Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness…”    Genesis 1:26

You are made in the image of God.  You have unlimited access to His mind, His Spirit, and all benefits are restored to you through the body of Jesus Christ, the Messiah/Savior.

God spoke, “Let there be light,” and light appeared from the darkness. God saw this was good.  God spoke again. The heavens separated from earth and the land separated from the sea.  God saw that this too was good. He spoke, calling forth grass, herbs, and trees from the barren land. Again, God saw that this was good. His words created the sun for day and the moon for night, establishing days, seasons, and years.  Again God said that this was good. He called out, forming creatures of the air, sea, and land, evaluating His work as good. Then, on the last day of creation, God made a being in His own image, man and from that man, woman. From His very breath, as with no other creature, God formed man. As the crescendo of His masterpiece and the height of His excellent work, man and woman were the pinnacle of creation.  At the end of this day, the sixth day, God saw all that He made and called it VERY good.

You are made in the image of God.  God loves you more than you can imagine.  You are not the horrible things others have said about you. You are precious to God.  He did not make you to suffer nor to inflict suffering on others.  You are His child.  He longs for you to learn of Him, to talk with Him, and to trust Him.  Just ask Him to help you today.

Yes, we are back.  Thank you for checking on our site after these several months away. It is our joy to share these messages with you. 

Dear friends, we are on hiatus.  
Please pray for this ministry.  
We bless you in Jesus' name and leave you with this verse:
...whatever you desire, pray and believe that you will receive...and when you pray forgive all...Mark 11:22-25


Jesus Loves You

The message of Jesus’ love, his death on our behalf, and his desire for our good is the one true hope of the world no matter the situation. He desires to cover us in grace--unearned favor and blessing, to shower us with good things. 
If you facing  struggle, despair,  or lack, simply ask Jesus for what you need. Believe you will receive. Jesus loves you with an everlasting love. He wants you to have eternal life with Him after you die and a blessed life here and now. 
You, like the rest of us, have done things wrong, hurt others, fell to temptation, but Jesus will forgive you. Just ask. He will lead your life and to give you a new start.  Learn of Him and tell others about Him.  Pass on the hope of Jesus Christ.  May you know and feel His love today!

HOW CAN I GO TO HEAVEN:  Ask Jesus to forgive all your sin, to be King of your life, and to fill you to overflow with His Spirit.  This is the way to heaven, for He is the way!

Seven Blessings for 2017
We are blessed:
1.  Everywhere we go, in the city, in the country, when we are inside and when we are outside.
2.  With all we need, our supply is complete and our storehouse is full.
3.  Our enemies fear us as God’s children and they are defeated.
4.  With prosperity, lending not borrowing, even to many nations.
5.  To be leaders, the head not the tail, above and not beneath.
6.  With success, everything we put our efforts into is blessed.
7.   With a good reputation as a child of God.
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A SALVATION PRAYER: Dear Jesus, I need you, please forgive my sins, I receive You as Lord and Savior.  Please help me to follow You, become all that You would have me to be, and receive all that You have for me, in your name I pray.


John 3:16

A little boy was selling newspapers on the corner, the people were in and out of the cold. The little boy was so cold that he wasn't trying to sell many papers. 

He walked up to a policeman and said, "Mister, you wouldn't happen to know where a poor boy could find a warm place to sleep tonight would you? You see, I sleep in a box up around the corner there and down the alley and it's awful cold in there for tonight. Sure would be nice to have a warm place to stay." The policeman looked down at the little boy and said, "You go down the street to that big white house and you knock on the door. When they come out the door you just say John 3:16, and they will let you in." 

So he did. He walked up the steps and knocked on the door, and a lady answered. He looked up and said, "John 3:16 ." The lady said, "Come on in, Son." 

She took him in and she sat him down in a split bottom rocker in front of a great big old fireplace, and she went off. The boy sat there for a while and thought to himself: John 3:16 I don't understand it, but it sure makes a cold boy warm. Later she came back and asked him "Are you hungry?" He said, "Well, just a little. I haven't eaten in a couple of days, and I guess I could stand a little bit of food," 

The lady took him in the kitchen and sat him down to a table full of wonderful food. He ate and ate until he couldn't eat any more. Then he thought to himself: John 

3:16...Boy, I sure don't understand it but it sure makes a hungry boy full. She took him upstairs to a bathroom to a huge bathtub filled with warm water, and he sat there and soaked for a while. As he soaked, he thought to himself: John 3:16 . I sure don't understand it, but it sure makes a dirty boy clean. You know, I've not had a bath, a real bath, in my whole life. The only bath I ever had was when I stood in front of that big old fire hydrant as they flushed it out. The lady came in and got him. She took him to a room, tucked him into a big old feather bed, pulled the covers up around his neck, kissed him good night and turned out the lights. As he lay in the darkness and looked out the window at the snow coming down on that cold night, he thought to himself: John 3:16 ...I don't understand it but it sure makes a tired boy rested. The next morning the lady came back up and took him down again to that same big table full of food. After he ate, she took him back to that same big old split bottom rocker in front of the fireplace and picked up a big old Bible. 

She sat down in front of him and looked into his young face. "Do you understand John 3:16? " she asked gently. He replied, "No, Ma'am, I don't. The first time I ever heard it was last night when the policeman told me to use it," She opened the Bible to John 
3:16 and began to explain to him about Jesus Right there, in front of that big old fireplace, he gave his heart and life to Jesus. He sat there and thought: John 3:16 -- don't understand it, but it sure makes a lost boy feel safe. 

You know, I have to confess I don't understand it either, how God was willing to send His Son to die for me, and how Jesus would agree to do such a thing. I don't understand the agony of the Father and every angel in heaven as they watched Jesus suffer and die. I don't understand the intense love for ME that kept Jesus on the cross till the end. I don't understand it, but it sure does make life worth living. 


John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 

Today's Message:

The Highly Favored

Now in the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy (the Mother of John the Baptist) the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph, a descendant of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. Coming to her, the angel said, “Greetings, blessed and favored one! The Lord is with you.”  
Mary listened carefully to the instructions given to her by the angel. She was told that she would give birth to a son and to name Him Jesus--which means Jehovah Our Salvation.  Mary was told that her child would be the Son of the Most High, the God appointed King of the everlasting Kingdom--if she would accept this commission. Mary answered, "Do all that you have said." This was the moment of moments, the most glorified event since the earth was created, the culmination of thousands of years of prophecy, the place in time where darkness lost its grip as the name above all names, Jesus, was first spoken…and a young maiden from the back streets of a dusty desert town was invited to be part of the glorious work of God!  We too have been commissioned to carry Jesus as Lord and Savior, to share Him and the wonders of His love with others.  Through Mary's faith we that receive Jesus as Lord and Savior have become the blessed and highly favored.
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 Dear Jesus, thank you for taking my place on the cross for my sins. I receive You as my Savior and my Lord. Lead me, teach me, fill me, in your name I pray.
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Offerings of a Grateful Heart

By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, revealing that he was righteous. God testifies about Abel’s gift and his faith, even now, though Abel is dead, his offering from a grateful heart speaks to us.     Hebrews 11:4 paraphrase

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all that the Lord has done for us and to be thankful to others. It is a time to share our blessings—offerings of a grateful heart. The Pilgrims set aside time for a celebration of thanks to God. They had survived a long and dangerous journey across the ocean, followed by a year of hardship and lack as they established their colony.  This was also a time of thanksgiving to the Wampanoag people, mistakenly called Indians, for their help was instrumental in the Pilgrim’s survival.

Like Cain and Abel, with each individual Pilgrim the sincerity of their offering varied.  Abel gave his offering from a grateful heart choosing his best young lamb.  It has been said that the smoke from his offering wafted up towards heaven while Cain’s offering was found lacking, blowing smoke into his face.  Whether it was the quality of the sacrifice, the method he used in building the altar, or something else, Cain’s unacceptable offering revealed the condition of his heart. So it was among the Pilgrims, some worked diligently, even joyfully, giving from their harvest store, yet there we those that resented the extra work necessary before the feast and, despite the Native Americans’ kindness to the colony, did not want to share their food or company with the indigenous nation—a Cain attitude. 

In this great land of plenty there is much to be thankful for.  Even in the worst of conditions, we are very blessed when compared to other nations.  So let us give offerings from a grateful heart with kindness, compassion, and joy, overlooking our own concerns, as thanksgiving to our wonderful Lord and Savior.
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Simply ask Jesus to forgive your sins, lead your life, and fill you with His Spirit.  Trust in Him.  This is salvation.
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A Woman of Excellence

Now my daughter, do not be afraidfor I will do whatever you ask  since all the people know that you are a women of excellence.

Ruth 3:11 paraphrase

Ruth was a stranger in a foreign land. She chose to remain with her mother-in-law, Naomi, as she returned to her homeland, Israel.  Both women were widows but Naomi had also suffered the death of her two sons. She, by her own admission, was bitter, and expected to suffer alone in her old age.  She had told both daughters by marriage to return to their families in hopes of starting a new life—remarriage and children perhaps.  Orpah chose to return to her people.  Ruth decided to stay with Naomi and travel to her land, living on whatever meager means there was between the two of them, leaving all she had known behind. 

Once there, Ruth took the responsibility of gleaning the harvest fields for any edible scraps, providing for the both of them.  Not only had Ruth made the decision to care for Naomi, she had made the commitment to make Naomi’s God her God and Naomi’s people her people. Meanwhile, Boaz an older, wealthy, and kind relative of Naomi noticed the Moabite maiden that gathered scraps regularly from his field.  He instructed his crop workers to leave handfuls behind on purpose that Ruth could glean more than usual.  He admired Ruth’s hard work and her dedication to Naomi, his cousin. He had heard of Naomi’s tragedies and how these losses had embittered her. He could see that Ruth’s love, faithfulness, resilience, and compassion gave light to Naomi’s darkened frame of mind. In a short time, Naomi realized that Boaz might want to marry Ruth and she sets the circumstances in order to make it known that Naomi was available.

Boaz had watched this young women of excellence from afar and in a short time they were married. Ruth became the great grandmother of King David and multi-generations later, Jesus, the Messiah/Savior, was born of her lineage.      
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An Excellent Heart

But now your kingdom will not continue: the Lord has searched for a man after his own heart (David), and the Lord has commanded him (David) to be ruler over His people because you (King Saul) have not done as the Lord commanded.    
1 Samuel 13:14

The prophet Samuel delivered God's message to King Saul, the first King of Israel. Saul's continued disobedience had caught up with him.  Not only would he lose his position as king, his son Jonathan would not become king after him.  Instead God would appoint a new king, one that had been anointed by the prophet when he was in his youth, a person that God now called, a man after His own heart. 

 The new king God chose was David, the giant slayer but this was not his only qualification. When David was a boy he was given charge over his father's sheep.  He spent the greater part of each day keeping them safe.  In his spare time he did what young boys do-- throw rocks, carve wood, and of course, as a sheep herder, he counted sheep, yet David was different.  For whatever reason, David was overlooked by his father.  Though the youngest of many sons, David did not charm his way into his father’s heart.  In fact, when the prophet came, an unusual event in any household, he asked Jesse to gather all of his sons.  Jesse sent for each one…except for David.  Perhaps his father’s ambition for David had dwindled when David preferred a flute over a wooden sword.  Perhaps the gentle sound of the pipe that soothed the flock was an irksome noise to his father who saw no future in it, or perhaps his father saw David dancing from a distance, arms held high and face lit by the late noon sun, as David praised the God above.  “Strange lad, my son,” perhaps Jesse thought with a touch of shame that he could not hide.

Did he think David was a teller of tales when he recounted the day that he killed the bear to protect his sheep?  Did his father roll his eyes and give a loud sigh when his youngest son mentioned that he had killed a lion? Perhaps this is why David reached all the more the Father above.

No matter the situation, keep your heart fixed on God above.  Worship and praise Him.  Do your very best, in honor of our Heavenly Father, and you too will be a person of excellence.


(This is an excerpt from THE LAST CALL by Yvonne Ware, soon to be released.)





Goodness and Mercy

(A Prayer For Troubled Times)

Dear Lord, You are the good shepherd.  You watch over me with loving care.  You guide and protect me.  Because of You I have everything I need.  You have given me green pastures as resting places with the soothing comfort of gentle streams.  You restore my soul.  You guide me to live in a right manner.  Thank You, Jesus Christ and Messiah, for giving me your covering of righteousness. Even when I walk the narrow way between mountains too dangerous to climb, where shadows taunt of death, I will have no fear of evil because You are with me.  Your rod and staff directs me on the open road.  Your instruction comforts me.  You have prepared a great feast for me where my enemies will be put to shame.  You have anointed my head with oil.  Your generous portion of blessings of every kind is more than can be contained.  It is certain, your goodness and mercy will follow me all of my days.  When this life is over I will live with you Lord Most High forever.   (Based on Ps. 23 1-6)




We: The House of Prayer
(Jesus said,)  “It is written that my house is a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.”
Luke 19:46 paraphrase

Jesus was outside of the temple when He spoke these words, throwing over the merchants' tables and scattering their goods, perhaps the only time that Jesus was enraged!  He was sickened and angered by the greed of the sellers of goods outside His house, the House of His Father; the temple.  The merchandisers were there by permission because their merchandise, animals fit for sacrifice, were seemingly necessary, but on the temple steps!

Excrement, stench, and the cackles and cries of imprisoned animals desecrated the house of prayer as the money-changers’ slight-of-hand to scale, thievery, corrupted the atmosphere further.  The temple was (and is) the place where God’s Spirit dwells, where sins were forgiven, where the powerful and eternal Word of God was imparted, and at this time, the place where the “unclean” could not enter, instead a person was to prepare with washing rituals and the precise following of laws and ordinances.
And, this house was set apart as a place of prayer, where communing with God and drawing near to His Holiness was essential.  We are called the Temple of God’s Spirit (when we ask for forgiveness, receive Jesus as Savior/Messiah and Lord of our lives).  His Holy Spirit works in us from the inside out, yet what muck do we drag Him through, day by day, our business and concerns in the forefront, while our true mission, praying for ourselves, our families, and other, and especially for lost souls to find Jesus, is left undone! We must ask ourselves, are our temple grounds, our life choices and routines, a fitting place for the Lord’s presence?  Let’s be careful and mindful—aware—of our daily dedication to a Christ-honoring life and to the mission of prayer.

Be blessed my friends because this is the Lord’s desire for you! (3 John 1:2)
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PRAY- Cry Out to God

Please pray for the Christians and Jews of the Middle-East, men, woman, and little children, being brutally tortured and murdered in unspeakable ways. May the evil workers be stopped on every side.  May the power of God and His angels confuse and confound every terrorist...
yet we pray that the love and knowledge of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Savior and Messiah, would change their hearts and save their souls.

There is nothing impossible with God!

Please pray with us every day for this cause, until we meet again.

Salvation:  Jesus is the lamb of God, that gave His life willingly as a sacrifice that we could be forgiven of our sins and have eternal life--just ask Jesus to forgive you, make Him the King of your life, and ask Him for all He has for you!  This is salvation!

WE ARE HAVING TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES AT THIS TIME. PLEASE read Psalm 91 and trust God to take you through these troub


Eternal life is given to anyone of any background that simply asks Jesus to forgive their sins and to lead their lives.  Jesus came to earth to suffer and die to pay the price of our faults and failure as the only perfect man, sent by Father God.  Now His Spirit works from the inside out of His people and empowers us more and more, through His Word, obedience to His ways, and the special and unlimited infilling of His Holy Spirit (for those that ask, even as on the Day of Pentecost).  Simply, ask Jesus.  He loves you.

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God’s Promise of Safety

You will only [be a spectator as you] look on with your eyes
and witness the [divine] repayment of the wicked [as you watch safely from the shelter of the Most High].

You will witness God’s repayment on the wicked for their evil deeds from a place of safety; the shelter of God Most High.

Because you have made the Lord, [who is] my refuge,
even the Most High, your dwelling place,

You have made the Lord your hiding place. He is the Lord Most High. 

No evil will befall you,
nor will any plague come near your tent.

Because you dwell with Him
no evil will come your way, nor will plagues come to your home.

For He will command His angels in regard to you,
to protect and defend and guard you in all your ways [of obedience and service].

God will command His angels to protect you, defend you and guard you in all you do and wherever you go as you obey and serve Him.

They will lift you up in their hands
so that you do not [even] strike your foot against a stone.

God’s angels will lift you up in their hands so even your foot will not strike against a stone.

Psalms 91:8-12 AMP and paraphrase

Yes, God’s protection is thorough. His angels move at His command to protect His children when they rely on Him and as they live in Him and for Him. Think of Him, pray to Him, and trust in Him, the Most High God.


SALVATION:  Have you asked Jesus, the only Son of God, to forgive your sins?  He came to earth to die on the cross to pay the price of all sin.  Have you asked Him to lead your life? He loves you so much.  He is the way to the Father and the way to heaven.  Simply ask for forgiveness and His leading from a sincere heart and you will be saved.


A Prayer For Troubled Times

These words are found in Psalm 91, 1-7.  These are promises from God.  When we speak these words out loud, these words become a prayer.  These words are the Words of God, Holy Scripture, one of the most powerful weapons against Satan and all of our enemies.  God’s heavenly angels are summoned to act on our behalf when we speak God’s Words.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty [whose power no enemy can withstand].
I live in the shelter of God Most High.  I will remain secure.  I will rest in His shadow, the shadow of the Almighty.  No enemy can stand against Him!

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust [with great confidence, and on whom I rely]!”
I will say of the Lord, “He is my place of safety and my strong fort.  He is my God.  I trust in Him with complete confidence.  I rely on Him.

For He will save you from the trap of the fowler,
And from the deadly pestilence.
My God will save me from the trap of the enemy.  (He sets traps skillfully like a fowler, yet my God will save me.)  My God will save me from deadly pestilence; sickness and disease.

He will cover you and completely protect you with His pinions,
And under His wings you will find refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and a wall.
God will cover me completely, protecting me under His wings.  His faithfulness is a shield and a wall keeping me safe.

You will not be afraid of the terror of night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction (sudden death) that lays waste at noon.
I will not be afraid of the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies in the day, the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that destroys lives at noon.

A thousand may fall at your side
And ten thousand at your right hand,
But danger will not come near you.
Thousands of people may fall at my side, ten thousands at my right hand, but danger will not come near Me.

(Because I trust in my God, because His Word is powerful, because His angels will react to His Word on my behalf, because My God loves me!)

SALVATION: Ask Jesus, the only Son of God Almighty, to be your Lord and Savior.  Ask Him to forgive all your sins.  He will.  Ask Him to lead your life and He will.  Ask Him to fill you to overflowing with His Holy Spirit and He will.
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Envision Good Health

…Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that reads it.” 

Habakkuk 2:2 KJV

Making a major change in our lives takes vision; knowing what we are working towards and why.  Enthusiasm for any large task lasts but a few days, then the struggle begins. Add to that, in the case of a food and exercise plan, our bodies are going to fight against us, craving the foods we are trying to eliminate.  Even our friends and loved ones will tempt us to give up-- “Don’t you want to try just one bite of my double fudge brownies?” The food industry will continue to sandblast us with commercials, billboards, and advertisements of big juicy, double cheese burgers, soda, and candy bars.  It will take self-control to resist and great determination to make ourselves exercise. The key to our success is to keep our vision on the new, slimmed down, and healthy us, the person we want to be. Here are three tips:

-Envision yourself as the new slimmed down, healthy version.  Gather photos of yourself when you were thin and healthy.  Draw pictures of your new self or cut out outfits from magazines of the clothes you would like to wear and activities you would like to do, such as hiking, skating, or playing tennis.  Put these in a folder with your plan, your starting weight and starting photo, a record of your struggles, a record of your weight loss, and updated photos.

-Read your health plan every morning.  Keep a set time and set days to exercise.  Look through the vision folder you have for yourself (above).

-Find Bible Verses that give you strength for your change.  Read, write, memorize, and believe these verses.  Remind yourself that God wants what is best for you.  Getting fit is really good for you and will encourage others to do the same.

Health Key #5Keep your vision on a healthy you!

Remember, I can do all things through Christ the Lord.  He gives me strength.  Phil. 4:13.

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The Lord wants you to know His great love for you.  If you would like eternal life simply call out to the Lord with a sincere heart.  He will forgive all your sin and save you.  “Whoever calls on the name of the Lordwill be saved.” Romans 10:14



Restoring our Christian Nation

In Honor of Independence Day, celebrated each 4th of July in the USA, we remind ourselves of our Christian heritage, the foundation of our success, prosperity, and freedom.  When the puritans first arrived in 1618, the planting of the cross, in dedication to the Savior, Jesus Christ and His sacrifice, preceded the planting of crops or dwellings, as their first act on the new land. Some years later the pilgrims came, also committing this nation to the One True God and His only begotten Son.  Throughout our history our highest leaders, including our presidents, in war time and peace, have led the United States of America to honor and pray to the One True God, and His Son. Our Christian roots are deep and though we are greatly ravaged by our own Spiritual neglect, there is hope, there is renewal, and our God will bring restoration.

The truth will set us free.  (John 7:3) School books have been altered leaving out the Christian foundation of the USA, yet the true history and our dedication remains; one nation under God.

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deut. 31:6)  We are strong and courageous.  God is making us strong against fear and terror. God is with us and will never leave us.

If my people called by my name will humble themselves and pray, turn from their wickedness, and seek my face, I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land. (1 Chronicles 7:14) Despite our great sin, the God of Heaven hears our pleas and sees when we repent—Pray, turn, and seek God!

When one rules over people in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God,
he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings grass from the earth.
(2 Samuel 23:2) God blesses the people that follow His ways, that honor Him openly, for all to see and hear, and that are law-abiding.  Choose, support, and vote for God-fearing leaders.

Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people. (Proverbs 14:34)  Jesus is our righteousness. We are but sinful flesh, yet when we ask Him to be our Savior and forgive us, Jesus forgives, give us eternal life, and He covers us with His righteousness.  Tell others about Jesus that they may receive all that He has for them. 

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Note:  We will continue with our Health Keys next week.


TODAY’S MESSAGE:  Find Your Plan

May He (the Lord) grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans.

Psalm 20:4 AMP

One step at a time, we can change our unhealthy lifestyle, but first we need a plan.  This plan needs to include healthy foods and exercise.  It is hard to change, yet the Lord is on our side.  He wants us healthy and fit so that we can carry on with the great commission--telling others about the love of Jesus-- and that we can enjoy a long pleasant life.  Ask God to lead you to a plan and help you to keep your commitment.  Don’t take too long to find the right plan. Your desire could dwindle and procrastination could set in. Keep your plan basic.  You will be more likely to continue if you have small successes every day.  So, find your plan, follow your plan, and never give up!

Here is one plan to consider:

1. Eat 50-75% raw fresh each day—vegetables, seeds, nuts, fruits.

2. Limit yourself to one level plate of food per meal with no seconds.

3. Drink enough water based on your weight divided by two.  This will be your  goal in ounces for the day.

4. Walk (or exercise) 4 days a week.

5.  Say no to white sugar, white flour, white noodles, white rice, fried foods, boxed, packaged, and fast foods.

6. Allow yourself a meal off your plan once a week.

7. If you mess up, forgive yourself and start again.

Good Health Key #4:  Find your plan, follow your plan, and never give up!

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SALVATION:  John 3:16-For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever (anyone) believes in Him will have everlasting life.

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A merry heart is a good medicine
Proverbs 17:22

Medicine can make us well and it can keep us healthy.  The wisest man in the world, King Solomon, said that having a merry ( or happy) heart is a good medicine.  Studies have shown that forcing a smile in the morning makes a person more likely to smile throughout the day and smiling gives us an emotional lift.  Studies have also shown that people that purposely concentrate on laughing, via funny tv shows, movies, books, etc., have been healed of major diseases and sickness.  So, choosing a comedy over a drama can boost your health. On the other hand, taking in the walking dead, war, hate, and murder, whether it is fact or fiction, gives us stress which equals sickness.  Lastly, being thankful to God and to others changes our outlook.  If we purposely set out to stop complaining and be thankful instead, to God and to others, we will being adding health and happiness to our lives.

Good Health Key #3: Be happy: smile, laugh, and say thank you!



Jesus paid the price that you could go to heaven after you die.  Just ask Him to forgive your sins and to lead your life.  Now grow in His Word/Bible and join with others that believe on Jesus, too. 

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Rest for Health

Come to me all of you that labor and have heavy burdens and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:8

Rest is necessary for our survival.  We need 7-8 hours of restorative sleep each night, preferably overlapping the hours of 10 pm to 2 am, the experts say.  We need the Sabbath rest from all types of work—making it a day of relaxation, togetherness, and a refocus on God’s greatness.  Lastly, we need to rest in Jesus, giving Him our struggles and circumstances in prayer and by letting go.  He has not only given us eternal life, Jesus has given us every blessing found in the Bible.  He wants us to have the very best of everything.

Good Health, Key #2:  Rest.
-Rest your body with 7-8 hours of sleep each night.                  
-Make the Sabbath a true day of rest.
-Rest in Jesus’ love and care for you. 


Dear Jesus, 
Please help us as we apply solid principles for better health; mind, body, and Spirit.  Thank you for your love for us.  Help us to pass your love on to others.  In your name, Jesus, we pray.

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Water for Health

So that He (Jesus) might cleanse the church with the washing of the word.
Ephesians 5:26 paraphrase

Water cleanses.  The Word, the Bible, cleanses our minds..  Water baptism washes our sins away.  Water is a necessity of life and perhaps the most overlooked key to good health.  Experts say a person should drink half their weight, changing pounds for ounces, of water a day.  A 200 pound person would drink 100 ounces of water.  Let's start here in our health regiment. Figure your daily water goal according to your weight and drink it.  Water is our focus of the week.  Our aim is to make drinking adequate amounts of water a life long habit. 
Good Health, Key #1:  Drink water according to your daily water goal..

Dear Jesus,
Thank you for water. Help us to make this healthy change of drinking the right amount of water.  Please help the missions and ministries that are digging water wells around the world.  Let your rivers of living water spring forth from us, your people, in your name, Jesus, we pray.

TO DO:Plant a seed toward your success.  Give to a ministry that digs water wells around the world, such as Life Outreach, James and Betty Robinson's ministry, Hand of Hope, Joyce Meyer's ministry, or Christ Fellowship based in Palm Beach Gardens FL.  Designate your offering "for water".
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Honoring Our Bodies

Know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.

Following a healthy lifestyle may not seem very spiritual yet, as Christians, our careful food choices, water intake, and regular exercise glorifies the magnificent bodies the Lord has given us. A healthy Christian is more able to bring cheer and encouragement to others.  A healthy Christian can work harder and longer, providing better for their family and in ministry.  A healthy older Christian can teach multi- generations the foundations of Christianity and give testimony to the miracles and answered prayers they have seen. A healthy Christian will live longer which makes her/him able to continue the mission of winning souls. A healthy older Christian has a wealth of experiences, remedies, and wisdom to offer.  A healthy Christian is an example to follow for those that want to honor their temple.   
NOTE:  Join us as we offer advice and make changes, according to scripture, to live a healthy life. 

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1 Chronicles 4:10 AMP
God wants to bless us.  He wants each of us to have everything we need, nothing broken, nothing missing, and He wants to bless us extravagantly.  God is a good and gracious Father.  He wants to do more and provide more than we can expect or think.  He wants us to ask for what we need and dare to ask for the seemingly impossible.  Jabez is an example of a person that prayed for blessings.  He asked God to bless him with more land, for God’s hand to be with him in all matters, to keep evil away from him and God answered!  As long as we are stretching our faith for good things for ourselves, let’s remember to pray for others to be blessed as well.  Pray for anything and everything--healing, miracles, debts-paid, excellent careers, creative ideas, breakthroughs and for our soul to grow in Him.  Expect God to answer.  Our loving Father wants to bless us!
HEAVEN IS FOR REAL:  Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.  Ask Jesus to forgive your faults and offenses and to lead your life.  This is salvation.  Ask for more and more of Him every day and He will answer!
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Genesis 19:26
What a foolish thing Lot’s wife did; looking back to the twin cities of sin and degradation, rather than whole heartedly following the angels in front of her.  Lot and their two daughters were able to escape while she became a pillar of salt.  Incessant regrets, the telling and retelling of pain and injury, and twenty, forty, sixty years of looking back rather than looking back takes its toll.  Bitterness, depression, even poor health take hold rather than the blessed life the Lord has given. We can cast the net of hopes and dreams into the deep and recognize the hand of God and the angels that He has sent. Stop looking back my friends, forgive and forget. Saturate your mind and your words with things that are good, just, and worthy of praise. God will turn our ashes into beauty. He will work all things to the good. There may be sorrow through the night, yet there will be joy in the morning.  Follow the good messengers and the sure steps of the One that gave His life in exchange for ours, not only promising salvation, but the abundant life.  Be blessed my friends, open your arms to the Savior’s love, and expect His blessings to overtake you!  

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I trust in You Lord, with all my heart.  Help me through this chaos, and help me to love others as I go.  In your name, Jesus, Savior-Messiah, I pray.

If you would like your Christian walk to be super-charged, ask Jesus to fill you to overflowing with His Holy Spirit (also called the Counselor). Pray often for this Pentecostal portion of the Holy Spirit.  Expect to speak in another language - the tongues of men and angels.  Do not be afraid to receive the more expedient portion that Jesus taught us to receive (John 16:7).  Jesus has more for you!

In Paul's letter to the church of the Philippians, he encourages Christ followers to grow in love, excellence and sincerity. Love is the greatest virtue, excellence is the height of character, and sincerity is the basis of honor and integrity.  These are high goals, but ones that we must strive for, practicing to improve, and never expect others to live up to, only ourselves.  
Dear Jesus, bless us today as we walk with You.  May we walk in your love, striving to do our best in those things that please You.  Thank You for your great and limitless love for each of us.  We make our requests in your name, Jesus, Lord and Savior-Messiah.


READY FOR HEAVEN?  Jesus died to pay the price of your sins, faults, and offensives, yet you must ask Him to forgive you and to lead your life, to be saved.  There is no other name under heaven by which a person can be saved.  Ask Jesus to forgive you and make Him your Lord.  This is salvation!  If you would like your salvation super-charged, ask Jesus to fill you to overflowing with His Holy Spirit and continue to grow in Him, through His Word (Bible), prayer, praise, and fellowship with other Christ followers.

Dear God, You are the Son that was given for our sakes, Wonderful, Counselor, The Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace.  We seek You and your will.  We thank You for all the leaders of the world and particularly, the leaders of our nation.  We ask that You would save their souls, give them wisdom and direction, and use them for your glory.  Turn our nations around.  I pray for my country, the United States of America.  I ask for your will and way in every matter.  It is in You, Lord, that we trust, praying in your name, Jesus, which means Jehovah that saves, our Savior-Messiah!A SALVATION PRAYER: Dear Jesus, forgive me, lead me, fill me.  


In a world of disruptions, arguments, and stress it is easy to offend someone and just as easy to be offended.  Used to be that the person that walked away from trouble was known as the "bigger" person.  Today, with so little Christian ethics in practice, many believe the right way to handle a problem is to win the argument at any cost:  lie, use force, or get others involved. As Christ-followers we need to overlook a little offense, strive to keep peace and unity, and give the person that offended the benefit of the doubt.  As we become peace makers, we will be helping to connect one human heart to another.  God will bless our efforts with His anointing, like Aaron was anointed with oil to be the high priest of the chosen people.

Help us to be peace makers, pleasing in your sight Lord.  Give us great faith for healing of ourselves and others.  Supply our needs and help us to grow in You, in Jesus' name we pray. 

New in Christ
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.              

Beyond Our Imaginations
…It is written, eye has not seen, ear has not heard, neither has entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him.     1 Corinthians 2:9
God the Father is the omnipotent (all powerful), omnipresent, (always everywhere), and omniscient, (all Knowing), mind of the universe, yet He allows us to come into His presence through praise, prayer, and meditation.  He desires to give His children every blessing, benefit, beyond our imaginations.  Like the kind, generous, and forgiving father in the parable of the prodigal son, our Father has riches untold to shower on us.  Like the foolish son that squandered his early inheritance, we often settle for less, trade out our Father’s plan for immediate gratification or waste God’s best on a fleeting thrill, yet He is still with us. We are not all-powerful, always everywhere, or all-knowing, but we have access to our Father who desires to use all of His capacity to enrich our lives.  The sky is not the limit.  With Him all things are possible.  He is not waiting to punish us when we go astray.  He is waiting for us to take the restoration plan, like the prodigal son that returned home to his father, humbly, admitting his faults and his need.  Then we can learn from our Father and take all that He has for us beyond our comprehension.
Eternal lifeRecognize Jesus as the Savior/Messiah and the Son of God.  Ask Him to forgive your sins, faults and offensives.  Give Jesus your life.  Ask Him to take your life and do what He wants with it.  Learn of Him through other Christ followers, join a church, read the Bible, pray, and tell others about Him, also ask Jesus to fill you to the overflow with His Spirit.  Welcome to the family of faith!

He Has Risen
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee…
Matthew 28:5-7 NIV
Celebrate with us this morning, Jesus rose from the dead!  He paid our debt on the cross, was buried, and on the third day, He came back to life proving He was and is God in the flesh!  If you have made Jesus Lord, rededicate yourself to Him today.  If you have not made Jesus Lord, simply ask for forgiveness of your sin, no matter how vile, and ask Him to lead your life from this day on.  May you know the great and powerful love of Jesus.

As Jesus was suffering with agony nailed to the cross, two other men were strapped to a cross on each side of Him.  They were criminals and this was the punishment for their crimes.  One man hurled insults at Jesus, mocking Him to prove Himself as Lord by coming down from the cross.  The other man scolded the first saying that they deserved their punishment.  In essence, He recognized Jesus was innocent but he was not, admitting his sin before Jesus.  Then He asked Jesus to remember him in His kingdom, acknowledging Jesus as Lord.  Jesus assured the humble criminal that He would join Jesus in heaven. 
This is what we reverently commemorate today; Jesus’ death, willingly given, to pay the price of our sins. 
What a wonderful Savior! Give thanks with me to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords that laid down His life for us.  Praise His glorious name, Jesus, Savior Messiah!
This is the salvation plan: Recognize your sin.  Ask Jesus to forgive you, to be your Lord, and give you eternal life. 

Praise To Jesus, the One That Saves
They that went before and that followed after cried, "Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna to the highest."     Mark 11:9     KJV
The people gathered to see Jesus as He entered Jerusalem laying their garments in front of Him and palm branches, paying homage to His greatness.  This was not Jesus' usual greeting.  Often the people that gathered were curious, in desperate need of a miracle, or longed to hear His gentle words yet, they had never shown such praise and insight as to the greatness of the One that walked before them.  "Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord."  How did they know?  Jesus came in His Father's name.  Jesus means Jehovah our Salvation.  He was born of virgin Mary and Father God's Spirit. He was as the prophets said, Emmanuel, God with us, and in a matter of days God would provide Himself as a sacrifice, as He told Abraham thousands of years before, preventing Abraham from offering his son as a sacrifice, and this would take place on the very same high place. Jesus would be the Passover lamb, the final sacrifice that would take away the sins of the world.  Earlier, when Jesus asked His disciples who did the crowd say He was, they gave the various answers they had heard, but Peter spoke out, "You are the Christ--the anointed One."  Jesus told Peter that the Holy Spirit had revealed this to Him.  It must have been the Holy Spirit that revealed to their simple hearts that Jesus was Lord, worthy of the highest praise, a few days before His death and resurrection.  You see, hosanna means, "save now (we) pray".  May our mouths be full of praise to Jesus this week as we remember His sacrifice for us. May the Holy Spirit lead and fill us to overflowing.  And, may all that do not know Jesus as Lord and Savior say, "Hosanna to the highest," save us now we pray.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him (Jesus) will have everlasting life.  John 3:16 

Precious in His Sight
And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’But the father said to his servants, ‘Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him; and give him a ring for his hand and sandals for his feet. Bring the fattened calf and slaughter it, and invite everyone to the feast…for this son of mine was as good as dead and is alive again; he was lost and has been found.’ So they began to celebrate.    Luke 15:21-24
God, our Father, is the omnipotent (all-powerful), omnipresent (everywhere), and omniscient (all-knowing) mind of the universe, yet He allows us, to come into His presence through prayer, praise, and meditation.  He calls each of His child.  He desires to give us every blessing and every benefit that is in His Word (the Bible).  He is the kindly, generous, and forgiving father in the parable of the prodigal son.  He has riches untold to shower on us while we often settle for the norm.  He is with us, sons and daughters, in the deepest pit and on the highest mountain of our lives. 
Each of us is made in His image.  None of us are all-powerful, all-knowing, nor can we be everywhere, but we have access to our Daddy in heaven who desires to use all of His capacity to enrich our lives.  The sky is not the limit.  With Him all things are possible.  Through Him we can attain great things.   Since the beginning of time, Father God made us to be valued, set apart, and we are precious in His sight.
“It is finished.” Jesus’ last words on earth concluded our Redeemer/Messiah’s mission to save fallen men and women.  He died that we could live with Him after this life and that we could live this life more abundantly.  It would have been enough had Jesus’ death paid only the price of our sins but, Jesus’ death has opened our lives to every blessing.  Every good thing in His Word (the Bible) is for those that give their lives to Him, the redeemed. Redemption is as simple as 1,2,3: 
1.  Recognize Jesus as not only the historic Jesus but as the Son of God, Lord, and Redeemer/Messiah.  
2.  Ask Jesus to forgive your sins. 
3.  Ask Jesus to be Lord of your life, having His will and way, in you and through you.  This is salvation! 
*Now, grow in Him and His Word, and ask for His Holy Spirit baptism.  There is always more for you!
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A Clean Heart
Create in me a clean heart O God. Renew a right Spirit within me.  Cast me not out of your presence. Take not your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of my salvation.  Uphold me with your free Spirit. then I will teach transgressors your ways and sinners will be converted to you.     Psalm 51:10-13
King David was a man with so many wonderful attributes, yet he was flesh and blood.  He fell to sin, first one then another. Worse still, he buried his shame and guilt so deeply that God sent a prophet to remind David that He stole Uriah's wife and caused his death.  When David finally faced all that he did, he recognized the cold separation from God that his sin had caused.  He pleaded with God to remake his heart and to allow him again into God's holy presence.  David wanted to be right with God, to walk in His Spirit and to have true joy again.  Each one of us has sinned.  Like David we often choose to hide from our own failings and ugliness.  This is the trap that keeps us away from God and gives the enemy of our soul the advantage. Jesus taught us to pray daily, "give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses (sins and offenses)". A daily prayer, asking Jesus to search our hearts and reveal our true condition, will help us to keep a clean heart.  As we walk in His Spirit, the joy of our salvation will bless our way and draw others to Him. 
Ask Jesus to take your life and do something with it.
Now, ask for the baptism of His Holy Spirit.
Love others enough to tell them about Jesus.

Lessons From An Excellent Heart 
But now your kingdom will not continue: the Lord has searched for a man after his own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be ruler over His people because you have not done as the the Lord commanded.     1 Samuel 13:14
The prophet Samuel delivered God's message to King Saul, the first King of Israel. Saul's continued disobedience had caught up with him.  Not only would he lose his position as king, his son Jonathan would not become king after him.  Instead God would appoint a new king, one that had been anointed by the prophet when he was in his youth, a person that God now called, a man after His own heart. 
The new king God chose was David, the giant slayer but this was not his only qualification. When David was a boy he was given charge over his father's sheep.  He spent the greater part of each day keeping them safe.  In his spare time he did what young boys do-- throw rocks, carve wood, and of course, as a shepherd, he counted sheep, yet David was different. For whatever reason, David was overlooked by his father. Though the youngest of many sons David did not charm his way into his father's arms.  In fact, when the prophet came, an unusual event in any household, he asked Jesse to gather all of his sons.  Jesse sent for each one...except David.  Perhaps his father's ambition for David had been dwindled when David preferred a flute over a wooden sword.  Perhaps the gentle sound of the pipe that soothed the flock was an irksome noise to his father who saw no future in it, or perhaps his father saw David dancing from a distance, arms held high, and face lit by the late noon sun as he praised the God above.  Strange lad, my son, perhaps he thought with a touch of shame that he could not hide.
Did he think David was a teller of tales when he recounted the day that he killed the bear to protect his sheep?  Did his father roll his eyes and give a sigh when his youngest mentioned he had killed a lion? Is there anything more depleting to a child than a parent that finds no joy or promise in them? Perhaps this is why David reached all the more to the Father above.  When the giant came and stood and stood, shouting profanities at the nation's army and their One True God, it triggered the young song writer to grab his sling.  "I will go against the giant," stunned the King's men holding counsel in their tent.  His brothers, soldiers, grabbed for the cheese and bread, the mission of David's trip, then scolded and shamed him.  "You little runt," perhaps they said, "are you more valiant the Saul's mighty men?" Meanwhile the king fitted David for his own armor and all but threw him to the nine-foot heathen.  
David knew he was no King Saul.  He was a simple shepherd that loved his sheep, that knew each one by name.  When he called, his sheep knew his voice, and they came. No, David thought, the King's armor will not work for me.  Nor would David take a sword or spear, instead he chose a sling and five smooth stones, yet these were not his weapons of warfare.   His trust in God and the confidence in His name was all that he needed and David told the giant so. Goliath's acidic tongue spewed out insults upon the new warrior and His God, until one well-aimed stone rocketed into his forehead. The giant fell.

 …For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they can see, cannot love God, whom they cannot see.   
God loves us, each person of every nation and language, and He loves us more than any other part of creation. He made us in His very image. He created the world, all of its beauty and provision, for us.  When we went astray from Him, deserving death and hell, He died for us.  How great is His love for us!  Now He asks us to love each other, to help each other, to endure, forgive, and keep hope for each other.  He asks us to see each other as He sees us, each one a masterpieces of His creation.  It will take perseverance and prayer but He is with us to do beyond what we can imagine. Please pray: Lord, we ask for your power to love our families more, to reach out to others as You lead, and to forgive those that have hurt us, even the most wicked and corrupt, in your name Jesus, Savior/Messiah, we pray. ETERNAL LIFE:  John 3:16, For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever would believe on Him (Jesus) would have eternal life.

Live JoyfullyMake a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.  Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.     Psalm 100:1-3 KJVFrom the moment you rise from your bed, even as your feet first touch the floor, rejoice and be glad.  The Lord has given you another day.  He is the Good Shepherd.  He will protect you as you stay within His boundaries. There is rest and comfort and plenty in the tall grasses. He will seek you if you go astray and bring you back to His arms again.  What an amazing God, a God that loves us, you and me, with an impossible love—as if we were, each one, His favorite.  Live each day with the Good Shepherd in mind.  Allow the joy of His Love to fill your day.  If trouble comes, sing to Him, and His presence will guide you through! An Invitation to Heaven:  Jesus invites you to walk with Him through this life.  He also requests that you would join Him at the grand reception in heaven when this journey is over.  You must RSVP—simply ask Jesus to forgive your sins and make Him your Lord and Savior/Messiah. This is salvation! You have received the starter portion of His Holy Spirit! Now learn of Him, grow in Him and ask for the the overflow of His Spirit.  In Jesus, there is always more for us!* * *
1 Corinthians 11:3-4Keeping the simple truth of Jesus Christ is not as simple as it seems.  The so called politically correct world bullies Christians today to open our minds, to become enlightened, to be tolerant, and consider the possibilities.  Then the twist is set in motion, as surely as Satan presents himself as an angel of light.  Some teach that He is merely a prophet but not God's only Son and not the Savior.  Others make Jesus an accomplice to their lifestyle choices or distort His loving relationship with both men and women.  The simple truth is that Jesus is the Son of God.  He lived a perfect life to be the perfect sacrifice to pay for our sins, making Him the Savior/Messiah foretold of for thousands of years. We don't need to find a sacred chalice or uncover some well hidden mysteries to be near Him.  He invites us to talk to Him, to learn of Him and to draw close to Him. He loved us and still loves, purely and completely, just the way we are. JESUS SAVES - Just ask Him!2.20.16TODAY’S MESSAGE:

Dear Jesus, I have sinned against You and others.  Please forgive me and lead me into a new life.  I make You my Lord and Savior.* * *
Mark 11:25-26Jesus tells us that whatever we ask for in prayer we must believe that God will answer, yet we should pray according to God’s will (Mark 11:24).  All the good things in the Bible are God’s will for us.  He wants to supply our needs. He wants us to have peace, to be in health, and to be blessed. Jesus also tells us that for our prayers to be answered, we must forgive. Jesus teaches that our heavenly Father will forgive us IF we forgive others.  Some offensives against us are so painful, even overwhelming, that we tell ourselves that, in this case, we are not expected to forgive—but we are.  We can ask for the Lord to help us to forgive then we declare our forgiveness (even speaking out loud), “I forgive (name the person) because Jesus forgives me.” It has been said that when we don’t forgive it is as if we are drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.  Jesus tells us to forgive for our benefit, that our prayers will be answered, that joy and peace may return, and that resentment and revenge will not destroy our lives. Please check your heart today.  Is there anyone you need to forgive? SALVATION: Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.   Acts 4:12 
(That name is Jesus Christ – Acts 4.)

Today’s Message:

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2.9.16TODAY’S MESSAGE:Prophecy:  Our Light in the Darkness 

Jesus is the stone the builders rejected.  He became the cornerstone (the foundational stone on which all is built).  Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.     Acts 4:11-12* * * 
Worship:  Our Privilege 2 Samuel 6:13-15 paraphrase  
The Last Call For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and brings into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. 
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Love in Action ...Whatsoever you have done for the least of my brothers (and sisters) that you did for Me.     Matthew 25:40Jesus taught that the day would come when each of us would stand before the great King of Heaven.  There it will be decided whether we go to the left or the right.  One leads to heaven, the other hell.  Jesus emphasized the importance of loving others and taking care of their needs; love in action.  Every kindness and act of compassion we show for others is the same as loving Him.  He puts Himself in the place of the one in need telling us, "When I was hungry you gave Me food to eat.  When I was thirsty you gave Me something to drink.  I was a stranger, you took me in.  I was naked and you clothed me, sick and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me."  The gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) tell us that while on this earth Jesus went about doing good and He moved with compassion--love in action. May we do the same as we follow Him. SALVATION:   
Continuing In Love 
Jesus gave us two commandments, love God above all else and love others as yourself.  When Jesus told the crowd to love their neighbors they quibbled over who that was exactly.  To hear that we are to love our enemies, even our persecutors, must have caused a murmur in the crowd.  This is impossible yet God makes all things possible. How can we feel love for those that are stealing from us, imprisoning little children, terrorizing peace-loving people, and annihilating Christians?  We begin with prayer for them, for their change of heart, for a breakthrough in their lives to meet the Savior.  We confess our anger, disgust, and yes, our hatred, and obey.  We do not live a Christ-honoring life by following our emotions.  We trust the Lord and do as He has taught.  May we live our lives to His glory and purpose, in Jesus’ name we pray.DO YOU KNOW JESUS AS LORD AND SAVIOR?  Simply ask Jesus from a sincere heart to forgive all your wrongs This makes Jesus your Savior—He saves you from the punishment for your sins.  Ask Jesus to lead your life. This is how you make Jesus Lord.  Now learn of Him, grow in Him, and tell others!  Jesus loves you! 1.16.15 
Rest In Jesus’ Love 
SALVATION:  Ask Jesus to forgive your sin.  Ask Jesus to be your Lord, to take your life and use it the way He wants to.  This is salvation.  He will give you a starter portion of His Spirit. This is salvation..   Learn of Him, seek Him, ask for more, and Jesus will answer your prayer and change your life!1.9.16 
… And let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth.     Genesis 1:26 AMP 
TODAY’S MESSAGE:For great is your love, reaching to the heavens, your faithfulness reaches to the skies. 
And the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy for all people. Today in the town of David the Savior has been born. He is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great crowd of the heavenly beings appeared with the angel that was speaking. Together they were praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth goodwill toward mankind.” Luke 2:10-14 paraphraseA Christmas prayer: I receive you Jesus as my personal gift of forgiveness and salvation. Please lead my life. I give it to you, in your name Jesus, I pray. 
TODAY’S MESSAGE: TrustThe young virgin maiden told the angel that she would do all that the Lord asked. She would be the Mother of Jesus even though she was not married and had never been with a man. Certainly the consequences of bearing a child out of wedlock had to give her some concern especially in that time and place. In her small town  she knew people would talk as people always have, worse she knew the real possibility that they might decide to stone her to death for what seemed to be her sin. Despite all, she said yes to God. God took care of the rest by sending an angel to tell Joseph that indeed this was an holy act of God, You see when God calls us into questionable territory He prepares that way. Joseph had already decided to protect Mary by hiding her away. Now, the Lord sent supernatural intervention, as angels are not of this world, assuring Joseph to marry Mary.  Remember what the angel said, “Do not be afraid.” What ever you are going through as God’s child you can trust Him to work things out. There is a reason for our struggles on earth. God will not waste our pain or heartache.  
TODAY’S MESSAGE:And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch.    John 10:22-23 KJVARE YOU BORN AGAIN?  
Salvation and Long Life 
What a wonderful pledge God has given us, to protect us and our home. He will even send His angels if need be. We do not tempt lions or snakes to test God’s promise. Lions and snakes were more common in Bible days. These represent any terrifying event. God wants us to build our faith now to be ready should horrendous events come our way. Put your faith in these precious promises. Write them, say them, memorize them and thank our heavenly Father for His great love for us.  
TODAY’S MESSAGE:  Happy Hanukkah! “Hanukkah is known for a great miracle of one day's supply of oil lasting eight days when the Jewish people rededicated the Temple in Jerusalem over 2,100 years ago. But we who know the Messiah (Jesus) have received an even greater miracle. Yeshua, the "Light of the World," gives us light not just for eight days, but forever.” --Sid Roth of It’s Supernatural and Messianic Vision. JESUS SAVES: Ask Jesus to forgive your sins and to be your King. He will forgive you and send a portion of His Spirit into your heart to lead you. This is salvation! Yet, there is always more for you, more for us, so grow in Him.  
Dear Jesus, You are the Christ (Messiah and Savior), that we celebrate at Christmas time. I want to receive the greatest gift ever given. I want to receive forgiveness for my sins, my faults, my ugliness to others, and every kind of evil. Please forgive me. I receive You as my King above all kings. Please rule in my life. Please make me strong in faith and in the power of your Spirit in your name, Jesus, I pray. 
We are continuing in Psalm 91 today, building up our faith for these troubled times. Remember, Father God loves you as His precious child. He has a plan to keep you safe. Learn of Him through His Word, the Bible, and recite these Holy words often. God’s words spoken from your mouth are powerful!  
* * *Note: Please join us tomorrow as we join other churches and prayer groups each Wed. fasting one meal and praying. 
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty [whose power no enemy can withstand]. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust [with great confidence, and on whom I rely]!” For He will save you from the trap of the fowler, and from the deadly pestilence.
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The angel said, “For with God nothing is impossible.” Mary said, “I am your servant, be it to me according to your word.” And the angel left her.   Luke1:37-38 
Mary listened carefully to the instructions given to her by the angel. You will have a son. Name Him Jesus--which means Jehovah Our Salvation. He will be Son of the Most High, the God appointed King as was His Great Grandfather, with multi-greats, King David. His kingdom will be the everlasting Kingdom! This was the moment of moments, the most glorified event since man was created, the culmination of thousands of years of prophecy, the place in time where darkness lost its grip as the name above all names, Jesus, was first spoken…and a young maiden from the back streets of a dusty desert town was invited to be part of the glorious work of God! Dear Jesus, thank you for taking my place on the cross for my sins. I receive You as my Savior and my Lord. Lead me, teach me, fill me, in your name I pray. 12.4.15Now in the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy (the Mother-to-be of John the Baptist) the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph, a descendant of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. Coming to her, the angel said, “Greetings, blessed and favored one! The Lord is with you.”  
We that have sincerely asked Jesus to be our Lord and Savior have been given precious promises. Jesus not only came to earth to save us but also to restore all the benefits first given to Adam and Eve in paradise. Rejoice in your salvation and receive the abundant life that Jesus has given you. 
TODAY’S MESSAGE: Matthew 6:14 paraphrase 
Jesus taught us to ask our Heavenly Father for our daily bread. This would be the hardy bread of thousands of years ago of combined grains that grew in rich soil, complete in nourishment for our earthly bodies. Jesus knew that mankind needed more than food for their bodies. He came that we could have Spiritual nourishment through Him, the bread of heaven. His body was represented by a loaf of flat bread, broken and shared, when Jesus spoke over the last supper before His death. This was to remind His followers of His body sacrificed on the cross for us each time we shared food (or broke bread) together. Jesus’ example of life and His words, the Bible, are nourishment for our soul. Our God will provide our earthly provision and through His son Jesus He has provided nourishment for our soul that will lead to heaven. We are encouraged to take our share daily.
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St. Paul encourages Christ-followers to be devoted to praying regularly and often. He tells us to be watchful because the enemy’s goal is to bring a bad name to Christianity and to snare us into sinful behavior. Being watchful means that we much check our attitudes, responses, words, and beware of our weaknesses. With a careful dedication we must guard our hearts. We are also taught to be devoted to giving thanks, to developing what is called an attitude of gratitude, seeing the good against the mountain of bad and thanking God for it. A thankful person will spend little time complaining, instead he or she will turn their face to that which is lovely, pure, worthy of praise or a good report (Phil. 4:5). Their minds and heart will be set focused, committed, and devoted to seeing God’s goodness in a troubled world. 
TODAY’S MESSAGE:1 Chronicles 16:34 paraphraseAm I going to heaven?  
Thankful For YouWe thank the Lord for you, for joining us at The Awakening Call, and that you are either desiring to know more about Jesus or that you have already made Jesus your Lord and Savior. We are so thankful to the Lord Jesus for giving us grace--unmerited and unearned mercy and forgiveness, that He took our punishment on the cross for our sin that we may have eternal life. Let’s offer praise and thanksgiving together to our wonderful God, the Father, the Son, and the Spirit yet the One true God (as surely as we are soul, body, and Spirit yet one person.) Thank you Mighty God for your great kindness to us! * * * * * * *    

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Special note:  Pray for more of Jesus.  Meditate on His words:  But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.  (John 14:26)

You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.
One of the ways that we as Christ followers can honor God is to give thanks to Him, to give thanks to others, and to live a generous and helpful life that causes others to give thanks to the Lord, the source of all. Listen today to the still small voice or perhaps an inkling in your Spirit. Someone needs something and God may be sending you to deliver. We thank the Lord for you and pray that we may be useful in your walk with the Him. Please join us each day for a new thanksgiving verse.WHAT DID JESUS SAY ABOUT SALVATION?  
11.4.15Behold how good and pleasant it is for brothers (and sisters) to live together in unity! It is like the precious ointment placed on Aaron’s head, that ran down his beard even to the ends of his garments. 
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God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth.    Genesis 1:26 AMPDo you have eternal life? Jesus, the Son of God, came to earth, suffered and died to pay the price of our sin. He did this so that we could have eternal life in heaven with Him for ever and ever. He did this because He loves us. He loves me and loves you. Yet, the choice is yours--heaven or hell? You choose. If you want to go to heaven ask Jesus to forgive your sins and lead your life. This is salvation! A portion of His Holy Spirit now lives in you because Jesus did it all. But there is more for you. Grow in Him, learn His words, the Bible, talk to Him--pray, and ask for more and more and more of Him, even the overflowing baptism of His Holy Spirit, and pass it on, that others may know Jesus and also have eternal life.
When we received Jesus as Lord and Savior we received the Holy Spirit. This is the portion of our being that is perfect because the Holy Spirit is God’s Spirit. We cannot improve the Holy Spirit instead we seek to grow, to be refilled and to make more room for the Holy Spirit. We do this by yielding our soul/minds (made up of our desires, will, intellect, personality and emotions) and by yielding our bodies (made up of our flesh and blood, our strength and vitality; our physical portion) to God’s ways. Our soul/minds are continually influenced by the world around us, friends and family, the intake of culture--books, movies, music, entertainment, and the prevalent attitudes, ideas, and political views. This is why we need to continually wash our mind with God’s Word, to be thankful and to pray, keeping our mind on God’s goodness, and to choose our friends and our pastimes wisely. The soul/mind will direct our physical body to pursue enterprises that build the Kingdom of God or to destroy our unique part in God’s plan. In the natural, our flesh and blood wants to satisfy and indulge itself. By God’s indwelling Spirit, the supernatural, our mind and body has the power to override its selfish concerns and dedicate itself to the work necessary to carry-out God’s plan on earth.  
HOW Can I Be Saved? Simply ask Jesus to forgive you of all your sins, faults, and offensives. Ask Jesus to lead your life. This is salvation. You have been given a portion of His Spirit to lead you. Grow in His Spirit by asking for more of Him, even to the overflow. Grow in Him by joining a fellowship or church that teaches from the Bible. Grow in Him by praying and learning of Him from the Bible. The angels are rejoicing. Yes, salvation is this simple because Jesus did it all for us. What a wonderful Lord! 
Do we not all have one Father? Has not one God created us?Throughout the Old Testament Almighty God was known by the letters YHWH translated as Jehovah yet He was called Adonai; Lord. This verse in Malachi is one of the few places in the Old Testament where God is recognized as our Father. It wasn’t until the New Testament that God became known as Father, after the Word became flesh; when Jesus, the only begotten Son of God was born. God was our Father before creation yet in man’s limited understanding, one does not become a father until the child is born. Once Jesus, the only begotten Son, was born He taught the people that God was not only His Father but that God was (and is) our Father. Through Jesus Christ each of us has been adopted by Father God, giving us a new relationship as a child to a parent, an eternal bond that can not be broken. Our Father desires to bless us, to lead us into our personal destiny, to keep us safe, and to enjoy life together. Do not be afraid to call God Father. Open your arms to receive all that He has for you. He loves you more than you can imagine and He always will. 
TODAY’S MESSAGE:  Paid in  FullJesus bore our sins at a high price. He was wounded, bruised, His flesh was gouged, torn, pierced with nails…tortured, to pay the price for our sin. Anyone no matter how vile they have been in the past may receive His payment for their sins if they simply ask. There is also peace available for us by the price Jesus paid. He is with us in our troubles when we ask and we can trust in Him…peace. Jesus also paid the price for every disease and sickness, mind or body, and deliverance from the evil one. He wants us to take His gifts and use them. Receive Jesus’ forgiveness (just ask Him), receive peace in the storm, and be healed, in Jesus’ name. 
Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.     Psalm 103:2
A few years ago I was impressed with this message in prayer:  
In the beginning God created the heavens and earth. The earth was void and empty until God sent a portion of His Spirit to hover over the formless water (Gen. 1:1). In the beginning, we are also told (John 1:1) that the Word was with God and the Word was God. Multi-generations later, the Word was made flesh. In the beginning Father God, His Son-- the Word, and His Spirit were present together as the One True God. On the sixth day of creation, God made man in His image. Our Three-Fold God made three-fold man (and woman) in His three-fold image. Our God is Father, Son, and Spirit, yet One God. We are mind, body, and Spirit, yet one person. No other creature--sun or moon, sea or mountain, creatures that fly, crawl, or walk--was made in the image of God. We are fearfully and wonderfully made!  
“When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.” Jonah 3:10* * * * * * *Forty Days of Prayer and Fasting 
How we depend on you Lord to lead us away from temptation--weakness to sin and our own lusts. Make a way for our escape and empower us to take it. 
Forty Days of Prayer and Fasting“And forgive us our debts, sins, and offensives--             -- as we forgive others of these same things.”  * * * * * * * 
“Give us today our daily bread.”  
Forty Days of Prayer and Fasting 
Always, no matter the situation of our lives, Jesus taught us to make this our central plea to God, praying His will, plan, and purposes; for His Kingdom  to come, on earth as it is in heaven. May it be so, we pray, in the name of His Son, Jesus, our Lord and Savior. 
Forty Days of Prayer and Fasting“(Jesus continued) Pray like this: Our Father who is in heaven holy and worthy of reverence is Your name.” This is the last week of our time of prayer and fasting/abstaining together. Let’s give it all we have. Set aside the time to pray daily and keep your fasting or abstaining commitment. Give honor to Our Father in heaven and make it your determined effort to reverence His name. He is our Wonderful and Loving God worthy of all glory, all honor, and praise. 
In the beginning, God the Creator of heaven and earth ordained the seventh day as a day of rest. He stopped His labors that we would stop ours. This day, the Sabbath, is set aside to refocus our lives on God’s greatness and His love for us. The Lord used six days to create a beautiful, life-sustaining, eternal paradise for us. One the 7th day He rested. Think about Him this Sabbath. Let the joy of His great love refresh you. Let all you do and say be aligned with His goodness. Gather together with family and loved ones, making room from a stranger, to celebrate our wonderful God. *** 

A Return to Virtue:

 In the times of our Christian forefathers, virtue was common place. The foundation of faith was based on the Bible which was held as truth. Integrity, generosity, modesty, and morality were lived out by believers. Their lives were noticeably different from non-believers, and that difference led many to Jesus. Christians protected themselves from the pit falls of temptation and helped to mend the pot holes that others would not fall in. At the center was the dwelling place, the home, where husband and wife loved each other, even when they disagreed. Children were counted as blessings, encouraged to bless others, and taught to count their blessings! Having just enough meant there was plenty to share. Family prayer and devotionals were common place and going to church was an absolute each Sunday. 

Slowly, gradually, one step at a time, we have moved away from Jesus as the hub of lives, and virtue has diminished. Other things and places have led us to a very complicated, demanding, deceiving, exhausting, and meaningless replica of Christianity, yet our Lord is there to help us to turn around, back to the hallowed ways. This is the reason we fast and pray and rededicate our lives to Him.
“The Lord will guide you always. He will satisfy your needs even in a sun-scorched land. He will add strength to your bones and align your backbone. You will be like a well watered garden with a spring that never runs dry.”  Isaiah 58:11
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 No other God has ever loved His people as our God.  
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Pray for Israel:
 In a time when so many are threatening Israel, when allies are turning away, God’s love for His people remains the same.  We must pray for the apple of God’s eye. As God told Abraham, those that love him and his generations will be blessed. God has not closed His eyes to their troubles. The One True God is always watching over His children, Israel, and those that have sincerely received Him as Lord and Savior, and that seek His will above their own.
 A Time to Mourn: 
Wise King Solomon taught that there is a time to cry and a time to laugh, a time to dance and a time to mourn (Eccl. 3:4). Many of God’s anointed prophets are warning us that it is time to cry and mourn over our many transgressions--the violations of God’s commands, His teachings, and His morality-- sin. Yes, evil is darkening this world, but we must draw closer to our God, keeping our eyes on Him, trusting, praying, and worshiping Him and He will keep us and use us as great lights in the darkness.
Where is God through all the horrors of this time? Right where we put Him--out of our midst. Invite God back into your heart, into your neighborhoods, into your lifestyle, and into your nation.  
Worship God in Truth: 
Jesus told the woman at the well that true worshipers would worship in Spirit and in truth. When we offer praise and thanksgiving, sing of His greatness or proclaim His majesty we begin a journey toward worship. How we live our lives determines whether our worship is in truth or is a mere imitation. If we sit with God-haters, cursers, and those that desecrate Jesus, our worship is as offensive as the twisted crown of thorns placed on Jesus’ head by those that mocked Him. When we deny that we are Christians, deny the Bible as truth, or deny Jesus as Lord and Savior, our betrayal makes our worship of no value. Yet, like Peter who denied Jesus three times, we can turn around from our failure. Jesus is always ready to forgive. We can rededicate our lives to Him and start afresh..
Be Thankful:
Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His Holy name.  
Obey- God is With You 
God told Abraham to leave his country for a destination unknown. He traveled obediently building altars of thanksgiving as he went. In time his estate grew to about 20,000 people, including an army that saved his nephew Lot and his people from an invading kingdom.
Persevere and Trust God:
Joseph, by his brothers sold into slavery, refused to submit to hopelessness. He maintained his integrity and work ethic until he was released. He kept the law of sexual purity taught in his youth, rejected the lady of the house where he served, and found himself once again a prisoner. The Lord opened his cell door through a series of dreams and interpretations to co-prisoners and Pharaoh himself. Through him his family was saved including the brothers that had betrayed him.  
Watch therefore and pray always that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass and to stand before the Son of man (Jesus). 
Receive God's Strength:
I can do all things through Christ the Lord that strengthens me. -Let my words and the thoughts of my heart be acceptable in your sight,     my strength and my Redeemer.  May the Lord bless, lead, and shower you in His amazing love as you use your speech  for good, changing the world.

SALVATION: Jesus died in my place to pay for my sin. Please forgive me Jesus.  I want to follow your plan. I make You my Lord and Savior. (This is salvation.) Teach me everyday and fill me with your Holy Spirit to over flowing. 
Prophecy is one of the gifts of the Spirit. It has many attributes from preaching/teaching the Bible, to the more supernatural unction of giving messages of insight and direction through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Lord has also given us prophetic power to use His Word in prayer for the results we need. This is the prayer of petition, the place where prayer and prophecy meet. A petition is a legal document requesting the authority of the land to follow the agreed upon set of principles, standards, and conditions that the nation was founded on. In the USA all laws and rights are derived from our Constitution. In the same way, every Christian has the right to make petitions to an even higher court, the court of heaven, using God’s Holy Word. We have the right to expect the promised results found in the Bible--healing, miracles, direction, protection and winning of souls. As a well known preacher teaches, we are everything God’s Word says we are, we can have everything His Word says we can have, and we can do everything His Word says we can do…yet, we must know the Word to make a valid petition.

The Bible
The Bible is the Word spoken from God's glorious being, truer that all truths, more certain than all earthly facts and the wisest of all conjectures. Your ways are higher than our highest understanding making our knowledge foolishness. Yet, You, the One True God; Father, Son, and Spirit, that made us in your image; Soul, Body, and Spirit, have given us absolute promises, contracts that can never be broken, the most certain of all certainties, your Holy Word. Despite all tampering, misinterpretations,and the devious deceits of God's true meaning, He still sends His truth through the reader and hearer of His Word through His Holy Spirit.  His Word, the Bible, will still teach and accomplish His plan, untwist the crooked places in our lives, give great light and direction to His people. The power of His Word is as powerful as God's Spirit that roamed across the waters of heaven and earth.  For the Word of God is not spoken syllables alone.  The Word is the son of God, Jesus, before His body was formed and it is the Spirit that roamed across the waters before creation, and it is the Father the God of the Universe.  For these Three are One God that divided Himself into portions to accomplish our salvation.  Have us the secret to the mystery of His oneness when He formed us, each one in His image, three portions yet one person, mind/soul, body, and Spirit.  . .
Signs of the Last Days: 
From the beginning God gave us signs to the future that we could take warning, be prepared, and not be caught off guard. In Genesis, the very first chapter of the Old Testament, He said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs…” (vs. 14). Yes, the strange events of lunar and solar eclipses are signs to us! Thousands of years later, in the New Testament, Jesus told us that His Word will come to pass to the smallest detail. 
 One of the most important goals we can set for ourselves this year is to worship God; to consider His greatness, to spend time meditating on His ways, to keep thanksgiving and praise on our lips, editing our usual words and thoughts, remembering that we will be judged for every empty word, every destructive word, every false word, and every word spoken with doubt and fear.

Our God is the Holy One, the Lord Most High, yet He humbled Himself to become one of us to die in our place that we may have eternal life with Him. What love the Father has given to us that we should be called the Sons of God, (1 John 3:1). Let us keep our eyes on His greatness and speak the praises due His name with thanksgiving no matter what comes our way. May this be our resolution for 2015. Thank you Lord for being with us, for never leaving or forgetting about us. We set our eyes on your greatness. We trust in You. May we worship You this year in Spirit and in truth, in your Holy name, Jesus, we pray.  
 1.3.15Your 2015 Blessing -You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country. -The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity. He will open the heavens, the storehouse of His bounty, to send rain on your land in season, and bless all the work of your hands. -You will be the head and not the tail, the lender not the borrower, lending to many nations. God made us. God loves us and wants to bless us. God proportioned a part of Himself to become man, the Son that was given; Jesus the Christ/Messiah (Isaiah 9:6). He suffered and died then rose from the dead that we could be forgiven, made new, and be with Him in heaven. When we receive Jesus as Lord and Savior He not only gives us life everlasting He also gives us every blessing ever given in His Word, the Bible. Seek Him first and let Him lead your life and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 33:6)   
Let us praise the Lord together, joining the angels in their heavenly duties. How wonderful, Christ the Lord was born for us, giving His all. May we make this Christmas time and the new year a time of praise and thanksgiving! God that came to earth,The required priceThat I may live eternally.Heal meLet me be raised.Glory to the new born King.12.17.14   
Continuing in Global PrayerJohn 1:52.  We pray against the persecution of Christians, that the evil workers would come to know Jesus.  We pray for protection and provision for Christians around the world. 6.  We pray for the good news of Jesus Christ to be heard in every part of the world, that the people would receive salvation and the great love that Jesus has for them.Wishing you a blessed time of rededication!Note:  A Global Call to Prayer continues until Jan. 9, 2015.  Please pray daily and fast as you are led.  For more information go to 
TODAY'S MESSAGE:2 Cor. 10:4 
Mark 4:39 
11.23.14When it came time for the dedication of the wall, they gathered… to carry out the dedication exuberantly with thanksgiving hymns, songs, cymbals, harps and lutes… Nehemiah 12:27
His Joy Our Strength
Then [Ezra] told them, go your way, feast, drink, and send portions to those in need, for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved and depressed for the joy of the Lord is your strength... Nehemiah 8:1
Ezra and Nehemiah led a group of the chosen people, held captive in Babylon, back to their homeland to restore the temple and their city. Jerusalem was in ruins, the great surrounding wall was broken down and its gates had been burned. As the local leaders and their army battled against them the children of Israel, with tools in one hand and a sword in the other, would not give up. The gigantic odds against them were out matched by their determination, dedication and the knowledge that, “the God of heaven will give us success (Neh. 2:20).“ In just over fifty days the wall was rebuilt and the renovation was well underway. As they worshiped the great God that had done the impossible Ezra the priest encouraged them not to weep or be depressed instead he admonished them to celebrate, feast and rally in joy of the Lord. God was their strength and he continues to be the strength of His people. Today you are encouraged not only to keep on keeping on but to take time out to celebrate all that God has done for you and through you. Rejoice, feast, and make happy today. May the love and joy of Jesus Christ bless and replenish you.
Dear Jesus, thank You for all that You do for us everyday, for being our constant help, for directing us by your Spirit, and giving us victory after victory. Help us to set aside our tasks, problems, and labor, to allow your joy to fill and refill us. By your joy we are made strong. We give You all the glory, in your holy name. 

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The first commandment, written in stone by God Himself, is very clear. We are to worship Him alone. We are to bow down to only Him. He is to have first place in our lives. No part of creation is to be worshiped. Instead we are to consider the wonders of what our God has made for us and be thankful to Him. He is great and worthy of all praise, all glory, and all honor. Is He first place in your life? Have you made anything in your life more important than Him? Do you make time for Him every day? Do you trust in His awesome power no matter the difficulty? Make God first in your time, in your decisions, in your finances, and let His Word, the Bible, lead you. When we keep Father God first everything else will fall into place--a place of blessing, safety, and plenty. Be blessed my friends!  
Walking In Peace
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.     John 14:27
Jesus spoke these words to his followers shortly before he was to be arrested, beaten and crucified. These horrible events would shake their faith causing some to doubt all that Jesus had taught. He told them ahead of time so that they could remind themselves that Jesus had it all under control.
We too have been forewarned of the perilous times that we live in, yet Jesus has left us His peace through His Holy Spirit. No matter the anguish immediately before us, we can rest in His peace by resting in His presence, by comforting and strengthening ourselves with His words, and by speaking Jesus' words (scripture) aloud.  The enemy, Satan and his demons, will flee. They can not stand in the presence of God's Word. 
Our peace will grow strong as we realize that Jesus is our dear friend, as we think about His great love for us, as we praise Him, sing about Him, and thank Him for the good things He has done. Jesus will never leave or forsake us. He spoke peace to the storm that caused his disciples to cry out. He will speak peace to the storms in our lives.

Make God First
Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all things will be added to you.  Matthew 6:33 paraphrase
Isaiah, the prophet, warned that a time would come when God’s people would be proud and haughty, that even after warnings of judgment they would ignore God, even defy Him. This is that time. How we need repentance--a change of our minds, back to God.  We've been on the wrong path for so long, we do not even know how far we have fallen away from Him. We compare ourselves to society’s standards rather than Jesus' life. We imitate popular celebrities rather than Him. We pack our schedules with over-bearing busyness, filling any extra moments with social media, neglecting time with our children and spouse, let alone our neighbors.  We have no time for the Bible, prayer, or church. Money, pleasure, fame, success, and the god called More, have become our idols. We need a big turn around, back to righteousness, not the fake, holier than thou, posing for Holy Pictures righteousness, but true righteousness--found only in Jesus.  The more time we spend with Him, the more righteous we will be. Add time with Jesus to your daily schedule.  Share Jesus with your children and grandchildren. Be like Jesus; loving, kind, and forgiving. Make Jesus first in your life and everything else will fall in place. 
Dear Jesus, how we need You.  Help us to escape from the ways of this world.  We rededicate ourselves to You, making You first in our lives.  We ask for your over-coming power and guidance in your name, Jesus, Savior and Messiah.

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