Welcome to Fellowship of Lake Worth!
A note from Pastor Ocie:
Pastor and Church Family,
After reflecting and studying Pastor Jeff’s post/message today…
Peter Bailey, and his family giving them a sense that it could all be better one day totally goes with Isaiah 11:1-10
Hope is the one thing I see being taught in this passage. Hope that enemies would get along. Yes, he was using animals as an analogy. It's a dog eat dog world right? Well, through Jesus Christ, Isaiah 11 speaks a foretelling of a time when the whole world will experience a supernatural peace in a radically supernatural way, only after Jesus comes and judges. Jesus will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, nor decide by what he hears with his ears. He ultimately did this judgment differently He did it by righteousness, justice & faithfulness. When I reflected on and studied pastor Jeff’s message I read the passage A LOT I sat back seeing how Jesus would come and judge the earth and what followed. Well, after that peace flooded the world. I said YES Father God; I want those three & peace in my personal life. I want to live righteously, I want justice served and I want to be faithful and be loved faithfully while having that wonderful peace. Jesus is the way…
While looking into the second reference in this message Matthew 3:1-12 proclaims the hope of Israel in and through the Messiah. John the Baptist didn’t hold anything back (well, he probably did). He was telling them “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near” & ‘Prepare the way for the Lord,? make straight paths for him.’’
We have to repent and do some work & he even called some folks “brood of vipers”!. Repent is a given, we need to turn from our bad stuff in our lives. Then John said, “We need to get to work!” Prepare Jesus’ way and make it straight for Him. If at all possible that is what we do for our loved ones. For example, if they were to be coming in from out of town we try to make it easier on them to do almost anything that needs to be done. We do this for them to make their stay easy & enjoyable. Even if they have to come into town under a miserable situation we try to make their stay easy.
To Quote Pastor Jeff “So many had become creatures of habit and religion, as opposed to being people in a relationship with God. But when we place our hope in him, we can hope that this world will be a better place, through Jesus living in us and shining through us”.
My Question to myself was, Ocie, are you or have you become a creature of habit or is the relationship with Christ still on the forefront of your heart?
Pastor Jeff said it best “This world can be filled with his Kingdom, if we let his light shine through”….
Hope what an awesome word. Please, help spread hope this season and the seasons to come…
Hope is HERE in Jesus,