A Private Moment

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This morning I poured a bowl of cereal; but only a few flakes fell out of the box. While I stared blankly at the box (like… is that all I get), my wife went to the cabinet and retrieved another box of the same brand… It was hidden so well, I didn’t know it was there. Suddenly the voice of the Lord spoke to me saying, “SOMETIMES when you’re all poured out, I’ll send someone to give you exactly what you need.” After dropping my oldest child at the door of her school, I watched and waited for her to enter before I left. When she reached the door, she turned and held it open so that two of her peers could enter before her. Immediately I heard the voice of the Lord speak again saying, “Opening doors for others is like an imprint in the sand. You don’t know the impact you’ve made until you look at those who follow you.” To all who may be reading this… Who follows your lead? How have you impacted them? What type of character do they display? What motivates them to keep following you? It is written: No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. (Joshua 1:5 NKJV)… When God is with you, who can be against you? When the Spirit of God leaves an imprint on your life through Christ, you are marked with His approval. There is no greater connection. Business and personal partnerships are awesome. But there is no greater partnership than one with the Lord Jesus Christ. Shalom my friends.-

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Apostle JD Pendergrass

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What “Seed” Truly Mean…

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Some Christians just don’t seem to understand no matter how much they claim to study God’s Word so let me enlighten as I did for myself. “Seed” is the “key” word

zera’ the Hebrew word for “seed” referring to “grain” for sowing (Gen 1:1, 47:19; Lev 11:37; Psalm 5:10; Ezek 7:5; Hag 2:19; Exod 16:31) and also refers to fruit and vegetation. Also zera’ refers to seed in reference to “children” “posterity” or “offspring” (Lev 18:21, 20:2; Deut 28:59) also refers to a “lineage” “home,” or “nation.”

Seed Of
Abraham
David
Promise
Serpent and Eve

speiro another Greek (found 50 times) word meaning “to sow seed” a literal sense “sowing seed” (Matt 6:26, 13:3; Mark 4:3, Luke 8:5). Reap what you sow (Matt 25:24), also sinapi Greek word for “mustard seed” another Greek word spora which refer to “seed” in the sense of physical and finite human existence. Also sporos other Greek words literal means to “seed” (for sowing Mark 4:26-27; Luke 8:5; 2 Cor 9:10) In Luke 8:11 to the Word of God.

“Now the parable is this: the “Seed” is the Word of God. (Luke 8:11)

Why can’t we let God’s Word say what it suppose to SAY and MEAN, ADDING and taking AWAY (Rev 22:19) for our own MOTIVES. The Word is CLEAR but is IGNORED by those who call themselves “spiritual leaders.” Man has added “MONEY” into the mix calling it a “SEED OFFERING or SOWING SEED.” And these “tv ministries” asking for “Seed Offering,” you don’t have no business sending money to tv ministries to keep them airing on tv, these pastor’s have churches and have funds to support their own tv ministry but misusing that money for their own purposes. You find many WEAK Christians “Sending Money” when they should be giving to those in need and support their own church. The Word is CLEAR and so many are in complete DISOBEDIENCE and twisting the Word for their OWN GAIN.

Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? The farmer SOWS the WORD. (Mark 4:13-14)

Did you get that? The Scriptures is clear the SOWER SOWS THE WORD! He does NOT SOW MONEY! Only a false spiritual conman or one who is Biblically ignorant would tell you to sow money! If you want to become a sower, start sowing the Word of God! If you are looking for a hundred fold return on your money invest it in some tremendous stock, and hope that the Stock Market doesn’t crash. The hundred fold return on giving money to the Church is based on a “spirit of greed” that has enveloped the churches.

Give what you desire (Let every man purpose in his heart (1 Cor 9:7) plant the Word of God! It is the ONLY “SEED” that will give the proper return.

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Pastor Gayle L. Bobino

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A Book with Promise

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A Case For Bravery

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“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it…” Nelson Mandela

Have you ever felt bound by fear, and worked really hard to be free from it?  Fear seems to be something that creeps in often unknowingly.  Many Christians do not even realize that their struggle actually is fear.  I have fought it myself, and I have enjoyed the freedom that comes with being at rest in the arms of my Daddy God. What I have learned is that to focus on the fear is to remain in bondage to it.  To focus on Jesus is to be free and brave.

I love the word BRAVE.  Bravery is a much nicer, richer word than fear.  Fear is heavy and intense and it denotes darkness.  The more that I study God’s Word the more I realize that fear is actually a much more complicated subject than we realize.  To unpack fear is a heavy undertaking, and one that I find keeps me unintentionally focused on darkness.  And yet bravery – for me, learning to be “brave” rather than “unafraid” has been to learn more about Jesus.

Bravery = Childlike trust.  Trusting in Jesus as a child trusts their hero.  It all points to Jesus.  1 John 4:18 says that “perfect love casts out fear.”  And to quote one of my current favorite worship songs from Bethel, “You have made me brave…no fear can hinder now the promises you’ve made” (http://youtu.be/6Hi-VMxT6fc).

One of my favorite passages of scripture is Romans 8.  As I have fought for my freedom in the area of condemnation/guilt/shame, Romans 8 has come alive to me!  And I firmly believe that everything we need to make us brave is found in that chapter.

So for those of us who struggle to be courageous and brave rather than afraid – I present to you my CASE FOR BRAVERY, based upon Romans 8.  Ten reasons why we can live BRAVE lives.

  • YOU ARE FREE FROM SIN AND GUILT (vs. 1, 2).

You are free.  Period.  And verse 1 says there is no condemnation for you, even if you still make a bad choice.  You are no longer guilty…you have been made completely “right” with God.

  • YOU HAVE BEEN MADE RIGHT WITH GOD (vs. 10, 30).

Verse 10 says that the Spirit gives you LIFE.  The Life of Christ, who did it all for you.  When God looks at a born again believer, He sees you as pure, holy and RIGHT with Him.  Still don’t believe me?  Then re-read verse 1.  NO CONDEMNATION!

  • THE RESURRECTION SPIRIT (WHICH ROSE JESUS FROM THE DEAD) LIVES WITHIN YOU (vs. 11).

The same Spirit that was at work in Christ to bring His very dead body, mind and soul back to life – that is the same Spirit that resides within a born again believer.  That’s powerful…..so why be afraid?

  • YOU ARE GOD’S CHILD, AND AN HEIR TO ALL HE HAS (vs. 14-17).

We’re not just “adopted.”  Romans 11 says that we’ve been grafted in.  He sees us as HIS.  And as the King of the Universe and Creator of everything – our inheritance is pretty awesome!

  • YOU HAVE HOPE (vs. 23-25).

I’m all about hope right now.  Bravery and Hope are my two favorite subjects.  When you know that you have a hope…how can you NOT be brave?

  • THE HOLY SPIRIT HELPS YOU AND PRAYS FOR YOU (vs. 26, 27).

You’re not alone.  Not only is the Holy Spirit guiding you, comforting you and teaching you but He is also interceding for you regularly.  To know that the most powerful force in existence is praying for me and helping me is more than enough to give me courage!

  • HE WORKS EVERYTHING OUT FOR YOUR GOOD (vs. 28).

He doesn’t work out just a few things for your good.  Romans doesn’t say that He works things out for you based upon your works or attitude or even obedience.  It just says due to our right standing with Him and being His children and having the Holy Spirit, He will work out EVERYTHING for our good.  Enough said.

  • HE IS ON YOUR SIDE TO SUCH AN EXTENT THAT NO ONE ELSE CAN STAND AGAINST YOU AND SUCEED (vs. 31-24).

Verse 33 in the New Living Translation even uses the words, “who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for His own?” Strong words!  No one can dare to come up against those whom God loves.  NO ONE.

  • YOU ARE OVERWHELMINGLY VICTORIOUS (vs. 37).

A few versions say “more than a conqueror” and the New Living Translation says that we have “overwhelming victory.”  They mean the same thing:  We have an overwhelming victory because of Christ.  Overwhelmingly victorious!

  • YOU CANNOT EVER BE SEPARATED FROM HIS LOVE FOR YOU (vs. 35-39).

Read it for yourself – it’s pretty self-explanatory.  It gives me such a great peace to know that God loves me, despite absolutely anything (even my own rebellion).

When something in you “clicks” and you realize that everything listed above from Romans 8 is for YOU to grab a hold of, then there is no reason to live your life afraid.  Anxiety has no place.  Fear has no place.  Bondage has no place.  Where courage takes root, fear wilts and dies.  Even in this past week I had to practice being brave a few times by reminding myself of these promises in Romans 8 – perhaps this is what Paul meant in Romans 12 when he spoke of daily renewing your mind.  Bravery is sometimes a daily choice, but a life altering one.

Being brave means that I can step out and KNOW God and who He is.  It means understanding that He always keeps His promises.  It means really believing that nothing can hinder His love for me or remove His promises from me (Psalm 33:4, 146:6 NLT).  It looks like childlike trust.  As corny as it sounds, Jesus is the true superhero that our hearts long for.

So let’s begin to focus on Romans 8.  You and I were made for this!  Let’s be BRAVE.

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Mandy Woodhouse

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Time Well Spent

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What Things Are Consuming You?

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 A lot of times we have to find a proper balance between things like jobs and family, social life and responsibility and so on. It is easy to get drawn into a place of being unbalanced and consumed by…… You can’t be effective in all areas if you are consumed by one. I have been praying a lot lately asking God what is consuming me? What is coming between me and you , me and my girls, me and life? Reveal and help me to fix it and get it in order according to Your will Your desire. He is doing just that. Removing things, shifting them around, adjusting and the funny thing is in the midst of being consumed I didn’t realize it until….
It is easy to want to go full force in something give everything you but if you so not approach it with balance it will consume you and then you become ineffective to the very things your trying to do. Slow down and tAke a step back and breathe. There is freedom there, there is balance there, there is guidance there, there is restoration there, there is life there.

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Tammy “Victorious” Mikels

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I’ll Meet You At the Banquet

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