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A BETRAYER AT THE DINNER TABLE

A BETRAYER AT THE DINNER TABLE (MARK 14:17-20 AMP)

THE PLACE OF THE LAST SUPPER (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE PLACE OF THE LAST SUPPER (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

My brothers and sisters, this week allows us to go deep within ourselves and reflect upon that awesome moment in history that Jesus took upon His shoulders the agony of being beaten, humiliated in every way possible, suffering while being nailed and hanged upon a cross for all of our sins in order that we may have the opportunity to enjoy eternal life that God the father promised and sent His Son Jesus to die for.

Now use your imagination and image yourselves sitting down at the dinner table with family and friends and eating a well prepared meal as you discuss the family problems and current events which are suppose to be a very enjoyable moment.  Then image yourself not having the benefit of spiritual insight to know that one of your family members have been plotting behind your back to kill the head of your family, what would be your immediate reaction?  In the case of Jesus and His twelve disciples this is exactly what happen.

On that evening (Wednesday or Thursday), Jesus arrived in Jerusalem with the twelve disciples.  The meal was not to be eaten until after sunset and was supposed to be finished by midnight.

However, as Jesus and His Disciples were eating, Jesus spoke the stunning words, that quickly got the attention of everyone sitting around the dinner table that evening.  Jesus said, “One of you will betray me.”  The betrayer was one of his own chosen twelve disciples, a member of his own family, one with whom the meal was being shared.  Jesus words caused quite a stir among the disciples.  They had heard Jesus tell them three different times that he would soon die, but that one of them would actually betray Jesus saddened them greatly.

Although the other disciples were confused by Jesus words, Judas knew what he meant.  Apparently, Judas was not the obvious betrayer.  After all, he was the one the disciples trusted to keep the money.  Therefore, the disciples asked Jesus who the betrayer was; “I’m not the one, am I?” each one asked in turn.  Matthew records that even Judas asked the same question (Matthew 26:25).  Jesus knew that Judas was going to betray him, and he also knew that Judas would not repent.

In our studies we find that Luke wrote this about Satan, he said Satan entered into Judas Iscariot before he went to the religious leaders.  However, Satan’s part in the betrayal of Jesus does not remove any of the responsibility from Judas.  In God’s sovereign will and according  to his timetable, he uses sinful men.  But that doesn’t excuse their sin.  All people will be held accountable for their choices and actions.  Whatever Judas thought, Satan assumed that Jesus death would end Jesus mission and thwart God’s plan.  Like Judas, Satan did not know that Jesus death and resurrection were the most important parts of God’s plan all along.

All I can say in conclusion, is that this had to be one hellish feeling in the gut of each family member sitting around the dinner table that night knowing that one of them would betray the head of their family in such an evil way.

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THE PEOPLE CHOOSES A MURDER OVER A POPULAR TEACHER

THE PEOPLE CHOOSES A MURDER OVER A POPULAR TEACHER

PILATE WASHED HIS HANDS OF THE SITUATION (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Today as we  think on all the good things Jesus has done for each one of us, and if you were one of those people in the crowd more than 2000 years ago would you make the same choice as they did.  How can you be certain that you would or would not?  On what basics are you making your decision?

Now let us look at how scripture records that event.  We know from our studies that the Jewish leaders clamored for Jesus’ death, while a Gentile woman believed that Jesus was truly innocent.

People of these times placed a great deal of importance on dreams.  God was sending a warning to Pilate through his wife, but he did not heed it.  Pilate’ fear of losing his very prestige job made him not listen to his wife with the warning God had given to her to give to her husband.  Listen to the message she sent to her husband, 19Also, while he was seated on the judgment bench, his wife sent him a message, saying, Have nothing to do with that just and upright Man, for I have had a painful experience today in a dream because of Him.”  (Matthew 27:19 AMP).

Now Pilate is caught up in a situation is regardless to how he truly feels about it and the fact that his wife is pressing upon him not to go through with it, if he wants to keep his job and prevent a riot from taking place, he must complete the task.  All the religious leaders went among the crowd, persuading the people to call for Barabbas to be released.  This is how the Bible describes the situation; 20But the chief priests and the elders prevailed on the people to ask for Barabbas, and put Jesus to death.  21Again the governor said to them, which of the two do you wish me to release for you? And they said, Barabbas!  Matthew 27:20-21)

The people knew that Barabbas was a revolutionary and a murderer, yet they still chose him over the Son of God, one who had done so much for them.  Faced with the same choice today, people are still choosing “Barabbas.”  They would rather have the tangible force of human power than the salvation offered by the Son of God.  Now think on this for a moment and look at your own life.

The crowd has really been wiped into frenzy and Pilate is caught in one big mess, so he says this to the crowd, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?  23They all replied, Let Him be crucified! And he said, Why? What has He done that is evil? But they shouted all the louder, Let Him be crucified!” 

24So when Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but rather that a riot was about to break out, he took water and washed his hands in the presence of the crowd, saying, I am not guilty of nor responsible for this righteous Man’s blood; see to it yourselves. (Matthew 27:22-23 AMP)

This hand washing was performed as a gesture of innocence to show that one had nothing to do with a murder, was a Jewish custom, not a Roman one (Deuteronomy 21:6-9).  In trying to excuse himself and place the responsibility for an innocent man’s death on them, he followed the path already taken by the religious leaders as they dealt with Judas in 27:4, saying, “The responsibility is yours!”  In making no decision, Pilate made the decision to let the crowds crucify Jesus.  Although he washed his hands, the guilt remained.  How do you feel after you physically wash your hands, of a situation that you have been heavily involved in that you know was wrong?

 

PALM SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 67

TODAY WE ARE CELEBRATING PALM SUNDAY AS ONE PEOPLE HONORING OUR LORD AND SAVIOR

We encourage you to begin the worship service this morning by clicking on each video as it delivers a special message for the order of the service for your enjoyment.  Please enter into our virtual church, take a seat and enjoy the service…

It is now prayer time, click on this next video as Pastor Davis lifts us up with his prayer of praise and thanksgiving.

JESUS ENTERS JERUSALEM RIDING UPON A DONKEY

Jesus Riding on a Donkey into Jerusalem (photo by photobucket.com)

As you begin to study this lesson and the many lessons you will study on this subject, be assured that all four gospels were in agreement on this great celebration and spoke clearly about the event.  Here are the chapters and verses you can find what each had to say:  (Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, and John 12:12-19).

Now let us understand that Believers as well as non believers from around the world will begin this Sunday Morning CELEBRATING PALM SUNDAY, and we encourage you, where ever you may be to join us here as well as your local church community and together we will lift up the one who said, “If I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto me.”  It is a day of remembrance of the triumphal entry into Jerusalem by Jesus as he sit upon a DONKEY.  This was the first day of the week that Jesus would be crucified, and the great Passover festival was about to begin.  Jews would come to Jerusalem from all over the Roman world during this week-long celebration to remember the great Exodus from Egypt.

The symbolism of the donkey may refer to the Eastern tradition that it is an animal of peace, versus the horse, which is the animal of war.  Therefore, a king came riding upon a horse when he was bent on war and rode upon a donkey when he wanted to point out he was coming in peace. Therefore, Jesus’ entry to Jerusalem symbolized his entry as the Prince of Peace, not as a war-waging king.

When Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey’s colt, he affirmed his messianic royalty, as well as his humility.  The people recognized that he was fulfilling prophecy.  The colt, never having been ridden, did not have a saddle, so the disciples threw their garments over the colt so that Jesus could sit on it.  The action of placing the cloaks on the donkey and Jesus riding it connotes majesty.  Crowds of people had already gathered on this stretch of road a mile outside of Jerusalem, going to the city for the festival.  “The crowd’s spontaneous celebration honored Jesus as they spread their coats on the road ahead of Jesus and cut

PALM BRANCHES

PALM BRANCHES

branches from the trees.  Some were spread along Jesus path; others were probably waved in the air.  The branches were from palm, olive and fig trees, and they were used to welcome a national liberator and symbolized victory.

Palm branches are a token of rest and peace after sorrow (Revelation 7:9).  The word “Hosanna” means “Save now, we pray you.”  Putting these thoughts together, it would seem as if the people were acknowledging Jesus to be the One sent from God to save them from Roman cruelty and to give them rest and peace after the sorrow of their long years of Gentile oppression.

The disciples did not realize that what was happening was in exact fulfillment of Zechariah’s prophecy, that Jesus was actually entering Jerusalem as the rightful King of Israel.  But after the Lord had gone back to heaven to be glorified at the right hand of the Father, it dawned on the disciples that these events were in fulfillment of the Scriptures.

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!

WE ARE OUR BROTHERS’ KEEPER

We are the stewards of what God placed in our hands.  He gave us his only begotten son as a symbol of love, peace and justice.  In CELEBRATING this PALM SUNDAY, let us remember that we all are our brothers’ keeper, therefore, when we look upon the life and death and resurrection of Jesus, he showed us in so many wonderful ways how we too should live out our lives filled with love, peace and justice and never allow our FAITH to ever wavier on the fact “we are our brothers’ keeper.”  Now let us go out and serve as we have been called to do.  I remain your brother in JESUS CHRIST, 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.

 

SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 39 FAITH WILL KEEP YOU CONNECTED TO THE POWER SOURCE

SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 39 FAITH WILL KEEP YOU CONNECTED TO THE POWER SOURCE

OUR FEATURED CHURCH THIS WEEK IS THE GOWDYESVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH, GOWDYESVILLE, S.C. (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

OUR FEATURED CHURCH THIS WEEK IS THE GOWDYESVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH, GOWDYESVILLE, S.C. (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

GLORY HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH, GLORY, GLORY to GOD, OH what a day in the life of Jesus this really is, just thinking about how awesome He really is, should make you want to jump up and shout to the top of your lungs, HALLELUJAH:  Good Morning CHILDREN OF GOD, if it is Sunday, it is our SUPER BOWL SUNDAY, and that could mean only one thing, and you know what that is.  It is time for all God’s Children to ARISE, SHINE and let the light of God that is living inside of you SHINE so bright that it blind Satan’s evil Spirit that is also trying to awaken and stop you from Praising God this Morning.   For He is truly worthy to be praised, Lift up your HOLY HANDS towards Heaven, and just say, thank you Jesus, thank you Jesus, I love you Jesus, I love you Jesus, I adore you Lord, I love you Lord, Thank you for your AMAZING GRACE that saved a wretch like me.  I once was lost but now I am found, was blind but now I can see.  Thank you Jesus, thank you Jesus, for today I am entering into your sanctuary to lift you up in Prayer, Praise and Worship.  Because it is truly by your amazing grace that I have this opportunity to make a change in my life and make a difference in someone else’s. GLORY, GLORY HALLELUJAH, I feel so good, I just want to shout and praise you.  Thank you for my blessings this day and the blessings of all your CHILDREN, where ever they may be in the world.  For you have awaken us this day, and put your SPIRIT in us and allowed us to be a part of all that you have blessed in this world.

LET US PRAY:

CORNERSTONE FOR OUR FEATURED CHURCH THIS WEEK (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

CORNERSTONE FOR OUR FEATURED CHURCH THIS WEEK (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Most Holy and all wise Father, first of all we begin this day with praise and thanksgiving for your grace and mercy. It is our prayer this morning that you will open hearts to receive the message that has been prepared for all who come seeking your blessings for their life, as well as their families.  Dear Lord, you already know the many trials we face each and every day, we ask that you will forgive us for our sins and help us to better understand where it is we are purposed to journey in this life. Father lift us up fill our hearts with love for one another.  Bless the leaders of this country as well as all those around the world.  Those that are sick, hungry, naked and without shelter, we ask dear Lord that you comfort them in a special way.  We all depend on you for our life, health and strength.  Please except this prayer as a request in order that we may draw closer and closer to you each day of our lives.  This is our prayer, in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

OUR SONG OF PRAISE IS:  OUR GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD!

 

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:  (MATTHEW 14:22-33 MSG) WALKING ON WATER

As soon as the meal was finished, he insisted that the disciples get in the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he dismissed the people. With the crowd dispersed, he climbed the mountain so he could be by himself and pray. He stayed there alone, late into the night.

Meanwhile, the boat was far out to sea when the wind came up against them and they were battered by the waves. At about four o’clock in the morning, Jesus came toward them walking on the water. They were scared out of their wits. “A ghost!” they said, crying out in terror.

 But Jesus was quick to comfort them. “Courage, it’s me. Don’t be afraid.”

Peter, suddenly bold, said, “Master, if it’s really you, call me to come to you on the water.”

He said, “Come ahead.”

Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, “Master, save me!”

Jesus didn’t hesitate. He reached down and grabbed his hand. Then he said, “Faint-heart, what got into you?”

The two of them climbed into the boat, and the wind died down. The disciples in the boat, having watched the whole thing, worshiped Jesus, saying, “This is it! You are God’s Son for sure!”

BIBLE STUDY LESSON FOR TODAY IS TITLE: 

FAITH WILL KEEP YOU CONNECTED TO THE POWER SOURCE:  Now click on this video clip and join in on our Bible Study Session as Pastor Davis teaches this very important lesson on Faith.

LET US PRAY:

Eternal God, our Heavenly Father, we thank you for this powerful lesson, and we thank you for the messenger, we thank you for opening our hearts to receive your Holy Word.  We thank you for all the people you keep sending forth to receive your Word and to experience their individual blessings.  We thank you for all the disciples that you are sending into the fields to bring in the harvest that is now ripe and waiting for the picking.  Allow the Holy Ghost to fill the hearts and minds of all those that are in the greatest need, and those that are sick and afflicted, those that are suffering from pain and broken hearts, be bounded up and all sickness and illness, suffering and grieving will be released from the physical bodies of all your children, in the name of Jesus we pray, Amen!

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We thank all of you who visited with us today, this week and throughout year.  Your support and dedication to the work we do here in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world is truly appreciated.  Without you there would no us.  So let us continue to stand together, work together and pray together.  When we combine what God has blessed us with, we in effect are lifting the Kingdom of God to it’s next level to reach the lost souls that are in the greatest need of salvation.  Now may the saving grace and mercy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be upon each one of you for another Blessed day, Blessed week filled with joy, love, peace, purpose, power and prosperity.

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DRAWING STRENGTH TO SURVIVE IN THE MIDST OF EVIL AND CHAOS

DRAWING STRENGTH TO SURVIVE IN THE MIDST OF EVIL AND CHAOS

THE PURPLE IRIS (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

THE PURPLE IRIS (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

We are living in very dangerous times, our lives and the lives of our children are at risk and it seems that our government and laws are failing to protect us from Evil and Chaos.  The trial of George Zimmerman murdering Treyvon Martin, an unarmed seventeen year old boy and then being set free and given his weapon back to go out and do it all over again sets a bad example for others to do the same to anyone of us are our children.

Now I encourage each of you, hold onto God’s unchanging hands; allow your deep abiding faith in God to become your guiding light.  For we know that in moments like this our minds can become hot and take us into many different directions, and some will cause us to make wrong decisions and possibly commit evil and violent acts.  But when you go deep inside and allow your faith to strengthen you and guide you and become the armor that will protect you, then you know that without a shadow of doubt, “no weapon formed against you shall ever prosper.”

In these very difficult times when it seems that each turn we take, life is throwing us another curve ball and we are running into irremovable walls, know that it is in such times that your faith is being tested and at this moment, your only option is to trust the Lord.  Allow your faith to dwell in His powerful hands, for He said, “He would never leave you or forsake you,” therefore in times such as this we must come into His presents and dwell in His House of Righteousness.

Let us remember, God will always have our backs.  Our friends and love ones may forsake us, but God will never leave us.  Listen to what He tells us, He says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”  (Matthew 11:28-30 ESV)

Therefore, when we find ourselves caught up in the middle of Evil and Chaos as so many of us seems to find ourselves at this very moment in time, stay focus, keep your eye on the prize and allow your faith to calm your mind in the heat of the storm.  God knows the trials and tribulations you are facing and He will fight your battles.  The enemy will do all he can to keep you off balance, confused and fighting among yourselves, but God will always be your guiding light and your faith will strengthen you and carry you through to the end.  The race is not to the swift are the strongest, but to those who have the patience to endure.

Therefore, let us be about the business of “DRAWING STRENGTH TO SURVIVE IN THE MIDST OF EVIL AND CHAOS!”

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REMOVE THE RESTRAINTS FROM YOUR MIND AND BE FILLED WITH KNOWLEDGE WISDOM AND POWER

REMOVE THE RESTRAINTS FROM YOUR MIND AND BE FILLED WITH KNOWLEDGE WISDOM AND POWER

PULPIT IN THE SKY (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

PULPIT IN THE SKY (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

LISTEN AND LEARN HOW FROM THE TEACHER PREACHER AND HEALER

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES 

Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.  (Mark 11:23-24 ESV)

Follow, Ask, Seek, and Go, what more do we need? Listen and Learn from the Teacher, Preacher and Healer; Jesus, who took his assignment, his mission seriously. Concerned about the plight of all people he diligently sought to deliver the Message the way God intended. His intended purpose, to help us understand who we are and to whom we belong. He came to erase the guilt and stain of sin from our lives in order that we might be able to spend eternity in the presence of the Most Holy of Holiness, eternally.

The works of the Lord are great, studied by all who have pleasure in them. His work is honorable and glorious and His righteousness endures forever (Psalm 111:4-3).  Jesus encourages us to, “Come, all who labor and are heavy laden, I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, you’ll find rest for your soul (Matthew 11:28). He encourages us to seek him out and in doing so we will find in him peace and joy unlike anything we’ll ever experience.

Jesus the Teacher: As he began his earthly ministry it centered on people from every walk of life. Getting them to slow down and listen to his message was a task he carried out diligently no matter attempts to side-track him. Even in choosing his closest followers (his disciples) he was not concerned about whom they were, yet he knew that in them there were possibilities to help perfect God’s plan for the human race.

Jesus preached God’s Kingdom and taught people the truth about God, the process for renewal of spirit, grace and mercy. His word encourages hearts when it seems as if there is no one to turn too, no hope. He therefore wants each of us to diligently seek him, for he says, “Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened (Matthew 7:7). In his sermons he was always striving to relate his teaching in simplicity, it is therefore much easier to understand and apply his word to our lives when we set aside time to fellowship with him, because he is a Teacher, Preacher and Healer of great importance.

Jesus the healer always compassionate, caring and concerned about the wellbeing of others; He healed people of their diseases and the bad effects of their lives, their ailments, mental, emotional and/or physical conditions. What he did was out in the open and when others saw how he ministered to those in need, they believed and made the decision to become followers, by embracing his teachings.

Jesus the Preacher, Teacher and Healer provides all we need in this life, so why do we worry about the material aspect of our lives. He lets us know that he is always present and watching over each of us as we journey through life; Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow , for tomorrow will worry about its own things (Matthew 6:34). We have an advocate to make our request known, one who does not judge or criticize. He patiently waits and expects us to call him in times of distress as well as peace; he is the Preacher, Teacher and Healer of our weary hearts.

Let today be a day you embrace life and look to the hills from where “all” your help comes; allow your heart to be filled with praise and thanksgiving, prepare yourself for the battle, it all belongs to God.  “REMOVE THE RESTRAINTS FROM YOUR MIND AND BE FILLED WITH KNOWLEDGE WISDOM AND POWER!”

Thank you for visiting and studying with us.  We love you and appreciate you, for we all have been called by Jesus to GO and make disciples.  Therefore, our mission is to help make that possible.  The work you do in your own ministries provides avenues for those who are seeking the truth, and when we join together, we provide powerful forces to help spread the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world.  May His grace and mercy be with you now and into all eternity, in Jesus name, Amen!

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SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 26

SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 26

THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Good Morning to all our friends, we thank God for each of you taking the time to join us here each Sunday morning for our Prayer, Praise and Worship Service.  Today, our services will be ministered by two awesome women of the Gospel.  Dr. Naomi Dorsey, first lady of my home church in Mt. Airy, Ga. The Ebenezer Baptist Church will lead our prayer service, and our very own Shirley Rhodes will present the written word.  Our praise video is truly an awesome one which was given to me by one of our readers, Sister Francine Gassette. The title of this praise video is: Solid Rock, by Brother Ron Kenoly.

LET US PRAY:  Our prayer for this morning is minister to you by our First Lady of the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Sister Naomi Dorsey.  Click and be blessed

OUR SCRIPTURE FOR THIS DAY IS FROM ISAIAH 61:1-2

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn.

It is now time to read the word of God, we encourage you to pay close attention to what God as put on this Minister’s heart.  She begins by telling you this, “GOD BUILT HIS KINGDOM ON A SOLID AND TRUE FOUNDATION!”

WRITTEN AND TAUGHT BY SISTER SHIRLEY 

SHIRLEY RHODES

SHIRLEY RHODES

Today we begin our lesson with some of Life’s questions/curiosity. Where did we come from? Where are we going?  What about what we think and what we do?  How do we strive to get alone with one another?  How do we adjust to the troubles we sometimes find ourselves in? Yet blessings keep arriving upon our door steps day after day!

GOD built His Kingdom on a solid and true foundation, and He spoke these words of truth, he said, “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it!” (Matthew 16:18 ESV)

Now let us understand this, we are our thoughts, and they make a clear and convincing statement about our character, how we feel, our way of speaking, actions and the choices we make, and how we center our prayer life. Since the foundation is already given and firmly established, how we add to the process is a matter of choice that we all will make.

Consider the words of Jesus in this matter in Matthew 7:24-27 {Luke 6:47-49} {Acts 14:22} God’s firm foundation is as firm as ever, these sentences engraved on the stones: GOD KNOWS WHO BELONGS TO HIM. SPURN EVIL, ALL YOU WHO NAME GOD AS GOD. {2 Timothy 2:19}

The bible is about truth, teaching us how to have a right relationship with God.  To do so, the bible says this, “know the truth, and the truth will set you FREE.” (John 8:32).  Then the bible takes us one step further and commands us to do this, “it says, study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy: 2:15)

What we must realize is that God works with us where we are and just as he finds us, whether good or bad. No matter how desperately we may (at times) desire to fade into non-existence we can’t stop (give up) so what we must do is make the decision to take our place in this journey and run the race set before us, always with clear thinking and focus on the prize.

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Repeat these basic essentials over and over to God’s people. Warn them before God against nitpicking, which chips away at the faith, it just wears every-one out. Concentrate on doing your best for God, work you won’t be ashamed of, laying out the truth plain and simple. Stay clear of pious talk, talk that is only talk. Words are not mere words, you know. If they’re not backed by a godly life, they accumulate as poison in the soul.

Run away from infantile indulgence; run after mature righteousness—faith, love, peace—join those who are in honest and serious prayer before God. Refuse to get involved in insane discussions; they always end up in fights, God’s servants must not be argumentative, but a gentle listener and a teacher who keeps cool, working firmly but patiently with those who refuse to obey. 2 Timothy 2:14-18, 22-26

Now we encourage you to stand your ground and speak truth to power, as the bible teaches us, when it says these final words of this lesson today.  It says, “Therefore take up the WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”  (Ephesians 6:13-18 ESV) Know without a doubt that, “GOD BUILT HIS KINGDOM ON A SOLID AND TRUE FOUNDATION!”

We encourage you to always stand on the word of God.  Let it grow inside of you, as it molds and shapes you, preparing you to do the work of God daily.  Click on the next video for some awesome praise.

LET US PRAY:  Father we thank you for the message this morning, we thank you for the messenger and we thank you for all those that you pricked their hearts to join in the Service to lift you up in high praise this morning.  We leave this service thanking you for what you are going to do in the lives of all your children this week, showing each one of them how to live in peace, power, purpose and prosperity.  It is with great joy that this service has been ministered in the name of Jesus, Amen!

Now we invite each on you to stroll on over to our home page and our video ministry for some additional teaching of the word of God.  Remember, you are a disciple of Jesus, and a disciple is a learner, a life long learner.  We teach the truth of God’s word in order that you may have a place to come daily and learn and share what God is providing daily.  Just click on these two links and receive your “BLESSINGS!”

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BE ENCOURAGED DRAW FROM THE WELL OF RIGHTEOUS

BE ENCOURAGED DRAW FROM THE WELL OF RIGHTEOUS

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

Come and partake of something greater than self, take a moment, Draw from the Well of Righteous.

REFLECTIONS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

REFLECTIONS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Knowing what is right is like deep water in the heart; a wise person draws from the well within (Proverbs: 20:5). Even if we should find ourselves wandering away from the path we’re on, God never release us because we belong to him. It is when we tend to live life on our term that we encounter many obstacles; when we strive to gain comfort and safety apart from God, we find ourselves getting further and further away from the source, the very nature of who we truly are.

Jesus offers us the plan of salvation and invites us to come and Draw from the Well of Righteous. He says, “Come to me, all you who are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, you will find rest for your souls. My yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). So, when we find that life throws difficult moments into our space, reflect on these words, “Come to the throne of grace where all needs are met.”

Take a moment to reflect on the biblical presentation of the lady at the well. Many analogies have been discussed as to why she was at the well at a specific time and her lifestyle. Maybe this woman never took time to learn about Jesus or had even heard of him simply because she chose to live life on her own terms. She must have been a lady with an open mind because she listened to Jesus reveal details of her life, the time and moment was right for her to draw from the Well of Righteous, she was in the right place at the right time. She could have been someone who needed to hear a kind word, those very words Jesus spoke to her, opened her understanding to the one who was always there.

Another example is Rehab, described as a “harlot” who was frequented by strangers and probably judged by society. God placed her in a position that would leave a lasting impression in history of scripture. Apparently Rehab had heard of the awesome power of God and pondered it deep in her heart. She offered refuge to God’s chosen, so she too must have been a person with an open mind. By her actions of kindness to Joshua and his companions she was able to secure peace and safety for her entire family and relatives simply because she moved in obedience, she was able to draw from the well of righteous.

Today we journey through life not knowing who or what we may encounter along the way. One thing is sure,  if we approach life with an open mind and be obedient, we too will reap the benefits of being able to draw from the well of righteous, freely given to those who decide to seek.

As you begin this week’s journey traveling the road with many curves and detours, with Satan snapping at your heels as he lays obstacles in your pathway, “BE ENCOURAGED,” by the voice of Jesus, when He says’ that He will never leave you nor forsake you; understand the teaching Jesus is teaching as you walk daily with Him, “DRAW YOUR STRENGTH FROM THE WELL OF RIGHTEOUS!”

LEARN TO FOLLOW GOD’S PLAN

LEARN TO FOLLOW GOD’S PLAN

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

THE SYMBOL OF GOD'S AMAZING GRACE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE SYMBOL OF GOD’S AMAZING GRACE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

It’s God’s Plan for all to know and understand why he chose to sacrifice his Son.

When God breathe the breath of life into humans we were all given a great gift that was God’s plan. As we grow and mature we develop qualities of strength and endurance. God’s plan often brings us to a point where we realize we are solely dependent on him; that moment of dependence places us in a position to open our entire soul so God can come in and minister to us portions of his love in such a way our lives gradually find order.

We are all familiar with scripture and how Jesus methodically designed and presented his teachings on life and the way to salvation. It’s God’s Plan that we are able to grasp the true meaning of our lives; therefore, his Son was his gift for that very reason.

Take a moment and study Matthew chapter 13:

As Jesus shared thoughts and teachings he knew that his closest followers had been given insight into God’s kingdom. Jesus knew that not everybody has the gift of insight; the kind of insight with a ready heart so that understanding can flow freely. If there is no desire to receive his teachings people soon lose interest;   his teachings in parables were to create readiness, to nudge the people toward receptive insight. In this worldly state without open thoughts and hearts we can go to church, listen to others teach and still not understand the meaning behind the message Jesus taught.

When anyone hears the news of the kingdom and don’t take it in, it just remains on the surface which give the Evil One opportunity to come along and pluck it  out of that person’s heart.  There are those who receive the word and respond with enthusiasm, as soon as the emotion wears off, difficulty arrives, they falter. Some hear kingdom news but allow worry and illusions about getting more and wanting everything under sun to strangle what was heard and nothing comes of it. But those who hear and take in the News, become productive as kingdom builders. It’s God’s Plan we must follow and his Son has shown the way.

 

BE ENCOURAGED IN THE EYE OF THE STORM

BE ENCOURAGED IN THE EYE OF THE STORM

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

THE STORM IS RAGING (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

THE STORM IS RAGING (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

Be encouraged in the eye of the storm because it is in such times as these that we learn to depend on our Creator who supplies all of our needs; strength, endurance, patience and the ability to remain focused on what lies ahead. Know this: GOD is God, and God, GOD; he made us, we didn’t make him, we are his people (Psalm 100:3 MGS); he loves us and has promised to never leave us without hope.

If you’ve never had an experience in life that changed you forever you may not comprehend the true meaning of “Be Encouraged in the Eye of the Strom.” On the other-hand if you have experienced events that changed your life as you knew it you understand the meaning of these words because you have survived, yet you know your life will never be the same.

Recent events of evil that have penetrated many lives have left some with scars and little hope. We offer words of encouragement to those who are feeling lost and confused, never lose hope, stay faithful and God will see you through, be encouraged in the eye of the storm.

Scripture reminds us of how Jesus is always in the midst of our troubles. Remember when Jesus and his disciples were in the boat and the next thing they knew, they were in a severe storm; waves crashing into the boat, tossed about and afraid while Jesus slept. When they realized Jesus was asleep they became even more frightened, that moment their faith was being tested. Immediately Jesus spoke, he told to wind to be silent, the sea to quiet down; complete Silence and the sea became as smooth as glass (Matthew 8:23-26). Be encouraged in the eye of the storm.

THE PURPLE AND WHITE IRIS OF LOVE AND ENCOURAGEMENT (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

THE PURPLE AND WHITE IRIS OF LOVE AND ENCOURAGEMENT (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

Even through the many storms of life, God has not changed his mind, his love is everlasting, trust him with all your heart—be encouraged in the eye of the storm because this too shall pass and will someday become a distant memory. Through the experience you will gain strength to endure and move forward with purpose into your destiny. Know that you are truly blessed when tears flow freely because joy comes in the morning. Be encouraged; be encouraged in the eye of the storm that’s passing over, may your hearts find peace and happiness.

 

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).

A BETRAYER AT THE DINNER TABLE

A BETRAYER AT THE DINNER TABLE (MARK 14:17-20 AMP)

Sitting down at the dinner table with family and friends and eating a well prepared meal as you

A BETRAYER AT THE DINNER TABLE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

discuss the family problems and current events is suppose to be a very enjoyable moment.  But what happens when one of your family members has been plotting behind your back to kill the head of your family?  In the case of Jesus and His twelve disciples this is exactly what happen.

On that evening (Wednesday or Thursday), Jesus arrived in Jerusalem with the twelve disciples.  The meal was not to be eaten until after sunset and was supposed to be finished by midnight.

However, as Jesus and His Disciples were eating, Jesus spoke the stunning words, that quickly got the attention of everyone sitting around the dinner table that evening.  Jesus said, “One of you will betray me.”  The betrayer was one of his own chosen twelve disciples, a member of his own family, one with whom the meal was being shared.  Jesus words caused quite a stir among the disciples.  They had heard Jesus tell them three different times that he would soon die, but that one of them would actually betray Jesus saddened them greatly.

Although the other disciples were confused by Jesus words, Judas knew what he meant.  Apparently, Judas was not the obvious betrayer.  After all, he was the one the disciples trusted to keep the money.  Therefore, the disciples asked Jesus who the betrayer was; “I’m not the one, am I?” each one asked in turn.  Matthew records that even Judas asked the same question (Matthew 26:25).  Jesus knew that Judas was going to betray him, and he also knew that Judas would not repent.

In our studies we find that Luke wrote this about Satan, he said Satan entered into Judas Iscariot before he went to the religious leaders.  However, Satan’s part in the betrayal of Jesus does not remove any of the responsibility from Judas.  In God’s sovereign will and according  to his timetable, he uses sinful men.  But that doesn’t excuse their sin.  All people will be held accountable for their choices and actions.  Whatever Judas thought, Satan assumed that Jesus death would end Jesus mission and thwart God’s plan.  Like Judas, Satan did not know that Jesus death and resurrection were the most important parts of God’s plan all along.

All I can say in conclusion, is that this had to be one hellish feeling in the gut of each family member sitting around the dinner table that night knowing that one of them would betray the head of their family in such an evil way.

HOLY WEEK PHOTO CHALLENGE THE CRUCIFIXION OF CHRIST

HOLY WEEK PHOTO CHALLENGE THE CRUCIFIXION OF JESUS CHRIST

THE BRIDGE TO THE CRUCIFIXION (SKULL HILL) 

The photos and video of this week’s photo challenge of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ were all taken by me in two different locations. This first photo was taken near Roanoke, Va. The next two were taken near Amarillo, Texas. In the video, all the photos were either taken near Roanoke, Va. are Amarillo, Texas.  I hope that you enjoy them and please visit my youtube channel and watch all my videos. Just click on this link and it will take you directly there:  http://www.youtube.com/user/davistheteacher?feature=mhee

THE PLACE OF A SKULL (GOLGOTHA) (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE PLACE OF A SKULL (GOLGOTHA) (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

In Mark 15:22 it says, and they brought Him to the place Golgotha, which is translated, Place of a Skull.  Some scholars say Golgotha (translated Skull Hill) derived its name from its appearance, a hill with a stony top that might have been shaped like a skull. Golgotha is the Hebrew word for “skull.”  The familiar name “Calvary” is derived from the Latin calvaria (also meaning “skull”) Golgotha may have been a regular place of execution in a prominent public place outside the city along a main road.  Executions held there served as examples to the people and as a deterrent to criminals.

PICTURE OF PILATE AND JESUS HAND WASHING

Jesus faces Pilate (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Jesus faces Pilate (Photo by Pastor Davis)

This hand washing was performed as a gesture of innocence to show that one had nothing to do with a murder, it was a Jewish custom, not a Roman one (Deuteronomy 21:6-9).  In trying to excuse himself and place the responsibility for an innocent man’s death on them, he followed the path already taken by the religious leaders as they dealt with Judas in 27:4, saying, “The responsibility is yours!”  In making no decision, Pilate made the decision to let the crowds crucify Jesus.  Although he washed his hands, the guilt remained.  How do you feel after you physically wash your hands, of a situation that you have been heavily involved in that you know was wrong?

THE JUDGEMENT SEAT CENTER OF PILATE’S POWER

THE JUDGEMENT SEAT CENTER OF PILATE’S POWER (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE JUDGEMENT SEAT CENTER OF PILATE’S POWER (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Jesus had been brought before Pilate to face false accusations charges against him.  Pilate was governor in a region called Judea, it was a dusty outpost of the Roman Empire.  Pilate main duty was to maintain the peace, and now he was faced with the possibility of a riot on his hand because the people were demanding the head of Jesus.  Although Pilate saw no guilt in him, the people were threatening to report him to Caesar.  Pilate knew that such a report accompanied by a riot, could cost him his position and hopes for advancement.  This meant that Pilate had to answer what could be the most important question of his life.  The question was this, “would he set free this innocent man at the risk of a major uproar in his region, or would he give in to their demands and condemn a man who, he was quite sure was innocent?

Click on the Video below to view all the photos of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

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PALM SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 12

TODAY WE ARE CELEBRATING PALM SUNDAY AS ONE PEOPLE HONORING OUR LORD AND SAVIOR

We encourage you to begin the worship service this morning by clicking on each video as it delivers a special message for the order of the service for your enjoyment.  Please enter into our virtual church, take a seat and enjoy the service…

It is now prayer time, click on this next video as Pastor Davis lifts us up with his prayer of praise and thanksgiving.

JESUS ENTERS JERUSALEM RIDING UPON A DONKEY

Jesus Riding on a Donkey into Jerusalem (photo by photobucket.com)

As you begin to study this lesson and the many lessons you will study on this subject, be assured that all four gospels were in agreement on this great celebration and spoke clearly about the event.  Here are the chapters and verses you can find what each had to say:  (Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, and John 12:12-19).

Now let us understand that Believers as well as non believers from around the world will begin this Sunday Morning CELEBRATING PALM SUNDAY, and we encourage you, where ever you may be to join us here as well as your local church community and together we will lift up the one who said, “If I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto me.”  It is a day of remembrance of the triumphal entry into Jerusalem by Jesus as he sit upon a DONKEY.  This was the first day of the week that Jesus would be crucified, and the great Passover festival was about to begin.  Jews would come to Jerusalem from all over the Roman world during this week-long celebration to remember the great Exodus from Egypt.

The symbolism of the donkey may refer to the Eastern tradition that it is an animal of peace, versus the horse, which is the animal of war.  Therefore, a king came riding upon a horse when he was bent on war and rode upon a donkey when he wanted to point out he was coming in peace. Therefore, Jesus’ entry to Jerusalem symbolized his entry as the Prince of Peace, not as a war-waging king.

When Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey’s colt, he affirmed his messianic royalty, as well as his humility.  The people recognized that he was fulfilling prophecy.  The colt, never having been ridden, did not have a saddle, so the disciples threw their garments over the colt so that Jesus could sit on it.  The action of placing the cloaks on the donkey and Jesus riding it connotes majesty.  Crowds of people had already gathered on this stretch of road a mile outside of Jerusalem, going to the city for the festival.  “The crowd’s spontaneous celebration honored Jesus as they spread their coats on the road ahead of Jesus and cut

PALM BRANCHES

PALM BRANCHES

branches from the trees.  Some were spread along Jesus path; others were probably waved in the air.  The branches were from palm, olive and fig trees, and they were used to welcome a national liberator and symbolized victory.

Palm branches are a token of rest and peace after sorrow (Revelation 7:9).  The word “Hosanna” means “Save now, we pray you.”  Putting these thoughts together, it would seem as if the people were acknowledging Jesus to be the One sent from God to save them from Roman cruelty and to give them rest and peace after the sorrow of their long years of Gentile oppression.

The disciples did not realize that what was happening was in exact fulfillment of Zechariah’s prophecy, that Jesus was actually entering Jerusalem as the rightful King of Israel.  But after the Lord had gone back to heaven to be glorified at the right hand of the Father, it dawned on the disciples that these events were in fulfillment of the Scriptures.

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!

WE ARE OUR BROTHERS’ KEEPER

We are the stewards of what God placed in our hands.  He gave us his only begotten son as a symbol of love, peace and justice.  In CELEBRATING this PALM SUNDAY, let us remember that we all are our brothers’ keeper, therefore, when we look upon the life and death and resurrection of Jesus, he showed us in so many wonderful ways how we too should live out our lives filled with love, peace and justice and never allow our FAITH to ever wavier on the fact “we are our brothers’ keeper.”  Now let us go out and serve as we have been called to do.  I remain your brother in JESUS CHRIST, PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER!

SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 11

SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 11

Good Morning to all our friends, we thank God for each of you taking the time to join us here each Sunday morning for our Prayer, Praise and Worship Service.  Today, our services will be ministered by two awesome women of the Gospel.  Dr. Naomi Dorsey, first lady of my home church in Mt. Airy, Ga. The Ebenezer Baptist Church will lead our prayer service, and our very own Shirley Rhodes will present the written word.  Our praise video is truly an awesome one which was given to me by one of our readers, Sister Francine Gassette. The title of this praise video is: Solid Rock, by Brother Ron Kenoly.

So enjoy the Service this morning and let us know what you think.  To God be the Glory!

GOD BUILT HIS KINGDOM ON A SOLID AND TRUE FOUNDATION

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

SHIRLEY RHODES

SHIRLEY RHODES

Today we begin our lesson with some of Life’s questions/curiosity. Where did we come from? Where are we going?  What about what we think and what we do?  How do we strive to get alone with one another?  How do we adjust to the troubles we sometimes find ourselves in? Yet blessings keep arriving upon our door steps day after day!

GOD built His Kingdom on a solid and true foundation, and He spoke these words of truth, he said, “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it!” (Matthew 16:18 ESV)

Now let us understand this, we are our thoughts, and they make a clear and convincing statement about our character, how we feel, our way of speaking, actions and the choices we make, and how we center our prayer life. Since the foundation is already given and firmly established, how we add to the process is a matter of choice that we all will make.

Consider the words of Jesus in this matter in Matthew 7:24-27 {Luke 6:47-49} {Acts 14:22} God’s firm foundation is as firm as ever, these sentences engraved on the stones: GOD KNOWS WHO BELONGS TO HIM. SPURN EVIL, ALL YOU WHO NAME GOD AS GOD. {2 Timothy 2:19}

The bible is about truth, teaching us how to have a right relationship with God.  To do so, the bible says this, “know the truth, and the truth will set you FREE.” (John 8:32).  Then the bible takes us one step further and commands us to do this, “it says, study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy: 2:15)

What we must realize is that God works with us where we are and just as he finds us, whether good or bad. No matter how desperately we may (at times) desire to fade into non-existence we can’t stop (give up) so what we must do is make the decision to take our place in this journey and run the race set before us, always with clear thinking and focus on the prize.

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Repeat these basic essentials over and over to God’s people. Warn them before God against nitpicking, which chips away at the faith, it just wears every-one out. Concentrate on doing your best for God, work you won’t be ashamed of, laying out the truth plain and simple. Stay clear of pious talk, talk that is only talk. Words are not mere words, you know. If they’re not backed by a godly life, they accumulate as poison in the soul.

Run away from infantile indulgence; run after mature righteousness—faith, love, peace—join those who are in honest and serious prayer before God. Refuse to get involved in insane discussions; they always end up in fights, God’s servants must not be argumentative, but a gentle listener and a teacher who keeps cool, working firmly but patiently with those who refuse to obey. 2 Timothy 2:14-18, 22-26

Now we encourage you to stand your ground and speak truth to power, as the bible teaches us, when it says these final words of this lesson today.  It says, “Therefore take up the WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”  (Ephesians 6:13-18 ESV) Know without a doubt that, “GOD BUILT HIS KINGDOM ON A SOLID AND TRUE FOUNDATION!”

We encourage you to always stand on the word of God.  Let it grow inside of you, as it molds and shapes you, preparing you to do the work of God daily.  Click on the next video for some awesome praise.

KNOWING THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN THE REDEEMER AND PREDATOR

KNOWING THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN THE REDEEMER AND PREDATOR

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

SHIRLEY RHODES

SHIRLEY RHODES

 

Knowing the distinction is how we develop into strong believers of faith in Jesus Christ and his teachings. The predator seeks out his target, devise a plan and then set about to conquer and devour. The Redeemer plucks you from the unsettled state and offers life filled with grace, mercy, joy and hope, and provides all that’s necessary through the Holy Spirit that keeps you safe and grounded. The Predator seeks to kill steal and destroy your hope, to derail you from the purpose God created you with and or for.

It is not a desire to break from the teachings, it’s being able to recognize when we find ourselves in a place that robs us of our hopes and dreams that we seek forgiveness through the Redeemer.

Perfection is a goal we all would like to reach, but as long as these bodies of clay exist we will find ourselves in the presence of the predator. When we allow the Holy Spirit to guide us we know that it is through Christ that redemptive power lives and gives us hope.

God is a living Spirit (a living personal presence) which gives us freedom from those things that holds us in bondage. The scripture reminds us, “let nothing separate us from God’s Love,” when we enter his presence it is to be done so in holy reverence, he beckons us to come.  Those who do not understand the true meaning of God are those looking or going the wrong way while refusing to give thought to what God and his message is all about.  It seems that all they have eyes for is the fashionable god of darkness (the Predator); thinking he can give them what they want, so they rather not bother believing a truth they cannot see.

Jesus has given us the brightness of his message: if we follow the pattern we know it is determined that we must guard our hearts because the Predator never sleeps. Jesus said, “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will  deceive many (Matthew 24:4, NIV), he went on to say, the one who stands firm to the end will be saved (13).”

Knowing the distinction between Predator and Redeemer sets God’s chosen apart, for they are chosen by God for the high calling of priestly work, to be a holy people. These are God’s chosen instruments to do his work, to get the message out to others; he takes nothing and makes something, he takes the rejected and makes them accepted (1Peter 2:8-10, MSG).

Let us not think for one moment that we are not within eye-sight of the Predator; after all, he’s been around since creation and to this day as in the days of Job. As scripture revels, One day when the angels came to report to God, Satan, the Designated Accuser, came along with them, God singled out Satan and said,” What have you been up to?” Satan answered God, “Going here and there, checking things out on earth.”(Job 1:6-7, MGS) This very moment in time he is still “checking things out on earth” the predator.

What a God we serve! Our Redeemer lives, Christ suffered because of other’s sins, Righteous for unrighteous; he went through death–then was made alive–to bring us to God. Through his sacrifice we are given a chance to choose and make decisions in order to become a part of who he really is, the choice is ours.

 

A FAMILY DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF IS DESTINED TO FAILURE

A FAMILY DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF IS DESTINED TO FAILURE

THE BYARS FAMILY CREATED BY GOD  (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE BYARS FAMILY CREATED BY GOD (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

We have entered a brand new year, the old, we have left behind.  All things new lie ahead, and therefore present us with our greatest challenges of all time.  The question then becomes, “how do we solve our family problems in this new year that divided our family in the old year?”  This is a very important question that must be placed at the head of our list of problems to be resolved in 2013, but resolve them we must, because, “A FAMILY DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF IS DESTINED TO FAILURE!”

Satan is our greatest enemy, and he is continuing his work of divide and conquers.  He knows that families, a church are a business that is divided against its self eventually destroys itself from within.  Therefore, every opportunity he gets, he pushes our hot buttons to make us war against each other.

The time has come for us to learn to lean and depend on the one who has already defeated Satan, to show

LADY WISDOM TRUTH-BE ENCOURAGED (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

LADY WISDOM TRUTH-BE ENCOURAGED (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

us the way of bringing cohesiveness into our families that will triumph over the evilspirits that have divided us in the past.  We are victories, because God has given us the victory to lead our families to victory in 2013.  No weapon formed against us shall prosper.  That means no matter what Satan attempts to do with his limited powers by pitting one member of the family against another member, if we are leaning, depending and trusting in God, Satan is doomed and we can return our families to greatness by knowing the truth.  The bible teaches us in John 8:32 this simple message, “Know the truth and the truth will set you FREE.”

Leaders within the families must stand strong, processing a strong moral character and not comprise their moral integrity for the evil that Satan will present to them.  The Pharisees were a perfect example of presenting division within the family, and Jesus was the perfect example of a leader who presented a strong moral character and showed us the standards by which we must stand on to be a great leader for our familiesJesus said to them, “Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked. But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to GodWealth is treacherous, and the arrogant are never at rest. They open their mouths as wide as the grave, and like death, they are never satisfied. In their greed they have gathered up many nations and swallowed many peoples.  (Habakkuk 2:4-5 NLT)

BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED LEADERS IN THE FAMILY

BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED LEADERS IN THE FAMILY

As a leader in our families, our job is to be a servant leader.  Follow the example of Jesus and become a humble servant and serve all humanityFamily members will present you with some of the greatest challenges you will ever encounter.  But you must know how to overcome the feuding by following the example of JesusJesus knew Satan’s strategies and just how he would apply them to bring about division within the familyJesus said to them,Any kingdom divided by civil war is doomed. A town or family splintered by feuding will fall apart. And if Satan is casting out Satan, he is divided and fighting against himself. His own kingdom will not survive. (Matthew 12:25-26 NLT)

Your strong moral character must be the example in which the family in 2013 will rally around and find their moral compass to move towards the purpose and destination that God has already laid out for them.  Remember, just as a good tree bears good fruit and a diseased tree bears inedible fruit, so the fruits of a person’s life will show the quality of his or her characterFruit is a comprehensive word, referring to teaching, character, and action.  Our character is revealed by our conduct.

We have ministered this word to you today from a position of PEACE, PURPOSE, POWER and PROSPERITY.  We encourage you to think globally as you work locally to bring about a change within the family in 2013.  Making it stronger, more cohesive and less divisively.  Empowering it with love, growing it with a purpose, as God blesses you, moles you and shapes you into a powerful, yet humble servant that is capable of moving the family into the realm of possibilities and bringing about the prosperity that is desired for the family in 2013.  I remain your brother in CHRIST JESUS, PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER!

Remember, “A FAMILY DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF IS DESTINED TO FAILURE”  Therefore, the time to bring about a change in family unity is now.

 

BE ENCOURAGED FAITH CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS

BE ENCOURAGED FAITH CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS

Pastor Davis reflects on the awesome powers of God using a tiny seed to move a mountain of dirt to grow tall and beautiful trees

Pastor Davis reflects on the awesome powers of God using a tiny seed to move a mountain of dirt to grow tall and beautiful trees

TURNING AN IMPOSSIBLE SITUATION INTO THE POSSIBLE

In our lesson today Jesus wants us to know that there is nothing impossible to us if we can only believe that with our faith in God we can do all things.  He demonstrated this to his disciples when they were faced with trying to heal the son of a man who had brought his son to the disciples because the boy was a lunatic and sore vexed.  The disciples did their very best but their best was not good enough.  So they asked Jesus why good they not heal the boy and Jesus replied to them and said, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”  Matthew 17:20 NIV

Now click on the video clip below and be encouraged with the power of God’s word to help you in moving the mountains in your life.

Now let me encouraged you to click on this next video clip and be entertained by The Ebenezer Baptist Church Senior Choir.

The song that you have just listen to, describes these next two pictures perfectly.

The Beauty and Power of God's Rivers Mountains and Trees (Photo by Pastor Davis)

The Beauty of God's Mountains and Trees (Photo by Pastor Davis)

The Beauty of God’s Mountains and Trees (Photo by Pastor Davis)

We pray that you have received a blessing from the teaching of God’s Holy Word here today.  We encourage you to bless others by sharing this message in your social networking by clicking on one of the links before.  Thank you for visiting, reading and studying with us.

GOD BUILT HIS KINGDOM ON A SOLID AND TRUE FOUNDATION

GOD BUILT HIS KINGDOM ON A SOLID AND TRUE FOUNDATION

Solid Foundation (Photo by Pastor Davis)

by Shirley Rhodes

Today we begin our lesson with some of Life’s questions/curiosity

Where did we come from? Where are we going?

What about what we think and what we do?

How do we strive to get alone with one another?

How do we adjust to the troubles we sometimes find ourselves in?

Yet blessings keep arriving upon our door steps day after day!

God built His Kingdom on a solid and true foundation, and He spoke these words of truth, he said, “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it!” (Matthew 16:18 ESV)

Now let us understand this, we are our thoughts, and they make a clear and convincing statement about our character, how we feel, our way of speaking, actions and the choices we make, and how we center our prayer life. Since the foundation is already given and firmly established, how we add to the process is a matter of choice that we all will make.

Consider the words of Jesus in this matter in Matthew 7:24-27 {Luke 6:47-49} {Acts 14:22} God’s firm foundation is as firm as ever, these sentences engraved on the stones: GOD KNOWS WHO BELONGS TO HIM. SPURN EVIL, ALL YOU WHO NAME GOD AS GOD. {2 Timothy 2:19}

The bible is about truth, teaching us how to have a right relationship with God.  To do so, the bible says this, “know the truth, and the truth will set you FREE.” (John 8:32).  Then the bible takes us one step further and commands us to do this, “it says, study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy: 2:15)

What we must realize is that God works with us where we are and just as he finds us, whether good or bad. No matter how desperately we may (at times) desire to fade into non-existence we can’t stop (give up) so what we must do is make the decision to take our place in this journey and run the race set before us, always with clear thinking and focus on the prize.

Part 2:

Repeat these basic essentials over and over to God’s people. Warn them before God against nitpicking, which chips away at the faith, it just wears every-one out. Concentrate on doing your best for God, work you won’t be ashamed of, laying out the truth plain and simple. Stay clear of pious talk, talk that is only talk. Words are not mere words, you know. If they’re not backed by a godly life, they accumulate as poison in the soul.

Run away from infantile indulgence; run after mature righteousness—faith, love, peace—join those who are in honest and serious prayer before God. Refuse to get involved in insane discussions; they always end up in fights, God’s servants must not be argumentative, but a gentle listener and a teacher who keeps cool, working firmly but patiently with those who refuse to obey. 2 Timothy 2:14-18, 22-26

Now we encourage you to stand your ground and speak truth to power, as the bible teaches us, when it says these final words of this lesson today.  It says, “Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”  (Ephesians 6:13-18 ESV) Know without a doubt that,  “GOD BUILT HIS KINGDOM ON A SOLID AND TRUE FOUNDATION!”

 

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