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Keeping it Real

~Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth thee.”

I do not know what this year holds. I don’t think I have seen as much uncertainty in the world since 9-11-2001 until recent years. I saw a lot of it in my own personal life. More than once, loved ones were rushed to the hospital. there were car accidents. We had bad reports concerning our son’s heart. Cancer reared it’s ugly head in my families’ lives. Friends lost jobs. My best friends’ husband came too close to losing his life. One aunt faced terrible health issues. I was heartbroken as another aunt went home to be with The Lord. I am sure by now you have gotten the picture.

These times weren’t all bad. We welcomed new babies. There were weddings to celebrate. Maybe as you read this, you are thinking back over your own year. I hope it was a good one for you. I am not one of those people who go around shouting that everything is great when it is not. God will work all things together for my good.

I have been a Christian for many years now. I knew from times gone by that God is always near to those who call upon His name. It has been true in every circumstance I have faced this year as well. I have felt his presence fill the room as we gathered to pray for a loved one. I have seen unbelievers find Christ. I have witnessed miraculous healings.

Don’t wait until things are bad to spend time in prayer and worship to God. It is the most amazing experience you could ever have. Come to think of it, anytime is the perfect time. I am going into this next year with great expectations. More importantly, I am going in knowing that God is well able to keep me. God bless you in this coming year. If you don’t know Him, He is only a prayer away. Don’t spend another day without Him in it.

~Ricky Robinson

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Brainwashed

The generation we live in is being brainwashed every day. I look at posts and hear how people talk.

I think to myself, “Do people just not think anymore?”

We have so much technology at our fingertips, we can look up about anything we want, but we’re not really doing anything. We put things on Facebook and other social media sites and want other people to answer our questions.

We don’t really know these people. We don’t know anything about their character. We only look at what their status says and think their opinion matters.

All you have to do is look at their status every now and then, and it tells me a lot about a person. Do you really want this person’s advice? Do you just want a response? What is your reason for asking?
Whatever happened to thinking for yourself?

We don’t have a culture of independence we have a culture of dependence. We depend on anything but God. We’ve been brainwashed into thinking we are okay living this way, when we are not.

As a society we are governed by whatever the TV, social media, and what Twitter says. We don’t esteem what God’s Word says.

We need to take a look at our lives and see where we have missed it. See what we have conformed to. The Bible is our road map for life

~Romans 12:2 “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think. Then you will learn from your own experience how his ways will really satisfy you.”

~Tammy Sanders

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He Was Raised

 

That fateful day came

When the weight of  humanity fell on His shoulders

They all trembled at the sight

He said don’t worry, my child, for you are mine

I can carry this pain, it is mine

 

Go on don’t weep for Me

This has to be done for humanity

I will be raised in a few days

 

I will be raised for the hurting

I will be raised for the unlovable

I will be raised to bring peace

I will be raised for you

 

It will be worth it, My child

Leave all your burdens at My feet

My blood will erase the pain

Cause it’s a covering

 

I was raised for the hurting

I was raised for the unlovable

I was raised to bring peace

I was raised for you

 

So, go on to the Father,

He’s waiting with open arms

He died on that Cross for all of us

He died to deliver you

So what are you waiting for?

 

~Madison Sanders

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This World

~1 John 2:15-17 says, “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.”

~1 John 2:20 “But you are not like that, for the Holy One has given you His Spirit, and all of you know the truth. So, I am writing to you not because you don’t know the truth, but because you know the difference between truth and falsehood.”

~1 John 2:27-28 “You have received the Holy Spirit, and He lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what He teaches is true—it is not a lie. So, just as He has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ. And now, dear children, remain in fellowship with Christ so that when he returns, you will be full of courage and not shrink back from Him in shame. Since we know that Christ is righteous, we also know that all who do what is right are God’s children. ”

I look back over my life and even now at what I thought was important, was not important at all. Take for instance the latest fad, fashion, car, food, phone, and more.
None of this means anything to me any more. I want what God wants for my life. I get my life from Him. I get my strength and grace from Him. I do not want anything separating me from Him.

This world we live in is passing away each day. Darkness is covering the earth every day. I don’t know how people live without Him.

Just like Jesus we are to do the will of the Father who sent us. I thank you Father my meat is to do Your will every day.

I hear Your voice and quickly obey!
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~Tammy Sanders

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Fresh Bread

~John 6:51 says, “I am the living bread which came down from heaven: If any man eat of the bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is My flesh , which I will give for the life of the world.”

~Psalms 5:3 says, “My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning I will direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.”

I have a confession to make. I do not like leftovers. That may make me a bit of a food snob. The same meal I delighted in the day before I will most likely leave on my plate today. I think we should develop that attitude in our spiritual life.

Once a pastor asked me during a church service what I sensed the Lord was speaking to my heart. I shared that I felt that God was saying He did not want His church to live on canned biscuits. What does this mean? He wants us to enjoy fresh bread. This is spiritually speaking. The Lord always has a fresh word for us. Think about a canned biscuit. They will do in a rush. It will keep us from starving. A canned biscuit will sustain us for awhile.

Now think about the smell of fresh baked bread. It has just come out of the oven. That is much more satisfying. It will give us more nourishment and strength. An example of this would be if our only testimony begins with, ” I remember back in 1998 when the Lord showed me something.” Please do not misunderstand. It is wonderful that God has moved in our past. That is what brought us this far. The problem comes when that is where we had our last experience with Him.

Do we take time to hear from Him now? Do we have a fresh word? I am thankful for every touch, miracle, and moment I have experience with God. They are priceless to me. I love to share the wonderful things that He has done. I also love to hear about what He has done in the lives of others. But we are not growing if our whole spiritual life consists of what happened way back then. We  must have fresh bread to grow. We gain strength by spending time in Gods presence. Our faith is built up when we partake of Him every day. There are times when we share the blessings of our spiritual journey. We also must be sure that we are still  growing in this amazing life that we have in God each day. Don’t you just love that fresh bread?

~Connie Robinson

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Character

My parents used to attend the church I did, but left. They tried for a very long time to get me to come and visit their church, now Gateway. I wouldn’t come because I did not want to leave and follow them.  For a while I had sensed something was missing at the church I was attending. I had no clue what it was. I had no clue about anything. I now know that I wasn’t being fed.

I had been going  to Gateway for several months and I can remember the day that sealed the deal for me. Apostle David came before the congregation one morning and spoke to us about God’s timing in everything. It is not enough to do good things. We need to do God things at God’s time and not ours. He apologized in front of the whole congregation for purchasing a van before God had told him to. I could not believe it! First of all, he was a man and he apologized for something. In all my years, I have never heard of a man apologizing for anything!

Second, he stood and admitted stepping out of God’s timing in front of EVERYONE! I thought to myself, there are a lot of preachers who could take a lesson or two from him. Most preachers I have met would NOT EVER DARE to CONFESS a fault they had to anyone! From that point on my boys and I attended Gateway and I have never looked back.

Apostle David is a man of conviction, integrity, and compassion. He stands before the congregation each service feeding us the truth of God’s Word and not some watered down, feel good message. Sometimes his messages hurt because it is the truth and we do not want to admit to it. There were numerous times where I swear he has read my mail because he has hit the bulls eye! Personally, being raised military, I prefer the swift  kick in the pants so to speak, that will get me on the right track. I have never wanted fluff in my life.

Apostle David doesn’t beat around the bush and leave you wondering, “What in the heck was he talking about?” He tells you like it is and that is how I like it. Yes, it hurts but when a tree or bush is pruned, the plant goes into a type of shock but then they start to grow stronger and bear more fruit. You cannot grow unless you are pruned. Your character cannot be shaped unless you are pruned.

~Ronda Sullivan

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There are Giants in the Sky

BibleWonderland08-Giant“And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.” – Num 13:33

My kids and I went to see Into the Woods last night (smash Broadway hit turned blockbuster film that pokes fun at fairy tales and happily ever afters), and I have the song “Giants in the Sky” stuck in my head now. Before I drifted off to sleep last night, I found myself thinking about “giants” in general. Giants in every movie I can think of are either big, scary, horrifying and dumb or big, scary, endearing and dumb. Either way, they are killed, driven off or tamed by some very small, seemingly powerless hero who just chops down a beanstalk or picks up a slingshot. When it comes down to it, giants are never really what they seem, are they?

Think about it…when it came time for the children of Israel to possess the land of promise, a group of 12 spies snuck into the land to scout it out for 40 days. For 40 days, they travelled, ate, slept and took some “spoils” as part of their scouting mission. In the end, ten of the spies claimed the land could not be taken because of the giants who lived there. I think what Joshua and Caleb really meant to say to those spies was this…

“Wait a minute… we just lived there for 40 days. We snuck around camping and chopping down grapes right under those giants’ noses for 40 days and they didn’t do anything to us! They couldn’t stop 12 of us, and you think they can stop millions? The only power those giants have over us is the perception we have of them…otherwise, they can’t stop us from our mission unless YOU decide not to try it. We can do this thing!”

Joshua and Caleb knew that, even though giants were present, the mission could still succeed.

Whoa. What about the giants in my life? Fear of failure, hopelessness, worry, doubt, stress…What about all of those things that have been intimidating me, stomping around in my emotions crying, “Fee, fi, fo, fum!” I’ve let those giants stop me from possessing my land, just because they look big and scary. They only have the power over me that I give them. They are not what they appear!

Where’s my slingshot? It’s here: the confession of my faith that comes from God’s Word…

Greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world…zing!

My God always leads me in triumph through Christ Jesus…zing!

Christ has made me more than a conqueror…zing!

He who has begun a good work in me will complete it until the Day of Jesus Christ…zing!

I am well able to go up and take this land at once…zing! 

What giant are you letting stop you? You can borrow my slingshot anytime!

~Linda Frederick

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