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Monthly Archives: March 2014

Alpha and Omega – Ronn Oliver

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Alpha and…

 

From beginning to end

Genesis to Revelation

“I am the Alpha and the Omega”

Speaks to the people of his creation

Whose voice is heard

No matter how large the population

Spreads over many nations

Promoting development

To newborns undergoing incubation.

His life saving commandments

Carry like pollination

Disobeying is an abomination

Though keeping his words

One’s worthy of his salvation

Which is deliverance from sin.

For whatever you’re facing

You will witness redemption

From beginning to end

Genesis to Revelation…

 

the Omega

Revelation 22:13

 

by Ronn Oliver

My Testimony – George K. Walker

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My Testimony

Praise the Lord Saints! My name is George Walker and even though I am praising the Lord today I must remind you that I have not always been this way. I grew up in a family that believed and proclaimed Jesus as Lord! Proverbs 22:6 comes to mind when I think about my family and how I was raised. “Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Remember this verse because it will come up again later.

In school I was not smart and had a comprehension problem. This led to self-esteem issues that caused me to do things that I shouldn’t have done, in order to feel accepted. At the age of thirteen I committed several serious crimes. I knew when I was doing these things that they were wrong, but I did them anyway and figured I’d get away with them. At the age of fifteen my daughter was born and selling drugs was my career choice. I remember my mother telling me, “Son, you don’t have to live this way, please come home.” I also remember my grandmother saying, “Be obedient to the Lord,” but I didn’t listen. I chose worldly living over Jesus and my family. Three years later I was in prison, sentenced to “Life without parole.”

My first six or seven years in prison were the worst. I was fighting, got stabbed, stayed drunk, gambled, and caught several tickets. Even when my back was turned to God He still loved me and reached out to me through letters from church members, others in prison and my family. Someone was always telling me that God loved me and would accept me as I was.

One day I was in my cell crying, because my grandmother had died, and I heard God say to me, “Come to me and I will give you rest.” I have not looked back since that day. I started to remember all the things I was taught when I was young and my family was attending church. His Word was always with me and He kept me alive. I give glory to God for saving my life! IF He did it for me. He will definitely do it for you. Thank you Jesus!!!

In Christ,

George Walker

My Testimony (part 1) – Kevin Hall

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My Testimony (part 1)

I have a 36 year history of being sexually, physically, ritually, spiritually and verbally abused. I have been neglected, abandoned, dehumanized, humiliated and disgraced. I have been treated as an object and a possession. I was so closed down it was like I was barely existing.

But GOD! Even through everything that has happened to me God has used many things and people to show me that He loves me and that I can come to Him and He will accept me as I am. Through my total submission to Him and the Holy Spirit, He is changing my thoughts, beliefs, attitude and behavior. I’m not perfect but through the blood of Jesus Christ, He is changing my will to His will and I am getting to where He wants me to be. I have hurt people in my past too and to have the forgiveness of God gives me the strength to forgive myself for the pain I have caused others.

I was a mean, selfish, non-caring, untrustworthy person but GOD in His infinite wisdom has changed me into a loving, selfless, caring, and honest person. Jesus has taken everything I’ve done and washed me clean – Thank You Jesus! Jesus has made me whole by giving me a new life through His word. I now depend on Him more and more everyday. He has done more for me than anyone has. I am no longer neglected or abandoned because my God is with me, leading my life and if He can take me and turn my life around through love and forgiveness, He will do it for you as well. I know that He is the only Savior of the world and Jesus is the only one I will worship, serve, and submit to. There is no hope besides hope in Jesus. He has changed me in ways I could not imagine or fathom – Thank You Jesus!

Kevin Hall

If God Be For Us – George K. Walker

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“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31

Dear Reader,

Psalm 18:6 tells us: “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear:  what can man do unto me?”

My brothers and sisters in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth and everything in them.  Go created man in His image and likeness and gave us dominion over all the earth.  God is all powerful.  God gave His son to die for our sins so that we can live, don’t you think that if He gave his only Son for us that there is nothing He won’t bring us through or nothing He won’t give us?  He loves us just that much.  There is none who can stand against God because it is God who justifies.  Romans 8:33 tells us: “Who shall lay anything to charge of God’s elect?  It is God that justifieth.”  We are God’s people and nothing can stand against us- thanks be to Jesus.  Jesus saved us completely, perfectly and finally and for all time and eternity (Hebrews 7:25).  Jesus made everything right with the Father when He died for us on the cross- He justified us with the father.  There is no love greater. Jesus is love and He has proven His love for us.  Romans 8:35 tells us: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”  There is nothing that can separate us from the love of Jesus.  Not even ourselves.  He is love, forgiveness, compassion, mercy and grace.  Jesus is sacrifice and He has shown us how to live our life for Him.  We are to sacrifice for Him- love, give and serve are all things the Jesus did for us.  So we are to do the same, even when we face our enemies.  Psalm 44:22 tells us: “Yea, for the sake we are killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.” Nothing we could ever do can compare to what Jesus did for us.  Be we do have comfort in knowing that through Jesus we are more than conquerors.  1 John 5:4 tells us: “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world,and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”  We have victory because of Jesus Christ- Hallelujah!

Knowing that I have the love of Jesus makes me victorious over everything.  Romans 8:38-39 tells us:  “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor power, nor present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  When God is on your side, you have nothing to fear.  We are victorious in Jesus.  Do not see with your eyes, you have to get out of the way and allow the Holy Spirit and God’s Word to be your eyes.  Love conquers all because Jesus is love.

Yours in Jesus!

George Kevin Walker

Have You Attended a Funeral? – Isaac Jenkins

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HAVE YOU ATTENDED A FUNERAL?

Consider this story of a man attending a funeral. to his amazement, no one came to pay their respects. this man reviewed the scenes of the life of the deceased gentleman. the man saw the the deceased was raised by good parents, but chose to live a life contrary to his upbringing.

As the scenes of his life flashed by, the man saw the deceased as a teenager hooked on a life of crime that had started with theft, selling drugs and robbery.

The deceased grew in age so did his misery, despair, loneliness, and self-worthlessness, and prison and drug houses became his address. He finally became what his parents dreaded, a low life, an addict and everything associated with addiction.

The man attending the funeral looked for some positive moments in the deceased life, the man couldn’t find any, since they were blocked by the life the deceased had chosen. The more the man looked the more downcast he became. He wondered aloud not one good thing, nothing good? He began to sense that all of the deceased faults were why no one attended this funeral. The man asked the Lord, “Does anyone love this gentleman?” The man didn’t know someone did love the deceased.

As the man attending the funeral wept for the man in the casket, he questioned why his grief for this unknown man was consuming him. He began to pray for this man seeing that there was no one there to put him in the ground.

The man was praying for the deceased giving his last words, and the only words would come out was “Lord help me! I accept you as my Lord and Savior, and I believe you died and rose for me, forgive me of my sins, create in me a new heart.” Wait a moment! he said where were these words coming from? Then he saw a bright light. Dear child, the funeral you are attending is yours, and you had to Die to Live.

So as the tears turned to Joy he began to praise God, the scenes of the old man’s life along with his sins, no longer existed, as the love of God was poured out into his heart and mind.

I attended my funeral in August of 2007. This is a true story of how Isaac L. Jenkins attended his own funeral.

HAVE YOU ATTENDED YOUR FUNERAL?

After going through my headaches in life, I needed a way out, I had one place, and one place only to go, that was the CROSS!

I had to attend a funeral. It was the most enjoyable thing I have ever experienced. I weighed 300 pounds, yet I felt as if I lost 100 pounds because the cares of this world disappeared, I gave them to Christ.

by Isaac L. Jenkins

 

Wow! I Am Alive – Isaac L. Jenkins

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WOW! I AM ALIVE

John 11:1-44

emphasis on verses 25 and 43-44.

Maybe your life was like mine, full of pit falls, ups and downs, and more disappointments than achievements. Not only was I spiritually dead in Christ, I was physically dead to my family. They (my family) no longer recognized me. I was a shell of my old self. Just the mention of Isaac brought about an aroma that was similar to that of death itself.

Now as my family cried out to Jesus for relief, He began to say that He is the Resurrection and the Life. Though Isaac may be dead, if only he would believe, he will live. So Christ said to my family do you believe? Yes! They believed that Jesus is the Christ the Son of the Living God.

My family was exactly where they needed to be in their Faith, but I needed to hear from God myself. I was so dead that I didn’t think I could become anything or anybody. All the fruits I had was spoiled and rotten. In my mind I couldn’t become nothing. The land of the living was a distant past.

My life consisted of me walking around, in tombs, made for dead people. If you want to find the living you can’t look towards the tombs, they are filled with death, not life.

Verse 35 says “Jesus wept.” Just imagine Christ weeping over me, even when my family has stopped crying, He cried for me. His cry caused Him to say “Isaac come forth!” That day in 2007 in an Oakland County jail cell I came alive. The grave clothes I was wearing, He took them off. It was the command to come forth that I responded too. He told satan “to loose me, and let me go!” Satan had me bound, but now I am free! AMEN

I was dead to my family, and God has brought back to life the very person who had died to them. I watched the renewal of my relationship with God the Father, and of my family. Guess what? satan didn’t have the final word.

My life wasn’t a waste. I will accomplish something, I have become someone. The difference about being dead compared to being Alive is, when you are dead you can no longer produce life, but being alive, I was able to produce life, and life has sprung up all around me.

The scriptures says “Lazarus was dead for four days.” I too spent twenty plus years in the tomb the dead, only to be raised from the dead by my Lord and Savior Jesus. You too can experience this life changing transformation. WOW! I AM ALIVE, not just alive, but being fruitful by the Grace of God, I am Alive!

Isaac L. Jenkins

It Wasn’t the Nails – Isaac Jenkins

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“IT WASN’T THE NAILS”

Maybe you were an addict, murderer, sexually immoral person, thief, etc. Just maybe you are asking the question, Why did Jesus die for me? someone who hasn’t lived a very good life. Maybe you make bad choice after bad choice, OH! but Jesus.

Maybe you were drinking and driving and hurt someone while you were behind the wheel, OH! but Jesus. Maybe you have been an addict for twenty plus years and stole from you family, OH! but Jesus. Maybe you have sexually abused someone and mentally hurt their life, OH! but Jesus. Maybe you have been a drug dealer and everything you have you bought with drug money, OH! but Jesus.

Everything we have done was paid for one day some 2000 years ago on a cross called “CALVARY.” There is nothing we have done that is too bad, too shameful, too hurtful that the LOVE of JESUS hasn’t covered.

How many of us know that Jesus died, and paid the price for your sins and mine, way back on Calvary. How many of you know that it wasn’t the nails that they put in His hands that held Him to the cross? It wasn’t the spikes that they put in His feet that held Him to the cross. It wasn’t the spear that they put in His side that held Him to the cross. It was LOVE that held Him to the cross, LOVE for me an ex-addict, is what held Him to the Cross, LOVE for the prostitute, is what held Him to the cross. LOVE for the sexually immoral person, is what held Him to the cross. LOVE for the drug dealer, is what held Him to the cross. It was LOVE for you and I that held Him to the cross. I want you to know that it wasn’t the nails that held Him to the cross, but it was the LOVE of GOD that held Him to the cross. COME AS YOU ARE!

Isaac L. Jenkins

Children of the Way Ministries

Family Resemblance – Archie Porter

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“Family Resemblance”

As a man I can tell you that nothing brings us more joy than having a son. A son who looks and acts just like us. We love to see our image in them, an extension of who we are. God feels the same way about His sons and daughters. He wants us to be similar versions of Himself. How much do you resemble your Father who art in heaven?

Let’s look at the book of Luke (Chapter 13:6-9)

The fig tree had been taken care of by the keeper of the vineyard (Jesus). Another man owned the vineyard (God the Father). God owns the vineyard and all who are in it. God requires and expects fruit from those that have the privilege of being in His vineyard. God wants to know are you living a life worthy of your calling. Our tree is filled with leaves and blossoms, but no fruit! The leaves represent us professing Him as Lord, crying out His name. The blossoms represent promises we make of good beginnings, but no fruit. God says you’re taking up “good ground” why should you remain in the vineyard. You want to receive the benefits but not apply the principles. Fruit is the outward evidence of an inward change. It’s not enough to just tell God you love Him, He wants you to show it. That’s “Relationship 101”…anybody who has even been in a relationship knows you can’t keep your partner happy simply by professing your love to them. Sooner or later they’re going to demand that you put your love in action. “That’s your fruit!” It’s impossible to be fruitless when you are planted in the love of Jesus.

v. 8 – The mercy of Jesus saves us from judgment. He steps in our behalf, “Sir let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it.” Sometimes unfruitful Christians need to be stirred up. Jesus will do a work in your life so mighty that you’ll have no choice but to be a living testimony. Who else promises to do even more for you when you refuse to show love for them? Only Jesus! We love people the way they love us, but Jesus says, “I’m going to love you regardless of how you love me.”

John 15:16 says, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and ordained you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should remain…” God made disciples of all His believers and “ordained” or appointed us that we may carry on in the work which he began in His earthly ministry. God save you first because He loves you, and second to be a faithful witness of His love and salvation.

1 Thessalonians 2:13 says, “…the word of God effectively works in those who believe.” The word has an effect first on the believer, which should spill over into the lives of those around him. Christ changed the lives of the people He came into contact with. That should be your mission as well. The people around you should be better off simply because they know you. You are the conductor which the Holy Spirit flows thru to enter the lives of others.

God wants you to resemble Him. Who do people see when they look at you? Let’s not just be hearers of the word (fruitless trees) but let us be doers of the word and you’ll start to look just like your Father!!

by Archie L. Porter