Everlasting Love of God 

Dear Saints,

The Love of God is everlasting.  God's love was first demonstrated with preserving mankind with the flood.  God's love was then sealed with Noah in His covenant to all living things.  God said in His word, " Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the e-v-e-r-l-a-s-t-i-n-g covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”  Genesis 6:16.  This is the love of God!  Praise Him for His everlasting, unchanging and unconditional love of God!   

Man's love is so fickle, so conditional and so limited even at our best.  Our best intention giving love is oftentimes short lived, bias and selfish.  We love and the ones were giving love to often are not satisfied and unfulfilling.  Our best works of love can not compare to the love that comes from God.  Praise God His love is not our love.  Praise Jesus only His life satisfies.  Praise Holy Spirit only His love comforts and fulfills us.  Praise God He loves us with an everlasting love.  

At times we do not know how to love.  The best thing we can do is stop, soak and get marinated in His presence.  At times we do not real loved.  The best thing we can do is stop, soak and get marinated in His presence of worship.  At times we need God's love.  The best thing we can do is stop, soak and get marinated in His presence of truth. 

God Himself only satisfies.  Want to know love?  Spend time alone with the one and only who is love and love will get on you.  As children when we were taught how to cross the street.  Our parents taught us to stop, look and listen.  Sounds like sound advice for all of us today, stop, look and listen for God's everlasting covenant of love.  Once we receive His love, only then should we give the love of God to others. 

Our world is not looking for our fickle ever-changing love.  Our world is seeking God's love.  Let us not give man's love to one another, but God's everlasting love and kindness.  God's love only lasts and fulfills.  The answer is always Jesus.

Love you in Christ Jesus,

Pastor Terry     

ELEVATION  

Dear Saints,

We have been called to grow, advance and prosper in Christ Jesus.  In other words, we have been called to elevate.  To elevate means: raise or lift up to go high position: raise to a more important or impressive level. 

As new covenant Christians, we are endowed with Jesus' works, His name and Holy Spirit for great success!  More than any generation in the world, we have significant advantage to elevate Jesus high and lifted up, as well as prosper in God and with man. 

Let's imagine what our world would be like if we intentionally elevated in the areas that count the most in our lives. Imagine if others elevated these characteristics in our lives, and in return we elevated these to others:

Elevation in Love

Elevation in Faith

Elevation in Identity

Elevation in Authority

Elevation in Prayer

Elevation in Happiness

Elevation in Thanksgiving

Elevation in Contentment

Elevation in Value, Importance & Joy

How can this be achieved?  Simply by one step at a time, one level at a time and one foundation at a time.  As we intentionally step into a quality God desires us to step into, we should pray and fast and seek Holy Spirit's direction.  Our response is to obey and keep moving upward.  When we do all this, we move to glory to glory.  

What trips us up?  Simply it's sin, missing God's will or not hearing God.  Simply repent, step over it and move again to the upward call of Jesus Christ. 

I pray you were blessed.  Give it a try.  Live upwardly one step at a time and soon you will be at mountaintop elevations with God.  Transformation occurs on mountaintops, so go for it.  God loves mountaineers like Abraham, Moses, Elijah, Jesus, Peter, James and John.  Elevation and experience His glory.  

Jesus loves you!

Pastor Terry Hilgen

Reign Christian Fellowship 

POWER OF FASTING 

Dear Saints,

     All I know from my personal experiences on fasting are three things.  One, fasting is difficult.  Two, fasting is best when faced with a difficult situation.  Three, fasting provides supernatural sovereign moves of God.  Check out these amazing biblical results of fasting: 

Moses fasted 40 days, and receiving the Commandments – Deuteronomy 9:9-18.  

Elijah fasted and anointed Jehu, Elisha before being taken up to heaven– 1 Kings 19 

Ezra fasted for Jews to repent, and they were returned to Jerusalem and rebuilt the 2nd temple – Ezra 10:6-17 

Esther fasted, and received favor with the King and save her entire Jewish nation – Esther 4:15-17 

Darius fasted, and Daniel was not killed in the lions den – Daniel 6:18-23 

Daniel fasted 21 days, and God answered his prayer for his people  – Daniel 10:1-3 

Jesus fasted 40 days before being tempted by Satan, and Jesus begins His public miracle ministry – Matt 4:1-2 

Paul fasted, and he converts, becaming the apostle to the gentiles – Acts 9:1-9 

Church Elders in Antioch fasted, and sent out Paul & Barnabas to successfully preach Jesus throughout Asia Minor – Acts 13:1-3 

     Even great America Presidents believed in God, Prayed and Fasted for supernatural moves of God.  For instance, Washington called for four fasts; John Hancock three fasts; John Adams two fasts; James Madison three fasts; Thomas Jefferson called for a fast; Abraham Lincoln called for four fasts; Roosevelt, Wilson, Reagan and Bush all called for national day of prayer.  

     We don't have enough time to provide all the incredible testimonies that resulted from each fast, but America and the world were impacted greatly because of God's intervention.  You are just as significant as these men.  God is not a respecter of persons.  

Why not humble yourself, pray and fast and allow God's will in your situation. I'm excited to hear your personal testimony!

Pastor Terry Hilgen

FAQ'S: 

What is my attitude and expectation of Fasting?  Make no demands of God, but ask in faith and be totally submitted to His outcome.  

What will I experience by Fasting?  Drawing close to God, and exchanging your will to His will.  

What are biblical Fast duration?  Partial Day, Full Day Fast, 3 Day, 21 Day "Daniel's Fast" or 40 Day. 

What are biblical types of Fast?  Miss A Meal, Bread & Water, Daniel's (Fruits-Vegetables-Grains-Water), or Jesus, Disciples and Paul's Fast of No Food or Water (Use wisdom and seek medical advice from your doctor on this one). 

What is Pastor's suggestion of starting a Fast for beginners?  I highly suggest you to eat three square meals on the day your starting your fast, but take your last meal (dinner) before 6 PM.  Next pray and read the bible before going to bed.  Lastly, do not eat again till 12 noon the following day. (This is called a Partial Fast and a great way to introduce yourself to Fasting.  Repeat this a few times before advancing to more difficult fasts).

Father's Count 

Dear Saints,

I sincerely desire to bless all fathers this Father's Day with a simple message "Father's count".  Father's Count because with a father's "quality involvement" in children's lives produces amazing benefits!  

Here's a list of children's characteristics when father's are active in their child's life per psychological statistics:    Higher Confidence; Self-Esteem; Competence; Considerate; Assertive: Responsible; Self-Control; Independent; Healthy Courtships; Sexual Abstinence; Truthfulness; Honesty; Courage; Humility; Compassion; Wisdom; Goals Achieved; Selflessness: Healthier Physically & Emotionally; Academic Achievement; Happier Marriages; Graciousness; Obedience; Social Skills and Continent and Happier.    

These are wonderful list of qualities!  When dad's are present, active and provide quality time with their children, these characteristics are seen in their children!  Many of these characteristics point to Father God.  Praise God for fathers! 

Sadly though, absentee fathers most often result in fewer fruit or in some cases complete reduction from the above list per psychological medical statistics.  In other words, absentee fathers more often present the opposite desired characteristics listed above.  Praise God for mother's that fill in the gap!  Yes, father's are sadly missed.

Truthful, factual, statistically speaking, fathers are significant!  Father's count!  Being a father is the single most important privilege a man can become.  A role model for our children what it looks like to be a son to Father God.  A model for our children on they too can live humble, obedient, surrendered and dependent lives to Jesus. 

Father's, I solute you!  Father's, your significant, beautiful and needed!  Father's, I'm so proud of you and Father God is happy with you!  Father's keep doing your best because others count on you.  Father's help mother's create beautiful healthy children.  The facts don't lie.  

With statistics like this, father's count!  We could use a few more humble, courageous, lovers of Jesus Christ and fathers.  I pray dad's you are encouraged and motivated to be the best you can be.  With God's help, all things are possible to those who believe. 

Come visit us this Sunday as I spend more time on "Father's Count" and "Father God's Heart" for you.  

Dad's... Happy Father's Day!!!  

Jesus richly bless you,

Pastor Terry Hilgen

REIGN Christian Fellowship

PLUGGED IN ... 

Dear Saints,

Praise Jesus!  We have an endless power supply in Holy Spirit!  If we stay "Plugged In" to Holy Spirit, we will always have power available to us.  Our challenge is remaining in His power supply!  I'm excited to briefly share with you the importance to stay connected and plugged into God.

First, were not created to be alone and operate on our own.  When we're alone were disconnected from our Godly power source and will do anything to get recharged.  Not every power source is good.  Often times out of desperation we make terrible choices to get recharged.  When we're weak, we are more prone to make mistakes, lose our temper, lose our patience, unable to fight off temptations and eventually drift into sin.    

Second, were created to be in fellowship with God.  When were weak, God is strong.  We have an endless omnipotent supply of power available to us 24/7/365.  All we have to do is remain in Jesus, abide in Jesus and stay plugged into the power source gift from Jesus, Holy Spirit!!! 

Lastly, we were created to flow in the Holy Spirit with God's Spirit.  We can recharge and stay super charged with High Voltage through continual prayer, daily reading His word, communicating to God in our Heavenly Language, daily communion with Jesus, attending weekly fellowship of our local church and worship individually and corporately.  Jesus said, "I am the vine and you are the branches. Apart from me you can do nothing".  

We must remember power comes on with a switch, current, connection, power source.  Electrical appliances only work when they are plugged in.  Church, let's remain plugged into the power source of Holy Spirit if we intend to be like Christ.  Jesus remained in the Father, and Father remained in Him.  Likewise, we must be plugged into God, as well as Godly people such as your pastor, local church and fellow believers.  

Like you, I enjoy the modern benefits of electricity and all the gizmos that work on electricity.  Without power almost everything man created won't work.  Maybe someone left the cord unplugged?  Maybe all we need to do is simply grab the cord, plug it into the source and see power in the church once again. 

Jesus said it best in Matthew 17:1, "However, this kind does not come out except by prayer and fasting".  Prayer connects us to God's power and faith in Him.  Fasting connects us to God's ability and not our own.  Prayer and Fasting is God's formula for releasing heaven's "HIGH VOLTAGE" miracle healing power on earth.  

Plugged into Jesus makes us castles on a hill, lights in the darkness and lamps on a lamp stand.  Plugging into Holy Spirit connects us to JESUS.  

Can I get an Amen?  

Pastor Terry Hilgen

Reign Christian Fellowship

Why I'm a Worshiper. How about You? 

Dear Saints,

I believe this post will change lives and behaviors for life regarding Worship!  So get ready to be blessed and changed forever!  I want to share with you why I am a Worshiper.  Here we go...

The bible tells us God's throne is surrounded in Worship.  Lucifer the angel of God was in charge of Worship.  When Lucifer fell, he fell from his worship position and was cast out of heaven forever, yet worship continues in heaven forever without him.  Lucifer hates Christians worshiping Jesus, especially in church!  When we worship God, Lucifer is reminded of him losing his position in heaven as a worshiper. 

Lucifer's retaliation to God is to stop the worship, stop the worshiper, stop the musicians, stop the dancing, stop the joy. stop the raising of voices and raising of arms.  Lucifer retaliates to God for losing his worship position by creating false worship to mankind, false worship like heavy metal, seductive lyrics, seducing dances and x-rated language to defile mankind and get back to God. 

Satan now hates worship, and will do anything to stop it or stop you.  Sadly, many of us have drunk his cool-aid and are unknowingly agreeing to his plan by not worshiper God in church like Satan no longer can worship God.  Most importantly, Satan convinces Christians that worship is not necessary, too long, too short, too loud, too soft and too much performance.  

In conclusion, Christians we must worship Jesus in spirit and truth.  Now that you know the truth, we should give God what He likes and what we were created for.  Not give into to the enemies plan to stop worship, but engage all the more with passion, zeal, dance, shout, praise, inspiration and joy!!!  We oppose the devil by being a Jesus worshiper, on-time for worship, ready to worship, not late to worship, engaged in worship, participating in worship!!! 

Let us participate actively in worship being ready to worship with our best shout and dance to Jesus!!!  Remembering it not not up to the Worship leader to get us engaged, it's up to you. 

So let's break the Orange County spirit of casualness regarding worship by reminding God we live for Him and came to encounter God!  That your the one who takes the place of worship in heavenly places not willing to leave Gods presence!!!  Let's let the God know you are willing, surrendered and His worshipper who bring it with shouts of praise to King JESUS!!!!

Want to know why I sing (yet I am not a good singer)?  Want to know why I dance (yet I'm not a good dancer)?  Want to know why I shout (yet I should save my voice since I will be preaching soon)?  Want to know why I jump so often (yet I tire and perspire)?  Want to know why I stand with my arms lifted high (yet I am tired)?  Because I have replaced the betrayer as God's faithful worshiper who will NOT abandon my position, remain humble before King Jesus!!!  Because I like to jump on God’s adversaries head, every time I leap, leaping for the breakthroughs of my living God JESUS Christ!!!  

Want to know why I won't stop being a worshiper (yet I don't know how to play a single musical cord)?  It's my way to show Jesus my appreciation for His life, Sacrifice, Grace, Mercy, Acceptance, Forgiveness and Adoption!  It's my pleasure to openly show my disdain towards mediocrity, and my zealousness for the King!  It’s where I get my ultimate satisfaction and transformation!  Worship time is my most valuable time.  

Can I get an amen?  Now my question to you is... will you become a worshiper?  Willing to step out in faith in your open expression towards Jesus?  Are you encouraged to show God that your not ashamed?  Will you worship Jesus in spirit and truth, and give Him all he wants from you as He gave all Himself to you?  You can dance like David danced.  Simply step out in faith.  The alter is open.

Love you in Christ Jesus,

Pastor Terry Hilgen

REIGN Christian Fellowship  

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