I BELIEVE
July 16, 2018 - July 22, 2018

The gift of eternal life given by my Lord Jesus Christ is something I often find myself taking for granted. Could I ever praise Him enough? Could I ever give back enough? I can TRY!

Isaiah 53:1 says, "Who hath believed our message? and to whom hath the arm of Jehovah been revealed?" Today, I proclaim that I BELIEVE and I thank the Lord for revealing Himself to me! And I'm not alone, He has revealed Himself to ALL!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

SHINING LIGHT
July 9, 2018 - July 15, 2018

One of the most powerful and influential instructions from Jesus came from Matthew 5:16, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."

​Would Jesus have taught this if it wasn't possible to let our "light so shine" to the point where we can do it on purpose AND teach others to do it​?​

If someone was to ask you, "How can I let my light shine to the point that people will glorify God?," what would you say?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

OMNIPOTENT
July 2, 2018 - July 8, 2018

I did something, I found the ONLY time the word "Omnipotent" was used in the KJV Bible (Rev 19:6) and I looked up what the word meant. Do you know what it means? All-Powerful? NO!

The word Omnipotent, according to the original Greek definition of the word, means "the all-ruling"! God is our Leader, our Guide! God isn't just always making things happen regardless of our consent. God is giving us direction!

How is God leading you today?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

JUST WAIT
June 25, 2018 - July 1, 2018

Isaiah 40:31, a quite famous and encouraging verse, says the following:

"But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint."

When I read this verse, I definitely feel better when I see all the awesome things that God provides! How often do I look at the first part, "waiting" on the Lord? Not nearly enough! Do I even know what that word means?

The word "wait" means "to twist; to bind." In order for me to experience the awesome things God promises in this verse, I must first BIND myself to Him!

What would you say if you had to explain to someone "how to BIND yourself to God"?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

DO THE WORD
June 18, 2018 - June 24, 2018

James 1:22 says, "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves."

This verse has been powerful in my own life, as a reminder to consider: "have my ACTIONS been in line with God's Word?" It is a great question to help me examine my WALK with the Lord!

What I'm realizing now, this verse ought to be applied in more than just this area (individual) of my life. How have I applied this verse as it relates to the CHURCH and COMMUNITY I belong to?

How have I been DOING the Word of God that He has given to the church I am a member of? DOING those Words from God will help us all grow in One Accord!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

PERFORMANCE REVIEW
June 11, 2018 - June 17, 2018

Matthew 28:19-20 says, “19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.”

This is famously known as the Great Commission. This is the work that Jesus left us with. What do you think will be His first question when He returns? Will He ask, “how did you do with making disciples?”

If Jesus came back today and asked your church how you performed with this task, what would YOU say?
If Jesus came back today, what would HE say about how your church performed?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

SUMMER "ON"
June 4, 2018 - June 10, 2018

It's the summer! What a great time of year! It always seems so relaxing and exciting...but WHY? Is it because I do less work? Is it because I get to take a vacation? Is it because the summer is the season that distracts me the most from the rest of my year?

1 Corinthians 15:58 says, "Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain."

Should there ever be a season where I do less "work of the Lord"? This summer, I want to show God that I will be "always abounding" in His Work, in His Will! I want to show God that I will NOT take the summer off. It is summer ON time!!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

MEMORIAL
May 28, 2018 - June 3, 2018

Memorial Day is one of the best holidays that America recognizes. A day that is dedicated to the men and women who gave their lives for the freedoms we experience in our country every day!

On this great day, I also want to take some time to memorialize our Savior. Luke 22:17-19 says, "17 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; 18 for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”

Jesus also gave us a way, through the Lord's Supper, that we're supposed to remember Him and what He did on that Cross!

So, thank you to all who served in our U.S. Military!

And thank You to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who served us ALL by giving up His Life on that amazing day!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

MY WAY vs GOD'S WAY
May 21, 2018 - May 27, 2018

Isaiah 53:5-6 says, “5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and Jehovah hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

What an awesome Savior we have! Today, I believe God is challenging me to recognize the areas/times in my life that I still turn to my own way. As a disciple of Christ I want to continue to grow in giving up “my way” and to live according to “God’s Way”!

I praise Jesus today! How would you guide someone to give up their will for God’s Will?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

HOW DO YOU LOVE GOD?
May 14, 2018 - May 20, 2018

Proverbs 8:17 says, "I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me."

It is very clear in scripture that we are to LOVE GOD! And that we love because God first loved us (1 John 4:19). Here, we see that God first loved us, and then if we love Him, He will love us in return!

If someone asked you to teach them, from your own life, how to love God, what would you say?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

PURGE ME, WASH ME, BREAK ME
May 7, 2018 - May 13, 2018

King David's sin with Bathsheba is a most famous story in the Bible. Is it as famous as his response to the Prophet Nathan confronting him? Or as famous as the Psalm David wrote which recorded his thoughts and feelings during that time?

Psalm 51:7-9
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me hear joy and gladness,
That the bones You have broken may rejoice.
9 Hide Your face from my sins,
And blot out all my iniquities.

David understood growth! He knew, for this sin to be dealt with the right way, he would experience the discomfort that comes with growth. Being made clean by God requires parts of me to be CUT BACK!

When is the last time you allowed God to prune you?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

PERFORMANCE REVIEW
April 30, 2018 - May 6, 2018

In Revelation 2-3, Jesus had John write seven letters to the churches in Asia of that time. Within each of those letters there was:

These letters served as a type of Performance Review for each of those churches.

If Jesus wrote a letter to your church, what would He say?
If Jesus wrote a performance review about YOUR walk with Him, what would He say?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

LED BY JESUS
April 23, 2018 - April 29, 2018

Being a "Christian" means that person is a "Messiah Follower"....that person is submitted to Christ and is set upon imitating Christ!

John 10:3 says, "To [Jesus] the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out."

Jesus speaks to His people, calls them by their name, and leads them. The word "name" implies "cause." This means that when Jesus is leading a follower of His, He does so in a way that is specific to that person. Specific to who that person was uniquely created to be!

How is Jesus Christ leading YOU differently than He is leading others?

Do you know someone who needs help finding out their unique God given purpose? Tell them to come to Music of Life Church to find out!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

ONE ACCORD
April 16, 2018 - April 22, 2018

The words "one accord" are pretty important to the church. In each of these passages in Acts 1:14, 2:1, 2:46, 4:24, 5:12, among others, the words "one accord" were used to describe the church.

How does a church come into the state of being in "one accord"?
Does the Holy Spirit MAKE it happen? or is it OUR responsibility?

How does YOUR church grow in becoming "one accord"?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

GOD LOVED FIRST
April 9, 2018 - April 15, 2018

1 John 4:19 says, "We love, because he first loved us." Our ability to love, to fulfill the greatest commandment, is only possible because God first loved us. I praise Him for that!

Let's get real specific for a moment, how has God loved you this week? How have you loved God today?

Have a blessed day!!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

GROWING YOUR CHURCH
April 2, 2018 - April 8, 2018

How does your church grow? Is your church focused on getting people in the seats or growing the people who are already there?

Acts 2:47b says, "And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved." God is the one that will bring people to church. What should the church's focus be?

Acts 2:42, "And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers." If a church is truly focusing on the causes stated here, God will see that church as a place that is ACTUALLY doing the Greatest Commandment: to love Him with your whole being and to love your neighbor as yourself!

Is a church that is focused on bringing in new people doing the Word and Will of God?

OR

Is a church that is focused on manifesting the life of God and letting their light shine by allowing the Holy Spirit to lead them into Fellowship with God and each other doing the Word and Will of God?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

EASTER
March 26, 2018 - April 1, 2018

What is Easter all about? Easter Sunday, also called Resurrection Sunday, has been a great Christian tradition for centuries. Fortunately, this holiday brings many people to church every year. Although I do wonder what happens to those people throughout the rest of the year. 1 Corinthians 15:13-14 says, "13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. 14 And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty."

Here, Paul made it clear that the resurrection is what makes his preaching and YOUR faith profitable and full. If I'm only celebrating Jesus' resurrection one day a year, it that profitable and full?

I pray that each of you reading this today have a deeper experience with Jesus during this awesome time of year! Happy Easter!!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

HOW ARE YOU KNOWN?
March 19, 2018 - March 25, 2018

Romans 16:19 begins with this statement, "For your obedience has become known to all." What an awesome thing to be known for: obedience! This means this church in Rome was known for its submission to God and its ability to let His influence work through them! Amazing!

So, what is your church known for? When people think about your church, what do they think? Are their thoughts ANYTHING like what Paul wrote here about the Church in Rome?

What about you as a man/woman, would the people in your life describe you as a disciple of Christ or would that description be a surprise to them?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

MY PORTION
March 12, 2018 - March 18, 2018

Psalm 73:25-26 says, "25 Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. 26 My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."

This is an amazing Psalm! A complete reliance upon God is at the heart of these words with a depth of faith that shows that this person truly understood that God's way is better than man's!

But what does God being my "portion" mean? The term "portion" comes from the Hebrew word which means "portion of spoil." When a battle was won, the winning army would take the "spoils of war" as their portion....their "reward." Here, the psalmist is recognizing the war between his desire for God and his flesh. He proclaims that GOD WINS THIS BATTLE....and that GOD is his reward, God is his treasure!

Is your relationship with God, your fellowship with God, a TREASURE to you?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

HIS WORKMANSHIP
March 5, 2018 - March 11, 2018

Ephesians 2:10 says, "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them."

​God created each person with a unique purpose, a purpose He will continue to focus on growing. We are not only the work He created but also the creation He continues to work on. God will not settle for "good enough."

How are you stepping into the opportunities God has in your path?

Do you even see the opportunities He has given you and is presently giving you?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

GOD'S CHURCH
February 26, 2018 - March 4, 2018

As not only a Pastor but also a church member, I have a great desire to BE in a church that brings honor to God; a church that is set up and functions the way He intended church to BE!

I thank God for verses like Acts 2:42 which says, "And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers." This verse clearly lines out the Four Causes of church!

How does your church "continue steadfastly" in these Four Causes?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

MY ROCK
February 19, 2018 - February 25, 2018

Psalm 18:1-3 says, "1​ ​I will love You, O Lord, my strength.​ ​2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;​ ​My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;​ ​My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.​ ​3 I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;​ ​So shall I be saved from my enemies."

​What an amazing description of God! If someone came to you and asked you, "how would you describe your relationship with God?", what would you say?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

THE WORD
February 12, 2018 - February 18, 2018

John 1:1-5 says, "1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it."

I'm just going to take a moment here and say to Jesus: "Thank You for not only coming to earth, dying and resurrecting, but also for BEING the Word! Thank You for being a Vessel for creation! Thank You for being my source of Light in the darkness of this world!"

What an amazing Savior we have!!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

HEARING THE GUIDANCE?
February 5, 2018 - February 11, 2018

How well do you walk with God?

John 16:13 says, "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come."

We now have the Holy Spirit upon all flesh and even more, the Holy Spirit living within those of you who are born-again! If I am supposed to take direction and be guided by the Holy Spirit, it would seem important that I could intentionally hear His Voice.

How do you intentionally hear God's Holy Spirit within you?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

WHAT IS LOVE?
January 29, 2018 - February 4, 2018

The Bible makes no mistake about it, love is important! Straight from our Lord and Savior's Mouth, we are told that the greatest commandment is to love God with your whole being and to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:36-40).

So, why do I hear people, Christians, and even Pastors say that love cannot be defined? If I do not know what love means, how do I know whether or not I am following the greatest commandment?

What is your definition of love?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

BRING ON THE TRIALS
January 22, 2018 - January 28, 2018

Have you ever heard someone pray that God would help them have patience? I have, and it usually reminds me of the famous verses in James 1:2-3 - "Count it all joy, my brethren, when ye fall into manifold temptations; knowing that the proving of your faith worketh patience."

My thoughts would be something like, "do you know that asking for patience really means asking for God to 'prove' you, to bring you trials?"

I would shy away from requesting this, but why? Am I afraid of trials that GOD would bring me? Am I afraid of trials that result in my ability to please God to increase?

I want to show God that I can grow my faith and patience with out trials coming in my life AND I want to show God that I will not shy away from the trials that DO come. Especially when I those trials are from God Himself!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

LIGHT, NO DARKNESS
January 15, 2018 - January 21, 2018

What's God's Nature? We see verses consistently throughout the Bible that teach us that God is Holy: Right and Just! Here's another description from 1 John 1:5 -

"And this is the message which we have heard from him and announce unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all."

God does not have ANY evil causes within His Nature. This was John's main point: God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. God is Holy: always completely Right and always completely Just. It is impossible for God to do anything wrong and unjust because He does not possess the necessary evil causes within His Nature to be wrong and unjust and God has NO other nature besides Right and Just to act in.

What is your non-contradictory explanation of God's Nature?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

NUMBER YOUR DAYS
January 8, 2018 - January 14, 2018

Psalm 90:12a says, "So teach us to number our days..." Does this mean God wants us to count how many days we have to live or some deeper meaning?

The word "number" in this verse means "to appoint; prepare, divide." This seems much more important to me than merely counting! God calls me to and gives me the responsibility of preparing and setting apart my days!

So, whose fault is it if I'm not ready for the opportunities God gives me?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

NEW YEAR
January 1, 2018 - January 7, 2018

It is a new year. What do you think God will speak to you about this next year? I know our calendar is different from the Jewish calendar that God established but does this mean God won't use our calendar to reach us?

I happen to believe that if I give God an opportunity to speak to me, He will use it faithfully! When I talk to Him about this next year and what He wants for me, I believe God uses that time to give me the wisdom I need for how He will guide me over 2018.

Isaiah 43:19 says, "Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert."

Will you take some time during this week to ask God what "new thing" He has for you? Do you want to perceive what God has for you?

Happy New Year!!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

CHRISTMAS
December 25, 2017 - December 31, 2017

I've heard many complaints about Christmas. Anything from, "Jesus wasn't actually born in December" to "Christmas isn't about Santa, it's about Jesus."

This year, instead of seeing how so many people celebrate Christmas the wrong way, I will see it as an opportunity to remember my Savior and the awesome gift He has given me. This is something that I should be celebrating all year but why does that mean it's wrong to have a reminder such as we do on December 25?

Merry Christmas!!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

WORKMAN
December 18, 2017 - December 24, 2017

Some famous verses that are often used to encourage people to evangelize are Matthew 9:37-38 which say, "37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”"

Did you know, the word "laborers" in vs. 37 is the same word as "worker/workman" in 2 Timothy 2:15? And what does this "workman" do? He "rightly divides the word of truth."

Jesus still needs laborers in this world. Jesus needs men and women who have the ability to teach, to use their words in a way that brings edification and sanctification to the people who are ALREADY born again.

Does Jesus need evangelists, yes! However, let's not mistake His words here....Jesus needs laborers/workmen and they are still FEW!!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

GROWTH or COMFORT
December 11, 2017 - December 17, 2017

When you go to church, is it so that you can grow? Do you find out areas where you are wrong? Do you feel conviction from the Holy Spirit?

OR, do you go to church to merely "feel good"? Do you go to church to be more comfortable?

John 15:1-2 says, "I am the true vine, and My Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit."

What do you think God wants for you when you go to church: growth or comfort?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

WHO ARE YOU TO OTHER PEOPLE?
December 4, 2017 - December 10, 2017

The people I surround myself with will affect my life, my thought process, whether I'm aware of it or not. In fact, the less aware that I am, the more impact those people have on me. God said that it is not good that man should be alone (Gen 2:18). It is vital for my health that I surround myself with other people. However, the quality of those people is as important as not being alone.

God doesn't want me to isolate AND He doesn't want me to be around people that corrupt me. God wants me around people that will facilitate my sanctification AND God wants me to be that for other people.

Are you a source of edification to others or a source of corruption?

Proverbs 13:20 - "He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed."

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

THANKS
November 27, 2017 - December 3, 2017

Do I really need a reminder to be thankful for all I have, do, and am? Unfortunately, yes! I tell myself I shouldn't need days like Thanksgiving or Christmas or Easter to remind myself to be grateful for the cause of those days, yet I still act differently on those days!

This week, I strive to be continue to be thankful for what God has done for me, what He has given me, and for growing me into a man that can please Him. And when I forget to be thankful, I will take every reminder I can get!!

Psalm 30:4 - Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

PAIN
November 20, 2017 - November 26, 2017

Romans 12 focused substantially on uniqueness and spiritual gifts. And yes, although we are all unique, we do all have many things in common. One of those things we all have is pain. Romans 12:15 tells us to "weep with those who weep."

One of the greatest gifts I've been given is a having a friend who is willing to hear me when I share my pain. There are many things that weigh me down, that frustrate me, that even make me angry. I've learned that holding on to those emotions, holding them inside, has only made things worse. I have a person in my life that I can be completely open with, that I can share ANYTHING that is on my mind knowing that this person will listen and not take it personally. This person "weeps with those who weep"!!!

Do you have a person in your life you can share ALL of your pain with? Are you that person for someone else?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

PERFECT FAITH
November 13, 2017 - November 19, 2017

Today I want to take a que from Paul and a prayer he had for the Thessalonians:

1 Thessalonians 3:10 - "night and day praying exceedingly that we may see your face, and may perfect that which is lacking in your faith?"

Not only is this a great prayer, perfecting faith, but notice that Paul is actually praying to God that Paul can be the resource for the perfecting of their faith!

Do you have people in your life who can perfect your faith? Are you someone who has enough faith yourself to be a resource for someone else?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

JUST WAIT
November 6, 2017 - November 12, 2017

Do you want renewed strength? wings like eagles? endurance to run? to make progress on the path meant for you?

Isaiah 40:31 says, But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint."

God wants all these things for you too! It may be important to understand what it means to "wait" on Him....AND to apply it to your life!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

BE DOERS
October 30, 2017 - November 5, 2017

1 John 1:1-3 says, "1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life— 2 the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us— 3 that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ."

One of the parts of these verses that really stands out to me is that John was able to declare truth to the readers of his letter as a result of his own experience: "that which we have seen and heard we declare to you."

This causes me to look at my own life and ask myself, "am I an example of the things that I teach others?"

James 1:22 - "But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves."

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

ARE YOU A LABOURER?
October 23, 2017 - October 29, 2017

Matthew 9:37-38 says, " 37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest."

These verses are well known and often used to encourage people to be more bold in evangelizing. This assumes that the meaning of the word "labourers" was evangelist or that what a "labourer" does is help people become born-again. Although a "labourer" could in part be evangelizing and helping people become born-again, at the root a "labourer" is someone who teaches.

2 Timothy 2:15 says, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." The word "workman" in this verse is the same as "labourer." Notice, this person is much more than someone who is inviting people into God's Kingdom. A true "labourer/workman" is someone who toils with words as a teacher.

Is the church falling short by only telling people WHAT the Bible says? Does the church have the ability to teach the WHY behind the WHAT? Is God still calling out for LABOURERS?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

HEALTHY CHURCH HELPING CHURCH
October 16, 2017 - October 22, 2017

Matthew 7 has consistently been one of the most convicting and confrontational chapters every time I read it. Particularly the part in vs. 5 that says, "First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye."

This passage has been a healthy reminder for me to make sure I am focused on allowing God to grow ME before I focus on helping others. If I am to be an example and a leader to other people, the best way I can do that is by living out the Word of God myself before I help others do the same.

Today I'm thinking about this on a bigger scale. If the above is true for an individual, would it also be true of an entire church? If a church sets out to help people, or to help other churches, shouldn't that church make sure it's also willing to receive help from other churches?

Music of Life Church sets out to develop leaders to impact our surrounding communities for Christ. In addition, Music of Life Church is continuously taking direction from God in order to be healthy internally, so we can help others be healthy externally. We will continue to be willing to receive help from other people and churches in the same way we desire to give help!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

KNOWING THE POWER OF GOD
October 9, 2017 - October 15, 2017

Matthew 22 documents some of the classic examples of the religious leaders of that time trying to trap Jesus in a contradiction, trying to prove Him wrong. The example from vs 23-33 are extraordinary in that they show the reader how they can know the power of God. Ultimately the power of God comes from allowing His Holy Spirit to work thru a person. God's power comes from God Himself. But KNOWING His power comes from not just knowing what His Word said but from knowing the HOW/WHY behind His Word.

The religious leaders of the time knew WHAT God's Word said. Where they were in error was in how they applied it (HOW) and in how they defined it (WHY).

God's Word brings refuge, restoration, and repair.
God's Word brings POWER from GOD!.....if you know the right way to use it!!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

ARE YOU A MARTYR?
October 2, 2017 - October 8, 2017

Revelation 12:11 says, "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death."

The word "testimony" in this verse comes from the Greek word that we get "martyr" from. It is often thought that a martyr is someone that dies for a cause. However, according to this verse it is quite the opposite. A martyr is someone that LIVES for a cause, even unto death. You see, death is just ONE result of being a martyr.

The people who were overcomers did so first by living their lives according to God's Grace (by the blood of the Lamb) and also by sharing their lives with others (word of their testimony)!

Are you an overcomer?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

TEAMWORK
September 25, 2017 - October 1, 2017

I had the honor of officiating a wedding this past Saturday, here's an excerpt from the message:

"We all go thru stages in our lives. When we are children we are DEPENDENT. Dependent on our parents, maybe our siblings, even our friends. These are the people we surround ourselves with and identify ourselves by.

Eventually we all get to a place where we realize: 'I'm different, I shouldn't define myself according to others, I'm unique.....I'm INDEPENDENT.' This is the stage in our life where we think we are grown up and we can handle the journey that is called life.

However, everyone eventually gets to a place where they realize that being independent doesn't work either. Unfortunately this can take some people most of their lives. But, eventually everyone realizes that nothing is truly good unless it's shared. Nothing great is ever accomplished alone. This is when the person realized that what they really need is INTERDEPENDENCE!

The best version of this, of interdependence, is marriage. Luckily for us, John and Mary have already learned this lesson. They are partners. They are better because of each other. And they will continue to become better versions of themselves because of this marriage. John and Mary are not dependent on each other and are no longer independent people....they are a great example of interdependence. They are a team!"

Do you have an example of "John and Mary" in your life? Are YOU an example of John and Mary?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

GOD MAKES SENSE
September 18, 2017 - September 24, 2017

Where in the bible does it say that God is too big for us to understand? Where does it say that His ways are paradoxical; that His will is too complex; that we can never truly understand Him?

What I do see in the bible is that God does NOT contradict Himself. That God does explain who He is (Deut 32:4). God did not design the world in a way that we cannot understand. God did not explain Himself in a way that is too hard for us to understand.

I'm tired of hearing how we cannot know; that we cannot understand; that God is fully in control and we are also fully in control....which is it? It cannot be both!

1 Corinthians 14:33a - "for God is not a God of confusion, but of peace."

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

STRONGER HOW?
September 11, 2017 - September 17, 2017

Terrible things have happened and are currently happening to our nation. Remembering September 11, 2001 - a terrible act against our nation. Thinking of the current storms and fires that are ravaging our nation - terrible. In multiple occasions throughout the bible we are shown that God reaches people through His creation (Ps 19:1) and through natural "disasters" (Lk 21:11) and through judgment from other nations (Dan 1:1-2). So how should we respond to these events?

From my experience, it seems that people in our nation respond by assuming "this is an attack from the enemy, we must remain strong, we must unite together and persevere!" What if these events were from God? What if God is trying to get our attention because WE are wrong?

Does God want us to be strong? to be united? to persevere? YES, but He wants it to happen through us FIRST submitting to Him. If our nation ignores God's attempt to get our attention, what else will He have to do?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

IN OR OUT
September 4, 2017 - September 10, 2017

James 4:6 says, "But he giveth more grace. Wherefore the scripture saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble."

Those in pride were the people who were committed to living their lives according to their own plan. Those people are unable to see a perspective other than their own. When a person is in pride it limits God's ability to speak into and through that person...which was grace. The only way God can grow a person who does not receive His Grace from the INSIDE is by reaching that person from the OUTSIDE, by resisting them. God gives MORE grace to the humble. God grows the humble person MORE from the INSIDE.

What will it take for God to reach you, for God to grow you? Will He be able to speak to you from within or will He have to resist you from without?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

HEALTHY CHURCH
August 28, 2017 - September 3, 2017

I had the pleasure of visiting a pastor friend's church this past Sunday. They were celebrating their 10 Year Anniversary! Wow, what an awesome accomplishment! Congratulations Freedom Fellowship Church of Kaukauna!

It had me thinking and talking to the Lord about what makes a healthy church. God's Word speaks about "life" and how it is "the ability to repair." In order for a church to be healthy, there must be life - - -in order for there to be life, there must be edifying confrontation!

For me to grow I must be able and willing to receive confrontation. I have to know WHAT to grow, WHY to grow, and HOW God wants me to grow. If I can answer those WHAT, WHY, and HOW questions, I will have the ability to be healthy. If each person in my church can answer those same questions, my ENTIRE church can be healthy!

Whose fault is it if a church isn't healthy? Where do I start if I want to be part of a healthy church?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

LEGACY
August 21, 2017 - August 27, 2017

I attended a funeral this week. If one thing was agreed upon about the man who passed away it was that his friends and family felt loved by him. It had me thinking about what legacy I'll leave behind. Will the people in my life have to think hard about something nice to say? Will they talk about my love for the Lord? Will they be convinced that I went to the Lord after my passing?

I can't control the thoughts and feelings people have about me, not now, not after I'm passed on. What I can control is how well I love the people in my life now, the people I interact with on a daily basis.

Matthew 22:36-40 - 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

FAMILY MATTERS
August 14, 2017 – August 20, 2017

Mark 3:31-35 says, “31 Then His brothers and His mother came, and standing outside they sent to Him, calling Him. 32 And a multitude was sitting around Him; and they said to Him, ‘Look, Your mother and Your brothers are outside seeking You.’ 33 But He answered them, saying, ‘Who is My mother, or My brothers?’34 And He looked around in a circle at those who sat about Him, and said, ‘Here are My mother and My brothers! 35 For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother.’”

The part in this passage I often focus on is how Jesus defined family. It is comforting to know that I am in Jesus’ family if I do God’s Will. It’s also confrontational knowing that Jesus defined family in a way that proves the spiritual connection between people is more important than any physical (blood) connection they may have.

This time around, reading this passage has struck me in a different way. I’m not so focused on who is family and who is not but on the requirement to be IN the family. Do I know what God’s Will is? Am I doing God’s Will for my life?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

WHY YOUR CHURCH?
August 7, 2017 - August 13, 2017

From my experience, I have learned much about someone's belief about church by asking them: "Why do you go to your church?" or "Why are you a member of your church?"

I've heard answers such as:
-"I like the preaching."
-"I like learning the Bible more."
-"I enjoy the relationships."
-"It's great for my kids."


Not that any of these answers is wrong but again, it shows what that person's focus is. With each of these answers, who is the focus on? Who is being served?

1 Peter 4:10 says, "As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God."​ We have ALL received a "gift." That "gift" was the unique purpose you were created for. Peter is teaching that we all ought to allow God to work through our unique purpose to serve/minister to others.

Why have I yet to hear an answer to ​"Why do you go to your church?"​ that has to do with serving OTHERS?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

WORKING TOGETHER
July 31, 2017 - August 6, 2017

I had the pleasure of visiting another church this week, a church that MOLC has become friends with over the recent years. I've heard many church leaders in my day say something like, "we want to work WITH other churches, NOT in competition with them." However, my experience also has shown me that those very leaders are in churches that seem very competitive when it comes to their members.

The church I visited this past Sunday and MOLC have figured out how to actually work together and NOT in competition. Yes, we both are focused on fulfilling the Great Commission (Matt 28:19-20) that Jesus laid out for all of His followers. In addition to that, both of our churches understand and act according to our specific role within that Great Commission. Each church plays its unique role and therefore we can work together! MOLC doesn't try to be great at everything, we try to be great at the specific role we play. If another church offers something different than we do, that church is NOT our competition but another body that we see potential to work WITH!

Praise Jesus for His Great Commission and for leading us in our specific role!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

THE GREAT COMMISSION
July 24, 2017 - July 30, 2017

Matthew 28:19-20 says, "19 Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: 20 teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world."

These verses are often referred to as The Great Commission. I praise Jesus for giving us the principle we need to help make His Will happen on earth as it is in heaven: make disciples!

Each church in the body of Christ is unique, just as each individual is unique. At Music of Life Church, our specific way of facilitating the Great Commission is by Refuge, Restoration, and Repair.

In what specific way does your church facilitate the Great Commission?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

HOW'S YOUR MATH?
July 17, 2017 - July 23, 2017

If my math teacher in high school asked me to solve 4+4, would he be ok with ANY of the following answers?:

-It's a number
-It's lower than 9
-It's higher than 7
-It's a whole number
-It can be written as a Roman Numeral
-It is the same number if you would solve 3+5
-It's an addition equation
-It's not a letter
-It's not a shape
-It's not difficult math
-It won't take long to solve
-It's not a division problem
-It sure isn't multiplication
-It isn't the same as solving 2+4
-It isn't a spelling question
-It isn't 12

My math teacher would have told me that, although each of these responses is accurate, NONE of them is a definitive answer.

What I want to know is, why are people in the church less specific than my math teacher when it comes to giving a definitive answer for how to define one of God's Principles? Are believers and followers of the Holy Father less excellent than a simple answer to a math problem?

God wants me to understand His Word in the same way that I can understand the answer to 4+4 is 8. When I understand the way an addition equation works, I can intentionally solve any addition problem thrown at me. When I understand God's Word at a principle level, like the math problem above, I can intentionally allow His Word to influence my life AND affect my behavior!

I praise God for making His Word available and understandable to ALL!!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

A HEART TO SERVE
July 10, 2017 - July 16, 2017

Jesus desires that we all be servants and has stated that the greatest of you will be the one who is the servant among you (Matt. 23:11). Serving others simply means to fulfill a need. When we are commanded to both love God and love others, a simple way that can be done is by filling the needs of others without expecting anything in return.

Jesus gave you a way to be the "greatest": by serving the most! Jesus gave you a way to fulfill the greatest command: serve God and serve one another!

Do you NEED more motivation than that to have a heart to serve?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

GOD ROCKS
July​ ​3, 2017 - July​ 9​, 2017

​One of the main things that holds people back from making progress is their desire to equal out Justice. It's no wonder, since we all have an intrinsic knowledge of Justice. No one had to teach me when something was unfair. One of the first complaints heard from a child is something along the lines of, "that's not fair!" Unfortunately I often see adults acting the same way as those children, as if they have as limited an ability to handle an injustice against them as a child. ​

Praise the Lord for one of the ways He's taught me to deal with injustice: forgiveness. ​Romans 12:19 says, "Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord." When I forgive someone, I'm stating my will that I will not take out Justice ("vengeance") on my own. When I do that, God (who's ALWAYS Just) takes over. I'd much rather give God His rightful place as my Rock whose ways are Right and Just. I'll leave the judgment up to Him!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

THE FOUNDATION OF HIS THRONE
June 26, 2017 - July 2, 2017

God is good, holy, merciful, peace, loving. God provides, restores, heals, protects. God is and does all these things, but what is God's Nature? What are the causes within God that He always acts according to? I praise Him for giving the answers to these questions right in His Word!

Psalm 89:14a says, "Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne;..." A couple key words here make this very clear: foundation and throne. The word "throne" means "seat of authority." The word "foundation" means "fundamental principle." When this is all put together what we learn is that the fundamental principle of God's authority is Righteousness and Justice!

God is good, holy, merciful, love, etc. but these are not the foundation of His Throne. These attributes are some of the amazing benefits we see as a result of God acting according to the fundamental principle of His Throne!

The causes within God, that He ALWAYS acts according to, are Right and Just! God's Nature is Right and Just! This truth was made clear by the Author of the Word!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

THE GREATEST FATHER
June 19, 2017 - June 25, 2017

I am blessed to be the son of an earthly father that loves the Lord and has set an example to me of what it looks like to pursue Him and His Word! We all may not have that same experience but we do all have the opportunity to have the Perfect Heavenly Father! I thank God today for being the Greatest Father!

What does it mean to be His son or daughter? It means He will never let up on helping us grow! Hebrews 12:6-7 says, "6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth,​ ​And scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7 It is for chastening that ye endure; God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father chasteneth not?" God, our Father, treats us as a son/daughter by​ ​confronting the areas in our life that aren't in line with His Will! God, for our benefit, chastens us so that we can produce MORE fruit!

What an AWESOME Father we have!!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

BE STILL
June 12, 2017 - June 18, 2017

Psalm 46:10 says, "Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." Does God want us to just sit around and think about Him? Is sitting around and knowing Him enough?

After doing some meditating and research for this passage, I found that the words "be still" mean "to cast down; to humble yourself." One of the things God desires from us is a thought process that is willing to see another perspective. God desires that we have the ability to see and understand when we are wrong! Is there a better picture of being humble than casting yourself down before the Lord!

God is Right and Just! I am not! I praise Him for being so willing and eager to live through me!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

NEVER SETTLE
June 5, 2017 - June 11, 2017

This Sunday we celebrated our 4th Anniversary as a church. It's amazing to look back at four years ago, three years, even two and see how far we've come as a church. The growth God has facilitated is obvious and the fruit in the lives of the members of MOLC is plentiful! And, we'll continue to grow!

God will never settle for fruitless trees. God will never settle for less than the best possible outcome. Therefore, MOLC will continue to embrace His pruning and His guidance.

Praise the Lord for His Leadership! The next four years will be our best yet!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

​​MEMORIAL
May 29, 2017 - June 4, 2017

​This Monday is Memorial Day. I want to take time this day to remember the greatest sacrifice ever given: Jesus! Thank You for providing the way for us to enjoy eternal life with You!!

This day is also meant for us to remember the men and women who have given their lives for the freedom we experience in this country. THANK YOU to those of you who gave the ultimate sacrifice and for those of you who serve and served!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

​​GOD'S FRIEND
May 22, 2017 - May 28, 2017

​Here's a tough question: am I a friend of God? The reason I think this is tough is because I'm sitting here and considering what my relationships are like with my friends who are other men and women. These are people that I seek out to interact with. People I not only desire to be around but I actively pursue them. People that I want to get to know more and I want to know me. People I enjoy giving to and people I expect nothing from.

Are ANY of these descriptions similar to my relationship with God? I know this much, even if I can see a similarity, I can improve and grow immensely in this area!

We can be God's friend (James 2:22-23). Who's fault is it if you're not?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

​​THE WORD
May ​15​, 2017 - May ​21​, 2017

​Do I need to express to you the importance of the "Word"?
Does ANYONE need to convince you?​

John 1:1​ says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."​

This passage does a great job, in one sentence, showing me how important the "Word" is. However, I also know that how I read the Word, how I interact with the Word, how I approach the Word is also important. Here are some questions I ask myself when I prepare to fellowship with God through His scriptures:

-Am I reading because I feel like I have to?
-Am I reading because someone else told me I should?
-Am I reading to understand more about God, to learn more?
-Am I reading to give God an opportunity to show me where I am wrong?

What about you? Do you read the Word? If so, WHY?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

​​WHAT IS YOUR TESTIMONY
May 8, 2017 - May 14, 2017

I asked Music of Life Church this week about where they would be on the Faith Hall of Fame (Heb 11). Would they be on it at all? If so, what would their testimony be?

In 2 Thess. 1:3-4 Paul says, "3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other, 4 so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure,"

It is important for me to live according to faith, not just for my own salvation and justification but for the people around me that can use my testimony as an example for their own life. I learned much of faith over the last six months; my faith of the power of faith has increased! I ask God today to help me continue to grow so that my endurance to walk His path grows as well!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

​​IMITATORS OF GOD
May 1, 2017 - May 7, 2017

The Word tells us to be imitators of God (Ephesians 5:1). But how do I do that? I know Jesus was a perfect example and I should imitate Him, but in what way?

Am I supposed to:
-walk on water?
-heal the sick?
-die on a cross?

If not these things, then how do I imitate God...how do I imitate Christ?

The things I listed were the RESULT of Jesus taking direction from His Father, from God the Father! The way I imitate Christ is by taking direction from the Father. I need not worry about the result, if my cause is God's Grace, the results will follow.

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

​​WITHOUT EXCUSE
April 24, 2017 - April 30, 2017

The word of God tells us that the heavens declare His Glory (Ps 19). We ought to be able to see God's handiwork all around us. His creation ought to build our faith in Him.

Romans 1:20 says, "For the invisible things of him since the creation of the world are clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are made, even his everlasting power and divinity; that they may be without excuse:"

The responsibility is yours. God is speaking to you in multiple ways. Will you listen?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

​THE TRINITY'S LOVE
April 17, 2017 - April 23, 2017

There have been debates for centuries regarding the Trinity: What does the Trinity mean? Does the Trinity even exist? What is the benefit of each part of the Trinity? etc, etc...

The Trinity is real and each Person within the Trinity played a neccessary role in the greatest gift ever given: Salvation...see for yourself:

Titus 3:4-7 - "4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life."

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

​GOD'S WORD RUNS
April 10, 2017 - April 16, 2017

2 Thessalonians 3:1-2 says, "1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run and be glorified, even as also it is with you; 2 and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and evil men; for all have not faith."

We deal with people from all "walks" of life....believers and unbelievers, reasonable and unreasonable, good and evil. What I found interesting in this passage was Paul's prayer request: "that the word of the Lord may run...."

Paul recognized that he would face people that would hinder him and the mission God gave him. Paul also had great faith that God could make a way for His Word to advance, for His Word to have free course, in the midst of the danger and peril that Paul lived in.

Paul was a great man of God, who lived through horrible adversity. He did not let adversity stop him or his mission. Will you?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

​A JOINT-MISSION
April 3, 2017 - April 9, 2017

Mark 6:7 says, "And he calleth unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two..."

Why do I spend so much time alone? Not just physically but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually? It's easy for me to rationalize doing things by myself. Thoughts like these often come to mind:
-I'm an adult, I can do this
-I'm mature, I can handle this
-I'm not a child
-I don't need help
-I got this!

God did not intend for me to live this life alone. Even the unique purpose He gave me, the purpose I alone was created for, even for this God did not intend for me to be alone. Jesus sent out His disciples "by two and two." God wants to work WITH me and He's put other people in my life so we can work together to do God's mission with each other.

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

​GOSPEL INTEGRITY
March 27, 2017 - April 2, 2017

God sees all, but how often do you forget that? I wonder "how often​ do​ people think they are getting away with something because no one else can see them?" God sees all, but do I act like it?

Philippians 1:27 - Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ: that, whether I come and see you or be absent, I may hear of your state, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one soul striving for the faith of the gospel;

Paul wanted the Philippians to have integrity; to live their lives worthy of being an example of the Good News! And he wanted them to live this way whether he was there or not.

Do I do things so others can see that I am right or am I right because I let God work through me regardless of the situation?

God desires integrity from us all!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

​FRUIT IS THE RESULT
March 20, 2017 - March 26, 2017

Galatians 5:22-23 says, "22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 meekness, self-control; against such there is no law."

What an amazing verse! So what should I do? Should I try to love? Should I try to bring peace? to be longsuffering?....to do any of these with my own effort?

I want the fruit of the Spirit to be evident in my life...but that's just it, the "fruit" is EVIDENCE that my focus was on God; on allowing His Spirit to work through me. The fruit of the Spirit ought to be enjoyed but if it becomes my focus, it will end.

Our focus ought to be on the cause of that fruit....the HOLY SPIRIT!!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

​A MAN AFTER GOD'S OWN HEART
March 13, 2017 - March 19, 2017

David was an amazing man of faith. He's an example to us all of someone who, although flawed, lived mightily for God!

Many people see David as a "man after God's own heart" (1 Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22) because of how much faith he had or how obvious it was that he loved God (2 Samuel 6:14). The true reason behind David being a "man after God's own heart" was that David understood God's Nature. David knew that God would confront David's flaws AND that when God did so, it was for David's benefit...for his growth!

David was a man after God's own heart because of how he responded to being wrong and how he responded to being confronted....DAVID WAS ALWAYS HUMBLE!!!

Are you a man/woman after God's own heart?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

​GOD'S PLAN FOR YOU
March 6, 2017 - March 12, 2017

God created each of you with a unique purpose: ​"​ For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future..." (Jeremiah ​2​ 9:11)

That verse is very famous and often used to help us feel better about life, ​our circumstances, even ​our struggles. What I'm learning though, is that although God does have a plan for me, I must first give up my own plan. I cannot live both my plan and God's plan at the same time.

God will not settle for less than His plan for you...no matter how hard it may be to break you.

Will you settle for less than living out the person He created you to be?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

​TOO MUCH CONFRONTATION?
February 27, 2017 - March 5, 2017

At Music of Life Church, we talk about confrontation a lot!! It may seem like too much to some people....it may cause thoughts like: "why do we focus so much on finding out where we are wrong?"

I ask you now, is there ever enough? Will you ever get to a point where you will have found out everything within you that blocks God from working through you?

Hebrews 12:6-8 says, "6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons."

At Music of Life Church, we want to give God as much opportunity as possible to work through us. We want to give God as much opportunity as possible to treat us as our Father! In doing so, we are trying to open ourselves up to His confrontation (chastisement) as much as possible....we are embracing the truth that we are His children!

We focus on finding out where we are wrong so that God can work through us MORE!!!

I praise the Lord today for never settling for a mediocre bride for His Son!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

THE MEANS JUSTIFIES THE END
February 20, 2017 - February 26, 2017

Have you ever heard the phrase: "the end justifies the means."? Although this phrase seems to make sense, it does EXACTLY what it says: it justifies the person for an action, regardless of how or why (the "means") it was done.

That phrase is the opposite of God's focus. God is focused on the how and why of an action...God cares much more about the "means" than He does the "end." God wants us to focus on the how/why while having the faith to give the result to Him...letting the "end" take care of itself.

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

PERSECUTION
February 13, 2017 - February 19, 2017

I know the Bible says that rejoicing in persecution is one of the greatest measures of maturity....actually Jesus said this at the beginning of His most famous sermon:

Matthew 5
10 Blessed are they that have been persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye when men shall reproach you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets that were before you.

As great as the reward will be for handling persecution well, the thought of people getting persecuted for living their lives for Christ still saddens me. The main reason I feel this way: the persecution Jesus taught us about (and experienced Himself) came at the hand of the people who were meant to love Him the most. The main source of persecution that true followers of Christ experience comes from other people who claim to be followers (and leaders) as well!!

I praise the Lord today for being our best example of handling abuse well! I thank Him for teaching me how to discern between a sheep and a wolf!

When is the last time you admitted you were wrong? How well do you handle confrontation? How often do you look inward to find the flaws in yourself BEFORE looking for the flaws in others?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

HIGH TOWER
February 6, 2017 - February 12, 2017

God had major plans for Gideon....to save Israel and smite the Midianites (Judges 6)!! However, before God could FULLY work through Gideon, Gideon had to deal with the high towers in his life. The region Gideon lived in was a place of much idol worship....even in his own household! Before Gideon could make an impact to the entire nation of Israel, God had him make in impact in his own home, with his own neighbors, with his own family!

This has caused me to think about the high towers I have in my own life. Are there things in my life that I still put before God? What are the situations in my life that are causing God to not make a larger impact towards the people around me?

This week, I venture to find the high towers in my life that need to be cut down and I continue to put God in His rightful place....as my ONE High Tower!!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

INTENTIONS
January 30, 2017 - February 5, 2017

Studying faith as much as I have over the last few months has been a blast. One of the things that continually stands out to me is that the reason why I do something and how I do something is more important than what I do. I try to live my life guided (HOW/WHY) by faith in God....believing that He will lead me where He wants me to go. That is the focus I try to have each day and the focus I try to remind myself of when I falter.

I'm not sure WHAT will happen today or tomorrow but I can be sure of where my focus is...I can be focused on God's Grace working thru me!

Good Grace to you this week!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

WALK IN TRUTH
January 23, 2017 - January 29, 2017

One of the most facinating verses in the Bible to me is 2 Kings 20:3. In this verse, Hezekiah prays to God for more years added to his life. Within this prayer, Hezekiah states this to God: "I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight."

WoW!! What a statement! Everytime I read this verse, I feel like God is confronting me. It causes me to ask myself: "What would it take for you to be able to say those words with a clear conscience?"

I want to walk before God in truth and with a perfect heart....I want to please Him! Today, I push into God and ask His Spirit to guide me and perfect me! Today, I ask for God's Will in my life!!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

YOUR STORY
January 16, 2017 - January 22, 2017

Each of you has a story....a story of how you came to Christ, a story of victory by faith, a story of handling a trial well. Sharing our stories is one way that we can help other's faith grow....and a great way to let our light shine. How well you tell your story could determine whether or not someone even hears you.

I've learned to tell my conversion story in three parts. I call it the 1-1-2. I share 1 minute about my life before Christ, 1 minute about my conversion experience, and 2 minutes about my life since my conversion. I like to rehearse this periodically so I'm prepared for any opportunity I'm given to help others see the power of Christ in my life.

There is power in your story, do you know how to share it?

Revelation 12:11 - And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

GROWTH IN CONFIDENCE
January 9, 2017 - January 15, 2017

One of the things that holds people back from living boldly for God is a lack of confidence. God desires that we are confident in who He created us to be....or why would He have spent the time to create each of us with a unique purpose (Jeremiah 1:5)?

The first thing I need to do in order to grow in confidence of my purpose is to become aware of what my purpose is! Once I understand who I am, I can actively live that out....and the more I live out my purpose, the more confidence I will have and the more impact I can have on the people around me.

I want to influence those around me for Christ, but first I need to show those people that I allow Christ to influence me in my uniqueness!

How will your confidence grow this week?

Happy New Year!!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

HELLO 2017!!
January 2, 2017 - January 8, 2017

Learning to set goals has been one of the greatest tools I've accumulated. Goals have helped me maintain a focus and have also helped me measure the progress I'm making in life. I love the new year because it is such a great time to start anew....to refocus!

This year, Music of Life Church will be living in Repair. We will be active in the purpose God has given us! We will be developing Leaders who can have a godly influence over our connected communities!

What unique purpose has God given you? How will you grow in that purpose in 2017?

Happy New Year!!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

GOOD BYE 2016!!
December 26, 2016 - January 1, 2017

Before I decide what my New Year Resolution is going to be for 2017, I first want to take some time to reflect on how I did in 2016. I "feel" good about this past year and I want to know if I should.

So I ask myself the following questions:
-What were my goals for 2016?
-Did I accomplish those goals?
-Could I have accomplished them better?
-What more can I grow in?

After I have answered these questions, I can better know if I SHOULD feel good about 2016.

How was your 2016? Could you say these words about last year?: "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." (2 Tim 4:7)

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

MERRY CHRISTMAS
December 19, 2016 - December 25, 2016

I love Christmas! I have fond memories from childhood of waking up early and opening presents as a family. I now get to start and continue traditions of my own with my son now. It's also a great time of year when I get to spend time and fellowship with my best friends. I know I am blessed to have my Christmas memories and traditions to be filled with love and gifts.

The past few years during Christmas I've done some deeper thinking in my life. Why does it take a specific date on the calendar for me to give gifts to my family and friends? I don't believe there is anything wrong with me being generous this time of year....but I wonder why it takes this time of year. Shouldn't I be giving​, loving, generous​ during the entire year?

There's much talk of the "spirit of Christmas." What I believe this means is following the greatest command: To ​l​ove the Lord my God with my whole being and to love my neighbor as myself (Matthew 22:36-40). This is a mentality I want to have during this season....and during every season!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

WHERE'S THE FINISH LINE?
December 12, 2016 - December 18, 2016

Early on in my walk with God, I grew a hunger for His Word....I read like it was food, often more than once a day​ and​ for long periods of time. One of the things that struck me early on is that the Bible doesn't actually plainly state "once saved, always saved."

I now see this statement be used as a rationalization....a way to feel better for living in a way contrary to God's Word. It's as if I can tell myself, "If I say I believe in Jesus or if I did say the sinner's prayer, then I'm saved....for good."

What I see in God's Word is a call for salvation AND sanctification. I see a call for living in a way that produces fruit (John 15)....in a way that continually progresses forward. I see a call for GROWTH!!

I seek the Father, more today than I did then, more tomorrow than I did today. I seek the growth my Father desires from me!!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

CONSEQUENCES
December 5, 2016 - December 11, 2016

I made some pretty bad decisions in my life, especially before I was born again. I was focused solely on my own comfort and my own benefit, always thinking of how I would gain in the moment....never how I could benefit others.

That mentality changed quickly for me when I became a father and when I decided my main goal in life was to love God. A lesson I quickly learned was that just because I decided to submit to the Lord did not mean that the actions of the past would not have consequences.

I lived for a long time dealing with the effects of my destructive behavior. The weird thing was, that knowing that I was the cause of those consequences also helped me see that I could be the cause of fixing my life.

I praise God for teaching me about CAUSALITY. For teaching me that when I do something wrong, it is up to me to fix it....and even better, if I allow God to join me in the repentance, He'll walk beside me the entire way!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

MY PLAN ≠ GOD'S PLAN
November 28, 2016 - December 4, 2016

I have many desires....things, events, ​people, ​etc. that I believe will bring me happiness. I also ​desire to live for God​.​ Is it possible for me to live out my own plan and also live for God?

The appeal to my plan is that it serves ME....it leads to me getting a benefit right NOW​.​ However, justice is real​.​ If I gain now without first giving something, I will be required to give later​.​

God's plan for my life is appealing for eternity​.​ However, God's plan requires me to give now. If I give now, I will gain for eternity!

I cannot do both. ​Doing both would be contradictory. To embrace the God given principle of NON-CONTRADICTION, ​I must choose. Do I want to gain now or for eternity? The answer seems easy but living out God's plan kills my flesh everyday. I praise God for giving me the understanding that builds my faith....the faith I need to live for Him regardless of what I gain now.​ ​

I cannot serve both God and myself (Matt 6:24)....I choose GOD​...I will give Him my life​!!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

THANKSGIVING
November 21, 2016 - November 27, 2016

Every year during Thanksgiving I struggle with this thought: "why does it take a holiday to remind me to be thankful?"

I try to be thankful for people, for things, for God throughout the year....I even succeed at times. However, this time of year it always hits me, there are always things I find myself being thankful for that unfortunately needed a reminder.

This year, I want to thank people more, be more grateful for what I have, and be more grateful to the AMAZING God that created me! I hope this time next year will seem like just another day!

Happy Thanksgiving! 1 Thess. 5:18

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

I GOT THIS?
November 14, 2016 - November 20, 2016

There are many things in my life that I feel like I am good at. Things that I am confident in. How should I handle taking direction from God in these areas?

I have found that the areas that I think "I got this" are actually the areas that I need the MOST help from God! These are the areas that I have yet to invite God into prune me back....to make me better....to sanctify me!!

This week, I seek out God's guidance in the areas that I feel like I don't need help! I want to be CONTRASTIVE on all areas of my life!

1 Corinthians 8:2-3 - "2 If any man thinketh that he knoweth anything, he knoweth not yet as he ought to know; 3 but if any man loveth God, the same is known by him."

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

COURAGE
November 7, 2016 - November 13, 2016

It's one thing to have the ability to withstand a sudden confrontation...a sudden extreme event....a sudden anything. This is strength! It's an entirely different thing to see something coming...to expect an extreme event...something stressful in the future. This is courage!

Joshua had to deal with both the expected and the unexpected. This is why God told Him to "Be strong and of good courage" in multiple occasions (Joshua 1).

It seems to me, at times, that when I know something is coming that it makes it easier for me to handle. I have been proven wrong in this MANY times! The benefit of something happening suddenly is that I don't spend all my time ahead of the event thinking about what's coming. On the other hand, when I embrace an expected future event, when I use the time I have to rehearse how I ought to handle the event, the result is courage!

How will you handle the expected?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

STRENGTH
October 31, 2016 - November 6, 2016

I can't count the times in my life that some circumstance I was not expecting changed my life. Actually, there are things that happen everyday that I wasn't ready for...some more extreme than others. Either way, one thing the word of God has taught me is that when I am living according to God's Grace, He gives me the wisdom to handle the unexpected.

We all have situations in our lives that we weren't ready for...things we did not want to happen....things that made life feel chaotic. But if we learn to be strong, we will have the ability to handle a sudden conflict well.

How will you handle the unexpected?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

WHAT IS LIFE?
October 24, 2016 - October 30, 2016

One of the greatest lessons I've learned is the definition and application of the Doctrine of Life. I never thought this would be as important as it is until I read the verse that Jesus refers to Himself as "the life." (John 14:6). Jesus referring to Himself as such brought with it a greater desire to understand what He meant! So, what is Life?

CS Lewis wrote that the difference between a live body and a dead body is that a live body can, when it is damaged, repair itself to some extent. I love this definition as it fits perfectly with the usage of the word "life" in the Bible. Especially in passages like John 10:10 where it says, "...I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." It makes sense to have more of an ability to repair, it doesn't make sense to have more existence.

Eventually I learned that Life had deeper implications. I can repair physically, like when a wound heals or I recover from a cold. However, the greatest form of life comes when I repair emotionally, mentally, and spiritually!

Today, my focus is on my spiritual health! I go to God to hear His perspective on where I can grow...on the areas in my life than need repair. Repair leads to me becoming a better vessel for God to work through! Repair leads me to living up to my potential!!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

ARE YOU RESTORED?
October 17, 2016 - October 23, 2016

I remember the beginning of my walk with God. Although I was born again, I was still dealing with the consequences of the destruction I caused before my conversion. I was in a hole....a "justice" hole! So much of my destruction....actually ALL of my destruction led me to being in massive debt to others! I needed to get out of the hole, to begin the process of being a benefit to others!

Galatians 6:1 says, "Brethren, even if a man be overtaken in any trespass, ye who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; looking to thyself, lest thou also be tempted." We are meant to restore other people...to help them get out of a hole! However, how can I do that for others if I cannot do it myself?

I can't! My walk with God began to be profitable the minute I actually took responsibility for my actions and started making up for those wrongs!

My first step was finding out where I was wrong!

Are you walking down the path of restoration? Are you helping others?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

WHO IS YOUR REFUGE?
October 10, 2016 - October 16, 2016

Even the strongest of us need somewhere safe. A place where the people are open to the circumstances of our lives. A place where we can be ourselves with no apologies. God desires we all have a place like this...a place where the healing can begin!

David was a man after God's own heart. David also had many enemies. However, even during the most dire of circumstances, during times when his very life was in danger, he had refuge in God!

Psalm 18:2 - "The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; My God, my rock, in whom I will take refuge; My shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower."

Where's your safe place?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

DO YOU RUN FROM OR TOWARDS YOUR GIANT?
October 3, 2016 - October 9, 2016

I love the story of David and Goliath. It's such a great example of what is possible if I take direction from God and if I have great faith! David's faith showed him that God had already delivered him out of the mouth of a lion and the paw of a bear (1 Sam 17:37). David knew that his victory over those animals was from God...so he knew God would be the cause of his victory over Goliath, before the fight even began!

How great was David's faith? He RAN, not just towards Goliath but towards the entire Philistine Army! Can you imagine the sight he must have seen? On his way, RUNNING, he met Goliath (1 Sam 17:48)....and this is where the battle was done!

Our lives have many "giants" in them...there are multiple obstructions in the way of us living out the purpose God has created for. However, like David, if we rely on God, He will continue to guide us THROUGH those obstructions. These victories in our lives will become the stories that build the faith of others!

Today, I run with God towards and through whatever He Wills!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

YOU FIND WHAT YOU SEEK!
September 26, 2016 - October 2, 2016

The following message was sent to me by my great friend, Pastor Dan Gibson. He is Senior Pastor of Winneconnie Christian Fellowship. I was so blessed by this story, that I asked his permission to share it. I hope you are inspired and stirred like I was.

Luke 15: 7
7 “Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents...”

When I was a kid in grade school there was something called, “Lost & Found” It was a place that was filled with single mittens, shoes, hats, and all kinds of clothing.

Whenever something went missing of a personal article, you could go to search through lost and found. To find something there that belonged to you, was a personal triumph. Not to mention that it put my Mom in a pretty good mood!

The religious big shots during Jesus’ time, didn’t understand what brought about Heavenly joy. And yet Jesus said there was great joy in Heaven, when a soul is found, that once was lost.

Picture the greatest party or celebration you’ve ever been to, and then multiply that times 1,000. When a lost soul is saved and recovered and restored, there is a great celebration in Heaven.

I wonder how excited the church is, when a lost person is found? If we really understood the depth of that Heavenly joy, we might see more people active in evangelizing the world.

I wonder how often those of us who have been found, celebrate the day we were recovered? Do we demonstrate the overwhelming joy of Jesus, or the doubtful attitude of the Pharisee?

Jesus placed a high priority on seeing the lost come home. I wonder if the church places such a high priority on trying to locate the lost? Maybe we’d have more celebrations than we currently do, if we did...

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

GOD REALLY LOVES REPAIR
September 19, 2016 - September 25, 2016

I will draw our attention to two different Old Testament Men of God. First, a little about Ezra, and then we will learn from Nehemiah.

EZRA in Hebrew means: "To Help, be a helper, be a great comforter." He was the One, that led in the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem. We will see that the "Man" was more important than the mission. The task was very valuable, but without the Man being in covenant, the mission was not necessary.

The Man, Ezra, was chosen by the LORD, for the Temple Reconstruction. In the book of Ezra, chapter 7, verse 10, we are able to grasp the "MAN" chosen, and why! It says, "For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments." No mention of carpenters skills or architecture talents. It was a MAN with Godly attributes. It's what we need today!

Then we see NEHEMIAH. His name in Hebrew means: "The LORD comforts." This goes well with Ezra, of course! This man Nehemiah, was selected to rebuild the walls around the city of Jerusalem. When he received the report stating the condition of God's city, he sat down and "mourned and wept and fasted and prayed...." He loved his God and the city.

I have read this book written by Nehemiah many times for guidance and comfort. For the first time, I was drawn to some details that I had not noticed before. In Neh 2:30 it says, "...we His servants will arise and build:..." Then in chapter 3, the Leader lists the jobs to be done and by whom. A lot of detail given.

What was revealed in this study, was the use of the word, "REPAIR" throughout chapter Three. The word "REPAIR" in Hebrew means: "to restore, mend, fortify, prevail, and become stronger." This word is used 35 times in the KJV of the Bible, in this chapter. A great variety of people are selected in God's "Repair" process. This would include the man Halohesh and his daughters, and Hananiah. He was the son of one of the "Apothecaries". They made perfume and special oils.

This tells me that God loves REPAIR, and He desires to enable the process, through any of His people. Talent and gender nor family lineage, are the measures! It's all of God and for God and by God. But we must be willing and in agreement with God's plan. It's our choice! We can be "Laborers together with God!" What are we waiting for?

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

HOW JESUS LIVED
September 12, 2016 - September 19, 2016

We are told that Christ was an example to us and that we are to follow in His footsteps (1 Peter 2:21). As I thought on this I wondered what this would look like...HOW do I follow in Christ's footsteps?

Jesus did many things, He:
-Turned water into wine
-Healed the sick, blind, deaf, paralyzed
-Walked on water
-Casted out demons
-Restored a severed ear
-Raisied the dead
-Fed thousands
-Calmed a storm
-Died on the Cross
-many, many more....

....so, am I supposed to do WHAT Jesus did? Are these things WHAT is expected of me?

God is revealing to me that my focus ought to be on living HOW Jesus lived, not trying to replicate WHAT He did!!

How did Jesus live? The answer is in Philippians 2: Jesus emptied Himself...Jesus took direction from God in EVERYTHING He did!!

This is HOW I can imitate Christ, HOW I can follow in His footsteps.....by emptying myself and allowing the Holy Spirit to work through me in EVERYTHING I do!!

God Bless you all!!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Associate Pastor
Music of Life Church

JESUS IS ALWAYS WITH US!
September 5, 2016 - September 11, 2016

I really want to live each moment, being aware of the "Presence" of the Lord. I believe His Word. I believe that He is everywhere. I believe that He pursues us.

As I thought about what it means, to be aware, I applied it to my awareness of people that I know now. I am always "aware" of my wife's lovely presence in my life. Most of the day we are not physically together, but I am aware of her! Why? Because I have had many personal, literal, and memorable experiences WITH HER!

I am not aware only because of letters and cards and phone calls! I have literally been "WITH HER!" Can we each have a personal experience with Jesus? I know we can't see Him. But physically blind people have experienced things that are very real and cannot be seen.

Jesus wants us to live by faith and not by sight! But He never said that we would live and NOT EXPERIENCE HIM! He is our Groom! We are the Bride! We are Born Again! I believe that we each can experience Jesus in a very unique and intimate way. Then we will perceive what it means when it says, "draw near to God, and He will draw near to you." Ask, Seek, and Knock, and the Door will be opened!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

CAN YOU BE STOPPED?
August 29, 2016 - September 4, 2016

In my prayers this week, I was asking God why I was having so many tough battles? I asked, "Lord, what is hindering me?" It happened much more quickly than I thought! I do not always get an answer so fast! But this time I did!

I studied the word "Hindered" in the Greek language, as it was originally written in our bible. I want to share three meanings of the one English word, "Hinder".

In Galatians 5:7 Paul writes, "You did run well, who hindered you...?" This word for hinder, is from the context of sailing a ship. To be hindered, would be to try and go forward in your ship, and never raise your sails. The winds will never help you make progress. It's as if you decided to "row, row, row, your boat" and not hoist the sails. You are thus, "HINDERED"! When we are not walking in the Spirit and being Filled with the Spirit, Satan is hindering us! We may then get weary and quit! That's his plan!

In 1 Thessalonians 2:18 Paul again writes, "...we would have come unto you...but Satan HINDERED us." This word is a little different. Our enemy attacks the ROAD we are traveling. He sets road mines and traps in our walkway. In this way he "hinders" us and tries to get us to quit! But God is with us and knows what is going on! Stay the course!

Then I noticed in 1 Peter 3:7, the Apostle writes "...honor your wife,...as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers be not HINDERED!" This has a very different meaning. It goes after your "fruit and seed" in the fruit. This plan of the devil is to stop you from living the causes God gives, so that you cannot reap good fruit for God's glory! The enemy attacks the fruit bearing branches, to get you to, yes, QUIT!

Can you relate? Do you ever feel hindered like these three examples illustrate? If so, STOP! Rest in God! Humble yourself and draw near to Him! He will give grace to the humble! Did you hear me? "HE WILL GIVE GRACE TO THE HUMBLE!" But HE WILL RESIST THE PROUD!" What is your choice? Grace will overcome the "Hinderance" that will come! Be an "Overcomer" in Christ!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

YOU WON'T SUFFER ALONE!
August 22, 2016 - August 28, 2016

I really love the story in Daniel 3:1-30. I myself believe that the 4th Man in the Fiery Furnace, with the 3 Hebrew boys, was Jesus! Let's notice a few things, that may help us today.

These 3 Men of God were first and foremost, followers of Jehovah, along with Daniel. Wow! To be a friend of Daniel would have been very important in those days. What kind of friends do you have? Would they say "NO" to an Evil Demagogue? Would your friends stand with you and be willing to die with you? Are you sure?

The 3 Hebrews were literally commanded to deny their God and worship the golden idol of Nebuchadnezzar. They were not given much notice. When they heard the " Worship the Bad Guy Music", they were required to do so, or die! Their next place of service would be on the BBQ Grill of the King! They would be the first "S'mores"! What would you do?

We know they said, " No Way Jose' ". We will NOT BOW! So into the furnace they went! It would have been easy to just bow a little! They could still be "a witness for Elohim!" Or could they???

They said NO! I think they believed that the next place they would see after they entered the fire, would be Abraham' s Bosom. But it was even BETTER! They didn't burn or even smell of smoke! Not one Hair was singed! AND a FOURTH MAN met them and walked in the Fire WITH THEM! Yeah Jesus!

This does not mean that if we stay faithful to God, that we will NOT DIE! We May! All of the Apostles were martyred for the faith! But it will always be worth it, to be faithful to God!

Ya, I know! Nice story! We each are in our own story. What is being written in yours?

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

REASONS TO BE A FAKER!
August 15, 2016 - August 21, 2016

Many say that they are following or want to follow Jesus. But when I look at what that literally means, I can understand why many in our country just "Fake It". And if you get enough "Fakers" together, it can become the norm. Let's look at one verse, and then let's see who still wants to be a FOLLOWER?

In Luke 6:22, Jesus is giving His famous sermon, that we call "The Beatitudes". In this verse the Lamb of God says, "Blessed are you, WHEN men shall HATE you, WHEN they shall SEPARATE you from their company, and shall REPROACH you, and CAST OUT your name as evil, for the Son of Man's sake."(Capital letters: my emphasis).

Jesus makes it pretty clear that this was going to be a reality for ALL that followed Him and lived for Him. It's an all or nothing thing with Jesus. Yes, ALL OR NOTTA! Of course He loves us and wants the best for us! But a partial devotion to Him, and then the other part to Self, is not on His list. His list says: "Follow ME!" That is one reason the Apostle Paul said, "I die daily!"

So, where are you in this whole plan of God? Are you a true "Follower" or a sneaky "Faker"? Someday your heart will stop and you will die! Then What? Someday the Trumpet will sound and Jesus will show up! Then What? Time is short! You can believe that I am in serious thought about this whole "Following Jesus" plan. After all, what else is there?

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

EXAMINATION EXAM
August 8, 2016 - August 14, 2016

How often do you take the time to examine your life? your thought process? your walk with Jesus?

1 Corinthians 11:28 teaches us to examine ourselves as often as we take the Lord's Supper. At Music of Life Church we do this once a week. Is that enough? I can't help but think that God wants me to examine myself more than once a week. I truly believe God is more pleased the more I humble myself!!

God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. What will God have to do to help me see that examining myself is something I need every day? Will this understanding be enough or will I need my circumstances to change (ouch!)?

Thank you to our Prophetess Laura for going to God and getting this word for MOLC!! It is definitely resonating with me!!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Associate Pastor
Music of Life Church

THERE'S GONNA BE A DAY!
August 1, 2016 - August 7, 2016

As I walk around the Mall in the mornings, I am greeted by many other "walkers" that I have known for many years. I have circled the halls of this Mall complex 100's and 1000's of times since 2008. Yes, I have shared the gospel with many, but sadly, to my knowledge, none have received Jesus. I am so burdened for my friends, because there will be a day! There will be a day when time is up! "No More Chances!"

I reflect on 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, "... For the Lord HIMSELF shall descend from Heaven with a SHOUT, with the Voice of the Archangel, with the Trump of God:..." This is verse 16. Read the entire passage, when you make some time. I just wanted to point out what hit me today. "The LORD Himself SHALL DESCEND....! He is COMING! Are we really ready? Do we live like we believe it?

We can point to birthdays and holidays that have come and gone. We can point to the date on a calendar, and say, "in two weeks we will have our family reunion in Missouri again!" Do we have the same belief and trust that Jesus will return? He is preparing a place for us! At least that's what He said! I don't think that most in the American Church really live like Jesus is COMING SOON. But there will be a day! Are YOU READY? Is there Anyone that you have not told, that you should? Either we are Ambassadors, or we are not! Our lives will show our choice.

I know that many don't read this weekly message, but for me and you that read it: let's be "DOERS OF THE WORD OF GOD AND NOT HEARERS ONLY, DECEIVING OURSELVES!"

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

IT'S OUR FAULT IF IT'S BAD!!
June 25, 2016 - July 31, 2016

We can see examples of sowing and reaping throughout the entire bible. God gave each of us a free will, and we like that. But still, many will blame God for the results of their bad choices! Let's look at what God says through His Prophet Jeremiah in 6:16-19.

In verse 16, the LORD reveals to His people, how they can find rest for their souls. All they have to do is ask for the "old paths" and then walk in them. They said "NO" to the LORD! Not good!

Then in verse 17, the LORD says that He set a Watchman over them. This was for their benefit. The Watchman would ensure safety and alert them to dangers, as well as announce anyone entering the city. All they had to do was "pay attention to the sound of the trumpet." But again they said, "NO!"

Because God is "Right and Just," He gives the following response to their free will choices: in verse 19 God says, "...I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not listened to My words, nor to My Law, but rejected it."

I know we live in the Dispensation of Grace, but God is the "same yesterday, today, and forever." He is still Holy! He still wants our full obedience! He alone is worthy! And we will still "Reap what we Sow!" Good and bad! What does your life reveal? Do you say "YES" to God, or do you say "NO"?

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

WHY ARE WE HERE?
June 18, 2016 - July 24, 2016

When I think about the "big" questions, the questions that we all ask and we all feel like we know, questions like: "Why are we here?"...I wonder how many people really know the answer to this.

Do you? Could you write down your answer right now?

I've found that one way to discover the answer to this is to find out why Jesus came to earth. Why did the Son of God become man only to die?

Hebrews 12:2 - "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."

This verse gives us the answer: Jesus came to earth "for the joy that was set before him." What was that joy? The Bride!! Jesus came to do His part in preparing the Bride!! He made the way for us to become the Bride!!

So, why are we here? To BECOME the Bride!

The meaning of life is Church and Marriage! We are to be a unique cell that makes up the Bride of Christ (Eph 4)!! What part of the Bride are you?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Associate Pastor
Music of Life Church

VERY GOOD LAST WORDS!!
June 11, 2016 - July 17, 2016

I want to remind us of how the Apostle Paul ended his journey. What do you think his secret was? Unlike Demas and Judas, Paul was faithful until the end of his life. I like that! I want that! I think it's rather simple. This Christ follower and example to the Church, loved Jesus more than anything "EVER"! He lived every moment being aware of the presence of God. He knew how to walk in the Grace of God. Let's look at one of his last statements.

In 2 Timothy 4:7 he says, "I have fought a good fight...." What was he referring to? We could search his writings and find several answers. I believe he struggled with the religious crowd. He knew that they had the Torah in their minds. He wanted them to get it in their hearts, by receiving Jesus as Messiah. But probably his toughest battle was with his own flesh. He even said, "in me dwells no good thing." He also said, "I die daily!" I pay attention to Paul. He is my measure on how to fight!

In the same verse, he then said, "...I have finished my course...." He knew the plan and purpose that God gave him. He was to preach the gospel to the Gentiles, as well as establish churches and train leaders. He did not fail in this "course". He loved lost people, especially the Jews. Even though he was called to the Gentiles, he always targeted his native brothers. Christ was their only hope, and they crucified Him! But Paul finished what Jesus assigned him to do. Will we be able to say the same thing?

Then lastly in this verse he says, "...I have kept the faith:..." He believed 100% of everything that Jesus said! He knew that "faith came by hearing the WORD." He also knew that "without faith it was impossible to please God." And his passion was to please his redeemer! No wonder he also said, "for me to live is Christ, but to die is gain!

I now say, thank you Paul. I need the scriptures that you wrote by inspiration. I also need the example you left for the church. I am going to the "Throne of Grace" BOLDLY, just like you said! I will see you someday, right after I see my Jesus and my Mom! After all, she led me to my Messiah!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

IF THEN; THEN WHAT?
June 4, 2016 - July 10, 2016

The words "If and Then", as cause and effect, are used over 300 times in the Bible. Since God has made us in His likeness and image, we have a free will. Our God will not make us do anything. We each can choose to receive God's provision of eternal life through Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection, OR we can say no. To not choose willingly, is to willingly reject His offer! Yes, it's incredibly serious! What is/was your choice? We will consider a few "If/Thens".

God says that "If" we seek Him with all of our heart, He "Then" will be found. It's not hard to understand. But we must also remember that the LORD is not a Genie in a bottle! He is Almighty God! He is Creator of all the universe! But "If" we seek Him, "Then" He will reveal Himself gladly!

Also His glorious word tells us that "If" we call upon Him, "Then" He will answer us. He wants to fellowship so desperately with us, that He sacrificed His only Son to make it a reality! Yes, "If" we call, "Then" He is swift to answer! He will do His part, "If" we do ours.

Here is one more. "If" we give, "Then" it will be given back to us, in "...good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over...." Do you get it yet? He has been announcing Himself to us since creation!

These promises are for all who believe and apply what they say. We have no excuse! There will be a time when we ALL STAND before Jesus. "If" we have believed and received Him as LORD and Savior, "THEN" He will say, "Well done, good and faithful servant! Enter into the joy of the LORD! If NOT! THEN NOT! And that means "NOT, FOR ALL ETERNITY!" What will you choose to do?

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

YOU ARE MY HIDING PLACE
June 27, 2016 - July 3, 2016

Written from Psalm 32:7! I wanted you all to have the words to my favorite song! Because my Jesus is my hiding place. Who is yours?

You are my hiding place
You always fill my heart
With songs of deliverance
Whenever I am afraid
I will trust in You

I will trust in You
Let the weak say
I am strong
In the strength of the Lord

You are my hiding place
You always fill my heart
With songs of deliverance
Whenever I am afraid
I will trust in You

I will trust in You
Let the weak say I am strong
In the strength of the Lord
I will trust in You.

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

WHO SENT YOU AND WHERE?
June 20, 2016 - June 26, 2016

In John 20:21, Jesus was giving some last instructions to His followers. He said,"...as My Father has sent Me, so send I you." I believe we can apply this verse today. But how does He send us, and how do we receive the details of our mission? Well, I am glad you asked. He sent His Spirit to live in us for our guidance and comfort. Then He gave His living WORD to give us the specifics.

In 2 Timothy 3:16-17, we receive the following: "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable...." I will share the rest of this passage as we go forward. But if we really believed what these verses say, we would be consumed with a deeper desire to know our God through His "breathed word" to us. The affects are that the words are profitable for:........."

DOCTRINE! We are given every teaching we will ever need to do God's will before Jesus returns. The doctrines will guide us in loving God and loving others. They will equip us in how to stay in fellowship with our Savior.

REPROOF! This is God's way of testing the value and motives of what we say and do. His word will be our "plumb line" to help us stay honest and true.

CORRECTION! The words of Jesus will not only test and expose what we think, do, and say, they will also give us clear direction on the right things to do for God's glory! He is not just out to prove us wrong! He does so much more! This word for correcting means, "to restore us to a balanced and upright position." Awesome huh?!

INSTRUCTION! (in His Righteousness). This is a comprehensive training and educational program, that is personally led by the Holy Ghost in an intimate manner. He is getting His Bride ready for a wedding with a "Righteous" Groom!

Then verse 17 tells us why! So that we may be "perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." Amen!

Yes, just like God sent His Son, we have been sent! But we have all of the power and authority that we need to be "more than conquerors" in the purpose we have been chosen for! Therefore we must hide His words in our hearts, and then meditate on them, and then live them! Why? BECAUSE we love Him Who sends us!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

ONLY THE LITTLE BIRDS SING!
June 13, 2016 - June 19, 2016

Have you ever noticed that it's only the "little birds" that sing beautiful songs? We have the Canary, Cuckoo, and Nightingale, just to mention a few. Eagles, Vultures, and even Peacocks don't carry a sweet melody. My point is that there are believers that are seemingly unnoticed but are very significant. We are not all a "Billy Graham or Apostle Paul", but we are all very important! I will mention a few for your encouragement! These folks remind me of the true hero in the TV mystery. It's the unknown Geek on the computer, giving the handsome hero directions to save the world!

In 2 Kings 5 there is a story about the Syrian General who had leprosy. His status and self image are at risk. His heart is heavy with discouragement. But there was a "Little Maid." She is not named, but she is a hero. She points her master to the Prophet Elisha. He finally follows "her advice" and does as the Prophet says. He dips 7 times in the Jordan River, and he comes out new and clean! Yeah the Maid!

We also see some unknown heroes in the early days of Paul. He has recently been converted to Christianity. He is in the city of Damascus preaching the gospel. As was his new pattern, he preached that Jesus was the Christ. He preached the resurrection and was hated by the Jews. They plotted to kill him. Then at night, some unnamed disciples helped Paul escape down the city wall in a basket. Pretty cool huh?! Yeah the basket boys!

There are more heroic stories throughout the bible. Jesus had friends that helped Him, that are never named, like the man with the water pot on his head. He provided the upper room for the last supper at Passover. A good friend.

So don't feel slighted if you are not named or noticed by people. We are to be faithful and do all to the glory of God! Oh that we would be like the maid or unnamed disciples. Maybe you are the info geek that supplies your church with data that helps in a mission for Christ! Jesus keeps track! He will say "well done!" So let's serve Him with a glad and rejoicing heart! And remember, "only the little birds sing!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

IT TAKES FAITHFULNESS FIRST
June 6, 2016 - June 12, 2016

I was rehearsing in my mind the different men and women that God used as leaders in the bible. They each went through a growing and development process. When Paul wrote, he said, "not a novice." This word means; "a new tender plant." It's not strong or mature. Before it produces fruit, it must grow and be cared for in specific ways. They would each grow in grace and in their deep love for God. They loved God for who He is and not for what He may or may not do. Let's look at a few leaders in the bible and see how we measure up today.

Joseph was one of the sons of Jacob. He was 17 when he received some very important and specific prophetic dreams from God. We know the story. He was rejected by his brothers and was a slave in Egypt. It was not until he was 30 years old that he stepped into the role that he dreamed about. He spent 13 years being a faithful man of God. He was trustworthy! That was a necessary requirement for his God appointed purpose.

Next we see Moses. He grew up in the courts of Pharaoh for 40 years. He was a Prince. But God had other plans. The next 40 years were spent in the wilderness as a shepherd. He didn't know that he was being prepared to lead the people of God out of slavery! He was 80 when he stepped into his leadership position.

God also prepared some mighty women to be in special callings for His glory! Rahab and Ruth were not even Jewish, but because they loved Jehovah with all their hearts, God used them both in the lineage of the Messiah. They had to forsake their old lives and families. This was not easy, but it was very necessary!

Then King David came on the scene. He was anointed as King when he was 17, but it was another 23 years before he actually sat on the Throne. He had to grow in trust and faith. He had to train and mentor his mighty men. Then he ruled and showed the world the glory of God.

So, how about you? Are you impatient? Do you have unfulfilled expectations? Or are you satisfied in just loving God and bringing all glory to Him? He is looking for a heart that wants Him above all. He will trust that kind of heart!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

JESUS SERVES, SEEKS, and SHOWS! Let's Copy Him!
May 30, 2016 - June 5, 2016

I recently wrote a short message to Shepherds, concerning "being like Jesus." It had to do with being an example to those we lead. We are supposed to be like the Apostle Paul and be an "Imitator" of Christ. I will share 3 areas where we are to be just like our Lord and Savior.

In 1 John 2:6 it says, "He that says he abides in HIM, ought himself to walk just as HE walked." This means that if we say we are a serious follower of Jesus, we should walk (live) as He did. Well, here we go!

In Mark 10:45 it says, "For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to SERVE, and give His life a random for many." My first on the list is, SERVING. We can be deceived easily and do many things, (acts of service), for others, and it actually be all about us! Our measure could be, "what do I get out of it?" Give a close friend that is in need $200.00, anonymously, and notice how you feel when you don't get credit! Jesus came to serve others, and to be like Him, we should also, daily.

In Luke 19:10, we see another reason why Jesus lived the way He did. It says, "For the Son of Man is come to SEEK and save that which was lost." So, just like He came to SERVE, He also clearly came to SEEK THE LOST! It was one of His passions, as demonstrated by His death on the cross for all of mankind. Therefore, for us to walk as He walked, we not only SERVE, we also should be about trying to win souls to Jesus. He said that if we followed Him, He would make us "fishers of men!" He will help us SERVE and SEEK!

The third on my list of being like Jesus is found in John 1:9. John the Baptist is talking about Jesus. He says that Jesus was "the True Light, which Lights every man...." He came therefore to not only SERVE, and SEEK, but also to SHOW! He was and is and will always be the Light of the world. We also are told to let our LIGHT shine, so others find and glorify God. To be more like Jesus, we are to be a "Show-off"! Ha ha! Yes! If we say we abide in Him, we should be a Light like He is. We all found Him by seeing the light in our darkness.

So remember, the next time you say that you are "like", or want to be "like Jesus", examine yourself. Are you SERVING, SEEKING, and SHOWING in the same way Jesus did? If you are, you have discovered a joy unspeakable and full of glory! Grace to You!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

GOD'S BREATH SMELLS GOOD!
May 23, 2016 - May 29, 2016

The word inspiration is a very interesting word. In 2 Timothy 3:16 it means; "Divinely Breathed In." We usually hear it described as "God Breathed." It pretty much means that the words in our Bible came from God Himself, even if others did write them on parchment. If I dictated a letter to you through an office secretary, you would consider it a message from me! Well the Bible is God's message to each of us. What we do with it and how we respond to it, will determine our eternal destiny. So, let's take a look at this verse and try to understand some of the value of "God's Breathing" on us.

First, we cannot be eclectic and pick and choose which words in this large book are from God. The verse says that, "ALL SCRIPTURE" is given by God. I know that there are many versions and translations. That's why I love to study the original languages and find out what was meant in the context. Everyone will not go through that process. It's a matter of trust. If you want to find God's will, He will lead you. You will find the right bible, that never contradicts God's nature. He is Holy and therefore always right and just!

Then the verse says that ALL scripture is profitable. This means, "helpful, beneficial, and advantageous." But be aware that this is not saying that ALL of the bible was written to make our lives happy and without any conflict or problems. It is called "The Sword of the Spirit" for a reason. The blade of God's word will cut away the destructive cells, as well as defend and protect us. It's really awesome!

The verse also says that the way it is profitable is for,"doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness. The next verse, 3:17, tells us why. That we may be "complete and perfected, and equipped, for EVERY GOOD WORK." That does sound very profitable to me.

So I would encourage you to read God's personal word every day! It is so important, that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is even called "THE WORD" in the first chapter of the gospel of John. Go ahead and read it yourself, and feel the wonderful breath of Abba! He does not have halitosis! After all He never sleeps. He watches over you and me!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

THE EYES TALK!
May 16, 2016 - May 22, 2016

I have written in the past about, "The Eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good." Have you ever thought about how the "Eyes Speak?" I remember being called "Dagger Eyes" by some of my own children. That means that dad is pretty much ticked off, and you want to stay away! Can you relate to that? I can. My dad had his own set of dagger eyes! They usually preceded a good "butt whippin"! And I usually deserved a good warming of the behind. But in what ways do eyes speak to you? Let's LOOK at a few.

My first thought was, what Adam must have thought when he first gazed upon Eve. "Wow! You are the most beautiful woman I have EVER seen! Gorgeous!" Ha ha! Ya, I know she was the only gal on the planet! But everything was perfect, and "God don't make no junk"! Now Eve would have a measure, for all future glances. If the eyes were different, what did that mean? It's the same today. What do your eyes say to those you love?

Then I thought about Moses when he noticed a sight in the mountains. In Exodus 3:2 it says, "...he looked, and behold, the bush burned with fire,..." I imagine his eyes got rather wide and open at that sight. It was a "burned-in image" that would be associated with God speaking in His Holiness. Have you ever seen such a thing in the Spirit realm with God yourself?

Next, we see a story about King David. No, it's not his wide-eyed response to his standing before Goliath. It's the eyes of the Man of God, when he skipped the Battle Call and went to his rooftop. In 2 Sam 11:2 it says, "...and from the roof he SAW a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to LOOK upon." What did these Eyes look like. The look of "Lust" is very different from the gaze upon the burning fire of God, or on the woman God has already given to you. Do your eyes wander from your rooftop? Is God in your every gaze?

Lastly we will consider Jesus Himself. We could imagine many different ways that the eyes of Jesus would appear. I will draw our attention to the verse in Revelation 1:14, "...and His EYES were as a flame of Fire;..." These are not the eyes of our Lord in the gospels. This is our mighty King Jesus! This is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. This is He that sits on the throne, to whom every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess, that Jesus Christ is LORD!

How do you view Him? What do you see in His eye? Do you run to Him, or do you hide like Adam and Eve? How does He look when He watches you? Will His eye match up with the words, "well done, good and faithful servant...." Is this what you LOOK forward to? He sees, He Knows, He Loves! He is coming soon!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

KNOCKED DOWN BUT NOT KNOCKED OUT!
May 9, 2016 - May 15, 2016

I am learning that no matter the season of life, God's Love for me is constant. By His grace, I want to Love Him faithfully, no matter what my circumstances may bring. Therefore, I will share a similar pattern in three Bible characters, that hopefully will help each of us in our journey with God.

First we will consider Moses. From birth to his fortieth birthday, he really lived the "Good Life" in the house and courts of Pharaoh. He never "wanted" for any luxury. It would appear to any spectator, that only prosperity would describe the days of Moses. But God! Yes God had a very different plan for the future leader of Israel. Moses found himself living as a nomad and herdsman for his next forty years. But it was all training for his ultimate purpose. He needed those 80 years of extreme ebb and flow, to prepare him to lead about two million people into a "Promise Land." The pattern will be seen in every leader of God in some way or another.

Let's peek into the life of Joseph for a little while. He was one of Jacobs' boys. In fact, the bible says that Jacob loved Joseph more than all of his other sons. Yes, Joseph, like Moses starts out with plenty of provisions and great authority. He may have thought that only the "Good Life" lay ahead. But God! Yes God had a different education planned for little Joe. We know that his brothers hated him and sold him as a slave. He of course, ended up in Egypt as a servant. From 17-30 years of age he lived as a servant/ slave, never knowing if he would see his dad again. And then in God's timing, Pharaoh had a dream. Joseph interpreted the dream and was promoted to second in authority in all of Egypt. All of the ups and downs in his first 30 years, equipped him for this God given task to save all of Israel. Pretty awesome, but not how I would have planned it. It's a good thing I'm not God, huh?

Lastly we will look at Saul of Tarsus. You know, Paul, later to be named The Apostle to the Gentiles. He was a brilliant student of the Torah, who was mentored by Gamaliel. He had prestige and fame and authority. He most likely had the entire Old Testament memorized. The hardships of life were presumed to be in his past. He was on a "so called God directed mission" to capture and eliminate the Christ Followers. But God! Yes, God interrupted the good life of Paul, and He set him on the path of preaching the gospel and writing much of the New Testament. He spent many years in prison and hardship for the Faith! But all of his highs and lows prepared him to train disciples and start churches that still affect us today.

So, if you really want to be a sold out, fully committed, fired up, fanatical witness for Jesus, then consider Moses, Joseph, and Paul. Your path will be very similar. But if you decide to live the SHAMA every second of every day, you will do well and be pleasing to our Lord! Amen!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

THREE TIMES IS A CHARM!!!
May 2, 2016 - May 8, 2016

I believe that God created the stars for His pleasure and to say something to us. In Psalm 19:1 it says, "the heavens declare the glory of God...." To me He is saying, "Wayne, do you see My stars? Where are they? They represent how much I desire you! Do you desire Me in the same way and passion as I want you?" Have you ever thought those thoughts? Well, I want to want God that much! Do you?

In the New Testament, we see the testimony of a woman named Mary. This is the sister of Lazarus and not the mother of Jesus. She is mentioned 3 times. Let's explore and find out what she knew and how it affected her.

In Luke 10:38-42, we are told about a time that Jesus went to the home of Mary and Martha in Bethany. Jesus was a Rabbi and worthy of honor and attention. Martha was busy getting a meal prepared for the Lord, but she was not happy. Her sister was not helping, so she complained to Jesus. He said in response to Martha's words, "One thing is needful: and Mary has chosen that good part,..." Mary sat at the feet of Jesus to discover His heart! He loved that attitude then, and He does now also.

Next we find Mary in John 11. Her brother Lazarus has died, and she was grieving. When Jesus arrived, Mary "fell down at His feet." She knew she could approach her Lord, even if she was deeply saddened by her brother's demise. And we know that Jesus came to raise her brother to life again.

The third time we see Mary, she is bowing before the Messiah once again. Her physical posture was a picture of her submissive and trusting heart! In Mark 14:1-9, we see Mary kneeling before Jesus in a room full of men. She breaks open a bottle of expensive perfume and anoints the feet of Jesus! He was "BIG TIME IMPRESSED"! He said that this act of love would be "preached throughout the whole world as a memorial of her." We are still talking today, about the girl that loved the Savior with all her heart.

What would we have done? What would be written about us if a document was published about our devotion to Jesus? I hope my life let's others know that I love Jesus with all my heart, soul, and strength! It's the most important quest I could ever have!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

A BIG GOD TO BEAT THE BULLY
April 25, 2016 - May 1, 2016

The scriptures describe the children of God in many ways. It would really look weird and funny if they were all combined. We are: Sheep, Soldiers, Choir Members, Farmers, Harpests, Lanterns, Gardens, Husbands, Brides, Athletes, and even Trees. Now put it all together and you get a Christian. Then we are told that we are in a war! Let's consider the battle.

The Battlefield is Earth or you, and both. The Enemy is the world, flesh, and devil. The mission is the Gospel. The cost is everything! But praise God, we are not alone! We have armor, plans, weapons, comrades, and a perfect Commander.

Here is a little insight into the battle. The devil has schemes, but we have been given armor in order to avoid deception. But it's up to us to put it on faithfully. I think most Christians in this army are "buck naked!"

We wrestle! Not against people! I know, it seems like all we do is fight ornery people. Comfort seems to be the measure for most believers in this army. But Paul tells us in Ephesians 6, that the enemy is spiritual and evil. And what's worse, we can't see the demons that wage the wars. We do however see the effects. They are in people. We all have fallen prey to the deceptions.

The enemy is organized like our U.S. Military today. There are levels of evil authorities and focused plans. They want us to be our own cause. We see four groups on the evil army. They all are consumed with defeating us. And they are good at evil.

Ephesians 6:12 gives the plan that we are facing. "We wrestle against: Principalities, Powers, Rulers of the Darkness, and Spiritual Wickedness in High Places." And remember, they are not visible. But we have Christ! We have The Holy Ghost within us. We have the Written Word! All we have to do, is choose to obey! If we do, we will be able to "withstand in the evil day!" And it's with other obedient soldiers.

So, are you "IN" or "OUT" ???
There is no leaving the war! It's Til the End! It's Til The Shout!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

JAM-PACKED FILLED WITH GOD!
April 18, 2016 - April 24, 2016

The effects of being Spirit Filled are truly awesome! The Word says much about living in the Spirit and by the Spirit! In fact, we are actually "sealed by the Spirit"! I want to look at a verse in Ephesians 3:20, that has been instrumental in my faith growing and deepening!

Here is what it says; "Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,..." We receive the benefits of this verse through loving God and obeying His words. Now I will break it down.

Remember, this is an effect of us asking. The word "Able" means that if we asked for an 8 ounce glass of water, He could and would fill it up to the top. We get all 8 ounces, as we asked.

But it gets better! When it says; able to do "Exceeding", it means that if we asked for 8 ounces of water, Jesus could and would put 1 whole gallon of water in the glass. And make it all fit! Pretty awesome, huh?!

But it gets even better than that. When it says; able to do exceeding "Abundantly", it means that Jesus could and would put a 55 gallon barrel of water in the 8 ounce glass. And make it all fit once again. Astonished yet? This is our God I am talking about!

So just when we think that is all, there is MORE! Yes! When it says; able to do exceeding abundantly "Above" all. It means that Jesus could and would be able to put the whole Ocean in your 8 ounce glass. And yes, make it all fit. Our God is great indeed!

He wants us to be encouraged and for us to understand that it all happens by the Power that is within us. And that Power is Him, our God, our Lord, our Savior, and lover of our soul. I strongly suggest that we all meditate on this verse and apply it daily. Get ready for your 8 ounce life to overflow with the glory of God! It's an awesome way to live!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

MORE FROM DAVID'S HEART
April 11, 2016 - April 17, 2016

In Psalm 26, David shares from his heart his thinking process, in a time where his life was in great danger once again. King Saul was trying to silence the voice of David and his legacy. We must be aware that we also will face difficulties like David. In fact, Jesus promised us that if we lived for our Abba, "we would suffer persecution." What can we learn from this Psalm?

I like the end of verse 1, which says, "...I have trusted also in the LORD; therefore I shall not slide." Slide means "to shake or waiver." We all have many things that come into our lives to shake our faith or question the path we are walking. Let's Keep our Eyes on the King of Kings! We will not "slide" with Him as our guide.

And verse 3 is also captivating. It says, "For Thy Lovingkindness is before my eyes...." This is indeed a battle ground we all face. The world is saturated with a multitude of images, that seek to draw on our heart strings. We will walk on the path that our eyes have seen! We need to be obey Hebrews 12:2, which says, "...looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith;..." He is the Shepherd that "goes before His Sheep."

I will skip to verse 12, although there is much to meditate on in the entire Psalm. David says, "My foot stands in an even place: in the congregations will I bless the LORD." We see that his foundation was sure. I believe that David would say that he is "Standing on the ROCK, who is the I AM, the Christ!" The effect was that he would bear a true witness of God before all people and Nations. How about us? Can we be in agreement with the shepherd boy/King of Israel? Will we slide, or are we "standing on our Rock?"

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

THE EFFECTS OF DELIGHTING
April 4, 2016 - April 10, 2016

I love Psalm One. I memorized it over 40 years ago, and I have tried to apply it to my life often. The first word is "Blessed." It means: "to be happy, by an advancing progress from God." We are given details that are very important to understand. Consider the following!

The Psalmist reference, is to our "Delight" in The Word! A simple way to understand this is to think of "delighting in the word" as being like clay that is soft and pliable. We are surrendered to the will of God and are made into a vessel of honor for His glory. So now we "Walk, Stand, and Sit, as originally planned before the Fall of Man.

"Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly." This is intentional. It requires that we choose God as our Cause. It means that our "walk" is aligned with our talk. Choose your words wisely!

Blessed is the man that does not "Stand in the Way of sinners." This is a lifestyle that knows the ways of God and the ways of man. He chooses to Stand in a way that bears a true witness of the Father, like Jesus always did.

Blessed is the man that does not "Sit in the seat of the scornful." Sitting represents our trust and our depending on a Cause. We sit in Humility! The scornful way is a way of pride. The way of pride is exempt from grace! The blessed man is a grace filled man.

Now we have choices. We can be proud and self willed, or we can be humble and molded by the Spirit. If we are soft and pliable and delight in God, we will be blessed! Others will see it, and God will confirm it. We will find the answers if we walk as Jesus walked! Let's be an imitator of the Savior!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

A MESSAGE TO MORE THEN MEN!
March 28, 2016 - April 4, 2016

Most men that I know, really want to be the kind of men that will not bring shame to Jesus or His Cause. We are here this weekend to grow in grace and become more Christlike. The results will be based on our choices individually and together.

We are called to be Soldiers of the Cross. It is a very serious commitment. IT WILL COST YOUR LIFE! Some men say that they "Intend" to be fully committed as disciples. Others will merely "Pretend" to be Spirit filled followers. Which are you?

If you just "Intend", then you never do the work of Christ. You are all talk and no walk! Good talkers will fool some for a while, but not Jesus! If you "Pretend", then you walk as a hypocrite. You are a man that lives for effects rather than the causes of our Right and Just God.

The true Man of God is one that will "Attend" to the call. He lives the SHEMA. He will Fear and Obey the Lord, and he dies daily to his own will. Jesus is coming soon! We must not be "conformed to this world", but be "transformed-living sacrifices!" It's not too late! Will you be a more excellent man of God after this weekend, or will you stay like you are now? Time will tell!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

OPEN THE DOOR BEFORE GOD CLOSES IT FOREVER!
March 21, 2016 - March 27, 2016

I love the practical illustrations that we see in the bible. Jesus calls Himself a Light, a Way, a Vine, as well as a Door. He made things simple for us. All of creation became His "Billboard and Advertising" method to reveal Himself. Are we noticing His signs?

In the Gospel He calls Himself a DOOR! He is making it clear, that He is the only way to the Father! If we go through Him, the Door, we will be saved and blessed! If we refuse, we will go through another door to hell!

The Devil will offer many other choices. He will use even friends and family to keep us from choosing the correct Door. The Bible makes it very clear, that there is "no other Name under heaven whereby we must be saved!" It only Jesus! He is the Only Door!

We also must remember that we must open the Door before it's too late. In Genesis, God had Noah build an Ark with One Door. Once it was finished and Noah's family went inside, God closed the Door! No one else could get in and be saved. But they had over 100 years to decide. Only 8 believed!

What will you do? Your heart is also a Door, and Jesus knocks on it! Will you open and fellowship with Him? You won't get 100 years to decide.

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

NO PEACE WITHOUT PIECE!
March 14, 2016 - March 20, 2016

The title may be a little confusing. Allow me to clear things up a bit. We sometimes think about having a calm, problem free life, when we think about "Peace." But the word actually is associated with the idea of "joining together." That may result in less chaos and clutter. But there is a price, a cost, for Peace!

When we join to something or to someone, we often have to separate or break away from a previous state or condition. That is where the word "Piece" came in when I gave my title. It could also be understood as "Brokenness." The Peace with, from, and in God, are all the effects of a plan from God. Jesus was broken on the Cross, so that we could be broken from sin. Afterwards we are joined to Him in a covenant. That is True Peace!

Once we receive that "peace/joining" from Jesus, we are NOT free from trials or struggles or testings! In fact, Jesus even promised that if we lived Godly, we would suffer persecution! He said that if they hated Him, they would hate us also. And this is in the context of "Peace with God!"

This is where grace comes in! We should daily choose to go to the "Throne of Grace"! We decide to "Rest" in Him! We decide to "Obey" His Words! We ask Him to "Live" His life through us! That is PEACEFULNESS! If you have done it, you know that this is true. This pleases God! This glorifies the Father!

So if life seems to be falling apart, start asking for the grace to create the Peace, that God has planned for each of us! THEN life will actually make more sense, "Pieces and all!" Love you!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

WHO IS GOD?
March 7, 2016 - March 13, 2016

I've heard many answers to this question, none as bad as "we can't know." The bad part about this is I've heard this from people who are Christian Leaders!! The word "Christian" means "follower of Christ" and you're telling me you cannot explain who Christ is? who God the Father is? who the Holy Spirit is?

God is Holy! God's Nature is always and completely Right and always and completely Just! God is RIGHT AND JUST!!

We can know this!
We ought to know this!
How can you be sure you are following the right God if you don't know who He is?

I choose to follow The Right and Just One! Who do you believe God is? Who do you follow?

Deuteronomy 32:4 - "He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he."

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Associate Pastor
Music of Life Church

HOW DO YOU CAUSE THE LORD DELIGHT
February 29, 2016 - March 6, 2016

We can be a pleasure to God, we can cause Him to delight!! With faith, we can please Him!!

In order to do so, we must know Him. Faith is built by understanding and experience. The more we understand and the more we experience God, the more faith we have in Him.....and the better we can please Him!!

Jeremiah 9:23-24 says, "23 Thus saith Jehovah, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches; 24 but let him that glorieth glory in this, that he hath understanding, and knoweth me, that I am Jehovah who exerciseth lovingkindness, justice, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith Jehovah."

Man's wisdom, man's might, man's riches: ALL temporal!

Understanding and Knowing the Lord well enough to know that God's love, through His Nature of Right and Just, is working in the world we live in: ALL eternal!

God is influencing and changing our world! It is happening whether you recognize it or not. It is happening whether you are a part of it or not. God wants you to see His work, He delights in this!! It is up to you to embrace Him and to become part of His plan!!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Associate Pastor
Music of Life church

DARE WE ASK FOR GOD'S FIRE?
February 22, 2016 - February 28, 2016

A week ago, four houses south of ours, a neighbors' home was consumed with fire. We drove back from church, to find Fire Trucks and Police cars blocking our roadway. It was smoky and windy and smelly, but no one was hurt. Fire does attract crowds. It made me think about the Fires in the Bible.

We know that Moses had a talk with God at a burning bush. Later God led Israel by a pillar of Fire by night! God left us these stories to teach us about Himself. He wants us to be aware of Who He is and Where He is. Fire does the trick!

In the New Testament, John writes that there would be One coming Who would baptize us "with The Holy Ghost and Fire!" Has this ever happened to you? Have you ever asked for this kind of Fiery Immersion? It will change you forever!!!!

I noticed when I looked at my neighbors' burned house, that the homes closest to his, had been affected by the fire also. The heat was so intense, that it melted the vinyl siding on the nearby garage and North kitchen wall. Fire affects anyone and anything close by. Are we "so fired up for God" that our testimony leaves evidence? Should the Fire of God in us leave a smell, a witness of God Himself? I think so! How about you? "Charred for life by Jesus!"

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

YOU NEVER JUST DO NUTTIN
February 15, 2016 - February 21, 2016

Jesus left us here for a reason. We are His representatives. We are His Ambassadors. We have been given His Spirit and Gifts, so that we will succeed at the assignment! I fear that the church in America is doing poorly in fulfilling her part!

I look at it like this in our country. Matthew 28 tells us to go into all the world and preach the gospel and make disciples. To me, I see mostly "O-mission" that leads to "No-mission". It should be an embracing of the "Co-mission" that is lived through "Sub-mission". Are you with me so far?

Today I listen and hear more about movies, sports, and political candidates, than about Jesus. I am interested in all of the above, but Jesus must be the priority! When all is said and done, and we stand before Jesus someday, will we have done our best?

I am 64 years old. My window of opportunity gets smaller everyday. I want to be faithful! I know plenty of scriptures. But I see more clearly the need to be surrounded by and in agreement with, other likeminded Christians: "Spirit Filled, Baptized in Fire, All out Fanatical, Followers of Jesus!

What is your plan? Are you in Omission, with No Mission, or surrendered to a Commission through Submission? It's a choice! Choose wisely!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

PAY ATTENTION TO WHERE YOU BUILD THINGS
February 8, 2016 - February 14, 2016

We all face pretty much the same obstacles when it comes to building our lives. I know that it ends up being very different, but that depends on what we are building, why, and how. According to the bible, there are two foundations to choose from in building a life. We can build for God in His power, or we can build for ourselves anyway we choose. What is your plan?

In Matthew and Luke, Jesus talks about two houses being built. They represent your life. He makes it pretty easy to understand. They both have foundations to begin the construction process. One is a Rock, and one is Sand! Are you following me so far? Which foundation did you choose? And we all do choose!

This makes sense, but what I really want to draw our attention to is the fact that both structures face the same problems. Building on a Rock does not make life easy or keep problems away. Both houses had winds come, rains fall, a streams beat on them. I can imagine that both had broken windows and shingles blown from the roof! They BOTH had trails that we all have experienced and understand! BUT there was one main difference.

The house on the SAND fell, and great was the fall! The house built on the ROCK stood firm! And it ALWAYS WILL! We have choices everyday in how we build! God will lead us and provide all we need to build wisely. Time is short and souls are at stake. Let's not waste time building on sand!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

DID YOU SIGN UP FOR CHOIR?
February 1, 2016 - February 7, 2016

I sure am glad that God does not expect me to be a gifted singer in the physical realm! So, what does it mean for me to speak "spiritual songs" and sing with my "heart"?

God has created each of us uniquely...as an instrument! Instruments, especially the "wind" instruments, are merely vessels waiting to be played...waiting for breath. Each of you are a type of instrument that are meant to be vessels for God to play....and the Holy Spirit is our Conductor! The Holy Spirit, God's Breath, works through the orchestra to create a beautiful sound that can only be created by God!

What type of instrument are you?

Do you play your music with others?

The songs we were meant to play are songs of Truth and Love. We need BE who God created us to BE and we need to allow God to LOVE others through us!

Will you give up control of your instrument and allow God to play through you?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Associate Pastor
Music of Life church

YOU HURT MY FEELS, SAID GOD
January 25, 2016 - January 31, 2016

Have you ever thought about our God having emotions and feelings that can be hurt just like we do? I don't think most people ever consider how God feels. We were made in "His image and likeness." We could learn something, if we stop to think just about that statement.

We know that God created the whole planet, and it is very, very beautiful. Then He made a special Garden for Adam and Eve to live in and fellowship with Him. They walked and talked and sang together! It was perfect!!!! But then they rejected their loving creator for another plan! How did that work? We are living in the effects today!

God had great friends like Abraham, Joseph, Moses, and David. They all had times where they did their own plan. Jesus had 12 guys that He lived with and loved and showed them the secrets of the Kingdom. Then one of those "friends" betrayed Him and another denied Him!

We get more insight into Gods' heart, when we read verses that say, " grieve not the Spirit" and "quench not the Spirit!" God has feelings just like we do. He gets hurt just like we do. Have you ever thought about Him and His feelings, or is it always about you?

And after all that, He still loves us. He will forgive us and cleanse us, if we confess and repent. He will still enjoy us and desire us and even "goof off" with us. At least the Abba I know is like that. So now what will you do with this knowledge? Will you consider the heart of God and His feelings?

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

WE ALWAYS HAVE TIME TO EAT
January 11, 2016 - January 17, 2016

My Mom is in heaven, and I really miss her! She was my best friend and my Number One prayer warrior. She "watched" over her family with a serious tenacity that was unrivaled. I knew that I could depend on her support everyday and at all times. Because she invested her life into me, I desire to invest the same fruit into others. The secret to her success as a "Watchman", was that she first deeply loved God above all and more than all! The Church needs this kind of "Watchmen" today.

Sadly, I believe that most of the Pastors that I know are not very focused or skilled in overseeing their flocks as God intends. I picture most of them as being like a watchman on the wall that is 400 pounds, and more concerned about stuffing his face with another piece of cake, than in looking for the Adversary of the sheep! He is more passionate about the offering plate, than about being alert to see the enemy at the gate.

I pray that each Pastor that I know would take the advice of my mom and fiercely love God and live every moment being aware of His presence. We need leaders that are an example of "Devotion" to the Lord. The word DEVOTE comes from the idea of being so completely committed, that you are willing to tie yourself to the sacrifice offered to God and die for His purpose and glory! In fact, God's desire for every believe is that we each would "deny ourselves and take up our cross daily and follow the Lord."

So as we examine our lives, what will we truly discover? Are we willing to be like the Apostle Paul and die daily and do ALL TO THE GLORY OF GOD? This is a choice we each must make, or it will never happen. Satan will oppose us, but we CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST OUR LORD!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

IT'S EASY TO SAY BUT HARD TO PRACTICE
January 4, 2016 - January 10, 2016

We all struggle with the world, flesh, and the devil. I sometimes wish that the Christian life was problem free, but I know God uses the trials and pressures of life to refine us and purify our faith. I want to share two passages of scripture that have helped me in my pursuit of Christlikeness.

In Psalm 119:11, David writes "Thy Word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against You." Obviously that means we had better read and think about God's Word. But if you are like me and most believers, you have to intentionally make the time to spend with God or it will not happen. It's one of the best things we can do, but it is also one of the hardest! The bible is our Spiritual food. Without it we will get weak and most likely fall into sin. So let's be doers of the Word everyday!

In Galatians 5:16 Paul says these helpful words for our benefit; "Walk in the Spirit and you SHALL NOT fulfill the lusts of the flesh." This is another great promise, but in the natural man we will not have the ability to apply this verse. We need to be filled with the Holy Spirit! We must be sure to confess and repent of all known sin and then ask God to fill us with His Spirit! He will , because He promised that He would! Again I say, let us be doers of the Word everyday!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

IF WE DON'T GO, IT DON'T GET DONE!
December 28, 2015 - January 3, 2016

I believe Jesus is coming back for His Bride very soon! Before He went back to heaven, He gave us a very serious job to do. He told us and all Christians to "be a witness" of all that He said and did! We are to "Go, Win, Baptize, and Teach!" We are saved today, because for over 2000 years the commission was being lived and obeyed by the church! Amen!

I don't know about you, but I am not satisfied with the effort I am giving, or in what I see in the American church today! I see so many Christians distracted and seeking a problem free life! Very few seem to know what being a witness really is, much less being able to lead a lost soul to Christ! The Commission is to all saints and not only to pastors and missionaries.

In Music Of Life Church, we have recently placed a strong emphasis on saying and living the SHEMA! I believe that this is the necessary foundation the church needs to see success. The effect should be a church that proclaims and illustrates the Gospel! Please! Let us do our part! Let us each be doers of the SHEMA, while souls are perishing! Let us obey, so that one day we may hear, " Well done, good and faithful servant!" God bless you in 2016.

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

A MAN OF HIS WORD
December 21​, 2015 - December 27, 2015

The seventh gift we will cover is Exhorter. This was the gift with the response of: "This won't happen next time because we will sit at the counter." Exhorters encourage others and look to the future.

Exhorters and Compassion(ators) can be confused at times. Both of these gifts deal directly with emotion. However, Exhorters want you to feel good while Compassion(ators) want you to not feel bad. Using the "Check Oil Soon" light story, an Exhorter would want you to feel positive about the experience. They may say something like: "It'll be good for your car's engine...and hey, I'll even come with you and we can hang out while the mechanic is working!" A situation like this would cause you to be excited about getting an oil change!! Can you imagine that?!?!

Here's an example of Jesus being an Exhorter (we saw that Jesus' Gifts gave Him the ability to take on any gift depending on the need):

MATTHEW 14:22-33 - "22 And straightway he constrained the disciples to enter into the boat, and to go before him unto the other side, till he should send the multitudes away.
23 And after he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into the mountain apart to pray: and when even was come, he was there alone."

(We actually covered the miracle in the first half of this chapter in the entry about the gift of "Giver." Jesus had just fed the five thousand.)

"24 But the boat was now in the midst of the sea, distressed by the waves; for the wind was contrary."

(The boat carrying the disciples was not making much progress. Exhorters want to make progress.)

"25 And in the fourth watch of the night he came unto them, walking upon the sea."

(The fourth watch is from 3 AM to 6 AM.)

"26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a ghost; and they cried out for fear.
27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid."

(The disciples were in fear....something Exhorters deal with often.)

"28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee upon the waters."

(Peter stated that IF it was Jesus, Jesus ought to bid him to come to Him...Jesus ought to exhort him to walk on water.)

"29 And he said, Come. And Peter went down from the boat, and walked upon the waters to come to Jesus."

(ALL Jesus did was exhort/encourage Peter to walk upon the waters...and Peter miraculously walked on water.)

"30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, Lord, save me.
31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and took hold of him, and saith unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?"

(Peter looked to the wind instead of Jesus...and was afraid. Jesus stated Peter had little faith. How was Peter able to walk on water if he had such little faith? It was because Jesus acted as Exhorter.)

"32 And when they were gone up into the boat, the wind ceased.
33 And they that were in the boat worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God."

(Notice, the conclusion of Jesus acting as Exhorter was the disciples worshipped Him as the Son of God...something we will do for eternity.)

Advice to the Exhorter: The ability to move people forward is powerful! You are more than a cheerleader, you are capable of increasing the faith in others!

With your constant desire to move forward comes fear. Do not let fear cripple you. Remember to root yourself in the present moment...and RUN WELL!!

Advice to those who interact with Exhorters: They want you to feel what they feel....let them lead you in this way! Exhorters are more than what you may think, there is a depth to the emotions they express. If you allow Exhorters to do their gift, it can lead to you growing in pleasing the Lord!!...because that takes FAITH!!

Praise the Lord for giving us people who encourage us forward!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Associate Pastor
Music of Life Church

HE SURE HAS A MOUTH ON HIM
December 14​, 2015 - December 20​, 2015

The sixth gift we will cover is Administrator. This was the gift with the response of: "Ted, get a mop. Clara, pick up the plate. John, help me pick up the sundae." Administrators coordinate a group of people to fill a need. Administrators are focused on a group goal; not individual goals. Administrators are more concerned with how people are connected to each other than the individuals themselves.

Administrators can be confused with Ministers at times. However, Administrators do not fill needs themselves, they coordinate others to fill needs. If we followed the "Change Oil Soon" light example, an Administrator would say something like: "Why don't you bring your car to Mike's house, he really enjoys changing oil and he wants to teach his son how to do it as well?" Notice, the Administrator was focused on the interactions between the three people involved in the oil change, not necessarily the oil change itself.

Here's an example of Jesus being an Administrator (we saw that Jesus' Gifts gave Him the ability to take on any gift depending on the need):

JOHN 2:1-11 - "1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:
2 and Jesus also was bidden, and his disciples, to the marriage.
3 And when the wine failed, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine."

(Jesus' mother told Jesus about an issue she perceived: the wedding has run out of wine. This is important because the wedding is a supper feast which included wine.)

"4 And Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come."

(Jesus' response was not to disagree with His mother...it was to ask a Question. What did this have to do with Jesus? Notice, Joseph was not present. Mary couldn't go to Joseph. It appeared that Mary was Compassion and Perceiver. It appeared Mary wanted to make Jesus Aware of an issue and she felt the emotional pain of the newlyweds. How did she respond to Jesus' Question?)

"5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it."

(Mary didn't respond to Jesus. She turned to a group of people and told them to do whatever Jesus said. First, Mary knew Jesus would honor His mother. She knew He wasn't arguing with her and she knew He knew what was right. Second, Mary blatantly put Jesus in the position of Administrator: a group of people were told to do whatever Jesus said.)

"6 Now there were six waterpots of stone set there after the Jews' manner of purifying, containing two or three firkins apiece.
7 Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim."

(Notice, Jesus acted as Administrator. ALL He did was Speak. He told the group to fill the six waterpots with water. The servants filled them to the brim.)

"8 And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the ruler of the feast. And they bare it."

(Again, Jesus acted as Administrator. ALL He did was Speak. He told the group to draw out some of the liquid and give it to the ruler of the feast...to the Administrator of the feast. The servants did what Jesus said.)

"9 And when the ruler of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and knew not whence it was (but the servants that had drawn the water knew), the ruler of the feast calleth the bridegroom,"

(Notice, water had become wine sometime prior to the Administrator of the feast tasting it. The miracle had occurred. What exactly did Jesus do? All He did was act as Administrator and speak to a group. Jesus didn't physically do anything.)

"10 and saith unto him, Every man setteth on first the good wine; and when men have drunk freely, then that which is worse: thou hast kept the good wine until now."

(Not only did the water turn into wine...it turned into good wine.)

"11 This beginning of his signs did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested his glory; and his disciples believed on him."

(This was Jesus first miracle...and He did it as Administrator.)

Advice to the Administrator: You were meant to be a great leader, so BE ONE!! There is a right way to guide a group of people: how do you want to be led?

Unfortunately, this gift is not given the opportunities that the other gifts are...especially as a young person. Children are not often given opportunities to lead others, and many adults have to qualify for a leadership position as well. Take the opportunities you are given and also be the follower you hope to have some day.

Advice to those who interact with Administrators: Let them lead you! Yes, at times it may seem that they are bossing you around, but they are actually concerned with more than just you. They want to see a need be filled...by a group of people. If you feel like you are being bossed around, ask them what the goal is they want accomplished and what your role is in that goal.

Praise the Lord for giving us those who lead groups of people!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Associate Pastor
Music of Life Church

TAKE YOUR FOOT OUT OF YOUR MOUTH!
December 7​, 2015 - December 13​, 2015

The fifth gift we will cover is Minister. This was the gift with the response of: "Let me help you clean it up." Ministers DO whatever it takes to fill a need. Ministers willfully take action to fix whatever the immediate need is.

The key aspect of this gift is that it willfully does whatever is required to serve the individual with the issue. The classic example would be for the Minister to repair the issue themselves. However, doing whatever is needed also means Minister can manifest as any of the Motivational Spiritual Gifts...whatever is needed. The Minister has the ability to move to any of the seven Motivational Spiritual Gifts! They will move to whatever is the most immediate need. In the case of the "Change Oil Soon" light coming on, if the driver of the car is aware of the light, understands the light, doesn't feel bad about the car needing its oil changed, and has the funds to pay for an oil change, the Minister would offer to bring the car to the auto shop (or perhaps change the oil themselves). If any of the preceding needs were not filled, the Minister would move to any that needed fulfillment.

Here's an example of Jesus being a Minister (Jesus' Gifts gave Him the ability to take on any gift depending on the need. Jesus was a Minister!):

JOHN 10:11-18 - "11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd layeth down his life for the sheep. 12 He that is a hireling, and not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, beholdeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth, and the wolf snatcheth them, and scattereth them:
13 he fleeth because he is a hireling, and careth not for the sheep.
14 I am the good shepherd; and I know mine own, and mine own know me,
15 even as the Father knoweth me, and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.
16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice: and they shall become one flock, one shepherd.
17 Therefore doth the Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I may take it again.
18 No one taketh it away from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment received I from my Father."

(Jesus stated that His laying down of His life was done because of love in order to serve (care for) His sheep. Jesus stated He chose to do this: Jesus willfully chose to serve His sheep by laying down His life so He could perform His greatest miracle. This miracle was ONLY done through the Motivational Spiritual Gift of Minister.) Advice to the Minister: Your desire to do so many things may have caused you to constantly change the direction your life is going. You may have had a hard time discovering "what you want to be when you grow up." This is because you were created for more than one thing. You were created to fill needs, whatever they are! You were created to be a servant to others! You were created to be a Leader!!

Know this also, YOU CAN SAY "NO"!! You often feel like you HAVE TO do something. Just because you have the ability to, does not mean you have to. You may feel like you are in bondage, but you are free to decide what needs to fill. When you feel like you "have to" do something, try to find a different reason to fill that need and it will lead to you being more fulfilled and the need being accomplished more profitably.

Advice to those who interact with Ministers: Let them serve you! Like our interactions with Givers, we often prevent people from helping/serving us due to our own pride. When you prevent others from serving you, it is very possible you are hindering a Minister from acting according to their God-given purpose. Let Ministers fill your needs, you can always find ways to pay them back!

Praise the Lord for giving us people who fill our needs!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Associate Pastor
Music of Life Church

GIVE HIM A HAND
November ​30​, 2015 - December 6​, 2015

The fourth gift we will cover is Giver. This was the gift with the response of: "Let me buy you another sundae." Giver supplies a tangible need. This is a gift...a present...not something done for a price or an exchange.

Givers are focused on the moment...on the NOW. Not only do they provide a "present," but the gift is focused in the PRESENT. There is nothing the Giver has to do that preceded them acting in their gift. They don't need to know the specifics about the issue that has occurred and they don't do anything after the moment in which they act.

We saw that Compassion relieves the tension of the first two gifts we covered: Perceiver and Teacher. Giver not only relieves tension but it begins the process of experiencing a release. If we go back to the "Change Oil Soon" light, the Giver would ask you if they could pay for your oil change.

Here's an example of Jesus being a Giver (we'll see that Jesus' Gifts gave Him the ability to take on any gift depending on the need):

Matthew 15:32-39 - "32 And Jesus called unto him his disciples, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days and have nothing to eat: and I would not send them away fasting, lest haply they faint on the way."

(Notice, Jesus covered all three previous Motivational Spiritual Gifts. Even though He stated Compassion first, it was actually an effect of the WHAT (Perceiver) and WHY (Teacher) of the issue.)

"33 And the disciples say unto him, Whence should we have so many loaves in a desert place as to fill so great a multitude? 34 And Jesus said unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few small fishes."

(The disciples GAVE to Jesus.)

"35 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground; 36 and he took the seven loaves and the fishes; and he gave thanks and brake, and gave to the disciples, and the disciples to the multitudes."

(Again, Jesus GAVE thanks to God, then He GAVE to the disciples and the disciples GAVE to the multitude.)

"37 And they all ate, and were filled: and they took up that which remained over of the broken pieces, seven baskets full. 38 And they that did eat were four thousand men, besides women and children."

(The result: a Miracle. The only thing Jesus and His disciples did was GIVE.)

Advice to the Giver: You may have been accused of being non-emotional. This is not true! You are a vital piece of the body...you are the hands!! Do what you do best, give to others! You can be an example to all of what it looks like to love.

Try to open up your perspective to more than just buying things for people. Tangible needs are more than just monetary. Also, do not shy away from people giving to YOU! Just like you enjoy giving to others, other people will want to give back...don't deprive them of loving you!

Advice to those who interact with Givers: Let them give!! How many times has someone offered to give something to you (like buy a meal, cup of coffee, etc) and you've refused? If that person was a Giver, you actually deprived them from acting according to their God-given purpose! Let Givers GIVE!!

Praise the Lord for giving us people who supply tangible needs!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Associate Pastor
Music of Life Church

NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART
November ​23​, 2015 - November 2​9​, 2015

The third gift we will cover is Compassion. This was the gift with the response of: "Don't feel bad, it could have happened to anyone." Compassion bears the emotional pain of others. Compassion relieves the embarrassment of dropping the sundae. Compassion helps you not feel bad.

Compassion is the strongest of the gifts. People who have this gift have the ability to recognize and feel the emotions of others. People who are Compassion also have the ability to "mirror" emotions. This means that when you share a story with someone who is Compassion, they will reflect back to you the emotion you are showing. People with Compassion are naturally sympathetic.

Compassion also relieves the tension of the first two gifts we covered: Perceiver and Teacher. After experiencing the discomfort of the confrontation from Perceivers and Teachers, Compassion helps you begin the process of moving forward.

Here's an example of Jesus being Compassion (we'll see that Jesus' Gifts gave Him the ability to take on any gift depending on the need):

Mark 1:40-42 - "40 And there cometh to him a leper, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
41 And being moved with compassion, he stretched forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou made clean.
42 And straightway the leprosy departed from him, and he was made clean."

Jesus perceived the leper. The leper helped Jesus understand...then Jesus was moved with Compassion to heal him.

Advice to the Compassion(ator): You have the ability to feel what others feel. This is a gift. You may think you are weak, others may have told you you are weak...this is a lie! You were created with the strongest of the gifts. Your ability to feel, your ability to bear the pain of others, your "sensitivity," is why you are strong. Don't let the world cause you to believe that these characteristics make you weak.

There is a difference between bearing pain and not causing pain. Your gift exists so that pain can be carried. Avoiding pain is you avoiding being yourself!

Carrying others' pain will be heavy. Make sure you have at least one person in your life that you can share YOUR pain with. Even Compassion(ators) need to be relieved of their pain.

Advice to those who interact with Compassion(ators): People with Compassion are a benefit to you. Share with them, put them in their God given purpose, express your emotions!

Compassion(ators) will help you out of the hole...the hole you put yourself in by not sharing your pain. Let them help you, they are strong enough!

Praise the Lord for giving us people who bear our emotional pain!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Associate Pastor
Music of Life Church

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?
November 16, 2015 - November 22, 2015

The second gift we will cover is Teacher. This was the gift with the response of: "The sundae fell because it wasn't balanced on the plate." Teachers research and determine the WHY (reason; cause). Teachers pursue and present understanding.

Like Perceivers, Teachers can bring discomfort. Often times, Teachers are bringing us into a deeper understanding of the problems we have in our lives. However, without this understanding, we would not be able to intentionally and objectively fix the problems we have. When you know the WHY of something, you can do that WHY on purpose. For instance, if my "Change Oil Soon" light in my car came on and I did not have understanding about what that meant, I could very well go to a gas station and try to fill up my gas tank. Because I do know that my "Change Oil Soon" light means that my car has run on its current oil for at least 3000 miles, I need to change it so that my engine can continue to perform as it was designed to do so. The WHY is what allows me to take this action the FIRST TIME and it allows me to do so on PURPOSE!

Here's an example of Jesus being a Teacher (we'll see that Jesus' Gifts gave Him the ability to take on any gift depending on the need):

Matthew 9:1-8 - "1 And he entered into a boat, and crossed over, and came into his own city. 2 And behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, be of good cheer; thy sins are forgiven."

(Teachers can easily be mistaken for Perceivers. Here, it is easy to think Jesus was being a Perceiver. However, look closely at what Jesus said:
-WHAT: be of good cheer
-WHY: thy sins are forgiven
Jesus stated a WHAT and a WHY!)

"3 And behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth.
4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?"

(Now we can blatantly see Jesus was teaching. "Wherefore" is the same as WHY. It is a more formal way to ask, "What is the cause that you think evil in your hearts?" Jesus wasn't finished teaching...)

"5 For which is easier, to say, Thy sins are forgiven; or to say, Arise, and walk?
6 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath authority on earth to forgive sins (then saith he to the sick of the palsy), Arise, and take up thy bed, and go up unto thy house.
7 And he arose, and departed to his house."

(Notice verse 6 was the statement that caused the healing miracle and it began with a WHY: "But that ye may know that the Son of man hath authority on earth to forgive sins..." Jesus blatantly stated that what He was doing in that moment was acting as a Teacher...even though what He stated to the man sounded like a Perceiver. However, what was the result towards others? Did they focus on the WHAT or the WHY?)

"8 But when the multitudes saw it, they were afraid, and glorified God, who had given such authority unto men."

(The multitude saw it...they perceived the miracle. However, the effect was they were afraid and glorified God...both (afraid and glorified) because they understood Jesus' teaching...His WHY. Furthermore, verse 8 even gave the reason why: they recognized God had given such authority unto men. Everything about this miracle was focused on teaching.)

Advice to the Teacher: You constantly analyze. You look to understand everything around you. However, you also think that other people analyze the way you do...THEY DON'T!! People need what you have to offer. You love to explain things, so give us the understanding we need. Without your understanding, we will not be able to intentionally fix the problems in our lives. Please, teach us the causes of our world!

Advice to those who interact with Teachers: They are not trying to be a "know-it-all"! Teachers love...teaching! They want to understand things, even things that may not be interesting to you. Teachers are trying to help you think deeper about your life. Next time someone teaches you something, hear them out. Even if WHAT they are teaching you does not interest you, you may be surprised at the understanding they give you....and then respond to the Teacher by simply stating: "I hear you." When a Teacher hears those words, they feel settled; their goal has been accomplished.

Praise the Lord for giving us people who help us understand the issues we have!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Associate Pastor
Music of Life Church

PEEK-A-BOO, I SEE YOU!
November 9, 2015 - November 15, 2015

The first gift we will cover is Perceiver. This was the gift with the response of: "You dropped your sundae." Perceivers make us aware. Perceivers point out problems/issues. Perceivers help us see reality.

This gift is the most important gift of them all and the most uncomfortable. Think about it, can you fix a problem if you are not aware that the problem exists? No. I think of Perceivers like the "Notification" lights in your car. For instance, my car is due for an oil change. I know this because my "Change Oil Soon" light came on in my car. If that light had not come on I would not even be thinking about when to change my oil. Now I have the opportunity to change my oil before my car starts malfunctioning.

The reason Perceivers tend to make us uncomfortable is because the things they point out to us tend to be things about US, not our vehicles. However, the same motivation lies behind each observation: perceivers want us aware of whatever they are pointing out.

"Hey, you dropped your sundae." This may make you think: "No kidding!" You may even get upset with the Perceiver. When's the last time you were upset with your "Change Oil Soon" light? Is it the light's fault that your car needs an oil change? Just know this, the Perceiver is trying to help you! It is an amazing value to have someone point out these things in our lives.

Here's an example of Jesus being a Perceiver (we'll see that Jesus' Gifts gave Him the ability to take on any gift depending on the need):

Mark 5:25-30 - "25 And a woman, who had an issue of blood twelve years,
26 and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,
27 having heard the things concerning Jesus, came in the crowd behind, and touched his garment.
28 For she said, If I touch but his garments, I shall be made whole.
29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her plague.
30 And straightway Jesus, perceiving in himself that the power proceeding from him had gone forth, turned him about in the crowd, and said, Who touched my garments?"

Notice in verse 30 it says, "perceiving in himself." That word "perceiving" means "to recognize a thing to be what it really is, to acknowledge." This is what the Perceiver wants you to experience! Perceivers want you to recognize a thing to be what it really is!

Advice to the Perceiver: You SEE a lot! However, you also think that what you see is obvious to others...IT'S NOT! You think that 90% of what you see, others see as well when in reality, others only see 10% of what you see. The worst thing you can do is assume that other people see what you see....WE DON'T!! Without your eyes, we will be ignorant of the problems in our lives. Please, make us aware!

Advice to those who interact with Perceivers: Stop taking it personally! Perceivers may seem negative or pessimistic but in reality, they are merely helping you use the brain God gave you! Next time someone perceives on you, instead of feeling hurt or insecure, try and recognize that the Perceiver is acting as a "Change Oil Soon" light. They are helping you!...and respond to the Perceiver by simply stating: "I see." When a Perceiver hears those words, they feel settled; their goal has been accomplished.

Praise the Lord for giving us people who help make us aware of the issues we have!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Associate Pastor
Music of Life Church

WHO ARE YOU?
November 2, 2015 - November 8, 2015

Jeremiah 1:5a says: "Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee, and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee;"

This verse is a record of something God spoke to Jeremiah. I happen to believe that these words apply to each of you, to everyone that God has ever created! When you were conceived, the development process began. Before you were "formed" by God, He knew the purpose He would create you for. Once God had the "raw material," He began to form you. You were sanctified, you were "set apart" for a unique purpose! Praise the Lord for being such a masterful, artistic, and righteous Potter!!

There are three types of Spiritual Gifts: Positional, Manifestational, and Motivational.

"Positional" gifts are specific gifts done by specific people for a specific purpose. ("14 For the body is not one member, but many." I Corinthians 12:14) It is an office (body part of the Bride) that a person occupies. ("11 And he gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;" Ephesians 4:11) Not every person has a "Positional" gift ("he gave some"). The person can initiate the Spiritual Gift in line with their position in the body.

"Manifestational" gifts are the gifts listed by Paul in I Corinthians 12:7-11. These gifts can be initiated by the Holy Spirit through anyone who is willing to let the Holy Spirit flow through them at anytime for the benefit of the entire body. ("7 But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit to profit withal." I Corinthians 12:7)

"Motivational" gifts are given to everyone. Every person ever created has a Motivational Gift that was given by God the Father when they were formed in their mother’s womb. Your Motivational Gift is who you ARE without any effort. These gifts are covered in Romans 12 -

"4 For even as we have many members in one body, and all the members have not the same office:
5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and severally members one of another.
6 And having gifts differing according to the grace that was given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of our faith;
7 or ministry, let us give ourselves to our ministry; or he that teacheth, to his teaching;
8 or he that exhorteth, to his exhorting: he that giveth, let him do it with liberality; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that showeth mercy, with cheerfulness."

Here is a list of the gifts with an explanation:

1. Perceiver ("prophesy") - identifies and makes us aware of the problem.

2. Teacher - researches/determines the WHY.

3. Compassion ("mercy") - bear emotional pain.

4. Giver - gives a tangible need.

5. Minister - DO what it takes to fulfill the need.

6. Administrator ("ruler") - focused on the group's goal.

7. Exhorter - encourages and looks to future.

A couple of points: -I used different descriptors for prophesy, mercy, and ruler. I believe perceiver, compassion, and administrator are better descriptors and will relieve confusion as we use apply these Motivational Spiritual Gifts. For example, prophecy is a Manifestation Spiritual Gift and prophet is a Positional Spiritual Gift. The Motivational Spiritual Gift is actually better described as "perceiver" and this also helps relieve confusion when we put all three Spiritual Gifts together. -I put this list in order from past to future. Again, we will see this not only will help you remember these seven Motivational Spiritual Gifts, it will also help you understand the dynamics of interactions between people of different Motivational Spiritual Gifts.

Let's begin the process of determining your Motivational Spiritual Gift. What follows is an exercise. As you go through this exercise, determine the two or three responses that feel like something you would say, do, think, and/or feel. The correct answer is not the answer that you believe you should do but the answer that you would want to do...all of these gifts are valuable.

EXERCISE Imagine you and I were at an ice cream parlor. You have bought your ice cream and find a table. I buy an ice cream sundae. As I come back to the table, I drop it on the floor. Here are possible responses you could have:

1. "You dropped your sundae."
2. "The sundae fell because it wasn't balanced on the plate."
3. "Don't feel bad, it could have happened to anyone."
4. "Let me buy you another sundae."
5. "Let me help you clean it up."
6. "Ted, get a mop. Clara, pick up the plate. John, help me pick up the sundae."
7. "This won't happen next time because we will sit at the counter."

Or, did more than three of these apply to you?

The number of each response corresponds with the number of the Motivational Spiritual Gift from above.

Over the next seven weeks we will look more closely at each of the Seven Motivational Spiritual Gifts. Let's all begin (or continue) the process of discovering and living out the purpose God has created us for!!!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Associate Pastor
Music of Life Church

WILL JESUS FIND US FAITHFUL
October 26, 2015 - November 1, 2015

We know that "by grace are you saved through Faith." And "Faith comes by hearing the word." And "Without Faith it is impossible to please God." It appears to me that Faith is very, very important!

As I pondered on these verses, I had to question myself. What kind of faith do I have? Is my faith deep enough? Does my faith please God. Will my faith help anyone?

I looked at the two blind men in Matthew 9. They asked for mercy. Jesus asked if they believed that He could heal their blindness? They said YES! Jesus said, "According to your FAITH be it unto you!"

Jesus touched them and they received their sight! Wow! Do you believe this can happen today in your church? Does God want to do this kind of miracle now? Are you and I preventing this kind of miracle? Or are we content with the status quo? Are we afraid?

I want to be a vessel of honor. I do not want to stop Gods flow. I am seeking to be more like Christ than ever before. He is coming soon! Let's get busy! Let's believe God and ask Him to do powerful works through us for His Glory!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

I HAVE A SONG FROM JESUS!
October 19, 2015 - October 25, 2015

In Psalm 137, Israel has lost the joy of song. They are now slaves in Babylon. Singing and dancing and playing musical instruments, was at the heart of these people of Jehovah. What Happened?????

Have you ever taken time to notice what is going on in your life during the times where you sing and dance? It is an effect of the thoughts in your soul! We have all had spontaneous moments when we jumped and sang and twirled for joy. At least I hope you have.

I have discovered that our God wants to join us in song and dance. Good Night! He created music!!! We are made in His image and likeness!!!! Look at what it says in Colossians and Ephesians in the New Testament. We are to sing and "make melody" in our hearts. In the original Greek it implies that God "plucks at our heart strings." We are the instrument and He is the musician.

Do we have a choice here? Yes, I believe we do. If we surrender our hearts to Jesus and choose to obey His words, I sincerely believe that the Holy Ghost will play songs of Joy in our bosom. Get ready! Listen! Feel the vibrations!!!!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

LOVE ABOUNDS!! OR NOT!???
October 12, 2015 - October 18, 2015

I have been reading and writing and talking about the Love of God more than in any time in my life. I realize that just knowing verses that contain the word Love, is not enough! Beautiful songs about Love are not enough! We can have Love, live Love, give Love, and possess Love! You know you have it, when you truly know how to give it.

I am going to send a copy of a message that I sent to many Shepherds this past Monday. Read slowly and carefully! Maybe the questions will strike a chord!

{Shepherds Bridge for Monday.} I am more serious about loving God than at any other time in my life! If I asked God our Father, if you love Him, what would He say to me? Would He have a daily log with conversations and lists of activities? Would He have a joyful gleam and twinkle in His eye, as He spoke about the joy of being with you? Would He speak like He can hardly wait for the next time you fellowship together and sing and dance? Or would He have little or nothing to say about you? Would He say, "there are a lot of requests about things and ways to be happy, but an unmeasurable amount of desire, just to adore My presence and rest on My Breast? Would He say, "I miss you and I am lonely for you?"..............

I hope this helps us all. My life is different in a very good way. It's because of telling God that I love Him, out loud, every day! I hope you do this also, or will prayerfully consider it!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

SEEKING GOD
October 5, 2015 - October 11, 2015

We are often told to seek God. But what does this mean?

"Seek" means "to resort to (go to for help); seek with care; enquire (seek information by questioning; to ask)."

Do you know God? Do you seek Him?

Psalm 53:2 - "God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there were any that did understand, That did seek after God."

I have found God in my life. He is my Lord, my First Cause, my Counselor, my Father! What I am learning now is that even though God is all those things to me, I still ought to seek Him! I still should be investigating who God is and learning more about Him. I still should be going to Him for help!

God wants us to find Him...and to continue to seek Him out even after we do!!

God wants to play hide and seek with you....and He wants to lose!! Think about It!

Pastor Joel
Music Of Life Church

DOES GOD REALLY MEAN ME?
September 28, 2015 - October 4, 2015

You may be like me in your witnessing and soul winning. I tend to go in spurts. I get fired up after a good Christian movie or after reading a good book, and then I start to aggressively share Jesus with more people. Are you like that also?

In Matthew 28 Jesus tells His disciples to "preach the gospel to every person." And in Acts 1 He also says to the same people, that they would be "a witness after the Holy Ghost came upon them." Those were very exciting days in the early church. Thousands were saved as an effect of their obedience.

So as I look around our church and others in my community, I see mostly the same saints in the church services. And that is good for sure! But in the past 2 years I have not been aware of very many conversions to Jesus. We seem to say we want the same things as the first church, but the effects I see are not a resemblance of first century evangelism!

Did Jesus really want every Christian to witness for Him? Are we ALL supposed to preach the gospel? If so, when? To Whom? Doesn't He know how busy we are? It's allot different now for us than for His guys! How could He really expect us to witness to everyone?

Have you ever wondered about what I just wrote? Maybe if we ALL were baptized in the Holy Spirit and said, "Here am I Lord, use me!" Maybe things would be different. If we all loved God with ALL OUR HEART, and our neighbors as ourselves, maybe we would look like Century #1. Think about It!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

IT HAPPENS IN 11/100th OF A SECOND!
September 21, 2015 - September 27, 2015

"The Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, with the Trump of God:...in the twinkling of an eye, at the last Trump: for the Trumpet shall sound...."

These passages in the New Testament speak about the return of Jesus for His Church. I was told that scientists have measured the speed of an "eye twinkle." It is reported to be about 11/100th of a second. I would say,"why so slow?!" Ha ha! Just funnin!

I wonder what we will be doing when that Trumpet sounds? Will we be embarrassed? Will we be eating or sleeping? I have imagined that it would happen as I wrote and would not finish the

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

BUT WHY FIGHT?
September 14, 2015 - September 20, 2015

It seems that lately many Christian leaders are speaking about Spiritual Warfare! It's a hot topic on the preacher circuit! But why fight? What did Jesus say about it? Do we know, or even really care?

He did prepare the disciples, by telling them that if they followed Him, they would suffer. He made it clear that rejection would be a way of life, for the serious believer. They, like us, did not really comprehend His teaching. I wonder if we do? I am so glad He sent the Holy Spirit to abide with and in us.

To re-emphasize His plan, Jesus sent the disciples out to witness in the villages, two by two. They were given the authority and power of Jesus Himself! When they returned, they were excited and rejoiced that the demons had to obey them. Most likely it was so awesome that we would have acted in a like manner.

Now Jesus had a deeper lesson for them to cultivate and embrace. He said,"do not rejoice that the demons are in subjection to you, but rather rejoice that your names are in the Book of Life!" Yes! That is worth fighting for! How about you? What are you excited about?

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

WORDS WILL NEVER HURT ME! RIGHT! WHICH PLANET ARE YOU FROM?
September 7, 2015 - September 13, 2015

So do you really believe the old saying " Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me!"? If that is true, why would the Terrorist Group ISIS, behead people over calling Mohammad a derogatory name? People curse the name "JESUS" everyday, and no one gets their head chopped off. I'm so glad!

And think about this! You can misuse and blaspheme God's name in movies and on TV, all you want, without penalty. But if you were a TV News Broadcast Anchor, for any network, and if you used the infamous "N" Word out loud to the public, what would happen? DEATH to your Career! Curse the Creator of your Soul and it's Ok? But slightly misuse "Allah" or the letter after "M" and before "O", and the Social Media will "Tar and Feather and Crucify" you, in minutes after the violation.

What we should fear are these words from Jesus in our future: "I Never Knew You, Depart from Me,..." These are for those who have never received Jesus Christ as Lord! These words will not only hurt anyone not born again, the effects are everlasting and cannot change! What you do with Gods words "Before" you die make all the difference!

"For God so LOVED the world (that includes you and me)! Let us received and live and flow in the power of those words! It's your choice! I have made mine! I have chosen to believe and to apply John 1:12,"But as many as receive Him (Jesus), to them gave He power to become the sons (daughters) of God, even to them that believe on His Name."

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

THE FATHER'S CHILD
August 31, 2015 - September 6, 2015

Mark 9:23-24 says, "23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. 24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief."

The story here is about the father's child. The child had an evil spirit tormenting him and the father went to Jesus for help. Notice, the main variable for the help the man needed was belief....faith!

This man is a great example to us all. We all ought to be seeking out Christ to increase our faith...to show us the areas of our unbelief!!

Faith is grown by understanding and experience. This man knew he had a weakness in this area and he went to the Source for help.

How will you grow your faith this week?

What will you do to understand God more this week?

What will you do to experience Him more this week?

Faith is a requirement for salvation and sanctification. We all must have faith and must grow in faith. God will not be pleased without it (Hebrews 11:6)!!

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Associate Pastor
Music of Life Church

KNOCK-KNOCK: WHO'S THERE?
August 24, 2015 - August 30, 2015

Orange! Orange Who? Orange you glad I didn't ask for Apples? I know! A bad joke. Right about now my wife would be saying, "You sure are weird!" I can hear you all saying Amen to that!

My main point to the "knock knock", is to emphasize the reality that we all have many DOORS that we face everyday. Some doors are good and some are bad. Actually, it's what is behind the door that counts, and the Bible gives guidelines about the Doors we face. Let's find out what God has to say.

Proverbs 5:8 tells a young man to stay away from the Door of the harlot's house. Avoid the door and avoid the harlot. Pretty good counsel! Now Proverb 8:3 tell us that Wisdom cries at the door. Open the door and get wisdom. Awesome counsel!

The best passage in my opinion is in John 10:9, where Jesus says,"I AM the DOOR: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved,..." Awesome invitation!

Then in Revelation 3:20 Jesus says, "Behold, I stand at the DOOR and knock:..." He is talking about your heart. Do you hear Him? Will you open to Him? Or are you busy opening doors that lead to the wrong place and the wrong people? It's your choice! And eventually, it will be obvious to all what choice you have made. Choose Wisely!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

GOD WILL FIND US!
August 17, 2015 - August 23, 2015

Refuge is not only about having a safe place. It ought to be the BEGINNING of a process to grow in Holiness...the BEGINNING of our Growth as Disciples!! I praise the Lord for being with me during Refuge and for pushing me towards Growth!! I praise the Lord for not settling for less!!

Psalm 46:1 says, "God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble."

During these times of Refuge, God provides strength as well.....AND He is WITH US: "A very present help"!!!

The word "present" means "to find"! God will FIND US!!!

The word "very" means "muchness, force, abundance, exceeding."!!

This week, I want to pursue God knowing that He will "find me with much force and great abundance."

How will you ensure that you experience the "muchness" of the Lord?

Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music of Life Church

DINNER TIME ANY TIME!
August 10, 2015 - August 16, 2015

Psalm 23 is definitely an all time favorite for many people. It is probably read more than most Psalms. Just about every funeral on a TV program uses this Psalm as the burial text. I want to point out an overlooked truth in verse 5.

It says, "You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies:..." We have already read about the "valley of the shadow of death" in verse 4, and now the LORD talks about feeding us in the presence (or midst) of our enemies! I like this verse! Of course, I will eat just about anything, anywhere, anytime! So, what deeper meaning is here?

The word for table, is not a 4x4 folding kind, that we see at a family game night. It is the word, "shulchan". The word Sultan comes from this name. It is literally "THE KINGS TABLE", and it includes His Menu! It is a feast! The enemies are all around, yet The King will give us rest, and safety, and a Buffet: and ALL WITH HIM!

Now think about that the next time you read Psalm 23 or are in a valley or fighting enemies of the faith! Jesus will supply All our needs Himself!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

JUST DO WHAT GOD SAYS!
August 3, 2015 - August 9, 2015

As Christians we know that we are to "be ready always to give an answer for the hope that lies within you...." This does not happen by accident. To give an answer, we must have a message worthy of giving! Do you? How do we get the words that we are to say?

Jesus is our example, and He reveals the answer we seek in John 8:28. "...as My Father has "Taught Me", I speak these things." And in John 8:50 it says, "Whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto Me, so I speak."

It is pretty clear to me that Jesus intentionally spent quality time alone with His Father. That would be the only way He would know what to say, as He served the crowds of people. It says that He was " TAUGHT" by the Father! The language of the text indicates that this was a back and forth exchange, with questions, as well as guidance. Amazing!

If Jesus spent time to receive the words and direction for the day, how much more do we need the same thing. Do not be afraid to talk to the Father like you would a physical father or your pastor. He welcomes you, and will speak with you, and in you, and through you. My words may help, but you seeking and asking the Father is the answer. The "Window of opportunity is now. Love in Christ!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

TO MOUNT UP WITH WINGS!
July 27, 2015 - August 2, 2015

This past week I went on a short vacation with my wife and two very precious friends from High School, Jim and Janie Kinder. We took our car on a Ferry Boat to Washington Island, from the tip of the Green Bay Peninsula. It was a terrific experience of fellowship and rest in God.

While traveling over the waters in the boat, I noticed a group of Sea Gulls hovering over the rolling waves and wake behind our vessel. They most likely were looking for food. But the part that really caught my eye, was that they rarely flapped their wings. They just seemed to hang in the air with very little effort. They faced into the winds and allowed the strong breezes to do most of the work. They could then concentrate on "food finding."

God spoke to me from Isaiah 40. In verse 31, it says about those who wait on God, "they shall mount up with wings as Eagles." God said that if I wait on Him, (cling to, braid to and trust Him), I could soar High above my circumstances and see from His view point, the path set before me. I could live similar to the Gull and Eagle, and His Spirit would enable me to soar high for His glory.

This is my desire for us all. We will have trials and very many disappointments, but we need not be like an Eagle that merely walks on the ground and never flys. He would surely be Fox food, if he didn't fly. We have a choice to soar and glorify God or live in fear on the ground and flinch at every unknown sound! I hope to see you in the air! The view is "Angelic"!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

JUST A BLABBER MOUTH!!!!
July 20, 2015 - July 26, 2015

Forty-One years ago this past week, my sister Kathy received Jesus as her Lord and Savior. I was ready to begin my first year in seminary, when Kathy came to visit for a few weeks.

After a nice day of good food and Southern hospitality, I was directing our conversation in an area that was to be miraculous. I explained the gospel to my sister and asked her if she would like to pray and receive Jesus into her heart. And WOW, She said yes!

Now today Kathy is a great big Blabber Mouth for Jesus like her big brother. We both witness for Jesus because that is the most natural thing to do. We do not witness because we have our degree from a Christian University. We both do it because Jesus told us all to preach the gospel to the whole world.

I know it can be a little scary. We discovered a secret. Jesus said to His disciples, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." So we decided to FOLLOW Him, and He taught us and empowered us. The result was, We are BLABBER MOUTHS for Jesus! Just ask Jesus to equip you and give you the heart He has for the lost, then see what happens!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

"WHAT-ARE" WATER?
July 13, 2015 - July 19, 2015

I have been preaching on Living Water lately. In Ezekiel and in the Revelation, we are told about a River. Wherever the River goes there is LIFE! So imagine this scenario.

You meet a young man reading a large book about swimming. He tells you that he knows all of the swimming stokes by memory, as well as the names of every winning Olympic champion. He even knows all of the stats for the second and third place swimmers. Impressive!

After a lengthy listen on your part, you ask the young man a question. "Do you inspire to be a champion swimmer?" Oh No! "I am deathly afraid of water!" You are puzzled and slowly ask, "Well what do you want to be!" The young man proudly says, "I want to be a Life Guard!"

Weird story huh? My point is, we can study and talk about God and Spiritual truth all we want. But there must come a time when we "get in the water and swim"! After all, there IS LIFE in the water!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

A SURPRISE OF A PRAYER
July 6, 2015 - July 12, 2015

We can read the Lords' Prayer, which is recited in many of our local churches each week. We can also read the great prayer in John 17, just before our Lord is taken to the Cross. But there is a prayer by Jesus for Peter, that is quite unusual. Jesus tells the Disciple Peter, that the Devil desires "to sift him as wheat." Then our Lord says that He has prayed for him. We would expect that Jesus would rebuke Satan and give us a very great illustration of His authority. But what Jesus does is the best! In Luke 22:32 we read the prayer of Jesus for Peter. He says, "But I have prayed for you, that your faith FAIL NOT:..." Why?????? Because your FAITH is the victory that overcomes the world. It is Faith that pleases the heart of God. Jesus prayed the best thing for Peter, and He is interceding for us right now! He is FAITHFUL! To be like Jesus, we must do likewise: Be doers of the Word, and not hearers only! Amen!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

WHEN IT MAKES NO SENSE
June 29, 2015 - July 5, 2015

From our point of view, there are times that we are required to do and believe the impossible. We say we trust God and are willing to obey His holy word. But if we are honest, some of Gods requests do not make sense in our view of life and history. And what I have experienced, we will all be led to trust God when we are in impossible situations.

Ezekiel is an good example. In chapter 37, God commands the Prophet to Prophesy to the valley of dead bones. No one is around but God and Ezekiel. But God uses us as we obey. And that is when miracles happen. The dead bones came to life!

The Captain of the Syrian Army had Leprosy. He was told to go to the dirty Jordan River and dip himself in the water 7 times! He was not happy, but he did obey! A miracle happened, and he was completely healed of the ugly disease!

So now as you walk in grace with Jesus, what will you do when He asks you to do a task that you don't like or does not make sense? You have a choice! And miracles do happen when you OBEY!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

IN THE MIDST OF WEEDS
June 22, 2015 - June 28, 2015

Last week I wrote to some other church leaders about being aware of God through nature. I asked if they ever told God how much they loved His flowers. Did they ever say out loud,"Good job on the tulips Jesus!"

Well today I thought about that again. I was walking to the park and saw beautiful flowers. They were a gorgeous combination of yellows and blues and purples. But what was different was that they were all in the midst of weeds! Yes, lots of weeds!

Then God spoke clearly and said, "there are more weeds than flowers! But they in contrast make the flowers more noticeable! You are my flower! Keep your eyes on me! I am glorified if you adore Me in the midst of a world of weeds!" It was so awesome! Are you a flower or a weed?

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

TIME TO GET IT RIGHT! RIGHT?
June 15, 2015 - June 21, 2015

June 21st is Fathers Day this year! I am excited because as a dad on that special day, I get to hear my son preach the Word. It is not only a joy but an honor to pastor a church with my son.

When I read psalm 78, I am once again compelled to teach the word diligently to my children. In verse four, we are commanded to "show to the generation to come" the praises, strength, and wonderful works of the LORD! I have tried to do exactly that for my children.

This is Gods plan to insure that we leave a legacy that points our children to a life being consumed with Jesus. When they see the Word alive within us, they will be more likely to listen to the words we speak. They will be able to personally experience the intimacy and glory of Abba. They will be pleasing to the LORD. It's TIME to GET IT RIGHT!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

DID HE SEND YOU TOO?
June 8, 2015 - June 14, 2015

I love to read about Gideon, because I am greatly encouraged. I feel like I can identify with him in several ways. Maybe you can also. He was afraid of his enemies. He was the least in his family. He was very poor. He was discouraged. I have been that Gideon in my past. But what about now? Today?

Because of Gods grace and His power, I am not the frightened man that I once was. I still must bind to God and trust Him, but have appropriated a promise into my heart. In Judges 6:14, God asks a question. The answer is implied and emphatic! God says, "...have not I sent thee?" Of course it's YES!! We must know He sends us and we must believe it! I know God sent me to move from Kansas to live in Wisconsin. I know He called me to be Sr. Pastor of MOLC. I know He sent Pastors Joel and Jonathan to serve alongside of me! I know it like I know when I am thirsty.

Because Gideon believed and obeyed God, he was blessed. It's not a trick! God sends each of us to "Re-present" Him to the people we come in contact with each day! There are only 2 rules to remember in order to succeed! 1.) Love God with ALL your heart, and 2.) Love your neighbor as yourself! Choose this plan and get ready for a very full life with God.

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

A BRIDE WORTH REMEMBERING
June 1, 2015 - June 7, 2015

June 7, 2015, is the second anniversary of Music Of Life Church. Wow ! And I do mean Wow! I have enjoyed being the Senior Pastor more than I could possibly say in this short article. So I say Wow! Twice! Next year I may say Wow! Three times. I believe we have grown and become more like Christ in these two years. We do have much to work on, but I sense a new urgency to be about "The Kings Business" more fervently and passionately.

We finished a long verse by verse study in The Revelation of the Apostle John. In chapter 22 Jesus says these words, "Surely I come quickly." Then John says right after those words, "Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus." I pray the same prayer, but I also want to be busy until He comes! We say we are a place of Refuge, Restoration, and Repair! Then let us each live out the purpose we have been mandated by Jesus.

Together we can accomplish the work set before us. In the first century, the world experienced a group of people all filled with the Spirit at the same time! Multitudes were saved and God was glorified. Let us all come into agreement, that by God's grace, we will Fear Him and Love Him and Worship Him and Serve Him and Witness about Him with ALL OUR HEART! I believe we can experience a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our church and in the Fox Valley. I am committed to whatever God wants for us at MOLC. Are you? Will You?

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

HE KNOCKS LOUDLY
May 25, 2015 - May 31, 2015

Jesus called Himself a Door. But when you read about His life and plan for us, He acts more like someone who is trying to beat the door down. The Cross is a visual picture of our God going beyond anything imaginable, to provide the way to His heart! The Cross is knocking loudly all over the world.

We are the carriers of the message! We are the amplifiers He has chosen, to make Himself known! Each day we are sending forth a message to someone. Will the message you send, be like knocking on the door of someone's life that needs rescued? How would that knock sound? Would anyone know you really cared?

If we consider seriously these verses, we may start pounding on doors and stop being so passive. Jesus says in Revelation 22:12,"And, Behold, I come QUICKLY...." And then in 22:20 He says,"Surely I come QUICKLY!" It seems like we have plenty of time to do just about anything we want. But, there will be an end! Time will run out! It will be too late for someone! Let's KNOCK while we can!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

HE WILL GUIDE YOU
May 18, 2015 - May 24, 2015

We should take great comfort in knowing that the Holy Spirit has promised lead us. And to make it better, our Shepherd Jesus promised to go on ahead of us. And God our Father promised to provide for us along the path we are assigned. It sounds like every provision has been made so we can accomplish everything that God desires for us.

Why would anyone reject a God like that? Plus, yah, plus! Our God sings over us, He is preparing a place for us in heaven. He has us in His hand, and NO ONE can pluck us out! He has paid our sin debt and then wants to make His home inside of us. And then to remind us of this inheritance, He left us a 1300 page love letter giving the details, so we wouldn't forget. And do you know what? So often we do forget, and we act like nothing I just said is real and true! We can live like Children of a King or like Paupers in a poor house. What do you choose to believe? It will be easy to tell by how you live!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

WATCH-STAND-LOVE
May 11, 2015 - May 17, 2015

1 Corinthians 16:13 sounds very odd to us in our time in history. It says, "Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong." It means "TO ACT LIKE MEN." The next verse, 14, says, "Let all your things be done with Charity." (Let all be done in Love)

We MUST Watch and listen to God at all times! We must be quick to Obey! "STAND FAST" is from the Word "Histemi" and means to stand Under God as the First Cause! There can be no other options for us. So we "Stand" and "Watch" so then we can LOVE others as God loves us! We all Can live this way every day. We can WATCH for opportunity, STAND in Gods purpose, and LOVE with all the passion of Jesus Himself. Time is short! Let's get busy! Love you!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

DO MIRACLES STILL HAPPEN?
May 4, 2015 - May 10, 2015

I love to read about the miracles in the Bible, and also in books about faithful Missionary's from the past. I have personally seen God heal people of bad headaches and bleeding issues. I have heard a demon speak from a persons body just 2 feet away from me. I have led people to Christ hours before they died. I have indeed witnessed and experienced some awesome adventures.

But I do not believe it is as good and as miraculous as God wants it to be in the church today. In Mark 16:17-18 it says,"And these signs SHALL follow THEM that believe; in My name they shall cast out Devils; they shall speak with new tongues;...they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover." Notice it says "shall follow them that believe." Not MAYBE, but SHALL! And it says THEM, not him or her! THEM! Maybe that's part of the problem. We do not have whole church families that ALL come into agreement to Fear God and Love Him and pray for and really BELIEVE in Miracles! The bible says it will happen if we believe. It seems to happen all over the world except America. I am searching my heart! I do not want to be the one that hinders God in performing miracles. Unbelief stopped Jesus in the bible, and maybe that is OUR problem now! Check your life! Are you stopping the will and work of God?

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

WE SHOULD NOT MISS A DAY
April 27, 2015 - May 3, 2015

We have heard a lot about love recently, but we really need to be much more active. We need to LOVE SOMEONE everyday! This is not romantic gesturing or flirting. We are talking about genuine caring and giving to people that we meet every day. You do not have to preach fire and brimstone to be a loving witness for Christ. Jesus said if we just give water to a thirsty person, we have done the same to Him.

I spend time almost every day in the places where I see and possibly could meet many individuals. I pray for them and look them in the eyes and smile and say hello. It is amazing the amount of opportunities I get to witness for Christ, by simply being kind! I am intentionally loving people I have never met before. I believe anyone could do the same thing.

It's sad that I meet more pleasant non-Christians that I do true Christ Followers. And I have found that lasting joy and happiness is an effect of me giving to others and in loving them, without an expectation in return! The Words of Jesus really do work! Try It!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

I NEED YOU TO "RE-PRESENT" ME
April 20, 2015 - April 26, 2015

The beginning of the book of Acts has Jesus leaving and giving us a very important job to do. We are His Ambassadors. We are joint-heirs. We are His friends. We are His Bride. We are to RE-PRESENT Him to the world. WE have been given the responsibility to share the Gospel to everyone on the planet. It is humanities only hope, and He chose us. WOW! And He promised to give us everything we would need to accomplish the mission. All He requires is our HEART! Not part, but ALL YOUR HEART! He gave us His! Have you surrendered yours? And one more thing. We need to give Him our heart every day! Love you! Pastor

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

YEAST INFECTION IN THE CHURCH
April 13, 2015 - April 19, 2015

Galatians 5:9 says, "a little leaven leavens the whole lump." This may sound like a good thing to a baker, but it's not a word of encouragement from the Apostle Paul. I believe he is teaching, that if we add or subtract anything from the word that God has for us, it will have an effect on our entire life.

A practice I have that helps me to gain and maintain a godly thought process, is to go to Psalm 119 and prayerfully ask the Holy Spirit to teach me. King David revealed the secret to him being called "a man after God's own heart" (I Samuel 13:14). He unveiled his process in the 176 verses in this psalm. Over and over he opens himself up to the heart of God, through the WORDS of God.

In Psalm 119:10 he proclaims, "With my whole heart have I sought Thee, O let me not wander from Thy commandments." To me, this is the secret to avoiding the "leaven" that slowly contaminates your mind. Please, please, "draw near to God"! "Be transformed by the renewing of your mind." And more than ever before, "Love the LORD your God with all of your heart!"

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

THANK YOU EASTER BUNNY!
April 6, 2015 - April 12, 2015

1 Peter 3:15 says, "but sanctify in your hearts Christ as Lord: being ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason concerning the hope that is in you, yet with meekness and fear:"

We are to always be ready to give a reason for our faith....and that faith ought to be in Christ! How well are you able to do that?

This may seem odd to you, but today, I thank the Easter Bunny! I thank the Easter Bunny for causing "Christians" to stand up for their faith ONCE A YEAR!

Do you get upset that the Easter Bunny has taken away from the true meaning of Easter? How many other days of the year are you standing up for the cause of Christ?

Luke 22:19-20 says, "19 And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and gave to them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. 20 And the cup in like manner after supper, saying, This cup is the new covenant in my blood, even that which is poured out for you."

Jesus told us to take bread and wine and eat and drink in remembrance of Him. He gave us a memorial to help us stay focused on Him as our Cause! This is something we ought to do DAILY!

Is standing up for your faith once a year enough for you?

Would God be satisfied with how you show Him you remember the sacrifice of Christ?

Do you need the Easter Bunny to remind you of what Christ did for you?

Logos to you!
Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music Of Life Church

THE PEACEMAKER!
March 30, 2015 - April 5, 2015

How can we be a better Church?

Jesus' Premiere Teaching (the Sermon on the Mount) begins in Matthew 5 with the Beatitudes. Each of these progressively requires you to be more Spiritually Mature. Each of them is worthy of deep study and meditation.

The one that is directly connected to the health of a Body is "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called sons of God." (Matt 5:9) What is a "peacemaker"?

The Greek word is broken down to mean "one who causes peace." The key here is "peace." This word means "harmony between individuals." The profitability and health of a Body is founded in its peace. This does NOT mean that a Body will lack difficulties. In fact, a healthy Body will have many difficulties. A Body that is healthy will be able to confront and overcome the difficulties.

Being a Peacemaker would mean you are someone who confronts issues between individuals. It would require you to step into the problems that exist. God does not teach us to ignore problems and pretend they don't exist. God teaches us to confront and repair!!

Will you be a counterfeit "peacemaker" and enable people to feel good without fixing their issues?

OR

Will you promote growth in the Church by facilitating people to repair the problems they are facing? Will you be God's version of a Peacemaker?

Logos to you!
Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music Of Life Church

THE USEFUL CREATION!
March 23, 2015 - March 29, 2015

Like many people, I enjoy looking at God's Creation. Have you ever seen a sunset over the ocean? The stars in the sky? A landscape during autumn?

These are all wonderful visions that show God's Handiwork!! Recently I have been confronted by my response to God's Creation. Why don't I think deeper on these visions? Is the appearance of God's Creation all I care about?

I have decided NO!! I no longer will only appreciate God's Creation for how it looks but I will also take the time to praise Him for the usefulness of His Creation!!

The sun, moon, and stars are beautiful....AND they give us light and warmth. The ocean, rivers, lakes are breath-taking....AND they provide us water. The farmland, trees, hills, and plains are gorgeous....AND they provide food and oxygen.

Can you think of any other examples?

Psalm 19:1 says, "The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament showeth his handiwork."

I am going to continue to praise God for His Creation and how beautiful it is....AND I'm going to praise Him for how His Creation is useful and provides us with the resources we need to live!!

Do you think Jesus cares more about how you look, on the outside?...or about who you are created to be, on the inside?

Logos to you!
Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music Of Life Church

THE GREAT VACATION?
March 16, 2015 - March 22, 2015

Matthew 28:16-20 is referred to as the "Great Commission."

"16 But the eleven disciples went into Galilee, unto the mountain where Jesus had appointed them. 17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came to them and spake unto them, saying, All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: 20 teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world."

Pastor Wayne is on "Vacation" for almost 3 weeks. I like to refer to this as a "Mission Trip." Why? Because the Great Commission Jesus gave us does NOT take a day off!! Pastor Wayne understands this and just because he is leaving the Fox Valley does NOT mean he is going to stop living out the Great Commission.

Think about this when you plan for the Summer. We all like to take vacations. We all need a day off....

....but a day off of what?

If you are truly living by God's Influence and in His purpose for your life, why in the world would you need a day off?

I see needing a day off as proof that I'm not living fully in God's purpose for my life. Jesus didn't take a day off. Why would you?

Logos to you!
Pastor Joel Swokowski
Music Of Life Church

NOISY AND NOTHING
March 9, 2015 - March 15, 2015

This last year has been a time where daily God has impressed on me the importance of Loving Him and why He loves me. I quote Deut 6:4-9 everyday, out loud, as many of you know. God warned Israel through Moses about what would happen if they did not intentionally love God and teach their children to love HIM. They would FORGET HIM ! They didn't, so they did! They FORGOT GOD ! I am going to list some special descriptions about Love.

* Love God
* Love One Another
* Love Lost Souls
* Love Your Wife
* Love Israel
* Love the Word of God
* Love Your Enemies
* Love Yourself

Grow in love, abound in love, be rooted in love, abide in love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GOD IS LOVE !!!! To not Love God and apply His love, is to be as it says in 1 Corinthians 13:1-3:

1. You are "sounding brass, or tinkling cymbal without Love. You are JUST NOISE!!!
2. You may have insight and knowledge and understanding, but without Love YOU ARE NOTHING!!!
3. You may be the best giver and sacrifice everything for the poor, but without Love, IT PROFITS YOU NOTHING !!!

And Jesus said that the World would know about God, through our Love for One another and for HIM! This love is worth living and dying for. Jesus proved it Himself! We get the chance to prove it everyday! It's a chance worth taking!



Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

NOT ALWAYS EASY!
March 2, 2015 - March 8, 2015

This Psalm begins with words of praise and worship and singing. It ends with great words of promise. Psalm 138:7-8 declare to us this message from God. "Though I walk in the midst of trouble, Thou wilt revive me: Thou shalt stretch forth Thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and Thy right hand shall save me. The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me...."

We see a few things that most of us do not desire. We see TROUBLE. In fact, we are in the MIDDLE of trouble. We then see that we will have ENEMIES. What? Where is the Abundant life in this? We so easily forget that we have an old nature, we have an unbelieving world around us, and we have a devil that hates us. YES there are troubles and enemies! But pay attention to the "RIGHT HAND SHALL SAVE ME" part. Notice the "PERFECT ME" part! The LORD is with us and not surprised by anything. In fact, He will use all that seems bad, for our benefit and perfection.

So, begin each day by positioning yourself under the Mighty Hand of God. Bind yourself to God, and joyfully trust Him. He will definitely PERFECT you. This means "to complete and finish what He started within you." You are His WORKMANSHIP! Will He have your total cooperation in the process, or will you need to learn through tough experiences? We already have troubles and enemies coming against us. Let us surrender to Jesus and make it a more joyful process!!!!



Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

THE DEVIL IS KICKING "MY ASK!"
February 23, 2015 - March 1, 2015

Got your attention yet? I could have titled it: "I just got a good Ask Kickin" Maybe now you are listening! God has a major rule in His Kingdom. It is that He wants to be the First Cause , and we must ASK to get the flow going.

In James 4:2 God says, "...ye fight and war, yet ye have not because ye ASK NOT." God is not a Genie in a bottle or a Santa Clause. He is our Father, who loves and adores His children. My point is, that if you totally surrender yourself to loving God more than absolutely anything, you will develop a powerful and intimate prayer life with Abba.

You ask because you cannot live any other way. Learn to pray, and you will stop getting your ASK Kicked.



Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

IT HURTS SO GOOD
February 16, 2015 - February 22, 2015

You, like most people, have heard the phrase, "No Pain, No Gain!" This is true in Sports, Diets, Farming, and even in Music. In Psalm 84:1, David writes, " To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm for the sons of Korah. How amiable are a Thy tabernacles , O LORD of Hosts." A Gittith is a musical instrument from Gath, on which David played many songs . He says he has a PSALM. This is a very interesting word. PSALM means : to make melody, to sing, to play instruments. It comes from the idea of. "Trimming or Pruning". When a farmer trims and prunes his vegetation, it is for efficient sap flow and eventual fruitfulness. He is not trying to hurt his vineyard or tree. He does not hate his vegetation. In the same way, God trims and prunes us, so that we can flow with the songs and melodies of Heaven. His process is for our good and His glory. Hopefully the word Psalm will have a deeper meaning in your life in the days ahead.



Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

SURROUNDED BY JOY
February 9, 2015 - February 15, 2015

Most people want joy and happiness and try to position themselves to be in the necessary path. It's like shooting craps or playing "rock, paper, scissors. So to many in the church, it appears as if God has His favorites. And of course, most live like they could not possibly be "one of those".

Oh, if we could only grasp that all of God's children are His Favorites. We are IN CHRIST, we are "SEATED WITH HIM" in heavenly places. We are actually JOINT-HEIRS with Christ. I would consider that this puts me in a favorite category. So why do so many of us live with so many heavy, draining, and ugly-faced burdens. Many do not act, or look like, a bride on the way to a wedding. Maybe I can help. As a Pastor, I am kind of like a wedding planner, but not the girly kind! Check this out!

In Nehemiah, there is a verse that has made millions of dollars for the poster and gift card manufacturers. Nehemiah 8:10 says, "...for the JOY of the LORD is your STRENGTH." We like that verse! No, we LOVE that verse! We hope that by knowing it, we have an inside track to its' meaning. SORRY! We need to be able to ABIDE in this JOY! Where we have missed it, is in our thoughts about this JOY being only strength, in the traditional meaning of the word. But, Hey! IT MEANS MORE THAN POWER AND MIGHT! This word STRENGTH , in this verse, means: A place which is a Fortress, a Refuge, a Stronghold! It can be a place, like a Temple or Fort. But it can actually be a PERSON! Literally the JOY OF THE LORD IS THE LORD. Wow! He is the Cause and the Effect! Rest in Him! Embrace Him! Love Him! Fellowship with Him! Adore Him! Worship Him! Fear Him!

JESUS HIMSELF IS YOUR JOY! To be able to appreciate this and experience this, YOU must ask Him yourself to reveal this powerful truth to you! Just reading this and agreeing with me will not make it a reality. Go for it! We desperately need Him as our STRENGTH "ALL THE TIME"! To say it another way, "The Joy Of The LORD is THE LORD! {And Jesus is His Name!}

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

THE VALUE OF WAITING
February 2, 2015 - February 8, 2015

If you are like me, there are times you wonder what is going on in your life? You try and try and pray and pray, and it seems like God is far away and does not intend to get involved. These are the times that we must persevere and press into God with more Thanksgiving and more Praise! He is always with us and working on our behalf.

In Isaiah we are given insight into how God works in our lives. If we can get a hold of this truth and apply it, life will make more sense. We are introduced to a verse that quickly became one of my favorites, once I understood its' power and how to appropriate it in my life.

Isaiah 40:31 says, "...they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."

The Key is to WAIT. This means to bind together or be braided together with God. It is an intentional intimacy with God. The effect of this binding is that we will be able to RENEW STRENGTH, FLY LIKE EAGLES, RUN AND NOT GET TIRED, AND WALK AND NOT QUIT! This is so powerful and personal for each of us. The "waiting" is a time that it appears as if nothing is happening. It is an inward work of the Spirit in your heart! Sometimes being a "doer of the word" is simply resting in God and meditating on His words. He does the work! He says stop and we stop! He says go and we go! Learn to WAIT and you will absolutely see yourself soaring like an eagle and flowing in the Spirit and not getting weary. My words may help, but a true understanding of this passage is obtained only by you doing what God says! He wants it more than you do!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

BE READY ! JESUS IS COMING BACK!
January 26, 2015 - February 1, 2015

As many of you know, I have been preaching about being aware of the presence of God. I understand more and more why the Apostle Paul chose to die daily to his own flesh. He intentionally set his affection "on things above!" He clearly stated that "the love of Christ constrains me." I really believe he was aware of Christs' presence and was truly convinced that He would return as promised. He addressed the issue of the return of Jesus in each of the 5 chapters in his first letter to the Thessalonian church.

1:10, "And to wait for His Son from heaven...."
2:19, " For what is our hope..? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?"
3:13, " ...so that He may establish your hearts ... at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."
4:16, " For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout...."
5:23, " Now may the God of Peace sanctify you completely;...at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."

This church was being persecuted for their faith in Christ. They had turned from idolatry and to Jesus the Messiah. It was a very difficult time for these precious saints. Paul's encouragement was that they would abound in love one for another and to never forget that Jesus was coming back soon. I must be honest. I do not think about the return of my Savior as often as I should. I like many, have gotten used to the way things are. But lately I have been moved in my heart to go to the throne of grace. I seek God's face and willingly choose to Fear the Lord and worship Him all day. An affect of these choices, is that I love Jesus more and am more aware of His presence with me. I believe He is coming soon!!!!! What do you believe?

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

DO THINGS ON PURPOSE
January 19, 2015 - January 25, 2015

We just had one of the most emotional church services that I have ever experienced as a pastor. It seemed to be like any other Sunday, except for the topic I was going to preach. It was part 2 on a series about walking the path that God has set before us. I was specifically talking about the manifest presence of God. I taught how we could know and experience His presence at all times.

My purpose is not to reproduce that experience in this letter. I want to share a thought that may help us understand why we experienced what we did. It has to do with being intentional. We have a plan that we commit to God, and then we trust Him to lead us. Everything we do at Music Of Life Church is intentional.

This word comes from the idea of "stretching out on purpose to grasp something." It is pursuing a treasure or a prize. That definition comes originally from the idea of twisting together strings, in order to make a musical instrument. The strings on a violin or guitar are stretched out in order to be strummed. The effect is an intentional sound. We call it music. We sing to it, dance to it, laugh to it, and cry to it. Music is the effect of someone being intentional at stretching strings in a designed manner, so we can experience music.

This is what God wants from us. He wants us to be intentional and to be surrendered to His Spirit, as He stretches us into an instrument of His praise. 1 Peter 3:15 tells us to "be ready always..." Be intentional! Let go of the world, and stretch out to God. Let Him play music through your life. What kind of instrument are you? Be intentional and find out! He needs all kinds for His symphony of praise! I am a cymbal and love making noise!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

A PLANNED PATH
January 12, 2015 - January 18, 2015

I love Psalm 119. Every time I read it slowly and with a desire to really hear from God, I get blessed, rebuked, convicted, and challenged. I feel like I have been near the heart of God. I am so thankful that the Spirit of the LORD had David write Psalms that we all could identify with in our daily lives. I have been talikng about the path that God has chosen for each of us as we walk through this world. Are you on the path God has designed just for you? Maybe the verse I share will help all of us as we walk with our Savior.

Psalm 119:133 says, "Order my steps in Thy word, and let not any iniquity have dominion over me." I pray this psalm out loud to the Lord almost every day, as I seek His guidance and grace in my calling. I will give the definitions for some key words in this verse. It is up to you to ask God how you should apply the teaching in your daily life. Just ask! I usually say, "Lord, will you help me understand this passage and show me how to apply it to my life for your glory? I want to obey your words!"

Psalm 119:133

ORDER: establish, secure, direct. Give me a fixed cause.
STEPS: movement, cadence, speed of pace of the walk.
WORD: specific promises and commands at each moment on the journey.
INIQUITY: wickedness, vanity of purpose, find a new source of breath.
DOMINION: overwhelming authority, new covenant source, new agreement.

Meditate on this verse and then have fun getting together with another serious believer and exchange thoughts about what you have learned. Ask God to give the grace to make this a reality in your life. Have fun! Or Not! Your choice!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

REMOTE MODE or RUN MODE
January 5, 2015 - January 11, 2015

How does our Lord see His church in The United States of America? Have you ever wondered what He sees as He searches for people to "Worship Him in Spirit and in Truth"? Sadly I am very grieved, when I imagine the following picture that describes the American church. The Church of Jesus Christ in America, purchased at the cost of His own blood, sitting comfortably, remote control in hand, watching television, as souls fall into eternal hell. We should weep at the very thought of this being a reality.

We need to be like King Solomon, at the dedication of the Temple. Zeal and passion and total devotion to Jehovah described those days. Solomon offered a sacrifice of 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep. Then King Solomon prayed and "fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the Glory of the LORD filled the house." (2 Chronicles 7:1 ) The Lord honored the dedication to the temple, but how much more He wants to reveal His glorious presence in His living temple, the Church!

Where is the heart of the church in America? In Music Of Life Church in Kimberly, Wisconsin? It's our choice! We can surrender to the comfort and entertainment of the TV remote, or we can surrender to the Holy Spirit and receive Revelation and glory, in order to win a lost and dying world. I choose the way of God, how about you? This is the Shemitah year! Are you ready for anything that happens? Walk in the Spirit and you will be!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

TIME TO BE REAL
December 29, 2014 - January 4, 2015

I did enjoy the fun and great celebrating with friends and family at Christmas, but I must share some sobering thoughts. I think many Christians are trying to figure out a way to manipulate God and get Him to do what they want. They do so in a religious context, without understanding who God is or what grace is. The effects become the causes. Rather than God being God, we turn ourselves into God, and He becomes the prostitute. We become the pimps who make all the rules, run the show, and call when we need a trick.

Yeah, I know! Pretty Harsh! Well then who is God? Do you know? Do you love Him more than life itself? Does your life show it? If you get ticked off at me for being so blunt, why would that be the case?

Done til next year. We are in the Shemitah! We are in the middle of a Tetrad. What will we be like by this time next year? Souls are at stake.

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

THE CHRISTMAS BLABBER-MOUTH
December 22, 2014 - December 28, 2014

Ho, Ho, Ho, Merry Christmas! That is what we hear said from Thanksgiving time to December 25th. And frankly, I like it very much. I have had some very miserable Christmas events, but for the most part, they have been awesome! This year I am excited because I have the honor of being the Pastor of a wonderful local church called Music Of Life Church. And at times I feel like I am in a musical. The variety of emotions and the opportunity to see God's grace at work is a thrilling and very captivating experience. I have this experience with my flock every day of my life. I must be the happiest Pastor in the world.

This Sunday we will have another of our fantastic "Food, Fellowship, and Fun" events following our church service. And believe me, our food time is awesome! All of our members have taken to heart the verse in Psalm 92:13-14, "Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; THEY SHALL BE FAT AND FLOURISHING:..." But seriously, the best part for me will be when each member has the opportunity to share a testimony about a blessing from the past year. They also can choose to share a testimony about a desire they have for the next year. I hope each one will stand and speak for God. A testimony can be powerful and life changing. TESTIMONY comes from "evidence provided as proof of an experience rooted in a covenant with God. It expresses a value received and originated in God." My life has been blessed and encouraged by the testimonies in MOLC all year. I am already thankful for what will happen next Sunday.

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

HOW CLOSE IS EMMANUEL?
December 15, 2014 - December 21, 2014

Christmas is soon, and I love to preach Christmas sermons. I was planning on giving some great Christmas verses in my message in our Sunday morning service, but God led me to different places. I was a little disappointed but excited at the same time. I spoke on "Why We Should Tackle God." It was about being more than just familiar and informed about God. I illustrated the principle by a skit I acted out with my son. He played the part of God, and I played the part of the Christian. After I conversed with God for a little while, I eventually tackled God and refused to let go until I was blessed. You can watch the sermon on our website to get the details if you so desire. The point is, I was very close to God! How close are you?

My wife's name is Claudia, and I love spending time with her. If we went to a professional Football game and she sat on the bench with the Cowboys and I was standing in the farthest seat from the field, I could literally say "I am with my wife." If I sat on one end of the players bench and she sat on the other end, we could say we were with one another. If we sat in the same airplane on the way home, we would be together. If that is how we lived 100% of the time, then I would not want to accept that experience of "BEING WITH CLAUDIA." Being with her is not merely attending the same activities or being in proximately to one another. But that is exactly how most Christians live their lives. They have no clue on what it means to experience Emmanuel, God with us! I want to touch my wife and experience her joys and fears. I want to smell her and breath on her and have a family together. We are made in God's image, and He wants those things also!

Emmanuel is not just God next to me or near me or close by. It is God IN ME! His breath is my breath. His word is my word. His will is my will! Does this make sense? Have you experienced this? What is your God like? Would anyone you know want to have the same experience with God that you have everyday? God wants you, but do you really want God?

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

BE YE HOLY!
December 8, 2014 - December 14, 2014

I am sitting in the parking lot at the Mall waiting to go in and walk and pray. On the way here, while driving on Hwy 41, The Lord directed my heart to Proverbs 2. He said "you need to be Holy as I Am Holy"! He told me that I need to go back to this proverb and meditate more for answers I need today. I thought about 1 Peter 1:16, where it says, "...be ye holy for I am Holy."

I knew that for me to walk in holiness today, I would need to be in the Fear of God all day. That is why God told me to review and rehearse Proverbs 2 and not use it as a platform for a sermon. So today, while I walk at the Mall, I will be drawing near to my Abba through His words. What will you be doing today? Will you make some time, any time, to be in the "breath of God?"

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

LES IS MORE!
December 1, 2014 - December 7, 2014

This past Thanksgiving morning a good friend of mine passed away and went to be with Jesus in heaven. It was a sad morning for family and friends, but it was a great day for my friend. His name is Les Hartjes. He was diagnosed with severe dementia. He spent that last five years of his life in a Nursing Home, which provided excellent care to my friend. As I talked to God about Les, I was hoping I would be able to preach at the funeral. I never imagined that this would actually happen, since Les was a member of a large church in the area. But soon after I expressed my desire to God, my son Joel called and said that I was chosen to preach the funeral message. I was so thankful, because I felt I knew exactly what Les would have me say when family and friends came to express their sympathy to his wife. I would share the gospel and give an invitation for all to receive Christ as their Savior! Les is with Jesus, and he would want everyone there to know how to join him in heaven. of God! It is all for His glory! LES IS MORE!

The story of my friendship with Les is a powerful story of God's grace and repair. You see, Les was married to my first wife Julie. There was a day when Les, Julie, and I were not even close to being friends. We were like most people in our situation, we were emotional wrecks. We were selfish and just trying to survive and obtain happiness. But we were NOT HAPPY! But years later, by God's grace I asked Julie to forgive me for my hurts in her life. I asked my four boys to forgive me. And do you know what? They all said yes! Soon after that, Les invited me to his 50th birthday party. This was wonderful beyond my dreams. When you humble yourself and confess and repent and forgive one another, transformation takes place. Since those days I married a wonderful Texas girl, and we now pastor in MOLC. She knew my story and married me anyway. Praise the LORD! of God! It is all for His glory! LES IS MORE!

It gets better. Les and I became close friends. He even served me communion at church one Sunday. My present wife Claudia, has become good friends with Julie. We all go to birthday parties together and enjoy all of our children and grandchildren together. So, if you go to the funeral this next Tuesday to join in celebrating the life of Les, you will see Julie and Claudia and all of our families participating together! We love one another! And it is all because of the grace of God! It is all for His glory! LES IS MORE!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

A GROUP EFFORT
November 24, 2014 - November 30, 2014

Today at our Thanksgiving Day Celebration, we were extremely blessed and enjoyed Thanking God for His Awesome Grace.

Before the service began, Rob told me that one of the visitors was very interested in salvation. He thought I should know. After the worship with Pastor Jonathan, I was on my way to our dinner. I noticed Jacob standing in the entryway to the fellowship hall. He was speaking with Ben, and Ben was weeping. He was the visitor that Rob mentioned earlier. Jacob asked if I had time at that moment to speak with Ben. I of course said yes, and asked Ben what he wanted to say? He said, "I want Jesus as my Savior!" I said, " Right now?" He said yes!

We went to a private area upstairs, where I shared the gospel message with Ben. Jacob was close by in support. I shared verses from Romans and I John, and then asked Ben if he wanted to pray right then, out loud, and ask Jesus to be his Savior? He said yes! He prayed and by faith received Jesus, and invited Jesus to do anything He desired with His life! He said he fully surrendered to the will of God, no matter what . It was so AWESOME ! There was rejoicing in our church and in heaven.

We have prayed for Ben many times as a church. Rob and Jacob faithfully witnessed to Ben as did others in our congregation. It was A GROUP EFFORT! We are laborers together with God. Many individuals extended grace to Ben. I had the easy part. I just picked ripe fruit ! Let us do this more often and see many saved! I love you all!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

"INITIATION"
November 17, 2014 - November 23, 2014

We usually think of initiation when it involves joining a club or fraternity. This is different. God is the initiator, and He does so with His own life, for His glory and our benefit. Initiate comes from the words, "beginning and origin." So I believe God is THE INITIATOR ! Because of this divine influence on our hearts, we often respond by saying THANKS !

Psalm 107 is one of my favorites. It begins with " O give thanks unto the LORD...." This is the perfect response to the grace of God in our lives. The remaining parts of the psalm have a very interesting pattern that we need to notice. In verses 8,15,21,and 31 it says, "Oh that men would praise the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men." WOW! It ends in verse 43 by saying these words, "whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD." WOW!

Scattered throughout the psalm, in between verses 8,15,21,and 31, we are told about the trials and various struggles that we all could experience. It mentions wanderings, hunger, darkness, affliction, terror, destruction, and disease. And God is present, and knows, and cares, in the midst of it all. Whatever your lot or whatever you may face, please believe and trust and rest in our awesome God and savior of our souls. He is initiating ! ARE you listening and responding? I would encourage you to read Psalm 107 slowly, and ask God to teach YOU what it means for YOU!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

WHERE IS THE PROOF?
November 10, 2014 - November 16, 2014

Do you receive the Words of Jesus personally into your heart?

If I ask, "do you believe the 4 causes of church," what would you say? Yea? Are you sure? Is there proof? Remember, we live what we believe. So do you daily, as a need to live, live out the 4 causes? Many of You do not! This is DAILY!!!!! In one accord! Do we live like we believe this or not ? The early church was powerful and fruitful because each member lived the 4 causes of church and not just the Apostles.

If I as your Pastor, watched your life for 24 hours, would I conclude that You are a disciple of Jesus ? Or will I walk away wondering why you claim to even be a Christian at all?

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

WHAT WORK IS REQUIRED?
November 3, 2014 - November 9, 2014

Salvation is indeed a free gift, but the bible does tell us about one "work" that is required. John 6:29 says,"...This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent." Like I said, it is a free gift. All we need to do is BELIEVE. It does sound simple, and yet it is absolutely necessary for anyone that desires to go to heaven and be in God's presence for all eternity.

We are very familiar with John 3:16, but few are aware of what is packaged in John 3:18, "He that believes on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." Believing is not hard, but it is required and it is a choice. What is your decision?

This brings me to another passage of scripture that demands something for our benefit and God's glory. Deuteronomy 10:12-13 says, "...what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all His ways, and to love Him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,..."

People make it too hard. We are to BELIEVE, FEAR, WALK, LOVE, and SERVE the LORD our God with all our heart and all our soul. And the best part is that God helps us do it all by His grace. I really would love more people to believe and understand what I just said. I have experienced it, and you can too! All you have to do is ask God to show Himself strong in your behalf, by going to the throne of grace and and asking Him to help.(Hebrews 4:15-16) Once He tells you what to do, you must choose to obey. Yes, you must OBEY!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

FEAR OF GOD IS GOOD
October 27, 2014 - November 2, 2014

I like what my son, Pastor Joel, wrote in the the MOLC website news, so I copied and pasted it below.

When you truly Fear the Lord, you are completely open to Him. You have poured yourself out and invited God to fill your vessel.

Fearing the Lord does not lead to you avoiding God...it leads to you wanting MORE of God!! Have you asked God to teach you to Fear Him?

I could not have said it better, so I didn't. We are beginning to realize that Fearing God is a way of life and opens us up to an intimacy with God that we could have no other way. Read the passage below from Jeremiah and you will see what I mean. The Prophet is telling Israel about the time after the dispersion, when Israel will be brought back to the Land and made a nation once again. We know this happened in 1948. The verses below reveal truth about the FEAR of GOD, that will help us in our walk with our Lord today.

Jeremiah 32:38-40

38: And they shall be my people, and I shall be their God: 39: And I will give them one heart, and one way, THAT THEY MAY FEAR ME FOREVER, for the good of them, and of their children after them: 40: And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I WILL PUT MY FEAR IN THEIR HEARTS, that they shall not depart from me.

I hope that all who read this would desire for God to do the same work in their heart. God wants to! Do you want Him to?

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

OBEY : GOOD, DISOBEY : BAD
October 20, 2014 - October 26, 2014

I have been preaching a series on Sundays about being a Vessel Of Honor for the Glory of God. In the conclusion last Sunday, I referred to 2 Tim 3. "...in the last days, perilous times shall come." One of the sins that Paul lists to describe how awful these days will actually become, is that very many are "disobedient to parents." This was written to adults and church leaders, not to children under 18 years of age. I have never heard this truth taught as I will now in this writing.

This not does mean that if you are an adult, of let's say 30 years old, that you are required to do 100% of everything your parents say. This is not Gods' plan for you or for your parents. It does however mean that we all should give honor to our parents, in order to properly honor God and His word. We know that this is the first "commandment with promise" from God. If we treat our parents with disrespect and dishonor, we are actually closing the door to Gods' promise. Our parents are vessels that God uses to flow through, and to send us blessings for our benefit and that of our children. If we treat our parents in a dishonorable manner, we are rejecting the vessel God wants to use to make us more like His son Jesus. In fact, we are actually rejecting the vessels God used to create us and bring us into the world. We are telling God that we know better than He does. This is serious! Think about it! How do you treat your parents and Grandparents?

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

MISSING THE VALUE OF FEAR
October 13, 2014 - October 19, 2014

Fear is usually not thought of as being something to be desired or of a great value. Every time an Angel showed up to give a message to someone, they would instantly say "Fear Not!" Let's face it, we might all wet our panties, if we were face to face with an Angel. I am becoming more aware that most Christians I know do not have a very good understanding of the Fear of the LORD. I will attempt to introduce this topic in this letter. I realize that few people actually read THE FINEST OF WHEAT. So I am not sure how thorough I will go in this study. I will be preaching a few messages on The Fear of the LORD, so you could always contact us and get a link to hear the sermons on line.

Here are a few of the verses that should excite any Christian when it comes to the need and benefit of fearing God.

Psalm 34:11 "...I will teach you the fear of the LORD."
Proverbs 1:7 "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge...."
Proverbs 9:10 "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom...."
Proverbs 10:27 "The fear of the LORD prolongeth days...."
Proverbs 14:26 "In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence...."
Proverbs 14:27 "The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life...."
Proverbs 22:4 "By humility and fear of the LORD are riches, honor, and life."

These should stir the heart of a believer to gain an understanding of this teaching and to apply it daily. Proverbs 1:29 talks of those who did not "choose the fear of the LORD." It goes on to say a few verses later that they "shall eat of the fruit of their OWN WAY."

Fearing God is not avoiding Him so you can keep from being crushed. It is intimate and personal and precious. The only way to know for sure is to seek it yourself and ask God to teach you to fear Him. Check out Psalm 86:11. I will not write it out for you, but if you neglect to look it up, it is your loss!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

WHILE YOU SLEEP, WE PRAY
October 6, 2014 - October 12, 2014

The title may sound a little strange, but it will make good sense by the time we finish this message. The one sleeping was the Apostle Peter, and the ones praying were the saints in Jerusalem. Make sense yet? I know, you need a little bit more context for the story to be clear and helpful. Well, I will do my best, if you put yourself in the story and apply it to your own life. If not, why read what I say? Just go to Acts chapter 12, and read it for yourself. But I hope we can learn something together as I share what is on my heart.

Before Peter was imprisoned, the Apostle James was beheaded by Herod. This was so pleasing to the Jews, that Herod had Peter arrested and tossed in a cell of his own, to await execution. Peter was guarded by four Roman soldiers to insure his inability to escape or be rescued. Two were with Peter in the cell, and actually chained to the Apostle. The other two guards were stationed just outside of the jail doors. But unlike most of us who would have probably wept and cried out to God for deliverance, Peter went to sleep and literally rested in God's love. Jesus told him that days like this would be in his future, but that His Spirit would always comfort him and guide him. Peter believed Jesus and went to sleep.

But what about the church? What were the saints doing while Peter was in jail waiting to be murdered by Herod's executioner? The Head of the Church in the city of Jerusalem was gone, and now Peter was gone! What did the Christians do? What should they do? What would you do ? THEY DID THE BEST THING THEY COULD DO: "THEY PRAYED FOR PETER!" They remembered the promises that Jesus taught concerning prayer and joined in agreement and interceded for Peter! So guess what happened next?

While Peter slept between two guards, an Angel was sent by God to set Peter free. In fact, the Angel had to literally punch Peter in the side to wake him out of a deep sleep. Now that is what I call having a confidence in God under dire circumstances. He woke up and got dressed. The Angel caused the chains to fall off of Peter, and he caused the doors of the jail to open. Then the two of them walked right by the four guards, the other prisoners, and completely outside of the prison complex. And it was all accomplished without any interference from Roman officials or civilian authorities. Peter was free, the Angel went back to heaven, and the praying saints had a huge FAITH BUILDING PARTY when Peter returned. At least that is how I picture it.

Prayer was the Key to the release! Yes, Peter rested in faith and trusted God's word, but the church had to come together in AGREEMENT and fervently pray for their leader and friend. Are we that kind of church? There are times I wonder if I, as the Pastor of Music Of Life Church, have people praying for me everyday? I hope so! I trust that they do. Let us determine to be doers of the word and pray day and night for one another and for God to be glorified in His church.

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

FREEDOM IN CHRIST
September 29, 2014 - October 5, 2014

As God's covenant people, we have been given blessings and freedoms in Christ. These Include:

* Freedom from a spirit of fear: "For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind."
( 2 Tim 1:7 )

* Freedom from worry: "Therefore I say unto you, do not worry about your life...."
( Matt 6:5 )

* Healing: "He sent His word and healed them,..."
( Psalm 107:20 )

* Freedom from guilt and condemnation: "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." ( John 3:17 )

* Fellowship with Christ: "God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord."
( 1 Cor 1:9 )

* Fellowship with other covenant people: "But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin."
( 1 John 1:7 )

It is our choice. We can choose to live as a caged bird, or we can choose to be free and live in the promises of our God and Savior. Make the promises your own! Claim them as your own! Do not be satisfied to just listen to others share about their lives of joy in the promises of Christ. Make your own stories of victory, as you live the life of a worshiper in these last days.

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

YOU MAY BE FULL OF IT?
September 22, 2014 - September 28, 2014

Soon, probably a week from Sunday, I will begin a series on Vessels. I have been praying and planning this message for several months. I am excited to share what I have learned and excited to learn more, as we go on this journey together. Today I will give a little intro into some of the vessels we will study and seek to understand.

All of the following vessels have to do with the Apostle Paul, found in Acts chapter 9.

Acts 9:1 Paul against the Jews: A Destructive Vessel Acts 9:4 Paul challenged by Jesus: A Broken Vessel
Acts 9:6 Paul in Christ: An Empty Vessel
Acts 9:11 Paul Praying to Jesus: A Sanctified Vessel
Acts 9:15 Paul For Christ: A Chosen Vessel
Acts 9:16 Paul Suffering in Christ: A Useful Vessel

What kind of vessel are you? We reveal the contents of our vessel daily!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

FACE IT, WE ARE IN TROUBLE!
September 15, 2014 - September 21, 2014

I have recently finished reading the latest book by Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, "THE MYSTERY OF THE SHEMITAH" It was very informative and sobering. My life has been affected by this book, as it was when I read "THE HARBINGER." I believe God is sending stronger messages that America is on a path of serious judgment.

As in the circumstances that surrounded Israel's destruction in the past, the scenario in our country is strikingly similar and concerns:

* Ungodly leaders in Government
* Compromising Church leaders
* Passing immoral laws
* Division
* Violence
* An Enemy attack
* Fire on the Land
* Destruction
* Calling Evil good and Good evil

But let us remember, as Rabbi Cahn states, " The issue is not of dates but of the call to repentance and return."

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

LACK OF LOVE: MAIN BARRIER
September 8, 2014 - September 14, 2014

Obedience is the key to unlocking the power of knowledge. God said"to obey is better than sacrifice." If we know spiritual principles, it is imperative that we do them. If not, we will deceive ourselves. This helps us to understand that the primary hindrance to revival is not our weak and selfish church leaders. The main problem and barrier is our lack of love. It is a shame that the devil desires the souls of men more than the present day church of Jesus Christ. We must wake up and realize that a revival will not sweep across our land, until we possess a passion for the lost ourselves. Being good warriors is very important, but being good lovers of mens' souls is much more critical. It is Christ in us, Christ through us, and Christ for us that will make the difference. We are "more than conquerors through Him." Each day, may be surrender to God's passion to win the world to Himself. We are the barrier, and we are the carrier. And as the old Gospel preacher in my grandpas day would say, "let us be a hosepipe for Jesus!" Let's start now!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

TAINTED TEMPLE
September 1, 2014 - September 7, 2014

For the most part, pastors and leaders have instructed the church in nearly everything except on how to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. We have saturated the people with doctrines without "Deity". We have written countless manuals without giving "Emmanuel". It is in fact pretty easy to tell who is a Baptist and who is a Pentecostal. What is really sad is that the most unwanted group of people to be served in a restaurant is the Christian. They seem to boast the most and tip the least. It is indeed a sad commentary.

How did we forget that our denominational label is not the measure of our oneness and our being a disciple of Jesus. What makes us the Temple of God? The Body Of Christ is not made of multiple factions. All true, born again believers are all members of One Body and that is the Body of Christ. We are His Temple. We are to be Holy as He is Holy. I challenge each and every believer in Christ to know what they believe and why. You cannot say, "because the Pastor said so" the rest of your life. What did Jesus say to you? Your eternal destiny is at stake, and time is running out!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

SHARING YOUR MEAL!
August 25, 2014 - August 31, 2014

If I asked what you ate this morning or for dinner yesterday, you might have to think a little bit, but you could tell me. If I asked what your favorite meal was in the past week or with whom did you dine with, you could tell me those details as well. As Christ Followers, we all agree that to have fellowship with Jesus in His Word is a necessary diet for our Spiritual health. We agree with the need to read and feed on the Word and to "taste and see that the LORD is good."(Psalm 34:8)

So, how will you feel when on Sunday I randomly ask any member of Music of Life Church to immediately stand and tell us what scripture you read this morning or yesterday, as you spent "alone time" with Jesus? If you can tell me about the donut you ate this morning, you should be able to tell me about the Psalm you read also. When I ask with whom you shared a spiritual meal with this past week, will you be ready?

Now, Saint, am I out of line with this line of questioning? As a Shepherd, is this my responsibility and do I have the right to ask this without giving you notice? Will you now make sure you are prepared just in case you are asked? Is that a good reason, to avoid embarrassment, or should you read because you want to fellowship with God?

Are you going to be ready when I ask? If so, why?

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

WE ALL MUST FIGHT
August 18, 2014 - August 24, 2014

There is a scene in the 3rd Lord Of The Rings trilogy, where King Aragorn inspires his outnumbered army to stand firm and fight. The Legions of Hell have gathered and are threatening to defeat the men of Middle Earth.

King Aragorn rides along the front lines of his gathered, but rather lowly army, and he shouts: "I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship. BUT IT IS NOT THIS DAY....THIS DAY WE FIGHT! By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, men of the West!"

Please, my precious Saints and fellow Christ Followers, let us put aside our fears and the burdens of a passive spirit. Let us war on the behalf of Righteousness. A day may come when strong forces overwhelm all around us and seek to cause us to yield. BUT IT IS NOT THIS DAY. THIS DAY WE FIGHT!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

YESTERDAY
August 11, 2014 - August 17, 2014

The past is past, obviously. We cannot live in it, but the effects of the past do have powerful influence on what we do on a daily basis. For instance, the promises of God are from the past but applicable in the present. So it is really important to know the "past" promises and how to apply them moment by moment. What promises help you live as a victorious Christian each day?

God promised Abraham a Land for his descendants. Moses led the people of God to the Promised Land. Joshua actually took them into the possession. God told them whom they were to drive out of the Land. If they obeyed God and trusted in His promises, they would possess the Land and be greatly blessed. They never did drive everyone out. The Jebusites were a fierce enemy and refused to be defeated. Israel adjusted to the enemy and became passive. They learned to live in a so called "harmony" with their enemy.

But David! Finally there was a man that not only knew the promise of God for Israel, but one who claimed it for his day and time. Just as he defeated Goliath with God's power, he defeated and drove out the Jebusites. This place was called The City of David, and later called Jerusalem. David believed yesterday's promise and was not conquered by a yesterday's defeat.

Where are you today in your walk with God? Are you so used to living with enemies that true victory is a faded dream? Or are you a warrior and present day David, living the cause of Christ before His return?

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

I AM, ARE YOU?
August 4, 2014 - August 10, 2014

When we become believers in Christ, we inherit more than most people ever realize or even consider possible. Look at the list below and enjoy.

Who Am I As A New Creation In Christ?

1. I AM a child of God. John1:12
2. I AM loved by the Father. John 17:23
3. I AM God's gift to Christ. John17:24
4. I AM free from condemnation. Romans 8:1
5. I AM indwelt by the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:11
6. I AM an heir with Christ. Romans 8:17
7. I AM more than a conqueror through Jesus. Romans 8:37
8. I AM God's temple. I Corinthians 6:19
9. I AM triumphant in Christ. 2 Corinthians 2:14
10.I AM an ambassador for Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:20
11. I AM complete in Christ. Colossians 2:10
12. I AM God's workmanship. Ephesians 2:10
13. I AM given a spirit of power. 2 Timothy 1:7
14. I AM a citizen of heaven. Philippians 3:20
15. I AM a partaker of God's divine nature. 2 Peter 1:4

Meditate on these powerful declarations and ask, AM I?

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

EVERY WORD
July 28, 2014 - August 3, 2014

This message is my reply to a question about whether or not profanity has a place in our lives:

   What we say is an effect of who and what we are. The bible says that we will give an account for every idle word that we will speak. That is a very sobering thought. Words have great power. Our eternal destiny is determined by the words we believe and confess. Also the bible days that our words should minister grace to the hearers. Do the words you asked about extend grace? Do those words glorify God? Would Jesus use those words if He were here? Why are they necessary? If they are good and of God, why are they ever in question as to their being appropriate. I personally do not see the value in using profanity in my growth in Godliness. As Christians we have liberty and we could use those words. But if we want to be like Jesus, and He only did and said what His Heavenly Father said, would God lead us to use those words or can we use other words to better serve others in love? What does God tell you to do?

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

MORE TO REMEMBER
July 21, 2014 - July 27, 2014

   This next Sunday will be the first annual Church in then park for Music Of Life Church, and we are excited. We are establishing special events of church family activities to remember in the years to come. We will be able to reflect and look back and praise God for the awesome things He has done in our midst. When we die and someone reads our grave stone, we do not want the space between our birth and death to merely be a hyphen. What will be remembered about you and me? Will the memories bring glory to God and cause others to be inspired to give their all to Jesus and the gospel life? The choice is yours and mine. I choose to daily surrender ALL to Jesus and to love God with all my heart. What do you choose to do? After all, what else is there?

   Early in the beginning days of our great nation, a shift took place that still affects us today. We do not have to continue on a drifting path away from God as a Nation. But it will only change as individuals change. Early, after the birth of our nation, the priorities began to shift. The mantle of spiritual, moral, and intellectual leadership was passed from Pastors and Spiritual leaders to Statesman, Politicians, and Educators. These positions are not ungodly in themselves, but the men in these roles were not men of faith. They trusted in human reason and majority rule, rather than in the voice and will of God. We can continue with this Status Quo, or we can decide as a body of believers to be true Disciples and Obey God no matter the cost. These days are perilous, and each member of the true church is needed to be totally surrendered to will of Abba , our Father, until Jesus returns. May this decision be the memory between the years of your birth and death and not the hyphen.

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

COURAGE TO SAY IT
July 14, 2014 - July 20, 2014

The following is a prayer at the Kansas State Senate by Pastor Joe Wright. We need more men like this as pastors in our churches. Enjoy or not!

This is absolutely great!!!

There might be hope yet! A Pastor with GUTS!

Thought you might enjoy this interesting prayer given in Kansas at the opening session of their Senate. It seems prayer still upsets some people... When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard:

Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done.

We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.

We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.

We have killed our unborn and called it choice.

We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.

We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem..

We have abused power and called it politics.

We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition.

We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.

We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.

Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.
Amen!

The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest. In 6 short weeks, Central Christian Church, where Rev. Wright is pastor, logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls responding negatively.. The church is now receiving international requests for copies of this prayer from India, Africa and Korea .

With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called 'one nation under God.'

If possible, please pass this prayer on to your friends."If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything."

Think about this: If you forward this prayer to everyone on your e-mail list, in less than 30 days it would be heard by the entire world.

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

MAKE SURE YOU KNOW
July 7, 2014 - July 13, 2014

The following is a letter of a Christian applying for a position as a pastor.

Gentlemen,

   Understanding that your pulpit is vacant, I would like to apply for the position. I have many qualifications that I think you can appreciate. I have been blessed to preach with power and have had some success as a writer. Some say I am a good organizer. I have been a leader in most places that I have gone.

   Some folks, however, have some things against me, as I am over 50 years old. I have never preached in one place for more than 3 years at a time. In some places I have left town after my work caused riot and disturbance. I have to admit that I have been in jail 3 or 4 times, but not because of any real wrongdoing. My health is not too good, but I still get a good deal done. I have had to work my trade to help pay my way. The churches I have reached have been small, though located in several large cities. I have not gotten along too well with other religious leaders in many towns. In fact, some of them have threatened me, taken me to court, and even attacked me physically because of my preaching. I am not too good at keeping records and have even been known to forget whom I baptized. However, if you can use me, I shall do my best for you, even if I have to work to help with my support.

   The church reads the letter, and said he would never work in their church. They were not interested in a man with such a "sorted" past. They said his testimony was shameful. It sounds pretty much exactly like my own letter of application to a church. The difference is, the letter above spoke specifically about a man we all know and admire. They were rejecting, The Apostle Paul! It was their loss. What have we lost by not knowing all the information?

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

HOW LONG SINCE?
June 30, 2014 - July 6, 2014

James writes and tells us to "be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves."( James 1:22)

   This will be short but to the point for us all. Since I finished the series on The Whole Armor Of God, how many days have gone by where you have not worn the armor? Since I charged us to quote Deuteronomy 6:4-6 out loud, once in the morning and once before bed, how many days have gone by silent? God asked me, and told me to ask you.

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

WHAT HAPPENED TO US ?
June 23, 2014 - June 29, 2014

   It is easy to say America has changed! What happened to the USA? These are not like the "Good Old Days!" Well, ya, these are good questions and statements, but we seem to lose sight of the fact that WE are the Americans, and the USA-ers, and are responsible. Its' not some inanimate thing that has gone bad. If America has gone wrong, it is because her people have gone wrong. I am going to list the names of some early colleges and Universities in America, with their motto's listed next to each school. After you read this, then ask, "WHAT HAPPENED?"

Harvard University: "Glory In Christ"
Brown University: "In God We Trust"
Rutgers University: "Son Of Righteousness With Healing In His Wings"
John Hopkins University: "The Truth Shall Make You free"
Columbia University: "In Thy Light We Shall See Light"
Dartmouth University: "A Voice Crying In The Wilderness"
Princeton University: "Under God's Power She Flourishes"

Today these Institutions of Higher Learning have become in truth, Places of Lower learning. "WHAT HAPPENED AMERICA?" "WHAT HAPPENED CHURCH?"

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

WALK, STAND, SIT
June 16, 2014 - June 22, 2014

   Psalm One is one of my favorite passages of God's word. God is very very specific and wants involvement in all areas of our lives. Most people quickly read past verse one and go straight to the verses that appear to promise prosperity. Allot of people love to embrace the fun easy verses, so called. Why not embrace the promises of suffering if you are a faithful Christ follower? Why not embrace the verses on people hating you if you are an obedient Christian? If we embrace Psalm 1:1, we will more easily embrace all other scriptures. How serious are you?

   Psalm 1:1, "Blessed is the man that WALKETH not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor STANDETH in the way of sinners, nor SITTETH in the seat of the scornful."

   This is a verse worthy of our study and meditation and application. It covers every area of life. But this is not as exciting as the next verse that talks about DELIGHT in the Law of the Lord. If you knew that DELIGHT meant "to be soft and pliable," and it does not mean "to be over joyed and happy," you would not be so anxious. After all, being soft and pliable indicates that God will be "hands on" in your entire WALK, STANDING, AND SITTING! This is what we really need to be fulfilled and to become more like Jesus! The effect will be joy and contentment!

   Now let each of us spend more time praying over Psalm 1:1 and ask the Spirit of God to live this verse through and in us in any way He so desires. Now this is real LIVING!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

DAD, DADDY, PA, FATHER, ABBA
June 9, 2014 - June 15, 2014

   Father's Day is really special if you have a good dad, or had a good dad, or are a good dad. If not, then decide that if the time comes, you will "BE" a good dad. If you have a life without the blessing and benefit of having a wonderful dad, then its' time to begin with first making sure you have God as your Heavenly "Dad"! Pray and ask Jesus to be your Savior and ask God to be your Heavenly Father! This is the desire of His heart for you. Please contact me if you have questions about how this happens.

   I am thankful for the many dad's that have affected my life. I have five sons and two daughters. I am blessed! My son Joel and I even tried to start a ministry called "Seven Generations Ministry". We used my grandson Jack as the reference point and Psalm 78, which talks about having a Godly testimony for the "generation to come... the children which should be born;..."(Psalm 78:6)

The Seven Generations are as follows: All are Christians and love God.
7. Great, Great, Great Grandpa Herman Smart
6. Great, Great, Grandpa Howard Jones
5. Great, Grandpa George Swokowski
4. Grandpa Wayne Swokowski
3. Dad (Joel Swokowski)
2. Jack
1. The child that will be born from Jack.


   The instruction in Psalm 78 helps dads to make sure they disciple their children in the ways of God. Psalm 78:4 says, "...shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and His strength, and His wonderful works that He hath done." If each dad would live this verse by the grace and power of God, we would see more children saved and living for Jesus. We can make it so by each dad doing his part. We know God will do His! He is THE PERFECT FATHER!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

ONE DOWN
June 2, 2014 - June 8, 2014

   June 1st was the one year anniversary for Music Of Life Church. Wow! One year sure did seem to go by quickly. It was a year filled with so many blessings and so many new opportunities to glorify God. All the Praise, and Glory, and Honor, be to Him, Who Alone is Right and Just! I have pastored churches before, but I have never had such joy in serving as a shepherd as I have in this past year. I want to share just a few of the reasons for "The thrill and excitement and joy of being the pastor of Music Of Life Church!"

   I am surrounded and supported by a Five-Fold Leadership team that God gave to me for love, support, correction, and fellowship. We all believe that agreement is essential for God to be glorified. Of course I mean agreement with God and then with one another. I always seek God's will in all that I do as a pastor and a man. But often God confirms and guides me through these five; Apostle John Lenhart, Prophetess Laura Lenhart, Evangelist Simon Nielsen, Pastor Jonathan Fries, and Teacher Joel Swokowski. I thank God for their faithfulness to Him and His word. I thank God for their love and support for me and Music Of Life Church. I have had to lead a church without this kind of love and help. It was miserable. I pray that I can help many other leaders gain this kind of support as they serve Jesus.

   I am sure many pastors say what I am about to say. "I have the best flock of people to serve in the whole world." These members of Music Of Life Church are so very teachable and hungry to be more like Jesus! I love preaching to them, and being with them, and bearing their burdens! I will do whatever it takes to help them to become all that God wants them to become! It is an honor! And to make it even more joyful, my wife Claudia is by my side and unconditionally supports me in every way. She teaches me how to better love God and His people by the way she lives her life. Wow! The first year is good. We have had battles, but this message is just about the joys of pastoring. But actually, in all of the struggles and battles, I have had the "Joy of the Lord" as my strength. I am not alone and neither are you!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

"That's the problem" "THE WAY YOU ARE!"
May 26, 2014 - June 1, 2014

   God does accept us just the way we are. We all desperately need Jesus, and we can have Him if we confess our sins and repent and receive Him as our Savior. But after that we have a problem, and it is a big problem! Jesus does not want us to "stay the way we are or were". He wants us to grow and mature and become more like Him with each passing day. And contrary to what you may believe or have heard, we can change! We can become more excellent. God has provided the way, and it is all in Jesus and His word! Now get ready. You will have to get off of you Blessed Assurance and do something. You will have to actually read the bible. You will need to memorize some verses and think about what they mean. If you can eat food, you can do this. You will get weak and sickly if you do not eat good food. Likewise, you will get weak and sickly in your Spiritual life, if you do not eat Spiritual food. If you are interested, read the next paragraph. If not, just turn off your computer and stay dumb and ignorant of God's greatest plan for your life.

   If you kept reading, then get ready for a simple, yet powerful, life changing verse from the bible. Read Romans 12:1-2, "I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service." "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God."

   God wants us to be "transformed" and this comes through our ability to think differently. These thoughts are in line with God's perfect will for your life. It is up to you to take the time and make scripture a priority and stop letting it be an "act of an intent to be spiritual." Talk is cheap , but obedience to this passage of scripture will reap treasures beyond your grasp. Do this and you will experience the breath and power of God to make you become more like Jesus and bring countless of souls into the Kingdom! "Taste and see that the Lord is good!"

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

COMPLETING THE TASK
May 19, 2014 - May 25, 2014

   When the Lord left the Disciples and went up to heaven, He had given them what we like to call "The Great Commission." It is basically the command to GO, WIN, BAPTIZE, TEACH. Most pastors that I know would not disagree or dispute what I have just written. I want to accomplish my part of this commission with all of my heart. I want this for all of the members of Music Of Life Church. We often say, "it is all about others!" I understand what this means in the right context. We are to love others and prefer others before ourselves. Yes we are to bear one another's burdens. But if this is all we do, then we are missing a very important step in the process and mission.

   Paul instructed his spiritual son Timothy in exactly what I am trying to say today. In II Timothy 2:2 he says, "And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to Teach others also." To complete the Great Commission, we must not only be all about others in giving them the gospel and disciplining them. We must include in our discipling and mentoring, the reproducing in them "the need to always be about others also." We must be about helping OTHERS TO BE ABOUT OTHERS! The fruit is in the seed. When we win souls, we must not only teach good doctrine and develop good Godly character in the converts, we need to emphasize the purpose in them to be about "others" they way we were about them. If we can successfully do this, we will see less dropping out of the church and more on fire with a passion for Jesus and the Others he died for!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

ALL OR NOTHING
May 12, 2014 - May 18, 2014

   I am being made aware of more and more Christians that are sacrificing being obedient to God's word, for the sake of "so called unity and peace" between brothers. The deception is that there can never be unity and peace between brothers in Christ, without complete and full obedience to the Words of God. I Samuel 15:22 says, "....to obey is better than sacrifice...."

Acts 5:29 says, "Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men."

John 2:5 says, His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it."

   These are just a few verses that make it pretty clear to me that we had better do what the word of God says, regardless of the consequences. God will keep His word, and He expects the same of His children. We must trust Him and do as Abraham and "Not stagger at His promises."(Romans 4:20) We must also do as Peter says and "cast all your care on Him, for He careth for you." (I Peter 5:7) There is an old sermon, I think by Billy Sunday, called "Payday Someday". There will be a day when Jesus returns. Are you ready? Will you obey the words of Jesus now? Or will you let some Man deceive you into disobeying God for the sake of comfort and false peace? It is your choice, "AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE, WE WILL SERVE AND OBEY THE LORD!"

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

Treasure From God
May 5, 2014 - May 11, 2014

   In John 17, Jesus reveals a very precious and powerful prayer between Himself and His Abba. I want to share a few verses that reveal what Jesus wanted for His Followers.

John 17: 6 "I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me...."

John 17: 8 "For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me;..."

John 17:12 "...I have kept them in thy name: those thou gavest me...."

John 17:22 "And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them:..."

John 17:26 "And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love therewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them."

   Take the time to meditate and then personalized theses verses. Say them out loud, and state your will that this is what you believe for yourself and your life for God. When was the last time you spoke about this passage of scripture with anyone?

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

TOUGH LOVE
April 28, 2014 - May 4, 2014

   Today I had to send a very difficult email to an Elder of another church. It was one of the most difficult steps in the Matthew 18 process, that Jesus gave us for restoration and repair. It did not have to go this far. It is so much easier to simply confess and repent once we are confronted with a sin issue. But, it's not about EASE is it? It is about obedience and glory for the name of God. It is about health in the body of Christ.

   We live in a day where it is preferable to choose comfort over growth and over obedience to God's word. Jesus is our example. I am so glad He did not choose comfort over "dying on the cross for my sins!" John 3:16 is a very famous and popular verse, but if we try to honestly live what that verse teaches, we would be more serious about Gods' plan for the world. Yes Jesus came to give us peace and joy and eternal life. But this is a reality in the context of a wicked and brutal world. It is only by grace that we can appropriate those blessings I mentioned.

   I would have rather closed my eyes and ears to what happened between me and the Elder I mentioned. But that would be denying God's word and would not be loving the Elder. The church needs to witness this kind of love. I chose to obey God and fully follow Mathew 18. Because of this choice there is a possibility that the body of Christ will be one step closer to revival. But most of all God is glorified because of honoring what He has said. If I am wrong or have made incorrect choices in this process, I am willing to change. I ask God to show me where I am wrong. This is His way of repair in these awesome Last Days. Would you be willing to follow this process with a man and church that you have been close friends with for 12 years? This is my context. But as the scripture says, "to obey is better than sacrifice...." ( I Sam 15:22 ).

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

WHAT? NO WAY!
April 21, 2014 - April 27, 2014

   We do have a free will, and most of us are happy that we do. Yet many of us still act as if the bible is full of magic formulas and God is a Genie in a bottle. We must realize that we are commanded to use that free will and be "doers of the word and not hearers only." The way we think is the reason we do what we do. I want to share some flaws that may help many steer back on course, or at least cause the need to ask questions.

FOUR SPIRITUAL FLAWS

I. Because you are a Christian, all of your problems are easily solved or gone altogether.

II. All of the problems you will ever have are all named and listed in the bible. (all topics and categories are named, but not every possible sin)

III. If you are having problems, you are not spiritual.

IV. Just being exposed to spiritual truth and sound biblical teaching automatically solves all your problems.

   Think about this and ask yourself why you have problems. What is your process in solving those problems? Why has God allowed those problems into your life? What is God asking you to do? Could you consider that "doing nothing is not an option?" All of this requires that you know God and know how to talk to Him and to hear what He says. Is this true of you? God wants to be known and wants to have fellowship with you! If you do not know how this happens and want to know, contact Music Of Life Church. We can help!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

EMBRACE THE PROCESS
April 14, 2014 - April 20, 2014

   If you are like me you get exited about the possibilities that are before you, as you walk and live within the grace of God. But we need to, (at least I do), remind ourselves that the fruit we long for comes to us in "seed form". I want full-ripened, spiritual fruit right now all the time! I am learning that in the same way I want the finished product, I need to embrace a "passion for the path". I need obedience to the "means" as well as obedience to His "ends".

   Jesus did not take short cuts. He always did God's will all of the time, and He was never rushed or in a hurry. And although He was undoubtedly tired and physically exhausted at times, He never missed His alone time with the Father. What about you? Do you ever let a long day or a cluttered schedule pressure you into avoiding your needed time in prayer and fellowship in the Word? These days are perilous, and now more than ever we need to be fervent and ferocious in our commitment to walking in the light and "He is in the Light". The fruit will come! Tend to the seeds by loving God with ALL YOUR HEART!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

MADE FOR GOD
March 31, 2014 - April 13, 2014

   I just returned from an 8 day vacation in Alabama visiting my daughter Laura and her wonderful family. We had an awesome time trying to make up for "not seeing one another" for almost 2 years. We had a wonderful dinner with my daughters' in-laws and a few close friends. We were also celebrating my wife's birthday. I watched everyone interact and have a very wonderful time. I noticed how each person in their own unique way expressed the need to be known and to know another. I knew I was witnessing something about being made "in God's image."

   Throughout the week I watched scores of people connect and interact in a variety of ways. Some ended quickly without incident, while a few developed into a journey of relationship and then fellowship. I saw even more clearly how we are made in God's image, because of the growing desire to be known more deeply as time passed. The scripture in Psalms 33:15, ("He fashioneth their hearts alike; He considereth all their works,") makes more sense than ever before. Everyday we all illustrate and demonstrate how we were made in God's image and likeness. We all want to be right, just, loved, have fellowship, and give. Think about it! We see this in the best people we know, and we also see it in the worse criminals we know.

   God gave obvious clues about Himself within each of us. Why? For what reason? I know the answer to these questions, and I do not plan on telling you! Think for yourself, pray to God and ask Him to reveal the answers. Stop parroting those you admire and become what God meant YOU TO BE, not what your denomination dictates to you! Liberty in Jesus is refreshing. Before you judge me and reject what I say, find out why and be mature enough to ask questions and find the truth. This does not mean that we do not need one another, we do! But it is about time some of you grew up and stopped being baby Christians.

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

REAP IN JOY
March 24, 2014 - March 30, 2014

   In the past 3 weeks, the Lord has allowed me to pray with three different people and participate in helping each one receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. I have been praying more than I have in a long time for the Lord to use me to win souls and to help others gain the same passion. He is answering my prayers. The more I see saved, the more I want to witness and help others get saved. Praise His Name! All the Glory to God!

   Jesus told His disciples that He would make them to become "fishers of men." They could relate to that language, since most of them were fishermen by trade. They realized that "soul-winning" would be the life of the church. It is one of the greatest experiences, that is, leading another soul to Christ. But I have discovered that most Christians have not led anyone to Christ or at least not very many. I think they would love to, but they have never been taught what to do or how. The why is pretty clear. Without Christ there is no hope!

   A motivating verse of scripture for me is found in Psalm 126:5-6, "They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him." Here is my challenge. If you want to learn to win souls, pray and ask God for the grace and for the passion for souls that Jesus has. Then be committed to this mission. Then contact me. I will help you. But you must be ready to get out of your comfort zone and be ready to experience the power of God as never before! And also, the devil will hate you even more than he does now. But we are "more than conquerors " in Christ. It's your call!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

ARE YOU IN SHAPE?
March 10, 2014 - March 16, 2014

   If your physical health is related to your diet, your exercise, and your rest, you can get a pretty good understanding of why you are the way you are, physically. You cannot always blame it on your heritage or DNA, or genes.

   Likewise, your spiritual health is directly related to your spiritual diet, exercise, and rest! After a day or a week, be honest and document your present spiritual health in relation to the "Word of God" you studied (ate), serving others (exercise), and intimate fellowship with God (rest).

   Most Christians pay more attention to the physical (except for exercise and rest). They are overweight and unhealthy. Spiritually, most are fragile, weak, and fearful.

WHICH ARE YOU? DARE WE ASK?

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

EXCUSES: WHY?
March 3, 2014 - March 9, 2014

   Some Christians seem to have a check list that excuses them from any behavior that may be questionable.

Prayed a Prayer today: check
Attend a bible study : check
Go to a church service: check
Raise my hands when I sing: check
Have jewelry with a cross: check
Went forward and said a magic prayer: check
Do not need to obey the Law because of grace: check

   Jefferson Bethke says it well: "We don't justify current bad behavior by citing past good behavior in other areas of our lives. No one does that with marriage. When a husband is cheating on his wife and is confronted, I'm guessing he doesn't say, "We got married ten years ago, so I can do whatever I want now. I gave my vows, right? That's proof that I'm a good husband."

   So why do we do that with Jesus? What would our friends and spouses think if we gave them 10% of our money, talked to them only on Sunday, and told everyone we were dating or married? Then in exchange asked them if we could do whatever we wanted on all of the other days? If we did a few good things one or two days a week, we should be able to sleep around with anyone at any other time. And we could lie about it and it would be okay! After all, we said the "magic" words when we were together. Yet, that is what many do with God every week, and we think He is okay with it! Wake up Christian! God is Holy and we are to live and walk in Holiness!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

WAKE UP CHURCH
February 24, 2014 - March 2, 2014

   Proverbs 4:26 instructs us to "Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established." It appears that God is very concerned with what we do and why. I have an exercise that I will share that has been very helpful to me in many ways. It helps me know where I am weak and need repair. It helps me pray more diligently and more thoroughly. It definitely helps me get more done when I actively apply the method. I have used this "plan" numerous times for over 20 years. Maybe this will help you also.

I organize my life goals/desires into 7 areas. I simple refer to it as THE SEVEN AREAS OF LIFE.
1. Physical
2. Intellectual
3. Emotional
4. Spiritual      These may overlap in some ways, but it covers nearly everything.
5. Family
6. Financial
7. Social
#4 is The Spiritual Life: It is the Foundation, because God's grace flows through us here.
#1,#2,#3 deal primarily with you as an individual.
#5,#6,#7 deal with areas primarily concerning others.

   I list the seven areas and then I pray and ask God what He wants me to accomplish as a Life Goal in each area. I write it down as God reveals it to me. I then write down 3 things I would have to do to reach each goal. I write 3 things for each goal. Then I determine to be a doer of the word and obey. I ask God to show me where I am wrong and need repair in each of these areas. I try to repeat the entire project once a year and compare my lists. This enables me to see if I have made any progress. I have not always done this as I wish I would have. When I do, I seem to have a revival from God in my heart! I get inspired and my faith increases. I encourage you to try this. It is my way of applying Proverbs 4:26. If you do not want to use my plan, that is fine. But please find a way to obey and live this powerful principle in Proverbs 4.

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

WAKE UP CHURCH
February 17, 2014 – February 23, 2014

    Are we ready to meet Jesus? There will be a day when time runs out! "Today is the day of salvation, now is the accepted time!" Church, let's get busy about the Great Commission and stop messing around with jealousy and worldliness. We are to be a witness of the Gospel and most Christians are doing a piss poor job at it! Now if that language offends you more than the fact that 1000's went to hell in the last minute, I just proved my point . Let us repent and start living the gospel until Jesus returns. Pastor Wayne Swokowski, a convicted believer, now a doer!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

OPEN AND SHUT: BOTH GOOD!
February 10, 2014 – February 16, 2014

   Revelation 3:7 says, "...These things saith He that is holy, He that hath the key of David, He that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;..." We like the "open and no man shuts" part. We love to pray and hope for an open door. We all do. But we must remember that there are many times when Jesus will have to "shut a door" before He will open a new one. The shut doors that we may look at as a bad thing, may in reality be the powerful hand of God working in our behalf. "TRUST THE LORD AT ALL TIMES!" "GIVE THANKS IN ALL THINGS!" "AND REST IN HIM AT ALL TIMES!" Continue to pray without ceasing, and do not let the way things look determine your faithfulness. "We have not because we ask not"! We cannot blame God for the way our lives turn out. Look at your life right now at this moment! It is an effect of the choices YOU have made! Maybe it is time to make new choices and not just talk about changing! No, "No Maybe about it!" It IS TIME to be doers of God's word and not just be filled with good intentions! SOULS ARE AT STAKE! Get your Blessed Assurance off the couch and get busy for Jesus! If you already are, Praise the Lord! Keep it going for His Glory!

Til The Shout!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

GOD'S MATH
February 2nd - February 8th, 2014

   There was a crowd of 5000 men, plus women and children, that came to hear Jesus speak. He preached all day, and they listened all day. The disciples were concerned because the people were very hungry and there was no way to feed such a large crowd. Jesus does not want to send them away hungry, and there are no restaurants in the immediate area. Then a nameless boy offers his small lunch consisting of 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. It's a nice thought, but Andrew verbalizes what all of the other disciples were thinking. "How many can so few feed, with so many in need?"

   In terms of addition 5+2=7, but in this case with God, 5+2=>5000, R12. Yes, that is a number greater than 5000 with a remainder of 12 baskets full. When you give what you have to God, He multiplies it so that 5+2=5000 plus. If you put what little you have in your hand into the hand of God, He will multiply it to meet your need and glorify Himself. And to make it even better, if you recall, Jesus thanked God for the provision before the miracle happened, not after. He was teaching us by His example to give thanks ahead of time for the fulfillment of His promises. Is there something specific that God has promised you that you need to thank Him for, before it happens? Or are you living in the land of "vagueness" and "maybe this time?" We have not because we ask not!!!! Let's start asking like our lives and the lives of others depend on it!

Getting Seriously Serious!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

THE SWORD (WORD) IS OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE
January 27th - February 2nd, 2014

1.) AS A DEFENSIVE WEAPON
      a. It defends against lies.
      b. It defends against deception.
      c. It defends against mental attacks.
      d. It defends against temptation.

Note: It resists, restrains, and rebukes

2.) AS AN OFFENSIVE WEAPON
      a. It attacks sin (cuts into the spirit).
      b. It attacks sickness (cuts into the body).
      c. It attacks seduction (cuts into the soul).

Note: It reveals, redeems, reconciles, renews, and repairs

FOUR LEVELS OF "SWORDS" IN THE AVERAGE CHURCH IN NORTH AMERICA

A.) The "Pocket Knife" level of the Word: spare time use, whittling away time.
B.) The "Butter Knife" level of the Word: politically correct, dull and cannot cut.
C.) The "Meat Cleaver" level of the Word: Church hopping for deep things, chops people.
D.) The "Two-Edged" level of the Word: consistency, Rhema, power for miracles.

Getting Seriously Serious!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

TOUGH LOVE
January 20th - January 26th, 2014

   I have greatly emphasized lately the need to meditate on Deuteronomy 6:4-6. I believe it pleases our Father in heaven, when He hears His children speak those powerful verses. We are seeking to make this a habit, by speaking those verses out loud twice each day for 40 days. February 7, 2014 will be 40 days in our journey. We will then share some testimonies during our morning service on February 9th. I anticipate some exciting testimonies on that Sunday morning.

   During my reading this past week, I came across some verses that are very difficult to read and meditate on. But they are in God's word and are there on purpose. Read these verses and ask yourself why? It would help to read the surrounding verses for context.

   Galatians 1:8-9 "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed."

I Corinthians 16:22 "If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha."

God hates a false gospel. We had better know His word, and we had better obey it!

Getting Seriously Serious!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

WHY FIGHT?
January 13th - January 19th, 2014

   Last Sunday I preached a continuation of my series on the Armor of God. I gave specific reasons why we need armor and why we fight. We are at war. I am led to list the seven reasons we wear armor.

1.) To be STRONG! -- Why be strong?
2.) To STAND! -- Why stand?
3.) To SHEPHERD! -- Why shepherd? (teach Refuge, Restoration, Repair)
4.) To SOW GOSPEL! -- Why sow the gospel? (fulfill the gospel Matt 28:19-20)
5.) To SECURE A BRIDE! -- Why secure a bride? (a bride for Christ, the Church)
6.) To SATISFY JESUS! -- Why satisfy Jesus? (prepare for a marriage supper)
7.) To SHOW GOD! -- Why show God? (demonstrate His glory in the plan)

Getting Seriously Serious!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

WHAT HAPPENS IF WE ALL OBEY?
January 6th - January 12th, 2014

   For 2 weeks I have emphasized the necessity to obey and apply Deuteronomy 6:4-6, actually 4-9. I charged the members of Music Of Life Church to obey this command of God. This is not a suggestion or option. God wants all of is children to do this!!! If we do not, we will forget God. Just look around and if you have the discernment of a church mouse, you will notice how little we see these verses lived out in the average Christian. I speak mainly about the American Christan. I speak about myself as well. I have been deeply convicted by God to live these verses every day of my life. I am committed to Pastor the people in our church to do the same.

   Last Sunday I taught these verses and in the process taught how we can live in and experience the PRESENCE OF GOD at all times. It seems almost impossible, but I assure you it is possible. If you are interested or sincere about living this yourself, I then encourage you to go to the CONTACT section of this website and contact Pastor Jonathan Fries. Ask him to send you the link so you can listen to last Sundays' message, January 5, 2014. He will also connect you with the message called God's Greatest Desire. After you listen, let us know what you think. I hope to hear from you.

Getting Seriously Serious!
Wayne G. Swokowski
Sr. Pastor, Music Of Life Church

"ALL" MEANS "ALL"
Dec 30th-5th, 2013

   This past Sunday I preached about the desperate need to apply Deuteronomy 6:4-6 to our lives on a daily basis. I charged our congregation to read, or quote out loud, these verses each morning at the start of the day, and each evening just before going to sleep. I am convinced that our lives will change if we do this faithfully out of love for our God and Father. I challenge all who read this to do the same. After 40 days I will welcome stories about the wonderful outpouring of the Holy Spirit that came as an effect.

Deuteronomy 6:4-6

6:4 "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:"
6:5 "And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with ALL thine heart, and with ALL thy soul, and with ALL thy might."
6:6 "And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:"

Read or quote these verses OUT LOUD, so that you hear yourself declare them. Then ask God's Spirit to reveal their meaning to you and enable you to live them daily for His glory!

Til the Shout!
Pastor Wayne

MERRY CHRISTMAS
Dec 23rd-29th, 2013

   It is interesting that there are some people that are against church and against Jesus Christ Himself, yet they say "Merry Christmas" at this time of year. They have never really thought about what the words Merry Christmas actually mean.

Merry has the meaning of "being delightful, happy, and joyous."
Christ means "anointed one"
Mass means "large quantity".

   Therefore "Merry Christ-Mass" could be restated as "A large quantity of delightful Anointed people" giving a well intended greeting for the benefit of all hearers. Or instead of saying "Have a Merry Christmas" you could say, "have a delightful and joyous numerous anointing."

   My point is, we have really become so ridiculous in what we are splitting hairs over. When I say "Merry Christmas" I am saying that I wish you to have an experience with Jesus Himself, because He came for just that reason. So stick that in your pipe and smoke it! The people that really need to hear what I am saying will not even be the ones reading this message. But, honestly, "Merry Christmas" to all that surrender to do so.

Til the Shout!
Pastor Wayne

FOUR STRONGHOLDS OF TRUTH
Dec 16th-22nd, 2013

The Word of God sets forth four great strongholds of truth that are part of the Belt of Truth seen in Ephesians 6.
1.) The Lord Jesus Christ is The Person Of Truth. John 1:14
2.) The Word of God is The Word Of Truth. 2 Tim 2:15
3.) The Holy Spirit is The Spirit Of Truth. 1 Corinthians 2:6-15
4.) The Church is The Pillar and Ground Of Truth. 1 Timothy 3:14-15
There is obviously more to the Belt Of Truth than most Christians are aware of. Our victory is dependent on it! Are you wearing this belt each day as you participate in the battler for souls?

Til the Shout!
Pastor Wayne

ONE IS NOT LONELY
Dec 9th-15th, 2013

We are commanded to Love God and to love one another. Here are some verses that
I will be preaching from during the series on The Armor Of God, in weeks to come.

Romans 12:5 We are "members one of another...."
Romans 12:10a "be kindly affectioned one to another...."
Romans 12:10b "In honor preferring one another...."
Romans 15:5 "Be likeminded one toward another...."
Romans 15:7 "Receive ye one another...."
Romans 15:14 "Admonish one another...."
Romans 16:16 "Salute one another...."
Galatians 5:13 "Serve one another...."
Galatians 6:2 "Bear ye one anothers' burdens...."
Ephesians 4:2 "Forebearing one another...."
Ephesians 5:21 "Submitting one to another...."
I Thess 5:11 "Edifying one another...."
Hebrews 10:24 "Consider one another...."
Hebrews 10:25 "Exhorting one another...."

It is easy to see that we are members one of another, if we are children of God. Maybe we should live like it, so the world can see Jesus more clearly

Til the Shout!
Pastor Wayne

ALMOST IS WHEN????
Dec 2nd-8th, 2013

The great Hymn writer, Philip Bliss, has a message from one of his hymns that is "almost" scary. He wrote the hymn that I am sharing in 1890, but it is still very appropriate today.

ALMOST PERSUADED

Almost persuaded now to believe,
Almost persuaded Christ to receive;
Seems now some soul to say,
Go, Spirit, go Thy way,
Some more convenient day,
On Thee I'll call.

Almost persuaded, Come, Come today,
Almost persuaded turn not away;
Jesus invites you here,
Angels are lingering near,
Prayers rise from hearts' so dear,
O wanderer come!

Almost persuaded harvest is past,
Almost persuaded DOOM COMES AT LAST!
Almost cannot avail,
Almost is but TO FAIL!
Sad, Sad, that bitter wail,
ALMOST BUT LOST !!!!!

Today is the day of salvation, and now is the accepted time. I hope you know for sure that your name is in the Book of Life. If you doubt in any way, please contact one of the pastor's at Music Of Life Church.

Til the Shout!
Pastor Wayne

MY RESOLVE
Nov 25th-1st, 2013

   I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed. I have the Holy Spirit's power. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I am a disciple of His! I won't look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure. I'm finished and done with low living, sight walking, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, worldly talking, cheap living, and dwarfed goals.

   I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don't have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, am uplifted by prayer, and I labor with power.

   My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is Heaven, my road is narrow, my way rough, my companions are few, my Guide reliable, my mission clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the enemy, pander at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

   I won't give up, let up, shut up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, preached up for the cause of Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus. I must go til He comes, give til I drop, preach til all know, and work til He stops me. And, when He comes for His own, He will have no problem recognizing me...my banner will be clear! ( from the journal of Pastor Bob Moorehead, with some of my life added ).

Til the Shout!
Pastor Wayne

FINISH STRONG
Nov 17th-24th, 2013

   The end of 2013 is in sight. Will we finish strong or just coast through the holidays? The Apostle Paul told us to be " followers of him" as he was a follower of Christ. Paul said that he finished his course, he fought a good fight, he kept the faith. By God 's grace we can do the same. This will be intentional. We all must "walk in the Spirit" and we will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. Be a doer of the word and love God with all your heart! He is coming soon. KEEP YOUR EYES ON JESUS!

Til the Shout!
Pastor Wayne

NOISY IN HEAVEN
Nov 11th-17th, 2013

   The scriptures say that there is rejoicing in heaven when one sinner repents and puts his or her faith in Christ for salvation. There is also some indication that the saints in glory are able to watch what goes on here on earth, (Hebrews 12:1-2) These thoughts are very precious to me in the light of the fact that in the past year both my mom and dad have passed away and went to Heaven to be with Jesus. Then this past week my Grandma Jones also joined them, after living a faithful life of 101 years for the glory of God.

   I imagine it is quite noisy in heaven, because my mom and dad would be giving my grandma a hearty welcome to her new home with plenty of "praise the Lords" and "Halleluiahs". But the greatest fact is that my dear Grandma Jones met Jesus, and was able to look in His eyes and then thank Him for dying on the cross for her salvation. I have great peace knowing I see her again someday, when I die and go to be with Jesus. What concerns me and greatly burdens my heart is that I am not sure all of my own children will go to heaven when they die. Salvation is so simple, yet it is simply neglected by so many. Oh that all of my children and loved ones will trust Jesus one day soon and live for Him now! I know I will be praying more earnestly, as this burden will not lessen its' grip on my soul.

   I know that not many read this message that I write each week, but to you that are reading now, WITNESS MORE THAN EVER BEFORE! Jesus is coming soon! Let the song that my son Joel and I sing become your anthem.

Souls for Jesus is my Battle Cry,
Souls for Jesus I'll fight until I die.
I never will give in,
While souls are lost in sin.
Souls for Jesus is my battle cry!


Til the Shout!
Pastor Wayne

EVERYONE WANTS PEACE
Nov 3rd-9th, 2013

   Last week in our Sunday service I preached on Praise and that the word at its' root means "to be clear". We concluded that the value/validation that each person seeks is bound to the "clarity" of their purpose and the living of our call by the grace of God. I thought about this all week and realized that praise is actually an effect of another powerful truth in God's word. It is an effect of having the "peace of God and from God". The thoughts of peace usually revolve around serenity and absence of turmoil. But when I studied and meditated on peace, I discovered that it comes from the words "to join". And everyone wants and needs to be joined to someone or something. And ultimately everyone will be joined for all eternity in either heaven with God or in the lake of fire with Satan and all that reject Jesus.

   This is worthy of all of our thought and ultimately our surrender. We will each live a life of praise in direct relation to whomever or whatever we are "joined to". Where is your peace/joining at this time of your life? Your past reveals it, and your present declares it, and your future will be decided by it. Choose wisely!

Til the Shout!
Pastor Wayne

DO YOU BELEIVE HE IS COMING?
Oct 28th-2nd, 2013

   When I was a kid just 6 years old, my dad said he would take us to Kiddy Land for a day of fun and family time. I looked forward to this more than anything. I was a good little boy all day long. I wanted to do everything to make my him happy and not jeopardize the day of fun with dad. I picked up toys, I said yes mam to mom, and I did not beat up my brother Stan. As I thought about this type of memory, I realized that I do not let the truth that Jesus is coming soon have the impact on my life that it should. That is a sad state of affairs for a pastor to admit. But let me assure you that I am not staying in that frame of mind. I love my Savior, and I am intentionally setting my affection on His return for me and all believers!

   Now the question is, "do you believe He is coming back at any moment, or are you living as if each day will be a repeat of the day before?" JESUS IS COMING BACK SOON, AND IT MAY BE AS YOU ARE READING THIS. Let us all say as John did at the end of the Revelation, "even so come quickly."

Til the Shout!
Pastor Wayne

WALK AS HE WALKED
Oct 20th-27th, 2013

   It is God's plan for each Christian to become more and more Christlike with each passing day. See Romans 8:29, which teaches that we are to be"...conformed to the image of His Son." Also I John 2:6 says, "He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also to walk, even as He walked." We are to act like and think like Jesus did, when he was on the earth. He is the example. He illustrated this in three areas.

   Jesus only did what He was told to do by the Father. He came to "show" the truth about God's love for each of us. He also came to "seek" the lost. He loves the souls of all men and women. He even seeks them this day as I write this message. And He also said that he did not come to be served, but he came "to serve others". Therefore if we say that we abide in Jesus, we ought also to walk (live) as Jesus did. We should show the love and life of God. We should live to serve and not to be served. And we should also seek to win the lost to our Savior. We must examine ourselves and determine whether or not we are living as God planned. We have His word and His Spirit, in order to make this all possible. We have no excuse! Let us each be like the Apostle Paul and "die daily", so that the walk we walk will be one that shows, serves, and seeks!

Til the Shout!
Pastor Wayne

PRAISE THE LORD ANYWAY
Oct 14th-20th, 2013

   It is easy to praise God when everything is going well. But can we praise the Lord and give thanks when life seems to be the pits? David said in Psalm 34:19, "Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all."

Job declares in Job 23:10. "He knows the way that I take, and when He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold."

And Joseph says, after being betrayed and falsely imprisoned, in Gen 50:20, "But as for you, ye thought evil against me, but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive."

   These three were tremendous examples of saints that were wrongly persecuted, but they all worshiped and praised God anyway. God did deliver each one, but at the time they chose to praise God, they had no idea that they would be rescued by God. They loved the Lord so much that praise was as natural as breathing. May each of us decide ahead of time that no matter what the circumstance, we will join in with the psalmist as he says, in Psalm 150:6, "Let everything that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD."

Love in Christ,
Pastor Wayne

BEGIN WITH 5 MINUTES
Oct 7th-13th, 2013

   I have discovered that most of the Christians I know do not have a daily time of fellowship in the Word of God. The Word is "God- Breathed". When we read and meditate on it, we inhale the life of God. Then when we pray, we exhale our new life back to God. But if you do not spend time with God in His Word, you will be wide open to attacks from the enemy that you do not need to experience. We will all be attacked, but if you are not in God's Word, you will easily be controlled and manipulated by the enemy. Victory in Jesus will not be your norm. We are supposed to be "overcomers"!

   Try the following assignment and see if your life does not change for the better. Promise God that you will take 5 minutes to get alone with Him and read His word each day. Then read with an expectant heart. Ask God to reveal His will to you through His Word. Ask Him what He wants you to do with what you just read. And write it down in a journal, so you do not forget what God said. And then, yes another and then, tell another person what God said to you when you read His word. I promise you that if you do this each day, you will soon want to spend much more than 5 minutes. The time will increase because the fellowship with God will grow sweeter and deeper. Begin with Psalm 119. Begin NOW!

Love in Christ,
Pastor Wayne

FROM ANDREW MURRAY'S SCHOOL OF PRAYER
(Thoughts on our training for the Ministry of Intercession)
Sept 30th-6th, 2013

   The blood of Christ makes us have a right standing with God. The Holy Spirit gives us the power and makes us fit for "believing intercession." God breathes into us the priestly spirit---a burning love for God's honor and the saving of souls. He makes us so one with Jesus, that prayer in His name is a reality. And the world needs, greatly needs, priests who will bear the burden of the perishing ones, and intercede on their behalf.

   Are you willing to offer yourself to this holy work? You know the surrender it demands--nothing less than the Christ-like giving up of all, that the saving purposes of God's love may be accomplished among men. "For God so loved the world that He ...." ( John 3:16 )

Wayne G. Swokowski, Sr. Pastor Music of Life Church

YOUR FUTURE
Sept 23rd-29th, 2013

   Proverbs 4:26 in the King James Version says, "ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established." God will not do for us what we need to do for ourselves. He will not read the bible for you. He will not pray for you. He will not shower or have good hygiene for you. Yes, God's people need to take a shower, wear deodorant, and brush their teeth. The gospel is much more appealing in a clean vessel. This might sound a little funny, but I am really serious. Do all for God's glory!

   And to go along with the little health lecture, it's good to remember that the secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine. Men do not decide their future. They decide their daily habits. Their habits create their future. Let each of us be doers of His word and not "hearers only"! Make it a habit to spend time in God's word each day. Your future will be more than you can imagine.

Wayne G. Swokowski, Sr. Pastor Music of Life Church

Big Prayers
Sept 16th-22nd, 2013

   In Joshua 10, Joshua asks God to make the Sun stand still. God honors his request, and Joshua goes forward into victory. God promised the land to Israel, but they had to go and possess the promise. Joshua was in God's will, taking what God had promised. They were fighting the enemies of God and running out of time. Joshua embraced the truth that God was with him, so he asked BIG! He asked for the Sun to stand still! It was BIG and AUDACIOUS!

   He first of all knew who God was. He knew God was always RIGHT and JUST! He also was walking in obedience before the Lord. For God's glory and so all would know "ONLY GOD COULD GET THE CREDIT FOR THE MIRACLE", Joshua dared to ask for the Sun to stand still. Are we walking in our purpose in such a way that we dare ask BIG for the glory of God? We can continue to think God only does the BIG things for special preachers and not me. Well it's time to believe and trust and claim God's promises. Ask Him to work in your life in a powerful way as never before, where He gets all the credit and everyone will know that only God could have done it. I am asking! Will you join me for a "Sun Stand Still" prayer?

Wayne G. Swokowski, Sr. Pastor Music of Life Church

ORDINARY TO EXTRA-ORDINARY
Sept 9th-15th, 2013

   I am asking God to do things, that when He does it will obviously be Him. But I realize it begins with my steps of obedience. The extraordinary moves of God begin with ordinary acts of obedience. And then God usually does what He does in ways we would never have imagined. God likes to "wet the wood" before He sets it on fire. That way everyone will know it was God that did it and not you or I. (I Kings 18:33-38)

   And through the whole process, it is not wrong to feel fear. But it is wrong to let fear have the last word in your life. The people who accomplish the most outstanding things for God and His glory are not the ones with the least amount of fear. Instead of letting the fear disable their dreams, they press into God and start increasing their capacity for faith. They act on the part of God's direction they do understand. And they leave the rest up to Him. Do not be afraid to ask big and trust God with the outcome. Maybe God will "make the Sun Stand Still" like He did for Joshua.

Wayne G. Swokowski, Sr. Pastor Music of Life Church

OVERCOMING THE ADVERSARY
Sept 2nd-8th, 2013

   We must never forget that the blood of Jesus Christ is the basis for the believer's acceptance by our wonderful Father in heaven. "In Him we have redemption through His blood....but now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ...." (Ephesians 1:7, 2:13)

   The blood of Christ has a powerful effect in defeating Satan. In Revelation 12:11 a loud voice from heaven proclaims Satan's defeat and the victory of the saints in these words, "They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony,..."

   The blood of Christ effectively shields us from the power and penalty of sin and the flesh. Hebrews 2:14-15 states, "Since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity so that by His death He might destroy him who holds the power of death--that is, the devil--and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their of death."

   Praise the Lord, what a perfect and complete shield we have. It extinguishes all the flaming arrows of Satan, if we use it. Failure to use the shield will allow some of Satan's fiery darts to work against us. Sadly most believers do not know how to put on the shield of faith, much less the whole armor of God. No wonder so many hobble through life wounded and powerless. Ask the Lord to show you how to put the armor on, for your victory and His glory!!!!

Wayne G. Swokowski, Sr. Pastor Music of Life Church

GREAT MUSIC PLAYED
August 25th - Sept 1, 2013

   Acts 2:46"...one accord...." There is one song given to the believer upon salvation. It is "the new song" as described in Psalm 40:1-3. The song is placed by the Holy Spirit into the heart of the new convert. This song sounds differently in each believer, because it is played through their spiritual gift.

   There is a difference between you playing the song and the Spirit playing the song. You may have the same sheet music and same stringed instrument. You may play very precise, with energy and passion. You may even attract multitudes of listeners, but you discover that you have no true joy or lasting fruit or glory.

   But when the Holy Spirit plays the song with the same sheet music and instrument, and has energy driven passion, with precision and accuracy, their is JOY, FRUIT, and GLORY! It is because when the Holy Spirit plays, you had to come into AGREEMENT. The effect was being anointed and fruitful and glorious for God!

Let's enjoy the concert together!

Wayne G. Swokowski, Sr. Pastor Music of Life Church

TIME TO "PUT UP or SHUT UP"
August 19-25th, 2013

   For many years the churches in the Fox valley have proclaimed a desire to have revival and win the lost souls to Christ. Yet most believers never share their faith with lost people, not even the lost loved ones and neighbors that that see and meet everyday. It is a REPROACH TO US THAT THE DEVIL WANTS OUR CITIES MORE THAN THE CHURCH DOES!!

   Jesus said that we would "receive power after the Holy Spirit came upon us" so that we would be able to "witness" for Christ and see people saved. It makes sense to me that if we never witness, it is very possible that we do not have the power of the Holy Spirit!! Yet, most Christians say they love the lost and want to see their own communities won to Jesus. If we will consider the following list of questions, we may conclude that we need a fresh anointing of the power of the Holy Spirit. Consider this:

1. How much time do you actually fellowship with Jesus?
2. How much time do you read the bible and meditate on the word?
3. How much time do you sing and praise the Lord in song outside of church?
4. How often do you share Christ with lost people? saved people?
5. How much do you pray for the lost? for your pastor?
6. How often do you pray for Pres. Obama, Gov. Walker, Senators?
7. How often have you prayed for the Mayor of the cities surrounding you?
8. How often do you pray for Christians suffering for Jesus around the world?
9. How often do you pray for Jerusalem and Israel?
10. How often do you tithe or do you regularly steal from God?

   Are these questions too tough, too unloving, too hard to handle? Well if we are not willing to consider that we could be wrong and fall short with God's power, then it may be better to just shut up and not tell anyone we are Christians. OR it may be that we need to confess and repent and ask God for a fresh filling of His power, so we can live like the followers of Christ that we are called to be. Who is with me? I choose to follow Jesus and be a "doer of the word". If we all do the same, we will see multitudes come to Christ for salvation and repair.

Wayne G. Swokowski, Sr. Pastor Music of Life Church

FEROCIOUS TIMES
August 12th-18th , 2013

   II Timothy 3:1 says, "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come." In the Greek it reads like this: "this yet, be you knowing, that in last days shall-be-being-present ferocious periods."

   The word perilous: means ferocious, hard to bear, hard to approach, fierce, and savage. Notice the difference between the King James translation and the original Greek. The King James Bible says that the perilous times "shall come." The more accurate reading should be the Greek, which is,"ferocious times shall-be-being-present". These savage times are here now and will remain until Jesus comes back to rule the planet. Most people do not seem to get it! The Apostle Paul said that this is something we should KNOW. Jesus said that He would "build His Church and the gates of hell would not prevail against it". We are at war for the souls of men. Let each of us fight the good fight of faith and witness for Christ as never before!

Til the Shout!
Pastor Wayne

God is seeking worshipers!
August 5th-11th , 2013

   Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the Well, that God seeks those who will worship Him "in Spirit and in Truth." King David built a tabernacle to house the Ark of the Covenant. It was called The Tabernacle of David. He commissioned singers and musicians to worship the Lord in song and with instruments. They were to serve the Lord in this manner 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. King David loved to worship the Lord, and the Lord loved it even more. I believe we all could learn from David's example.

   King Solomon, David's son, was privileged to be called, to build the temple of God in Jerusalem. It took 6 years to build this magnificent structure for the glory of God. During these 6 years, the musicians commissioned by David, attended the building site as the temple was constructed. They played their instruments and sang songs of worship 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, during the entire 6 years that the temple was being built. We should learn from this example also. MAYBE we need to spend more time in praise and worship before the Lord as individuals and corporately. MAYBE we should turn the TV off and meet to pray and praise, more than one time per week. MAYBE we should NOT watch the Sunday football game and spend more time praising God and interceding for lost souls and for a local revival. MAYBE we should love God sooooooooooooooooooo much that being a "Radical, Fanatical" follower of Christ, would not be strange or weird. MAYBE we should actuallly live like the Acts 2:42 Christains and stop just talking about it. Are we really willing to do what it takes to live the Spirit filled life? Our fruit will tell! Our children are watching, and so is Jesus!!!!!

Til the Shout!
Pastor Wayne

WHY "AGAPE"
July 29th-4th , 2013

   For many years I asked Bible scholars and pastors and professors why the word Agape was used to describe God's love? I was repeatedly told that the word "Agape" was used because it was God's love and not mans. So I would ask again, "why the word Agape?" For years I received the same answer, "because it is God's love and not mans". So I tried to be more specific and asked, "I know mans' love is Phileo or Eros, but why then was the love of God called "Agape"? Again and again was was told the following: "BECAUSE IT COMES FROM GOD AND NOT MAN!" I could not seem to get across the question of why "that word AGAPE" was the chosen word. I decided to forget asking fellow preachers and pastors and search the scriptures myself.

   I studied original languages with use of Strong's Concordance and A.T. Robertson's Word Studies of the New Testament. I studied Ephesians 1:6 "...He made us accepted in the beloved." Accepted is from charis or grace and means: "to take to one's self".[ Strong's concordance defines the word grace as "the divine influence of God on the heart and the reflection in the life."] Beloved is from Agape, which is from a Hebrew concept: " to breath hard after someone, in order to take that person for one's self, for fellowship and oneness and fruitful joy forever". God initiates the process! From my study I conclude the following:

   God wants fellowship and oneness with us. He is intensely passionate with desire for us and breathes hard after us, with a racing heart. This divine influence of the Lord's passionate pursuit and breathing hard after us, influences our heart. We can respond by saying yes from our own free will. The Lord then accepts us (takes us to Himself) and our spirit is made alive by the breath of God, and His life is then seen (a reflection) in us and through us. This is grace! It is not merely The unmerited favor of God. It is much more! Saints have been cheated when they are taught that grace is only unmerited favor. God runs after us and tracks us down, so much that it led Him down a path to a blood stained cross. Grace says He died for us, in order to take us to Himself. He was not just passing out free tickets to heaven like He was on a celebrity concert tour! Ask God yourself and look at every verse that has grace in it, and I am convinced that grace will become more alive than you could ever imagine! Enjoy the journey and challenge if you dare!

Til the Shout!
Pastor Wayne

FOLLOW THE LEADER
July 22-28, 2013

   In John 16:13 Jesus said that "...when He, the Spirit of truth is come, He will guide you into all truth;..." Well, the Holy Spirit has come, because Jesus has risen from the dead and sits at the right hand of the Father in faithful intercession for the saints. It is indeed wonderful that believers have the Holy Spirit within them to empower them to fulfill God's will on the earth. He has promised to guide us into all truth. The word guide means: to show the way, to lead, a conductor as in an orchestra, to command with official authority. The earth is the battle field. The enemy has hidden obstacles with a purpose to stop our progress. The word of God tells us where to walk and the Spirit of God tells us when to walk. We cannot escape the battle. We are called to be more than conquerors for the cause of Christ. WE are doomed to fail without our guide. Therefore may we each walk in the Spirit and "be being filled with the Spirit" everyday. And remember your faith in Christ is the victory "that overcomes the world".

Til the Shout!
Pastor Wayne

RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
July 15th-21st, 2013

   The Rules of Engagement is a framework of thought that we must understand in these "battle-ridden", "last days", before the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.

   This is a military term that defines for the soldiers when, where, and how force will be used. We are in a struggle between two kingdoms, and it is darker than ever.

   King Jesus has given to the church the KEYS in order for her to prevail. The use of the keys means that we will have access and authority as we battle for right. Access allows for us to advance, but progress requires our participation. Are you a "doer of the word" in the battle for the souls of men, or are you a mere audience member? The choice has eternal ramifications! Future messages will reveal the keys in more detail and how they are used.

Til the Shout!
Pastor Wayne

WHAT IN THE WORLD IS A "GIN"?
July 8th-14th, 2013

    We have learned allot from King David, especially in the Psalms. In Psalm 140:5 we read: "The proud have laid a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set gins for me. Selah,"

    I have checked five different translations; the King James Version is the only one that uses the word "gin" for a trap or a snare. One of the meanings for this strange word is: "an iron ring put through the nostrils." It can mean snare or trap or lure or even noose. Why would a ring or "hook" in the nose be important to consider?

    Leviticus 21:18 gives Aaron instruction on the qualifications of a priest that serves the Lord. He must have a nose free from any affliction that would prevent him from properly smelling sacrifices and incense offered to the Lord God. David was considered a priest, just the believer in the epistle of I Peter 2:9 is called a member of a "royal priesthood". We can go before the throne of God, just as Aaron and David could in the Old Testament. The hook in the nose or "GIN", represents Satan's plan to hinder our ability and weaken our faith, as we serve the Lord in these last days. Have you ever heard someone say, "this just doesn't smell right!"? And you know they are not talking about food. If your spiritual nose is "off", then other spiritual senses will be affected as well. Maybe we need to consider each day, that we need to ask our Great Physician Jesus, to examine our noses as well as our hearts. What do you think?

Til the Shout!
Pastor Wayne

The Power Of Words
July 1st-7th, 2013

    We all know that words are very powerful. In a court of Law, one word, " Guilty", will reveal the future to a convicted felon. Two words, "Not Now", can just about break the heart of a young man who is asking the love of his life to marry him. In fact, everything that will ever happen to us, will be the effect of one or more words that enter our lives in one way or another. We end up living out the words we either hear, speak, see, or read. The way the words affect our lives is up to us. We are ultimately responsible for what we choose to do or not do with the words that bombard us almost constantly. I don't know about you, but I find this both awesome and fearful at the same time. To think that my daily destiny is made up of the words that entered my life at some time in the past.

    When we take a close look at God's word, we can clearly see the power of words in all of creation. We can not even begin to understand this whole idea without words to explain it to us. First, God created everything by the words of His mouth. Then He gave us a free will to choose what to do with the words in this world. But what is really great is that He did not leave us alone. He sent His Son and His Spirit to indwell us and guide us through the process. He made it so obvious, that He even gives us some details in John Chapter 1, verses 1-3: {"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made."}

The Son of God is called, "The WORD". This should give us great comfort, as we live each day trying to make the right choice in words. It is a serious choice we all make, especially since Proverbs 18:21a says, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue:..."

Til the Shout!
Pastor Wayne

THIS DAY WE FIGHT
June 24th-1st, 2013

The following is from a book I really like called This Day We Fight by Francis Frangipane, page 32

    In a scene from the third Lord Of The Rings movie, The Return Of The King, Aragorn seeks to inspire his hopelessly outnumbered men against what seems like sure defeat: Hell's swarming legions have amassed before them and the courage of Aragorn's fighters is weakening.

Riding along the front lines of his gathered, but rather lowly, army, he shouts:

   'I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me.
   A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake
   our friends and break all bonds of fellowship. But it is not this day....
   This Day We Fight! By all that you hold dear on this earth, I bid you stand, men of the West!'


    Let us also put aside our fears and the burdens of a passive spirit. Let us take up the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. And let us war on behalf of righteousness.... This Day We Fight!" in these areas.

Til the Shout!
Pastor Wayne

UNITY OR UNION
June 17th-24th, 2013

   Psalm 133:1 says, "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity."

I was told by an old preacher the following truth concerning unity and union. He said, "You can tie the tail of a Tomcat to the tail of a Bulldog and you will have UNION and never UNITY." It's strange how as believers, we tend to think that just because people attend the same church building on Sundays, and sing the same songs, and read the same bibles, that we are in unity and in fellowship. In the verse I mentioned above, the words "together" and "unity" are actually the same Hebrew word. They mean: "to be" or "to become as one", and " to intentionally gather with". It strongly leads to fellowship. And to make it even more powerful, the word "dwell" means: "remain, abide or to marry"!

    God says that this UNITY is good, and only good things are possible with and through God. He also says that it is PLEASANT, which means: "to be delightfully in Agreement". If we are honest, we do not see much of the "God-directed" UNITY between Christians in the Fox Valley. We say that we are ONE, but there are so many unspoken conditions. We often are more loyal to our denomination or to a celebrity preacher than we are to living the "Oneness" that will demonstrate to the world that God sent Jesus. What can repair the damage between churches in our communities? Are we willing to consider that We could be wrong? Are we willing to actually obey the words of Jesus rather than our own doctrines of comfort and convenience? I will be dealing with these questions in the days and weeks ahead. It is time to live Psalm 133 and not just appear that we really care. I begin by examining my own heart in these areas.

Til the Shout!
Pastor Wayne

Saints!
June 10th-17th, 2013

    It is high time for us to realize that many in the church need a "Holy kick in the pants!" Ephesians 5:14 says, "Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light."

AWAKE: means to collect one's faculties and senses. To have a working plan. To learn cause and effect in the public square.

SLEEPEST: means to disengage your focus, or to yield your trust to various sources.

ARISE: means to covenant with, to stand upright and be very vigilant.

DEAD: means having no breath, no blood flow, to be disconnected from a cause.

LIGHT: means to make known or visible, to receive revelatory direction.

    God is saying through Paul, for us to "stop making excuses for our passivity!" Be intentionally focused on what pleases God. Be actively aggressive in being a "doer of God's word" and not just a hearer! We are to wake up to the reality that we are not the CAUSE, and God is the Cause! Submit to Him being the CAUSE for your life and purpose, and He will give you revelatory direction! Now, ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand in your own heart what I just said.

Til the Shout!
Pastor Wayne

All And Not Just One
June 3rd-10th, 2013

    In Acts 2 we see that the early church was unified and in agreement. Verse 42 says that they "continued steadfastly", and in verse 46 it says they were all in "one accord". It was not about one Apostle or one Preacher. The church is a body and we are His body. We all are involved in healthy times and unhealthy times. Church does not begin when I preach at 10:10 on Sunday morning. Our church meets in a building from 9:30 to 11:00. It involves fellowship, eating, prayers, singing, and preaching. "Together" we will experience the Voice and Presence of God. It is a glorious time.

    On Sunday, June 9, I will be with my family out of town. My son, Pastor Joel, will be preaching in my absence. I pray that the attendance will be greater, and the fellowship deeper, and the offering larger in my absence. After all, it's about all of us abiding and flowing in the Power of His Spirit. When the pastor is gone, may we intensify our focus and not miss one step in our progress for God. We are "Members one of another". I desire to give joy to our Savior as he leads us forward. So, as my mom used to say, "Keep Your Eyes On Jesus"!

Til the Shout!
Pastor Wayne

Why "Music Of Life" for the name of our church?
May 27th-2nd, 2013

    Recently I have taken special care to listen to everything around me. Music seems to accompany and even drive most activities and events. Music is everywhere. There will be music in Heaven continually giving praise and glory to God. Here on earth, music refers to celebration, unity, agreement, and fellowship. Life is the ability to repair, which includes needed confrontations and healing our damaged thought processes. Church should be a place that allows for repair and resounds with joy and praise.

    In Psalm 40:3 David declares that the LORD has "put a new song in my mouth." Multitudes of others psalms proclaim the necessity of song. "I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever." (psalm 89) "I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live." (psalm 104) We could go on all day and read about God's wonderful music. In a thorough study, we would discover that the saints of God are His musical instruments of praise. The realization and application of this truth will change us and truly direct all glory to our precious Lord and Savior. Come and join us in our first service of worship on Sunday, June 2, 2013.

Refuge

  Are you looking for a place of refuge to worship God? The church as The Bride of Christ is to be a place of refuge. We see in Psalm 9:9 where it says, "The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble." In this verse refuge means, "a place of hope under wings, a shelter." Psalm 46:1 says, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."

For a greater understanding of Refuge click HERE.

Restoration

  Are you looking for a place to help you restore areas of your life that have been broken or lost? When the church is a place of refuge people can begin the process of biblical restoration. Restoration is getting out of a hole or getting back to an original state. If you stopped communicating with an old friend because of a fight, restoration would be starting to communicate with that friend again.

For a greater understanding of Restoration click HERE.

Repair

  Are you looking for a place to help you repair physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually? Repair is better than just being restored. Being restored is being brought back to where you once were originally. Repair is to be made stronger and healthier than the previous state. Do you want to be stronger and healthier than you were yesterday?

For a greater understanding of Repair click HERE.

Wednesday Service,
6:59 PM - 8:29 PM

Sunday Service,
9:20 AM - 11:00 AM

Sunday's breakdown:

9:20 AM - 10:00 AM fellowship time: Enjoy food and beverage while getting to know one another.
This is an intentional part of our service, and not just a "filler" before preaching.

10:00 AM - 10:10 AM transition with announcements and greetings followed by Communion.

10:10 AM - 10:40 AM preaching and teaching a biblical nugget, which is practical and usable.
(deeper teaching offered at other times including Wednesday night services)

10:40 AM - 11:00 AM worship and praise in music.


11:00 AM congregation is dismissed.
Music and prayer will continue if people are still being ministered to by the Elders.