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Saturday Morning Devotional Prayer and Praise Service (Christmas Sharing and Caring)

Today My Dear Brothers and Sisters, let us lift up the Lord in our Prayers and praises.  For he truly has brought us a mighty long ways as we come forth in our final weekend service before the day of celebration of the most awesome birthday ever in the history of the world.  Let us give thanks just to have this opportunity to be a part of this year’s celebration.

NOW LET US PRAY:

SCRIPTURE READING AND PRAISE MESSAGE:

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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Birth of Jesus Foretold

My Dear Brothers and Sisters as we enter our final weekend before Christmas, our message today is short and to the point.  Just click on the video and receive the word of God into your heart, and remember Jesus is the reason that we celebrate this Christmas Season…

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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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Sunday prayer praise and worship service 102 (Believe)

What do you Believe?

"BELIEVE"  (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

“BELIEVE” (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

CHIDREN OF GOD, in our PRAYER, PRAISE and WORSHIP SERVICE for this SUNDAY MORNING, we present to you our CHRISTMAS STORY beginning with the Birth of John as God’s divine plan unfolds for many UNBELIEVEING MINDS.  It is a story that many of us have read and studied over a long period of time, but in it all there is always a ray of HOPE and INSPIRATION for a greater tomorrow when we celebrate this beautiful story of the unfolding birth of OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.  Our lesson today is simply title:  “BELIEVE!”  Allow this word to sink deep into your sub-conscious minds, and renew your Spirit daily whenever doubt begin to creep in.  Let us lift up God in high praise for His mighty works, for He is worthy to be PRAISED.

LET US PRAY FOR UNBELIEVING MINDS:

Pastor Davis in Prayer as Zachariah

Pastor Davis in Prayer as Zachariah

 

Eternal God, Our Heavenly Father, we thank you for those among us who have believed, and we seek divine intervention into the minds of those that are still wavering in their faith.  For we know that with you Heavenly Father, all things are possible to those who believe.  Transforming a world of unbelieving minds may seem to be an impossible task for some, but we as believers are trusting you Heavenly Father, because we know that it is possible.  You sent your only Son into an unbelieving world as a gift that those among us who would believe in Him should not perish but be transformed into a brand new creature and enjoy eternal life.  Through our prayers Heavenly Father we are seeking the same transformation for those unbelieving minds among us today to come into the full knowledge and understanding that you are God, and they can do nothing without you.  And for this Christmas Season, our prayers are for those unbelieving minds to know that Jesus is truly the reason for this Season.  Amen!

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING:

For with God, nothing shall be impossible.  (Luke 1:37)

Background Scriptures for today’s lesson is from (Luke 1:1-37)

TODAY’S MESSAGE IS TITLE:  “BELIEVE”

Our Christmas Story is a true and profound statement by God who can do all things but fail.  All He asks us to do is to BELIEVE.  In this story, God performed one of the greatest miracles known to man, yet we find it very difficult to BELIEVE when the simplest things are right before our very own eyes.  WHY?  Do we not know that God can never lie, if He lies He will denied Himself.  So why do we continue not to BELIEVE the word of God when the Word of God is truth in itself?

Perhaps, like so many before us, we want God to show us a sign.  Let us examine for a moment the High Priest Zachariah, who was a minister of God that worked at the Temple managing its upkeep, teaching the people the Scriptures, and directing the worship services.  When God sent His Angel Gabriel to tell Zachariah that he and His Wife Elizabeth was going to have a son Zachariah words came perilously close to doubt, [disbelief].  Zachariah wanted more than the word from this Heavenly visitor, he wanted a sign from God.

ZACHARIAH QUESTIONS  GOD'S MESSANGER GABRIEL

ZACHARIAH QUESTIONS GOD’S MESSANGER GABRIEL

So Zachariah question the angle by asking, “How can I know this will happen?”  At that very moment Zachariah saw only the obstacles and not the possibilities of the Good News that the Angel Gabriel was presenting to him from God.  His thoughts were that he and Elizabeth were both well past their childbearing years.  In Zachariah mind, he could not see, comprehend or even understand how God could perform such a miracle and place such a burden on him and his wife at this late stage in their lives.  Gabriel explained to Zachariah by stating, “I am Gabriel; I stand in the very presence of God.”  (Luke 1:19)

When we do not BELIEVE and allow doubt to creep in and rule over our unbelieving minds, it will result in some sort of punishment.  God has His own ways of letting us know that He is not please with our actions, and just like any loving parent, He will punish us for our unbelieving minds.  In Zachariah unbelieving mind, he asked for a sign and was quickly granted his request.  He would be unable to speak until the Child was born.  The angel’s words would certainly come true at the proper time, whether Zachariah BELIEVED or not.  God’s plan had been set in motion and nothing could stop it.  (LUKE 1:20)

Zachariah and Elizabeth had been childless for many years and God had promised a son to them, and God kept His promise.  The promise came even before this child was ever conceived.  God was waiting for the right time to ENCOURAGE them and take away their disgrace of not being able to bare a child in their early childbearing years.  Elizabeth soon realized that in this impossible pregnancy, God had performed a MIRACLE.  (Luke 1:23-25)

What God has done for Zachariah and Elizabeth, He will do the same for you.  With God, nothing is impossible, all you have to do is, “BELIEVE!”

THE STORY OF THE BIRTH OF JOHN

When Elizabeth was full-term in her pregnancy, she bore a son, Her neighbors and relatives, seeing that God had over whelmed her with mercy, celebrated with her.

On the eighth day, they came to circumcise the child and were calling him Zachariah after his father. But his mother intervened: “No. He is to be called John.”

“But,” they said, “no one in your family is named that.” They used sign language to ask Zachariah what he wanted him named.

Asking for a tablet, Zachariah wrote, “His name is to be John.” That took everyone by surprise. Surprise followed surprise—Zachariah’s mouth was now open, his tongue loose, and he was talking, praising God!

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.”

We encourage you to find a local Bible Teaching Church and begin to study and fellowship with other believers.  You can also return back here daily and study God’s word with us.  We share the truth of the scriptures daily, and you will find over 1000 topics for study and discussions.  May the saving grace of our Lord and Savior be with you now and forever, in Jesus name, AMEN!

CLOSING PRAYER:

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

 

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The Gift of giving is Remembering

BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS for they shall be called the sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9; NKJV)

REMEMBERING OTHERS DURING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON:

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WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

The time of year many have anxiously anticipated is upon us, now the process of decision and choice making has begun full forced. It is the time of year in which feasting and celebration are shared within many homes and communities world -wide; therefore, let us enhance the spirit by REMEMBERING OTHERS DURING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.

There are those who are less fortunate among us that a friendly gesture can bring healing to their soul, for they seek not the material things of this world, but spiritual. Jesus gave each of us a message, a thought to always ponder especially during the holiday season, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God” (Matthew 5:9; NKJV). Where there is disharmony, discord, chaos and greed, the time is now to mend and repair, restore and renew by REMEMBERING OTHERS DURING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.

Somewhere there is someone that will not hear the words “Joy to the World” or “Silent Night,” because of the sound of war raging in their communities. Somewhere there will be some child that will not experience the happiness of opening gifts with moments of glee. Somewhere someone will spend Christmas alone because they have no family to share it with. The list it seems is endless, but the joy of Christmas is really all about the “Birth” the “Gift of a Savior.” For the scriptures reminds us this way, “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder. And his name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.” While REMEMBERING OTHERS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON think on these things for it is from the heart love is freely given.

As the joy and spirit of Christmas continue to unfold, take a moment and reflect on how blessed you truly are, WHILE REMEMBERING OTHERS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON in a very special way.

May you find the gift of peace and contentment as you approach and become participants in this holiday season.

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Let us magnify the Lord

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LET US  MAGIFY THE LORD for he is the greatest gift of all as you celebrate this holiday season. This gift does not come contained in a box or wrapped expensively. There is no variation in the price of this gift because the price has been paid in full, which is why God gave to each of us the greatest gift of all, his Son. “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a Son and they shall call his name Immanuel, which is translated, “God with us” (Matthew 1:23; NKJV).

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When you decorate that tree, sing those carols filled with laughter and joy, remember the reason for it all. Jesus, a tiny newborn baby born in a stable, wrapped in pieces of cloth and laid in a feeding trough, just for you. So great was the gift, “… after Jesus was born in Bethlehem…wise men from the East came…asking, “Where is he who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him” (Matthew 2:1-2). “…, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy…when they saw the young child… and fell down and worshiped him…they presented gifts to him…”(Matthew 2:9-11).  It’s Christmas a joyous time of the year; so, LET US MAGNIFY THE LORD for he is worthy.

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Christmas tradition has been shared from one generation to the next, celebrated culturally expressing gratitude for the gift of a Savior, a King. When you kneel in prayer, remember the children around the world that the true meaning of Christmas will never lose its’ meaning and be replaced by the cares of this world. Pray that they will learn to recognize the value of such a gift as the baby Jesus. Join hands with family and love ones, set aside differences and LET US  MAGNIFY THE LORD this holiday season.

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