WHO IS QUALIFIED? …REALLY?

When I was growing up, I was always made to be the example…that’s because I was a P.K.-otherwise known as a Preacher’s Kid.  Since this was my position in life, I was somehow held to a higher standard than all the other kids in the  church.

This view of thinking caused my brother and I to rebel to a degree far higher than most.  However, had we been given the same grace as all the other children, we perhaps would not have gone astray to such lengths!

I had the verses in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 crammed down my throat so many times that I could quote them, verbatim by the age of nine!  Here’s what it says… “ Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full[a] respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.”

I completely agree…but all parents KNOW that you can only enforce obedience in young children.  Once they reach a certain age, they become “adults” and make their own decisions.  If you’ve brought your child up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, He promises He will bring them back to what they’ve learned.  BUT…most kids stray for a time. Does this make their parents unworthy or unfit for ministry?  That kind of thinking is ludicrous!

The Bible calls David, “a man after God’s own heart”, yet he had a wayward son named Absalom.  Does the wanton actions of his son negate the ministry of David? NO!  And, we all know the story of David; he strayed from the Lord when he lusted, and then took Bathsheba.  But it didn’t end there…he had her husband sent to the front lines of battle, knowing full well that it would mean his death.  David was an adulterer and a murderer! Did God change His mind about David?  Of course not, because God looks at a man’s heart!

God’s call on your life is without repentance!

One of my close friends and I were chatting about this the other day, because like most parents, we have at least one child that seems to have lost their way… for now anyway.  We pray for their return to God!  But, if we want to get right down to it…let’s take it to the top.  My friend said this, and I quote…” God is, was, and always will be, a perfect parent and his kids (Adam and Eve) sinned and rebelled.  So, clearly, being a perfect parent doesn’t guarantee perfect results!”  So true!  This is where ‘free will’ comes into play.

Next time you see the Preacher’s kids misbehaving…pray for them!  Pray for all the children you know.  Life, in this day and age is not so easy as it used to be!  Our kids are bombarded on all sides…on a daily basis by Satan and his vices.  Pray for their parents as well!

Stop your gossip.  Take your judgments to the altar.  Begin to pray for them, and yourself.  Look at your own life.  Lay down your stones.  Fall to your knees!  None of us are without sin!

Anita

 

Bringing in the Sheaves (Everyone left behind)

Here’s one to really think about! It is TRUTH, to the core! Thanks for the reminder, T. F.! -anita

Hard Times Ministries

For some people it may seem that in bringing in the sheaves, we are only talking about ‘those kinds of people’ that fit the mold. You know, the ‘worthy’ type and kind, not those…well, for more or less speaking in the vernacular, the bums and hobos and homeless.

No, we don’t really want to bring those bums into our churches nor do we want them around us.  Sure, we’ll embrace them if they clean themselves us and attempt to be a ‘proper’ person like other folks.

The same holds true with the drug dealers and ex-cons.  We don’t want them either.  They should remain with their ‘own’ kind.  We don’t need to be influenced by their bad habits.

And so when we look around the church and see all those ‘good’ people, we realize we are supposed to work to bring in all the others.  It is supposed to be…

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SPIRIT FILLED GATHERING…

until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. Act 1:2

“‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy. Acts 2:17,18

And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” Acts 5:32

And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” Acts 8:29

the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, Acts 8:39

the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Acts 13:2

And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia

we stayed there for seven days. And through the Spirit they were telling Paul not to go on to Jerusalem Acts 21:4

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. Romans 8:5

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

Romans 8:14

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. Romans 8:26

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Romans 15:13

the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.

1 Corinthians 2:10

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16

To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.  For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.1 Corinthians 12:7-11

What is your gift?

How do you use it to encourage others?

-Pastor Danny Leavitt

HOW MANY I.O.U.’S IS GOD HOLDING FOR YOU??

Have you ever stopped to think about all the times you promised God that IF He’d help you, you in return  would…go to church…stop drinking…stop cursing…be kinder…help others…, etc.???

I know I have!  Many times!

It’s kind of like us telling God, “If you’ll do this for me…I’ll owe You one…”

Problem is, most of us never keep our word.  We never keep our promises to God.

I looked up the phrase I.O.U.  Here’s what it said:

An IOU is usually an informal document acknowledging debt. An IOU differs from a promissory note in that an IOU is not a negotiable instrument and does not specify repayment terms such as the time of repayment….

God is patient.  God is kind.  HE IS merciful!  And, although He waits for us to keep our word, and does not specify a time of repayment…He does expect us to do as we promised – promptly!

Take a look at the following verse…

When you make a promise to God, don’t delay in following through, for God takes no pleasure in fools. Keep all the promises you make to him. -Ecclesiastes 5:4

Then again in Deuteronomy 23:21 it says…”When you make a vow to the LORD your God, be prompt in fulfilling whatever you promised him. For the LORD your God demands that you promptly fulfill all your vows, or you will be guilty of sin.”

We all need to take inventory of our I.O.U.’s to God!  Have you made a promise?  Then, keep your promise…fulfill your vow to Him!

Anita

CONFIDENCE

Here’s a good one from Pastor Danny!  Enjoy!  -anita

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Confidence

The Spirit filled life and the Spirit filled church are shining with confidence – visible and compelling.

Most sermons today are about confidence in different forms.

Psalm 3:3 ESV

But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.

Ephesians 3:12

In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

1 John 4:17  NIV

This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus.

Bible confidence is not

1. self-assured: proud, boastful,

1 Corinthians 13:4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

  1. not brash rude, violent, drunk

1 Cor. 13:5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

  1. loud mouthed, foul mouthed

Proverbs 8:13  (NIV) To fear the Lord is to hate evil;  I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.

  1. The Power of Positive Thinking or other trendy remedies
    Dr. Norman Vincent Peale in his book The Power of Positive Thinking(1952). According to Peale, people can change future outcomes and events by “thinking” them into existence.

Matthew 4:4  NIV

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”

  1. Not in people

John 4:9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)

Philippians 3:3  (NIV)

3 For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh—

Acts 10:34-36  (MSG)

Peter fairly exploded with his good news: “It’s God’s own truth, nothing could be plainer: God plays no favorites! It makes no difference who you are or where you’re from—if you want God and are ready to do as he says, the door is open. The Message he sent to the children of Israel—that through Jesus Christ everything is being put together again—well, he’s doing it everywhere, among everyone.

Psalm 118:8 Living Bible (TLB)

It is better to trust the Lord than to put confidence in men.

  1. Not afraid

2 Timothy 1:7 Living Bible (TLB)

For the Holy Spirit, God’s gift, does not want you to be afraid of people, but to be wise and strong, and to love them and enjoy being with them.

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].

  1. Envy

Galatians 5:26 ESV         

Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

Being like Jesus

John 15:13

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

Isaiah 32:17

17 The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.

Jeremiah 17:5

This is what the LORD says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the LORD. 6 That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. 7 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. 8 They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” 9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? 10 “I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.

Acts 4 NASB

Peter and John Arrested

1 As they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to them, 2 being greatly disturbed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 3 And they laid hands on them and put them in jail until the next day, for it was already evening. 4 But many of those who had heard the message believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand. 5 On the next day, their rulers and elders and scribes were gathered together in Jerusalem; 6 and Annas the high priest was there, and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of high-priestly descent. 7 When they had placed them in the center, they began to inquire, “By what power, or in what name, have you done this?” 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of the people, 9 if we are on trial today for a benefit done to a sick man, as to how this man has been made well, 10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead -by this name this man stands here before you in good health. 11 “He is the STONE WHICH WAS REJECTED by you, THE BUILDERS, but WHICH BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone. 12 “And there is salvation in no * one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”

13 Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus.

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The Blessing Box

Hebrews 10: 32 But remember the former days, when, after being enlightened, you endured a great conflict of sufferings, 33 partly by being made a public spectacle through reproaches and tribulations, and partly by becoming sharers with those who were so treated. 34 For you showed sympathy to the prisoners and accepted joyfully the seizure of your property, knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and a lasting one. 35 Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.

37 For yet in a very little while, He who is coming will come, and will not delay.  38 But My righteous one shall live by faith; And if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him.

39 But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul.

-Pastor Danny Leavitt

TRUST…

Is your heart in the right place?  Is your true desire to TRUST in The Lord God?  …But, maybe you just don’t know ‘how-to’?  Then take a look at this!  It will show you how to trust in the Lord God Almighty! -anita

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Faith is a gift from God

Trust is our confidence in that gift

Trust in God causes the devil to flee

 

Trusting is believing in the promises of God in all circumstances, even in those where the evidence seems to be to the contrary.

 

Other People

Jeremiah 17:5 ESV

Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord.

 

Leaders

Psalm 118:9 (CEB)

9 It’s far better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust any human leader.

 

Yourself

Proverbs 3 (AMP)

5  Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart

And do not rely on your own insight or understanding.

6 ]In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him,

And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].

 

Galatians 6:3  (NLT)

3 If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.

 

Stuff

Psalm 20:7   (NIV)

7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses,

but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

 

 

Matthew 9:20-22, Mark 5:25-34, Luke 8:43-48

Jesus Heals a Sick Woman

40 Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him. 41 Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come to his house42 because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying.

As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse… but no one could heal her. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. “Who touched me?” Jesus asked.

When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.”

46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.” “Who touched my clothes?”

31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”

32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

 

Psalm 37:24  (CEV)

24 The Lord will hold your hand, and if you stumble, you still won’t fall.

 

Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)

20Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.

 

Numbers 20:12

But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.”

 

Titus 2:7-8 (TPT)

7 Above all, set yourself apart as a model of a life nobly lived. With dignity, demonstrate integrity in all that you teach. 8 Bring a clear, wholesome message that cannot be condemned, and then your critics will be embarrassed, with nothing bad to say about us.

 

 

Proverbs 3

 

Proverbs 3  (NASB)

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.

6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.

7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and turn away from evil.

8 It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones.

9 Honor the Lord from your wealth and from the first of all your produce;

 

11 My son, do not reject the [d]discipline of the Lord

Or loathe His reproof,

12 For whom the Lord loves He reproves,

Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.

 

13 How blessed is the man who finds wisdom

And the man who gains understanding.

14 For her profit is better than the profit of silver

And her gain better than fine gold.

15 She is more precious than jewels;

And nothing you desire compares with her.

16 Long life is in her right hand;

In her left hand are riches and honor.

17 Her ways are pleasant ways

And all her paths are peace.

18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her,

And happy are all who hold her fast.

-Pastor Danny

HIS TIME…HIS WILL…

Lately, my husband and I have been seeking the will of God in our lives on a fierce level.  We want to be more active in full-time ministry, so have been asking God to open doors for us in regards to this.

We have a opportuity to do so, but want to make sure it is God speaking to us, and not our own hearts.  Remember what happened to Jonah when he went his own way?  You may not be swallowed by a whale, but there are many other things in this world that will swallow you up if you don’t heed God’s call on your life.   So, we have been in earnest prayer and have a decision to make.

We both have been praying for God to give us confirmation…and He has!

Here are the verses we have been shown-out of the blue, I might add.  Well…they were out of our ‘blue’…but God reveled them to us so that we would be sure He was in it 🙂

Take a look….

Matthew 16:19 – “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.”

Isaiah 55:2 – Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will  enjoy the best food of all….

Jeremiah 31:14 – And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, said the Lord.

Philippians 2:13 – For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure.

2 Timothy 4:18 – The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

I also was shown this poem….

“My way in life that Thou shalt choose,

I know will be the best

And through the trust I have in Thee,

My heart will find it’s rest!” – UNKNOWN

What God wants in your life is what is best for you!  Trust Him!  Heed His call and be satisfied!

Anita

COMFORT

Are you in need of some comfort today?  Then read this….  -anita

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Chorus

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God

Oh, it chases me down, fights ‘til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine

I couldn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it, still You give Yourself away

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God

 

Genesis 5:29

He named him Noah and said, “He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the Lord has cursed.”

 

Isaiah 40  (NIV)

Comfort for God’s People

40 Comfort, comfort my people,

says your God.

2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,

and proclaim to her

that her hard service has been completed,

that her sin has been paid for,

that she has received from the Lord’s hand

double for all her sins.

5 And the glory of the Lord will be revealed,

and all people will see it together.

For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

6 A voice says, “Cry out.”

And I said, “What shall I cry?”

8 The grass withers and the flowers fall,

but the word of our God endures forever.”

9 You who bring good news to Zion,

go up on a high mountain.

You who bring good news to Jerusalem,[c]

lift up your voice with a shout,

lift it up, do not be afraid;

say to the towns of Judah,

“Here is your God!”

10 See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power,

and he rules with a mighty arm.

See, his reward is with him,

and his recompense accompanies him.

11 He tends his flock like a shepherd:

He gathers the lambs in his arms

and carries them close to his heart;

he gently leads those that have young.

12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,

or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?

Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket,

or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?

13 Who can fathom the Spirit of the Lord,

or instruct the Lord as his counselor?

14 Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way?

Who was it that taught him knowledge, or showed him the path of understanding?

15 Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket;

they are regarded as dust on the scales;

he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.

16 Lebanon is not sufficient for altar fires,

nor its animals enough for burnt offerings.

17 Before him all the nations are as nothing;

they are regarded by him as worthless

and less than nothing.

18 With whom, then, will you compare God?

To what image will you liken him?

19 As for an idol, a metalworker casts it,

and a goldsmith overlays it with gold

and fashions silver chains for it.

20 A person too poor to present such an offering

selects wood that will not rot;

they look for a skilled worker

to set up an idol that will not topple.

21 Do you not know?

Have you not heard?

Has it not been told you from the beginning?

Have you not understood since the earth was founded?

22 He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers.

He stretches out the heavens like a canopy,

and spreads them out like a tent to live in.

23 He brings princes to naught and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.

24 No sooner are they planted, no sooner are they sown,

no sooner do they take root in the ground,

than he blows on them and they wither, and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.

25 “To whom will you compare me?

Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.

26 Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:

Who created all these?

He who brings out the starry host one by one

and calls forth each of them by name.

Because of his great power and mighty strength,

not one of them is missing.

27 Why do you complain? …

28 Do you not know?

Have you not heard?

The Lord is the everlasting God,

the Creator of the ends of the earth.

He will not grow tired or weary,  and his understanding no one can fathom.

29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;

31 but those who hope in the Lord

will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles;

they will run and not grow weary,

they will walk and not be faint.

Psalm 119

41 Lord, give me your unfailing love,
the salvation that you promised me.
50 Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles.

Psalm 23:4 NIV

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Paraklesos

2 Corinthians 1  (NIV)

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

Matthew 2:18 “A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.”

In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations

Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Luke 6:24 “But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort.

Luke 16:25 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony.

John 14:1 [ Jesus Comforts His Disciples ] “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.

The Spirit Filled Christian Comforts others

1 Corinthians 14:3 But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.

The New Testament Paraclete

2 Corinthians 1 New International Version (NIV)

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,

To the church of God in Corinth, together with all his holy people throughout Achaia:

2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Praise to the God of All Comfort

2 Cor. 1

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

Philemon 7 (NCV)

I have great joy and comfort, my brother, because the love you have shown to God’s people has refreshed them.

-Pastor Danny Leavitt

SAY IT! SHARE IT! SPEAK IT!

Have you ever had something so wonderful and unexpected happen to you, and you were afraid to say it out loud…just in case it wasn’t true?  Maybe you thought you’d jinx it by saying it aloud?

But then, you decided to share it anyway….  And that’s when all the “What if’s???” came flying into your heart and mind.

I believe that happens, because the devil doesn’t want hope and joy to be spread around throughout your world like butter and jelly!  -We all know how much better a piece of dry toast tastes if it has butter and jelly!  If you were to talk about the good things, others would know that “There IS a light at the end of the tunnel”!  They would dare to believe their bad situation could change if they’d just rely on God!

We were created in the image of God Almighty, and you see what happened in seven days time as He spoke the worlds into being, not to mention, everything that is in them, on them, and under them!!

Words have power!  You can use your words to destroy someone…or you can use them to build someone up!  You can ‘create’ an atmosphere of peace and hope, or chaos and despair with your words!

The Bible says, “Let the redeemed of the Lord, say so.” -Psalm 107:2  We are to share the goodness of God with other Believers, as well as the world around us!  We, Believers… have The Good News of the Gospel to share.  We all have testimonies of the unbelievable miracles God has done in our lives!

Don’t let the devil put his hand over your mouth and intimidate you into being quiet about the things God has brought you through!

SPEAK LIFE into your troubled times!  God can…and WILL give you the keys to the Kingdom if you’ll just trust Him, and give Him all the glory!  I KNOW this to be true!  I’m a witness!

Anita

CHAIRO

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Here’s a great one for us to think on from our own Pastor Danny!  Get a cup of coffee…it’s time for Bible study! -anita

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Shortest verse in the Bible (in Greek)   1 Thess. 5:16

1 Thessalonians 2:19

For what is it we live for, that gives us hope and joy and is our proud reward and crown? It is you! Yes, you will bring us much joy as we stand together before our Lord Jesus Christ when he comes back again.

Joy killers

  1. Loneliness

Relationships,

The Seattle Times.
Starbucks, is the place where socially isolated, lonely, needy people gather together to ignore one another.

  1. Disorders

Depression, anxiety, health

  1. Materialsim

Money, stuff,

  1. Unfulfilled expectations

Love, popularity, success, getting fired, divorce, church

  1. Reactions
  2. SIN

Restore unto me Psalm 51

Joy is Vital to walking with God

Philippians 4:4  NIV

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

Good News Translation

May you always be joyful in your union with the Lord. I say it again: rejoice!

Joy is Vital to Walking in Strength

Nehemiah 8:10

10 Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

Your Joy is Vital to Your Church

Don’t go to church to find joy…

Philemon 1:7 NIV

Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.

Joy is vital to bringing people to Jesus Christ.

Romans 15:13

13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Joy is a gift from God to share with others

John 15:11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

The Awesome of Today

1 Peter 1:8-9

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Romans 12:12 NIV

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Psalm 94:19

When anxiety was great within me,

your consolation brought me joy.

The Awesome of Tomorrow

Psalm 16:11  NIV

You make known to me the path of life;

you will fill me with joy in your presence,

with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Isaiah 55 (NIV)

Invitation to the Thirsty

55 “Come, all you who are thirsty,

come to the waters;

and you who have no money,

come, buy and eat!

Come, buy wine and milk

without money and without cost.

2 Why spend money on what is not bread,

and your labor on what does not satisfy?

Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,

and you will delight in the richest of fare.

3 Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live.

I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David.

4 See, I have made him a witness to the peoples,

a ruler and commander of the peoples.

5 Surely you will summon nations you know not,

and nations you do not know will come running to you,

because of the Lord your God,

the Holy One of Israel,

for he has endowed you with splendor.”

6 Seek the Lord while he may be found;

call on him while he is near.

7 Let the wicked forsake their ways

and the unrighteous their thoughts.

Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,

and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

neither are your ways my ways,”

declares the Lord.

9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,

so are my ways higher than your ways

and my thoughts than your thoughts.

10 As the rain and the snow

come down from heaven,

and do not return to it

without watering the earth

and making it bud and flourish,

so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,

11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:

It will not return to me empty,

but will accomplish what I desire

and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

12 You will go out in joy

and be led forth in peace;

the mountains and hills

will burst into song before you,

and all the trees of the field

will clap their hands.

13 Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper,

and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.

This will be for the Lord’s renown,

for an everlasting sign,

that will endure forever.”

2 John 1:12 Well, I would like to say much more, but I don’t want to say it in this letter, for I hope to come to see you soon, and then we can talk over these things together and have a joyous time.

-Pastor Danny Leavitt