The Pastor's Thoughts

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PASTOR'S THOUGHTS ON THE WALK OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
 
The church, in our many cultures, is walking hand in hand with the world and failing to recognize it.  One of the many lessons my father taught me was regarding a generation of Believers that has evolved, casting away the old path of righteous living, and pursuing a walk contrary to the strait and narrow way Jesus spoke of (Matthew 7:13-14).
 
The prophet Jeremiah, in speaking the Word of the Lord, said: Stand you in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths where is the good way, and walk therein, and you shall find rest for your souls.  But the people said, we will not walk therein (Jeremiah 6:16).
 
The people stubbornly refused to walk in the traditional ways of true righteousness.  They were moving in their own paths and following their own way which would eventually lead to their downfall.  We are living in a generation that no longer walks in the paths of sanctification (being set apart unto God), righteousness (doing that which is right in the sight of God), and holiness (a Godly nature) in accordance with God's Word.
 
Jesus desires that His Church be sanctified (or set apart) in His name.  The life of the Believer is to be a living sacrifice to the Lord.  Such a walk requires a return to holiness.  Family, let’s return to Holiness, and do it now!
 
In His Service
 
Senior Pastor and Apostle, Dr. Andrew D. Clark
   
 
 
 
 
January 8, 2019
PASTOR'S THOUGHTS ON HOLINESS FOREVER
 
Greetings Family, there is a great need for a coming together of believers, with our goal to be renewed in vigor towards a renewal in Holiness. Our great task to show off the ministry of God's Spirit, while at the same time promoting His anointing upon those called to proclaim the Gospel!  Be clear Family, not just programs to promote growth, or secular entertainment to draw others-a concept one may reap only worldliness rather than holiness, and with no lasting impression, or determination, to follow a spiritual life in Christ.
 
The freshness of God’s Holy Spirit needs to be felt throughout our entire land to harvest a fresh outpouring of God's Spirit; commitment to Holiness and for a life in Christ-forsaking the cares of this world, with a determination to walk in accordance with the Unadulterated Word of God!
 
It is a true fact Family, that Scripture reveals a day in which the gravitational hold of the earth will not prevent the saved of the earth from being a participator, not even the graves of the saved!  There will be a coming together to meet the Lord in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:16) to forever be with the Lord! Amen Saints!   A homecoming of all homecomings; with only those who have been cleansed of sin, by the precious blood of Jesus Christ (1 John 1:7), being able to participate.
 
Scripture reveals that as we have been the image of the man of dust (Adam, the first man, was created by God in such a fashion), we shall also bear the image of the heavenly (as that of Christ after His resurrection) (1 Corinthians 15:49).  Being "Born Again" is a spiritual birth, in Christ, making one qualified to inherit all the promises of God! Holiness forever!
 
In His Service
Senior Pastor and Apostle, Dr. Andrew Clark, Sr.

 
January 1, 1019
PASTOR'S THOUGHTS ON HUMILITY

Being humble for most people brings to mind a form of weakness. If someone practices humility, it means that they’re not a “go-getter” and don’t care about performance or working hard. It’s the weak one who is humble and is dependent on someone else (hopefully you sense my sarcasm). Why do you suppose the Bible has so much to say about being humble? Maybe we’ve got it all wrong, and the one who practices humility is actually the strong one?

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:6-7

God cares for us. He is mighty. He calls us to humble ourselves under Him. Not because He is a controlling God that wants you to bow down to Him because you are nothing, but rather because He wants to exalt us and care for us. As we humble ourselves, that is when we truly worship Him. We’re trusting Him with what’s going on in our lives and believing He is the provider instead of ourselves.

Stop Putting Everything On Your Shoulders

It seems that everyone is tired. We’re busy. We’re weary. We’re taking on a lot of responsibilities. We’re working hard for our families. We’re trying to attend as many social events as possible. We’re trying to pay the bills as best as we can. We’re just trying to “get by.”
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30
 
Family, let’s work smarter, not harder-give God an opportunity to carry you. Let’s humble ourselves before the Lord and watch Him lighten your load!

Apostle, Dr. Andrew Clark, Sr.



December 29, 1018
PASTOR'S THOUGHTS ON HOLINESS

We have a holiness heritage. We have holiness denominations. We have holiness organizations. We have holiness doctrines. We even have holiness colleges, but we no longer have a holiness movement. I, for one, lament the death of the holiness movement, But pretending we are alive as a movement will not make it so. In fact, it may be the greatest barrier to the emergence of a new holiness movement.

What happened to the holiness movement? How did the movement die? Who killed it? Was it a slow death, or did we die suddenly? Was it murder? Suicide? Why did the movement die? What caused its death? These are all very important questions that we will attempt to answer during this new year.  

This year, 2019, we must pay very close attention to what is happening in our world.  God is pointing His finger at the Church and telling us to do our job-compelling men and women to come to Christ! We can no longer rely on systems and structures to define who we are in Christ-we are too powerful to sit dormant while our world is spiraling out of control.  Let’s begin a new movement, “Holiness is Still Right”, breaking down the barriers of separatism, exclusion, and hatred-first within the “Body of Christ”, and then to the world.  “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord” Hebrews 12:14.  God bless you all, and I will see you on the “Battlefield” for the Lord. 

Apostle and Senior Pastor, Dr. Andrew D. CLark, Sr




December 18, 2018
PASTOR'S THOUGHTS ON PURPOSE


Season Greetings Family, The first thing that you notice about Paul in Philippians 3 is that he knows his sure-fire purpose for his life. Have you figured out the purpose for your life on this earth? A good example of this, like it or not, is the IRS. They know their purpose for existing. In the IRS handbook it says, “During a state of national emergency resulting from enemy attack, the essential functions of the service will be as follows: assessing, collecting, and recording taxes.” So while we all panic, they will be doing what they always do…taking our money. But, they know their purpose. 

 
Here’s an easy question; What is the primary purpose of an ink pen? To write, of course. A 95 dollar, 24-karat, gold-cross pen that is out of ink is pretty to look at, but is a failure as a pen. It doesn’t fulfill its purpose. When it comes time to endorse your paycheck, you’ll bypass the solid gold pen and go for the 29-cent Bic that works.Just as the pen, we will fail unless we know our reason for living. Paul says his reason for living in verse 10: "I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship in sharing in his suffering, becoming like him in his death, and so somehow to attain resurrection from the dead." Simply put, Paul’s reason for living was to be like Jesus, should this not be our reason for living also?
 
The second thing we need to do, to seize each and every day, Paul says, is to forget the past and press on to our heavenly goal, taking one day at a time.  Verse 13 says, “One thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
 
So Family, let’s keep moving forward and God will continue to show us the way through His life toward a better life! 
 
Pastor, Dr. Andrew D. Clark, Sr.

 


December 11, 2018
"MORE ON JOY"

 

Nehemiah 8:10, “ for the joy of the Lord is your strength “.

Greetings family, what is the difference between joy and excitement? When we become excited, our emotions are stimulated from the outside of us. When we experience joy, we have an intense pleasurable emotion that is inwardly motivated. Joy is one of the building blocks of an abundant, meaningful and fulfilling life. We crave it as much as our bodies crave nourishment. There are times, though, when we substitute excitement for joy. We can’t find joy within us so we attempt to find excitement in outside experiences. When we do this, it is similar to scarfing down junk food, instead of eating a balanced, nutritious diet.

Many of God’s gifts give us joy. These include relationships, nature, and fulfilling a job or project.

Our main source of joy should be-God’s presence operating in our lives.

· The life, death and resurrection enables us to experience God’s love and forgiveness.

· Being filled with God’s Spirit, we have the fruit of the Spirit in our lives one of which is joy.  

Therefore Family, during this season-let’s celebrate Joy, for the Joy of the Lord is our strength!

Pastor, Dr. Andrew D. Clark, Sr.



December 4, 2018
"PASTOR'S THOUGHTS ON JOY"


Greetings Family, let’s share joy during this season of Love, Hope and Peace.  Joy is something, once you have it as a follower and believer of Christ we can't help but to share it. We share it in a very profound way. Family, it is much more than letting a feeling of joy we have rub off on someone else. It is more than trying to project our joy on to someone else. In fact forcing it on someone can be quite offensive. "It's fine for him or her to feel that way but I don't" is often the response. Once again, in sharing the joy we don't focus on the feeling so much as on the action that results in the feeling.

We share the joy by picking up on the command that Jesus gives. "My command is this: love each other as I have loved you." Treat each other with respect and integrity. Even if we don't particularly like each other we commit ourselves to each other’s growth, development and care as the Lord enables us. It may inconvenience us. It may change our plans. It may deprive us of personal pleasures. It may test our patience and even what we see as personal rights and privileges. It will stretch us. But it will also let someone see Christ. He is the one who finally brings true joy. We can become the vehicle that lets a friend, neighbour, classmate, or co worker experience the joy for him or herself.

The apostle Paul, when he shared the joy of the good news experienced resistance, persecution and considerable hardship. Yet he claims “I am greatly encouraged; in all our troubles my joy knows no bounds.” (2 Corinthians 7:4) James, another follower of Jesus who shared the joy writes in his pastoral letter, “consider it pure joy, my brothers when you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” (James 1:2,3)

So, I’m encouraging all of you to spread the Joy of Jesus everywhere-without restraints!  

Pastor, Dr. Andrew D. Clark, Sr.



November 28, 2018
"PASTOR'S THOUGHTS ON FAMILY"


Greetings Family, entering another holiday season-my heart has been on “Family”, and desiring to promote family unity and strength in the Body of Christ as well in our own personal families.  I am a firm believer-that through God, our Father, favors strong families.  We should all thrive to make sure that we are doing all we can do to secure, protect and value our family.

Currently, Our families are in trouble and our nation is suffering as a result of it.   Statistics reports that one marriage in two ends in divorce. Since 1970, the number of divorced people has more than quadrupled, so that the fastest growing marital status category is currently divorced people.  Only 7% of families are structured with supportive father and homemaking mother. Additionally, 480,000 children were born to teenage mothers in 1984. This statistic has increased each year. Furthermore, 31% of births in US in 1995 were to unmarried women.  But I'm not as concerned about the fall of our nation.  A more important concern for me is my wife, my children, my home. If our godliness isn't first practiced in our homes, it's going to be pretty empty everywhere else too.

(I Tim 5:4) "But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family..."

Good homes, solid marriages, and sound kids don't just happen. It takes patience, hard work, much prayer, and God's blessing. Somewhere along the line, a great number of people have bought into the idea that strong families just naturally HAPPEN. They don't -- anymore than a garden grows by itself! When they're neglected, families naturally deteriorate. They don't thrive without work to cause it.

We want to begin with the beginning. That means, we need to begin like any good house does, with a good foundation. Jesus acknowledged the vital nature of foundations in *Mt 7:24-27.  Therefore Family, let’s work harder with purpose to strengthen our family, Jesus has given to us a great Foundation to work from.  I believe our better days are still ahead of us, through a strong family,  nothing will be restrained from us! 

Dr. Andrew D. Clark, Sr., Pastor

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Wednesday June 13, 2018
"EXPERIENCING THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD"

Experiencing the presence of the Lord is not beyond our grasp. Exodus 33:14-15 saids, “And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. And he said unto him, if thy presence go not with me, carry us not hence.” It’s God’s desire that we arrive at a place that God has destined for us. Life, for many people is a race to be won, but for true Christians-Life is a journey. In this Christian journey we experience many things to enhance a grow our faith.

A race is a one time event, short lived, and then it’s over until the next race is organized. Journeys, on the other hand, can be brief or they can be long. A race has a finish line, while a journey has a destination. A race has one purpose and that is to win, while a journey’s purpose is to simply ARRIVE at the destination. Additionally, the primary beauty of the journey is the joy of the journey-the adventure and stops along the way. So, for us let’s think about life as an ongoing journey of faith in the presence of our Lord.

Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt on a journey to the Promise Land. The presence of the Lord was with them from the beginning and throughout the journey. Many people who were apart of this mass exodus became weary and wanted to return to Egypt despite of where God had brought them out from. Many just wanted to get there in a hurry as is the case in a race. However, it was not the plan of God-and we must always rely on the sovereignty of God no matter how it might feel. God knows what is best for us and He has said that “He will never leave us or forsake us”. Moses had to continue to exemplify his reliance’s on the power of God and to show those who he was leading that God is always in control. In a journey we will experience set backs, attacks, and disappointments. Moses was seemingly surrounded by trouble-the situation looked impossible as the Egyptian soldiers were pursuing them from the rear, and the Red Sea in front of them. God reminded Moses to use what is in his hands (The Staff) and cast it forward. You know the rest of the story, deliverance came through trusting and relying on the power God.

Your Journey is worth it, keep moving forward no matter what stands in your way-the presence of God will guide you to dry land.


Dr. Andrew D. Clark, Sr., Pastor
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May 15, 2018
"NO CONDEMNATION"

Romans 8:1 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Mothers, if you are in Christ Jesus, you do not have to fear condemnation. You stand in the righteousness of Christ and are loved by God as his daughter because of Christ’s work on your behalf on the cross. Just a special Mother’s Day message to encourage you.

God made Mothers as our unique gift to all humanity. She should be adorned and lifted up for her relentless effort to improve anything that she touches. Her smile lights up the room, her voice is recognize over and above anything spoken and she walks with a confidence of grace, meekness and power. She is most known for her caring nature, and forgiving spirit. With that being said she can do no wrong. I encourage you today, Mothers of God, to know that you don’t have to worry about feeling as if you have not done enough for us. You are the cradle of civilization-our mother, and our teacher. Mother, you can rest-you don’t have to show up for every concert, cook every meal, watch everyone’s children, clean every room, throw parties every year, wash everybody’s clothes and read every bed time story.

Mothers have the tendency to condemn themselves if they can’t be everything to everyone-God knows your heart. Man takes advantage of that heart, and will manipulate it when given an opportunity. A mother’s desire and her heart is always on display to serve. God is letting you know that there is no condemnation in Him. Stop feeling bad regarding places, events, and occasions, you were unable to attend for the fear of letting someone down. Mother, you’ve done enough already, and if I am speaking to your heart today-join me in celebrating our Mothers today.


Pastor, Dr. Andrew Clark, Sr.
 
Wednesday - May 2, 2018
"PASTORAL EXHORTATIONS"

I’m tired, I’m tired, I’m ready to give up, I can’t wait any longer, I might as well stop believing, there’s no way that anything will get better-are all very typical sayings that we have all made at some point in our lives.  In the book of Job, from chapters 3-35, Job is tormented and tested by the devil in an attempt to deny God.  The story concludes with Job holding on to his faith in God and his latter was greater than his former.  So much we can say relevant to our hope for a better future in spite of living under constant stress and disappointments.  Job gave us a tremendous lesson of strength and resilience in the midst of persecution.  Job was committed to waiting on the Lord for his deliverance-how long are you willing to wait for your deliverance?

The Lord is always doing things in and around our lives, many of these things are beyond our understanding.  We must recognize our Lord and Savior as the chief choreographer of our lives.  The word “Help” is derived from the word “choreographer”, one who’s primary purpose is to arrange, design, set in order processes and structures.  It’s very difficult at times to see or understand what the choreographer is doing because there are so many moving parts seemingly in conflict with one another.  Somehow after all of these conflicting pieces are put together, it ends with a master piece.  Glory to God, our Master Choreographer who gives us the victory, we can rely on Him that He knows what He is doing in our lives.   Our lives can seem so mixed up, in disarray, and sometimes we feel as though there is no place to turn for help.  I’m here to encourage you, that your deliverance is near, so-just hold on.  Our Master Choreographer is on the job.  You may not see or understand what He is doing, but believe- He is working everything out for your good.

There was a promise of an abundant life bestowed upon our lives before the foundations of this world were created.  We are God’s children and He said that “He would never leave us nor forsake us”.  Today, let’s begin a new walk with the Lord, trusting in Him that everything is going to be alright!  Praise God for your deliverance!

Pastor, Dr. Andrew Clark, Sr.


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Wednesday - April 25, 2018

"GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS"

Lamentations 3:22-23 says "It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness ".

When we are having problems navigating through life's issues and circumstances-please know that there is a God who is faithful enough to bring you through. Always remember if God can make something out of nothing, He can certainly make something out of us. Realize that our lives were made in His image, which means that we are over comers by nature. There is nothing too hard for God to fix.

Circumstances comes in our lives because of various reasons, sometimes self inflicted and sometimes by reasons beyond our control-no matter what, God is there, God is near and God is here to see you through. Oftentimes, during our trials and tribulations we find ourselves shifting to survival mode, our survival instincts kicks in and begins to take control of our actions. This can be extremely counterproductive, and will disrupt your ability to see what God is doing for you. God said that "He will never leave you nor forsake you", and that means no matter what state that you are in, through God all things are possible. God has afforded His children with resurrection power, enabling us to rise above anything that comes our way. The enemy seeks to "kill, steal and destroy ", but glory to God, we have the victory through Jesus Christ who strengthens us.

I encourage you to remain faithful to God, have patience and believe that God is Faithful, and worthy of your attention. I admonish you to begin by thanking God for what He has done for you thus far, and honor Him for all of His special benefits. Your circumstances are God's opportunity to show why He loves you, and to remind you that we are the best of His creation.


Pastor, Dr. Andrew Clark, Sr.