Passive and Active Faith

Mark 5:24-34; John 5:1-9


The seed is the word of God

Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. (Luke 8:11)




Redefining Success

So the LORD was with him, and Hezekiah was successful in everything he did. He revolted against the king of Assyria and refused to pay him tribute. — 2 Kings 18:7


Power and Ability

 “Remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors.” Deuteronomy 8:18

Before the Israelites entered the Promised Land, Moses taught them an important insight: God Himself was giving them “the ability to produce wealth.” This promise was packed with important principles.

He wanted them to realize that they could not succeed on their own and constantly needed to depend on God. As they obeyed His commands and trusted Him, He would bless them. Specifically, He would help them to take actions that would result in “wealth.” (The Hebrew word means overflowing abundance of many kinds of resources.)

Moses was not saying that God automatically promised to make them rich. But He did promise to give them the “ability” to make wealth. (The Hebrew word indicates strength or might, and implies being forceful or firm.)

In fact, God was promising to give them the capability to create wealth, and the strength to be successful. To show them the right way to live and how to maximize their investments. This was part of His covenant with them.

(In similar ways, the Bible reminds us that we Reap what we Sow, but what we Sow is our decision. And we must decide what to do with the resources God provides.)

It also was critical that they “remember the LORD your God.” As they entered the Promised Land, they would be exposed to many ideas, and tempted in many ways. They would need to think about God, resist other religions, reject other gods, and consistently live according to His Word.

We face the same kinds of challenges. As we approach our lives, we, too, need to remember that God desires to bless us. He has given us His Word, filled with promises and principles. The question is, how will we respond? Will we live according to His ways, or go our own way? The choice is up to us.


Father, I commit my time, talent, and resources to YOU. I believe You for favor. Thank You for giving me the ability I need. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


                                                                                                                                        Interim-Pastor Iain Swisher

Imitators of God

Text: Ephesians 5:1



            Some have called imitation “the sincerest form of flattery.” In the Christian life, however it is an important principle of discipleship.  This is not surprising, since imitation is a basic component of the learning process.  A child learns to speak by mimicking sounds they hear from parents.  This is one reason parents need to be so careful which words they speak in front of young children. We learn to write by copying letters.  Apprentices observe the skills of others in order to learn their craft.  In the same way, those who are followers of Jesus Christ are manded to “imitate God.”

            But how, exactly do we carry this out? We do this by following Jesus’ example.  Ephesians 5:2 explains that we are to “…walk in love, as Christ also loved us, and gave Himself for us an Offering and a Sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling Savor.”  Christ gave us the supreme example of sacrificial love when he “gave himself up for us.” Jesus gave Himself up when He surrendered Himself to death.  By becoming a sacrifice he revealed His total and completed love for us.  This one-time sacrifice on the cross was really the culmination of an entire ministry of self-sacrifice.  If we are part of God’s Family, we will follow Christ’s example.  We will put other’s first, sacrificing ourselves for them.

            The principal of imitating Christ is founded upon the knowledge that the believers life is founded upon the knowledge that our lives are ruled by the power of grace.  We are not expected to mimic the life of Jesus by following Him in our own strength.  Paul’s command to follow the example of Jesus is grounded in the fact that we have become God’s offspring (children) through Christ.  We are given spiritual power to be able to imitate Him in our daily walk.  “No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God” (1 John 3:9).  Only those who have been born of God are capable of being “IMITATORS” of God as “dearly loved children” (Ephesians 5:1).


                                                                                                                                                                 Pastor Donnie

God’s Word

      Text: John 8:47      


The Good Shepherd

Text: Psalms 23: 3-4