The Law of the First

Matt 6:33  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 

Prov 3:9  Honor the LORD with your substance, and with the first fruits of all your increase.

As I thought about the New Year 2020, which will be the beginning of a New Year with new things to come. I began to pray and the LORD gave me an important word to share with you and it is: “The Law of the First.”   What is the law of the first? Well we do know that everything in the earth that was created must first have a beginning. There is always a start, a beginning, or establishment of a thing, which is always the first.

There are many people who don’t understand “The Law of the First” so I want to show you what the Bible says about first things as it pertains to your life! For example, we have all seen something created in the world where people are excited when they are the first to purchase it! It could be a brand new first Samsung, iPhone, watch, computer or even a car. 

Of course these are material things, but many people understand the excitement and joy of their first love, first home, first new car, first child that was born, first job, first promotion, or anything else in your life that was significant and first!  The reason why the first is important is because the first precedes that which is to come later.

Anytime you get a first big blessing, you are looking for the second one to follow! This is why the first is always important, because it always sets a precedent for that which you are expecting to come! As I searched the Bible, I found over 400 scriptures that pertain to the word: “First” 

-The LORD had a lot to say about the first according to scripture because he is the first! As a matter of fact he says in the book of Revelation 22:13,  “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”  Because God is the first, he desires that we give him the first of all that we have, because the first is holy unto the LORD.

How many of us know that God is not second, will never be second, and we cannot treat him as second!  God even said in Exodus 20:

Exo 20:1  And God spoke all these words, saying: 

Exo 20:2  “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 

Exo 20:3  “You shall have no other gods before Me. 

In other words, I am not another god. I am the First and the Last God, and you shall not have another god or idol in your life that takes first place! Did you know that the LORD himself instituted the law of the first in the earth!  As a matter of fact the law of first is a biblical and spiritual principle. Look what the scripture says in Genesis, the first book of the Bible:

Gen 1:1  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 

Gen 1:2  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 

Gen 1:3  And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 

Gen 1:4  And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 

Gen 1:5  And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. 

In the very beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. It was without form, void and there was darkness upon the face of the deep. Then look what God said first! Let there be light! Light is truth! Light gives clarity. Today I want to shed some light, clarity and truth on “The Law of the First.”

As I stated before, there are over 400 scriptures throughout the Bible that pertain to the law of the first. I have listed some of the scriptures here for your Biblical reading and understanding as well.  I find that the book of Exodus chapter 12, is particularly interesting because the LORD speaks to Moses about the “first” and mentions it over seven times in chapter 12.  Seven is the number of completion and perfection. We also know that Exodus 12 is a powerful chapter that speaks of the Passover Lamb, who is symbolically Jesus Christ the Lamb of God!   

John the Baptist said the following about Jesus in John 1:29, “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” Paul confirms it by saying in 1 Cor 15:20, “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept.”

Take a look at Exodus 12:

Exo 12:1  And the LORD spoke unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 

Exo 12:2  This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. 

Exo 12:5  Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: you shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats. 

Exo 12:15  Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses. For whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel.

Exo 12:16  On the first day there shall be a holy convocation, and on the seventh day there shall be a holy convocation for you. No manner of work shall be done on them; but that which everyone must eat—that only may be prepared by you.

Exo 12:18  In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the twenty-first day of the month at evening.

There are other scriptures that speak about the first as well that are profound!

Exo 22:29  “You shall not delay to offer the first of your ripe produce and your juices. The firstborn of your sons you shall give to Me.

The New Testament also gives us wisdom as it relates to the law of the first to the LORD:

Mar 10:31  But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

Mar 10:44  And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all.

Mar 12:28  Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, “Which is the first commandment of all?”

Mar 12:29  Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘HEAR, O ISRAEL, THE LORD OUR GOD, THE LORD IS ONE.

Mar 12:30  And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. This is the first commandment.

Luk 14:28  For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it.

The New Testament also gives us wisdom as it relates to giving the first to the LORD:

1 Cor 16:2  On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.

2 Cor 8:5  And not only as we had hoped, but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by the will of God.

2 Cor 8:12  For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have.

The New Testament also gives us wisdom as it relates to Gods judgment and the first:

1 Pet 4:17  For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?

The New Testament also gives us wisdom as it relates to Gods love and the first:

1 John 4:19  We love Him because He first loved us.

Rev 2:4  Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.

So what does this mean for you and me? Well the Bible is clear for us as believers in Christ. Everything that we acquire or do first, we should first give glory to God and give it back to him.  Jesus confirms everything we have said with one very profound scripture:

Mat 6:33  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 

I have a question for each and every one us reading this. What priority does the Kingdom of God have in your life?  Do you give God honor and praise through prayer when you arise first thing in the morning?  Do you honor and give God a first of all that you earn on your paycheck after the government takes their 15-20% in taxes?

It is amazing to me that we don’t complain when the IRS takes their 15-20% or higher in taxes, but we will complain and gripe when the church asks us to give 10% of tithes and freewill offerings cheerfully to the LORD! 

Solomon the wise man said something interesting in Prov 3:9, “Honor the LORD with your substance, and with the first fruits of all your increase.”

This means that every time you get an increase, you honor God by giving back a portion of it to the Kingdom of God which could be your local church, or a reputable non-profit organization that is doing Kingdom work for Jesus Christ.

Why is this important, because it shows honor and gratitude to the Most High for all that he has blessed and graced us with. Giving God the first says that I love you LORD and I acknowledge that it came from you, and I am only giving back first to you, that which belongs to you!

So on this Sunday, the first Sunday of the year 2020, the LORD desires that we pray, and follow the Biblical precedent that was set by cheerfully giving the first fruits of all of our increase to the LORD. What increase is that you ask? If you get paid a paycheck, a disability check, a retirement check, a refund check, a second job check, a blessing check, or whatever check or cash you receive monetarily, give the first 10% to God to say, LORD I believe your Word over man’s word, and I give back to you what belongs to you. Remember King David a man after God’s heart understood this and said the following:

1Ch 29:11  Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, The power and the glory, The victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and You are exalted as head over all. 

1Ch 29:12  Both riches and honor come from You, And You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; In Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. 

1Ch 29:13  “Now therefore, our God, We thank You and praise Your glorious name. 

1Ch 29:14  But who am I, and who are my people, That we should be able to offer so willingly as this? For all things come from You, and of Your own we have given You. 

Saints remember that the law of the first is not only an important principle for the beginning of the year, but it is an important life principle that you should follow as a child of God each and everyday of the year when you get blessed!

Giving God the first says, “LORD I honor you because you blessed me and supplied my need,  and I give it back to you, so that you can bless everything I own, and every increase and blessing that I receive today, tomorrow, and forevermore!

 Blessings in Christ, Pastor Jamal E. Quinn 

The Love of God Through Jesus Christ

Joh 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. 
Joh 3:17  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 

The very essence of Almighty God, Yahweh, who is the Most High God is revealed through Jesus Christ. Let us remember the greatest gift given to mankind. The birth of our beloved Savior and LORD and Jesus the Christ. Some debate it, some disbelieve it, some deny it, but let the record of his life declare who he is! God gave us his very best. 

The Bible says that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on him, shall not perish but have everlasting life. God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but that through him, many would be saved. Yes, many theologians say that December was probably not the timeframe in which he was born, but this is the time in which we remember, reflect and celebrate his birth. 

God loves us so much that he did not want to condemn us, but through Jesus Christ (Yeshua Hamishiach) he shows us his unconditional love. If you have not received the greatest gift of salvation or need to recommit your life in Jesus Christ, read this scripture in Romans 10:9-13. Then read the comments, “How to receive the Greatest Gift,” and say the prayer that follows it:

The scripture says:

Rom 10:9  that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 
Rom 10:10  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 
Rom 10:11  For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on him will not be put to shame. Rom 10:12  For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.  Rom 10:13  For “Whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” 

How to receive the greatest gift of salvation:

  1. Be willing to turn from your sins (repent of your sins).
  2. Believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ  is Lord, that he died for you on the cross, shed his blood, was buried and rose from the grave!
  3. Be baptized in the Name of Jesus for the remission of your sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

How to Pray:

Heavenly Father, I come to you in the Name of Jesus, I am a sinner and repent of my sins. I believe in my heart and confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord. I believe that you died on the cross for my sins. You shed your blood, you were buried and resurrected on the third day. I renounce sin and ask you to come into my heart and life. Purge me and fill me with your precious Holy Spirit. Today I believe, trust and follow Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

This is the beginning of a wonderful new life in Jesus Christ. To deepen this relationship you should:

  1. Read your Bible everyday to know Christ better.
  2. Communicate and talk to God in prayer every day.
  3. Tell others about Christ.
  4. Worship, fellowship, and serve with other born again Spirit filled Christians in a church where Christ,  and the true Gospel is preached.
  5. As Christ’s representative in the world, demonstrate your new life by your love and concern for others. The Bible says, “Let your light so shine, that others may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matt 5: 16.

As we prepare to transition into a New Year, my prayer for every person that reads this is:

Num 6:24  “The LORD bless you and keep you; 
Num 6:25  The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; 
Num 6:26  The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.”

Love and Blessings, Pastor Jamal & Sheryl Quinn 

THE GRACE AND SPIRIT OF GIVING

Isa 9:6  For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder, and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 

Joh 3:16  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.

2 Cor 8:7  Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also. 

As we remember the birth of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ, we cannot overlook the fact that God gave us his very best! The month of December is a special time where we celebrate Christmas, and many people take this time to fellowship, give gifts, and spend time with family. As we celebrate we must not overlook the significance of what God did for us by giving us his very best as a sacrifice for the sins of the world. 

The Bible says in in Isaiah 9:6, “For unto us a child is born, a son is given.” John confirms it in John 3:16, by saying, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son.” When we read these scriptures it is a reminder that God gave us his very best! When we think about it, God is the greatest giver that ever existed. Everything that we have in earth and everything that we have achieved came from God!  The Bible says in James 1 :17, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”

The scriptures are clear that God gave us his very best. Now if this is the character of God, and we have born of his spirit, then it is sufficient to say that we should have the same grace and spirit of giving as our Father in heaven. This is important to remember because the spirit of the world can be selfishness, self righteousness, and selfies. We live in a time where most people are concerned about me, myself, and I. This is not the spirit of Christ. It is a worldly spirit that comes from below. 

The Apostle Paul in his letter to the Corinthian church said the following in 2 Cor 8:7, “Therefore, as you abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that you abound in this grace also. What grace was Paul speaking about? The grace of giving. (Read 2 Cor 8:1-15)

So what does the spirit of grace and giving mean for each of us? It means that we believe the scripture that says, freely you have received, freely give. (Matt 10:8) It means that we should give of our time, talents and treasure without compulsion or coercion. It means encouraging, edifying and building one another up in love. It means following the example of Jesus Christ who gave sacrificiously, and willingly of himself.  This is the grace and spirit of giving that every believer in Christ should practice, not only at Christmas time but every opportunity we get in Jesus Name!  Be Blessed! Pastor Quinn

The Reason for the Season

Isa 9:6  For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder, and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 
Isa 9:7  Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. 

How many of us know that Jesus is the reason for the season? December is a month of celebrating Christmas, fellowship, food, and gift giving, but more importantly, let us remember to celebrate the one who is the greatest gift ever given; Jesus the Christ! (Yeshua Hamishiach)  Over the years as a child and being born in the month of December, I have always been enamored with Christmas because it meant gifts, new clothes, toys, candy and lots of food! (Praise God!)  As I got older and began to understand the significance of the birth and life of Christ and my focus changed!  I now realize that the holiday season is wonderful, but the greatest gift that was ever given to mankind was the Son of God, Jesus Christ.

Isaiah the prophet gives us some of the most profound scriptures as it relates to the birth of Christ. Isaiah starts out by saying in Isa 9:6, “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” 

As we look at this verse it is full of powerful references of who Jesus Christ, the Messiah is. He is the God child who was born and given by the Father in Heaven, and the government or Kingdom of Heaven will be upon his shoulders, and his name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace!  These are some amazing names that each and every one of us can understand. The Lord Jesus is truly wonderful, He gives us wise counsel through the Holy Spirit, He is a mighty God, He and the Father are one, and He is an everlasting Father. He is an eternal father, He is an awesome father, and above all He is Abba (Daddy) Father. Lastly he came to give us peace, because he is the Prince of Peace!

Isaiah also said in Isa 9:7, “Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end.” God’s Kingdom will reign forever more and unlike human kingdoms that establish peace for a season, his peace will never end. There have been many Kingdoms since the beginning of civilization, but where are they now?  Isaiah also says, “Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.”

One thing we should never forget is that King Jesus shall reign as King David did, but will do it in a greater capacity! It will not just be an earthly reign, but a heavenly reign. David was known as one of Israel’s greatest Kings, who was a man after Gods heart. Jesus is the beloved Son of God who is even greater, and his kingdom will be established with order, judgment, and justice, now and forever more! David’s kingdom lasted for a season, The Kingdom of God will last forever more! This is why Jesus Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords and we are his Kingdom citizens! Hallelujah! 

Saints as we celebrate Christmas, never ever forget the divine significance of the birth of Christ. This is the month in which we celebrate Christmas which comes around only once a year. Jesus Christ must be celebrated all year long! May God Bless you this on this Christmas and holiday season as you abide in the Prince of Peace, who is Jesus Christ our LORD, Savior, King and coming Messiah!  Be Blessed! Pastor Quinn

Everything has a time and season

Ecc 3:1  To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: 
Ecc 3:2  A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; 
Ecc 3:3  A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up; 
Ecc 3:4  A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance; 
Ecc 3:5  A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing; 
Ecc 3:6  A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away; 
Ecc 3:7  A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak; 
Ecc 3:8  A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace. 

Some of the most profound passages of scriptures in the Bible come from Ecclesiastes chapter 3: verses 1-8.  The Bible says that there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven. This should encourage us because everything has a time and a season. The revelation of the scripture as it pertains to us is; what we are going through will not last always. In other words, God has ordained seasons for everything in the earth to change, and that which He has ordained will come to pass in the appointed time. Wounds will heal, relationships will heal, the sun will shine, a new day will dawn, trials will turn to triumph, and trouble will not last always!

God in his great grace has given to us seasons and times according to that which he has ordained. This means that tomorrow is a brighter day. You may be going through right now, but tomorrow will be a greater day! Maybe this is why the scripture says in Psalm 30:5, speaking about the LORD, “For his anger endures but a moment; in his favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” If we really understood times, seasons and the purposes of God, we would be more inclined to stay focused on the journey ahead. Because in this journey called life; there will be ups, downs, trials, tribulations, tests, troubles, temptations, transitions, and tragedy’s. There will be agreements, disagreements, sickness, healing, love, hate, living, dying, laughing, mourning, love, and hate. Solomon the wise man lets us know that this is how God has ordained seasons and times in creation.  Things will change, people will change, times will change, your age will change, but God will remain the same! Malachi 3:6 says, “For I am the LORD, I do not change; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.” Hebrews 13: 8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

This should be good news for all of us, because no matter what happens in life or whatever season we are in, the purpose of God is going to come to pass.  Maybe this is why the Apostle Paul said in Rom 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Although situations in life may look bad, God has a plan, and it will work out for our good according to his purpose.  David confirms it in Psalm 34:1, “I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”  So no matter what season you are in, no matter what time may bring, rejoice and know that God will work it out for your good and for His glory in Jesus name, Amen!

God bless!  Pastor Quinn

In all things give thanks

1Thess 5:18  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 

Thanksgiving is the season when most people take the time to give thanks for all that the LORD has done. But when we think about it, the scripture says, “In all things give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” How many of us know that the giving of thanks is not just for a specific time and season? We should be thankful at all times, and give thanks to God for each and everything that he has blessed us with, and done in our lives.  The Bible says, “Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father of Heavenly lights, in whom there is no variance or shadow of turning.” (James 1:17) In other words, God is the source of every good and perfect thing that we have received and achieved. Think about it, if God is the creator of all things, and he is, then we should give thanks for all things, because it came from him. 

Paul said that the giving of thanks is the will of God in Christ Jesus Christ concerning us! This is powerful. In other words, God’s desire is that we be thankful. God does not want us to be ungrateful. Why is this God’s will concerning us? Because he is the source of all good things! Lets be real. No one likes an ungrateful or unthankful person! 

The scripture also says in Rom 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” I want you to know that God is working it out for your good and his glory. Just give him thanks and praise him for the victory!  Sometimes we get discouraged because of what we don’t have or what we did not accomplish. How many of us know that it is not over until God says it is over!  The Bible says that in Phil 1:6, “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

As long as you have breath in your body, there is a new day for a new opportunity! We should give thanks to the LORD for waking us up this morning, starting us on our way, and giving us the strength and grace for a new mercy each morning! Think about this for a moment. We may not have everything we want, but God said I will supply all of your need according to my riches in glory! (Phil 4:19)

The scripture also says in Psalm 100:4, “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and enter into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” One thing I believe God in all of his glory does not like is selfishness and ungratefulness. I am sure we can all agree that if someone is unthankful or ungrateful, it comes from a spirit of pride. Humility allows us to be grateful and thankful. We should always have a spirit of thankfulness in our hearts not only to the LORD, but to one another.

The Apostle Paul said in Col 3:15, “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.” If someone has blessed your life, be thankful. If someone has encouraged you be thankful. If someone has done even the smallest thing in your life, always be grateful and thankful. A grateful and thankful heart opens the door to even greater blessings in your life.

Today, let us think about everything we have been through this year. God has given us the victory! Even if you have not seen the manifestation of what you are believing God for yet, give him thanks and praise him in advance! I am truly grateful and thankful to all of our leaders, members and friends of the ministry that have shown toward Firm Foundation Christian Fellowship and my family. Thank you for your support, service, sacrifice and servitude unto the LORD. May God bless you all.

God bless!  Pastor Quinn

Oneness in the Body of Christ

Eph 4:1  I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the vocation in which you are called, 
Eph 4:2  With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 
Eph 4:3  Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 
Eph 4:4  There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 
Eph 4:5  One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 
Eph 4:6  One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. 
Eph 4:7  But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 

As we move forward into this new upcoming season of 2020, we must always remember that we are stronger as one body of believers. One of the greatest tactics of the enemy is to divide and conquer. This is a tactic that has been used by the enemy for thousands of years, and there are many people that have fallen for it hook, line and sinker, even in the Body of Christ. The Apostle Paul said 2 Cor 2:11, “Lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.”

It is so important that we as a body understand the devices of the devil. His devices against the Body of Christ are division, discord, disagreement and disunity. We would be ignorant to believe that God will bless the work of our hands in division, because the scripture clearly states the importance of being unified in the Body of Christ. Lets take a look at what the LORD Jesus and the Apostle Paul said in scripture. In John chapter 17: 20-23, Jesus prayed a very important prayer for the believers. He prayed that we would be one, just as he and the Father are one. If Christ said it, then it must be very important! The Apostle Paul confirms this in Eph 4:1-7:

In Eph 4 verse 1, Paul said that we should walk worthy of the vocation or calling that we have received, or in which we have been called. This is important because God called us for such a time as this to do the will of the Father in heaven. Each and every one of us, whether we are fivefold ministry or members of the church should be walking worthy of our calling. This means that we have been given an awesome responsibility, and God wants us to represent or walk worthy, because it is a high calling, and a great responsibility.

Remember in Matt 25:14-15, the parable of the talents, the LORD gave five talents to one, two talents to one and one talent to another. The Bible says that he gave them talents according to their own ability. This means that God holds you accountable for that which he has entrusted to you. There is no need to emulate or copy another individual. Everything you have is in you, because God gave it to you. Whether it be five, two or one talents.

Paul then says in verse 2, that we should walk worthy in lowliness, meekness, patience and love. These are the virtues of unity as it relates to the Body of Christ. It is also maturity. Anything else stems from a spirit of pride, self righteousness and individuality. Verse 3 says, “Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”  It is so important that we endeavor to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace. 

Why? Because we don’t want to give the enemy a foothold. In the world today we see political groups divided, groups of people divided, and the same spirit has invaded the church today. We see people bashing one another, distancing themselves, and dividing themselves against one another all in the name of the LORD Jesus Christ. This is deception. Paul said we should endeavor, or make an effort, to be diligent or to labor in it, as it relates to unity.  The problem we have today is that no one endeavors to do it. 

David said in Psalm 133:1, “How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell in unity.” The Bible even says that where there is unity, God commands the blessing, even life forevermore.” (Psalm 133:3) Now understand that according to Eph 4: 4, “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling.” 

The universal Church is one body. It is not many bodies. There are many ministries and diversities of ministries but there is one church, one body and one ecclesia. (1 Cor 12:4-6)  In other words, although the Church is universal, we have many communities of Christ, led by different ministers who are walking worthy of their calling and invocation in the LORD. The Bible also says there is one Lord, one faith and one baptism. (verse 5) This means that God has one church and there is one people. If this is true, why do we practice individuality?

Eph 4:6  says, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.  So there is one LORD, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above us all, through us all and in us all. This is profound, because if the Godhead is one, who is the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, then the church should be as one. And if the body is one, why is there so much division? Again this is deception. We must examine ourselves in the faith, and get back to the Word of God and one accord, If we want to see the power and glory of God manifested in the Church in these last days.


Last but not least, Eph 4:7 says, “But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.” The Apostle Paul said that each one of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift. This means that each and every one of us has been given a gift, talent, ability and spiritual gift. There is no  reason to be jealous or envious of one another. What you have, and what you accomplish is because of God’s grace. Not your title, education, intellect or ability. It is through God that we are able to accomplish anything, and He alone must get all the honor, glory and praise in Jesus Name.  So as we prepare to crossover into 2020 soon, let us have the 20/20 vision of Christ and endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace! God bless,  Pastor Quinn

For additional information on oneness and unity, please read Pastor Quinn’s book entitled “How Good and How Pleasant it is: The importance and power of unity”

Receiving God’s Benefits

The Word of the LORD for this week is “Receiving God’s Benefits”

Psa 103:1  A Psalm Of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! 
Psa 103:2  Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: 
Psa 103:3  Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, 
Psa 103:4  Who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, 
Psa 103:5  Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 

As we prepare to end one year and cross over into a New Year soon, I want to encourage you with the words of David who said, “Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!” Why did David say that? Because he knew that the LORD had done great and mighty works in him and through the people of God! We must never forget that we are here today because of Gods grace and great mercy!  Man had nothing to do with it. It was by the grace of Almighty Elohim!  Just think back to where you were years ago, or what God brought you through! When we get the understanding of Psalm 103, then we will understand why we must never forget! Lets take a look at Psalm 103:2-5.

Psalm 103:2 says,  Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. This is important because we should always bless the LORD and never forget all that he has done for us! Question? Are you partaking of all of God’s promises and benefits? They belong to you as a child of God. The Bible says in Gal 3:29, ” And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” The promises of God, and the benefits of God belong to each and every one of his beloved children. Now lets take a look at some of those benefits in Psalm 103:3-5.

Psa 103:3 says, ” Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases.”  God has delivered us from our sins, cleansed us, and redeemed us! He has healed our bodies and made us whole, spirit, mind, body and soul? Even if you are still waiting on the manifestation of healing, you must believe and receive it by faith! Because it is going to manifest in Jesus Name! Why because it is already done! The Bible says in 1 Peter 2: 24, “By his stripes were healed.”

Psa 103:4 says, “Who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies. ” The LORD called us out of darkness into his marvelous light. He saved us and delivered us from destruction. Think about all the people who have not come to the knowledge of truth in Jesus Christ yet. Praise be to God for redeeming our life from destruction!  He has also kept the enemy of our soul from killing us. He also crowned you with love, kindness and tender mercies! I thank God that he is not like human beings, who will love conditionally, but God loves us unconditionally. Hallelujah to the Lamb of God!


Psa 103:5 says, “Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”  The LORD has blessed us and satisfied us with our hearts desires. Truth be told, you may not have everything you want, but God has satisfied you with wonderful things throughout your life. He has given you life, peace, joy, strength, a job, good friends, a home,  and even material things! Not only that, he has renewed our strength like the eagle so that we can soar and go higher and deeper in him. 


God is the one who gives youthfulness and long life. When people ask me why I look so young, I tell them Psalm 103:5 is my portion. Why? Because it says, our strength is renewed like the eagle’s. Although we have been through many trials, tribulations, tests, and troubles in 2019 and previous years! You must believe that this is your season! God has given us the victory through overcoming faith, and 2020 will be an awesome year of joy, restoration and blessing! The Bible says that those that have sown in tears shall reap in joy!  

Let’s read Psa 126:5-6: “Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy.  He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. ” In other words, all of the tears, hurt and pain and that you experienced will turn to joy!”

Remember that the LORD loves you and began a good work in you, and He will perform it until the day that Jesus Christ comes!  God Bless, Pastor Quinn

Revisiting the Vision

The Word of the LORD for this week is “Revisiting the Vision” The scripture says in:

Hab 2:2  Then the LORD answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. 
Hab 2:3  For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, It will not tarry. 
Hab 2:4  “Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; but the just shall live by his faith. 

At the beginning of the year, January 2019. Many of us wrote a New Years Vision! We did not write resolutions, because many things that we resolve to do, we never quite resolve to accomplish! Writing a vision is Biblical. There are many people by the wisdom of the LORD who wrote personal and family visions with spiritual, physical, financial, and personal goals at the beginning of 2019. Have you revisited the vision? Have you looked it over to see if anything you wrote has come to pass?  Have you ran with it? Did you have the faith to see it come to pass? If what you have written has not come to pass, revisit it, rewrite it, pray over it and stay in faith!

Always remember that if some aspects of the vision have not come to pass, this doesn’t mean that it won’t happen. It means that the appointed time is not yet. God in his wisdom has appointed a specific timeframe for all things to come to pass. 

The Bible says in Hab 2:2, that the LORD commanded the Prophet, “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.” If you have written it, you must read it, and then you must run with it!  The scripture implies that there are things that we must do, and things that God will do. What must we do? We must read it and run with it! God had given us gifts, talents and spiritual abilities to do what he has called us to do! So the questions is? What has God called you to do, and are you running with the vision?

God then tells us in Hab 2:3  says, “For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, It will not tarry.”   Tarry literally means to stay longer than intended; to delay or to wait. The LORD said, “The vision I have given you is for an appointed time. Not your time, or man’s time, but God’s time.  

In other words, God said, “I gave you the vision, and there is an appointed time when I will bring it to pass.” You must write what you hear, and then make preparations to see it come to pass. How do we do that? By sowing into it! By giving our time, talents and treasure to it, being excited about it, by praying over it, and above all running with it!

The LORD even said that even though it looks like nothing is happening, in the end it will speak and not lie! God said if it takes a long time, wait for it!  Wow, this is powerful! God is literally saying that you have a part in the vision, and I (the LORD) have a part in the VISION. You are to write it, read it, and run with it, and have faith. Then at the appointed time, I will bring it to pass!  Notice that Hab 2: 4 says, “Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; but the just shall live by his faith.” 

In other words, we must have faith!  There is no vision that will come to pass without faith! Sometimes God will give us an assignment and when we don’t see anything happening, we get discouraged, we get impatient and we want to give up. But God said, it is for an appointed time. Though it takes a while, or if there is a delay, wait for it. And while you are waiting for it, don’t get in fear, don’t doubt, and don’t have a spirit of unbelief!  Why? Because it is through the eyes of faith that the vision will come to pass!

Remember for any vision, goals, dreams or aspirations that you may have. You should write it down and make it plain! Then you must read it and run with it. In other words you must put some works to your faith. Remember faith without works is dead. (James 2:20) Do you have the faith to see it come to pass? If what you have written has not come to pass, remember you must revisit it, pray over it, rewrite it, or revise it and always stay in faith!

The scripture says that God is not a man that he should lie. If he ordained it, it will surely come to pass! It makes no matter whether it is spiritual, physical, financial or personal. God knows the plans he has for you, and it will surely come to pass in the designated timing and season of the LORD!  Be blessed, stay encouraged and above all, stay in faith! God Bless!

Giving God Your Best

The Word of the LORD for this week is “Giving God your Best” The scripture says in Col 3:17, “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. It is also confirmed in Col 3:23-24,  “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.”

This is one of the most powerful scriptures in the Bible as it relates to serving, giving and laboring for the LORD. The Apostle Paul wrote this in a letter to the Colossian church,  and I believe it is one of the most profound scriptures in the Bible. Paul could say these words because he labored tirelessly for the LORD.  

Think with me for a moment. Before he was converted in Christ, he was a religious leader and Pharisee who persecuted the church. In other words, he was a Jesus and Christian hater. Once he met Jesus, got saved and converted, he labored tirelessly for the LORD and the Kingdom of God. 

Listen to his testimony. He wrote 13 books of the New Testament by the Holy Spirit. Many people believe he wrote Hebrews as well. That means that he contributed 14 books of the New Testament. (that’s a lot of writing for someone who didn’t have a computer!) He also traveled around Asia Minor at that time with over 3 missionary journeys, preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom about Jesus the Christ. He was persecuted, imprisoned, beaten, people turned their backs on him, mocked him, and eventually died  in prison for the cause of Christ!  What is amazing is that this man labored tirelessly for the LORD, and left a testimony and legacy for the church that is dynamic and powerful!  

Yet today, people give up on God, stop coming to church, and complain about serving, giving and doing anything for the LORD!  This is truly a sad testimony for the LORD because God has been good to us! Not only that, we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ one day, to give an account of our works and words. 

The question is, can we say like Paul: 2 Tim 4:7  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 

2 Tim 4:8  Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. 

Excuse me just for a moment, but how can we who say we are the light of the world, the salt of the earth, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, an ambassador of Christ, and seated in heavenly places with Christ, give as little as we can, serve as little as we can, and complain when we have to sing, serve, minister or volunteer?  This is why Paul could say:

Col 3:17, “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” 

Col 3:23-24,  “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.”  

Remember  as a believer in Christ, everything you do for the Kingdom of God is for God and God alone! It may seem like you are serving a man or woman, but it is for the Kingdom of God. The Bible clearly says, whatever you do in word or deed, do it from the heart, and as to the LORD and not to man, knowing that you will receive the reward of the inheritance, because you serve the LORD Jesus Christ! Today, let us truly examine ourselves,  and give our very best to the LORD in word or deed! God bless!