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

Loving Your Wife by Pastor Joe Campbell

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Pastor Joe Campbell – Sunday AM July 31, 2016

“Without the correct keys the great potential and blessing God has for you will never be experienced.” – Pastor Joe Campbell

Ephesians 5:25,28,29
“(25) Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her…(28) So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. (29) For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.”

God has provided certain keys that are critical to marriage. Without the use of these keys, the marriage experience will be horrific and never reach its full potential. Keys provide access to places and treasures that we would never gain access to without them. Matthew 16:19, “[a]nd I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

We are given access to heaven for insight on how to respond to our wife, speak to our wife, and treat our wife. Ecclesiastes 4:9-11 states, “(9) [t]wo are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. (10) For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. (11) Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone?” The keys provided to us by God make marriage beautiful and provide a refuge for our wives.

The great potential of a marriage will never be realized if we continue to inject the wrong key. Far too often we try to apply methods and suggestions found in books or provided by the world, but the key to marriage is found in the Word of God. Ephesians 5:25, “[h]usbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.” It’s not through wealth and riches that a marriage prospers, it flourishes as we recognize our selfishness and kill it.

The old wild, selfish ways and attitudes must die. It is our thoughts, our time, conversation, our passion, and our effort that our wives desire. Ephesians 5:28-29, “(28) So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. (29) For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.” When you think about loving yourself, do you think about loving her? It isn’t natural to hate your own flesh. We must be a fountain of love that nourishes and sustains her. The true joy and great reward of marriage follows the use of God’s keys.

“God’s word always works when you apply it…this is how you build a strong marriage” – Pastor Joe Campbell

Secrets Of Prayer by Pastor Joe Campbell

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Pastor Joe Campbell – Sunday AM July 24, 2016

“If you set yourself apart…you will discover the secrets of prayer.” – Pastor Joe Campbell

Matthew 17:1-5
“(1) Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; (2) and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. (3) And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. (4) Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’ (5) While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!'”

Far more occurs in prayer than you and I realize. Through prayer, there is an observable transfiguration in which the power of God overcomes externalities. 2 Corinthians 3:18 states “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” Through prayer, Jesus was transfigured before the disciples.

Luke 9:29, “As He prayed, the appearance of His face was altered, and His robe became white and glistening.” The glory of God became evident in Christ during prayer and His countenance was altered. Can this be said about you? Is your prayer life evident? Praying people force others to become aware of God.

Exodus 34:29, “Now it was so, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai (and the two tablets of the Testimony were in Moses’ hand when he came down from the mountain), that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him.” Through prayer, the Holy Spirit that lives within us has the ability to break through and overshadow the flesh, the flaws, the stains, the outward appearance that everyone sees.

Moses’ burning bush experience is a perfect example. Moses doesn’t feel qualified and expresses that to God. Exodus 3:11, “But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?'” God quickly answers and reveals to him the power he has through Christ. Exodus 4:2-4, “So the Lord said to him, ‘What is that in your hand?’ He said, ‘A rod.’ And He said, ‘Cast it on the ground.’ So he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Reach out your hand and take it by the tail’ (and he reached out his hand and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand.)’

This scripture reveals that through Christ, we have dominion over the physical (represented by the staff) and the demonic (represented by the serpent). Through prayer, God will begin to touch every aspect of our life and we will begin to impact the material world.

As we pray, God will not only send a spiritual word to us, but He will give us words to speak. If we are going to survive and make it in our pursuit of God, we must be aware of whom we will allow to speak into our lives. As Pastor Campbell says, “If you want to know your future, take a photograph of your friends. If you want to know your destiny, consider those you allow to speak into your life.”

The devil is the master of sending the wrong people at the right time, but God will give us discernment and authority as we draw closer to Him. In Matthew 17, Jesus has been transfigured on the Mount and is speaking with Moses and Elijah. Peter is among the disciples who have witnessed the transfiguration and in verse 4 answers, saying “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”Verse 5, “While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!'” How many good people miss God because they don’t listen? We must become sensitive to the Holy Spirit and listen for God’s voice.

Prayer also provides a supernatural connection. In Acts 10, we read about Peter and Cornelius. Through prayer and fasting, Peter and Cornelius receive divine direction and make a connection with someone critical to their destiny. Their commitment to seeking God’s will opened a door that was otherwise closed.

Within this same sequence, Peter receives a vision and a voice. God causes people to want to hear him and revival breaks out. These scriptures reveal the importance of prayer and fasting. Prayer and fasting effectively laid the foundations for revival and breakthrough. Will you take part and fast and pray for what God wants to do? Of course you can. People do what they want to do.

“You’ll never rise above your prayer life” – Pastor Joe Campbell

Duality of Deliverance – Pastor Torey Williams

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2 Sam 21:18 There was again a battle with the Philistines

In his life there were many nations David battled with and you never hear of them disturbing David again but from the first battle with Goliath all through his life David has to battle the Philistines again and again.

There is a duality of deliverance. Some deliverance is immediate, total and final. Other forms of deliverance have to be continually fought for.

Interestingly, you never hear of David losing a battle with the Philistines but nonetheless he had to keep fighting them. As he fought them God gave him the victories.

Paul says in his writings that he had a thorn in the flesh. He asks God to take it away, to which God basically tells Paul “No. I wont take it away but I will show you My grace.”

God’s deliverance for us indeed can be instant and immediate but in other instances of our Christian walk God delivers us as we keep contending for His grace in our circumstances.

Acquiring Confidence – Mark 1:21 – Pastor Nigel Brown

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Jesus taught with authority in the scripture casting out demons and bringing peace to unsettling situations, but what gives us the confidence and authority we need for our Christian walk?

I recall a situation one day where Pastor Wayman Mitchell, walked out of the church onto the sidewalk, into the middle of a pending rumble between an angry group of men and the ushers of the church. He spoke out to a female police officer who was not able to maintain order and with authority said “Dear, you better get these men off our property right now…” and immediately the situation began to settle down, diminish and the men dispersed.

Where do we get the kind of confidence we need to do what God wants us to do?

Things that happen in public first begin in private. Personal battles that we fight through and win amount to larger public battles. Just a few verses prior in our text Mark 1:13 Jesus had fought through 40 days of temptation in the wilderness.

You must make up your mind. There is no limit to the power of a made up mind. Elliott Prior, a four year old British child in the Westgate mall during the Nairobi Kenya terrorist attack confronted a gun wielding militant “you’re a very bad man.” His would-be attacker, broke down apologized to him, gave him a mars bar and allowed him and other children nearby to leave the mall unharmed.

Confidence comes by winning. The more you step out by faith and attempt for God the more confident you will become. Confidence is the byproduct of acting on something and winning.

Psalms 27:1-3 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

~Pastor Nigel Brown’s Message to the Chandler Church

Radical Faith by Pastor Campbell

radical faithIn a globe full of radicals, the truth is it will take Christians with a Radical Faith to change the culture that is swallowing America and the world. Pastor Campbell ministered from Daniel 3 on three young men whose radical faith caused The Son of God to enter their circumstances!  In Daniel 3 and verse 5, King Nebuchadnezzar commanded that at the sound of the ‘music’ all must bow down and worship him or they would be thrown into the fiery furnace and murdered. These three young men refused to bow down!   Pastor Campbell made a bold proclamation “we can tell what God you worship, by the MUSIC you listen (bow down) to!”  Let your faith be so radical that the fires of life, the stain and stench of sin do not even leave a scent upon you by simply being Radical for Christ!

When Man is Silent, Chaos Ensues

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Gen 1:1-2 KJV In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (2) And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

In just the first three chapters of Genesis…

God moved from chaos to creation by speaking.

Adam moved from creation to chaos by silence.

When a man or woman will not speak to the elements, influences, opinions, temptations and various issues of life which pass through the home, they are permissive of the chaos that undoubtedly ensues.  Chaos is the default result of no purposeful order that can only be brought by the power of speaking God’s word into your life and situations. Continue reading