God Is Not Through With You Yet!

Life often throws us curve balls leaving us scrambling to restore some semblance of normality. When we have a center of gravity be it family, friends or valves they will help us to make it through the wild ride. There are some curve balls which eclipse what these norms can accomplish. Like death of a loved one, the breakup of a relationship, divorce, children who lose their way, financial bankruptcy, loss of a lifelong career or diagnosis of a terminal illness. These require supernatural intervention which only Jesus can give.

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How to Stand Firm in Fiery Trials

Sometimes people have something bad happen in life and claim they’ve lost their faith because of it. Good! They need to get rid of that faith, because a faith that cannot be tested is a faith that cannot be trusted. When you face fiery trials, when things are not going your way, it is easy to lose faith and crumble. Real faith in a real God will not grow weaker through difficulty. It will only get stronger. That is the kind of faith we all need as Christians, because fiery trials will come our way. Trials produce something that easy times will not, and that is spiritual toughness.


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The Triumph of Victory/The Agony of Defeat

We all face trials, temptations, and tests.  No one is exempt. But God has a plan for us to triumph in, over, and through each of them. Sometimes God delivers us out of them all.  Sometimes He walks beside us through them all, but always He does not leave us nor forsake us, nor does He allow us to be tempted above what we are able to stand.
 
The adversary, the devil, desires to sift us, to destroy us and to kill us.  However, Jesus has triumphed over all of the schemes and wicked desires of the devil through His death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead.  In fact, He sits at the right hand of the Father as our advocate interceding for us.

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Why Worry Living Waters

Why Worry? God is at work in your life!

Why Worry Living Waters

There are times in the Christian walk when the Lord seems far away. The dew of His conscious presence no longer saturates the contemplations of our heart. The clouds of doubt, fear, unbelief, and worry hide the Son from us, and we feel all alone.  God, however, clearly tells us in His Word that He is ever present. Jesus said:  “Lo, I am with you always!’  It is His desire, His good pleasure to be with us.  When we have a sense of God’s nearness; His presence, we are unconquerable.

Worry is the trigger for fear, and fear is the nemesis of faith.  Faith or fear will always travel with us, but never together.  Faith causes fear to flee; fear paralyzes faith. The mediating difference is always a sense of God’s presence. When we sense His Nearness, fear flees, and faith arises.


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50 Days of Prayer

Pastor Haitham Besmar and Rev. Andy Garber have constructed an amazing 50 Days of Prayer guide. They strongly suggest that we as a Nation lift up our Nation, the Nation of Israel and one state everyday in prayer according to needs. We encourage you to use this daily prayer guide over the next 50 days in addition to your daily bible reading and prayer time.

50 Days of Pentecost Prayer

 
  1. Ask God for a fresh outpouring

Joel 2:28 “And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.”

  1. Ask God for a fresh infilling

Acts 2:4. “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”


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What Makes Good Friday Good?

Friday’s are always Good because Saturday is coming, a day of rest from the rat race of day to day living. Friday’s are the door way from the mundane and ordinary to the opportunity to refresh and reboot.
 
Good Friday is the dawning of a new way to a renewed life through killing the past with its dread, dreariness and gloom. Just a like prism retracts the light creating a rainbow of colors. The cross is the prism that takes darkness of life-death, hell, grave, the boredom if the drudgery – filters it all through the blood of Christ, the light of the world and creates a rainbow of hope, joy, peace resulting in a life which resounds unto the resurrection of eternal life abundant and free.

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Invite Someone to Church…

On this Resurrection week, I believe that our church will see a God-opportunity to bring a friend to one of our celebration services. Imagine for a moment 500 seekers who are touched by Jesus and open their hearts in a new and loving way.

For myself, I find that the Holy Spirit brings a person to my mind. I then begin to engage a relationship with that person. I invite them to one of our services. By doing this, I have seen person after person give their life to Christ.

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There is a Reason for God’s way!

When we ask God to take away our habits, It is not for God to take them away, but for you to give them up!
 
When we ask God to take away our handicap and make us whole, our Spirit is whole and the body is only temporary! Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. 3 john 1:2
 
When we ask God to grant us patience, Patience is the byproduct of Tribulations; it is not granted, it is learned!  When we ask God to give us happiness; God gave us blessings; happiness is up to us!

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The Worship of Obedience

When God told Abraham to lay his son, Isaac, on the altar and sacrifice him what was going through his head? I mean, to have such a request asked of him by God must have been shocking and horrifying at the same time yet, Abraham was willing. Even to the point of tying him down, laying him on the altar and raising the knife, yet, God in His infinite mercy and abundant love provided a ram, a way of escape for Abraham because of his obedience.
 
Sometimes in our lives God asks us to do things in obedience. Maybe not to the extreme of the previous example but nevertheless something to test our obedience and willingness to follow through with His will. What we do or don’t do is part of our worship to God and many times what He asks of us takes a sacrifice.

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Prayer of Repentance

If you would please join me and take your positions in a place of humility and a contrite heart, laying face down, or in a kneeling position before the Lord. If you are not physically able to do this God will honor you right where you are with whatever you are able to do even if you are laying in a bed right now.

Prayer of Repentance

Father in the name of Jesus we come before your throne as your Army, with humble and contrite hearts on this day of repentance. Father as we step onto the battlefield of righteousness, we walk in a spirit of unity, with one heart, one mind, and one accord, to disarm and take away any legal right the enemy may have over your people, and your country called the United States of America. Father we decree and declare we will take back what belongs to you,’through this act of target focused repentance that we are engaged in.

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The Necessity of Evangelism

Doing real evangelism in a contemporary world demands a correct biblical understanding of the process of evangelism and awareness to the Christian’s responsibility to evangelize.  Relying on pastors, church staff, or a select few to do the work of evangelism will no longer suffice when proper understanding is realized. McRaney states, “When we trust Christ, we become servants and ambassadors of the King, which implies that all of us are to share His message … Evangelism is a command, not just a gift for a select few.  Biblically the evangelist was given to the church as a position, role, office, or function, but evangelism is not just for a select few.”

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Rejection is one of the most powerful weapons against us however, 99.9% of the time it is self-inflicted!

Rejection is Powerful

Rejection is one of the most powerful weapons against us however, 99.9% of the time it is self-inflicted!

Rejection is one of the most powerful weapons against us however, 99.9% of the time it is self-inflicted!

We have all been rejected few times in our lives, especially by the people we love and trust most. Our parents reject us in our mind when they utter their first “NO” as in our mind they get more liberal to say no the more they use it but this causes us to have the rejection spirit that leads to anger, unforgiveness, resentment, hatred,  etc.


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Look Beyond the Dark

Life seems to be plunged into deep, dark despair. Constant anger, criticism, hateful speech – it is enough to press one into isolation. But when one views life through the lens of the life giver. The way is made clear, the truth shines as bright as the noon day sun and life becomes vibrant.
 
The source of life is Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God. He gave Himself to bring light to the darkness, hope to the hopeless, peace to the anxious and holiness to
the broken.

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Confusion Breeds Discontent

Confusion is a state of mind brought on by uncertainty, relativism, egocentrism, and fear. When one has no foundation which is immutable, no truth which is transcendent, and no standard that does not vacillate the only logical conclusion – confusion.
 
Proverbs 3:5-6 Gives you all you need to be clear eyed. “Trust in the LORD, with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.”

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What this Day Means to Americans

Freedom is a beautiful thing. It is defined as a state of being free, the absence of necessity, constraint in choices or actions. It is freedom from the power of another person, organization, state or nation. It is to have all our options open to us in thought, belief and speech, allowing boldness of action and execution in life.

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