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The Little Things!

Son 2:15  Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes. 

As I arose this morning, I began to think about how fast this year has gone and how quickly the LORD is moving time along. So, I began to think about all the things I have accomplished and some things I haven’t accomplished.

As I was meditating, I heard the Holy Spirit say, “It is the little foxes that spoil the vine.” 

I remember reading this scripture a long time ago, so I looked it up and began meditating on it. This is a book that most people don’t read often, or haven’t read in the Bible called; “Song of Solomon.”

It is rich in revelation concerning the love of God for his people, or for Christ and the church! It is also filled with romantic expressions of love between Solomon and his bride.

The scripture in Song of Solomon is profound because Solomon was a man of wisdom, and the book Proverbs and Ecclesiastes is filled with wisdom. But what does it mean to catch the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vine?

Well, it is a euphemistic word of wisdom that says, it is the little things that mess up something that is sweet or good. 

A euphemism is defined as:

“A mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt, when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing.”

Son 2:15  Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes. 

When we think about it, we use euphemisms all the time when we are trying to be polite or nice in compliments or expressing something, but we really mean something else!

So, Solomon was saying that the little foxes spoil the grape vines because they, “Excuse my wording, use the bathroom on them like dogs do on bushes or trees, or they eat them, and spoil or mess them up.”  In other words, the tender sweet grapes are messed up because of the little foxes doing their business on them or eating them!

When we think about this, there is so much wisdom for life in this scripture. Because it is not always the big things that mess up a plan, a vision,  a marriage, a friendship, or even a ministry of church. It is the small things.

Sometimes we allow the little things to get in the way of our progress. A little attitude, a little discouragement, a little anger, a little jealousy, a little envy,  or something small or insignificant, that gets blown out of proportion.

As I was putting up some dishes the other day, I accidently dropped a small glass bowl that shattered into hundreds of pieces! As I started cleaning them up, “I said let me clean up every piece, because it won’t be the large pieces that will cut my feet, it will be the SMALL or LITTLE pieces I don’t see.”

Likewise, there are some small things in our lives that can hinder our relationships with God and one another, and if they are left unchecked it develops into a larger problem! It is the small foxes that spoil the vine! This is where people miss it.

It is not the big things all the time. This is why we have to correct those small things in our lives that may hinder us because it is the small foxes that will spoil the vine!

Jesus even spoke about one thing, or a small thing when a young man asked him a question. Let’s read!

Matthew 19:16,  “Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?” 

Listen to the response of Christ..

Mat 19:17  And He said to him, Why do you call Me good? There is none good but one, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments. 

Mat 19:18  He said to Him, Which? Jesus said, You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not bear false witness, 

Mat 19:19  honor your father and mother, and, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. 

Mat 19:20  The young man said to Him, I have kept all these things from my youth up; what do I lack yet? 

This is a powerful discussion between Jesus and the rich young ruler. Because he wanted to know the way of salvation and eternal life, and he had done all the big things required from his youth!

Nevertheless, Jesus checked him on one thing.

Mat 19:21  Jesus said to him, If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in Heaven. And come, follow Me. 

Mat 19:22  But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions. 

Jesus basically said you have done all the big things, but this one thing you still lack. Marks Gospel says this:

Mar 10:21  Then Jesus, beholding him, loved him and said to him, One thing you lack. Go, sell whatever you have and give it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in Heaven. And come, take up the cross and follow Me. 

Jesus saw the potential in this young man and the scripture says he beheld him, and loved him. But he checked him on that one thing, that one small thing that might hinder him, and that was his riches! But because this small thing was a big thing in his life, it prevented him from following Jesus!

Truth we told, every person reading this under the sound of my voice has one thing they can correct, do better or change in their life! Why, because we are human and there is always the potential to offend, make mistakes, say or do something that would cause us to fall short of the glory of God!

I remember a movie starring Denzel Washington called the “Little Things” which was a suspenseful drama about a police team investigating a crime.  It is a powerful dramatization and if you don’t watch closely, you will miss “The Little things” that could reveal who the killer is.

Beloved of the LORD, what is that small thing that may be hindering you? You see, it is not the big things in life, it is the small foxes that spoil the vine. It is the small things that we don’t do in our finances, in your life, in your vision, in a ministry, a relationship or in the church that is stopping progress.

Let us stop, regroup and think about what we have accomplished and did not accomplish this year, as we prepare for a new year soon. Let’s get rid of the small foxes that spoil the vine, so that we can go on to sweet victory and bear sweet spiritual fruit for the LORD!

God Bless,

Pastor Quinn

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The Compassion, Grace and Mercy of God

John 1:14  And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. 

Joh 1:15  John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ ” 

Joh 1:16  And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. 

Joh 1:17  For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 

In the Bible we see the characteristics of the LORD through the many Hebrew names of God, and one beautiful characteristic of God is compassion, grace and mercy.

Yes, the LORD was unique in the Old Testament with his disciplinary love, but his love for his people has never changed! We see the manifestation of it in the New Covenant and the ministry of Jesus Christ who was full of grace and truth!

The Bible says that the law came through Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

Joh 1:14  And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. 

Joh 1:15  John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ ” 

Joh 1:16  And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. 

Joh 1:17  For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 

Although Moses was given the law and was under the law, he got a glimpse of God’s grace and compassion in the Old Testament when he asked the LORD to show him his glory!

Moses said to the LORD in Exo 33:13,  “Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight, and consider that this nation is Your people.”

Exo 33:14  And He (the LORD) said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” 

Exo 33:15  Then he said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. 

Exo 33:16  For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us? So we shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth.” 

Exo 33:17  So the LORD said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.” 

Exo 33:18  And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.” 

Exo 33:19  Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” 

Exo 33:20  But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.” 

Exo 33:21  And the LORD said, “Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock. 

Exo 33:22  So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by. 

Exo 33:23  Then I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen.” 

So, in Exodus 34, the LORD shows Moses a glimpse of his glory!

Exo 34:5  Now the LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. 

Exo 34:6  And the LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, 

Exo 34:7  keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.” 

Exo 34:8  So Moses made haste and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshiped. 

In this revelatory passage of scripture, we find the LORD revealing himself to Moses giving him a glimpse of his glorious presence, but also revealing his character.

When God revealed himself to Moses he said, “ I am the LORD, the LORD God, merciful, gracious, longsuffering and abounding in goodness and truth.”  Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but by no means clearing the guilty! 

Did you get that? The LORD told Moses, “I am merciful, gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, but I am still a righteous judge, who will by no means clear the guilty.

In other words, God is gracious, merciful, compassionate and abounding in love, but still a God of judgment and an all-consuming fire!

The writer of Hebrews said in Heb 12:28, “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 

Heb 12:29  For our God is a consuming fire. 

Although we have the grace of God through Jesus Christ in the New Covenant, we see the grace, compassion and mercy of God throughout the Old Covenant as well although they were under the law!

For example, Hezekiah received a word from the LORD through the Prophet Isaiah that he was going to die and cried out to the LORD for mercy!

2 Kings 20:1  In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death. And Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, went to him and said to him, “Thus says the LORD: ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die, and not live.’ ” 

2 Kings 20:2  Then he turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the LORD, saying, 

2 Kings 20:3  “Remember now, O LORD, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what was good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. 

2 Kings 20:4  And it happened, before Isaiah had gone out into the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying, 

2 Kings 20:5  “Return and tell Hezekiah the leader of My people, ‘Thus says the LORD, the God of David your father: “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the LORD. 

2 Kings 20:6  And I will add to your days fifteen years. I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for My own sake, and for the sake of My servant David.”

Hezekiah experienced the compassion, grace, and mercy of God, and 15 years was added to his life, and God gave Jerusalem rest and peace!

Hezekiah then told the people in 2 Chronicles 30:

2Ch 30:8  Now do not be stiff-necked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves to the LORD; and enter His sanctuary, which He has sanctified forever, and serve the LORD your God, that the fierceness of His wrath may turn away from you. 

2Ch 30:9  For if you return to the LORD, your brethren and your children will be treated with compassion by those who lead them captive, so that they may come back to this land; for the LORD your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn His face from you if you return to Him.” 

The Psalmist wrote in  Psalm 136:

Psa 136:1  Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. 

Psa 136:2  Oh, give thanks to the God of gods! For His mercy endures forever. 

Psa 136:3  Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords! For His mercy endures forever: 

We also see a picture of the grace of our LORD Jesus Christ in Matt 9 through his compassion for those that were weary and scattered, and had no shepherd!

Matt 9:35  Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. 

Mat 9:36  But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. 

Mat 9:37  Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 

Mat 9:38  Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” 

The Apostle Paul quoted the words of Moses concerning the compassion and mercy of God speaking about Esau and Jacob.

Rom 9:13  As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. 

Rom 9:14  What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. 

Rom 9:15  For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 

Rom 9:16  So then it is not of him that wills, nor of him that runs, but of God that shows mercy. 

In other words, God will use who he desires to use. God will bless who he desires to bless! Why? Because he is the LORD, God Almighty!

So, when look at Exodus 34:6-7  we find the names of God  that speak to his characteristics of mercy and grace!

Exo 34:6  And the LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, 

Exo 34:7  keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.” 

Exodus 34:6 says that he is the merciful and compassionate God!

The Hebrew word “rachum” in the Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionary means merciful or compassionate.

EL Rachûm is the Hebrew name of God which  means; God who is merciful or compassionate or God who is merciful.

Hebrew word “channun” in the Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionary means gracious.

EL Channûn  is the Hebrew name of God which  means the Gracious God or God who is gracious.

So, in all of these scriptures we see a picture of the LORD who is compassionate, gracious and merciful! This is powerful!

This is why the Prophet Jeremiah could say :

Lam 3:22  Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. 
Lam 3:23  They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. 

This is why Jesus told us in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Peter said in 2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”

God is so gracious, compassionate, merciful and abounding in love, and his desire is that none would perish, but that all would come to the knowledge and truth of Jesus Christ.

This is the nature of God that sometimes we don’t talk about much, but the LORD is compassionate, and full of grace and mercy! I don’t think that we can truly comprehend the steadfast love that the LORD has for us.

So, whatever you are going through or need today, remember the words of the Apostle Paul who said in Heb 4:16, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

God Bless, Pastor Quinn

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Where are you?

Gen 3:8  And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 

Gen 3:9  Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” 

At the beginning of the year, I recall a word of exhortation give to us by the LORD. It was a question that was asked of Adam thousands of years ago, but is very prophetic as it relates to where we are individually and corporately as a church today!

Truth be told, this is not just a physical question but a spiritual question. Because we know that God often asks questions to draw you into what he is asking.

Whenever the LORD asks a question, he is not looking for information, he is drawing you into what he is communicating because he already knows the answer.

God knows exactly where we are spiritually, physically, mentally, financially, and personally! 

The question is, do we know? There are some people that know exactly where they are, and some may not!   But isn’t this a good time to reflect on the year and ask ourselves the question, “Where am I?”

Remember it’s not where you are from, and its not where you are at!  I know many of you are from different parts of the United States or the world. Some from the city, some from the country, some from the Islands, but that doesn’t matter to God!

If we don’t know who we are, where we are, and where we are going in God, six things could result!

  1. Comfortability (lukewarm). Many have gotten comfortable in their walk with the LORD. They have lost their press and fire! Never lose your fire in God!
  2. Fear. Why are we so fearful? God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.! We should fear none but God!
  3. Doubt. Many are embracing spirituality and other new age belief systems, doubting the Bible and Word of God!
  4. Unbelief. Many have forsaken the faith. They trust everything else except God. Their faith has dwindled because of trials, tribulations, tests and troubles. Always keep the faith!
  5. Disobedience. Many have forsaken obedience and now walk in the spirit of disobedience.
  6. Denying the power of God. Many want power, but not the power that comes from God! So, they look to the world and embrace what the devil told Christ in Luke 4.

Luk 4:5  And the devil, taking him up into a high mountain, showed  him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 

Luk 4:6  And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give you, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whoever I will, I give it. 

The Bible tells us in 2 Cor 13:5, Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith. In order to examine ourselves, we must make an honest assessment of ourselves!

Where am I spiritually, physically, financially, mentally, and personally?

Where do I want to be in the LORD? How do I intend to get there? We must be real, honest and true to ourselves with God.

The church and people of God must be focused in this season. We cannot be ignorant of Satan’s devices which are division, disagreement, deception, disunity and much more!

Here are a few things to remember as prepare for a new season in the LORD!

1. We cannot be spiritually dull. We must be spiritually sharp!

2. We cannot be spiritually weak. We must be spiritually strong!

How do we remain spiritually sharp and strong? We must be focused! Paul tells us…

Col 3:1  If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 

Col 3:2  Set your affections or your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 

5 things to remember that will keep you spiritually sharp, strong in the faith, and in the LORD!

1. Mediate in God’s Word daily.

Jos 1:8  This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 

2. Keep your mind stayed on Jesus.

Isa 26:3  You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. 

3. Renew your mind

Rom 12:2  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. 

4. Stay spiritually minded

Rom 8:5  For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 

Rom 8:6  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 

5. Have the mind of Christ.

Php 2:5  Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 

Remember! We cannot be so earthly minded that we are of no heavenly good! And likewise…we cannot be so heavenly minded that we are of no earthly good! There has to be a balance!

So, if someone asks you where are you?  Your answer should be:

  1. I’m keeping the faith! Heb 11:6
  2. I’m keeping a Kingdom focus!  Heb 12:2
  3. And lastly, I’m keeping my fire burning for God and the things of God! Heb 12:28-29

God Bless! Pastor Quinn

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Deception in the Last Days

Mat 24:3  Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” 
Mat 24:4  And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 

One of the signs of the last days according to our LORD Jesus Christ is that there would be deception. When you read Matthew chapter 24, it is a very interesting chapter where the LORD talks about the signs of his coming and the end of the age.

Now understand, no man knows the hour or the time of his coming according to scripture!

Matt 24:36  “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.”

Yet, Jesus gives us a hint that one of the signs of his return would be deception. It is very interesting that the disciples wanted to know when and what would be the sign of his coming, and the end of the age.

The very first thing that the LORD said was, “Take heed or make sure no man deceives you” in Matthew 24:5.

He then goes on to confirm it in Matthew 24:6.

Mat 24:5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 

Jesus then talks about wars and climatic events, and pestilences that would take place in the earth.

Mat 24:6  And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 
Mat 24:7  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 
Mat 24:8  All these are the beginning of sorrows. 

Then a third time, he tells us about deception in Mat 24:11, “Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. “

As we continue to read Matthew 24, Jesus tells us a fourth time about deception.

Mat 24:24 For false christ’s and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 

So, when we look at the sign of the times and end of the age according to Christ. There will be:

  1. Deception by men or women in any capacity.
  2. Many coming in his name saying they are the Christ.
  3. False prophets would arise.
  4. False christs and prophets arising to deceive the very elect (those called of God/people of God.)

Besides wars and climatic events, the primary thing mentioned is deception. Which means that as believers in Christ we need discernment, we need to watch and pray, and we need to test the spirits to see if they are of God!

Let me give you an example of why you must be careful. A few months ago, I had an experience with an individual who deceived me.

I was going to advertise my books on his website and radio show. The individual seemed to be very credible and claimed to be a person of faith. They talked the Christian talk, they said all the things a believer would say. But his character and integrity were not lining up with his talk.

To make a long story short, I was fleeced out of a small amount of money with no services. As I did my research, I found others who had negative things to say as well! I let down my guard because he proclaimed Jesus, but in the end, I didn’t see good Jesus fruit!

The one thing the individual kept mentioning was money. Of course, we know that everything nice has a price, but if that’s all you keep talking about, then there is another agenda.

You see, today it’s all about the greenbacks and worldly wealth. People will do anything to get your hard-earned money.

Now let us bring balance. There are individuals who are doing a great authentic work for the LORD in ministry or business, and the laborer is worth the wages. Your support will bless the work of the ministry they do, and your life as well.

Nevertheless, there are other people who will cheat, lie, deceive and do anything to get what you have.

The Apostle Paul said that the devil comes as an angel of light. Now understand if we have the false, there is always the authentic. Listen to Paul:

2 Cor 11:12 But what I do, I will also continue to do, that I may cut off the opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the things of which they boast. 
2 Cor 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. 
2 Cor 11:14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 
2 Cor 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works. 

Paul is saying that what he does in the name of Christ he will continue to do, because he was called to do it. But there are others who want an opportunity to be regarded as something they haven’t been called to do, in the things which they boast. In other words, they claim to be what they are not.

Paul says these individuals are false deceivers who transform themselves into Apostles of Christ. He then says, Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.

He goes on to say that there are others who transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.

So how do we know what is authentic and false. Well, check the fruit of the spirt in the individual. Is what they do all about Christ, or themselves. Do they bring glory to God or themselves. Are they constantly talking about money to build themselves, or the Kingdom of our LORD Christ?

You see, ministry isn’t all about money, although it takes money to preach the Gospel. It’s about Christ, saving souls, and the Kingdom of God. If you are in ministry for money, you are deceiving yourself.

Even in the world, watch who you do business with. Make sure it is authentic and legitimate. Never make a snappy decision. Do your homework and check them out completely. Go to their website. Check the Better Business Bureau and above all be patient and do your homework!

As a computer system administrator for all 20 years, I am careful what I click and websites I go to. Be careful what you click on your computer, mobile phone and text. There are people who are big deceivers especially around the holiday season waiting to deceive you.

Above all, watch who you follow and imitate. Be careful. You could be imitating evil. If we stay close to Christ through the word, practice discernment, and stay focused, we will not be deceived. I was deceived a while back and now my discernment is heightened as a result. Remember, the spirit of the antichrist is deception. The Bible says:

2Th 2:9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 
2Th 2:10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 
2Th 2:11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 
2Th 2:12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 

Stay strong in the LORD! Watch and pray, be patient in all things and above all, don’t be deceived!

God Bless,

Pastor Quinn

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Abiding in the LORD!

Joh 15:4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 
Joh 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 
Joh 15:6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 
Joh 15:7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 

Did you know that one of the most important things we can do in our relationship with Christ is to abide in him? Why? Because he is the source of life, blessing and strength! The LORD gives us the revelation of this in a vine that has fruit connected to it.

In other words, as long as the branch stays connected to the vine, it will bear fruit. When the branch is not connected to the vine, it cannot bear fruit. Listen to his words!

Joh 15:4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 
Joh 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 

Jesus said that I am the vine, you are the branches, and when you stay connected to me you will bear fruit. When I think of this, I am reminded of a grape vine with branches that has grapes on it. And of course, we know that as long as the grapes stay connected to the vine, they stay plump, fresh and juicy.

In verse 6, he goes a little deeper. He says that if we don’t abide in him, we wither. And anything that withers is not good for anything but to be thrown out.

Why? Because it isn’t bearing any fruit. Of course, we know that through the grace of God, he will not throw us away, and he will never leave us nor forsake us. But the issue is not God leaving us. It is us not abiding in him.

The word abide means to dwell, continue, stay, or remain. In other words, are you staying connected to God, remaining in God, staying strong in God and dwelling in him?

The Apostle Paul said in Act 17:28, “For in him we live, and move, and have our being.” Paul understood that without him, I am nothing. Because in him, I live, I move, and I have my being!

In the Old Testament, King David had a revelation of abiding in the LORD and in the house of God. Why? Because he understood that God’s presence was in that dwelling place called the Tabernacle!

Listen to his words in the beloved Psalms!

Psa 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. 

Psa 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. 

Psa 91:1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 
Psa 91:2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” 

Although we are a New Covenant church, do we understand the importance of abiding and dwelling in the LORD despite the direction of the world, and what they say about the church?

In Joh 15:7, Jesus said, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”

This scripture appears to be twofold. You abiding in the LORD, and his words abiding in you. In other words, you having a relationship with him, and his words abiding or staying in you.

This is powerful because the LORD is literally saying that we are so connected to him, that whatever we ask, it shall be done. This is true relationship in Christ!

This is why we can’t just say we know him, and his words not abide in us. We can’t just have the word, and not abide in him. It is a twofold process, of staying strong in the LORD, and his word staying strong in us!

This is what David meant when we said in Psalm 91:1-2, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” 

So, the question is? Are you dwelling in the LORD? Are you staying strong in the LORD? Are you abiding in him? I want to encourage you to never stop abiding in the LORD, his church, his word and with other believers! Stay connected to the vine, love him with all your heart, and always abide in him!

God Bless,

Pastor Quinn

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10 Prayer and Faith Principles taught by the LORD

Good day all,

When we look at scripture, we find Jesus was always praying and sharing the revelation of prayer. We find it in Matthew chapter 6, Matthew 26, Mark chapter 11, Luke chapter 11, and Luke chapter 18 to name a few! But Mark 11:22-25 gives us some profound insight into ten faith and prayer principles taught by the LORD Jesus when you break it down! Take a look!

Mar 11:22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. 

Mar 11:23 For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be removed, and be cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. 

Mar 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, what things you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them. 

Mar 11:25 And when you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything(offence) against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. 

As I began to read it, I broke it down and here are 10 profound prayer and faith principles taught by the LORD!

1. Have faith in God – Keep the faith and never doubt!

2. Say to the mountain – The mountain is anything that is bigger than you. He didn’t say go over it, go around it or under it! Speak to it. (By the way. this isn’t name it, claim it, blab it, grab it)

3. Don’t doubt – Never doubt. Remember the children of Israel in the wilderness. Doubt cancels faith.

4. Believe what you say – Do you truly believe that what you are praying, God is able to make all grace abound toward you?

5. Say what you believe – Pray with faith!

6. Desire – What do you desire? Do you really want to see it come to pass?

7. Pray – Seek the LORD! There are some things that only God can do!

8. Believe – Trust and have confidence. Stay optimistic! No fear, doubt or unbelief!

9. Receive – Know that God wants the best for you! Receive it by faith according to his will.

10. Forgive – Above all. Release your offences and hurts. Put it under the blood! Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. What you do today, determines your tomorrow. Unforgiveness hinders prayer!

Remember these prayer principles when seeking the LORD through prayer for whatever situation or circumstance you have in your life!

God Bless, Pastor Quinn

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The Power of Prophecy Revisited

2 Peter 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you do well that you take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 
2 Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 
2 Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 

In 2019, I wrote a book entitled, “The power of prayer, prophecy and praise.” In that book I mentioned the importance of prophecy in scripture! Why is prophecy so important to the body of Christ? Because it encourages, edifies and comforts us.

Prophecy also prepares us and warns us of things yet to come. It is so important that Jesus even said in Matt 10:41, “He that receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward.”

The Apostle Peter gave us a profound word of wisdom in 2 Peter 1:19 that says, ” We have also a more sure word of prophecy; which you do well to take heed, as unto a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 

Peter said that Gods prophetic word is a sure word, in which we should take heed. In other words, it is something that we should never take lightly, because it will come to pass and shines brightly in the darkness. In other words, God’s prophetic word is true and will always shine brightly no matter how dark it gets in the world.

2Pe 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 

He goes on to say that prophecy of scripture is not of any private interpretation. In other words, we cannot preach, teach, minister or twist the scripture to fit our own means and ways. God’s Word is a sure word! He goes on to say;

2Pe 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 

The Old Testament prophets and men of scripture spoke prophetically in the name of the LORD, not for their own will and for their benefit, but by the Holy Ghost!

I counted in the Bible over twenty out of sixty-six books that speak about a prophet, or deal with prophets and prophecy. So, in essence, the Bible itself is prophetic! We must admit that most people have no problem with prayer or praise, but prophecy is another thing.

Some people don’t really like to talk much about prophecy, but prophecy is all throughout the Bible, and is part of the Bible. Consider this; there are about eighteen books in the Bible named after the Prophets of God.

Jesus was a prophet (Mark 6: 4), Moses was a prophet (Deut 18: 15-18), the Bible even called Abraham a prophet. (Gen 20: 7-9). Some of the most important books of the Bible are from the prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel.

What is amazing is that some people believe that prophecy is complete after the resurrection of Christ in what is referred to as cessation. In Christianity, cessation is the doctrine that spiritual gifts such as speaking in tongues, prophecy and healing ceased with the apostolic age.

If Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever more, why would there be a cessation of spiritual gifts? Even the Apostle Paul spoke about prophecy and prophets in the New Testament.

The book of Revelation is full of prophecies about the end times, and Jesus himself said that in the last days, false prophets would arise. Listen to the LORD:

“Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.” Matthew 24:11 NKJV

“For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” Matthew 24:24 NKJV

Are we not in the last days, with many false prophets arising and declaring false prophetic utterances? Not all, but many. Some declare monetary prophecies and material things which is not so prophetic to be truthful.

True prophetic utterances will confirm all that is written in the Word of God and will line up with the Word of God to encourage, edify and comfort us. Prophecy will also prepare and warn us of things yet to come, as we near the second coming of our LORD Jesus Christ.

True prophetic utterances will speak truth to power as the true prophets of the Old Covenant did. Authentic prophets will flow in the prophetic like the anointed prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Elijah, and Samuel.

They will proclaim and confirm all that is in the LORD’s heart concerning Israel, the church, and end time prophecy as the Apostles did. It will never be about them, it will always be about the true and living God, and all that he has predestined, purposed, planned, promised and prophesied in his Word.

The amazing thing that we should understand is if there are false prophets in the last days, then there shall also be authentic prophets in the last days as well. This makes perfect sense! 

All throughout the Bible we find prophecies being spoken and confirmed, even in the first book of the Bible; Genesis.

In the first book of the Bible, we find the first prophecy by our Heavenly Father to Adam, Eve and the serpent after they sinned in the Garden of Eden. Let’s read! Genesis 3:14-16 NKJV

14  So the LORD God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust All the days of your life.

15  And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”

16  To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”

We find that the last book of the Bible; Revelation is prophetic as well. Revelation 1:1-3 NKJV

1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants–things which must shortly take place, and He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John,

2 who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw.

3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.

A blessing is even released over the one who reads, hears, and keeps the words of the prophecy that are written in the book of Revelation!

So regardless of the dispensation that we are in, prophecy in the New Covenant is just as important now, as it was in the Old Covenant. 

The Bible says in Roman 15: 4, “That whatsoever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” Romans 15:4 NKJV

So, although we are a New Testament church, we need to understand the profound principles of prayer, prophecy and praise are Biblical, and will transform your life when you read about them, believe them and embrace them.

As it relates to prophecy, Jesus told us in scripture what would also happen in the last days. Consider the scripture of Luke 21:  25-28 NKJV

25 “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring;

26 men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”

Over the years we have witnessed an increase in eclipses, pestilences, hurricanes, tornados, tsunamis, floods, fires out of control, hate, wars and rumors of wars. These are signs of the times!

When you read Luke 21, Jesus is prophesying about the end times, and gives us some profound prophetic wisdom as it relates to watching and praying in verse 36.

“Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:36 NKJV

The LORD said that we should watch and pray, that we would be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass! The question is? Is anyone watching and praying?

Most importantly, let us take heed to the words of Peter who said in 2 Peter 1:19, ” We have also a more sure word of prophecy, which you do well to take heed, as unto a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts!

To read, The power of prayer, prophecy and praise and more, go to: https://jamalquinn.com/books/

God bless, Pastor Quinn

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IT IS WRITTEN concerning the Word of God and Worship!

Luk 4:3 And the devil said unto him, if you be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. 
Luk 4:4 And Jesus answered him, saying, it is written, that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. 
Luk 4:5 And the devil, taking him up into a high mountain, showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 
Luk 4:6 And the devil said unto him, all this power will I give you, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whoever I will, I give it. 
Luk 4:7 If you therefore will worship me, all shall be yours. 
Luk 4:8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, get behind me, Satan: for it is written, you shall worship the Lord thy God, and him only shall you serve. 

Three of the most important areas of our walk with the Lord are Prayer, the Word of God and Worship! These are very important areas of your spiritual growth and walk with Christ, where the enemy of our souls comes against us!

Someone may be asking, “Pastor how do you know this?” Well, the scripture tells us when Jesus was in the desert praying and fasting for 40 days, the devil tempted him!

Luk 4:1 Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 
Luk 4:2 being tempted for forty days by the devil, and in those days, He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry. 

What was the LORD doing in the wilderness or desert? He was praying, fasting and seeking God, before launching into his ministry. Whenever we are seeking the face of God for answers, there must always be prayer and even fasting!

Understand that when you are praying, the devil will always try to distract, disrupt or deter you from hearing from God to get direction, and he will come against two things that are important in your life! The Word of God and your Worship!

So, as Christ is praying and fasting, the devil shows up and tempts him by saying in Luk 4:3, And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” 

But listen to the response of Christ! Luk 4:4 And Jesus answered him, saying, it is written, that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. 

How do we know he was coming against the Word of God? Because prior to Christ going into the wilderness or desert, he received a Word from the Father in Luke chapter 3.

Luk 3:21 When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. 
Luk 3:22 And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.” 

So, Our Heavenly Father gave him a Word and said, “You are my beloved Son, in you I am well pleased!”

So, while the LORD is in the wilderness praying and fasting, what did the devil come against? The Word, which was spoken to Christ, and challenged him saying, “If you be the Son of God, make these stones become bread!”

But Christ, answered him and said in Luk 4:4, And Jesus answered him, saying, it is written, that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. In other words, it’s not so much about fleshly sustenance, but spiritual sustenance which is the Word of God!

The devil will always challenge you in the area of our life that is very important which is the Word of God! You must stand strong in it and say, “IT IS WRITTEN!” following the example of Christ.

Why? Because earthly bread satisfies the flesh, but spiritual bread, which is the Word of God satisfies the soul and spirit! Remember the LORD said to the disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Mat 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Again, he connects prayer to your spiritual wellbeing!

After Christ said it is written concerning the Word of God, the devil comes again.

Luk 4:5 And the devil, taking him up into a high mountain, showed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 
Luk 4:6 And the devil said unto him, all this power will I give you, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will, I give it. 
Luk 4:7 If you therefore will worship me, all shall be yours. 

Notice the devil showed him all the Kingdoms of the world. People of God and friends, the devil will always promise you more than he can truly give you! But the truth of the matter is that God owns it all. Why not serve and worship him?

What was Christ response! Luk 4:8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, get behind me, Satan: for it is written, you shall worship the Lord thy God, and him only shall you serve. 

Listen, this is how Satan has deceived the church. It’s not just about going to church, it’s not just about serving, it’s not just about your giving, but it is about your worship!

Remember that Satan hates it when you worship God, because he wants worship. Remember your worship is the most important thing you can offer to God, and we do it with our time, talents and treasure!

This is why Jesus said:

Joh 4:23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 
Joh 4:24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” 

Remember God is an originator, Satan is an imitator. Everything the Lord does, Satan will try to imitate.  What kind of worship is expected of us as believers?  To worship God in spirit and in truth and in the beauty of his holiness!

People of God and friends, nothing has changed! The devil is still deceiving believers today and is doing the same thing he did to Christ! Our only response as it relates to the Word of God and Worship is, “IT IS WRITTEN.”

It doesn’t matter what a man says, or the world says. Read the Word, obey the Word, walk out the Word, and always worship the LORD in spirit and truth and in the beauty of his Holiness!

God bless, Pastor Quinn

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Prayer, Prophecy and Praise Revisited

Good day friends and family,

As I awoke this morning, I felt the heavy burden of prayer, and as I prayed the Lord brought to my remembrance the significance and importance of prayer, prophecy and praise!

Over the next few weeks, I am going to share on each one of them in greater detail, because the saints of God must know that these spiritual weapons of warfare are not carnal, but are mighty in God to the pulling down of strongholds!

2 Cor 10:4 AKJV (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

So, let’s talk about prayer, which is a powerful virtue given by God that allows us to commune with him, connect us to heaven, and effect change in the earth realm.

Lets be clear, if you are going to do anything significant or great in the earth for the LORD, its going to include prayer and faith! Period.

Regardless of your status, education or gifting. If you lack prayer, you are missing an important component in your life! Prayer is the divine balance in your life that opens the door to breakthrough and blessing!

At some point in your life, regardless of who you are, you will need to connect to heaven through prayer for divine direction, grace, strength, peace and needs!

It is amazing that the disciples walked with Jesus and saw him casting out devils, sharing revelational parables, and performing miracles. Yet they didn’t ask him how he did those things. Guess what they asked? Luke chapter 11 verse 1 tells us!

Luk 11:1 AKJV And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said to him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.

Isn’t that profound? You see, the things that are taking place in the earth and in your life, often times require divine intervention, and since God has all power in his Holy hands, and is able to make all grace abound toward us, we look to the hills and heavens, from where our help comes!

Psalm 121:1-2 AKJV 1 I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from where comes my help. 2 My help comes from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.

I have much more to share, but I want to leave you with this! In Luke chapter 18, Jesus tells the parable of a widow who needed justice against her adversary, and starts the story off by saying:

Luk 18:1 AKJV And he spoke a parable to them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.

So, in the beginning we see the story is about prayer, where the widow has a need, which is justice against an adversary!

The Bible does not specify what that need was. Just like this widow had a need, all of us have a need at times in our lives!

So in seeking justice, this widow continuously goes to an unjust judge who would not give her justice! Eventually, he relented and gave her justice!

Luk 18:4-5 AKJV 4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; 5 Yet because this widow troubles me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.

At the end of the story, Jesus makes a profound point and says :

Luk 18:6-8 AKJV 6 And the Lord said, hear what the unjust judge said. 7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night to him, though he bear long with them? 8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of man comes, shall he find faith on the earth?

So, the moral of the story is that just as this widow got what she needed from an unjust man because of her persistence. You will also get what you need from the Lord, if you are persistent in prayer! Be encouraged and keep praying! Help is on the way!

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God bless, see you soon!

Pastor Quinn

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Free Indeed!

John 8:36 KJV, If the Son, therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.

When we look at scripture from Genesis to Revelation, we find that the LORD is all about liberty and freedom.

In the book of Exodus, Moses was called to deliver the children of Israel out of bondage, where they had been slaves for 400 years. (Genesis 15:13)

Then we find in the New Testament book of Luke 4:18, Jesus proclaims what he was called to do:

Luk 4:18 KJV -The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.

In this verse we find that the LORD came into the earth realm to bring freedom to those in bondage!

When I think about bondage and freedom, I am reminded of Jan 1, 1863, where the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by Abraham Lincoln that all enslaved people in confederate states were free! Although it was issued, many people were still held in the bondage of slavery.

Specifically in Texas, where slavery continued until the spring of 1865, when General Granger and Union troops showed up on June 19, 1865 and emancipated those were still enslaved.

This is a historic story of freedom, in which I am reminded of the bondage of sin, which still enslaves many people today.

Just as a man rode into Texas proclaiming freedom in 1865, the God man, Jesus Christ came to earth, and set every human free from the bondage of sin!

Truth be told, many people have not received the spiritual and physical freedom given by Christ at the cross to deliver them from the bondage of sin, where he provided deliverance, freedom, and salvation at the cross. So, as it is in the natural, so it is in the spiritual!

So, it is important that we remember June 19th, 1865, which is referred to as Juneteenth where the last slaves were set free.

This is so profound, because there were slaves that were still in bondage who didn’t know they were free, until an Army of soldiers were dispatched to ensure they were set free! According to history, we find that for over 400 years Black Americans endured bondage.

Thousands of years before this emancipation, the Father sent his Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins, and to redeem us from bondage!

Jesus then proclaimed in Joh 8:32 KJV, and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

The truth is that Jesus took sickness, slavery, bondage, and sin at the cross! We are no longer slaves to sin, because Christ has made free! Where there is bondage all over the world, I pray that God’s freedom would prevail!

The Word of the Lord to each and every person reading this devotional is that Jesus Christ paid the price for freedom with his precious blood! We are no longer captives and in bondage to the enemy of our souls! Through salvation in Christ, we are free indeed in Jesus’ name! If you desire more information on salvation and freedom in Christ, click here Salvation

God bless!

Pastor Quinn