A WORD FROM THE EDITOR
I have wanted to redo the look of the newsletter’s format on the blog, so I’ve decided I’m going to use this summer to do just that. Therefore, all of June and July I’ll be putting the Safe Haven on hold to do some tweaking and adjusting. come August I’ll be back again with new issues of the newsletter.
It’s just me guys. I’m solo on this thing, and because of that, I need the time to make the changes I’m looking for.
In the meantime, you can keep up with our church on Sundays with our Sunday Morning Live broadcasts (the message goes live at 9:30 a.m.) on our church website: ktorradio.com. You can also take this time to read up on previous issues I’ve posted while you wait.
Thanks in advance for your patience and all your support. It truly means a lot! Have an awesome summer folks!
Take care and God bless.
Local news in the area
No happenings as of yet, but the church is still currently raising money to finish the installation of our restroom. You can donate here: KTOR Radio
Sunday sermons, Wednesday messages
Sunday, May 22, 2016, “Bend, but Don’t Break (Galatians 5:13)”
“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” (Gal. 5:13 KJV)
All of us have had been pushed to a breaking point where we were fighting mad. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s about what we do when we get angry, “The devil has put the lie into our heads that if we get upset we’re not saved.” God gave us every emotion and every feeling we have, however, we must be careful not to be ruled by them, “Don’t let your feelings get in the way of God’s blessings.” Until we to learn to love our enemies we won’t be able to go further in Christ, “Your blessings come from being able to adjust to the foes in your life.”
Satan uses people just like God uses people and he is cunning, “…as God has magnificent thoughts, Satan has convincing thoughts…Sin comes as a thought and filters to the heart,” and through your heart it comes out through your mouth and your actions.
Regardless of what’s going on or however we’re feeling, we still have to do what’s right, “You can’t take every stride against you personally.” You cannot run from every problem you come across and expect to get stronger in Jesus, “You have to trust God more than your feelings.” By accepting a relationship with the Lord, you are saying that you are going to put your confidence in Him with no matter what happens.
Sometimes folks will try to place expectations and standards that they don’t live by; don’t let them. You may even hear them say, ‘I thought you were saved?’ but you can’t allow people to put you in a box. We have liberty in Christ Jesus, but do note that this doesn’t mean we are to be self-righteous. We must also be held accountable just as much as our bothers and sisters in Christ, “You cannot call people out on their mishaps and then become indignant when you’re called out on your own.” Every believer has been called to a higher standard, “Don’t return the dirt done to you by doing dirt…and think you’re going to be blessed.”
You may have problems in your life that seem to rack your brain and you just don’t understand why God is having you deal with it, “Just because you don’t understand doesn’t mean you don’t do what you’re supposed to do…” Walls will pop up, but you don’t stop praising God for who He is. “The Lord understands your frustration…He created you and you still didn’t do right by Him… Even when you feel justified, you can’t take it into your own hands.” You might feel as though you have every right to tell someone off, and you just might, and it very well could be the truth, but that doesn’t mean you need to say it.
Serving God is not about how we feel, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. It doesn’t say, ‘Everything that’s feeling good,’ or ‘having a good day praise the Lord’ but everything that’s alive.” God is always worthy, therefore we have to get over ourselves and render what’s due unto Him.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016, “Joyous Faith (Luke 19:1-10)”
Memory Verse: “For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Lk. 19:10)
“When you understand you’re fortunate to be here, you become thankful for the simple things.” This is what Zaachæs, a publican, experienced after coming into contact with Christ. Publicans (tax collectors) at that time were known for their greed and over taxing citizens to fill their pockets. Zaachæs was no different, but after Jesus called him down and said He would sup with him, suddenly Zaachæs had a desire to be saved. He realized how unworthy he was to have Jesus dine with him and he reached a point where he had to admit his transgressions.
In order to be complete, we not only have to maintain where we’re strong but we must also work to improve those areas where we are weak. Zaachæs came clean about cheating people out of their money and vowed to repay it fourfold, “God has given us the opportunity to come clean; it’s up to us to get there,” and we get there by being honest with ourselves, becoming transparent.
Even though Zaachæs was ready to give his life over to the Lord, there were still those who looked down upon him for the evil acts he committed, “People will take any opportunity to bring you down, but you don’t let that keep you from living the truth…” Zaachæs immediately had people whispering and talking about him as soon Jesus called out to him, but he didn’t let that stop him from getting right with God, “If your past was really that bad, He would’ve stopped you from living.” Our testimony is designed to help others draw close to Christ so don’t let anyone or anything stop you from telling of what He has done in your life.
Zaachæs was focused on the Lord, going as far as to climb up into a tree just to see Him, “You have to do whatever it’s going to take to get focused on the Lord. We know the direction God is in, but when the devil comes to block us all we do is focus on the devil blocking us…” When we choose to focus on God and call on Him, He elevates us and lifts us up. Everyone has some sort of obstacle they’re facing; it’s difficult and frustrating, but all you have to do is seek the Savior, “The devil can’t stop us, but we make him more powerful than what he is…God is your personal shield; why don’t you use Him?”
Know this: you don’t owe anyone an explanation for who you used to be or for what you used to do. Zaachæs knew what he had done, but he was willing to do whatever it took to be right with God and become a new man, “[God] made you who you used to be so you can reach those coming behind.” Some might ask, ‘Why?’ Why would God do that? It’s so your struggle can bless someone else, “…they can see how you handled it.”
Jesus called on Zaachæs when he put himself in position to be called, “How can you expect God to use you if you don’t receive His messenger…? There’s more to it than being a good person; you have to be an obedient person.”
THE ART GALLERY
Poems, shorts and other creative pieces
Darkness Is Losing
by Jefferson Bethke
Jefferson Bethke is well known for his piece, Why I Hate Religion, but Love Jesus. Bethke has a ministry and posts scriptural videos (some with his wife) on YouTube. This particular poem I’m featuring this week is about all the evils we see and it encourages us not to get discouraged as believers. Darkness Is Losing has had just under 350,000 views.
To watch, click the link here: Darkness Is Losing
Events and announcements for the month of May
- May 5: National Day of Prayer
- May 7: Last day of elections, Prairie View City Hall
- May 8: Mother’s Day
- May 19: Pastor Prince’s Birthday
- May 22: Sister Doria’s Birthday; “The Remedy” Talent Showcase, 5 p.m.
- May 30: Memorial Day
**This issue has been edited**