Ephesians 5:19, 20 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Our Associate Pastor Tom,
knew we were leaving soon for our move to Oklahoma, and we would probably be selling
our almost new Oldsmobile Station wagon.
Tom drove an old rattle trap of a car, but he was happy it still ran.
One day he playfully placed
his hands on the hood of our car and said, “I claim this car for my youth ministry."
We joked back at him and
said, “Please take your hands off our car.”
That evening my husband and I
had a talk and later spoke with Tom.We
told him if he was serious, we would offer him the car for about half of what
it was worth Blue Book.
Tom was elated and took the
information to his bank and they told him they would be happy to finance the
entire amount as the car was worth that and more. In fact they added some to the loan so he was
able to pay a large amount on his student loan.
This worked out good for us
too, as we were happy about giving him a good deal for the Lords work.
In life if there is something
you need (or desire) from God, it is good to place a name on it.Tell God all about it and if it is a serious
need, request others to pray along with you.
Don’t just think in your
mind, but verbally say with your mouth what you require.
We planned to use the payment
Tom gave us toward a Ford Van so we could pack it full when we moved to Oklahoma to attend RhemaBibleCollege.
We needed a Ford Van with
only front seats.
My husband spoke in
Faith to me and said, “Hazel we will pay cash for the Van, you just wait and
I did not know where the money was
going to come from.
Selling our car brought a
good part of it and then - - unexpectedly we received a large refund check from
our Work-man’s Compensation Insurance company because we had no accidents.We were almost there, when another surprise
refund check from a previous year arrived that covered the rest of the van.
We must have been a sight
when we finally left for Oklahoma
with our Pick Up Truck full, our Ford van full, and our two daughters driving
their own cars full.We had with us; two dogs
a cat a bird and angels watching over us.
The next year 76/77 was an exciting
time, and God performed many miracles along the way.
God desires to bless you and
prosper you so that you can bless others.Ask in faith believing and be brave to speak out and say what you are
needing God to do for you.
Our church was blessed with Pastor
Roy, a guest speaker today who read from Acts 18:24-28, the oration of Paul at
He asked us to consider the
location of AthensGreece a beautiful place in the
classical world, but full of religious temples to various gods.
Paul was uneasy with the many kinds of idols and
couldn’t help himself to share Jesus.Some
wanted to argue and discuss with him, this new religion.
The people requested that he
come with them to Mars Hill and speak of new things which they were always
willing to hear a new thing.
Many were excited and
curious to hear about Jesus, while others were suspicious, quoting some of
their own poets.
These men believed all sorts
of things. Paul may have wondered, "Wow God must be a long ways
did I get myself in this place? "
we find God?Most Jews looked to Jerusalem, where the
temple was consecrated.
In Greece there was the Parthenon and
many temples representing a variety of gods.
As Paul spoke, he quoted some
of their own poets and told them “GOD IS NOT FAR FROM US.
As we think about our own local city,
there are lots of disturbing things around us, strange ideas and often life is
upside down.We think, “Where is God?”
Then we remember, “GOD IS NOT
FAR FROM US.”
A Rabbi once said, “The world
is not derelict, it belongs to the Lord.”
Imagine yourself with Paul
standing in a place where every belief imaginable is there, but God IS present
there with us.
We don’t need to go some
other place to find God.There may be a
temptation to leave and search elsewhere, but accept the fact that; "Here is where I belong."
The beauty is that we can be
in a moment of illness or grief, yet GOD IS NEAR.People disappoint us and circumstances are
not always to our liking, but GOD IS NEAR.
Don’t focus on buildings and
temples made with man’s hands, and you will find stability to discern that GOD
God doesn’t need a Holy
mountain or an icon; HE IS NEAR.What ever circumstances you
find yourself, God is NOT far.
We do not know what this new
week holds for us, but let us be a carrier of Good News to those people who we
meet. There are enough people who seem to know where God IS’NT.May we bring good news and not doomsday
It makes no sense to travel
to find God, for He is already near us.
Will we be open to share this
Good News and cause others to realize that GOD IS NOT FAR? HE IS WITH US EVEN NOW.
The basic work of the ministry that we are called
to as members of the Body of Christ is first to be the extension of Christ on
the earth today.
His Body is what He works
through now, just as His literal body was what He worked through when He walked
the earth. He wants to do everything through His people now that He did when He
walked the earth. (Photo via Wikimedia)
When Jesus walked the
earth, He taught, healed the sick, and set the captives free. He trained His
followers to do what He did and then sent them out to do it.
Today most of the
ministry of the Church involves teaching, with some charitable work, and a few
that also include healing and deliverance.
With those that include
healing and deliverance, it is something they do, but rarely release others to
do. Some do a little more by training people how to pray for the sick,
prophesy, and be the evangelists we are called to be, but where is there even
one place that all are being equipped and released to do the whole work of the
John Wimber may have been
one of the most effective leaders to break this mold and train and release
people to do the work of the ministry. The Vineyard Movement that he raised up
sent great shock waves throughout the worldwide Body of Christ as multitudes
were trained, equipped, and released to do the works that Jesus did. While this
was happening, The Vineyard Movement was the most exciting in the world to be a
part of. (Photo via Wikipedia)
The Vineyard Movement was
messy as the people learned and matured, just like the Lord's own meetings
tended to be. One thing The Vineyard was not was boring. I was in more than one
meeting in which a raging demon-possessed person would come screaming and
thrashing about. Yet each time, the person left "in their right
In many meetings, we
witnessed extraordinary miracles. Such grace from God was upon The Vineyard for
a time that there was a sense of awe and wonder greater than the world's
entertainment could match.
There is nothing
more interesting than God and nothing more exciting than watching Him move.
There is nothing more boring than religion, and we are about to be delivered
from religion to follow the Lord, not just men.
We can also be
sure that He has again saved His best wine for last.
Rick Joyner is the founder and executive director of
MorningStar Ministries and Heritage International Ministries and is the Senior
Pastor of MorningStarFellowshipChurch.
He is the author of more than forty books, including The Final Quest, A
Prophetic History, and Church
History. He is also the president of The OAK Initiative, an
interdenominational movement that is mobilizing thousands of Christians to be
engaged in the great issues of our times, being the salt and light that they
are called to be. Rick and his wife, Julie, have five children: Anna, Aaryn,
Amber, Ben, and Sam.
This Story is taken from my book "Rescue the Stories, Book Two."
Hot Asphalt on a Roof
Our young neighbor girl stood
at my front door and asked if she could walk with us to school.I invited her into the house and gathered my
brood so we could all walk together.
As I looked at our little
friend, I asked her, “Is your daddy a roofer?”
She looked up at me and said,
“Yes, how did you know?”I told her, “Our
daddy is a roofer too, and we mothers just know some things.”
The truth was I knew, because
one look at the blouse she was wearing, and I could see a tiny black dot of
Her mother had the same
problem in her laundry that I did.Although I was very careful to wash my husband’s clothes separately and
hang them on the line, it was inevitable that a speck or two of asphalt was
deposited and hidden in the washing machine.It would then be transferred unknowingly to our other clothing.
Energine Spot Remover was the
chemical of choice to remove asphalt from my washer, and it often worked on
clothing, but it did not always remove everything.
Paint on Fabric
More than once, I took out my
“Tri-Chem” fabric paints and drew a flower on my girl’s dresses.The boy’s clothes seemed to escape the
asphalt, how I did not know.
One day the wife of our
roofer friend asked me how I dealt with the asphalt in my life.
She informed me that she would get so angry
to the point of tears, and she simply could not cope with this problem.
I suggested that because
roofing work was our bread and butter, that we should accept asphalt as a
necessary evil and try to live with it.I told her that in life there are a lot of situations we must simply put
up with, and in our case asphalt was one of them.
Understand that I am not
suggesting that we put up with sin and filth in our lives, but as we age and get
older, there are many changes in body and lifestyle that can occur.
In some situations we must put up with aching
joints, hair falling out and other signs that we are not as young as we use to
Learning to be frugal has always
been my practice, but there are many ways we can become skilled in saving money
and stretching our dollars.
Loosing a spouse, by death or
divorce can bring unwanted anguish and unplanned change, and even anger,
depression and despair.
With God’s guiding hand, He
can facilitate what ever changes are ahead and He can smooth the progress, no
matter what are our circumstances.
You are not alone.Many are experiencing similar
situations.One thing we must always
remember is that God has promised to never
leave us or forsake us.
Today’s sermon has been
edited and digested by me as I took notes while Pastor Jerry gave the message.He was reading from Matthew 18:15-20.
Conflict is all around
us.This world is engaged in horrendous
challenges in Nations, our families and even in the church.At this point, we are sinners and we tend to
fight and argue.
Is There Another
We all know the Golden
other’s as you would have them do unto you.”
In the Bible even Peter, Silas and
Paul had disagreements.Yet they
respected one another and the bonds of love knit them together in peace even as
they went separate ways.
Matthew 18:15-17 New King James Version 15 “Moreover if your brother
sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he
hears you, You have gained your brother.16 But if he will not hear,
take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses
every word may be established.’ 17And if he refuses to hear them, tell it
to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you
like a heathen and a tax collector.
Pastor went on to tell four stories about conflict and arriving at a peaceful settlement.
He was preparing our members to realize change is in the air. Our church will very soon need to face some hard facts about growth and not everyone will be happy about answers that need to be considered.
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My thoughts went further and the rest is what I edited from todays sermon.
Jesus asked that question as
He prayed in the Garden
of Gethsemane; Is There Another
Way?The answer echoed back:“There is no other
way.”Jesus cried out, “Not my will but thine be done.”
We have many religions in
this world, and they all have their requirements to reach heaven.For some it is selling magazines, others must
go through certain rituals and obey certain rules; then for some it is killing
Christians to secure a place in heaven.
Even Christians place a heavy
burden on many of their members, by requiring particular clothing, certain hair
styles, and abstaining from anything that appears worldly.
The Bible is clear that there
is ONLY ONE WAY to reach heaven. Salvation is a gift and cannot be earned. The simple truth is to believe on Jesus Christ that he died for your sins, rose from the dead on the third day and that He desires to be number ONE in your life.
We receive a
monthly newsletter from our church and I share a story that spoke to me.
A student played high-school
Football.He was a good running back but
a poor student. At graduation, he didn’t have enough credits.
Because he was a great football star, the
students held a rally and demanded the principal give him a diploma
anyway.They were so insistent that the
principal agreed if Ace could answer one question correctly, he would give him
The one question test was
held in the auditorium and all the students packed the place.
It was standing room only.The principal was on the stage and told Ace
to come up.The principal held the
diploma in his hand and said, “Ace if you can answer this question correctly
I’ll give you your diploma.
Ace said he was ready and the
principal asked him the question.“Ace,
how much is three times seven?”
Ace looked up at the ceiling
and then down at his shoes, just pondering the question.
The other students began
chanting,“Graduate him anyway! Graduate
Then Ace held up his hand and
the auditorium became silent.He said,
“I think I know the answer.Three times
seven is twenty-one.
A hush fell over the
auditorium and the students began another chant - -
- - “Give him another chance! Give him another
I couldn’t help it
– I busted out laughing.Robert
thought it was funny too!
Then I thought –
Isn’t that the way it is with so many people these days.They don’t recognize the correct answer when
they hear it - - they even twist things to their own advantage and call for
things to go their own stubborn way.
Isaiah 5:20 Woe to them that
call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for
darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
You have wearied the LORD with your words. "How have we wearied him?"
you ask. By saying, "All who do evil are good in the eyes of the LORD, and
he is pleased with them" or "Where is the God of justice?"
Excerpt from Matthew Henry’s
persons who call evil good, are in a woeful condition.They set up sin, and call it good.They are daring in their sin, and parade
after their own lusts; it is in scorn that they call God the Holy One of
They prefer their
own reasonings to Divine revelations; their own devices to the counsels and
commands of God.They deem it prudent
and political to continue profitable sins, and to neglect self-denying duties.
Their judges perverted justice.
There is ONE Question we will
all be asked at the end time.
you do with Jesus? Will you be able to give the correct answer?