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There is something to learn from this woman

There is something to learn from this woman

 

I really love reading this old book.  It has so much relevance to our past, present and future. This month I was struggling with wanting to give up, and this old book encouraged me like nothing else could.  Here is the amazing story of a woman who didn’t quit, and as a result I have been encouraged not to quit.

Luke 18 where Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up2He said: In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. 3And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, Grant me justice against my adversary. 4For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, 5yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming6And the Lord said, Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?

If anyone had a cause to quit, it was this widow woman. Widows were one of the weakest most vulnerable members of society.  Think about the circumstances of this woman.

  • She had a helper that wouldn’t help; He refused (v.4)
  • The judge cared nothing about God or people; (v. 4)
  • Her request for justice lasted some time; a long time; it was a while; (v.4)
  • She was like a stranger in town;
  • She was by herself. No one pleaded with her.

How often do we let our social position stop us?  Here is a woman who had no clout and yet, she did not quit or give up on what she knew she deserved.  Even in the face of a stubborn and unjust judge who was expected to be a legitimate means of help.  Why didn’t the widow woman just give up?

I believe two reasons really sum up why:

  1. This woman refused to be victimized by her status or her problem.
  2. This woman never asked the judge WHY? She just kept coming back!

How often do we let our status or lack thereof determine what we will do and achieve in life.  I understand we live in a world where a good socio-economic status can be the launching pad for success.  But, what about people who have little or nothing to launch from?  What about people who don’t come from the “right” family? What about the people who are smart but don’t have the degrees to show for it? What about those who help others and don’t care about who getting attention for it?  What about, what about, what about? I could go on and on.  Do these people ask why? Or do they keep pushing forward, keep trying, keep helping, keep learning, keep standing.

What do you do when you feel deserving of something that you are denied of, or it’s seemingly out of reach?  Do you quit?  Do you give up?

If this widow woman was able to receive justice from an unjust judge simply by being persistent and bothersome, how much more can you and I receive from God who is a righteous judge?  It’s not our persistent, continual coming to God that causes Him to grant our request, it is our faith.  God is our righteous judge and earth is the only place where we have the opportunity to exercise our faith.

With God all things are possible!

Don’t Quit & Don’t Give Up!

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What is Christmas all about

Our message throughout this Christmas Season has been, “Sharing and Caring!”  In today’s message we continue to carry forth that same theme and adding the word giving.  We find that the spirit of giving was established by God himself when He gave to us His son Jesus that the world may be saved through Him, because he loved us, cared for us and then shared with us his love for the entire world by giving us the greatest gift of all, his son Jesus Christ.  So this short message today is in keeping with that same spirit of giving, sharing and caring.  

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Being Thankful (Lesson 4) Pray without ceasing

Being Thankful (Lesson 4) Pray without ceasing

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My dear brothers and sisters let us enter into this week with a song and prayer in our hearts, being obedient to the word of God, praying without ceasing, sending up our prayers to the Father as we wait for His to download our blessings.

Now listen to how the Word of God teaches us to Be Thankful and Pray without ceasing, it says, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV)

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

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. (Colossian 4:2 NIV)

LET US PRAY:

 

 

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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Sunday Prayer Praise and Worship Service 97 Peter do you love me

Good Morning My Dear Brothers and Sisters, Christians and Friends from around the world, for indeed it is truly an awesome morning because the Lord has allowed us to awaken to His glory, come together to share in His blessings and lift Him up in Praise, prayer and worship service this morning.  We need to shout with pure joy and love for one another because of what the Lord has done and is continue to do for each of us, and that is to love us as He demonstrates it daily in our lives.  Can we do anything less for our fellowman?  Just look at the person that is in your present right now and say to them, “I love you,” you don’t have to know them and you don’t even have to say it out loud, just say it and see what a different it makes in your own life.

LET US PRAY:

 

 

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Our Bible teaching today is from the Book of John 21:15-17

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.

Now let us go to the Word for the rest of the Story, today’s lesson is title: Peter do you love me?

 

 

TIME FOR ALTER CALL:

HOW TO RECEIVE THE GIFT OF ETERNITAL LIFE

What must I do to be saved? This question was first asked by a jailer at Ephesus, who witnessed an earthquake that freed Paul and Silas. Paul and Silas were the Church’s first official evangelists, who had been falsely arrested and beaten and left in his charge. The earthquake came as the climax to a midnight prison cell prayer and praise meeting and it spurred the jailer to consider the condition of his soul.  What must I do to be saved, you asked?  If you truly want to be saved, listen to what the Lord says you must do, “you should first go to God in prayer.  When praying to Him you should tell Him you are sorry for the sinful things that you have done against Him and how you want to do the right thing from now on (1 John 1:9Acts 20:21). Next you should ask Him to forgive your sins through His death payment on the cross (Colossians 2:10-14). Last, make a commitment to God that you will wholly follow His commandments and believe on Him and His Word, with the help of His Holy Spirit (John 14:15).  Congratulations, you are SAVED (John 8:32)! You have become a new person, and you will be able to live a life that is pleasing to God (2 Corinthians 5:14-17 ). Now, God will come into your heart and live with you (Revelation 3:20). This is so you can be close to Him, receive His power, and understand His Word (1 John 3:16Acts1:8John14:26).

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Keep your eyes on the Goal

Monday’s Word of Encouragement

I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.

15-16 So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.  (Philippians 3:12-14 MSG)

Live a God filled life

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, the Word of the Lord is nothing but the truth, and it cuts both to the left and to the right. It is given to us that we may learn how to live a truly God filled life, eat from the table of fruit God has provided and drink from the fountain that will never run dry.  Here is your word for this day, enjoy it!

Your job is to speak out on the things that make for solid doctrine. Guide older men into lives of temperance, dignity, and wisdom, into healthy faith, love, and endurance. Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior. Also, guide the young men to live disciplined lives. (Titus 2:2 MSG)

Now we encourage you my brothers and sisters, through the grace and mercy of God that you will begin to live a truly God filled life, because this day is the first day of the rest of your life…

 

WEDNESDAY INSPIRATIONAL AND MOTIVATIONAL SERVICE 011 RISE AND LIVE BY THE WORD OF GOD

WEDNESDAY INSPIRATIONAL AND MOTIVATIONAL SERVICE 011 RISE AND LIVE BY THE WORD OF GOD

My Brothers and Sisters, this is your word for this day. Take it and use it, let it empower you to fight the devil as he comes forth to take you out of the game. Stand firm on the truth of the word of God, because the word will never fail you. This word is sharper than a two edged sword, and it will take down your strongest enemy.  Now click on this tape and get ready to fight the good fight with the WORD.

 

 

Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.  (Ephesians 6:13-18 MSG)

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