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Love Part 5

September 24, 2021

Love Part 5

John 14:23-24

New International Version

23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

Revelation 3:20

New International Version

20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

How do we know if we have come to know Him? Acts 2:38 say we must repent.  That is to turn from our sin and to Him.  Then we will obey Him, if we don’t  then we do not know Him.  There are those we claim to know Him but do not obey Him.  They teach in His name, prophecy in His name, heal in His name but He says He never knew them because they have not obeyed Him.  We are not saved because we do good but because we repent and do as He did.  He stands at the door and knocks and if we let Him in he will eat with us.  He will live in us and we will know Him and His love will be made complete in us.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Love Part 4

September 24, 2021

Love part 4

Romans 8:33-35

New International Version

33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

Jesus did not come to bring charges against us, if we do not accept His love we stand condemned because of His sinless life.  Bringing that condensation was not the purpose of His coming but that He might live with us and bring us life in His love.  The Father does not want to condemn us but sent Jesus to reconcile us to the Father.  Jesus is ever interceding for us that He might be revealed to us so we could know the Father.  It is this love we come into that nothing can separate us from.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Love Part 3

September 23, 2021

Love part 3

John 3:14-18  New International Version                                                      

14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

1 John 4:9  New International Version                                                        

 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.

Jesus came to give us eternal life.  What is eternal life?  It is not just simply living forever but living in all the fullness of God’s goodness and love forever.  God does not want that anyone should perish but have this life He has prepared for us.  He gave all so we could have all of Him.  Such love, such wondrous love, but then what would you expect from a God of love.  This is how we know what love is by what God does for us.  There are too many people who think they have to die and go to heaven to experience God’s love.  He is here now and lives among us and in us so might know Him.    

Pastor Jeff Lane

Love Part 2

September 21, 2021

Love Part 2

1 John 4:18

New International Version

18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

Hebrews 2:14-15

New International Version

14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

We live in a time of evil and fear.  I have people tell me how they have such great fear, stress, and anxiety.  Love or God drives out fear.  Fear robs us of our life, it is a curse, it causes sickness and will eventually bring death.  Fear is a lack of faith and love.  Perfect love or God drives out fear.  Jesus did not come into the world to condemn us but to save us.  He did not come to punish us but to bring us life more abundantly.  Stop walking in fear of this world but come into the light of His glorious love.  Fear will melt away.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Love Part 1

September 20, 2021

Love part 1

1 John 4:16

New International Version

16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.

1 John 4:8

New International Version

8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

God is love.  The very essence of God is love.  It is His character, and all He does is done out of His character which is love.  For us to know what love truly is we must know God.  You cannot separate love from God.  Many people use the term love but have no understanding of God except what He has revealed to us by the very nature of things around us.  His Spirit is life, therefore Love is what gives us life and the lack of it brings death.  It is “in Him we live and move and have our being”.  

Pastor Jeff lane

Where is God? Part 4

September 17, 2021

Where is God  Part 4

Psalm 51

New International Version

Psalm 51

For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.

1 Have mercy on me, O God,

   according to your unfailing love;

according to your great compassion

   blot out my transgressions.

2 Wash away all my iniquity

   and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I know my transgressions,

   and my sin is always before me.

4 Against you, you only, have I sinned

   and done what is evil in your sight;

so you are right in your verdict

   and justified when you judge.

5 Surely I was sinful at birth,

   sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;

   you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;

   wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

8 Let me hear joy and gladness;

   let the bones you have crushed rejoice.

9 Hide your face from my sins

   and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,

   and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

11 Do not cast me from your presence

   or take your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation

   and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,

   so that sinners will turn back to you.

14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,

   you who are God my Savior,

   and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.

15 Open my lips, Lord,

   and my mouth will declare your praise.

16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;

   you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.

17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;

   a broken and contrite heart

   you, God, will not despise.

18 May it please you to prosper Zion,

   to build up the walls of Jerusalem.

19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,

   in burnt offerings offered whole;

   then bulls will be offered on your altar.

Nathan confronted David with his sin of adultery and David wrote this Psalm.  We are an adulteress.  We have all turned from the way and yet God will forgive us if we repent.  David repented and notice that he said, “cleanse me with hyssop”, which was a branch that the priest would sprinkle the blood of the atonement sacrifice on the people.  Now may God cover us in the blood of Jesus.  We must keep a humble and repenting spirit so God does not remove Himself from our presence.  We would do good to ponder this Psalm and live by it today.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Where is God? Part 3

September 16, 2021

Where is God  Part 3

Ezekiel 10:18-20

New International Version

18 Then the glory of the Lord departed from over the threshold of the temple and stopped above the cherubim. 19 While I watched, the cherubim spread their wings and rose from the ground, and as they went, the wheels went with them. They stopped at the entrance of the east gate of the Lord’s house, and the glory of the God of Israel was above them.  20 These were the living creatures I had seen beneath the God of Israel by the Kebar River, and I realized that they were cherubim.

God will never leave us or forsake us.  

Ezekiel watched as the Lord departed from the man-made temple in Jerusalem and went to Babylon to be with his people.  God sent them to Babylon for their sin, but He loved them so much that He who had Israel exiled went into exile with them.  Wow!  What a compassionate and loving God we serve.  He who searches for us when we turn our backs on Him.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Where is God? Part 2

September 15, 2021

Where is God?  Part 2

1 Samuel 4:19-22

New International Version

19 His daughter-in-law, the wife of Phinehas, was pregnant and near the time of delivery. When she heard the news that the ark of God had been captured and that her father-in-law and her husband were dead, she went into labor and gave birth, but was overcome by her labor pains. 20 As she was dying, the women attending her said, “Don’t despair; you have given birth to a son.” But she did not respond or pay any attention.

21 She named the boy Ichabod, saying, “The Glory has departed from Israel”—because of the capture of the ark of God and the deaths of her father-in-law and her husband. 22 She said, “The Glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God has been captured.”

The wife of Phinehas had it wrong.  God’s glory or presence had not parted from Israel, but Israel had departed from God’s presence.  They had fallen into sin.  They took the Ark of God to battle but had not recognized God no longer sat upon it.  Many people go into battle and wonder where God is, and why has he not heard me?  The problem is they departed from God and put sin on the throne of their heart.  God will not sit with sin.  Wake up church He is with you when you are with Him.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Where is God? Part 1

September 15, 2021

Where is God?  Part 1

Judges 16:15-22

New International Version

15 Then she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when you won’t confide in me? This is the third time you have made a fool of me and haven’t told me the secret of your great strength.” 16 With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was sick to death of it.  17 So he told her everything. “No razor has ever been used on my head,” he said, “because I have been a Nazirite dedicated to God from my mother’s womb. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as any other man.”  18 When Delilah saw that he had told her everything, she sent word to the rulers of the Philistines, “Come back once more; he has told me everything.” So the rulers of the Philistines returned with the silver in their hands. 19 After putting him to sleep on her lap, she called for someone to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him.[a] And his strength left him.  20 Then she called, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!”  He awoke from his sleep and thought, “I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him.  21 Then the Philistines seized him, gouged out his eyes and took him down to Gaza. Binding him with bronze shackles, they set him to grinding grain in the prison. 22 But the hair on his head began to grow again after it had been shaved.

It was not the Philistines nor Delilah that blinded Samson, but his own sin.  He drifted so far from God he didn’t even recognize, or notice God had left Him.  This is where the church is today.  Where is the Glory of God today?  Does anybody seek Him?  Even when God shows His Glory and heals somebody the church hardly notices.  Sin and worldliness will take you out of the presence of God.  

2 Chronicles 7:14  New International Version  14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.  

God will return to you when you return to Him.

Pastor Jeff Lane

If these devotions are of value to you I need to hear from you.  I may be stopping them soon.     Pastorjefflane@gmail.com

Room

September 13, 2021

Room

Genesis 26:19-22

New International Version

19 Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there. 20 But the herders of Gerar quarreled with those of Isaac and said, “The water is ours!” So he named the well Esek, because they disputed with him. 21 Then they dug another well, but they quarreled over that one also; so he named it Sitnah. 22 He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarreled over it. He named it Rehoboth,[c] saying, “Now the Lord has given us room and we will flourish in the land.”

The name Issac gave to the first well was Esek which means dispute and the second was Sitnah which means opposition.  He was having a hard time with the locals over these wells that were his father’s, but when he dug the third well, he names it room because God gave him a place in the land.  We must have water for life and Jesus is the springs of living water and He is often compared to water.

My grandfather told me if he went to a place to minister and the well ran dry, he knew God was moving him on.  He compared it to this story.  Often, we miss the signs that God is moving us on to greener pastures, so he dries up or lets our source of income be stopped.  A pastor needs to be sensitive to the Spirit, but God uses physical means sometimes to get our attention.  A law of physics is without conflict there is no change.  Conflict is not always from the devil, but it is often God working in our lives.  We can become too complacent or comfortable to move on with God.  God will make a place for you.                                    

 Pastor Jeff Lane

If these devotions are of value to you I need to hear from you.  I may be stopping them soon.     Pastorjefflane@gmail.com

Miracles Part 24

September 10, 2021

Miracles Part 24

2 Corinthians 12:12

New International Version

12 I persevered in demonstrating among you the marks of a true apostle, including signs, wonders and miracles.

Hebrews 2:1-4

New International Version  2 We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2 For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, 3 how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. 4 God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.

The meaning of apostle simply is one who is sent or commissioned by God.  Signs and wonders or miracles are given to testify to our salvation.  They are also the marks of an apostle.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Miracles Part 23

September 9, 2021

Miracles Part 23

2 Chronicles 36:15-16

New International Version

15 The Lord, the God of their ancestors, sent word to them through his messengers again and again, because he had pity on his people and on his dwelling place. 16 But they mocked God’s messengers, despised his words and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of the Lord was aroused against his people and there was no remedy.

When I had told the lawyer that God had told me to pay each creditor the nine percent to settle these business accounts, he laughed at me.  He said: “Do what you can. It will just make my job easier.  You will be back, and I will clean up the rest.”  I was so eager to tell him it worked and that every account was settled, but when I did, he laughed and said that I would now owe over two hundred and forty thousand in taxes.  I would have to pay taxes on every dollar I was forgiven, because the government considered this income.

I called our CPA Veronica.  I had told her to please do my taxes now and what the lawyer said.  We went in and she poured over our records.  It was around nine at night and she closed up our folder and told us to come back the next day.  I pleaded with her to tell us what was going on, but she told us to come back the next day and that she had to talk to a specialist.  He dealt with these cases all the time.

The next day we met.  She started in with a bunch of legal mumble jumble and tax lax law.  I finally told Veronica I had no idea what she was talking about.  She said, “ what I am trying to say is you fell into a loop hole, because of the size of the losses you owe nothing, in fact you should not have to pay taxes for ten years, because this carries forward”.  She went on to tell us we were also getting back a refund.  Who’s laughing now?  God is Great.  Now we could mock the demons.  Finally free.  Thank God almighty!

Pastor Jeff Lane

Miracle Part 22

September 8, 2021

Miracles Part 22

I was at the end of my rope.  We had gone to three bankruptcy lawyers, and they all said the same thing.  We were to lose everything but one car.  All our properties, house, furniture and you get the picture.  We were to go to court in January for two of the debts.  One wanted our house and the other whatever they could get.  It was now December and I had to declare bankruptcy before the end of the month, or the lawyer could not stop them.  We needed close to a million dollars.  Where would I get that kind of money?  

I fell on my face and cried out to God.  I said to Him that I made this debt, I owed this debt and knew full well I would have to repay it.  I did not know the economy would turn bad but that made no difference.  I asked for forgiveness and told God I could do nothing. Please help me.  He simply said: “Finally”.  I ask God finally what?  He said: “I have been waiting for this moment so I could intervene.”  Then he told me what to do.  I was to divide the money I got from the settlement for my neck injury and offer this percentage as to what I owed each creditor.  It was only nine percent of what I owed.  The phone rang the next day.  It was the bank that was going to take the house.  They had quit taking my calls and we were to go to court on January third.  They asked how much you could give us to settle this debt.  They didn’t want another house.  I said nine percent of the $189,000 I owed them.  They said they would take it and forgive the rest.  The next day the next creditor called and was supposed to take us to court on the fourth of January.  I did the same and they forgave the rest.  For the next fourteen days this went on till all eighteen debts were forgiven.  I could not contain my relief and joy.  We were debt free.  I, with much shame, looked to heaven and said,  “God I have been preaching forgiveness all my life but now I understand it.  You paid a debt I owed.  Thank you, Jesus!”  I could not wait to tell the lawyer who mocked what God told me to do.

God is never late, He is always on time.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Miracles Part 21

September 7, 2021

Miracle Part 21

Isaiah 55:9 New International Version
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

The phone rang and for some reason I answered.  It was a lady from the church we used to have.  She started telling me she had applied for a job for me to be a chaplain in a nursing home.  They were going to call me.  She said, “I know how you like working with seniors.  Do you need a job?  Please, don’t be upset with me.”   I replied, “Yes, I do, I am not upset with you”, and I got the Job.  

This position would be a blessing in more ways than one.  It would train me in so many ways.  It taught me how to work with people on TV.  How to walk through mine fields with the government as I like to put it.  We had to watch everything we said.  It would open doors for us.  Later I would be asked to work as a head chaplain at hospital in the trauma center.  It was while working at the trauma center I would be asked to go on TV for You and Me at CTN, but I am getting ahead of myself.

I was back to work again and getting a check.  It didn’t pay much but it was more than nothing.  I also got a large siding job on the side and thought that I could do construction work in the evenings and weekend, but God had other plans.  Sometimes the seemingly obvious is not God’s way.  

While working on this house up three stories the scaffolding gave way.  I fell into the house and landed on the edge of the concrete driveway.  I was alive but bleeding from my face.  I could not move my left arm.  It had bent back over my left side and was damage so bad it just would not work.  We had no insurance.  I drove home and used tape to pull the sides of the cut on my face to gather.  Likely, it left no scares.  I had an old sling and put my arm into it.  I went back to the nursing home the next day and hid the pain.  I could hardly breath but didn’t want to lose this job.  I realized I had gotten out of God’s will.  I asked for forgiveness and ask God to heal me.  It took a while for my arm to heal but God totally healed it.  I was glad I had not rebroke my neck.  I was not to go back to construction again.  It was at this time I fell before God about our situation.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Miracles Part 20

September 3, 2021

Miracles Part 20

Things were about to go from bad to worse.  We had to evict our renters and then sell the rental properties.  That just gave us less bills but did nothing to alleviate the debt.  The phone was ringing off the hook from debt collectors.  I must admit most were very understanding and some even cried because they hated what they were doing.  They understood so many people were just victims of the economy.  There were still plenty of mean ones and when the phone rang, or we had to go to the post office we would just shake.  I tried to take care of both so Becky would not have to.  After all I blamed myself for letting it get out of hand.  We put the fax machine on the phone line, so we did not have to answer it.  This went on for a year, but I was finding some work and paying the payment on what I could.  

I found a job selling insurance and started doing well.  I had an appointment with a large employer for a lot of business and this would have really helped us.  The contract was so large that my boss went with me and drove us to the appointment.  We were just a block away when we stopped at a school crossing by the crossing guard.  There were about thirty children crossing in front of us when a car hit us from behind at forty-five miles an hour.  He was texting and didn’t see us stop.  I offend have wondered if we had not been there what would have happened to those children.  I went to the hospital and to a year of therapy.  The doctor said I had reached MMI and would be released he could do no more.  I said I don’t think so.  You have not found out what is wrong with me.  He blew up at me as they all seem to.  He said you are not a candidate for surgery and that he would send me to a very conservative surgeon and that he would tell me the same.  I said I didn’t say I was a candidate for surgery but that he you have not found the problem.  He literally threw the scripted at me and walked out.  

I went to the new doctor, and he said: “Your neck is broken and, I don’t know why you are not paralyzed, we need to do surgery now.”  What do you mean now?  Tomorrow but it took a week.  I cried out to God.  I didn’t want the surgery I had been through one neck surgery, and it was no picnic.  God said to me you will have this surgery and watch me work so I did.  The creditors had let up when they heard about the accident, but now they were after me again.  I healed fast and needed a job.  By now I had gone to three bankruptcy lawyers.  They all said if the economy had not went south you would have been a multi-millionaire and that I had not spent money on toys, but this was the first time they said they had a case like this that was truly business debt.  They even said that the money I had given to ministry would have to be retrieved because it was not mine to give.  I said, “I don’t think so”.  They could not do that, but they said the creditors would go after it.”  They all agreed it was too bad, but We would lose everything including the house.  They called it the perfect storm.  It didn’t feel perfect.  Where was the miracle?  I was not paralyzed.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Miracles Part 19

September 2, 2021

Miracles Part 16

Isaiah 55:8-9

New International Version

8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.

9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

How many times have I quoted this verse in a sermon, but now we would live through it.  It was Christmas eve and Becky wanted me to go buy a ham for Christmas dinner.  We went up to get it but suddenly I turned into the BMW dealership and bought her a X3.  Money was no problem at that time.  Business was good.  We had a general contracting business, a dump truck hauling business, had planted a new church, and several rental properties and I was building spec houses on the side.  Yes, I admit I was a bit of a workaholic.  I was not content because in the back of my mind I wanted to fulfill my calling into ministry but felt I could not force it.  We had tried several times to step out, but nothing worked.  I had decided to just live life and wait on God but got caught up in business.  The church was a way of appeasing myself into thinking I was doing something for God.  We had had several churches in the past but none of them had done very well.  It was because I was trying to do ministry man’s way not Gods.  

The grass smelled so good that day.  I was laying glass block and thinking Life is good when the phone rang.  It was my dump truck driver.  He said they had a lot of work but call back tomorrow because somebody had canceled the contract we were assigned to.  

We had bought the truck he was driving, and I should not have.  It was a $122,000 but the day we bought it I could not get insurance for it.  No insurance no sale.  Becky was with me, and it was a though all of heaven was against me getting that truck.  I should have waited but was determined to get this off the ground.  Becky reminded me several times that God tried to shut that door.  I was relentless and got it through.  That one truck cost $3,500 dollars to operate, not including driver and gas a month.  We were going to buy two trucks that day, but I could not get things worked out and decided to get the next one the following month.  Thank God almighty I did not.

I said to the man what do you mean the contract was cancelled?  How could it be cancelled?  He said they went under.  I knew something was very bad.  You see in construction if the dump trucks quit rolling soon everything would stop.  I had a very sick feeling in my stomach.  That truck never really did very well from that day on.  I thought, well I had six months of contracts I will make it through this, but over the next two weeks people started canceling contracts.  There was no sense in suing because they were going under themselves.  Many had lost their jobs.  Five of my contractor buddies had lost all their contracts and were in worse shape than I was.  All would lose their homes but one.  In three months, it hit the national news.  We were in a crisis.  The housing market fell apart.  My renters could not pay rent, I could not sell the spec house, and work was all but gone.  I tried to keep going but I had to bring in thousands a month before I made a dime.  I took contracts and finished what I was doing but people just did not pay me.  I kept borrowing to keep afloat but was so busy I did not realize disaster was at hand.  I told Becky we needed to shut down.  At least we would be going in debt slower, but she did not want to.  We went to the church one Sunday morning and a man was putting a paper on the door.  He said that they were foreclosing on the owner of the property we leased, but we could have church that day and then no more.  We tried to find another building but could not afford it, besides most of our people were now unemployed.  Then Becky had a dream in which God told her Jeff is closer to disaster than he thinks and that we were to stop everything, and we did.  I laid off our seven employees.    

Hearing form God would be the first of many miracles to come in this situation.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Miracles Part 18

September 1, 2021

Miracles Part 18

It was a total of three years until Chris was released and whole again, but he was.  We went through all this as a small church.  We never had more than 40 members.  The denomination we were associated with were never there for us.  They never lifted a finger to help.  They never called to pray with us.  There were lawsuits flying everywhere.  When I bought insurance for the church not long before this, they told me it was excessive, but I bought it anyway.  It saved the church and helped to pay the bills.  Becky and I felt alone.  In addition to dealing with our daughter’s condition we had the weight of the others hurt, lawsuits, and our own financial difficulties due to me not working taking care of everything.  The church was too small to pay us and I had to take off weeks from my construction company.  Somehow God carried us through.  Looking back, I did not realize at the time how great God’s help was.  He gave us supernatural strength and financial help.  Becky was a rock.  She was a gift for our family.  Things finally got settled.  God is great!  Chris’s mother asked me after it was over why Jessica was healed quickly but Chris took three years?  I felt God come upon me.  I asked her: “You are saved right?  Chris is saved, your husband and the rest of your family?  You were not before this?  You did not see one miracle but many.  You learned how to pray, trust and believe.  You are all working in the church now.  If God had healed him quickly you and other would have said he’s young it just one of those things, but as it is you cannot question it was God who saved your son and healed him.”  She said, “You are right we would have said that.”  I cannot tell you all or how many miracles we all witnessed.  I have not even talked much about the others.  All I can say is God is great and to Him be the glory and honor for all that He did!  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Miracles Part 17

August 31, 2021

Miracles part 17

Chris was in a coma from the accident.  He was in the ICU.  That first night at the hospital God gave me a dream that he would be healed but it was going to take a very long time.  I saw him sitting up in bed laughing and joking around.  I was told to tell his mother this and that he would be ok.  I didn’t know Chris or his mother.  I walked into the ICU.  Chris was lying there with hoses and wire all over him.  His mother was on the other side of him and looked up at me with a look of hopelessness.  I walked around Chris and told her that God visited me that night and what He told me.  Right then the trauma team walked in.  They told her Chris would die, but if he did live, he would be a vegetable the rest of his life.  They left.  It was rather cold and painful.  She was not a Christian and certainly knew nothing of a God who talks to people in this way.  She looked up at me with a different look than she had when I walked in.  With a look of confidence, she said: “I believe you.  I don’t know why I believe you, maybe I just want to, but I believe you”.  Chris would be in the deepest coma for seven more months before an sign of change.

Chris’s mother called me when I was at the church one day.  She said, “Jeff they are moving Chris to a Home for vegetables tomorrow unless something happens.”  I said, “we are going to pray, and that something would happen” then hung up.  We prayed at church that night and Chris’s mother called the next day all excited.  I was expecting to hear Chris got up.  What I heard was he moved his pinky finger and they were going to be able to keep him and work with him.  This was the first sign of hope.  Though it seems small it was huge.  Do not despise small beginnings.  Chris was asked to move that finger seven times and did.  They kept him there in the hospital and started getting more and more responses.  Later they moved him to a rehabilitation center.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Miracles Part 16

August 30, 2021

Miracles part 16

We had to take Jessica back to the doctor the next day.  They had us taking her in every other day for x rays and a checkup due to the type of injuries she had.  We had a routine by then.  First, we went in for x rays and then we went in an examine room and the doctor would give her a checkup.  Becky and I were sitting with Jessica but this time she was not in a wheelchair.   The doctor walks in and see her in a regular chair and got a funny look on his face.  He said I forgot the x rays and went to get them.  He walks back holding them and puts his finger in my face and says: “Wait a minute I am going to get another opinion.” I stood in the hall waiting for his return.  He comes back with two orthopedic surgeons.  One stood on each side.  They stand there as he tells me my daughter is healed then they walk off.  He continues to say, “I don’t know what happened here but your daughter is healed.  I don’t want to know.  Don’t come back and don’t contact me.  You can leave.”  Then he turned around and ran down the hall.  I looked at the nurse with a questioning look of what just happened here?  It was as though she heard my mind.  She said: “That man is an atheist and you just scared the hell out of him.”  We took our daughter home declared healed.  I sure hope God scared it out of him.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Miracles Part 15

August 27, 2021

Miracles Part 15

We took Jessica home.  She was being tutored and seeing the doctor every other day.  We would load her up and the wheelchair and head to the hospital.  She was getting stronger and had not been in her room since before the accident.  She wanted to go to her room on the second floor, but I refused at first.  I begged her no.  I could not bare the crying and screaming when I moved her.  Being the hard head she is, she won out.  I picked her up and started for the stairs.  She was screaming and I said, “we are going back” but she said, “no I want to see my things and be in my room”.  So, we went up.  I laid her on the bed, both of us crying by now.  She thanked me and kissed me and down the stairs I went.  I was talking to Becky when we heard thumping upstairs.  I remembered being robbed and I had walked in on the thief, so I thought possibly my baby was upstairs with somebody, maybe a thief.  I turned and she came bouncing down the steps.  She looked at Becky and then me and said, “daddy God has healed me”.  Before we could speak, she was putting on her roller blades and proceeded down the road with her Alaskan sled dog pulling her.  Then she went bike ridding and Catherine seen in another neighborhood.  She could hardly believe her eyes.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Miracles Part 14

August 26, 2021

Miracles Part 14

I went to back to work in about a week.  Jessica got a county tutor to help her finish school.  She had a therapist coming in to help her but no real response.  We had to take her to the doctor every other day.  While at work Becky called and said Jessica was bleeding very bad.  I told her get her to the nearest hospital and I would come home get cleaned up and meet her there.  I came home, got cleaned up, and was heading out the door when she met me coming in.  She said they said it was an extra heavy period due to trauma and not to worry.  About an hour later Jessica wanted to go to the rest room.  I hated to take her because she would scream and cry in pain the whole time.  I picked her up and the couch was soaked in blood.  I told Becky this is no period and to call the trauma doctor at Tampa General.  Our Bathroom was the brightest room in the house and when I took Jessica to it I noticed her pupils were huge.  Becky got the trauma doctor on the phone, and I told her about her eyes and the bleeding.  She said, “get her here now, don’t wait for an ambulance”.  The head nurse saw her, but they only put five IVs of plasma in her.  Two nurses were talking in front of Jessica and Jessica started yelling at them, “I am not dying”.  I did not know what was going on.  They said something like how does she know what we are saying?  I said she is a medical student at her high school.  I told Jessica she was not dying, but she was.  The head nurse rushed in and took me outside.  I asked, “where is the doctor, why aren’t you giving her blood?  She said they are not coming; they can’t help her. They said, “don’t waste the blood, your daughter is dying”.  The nurses told me, “tell your wife and say your goodbyes.  You must be strong for your wife she can’t handle this”.  My Becky is stronger than anyone could have known.  I prayed, went back in and told Becky nothing.  In came the nurse.  She took me out again and yelled at me, “What is wrong with you?  Tell your wife, she will be dead in a few minutes”, and then she left and had them move her in another room so we could say goodbye and also so the staff and other ER patients would not see her die.  I fell on my face and cried out to God.  Not everything I said was faith filled.  I said why did you give her to me?  I rather she never be born than to have to go through this.  Please give me back my daughter.  I had the peace that passes all understanding.  I knew she would live and be alright.  I went in with Becky and her mother and stepfather and they were also praying over Jessica though they didn’t know the gravity of her condition at that time.  We were told not to touch the equipment.  Jessica screamed, “get it off me daddy, get it off.  It’s trying to take me”.  We lunged to the bed and told the demon to go in Jesus’ name and her vital signs went to normal.  Four nurses came in and three were yelling at us, “didn’t we tell you not to touch anything”?  We said we didn’t.  The other nurse said, “leave them alone they didn’t touch a thing she is ok”.  They kept her four more days and released her putting on her medical records, ‘complications from a previous injury’.  She was healed of the internal bleeding and damage but was still in a wheelchair.   To be continued.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Miracles Part 13

August 25, 2021

Miracles Part 13

    The youth of the church came to me because they wanted to go to a youth event in Tampa called Acquire the Fire.  They were to spend a night or two.  They did a great job working out the details.  Earned the money through events. Made reservations and paid for them.  It was a Wednesday night before the event.  I called a board meeting and ask the board to cancel the event.  They thought I was out of my mind giving me all the reasons how good this would be for the church and youth.  I was undeterred.  I told them God spoke to me and we were not to go, that something was terribly wrong and that I knew someone would be hurt.  They overroad me.  Friday came and I gave strict instructions as to who would ride with who.  I gave them five instructions, of which if a certain individual would show, up they were not to let him drive or be near the teens.  I also told the teens that if any of them gave any problems to the chaperons I would personally go get them and take them to their parents.  One said his parents left that evening on a plane out of town.  I said I will come get you and put your butt on a plane to them.  He gave us no more problem.  That night one of the youths I never met until then got saved.  Praise God.

Becky had been going through a hard time.  Two sky lights in our house had shattered for no apparent reason.  The glass hit a fan and was thrown all over the upstairs and down.  We had somebody break in the house and ransacked the house and steal many things including Becky’s jewelry.  The adjuster was giving us a hard time over the sky lights and came to the house to look at the damage.  While looking up at the opening a piece of glass fell in his eye and he had to have surgery to remove it.  They paid for everything.  The house had the carpet torn out, skylights replaced, and cleaned from top to bottom to get glass out.  It was stressful time.

The evening of the church event I was laying on the couch trying to relax.  It was 10:30 when the phone rang.  I looked over at Becky and said, “I guess I will have to go get the first one.”   All I could hear was a horn going off and Catherine trying to tell me something.  Then she said, there has been a terrible accident.  A one ton dually pickup hit and ran over part of the youth pastor’s car, a mustang.  I asked who was in the car and were they ok?  The wrong kids were in it that had been assigned.  There were too  many, 5 in all, then she said that the driver was the very one I had told them  not to let near the kids or drive.  I asked, “What about Jessica is she ok”.  No answer.  Again, “My daughter is she ok”.  She was not responding because they thought she was dead.  Then Jessica screamed.  I began to laugh and cry at same time.  I knew she was hurt but alive.  Four kids went to the hospital by ambulance, two by helicopter.  It made national news.  

I got up and we started for the door to drive to Tampa General.  I began blacking out and said I can’t do this and my arms went up as though angels were lifting me to my feet.  I heard God say, “you can and you will”.  Off to the Hospital we went.

We were met at the Hospital by six of eight paramedics who brought the kids in.  They all told me how bad it was and that if any lived it would be a miracle.  I was not consoled but I know they meant well, and I appreciated their efforts.  One child went home that night.  The second went home the next morning.  Three were in ICU unconscious.  My daughter was the only one not in ICU.  She had seven breaks in her pelvis, a broken collar bone, among other injuries we would not know about for a while.  The driver would eventually heal and moved to California.  The youth pastor lost hearing in one ear and eye.  Chris the one who I would later find out got saved that night, was left in the deepest coma there is.  I would go from bed to bed making sure they were alive and breathing for five days.  I did not leave the hospital until the fifth day from exhaustion.  I would pray over each one.  

Jessica was released in about a week.  We made a bed for her on the first floor with a button to ring if she needed us.  We had to carry her everywhere, Bathe, her, and take her to the bathroom.  They gave us little hope of her walking or ever being able to have children, but she was alive.  Soon only Chris and her would be left to heal.

Lawyers and lawsuits were to come, but my baby was alive.  She was soon in a wheelchair but alive!  They all were alive!

   

Pastor Jeff Lane

Miracles Part 12

August 24, 2021

Miracles Part 12

Becky and I had two children, Jessica and Joshua.  We wanted a third child, but it was not happening.  We finally went to the doctor.  He ran some tests and said she had collapsed fallopian tubes and he would have to do a procedure to open them.  After the procedure he came out of the operating room and announced it went well and that she would have to become pregnant within three months or it would not happen, and that we would never have children again whether she got pregnant or not.  Years earlier Becky was diagnosed as having fibroid tumors in her uterus and some were very large, and we had prayed about them, so I asked him how bad they were and would that interfere.  He said, “what fibroids?  Her uterus is perfect”.   She was pregnant with our third child, Caleb, within a month.  It would be ten more years when she would have our fourth child, Aleah, without the help of a doctor.   Miracle after miracle.  The older kids, as they will do, were teasing Aleah one day that they were planned but she was an accident.  I told her they were planned but she was a gift from God.  She marched right up to them a said you were planned but I am a gift of God.  The fighting stopped.  Lol!

Pastor Jeff Lane

Miracles Part 11

August 23, 2021

Miracles Part 11

I do not remember the year, but I have a general idea of when it took place.  I was working construction.  I had been subcontracting, doing smoke and fire restoration.  I think it had something to do with asthma attacks I started having.  I had not associated these breathing attacks to asthma but later found out what the problem was.  It was a very bright and clear day.  It was very hot out and I had stopped by our bank to get some money at the ATM.  While using the ATM I started having problems breathing, so I decided to go to see my doctor.  By the time I got there I was not doing well.  Making it inside and walking toward the receptionist he came around the corner and I heard him say, “Jeff are you alright?” Next, I came to with both standing over me.  He rushed me to the hospital.  They checked my oxygen levels, and they were so low he said I don’t know why you are conscious.  After working on me they said I had Asthma.  I knew little about asthma, but that I had watched my father-in-law have attacks and he used an inhaler to stop them.  They scared me at the time watching him have them feeling so helpless to do anything.  He was in the middle of a field one day and had a bad one.  He got off his tractor using the inhaler to try to breathe but to no avaiel.  He said he cried out to God, and He healed him.  The doctor handed me an inhaler and a prescription for another, gave me some instructions and sent me on the way.  After the third time I used that inhaler to breathe I thought, I am not living like this.  I prayed and in Jesus’ name He healed me, never having to use that thing again.  Every once in a while it, the inhaler, will turn up.  One time Becky asked why I kept it.  I said it reminds me of what God had done for me.  Oh, how my heart goes out to those who have asthma.  Feeling that panic like drowning man is awful.  If you have asthma may God heal you today.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Miracles Part 10

August 20, 2021

Miracles Part 10

We started a church in Tennessee.  It never really took off, but I learned so much while there.  I built my first house and then another.  We started a contracting business.  While doing a job over in Kentucky with a pastor friend of mine putting on soffit and fascia I got hurt.  I was a stickler for safety equipment.  (I wonder why?)  I always wore google or safety glasses.  We were out in the middle of the forest miles from home or a store and I forgot them, so I proceeded to work thinking I would be fine.  About 10:30 AM a roofing nail when wild and through my eye.  It was hanging in my eye, headfirst.  I removed it and grabbed some paper towels folded them put it over my eye then wrapped electrician’s tape around my head to hold it.  Being somewhat of an expert on eye injuries by now, I knew I was not going to be working for a while so 10 hours later we finished the job and drove home.  I had decided to go to the hospital in the morning because I was tired and in pain.  Becky and my cousin Lisa nagged me to go that night till I said I will go if they would shut up.  LOL!  We called an eye doctor and set out to meet him at the emergency room forty miles away.  I walked in and there was the doctor.  He said, “you didn’t have a nail go through your eye come to my office in the morning”.  (Why is it doctor’s give me such a hard time?)  I said, “I most certainly did”.  He retorted, “no man could stand there so calm with an injury like that.  It would be like a gun shot in the shoulder”.  I said, “look my insurance does not pay for an office visit could you just look at my eye sense we are both here”.  He said, “come on back”.  He removed the band aids and yelled, “nurse this man has a hole in his eye”.  I said, “well duh”.  I spent a few days at the hospital, and he let me out to go home for a few hours but I thought he meant for good.  He called me wanting to know where I was at.  I agreed to go in every day if I could just be with my wife and kids.  He finally gave in when he saw I was not going to be deterred.  End result was he was looking for transplant and it was as though I was looking for through wax paper to see, which I could not.  We ended up moving back to Florida.  I could not do construction because I had no depth perception and could not hit a nail except my fingernail.  Becky was out and I was home alone watching Benny Hinn as I sit on the couch folding laundry which Becky has banned me from.  Did you know that if you dry shirts on high they shrink?  Benny said, “there is a man sitting on his couch folding laundry”.  You have an injury, and you describe it as trying to look through wax paper.  Cover your good eye and look at the TV.  I did.  The wall came into focus, then the TV, then I could see Benny, next I could read the number at the bottom of the TV.  I was healed again.  Two days before somebody said to me, “maybe God is not going to heal you this time”.  I had gotten mad and said, “no He promised me, and he will”.  He did.  God is great!

Pastor Jeff Lane

Miracles Part 9

August 19, 2021

Miracles Part 9

While at college I had Gout.  I would go to classes and by the end of the day I could hardly walk.  My feet would swell so large that I had to lay on my back with my legs straight up in the air till the swelling went down and I could get my shoes off.  Then I would soak them.  After that I had to run a couple of miles for a class requirement and then come home soak them some more.  Each day when I got home I would crawl from the car to the house because I could not walk on them.  The pain was indescribable.  There was a pastor who showed up at college as a professor the same time I started.  He was Becky’s pastor when she lived in Illinois.  We became come friends.  I considered him a mentor.  Pastor Polizzi and I had long talks every afternoon between my classes.  One day when I walked in he said, “Jeff you are in pain.  What’s the matter?”  I told him I had gout and it was getting worse every day.  My grandfather had it also and as a boy my dad and I rushed him to the hospital more than once.  I watched him swell all the way to his stomach from his feet.  He hardly looked human and now I had it.  He said to me “why are you putting up with that?”  I was like you think I would if I had a choice.  He prayed for me and I walked out healed and free of gout.  John had a radio program called ‘Songs in the night’ but later he had to change the name to ‘Prayer line’.  My dad had put speakers on the side of his garage so we could listen to Pastor Polizzi pray for the sick while we worked out there.  This is where ‘Call 2 Pray’ came from and  ‘You and Me’.  Dick Dortch was a friend of My dad and John Polizzi.  Though we were at Jimmy Swaggart’s Bible college only one semester I had no idea at the time what impact this would have on me and Becky’s lives.  What I would not give to just talk to John now.  Jimmy called him Papa John.  John was very instrumental in Jimmy’s ministry.  He gave him a chance to preach when he was young, and the rest is history.  I never talked to Jimmy, but he is a man of God.  John later on would be the one to get me ordained.  That’s another miracle.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Miracles Part 8

August 18, 2021

Miracles Part 8

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We had two weeks to sell the house and close on it.  I had called several realtors to list the house but after interviewing them decided to sell it myself.  They all told me it could not be done, but God told me I was going to Louisiana to Bible college, and I would not be deterred.  I put the house up for sale with a sign in the yard.  A lady came, loved it, and bought it paying cash but wanted it closed in two weeks.  I was only too glad to oblige her.  The day we were going to the closing we were packing the U-Haul with the last of our things when one of the realtors walked up in the yard and asked me why I would not let him sell the house.  I simply said: “you told me all the reasons why my house would not sell and close in two weeks.  I needed somebody to sell it”.  He asked what we were doing.  I said “we sold it and closed it.  I put a sign in the yard and a lady paid cash.  That would have been your sign and commission if you had been more positive”.  He replied, “fair enough”.  Off we went to Bible College.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Miracles Part 7

August 17, 2021

Miracles Part 7

I don’t know when the bleeding on my brain stopped.  I just know it did.  The headaches stopped.  My neck and upper back stopped hurting also.  After 16 weeks to the date, I was told I reached MMI.  That I had a 25% disability.  MMI is maximum medical improvement.  I would later find out the chiropractor gave his heart to Jesus and became a deacon on one of the largest churches in our area. I went back to construction and the first day at work I was given a mobile home roof to put on.  It consisted of a piece of aluminum 14” wide and the length of the mobile.  These weighed somewhere in the vicinity of three hundred pounds or more.  I had a rack on my truck and had to put it on the truck.  I had a worker there who always helped me put it on my truck and sometimes on the roof of the mobile.  He was taking a long time and I got impatient and picked it up without thinking and put it on the truck by myself.  He walked up as I had finished and said I need one of those accidents. He said, ‘Jeff you have never been able to do that before’.  Twenty Five percent, I don’t think so.  I was restored.  During this time I was praying a lot and God told me to go to Bible College.  It was just before I went back to work, but I was still having eye problems.  The school asked for an eye examine before I could go.  My wife took me to the eye doctor.  I went in and he had not seen me for this before.  I kept my mouth shut as to what had happened and let him do his job.  He got done and said my eyes were perfect except I had a scar on one, but 20/20 vision.  I got back in the car and Becky said ‘when did God heal you’?  I replied, ‘I don’t know, somewhere between the parking lot and the doctor’s office’.  I was so concerned about passing I had not realized I was healed.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Miracles Part 6

August 16, 2021

Miracles Part 6

I went back to the chiropractor, and we mixed like oil and water.  He was an atheist and seemed determine to convince me I would be an invalid the rest of my life.  Oddly I was getting better all the time.  He would tell me some new horrible problem I would have and I would simply say God is going to heal me.  One day it all came to a head.  He walked in and was in an especially negative mood.  He told me his usual bad report.  I looked at him and said God is going to heal me.  He went into a rage telling me that I would never work again and that the best I could ever hope for was a desk job maybe working four hours a day in constant pain.  A big grin came over my face and I simply replayed God is going to heal me.  He shouted at me: “I am going to send you to a psychologist because the day you realize how bad you are and that you will never be able to do anything again, I am afraid you will do something desperate.”  I replied again:  God is Going to heal me.”  He stormed out and turned me over to his assistant.  He refused to be in the same room with me.  Yet day by day I was getting better and better.  Every time I came in I could do what they said the week before I would not.  After thirty days I went back to the neurosurgeon.  He was impressed with my progress but did nothing to help me.  All anyone really did was give me pain pills.  They didn’t help much.  The to another look at my lower back and the four discs had gone back together and were healed.  I would not know for years because of another accident that they were perfect.  That doctor called me a liar when I told him what happened.  I had the MRIs to prove they were split into then he believed me.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Miracles Part 5

August 13, 2021

Miracles Part 5

I am not sure if it was the next day or a few days later I went to a different ER near our house.  I told the doctor that I had this horrible headche and was blacking out at times.  He took ex-rays of my head and brought them in to me and began explaining what he found.  There were two black masses joined at the middle in my head.  He told me that I had some kind of injury, but I didn’t know what he meant, so I asked him to dumb it down for me.  He said you are bleeding in the front and back of your brain.  I asked what can be done for that?  He said drill some holes in your head, but you will probably die.  I reached over and grabbed my jacket and started walking out of the room.  He said where are you going?  To which I answered ‘if I am going to die no sense in leaving my wife a bunch of bills’ and walked out.  The next day I called a Christian lawyer friend of mine, Hugh Richardson, who did personal injury law.  I thought he might know a doctor who could help me.  Hugh was a God send.  He got me to a chiropractor because my back was killing me and I kept falling down.  I had four discs in my back that had split in two, a piece coming out on each side.  When they hit a nerve, I would fall down.  The chiropractor was an atheist, but I knew he was the one I was to go to.  He in turn got me into a neurosurgeon.  He conducted a series of tests thirty days or so after the accident.  At the end of the day, he called me into his office.  I sat across from his desk as he proceeded to tell me I was dead.  I thought he meant I had almost died so I replied, ‘I know I am very fortunate’.  He said ‘you are not understanding me.  I don’t know why we are having this conversation our tests say you are not here but that you are dead.  How did you get here’?  ‘I drove’ I replied.  He said ‘dead people should not drive’.  I became very angry and retorted ‘I am not dead’!  He said ‘I can see that, but I don’t know how you are speaking or how you are breathing.  All eight tests say you are dead.  It is as though somebody grabbed your nerves like a bunch of wiring and twisted them and they have shorted out.  When we try to get you hand to move your leg jumps.  The nerves between your eyes and brain are damaged, and they don’t heal.  (They would get worse for me until God healed them).  Your heart is just a mess.  You have four crushed disks in your back.  Your neck is just a mess.  The muscles in your back if we were to peal the skin back would look like ground beef.  Your brain waves don’t make any sense to our equipment’.  (I just want to say here, they never made since to Becky either.  Lol!)  There was more but at this point I had shut down and wasn’t listening.   I said to the doctor’ God must have something for me to do’.  He answered, ‘He must because this makes no sense’.  Realizing this man was frustrated, confused and was at a loss for words I calmed down a little and asked, ‘where do we go from here’?  He said, ‘I have never worked on a dead man before and I don’t know what to do.  You go back to the chiropractor and if you are around in a month I will go from there’.  I was not feeling a lot better at this point, but praise God I was alive, at least sort of.  I drove home and the Holy Spirit brought me comfort in the pain and storm.  It was a miracle I was breathing and alive no matter what their test said I was alive.  Faith began to rise in me.  I knew I was going to be alright.  It was that peace that passes all understanding.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Miracles Part 4

August 12, 2021

Miracles Part 4

It was a typical hot Florida day and I had just finished up a job.  The customer came running out of the house with a large glass of iced tea and said you need this before you go.  Never refuse a southern woman’s hospitality, it might not end well for you.  Lol.  I unfasten my seat belt got out and downed the tea then pulled away.  I was driving down 41 when a van pulled out in front of me.  Hitting my brakes but there was no time.  It was a long van, and it was wrapped around the front of my truck.  I had forgot to refasten my seat belt and the impression of my face was in the glass in front of me.  Blood was running down my face and jumping out of my truck I tried to run because I thought the truck might catch on fire.  Somebody grabbed me and pulled me to the ground.  Feeling the pain in my knee in I held it saying over and over my knee.  

Next, I remembered being in the hospital and the doctor pushing his finger in my knee cap and at least three distinct pieces move out.  He left the room to get a cart of some sort to put my leg into a cast.  The nurse walked in and handed me a phone, my wife was on it.  My leg looked like a bloody black and blue mass.  I was in so much pain that I could hardly talk to Becky.  All I could think was if I can’t walk, I can’t work.  She said Jeff pray and I will agree.  I said I can’t think to pray so you pray, and I will agree.  She did and God healed my knee when the doctor walked in.  He looked at my leg and said what happened.  I simply said my wife prayed and God healed it.  He then said you saw those parts, didn’t you?  Yes, but God healed it.  He released me and I went out the back door and waited for my wife to come and get me.  I passed out but came to when a car drove up and there was my wife and mother in law.  I didn’t tell them at first that I had passed out.  The knee would be the first of a series of miracles.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Miracles Part 3

August 11, 2021

Miracles Part3

 

          I had been working on a farm forabout three and half years and I just wanted to do something else.  It was my second day at Kentucky FriedChicken, and they had cut me loose to cook, clean, and pretty much run the kitchen.  The night was over, and I was cleaning thefrier for extra crispy chicken.  Whilecleaning it something broke and my hand went down into 350 degrees cooking theskin off much of my hand.  I went intoshock and really didn’t have a clue as to what was happening around me.  Somebody walked up and ask why I was standingthere, and I said I burned my hand but they didn’t see it.  I was told to wash the dishes and they wouldfix the frier.  I went and washed dishes noteven wiping the hot grease off my hand in scalding hot water not feeling athing when another employee dropped a dish in the water and screamed.  They said how can you put your hand in thatwhen they saw the skin the skin falling off my hand.  They went and got the manager, and I wentback to washing dishes.  She asked me abunch of questions, but I was not answering them right, so she tried to get meto go to the hospital.  I kept insistingI was alright, so she made me go home.  Myfather asked me what I was doing home so early, and I said I burned my hand andsat done at our kitchen table in the dark. My dad came in turned on the light then rushed me to the hospital.  After a couple of hours of removing dead skinthey found the muscles were exposed and burned brown.  The doctor told my dad I was in shock and hadno clue what was going on but to get to the pharmacist to get pain pillsasap.  He gave me six weeks ofrefills.  On the way to get the pills Icame out of the shock and started screaming. Dad being the joker he was said welcome home.  Some welcome.  That night I was in extreme pain and couldn’tsleep.  I was crying out to God and Heheard me and took the pain away.  Thenext morning I woke up and had no pain.  Isaid to Him, God if you can take the pain away you could heal me, would you?  That was Sunday morning and Monday morning Ihad to go to different doctor.  Heremoved the band aids and said who wrapped your hand like this.  I have sick people to tend to, get out of here.  My skin was back, hair, fingernails, andeverything.  God totally restored myhand.  Glory to God Almighty.  It had only been forty hours since theaccident.  That doctor was supposed torefer me for skin grafts, but he threw me out. Praise God!

                                                                                                                                   

Pastor Jeff Lane

Miracles Part 2

August 10, 2021

Miracles Part 2

God told me I would always have my eyesight but I did not realize what that would mean to me for some time.  It was my eighth year of school and a friend of my thought he would play a joke on me.  He went up a sharpened his pencil and taped me on the shoulder thinking I would turn my head and he would poke me in the cheek.  What happened was when I turned my head the pencil went into my eye.  Back to the eye doctor.  The pencil had left a considerable amount of graphite in my eye.  He said it would heal but I would lose my vision in that eye and sent me home with orders to return the next day so he could watch for infection.  My mom was angry on the way home about this senseless accident and then turn to me and said you are calm for somebody who just lost an eye.  I said mom I didn’t lose my eye God said I will have my eyesight and always will.  I will be fine.  I have to admit I was in terrible pain when I said that.  She started praising God and said that’s right.

Next day the eye doctor removed the band aids and tested my eye site it was 20/20, no pain and was healed.  That was the last time I would see him.  God healed my other Eye!

Pastor Jeff Lane

Miracles Part 1

August 9, 2021

Miracles Part 1

A few minutes before writing this I was in the Trauma unit, and a patient had come in.  I stuck up a conversation with the trauma doctor and started talking about some of the traumas I had been through.  She said you don’t look like you have been through those things.  I said Well God healed me and told her a few of the stories.  She said you must write a book on prayer and what God did for you.  I thought I would start with sharing these things in my devotionals.

I was in the seventh grade and we had group of people over.  We decided to play yard darts.  The set of darts was in our basement, so I went to get them.  There were these plastic rings the were the target and they had gotten stuck under some other things, so I yanked on one it was held together by a piece of steel, and it flung open and cut across my eye.  My mother rushed me to the eye doctor.  It had gone a third of the cornea deep across my pupil and the doctor said left a trial of rust particles in my eye and their was nothing he could do because they were too deep to remove.  He went on to say that I would lose most of my eye site but how much would take time to tell.  I may lose it all.  That night I cry out to God asking that He heal me.  I heard an audible voice simply say, “You will have your eyesight and always will”.  The next day we went back to the eye doctor, and he removed the band aids.  He said it looked healed but had a scare across it, so he made me take an eye exam to see how bad my eye site was.  To his and our amazement I had 20/20 vision.  He could not explain it but sent me home saying there is nothing else to do.  My friends, God healed my eye.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Go Part 5

August 6, 2021

Go part 5

1 Corinthians 16:1-4

New International Version

The Collection for the Lord’s People

16 Now about the collection for the Lord’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. 2 On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made. 3 Then, when I arrive, I will give letters of introduction to the men you approve and send them with your gift to Jerusalem. 4 If it seems advisable for me to go also, they will accompany me.

If there were no needs Paul would not have ordered the church to save up for them.  This was right and proper.  We need you now.  Please give.  727-222-6162 press 2 and give.  God bless you as you bless others.   PO Box 23, Palm Harbor, Florida 34682.  God bless you as you bless others!  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Go Part 4

August 5, 2021

Go Part 4

1 Corinthians 9:1-14

New International Version

Paul’s Rights as an Apostle

9 Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not the result of my work in the Lord? 2 Even though I may not be an apostle to others, surely I am to you! For you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

3 This is my defense to those who sit in judgment on me. 4 Don’t we have the right to food and drink? 5 Don’t we have the right to take a believing wife along with us, as do the other apostles and the Lord’s brothers and Cephas[a]? 6 Or is it only I and Barnabas who lack the right to not work for a living?

7 Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat its grapes? Who tends a flock and does not drink the milk? 8 Do I say this merely on human authority? Doesn’t the Law say the same thing? 9 For it is written in the Law of Moses: “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain.” Is it about oxen that God is concerned? 10 Surely he says this for us, doesn’t he? Yes, this was written for us, because whoever plows and threshes should be able to do so in the hope of sharing in the harvest. 11 If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you? 12 If others have this right of support from you, shouldn’t we have it all the more?

But we did not use this right. On the contrary, we put up with anything rather than hinder the gospel of Christ.

13 Don’t you know that those who serve in the temple get their food from the temple, and that those who serve at the altar share in what is offered on the altar? 14 In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel.

I come to you not asking for financial help for myself though I do get a small salary from the ministry, but come asking that we may reach more people than in the past.  I still work at the hospital so not to be to much stress on the ministry or a burden.  I do not want to hinder the ministry but be a blessing to others.  I come to you asking that you may share in this ministry so you to may be blessed as I am by blessing other as well as God Himself.  Please give.  727-222-6162 press 2 and give.  God bless you as you bless others.   PO Box 23, Palm Harbor, Florida 34682.  God bless you as you bless others.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Go Part 3

August 4, 2021

Go part 3

Romans 10:13-17

King James Version

13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?

17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

As the scripture says how can they preach unless they are sent.  We need to go and preach the Gospel to all the world but how can we do that unless you send us.  How can they be saved unless they hear the words of Jesus to be saved.  Please send us.  We are going and will go, but with your help.  Thank you for your heart of compassion.  Give.  727-222-6162 press 2 and give.  God bless you as you bless others.   PO Box 23, Palm Harbor, Florida 34682.  God bless you as you bless others.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Go Part 2

August 4, 2021

Go part 2

John 4:34-38

King James Version

34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.

37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.

38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.

When wheat turns white it is almost to late to harvest.  It simply falls to the ground and is lost.  Jesus is coming back.  It is time to harvest.  Becky and I were walking through the streets of Boulder Colorado.  We saw so many searching and involved in what would not lead the to eternal life.  They were very sincere in their efforts to find spiritual things, but it is only through Jesus that we can be saved.  Sin was evident everywhere.  I thought God you must be angry, but He said no I love them, and you must tell them.  Somebody told you.  I felt such love for them at that moment   God’s love.  Becky said to me Jeff how can we reach them?  They can’t relate to us or us to them.  I said that’s not true recalling a young man just as lost as they who had called in and gave his life to Jesus.  The gospel is truth, it is timeless and reaches peoples for all times, cultures and ages.  At the hotel where we stayed I turned the TV on and their I was preaching.  It was a strange feeling seeing myself on TV, but there I was.  It gave me hope for the lost.  How many times has somebody called in from a hotel room hurting?  We can reach them maybe not all but the ones we do is worth it.  At least to them it is.  Please help us to reach more for Christ.  Hell is real and I don’t want any to parish.  God may not of called you to be on the air waves but you can make a difference.  Give.  727-222-6162 press 2 and give.  PO Box 23, Palm Harbor, Florida 34682.  God bless you as you bless others.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Go Part 1

August 3, 2021

Go part 1

Matthew 28:16-20

New International Version

The Great Commission

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

We are commanded to go into all the earth and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. As the Apostles before us we are commanded to teach them to obey as Christ taught them to obey.  We with you are trying to go into all the world and do just this.  Becky and I just got back from a much-needed vacation.  I have been working seven days a week and It was working havoc on my health.  God dealt with me about not taking too much on ourselves and not asking others to carry the load.  It has always been hard for me to ask.  Mosses did exactly the same thing and God used his father-in-law to set him straight.  I obviously cannot keep this pace.  I have already put people in place to help carry the load before we left but had to train them.  It took the better part of our trip to recover.  People I am all too happy to serve the Lord with every breathe I take, but this is not God’s will or scriptural.  We need your help to fund this ministry, to fulfil the call God has given us to reach the lost and minister to the hurting.  I do not believe we have ever used this devotional to ask for help but we are at that point.  We recently turned down an opportunity to reach 28 million more people.  An offer I could not believe was even given.  I simply had to say no.  Why, because we simply do not have the funds.  28 million people.  That’s a huge number.  It breaks my heart.   I never ask others to do what I would not do myself.  I give all I can.  Please if you can step out and help us now.  We will be going on the PTL network starting August 16.  We are not leaving WHT.  Please join us and make a difference.  There are few ministries where you can witness people giving their heart to the Lord and being saved.  There are few where you can witness people being ministered to.  I know there are some who make great boasts that they are getting millions saved but it simply is not so.  I witness a preacher say on the air he had gotten more people saved on that network than they had viewers.  Sad but very true.  Please be careful where you put God’s money.  I am not here to bash other ministries, but there will be false prophets in the last days.  Please give.  727-222-6162 press 2 and give.  God bless you as you bless others.   PO Box 23, Palm Harbor, Florida 34682.  God bless you as you bless others!  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Eternal Life Part 6

August 3, 2021

Eternal Life Part 6

John 16:16

New International Version

The Disciples’ Grief Will Turn to Joy

16 Jesus went on to say, “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.”

When Jesus said this He meant they will see Him again when the Holy Spirit comes to live in them.  We see God even thought he world does not.  The Spirit was given that we might follow Jesus and do His work.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Eternal Life Part 5

August 3, 2021

Eternal Life Part 5

2 Corinthians 5:1-10

New International Version

Awaiting the New Body

5 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

We long to be clothed with that heavenly body but in the meantime we are given the deposit of the Holy Spirit as a deposit so we might overcome the world and the things of this world.  The Holy Spirit is the mantle or robe of Christ.  This is a reminder of the eternal clothing to come.  We must pick up the robe (be baptized in the Holy Spirit) and put it on.  This is a second work of grace.  The glory of God comes on us but just a foretaste of the glory that will be revealed in us.  This glory is to be used to do the work of God as Jesus did.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Eternal Life Part 4

August 3, 2021

Eternal Life Part 4

1 Corinthians 15:50-58

New International Version

50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

55 “Where, O death, is your victory?

   Where, O death, is your sting?”

56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

We are saved and yet we will be saved.  I don’t live by what I see but by God’s word and Jesus is that word.  I am saved by faith believing God will deliver on His promise.  I see as He does He spoke it therefore it is done and yet I suffer in this body.  He gives me deposits of grace from time to time to deliver me from sickness but we will all die.  It will be at that last trumpet call that we will be changed in a flash, a twinkling of an eye that we will come into the fullness of our salvation.  It is in the meantime I commit myself to His work sharing our faith with others that they too might be saved by that same faith.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Eternal Life Part 3

August 3, 2021

Eternal Life Part 3

John 3:3-7

New International Version

3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”

4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”

5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’

Jesus explains to Nicodemus we must be born a second time but not of the flesh but of the spirit.  Our flesh will die but though Him our new spirit shall live.  Spirit gives birth to spirit.  Jesus became both flesh and spirit to give us birth.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Eternal Life Part 2

August 3, 2021

Eternal Life Part 2

Romans 3:25

New International Version

25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—

God in His mercy left the sin committed beforehand unpunished or we would have died on the spot.  His mercy endures forever, he is long suffering, and by this we see His righteousness.  We stand condemned and yet He sends His son to die for us.  Leviticus 17:11 New International Version  11 For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.  Life is in the blood of man and that blood must die or be atoned for.  That’s why Jesus came to be an eternal atoning sacrifice for us.  Sitting at the right hand of God interceding in our behalf.  His blood for ours.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Eternal Life Part 1

August 3, 2021

Eternal Life Part 1

Genesis 2:16-17

King James Version

16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

We lost eternal life this day.  Man was not created to die but live forever.  Separation from God brings death and sin separates us.  Sin cannot come into His presence.  The punishment for sin was death.  We died spiritually to God this day.  All sin must die.  Another way of saying this is dying you shall die.  Dying spiritually, you shall eventually die physically.  We should have dropped dead on the spot but for God’s mercy.  He had a plan to give us life eternal.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

The Year of the Lord's Favor Part 5

July 19, 2021

The Year of the Lord’s Favor  Part 5

Daniel 9:13-14

New International Version

13 Just as it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come on us, yet we have not sought the favor of the LORD our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to your truth. 14 The LORD did not hesitate to bring the disaster on us, for the LORD our God is righteous in everything he does; yet we have not obeyed him.

Daniel prayed this in his prayer for repentance for Israel while in captivity in Babylon.  We must seek God’s favor, repent to receive it.   2 Chronicles 7:14  New International Version  14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.  Repent means to turn from our sin and turn to Him.  Stop your sinning and obey and you will win His favor and blessing.

Pastor Jeff Lane

The Year of the Lord's Favor Part 4

July 19, 2021

The Year of the Lord’s Favor  Part 4

Proverbs 3:5-10

King James Version

5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase:

10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

As we walk by faith and trust God’s word (Jesus) we release that blessing into our lives.  Stop trusting what you see and know and walk by faith and He will lift you up in every area of your life.

Pastor Jeff Lane

The Year of the Lord's Favor Part 3

July 19, 2021

The Year of the Lord’s Favor  Part 3

John 1:1-5

New International Version

The Word Became Flesh

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Jesus is life.  He is the source of life.  When God gave us His son, He gave us favor.  Man has not understood that obeying that word brings life to us.  It is not only what created all things but sustains all things.  As man drifts father from Him we die, but God gave His Son so we might live.

Pastor Jeff Lane

The Year of the Lord's Favor Part 2

July 19, 2021

The Year of the Lord’s Favor  Part 2

Luke 4:14-21

New International Version

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. 15 He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.

16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,

   because he has anointed me

   to proclaim good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners

   and recovery of sight for the blind,

to set the oppressed free,

19     to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”[a]

20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Jesus is the year of the Lord’s favor.  It is when we receive Him that time of God’s favor begins on our life.  God begins to pour out His blessings on us.  He sets us free from the hold of sin, Satan and this world.  He restores our site that we might see Him.  God favor begins with Jesus Christ.  Let the blessings flow.

Pastor Jeff Lane

The Year of the Lord's Favor Part 1

July 19, 2021

The Year of the Lord’s Favor  Part 1

Isaiah 49:8-13

New International Version

Restoration of Israel

8 This is what the LORD says:

“In the time of my favor I will answer you,

   and in the day of salvation I will help you;

I will keep you and will make you

   to be a covenant for the people,

to restore the land

   and to reassign its desolate inheritances,

9 to say to the captives, ‘Come out,’

   and to those in darkness, ‘Be free!’

“They will feed beside the roads

   and find pasture on every barren hill.

10 They will neither hunger nor thirst,

   nor will the desert heat or the sun beat down on them.

He who has compassion on them will guide them

   and lead them beside springs of water.

11 I will turn all my mountains into roads,

   and my highways will be raised up.

12 See, they will come from afar—

   some from the north, some from the west,

   some from the region of Aswan.[a]”

13 Shout for joy, you heavens;

   rejoice, you earth;

   burst into song, you mountains!

For the LORD comforts his people

   and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.

When the year of the Lord’s favor comes God will deliver and bless us.  He bestows on us all His blessings.  This is not just for Israel but all who follow Him as we will see.   Has it come?  Is it upon us?  Let’s see.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Time to Harvest Part 5

July 19, 2021

Time to Harvest Part 5

Acts 1:4-8

New International Version

4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

To many people got their head in the clouds looking for Christ return, but are not busy gathering the lost in.  Jesus commanded His disciples to be filled with the gift of the Holy Spirit before they go to reach the lost.  If God does not go with us then what are we doing.  They were to be commissioned to do the work and preach the gospel.  We are living witnesses of the living Christ.  He reveals Himself through us with signs and wonders.  It is then we are to GO into all the earth.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Time to Harvest Part 4

July 15, 2021

Time to Harvest Part 4

Romans 10:13-17

New International Version

13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

16 But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?” 17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

As scripture says how can anyone be saved unless someone tells them about Jesus and what He has done for them.  It also says they must be sent or commissioned by God.  Faith come from hearing the word of God and by those who are sent.  The Holy Spirit is the one who sends out, but we must obey and GO!

Pastor Jeff Lane

Time to Harvest Part 2

July 14, 2021

Time to Harvest Part 2

John 4:34-38

King James Version

34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.

37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.

38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.

This morning I read though some emails when I got to the standard email from some high and mighty individual who sounds like they know what they are talking about.  The proceeded to attack my faith as though they had any and with their hypocritical argument, they try to show how brilliant they were and that I needed to listen to their wisdom and get some for myself.  I get these emails all the time.  I would just like to ask.  What are you doing to bring the lost in?  What signs and wonders have been preformed in your “ministry” that confirms God’s word in your life?  Where is the evidence you know God at all?  The fields are white unto harvest, and they want to fight over and show how much they know while all the time showing their lack of knowing Jesus.  People it is time to go to work and bring in the harvest.   Don’t get caught up in these tactics of Satan to intimidate you from doing God’s work and obeying His commands.  There is little time left before Jesus comes back and the wheat is falling to the ground.  Arguments are of the Devil.  The church has been too busy arguing over words and what Bible to use and letting the lost go to hell.  People are going to hell, and you are attacking your brother’s faith.  Really?  Do you think for one moment God will say to these dividers of the brethren well done thou good and faithful servant?  No, I think it will be more like I never knew you.  Repent and come back to your senses.  Stop dividing and start reaching the lost.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Time to Harvest Part 3

July 14, 2021

Time to Harvest Part 3

Mark 16:9-20 New International Version

9 When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. 10 She went and told those who had been with him and who were mourning and weeping. 11 When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe it.

12 Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking in the country. 13 These returned and reported it to the rest; but they did not believe them either.

14 Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.

15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

19 After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. 20 Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.

Notice the disciples did not believe and yet Jesus tells them to go into all the world and preach and He would confirm His word with signs and wonders.  They would heal the sick, drive out demons, speak in new tongues and so much more.  God take us where were at and if we obey Him, He will do the rest.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Time to Harvest Part 1

July 12, 2021

Time to Harvest Part 1

Matthew 28:16-20

New International Version

The Great Commission

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Jesus told the Apostles to go and make disciples of all the earth and to teach them to obey and do the same thing.  It is time to go and obey.  The time is short Jesus is coming back so if we do not do it now then when?  The fields are white unto harvest if we do not reach them now or they will remain lost forever.  Jesus commanded us to go not sit.  Let’s reach the lost together now.

We are expanding the ministry.  We will be going on the PTL network in August and possible another network at the same time.  We will be in many cities where we have not been able to reach.  We need to raise $40,000 above our regular donations by August 8th.  People this has been a faith walk from day one.  When we join together in faith God moves and great things happen.  I am asking you to step out in faith with us to give and reach millions of more people.  Remember somebody gave so that you we could be there for you.  Now you are part of the family and ministry with us reaching the lost and hurting.  I love you and know your generosity will overflow once again to do God’s work.  May God richly bless you.

Your Pastors and friends,

Pastor Jeff and Becky Lane

I Will With You Part 5

July 9, 2021

I Will Go With You Part 5

Joshua 3:7

New International Version

7 And the LORD said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses.

As we exalt God He lifts us up.  He lifted up Joshua in the eyes of Israel by revealing Himself though Joshua.  He will be with you as the ones who go before you.

Pastor Jeff Lane

I Will Go with You Part 4

July 8, 2021

I Will Go With You Part 4

Genesis 28:10-15

New International Version

Jacob’s Dream at Bethel

10 Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran. 11 When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. 12 He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 There above it stood the LORD, and he said: “I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. 14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. 15 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

God calls Jacob to be the window of heaven to all the earth, but we see God says he will go with Him to do so.  God gives a dream and it become Jacob’s dream and he take part ownership in what God wants.  God sees to it His word is fulfilled  and he keeps His promises.  We can go and God will be with us or He will find someone else.

Pastor Jeff Lane

I Will Go with You Part 3

July 7, 2021

I Will Go With You Part 3

Genesis 26:17-25

New International Version

17 So Isaac moved away from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar, where he settled. 18 Isaac reopened the wells that had been dug in the time of his father Abraham, which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died, and he gave them the same names his father had given them.

19 Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there. 20 But the herders of Gerar quarreled with those of Isaac and said, “The water is ours!” So he named the well Esek,[a] because they disputed with him. 21 Then they dug another well, but they quarreled over that one also; so he named it Sitnah.[b] 22 He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarreled over it. He named it Rehoboth,[c] saying, “Now the LORD has given us room and we will flourish in the land.”

23 From there he went up to Beersheba. 24 That night the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bless you and will increase the number of your descendants for the sake of my servant Abraham.”

25 Isaac built an altar there and called on the name of the LORD. There he pitched his tent, and there his servants dug a well.

You cannot rely on the wells or the relationship of your father or parents.  God is your source, and you are to have your own calling and relationship with Him.  He will lead you in the way you are to go.  He was with your father, and He will be with you.  Know the God of your father for yourself.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

I Will Go with You Part 2

July 6, 2021

I Will Go With You Part 2

Genesis 15

New International Version

The LORD’s Covenant With Abram

15 After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision:

“Do not be afraid, Abram.

   I am your shield,

   your very great reward.”

When God is with you He is your shield and reward.  Fear not for He is with You.

Pastor Jeff Lane

I Will Go with You Part 1

July 5, 2021

I Will Go With You Part 1

Jeremiah 1:4-8

New International Version

The Call of Jeremiah

4 The word of the LORD came to me, saying,

5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew[a] you,

   before you were born I set you apart;

   I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

6 “Alas, Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”

7 But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD.

When God calls He provides.  You are not going alone.  Age and ability has nothing to do with calling.  Just go when He says go and He will go with you.  What more do you need?

Pastor Jeff Lane

Command or an Option Part 4

July 2, 2021

Command or an Option  Part 4

Isaiah 5:21-25

New International Version

21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes

   and clever in their own sight.

22 Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine

   and champions at mixing drinks,

23 who acquit the guilty for a bribe,

   but deny justice to the innocent.

24 Therefore, as tongues of fire lick up straw

   and as dry grass sinks down in the flames,

so their roots will decay

   and their flowers blow away like dust;

for they have rejected the law of the LORD Almighty

   and spurned the word of the Holy One of Israel.

25 Therefore the LORD’s anger burns against his people;

   his hand is raised and he strikes them down.

The mountains shake,

   and the dead bodies are like refuse in the streets.

Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away,

   his hand is still upraised.

I cannot believe those in the church debate if it is OK for the believer to drink.  So called churches holding Sunday school in bars and Bible studies too.  They condone their sin by saying things like Jesus turned the water into wine or Paul told Timothy to dink wine for his stomach’s sake.  Neither of which were alcoholic.  I will not take the time to explain these things because neither will they take the time to study them out.  It is easier to believe what they want to and continue in their sin.  They do what they want to calling evil good and good evil.  If you have the Spirit of God, you would know but you have drifted to far away from Him and into the world to care.  Your judgement awaits you.  Turn back to God and He will forgive you but stop sinning before He spits you out of His month.  Why not spend your life on finding ways to live closer to God instead of how far you can live away from Him and still slip into heaven?  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Command or an Option Part 3

July 1, 2021

Command or an Option  Part 3

Isaiah 5:20-21

New International Version

20 Woe to those who call evil good

   and good evil,

who put darkness for light

   and light for darkness,

who put bitter for sweet

   and sweet for bitter.

21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes

   and clever in their own sight.

2 Peter 2

New International Version

False Teachers and Their Destruction

2 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 3 In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.

4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell,[a] putting them in chains of darkness[b] to be held for judgment; 5 if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; 6 if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; 7 and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless 8 (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)— 9 if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment. 10 This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh[c] and despise authority.

Bold and arrogant, they are not afraid to heap abuse on celestial beings; 11 yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not heap abuse on such beings when bringing judgment on them from[d] the Lord. 12 But these people blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like unreasoning animals, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like animals they too will perish.

13 They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you.[e] 14 With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed—an accursed brood! 15 They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Bezer,[f] who loved the wages of wickedness. 16 But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey—an animal without speech—who spoke with a human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness.

17 These people are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. 18 For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. 19 They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.” 20 If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. 21 It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. 22 Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,”[g] and, “A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.”

Some among us claim to be prophets, pastors, evangelist or teachers but are the voice of Satan.  They teach heresies using God’s grace bought with the blood of Christ as a license to sin.  Their followers long to be justified in their sin support and praise these instruments of Satan because they to want to indulge in every king of debauchery.  They want to be justified in their sin so they can lead others astray thinking this will justify what they do.  Hell, longs to swallow they and unknowingly they will be.  Sin has blinded their eyes to their own destruction.  They claim and believe the true church are going to their destruction because they are under the law and won’t join them in the sin.  Heaven have mercy.  Their reprobate minds keep them from understanding the truth or it would set them free.  (John 8:31-32

New International Version 31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”)  Why because they do not hold to the teachings of Jesus.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Command or an Option Part 2

June 29, 2021

Command or an Option  Part 2

Corinthians 6:9-20

New International Version

9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men[a] 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Sexual Immorality

12 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.” The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! 16 Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.”[b] 17 But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.[c]

18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

Galatians 5:13-26

New International Version

Life by the Spirit

13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh[a]; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[c] you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

1 Timothy 1:8-11

New International Version

8 We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. 9 We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10 for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 11 that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.

I was horrified to hear a popular TV evangelist refuse to say homosexuality was a sin and it will send you to hell.  Jesus did not do such things and yet there are many who claim to be Christians and the voice of God who condone it or refuse to condemn it.  The Bible is clear on this and they and their followers will fall into the pit of hell.  Could the Bible make this more plain?  THEY WILL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD.  We are to walk as Jesus walked.  God’s grace is not a license to sin but a path to God’s Holiness to be separated from the things of this world to Him.  God makes it clear how we are to live, but some preach the doctrine of Satan and say that we are putting people under the law again.  No they step out of grace and put themselves under the law again and its consequences.  I ask you if we can continue in these sins then why is the New Testament so clear that those who live in this way will not inherit the Kingdom of God?  Christians we must crucify the flesh and its passions and teach the body to do the same or we lead the church of God astray.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Command or an Option Part 1

June 29, 2021

Command or an Option  Part 1

Hebrews 12:14

New International Version

Warning and Encouragement

14 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. John 3:21

New International Version

21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

1 Peter 1:13-19

New International Version

Be Holy

13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”[a]

17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

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Definition of holy

1: exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness

The world’s definition of Holy is one of devotion to something or someone as we separate ourselves from evil, sin and others to goodness.

The Bible definition is God is Holy or separate from the world and is all that is good and righteous.  We are to be separated from sin, the world to God.  Forsaking all things for Him and what He has for us.  Once we are saved and sanctified though Jesus blood, we are the bride of Christ being one with Him we are to no longer partake of the things or sin of this world.  We are separate from the things of this world as God is.  Not only sin but separated to Jesus in love.  We want nothing to come between our relationship with Him.  We still walk in this world, but the world does not walk in us.  We are commanded to be Holy as God is Holy and that can only be accomplished by being in Him and He in us.   Be filled with the Holy Spirit.  Kind produces after kind so if I am born of Christ Jesus then I should produce the same fruits as He.  I will do as He did not as the world.  He knew no sin.

Pastor Jeff Lane

How Bad do You Want God Part 9

June 21, 2021

How bad do you want God part 9

1 Corinthians 15:30-31

King James Version

30 And why stand we in jeopardy every hour?

31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

Paul died daily for Him.

Pastor Jeff Lane

How Bad Do You Want God Part 8

June 18, 2021

How bad do you want God part 8

Joshua 1:7-11

New International Version

7 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

10 So Joshua ordered the officers of the people: 11 “Go through the camp and tell the people, ‘Get your provisions ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land the LORD your God is giving you for your own.’”

Joshua fought for Him.

Pastor Jeff Lane

How Bad do You Want God Part 7

June 16, 2021

How bad do you want God part 7

Exodus 3:10-11

New International Version

10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

Moses risked his life to obey God for Him.

Pastor Jeff Lane

How Bad do You Want God Part 6

June 15, 2021

How bad do you want God Part 6

Acts 7:54-60

New International Version

The Stoning of Stephen

54 When the members of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. 55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”

57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, 58 dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.

59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.

Steven gave his life.

Pastor Jeff Lane

How Bad do You Want God Part 5

June 14, 2021

How bad do you want God Part 5

Genesis 22:1-18

New International Version

Abraham Tested

22 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. 4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”

6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, 7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”

“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.

“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”

13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram[a] caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.”

15 The angel of the LORD called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, “I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring[b] all nations on earth will be blessed,[c] because you have obeyed me.”

Abraham was willing to give God his son.

Pastor Jeff Lane

How Bad do You Want God Part 4

June 11, 2021

How bad do you want God Part 4

Daniel 3:16-25

New International Version

16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us[a] from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual 20 and commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace. 21 So these men, wearing their robes, trousers, turbans and other clothes, were bound and thrown into the blazing furnace. 22 The king’s command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, 23 and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace.

24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?”

They replied, “Certainly, Your Majesty.”

25 He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego refused to bow.

Pastor Jeff Lane

How Bad Do You Want God Part 3

June 10, 2021

How bad do you want God Part 3

Daniel 1:8

New International Version

8 But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.

Daniel refuse the to defile himself.

Pastor Jeff Lane

How Bad Do You Want God Part 2

June 9, 2021

How bad do you want God Part 2

2 Kings 2:9-12

New International Version

9 When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?”

“Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied.

10 “You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah said, “yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours—otherwise, it will not.”

11 As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. 12 Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!” And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his garment and tore it in two.

Elisha would not take His eyes off of Elijah.

Pastor Jeff Lane

How Bad Do You Want God? Part 1

June 8, 2021

How bad do you want God? Part 1

Genesis 32:24-30

New International Version

24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”

But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”

27 The man asked him, “What is your name?”

“Jacob,” he answered.

28 Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”

29 Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.”

But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?” Then he blessed him there.

30 So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.”

Jacob would not let go.

Pastor Jeff Lane

The God You Need

June 4, 2021

Devo The God you need

Romans 10:13-15 (KJV)                              

 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.   14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?    15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

There are many names in the Bible for God.  Most only know one.  Simply God.  God will save you from whatever you need saving from, but to have faith you need to know that side of God.  Do you know God Most high, God almighty, God your salvation, God your healer, God your deliverer, God your provider, God who sees you, God of the heavens and earth, God your peace, God your all in all, and so on.  There are over forty names for God in the Old Testament alone.              

Romans 10:17 (KJV)  17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  If you want to have faith in Him you must know Him.  He sends His servants to make the introduction and reveal to us who He is.  Though out the Bible He sent different men in different circumstances to reveal who He is so man might know Him and be delivered.  We will spend all of eternity and we will still be learning how great is His love and who He is.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Honor Part 4

June 4, 2021

Honor part 4

Proverbs 3:9-10

New International Version

9 Honor the LORD with your wealth,

   with the firstfruits of all your crops;

10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing,

   and your vats will brim over with new wine.

We can honor God by honoring our parents and also by giving God our best our tithe.  The tithe is not just the first of what come as increase to you but the best.  Able honor God with the first fruits of his increase.  This will also bring a blessing on you.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Honor Part 3

June 3, 2021

Honor Part 3

 

Matthew 15:3-9

New InternationalVersion

Jesus replied, “And why do you break thecommand of God for the sake of your tradition? ForGod said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses theirfather or mother is to be put to death.’ But yousay that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their fatheror mother is ‘devoted to God,’ they are not to‘honor their father or mother’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God forthe sake of your tradition. You hypocrites!Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:

“‘Thesepeople honor me with their lips,
    but their hearts are far from me.
They worship me in vain;
    their teachings are merely human rules.’

When we honor our parents, we honor God.  You cannot separate this.  God said it. That honor has to be from the heart not in lip service only.  We must honor them the way God says to, notby teaching or society norms, but with love and of the heart.  For us not to honor our parents nullifies theword of God in our lives.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Honor Part 2

June 1, 2021

Honor part 2

Ephesians 6:1-3

New International Version

6 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”

We are commanded to honor our parents in both Old and New Testament.  We will be blessed and promoted if we do.  We honor them when we obey them.  Same with God.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Honor Part 1

May 31, 2021

Honor part 1

Proverbs 18:12

New International Version

12 Before a downfall the heart is haughty,

   but humility comes before honor.

Proverbs 16:18

King James Version

18 Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

Haughty | Definition of Haughty by Merriam-Webster

www.merriam-webster.com › dictionary › haughty

Haughty definition is - blatantly and disdainfully proud : having or showing an attitude of superiority and contempt for people or things perceived to be inferior.

I think we all have been around somebody at some time who has a haughty spirit.  It’s not pleasant.  I have had haughty bosses and worse haughty employees but for a very short time.  Those with a humble and teachable spirit get promoted.  They have the strength to control themselves and stay humble.  Humility is because of strength not a lack of.  Some of my best teachers have been those I have been in charge of.  We must stay humble and be able to be teachable.  Being prideful and having a haughty spirit will destroy us and the church, but a humble teachable spirit will be honored and promoted.  Humility is patient and will wait to be recognized.  Pride demand recognition and will soon be followed by destruction.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Pentecost Part 5

May 28, 2021

Pentecost  Part 5

John 4:23-24

New International Version

23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

The praise Psalms are read on Shavuot also.  Why, because the Spirit leads us into true worship of God.  A worship that is only done by His Spirit through us.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Pentecost Part 3

May 26, 2021

Pentecost  Part 3

Luke 4:14-21

New International Version

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. 15 He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.

16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,

   because he has anointed me

   to proclaim good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners

   and recovery of sight for the blind,

to set the oppressed free,

19     to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Leviticus 25:10

New International Version

10 Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each of you is to return to your family property and to your own clan.

Jesus was referring to Jubilee when He spoke of the year of the Lord’s favor.  Shavuot represents Jubilee also.  Boaz restored the inheritance back to the family.  The Spirit is given to give us power to restore our inheritance back to us.  Not by power, might but by the Spirit.  Jesus began His ministry of reconciliation when the Holy Spirit came on Him and remained.  We are called to do the same.  He sent the Holy Spirit to help those in serious need, who were powerless to help themselves.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Pentecost Part 2

May 26, 2021

Pentecost  Part 2

First let’s take a look at Shavuot.  Shavuot was celebrated fifty days after Passover.  You must be saved to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.  Shavuot was associated with the winter harvest of Barley and the giving of the law or Torah.  The Torah and the book of Ruth are read on Shavuot also the praise Psalms are recited.  First let us look at the book of Ruth.  Ruth accepted the Law and Judaism through Love and loyalty for her mother-in-law not fear and trembling like the Jews at mt Sinai.  Second her mother-in-law saw to Ruth’s provision by sending her to a kinsmen redeemer.  All the time keep in mind Ruth is not Jewish but a Moabite.  She was an outsider and enemy of Israel.  She became a Jew by faith for what she did in taking care of her mother-in-law.  Boaz was a kinsmen redeemer.  What was a kinsmen redeemer?  It was a relative who was under a legal obligation to restore a fellow relative in a serious situation.  Ruth could not inherit her dead husband’s property and she had no children by him who could, furthermore her mother-in-law could not either.  They were at the mercy of their relatives to help them and provide for them.  Through salvation we are in covenant with Jesus, and He becomes legally obligated to help us in our weakness or serious situations.  He redeemed us but there is so much more.  He helps us when we cannot help ourselves.  He comes to redeem us in our physical needs as well.  Boaz married Ruth and had a child by her who became heir of the estate.  Boaz restored the dead mans estate and thereby took care of Naomi the mother-in-law and Ruth.  He did this at the Barley harvest.  The Spirit is given to give us power to overcome, bring in the harvest, to redeem us physically, and burn up the chaff or sin in our lives.  

 Matthew 3:11-12  New International Version

11

“I baptize you with[a] water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with[b] the Holy Spirit and fire. 12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Pentecost Part 1

May 25, 2021

Pentecost  Part 1

It was the Pentecost simply means fifty or fifty days.  It was the seven weeks and the day after Passover when the law was given.  Pentecost is also for the Jews called Shavuot or weeks.  Seven weeks to be exact.  We see with every major Jewish holiday it reveals a major event in Christianity.  Jesus celebrated the Passover before going to the cross.  It was at this time He said ‘this bread is my body and this drink is my blood’.  He was the sacrificial lamb that was slain for our sins and the death angel passes by us.  We are saved because the lamb became sin and the curse for us, but what can we learn from Shavuot about Christian Pentecost?

Pastor Jeff Lane

Getting the Baptism in the Holy Spirit with the Evidence of Speaking in Tongues Part 4

May 20, 2021

Getting the Baptism In The Holy Spirit With The Evidence Of Speaking In Tongues  Part 4

Acts 8:17-22

New International Version

17 Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

18 When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money 19 and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”

20 Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! 21 You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. 22 Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart.

You cannot buy it, but it can be imparted to you through the laying on of hands.  The person laying on the hands must have the gift first.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Getting the Baptism in the Holy Spirit with the Evidence of Speaking in Tongues Part 3

May 19, 2021

Getting the Baptism In The Holy Spirit With The Evidence Of Speaking In Tongues  Part 3

Acts 1:4

New International Version

4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.

You do not have to go to Jerusalem to be filled but you must seek it.  Pray until you get it.  It is a commandment.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Getting the Baptism in the Holy Spirit with the Evidence of Speaking in Tongues Part 2

May 18, 2021

Getting the Baptism In The Holy Spirit With The Evidence Of Speaking In Tongues  Part 2

Acts 10:44-48

New International Version

44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. 45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. 46 For they heard them speaking in tongues[a] and praising God.

Then Peter said, 47 “Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.” 48 So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days.

Do I have to be Jewish or baptized in water to be filled?  No.  These were gentiles not Jews and the had not been baptized in water yet.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Getting the Baptism in the Holy Spirit with the Evidence of Speaking in Tongues Part 1

May 18, 2021

Getting the Baptism In The Holy Spirit With The Evidence Of Speaking In Tongues  Part 1

Acts 2:38-39

New International Version

38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is for everyone, but they must be saved through repenting of their sin.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Mom Part 5

May 18, 2021

Mom part 5

 

Proverbs 31:10-31

Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character

10 Awife of noble character who can find?
    She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
    and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
    all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
    and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
    bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
    she provides food for her family
    and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
    out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
    her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
    and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
    and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
    and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
    for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
    she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
    where he takes his seat among the elders ofthe land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
    and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works bring her praise at thecity gate.

 

        A good woman is rareand hard to find.  She brings honor to hehusband.  She is a help meet and helpsher husband in every way.  She puts himand her family first.  She fears andworships the Lord.  Give her the honorand respect due her and men she will bring praise to you.

                                                                           

PastorJeff Lane  

Mom Part 4

May 13, 2021

Mom part 4

Proverbs 31:1-9

New International Version

Sayings of King Lemuel

31 The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him.

2 Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb!

   Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers!

3 Do not spend your strength on women,

   your vigor on those who ruin kings.

4 It is not for kings, Lemuel—

   it is not for kings to drink wine,

   not for rulers to crave beer,

5 lest they drink and forget what has been decreed,

   and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.

6 Let beer be for those who are perishing,

   wine for those who are in anguish!

7 Let them drink and forget their poverty

   and remember their misery no more.

8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,

   for the rights of all who are destitute.

9 Speak up and judge fairly;

   defend the rights of the poor and needy.

2 Timothy 1:5

New International Version

5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.

Children’s morals and values are instilled in them by the age of six.  Mom you are important.  It’s not a time to work a job if it can be avoided it is a time to train a child.  A child’s values and moral come from mom.  Look at the kings of old, they married many women but the children took after mom not dad.  Men, the wife you choose is important.  She will mold your children.  In the time of Noah, the sons of God married the daughters of Cain because they lusted after them and their children’s hearts were filled with evil and violence.  God destroyed the world because of it.  Lot’s wife turned back to Sodom and her daughters were terrible and eventually their descendants were wiped from the earth.  How important is a wife and mother?  You decide but decide wisely because you will have to live with the decision for the rest of your life.  Remember your children could be the next king or president and they will rule by what mom taught them.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Mom Part 3

May 12, 2021

Mom part 3

Matthew 15:3-9

New International Version

3 Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? 4 For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’ 5 But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is ‘devoted to God,’ 6 they are not to ‘honor their father or mother’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. 7 You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:

8 “‘These people honor me with their lips,

   but their hearts are far from me.

9 They worship me in vain;

   their teachings are merely human rules.’

Here we can learn a lot.  To take care of your parents is to honor them.  Honoring your parents is to honor God.  Worship of God is in vain if we do not honor our parents.  Cursing our father and mother in any way, including not taking care of them, is worthy of death. Excuses don’t cut it.  The temple teachers taught that if we devoted all we have to God it was better than taking care of our parents, but God wants obedience not sacrifice.  He compares disobedience to witchcraft and divination.  Honoring our parents and taking care of them is to honor God.  Remember you reap what you sow.  These people were not really devoting all they had to God but gave lip service to God so they could get out of taking care of their parents.  When we dishonor our parents, we nullify the word of God and are under a curse.  Wow!  I just want to say I worked in nursing homes and some people need nursing care to be safe, but it is not a place to stick healthy parents.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Mom Part 2

May 11, 2021

Mom part 2

Ephesians 6:1-3

New International Version

6 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”

Honoring our Father and Mother is not a suggestion but a command.  It comes with a promise but actually has two.  One is that as we honor our father and mother we will be blessed and as we will see if we curse them, we will find death.  Why so important?  When we honor our parents we are teaching our children to honor God, respect their elders, and respect those in authority so that they may have a blessed and peaceful life.  Remember there is no exception to this command.  It does not say if they are good parents but that we are to do it.  God will judge them for being good or bad.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Mom

May 10, 2021

Mom part 1

John 19:25-27

New International Version

25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

How important is mom?  Jesus as the oldest son was obligated to take care of His mother in her old age.  Here He is hanging on the cross with the wait of humanity on Him and He takes care of His mom.  Wow!  He gives the honor to John.  We need to take note.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Blessed Beyond Measure Part 5

May 10, 2021

Blessed Beyond Measure  Part 5

I hope now you can see why I am full.  God gives us more than we deserve, beyond measure.  I keep thinking about next Christmas and the holidays.  We will have nineteen in the house.  I think I deserve a break, I may go to Hawaii, just joking.  I wouldn’t miss it for anything.  Two to nineteen and more to come.  You see you must lose your life to gain it.  You truly reap what you sow.  Sow love and joy and you reap love and joy.  It is multiplied into your lap.  Becky and I had no idea what the future held for us when we got married, but God did.  Good times and some bad but I would not trade them for any other life.  As my granddaughters say: “Grandpa let it go.”  I did.  I let my life go only to find it.  Do I think about another life?  Never!  Do I regret letting my daughters go?  No!  We are full of joy.  It is God’s way for life.  Some say you’re not losing a daughter but gaining and son.  I agree and will probably gain more  grandbabies  in the future and that is another blessing.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Blessed Beyond Measure Part 4

May 7, 2021

Blessed Beyond Measure  Part 4

I watched as my two oldest granddaughters were mimicking their mothers and Aunt Aleah getting ready for the big moment.  The excitement was almost more than they could bear.  They did their hair, adored their dresses, and put on makeup like their mothers and Aunt.  The looked so beautiful and I could see soon they to would be walking the aisle.  They were catching more than how to dress but the morals and values of the family.  They were seeing what is important to the family and that is family.  They were enjoying the moment not even knowing the moment was molding them.  These memories would guide them through life and their children too.  My little women were growing up and soon their dads would be saying ‘what happened, I just held that little baby in my arms yesterday wasn’t it? ‘ Their tears will turn to joy when they put their little love bundle on daddy’s knee.  My sons will think what I thought it was worth it all.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Blessed Beyond Measure Part 3

May 7, 2021

Blessed Beyond Measure  Part 3

After the wedding was over my youngest son loaded up his three beautiful little angels,  (most the time), and was heading home.  They are 2 to 6 and all were flower girls.  They were dressed in white little dresses like mini brides and had danced

all night.  They had their glow sticks they waved as Aunt Aleah and Asa walk to their car.  I found out that they said as daddy drove them home “Best night ever!”  Then our daughter in law informed us that they refused to take off their dresses, so she let them float off to dream land wearing their wedding apparel like princes to a ball.  Wouldn’t you like to be able to see those dreams they had?  Only problem is they still don’t want to take them off.  It is moments like these you can’t improve on, you can’t make up you can only savor.  Why would you want anything else?   God is so good.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Blessed Beyond Measure Part 2

May 7, 2021

Blessed Beyond Measure  Part 2

Walking down the aisle after the ceremony was over letting people out, I thought to myself well I am done.  What I mean is I have never liked doing weddings.  They make me very nervous.  It was at that moment my three grandsons surrounded me.  I had not even reached the last row to let people out.  To my surprise they said grandpa will you do our weddings?  Suddenly I realized I was not through but had only begun.  I am happy I have to be nervous and do a lot more family weddings.  Laugh out loud.  I am joyous, but what struck me was they want to be married.  Boys at such a young age and they were already thinking about marriage.  They see it as a good thing.   They were between 12 and 14 and see it as a good thing to be married, a blessed thing and a thing that will bring them joy.  Wow!  We did something right.  Love planted multiplies and brings forth fruit.  I can see me now doing great grandkids weddings and on the dance floor with my cane.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Blessed Beyond Measure Part 1

May 6, 2021

Blessed Beyond Measure  Part 1

I felt I should share a little about our lives.  This past Saturday Becky and I gained a wonderful son in law, but of course we had to give our daughter to him to gain him.  Aleah was a fourth child and second daughter.  I had given up her sister about twenty years earlier.  What have I learned after forty years of marriage and four children and nine grandchildren?  You have to lose your life to find it.  I don’t look at my life as to what I have given up or could have had, but what I have and would not have had.  You see God’s Word is true and I know He has blessed us beyond measure.  I was asked after the wedding how I felt about Aleah getting married and leaving Home.  Do I feel sad, empty, or lost?  What I feel is full, joyous and found.  Why?  I raised her to have a good life.  She said to me at the wedding she is so happy.  Like her siblings I know soon she will begin sitting grandchildren on my knee.  I lost nothing but I will gain multiples of what we gave away.  I looked around at the wedding at my family which started with Becky and I but love has turned us into nineteen.   Where is the loss?  

Pastor Jeff Lane

 

What to Do Part 8

May 5, 2021

What To Do  Part 8

 

Matthew 10:24-39

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24 “The student is not above the teacher,nor a servant above his master. 25 It is enough forstudents to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters. If thehead of the house has been called Beelzebul, how much more the members ofhis household!

26 So do not be afraid of them, for there isnothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be madeknown. 27 What I tell you in the dark, speak in thedaylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs28 Donot be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraidof the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Arenot two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to theground outside your Father’s care.  30 Andeven the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Sodon’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

32 Whoever acknowledges me beforeothers, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 Butwhoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.

34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peaceto the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 ForI have come to turn

“‘a man against his father,
    a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
36     a man’s enemies will be the members of his ownhousehold.’[b]

37 “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is notworthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthyof me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross andfollow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds their lifewill lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.

 

                         I high lighted the thing that stand out.  A time is coming and is here when we mustwalk by faith and boldly proclaim the word of God despite the apparentconsequences.  We will have to trust Godfor our food, safety, and direction.  Wewill drink the cup of Christ but we too will overcome, so don’t worry aboutwhat you will eat or wear but be busy about the Father’s business.  

                                                                                           

Pastor Jeff Lane

What to Do Part 7

May 5, 2021

What To Do  Part 7

 

Revelation 11:4-12

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They are “the two olive trees” and the twolampstands, and “they stand before the Lord of the earth.”[a] If anyone tries to harm them, firecomes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone whowants to harm them must die. They have power toshut up the heavens so that it will not rain during the time they areprophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and tostrike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.

Now when they have finished their testimony, thebeast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, andoverpower and kill them. Their bodies will lie inthe public square of the great city—which is figuratively called Sodom andEgypt—where also their Lord was crucified. Forthree and a half days some from every people, tribe, language andnation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial. 10 Theinhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate bysending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented thosewho live on the earth.

11 But after the three and a half days thebreath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet,and terror struck those who saw them. 12 Then theyheard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And theywent up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on.

 

        These two represent the church.  God told them what to say and do and theywill do it with boldness and no fear. Then we see the enemy will be aloud to rise up and kill them like Jesusand like Jesus they will lay dead for three and a half days.  Then God will raise them up.  If that same Spirit that raised Jesus fromthe dead lives in you He will quicken your mortal bodies also.  Even if they kill us yet shall we live.  Like Peter who stepped out of the boat andwalked on the water if we falter Jesus will save us.  We can’t lose.  Just stand your ground.

 

Pastor Jeff Lane

What to Do Part 6

May 5, 2021

What To Do  Part 6

 

1 Kings 18:38-19:2

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38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up thesacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water inthe trench.

39 When all the people saw this, they fellprostrate and cried, “The Lord—heis God! The Lord—he is God!”

40 Then Elijah commanded them, “Seize the prophetsof Baal. Don’t let anyone get away!” They seized them, and Elijah had thembrought down to the Kishon Valley and slaughtered there.

41 And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, forthere is the sound of a heavy rain.” 42 So Ahabwent off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent downto the ground and put his face between his knees.

43 “Go and look toward the sea,” he told hisservant. And he went up and looked.

“There is nothingthere,” he said.

Seven times Elijah said,“Go back.”

44 The seventh time the servant reported, “Acloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.”

So Elijah said, “Go andtell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’”

45 Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, thewind rose, a heavy rain started falling and Ahab rode off toJezreel. 46 The power of the Lord came on Elijah and, tuckinghis cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.

Elijah Flees to Horeb

19 Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah haddone and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. SoJezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be itever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life likethat of one of them.”

1 Kings 19:14-15

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14 He replied, “I have been very zealous forthe Lord God Almighty.The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put yourprophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they aretrying to kill me too.”

15 The Lord saidto him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When youget there, anoint Hazael king over Aram.

 

          God did a great thing on mount Carmel but this did notmake believers out of the people or the queen and King.  It only made them more liable to destructionand they both died horrible deaths but Elijah would be raptured.  They chased him across the wilderness but Godencouraged him and told him go back we are not finished yet.

Pastor Jeff Lane

What to Do Part 5

April 26, 2021

What To Do Part 5

 

2 Kings 1:6-17

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“A man came to meet us,” they replied. “And hesaid to us, ‘Go back to the king who sent you and tell him, “This is whatthe Lord says: Is itbecause there is no God in Israel that you are sending messengers to consultBaal-Zebub, the god of Ekron? Therefore you will not leave the bed you arelying on. You will certainly die!”’”

The king asked them, “What kind of man was itwho came to meet you and told you this?”

They replied, “He had a garment of hair[a] and had a leather belt around his waist.”

The king said, “That wasElijah the Tishbite.”

Then he sent to Elijah a captain withhis company of fifty men. The captain went up to Elijah, who was sitting on thetop of a hill, and said to him, “Man of God, the king says, ‘Come down!’”

10 Elijah answered the captain, “If I am a man ofGod, may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!” Thenfire fell from heaven and consumed the captain and his men.

11 At this the king sent to Elijah another captainwith his fifty men. The captain said to him, “Man of God, this is what the kingsays, ‘Come down at once!’”

12 “If I am a man of God,” Elijah replied, “mayfire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!” Then the fireof God fell from heaven and consumed him and his fifty men.

13 So the king sent a third captain with his fiftymen. This third captain went up and fell on his knees before Elijah. “Man ofGod,” he begged, “please have respect for my life and the lives of thesefifty men, your servants! 14 See, fire has fallenfrom heaven and consumed the first two captains and all their men. But now haverespect for my life!”

15 The angel of the Lord said to Elijah, “Go down withhim; do not be afraid of him.” So Elijah got up and went down with him tothe king.

16 He told the king, “This is what the Lord says: Is it because there isno God in Israel for you to consult that you have sent messengers toconsult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron? Because you have done this, you willnever leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!” 17 Sohe died, according to the word of the Lord thatElijah had spoken.

Because Ahaziah had noson, Joram succeeded him as king in the second year of Jehoram son ofJehoshaphat king of Judah.

John 19:10-11

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10 “Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said.“Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?”

11 Jesus answered, “You would have no powerover me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one whohanded me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”

 

        James tells us that Elijah was an ordinary man.  They can do nothing to us apart from theFathers will if we trust the Father.  Elijahtrusted God and spoke His word with great boldness.  God burned up the men sent to retrieveElijah.  The King was powerless to harmElijah but God demanded the Kings life. Trust in the Lord and lean not on you own understanding.  The government can only do so much but tothose who believe they are powerless.

                                                                                           

Pastor Jeff Lane  

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