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Pastor Roger's Blog

By Roger Tanner, Jul 22 2015 05:38PM

Have you ever read the book of Revelation? If you have, you may remember the woman described in chapter 17:4-5 as: "arrayed in purple and scarlet, adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus."


Babylon was a city on the Euphrates River in present day Iraq. It was the seat of civilization's open rebellion against God through their false worship system. It was a religion based on the worship of false deities and characterized by "sacred" sex with female and male temple prostitutes (today's pornography, homosexuality, adultery, fornication), child sacrifice (today's abortion, sexual and physical abuse of children), and the interchangeability of male and female gender identification (today's transgenderism).. The Harlot in Revelation represents a false religion that will be prevalent during the Tribulaion period. And we are seeing the rise of the Harlot's false religion is becoming more and more prevalent as the same sins Babylon committed worshipping false gods are still worshipped and celebrated today - just with a different label. The Harlot is alive and well. .So, what can you do? Pray!


Pray for God's mercy on our nation.

Pray for a spirit of brokenness and repentance in our nation's leadersand our churches' leaders

Pray that God's people would hunger and thirst for Him and His Word.

Pray that the church would have biblical understanding and discernment.

Pray for boldness, holiness and power in our pastors to stay true to their calling of preaching the Word of God


Listen, all of us are lost sinners; we all have sinned and fallen short of God's glory, but our hope is not in following some false religion but it's in Jesus Christ who died on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead through faith in Him, so we can have the promises of salvation through the forgiveness of our sins and eternal life with Him..


May God bless you all.


Pastor Roger



By Roger Tanner, Sep 19 2014 10:54PM

I’ve seen some amazing things in my life that have made me marvel. I love that word, "marvel". We don’t hear it much anymore. And, it means “to be astonished; to wonder in admiration.”


We might say, “I was amazed” or “I was blown away”. A teenager might say “it was dope”, or “it was crunk” or “it was off the chain”. But, however we say it, we’ve all marveled at things that we have seen happen or experienced that seem unbelievable, especially if we saw a miracle happen right before our eyes.


The New Testament records 38 miracles that Jesus performed including turning water into wine, healing people, casting out demons, raising the dead, calming storms, feeding 5,000 men + women and children, feeding 4,000, walking on water, and the greatest one of all, rising from the dead.


Not only did He perfrom miracles, but He taught the Word of God with authority and those who heard were astonished. He demonstrated the power to forgive sins. He demonstrated His authority over the natural world and over the supernatural world. And He was called the Son of David, the Son of Man, and the Son of God – all Messianic titles. He didn’t dispute them one bit, but affirmed that He is the Son of God.


The Apostles were eyewitnesses of the works Jesus did during His ministry and Mark 6:51 tells us that “they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled.” They marv eled. The Bible not only refers to the Apostles marveling, but also to multitudes of people, to the Scribes and Pharisees, and to Pilate as all having marveling at Jesus's words and works. Amazing. They all marveled.


My queston for you is: Do you still marvel when you see a work of God being done in your life or in the lives of other people?


I admit that I marvel every time I see God do a work in someone's life. A person comes to Christ and then it’s amazing watching how God begins to transform them, to work in them, to grow them in their faith and in their desire to serve Him. It still amazes me. No matter how many times I see it over and over again, I still marvel. I never get tired of seeing God work. It’s always exciting to me.


I never get tired of watching what He has done and what He is doing in growing our church and His body. I marvel at what He’s done in my life and my wife’s life, and my children’s lives, and my grandchildren’s lives.


I marvel at events taking place in the world - especially when they pertain to Israel. And I marvel at natural disasters (earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, meteors hitting the earth, famines, pestilences); at people turning away from Christ, and how it all fits in with the birth pains Jesus spoke about regarding the end of time in Matthew 24.


I marvel at a new baby, a new life. I marvel when there’s a beautiful sunrise or sunset; I marvel when it rains (especially in New Mexico). I marvel at God’s creation every time I look at the Sandias or the Manzanos. It all just amazes me.


Just as the apostles marveled every time they saw Jesus do a work in someone's life, I don’t ever want to stop being amazed and marveling at what God does.


And my hope and prayer for you is that you will be like the Apostles and you will never stop marveling at the awesomeness of God. May God richly bless you.


Pastor Roger











By Roger Tanner, Aug 12 2014 04:50PM

We live in a fast paced world. and most of us seem to have such busy lives with work, school, kids, and other activities, that we take no time to rest. Even when we go on a vacation, we say that we have go back home to rest, when in fact we just go back to our hectic lives and pick up where we left off. Our lives today can be full of burdens and stress. And if we have any kind of problems or issues like sickness, disease, loss of a job, financial problems, or the death of a loved one,, it just adds to the stress and heaviness we already feel and are carrying around.


So, where do you go, where can you go to find rest? In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus said, "Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."


Now that might sound too simple. "Oh sure, just go to Jesus and He's gonna give me rest. Yeah right." Well, He will give you rest, but you have to be willing to go to Him, to submit to Him and give Him all your burdens, all your problems, and all your stress. Jesus has compassion for your pain and He has comppassion for your soul. He wants to give you physical rest, but more importantly, He wants to give you spiritual rest, everlasting rest. He told the Samaritan woman He met at the well in John 4:13-14, "Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst ... the water that I shall give him will become a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life."


So, are you heavy-laden, are you weary, are you hungry and thirsty? Then, come to Jesus, the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God , the One True Living God. He wil not only give you physical rest, but He will give you rest for your soul. He will give you the rest and the peace you need to better deal with the hecticness you face in your daily life. And when life starts getting the best of you, you know where to turn and He will help you through the issues of the day. Come to Jesus and find rest for your soul. May God richly bless you.


Pastor Roger

By Roger Tanner, Jul 17 2014 08:31PM


John the Baptist was Jesus' predecessor. He was "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the LORD; Make His paths straight' " (Mark 1:3 quoting Isaiah 40:3). He was a man regarded by Jesus as "among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist" (Matthew 11:11). He was the greatest man and the greatest prophet. who ever lived.


Yet, God had a plan for his life that ended with him being imprisioned and eventually beheaded at the hand of King Herod. Most of us would say, "Hey God, I like the "Daniel in the Lion's Den" plan better. You know, where you save me from being eaten? Or the "Fiery Furnace' plan? Or how about the 'Man with the Withered Hand' plan where you healed him? How about something like that, Lord?"


John's imprisonment and beheading probably wasn't what John had in mind eiher. He sent his disciples to ask Jesus if He was the Messiah who was to come or should he look for someone else. Jesus told John that the works He has done prove He's the Messiah “And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me" (Luke 7:23) In other words, "Yep, I'm the guy. All my works prove it. By the way John, I know this isn't the plan you had for your life, but it's my plan for your life.Yes, it's different than my plan for others. But, you'll be blessed if my plan doesn't cause you to be offended and fall away and lose your faith in me." John the Baptist was in the will of God right where he was, and because he was in the will of God, he was beheaded.


It doesn’t make sense to us; it doesn’t seem fair. But, there's a cost to follow Jesus. Sometimes following Jesus requires sacrifice. Sometimes it costs us our life. That doesn’t sound fair. But, was it fair that Christ died for our sins on the cross? Jesus could have called down angels to save Himself. But that wasn’t God’s will. For Jesus, being in God’s will meant that He had to suffer and die. For John the Baptist, being in God’s will meant he would die from a beheading. It’s weird, but I am comforted by that because he was in God’s will. And that's where I want to be no matter His plan for me. I want to be in His will and do His will, no matter the cost.


Israel received the greatest prophet, and the very prophet above all prophets, the Son of God. Yet, they rejected them both and executed them both. If you reject Jesus Christ because of the plan He has for you, you stand with His executioners. There’s no escaping it. You either embrace Him as Lord and Savior, or you reject Him and stand with His executioners.


This may not be very encouraging. But, what is encouraging and uplifting is that God loves you and has a plan for your life. The first step in that plan and in doing His will is to receive His Son, Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. He welcomes your repentance of your sins and your acceptance of His Son's atoning death on the cross and His resurrection as the sacrfice for your sins, and your accptance of Him as your Lord and Savior. When you do this, you receive His forgiveness. and the promise of eternal life. You go from death to life, from darkness to light, from blindness to sight, from hell to heaven.


That’s the gospel and that’s the hope that comes from John the Baptist and from Jesus Christ, the Son of God. That is His hope and my hope for all of you; to come to know Jesus as your Lord and Savior where you will find rest for your soul and the promise of eternal life. And, begin to follow God's plan for your life, no matter the cost. It's worth everything to spend eternity with Him. "Blessed is the man (or woman) who is not offended because of me." May God richly bless you!


Pastor Roger



By guest, May 29 2014 03:17PM

We are going to start a blog. This is a great place to post any questions you might have about God's word.