Message from the Pastor

Hello Beloved of God,

I am delighted you are reading this, as it gives me an opportunity to share with you the focus of our ministry: “living heart-to-heart.” The heart represents the very core or essence of a person. God’s heart, the very essence of God, is Love. Our deepest desire is to have our hearts aligned with God’s heart, and to help others to do the same.i Jesus expressed God’s heart when he gave the Great Commandment: to love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves. This simple, yet profound, commandment is our guide for living a heart to heart lifestyle.ii

As we enter into a dynamic, intimate relationship with each member of the Trinity, our hearts become purified,iii beating steadily in rhythm with the Divine heartbeat. In that process we come to embrace God’s heart of love for us.iv As our hearts are warmed by that Love, we are healed;v then we know our true identity as the “Beloved of God.”vi We learn to live from a place of spiritual restvii as we experience and express the fruit and gifts of the Spirit.viii

Out of a heart-to-heart relationship with God, we overflow with a heartfelt love for others.ix A deep experience of agape (selfless, unconditional love) translates into non-judgmental attitudes and actionsx that express the heart of God in tangible ways, especially those outlined in Isaiah 61:1-4.xi We have the same Spirit that anointed Jesus to do all of the things He did. It is imperative that we live in, and from, a place in His heart in order to do so. Love is indeed the greatest force and power in the universe.

Many people are talking about the upcoming outpouring of God’s Spirit. An essential precursor to revival is a revival in the hearts of God’s people. If we want to be partners in facilitating the establishment of Kingdom reign, we need to love God passionately, accept Divine love as God’s heart for us, and love others with an unquenchable determination and fervor. Darkness can’t exist in an atmosphere of love. That is one of the simple keys to fostering Kingdom culture and expanding God’s Kingdom on earth.

We would love to have you join our community, online or in person, as we are learning to relate heart-to-heart with God and others. We aren’t perfect, but, by God’s Grace, we are growing and becoming more aligned with God’s heart of Love as we worship, study, and minister together.

 

Blessings,

Pastor Elaine

 


Endnotes

i ” We have come into an intimate experience with God’s love, and we trust in the love he has for us. God is love! Those who are living in love are living in God, and God lives through them. By living in God, love has been brought to its full expression in us.…” I John 4:16 TPT.

ii When we read that David had a heart after God’s (I Sam. 13:14), the accurate translation is that he had a heart like God’s. He was not perfect, but he had lived a heart-to-heart lifestyle that enabled him to develop a heart that mirrored the heart of God.

iii “Now, because of your obedience to the truth, you have purified your very souls, and this empowers you to be full of love for your fellow believers. So express this sincere love toward one another passionately and with a pure heart.” I Peter 1: 22 TPT. See also Psalm 51:10.

iv “Our love for others is our grateful response to the love God first demonstrated to us.” I John 4:19 TPT.

“The Lord is so close to all whose hearts are crushed by pain, and he is always ready to restore the repentant one. Even when bad things happen to the good and godly ones, the Lord will save them and not let them be defeated by what they face.” Psalm 34:18-19 TPT.

vi It is powerful to study the many ways God identifies us: we are loved as children (I John 1:12, Eph. 1:5, I John 3:1-2), priests (I Peter2:9), and the bride (Rev. 21:9, 2 Cor. 11:2).

vii “So everyone, come to me! Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis. Simply join your life with mine. Learn my ways and you will discover that I’m gentle, humble easy to please. You will find refreshment and rest in me. For all that I require of you will be pleasant and easy to bear.” Matthew 11:28-30 TPT.

viii “The fruit of the Spirit is: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control….” (Galatians 5:22). 

ix “Those who are loved by God, let his love continually pour from you to one another, because God is love. Everyone who loves is fathered by God and experiences an intimate knowledge of Him.” I John 4:7 TPT. See also: John 13:34, and I Cor. 13:4-7.

x “Follow God’s example and leadership in everything you do, for then you will represent your Father as His beloved sons and daughters, and continue to walk surrendered to the extravagant love of Christ, for he surrendered His life as a sacrifice for us. His great love was pleasing to God, like an aroma of adoration-a sweet healing fragrance in heaven and earth. Ephesian 5:1-2 TPT.

See also Matthew 25:35.

xi “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners; to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to grant those who mourn in Zion, giving them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. Then they will rebuild the ancient ruins, they will raise up the former devastations; and they will repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations.” Isaiah 61:1-4 NASB.

 

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