THE SHEPHERD PROVIDES FOR HIS SHEEP

Today’s Scripture

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, about your body, or what you will wear.  Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?    Matthew 6:25 (NIV)

 

Today’s Word

The welfare of the sheep depends solely on the care given from the shepherd.  If the shepherd does not worry, why should the sheep?  The shepherd goes ahead of the sheep and knows when it is time for a new wardrobe, new shoes, or time to eat.  But there is a greater need.  The need of caring for your life, soul, mind and your body.  Our heavenly Father knows our needs before we ask and is willing to give them to us when we put Him first in our lives.  We accomplish this by living as He desires for us to live.  The Lord wants to give you a life of abundance.  So, study and pray so you will be knowledgeable about God’s will for you!  It is then that you will know His will, and you will be able to answer unto his calling.

~~~  Elder Gwen Williams

 

God Loves You

Today’s Scripture

“For God so loved the world the He gave his only Son that who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”   John 3:16 (KJV)

Today’s Word

God’s love is unconditional.  Love is a word that people ordinarily use very loosely. When God tells us that He loves us, it is not based on what we can do for Him; but rather it is based on what He did for us.  God made the ultimate sacrifice to give the life of His Son for our sins so that we may have eternal life.  God loves us deeply and passionately.

God loves everyone regardless of who they are and what they have done.  True love is not just an emotional feeling that gives up on someone when they fail to live up to the other person’s expectations.  It involves a level of commitment to accept them as they are and having the standing power to help them maximize their full potential.

In John 3:16, God loved us tremendously.  He gave his only son to die for us.  There is no greater love than a man who would lay down his life for a friend.  Jesus did exactly that when He died on a cross.  He saw the greatest problem, our sin; and He had the greatest solution, His only son.

Lastly, we gain eternal life if we accept His son as our Savior.

~~~~  Elder David Middleton

STANDING IN THE MIDST OF ADVERSITY You Are My Praise – Part I – Dealing with Health Issues

Today’s Scripture

Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for You are my praise.          Jeremiah 17:14 (Amp)

Today’s Word

Are you in adversity with a health issue today?  The good news is that JESUS paid the price for your healing on the cross.  A reality is you have to believe and receive this truth to be healed.  In the words of the Late Bishop G.E. Patterson, “If you can have it, GOD can heal it.”  The secret to healing is that if you have the faith for salvation, then this same faith can produce your healing.

It is important to realize that God works through doctors, medicine and corrective surgery.  Sometime, the medicines, surgeries, and physicians are in GOD’s healing plan.  Don’t limit GOD.  Remember, only GOD controls His Miraculous Power.  Be Encouraged!

The mere fact of knowing that you absolutely win in the end helps when you face the beginning and middle phases of your healing .  Knowing the truth makes you free!

~~~~~~~~   Elder Efrem Simmons

GOD IS A KEEPER

Today’s Scripture

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;  in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

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Today’s Word

Many times, we want to do things on our own without seeking the Lord for directions.  We think we know what is best for us, but God knows what is better.  I’ve learned that when I truly and sincerely trust God, in all situations, He smooths the pathway for me.  I have left friends and family to follow what God has for me.  God has allowed me to go through the valley, only to bring me out a better person.  Family and friends want to know why I seem “so at peace”.  This is when I share my testimonies of how God brought me out of situations, and kept me in my “right mind”.  GOD IS A KEEPER!!!

~~~~~~~~   Messenger Rosa Morris

TURN ON THE LIGHTS!

Today’s Scripture

‘Will the Lord reject forever?  Will He never show His unfailing love again?  Has His promise failed for all time?  Has God forgotten to be merciful?  Has He in anger withheld his compassion?’ Then I thought, ’To this will I appeal: The years of the right hand of the Most High.’

Psalm 77:7-10 (NIV)

Today’s Word

I’ve always found it amazing that, in the middle of this psalm, the psalm writer seemed to realize that he couldn’t just sit around thinking about the negative things that were happening in his life.  Perhaps he understood that if he kept thinking about the negative he would keep feeling down, so in order to get the negative things out of his mind he decided to replace them with thoughts about the Lord.  There is an old proverb that says, “Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle.”  Many times when we find ourselves in dark situations in life, dark situations at work, dark situations in our families.  We try to find someone to call and say, “It sure is dark” when what we really need to do is replace those thoughts with thoughts about the light.

 Those children may be acting out of character, but at least they’re healthy!

They may not pay you what you desire right now, but at least you’re working!

They may have walked out of your life, but at least they didn’t take you out on the way!

Instead of cursing the dark areas in your life, I dare you to light a candle of praise!

~~~~~~  Pastor Jessie Jennings III

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CHANGE YOUR AGENDA – “MAKE GOD FIRST”

Today’s Scripture

Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.

Jeremiah 33:3  (KJV)

Today’s Word

We’re living in a fast pace world.  Our cell phones often ping with text messages.   After responding to the text, we then check our email.  Next, we get an instant message.  We respond to it, and then decide to check our Facebook page.   Where is it we’re meeting friends?    Afterwards, we check Twitter for messages.  Before we know it, night-time has come, and we’ve missed the most important task of the day.   We did not call God or answer when the Holy Spirit called us.

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The Bible tells us to call on God, and surely He will answer us and tell us great and hidden things that we have no knowledge of.  God has a word just for you.  I encourage you to take some time each day to meditate on the Word of God.

New Age technology is wonderful, but God’s Word is Awesome!  Connecting to the world will fade away, but God’s Word with last forever!

~~~~~~ Elder Vonna Jones

Morning Prayer

Dear Lord,

Thank you for reminding me that your plan for me will never fail!  I thank you when I find it hard to press on.  Thank you for fresh strength.

Thank you that you are always faithful while I wait on your will to be fulfilled.  I praise you in advance.

Deep in my heart, I know that every promise you have given me will come true.  You will never fail me.

 

~~~ Zandra Lee

Think God Thoughts!

Let your mind stay on things that are good, wholesome, just and right.  Have the mindset of Christ, and think the thoughts of your Creator.

Finally, brothers and sisters, keep your thoughts on whatever is right or deserves praise:  things that are true, honorable, fair, pure, acceptable or commendable.

~~ Philippians 4:8

 

The joy of the Lord will keep you strong!  Think on these things.

~ Elder David Middleton