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I am a song writer and performer of Christian Contemporary Music with a Praise and Worship feel. I reside in Gort, County Galway, Ireland and am happily married with four children.

We have been given, the keys to the Kingdom.

01-09-2021    Marty’s message for service –

“A NEW BEGINNING”

Good evening church!

What an AMAZING day that we have been given – amen!

God’s Holy Word shouts – “Today is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it”! (Psalm 118:24)

Tonight, we are going to discuss through God’s Holy Word – “A NEW BEGINNING” 

I’m so glad to have this time with you this evening and it is a privilege to share and seek God’s heart together.

– LET US PRAY

Dear heavenly Father, we seek Your heart in Jesus’ Holy Name – 

Please help us to learn, to grow and know more and more of You. 

Dear Holy Spirit, please teach us in God’s Holy Word, and illuminate Your Holy Word, each and every time that we seek it. Please lead us in all ways that encourage us and help us to become more and more like Jesus.

Thank You for the freedom and opportunity, the gift – that we have been given, right here and right now, to come together as one church, as Your People, as Your servants, as Your worshipers, as Your children and as Your friends. We EXALT the Name that is above all other names, the Name that is like – no other name… 

The Name of Jesus.

We Love You Dear Lord, and all of God’s children said ~ 

Amen!

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Let us start this evening in,  

1st Corinthians 11, 12

11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, darkly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know   just as I also am known.

1 Peter 2:9

9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Matthew 16:19

19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be[a] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[b] loosed in heaven.”

 Jesus gave to Peter and the church (that is, to us) ‘the keys of the kingdom’ (Matthew 16:19).

Many Christians feel powerless, lacking in any kind of spiritual authority. Sometimes, we forget or – we do not realise – what Jesus has given to us. You are not powerless, I am not powerless –  We have the immense privilege of having been given – ‘the keys of the kingdom’.

So, what exactly does it mean to have been given the ‘the keys (of the) kingdom’

In both the Old and New Testaments, keys symbolize power and authority. When the church follows Jesus’ teaching, we can be confident – that our actions of binding and loosing – are an extension of God’s actions in heaven.

When it comes to – the authority and power of –  the keys of the kingdom, the final authority rests in the gospel itself. 

Here is my Bible (the LIVING WORD OF GOD)

I CAN DO, what it says I can do

I CAN BE, who it says I can be

As believers and worshipers – of our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST, we are armed with the “sword of the spirit” which is the MIGHTY WORD of GOD, amen. And in that – we have been awarded the use of – ‘the keys (of the) kingdom’

There is power in our own words, for look at what the bible says about that very thing – 

 Proverbs 18:21 puts it this way: “The tongue has the power of life and death.” The stakes are high. Your words can either speak life, or your words can speak death. Our tongues can build others up, or they can tear them down.

The Living Word of GOD is even still SO MUCH, MUCH, MORE POWERFUL, because they resonate from HIM, amen..

Hebrews 4:12, :                                                      “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” … It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

So, here we find ourselves, in a country severely divided. There is nearly a feeling that “reconciliation” is becoming not feasible… But GOD HAS CALLED US TO BE – Ministers of reconciliation… Countless troubles, lies and deception here and – all over the world. Worldly values are championed, and moral values are viewed with disdain… Christianity is under assault, but it has always been under assault… But these are the days of Elijah… And we need to be Holy and a Just people, striving to live in righteousness and right living in all of our attitudes and works. 

GOD HIMSELF decided that we would be here – right now, for a time such as this. (I know that you have heard me say this before , a number of times – but it is so relevant, amen… 

We HAVE BEEN GIVEN – ‘the keys (of the) kingdom’  AND WE DESPERATELY NEED TO BE USING THEM, AND ENCOURAGING – CHRISTIANS EVERYWHERE – TO ALSO BE USING THEM, amen.

So many, many people throughout this country and throughout the world have been blinded by the enemy of our souls. The father of all lies, the accuser of the brethren. 

In John 8:44

It talks about satan this way, He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. HE CONTINUES to deceive people, leaders and countries… 

Everywhere that you can find, division, chaos and strife, his strategic plans are being carried out by his demonic army. 

BUT, We have been given ‘the keys (of the) kingdom’  and we need to be using them, and not just carrying them. We belong to and serve THE KING OF KINGS AND THE LORD OVER ALL OF CREATION, amen… 

 Ephesians 1:3    3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 

Romans 8:31-39

If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 

33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[a]

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The world needs more light – CHRIST’S LIGHT shines from us. 

The world needs more truth and understanding – TRUTH and UNDERSTANDING are freely available – through the Word of GOD and the opening of our hearts and minds by the HOLY SPIRIT.

The enemy’s ever advancing agenda needs to be crushed and pushed back – WE – AS BELIEVERS IN CHRIST JESUS have been given the authority in HIS NAME, to do just that. After all, we have been given ‘the keys (of the) kingdom’ 

The world is not our problem, it is GOD’S problem. However, we are currently in the world, but NOT OF the world. Our Citizenship is in heaven, our spiritual AUTHORITY has been given to us from JESUS CHRIST, in Whom ALL AUTHORITY HAS BEEN GIVEN, amen…

Matthew 28:18   Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

John 17 ::  After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.     Timothy 1:7   7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

To be given ‘the keys of the kingdom’ (Matthew 16:19) means to be given access to God. 

Because of JESUS, we have this…

God has always looked for those ‘who seek’ Him (Psalm 14:2). WE HAVE access to God.

This is the extraordinary responsibility and privilege that Jesus gives to us, his church. He gives us the keys of the kingdom. ‘You will have complete and free access to God’s kingdom, keys to open any and every door: no more barriers between heaven and earth, earth and heaven. A yes on earth is a yes in heaven. A no on earth is a no in heaven’ (16:19, MSG).

Jesus says, in effect, that the powers of hell will ‘not overcome’ the person who has faith in him (v.18). Rather, the church, armed with the keys of the kingdom, can storm the gates of hell and set the prisoners free.

The ‘gates of Hades’ will not hold out against the church. 

Gates are defensive, not offensive, it is the church that is on the offensive and you can be assured of victory against the defences of the enemy.

We have – the amazing privilege of seeing people set free through the preaching of the good news of the kingdom.We have –  the joy of seeing people set free from drug addiction, alcoholism, crime and every other bondage.  We can – approach challenges with confidence, fearing no evil, knowing that we share in a remarkable spiritual authority.

Lord, thank you for your promise – that whatever we bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever we loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

Galatians 6:9

9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

As the church of JESUS CHRIST, each one of us has the ability to move forward with boldness and courage in CHRIST JESUS, and see in real time – the POWER OF THE CROSS TO SAVE, in this timeline that we have been placed into by our Dear Heavenly Father, amen…

Isaiah 40:31 and a necklace medallion.


Isaiah 40:31 – But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

In 2015 there was a ferocious fire that tore through a restaurant and a number of apartments in that same building. The building was completely destroyed, praise be to God no human lives were lost. I was staying right next door to this place and had seen it burn.
A friend of mine gave me something that was from his friend’s now destroyed apartment. To the best of my knowledge only two things really survived in this person’s apartment. The one was a Bible that did not burn in his bedroom. The second was this necklace. The the heat from the fire that engulfed the building and that room, had to have been excessive and yet the Bible did not burn nor was this necklace lost to it. They both made it through the fire.

The Word of God is alive and is living and will never ever return back void. Yes, it is life-changing and life-sustaining, and we can do what it says that we can do. We can become what it says that we can become. I carry this necklace with me most days as a reminder; although the fire blazed all around it, it did not extinguish its message.

Dear Lord, help us to carry your Holy Word inside of us throughout all of our daily trials,  tests,  temptations and tribulations. May your Holy Word become literally etched inside of us. No matter what external pressure we are facing, may we choose to live and stand on Your Holy Word and not worldly shifting sand. As believers and worshippers of Jesus Christ, we have life giving, never changing assurance, that in Your Hands, we are safely held.

James 5:13-16 ~ the prayer of faith.

This I used and it worked firsthand on me.
• During the time that I had covid-19, I had also developed bacterial pneumonia. I was coughing so hard and so often that I believe that several of my ribs on my right hand side became out of alignment. I believe that they were like this, because this happened to me before and it was extremely painful and took a number of visits to a chiropractor and time to heal.
• I did not have either of those at my disposal and the pain was so severe and so frequent that I just cried out to the Lord for help – I needed deliverance from this situation.
• Then, praise be to our Lord God Jesus Christ our dear Father and the dear Holy Spirit for reminding me about that scripture found in James. A Pastor friend had given this to me a short time before this, and had said to me how he always stood on this and it always worked for him in the past.
• I asked forgiveness for all of my sins. I then asked that Saoirse our daughter and my mom to ask forgiveness for their sins and anoint me with oil and pray over me – We then read and stood on that scripture. My wife was in the hospital with her covid-19 at the time .
• I asked the Lord in Faith and for His Name’s sake, because our God cannot lie and His Holy Word is perfect truth, to help me with this situation and He did and He did it fully and instantly, and that pain was completely removed from me and did not return.
• Our God is Conqueror King and so very merciful and full of love beyond our ability to comprehend.
• Thank you dear Lord Jesus Christ for the truth in Your Holy Word, for Your Holy Word truly is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path, amen. Psalm119:105

Blessings in Christ Jesus always,

Marty

December in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania 2020
December in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania 2020

A PROCLAMATION OF PRAISE

A PROCLAMATION OF PRAISE

Written by Martin S. Loose 10-4-2020 

  Inspired by the Holy Spirit

I believe –    That this is righteous and true –   

Our lives don’t belong –   To me or to you –

Did we make ourselves –   Speak life and give breath –

Can we raise ourselves –   With our dying last breath –  

Check out the mountains –   Look at the sea –  

Look at the night sky –   As endless as can be –   

Listen,

We’re all part –   Of a Divine plan –  

Designed by God –   As only He can –  

Who has saved you –   For a time such as this –   

Who else can lead you –   Out of an abyss –  

Who speaks light –   And darkness runs –  

Who performs miracles –   And the doctors are stunned –  

Who is the Guarantor –   The Beginning and the End –  

Who knows all things –   The most faithful of friends –  

Never a tear –   That He does not see –  

There’s never a time –   That He wants less for me –  

Listen,

Let’s give Him the Glory –   Let us lift our voices high –  

Let us start walking in this truth –   And let all the old things pass by –  

Let us shout it from the rooftops –   His Glory on display –  

This timeless truth –   Shall lead the way –  

God alone directs our steps –   God alone navigates our paths –  

God alone controls –   Present future and past –   

Listen,

He’s Three in One –   The soul Rescuer of me –  

He’s God the Father –   And He’s God the Son –  

He’s God the Holy Spirit –   He is the Ultimate One –  

The Finisher of our faith –   The Rescuer of our souls –  

The Provider of our needs –   Through Him alone are we whole –  

He loved us first –   Though we mocked and denied –  

His Son dear Jesus –   On a cross for us He died –  

The Living Son of God –   Sent from heaven above –   

So that we could see –   The Face of God –  

And how we should live Love –  

Through His sacrifice –   Paid in full with His Blood –  

Heaven’s doors were now open –   A true way had now been made –  

For Jesus Christ is the Light –   And through Him is the way –      

The enemy of our souls –   Defeated in plain view –  

Not even the gates of hell –   Can now prevail against me nor you –  

The Holy Spirit given –   To those who believe –  

The Living power of God within us –   Fulfilling all our  needs –  

Leading us towards Jesus –   Working on the inside and the out –  

Never grows tired –   Never a doubt –  

So Church Listen,

The time is now –   The time has come –  

To really start living and proclaiming the Holy One!

This world needs this truth –   So many lives are at stake –  

The joy of the Lord we live –   As conquerors in Christ we may take –  

Lost territory and lost lives –   Back from the enemy’s hands –  

And deliver them into the Kingdom –  

Of the Great I Am!

Stand with me –   On the front lines we march –  

Only forward we move –   Only towards heaven we embark –  

Our Lord and our Shepherd –   Our Heavenly King –  

With JESUS CHRIST –   WE CAN ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING!

REVIVAL is coming!

Yesterday morning during a church service, I felt a very strong presence of the Holy Spirit on me and I was overwhelmed and tears were falling, and just like that I believe that God showed me a vision; There was such a great multitude of people that were so heavily heavily burdened and downtrodden and all were pretty much in a position on their knees with their faces and arms to the ground. It was clear that they were nearly hopeless and that the enemy had pushed and pushed to put them into that place, into that position and into that mindset. Then I saw Jesus from behind, so much larger than all of that, take the corners that represented the length of the whole area where the downtrodden Christians and other people were – He took it and lifted the whole thing up and no different than like a wave, He pulled it up by the whole length of the one side – the side that was before Him, lifted way up – and folded and pushed it forward back over itself, so that it would be like a giant wave going forth, turning all the plans and schemes of the enemy on its head – while loosing and freeing those that have previously been impoverished, sickly, downtrodden and imprisoned. Like a mighty wave going forth – unstoppable until it was completely finished. *** I believe that God showed me a vision that He is ready to flip the tables and have Revival move forward in an undeniable, unshakable and unstoppable way, for by HIS Hands HE IS going to set this into motion and just like HIS holy word, it will not stop until it achieves the full purpose in which it was sent to accomplish. Get ready church, IT’S COMING.Humble yourselves before the Lord, ask Him into your heart and life deeper then ever before, and pray steadfastly for REVIVAL, amen. Be kind to each other and practice love and forgiveness in each and every situation that you face and encounter during your days.All Glory, All Honor to our Lord and Savior King Jesus, amen..Today is the day that the Lord has made, I shall rejoice and be glad in it!

Blessings dear friends, and be encouraged, and we will talk again soon.

In Christ always,

Marty

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1 :5

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“Lie upon lie, they had me believe, but in You my Christ, Jesus, I am free” “And I am loved, yes we are loved…
“You are Loved” In these days that are filled with divisiveness, and fueled by anger, hate and bitterness, we are still Loved. Let us look to HIM, the Lord over all of creation, and be willing to seek HIS guidance for healing, HIS Living Truth amidst all of this hatred, and turn toward Love and healing, amen.. All things are possible if we serve God, and not the whims of this world, and the master of lies, deception and destruction, who lays waste to all that he can… We HAVE entered into a literal time of “Awakening” and the time has come to join together in peace, shining the light of Christ in each and every situation, each and every day, no matter the circumstances… Darkness cannot stand against the light, so let’s chase away this ever descending darkness, and rejoice in the truth, and the truth will always set us free..

“The Awakening”

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I felt this morning during a prayer, that the Lord said, that we are in the “Awakening” it’s time for each one of us as Christians, to arise and move forward proclaiming Him and His living truth. It’s time to let His Love shine through us and around us, loving and encouraging others in our pathways. A church is a dwelling place a meeting place, but each of us ARE THE CHURCH, a fluid and ever active moving way, for others to experience the Love of our Savior Jesus Christ, in real time and everywhere, amen.

Blessings dear friends, and we will talk again soon. May this new day dawn upon you as a refreshing reminder that we belong to the Most High King!

In Christ Jesus always,

Marty

“BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER”

 

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So, about 4 weeks ago I felt the Lord bringing this song to my mind and nudging my heart. This is a song that I’ve always liked but never thought about how the Lord could turn it into a living testimony! All Honor and Glory to HIM Always, amen!

Be blessed dear friends and we will talk again soon!

In Christ always,

Marty

Amen.