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Count yourself Blessed this Christmas

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THIS CHRISTMAS COUNT YOURSELF BLESSED EVERY TIME PEOPLE PUT YOU DOWN

 

SERMON ON THE MOUNT Photo taken near Salt Lake City, Utah Photo by Pastor Davis

SERMON ON THE MOUNT Photo taken near Salt Lake City, Utah Photo by Pastor Davis

CHILDREN OF GOD, it is truly the SEASON to be filled with joy, for the Lord our God has bestowed upon each one of us many great and wonderful BLESSINGS throughout this year.  As the year begin to come to a close and the birth of our Lord and Savior JESUS CHRIST, is near, the Spirit of the Lord prompted me to remind each of you just how BLESSED you readily are because He spoke these words as a reminder from HIS SERMON ON THE MOUNT.

When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said:

 “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.

 “You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

 “You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.

“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.

“You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.

“You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.

“You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.

 “You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.

“Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble. (Matthew 5:1-12 MSG)

 

 

Brothers and Sisters, the Lord has spoken these words to you.  I ENCOURAGE you to stay focus and keep your eye on the prize during this CHRISTMAS SEASON.  Never forget that JESUS is the reason for the SEASON.

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The Gift of giving is Remembering

BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS for they shall be called the sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9; NKJV)

REMEMBERING OTHERS DURING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON:

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WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

The time of year many have anxiously anticipated is upon us, now the process of decision and choice making has begun full forced. It is the time of year in which feasting and celebration are shared within many homes and communities world -wide; therefore, let us enhance the spirit by REMEMBERING OTHERS DURING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.

There are those who are less fortunate among us that a friendly gesture can bring healing to their soul, for they seek not the material things of this world, but spiritual. Jesus gave each of us a message, a thought to always ponder especially during the holiday season, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God” (Matthew 5:9; NKJV). Where there is disharmony, discord, chaos and greed, the time is now to mend and repair, restore and renew by REMEMBERING OTHERS DURING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.

Somewhere there is someone that will not hear the words “Joy to the World” or “Silent Night,” because of the sound of war raging in their communities. Somewhere there will be some child that will not experience the happiness of opening gifts with moments of glee. Somewhere someone will spend Christmas alone because they have no family to share it with. The list it seems is endless, but the joy of Christmas is really all about the “Birth” the “Gift of a Savior.” For the scriptures reminds us this way, “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder. And his name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.” While REMEMBERING OTHERS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON think on these things for it is from the heart love is freely given.

As the joy and spirit of Christmas continue to unfold, take a moment and reflect on how blessed you truly are, WHILE REMEMBERING OTHERS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON in a very special way.

May you find the gift of peace and contentment as you approach and become participants in this holiday season.

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Wednesday Inspirational and Motivational Service (Let there be peace on Earth)

 

CHRISTMAS THE SIGN OF PEACE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

CHRISTMAS THE SIGN OF PEACE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

CHILDREN OF GOD, let us begin today’s service by uniting our minds together as one in the Body of Christ, as we pray for PEACE to break out all over the world. Let us pray for one another as we lay aside our difference and allow our light to shine so that others will see the love of God shinning forth from deep inside our hearts.

LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH AND LET IT BEGIN WITH ME!  The question we should ask ourselves is this, “Is peace possible (personal or worldwide)?” Now I ask you to take a moment and examine that question or thought and consider this; that in order to live in a world where peace exists we have to get it right or else there will be no peace.

Now as you think deeply on this very important question, remember the season that we are living in and know that Jesus is the reason for the season.  Click on this video clip and allow the calmness of the moment to come over you, then complete the reading of this important lesson.

 

Jesus came and preached peace to those who had never heard of God and to those who had heard of him, so we all stand the same ground, and share in an offer of hope and promise. For he is our peace (Ephesians 2:14 KJV); The Lord will give strength to his people; and will bless his people with peace (Psalm 29:11).  Christ brought us together through his death on the cross; through him we share the same Spirit and have equal access to the Father. We all belong here, we are part of Gods’ plan, and it is through him we find peace by surrendering our lives to his will and being obedient to his call. We are able to reach others when we allow our lives to demonstrate working of the Holy Spirit within and around us as we share the gift of love.

Scripture reminds us that the one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us (1 John 3:24 NIV)).

Peace keeper:

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, and The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end (Isaiah 9:6-7 KJV).  With our mind set on pleasing God, (total surrender), peace will come.

 

Scripture reminds us that: He will keep us in perfect peace when our mind is centered on him and we put all our trust in him.  So we must learn to trust In the Lord forever; for the Lord JEHOVAH is everlasting strength (Isaiah 26: 3-4).  Paul reminds us to: Be strong in the Lord, take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. Put them to use so you will be able to stand up to every-thing the Devil throws your way.

Be prepared;  truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words, learn how to apply them, pray hard and long, pray for each other and keep your eyes open. (Ephesians 6: 10-18 MGS).

So in the midst this holiday season let us remain focused in all we do and think while remembering to keep Jesus at the center of our activities. Praise the Lord our God and worship at his footstool for he is holy. Praise the Lord our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the Lord our God is holy.

Let this be a time of celebration so much that people every-where will honor our Savior with thanksgiving and praise.  May our hearts be at peace, and let us remember to take a moment out of our day and pray for peace around the world, remembering that there is power in prayer. Jesus is our open door for the peace we seek.

Lift up your eyes toward heaven and thank God for his Son; let this be a time of sharing and giving love to others out of the depth of our hearts, love that is genuine. May peace be yours!

NOW LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH, GOOD WILL TOWARDS ALL MEN, AND LET IT BEGIN WITH ME!  In Jesus name we pray, AMEN!

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Let us magnify the Lord

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LET US  MAGIFY THE LORD for he is the greatest gift of all as you celebrate this holiday season. This gift does not come contained in a box or wrapped expensively. There is no variation in the price of this gift because the price has been paid in full, which is why God gave to each of us the greatest gift of all, his Son. “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a Son and they shall call his name Immanuel, which is translated, “God with us” (Matthew 1:23; NKJV).

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When you decorate that tree, sing those carols filled with laughter and joy, remember the reason for it all. Jesus, a tiny newborn baby born in a stable, wrapped in pieces of cloth and laid in a feeding trough, just for you. So great was the gift, “… after Jesus was born in Bethlehem…wise men from the East came…asking, “Where is he who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him” (Matthew 2:1-2). “…, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy…when they saw the young child… and fell down and worshiped him…they presented gifts to him…”(Matthew 2:9-11).  It’s Christmas a joyous time of the year; so, LET US MAGNIFY THE LORD for he is worthy.

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Christmas tradition has been shared from one generation to the next, celebrated culturally expressing gratitude for the gift of a Savior, a King. When you kneel in prayer, remember the children around the world that the true meaning of Christmas will never lose its’ meaning and be replaced by the cares of this world. Pray that they will learn to recognize the value of such a gift as the baby Jesus. Join hands with family and love ones, set aside differences and LET US  MAGNIFY THE LORD this holiday season.

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How to get God to bless you this Christmas

REMEMBERING THAT JESUS IS THE REASON FOR OUR SEASON OF BLESSINGS

The Blessings of Christmas -- Alpine Village -- Helen, Ga. Photo by Pastor Davis

The Blessings of Christmas — Alpine Village — Helen, Ga. Photo by Pastor Davis

When praises go up, blessing come down; Now if you are one of those people who are wondering why your life and the life of your family is in such poor condition, think on  this message of praise, and if you are not giving God all your praises day by day then the answer should be quite simple, and the solution to being able TO GET GOD TO BLESS YOU THIS CHRISTMAS, and lift you up out of poverty is to begin praising God for whatever condition you might find yourself in.  Just open your mouth and praise him even if you are facing eviction from your home are apartment, no food to eat, no job to go to, your marriage are relationship has fallen apart, you have been stricken with a crippling decease, you ought to look towards heaven and say, thank you Jesus for this opportunity to praise you, because I know that the conditions that I find myself in today, shall be no more.  Thank you for allowing me to experience your marvelous light of this day.  From this moment forward, I am going to praise you, HALLELUJAH!

Hallelujah! Praise God in his holy house of worship, praise him under the open skies;
Praise him for his acts of power, praise him for his magnificent greatness; Praise with a blast on the trumpet, praise by strumming soft strings; Praise him with castanets and dance, praise him with banjo and flute; Praise him with cymbals and a big bass drum, praise him with fiddles and mandolin. Let every living, breathing creature praise God!  Hallelujah!  (Psalm 150 MSG).

When your life becomes filled with praises, he will put a smile on your face, new words on your lips, new clothes on your back, new strut in your walk, your rent is paid, your car note paid, plenty of fresh food to eat, pain and heartaches gone, stress and worries gone.  When you come into the full knowledge and power of these changes taking place in your life, then you will know, “HOW TO GET GOD TO BLESS YOUR LIFE!”

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CHALLENGE YOUR SELF THIS DAY TO BE JOYFUL

CHALLENGE YOUR SELF THIS DAY TO BE JOYFUL

Experience the Beauty of fall in the North East Ga. Mountains (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Experience the Beauty of fall in the North East Ga. Mountains (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; break forth, O mountains, into singing! For the Lord has comforted his people and will have compassion on his afflicted. Isaiah 49:13

My question to you this day in offering up this challenge is very simple:  Is there anything too hard for God?  And if you said NO, my Challenge for you is:  “CHALLENGE YOURSELF THIS DAY TO BE JOYFUL.”  Now here is what you must do, “Take the very worst situation that you may face this day and look old Satan in the face, and say, “despite your efforts to turn me around, knock me down to the ground, still my peace and happiness, I will not succumb to your evil ways, I will face you down and rejoice in the joy that my God is providing me with.

Those of us who have learned to trust in God ought to exhibit a dramatically different, positive response to the difficult events of life.  Our attitude is to be one of genuine rejoicing.  This is not joyful anticipation for trials; instead, it is joy during trials.  The joy is based on confidence in the outcome of the trial.  It is the starting realization that trials represent the possibility of growth.

Rejoice and be Happy; BELIEVERS, it’s time to stop pretending to be happy.  It is time to put on your shouting shoes, get up out of your comfortable seats and rejoice in the goodness of the Lord.  Rejoicing goes beyond happiness.  Happiness centers on earthly circumstances and how well things are going here.  Joy centers on God and His presents in our experience.  Now listen careful to this very important message from Isaiah.  He says, “I will sing for joy in God, explode in praise from deep in my soul! He dressed me up in a suit of salvation; he outfitted me in a robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom who puts on a tuxedo and a bride a jeweled tiara. For as the earth bursts with spring wildflowers, and as a garden cascades with blossoms, So the Master, God, brings righteousness into full bloom and puts praise on display before the nations.” Isaiah 61:10-11 MSG

NOW REJOICE and  CHALLENGE YOUR SELF THIS DAY TO BE JOYFUL!

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REMEMBERING GODS EXPECTATIONS

REMEMBERING GODS EXPECTATIONS:

PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

Scripture is filled with reminders of consequence of disobedience, God’s blessings upon his creation and embracing the concept of discipleship.  All instructions and examples are written and explained for your own growth and direction as you seek to become diligent workers and followers of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Let us open our hearts and minds to what the Lord has to say and his great expectations. Now the Lord spoke… (Exodus 12:1); then preparations for the journey to the Promised Land commiserates, thus following consequences of disobedience.  “He, who has an ear, let him hear what the spirit says to the churches.” (Revelation 2: 7; NKLV)

Remember our history and be warned, all our ancestors were led through the wilderness under the mighty hand of God, fully protected; but, just experiencing God’s wonder and grace didn’t seem to mean much—most of them was defeated by temptation during hard times and God was not pleased. Today as Christians we must never try to get God to serve us instead of us serving him. We must be careful not to stir up discontent and strife among one another because we are just as capable of messing up as they were. Don’t be so naïve and self-confident, you’re not exempt. Just as they felled, you are subject to fall likewise, so, it behoove each of you to forget about self-confidence; it’s useless, cultivate God-confidence.

When you see people reducing God to something they can use or control, get out of their company as fast as you can. You don’t reduce Christ to what you are; he raises you to what he is. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of his grace. In him we have obtained an inheritance… in him you also trusted, after you heard the truth, the gospel of your salvation… (Ephesians 1:7-14)

It is God’s expectation that we learn to live in obedience and harmony with love for one another. You are to encourage the weaker ones in the faith, for all are saved by the grace of God. Whatever your goals are, your purpose, work to perfect that which lives in you with all diligence.  For the scripture says, there are diversities of gifts, but the same Lord, and there are diversities of activities, but the same God who works all in all (1 Corinthians 12:4-6), so grow in grace, love and peace.

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