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SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 46 BEING THANKFUL FOR ANOTHER THANKSGIVING

SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 46 BEING THANKFUL FOR ANOTHER THANKSGIVING

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Greetings CHILDREN OF GOD, if it is Sunday, it is time to Rise, Shine, lift your heads towards heaven and begin to praise the Lord.  For He is truly worthy of all our Praises, He has woke us up this morning, breathe new life into our mortal bodies and given us a golden opportunity to make a brand new start, that alone is enough for us to want to shout from the top of the highest mountain praise upon to His Holy name.  Today’s message focuses upon giving thanks for our Blessings this Thanksgiving.

TODAY’S SONG OF PRAISE:

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God!  It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.  (Psalm 100:1-5 ESV)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication (C)with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  (Philippians 4:6 ESV)

 TODAY’S MESSAGE OF PRAYER AND PRAISE:

In our message today, Pastor Davis focuses our attention upon giving thanks for our abundant harvest for this thanksgiving season.  We all have something to be thankful for, now let us pray together for those blessings that the Lord our God has showered upon each one of us.

 

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, 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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MY PRAYER FOR PEACE AND CONTENTMENT

MY PRAYER FOR PEACE AND CONTENTMENT

THE LORD'S HOUSE OF PRAYER, ENTER INTO THE SANCTUARY AND LET US PRAY TOGETHER (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE LORD’S HOUSE OF PRAYER, ENTER INTO THE SANCTUARY AND LET US PRAY TOGETHER (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

ETERNAL GOD, our Heavenly Father, In the name of Jesus, I bow my head in your present this day in complete peace and contentment. I empty my soul unto you Heavenly Father; for I know that it is you, and you only that provide me with all peace and contentment.  My sins are before you this day Heavenly Father, you know my weakness, my strength and my heart desires.  I seek your forgiveness as well as your blessings over my life Heavenly Father, and the lives of all those who you have placed before me that my life and the work you have called me to do will touch this day in some way. I seek healing for our NATION AND THE WORLD BODY OF BELIEVERS that you will bind up the wounds that so many are now experiencing, and suffering from because of the decisions or indecisions by our political leaders.  Search out their hearts and renew their Spirits Heavenly Father, lead and guide them in such a way that their heartfelt love will be centered on and for the needs and benefits of all its citizens that you have allowed them to be responsible for and teach them how to live in Peace and Contentment that they will experience your JOY AND PEACE.  There are many lives that have been lost during the great storms in the Philippians this past week.  Much destruction and devastation took place causing pain and suffering.  But you know the real needs of all your children and especially those who suffer the most.  My prayer this day is for all of your children that are suffering the most Heavenly Father, is that you will rain down from Heaven your blessings that will relieve the pain and suffering, restore the power to the community, the homes, business, shelters and hospitals that are in the greatest need, provide food and shelter for those who have lost so much and show them how they can still live in your peace and contentment in the face of the enemy who has taken so much from them.  Teach us all as a Nation and the World Body of Believers, how to have a Spirit of Humility and live in Peace, as one people, serving one God, enjoying the fruits of all that you have provided and have complete Contentment in all that we do, our hearts and minds filled with love, joy and peace for one another, In Jesus name, I pray, AMEN!

 

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BY EXPRESSING HUMILITY DO PEOPLE PRECEIVE YOU TO BE A WEAK PERSON?

BY EXPRESSING HUMILITY DO PEOPLE PRECEIVE YOU TO BE A WEAK PERSON?

STRENGTH IN HUMILITY (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

STRENGTH IN HUMILITY (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

This is truly a profound question, one that I hope each person would pause their worldly thoughts and ponder the true answer to how they perceive themselves when people call them weak minded, cowards, and so many other things that we know that we are not, when we are attempting to live the life of Jesus Christ expressing our Humility towards our fellowman.

Now let us look at how the Apostle Paul teaches us by showing the example of Jesus as the Humble Servant.  He says, “Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:]”

Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God], did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly graspedor retained, but stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being.

And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross!  (Philippians 2:5-8 AMP)

We as believers are to sit ourselves apart from the world.  In other words, we are to humble ourselves before God and resist the evil things that the devil will set before us.  We find that the bible dictionary meaning of Humility is, “the quality or condition of being humble, modest opinion or estimate of one’s own importance.”

Now let us take a look at what James tells us about this subject.  He says, “Submit yourselves’ therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. (James 4:7-10 ESV).

In this, we are given a choice, we can befriend God are we can befriend the world.  Some of us may say that we will befriend both God and the world, but in practice, we can only choose one way.  The more we give ourselves to the world, the stronger will be our allegiance to the world.  The more we give ourselves to God, the stronger will be our bond with him.  This is what Jesus says, “Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be. (Matthew 6:21)

We have to remember, that we can find strength in the Lord, although the world may consider us weak when we show humility.  This is because the world wants us to be filled with pride, and God sets himself against the proud because pride makes us self-centered and leads us to conclude that we deserve all we can see, touch, or imagine.  It creates greedy appetites for far more than we need.  Pride can subtly cause us to no longer see our sins or our need for forgiveness.

But remember this one great truth, humility opens the way for God’s grace to flow into our lives; thus, God shows favor to the humbleHumility is not weakness; instead, it is the only place that believers gain courage to face all their temptations and sins with God’s strength.  As God gives us more grace, we realize that this world’s seductive attractions are only cheap substitutes for what God has to offer.  It is our choice we can humble ourselves and receive God’s grace, or we can continue in our pride and self-sufficiency and experience his anger.

Now let me conclude this by leaving you with these two questions; (1).  How do we, so prone to pride at the very moment when we think we might be approaching humility, discover true humility?  (2). How do we become the kind of humble people who find the overflowing grace that God promises?

May the grace of God fill your lives with His overflowing blessings, and bring you much joy and peace now and forever, in Jesus name.  AMEN!

 

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LET US PRAY AND CONSIDER LIFE

LET US PRAY AND CONSIDER LIFE

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

A Proverb 31 woman is a Woman of Prayer

A Proverb 31 woman is a Woman of Prayer

Today is the first day of the rest of your life, so why not pause your busy body and mind, you’re going and coming; go into your prayer closet and pour your heart out before God as you consider your life and where you are in it this day.  God is in the prayer answering busy and He wants to answer your prayers and show you how you can live a joyful, peaceful, and prosper in all you do.

Let’s consider life and how we may see it.

Every individual is entitled to their own opinion and or belief; no matter what, we all believe in something or someone. The Holy Bible, the written Word of God is studied and shared throughout the world. In it you find instructions for living life filled with hopes and dreams for all humanity, as well as wisdom teachings.

Let’s consider life:

When we take time to explore scripture, pray first and ask for revelation and understanding; you’ll find that when you do so in a quiet place the Word opens up and you’re able to grasp the true meaning of how life is a blessing from God, a blessing to be enjoyed and shared.  Remember Jesus’ teaching about the value and importance of love for each other. Once we are able to grasp the true definition of how that love operates we come into a deeper understanding about life.

Let’s consider life:

The book of Ecclesiastes provides us with a glimpse into the reality of this earthly journey. Once you’ve immerse yourself into the reading you’ll soon gain an understanding of our delicate nature. We are encouraged to make the most of what God gives; Life.  Advice such as, take care of yourself, have a good time and make the most of  whatever life you are privileged to share. We should make the most of what God gives, both the bounty and the capacity to enjoy it, accepting what’s given and delighting in the work. It is “God’s” gift in the present, the now. It’s useless to brood over how long we might live. Jesus says he came so that we might have life, an abundant life. When we consider life, are we ourselves restricting the flow of God’s blessings designed especially for each one of us in due season?  We work to feed our appetites; meanwhile our souls go hungry.

Let’s consider life:

We are reminded in scripture; don’t fret or worry; instead pray–let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayer, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life (Philippians 4:5-7 MGS).

 

So when we consider life and become familiar with the process of how faith works we are able to experience growth in all areas of our lives, because we have a true friend in Jesus who promised to meet all our needs. He even lets us know how to approach the process, “Ask, and it shall be given; seek and you shall find; knock and the door will open for you”(Matthew 7:7 KJV). Unlock your door, open wide and receive the promise  by opening the Word of God and applying the teachings found there as you journey and live in your purpose. Let’s consider life and become a part of the pattern laid out by our Master Jesus.

 

HOW DO YOU LIVE AN UNSELFISH LIFE?

Humility

Humility (Photo credit: Rickydavid)

HOW DO YOU LIVE AN UNSELFISH LIFE?

As believers we are all called to live our lives as Christ would have us to do so.  Learning to have a spirit of humility, leaving our selfish ambition and conceit behind, while selfish ambition and conceit can ruin unity, genuine humility can build it.  Being humble involves having a true perspective about ourselves in relation to God, which in turn gives us a correct perspective on our relationships with others.  Being humble does not mean that we should put ourselves down.   Instead humility is a healthy respect for who God is, and then a healthy respect for ourselves because of what God did on our behalf.  Thinking of others as better than ourselves means that we are aware of our own failings and are thus willing to accept failings in others without looking down on them.  Therefore, the question still remains, “HOW DO YOU LIVE AN UNSELFISH LIFE?”

James 5:16 ESV Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.Listen to what Paul tells us in Philippians, he says, “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.  (Philippians 2:4 ESV).  As we read this, let us understand that we as believers should not be completely absorbed in his or her own affairs, but should also be interested in others, nothing their good points and qualities.  A sure cure for selfish ambition is appreciative recognition of others’ good qualities and their walk with the Lord.  It is easy to get caught up in competition, aggressive acquiring and vying for our own rights and needs.  But compared to knowing Christ, those interests seem shallow.  We need Christ’s attitude of self-sacrifice to look beyond ourselves to the needs of others. Now read and listen to how the scriptures teach us HOW TO LIVE AN UNSELFISH LIFE! Matthew 5:6 ESV “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

James 5:15 ESV And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

James 4:10 ESV Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

James 4:8 ESV Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

James 4:7 ESV Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

James 4:3 ESV You asks and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

James 4:1 ESV What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this that your passions are at war within you?

Romans 12:10 ESV Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

John 13:34 ESV 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.

1 John 4:10 ESV In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

1 John 2:1-5 ESV My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: …and by obeying the word of God we can truly learn HOW TO LIVE AN UNSELFISH LIFE.

HOW DO YOU LIVE AN UNSELFISH LIFE

First page of the Gospel of Mark, by Sargis Pi...

First page of the Gospel of Mark, by Sargis Pitsak, a Medieval Armenian scribe and miniaturist (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

HOW DO YOU LIVE AN UNSELFISH LIFE

As believers we are all called to live our lives as Christ would have us to do so.  Learning to have a spirit of humility, leaving our selfish ambition and conceit behind, while selfish ambition and conceit can ruin unity, genuine humility can build it.  Being humble involves having a true perspective about ourselves in relation to God, which in turn gives us a correct perspective on our relationships with others.  Being humble does not mean that we should put ourselves down.   Instead humility is a healthy respect for who God is, and then a healthy respect for ourselves because of what God did on our behalf.  Thinking of others as better than ourselves means that we are aware of our own failings and are thus willing to accept failings in others without looking down on them.  Therefore, the question still remains, “HOW DO YOU LIVE AN UNSELFISH LIFE?”

James 5:16 ESV Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.Listen to what Paul tells us in Philippians, he says, “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.  (Philippians 2:4 ESV).  As we read this, let us understand that we as believers should not be completely absorbed in his or her own affairs, but should also be interested in others, nothing their good points and qualities.  A sure cure for selfish ambition is appreciative recognition of others’ good qualities and their walk with the Lord.  It is easy to get caught up in competition, aggressive acquiring and vying for our own rights and needs.  But compared to knowing Christ, those interests seem shallow.  We need Christ’s attitude of self-sacrifice to look beyond ourselves to the needs of others. Now read and listen to how the scriptures teach us HOW TO LIVE AN UNSELFISH LIFE! Matthew 5:6 ESV “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

James 5:15 ESV And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

James 4:10 ESV Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

James 4:8 ESV Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

James 4:7 ESV Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

James 4:3 ESV You asks and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

James 4:1 ESV What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this that your passions are at war within you?

Romans 12:10 ESV Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

John 13:34 ESV 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.

1 John 4:10 ESV In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

1 John 2:1-29 ESV My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: …and by obeying the word of God we can truly learn HOW TO LIVE AN UNSELFISH LIFE.

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DO NOT BE ANXIOUS ABOUT ANYTHING

DO NOT BE ANXIOUS ABOUT ANYTHING

Peace In The Valley (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Today, let us focus our attention on the subject at hand, which simply says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.   (Philippians 4:6 ESV).

My question to you is simple, what are you anxious [worried] about, and why are you anxious about it?  I do realize however, that a lot of you could tick of a long laundry list of things that would make you anxious and by listing them they would make you feel better in some strange way.  I will not tell you to set aside life’s responsibilities so as not to be anxious [worry] about them.  We as Christians are to be responsible for our needs and our families and to care about and be concerned for others, but we are not to worry.  Because worrying can cause other physical and mental problems within your body that can damage your health, so worrying about the many problems in life is never a good thing to do.

In our understanding, the most important reason for a Christian not to worry is because it shows a subtle form of distrust in God.  When a believer worry, you are saying that you do not trust that God will provide and you doubt that he cares or that he can handle your situation.  The antidote to your worrying about life’s problems should be prayer.  You should learn to pray about everything.  Prayer combats worry by allowing us catharsis.  We can off load our stress onto God.  We need to learn how to take all the energy that is used in worrying and put it into prayer.  This includes praying about everything.  No request is too small, difficult, or inconsequential to God.

I tell you this one truth, we as believers should pray about the things we need, then we should thank God for all that he has done in our lives, because if we pause and think about where we are today, we can find plenty to lift up our eyes towards heaven and say, “thank you Jesus,”  “for you have truly brought me a mighty long way.”

Sometimes in our thinking about the problems and complications we are facing in our daily lives, it may seem impossible not to worry about anything, but this can happen if we as believers truly give our worries to God, because worry and prayer cannot coexist.

Therefore, I tell you to stop worry and, “DO NOT BE ANXIOUS ABOUT ANYTHING”

May God’s grace and mercy cover you in all that you seek out in this life, and let your mind abide in Jesus and He will always abide in you.  Certainly you will quickly learn that no weapon formed against you shall prosper.  We have ministered this message to you today from the throne of grace with peace, purpose, power and above all God’s love.  I remain your brother in Jesus Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher!

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