NO BAND-AID ZONE

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DON’T LET A TEMPORARY SOLUTION BECOME A PERMANENT MISTAKE!

A little white lie, a cover up, secrets, unforgiveness, withholding help and many other quick fixes make for future and permanent damage. 
It is okay to be truthful and hurt someone’s feelings, they will see the truth and understand in time. Conversation and proper communication helps to that understanding.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.  – Matthew 5:16

If you resort to the temporary easy solution – the end game is bitterness, hate, anger, and sometimes death.
Truth through love is always the safest and best solution.

Oh, and don’t be embarrassed by the truth- just tell it.

May God Bless Your Day…Everyday!

– Pastor Dennis R. Castellano

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LIFE IS FOR LIVING

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Do you ever feel like just staying in bed all day dreaming? Sometimes not feeling like getting up and facing what life has in store for that day?
I have had many of those days in the distant past. 

Dreaming is nice, but it is not living. It is not reality. Sure life has many challenges but if you don’t face those challenges, you will never see the wonders or miracles God wants to show you. There is so much to experience when you get up and go. So many opportunities to see Jesus at work in your life and the lives around you.

Jesus promises:
The thief (satan) cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.  – John 10:10

Do you need a jump start or a spark to realize the opportunities that surround you?
1) Go to a maternity ward in the hospital and experience the sounds of pain of labor, then look into the window of the nursery and see the joy.
2) Walk through the surgical recovery area of that same hospital, then go to a physical rehab center and watch the recovery process as the patients experience the joy of doing what they couldn’t before.
3) Go visit wounded warriors as they prepare for a prosthesis, then follow a soldier during their time of rehabilitation and watch the joy return to their face.
4) Visit a place of great devastation, then document it’s return to beauty and charm.
5) Take a walk in a storm without an umbrella, then relax in the sun when it returns to dry off naturally .
6) Spend a day with a person born with disabilities, then watch in amazement all of the abilities they really have.

I implore you to watch God closely as He reveals Himself through this incredible journey.
If you want to experience life- get up, get out, and get living now.
God gave you life for a reason.
May God Bless Your Day…Everyday!
–  Pastor Dennis R. Castellano

Let’s turn it around

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Yes, stuff happens. Yes, stuff gets in your craw. Yes, people will test you daily. 
Today it is very important to realize that many things are bound to tick us off but we cannot let them control us or our emotions.
Whenever I am in a situation that I feel someone or something is trying to steal my joy, I remember that it is not theirs to take.
I look to Jesus and I remember the simple blessings in my life that if I pile them up, they would squash the negative out of any situation. I also try to find how I can turn the situation around and make it a positive. That’s what God does for us daily. He turns all things around for the good of those who are living in His will. He sees the bigger picture. I figure I should also.
That is why reading the scriptures of the Bible is so important. We can always find many answers to the situations we find ourselves.

Romans 8:28 reminds us:
And we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

God Bless Your Day….Everyday!
– Pastor Dennis R. Castellano

PEOPLE AROUND YOU ARE STRUGGLING

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What can you do? You don’t need money, and you don’t need to be there to pull them out physically. We are taught to be the hands and feet of Christ but we are also to be the wisdom and mind of of Christ with His heart. What we speak can have a profound influence and impact on a struggling soul.
When the struggles in the circumstances of life occur, an encouraging word from another can lift spirits and eyes to the Lord.

The Prophet Isaiah wrote:
The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. The Lord God has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens me morning by morning, He awakens my ear to hear as the learned.  – Isaiah 50:4

When we look to the Lord, He offers words of hope and light in the darkness. When we offer words of love and encouragement to the weary, we share the light that we have been given.

Paul’s godly advice is:
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. – Ephesians 4:29

I pray to our Heavenly Father to help us to hear His words of hope today. Please Lord help us to speak words of love and encouragement to others, pointing them to You.
In Jesus name, AMEN

Be well my friends. May God Bless Your Day…Everyday!
– Pastor Dennis R. Castellano

AMERICA THE DIVIDED CAN BE UNITED

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My answer to all of the issues in America is the same today as it has been yesterday- Fear is because you don’t trust God. Evil is because you don’t let God. Anxiety is because you don’t give it to God. Sadness and depression are because you took it back from God and broke it. Arguments are because you put up your dukes instead of letting Jesus get in the ring for you. Hopelessness is because you believe in the spirit of self instead of the Holy Spirit.
The beginning cure to all of America’s problems and quite frankly to each of our personal problems is found at the point of our knees. 
Now let me get this straight before a bunch of you go throwing punches in my direction. I said the start of a cure is at the point of our knees in prayer, but eventually you need to arise from your knees in obedience and live out the directions that God delivers as His answer through scripture and clear Spirit driven sensibility. We need to be an America that loves and serves each other. We need to be a reflection of grace, mercy, and forgiveness that God has given us. We also need to understand that even when we forgive, fair justice must still be served. We cannot control the evil in this world but we can fight against it with the Armor of God.
The Scripture says:
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
– Ephesians 6:10-18

Divisiveness is Satan’s plan. That is what he wants to do in America and around the world. We must get back to understanding what God wants of us and that He is in control beyond our understanding. We need to listen to His purpose and plan and live it.
Jesus said:
The thief (satan) comes to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. – John 10:10
Each rock that we throw into the pond does two things : first it causes ripples that we can see on the surface. Eventually the turbulence settles and dissipates and we forget about it, but it is the second thing that causes the real permanent damage. You see, when the rock hits the bottom of the pond, it displaces what was there with itself. It sends what was there in different directions and permanently; forever changes the bottom of the pond in that area- possibly killing something in the process. We tend to believe that if we don’t see it happen, it never did. But that is a lie. Damage happens where we don’t see it. 
We must look to God and not trust our own understanding in this because tempers will not help any situation.
We need to avoid cowering in fear and lean on God at all times. We need to use our words to heal and not to hurt. We need to support those that are struggling here in America. We need to point each other to the prayer position. But most of all we need to learn the truth of what it is to be Christlike because it is what we call ourselves when we claim to be Christians.
Remember this,
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. – Proverbs 3:5-6
Times like these call for Unity as a people, regardless of culture.
We are Americans- the greatest stew that God ever cooked up.
UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL!
ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

God Bless Your Day…Everyday!
– Pastor Dennis R. Castellano

THE JONAH SYNDROME

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This is an emergency Christian alert!
When I was young many people tried to “make” me become a Christian.
I fled as far as I could because of the way those people acted outside of the confines of the church. I was reminded of this recently when a close friend of my son had quoted Gandhi, “Jesus I like, it is the Christians that I don’t like”.

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. – Matthew 7:21-23

As Christians we should be a reflection of Christ at all times as it is taught in the Scriptures. I know that it is easier said than done, and in consideration of that, I believe that if we do the best we can, people will notice.

The second thing is, we cannot worry about how other Christians are being Christian. Each Christian is at a different maturity level in their walk with Jesus. We need to focus on ourselves and how we are representing Jesus as we deal with people each and every day. If I am personally doing well as a reflection of Jesus, then the Light of Christ shines brightly in me. If I tried to compare myself to someone else, the bar becomes lowered and I am not reflecting Jesus Christ, but just trying to be a little bit better then someone else.

The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this: ‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. ‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. – Revelation 3:14-16

Why did I reference Jonah? Well, Jonah at first was very reluctant to tell the people of Nineveh that God was angry with them and that the wrath of the Almighty would fall upon them. In fact, he ran away in the other direction believing God to only live in the Temple. Jonah felt the further he ran; God would not see or find him. That is what happens to a lot of us. We tend to run in the other direction away from God. But God in his love and mercy redirected Jonah to do His purpose and plan. Then when Jonah got to Nineveh and delivered the message to the king, he was surprised at the results. The king and all the people of the land repented and start to worship God.
Here’s the sad part about it:
Jonah felt more righteous than the people of Nineveh. He wanted judgement and condemnation to fall on the people rather than forgiveness and mercy.
Are there times that you find yourself in that same place? Are there times that you find yourself judging others or wishing that God would condemn them? Are there days that you feel more Christian than other Christians?

Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. – Luke 8:11-15

We are to be seed planters of the Gospel and reflectors of the Light of Christ.
Let’s each one of us do the best we can in that endeavor. Maybe other Christians will learn from you, and mature in such the same way.
I hope this is an encouragement to you today.
May God Bless Your Day… Everyday!
– Pastor Dennis R. Castellano

YOU’RE CORRECT! A LEOPARD CANNOT CHANGE ITS SPOTS

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That is just it. We are not leopards, and we are not animals. We are human beings that God set above all things on earth.
Those that know me from my past, they know my faults and they know the bad deeds that I’ve done. I was controlling, violent, abusive towards women, prideful, selfish, and many more that I could list.
Many people proclaimed that I would never change, that I would always be the man I was then, and nothing and no one would be able to do or say anything that would change my attitude or my destructive behavior.
If you have ever heard this Proclamation yourself from people about you, I want you to understand one truth.
That one truth is- you can change. And there is one Person that can change you and will change you if you are willing.
The power of Jesus Christ and His love, mixed with reading the Bible regularly, will change the hardest heart, the most wicked of people, even those that you would consider to be little touched in the head. Jesus can bring peace to your anxieties, cut through your depression with joy, He will train you up in a new way of thinking and new perspectives about life, and not only will you be able to live your life in abundance but you will start to help other people live a joyful life.
Jesus said:  “I am the way the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father but through me”.
I am living proof that a wicked and hurtful person can change 180 degrees.
 
If you have been living a life that you’re not so proud of, it is time for you to look to the Lord and stop making excuses. Seek out the power of the Holy Spirit that God has left for us because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ; the path of our salvation, that will break every chain that holds us back from the will of God.
If you know somebody that is immersed in a life such as the one described of my life, please don’t give up on them. Pray for them and continue to be an example of Christ to them.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. – 2 Corinthians 5:17
 
Be part of a life-changing experience today. I know you won’t regret it. I can guarantee it.
 
Disclaimer:
I am not saying life is going to be perfect and there won’t be pitfalls. Once you start to live the will of God and his purpose and plan for your life, Satan is going to get a little ornery and may try to unleash on you. But fear not, because Jesus will be walking by your side and He will protect you.
 
As always – May God Bless Your Day… Everyday!
In the name of Jesus I pray for you,
– Pastor Dennis R. Castellano