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Monday’s Word of Encouragement (You can make it if you try)

FEAR NOT (By Pastor Davis)

FEAR NOT (By Pastor Davis)

YOU CAN MAKE IT IF YOU TRY

Trials and tribulations are truly a part of our daily lives.  How we deal with them in each moment of the day defines our strength and weakness, which helps us to overcome and continue to push forward, or knocks us down, makes us feel weak and sometimes in capable of getting up and moving forward.  The devil knows our every weakness and has no regard for our strengths.  He does not like strong soldiers on the battlefield, therefore, he will do everything in his powers to knock you out of the battle early in the fight.

But know this; “YOU CAN MAKE IT IF YOU TRY!”  The Lord has prepared you for moments such as this.  He has equipped you with all the necessary tools to fight this battle and win.  The most important thing we can encourage you to do this day as the devil throws everything in the kitchen sink at you is to: A.  Stay focus and keep your eyes of the prize, B. Be strong in your resolve, C. Be courageous in your forward movement D. Never give up and never give in, because; “YOU CAN MAKE IT IF YOU TRY!”

On this Monday Morning the Lord, your God wants you to be Encouraged in His Word, be not dismayed and Fear Not as His Words speaks volumes of truth to power in this powerful passage of scripture which says, “I pulled you in from all over the world, called you in from every dark corner of the earth, Telling you, ‘You’re my servant, serving on my side. I’ve picked you. I haven’t dropped you.’ Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God.  I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you. (Isaiah 41:10 MSG)

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Relationship Strategies (Overcoming Relationship Fears)

FEAR NOT (By Pastor Davis)

FEAR NOT (By Pastor Davis)

ARE YOU CAPABLE OF OVERCOMING YOUR RELATIONSHIP FEARS?

At some stage in your relationship,  fear in one form or another is likely to surface  and undermine your happiness.  Therefore, I ask you this simple question, “Are you capable of overcoming your relationship fears?”

Now Let us begin this discussion by taking a look at some of the most common types of fears that occur in our relationships and consider some possible ways in which to help you overcome them.  First lets watch this short video by Minister Terri as she speaks truth to power on this subject of fear. The title of her message is, “fear not, for there is nothing to fear.”  At the conclusion of Minister Terri’s message, please continue to read the rest of the story and then at the bottom of the page take a moment and post your own thoughts on how you have been able to overcome your relationship fears.

 

 

Recent studies have found that the most prevalent relationship fear is the fear of being rejected by or losing your partner.  When it first dawns upon you that you are deeply in love with a person and find them irresistible, it is difficult not to assume that everyone else must feel the same way about them too.  Therefore, your emotions of fears begins to rise and your thoughts tell you that “someone better” will entice them away from you.  Or, when you are about to make a commitment – say, when you are on the verge of deciding to live together, or you have decided to ask that person to marry you,  you fear that cementing the relationship in this way will somehow make your partner feel tied down and scare them off.  Or, when your relationship has stood the test of time and you feel happy and settled, you might one day suddenly be afraid that your loved one might just decide to walk away from the relationship.   Perhaps you might start thinking, what if that person becomes ill and suddenly dies?  Of course death is something that we all are going to experience at some point in time.

Take a moment now to reflect on your relationship fears, and write down your five worst fears.  Now, taking each of these in turn, ask yourself these questions: what would I do if this happen?  Who would be sympathetic?  How would life be a month later?  A year later?  Through these questions you are facing up to your worst fears; and by making contingency plans in case any of these fears is actually realized, you are taking away much of their power over you.

Remember, your fears are what keeps you stuck in yesterday’s situation.  It is hard for your relationship to grow and prosper when you are constantly thinking of your worst fears manifesting themselves into reality.

Another common relationship problem (almost the opposite of fear of loss) is fear of
commitment.  This can arise from a bad experience in a previous relationship, whether as a child with a domineering parent, or as an adult with a previous, overly possessive partner.  It may also stem from low self-esteem you believe that you don’t deserve to be loved.  The way to deal with this type ofcommitment fear is to probe through your past, try to pinpoint the cause and, again, face the fear. This can take courage, but it is well worth it, because once you can accept whatever happened in your past and move on, you will be free to be truly present in your relationship.  There is a third cause of commitmentfear—that, deep down, you think you might have made the wrong choice in partner.  If this is truly the case, you owe it both to yourself and to your partner to be honest, to admit your doubts and to walk away from the relationship.

A forth type of fear is trust.  Do you truly trust the person that you are with to do right by you now and in the end?  Is this person truly a person of their word?  Are they always honest with you are do they say one thing today and do another tomorrow, are still perhaps they give today and take back tomorrow?  When the chips are down and the future looks dim and all the opportunities are very slim, can you trust this person to stand with you are will they run back to their family?  These fears are real and you must face them now, and face them by confronting the truth in the reality of knowing that this person is the one person that you can truly trust to stand by your side when everyone else and everything else is against you.

A further type of fear that requires consideration is the fear of violence (not just physical abuse, but alsoverbal abuse as well, such as threatening behavior and shouting).  If you feel that your partner has a problem with violence, take a firm stand.  Demand that they take a course in anger management or undergo counseling to learn to control themselves.  If they do not agree to seek help, it might be best to leave the relationship until they do.  Love cannot survive in an
atmosphere of fear.

MY MAXAMIZE PRAYER: Father I thank you for allowing me to be in your presents this morning. I realize that I have fallen short of your glory, and I have done many things that were not always pleasing in your sight. But today father, I seek your forgiveness, and ask you for
strength to overcome the obstacles that are keeping my relationships from blousing into full bloom. Give me the wisdom to understand, the power to overcome, and the peace to enjoy all that is in front of me.  In Jesus name, Amen.

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Sunday Worship Service 130 (Lifting up our Earthy Fathers in Prayer and Praise)

FATHER'S DAY BLESSING (Photo by Pastor Davis)

FATHER’S DAY BLESSING (Photo by Pastor Davis)

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO ALL OUR EARTHY FATHERS:

Today is Sunday June 21st, FATHER’S DAY. This is a day set aside to honor FATHERS and encourage one-another. God has given this day and it is to be celebrated in a way that honors him. So today,FATHERS’ lift your head up, pull your shoulders back, stick your chest out and stand tall. You have been given an assignment and you are needed now more than ever in the lives of children every-where your journey makes a difference in some-ones’ life that is you’re calling. FATHERS’ wear labels and expectations from the family as well as society. They are given the task of being able to rule, guide, teach and make wise decisions and choices. In all of this we must remember our creator and look to him for instructions to apply to our lives.

LET US PRAY:

Father in the name of Jesus we thank you for teaching us how to be spiritual fathers and follow in the footsteps of your son Jesus, teaching our own children the spiritual

Prayer and Obedience

Prayer and Obedience

principals that Jesus set down for us as he followed you in every way.  On this father’s day we lift you up in high honor and praise before our children and the world as a loving father who loves all his children unconditionally.  Thank you for birthing all the godly fathers of the world who have chosen to follow you and be obedient fathers not just to their own children but to all children showing love, kindness, compassion, respect and real leadership as fathers who care about their families and being good stewards over what you have placed in their hands.  In Jesus name we pray, Amen!

NOW LET US BE LIFTED UP WITH THE LORD’S PRAYER

OUR SONG OF PRAISE:

LET ME!

Let me be the best Father I can possible be? Davis M. Byars 111 with daughter Francesca (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Let me be the best Father I can possible be? Davis M. Byars 111 with daughter Francesca (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Let me be the father that God created me to be

Let me increase in wisdom, knowledge and understanding

Let me lead guide, teach and equip my children to be godly children

Let me be the head and not the tail

Let me provoke not my children to wrath

Let me be the godly father that provides tender love and compassion for my children

Let me be the father that brings his children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord

Let me not raise angry vengeful children

Let me be the leader for my children training them in spiritual principles as God has commanded

TODAY’S MESSAGE IS PORTRAIT OF A FATHER

Today’s FATHER displays a sense of humor and honesty. They are diligently seeking how to be better at their assignment as a Father.  As fathers’ they should strive to build and maintain strong bonds with those entrusted to their care. THE PORTRAIT OF A FATHER should be seen as one of showing honor, humor, honesty, caring, courage, character, grace, guidance while setting boundaries for appropriate behavior within the family. He should be one whom children look-up to as a role model as he follow the rule to love every-one.  Now let us watch together this short video clip of Pastor Davis, Portrait of a Father:

Now in closing, let me encourage all fathers as Jesus did to love one another with all your heart and soul, and be kind to one another taking great care to express your love and joy for all our children.

Be reminded of Jesus words to each of you: “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you: abide in my love. If you keep my commandments you shall abide in my love: Even as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love (John 15:9-10).

This is my commandment; Love one another as I have loved you (12).

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.”

OUR CLOSING PRAYER:

God bless all Fathers’ this special day, and FATHERS’ use your unique gift of love to bless others and together we can make the world a better place.  HAPPY FATHERS’ DAY TO ALL FATHERS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD! 

Father we thank you for allowing us to come into your presence and worship you, strengthen us as we GO out to SERVE; Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy,  to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

Wednesday Inspirational and Motivational Service (Examine your thought life)

MIND REALITY THOUGHTS NOW KNOW THIS, “YOUR THOUGHT LIFE WILL DETERMINE YOUR DESTINY”

Know that this day you are a child of the King, and as such you are precious in His sight. Nothing in life is ever promised to be easy, but the joy of it all is being able to experience the pain without feeling the hurt. No pain, no gain. What we come to understand about this life is that God will never put on us more than we can bear.

He also promised that He would never leave us are forsake us, and that is one check you can take to the bank and it forever pay you more than enough dividends to live on for the rest of your earthy life. I have been there. I have experienced some of what you are now experiencing, but today I am encouraging you to remain strong, the devil wants to destroy your mind by taking you down the road of negativity, and if you give him half a chance he will defeat you.

Let me share with you some thoughts I hope that can encourage you and lift you up and fill your heart with peace. Years ago, I learned an invaluable lesson; Whatever we focus on, we become. That simple statement taught me a great deal. Wherever we put our energies or our attention, those things will develop. Another way I like to say it is, “Where the mind goes, the mind follows!” If I begin to think about ice cream, I will soon find myself in my car pursuing ice cream.

My thought will stir my desires and emotions, and I will make the decision to follow them. If we focus only on the negative things in our lives, we become negative people. Everything, including our conversation, becomes negative. We soon lose our joy and live miserable lives and it all started with our own thinking.

You might be experiencing some problems in life not realizing that you are creating them yourself by what you’re choosing to think about. I challenge you to think about what you’re thinking about!

You might be discouraged and even depressed and wonder what caused it. Yet if you will examine your thought life, you will find that you are feeding the negative emotions you are feeling. Negative thoughts are fuel for discouragement, depression, and many other unpleasant emotions. We should choose our thoughts carefully.

We can think about what is wrong with our lives or about what is right with them. We can think about what is wrong with all the people we are in relationship with or we see the good and meditate on that. The Bible teaches us to always believe the best.

When we do that, it makes our own lives happier and more peaceful. I have a great life, I have wonderful children and many beautiful loving grand children. I have been blessed and am privileged to be used by God to bless millions of people around the world through the wonderful ministry He has given me.

But life isn’t perfect, and if I had allowed the devil to fill my mind with negative thoughts as he once did long ago, I would have been defeated. I want to focus on God’s grace and give thanks for all the good things in my life. I don’t want to focus on what I don’t have. An old friend used to quote this saying: “As you wander on through life, brother, whatever be your goal, keep your eye upon the donut and not upon the hole.” Too many people focus on what’s not here and what’s not right. All of this is to say that our thoughts largely determine our destiny.

Our thoughts also determine our happiness. Proverbs 23:7 is one of my favorite verses. Thoughts are powerful. They aren’t just words that flow through our minds. So it is very important for us to decide what we will allow to rest inside our minds. We must not forget that the mind is a battlefield.

We must always remember that our adversary will use it in any way he possibly can to trap us. To put it another way, we can’t have a positive life and a negative mind. Our thoughts, our focus are what determine where we will end up. Jesus, our friend and Savior, wants our minds to be filled with positive, beautiful, and healthy thoughts. The more we focus on those things, the more readily we defeat Satan’s attacks.

My Maximized Prayer for you today is this; our most high, ever loving and patient God, I ask You to forgive me for focusing my thoughts on things that are not pleasing to You. I pray that You will help me fill my mind with thoughts that are clean and pure and uplifting. Strengthen me in my time of weakness; lift me up so that I may continue to see the beauty in all things that are before me. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Relationship Strategies (Finding Happiness in your Marriage)

Our Marriage is forever (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Our Marriage is forever (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Happiness in your marriage is not something that just happens.  A good marriage must be created.  In the art of marriage the little things are the big things…

My Mother and Father were married for 65 years before she went to sleep 6 years ago. I witness some of their ups and downs in their marriage, but through it all they managed to raise 9 children and remain together with a solid bond of total commitment, love and respect for each other that help to ground me in such a way that my wife and I have sustained a 35 year marriage.  So understand what I share with you in this lesson comes from personal experience, and I am certain many of you have had similar experiences that you can share as well.

So listen up and take note of these few simple principles…

It is never being too old to hold hands.

It is remembering to say, “I love you,” at least once each day.

It is never going to sleep angry.

It is at no time taking the other for granted; the courtship shouldn’t end with the honeymoon, it should continue through all the years.

It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives; it is standing together facing the world.

It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.

It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy.

It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.

It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have the wings of an angel.  It is not looking for perfection in each other.  It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor.

It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.

It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.

It is finding the room for the things of the spirit.  It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.

It is establishing a relationship in which “the independence is equal, the dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal.”

It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.

It is discovering what marriage can be, at its best, as expressed in the words Mark Twain used in a tribute to his wife: “Wherever she was, there was Eden.”

Now live, love and enjoy each moment that God has blessed you to be together in this union, because tomorrow is not promised.   It is today that you must discover the power in the promises of God to stand on His promises and be happy with the one you love, by finding that sweet spot that allows you to be filled with joy and happiness.

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Saturday Morning Devotional Prayer and Praise Services (Blessings over your life)

HOW TO GET GOD TO BLESS YOUR LIFE

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When praises go up, blessing come down; Now if you are one of those people who are wondering why your life and the life of your family is in such poor condition, think on  this message of praise, and if you are not giving God all your praises day by day then the answer should be quite simple, and the solution to being able TO GET GOD TO BLESS YOUR LIFE, and lift you up out of poverty is to begin praising God for whatever condition you might find yourself in.  Just open your mouth and praise him even if you are facing eviction from your home are apartment, no food to eat, no job to go to, your marriage are relationship has fallen apart, you have been stricken with a crippling decease, you ought to look towards heaven and say, thank you Jesus for this opportunity to praise you, because I know that the conditions that I find myself in today, shall be no more.  Thank you for allowing me to experience your marvelous light of this day.  From this moment forward, I am going to praise you, HALLELUJAH!

BEAUTY OF LOVE (Photo by Pastor Davis)

BEAUTY OF LOVE (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Hallelujah! Praise God in his holy house of worship, praise him under the open skies;
Praise him for his acts of power, praise him for his magnificent greatness; Praise with a blast on the trumpet, praise by strumming soft strings; Praise him with castanets and dance, praise him with banjo and flute; Praise him with cymbals and a big bass drum, praise him with fiddles and mandolin. Let every living, breathing creature praise God!  Hallelujah!  (Psalm 150 MSG).

When your life becomes filled with praises, he will put a smile on your face, new words on your lips, new clothes on your back, new strut in your walk, your rent is paid, your car note paid, plenty of fresh food to eat, pain and heartaches gone, stress and worries gone.  When you come into the full knowledge and power of these changes taking place in your life, then you will know, “HOW TO GET GOD TO BLESS YOUR LIFE!”

MY MAXIMIZE PRAYER OF PRAISE

Father in the name of Jesus, I pause all of my actions this very moment, lift my head towards the sky and say thank you for allowing the sun to shine on me this day.  I praise you Heavenly Father; I glorify you, for you are worthy to be praised. Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.  Nothing can stop me from praising you, giving you the glory and honor for all that you have done in my life and the lives of all the people that you have placed in my care.   Thank you Heavenly Father, and may you forever allow all my deeds, my words, my actions and my thoughts always be nothing but one of praise.  In Jesus name, AMEN!

HOW TO RECEIVE THE GIFT OF ETERNAL 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).

Thank you for reading and studying with us today, and may the grace of the Lord rest and abide in each of you now and forever, Amen!

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Thursday Scriptures of Encouragement (Thankful)

BE THANKFUL FOR THE LIFE YOU LIVE

Be Thankful (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Be Thankful (Photo by Pastor Davis)

God in his entire splendor gives us seasons to enjoy and embrace the bounty of love and beauty. We share fresh fragrance of spring flowers through the scent of a budding rose. Rain drops fall to cleanse the air and supply seedlings and roots needed nutrients for growth. What seemed dead and dominant a few months ago has fully sprung to life, the air is filled with sounds of wonder and growth—God’s gift. Amidst all of the uneventful changes, you should be encouraged and strengthened because God does just what he says he will do.

He sends the spring into the valleys: they flow among the hills. They give drink to every beast of the field…he causes grass to grow for the cattle, and vegetation for the service of man that he may bring forth food from the earth…he appointed the moon for seasons, the sun knows it’s going down; you make darkness, and it is night…man goes out to his work and to his labor until evening. O Lord…in wisdom you have made them all. The earth is full of your possessions…these all wait for you, that you may give them their food in due season. Psalms 104: 1-35; NKJV)

Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! For his mercy endures forever (Psalms 106: 1).

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