God’s Promise to My Pastor

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Today, our pastor shared the words that God gave him when he was praying about the property that our church now occupies. He said that he repeatedly parked across from the property and prayed, wondering how the resources would come to build the church.

The Lord gave him a wonderful promise:

“Love Me, love My Word,

Love My people

And I will build My church”

This is a promise that we can possess as children of God.

Love Me

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.” Matthew 22:37-38

Matthew Henry describes this love as loving God as ours.

To love God as ours is to love him because he is ours, our Creator, Owner, and Ruler, and to conduct ourselves to him as ours, with obedience to him, and dependence on him. We must love God as reconciled to us, and made ours by covenant; that is the foundation of this, Thy God.

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Good morning, Lord. I look forward to what You have for me today. Fill me with Your wisdom, Your Spirit, Your love throughout the day.

Thank You, Father, for this great food, the conversation with my co-worker, and the beautiful clouds on the way to work.

Father, what should I do with the money You have given me?

Lord, God Almighty, I worship You with my body, my mind, my soul, and all that is within me. Direct my path. All that I have is Yours. You are my God, and I adore You. My life is not mine but Yours.

Love My Word

I will delight myself in Your statutes;
I will not forget Your Word. Psalm 119:16

David wrote the longest chapter in the Bible, Psalm 119, and it focused on the Word of God. God considered the Law so important that He commanded Joshua to meditate on it day and night. God’s promise to him was that he would prosper and have success. Kings were commanded to write down the Law of God themselves and keep it in their hearts.

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Memorizing Bible verses.

Indepth Bible study.

Talking about the Bible.

Applying the principles found in the Bible.

Love My people

“By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35

“Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.” … “Tend My sheep.” ….“Feed My sheep.” John 21:15-17

Children of God are known by their love for one another. Jesus told Peter that the result of loving His followers was to take care of the followers of Jesus by feeding them and tending them. That’s what our responsibility is to other believers.

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Teach our children about Jesus.

Take care of our brothers’ and sisters’ needs. Visit them in the hospital. Provide necessities to those in need.

Pray for our brothers and sisters.

Serve each other.

The Promise

And I will build My church

And He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, Ephesians 4:11-12

Building the church is God’s responsibility. God prepared this work from before the foundation of the world.

And He has prepared works for all His children to accomplish, and He will equip His followers to accomplish these works. That’s His responsibility and His promise to us, Ephesians 2:10

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In the 1990s, several men got together and decided to put the Bible on the Internet. They decided to call it Blue Letter Bible. God grew their expertise and Internet users’ awareness of the Website. Today, over 10 million people use the free tools annually. The team faithfully showed up and did what God had equipped them to do, and God grew their expertise and their ministry.

God calls you and me to step out in what He has equipped us to do. As we step out, God will grow our expertise, and He will accomplish the work He has established from before the foundation of the world.

My prayer

Father, thank You for Your message and promise to my pastor. They are words we can apply to our lives. Please cause them to sink deeply into our very being. As we meditate on these principles, guide us in Your path for us. We love You, Lord. Thank You for loving us. Bless our pastors; equip them; give them confidence and courage; give them Your vision for Your ministry. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, Bless His holy name!

Pastor Chuck Smith: Through one man, God …

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Pastor Chuck Smith in the Valley of Elah slinging a smooth stone in the Valley of Elah like David whirled his stone into Goliath’s forehead.

You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the LORD saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give you into our hand. 1Sa 17:45-47

Through God, one man caused a movement that turned the church upside down …

  • Hippies found grace.
  • The Jesus Movement exploded.
  • Hippies became preachers.
  • Rock musicians developed worship music.
  • Worshipers wore jeans to church.
  • Christians lifted their hands to the Lord.
  • Bibles were opened.
  • Bible colleges were built.
  • Calvary Chapels sprouted throughout the US and soon overseas.
  • Non-denominational churches became the trend.
  • Mega churches sprouted.
  • Practical Christian books were written.
  • Harvest crusades began.
  • KWVE was born.
  • The Blue Letter Bible went online.
  • Bible study became easier.

Pastor Chuck Smith lived his life with the gusto of David. His Goliath was the American denominations who had become the synagogues of Jesus’ day, practicing the traditions and teachings of men.

Pastor Chuck was our pastor when we lived in Huntington Beach, California. I cherished Wednesday night worship and walking through the Bible, word-for-word.

Pastor Chuck was our pastor when we moved to Aviano AB, Italy in the 1980s. We tried the base church services. They had to appeal to as many as possible; consequently, there was no substance.

Every Sunday morning, our family sat around the dining room table, Bibles in our laps, and listened to Pastor Chuck’s tapes. Three years of cherished tapes.

In 2001, Keith and I had the privilege of going to Israel with Pastor Chuck and our church in Temecula, Calvary Chapel Bible Fellowship. Once again, we enjoyed the rich teachings of Pastor Chuck in person.

He’s been something of a Papa Pastor to me as we’ve moved from one Calvary Chapel to another, with a sprinkling of other churches.

I’ll miss my Papa Pastor.

Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of the Lord.

My prayer for you:

Heavenly Father, I pray that you comfort Pastor Chuck’s family and congregation as they celebrate his life and his homecoming to You and the loss of their pastor. Father, he was so committed to You. He was the model for offering his body as a living sacrifice to You. May we offer our bodies as living sacrifices to You. Use us as You used him to set our families, our neighborhoods, our communities, our countries on fire for You. Pour out a double portion of Your Spirit on us, Lord, so that through us, You reach broken lives and restore them. Thank you, Lord, for Pastor Chuck Smith.

What are your memories of Pastor Chuck Smith?