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Types of Love Part 5

November 29, 2021

Types of Love Part 5

Our fifth type of love in the Greek is ludas love.  This is a flirting playful love.  It is about fun rather than building a relationship, though I see it as both.  I think it is important to keep this love alive in our marriages for them to be healthy.  Who says marriage has to be serious all the time?  If we don’t enjoy one another, we may grow tired of each other.  This is a love of butterflies in the stomach, flirting, teasing and the like.  Most experience this early in dating but still don’t let it die.  The Song of Solomon is a perfect example of this type of love.  It takes more than this type of love to build a marriage, but it can help keep it going.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Quarreling

November 26, 2021

Quarreling

Titus 3: 9=11

But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.

2 Tim. 2:23

Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.

2 Tim. 2:14

Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers.

It is obvious God does not like us to quarrel.  Rather he would have us to live in peace with one another.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Types of Love Part 4

November 26, 2021

Types of Love Part 4

Pragma is an enduring love.  This is a deep and enduring love that only comes over time.  Many years of marriage.  A old man and wife walk along holding hands and kiss each other for no apparent reason.  Unlike eros which burns out is never fails.  We see it in many relationships in the Bible.  David and Bathsheba started out in eros but ended in pragma.  Jacob and Rachel had the same.  Abraham had maybe the greatest of pragma love.  It comes and grows over many years.  

Our word pragmatic comes from the Greek word pragma.  Pragma is a practical type of love where the two have become one.  It has the three previous types of love in it but so much more.  I think few truly find it or understand it.  Sadly many get a divorce when they should be entering a pragma love because they never knew what real love is.  They, in their immaturity, think they fell out of love and see eros as love.  They want the excitement of it and keep trying to return to it because it doesn’t last.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Types of Love Part 3

November 24, 2021

Types of Love Part 3

1 John 3:16

New International Version

16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.

The Greek word Philia is an affectionate love for a friend.  It is admiration and respect.  Not as deep as storge but a love we should have for one another.  It is a love to die for.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Types of Love Part 2

November 23, 2021

Types of Love Part 2

Mark 5:21-23

New International Version

Jesus Raises a Dead Girl and Heals a Sick Woman

21 When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. 22 Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. 23 He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.”

Luke 7:1-10

New International Version

The Faith of the Centurion

7 When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people who were listening, he entered Capernaum. 2 There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. 3 The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. 4 When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, “This man deserves to have you do this, 5 because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.” 6 So Jesus went with them.

He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. 7 That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

9 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” 10 Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.

Storge or familiar love.  Storge is the love parents have for their children and family.  It can also be used as a love a master has for a servant.  We can feel this love for our church group.  God uses this word at a time talking about Jesus.  It’s more than a friend, it's family.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Types of Love Part 1

November 22, 2021

Types of Love Part 1

Genesis 29:11

King James Version

11 And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept.

Judges 16:1

New International Version

Samson and Delilah

16 One day Samson went to Gaza, where he saw a prostitute. He went in to spend the night with her.

Proverbs 7:6-27

New International Version

6 At the window of my house

   I looked down through the lattice.

7 I saw among the simple,

   I noticed among the young men,

   a youth who had no sense.

8 He was going down the street near her corner,

   walking along in the direction of her house

9 at twilight, as the day was fading,

   as the dark of night set in.

10 Then out came a woman to meet him,

   dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent.

11 (She is unruly and defiant,

   her feet never stay at home;

12 now in the street, now in the squares,

   at every corner she lurks.)

13 She took hold of him and kissed him

   and with a brazen face she said:

14 “Today I fulfilled my vows,

   and I have food from my fellowship offering at home.

15 So I came out to meet you;

   I looked for you and have found you!

16 I have covered my bed

   with colored linens from Egypt.

17 I have perfumed my bed

   with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.

18 Come, let’s drink deeply of love till morning;

   let’s enjoy ourselves with love!

19 My husband is not at home;

   he has gone on a long journey.

20 He took his purse filled with money

   and will not be home till full moon.”

21 With persuasive words she led him astray;

   she seduced him with her smooth talk.

22 All at once he followed her

   like an ox going to the slaughter,

like a deer[a] stepping into a noose[b]

23     till an arrow pierces his liver,

like a bird darting into a snare,

   little knowing it will cost him his life.

24 Now then, my sons, listen to me;

   pay attention to what I say.

25 Do not let your heart turn to her ways

   or stray into her paths.

26 Many are the victims she has brought down;

   her slain are a mighty throng.

27 Her house is a highway to the grave,

   leading down to the chambers of death.

EROS is our first type of love.  It is called romantic love but it can be lust.  It is the most dangerous of loves if it is not recognized for what it is.  Remember this is a Greek word and that time they were exceedingly perverse.  We get our word erotic from it.  It burns hot but out quickly if given too much fuel.  Today our society see erotic love as love also.  They make comments such as “love is love”.  Hog wash!  Lust or erotic love is not love at all because God is love and this type of love brings destruction and death to one’s life if left out of control.  Lust is lust and homosexuality is lust, it can’t bring forth life but only death.  This erotic love brought down Sodom and Gomorrah.  Eros was Sampson’s downfall and so many others.  The Bible tells us to avoid it and one who thinks they can play with it or control it is a fool.  Erotic love has no part in the believer’s life.  Eros can also be a love at first sight also.  Two feel a strong attraction for each other.  It takes great self-control and wisdom for it to become something positive and lead to a greater love.  Jacob and Rachel are a great example.  Always remember time will test this love for what it is.  Sin will bring ruin to something God has designed.  Eros can pass but it grows into something deeper if the two trust God and have self-restraint.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Comfort Part 10

November 19, 2021

Comfort Part 10

Matthew 4:4

New International Version

4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.

Deuteronomy 8:1-5

New International Version

Do Not Forget the Lord

8 Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land the Lord promised on oath to your ancestors. 2 Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. 3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. 4 Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years. 5 Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you.

Jesus our shepherd comforts us by using His rod and staff to keep us on the right path.  He disciplines us keeping us humble so we will obey Him and in so doing we are blessed beyond measure.  His word gives us life and to the full because bread is not enough.  Too many of us work for bread to eat but never live life to the full.  Jesus is the bread of life.      

Pastor Jeff Lane

Comfort Part 9

November 18, 2021

Comfort Part 9

Hebrews 11:1-3

New International Version

11 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for.

3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

2 Corinthians 5:7

New International Version

7 For we live by faith, not by sight.

We walk by faith and not by the things we see in this world.  We have peace and full confidence knowing Him and his word will never fail us.  He can make something out of nothing and deliver us through the worst of circumstances.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Comfort Part 8

November 17, 2021

Comfort Part 8

Psalm 23

King James Version

23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Though we walk through, but do not camp in the valley of the shadow of death, we can fear not because Jesus will guide us to the other side.  He provides all we need and see to it we partake of it.  We are to be at peace because we will live with Him forever.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Comfort Part 7

November 16, 2021

Comfort Part 7

Ephesians 5:6

New International Version

6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.

1 Thessalonians 5:9

New International Version

9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.

We have great comfort in knowing that if we obey God’s word, we will not suffer the wrath of God.  The tribulation is about God’s wrath on the disobedient and rebellious, but for those who follow Christ and obey Him we have no fear in knowing we will not taste of His wrath.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Comfort Part 6

November 15, 2021

Comfort part 6

Hebrews 13:5-8

New International Version

5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,

“Never will I leave you;

   never will I forsake you.”[a]

6 So we say with confidence,

“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.

   What can mere mortals do to me?”[b]

7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Some find their comfort in money. This will pass away.  Love God and know He will carry you through all situations.  He is not going to leave you or abandon you but save you through it all.  Do not fear him who can harm the body but him who can send our souls to hell.  Serve God and He will lift you up.  Consider our leaders and examples of old.  God saved them from the flames, Lions, and so much more. What do  I have to fear?  For Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Comfort Part 5

November 12, 2021

Comfort Part 5

John 14:1-4

New International Version

14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”

We have this comfort knowing that Jesus is preparing a place for us that is above.  We can trust and rely on Him because He will never disappoint us.  We know the way to that place by following Him and soon we too will be at the right hand of the Father.  Oh what a glorious day that will be.  So in keeping your mind on these things above we can press forward knowing we shall overcome.  As Goliath fell, so this world will fall at our feet and we, with  Jesus, will cut off that snake’s head.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Comfort Part 4

November 11, 2021

Comfort part 4

2 Corinthians 1:3-7

New International Version

Praise to the God of All Comfort

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

Our God is the God of comfort.  We will go through and I mean through troubles in this life, but we serve the God of comfort who comforts us in our weakness and brings us strength to endure all situations.  We can patiently endure all things with the knowledge that Jesus has already overcome this world with the things in it and we too are being made like Him in every way so we too will overcome this world.  We share in His sufferings, so in that fire we will be made like Him and rise from the dead and also overcome with Him death and the grave.  As we keep our minds on things above we no longer hear the strife of this world but the songs of heaven in our hearts and no longer dwell here but with Him.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Comfort Part 3

November 10, 2021

Comfort Part 3

2 Corinthians 6:14-18

New International Version

Warning Against Idolatry

14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said:

“I will live with them

   and walk among them,

and I will be their God,

   and they will be my people.”

17 Therefore,

“Come out from them

   and be separate,

says the Lord.

Touch no unclean thing,

   and I will receive you.”

18 And,

“I will be a Father to you,

   and you will be my sons and daughters,

says the Lord Almighty.”

What do we and the world have in common? We are passing through looking for the city of God.  We have nothing in agreement with this world so why would we be yoked again to it when Jesus set me free from it.  We are no longer to touch the things of this world because they are defiled and would make us unclean again.  No we long to be clothed with our heavenly clothing without spot or wrinkle waiting to be received by God Himself.  Keep your mind on things above.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Comfort Part 2

November 10, 2021

Comfort part 2


Colossians 3:12-17

New International Version

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.


So many people think about what they have lost, how they have been wronged or how bad things have become.  Live a life of gratitude.  Be thankful for what you have and think on the things Christ has done, is doing, and will do for you and others.  The things of this world shall pass but He will always be the same.  Keep the song of Christ in your heart and live a life that will make others happy.  Be the joy in the world by following Jesus’ example by clothing yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Live a life of forgiveness and love so that no bitterness grows through and because of you.  Love is what binds us together so we can stay in agreement and see our prayers answered.  


Pastor Jeff Lane


Comfort Part 1

November 8, 2021

Comfort Part 1

John 18:36

New International Version

36 Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”

Colossians 3:1-2

New International Version

3 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

Every day we are bombarded with more bad news like high gas prices, high food prices, high everything prices, crime, violent protests, questionable elections, COVID, and more.  We are not of this world and are looking forward to Christ’s return.  Keep your mind on things above not on the things of this earth.  These things will pass away, but God’s word will never pass away.  We can take comfort in looking above not down.  God knows the plans He has for us, hope and a future, you need to know these things also.  Think about these things.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Halloween

November 8, 2021

Halloween Part 5

1 Samuel 28:3-20

New International Version

Saul and the Medium at Endor

3 Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had mourned for him and buried him in his own town of Ramah. Saul had expelled the mediums and spiritists from the land.

4 The Philistines assembled and came and set up camp at Shunem, while Saul gathered all Israel and set up camp at Gilboa. 5 When Saul saw the Philistine army, he was afraid; terror filled his heart. 6 He inquired of the Lord, but the Lord did not answer him by dreams or Urim or prophets. 7 Saul then said to his attendants, “Find me a woman who is a medium, so I may go and inquire of her.”

“There is one in Endor,” they said.

8 So Saul disguised himself, putting on other clothes, and at night he and two men went to the woman. “Consult a spirit for me,” he said, “and bring up for me the one I name.”

9 But the woman said to him, “Surely you know what Saul has done. He has cut off the mediums and spiritists from the land. Why have you set a trap for my life to bring about my death?”

10 Saul swore to her by the Lord, “As surely as the Lord lives, you will not be punished for this.”

11 Then the woman asked, “Whom shall I bring up for you?”

“Bring up Samuel,” he said.

12 When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out at the top of her voice and said to Saul, “Why have you deceived me? You are Saul!”

13 The king said to her, “Don’t be afraid. What do you see?”

The woman said, “I see a ghostly figure[a] coming up out of the earth.”

14 “What does he look like?” he asked.

“An old man wearing a robe is coming up,” she said.

Then Saul knew it was Samuel, and he bowed down and prostrated himself with his face to the ground.

15 Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?”

“I am in great distress,” Saul said. “The Philistines are fighting against me, and God has departed from me. He no longer answers me, either by prophets or by dreams. So I have called on you to tell me what to do.”

16 Samuel said, “Why do you consult me, now that the Lord has departed from you and become your enemy? 17 The Lord has done what he predicted through me. The Lord has torn the kingdom out of your hands and given it to one of your neighbors—to David. 18 Because you did not obey the Lord or carry out his fierce wrath against the Amalekites, the Lord has done this to you today. 19 The Lord will deliver both Israel and you into the hands of the Philistines, and tomorrow you and your sons will be with me. The Lord will also give the army of Israel into the hands of the Philistines.”

20 Immediately Saul fell full length on the ground, filled with fear because of Samuel’s words. His strength was gone, for he had eaten nothing all that day and all that night.

I have heard people who take this scripture and use it as an excuse to bring the dead back.  Are they stupid or what?  Look what happened to Saul; he was cut off from God and His inheritance.  His family line could have been kings over Israel like David forever, but he turned to Satan.  I am amazed that God let Samuel return and speak over Saul after his demise but then God’s ways are not mine.  Nevertheless, Saul died and his sons.  I take it He did return to God because Samuel said they would be together.  Just as Samuel said in life that Saul rebellion was like divination and witchcraft so it led him to do these things.  Rebellion is a place we should never go to.  It will rule you just the thing the rebellious are trying to avoid.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Halloween Part 4

November 5, 2021

Halloween Part 4

1 Samuel 15:1-24

New International Version

The Lord Rejects Saul as King

15 Samuel said to Saul, “I am the one the Lord sent to anoint you king over his people Israel; so listen now to the message from the Lord. 2 This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. 3 Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy[a] all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.’”

4 So Saul summoned the men and mustered them at Telaim—two hundred thousand foot soldiers and ten thousand from Judah. 5 Saul went to the city of Amalek and set an ambush in the ravine. 6 Then he said to the Kenites, “Go away, leave the Amalekites so that I do not destroy you along with them; for you showed kindness to all the Israelites when they came up out of Egypt.” So the Kenites moved away from the Amalekites.

7 Then Saul attacked the Amalekites all the way from Havilah to Shur, near the eastern border of Egypt. 8 He took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and all his people he totally destroyed with the sword. 9 But Saul and the army spared Agag and the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves[b] and lambs—everything that was good. These they were unwilling to destroy completely, but everything that was despised and weak they totally destroyed.

10 Then the word of the Lord came to Samuel: 11 “I regret that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions.” Samuel was angry, and he cried out to the Lord all that night.

12 Early in the morning Samuel got up and went to meet Saul, but he was told, “Saul has gone to Carmel. There he has set up a monument in his own honor and has turned and gone on down to Gilgal.”

13 When Samuel reached him, Saul said, “The Lord bless you! I have carried out the Lord’s instructions.”

14 But Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of sheep in my ears? What is this lowing of cattle that I hear?”

15 Saul answered, “The soldiers brought them from the Amalekites; they spared the best of the sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the Lord your God, but we totally destroyed the rest.”

16 “Enough!” Samuel said to Saul. “Let me tell you what the Lord said to me last night.”

“Tell me,” Saul replied.

17 Samuel said, “Although you were once small in your own eyes, did you not become the head of the tribes of Israel? The Lord anointed you king over Israel. 18 And he sent you on a mission, saying, ‘Go and completely destroy those wicked people, the Amalekites; wage war against them until you have wiped them out.’ 19 Why did you not obey the Lord? Why did you pounce on the plunder and do evil in the eyes of the Lord?”

20 “But I did obey the Lord,” Saul said. “I went on the mission the Lord assigned me. I completely destroyed the Amalekites and brought back Agag their king. 21 The soldiers took sheep and cattle from the plunder, the best of what was devoted to God, in order to sacrifice them to the Lord your God at Gilgal.”

22 But Samuel replied:

“Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices

   as much as in obeying the Lord?

To obey is better than sacrifice,

   and to heed is better than the fat of rams.

23 For rebellion is like the sin of divination,

   and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.

Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,

   he has rejected you as king.”

24 Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned. I violated the Lord’s command and your instructions. I was afraid of the men and so I gave in to them.

Saul did not obey God at all.  He liked the praise of men better than to praise the Lord.  He had a rebellious heart.   He simply did not do what God told him to do.  There are many who just live their lives for themselves but refuse to answer God's call.  Saul had a great chance to bring glory to God and to establish himself with the Lord, but instead rebelled.  He lived his life for himself.  Like Esau though he sought the blessing with tears he could bring about no change of God’s mind.  Sadly, he sought the blessing not the blesser.    God is not interested in your sacrifice of tears but obedience.  Rebellion is like witchcraft and divination and Saul turns to this when God will no longer answer him.  He sets a monument up to himself in his arrogance which is idolatry.  He rejected the word of God who is Christ and God rejected Him.  Many people find themselves unable to hear from God because they refuse to obey and give to God what is God’s.  They covet the things of God but do not desire God.  This puts us out of the presence of God and into Satan’s world.  When we disobey God, we reject Him and what He has for us like Cain.  This is so simple and clear and yet people dare to go there.  It is then the turn to witchcraft, idolatry, spiritualists, horoscopes, mediums and the like for their God and guidance.  So sad but true.  Many times, doing so in the name of God not knowing He has departed from them.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Halloween Part 3

November 5, 2021

Halloween Part 3

Deuteronomy 18:10-13

New International Version

10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist (Spiritualist) or who consults the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you. 13 You must be blameless before the Lord your God.

One of Satan’s favorite things to do is to mix Christianity with the occult.  He knows that when we do it, it is as dead and even more dangerous than the pure occult.  Today we see people who claim to be of God under the cover or term of a ‘spiritualist’ mixing Christianity with the occult.  One of the ways to know is simple.  They live very worldly lives.  They are involved in everything.  There are no limits or boundaries to their behavior.  They lead others into their deception and sin. The rest of us are under the law.  These people will be driven out of the Lord’s presence like Cain was.  They have taken the way of Cain, Korah’s followers, and Balaam.  All these went to their own destruction.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Halloween Part 2

November 3, 2021

Halloween Part 2

Exodus 22:18

New International Version

18 “Do not allow a sorceress to live.

Exodus 22:18

King James Version

18 Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.

God seems pretty clear on witchcraft.  White witch or not He makes no exceptions.  Any Questions?

Pastor Jeff Lane

Halloween

November 2, 2021

Halloween

Ephesians 5: 11

Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

Ephesians 5:3

New International Version

3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.

It is my opinion that we should have nothing to do with it.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Who is the judge of Sin? Part 5

November 1, 2021

Who is the judge of sin? Part 5

Judges 2:1-10

New International Version

The Angel of the Lord at Bokim

2 The angel of the Lord went up from Gilgal to Bokim and said, “I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the land I swore to give to your ancestors. I said, ‘I will never break my covenant with you, 2 and you shall not make a covenant with the people of this land, but you shall break down their altars.’ Yet you have disobeyed me. Why have you done this? 3 And I have also said, ‘I will not drive them out before you; they will become traps for you, and their gods will become snares to you.’”

4 When the angel of the Lord had spoken these things to all the Israelites, the people wept aloud, 5 and they called that place Bokim.  There they offered sacrifices to the Lord.

Disobedience and Defeat

6 After Joshua had dismissed the Israelites, they went to take possession of the land, each to their own inheritance. 7 The people served the Lord throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him and who had seen all the great things the Lord had done for Israel.

8 Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died at the age of a hundred and ten. 9 And they buried him in the land of his inheritance, at Timnath Heres in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash.

10 After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel.

The people never understood that God was their inheritance not the lane or gold.  They judged for themselves and stopped driving out the evil from amongst them and became lax in seeking God.  They did not obey God.  They did not realize by doing so it was like sacrificing their children to Satan.  Like a child who cries because he does not get the reward instead of being sorry for disobeying, they lost their inheritance and did not pass it along to their children.  Their children neither knew God or what God did for them.  God is our shield and great reward so the lived-in bondage and lost their land.  God not only gives us a blessing he guards it so we can keep it.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Who is the judge of Sin? Part 4

October 29, 2021

Who is the judge of sin Part 4

Judges 17

New International Version

Micah’s Idols

17 Now a man named Micah from the hill country of Ephraim 2 said to his mother, “The eleven hundred shekels[a] of silver that were taken from you and about which I heard you utter a curse—I have that silver with me; I took it.”

Then his mother said, “The Lord bless you, my son!”

3 When he returned the eleven hundred shekels of silver to his mother, she said, “I solemnly consecrate my silver to the Lord for my son to make an image overlaid with silver. I will give it back to you.”

4 So after he returned the silver to his mother, she took two hundred shekels[b] of silver and gave them to a silversmith, who used them to make the idol. And it was put in Micah’s house.

5 Now this man Micah had a shrine, and he made an ephod and some household gods and installed one of his sons as his priest. 6 In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.

7 A young Levite from Bethlehem in Judah, who had been living within the clan of Judah, 8 left that town in search of some other place to stay. On his way[c] he came to Micah’s house in the hill country of Ephraim.

9 Micah asked him, “Where are you from?”

“I’m a Levite from Bethlehem in Judah,” he said, “and I’m looking for a place to stay.”

10 Then Micah said to him, “Live with me and be my father and priest, and I’ll give you ten shekels of silver a year, your clothes and your food.” 11 So the Levite agreed to live with him, and the young man became like one of his sons to him. 12 Then Micah installed the Levite, and the young man became his priest and lived in his house. 13 And Micah said, “Now I know that the Lord will be good to me, since this Levite has become my priest.”

Micah is a classic example of a man trying to make the rules.  He sought the blessing of God but his own way.  He created an idol which was forbidden.  He worships it like the God of heaven, but this God is not the creator, but man is.  Then he put a Levite in as a priest thinking this will appease the God of Israel and then he would get God’s blessings and yet do as he pleases.  God says obedience is better than sacrifice.  God does not need our sacrifice but desires our heart, but if He has our heart our treasure is in Him and we will give to Him and the blessings will flow.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Who is the Judge of Sin? Part 3

October 28, 2021

Who is the judge of sin Part 3

Deuteronomy 12:1-14

New International Version

The One Place of Worship

12 These are the decrees and laws you must be careful to follow in the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has given you to possess—as long as you live in the land. 2 Destroy completely all the places on the high mountains, on the hills and under every spreading tree, where the nations you are dispossessing worship their gods. 3 Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and burn their Asherah poles in the fire; cut down the idols of their gods and wipe out their names from those places.

4 You must not worship the Lord your God in their way. 5 But you are to seek the place the Lord your God will choose from among all your tribes to put his Name there for his dwelling. To that place you must go; 6 there bring your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes and special gifts, what you have vowed to give and your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks. 7 There, in the presence of the Lord your God, you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to, because the Lord your God has blessed you.

8 You are not to do as we do here today, everyone doing as they see fit, 9 since you have not yet reached the resting place and the inheritance the Lord your God is giving you. 10 But you will cross the Jordan and settle in the land the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, and he will give you rest from all your enemies around you so that you will live in safety. 11 Then to the place the Lord your God will choose as a dwelling for his Name—there you are to bring everything I command you: your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes and special gifts, and all the choice possessions you have vowed to the Lord. 12 And there rejoice before the Lord your God—you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, and the Levites from your towns who have no allotment or inheritance of their own. 13 Be careful not to sacrifice your burnt offerings anywhere you please. 14 Offer them only at the place the Lord will choose in one of your tribes, and there observe everything I command you.

Proverbs 22:28

New International Version

28 Do not move an ancient boundary stone

   set up by your ancestors.

People had lived so far from God and no longer knew His laws.  They simply did not know right from wrong, so God wrote it down for them and had them set up one temple to house His laws.  God knew if they had multiple temples or places for sacrifices, they would mess it up.  They would judge for themselves what is right and wrong.  They did it anyway.  Creating loopholes so they did not have to obey God.  Jesus addressed some of these.  You can’t move the plumb line, cornerstone, or boundary stone.  It must remain the same forever.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Who is the Judge of Sin? Part 2

October 27, 2021

Who is the judge of sin Part 2

Genesis 4:1-16

New International Version

Cain and Abel

4 Adam made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man.” 2 Later she gave birth to his brother Abel.

Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. 3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. 4 And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.

6 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”

8 Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”

“I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

10 The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. 11 Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.”

13 Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is more than I can bear. 14 Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.”

15 But the Lord said to him, “Not so; anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times over.” Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. 16 So Cain went out from the Lord’s presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden.

Here we have it.  Cain judged for himself that he should and could be blessed if he gave his way not God’s.  Like God needed his grain to begin with.  God knew if man could just give back to God the first fruits of the best tenth of what man gained He would have man’s heart.  Cain's heart was for Cain and so much so he was willing to kill for himself.  Then Cain told God that He had punished him too much.  No remorse for killing his brother.  Cain left the presence of God of his own accord thinking he would be more blessed not less.  Arrogance!  Yet I still see this same spirit in people today.  God bless me but I don’t want to bless you or anyone else.  God I need it all for me to survive.  You don’t understand God.  Really!  God sets the rules and if we obey them we live under His blessings.  Who is your judge?

Pastor Jeff Lane

Who is the Judge of Sin? Part 1

October 26, 2021

Who is the judge of sin? Part 1

Genesis 3:21-24

New International Version

21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 22 And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” 23 So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

I find people always questioning God’s laws and judgment.  Rebellion is like the sin of divination.  What is divination?  It is the act of trying to  know the future by means of the occult.  It is listening to Satan and trying to be blessed by knowing future events.  Eve and Adam thought they would be blessed in the future by eating the fruit today but became cursed.  They thought they would gain the wisdom of God and use it for personal gain.  Then they would be like God and not have to obey Him.  God wanted to make them understand the seriousness of their sin by killing innocent animals to cover their sin.  Then they were driven from their inheritance.  Why you may ask?  Simply because if they ate of the tree of life sin would remain in them forever and they would have had to live outside the presence of God and His blessing.  Now knowing good and evil man thought he could judge himself.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Momma, Gift of God Part 5

October 26, 2021

Momma, Gift of God Part 5

2 Samuel 20:14-22

New International Version

14 Sheba passed through all the tribes of Israel to Abel Beth Maakah and through the entire region of the Bikrites, who gathered together and followed him. 15 All the troops with Joab came and besieged Sheba in Abel Beth Maakah. They built a siege ramp up to the city, and it stood against the outer fortifications. While they were battering the wall to bring it down, 16 a wise woman called from the city, “Listen! Listen! Tell Joab to come here so I can speak to him.” 17 He went toward her, and she asked, “Are you Joab?”

“I am,” he answered.

She said, “Listen to what your servant has to say.”

“I’m listening,” he said.

18 She continued, “Long ago they used to say, ‘Get your answer at Abel,’ and that settled it. 19 We are the peaceful and faithful in Israel. You are trying to destroy a city that is a mother in Israel. Why do you want to swallow up the Lord’s inheritance?”

20 “Far be it from me!” Joab replied, “Far be it from me to swallow up or destroy! 21 That is not the case. A man named Sheba son of Bikri, from the hill country of Ephraim, has lifted up his hand against the king, against David. Hand over this one man, and I’ll withdraw from the city.”

The woman said to Joab, “His head will be thrown to you from the wall.”

22 Then the woman went to all the people with her wise advice, and they cut off the head of Sheba son of Bikri and threw it to Joab. So he sounded the trumpet, and his men dispersed from the city, each returning to his home. And Joab went back to the king in Jerusalem.

I have always got a kick out of this mother.  She sounds like a no-nonsense type of mother.  She had enough of this siege against her city and home.  She takes matters into her own hands and calls for Joab.  “What’s the problem?'' she asks.  Ok his head will be thrown to you from the wall, she convinces the townspeople and over flies this man’s head.  Problem solved.  Let’s get on with living.  Wow!  More wisdom than two armies.  Momma, don't discount yourself.  Church, don’t discount your mommas.  Get your answer from a mother in the church and that will settle it.  Please don’t call me racists or take this wrong, I mean with all respect.   When I read this, I can just see this black grandmother saying I have had enough of this and standing on that wall taking no lip from anyone and those soldiers shaking in their boots doing what she says.  Lord give us more of these mothers in the Lord please.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Momma, Gift of God Part 4

October 20, 2021

Momma, Gift of God Part 4

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.

This bit of scripture shows the greatness of Jesus and the importance of moms.  Jesus as the oldest son and being that his earthly father was dead was the one who had the responsibility to take care of His widowed mother.  Here he is hanging on the cross with the weight of the world on His shoulders.  He is suffering beyond words saving us and He looks down and sees to it Mom is taken care of and provided for.  How important is mom?  Just read it for yourself and yet many do not take care of their mothers.  God blesses those who honor their parents.  You don’t want to know the flip side.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Momma, Gift of God Part 3

October 20, 2021

Momma, Gift of God Part 3

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.

Dads have their role, but this is about mommas.  Look how Paul sees that this gift of sincere faith was passed though the family line by mommas.  Momma you can give a gift or curse that is perpetuated for generations.  My faith was handed down to me through my mother.  Faith is a gift that is ever increasing and never fails.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Momma, Gift of God Part 2

October 20, 2021

Momma, Gift of God Part 2

1 Samuel 1

New International Version

The Birth of Samuel

1 There was a certain man from Ramathaim, a Zuphite from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. 2 He had two wives; one was called Hannah and the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none.

3 Year after year this man went up from his town to worship and sacrifice to the Lord Almighty at Shiloh, where Hophni and Phinehas, the two sons of Eli, were priests of the Lord. 4 Whenever the day came for Elkanah to sacrifice, he would give portions of the meat to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters. 5 But to Hannah he gave a double portion because he loved her, and the Lord had closed her womb. 6 Because the Lord had closed Hannah’s womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her. 7 This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the Lord, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat. 8 Her husband Elkanah would say to her, “Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don’t you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?”

9 Once when they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah stood up. Now Eli the priest was sitting on his chair by the doorpost of the Lord’s house. 10 In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly. 11 And she made a vow, saying, “Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.”

12 As she kept on praying to the Lord, Eli observed her mouth. 13 Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk 14 and said to her, “How long are you going to stay drunk? Put away your wine.”

15 “Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the Lord. 16 Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.”

17 Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.”

18 She said, “May your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast.

19 Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the Lord and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her. 20 So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him.”

Elkanah had two wives, one wise and faithful to God and one full of herself.  Hannah Was the wise wife.  She sought the Lord because she believed God would hear, listen and bless her.  God did hear and gave her a son which she gave back to the Lord.  It is never foolish to give God back what you cannot keep.  People your children will grow up and leave home.  They may leave you but a part of you will never leave them.  Be careful what part of you that you give them.  Hannah gave up what she could not keep and received back what she could not lose.  Her gift was a gift that kept on giving long after that gift went to be with God.  Mommas who give their children to God will be a blessing to all.  Mommas who try to hold on to their children will raise brats and problem children that will be a curse to all.  When you try to hold on to your life you will lose it, but if you give it up you will be a blessing and be blessed.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Momma, Gift of God Part 1

October 19, 2021

Momma, Gift of God Part 1

Exodus 2:1-10

New International Version

The Birth of Moses

2 Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, 2 and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. 3 But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. 4 His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.

5 Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it. 6 She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.

7 Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?”

8 “Yes, go,” she answered. So the girl went and got the baby’s mother. 9 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him. 10 When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water.”

What are the chances of having three extraordinary children like Moses, Aaron, and Miriam?  I would say zero without the same momma.  Moses, born of a slave, was a prophet, leader, judge, and so much more.  Aaron was a slave and became a high priest.  Miriam was a slave and prophet of God.  What made the difference that these three siblings would be so great as to touch our lives also along with every civilization on the earth.  It of course is God, but the tool God used to make them what they were was Mom.  Moms can make more difference in our lives than even our dads.  How can I say this?  Well, look at the kings of Israel.  They married many wives and yet only a few of their children stood out among the rest both good and bad.  What was the defining difference in all those children's lives?  Mom.  You might say moms are the blacksmith in our lives that forge us to be us.  God’s tool to make a tool.

Just bear with me for a moment and listen.  First the word for basket means Ark, not basket.  She built a boat like the ark of Noah and covered it with pitch like Noah.  Wonder where she got that idea?  How appropriate that Moses started out in an ark.  Then Miriam was as resourceful as her mother, watching and making the suggestion so their mother could be Moses’s wet nurse and get paid.  Moses’s mother raised him, and he knew he was an Israelite.  She instilled morals and values in Moses that would direct him to lead Israel and the world to God.  The laws that Moses would instate would lead nations for millenniums.  Think maybe God used his momma to have a part of that?  Heand his siblings love for others was unequaled in their day.  Moses’s compassion for all was incredible.  He loved the Egyptians as well as his own.  

Mommas don’t say you are just a housewife or a mother.  You can be the maker of leaders and kings.  Whether they are good or bad is up to you.  You can be a world changer.  Be careful in how you mold that little bundle of clay.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Love Part 19

October 14, 2021

Love Part 19

Genesis 2:21

New International Version

21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh.

Genesis 2:24

New International Version

24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

Amos 3:3

King James Version

3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

Matthew 18:19

New International Version

19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.

God made woman from man and then brought them back together again in marriage to be one again.  Marriage is a covenant with God for two to become one.  A covenant, unlike a contract, can only be broken if all parties agree or one party dies, but God is not a man that should change his mind.  Therefore, marriage is for life.  Therefore, Jesus said that one commits adultery if they remarry.  He does not agree that we divorce so we can remarry but that we live apart.  For God to work in our lives and answer our prayers we must agree with Him.  Therefore, if we agree with Him, we obey Him.  If you are married don’t seek a divorce but if you have remarried don’t seek a divorce either.  This would be a worse sin.  If we want God's will to be done on earth as it is in heaven then we must be one as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one.  If we love the Father we will love those made in His image.  If you can’t love your brother whom you can see, then how can you love the Father whom you can’t see.  Does this not also apply to our own spouse? God's will starts in the home and with our spouse.

Galatians 6:7

King James Version

7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Stop deceiving yourselves and being deceived.  Don’t follow in the ways of the world.  You don’t fall in and out of love but choose to.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Love Part 18

October 13, 2021

Love Part 18

Genesis 2:15

King James Version

15 And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

Galatians 6:7

King James Version

7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

2 Corinthians 9:6

King James Version

6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

Let’s talk about love and marriage.  When God made man he was made from the ground so it would only be natural that we would have traits of the ground.  The ground does not care what you plant, it will only give back what you put in.  Plant good seeds, you get good crops, but do nothing and the weeds will blow in and you get weeds.  Don’t remove the weeds they will multiply.  

Marriage is like a garden and men are to keep and dress it.  That means we are to keep order in our garden, keep the weeds out and dress it or keep it looking good.  If you plant good things in your marriage you will get good back.  Plant abundantly and you will get an abundance of good back.  Trust me we married men know we must dress it.  LOL!  Your wife goes shopping and buys a dress and says, ‘dear I saved you a great deal of money on this dress today’ to which you reply, ‘but what are all these other charges’? Lol  Well  it’s the accessories that make the outfit.  They are the certain things that make her shine.  Listen to her.  Men, she is telling you the secrets of marriage.  You reap what you sow.  It is the small things in marriage that make the marriage and her shine.  She knows if you treasure her, she knows where your heart is at, and if you do, she will be a treasure to you.

Matthew 6:21

New International Version

21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Love Part 17

October 12, 2021

Love part 17

Genesis 2:19-22

King James Version

19 And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.  20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.  21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;  22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

People ask me if matches are made in heaven.  I have to say yes, but don’t make them hell.  God made Eve for Adam and only Adam.  One man for one woman for life.  God knows who will be perfect for us.  Listen, now if it takes time to make things better don’t rush it.  God is bringing the right person for you.  Love is not selfish.  If you marry the wrong person then you have ruined your love’s life also.  Love is patient.  Wait on the Lord.

1 Corinthians 13:4-5

New International Version

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Song of Songs 8:4

New International Version

4 Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you:

   Do not arouse or awaken love

   until it so desires.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Love Part 16

October 11, 2021

Love part 16

Genesis 2:18

New International Version

18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

Becky and I have reached our forty-first marriage anniversary.  It has been a great time together.  Just as God’s glory is ever increasing in our lives, so is the love I have for her.  A spouse is the gift from God that just keeps on giving.  I read about a man who said no matter what you give a wife she returns it many times over and better.  It is true.  You give her a house she will give you a home.  You give her meat and vegetables and she will give you a meal.  You treat her well she will love you.  You make love to her and she will give you children.  Like the soil, what you plant she will give back.  Plant weeds you get weeds but bless her she will bless you beyond measure.  There is nothing you can give your wife that she cannot make it better.  God said it is not good for man to be alone, but as His nature He gave me more than I can ask or think.  

We have now been married forty-one years and I realize more each day what God has given me.  We raised our four children and now have nine grandchildren. I can plainly see that God’s gifts just continue to multiply.  We started as two but at Thanksgiving and Christmas we will now be nineteen.  There is not much chance of being lonely.  Living in the Lord’s plan for our lives, well there is no better place to be.  I do not care to look over the fence. Living on this side is beyond measure.

We have aged and the world speaks of beauty as though it has some idea of what beauty is.  Let me tell you something.  Our lives and Becky’s beauty is like the fall’s trees.  It takes spring, summer and fall for the leaves to change.  It is then the trees become more beautiful than ever.  You can’t know or see this beauty unless you take the walk God gives you.  I got Becky a 117 year old harp for our anniversary.  She had a master harpist play it.  The master said she had never heard a harp sound so beautiful in her life.  As I watch Becky play, I must agree.  I have never seen or heard anything so beautiful in my life.  The harp sounds great too.  That only comes with time my friends.  

God thank you for My wife, Becky.  You certainly gave me more than I deserve.  Please bless her for all she has become.  She has the harp, she deserves her crown.

Becky I love you!

Pastor Jeff Lane

Love Part 15

October 8, 2021

Love Part 15

Hebrews 10:24-25

New International Version

24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

I believe too many Christians go to or find a church out of love for self.  We are to go out of love one for another.  We are to build one another up in the love Jesus has shown and given to us.  As you well know we live in a time we should be building one another up through love.  We are not to be divided, now more than ever, but meeting together even more so for the encouragement of the saints.  Going to church is an act of love lest you might not have the love of God in you.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Love Part 14

October 7, 2021

Love Part 14

Luke 6:27-36

King James Version

27 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,  28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.  29 And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also.  30 Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.  31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.  32 For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.  33 And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.  34 And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.  35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.  36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful

I believe this makes it clear who we are to love.  Everyone, no matter what.  We are to love as He loved and loves us.  He loved us while we were yet sinners.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Love Part 13

October 6, 2021

Love part 13

1 Corinthians 2:9

King James Version

9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

When a man loves a woman, he tries to wow her.  He tries to show his love by giving her more than she could ever expect to receive from him.  He will go above expectations.  I think this comes from God.  God loves to wow His bride.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Love Part 12

October 5, 2021

Love Part 12

James 1:12

King James Version

12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

Revelation 2:10

King James Version

10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

The Bible does not teach that we will not go through trials, suffering and temptations, but just the opposite.  We will go through these things because we love Him, but if we persevere, we will receive the crown of life.  He will bless us for staying the course.  Trials do not mean He does not love us, but it is our opportunity to show Him how much we love Him.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Love Part 11

October 4, 2021

Love Part 11

Romans 8:28

New International Version

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.

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 doesn't love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

1 John 2:5-6

King James Version

5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

I hear people quote this verse often, but seem to leave out the, “who love Him,” part out.  God often gives qualifiers for His Word and here is one.  This is for those who love Him and how do we know if we love God by obeying His word.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Love Part 10

October 1, 2021

Love part 10

John 21:15-17

New International Version

15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.

Jesus reinstates Peter as His servant after Peter had denied knowing Him.  Even though Peter had sinned, God forgives Him and reinstates Him.  Love forgives, forgets, and reinstates us.  Furthermore, if you love Jesus, you will do what He says.  That is to feed His sheep.  I have those who want comfort because they never fulfilled a call on their life.  They desire forgiveness and claim they love God but don’t fulfill the call to go into the world and preach to the lost.  Remember the two brothers, one said he would obey the Father and yet did not, but the other said no but went back and did the Father’s will.  It’s not too late to obey Him.      

Pastor Jeff Lane

Love Part 9

September 30, 2021

Love Part 9

1 Corinthians 14:1

New International Version

Intelligibility in Worship

14 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, …

The gifts of God are for us to be a vessel to give or minister to others.  We must lay down our lives to minister to others.  They are not for our glory but God’s.  It takes great humility to be used in them.  We should be eager to go after them.  After all it is the way of God.  

                                                                                                                               

 Pastor Jeff Lane

Love Part 8

September 29, 2021

Love Part 8

1 Corinthians 13

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

As we have learned, God is love.  Simply replace the word love for God.  Now replace the word love with your name.  Then does it still ring true?  Take some time and examine yourself and see what parts of your life you need to turn over to God.            

 Pastor Jeff Lane

Love Part 7

September 28, 2021

Love Part 7

Luke 10:25-37  New International Version  25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]”

28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

Jesus shows us by this parable how we are to love as God loves.  It is very practical and simple.                                              

 Pastor Jeff Lane

Love Part 6

September 27, 2021

Love part 6

1 John 2:3-6

New International Version

Love and Hatred for Fellow Believers

3 We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. 4 Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. 5 But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: 6 Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.

How do we know if we love God?  It is obvious by the above scriptures, and yet people try to kid themselves saying they love Him.  They don’t obey Him or walk as Jesus walked.  God says rend your hearts not your garments.  What is in a man's heart comes out.  What is in us we do.  People tell me all the time that they love God and then go on to tell me how they live in sin and don’t walk away from it.  They are a liar, the truth of God is not in them, nor His presence.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

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

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