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Thursday Scriptures of Encouragement (Sweet Perfumes of Penitence)

BEAUTY OF LOVE (Photo by Pastor Davis)

BEAUTY OF LOVE (Photo by Pastor Davis)

My dear brothers and sisters as we enter into this day of celebrations, I encourage you to pay close attention to our scripture reading for this day.  It is one designed to encourage you in your walk with the Lord and move you away from the evils of sin and allow you to smell the Sweet Perfumes of Penitence.

In this Psalms Alexander Maclaren once said, “The alchemy of divine love can extract sweet perfumes of penitence and praise out of the filth of sin.”  We have an illustration of this in Psalms 51. As the heading explains it was written by David, after Nathan the prophet had boldly exposed him for committing adultery with Bathsheba and for murdering Uriah her husband.  Utterly convicted of his sin David pours out this torrent of penitence from his broken and contrite heart.

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We pray that this scripture lesson today has been a blessing to your soul and that you will now share it and bless someone else on this very beautiful day so that they too can smell the Sweet Perfumes of Penitence.

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Experiencing the Powers in God’s Amazing Grace (Part 2 of 2)

Amazing Grace: How Unconditional Forgiveness Assists Recovery

Written by: Melissa Franklyn and Rita Milios

Understanding that you, too, like everyone else, are entitled to be granted grace – an ability to receive an unmerited favor from your Higher Power to assist you when you cannot assist yourself – this is perhaps the most powerful insight you can gain from a Twelve Step program. In Step Seven it is written that “We would like to be assured that the grace of God can do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.”

Coming to believe and accept that you are worthy of grace can be a real turning point in your recovery. Shame, guilt and remorse often hinder the progress of recovering individuals. Forgiveness is recognized as a key factor in working the Steps. Unconditional forgiveness is a deeper, more compassionate forgiveness of self and others that can only come from connecting with your Higher Power and asking for its grace. But when you do, you free yourself from the self-destructive spiral of feeling unworthy and then seeking relief from the pain through the use of drugs or alcohol. If you unconditionally forgive yourself as well as others, you can experience both health and emotional healing.

…you free yourself from the self-destructive spiral of feeling unworthy and then seeking relief from the pain through the use of drugs or alcohol.-RITA MILIOS

Health and Emotional Rewards of Forgiveness

According to an article by the Mayo Clinic staff, Forgiveness: Letting Go of Grudges and Bitterness, forgiveness can lead to healthier relationships, greater spiritual and psychological well-being, lowered blood pressure, reduced symptoms of depression, and improved heart and immune health. Research suggests that forgiving reduces the stress caused by harboring negative emotions, and also encourages stronger and more supportive social networks. Both of these are factors are known to improve physical as well as mental/emotional health.

Compassionate Self-Acceptance

Compassionate self-acceptance involves coming to accept, without resistance, the reality of where you are right now—warts and all—and choosing to commit to and focus on positive behavioral options instead of pain, guilt, shame or perceived inadequacies. Compassionate self-acceptance allows you to distance yourself from self-defeating behaviors and avoidant coping styles. It frees you to acknowledge, and therefore address, rather than run from, your mistakes. When you remove self-induced shame and disappointment, you automatically increase your commitment to change.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

…you take some time to objectively view both your weaknesses and your strengths and make an informed decision about the best action to take to lead you toward positive change and greater self-acceptance.-RITA MILIOS

One tool for addressing denial and resistance to change is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. This psychological approach is based on mindfulness, or the moment-by-moment awareness of one’s own thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and immediate environment. In this process, you choose to be present with and accept thoughts and feelings as they arise, but do not automatically act on them. (Otherwise, you would likely engage in pre-programmed, habituated and self-destructive “auto-pilot” responses.) Instead, you take some time to objectively view both your weaknesses and your strengths and make an informed decision about the best action to take to lead you toward positive change and greater self-acceptance.

Mark Atkinson, M.D., author of True Happiness—Your Complete Guide to Emotional Health says, “An important part of the work you must do is to accept what was previously unacceptable…Embrace your shadow (negative traits) and free yourself to make choices about your life, or you will remain owned by your shadow and it will direct your life.”

Allow Yourself to Forgive

Forgiveness is integral to self-acceptance, but it is often hard to forgive those we feel have wronged us, and even harder to forgive ourselves for not living up to our own aspirations or expectations. We need tools to help us manage this difficult process. You may resist forgiving someone (or yourself) because you believe that in doing so you will be exonerating a wrongdoing. But actually, forgiveness is not about validating a wrongdoing. Accountability is still required. Forgiveness is about releasing the negative emotions and suffering that you are experiencing, and which are harming your physical and emotional health.

Below is a Forgiveness Imagery Exercise adapted from my book Tools for Transformation. I have used this imagery many times with clients, and have seen amazing transformations result from its use.

Forgiveness Imagery Exercise

Find a comfortable place and relax your body completely. Place all your attention on your breathing, noticing how your lungs expand and your diaphragm recoils as you relax into a quiet meditative state. Once you are relaxed completely, imagine on your mental screen a stage like actors and actresses use. On this stage picture both yourself and the one you need to forgive. (This may be another person or it may be an aspect of yourself, one of your “shadow” parts.)

First state the reasons for your non-forgiveness to the other person/part. Take as much time as you need. Let out all your frustration, anger, and hurt. Get your feelings fully out into the open, and be perfectly clear about how you feel.

Then let the other person or part of you have a turn. Stand quietly as the other tells his or her side of the story, the reasons he or she acted the way they did. Do not interrupt; just listen, and you may be surprised at what you hear.

When the other has finished, send him or her love. Imagine it as a large pink cloud (representing unconditional love) emanating from your body and passing between the two of you to envelop the other. As the pink cloud surrounds the other (person or part of yourself), see their image begin to fade and dissipate into the cloud, until they become just a part of the cloud itself. Then see the pink cloud dissipate completely, until there is nothing left of it. As the cloud dissipates, say to yourself, I forgive you. I release you from my life. Say this three times. Feel the weight lifting from your shoulders. Feel the exhilaration and freedom gained by no longer being bound to this person or shadow part. Feel the peace of mind this release brings, and bask in these positive emotions for a few moments. Then say emphatically to yourself, I love and approve of myself.

Take in a few deep breaths and slowly return to your normal, fully conscious state. Open your eyes, feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, peaceful and full of loving energy.

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Experiencing the Powers in God’s Amazing Grace (Part 1 of 2)

GOD'S AMAZING GRACE by Pastor Davis

GOD’S AMAZING GRACE by Pastor Davis

Experience the Powers in God’s Amazing Grace

Written by: Melissa Franklyn

Today we want each of you to experience the powers of God’s Amazing grace in healing a person from all sort of addictions and the complete restoration of one’s soul through faith, love and forgiveness.

Now let us understand that one of the hardest things for someone who is recovering from addiction, is to accept that they are worthy of forgiveness. Shame, guilt, self-blame, frustration, unresolved anger are only some of the feelings that can make it very difficult to accept that every child of God is worthy of love, and forgiveness.

After many weeks, months or years battling addiction, it can also be difficult to forgive ourselves, yet without self-acceptance, it is difficult to find the inner strength we need to make a new life. The first step is to accept the grace of God; that unmerited favor that comes from the Heavenly Father, to assist us when we are unable to assist ourselves. In fact, Step Seven of the Twelve Step Program says, “We would like to be assured that the grace of God can do for us what we cannot do for ourselves,” and nowhere is this more true than in addiction recovery. An addict can feel that their addiction is beyond their control, but when they relinquish this control to a higher power, the road to recovery begins.

The moment in which we accept that God loves us, is an absolute turning point, since it enables us to escape from the destructive spiral of self-hatred, which can, in turn, trigger further drug or alcohol abuse. Forgiveness is an incredibly healing act; research has shown that it can lead to healthier relationships, greater spiritual and psychological well-being, lowered blood pressure, reduced symptoms of depression, and improved heart and immune health. Forgiveness can also help us strengthen our relationships with friends and family.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is one very successful way of helping us receive God’s grace. It enables us to accept ourselves as we are at this very moment; to accept our feelings (even sad ones) yet not act on them immediately. Instead, we are encouraged to take the time we need to objectively view our weaknesses and strengths, and to formulate a positive strategies to make necessary changes in our lives.

We also feel the amazing powers of grace when we forgive others. Forgiving others does not mean condoning or validating their wrongdoings; it means letting go of the resentment and negativity that can stand in the way of our peace and happiness. Prayers is also a vital tool to encourage a more forgiving spirit, towards others and ourselves.

Please don’t miss part 2 of this series on God’s Amazing Grace; How unconditional forgiveness assist in recovery. Part 2 of 2 tomorrow morning right here.

Now may the grace of our Lord and Savior rest and abide in each of you through the good times and bad times and allow you to live in His peace and will now and forever, in Jesus name, Amen!

Easter Sunday Praise Service “I Believe”

EASTER SUNDAY PRAISE SERVICE JESUS IS ALIVE I BELIEVE

The Tomb was Empty Jesus is Alive (Photo by Pastor Davis)

The Tomb was Empty Jesus is Alive (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Good Morning to all God‘s Beautiful Children of the World and a Happy Easter Resurrection Sunday Morning to each one of you.   No matter who you are, where you are, what religion you are, what race, creed are color you are, we all are God’s Children and we recognize this day as a Holy Day of Worship.  Know that you are Welcome here at Vine and Branch World Ministries to share in the truth of the word of God.  On this Sunday Morning more than 2000 years ago, Jesus rose from the grave, and He is alive today.  So we ask you this simple question, “What do you believe?  Just click on each video link and follow the order of the service, we promise you a joyful Sunday Morning filled with high praise and worship.  Now take your seat and become part of this VIRTUAL CHURCH SERVICE THIS SUNDAY MORNING!

JESUS IS RISEN, JESUS IS ALIVE, WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE?

The Bible teaches us to know the truth and the truth will set you free. (John 8:32)  What do you believe?

Do  you believe that Jesus is the Son of God?

Do believe that Jesus can give you eternal life?

Do you believe that Jesus died on the cross for your sins and the sins of the world?

Do you believe that Jesus was put in a tomb and after three days he got up walking like a natural man?

Do you believe that Jesus lives today and he is directing the affairs of the world from heaven?

What do you really believe?  Let us watch and see the mysteries unfold.

The Bible teaches us this, “The work of God is: to believe in the one he has sent.”

Jesus came into this world, born of a virgin, do you believe?

He spent his life teaching us about his father who could do all things but fail, do you believe?

He heal the sick and raised the dead, do you believe?

He feed the hungry and gave sight to the blind, do you believe?

WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE?

Do you believe that Jesus came down from heaven and gave life to the world?

Do you believe that you now have eternal life through the death and resurrection of Jesus?

Do you believe that Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God?

Do you believe that Jesus lives this morning and he lives in each believer’s heart?  Now let us watch Brother Ron Kenoly sing Jesus is Alive!  What do you believe? Listen and be blessed!

Jesus declares today Church,  “I am the bread of life.  He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.

Do you believe today church that he is who he says he is?

Do you believe that he can feed the hungry with two sardines and three packs of saltine crackers?

Do you believe that he can create in you a brand new creature?

Do you believe that he can provide you with prosperity beyond that which your bank account will not be able to contain?

Do you believe he is holy and merciful?

Do you believe he is lavish and filled with forgiveness?

If you believe this you ought to be on your feet praising God.

You should be screaming, I believe, I believe, I believe, do you believe?

Thank you Jesus for this message, I am now and forever a believer.  You delivered me from my sins, my depression, my unforgiving spirit, my sickness, my weakness, my lack, my limitations and you gave me eternal life.  I stand before the world today and declare, you are alive and you are living in me.  No more heartache, no more pain, or sorrow.  I stand filled with a heart of gold, love, pure joy and happiness.  I can declare this day that I am redeemed and I believe.  Now let us close with Richard Smallwood singing Bless the Lord.

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How you can enjoy Eternal Life

HOW YOU CAN ENJOY ETERNAL LIFE

THE HEART OF THE CROSS IS KING JESUS HE DIED UPON THE CROSS THAT WE MAY HAVE ETERNAL LIFE (Photo by Pastor Davis)

THE HEART OF THE CROSS IS KING JESUS HE DIED UPON THE CROSS THAT WE MAY HAVE ETERNAL LIFE (Photo by Pastor Davis)

The word “eternal” means without beginning and without end, denoting a continual existence including past, present, and future. As applied to human existence, the Bible indicates that the spirit or soul is indestructible and eventually returns to God who gave it (Eccl. 12:7). This thought is expressed by Paul who attests to God’s overall plan whereby God is “all in all” (I Cor. 15:24-28). Thus, one might well say that eternal life includes the present, or “Today is the first day of the rest of your eternal life.”

Just as there are rewards for followers of Christ, there are judgments of the works of both believers and nonbelievers. Jesus said that all authority to judge the living and the dead is his (John 5:22;17:2; Acts 10:42;I Peter 4:5). In a sense, failure to receive blessings because of failure to ask, asking wrongly, or continued anxiety and fear by not heeding the teachings of the Sermon on the Mount are all indicative of a present judgment.

As the proverbs say, “The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion” (Prov. 28:1) and “the way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble” (Prov. 4:16). As we have seen, Jesus assured his listeners that a follower of his and a doer of his words is assured of having his or her needs met and eternal life, including the glories of the resurrection-life (Mk. 10:28-30).

The New Testament sets out a concept of a gradation of regard for believers based upon their Christian good works (Matt. 16:27), their works being tested as by fire (I Cor. 3:13-15). In this respect, the epistles frequently warn believers against backsliding and the loss of reward.  [Note the six warnings in the book of Hebrews 3:7-13;4:1-11; 5:11-14; 6:1-9; 10:26-39; 12; also II Peter 2:20-22] A righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward (Matt. 10:41), and one who shows compassion in Jesus’name will not lose his or her reward (Matt. 10:42;Mk. 9:41).

Those who reject the Father and the Son will be judged, and punishment will be meted out for the wrongs which they have committed (Col. 3:25). They are as “cast into outer darkness where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matt. 22:13;24:51; 25:30).   Those who seek after the plaudits of men have their reward (Matt. 6:2). One should enter in by the “narrow gate” to life, for “broad is the way which leads to destruction” (Matt. 7:13-14). Therefore, one should not lay up for himself or herself material treasures on earth, but should lay up treasures in heaven, for “where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matt. 6:19-21).

God is merciful, and Jesus stands at the door and knocks. If anyone hears his voice and opens the door, he will enter and they shall dine together. But there is a reckoning, and the son of man will separate the “sheep” from the “goats. “Those who have helped the less fortunate and have done it for Jesus shall inherit the kingdom. Those who have not helped others have failed Jesus and will receive punishment (Matt. 25:31-46). The meting out of judgment is portrayed in Revelation depicting God as sitting on a great white throne judging the dead according to their works.

The books are opened including the book of life. Anyone whose name is not found in the book of life is subject to punishment. It is decreed that the enemies of God and mankind be cast into the “lake of fire.” These include Satan, the false prophet, and the beast who has opposed God, death, Hades, and “whoever was not found written in the book of life” (Rev. 20:10-15).

There is also described a new heaven, a new earth, and a new Jerusalem in which there reside only those who are over comers and those who are “athirst of the fountain.” These are given the water of life freely (Rev. 21:1-27). “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last” (Rev. 22:12-13).

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There is power in letting go of the past

EXPERIENCE THE POWER OF RELEASE AND RESTORATION THROUGH FORGIVENESS

"REFRESHING COMES IN THE MORNING DEW" PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

“REFRESHING COMES IN THE MORNING DEW” PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

Let your prayers and supplications be made know to God, the One who comforts your soul, body and spirit. Today is a new day, an opportunity for a new beginning; let’s begin it with this prayer:

Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be your name Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven, give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors, and do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one, for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen. (Matthew 6:9-13 NKJV)

When you EXPERIENCE THE POWER OF RELEASE AND RESTORATION THROUGH FORGIVENESS you fine peace of mind; yet, some people find it hard to do so? One thing I’ve determined about life is that at some point we will experience hurt and disappointment. We miss out when we allow those elements to rob us of the beauty of what God has given for us to enjoy. Jesus often spoke about forgiveness; we are reminded, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36 NIV), and there is actually healing in forgiveness.

The main problem is that many of us don’t want to forgive because holding on to grudges, anger and disappointments gives us a sense of power/control over those we’re angry with. For some reason we feel that if we forgive someone we’re letting them off easy, but the truth is that when you’re able to forgive, you’re releasing, letting go sets you free. By holding on to resentment you create a mental bond to that person you no longer wants to be a part of, it then becomes like a game of chess, locked in.

If someone has done you wrong tell them what they did, why it hurt and then release them, let it go. This can be done by writing a letter or through conversation; once everything is out in the open and the person you’re angry with is willing to make amends, open up with clear thought, seek to gather an understanding of what each of you are feeling. In order to put the past behind we must be willing to forgive. Pride and miscommunication often lead to broken relationships/bonds simply because no one wants to be the first to say, I’m sorry.

Above all, never allow someone else’s behavior to drain your strength; remember that you can EXPERIENCE THE POWER OF RELEASE AND RESTORATION THROUGH FORGIVENESS.

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SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 56 STEP OUT ON YOUR FAITH

SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 56 STEP OUT ON YOUR FAITH

FREE WILL BAPTIST CHURCH BEAULAVILLE, N.C. (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

FREE WILL BAPTIST CHURCH BEAULAVILLE, N.C. (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

GOOD MORNING CHILDREN OF GOD, it is time for all of you to rise and shine. For the light of the world is peaking its head through your Windows, and providing you with brand-new energy that will strengthen you from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet. It is time for you to get up and get your praise on. For the Lord our God is worthy to be praised, now let us lift him up in high praise and worship Him this Sunday for all that he has done for us. I say glory glory, hallelujah, hallelujah, can you see it with me? Lift up those holy hands and say hallelujah, thank you Lord. I praise you this day, for you are worthy to be praised, in Jesus name, Amen.

SONG OF PRAISE: Psalms 138:1-5
I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart;
before the “gods” I will sing your praise.
2 I will bow down toward your holy temple
and will praise your name
for your unfailing love and your faithfulness,
for you have so exalted your solemn decree
that it surpasses your fame.
3 When I called, you answered me;
you greatly emboldened me.
4 May all the kings of the earth praise you, LORD,
when they hear what you have decreed.
5 May they sing of the ways of the LORD,
for the glory of the LORD is great.

LET US PRAY:
Most holy and all wise God our heavenly father, It is with great joy that I humble myself in your presence this day and lift you up with praises and thanksgiving. Heavenly father because you are all wise and see all things and know all things. We seek your divine blessing over the lives of your children throughout the world that they may find strength to endure the trials and tribulations off their physical suffering. Humble the hearts and minds of the leaders that are over your children in such a way that your children will be able to rise up and overcome their hardship and live in peace and with contentment. Let this day be the day that healing begin in the minds of those who have the willpower to transform their thinking and know that you are God and God all by yourself. Let their hearts be filled with joy and let them rejoice in hope that they will have a future in your kingdom. Let our prayers this day reach you heavenly father in such a way that the hungry children of the world will find food to eat, shelter from the storm’s, clothing for their bodies, medication for their healing and faith to continue the journey. In Jesus name we pray, Amen!
OUR SCRIPTURE READING FOR TODAY: Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

TODAY’S MESSAGE:
STEP OUT ON YOUR FAITH:

Today’s message begins the first in a series of a four part lesson on this subject. We will present this as four Keys: Key 1. Activation, Key 2. Determination, Key 3. Meditation, Key 4, Visualization. If you miss any part of this you can always go to our youtube channel and get them.

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.”
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!

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