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THE UNTAMABLE TONGUE BEHAVIOR AND CHRISTIAN CONDUCT

THE UNTAMABLE TONGUE BEHAVIOR AND CHRISTIAN CONDUCT:

"THE TONGUE IS FULL OF DEADLY FIRE" PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

“THE TONGUE IS FULL OF DEADLY FIRE” PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:
THE UNTAMABLE TONGUE; BEHAVIOR AND CHRISTIAN CONDUCT defines your character, who you are in a worldly sense, as well as spiritual. “The fruit of righteousness is sown by those who make peace” (James 3:18; NKJV). We should all make it a mission in our lives to help bring about harmony and peace among one another. Jesus has instructed us and made known the true value of “Love” which without we cannot please him.

“The tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity; so set among our members that it defiles the whole body and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell” (James 3:6). You bless God and say how much you love him yet without hesitation or reservation you cruse and devour one another; my brothers and sisters, it’s not of God. Jesus taught and preached love; genuine love for one another, the kind of love we all should allow to mold and shape our lives. THE UNTAMABLE TONGUE; BEHAVIOR AND CHRISTIAN CONDUCT goes hand and hand with how we choose to embrace his teachings and one another.

Christian conduct is always under scrutiny by non-believers as well as believers; therefore, you must present your bodies holy and acceptable before God. Giving God reverence and allowing him to dwell in and work through you, opens the doors of your heart to experience the beauty of not harboring hate and resentment, because you think before words of expression flow from your lips. “Carefully build yourselves up in the most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit, staying right at the center of God’s love”… (Jude 1:20; MGS); keep at the forefront of your minds that THE UNTAMABLE TONGUE; BEHAVIOR AND CHRISTIAN CONDUCT you display can have lasting effects on the lives of those you encounter; therefore, do all things with love and respect.

Meditate on these words; “Let my prayer be set before you…set a guard , O Lord over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips” (Psalm 141:2-3; NKJV) because THE UNTAMABLE TONGUE; BEHAVIOR AND CHRISTIAN CONDUCT can build up or tear down.

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HOW YOUR THOUGHS CAN LIFT YOU INTO THE BLESSEDNESS OF YOUR SEASON OF BEGINNING

HOW YOUR THOUGHS CAN LIFT YOU INTO THE BLESSEDNESS OF YOUR SEASON OF BEGINNING

YOUR THOUGHTS ARE THE SEEDS THAT SPROUT AND GROW STRONG AS THE TALLEST TREE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

YOUR THOUGHTS ARE THE SEEDS THAT SPROUT AND GROW STRONG AS THE TALLEST TREE EVEN IN THE MIDST OF FOG  (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

We begin our last lesson by discussing with you, “HOW GOD HAD PURPUSED YOU TO LIVE IN THE BEGINNING OF THIS SEASON.”  This is how the word of God describes it, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: (Ecclesiastes 3:1 KJV) God wants you to be joyful and live victorious in your SEASON, because He has made everything beautiful in His own time. But how can you achieve the victory that God has already PURPOSED for you if you enter into your BRAND NEW SEASON with the same old negative thoughts of the pass, holding onto all the baggage that hindered you from achieving the VICTORY and brought you to the end of the past SEASON?

In Proverbs 23:7a the Scriptures say, “For as a person thinketh in his heart so is he:”

Your thoughts create your reality; now let us understand that the most important beginning of all is upon the affliction or blessedness which it inevitably depends, yet the one most neglected and least understood, is the inception of thought that is in the hidden, but causal, region of your mind.  Your whole life is a series of effects, having their cause in your own thought.  All conduct is made and molded by your thought; all deeds, good or bad, are thoughts made visible.

A seed put into the ground is the beginning of a plant or tree; the seed germinates, the plant or tree comes forth into the light and evolves.  A thought put into the mind is the beginning of a line of conduct: your thought first sends down its roots into the mind, thence to push forth into the light in the form of actions or conduct, which evolves into character and destiny.

Loving, gentle, kind, unselfish, and pure thoughts are right beginnings, leading to blissful results.  This is so simple, so plain, so absolutely true; and yet how neglected, how evaded, and how little understood!

The gardener who most carefully studies how, when, and where to put in his seeds gains the greater horticultural knowledge and obtains the best results; the best crops gladden the soul of him who makes the best beginning.  The man, who most patiently studies how to put into his mind the seeds of strong, wholesome, and charitable thoughts, will obtain the best results in life, and gain the greater knowledge of truth.  The greatest blessedness comes to him who infuses into his mind the purest and noble’s of thoughts.

My Brothers and Sisters, I bless this word of truth to you this day that you may receive it and use it to bless others as the Lord will have us to do.  You are truly blessings to God, a blessing to this ministry and to my soul as each of you carry forth His word into the world that we all may learn how to grow in His grace and prosper in the BEGINNING OF THIS SEASON.

We will conclude this lesson in our SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE.  Please join us for your blessings, if it’s God will, it is promised to be a powered lesson of blessings for all to learn and help to power them into the BEGINNING of your SEASON.

BELIEVE THAT YOU CAN GROW UP IN THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST

BELIEVE THAT YOU CAN GROW UP IN THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST

THE SON OF RIGHTEOUSNESS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE SON OF RIGHTEOUSNESS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

CHILDREN OF GOD, as we stand before the throne of grace, in the awesome power of God who holds the entire UNIVERSE in the palm of His Hands, we are asking you to CONCEIVE and BELIEVE in your MINDS that we can, “GROW UP IN THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST.”

Therefore, as we enter into this CHRISTMAS SEASON, we ask you simply to BELIEVEBELIEVE that we were created in the image of God and given His Character that we may grow up in His grace.  We can do nothing of our own.  Our growth is totally depended upon the actions of God.  Everything in the Universe was created by God and for God that it may grow and flourish in the manner God has chosen it to be.  Therefore, as a newborn creature in this life, “our mission is to grow up in the grace of Jesus Christ.”

Now the question becomes, how do we accomplish our mission that God has given us?  As with all life, so it is with growth.  We must learn to lean and depend on the maker and giver of all life.  Know that it is only God, who brings the bud to bloom and the flower to fruit. It is by his power that the seed develops,” first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.” Mark 4:28.

The plants and flowers grow not by their own care, anxiety, or effort, but by receiving that which God has furnished to minister to their life. The child cannot by any anxiety or power of its own, add to its own stature. No more can you, by anxiety or effort of yourself, secure spiritual growth.  No, all life is the mystery and work of God provided to us through His power and grace.

The plant, as well as the child, grows by receiving from its surroundings that which ministers to its life – air, sunshine, and food. What these gifts of nature are to animal and plant, such is Christ to those who trust in him. He is there” everlasting light,”  “a sun and shield.”  Isaiah 60:19; Psalms 84:11, he shall be as” the dew unto Israel.” “He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass.” Hosea 14:5; Psalms 72:6. He is the living water,” the bread of God… Which cometh down from heaven, and gives life unto the world” John 6:33!

As the flower turns to the sun, that the bright beams of day aid in perfecting its beauty and symmetry, so should we turn to the Son of righteousness, that heavens light may shine upon us, that our character may be developed into the likeness of Christ.

Jesus teaches the same thing when he says, “abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abides in the vine; no more can ye, except he abide in me… Without me you can do nothing.” John 15:4-5. You are just as dependent upon Christ, in order to live a holy life, as is the branch upon the parent stock for growth and fruitfulness. Apart From Him, you have no life. You have no power to resist temptation or to grow in grace and holiness. Abiding in him, you may flourish. Drawing your life from him, you will not wither nor be fruitless. You will be like a tree, planted by the rivers of water.

 

Many have an idea that they must do some part of the work alone. They have trusted in Christ for the forgiveness of sin, but now they seek by their own efforts to live aright. However, every such effort must fail. Jesus says,” Without me ye can do nothing.” Our growth in grace, our joy, our usefulness, all depend upon our union with Christ. It is by communion with him, daily, hourly, by abiding in him, that we are to grow in grace. He is not only the author, but the finisher of our faith. It is Christ first, last, and always. He is to be with us, not only at the beginning and the end of our course, but at every step of the way.” I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.” Psalms 16:8.

By faith, you became Christ’s, and by faith, you are to grow up in him through grace, by giving and taking. You are to give all, your heart, your will, your service, give yourself to him to obey all his requirements; and you must take all, Christ, the fullness of all blessings, to abide in your heart, to be your strength, your righteousness, your everlasting helper, to give you power to obey, and when you do all these things, your GROWING UP IN THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST is now under way.  Now you must stay focus and keep your eye on the prize.

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THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL FEED AND PRODUCE BEAUTY

THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL FEED AND PRODUCE BEAUTY:

"REFRESH FROM THE LIVING WATERS" PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

“REFRESH FROM THE LIVING WATERS” PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

Look at me, what do you see? Look around, how do you describe what you’ve just witnessed? Through the eyes of spirit we’re able to see well beyond the carnal mind; it is in that state we are most blessed because we appreciate God’s grace and mercy. THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL FEED AND PRODUCE BEAUTY unimaginable to the natural eye, because it lives within. Therefore, the best attributes of beauty cannot be purchased in a store or in books; it develops within and finds its creative expression on the outside. What God sees, no one else can see; that’s the part of you he values most.

THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL FEED AND PRODUCE BEAUTY because it is what guides, teaches and protects each of us. What we feed into our minds can affect our outside response as to how we adapt and  relate to the world that surrounds us. When we encounter each other, teach and encourage by appreciating the whole person. Help one another by discouraging thoughts of a negative self-image. In this world of brokenness, it’s most important to understand that we do not become so preoccupied with how others may see us, so much that we fail to recognize the beauty God sees in us. From the beginning we were created in the image of God himself; the Bible says, then God said, “Let Us make man in our image, according to our likeness”…, so God created man in his own image; in the image of God he created him; male and female… (Genesis 1:26 -27 NKJV)

THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL FEED AND PRODUCE BEAUTY; the fruit of the Spirit is; love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance…(Galatians 6: 22). “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another…, (Ephesians 4: 32), walk in love; as Christ hath loved us…” (5:2).

Never allow another person’ opinion of you to become your goal. Know without a doubt, that THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL FEED AND PRODUCE BEAUTY in you. Never allow opinions of others to become the prison you live in; from God’s perspective it doesn’t matter what others say about you, learn to deal with people as they are without allowing their opinions and behavior to be what controls your life, for you are wonderfully made. Grab hold of love, joy and peace as you journey day by day that is what really matters, because you are becoming a living sacrifice for Jesus Christ.

SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 32 BUILDING CHARACTER

SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 32 BUILDING CHARACTER

CHURCH WELCOME MESSAGE 32

Good Morning to all God’s People, if it is Sunday, it is time to enter our VIRTUAL CHURCH, lift your eyes towards Heaven and give God a big shout out, by simply saying, THANK YOU HEAVENLY FATHER,” for you are truly an awesome God.  For He woke us up this morning, and started us on our way, and when God does anything for us, we ought to thank God, lift our heads high and praise God, then begin to Worship God with all our hearts and mind, because He is worthy, I say He is worthy to be praised.  Now clap your hands and say Amen, Amen and Amen!  Nothing gives God more glory than for His Children to Praise and Worship Him.

LET US PRAY:  Heavenly Father we stand in your present this morning with a humble heart, thanking you for your love, your mercy and your grace.  For we know that it is only because of your grace, we were able to make it through the trials and tribulations we faced this week.  You showered us with your love, pointed us in the right direction, covered us with the armor of your grace and allowed us to arrive on the other side of the river much stronger, much wiser, filled with wisdom, knowledge and more power than when this journey begin.  Now we are more determined than ever to compete in this race of life and finish it, because you have shown us how to be a winner at anything we set our sights upon.  So today Heavenly Father, we lift you up in High Honor, we Praise you, we Worship you and as far as me and my family, we will serve you for the rest of our lives.  In Jesus name, AMEN!

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING EPHESIANS 1:15-19 MSG:

That’s why, when I heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of love to all the followers of Jesus, I couldn’t stop thanking God for you—every time I prayed, I’d think of you and give thanks. But I do more than thank. I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength!

OUR PRAISE SONG FOR THIS MORNING IS:  I Surrender all

What an awesome blessing we receive when we surrender all and follow Jesus.

It is now time for our worship message for today.  Pastor Davis will present you with a short message for today’s Worship Service title:

BUILDING CHARACTER AND OBTAINING WISDOM TO BECOME A GOOD LEADER

Let us begin by stating this fact.  Leaders cultivate character by acquiring wisdom and understanding.  Of course, those possessions do not come without a price.  They require the kind of dedicated and patient labor exercised in mining for gold and silver.  If you want to be a leader in any calling, you must diligently “SEARCH” for the wisdom that is buried within God’s Word like treasure covered by layers of earth and rock.  That means using the right tools and exercising patience and diligence as we spend time immersed within this life-changing volume.

Skills, intelligence and hard work are all a part of the package of a GOOD LEADER.  When God built His triune leadership team, he was giving us the example of how our leadership teams would have to be built.  God’s leadership team consisted of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  The three were joined together to serve each other.  However, God reminds us that, in the final analysis, one thing makes the difference, and that is the heart of a leader, and the heart is man’s CHARACTER.

As we dig, we must ask God to provide us with insight and understanding.  Ultimately, only God can open our eyes to see spiritual truth and then enable us to apply that truth to our lives (Ephesians 1:18).  As God fills our minds with wisdom, our character will develop so that we will possess the ability to make right choices – choices that are just, fair and moral.

When we seek to possess God’s wisdom, we will be able to move beyond simply expressing the vision and values of a leader.  We will possess the kind of character from which lofty visions and values flow.  Our character will be truly godly, so that others will delight in following us.

LET US PRAY: Father we thank you for developing our Character, opening our eyes and allowing us to see and experience Lady Wisdom.  We thank you for the message and we thank you for the messanger.  May all your children who took the time to participate in lifting you up in Worship today receive a special blessing over their lives, In Jesus name, Amen!

OUR PRAISE SERVICE TODAY FEATURES:  Brother Ron Kenoly live in Concert.  This is truly a concert you must watch:

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SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 24 BUILDING CHARACTER

SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 24 BUILDING CHARACTER

VIRTUAL CHURCH SERVICE BUILDING CHARACTER (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

VIRTUAL CHURCH SERVICE BUILDING CHARACTER (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Good Morning to all God’s People, if it is Sunday, it is time to enter our VIRTUAL CHURCH, lift your eyes towards Heaven and give God a big shout out, by simply saying, THANK YOU HEAVENLY FATHER,” for you are truly an awesome God.

LET US PRAY:  Heavenly Father we stand in your present this morning with a humble heart, thanking you for your love, your mercy and your grace.  For we know that it is only because of your grace, we were able to make it through the trials and tribulations we faced this week.  You showered us with your love, pointed us in the right direction, covered us with the armor of your grace and allowed us to arrive on the other side of the river much stronger, much wiser, filled with wisdom, knowledge and more power than when this journey begin.  Now we are more determined than ever to compete in this race of life and finish it, because you have shown us how to be a winner at anything we set our sights upon.  So today Heavenly Father, we lift you up in High Honor, we Praise you, we Worship you and as far as me and my family, we will serve you for the rest of our lives.  In Jesus name, AMEN!

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING EPHESIANS 1:15-19 MSG:

That’s why, when I heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of love to all the followers of Jesus, I couldn’t stop thanking God for you—every time I prayed, I’d think of you and give thanks. But I do more than thank. I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength!

Now Pastor Davis will present you with a short message for today’s Worship Service title:

BUILDING CHARACTER AND OBTAINING WISDOM TO BECOME A GOOD LEADER

Let us begin by stating this fact.  Leaders cultivate character by acquiring wisdom and understanding.  Of course, those possessions do not come without a price.  They require the kind of dedicated and patient labor exercised in mining for gold and silver.  If you want to be a leader in any calling, you must diligently “SEARCH” for the wisdom that is buried within God’s Word like treasure covered by layers of earth and rock.  That means using the right tools and exercising patience and diligence as we spend time immersed within this life-changing volume.

Skills, intelligence and hard work are all a part of the package of a GOOD LEADER.  When God built His triune leadership team, he was giving us the example of how our leadership teams would have to be built.  God’s leadership team consisted of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  The three were joined together to serve each other.  However, God reminds us that, in the final analysis, one thing makes the difference, and that is the heart of a leader, and the heart is man’s CHARACTER.

As we dig, we must ask God to provide us with insight and understanding.  Ultimately, only God can open our eyes to see spiritual truth and then enable us to apply that truth to our lives (Ephesians 1:18).  As God fills our minds with wisdom, our character will develop so that we will possess the ability to make right choices – choices that are just, fair and moral.

When we seek to possess God’s wisdom, we will be able to move beyond simply expressing the vision and values of a leader.  We will possess the kind of character from which lofty visions and values flow.  Our character will be truly godly, so that others will delight in following us.

LET US PRAY: Father we thank you for developing our Character, opening our eyes and allowing us to see and experience Lady Wisdom.  In Jesus name, Amen!

OUR PRAISE SERVICE TODAY FEATURES:  Brother Ron Kenoly live in Concert.  This is truly a concert you must watch:

 

HAVE YOU TRAINED FOR THE SPIRITUAL RACE THAT IS SET BEFORE YOU?

HAVE YOU TRAINED FOR THE SPIRITUAL RACE THAT IS SET BEFORE YOU?

PASTOR DAVIS IN TRAINING FOR THE SPIRITUAL RACE

PASTOR DAVIS IN TRAINING FOR THE SPIRITUAL RACE

It is no accident that Paul used an athletic metaphor to describe the pursuit of godliness.  Paul knows there was the potential for victory or loss, so to assure our victory in this spiritual contest, he warned us to exercise.  In 1Timothy 4:7 he used the verb train, which is the Greek word gumnazo, which is where we get our word gymnasium.  The word speaks of not just training, but of “the focused discipline behind the training.”  Discipline demands commitment and consistency.  You will never become godly by accident-an attitude of discipline must precede the pursuit of godliness.

The attitude of one, who would be godly, is first and foremost, one of focus.  Satan has any number of distractions waiting in the wings to keep us off the track toward godliness.  Some of them are even good things–but not better than becoming like God.  The way to keep our focus is to, as the book of Hebrews encouraged us, “fix our eyes on Jesus” (12:2NIV).

Put simply having a goal and focus is not enough.  Physical exercise requires sustained, rigorous effort.  It is not easy.  Spiritual exercise is no different.  Displaying the character of Christ is work.  It is the result of making a conscious decision to live your life based on who you are in Christ.  Godliness is an act of volition.  You must choose to walk, live, and act godly demands personal responsibility and commitment, which grow out of knowing who God is and knowing how committed He is to you.  Once you understand that, then Paul said exercise.

But be aware that exercise is never done in the actual competition.  It only prepares you for the competition.  Once the contest starts, it’s too late to get into shape.  When the bell rings or the first gun goes off, it’s too late to try and get in fifty crunches or a set of leg lifts.  After the coin is tossed and positions are taken, this is not the time for skipping rope or jumping jacks.  You have to be in shape before the game starts to have a chance at winning.

Spiritual exercise begins with Bible study, prayer, meditation, and fasting.  It continues when we practice instant obedience to God’s will.  We expand that exercise by allowing God to reign in our lives.  Spiritual exercise is to be woven into the very fabric and foundation of our lives.  That requires commitment, discipline, perseverance, and long suffering.  We only grow to be the people God wants us to be when we allow our exercise to secure our foundations and stretch our abilities.

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