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

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

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

Are You Hearing . . . ?

Are you simply listening or are you hearing?  There is a vast difference between listening and hearing.

We listen to sounds and noises all the time, and often we are listening without realizing it.  We listen to outdoor noises as we go through our typical day and not notice the everyday sounds around us.

We listen to our children calling our names; and yet, at the same time, have the ability to block out the realization that our babies are trying to desperately to get our attention.

At home, while preparing dinner and moving throughout our homes to get the family ready for the evening night, we listen to the television, but yet, are not in tune to what is actually being said by the programmers.

My point here is this . . . we are always listening, but how often are we hearing?

He that has ears, let him hear.  Matthew 11:15

When we take time to hear, transformation can take place within our lives.  When we hear, we allow what is being said to go deeply within us and become a part of our lives while being embedded within our DNA and conscience.  The Holy Spirit is always speaking, but are we always hearing what He is saying?

When you pray, attempt to take time to be quiet and hear from God in order to have a wholesome prayer life so that your prayer life is full.  Always strive to make God your “TOP” Priority.  Only then will your other priorities be in place.

 

~ Elder Juliette Moore

New Year New You

Golden Gate Cathedral is out with the old and in the new.  Since the beginning of this new year, we have been in a posture to fast forward to the new position the Lord Almighty is calling us to within this season.  We are no longer looking backwards in the rear view mirror of what hasn’t worked or what hasn’t happened.  The only way we can receive what God has for us is looking ahead towards the plan He has for us.  The reason the car windshield is larger than the rear window is because there is more to see and more to receive when we look ahead.  Get ready for an incredible year in 2012 and watch God move in way that may seem unbelievable.  Go ahead and let the past go!  Have faith and move forward into this next move of God.

Great Things are Going on Here

There are some amazing things happening at Golden Gate Cathedral.  We believe the Word of God is True and at the end of the day, God is still God!!!!  God promises to keep us, sustain us, protect us, heal us, provide for us, redeem us, and the list goes on.    I’m sure you get this point by now.  GOD IS JUST AWESOME!  It is no secret that God’s grace and mercy is made available to us 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.  If you don’t have a church where you are growing and active, we invite you to join us for one of our worship experiences.  Check out our worship schedule here.

We are located at 3240 James Road in Memphis, TN near the corner of James Road and Warford.  If you are not in the area, check out the new online campus.  The online worship experience allows you to read your BIBLE, give, chat, take notes, utilize facebook & twitter and a host of other neat things.

God is up to so much, and we are excited about connecting with you!

Blessings!

It’s a New Year

It’s the beginning of a new year, and God is definitely up to something incredible.   The pages of your new book are blank and the slate is swept clean.  This would make it a perfect time to take advantage of new opportunities and create a pathway to do some impossible things with a Creator who can make all things possible.   Regardless of the adversities of 2011, it did not take you out.   Make a decision today to leave all past hurts and disappointments in the past along with 2011.  Hold your head up high, stick your chest out and be fearless and determined in knowing that you are more than a conqueror through Jesus Christ.  Don’t be afraid to take the first step.  Many times, it’s the first step that causes your feet to keep moving, and before you know it, you’ve allowed God to begin a new and great work within you to do some awesome things in Him.

Whatever your goals are for 2012, don’t hesitate to push and allow it to come to past.