God Needs us to be Faithful to Him

“He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.” Psalm 103:7 (NKJV)
 
God needs us just as He needed Moses. He requires us to be faithful and alert to spiritual things. He needs us to be a people He can trust to know His Word and be obedient to it.
 
Faithfulness is a decision we make for ourselves, no one can do it for us. Will you be faithful to Him today? I know that you will. Be Blessed!
 
-Pastor Jack DaGraca


Called To Influence

I am sure most of us have heard when we were younger, “I don’t want you hanging around so and so, they are a bad influence.” Most likely some other kids parents told them to stay away from me. Before Jesus became my Lord, and God’s word my influence, I was influenced by the toughness of the streets and my own feelings.
 
What is influence exactly? Merriam-Webster defines it as, the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself. People have the ability to influence us. Have you ever been around someone at your job or school who is complaining, murmuring and negative and the next thing you know, you catch your own mouth regurgitating their complaints, murmurings, and negativity to the next guy. Influence is a powerful force. It is like a strong ocean current, it can move you in a direction you had no intention of ever going. It can affect your decisions, choices and character.
 
Well child of God, the good news is, if we can be influenced by those around us, then we can also be an influence to those around us. When we are surrendered to the Word of God, we let the very life of Jesus be our greatest influencer; we become what Jesus describes in Matthew 5:13-16; the salt of the earth and the light of the world. He goes on to teach no one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, instead puts it on a lampstand. He instructs us to let our light shine before others, so that they may see our good works, and God may be glorified through us.
 
In the natural salt brings out flavor, it also preserves; the light of a single candle can dispel darkness! Read, study, and meditate on the word. Ask the Holy Spirit to teach and help you. Love God with all your heart, and love others as yourself.
 
Endeavor today to be a GOD influence. Get out there church and be salty and bright!
 
-Pastor Justin Barros


The Difference Maker

Recently I was asked, “How different is your life now compared to 15-20 years ago and what is one thing you attribute that to?” My answer to the first part of the questions was immediate, “My life is very different then it was 20 years ago, in many ways.” I took a few minutes to think about the second part of the question. What was the difference maker?
 
I thought about my life 20 years ago and how even though I was raised in a Christian home and was a “pastor’s kid”, I was a single mom of two kids, struggling financially, filled with fear, trying to keep me and my kids from becoming just another statistic, unstable, undisciplined, wanting to find someone who would love me for who I was, I was filled with guilt and condemnation, and my spiritual life was virtually non-existent.
 
During my reflection, I identified several steps I took to change my circumstances: I made a decision to serve God wholeheartedly, I put some distance between me and people who didn’t, I invested in my personal growth, and the list goes on. While all of these things did contribute to the positive changes I’ve experienced in my life, there is one thing to which I can attribute everything I’ve accomplished.
 
My answer is simple but true: Jesus is the difference maker. With Him in my life, I can get through anything. He is the one constant in my life when everything around me is in disarray. Include Jesus in every decision you make and let Him be the difference maker in your life.
 
-Pastor Maria Murphy


How Faith Works

If you have made Jesus Christ the Lord of your life then you have been given what the scripture calls, “the measure of faith”. Romans 12:3.
 
Romans 1 :17 tells us, “The just shall live by faith”. It is good news to know that God has given us this faith to live by but what does it really mean to live by faith?
 
Simply stated living by faith is living with a consciousness that God’s Word can be trusted, and that what He has promised to do for you; He is able to perform it, or you could say He has the power to make it come to pass in your life. Real faith is not something that works now and then. It will work EVERY TIME it is put to use!
 
Romans 3:27 calls faith a law, “the law of faith”. The better we understand this law of faith, the more we will benefit from it, Here are four steps to living by faith that when applied consistently, will guarantee you results in your faith walk with God.
 
Faith that pleases God formula:
  1. Have God’s Word for what you desire to receive from Him.
  2. Believe God’s word.
  3. Consider not the contradictory circumstances.
  4. Give praise to God for the answer. 
 

-Pastor Henri Talbot



Running Your Race

Running Your Race It’s a new day and a new year. 2018 is behind us and 2019 is in front of us. It is important to let go of the past. Paul tells us in Phil. 3:13-14, to look forward and not to look back. Press forward to the high calling of God in Christ. Looking back will distract our progress.

Pressing forward requires a quality decision. When I was a teen, my mother gave me some great advice about decision making. She said, “Maria, before you make a decision, consider all of the consequences that could arise from that decision and be prepared to live with them.” Those words of wisdom have guided my life.  
 
Every decision is important to the calling of your life. Think about how Jesus consulted His Father for every decision He made. He is our example and when we do what He did, we will have the same results. Make a quality decision right now to press forward and to go farther and higher in 2019!
 
-Pastor Maria DaGraca


The Love Life

We often think of “laying down our life” for someone else in terms of dying. That’s what Jesus did. He loved us so much that He laid down His life by dying in our place so that we could live.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 (NKJV)

Today, God is asking us to lay down our lives in a different way. He’s asking us to show our love, not by dying for others, but by living for them.

Impact Challenge: Ask God to make you aware of an opportunity to show love to someone today and whatever he tells you to do, do it immediately.

 
-Pastor Jack DaGraca


Stay in the Room!

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In Mark chapter 5, we find the account of Jairus and his daughter.   It begins in verse 22 where Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, approaches Jesus, tells him that his daughter is on her death bed, and asks that Jesus, “come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be healed and live.” (Mark 5:23b AMPC)
 
Jesus, who was always about His Father’s business (Luke 2:49), immediately followed Jairus and the crowd did as well.  On the way to Jairus’ house, a marvelous miracle occurred with the woman who had an issue of blood.  It was a wonderful event and I’m sure even Jairus was rejoicing with the woman because he knew he was in the company of the very person who made the miracle happen.
 
The celebration was interrupted when a messenger from Jairus’ home, approached and told Jairus that his daughter had died and there was no need to have Jesus come any further.  Jairus was once again faced with his reality.  Imagine the thoughts that immediately went through his head the moment he received the tragic news. “Maybe if Jesus hadn’t stopped to heal this woman, my daughter would still be alive.”  Mark 5:36 AMPC says that Jesus overheard but ignored what the messenger said to Jairus.
 
In fact, Jesus told Jairus not to listen to them but to trust Him (Mark 5:36 MSG).  They arrived at Jairus’ home and Jesus only permitted Peter, James, and John to enter with Him and Jairus.  Imagine the loud wailing and crying that was taking place in that home.  The daughter of a man who was well known and respected had just died.   The words Jesus spoke next did not go over well with anyone in the house.  In verse 39 he asked, “Why do you make an uproar and weep?” and then he said, “The little girl is not dead but is sleeping.”  Obviously the room erupted even more!
 
Jesus had everyone leave the room except for Jairus, his wife, and his three disciples.  He then proceeded to speak life into the little cold body laying there.  Jairus and his wife saw life return to their daughter and received her completely healed and whole!
 
 Would Jesus ask you to leave the room or would you be in the room with Jesus?
 
Faith is what keeps you in the room!  We know that Jairus was walking in faith because when he first approached Jesus he spoke what he believed could happen, that Jesus would lay his hands on his daughter and she would be healed and live.  He also had the opportunity to doubt when he received the bad report along the way.  We know he stayed in faith by his actions; he continued walking with Jesus.   As a result, he was in the room to witness the miraculous.
 
No matter what you are facing, stay in faith!  How?  Believe and speak the Word of God over the situation even when everything in the natural looks hopeless. If you are a born again believer, you are in the company of THE miracle worker.  There is nothing that you are facing that is beyond His ability.  Trust Him and stay in the room!
 
– Pastor Maria Murphy


Spring Cleaning Starts With You!

 
Spring Cleaning
Believe it or not, spring is around the corner.   This is the time that many engage in “spring cleaning.”  We might move our winter wardrobe out of the closet and start replacing it with our spring wear.   We may do a thorough cleaning of our windows, switch out our drapery, clean the yard, dust off the Knick knacks, or just throw away the “junk”.You’ll notice that even the makers of cleaning products ramp up their advertising around this time. 
 
You’ll even see PSA’s on how to properly dispose of pharmaceutical drugs or batteries.  We may not call it spring cleaning and we may even do it unconsciously but nonetheless we do it.  Some researchers trace the origin of spring cleaning to the ancient Jewish practice of thoroughly cleansing the home in anticipation of the spring-time memorial feast of Passover. Whatever the reason, if you’re like me, you just feel better after you’ve cleaned (tired but accomplished).
 
This year, as you engage in spring cleaning, be mindful of the season you are in personally. Don’t let another minute of 2016 pass without sitting down, taking inventory of your life, and doing a thorough “spring cleaning.”  Hebrews 12:1 says, 

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”

Ask yourself, “What am I doing today, right now, that is not bringing me closer to God or closer to the goals I have set for 2016?” Then, make a decision to stop whatever that is.  Lay it aside, strip it off! Don’t let it slow you down or trip you up.   Ask the Holy Spirit to help you!
 
Once you stop doing things that hinder you from moving forward, the next obvious step is to start developing new habits that add value to your life.  God has great things for you in 2016 and in order to receive them, you’ve got to make room for them by getting rid of the unproductive, unfruitful, non-profitable “stuff” that takes up too much room in your life.  Engage the Holy Spirit in your spring cleaning activities and ask Him to show you the things you need to get rid of.
 
Stop the unproductive activities, live intentionally, and make every moment of 2016 count!
 
– Maria Murphy


The Year of the Great Breaking Lose

Word of the Lord for 2016
through Dr. Jerry Savelle

“Extraordinary things are taking place in the heavenlies and 2016 will come to be known as “The Year of the Great Breaking Loose.”

  • More and more notable miracles will break loose in the earth.
  • More and more signs and wonders.
  • More and more angelic visitations.
  • More and more instant healings.
  • More and more deliverances from demonic activity.
  • And more and more finances will break loose,
    so My people can do more for the kingdom of God,” saith the Lord.

“During this time of the great breaking loose, the enemy will no longer be able to hold back that which My faithful ones have stood in faith for—not even the things that looked as though they would never come to pass. For I will cause them to break loose and to suddenly manifest and to do so in such a way that no one will be able to deny the greatness of your God!”

“Yes, 2016 will be a year in which the faithful shall be rewarded beyond their highest expectations and they shall abound in My blessings as never before!”



What will 2015 bring?

By Maria Murphy

Each year in January many people choose to make resolutions or goals.  They may want to pay off some bills, save for a vacation, eat better, exercise consistently, or read the Bible daily.

Unfortunately even with the best intentions, most never attain the goals they set.  Why?

There are probably many reasons but in some cases the reason is simple: We fail to keep the goals in front of us.  Habakkuk 2:2 says, Then the LORD answered me and said, ‘‘Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets that the one who reads it may run” (NASB).

To attain a goal we first have to make a quality decision that no matter what happens, we are going to stay the course until we see it become a reality.  Once we make this decision, we need to write down the goal and read it daily.  This step is very important as we see in Habakkuk 2:2.   Keep the goal in front of your eyes and talk about it often.  The more you talk about something the easier it becomes to see yourself doing it.  It becomes a part of your life.

Obviously we need to have a plan on how we are going to accomplish the goals we set but it is equally important to write them down, post them where we can see it daily, and talk about them A LOT!

The body of Christ received a word from the Lord about 2015 through Dr. Jerry Savelle in October of 2014.   The word confirms what God has been telling FHFC since our inception and we are laying hold of these things and will be declaring them at each of our services.  We expect to see God’s word come to pass in 2015 at FHFC both as a church and individually!

2015 – The Year of Visitations, Manifestations and Demonstrations of the Holy Spirit.

Experiencing the greater glory is still My plan, and you’ll see the Great I Am shall visit your land.

Manifestations of My Spirit as never before and demonstrations of My power from shore to shore.

Supernatural provision and greater breakthroughs too, yes, this is My plan and My will for you.

The powers of darkness will no longer stand for I will show them the strength of My right hand.

I’ll have My way and all shall see no power is greater or equal to Me.

My people will rise up and take their place, and no enemy will stop them from finishing their race.

Yes, 2015 you’ll surely see will be a year that will go down in history.

So, lift up your hands and boldly decree something great is about to happen to me!

2015 will be known as The Year of Visitations, Manifestations and Demonstrations of the Holy Spirit.

Happy New Year!