Sunday, June 23, 2013

A Woman’s Touch— “Today’s Altar”


In Webster’s Dictionary, the altar is defined as: "a place where sacrifices or offerings are made." The Word of God describes an altar as a place to meet God with all of our heart, mind and soul. The altar of our heart can repent, and cry out just like Moses did in 1st Kings 13:2: "And he cried against the altar in the word of the Lord." We can also rejoice and give praise at the altar as he changes our lives to be more like Him. When I first came to the Lord, I was given a physical and spiritual experience during prayer.
As I was praying on the altar and communicating my needs to the Lord, my hands and my entire body began to physically raise up from the pew where I was kneeling. I tried to resist
what was happening but the Lord continued to pull me into an upright position. I began praising His name. Never resist the touch of the Lord. I can now say, "Have thine own way, Lord!
 And while I am waiting, search me and find me at the altar today." 

"Behold, now is the day of  salvation"2Cor 6:2.

  Submitted by: Penny Papke


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Wilt thou be made whole?

Bethesda: The Place Or House Of Kindness: John 5:1-15 KJV

 The things that can change, help and heal people are often overlooked for the greater,
more inviting and spectacular. In this story, the angel troubled the water and whosoever
 got into the pool was healed. For the man who laid by that pool,
 thirty eight years of waiting for the right opportunity never came.
Jesus stepped up to his sick bed and he never realized that his deliverance had come.
Right in front of his face was his healing, but he could not comprehend the power.
One thing, a certain time, a certain moment had become his focus! 
Jesus changed that mans focus from the water to the very inside condition of his will.
 Thirty eight years on a bed, thirty eight years of dependency,
gone in one moment through one explosive question,
 “Wilt thou be made whole?”
Skip the seasons, skip the intensity of Bethesda, Jesus himself was the person of kindness.
 What would you say to such a confrontation? How would you respond?
Would your focus be in some other place when your miracle came? Wilt thou be made whole?
Right now? Change your faith from the unsuccessful pools of life
 to the one who is able to exceed your greatest expectations.
Can you do it? Wilt thou be made whole?

When he steps into your life, say , “I will.”

Submitted by: Pastor, W.J. Davidson
John 5:1-15
After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
 Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.  And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath. The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed. He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk. Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk? And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place. Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee. The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.