The Sign Of A Disciple Of Christ-Part 1

August 31, 2010

(St.John13:34-35KJV) says “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another, as I have loved you, that ye love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciple, if ye have love one to another.”

The number one sign of a disciple is love. A disciple of Christ must love unconditionally; meaning we must love whether we are liked or not, whether it’s my family, friends or an enemy. We must love them as Jesus loved us. However, for many Christians, this is where we fall short in our discipleship is love. As Disciples of Christ we must become love; we have to follow the example of the Father. God loved us so much that He gave his only begotten son for the sins of humanity; which in and of itself was impressive. However, what was even more impressive was the Son’s willingness to die for wicked humanity.

Thus, the Father and the Son proved their love for us by what they were willing to give, which was everything. Thus, the good news is God didn’t ask us to physically give up our life; however, He is expecting us to give of ourselves; he expects us to give our time, energies, efforts, money and our whole heart. He expects us to love our fellowman. Finally, in (Matt 5:44) Jesus says “But I say unto you love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you.” I think that says it all.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason

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A Word Of Encouragement

August 27, 2010

With all the problems and issues facing our nation today there are some things that are still very certain in our lives and it’s encouraging when we begin to think about those things. Hence, those things that are very certain that provide us with hope is that the Gospel of Jesus Christ still has all the solutions to the world’s problems. Secondly, prayer is still the most powerful force on earth: For the Lord tells us to in (1 Thess 5:17) “To pray without ceasing”. Thirdly, the praise of God will still go forth with power and might regardless of how hard it gets because real Christians know that God inhabits the praises of his people and wherever God is that’s where we want to be; thus, we have the ability to usher his presence into our lives through true praise. Also, God is still in the business of blessing those who are obedient to his word. Just because we have been in the grips of a recession doesn’t mean God has quit blessing. He is still blessing those who honor and serve him.

Finally, there is still room at the foot of the cross for those who don’t know Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior. Yes it’s good to know that no matter how difficult life gets we have a savior that’s ready, willing and able to save our souls and make us whole. We have a savior that loves us and is beckoning us to kneel at the foot of the cross at Calvary for the right to receive the gift of salvation. In the times we live in it’s so good to know that there is someone that loves us, and cares for us, to the degree that He (Jesus) died for us. This savior tells us in (Matt 11:28-30) “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Stop trying to do it on your own and come to Jesus who has the answers regardless of the times.

God Bless You

Pastor Mason.


The Truth About God

August 25, 2010

With all the bad news we are hearing in the world today, from the terrible economy, to the bad housing market, to the talk of a double dip recession, it makes you wonder if there is any good news out there at all. And if we are not careful, even those who proclaim to know Jesus as Lord and savior can find themselves getting wrapped up in the web of bad news and woe is me type attitudes. However, there is one thing that remains true despite how bad things look, despite the high cost of everything and in spite of the high unemployment rate (which I have certainly experienced in my life) and that is “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb 13:8)”. In other words, as long as He is still in charge there is hope in spite of what others may think; as long as He doesn’t change, and there is no need for him to change because He is perfect, we who know our God can have hope in the midst of what sometimes seems to be a hopeless situation.

You see the thing that’s interesting about our savior is that He is not at all surprised by the state of the economy. He is not at all surprised by the high unemployment rate. In fact, He is not surprised by anything that’s going on in our world today because if He was he wouldn’t be God. We must understand that some things happen because of the sin and greed of man; some things happen to get mans attention because it’s hard to get mans attention when he is living in the land of milk and honey. It’s hard to get mans attention when he is operating in the good and plenty of his life, but when what he thought he had is gone in a matter of moments then he has to take some time out and consider God. Thus, the good news is God is still the same God who is in control of all, and because He is still in control of all there is still hope.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason


Come Down Off That Cross

August 24, 2010

There is a recurring theme flowing through the account of the crucifixion of Jesus in (Matt 27:39-44), the theme is “Come down from the cross”. As Jesus was hanging on the cross He was continually encouraged to come down from the cross. Those who passed by encouraged Him to do so, the chief priests, scribes and elders spoke the same thing, though mockingly. Even the thieves who were hanging from the cross on either side of Jesus said the same. We know He had the power to do so if He wanted to but I’m so glad He stayed on that cross; I’m so glad He finished the work.
As I read this passage I had to ask myself if I had the power to come off that cross and relieve myself of the pain and suffering would I have done it, especially after being encouraged to do so continually.

However, because Jesus made Himself of no reputation He stayed on the cross; because Jesus had a will to obey the Father to the fullest He stayed on the cross; because Jesus was selfless He stayed on the cross; because Jesus loved sinful man so much, with an understanding that they needed a savior He stayed on the cross. In fact, (Rom 5:8) says “But God commended His love toward us in while we were yet sinners Christ died for us”. We should thank God that Jesus didn’t make His life and death about Himself, but He made it about you and me. Thus, I would hate to think about where we would be if Jesus would have come down from the cross before the work was done. But because he loved us and because he knew the Father loved us he finished the work.

God Bless You.


The Head-Part 4

August 20, 2010

(Eph. 5:23) says “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body.

The final trait for this series a husband should have as he leads his wife is that he must become a friend to her. Thus, he must connect with her; he must deliberately and purposely reach out to her. It is important that in any marriage there must be a friendship because friends don’t mind being around each other; friends don’t mind hanging out with each other; friends have a propensity to be able to talk about anything, even the difficult conversations. You see marriage can’t simply be about the physical or sexual because it won’t last. It can’t simply become about the kids because the kids eventually will grow up and move out, and if they don’t move out they don’t want to be around their parent’s anyway once they get a certain age. It also can’t be built on the finances because money is probably one of the greatest issues that come against marriages.

You have to build a solid friendship. This friendship should begin before you get married; however, some don’t discover it until they get into the marriage relationship but the fact is you need to find it. There may not be many that we can call a true friend but if it’s to be anyone it is to be your wife; and that friendship building may have to begin with you my brother. Friendship was important to the Lord for he led King Solomon to write in (Prov. 18:24KJV) “A man that hath friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” If you want a friend in your marriage show yourself to be a friend.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason


The Head-Part 3

August 19, 2010

(Eph. 5:23) says “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body.

Another trait of the husband who God has ordained to be the head is he must have the spirit of a mentor. Thus, he must be willing to counsel, guide and even teach his wife what it means to be Godly. But before he can teach her anything he must be teachable himself. He must be willing to submit himself to the leadership of another who can teach him. If we as husbands don’t have a teachable spirit we shouldn’t expect that our wives will have one when it comes to hearing from us. Mentoring is more than what we say though it’s often more about how we live. It’s more about what our wives see in our private lives that speaks the loudest. The mentor must be one who is an effective communicator, one who is transparent in the eyes of his spouse. Hence men, we must willing to talk to our wives and that’s often difficult for men.

The Lord was all about exemplifying the spirit of a mentor for he told King David in (Psalm 32:8 KJV) “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.” Thus, the mentor that’s evident in Christ desires to rest, rule and abide in every man in the person of the Holy Spirit. The mentor is desperately needed not only in marriages but in families and our communities as a whole. However, the mentor must start at home before it is displayed and received in the uttermost parts of the world. Let our wives be those who are first partakers of the mentor in us.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason


The Head –Part 2

August 18, 2010

(Eph. 5:23) says “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body.

Another trait the head (the husband) must possess if he is to lead his wife is he must have a warrior spirit. In every man there is an innate nature to war. There is an innate nature to fight and defend the territory which God has given him. There is a nature inside of him that desires to protect the one he loves. And that must be the attitude we take when it comes to our spouse. It’s not so much the husband having to physically fight someone in order to protect his wife (although I am not against that at all) however, we should be at the ready when it comes to spiritually fighting for our wives. A warrior doesn’t mind praying for his wife; a warrior doesn’t mind seeking healing for his wife if it takes all night. A warrior doesn’t mind standing and defending his wife’s honor when she is being mistreated. A warrior doesn’t mind fighting through his own issues, getting past his own stuff if it’s going to bring healing and wholeness to his family because he is a warrior and in order to be a warrior there must of a necessity be some war in the lives of a true head.

Many in the body of Christ like to think that surely God will fight our battles and on some level that’s true, but the warrior in the man must still show up to the battlefield. Even though David came in the name of the Lord against Israel’s enemy Goliath he still had to show up for the battle and fight for the one he loved. Thus, the God we serve is a God of war. In fact, King David said in (2nd Sam 22:35) that “He teacheth my hands to war; so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms”. Thus, even as the Lord is our protector we have to be willing to protect and defend on the level we are at.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason