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7th day, Sabbath-keeping group of believers and followers of Jesus Christ
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Pastor’s Corner for January 2019

We often need to remind ourselves that God’s ways are best for us. One Psalm helps us in this and can be broken into three parts. These are encouragement to “let go and let God”; to trust or rely on our God; and wait on the rewards that follow. Psalm 37:5, part one says, “Commit thy (our) way unto the LORD.” As a true believer we must not lose our spiritual guidance and depend on one’s self, or we will lose our victory over all types of evil and sin. We need to relinquish our lives and yield to Jehovah and His Son, Jesus, our Saviour, Lord and Master. Colossians 2:6 reminds us,

“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him.”

To walk in God’s way and please Him means we will become more like Jesus, who came to do His Father’s will. Philippians 2:5-11 reads,

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

So likewise we should totally commit our time, talents and treasures to God, following the example of Christ, who came to do the will of His Father.

Part two of Psalm 37:5 is to be reliant on God. We must read the Scriptures, or listen to audio recordings and follow along in our Bibles, to remind ourselves to not fail to trust our God and our Saviour Jesus. In our own strength we will fail. We trust in people who fail us; doctors, lawyers and friends. We can be thankful for advice from others but our trust must be in our Heavenly Father. Our ultimate trust must be as stated in I Thessalonians 5:23, “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Things around us may fail, money markets may fail, possessions may fail, but Jesus never fails. The Holy Bible tells us in Psalm 37:40, “And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.”

The third part of Psalm 37:5 tells us God will bring it to pass. In other words, His righteous ways will come true and He will reward those as the Scripture attests. There will be rewards for anyone who is totally committed to Him, and trusts Him. There are many rewards. The main one is eternal life for true and faithful believers. But there are rewards in this life and beyond. Please read Psalm 37:1-11 where twice it says we, the believers, “shall inherit the earth”. That will be wonderful and all made new for us. Read Revelation 21:1-7.

Pastor Ed
Westside Church of God


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Sermon: Daniel Chapter 8
Date: Sabbath 2/3/2018
https://youtu.be/4n68aSLn2D0
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Sermon Video: Daniel Ch 3 & 4
Sermon Date: Sabbath 1/13/2018
https://youtu.be/hWVXa3fJ4m8
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Sermon Video: Daniel Ch 1 & 2
Sermon Date: Sabbath 1/6/2018
https://youtu.be/7Fd4-_tksFk
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Pastor’s Corner for November 2018

We should follow Biblical examples and especially examples Christ left for us. “...Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:” (I Peter 2:21) Jehovah God loved us so much even when we did not deserve it that He made the plan for our salvation which included giving His Son to die in our place, so Christ died for us. (See Romans 5:8) In Romans 6:23 we learn “For the wages of sin is death;...” but Jesus gave His life in our stead. In response we should follow His example and deny ourselves, take up the cause He was willing to die for and follow Him. Then when Jesus returns we will be rewarded according to our works. (Matthew 16:24–27)

The Heavenly Father and His Son made us (Genesis 1:26); have pity on us, (who love them) and they understand us. (Please read Psalm 103 but especially verses 13 and 14). When Jesus walked this earth He had compassion on the sick, lame, blind, and sinful. He is still the same today. “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” (Hebrews 13:8) We should thus be understanding and caring for the less fortunate and sinners.

Christ will never leave us nor forsake us. He is unfailing. (Read Hebrews 13:5–16) Jesus is the one that sticks closer than a brother. “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24) We should follow Him and be a dependable and trustworthy friend to others.

We can say Christ is undaunted as Paul tells us; “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” (Romans 8:37) Christ kept His calling, kept faith and completed His purpose. He was undaunted by persecution, ridicule, and even death. Paul continues in the next two verses that we should also be a conqueror in Jesus. Don’t let anything stop us in our service to Jesus nor attempt “...to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

Christ is undefeated and victorious over death, the grave and everything. “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” (I Corinthians 15:57-58)

We can also be victorious by following and living for Christ. Jesus said, “...Because I live, ye shall live also.” Emulating Christ will bring us victory in this life and in the future eternal life.

Pastor Ed
Westside Church of God
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Pastor’s Corner for October 2018

A lot can be said about God’s grace, so let me give only a few points about grace. A dictionary defines Grace as “The unmerited love and favor of God toward mankind.” God’s grace is great because it brings; pardon from sin, purity, peace, and purpose to a person’s life. Without God’s pardon or forgiveness, all mankind deserves to die for their sins, but God’s grace brings purity and life through His Son, Jesus Christ, our Saviour. God’s Word, the Bible, tells us in Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”

We are told in Ephesians 2:5 that “...by grace ye are saved.” By God’s plan and redeeming grace, we can be saved but we must repent of sin, believe in Jesus, our Saviour and be saved. Jesus paid for our salvation with His life, and died on the cross to purchase and save us. It was all in God’s plan “that being justified by his grace we should be made heirs ... of eternal life” (Titus 3:7). We should be so full of gratitude for God’s abundant grace that we would willingly do good works for Him.

2 Corinthians 9:8 states “And God is able to make all grace abound unto you; that ye ... may abound to every good work.” Paul continued, in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10. He felt comforting from and in God’s grace that no matter how weak and insufficient he felt, he “most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me... For when I am weak, then am I strong.”

We all need to keep the perspective of God’s grace shown to us in Ephesians 2:7-8, “That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”

Pastor Ed
Westside Church of God
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Sermon: How Deep Are Your Roots?
by Trinidad Padilla
https://youtu.be/Jt8evXdN9HM
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