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GOD IS THE LIGHT OF THE UNIVERSE

As we begin this study of Living in the light as light, we begin with two precepts.  First we begin with light as the substance that illuminates the world.  Second we come into the knowledge and understanding as to whom and what this substance that illuminates the world is.  In this study we will use pictures and video clips to help us take you into a deeper and more profound understanding of who God is, who we are and who we are in God.  So as you explore this subject “GOD AS THE LIGHT OF THE UNIVERSE”  pause and meditate on what is being conceived in your mind. Now allow your mind to take you deep into the mind of God as He created you in His image to be a reflector of this light.  Click on this video clip and let us begin our studies.Let me give you a working definition of the word light; it is something that makes things visible are affords illuminations.  In Physics it is also called, luminous energy, radiant energy.electromagnetic radiation to which the organs of sight react, ranging in wavelength from about 400 to 700 nm and propagated at a speed of 186,282 mi./sec (299,972 km/sec), considered variously as a wave, corpuscular, or quantum phenomenon.

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YOU HAVE BEEN COMMANDED TO GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES

YOU HAVE BEEN COMMANDED TO GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES

LIFE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

LIFE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Jesus commands us [all believers] to “GO” tell others the good news and make disciples.  This is what he says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them inthe name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  (Matthew 28:19-20 ESV)  These are some of the last words of instruction that Jesus left with His Disciples after the resurrection and before His final departure back to heaven to be with the Father.  This verse is known as the GREAT COMMISSION.

Jesus instruction to the disciples was their assigned mission to evangelize, baptize, and teach people about Jesus so that they, in turn, could do the same.  The Good News of the gospel was to go forth to all the nations.

With this same authority, Jesus still commands us to tell others the Good News and make them disciples for the Kingdom.  “YOU HAVE BEEN COMMANDED TO “GO” AND MAKE DISCIPLES!”  We are to go whether it is next door or to another country and make disciples.  It is not an option, but a command to all who call Jesus “LORD.”  As we obey, we have comfort in the knowledge that Jesus is always with us.  This would occur through the Holy Spirit’s presence in believer’s lives.  The Holy Spirit would be Jesus presence that would never leave them (John 14:26; Acts 1:4-5).  Jesus continues to be with us today through his Spirit.

YOU HAVE BEEN COMMANDED TO “GO” AND MAKE DISCIPLES, the choice is yours, and however, if we refuse to serve King Jesus faithfully, doing as He has command us, we are disloyal subjects.  As believers we must make Jesus King of our lives and worship him as our Savior, King, and Lord, being obedient and always walking in the path of righteousness.

Now may the saving grace of our Lord and Savior bless you abundantly as you walk out your purpose doing his will.  Remember, “YOU HAVE BEEN COMMANDED TO “GO” AND MAKE DISCIPLES!”

 

WHO PREPARED THE PASSOVER MEAL IN THE UPPER ROOM?

WHO PREPARED THE PASSOVER MEAL IN THE UPPER ROOM?

 (Mark 14:12-17 Amplified Bible

Today is Maundy Thursday and it commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles.  It is the day before Good Friday, and it is the lesser known days of the Christian calendar.  On this day, Christians remember the Last Supper. During the meal Jesus took bread and wine and shared them with his disciples.

DINNER IN THE UPPER ROOM (Photo by PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER)

However, In order for the Passover meal, [THE LAST SUPPER] to be ready when Jesus and HIS DISCIPLES arrived and ready to be served and eaten, someone had to have knowledge of the this moment and gotten things ready for an event that not one of the disciples knew of.  Who was that someone and how did they get the word to get things ready for this historical event?  Here is an opportunity for each of you as Bible Scholars to put on your thinking hats, dig deep into the scriptures and come up with some concrete answers.  We encourage each of you to share your thoughts and research with all of us here on this WORLD STAGE.

Now listen to how Jesus set the stage for this historical moment to unfold in a moment and time that the world will never forget.  It begins, 12On the first day [of the Feast] of Unleavened Bread, when [as was customary] they killed the Passover lamb, [Jesus'] disciples said to Him, Where do You wish us to go [and] prepare the Passover [supper] for You to eat?  13And He sent two of His disciples and said to them, Go into the city, and a man carrying an [earthen] jar or pitcher of water will meet you; follow him.  In this case Jesus sent Peter and John (Luke 22:8).   14And whatever [house] he enters, say to the master of the house, The Teacher says: Where is My guest room, where I may eat the Passover [supper] with My disciples?  15And he will [himself] show you a large upper room, furnished [with carpets and with dining couches properly spread] and ready; there prepare for us.  In this case we do not know whether Jesus had supernatural knowledge in this instance or if he had made arrangements in advance is unclear (as in the incident with his Triumphal Entry.  It seems that in this instance this room had been reserved previously and kept secret, none of the disciples knew where they would eat this meal.

However, Jesus already knew that Judas would be looking for an opportunity to betray him without crowds around, so Jesus may have made these arrangements and kept them secret.

16Then the disciples set out and came to the city and found [everything] just as He had told them; and they prepared the Passover.  The house where the Passover meal was to be eaten probably was one of Jesus followers, because he knew exactly who the Teacher was and probably knew the disciples by sight.  Tradition says this may have been Mark’s home so this would have been Mark’s father.  Many homes had upstairs rooms large enough to accommodate Jesus and his twelve disciples.  As before, when two disciples went to get the donkey for Jesus to ride into Jerusalem, these two disciples found everything just as Jesus had said.  The preparations for the Passover would have included setting the table, buying and roasting the Passover lamb, making the unleavened bread, sauces, and other ceremonial food and drink that were a traditional part of every Passover meal.

Now that all the special ingredients have been gather into one place, the killing and roasting of the lamb is complete, who do you think it was that prepared this historical meal, and how would they know the time in which to have everything ready?  Now click on this video clip and let us pray together!

We encourage you to think deeply upon this matter and share your thoughts in our comment section.  We minister to you on this MAUNDY THURSDAY from a position of PEACE, POWER, PURPOSE and PROSPERITY.  I remain your brother in JESUS CHRIST, PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER!

SIMON OF CYRENE WAS THE BLACK HANDS THAT HELP TO CARRY THE CROSS

SIMON OF CYRENE WAS THE BLACK HANDS THAT HELP TO CARRY THE CROSS

Simon of Cyrene the black hands that helped carry the cross (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Simon of Cyrene the black hands that helped carry the cross (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

And when they had [finished] making sport of Him, they took the purple [robe] off Him and put His own clothes on Him. And they led Him out [of the city] to crucify Him.

And they forced a passerby, Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus, who was coming in from the field (country), to carry His cross.

And they led Him to Golgotha [in Latin: Calvary], meaning The Place of a Skull.  (Mark 15:20-22 AMP).

In verse 21, Mark tells us that Simon of Cyrene, was coming into the city from the countryside into the city of Jerusalem, but the Lord was traveling out of the city.  These two men were traveling in opposite directions.  Simon was coming in and the Lord was going out being led by the Roman Soldiers and a large crowd of haters.  Simon suddenly found himself turned around at the instructions of the Centurion and finds his life walking in exactly the opposite direction from where he was first headed.  Meeting Christ at this point and being forced to place his hands on the cross and carry it would be a life changing experience for him.

Now some of you might ask, “why would he ever mention Simon of Cyrene as the Black Hands on the cross, and how would he even know that Simon of Cyrene was a Black Man?  For those of you who are truth seekers, these would be legitimate questions to ask.  For me as a Minister of the Gospel, called and ordained to come boldly before the throne of grace, and speak truth to power, convince, rebuke, exhort and teach, it is my job to empower you with knowledge in order that you may know the truth and the truth will truly set you free.  (John 8:32)

For me to state here with absolute certain that Simon of Cyrene was a Black Man is impossible.  This is a question that has been debated by Scholars worldwide for hundreds of years.  However, I should start by pointing out it is difficult to determine with accuracy black men and women in the Bible because the Bible is color-neutral. There is never any reference to race or racial features. The main distinction throughout the Bible is between those that serve God and those that do not, whether as individuals or as nations. It is not definite that everyone from Ethiopia or Cyrene was black, but certainly you could reasonably assume that it was a good possibility. So this study will have to be considered reasonable speculation.

We know very little about Simon. We see from this Mark’s writing that he had come from the country to Jerusalem on this occasion, perhaps on business. He must have been a strong man. I don’t think the soldiers would have picked a weakling. God had appointed him to be there, not to help Jesus with the cross, but to encounter the one who was to be crucified for his sins. Except for Mark’s obscure reference to Rufus and Alexander we would have no more information about Simon.

What we do know about Simon called Niger is his name.  Simon is a Jewish name and Niger comes from the Latin word for “black”.  It’s safe to say he was Jewish and may have been called “Black” simply because of his looks.

Research shows that Simon of Cyrene was from a country in ancient northern Africa (bordering Egypt) called Libya. According to Spirit of English Magazine Vol. 10, pg. 286; in ancient times Libya contained two countries Cyrenaica and Marmarica.  Wikipedia [the on line encyclopedia], shares that Libya was until recent times, the home of one the oldest Jewish communities in the world, dating back to at least 300 BC. In the 1st century, the Jewish historian for the Roman Empire, Josephus Flavius, noted 500,000 Jews lived in Libya. By today’s standards, people from North Africa may or may not be classified as Black. The New Testament, let’s us in on the fact that Joseph, Mary and Jesus spent time in Egypt, This raises an equally intriguing question as to whether or not Simon’s friend, Joseph of Marmarica (a.k.a. Joseph of Marmore, Joseph of Arimathea, brother of Jesus’ grandmother) from the neighboring district of Marmonica/Marmarica, should also be classified as African or Black. –Satchell Intell.

We find here in (Matthew 27:32 NKJV).  Simon of Cyrene was from Ethiopia, and this text and the identity of this man clearly reminds us all of us today that all cultures were represented at Calvary and in the church.  This further reminds us that wise men of all ages would be honored to be allowed to perform the task that was conferred upon Simon of Cyrene, the Ethiopia from northwestern Africa.  Whether it was voluntary or by force, in any case, black hands were extended to help the Savior bear His cross.  The Ethiopian eunuch from Africa (Acts 8:26) was the first Gentile convert mentioned by name in the Book of Acts.  History reports that he returned to Ethiopia to found the Abyssinian Christian Church, which exists until this day.

May God’s saving grace, be with each one of you whose hands, regardless of their color, feel obligated to pick-up your cross and carry it this day be blessed with love, peace and power.  Only because Jesus loved all of us and died for our sins so we may  have the opportunity to celebrate his life, death and resurrection on this EASTER.

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IS THERE LIFE FOR MANKIND AFTER DEATH (PART 1

IS THERE LIFE FOR MANKIND AFTER DEATH?

THE LIGHT THAT LEADS US FROM DARKNESS TO THE BRIGHTNESS OF GOD'S GLORY THE TUNNEL (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE LIGHT THAT LEADS US FROM DARKNESS TO THE BRIGHTNESS OF GOD’S GLORY                       (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

We begin today’s lesson not with one question, but two. The first question is this,  “IS THERE LIFE FOR MANKIND AFTER DEATH?”  The second question is, “IS YOUR FAITH BASED ON THE WORD OF GOD ARE SOMETHING ELSE?”  I consider both questions important for the overall discussion of the Death and Resurrection of JESUS CHRIST.

Therefore, as we begin our forward look towards Easter and the celebration of the life, death and resurrections of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, I find that there is no better time than now to ask these two very important questions, and have you the reader to examine your soul for the answer to a question that so many of us refuse to even consider bringing up in our family discussions.  I find this to be a sad commentary especially for believers.

Now as I was doing research for my book on “LIFE AFTER DEATH,” I came across this quote from another great writer, and it said, “Christianity,” “is a religion of the open tomb.” Keep that thought in mind as you study this lesson on the resurrection. The founder of Christianity could not be kept in the prison house of death. An angel rolled the great stone from the door of Joseph’s new tomb, and the Son of God came forth triumphant over death. “I am the resurrection and the life,” He said (John 11:25).

The apostle Paul argues that the Christian faith stands or falls upon the fact of the resurrection of Christ.

“If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised, and if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith” (1 Corinthians 15:13, 14).

Now let us understand this one very important truth, and that is this; Jesus came to this Earth to teach mankind a particular lesson; and if He was destined to become the Savior of mankind, then the greatest lesson which He could have taught man was that of faith; faith in his God and faith in a life after death.

THE TOMB OF DEATH COULD NOT CONTAIN HIM (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE TOMB OF DEATH COULD NOT CONTAIN HIM (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

 

By His very own death, Christ Jesus must bring to man faith, and the belief in a LIFE AFTER DEATH. He preached immortality, and to further impress this fact upon humanity, He must go through the throes of death in order to return to life and bring to man proof of an after death life. To accomplish this He appeared to His beloved disciples in His  spiritual body. In I Corinthians, 15:6, Paul says, “After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once: of whom the greater part remains unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.” He walked and talked to them so that they might believe that what He had preached, the immortality of the soul, was a fact and that after man has laid aside his physical body, he still lives in a finer and more ethereal body.

Our hope of deliverance from sin in this world (see Romans 6:4, 11, 12) and the reality of life in the next (see 1 Corinthians 15:17-23) are dependent upon the resurrection of Jesus. The incarnation of God’s Son, His sinless life and vicarious death, would have availed nothing if He had been kept a prisoner of death. The saints of all ages would remain in their graves, sealed forever, if Christ had not broken the power of death and come forth to immortal life. And Christians would have been “false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised” (1 Corinthians 15:15)!”

We encourage you to open your mind and think deeply upon this lesson and the ones to come.  Our hope is that you who have not accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior find some comfort in these words as you continue to study with us here at VINE AND BRANCH WORLD MINISTRIES.  If you want SALVATION for your soul, you can have it right here and now.  Just stroll to the top of this page and click on SALVATION IS FREE, read it, accept it, and come to know Jesus as your Lord and Savior. There is HOPE in a continuous life beyond this life when you accept Jesus as the only one that can provide you with it.  We have presented this lesson to you today from a position of peace, power, purpose and prosperity.  I remain your brother in Jesus Christ, PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER!

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HAPPY VALENTINE DAY TOO ALL OF YOU WITH LOVE

FLOWERS ARE THE TRUE EXPRESSION OF GOD’S LOVE AND BEAUTY

PHOTOGRAPHY BY SHIRLEY RHODES

THE BLACK ORCHID

Flowers are known as the reproductive organ in plants and when combined into a bouquet there’s beauty and sweet aroma to enjoy.  So I set before you to enjoy the Essence and Beauty of My Flower Garden.

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The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. Song of Solomon 2:12

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Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.     1 Corinthians 13:4-7

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A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”  John 13:34-35

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I will be like the dew to Israel;  he shall blossom like the lily; he shall take root like the trees of Lebanon Hosea 14:5

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My beloved has gone down to his garden to the beds of spices, to graze in the gardens and to gather lilies.  I am my beloveds and my beloved is mine; he grazes among the lilies. Song of Solomon 6:2-3

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PRAYING FOR SPIRITUAL EMPOWERMENT

PRAYING FOR SPIRITUAL EMPOWERMENT

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF WILMINGTON, N.C. ESTABLISHED 1808 (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF WILMINGTON, N.C. ESTABLISHED 1808 (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Today my brothers and sisters, I want to encourage you to pray for one another, you pray for me and I pray for you. We have a greater responsibility in the work we do then we can begin to imagine. When the Lord, Our God called us into this ministry work, he carefully chose each one of his servants, he prepared them for the many challenges that they would face along the way. He equipped each one of his servants with the necessary tools to make the journey a smooth one. He blessed each servant with a praying spirit, and he told us that we must pray daily for SPIRITUAL EMPOWERMENT.

Therefore I say to you, let us all understand this one back; during the course of our lives, we all have had someone to pray for us. Prayer is the key that unlocks the door to our blessings, and when we learn that our purpose in life is to serve others, and we can truly be effective as a servant by praying in the Spirit for our fellowman, we are then moved to pray without ceasing.

Paul’s prayer for SPIRITUAL EMPOWERMENT for the Ephesians was that they be united by the Spirit, indwelt by Christ, and filled with all the fullness of God’s love. We know that God made the Holy Spirit available to all who believed in Jesus Christ as Savior. The Spirit provides power for our new lives.

The Prayer that Paul prayed for SPIRITUAL EMPOWERMENT was a beautiful and powerful prayer. Now listen to Paul words as he spoke them in Ephesians 3:14-21:

For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height.

To know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God, Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

We find that in this text’s prayer, Paul asked that the Holy Spirit deepen His work in their lives in three ways:
1. That Christ would dwell–more literally, “be at home” in their hearts by faith, that is, that He would move from being an acquaintance to being the center of their church family;
2. That they would grasp God’s love at a spiritual level, beyond intellectual or theological knowledge.
3. That they would be filled with God’s fullness, that is, that the Holy Spirit would reveal the things of Christ (John 16) more fully, achieving God’s fuller work in each life unhindered, unquenched, ungrieved.

My Brothers and Sisters, let not your hearts be troubled, but pray always for everyone and for everything. God is a prayer answering God and He is waiting on you to call him up on His Hot Line, and the only way you can do that is through your prayers. Therefore, if you truly want to be EMPOWERED to do the Lord’s will, learn to PRAY FOR SPIRITUAL EMPOWERMENT!

SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 53 WRITE THE VISION

SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 53 WRITE THE VISION

Our featured church this week is the Airline Baptist Church in Gainesville, Ga. (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Our featured church this week is the Airline Baptist Church in Gainesville, Ga. (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Good morning CHILDREN OF GOD, it is time to rise and shine. Get up, stand up, look up, and see the marvelous light of God shining on all around you. For God has blessed each one of us to awaken to the beauty of a brand-new day. He has given us another opportunity to lift up holy hands towards Heaven, open up our mouths wide and begin to praise him, for he is truly worthy to be praised. Are you ready to begin this day with praises in your heart? Then clap your hands, put a shouting spirit in your feet, it is time to get your Praise on, because it is truly good to praise God in his sanctuary. God has showed us a new way of living in this season and he has allowed us to come forth with an abundant amount of love joy and praise, now let us praise Him in the spirit like we have never done before. For this is truly the first day of the rest of your life. What a wonderful time to begin praising God like you have lost your cotton picking mind.

TODAY’S SONG OF PRAISE:

Praise the Lord!
Sing to the Lord a new song,
his praise in the assembly of the godly!
Let Israel be glad in his Maker;
let the children of Zion rejoice in their King!
Let them praise his name with dancing,
making melody to him with tambourine and lyre!
For the Lord takes pleasure in his people;
he adorns the humble with salvation.
Let the godly exult in glory;
let them sing for joy on their beds.
Let the high praises of God be in their throats
and two-edged swords in their hands,
to execute vengeance on the nations
and punishments on the peoples,
to bind their kings with chains
and their nobles with fetters of iron,
to execute on them the judgment written!
This is honor for all his godly ones.
Praise the Lord! (Psalms 149 ESV)

 LET US PRAY:

Most holy and all wise God our heavenly father, in the name of Jesus your only begotten son we beseech you this day for blessings over our nation and the leaders of the world. For we are facing many difficulties with wars and rumors of war, that are destroying the lives of your children throughout the world. Too many of our leaders have left you out of their decision-making process, which is causing much harm and difficulties in the lives of your children. Father we know not what is in the minds and hearts of these leaders, but we know that you do. Your children are suffering and crying out for Help. Hunger and starvation is running rapid throughout the world community, we are in great need of a divine intervention that will awaken the reality in our leaders in such a way that they may stop the slaughter of so many men women and children. Heavenly father we ask this right now in the name of your son Jesus Christ, who said that if I be lifted up I will draw all men unto me. In Jesus name, Amen!

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING:

I will take my stand at my watchpost 
and station myself on the tower,
and look out to see what he will say to me,
and what I will answer concerning my complaint.

The Righteous Shall Live by His Faith

And the Lord answered me:

“Write the vision;
make it plain on tablets,
so he may run who reads it.
For still the vision awaits its appointed time;
it hastens to the end—it will not lie.
If it seems slow, wait for it;
it will surely come; it will not delay.

TODAY’S MESSAGE:

NOW IS THE TIME TO WRITE YOUR VISION AND MAKE IT PLAIN. In order to understand the message and receive your blessing, you must clip on the tape and listen to the entire lesson.  “DO IT NOW!”

QUESTION:  How important is Alter Call?

It is the most important thing that any Servant of the Lord can do.  We are called to bring the lost sheep in from the cold.  How can we do this if we never call them to come forth and accept the Lord as their Lord and Savior?  When we make the call the Holy Spirit will convict them to answer the call.  Therefore, if you are truly a disciple of Christ, it is your obligation to make the call.

TODAY’S ALTER CALL: 

If you are a person studying this lesson with us today and have not received the saving grace of the Lord and would like to join the Lord’s family of BELIEVERS and receive ETERNAL LIFE, we simply ask you to, “BELIEVE!”

Now repeat this short prayer with me:  “Lord I am a sinner, I have sinned against you, I BELIEVE that Jesus died for my sins, and on the third day you raised him from the grave and today He lives.  I ask you to forgive me of my sins, and come into my heart and cleanse me of my sins.  If you have prayed this prayer with me, you now are saved and have ETERNAL LIFE  in glory.”

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THE BIRTH OF A BABY CHANGED THE COURSE OF THE WORLD

THE BIRTH OF A BABY CHANGED THE COURSE OF THE WORLD

THE STAR OF DAVID (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE STAR OF DAVID (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God‘s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The

BABY JESUS IN A MANAGER

BABY JESUS IN A MANAGER

angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David‘s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.”  (Luke 2:8-12 MSG).

The birth of Jesus to a virgin is a miracle that many people find difficult to believe.

The Birth of Baby Jesus was the birth of a baby that changed the world.  Now watch this short video clip and allow yourself to be changed, then continue reading on the other side of this clip.

Jesus miracles, transfiguration, and resurrection were all actual, historical events that defy explanation.  They were acts of God in a human worldChristians faith, however, rests not on the virgin birth-indeed two of the four Gospels don’t even mention it.  Faith rests on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, not on his virgin birth.  However, the virgin birth reveals two important facts.  (1)  In Jesus, God began a “new creation,” for through Jesus life, death, and resurrection, sin’s power would be broken.  In Jesus, people can come to God for a personal relationship and be freed from the power of sin(2)  Jesus was God’s son before he was even conceived in Mary’s womb.  He did not become God’s Son at a latter time.  He was not accepted as God’s Son because of good behavior or obedience.  He was not a man promoted to that position.  God’s Son was born “God’s Son.”  In the birth of Jesus, God himself became human and entered the world for fallen human beings!  Therein lies the miracle!  People are not meant to explain it, prove it, or ignore it-they are meant to believe it and worship God who made it happen.

We pray that the our CHRISTMAS Messages have touched your heart in some small way, that will allow you to reach out and share your blessings and joy in celebrating the birth of Our Lord and Savior with all those you come in contact with this CHRISTMAS SEASON.  Let it be filled with joy, praise and thanksgiving.  Because Jesus is truly the only reason for this season.

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SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 48 BELIEVE

SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 48 BELIEVE

"BELIEVE"  (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

“BELIEVE” (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

CHIDREN OF GOD, in our PRAYER, PRAISE and WORSHIP SERVICE for this SUNDAY MORNING, we present to you our CHRISTMAS STORY beginning with the Birth of John as God’s divine plan unfolds for many UNBELIEVEING MINDS.  It is a story that many of us have read and studied over a long period of time, but in it all there is always a ray of HOPE and INSPIRATION for a greater tomorrow when we celebrate this beautiful story of the unfolding birth of OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.  Our lesson today is simply title:  “BELIEVE!”  Allow this word to sink deep into your sub-conscious minds, and renew your Spirit daily whenever doubt begin to creep in.  Let us lift up God in high praise for His mighty works, for He is worthy to be PRAISED.

LET US PRAY FOR UNBELIEVING MINDS:

Pastor Davis in Prayer as Zachariah

Pastor Davis in Prayer as Zachariah

Eternal God, Our Heavenly Father, we thank you for those among us who have believed, and we seek divine intervention into the minds of those that are still wavering in their faith.  For we know that with you Heavenly Father, all things are possible to those who believe.  Transforming a world of unbelieving minds may seem to be an impossible task for some, but we as believers are trusting you Heavenly Father, because we know that it is possible.  You sent your only Son into an unbelieving world as a gift that those among us who would believe in Him should not perish but be transformed into a brand new creature and enjoy eternal life.  Through our prayers Heavenly Father we are seeking the same transformation for those unbelieving minds among us today to come into the full knowledge and understanding that you are God, and they can do nothing without you.  And for this Christmas Season, our prayers are for those unbelieving minds to know that Jesus is truly the reason for this Season.  Amen!

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING:

For with God, nothing shall be impossible.  (Luke 1:37)

Background Scriptures for today’s lesson is from (Luke 1:1-37)

TODAY’S MESSAGE IS TITLE:  “BELIEVE”

Our Christmas Story is a true and profound statement by God who can do all things but fail.  All He asks us to do is to BELIEVE.  In this story, God performed one of the greatest miracles known to man, yet we find it very difficult to BELIEVE when the simplest things are right before our very own eyes.  WHY?  Do we not know that God can never lie, if He lies He will denied Himself.  So why do we continue not to BELIEVE the word of God when the Word of God is truth in itself?

Perhaps, like so many before us, we want God to show us a sign.  Let us examine for a moment the High Priest Zachariah, who was a minister of God that worked at the Temple managing its upkeep, teaching the people the Scriptures, and directing the worship services.  When God sent His Angel Gabriel to tell Zachariah that he and His Wife Elizabeth was going to have a son Zachariah words came perilously close to doubt, [disbelief].  Zachariah wanted more than the word from this Heavenly visitor, he wanted a sign from God.

ZACHARIAH QUESTIONS  GOD'S MESSANGER GABRIEL

ZACHARIAH QUESTIONS GOD’S MESSANGER GABRIEL

So Zachariah question the angle by asking, “How can I know this will happen?”  At that very moment Zachariah saw only the obstacles and not the possibilities of the Good News that the Angel Gabriel was presenting to him from God.  His thoughts were that he and Elizabeth were both well past their childbearing years.  In Zachariah mind, he could not see, comprehend or even understand how God could perform such a miracle and place such a burden on him and his wife at this late stage in their lives.  Gabriel explained to Zachariah by stating, “I am Gabriel; I stand in the very presence of God.”  (Luke 1:19)

When we do not BELIEVE and allow doubt to creep in and rule over our unbelieving minds, it will result in some sort of punishment.  God has His own ways of letting us know that He is not please with our actions, and just like any loving parent, He will punish us for our unbelieving minds.  In Zachariah unbelieving mind, he asked for a sign and was quickly granted his request.  He would be unable to speak until the Child was born.  The angel’s words would certainly come true at the proper time, whether Zachariah BELIEVED or not.  God’s plan had been set in motion and nothing could stop it.  (LUKE 1:20)

Zachariah and Elizabeth had been childless for many years and God had promised a son to them, and God kept His promise.  The promise came even before this child was ever conceived.  God was waiting for the right time to ENCOURAGE them and take away their disgrace of not being able to bare a child in their early childbearing years.  Elizabeth soon realized that in this impossible pregnancy, God had performed a MIRACLE.  (Luke 1:23-25)

What God has done for Zachariah and Elizabeth, He will do the same for you.  With God, nothing is impossible, all you have to do is, “BELIEVE!”

THE STORY OF THE BIRTH OF JOHN

When Elizabeth was full-term in her pregnancy, she bore a son, Her neighbors and relatives, seeing that God had over whelmed her with mercy, celebrated with her.

On the eighth day, they came to circumcise the child and were calling him Zachariah after his father. But his mother intervened: “No. He is to be called John.”

“But,” they said, “no one in your family is named that.” They used sign language to ask Zachariah what he wanted him named.

Asking for a tablet, Zachariah wrote, “His name is to be John.” That took everyone by surprise. Surprise followed surprise—Zachariah’s mouth was now open, his tongue loose, and he was talking, praising God!

TODAY’S ALTER CALL: 

If you are a person studying this lesson with us today and have not received the saving grace of the Lord and would like to join the Lord’s family of BELIEVERS and receive ETERNAL LIFE, we simply ask you to, “BELIEVE!”

Now repeat this short prayer with me:  “Lord I am a sinner, I have sinned against you, I BELIEVE that Jesus died for my sins, and on the third day you raised him from the grave and today He lives.  I ask you to forgive me of my sins, and come into my heart and cleanse me of my sins.  If you have prayed this prayer with me, you now are saved and have ETERNAL LIFE  in glory.”

We encourage you to find a local Bible Teaching Church and begin to study and fellowship with other believers.  You can also return back here daily and study God’s word with us.  We share the truth of the scriptures daily, and you will find over 1000 topics for study and discussions.  May the saving grace of our Lord and Savior be with you now and forever, in Jesus name, AMEN!

CLOSING PRAYER:

Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith—to the only wise Godbe glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.

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BELIEVERS ACTIONS ARE ROOTED IN LOVE NOT FOR HONOR OR POSSESSIONS PART 2 of 3

BELIEVERS ACTIONS ARE ROOTED IN LOVE NOT FOR HONOR OR POSSESSIONS PART 2 of 3

Jesus was faithful to the end (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Jesus was faithful to the end (Photo by Pastor Davis)

MATERIAL WEALTH IS A HINDERANCE TO YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE     

In part one; we presented you with the scriptures just as Jesus gave them to you.  In this lesson we want to focus your attention on what was happening at the time Jesus taught this very important lesson and how it fits into all of our lives today.

Jesus life was unique, so were his teachings.  His teachings were known for their fresh and new approach.  Jesus taught several distinctive spiritual truths that set Him apart from any other religious leader who ever lived.

In this lesson, we will focus on Jesus unique abilities as a Master Teacher to teach this one great lesson that we all need to understand and that is; HOW A BELIEVERS ACTIONS ARE ROOTED IN LOVE NOT FOR HONOR OR POSSESSIONS.

Jesus taught that love must not be selective.  His followers are to love all people, regardless of how unlovely or even hostile they may be.  They also must act on that love by being willing to do good when it is in their power to do it.  There are several words for love in Greek.  The word we are using here is agape love, meaning the kind of love shown even when the one loved has no merit for that love.  It is love that must be chosen and willed.

All people have experienced agape love from GodGod loved the world even while people were sinful and rebelliousGod willed to love his people and sent his Son to die for them, not because they deserved it, or had any merit, but only because of God’s love.  Those who have experienced God’s love understand what it means to be loved undeservedly.  People who were once enemies of God and have joined his family can understand what it means to love your enemies.  Only with the help of God’s Spirit can his people do well to those who hate them, pray for the happiness of those who curse them, and pray for those who hurt them.  When believers are hated, cursed, and hurt, they are to respond with love.

HOW CAN ANYONE RESPOND TO HATE WITH LOVE?

I submit to you when you are in the flesh, this can be a very difficult thing to do.  However, let me assure you that people who have accepted Christ as their Savior have the Holy Spirit’s help to accomplish what would otherwise be impossible.

Now let us for a moment take a look at the examples Jesus offers to us; he says, “If you get slapped, turn the other cheek.”  “WOW” Who me, you say? Turn my other cheek and let you slap me again.  “You got to be crazy!” And therefore, the normal response for a person in the flesh would be to slap back, but Jesus offers another option—the attitude that says, “I will not seek revenge.”  Pause your thoughts, and think about this for a moment… then say, “In fact, if need be, I am ready to take another blow.” This attitude is not so much to offer to be slapped again, as it is to offer forgiveness.

The same attitude is illustrated regarding the coat and the shirt, referring to the outer garment and your undergarment.  If someone demanded the one, you are to offer the other as well.  The point is not so much being passive when someone is attempting to rob you as it is being compassionate for another’s need.  If someone needs to steal your coat, then perhaps that person also needs your shirt.

In fact, a more general principle could be stated:  Give what you have to anyone who asks you for it; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back.  Such an attitude completely confounds the world.  It doesn’t understand non-retaliation, forgiveness, and a loose hold on possessions.  But believers, citizens of a future heavenly Kingdom, are freed to forgive and to give.  The point is not that giving is always the correct answer, but that “believer’s actions are rooted first in love, not in regard for honor or possessions.”

In our final lesson on this subject we will conclude it with, “HOW MATERIAL WEALTH IS A HINDERANCE TO YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE.”

SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 31 LIVING IN THE WORLD AS LIGHT

SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 31 LIVING IN THE WORLD AS LIGHT

OUR FEATURED CHURCH THIS SUNDAY IS THE PACOLET FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH PACOLET, S.C. (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

OUR FEATURED CHURCH THIS SUNDAY IS THE PACOLET FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH PACOLET, S.C. (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Good Morning Children of God, if it’s Sunday Morning it is time to Rise Up, Stand up and get your Praise on.  For this is truly the first day of the rest of your life, and God has created it for PRAYER, PRAISE and WORSHIP; While you were stumbling around this week in darkness, unable to focus clearly on what He had set out in front of you; He picked you up, stood you up, put clothes on your back, shoes on your feet, food on your table, gasoline in your ride, He put a brand new strut in your stride and filled your heart with joy and laughter.  What an awesome God we serve?  Is there anything to hard for God?  Let us Praise Him this Sunday Morning, like we never praised Him before, because He is truly worthy to be Praised.

LET US PRAY:  Father we thank you for showering us with your blessings of love, peace and joy.  We honor you Heavenly Father, and today, we have come to lift you up in PRAISE and WORSHIP, to give you the glory for saving us from our sins and bringing salvation into the world. In Jesus Name, Amen!

OUR SONG OF PRAISE:  Our God is an Awesome God!

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING

THE LIGHT HAS COME INTO THE WORLD (John 3:17-21 ESV)

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him, whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.  For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.  But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

LET US WORSHIP THE LORD IN OUR STUDY OF HIS HOLY WORD 

Pastor Davis teaches a very profound lesson today on the light that exposes all evil deeds.  Listen how the scriptures describes this light, it says, “In him was life, and the life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not over come it.  (John 1:4-5 ESV)”

Now I say to you who claim to love the Lord, yet you are living in darkness and carrying out the evil deeds of the devil.  The life that we live today reflect the light that shines within us, which telegraphs to the world the condition of our spirit.  It will say that our spirit is either good or it is evil.  For those people who hate the light are those who want to sin in the darkness.  Evil deeds are revealed by the light, so people who want to do evil must do it in the dark so they cannot be exposed and caught in the act.

Light means understanding and moral insight, spiritual vision.  But more than just shinning or reflecting, the light of Jesus penetrates and enlightens our hearts and minds.  Everyone who comes into contact with Christ can be enlightened.  When Christ’s light shines, we see our sin and his glory, Therefore, we can refuse to see the light and remain in darkness.  But whoever responds will be enlightened by Christ.  He will fill our minds with God’s thoughts.  He will guide our path, give us God’s perspective, and drive out the darkness of sin.

Now as you read and listen to the truth, know that the timeless light has invaded our time, and we can see it in our darkness.  As the light shines, it drives away the darkness, for the unsaved world is blinded by the prince of this world.  Christ’s light shined to a hardened, darkened humanity and he continues to shine.  But the darkness can never extinguish it.  This statement indicates the struggle between the darkness and the light.  Unregenerate humanity under the influence of Satan, the prince of darkness, has not accepted the light and even resists the light.  Thus, “darkness” indicated ignorance and sin, active rejection of God’s will.  Those in darkness reject Christ, his light, and his followers.  But no matter how deep the darkness, even a small light can drive it back.  The power of Christ’s light overcomes any darkness in the world.

Therefore, brothers and sisters we encourage you to live in the light as the light that shines and reflects your true spirit that will help bring salvation to the world.  We leave you with our peace that you will become a disciple of Jesus and carry his message into darkness of this world.  I remain your brother in Jesus Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher!

LET US PRAY:  Eternal God our Heavenly Father, we thank you for the message and we thank you for the messenger.  We thank you for sending your light into the world in order that we may be brought into it from the darkness.  We pray that those who have heard the message and received the message will comprehend the brightness of the light and their light will shine in all places where evil spirits are larking, and those that are hiding in the dark might be exposed to the light, and be enlighten by the light, their minds will be filled with God’s thoughts and with God’s perspective, it will then drive out the darkness of sin.  In Jesus name we pray, AMEN!

LET US GET OUR PRAISE ON:  Lift Him up can’t stop praising His name, with Ron Kenoly

We thank you for joining us this day to lift up the Lord in Praise and Worship.  We came in to Worship, now let us go out and serve.  May God bless you abundantly in all you do.  In Jesus name, Amen!

 

FLOWERS ARE THE TRUE EXPRESSION OF GOD’S LOVE AND BEAUTY

FLOWERS ARE THE TRUE EXPRESSION OF GOD’S LOVE AND BEAUTY

LIVING IN THE ESSENCE AND BEAUTY OF MY FLOWER GARDEN

PHOTOGRAPHY BY SHIRLEY RHODES

THE BLACK ORCHID

Flowers are known as the reproductive organ in plants and when combined into a bouquet there’s beauty and sweet aroma to enjoy.  So I set before you to enjoy the Essence and Beauty of My Flower Garden.

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The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove
is heard in our land. Song of Solomon 2:12

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Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.     1 Corinthians 13:4-7

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A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”  John 13:34-35

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I will be like the dew to Israel;  he shall blossom like the lily; he shall take root like the trees of Lebanon Hosea 14:5

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My beloved has gone down to his garden to the beds of spices, to graze in the gardens and to gather lilies.  I am my beloveds and my beloved is mine; he grazes among the lilies. Song of Solomon 6:2-3

THANK YOU FOR THE GIFT OF A MOTHERS’ LOVE

THANK YOU FOR THE GIFT OF A MOTHERS’ LOVE

THE BLACK ORCHID IS A SYMBOL OF OUR BEAUTIFUL MOTHERS (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

THE BLACK ORCHID IS A SYMBOL OF OUR BEAUTIFUL MOTHERS (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

THE BLACK ORCHID IS A SYMBOL OF OUR BEAUTIFUL MOTHER'S (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

THE BLACK ORCHID IS A SYMBOL OF OUR BEAUTIFUL MOTHER’S (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

Today marks the beginning of our week long Celebration Honoring all Mothers for their many great contributions to all of us in this Universe.  One of the problems that too many of us have is that we take our Mother’s for granted.  This week’s long Celebration is meant to bring attention to the Women of the world and especially the Mothers.  If you are not a Mother today, one day you will be, therefore, we all must learn how to share in your pain and suffering as well as the joy and pleasure you receive and we receive from being your Sons and Daughters.

When we come into the full knowledge and understanding that you are truly one of God’s greatest creation, and He endowed you with many gifts, the greatest gift of all was the gift to conceive the seed of a brand new life.  For that reason along, we take this time to stand back and reflect upon your uniqueness to the world and all that you bring to the table that helps to transform this world into what it is today.

LET US PRAY:  Eternal God, our Heavenly Father, we thank you for sharing with us the gift of a Mother’s

WOMAN OF PRAYER (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

WOMAN OF PRAYER (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Love.   A gift that has brought so much joy and pleasure into our lives, by allowing us to have a voice this day to say to our Mothers; thank you for my life and all that you have done to allow me to be lifted up on the wings of an eagle and experience the power and joy of your love and blessings, AMEN!

We invite each of you to share your thoughts and opinions here daily honoring all the Mothers of the World.  When you bless our Mothers, God will add a blessing to you.  The choice is yours.  Give and it shall be given unto you.  Thank you for reading and sharing.

SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 17 STOP LIVING IN FEAR LACK AND LIMITATION

SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 17 STOP LIVING IN FEAR LACK AND LIMITATION

PASTOR DAVIS SPEAKS BEFORE THE THRONE OF GRACE

PASTOR DAVIS SPEAKS BEFORE THE THRONE OF GRACE

Good Morning Children of God, if it’s Sunday, it is time to enter into our Virtual Church for our Prayer, Praise and Worship Service.  Are you ready to give God your heart, worship Him and Praise Him this Morning?

LET US PRAY!  Eternal God, our most precious and Holy Father, the Father of all life in the Universe, we enter into your present this morning, seeking your blessings over our Nation and all its inhabitants. Father, there is much trouble in the land, your children are suffering from fears of their safety been invaded, and lack of the basic substances of not enough food to feed their families, clean fresh water in short supply and being able to find jobs that will help them provide  shelter for their families.  Our government leaders seem to be paralyzed when it comes to making the correct decisions that will help the least among us to lift them out of poverty and bring this nation together as one people.  Father I pray for divine intervention into the lives of all your Children this day.  I speak healing into their physical bodies, I speak revelation over all that they desire to have changed in their lives.  I speak restoration for our Nations and its leaders to be lifted up into the light that they may see the suffering and harm that they are bring into the lives of your children and this great nation of ours.  And in seeing, they will be transformed by the renewing of their minds and they will become Spirit filled in ways that would be unimaginable in other times.  Let the power of your divine Spirit invade our Nations as it provides all your children with peace and joy for another day.  It is in the name of Jesus that we seek these blessings this day, as we lift you up Heavenly Father, in Prayer, Praise and Worship.  Amen, Amen, Amen!

Now it is time to lift up our Holy Hands and Praise God.  Join me with my favorite Praise Team leader, Brother Ron Kenoly as he lifts us up higher on the SOLID ROCK.

Now it is time for our Message for today, delivered by God’s Messenger, Pastor Davis speaking to you on the subject, “STOP LIVING IN FEAR-LACK AND LIMITATION!” 

LET US PRAY:

Most Holy God, our heavenly Father, open our hearts and minds that the lesson you have for us today will penetrate deep into our souls and heal the wounds that have been inflicted upon us. Bind up our broken hearts in order that our Spiritual Eyes and Ears may be open to the truth of your teaching this day, in Jesus name I pray, Amen!

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

In today’s lesson, this is what the Scriptures teach us, it says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7 KGV)  Do you believe this truth of God’s Holy Word?  If you believe,  I encourage you to hold onto that thought and listen to the message God wants you to partake of as you study his word today and the rest of this week.  Click on this video clip and be blessed.

LET US PRAY:  Heavenly Father, we thank you for opening the windows of Heaven and pouring out a blessing upon your Children that took the time to be a part of this Sunday Prayer Praise and Worship Service.  Now may the Holy Spirit watch over them, guide them and teach them your ways as they walk out their purpose in this life, in Jesus name, AMEN!

Let me remind you that beginning Monday Morning, we will begin a week long celebration service honoring our dear Mothers from around the globe.  Please join with us each day and share your thoughts and prayers with one of our most precious resources and that is our Mothers.  For the Bible teaches us to honor our Mothers that our days will be long upon this earth.  Each one of you can be a part of this celebration by returning here daily and sharing a word with out tens of thousand readers from all over the world.

Thank each one of you for been a part of another Sunday Prayer and Praise Service. If this service has blessed you, why not share it with others as your blessing over their lives this day.  For this is truly the first day of the rest of your life.  Be Blessed My Friends!

WE ARE PROCLAIMING THE I AM THAT LIVES IN EACH ONE OF US

WE ARE PROCLAIMING THE I AM THAT LIVES IN EACH ONE OF US

GOD IS THE I AM AND THE LIGHT OF THE UNIVERSE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

GOD IS THE I AM AND THE LIGHT OF THE UNIVERSE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

“I AM WHO I AM.  These simple words have been an enigma to man for centuries.  He has reasoned that there must be a great mystical significance in them, and has meditated at length in hope that the enigma might be resolved.  At the risk of oversimplification let us alter the tempo, the emphasis we put on the words.  In doing so, they may well give depth of insight to us.  “I AM WHO I AM.” Perhaps the infinite wisdom of our one transcendent God is saying to us that the “I AM” in you has arrived at some degree of self-awareness.  Could it be that He is saying, ”I Am not something apart; I am that something in you that has perceived of identity”?

The Lord has spoken to us, and He has proclaimed, that He is, the, “I AM!” He said, “I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness (Isaiah 42:6a ESV)

I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. (John 10:9 ESV)

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6 ESV)

“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.” (John 11:25c,d ESV)

“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. (John 6:35 ESV).

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.  He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. (John 10:11-13 ESV)

I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.  (John 10:14 ESV).

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.  Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.  (John 15:1-4 ESV)

 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bear much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

I am the Vine and you are the Branches.  When you learn the truth of who the “I AM,” that lives in you and come into the full and complete knowledge and understanding that, “In him was life, and the life was the light of men (John 1:4a ESV,”) then you will know the truth of these final words spoken by Jesus when he said, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my DISCIPLES. (John 15:7-8 ESV).

We bless this word to you that it may stir up the Holy Spirit that is alive inside of you and seeking the release of its full and unlimited powers that will propel you to any place or heights that you may desire.  The choice is yours, what do you believe?
 

THE PENALTY OF DISOBEDIENCE CAN CAUSE YOU TO LOOSE

THE PENALTY OF DISOBEDIENCE CAN CAUSE YOU TO LOOSE

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

THE BEAUTY OF SPRING IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO CHANGE OUR THINKING (PHOTOS BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

THE BEAUTY OF SPRING IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO CHANGE OUR THINKING (PHOTOS BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

There are times we chose to follow our own path or listen to others without realizing the end results. The penalty of disobedience can cause you to lose what God has for you. He gives us tools needed to accomplish even the most “minute” assignment when we are obedient and allow him room to work through us. If the assignment is not one of his choices he moves us to a place that he has his eyes on for us. It is therefore the very reason why we should seek directions through diligent prayer in faith. As you study God’s word you encounter many who went contrary to assigned orders and lost.

The Penalty of Disobedience can Cause you to Lose:

Set aside time to study Gods’ word, it is there you’ll encounter life choices that went contrary to instructions from God. In the Old Testament you’ll encounter disobedience, testing of God through worshiping forbidden gods and idols. For example, Baal became on object of worship in which people choose to neglect Gods instruction for life. Oh, how they angered God, he handed them off to plunder who stripped them of their strength and dignity. God being the God he is would come in and save them from their enemies’ oppression, because he is a God of compassion.

THE BEAUTY OF SPRING (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

THE BEAUTY OF SPRING (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

Throughout the reign of kings you’ll see  how God’s instruction took a back seat in decision making and man decided to do things his way and how the penalty of disobedience can cause you to lose greater blessings.

We today are no different, we fail to set aside time and space to establish a real relationship with our Master Jesus. Many of “life’s choices” are made solely on what we think we know  without  considering  the true source of all that we need, the one who is a constant presence waiting to be tapped into.

Just for thought, think of how and why some people choose to do wrong knowing the end results. Remember, the penalty of disobedience can cause you to lose. Jesus is a prime example of injustice, even though he brought a message of life and hope for all; he was hung on a cross. It was a bit too late for those who allowed and participated in the process when they came to the realization of their actions, because “the Penalty of disobedience can cause you to lose”, they found themselves on the losing end.

It is in our own best interest to think long and hard about where we are and what it is we are purposed for on this earthly journey while keeping our eyes on the prize; freedom in Christ Jesus, who see and know every move we make and every thought we act upon. Let us learn the true meaning of being obedient servants working toward common goals that are well defined and pleasing in the sight of God.

BE ENCOURAGED GOD WILL NEVER GIVE UP ON YOU

BE ENCOURAGED GOD WILL NEVER GIVE UP ON YOU

REFLECTING POOL (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

REFLECTING POOL (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Below is a letter sent from Paul an Apostle of Jesus Christ to believers everywhere?  It is a letter of encouragement with a promise from God just to remind us in case we forget just how much God really loves us and that he will never give up on us.  This is truly a great reminder of just how much God loves all of His Children, and this is one fact we should never ever forget. Now listen to what Paul tells us:

He says, “I send this letter to you in God’s church at Corinth; believers cleaned up by Jesus and set apart for a God-filled life. I include in my greeting all who call out to Jesus, wherever they live. He’s their Master as well as ours!”

May all the gifts and benefits that come from God our Father, and the Master, Jesus Christ, be yours;

Every time I think of you—and I think of you often!—I thank God for your lives of free and open access to God, given by Jesus. There’s no end to what has happened in you—it’s beyond speech, beyond knowledge. The evidence of Christ has been clearly verified in your lives.

Just think—you don’t need a thing, you’ve got it all! All God’s gifts are right in front of you as you wait expectantly for our Master Jesus to arrive on the scene for the Finale. And not only that, but God himself is right alongside to keep you steady and on track until things are all wrapped up by Jesus. God, who got you started in this spiritual adventure, shares with us the life of his Son and our Master Jesus. He will never give up on you. Never forget that.  (1 Corinthian 1:1-9 MSG)

Therefore, Children of God, let me Encourage you today, to stand still, look towards the hills from which all your blessings are flowing, calm your mind, allow Jesus to open your spiritual eyes that you may see His blessings flowing all around you. Allow Him to open your spiritual ears that you may here Jesus voice speak to you as he says these words, “MY DEAR CHILDREN, BE ENCOURAGED, GOD WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU ARE FORSAKE YOU!

 

BE ENCOURAGE TROUBLE DON’T LAST ALWAYS

BE ENCOURAGED TROUBLE DON’T LAST ALWAYS

PILOT MOUNTAIN, N.C. BE ENCOURAGED (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

PILOT MOUNTAIN, N.C. BE ENCOURAGED (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

There is no mountain that is to high are valley to low that you can not climb.  The process of getting to the top begins in your mind.  You cannot climb up hill with down hill thoughts.  What do you believe?  Your thoughts will always manifest your reality.  Good thoughts produce good results, negative thoughts produce negative results.  Learn to think about the goodness of what God can do when you hold onto His unchanging hands.  Look at this picture very carefully, and as you see it, try and understand it as a reality of the mountains that are in your life.  Now try to remove this mountain out of your life.  Jesus said you can command this mountain to move and it will obey your command.  Do you believe?  Click on this video clip and allow me to speak plainly to you about getting rid of the mountains in your life.

I pray that this lesson has been a blessing to your soul.  If it has, why do share it with others and let it speak to them as well.  Know in your heart that God has a blessing with your name on it, if you believe.  DO YOU BELIEVE?

GOD IS MOLDING US FOR HIS PURPOSE IN THE MIDST OF TRAGEDY

GOD IS MOLDING US FOR HIS PURPOSE IN THE MIDST OF TRAGEDY

LEARNING PATIENCE IS THE FRUIT OF THE MYSTERY

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES 

THE MYSTERY OF GOD UNFOLDS IN THE PURPLE IRIS (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

THE MYSTERY OF GOD UNFOLDS IN THE PURPLE IRIS (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

Calming our wondering minds and thoughts aligns us and brings us into remembrance that God thought of us before we existed and gave us life so that we are able to live productive and dedicated to that purpose. We must constantly remind our-selves to be Patient; God is Molding Us for His Purpose. Along the way we will experience love, joy, and happiness, as well as trials, tribulations and times of uncertainty, knowledge of the Source helps us to win the victory, if we don’t lose focus of our eternal destination.

We are sure to encounter presence of evil along this journey, so much so that we surrender when pressured, we fall but we get up, we move on because there is a promise we must honor and keep, God is Molding Us for His Purpose.

Trust in God’s timing not your own, when we are being molded we may experience moments when it seems as if God doesn’t hear our prayers, or the answer to our request takes a long time to materialize.  That’s when we must trust God to come through, to do so, focus through spiritual eyes instead of carnal eyes. He instructs us to set our affections on heavenly things. What joy waits when we are able to endure and reap the benefits of patience. What we see from a worldly sense is all that surrounds us, behavior and attitudes, we therefore seek and expect instant gratification, and we don’t like to wait.

Expecting to share in God’s blessings for our lives requires patience and when completion is evident we “know” that we are a product of “Patience” Because God is Molding us for His Purpose,” not our own, the anticipation experienced can be one of peace and joy knowing that he always keeps his promise.

Understanding the message and how Jesus worked the pattern for life gives each of us an opportunity to become perfected through the molding process. Jesus shared leisure conversation; built intimate personal relationships; he was compassionate in response and prayer and even endured a sacrificial death so that we may know.

Patience; God is Molding us for His Purpose, even making the first step in becoming  more like Jesus we must remember that we will go through plenty of hard times, by enduring it all in patience the end results is eternal beauty and joy, as spoken by some, Joy unspeakable.”

What does all of this mean? Jesus is the means to forgiveness of our sins, he lives and breathes in those who believe and accept him into their lives. In him we find love, healing, mercy, grace, light anything about us that is broken is fixed especially if we remember these words in faith, “Patience; God is Molding Us for His Purpose.” The sacrificed Jesus made us fit for God; we are redeemed, molded and shaped with a purpose.

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