There is more to the story of Easter…

THERE IS MORE TO THE STORY OF EASTER….
There’s an unnoticed part of the Easter story that I think is important. At every Passover festival the governor would free one prisoner that the crowd wanted. When Jesus went before Pilate, a man named Barabbas was also on trial. Barabbas was a well-known criminal who was in prison for rioting and murdering. This was no coincidence. It was a divine setup.

The name, Barabbas, is a combination of two words, Bar, which means “son of” and abba, which means “father.” But, “abba” also shows intimacy, similar to us saying, “daddy.” So, Barabbas was not just “the son of the father,” he was “the son of his dear father.” In fact, Jesus had just used the word “abba” in the Garden of Gethsemane when He cried out, “Abba, Father, everything is possible for You. Please take this cup of suffering away from Me. Yet I want Your will to be done, not Mine.” (Mark 14:36)

The crowd of angry people shouted for Pilate to release Barabbas and crucify Jesus. And that’s what Pilate did. Barabbas, the prisoner and murderer, was released AND Jesus Christ, the one who was innocent, was sentenced to death by crucifixion. Though it seems so wrong and unfair to us, Jesus was obeying the plan His Father had given Him. So, what’s the unnoticed part of Easter? Read this carefully………

HERE YOU HAVE BARABBAS, the “son of his dear father” that was a sinner, to the extent of rioting and murdering, and deemed guilty; who deserved to be crucified.
THEN YOU HAVE JESUS, the “Son of His dear Father“ that had never sinned, to the extent of loving everyone, and innocent; who did NOT deserve to be crucified.

So why did these two men end up in “each other’s shoes” so to speak??? LOVE. YES, LOVE. It was all about love. It was about His love for you and me. As Barabbas walked toward his freedom, Jesus walked toward his death. Barabbas didn’t deserve freedom, Jesus didn’t deserve death. But, Jesus chose death so you and I would never forget….. no matter how much we’ve sinned, no matter how much we deserved, we are always a “Son (or daughter) of our dear Father“ because of Jesus. He “wore our shoes“ so we wouldn’t have to wear His…. to the cross. And when we invited Him into our heart, He forgave our carnal life, as natural men and women, so we could embrace His spiritual life as children of God.

So, be thankful this Easter Weekend, that OUR FREEDOM, OUR NEW LIFE, didn’t come from an angry crowd shouting for our release. Our freedom and our new life, came because a passionate loving Father, and His obedient Son paid the ultimate price… for everyone who believes in Him.

“So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when He adopted you as His own children. Now we call Him, ‘Abba, Father.’ For His Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.” (Romans 8:15-16)

In Him,
Pastor Kevin Kinchen

How is your eyesight?

When is the last time you looked in the mirror and said, “Wow, look at that masterpiece!” I know, you think I’m kidding, but that’s how God sees us. In fact, He thinks so much about each one of us that… “Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in HIS EYES.” (Eph 1:4 NLT) Did you see that? “…. without fault in HIS EYES.” In order to see ourselves “without fault” we have to look through the eyes of God. He has the unique ability to see us for what we can become instead of what we were, or what we are now. A famous hockey player said, “I don’t skate to where the puck is, I skate to where puck is going.”

So, what about you? When you’re looking at yourself, whose eyes are you looking through? Other people, enemies, the devil? Just remember, the “Eyes of God” have forgotten your past, are aware of your today, and are seeing you in your God-given DESTINY.

“For we are God’s MASTERPIECE. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” (Eph 2:10 NLT)

In Him, Kevin Kinchen

I hope you can find time for this…

I have listened to this video over and over. Why? Because the worship pulls me into the presence of God and the message by Bill Johnson is epic, timely, and real… straight from the heart. Do yourself a favor by making some time where you can sit down with an open heart, and expect to be changed. Enjoy!

Bill Johnson at OneThing Conference 2016. The worship service and the message from Bill Johnson are on this video. The message begins 1-hour-17-minutes from the start of the video. Click this link: https://youtu.be/9sysx0oMri0

In Him, Pastor Kevin Kinchen

First the natural then the spiritual.

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In 1 Thessalonians 5:23, the Bible says, “…. May He (God) keep your whole being-SPIRIT, SOUL, and BODY-blameless when our Lord Jesus Christ comes.” We are ALL a 3-part being; a spirit, a soul (mind, will, and emotions), and a physical body. Another verse says, “The spiritual does not come first, but the physical and THEN the spiritual.” In other words, the physical life comes first, then the spiritual. — (1Cor. 15:46) Stick with me now, I’m going somewhere with this.

On Friday, the day of Donald Trump’s Inauguration, my Pastor sent me this text late that night. — Kevin, this is, “first the natural then the spiritual” that’s happening tonight with Trump. As it is in the natural, it’s going to be in the spiritual next. And it’s going to be greater than anything we’ve ever seen; it’s not later… it’s NOW.

Saturday morning (before I knew about the text) Margie and I were at a friends house and someone said, “Trump might be smart but there’s no way he could become president on his own. It was GOD that put him there!” The minute they said that, it hit me like a BRICK…. GOD DID THIS! That’s why nobody can figure out how he won! God chose someone UNqualified as a politician, and “foolish” in the eyes of others, to shake-up our nation. The Bible says, “It’s written, I’ll turn conventional wisdom on its head, I’ll expose so-called experts as crackpots.” (1Cor. 1:19)

When we got home I finally saw the text and I had an overflow of Scriptures and Biblical examples running through me. Remember, in 1 Corinthians it says, “first the natural then the spiritual.” If President Trump is the natural side of this, then I can’t wait until the spiritual happens. Why? Because Donald Trump broke the mold, and broke political records, when it comes to the typical profile of a president. Plus, he came into this with a strategy of reaching individuals, the people… not just a party or a position. That means the “spiritual side” would shake-up and interrupt our nation as God uses the UNqualified, because He will qualify them. He would raise up those who have been tagged “foolish” by others. They may not fit the profile of the religious, they may not have a seminary degree, and they won’t be seeking a title or a position, they just love God and love people. Their faith will be supernatural, their BOLDness, courage, and commitment to the Kingdom of God will be contagious. As they spread throughout our nation we will SEE and PARTICIPATE in the greatest display of God’s Glory, as He works through the Body of Christ in signs, wonders, and miracles.

I don’t know about you, but I want to see, and be, in a spiritual move of God. I want to shake-up and interrupt (in a good way) the lost, the hurting, and the sick, with signs, wonders and miracles! I urge you to make 2017 the year you get serious about knowing God personally. Dive into your Bible. Commit to praying for others. And most of all, LISTEN, listen to the One who knows everything and follow His lead.

Thanks for reading this!
In Him, Pastor Kevin Kinchen

This is only a test – Part 1

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“Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the Lord tested Joseph’s character.” (Psalm 105:19 NLT)

Do you have a dream from God that hasn’t happened yet? Or, do you have a Promise from the Lord that seems impossible? You know, the kind of Promise that gets further away every time you turn around. Listen, rest assured, God fulfills the dreams and the Promises that He makes. “SO WHY HASN’T MY DREAM AND MY PROMISE HAPPENED YET?” Well, that’s a complicated question… but what I do know is, it’s NOT God’s fault. And the “devil” does his share to discourage us, but he’s not always the one to blame either. Sooooo, that leaves only one,,, US, as in YOU and ME. “What? How could I be the one hindering my own dream?!?”

Well, first take another look at Psalm 105:19 — “Until the TIME came to fulfill his (Joseph) dreams…” There is always TIME between the dream and the fulfillment of the dream. For Joseph, it was 22 years before he saw his dream completed. In today’s society, including Christians, it’s hard to find anyone with “patience.” I’m talking about the “22-year-hard-core-trusting-God” kind of patience. We live in a microwave generation and we want everything NOW! And “why” do we want everything now? It’s because we don’t seem to have enough time. I guess you could say, “We don’t have TIME for PATIENCE!” Unfortunately, God is not in a hurry. In fact, He often uses patience (and time) as He molds us to stand perfect and complete in ALL of His will for our life.

The Bible says there is a time for everything. God had a specific time to fulfill Joseph’s dream. Joseph probably had no clue it was going to take 22 years. Patience is defined as: “the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.” Joseph could have given up on his dream from God. But instead, he chose to learn patience… without getting angry or upset. He wasn’t asking God to hurry up, he knew God had a plan for his life. Joseph learned to enjoy the journey as much as he enjoyed the destination. We should learn from Joseph. Slow down, practice patience, renew your focus, and trust the Lord to fulfill your dreams and promises.

In Him,
Pastor Kevin Kinchen