Let’s Forgive

Living a Lifestyle of Forgiveness
Matthew 6:12… “And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.”
It has been many years since Dr. Quantebush phoned me but still his words are as clear today as then. With a resounding southern drawl and the seriousness of a father instructing a son, he said, “Ken, forgiveness is the key to apostolic authority.” Dr. Quantebush was right.

I’m interested in anything that produces peace and living a lifestyle of forgiveness brings a lot of peace. Consider just a few reasons:

When we forgive we relinquish ourselves to the demand to get even. This creates an incredible atmosphere of peace.

When we forgive we leave the results to God and God alone. Again, this creates an incredible sense of peace.

When we forgive we are enabled to hope for future reconciliation. And once again, we can rest in the assurance that God is at work even when we are unaware.

In short… when we live in forgiveness we live in peace, freedom and great power. So today, extend forgiveness. You too will discover as I did, Dr. Quantebush was right, “Forgiveness is the key to apostolic authority.”

Be blessed,

Pastor Ken

Let’s Give Ourselves To The Really Real

Years ago I came to the decided persuasion that the crucial aspect of a victorious journey with Christ is to be found in a very conscious, tenacious and tangible territorial battle in the spirit and in the mind. It is warfare in the unseen realm over what controls the thoughts of God’s people. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5; Romans 12:1-2) What ever controls the thoughts of the heart controls the words of the mouth. (Proverbs 4:23; 23:7; Matthew 12:34) What ever controls the words of the mouths controls the course of lives. (James 3:6) It is in all actuality a question of ownership (Proverbs 3:5).

The most decisive aspect of the battle over the mind is that Christ has already fought it and won. His whole life was a confirmation of the victory. This fact is nowhere demonstrated better than on the Mount of Temptation. (Matthew 4) On every level and with each clash the devil’s temptation was meant and defeated with the Word of God. On that mountain Christ established what was really real.

Three thoughts for today:
First… During your day consider your thoughts and your
words. Give them to God.
Second… Throughout the day live in the really real. For
example, one thing that is really real is this, “The joy of
the Lord is your strength.”
Third… As you encounter moments of challenge surrender
your mind to God, proclaim His truth and enjoy the
victory. Expose the illusion and cling to God declares is
really real.

Bringing Down Goliath

Just a very brief word to remind us all that we are created for heavenly places. Our citizenship is in heaven. This place is not our home, we are simply passing through. Knowing the tension that many times arises as a result of living both in time and eternity the Apostle Paul exhorts the saints to be confident because, “He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.”

I say to you today… “be confident.” Never forget that Goliath, though so much larger and stronger than David was no match for him. Why? Because David was clever or innovative? NO, BUT RATHER BECAUSE GOD WAS WITH HIM TO DELIVER HIM… “It is God who is at work to will and to do of His good pleasure.”

A thought from Pastor Ken

The Art of Simply Being

Just beyond our back porch and within perfect sight of my place of prayer are two hummingbird feeders. I so enjoy watching the hummingbirds. I don’t quite understand why they bring me such delight. Maybe it’s their fragility. Maybe it’s the way they trust to come so near. Perhaps it is the simplicity in which they come to drink. Like clockwork, they come to a feast. From early in the morning to evening time, again and again they come. There is such a sense of peace in it all.

I have often meditated upon the words of Jesus in Matthew 6:25; “Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor yet for your body what you shall put on.” My hummingbirds have no idea how the sweet nectar arrives, they simply drink. It is my responsibility to insure the feeders are full. It is their job to drink and be at peace. So they return daily and I am blessed by it all.

Those who have learned The Art of Simply Being have learned the secret of abiding in their heavenly Father who enjoys those intimate times when we come to feed from Him and Him alone.

I am looking forward to seeing you all this Sunday,

Many blessings,
Pastor Ken

Resurrection Week Thoughts; Saturday

Saturday, One Day before Resurrection Sunday

“For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish; so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Matthew 12:40

“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, by whom also He went and preached [announced the victory of the Cross and the hope of Resurrection] to the spirits in prison.” 1 Peter 3:18-19

A series of post-Calvary events commenced with the death of Christ. Initially, as our Great High Priest, Christ presented His blood in heaven thus satisfying the righteous demands of the Father. He then descended into Hades declaring a full and final victory at the cross. In this declarative act all the righteous dead who throughout the ages had been awaiting the Messiah, could rejoice. The keys to death, hell and the grave had been taken from Satan; he had been defeated, judged and sentenced. Christ was triumphant!

How can I say it any clearer? “WE WIN BECAUSE CHRIST WON.” Regardless of the daily skirmishes be they large or small, the ultimate outcome has been decided. In the final analysis, those who are Christ’s are already victorious. Let your mind dwell on those things. Set your affections on things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of power and authority. Oh yes, we are seated with him!

Dear Victorious King, Thank you for victory. Thank you for the hope and peace provided by that overwhelming and triumphant conquest. Thank you that your righteousness is my righteousness and that I stand totally complete in you. Let me live with that perspective throughout this day.

Gripped by a sense of Your victory,
Amen

Be blessed today folks,
Pastor Ken

SHERIE AND I ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO BEING WITH YOU ALL TOMORROW, RESURRECTION SUNDAY AT 9:30AM FOR A CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST.

Ephesians 4:8-10;Hebrews 9:11-14; 1 John 3:8; Colossians 2:13-15; Revelation 1:18; Matthew 12:40; 1 Peter 3:18-19; Matthew 27:50-53; Colossians 3:1-3; Ephesians 2:6

Resurrection Week; Friday… Calvary

Friday, Calvary… Three days before Resurrection
John 19:30, So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.” Gethsemane was a distant memory, Pilate’s Judgment Hall an obscured vision and the long walk down the Via Delarosa completed. Christ had carried His cross to the place of crucifixion, Golgotha, aptly called, the Place of a Skull where they crucified Him. “Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS.”
Today is a good day to consider those words Christ spoke while suspended between heaven and earth. His seven last phrases depict the nature of His heart and sacrifice. His words tell of His agony, his love and mercy extended. As you read them take a moment at each and allow prayers and meditations to rise heavenward. May each one of us consider the scope of what was demanded to purchase so great a salvation.
 “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
Lk. 23:34
 “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” Lk. 23: 43
 “Woman, behold your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” Jn. 19:26-27
 “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Mk. 15: 34
 “I thirst.”. Jn. 19: 28.
 “It is finished.” Jn 19: 30
 “Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit.” Lk. 23:46

Dear Lord Jesus, I cannot imagine the price you paid for my great salvation. Lord, what can I say? Thank You seems so trite when I think about the price. But Lord, it is what I have. I say thank you with my praise and with my life. Give me Your Grace to live for You.
Eternally thankful,
Amen

Resurrection Week: Thursday

Thursday, One Day before Calvary
Mark 14:28, “But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee.” Our Lord is facing the most poignant season of His life. In mere hours he will conduct the Last Supper, agonize through His intercession in the Garden of Gethsemane, be betrayed by one whom He loved, compelled into the mockery of a trial and led away to face the horrors of crucifixion. In all this Jesus had an incredible vision of the future. “After I have been raised…” What faith! What vision! What power of focus! He was enabled to endure His today because He knew tomorrow.
I’ve often admired those who appear to have an innate ability to endure through painful circumstances. From where does that enduring quality come? What is it that empowers one to overcome while another crumbles? Our Lord gives us both the answer and an example. Besides the under girding of the Holy Spirit there was within Him an unswerving faith that though he was to be crucified HE WOULD BE RAISED! In other words, His Father was in control. He knew it. He proclaimed it in faith and with that in mind and heart He endured the crucible.
My friend, take heart, believe in God. He is in control. You can be certain and able to say as Jesus said, “But after I have been raised, I will go…”
Dear Father, I give this day to you. You know the end from the beginning, I do not. You created it. You hold it in your hands. Keep me strong in faith today. Keep me trusting in You. My faith is in you Lord, not in the things this world has to offer. My faith is in You. Be glorified in my life today.
Your Child,
Amen
Be blessed today folks,
In His grip of Grace,
Pastor Ken

Resurrection Week Thoughts: Wednesday

Wednesday… Two days before Calvary… She had done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial. Mark 14:6

All Mary had was her personal perfume. With this she anointed the body of Jesus. Incensed by what they judged a waste, the religious leaders criticized her sharply. “You should have given it to the poor,” they said. But she did what she could.
Pure, surrendered and broken love is an affront to anything less genuine. Unfortunately it seems to be the propensity of man to gravitate to appearance rather than reality. I was recently talking to my son about a dive excursion. When he took me up on my offer and began to actually put it on the calendar I found myself waffling on the idea. “I think I may like to talk about getting into cold water more than doing it.” I replied. That brief revelation exposed the depth of my commitment. (But that is for another day.)
I guess the real question is one of surrender and abandon. Mary didn’t just talk, she did. It’s not that she did a big thing, she did what she could. And that was enough.

Lord Jesus, We pray that this day be a day of abandoned love for you. Give us grace to risk it all, give it all and do what we can for you.

With a thankful heart,
Your child

Resurrection Week Thoughts:

Tuesday; Three Days Before Calvary

Tuesday… Three days before Calvary. Tuesday is often defined as Jesus’ long day. He spent the day with His disciples teaching about the Kingdom of God and the end of the age. The Cross was central but still there was time to teach. There was still time to give of himself in service.

In the midst of it all Jesus encouraged His disciples that,
“In your patience possess your souls.”
Luke 21:19

Father… We pray as we go through our day today that we will discover the incredible joy and freedom of a soul possessed. Allow us Father to experience the sense of peace that comes from a soul that has been fully possessed by Christ. We love you Lord.

Possessed by Your Spirit,
Amen

Monday Easter Week

Greetings Skyline Friends,

I trust this letter finds you well. I am, even now thinking of so many of your faces… I feel like using The Apostle Paul’s salutation describing the faith of his Roman friends as spoken of throughout the whole world. I am so very pleased to be linked in the harvest with those of like precious faith.
Of course, the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is foremost on my mind. The hope of every believer rests upon the understanding, belief and appreciation for the Resurrection of Jesus. Skyline’s statement of faith simply states, We believe the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare His bodily resurrection from the dead.
This Sunday will be a great day of being with loved ones, sharing and celebrating His life. We have a wonderful continental breakfast planned to celebrate our time together. There will be opportunities to reconnect with others, especially important to our lives. We will however, discover the day’s real significance as we pause, turn our hearts and remember the words of Christ, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.

Each morning during this week I will share with you some thoughts about the Resurrection. I hope they are blessings to you all. Be blessed as you remember the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

In His grip,
Pastor Ken

Family stuff for the week.

• Wednesday Evening Café Theology at Skyline 7:00-8:00PM
• Friday.. Family Movie Night… Chronicles of Narnia, Voyage of the Dawn Treader
• Saturday, Men’s Breakfast Group, 9:00AM Brookfields
• Sunday, Resurrection Sunday

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