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This message is actually part 4 of the message “Joy on the Journey to Gethsamane”, continuing with the illustration Jesus taught His disciples about the vineyard while they were on their way to Gethsamane following the Last Supper. In the first part of this message (“Joy on the Journey to Gethsemane”) Jesus showed that it was not only possible but God’s gift that we experience joy even in the face of horrible circumstances. In the second part (“It’s Not Hard for Grape Vines to Produce Grapes”) I taught that bearing fruit was contingent only upon staying connected to the vine, not by religious activity or duty. In part 3 of the series (also named “Part 2 of ‘Bearing Friut’) we take a look at what the fruit actually looks like. (See all of the message descriptions below.) In this message, Jesus leaves His disciples with the desire of His heart…that they be His friends…not just servants, not just “church-goers”, not just followers, but truly heart-to-heart friends with Him. He wants the same with you! No matter what your situation, no matter what you’ve done or not done, Jesus’ greatest desire is to be YOUR friend and for you to be a friend to Him. What a message of acceptance, non-condemnation/judgment, grace, and the love of God! You need to hear this and embrace it!
This message is actually part 3 of the message “Joy on the Journey to Gethsamane”, continuing with the illustration Jesus taught His disciples about the vineyard while they were on their way to Gethsamane following the Last Supper. In the first part of this message (“Joy on the Journey to Gethsemane”) Jesus showed that it was not only possible but God’s gift that we experience joy even in the face of horrible circumstances. In the second part (“It’s Not Hard for Grape Vines to Produce Grapes”) I taught that bearing fruit was contingent only upon staying connected to the vine, not by religious activity or duty. In this message, part 3 of the series (also named “Part 2 of ‘Bearing Friut’) we take a look at what the fruit actually looks like. It’s inevitable that you will bear fruit…everybody bears fruit…but of what variety and quality? That is the ultimate question addressed in this message. God is patient…moreso than any of us are, moreso than any pastor or church board, and He doesn’t require us to adhere to a strict set of “rules” in order to qualify for bearing the fruit of the Spirit. This message will set you free from the traditional, religious guilt and manipulation that is so often imposed by the church “institution” if you don’t “live up to” their high standards of being a “branch” in God’s vineyard!
This message is actually part 2 of the message “Joy on the Journey to Gethsamane”, continuing with the illustration Jesus taught His disciples about the vineyard while they were on their way to Gethsamane following the Last Supper. In this message you will be encouraged that it’s not hard for you to produce the fruit that God is looking for in your life…there is only ONE prerequisite…STAY CONNECTED TO THE VINE, JESUS! Religion has bound many, many pastors, Christians, church members, families, individuals, etc., into believing (and trying, to no avail, only to be left with guilt and condemnation when they fail) that bearing fruit involved following all the rules of right living (going to church, not sinning, paying all your tithes, obeying/submitting to your pastor, being active in church activities, evangelizing your family and neighborhood, supporting missionaries, etc., etc.), and that failure to do these things meant that YOU would be CUT off of the vine as DEAD WOOD!! God’s heart could not be further from this RELIGIOUS, manipulative, destructive teaching, belief, and practice. Listen to this message and be set free to begin to see the succulent, dripping, refreshing, fullness of the fruit that God wants to and WILL bring forth from YOUR life as you simply open yourself to allowing Him to develop His CHARACTER in you. In Christ, you already ARE a fruitful branch, and God is well pleased with you!
The Last Supper is ended and Jesus is now leading His disciples from the Upper Room to the Garden of Gethsemane. We all know the events of this night and the following days…they are anything but joy-filled (up to Sunday!). Yet, Jesus teaches them about a vineyard and that He is telling them about it so that His “…joy may be in (them) and (their) joy may be FULL.” They are about to experience the most traumatic days of their lives, and Jesus has one last opportunity to teach them, and He chooses the vineyard illustration(s). Why? Listen to this message and be mightily encouraged as you are walking to/in your own Gethsamanes and Calvaries.
This message, preached at the “Mighty Men” monthly meeting of Living Water Christian Center in Mystic Islands, NJ, focuses on the sovereignty of God (how it is both understood AND misunderstood) and how one’s understanding of God’s sovereignty definitely determines how a man sees and understands his own place of authority in the Kingdom, in the Church, and in the home. Authority is only Godly when it is exercised according to the Word of God and with active responsibility! Too often a mistaken understanding of the sovereignty of God results in a “do-nothing” church which only prays for God to act, when God has already acted and has delegated much of what is called “Spiritual Warfare” to the Church! It’s time to get out of the prayer line and onto the front line and become who God has called us to be…mighty men in our world, in the Church, on our jobs, and in our homes!
Most Christians think they’ve heard just about every message that could be preached or taught about the resurrection of Jesus, and sadly, they limit themselves by their own preconceptions and are limited by religion into thinking that Jesus’ resurrection is only something that benefits them AFTER they die in this world. This message, based upon scriptures from the Book of Hebrews, adds new illumination on the doctrine of the resurrection, and encourages believers (and non-believers, too!) with the ‘real’ reason Jesus HAD to be raised from the dead, and it wasn’t just so that they could be raised from the dead after they die. Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is GREAT NEWS for EVERYONE today, while you still live! You will not be disappointed for taking the time to download or listen to this inspired message which follows from the previous message on “Killing Sacred Cows”!
A “Sacred Cow” is defined as “…an individual, organization, institution, doctrine, belief, etc., considered to be completely exempt from criticism or questioning.” Religion has hundreds, if not thousands, of “Sacred Cows” that are accepted as Truth but are not supported even remotely by scripture. These cause the believer to live under the precepts of the Old Covenant and not under the freedome of the New Covenant which we have with God through Jesus Christ, and they are vehemently defended and taught/preached as Christian doctrine today even when they are confronted with God’s Word to the contrary! In this message based upon Romans 8:28 (“And we know that all things work together for good…”) Pastor Fernandez exposes many “Sacred Cows” and puts them to death with God’s undeniable Word through undeniable accurate and Spirit-led interpretation, setting people free from years of guilt and condemnation that tradition and religion bring with them. You’ll never be the same again after experiencing the full impact of this anointed message.
Pastors and teachers quote Proverbs (“…trust in the Lord with all your heart…”), and even wtih good intentions they have been passing on guilt, condemnation, disappointment, discouragement, etc., to their people because of their own faulty understanding of the nature of “trust” (that their prayers are not answered or they are going through difficult circumstances because they haven’t trusted God enough, or that they simply have to trust that what they are going through IS God’s will for their lives). It’s time for the Truth to be told on this and for God’s people (and pastors!) to be set FREE!
For two milleniums now the Church has been manipulating people to “behave” or “act right” by threatening them with the punishment of God when they sin. It’s time the TRUTH was told and the lies from the pulpit ceased!
A powerful message preached on Valentine’s Day about how God stopped at nothing to redeem us, show us His love, and empowers us to love one another and the world…with ‘no strings attached’!
Compassion is not just a feeling. It is a powerful force…in fact, it is the most powerful force in the universe! It is the expression of God’s agape love. Com=”with” Passion=”emotionally driven” That is God’s love for us!
Do you feel like you’ve been “put out to pasture?” Have you outlived your usefulness to God? Is life just one day after another of the same old same old for you? The wilderness has a purpose…get ready to be redeemed!
YOU ARE SAVED FOR A PURPOSE!
If you are saved in Christ, that’s wonderful! But what are you DOING between now and when Jesus comes back? You were saved for a purpose and endued with POWER from on high – the Baptism of the Holy Ghost!
The Kingdom of God has rules, to be sure. Too bad they don’t line up with the rules men make up! Jesus was the biggest “rule breaker” that ever lived, and he wasn’t timid about it either. Who are you following?
Think about the vastness of the universe. God is BIGGER! Try to imagine the size of a single electron inside of a molecule. God comprehends that as well, and smaller yet. An encounter with THIS God WILL change your life!
Many people today simply don’t know HOW to “walk in the Spirit”. They are saved, but they still live in misery and defeat. This short teaching is one of the Cleansing Stream sessions Pastor Fernandez taught at Evangel Church.
The Bible tells us that those who trust in the Lord shall not need to worry about having their needs met, but what about their desires? This message will enlighten you with the keys to receiving from God the very desires of your inner heart.
Another live teaching from the Cleansing Stream series, Pastor Fernandez outlines practical, scriptural ways to rid your life of the hidden “strongholds” or “curses” of the enemy that have been holding you back from living in God’s victory.
“Get thee behind me satan!”…Careful, there…not everything that comes against you is from the devil! Sometimes God takes the training wheels off of your bicycle of life so that you can learn to ride like a grown up!
A timely message based on Nehemiah as he envisioned Jerusalem in ruins, heard God’s call, had the favor of God’s hand on him, and was anointed to do a mighty work against very strong opposition. You need all three of these from God to succeed: Vision, Favor, and Anointing!
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