Brotherly love and friendship

Prov 18:24 AKJV A man that has friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.

There are many topics in the Bible and many sermons that have been preached over the years. Yet, there is one topic that I have not heard much about in churches is friends and friendship.

The Bible has a lot to say about friends, which is something every person needs. No man is an island, and every person needs a friend.

In Prov 18:24, we find wisdom from Solomon about friends and a friend.

It says, “A man that has friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.”

There are two things we get from this passage of scripture. One, if you have friends, you must show yourself to be friendly. What does that mean?

Well, if you consider yourself to be a friend, you must be friendly as well. Friendship is a two way street. It is not a one way street! You cannot consider yourself to be a friend, and not be friendly!

Two, Solomon goes to to say, “And there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.”

In other words you can have many friends, but there is a friend, that sticks closer than a brother.” Notice the first part of the scripture says friends, and the second part says a friend. One is plural, the other is singular.

There is always one friend that you consider closer than most. They may even be closer than a blood brother or sister! This is the essence of brotherly love and friendship!

As believers in Christ, or anyone that considers themselves a true friend, we should always strive to maintain brotherly and sisterly love through friendship!

If you desire more information on friends and friendship, check out my new book: Closer than a Brother: A scriptural look at friends and friendship at:

Closer than a Brother: A Scriptural look at friends and friendship

God bless!

Rest in God

Good day all, blessings in Jesus name! The Word of the  Lord today is rest in the LORD, according to Matt 11:28-30 AKJV

28 Come to me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke on you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest to your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Rest in God today, and or tomorrow. With all the hustle and bustle of life, COVID, work, ministry, etc.. Many need rest.

The Lord said many have not been obedient to follow the commandment of the Lord, to work 6 days and rest. I’m not talking about the Sabbath day. (that’s another teaching) I’m simply saying: Rest!

We all need rest one day of the week. Rest your mind, rest your mouth, rest your spirit, rest from your labors, and rest in Jesus!

Did you know that God himself in all his glory and greatness ceased from his labors?

Gen 2:2-3 AKJV
2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

So today, ease your mind, relax your mind, rest your body, and be at peace in Jesus name. If you are working today, take a deep breath and rest your spirit. The weekend is upon us! Sleep in tomorrow and rest in Jesus.

Above all, stop worrying, and let the Holy Spirit give you peace that passes all understanding, which will guard your heart and mind in Jesus name! Phil 4:7

Remember the Word of the Lord in Hebrews 4:9-11

9 There remains therefore a rest to the people of God. 10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also has ceased from his own works, as God did from his. 11 Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

Last but not least, remember the Words of Jesus :

Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke on you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest to your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Rest and be blessed! Pastor Quinn

The God kind of love

Joh 3:16 AKJV 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.

We cannot fathom God’s perfect love, because we practice emotional love.  We pick and choose those whom we will love, but God’s love is unconditional.

The Bible says that love covers a multitude of sins, 1 Peter 4:8. Love is the greatest commandment according to Matt 22:36-39.  The Apostle Paul lists love first as the first fruit of the Spirit. Jesus even rebuked a church because of their love. Rev 2:4.

People will know that you been with Jesus because of your love walk. John 13:34-35, not your title or gifting. We are all a work in progress truth be told. But, when you truly perfect this virtue of love, the power of Christ will rest upon you in the fullness of measure!

Sometimes we think it’s people, or even the Church that holds us back from moving forward, accomplishing vision, or doing great things, but check your love walk!

What we see in America is a result of hate and a lack of love. This is the stumbling block that hinders relationships, and will ultimately destroy a nation. Read Matt 24:10-13.

We must pray, and ask God to help us with this great virtue, and to perfect our love walk. Because truth be told. Many will stand before God for the lack of it.

Today, Ask the Lord to give you the grace to love unconditionally, and as you love, be wise to guard your heart from loveless people! God bless, Pastor Quinn

Freedom from Bondage

Good day all, A Word of encouragement to bless your day!

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

On Jan 1, 1863. 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 a powerful 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 the captives free from the bondage of sin!

Truth be told, many people don’t know the truth of his sacrifice to deliver every human being from the bondage of sin, where he provided deliverance, freedom, and salvation at the cross.

The scripture says in John 8:32 AKJV, And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Do you know the truth about that great sacrifice? When Jesus, the Son of God came to earth, to die for the sins of the world?

Joh 8:36 AKJV says, If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.

Just as Emancipation Day on June 19th, 1865 set the captives free from slavery.

The Lord Jesus(Yeshua) came and delivered us from the slavery of sin, which means truly he has made us free indeed!

Always remember what Christ said in Luk 4:18 AKJV:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has 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.

And verse 19 is the prophetic profound verse:

Luk 4:19 AKJV To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

Today if you have not accepted his freedom made available at the cross do it today!

John 3:16 says, 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.t5

Today, receive and celebrate freedom spiritually and physically, because we are truly free! Be blessed and walk out your freedom everyday in Christ! God bless, Pastor Quinn

The power of sacrifice and the extra mile

Good day all,

Mat 16:24 AKJV – Then said Jesus to his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

We learn from the example of Christ that greatness and elevation requires denial of self, and a sacrifice! Of course, no one can give the ultimate sacrifice like Jesus Christ, but we can learn from his example!

Listen to the words of the Apostle Paul who confirms this!

Phi 2:8-12 AKJV 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient to death, even the death of the cross.

9 Why God also has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

12 Why, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

My friends, no one can do great things in life without  some kind of sacrifice and going the extra mile.

Mike Tyson said in an interview, he would work out as hard as possible in training, and do the extra because he knew his competitor would not do it!  Therefore giving him the advantage.

Jesus said if someone compels you to go one mile, go two miles. Matt 5:41. Herein lies the secret to doing great things in life! Going the extra mile! Those that study hard, work hard, and train hard, will exceed mediocrity through sacrifice and going the extra mile.

Doing the least in anything that pertains to goals, dreams and aspirations will not produce great achievements in life. In fact, it could possibly doom you to
mediocrity.

Those that follow the example of Christ, and follow those that follow Christ, have the potential to do great things, and succeed in their endeavors.

The Apostle Paul in
2 Tim 2:3-7 said the following: You therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

Did you hear that? Endure hardness. Be tough, press, push, and don’t give up.

4 No man that wars entangles himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who has chosen him to be a soldier.

5 And if a man also strive (competes) for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully. 6 The farmer that labors must be first partaker of the fruits. 7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give you understanding in all things.

Notice, Paul mentions a soldier, athlete, and farmer. Three individuals who understand the value of hard work, and sacrifice to accomplish a goal or task.

In my life and journeys, I have seen even the most talented of individuals, succumb to mediocrity, and accomplish nothing, because they simply did not understand sacrifice, and going the extra mile.

In life, there are three types of people. Those that do average things, those that do above average things, and those that do great things! 

You will never do great things with an average mindset. Again, those that work hard, study hard, and train hard, will accomplish great things because the output is always determined by the input.

The scripture says in 2 Tim 2:15 AKJV Study to show yourself approved to God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Notice the words: study to show yourself approved by God, and workman! Which means study and work must be put in!

Today, purpose in your heart to go above and beyond the average by denying yourself, and going the extra mile to do great things in life, and in Christ!

God bless, Pastor Quinn

Loving God and loving your neighbor

Mat 22:35-40 AKJV
35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,
36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

37 Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.

39 And the second is like to it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Loving God and loving your neighbor are powerful virtues. Two things that we all need. Just as repentance is unto God and forgiveness is unto our neighbor. No man or woman in Christ can ever reach their full potential without these heavenly virtues.

I was thinking some time ago, if these two virtues are great commandments, could we stand before God and give an account of our love walk? I believe so.

Today, tell the Lord how much you love him, and show love and kindness to your neighbor.

God bless, Pastor Quinn

Choose life

Deu 30:19 KJ2000 I call heaven and earth as witness this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.

Moses was profound in declaring this prophetic passage of scripture. Was he prophesying to the Messiah? I truly believe so.

Moses said:

Deu 18:15 KJ2000 The LORD your God will raise up unto you a Prophet from the midst of you, of your brethren, like unto me; unto him you shall hearken. (hear, listen or obey)

Jesus said:

Joh 3:16 KJ2000 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Joh 6:48 KJ2000 I am that bread of life.

Joh 11:25 KJ2000 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

Joh 14:6 KJ2000 Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me.

Joh 10:10 KJ2000… I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

True living and life comes from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ!  Nothing in this world physical, personal or financial can give us life like Jesus Christ.

Remember everything nice in life has a price and a sacrifice. If you choose death over life,  you will surely pay the price.  Choose Christ that you may live and have eternal life!

God bless! Pastor Quinn

The Blessing of faithfulness

Mat 25:21 KJ2000 His lord said unto him, Well done, you good and faithful servant: you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things: enter into the joy of your lord.

In the book of Matthew chapter 25, Jesus gives us a profound parable on the blessing of faithfulness.

In this story a businessman commits talents and responsibilities to three men. He then goes on a journey. When he returns, he asks them to account for their stewardship. Two out of three are commended for their faithfulness. One is rebuked for his lack of faithfulness.

In other words what did you do with what I committed to you? Did you take care of my goods? Where you responsible? What was your attitude toward what was committed to your charge?

People of God, Jesus is giving us a kingdom principle that will change your life in everything you do.

Whether on your job, in church, paying your bills, a relationship, or a ministry. You will reap what you sow in regards to bring faithful.

Greater areas of responsibility are always committed to faithful men and women who go the extra mile.

It’s amazing that many people ignore this Kingdom concept. But Jesus told two of the servants the following :

Mat 25:21 KJ2000 His lord said unto him, Well done, you good and faithful servant: you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things: enter into the joy of your lord.

Jesus also confirms it in Luke 16:

Luke 16:10 KJ2000 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.

The text tells us that men and women who are faithful in little things, will be faithful in many things.

This is a Kingdom key to promotion in Christ and even on your job! Your talent, knowledge, skills, and know how will only take you so far. Faithfulness will open greater doors of opportunity!

The key factor that separates the mediocre from the excellent is faithfulness. The key factor that separates the best from the good is faithfulness.

The Apostle Paul even said in 1 Cor 4:2 KJ2000, Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

In other words, the requirement for stewards or one who manages the resources of another is to be faithful, consistent, steadfast, and about your business.

When you are unfaithful, you disqualify yourself from the blessing that comes from being faithful. Today, think about ways in which you can be faithful in your service to God!

Because when you do, you will reap a great blessing! So the question today is, “Are you faithful?” God bless!

Pastor Quinn

Strong in Christ

2 Cor 12:9-10 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather boast in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

10 Therefore I take pleasure in weaknesses, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Sometimes we go through things in life through trials, tribulations, tests, troubles and tragedies, and we pray diligently to the Lord for help.

Many times those prayers are answered and we praise and bless God for his healing grace! But sometimes when the healing doesn’t manifest as we desire, what do we do?

Well, according to scripture, God gives us the grace and strength to get through it!

The Apostle Paul shares with us that he prayed to the Lord three times that whatever was troubling or ailing him might depart from him. God told him, ” My grace is sufficient for you.”

In other words, I’m not going to heal or deliver you from it, but I’ll give you the grace to get through it. These are truly powerful words indeed!

Then the Lord told him, “My strength is made perfect in weakness!” Isn’t that powerful! In a time when we know that the power of the Holy Ghost can enable us to do the impossible, God said my strength is made perfect in weakness!

Do we really believe that? Paul did! Paul said, if that’s true, then I’m gonna boast in my weakness that the power of Christ will rest upon me.

In other words, through my weakness, humility, surrender and faith in God, The power of Christ will rest upon me. It’s amazing that people today think that because we are meek, we are weak! Christ was meek and weak at the cross, but had all power in his hand!

He then goes on to say in verse 10, “Therefore I take pleasure in weaknesses, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”

Paul said, “I’m not gonna boast in my strengths, I’m gonna boast in my weaknesses in Christ, for when I am weak, then I am strong in Christ! Hallelujah!

Did you hear that? It’s not so much about what you can achieve, or what you can do in your own strength, but what Christ can do through you in your weakness!

People of God, Be encouraged and know that you can do all things through Christ who gives you the strength. It may be trial, tribulation, test or trouble. A vision, a dream, goal, or aspiration.

Regardless of what it is, the strength of God through Christ is able to make all grace abound toward you!

Be blessed, Pastor Quinn

Now Faith

Heb 11:1 AKJV Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Good day all, there are many important topics in the Bible, but one of the most important doctrines in the Bible is faith. Let me explain.

Faith is so important that Heb 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

Faith is so important that 10 men who were leaders missed the promised land because of their unbelief. Num 14:22-23

Heb 3:18-19 AKJV 18 And to whom swore he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

Faith is so important that Jesus told the disciples after cursing a fig tree, “Have faith in God.” Mark 11:22, then he said,

Mar 11:23 AKJV For truly I say to you, That whoever shall say to this mountain, Be you removed, and be you cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he said shall come to pass; he shall have whatever he said.

Faith is so important that a woman who was sick for twelve years got her healing, after saying, “If I could but touch his garment, I would be made whole.” Matt 9:21

Then Jesus responded by saying, in Mat 9:22 AKJV

“But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; your faith has made you whole.” And the woman was made whole from that hour.

Faith is so important that after Habakkuk expounds on writing the vision, making it plain, running with it and waiting on it he says,

Hab 2:4 AKJV Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.

Faith is so important that God blessed Abraham high and above measure because he believed God! Gen 22:16-18

Rom 4:3 AKJV For what said the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him for righteousness.

Faith is so important that a man needed some deliverance for his son. He brought him to Jesus, and Jesus said,

Mar 9:23 AKJV Jesus said to him, If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes.

These are only a few examples and scriptures of the importance of faith in your life.

Today, release your faith and trust God for whatever is in your heart. Whether it be a goal, dream, vision, or an aspiration. Remember to trust God through the eyes of faith to overcome, and accomplish all that is in your heart! Because through the eyes of faith, God is always faithful!

God bless, Pastor Quinn