Gay Marriage is Legal

WHAT HAPPENED?

Today the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled 5-4 that gay marriage is legal nationwide. President Obama hailed this ruling as, “a victory for America”.

WHAT TO MAKE OF IT?

More biblical prophecy has been fulfilled to the letter, thus authenticating the Word of God as absolute truth and confirming the signs of the times as proclaimed by the Lord Jesus. “For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be.” -Matthew 24:37-39. If we profess to believe the words of Jesus and then stand in shock when they come to pass…did we really believe Him in the first place?

WHAT TO DO?

“Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.” -Proverbs 3:3. We are not called to prowl around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. That’s someone else’s job. Our job is to stay intensely focused on the mission given to us from Jesus to preach, baptize and make disciples. Within that mission is our responsibility to speak and stand for the truth without apology. However, if we do that without kindness, we become like Peter when he pulled out a sword in a rage and cut off Malchus’ ear. Recall Jesus’ response, “Put your sword back into it’s place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword. Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels? How then will the Scriptures be fulfilled, which say that it must happen this way?” -Matthew 26:52-54. If we go about angrily yelling at our television sets and on Facebook and Twitter…do we still have kindness and truth around our necks?

WHAT LEGAL RAMIFICATIONS ARE THERE FOR BIBLE PREACHING CHURCHES?

That’s impossible to know at this point and fruitless to speculate or worry about. The real question we must contemplate is: Does anything, anywhere in the world alter our commitment to be faithful to preach the gospel? I for one choose to open my windows and kneel next to Daniel when it became a crime to pray. “Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously.” The laws of all nations combined have never and will never trump the law of God, or remove His calling from our lives. I also happen to believe in a God that still shuts the mouths of lions.

TO GAYS AND LESBIANS EVERYWHERE:

You are welcome at the Rock church. We want to shake your hand and offer you a seat. We want to give you a free bible and ask nothing in return. We want to worship Jesus Christ and tell you how He died and rose again to save you. The world has lied to you and the government has exploited you. We are not perfect people, but we will not lie to you. We admit to not knowing what it’s like to walk a step in your shoes. You’ve probably been through a lot of pain and suffered countless hurtful words. Perhaps many of those words came from people claiming to follow Jesus. We are not looking to single you out and attack you, but we admit to believing the bible is God’s absolute Truth. When the scripture talks about homosexuality being sinful against God, we talk about it the same way and call people to repent and be saved. We believe Jesus called us to do that with much compassion and not hate or venom. Why don’t you stop out and see us sometime? I’ll be standing toward the front after service…I’d love to shake your hand and offer you true victory in Jesus. “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” -1 Corinthians 15:57.

Pastor Wes

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TEN9 Mirebalais, Haiti

On Sunday I shared with all of you the open door for gospel ministry this week in Mirebalais, Haiti, known as Operation: TEN9.

What is “Operation: TEN9”?

Taken from Romans 10:9, “That if you confess with your mouth, Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” A TEN9 is a city-wide evangelistic outreach event conducted by a team from the Rock church alongside local pastors and lay leaders in a village, town, city or area. The singular mission of a TEN9 is to offer the simple gospel of salvation to all who will listen.

The Daily Details

Each day our team will spend hours walking the streets, marketplaces and neighborhoods. We will go door to door in groups of 2 or 3 people with a Haitian translator. We will share the gospel, pray for specific needs, and invite people to the evening worship and preaching time in town, known as Operation: TEN9. Every evening, the TEN9 large scale gathering will begin at 6pm and run until about 9pm. It will begin with music and testimonies drawn entirely from local believers within the Haitian churches. It will culminate with me preaching the gospel message through a translator and offering the opportunity for those present to confess Jesus Christ as Lord.

How You Can Pray

Please be in prayer as the Spirit of God leads you, but some specifics to be aware of are: Team unity, Physical health and strength, Spiritual power over all darkness and evil, clear and favorable weather, local churches to be encouraged, souls to believe in Jesus as Savior.

The Team

Phil Cenzer Lyndsay Hudgens Jason Spencer Jessica Fischer Wes Morris Haylie Snodgrass Joey Spencer Lori Cenzer Brenan Hudgens Amanda Spencer Ryan Cenzer Dustin Snodgrass

Be In The Loop

Each evening, beginning Tuesday, June 2nd it will be my intention to release brief daily reports about what God is doing. These reports will be sent out via the Rock church: Facebook, Twitter, and prayer chain email. For details as to how to get connected to any of those avenues of communication, contact the Rock office at: 810-629-2444 or staff@hisrock.net PLEASE NOTE: All electronic communication from our team will be contingent upon Haitian internet service. If communication from our team drops off, please don’t be concerned, the telecommunications infrastructure in Haiti is very unreliable.

Thank you so much for praying.

Honored to proclaim Jesus with you.

Pastor Wes

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Unable to Stand

2 Chronicles 5:13-14

 “…in unison when the trumpeters and the singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice accompanied by trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and when they praised the Lord saying, “He indeed is good for His lovingkindness is everlasting,” then the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, 14 so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.”

God showed us a little of what this might have been like at the youth Winter Retreat this year. There are no words to describe it. Every time we go to camp, it’s like God reveals a little bit more of how we are supposed to worship Him. He takes over, comes like the wind, and guides us into His presence. I’ve never felt so happy to be silent as I did during the Sunday morning chapel. In a room of over a hundred people, it was the most comfortable silence I’ve ever been a part of. It was sweet. It was peaceful. It was Spirit-filled. In that moment, God’s presence was so heavy, so real, that many of us could not even stand just like the priests in 2 Chronicles. Things like that don’t happen every day. It was a great honor and privilege for God to have chosen to meet with us like that. We—a group of young people and leaders trying to figure out who we even are in Christ—got to sit quietly in silent adoration of the one true God. We are so unworthy of Him, so undeserving of His presence, and yet…He brings it. I feel like I could babble for hours about it, trying to find just the right metaphors, just the right adjectives to tell someone what it was really like; but that would be impossible. I hope that in your life, you realize that being in the presence of Almighty God is the most incredible thing you could ever do. It’s the dream. It’s the goal. Chase it. Not just at church, but here and now! In your school, in your home, in your workplace, in your friendships, in your devotions, when you wake up, when you go to bed—worship Jesus! Pour out your love for Him with every word you say, with every moment of silence, with every thought you think—honor Him! Pray that God would spark something in your life. That your passion would bring Him fame! That because of you, the rest of the church would learn to worship the Lord with reckless abandon, not fearing what others might think of them! If I could convince you of one thing, it would be to never stop worshipping Jesus. Never stop standing in awe of who He is and in what He does. Never stop bowing before Him. He is holy. He is good. And He deserves it.

— Lyndsay Hudgens

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40 Days

“This kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” Those were and are Jesus’ powerful words to his disciples. The Rock church has entered the most exciting and ambitious time in it’s entire history to date. God has given such increase here that we have literally outgrown the entire facility! We have huge plans for our future that entail not only going to a mobile church model in a school for 2 services, but also building a large “box” on the 52 acres by Christmas Eve 2016. If this were the only details involved in the vision for the future it could be described as nothing short of aggressive.  However, not only is that our vision for expanding our local capacity to labor for the Great Commission, we are asking God to provide for us in such a way that we can do all of it, without a single, red cent of debt!

This brings us to our very first step in this journey as a church, 40 days of prayer and fasting beginning today. Before Ezra and the people of God embarked on a great and ambitious journey, Ezra said, “So we fasted and sought our God concerning this matter, and He listened to our entreaty.” Efforts that are not first set before the Lord through fasting and prayer can often prove to be merely the failed efforts of man’s imagination. We need the Lord more than ever and that’s the most exciting place for believers to live.

Today begins our 40 day season of fasting and prayer. We are seeking the Lord for: Unity, Protection, Favor and Provision. It is crucial that we stand together in unity as one body for one cause, which is the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. We need the Lord’s protection from both earthly and spiritual enemies. We need immense favor and miraculous provision from the hand of our great and awesome God.

Thrilled to be serving with you, Pastor Wes

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2014 Christmas Gala Recap

The Ladies Christmas Gala 2014

As I reflect on the Ladies Christmas Gala this past Saturday, I thought it would be nice for you to hear about the Gala through the eyes of two ladies who attended and one gentleman who volunteered to help as they shared their thoughts with us. I could not have summed up the evening any better than they did.

One lady stated, “When the message was given during the Gala, I saw many women were raising their hands to receive Christ. I was choking up with tears because I could hear whispers of many women all around me who did not have their hands raised, yet they were praying the prayer for salvation. God was obviously working in hearts.”

“That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9

A second lady said, “This event is so different for me as I watch how it could never be pulled off without countless ladies becoming deeply entrenched in personal obedience to God in dedicating the time to decorate, taking serious prayer time, inviting and encouraging ladies whom they care about to come to this event.”

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is

For brethren to dwell together in unity!

It is like the precious oil upon the head,

Running down on the beard,

The beard of Aaron, 

Running down on the edge of his garments. Psalm 133:1-2

One gentleman that helped volunteer said, “I suppose some would feel like directing traffic or filling up the potato chip bowl is trivial and that they have talents worthy of something bigger – but that doesn’t matter to me; I’m still doing the Lord’s work. Maybe if I don’t spill anything; he’ll trust me with more the next opportunity. I always feel better about myself when I’m serving in any capacity – thanks for calling me!”

“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

It was so humbling to watch God clearly work through such a great number of volunteers. He was honored and lifted up and souls were saved that is what this Ladies Gala is all about.

“Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.” 

Rev 5:11

He is worth it all!

Theresa Arocha

On behalf of The Rock Women’s Ministry

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Will you Walk???

By the end of the week at camp last week, I heard, “I wish that we could stay here forever. Camp is so awesome and it is so easy to stay close to Christ where I should be.” This is such an encouraging thing to know that God is moving in that way in so many different student’s lives. But we cannot lose focus of what we learned all week. Camp is a great place of retreat where we can fill up our spiritual tanks, but once we fill up, we must go out and share what we have experienced with others.

While at camp, Brenan taught us about our responsibility as Christians. First to Love God- putting nothing before our love for God. Second he taught us that we need to love others. He focused on the passage where Jesus teaches us that we cannot Love God who we have not seen unless we can love others we see daily.

So how do we go about doing this??? We have to do it by the last thing that Brenan taught. Go! Matthew 28 teaches us that we must, Preach, Baptize and Disciple. Not just the church, not just pastors, but each and everyone of us.

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.

Matthew 28:19-20

Each of us filled up at camp; each of us experienced God at camp; now our responsibility is to take our experience and share it with someone else. Many of us fear that we wont have the right words to say, or be able to answer all the questions our friends ask us. The reality is that you are right. You cannot do it. You don’t have all the answers, that is why we must rely on Christ. Pray that he give us the courage and the words to speak to our lost friends.

So now that we have left the camp bubble- the retreat from the real world, this is when things get tough. This is when we get tested to see if we will “walk the walk.” At camp we may have “talked the talk” but now, WILL YOU WALK???

“Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.””

James 2:18

Now that you are home, now that God has put your faith to the test, show Christ your faith! Love God by loving others! Love others by teaching others to obey all the commandments which Jesus has taught us.

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10 Day Countdown!

In 10 days we will gather together in awesome Easter celebrations at both Fenton & Byron High Schools. With just over a week left, here are a few things we can be focusing on:

1. PRAYER! I think of the tenacity of Elijah’s prayer in 1 Kings 18:41-46. He hit his knees and prayed powerfully for God to send a heavy shower to end a drought. Many at the Rock have committed to fast and pray in various ways for the 20 days of April leading up to Easter. Please continue to be in passionate prayer for the lost of our community, for protection against sickness & spiritual attacks of all kinds, and for unity among all those that will be faithfully serving.

2. INVITE! There is no more powerful way that we can compel people who need Jesus to attend than our personal invite. Let’s be bold enough to step out of our comfort zones in mass over the next 10 days and invite as many people as we possibly can from our communities. I encourage you to go through your contact list on your phone and text or call people you haven’t spoken to in a while and invite them to Easter. Grab some invite cards from the Rock office and hand them to everyone you can! Personally invite someone to attend with you at one of the schools on Easter morning.

3. REMEMBER! Amid all the excitement and buzz surrounding Easter, don’t forget to remember what it’s all about. The entire point of the whole thing is to proclaim salvation in Jesus to those who need him! This could easily become about perpetuating the name of the Rock church, or just a big event for ourselves. Let’s remember, Jesus called us to GO out into the world and compel them, the lost, to come in. Easter is neither about us or for us, it must be about Jesus, for the lost. Let’s remember that.

Pastor Wes

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