Resurrection Power to Forgive 

Dear Saints,

Jesus is the model of forgiveness.  Our precious savior lived a sinless life yet He was falsely condemned to suffer a sinners death for our place, and inquired to His Father to forgive us before He purposely died on the cross our us.  How wonderful is our savior!  As born again believers, based on His works, we ARE forgiven!  By grace and our faith in Him we are saved!!!

How precious are Jesus' words on the cross, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they are doing".  How precious are our words when we say, "Father, forgive me of my sin" when we sin against God.  How precious are our words when we say, "_ _ _ _ _ (persons name), forgive me for sinning against you".  When we do this, were acting as Christians, followers and imitators of Jesus.  How awesome is that!  

To forgive and receive forgiveness benefits us!  We receive a release, humility, healing, teaching and growth in Christ.  Best yet, 1 John 1:9 says, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness" and were forgiven by God!  

As we received this grace, let us also make it easy for others who ask for forgiveness from us when they sinned.  Instead of revenge, let us give grace to others as we have received from Christ and be quick to forgive, forget and bless.  And when we go to others and ask for forgiveness, and they don't forgive, you have done your righteous part.  Peacefully leave, pray and bless this person without offense.  They will remember your gesture, knowing the ball is in their court.  

I truly hope you were blessed!  

Love you in Christ,

Pastor Terry Hilgen

www.reignchristianfellowship.org

 

What Resurrection Day Brings 

Dear Saints,

We have all experienced gut wrenching pain that rips at our hearts and brings us to our knees.  Grief does not discriminate, sadly we all will experience grief during our life.  We can be greatly encouraged to know we are not alone.  Our Savior Jesus Christ experienced it from the second He was arrested till His death on Calvary.  His mother, disciples and followers all experienced such sadness from Jesus' suffering and death.  For us all, it's hard to find the joy to face another day. 

Our greatest encouragement is that Jesus always loves, cares and gives us Hope.  Jesus prepared His disciples, that grief will only be temporary, "Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy… Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy,” (John 16:20, 22).

How wonderful is Jesus!  His commitment to us is He will resurrect, come to life, visit us, turn our grief to rejoicing and give us JOY no one can take from us!  This is why Easter, Resurrection Day is so amazing!  Jesus bore our sins and punishment, judgment was on Him on Calvary, and He rose again to be with us with everlasting JOY!!!  Let's all allow Jesus to resurrect our JOY.  Holy Spirit this is our prayer, to resurrect the JOY of the Lord as our strength.

Praise Jesus, He has risen!  Praise Jesus, He has judged sin!  Praise Jesus, He lives in our heart!  Praise Jesus, we are His!  Praise Jesus, He has given us Joy!

Have a most blessed Resurrection Day,

Pastor Terry

10 Reasons We Still Tithe 

Dear saints,

Imagine playing a game with no rules, it would be out of control.  Now play the game within it's rules, and the game is rewarding.  Imaging driving your car without laws, it would be deadly.  Now imaging obeying the rules of the road, and driving is a blessing.  Likewise, so are the ways and laws of God, if we obey them they benefit us.  Jesus came to fulfill the law, not destroy it.  The tithe was not destroyed but still implemented today.  Here's ten biblical reasons the tithe is still God's will for us to be blessed by Him.

1.  Tithe began 400 years before the Old Testament Mosaic Law and before the founding of Israel. 

Abraham tithed to Melchizedek church (Gen. 14:18-22). He recognized the importance of worshiping God with one’s substance and possession. Jacob tithed as well (Gen. 28:20-22). If you think that tithing is for the Israelites only, then you are gravely mistaken because Abraham was not an Israelite or Jewish.  

2.  Jesus Upholds Tithing 

Jesus, our God, upheld tithing. In His confrontation with the Pharisees, He tells them to tithe and at the same time not forgetting other matters of the law (Matt. 23:23). Jesus told the Pharisees that tithing is an integral part of following the commandments of God IN ADDITION to justice, mercy, and faith.  No where in scripture does Jesus or the disciples eliminate tithing, but to continually give cheerfully (2 Cor 8; 2 Cor 9:7).  

3.  God is the Source of our Blessing 

 Tithing teaches us to recognize God as our supreme provider and sustainer. When we tithe, we only return a fraction of what God gave us. 

4.  Tithe is Holy 

Holy means set apart. The tithe is set apart for God’s work and it is holy in God’s sight (Lev 27:30-32)  God owns everything (tithe) but He only asks us to give a tenth back to Him.  

5.  Tithing is a form of Worship 

“Honor the LORD with your possessions, and with the first fruits of your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.”  Proverbs 3:9-10.  Tithing is not a suggestion but God's intention for you to be blessed as you give back to Him as worship. 

6.  God Commanded Tithing 

God desires us to obey, trust and partner with Him to fund His work (Deut 14:22; Matt. 28:19-20). 

7.  Tithing is an Act of Faith 

God know that we can't survive with out money, often were in debt and frequently in money shortage.  Yet God still asks us to tithe in spite of our financial shortage.  God wants to help us but we have to have faith in Him to manage our finances.  Tithing teaches us to be faithful to our Provider no matter what the situation we are in. We walk by faith and not by sight (II Cor. 5:7). God promises to always provide if we continue faithfully first giving to Him (Matt 6:33).

8.  Not Tithing is Considered Stealing 

“Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation” (Mal. 3:8-9). God clearly tells us that not tithing is robbing.  Robbing what?  Robbing God from blessing you and your trust in believing He is in the provision business.  "Thou shalt not steal" (Exo. 20:15).  Breaking God’s law brings a penalty. Those who do not tithe will find themselves always in want and never satisfied.  "No idols before me" (Ex 20).  Money can also be an idol.  Tithing takes away stealing, robbing blessings and idolatry.  Loosens God as your provider, increase and blessing. 

9.  Tithing develops Godly Character 

God is a giver, we were created in His image.  He does not stop giving us life, we experience life daily.  Jesus Christ said that “it is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). When we tithe, we learn to “not seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being” (I Cor. 10:24). Tithing is a demonstration of your commitment to what Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it” (Matt. 16:24-25).  Tithing says we seek Jesus first and Him over everything.

10.  Tithing brings God's Promise, Promotion & Excess

“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and TRY Me now in this (God dares us to try him), says the Lord of hosts, If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field, says the LORD of hosts; and all nations will call you blessed. For you will be a delightful land, says the LORD” (Mal. 3:10-12). 

Pastors Commentary:  I've been a Christian for 23 years and been a faithful tither to my local church for 23 years.  We have been blessed for all these to push the limit of faith for tithing.  Sometimes it took amazing faith, sacrifice and death to flesh.  But as we continued faithfully, I have personally experienced the faithfulness of God being our families provider.  Thank God because He gave us increase and promotion in places we would have never experienced if we were not faithful, with miracle testimonies.  God desires to be Lord in every area of our lives, especially in our money matters.  

Remember money is seed. "If we sow sparingly, we reap sparingly".  Our currency says "In God we Trust", so let's agree with God, trust God, give as God gives and reap with God.  Let's kick out the robber, killer, stealer and destroyer out of our harvest field. Google is not the bible, so let's not agree with google anti-tithe commentaries and re-read God's word regarding tithing.  I gave you just 10 biblical reasons to believe, trust me their much more I could have given you.  Now its up to you. 

It is my prayer you take out your calculator, figure out your tithe and live faithfully obeying God.  God wants it all in, as He is all into you! 

Jesus richly bless you as you give!

Pastor Terry    

How to Win Souls to Jesus, Fishers of Men 

Dear Saints,

After leading thousands to Jesus, as well as making many errors, I have learned the most effective ways to lead souls to Jesus.  Like a fisherman, they have caught many prize fish as well as learned a lot from their mistakes.  After time, the evangelist and fisherman go to the routine that works best and have efficient results. 

Here's Pastor Terry's fishing techniques, and it's biblical:

Give the FULL Gospel of Jesus Christ to souls.  What is the Gospel of Jesus?  1.  Jesus LIVED.  2.  Jesus DIED.  3. Jesus ROSE.  4. Jesus COMING AGAIN.

Tell them about how Jesus lived, how He died, how He rose again, and that He is coming again!  That's the full gospel!!!  They will want to say, "I want Jesus!"  Then you will lead them into the Sinners Prayer or Prayer of Salvation and they will be saved! 

If you do not know the Sinners Prayer, then check in with me next week and I will cover that.  Praise Jesus, your becoming a soul winner by sharing these four things about Jesus!!!  Become a good fisher of men and practice these four steps.  Over time you will win tens, hundreds and thousands to King Jesus.  

Praise God!

Pastor Terry Hilgen

 

Would you like to come to church with me this Sunday? 80% Say Yes!!! 

Dear Saints,

Did you know you can win souls to Jesus by simply inviting people to church?  80% of all people invited to church said YES!!!  So why are we not inviting and packing our cars with people and taking them to church?  SHARING, WITNESSING and INVITING people to Jesus' church is still one of the most effective salvation nets in the world today!  All you have to do is frequently say, "Would you like to come to church with me this Sunday?"  

See your loved ones, family, friends, co-workers and community turn to salvation through your local church!  Why?  How?  Because 80% of our invited guests say YES!!!  If they say yes to church, they will most likely say yes to JESUS during the alter call to receive Jesus from your Pastor!  But it starts with you simply inviting others to church and saying, "Would you like to come to church with me this Sunday"

Why is your invitation to church so effective?  Because only 2% of Christians are Evangelist.  Because only 2% of church members invite unchurched people to church?  Because 95% of all Christians have never lead an unbeliever to Christ?  Because 80% of all Christians do not consistently witness Christ?   

Just say, "Would you like to come to church with me this Sunday" to an unchurched soul and encounter the power of Holy Spirit operating in your life!  You'll be glad you did!  Let's plunder hell and popular heaven by this simple net.  Praise Jesus His church is still effective today!  

God richly bless you,

Pastor Terry Hilgen

REIGN CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP

 

Conduct & Character, Turn On's or Turn Off's 

Dear Saints,

At REIGN our MISSION is:  LOVE Jesus, SHARE Jesus, LOVE Others To Jesus.  Since it's easy to Love Jesus, let's move on the harder part, Share(ing) Jesus.  We have all been called to Share Jesus with others.  We can share Jesus in many ways, telling, inviting, modeling, even by our conduct and character.  Conduct and Characteristics of the Christian is just like telling someone about Jesus.  By your conduct one can inspire another to turn towards Jesus, or even away from Jesus by our actions. Check out this real life story: 

"While Gandhi was a practicing Hindu, Christianity intrigued him. In his reading of the Gospels, Gandhi was impressed by Jesus whom Christians worshiped and followed. He wanted to know more about this Jesus that Christians referred to as “the Christ, the Messiah.” 

The Rev. Pattison tells the following story: One Sunday morning Gandhi decided that he would visit one of the Christian churches in Calcutta. Upon seeking entrance to the church sanctuary, he was stopped at the door by the ushers. 

He was told he was not welcome, nor would he be permitted to attend this particular church as it was for high-caste Indians and whites only. He was neither high caste, nor was he white. Because of the rejection, he turned his back on Christianity. 

With this act, Gandhi rejected the Christian faith, never again to consider the claims of Christ. He was turned off by the sin of segregation that was practiced by the church. It was due to this experience that Gandhi later declared, “I’d be a Christian if it were not for the Christians." 

Let not history repeat itself. Christians lets walk what we preach, the gospel of love, grace and truth. Church let's be the light, salt and witnesses of the love of Christ Jesus to our entire world, frequently and continually in conduct and character!  Let's turn people on to Jesus, and not turn people off from Jesus any longer. 

You never know who you will be influencing.  Imagine if Gandhi gave His heart to Jesus, how many followers would have come to Jesus.  Father God use us to impact our world and turn all souls in our world to encounter Jesus in word and our actions, in Jesus name. Amen.  

Love you all in Christ Jesus!!! 
Pastor Terry Hilgen

Character Counts with God 

Dear Saints,

I want to share with you one of my personal favorite chapters in the entire bible, Romans 12.  I frequently do a spiritual checkup with God to see how my behavior and conduct is matching up to His word. 

As Charismatic believers, God desires us to move in faith, spiritual gifts and power, but God also wants us to walk in character.  Oftentimes, we can get so puffed up by our gift and by others, we become prideful, selfish or just down right mean.  Matching our conduct to Romans 12 insures we are in God's will, and helps destroy the fleshly, worldly side affects of sin which grieves Holy Spirit and others.  We are called to be holy as He is holy.  

Your heart, like mine, is to mirror Jesus and be Christ like to all people.  My intention is to inspire you to be the best Christian possible and fulfill our church Mission to Love Jesus, Share Jesus, Love People to Life.  Romans 12 helps us to fulfill God's will for our lives and fulfill the Mission.  Here's some of my favorite verses that destroy pride and keeps me humble:

v1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God...

v2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind...  

v3  do not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith."

v10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;

v13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. 

v16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. 

v18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 

v21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Romans 12 can be a life changer for you, your loved ones, family, friends and church!  Put it to practice and you will be God's blessing in action.  Remember, character counts with God.    

Jesus richly bless you!

Pastor Terry Hilgen

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