The NT Church then and Now

September 19, 2012

The New Testament Church looks very different today than the early Church. One of the things that’s noticeable when we look at the early church in the Book of Acts and the Church of today, is that they operated in much more signs and wonders than we do today. The Holy Spirit seem to manifest Himself with more evidence then than He does now, that’s not to say that He isn’t moving mightily today. However, there is a scripture that speaks volumes about where the body of Christ was as it pertained to their relationship with God back then; (Acts 9:31) says “then had the churches rest (peace) throughout all Judea, Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost were multiplied”.

The Church in that day had a fear of God that caused them to examine sin in their lives consistently and many Christians don’t have that same fear of God today. Thus we believe that we can live how we want to live and repent for our wrong doing, and somehow think that it is okay with God. They had such a fear of God that they didn’t wait for the preacher to edify, they built each other up. They trusted God, which is why they were able to rest in Him during a time when Christians were being killed and persecuted for their faith. This was not an easy time for them; they needed the glory of God in their lives desperately, as we desperately need him today. If we would only fear the Lord it would change a whole lot of things in the body of Christ for the better. We must maintain a healthy fear of God where it leads us to revere him in all we say and do.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason


When We Are Overwhelmed

September 14, 2012

To become overwhelmed is to be upset. It means to be overcome by superior force or numbers; it is to be overpowered in thought or feeling. And the fact is that life can cause us to be overwhelmed sometimes. Family, friends, work ministry and financial situations can cause things to get a little out of control sometimes. However, when we find ourselves overwhelmed there is an answer to getting the victory and his name is Jesus. When King David found himself in such a state he said “From the ends of the earth will I cry unto thee when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to a rock that is higher than I (Psalm 61:2)”. The fact is the Lord has a way of causing us to rise above our circumstances. He has a way of causing us to see being overwhelmed as a way to get closer to him. He has a way of causing us to see being overwhelmed from another point of view, and that’s his point of view. The truth is that I will never say that we won’t be overwhelmed; however, there is a God that tells us “there is nothing too hard for him”. Thus, if you are overwhelmed today, cry out to the Lord in prayer; open your mouth and give him praise; give your feelings and emotions of being overwhelmed back to him. Remember (1 Peter 5:7) says “Casting all your cares upon him for he cares for you”. The Lord really does care for you, and He cares if you are overwhelmed.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason


Our Hiding Place

September 11, 2012

It’s good to know that when things get rough; when the challenges and adversities of life weigh us down we have a place of security even a hiding place. The psalmist says “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust (Psalms 91:2).” Thus, if He is going to be our refuge we need to confess that He is and then we need to live our lives as if He is. To be our refuge is to be a place of protection, a place of shelter, a place of security. To be our fortress is to be a fortified place, a stronghold, a place where we can go and spend with God and no demon in Hell can breakthrough when we are in that place. The truth is that every one of us should have a hiding place in our homes; a place where we can go to be alone with the one who protects from danger. A place where we can go to receive instructions on how to live this life victoriously; a place where we can go and pour our hearts out to Him in good times and in bad. Therefore, when the storms of life seem as if they are getting the best of you, when the wind and the waves seem as if they are overtaking you, and it seems as if you are sinking in the quicksand of life just know that you have a hiding place where you can go to get peace of mind and that hiding place begins with the word of God.

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason


Finish Well

September 6, 2012

All of us were born in sin, and because of that sin, all of us did some stupid things growing up. All of us did some things out of self will, pride and ignorance that even to this day we are not very proud of. In fact, if it wasn’t for us receiving Jesus Christ as Lord many of us would still find ourselves involved in foolish things. However, it’s not how we start out that matters it’s how we finish; and we must finish well, because he that endures to the end the same shall be saved. (Prov. 19:20) says “Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.” Many people seem to think that as we get older we get wiser but that’s hardly the case because there are a whole lot of 31 year olds walking around who still act as if they are 13.

King Solomon’s seemed to be more concerned about how we grow and become what God would have us to be throughout our life as we received counsel and instruction, than he was about how we start out. As Christians we know the best way to start is with the life giver Jesus Christ who has the ability to change our lives if we are willing to receive counsel and instruction from the word of God. Saints of God, all of life’s answers is in the word of God. Every solution to the problems we face as a people is in the word of God. Thus, at the end of the day maybe we didn’t get off on the right foot in life; maybe we didn’t get off on the right foot with God but the good news is we don’t have to stay that way because the Lord desires for us all to grow and become wiser each day until we hear him say “well done thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of the Lord.”

God Bless You

Pastor Versal Mason