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Monthly Archives: October 2014

Courage – Gerord Robinson

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“Courage”

Courage, it can’t be mentally drummed up. It comes from believing in Christ regardless of what the circumstances look like. Courage is standing up for what’s right!

Where does discouragement come from? From fear and lack of believing, it comes when you listen to other people about what you can’t do.

Everyday is an important day and every second is a growth opportunity to deepen your character in Christ.

When you have courage you don’t give up you rise up. You won’t fall you’ll stand tall. You will be humble and content you won’t fumble your faith, but you will keep it with a grip, you will stay pressing toward God’s goal which will save your soul.

Courage, it can’t be sold
Courage, it’s within your soul

By Gerord Robinson

Receive What He’s Already Given Us – Robert Perron

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“Receive What He’s Already Given Us”

I am praying for mercy, grace, joy, love, compassion, and peace to be upon you always. The best way to do this is to use God’s promises in His Word. I never asked Jesus to die on the cross for me. He already did it 2000 years ago. So, to receive salvation, I need to accept what Jesus did on the cross for me and receive his propititiation for my sins. So, after salvation, the same goes for all of His promises. He already gave them to us, we just need to reach out and accept them. In Lamentations 3:20-23 the Lord says His mercies and compassion are new every morning. Ephesians 2:4-5 says God is rich in mercy and He loves us with great love. Psalms 84:11-12 tells us that the Lord gives us grace and glory. Grace is a gift we have not deserved, yet God gives it freely to us anyway. In 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 we read that God loves us, gives us everlasting consolation and that He comforts our hearts. Numbers 6:24-26 is a Levitical prayer from Aaron, and we can claim this promise of grace and peace too. Jeremiah 29:11-13 promises that God has plans for us, they are good, and they lead to peace as we pray to Him with all of our hearts. In John 14:27 Jesus promises, ” Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you…” We can read how we can claim His peace in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come unto me all who are labored and heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for my yoke is easy and My burden is light, and you shall find rest for your soul.” Then in Romans 15:13 He wants to fill us with His joy and peace. And more joy comes in Jeremiah 31:3,13 and John 15:11. John 16:20 says that our sorrows are turned into joy. Then there is the story of the prodigal son. In Luke 15:20

the son comes to the father, and when he was a great way off, the father ran out to him and had compassion on him. This is not just for when we leave the Father that He has compassion. In all of our needs, when we turn to the Father, He will run to us, throw His arms around us, and have compassion on us. We know this is true because He engraves our names on the palms of His hands (Isaiah 49:16). And in John 10:29 no one is able to pluck us from the Father’s hands. Finally in Romans 8:37-39 we see that nothing, absolutely nothing, can take us away from the love of God. I pray all of these promises of God over you, and I hope that you claim these promises for your own. They are there in His Word waiting for you. Just reach out your hand and receive what Jesus has already made ready for all who claim as Savior.

By Robert Perron

Thanksgiving – George K. Walker

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Dear Reader,

1 Thessalonians 5:18 says: “In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus”.

I am thankful for you. As I was reading this scripture this morning it moved me to let you know that I am thankful for you and that in this thankfulness I am doing the will of God so please do the same and just be thankful for everything because God has made it. We please Him by doing His will and it is so simple to be thankful for what we have instead of complaining about what we don’t have. I just wanted to let you know that you are appreciated.

Sincerely,

George Kevin Walker

The Ray – Tracy Leigh

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The Ray

In the shadows of a long, restless night,
the first rays of the morning sun are a warm sight.

Prison is full of confined, limited, lonely people searching,
A ray of hope to a future on the outside is a mountain of encouragement lurking.

Each broken, wounded, lost spirit craves a ray of vision with heavenly goals,
God providing needed strength to get through life. Anticipatory rewards for eternal souls.

Absorb the ray

Behind My Mental Wall – Anthony Pallitto

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BEHIND MY MENTAL WALL
Saint Paul wrote, “Love bears all things, believes all things, and endures all things.” (1 Cor 13:7) Such confidence in love is a high goal for us who more often sense our hands are tied and we are riding in vehicles we do not control. In a world where every thought has currency, is not an open mind the more real and the more human reaction? In whom or what do we place our trust through personal and social relationships that often failed to sustain us in past and current situations?
Our easiest reaction is to despair, hardening our minds, and shut out grief as best we can when our hearts let us down in our individual occurrences. But as the Christian French philosopher Gabriel Marcel said: “Life is not a problem to be solved, but a mystery to be lived.” The periods of darkness of paths had the potential to become means of purification: they revealed whom we could trust. Trusting the wisdom offered by life itself, by our human natures when we live in balance. And by God’s communion with us, which is the ultimate solution to some of our hard questions and the source of our courage to love the life we lead.
Now I mentioned in past passages, before my current environment, I lived in my own mental prison. One example: It was time for me to come out and face the world. For most of the twenty-five years I used the mindset of the two selves. There are two selves – the real self and the visible self. The visible self is the person I often portrayed what is known by others. I knew intuitively from my experiences how to act and speak and sometimes bring my energy up to fit in around certain groups of people. I would act differently from one crowd of people to the next. The visible self was the known self. I learned to speak and carry myself in ways that allowed me to cope with my world and peacefully co-exist.
But what about my real self??? So one day one of my mentors approached me, and after the formal greetings, says this: “You start where you are and you deepen what you already have, and you realize that you are already there.” And in response to that, I said “Huh?” Which later I learned simply meant, when you pray you discover what you already have. I continued to read the passages of the many great writers of our time, Blake, St. Williams, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Bonaventure, St. Thomas Aquinas. Even though many people are trapped in their own reality I used these writers to exit mine. Then I met and started a relationship with the supreme writer of my entire reality. He helped me in the release of my mental prison, to recover my freedom. So as I stepped outside the prison gates, I felt like a seven year old stepping outside to a first snowy day, I was freed from my sentence, the wardens, the walls, bars, and locks of my cell. The world lied open before me; I was and am free to realize the possibilities it now offers. And I was free to others; available for relationships, available for whatever demands and challenges others present to me. Only now, I have created a template that only the supreme writer: God/Jesus Christ and I have access too.
So every day I pray this prayer . . .
My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I don ont see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that, if I do this, you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust only you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow od death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
Anthony Pallitto

To Pray Or Not To Pray – Harold Lee Wilson II

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“To Pray or Not to Pray: That is the Question”
by Harold Lee Wilson II

Let me ask you a question: who do you pray for? When you go to the Father in prayer, who comes to your mind? Your family, obviously. Friends, probably. Those who you work with, maybe.

But what about your boss? What about your pastor and the missionaries in your church? Do you pray for your ornery, old neighbor, always complaining about the noise level in your house? Do you think about the grocery store clerk who always smiles at you, but you know that she is actually leering at you instead?

Do these people cross your mind when you are in prayer?

Conversation with God is meant to be a two-way talk. Prayer is that conversation. But, how can you talk to the One Who is perfect, the One Who is love, when we are so busy forgetting those who need our prayers the most. Our thoughts turn selfish when we pray only for those who pray for us. “Pray for those who persecute you…If you love only those who love you, what reward will you get?…And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others?” (Matthew 5:44b, 46a, 47a). God knows that we can be selfish at times, praying only for those who wish us well, or blessing only those who bless us. Jesus makes it clear this is not the way we are supposed to go about praying, yet we as humans fail Him time and again, turning to God in prayer for those closest to us and ignoring the needs of those we consider outside of our life.

But, just who should we be praying for? Obviously, those who persecute us – our enemies. But, what about those I talked about earlier? Should we include them in our prayers? Let’s turn to God’s Word for an answer.

“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be made for everyone…that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2

The simple answer, of course, is yes. We are supposed to pray for everyone we can think of. This includes those who anger us, hurt us, ignore us, trick us, detest us, manipulate us, and even forget to pray for us. We are supposed to take the first step and ask God for their blessings even when are feeling exceptionally unblessed by them. We are to turn to God with requests, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings for those people. We are to put them first, doing as the Bible says to do (Philippians 2:3-4).

Prayer is a blessing in and of itself. We are a people who need to pray. We need that communication with God in order to feel stable and at peace. But, when we are harboring resentments and unforgiveness in our hearts, we are not truly at peace with God, let alone with those who are angry or resentful towards. Of course, God’s Word has an admonition about this as well.

“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled with your brother, then come and offer your gift.” Matthew 5:23-24

When we go to God in prayer, not only should we be praying for all people, we should be doing so knowing that we are at peace with them. God is not going to listen to the prayers of someone who is unwilling to make amends to those they have wronged, or to the prayers of those who refuse to offer forgiveness to those who wronged them. God loves to listen to the prayers of the righteous man (or woman), the one who is interested in the lives of others and not only of themselves (James 5:16). When we offer prayers for others, considering them more important than our own, we are doing as God desires – we are putting the needs of others before the needs of ourselves. It is at this point that God is going to bless us immensely.

So, who do you pray for? Or, after reading this, maybe the question I should ask now is who are you going to start praying for? There are people who are in desperate need of your prayer. Isn’t it time to start thinking about those you have failed to think of before? I know I am going to daily change my view of prayer and add people to my prayer list. (Yes, even those who put me down and treat me with disrespect and contempt!)

Praise the Lord for the opportunity to go to Him in prayer, first of all. Then, thank God that we can offer the needs of others before Him.

Okay…okay…let’s just praise God…period! Peace be with you always, dear reader.

Who Am I To A Loving God – Robert Perron

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“Who am I to a Loving God”

Who am I that You should love me
I have sinned and fallen astray
I sometimes live as the world lives
Yet you don’t let me run away

You wrap me up tight in Your arms
And hold me close and won’t let go
You whisper promises in my ear
And lift me up when times are low

You tell me of Your love for me
And how much that I mean to You
You let me know that I’m Your son
No matter what I say or do

You put Your words deep in my heart
So I can understand my sin
You pour the blood of Jesus on me
So I can be cleansed from within

So who am I that You should love me
I am a son of the Most High
You hold me closely to Your side
And when I’m down You draw me nigh

Soli Deo Gloria
R.S.P.

Thanksgiving Transformation – Robert Perron

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“Thanksgiving Transformation”

As the summer’s heat ebbs away
And the cooler air works its way in
The leaves no longer want to stay
On their trees where they’re shaken by wind

The colors turn from green to red
And every shade that is in between
The beauty of what is overhead
Paints a picture that must be seen

The animals start to prepare
For the long winter’s haul or rest
We see deer pack bedding with care
While squirrels store food in their nest

These are all blessings of God’s grace
Passed to us through Jesus His Son
Don’t let His beauty go to waste
Nor forget to thank Him for all He’s done

Soli Deo Gloria
R.S.P.