Friday, May 11, 2018


Faith is the evidence of God…

"And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him" (Hebrews 11:6 NLT).


         Faith in God is undeniable trust in the solid proof and evidence of God. The evidence of God's greatness is all around us. God's record is good. God's love has stood the test of time because his faithfulness towards his creation. The response to all the evidence of God is obedience. Faith in God is obedience. The faithful people of God do his good and perfect will.

Children of God are still called to do the will of God. Seek God's kingdom here on earth as is in heaven. Desire for his will be done in your life by your Faith in God. Faith placed in God leads to experiencing his presence and his power.

         God will rewards his faithful children who seek after him. Seek the Lord your God and experience how great is his love for you. Desire to know God's presence in your life by allowing his Spirit to lead you as you submit your life to Jesus Christ. Embrace the love of God as you walk in faith seeing his power in all of your life.







Samuel T. Duren

Friday, February 2, 2018

Joy of Being One

Joy of Being One
"Make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose" (Phil. 2:2 NASB).

The church serves one God through the only begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ revealed to us the gospel that shows us we are the church. The church should always be focused on the same gospel message. The gospel message should lead to unity in the Spirit and working out he mission of the gospel in his church. 

The gospel teaches us about God's love for the world. This love is what should be lived out in every believer. This love will lead to healing and restoring broken relationships. This love forgives and endures hardships out of love. This love will also make strong the relationships that are established already in the bond of Christ to endure future hardships. This love is what holds community, families and churches together. Love keeps us united.

Christ's love for us was shown in his sacrificial death on the cross for our sins. Love is sacrificial and giving. This gospel of unselfish love is the message we should be reflecting in our daily lives.  All who call on the Jesus Christ as Lord should be one in purpose to serve the Lord as one. This unity will bring joy and unity in God's church demonstrated in love as one.

Lord, make us one. Soften my heart to be focus on your will and desires above mine. Help me to seek unity and peace in all things for your gospel sake. Amen.

Friday, October 20, 2017

See Christ in Scripture

“Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.”
(Luke 24:27 NAS95)

We can find Christ in all the scripture. Look to see Christ and you will find him. Look for God in his Word and you will discover the God who is the author of the world salvation. To know Christ is to know his word. His Word teaches us who he is. The world will teach you who they believe Jesus is and they will often time contradict the word of God. 

Read God's word to understand God's word. Meditate on God's word to have his word in your heart. Meditation is not a vain repetition of words. Meditation of God's word is thinking of how the word applies to your heart and the conviction you feel from God's word. Meditation should lead to a response to God's word of asking the question, "Now how do I live in view of God's word?"

Let us move from asking what would Jesus do. Let us now seek what is God's will. This concrete specific desire leads to factual work that is described in God's word. This will eat us to live out God's word and be like his Son Jesus and know doing what Jesus wants all his children to do in loving obedience. 

Lord, I want to see you in all your glory in your word. Minister to my heart as I read your word. I give all of me to you. I let go my ideas, agenda, and personal perception. Awaken me to your power and purpose in my life that I may walk in total humility and obedience in your will. Amen

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Correct The Wise

Correct The Wise
"Anyone who rebukes a mocker will get an insult in return. Anyone who corrects the wicked will get hurt.
 So don't bother correcting mockers; they will only hate you. But correct the wise and they will love you.
Instruct the wise, Andy they will be even wiser. Teach the righteous, and they will learn even more." (PROVERBS 9:7-9 NLT).

Seek wisdom and embrace being corrected. Those who seek wisdom welcome those who correct them. They embrace being corrected because it will make them wiser. Wisdom is good and the ones who seek righteousness and wisdom will be even better. So seek wisdom and the kingdom of God and his righteousness and see the joy of God's wisdom fill your life. Proverbs 9:10 further encourages us by saying, "Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment." Embrace wisdom and the benefit of wisdom in your life.

The mockers are the ones who scorn wisdom and and suffer for the lack of wisdom. Mockers are not looking to grow from correction. Instead they insult anyone trying to correct them. They are set in their ways. They believe their way is right and there is no need to change. God desires for his creation to grow in wisdom and seek understanding of the true living God. Mockers reject wisdom and therefore reject God in their life.
This proverb also describes the frustration of dealing with obstinate, hard headed, and stubborn people set in their ways. The leads to ponder why bother trying to help those who reject your help. The frustration of trying to correct them leads to only hurting you. They hurt you in return for trying to help them. Love them and pray for for them. Pray for their repentance.Pray that they will seek wisdom and turn from their pride. Pray they seek the wisdom and righteousness of God the Father. When they seek wisdom and you correct them they will love you. Just as we love God who corrects us because he loves us and saved us through his Son Jesus Christ.

Samuel Duren

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Desire Worship

Desire Worship

"As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God." (Psa 42:1 NLT-SE)

To love the Lord is to love worship. To love worship is to love to be in God's presence. To be in God's presence will lead one to totally adore him and worship him or shake and tremble in terror. To know God is to know he is good and to be in his presence is where you desire. To not know God is to not know the light and love darkness and fear his appearing. Christians who love the Lord are men and women waiting for his appearance and are excited to be in his presence in times of worship. 

Devoted followers of Christ desire God like a deer longs for streams of water. We are created for God's glory and what better way to give God glory in worship. Worship is not limited to songs and corporate worship. Worship is shown in honoring your spouse, caring for your children being men and women of integrity at your place of employment and in community. Worship brings God honor. You should desire to bring God's glory in your life each and everyday because of his great love for you and the change He made in you trough the cross of Jesus Christ. 

Samuel T. Duren, Pastor

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Be Complete

Be Complete: Be complete by having endurance during various trials of your faith knowing that it will make you stronger as you trust in the Lord.