Pastor Michael Bondanza

Jeremiah 1:11-16 ~ January 22, 2012

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As I sat before the Lord and asked Him what He wanted to say to His people, the Lord brought to my remembrance the passages in Jeremiah 1:11-16.  The Lord spoke to young Jeremiah and asked him “what do you see”.   I read the verses of scripture and then I closed my eyes as the words “what do you see” rang through my mind.  I began to type with my eyes closed as the Lord, I believe, took me through all the streets in my mind filled with images, pictures, and videos, if you will, of the things I’ve seen in my short time on this earth and so I began to type them. The Lord brought back to my remembrance these things and more to cry out to His people and tell them that He sees their struggles.  He sees their torment inside because they are in a lukewarm relationship with Him.  The Lord showed His heart; That He is weeping and crying out for His people to turn to Him with their whole heart and begin to trust Him completely. The Lord says He will hasten His Word to perform it in verse 12.  He is standing, waiting for you to turn to Him with your whole heart… And when you do, the new life will break forth as the “rod of the almond tree”.  He wants to perform His Word In you and give you new life in Him.  It is necessary because there is a pot boiling on the fire as in verse 13.  The enemy is boiling hot mad at God’s most precious creation, you, and he wants to take you out!  The only hope you have is to turn to Jesus Christ with your whole heart.  Will you be honest with God today and say, “God, I see the wickedness of my life as I stand before you, and I acknowledge that my only hope is you”.  Let’s be honest with Him as He asks us “what do you see” in OUR OWN lives.  Then let’s trust Him that He is merciful and waiting and wanting to forgive, no matter how bad it seems to...

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Obtaining a Vision ~ Feb 22nd, 2012

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The message of the Lord tonight (2/22/12) given to His people: Christianity 101 – Bible Study “Catching the Vision” (Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: But he that keeps the law, happy is he.) Thomas A. Edison was the most prolific inventor in modern times—perhaps ever. He made scores of attempts to re-invent the light bulb. After an unsuccessful effort, one of his associates said, “Well, you have failed again.” “No,” replied Edison, “I have succeeded again. I now know another way how not to make a light bulb.” You can’t fight or strive for something if you don’t envision a victory or hope in something.  There has to be a mental picture of the end result.  What I am going to show you tonight is what the Lord has shown me regarding obtaining a vision.  The devil knows that we are dangerous, much like Thomas Edison – how he didn’t give up, when we have a vision.  So, he (the devil) knows that if he can rob us of that picture within our soul (mind) of the goal and victory then he has already defeated us with little effort.  Everything we do without a goal or vision is done in vanity and will not succeed.  Therefore, there are three things that I want to show you regarding obtaining or “catching” the vision. The first thing is that with a vision, you are unstoppable and driven (impelled) to accomplish the victory and achievement of the vision. The second thing is that there is a principle to catching the vision and two parts to the principle.  I will cover these later. The third thing is that there is a huge deception in American Christianity that will rob you of your vision.  If you know the tactics of the enemy, you can surely counter them! So, what is a vision?  I think Phil Grant said it best: A vision is the dominant factor that governs your life.  It determines all the choices you are making; it’s what’s left after all the layers are peeled away like an onion.  Clinging like glue to the inside of your rib cage.  It’s what your mind naturally gravitates toward when it is not legitimately concentrating on something else.  It’s what determines your friendships and your relationships that you are cultivating.  It’s what your prayers are about—what you dream about and are giving money toward. —Phil Grant When you have a vision, there is nothing that will stand in your way.  You will overcome any obstacle that may stand in your way.  You are committed to it, not just interested in it.  Example:  A lot of people are interested in improving their physical appearance, but aren’t willing to commit to the work involved (paying the price).  A person interested in exercise will wake up in the morning and if it’s raining say “I’ll exercise tomorrow, it’s raining”.  A person who is committed will get up and see it’s raining and say “I need to find another place to exercise”. The Apostles who turned the world upside down did it because they had a vision in their hearts. This brings me to point number 2: The principle.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read Proverbs 28:19 and never saw this.  There is a principle there plain as day.  Look at the second part to that verse “but he that keeps the law, happy is he”.  If you’re like me, you might say “What in the world does this have to do with a vision?”  So I did what any man should do and I asked the Lord and wow!!! God is so awesome and faithful to reveal Himself to those who seek Him! I began to see a pattern unveil throughout the Bible.  The first thing the Lord showed me was the context of which we (in our culture) think of the words “Thou shalt not…”. For years I heard those words in my head as an old man with a long beard and a angry scowl looking down at a poor person pointing a finger and shaking it as if to say “THOU SHALT NOT ____ OR ELSE!!!”.  But God showed me something through my Awesome Savior, Jesus Christ!  In John chapter 14 verses 15-24 Jesus says “If you love me, you’ll keep my commands” three times.  So, as Jesus is the image that expresses God, I see “Thou Shalt Not” now as “If you love me, you won’t”  This pattern is seen in Leviticus 18:3, Proverbs 7:1-3, and Proverbs 19:16 just to name a few. So what does this have to do with a...

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Matthew 2:1-18 ~ December 25, 2011

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The picture that the Lord painted for us of the wise men, translated from the Greek "Magoi" or Magi, who were searching for the King. We know that the Magi came from the east. This meant they were most likely Gentiles (not Jews). The east would most likely be Persia.It was the ancient Babylonian and Persian empire where Daniel the prophet was named "Rab-mag" which is translated "Chief of the Magi". Daniel was the only prophet to use the word “Messiah”. These Magi were not astrologers, sorcerers, or soothsayers like many secular sources would have you believe. These Magi in Matthew chapter 2 were coming to worship Jesus as King. They had a heart for God, and God acknowledged them as such! They were not following a star map using astrology. They were following the leading of the Father God. Jesus said in Matthew 16:13-18 and John 6:44, 45 that it is the Father God that reveals who Jesus is, the Christ, and that nobody can come to Him unless the Father draws them. The Magi were only acting upon the word of revelation that they had received from the Father God. They were obedient to that word, saw the sign that the Father had given them to follow the light, and sold all and packed up on a long journey to find Him.That meant they had to FORSAKE ALL to begin this journey to find the Messiah. If they tried to carry their junk with them, it would have weighed them down and held them back. Finally, when they found the child Jesus, they bowed down and worshiped Him. They presented the gifts and laid them at Jesus' feet. They sold all they had and purchased gifts worthy to offer Him. One gift was gold. The gold represented that they acknowledged Him as KING! That mean He had to first be a king in their hearts! They gave Him frankincense. This represents the fragrance of prayer before God. Prayer is the vital key to relationship as it is where we share our heart with God and He shares His with us. It is a sweet smelling relationship before Him. The third and final gift was Myrrh. This was used in embalming ointments for burial preparation. This represented that these Magi acknowledged that He, their King, was to die for them. They gave what was in their heart as Mary Magdalene did when she realized He would die for her. These Magi sold all, forsook all, denied self and gave the treasures of their heart to worship One King. Jesus said, "where your heart is, there will your treasure be also." Today will you follow the sign that the Father has given you and acknowledge Jesus Christ as King? Are you willing to forsake all to begin a sweet relationship with Him? Will you receive what He did on the cross as payment for your sins? Will you begin a life-long journey of worshiping the One true God...

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2 Chronicles 7:12-22 ~ September 11th, 2011

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The message that the LORD gave to us on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks was found in 2 Chronicles chapter 7. Starting at verse 12, we see that the LORD appeared to solomon and told Solomon that He had chosen this place for Himself as a place of sacrifice. The LORD was telling us that He has revealed Himself to us and has chosen us to be a living sacrifice to Him before the people of the world. He is God, and if He has to allow judgement to come (because of our sin), He tells us how to come out of His judgement. He tells US in verse 14 (those who name the name of Christ)  that IF we humble ourselves and pray, to seek His face and turn from our wicked ways. He says THEN He will hear from heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land. The 9/11 attacks should have been a wake up call for Christians in America. Many Christians rose to the occasion and fell on their faces and worshiped. It is sad, as Soju John (in the video) said, that many of us are closet Christians until calamity strikes. Soju John realized that the 19 terrorists were willing to die for the cause of a lie, and that he was guilty of not sharing the greatest cause of all… The Truth of Salvation through Jesus Christ. Soju suddenly realized that the people he worked with everyday, many of them are now dead in eternity without ever knowing Jesus Christ. The LORD asks us to do this same inventory of our hearts. He stands at the door of our hearts and knocks and pleads with us to tell the one next to us about His love and grace that is there for them if they will turn to Him. He is calling us to ask ourselves how we can keep silent as we just watch people die around us every day. We are the house that the LORD has chosen in verse 16 and once we turn to Him with our whole hearts, not just partially, His eyes and heart will be there from one sunset to the next (perpetually). He tells us in verse 17 that if we will walk as David walked before Him and keep his commandments He will establish Himself as LORD over us (as we are true Israel and He is Lord over Israel). David wasn't perfect. David made mistakes. David had a man killed to be with his wife. Why then does God want us to walk as David before Him? David repented. He acknowledged his sin before the LORD. He didn't try to justify himself and manipulate God. David knew that he was sinful and prayed earnestly before the LORD and sought Him with his whole heart. That's what He wants. Thats what He is saying in verse 18. He is God and with His blessing comes His mercy. His mercy is warning us that if we turn away from Him and forsake Him judgement will surely come (vs 19). He warns us that if we get comfortable again we will become as a proverb and a byword among the nations. Many people wondered on 9/11 why this happened to America. Many people were astonished as the LORD said they will in verses 21 and 22. The world was astonished and amazed at the attack on America. The LORD says, wake up America! Wake up Christians and turn your hearts back to Me! Just acknowledge your sin and I will forgive you! There is hope, but hope is useless without an action to move in the direction of it. Many would say "I hope i'll go to heaven" but never take any action to move toward it. That hope is dead and useless. Hope is only for those who are willing to be obedient. The LORD's call is this: Are you willing to listen and obey Me today? Are you willing to turn your heart back to Me, wholly and not partially? For all have sinned and fallen short. Let's all be real with the LORD and acknowledge that we have sinned in His sight and fall down and seek His face and turn back to Him. He is strength and salvation to the righteous in the time of trouble. He will help and deliver them because they trust Him. (Psalm 37:39-40).  My prayer is that we will once again get very real with the LORD and not make excuses for our sin, but humbly acknowledge it before Him and repent and turn from it to seek Him with our whole...

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Matthew 28:1-10 ~ April 24, 2011 (Easter Sunday)

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We celebrated the Resurrection of the LORD, we saw the fruit of the LORD’s death, burial and resurrection as members were baptized and one who had been a believer, became a receiver by hearing the gospel preached and received faith and Jesus Christ as her personal savior and LORD.  What a wonderful day it was and what a wonderful message from the LORD as He expounded His heart to us.  He, through His Word, spoke to us about the fact that we as humans have a tendency to allow things of great value to slip away in our minds. We put the knowledge of them into our memory like valuable items that we hideaway in a safe and only look at once in a while.  In the safe they get dusty and are only distant memories and have not much power on our lives.  The LORD declared to us that the reality and truth of the Resurrection should have a daily power upon us. It is the foundation of who we are.  Today, the truth of the crucifixion and the resurrection are under attack. Many are being carried away because the truth of resurrection is not a daily reality in their lives. The LORD first spoke to us of the crucifixion and brought out many proofs of what the Bible clearly shows. These truths can be proven by the writings of those that were disciples of the Apostles. They heard firsthand accounts of what had happened.  Also, there were Jewish historians and accounts from the commentaries of the Rabbi called the Talmud.  Also, there is the miraculous survival of the New Testament. It has been under attack for two thousand years. There were even burnings by the Roman Catholic Church. The LORD gave me 7 specific evidences of the resurrection. I was unable to address them all due to time.  They were; the empty tomb, the change of worship of the young Christian Church (that was mostly Jewish) from Sabbath to Sunday, the celebration of Passover changed to the celebration of Easter, the Passover Seder dinner changed to the LORD’s Supper, the change of the Church from Judaism, the message of the Gospel of the martyred Apostles and the conversion of Saul the persecutor to Paul the Apostle. The LORD spoke to us from Romans 5:10 about what we would not have had there not been a resurrection.  The last part of the verse declares "We shall be saved by His Life."  Though Jesus took our sins away on the cross we still live in these sinful bodies. Romans 7 declares the, "sin dwells in us". Sin is in our bodies of flesh.  Every day we sin. We don’t want to but sin is involuntary. It is the fallen nature that we were born into. It is not us but is of Adam.  If Jesus had not risen from the dead and ascended into heaven to sit as our High Priest Hebrews 4:14-16 we could not confess our sins and be forgiven. If not forgiven, we would not be able to enter into heaven.  If Jesus had not risen from the dead, we could not be Born Again and receive His Holy Spirit and be converted to enter into Heaven.  If He had not risen to life we would have no faith, for faith comes from Him to us.  We must keep these truths in front of us every day that we would not be...

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Matthew 21:1-16 ~ April 17, 2011 (Palm Sunday)

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Let us review what the LORD said.  He took us to Matthew’s Gospel and to his account of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem as He comes to be the sacrifice that will bring salvation and restoration to all.  The first point was that He came to be the sacrifice as the Scripture declared in Psalm 118:26-27. He is the sacrifice that came and was bound with nails and placed on God’s altar the cross.  He said to us through Luke 19:41-44 that He comes with salvation, deliverance and restoration even now, every day but do we know?  Do we know that it is our time to be saved, healed and delivered?  This is hidden from our eyes by religion, by the world like the thorns that choke out the seed (Revelation) of God’s Grace to us Luke 8:7.  The LORD spoke to our hearts to look and see.  Next the LORD spoke to us from the imagery of Him entering into the temple vss. 12-14.  He said His house was to be a house of prayer but instead it was a den of thieves filled with the blind, lame and the deceivers i.e. thieves.  The LORD then spoke to us that we are His temple and we are the thieves that steal the glory of God by continuing to practice deception with each other because of our own selfishness.  We are the lame having a shallow walk in the LORD and a shallow walk in His Word, if at all. We are blind to what is happening to us, our family and friends because of the sin in our lives.  But He comes to His temple 1Corinthians 6:19. He does not come to condemn but to heal and deliver us.  He comes every day to keep His temple holy.  He calls us to receive Him every day with the attitude of Hosanna as we come to Him in prayer and study of His Word so that we can walk according to it and not according to the world.  Last of all He calls us to see that prayer, bible study and worship attendance are the time of salvation, healing, deliverance and restoration. Do not to look at these as the Pharisees looked at Jesus as He came with the Grace of God.  The LORD has grace for us every day let us receive it for it is better than silver and...

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