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Saturday Morning Devotional Prayer and Praise Service (Servants called to Serve)

WE ARE SERVANTS CALLED TO SERVE

CHILDREN FROM THE EMMANUEL CHURCH OF INDIA LIFTING UP HOLY HANDS IN PRAISE AND WORSHIP FOR OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST

CHILDREN FROM THE EMMANUEL CHURCH OF INDIA LIFTING UP HOLY HANDS IN PRAISE AND WORSHIP FOR OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST

My Brothers and Sisters let us prepare our hearts and minds for our Weekend prayer praise and worship service. For it is truly a moment and time that we can serve God, worship him in his high place, and serve each other. We are servants call to serve mankind. Expressing our love for each other is a form off service. For the Lord our God has granted us the freedom and opportunity to go to our jobs, our businesses, our schools and serve mankind. Now he is calling us as servants to come forth lift up our holy hands and serve him.

Now listen to what Paul tells us to do, He says, “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love, serve one another.” (Galatians 5:13 ESV) Let us take heed to Paul’s message, be obedient servants, serve God and each other, do not allow the devil to steal our joy, our freedom, and our ability to come before the throne of grace and praise God.

Being given our freedom to serve does not mean that we have freedom to sin. Let us keep our eye on the prize, which is Jesus Christ. Let this Freedom encourage us to have a heart for service. As a Christian we know that our freedom is in Christ Jesus, and this would exclude any possible thought that it might ever mean freedom to sin. Let us understand this one very important fact, and that we are to love one another as Jesus Christ’s has love each one of us.

For I can say to you today that a proper outlet for our freedom is simply this: “make it a habit to be slaves one to another.” Now listen to what Jesus tells us, “If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.” (John 12:26 ESV)

Therefore my brothers and sisters let us prepare our hearts and minds to lift up the Lord our God in prayer praise and worship this Weekend. Then let us go out and serve our fellowman. Becoming a true servant of the Lord, doing his will in the manner in which he will have us to do it. Let us love one another with all our hearts, minds and our soul. Be on one accord with each other in order that our heavenly father will honor each of us. Always remember, “WE ARE SERVANTS CALLED TO SERVE!”

Listen to how Isaiah prophesied about the “The Sin-Bearing-Servant”

He is despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief…he has borne our grief and carried our sorrows…he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities and by his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53: 3-5).

Allow this Easter Holiday to become a time you seriously consider getting to know more about the one who came and died so that you can know how wonderful it is to be free, free indeed.

 

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The Journey of Love and Commitment

THE JOURNEY OF LOVE AND COMMITMENT

RIVER OF LIFE (Photo by Pastor Davis)

THE JOURNEY OF LOVE AND COMMITMENT FOR THE CAUSE OF JESUS CHRIST

By Shirley Rhodes

In Search of Peace:

Today, we set out on The Journey of Love and Commitment for the Cause of Jesus Christ, and if you are seen as “weird,” “strange,” or “indifferent,” it’s okay. If you are following the pattern Jesus has given, you’re on a journey that will take you beyond your wildest dreams, just remember, this journey is about love and commitment for the cause of Jesus Christ.

Now let us see how Jesus wants us to prepare for this journey, and we begin with:

When we follow the patterns of scripture, it says,  “teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom Psalm 90:12.”

Now let us understand how the pattern of following Jesus on this JOURNEY works.  The things that are holy belong to God and are sacred (special, precious); we hold such gifts close to our hearts because they are blessed.

When we are chosen, we’re set apart from the things of this world; we come out of darkness and follow “the light” that is spirit. Unless we are willing to accept this gift of light we have no inner peace,

The Mystery of the forces of darkness (Photo by Shirley Rhodes)

nothing really satisfies the thirst for righteousness. When we wonder about in life, do we ponder the meaning of the many gifts before us and offer praise and thanksgiving or do we literally take life for-granted.  Sanctification sets us apart and instills our hearts and spirit with the desire to follow the pattern Jesus gave.

When we stop and read (learn) of his message and how it applies to our daily life, we process our thoughts and focus on what lies in front of us as the JOURNEY begins. God gave his Son so that we are able to share in his glory.

There are those who are always finding fault, pre-judging, accusing, doubting and giving their opinion of who we are and we allow those acts to influence how we live, but that do not have to be. Jesus made attempts, performed many miracles, gave us instruction for life, He was loving, patient and kind, yet there were (and are) so many who still prefer to wander in darkness than make the sacrifice to follow his pattern of teaching for life.  This is the generation that seek him Psalm 24:6

Jesus summed it all up this way when He said, “Whoever believes in me, believe not just in me, but the One who sent me. Whoever looks at me is in fact, looking at the One who sent me. I am Light that has come into the world so that all who believe in me won’t have to stay any longer in the dark. If anyone hears what I’m saying and doesn’t take it seriously, I don’t reject him. I didn’t come to reject the world; I came to save the world. Whoever puts me off, refusing to take in what I’m saying is willfully choosing rejection. The Father sent me, gave me orders, told me what to say and how to say it. I know exactly what his command produces, eternal life. What the Father told me, I tell you” (John 12:44-50, Mgs)

Then Jesus moves on and provides us with His greatest lesson of all times by teaching us to love thy neighbor as thy self:

The Joy of Loving one another

He didn’t just stop there, He went on to say, “Children, I’m with you for only a short time longer; let me give you a new command:  Love one another in the same way I loved you. When everyone sees the love you have for each other they will know that you are my disciples (34-35).

Whatever you request along the lines of which I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it. That’s how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son. Whatever you request in this way I will do it. Because a loveless world, is a sightless world, if anyone loves me he will carefully keep my word and the Father will love him. The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send at my request, will make everything plain to you.

Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling abandoned bereft (23-28). If you find the godless world hating you, remember it got its’ start hating me. If you lived on the world’s terms, the world would love you as one of their own, but since I picked you to live on God’s terms and no longer on the world’s terms, the world is going to hate you (15:18-19). Fix this firmly in your minds: You’re going to be in deep mourning while the godless world throws a party. You’ll be very sad, but your sadness will develop into gladness (16:20). Your joy will be a river overflowing it’s banks”(24).

In closing, we encourage you to stay focus on the prize and keep in the forefront of your mind that, “THE JOURNEY OF LOVE AND COMMITMENT FOR THE CAUSE OF JESUS CHRIST is one that you have been chosen to participate in and enjoy all the fruits that God has provided for you along the way.  Love one another, He says, as I have loved you! Now enjoy the moment!  And He closes with, “I will be with you, even to the end of time.”  AMEN!

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Letting go of the Past

My dear brothers and sisters, I submit to you that the future holds for each of you great possibilities, but in order for you to see the future you first must let go of the past.  Jesus challenges us to go forward with this profound statement, he says, “If any man puts his hand to the plow and looks back, he is not fit for the Kingdom…”

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Finding Favor in God

Today’s lesson is to encourage you in your walk with the Lord as you prepare for Celebration of this Christmas.  Just click on the video and get the rest of the story.

 

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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Saturday Morning Devotional Prayer and Praise Service “Birth of Jesus Christ”

The Christmas Story “Birth of Jesus ChristSilent Night

THE BLESSINGS OF CHRISTMAS BY PASTOR DAVIS

Today, we present to you one of the most Incredible Christmas Story ever told.  It was told to us by Luke, “a Disciple of Jesus Christ,” with no trees or lights, just a manger and animals and a too-crowded inn.  It isn’t surprising that there was no room for them in the village inn considering the number of travelers flocking to various cities during the time of this census.

At some time during their visit in Bethlehem, the promised child was bornMary wrapped the baby in strips of cloth, which were bands of cloth that were used to keep a baby warm and give it a sense of security.  These cloths were believed to protect its internal organs.  This custom of wrapping infants is still practiced in many Mid-eastern countries.  Then Mary laid him in a manger, an animal’s feeding trough.  She may have filled the manger with hay to make a soft bed.  This mention of the manger is the basis for the traditional belief that Jesus was born in a stableStables were often caves with feeding troughs (mangers) carved into the rock walls.  Despite popular Christmas card pictures, the surrounding was dark and dirty.  Everything pointed to obscurity, poverty, and even rejectionLuke showed the King of Kings born into poor and humble circumstances, born as a human, born to serve.  Now listen to this great story and continue reading on the other side of this clip.

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.  (Luke 2:1-20 KJV)

We bless this message to you this day, that you and your family will receive the promise of hope, and that the joy of this Christmas will be an everlasting experience for all to enjoy. Now as you watch this final video clip, let all remember the reason for celebrating Christmas.  From our family to yours, I remain your brother in Christ Jesus, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher!

 

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Sunday Prayer Praise and Worship Service 101 (The Birth of a Baby)

SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 101 THE BIRTH OF A BABY CHANGES THE ENTIRE WORLD

Isaiah 9:6a “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Isaiah 9:6a “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Good Morning CHILDREN OF GOD, we have entered into the Lord’s class room of higher learning this morning to continue our Christmas Service and the Spirit of Christmas in lifting up our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the highest praises and thanksgiving for our deliverances, as we celebrate His magnificent birth more than 2000 years ago.  We are truly blessed to be in His Holy presence this morning as one people to praise and honor God for sending us a Savior.  Therefore, let us together share in what God has set before us this day with this short video clip of Silent Night.

SONG OF PRAISE SILENT NIGHT:

Mary is the type of woman who puts her faith into action.  She not only says :Lord your will be done, but she also hurries to see God at work in the life of her relative Elizabeth.  The journey to Judea that Mary took was not a simple drive to the next town.  It was a difficult journey that would have taken at least three days at that time.  Mary did not let that stop her from going to Elizabeth rejoicing with her, and praising the Lord for fulfilling His promises.  Click on this short video clip and let’s watch together.

LET US PRAY FOR PEACE:

Father in Heaven, we honor you and we praise you this day for sending us a divine savior to bring joy into our hearts and peace on earth to all mankind.  We know that there is much work to be done to change the harden hearts and unbelieving minds; that we as a people can live together as one people serving one God and have complete peace without wars and fighting among each other.  But we as believers know that you are God and God all by yourself, therefore Father, we pray for divine intervention in this world, in this season that the hearts and minds of mankind everywhere will be changed in such a way that peace and goodwill towards all people will break out all over the world.  We seek this peace in the name of Jesus, AMEN!

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE THE BIRTH OF JESUS FORETOLD  (LUKE 1:26-30 ESV)

In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”  Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.

THE GOOD NEWS WORSHIP MESSAGE:

An Angel promises the birth of Jesus to Mary.  Six months after Gabriel delivered God’s message to Zechariah, God sent the angel with another message, this time to a virgin named Mary.  The angel Gabriel had also appeared to the prophet Daniel more than five hundred years earlier.  Each time Gabriel appeared he brought important messages from God, this time was no exception, he was bringing THE GOOD NEWS to a virgin named Mary.  Let’s watch and see her reaction.

Our God is truly an awesome God, and His message and gift to us is a powerful one.  Now let us conclude our Praise and Worship Service with our final video of Silent Night.

 

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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CLOSING PRAYER:

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

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Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you Believed?

Icon of the Pentecost

Icon of the Pentecost (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Peace be with you…

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.” As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”  (John 20:19-22 ESV)

For a healthy Christian life, it is indispensable that we should be fully conscious that we have received the Holy Spirit to dwell in us.  The disciples spent three years walking with Jesus and they were recognized as believers.  However, this position was not enough for them.  He commanded them not to rest satisfied until they had received the Holy Spirit from Himself in heaven.

Therefore, when Jesus met with the disciples after the resurrection, he greeted them by saying, PEACE BE WITH YOU!”  Not just one time but twice, Jesus truly loved his disciples and they loved him.  But he now had to prepare them for their commission, to be his personal representatives in spreading the gospel around the world.  However, in order to do this they needed the power of the HOLY SPIRIT.  And Jesus gave them this power by breathing into them the HOLY SPIRIT.  This act reminds us of what God did to make the first man come alive, he breathed into him and he became a living soul.  There is life in the breath of God.  Man was created but did not come alive until God had breathed into him the breath of life.  God’s first breath made man different from all other forms of creation.  Here, through the breath of Jesus, God imparted eternal, spiritual life.  With this breathing came the power to do God’s will on earth.

Jesus gave the disciples their Spirit-powered and Spirit-guided mission—to preach the Good News about him so that people’s sins might be forgiven.  Now we must earnestly examine ourselves and ask the question, “DID YOU RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT WHEN YOU BELIEVED?”  We know that there are still many Christians who know nothing of this gift of the Holy Spirit.  Amid much that is good and amiable, even with much earnestness and zeal, the life of such Christians is still hampered by weakness, stumbling, and disappointment simply because it has never been brought into vitalizing contact with power from on high.  Such souls have not received the HOLY SPIRIT as the Pentecostal gift to be possessed, kept, and filled by Him.

Now to be certain of this one fact, the supreme need of the Christian life is to receive the HOLY SPIRIT and, when we have it, to be conscious of the fact and live in harmony with it.  We as Evangelical Minister must not merely preach about the HOLY SPIRIT from time to time, but also direct our efforts toward teaching our congregations that there can be no true worship except through the indwelling and unceasing operation of the HOLY SPIRIT.  Only those who are thirsty will drink water with eagerness, and only those who are sick will desire a physician.  In the same way, it is only when believers are prepared to acknowledge the defective and sinful character of their spiritual condition that the preaching of the full blessing of Pentecost will find an entrance into their hearts.

Many Christians imagine that the only thing lacking in their life is more earnestness or more strength and, if they only obtain these benefits, they will become all they ought to be.  This makes the preaching of a full salvation of little avail.  It is only when the discovery is made that they are not standing in a right attitude toward the HOLY SPIRIT that they have only His preparatory operations but do not yet know Him in His indwelling, that the way to something higher will ever be open or even be desired.

For this discovery, it is indispensable that the question should be put to each individual as pointedly and as personally as may be: “DID YOU RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT WHEN YOU BELIEVED?”  When the answer takes the shape of a deeply felt and utterly sincere concern, then the time of revival is not far off.

I have ministered this message to you this day from a position of peace and power given by Jesus Christ that you may come into the full knowledge of the HOLY SPIRIT.  I remain your brother in Jesus Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher!

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