A CASE FOR CHURCH 

"if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place."  2 Chron 7:14-15

Dear Saints,

I've heard many Christians say, "I’m done with church... I don’t need to go to church…My relationship is good with God...The church is not God's idea....I've been hurt by people at church".... I go to church when I need to... etc.   Maybe you know someone like this.  This message is not for those who attend church, but rather to those who need to reconsider going to church more frequently.  My goal in this blog is to equip the saints to believe in church again, try church again and receive from God through church again.    

I completely understand why a growing number of people are bailing on church.  I get it, but I don't get it.  I get it that many have been hurt in church by people in church and that's their reason for bailing.  But this is a poor reason as people hurt people everywhere and you can't escape humanity, and more people will hurt others outside of church.  So church is the safest place to fellowship with people.  Let's be honest with ourselves as we all have hurt people and not given up on ourselves.  Regardless of the reason, Satan is influences us to write off the church, if we agree were agreeing with the liar.  It's a mistake and here's 21 reasons why?  

  1. Jesus created the church.
  2. Jesus, His disciples encouraged weekly fellowship, teaching and corporate worship with other believers.
  3. If you want to get rid of the church, you also need to get rid of Jesus.  You can’t have one without the other.  
  4. Jesus started the church with imperfect people shows us God’s incredible grace and confidence in our ability to forgive and love one another. 
  5. God chose to use imperfect people to showcase his grace locally.  God chose me and others when He had other options.  That's grace!
  6. Community is messy, all people sin, leaders even sin.  But that does not keep you from going to work every day to get a paycheck.  
  7. Jesus used his followers to spread his love in spite of themselves as they overcome obstacle after obstacle. 
  8. The fact that Christ uses flawed people to accomplish his work on earth is actually a sign of his grace, not a sign of his absence. 
  9. The church’s story is like the story of Israel, God’s redemption and love for His church and people. 
  10. Church reminds us to rest one day of our hectic week.
  11. Church allows us to draw closer to God, receive God'y council, hear His teaching, worship Him and pray for others.
  12. We have numerous options every Sunday, but to obey God's commandment to attend church among His people shows we love Him.
  13. Disconnecting yourself from community is actually less faithful than connecting yourself to a flawed community. 
  14. Some say today's church is not like the church in Acts... My response to them is are you willing to gather daily, awake before sunrise for prayer, pool all your possessions, don’t claim anything as your own, be willing to lose your job, your home, your family and even your life because of Jesus. If not, you have a poor case to not attend church.
  15. The early church met.  Meetings always have a form of organizing and leading.  Organized meetings accomplish more together than we can alone.  God created us to work and work together.  Some of the most amazing events and revivals occurred in churches.   
  16. The only one who wants us to believe that we are better off alone is our enemy. 
  17. Church saves the dredges of society, brings salvation to sinner, helps the helpless, feeds the hungry, loves the unlovable and even martyred for preaching the gospel throughout the world.  What other organization can boast this claim?
  18. Our government, nation and people believe and support the good works and benefits the church brings to society.
  19. The church has birthed tens of thousands of ministers, missionaries, schools, universities, seminaries and ministers to all corners of our globe.
  20. Some churches are dwindling but some churches are thriving with God's presence, power and miracles.
  21. Jesus is not dead but alive and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.

I plead with you to reconsider church, advocate church, believe in your local church, agree with Jesus by testifying church is in fact part of His plan for man-kinds redemption.  Some may need to repent, re-believe, re-trust, forgive, forget the past and engage with the healing power of God that is released when His people come together.   After all, Pentecost came when 120 Christians came together in a prayer group. 

I pray you were blessed, educated to reconsider church and draw others back to Jesus' church in groves.  I'm praying, expecting, believing in a mighty revival out of the local church.  What are you believing for?  

Love you in Christ,

Pastor Terry Hilgen

Reign Christian Fellowship

 

How to experience Break-Through Prayer 

Dear Saints,

Let me help you experience power, breakthrough and anointing when you pray. Check this out... James 5:17 says, "Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years." The key word in this passage is "earnestly". Earnestly in the Greek means "to pray God's will and word back to God". 

Now check this out. Mark 11:12-25 tells the story. Jesus was hungry and saw no fruit on a fig tree so He cursed the fig tree to grow no more, and immediately it withered away. Disciples wanted to know how this could happen. Jesus explained to have FAITH. How did Jesus operate in FAITH? By speaking God's will with Authority and Command. 

In summary, how to experience breakthrough prayer with powerful results? 1. Pray to God His Will and Word back to Him. 2. Speak with Authority. 3. Speak with a Command.

Jesus richly bless you!

Pastor Terry Hilgen

www.reignchristianfellowship.org

New CREATION in Christ! Check this out!!! 

Dear Saints,

You are a New CREATION in Christ Jesus!  Let me briefly explain.  2 Cor 5:17 says, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."  The key words are NEW and CREATION.  The word new in the greek means new.  The word CREATION in the greek is outstanding...  CREATION means "ktísis" "to create out of nothing". In other words, God threw away the old person of you when you became born again and re-created you "out of nothing into something" spectacular and worthy to be His!!!  

In Genesis 1, the bible tells us how God existed before anything and nothing existed except Him.  Then God spoke creative words like, let there be light, and light came into the world for the first time.  In the same manner you were re-created "out of nothing into something" with total newness (not with spare old parts, but everything new) regardless of your age or history!  You are a NEW "CREATION" made in the image and likeness of God!  Think about this... it will change your life!  

Jesus richly bless you His beloved!

Pastor Terry Hilgen

Should a Christian Meditate? 

As a Pastor I'm asked many interesting questions.  I love it.  It challenges me to answer from the Word of God.  I was recently asked a relevant and trendy question for our times, which I want to share with you.  The question was, "Should Christians meditate?"   Interesting question!  What do you think before I give you the answer?  Yes or no?  Take your time and meditate on it, or should you?  I ask you these questions because the answer might surprise you.

In short, the answer if a Christian should meditate is a no no.  No for many reasons.  First, meditation is a dominate Eastern Religion practice.  Secondly, to meditate (in eastern religion) means "to contemplate, think, consider, devise and ponder."  God does not operate like this!  God is brilliant, all knowing, certain and intentional.  God tells us to be doers of His Word (not to contemplate or consider it).  Thirdly, the word meditate is rarely in the bible, and when it is, it's mostly re-translated to it's real biblical meaning, to WORSHIP.

In the Hebrew, to meditate means "to worship; to converse with oneself; to speak aloud; to discuss, and to reason (complain)" regarding God and His Word. In other words, God is asking His people (Christians) to Worship God, Converse with God, Speak out loud to God, to Discuss with God, and to Reason (complain)(state a case) with God.  

In conclusion, meditation today and on the street has a whole different meaning to Christians.  We as Christians should stay away from using this word and replace it with what God wants us to do, Worship Him in Spirit & Truth.  Should we meditate... no!  Should we Worship Jesus in conversation...YES!!!  We all have misused the word and meaning of meditation in bible scripture, so let's purpose to replace it with it's true meaning to WORSHIP, TALK, DISCUSS the Word of God from now on. 

What should we do if we practiced in eastern religion meditation, and now a practicing Christian?  Simpy repent to God, ask for His mercy and grace, forgive yourself as your forgiven in Christ, and turn away from this practice.  Instead, worship and have a great talk with your God, Jesus Christ!  

       "Don't team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness?                How can light live with darkness?" 2 Cor 6:14

Hope this made sense, and helpful to you. 

Love, peace and grace to you,

Pastor Terry Hilgen

 

INTERESTING TRIVIA/FACTS: 1. Meditation practice is rooted in Hinduism. 2. Meditation is an action suggested to perform during yoga (Eastern Religion exercise) and in rituals of many non-Christian religions.

NEW Year New You 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."  2 Cor 5:17

God is so amazing, He makes all things new!  New creation, New creature, New life, New testament, New commandments, New birth, New heaven & earth, New government, New kingdom...   However there is one condition, "if anyone is in Christ".  To experience NEWNESS we must be IN CHRIST.  Christ means the "anointed one".  We must be IN THE ANOINTED ONE (Jesus) to experience this NEWNESS.  

In our prior life of sin, we saw everything as old, dead, ugly, decaying, life-less and hopeless.  Glory to God after being born again, everything is new!!!  New vision, new revelation, new mind, new thoughts, new hope, new life... all IN Christ.  The lie of the world is everything is going to heck in a basket.  The truth of the Christian is everything is hopeful, opportunistic and limitless because we have Christ Jesus and He makes everything new!!!

My suggestion for you this week is to be equally yoked, tunnel vision and focused on Jesus and what He is doing, showing and saying to you.  If you do this, it will be more than well for you.  Your vision and reality will match Jesus', and even in the storm you will have peace.  If your faithful in 2 Cor 5:17, newest is in you for Christ is in you.  Allow your newness so shine, it invades all darkness, turning it into light. 

Jesus abundantly richly bless you!

Pastor Terry Hilgen

www.reignchristianfellowship.org

Loving Jesus 

Dear Beloved,

We know God loves us, because He is love.  God sent His only begotten son Jesus, to redeem us back to Him.  God is so kind and good, and His mercy endures forever.  Praise God for His grace, so that we can be called sons of God through Christ Jesus. 

But how do we show and tell Jesus that we love Him back?  We can be assure we love Jesus when He tells us in His word what he likes.  Isn't it amazing, Jesus our God tells us exactly what how He likes to be loved back!  Wouldn't life be so easy if everyone would just be honest and tell one another what he or she likes, dislikes, and makes them happy, joyful, secure and loved?

Jesus wants to be loved back by our actions in these simple biblical requests:

1.  Pray.  Pray to Him in conversation and from the heart.  Ask Him questions, wait and know your prayers will be answered.  Tell God your personal heartfelt words.

2.  Obey.  Obey Jesus' teachings and His two great commandments, Love God with all your heart and love others as you would want to be loved/treated.

3.  Forgive.  Forgive yourself after you have repented to God and received His forgiveness, and as you received mercy, extend the mercy and forgive others.  

4.  Live Jesus.  Let Jesus' life become your lifestyle.  Do good, give grace, give mercy, give love, give teaching, as He has done unto you.  Doer of His will & ways.

5.  Habitation.  Let God (Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit) be indwelling & abiding in you.  Your God's temple, God lives in your heart, as your in His heart.  Be one, united with Him.

Do these simple things and it will go well with you and you will experience God's presence all round you.

In Christ's Service,

Pastor Terry Hilgen

REIGN Christian Fellowship