Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Fret not


 Ps 37:1-5 Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

 We live for those things which delight us. David is saying don’t fret over evildoers, don’t envy those who work against the ministry. Why should you, they will vanish away! Do good and rejoice! Stay in the land of promise and you will be fed. Besides doing all of these things; delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. This is quite a promise. Following people who are not so dedicated to God only leads you to imaginary places.  What are some of those things you delight in most? We should take to heart the Lords Word and delight ourselves in our service to Him. Being pleasing to the Lord should become a delight. There is no other like Him. Service to Him is like none other. He does not lie. He does not flinch. He does not repent. He does not do evil. He is good whether we perceive it or not. He cannot be voted in or out, He is in. He takes the oversight of all, both good and evil. He is the one who determines the outcome in all things. There is not one promise given that He will not bring to pass. To commit our way to the Lord, many times goes against our feelings. He does not answer on our time schedule. He promises often and delivers infrequently according to our perception, but committing our ways to Him brings benefits innumerable and goes beyond our knowledge and perception. So whether we see it or not, just be happy about doing the right thing because God is working for us.
 
Submitted by: Pastor W.J. Davidson
 
 

 

Friday, April 26, 2013

Brain Food

 
Though science and scientist have tried to duplicate its complexity, they have found that humans have the most complex brain of any animal on earth. Our brain rests upon our shoulders weighing about three pounds (about the size of a cantaloupe) and consisting of about 100,000,000,000 (billion) neurons! Seventy five percent of this weight is water. Though this weight is only two percent of our body's weight, our brain uses twenty percent of our body's energy and needs another twenty percent of the body's oxygen supply. While awake, our brains generate between ten to twenty five watts of power, enough to illuminate a light bulb. ALL of our 'thinking' is done by electricity and chemicals! Eight to ten seconds of blood loss and we lose consciousness. Four to six minutes of no oxygen and the brain starts to die! Clearly, the brain is an incredible and vital organ! The brain is the control center of all we say and do. Studies continually show how toxins pollute and corrupt our ability to think. Aluminum, along with prescription and non prescription drugs may dramatically affect our ability to concentrate. In one New York study, students showed that those students who ate lunches without additives such as artificial flavors, preservatives, and dyes performed fourteen percent better in IQ tests. Many nutritionists, now armed with science and many studies, believe that over eighty percent of disease is emotion based. Yet, most of us, because the brain is seemingly 'disconnected' from the body by a neck, rarely 'see' the connections between our natural and spiritual health. Is it possible the 'problems' we are facing in our life have been a product of a polluted 'mind'? How many toxic thoughts (anger, hurts, pains, fears, doubts) have we carried around with us from our youth to this day? Is it any wonder the Apostle Paul admonishes us in Philippians 4:8  to 'THINK' on things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of a good report, virtuous and of praise! Though we may have trouble seeing the connections, God knew long ago the vital connection between the body and the mind when He said...”A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” Proverbs 17:22 
 
Submitted by David Green
 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Consistency


Consistency

Galatians 6:9 
And let us not be weary in well doing:
 for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
 
Over the last thirty years of my life, I have worked with a myriad of people of all different walks and ages. Through the years, I have found one attribute that seems to be prevalent in the make up of the majority of the people I have worked with:
their inability to stay consistent with the task at hand!
 
I am not sure if this mind set is a product of our push button, instant gratification culture or if it’s just a characteristic of the flesh. Most of the time, I can’t get people to do something long enough on a consistent basis to reap the benefits of the proposed remedy.
People seem to be looking for a magic pill solution.
 
They seem to think, after twenty, thirty, or forty years of abusing their bodies, that their natural or spiritual dilemma will go away with only a week of resolve to change. The pattern seems to follow the same course for all. They want to change, they seek the necessary protocol to exact change, they begin to implement change,
BUT if things don’t change in a week (or sooner), they get discouraged and quit.
 
Even worse, if some encounter ANY kind of pain at all, they quit, believing the “pain” they feel has nothing to do with the horrible harvest they have sown,
 but they blame the new changes for the discomfort they are feeling.
The scripture is clear...we should NOT be weary in well doing...why?
 
 If we reap what we sow, then good only produces good.
 We must remember, there is no magic pill to change the sowing process.
 The fertilizer of time is the only thing that will bring forth
 a due season of an abundant harvest of well doing!

Submitted by: David Green

 

 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Oh the Smell of Fresh Bread


     One of my favorite childhood memories was a trip to my 5th grade teacher’s house to make bread. I will never forget the smell of bread baking, and the anticipation of eating it!
And to this day it is still one of my favorite things, eating bread!

     Bread is a universal staple for all people of the world. Even right now, somewhere in the world, friends and families are gathered around a table breaking bread (and they continued daily breaking bread from house to house Acts 2:46). It is an act of relationship and unity. Somewhere on this planet, loaves of bread are baking in a brick oven, clay pot, or wrapped in leaves over a fire pit!

      “Give us this day our daily bread.” This is how Jesus said we should pray to the Father. He also said that the Father knows what we have need of even before we ask.  Before the sun rose this morning, before we ever got out of bed or prayed our first prayer, He understood our needs and desires. He knew we would need His daily bread. Some days He feeds us whole wheat, others sourdough and still others sweet zucchini bread with raisins! We never have to stand in line or worry about what kind we will eat. He knows what we need to make it through the day. Our Father provides the perfect loaf of bread to nourish and strengthen us each day!

       We smell the wonderful, glorious aroma of the Bread of Life and hunger for it! We must have it! When we taste it, we want more. This Bread fully sustains us. This Bread is life and health and peace. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger;” (John 6:36).

       Jesus is our Bread of Life, our abundant life. He is all we need.

Daily receive, eat and enjoy! 
 
Submitted by: Mary Orlando

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Inspire a Child Today


At Sunday School they were teaching how God created everything, including human beings. Little Michael, a child in the kindergarten class, seemed especially intent when they told him how Eve was created out of one of Adam's ribs. Later in the week his mother noticed him lying down as though he were ill, and said, "Michael what is the matter?"
 “You need to get ready for school”

Little Michael responded, "I have a pain in my side.
I think I'm going to have a wife."
 
 
 
 

 
 
One of Little Johnny’s Nightly Prayers
"Dear God, please take care of my daddy and my mommy and my sister
 and my brother and my doggy and me.
Oh, please take care of yourself, God.
If anything happens to you,
we're gonna be in a big mess.
Even bigger mess than my bedroom”
 
Inspire a Child Today!
Inspiring young children is a great and wonderful responsibility. As youth leaders, it’s something that my husband and I don’t take lightly. My husband comes from a stable family and had an extensive support group. I wasn’t as fortunate. I come from an abusive childhood and so I know how important it is for children to feel safe. That is why I give my time to young children. Most of the kids in our youth group lead wonderful lives because their parents strive to be Godly examples. However there will always be children who need help; to be told that they can live the life they have dreamed and that God is on their side. Children who serve God are not held back by their walk with Him, but propelled forward with security, strength, and confidence.  They are able to lift up their heads and dream the impossible: for with God, all things are possible. They might not be able to change the world, but they can change one person’s world. They may never have their name in lights for the world to see, but they can be a light for the world to see. They discover that they can change their circumstances by changing the way they think. Most importantly, they follow Jesus. Life is never without adversity, and when they are required to exhibit strength, He will give it.
Submitted by: Rusty and Monique Bryant
 
 
 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Testimony Time April 2013

My name is Paul and my life has been transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. At a young age, I didn’t know the Lord prior to my parent’s divorce. The fallout from this sudden lack of stability left me angry and depressed.  Because of the devastation, I tried to fill the void in my heart with pornography and a manipulation of emotions.  In fear of being hurt again I lashed out at people I loved and distanced myself from others. As I became withdrawn, depression ensued from this wrong-thinking process; I saw no hope in life or people; I didn’t value my life and indulged in reckless behavior; I had no hope or worth of becoming anything to anyone.  It all changed when someone presented what I was searching for the most--HOPE.  As if on cue from a good movie, I was introduced to a preacher who had the message of hope. The words he spoke of truth and inspiration changed my life.  I was taught that I had abilities, talents, and potential; I was taught how to live a life of joy and happiness.  Acts 2:38 transformed my life and I know that it can do the same for anyone searching for life, and life more abundantly. 
Submitted by:  Elder Paul Groenewoud II
 
Growing up in a loving family but a place where drug abuse was rampant, we never went to church and I never opened a bible before coming to church at the age of 28. I am 40 now, and am so glad that God brought me out of the drug and partying lifestyle. I was content working dead-end jobs, and living with my mom as long as I had enough money to feed my drug habit. Now I have a beautiful wife, two daughters, my own business, and a sound mind with no desire to ever going back to drugs and alcohol.
Thank You, Jesus !
 
Submitted by: Bayn Wood
 
"For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walk in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries." 1Pet 4:3 KJV
When I was young I was, at best, a foul-mouthed party animal who had no regard for authority. I began to change however, after an unusual chain of events unraveled. Remember Ebenezer Scrooge's dream where the three ghost showed him all the pain he had caused himself and others? Believe it or not, God did something similar for me. I can't explain how, but He showed me what my life looked like through His eyes...Simply put, it was "ugly", and this was a wake up call for me. From that point forward, I started praying and fasting and reading the Word; God has taken care of the details. He led me to a place where Truth is still preached and salvation can be found. He has given me a beautiful wife and children to love and provide for. Truly, God has turned this boy into a man.
Submitted by: Sean Forro
 
I was born and raised in church, and have always loved God. My mother instilled a love for the truth and faithfulness into my life from a young age as she worked a paper route to put us through the church’s Christian school. It was instilled as she walked us to church on nights when my dad was at school and we didn’t have a second car. It was further instilled when I witnessed God’s healing and deliverance in others, and also experienced it for myself. There have been times when I have struggled, but as soon as I stop relying on my own abilities and place my trust back in God; He has always healed me, delivered, me, provided for me, and loved me. He has given me a beautiful wife and son. I have never gone hungry. I have never been without a roof over my head. I have an awesome Pastor and elders. I have fallen short of His glory many times, but God has always heard my cry and set me free from me.
 
Submitted by: Peter Pentescu
 
I had just graduated from High School and was headed off to a big ten university for my freshman year of undergraduate schooling.  My first year in college was highly influenced by my peers and before I knew it I was entangled in a web of sin that I had allowed myself to fall into.  I was unsatisfied in my life and looking for something to fulfill  that longing in my soul; but nothing had yet pervaded that void.  Prior to returning to the university for my sophomore year, I began to seek out answers.  A friend witnessed to me about God and I immediately fell in love with the word of God and his truths. For once in my life, I knew that I had found what my soul had been longing for. Finishing up my last three years of college, almost one hundred miles away from my new church was  not easy.  I was continually pressured by my friends, tempted by the devil and enticed by the sin of this ungodly world.  Nevertheless, God’s mercy kept me, God’s word strengthened me, God’s hand guided me, God’s angels overshadowed me and God’s spirit allowed me to continually grow closer to him.  Today, I love the Lord, I am living to serve him and I have finally fulfilled that yearning in my soul. 
 
 Submitted by:Sarah Distelrath
 
 
If it wasn’t for the Lord, where would I be? In all honesty, I never want to find out. I was raised in church. Since I can remember, I’ve gone to the house of God, one to three times a week. Now some people may see this as fanatical, pointless, or plain crazy. But if it wasn’t for the preaching of God’s word in my life, I don’t know where I’d be. Just this past July, I lost my mom to breast cancer. It wasn’t an easy journey. If any of you have lost someone to cancer, you know that it is a heartbreaking experience you wouldn’t wish on anyone. You may think that my 22 years of going to church so many times a week is crazy, but I’ll tell you it’s what has kept me. If it wasn’t for the Lord, I’d be an angry, bitter mess. My mother taught me that no matter what happens, God is always working for good. It may look hopeless, but God will not put on you more than you can bear. So I can tell you today that no matter what I’ve gone through, God has always been by my side. I am So thankful to have had a mother who stood by truth up to her dying breath and taught me to trust in God.
 
 Submitted by: Charity Pentescu
 
"Why do bad things happen to good people?" How many times have we heard this phase, or even said it ourselves? Over the past couple of years I've ask myself this question many times. In July of 2007, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. For two years she fought it and we thought she had won the battle. But March 2009, we got the news that it had spread into her bones and lymphatic system. By that time it was terminal. My family and church family were crushed! My mama was one of those people you would meet, and couldn't help but like. She was only 45 years old, an amazing mother to six children, a grandmother to two beautiful toddlers, and a friend to a church full of people. For a year-and-a-half, she struggled through severe pain, but never once did I see her waver in her faith. She stood strong in the midst of the storm that had swept into her life, and she trusted the Lord Jesus to bring her through. In July of 2010, the Lord took our sweet angel. Today, her legacy still lives on. She taught all of us that no matter what we have to face in this life, if you just let God be your whole strength, He will hold on to you all the way until the end. God blessed us with another angel in my family five months after mama’s death. She carries her name and we will make sure she knows the faith by which her Granny believed in with all her heart! In the last months of mama’s life, even when she couldn't walk anymore, she smiled and made our lives bright. I now realize it was God in her that helped her to be so strong. I still see her light and that's because God is always there in the midst of the darkness to lead our way. So when bad things happen to you, find that ray of light and follow it. God will take you through the sorrow and good will soon shine through! RIP Melinda Sue Watson! I love you with all my heart!  
 
 Submitted by: Rebekah Watson
 
As a young boy, I grew up in a split home. By that, I mean my mom went to church but my dad did not. All my life I was taught to pray, and to pray for my dad. We prayed that he would fall in love with Jesus. Growing up, I can remember my mother asking for prayer at church that my father would come to church and learn to love the Lord. One day, as a teenager, I took on asking the church to pray that same prayer for my dad. In October of 2003 it was obvious that the Lord began dealing with my dad, to show him that without Jesus in his life, life was not worth living. In March of 2004 he surrendered to the Lord, came to church, and received the baptism of the Holy Ghost. This was three days before my nineteenth birthday, and was the greatest gift. Jesus had answered twenty-one years of my moms prayers and sixteen years of mine. I now worship God in spirit and in truth along side my dad and mom. Please remember to pray always, and know that God can do it for you.
 
 Submitted by Mike Sowards II