August 19th 2009

"Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through
the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,"
( 2 Peter 1:2 )

Dearly Beloved,
Did you ever wonder what is meant by God's Grace? Well,
"Grace" means the freely given, "unmerited favor and love
of God," given to HIS Children! Now, God Demonstrates
His own love for us in that while we were still
sinners: Christ died for us.. ( Romans 5:8 )

Therefore; Dear friends, since God so loved us,
we ought to love one another. No one has ever
seen God; but if we love one another, God lives
in us and His love is made complete in us.
( 1 John 4:11-12 )

So always; Love the Lord your God with all your
heart and with all your soul and with all your
strength ( Mark 12:30 ) After all, HE showers us with
more love than that every day.

Finally Beloved, I pray that you, being rooted and
established in love, may have power, together
with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long
and high and deep is the love of Christ, that
you may be filled to the measure of all the
fullness of God. Amen. ( Ephesians 3:17-19 )

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August 20th 2009

"For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light
in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the
Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord."
( Ephesians 5:8-10 )

Dearly Beloved,
As Children of Light our actions should reflect our faith, and shine
brightly to others. We should never be afraid to show our faith no
matter where we are, or whom we are with. After all we are beacons
of God's Love shining out into dark World that is searching for love
in all the wrong places. A World that is full of people without love,
hope and faith.

Therefore our Savior Jesus Christ stressed this truth in the
Sermon on the Mount, for He said, "Ye are the light of the
world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men
light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick;
and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.".
( Matthew 5:14-15 )

Further Beloved, you probably have known people that
seem to light up a room when they enter, well, "Let your light
so shine before men, that they may see your good works,
and glorify your Father which is in heaven." ( Matthew 5:16 )

Now you may be thinking "my light is a dim one." Well, I believe
that our dim light is magnified by the immense mirror of God's Love.
Thus it truly shines brightly when we tell others about our Jesus
, and show goodness toward the people in our lives! So try
it today and see for yourself, for if everyone would light just one
little candle what a bright World this would be! Amen
August 21st 2009

As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the
LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust
in Him.
( Psalms 18:30 *NKJV )

Dearly Beloved,
Now as David said; Your Word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path. For the word of the
LORD is right, and all His work is done in truth.
(Psalms 119:105 & 33:4)

After all it is written; For the word of God is living
and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged
sword. ( Hebrews 4:12 )

Therefore , today we will take a look at some very interesting
facts about God's Letter to us, The Holy Bible!

What is the shortest chapter in the Bible?
Answer - Psalms 117; with only 2 verses!

What is the longest chapter in the Bible?
Answer - Psalms 119; with 176 verses!

Which chapter is in the center of the Bible?
Answer - Psalms 118

There are 594 chapters before Psalms 118.

There are 594 chapters after Psalms 118.

Add up the 594 plus 594, and you get 1188.

Now what is the center verse in the Bible?
Answer - Psalms 118:8

It is better to trust in the LORD Than to put
confidence in man. ( Psalms 118:8 )

Now I ask you, does this verse say something significant
about God's perfect will for our lives? Well yes, indeed it
does!

So the next time someone says they would like to find God's
perfect will for their lives, or that they want to be in the center of
His will, just send them to the center of His Holy Word, for the
answer will be found there!

Now Beloved, isn't it amazing how this worked out?
( Well actually not at all, for God is in the center of it, and His
Word is alive as well! , and Ministers to us every time we
read it! ) Amen.
August 22nd 2009

'He shall give His angels charge over you,'
and, 'In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.'"
( Matthew 4:6 *NKJV )

Dearly Beloved,
In keeping with our Saturday tradition, I will share with you
An email message I received a few weeks ago from one of our
beloved in Christ. I hope it will put a smile on your face and a laugh
or two as well. So let us begin…..

Angels Explained by Children

--Gregory, Age 5
I only know the names of two angels. Hark and Harold.

--Olive, Age 9
Everybody's got it all wrong. Angels don't wear halos
anymore. I forget why, but scientists are working on
it.

--Matthew, Age 9
It's not easy to become an angel! First, you die. Then
you go to heaven, and then there's still the flight
training to go through. And then you got to agree to
wear those angel clothes.

--Mitchell, Age 9
Angels work for God and watch over kids when God
has to go do something else.

--Henry, Age 8
My guardian angel helps me with math, but he's not
much good for science.

--Jack, Age 6
Angels don't eat, but they drink milk from Holy Cows.

--Daniel, Age 9
Angels talk all the way while they're flying you up to heaven.
The main subject is where you went wrong before you got
dead.

--Reagan, Age 10
When an angel gets mad, he takes a deep breath and
counts to ten. And when he lets out his breath,
somewhere there's a tornado.

--Sara, 6
Angels have a lot to do and they keep very busy. If
you lose a tooth, an angel comes in through your
window and leaves money under your pillow. Then
when it gets cold, angels go north for the winter.

--Jared, 8
Angels live in cloud houses made by God and his son,
who's a very good carpenter.

--Antonio, 9
All angels are girls because they gotta wear dresses
and boys didn't go for it.

--Katelynn, 9
My angel is my grandma who died last year. She got
a big head start on helping me while she was still
down here on earth.

--Vicki, 8
Some of the angels are in charge of helping heal
sick animals and pets. And if they don't make the
animals get better, they help the child get over it

--Sarah, 7
What I don't get about angels is why, when
someone is in love , they shoot arrows at them.'He shall give His angels charge over you,'
and, 'In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.'"
( Matthew 4:6 *NKJV )

Dearly Beloved,
In keeping with our Saturday tradition, I will share with you
An email message I received a few weeks ago from one of our
beloved in Christ. I hope it will put a smile on your face and a laugh
or two as well. So let us begin…..

Angels Explained by Children

--Gregory, Age 5
I only know the names of two angels. Hark and Harold.

--Olive, Age 9
Everybody's got it all wrong. Angels don't wear halos
anymore. I forget why, but scientists are working on
it.

--Matthew, Age 9
It's not easy to become an angel! First, you die. Then
you go to heaven, and then there's still the flight
training to go through. And then you got to agree to
wear those angel clothes.

--Mitchell, Age 9
Angels work for God and watch over kids when God
has to go do something else.

--Henry, Age 8
My guardian angel helps me with math, but he's not
much good for science.

--Jack, Age 6
Angels don't eat, but they drink milk from Holy Cows.

--Daniel, Age 9
Angels talk all the way while they're flying you up to heaven.
The main subject is where you went wrong before you got
dead.

--Reagan, Age 10
When an angel gets mad, he takes a deep breath and
counts to ten. And when he lets out his breath,
somewhere there's a tornado.

--Sara, 6
Angels have a lot to do and they keep very busy. If
you lose a tooth, an angel comes in through your
window and leaves money under your pillow. Then
when it gets cold, angels go north for the winter.

--Jared, 8
Angels live in cloud houses made by God and his son,
who's a very good carpenter.

--Antonio, 9
All angels are girls because they gotta wear dresses
and boys didn't go for it.

--Katelynn, 9
My angel is my grandma who died last year. She got
a big head start on helping me while she was still
down here on earth.

--Vicki, 8
Some of the angels are in charge of helping heal
sick animals and pets. And if they don't make the
animals get better, they help the child get over it

--Sarah, 7
What I don't get about angels is why, when
someone is in love , they shoot arrows at them.
August 23rd 2009

A LETTER FROM YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER!

The following words come from the heart of God. After all
God loves you, and He is the Father you have been looking
for all your life. This is His Love Letter to you!

Dearly Beloved
You may not know me, but I know everything about you. (Ps 139:1)
I know when you sit down and when you rise up. (Psalm 139:2)
I am familiar with all your ways. (Psalm 139:3)
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. (Matthew 10:29-30)
For you were made in my image. (Genesis 1:27)
In me you live and move and have your being. For you are my
offspring. (Acts 17:28)
I knew you even before you were conceived. (Jeremiah 1:4-5)
I chose you when I planned creation. (Ephesians 1:11-12)
You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book.
(Psalm 139:15-16)
I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would
live. (Acts 17:26)
You are fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14)
I knit you together in your mother's womb. (Psalm 139:13)
And brought you forth on the day you were born. (Psalm 71:6)
I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me.
(John 8:41-44)
I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of
love. (I John 4:16)
And it is my desire to lavish my love on you. (I John 3:1)
Simply because you are my child and I am your Father. (I John 3:7)
I offer you more than your earthly father ever could. (Matthew 7:11)
For I am the perfect Father. (Matthew 5:48)
Every good gift you receive comes from my hand. (James 1:17)
For I am your provider and I meet your needs. (Matthew 6:31-33)
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope.
(Jeremiah 29:11)
Because I love you with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3)
My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the
seashore. (Psalm 139:17-18)
And I rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)
I will never stop doing good to you. (Jeremiah 32:40)
For you are my treasured possession. (Exodus 19:5)
I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul.
(Jeremiah 32:41)
And I want to show you great and marvelous things. (Jeremiah 33:3)
For if you seek me with all your heart, you will find me.
(Deuteronomy 4:29)
So, Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart.
(Psalm 37:4)
For it is I who gave you those desires. (Philippians 2:13)
I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine.
(Ephesians 3:20)
For I am your greatest encourager. (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)
I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles.
(2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you. (Psalm 34:18)
As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart.
(Isaiah 40:11)
One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes. And I will take
away all the pain you have suffered on this earth.(Revelation 21:3-4)
I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus.
(John 17:23)
For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed. (John 17:26)
And to tell you that I am not counting your sins. Jesus died so that
you and I could be reconciled. (2 Corinthians 5;18-19)
His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you.
(I John 4:10)
I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love.
(Romans 8:31-32)
If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me. (I John 2:23)
And nothing will ever separate you from my love again.
(Romans 8:38-29)
When it's time for you to Come home and I'll throw the biggest
party heaven has ever seen. (Luke 15:7)
I have always been your Father, and will always be your Father.
(Ephesians 3:14-15)
My question is....Will you be my child? (John 1:12-13)
I am waiting for you. (Luke 15:11-32)

With Love, Your Father,
Almighty God
Monday August 24th 2009

"When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O LORD,
held me up. In the multitude of my thoughts
within me thy comforts delight my soul."
( Psalms 94:18-19 )

Dearly Beloved,
Whenever life throws you a curve, and you feel anxiety
build up within, always turn to Jesus. For you may always:
Cast all your anxiety on Him for He cares for you.
. ( 1 Peter 5:7 )

After all Jesus Christ said; "Do not let your hearts
be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me
( John 14:1 ) Therefore, "Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled."

Let not your heart be troubled,
Give your worries and cares to Me.
I am your Heavenly Father
Who suffered and died for thee.
There are times throughout your Earthly life
When you are filled with doubts and fear.
Always come to Me in prayer
And know that I am near.
The love I have for you, dear child,
Can never be bought or measured.
It's a gift I freely give to you.
It is My most precious treasure.
When sorrow or pain come your way
And life seems to be unfair,
Let not your heart be troubled...
Just come to Me in prayer.
Poet: Shirley Hile Powell

Have a great week Beloved, and spent a little time
doing what you really enjoy this week. Amen
Tuesday August 25th 2009

"When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O LORD,
held me up. In the multitude of my thoughts
within me thy comforts delight my soul."
( Psalms 94:18-19 )

Dearly Beloved,
Whenever life throws you a curve, and you feel anxiety
build up within, always turn to Jesus. For you may always:
Cast all your anxiety on Him for He cares for you.
. ( 1 Peter 5:7 )

After all Jesus Christ said; "Do not let your hearts
be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me
( John 14:1 ) Therefore, "Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled."

Let not your heart be troubled,
Give your worries and cares to Me.
I am your Heavenly Father
Who suffered and died for thee.
There are times throughout your Earthly life
When you are filled with doubts and fear.
Always come to Me in prayer
And know that I am near.
The love I have for you, dear child,
Can never be bought or measured.
It's a gift I freely give to you.
It is My most precious treasure.
When sorrow or pain come your way
And life seems to be unfair,
Let not your heart be troubled...
Just come to Me in prayer.
Poet: Shirley Hile Powell

Have a great week Beloved, and spent a little time
doing what you really enjoy this week. Amen
Thursday August 27th 2009

The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears,
And delivers them out of all their troubles.
( Psalms 34:17 *NKJV )

Dearly Beloved,
Sometimes our burdens seem more than we can bear,
and we wonder how we will ever get through them.

Now in times like that always remember that our
Heavenly Father is closest to us for; The LORD is near
to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him
in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear
Him; He also will hear their cry and save them.
( Psalms 145:18-19 )

So never feel that you must face those times alone,
for God loves you, and is with you, all of the time! After all,
The Lord is gracious and full of compassion,
Slow to anger and great in mercy. The LORD
is good to all, And His tender mercies are
over all His works.
( Psalms 145:8-9 )

Therefore Beloved, when you feel the pressure of one
of life's burdens, and feel that it is more than you can bear,
ask for God's help. For He is ready to lift you up and bear
your burdens for you! After all it is written; The LORD
upholds all who fall, And raises up all who
are bowed down. ( Psalms 145:14 )

Finally Beloved, remember the words of our Savior Jesus
Christ, for He said, Come to Me, all you who labor
and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Sweet Rest Indeed my friend! Amen.
( Matthew 11:28 )
August 28th 2009

God be merciful unto us, and bless us;
and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah***
( Psalms 67:1 )

Dearly Beloved,
In this busy World of ours we often forget to stop and
count all of our blessings. If we are not careful we will
even take them for granted! So why not stop and count
your blessings today, for when you count them, you will
find that there are many indeed! Also you will find that
counting your blessings is a great way to begin each day
as well.

Now the above verse reminds me of a poem that I very
much enjoy. It was written by one of my favorite Christian
Poet's. So today I would like to share that poem with you,
and it is my hope that you will enjoy it as well!

Your Blessings Are So Many, Lord!

Your blessings are so many, Lord,
To count them one by one
Would take much longer than a day
That has just now begun!

You fill each day with miracles
From dawn to setting sun.
Each night You hear a million prayers
When day's work is done.

You keep this old world spinning
As seasons come and go,
And each one is a masterpiece
That stets our hearts aglow.

You fill the earth with beauty, Lord,
With flowers, shrubs and trees,
And we marvel at Your rainbows
And butterflies and bees.

Your words still give us comfort
For Your promises are true.
Your blessings are so many, Lord,
In everything we do!
Poet, Clay Harrison

***Did you ever wonder what the Word "Selah" meant in
various Psalms? Well, it is Not a Hebrew word and most
Scholars of the Word believe it was a musical term,
meaning a brake in the Music, remembering that the
Psalms actually were Ancient Hymns.

Have a Wonderful Friday, Beloved, and may the Peace
of God be with you! "Selah"
Saturday August 29th 2009

"And we have known and believed the love
that God hath to us. God is love; and he that
dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him."
( 1 John 4:16 )

Dearly Beloved,
The following was sent to me by me one of our Brother's-
in-Christ, a while ago. Please take time to read it for it may
very well change your day!
_______________________

A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip
to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with Twinkies
and a six pack of root beer and he started his journey. When
he had gone about three blocks, he met an old woman. She
was sitting in the park just staring at some pigeons.

The boy sat down next to her and opened his suitcase. He
was about to take a drink from his root beer when he noticed
that the old lady looked hungry, so he offered her a Twinkie.
She gratefully accepted it and smiled at him. Her smile was
so pretty that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered
her a root beer. Again, she smiled at him. The boy was
delighted.

They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but they
never said a word.

As it grew dark, the boy realized how tired he was and he
got up to leave, but before he had gone more than a few
steps, he turned around, ran back to the old woman, and
gave her a hug. She gave him her biggest smile ever.

When the boy opened the door to his own house a short
time later, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his
face. She asked him, "What did you do today that made you
so happy?" He replied, "I had lunch with God." But before
his mother could respond, he added, "You know what? She's
got the most beautiful smile I've ever seen!"

Meanwhile, the old woman, also radiant with joy, returned
to her home. Her son was stunned by the look of peace on
her face and he asked, "Mother, what did you do today that
made you so happy?" She replied, "I ate Twinkies in the
park with God." However, before her son responded, she
added, "You know, he's much younger than I expected."

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile,
a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the
smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn
a life around.

People come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a
lifetime. Embrace all equally!

Therefore Send this to people who have touched your life in
a special way. Let them know how important they are. Have
lunch with God.
Author Unknown
_______________________
Monday August 31st 2009

And do not lead us into temptation, But
deliver us from the evil one. For Yours
is the kingdom and the power and the
glory forever. Amen
( Matthew 6:13 *NKJV )

Dearly Beloved,
We all face temptations in this life at times so; Be
sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the
devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking
whom he may devour. ( 1 Peter 5:8 )

After all satan knows that; Each one is tempted
when he is drawn away by his own desires
and enticed. ( JAMES 1:14 ) and that is one of his
favorite tricks!

Therefore; My son, if sinners entice you, Do not
consent. ( Proverbs 1:10 ) Instead; Watch and
pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit
indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."
( Mark 14:38 )

Also remember that; No temptation has over-
taken you except such as is common to man;
but God is faithful, who will not allow you to
be tempted beyond what you are able, but
with the temptation will also make the way of
escape, that you may be able to bear it.
( 1 Corinthians 10:13 )

So Beloved, the next time you are tempted do not give in,
Instead; submit to God. Resist the devil and he
will flee from you. ( James 4:7 )
Amen.
Tuesday September 1st 2009

"The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but
the word of our God shall stand for ever."
( Isaiah 40:8 )

Dearly Beloved,
Now it is important to remember that God is in
Control in these uncertain times, just as HE has been
from the very beginning! For; In the beginning
God created the heavens and the earth,
and, He covers the sky with clouds; He
supplies the earth with rain and makes grass
grow on the hills. (Genesis 1:1)(Psalms 147:8)

Also; He determines the number of the stars
and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord
and mighty in power; His understanding has no
limit. ( Psalm 147:4-5 )

Therefore Beloved, no matter what problems you may
face, know that GOD is always with you. So; Be
strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or
terrified because of them, for the LORD your
God goes with you; He will never leave you nor
forsake you." ( Deut 31:6 ) For the eyes of the
LORD are on the righteous, And His ears are
attentive to their prayers; but the face of the
Lord is against those who do evil.
( 1 Peter 3:12 )

So no matter what may happen now or in the future,
know that your Jesus is in complete control.
For the foundations of the earth are the Lord's;
upon them He has set the world. He will guard
the feet of His saints, but the wicked will be
silenced in darkness. Amen. ( 1 Samuel 2:8-9 )

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