Archive for June, 2017

Hope and Intimacy

Overwhelming evidence not only shows the existence of God, but His great love toward mankind.  Nonetheless, a large number of people are willingly ignorant, which is beyond mere ignorance of the truth.  It’s one thing to be naïve and lack understanding.  It is quite another when one makes the decision to never acquire knowledge and understanding.  Obviously, a good many do not want to be held accountable for their lifestyle choices, so they choose to disbelieve in God.  Unfortunately for them, they’ve also chosen to live a life without hope.  A worldview that excludes God is void of hope.  Why do you think the devil fights so hard against the truth?  He doesn’t even care if people don’t believe he exists; in fact, it gives him an advantage.  If he can keep people in a state of unbelief, he already has stolen their hope.  Not only that, but their purpose for living.
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Celebrating Life, A Time of Healing and Thanksgiving Part 3

Extravagant Praise

My next stop on this musical journey was at the COGIC (UK) Centre, to experience three nights of Extravagant Praise. The three nights of praise were in June, August and September of 2010. I knew God had something special in stored for my family and I. We were not disappointed! It brought tears to my eyes, blessed my heart, brought confirmation of the direction in which God was leading me and I felt renewed in my spirit. I had been longing for this form of freedom to express my love to God, through uninterrupted, prayerful songs of thanksgiving. God granted my heart’s desire by connecting me with Extravagant Praise.
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Our Faith Must Increase

When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people who were listening, he entered Capernaum. There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, “This man deserves to have you do this, because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.” So Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well. Luke 7:1-10 NIV
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A Father’s Day Poem

GOOD FATHERS ARE NOT PERFECT,
BUT THEY DO THE BEST THEY CAN.
THEY PLAY WITH KIDS AND READ TO THEM,
AND FATHERS ARE THEIR FAN.

GOOD FATHERS ALWAYS WANT WHAT’S BEST
FOR EVERYONE AT HOME.
THEY SEE THEIR CHILDREN OFF TO SCHOOL,
AND MAKE SURE THEIR HAIR IS COMBED.

GOOD FATHERS GO TO CONCERTS,
AND TO BASKETBALL, AND PLAYS.
THEY TEACH THEIR CHILDREN TO ENJOY
THEIR LIVES AND ALL THEIR DAYS.

GOOD FATHERS ALSO HAVE TO WORK.
THEY HAVE TO EARN THEIR BREAD.
THEY WANT THEIR FAMILIES TO HAVE MONEY,
AND TO GET AHEAD.

SOMETIMES THEY CANNOT BE AT HOME,
BUT WHEN THEY ARE AWAY,
THEY CARE ABOUT THEIR FAMILIES,
AND THEY PRAY TO GOD EACH DAY.

GOOD FATHERS HAVE TO DISCIPLINE,
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Don’t Rearm Your Enemy

“The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.” 1 Cor 15:56

Satan tricked Adam into doubting God and thus breaking the one commandment he had been given. This gave sin the power to condemn us, a weapon for satan. (Rom 5:19).

Thankfully Jesus fulfilled the law and thus disarmed the enemy. “And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.” Col 2:13-15 ESV
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God’s Word and You

Do you really believe the Word of God?  Do you stand on what He says to you?  The secret to victory over the world is found in faith.  1 John 5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.  The reason some haven’t experienced victory, or least in some areas of their life, is their hearts are not fully converted.  That’s not to say they’re not saved; rather, they have not come into full belief or agreement with God.  They have not come to a place of full repentance, which in essence, is an ongoing process.  You might ask, “What do you mean by that?”  Simply this: repentance means to change the way you think or to change your mind.  So yes, with the help of the Holy Spirit, you ceased being a sinner by changing your mind about sin.  You turned away from darkness and turned to light, and from the authority of Satan to God, so that you were able to receive remission of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Jesus Christ (see Acts 26:15-18).  However, the way you think still needs to change to conform to His way of thinking.  This is known as the renewing of the mind.  Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.  The more time you spend communing with Him, the more you read the Bible and listen to His voice, the more your thinking will align with His.
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