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Scripture for the month:

May 2017 
Ephesians 3: 14-21 (NKJV)

For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,  that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man,  that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,  may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—  to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,  to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Pastor's Note

One of the many blessings God has bestowed upon me is the small group of guys that meet every month to study, to encourage one another, to mourn with and pray over, to rejoice with and to love.  What started out as a gathering of four Bedford County Church of the Brethren pastors has become something much more.  So my love and encouragement to my brothers John Neff, Maynard Baker and Tim Emmons for God has brought us together for such a time as this and I am so deeply grateful.
We've been studying Jonathan Cahn's amazing book, 'The Book of Mysteries' [1]  and I want to share with you a powerful revelation from that book which is the inspiration for this month's Pastor's Note. I've adapted it for these purposes, using the above Ephesians text.

Today's Christian Church faces many obstacles and challenges, we as Christians face obstacles and challenges which at times are overwhelming. God through His Holy Spirit has something better for us than to be distracted by obstacles or to be disheartened by challenges for we have within us the power and might of the Holy Spirit of God who enables us to change not only our attitude toward sin but to change our attitude of 'I'm not capable' and 'I'm can't' into 'I'm able and I can'!

Notice the word might in verse 16.  It comes from the Greek word 'dynamis' which Cahn reveals comes from the root word 'dunamahee' which means 'I am able'.  Cahn notes there are no restrictions or limitations to the amount of power we have in the Holy Spirit, therefore, there are no restrictions or limitations to our ability to do anything God calls us to do - even the impossible.  You and I have living within us the power of the Holy Spirit of God who makes possible things we don't think are.  It is up to us to operate in the unlimited power of 'I am able'.

Secondly, the word dunamahee means 'I can'. Again, there's no limitations or restrictions upon us only how big we can dream, how large we can envision and how wonderful a blessing WE choose to be. 
My friends, we can do anything God wants us to do to extremes greater than we can imagine!  Do you want to bring revival in your life or in your community or church?  Dream big and operate in the power of 'I AM ABLE' and "I CAN"!  Do you want to grow spiritually in the disciplines and God's Word? Dream big, dream deep! Have you ever asked God to make you GREAT at what you do or have you settled for something less than your full potential? Do you want to enjoy being a Christian again - live in the power of "I am able' and "I can' and whenever your cup feels drained, Almighty God will refill it to overflowing - just ask my brothers John, Maynard, Tim or myself, Amen!

Love,
Pastor Paul

[1] Jonathan Cahn 'The Book of Mysteries', published by Frontline, 2016


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