prayers, we meet the threat day and night. Praise the Lord the walls are being rebuilt and the great city is being reconstructed one broken soul at a time. This week has definitely been a time of war. Praise be to god, our King is here to carry us to victory!

  411. Anna Washack

    “…the oath he swore to our father Abraham: to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.” – Luke 1:73-75

    God has been showing me this week what it means to answer His call…to be chosen…to be His servant. He’s truly promised to give everything I need in order to serve Him. Like Daniel, I have been chosen to serve the Living God no matter the cost.

    This week my heart has been set to exalt the King wherever I am at… I prayed on my lunch break at work and a co-worker joined me. The Lord is giving me a voice that cries out,”Hail, hail, to the King!”

  412. Sonny Cardona

    This past week the Lord has refined me in so many ways, I was sharing in bible study this past week how the Lord has been showing me things that need to be shed off and thrown into the fire such as my old ways or seeking God when its convenient, the time for salvation is NOW and there is no time to waste “it’s now or never” He has shown me what needs to be thrown into the fire and since I have been obeying and throwing the old me into the fire I now have been feeling closer to the Lord and feeling His presence like never before through worship, seeking Him and spending more time with Him and obeying Him “He is tangible”!!! Since I have been choosing to throw the old me into the fire and seeking Him that much more I feel closer to Him and I feel a Fire that is growing inside of me for the One True God and I will not quench that fire but let it grow and keep burning, (Draw near to God and He will come near to you James 4:8)!! This past week of fasting has been life changing for me and I’m starting to know my God like Daniel knew His God and I will seek Him from now on continually just like Daniel! Praise His Name!!

  413. Seritta Nelson

    “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.”John 14:10-11 NKJV
    Jesus was unquestionably in agreement with the Lord for His kingdom. His desire was to obey His father and only act under His authority. The Lord desires our obedience. We should look to Him as the deciding factor in our daily lives. Letting the Lord lead, finally compliant with His perspective, provoked a change in my outlook on so many factors of life including my marriage. My joy now truly does come from only the Lord and I can’t imagine seeking anyone or anything else for such peace.

  414. lynn santiago

    Jeremiah 29:13
    You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart.

    This week has been amazing! i have connected with the lord through prayer and worship in such a deeper way. As the lord filled me with his life giving spirit I was praying for one of my students who has been unable to do any of his work and is very unhappy. The lord touched him and he began to laugh and accomplish his work that he has never been able to do! We laughed together and it was amazing! It was truly miraculous! Afterwards I looked at the teachers who were in awe at what they just witnessed and asked them if they believed in Jesus and I said because that was the power of God almighty and they both just shook their heads in agreement! They said that was a miracle!

    Lord you truly are the God of the impossible, the God who breaths life into the dead and when we seek you with our all of our hearts we find you!

  415. Dwight McBee

    Exodus 15:2 “The Lord is my strength and my defense; He has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise Him, my father’s God, and I will exalt Him. THE LORD IS A WARRIOR; THE LORD IS HIS NAME”.

    This verse sums up this week! Today I was reminded of when we used to win football games at Southern Regional (Yes, we won a few in my day!). On the bus ride back we would laugh, sing and rejoice all the way home! I can imagine the many victories we read about! Gideon and the defeat of the Midianites, Joshua and the defeat of Jerico, David and the defeat of Goliath. Can you imagine what it was like on the way back? I see the servants of the Lord marching in the confidence of the Lord, rejuvinated from battle by what they witnessed.

    Today I couldn’t help but praise Him with a song that we sing “The Lord IS a Warrior, The Lord is mighty in battle. The Lord IS a Warrior, Lord of hosts is He!” I sing because He won’t let me forget that without Him I thought I was the warrior. I fought with my intellect, my wisdom and my strength…and I lost in the end. But here at United Faith Church I have come to know Jesus. I have learned here that The Lord IS a warrior. I now know that He is smarter, wiser and stronger than I could ever be! This week He reminded me to trust His plan, even if it goes against what I think is right. He showed me that He is a warrior, always has been and always will be.

    The Lord IS a Warrior, Lord of hosts is He!!

  416. Kaitlin Masella

    On Tuesday I was talking to Jessica at youth group about something, and she said she’d been praying for me. I was amazed because I had asked God to please have someone pray for me, and I was hoping for Jessica too, and then she told me she had been praying for me! Then, today I was telling the Farina’s about what happened and they had been praying for me too! It’s so awesome because God answered my prayer! Praise be to God!!!

  417. John Hanvey

    “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
    ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭37:4
    I have been hearing the Lord speak to me about relationship and really knowing who he is and who he wants us to be. He is ever increasing my desire for Him. My children are seeing it and things are changing everyday. With change comes the conviction of the heart. I thank you God for teaching me how to love.

  418. Pastor Jeffrey Brandt

    This week I was reminded of John 16:7…”Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.”

    Jesus not only died to redeem us from our sins, but to release the fullness of His Spirit into our lives! He’s given us the precious gift of the Holy Spirit as our help, comfort and everything else we could need. I’m so thankful because I know that without Him I couldn’t be effective for the Kingdom, and right now God is pouring out his Spirit like never before! We as the Church are being empowered to be transformed and fulfill the call of making His Name known! Hallelujah! Holy Spirit continue to move in us all!

  419. Lauren Sheehan

    Holy, Holy, Holy is He! All throughout the week the Lord has been revealing himself to me as the all consuming fire. He has chosen us and called us to be separate from the world, to come into the fire now and be refined. Once chosen, we must obey, and through obedience our flesh will burn away, and holiness will rise. When two fires meet, one does not burn out the other, but they join as one and the flame burns brighter…won’t the fires set within our souls unite with one another, burning bright and tall for all the community and world to see!
    1 Corinthians 1:10 I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgement.

  420. Steven Esquilin

    This week I was thinking about Daniel and how he had served the Lord continually. Not fearing what man could do to him he stood and continue to serve His God and pray to him 3 times a day with the window open. He refused to compromise and please the world he separated himself and served God. In the reading this week 1 Peter 1:15-16 But just as he who called you is holy , so be holy in all you do;for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” Just like Daniel I am called to be dedicated , set apart, holy and continually serving the Lord to be in his fullness consumed by him. To let all does around me know that it is God that I serve to proclaim his goodness and shout his praises for all
    to hear!

  421. marlene

    My husband and I set out to take a walk the other day, asking the Lord to lead us. We found ourselves in an area we never expected to be. As we walked through a neighborhood that was not very familiar to us, we found ourselves moved to pray for it. We were declaring that our light had come and will shine into every dark corner of this community. The Lord is breaking our hearts for his lost and bringing us out to take the land. We got to greet and/or talk to quite a few people along the way. The Lord graciously opened the door with some to share part of our testimony. Revelation 12:11-They triumphed over him by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony…

  422. Tony Orlando

    Rom 8:10-11. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. The Lord has spoken to me about dying to the flesh and allowing Him to resurrect us through His Spirit. How he will impart His Spirit to give life even unto our mortal bodies. What a glorious God we serve! That as we “put to death the misdeeds of the body” we will live and be called children of God. Amen!

  423. Arthur Masella

    Hail! Hail! The Lamb of God who for our sin was slain!!!!!!!!!!!
    Hail! Hail! The King of Saints who died and who rose again!!!!!!
    Ephesians 3 (NKJV) 20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
    I ALWAYS marvel at what and how God does things in our lives!!! The confirmations that just came forth all week were amazing. First of all, we enter the week with Daniel 6 on our hearts and The Lions Den & then on Tuesday or Wednesday a person at work comes into my office asking if its all right to bring a Bible in and then opens it to Daniel and is telling me I need to read this book!!!
    On Monday with Pastor Jerry and some of the other men, he shares a testimony of Gods power in his life and a few days later that same victory manifests in the life of my wife and myself.
    The Tuesday and Wednesday prayer and Thursday Bible study had confirming pieces that only God Himself could have prepared!!!!!” UFC – WE ARE A BLESSED BLESSED BLESSED PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  424. Jason DiCorcia

    “For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you.”
    ‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭1:23-25‬ ‭NIV‬‬
    This week of prayer and fasting has truly sustained me, even while being sick with bronchitis. I was really just run down at times but was reminded every chance I had at work to share the gospel that has been preached to me. I feel like the more I said the more opportunities came up to share the love of Christ. I was encouraged and thankful to see that enduring word which is imperishable is living inside ready to do the work it was called to. Made some new friends through this week by sharing my Lord with someone who is lost without hope and another who was just listening. He can see God really is not as far away from Him as he once thought and he also understands now that God is The Holy One! God has truly been amazing through His teaching, rebuking, loving, and Powerful Word. And His Love and His Word endures forever!!!

  425. Lissa Smith

    When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?” -Daniel 6:20

    We know the end to this story- how Daniel was powerfully delivered by the Almighty… the story goes on to say that not even a scratch was found on Daniel because he trusted in his God.

    There are literally thousands of wonderful promises of God found in the Bible… He will give His angels charge over thee… He will keep you safe from harm… He will heal and restore you… The key to receiving God’s precious promises is found in serving the Lord continually.

    As my pastors have been consistent in serving God and obeying His word, I have watched God’s incredible promises fulfilled in their lives. As I am learning to put my trust in Him and obey His word, regardless of the circumstance, I am seeing God’s love and power overtake my soul, and His promises are coming alive in my life!

  426. Christine Lefler

    Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God,
    Ephesians 6:10-13 NIV

    The Lord brought me to this during prayer last night, this is the key to come against the schemes of the enemy, the lion that wants to devour us.
    To have our gear as a soldier, the armor of God. We don’t fight the enemy in the flesh but with the spirit of God.
    Its by our faith in Christ (our shield) and by the word of God (our sword).
    The word of God tells us to Worship the Lord with praise and with shouts of joy. To pray in the spirit at all times on all occasions.
    This week the Lord is showing my family and I how to use our armor of God, to worship and shout like we never have before, to pray all throughout the day and to give God what he deserves!

  427. Rob Case

    Psalm 16:5
    LORD, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine.

    This week of prayer has been amazing. The Lord has been really speaking to me about how precious and valuable He is. He is worth so much more than gold or silver, houses or cars. I can testify that there is nothing in this world like His presence. That there is nothing in this world that compares to the joy of getting to know Him.

    The Lord alone is my inheritance! What a great promise! Instead of things of this world that will fade away, He will be what I pass down to my children and what my children will pass down to their children. Praise God, the creator of heaven and earth, that He is my inheritance and that He will never pass away!

  428. Christian Lefler

    This week of prayer has been incredible…I keep thinking about the diligence of Daniel to continually serve the Lord, but it was just his life. Even though he had many enemies he didn’t lift a finger to fight (in the physical) but was a mighty warrior (in the spiritual)….all the while being risen up by God. I imagine him entering the lions den remembering all the times God has delivered him…

    It reminds me of the Israelite’s that won many battles without actually clashing swords with the enemy in their own might. God said the battle is won, all they had to do was armor up, march in unison, and sing and worship mightily to the Lord, and SHOUT! I imagine them remembering the many victories as they walked into battle with great enemies with only instruments…and their God!

    Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous:
    “The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!
    The Lord’s right hand is lifted high;
    the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!”
    Psalm 118: 15

  429. Bob Munchel

    Yesterday ​I met with ​a man who never read the Bible​.​ ​He heard a few things about Christ ​and ​was ​very excited to learn more about Him​.​ (​ Earlier in the week he met a woman from ​UFC​ who shared ​how ​Christ had touched her life and that open​ed​ the door for this meeting​)​. The man ​seemed​ so humble and started ​the conversation​ by asking​ “​ how could God ever forgive an evil man like​ me ​”​? He understood this better after we read about Paul killing Christians and how God forgave ​and ​​used ​Paul.​​ Later he said​ “What you are telling me is pulling inside me​”​​. “It’s like when I met the woman I love​d​, I just had to get to know​ her better”.​ Then we read how Jesus compares his relationship with his church like a husband and his bride.​ ​​Needless to say, this man was really amazed.​ We ended with him saying​ “this message is like a double edge sword cutting my evil life away and ​me seeing some of God’s desired way of life​! ​I asked him where ​he ever heard the​ term ​”​double edge sword​”​. ​H​e said​”​ I don’t know​,​ it just came to me right now​”. ​ ​He was shocked ​as we read ​how the Lord uses the same term ​”​double edge sword​”​ ​in the Bible​ to separate soul from Spirit​. We sure serve an amazing God​!​

  430. Luke Washack

    The LORD will march out like a champion, like a warrior he will stir up his zeal; with a shout he will raise the battle cry and will triumph over his enemies.
    14 “For a long time I have kept silent, I have been quiet and held myself back. But now, like a woman in childbirth, I cry out, I gasp and pant.”

    Oh the battle cry has been raised! I can hear it resounding in my soul. The Lord, himself has done it. He has stirred up his zeal in his church, and in the depths of my soul. The evidence is clearly seen in the lives of the people he has transformed.

    I will sing and declare praise to the Lord for transforming my life. I’m excited to share my testimony of what the Lord has done! I once was incapable of thinking of anyone other than myself. Now, I want to praise Jesus! I want him to be known and praised! I will not be silent! I will not be quiet anymore! And the Lord will surely not be silent in behalf of the ones that love Him! The Lord has done great things! Praise the name of the Lord!

  431. Nicole Ellis

    “For you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your SOUL.” 1 Peter‬ ‭1:9‬. This week, The Lord has so opened my eyes to the beauty and importance of this verse. He has given me a clearer picture of the spiritual war that takes place within a man and how when we keep surrendering our souls (our thoughts, our desires, our will), that is when he can save it. He has shown me that as I put my trust in him and make him King over everything, namely my soul, He will deliver me from all that entangles and bring it into perfect restoration and unity with him. The living hope is that I can walk beside my God just as it was in the beginning of the garden before the fall of man which brought enmity between myself and it’s fleshy desires and God and his righteousness. But through Jesus, the Lion of Judah, who fought for my soul to be overturned, I would no longer be fighting him but rather enjoy the abundant peace only found in him. “For ‘you were like sheep going astray’ but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.” ‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭2:25‬. “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”‭‭Psalm‬ ‭23:1-3

  432. Linda Leonetti

    Psalms 68:6- HE SETS THE SOLITARY IN FAMILIES; HE BRINGS OUT THOSE WHO ARE BOUND INTO PROSPERITY; BUT THE REBELLIOUS DWELL IN A DRY LAND.

    The Lord has been revealing how much He desires His sons & daughters…He is, after all, the Father of the family of God! When I came to UFC, I was broken, I didn’t know God, His love, or how to love others. I can truly testify that my Pastors’ discipline to hold me accountable to live out the truth of God’s word & seeing many amazing transformations in my UFC family has brought such meaning to the words ” love’ and “family” …restoration to my soul!

    Only the power of the Holy Spirit could unite us ….we are so diversified ethnically, socio-economically, & in multiple generations by age. Our Father is the father of holiness who births us by the word of truth producing obedience seen in
    UNITY & LOVE. Satan is the father of lies who produces lawlessness manifested in DIVISION & HATRED.

    In this season of our Savior’ birth, knowing the Father,Son & Holy Spirit which unites me to His beloved UFC family is the greatest gift that truly “keeps on giving”! Thank you Father for your precious Son whose sacrifice on the cross made a way for me to become your daughter!

  433. Tania Landwehrle

    This has been such an amazing week. The Lord has brought so much to me. Things in my life I thought were gone,but have remained .Things that need to go, and things that need to change. One of the biggest things that need to change is how often I speak to the Lord. I pray, but what about in the car on the way to work, or cleaning the house. What about the times when it’s not really convenient.This week really opened my eyes to so many missed opportunities to spend with The Lord. Today my husband and I had prayed for over two hours, and then my children joined in and it was such a joyous time. Something that was once next to impossible for my family became so seem less. The holy spirit filled our family with such joy and excitement to worship The Lord. How much more will he fill us when we set aside that time constantly?Glory to his name!

  434. James Daskalakis

    Daniel 6:26-27
    “For He is the living God and He endures forever;
    His kingdom will not be destroyed, His dominion will never end.
    He rescues and He saves; He performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth.
    He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.”

    God has kept the story of Daniel with me all week reminding me how Daniel continually served God and how God shut the mouths of the lions when he was thrown into the den. This week God has changed me in such a way that I will never be the same again, Hallelujah! The verses above were said by King Darius about Daniel’s God, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ. Daniel served God continuously and because of that was thrown into the lion’s den. Daniel served, loved and trusted God and was able to be used by God to demonstrate His power and authority! The mouths of the lions were shut and a decree was sent out by the king of the land to fear and revere Daniel’s God. God is still alive today and His power is still just as great!

    Do not fear for we serve the living God who endures forever. His kingdom will never be destroyed and His dominion will never end. He rescues, saves and performs miracles both in heaven and on earth! He had rescued Daniel from the power of the lions and today what ever is in our way, whatever need we have God too can break through and demonstrate His power, authority and Lordship as we continuously serve, trust and love Him!

    Do not relent in continuously serving God as Daniel did!
    We get to know the power of our Lord and Savior as Daniel did by each victory that we gain through Him!
    Be victorious today, tonight and into tomorrow declaring God the Lord and King above all!

  435. Lauren Brandt

    Amen Kris! Lord gave me a similar word. God called Gideon a mighty warrior. He defeated the Midianite army of 132,000 people with and army of 300. He divided the 300 men into groups of 100 and placed trumpets and empty jars in the hands of all of them, with torches inside (Judges 7:16).

    Judges 7:19-21 19Gideon and the hundred men with him reached the edge of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, just after they had changed the guard. They blew their trumpets and broke the jars that were in their hands. 20 The three companies blew the trumpets and smashed the jars. Grasping the torches in their left hands and holding in their right hands the trumpets they were to blow, they shouted, “A sword for the LORD and for Gideon!” 21 While each man held his position around the camp, all the Midianites ran, crying out as they fled.

    We are Gideon. God calls us mighty warriors! There may not be many of us but together as we pray and praise our God we are sounding forth the trumpet. We are declaring he is King of All! In the past may have only had a light bit of light but today, as we sound the trumpet our jars (flesh) are being smashed and what is being revealed is not just a little bit of light but a torch! The very Spirt of God within us! The flesh has died and the light has truly broken out and through the darkness. Our enemies have run and fled!

    The enemy truly has been defeated and the church is in victory! Praise God for the unity in the church through his Word and Spirit. Excited to see the torches in church tomorrow. We, the torches, will come together as a fire that burns for the Lord!

  436. Jarrell China

    ‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭4:10-11‬ ‭NIV

    “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”

    Apart from God I am lazy, in all that I do. This week the Lord broke through with the way I worship, before my worship was limited and lazy. The Lord provided the strength and energy so that I may worship him. Not only did the lord work in me this week but I saw a change in my house. My whole house was dancing and worshipping differently than before because the Lord has changed our hearts and it feels great to worship so freely. To him be the glory and power for ever and ever.

  437. Kris Burke

    Ezra 3:10-11
    When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests in their vestments and with trumpets, and the Levites with cymbals, took their places to praise the Lord, as prescribed by David king of Israel. With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord:
    “He is good;
    his love toward Israel endures forever.”
    And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.

    Hail Jesus Christ! The sound of the people of God united giving a shout to God is a fearsome sight to behold. It instills fear in the enemy. Held within the rumble of that shout is the sound of victory, joy and finality. The foundation of the church has been laid (And I dont mean the concrete), the enemy has been defeated and we are Gods holy people, set apart for a noble purpose. This has been a powerful week and God has been doing amazing things in our midst. Praise God that the foundation in set with Jesus Christ as our chief cornerstone! Amen.

  438. christina china

    For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. – 1 Peter 1:18-20

     For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 1 Peter 1:23

    This week the word “precious” has really stood out to me! What Christ has done for me is precious…it cost Him His life! There is nothing on earth that can compare or add up. Without Him life was empty, but praise God He has rescued me from that emptiness and given life. Even more, what He has placed inside and what He has deposited within is imperishable and enduring. The things of this world will fade, they will be destroyed, they are unsatisfying and when we go they do not go with us, but not the gifts of God! God is putting within me an understanding of how precious His gift to have Jesus, to have His Word, to have life through Him really is…and rising up confidence and hope for what is coming.

  439. Evan Johnson

    Joshua 6:15-17
    “On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city seven times in the same manner, except that on that day they circled the city seven times. The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the army, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city! The city and all that is in it are to be devoted to the Lord.”
    This week has been awesome. As I’ve been praying and hailing the name of Jesus, those walls that were between God and I have been crumbling down….those walls that kept me from reaching the inheritance that is mine through Christ Jesus have been falling! With the shout of my praise, those walls have been shaken and falling! The Lord has given me an amazing inheritance though Jesus, and is there for the taking, just like God had given the Israelite that city when they shouted. As we enter into that seventh day of proclaiming the name of Jesus, may all the walls that have been holding us back from that glorious inheritance fall down, never to come back up again, and may we enter into the fullness of our calling! Praise God!

  440. Katie Orlando

    The sermon this past week about Daniel and the lion’s den and serving God continually was so amazing! God has called us to serve continually, and we know that there will be trials and persecutions, as Daniel faced. But since Daniel served his God alone, God saved him from the lions, exposed those who had tried to trap him, and revealed Himself to a whole nation!

    While reading 1 Peter 5:8 this week, I saw the verse differently: “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” This characterization is so true, as satan does prowl around and make a whole lot of noise, looking for his prey. But on Thursday, I was brought to this verse: “Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals” (Revelation 5:5). Jesus is the Lion, the True King, the One who is worthy of all the honor and praise, and makes the lion satan look like a scared kitten. The enemy satan is just a counterfeit lion who has already been defeated, unlike our Jesus, the Lion who has triumphed over death, hell, and the grave. While satan may roar, our God roars ten thousand times louder. While satan may seek to devour and kill, our God seeks to save and protect us from that counterfeit lion. Our Jesus is truly that powerful, strong Lion, who is the King of Kings, and breaks all the power of satan with His Word!

    Last night during prayer, I was reminded about going to the zoo when I was younger. You always knew when the lion was awake, because you could hear it roaring through the whole zoo, no matter how far away you were. It was so powerful that it would shake the rock solid ground you were walking on. I saw that Lissa wrote below about how they had talked about having a louder and stronger roar than satan in Bible study. Thank God that His roar shakes the ground and that with Him, we are louder than satan! Thank You, Lord, that You are that powerful Lion that causes all the enemies to scatter! Thank You, Jesus, for triumphing over all flesh, sin, death, hell, and the grave! Thank You, Jesus, that Your roar overpowers the darkness and goes out upon the earth!

  441. Mollie Steffen

    Glory to God in the highest…..

    Last night in prayer the Lord led me to Colossians 3:15-17

    Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. and be thankful.
    Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

    The Lord began to press upon my heart true thankfulness for all that he has done, is doing, and really about to do in the kingdom. We are called to serve him continuously and everything that is done in our lives is to glorify the father, giving only him what is due to his name.
    His word is starting to come forth and he is beginning to open the doors to share the richness of his amazing, powerful, beautiful gospel in my life.
    I’m so thankful and grateful to this amazing God because where I was a coward, insecure , and intimated; the Lord has overturned all the darkness, has called me to become confident, bold like a lion, be courageous, and has giving me a voice to speak and shout his praises, worship him all the days of my life!!!! Hail to the Lamb of God.

  442. Jessica Lefler

    “You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord “and my servant whom I have chosen so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me. I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior. I have revealed and saved and proclaimed- I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “that I am God.” Isaiah 43:10-12

    Pastor’s sermon this past week taught us about Daniel and his unwillingness to bow down to any other god. Instead he continually bent his knee to the God who was able to save his soul. As a result he became God’s witness not just to the king or to the people who were against him, but to the nations that the Lord is God and there is no other.

    What is so amazing to me is that I have been chosen, like this verse says, to do the very same thing! The Lord is God, he is One God – apart from him there is no other god who saves. I praise God that He has revealed himself to me and proclaimed that he is God- the Living God, the only One able to save!

  443. Patty High

    The Lord is on the move! During prayer last night, the Lord began to stir in my heart and I saw a picture of my feet in this body of water and I began to just move my feet to stir up the waters, to move the waters, to churn them faster and faster. And in my mind I heard the song by Hillsong United that goes:

    Consuming fire fan into flame,
    A passion for Your Name,
    Spirit of God fall in this place,
    Lord have Your way,
    Lord have Your way with us.

    Stir it up in our hearts Lord,
    Stir it up in our hearts Lord,
    Stir it up in our hearts Lord,
    A passion for Your Name.

    The Lord Almighty is separating the flesh from the spirit, the wheat from the chaff. He is creating for Himself a people with whom He can have His way. How great is our God that He would be willing to move in us!!! Oh God, thank you for moving in me!!! Stir up in my heart a passion for Your Name like never before. As I stir it up, as I move my feet, as I worship You, as I anxiously look for You – stir up that passion in me deeper and deeper until all that remains is a torrent of Your Living Waters flowing through me.

  444. Bob Munchel

    Pastors message to “plow, break open, bring forth the message of God” was extremely poweful this week. Immediately after service, God opened the door for us to share about heaven and hell with our waitress. The Holy Spirit immediately “hit her” and she asked what she should read to see what Jesus said about eternity. She never read anything in the bible and said she was going to read some of John and Romans this week . Praise God He is opening doors for the Gospel!

  445. Joann Case

    “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.” Psalm‬ ‭63:1-8‬

    Wow, David knew it well… Your love is better than life and we will spend all the days of our lives worshipping You, glorifying You, and giving You the praise You deserve Father for You are our all in all!

    I love this psalm. While David was in the desert he was crying out to God. Literally in a place with no water, dry and parched he saw the parallel of a life without the Lord. His soul sprang to action with reflection, praise, and gratitude because he saw how life without the Lord is lifeless, dry, brittle… nothing compared to the life, power, and glory he had witnessed in the courts of the Lord. Reading this psalm there is a call to action… Along with David we lift up our hands before all the heavens and all the earth and hail You as the King of kings and the Lord of all lords. You are the Lord God Almighty and there is no one besides You. You are the one true God! We trust in You Lord, we place our hope in You Father, our help comes from You maker of heaven and earth! And all the days of our lives we will testify of Your son Jesus, our Savior. How he saved us and rescued us from our personal lives of sin and hell and how he has transformed each one of us and continues to do so by the power of the mighty Holy Spirit. Desert, valley or mountaintop our lips will not stop singing or giving You praise because a lifetime will never be enough to thank You for all You have done in our lives!!!

  446. Lissa Smith

    John 1-
    But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
    who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

    Those who are God’s do not live by the will of their flesh or the will of man. We learned in the sermon this week that Daniel had to overcome his flesh by faithfully staying the course, honoring God as King, even when men hated and plotted against him.

    Satan is a roaring lion who prowls around looking to attack anyone who may be weak in their flesh. We talked in bible study about overcoming that fleshy man- Is our roar LOUDER and STRONGER than the enemy’s? HAIL to to JESUS who overcomes our flesh and restores our souls to the Father!

  447. janet munchel

    Ps. 46
    “God is our refuge and strength, and ever present help in trouble.
    Therefore we will not fear, though the earth giveaway
    And the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.
    though its waters roar and foam in the mountains quake with their surging.
    THERE IS A RIVER WHOSE STREAMS MAKE GLAD THE CITY OF GOD,
    THE HOLY PLACE WHERE THE MOST HIGH DWELLS.
    GOD IS WITHIN HER, SHE WILL NOT FAIL;
    GOD WILL HELP HER AT BREAK OF DAY.
    NATIONS ARE IN UPROAR, KINGDOMS FALL;
    HE LIFTS HIS VOICE; THE EARTH MELTS.
    THE LORD ALMIGHTY IS WITH US;
    THE GOD OF JACOB IS OUR FORTRESS.
    Come and see what the lord has done,
    The desolations He has brought on the earth.
    He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth.
    He breaks the bow and shatters despair;
    He burns the shields with fire. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth. ”
    THE LORD ALMIGHTY IS WITH US;
    THE GOD OF JACOB IS OUR FORTRESS.

    This word was on my heart last night in prayer. How great, how wonderful, how faithful, how loving is our God!! THE VICTORIOUS TRIUMPHANT ONE IS WITH US!!
    AND IF OUR GOD IS WITH US, THEN WHO CAN EVER STOP US,
    AND IF OUR GOD IS FOR US, WHAT CAN STAND AGAINST US!!

  448. Jessica Burke

    How will the world know we belong to God? Jesus gives an answer to his disciples, “And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will….pick up snakes with their hands.” Mark 16:17-18
    Jesus isn’t talking about pet snakes, He is talking about the vipers who spew poisonous venom from their mouths. There are numerous warnings throughout the New Testament to beware of false prophets who would oppose the work of God. As Paul specified, they would speak of what people wanted to hear, not what they needed to hear. This kind of teaching has the ability to spread and would placate the effect of sin in one’s life. Their speech bears false witness, and the goal is to intimidate the people of God to be silent.
    Jesus is also quoted in Matthew 12:34-37 “you brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks….I tell you that men will have to give an account on the day of judgment for EVERY careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted and by your words you will be condemned.”
    Now when Moses was called into service by God on Mount Horeb, Moses inquires of the Lord asking the same thing that the disciples asked Jesus. “How will they know you sent me?” God has Moses throw his staff on the ground and it became a snake. He said, “reach out your hand and take it by the tail.” Moses reached out and took a hold of the snake.
    Picking up the snake is about the Church having the power to overcome the efforts of the enemy. The vipers do bite, but their venom will never stop us. The movie Indiana Jones shows how snakes are afraid of fire. Our fire is the Holy Spirit Fire that burns in a sanctified life. The enemy lies, threatens, and tries to intimidate Christians into shrinking back, but the Church of God remains in truth and no accusation is able to condemn.

  449. janet munchel

    ” THROUGH JESUS, THEREFORE LET US CONTINUALLY OFFER TO GOD A SACRIFICE OF PRAISE– THE FRUIT OF LIPS THAT PROFESS HIS NAME. AND LET US NOT FORGET TO DO GOOD AND TO SHARE WITH OTHERS FOR WITH SUCH SACRIFICES GOD IS PLEASED.”

    As I opened to this verse this morning, I see how beautifully Daniel’s lifestyle of serving the living God continuously…… and CONTINUALLY offering to God a sacrifice of Praise go hand in hand. Pastor shared that the word “serve” means to worship, revere, to minister. As Daniel chose to unashamedly and boldly continue his lifestyle of worship/ministering to the living God,
    God was able to demonstrate His love and power on behalf of His faithful servant. God was
    Glorified as the One True God when the Kings heart was turned around to trust in Daniels God!
    And as we, as servants of the living God, worship wholeheartedly in view of Gods mercy, our worship plows the way for God to bring forth breakthrough, giving the honor and glory to The One who deserves ALL glory! In this time of victory, triumph and expectation may our lives be a sweet fragrance of thanksgiving to Him who has overcome on our behalf.
    HAIL HAIL THE LAMB OF GOD, WHO FOR OUR SINS WAS SLAIN
    HAIL HAIL THE KING OF SAINTS,
    WHO DIED AND WHO ROSE AGAIN.

  450. Ashley Hughes

    The other day I ran into someone at the store I didn’t know and we started talking. The Lord helped me realize they were hurting from things that had happened to them. Afterwards, I prayed for them and the Lord told me the words they needed to hear. I saw that person today and was able to give them the message the Lord had for them and for the first time in my life, other than in prayer or at church, I felt the Lord’s presence upon my face as I was speaking to them in a normal conversation and it was just so cool to experience that and how receptive this person was to the Lord’s message.
    The Lord does something new every day and it’s so awesome that He lets me be a part of it. Telling strangers about the Lord is something I never imagined me doing, evangelism was never a strength of mine, but it’s in our weakness that He shines. I remember a word that was spoken over my life about bringing people in chains to a safe place and it’s starting to happen! Praise be to God!

  451. Lissa Smith

    The Lord’s presence was awesome at our Thanksgiving service! He is bringing us His Spirit… The Spirit who brings holiness… The Spirit who brings unity. As we were worshipping and the Lord was causing us to rise into the heavens, I saw something amazing. Have you ever watched fireworks, and during the grand finale you see a rapid non-stop stream of fireworks shoot up into the sky? I saw hundreds of angels shoot down from heaven in a stream, then spread out, making formations, moving in perfect unison.

    By the Holy Spirit, the church moves in this perfect unity. It begins with the fear of the Lord, submitting fully to God’s authority. 1 Peter 3:15 says- In your hearts, set apart Christ as Lord. The Lord is called the Chief Shepherd, and He carries His staff of authority. He gave this staff to His servants like Moses and David, who led His people. Jesus sent His disciples out in pairs and told them to carry their staff. The Lord gives this same staff of authority to His people today. We carry the authority of God that empowers us to overcome and to live holy lives, set apart for God.

  452. lynn santiago

    Yes it was Marlene! I am so thankful for this amazing family that the lord has given me. As we came together and blessed one another and loved each other it hit my heart so deeply. To be apart of this family here at United faith with our spiritual parents Pastors Jerry and Janeth is exceedingly more than I could ask for or imagine. I’m so thankful for all God is doing in my life, in my heart and in my home. I’m thankful for my husband and my children and his mercy to choose us to be saved out of all the people in the world! As I looked around the room last night I could see the tangible evidence of the power of the Holy Spirit in all of our lives. I thank you lord for your love,. I thank you lord for you spirit. I thank you lord for your precious, pure, and magnificent son. I thank you lord that Im blessed beyond the curse and you have broken every assignment over my life and the lives of my family. I thank you lord for never giving up on me and giving my pastors the agape love for myself and every brother and sister I have in this family to remain and follow you through their leading us. Most of all I thank you for the truth… The truth about who I am, and who I have been because PRAISE JESUS!!! The truth is setting me free! Happy Thanksgiving to my family!!

  453. marlene

    WASN’T GOD’S PRESENCE LAST NIGHT AMAZING!?! I COULD HAVE STAYED ALL NIGHT!
    All of you are written on my “Things to be grateful for” list. My prayer for you is the same as my prayer for me…to know God more. To be called “The Lord’s”, though, is what I’m most thankful for! It’s that simple. Blessed assurance that Jesus is mine. A lifetime can be spent filling a journal of all the things that I am thankful for but it begins and ends with Jesus calls me His.
    As a young girl, I prayed and prayed for a friend to teach me about God. My prayer has been answered through His leading me to my Pastors. (Jeremiah 3:14-15) I knew about Jesus but they have taught me that I could know Him personally. Through their words and actions they continually lead me to God’s Word and His Holy Spirit, virtually the best Friend a person can ever have! (God’s promise to those who love Him) Pastors say, “Follow me as I follow Christ”! As we fall in line the train is growing and the steam whistle blows “FOLLOW ME AS I FOLLOW CHRIST!” Hallelujah, His train is filling the Temple!
    Everyday is Thanksgiving to me…I go to the mountain and offer my Praise & Thanksgiving and He comes. Jesus meets with me and takes on my burdens. As I go about my day I can recall our time together and remember that He is always with me. Genesis 22:14-So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided”.
    Amen and Amen. How Great is our God!
    HAPPY THANKSGIVING UFC!

  454. Mollie Steffen

    At bible study this week we were speaking about the Greatness of God, and how we truly must understand it when we come to him in worship, prayer, his presence. We should be excited about his greatness and if were not then were excited about the world. There is no in between with God.

    This morning the Lord led me to Psalm 145:3-7

    “Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.
    One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.
    They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty,
    and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
    They will tell of the power of your awesome works;
    and I will proclaim your great deeds.
    They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.

    How great is our God? He is so faithful, true to his promises and plans for each one of us. We are in the time of expectation and victory, so church let our hearts proclaim his greatness, and adoration because of what he has done on the cross for each one of us!!

    The King of Glory, who was, who is and is to come !!!

  455. Jessica Lefler

    The Lord has been leading me to Proverbs 31 this week. The proverb is talking about a woman, a wife, of noble character and while we can see attributes of her that can be applied to a wife and a mother, it’s speaking about the church, the Bride of Christ.

    “When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.” Proverbs 31:21-22

    Pastor Santiago was talking about Rahab on Sunday and how she made sure her whole family was safe, and how the church knows where her children are, and makes sure they are all under the protection of God. And we have recently learned that the scarlet mentioned in this verse is crimson and it’s the blood of Jesus. In God’s household, his church, there is no need to fear because the blood of Jesus covers, washes and protects us. Not only does the blood of Jesus wash away our sin, but Jesus clothes us with new clothes that are beyond beautiful, fine linen and purple- the color of royalty and nobility.

    “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.” Proverbs 31:25-26

    These clothes are the wisdom of God. His very words clothe us and make us strong. When we seek after instruction and the wisdom of God, when we listen to his word and apply his instruction- we are transformed. We become wisdom to all we encounter and the words we speak are the words of God.

    “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.” Proverbs 31:28

    God’s faithful Bride, his church, is blessed in all she does and wherever she goes, she radiates the glory of God and whatever she touches is blessed!

  456. Jason DiCorcia

    How great the fathers love that he has lavished on us that we would be called the sons of god!! 1John3
    Hey church , I was just sitting before the lord this morning and thinking about how awesome bible study was last night. We are so blessed to be called the church and God has given us everything we need for life and godliness. The reading this week was really convicting me. I was thinking wow how can I repay the lord for all his goodness towards me?! So much I just want to be out of debt but realize I can’t, because I could never out give god.
    This has shown me that I’m a son and everything I do is out of love back unto Jesus for what he has done on the cross. The reading this week has really shown the perfection of the law and how even the preist fell short of it by living a life ungreatfully. I would have to say they never received sonship! But we have, if we live a life of THANKSGIVING unto
    God!!! God if you stopped all your works today and stopped blessing, I still could tell of your unfailing love till the day I die. Open our eyes to see.

    1. Patti Hughes

      Amen Jay!! The second verse of the book of Malachi has stayed with me all week. “I have loved you, says the Lord.” Yes you have Lord!!! Each day, I have awakened with a word, and telling Him that I remember how much he has loved me. And you are right, if the blessings stopped, It is just for who He is. Thank you Lord for loving us through……

  457. Tania Landwehrle

    “He( Jotham) did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father Uzziah had done. The high places, however, were not removed; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there. Jotham rebuilt the Upper Gate of the temple of the Lord.”
    ‭‭2 Kings‬ ‭15:34-35‬ ‭NIV‬‬

    This really hit me, because how often have I tried to live for the Lord yet let those walls (distrust, faithlessness,ect.) remain in my life. The walls must come down so that The Lord can fully work in my life.

  458. marlene

    Our God is The Promise Keeper! These postings remind me of a couple of verses…
    Jeremiah 31:32 “How long will you wander, O unfaithful daughter?
    The LORD will create a new thing on earth-a woman will surround a man.”
    In love, God’s great plan of redemption and restoration is revealed in His Word from beginning to end. He gave His Word to His church, His one and only. It is nonsense to the world but a cherished Promise spoken to His bride through the Power of His Holy Spirit. His Spirit is Truth. He is Faithful; He did it!!!
    I’m seeing it, are you seeing it? The Father set it all up for us. We can truly say that it is a match made in Heaven! The Groom adores, loves, and protects His bride and His bride is devoted to Him alone! Isn’t this what everyone is looking for? IT’S HERE! God gave us Happily Ever After in Jesus! Will you take Him for your lawful husband, to love and honor and cherish and obey? Tell Him…I do, I do, I do!!!
    The world grows darker but trust in His Word that says His Grace will abound even more. Seek Him Church, while He may be found! Call on His Name and He will rescue you.
    Revelation 21:5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then He said, “Write this down for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6He said to me: “It is done…”
    Thank you, my King, for rescuing me!

  459. Stephanie Sheehan

    Psalm 68:11
    11The Lord announces the word, and the women who proclaim it are a mighty throng:
    Psalm 68:34-35
    34 Proclaim the power of God,
    whose majesty is over Israel,
    whose power is in the heavens.
    35 You, God, are awesome in your sanctuary;
    the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people.
    Praise be to God!

    Good morning Church,
    The Lord has given His Church THE WORD, and we know the word is power, it is the way truth and the Life, the word is Jesus Christ. The Lord has given us His Word and tells us to proclaim it, not just in speech but that we would wear the word, that it would be a banner over us and a robe around us. God is awesome and gives us the power and strength to walk in His word, and to proclaim His truth to the nations that they would know our God is most powerful, that He is Life and apart from him is no good thing.
    Like the sermon on Sunday, Rahab heard the word of the Lord, she knew that God was the God in heaven above and on the earth below, that He is most powerful and she proclaimed this by her actions and to her family…What happens in the end? Her and her family were saved. God tells His Church to proclaim the power of God!

  460. Jessica Burke

    Within the first few moments of Sunday morning’s service, I was struck with great truth that has adjusted my spiritual lenses ever so slightly to make clear my sight on Christ. Pastor quickly made mention of powerful women of faith in the bible. How their strength and fortitude serve as a powerful testament to all of us and how indispensable they are to Gods message. In fact, wisdom is attributed to “SHE” in the book of Proverbs, but the “SHE” is not just wisdom, but the Bride of Christ. Every character in the whole bible are supporting actors in the love Story of Christ and His Church. Besides Christ, the Church has the greatest role in this story. From the first page of Genesis, to the last in revelation, the bible’s pages unravel God’s plan for the marriage of His son to His bride, the church. He gives His life for her, He loves her, makes her clean and prepares her for the great banquet of their union. The gathering of believers being transformed and becoming holy are what adorns the bride in clothes and jewels that are befitting for the bride of Christ.
    Praise God, for our calling into the church! May we fix our eyes heavenward, knowing the prize that awaits us.

  461. Patti Hughes

    John 1:17 The law was given through Moses: grace and truth through Jesus Christ.
    I thought of the woman brought to Jesus by the Pharisees in John 8, and saw how the law literally brought her to grace and truth. Her sin was exposed for all to see (flesh). What does He does He do, he draws a line in the sand, stands and says “Whoever is found without sin, cast the first stone.” He spoke truth, and exposed the attitude of their hearts. He stood and was that mirror in front of them. He was offering that same grace and truth to them, by drawing that line in the sand. They ran away!!! They did not crossover the land of hope and peace. She was left standing in the presence of her Savior, completely forgiven, delivered. It is His presence that exposes, and His TRUTH that sets us free. I think of Kris’s sermon, about building the muscle memory. The more we seek and practice His word, the more free we become. I used to be a runner, but today I stay. Strive to keep my eyes on Jesus, and the rest will pass away. Practice makes perfect.

  462. zuleika hanvey

    This week has been a miracle for our home and for me personally and all love to The Lord for it! Kris’s sermon on Answering The Call of God has changed my life. A few of the highlights of God’s Word thru him and one that truly stood out to me is that God’s judgement comes into our lives with the purpose of putting to death our wrong paths, ways, mindsets, the sin in our lives and it is meant to give us life, and this is by Christ’s Spirit of Truth.
    This week after answering The Call of God for His Church anew this past Sunday I have seen the Hand of The Lord move mightly in our home, The Lord has been able to deliver our home from deep lies and dark deeds that were stopping His presence from flowing in a way that he wants to. He is bringing His truth deeper than I have ever perceived it in my inmost being, my ears are more attentive and my heart more responsive than I can ever remember, and it is just the beginning! Praise God that with Him nothing is Impossible and He is letting me find Him anew… Thank you Lord! Thank you Pastor Kris and Jessica for bringing God’s Word to us with all of His power in your lives.

  463. Stacey Orlando

    Ecclesiastes 12: 9 Not only was the Teacher wise, but he also imparted knowledge to the people. He pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs. 10 The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true.11 The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails—given by one Shepherd. 12 Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them.
    This Scripture is talking about the very Word we read each day; the Bible! —the “holy Scriptures which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim3:15).
    This was reminding me of Kris’ sermon and Pastor Janeth’s email about not merely reading the Word but being doers of the Word, as it says in James. His Word is everything if we allow Him to do the work in which He intended it for! The mirror to see ourselves, the sword that judges the attitudes of our heart, and now, seeing this Scripture, the Shepherd also gives His Word to nail our flesh to the cross, defeating all the power of sin, hell, death, and the grave in our lives!!!
    His Word is to be fastened to our minds and firmly embedded in our flesh—not nails that can be pulled out when we close the book but that remain forever…our free will choosing the truth firmly embedded within us that we may walk in victory!! His Word imparted to us, making us wise for salvation!—Every step following the Way of our Good Shepherd!! Walking in the power of His Holy Spirit—fully ALIVE in Truth and Resurrection power—that we may say as Paul “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me”!! Freedom to live as Christ…in love…our joy complete in Him! I will never read His Word the same again!

  464. Anna Washack

    “Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.” – Matthew 21:44

    God’s judgement is His love for us. His mercy has allowed us to hear His Word and receive it with conviction.

    A while ago Pastor Janeth Santiago preached a message showing different types of jars: a solid jar, a jar with some designs of holes, and a third that had multiple holes. The jar that had the most holes allowed the most light to shine through. Similarly we are called to be the jar that has been broken to pieces. When we allow God’s Word to judge us, we fall upon the stone (Jesus) to shatter our flesh. Only then can we be rebuilt in the image of Christ. Now His Light (Truth) shines through. On the other hand, if we resist the judgement of God’s Word it brings no benefit. Ultimately, we will stand before God for His judgement. His Love has given us this message to “seek Him while He can be found”. Praise God that He has brought us to a place where the fullness of His Word is taught.

    Lord, would your people answer the call this day to run to your perfect Word, to fall upon the stone and judge our flesh in order for You to be glorified.

  465. Jessica Lefler

    Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! Romans 11:33

    As the Lord has been speaking to us about his judgments, he has been showing me the distinction between the world’s judgment and his.
    The world’s judgments are always changing with the times, with what man thinks and feels is right, but they always lead to death. “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death” Prov 16:25.
    The Lord’s judgments lead to life because they are the way of the Author and Creator of life. It is a narrow path but God provides the light through is word to light the way and strength through his Spirit to remain and assurance that the path of God leads to truly knowing the Father!

    Praise God for his judgments because by them, we can see the way to the Father and walk in it. Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6

  466. Patty High

    Kris’ sermon on Sunday was incredible and the Lord has been speaking to me more and more about the true riches of His grace because of it. To be reminded that God, in all His glory and holiness, chose to call me out to know Him and to love Him and to obey Him so that I can be near Him now – it is amazing!!! One day every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord – one day every heart will respond to the COMMAND of God. But I choose today to respond to the CALL, to be judged and transformed by the Word of God, and to live in wonder of this amazing grace.

    He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. 2 Timothy 1:9

    But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions —it is by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:4-5

  467. Rob Case

    What a powerful sermon by Pastor Kris yesterday on the call of God!

    Praise God for the call out of a dead world! Praise God for the call from death to life, from blindness to sight, darkness to light, from being deaf to being able to hear the voice of God! Praise God for the call from disobedience to obedience!

    And like Pastor Kris said, praise God for the calls to judgement in my life where my sins have been exposed, confessed, and covered by the blood of Jesus.

    Those calls have led me to the foot of the cross, to salvation, and into the arms of Jesus.

    Lord Jesus, I willingly bow my knees to you today and confess that you are my Lord!

    Romans 10:13
    For Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.

  468. Stacey Orlando

    Pastor’s sermon last Sunday on the natural man (the first Adam) and the Supernatural Man, with Jesus Christ being the second Adam and us being transformed by the power of His Blood to become new and reborn in the image of the character of God, I began to think of Jacob and Esau.
    Genesis 25:22 The babies jostled each other within her…The Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one will be stronger than the other,and the older will serve the younger.” The first to come out was red and his whole body hairy like a garment; so they named him Esau. After this, his brother came out with his hand grasping his heel; so he was named Jacob.”
    The first Adam was born from the red clay of the earth, representing that natural man…Esau too is known for his earthly, self-centered nature. Jacob represents the heavenly promise and election of God, who wrestled with God to receive His blessing…and the Lord changed his name and nature, renaming him Israel. After that night spent wrestling in prayer with God, he would have to lean upon a staff all the days of his life.
    Gal 5:17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are no longer under the law.
    Just like Jacob and Esau, those two natures jostle against each other until one wins!! Yes, the old nature bowing to serve the younger…BORN AGAIN MAN!! Yes, that we would wrestle in prayer and lean upon the Cross of Christ (as Israel leaned on his staff)…our second Adam, who broke the power of the sinful nature, triumphing over all the desires of the self-focused flesh to give us new lives…Supernatural lives!! We are able to fulfill what the first Israel could not…by the infilling of the Holy Spirit, we now can fulfill all the Lord’s commands… Not under the Law but living by the Spirit, we fulfill His only law: Hear, O Israel, the Lord thy God is One—Though shall LOVE the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy mind, and strength and LOVE one another!! Hallelujah! The Fruit of the Spirit is LOVE!

  469. Mollie Steffen

    This past Sunday’s sermon was amazing and what really stood out to me was when Pastor Santiago was speaking about a blood transfusion. Being in the medical field and working in the hospital as a nurse’s aid, I have seen many bl