I have notice the recent shopping habits of people an attitude of looking more at value shopping.

The question that came across my mind this morning was why are people slow to return to the church building?

Could it be value shopping? Or may I say value added?

Even a less made product becomes valuable when the price is reduced or two for one sale.

Then the question arises, what value does attending church add to my life verses staying home and listening to the word online?

The value of the church is to connect worshippers with God and people of like-mind faith.

Philippians 3:8

Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

The cost is giving of time, talent, and money.

In going to church I feel a growing relationship with the creator and with like-minded people.

 What if people no longer feel that the church is connecting them to God, people, and purpose?

What if, instead, people have stop believing that the church has value and lacks spiritual health or that no one befriends them or that there is no place of meaningful service for them in the church?

Do you think people will continue to pay the price of attending with time, tithing, and volunteering?

Should the church be afraid to examine its purpose for existing?

Should the church have this conversation?

Will this value consumer added society where people know value and expect value willing to exchange what they see as value for what the church is offering?

Is the church delivering a Christ that adds value to the lives of people?

After Paul considered everything, he had accomplished in his life, he decided to write it all off as “worthless” when compared with the greatness of knowing Christ.

We should value our relationship with Christ as more important than anything else.

To know Christ should be our ultimate goal.

Yet how do we know him better?

(1) Study the life of Christ in the Gospels. See how Christ lived and responded to people (Matthew 11:29).

(2) Study all the New Testament references to Christ (Colossians 1:15–2:15).

3) As you worship and pray, let the Holy Spirit remind you of Christ’s words (John 14:26).

(4) Take up Christ’s mission to preach the gospel and learn from his sufferings (Matthew 28:19; Philippians 3:10).

To do these things, however, may mean that the church must make major changes in its thinking and what it is doing on Sunday and Wednesday nights.

Value Added.

Is the church willing to change its values in order to show forth Christ better?

Could this be why people are not willing to fix or rearrange their crowded schedule in order to set aside a few hours on Sunday?

Could this also be the reason people are not willing to change some plans, goals, and desires in order to conform with what Christ wants from their lives?

Whatever a person changes or give up to gain must have more value than what they are giving up.

Christ to me has greater value than the worldly things but inside the building is not the only way we can gain Christ.

John 18:36 (KJV)
36  Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.


Matthew 13:44–47 (AV)

44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.

45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:

46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:

The Kingdom of Heaven is more valuable than anything else we can have, and a person must be willing to give up everything to obtain it.

The man who discovered the treasure hidden in the field stumbled upon it by accident but knew its value when he found it.

Although the transaction cost the man everything, he paid nothing for the priceless treasure itself. It came free, with the field.

Nothing is more precious than the Kingdom of Heaven; yet God gives it to us as a gift.


Because we enter the ring with the lack of knowledge.

Hosea 4:6

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge,  

Ephesians 6:12

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

We wrestle with Satan, and we fail because of:

1. We want to. The pleasure of sin is hard to resist.

2. We’ve developed bad habits that need to be unlearned. So thinketh a man so is he.

3. We fail to have accountability partners who will ask us the hard questions. The scriptures say encourage one another.

4. Even though the spirit is willing, the flesh is weak.

5. We fail to recognize that we are in the middle of spiritual warfare.

6. We have not learned to recognize the triggers that trip us.

7. We do not practice daily walking in the fullness and power of the Spirit.

A) God, I hear you.

B) God, I see you.

C) God, I feel your spirit is presence in this situation.

8. We are not practicing spiritual disciplines that help us to put off the old person and put on the new.

9. We typically react out of our pain from past or present experiences rather than respond to God.

10. We are still imperfect and in the process of being made whole and sanctified by God. We have not arrive to the point of being.

A) Saved

B) Sanctified

C) Satisfied in Christ

Ephesians 6:11b–13 The purpose of putting on God’s armor is to be able to stand against the schemes or tricks of the devil or adversary (cf. 4:27).

Ephesians 4:14 (NLT)

14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.

Ephesians 4:27 (NLT)

27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil.

The armor is not for warfare of the believer but to enable him/ her to stand in warfare.

Christians are not to attack Satan, or advance against him; they are only to “stand” or hold the territory Christ and His body, the church, have conquered.

When under attack the believer will sing, I won’t go back.

William McDowell had a song:

I’ve been changed (I’ve been changed)

In the presence of the lord, I’ve been (healed)

Freed (freed)

Delivered (delivered)

In your presence, lord (I’ve found joy)


Grace (grace)

And favor (and favor)

And right now (right now is the moment) today

(Today is the day) I’ve been changed (I’ve been changed)

I’ve been changed (I’ve been changed)

And I have waited (I have waited for this moment to come)

(And I won’t let it pass me by) so we say

(I won’t go back, can’t go back, to the way it used to be)

(Before your presence, came and changed me)

Say I won’t, oh, can’t go back (I won’t go back)

(Can’t go back, to the way it used to be) to the way it used to be

Before your presence came and changed me

(All my shame)


(Sins) they’ve been forgiven


(No more chains)


My past (my past)

Is over (is over)

Say right now (right now is the moment) today

(Today is the day) I’ve been changed (I’ve been changed)

Come on, somebody declare that, I’ve been changed (I’ve been changed)

And I have waited (I have waited for this moment to come) this moment right here, I’ve waited all my life

(And I won’t let it pass me by) so we say

Without God’s armor believers will be defeated by the “schemes” of the devil which have been effective for thousands of years.

The struggle is not physical (against flesh and blood); it is a spiritual conflict against the spiritual “Mafia.”

Though the ranks of satanic forces cannot be fully categorized, the first two (rulers and authorities) have already been mentioned in 1:21 and 3:10.

Paul added the powers of this dark world (cf. 2:2; 4:18; 5:8) and the spiritual forces of evil.

Their sphere of activity is in the heavenly realms,  

Satan, who was in the heavens (2:2) until he will be cast out in the middle of the Tribulation (Rev. 12:9–10), is trying to rob believers of the spiritual blessings God has given them (Eph. 1:3).

Too, the word stand in verse 13 “to withstand or stand against”.

James 4:7 (NLT): So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you

1 Peter 5:9 (NLT): Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are.

Satan thought he had defeated Jesus on the cross at Calvary.

Jesus suffered on the cross.

Jesus submitted to death and the grave on Friday afternoon.

Three days Satan claimed the victory, but Sunday morning came, and Jesus got up.

I need somebody hear me, today. “You got the victory so just stand”.

Your depression will not win.

Your sickness will not win.

Your fear will not win.

That loneliness will not win.

Jesus like Jesus you will suffer but Sunday morning is coming, and you will rise against.

On Sunday morning Jesus rose from the dead.

O death where is your sting?

O grave where is your victory?

Jesus got the victory.

Theme: “We are Stronger Together”

1 Corinthians 12:18

18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.

Value of the Vision

  1. Reach People for the Lord
  2. Teach People about the Lord
  3. Gather People in the name of the Lord
  4. Inspire People in the Lord

Encourage (Urging one another to stay faithful), (Exalt (Overflowing declaration of Christ), Equip (Making disciple with the power of the Spirit) and Evangelize (Fishing for men)

  1. Encourage –Hebrews 3:13
  2. Exalt – Psalm 34:3
  3. Equip – Ephesians 4:11-12
  4. Evangelize – Acts 1:8

The early church was devoted to the Four E’s

 “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship (EQUIP), to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

And awe came upon every soul (EXALT), and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.

And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need (ENCOURAGE).

And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people.

And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. (EVANGELIZE)” Acts 2:42-47


1. All of us will have room for growth until the Lord calls us home. None of us will have “arrived,” no matter how old we get. If we think we have, we’ve just provided another reason to have a mentor who keeps us straight—and who most certainly knows more than we know. 
2. All of us need someone whose faithfulness challenges us. We need someone we can look to who has already walked before us—and who has remained faithful all the way. Watching someone follow God fully “all the way” is both encouraging and convicting. 
3. All of us need someone in our life who’s walked where we’re headed. We still face new things as we age; in fact, we often journey down paths of health problems, retirement issues, etc., that we have not traveled before. Having an older mentor who has already walked these paths is surely beneficial. 
4. All of us need someone in our life who is finishing well. Sadly, even some older church leaders have fallen morally. Apparently, no one is immune from strong temptation. We need to see others who’ve walked before us, fought the fight, and run the race well. 
5. All of us need a veteran believer praying for us. Actually, we need any prayer warriors we can get on our side—but there’s something special about someone older than we are interceding for us to follow the Lord well. Veteran believers usually know how to pray. 
6. It’s good for us to see older believers face death in faith. I realize this reason sounds morbid, but it never hurts us to see undying faith—even in the face of death.  
So, no matter how old you are, ask God to give you an older mentor. Keep looking until you find one, and “pull out of him [or her] all you can.” If you have no one who lives near you, contact someone who lives elsewhere. You can still learn from a mentor via electronic means.
 Chuck Lawless –
March 31, 2022

How long? (Opening Seal 5)

Revelation 6:10

Elijah said, How long halt ye between two opinions?

William Thompson said, How long before my feeling catches up to my Faith?

Psalm 13:1–2 (NLT)

O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever?

How long will you look the other way?

How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul,

with sorrow in my heart every day?

How long will my enemy have the upper hand?

Sometimes all we need to do is talk over a problem with a friend to help put it in perspective. In this psalm, the phrase “how long” occurs four times in the first two verses, indicating the depth of David’s distress.

David expressed his feelings to God and found strength. By the end of his prayer, he was able to profess hope and trust in God.

Through prayer we can express our feelings and talk our problems out with God. He helps us regain the right perspective, and this gives us peace (Habakkuk 3:17–19).

2 Peter 3:8-9

But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day.

The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.

God may have seemed slow to these believers as they faced persecution every day and longed to be delivered.

But God is not slow; he just is not on our timetable.

Psalm 90:4 (NLT)

For you, a thousand years are as a passing day, as brief as a few night hours.

Jesus is waiting so that more sinners will repent and turn to him.

We must not sit and wait for Christ to return, but we should realize that time is short and we have important work to do.

Be ready to meet Christ any time, even today; yet plan your course of service as though he may not return for many years.

  1. Sara had to wait
  2. Hannah had to wait
  3. Job had to wait
  4. The cripple at the pool had to waiting
  5. Elizabeth had to wait

Have you ever been stuck!

  1. A Place
  2. A Problem
  3. A Situation
  4. A Person

Did you cry How Long?

How will this last?

  1. Will the Covid be with us
  2. Will we need to wear mask?
  3. Before thing return to normal
  4. This sickness last
  5. This brokenness last
  6. This Feeling of being Broken
  7. This feeling of Loneliness
  8. This feeling of Feeling Empty
  9. This Feeling of being overwhelmed
  10. This Feeling of Fear
  11. This Feeling of Depression
  12. Before we Return to School
  13. Will my mind slow down
  14. Will my emotion settle in one direction?

How Long?

Last week the text was about the opening of the 7 seals of which we open four and today we will open seal five.

Revelation 6:9–14 (NLT):

9 When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of all who had been martyred for the word of God and for being faithful in their testimony.

10 They shouted to the Lord and said, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you judge the people who belong to this world and avenge our blood for what they have done to us?”

11 Then a white robe was given to each of them. And they were told to rest a little longer until the full number of their brothers and sisters—their fellow servants of Jesus who were to be martyred—had joined them.

12 I watched as the Lamb broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake. The sun became as dark as black cloth, and the moon became as red as blood.

13 Then the stars of the sky fell to the earth like green figs falling from a tree shaken by a strong wind.

14 The sky was rolled up like a scroll, and all of the mountains and islands were moved from their places.

These martyrs/victims/witnesses were told that still more would lose their lives for their belief in Christ (6:11).

In the face of warfare, famine, persecution, and death, Christians will be called on to stand firmly for what they believe.

Only those who endure to the end will be rewarded by God (Mark 13:13).

The altar represents the altar of sacrifice in the Temple, where animals were sacrificed to atone for sins.

Instead of the animals’ blood at the base of the altar, John saw the souls of martyrs who had died for preaching the Good News.

These martyrs were told that still more would lose their lives for their belief in Christ (6:11).

Christians will be and are called to stand firmly for what they believe.

Only those who endure to the end will be rewarded by God (Mark 13:13).

I know they are eager for God to bring justice to the earth, but they are told to wait.

I know your situation can be hard to bear but you must wait!

God is not waiting until a certain number is reached, but he is promising that those who suffer and die for their faith will not be forgotten.

Rather, they will be singled out by God for special honor.

We may wish for justice immediately, as these martyrs did, but we must be patient. Wait! Lord How Long?

God works according to his own timetable, and he promises justice.

No suffering for the sake of God’s Kingdom, however, is wasted.

Those under the altar call out to God, “How long will it be before you judge the people who belong to this world and avenge our blood for what they have done to us?”

As we see the world’s wickedness, we, too, may cry out to God, “How long?”

We may be distressed and impatient, but God has his plan and his timing, and we must learn to trust him to know what is best.

Judgment is coming—be sure of that.

 Thank God for the time he has given you to turn from sin.

Use the available time to work to help others turn to him.

The bible tells us not to get weary in well doing?

Lord How Long will the wick reign and the righteous suffer?

 Job 14:14 says with all my struggles; I will wait until my change comes!

Ps. 30:5 Weeping may come but joy will come also!

Your struggles are making Room for your Blessing!

In your struggles is the opportunity to show Patience!

If you are struggling right now it is alright to ask the “Lord How Long”

If you are hurting right now it is alright to ask the “Lord How Long”

Giving up is never an option but Calling on the name of the Lord is!

When you are struggling tell yourself, Self I’m Under Construction!

The struggle is Real but not Permanent!

I can bear the struggle because there is a Reward at the End!

You can tell, more about who I am by the scares left from the struggle!

Jesus had nail prints in His hands, His side, and His feet!

But He didn’t get down from the cross!

He didn’t quit nor complain.

Ecclesiastes 7:8 (NLT)

Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride.

I need a Prophetic word today!

1 Corinthians 14:3 (NLT)

But one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them.

A prophetic word is when God gives someone else who is filled with His Holy Spirit a glimpse into your future or your now to encourage you, and it really should be encouraging. 

 It should be calling you into your destiny.

Your destiny is where God sees you in the future and a prophetic word gives you a sense of what & where that is. 

The prophetic word gives you hope about the future.

It gives you hope that one day you’ll be out of the place you’re currently in and some days that hope is what keeps a person going.

A prophetic word should be speaking what is truth and not what is true.   

What is true is where we are now and it might be an absolute empty hole, what is truth is who and where God is calling us to be and it gives hope to get there. 

Even if a person is in sin, a prophetic word calls them out of that place to aa better place.

As you are reading this, I believe the prophetic is speaking to you about your life and your future.

Your present situation is not defining you but building you for your future and next move.

Ask God to send more encourager into your life.

“Is there a word for the Lord?”

A word about marriage, job, ministry, finances, health, and friends who fill my life in the future.

Are You Really that busy You don’t have Time to Pray?

Prayer is our means of communication with God, and it is only through God that we have the strength, abilities and wisdom we need to face this busy day. But when we’re so busy, when is there time to pray? My answer may surprise you pray now.

Start with

1. Thank you for this day.

“This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24 NKJV)

Glad to wake up!

Glad you have give me a mind to pray!

Glad that I am as we as I am!

Glad to be your child!

2. You are so good.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” (1 Chronicles 16:34)

3. Protect me.

“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” (Luke 10:19)

You gave me Wisdom!

You gave me Strength!

You gave me Authority over my enemies!

Stop right now and take time to pray!

Who is this Jesus?

Hebrews 1:3

3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

The author of Hebrews informs the readers that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, and the Son of God.

The Apostle John speaks of Jesus in his writings….

John 1:1 (KJV)
1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:3 (KJV)
3  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

John 1:14 (KJV)
14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Apostle Paul speaks of Jesus this way…

Colossians 1:16 (KJV)
16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

All three describe Jesus as being at the beginning of all that was created.

Therefore, he makes all that was made, keep all together what was made, while ruling all that was made, he could save mankind from sin, sickness, and eternal death.

Well, this Jesus was the brightness of God’s glory.

Where does the brightness of the moon come from?

Unlike a lamp or our sun, the moon doesn’t produce its own light. Moonlight is actually sunlight that shines on the moon and bounces off. The light reflects off old volcanoes, craters, and lava flows on the moon’s surface.

Where does the brightness of the son come from?

The Sun produces light by a nuclear reaction called fusion. As atoms of hydrogen combine to form helium, they produce vast amounts of heat and light.

Fusion occurs in the sun’s innermost core, when two atoms merge, releasing energy and light in the process. Photons of light are first created in the sun’s center. Over tens of thousands of years, the photons travel a “drunken walk,” zigzagging their way from atom to atom until they reach the surface.

The moon does have a true brightness for it is a reflection of light from the sun.

The produce reflection by it very creation.

What does the Bible mean by the glory of God?

Glory (from the Latin gloria, “fame, renown”) is used to describe the manifestation of God’s presence as perceived by humans according to the Abrahamic religions.

The Glory of God The glory of God can be described in two senses: (1) as  attribute,

 (2) referring to particular historical manifestations of his presence.

The glory of God is proclaimed by the Creation.

It is revealed by his mighty acts of salvation and deliverance.

His glory is the theme of the praise.

The glory of God was with Israel in the pillar of fire or the cloud that followed them.

John 17:4

I brought glory to you here on earth by doing everything you told me to do.

God’s glory is displayed in Christ. If God’s glory is the sense of his awesome presence, the more we understand of Jesus’ mission and work on earth, the more we will be aware of God’s glory. For in Christ, God was physically present in this world.

God’s glory is reflected in the lives of his people. What did Jesus mean when he said in verse 10, “They are my glory”? God’s glory is the revelation of his character and presence. The lives of Jesus’ disciples reveal his character, and he is present to the world through them.

Does your life reveal Jesus’ character and presence?

Matthew 5:16 (KJV)
16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

1 Peter 2:12 (KJV)
12  Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.

Matthew 1:23 (KJV)
23  Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

We must not attempt to produce glory but allow the glory of God to come forth just as Jesus did.

Too God be the glory and the honor, and the praise!


1 Samuel 1:9–10 (NLT)

9 Once after a sacrificial meal at Shiloh, Hannah got up and went to pray. Eli the priest was sitting at his customary place beside the entrance of the Tabernacle. 10 Hannah was in deep anguish, crying bitterly as she prayed to the Lord.

This was no ordinary prayer!

This was a prayer of pain!

This prayer was personal!