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Coastal Church | Vancouver by Pastor Cheryl Koop - 10h ago
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What is Love
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Years ago there was an article that Google Canada had circulated, citing the top searches of the year. Besides the usual news-making politicians, celebrities, athletes and musicians, there were two questions asked in the country’s most popular “what is” query. The first one was “what is love,” and the second-highest trending “how to” query was “how to love.” Aaron Brindle, a spokesman for Google said “It told us not only about the year that was, but also about the human condition.”

Obviously people in our nation are looking to be loved. And we’re asking how to love. In actuality, God has created us to love and love is constantly looking for an avenue to be released because we were created in our Father’s image.

So what better to place to look for the answer than to the very headwaters of love itself.
The bible gives us a clear answer in 1 John 4:8. God IS love. So how does He translate this love tangibly?

One way is to see love in action is through the Fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5. A 20th century American theologian, Donald Barnhouse said it this way, “Love is the key. Joy is love singing. Peace is love resting. Long-suffering is love enduring. Kindness is love’s touch. Goodness is love’s character. Faithfulness is love’s habit. Gentleness is love’s self-forgetfulness. Self-control is love holding the reins.”

Love is tuning in to what God is doing around you, seeing the world through His eyes or catching a glimpse of God at work through your actions and reactions.

Another way to see love in action is through a study done on the principle of the Golden Rule conducted by Bernard Rimland, director of the Institute for Child Behavior Research. He found that the happiest people are those who help others.

Each person involved in the study was asked to list 10 people he knew best and to label them as happy or not happy. Then they were to go through the list again and label each one as selfish or unselfish, using the following definition of selfishness: a stable tendency to devote one’s time and resources to one’s own interests and welfare–an unwillingness to inconvenience one’s self for others.”

Rimland found that all of the people labeled happy were also labeled unselfish. He wrote that those “whose activities are devoted to bringing themselves happiness…are far less likely to be happy than those whose efforts are devoted to making others happy” The conclusion? “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” – Luke 6:31.

Could you write down 10 people in your life who you would describe as happy and unselfish? Most likely love is their source as described in Galatians 5:22-23, and they are a gift to you and others.

God not only created us to love but, through His love, gave us His Son as a gift.
A gift is a reflection of personality, resources, commitment, thoughtfulness, sacrifice and ultimately an expression of love. When God gave us Jesus it truly was a reflection of God’s great love for the world. Because He IS love. That’s our example of how to love!

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Pastor Chris Karuhije
Rediscovering The Person Of The Holy Spirit
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A Special Gift 

Have you ever received a gift but did not open until much later? Perhaps you placed it away intending to open it, only to forget about it. One of my colleagues was excited to recently find some gift cards tucked away in an old forgotten Christmas card. Sometimes those unexpected surprises can be the best! 

A recent study in the Huffington Post, asked Moms what gift they would want for Mother’s Day. Surprisingly, only 5% said they would want a physical gift. An overwhelming majority said they would a break from the “momma routine”; or an opportunity for rest. And this is the kind of gift Jesus gave us in the Holy Spirit. An opportunity to rest from human effort of living our lives, to the refreshing and powerful presence of God through the Person of the Holy Spirit. 

Before Jesus ascended to Heaven after the resurrection, He promised His disciples that “another Helper” would be coming to replace Him. In fact, He charged them not to leave Jerusalem, where they were, until they had received this gift. These are His words in John 14:16, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever.” 

Feeling God 

The word “spirit” is found 800 times in scripture in both the Old and New Testaments. But the original languages from which our English Bible was translated from, Hebrew and Greek, do not have the word “spirit”. Instead, you will find the Hebrew word “ruwach” in the Old Testament, and the Greek word “pneuma” in the New Testament, and in both cases, they describe breath and a strong wind. And just like you can feel the wind but not see it, you may not be able to see the Holy Spirit, but you can certainly feel His presence.

The first encounter I can clearly remember with the Person of the Holy Spirit was when I was nine years old. I was sitting in a room surrounded by my siblings and my mother, and she had just delivered the crushing news that my father had been killed. As the reality that I would never again see my father in this world began to settle in, my heart sunk as I gave way to a rush of tears that seemed endless. I felt broken. 

But in that very moment, I heard the Holy Spirit speak to me. It was not audible but almost seemed louder, as it came from my heart. It was only six words: “Chris, it’s going to be okay.” Suddenly, tears stopped, and an overwhelming sense of comfort filled my heart. Somehow, I knew that everything was going to be okay, and it was. It is a moment with the Holy Spirit I cherish to this day. 

The Doldrums 

Another characteristic of the wind is that its refreshing. As Spring turns into Summer, there are few things more refreshing than a cool breeze on a warm day. In the same way, the Holy Spirit comes to refresh us. 

There is a place called the Intertropical Convergence Zone, a physical location near the equator where the Northeast and Southeast winds converge and cancel each other out, creating this zone with absolutely no wind movements. Sailors have dubbed it the Doldrums. Historically, many ships have wondered there with no wind to get them out, and among the stagnated air, many sailors have died. It’s a death zone, a Bermuda Triangle of sorts. 

Perhaps you feel stuck in the doldrums of life. Your marriage, family, and work are suffering stagnation. Maybe you no longer feel confident about what you have been created to do, and you feel trapped in the doldrums of mediocrity and aimlessness. Friend, the Holy Spirit wants to refresh you if you will allow Him. 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 says, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit.” I pray that as you breathe in His refreshing presence, the Holy Spirit will begin to fill your sails with wind until His purpose is made clear, and you escape the doldrums of life. 

Take a Deep Breath 

Ephesians 4:30 in the MESSAGE says, “Don’t grieve God. Don’t break his heart. His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for himself. Don’t take such a gift for granted.” As we discuss the Person of the Holy Spirit in the next few weeks, make a decision to abandon any old misconception of who you thought He was, and commit to knowing Him in a fresh new way, according to the Word of God. As you journey with us in this new series, I pray that you know this amazing gift, as the most intimate part of your life.

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Coastal Church | Vancouver by Pastor Dan Walton - 6d ago
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A Heart of Compassion
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Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. – Colossians 3: 12-17

I was reading a short story online, by Dave Brandon which goes like this:

Seven people were attending a musical production at a crowded amusement park. Wanting to sit together, they tried to squeeze into one row. But as they did, a woman rushed between them. His wife mentioned to her that we wanted to stay together, but the woman quickly said, “Too bad,” as she and her two companions pushed on into the row.

As three them sat one row behind the other four, his wife, noticed that the woman had an adult with her who appeared to have special needs. She had been trying to keep her little group together so she could take care of her friend. Suddenly, their irritation faded. His wife said, “Imagine how tough things are for her in a crowded place like this.” Yes, perhaps the woman did respond rudely. But we could respond with compassion rather than anger.

Wherever we go, we will encounter people who need compassion. Perhaps these words from the apostle Paul can help us view everyone around us in a different light—as people who need the gentle touch of grace. “As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Col. 3:12). He also suggests that we “bear with each other and forgive one another” (v. 13).
As we show compassion, we will be pointing others to the One who poured out His heart of grace and compassion on us.

In verses 15 & 16 of Col. 3 it is written to let the peace of God rule in your hearts and let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. The Greek understanding of the word “let” [is to make, give opportunity].

In our fast paced society, we need to slow down and demonstrate the compassion that God wants to demonstrate through us. Many times we are quick to judge a situation without looking into the details. We need to make or give opportunity for God’s grace and compassion to flow through us.

Psalm 147:3 states that God heals the broken hearted, and binds up their wounds.

1 Peter 2:24 says, who His own self bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live to righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

1 John 3:1 tells us that God lavished on us a great love, that we should be called the children of God! And this is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.

Maybe it is time for God’s people to demonstrate who He is by showing the compassion and love that He showed each one of us. By introducing them to the one who loved them with great compassion, by how we respond and treat them.

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Coastal Church | Vancouver by Pastor Brian Taylor - 6d ago
Pastor Brian Taylor
A New Type of King
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Our Sunday message came from Mark’s Gospel Ch. 8 was named ‘A new type of King.’ In vv27-30, we have Peter confessing Jesus as the Christ. Now Jesus and His disciples went out to the towns of Caesarea Philippi, and on the way He asked them “Who do men say that I am? So they answered, “John the Baptist, but some say Elijah, and others, one of the prophets”. He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and said to Him “You are the Christ.” – Mark 8:27-29

Jesus Christ Superstar is a 1970 rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. It is a musical dramatization of the last week of Jesus Christ beginning with His entry into Jerusalem and ending with the crucifixion. In one of the songs we have the question “Jesus Christ Superstar, do you think you are what they say you are?” Judas, who betrayed Him, says: “Don’t get me wrong, I just wanted to know.”

Judas wanted to be sure. We must also be sure of this question. The Lord Jesus Christ wants us to be sure. So, He asks His Disciples “Do you know Who I really Am?” The answers that men gave meant they saw Him as no ordinary man. They were saying He was as great as the greatest of the prophets. They were paying Him a great compliment and setting him in a high place. He is no ordinary man, He is a King, and as Pastor Chris preached, “A new type of king.” But the people did not know that. Jesus needed to know if his Disciples knew Who He was.

It is of great interest to see where Jesus chose to ask this question. He had travelled so far north beyond the sea of Galilea towards snow caps of mount Hermon. It was an area of great natural beauty and the headwaters of the Jordan river. The area was scattered with temples of the ancient Syrian Baal worship. There was something more. In Caesarea Philippi, there was a great temple of white marble built by Herod the Great to the godhead of Ceasar.

To quote the Scottish theologian William Barclay from his commentary on Mathew’s gospel: “Here is indeed a dramatic picture. Here a homeless, penniless Galilean carpenter, with twelve very ordinary men gathered around Him. At the moment the orthodox people of His day are actually plotting to destroy Him as a dangerous heretic. He stands in an area littered with the temples of the Syrian gods; in a place where the ancient Greek gods looked down; in a place where the history of Israel crowded in upon the minds of men; where the white marble splendour of the home of Caesar-worship dominated the landscape and compelled the eye. And there of all places this amazing carpenter stands, and asks men who they believe Him to be, and He expects the answer, The Son of God. It is as if Jesus deliberately set Himself against the background of the world’s religions in all their history and splendour, and demanded to be compared with them, and to have the verdict given in his favour.”

Here is our king, a new type of King. His deity shines out to us in dazzling light. Follow this series preached by pastor Dave and join us at Coastal Church at any of our campuses, and certainly we invite you to the Orpheum Theatre on April 21st, Easter Sunday to hear the sermon “The King and The Cross.”

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“If it’s from God, it will only get stronger.”

And with those words, we ended our conversation in a coffee shop in the late Fall of 2007. Within a few weeks, I tendered my resignation from an engineering profession that I have enjoyed and excelled in for the past eight years to commit myself fully into a ministerial vocation. The offer to take on a ministry position at Coastal Church was offered by Pastor Dave, but the CALL to embrace a life of ministry had begun as a whisper from God over a decade before that.

Shortly after giving my life to Christ in the first year at UBC, I had already known that engineering would not span my entire working career. Nevertheless, the “whisper” said to finish my degree and I did so while making every opportunity to serve in campus ministry. Upon graduation, I considered raising support to be a campus minister, but the “whisper” said to find an engineering job. I did so while making every opportunity to serve in local church ministry.

Many “whispers” came through individuals who imparted into my life both spiritually and professionally, including a number of engineering managers who were devout Christians. After an eight-year career in every level of public government, with a Master of Engineering degree in hand and Professional Engineer designation on my business card, another “whisper” came to let all of that go.

“If it’s from God, it will only get stronger.”

A decade after that conversation with Pastor Dave, I am reminded again of those words of encouragement that he left me. Words that I continue to pass on to others as they sought my advice in their own decision-making. Words that I speak to young leaders as I help them to map out their own spiritual journey.

None of it will matter if we are not called. None of it will matter if GOD has not been the One that called. There is a God who cares for you and He wants to lead and guide you!

“I will instruct you (says the Lord) and guide you along the best pathway for your life; I will advise you and watch your progress.” Psalm 32:8 (TLB)

The CALLING has never been stronger as it is now. My hope is that you will continue to hear those gentle whispers from God. The God that you owe everything to and the purpose that you are setting yourselves apart to serve. May you hear His whispers and be bold to respond!

Learn about the Five Ways that God Guides Us in our weekend message.

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So, Praise the Lord, my soul!
All my being, praise his holy name!
Praise the Lord, my soul,
and do not forget how kind he is.
He forgives all my sins
and heals all my diseases.
He keeps me from the grave
and blesses me with love and mercy.
He fills my life with good things,
so that I stay young and strong like an eagle.

Psalm 103:1-5 GNT

All around the world, this past week, Christ-followers celebrated the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, Son of God, the Suffering Servant, the King of kings and the Lord of lords. The issue of sin that kept generations in perpetual bondage since the time of creation, was finally dealt with on the cross and the resurrection life we can experience today goes beyond our understanding. For some of us this is new or vague information that might be challenging to make sense of, while for others, it has been the story we have grown up with. Either way, this good news has relevance for our lives, not only when we die, but for right now!

Perhaps a good way to parallel the story of the cross and the resurrection life that comes with it is the story of Lazarus in John 11, where Jesus performs a miracle, foreshadowing what he would later do for all humanity. Lazarus is a good friend of Jesus and he has two sisters, Mary and Martha. One day Jesus receives word that Lazarus is sick, but instead of going to see his friend right away, Jesus waits three days, telling his disciples that Lazarus was only asleep. By the time Jesus arrives in Bethany, where Lazarus now lay dead in a tomb, Martha comes to Jesus in despair, not realizing who Jesus really was. Jesus tells her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25, 26 NIV). It is important to mention here that death is the consequence of sin (Romans 6:23), not just physical death, but spiritual death. The life that Jesus is referring to in his response to Martha is not only physical, but spiritual.

Being deeply moved by the sadness surrounding Lazarus’ death and perhaps the sense of how lost God’s people were, Jesus wept. He tells someone to take away the stone covering the tomb and despite Martha’s disbelief, Jesus reminds her that she was about to witness the glory of God. In front of several people watching, Jesus calls out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” (John 11:43). Lazarus came back to life, his body still wrapped in linen. At this, Jesus tells the people to take off the grave clothes around him and let him go. So how does this story of Lazarus coming back to life parallel the resurrection life Jesus provided for us at Easter?

I would put forward that all of us have known spiritual death just as Lazarus laid dead in his tomb. Because of sin in our lives, we have known feelings of hopelessness, loneliness, despair, addiction, anger, jealousy, fear, depression, greed, shame, bitterness etc. with no way of recovery. The truth is, sin separates us from God, but Jesus came to bring us close to God and to give us spiritual life! When Jesus called Lazarus to come out from his tomb, Lazarus woke up and walked out. Similarly, because of what Jesus has accomplished for us on the cross, paying the price for our sin that only he could pay, today he calls all of us to wake up from spiritual death and find hope in him, who defeated death once for all time. When we put our trust in Jesus, our spirit is awakened and we are able to walk in his resurrection life. When hopelessness, loneliness, despair etc. come, we are not left with no way of recovery, rather, we know we “have been crucified with Christ, and [we] no longer live, but Christ lives in [us]. The life [we] now live in the body, [we] live by faith in the Son of God, who loved [us] and gave himself for [us].” (Galatians 2:20)

I love how Lazarus’ story did not end with him simply walking out of the tomb. Jesus tells the people to help Lazarus remove his grave clothes and let him go. The resurrection life we have in Christ is not without loving community. We all need people in our lives who aren’t afraid of the evidence of our past, our pain, our fears, our struggles etc. that resulted from our spiritual death and distance from God. Today I encourage you to surrender to Christ and put your trust in him, who is able to give you resurrection life, and allow loving community, whether friends, family, or church small groups, to help you continue in that resurrection life that Jesus paid so dearly for us to have now and forever!

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So, what if God has shown you a dream, a calling, or destiny for your life, but years have passed, and nothing has come to fruition?

For every destiny, there’s season of testing and waiting. At that point we often feel as if the dream that God has put in our hearts is far from sight.

I’ve been there. Like Joseph, I longed to find out my ultimate divine destiny.

During the waiting seasons, when nothing made sense, the Holy Spirit comforted me with Psalm 37. I’ve hung on to it ever since. No matter what season I’m at, now I’ve come to realize that faithfulness and destiny go hand in hand.

If you’re disappointed because your dreams are yet to be realized, hang on to His promises in this Psalm of David – God will not forsake you. Psalm 37 gives us the wisdom and encouragement from God, so we can become meek and faithful passing the test like Joseph did.

His promises in this chapter still stand for us:

He will act (v.5).
He will give you the desires of your heart (v.4)
He will exalt you to inherit the land (v.34).
The steps of a man are established by the Lord when he delights in his ways, though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand (23-24).

While in the land-in-between, in the waiting, remain meek and faithful, and you will inherit “the land.” Joseph had tough waiting seasons in which he had to apply faithfulness, while depending on God. He spent few years in Potiphar’s house as a slave, and then several years in prison with no sign of being released. Joseph’s dreams did not come quickly, nor easily, but when it did, he enjoyed it for 69 years. He became second in command in Egypt. However, his true destiny was really to be reunited with his family, safeguarding them from famine, and ultimately saving the nation of Israel. He fulfilled God’s plan.

Based on Psalm 37, here are 10 things you can focus on while waiting for your destiny to unfold and become faithful like Joseph did.

1. Fret not yourself & be not envious (v.1). To fret is to worry. Worry is opposite of faith and dwelling in that leads to envy.

2. Trust in the Lord (v.3). Have faith in God. He is for you. “Faith cures fretting. Sight is cross-eyed, and views things only as they seem, hence her envy: faith has clearer optics to behold things as they really are, hence her peace” (Charles Spurgeon).

3. Do good (v.3). Take every opportunity in front of you to serve God. Make it your focus to bless others. Joseph certainly did. He was faithful and blessed Potiphar with his administration skills. Serving God will take away any discontentment and will lead you to your destiny.

4. Dwell in the Land (v.3). Though Joseph dwelled as a slave in a foreign land, he probably dwelled in the promised land in his heart. Whatever season you live in, be present, but focus your heart in His promise.

5. Cultivate faithfulness (v.3). In the waiting season, feed on His truth. Read God’s word and cultivate faithfulness, and He will anchor you.

6. Delight yourself in the lord (v. 4). Set your affections on Jesus. Praise Him in the circumstances. Switch your focus on Him and be preoccupied with Him. Don’t be consumed with your dream or calling that you forget the One who gave it to you in the first place.

7. Commit your way to the Lord; Trust Him (v.5). The word commit here means to roll. Roll your burdens to Him and trust Him, for He cares for you.

8. Be still before the Lord (v. 7). Be still, be silent, and know that He is God.

9. Turn away from evil and do good (27). Like Joseph keep your integrity and flee from any appearance of evil. Overcome evil with good as this is God’s way.

10. Wait for the Lord and Keep His way (v.33). “He is never is before His time. He never is too late.” Wait by faith, in hope, in obedience and service. Don’t give up, and don’t let go of God. He will act and give you the desires of your heart.

Our destiny is found in the waiting season when we delight in Jesus, and we are found in His presence. As you follow His ways, you’ll find that destiny is not the final destination, but it relies in the journey with Him. Wait well, and God will do the rest!

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Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. – Colossians 3: 12-17

I was reading a short story online, by Dave Brandon which goes like this:

Seven people were attending a musical production at a crowded amusement park. Wanting to sit together, they tried to squeeze into one row. But as they did, a woman rushed between them. His wife mentioned to her that we wanted to stay together, but the woman quickly said, “Too bad,” as she and her two companions pushed on into the row.

As three them sat one row behind the other four, his wife, noticed that the woman had an adult with her who appeared to have special needs. She had been trying to keep her little group together so she could take care of her friend. Suddenly, their irritation faded. His wife said, “Imagine how tough things are for her in a crowded place like this.” Yes, perhaps the woman did respond rudely. But we could respond with compassion rather than anger.

Wherever we go, we will encounter people who need compassion. Perhaps these words from the apostle Paul can help us view everyone around us in a different light—as people who need the gentle touch of grace. “As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Col. 3:12). He also suggests that we “bear with each other and forgive one another” (v. 13).
As we show compassion, we will be pointing others to the One who poured out His heart of grace and compassion on us.

In verses 15 & 16 of Col. 3 it is written to let the peace of God rule in your hearts and let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. The Greek understanding of the word “let” [is to make, give opportunity].

In our fast paced society, we need to slow down and demonstrate the compassion that God wants to demonstrate through us. Many times we are quick to judge a situation without looking into the details. We need to make or give opportunity for God’s grace and compassion to flow through us.

Psalm 147:3 states that God heals the broken hearted, and binds up their wounds.

1 Peter 2:24 says, who His own self bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live to righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

1 John 3:1 tells us that God lavished on us a great love, that we should be called the children of God! And this is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.

Maybe it is time for God’s people to demonstrate who He is by showing the compassion and love that He showed each one of us. By introducing them to the one who loved them with great compassion, by how we respond and treat them.

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Our Sunday message came from Mark’s Gospel Ch. 8 was named ‘A new type of King.’ In vv27-30, we have Peter confessing Jesus as the Christ. Now Jesus and His disciples went out to the towns of Caesarea Philippi, and on the way He asked them “Who do men say that I am? So they answered, “John the Baptist, but some say Elijah, and others, one of the prophets”. He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and said to Him “You are the Christ.” – Mark 8:27-29

Jesus Christ Superstar is a 1970 rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. It is a musical dramatization of the last week of Jesus Christ beginning with His entry into Jerusalem and ending with the crucifixion. In one of the songs we have the question “Jesus Christ Superstar, do you think you are what they say you are?” Judas, who betrayed Him, says: “Don’t get me wrong, I just wanted to know.”

Judas wanted to be sure. We must also be sure of this question. The Lord Jesus Christ wants us to be sure. So, He asks His Disciples “Do you know Who I really Am?” The answers that men gave meant they saw Him as no ordinary man. They were saying He was as great as the greatest of the prophets. They were paying Him a great compliment and setting him in a high place. He is no ordinary man, He is a King, and as Pastor Chris preached, “A new type of king.”  But the people did not know that. Jesus needed to know if his Disciples knew Who He was.

It is of great interest to see where Jesus chose to ask this question. He had travelled so far north beyond the sea of Galilea towards snow caps of mount Hermon. It was an area of great natural beauty and the headwaters of the Jordan river. The area was scattered with temples of the ancient Syrian Baal worship. There was something more. In Caesarea Philippi, there was a great temple of white marble built by Herod the Great to the godhead of Ceasar.

To quote the Scottish theologian William Barclay from his commentary on Mathew’s gospel: “Here is indeed a dramatic picture. Here a homeless, penniless Galilean carpenter, with twelve very ordinary men gathered around Him. At the moment the orthodox people of His day are actually plotting to destroy Him as a dangerous heretic. He stands in an area littered with the temples of the Syrian gods; in a place where the ancient Greek gods looked down; in a place where the history of Israel crowded in upon the minds of men; where the white marble splendour of the home of Caesar-worship dominated the landscape and compelled the eye. And there of all places this amazing carpenter stands, and asks men who they believe Him to be, and He expects the answer, The Son of God.  It is as if Jesus deliberately set Himself against the background of the world’s religions in all their history and splendour, and demanded to be compared with them, and to have the verdict given in his favour.”

Here is our king, a new type of King. His deity shines out to us in dazzling light. Follow this series preached by pastor Dave and join us at Coastal Church at any of our campuses, and certainly we invite you to the Orpheum Theatre on April 21st, Easter Sunday to hear the sermon “The King and The Cross.”

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Life comes with seasons of trial and testing. How do we survive and thrive through the storms of life? How do we face fear, pain, addictions, loss, depression, faith crisis and sickness without becoming callused toward God and people? There are no easy and straightforward answers to life’s trials and afflictions, but one thing is sure in the midst of our tribulations – God is able and willing to bring us through storms of life.

In the midst of the storm God wants us to either remain or become convinced that He is Lord and His promises are always trustworthy. In times of uncertainty, stress and chaos God is still sovereign and in control. Do we truly believe this? Because belief in God’s supremacy is key to enduring the storms of life with joy. How can we have joyful faith in the midst of suffering? Apostle James writes “…count it all joy, my brothers and sister, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing…” Instead of protesting and grumbling about a circumstance we are told to rejoice while going through different storms, because if we let steadfastness or endurance finish its work it will ultimately shape us into becoming more like Christ. Supernatural change occurs when we choose to remain faithful to an unchanging and all-powerful God, even when we are tossed around by the winds of life. God never fails anyone and often we do not need to hear new promises from Him, but we need to hear the same promise again. God has promised you will be brought to the other side — you will reach your journey’s end because Christ is in you and you are in Him. Here are some examples of God’s promises to His people:

Philippians 1:6 “I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”

Deuteronomy 31:8 “He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

John 10:27–28 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.”

Philippians 4:19 “My God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

1 Corinthians 1:8 “He will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Romans 8:28 “ And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

In the mad storms, the heartbreak, the troubled marriage, the disturbed mind, and the demonic torment, we don’t know how or when God will save us. His ways and His thoughts are higher than ours. God also does not operate on our timeline or deadline. But what we can know and fully trust are His promises in the Bible. Even if you do not understand how He is going to take you through to the other side – keep trusting Him. Do not allow fear to paralyze you, but instead remind your soul of who you are in Christ and whose you are. It’s not the size of your faith that will bring you through the harshest conditions, but it’s the object of your faith. God is the object of our faith and He is above any circumstance or problem we might be facing today or tomorrow. Jesus taught that if we have faith as small as a mustard seed , God will still respond to our prayers according to His will, insight, and grace . Not once will our God fail to keep His promise. Truly “…all the promises of God find their Yes in [Christ]. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory…” Do you believe this?

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