Pastor’s Blog – November 2017

Blessings Gathering Family,

The month of November is the time of year that we take to be thankful for God’s abundant blessings.

Even though being thankful isn’t just for the Thanksgiving holiday, scripture tells us to be “thankful in everything; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

When we are burdened down with the cares of this world, we can praise God for who He is and for His promise that He will never leave us or forsake us. We are also thankful that we have been blessed with the gift of eternal life.

Colossians 3:17 says, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

I encourage you this season to be thoughtful in all you do and say. Let us remember what He has brought us through and how faithful He is every day to work all things for His glory!

So many are lost, weary, sad, discouraged and depressed, but we have the answer! We need to have boldness to share our testimony with these people, so that they would experience the hope of His salvation. 

I pray that we would be a body of believers that display His love for all to see. That we live godly lives that are pleasing to Him and honor His name. It is a privilege to be a child of God and serve in His kingdom. Help us, Lord, to serve You with our whole being.

May the Lord bless the time with your families and let you experience His amazing grace!

Pastor Seymour

 

Pastor’s Blog – October 2017

Greetings Gathering Family,

Welcome to the beautiful month of October! As we shift from one weather season to the next, The Lord is bringing His people of The Gathering into a new season of transition and change as well. This is both an exciting and challenging time for all of us.

Proverbs 16:9 says, “A man’s heart plans his way, but The Lord directs his steps.” Many times, we are moving along in a certain rhythm of life that we are comfortable with, when suddenly, The Father grabs our attention to re-focus us where He wants us to go and helps us shift into the next season of our life.

I want to encourage you to remember the faithfulness of our Father who has   demonstrated, over the years, His ability to bring us all through many seasons of transition from faith to faith.

Isaiah 55:8-12 tells us, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My Word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. For you shall go out with joy, and be led out with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth into singing before you, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”

I pray that we yield our hearts to accomplish His plans and purposes in this new season.

Pastor Seymour

 

 

Pastor’s Blog – September 2017

Greetings Family of God,

Happy Labor Day!

I pray each of you will take the day and rest and also enjoy fellowship with friends and family….

So often, because of the busy lives we lead, we miss the God-given opportunity to rest. Many times in my life I have forgotten the Lord’s command to work six days and on the seventh or Sabbath to REST, and enjoy the Lord’s presence.

I encourage you all to learn to enjoy the Sabbath rest the Lord has provided for us.

I enjoy worshipping the Lord and looking into His Word. I find such refreshment of body and soul.

Many times our maladies and illness can be attributed to the failure to practice the Sabbath rest.

I am learning, and might add the hard way, how important it is to obey all of the Lord’s commands even the one about a day of rest after six days of toil!

Let’s all work on this together by reminding each other to observe the Sabbath rest.

I am certain it will truly benefit each of us.

Pastor Ken

 

 

 

 

 

Pastor’s Blog – August 2017

Gathering Family, 

Grace and peace to you from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ! I declare that His grace is present to empower you to live boldly in the knowledge of Him and that you are led in His paths of peace.

I want to share a excerpt of a declaration that I wrote in my journal that I believe will apply to you, as well as you speak it over yourself in faith.

“God is faithful in every season. God has started a good work in me and will not fail to complete it. He bears me up on wings like eagles. My wings are not being clipped; I am maturing. The sky is the limit. It’s time to see from a higher perspective by getting low. The one who is great will be servant of all. It’s an opportunity to see man’s wisdom for what it really is–foolishness to God. It’s time to step into greater kingdom reality. 

I rejoice in where You have taken me. I praise You for lighting my steps in front of me. Even at night I am secure. I keep my lips from speaking evil and guard my heart. You train my fingers for battle and my hands for war. In my weakness You are strong. You are a Good Father to Your children. Your lovingkindness is better life and I will serve You with my whole heart. Lead me into wide open spaces and satisfy my longing with Your Spirit.”

What an awesome God we serve. His grace has been extended to us in great measure. I leave you also with this exhortation from Philippians 4:16-17:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

In Christ, 

 

Pastor Marcus

 

 

Pastor’s Blog – July 2017

Gathering Family,

Summer is in full swing! Kids are out of school, vacations are on the brain, and the watermelon is ripe and ready to be carved up at barbecue gatherings. So many of us look forward to vacation because of the freedom it brings. Leaving  behind the cares and concerns of everyday life looks so attractive! And it is! God hasn’t created us to fire on all cylinders all the time. But trust me when I say that God is not just interested in giving you a care-free vacation only. He wants to give you a “whole man” tune up –spirit, mind and body– and strengthen you for the road ahead.

Isaiah 30:15 says, “This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says, ‘In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength…’ “ When you rest, God is still at work. What a great arrangement! He aligns outside circumstances and things you have no control over while you rest. Even when you think you can’t get away, God has designed rest to strengthen you in trusting His influence in your affairs.

Rest also gives us an outside-looking-in perspective on what is important. Jeremiah 6:16 says, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Stand at the crossroads and look; and ask for the ancient paths where the good way lies; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.’ ” God assures us that if we will rest physically (stand apart) from our own busyness, He’ll give us new perspective and desire for a    better way–His good way. Then when we begin working (walking) in God’s good way, we’ll have greater rest even when we’re working–even rest for our souls.

So while you vacation this summer, I pray you release your burdens to Christ (Matthew 11:27-30). All that has weighed you down is now His to carry. In finding His way, you will find rest for your souls!

Pastor Marcus

 

 

Pastor’s Blog – June 2017

Dear Family of God,

Greetings in the Name of our Great God and Savior Jesus Christ!

What an exciting month June is!

Graduations—from primary, middle, high school and college; we are so proud of our graduates and their accomplishments. God has amazing plans for your life and is willing to bless your steps forward as you put your faith in Him.

Now we have completed our move and this Sunday we will worship the Lord at the Corona Civic Center. The book of Numbers describes how God led the Children of Israel for forty years across the wilderness to the Promised Land; the Bible teaches us to become like them…..Cloud Followers!

I believe we are doing just that…following the Holy Spirit as He leads The Gathering forward; our faith is growing, our trust in the Lord is increasing with each move we take!

The Lord loves those who trust in Him!

Be encouraged, brothers and sisters; our time of victory is upon us!

Favor from God is waiting for our activation! Forward progression into ALL the Lord has for us is now full steam ahead!

Look for God’s very best to overcome you.

A super big thank you to ALL those who blessed us by moving The Gathering. Your hard work and joyous spirit in the labor has brought great honor to the Lord!

Thanks so very much!

 Pastor Ken

 

 

Pastor’s Blog – May 2017

Dear Family of God,

God’s grace be upon you! I am writing to announce to you the birth of a new move of God in the Corona Valley. Just as Jesus’ birth was hailed by the shepherds after the heavenly announcement was made to them, so, too, the shepherds of Corona will hail the coming of God’s special grace upon His people in this region.

A heavenly announcement was made to us declaring, “…there’s a sound that is coming forth even from heaven in this hour. And many leaders are hearing this sound. It’s a sound of My voice. And I say to you that unique sound will come together as the leaders in this region come together… for there is a glory and there is an outpouring that is yet to be released in this region, but it’s always been My great desire.”

For years the Church in Corona has been fragmented and divided. Even though we rightly say we have been reconciled to God through Christ Jesus and He remembers our sins no more, it is difficult to reconcile ourselves one to another— even among leaders. Pastor Dave Tanner exclaimed, “This does not happen,” except the Lord be in the midst. And He is. We are witnessing a reconciliation movement taking place among church leaders that for us is ten years in the making. When leaders begin to defer to one another in the love of God and wash each others’ feet as a sign of humility and forgiveness, God is on the move!

Hear this shepherd; hail the Word of the Lord. This move will touch the whole valley and beyond!  Church leaders are becoming one and soon the Church will follow. This is God’s great desire, the results of which will be truly astounding. Get ready to see the book of Acts continue in our day as we’ve never seen before! 

Family of God, contend for more church leaders in this region to hear the sound of God’s voice calling them to reconcile one to another and for the body of Christ to be one. Then joy will overflow to us as it says in John 16:24, “Ask and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”

Pastor Marcus

 

 

Pastor’s Blog – April 2017

Dear Family of God,

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

I pray that each of you are growing in the grace of God and experiencing the sweet fellowship of the Holy Spirit. This past weekend, we concluded our 2nd annual worship conference. It was attended very well and several groups blessed us with their teams: Colorado, Santa Maria, Los Angeles, Washington, Guatemala, Indiana, to name a few.

I must say that after 37 years of following Jesus and certainly attending many different types of conferences, I have never experienced the Lord’s Presence in the way He revealed Himself to those attending the conference. “Magnificent, powerful, intense and very deep, overwhelming, over the top” were some of the comments made to me!

During these last days we will continue to experience Heaven’s Kingdom here on earth! “Thy Kingdom come” means earth’s kingdom must go!

For those of you who made time to attend, thank you!

For those of you who did not attend, I want to challenge you to consider your priorities:

Are they more earthly connected? Or heavenly connected?

As I stated, I just experienced the Lord in a way I have never experienced before!

I pray that when more opportunities come to “connect” with God and His purposes, we will all do so!

Blessings and peace,

Pastor Ken

 

Pastor’s Blog – March 2017

Gathering Family,

Where do you sit? Do you know the authority you have….in Jesus? That as a captain or a mover of the mountains? It has come to me that we should not get comfortable in praying and seeking God’s favor for just the healing of this land. But for this nation and this world, He says that we should GO throughout the whole world and preach the gospel. (Mark 16:15)

It is true that God has given us His favor. Not just because of a little rain, or the choice of president has been elected, then we should get comfortable. I believe we, more than ever before, should shoot the arrows of God that He has given us, and it should not be just seven. Those that came before us knew what we would need to possess this land. Now we need to know and increase in that for what it will take for our children to possess their land. Caleb understood this for him and his family. (Joshua 15:13-19)

In Jeremiah 29: 11, it clearly states that He has a plan for us – not that we would have a plan for Him. I believe that our God is about a legacy and an inheritance. This is not to attack your decision, but to challenge your vision. For without a   vision, we perish. I will go a little further with that: For without His vision, God’s vision, we perish. Write the vision down and make it plain for those that would see and run with it. 

If you are looking for the vision that God has given us, then just avail yourself to the continued prophetic words that God keeps giving to us. Is this your vision? Or is your vision different? If the latter is the one you ascribe to, then you should to take it up with God.

Now it is time to line up……

Norman Ford

 

 

Pastor’s Blog – February 2017

Greetings, Gathering Family!

February is the month we celebrate Valentine’s Day, and with all the emphasis on LOVE during this time, it might be more appropriately titled National Love Awareness Month. 

Now it’s not a bad thing to be reminded to express your love to others by sending them a card or giving them a gift.  But I think it would be even better if we tried to cultivate an “attitude of love” on a daily basis throughout the year.  So, how do we do that?

Well, first let’s see what God’s Word says about love.  John 15:13 (NKJV) says, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”  So, giving someone a gift is good, but it shouldn’t stop there.  We should be living our lives in such a way that we are developing that Christ-like nature within ourselves, so that when a situation arises where someone has a need, we don’t stop to think about whether or not we should help them, we just do it!  The apostle Paul stated it pretty clearly when he wrote in Philippians 2:3-5 (NLT), “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.  Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.”

Now, I’m not saying that’s an easy thing.  But even soldiers learn the importance of being ready to lay down their lives for their fellow soldiers.  The Marine Corps motto is “Semper  Fidelis” or Semper Fi,” which is Latin for “always faithful.”  It’s a concept that embodies the guiding principles and values of honor, courage and commitment.

Since we are soldiers in God’s army and Jesus Christ is our Commander-in-Chief, we should be emulating Him in all that we do.

Finally, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 & 13 (NLT) says, “Love is patient and kind.  Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way.  It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.  Love never gives up, never loses faith (semper fi), is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. . . .Three things will last forever–faith, hope, and love–and the greatest of these is love.”

It is my prayer that each of us will endeavor to become more like Christ in everything we do, and every month will become Love Awareness Month.

In His Love,

Larry Schmalz