Thursday, June 25, 2020

BOOT THE DEVIL OUT OF YOUR LIFE!



The Devil or Satan is real. Demonic warfare is real. Angels are real. Spiritual Battle occurs everyday. You are the Prize. You are the battleground. You must realize this and engage in the fight. (1 Timothy 6:12)
God has gotten you the victory through the Lord Jesus Christ, (1 Cor. 15:57) but you must act on that fact by taking control of who dominates your life.  There is no magic wand, formula, or "special grace" that makes you immune to this battle. You must engage and decisively deal with those demonic powers. Here is how:
James 4:7 (KJV)
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Step One: Submit yourself to God. This means you surrender your will to His will and decide once and for all to follow His instructions in all matters concerning your life. There is no other way.
Step Two: You must actively, assertively, and energetically resist the devil. You cannot ignore, entertain, or fellowship with the devil. You must literally boot him out of your life. 
Step Three: He will flee from you! This is something you must believe, act on in faith and count done each time you resist him.  God's Word says if you do Steps 1 and 2 then you can expect Step 3.  Have faith in God's Word. Take responsibility for your life and circumstances. Take the authority God has given you in the Mighty Name of Jesus and keep the devil out!
Romans 16:20 (KJV)
20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

RON DEPRIEST


Dr. Ron DePriest
1945--2020

I first met Ron DePriest about 30 years ago in Broken Bow, Nebraska. He was a traveling Evangelist and I was Pastor of Christian Life Center. He was touring the area speaking at Full Gospel Businessmen Fellowships, Schools and Churches. We immediately became friends for life and have enjoyed each other ever since. He and Minnie have been to our churches in Nebraska and Florida many times over the years. I never ceased to marvel at the Grace of God that was displayed in this man. His testimony is legendary. His passion for Christ and for people was intense. The things he had to overcome just to be a saved man, let alone a Preacher of the Gospel was testimony to the faithfulness of God working in his life. I loved being able to invite him to the pulpit and introduce him as "a living example of the Grace and Mercy of God".  He was a strong man, surviving the biker gangs, prison, Viet Nam, and the rigors of college (earning a PhD) and then the ups and downs of Gospel Ministry. He enjoyed great victories and suffered betrayals. He never quit! He, with the help of his faithful wife, always bounced back. Later in life he had a successful  heart transplant and overcame cancer too. He is gone too soon for us, but oh the joy in Heaven when this son came home!
See you soon my Friend!
His memorial service will be Friday, July 17th at 7:14 p.m. at Heritage Church @ 7216 US 42, Florence, Kentucky

LIFE THROUGH GOD'S EYES

Each day I marvel at the Wisdom of God! How magnificent and majestic is His Omniscient Mind! I am convinced that He has everything already figured out. He sees the end from the beginning and has everything planned out way ahead of time. I know that sometimes it appears that things are getting out of control. Events in today's news look like total chaos. People who look constantly on these present events run the risk of losing hope. But, if we continue to look at events through the eyes of our Great God, we gain His perspective. This is when hope revives, thrives, and becomes dominant. Seeing as God sees brings us out of fear, despair and helplessness into joy, peace and love that cannot be naturally understood. I am so glad I learned a very long time ago to always cast my cares upon the Lord with the understanding that He cares for me. We can easily get lost in the news of the day, but we must always turn our eyes upon Jesus. In His face, all earthly things grow strangely dim! I know I am using song lyrics and scripture verses, but what you are full of will come out eventually. What is pouring out of your mouth lately? Jesus said that we speak from the abundance of our heart. What is in your heart will manifest in your spoken words. What are you saying lately? What does it reveal about your heart's contents? If you do not like what you are hearing, flush out your heart with the "water of the Word". We can all use a good washing on a regular basis, right? God's Word will cleanse your mind and fill it with the mind of God. You will begin to look at life from God's perspective which will bring you to reality, truth and freedom. May HE bless you with His peace that passes understanding!




Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Ruth is on her way today to the Knoxville Tennessee area to spend a few days with two of her daughters and several of her grandchildren. Daughter Angielyn has a milestone birthday coming up and that's all the excuse Ruth needed. LOL. Ruth loves her family so much that she takes every opportunity to show it. Half of her luggage was gifts to give out while she is there, plus cash to buy more gifts after she gets there. Last week we drove to Savannah to see other grandkids and yes we took gifts there too.  The one granddaughter that we did not see on that trip, was mailed a big box of gifts the next day.  Ruth has more than one love language, but giving is right at the top. She always remembers to tithe off her income and never fails to add a little "love gift for Jesus" on top. She gives to our neighbors, the maintenance crew at our condos and even to the men working right now to repair our windows.  Usually when we go to church, she has her purse in one hand and a gift bag in the other to give to someone at church.  She does not forget me either! Every time she goes shopping, she brings me a "surprise". Often she is gone for several hours shopping only to return home with something she found for me and nothing else. All of the loose change that I leave laying around is quickly snatched up and taken to the "Jonathon Culp Jar". This is a special vase at the church where we collect special offerings to send to our Missionaries Adam & Julie Culp to help care for their special needs son. Ruth is fanatical about all of our coins going into that jar!

Don't misunderstand me, I love to give also! What I am sharing here about Ruth is no secret and it is something I am very happy with.  Giving is fun! The Bible says that "it is more blessed to give than to receive" Acts 20:35. Ruth and I know that the key to living the Blessed Life is to be a Blesser!

When I dropped Ruth off at the airport this morning for her trip to Tennessee, I could tell she was focused on getting there to be a blessing to her family. I love her for that!  God is Good!

Saturday, May 9, 2020

 
Left to Right: Norma Thomason, Ruth Thomason, Irene Thomason

On this Mother's Day 2020 I reflect back on the Mothers that I have been blessed to live with in my life time. One gave me birth, one bore my children, one takes care of me in my Senior years. All three great Mothers to me and others. Two are in Heaven (Norma & Irene) but all three brought Heaven to me. I cannot praise God enough for blessing my life so much.

These Mothers have a lot in common. First of course is me. Beyond that; they all believed in and trusted in Jesus Christ. They are Women of Faith, Love, and enduring Hope. They are all full of the Holy Spirit (with Tongues) and full of the Word of God.  Each of them wore out several Bibles and had prayer lives that shook Heaven and Earth. All three are true worshippers of God too!

 They loved their children with the primary goal of salvation for each one. They made time each day to lift up their children to the Lord, not in fear or worry, but in faith, believing in God's Covenant to save their household. They loved their husbands too! My Dad and I are blessed to have these ladies in our lives.

To have just one of these Moms would have been awesome, but I have all three! This is proof that God loves me! I know this and I give Him thanks for His love and blessing. I guess you noticed that I still claim them as present realities in my life even though Norma and Irene are in Heaven. It is because they are forever a part of me and who I am. They live on in their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Everyone should be so blessed!

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!


Tuesday, April 28, 2020


I heard yesterday that 19 people have died of the Corona Virus so far in Duval County (Jacksonville, Florida). That is sad, especially for the families involved and I hate it,  I also heard that last week in our city alone, 75 unborn babies were aborted. No notice given to that by the people in political office or by the health professionals, all who want us to believe they care about human life and who are willing to shut down the economy and suspend our constitutional freedoms to avoid the needless loss of American lives. If you could find the statistics on how many babies were aborted since the Covid-19 pandemic has been going on world wide, I am sure the totals would far exceed the number of pandemic deaths.

If anyone bothers to do the math, it is clear that something is really wrong with modern man. He can justify destroying a thriving economy and trashing our freedoms to save a few lives from a virus, while at the same time forcing taxpayers to fund abortions at alarming rates. Could these seemingly unrelated events be somehow connected? How long can we play our self deceived games of pretending to care about lives and ignore the fact that we have departed from the living God to go after the god Molech (who demands that we sacrifice our children)? Millions serve this cruel god unwittingly, but adhere to his philosophy of death and genocide. In Scripture, God allowed pestilences (pandemics) to ravage populations because of their pagan practices. He even allowed the Canaanites (who worshipped Molech) to be destroyed or driven out of the land by the Israelites. He later sent plagues to turn the Israelites away from the same practices. I don't believe God's attitude toward those who murder innocent children has changed. When are we going to do the math and connect the evil that is happening in the world to our own unrepentant ways? God said He would heal our land if we who are called by His Name repent and turn from our wicked ways.
(2 Chronicles 7:14).
Just saying we are against this and other wicked practices is not enough. By remaining silent, we give consent. Christians must rise up and speak out against this evil.  By all means necessary, we MUST go to the polls and vote for those who support the unborn's right to live and vote out those who support abortion. If Christians do not vote on God's side of this issue, then we can only expect the obvious consequences. DO THE MATH!

MOLECH 

Monday, April 27, 2020


I was told again recently that my sermons would be a lot shorter if I would not use so much Scripture. Well, first of all, I LOVE the Scriptures! It is the Word of God that the Wise Man  said was more precious than gold or silver.(Proverbs 3:13-16). This is the Word that produces faith in us (Romans 10:17) which is important since we cannot please God without faith (Hebrews 11:6).  Secondly, my sermons are not long (25-45 minutes on average). If anything, I should increase the amount of Scripture in my sermons because so many people are woefully lacking in faith and truly ignorant of the Word of God. In fact, the great preachers (Jesus included) preached and taught for hours at a time. Once the Apostle Paul preached all night, stopping only briefly to raise a youth from the dead who fell asleep and fell out a window. He went on to preach until the sunrise the next morning. And lastly, in all humility, I don't really know much apart from the Word of God. I have made it my life's purpose to study the scriptures for in them I learn more about Jesus (John 5:39) and to preach the Word of God because that is what I was called of God to do way back when I was 16 years old. (2 Tim 4:2). I know that in order for people to be saved, they have to hear the Word preached (Romans 10:8) for faith to be present in them to be saved. Apart from the Holy Scripture, I am as ignorant as the rest of the lost world. (Romans 1;18)
Someone once asked me, "Don't you know anything apart from the Bible?" My answer is this, "since Jesus Christ is the source of all wisdom and knowledge, does it not make sense to start and finish with Him in all pursuit of truth?" (Colossians 2:3)
I just don't understand why anyone would think that I use too many Scriptures in my sermons!

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Greg Davis, my friend of many years and a Pastor in the Florida Panhandle, passed to his eternal reward on Tuesday evening from a long time condition. He was a great man who loved life to the full. A wonderful family man and loving Pastor, he preached with power and energy in true Holy Ghost anointing. He was fun to watch! I can see him now shouting and dancing in Glory! Greg blessed me on many occasions with an encouraging word from the Lord. I will miss him but I am so happy that his struggle is over. Please keep his wife Tammy, children and church family in your prayers.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

April 21, 2020 marks Cornerstone Church's 25th Anniversary (April 21, 1996) The picture above is from our 2020 Easter Service conducted outside in the parking lot due to the Covid-19 situation. Robert Fellows (who has been with us since our Broken Bow, Nebraska days ushered, and Don Fleming who has been with us since 1998 set up our sound system to play through car fm radio. We had a great time, though unusual and a little awkward. 

My family and I moved to Jacksonville in July 1995 from Broken Bow, Nebraska to assist Pastor Larry Easton and International Christian Center who were going through one of the worst situations a church can endure. After almost a year, the burden fell to me entirely and we formed Cornerstone Church with a remnant of 84 people who became our charter members. We started in a 3,000 seat auditorium and have moved 5 times since to this location we are about to occupy on Atlantic Blvd.

We have seen most of the original people and many others come and go as people do through death, job transfers, being sent out to mission fields and other ministries, and of course, the occasional falling away. It has been challenging to my faith to say the least, but through it all God has sustained us, blessed us, and continued to use us for His Glory. I cannot say how many have been saved, baptized in the Holy Spirit, healed, delivered, discipled etc. I am not great at keeping statistics. I know it has been many here and abroad. I appreciate those few who are still working by my side to this day more than they will ever know. I can truly say, I have not been abandoned by God or my friends! There are many in the city (and worldwide) who still call me "Pastor" and for that I am thankful.

I never expected to celebrate our 25th anniversary this way. I will be making a special anniversary YouTube video for Sunday April 19th. (youtube.com/ronnydthomason) and God willing we will meet soon to have a proper celebration. 

Though I am tempted to be nostalgic about the past and remember those who have passed through our lives, I am determined to be forward minded and ever hopeful that God will reveal His purposes for all that has happened and also bring about the long awaited spiritual renewal that we know is coming. I am hanging on, and hanging in, determined to reap the harvest we have been promised!

Thank you all who have been a part of this journey! God bless you for allowing us to come along side you and your families for the Glory of God and the expansion of His Kingdom in your hearts.

Pastor Ronny D. Thomason

Friday, April 3, 2020

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARLEE!

My Grand Daughter is now 12 years old as of  April 2nd.  She is a wonderful young lady who loves Jesus, Family, Horses, Dogs, Cats etc. The most wonderful thing is that she loves me! She found her way into my heart the day she was born and has grown up there. I am very pleased with the person she became.. I am also proud of Aaron and Stephanie for the job they are doing with both Ethan and Marlee. I am so excited about the next 10 years of their lives. I know they are going to make some good, wise decisions and they have the boldness to go for the destiny God has placed before them.
Marlee's birth came at a time in my life when I needed a forward outlook. Something happened in me to cause me to want to live a long time!