Job’s Storm by Pastor Joe Campbell

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Pastor Joe Campbell – Sunday AM October 1, 2017

“People can fight and endure the storms of life, but when the outcome isn’t to their expectations…they quit.” – Pastor Joe Campbell

Job 1:13-22
“(13) Now there was a day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house; (14) and a messenger came to Job and said, ‘The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them, (15) when the Sabeans raided them and took them away – indeed they have killed the servants with the edge of the sword; and I alone have escaped to tell you!’ (16) While he was still speaking, another also came and said…(17) While he was still speaking, another also came and said…(18) While he was still speaking, another also came and said…(20) Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. (21) And he said: ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.’ (22) In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.”

Storms of life are inevitable. Some storms we can prepare for, yet others we cannot. Storms may stem from sickness, from betrayal, from desertion, or from violations, but never take the presence of a storm as the absence of God. It is during these seasons, that we truly see ourselves and we see God. How do you react when you’re hit with a storm? Each storm has an initial shock, with waves, repercussions and tremors that follow. We may fight and endure the storm, but it’s these waves that follow that we truly must survive. Do you maintain your prayer life, your faith and communication with God during the storms of life? The intent of the demonic is to use the storms to drown out the voice of God, His word, and His people. You may survive the initial impact, but it’s the aftermath…it’s the change in language and the loss of communication with the living God and His people, that will change us and kill us. What is your language during the storms of life? Does your language exalt the storm to be bigger than God? Is every struggle, setback and need highlighted and fueled through your language? Our language in the storm is critical to our survival, our growth and our enlargement. What language do you speak during the storms of life? Is your language that of faith? God manifests Himself wherever He finds faith. As is evident throughout our text, the way we’re living and the language we’re speaking today will determine how our end will compare to our beginning. Job 42:12, 16, “(12) Now the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning…(16) So Job died, old and full of days.” What’s going to be your end? For your end to be better than your beginning, it’s going to take a language and a lifestyle of faith.

“Your language in the storm is critical to your survival; not just your survival, but your growth and enlargement. What language do you speak during the storms of life?” – Pastor Joe Campbell

Different Dimensions Of Faith by Pastor Joe Campbell

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Pastor Joe Campbell – Sunday AM September 17, 2017

“God manifests Himself wherever He finds faith. Do you have a lifestyle of faith?” – Pastor Joe Campbell

Hebrews 11:6
“(6) But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

Faith isn’t just a moment or an experience; It is to be a lifestyle. The Bible says in Romans 1:17 that “…the just shall live by faith.” God is looking for a lifestyle of faith and where He finds faith, there He will manifest Himself. Our faith is constantly under attack and being torn down by moments of crisis and needs that are beyond us. However, it is during these times when we’ve become bound by the infirmity…when the infirmity has become our identity…when plans, dreams and expectations have begun to die in our arms…it is in these times that we must have faith. We must make the decision to believe God even when everything is telling us that the situation is “impossible”. Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, evidence of things not seen.” Our crisis demands faith. The quality and vibrancy of your Christian life depends upon your faith. Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Faith touches God, opens the door to His power and allows the God factor to be released in our lives. What does your faith say right now? What do you need to believe God for? There is power in the name of Jesus…His name is above any name that can be given to your condition or situation.

“What area of life do you need to believe for God to step into and give you a miracle? God says that He will demonstrate Himself wherever He finds faith. Can you believe God?” – Pastor Joe Campbell

Altered At The Altar by Pastor Torey Williams

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Pastor Torey Williams – Sunday AM September 10, 2017

“Without an altar, there is no change.” – Pastor Torey Williams

1 Kings 18:30-39

“(20) And Elijah said to all the people, ‘Come near to me.’ So all the people came near to him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down. (31) And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord had come, saying, ‘Israel shall be your name.’ (32) Then with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord; and he made a trench around the altar large enough to hold two seahs of seed. (33) And he put the wood in order, cut the bull in pieces, and laid it on the wood, and said, ‘Fill four waterpots with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice and on the wood.’ (34) Then he said, ‘Do it a second time,’ and they did it a second time; and he said, ‘Do it a third time,’ and they did it a third time. (35) So the water ran all around the altar; and he also filled the trench with water. (36) And it came to pass, at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near and said, ‘Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel and I am Your servant, and that I have done all these things at Your word. (37) Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again.’ (38) Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench. (39) Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, ‘The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!'”

The altar is all about worship. It is a place of worship or an act of worship. It is the place where a holy God meets, intersects and connects personally with an unholy people. In life, the major question isn’t will we worship, but rather who or what will we worship? Many times good things like a successful career, material possessions, even family are worshiped or exalted to the highest place in our lives. The fact of the matter is that we are all created to worship. The altar of salvation is the place where we’ve recognized that sin and the idolatry is ravaging our lives. Once we’ve built this altar of salvation, God gives our life purpose, value and destiny in Him. It’s not only important to build altars in our lives, but it’s necessary to revisit those places God met with us. If an altar is broken or neglected, we will begin to erect an altar of idolatry, harden our hearts, and become spiritually weak. We must understand that the altar is one of the most important places in the life of a Christian. God wants to come down and speak to you again, stir your heart again, and refresh you by the Holy Ghost. The most valuable thing we can offer to God is our lives. We are urged in Romans 12:1 to “…[o]ffer [our] bodies as living sacrifices that are holy and pleasing to God…” What God has for you is far more valuable than anything you might offer to God at the altar.

“What is God asking you to lay on the altar?” – Pastor Torey Williams

Submit To God by Pastor Joe Campbell

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Pastor Joe Campbell – Sunday AM July 27, 2017

“Submission is the door to victory.” – Pastor Joe Campbell

James 4:7-8, 10
“(7) Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (8) Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded…(10) Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.”

The word “submit” can be defined as the act of yielding your will to a superior force; to comply; to give over. The very definition of the word reveals that submission is a choice and an issue of the heart. An internal war is raging within each of us. Romans 7:15 & 19, “(15) For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. (19) For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.” It’s our pride, the work of the devil that rebels and promotes disobedience. Pride says “There is no room for God when it comes to my decisions.” Psalms 10:4, “The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts.” If we resist and disobey, if we’re no longer submitted, if we’re confused or lack conviction in any area of our life, the demonic gains an advantage. However, wherever you surrender to God, there you become powerful. Humility is the key to submission. James 4:10, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” God brings His strength and His ability into your life when you submit to His purpose and His plans. Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” God equips us and releases His divine strength, resources and ability into our lives when we submit and say, “Your word is my will.” Submission is the connection to divine enablement in our lives. Our past sin, insanity, and decisions that brought us to a cursed place can be broken through submission to God. 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” Where you surrender to God, you become powerful and a candidate for His authority. Your portion is blessing, fruitfulness, dominion and authority.

“A life submitted to God’s plan provides a greater vision that will drive decisions and bring longevity to your faith. What kind of life are you living?” – Pastor Joe Campbell