August 25, 2021

Are you ready to receive? I’m excited! How about you? I’ve seen God powerfully moving upon people’s lives. I’ve seen Him doing this. I’ve seen Him anointing people for intercession and then immediately respond to their prayers for miraculous intervention. I’m not talking about the past. I’m talking about right now among us. Now is the time that He is anointing His church to act as His agents with full power. Are you excited? Are you positioning your faith to receive? Are you praising in preparation?

If you know someone is going to throw something to you, you get ready. Readiness is a physical stance. You position yourself differently depending on if they’re throwing something small and light or big and heavy. Catching a tennis ball is different than catching a watermelon. Your present stance will display what your faith is preparing to receive. Are you ready to catch a tennis ball or a watermelon? The Spirit of the Lord is saying, “Position yourself in faith to catch something big. Are your legs ready? Are your arms ready? Take a breath and tighten your core because here it comes.”

Sunday we’re celebrating our Father and our spiritual family by receiving communion together and eating fajitas.

Sako, my super incredible wife, is going to lead us in communion and share recent stories about God. You need to hear what He is doing! Seriously, you need to hear what He is doing because you need to position yourself to receive for yourself and those in your life the same things He’s doing in and through Sako’s life.

Then we’re going to party together with a wonderful meal. If you’d like to join us on Sunday, please give me a heads up. All are welcome, we just want to make sure we order enough food. I can’t wait! I love fajitas, but I’m most excited about celebrating Father with my amazing spiritual family. He is worthy of great celebration! And I am SO READY to play catch with Him! Are you?

Let’s grow together!

Matt Neese


There’s a famous saying that has been misattributed to many different historical leaders, and it says that all that is required for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing. This seems to be a sentiment that rings with people of all walks of life. My question is, “Is a person still good if they capitulate to evil?” And this brings us to another question, “What makes a person good?”

God is good. He made all things good and placed stewardship of all He made under humans. In humankind’s freewill, we chose to sin and then corrupted every living and inanimate object and bit of matter with the cancerous toxin of evil. Jesus came 2000 years ago to provide forgiveness and restoration to those who would receive it. But even those who have never heard of Jesus have God’s gift called a “conscience”. This conscience (if unscorched by continual rebellion and willful wickedness) is a compass that will guide us in the direction of goodness. It’s like a remnant of the light of goodness pointing towards God. This is designed to lead us to goodness, but does it make us good?

What makes a person good? The grace of God. None of us is good except by God’s grace. When we put our faith in the redeeming death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ, we receive God’s grace, His empowering, transformational gift that makes us holy good. This seed of goodness grows as we walk in continual intimacy and submission to the Lord God. We have one Lord, He is perfectly good, and He makes us good.

Is a person still good if they capitulate to evil? The word “capitulate” means to surrender unconditionally or to give up resistance. The one and only person to whom we are to surrender completely is our Lord Jesus Christ, and He said it is impossible to have two masters. To capitulate to evil is to choose evil as your master. For now forgiveness is available to those who repent, reject evil, and submit once again to the King of Kings because we are still in the Age of Grace, but the day of vengeance will come — the time when evil and those who have surrendered and have not resisted evil will face judgement. This is fact. “Those who obey him [the King] will not be punished. Those who are wise will find a time and a way to do what is right, for there is a time and a way for everything, even when a person is in trouble.” There is always a time and a way to do good, even in the very face of evil.

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  • 8/25 Ecclesiastes 8, Psalm 87, Nehemiah 11, I Corinthians 6
  • 8/26 Ecclesiastes 9, Psalm 88, Nehemiah 12, I Corinthians 7:1-24
  • 8/27 Ecclesiastes 10, Psalm 89, Nehemiah 13, I Corinthians 7:25-40
  • 8/28 Ecclesiastes 11, Psalm 90, Esther 1, I Corinthians 8
  • 8/29 Ecclesiastes 12, Psalm 91, Esther 2, I Corinthians 9
  • 8/30 Song of Solomon 1, Psalm 92, Esther 3, I Corinthians 10:1-13
  • 8/31 Song of Solomon 2, Psalm 93, Esther 4, I Corinthians 10:14-33
  • 9/01 Song of Solomon 3, Psalm 94, Esther 5, I Corinthians 11:1-15

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