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How Can We Help Build…

 the Christian leaders our world needs

September 11, 2014

Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.”

1 Timothy 5:17-18

It seems like every week I hear about a minister who has burned out, wiped out, and has shipwrecked his faith. I’ve even had personal friends in ministry who one day just threw in the towel and decided they were done. It’s a sad but very real problem today.

When I think about this epidemic, I really see one reason behind it: Many ministers simply aren’t being encouraged and loved by the people they serve. They’re seen as a business, and the churchgoers are the customers who come on Sunday to consume and then pay whatever they think it cost them for their seat.

But that’s not how the body of Christ was meant to function. When it comes to church staff, it’s not ‘us’ and ‘them.’ It’s one body! We’re called to minister to and encourage one another in the faith. That’s the point of coming together!

So what can you do to build up today’s Christian leaders? Well, you can start by simply encouraging the ministers at your church. Maybe it’s a quick email or note today that says, “Thank you for serving.” Encourage those who serve in ministry and you’ll help build the strong Christian leaders our world needs!

HELP BUILD UP THE STRONG CHRISTIAN LEADERS OUR WORLD NEEDS BY BEING AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO THOSE WHO SERVE IN MINISTRY

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Where Can We Find Shelter…

 from the judgment to come

September 12, 2014

For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

One of the more hot-button issues discussed in the church today is the issue of the rapture. If you’re unfamiliar with it, the rapture is an event that many claim will happen when Christ will take all believers to heaven just before a period of severe judgment on the earth.

Now let me show my cards and tell you that I believe this is an actual event that will happen. I have very good friends who think differently. But as we discuss such things, it’s important we don’t miss the big picture: that Christ will return and save those who know Him from the judgment to come.

This should comfort us who know Christ because of the fact that since we’re in Him, we’ll never face one iota of judgment. Our sins are completely washed away. And in His grace, God will save us from the storm to come.

So take comfort. The God who saved you from your sins will most assuredly save you from enduring judgment for those sins. Trust in God’s goodness, keeping your faith squarely in Him, and you’ll find shelter and safety from the judgment to come!

TRUST IN GOD’S GOODNESS, TAKE COMFORT IN HIS FORGIVENESS, AND YOU’LL NEVER ENDURE JUDGMENT FOR SIN!

Where is God?

Pat:

Amen,Amen!! Very Encouraging!! Enjoy!! :)

Originally posted on God Loves Bummyla:

Where is God?

Today’s Truth

Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised’
(Job 1:20-21).

Job was an extraordinary man, husband, father, and leader who served God faithfully. His faithfulness to God in prosperity was a powerful testimony, but His faithfulness to God in the face of death, pain and despair was even more powerful.

Did Job doubt and question God?

Absolutely!

Did Job openly and honestly grieve his loss and weep in his pain?

Yes!

But Job remained faithful to God, even when he did not understand why God would let him endure such suffering.

Job stood firm in his faith even when his heart and body was broken. God was pleased with Job and rewarded him for…

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Joy In The Lord

Here’s Today’s Devotional from The Vine…cloudy-wallpaper-1280x800

Jesus said to them, “Can the groomsmen fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they can’t fast.Mark2:19

This was our Lord’s answer to those who thought His religion was too bright and optimistic – that it didn’t have enough days for fasting in it. They thought that religion was only genuine when it made people sad, and that its quality was just in proportion to its gloom. But Christ’s reply showed that mournful faces are no essential indicators of a reverent and contrite heart. Should His disciples be mournful and sad when He was with men, filling their lives with the gladness of His presence? Should Christians claim to be heavy-hearted, looking as though life is not worth living, when in fact they are really filled with joy, and when there is no excuse for sorrow? Why should anyone who has been saved by the Lord Jesus and who is rejoicing in the fact they have eternal life, go about in sackcloth and ashes? Is there any godliness in a sad face? Does God love to see his children looking miserable? Is human joy displeasing to our Father?

All these questions are answered here in our Lord’s words. He does not wish His disciples to go mourning and fasting when they have no excuse for it. His words are a defense of Christian joyfulness. Christ wants His friends to be happy. There is a complete contradiction in a sad and downcast Christian life. By its very nature true religion is joy-filled! Our sins are forgiven. We are adopted into God’s family. We are heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ. The covenant of love arches its shelter over us continually. All things in this world work together for our good, and then glory waits for us beyond death’s gate. With all this to look forward to, why should we be mournful and sad?

While we enjoy the smile of Christ, the consciousness of his love, the assurance of his forgiveness, and the hope of heaven and eternal life, what should make us sad? We should have radiant faces.

What is God Saying? Do whatever He tells you

Pat:

Amen! Help us Lord to obey! Enjoy!

Originally posted on God Loves Bummyla:

What is God Saying? Do whatever He tells you

Do whatever He tells you.
John 2:5

Have you received your miracle yet? You might need to go back and obey the last instruction that the Lord gave you before you receive your miracle. You might have to release forgiveness or start acting like you have already received your miracle.

Do whatever He tells you! God knows how to take you out of your mess to your miracle, from poverty to prosperity and from sorrow to joy. Sometimes the instructions God gives you may not make sense to anyone, but do whatever He tells you!

I’m sure Noah wondered why God had him build an ark in the desert. Abraham probably wondered why God would have him pick up and leave his homeland. These men remained faithful and reaped His blessings!

Faith causes you to ignore the realm of your five…

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GOD Is Able. The Redeemed Evangelical Mission

Pat:

Yes, Amen 🙌 🙌 🙌 🙌!!

Originally posted on God Loves Bummyla:

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GOD Is Able. The Redeemed Evangelical Mission.

And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. Romans 4:21

We all must realize that God is always able. He has the ability, He has the dynamic power. What He has promised, He is able to perform. Even if it was not there God can create it because His word cannot fall to the ground. Even when there is no one to speak for you God will put somebody in place, just to speak for your interest and on your behalf. Abraham was fully persuaded saying “It is not up to me, it is up to Him. For me, my hope is already lost. I didn’t say it, I didn’t initiate it, it was not my idea but God’s idea and He is God; if He is God, all things are possible with Him”

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DEPRESSION~~~Like Walking Through a Tunnel

Pat:

Very Encouraging!! Enjoy!!!

Originally posted on The Abuse Expose' with Secret Angel:

Imagine this…
Walking through a tunnel…
with nothing in sight.
Feeling for a way out…
but only darkness, no light.
And the tunnel is endless…
as you continually fumble around.
Trying to find a way out…
but no opening is found.

No door or no window…
just pitch dark black.
And you have to keep moving…
there’s just no going back.
For your entrance is blocked…
and that door permanently closed.
But total darkness now surrounds you…
and no one really knows.

For your thoughts seem to drown you…
continually pouring into your mind.
How did you get in total darkness…
and is there a way out you’ll find?
Will a door finally open?
Will a glimmer of Light come through?
Is there a way out of this darkness…
as you wonder what you can do?

And everything you try…
seems to be a “dead-end”.
As no doors will open…

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The Unfailing Helper

Here’s Today’s Devotional from The Vine…

Jesus answered, “Faithless and perverse generation! How long will I be with you? How long will I bear with you? Bring him here to me.”Matthew 17:17

The disciples had failed in their effort to cast out the demon, but there was still hope. Jesus Himself was now at hand, and He could not fail. There should be a great deal of encouragement in this for all who are trying to change people’s lives into spiritual beauty. When parents have done all they can to make their children true and upright in their character, and have failed, they can take them to Jesus. He can cast out the evil that is in them. He can give them new hearts. He can put His own Holy Spirit within them, and transform them into Christlikeness.

When teachers have unteachable students, on whom they can make no impression, their discouragement and failure should lead them to bring them to Jesus, for He is able to take them and transform their character. When troubled souls have sought in vain for comfort and help from the Church and from Christian ministers, they should go to Christ Himself, for He can comfort. No matter in what we have been defeated, Christ stands ready to take our humiliation and turn it into victory. The disciples had worked all night in vain, but when they dropped their net at Jesus’ request, they finally met with success. So always in the shadows of our human failure He stands to give blessing.

There is another thought here. It is to Christ, and not merely to the school or the church or the minister, that we should try to lead our children and our friends. The teacher cannot regenerate the child. The church cannot renew its nature. The minister cannot cast our the evil in the child’s heart. Unless we bring our children truly to Christ they will remain unchanged. Baptism does not wash the heart. The Lord’s Supper does not put grace into the life. We must bring our friends and ourselves directly to Christ.

Never Alone

Pat:

A very encouraging word !! Enjoy!

Originally posted on sacrificebeyondprice:

EXPECT TO ENCOUNTER ADVERSITY in your life, remembering that you live in a deeply fallen world. Stop trying to find a way that circumvents difficulties. The main porblem with an easy life is that it masks your need for Me. When you became a Christian, I infused My very Life into you, empowering you to live on a supernatural plane by depending on Me.

Anticipate coming face-to-face with impossibilities: situations totally beyond your ability to handle. This awareness of your inadequacy is not something you should try to evade. It is precisely where I want you–the best place to encounter Me in My Glory and Power. When you see armies of problems marching toward you, cry out to Me! Allow Me to fight for you. Watch Me working on your behalf, as you rest in the shadow of My Almighty Presence.”

Revelation 19:1; Psalm 91:1

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It Could Be A Lot Worse

Pat:

Yes indeed this thought helps me so much when I’m going through !! Enjoy!!

Originally posted on Da Realz Talk:

We will go through things in our lives that makes us think. Why did this have to happen to me? Why couldn’t I get what everyone else is getting. What did I do to deserve this?

One thing that is not realized is no matter what has happened, It could be a lot worse. What if what happened to you never happened? Could you have grown from it and be the magnificent person you are today? So you didn’t get what everyone else had. Is that a bad thing? It could be a lot worse because maybe what they have you aren’t prepared to receive it. It can do more harm to you than good. You didn’t deserve it, but it could be a lot worse. You took it on the chin, got a drink of water and went 12 rounds and won the fight.

We may feel we have…

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