Freedom In The Process

We’ve all been in situations when we’ve defended ourselves, or wanted to. Maybe someone heard us wrong, and we tried to explain that we didn’t say what they thought we said; or that we didn’t do what they thought we did. Maybe they misinterpreted our intentions-and we’re frantically trying to convince them that our heart isn’t evil and we could never intentionally hurt someone. 

A little tid-bit about me: my personality is very fun-oriented. I enjoy adventures and time in community. My love language is quality time. I am extremely extroverted and am energized by groups of people. One of the things that pulled me into church in the beginning was the community and fellowship. I loved this idea that we could be a part of something meaningful-something bigger than us; A place where we love those who are hurting and lost. Knowing that about my personality, helps me to explain that I don’t like being at odds with others. I don’t like when I know someone is upset with me, or has misinterpreted an action of mine. I don’t like knowing that I’ve upset someone, and I immediately want to go and apologize to them and make things right. I instantly want to defend my actions and explain myself.  

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“What if Jesus Came Today?” Part Two

Rev. 22:20 says, “Even so come Lord Jesus.”  The next great event on God’s program is the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ back to planet earth.  His coming is sure, it will be selective, and it will be sudden.  How blessed to know that if Jesus came today, we can be ready for Him and not be ashamed at His coming.  It should be our prayer, as it was that of the Apostle John, that Jesus would come very soon. What will happen for the saints of God if Jesus came today?  

  1. Burdens Would Be Eliminated!   Notice the “no mores” in Rev. 21.  Those things listed cause us to at times be burdened down in this life.  A “burden” speaks of a “load” or “something that weighs down and oppresses.”  Pain causes us burdens. Many folks live day and night with excruciating and annoying pain.  Pressures in everyday life, as well, can bring us many heavy loads we never anticipated.

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“What if Jesus Came Today?” Part One

The Apostle Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians is likely one of the earliest Christian documents.  Even then, 1 Thessalonians makes it clear that Paul considers the suddenness of Christ’s return to be apparent to all believers. “…for you know very well,” he writes in 1 Thessalonians 5:2, “that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.”

Paul continues, in verse 4, to describe a major aspect of what it means to be a follower of Christ: “But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief.”  (ESV)

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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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