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OVERCOMER     By Mandisa

——–OVERCOMER     By Mandisa

Standing at a stop sign watching people drive by

T mac on the radio

Got so much on your mind, Nothing’s really going right

Looking for a ray of hope

Whatever it is you may be going through

I know He’s not going to let it get the best of you

 

You’re an overcomer

Stay in the fight ’til the final round

You’re not going under

‘Cause God is holding you right now

You might be down for the moment

Feeling like it’s hopeless

That’s when He reminds you

That you’re an overcomer    

You’re an overcomer

 

Everybody’s been down Hit the bottom, hit the ground

Ooh, you’re not alone.

Just take a breath, don’t forget Hang on the His promises

He wants  you to know

 

YOU’RE AN OVERCOMER!

BIBLE VERSES FOR FATHERS

                                                             BIBLE VERSES FOR FATHERS

Proverbs 20:7  “The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him.”

Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord you God will be with you wherever you go.”

Deuteronomy 6:6-9  “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children.  Talk about them  when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”

Psalm 127:3-5  “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.  Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.  Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.  They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in the court.”

Proverbs 22:6  “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not depart from him.”

The Wardrobe of a Christian

The Wardrobe of a Christian

Colossians 3:13

“So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you:  compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline.  Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense.  Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you.  And regardless of what else you put on, wear love.  It’s your basic, all-purpose garment.  Never be without it.”  

GET OUT OF MY GARDEN!

GET OUT OF MY GARDEN!”

                                Gloria Copeland

    Satan is an outlaw.  God has given us laws to keep him in line, but he won’t abide by them unless we enforce those laws.  That’s not really surprising. Things work the same way in the natural realm.  In the United States, for example, we have laws against selling drugs.  We have laws against murder.  We have laws against stealing.  But if those laws aren’t enforced, what happens? Thieves and murderers continue to operate.  The laws have to be enforced.

    Once you understand that, you’ll see why satan works so hard to get you to talk about your problems instead of God’s promises.  He knows your authority to enforce God’s law is in your words.  If he can can your words going in the wrong direction, he can get authority over your life–even though it doesn’t belong to him.  

    Satan doesn’t care what belongs to him.  He’s a thief.  He’s a killer.  He takes what he can get.  So you have to use the Word of God on him when he tries to come into your garden and spoil it.

    That’s what Adam should have done when satan showed up in his garden.  The first time that creature opened his mouth to question the Word of God, Adam should have said, “Get out of my garden, you serpent!”

    And that’s what you and I should do too.  The first time the devil starts trying to bring doubt and unbelief to us–”Do you really think God is going to heal you?”  Do you really think God is going to send you the money to pay that bill?”–we should just tell him to take his lies and get out of our lives!

    How do you do that?  Just say, “ You Doubt, you Unbelief, you Fear–in the Name of Jesus, leave my presence.  Yes, I really do believe the Word of God!”  Quote the Word and don’t stop.  Refuse to listen to words that kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10).  

    Just keep on speaking and studying what the Word of God says about your situation until it’s that Word you’re hearing in your heart all day, instead of those lies of the devil.  When you’re walking in the authority God’s given you, and speaking the Word of God, then you’ll have no trouble telling the devil, “Get out of my garden!”  And he’ll surely flee.

PSALM 47

                            PSALM 47

“O CLAP YOUR HANDS, ALL YOU PEOPLES!  Shout unto God with a voice of triumph! For the Lord Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth.  He will subdue the peoples under us, and the nations under our feet.  He will choose our inheritance for us.  The excellence of Jacob whom He loves.  GOD HAS GONE UP WITH A SHOUT,  The Lord with the sound of a trumpet!  SING PRAISES TO GOD, SING PRAISES!  SING PRAISES TO OUR KING, SING PRAISES!  For God is the King over all the earth; Sing praises with understanding.  God reigns over the nations; God sits on His holy throne.  The princes of the people have gathered together.  The people of the God of Abraham.  For the shields of the earth belong to God ; HE IS GREATLY EXALTED.

 

KINGDOM DYNAMICS

47:1  “CLAP”  To clatter, clang, sound, blow trumpets.  Clap, strike.  Describes blowing a trumpet or sounding an alarm.  It indicates energy and enthusiasm.  Here all nations are commanded to clap their hands and shout triumphantly to God.  Formalistic religion seeks to discourage this kind of worship, although God has built unto the human being an almost instinctive  urge to claqp and shout when victory is experienced.

THIS IS AN IMPORTANT LESSON TO LEARN ON MOTHER’S DAY

THIS IS AN IMPORTANT LESSON TO LEARN ON MOTHER’S DAY

                          MATURE IN LOVE   Gloria Copeland

“Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.”  Matthew 18:19

The devil hates agreement between believers.  Agreement opens the windows of heaven to us, and it closes the door on every destructive thing he can do.  So he will continually try to disrupt that agreement by causing strife and division in the two places where believers come together in the most powerful way;  the family and the church.

Until now, you may not have thought of your family as a powerful force for God, but it is if you’re in agreement with one another.  So make it your goal to stay out of strife and walk in love at home.   

Home is often the most difficult place to be loving.  I think that’s because we don’t have our guard up when we’re at home.  We’re not worrying about our reputation or trying to impress anyone.  At home, nothing will stop you from being selfish–except your commitment to walk in the love of God.

But don’t be fooled into thinking it doesn’t matter how you act at home.  It matters a great deal.  In fact, years ago, the Lord said this to me and I have never forgotten it: If you allow satan to stop you with strife at your front door, you’ll be not threat to him anywhere else.

So make the commitment to keep strife out of your home.  Learn to live a lifestyle of agreement with your spouse and your children.  See to it that your prayers prevail by being in harmony with the members of your family.  The moment you mess up and get in strife, make it right.  Say to the person, “Please forgive me.  I love you.  I don’t want to be in strife with you.” Then say it to the Lord.  

You may have to repent quite a bit at first because you’ve probable developed habits that will take awhile to change.  But don’t get disgusted with yourself and give up.  Just keep acting on the Word and you’ll continue to mature in love.

Lord, Bless me!

“Lord, Bless me!”  by Gloria Copeland PURSUIT OF HIS PRESENCE

     Have you ever wanted God to bless you?  But the fact is, God has already treated us with overwhelming kindness.  He has already given us all more than we ever dreamed possible.  He has saved us.  He has provided healing for us.  He has blessed us in a thousand different ways.  And that’s what we should remember every time we tithe.  We should come before the Lord and thank Him for bringing us into our promised land.  Tithe with an attitude of gratitude.

    If you’ll read Deuteronomy 26, you’ll see that’s what He instructed the Israelites to do.  He didn’t want them to simply plunk their tithe into the offering plate without putting their hearts into it.  He commanded them to come very purposefully and worship Him with it.   

    We would do well to do much the same thing each time we tithe.  We should worship the Lord and say, “Father, once I was lost, a prisoner of sin with no hope and no covenant with You.  But You sent Jesus to redeem me.  You sent Him to shed His precious blood so I could be free.  Thank You, Lord, for delivering me out of the kingdom of darkness and translating me into the kingdom of Your dear Son.  Thank You for receiving the tithe as a expression of worship to You.”

    But we shouldn’t stop with that.  We should also say as the Israelites did,Now, Lord, I have brought the tithe out of my house, I haven’t kept if for myself.  But I’ve given it just as You have commanded.  So look down from Your holy habitation, from heaven, and bless me!” (Deut. 26:13-15)

    Does that kind of talk make you nervous?  Do you think God will be offended if you tell Him to bless you?  He won’t!! He’ll be delighted.  After all, blessing us was His idea.  It’s what He has wanted to do all along.

    So don’t be shy.  Tithe boldly! Tithe gladly!  Give God the 10 percent of your income that belongs to Him, and give Him 100 percent of your heart.  Then rejoice in faith and say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, Who takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servant!(Psalm 35:27) Begin to expect!  Take the limits off God and let Him have a good time blessing YOU!

THE LESSONS FROM NATURE

THE LESSONS FROM NATURE   Proverbs 30:24-31    Dr. Daniel O.C.

This portion of the scriptures teaches important lessons from nature. It talks about the four wise things:

THE ANTS-They are diligent in preparing for the future.  They have amazing characteristics which even some Christians especially the lazy ones need to learn.

  1. They are wise and collect their food in proper seasons and are possessively attached to the young.   
  2. They are highly foresighted for others and work quietly without showing off.
  3. They work together in amazing systems of organization.
  4. They fight to death to protect their homes and young from the enemy.
  5. They perform their duties respectively without an overseer or ruler.

THE ROCK BADGERS–They are very shrewd in protecting themselves from larger animals.  It is not possible to trap them. Their feet have sharp hoofs which enable them to leap from rock to rock rapidly.

THE LOCUSTS–They are harmonious creatures having no king yet they band together as one and are very destructive.  They travel with the wind.

THE SPIDER/HOUSE LIZARD–They are noted for their great flexibility and are curious creatures in the matter of building their houses and taking their prey.  Some spiders spin webs, some dig holes in the ground making trap doors for their prey, while others chase their prey upon the ground.  

THE FOUR GRACEFUL THINGS

  1. The lion is more majestic than any other beast.
  2. The Greyhound or Warhorse that is  exceedingly graceful and fleet.
  3. The He-goat that is both fierce and majestic as the head of the sheep
  4. The KING who walks boldly and gracefully among his loyal subjects and against whom there is no hope of rebellion.

GOD IS ABLE

GOD IS ABLE   (Never Lose Heart by Joyce Meyer)

Eph. 3:20  “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.”

    This is a powerful Scripture that tells us that our God is able–able to do far above and beyond anything that you and I can ever dare to hope, ask, or even think.  We need to pray, to do the asking in faith and in trust.  But it is God Who does the work, not us.   How does He do it?  According to (or by) the power (or Grace of God) that worketh in us.  Whatever you and I receive from the Lord is directly related to the amount of grace we learn to receive.  

    I was putting unbelievable stress on myself trying to change.  I was under tremendous condemnation because every message I heard seemed to be telling me to change, yet I couldn’t change no matter how hard I tried, believed, or confessed.  I was in a terrible mess because I saw all the things about me that needed to be changed, but I was powerless to bring about those changes.

    The Lord has to be our Source and our Supply.  He is the only One who can bring about changes in our lives.  I had to learn to say, “Father, although I am not worthy of Your help, I know that the changes You want in my life are not going to work unless You add the power.”

CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHY–Andrew Wommack

CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHY–Andrew Wommack

   The philosophy of making Jesus Lord means that when God tells you to do something, you just do it. Unfortunately, many Christians debate with God whether or not they are going to do what He asks.  

For instance,  Scripture (Old Testament) says you’re suppose to give,  and the tithe (or 10 percent of your income) is just a starting place.  Nothing is required under the New Testament of Grace, but we should desire to give even more.  God has promised that if we seek His Kingdom first, He will freely give us the food, clothing, and shelter we need (Matthew 6:33).  We need to also give joyfully. 2 Corinthians 9:7-8  “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give;  not grudgingly, or of necessity; for God loveth a cheerful giver.  And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that y, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.”

    The Bible tells us to love our enemies, to bless those who curse us, to do good to those who hate us, and to pray for those who persecute us and despitefully use us (Matthew 5:44).  We know we’re supposed to turn the other cheek, and we teach that principle to our children, but how many of us instantly slide into gossip and anger when someone comes against us?  When we do that, we aren’t submitting to Jesus as Lord of our lives.  Our actions prove who is really sitting on the throne.     Pages 92-93  

...Whenever we recognize that we are doing something contrary to the Word, we need to humble ourselves and turn back to God.  

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ

 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,  to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:3-6

He made us accepted in the Beloved. How -”by the glory of His grace.”  The Greek meaning of the word “accepted” means more than our understanding of the English word. It means “to make graceful, charming, lovely, agreeable, to surround with favor and to honor with blessings.”

We are our own worst enemy when it comes to seeing ourselves as God has declared us to be. Began to see yourself as blessed, anointed, favored by God.  The weapons the enemy wants to use against you began to see them not prospering. Began to look for the new things God is doing in your life.

You are blessed, anointed, and highly favored by God. You have been called forth for such a time as this. No weapon formed against you shall prosper (succeed at reaching its intended purpose). Yes this is the inheritance of God’s Sons and Daughters. Behold look for a new thing is been birthed within you and you shall see it with your eyes and glory in the manifestation of it.  Pastor Shirley

GOD CHOOSES THE UNLIKELY

GOD CHOOSES THE UNLIKELY by Joyce Meyer from “NEVER LOSE HEART”

When you feel discouraged, remember that God chose you for His very own purpose, however unlikely a candidate you feel.  By doing so, He has placed before you a wide open door to show you His boundless grace, mercy, and power to change your life.

When God uses any one  of us, though we may all feel inadequate and unworthy, we realize that our source is not in ourselves but in Him alone:  “This is because the foolish thing (that has its source in ) God is wiser than men, and the weak thing (that springs) from God is stronger than men.”  II Corinthians 1:25

Each of us has a destiny, and there is absolutely no excuse not to fulfill it.  We cannot use our weakness as an excuse because God says that His strength is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).  We cannot use the past as an excuse because God tells us through the apostle Paul that if any person is in Christ, he is a new creature; old things have passed away, and all things have become new (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Spend some time with yourself and take an inventory of how yourself.  What is your image of yourself?  Do you see yourself re-created in God’s image, resurrected to a brand-new life that is just waiting for you to claim it?

Each of us can succeed at being everything god intends us to be.

…for God selected (deliberately chose) what in the world is foolish to put the wise to shame, and what the world calls weak to put the strong to shame.

 And God also selected (deliberately chose) what in the world is lowborn and insignificant and branded and treated with contempt, even the things that are nothing, that He might depose and bring to nothing the things that are.

So that no mortal man should (have pretense for glorying and ) boast in the presence of God.    I Corinthians 1:27-29

MAKING MARRIAGE GREAT AGAIN – The family that prays together stays together

MAKING MARRIAGE GREAT AGAIN    Pastors Jerry and LaVerne

     “The family that prays together stays together.”

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

      The pastor sometimes treats his family like the plumber does his own house.   He is so busy fixing everyone’s plumbing that his own plumbing problems do not get fixed.   Likewise, the pastor can be so busy “fixing” everyone in his church he doesn’t even take time to regularly pray with his wife and family thus fixing issues that need to be fixed.  Many couples are so busy and distracted with life that they don’t pray together.

      Recently I was talking with a young man (early 40’s) who was sharing how God had answered a prayer that he and his wife had prayed, and it was such an awesome revelation of God’s love for them.  He went on to share how so many of their Christian friends do not pray together.  It doesn’t matter who leads the prayer, the wife or the husband.  

      One article I read said only about 4% of Christian couples pray together.  This also includes ministry couples.  Here are some important issues that praying together as a couple will help:

        

  1.        Praying together gets anger out of your relationship.   It’s difficult to stay angry with each other and pray together.
  2.        Praying together helps resolve conflict.
  3.        Praying together will keep your family vision before you.
  4.        Praying together as a couple is an intimate act.  It is an opening up to each other—spirit to spirit—as you communicate together with God.

          Satan will fight this.  He will do all he can to keep you from praying together.   You must determine that this will be a priority in your marriage.  Are you leaving a legacy to your children about the importance of prayer?

MAKING MARRIAGE GREAT AGAIN – Yesterday is gone—Today is a new day

MAKING MARRIAGE GREAT AGAIN    Pastors Jerry and LaVerne

“Yesterday is gone—Today is a new day”

To be a successful marriage, husband and wife must walk in the present and not in the past.  

        Paul said in Philippians 4:14-15-“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended, but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead—I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”  Once a person accepts Jesus as Savior, “Old things are passed away and all things become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

        We have seen more problems in marriages where the individuals continued to see their spouse as they were, not as a new, created person in Jesus.  They could only see the mistakes or sin that used to be there and could not see a new creation in Christ.  Sometimes the result was divorce.

        We have the joy and privilege because of the grace of Jesus Christ to begin each day new.  Yesterday is gone.  God’s mercy is new everyday.  Let us look at our marriage this way.  Yesterday’s problems and old ways are forgiven and gone.  Today is a new day, a new start for my marriage.

      Jesus said, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”  You can’t move forward if you are looking at yesterday.

    Are you looking at your spouse through the eyes of God’s grace?  For your marriage to be joyful and fruitful, you must begin anew each day—speaking God’s words and His will over your marriage for today.

        We read in the scriptures the Lord’s mercy is new every day.  We are admonished to be imitators of Christ.  If God’s grace and forgiveness make every day new, as His followers we should have the same attitude.  Never live in the past with regard to anything  Living in the past is a chain that will hold you back from fulfilling God’s will for you.

MAKING MARRIAGE GREAT AGAIN - Personal Relationship With Jesus

MAKING MARRIAGE GREAT AGAIN    Pastors Jerry and LaVerne

PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS

Genesis 39:9  “… how can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”

In ministry there are the same temptations that threaten any marriage.  Just because a couple pastor a church or has some type of ministry does not mean they are immune to temptations that could destroy their marriage.  The greatest strength against any temptation is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Throughout our 48 years of marriage and 46 years of ministry Gerald and I have both developed strong personal relationships and accountability to God.  When Joseph was tempted to commit sexual sin with Potiphar’s wife, he knew immediately that he could not commit this sin against God.  Being daily aware of His presence is our lives keeps us accountable to Him.  We want to honor Him and glorify Him in our lives.  As we pastor and are in close relationships with our people, we are drawn closer in our marriage to each other as we constantly seek God and acknowledge His presence in our lives.

Temptations are there, but we have super-natural strength.  “Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.”  It is true that humans build a strong bond with one another if conditions are right.  The bond between a husband and wife is one of, if not the strongest bond between two people.

But, it is not the strength of the bond between the husband and wife that enables them to be faithful to each other and resist any temptation that comes at them.  It is the bond between the couple and God.  If we are faithful to God, we will in turn be faithful to our spouse and fellow man as well.  We will have the same attitude as Joseph, “How can I do this thing and sin against God?”

MAKING MARRIAGE GREAT AGAIN

 MAKING MARRIAGE GREAT AGAIN

                                                 SUBMISSION”  Pastors Jerry & LaVerne

        In the book of Esther  (1:10-20) Queen Vashti was summoned to come to the King of Persia because he wanted to show off her beauty.  Because she refused, the king’s advisors demanded she be punished by divorcing her because her actions could influence wives all over the kingdom in the way they submit to their husbands.

        I am not saying whether Vashti should have submitted or not, but the point is that what people see us do in leadership, people under our leadership will be influenced by what they see in our relationship toward each other.  Ephesians 5:22 “Wives, be subject (be submissive) and adapt yourselves to your own husbands as a service to the Lord.”

        We definitely live in a society that does not like to hear the word, submit.  Children do not like to submit to parents or any authority.  Some women do not like the word.  In the church ministers and leaders will see the greatest example of submission when the pastor and his wife understand this concept.

        While there is mutual working together on the decisions and visions in the family, God still has a divine order of the husband as head of the home.  He is not a dictator but oversees his home accepting his responsibility to lead his family spiritually and physically.  The husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her.  He is to love her as he loves himself and nourishes and cherish her as Christ does the church.  (Ephesians 5:23-29)  This submission is done as a service to the Lord and when it honors the Lord.   No submission should take place when one spouse is abusing the other or suggesting activities that do not honor the Lord.  If the husband has the best interest of his family at heart rather than being self-centered, wanting only his own way, it will be much easier for family members to submit to the chain of authority as set in Scripture.

        Has Gerald always made every decision correctly?   NO. We agreed together to go forward as he has learned how to let God lead him.  I can encourage and support Gerald as he leads our family.  We have both chosen to share all the major decisions involving the family.  The key is to realize that neither spouse is more important in the eyes of God than the other.

        Even if the wife is in ministry or a pastor and her husband is not a part of this ministry, she still should allow him to be the head of their home as her husband.

LOVE IS PATIENT

LOVE IS PATIENT  Pastors Jerry and LaVerne

Luke 8:15 “But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.” NKJV

    James says that we are to let “patience have her perfect work.”  The greatest gift we can give our spouses is the gift of patience.  Patience is “the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.”

    Our marriage is much stronger when we realize both of us are still being “made into the image of Christ.”  We are not where we need to be as the best husband and wife, but we are “growing” and becoming that person.  We need to allow God time to correct the things that need to be corrected in each other, being patient without complaining or becoming restless or annoyed with each other.

    Even when spouses have opposite personalities they can learn to be patient with each other.  Jerry and I are so different when it comes to pursuing goals.  We learned this when we were first married.  Both of us were still in college.  We married in June then returned to school in September.  When we were given our class assignments for the semester, we discovered we were quite different in our approach to getting things done.  Even when  things were not due until the end of the semester, LaVerne started on them immediately; but my idea was “I have plenty of time; why start now?”  This difference caused a few minor problems in our social life, but we adjusted to each other.  Even now, forty-eight years later, things are still the same.  When something is planned, LaVerne wants everything ready, “Now.”  As for me, “There is plenty of time.  Let’s think about it for awhile.”  

    We have found the balance.  When she needs to slow down, she listens to me.  When I need to speed up, she prays and I listen.  We are still so different in this area, but it doesn’t cause problems.  We have learned to be patient.  

    This new year—2017–let this be a gift you give each other.   Our children use to listen to this song:

         “Have patience, have patience, don’t be in such a hurry.

           When you get impatience, you only start to worry.

          Remember, remember, that God is patient, too,

          And think of all the times when others have to wait on you.”  

THE STRUGGLE FOR TODAY’S YOUTH

 THE STRUGGLE FOR TODAY’S YOUTH  Karen Hardin, Tulsa, OK

So it is today as our young people are bombarded with the mantra to be “open,” and “tolerant,” of sin because to do otherwise is to “judge.”  They have been beaten over the head with these words and images at school, in movies, in music, and in books and many have, in response, turned against their parents’ instruction and upbringing.  It has brought chaos into the home.  The constant barrage of these words of “acceptance” and”tolerance” has been so unrelenting, that it has whittled down their resistance until it has exchanged the truth for a lie.

…Some parents and leaders, in fear of losing these young ones, have allowed their own beliefs to adapt to this barrage.  It has allowed their borders to be broken down.  We are to pray for the borders of our homes.  

5 Prophetic Declarations to Secure Our Borders:

  1. I have a peaceful and secure home. “My home is peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.”  Isaiah 32:18
  2. My children are returning.   “Lift up your eyes round about and see; They all gather together, they come to you.  Your sons will come from afar, And your daughters will be carried in the arms.  Then you will see and be radiant, And your heart will thrill and rejoice; because the abundance of the sea will be turned to you. The wealth of the nations will come to you.”  Isaiah 60:4-5
  3. They are blessed.  “Your offspring will be known among the nations, and your descendants among the people.  All who see them will acknowledge them, that they are an offspring the Lord has blessed. “  Isaiah 61:9
  4. They will know the truth and receive instruction.  “And those who err in mind will know the truth, And those who criticize will accept instruction.”  Isaiah 29:24
  5. They shall sanctify the Lord’s name.  “ But when he sees his children, the work of My hands, in his midst, They will sanctify My name; Indeed, they will sanctify the Holy One of Jacob.  And will stand in awe of the God of Israel.”  Isaiah 29:23

Do not be weary in your stand, This is your seat of authority to walk in and call forth those given in your care.  Pray for their minds.  Pray for their hearts.

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I remember I developed my own prayer journal just to pray for Scott and Miriam.   I had their pictures next to the prayers I prayed over them.  I prayed for them to not just be “good kids” but to be “on fire for God.”   I prayed for their friends and for their future mates.   I still have the journal.

It’s time to quit “fussing” at your kids and pray for them and declare who they will be.                                 Pastor LaVerne

DARE TO SHINE HIS LIGHT ON PRIORITIES

DARE TO SHINE HIS LIGHT ON PRIORITIES

                                          By Kenneth Copeland

    Think how great it would be if you had one thing on your to-do list today…. That might be hard to imagine with Christmas right around the corner.  

    What if that one thing would put you and keep you in the perfect will of God, guarantee your success, and empower you to be BLESSED and a BLESSING every day of your life?

    Sounds great, doesn’t it?  But to most people (Christians included) it also sound too good to be true.  “My life is complicated and demanding,”  they say.  “I have to earn a living.  I have to take care of my family and fulfill my responsibilities at church.  I have a lot of different priorities.  I can’t tend to just one thing!”

From the world’s perspective, such statements make sense.  But according to the Bible, that’s not how God sees it.  He says we have just one priority: “My son, attend to my WORDS”  (Proverbs 4:20)

    What does it mean to attend to God’s WORD?  It means we put it first and make it final authority  in our spirit, soul, body, finances, and everything we do every day.  It means we always take time to hear what THE LORD  is telling us so we can say and do whatever He tells us to.

In short, it means we hang on to Jesus’ every word. …..When we make that one thing our priority, everything else falls in line.

DARE TO SHINE HIS LIGHT ON JOY

DARE TO SHINE HIS LIGHT ON JOY

By Gloria Copeland

Are your holidays lacking the real joy you know the season should bring?  Even in what’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of year, we can face situations that seem custom-designed to steal all the joy out of Christmas and life.

Financial pressure. Family dynamics. Work situations.  Health concerns.  These are all things that try to steal our joy every day of the year.

The world will tell you that it’s impossible to feel joyful or happy all the time, especially in the midst of challenges, and if you do, something must be wrong with you.

Well, the world is wrong again, because the Bible says something different.  The Bible says the the joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10), and without this joy, we won’t be able to live the blessed life God has planned for us at Christmas, or any other time of year.

That strength we find in Him gives us the power to overcome trials and great obstacles in our lives.

That’s what makes joy so crucial.  You can’t live a life of faith without being strong in the Lord–and when God wants to make you strong, joy is what He uses to do the job.

The joy of the Lord is not dependent upon your circumstances–it comes from your spirit.  When the truth in God’s Word gets down into your spirit, the truth will set you free from bondage, depression,  and fear.

JOY STEALERS–Depression, Fear, and Unforgiveness-Choose to be full of joy.

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