March’s Letter Includes:
- This Month for Christ Centered House of God
- Our Weekly Service Times
- Telephone Prayer Conference
- New Addition & Birthdays
- Our Topic of the Month
- A Short Exhortation From Pastor Steven
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Greetings in the precious name of Jesus our soon coming King. It give us great pleasure to write this months letter with Christ Centered House of God News to inform and edify you. As a church, we are committed to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and we base our teaching upon the Inspired Word of God.
Current Developments @ Christ Centered House of God
- Our Saturday services time is the same @ 6:30 or sometime 7pm.
- Our Bible Study is now every Tuesday’s at 7-9pm
- We also have every Friday “The Godly Inspired Solution~The GIS.” The GIS is geared to teach women and also men to be Godly – living our lives through and by the undiluted word of God. We must seek God with a sincere heart for His plan and purpose for our lives so that when we get back together doing all things together we would have grown in the things of God.
- On this Christ Centered House of God Website there are powerful resources that will help to encourage, strengthen and you will grow from glory to glory. Always check out our devotion page for daily scriptural empowerment from God’s word which will edify you.
- Our men and women meetings this month is (To Be Announced).
Our Monday (in home)Fasting
Christ Centered House of God still “Fast” every Monday’s, we encourage all believers in Jesus to “Fast” with us according to your ability. Make a point to place things before God you never did before and be prayerful as you petition the God who will answer and bring clarity. Remember, if we ask it shall be given, seek we shall find and if we knock it shall be open to us. “If there is a people to pray there is a God to answer.” So pray, pray, pray and then pray some more.
Our Prayer Conference meetings via telephone starting at 7PM weekly every Wednesday nights. Please call in and join us for this vital Christian vocation – Tel # (647) 363-5137 pin@ 1057442.
This month we have quite a few birthdays starting with Vanessa’s nephew Nile. All other birthdays will be posted as the dates become available. Also, each person will receive prayer at the end of the service for their birthday.
Topic for the Month ~ The Sin of Complaining ~ Are You a Complainer?
Are you a complainer? Do you complain? How do you feel and what or your comments when you want things to happen a certain way and it does not. How do you feel when you look at others life. Do you think that you should have what they have or do you think that God is keeping something from you. Do you allow things in your heart to steal your joy and contentment. The apostle Paul was in jail when he wrote “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content” (Philippians 4:11). “Paul demonstrates the proper attitude to have: He was content whether poor or prosperous, whether weak or strong, whether people loved him or hated him. It is not easy to do sometimes, but he says, “Whatever state I’m in, I’m going to be content because, when I have Christ in me, I can do anything that He wants me to do. So I can’t think about those other things. I have to be content with what God has given. A person’s condition or his position does not need to matter a whit as long as Christ is working through him.” Frustration and bitterness were not Paul’s companions. He did not make what he considered to be his needs absolutes in order to determine his sense of well-being. By faith, he believed that God was watching over his life and would provide. Paul followed the example of Jesus, and this is the example that we too are to follow. We are to learn not to make frustration, bitterness, and hostility be regular parts of our lives” (Richard T. Ritenbaugh).
Complaining Brings Death
“In 1 Corinthians 10 we read about the Israelites after they had been delivered from Egypt. In verse 10 we read that some of the Israelites complained and that God was angry enough to destroy them. Under what circumstances did the Israelites complain? On one occasion they went without water for three days. One time they found water, but it was bitter. They complained when they didn’t have food. They complained when they had manna, but no meat. Put yourself in their situations. Do you think that you would have a right to complain about lacking water for three days or eating the same food day after day after day? God sent severe judgments for complaining even in situations that we might think it justified to murmur. These things happened to them as examples and were written down for warnings for us. The bible tells us, “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” God’s command is – In everything give thanks; and the command is emphasized, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. It is an actual positive command; and if we want to obey God, we have simply got to give thanks in everything. There is no getting around it. Let us look at the story of Joseph told in Genesis 37; where is brothers first cast him into a pit and then sold him. We also see what he when through from Potiphar’s house to Jail. He had a lot to grumble or complained about but he did not and look at how God rewarded him in the end. Nothing could have seemed more utterly contrary to the will of God than his being sold to the Ishmaelites by his wicked envious brothers; and it would not have seemed possible for Joseph, when he was being carried off into slavery in Egypt, to give thanks. The fact of his having been sold into slavery was the direct doorway to the greatest blessings of his life. And, at the end, Joseph himself could say to his wicked brothers; “as for you, ye thought evil against me, but God meant it unto good.” When we look at what happened to Joseph through the eyes of feelings and what was done to him we would see the wickedness of his brothers. However, if we look at it through God’s point of view and the way Joseph responded to his brother through the eyes of faith. Joseph could see that it was God’s will for him to go to Egypt. God send him there because God an incredible destiny planned out for him and an incredible purpose for his life. We are told by God to be thankful and to give thanks in everything. However, it is impossible for a complainer to be thankful when they are busily complaining. This was the very sin that causes all those who was delivered from Egypt with the exception of Caleb and Joshua not to make it and instead though they see God’s mercies, God’s miracles, God’s hands in their wilderness journey because of their complaining they died in the wilderness. Thus a complaining person is an ungrateful person and God does not like this. In fact, God tell us when we are thankful we are doing God’s will in Jesus Christ. “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
What is the lesson for all of us with regards to Complaining? when we complain it is very damaging to our soul and we cannot see all that God has given to us to be thankful about. Every complaining is an ungrateful person; every complaining person still have things that they could be thankful for. Is it easy when we are faced with certain unexpected situations and/or circumstances no!! However, the good news is that we do not have to do things in our own strength. We are helped by the very spirit of God whom Jesus left us to show us the was and to lead us into all truths. We are not without help from the very spirit of God who resides in all who have believed and received Jesus as saviour and Lord. Here are few scriptures to helps us all to remember when we could complain but instead we focus on the word of God for strength and to see things for God’s point of view.
- “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever” (1 Chronicles 16:34).
- “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful” (Colossians 3:15).
- “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful” (Colossians 4:2).
- “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
- “But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord” (Jonah 2:9).
- “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him” (Psalm 28:7).
- “Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High”(Psalm 50:14).
- “You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God” (2 Corinthians 9:11).
- “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
A Word From Pastor Steven- Let Us Think About This Together: So how do we respond to this sin of complaining?
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Why are we being encourage by the Apostle Paul in a jail cell possibly chained to rejoice and to give thanks because he knows that all things work together for the good to them that love God and to them who is called by and for is purpose. Paul could have complained; he had reasons to complained; yet his eyes was fixed on the Lord and his mind and thoughts were filled with the word of God so He gave himself no occasion to complain. Yes indeed, many time we are in situations or suddenly something happened and we began to complain. What is God saying? He already told us to give thanks in everything and he showed us through the apostle Paul that it is humanly possible to give thanks even if we are jailed and chained. A few months ago upon learning something unexpected – I got so hurt by what was done to me; that I almost felt like giving up. I thank God that He was so gracious to me and used my wife to strengthen me through His words in that moment when I truly needed it. What is God saying when the unexpected happened which life is full of them. God is saying, do not complain my son Steven take heart because if I God be for you who can be against you. Therefore, do not complain Steven; neither be weary in well-doing; still give Me thanks not in your strength but in Mine; because it’s not by your might Steven neither is it by your power Steven but by My Spirit says I God to you. As such, when I looked at what happened through the eyes of faith; through the eyes of Joseph who went through hundred times worst, through the eyes of God; I would see that when the enemy has God’s people he does not want to let them go and that he will raise up the Korahs, the Miriams, the Absaloms, the Jezebels and the Judases and many more but once we do as God said He will fight for us every time. Throughout the bible whenever God raised up a deliver for His people there was always strong opposition both physical and spiritually. God send ten judgment upon Egypt including deaths and still the enemy did not want to let God’s people go and even when he let them leave; he followed after them trying to pull them back into Egypt, which is a type of the world, the flesh and the devil. We must rest assured that God will fight the battles and that he will always make the way through the red seas; destroying the Pharaoh’s and his host. When God fights for us, we have no need to murmur and complain. Rather we must do and say what Moses said to the complaining Israelites when he called upon God and God ask him what do you have in your hand. Moses then stretched out the rod and said to the people, “Stand back and see the Salvation of the Lord.” Moses had his rod and we have even greater; the spirit of God living inside of us – revealing Jesus the word, who is Salvation and our Saviour. God wants us to not be ignorant of the enemies devices and stand on His words that will never change. God words tells us that we must pull down every high things that try to exalt itself against the knowledge of God. Father, help us all to remember in all the situations and circumstances; whatever they may be – not to grumble, murmur or complain. Remind us that whether the challenges come from within or without that You will indeed fight all our submitted battles and that You will never give us more than we can bear. You asked us to cast all our cares upon You who cares for us. Father, remind us through Your holy Spirit that once we ask Your help and truly surrender and submit all our cares to You we must trust You in it. However, when we complain when the unexpected happened, like I did instead of giving thanks then You are not able to work through and deliver us from what was not given or submitted to You. Thank you Father for always remaining faithful and you are saying to all complainers including myself to give thank and to give it all to you in Jesus name amen and amen.
What is our Point of Action? When we follow the Lord and walk in godliness we are being like Christ as its His character. Thus complaining is contrary for those who are true servants of God. May God grant us the grace to not be complainers of situations or circumstances and especially against our brothers or sisters and what they have done or what we think they have wronged us. So, dear brothers and sisters, let’s walk in a new way from today. Let’s apply these truths to our lives, and say, Lord, I want to live in a way that glorifies you on this earth. I want to live a life pleases to you in thankfulness. Let us lay aside the soul damaging sin weight of complaining and embrace thanksgiving. Father help us to avoid the wicked sin of complaining; so that we can truly receive transformation in our lives; in our inner man and be conformed to the image of Your dear Son, our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.
We hope that the above Topic and Exhortations not only encourages and strengthen but that it also alerts you to be more vigilant with your walk with our Lord especially in the area of the soul destroying sin of complaining. Since complaining is born out of the wicked sin of pride; the original sin. We know that complaining opposite of God’s nature – which is longsuffering. Thus, anyone engage in such is truly working with satan and against the work and the word of God and the people of God and is therefore operating in the chief business of satan who is ungrateful.
We are working at and planning to develop our newsletter into a magazine format as time goes by. Please remember to visit our Christ Centered daily devotional page by clicking on our devotion link above where you will be empowered by the word of God each day. Also, for those who have prayer request; you can access our prayer request from our homepage or you could email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. You could also call us at: (647) 856-6030 or (416) -9642 or (647) 321-6030.
Its our prayer that this month’s letter not only inform you of what’s upcoming or happening at Christ Centered House of God but that it also encourages and edifies you to press on enduringly to a higher place in God. Where we will all grow from glory to glory, strength to strength, faith to faith, with deep calling us unto deep as we go up higher to the place that God is calling us all to be.
Our main goal at Christ Centered House of God – is to shine the light of Jesus to everyone so that we all can be transformed to the Image of Christ. Consequently, we can then walk as He walked, endowed and enabled by His divine grace. Jesus too was tempted and yet He never sinned. “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).
Our goal is to clearly communicate a message of the hope that we have in Jesus Christ by our conduct, character and lifestyle. This hope is not found in religion or anything that we can see, but only in a personal relationship with Jesus.
By His Grace,
With Love from Pastor Steven and Family and Christ Centered House of God
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