“Pray one for another…” -James 5:16


“There is a spot where spirits blend,

And friend holds fellowship with friend;

Though sundered far, by faith they meet

Around one common mercy-seat.” -Unknown


Prayer is a wonderful thing!  Even if we’re far from family, friends and loved ones, PRAYER can bring us all together!  Pray for those you love today…for those who need protection, for those who’ve strayed and need mercy.  And pray for those who are unlovely…for those who’ve done you harm;  God will speak to them in a voice they can’t ignore.



The following poem is from a book given to me by one of my dear friends.  She has since gone on to be with Jesus.  She now walks in the gardens of Heaven with her Savior, whom she loved so much!  See you soon, Virginia! -anita


“He will take us in the Garden

We will kneel, and He will pardon

As we pause beside Him praying

We will hear our Master saying:

Give your hearts to Me this day

In the Garden we will stay.


Midst the sunshine and the flowers

Life will seem like Heavenly bowers

And our hearts will turn to singing

And our souls with joy be ringing

As we sigh and dream and pray

On that gorgeous sacred way.


We will put our arms around Him

We will kneel because we’ve found Him

With our love we will caress Him

With our hearts we will possess Him

And we’ll walk there every day

With our Saviour just to pray.”

-From the book: THE GREATEST OF THESE IS LOVE by: Hazel Hoffman and Audrey McDaniel



This morning, I was reading one of my devotionals.  It was talking about the most unselfish prayer of all time.  It is found in John 17.  Here is part of that passage where Jesus is praying:

“I have glorified you on the earth:  I have finished the work which you gave me to do.  I have manifested your name unto the men which you gave me out of the world:  yours they were, and you gave them to me; and they have kept your word.”

Now, look at verse 9.  This is the amazing part.  NOTHING will ever reach the heights of Jesus’ devotion to us found here in this verse!

In John 17:9, here is what Jesus prayed to the Father:

“I pray for them:  I pray not for the world, but for them which you have given me; for they are yours.”

WOW!  I’ve never actually SEEN that verse for what it is!  Think about what He is saying there….  Here is Jesus, in His final hour before being crucified…and He is praying for US…not Himself!  He is not praying for His own concerns, but He is beseeching God, and praying for us.

He did that then, in His greatest hour of need; but it didn’t stop there…He prays for us everyday.  When we fall into sin, He goes before the Father, and reminds Him that our sin has been paid for with His blood.  God the Father looks through the blood that we as saved souls have been washed in, and we are whiter than snow!

My friends and I share many burdens with each other, and we pray for each other about these burdens, and it is comforting.  But to KNOW that JESUS prays for me…WOW!  I’m overwhelmed at His love!

If your heart is heavy today…remember…JESUS IS PRAYING FOR YOU!



A Promise to Trust…”The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeks Him.”  Lamentations 3:25

A Command to Obey…”Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart…”  Proverbs 3:5


Here’s an old hymn I used to sing when I was growing up.  It expounds on the verses in the Bible in regards to trusting, and then obeying God.


“When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word, what a glory He shed on our way!  While we do His good will He abides with us still, and with all who will trust and obey.”

“Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies, but His smile quickly drives it away; Not a doubt nor a fear, not a sigh nor a tear, can abide while we trust and obey.”

“Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share, but our toil He doth richly repay; Not a grief nor a loss, not a frown nor a cross, but is blest if we trust and obey.”

But we never can prove the delights of His love until all on the altar we lay; For the favor He shows and the joy He bestows are for them who will trust and obey.”

Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet, or we’ll walk by His side in the way; What He says we will do, where He sends we will go…never fear, only trust and obey.”

Chorus:  “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in  Jesus, but to trust and obey.”-John H. Sammis, 1887/Daniel G. Towner, 1887

Let’s choose to trust God today in all that we do, and then obey His voice, even if we don’t understand.  He KNOWS what is best for us!



For the last two nights, the moon has been incredible!  Yesterday, when I woke up, it was still shinning brightly in the morning sky.  I jotted this down after viewing the breath-taking sight.

This morning when I awoke, I saw a full moon shinning brightly over an ocean of blue sky.  Clouds of orange, were clumped together like a huge coral reef.  A light cool breeze blew a few dark clouds slowly across the blue expanse, like ships going out to sea.  Stars encrusted the bottom of the dark “ships” like barnacles.

It reminded me of Faith.  When  I allow the breath of God to blow over me, the dark storm clouds of life slowly move into the distance, and the light of His glory and grace shines bright into my situation.  And yes, sometimes, I can even see the stars peeking through the dark! 

Whatever you need from the Lord today, ask Him from your heart, and then allow Him to breath over you and remove your dark clouds!

Anita Mondragon 10-16-2016

Politics: Kings and Leaders, 1 Kings – sermon notes by Pastor Danny Leavitt

The Book of Kings

c. 960 – c. 560 BC, about 400 years, covering the glory days and destruction of the Jewish Kingdom.


1 Kings 2:3-4 (MSG)

When David’s time to die approached, he charged his son Solomon, saying, “I’m about to go the way of all the earth, but you—be strong; show what you’re made of! Do what God tells you. Walk in the paths he shows you: Follow the life-map absolutely, keep an eye out for the signposts, his course for life set out in the revelation to Moses; then you’ll get on well in whatever you do and wherever you go. Then God will confirm what he promised me when he said, ‘If your sons watch their step, staying true to me heart and soul, you’ll always have a successor on Israel’s throne.’



Jesus Paid Taxes

Mark 12:13-17The Message (MSG)


Paying Taxes to Caesar

13-14 They sent some Pharisees and followers of Herod to bait him, hoping to catch him saying something incriminating. They came up and said, “Teacher, we know you have integrity, that you are indifferent to public opinion, don’t pander to your students, and teach the way of God accurately. Tell us: Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”

15-16 He knew it was a trick question, and said, “Why are you playing these games with me? Bring me a coin and let me look at it.” They handed him one.

“This engraving—who does it look like? And whose name is on it?”

“Caesar,” they said.

17 Jesus said, “Give Caesar what is his, and give God what is his.”

Their mouths hung open, speechless.



Gen. 1:28, where God commanded Adam and Eve, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it.” Authority, by nature, reflects God’s authority.


Rom. 13:1

“For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God”.


Romans 13:6-7 (MSG)

That’s also why you pay taxes—so that an orderly way of life can be maintained. Fulfill your obligations as a citizen. Pay your taxes, pay your bills, respect your leaders.


1 Peter 2:14-17 (MSG)

13-17 Make the Master proud of you by being good citizens. Respect the authorities, whatever their level; they are God’s emissaries for keeping order. It is God’s will that by doing good, you might cure the ignorance of the fools who think you’re a danger to society. Exercise your freedom by serving God, not by breaking the rules. Treat everyone you meet with dignity. Love your spiritual family. Revere God. Respect the government.



Accountable to God


“to God the things that are God’s” (Mark 12:17).


  1. Our duty to earthly authority is limited


Exodus 5:2The Message (MSG)

Pharaoh said, “And who is God that I should listen to him and send Israel off? I know nothing of this so-called ‘God’ and I’m certainly not going to send Israel off.”Psalm 119:34


Acts 4:19-20 (MSG)

18-20 They called them back and warned them that they were on no account ever again to speak or teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John spoke right back, “Whether it’s right in God’s eyes to listen to you rather than to God, you decide. As for us, there’s no question—we can’t keep quiet about what we’ve seen and heard.”


Acts 5:29


Acts 5:29-32The Message (MSG)

Peter and the apostles answered, “It’s necessary to obey God rather than men. The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, the One you killed by hanging him on a cross. God set him on high at his side, Prince and Savior, to give Israel the gift of a changed life and sins forgiven. And we are witnesses to these things. The Holy Spirit, whom God gives to those who obey him, corroborates every detail.”

“Do not give to Caesar that which is God’s”


Rev. 13 is a great example of bad government


Mark 8:34-37The Message (MSG)


34-37 Calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to saving yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? What could you ever trade your soul for?John 15:20

To be a Christian is to be at odds with Earthly Kingdoms.


The city of Man and the City of God



  1. Our duty to God is Unlimited

Matthew 28:18  NIV

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.


1 Peter 2:11-12 (MSG)

Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul. Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they’ll be won over to God’s side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives.







I drew this promise this morning from my box.  “If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him; if we deny Him, He also will deny us.”  II Timothy 2:12

Here is the little poem that accompanied it:

“A charge to keep I have, a God to glorify; A never-dying soul to save, and fit it for the sky.”

After I read it, I was reminded of a piece I recently saw in one of my devotionals by Max Lucado.  It’s from his book called, “In The Eye Of The Storm.”  It’s also quoted in his daily devotional book called, “Mocha With Max.”

Max says, and I’m going to paraphrase;

For some of you, the journey has been long, and stormy with many burdens.  Robbed of dreams, saying good-by to life-long partners and family.  Many of you have spouses that can’t tolerate your faith.  Bills bigger than your paycheck, and every day challenges that outweigh your strength.  You are tired.

Then he says…and I quote:

“It’s hard for you to see the City in the midst of the storms.  The desire to pull over to the side of the road and get out entices you.  You want to go on, but some days the road seems so long.  Let me encourage you.  God never said that the journey would be easy, but he did say that the arrival would be worthwhile.  Remember this:  God may not do what you want, but he will do what is right…and best.  He’s the Father of forward motion.  Trust him.  He will get you home.  And the trials of the trip will be lost in the joys of the feast.”

Thanks for those encouraging words, Max!  It WILL all be worth it…someday!




“I have a heritage of bliss, which yet I may not see;  The Hand that bled to make it mine, is keeping it for me!” -Unknown


Today is Friday, a day much sought after, especially in the work-world!  Everyone is tired, and ready for a break.  Working all week-long will make you weary…but we all must do it in order to get a paycheck.  This paycheck will not last however.  It will be gone in no time.  Everyone is in line, with their hand out saying, “That’s mine.  You owe me for rent… or the car payment…or the energy bill….  And the list goes on; so work goes on…and on… and on!

The same holds true in the Christian life.  We work for the Kingdom…NOT TO KEEP OUR SALVATION, but we work because we have been redeemed by Jesus and pulled from the miry clay…from the pit we were in before He found us!  We must endure ridicule from those that have no understanding of our Savior, persecution for our beliefs, and yes, even shunning from our own family at times; but read the following verse.  A day is coming when we shall receive a crown of glory that doesn’t fade away!

“When the chief Shepherd (Jesus) shall appear, you shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.”  I Peter 5:4

The above verse reminds me of a little poem I have hanging on my wall.  I’ve had it for years, but it is a constant reminder to me in times of testing.  Here’s what it says:

“Only one life, twill soon be past.  Only what’s done for Christ, will last!” -Unknown

So, hang in there!  Remember, a better day is coming.  We, that know Jesus, all have something to look forward to…a crown of glory…a heritage of bliss!



This morning, I drew two promises from my box.  It’s amazing how they “fit” together, yet are years apart in their writing.

God wants his children to be encouraged.  He wants us to know we can run to Him for help…in any situation, and He will be there.  He will never leave us!

“I will NEVER leave you, nor forsake you.” -Hebrews 13:5  … Jesus said that!

That was the first one I read.  The next one says:

“Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain you.” -Psalm 55:22  …Jesus is our provider!

Then, I thought of the old hymn, Amazing Grace.  One of the verses says, “Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come; ’tis grace has brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.”

Take heart!  Jesus has already brought us through so many things.  Just take a moment to remember some of them and it will give you hope!



Here’s an interesting one from Lee.  Enjoy!-anita


I came across an article recently, penned by Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr., who heads up The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. In his article, Dr. Mohler acknowledges that we live in a highly secularized world. He then goes on to quote extensively from a book by a Canadian philosopher, Dr. Charles Taylor, entitled A Secular Age. Taylor is a well-respected former Oxford Rhodes Scholar.

Taylor describes three sets of intellectual conditions that seem to fairly accurately define the world we have come to live in.

  • The first period Taylor describes is what he calls the “premodern age of antiquity” where it was impossible not to believe [in God]. “There was simply no intellectual alternative to theism in the West…no alternative set of explanations for the world and its operations….”
  • The 2nd period Taylor describes is the “age of modernity.” Here it became possible not to believe [in God]. “A secular alternative to Christian theism emerged as a real choice.”
  • A 3rd period now defines our current state, Taylor says, a state which he terms “late modernity.” In this state it is now impossible to believe. According to Taylor, this means that, for the intellectual elites and the culture-forming sectors of society, “theism is not an available worldview—if not personally, then at least culturally.”

Interestingly, Taylor’s philosophy then takes an unexpected turn to argue against a condition that some philosophers have called “Secularism,” which is a major thesis of his book, A Secular Age. In doing some more research on this topic, I found on Wikipedia (that sometimes maligned source of current information) this definition: “In rough form, the secularization thesis holds that as modernity (a bundle of phenomena including science, technology, and rational forms of authority) progresses, religion gradually diminishes in influence.”

Taylor offers this point of encouragement to those of us who live life in love for and obedience to the Almighty God:  “In fact, the modern world has not seen the disappearance of religion but rather its diversification and in many places its growth.” Taylor examines the development in “Western Christendom” of those aspects of modernity which we call secular. What he describes “is in fact not a single, continuous transformation, but a series of new departures, in which earlier forms of religious life have been dissolved or destabilized and new ones have been created.” Taylor concludes, sadly but correctly to some degree: “Today’s secular world is characterized not by an absence of religion–although in some societies religious belief and practice have markedly declined–but rather by the continuing multiplication of new options, religious, spiritual, and anti-religious, which individuals and groups seize on in order to make sense of their lives and give shape to their spiritual aspirations.” As Dr. Mohler puts it: “Christians are the intellectual outlaws under the current secular conditions.” And, of course, none of this should surprise us. The Lord Jesus told us Himself, “…you will be hated by all on account of My name, but the one who endures to the end, he shall be saved.”

We’ve talked about this before; that the world has bought into the humanistic ideal of self first, and embraces the condition of subjective truth (my truth is what I want to believe it is, there is no objective truth of God). According to Taylor, “Everything is now reduced to choice…” and that is the basis of his concept of “individual authenticity,” which is code-speak for the issue of binding authority: God is not the authority in my life, I am. Me, me, me.

But I actually am encouraged by something implicit in Taylor’s thesis. Even with these “new options” of which he speaks, he acknowledges these options are seized upon by mankind “to make sense of their lives and give shape to their spiritual aspirations.” As misdirected as many of these “late modern” ideas are, they still reflect the fact that mankind is a spiritual being—spirit breathed into us by God– and constantly seeks ways to give form to something (or Someone, if you are a practicing Christian) greater than ourselves.

By:  Lee Pierce