Growing Strong in 2019

As we begin this new year, I want to encourage you to purpose in your heart that this will be a year of powerful growth where your life is concerned, a year where you grow stronger as an individual and a year in which every area of your life thrives in a greater way. I believe that God can restore you this year and make you healthier and stronger than you have ever been before. I believe that this is the vision that our Heavenly Father wants all of us to have in our hearts this year. No matter how old or how young you are, and no matter what you may have seen in times past, this is your season to GROW, to flourish, to be healthy, and to become stronger than ever before!

In the same way that a farmer or a gardener plants a seed in order to experience a harvest, let the seed of “GROWING STRONG IN 2019” take root in your heart today and then make plans to water that seed in the coming days by setting new priorities and routines that are life-giving. One of the best things we can do to create this kind of a healthy environment for growth is to keep God and His Word first place. Not in a cold legalistic way, but out of a sincere love for the One who passionately loves us, the One who laid down His life so we could live a new life, a life that is free, healthy, blessed and strong. His words are life-giving, they strengthen us deep within and they bring about the genuine changes that our hearts desire.

We live in a time when words like “genuine” and “authentic” have taken on greater meaning than ever before. Why? The reason is simple… the world that we live in has become full of the exact opposite. Sadly, disingenuous people are all around, many with ulterior motives and hidden agendas. Even the foods we buy have become man-made, chemically treated and processed to the point that they’re not healthy. As a result, many in our generation have switched to organic and non-GMO products because they want something real, something that promotes good health. I believe that the same holds true spiritually!

“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.”– John 6:63

I believe that our generation wants more than hype and a hollow religous show. They’re looking for something that’s real, something that makes them spiritually healthy and brings true and lasting change to their lives. That’s exactly what Jesus came to bring us and that is what His Word brings into our lives when we receive it. The truth is, there is nothing more genuine, or more pure and authentic than God’s Word and it carries with it the power needed to bring about genuine change in us. The person who falls in love with God’s Word will find much more than historical facts and interesting information. A love for God’s Word positions us to discover and receive real life and real power that brings about real results!

“Your promises have been thoroughly tested; that is why I love them so much.” – Psalm 119:140 NLT

I want to encourage you today to be a lover of God’s Word in 2019, to fall in love with the truths, teachings, wisdom and promises of God’s Word. For some, it might be for the very first time and for others, it might just be a reminder to put first place what’s most important and truly valuable. Either way, let a love and a passion for Jesus and His Words be kindled in your heart today in a new way! Let His Words take center stage and let the other less important things fade from view. What He has said about you is what’s true and most important! His wisdom is powerful and life-changing when you apply it! His promises cause faith and hope to rise within you! So, let’s choose to love His Word more than ever before and let’s expect to encounter the positive change that His Word can bring to our spirit, soul, body, heart, mind, home and life! Here are seven specific things that God’s Word brings to us:

7 Things God’s Word Brings Into Our Lives:

Freedom

God’s Word Liberates Us: 

“So Jesus said to those Jews who had believed in Him, If you abide in My word [hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them], you are truly My disciples. And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.” – John 8:31 AMPC

Cleansing 

God’s Word Cleanses Us: 

“You are cleansed and pruned already, because of the word which I have given you [the teachings I have discussed with you].” – John 15:3 AMPC

Restoration 

God’s Word Restores Us: 

“So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save (sozo: restore and make whole) your souls.” – James 1:21 NLT

Strength

God’s Word Builds Us Up: 

“And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” – Acts 20:32 ESV

Growth

God’s Word Brings Spiritual Growth: 

“As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.” – 1 Peter 2:2 NKJV

Equipping 

God’s Word Equips Us for Our Purpose: 

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for [a]instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV

Profit

God’s Word Profits Us When We Believe: 

“For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.” – Hebrews 4:2 KJV


I hope that these verses are an encouragement to you. Remember, the Bible teaches that we love God because He first loved us and we love MUCH because we have been forgiven MUCH! Know today that the same One who gave you Jesus loves you passionately right now in this moment. He is with you and He has an amazing plan for your future. 2019 is your year to GROW STRONG… your best is truly yet to come!


We love you and we are praying that 2019 will be your best year yet,
Jordan & Melissa Gash
Pastors of Restore Church

Introducing Phase 2 of the Beyond Boundaries Project

Hello Friends,

Melissa and I are excited to bring you this one year anniversary update for the Beyond Boundaries ProjectIt was just one year ago today that we closed on our 34 acre property in Yorkville, soon to be the home of Restore Church. Since that time, by God’s grace and the financial support of friends like you, we have been making great progress and plan to move to our new church home soon.

Our building construction is getting close to completion. All of our heating and cooling units are now up and running, painting has begun and flooring is currently being installed. The exterior windows and commercial glass doors are going in this week, followed by the siding and new roof. Things have really come a long way since we started the building renovations in May.

In regards to our official launch date, we will not be launching on September 30 as we had originally planned. There were 2 more permits that we needed to have prior to the start of our excavation and obtaining them has taken much longer than originally expected. As a result, our launch date has been delayed. The good news is that we actually received one of the needed permits last Friday and we expect to have the other one soon! We still intend to launch Restore Church this fall. We will be sure to communicate to everyone our timeline and the official launch date just as soon as we know more.

Please know that your financial support is making a difference. After launching the Beyond Boundaries Project one year ago, we have since reached and exceeded our initial goal of $119,000. All of the funds that have come in over the past year have gone towards the land purchase, building renovations and the excavation that is about to begin. We are excited to announce that we are now launching Phase 2 of the Beyond Boundaries Project. Phase 2 is a new $125,000 goal to pay for our paving and parking lot expenses. We are simply asking that everyone pray about supporting this new project goal. We believe that together, with the Lord’s help, we will be able to reach our goal and finish this project strong!

Thank you again for your friendship, prayers and financial support over the past year. We are grateful for you and we are believing with you for great increase in every area of your life. I believe that this is a time for us to dream big dreams with God, to align our vision with His, and to put our complete trust in Him in a greater way. There is an important reason why we are going beyond our boundaries… God loves people and He wants to use us to impact our community and our generation with the life-giving message of Jesus! So, let’s go far beyond where we’ve ever been before. Let’s go beyond boundaries!

We will be sure to stay in touch with more updates and project details.

Much love and blessings!

Jordan & Melissa Gash
www.beyondboundariesproject.com

 

restorechurchyorkville.com is now live!

Dear Friends,

We are excited to introduce restorechurchyorkville.com! Please take a few minutes to explore our new website and learn more about the mission and vision of Restore Church. We would love for you to be a part of the official launch of the church this Fall… we believe that this is more than a move, it’s a movement! If you would like to get more involved, you can visit the Connect area of the new website to sign up!

Please be sure to stop back for updates and announcements regarding the construction project and the opening of Restore Church at our new location. Things are progressing well at the new property. As long as everything stays on schedule, our goal is to launch the weekend of September 30. We will be sure to stay in touch and keep you posted on all of the details!

Please let us know what you think about the new website. We are grateful for all that the Lord is doing right now as we begin this new season as a church. Thank you for your continued friendship and support. Together, we are elevating JESUS and His power to RESTORE so that people can know God, grow strong, discover purpose and make a difference!

Much love and blessings,

Jordan & Melissa Gash
Pastors at Restore Church

>> Be sure to check out the all new Restore Church App!

Restoration is Coming – Fall of 2018

Dear Friends,

Blessings to you and your family! Great things are happening and we are excited to bring you an important update regarding the Beyond Boundaries Project and our plans for the launch of Restore Church. As many of you already know, we are getting ready to begin a new season as a church in a new location with a new name! Our vision is getting bigger and much clearer. Our team is growing and we’ve been putting new systems in place that will help our church carry out our mission and grow in a healthy way. We believe that God is doing something amazing right now and we’re looking forward to what’s ahead!

We plan to launch at our new Yorkville location this Fall. Construction started on our new building this past May and is now well underway. We’ve set a very aggressive construction schedule in order to launch Restore Church in the Fall and things are really coming together… the Lord is with us and He is helping us! As long as everything stays on schedule, we plan to open the weekend of September 30, 2018.

We are now at 44% of our original project goal. Please know that your financial support is making a difference! We would not be here without you and the grace of God that has enabled us throughout this process. Thank you for generously supporting this project and for helping us bring the life-changing message of Jesus to our community in a greater way.

The Lord is doing something really special in our church right now as we prepare to begin this exciting new season. I want to share with you a message that I preached this past Sunday from a new series we’re calling, Welcome Home. I hope that it stirs your heart regarding the mission that Jesus has given to us… this mission is what the Beyond Boundaries Project and Restore Church is all about.

We love you and we appreciate you. We will be bringing you more updates soon!

Much Love & Blessings,

Jordan & Melissa

Dream New Dreams

 

As we begin 2018, it’s good for all of us to be reminded that our Heavenly Father has dreams and desires for us, His children. He is wanting to do great things in our lives this year, things that are far above and beyond our own dreams and desires. Our part is to look past where we have been and where we are at today to Him and, with a sincere heart, receive the dreams that He has for us. In other words, we can dream together with the One who holds our future! As we delight ourselves in the Lord this year, I believe He is going to put new dreams and desires into our hearts that are strategic for this season of our lives.

Delight yourself in the Lord, And He will give you the desires and petitions of your heart.” – Psalm 37:4 AMPC

We can see this in the life of Moses. In Acts 7:23, it says when Moses turned 40 years old, it came into his heart to visit his people. This desire that came into his heart was a God-given dream and a part of his divine destiny. As the story unfolds, things didn’t turn out the way that Moses had expected and he spent the next 40 years of his life out in the wilderness. I think that there are a lot of people today who probably feel the same way that Moses must have felt at that point in his life. He had big dreams of making an impact in his generation but it looked as though it was never going to come to pass. From a natural perspective, it looked like the dream he once had was dead and there wasn’t much hope that he would ever become the person he once thought that he would be. What’s amazing about this story is that 40 years after the time the dream first came into his heart, God visited Moses in a burning bush and spoke to him again concerning the dream he had when he was a young man. God RESTORED Moses’ dream and empowered him to go on and accomplish the things that were in his heart years earlier.

“It shall come about after this That I shall pour out My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and your daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, Your young men will see visions.” – Joel 2:28 AMPC

It’s never too late to dream a new dream! If God did it for Moses, he can do it for you. No matter what you may have been through, by the power of God, you can be restored and dream again. In Joel 2:28, it says that in the last days God will pour our His Spirit on all flesh and, through the power of the Holy Spirit, old men will  “dream dreams.”  The word translated dream in that verse could also be translated “recover” or “restore”. This means that, through the power of the Holy Spirit, God can restore our dreams. Things that looked as though they were lost or impossible of fulfillment, the Lord is saying, I can recover it! Remember, the gifts and callings of God are without repentance. He is able to redeem the time and restore the years that have been lost.

“Now to Him who is able to carry out His purpose and do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams].” – Ephesians 3:20 AMPC

Let’s dream big dreams this year, dreams that are rooted in what God is able to do in and through our lives. In other words, let’s enlarge our vision and make room in our lives for the power of God. Nothing is too difficult for Him! No dream is too big! So, let’s approach our future with renewed faith and hope in the One who not only gives us big dreams but also brings them to pass!

Get ready… GREAT things are ahead!

Jordan & Melissa Gash | Pastors

BEHOLD HIS GOODNESS: What’s happening on the inside of you is more important than what’s happening on the outside of you. In this message, you will be encouraged about the true nature of God and the good things that come to your life as you look to Him, trust in Him and expect to see His goodness in your life! There are a lot of things you could look at today but there is a new DREAM that will rise in you as you BEHOLD His beauty and goodness. #DREAMnewDREAMS

Grace & Peace: God’s Gifts to You

As we celebrate the birth of our Savior this Christmas, our prayer for you is that His peace would fill and overflow your heart. God loves you more than you know… and we love you too! Beyond the busyness and noise of the holiday season, may His voice be clear to you and may His relentless love be real to you. I would like to encourage you for a moment about the reality of God’s grace and peace. These are precious gifts that He has given to us and He wants us to enjoy them!

The world that we live in can be turbulent at times and in life there are many opportunities to loose our peace. As children of God, we need to be reminded on a regular basis that we have access to peace, a peace that has power to quiet the storms that come against our minds, our homes, our families and our relationships.

“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you His peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:16 NLT

The peace of God affects our lives in the moment that we receive it but it doesn’t stop there. Walking in God’s peace can also have a powerful impact on our future… the Bible teaches that God’s peace actually enables us to fulfill our God given destinies! In Judges 6, the Lord appeared to Gideon and spoke to him about his future. Gideon was full of fear, timidity and was uncertain about his future at the time but the Lord encouraged him and spoke peace to him. This peace was real to Gideon and it impacted him to the point of building an altar as a memorial of what had happened that day. He called the name of that place Jehovah Shalom, which means the Lord is Peace. For Gideon, receiving God’s peace was a destiny altering moment that gave him a clear vision of his future and powerfully impacted his life. This is one important reason why we must choose to stay in peace… our future depends on it!

Here are 7 keys to staying in peace:

#1 – Look to Your Source.

“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace….” -1 Corinthians 14:33 KJV

God is the author, creator and originator of true peace. In the Old Testament, Jesus is called the Prince of Peace and, in the New Testament, there are 5 places that call our Heavenly Father the God of Peace. He is the source of absolute, genuine and pure peace. In other words, the peace we are talking about is the peace that God himself has, walks in and enjoys. This is the peace that fills Heaven. This is the same peace that also filled Jesus and calmed the storm in Mark 4:39. As a person made in His image and likeness, this is the peace that you were created for, a peace you were destined to know and enjoy!

#2 – Enjoy the Peace You Have With God.

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Romans 5:1 KJV

Jesus came as the great Peacemaker to bring peace into our relationship with God. After the fall of Adam, mankind was spiritually separated from the God of Peace and, as a result, we no longer knew the way of peace (Romans 3:17). The Scriptures show us that Jesus came to guide our feet back into the way of peace and, in Colossians 1:20, we see that through His work on the cross, Jesus brought about peace between God and man. This peace of forgiveness and righteousness with God puts us into a place of favor with Him and it gives us access to a life of peace… spirit, soul & body. Jesus gave us peace with God so we could enjoy the peace of God!

#3 – See the Grace & Peace That’s Ever Coming to You.

“Grace be unto you, and peace, from Him which is, and which was, and which is to come.” – Revelation 1:4 KJV

You and I are in a living relationship with God. He is our Heavenly Father and His posture towards us is one of grace and peace. So much so, that 17 New Testament letters begin with grace and peace be unto you from God, our Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ! This is the context of our relationship with God or, you could say, this is the atmosphere in which the New Testament was written. He is ever gracious towards us and His peace is ever available to us. Our part is to respond and to choose to participate in that relationship (and the peace that it brings). In other words, don’t live at a distance in your heart and mind from the One who loves you. Draw near unto Him in faith and take time to fellowship with the God of peace. As you do, His peace will come upon you and affect you in a wonderful way.

#4 – Acknowledge His Peace That Is Within You.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace….” – Galatians 5:22 KJV

The Bible reveals that the Holy Spirit now dwells within us and that He is ever at work, producing God’s peace on the inside of us. Yielding to the Holy Spirit leads us into a life of peace and He gives us power to live in peace with those who are around us. God has empowered us from within to be at peace and to bring peace into our environment. It’s good to acknowledge and give God thanks for the peace of the Holy Spirit that is within us. Doing so, enables us to access that peace that is readily available on the inside.

# 5 – Let His Peace Reign in Your Heart & Mind. 

“Let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state to which as members of Christ’s one body you were also called to live. And be thankful (appreciative), giving praise to God always.” – Colossians 3:15 AMP

Throughout each day, we always have a choice to make where the condition of our heart is concerned… are we going to let our heart be troubled or are we going to let the peace of God reign instead? Whatever we let ourselves think on and talk about the most is what is going to reign in us. David said in the Psalms that great peace have they which love God’s Word and we see in Romans 8 that what we think on can produce life and peace. Let’s think on God’s Word! Let’s allow the truth of His Word to fill our hearts, our minds and our conversations. Doing so is a sure way to experience His peace that passes understanding!

#6 – Contend for Peace in Your Home.

My people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.” – Isaiah 32:18

The peace of God that fills our hearts and minds can also fill our homes. When Jesus sent out His disciples, He said that their peace would come upon the homes of those that would receive them. This is a real peace that we should expect to experience in our marriages, with our children and in our homes!

#7 – Be a Peacemaker & Choose to Avoid Strife.

Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.” – Proverbs 12:20 NIV

A major part of living a life of peace is choosing to be at peace with others. We can’t control what other people say or do but we can always control our responses to others. Jesus said,Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” He didn’t say blessed are the people who win every argument or blessed are the people who prove their point or get their way. No, He said blessed are those who seek peace and desire to be at peace with others. The older I get, the more I realize the value of having peace in relationships. This is a major part of staying in peace and it keeps us focussed on what matters most. Let’s be like our Father in Heaven. Let’s be peacemakers!

 

We hope that these verses are filling you with the peace of God! Also, we’ve included a link below to two messages that I recently taught on the peace of God. I hope that they are a blessing to you. We love you and we are praying for you. Have a very blessed Christmas!!!

GRACE & PEACE,

Jordan and Melissa Gash, Pastors

www.oswegofamilychurch.com

 

Beyond Boundaries Project | December Update

Dear Friends,

As Melissa and I consider all that has taken place over the past year, our hearts are full of gratitude for what the Lord has done.  2017 has definitely been a special year for our family and for our local church!  We are seeing God’s favor, restoration, and increase in amazing ways and we are grateful for the special season that our church is in right now.  We believe that this is an exciting time for all of us to go beyond our boundaries!

We want to give you a quick update on how things are moving along with the building project.  As some of you know, there was quite a bit of demolition work needed to be done on the inside of the building before any kind of construction could take place.  I’m excited to report that all of the interior demo work is now complete!  You can see how the inside of the building looks now in the December update video below. Getting that work out of the way was a big step towards our interior renovation goals.  We are continuing to meet with city officials, engineers and our architect to fine tune our building plans and we hope to have more information soon regarding a possible timeline for the renovation.  We look forward to sharing those details with you once we have them!

We also want to be sure to say a special THANK YOU to all of you who have given and continue to give towards this project.  So far, 33% of our project costs have been paid for!  God’s grace and your gifts are enabling us to take this step in order for our church to make a greater impact.  Thank you for helping us take the message of Jesus to this region and beyond.  We love you and we appreciate you.  Together, we are taking the land and going far beyond our boundaries!

Grace & Peace,
Jordan & Melissa Gash, Pastors

I WILL NOT BE AFRAID: WORDS TO DECLARE IN THE FACE OF FEAR

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” – 2 Timothy 3:1

The world that we live in is a dangerous place and now more than ever we are faced with many opportunities to be afraid. In 2 Timothy 3:1-17, the Bible explains that there will be dangerous times and that evil people will become worse and worse. In that passage, the Apostle Paul lists in great detail the corrupt attributes of man’s fallen nature, attributes that can be traced back to the garden of Eden. There, God originally created mankind in His image and likeness and man was very good. Adam and Eve were God’s children and were carriers and revealers of His life, light and love. When Adam turned away from God, his Creator, he also turned away from his true identity and purpose. Romans 5 explains that at that time, sin entered into the world through Adam along with spiritual death and darkness. Then, in the very next generation, the heartbreaking destruction began. Cain, who should have been his brother’s keeper and friend, murdered innocent Able instead. By the time you get to Genesis 6, God’s creation had moved far away from His original plan, so much so that His heart was grieved over the violence that had filled the earth through man. So, how does He feel about the violence taking place today? God is love and He continues to be only good. There is no one more grieved by the violence and evil that exists in the earth than He is. He is not the originator of it and He is not behind it. He is the One who, in His great love, sent Jesus to restore us and to rescue us from the evil effects of Adam’s Fall.

“But as for you, continue to hold to the things that you have learned and of which you are convinced, knowing from whom you learned them.” – 2 Timothy 3:14 AMPC

Even though we live in dangerous times where evil is present, we don’t have to live our lives intimidated by fear. In 2 Timothy 3:1-17, Paul not only describes the dangers and evils that we will face, he also teaches us how to respond to them. Beginning in verses 13 and 14 he says in affect, these evils exist but you’re to give your attention to the Scriptures that will empower you to be the person that God has created you to be. In other words, don’t be distracted or intimidated by the darkness. Instead, keep moving forward, keep shining, keep believing in God and continue to pursue the plan He has for your life. We don’t have to be paralyzed by fear! God has promised to protect us from evil. Our part is to respond to His promises of protection with genuine faith and to overcome evil with good.

“What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.” – Psalm 56:3 KJV

Whatever we look at, listen to and talk about has an impact on our heart, either in the positive or in the negative. We can focus on the darkness or we can focus on the light. The choice is ours. If we make an intentional decision to put the light of God’s word before our eyes, it will strengthen us and bring peace to our hearts and minds. We must not be silenced by fear. If what God has said to us in His word is really true, it must affect the way we talk about our future. All of the promises of God belong to us now that we are in Christ Jesus, so let’s hear God’s promises preached, let’s read them and let’s declare them with trust and confidence in the One who gave them to us. 2 Corinthian 4:13 says, “We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak.”  Listed below are some promises found in God’s word that you can personalize, believe and speak.

I would encourage you to think about these and make them your declaration in the face of fear:

1. “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” – Romans 12:21 (KJV)

Declaration: I will not be overcome by evil but I will overcome evil with good. 

2. Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father.” – Galatians 1:4 (KJV)

Declaration: Through Jesus, I am delivered from this present evil world according to the will of my Father in Heaven.

3. I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” – John 17:14-17 (KJV)

Declaration: God keeps me from the evil that is in the world and my life is sanctified by the truth of God’s word.

4. “But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:3 (KJV)

Declaration: The Lord is faithful. He establishes me and He keeps me from evil.

5. “Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” – 2 Timothy 4:17-18 (KJV)

Declaration: The Lord stands with me and He strengthens me to do His will. He delivers me from danger and He shall deliver me from every evil work. He will preserve me unto His Heavenly Kingdom.

6. “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord , He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.” – Psalm 91:1-16 (KJV)

Declaration: I will live in the secret place of the Most High and I will abide under the shadow of the Almighty, the One Who is my source and my abundant supply. The Lord is my refuge and my fortress, my God; in Him will I trust. He delivers me from the traps of the enemy and from deadly diseases. He covers me and I trust in Him. His truth and His faithfulness are my shield and buckler. I will not be afraid of the terrors of the night nor of the dangers of the day. Neither will I fear destruction or diseases. A thousand may fall at my side and ten thousand at my right hand but it will not come near me. I have made the Lord my refuge and the most High my habitation, so no evil will befall me and no plague will come near my home. God has given His angels charge over me and they protect me wherever I go. I overcome every enemy and trample them under my feet. Because I have set my love upon the Lord, He will deliver me. He will set me on high because I have known His name. I will call upon Him and He will answer me. He will be with me in trouble. He will deliver me and honor me. With long life will He satisfy me and show me His salvation.

7. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” – Psalm 23:4 KJV

Declaration: The Lord is my shepherd. He loves me and He is with me. Therefore, I will fear no evil.

We hope that these promises have encouraged your heart today. We sincerely believe that God has great things in store for you and your family!

We love you and we’re praying for you,

Jordan & Melissa Gash, Pastors
Oswego Family Church

Earlier this year, I preached a message about being either a prisoner of HOPE or a prisoner of FEAR. The link to that audio message is above. I hope that it is a blessing to you! – Pastor Jordan

A New Name for a Greater Vision

Dear Friends,

November 7, 2017 marks 13 years since we started the church. Since that day, we have been on an amazing journey, one that Melissa and I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. While we are forever thankful for all that God has done over the years, we know that it doesn’t begin to compare to what He has in store! As we celebrate this anniversary of the church, we felt like it would be the perfect time to also introduce some exciting changes that will be taking place when we move to our new location. We would like to officially introduce to you today the future name of our church, Restore Church. We believe that Restore Church is a new name for a greater vision. Our current name describes where we are but our new name speaks to who we are. We are really excited about making this change! In addition to sharing with you the new church name, we also want to bring you up to speed on where we are with the Beyond Boundaries Project.God’s grace has been abounding towards us and we have made great progress since our last update. When we first launched the project this past August, we set what we’ve called our 250 Seat Goal. At $3,200.00 per seat, the project will be paid in full. Our initial goal was to pay for 79 of the 250 seats in order to purchase the property and begin the building renovations. We’re excited to announce that since our last update, we have officially reached our first goal of 79 seats! As of today, 80 seats have been paid for, leaving only 170 seats to pay off the project. God is so good!!!

In addition to paying off the project, our goal now is to move things along as fast as possi­ble. Thanks to some pretty amazing volunteers, the clean-up and demo work out at the property has been going well. We’re also working with an architect and a civil engineer to finalize the necessary plans for building renova­tions and parking lot construction. We do not have a definite timeline yet as to when we will be able to move onto the property but we will be sure to let you know just as soon as we have more information.

We especially want to thank all of you that have given and continue to give towards this project. You are helping us go beyond our boundaries as a church in order to impact this area with the gospel of Jesus! We are sincerely grateful for your support. Together, by God’s grace, we are taking the land!

Much love and blessings,

Jordan & Melissa Gash, Pastors

http://www.beyondboundariesproject.com