Life More Abundantly

“The thief, cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

I am so glad that Jesus – my Lord, Savior, and Master – came into this world and provided the gift of abundant living.

Before I became born-again, my life was a mess! I came back from the Vietnam war to no job and no help from the government. I had to unload banana boxes from the train in order to have something to eat. I was a very angry person.

There are no words that can describe how my life changed and how filled with joy I became, once I made Jesus Christ, my Lord, Savior, and Master. I now have life and have it more abundantly just like the word says.

If you offered me this whole world, I would not trade it for one second of the peace that I have in my heart. Only Jesus and His life could have brought this peace and this abundant life. I love and praise God for all He has done and all He’s doing in my life. He will do the same for you, if you will let Him.

Yours In Him,
Pastor Jack DaGraca



Total Freedom

On July 4th, we celebrate Independence Day in the U.S.A. It’s a day to commemorate the independence of the US from what was known as the United Kingdom of Great Britain. It’s been said that the Declaration of Independence was the birth certificate for this nation.

Our nation’s independence didn’t without sacrifice. It required the blood and lives of many who stood up to fight for our independence. Still today, we have brave men and women who serve to preserve and protect our independence.

As believers, we have also received the precious gift of independence and a new birth. Galatians 5:13a NLT says, “For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters.” The price for our freedom was paid for by Jesus Who “purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.” Colossians 1:14 NLT

Jesus paid the ultimate price so you and I could be free. This freedom should be evident in every part of our lives – spirit, soul, and body. Many believers accept the spiritual part of this gift but Jesus wants us to receive and walk in total freedom in EVERY area. This TOTAL freedom becomes our reality when we completely surrender ourselves to God and live aligned to His Word.

This weekend as you celebrate, remember to thank God for the freedom you have in Him and for the many blessings He’s provided to you. Also remember, “Don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sin nature. Instead use your freedom to serve one another in love.” Galatians 5:13b NLT

In Freedom and Joy,
Pastor Maria Murphy



Freedom Reigns

Long before social injustice was a common, household phrase, it was my reality. It didn’t have a name or movement attached to it, but it existed. In the neighborhood I came from, harassment and police brutality were, sad to say, normal.

When I was 16 years old, walking from my house to my older brother’s, I was stopped by the police, thrown up against a fence, legs spread and frisked, then made to sit on the ground, because I fit the description of someone who had stolen something. In my early 20’s, I was the passenger in a car that had been rear ended, I am the one who called the police to report the accident. Again I ended up face first on the ground, and bleeding. I was brought to the emergency room and then to jail for the night. Whether I did right or wrong, I was wrong, I was guilty, I was at fault. I don’t have the words to describe what that feels like. It was undignified, humiliating, and infuriating. It was bondage.

Today I write to you, as man set free. My identity is found in who God says I am. My value is measured by what He gave to free me, He gave everything. He gave His own son. God’s word is the one thing that will remain.

John 8:36 says, “Therefore if the son sets you free you shall be free indeed.”

Galatians 5:13 says, “You brothers, have been called to liberty. Only do not use liberty to give an opportunity the flesh, but by love serve one another.”

1 Peter 2:16 says, “Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but live as servants of God. Honor people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the King.“

Let us respect the absolute authority of God’s word and use our liberty to bring peace, hope and healing to the world rather than anger, chaos and harm.

In loving memory and in the words of George Floyd, speaking to the youth in his community, “Come home, please come home to God.” I say come home and find hope in Jesus Christ, to the glory of God.

-Pastor Justin Barros



Wisdom is Calling from Above

There are so many thoughts and evil suggestions that cross our minds. It often takes work to think the right thoughts. Before one thought ends, another begins.

How can we keep peace flowing in our mind at a time when words we say can be a disadvantage? When being quiet or having a perceived wrong conversation can bring strife? Lord, what do I need to do? Lead me to the words that bring comfort and kindness to my little world. Words that show I love and care.

“Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom. The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.” Proverbs‬ ‭18:1, 4‬

‭ “The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.” Proverbs‬ ‭16:21‬

“For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs‬ ‭2:6‬ ‭

Growing up my mother always told me, “If you don’t understand matters, keep your mouth and give your heart.” Let the Word of God lead you and today, lift up your eyes for your redemption draws near.

Love and comfort from my heart to yours,
Pastor Maria DaGraca



We Need Faith, Not Foolishness

We need faith not foolishness and a good dose of good ole common sense. It’s amazing how differently people are responding to the Coronavirus. One camp is motivated by faith the other is full of fear. I understand why people who are not believers in Christ would be in fear; a natural response to something you cannot control that has the ability to harm you is to be afraid of it.

On the other hand, we have believers “people of faith” who think it is okay to act like the virus is not real and that we should not change anything. Not taking any precautions at all is not faith, it’s foolishness. There is a ditch on either side of the road. I believe in the power of the blood of Jesus but that should not do away with common sense.

I think we would agree that the Apostle Paul was a person of great faith. In Acts 28, Paul got bitten by a poisonous snake and it did him no harm and things like that could happen to anyone. What we don’t see is Paul purposefully putting himself in harm’s way. I’m quite sure if he had seen the snake ahead of time, he would have kept his distance from it.

Our bodies have not as yet put on immortality therefore we must use some common sense and not put ourselves in harms way when we have a choice and are able to do otherwise. We have not been given the spirit of fear; but of power, love, and a sound mind. We have the power to overcome; love to remain in a safe place, and a sound mind to make good decisions.

Be Blessed,
Pastor Henri Talbot



Pray from the Heart

Praying is quite simple, it’s honest communication with God. If you are a born again believer, prayer is as natural to you spiritually, as breathing is to you.

Spiritually, your spirit cries out to your Abba Father (Romans 8:15). Pray-er is who you are not just some thing you do. Isaiah 56:7b says, “For my house the Lord says, will be called, the house of prayer.” I Corinthians 3:16 says, “You are the temple of the living God.” Once we realize this, we can stop trying to pray the “perfect” prayer, stop straining ourselves, and stop trying to be eloquent or super spiritual.

We can speak plainly, openly, and honestly with our Father. Our prayer is most effective when we pray from the heart, not from the head. Clean out the clutter, pour out your soul to Him, and keep praying until you sense the peace of God arise within you. Always pray straight from your heart.

Yours in Him,
Pastor Maria DaGraca



How Can I Help You?

“How can I help you?” is a common question people ask each other every day. It doesn’t matter how self-sufficient we think we are, there will be times when we will need someone else’s help. We are not and never will be strong enough, smart enough, or wise enough to do life alone.

One thing we should know is that God is always ready and able to help us even if others are not willing or able too. People sort of know this instinctively. Even if someone does not have a personal relationship with Jesus, when they find themselves in the thick of things, they often turn to the one they have ignored, hoping to receive some sort of assistance. Because God is love He will never, not respond to a sincere request for help.

The opposite side of the same coin requires us to help God in His time of need. Even as we need help from others on a daily basis God is in need of our assistance as well. Not because He is deficient in any way, He is and always will be, “ALMIGHTY GOD”.

If you’re a believer, you know what I mean when I say God is in need of our assistance. We are the body of Christ and we are in the earth to represent Him to others. He is “IN NEED” of us to reach the world per order of the Commander in Chief, Jesus Christ. People cannot see God with their eyes but they should be able to in tangible ways experience Him through us His body. With His help we can help Him help others.

Be Blessed
Pastor Henri Talbot



A Challenge to Pray

In Ephesians 6, Paul instructs us to always pray with all kinds of prayers for the saints and in II Timothy, we see some of the results we can expect when we take the time to pray: A quiet and peaceable life, godliness, honesty, and answered prayer. These are just some results we can expect when we pray and seek God.
 
I want to let you know that prayer is not something to dread. It is fun and rewarding when done right. Fifteen minutes of prayer is great when you are just starting but to really get into prayer, you have to take the time to get to know the Father. Once you do, you’ll enjoy your time of fellowship with Him and you’ll pray until His presence manifests in your life.
 
To pray for others, you must have a passion for God‘s will. You must give your heart to the Holy Spirit, and be willing to open your mouth to speak the words that flow from your innermost heart.

God is calling us all to put our prayer gloves on and fight the good fight of the prayer of faith. Pray now or never. Let us meet in our closet, praying until we see results. The enemy is not sleeping and neither should we.

Let us take Paul’s challenge to heart in Romans 8:27 and intentionally and purposefully give our heart to the Holy Spirit so He can search it for the prayers deposited there.

Love and peace,
Pastor Maria DaGraca



Stand on the Word

As we continue to navigate through the current situation with Covid-19, it is important that we stay strong in our walk with the Lord and that we continue to grow more and more in His promises. Let me encourage you today with just a few scriptures:
 
Psalm 91:9-10, “Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.” Stay close to the Lord, in fact, make your home in Him. When you do this, you can stand on this word and declare that no evil, plague, or coronavirus can come near your dwelling.
 
Psalm 27:1-3, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.” Declare these verses over your life then don’t undo them by speaking fear. Stand firm on this word and believe it for you and your household.
 
You don’t need one hundred verses, one word from God has the power to change any circumstance. Put it in your mouth and refuse to speak anything else. When you hear about an increase in cases, say, “not in my house,” and boldly say these verses. Let the word work on your behalf.
 
I love you and I can’t wait to see you!
 
-Pastor Jack DaGraca


Infected With Peace

Galatians 5:22a, “But the fruit of the spirit is love, Joy, peace…”
 
One of the precious qualities in a Christian’s character is peace. Peace that is evident in the most stressful and fearful times; in uncertainty and in uncomfortable situations.
 
Today, we are hearing all kinds of voices and negative reports. When you look at the faces of people you meet, you can see fear. People appear to be distant. In the stores it’s as though people are infected with the virus even though they do not have it. “Hello’s” and smiles are not as prevalent as they were just a few short weeks ago. You can see that people are frustrated and some even resort to being unkind.
 
This past week, as I walked through the grocery store, I watched as people frantically passed without giving any thought to those around them. It was as if they were being led by an invisible force (fear).  I have to thank God because it was as if I was in a bubble. I was at peace. See, Jesus paid for this peace. He said, “My peace I leave with you.” Philippians 4:6 says that His peace, “passes all understanding.” Peace is contagious. Become infected with it and spread it to as many people you can.

The love and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
 
-Pastor Maria DaGraca