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Nov. 17, 2017

Just Smoking

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Dear Beachside Family and Friends,

 

I have to confess to doing some smoking in my lifetime. I am grateful that I have not suffered any negative health consequences, in spite of my inability to quit. I have tried to cut back, but it is very difficult to do when my friends, and even my family, encourage me to continue, and even increase my smoking activities. I now expect I will continue to smoke for years to come. It seems impossible to stop. 

 

If the previous paragraph has left you uncomfortable, confused, or concerned, let me set your mind at ease. I'm not speaking of consuming and inhaling cigarette, cigar, or pipe smoke: I am referring to smoking meat, fish, and poultry. While writing this, I am engaged in smoking two turkeys for the Beachside Fellowship Women of Joy Thanksgiving Celebration. I have been smoking away for several hours, and there are several more left to go.

 

I have used several different types of smokers in my career. Two years ago, my family gave me an electric cabinet smoker which can be controlled by Bluetooth. I named it the "Glory Cloud". I have the smoker app on my iPhone, and it allows me to remotely manage the progress of whatever eagerly anticipated items I am preparing. I can see the smoker temperature, the time remaining, and the internal temperature of whatever I am cooking. It is the most convenient and easy to use cooking equipment I have ever owned, with one notable exception. 

 

In order to produce smoke that will flavor the food, I must insert wood chips into a hopper. As the chips are converted into smoke by the electric element, gravity is supposed to draw additional chips down the hopper to contact the element. This arrangement is supposed to guarantee a hassle–free smoking experience, with no need to add chips for many hours. It is a truly wonderful idea, but does not function well in practice. As the chips are heated, they tend to swell and stick in the hopper, impeding their flow to the heating element. After an hour or so, the smoke stops, and I am forced to open the hopper and manually stir the chips so they will once again fall toward the source of heat. Once I stir them up, prodigious amounts of smoke are once again produced, reestablishing the proper cooking environment inside the cabinet. If I do not take the time to stir the chips up, no smoke will be produced, and the food will be adversely affected.

 

I have discovered that what I must do in order to keep the smoke flowing is also necessary to break through the resistance of satan in my life. He is always trying to stop the gift of God and His power in every one of us. Demonic interference attempts to hold up and block the progress of salvation, healing, and prosperity in our lives. Just like the chips in the smoker hopper, we may feel "stuck", and disconnected from the source of the fire. We know that Jesus lives in us, that He has defeated Satan, and that He empowers us to do the same. He said "I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you." (Luke 10:19) Even though we know and accept this as true, it may seem that we are "stuck" in our situation. When we find ourselves experiencing these feelings, it's time to"stir it up"!

 

Paul wrote to Timothy:  "Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you..." (2 Timothy 1:6) When David was experiencing times of loneliness and feeling down, he took action. "And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God". (1 Samuel 30:6) The Hebrew word translated "encouraged" means to seize. David stirred himself up to take hold of God. When he did, God delivered his enemies into his hand, and he took back everything they had stolen.

 

Like the chips in my smoker, when we "stir it up" we move closer to the fire. Hebrews 12:29 tells us "...our God is a consuming fire". As we stir ourselves up in God, we begin to burn with His fire, consuming every resistance, for " Fire goes before him and consumes his foes on every side. (Psalm 97:3) That never works out well for Satan and his cohorts!

 

When we feel "stuck" in life and do not seem to be progressing, it's time to "stir it up". Let's encourage ourselves in our God and draw close to the fire of His Word. When we do so, every resistance will be consumed, and we will move forward with confidence and holy expectation. I've been smoking a lot recently, and not just with my smoker. I am stirring myself up in God and burning with holy fire! Won't you join me?

 

Pastor Ramon

 

Giving Made Simple

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Occasionally we have people who wish to give to this ministry who are not able to attend our services.  To make it easier for people to do so we now can accept tithes and offerings via your debit card.  Simply click the link at the bottom of this message and you will be taken to a safe and secure Paypal link that will assist you.  Thank you and GOD BLESS YOU for your generous support!
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Beachside Fellowship is a family of believers who embrace the Love of God and the Good News that we can live happy and fulfilled lives through a connection with Him. Growing together in our understanding of God, we teach what the Bible says about life, and are committed to a personal relationship with the Living Word, Jesus Christ. 
Our church is made up of people from many different denominational backgrounds, and we welcome all who have a desire to learn more about God and His Word. Beachside Fellowships' contemporary "come as you are" services are filled with the warmth of the Spirit, exciting worship music,  and the life changing Power of God. You CAN have the life you always wanted: join us at Beachside Fellowship, where'It's All About the Word!"

 

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Nov. 17, 2017

New Sports Park

The Triumph application states that the sports park is expected to create 1,074 additional full-time jobs.

PANAMA CITY BEACH — A proposed new sports park could have a profound positive impact on the local economy on a year-round basis, new studies show.

The project also could be larger than previously thought, with the Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau seeking to add a 109,000-square-foot indoor athletic and event facility to the plans, funded with $20 million in Triumph Gulf Coast oil spill damages.

In the first year of operation, the park would generate 60,000 room nights and $23.2 million in economic impact, according to a study by Sports Facilities Management, a sports complex planning and managing company working with the TDC on the project.

The project is expected to bring 81,611 non-summer visitors into the market after the initial ramp-up period, the study found.

“Triumph Gulf Coast’s investment in the project will help spur more than $200 million in new investment on the east end of Panama City Beach,” the study shows. “Infrastructure improvements in the areas surrounding the park will attract new private capital investment in retail businesses.”

The CVB’s Triumph application states that based on research conducted by Visit Florida, the state’s tourism marketing arm, one full-time job is created for every 76 unique visitors to the state, which means the sports park is expected to create 1,074 additional full-time jobs.

“I think that the numbers are actually on the conservative side, and they are right in line with the economic impact that we generate from sports currently,” said Dan Rowe, executive director of the Bay Tourist Development Council. “The tournaments we are able to generate from this will be a game changer for Panama City Beach.”

TDC Chairman Philip “Griff” Griffitts said the whole idea of the park is to increase tourism in the shoulder season.

“Like now, the beach is a ghost town,” he said. “If we had a tournament to play in November and December, it would be great. (The sports park) would have a major impact (on the economy). It is something the TDC has needed for some time.”

He said families coming to Panama City Beach to attend sporting events also will spend money at a wide range of Beach businesses.

“They are going to go to WonderWorks or the beach or play putt-putt, lots of things,” Griffitts said.

Beach Mayor Mike Thomas, also a TDC member, said visitors to the events will boost sales at many businesses on the beach on a year-round basis.

″(The park) will have people visiting during the fall and winter when we normally can’t play because the grass ain’t growing,” he said, adding the indoor facility is a good use of the Triumph dollars.

The sports park application is competing against many other applicants for the Triumph funds, including those who want the first $300 million spent on workforce training.

“I agree we need workforce training, more money for education,” Thomas said. “But this (Triumph) money should be used to enhance the business in the tourist area, so when we have an oil spill again it will make us more resilient.”

The proposed sports park complex is slated to be located on 151 acres in Breakfast Point at 8222 Back Beach Road.

According to the Triumph application, the park will ensure Bay County remains a competitive tourist destination; stimulate growth into new seasonal sports-related markets; serve as a catalyst for private sector development; address the region’s workforce development needs; generate tax revenue; strengthen existing businesses; and provide more year-round employment.

“The combination of high quality visitor amenities, state-of-the-art amateur athletic fields and creative sign design will set a new standard for sports complexes throughout the country,” the application states.

The Triumph funds, should they be approved, would pay for a 109,000-square-foot indoor athletic facility that would house eight basketball courts or 16 volleyball courts, team meeting rooms, locker rooms and training/physical therapy rooms. In addition to the court sports, the facility is proposed to accommodate indoor sports such as wrestling, gymnastics and cheerleading, as well as exposition and trade shows.

Plans also call for an outdoor complex with 13 fields for soccer, lacrosse, rugby, football, baseball and softball, with nine artificial turf fields and four natural grass fields.

Nov. 9, 2017

Beyond the natural

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November 9, 2017
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Dear Beachside Family and  Friends,

 

I am always thinking, thinking about life, the Author of life, and how His Word applies to the circumstances we encounter. Over the past two weeks in particular, I have been thinking about and meditating on things that I cannot see with my physical eyes, the unseen realm of the spirit. The Bible tells us that "It is by faith we understand that the whole world was made by God’s command so what we see was made by something that cannot be seen. (Hebrews 11:3)  Everything we see was created from a substance we cannot see. 

 

This means that the things created by God  in this natural realm are less substantial than the supernatural substance from which they were created. Jesus, who has a resurrected body, was able to pass through natural walls when He appeared to His disciples. His resurrection body is made of that substance we cannot see with our physical eyes, and has power over the natural realm. In short, the realm of the spirit is more real and more powerful than the realm of the natural. 

 

Grasping this principle is of great importance when we consider what things we are able to see. Success in the Kingdom of God requires that we be able to see beyond the natural, and look upon the supernatural. As 2 Corinthians 4:18 reveals "We set our eyes not on what we see but on what we cannot see. What we see will last only a short time, but what we cannot see will last forever." 

 

Thomas, one of the twelve disciples of Jesus could not grasp this principle. Not in the room at the first appearance of the Resurrected Jesus, he refused to believe the report of  the other apostles. He told them in paraphrase " I cannot believe what I cannot see." Expressed  in modern vernacular "seeing is believing" This mindset requires natural visual evidence in order to believe that something is real. I have always understood the reasoning behind that statement in the natural realm. If I can see it, it must be real. 

 

I have since discovered that the opposite is true.  Believing IS seeing! What people see with their natural eyes and accept as real is dependent upon what they believe. "The eleven followers went to Galilee to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. On the mountain they saw Jesus and worshiped him, but some of them did not believe it was really Jesus. (Matthew 28:16-17) The disciples who did not believe knew Jesus had been crucified and died, but did not yet accept that he rose from the dead. They believed in death, not the resurrection, and what they saw did not agree with what they believed, causing them to doubt it was Jèsus they were seeing. What they believed robbed them of the ability to see the truth. Believing is seeing. 

 

Many who say they see cannot see. What they believe in this natural world so controls their thinking that they ignore the obvious before their very eyes. If it does not agree with what they believe it cannot be so. This is  particularly true when God does miraculous things beyond their frame of reference and education. They don't believe, so they cannot see. What they believe requires them to close their eyes to the truth that is set before them. What we believe controls what we see. Believing Is seeing. 

 

I have recently watched medical professionals deny the truth before their eyes because they believe in death, not life. Because of this belief, they ignore the evidence of life before them and pronounce doom upon their patients. Some have even exchanged a belief in life for a belief in death. Their fixation upon sickness and death hás become a religion requiring adherence to hopelessness and denial of the power of God to heal. They see only what they want to see. Believing is seeing. 

 

BELIEVERS understand believing is seeing. Faith enables us to look beyond the natural and see what is unseen. We see healing, salvation, and deliverance because we see circumstances through the lens of the Bible. Looking through the lens of the Bible to our circumstances enables us to see the unseen power of healing and prosperity available to us. Believing empowers us to see the truth in the Word of God and apply it to our lives. The supernatural is more powerful than the natural, and when we focus our eyes on what is unseen, poverty is turned to prosperity, sickness to health and healing, and death to life. "We set our eyes not on what we see but on what we cannot see. What we see will last only a short time, but what we cannot see will last forever." (2 Corinthians 4:18) Believing is Seeing: think about it!

 

Pastor Ramon

 

 

Giving Made Simple

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Occasionally we have people who wish to give to this ministry who are not able to attend our services.  To make it easier for people to do so we now can accept tithes and offerings via your debit card.  Simply click the link at the bottom of this message and you will be taken to a safe and secure Paypal link that will assist you.  Thank you and GOD BLESS YOU for your generous support!
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Tuesday November 14th
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Our live webcast is now available on the Beachside Fellowship Facebook page and at Beachsidefellowship.com.  You can either watch live (if you are not able to be in service with us) or watch the latest episode when we are not streaming live.  Click on the picture and it will take you right to the page on our website.
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Tues November 14th
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Thurs Nov. 16th 6:00pm
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Prayer and Worship Service
will resume in Janurary

 

Beachside Fellowship is a family of believers who embrace the Love of God and the Good News that we can live happy and fulfilled lives through a connection with Him. Growing together in our understanding of God, we teach what the Bible says about life, and are committed to a personal relationship with the Living Word, Jesus Christ. 
Our church is made up of people from many different denominational backgrounds, and we welcome all who have a desire to learn more about God and His Word. Beachside Fellowships' contemporary "come as you are" services are filled with the warmth of the Spirit, exciting worship music,  and the life changing Power of God. You CAN have the life you always wanted: join us at Beachside Fellowship, where'It's All About the Word!"

 

Tel: 850-960-6026

 

Oct. 28, 2017

God's Love is a Commitment

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October 27, 2017
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Dear Beachside Family and Friends,

 

 

 

But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) (Eph 2:4-5) When we experience the storms of life, nothing is more comforting than knowing that God loves us. His love for us is what compelled Him to send Jesus, and motivated Jesus to offer His life for our sins. The Bible tells us God is Love, but what does that really mean?

 

 

 

From a human perspective, we experience love as an emotion. We fall in love, we fall out of love. We love our dogs, we love our husbands or wives, and we love God. The emotional connection we feel with people and things is what we call love, but is it the God kind of love? God's love for us is not based on how he feels, but on the decision He made to be committed to us. The love of God IS commitment. I'm glad that God's love for me is not based upon how He feels about me. I'm glad He's not "in love" or "out of love" with me based on my actions. I know He loves me and is committed to me regardless of my actions, good or bad. That doesn't give me the right to act badly, but rather the conviction that God loves me and wants the best for me even when I mess up!

 

 

 

God loves you in exactly the same way. He sent Jesus to the cross to bear the penalty for your sins so that you could have a relationship with Him. He will always love you, even when you do not act lovingly toward Him. God always wants the best for you, and tells you in 1 Cor, 13:7 "Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance." Isn't it wonderful to know that He will never give up on you?

 

 

 

We will meet Friday night at 7:00 PM at the church for our monthly Prayer and Worship service, specifically to pray for our nation. We have been experiencing the presence of God and His power at every prayer service. Prayer continues at 9:30 AM on Sunday, followed by our service at 10:00 AM. Social media has been abuzz with miracle reports from our congregation. Please share your testimonies with us, so that we can rejoice with you. See you soon!

 

 

 

Pastor Ramon

 

 

Giving Made Simple

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Occasionally we have people who wish to give to this ministry who are not able to attend our services.  To make it easier for people to do so we now can accept tithes and offerings via your debit card.  Simply click the link at the bottom of this message and you will be taken to a safe and secure Paypal link that will assist you.  Thank you and GOD BLESS YOU for your generous support!
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Friday October 27th at 7:00pm
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Our live webcast is now available on the Beachside Fellowship Facebook page and at Beachsidefellowship.com.  You can either watch live (if you are not able to be in service with us) or watch the latest episode when we are not streaming live.  Click on the picture and it will take you right to the page on our website.
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transformed time 4
Youth Ministry
Wednesdays 6:30 PM
Menministry 2
Men's Mt Movers
WOJ 2
Women of Joy 
Tues November 14th
Thanksgiving Dinner
Marsha's house
6:00pm
singles dinner 2
4S Singles
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Prayer and Worship Service
Friday October 27th 7:00pm

 

Beachside Fellowship is a family of believers who embrace the Love of God and the Good News that we can live happy and fulfilled lives through a connection with Him. Growing together in our understanding of God, we teach what the Bible says about life, and are committed to a personal relationship with the Living Word, Jesus Christ. 
Our church is made up of people from many different denominational backgrounds, and we welcome all who have a desire to learn more about God and His Word. Beachside Fellowships' contemporary "come as you are" services are filled with the warmth of the Spirit, exciting worship music,  and the life changing Power of God. You CAN have the life you always wanted: join us at Beachside Fellowship, where'It's All About the Word!"

 

Tel: 850-960-6026

 

Oct. 20, 2017

Failure is not an option

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Dear Beachside Family and Friends,

 

Life can pass out a few blows. Sometimes they are light brushes with negative circumstances, and other times they are seriously jarring events, events which are life-changing, even life threatening. Every person experiences challenges and setbacks that can leave them feeing like a failure in life. Feelings of failure can be transitory or permanent depending upon the individual's response to the circumstances around them. We cannot control the circumstances around us or the actions of other people. We do have the ability to control our response to those circumcstances, and whether or not we become failures.

 

It has been said "if at first you don't succeed, try again. When faced with the difficult task of creating the first lightbulb, Thomas Edison experienced many defeats. When questioned about the process, Edison said "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” He later stated "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Having faced many challenges with the sometimes complicated products he developed, the great inventor learned an important lesson: it is impossible to be a failure if you never quit.

 

Jesus faced many opportunities to become a failure. He was constantly rejected by the religious leaders of His day, and was accused of being controlled by saran. The constant resistance to the message of His ministry and the hatred directed toward Him personally  would tempt any man to quit. Isaiah well prophesied "He was despised and rejected-a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care" (Isa 53:3) Despite the rejection Jesus experienced, He never gave up, and He never quit. He knew if he continued to do what God asked him to do, it was impossible for Him to be a failure. 

 

When we experience the many challenges of life, we must decide that failure is not an option. If life knocks us down, we must choose to get up again. We may be knocked down, but if we get up, we have not failed, and we will not be failures.  Jesus experienced the ultimate knockdown when He was crucified. He knew the cross was in his future, and He declared His resurrection prior to His death. He told His disciples "Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again. (Matt 20:18-19) Jesus refused to fail or have the mindset of a failure. He said "I will rise again!" "No matter what men do to me, I will not fail, I will rise again!"

 

Like Jesus, we have the power to get up again. We can rise above the challenges and setbacks of life and refuse to be a failure. Romans 8:11 tells us "The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead, assuring His victory and success, resides in every born-again believer. 

 

Resurrection power is available to turn your defeat into victory, your sickness into health, your poverty into prosperity, and your failure into success. When you trust in the Word of God and refuse to quit, you cannot be a failure.

Jesus never fails, and when He lives in your heart you have all you need to succeed. Failure is not an option. Never stop, never give up, and never quit. With this attitude, victory is assured, and it won't take very long! Expect to win. Rise up, and become the success you were meant to be. You already have everything you need to succeed. Do it!

 

 

Pastor Ramon

Giving Made Simple

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Occasionally we have people who wish to give to this ministry who are not able to attend our services.  To make it easier for people to do so we now can accept tithes and offerings via your debit card.  Simply click the link at the bottom of this message and you will be taken to a safe and secure Paypal link that will assist you.  Thank you and GOD BLESS YOU for your generous support!
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Friday October 27th at 7:00pm
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webcast

Our live webcast is now available on the Beachside Fellowship Facebook page and at Beachsidefellowship.com.  You can either watch live (if you are not able to be in service with us) or watch the latest episode when we are not streaming live.  Click on the picture and it will take you right to the page on our website.
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Wednesdays - 6:30 PM
transformed time 4
Youth Ministry
Wednesdays 6:30 PM
Menministry 2
Men's Mt Movers
WOJ 2
Women of Joy 
Tues November 14th
Thanksgiving Dinner
Marsha's house
6:00pm
singles dinner 2
4S Single
Backyard Burgers
 Thurs. 6:00pm
 
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Prayer and Worship Service
Friday October 27th 7:00pm

 

Beachside Fellowship is a family of believers who embrace the Love of God and the Good News that we can live happy and fulfilled lives through a connection with Him. Growing together in our understanding of God, we teach what the Bible says about life, and are committed to a personal relationship with the Living Word, Jesus Christ. 
Our church is made up of people from many different denominational backgrounds, and we welcome all who have a desire to learn more about God and His Word. Beachside Fellowships' contemporary "come as you are" services are filled with the warmth of the Spirit, exciting worship music,  and the life changing Power of God. You CAN have the life you always wanted: join us at Beachside Fellowship, where'It's All About the Word!"

 

Tel: 850-960-6026
Oct. 12, 2017

The Lord is my shepherd

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October 12, 2017
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Dear Beachside Family and Friends,

 

As a young man, the future king of Israel David spent much time in the field caring for the flocks of his father Jesse. The shepherd of David's day lived a solitary existence and was expected to meet all the needs of the sheep. He led them to pasture, protected them from hungry predators, and watched over the birth of lambs. It was a lonely, smelly, dirty, and dangerous job, but David did it well. All that time spent in the field served to deepen his relationship with God, and the many hours spent watching sheep prepared him for his role as King and Shepherd of the nation of Israel.

 

He composed a song about his experience keeping the sheep. We know it as Psalm 23, one of the best known passages of scripture contained in the Bible. My mother would often read this Psalm to me as a child before I went to sleep, and when I was born again in my teenage years, I still remembered the opening words. "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want."

 

I have quoted those words thousands of times, and am even more convinced of their validity and applicability to life today. The Hebrew word translated "want" actually means to lack or fail. We could easily read it this way "the Lord is my shepherd, I shall not lack or fail." The world around us is full of lack and failure. What better words could we rely upon for confidence in these uncertain times?

 

The promised Descendent of King David described Himself this way: "“I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep." (John 10:14-15) Jesus paid the ultimate price to protect His sheep by dying on the cross. He took our sins, sickness, and pain upon Himself and purchased our freedom through His sacrifice. Risen from the dead and alive today, the Good Shepherd promises us "Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. (John 10:9-10)

 

Jesus promises us the same thing proclaimed by David 3000 years ago "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want, lack, or fail." Because Jesus gave his life for us, we are saved and find good and safe pasture. We shall not lack salvation. We shall not lack finances. We shall not lack healing and health, and WE SHALL NOT FAIL! We may experience setbacks, but we are never failures, for the Scripture proclaims " For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again...(Proverbs 24:16) As long as we continue to get up, we are not failures. The Good Shepherd helps us to rise up through the power of His Word, and returns our feet to the course of good pasture again!

 

Knowing that we shall not want, lack, or fail encourages us to have great expectations for the lives we live. Trusting in Jesus and following His plans for our lives enables us to declare in unison with David "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever." (Psalm 23:6) When you know the Good Shepherd, your present AND your future are fully secure. Something to think about!

 

 

Pastor Ramon

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Marsha and I would like to thank each and everyone of you that have given of your time, monies, support, love,and prayers.  Your truly make us feel loved and appreciated.  We pray that God will return unto you 100 fold in this life.  Thank you again for your love and support.  We love you!
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Beachside Fellowship is a family of believers who embrace the Love of God and the Good News that we can live happy and fulfilled lives through a connection with Him. Growing together in our understanding of God, we teach what the Bible says about life, and are committed to a personal relationship with the Living Word, Jesus Christ. 
Our church is made up of people from many different denominational backgrounds, and we welcome all who have a desire to learn more about God and His Word. Beachside Fellowships' contemporary "come as you are" services are filled with the warmth of the Spirit, exciting worship music,  and the life changing Power of God. You CAN have the life you always wanted: join us at Beachside Fellowship, where'It's All About the Word!"

 

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Oct. 5, 2017

The Truth Will Set You Free

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Dear Beachside Family and Friends:

 

Jesus did not grow up in a free society. He was born in Bethlehem of Judea and was raised in Nazareth of Galilee. Both the city of His birth, and the city of His upbringing were controlled by a ruthless Roman government that did not tolerate dissent. For the most part, His ministry was centered in Gallilee, where he did not run afoul of the Roman military government and their civil officials. Contrary to the representations of liberation theology and social justice, Jesus was not a revolutionary. His goal was redeeming mankind, and He successfully carried out His ministry in the midst of oppressive political circumstances. 


What was revolutionary were His ideas. He espoused a relationship with God that was not about religious observance, but founded upon righteousness of the heart: a righteousness that could only be attained through a relationship with Him. It is this relationship that makes men truly free. Jesus said "So if the Son makes you free, you will be truly free" (John 8:36) True freedom can never be experienced through social justice or political exercise. Only those who know Jesus can be truly free.


It was that understanding that moved men and women to leave Europe and bring their families two what would become the United States of America. Freedom in our nation can only be experienced by those who know and understand that our system of government is based upon the Word of God. Freedom is not a natural, but a supernatural experience. It seems our society now believes that freedom can exist apart from a relationship with God. They call themselves free, yet seek "safe places" where their anti-God ideas cannot be challenged. Jesus never refused to hear the ideas of others. He encouraged discussion, even with those who openly opposed  Him. A man who is truly free will never be afraid of the ideas of others, no matter how different they may be.


Jesus said " And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Those who hide from the truth can never be free. What is is truth? According to Jesus "Sanctify them by Your truth. YOUR WORD is truth." ( John 17:17) Who is truth? Jesus declared in John 14:6; " I am the way, THE TRUTH, and the life. No one comes to the father but by me." Do you want truth and freedom? You can find them in Jesus today!


 

Pastor Ramon

Giving Made Simple

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Sept. 28, 2017

THE ONE THAT SERVES IS GREATER

 
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Dear Beachside Family and Friends,


Jesus lived in a time when Israel was ruled by the Roman Empire. The Roman government was absolutely ruthless in eliminating dissent. Untold thousands were crucified, and millions more lost their lives as a result of Rome's lust for wealth, power and dominance. Those who were not Roman citizens were regarded by their rulers as barely human, and treated as such.


Under Roman law, a soldier could force any non-citizen to carry his pack for 1 mile. The Jews chafed under this attack on personal liberty, and were resistant to many other facets of the law imposed upon them. Resistance was met with penalty, and protest with capital punishment. There was no escape other than flight into the wilderness or the finality of death. How did Jesus function in this environment? How did He minister so effectively under the oppression of Roman officials and Jewish collaborators?


In response to Roman regulation, Jesus had this to say: "If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles." (Matt 5:41) In making this statement, Jesus told his followers to respect Roman soldiers, who were the police force of all the province of Judea. He knew that some of them were murderers who oppressed the Jews because they were Jews. In today's terms, some, but not all of them, were racist. There was a centurion who loved Israel, of whom the leaders of the Jews said " for he loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue.” (Luke 7:5) 


Jesus did not start a "Jewish Lives Matter" protest against the Roman government. He chose a different way that focused on respect and service of those who were actually responsible for the oppression of His people. He said "...,love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you?,,," Protest fuels the desire of protestors for justice that can never be found among men. Respect and service sets the power of love in motion, which enables God to bring healing and restoration to entire nations! God alone is the source of true justice, social or judicial. 


Instead of kneeling in disrespect for the flag of our great country and those who have served it, why not kneel before those who serve and offer to help them? Human pride makes this difficult, seemingly impossible, but the things that are impossible with man ARE possible with God. Jesus advanced His cause not by protest, but through service. He said "For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves. (Luke 22:27)


Think about it!


 

Pastor Ramon

Giving Made Simple

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Sept. 21, 2017

TURN YOUR LIGHT ON

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Dear Beachside Family and Friends,

 

Almost every child has experienced fear of the dark. I remember hiding under the covers because I didn't like the looks of the two-inch metal Venetian blinds covering the  window in my bedroom. A streetlight outside shined through the closed slats just enough to give them the look of a demonic grin. They did not bother me during the daytime, but the darkness of the evening changed the benign blinds into a beckoning beast. 

 

Some of my friends had similar evening challenges. They believed that there were monsters in their closets or under their beds. The same rooms in which they happily played during the day were transformed into chambers of terror by the arrival of evening shade. The onset of darkness brought with it fear, and fear worked to fill our minds with foolish imaginations. 

 

Most of what we see and hear in the news media these days is darkness. Despair and hopelessness fill the airwaves twenty-four hours a day. Protests, riots, looting, and destruction are regular guests in prime-time. 

Fear is on the march, and law-abiding citizens suffer attacks on their businesses and homes because they advocate traditional values. Darkness is attempting to control and manipulate the hearts of men and women in our nation, but no matter how dark it may seem, the dawn is about to break!

 

When the first rays of the sun stream over the horizon, the light drives back the darkness with ever increasing power. The smallest ray of light penetrates even the deepest shadows and drives them away. Just as the rising of the sun dispels the darkness of night, the Word of God drives out the darkness and fear that attempts to dominate the hearts of men. The Bible tells us in John 1:1,5 "In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God....The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it." The SON is rising!

 

Jesus IS the Word, and His Word contained in the Bible has all the power necessary to destroy the darkness and fear that besets our nation. The Word that we speak from our mouths is more than enough to turn our country around. We are instructed by our Savior and King "Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 5:15-16)

 

Shining our light is so much more than doing acts of charity. It is speaking the Word of God, which brings light in darkness, exposes the plans of the enemy, and lights up the path of success in life. As Psalm 119:105 reveals "Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path."  The light of God's Word never fails to deliver us from darkness and assures our place in the family of God. "..,for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. 

 

We need not fear the darkness, for the Word of God is infinitely more powerful. "For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night...,But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation." (1 Thess 5:5,8) Dealing with the darkness is simple: TURN ON THE LIGHT! Shine the light of the Word into every situation in life. Don't hide under the covers anymore: expect the darkness to flee!  "Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people." (Phil 2:15) Turn on the light - turn on YOUR light!

 

Pastor Ramon

Giving Made Simple

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Occasionally we have people who wish to give to this ministry who are not able to attend our services.  To make it easier for people to do so we now can accept tithes and offerings via your debit card.  Simply click the link at the bottom of this message and you will be taken to a safe and secure Paypal link that will assist you.  Thank you and GOD BLESS YOU for your generous support!
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Sept. 14, 2017

A Solid Foundation

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Dear Beachside Family and Friends,

 

Many people have returned after evacuating their homes in Texas and Florida to  discover massive amounts of debris that will have to be removed. The process of cleanup will last days for some, and months for others. The passage of storms Harvey and Irma uprooted trees, turned buildings and homes into matchsticks, and left piles of broken automobiles and boats at parking facilities and marinas. Restoration will be difficult and time-consuming, but not impossible.

 

Houses and buildings which have not moved from their foundations will be repaired and restored. Those who have moved off their foundations or whose foundations have been cracked or eroded  will be condemned and destroyed. Structures with compromised foundations are a danger to life and limb because they are no longer stable. Instbility can result in a complete or partial building collapse later, months or years after the storm has passed. 

 

Beyond physical storms like hurricanes and tornadoes, everyone experiences the storms of life. In the same way as wind and water test constructed foundations, the storms of life reveal the condition of the foundation of our personal lives. The challenges of life break upon the lives we have built, and test the foundation we have built upon. Jesus spoke of this in Luke 6:46-49 “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not practice what I tell you? Everyone who comes to Me and listens to My words and obeys them, I will show you whom he is like: he is like a far-sighted, practical, and sensible man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and yet could not shake it, because it had been securely built and founded on the rock. But the one who has merely heard and has not practiced what I say, is like a foolish man who built a house on the ground without any foundation, and the torrent burst against it; and it immediately collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.” 

 

Those who have built their homes upon solid foundations successfully weather hurricanes, floods, and other vagaries of this natural world. There are times of cleanup and restoration, but a building set on an enduring foundation will survive and remain viable long into the future. Human lives are exactly the same. Lives built upon a solid foundation will not only survive the storms of life, but continue to thrive and experience the blessing of the Lord long after the storms have passed.

 

Jesus said that the man who laid a foundation upon the rock was one who heard His words and obeyed them. He still speaks His words to us today through the Bible. Reading the Bible alone is not enough: Jesus expects us to hear His words and act on them. The Bible does not say "faith comes by reading the word". It does say "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God". (Romans 10:17) Faith comes by hearing, and hearing, and hearing again what the Bible says. Hearing the Word, and acting on the Word by doing what it says builds a strong life foundation that cannot be moved by any circumstance that we experience. Sickness cannot destroy our foundation of healing, poverty cannot destroy our foundation of prosperity, and turmoil cannot destroy our foundation of peace. When we dig deep and build a Word foundations in our lives we will never be moved!

 

A foundation of human learning and understanding, psychology, and worship of the mind cannot withstand the storms of life. Only by constantly hearing and acting upon the word can we build the foundation necessary to withstand the storms of life. This requires a daily encounter with the word of God by hearing what it says. The most effective way to hear the word of God is by speaking it out of our own mouths. Romans 10:8  tells us "But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” that is, the word of faith which we preach" 

 

Education and intellectual development have little value when dealing with the storms Satan brings against human beings. He is wiser in the system of this world than all doctors, lawyers, educators, and politicians combined. The only learning that can successfully defeat Satan and his plans is that which comes through hearing and acting upon the Word of God. Let us re-commit ourselves to speaking and acting upon the Word of God found only in the Bible. I used to sing a song with the children in Children's Church. It went this way "the B – I – B – L – E, now that's the book for me. I stand alone on the Word of God, the B – I – B – L – E. it is the only foundation that can survive the storms of this life. As Proverbs 10:25 says "When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever." Think ábout it!

 

 

Pastor Ramon

Giving Made Simple

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