Posts Tagged ‘patience’

Patience…Everything is in His Hands

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Message by Rev. Don Gardner, Lead Pastor

As we look at Esther’s story, patience is in His hands, which is basically saying don’t worry so much, take it Easy. God is in Charge. Esther was a woman who’s very intelligent, bold, courageous, was willing to make quick and right decisions, was very dependent on God for leadership, and she found advice from Mordecai. When it comes to things and events going around you, what you learn is very much important in life.

Text: Book of Esther

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Never Give Up

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Message by Moses Seo, guest speaker

Moses Seo shares three things with us. First, do not be weary in doing God’s work. Second, we must believe that we will reap a harvest according to God’s time. Third, never give up. Keep on doing good, and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His love.

Text: Galations 6:9

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Beware of Identity Theft!

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Message by Pastor Tom

Pastor Tom will tell us a bit about “identity theft” and that we need to protect our identity as a child of God.

Text: 1 John 3:1-10

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The Power of the Spirit

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. Psalm 145:3-4.

Francis Chan writes about two people whose lives were transformed by the Holy Spirit.

He’s a mechanic. She’s a hairdresser. They have been foster parents to thirty-two children and have adopted sixteen. Domingo and Irene are in their late fifties and currently have eleven children living with them, and they tell me they would take more if they could. Anyone who has children knows they could be doing this only by the Spirit’s power. Imagine the amount of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control it would take to pull this off.

While other people their age are figuring out how to live most comfortably, they can’t stop thinking of the 500,000 kids in America who need parents. And while they see these kids as a huge blessing, they are also very open about the hardships they face daily. Perseverance has been key, especially years ago when one of their adopted sons hung himself in the closet. While their days are filled with joy, there have also been many times when they persevered by sheer obedience.

God has provided for them over and over again. One time they needed to build an addition onto their house so that they could take in more children. They didn’t have the money, so Irene prayed fervently. When she looked up from praying, the first thing she saw was a sign for a contractor. She immediately asked God, “Is he the answer to my prayer?” Days later, one of the leaders in their church heard about their need and offered to build the addition for free. And you have guessed it – he was the same contractor whose name Irene had seen on the sign.

One of the wonderful blessings they have enjoyed is watching their biological children follow in their footsteps. One of their sons has two biological and two adopted kids. Another son has three biological and three adopted kids. They live such extraordinary lives that CBS news ran a story on them. Even the secular world notices the unusual and supernatural love these two have shown to those in need.

However, Domingo and Irene have not always been as gracious as they are today. Irene has shared publicly about the early days in their marriage and the hatred she felt toward Domingo. He was abusive, and she prayed regularly that he would die. She even daydreamed about him driving off a cliff because of the pain he inflicted on her. Now she calls him the godliest man she knows.

For anyone who thinks their own life or marriage is hopeless, remember Domingo and Irene. God loves to take people in the worst of situations and transform them by His Spirit.