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Monday’s Word of Encouragement (Be filled with Joy)

BE FILLED WITH JOY:

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Greetings My Dear Brothers and Sisters, welcome to the first day of the rest of your life.  For it is truly an amazing moment that we have this opportunity to begin a brand new week with our hearts filled with JOY!

The CHOICE we make this day will determine our success are failure for the rest of this week and possibly the rest of our natural life.  Therefore, I encourage you to choose well this day whom you will follow and what and whom you will allow into your space and joy 03minds, knowing that you are going to face many test of your faith as you step out into the world.  The old devil and his band of angels are waiting for you to enter into their space so they can show you all their glitter, tempting you to CHOOSE their way instead of the Lord’s way.

However, we can find encouragement in the Word of the Lord when He was faced with similar test from the devil, and this is what He says to us, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” (James 1:2-3 ESV)

JOY

BE ENCOURAGED IN THE LORD

My Brothers and Sisters as we walk the walk and talk the talk, let us remain steadfast in our faith when we face trials of any sort because, in Jesus we have the perfect example in which to follow.  Listen to what the Word of God says to us, “Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2 ESV)

FINDING JOY IN YOUR JOURNEY THIS DAY:joy 04

 

My Brothers and Sisters, it is my hope and prayer that as you begin your journey this week you will be filled with JOY in all that you do.  Therefore, I leave you with the final word from the Lord, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. (Romans 15:13 ESV)

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Sunday Prayer Praise and Worship Service 114 (Servants called to Serve)

BECOMING FISHERS OF MEN (Photo by Pastor Davis)

BECOMING FISHERS OF MEN (Photo by Pastor Davis)

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, as we enter into the Kingdom of God to be with Him in prayer, praise and worship, know that their is a calling upon your life, and Jesus is calling out to you to come and follow HIM and He is going to make you a fishers of Men in the same manner He called His first two disciples, He is still calling out to Men and Women all around the World to Come and then Go!

LET US PRAY:The Angel Gabriel announcement to Mary by Photo Bucket

Almighty God our Heavenly Father, I thank you for sending your Son Jesus into my life and the lives of all your children; I heard His call and today I am answering that call to pick up my cross and follow Him. I now realize this is my time, my mission, and I will be your disciple, a servant that has been chosen to do your will.  I honor you, I love you, I praise you and I will be obedient to your will, in Jesus name, Amen!

THE CALL FROM JESUS:

THE TWO FISHERMAN CALL FROM JESUS (Photo by Pastor Davis)

THE TWO FISHERMAN CALL FROM JESUS (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Here is how Jesus began is calling, “While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen.  And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. ” (Matthew 4:18-19 ESV)

Are you ready to lay aside the life that you have come to know, step outside of your comfort zone, pick your cross and follow Jesus?  You are a Servant being called to Serve; have you touched the handle of the plow?  Jesus said in Luke 9:62, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

The time is now to lift our eyes up towards Heaven and know that the Kingdom of God has come and it is living inside of us, waiting on us to step up and become faithful Servants, stepping out on our faith, with our battle gear on, knowing that we have been prepared, fully equipped and ready for the Spiritual War that is now upon us.

Jesus has CALLED us, and now He is saying GO!  “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20 ESV)

WORSHIP TIME:

It is now time to go to the word to get the rest of the story.  Today my Friend and Brother in Christ Jesus Pastor Dennis R. Everett, Sr from the Lake Bethlehem Baptist Church is going to provide the rest of the story on what Jesus meant when He said GO!

 

 

ALTER CALL:

 

 

CLOSING PRAYER:

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.

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Saturday Morning Devotional Prayer and Praise Service (Servants called to Serve)

WE ARE SERVANTS CALLED TO SERVE

CHILDREN FROM THE EMMANUEL CHURCH OF INDIA LIFTING UP HOLY HANDS IN PRAISE AND WORSHIP FOR OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST

CHILDREN FROM THE EMMANUEL CHURCH OF INDIA LIFTING UP HOLY HANDS IN PRAISE AND WORSHIP FOR OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST

My Brothers and Sisters let us prepare our hearts and minds for our Weekend prayer praise and worship service. For it is truly a moment and time that we can serve God, worship him in his high place, and serve each other. We are servants call to serve mankind. Expressing our love for each other is a form off service. For the Lord our God has granted us the freedom and opportunity to go to our jobs, our businesses, our schools and serve mankind. Now he is calling us as servants to come forth lift up our holy hands and serve him.

Now listen to what Paul tells us to do, He says, “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love, serve one another.” (Galatians 5:13 ESV) Let us take heed to Paul’s message, be obedient servants, serve God and each other, do not allow the devil to steal our joy, our freedom, and our ability to come before the throne of grace and praise God.

Being given our freedom to serve does not mean that we have freedom to sin. Let us keep our eye on the prize, which is Jesus Christ. Let this Freedom encourage us to have a heart for service. As a Christian we know that our freedom is in Christ Jesus, and this would exclude any possible thought that it might ever mean freedom to sin. Let us understand this one very important fact, and that we are to love one another as Jesus Christ’s has love each one of us.

For I can say to you today that a proper outlet for our freedom is simply this: “make it a habit to be slaves one to another.” Now listen to what Jesus tells us, “If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.” (John 12:26 ESV)

Therefore my brothers and sisters let us prepare our hearts and minds to lift up the Lord our God in prayer praise and worship this Weekend. Then let us go out and serve our fellowman. Becoming a true servant of the Lord, doing his will in the manner in which he will have us to do it. Let us love one another with all our hearts, minds and our soul. Be on one accord with each other in order that our heavenly father will honor each of us. Always remember, “WE ARE SERVANTS CALLED TO SERVE!”

Listen to how Isaiah prophesied about the “The Sin-Bearing-Servant”

He is despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief…he has borne our grief and carried our sorrows…he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities and by his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53: 3-5).

Allow this Easter Holiday to become a time you seriously consider getting to know more about the one who came and died so that you can know how wonderful it is to be free, free indeed.

 

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HIS DESTINY WAS KNOWN

JESUS THE MESSIAH WHOS’ DESTINY WAS FORETOLD:

A LOVING SAVIOUR:

PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

As the Easter Holiday approaches many will see it as a time of joy and celebration of a tradition, one that is set aside every year. Really it has far more meaning than celebration of new attire and the Easter egg hunt. It is about honoring a savior who came to redeem mankind through freedom from sin, and the most important thing to remember is that he gave his life for all. Take a moment to reflect on his final days and hours before he said, “It is finished.”

Six days before the feast of Passover Jesus made a trip to Bethany (John 12:1; NKJV); he knew then that his hour had come to depart this world (earthly realm) to return to his Father with his purpose and commitment completed. He already knew that the devil would attempt his final act through one of his close companions for the scripture says, Jesus was troubled in his spirit and said, “I say to you, one of you will betray me (John 13: 21).”

His greatest desire was to spend the final days with those he had chosen through Holy Communion. He had final instructions before departing, instructions vital for carrying the message to the world, to continue to follow his designed pattern. During fellowship with them he said, “I have given you an example that you should do as I have done to you (John 13:15).” He went on to emphasize the most important part of fellowship, when he said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another…all will know that you are my disciples (John 13:34). If you love me, keep my commandments, these things I have spoken to you, that in me you will have peace; in the world you will have tribulations, but be of good cheer I have overcome the world (John 16: 33).

Remember, Jesus is about to face turbulent moments in the days ahead, yet, he show concern for mankind even in the darkest hours. When he faced death, his prayer to the Father was a deep cry for intervention, yet he said, your will not my will be done.

Isaiah prophesized about the “The Sin-Bearing-Servant”

He is despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief…he has borne our grief and carried our sorrows…he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities and by his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53: 3-5).

Allow this Easter Holiday to become a time you seriously consider getting to know more about the one who came and died so that you can know how wonderful it is to be free, free indeed.

 

 

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Gain Favor from God with a Humble Heart

How to experience Humility as a way of Life

EXPERIENCING HUMILITY (PHOTO BY Pastor Davis)

EXPERIENCING HUMILITY (PHOTO BY Pastor Davis)

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, do you really understand who you are when you look into the mirror and see that face looking back at you?  Do you ever ask the question, Oh God, who am I?  What I want you to understand in this lesson and the many lessons we teach here is How Humility works to bring you into the knowledge and power of  just who you are, who God is, and who you are in God.  Re-read and comprehend this last statement because it holds more power than an atom bomb.

The reward for HUMILITY and fear of the LORD is RICHES and HONOR and LIFE. (Proverbs 22:4 ESV) Now I ask you, how many of you do not want to experience these blessings in your life. God is teaching us how to live as that new person in this season and experience a true abundant lifestyle, BY LEARNING HOW TO EXPERIENCE HUMILITY AS A WAY OF LIFE!

In this, we are given a choice, we can befriend God are we can befriend the world. Some of us may say that we will befriend both God and the world, but in practice, we can only choose one way. The more we give ourselves to the world, the stronger will be our allegiance to the world. The more we give ourselves to God, the stronger will be our bond with him. This is what Jesus says, “Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be. (Matthew 6:21)

We have to remember, that we can find strength in the Lord, to live a humble lifestyle and receive all the lords abundant BLESSINGS. Although the world may consider us weak, when we show HUMILITY, this is because the world wants us to be filled with pride, and God sets himself against the proud, because pride makes us self-centered and leads us to conclude that we deserve all we can see, touch, or imagine. It creates greedy appetites far more than we need. Pride can subtly cause us to no longer see our sins or our need for forgiveness.

But remember this one great truth, HUMILITY opens the way for God’s grace to flow into our lives; thus, God shows favor to the HUMBLE.

Do not get so caught up in the ways of the world and the people that surrounds you, that you lose sight of who you are, who God is, who you are in God, that your heart becomes so hearten that you cannot HUMBLE yourselves in the presence of the Lord.

Understand this fact, “HUMILITY is not weakness; instead, it is the only place that believers gain courage to face all their temptations and sins with God’s strength.” As God gives us more grace, we realize that this world’s seductive attractions are only cheap substitutes for what God has to offer. It is our choice we can HUMBLE ourselves and receive God’s grace, or we can continue in our pride and self-sufficiency and experience his anger.

Now let me conclude this by leaving you with these two questions; (1). How do we, so prone to pride at the very moment when we think we might be approaching humility, discover true humility? (2). How do we become the kind of humble people who find the overflowing grace that God promises?

Well, listen to how Scripture teaches us to do it; “Let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.” (James 4:7-10 MSG)

May the grace of God fill your lives with His overflowing blessings, and bring you much joy and peace now and forever, in Jesus name, AMEN!

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Wednesday Inspirational and Motivational Services (Power of Thought)

YOUR PREDOMINANT THOUGHTS CREATE YOUR PERSONALITY

MIND REALITY THOUGHTS

Be Transformed; now is the time to make a change…(Romans 12:1-2)

Are you ready to be transformed into that brand new creature in 2015?  Of course you are!  You have thought about it, you have prayed about it and meditated deeply on it, and you know in your heart of hearts this is truly your season to take the proper action to make all your dreams become a reality.

Now I simply encourage you to read study and think deeply on what I have to teach you in these very important lessons in 2015 and allow the Holy Spirit to ignite the fire that is smoothing inside of you.  God wants to take you to that high place that He has prepared for all of you who love and truly believe in Him.

Know that He blessed each one of us with our own individual body and mind.  He placed within each one of us, the ability to be CREATIVE and reach beyond ourselves and limits that we only dreamed of before, touch and change the lives of others.  He gave us a purpose and set forth our destination.

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God’s promise was a Gift Fulfilled

Written by Shirley Rhodes

God‘s Promise Was a Gift Fulfilled and that promise was the gift of his Son in order that we might enter a life filled with His light. We are given the opportunity to share in fulfillment of God’ promise in which we must learn to depend and trust God and his way, by embracing him and what he does for each of us.

Jesus came into the world and was yet rejected, the scriptures addresses it this way: He came unto his own, and his own received him not (John1:11) But as many as received him, to them he gave power to become the sons  of God, even those who believed on his name (12), he was the Word made flesh, lived among man full of grace and truth(14)(KJV) through this kind act of God,  we  know that God’s Promise Was a Gift Fulfilled.

We are all God’s creation, when some see a person as nothing, God sees that person as something, he sees the possibilities, we only have to dare and trust in him for what he has promised.

When things seem hopeless, do not focus on what seems impossible because with God all things are possible.  Faith is the key to opening up and allowing our minds to grasp the greatness of the One who is able to give us what we need,” the just shall live by faith” (Habakkuk 2:4).

In order to share in what the promise offers we must decide to devote time and energy into getting to know the source, that is done through studying and sharing knowledge and understanding of how it is all purposed to come together in our lives. When we deeply plant the Word of promise in our hearts and focus on how the Holy Spirit (that which Jesus promised would come) works, we set aside time in prayer, believing in faith. Allowing our thoughts to be reminded that God’s Promise Was a Gift Fulfilled; we center ourselves in such a way that when all is complete;  we  come up strong and ready, sure that God will do just what he’s promised.

What we find in life is that if we trust in people we set ourselves up for disappointment by the very one(s) we trust who failed to follow through on what they promised. People are skeptical especially of things or people who seem too good to be true. One major fact is this, people like to have more than one form ofevidence in order to believe something that would in the ordinary seem unreal.

When Jesus told his followers it was really him, in the flesh after his resurrection, they didn’t believe him at first; in all actually what they were truly seeing was that, God’s Promise Was a Gift Fulfilled. 

When Jesus shared his last meal with his chosen followers after his resurrection, He opened their understanding and instructed them to be his witnesses and to wait for further instructions from God. ThePower they were to receive, the Holy Spirit, so that they could be witnesses of the resurrected Savior.

God gave his Word and kept his promise; he sacrificed his only Son to save mankind, God’s Promise Was a Gift Fulfilled. We owe him worship and praise continually.   And in Roman’s 12:1, Paul teaches us that we must be obedient to the word of God, he starts out by saying, “Brothers and sisters, in light of all I have shared with you about God’s mercies, I urge you to offer your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice to God, a sacred offering that brings Him pleasure; this is your reasonable, essential worship.”

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