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Enjoying Life

I just returned from a four-day trip to Blue Ridge, Georgia. We went to the mountains to see all the fall colors. While there, we enjoyed staying in a log cabin with the latest state-of-art appliances. I grew up in a generation where you had to wait twenty minutes for the coffee to brew. Now you can have a cup in under a minute. It used to take the black and white tv time to warm up, and if you were lucky, you might get three channels. That is if you could adjust the rabbit-ear antenna with tin foil in the right direction. Now its 1,000 channels, all in high-definition color, 24/7. If you can find something worthwhile to watch.

What changes have taken place in my short sixty-six years of living. We had made reservations to ride a scenic railroad through the mountains. The fall colors were so beautiful. The tracks ran along a river on one side and the mountains on the other. I was taken back in time. Growing up, I used to ride the passenger train to visit my grandparents.

I had a deep touching spiritual experience while in the mountains. Saturday morning I walked out onto the back deck, a cup of coffee in hand. As I was enjoying it, things were quiet. Nothing distracted me from fully enjoying the moment. I began looking out onto the mountains. I was thanking God for His beautiful creation. The vibrant leaves were washed in the early morning sun light.

Some scriptures from Psalms came to mind:  “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handy works. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.” ~ Psalms 19:1-3

The Lord was speaking His love to me. Allowing me another day on earth. Blessing me with life, health, eye sight, and a mind to enjoy His creation. We serve a glorious Heavenly Father, who loves us more than we will ever understand. He desires an intimate relationship with each of us. He has sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, for our redemption. Blessed be His Holy Name forever. Who giveth us richly all things to enjoy. ~ 1 Timothy 6:17

~ Ricky Robinson

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Prove Him

I used to do financial confessions, and I slacked off because I didn’t see any results.

Randy Grier preached about breaking the spirit of poverty on November 15th. I started back doing the financial confessions every day.

I had a talk with God and I said, “Alright God, I’m going to prove you. I’m going to see if you are who You say You are.” In the back of my mind, I knew who He was, but I was going to be like David or Jacob who wrestled with God to get his blessing. I clean houses after my regular job, and I make about fifty dollars. I gave my five dollars like I always do, but this time I gave 15 dollars extra.

While praying on December 7, 2015 God gave me a poem called The Key
The key’s been turned
The time’s been set. You haven’t seen anything yet
My grace is sufficient to see you through
I’ve conquered death and so have you
Death to self is the death to life.

I had to hold on to what God told me.
About a month ago, I had a dream that my boss handed me an envelope. I blew it off because I’ve had dreams before.
Roughly a week later, on a Monday, my boss handed me an envelope. Inside was a check. I thought it said $63. I looked again. It was $600!!!!

I was floored. I got a raise of fifty cents when I first started. I haven’t gotten a raise in 10 years!

My daughter even asked me numerous times over the years, “Why are you still working there? Why don’t you just leave?”
My response was “Because God didn’t tell me to leave.”

I prayed for a raise as I honored God with the first fruits of my increase.
I gave thanks for my job and I blessed my employer. I would declare that my
check was multiplied and increased. I would say that I am richly rewarded for
my work, both creatively and financially.

She also told me that starting the first of the year I will be on salary. I was the only employee who wasn’t on salary. People would get bonuses for their birthday, and I would get nothing. I never said anything, but it hurt.
I had to continually trust that God was my provider, even when my workplace environment got worse. More and more demands were placed on me with no extra money. God sees EVERYTHING! He will reward you!

She also gave me two weeks paid vacation.

What’s worked for finances will work for everything else. I didn’t know when my miracle was going to happen, you just have to trust Him until it does.

~Tammy Sanders

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Where is the Excitement and Love?

How many remember the excitement you felt as a child on Christmas morning? You ran downstairs, that is if you had any, to the living room where your Christmas tree was located. With every step closer to the prize, thoughts of what Santa left you under the tree flooded your mind. Then FINALLY, you were standing in front of the tree! Underneath the tree that was once bare, sat packages wrapped in shiny, festive paper topped with beautiful bows of a variety of sizes and colors. If you were like my house, you had to wait until dad took his position. You know the position. The one where he is the one who hands out each precious package to you so slowly that you could almost burst open yourself! Being a military child, not a brat, you KNEW to NEVER open anything ahead of dad. As you grow up, the excitement doesn’t go away but it does change.

Recently I have walked in such an excitement that what I felt as a child on Christmas morning was diminished greatly. You see we had our second Bible Study in Canon a few months ago. As I was traveling from work to go pick up the key that would open the door to the Canon Community Center I was getting so excited about the Bible Study that I was teary-eyed. I was EXCITED beyond measure. When I went into the city hall to collect the key, it was if I had received the key to the city of Canon along with gold. I treasured that wonderful little key. God was going to do a great things in Canon that night, and I was going to be a part of it! I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to miss an opportunity to be a part of something that God is doing. It is not enough for me to come to church, worship, listen to a sermon of truth, and then go home. Something has changed inside of me and I like it! I was tired of just barely getting through the day to collapse on the couch and go to sleep just to repeat everything the next day. My life has purpose and I realize that each time I go out visiting people to let them know that God loves them. It’s not about me!

If you find yourself not being excited about coming to church to hear what God has to say, I challenge you to do something about it. Go out on a visitation one Saturday, come to Oasis on Friday night, or come to one of the Bible Studies during the week. There are three. One in Canon, Hartwell, and Royston. God wants us to tell the world about Him and His love, but He can’t do it without us! We can’t do it until we get our priorities lined up and get off our bottoms and do something! I guarantee you that it WILL change your life, if you let it. There is just something SPECTACULAR about sharing the love of God with someone.

 

~Ronda Sullivan

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Friend Request

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. ~ Proverbs 27:17

Everybody has friends or do they? In today’s lingo the word “friends” is used in loose terms. I hear people talking about how many Facebook friends they have. How many people follow them on twitter. I wonder how many of those people are true friends to them? We are blessed to have true friends. You could probably count your true friendships on one hand.

The word friend is defined as, “One who is personally well known by oneself, for whom one has warm regard of affection. A close intimate companion.” We all have many acquaintances. People we work with, hang out with, go to church with, share a meal, or go shopping with. These are people we know and gather with casually.

A true friend is one who knows you intimately, loves and accepts you in spite of your flaws. You can be yourself around them without putting on a front. If you’re having a good day or bad they accept you. True friends don’t put demands on your relationship. If you see or call them or not, its okay. Sometimes it may be weeks or months between encounters. With a real friend it doesn’t matter, you pick up right where you left off.

I have been blessed throughout my life to have had some really true friends. If I’m in trouble or have a need I can depend on them. They will come running no matter what the need is.

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friend.” ~ John 15:13

Jesus is a true friend. He will accept you as you are. He will never leave or forsake you. Accept His “friend request” today. He will always be there for you in the good and bad times.

~Ricky Robinson

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Giving

“God loveth a cheerful giver.”~ 2 Cor. 9:7  Apostle Paul was exhorting the church to be givers. In life there are two types of people. Givers and takers. From my childhood I was taught to be a giver. My parents were givers and led by example. When my father got paid he always made a budget list. At the top of his list was his tithe and offerings to God. We were a large family and money was tight. We never lacked for anything because God was faithful to provide.

My wife and I got married. We were tithers and never lacked for anything. Trusting God to provide is not always easy. I remember a time I thought I couldn’t afford to pay my tithes. I was lacking faith in God to provide for my family. My wife got sick, had to go to the doctor and get a prescription. It ended up costing exactly what my tithes were. I repented for not trusting God and from then on I have always given.You can’t out give God. All He asked of us is to have faith in Him. I heard a brother in Christ put it this way. All God asks for is ten cents out of a dollar. He said, “God couldn’t buy a candybar for a dime.” Put simply, a light bulb came on. Father, why can’t I trust You, the creator of Heaven and earth with my finances? When we give our tithes and offerings to the Lord it’s saying, Father, why can’t  I trust you to take care of me.” One of my favorite verses is, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” Luke 6:38.

I challenge you to become a giver. The Lord is faithful to prove his Word.

~Ricky Robinson

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It is Only a Number

The milestones in a person’s life start from birth with the first smile, first steps, first haircut (the one the barber did), the second hair cut (the one that they did), starting school, graduating, college or job, marriage, children, etc…. There are also birthday milestones. You have your thirteenth birthday and now you are a teenager. Girls have their “Sweet 16” birthday. Boys look forward to getting their drivers license at 16. You then have your eighteenth birthday and twenty-first one. I could go on but won’t. I will have turned 50 by the time this is published. I can remember when I was 18 and thought that thirty was old. Then when I turned 30, fifty was old.

Now that I am turning the BIG 50 I have begun to wonder how I am supposed to act and dress. I have come to the conclusion to be myself. Fifty is just a number. It is not a death sentence. It is not the end of your life and you are not over the hill! Over the years, I have seen co-workers get black balloons for their fiftieth birthday at work. These balloons say they are over the hill and give the impression that they are OLD. You are not old because you have turned 50. You are not old at any age! You still have a lot of life in you. You just have a lot of wisdom that goes along with that life. Birthdays are just another day for me. Yes, it is a celebration of me. It is my day but it is more than that.

The Bible tells us that wisdom comes with age. I just look at it as being a lot wiser than I was at 18. Turning 50 is a milestone in my life and hopefully in the lives of those who read this article. Making it to 50 just shows me that what ever the devil has thrown at me in the last 50 years has not killed me or taken me away from fulfilling my destiny. I have 50 more years at least to do what I need to in order to fulfill my destiny in the Kingdom of God. So the next time someone tells you that you are getting old or over the hill, just say that you are just getting started and you have a lot of work to do for the kingdom, you don’t have time to get old. Let them know that if they so choose to get old at 50 and become over the hill then they have a right to do so. Don’t look at the birthdays as an excuse to give up because you are a year older. Instead, look at them as another year of Victory!

~Ronda Sullivan

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Birthing

In this season of birthing as you look around and see all the births taking place, it’s easy to get caught up in the here and now and forget that there was a process that took place for that birth to occur. Now, we all know that a beginning process must take place before birthing can even be thought about. It first starts with a seed being planted. From there you have the process of nurturing that which is in you, making sure you’re feeding it. Not just any old junk, but feeding it things that will help in its development. You go through the struggles of carrying it day after day, week after week, and month after month. As changes occur in you, you find you have to adjust the things that you once did and what you were used to and adapt to doing things a little different.

There’s one thing through the whole birthing process that doesn’t get a lot of attention, but yet is also something that a birthing cannot take place without: Exposure. If a mother doesn’t allow herself to be “exposed” to the doctor who has been sent there to help and guide her in the birthing process, closes herself off and refuses to push, then the birth will not happen. It’s the same way with something that God has planted in you.

You’ve carried that vision around with you for months and done the things to nurture it. When it’s time for that birthing to take place, if you haven’t gotten to the place where you can let your guard down and allow yourself be exposed, birth will not happen. It can only and will only happen when these two things are intertwined. The perseverance of you pushing and not giving up no matter how things look in the natural you believe on what is to come.

Just as a mother pushes harder the deeper she gets into delivery because she believes if she just keeps on pushing that baby will come.  Likewise you must allow yourself to be exposed; God can’t use you when you’re hiding yourself! How can you expect the birthing of what God put in you to occur if at every turn you are shying away or putting up a façade? If pride still rules in your life, you have not let yourself be exposed to God. You are still walking around with a façade that closes Him off to helping you. Don’t let fear keep you from birthing the gifts God has placed on the inside of you. Trust the process of faith, even if your miracle hasn’t manifested yet!

 

~Jevallye’ Beverly

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