Faithful in God’s House

In Numbers 12 God tells us that He talks more clearly to Moses than anyone else on the planet, and then He tells us why.  He says in verse 7 that it’s because “Moses is faithful in all my house”.   We want to hear from the Lord.  Well, good news God speaks clearly to us because Jesus was faithful in all God’s house and even deserving of greater honor than Moses.  And you and I have access to all that Jesus earned by faith in Him.  But also, we can learn from these examples.  God is looking to speak through people who are faithful in all of God’s house.  Why?  Well, because when we are faithful, like a pillar, in the church, then we won’t move around and collapse the roof on others.  We become immoveable.  Faithful is to be full of faith in the church.  Now church is run by people, and people make mistakes. But God has found us all to be worthy by His grace.  So, we too, can be faithful in all of God’s house.  What can each one of us do to move towards this kind of faithfulness?   Have we been faithful in all God’s house?  Could we be?  And what would that look like?  Let’s give it a shot.

Pastor Jason Anderson

Living Word Bible Church

Scottsdale Mesa Ahwatukee

Forgiving and Giving

In Matthew 5:23-24 it states: 23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.”  Well its sounds like God likes it when you’re giving, but also He likes us to be forgiving.  Sure, lots of stuff is going to happen and make you mad.  I mean, we share our lives with other people, and other people are going to annoy you.  In fact, sometimes other people may cause you serious pain.  We can’t control other people, but we can manage how we respond to others.  Maybe you can’t change someone else, but you can let forgiveness change you.  You see Jesus offers us a real strength in our lives because when you forgive others it will bring healing to your heart.  Jesus didn’t just say it either, He did it.  When you walk in forgiveness you are set free.  When you hold on to offense it eats up your time, stirs up your emotions, and makes you quite miserable.  So the next time you are giving, remember also to be forgiving.  If you can work it out with your bro, well hop to it.

Pastor Jason Anderson

Living Word Bible Church

Scottsdale Mesa Ahwatukee

Grace to Move Forward

In Acts 5:14, the apostles are performing many miraculous signs and wonders in the name of Jesus after He had risen. Jesus said we could do some big things and boy the Apostles were out doing it. The Bible says, “Yet more and more people were brought to the Lord-crowds of both men and women. As a result of the apostles’ work, sick people were brought out into the streets on beds and mats so that Peter’s shadow might fall across some of them as he went by.” Wow, Jesus was healing them through Peter’s shadow. That’s amazing! But how did the religious leaders respond to this amazing event? In Acts 5:17 it says, “The high priest and his officials were filled with jealousy.” So then the High Priest had the apostles put in jail. When you obey God you might get resistance from the very people that should want you to win. If it happened to Peter it might happen to you. But don’t sweat it! Just keep running your race. Don’t get drug down into the mud but walk in grace and just continue to do what God has called you to do. Who knows: by your example of kindness and grace, others may be won over by the Love of God.
Pastor Jason Anderson

Living Word Bible Church

Scottsdale Mesa Ahwatukee

Jesus Is The Answer

In Luke 23:42-43 Jesus is on the cross, and a criminal is being executed alongside Him. The man turns to Jesus and says, “Remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And Jesus replies,” I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.”  It’s interesting that one page later in Luke 24:21 one of the disciples said about Jesus, “We had hoped he was the Messiah.” Well, they will find out in three days that He is the Messiah, but in their trial they had completely lost faith in Him. So, what’s my point here? Well, what do we do in our trials?  Do we lose sight of Christ, or question if He is really going to help us?  Or instead, do we look to Him and choose to believe in the hope that He has called us to?  “Remember us Jesus”.  Here, a criminal who had not spent any time with Jesus put his faith in who Jesus is, the Messiah, and he had the ability to see beyond his past and his current problems and into a glorious future with Jesus.  I don’t know what’s going on in your life, but put your faith in Jesus today, look to Him and His promises, He has the answer you need.

Pastor Jason Anderson

Living Word Bible Church

Scottsdale Mesa Ahwatukee