I am always amazed at what God uses to bring His children closer to Him. Jesus taught in parables, using all kinds of natural things ,to bring about a spiritual lesson. One Saturday afternoon I was walking with my beautiful wife Lynette, in downtown Venice. I noticed a car show going on in the parking lot by the gazebo. What caught my eye was a beautiful 1969 black GTO it looked as though it came right off the showroom floor. Ray the owner told me, while restoring the car he would get it to a certain condition and say thats good enough , but he would not quit until it was perfect. Every nut and bolt was shinny new, even the parts not visible were replaced.
Totally Restored!!
God spoke to me that day and said you are like this car perfectly restored. By Jesus death, burial and resurrection every dent, rusty bolt, broken part of the past has been forgiven. Let us celebrate this Easter season in Restoration.
Pastor Jim

It must be true

There is a lot of information on the internet both good and bad. The Bible tells us we need to grow up, quit being like children believing everything we hear. There must be a standard that we hold ourselves to, like the Word spoken by God (Bible). In Ephesians 4:14-15 it talks about this very thing “ that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head Christ”

The Word of God is the stabilizer of our life keeping us anchored in the truth.
Pastor Jim


What do you believe? Who do you believe in? Do you believe in a power greater than yourself? For me, I realize I cannot do it alone, been there and tried that. I have many friends-recovery friends, church friends, long time friends, best of friends, then I have many acquaintances, business and personal . But I ponder on this Jesus said,” without me you can do nothing”, but the Bible says, “ I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me” (Phil 4:13) I ponder over psalm 91 how God says he will protect us, deliver us, and work for those who abide in him, those who make him their habitation, their constant dwelling place, he will let no evil befall us, and he does all of this through his name and all he requires is just live one day at a time, put him first daily, the old has passed away, all things have been made new. I don’t know about you but it sure is a great way to start my day!! How about you?

- Pastor Lynette McCleland