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Monthly Archives: February 2015

Feel – Todd Graham

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“Feel”

by Todd Graham

 

I feel Your Light

Growing, glowing

 

Can you feel me

Hurting, crying

 

I feel Your love

Teaching, showing

 

Can You feel me

Wanting, longing

 

I feel You quietly

Calling, waiting

 

Can You feel me

Living, dying

 

I feel Your Grace

Giving, saving

 

Can You feel me

Loving, accepting

 

I feel Your Blood

Washing, atoning

 

Can You feel me

Singing, praising

The Armor of God – Todd Graham

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“Armor of God”

(Ephesians 6)

by Todd Graham

 

Because I am an Israelite

I wear the armor of God to fight

 

Belt of Truth speaks loud

Over all of Satan’s crowd

 

Breastplate of Righteousness won’t depart

The Word of God will guard my heart

 

Fitted feet will not fail me

In Christ I stand strong and free

 

Shield of Faith protects me

From arrows of the Enemy

 

Wearing the Helmet of Salvation

I clearly see my Savior’s resurrection

 

When the Sword of the Spirit strikes

All demons run away in fright

 

Because I am an Israelite

I wear the Armor of God to fight

In Him – Todd Graham

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“In Him”

by Todd Graham

 

In crimson red His body flowed

Telling the greatest story ever told

That we must only in Him believer

And through that Faith eternity receive

 

Christ’s love is the answer we need

All can plug into His Mighty Power

He will our soul and spirit feed

When we let Him be our Strong Tower

 

Jesus wants to live inside us all

Keep us from ending in the Great Fall

Through Him everything can be forgiven

All that we try to keep hidden within

 

It’s o.k. to give up and surrender

Accept His white flag of everlasting peace

With His help we will no longer remember

And the destruction of ourself will cease

 

Soon the day will come when we can be

Resting for always in His arms and free

Willingly He went to Calvary’s Tree

To share God’s plan and His Glory

The Amazing Things of God – George K. Walker

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“As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.” Ecclesiastes 11:5

God is full of amazing things that we just cannot comprehend. I try to not be in awe of Him because He is my Father and I expect great and mighty things to happen every day because I inherited it as His child. I know that I will not understand everything but especially how bones grow in the womb or how the spirit moves but these are things that I know are happening and I do not question them.

In John 3:8 Jesus tells us: “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the spirit.” We do not see the spirit but we know that it is in us because the word says so and we hear it. How it moves through us we do not know but God wants us to trust in Him and it more than we trust ourselves.

In Ecclesiastes 11:13 it says: “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” This is what God wants us to do – fear Him – meaning give Him reverence, respect, put Him first in thought and deed. And to keep His commandments is to obey His words. You can always tell a person of God by what he does. We can say anything, I know a lot of people who talk real good but there actions do not line up with what they say. Our actions are to line with the word of God. He is the tree and we are the fruit.

God Bless you,
George Walker

When God’s Heart Cries – Tracy Leigh

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“When God’s Heart Cries”

by Tracy Leigh

Newsflash-
Taken possessions not mine to obtain
Emotional tidal wave erupts violent massacre
Seemingly unheard cries for justice
Whose justice? Twisted justice?

Crisis Update-
Manipulation mastermind power-hungry, greed
Broken hearts unsoothed verbose
Corrupted authorities, government
Mass hunger, disease, poverty
Increased shuffling trillions nonexistent dollars
Neverending, excruciating pain untreated

World Affairs-
Terrorist groups trigger heartless mass killings
Premature, curtailed deaths irreversible
Technology explosion personal outreach crunch
Lonely, neglected, empty, hopeless
Masochistic relations the norm
Iced human isolation

Breaking News-
Who cares? Times change, rights! Rights!
Pediatric innocence stolen by adolescent lust
Abomination of desolation & destruction
Mega deaths result of right to bear firearms

Update-
What has happened to our world?
Where is the Bible?
God is there where are we?
Have we forgotten Him?
He is a jealous God!
God is still in control
One day every knee will bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord.
Today is the day of salvation.

Happy Spiritual Birthday – Robert Perron

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So here is my next poem. I wrote it for my mom. She is 3 years old now (Spiritually)

HAPPY SPIRITUAL BIRTHDAY

We start off with a prayer of faith
To be forgiven from all of our past
From the very first wrong that we’ve done
All the way to the very last

We then continue in our growth
As we steadily read God’s Word
As we fellowship with others
And obey all that we have heard

So, continue to move forward
In the grace that God has for you
Love God with your heart, mind, and soul
And He will see you all the way through

by Robert Perron

God Thinks You Are Special – Timothy Pelfrey

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“GOD Thinks You Are Special”

by Timothy Pelfrey

I was staring out the window watching the snow fall and it sparkled like a billion stars in the sky. It was most impressive. The LORD spoke to my heart the promise of Abraham when He said, “…blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore…” (Gen. 22:17).

The LORD said to me, “Tim this promise still stands, to say it is still in effect; but son I want you to know that as each one of the snowflakes you see sparkling before you is unique, also have I made each and every one from the beginning. Each one of you is special to ME. I love each and every one of you the same. I have made each one of you with a specific purpose to further MY kingdom and to bring you joy and fulfillment. I ask you MY son to continue to tell others how much I love them, and just how special I think they are. And just as you tell your wife and children how special they are, I want you to tell others the same. I have made you strong, smart, funny, talented, and beautiful in MY eyes, and I will never leave you or those you love. Tell them with the bond slave’s heart that you have asked ME for.” Then HE said, “I love you MY son, I have always and will always love you.”

I could not move. I lay there in awe of my Daddy GOD. His presence was palpable, and I thank You LORD for everything. I am blessed beyond measure. And so are you. GOD loves you and so do I.

Sinking Sand – Harold Lee Wilson II

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Sinking Sand

By Harold Lee Wilson II

Life is rough. Of course, the old saying that no one promised it would be easy is true. From the day we are born, we find ourselves in a struggle to simply “make it” (whatever that may mean). We are called to do things that we normally wouldn’t do in order to achieve more than we thought we could achieve. This is not always a bad thing. But, it can become a tiresome and wearisome thing.

The problem is not in what we do; it is in how we do it and for what reasons we do it. If we go through life with the mind to do things to have more, we are going to be fighting against the masses of people who are also stuck in this frame of mind. But, if we go through life with only the hope of gaining, we are going to be fighting alongside a small group of people focused on the betterment of all. It may be a dog-eat-dog world, but this doesn’t mean that there cannot be a pack of wolves sticking together for friendship and protection. It is in this pack we need to find ourselves.

When it comes to our faith, we have to view it the same way we view the things in our life. Are we going to believe in God because we are set on having more in our life, or are we going to focus simply on gaining whatever He may wish to give us and be content with that? Are we going to fight Him along the way, telling Him what we want and cursing Him if He withholds it from us? Or, are we going to allow Him to “make us lie down in green pastures and lead us beside quiet waters” (the ever-famous Psalm 23:2)? How are we going to view our faith?

I guess that is the true question. Where is your faith right now? I am not asking who your faith is in. (If you are reading this, I can take that for granted). Instead, I am wondering where your faith is. Where have you placed your faith? Have you built it on a solid foundation, such as the edicts of the Bible? Or, have you manufactured your faith upon sinking sands, say, the unverified words of others “Christians”? Where have you built the house that holds the essence of Who you believe in? how firm is your foundation?

Jesus tells a parable about two men who built houses. One built his house upon the sand. The storms came, the winds blew, the thunder pealed and the lightning struck. The poorly foundated house collapsed in a heap of wood and stone, buried underneath the crashing waves and the falling rain. (Funny, but the Lord never says what became of the man inside the house…)

The other man, wiser than the first, decided to build his house upon the rocky ground. He worked tirelessly to ensure that the foundation of his house was firm; his house would be set on solid ground. Of course, as with the first man, the storms came, the winds blew, the thunder pealed and the lightning struck. This man’s house, however, being firmly planted, never even swayed in the hurricane level winds. This man’s house stayed up and the man probably slept through the entire ordeal.

Imagine the second man’s response to life in the morning after the storm. He gets up, puts the coffee on, and goes outside to grab the newspaper. Trees have been torn from the ground and flung across the street. Telephone poles and electric lines are down. The ground is sopping wet. Surprise registers on the man’s face as he looks around in wonderment.

Is this our faith? Have we stepped outside ourselves to look around in wonderment at the world God has created? Have we stepped out in faith, solidly foundated faith, and taken a different perspective of the problems we face and the troubles that come our way? I would hope we do. The only other option is to build our faith on something that has no backing and find ourselves calling out for help from the basement of a collapsed house of faith. Where would you rather be?

A song we sung at my James Group study a few weeks ago, “My Hope is Built on Nothing Else” makes clear the truth of how we should plant our faith. The moving and touching chorus says:

“On Christ, the Solid Rock, I stand

All other ground is sinking sand

All other ground is sinking sand.”

Where is your faith? Have you discovered the power of stability in the Solid Rock? Be careful…all other ground is a sand trap! Look to rebuild your faith today.

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.

Testimony – Michael Wellman

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Testimony
by Michael Wayne Wellman

The abuse and rape, hatred and anger I suffered and watched as my sisters and brothers suffered, it was horrifying. The daily feeling of the unknown, the depression weighed me down, but through it all I just knew that somehow God would deliver me from it all.

God allows us all free will to decide on our own to worship Him or Satan – to sin or not sin. We all fall short of the glory of God. We all make mistakes and some are more serious than others. My sister Miriam made some real serious mistakes in her life and turned to drugs and prostitution, but yet she was my best friend, I watched as she slowly killed herself by living the life she choose to live. I am not sure if she knew this or not by she helped bring me to God.

She was standing on my mother’s front porch one afternoon and I was fresh out of jail. I was a racist full of hate toward black people. My sister Miriam was dressed in a beautiful long dress and she had a smile on her face that reminded me of the bright summer sun. My mom was with her and as we all stood there my sister asked me if I wanted to go somewhere with her and well I thought she needed protection from someone so I said sure I’ll go. A black man in a suit and tie drove up to my mom’s house in a blue Saturn style car. He got out, came up, shook mom’s hand and my sister’s hand. He tried shaking my hand but I resisted. Well we all got in the car, I sat in the back right behind the black driver, just in case. Well he drove down the street awhile and we wound up at his house and there was all kinds of people around black and white alike and as we entered the man’s house we walked down into his basement. Turns out my thought about the man being a pimp and a drug dealer were wrong. He was a preacher and turned his basement into a house of worship and his wife was a white woman. Well as the service began my sister Miriam gave a testimony about her hard life and how thankful she was that she was drug free and off the streets. Brought tears to my eyes at that very moment as she was praising God and being thankful I felt God’s Spirit hitting me, convicting me to stop being a racist and so hateful toward blacks. After church I had a short conversation with the pastor and to this day I am no longer a hateful, racist man.

My past sinful life cost me 10-15 years in prison but it also cost me my best friend and my sister. You see my sister Miriam passed away April 24, 2014 only two days to my 42nd birthday as I sat in a prison cell writing her a letter. My sister Miriam L Thompson was only 46 years old when she passed away. She had stage four lung cancer and when she found out it had already spread to 90% of her body and yet through all her pain she never stopped praying and neither did I.

I was saying my goodbyes to her in the letter I was writing when I was called to the prison chaplain’s office and he told me my sister had passed away. After her death I was torn up. I had no one to comfort me, no one to hug or talk to, just God and I.

I never gave up and to this day I still pray to God, but I only pray for others more than myself because I know that’s what my sister had done, even unto death. My sister went through a lot, as well did I but she was never selfish with anything (food, clothing, money, love) and all through hour life our mother Barbara taught us all to share with everyone, because that’s a godly love and a godly way to live, and even in prison I spread God’s love and kindness and truths to all even those who hate me, use me, abuse me and persecute me.

LOVE BECAUSE GOD LOVES US