Prayer... Your Example of Prayer

Jesus Christ provides the greatest example of Prayer. The Lord Jesus Christ in Luke 3:21 .....”and while Jesus was praying, heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove and a voice came out of Heaven. ‘You are my beloved Son, in you I am well pleased.’ Luke 5:16 “But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness or deserted places and pray.” If Jesus, the Son of God, needed to pray, how much more do we? Jesus was a man of prayer. Mark 1:35 “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” Today’s Focus on Prayer Find a place...anywhere Find time....anytime Find a need or

Let Time Stand Still

How often do we look at the clock on a daily basis? Beyond that, how often do we let the clock dictate our mood or anxiety level. I know personally there are so many times in life that I catch myself letting the time on earth dictate what I do, how I feel, and even stress over it. It is so easy to let the world and its expectation of getting so many things done creep in on us that we start to bump the priority of things to spend time in the wrong areas. Take a moment today and prioritize some things in your life and see where you are spending your time. Are you putting emphasis in the right areas? Are we happy with our daily lives? The Bible tells us to work and minister as we wait for his r

Ready or Not

I was the last one to leave the church around 4 P.M. that day, others having left much earlier. My car was parallel parked on the street closest to the church. As I headed toward my car, I noticed I had a flat tire. At the same time I heard a car speeding down the street and waited on the sidewalk for the car to pass, having no thoughts yet of what to do about the flat. Immediately I heard the screeching of brakes and four car doors swung open and four men jumped out of the car and said, "Lady in Distress!!!. Lady in Distress!!. Open your trunk ma'am". You would have thought they were the pit crew for the Indy 500 because before I could hardly take a breath, they had the car jacked, the tire

Mending My Ways

What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Romans 6:15 God forbid! This is a very strong phrase. The Life in the Spirit Bible says this phrase corresponds to the Hebrews, chalilah lanu, “May it be far from us!” Basically, don’t let it happen! Christ was sinless. He suffered physically and was humiliated by the power of sin because of us. He died so that sin’s influence would die too. Christ triumphed over sin and its power. That means when we are united with Him we are freed from sin’s power and can walk in newness of life. Take time to read chapter 6 in Romans. You died to sin when you were born again and have been given Christ’s power to resist

When Life Feels Out of Control

Life seems to be completely out of control right now. I could use about five extra hours every day to just feel like I am back in control. The other day I was bold enough to say God I just cannot handle one more thing on my plate. The next thing I know the phone rings and something else was added to my plate. I sat in frustration and just said God we just had this conversation about life unraveling. I felt like I could not breathe just thinking how in the world I was going to make it to Friday. I sat completely quiet and the Holy Spirit revealed to me that I could not make it to Friday but I was comforted by knowing God was walking with me. It kept coming to mind, Kendra you cannot do it you

God is Love

First of all, God’s love is unconditional. This means that He puts no requirement on us in order to receive His love. There isn’t anything we can do that affects his love for us. He loves us simply because we exist, as His creation (Romans 8:38,39). The words Jesus spoke in John 3:16 verify this magnificent truth. THINK ABOUT IT FOR A MOMENT EXAMPLE: When we get to know someone personally, then we are able to speak of their nature and character. In other words, how we would expect them to respond or react in a given situation and what they know and believe about life. Over the course of time we then can define their integrity. So it is with our Father God. He reveals His nature and character

Watch our for Manipulation

Recently Pastor Linelle preached an incredible message on “the Spirit of Jezebel.” Over the last few weeks I have not been able to get this word off my mind. She talked about the characteristics of a Jezebel spirit and how to recognize its controlling nature and attacks. This got me thinking about the dangers of manipulation. Ed, Andy and I all went to see the play Samson last year. Since hearing Linelle’s message, I thought back to how Samson was an easy target for the spirit of manipulation. Because of his strength, he kept letting his guard down. His first wife (from the land of Cana) whined, pouted, and threw a fit until he revealed the answer of a riddle to her. She told it to his enemi

Be Strong and Courageous

The phrase “be strong and courageous” is one we have heard quite often in church. In fact it’s in the Bible 13 times, which means this is what we need to be as child of God. Interestingly enough we hear a similar message in the world as well. But there is a difference when we hear this as his children. You see if you are not a child of God you are relying solely on yourself for the strength and courage. This will work for a little while, but in your own strength and courage you will not succeed. Ahh, but there is a good news! When you are a child of the Most High God then you can “be strong and courageous” in Him! We have a God who goes before us and who is the Victor. When we are His childr

Tomorrow is not Promised

As I walk through my house this afternoon, my heart was filled with joy and sadness. As I walked past a table, a pair of scissors lay out and it brought me to tears. When did this happen? How many times have I blinked? How much more have I missed? What I’m referring to is a pair of scissors brought me to tears because I realize my kids are grown. No longer was the fear or worry of putting everything up picking up everything from the floor. He brought me back to the times with my kids the questions I had things I had missed and where we all have come to be. Years ago I was worn ragged and ready for my kids to grow. Now I’m wearing that time but I realize we aren’t where we were. We’re going f

Sign of New Life

“I saw a robin today,” I told my husband. “Great, spring is coming. I’m tired of winter,” he replied. It is a joyous occasion to see a robin in late winter. People enjoy being the first to see the red-breasted bird, so they can announce, “Spring is almost here.” Sighting a robin gives hope of new life for the earth and the end of winter. Jesus told His people to watch for signs that foretell His return. The news media reports more earthquakes than we’ve had in the past and increasing wars with threats of terrorism. Even though the signs and events are scary, they do bring hope to Christians. We know Jesus will not be long in coming back. The winter of this human life will soon be over. At h

True Surrender

What shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Matthew 16:26 Nothing is worth losing our soul and spending eternity in hell. Yet, on a daily basis, we struggle to take up our cross. We often take it up but can be quick to lay it down again. Mark 8:34 says, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. The cross of Christ symbolizes suffering, death and shame. It means ridicule, rejection and self-denial. None of which is easy to do. When we begin our Christian walk, we begin a lifelong battle against sin. It is war. Satan and his demonic host will try to bring all the powers of darkness against you. War is waged when we separate ourselves morally an

Sunday is a Comin'

It’s Friday Jesus is praying Peter’s a sleeping Judas is betraying But Sunday’s comin’ It’s Friday Pilate’s struggling, the council is conspiring The crowd is vilifying, they don’t even know That Sunday’s comin’ It’s Friday The disciples are running like sheep without a shepherd Mary’s crying, Peter is denying But they don’t know That Sunday’s a comin’ It’s Friday The Romans beat my Jesus They robe Him with scarlet, they crown Him with thorns It’s Friday See Jesus walking to Calvary His blood dripping, His body stumbling And His Spirit’s burdened But you see, it’s only Friday Sunday’s comin’ It’s Friday The world’s winning People are sinning And evil’s grinning It’s Friday The so

Armor

The Armor of God. We all know we are supposed to put on the whole armor of God daily, but what does our armor look like? What I mean by this is, does our armor look like we have been in battle, or is it just shiny because we spend so much time worried about it we don’t use it? The Bible tells us that: James 1:12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. We are going to have trials and tests in life, and yes, we need to be studied up and have the Word in us so that we can be ready for when life comes at us. We should be living a life for Christ in such a way that we have

Comparing Always Leads to Coveting!

The first step in becoming a contented person is to stop comparing ourselves to others. The problem is that comparing is America’s favorite past time! We naturally do it all the time. We walk into somebody’s house, and the first thing we do is make comparisons: “I like that floor! Look at that drapery! Wow, what a television!” We walk past somebody and think, “I like the way she did her hair; mine looks terrible today.” We are constantly comparing, and it keeps us frustrated. We’ve got to stop it! If we’re going to learn contentment, we’ve got to stop comparing our life to everyone else’s. We also must learn to admire without having to acquire. We need to learn to rejoice in other people’s p

God Is

“Then the nations that are left all around you shall know that I am the Lord; I have rebuilt the ruined places and replanted that which was desolate. I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it.” Ezekiel 36:36 ESV We all have areas of our life that are desolate. But God is rebuilding places in your life that you think are ruined. We only have to let Him do the tilling. In His loving way, He walks us through it you are not alone. He only cares that we trust Him. He knows our future and He knows what is best for us. When we surrender our failures we are saying we give up but we are saying God take this desolate place in my life and plant a field that I need.

Power in Prayers

S. D. Gordon said, “The greatest thing anyone can do for God and man is to pray.” Jesus said, “Ask, seek and knock.” God’s will is done on earth as we pray. My greatest desire is to have all my family in Heaven with me. I have several scriptures that I claim; they help to strengthen my faith. Isaiah 44:3 I will pour out my Spirit on your off-spring and my blessings on your descendants. Isaiah 49:25 I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save. Isaiah 54:13 All our sons will be taught by the Lord, and great will be your children’s peace. Isaiah 59:21 “My Spirit who is on you and my words that I have put in your mouth will not depart from yoru mouth or from th

Examples of Relationships

Some objectives Jesus had before He chose who would be His friends. Taking time to pray about relationships is vital. Luke 6:12-13 - Jesus prayed all night before He chose the 12 closest people to Him. Close relationships need to be people of obedience to God. - John 15:14 Jesus said, “I call you friends if you do what I command you.” Jesus had relationships that were made by spending time together. Living life out loud...not hiding anything. Mark 3:14 - Spending real life together. Jesus had real relationships that He could share secret things and His very heart. John 15:15 – Sharing those deep things. Matthew 13:11 In relationships and friendships you are able to be open and honest. In J

What is in Your Garden?

I love to be in my garden, my yard, my very small unproductive orchard! I love getting in the dirt and feeling it in my fingers. I even like the smell of good old fashion dirt! Sounds weird I know but it is true! I don’t have the time I really need to take care of my garden properly. Therefore, I know why it is rather unproductive. I know the nutrients it needs, the tools necessary for up keep, the watering, and of course the weeding! To make it what it should be requires time, discipline, effort, and love. The Bible talks about God as the gardener. He wants to have a productive garden too. We are the garden! He wants us to bear good fruit. Some of us have weeds in our garden and things that

Our Family

Several years ago in September, my sister, niece and I were traveling to Rapid City, S.D for my brother's 90th birthday. Driving from Wall, S.D. an unseasonably wind and snow storm began to unleash itself which made it hard to keep our van from drifting. Few vehicles were on that stretch of road, except for two semis. One in front of us and one in back. The one in front had "student driver" on the bumper and he was swaying all over the road as the wind whipped him back and forth. Suddenly the semi behind me passed me and came along side the student driver's semi. He stayed in the outside lane, making a wind break so that inexperienced driver had better control of his truck. In fact he stayed

Prayers Reach

... Oooh!, the Spirit, indeed, finds a way to groan, travail, exert intercession for the things, circumstances and people He has in his heart, and cares for. Make no mistake, you enter in and hasten a shift that changes plans, conditions and delays! Knowing my effort is landing in “PAGA”= bullseye, makes it all the sweeter in this all engaging surrender act... of praying mysteries unto the God we trust. I am convinced the territory covered in the Spirit was calling out for His providence; further and complex but touched, beyond my natural understanding. The needs beckoning to the supernatural realm... the prayers touching heaven. I endeavor to regularly converse with the Lord. This gift of p

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