Archive for November, 2009

Giving and Receiving

By · November 30, 2009 · Filed in Word from the Pastor · No Comments »

As we approach this holiday season, let us remember that it is first about giving more than receiveing. Jesus said that “it is more blessed to give than receive.” This is a powerful statement when you consider the wisdom that it originates from. When we give to someone other than ourselves, we strengthen relationships with them by developing trust and love. Nowhere else is this demonstrated more powerfully and more perfectly, than in the interaction between God the father, His son Jesus and all of humanity. The Apostle John recorded these words of Jesus the Christ “for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believe in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. “(John 3:16)

This life that He gives is not just for “living in Heaven” someday, but also for living on earth today. Of all the gifts that you shall give and receive this season, let one of them be the salvation that God gave to those He dearly loved. Remember JESUS LOVES YOU!!

Total Life Fulfillment by Corey Darnell

By · November 30, 2009 · Filed in Inspiration · No Comments »

     If you were to look at the word “fulfillment,” you would automatically notice the root word “fulfill.”  This word has many definitions that pertain to something being done for another or at the request of another. One such definition is “the carrying out of something, such as the carrying out of a promise or prediction (I prefer to use the word prophecy). To cause to be or happen for another.”  All that God has ever desired to do for us he has done.  There is no need for us to walk around pleading with Him.  2 Peter 1:2-3 tells us that we have been given everything we need for our natural and spiritual lives by our Lord Jesus.  To sum the above up, God has watched over the promises that He made with us that He may carry them out for us.  There is no natural or spiritual force that can prevent God from completing all His pronmises for us except for one, US!  We are the greatest hindrances to the work of God in our lives.  I say this because the only way we can benefit from God’s goodness, is to believe what He says and do what He says.

     This brings me to another definition of the word “fulfill,” which is “the doing of that which is required; to obey. To fill the requirements of, as to satisfy a condition or answer a purpose (call).”  Is there something that God has asked you to do for His sake?  Is there a truth that He wants to teach you from His word but you have politely ignored HIm?  Ask the Lord now if there is something in your life that you have not dealt with or developed that would keep Him from fulfilling His promises in your life.  The two main areas that I have noticed that prevent God from fulfilling His promises to us are:

     1. Not submitting to the Lordship of Jesus Christ

     2. Not planting oneself in the church that God has called them to.

I am not going to go in depth with why these two areas pose the greatest problems, but I will say that the Lordship of Jesus Christ covers much more than just Salvation and the church covers much more than just Sunday service.  This word I speak is not mine.  I speak as I believe the Lord is telling me to speak.  This year is our year.  We must position ourselves accordingly that we may be witnesses of God’s goodness.  “If you abide (remain) in me and my words abide (remain) in you, then you shall ask what you will and it shall be done unto you.”  Again God gives us assurance that if we follow His guidelines to abide or remain in Him and allow His words to abide or remain in us we can ask what we desire and it shall be done.  This is because if we remain in God, faithful and obedient, and learn His word, allowing it to remain in our hearts and minds, we will be led by the Holy Spirit to ask only those things which are in accord with God’ word.

All I Want For Christmas by Kyshia M. Lawrie

By · November 30, 2009 · Filed in Meditations · No Comments »

It’s Monday morning around 8:00 a.m. and I just finished meditating.  As I turned off my Donnie McClurkin tape feeling spiritually empowered, I noticed that my driver’s side window would not close.  After several attempts to no avail, frustration began to set in.  As the warmth that once filled my car dwindled, my spiritual high was shattered.  I began to think about all the financial responsibilities that I would have to juggle.  “I’m barely making it.  I can’t afford this right now.  It’s always something.”  As my thoughts overwhelmed me, the approaching holiday season came to mind and my head began to hurt. 

After a few moments a calming Shhhhh came over my spirit.  In that peaceful moment, I found myself being led to write the word Christmas on a piece of paper.  Looking at the word for a moment and noticing the obvious of the first six letters, my attention was drawn to the last three.  As time passed, I began to realize that MAS meant MORE in Spanish.  “Christ More.”  I pondered for a moment.  “More Christ.”

I soon found myself in a whirlwind of thought and my questioning began.  “God, You know this year I made an effort to move closer to You.  I’m truly trying to align my life with Your will.  I’m going to bible study, reading (my bible) daily and I’m working on my prayer life.  I don’t understand.”  Interrupted by my Uncles arrival (to take my car to the shop) I went to work and was later informed that the problem with my window was minor.  It was just off its track.

As the week progressed, I continually thought about my More Christ scenario and the incident with my window repeatedly came to mind.  In a quiet moment during lunch, something inside me clicked.  I realized God was showing me I was off track.  Feeling puzzled, I began to soul search and took an honest look at myself in the mirror.  As painful as it was, I realized, I did not like what I saw.  Despite my desires to move closer to God, I am in a cycle of letting fear and the lack of trust and faith stand in my way.  Despite my desires to move closer to God, I don’t forgive myself when I know God is forgiving.  Despite my desire to move closer to God, I often battle with defeating thoughts when I know they are not from Him.  Despite my desire to move closer to God, I entertain temptations.  Despite my attempts to let go and let God, I manage t hold on and the list goes on.

I know that I have a long way to go in my spiritual journey.  The one thing that keeps me going (outside of God’s grace) is the fact that He who began a good work in me will carry it on until it is completed.  For this reason, God if you are listening (and I know you are) all I want for Christmas is MORE CHRIST.

The Many Gifts of God by Natalie Darnell

By · November 28, 2009 · Filed in Inspiration · No Comments »

James 1:17 “Every good and perfect gift is from above.”

On December 25, many children will awaken and head toward the room where all the Christmas gifts are.  You can almost see the smiles on their faces and the great anticipation in their eyes, wondering what might be in the nicely wrapped gifts.  When I think of this, I am reminded of a dream the Lord  gave me.  In this dream, I saw a light and it was beaming down on me so brightly.  I also saw a Christmas tree that went from the floor to the ceiling.  Near the tree were gifts just as high as the tree.  I learned that the Lord was showing me the many gifts he had given to me.  After this, I began to search the scriptures to see what they were.  I did not recognize the many gifts that God had given us.  I learned that Pastors and other leaders were gifts, for scripture says  “And He Himself gave some to be Apostles, some Prophets, some Evangelists and some Pastors and Teachers for the equipping of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ…” (Ephesians 4:11,12).

Children were/are a gift from God. “Behold Children are a heritage from the Lord” (Psalm 127:3).  Wealth is a gift from God.  “When God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work – this is a gift of God” ( Ecclesiastes 5:19)  Eternal life is a gift from God.  “For the wags of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”( Romans 6:23)  There are also spiritual gifts as recorded in I Corinthians 12:1; 7-10.

The best gift God has given us this holiday season is His dear son. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believe on Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)  Every good and perfect gift comes from God. (James 1:17)  Go under your spiritual Christmas Tree (The Bible) and unwrap the gifts God has given you.  Just like a child, show him that you are thankful and you appreciate what He has given you.  You  do this by thanking, praising, and worshipping Him.  May God bless you this holiday season.