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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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EXPERIENCING HUMILITY AS A WAY OF LIFE

EXPERIENCING HUMILITY AS A WAY OF LIFE

THE TOWER OF STRENGTH (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE TOWER OF STRENGTH (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

The reward for HUMILITY and fear of the LORD is RICHES and HONOR and LIFE. (Proverbs 22:4 ESV) Now I ask you, how many of you do not want to experience these blessings in your life. God is teaching us how to live as that new person in this season and experience a true abundant lifestyle, BY LEARNING HOW TO EXPERIENCE HUMILITY AS A WAY OF LIFE!

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, to live a humble lifestyle and receive all the lords abundant BLESSINGS. 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 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 HUMBLE.

Do not get so caught up in the ways of the world and the people that surrounds you, that you lose sight of who you are, who God is, who you are in God, that your heart becomes so hearten that you cannot HUMBLE yourselves in the presence of the Lord.

Understand this fact, “HUMILITY 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?

Well, listen to how Scripture teaches us to do it; “Let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.” (James 4:7-10 MSG)

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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A DREAM A VISION A FUTURE

A DREAM A VISION A FUTURE

Good morning children of God this is truly a blessed day in our lives.

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. (PHOTO BY RACHEL COOPER)

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. (PHOTO BY RACHEL COOPER)

We were awakened this morning and provided with the opportunity of living in the future, with great hopes and the aspirations of achieving greatness in our season. For God shows us things that we may not always understand or even comprehend within our limited thinking, but he gave us this day as a very special holiday to honor, and celebrate the life and legacy of one of the world’s greatest visionaries who had a dream and a vision and dared to live out that dream. That person was none other than the Hon. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

SCRIPTURE: And the Lord answered me and said, Write the vision and engrave it so plainly upon tablets that everyone who passes may [be able to] read [it easily and quickly] as he hastens by. (Habakkuk 2:2-3 KJV) this is what Dr. King did for us in his day and time, he wrote the vision, and he wrote it upon each one of our hearts, that wherever we are that we may be able to see it, read it, and live it in our day and time.

SCRIPTURE: For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. (Jeremiah 29:11 AMP) and this part of the Scriptures we can see the journey be in birth as God gave it to one of his great prophets, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. followed in the footsteps of this prophet.

We are called into action this day to do our part to keep the dream alive. How each one of us uses this day will bear heavily on our own individual futures. A dream a vision a future is alive in each one of us, what will we do this day to birth it into reality?

There are many people in this world that are living in denial of this legacy and the many great contributions that Dr. King made to this world. Their denial is based on ignorant and stupidity, but Dr. King’s dream will live on in eternity. Because of Dr. King’s dream and a vision he birth hope for a brighter future in the lives of many young people from all around the world, and people of all races creeds, colors, and religious backgrounds were awakened to the reality that they too, would be able to achieve greatness within themselves.

In Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream and vision he followed the pathway of another great servant of God, and asked God to guide his heart and give him understanding on how to lead his people. That’s servant was King Solomon who led the nation of Israel for many generations before the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King Solomon had a dream and he went before God, and he said to God,” give therefore thy servant and understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? (1 King 3:9 KJV)

We as the CHILDREN OF GOD are all called to dream great dreams, then dare to live out those dreams. We must be about the business of God each and every day, doing his will as we walk in the path of righteousness for his name sake. Yes my brothers and sisters, let us use this day as a day of action, that we as children of God who seek God’s guidance and understanding to live together as one people, not separated by race or the color of our skin, but truly recognize in each other the content of our characters, and live in peace with love in our hearts for one another.

Now may the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, be upon each one of you to walk out your purpose and live in his will and seek his blessings over your life and the lives of all those who come into your presence this day.

One of our blogger friends (FRACINE IN RETIREMENT), did her post today in pictures honoring the legacy of Dr. King. I provide you with a link to her sight that you may visit and see the great art work that has been displayed in His honor. Just click this link to go there:
http://francineinretirement.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/we-all-have-dreams/

Here is another link from the CHRISTIAN GAZETTE for you to check out:
http://thechristiangazette.wordpress.com/

Click on this link for another powerful message for SIH MINISTRIES:
http://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/2011/01/09/martin-luther-king-jr-day-devotion/

SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 51 STOP FORGETTING THE MAIN INGREDIENT

SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 51 STOP FORGETTING THE MAIN INGREDIENT

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)

CHILDREN OF GOD, we have come to the end of the year 2013, and set to enter into a brand new year with great expectations, with great hopes, joy and thanksgiving for all that God has blessed us to have and what He is offering us for this coming year.  With all the many wonderful blessings we have been given, our hearts should be full of nothing but praises.  So let us lift Him up on this last Sunday of 2013 with songs of praises and a heart that has been made for worship, For He is truly worthy of all our praises.  Prayer and Praises is what I do, so humbly ask you to join in with me this day and let us lift His Holy name up in Prayer, Praise and Worship this day in a very special way.  Be Bold in your Praises this day and let the world know that you are a prayer warrior and you will not allow nothing to come before your prayer and praises for what God has done for you.  Let it begin NOW! Clap your hands in praise for the Lord, never mind what other people may say or thank of you, just do it NOW.  Call out the name JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, I thank you and I bless you for your mighty works.

LET US PRAY:

Eternal God, Our Heavenly Father, it is with great joy that I enter into your present this day just to think you for bringing us through the many trials and tribulations that we were confronted with throughout our journey this year.  We now stand at the cross roads that will take us into a brand new year, some of us will make it into the promise land while others will succumb to the elements on this side of the old year.  We thank you for the opportunity Heavenly Father to be in the flow of this brand new life’s journey.  You have comforted us through this journey with the protection of your angels and provided us with shelter from the storms, food for the soul, strength of both body and mind, filled our hearts with the spirit and power of love, and sent the Holy Spirit to teach us that we are unique and we can do all things that our hearts and minds desires when we remain in the flow and stay connected to the main power source of Jesus Christ.  For this and so many other reason Heaven Father, we are eternally grateful, and all that we do this day and the rest of our days on this earth, we will lift you up in prayer, praise and worship. We thank you for the power and present of the Holy Spirit into this brand new year, in Jesus name we pray, AMEN!

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE IS:     (James 4:13-17 NIV)

Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.”Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.

TODAY’S MESSAGE:

Stop forgetting the main Ingredient; in today’s message Pastor Davis shares with us a very important message concerning the missing ingredient that has cause a lot of us much pain and heartache in the year 2013, and he attempts to share with us ways that we can avoid such pain and misery going into 2014.  Now click on this video clip and get ready to receive your new year’s blessings.

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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JESUS MET THE WOMAN AT THE WELL (PART 2 OF 2)

JESUS MET THE WOMAN AT THE WELL (PART 2 OF 2)

JACOB'S WELL (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

JACOB’S WELL (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

NOW WOMAN, GO AND GET YOUR HUSBAND (John 4:16-26 MSG)

In part 2 of this most important study, we pick up the story of the Samaritan woman who by chance met Jesus at the well.  After Jesus had offered her to drink the living water, Jesus abruptly shifted the subject from his living water to her style of living.  The woman perceived her need for living water at one level.  Jesus knew that her need was far deeper, so he turned the conversation to reveal his knowledge of her personal life, and her sin of adultery.  So here is what Jesus told the woman to do:

He said, “Woman go and get your husband.” Jesus wanted to make this woman see her sin and her need for forgiveness and then offer her the living water, salvation.  She must have realized that this was not a man who could be fooled, for she answered transparently, 17-18 “I have no husband,” she said.”     ”That is nicely put: ‘I have no husband.’ You have had five husbands, and the man you are living with now is not even your husband. You spoke the truth there, sure enough.”  The woman spoke the truth without any explanation.

Although he confronted the woman’s sinful life, Jesus managed to affirm her truthfulness.  He did not accuse or excuse; he simply described her life so that she could draw some clear conclusions about the mess in which she was living.  The conclusions we reach without knowing the facts will usually err in one of two directions:  We will accuse others and raise their defenses, or we will excuse others and enable their denial.  We see in Jesus communication with this woman that when faced with an accepting confrontation, people will often respond positively.  When we speak to others about themselves, we must limit our words to what we know.

Now the woman’s dandruff begins to rise and she says to Jesus,   “Oh, so you’re a prophet! Well, tell me this:  Our ancestors worshiped God at this mountain, but you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place for worship, right?”

The woman acknowledged the truthfulness of Jesus remarks about her life.  At the same time, she recognized that he must be a prophet who had the power to “see” the hidden past as well as the future.  The theme of people “seeing” Jesus appears several times in John (especially in chapter 9).  The persons Jesus encountered saw him many different ways, but he consistently directed their attention to recognize him for who he really was, their Savior.

When we as CHILDREN OF GOD, begin to recognize Jesus as our Lord and Savior, then we will begin to worship Him in Spirit as we are commanded to do, we will have been filled with knowledge and power of the truth of who God is, who we are and who we are in Christ.

 

The expression “in spirit” refers to the human spirit, the immaterial, inner being in each person, the God-breathed entity that corresponds to the nature of God himself, who is Spirit.  Using the terms of Jesus conversation, worship involves the person’s awareness of that personal “spring of living water” that God has planted in each believer.  God indwells a believer that is where true worship takes place.  Our body can be anywhere, yet worship occurs as our attention and praise are turned toward God.  We need to consciously focus on God when we are in a house of worship because we easily assume that our presence in church is all that we need in order to worship.  We can usually remember how long the worship service lasted, but can we remember exactly when we actually worshiped the Lord?

In this discussion as Jesus met the woman at the well, Jesus sowed the seeds of salvation in her mind and sent her out to sow seeds in the minds of other Samaritans.  He was preparing the people for a great harvest to come.

We will conclude this discussion in our SUNDAY PRAYER, PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE.  Until then, may the Lord’s blessings be upon each one of you, as you enjoy daily the fruits from His table of Blessings, in Jesus name, AMEN!

 

JESUS MET THE WOMAN AT THE WELL

JESUS OFFERS UP WATER TO THE WOMAN THAT HE HAD NO ROPE ARE BUCKET TO OBTAIN IT.  HOW WAS HE GOING TO GET THIS WATER?  (John 4:7-15 (MSG)

Let us understand the great offer that is set before this Samaritan woman.  If we were a businessperson, in the market to purchase a brand new automobile and this master salesperson was standing before us making us the greatest offer of a lifetime.  Offering to give us this brand new automobile FREE if only we would except His offer of what is not seem but guaranteeing that it would run for a life time and never need go stop at a gas station to be refilled, would you be willing to take Him up on it?  This is the type of offer, that Jesus was making to this Samaritan woman.

We as human beings require water daily because sooner or later we will become thirsty.  Jesus was offering water from Jacob’s well to satisfy the woman’s thirst, but only temporarily.  All type of drinks in this world will never satisfy our thirst.  As a matter of fact, some of them create even more thirst.  The human needs for love, food, sex, security, and approval, even when met, do not give complete satisfaction.  Attempts to find full satisfaction will lead only to disappointment and despair.  But the water Jesus offers takes away thirst altogether.  Jesus’ water continually satisfies the desire for God’s presence because it becomes a perpetual spring within us, giving us eternal life.  The lift that Jesus gives this perpetual spring, suggests the availability, accessibility, and abundance of the divine life for believers.

Now here is this Samaritan’s woman story as she challenges Jesus on how He is going to give her something that she cannot see. This is how Jesus humbly deals with the woman.   “A woman, a Samaritan, came to draw water. Jesus said, “Would you give me a drink of water?” (His disciples had gone to the village to buy food for lunch.)

Two facts are unusual about this woman’s action. (1). the woman could have gone to a closer well.  (We have discovered that Scholars have identified wells that were much closer to Sychar);  (2) women generally drew water later in the day, when the temperature was cooler.  This woman, whose reputation seems to have been well known in the small town probably chose the well farther away from home and came to that well at an unusual hour in order to avoid contact with other women.  It was also highly unusual for a man to address a woman, but Jesus said, “Please give me a drink.”

The Samaritan woman, taken aback, asked, “How come you, a Jew, are asking me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?” (Jews in those days would not be caught dead talking to Samaritans.)  It was known that a Jewish male would not even speak to a Samaritan woman.  This woman in particular had a bad reputation and this was a public place.  To make matters worse, a Jew would not even be caught, drinking from a Samarian’s cup.  The Jewish ceremonial laws described not only certain people as ceremonially unclean, but also anything they touched.  In strict religious terms, many Jews of Jesus time considered the Samaritans permanently unclean.

Now listen to how Jesus addressed the issue, “Jesus answered, “If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you fresh, living water.”  This woman was very ignorant of the gift God had for her, the gift of life, represented by living water, and she did not know the giver, Jesus the Messiah.  Jesus makes an extraordinary offer to this woman, living water that would quench her thirst forever.

The woman said, “Sir, you don’t even have a bucket to draw with, and this well is deep. So how are you going to get this ‘living water’? Are you a better man than our ancestor Jacob, who dug this well and drank from it, he and his sons and livestock, and passed it down to us?”

Jesus’ remark concerning “living water” produced several practical questions in the mind of the Samaritan woman.  Like Nicodemus, she did not immediately sense the depth of Jesus’ words.  Obviously, if this living water was at the bottom of the well, Jesus was in no position to offer it because he had no rope or bucket for drawing it.  She began to wonder if Jesus had access to some source of water other than Jacob’s well.  She asked if he thought he was greater than their ancestor Jacob and could somehow offer better water.  Perhaps the woman sensed in Jesus words a probable dishonoring of the well provided by their great ancestor.  On the other hand, perhaps the woman was beginning to have some inkling of who Jesus was claiming to be.  He certainly accepted her in a way that must have challenged her thinking.

Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.”

The woman said, “Sir, give me this water so I won’t ever get thirsty, won’t ever have to come back to this well again!”  This woman’s response reveals that she took Jesus’ words literally.  The woman must have been thrilled to think that this man could give her water that really quenches thirst and would not have to be drawn from a sell.  Obtaining water was hard work, requiring trips to the well twice a day and carrying heavy jars full of water home.  If she had some of that water, she would never be thirsty again and wouldn’t have to haul water every day.

This concludes the first part of this woman’s story, we will pick this back up in part two when Jesus tells the woman these words, He said, “Go call your husband and then come back.”

May God continue to bless each one of you. Today I minister to you from a position of peace, power, purpose and prosperity in Jesus name. I remain Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.

 

HAVE YOU ANSWERED YOUR CALL FROM THE LORD?

HAVE YOU ANSWERED YOUR CALL FROM THE LORD?

THE FIELDS ARE WHITE AND READY FOR HARVEST (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

THE FIELDS ARE WHITE AND READY FOR HARVEST (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

THE HARVEST IS RIPE BUT THE LABORS ARE FEW (MATTHEW 9:36-38)

We begin our lesson today and for the rest of the week praying for labors to go forth and gather in the Gospel Harvest.  We asked the question, “HAVE YOU ANSWERED YOUR CALL FROM THE LORD?  Now we set before you the path in which it all must unfold by asking this next question; “How can we be in real sympathy with Christ unless we love the work of laboring in this Gospel harvest, and long to be commissioned to go forth and put in our sickle with our own hand?”  “THE HARVEST IS RIPE BUT THE LABORS ARE FEW!”

Most certainly, if we were in Christ‘s spirit we should say — I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how am I strengthen till it be accomplished? We should cry out, Lord, let me go! Let me go — for dying millions are just now perishing in their sins. How can I pray God to send out others if I am in heart unwilling to go myself? I have heard many say — O that I was young; how I should rejoice to go myself. This seems like a state of mind that can honestly pray for God to send forth laborers.

The spirit of this prayer implies that we are willing to make any personal sacrifices in order to go. Are not men always willing to make personal sacrifices in order to gain the great object of their heart‘s desire? Did ever a merchant, seeking goodly pearls, find one of great value but he was quite willing to go and sell all that he had and buy it?

Moreover, an honest heart before God in this prayer implies that you are willing to
do all you can to prepare your selves to accomplish this work. Each young man or young woman should say God requires something of me in this work. It may be God wants you as a servant in some missionary family; if so, you are ready to go. No matter what the work may be no labor done for God or for man is degrading. In the spirit of this prayer, you will say — If I may but wash the feet of my Lord‘s servants, I shall richly enjoy it. All young person’s especially, feeling that life is before them, should say — I must devote myself, in the most effective way possible, to the promotion of my Savior‘s cause. Suppose a man bows his soul in earnest prayer before. God, saying, “O Lord, send out hosts of men into this harvest-field,” does not this imply that he girds himself up for this work with his might? Does it not imply that he is ready to do the utmost he can in any way whatever?

Again, this prayer, made honestly, implies that we do all we can to prepare others to go out. Our prayer, will be, “Lord, give us hearts to prepare others, and get as many ready as possible and as well prepared as possible for the gathering in of this great harvest.”

Of course it is also implied that we abstain from whatever would hinder us, and make no arrangements that would tie our hands. Many young Christians do this, sometimes heedlessly, often in a way which shows that they are by no means fully set to do God‘s work, first of all.

When we honestly pray God to send out laborers, and our own circumstances allow us to go, we are to expect that He will send us. What! Does God need laborers of every description, and will He not send us? Depend on it, He will send out the man who prays right, and whose heart is deeply and fully with God. And we need not be suspicious lest God should lack the needful wisdom to manage His matters well. He will put all His men where they should be, into the fields they are best qualified to fill. The good reaper will be put into his post, sickle in hand; and if there are feeble ones who can only glean, He puts them there.

One indispensable part of this preparation is a heart for it. Most plainly so, for God wants no men in Hisharvest-field whose hearts are not there. You would not want workmen in your field who have no heart for their work. Neither does God. But He expects us to have this preparation. And He will accept of no man’s excuse from service that he has no heart to engage in it. The want of a heart for this work is not your misfortune, but your fault, your great and damning sin.

 

OVERCOME HATE WITH LOVE

OVERCOME HATE WITH LOVE

THE GOOD NEWS:

"MY ROSE IS A TOKEN OF LOVE AND PEACE" PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

“MY ROSE IS A TOKEN OF LOVE AND PEACE” PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

THE GOOD NEWS is that you’re not lost, you’re not alone, and faith is open for all to grasp and rely on because that is the way God has designed it to be. God’s Word is a road map that points the way to your destination if you so choose to study and apply it to your life. God’s Spirit is given freely because Jesus paid the price in full for our salvation.

Paul invites’ us to share in his revelation when he penned, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved and gave himself for me.”(Galatians 2: 20-21, NIV). As we live out our purpose, faith is a magnifier of transformation that causes us to rely on the will of God to guide and direct us in His way. “Faith” is described this way, “The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1, NKJV). Another translation describes “Faith” this way: “it is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see…” (Hebrews 11:1, MGS), it is THE GOOD NEWS.

God’s Word is written to us and about us, we are Gods’ prize possession and he has given His word to bless, teach and guide us, and to forgive and save us.  Jesus says, “Come to me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me…” (Matthew 11: 28-30, NKJV). Jesus so passionately taught and encouraged us through words and actions to learn of Him, therefore our hearts will be at peace; sharing THE GOOD NEWS.  The greatest treasure of all is knowing that God saw the need to spare each of us for a reason, that reason is to become learners of Him, share his message of hope for a dying world and transform our thoughts and attitude in such a way that “Love” will become the guiding force in all we say and do. We must be diligent in searching and applying those things Jesus gave as a pattern to follow. THE GOOD NEWS brings us from the lower realm to a higher level in Christ Jesus and in that, we learn the true meaning and value to the words “Let us Love one another.”

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EXPERIENCE THE POWER OF RELEASE AND RESTORATION THROUGH FORGIVENESS

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.

 

YOUR ENEMY MAY DO YOU HARM BUT LOVE HIM ANYWAY

YOUR ENEMY MAY DO YOU HARM BUT LOVE HIM ANYWAY

THE ROSE OF LOVE (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

THE ROSE OF LOVE (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

The lesson I write and teach here today will be hard for a lot of people to understand in light of the verdict in the Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman trial.  However, we must understand and learn to obey the teaching of Jesus when He tells us to love our Enemies.  So let us look closely at what Jesus wants us to know about loving our enemies.  We will begin with Paul’s teaching to the Church of Corinth as he spoke passionately on the meaning of love.

Paul says, “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

 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.

 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.  (1 Corinthians 13:1-8 ESV)

Now listen carefully, open your spiritual mind, and understand this message: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want, remember these words written in Psalm 23:1, allow this to be your focus when intervening in prayer on behalf of those who may have sought to lay a stumbling block in your pathway or do bodily harm to you. He prepares a table before me in the presence of my enemies, anoints my head with oil and my cup overflows (5) with goodness from the Lord.  Develop and Understand as a Rule, Love your Enemies.

Jesus was an advocate of love and his teachings were centered on this key ingredient which is the key to living life in the fullness of his joy. He says, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you; bless those who curse you and pray for those who spitefully use you…Just as you want men to do to you, you do to them likewise (Luke 6:27-31 NKJV). Love your enemies, do good and lend, hoping for nothing in return (35), judge not, condemn not, and forgive those who wrong you.” When you are able to develop and understand as a rule, love your enemies, your blessings will flow from the heavenly realm because Jesus has said so.

Love, as Jesus instructed and set an example to follow. Through many encounters he demonstrated patience, kindness, and concern for others. It is not his will or desire that anyone should be lost or have an attitude of harm and indifference towards one another. Through his teachings we gain strength and knowledge to help us to understand behavior, what to expect from others and how to handle those events in life through a genuine heart of love and kindness; even toward those who seek to cause us harm. When we are connected from the spiritual realm we understand how we are to respond through spiritual kindness; and when we do, he sets the rest in proper order. When you are able to develop and understand as a rule, love your enemies, your reward will be one of inner peace.

Christ in God is our life; chosen by God our new life become a life of love, along with that love we acquire compassion, kindness, humility, strength, discipline. We become content with second place, quick to forgive offense. The greatest of all attribute is love, something we should never be without; every detail in our lives focused on Jesus with praise and thanksgiving to God the Father always (Colossians 3:3-17, MGS). When you are able to develop and understand as a rule, love your enemies, you’re being obedient to God’s will.

However the stream flows, it never forgets its source (African Proverb).

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IS LONELINESS KEEPING YOU IN A PRISON OF DARKNESS?

IS LONELINESS KEEPING YOU IN A PRISON OF DARKNESS?

LOCKED IN A PRISON OF DARKNESS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

LOCKED IN A PRISON OF DARKNESS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU FEEL AS IF YOU ARE ALL ALONE?

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

Let us begin this day by understanding that we are never alone when we learn to lean and depend on Jesus.  Now think deeply on this, when you are feeling loneliness in your life, because learning to lean and depend on Jesus requires you to turn away from the things of this world, which include your worldly thoughts.  Now listen to how Jesus teaches us to lean and depend on Him, He says, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. (John 15:16 ESV)”

What happens when you feel as if you are all alone?

What happened to those friends who walked by your side and interacted with you, saying they have your back? Through-out a life time you are apt to encounter such friends as these. As you grow and mature you are likely to experience situations where you’ll have moments of joy as well as disappointment.

It is a time of reflection and a  reminder as to how God is able to lift you  above moments of disappointment  and encourage your heart to let you know that all is not lost, for in him is where your strength lies.

When you feel as if you are all alone?  God says, “If you will hold on to me for dear life, I’ll get you out of trouble. I’ll give you the best care if you only get to know me. Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times. I’ll rescue you, I’ll give you long life, give you a long drink of salvation.” (Psalm 91: 1-16, MGS)

When you realize that the very people you considered to be friends will go to any level to cause you harm or pain you must have a spirit of forgiveness even when you are alone.

It is when you are alone that you ask God to help you understand why things happen the way they do and don’t carry the burden of heaviness alone. Unforgiveness can destroy friendships, take away your joy in life and can even damage your health. So, the best thing you can do is release those feelings and repeat to yourself, “I am choosing to forgive those who have stolen from me, broken my heart or caused any physical or emotional damage.  Lord thank you for giving me the ability to release, and for peace and joy to journey on in faith. Fill my heart with love greater than I’ve ever had for all of my friends, you are my peace. Thank you.”

What happens when you feel as if you are all alone, you’re at a crossroad in life? There comes a point in time when you must choose, you must make decisions, those type things that guide you towards your assigned destination. Those friends you once thought you could not do with-out is no longer a part of what or who you seek to be, that only means that you are coming into your  own, beginning to realize the value of life. Many go through life never reaching this point, but when you connect to the source, you’ve connected to the One that will always be there, no matter the season.

What happens when you feel as if you are alone?  Once you’ve tapped into the source you have gained a friend for life. For Jesus says, “I will never leave, nor forsake you,” those words reassures us that beyond our worldly thoughts, our spiritual connection brings us into a whole new dimension of life, we are now new creatures in Christ Jesus, who is our friend and provider, always watching over us and listening to our cry for help. He is not like man; he hears and will acknowledge our requests at the time appointed. So, rest assured my friends, you are never alone.

We pray that this message has been a blessing to your soul, and you will begin your daily walk with God lifting Him up as He picks you up and takes you to that high place that He desires for all Him Children to be.

A TRIBUTE TO MOTHERS WHO HAVE LOST THEIR CHILDREN TO GUN VIOLENCE

A TRIBUTE TO MOTHERS WHO HAVE LOST THEIR CHILDREN TO GUN VIOLENCE

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

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TRAGEDY IN NEWTOWN, CONNECTICUT PHOTO BY SHEER INVESTIGATION.COM 03

Just a few months ago, a deranged individual with an assault weapon walked into a school located in Newtown, Connecticut and took the lives of 26 young people.  Since then more than 3,900 Mothers’ have lost their children to gun violence and will not be able to hug their children this Mothers’ Day, nor receive a Mothers’ Day wish from their children.  This is truly a tragedy that none of us can comprehend unless we are one of those Mother’s that have lost a child to gun violence.

So many hearts have been broken; so many tears have been shed because the family chain has been broken. Gun violence has taken many young lives and those Mothers have come to know the meaning of shattered and broken.

For those Mothers who have experienced such tragedy and pain, let me encourage you as one Mother to another, please allow this Mothers’ Day to be a time of release and reflection. Take a moment and look around you and you will see your child in the elements of the world God has created.  Look at the flowers as they bloom and beacon you to come closer, see the beauty of the birds as they cross your path, excited and having fun with one another, see the brightness of the sun as the raise beams down upon your body, feel the gentle breeze of the wind as it sweeps across your face and you here in it a soft and sweet voice that says to you, “Hi Mommy, I love you, then you pause, look all around you, and say, I love you also baby!” Now embrace it as a memory of the child that once occupied your space.  Know that they are always there ready to wipe away the tear drop from your eyes and give you encouragement and strength to carry on and fight the good fight that will help others survive the tragedy that took their young, tender and precious lives.

Remember the words of Job: We are all adrift in the same boat: too few days, too many troubles. We spring up like wildflowers in the desert and then we wilt transit in the shadow of a cloud (Job 14: 1-2, MGS).

Allow the memories of your loved one to linger as long as you like but rest assured your child was blessed to you for a season and within that season take the memories and cherish them.

Allow yourself time to mourn and then embrace life as it is given each day because it is a gift that cannot be replaced.  God bless each Mother who have lost a child to violence and may your journey be one traveled in the assurance that at any given moment you will greet your loved one in a unique way, that’s how God have designed it. May you be blessed abundantly this Mother’s Day, 2013?

MOTHER'S DAY ROSE (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

MOTHER’S DAY ROSE (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME THE LESSON OF FORGIVENESS

MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME THE LESSON OF FORGIVENESS

A Mother’s Arms (Photo by Pastor Davis)

MY MOTHER was truly an inspiration to my soul.  Whenever I felt someone had hurt me, she would simply say, “Son, don’t hold a grudge against them, you must find in your heart the words to forgive them.”  I would say, “but Mom, it hurts, how can I forgive them, they hurt me.”  Son, if you truly want to stop the pain, you must release it and let it go, forgiveness is the only way to your personal peace.

MY MOTHER was a godly woman, she loved and feared the Lord, and she made sure that I understood what she meant when she said I must forgive those who would seek to do harm to me. Now let me share with you the lesson MY MOTHER taught me on FORGIVENESS.  She begin by saying, “Son if the LORD can forgive us of our sins, why do we have such a difficult time of forgiving others when we perceive them to have done us wrong?  Getting rid of our heart aches and pains begins with us.  We must learn to free ourselves of all the negative baggage we carry around each and every day with our unforgiving spirit.

FORGIVENESS works the miracle of change.  When Lincoln was asked why he did not destroy his enemies, he replied:  “If I make my enemies my friends, don’t I then destroy them?”  When you forgive you change others and you change yourself.  You change discord to harmony.

FORGIVENESS should span the years.  You should first forgive yourself for the wrongs you’ve done to yourself and others, for the mistakes you’ve made.  Then you should forgive and bless all those who have wronged you during your lifetime.  Thus you release others and you release yourself.  You break the chains of regret and remorse that bind you.  You free your mind from the burdens of the past so you may walk victoriously into the future.

FORGIVENESS works two ways.  You must forgive to be forgiven.  “He who cannot forgive others,” wrote Edward Herbert, “breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass; for every man has the need to be forgiven.”

FORGIVENESS should become a habit.  When THE MASTER was asked how often we should forgive, he answered: “Until SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN.”  He who forgives to infinity will never hate.

FORGIVENESS should start now.  Putting off forgiving only deepens the wound.  Clinging to bitterness postpones happiness.  Life is short, time is fleeting.  Today is the day to forgive.

FORGIVENESS is the way to personal peace.  It is performing mental surgery in yourself, probing deep within to remove hurts, grudges and resentments.  It is forgetting wrongs as though they had never been.  It is flooding your mind with the powerful medicine of forgiveness that cleanses and heals.  It is discovering a serenity you’ve never known before.

Then with her big beautiful brown eyes, looking and penetrating deep into my soul, the softness of her voice changing, she said, “you may not understand all that I am telling you at this moment, but when the time is right it will all come to you and you will get it and use it to help your own children and others to understand that we all must learn the art of forgiveness.

So on this Mother’s Day weekend, I salute My Beloved Mother for teaching me the art of forgiveness.

BE PATIENCE IN THE MIDST OF TRAGEDY

BE PATIENCE IN THE MIDST OF TRAGEDY

PATIENCE IS LOVE (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

PATIENCE IS LOVE (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

Today we encourage the people from all around the world, to be patience in the midst of tragedy, in all you do and how you feel in regards to the tragedy that has unfolded in Boston, Mass in the past few days. The people of Boston and the World all have been struck by the Enemy of terror.  This Enemy had a dark and evil Spirit to set off a bomb in the middle of innocence people that would kill and injury so many people.  But let there be no mistake, our President and all the leaders that are involved in the mystery of solving this problem has promised us that the Enemy of Terror would feel the full weight of the American Justice System.

We can take comfort in the fact that our first responders, and the many heroes that rushed into chaos to help those that were injured, and now our hospitals, nurses and Doctors from around the world are still responding with courage and a Spirit that has shown the World the strength of the people of Boston and the American Spirit of all its Citizen.

Let us not forget this very important fact, and that is this enemy was truly a thief, and his aim was to take the lives of as many people as he possibly could.  In John 10:10, we see that Jesus warned us of this thief.  Jesus said, “A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.”

Therefore, I encourage all of you, in all that you do, “BE PATIENCE!” Allow the authorities the time an opportunity to do their jobs.  Be informed by the facts and allow the WORD OF GOD to guide your hearts and minds in all things.

Finally, listen to how the word of God informs us to act, it says, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!”
Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil, for the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land. (Psalm 37:7-9 ESV)  “BE PATIENCE IN THE MIDST OF TRAGEDY!”

Now let us continue to pray for the victims and their families in the Boston Tragedy.  When prayers go up, blessings come down.

 

EASTER SUNDAY PRAISE SERVICE JESUS IS ALIVE 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.

We pray that this Easter Praise and Worship Service has been a blessing to your soul.  Please come back and visit with us each and everyday, and especially each Sunday Morning at 0700 as we present our special Sunday Morning Praise and Worship Service just for you.  All the video clips that you watch here can be found on our teaching channel on youtube.  Just click on the link below and share them in your social media, and with family and friends.

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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).

HOW DID THE FORTY DAYS OF LENT COME INTO BEING?

HOW DID THE FORTY DAYS OF LENT COME INTO BEING?

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Today, we begin a forty day journey and encourage each of you to join us here daily, as we move in a powerful way towards Jesus Resurrection on Easter Sunday.  This is the first day of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday every year and ends on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday.  This journey is to help each one of us prepare for the celebration of the greatest Christian mystery of all times, the death of our Lord and Savior on Good Friday and His Resurrection on Easter Sunday.  During this forth day period each person have the opportunity to chose how they will spend their time.  Jesus spent His time in prayer, fasting and abstinence.  How will you spend yours?

According to the Synoptic gospels of MatthewMark and Luke, Jesus spent forty days fasting in the desert before the beginning of His public ministry, where He endured temptation by Satan. Thus, Lent is described as being forty days long.

Therefore, as we understand it, the number forty has many Biblical references: the forty days Moses spent on Mount Sinai with God (Exodus 24:18); the forty days and nights Elijah spent walking to Mount Horeb (1 Kings 19:8); the forty days and nights God sent rain in the great flood of Noah (Genesis 7:4); the forty years the Hebrew people wandered in the desert while traveling to the Promised Land (Numbers 14:33); the forty days Jonah gave in his prophecy of judgment to the city of Nineveh in which to repent or be destroyed (Jonah 3:4).

Jesus retreated into the wilderness, where He fasted for forty days, and was tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:1–2Mark 1:12–13Luke 4:1–2). He overcame all three of Satan’s temptations by citing scripture to the devil, at which point the devil left Him, angels ministered to Jesus, and He began His ministry. Jesus further said that His disciples should fast “when the bridegroom shall be taken from them” (Matthew 9:15), a reference to his Passion.

Now as we see it in many of the Christian churches, Lent is regarded as being forty days long, but the Sundays between Shrove Tuesday and Easter Sunday are not typically regarded as being part of Lent; thus, the date of Shrove Tuesday will typically be slightly more than forty days before Easter Sunday.

MY RELATIONSHIP STRATEGIES PART 14

LEARNING TO FORGIVE AND BE FORGIVEN

PASTOR DAVIS STANDS IN THE SHADOW OF DARKNESS SEEKING FORGIVENESS OF HIS SINS

PASTOR DAVIS STANDS IN THE SHADOW OF DARKNESS SEEKING FORGIVENESS OF HIS SINS

The art of forgiveness begins when you forgive someone.  It is the miracle that works the art of change.  When you forgive you change others and you change yourself.  You change discord to harmony.  You should first forgive yourself for all the wrongs you have done to yourself, for the mistakes you have made.  Then you should forgive and bless all those who have wronged you during your lifetime.   By doing this you release others and you release yourself.  You break the chains of regret and remorse that keeps you locked in a prison that always seems impossible to escape.  Forgiveness frees your mind from the burdens of the past so you may walk victoriously into the future. Now watch this short video and we will continue this discussion on the other side.

As you watched this video clip you saw where it said, “Forgiveness is an adventure, it is making peace with the past, it also means to give up and let go.”  I say to you, forgiveness works two ways.  You must forgive to be forgiven.  “He who cannot forgive others,” wrote Edward Herbert, “breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass; for every person has the need to be forgiven.”

Forgiveness should become a habit.  When Peter asked Jesus, how often should we forgive others, he answered;  “Until seventy times seven.”  He who forgives to infinity will never hate.

Forgiveness should start now.  Putting off forgiving only deepens the wound.  Clinging to bitterness postpones happiness.  Life is short, time is fleeting.  Today is the day to forgive.  Take this moment and search your heart for the list of those persons who you know you should be forgiven and take the first step and make it happen.  This next clip is from an interview that Tyler Perry did with Dr. Phil.  Take a moment listen to it and then meditate upon all that has been discussed in this lesson, then make your comments known to the world by simply telling us how you feel about forgiving and been forgiven.

THIS IS GOD MESSAGE FOR HIS PEOPLE

THIS IS GOD MESSAGE FOR HIS PEOPLE

Written by: Shirley Rhodes

FORGIVENESS–FAITH (Photo by Pastor Davis)

 In today’s lesson, I present to you, “GOD’S MESSAGE FOR HIS PEOPLE!  The journey of life often aligns our purpose in such a way that challenge is very much present. We may experience many levels of emotions and some of those emotions will find our weak point or may enter when the physical body is at its weakest point. Faith is the key that unlocks the mystery of power and light, the source which is always plentiful to meet every need. No matter how bad things may seem, feeling that connection will lift our spirit, as a reminder that we are never along. In times when we may find  it difficult to smile or share a sense of humor, feel overwhelmed, abandoned, alone, sick and tired, be reminded that there is a message in God’s word.  God’s Message for His People, is simply this: stand firm in faith, trust God to come through no matter how bleak the circumstances may seem. We must be obedient and determined to live life in a state of expectancy. Trust the “Promise”

MORNING SILHOUETTE–OUR LIGHT SOURCE (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

This is what the Lord says, In His Message for His People:  “We learn by example!”

“What fault did your ancestors find in me, that they strayed so far from me?

I had planted you like a choice vine of sound and reliable stock7 I brought you into a fertile land to eat its fruit and rich produce. But you came and defiled my land and made my inheritance detestable.

How then did you turn against me into a corrupt, wild vine?  You broke off your yoke and tore off your

THE VINE AND BRANCHES

bonds; you said, “I will not serve you!” They did not ask, “Where is the Lord who brought us up out of Egypt and led us through the barren wilderness, through a land of deserts and ravines, a land of drought and utter darkness, a land where no one lives?” They followed worthless idols and became worthless themselves, the stain of your guilt is still before me,” declares the Sovereign Lord.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” (Jeremiah 1:5 NIV)

God’s Message for God’s People was always solid as a rock.  He said, “I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised, I know what I’m doing, I have it all planned out–plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. When you call me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen. When you come looking for me you will find me, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed, I’ll turn things around for you” (Jeremiah 29:10-14 MGS).

With assurance such as this why not submit all our cares and struggles to the only one who holds the answers? In order to receive our blessings we must be willing to make the sacrifice and with pure hearts rely on the source, follow the pattern. God watches over us and knows all about our circumstances and needs, when we are faithful we know that he will come through when his timing is right.

Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great:

He appeared in the flesh, Was vindicated by the Spirit, Was seen by angels, Was preached among the nations, Was believed on in the world, Was taken up in glory. (1 Timothy 3:16)

Now this is truly God’s Message for His people. He gives it freely, and asks only that you be obedient to His word.  Study to show yourself approved, and then know the truth and the truth will set you free.  May God’s grace and mercy be upon you and cover you in all that you do, now and forever, in Jesus name, AMEN!

MY MAXAMIZED PRAYER FOR PEACE AND CONTENTMENT

MY MAXAMIZED PRAYER FOR PEACE AND CONTENTMENT

IN PRAYER BEFORE GOD (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

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 will touch this day in some way. I seek healing for our NATION that you will bind up the wounds that so many have suffered during our Presidential election.  Renew their Spirits Heavenly Father, and teach them how to live in Peace and Contentment.  There are many lives that have been lost during Hurricane Sandy 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 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 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 peace and contentment in the face of the enemy who has taken so much from them.  Teach us all as a Nation how to live in Peace, enjoy the fruits of all that you have provided and have complete Contentment in all that we do.  In Jesus name, I pray, AMEN!

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