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PHOTO CHALLENGE CAPTURING THE BEAUTY OF GOD’S WINTER WONDERLAND

PHOTO CHALLENGE CAPTURING THE BEAUTY OF GOD’S WINTER WONDERLAND

Top of the Summit (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Top of the Summit (Photo by Pastor Davis)

The pictures you are viewing here were taken while I was traveling from the East Coast to the West Coast during the heart of the winter storms a few years ago.  What I was able to see and capture through the lens of my camera is breath taking.  The Rocky Mountains are so utterly beautiful during the winter as well as summer.  But to view the white caps of the mountain tops in the winter as they disappear into the clouds in the sky is truly an amazing site to behold.  So I share with you this day what God shared with me. He is truly an amazing God and He has created an amazing Universe for us to live in and to explore.

Eishenhower Memorial Tunnel (Photo by Pastor Davis)

The Eisenhower Tunnel, officially the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel, is a dual bore, four lane vehicular tunnel approximately 50 miles west of Denver, Colorado.  It is the highest vehicular tunnel in the world and it lies entirely within the Arapaho National Forest. The elevation of this great tunnel is 14,439 feet, and a total length of 8,957 feet.

Interstate 70 leading into the Eishenhower Memorial Tunnel (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Interstate 70 leading into the Eishenhower Memorial Tunnel (Photo by Pastor Davis)

The Rocky Mountains are a major mountain range in western North America. The Rocky Mountains stretch more than 3,000 miles from the northernmost part of British Columbia, in western Canada, to New Mexico, in the southwestern United States.

Top of the Summit Colorado's Playground (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Top of the Summit Colorado’s Playground (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Snow Capped Rocky Mountain (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Snow Capped Rocky Mountain (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Frozen Water Fall Near Vail Colorado (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Frozen Water Fall Near Vail Colorado (Photo by Pastor Davis)

The long mountain climb near Salt Lake City Utah (Photo by Pastor Davis)

The long mountain climb near Salt Lake City Utah (Photo by Pastor Davis)

The great Rocky Mountains (Photo by Pastor Davis)

The great Rocky Mountains (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Deep Snow in Montana (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Deep Snow in Montana (Photo by Pastor Davis)

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OUR SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS ARE IN CHRIST

OUR SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS ARE IN CHRIST

OUR SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS ARE IN CHRIST (Ephesians 1:3-14)

THE STAR OF DAVID (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE STAR OF DAVID (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

OUR SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS ARE IN CHRIST (Ephesians 1:3-14)

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,

WE ARE CREATED TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP

  1. God along is worthy of praise and worship
  2. He is the father of our Lord Jesus Christ
  3. Because we are believers of Jesus Christ, God has blessed us

WE ARE BLESSED (HOW)

  1. Receive benefits of Christ Redemption
  2. Through Christ death on the cross on our behalf
  3. By faith we belong to Christ therefore we have every spiritual blessing.
  4. These blessings are spiritual not material
  5. We have everything we need to grow spiritually
  6. We don’t have to ask for them just accept them and apply them to our daily lives.
  7. We have an intimate relationship with Christ we can enjoy these blessings now and through eternity.

THE PLACE WHERE OUR SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS ORIGINATE FROM:

  1. From Heaven where Christ now lives.
  2. Christ gift of the Holy Spirit is the source of all spiritual blessings.
  3. They came as a result of His accession into heaven.

Paul’s final point in this lesson was that these blessings are Spiritual and not material, and thus they are eternal and not temporal.

even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love

he predestined us[b] for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,

to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,

which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight

making known[c] to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ

10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,

12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.

13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,

14 who is the guarantee[d]of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it,[e] to the praise of his glory.

THE BLESSINGS OF THANKSGIVING IS YOURS TO ENJOY

THE BLESSINGS OF THANKSGIVING IS YOURS TO ENJOY

Today, we begin our week long celebration of our THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY.  It is truly a joyful time of the year to be blessed and bless others as God has purposed us to do.  So come on in and share with us each day as we share with you God’s word for His Blessings over your life and the lives of all His Children of the World.  The World is in turmoil and it needs all of us to do our part in helping our brothers and sisters to be lifted up and stand tall in the world that we share as one in Jesus.

Counting our Blessings (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Together we will celebrate this thanksgiving in a special way, seeking God‘s blessing for all he has done to allow us this opportunity to share with each other our abundance from the feast of the harvest.  Remember, we are our brothers keeper, therefore we must reach out to those that are in need of food and shelter, offer them a helping hand and then watch how God will add to our blessings.

LISTED BELOW ARE SOME WAYS FOR YOU TO THANK AND PRAISE GOD

The Bible is filled with ways for you to give thanks and praise God from cover to cover.  The choice is yours to take the time to study and understand, the many reason why you should always be giving thanks. The Psalms provide us with a rich history of how we can do it.  Take some time and study these Psalms and use them this thanksgiving with your family and friends as you share a thanksgiving meal with them.

Do it with your mouth, not just your mind – Psalm 51:1563:566:8,66:1771:81524105:2109:30119:171-172145:21

Seek God, thirst for Him – Psalm 22:2642:263:8105:4

Thank God continuously – Psalm 71:6814-1575:979:1392:1-2,115:18145:2

Tell people about God’s wondrous works – Psalm 26:796:3

Thank and praise God in front of your brothers and sisters in the congregation, among many people- Psalm 22:222526:1235:18,68:26111:1116:19

Among the unsaved of all nations, thank and praise God – Psalm 18:4957:996:10108:3

Praise God to the next and all generations – 79:13102:18145:4

Sing praises to God, sing with understanding, and make it glorious -Psalm 7:1747:766:266:49:227:628:757:961:863:768:4,3269:3071:22-2392:196:2101:1104:33105:2135:3146:2

Even sing for joy in your bed Psalm 149:5

Do it with all your heart – Psalm 9:186:12111:1138:1

Be glad and rejoice in God – Psalm 9:2

Fear God, honor Him, glorify Him, revere Him – Psalm 22:23

Love and respect God’s house – Psalm 26:8138:2

Don’t sin, seek righteousness – Psalm 33:1

Play musical instruments to praise God, and do it skillfully – Psalm 33:2-343:471:2292:3149:3150:3-5

Shout for joy, rejoice – Psalm 33:3

Be creative in your praise (write or sing God a NEW song, not always the same old one) – Psalm 33:3149:1

Stand in awe of Him – Psalm 33:8

Remember and praise God’s names – Psalm 44:845:1754:6

Lift up your hands to Him – Psalm 63:4

Think about God at night – Psalm 63:6

Encourage other to praise and thank God – Psalm 67:3-5

Praise him with dancing – Psalm 150:330:11149:3

After reading the Psalmists’ instruction, it would be wise to ask ourselves: Do our lives truly express thankfulness to God? Or are we numbered among those are living a life of ingratitude, failing to act like we understand who God really is and what he has done?

VINE AND BRANCH PHOTO CHALLENGE COVERED WOODEN BRIDGE

VINE AND BRANCH PHOTO CHALLENGE COVERED WOODEN BRIDGE

While I was visiting in the thumb area of Northern Michigan, I came across this beautiful well traveled covered bridge located in the city of Frakenmuth, Mi. Although the sky was a very dull gray, it presented a real challenge to get some really good photos with all that was going on at the time.

COVERED WOODEN BRIDGE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

This photo was featured in our post titled, ‘BUILT LIKE A BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERS!” The name of this beautiful bridge is, ZEHNDER’S HOLZ BRUCKE COVERED WOODEN BRIDGE, located in the beautiful city of Frankenmuth, Mi.

COVERED WOODEN BRIDGE– CENTER SPAN– (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

This beautiful COVERED WOODEN BRIDGE was constructed in 1979, set in place on January 29, 1980 and dedicated on September 9, 1980. This bridge is a three Span Town Lattice. Length 239 feet, Height 14’4″, Wood 163.288 Board feet. Douglas Firect Width 28′. Traffic Lanes 2 vehicles.

COVERED WOODEN BRIDGE CAP (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

This is the cap of this beautiful COVERED WOODEN BRIDGE flying the American Flag, near the Canadian Border.

COVERED WOODEN BRIDGE MODES OF TRANSPORTATION (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

The bridge is a two lane well traveled bridge traveled by horse and carriage, as well as automobiles going North and South. It also has a walk way for people on both sides, separated from the traffic lanes making it safe for both autos and people.

COVERED WOODEN BRIDGE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

COVERED WOODEN BRIDGE– NIGHT SCENE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

This photo is a night shot of this beautiful COVERED WOODEN BRIDGE. It shows the magic of lights and the fog as it rose from the troubled waters flowing beneath the bridge.

 

 

 

 

TEACHING KIDS TO RESPECT AUTHORITY (PART ONE)

TEACHING KIDS TO RESPECT AUTHORITY (PART ONE)

TEACHING OUR CHILDREN (SHANIA A. BYARS) PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS

What happens when kids grow up disrespecting authority figures? We see the prison system all over the country is over crowded with young children who grew up not knowing what it meant to obey authority.  The grave yards are quickly becoming a place where young children are been sent because people have become so fed up with children robbing, beating, threaten and even murdering their parents and other adults that the public is fighting back and shooting and killing these children when their own lives are threaten.  Here in my city of Detroit, just two weeks ago a sixteen year old boy attempted a carjack, the man he attempted to carjack was armed and after ordering the kid to get out of his car and the kid refused, the man shot and killed the young boy.  This is a tragedy and failure on the parent’s part to teach their son that they must respect authority and not be out robbing, stealing and killing other people.  Prosecutors around the country are putting kids on trial from the age of 10 and up as adults.

Respect for authority begins in the home, if your children are not taught to show respect for their parents are other adults in their home and community, they will most certainly not show respect for the government, such as police, teachers, the courts, all other authority figures and the churchRespect for authority comes through the realization that it is set up to help us and not to control us.  It must begin when the children are young and can understand that they are loved and what is being taught to them is that we love them and how to love others by the love and respect that they are shown.

This does not mean that children obey all adults; they only have to obey those to whom their parents have delegated that authority, such as teachers, coaches, etc. However, there should be a deference given to adults by children because of their age and experience.

Respecting authority is something our children should do without any hesitations; however, before they can do this, they have to be taught the meaning of respect and how and why it has to be a key ingredient in all of our lives. All authority is from God (Romans 13:1). Learning to respect an authority, no matter who the particular authority figure is, is respecting God, and is foundational for our children’s future.

As a young person growing up in my community, we all were taught to refer to all adults by saying “Mr. and Mrs., yes Sir and yes Maim,” this was a sign of respect, and immediately set the adult apart from the child’s friends.  Not understanding the principle involved, many adults will say, “Call me (their first name).” A parent can then explain that using “Mr.” and “Mrs.” and the last name is being done for the child’s sake, to help him to learn to show respect for adults.

Since a baby has no concept of respect, and feels only its own needs when it is first born, I believe that the only successful way to teach a child what respect is is to earn the respect of the child as they slowly grow into a thinking human being.

The way this is done is first of all by attending to the child’s natural needs, such as to be fed and nurtured. As the child grows, his needs change. He has increasingly sophisticated psychological needs. He begins to express his own views, his own preferences, and he has an increasing need for freedom, autonomy and independence. This is when the adults in his life can treat him with increasing respect and thereby earn his respect in return.

Let us understand a very important thing as to respect, and that is age affects children’s respect. Both Children and adults deserve respect at every age. Here is a guideline based on age:

Babies – They are too young to show respect but when you meet their needs, they learn to trust you. This helps as they get older because respect for authority is based on trust.

Toddlers – They are old enough to learn to say “please” and “thank you”.

Preschoolers – This is a good time to teach rules and consequences.

Elementary age – They show the most respect for adults who make fair rules. It helps to let them have a say in the rules that they are expected to follow.

Middle and High Schoolers – Allow them to show independence, such as clothing or hairstyles, but make sure you have guidelines. They will appreciate the respect you are showing them. We respect you and the incredible job that you have, being a parent.

As parents, it’s our responsibility to equip our children to function well in the world, and if we

Picture of me showing love for my Grand Children

neglect that responsibility our children could easily wind up in prison are the graves.  No parent wants this for their child, therefore it is important that we address the needs of our children when they are born and stay with it no matter how difficult the task may become into their adult lives.

One of the most important things you can teach your child is respect. Keep in mind that respect is not the same as obedience. Children might obey because they are afraid. If they respect you, they will obey because they know you want what’s best for them, and the best way to teach respect is to show respect. When a child experiences respect, they know what it feels like and begin to understand how important it is. Keep in mind the saying “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Respect is an attitude. Being respectful helps a child succeed in life. If children don’t have respect for peers, authority, or themselves, it’s almost impossible for them to succeed. A respectful child takes care of belongings and responsibilities, and a respectful child gets along with peers.  Schools teach children about respect, but parents have the most influence on how respectful children become. Until children show respect at home, it’s unlikely they will show it anywhere else.  Although you may not realize it, your child must also respect herself or himself.
This concludes part one of a two part message.  Please read and study this as the first session of many to come on this message.  I remain your brother in Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.

FREE YOUR MIND AND BE FREE INDEED

FREE YOUR MIND AND BE FREE INDEED

GOD’S WILD AND BEAUTIFUL FLOWER GARDEN (Photo by Pastor Davis)

In the world today we find that people are filled with anxious desires to overcome their present lot in life. Anxieties are running deep in their veins, being faced with much lack of everything that this world has to offer and in their heart of hearts not being able to have the basics necessaries that GOD has promised to them that love and believe in the LORD.  Nevertheless, I say to all the people, know that God never makes a promise that he will not fulfill.  Just hold onto God’s unchanging hands and your storehouse will never be bare.  You see, God has provided the world with all the necessary things for man’s survival in this world.  Remember, there are three basics things that we need for our survival and they are; the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat.  These three basics necessities, God provides them in great abundances’ and they are FREE and without germs are diseases.  FREE YOUR MIND AND BE FREE INDEED

But now I can just here you saying, “I need a job, and without a job how can I have food on my table for me and my family to eat, clothes for my children to wear, money to pay my mortgage and car note, money to keep the lights and gas on in my house, money to send my kids to college.  I will grant you these are important things to consider in helping offset some of these burdens that you are now facing, but are they really the most important things you need to do in order to have a healthy and prosper life style? Think deeply on this for a moment before you continue reading the rest of the story!

Now I say to you, listen carefully to what the word has to say about all of this, it says’ “If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.

“Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.

“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, and do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.  (Matthew 6:25-34 MSG)

You see, in this passage Jesus is trying to bring you into the realization that you are important to Him and you are free of all yokes and bondage of man’s rule over you.  It is not man that is going to provide you with the necessities of this life, but it is God who provides all of those who believe. DO YOU BELIEVE?

The first prerequisite of having the great abundances of this life is to be set FREE.  Your mind has to be FREE of the bondage that is keeping you from having all the things that you desire in this world.  It is not that man is not providing you with a job to meet your basics needs that is hindering you from having.  It is your own thought process that is keeping you from having; your dependences upon another man to provide you with a job, when God has already told you to use your own thought process and you can have anything that you may desire.  Free your mind and be free indeed.  If the Son of God Sets You FREE, you must realize the greatest news of all and that is, “You are truly FREE.”  At a time when Jesus was speaking truth to power, this is what he said to the Jews and what he is saying to you and I right here and now, “Then Jesus turned to the Jews who had claimed to believe in him. “If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will FREE you.” (John 8:31-32 MSG)

These are the words of truth that were birthed in you from the beginning of time.  They are the words that will allow you to create that job that you are concern about in order to be in a position to meet your basic worldly needs.  They are the words that will bring about that change from the old man to the new.  They are the words that you can take to the cashier at your bank, present them with a check with whatever amount you desire at the time and be guaranteed it will be cashed with no questions asked.  You are the ruler of your life, the power given to you by the maker and creator of this world.  No man holds power over you but the one you give to hold such power.  And when you are ready to make the change and your determination is so great that you are willing to do whatever is necessary to be the true ruler of your life, the new person in you will show up and nothing can stop you from rising to take your place in this world of great abundance.  The time is now for you to, FREE YOUR MIND AND BE FREE INDEED!”

 

FAITH AND DOUBT CANNOT DWELL IN THE SAME HOUSE (PART 2 of 2)

FAITH AND DOUBT CANNOT DWELL IN THE SAME HOUSE (PART 2 of 2)

Pilot Mountain, N.C. (Photo by Pastor Davis)

As we begin lesson two we begin with precept two on doing the ABSOLUTE IMPOSSIBLE.  Now listen to how Jesus teaches us to overcome the IMPOSSIBLE.  He says, “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)

Jesus then moved swiftly in teaching them a lesson about answers to prayer.  Jesus had cursed the fig tree; the fig tree had died; the disciples had expressed surprise.  Then Jesus explained that they could ask anything of God and receive an answer.  This mountain (referring to the Mount of Olives on which they stood) could be sent into the sea (the Dead Sea that could be seen from the Mount).  Jesus point was that in their petitions to God they must believe and not doubt (that is, without wavering in their confidence in God).  Remember, “FAITH AND DOUBT CANNOT DWELL IN THE SAME HOUSE.”  The kind of prayer Jesus meant was not the arbitrary wish to move a mountain; instead, he was referring to prayers that the disciples would need to endlessly pray as they faced mountains of opposition to their gospel message in the years to come.  Their prayers for the advancement of God’s Kingdom would always be answered positively in God’s timing.

However, as we look at the straight forward teaching of Jesus concerning the character of God and that God’s character never changes, Jesus told them that there was no guarantee that simply by asking him anything they wanted and believing they could get it.  Now don’t you become discourage in what Jesus is saying to the disciples, but listen how he instructs them on the moral high ground of God.  He says to them, “God does not grant request that violate his own nature or will.  Jesus statement was not a blank check.  To be fulfilled, requests made to God in prayer must be in harmony with the principles of God’s Kingdom.  They must be made in Jesus name.

Now turn with me for a moment in your Bibles to (John 14:13-14).  Listen to what it says, “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. The stronger our faith, the more likely our prayers will be in union with Christ and in line with God’s will; then God would be happy to grant them.  God can accomplish anything, even if it seems humanly impossible.

Impossibility is not a word that should be used in our lexicon.  In understanding this text we should be moved into action.  Know that in our minds we can do anything in the name of Jesus.  There is no mountain to high that we cannot climb, no valley to low that we cannot walk through.

We should not become like the motions of the ocean.  Always going back and forth, but we should be so rooted and grounded in our faith that no matter what comes after us we will always be able to with stand it.  We are built of strong timber, the timber of Jesus Christ.  When God says that nothing is impossible, we must learn to trust God in his word.  Knowing that God can never tell a lie, if he does he will deny himself.  God never makes a promise that he does not fulfill.  Our faith must be rooted and grounded in the word of God.  Our spirit must be one of can do.  Having a can do spirit will remove the mountains of impossibility from your life.

When the doctors says to you that you only have six months to live, and there is nothing else they can do for you.  Your attitude must be one of faith.  Faith in Jesus, Faith that if Jesus said it, it is a done deal; Jesus said that if you believe in God without doubt in your mind, nothing is impossible.

Change your thinking and you will change your life.  Tell the doctor that my God said not until he says it is time for me to go, that I will leave this world.  I can overcome this, I will overcome this because I am leaning and depending on my God.  I am an over comer, I am born in the Spirit of the living God.  For me nothing is impossible.  Today not only do I talk the talk, but I am walking the walk.  I am walking out my faith in the name of Jesus.  I know that my God did not bring me this far to leave me.  He promised me that He would never put on me more than I could bear.  I am standing on that promise, because I know that this check that my God has given to me, I can deposit it into my bank account and it will never bounce.  Faith, Faith, Faith, it is my faith that will always see me through.  Come on now let’s walk it out, talk it out.  Let’s tell the devil, devil get thee behind me, because I am holding onto My God’s unchanging hands.

Faith, Faith, Faith, there is nothing that is impossible in my world.  Step by step I am moving closer to where My God is trying to take me. It was nothing but Grace that brought me through the tribulations of this life.  It was nothing but God’s grace that brought me up on the rough side of the mountain and planted my feet right here where I am standing today.

Now sing this hymn with me, “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!  I once was lost but now I am found, I was blind but now I see.  Taws grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved; how precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed!”

It was God’s grace that gave me the opportunity to change my thinking, It is my faith that has sustained me, it is my faith that has healed me, and I know that it is my faith that will move any mountain in my life, because I believe in the true and living God and I know without a doubt that “FAITH AND DOUBT CANNOT DWELL IN THE SAME HOUSE.” What about you?

 

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