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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.

Why did you come to church this morning?

    Why did you come to church this morning?  

    Out of habit because it is Sunday. Well I wanted to see if so and so

would be there. My friends are there I wanted to visit with them. Everyone has their

reasons as to why and maybe without giving it much thought. Maybe we all should

take a moment to rethink why we come to church

    Let us seize and hold tightly the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is reliable and trustworthy and faithful [to His word]; and let us consider [thoughtfully] how we may encourage one another to love and to do good deeds, not forsaking our meeting together [as believers for worship and instruction], as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more [faithfully] as you see the day [of Christ’s return] approaching. Hebrews 10:23-27

   Have we ever left our homes on Sunday morning and prayed Lord who may I minister a word of love to today. Who may be there that just needs a hug. A pat on the back with the promise to lift them up in prayer the following week. Let us make coming to church not all about us.

   “Let us consider thoughtfully how we may encourage one another to love and to do good deeds.”

LET GOD PUT FRESH WIND IN YOUR SAILS…..

LET GOD PUT FRESH WIND IN YOUR SAILS…..

   Psalm 51:12   “Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean, scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life.  Tune me in to foot-tapping songs, set these once-broken bones to dancing.  Don’t look too close for blemishes, give me a clean bill of health.  God, make a fresh start in me, shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life.  Don’t throw me out with the trash, or fail to breathe holiness in me.  Bring me back from gray exile, put a fresh wind in my sails!    Give me a job teaching rebels your ways so the lost can find their way home.  Commute my death sentence, God; my salvation God, and I’ll sing anthems to your life-giving ways.  Unbutton my lips, dear God; I’ll let loose with your praise.”  

VERSE FOR THE DAY

    VERSE FOR THE DAY

Galatians 2:20   The Message Bible

“ What actually took place is this:  I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work.  So I quit being a ‘Law Man” so that I could be ‘God’s Man.’  Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it.  I identified myself completely with him.  Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ.  My ego is no longer central.  It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God.  Christ lives in me.  The life you see me living is not ‘mine,’ but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.   I am not going to go back on that.  Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God?  I refuse to do that, to repudiate God’s grace.  If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily. “

VERSE FOR THE DAY

     VERSE FOR THE DAY

Isaiah 43:11-12  (The Message)

Get the blind and deaf out here and ready–the blind though there’s nothing wrong with their eyes and the deaf though there’s nothing wrong with their ears.  Then get the other nations out here and ready.  Let’s see what they have to say about this, how they account for what’s happened.  Let them present their expert witnesses and make their case; let them try to convince us what they say is true.  “But you are my witnesses.”  God’s Decree.  “You’re my handpicked servants so that you’ll come to know and trust me, understand both that I am and who I am.  Previous to me there was no such thing as a god, nor will there be after me.  I, yes I, am God.  I’m the only Savior there is.  I spoke, I saved, I told you what existed long before these upstart gods appeared on the scene.  And you know it, you’re my witnesses, you’re the evidence.”  God’s Decree, “Yes, I am God.  I’ve always been God and I always will be God.  No one can take anything from me.  I make; who can unmake it?”            

IS THE CHURCH WAITING ON YOU????

IS THE CHURCH WAITING ON YOU????

    We’ve had an awesome spring and summer at New Life.  God sent Jim and Connie Child’s for campmeeting.  It was an awesome word for our church.   We are in a new season.   Pastor Shirley and Pastor Jerry keep bringing great teachings and prophetic words to minister to you about Grace and God’s power in your life.  Then last Sunday we were ministered to by Mrs. Charlotte Murray-Cable,  and there was such a sweet anointing.

    Now, you have been hearing and receiving, so what are you doing with it?  It’s one thing to have a head full of knowledge. It’s another thing to put action to what you have been hearing.

     At New Life there are several areas of ministry that are waiting on someone to step up and say, “I’ll do it.”   If we don’t have a youth program, or nursing home program, or outreach program, it’s because someone has not volunteered to do it.   

    There was at time a New Life that I would step in regardless of what area of ministry it was and try to fulfill it.   There were Sundays that I would lead praise and worship, teach Sunday morning class, then music practice at 4:00, lead praise and worship at the evening service, and then do children’s church.  I have also been in charge of the youth group and the women’s group.   That time is over.

     We will be at New Life what you are willing to become involved in.   This is a season of change, a season of wonderful opportunity for you to give of yourself and your prosperity to New Life.  We believe God has given New Life wonderful and talented people to lead and grow our church.   We have been pastors here for 37 years.   We believe that seed has been sown in you and gifts are here to be used to glorify God and minister to the body at New Life for the Nations.

You are the greatest church!              Will you answer the call?    Pastor LaVerne   

He Took on the Status of a Slave

Philippians 2:1 – 2  (The Message)

He Took on the Status of a Slave

   If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.

DECLARATION OF DIVINE FAVOR

             DECLARATION OF DIVINE FAVOR

“Let the redeemed of the Lord say so…”  Psalm 107:21

“You will also decide and decree a thing, and it will be established for you; and the light of God’s favor will shine upon our ways.”  Job. 22:28  AMP

    I declare God’s favor over my life, my family, my ministry, and all that pertains to me.  I declare that I am blessed and highly favored by God; the shield of favor surrounds me.  I have the protecting favor of God, therefore, no evil or diseases shall come near me or my dwelling, and my enemies shall not triumph over me.

I declare I am my Father’s child; therefore, I shall not lack any good thing His providential favor is upon my life.  I stand out because I am anointed, honored and chosen by my Father.  Today I shall receive preferential treatments and special considerations from people wherever I go because God’s exceptional favor is at work on my behalf.

I will receive answers to my prayers and prayers for others because God favors me.

I declare a full restoration of everything the devil has stolen from me.  I receive great favor today in Jesus Name.  I thank you, God, for your favor is for my lifetime.

From  7 REALITIES THE DEVIL DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW

                                                    By Michael Atunrase, Sr.

Make this your daily confession of faith.

“The Truth About Your Spiritual Superiority”

“The Truth About Your Spiritual Superiority”

You are more and mightier.

    *The believer or the church’s power is not incontestable, but  rather indomitable. (Not to be questioned and not to be conquered or overcome)

    *The believer must adopt the far above mentality and must be a practitioner of this covenant reality. (not an attitude of arrogance, but in-Christ reality of the believer)  Ephesians 1:20-21, 2:6

    *The Kingdom man or woman is a resourceful person in his or her sphere of influence.  The believer is essential; he is needed, and he is relevant.  He is salt (Matthew 5:13) therefore a change agent; he is to preserve and add flavor that is, meaning to people’s lives.

    *The believer is a trustee of the Kingdom of Heaven, an executor of Kingdom affairs.  He is vested with Kingdom authority (Matthew 16:19).

    *The believer is to establish God’s will on earth, by the authority of the Kingdom wherever he goes.  The believer is to enforce the prayer: “Thy Kingdom come, they will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10)

Declarations:   “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so…”  Psalm 107:2  “You will also decide and decree a thing, and it will be established for you…”  Job 22:28 AMP

From 7 REALITIES THE DEVIL DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW by Bishop Michael Atunrase

The Reality of Your Redemptive Provisions and Covenant Rights

The Reality of Your Redemptive Provisions and Covenant Rights

*To be saved then is to be forgiven, reborn, holy, justified, freed, adopted, healed, delivered from sin’s hold, have peace, heir of God, reconciled and filled with the Holy Spirit. Acts 4:12

*If you are saved, you are eligible for the benefits of Divine Health.  Healing is your covenant heritage and redemptive right.  I Peter 2:24

*You are rightly positioned in the covenant because of adoption. Gal. 4:4-7

*Adoption gives you rights to the family inheritance. Romans 8:17

*Life without Christ is life in deficit, but life with Christ is Life Abundant.

“Let the Redeemed of the Lord say so whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy”  Psalm 107:2

“You will also decide and decree a thing, and it will be established for you…” Job 22:28 AMP

I declare I am redeemed by the blood of Jesus therefore, free and delivered from every oppression of the enemy.

From 7 REALITIES THE DEVIL DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW by Bishop Michael Atunrase

VERSE OF THE DAY

“At that time, this song will be sung in the country of Judah:  We have a strong city, Salvation City, built and fortified with salvation.  Throw wide the gates so good and true people can enter.  People with their minds set on you, You keep completely whole, Steady on their feet, because they keep at it and don’t quit.  Depend on GOD and keep at it because in the LORD GOD you have a sure thing.  Those who lived high and mighty he knocked off their high horse.  He used the city built on the hill as fill for the marshes. All the exploited and outcast peoples build their lives on the reclaimed land.”  Isaiah 26:3-6  Message

“Understanding the Meaning of Salvation in the New Testament”

“Understanding the Meaning of Salvation in the New Testament”            

from the book by Bishop Michael Atunrase  7 REALITIES THE DEVIL DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW

    The word translated Salvation in the New Testament is the Greek word, ‘Soteria’, and it means deliverance, preservation, welfare, soundness, restoration, prosperity, safety, and healing.  And is the word used in all these scripture verses.

“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”  Acts 4:12

“And Jesus said to him, “today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham.”  Luke 19:9

Salvation is a comprehensive blessing.  We can read the verse in Acts 4:12 as this, “Nor is there salvation (deliverance, preservation, welfare, soundness, restoration, prosperity, safety, and healing), in any other for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (delivered; preserved, have-welfare, have soundness, restored, prosper, safe and healed).”   (page 28)

To Enter God’s Kingdom_

Matthew 19:14

To Enter God’s Kingdom__ One day children were brought to Jesus in the hope that he would lay hands on them and pray over them. The disciples shooed them off. But Jesus intervened: “Let the children alone, don’t prevent them from coming to me. God’s kingdom is made up of people like these.” After laying hands on them, he left.

  We believe that our children and youth are leaders now and not just one day they will become leaders.    Kids Camp gives us an opportunity to teach the Word to them plus offer fellowship and fun.   Many of our now “grown” adults remember when they went to camp here.   What awesome memories they share with us from time to time.  One former camper said she had a trunk full of every craft she ever made at Kids’ Camp.  

  There are 3 ways you can help us.

 

  • Pray for the leading of the Holy Spirit for all camp leaders.
  • Volunteer to help cook, or clean, or serve our meals.  Our camp breakfast is a meal to remember!!
  • Donate money that helps buy all the materials and food for camp. This can be given to Lidie.  

 

We go all out to make this camp a memorable experience for each camper.   Some will even stay all night.   We will be busy all week getting ready but when Friday comes, “Look out!”

 

PROPHETIC WORD TO NEW LIFE

PROPHETIC WORD TO NEW LIFE

07-10-2016

Jim Childs, Prophet

This is the Word of the Lord for this House. – Learn to ride the Waves! You are embarking on great change, but be assured you are safe because a good foundation has been laid. Many will be tempted to cry out for what was, seeking the comfort of the familiar, the comfort of the ship, but when you get back in the boat-the wind stops blowing. I hear the Lord saying, Know that I have gone before you and prepared the way so that you might not only be sustained, but that you might increase. Your life flow is in following the directions that I lay out before you. Yes, there will be those who do not understand at first, for they have drunk of the old wine and will not immediately embrace the new. There are those even in this area and even in this house who say-“Will they go forth or will it continue in what was?” You must demonstrate your answer and follow hard after me knowing that I have provided all that is necessary to accomplish My purpose. You must purpose not to settle as you experience a new wave of my glory, learn to ride the waves of my Spirit that is blowing afresh upon this house, releasing vision and revelation.

A Word for All —Take up the Treasures of Heaven. Have you not seen, do you not perceive that I, your Breaker have broken through on your behalf, and that I your Breaker have laid at your feet those things that you have need of? In days of old when nations were conquered the spoil was taken and laid at the feet of the king, but I have made you more than conquerors in that I, your Breaker have won the victory and have laid at your feet the treasures of Heaven, but you must take them up and receive them to yourself. Once again, I your Breaker, do breakthrough your mindsets and traditions that have boxed Me out and boxed you in, to the degree that it has become hard for you to receive or even believe that I would move on your behalf. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad for I set you free from those things that have restricted so that you might enjoy the pleasures of the Kingdom.

 

Prophetic Word

Prophetic Revival 07-10-2016

Connie Childs, Prophetess

Many have stood as the winds of adversity blew and shook everything around you. You stood as the invading floods surged upon you. The enemy released vile accusations against you—trying his best to get you to back off the promise BUT you stood. There is breakthrough and harvest coming upon this region and this local church. I see massive revival coming forth in regions where small bands have stood and contend IN SPITE of what you have seen and felt. I feel the Lord saying; Fresh winds of encounter are blowing upon many of you today. I will refresh the dreams and visions that have grown dim. I will ignite the flames again. I will shake my bride out of complacency and into fresh fire.

PURE GRACE

PURE GRACE

Romans 12:3  “I’m speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you.  Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God.  No, God brings it all to you.  The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.”

It’s a wonderful life.

“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you  life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.” Deut. 30:19

    It’s a wonderful life.  Even though we may go through trials here, serving God by believing in Jesus, is worth it.  Since I found out that I had died in February, life has a different feeling than before it happened.  Things that use to bother or stress me don’t seem nearly so bad.  After all, they will pass away, and I have a promise from God that He will never leave me nor forsake me.  I have thought a lot about the reason I came back.  There is a purpose for me to fulfill.  I can’t say what it is, but I will know one day.  Today I am alive.  I am to take no thought for tomorrow; for it will take thought for itself.

    I am here now because of God’s grace and a woman’s faith.  LaVerne never saw me dead even though she held my lifeless body in her arms.  She counted God’s Word as faithful and never doubted.  I know that many good people have trusted God to restore a loved one, and it didn’t happen.  I don’t have the answer as to why, but you never stop trusting God’s word until the trial is over.  Remember, “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.”  As believers, whether we live or die we are the Lord’s.   Pastor Jerry

THOUGHTS FROM THIS WEEK 6/19/2016

THOUGHTS FROM THIS WEEK

From John Arcovia, Santa Roas, CA

I heard the Spirit say, “Spiritual Eagles are rising against the spiritual resistance.”  God is bringing a “gathering of eagles” from multi-denominational and other streams together to rise up in apostolic prophetic authority!  Walls of tradition, religious order, racier barriers and other barriers are falling! …These “spiritual eagles” will not  be limited by barriers of resistance however they will be empowered to “mount up with wings” to soar above the resistance and the bring the healing and glory of the Lord to the nations.  

Isaiah 40:27-31 The Message (MSG)

27-31 Why would you ever complain, O Jacob  or, whine, Israel, saying,“God has lost track of me.   He doesn’t care what happens to me!”  Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening? God doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath.  And He knows everything, inside and out. He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out,  young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.They spread their wings and soar like eagles. They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.

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