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Sunday - 10AM Service

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505 E Galena Blvd
Aurora, IL 60505

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6305850077

Message from the Pastor

COVID AND THE SEASON WE ARE WALKING OUT OF AND INTO (10/23/2020)

As the Pastor of Vineyard Aurora and the legacy this church has, I sit back, with wonder and marvel, why in the world did the father call me to lead in this time. As of recently there have been prophetic floods about the distraction the enemy is bringing to His elect that are lovesick for Him who are undoubtedly Kingdom led.

Twenty Four months ago, I asked the Father what was I to preach, and the Holy Spirit in a very real and intimate way showed me my hearts desire and the alignment it had with His heart. This was to bring a maturity into His Beloved to prepare for the return of King Jesus. Who knew that a short 18 months later COVID would have hit and it has shaken the hearts of His Beloved to the core. Maybe even to the brink of complete disbelief. We barter in our minds, with the lenses this world has put on us, what is God and what is not, with how Fear is not fear but respect. We put our own definition to what we feel without really allowing the Holy Spirit to dictate this for us.

I try everyday to have Holy Spirit guide me, lead me and grow me in discerning His voice over any other. Some days are better than others, but I believe/know that I hear clearly even though I come to the realization that there is so much more to His depth that I have not even begun to explore. With that said, The Father has me on a path that I have no idea where it is going, other than the knowledge of leading His Beloved into a place of maturity for His coming. Our church spends a lot of time becoming a family, understanding Kingdom principles and how we use that in everyday life. Eternity is not a weird word but something that we constantly talk about and something we place our treasure in.

So in light of His answer to me 24 months ago and the season of COVID and elections we are in, you can see two worlds, my world, on a constant and inevitable collision course. I have made a commitment in my heart and to the Spirit to Honor Him first and then Honor His Bride.

To Honor Paul’s words “Not to make a brother stumble 1 Cor 8: 13

And : 24 “But whether I live or die is not important, for I don’t esteem my life as indispensable. It’s more important for me to fulfill my destiny and to finish the ministry my Lord Jesus has assigned to me, which is to faithfully preach the wonderful news of God’s grace. 25 I’ve been a part of your lives and shared with you many times the message of God’s kingdom realm. But now I leave you, and you will not see my face again. 26 If any of you should be lost, I will not be blamed, for my conscience is clean, 27 because I’ve taught you everything I could about God’s eternal plan and I’ve held nothing back.  (Acts 20:24-27)

So fear will not rule me, neither will opposition and bad advice. I will seek the Holy Spirit in all I do, and ask Him to lead me even though what He tells me might not be what the world says is the most prudent thing. I will dare to leave the 99 for the one. Like Paul said I will give of myself, unselfishly, but hear the words of Paul and the message and heart Vineyard Aurora has upon herself. “If any of you should be lost, I will not be blamed, for my conscience is clean, because I’ve taught you everything I could about God’s eternal plan and I’ve held nothing back” 

I am leading brothers and sisters into a Lovesick servant life, where we do not love our lives unto death. Where the resurrection means more than a nice story but what Paul talks about, in 1 Cor: 15, that Jesus’ resurrection is all the proof we need not to fear death. Not to fear a disease, a government, even my brothers opinion.

I was compelled by the Spirit to write this, so that the choice is clear. As the Pastor at Vineyard Aurora, I will not buy into Satans game-plan, but I will push back on those paradigm so we can see the wonders and realms the Kingdom of God is unveiling. 

From here on, worshiping the Father will not be a matter of the right place but with the right heart. For God is a Spirit, and he longs to have sincere worshipers who worship and adore him in the realm of the Spirit and in truth.” (Jn 4: 23,24)

Love,

Mark Torres

Senior Pastor

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