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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!

Satan is taking control of America’s Neighborhoods

OUR NEIGHBORHOODS HAVE BECOME SATINS BATTLEFIELD

DEEP INTO THE FOREST (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

DEEP INTO THE FOREST (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Have you ever stopped to observe what was around you?  For most of us we are so busy trying to earn a living to support our families and life style, it makes it very hard for us to see the forest because we are always looking straight ahead into the trees.  Nevertheless, if we ever took the time to observe what was around us, we would then realize that the battlefield is wherever we are.  It does not matter if we are at our homes, school, job, library, concert hall or church, the battlefield will always be where we are.  Satan is and will always be an enemy of God.  His job is to recruit, recruit and recruit, and believe me; he does his job very well.  Satan does not discriminate on the basics of race, creed, color or national origin.  He is out to destroy God’s kingdom, and that means anyone who is a believer of God is a target of Satan.

Therefore, when we understand our purpose and mission in life, we then know that the enemy we are fighting is a very smart, cunning and truly an elusive devil.  His territory is very large and continues to expand every day.  So finding the battlefield for us should not be very hard as long as we are committed to staying the course and following in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The battlefield for us will always be close by.  Our neighborhoods are filled with gangs, drugs, prostitution and all sorts of petty crimes.  In some major cities, people are prisons in their own homes.  They have still bars on their windows and doors.  Their homes are like a fort.  In order for them to enter in or come out, they have to struggle to unlock the bars they are locked behind.  Some people have even died in their homes from fires because they could not get out from behind the steel bars they had locked themselves behind.

Our schools from all over the country, which are located in almost every neighborhood in America, has become one of the most potent battlefields in America today.  Each day more than 250,000 kids carry some type of weapon into our schools to either defend themselves or threaten someone else with them in order to show how big and bad they themselves really are.  Kids are shooting and killing other kids because the evil that the old devil has been able to penetrate into our perimeter around the battlefield we have established for ourselves.  When we stop and consider for a moment that our children are our futures, we cannot but to conclude that the enemy has brought the fight to us.

This to me is unacceptable in the 21st century. We must not continue to allow evil to dedicate our destiny.  We have a King that roars like a might lion who is our protector.  He does not know or accept defeat.  We must believe that we as a chosen disciple of the one living God has been given the power to change the course of our destiny by changing the way we view the people that are committing the evil crimes within our communities.  We should never forget that evil survives because we choose to let it rule over us.  We must resist it on every hand, using the power that God gives us, and believe me, we do have the power to stand up and take the fight to the enemy.  God has given us that power if we choose to use it.  All we have to do is call on him.  He said that he would never leave us or forsake us.  He will always be right there with us even until the end of time.

Standing up to the enemy may not be the way you would view your mission in this world, but if you don’t, who will?  Sometimes we have to just say no to the enemy, and do what is unpopular at the time even if our life depends on it.  This world is not our home; we are just passing through on our way to our eternal home.  We must be prepared to face the enemy with all our strength and might.  Then and only then will the enemy have a sense of who we are.

The enemy will always feel that he is the biggest and baldest bully in town as long as we allow him to back us down.  There comes a time in our lives when we must say no backing away or running away from a situation that I can no longer tolerate.  This enemy is threaten my family, my community, my way of life, and if I don’t do something about it right now, I will no longer have a family or community to live in, because he is taken it all away.  It is up to me to end this right here and now.  It is time to take the battle to the enemy, no more turning my back and saying it’s not my problem.  I am the child of a King, and the King gave me power over the enemy.  I will take a stand and do my part.  I will do it NOW!  Together, we can bring a change into our Communities.

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HONORNING THE HISTORY AND LEGACY OF BLACK HISTORY IN AMERICA

HONORNING THE HISTORY AND LEGACY OF BLACK HISTORY IN AMERICA

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

 

SHIRLEY RHODES

SHIRLEY RHODES

 

Today, we continue to honor the History and Legacy of the AFRICAN AMERICAN PEOPLE as a building block that has been a total part of the fabric of America.  African American’s have been a part of these building blocks for over 200 years.

This is a tribute in honor of Black History Month, honoring people of all races, gender, and culture who faced difficult periods in history as well as today because of a desire to be free and treated as equal. Let’s not forget the generations gone on before us who’ve paved the way and now we have an opportunity to embrace greater freedom of choice and decision.   The struggles continue but we must not forget the battle is not ours, we keep striving, moving forth with our eyes centered on the prize and that prize is that “we all” are given the opportunity to taste real freedom.

Celebration of Black History Month encourages us to reflect on the hopes, dreams and achievements of African- Americans –those who survived persecution, beatings, discrimination, and slavery and yet somehow triumphed in the mist of the struggles. It is a time not just for African-Americans but for those who walked and worked side by side with our black brothers and sisters risking their lives all for equality.

Among the moments of reflection on what has been accomplished, let’s remember that the struggle is not finished. Those who have paved the way gave us insight into their struggles and we are reminded that nothing is gained if we become so comfortable we no longer feel the need to reach higher goals.

With-out pride in ourselves how can we reach back and lift someone else up? The very people who fought in the struggle relied on each other for support, yet many today will not even visit a soup kitchen, or willingly share the gospel of Jesus Christ, are we too comfortable?  Jesus taught us to love and until we are able to comprehend the full meaning of those words, we’ll cease to move forward united. The choice is ours and what we do with it is each one’s responsibility to another.

From a biblical point there are constant reminders of struggles, endurance, strength and overcoming the odds through Victory in Jesus Christ. What we see today is a people without hope due to circumstance, but we have the power within ourselves (spirit within) to overcome any obstacle set before us. We must move in faith instead of being faithless, seek God in all we do because he is the Shepard of our lives.

We’ve managed to lose the importance of those very values of the people we reflect on during Black History Month in so many ways; therefore, we now find ourselves on the verge of losing an entire “privileged” generation of youth. A generation that has access to all the material “things” their hearts desire and yet know little about the struggle or its purpose. The question we must ask ourselves as a Nation, as a People, “How do we grasp the torch and pass it on in such a way that the meaning to Black History isn’t lost forever?” God has a pattern and a plan for all people but we must be obedient and in reverence of the Source which supplies all that we need to endure the struggles and win the Victory.

Now let us not forget who we are as a people, just because we are celebrating Black History Month.  In Christ Jesus, we are all one people.  Not Black People, White People are any other color.  We are a people that belong to Christ and we all are AMERICAN’S.  Do not leave without watching this very important video clip.

May God’s blessings be upon each and every person as we celebrate this Black History Month together as Children of the KING!  Let us do this in Jesus name.

FINDING TRUTH IN THE ETERNAL REALITY OF GOD’S MERCIES

FINDING TRUTH IN THE ETERNAL REALITY OF GOD’S MERCIES

WHEN TRUTH AND REALITY MEETS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

WHEN TRUTH AND REALITY MEETS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

 

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

THE ETERNAL REALITY (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE ETERNAL REALITY (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

A sacred offering that brings Him pleasure; this is your reasonable, essential worship.

MEN PASS FROM SELF TO TRUTH (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

MEN PASS FROM SELF TO TRUTH (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind.

THE LIGHT OF TRUTH (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE LIGHT OF TRUTH (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete.  (ROMANS 12:1-2)

ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER IN PRAYER FAITH AND PLAIN TRUTH

ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER IN PRAYER FAITH AND PLAIN TRUTH

THE BELLAMY MANSION MUSEUM, WILMINGTON, N.C. (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE BELLAMY MANSION MUSEUM, WILMINGTON, N.C. (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

CHILDREN OF GOD, as we begin our day and a brand new week in which we have never seen before, we are faced with many challenges that are zapping our energy and weakening our nation, due to our government shutting down and the inability of our government leaders to sit down and work out the problems that are needed to help stabilize our economy and allow us to grow and prosper as we live in peace and security.

Now let us pray and encourage each other in faith and plain truth.  As I was studying the word of God this morning, I was lead to share what was revealed to me with each one of you.  Therefore, I encourage you to take note of what the Lord wants each one of us to do as He speaks to us from the book of 1Timothy, and here is what He says:

The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.

He wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we’ve learned: that there’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us—Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free. Eventually the news is going to get out. This and this only has been my appointed work: getting this news to those who have never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth.

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.

I don’t let women take over and tell the men what to do. They should study to be quiet and obedient along with everyone else. Adam was made first, then Eve; woman was deceived first—our pioneer in sin!—with Adam right on her heels. On the other hand, her childbearing brought about salvation, reversing Eve. But this salvation only comes to those who continue in faith, love, and holiness, gathering it all into maturity. You can depend on this.  (1 Timothy 2:1-15 MSG)

Now let these words reassure you that God is working in you to strengthen you and help you to overcome the evil spirits of the devil that is trying to keep you away from your Blessings.  Be strong and resist the devil.  Stay focus on what God has set before you and you will prosper in all ways.  Remember, this is truly the first day of the rest of your life.  Your best days are ahead of you.  Take this day and use it to, “ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER IN PRAYER FAITH AND PLAIN TRUTH!”

HOW DEEP IS YOUR FAITH?

HOW DEEP IS YOUR FAITH?

THE LOST COIN CHURCH TRENTON, N.C.(PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE LOST COIN CHURCH TRENTON, N.C.(PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Do you merely know a lot about God, or do you really know him?  Do you have a superficial faith, or do you have a deep trust?  Now consider this thought, when your faith is tested, your endurance will grow.  Your faith must be able to stand the test of time, and not be like the motions of the oceans, always going back and forth.  So once again I ask the question, “HOW DEEP IS YOUR FAITH?”

THE LOST COIN TEMPLE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE LOST COIN TEMPLE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Our Churches today are filled with people who claim to have faith, be Christians and are followers of Christ.  Unfortunately, however, the claims of many of those professed followers are hollow because their faith is shallow; their lives belie their profession by specific non- Christian actions and attitudes or by what they fail to do.  So I ask you again, “HOW DEEP IS YOUR FAITH?”

God has called us as believers to come forth and activate our faith.  Stop sitting on the side line and just being a spectator at the game.  There is real need for the community to get involved in the life line of our communities.  Our governments all over the world is not fulfilling its commitment to its citizens and here in America is shutting down and ignoring the danger and harm that they are doing to its citizens, therefore, believers from all around the world must pick up your cross, activate your faith and take your marching orders from God, as He has commanded you.  He said the harvest is ripe but the labors are few.

There is real need, hurt, pain and suffering out there and our world is filled with those who need compassion, mercy, and love translated into food, shelter, medical care, counsel, and friendship.

I tell you this one truth, and that is, God’s message to the church, and thus to us, is to obey the law of love.  This means supporting Christian welfare and mission agencies and individuals with our prayers and money.  It also means being sensitive to the needs in our neighborhoods and looking for ways that we can become involved personally.  “If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, Love your neighbor as yourself, you are doing right and your faith will bear this out.  However, James takes us one step further by asking this specific question, he says, “Listen, my beloved brethren: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and in their position as believers and to inherit the kingdom which He has promised to those who love Him?”  (James 2:5 AMP)

The time is NOW for us to do what’s right and pleasing in God’s sight, because in essence we are all brothers and sisters in Christ.  There is only one body and one faith, and we all are one in the body of Christ, and we are commanded to walk by faith and not by sight.  Therefore, I close by asking this one simple question, “HOW DEEP IS YOUR FAITH?”

SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 39 FAITH WILL KEEP YOU CONNECTED TO THE POWER SOURCE

SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 39 FAITH WILL KEEP YOU CONNECTED TO THE POWER SOURCE

OUR FEATURED CHURCH THIS WEEK IS THE GOWDYESVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH, GOWDYESVILLE, S.C. (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

OUR FEATURED CHURCH THIS WEEK IS THE GOWDYESVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH, GOWDYESVILLE, S.C. (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

GLORY HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH, GLORY, GLORY to GOD, OH what a day in the life of Jesus this really is, just thinking about how awesome He really is, should make you want to jump up and shout to the top of your lungs, HALLELUJAH:  Good Morning CHILDREN OF GOD, if it is Sunday, it is our SUPER BOWL SUNDAY, and that could mean only one thing, and you know what that is.  It is time for all God’s Children to ARISE, SHINE and let the light of God that is living inside of you SHINE so bright that it blind Satan’s evil Spirit that is also trying to awaken and stop you from Praising God this Morning.   For He is truly worthy to be praised, Lift up your HOLY HANDS towards Heaven, and just say, thank you Jesus, thank you Jesus, I love you Jesus, I love you Jesus, I adore you Lord, I love you Lord, Thank you for your AMAZING GRACE that saved a wretch like me.  I once was lost but now I am found, was blind but now I can see.  Thank you Jesus, thank you Jesus, for today I am entering into your sanctuary to lift you up in Prayer, Praise and Worship.  Because it is truly by your amazing grace that I have this opportunity to make a change in my life and make a difference in someone else’s. GLORY, GLORY HALLELUJAH, I feel so good, I just want to shout and praise you.  Thank you for my blessings this day and the blessings of all your CHILDREN, where ever they may be in the world.  For you have awaken us this day, and put your SPIRIT in us and allowed us to be a part of all that you have blessed in this world.

LET US PRAY:

CORNERSTONE FOR OUR FEATURED CHURCH THIS WEEK (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

CORNERSTONE FOR OUR FEATURED CHURCH THIS WEEK (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Most Holy and all wise Father, first of all we begin this day with praise and thanksgiving for your grace and mercy. It is our prayer this morning that you will open hearts to receive the message that has been prepared for all who come seeking your blessings for their life, as well as their families.  Dear Lord, you already know the many trials we face each and every day, we ask that you will forgive us for our sins and help us to better understand where it is we are purposed to journey in this life. Father lift us up fill our hearts with love for one another.  Bless the leaders of this country as well as all those around the world.  Those that are sick, hungry, naked and without shelter, we ask dear Lord that you comfort them in a special way.  We all depend on you for our life, health and strength.  Please except this prayer as a request in order that we may draw closer and closer to you each day of our lives.  This is our prayer, in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

OUR SONG OF PRAISE IS:  OUR GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD!

 

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:  (MATTHEW 14:22-33 MSG) WALKING ON WATER

As soon as the meal was finished, he insisted that the disciples get in the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he dismissed the people. With the crowd dispersed, he climbed the mountain so he could be by himself and pray. He stayed there alone, late into the night.

Meanwhile, the boat was far out to sea when the wind came up against them and they were battered by the waves. At about four o’clock in the morning, Jesus came toward them walking on the water. They were scared out of their wits. “A ghost!” they said, crying out in terror.

 But Jesus was quick to comfort them. “Courage, it’s me. Don’t be afraid.”

Peter, suddenly bold, said, “Master, if it’s really you, call me to come to you on the water.”

He said, “Come ahead.”

Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, “Master, save me!”

Jesus didn’t hesitate. He reached down and grabbed his hand. Then he said, “Faint-heart, what got into you?”

The two of them climbed into the boat, and the wind died down. The disciples in the boat, having watched the whole thing, worshiped Jesus, saying, “This is it! You are God’s Son for sure!”

BIBLE STUDY LESSON FOR TODAY IS TITLE: 

FAITH WILL KEEP YOU CONNECTED TO THE POWER SOURCE:  Now click on this video clip and join in on our Bible Study Session as Pastor Davis teaches this very important lesson on Faith.

LET US PRAY:

Eternal God, our Heavenly Father, we thank you for this powerful lesson, and we thank you for the messenger, we thank you for opening our hearts to receive your Holy Word.  We thank you for all the people you keep sending forth to receive your Word and to experience their individual blessings.  We thank you for all the disciples that you are sending into the fields to bring in the harvest that is now ripe and waiting for the picking.  Allow the Holy Ghost to fill the hearts and minds of all those that are in the greatest need, and those that are sick and afflicted, those that are suffering from pain and broken hearts, be bounded up and all sickness and illness, suffering and grieving will be released from the physical bodies of all your children, in the name of Jesus we pray, Amen!

OUR PRAISE SERVICE TODAY FEATURES:  REBECCA HUESBY HIGH PRAISE

We thank all of you who visited with us today, this week and throughout year.  Your support and dedication to the work we do here in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world is truly appreciated.  Without you there would no us.  So let us continue to stand together, work together and pray together.  When we combine what God has blessed us with, we in effect are lifting the Kingdom of God to it’s next level to reach the lost souls that are in the greatest need of salvation.  Now may the saving grace and mercy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be upon each one of you for another Blessed day, Blessed week filled with joy, love, peace, purpose, power and prosperity.

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