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BELIEVE THAT YOU CAN GROW UP IN THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST

BELIEVE THAT YOU CAN GROW UP IN THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST

THE SON OF RIGHTEOUSNESS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE SON OF RIGHTEOUSNESS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

CHILDREN OF GOD, as we stand before the throne of grace, in the awesome power of God who holds the entire UNIVERSE in the palm of His Hands, we are asking you to CONCEIVE and BELIEVE in your MINDS that we can, “GROW UP IN THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST.”

Therefore, as we enter into this CHRISTMAS SEASON, we ask you simply to BELIEVEBELIEVE that we were created in the image of God and given His Character that we may grow up in His grace.  We can do nothing of our own.  Our growth is totally depended upon the actions of God.  Everything in the Universe was created by God and for God that it may grow and flourish in the manner God has chosen it to be.  Therefore, as a newborn creature in this life, “our mission is to grow up in the grace of Jesus Christ.”

Now the question becomes, how do we accomplish our mission that God has given us?  As with all life, so it is with growth.  We must learn to lean and depend on the maker and giver of all life.  Know that it is only God, who brings the bud to bloom and the flower to fruit. It is by his power that the seed develops,” first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.” Mark 4:28.

The plants and flowers grow not by their own care, anxiety, or effort, but by receiving that which God has furnished to minister to their life. The child cannot by any anxiety or power of its own, add to its own stature. No more can you, by anxiety or effort of yourself, secure spiritual growth.  No, all life is the mystery and work of God provided to us through His power and grace.

The plant, as well as the child, grows by receiving from its surroundings that which ministers to its life – air, sunshine, and food. What these gifts of nature are to animal and plant, such is Christ to those who trust in him. He is there” everlasting light,”  “a sun and shield.”  Isaiah 60:19; Psalms 84:11, he shall be as” the dew unto Israel.” “He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass.” Hosea 14:5; Psalms 72:6. He is the living water,” the bread of God… Which cometh down from heaven, and gives life unto the world” John 6:33!

As the flower turns to the sun, that the bright beams of day aid in perfecting its beauty and symmetry, so should we turn to the Son of righteousness, that heavens light may shine upon us, that our character may be developed into the likeness of Christ.

Jesus teaches the same thing when he says, “abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abides in the vine; no more can ye, except he abide in me… Without me you can do nothing.” John 15:4-5. You are just as dependent upon Christ, in order to live a holy life, as is the branch upon the parent stock for growth and fruitfulness. Apart From Him, you have no life. You have no power to resist temptation or to grow in grace and holiness. Abiding in him, you may flourish. Drawing your life from him, you will not wither nor be fruitless. You will be like a tree, planted by the rivers of water.

 

Many have an idea that they must do some part of the work alone. They have trusted in Christ for the forgiveness of sin, but now they seek by their own efforts to live aright. However, every such effort must fail. Jesus says,” Without me ye can do nothing.” Our growth in grace, our joy, our usefulness, all depend upon our union with Christ. It is by communion with him, daily, hourly, by abiding in him, that we are to grow in grace. He is not only the author, but the finisher of our faith. It is Christ first, last, and always. He is to be with us, not only at the beginning and the end of our course, but at every step of the way.” I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.” Psalms 16:8.

By faith, you became Christ’s, and by faith, you are to grow up in him through grace, by giving and taking. You are to give all, your heart, your will, your service, give yourself to him to obey all his requirements; and you must take all, Christ, the fullness of all blessings, to abide in your heart, to be your strength, your righteousness, your everlasting helper, to give you power to obey, and when you do all these things, your GROWING UP IN THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST is now under way.  Now you must stay focus and keep your eye on the prize.

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SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 46 BEING THANKFUL FOR ANOTHER THANKSGIVING

SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 46 BEING THANKFUL FOR ANOTHER THANKSGIVING

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Greetings CHILDREN OF GOD, if it is Sunday, it is time to Rise, Shine, lift your heads towards heaven and begin to praise the Lord.  For He is truly worthy of all our Praises, He has woke us up this morning, breathe new life into our mortal bodies and given us a golden opportunity to make a brand new start, that alone is enough for us to want to shout from the top of the highest mountain praise upon to His Holy name.  Today’s message focuses upon giving thanks for our Blessings this Thanksgiving.

TODAY’S SONG OF PRAISE:

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God!  It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.  (Psalm 100:1-5 ESV)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING:

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

 TODAY’S MESSAGE OF PRAYER AND PRAISE:

In our message today, Pastor Davis focuses our attention upon giving thanks for our abundant harvest for this thanksgiving season.  We all have something to be thankful for, now let us pray together for those blessings that the Lord our God has showered upon each one of us.

 

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, 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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DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE MYSTERIOUS TRUTHS OF SPIRITUAL LIFE?

DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE MYSTERIOUS TRUTHS OF SPIRITUAL LIFE?

THE SUNFLOWER (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE SUNFLOWER (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Growing up into Christ (YOU ARE TRULY DIVINE)

The change of heart by which we become children of God is in the Bible spoken of as birth. Again, it is compared to the germination of the good seed sown by the husbandman. In like manner those who are just converted to Christ are,” as newborn babies,” to grow up” to the stature of the men and women in Christ Jesus1 Peter 2:2; Ephesians 4:15. Or like the good seed sown in the field, they ought to grow up and bring forth fruit. Isaiah says that they shall” be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.” Isaiah 61:3. Therefore, from natural life, illustrations are drawn, to help us better understand the mysterious truths of spiritual life.

Not all the wisdom and skill of command can produce life in the smallest object in nature. It is only through the life which God himself has imparted, that either plant or animal can live. Therefore, it is only through the life from God that spiritual life is begotten in the hearts of man. Unless a man is “born from above,” he cannot become a partaker of the life, which Christ came to give. John 3:3.

As with life, so it is with growth. It is God, who brings the bud to bloom and the flower to fruit. It is by his power that the seed develops,” first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.” Mark 4:28. Moreover, the prophet Hosea says to Israel, that “he shall grow as the Lily.”  “They shall revise as the corn, and grow as the vine.” Hosea 14:5, 7.  And Jesus bids us” consider the lilies how they grow.” Luke 12:27. The plants and flowers grow not by their own care, anxiety, or effort, but by receiving that which God has furnished to minister to their life. The child cannot by any anxiety or power of its own, add to its own stature. No more can you, by anxiety or effort of yourself, secure spiritual growth. The plant, the child, grows by receiving from its surroundings that which ministers to its life – air, sunshine, and food. What these gifts of nature are to animal and plant, such is Christ to those who trust in him. He is there” everlasting light,”  “a sun and shield.”  Isaiah 60:19; Psalms 84:11, he shall be as ” the dew unto Israel.” “He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass.” Hosea 14:5; it Psalms 72:6. He is the living water,” the bread of God… Which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.” John 6:33.

Now in the Maecenas give of his son, God has in store call the whole world with an atmosphere of grace as real as the air which circulates around the globe. All who choose to breathe this life given atmosphere will live and grow up to the stature of men and women in Christ Jesus.

As the flower turns to the sun, that the bright beams of may aid in perfecting its beauty and symmetry, so should we turn to the Sun of righteousness, that heavens light may shine upon us, that our character may be developed into the likeness of Christ.

Jesus teaches the same thing when he says, “abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abides in the vine; no more can ye, except he abide in me… Without me you can do nothing.” John 15:4, 5. You are just as dependent upon Christ, in order to live a holy life, as is the branch upon the parent stock for growth and fruitfulness. Apart From Him, you have no life. You have no power to resist temptation or to grow in grace and holiness. Abiding in him, you may flourish. Drawing your life from him, you will not wither nor be fruitless. You will be like a tree, planted by the rivers of water.

Many have an idea that they must do some part of the work alone. They have trusted in Christ’s for the forgiveness of sin, but now they seek by their own efforts to live aright. However, every such effort must fail. Jesus says,” Without me ye can do nothing.” Our growth in grace, our joy, our usefulness, all depend upon our union with Christ. It is by communion with him, daily, hourly, by abiding in him, that we are to grow in grace. He is not only the author, but the finisher of our faith. It is Christ’s first, last, and always. He is to be with us, not only at the beginning and the end of our course, but at every step of the way.” I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.” Psalms 16:8.

Do you ask,” how is I to abide in Christ?” In the same way as you received him at first.” As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk you in him.”  ” The just shall live by faith.” Colossians 2:6; Hebrews 10:38. You gave yourself to God, to be his holy, to serve and obey him, and you took Christ as your Savior. You could not yourself atone for your sins are changing your heart; but having given yourself to God, you believe that He for Christ sake did all this for you.

By faith, you became Christ’s, and by faith, you are to grow up in him, by giving and taking. You are to give all, your heart, you will, your service, give yourself to him to obey all his requirements; and you must take all, Christ, the fullness of all blessings, to abide in your heart, to be your strength, your righteousness, your everlasting helper, to give you power to obey.

ARE WE DESTROYING OUR VERY OWN EXISTENCE THAT GOD GAVE US TO PROTECT?

ARE WE DESTROYING OUR VERY OWN EXISTENCE THAT GOD GAVE US TO PROTECT?

ARE WE DESTROYING OUR VERY OWN EXISTENCE THAT GOD GAVE US TO PROTECT?

ARE WE DESTROYING OUR VERY OWN EXISTENCE THAT GOD GAVE US TO PROTECT?                      (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

NOW IS THE TIME TO REACH OUT AND EMBRACE THE BEAUTY OF HOLINESS

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

 Light seeds are planted in the souls of Gods people; Joy-seeds are planted in good heart soil (Psalm: 97:10).

Often people voice the idea or thought that the world has changed so much. Has the world really changed or have we changed the world we live in?  Environmental changes, chaos, anger, hatred the list seems endless, so far from the original plan of God.

God planned the world and set it on its foundation; everything was in order, not a speck out of place. Take a moment and look around, focus your thoughts on the many events you’ve witnessed in a life time and see how human-kind has gradually contributed to the destruction of what surrounds us at any given moment.  Are we thankful for what God has provided for our enjoyment or have we carelessly and aimlessly, taken it all for-granted without considering the consequence of our behavior?

As we are given the opportunity to EMBRACE THE BEAUTY OF HOLINESS, how can we but be thankful to share in what God has given for our enjoyment? We pollute the air, throw trash along roadways, empty garbage into our water-ways and yet we wonder and complain about the effects of global warming. You know, that is not the way it has always been. All we have to do is to stop for a moment, pick up the Word of God, read “The Beginning” and evaluate where we are today.  What is happening around us we consider advancement; yet, that does not alter the fact that what we are privileged to enjoy is not a blessing to be cherished.

Where did it all start, when did it all start? Is what we are experiencing today a result of disobedience, unthank fullness or simply a lack of knowledge. Imagine a time when the whole earth was watered by underground springs or when God placed man in charge of all he had created, a relationship built on love and trust. Now that we see so many of our natural resources disappearing before our eyes, what are we willing to give or do to make it right?

If we should continue along at the present rate will life as it was designed ever return to a point where the air we breathe no longer pollute our lungs, the water we drink is no longer a threat to our health, the food we eat is no longer poison our systems, or will love ever find the way back into our hearts that seem to have grown cold and distant among many?

Scripture reminds us that there is hope for a better day, a brighter tomorrow, but there is work we must do, we must be about our Fathers’ business making every effort to correct what is wrong. Jesus came, taught and left directions for us, how to live godly lives by being thankful in all things. Although this world is not our home, it is what we have been blessed with to inhabit until God’s kingdom is fully restored. So, let’s be caretakers by sharing in the responsibility of keeping it all together according to the plan of God. He does not require that we seek our own way; remember, that he is the head as we look to him for guidance.

Take a look around, the world has not changed, we have changed the environment blessed to us from the very beginning of time. What are we willing to do to make it right?

This video clip captures the beauty and essence of God’s glory and what He has provided to us for our enjoyment.  We are the stewards over Mother Earth.  Our task is preserve her for future generations.  I pray that this lesson and the video has been a blessing to your soul.  May God bless each one of you and the work you are doing to help make this world a better place for all of us to live, work and enjoy.  In Jesus name, Amen!

PORTRAIT OF A FATHER

PORTRAIT OF A FATHER

Pastor Davis with Father Deacon Davis Byars Sr. Age 95 and still going strong

BY  SISTER SHIRLEY RHODES

The PORTRAIT OF A FATHER is one of a special gift, because God has chosen them and placed them in charge of the family as a nurturer and provider.  FATHERS’ are seen as the strong tower, the leader and diligently goes about seeking how to provide the many necessities essential to the family’s growth. Throughout time FATHERS’ have always sheltered their inner emotions simply because that is how society dictates. Life now paints a different picture for today’s FATHER.

When we think of a FATHER we think of the beginning (the creation) and know that he was created for a purpose and that purpose was for God’s enjoyment. God formed Man out of the dirt from the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life. The Man became a living soul! Genesis 2:7. God made a covenant with Abraham when he was ninety-nine years old, he said, “This is my covenant with you: You’ll be the FATHER of many nations, I’ll make nations from you, a covenant that includes your descendants, a covenant that goes on and on and on, a covenant that commits me to be your God and the God of your descendants. (Genesis 17:3-8 Mgs)

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:

The Bible tells us that, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.  Though he falls, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.” (Psalm 37:23-24 KJV).  Therefore, let us understand that a FATHER can and will make mistakes as he seeks to lead his family in the path that God has set out for him to do so.

Now listen to the words of Thomas More, he says, “Family life is full of major and minor crises—the ups and downs of health, success and failure—and all kinds of characters. It is tied to places and events and histories. With all of these felt details, life etches itself into memory and personality. It’s difficult to imagine anything more nourishing to the soul.”

The PORTRAIT OF A FATHER is one that none of us should take lightly.  Let us lift up our eyes towards heaven and thank God, our HEAVENLY FATHER who has given us this opportunity to be a part of this earthly celebration this weekend to salute and honor all FATHERS who have stood the test of time and given of themselves to be FATHERS in spite of the many trials and tribulations they have had to endure.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO ALL FATHERS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD AND MAY THE PEACE, LOVE AND JOY OF GOD OUR FATHER FILL YOUR HEARTS WITH MUCH JOY AND PEACE ON THIS SPECIAL FATHER’S DAY!

BE ENCOURAGED IN THE EYE OF THE STORM

BE ENCOURAGED IN THE EYE OF THE STORM

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

THE STORM IS RAGING (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

THE STORM IS RAGING (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

Be encouraged in the eye of the storm because it is in such times as these that we learn to depend on our Creator who supplies all of our needs; strength, endurance, patience and the ability to remain focused on what lies ahead. Know this: GOD is God, and God, GOD; he made us, we didn’t make him, we are his people (Psalm 100:3 MGS); he loves us and has promised to never leave us without hope.

If you’ve never had an experience in life that changed you forever you may not comprehend the true meaning of “Be Encouraged in the Eye of the Strom.” On the other-hand if you have experienced events that changed your life as you knew it you understand the meaning of these words because you have survived, yet you know your life will never be the same.

Recent events of evil that have penetrated many lives have left some with scars and little hope. We offer words of encouragement to those who are feeling lost and confused, never lose hope, stay faithful and God will see you through, be encouraged in the eye of the storm.

Scripture reminds us of how Jesus is always in the midst of our troubles. Remember when Jesus and his disciples were in the boat and the next thing they knew, they were in a severe storm; waves crashing into the boat, tossed about and afraid while Jesus slept. When they realized Jesus was asleep they became even more frightened, that moment their faith was being tested. Immediately Jesus spoke, he told to wind to be silent, the sea to quiet down; complete Silence and the sea became as smooth as glass (Matthew 8:23-26). Be encouraged in the eye of the storm.

THE PURPLE AND WHITE IRIS OF LOVE AND ENCOURAGEMENT (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

THE PURPLE AND WHITE IRIS OF LOVE AND ENCOURAGEMENT (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

Even through the many storms of life, God has not changed his mind, his love is everlasting, trust him with all your heart—be encouraged in the eye of the storm because this too shall pass and will someday become a distant memory. Through the experience you will gain strength to endure and move forward with purpose into your destiny. Know that you are truly blessed when tears flow freely because joy comes in the morning. Be encouraged; be encouraged in the eye of the storm that’s passing over, may your hearts find peace and happiness.

 

THE RESUME OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST

THE RESUME OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST 

THE RESUME OF JESUS CHRIST (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE RESUME OF JESUS CHRIST (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

 

THE RESUME OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST 

ADDRESS:  Ephesians 1:20
Phone: Romans 10:13

I’m seeking the top management position in your heart.  Please consider my accomplishments as set forth in my resume.

QUALIFICATION:

I founded the earth and established the heavens, (See Proverbs 3:19)

I formed man from the dust of the ground, (See Genesis 2:7)

I breathed into man the breath of life, (See Genesis 2:7)

I redeemed man from the curse of the law, (See Galatians 3:13)

The blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant comes upon your life through me, (See Galatians 3:14)

OCCUPATIONAL BACKGROUND:

I’ve only had one employer, (See Luke 2:49).

I’ve never been tardy, absent, disobedient, slothful or disrespectful.

My employer has nothing but rave reviews for me, (See Matthew 3:15-17)

SKILLS WORK EXPERIENCES:

Some of my skills and work experiences include: empowering the poor to be poor no more, healing the brokenhearted, setting the captives free, healing the sick, restoring sight to the blind and setting at liberty them that are bruised, (See Luke 4:18).

I am Wonderful, Counselor, (See Isaiah 9:6). People who listen to me shall dwell safely and shall not fear evil, (See Proverbs 1:33).

Most importantly, I have the authority, ability and power to cleanse you of your sins, (See I John 1:7-9)

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:

I encompass the entire breadth and length of knowledge, wisdom and understanding, (See Proverbs 2:6).

In me are hid all of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, (See Colossians 2:3).

My Word is so powerful; it has been described as being a lamp unto your feet and a lamp unto your path, (See Psalms 119:105).

I can even tell you all of the secrets of your heart, (See Psalms 44:21).

MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

I was an active participant in the greatest Summit Meeting of all times, (See Genesis 1:26).

I laid down my life so that you may live, (See II Corinthians 5:15).

I defeated the archenemy of God and mankind and made a show of them openly, (See Colossians 2:15).

I’ve miraculously fed the poor, healed the sick and raised the dead!

There are many more major accomplishments, too many to mention here. You can read them on my website, which is located at: www dot – the BIBLE. You don’t need an Internet connection or computer to access my website.

REFERENCES:

The great teacher- my father, JEHOVAH (Psalms 83:18)

Believers and followers worldwide will testify to my divine healings, salvation, deliverance, miracles, restoration and supernatural guidance

In Summation Now that you’ve read my resume, I’m confident that I’m the only candidate uniquely qualified to fill this vital position in your heart. In summation, I will properly direct your paths, (See Proverbs 3:5-6), and lead you into everlasting life, (See John 6:47). When can I start? Time is of the essence, (See Hebrews 3:15).

 

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