Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus…He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately. When Apollos wanted to go the Achaia, the brothers encouraged him…On arriving, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed. ~ Acts 18:24, 26-27
“A man in love cannot quit”, seems to be the thread of today’s message. David had it. Jesus had it. Apollos had it. And if the love is selfless Abba agape love, it really is quite irresistible. People are naturally drawn to it. People will come together around it.
Evil always divides, most always using tools that are opposite of agape love; fear, envy, jealousy, anger, and greed. You over there…yeah you! The one who refuses to wear a lie on his face and stubbornly refuses to hide his children’s smiles and cut off oxygen to their brains…I’ve about had it with you! And now you have the nerve to reject mRNA, graphene oxide, deadly spike protein, dead fetal cells, aluminum, and mercury being injected into your bodies even though the president who’s not the president told you on the eve of 9/11 to do it or else? I might get sick or die…and lose all my stuff…because of YOU!
Here’s the bottom line. God gave us free will. You are free to choose the Great Reset team that includes names like Bill Gates, George Soros, Anthony Fauci, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, and Klaus Schwab. Or you can come together in the Spirit that He so perfectly made you. He made us all deluxe models! With our own immune systems, power-steering (discernment), and EVERYTHING we need for the pursuit of happiness! And together, we make a very good team!
There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are diversities of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works in all things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. ~ 1 Corinthians 12:4-11
Our Orange Strong team is hosting our first Bible study this coming Thursday on the Book of John. I pray for us all to find the John who resides in each and every one of us.
Author: John, Jesus’ best friend, the disciple “whom Jesus loved”
“A man in love cannot quit,” which was evidently quite true in John. When all others fled, or did not feel safe enough to follow, John did just the opposite; he drew ever closer. Though the entire world was coming unglued in the horror of seeing his best friend unjustly crucified, there was no safer place than to follow Him to the foot of the cross and hold on to Him who is the glue to life itself. ~ The Founders’ Bible, David Barton
Finally…I leave you with words from the brother I have come to love and admire. We all aspire to hear “well done good and faithful servant” at the end of our journey. But sadly, so few are willing to take it all the way to the foot of the cross. But my Pastor Steve is not a quitter…and brothers and sisters, I am right there with him every glorious step of the ever-glorious way.
THE HOWELLS CHURCH (Saturday, September 11, 2021)! Good evening my dear brethren in Christ, as we prepare our hearts for worship on tomorrow, Sunday, September 12, 2021! Today on this 20th Anniversary of that horrific and unforgettable day of September 11,2001, we especially remember and lovingly honor all those whose lives were tragically taken by the terrorist attacks on our beloved Land! Included in our remembrance are all those hundreds of brave public servants and other precious souls who have subsequently passed on from injuries and illness resulting from those attacks! Only the comfort of a gracious God and the undying memories of those departed dear ones can bring relief, peace and strength to broken hearts and shattered families! Our entire Nation and all of our citizens were assaulted and violated on that day, and I would only hope that today would somehow truly ignite a genuine revival of sincere faith in Almighty God, and of loyalty to the truth of our Nation’s spiritual and constitutional founding! Why do I say this? Because, as we honor our 9/11 heroes, real America, as she was founded to exist and to prosper, is being gravely attacked from within, right in front of our eyes – by the anti-God and anti-democratic forces of the New World Order, with its already initiated agenda to destroy the very essence of our constitutional government which is “of the people, by the people (and) for the people” (A. Lincoln)! The one-world “RESET” has begun! The prophets of old, like Jeremiah, did not mince their words when the Spirit of God inspired them to speak the truth to a deceived, sinful and rebellious people! Shall this pastor, or any other voice faithful to God’s Word, compromise His truth in favor of lying spirits, with popular opinion, apostate religion, false accusations by the enemy, or with anyone willing to sell his birthright for a mess of pottage? Absolutely not! Christ was betrayed, and America is being betrayed, not by incompetence alone, but by political traitors – and by anyone who just thinks that “silence is golden”! Where would we be if Dr. King had kept silent and merely tried to appease the forces of hatred? On this solemn and sacred day, we cry out in repentance and desperation to the only God of heaven and of earth, and in the mighty Name of the Lord Jesus Christ! “Wilt Thou not receive us again: that Thy people may rejoice in Thee? Shew us Thy mercy, I LORD, and grant us Thy salvation” (Psalm 85: 6-7) God bless you all! Always in the love of Jesus, Pastor Steve Offringa – The HOWELLS CHURCH, PO Box 141 HOWELLS, NY 10932; (845)-386-1985 10:30 AM Worship (Sanctuary). Live streamed & shared: facebook.com/howellschurch/howellsny OUR HEARTS AND DOORS ARE OPEN TO YOU! JESUS SAVES AND SATISFIES THE LONGING HEART! RECEIVE HIM TODAY AS YOUR SAVIOR, LORD AND COMING KING!