When you are God’s…..He is always with you.


What is the greatest gift we receive from the Lord when we choose to serve Him?  When one cries out to the Lord for salvation, and believes in Christ, so much happens.  Being a follower of Christ give us so much grace and truth from the Lord.

  • Our sins are forgiven, as Jesus suffered for us on the cross (John 1.29; 1 John 1.1,2).
  • We are adopted as children of God, into the family of God (John 1.12)
  • We become new inside (2 Corinthians 5.17).
  • We stop leaving for our purposes or none at all and begin to live the purposes of the Lord. Our life has purpose and significance because we realize we are treasured by Father God.
  • Our names are written down in the book of life, promising us eternal life (John 5.24).
  • We receive the Holy Spirit and He lives in us (Ephesians 1.13,14).
  • We begin a life-long adventure of getting to know Christ, and His ways, as the Lord gives us revelation through His words, and our life.  We become set apart for the purposes of God.
  • Because the Lord lives in us, we hear Him. We can sense God in our daily lives.
  • We understand the Bible, the things of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 2.14).
  • We begin to heal from the hurts of our past.
  • We do not have to fear death, or anything, because we are God’s and will live with him forever.
  • We have victory over sin, addictions, and the enemy (1 John 3.8).
  • We are delivered from the emptiness of religion and trying to be “good” to earn God’s love or salvation.
  • We gain wisdom from God (Proverbs 9.10). This wisdom helps us walk through life, make decisions, and treat others.
  • We have the power to forgive those in our past, those that hurt us, and those that will in the future.
  • We care for others with the unconditional love of Christ (1 Cor. 13).

But, one of the greatest things that happen when we choose to follow God, we have access to Father God, through Christ (John 14.16). We get to know God and call out to Him as our “Abba Father”. He is not known afar off. He is not aloof. He is with us.

We need His presence!  We need his power.  We need His wisdom, direction, Word, life, and light to help us on this earth because it can be very difficult.  We have our hope in the Lord, that whatever circumstances, heartaches, joys, tragedies, in life, our God is with us.  He has redeemed us, by Christ, bought us back so we can be His.

The most wonderful gift of salvation to me, is knowing that my Father God is with me.   It does not matter if I feel Him, He is with me.  It does not matter if tragedy strikes, He is with me.  Even when I sin against Him, He is with me.  When I don’t think about Him, He is with Me.  He is with you too.  Always.  Don’t think He isn’t if you believe. He is with you.

Pastor Nate Elarton

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”  Hebrews 13.5-6

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8.38-39

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.  John 14.16-18

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Message is on sin this weekend and the remedy, John 1.29


I, by nature, am an encourager. The message this week is on sin and how Christ came to take away our sin as the “lamb of God.” (John 1.29).  As I have been seeking God and praying about the message it dawns on me through illumination and the Logos Word of God, that God is pretty serious about sin.  Sin in the believer and the believer.  For us to understand the Gospel, know about Jesus, and to continue to willfully live in sin, apart from God, is a horrible decision.  Communicating this serious Truth with grace and love will be the challenge this weekend.  Freedom is enouragement and walking in truth is also.

Our greatest life is to be forgiven and honor God with our life. To walk away from sin, sinful behavior, sin of ignoring Christ and what we know, bring amazing joy, peace and freedom, and removes the wrath of God from our lives (John 3.36). Pray for me as I teach these truths. Pray for us all, that we would be aware of sin, and believe, be forgiven, and walk in grace with thankful hearts.

Pray for those who know all of this, yet seem not to care anymore.

Pray for those who will hear the Gospel for the first time.

Pray for those filled with spiritual pride that think this message is for everyone else, not them.

Pray for this pastor.

Below are the handout notes.

P. Nate

John One|1.29

Compelled Church,

July 6, 2017

 

John 1.19-34

1.29   “ The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! “

 

Some Definitions

“Lamb of God”

The Lamb provided to Abraham Genesis 22:8 “ Abraham said, “God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” So the two of them walked on together.”

The Passover Lamb- Exodus 12. 1-13

The Lamb of Isaiah-Isiah 53.1-5

The Lamb of Revelation  (Rev. 5 1.1-10   Revelation  5:9–10 (NASB95)

9 And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. 10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.”

Sin- Gr. “harmartia”  sin, evil actions, guilt

Two Types of Sin- 1)Omission 2) commission

Of the World-  The atonement of Christ is comprehensive-

1 John 2:1–2” My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; 2 and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.”

  1. The foolish view

I don’t care about my sin.  (God cares)

It does not bother me to sin.  (you are deceived or heart has become hard)

I don’t feel guilty when I sin.   Guilt could be covered by selfishness and rebellion

James 1:14–16But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. 15 Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. “

 

  1. The significance of “sins gone”

The guilt of sin is gone Hebrews 10.22 Hebrews 10:22 (NASB95) “ let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. “

The punishment for sin is gone from us (1 John 2.1-2)

John 5:24- “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.

  1. The gift of “sins gone”

John 1.12- We are adopted as the Father’s Children

  1. The response of “sins gone”

We live thankful.

We walk in God’s Grace

We stop willfully sinnin

1 John 1:9 (NASB95)

9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness

What about the Christian that continues in sin?

What if we do not stop, confess, and repent of sin?

 

 

The Effects of continued sin in our life.

  1. Drift happens
  2. Selfishness inflates
  3. God thoughts diminish
  4. Compassion begin to dissolve
  5. Love for God, becomes a doctrine, not an action
  6. Priorities of life become scrambled
  7. Desertion starts becoming complete.

 

We stop desiring to serve the Lord or honor him with our life.

 

Believe in Jesus as your Savior and have him forgive your sins by asking.

Acknowledge sin and ask forgiveness and be free.

 

 

He is My Confidence


When you struggle with fear, situations, and the feelings of insignificance, Jesus is our confidence.  We can rest in Him.  Trust in His Word, and the presence of His Spirit to guide us through every situation.

Love this song my Iron Bell Music  “My Confidence”. Enjoy and listen to the words closely.

Knock it off


Romans 13:12 (NASB95)

The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.”

I am speaking this weekend at Compelled Church about the darkness not being able to overpower the Light from John 1.4,5. I decided this verse did not fit into the message, but the message of this verse is amazing.

Paul is encouraging the believers (us) and the Romans to “lay aside” acts of darkness.  The word in the orignal Greek means exactly that, but I define it as “knock it off” or “stop it”.  If God’s people are mingling light and right things in our life with darkness or deeds that are not of God, we need to knock it off.  Deeds of action, thoughts, or speech do not reflect the Jesus in us, so He is our Armour of Light.

Think of this

  • Are you involved in something of darkness?
  • Are you ok with watching “dark” things?
  • Is your talking light and life, or darkness?

This is good

Ephesians 5:7–17 (NASB95)

7 Therefore do not be partakers with them; 8 for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light 9 (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), 10 trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; 12 for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. 14 For this reason it says,

“Awake, sleeper,

And arise from the dead,

And Christ will shine on you.”

15 Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, 16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil. 17 So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

 

My Children’s Mom is Spectacular


I am so thankful for my kid’s mom. I must honor her on Mother’s Day.  She so deserves it. Her love for her family is fierce and deep.  He loyalty to her offspring, unprecedented. She has been an amazing mom, and continues to be.  Caring for the kids physical lives. Feeding them, rocking them, loving them, seeing them through teething, ear infections, dr’s appointments, vomiting all over,  and all of that.  I won’t even mention the broken teeth, bones, nose, and other ER visits, she had to endure.   She cared for them physically.

As a mom, she has not neglected their spiritual lives. Which reflects in their personalities and character.  One of my greatest memories is Wendy reading to the kids.  On the sofa they would clutter together like a pack of puppies for the precious time of mom reading to them. Books, the Bible, the Chronicles of Narnia,  etc.  I recall her kneeling beside their beds as they sleep, calling their names out Heaven, before any of us were up.  They would then talk about what they read. She lovingly and patiently with great wisdom and understanding of God and the Bible, answered the showers of questions. Their mom chose not to disconnect from their lives, but stayed involved, informed, and immersed in what they were doing and what they were involved in.

Her voice of encouragement and her faith was/is the foundation of their confidence and identity, setting it strong, so they can build upon it with their own faith.   She made sure our schedules were clear for every event, every school award, every concert, every graduation.  We never missed.  She loves sports (when her children are part). Thousands of hours at football, Lacrosse, Wrestling, Soccer, community ed baseball, basketball, and more.  She put them before herself in every way, sacrificing in ways that moms do, with excitement and zeal.

I love their mom, prays for them, worries about them, never falls fully asleep until they are all safe, and relishes, with great depth, every time we are all together.

My three amazing kids are a product of their amazing mom.  She continues to amaze me with her love and care for all of them.  She has made me look good as a dad. Wendy has helped me be a better father, and our children be amazing young adults.

To think years ago, leaving a Dr’s office, we grappled with the words spoken to us that it is highly unlikely we would ever have children.  For the sake of my best friend, I stormed Heaven with prayers I did not know I was capable of praying.  We praise Him for the blessing of our children and I praise Him, and honor Wendy for the blessing of being married to my children’s mom for the last 30 years. She continues to warm my heart with her amazing dedication and love for her family. Happy Mother’s Day Wendy. I am so glad I am married, and am  best friends, with my children’s mom. She is so awesome.

Eleven Reasons Why It’s Easier Being a Pastor Today


Pastodawsonring has it’s challenges. Without a doubt, it can be overwhelming at times, but also filled with joy and fulfillment, most times. While I agree with Thom S. Rainer’s recent post, “Ten Reasons It is more Difficult to be a Pastor Today”  (Click here to read it), I offer another perspective. Although these ten reasons are true and many a reality, some, not so much in healthy situations. Leaving it on that note (a little negative and discouraging), does not do the wonderful work of pastoring justice.  I have given my own thoughts on why it rocks to be a pastor today.

Eleven Reasons Why it’s Easier Being a Pastor Today

  1. The Advent of Social media. It has become an arm of communication never matched by the old church’s monthly newsletter. Used with wisdom, we can encourage and influence more people toward Christ. Harness and use it and train your people to use it as an arsenal of communication and Christ-like encouragement.
  2. The Culture. While there are more “nones,” or people with no affiliation to any religion, this creates an amazing opportunity for evangelism.
  3. Podcast Pastors. I used to relish the thought of going to conferences and hearing my favorite authors. Now I can listen to podcasts.  I can learn at a breath-taking pace from some of the best teachers and leaders in the world.
  4. We have more business savvy.  Being forced to have an understanding of business, budgets, and banks is a good thing to a point, but this helps us surround ourselves with people and leaders that we can delegate these things to.
  5. Print is amazing. No longer do we have to depend on the local printer for marketing or any graphics. Most churches and pastors with a laptop can produce professional looking graphics to enhance ministry.
  6. Generational Blending.  Any leader knows that generational blending in the church is so healthy and positive. If leaders see the generational diversity as a gift and as the Bible teaches, then conflict among generations will be non-existent or minimal.
  7. More paid pastors. There are more pastors being paid now, even part-time, than ever before in the American context. That is a plus and does makes things easier. I recognize the tension of bi-vocational ministry. When planting here in Temperance, MI, I was bi-vocational for 3 years, I then became full-time. Although not really full-time salary, I knew that for the Kingdom, sacrifice would be made, and if the church grew, my leaders would increase my salary.
  8. Pastors are staying longer.  Because communities and churches are diverse, when a pastor has a good “match,” they stay longer.  I never remember pastors being places 20-25 years. Now that is still not the norm, but more common than it used to be.
  9. Churches are more pastor-driven.  The old model of churches being board-driven is becoming more rare. If you are at a pastor-driven church with a board’s trust and respect, there is great liberty for so many things God can do. A board is a gift and will love and support their pastor, and govern with effectiveness. We can really do things that God has called us to, set our schedule, be flexible, and run with the calling the Lord has given us.
  10. Support.  We have more support.  There is no long-distance calls anymore. We all have unlimited talking and text and can connect with our colleagues for encouragement and resourcing like never before.  No pastor should live in loneliness. We have the tools, and we can sculpt our schedules to reach out to others for prayer, meeting, encouragement and resource sharing.
  11. We don’t have to wear suits!

What are your thoughts?

Nate Elarton

Leaving yesterday for Life Today: a journal excerpt 


Encouragement in Life's Journey

a final journal excerpt, reflections of Mexico – 4/28/16 Thursday (Malachi 1:1-10)

How quickly we can become in snared by yesterday’s, therefore allowing ourselves to be impaired for life today. As I look back on what was an incredible nine days in Mexico my mind rolls further to where and who I was before I left. It’s been four days back in the “real world” of everyday choices, relationships, decisions, responsibilities and a menacing cloak has begun creeping in. The quietness of my sprit has started to feel the noise of a transcending yolk of yesterday’s. As if it were reaching out to squelch every moment that God intended to be life altering and turn them into a static of mundane memories.

Such is the way we hear life, through the headphones of our past not receiving the clarity of a God who’s voice is outside our everyday frequency.

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