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Saturday Morning Devotional Service of Prayer and Praise (The prayer of Jabez)

I WILL LIFT THE LORD UP IN HIGH PRAISES

GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH TRENTON, N.C. (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH TRENTON, N.C. (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Good morning children of God, and indeed what a great morning this really is. For the Lord our God has awaken us and provided us with a brand-new opportunity to lift him up in high praises. For this reason, we ought to lift up holy hands where ever we are and just begin to praise his holy name. For he is worthy to be praised and today’s Devotional Service is designed to concentrate our minds on praising the Lord, after a very long week of being in the secular world.  Now join with me and let us together focus our attention away from the world and upon God and the things of Heaven.

OUR SCRIPTURE READING IS PSALM 136 by Pastor Davis

Today my brothers and sisters, we are a blessed people. We are a free people we can lift up the name of Jesus, praise and worship him without fear of persecution, and when we do not take advantage of this blessed opportunity and shower him with praising and serving him in his holiness, we are cursing our blessing and we are not deserving of the Lords grace that he has showered upon us. Let us at this very moment, not cut off our blessing, but lift up the Lord our God in high praises and Thanksgiving.

THE PRAYER OF JABEZ by Donald Lawrence

 

 

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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Thoughts and prayers for God’s people this Memorial Day Weekend

Let us be mindful of who we are, who God is and who we are in God this Memorial Day Weekend…

CITY OF THE TOMBS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

CITY OF THE TOMBS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

This Nation and many Nations from all over the globe are engaged in war on this Memorial Day Weekend.  Many brave Soldiers stand ready to engage the enemy where ever they may be to protect the home country that we may live in peace and security.  As we hit the highways for out of town visits, fire up our grills, turn up the music on our stereo sets, invite friends and family over for some good old fashion fun and conversation; during it all I encourage each of you to pause and reflect upon those who are standing in harm’s way, those who have given their lives, those who have lost a limb and those who are suffering from stress are other serious injuries, allow some parts of your thoughts and conversation to be about them, and what each of us can do to reach out and offer a helping hand.  As you engage in prayer over the physical food that you are about to partake into your bodies, reflecting upon a soldier and their families.  Our many Veterans that have served honorable in all the many wars that have been fought and still giving of themselves in some way, pray for them and their families.

When we as a Nation begin to use our time wisely this MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, engaged in thoughts and prayers for our Armed Forces, Veterans and their Families, we can send up a powerful message that can and will move mountains.  Let us be about God’s business this Weekend, doing His Will.  We can make a difference when we learn to use the power of one.  May God bless each one of you for a safe and Happy Memorial Day Weekend; it is in the name of Jesus that I pray for each of you, AMEN!

Sunday Prayer Praise and Worship Service 125 (Fruit Bearers)

VIRTUAL CHURCH IN THE CLOUDS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

VIRTUAL CHURCH IN THE CLOUDS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Good Morning Children of God, if it is Sunday, it is time to rise up, stand up, look around, lift your Holy Hands towards the Heavens, and say out loud, “Thank You Jesus, Thank You Jesus, you brought me through another difficult week, where I had to face many temptations, trials and tribulations.  I can truly say, I have come this far by faith, leaning and depending on you.  I know it was nothing but grace.  It was your grace that picked me up when I was falling down, stumbling all around, and could not find my way out of darkness.  Satan had come and stolen my joy, I had lost all hope of ever being able to turn my life around, but I kept hearing that voice saying, “You can make it, if you try.”  You can make it, I know you can!  I lifted my head up and looked all around, and said, “Thank you Jesus, I can do this!  This is a brand new day, and as far as me and my family is concern, we are going to serve you, praise you, and worship you Lord, praise you in every way, every day, with everything in my soul, I will praise you this day and for the rest of the days of my life. Because Praise is who I am, Praise is who we all are, we are your Children, and we have gather together to Praise and Worship you like no other time.  Thank you Jesus for allowing this Praise Service to begin…

OUR SONG OF PRAISE BY THE SOUTHEASTERN SINGERS PERFORMING PSALM 150

LET US PRAY:  Eternal God, our Heavenly Father; we enter into your presents on another Sunday Morning with a song of praise in our hearts and prayer on our lips.  We humble ourselves before you today just to say thank you.  For our souls are blessed this day for so many wonderful reason, and we are eternally grateful for the opportunity to be able to express our heartfelt love for our brothers and sisters all over the world, many of them who do not yet know you.  But Father we are reaching out this day to those that are in need of a blessing, that our prayers for them will open doors that will allow them to walk in and rest comfortably in your tender,  loving arms of mercy.  In Jesus name, we pray, AMEN!

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING:  John 15:16

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.

Pastor Davis delivers today’s Bible Study Lesson via video; the lesson is title:  “CALLED TO BE FRUIT BEARERS.”  Please click on this video and let today’s Bible Study begin.

LET US PRAY:  Heavenly Father, we thank you for the blessings you have bestowed upon this ministry and all who have taken the time to partake in it.  Use all of us this day Heavenly Father for your glory that each of us may become successful fruit bearers, bearing fruit that will last through all eternity.  In Jesus name, we pray, Amen!

CLOSING SONG OF PRAISE BY THE BROOKLYN TABERNACLE CHOIR TOTAL PRAISE

Thank each one of you for joining us in another great Sunday of Praise-Prayer and Worship Service.  We love you and appreciate each one of you for visiting with us and sharing our messages here with others. Remember, you are a disciple of Jesus Christ, and as such you have been called to be a fruit bearer.  Now study the word and become a life long learner.  Know the truth and the truth will set you FREE.  We have ministered the WORD of God to you today from a position of Peace, Power, Purpose and Prosperity.  I remain your brother in Christ Jesus, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher!

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Saturday Morning Devotional Service of Prayer and Praise (Lifting up Holy Hands)

Now let us go before the Lord in Prayer lifting up Holy Hands…

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Since prayer is at the bottom of all this, what I want mostly is for men to pray—not shaking angry fists at enemies but raising holy hands to God. And I want women to get in there with the men in humility before God, not primping before a mirror or chasing the latest fashions but doing something beautiful for God and becoming beautiful doing it.  (1 Timothy 2:8-10 MSG)

PRAISE GOD:

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HE IS WORTHY TO BE PRAISED…

LET US PRAY:

 

TIME FOR ALTER CALL

So that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,  and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:10-11 ESV)

 

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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).

DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU WILL SPEND ETERNITY?

Thank you for your prayers and service to the Kingdom of God. Please return in a few hours as we will continue with our Sunday Prayer, Praise and Worship Service.  May God bless you abundantly as you go out into the world this day and serve.

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Experiencing the Powers in God’s Amazing Grace (Part 2 of 2)

Amazing Grace: How Unconditional Forgiveness Assists Recovery

Written by: Melissa Franklyn and Rita Milios

Understanding that you, too, like everyone else, are entitled to be granted grace – an ability to receive an unmerited favor from your Higher Power to assist you when you cannot assist yourself – this is perhaps the most powerful insight you can gain from a Twelve Step program. In Step Seven it is written that “We would like to be assured that the grace of God can do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.”

Coming to believe and accept that you are worthy of grace can be a real turning point in your recovery. Shame, guilt and remorse often hinder the progress of recovering individuals. Forgiveness is recognized as a key factor in working the Steps. Unconditional forgiveness is a deeper, more compassionate forgiveness of self and others that can only come from connecting with your Higher Power and asking for its grace. But when you do, you free yourself from the self-destructive spiral of feeling unworthy and then seeking relief from the pain through the use of drugs or alcohol. If you unconditionally forgive yourself as well as others, you can experience both health and emotional healing.

…you free yourself from the self-destructive spiral of feeling unworthy and then seeking relief from the pain through the use of drugs or alcohol.-RITA MILIOS

Health and Emotional Rewards of Forgiveness

According to an article by the Mayo Clinic staff, Forgiveness: Letting Go of Grudges and Bitterness, forgiveness can lead to healthier relationships, greater spiritual and psychological well-being, lowered blood pressure, reduced symptoms of depression, and improved heart and immune health. Research suggests that forgiving reduces the stress caused by harboring negative emotions, and also encourages stronger and more supportive social networks. Both of these are factors are known to improve physical as well as mental/emotional health.

Compassionate Self-Acceptance

Compassionate self-acceptance involves coming to accept, without resistance, the reality of where you are right now—warts and all—and choosing to commit to and focus on positive behavioral options instead of pain, guilt, shame or perceived inadequacies. Compassionate self-acceptance allows you to distance yourself from self-defeating behaviors and avoidant coping styles. It frees you to acknowledge, and therefore address, rather than run from, your mistakes. When you remove self-induced shame and disappointment, you automatically increase your commitment to change.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

…you take some time to objectively view both your weaknesses and your strengths and make an informed decision about the best action to take to lead you toward positive change and greater self-acceptance.-RITA MILIOS

One tool for addressing denial and resistance to change is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. This psychological approach is based on mindfulness, or the moment-by-moment awareness of one’s own thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and immediate environment. In this process, you choose to be present with and accept thoughts and feelings as they arise, but do not automatically act on them. (Otherwise, you would likely engage in pre-programmed, habituated and self-destructive “auto-pilot” responses.) Instead, you take some time to objectively view both your weaknesses and your strengths and make an informed decision about the best action to take to lead you toward positive change and greater self-acceptance.

Mark Atkinson, M.D., author of True Happiness—Your Complete Guide to Emotional Health says, “An important part of the work you must do is to accept what was previously unacceptable…Embrace your shadow (negative traits) and free yourself to make choices about your life, or you will remain owned by your shadow and it will direct your life.”

Allow Yourself to Forgive

Forgiveness is integral to self-acceptance, but it is often hard to forgive those we feel have wronged us, and even harder to forgive ourselves for not living up to our own aspirations or expectations. We need tools to help us manage this difficult process. You may resist forgiving someone (or yourself) because you believe that in doing so you will be exonerating a wrongdoing. But actually, forgiveness is not about validating a wrongdoing. Accountability is still required. Forgiveness is about releasing the negative emotions and suffering that you are experiencing, and which are harming your physical and emotional health.

Below is a Forgiveness Imagery Exercise adapted from my book Tools for Transformation. I have used this imagery many times with clients, and have seen amazing transformations result from its use.

Forgiveness Imagery Exercise

Find a comfortable place and relax your body completely. Place all your attention on your breathing, noticing how your lungs expand and your diaphragm recoils as you relax into a quiet meditative state. Once you are relaxed completely, imagine on your mental screen a stage like actors and actresses use. On this stage picture both yourself and the one you need to forgive. (This may be another person or it may be an aspect of yourself, one of your “shadow” parts.)

First state the reasons for your non-forgiveness to the other person/part. Take as much time as you need. Let out all your frustration, anger, and hurt. Get your feelings fully out into the open, and be perfectly clear about how you feel.

Then let the other person or part of you have a turn. Stand quietly as the other tells his or her side of the story, the reasons he or she acted the way they did. Do not interrupt; just listen, and you may be surprised at what you hear.

When the other has finished, send him or her love. Imagine it as a large pink cloud (representing unconditional love) emanating from your body and passing between the two of you to envelop the other. As the pink cloud surrounds the other (person or part of yourself), see their image begin to fade and dissipate into the cloud, until they become just a part of the cloud itself. Then see the pink cloud dissipate completely, until there is nothing left of it. As the cloud dissipates, say to yourself, I forgive you. I release you from my life. Say this three times. Feel the weight lifting from your shoulders. Feel the exhilaration and freedom gained by no longer being bound to this person or shadow part. Feel the peace of mind this release brings, and bask in these positive emotions for a few moments. Then say emphatically to yourself, I love and approve of myself.

Take in a few deep breaths and slowly return to your normal, fully conscious state. Open your eyes, feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, peaceful and full of loving energy.

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Experiencing the Powers in God’s Amazing Grace (Part 1 of 2)

GOD'S AMAZING GRACE by Pastor Davis

GOD’S AMAZING GRACE by Pastor Davis

Experience the Powers in God’s Amazing Grace

Written by: Melissa Franklyn

Today we want each of you to experience the powers of God’s Amazing grace in healing a person from all sort of addictions and the complete restoration of one’s soul through faith, love and forgiveness.

Now let us understand that one of the hardest things for someone who is recovering from addiction, is to accept that they are worthy of forgiveness. Shame, guilt, self-blame, frustration, unresolved anger are only some of the feelings that can make it very difficult to accept that every child of God is worthy of love, and forgiveness.

After many weeks, months or years battling addiction, it can also be difficult to forgive ourselves, yet without self-acceptance, it is difficult to find the inner strength we need to make a new life. The first step is to accept the grace of God; that unmerited favor that comes from the Heavenly Father, to assist us when we are unable to assist ourselves. In fact, Step Seven of the Twelve Step Program says, “We would like to be assured that the grace of God can do for us what we cannot do for ourselves,” and nowhere is this more true than in addiction recovery. An addict can feel that their addiction is beyond their control, but when they relinquish this control to a higher power, the road to recovery begins.

The moment in which we accept that God loves us, is an absolute turning point, since it enables us to escape from the destructive spiral of self-hatred, which can, in turn, trigger further drug or alcohol abuse. Forgiveness is an incredibly healing act; research has shown that it can lead to healthier relationships, greater spiritual and psychological well-being, lowered blood pressure, reduced symptoms of depression, and improved heart and immune health. Forgiveness can also help us strengthen our relationships with friends and family.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is one very successful way of helping us receive God’s grace. It enables us to accept ourselves as we are at this very moment; to accept our feelings (even sad ones) yet not act on them immediately. Instead, we are encouraged to take the time we need to objectively view our weaknesses and strengths, and to formulate a positive strategies to make necessary changes in our lives.

We also feel the amazing powers of grace when we forgive others. Forgiving others does not mean condoning or validating their wrongdoings; it means letting go of the resentment and negativity that can stand in the way of our peace and happiness. Prayers is also a vital tool to encourage a more forgiving spirit, towards others and ourselves.

Please don’t miss part 2 of this series on God’s Amazing Grace; How unconditional forgiveness assist in recovery. Part 2 of 2 tomorrow morning right here.

Now may the grace of our Lord and Savior rest and abide in each of you through the good times and bad times and allow you to live in His peace and will now and forever, in Jesus name, Amen!

Wednesday Inspirational and Motional Service (Overcoming the Impossible)

FAITH AND DOUBT CANNOT DWELL IN THE SAME HOUSE 

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

We begin this lesson today with Jesus teaching us how we can overcome 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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