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Note from Mrs. Sandra - July 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 July 2013 09:17

sarnold140HAPPY SUMMER!! School is out, VBS is over; and it is time to "chill out" and enjoy. We need to be sure when we "chill out" that we don’t become lax in our spiritual life. WHAT ARE YOU BELIEVING GOD FOR? Jesus asked some questions on different occasions: "Where is your faith? And wherefore did you doubt?" People, even Christians, will tell you not to get your hopes up; that what you are believing God for is never going to happen, but look at what God’s Word says:

 

Romans 15:13 (AMP) - "May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the ex-perience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope."

 

Don’t let you faith "cool off", keep it "white hot". Keep your hopes up; expect of Him. He is a Faithful God. He will not disappoint; and most of all HE LOVES YOU! Come and fellowship with us : Strand of Pearls meeting, July 15 at 6:30 p.m. Childcare with pizza provided.

 
Note from Pastor Todd - April 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 03 April 2013 08:26

toddarnold140What do you do when you are ready to give up? What do you do when you have tried your hardest and failed? I believe that everyone asks these questions. There is a person in the Bible who certainly asked these ques-tions. His name was Moses.

 

Moses grew up in the house of Pharaoh. He was Hebrew, but he was adopted by Pharaoh's daughter. He lived forty years in the King’s house. One day he was visiting his Hebrew brothers. He saw one being mistreated and intervened; killing an Egyptian. He ran for his life far from Egypt. He lived in the land of Midian for forty years. He became a shepherd in the desert.

 

I wonder if Moses ever felt like giving up. I wonder if he ever felt like a failure. Certainly he did. When God calls him, he makes all sorts of excuses why he is unable to do the task. He tries his best to get God to choose his brother Aaron. I can almost hear Moses say, "I already tried to get one of them free, but he rejected me. No one will listen to me. God, I already gave up forty years ago. Pick someone else." These feelings are not only happening to you, they are happening to us all. Have faith. God is especially good at making messages out of our mess.

 

Think about this: Moses spent his first forty years knowing within himself, he was an agent of freedom for his people. He failed at forty. He ran away. He lived in a desert, having given up on that calling. Another forty years goes by the way. At eighty years old, God speaks to Moses. For the next forty years, Moses lives out his purpose. He was not perfect, but he was successful at making an avenue for Yahweh to move.

 

If you do feel like a failure, there is a sure way to become a success. Hear from God!

 

~Pastor Todd

 
Note from Pastor Todd - March 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 February 2013 16:51

tarnold140Have you ever asked the question: "Why me?" I believe everyone, at some time, has asked this question. When faced with the threats of Queen Jezebel, the prophet Elijah said this: "I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life." He says: "I keep doing right and I’m all alone and they are going to kill me." You may feel the trials are too hard. You may feel overwhelmed. You may feel all alone. After all that goes on, the question arises; "Why me?"

 

Any time I start to have a pity party, and the questions arises; "Why me?" I ask myself another question: "Why not me?" Faith is a fight. We are taught to fight the good fight of faith. There are things that take place in our lives that are meant to destroy us. They are sent to destroy our morals. They attack our faith. If left uncontested, these forces will leave us in a state of helplessness. Don’t be pitiful. Be powerful!!

 

One of the best pieces of advice I can give you is this: Whenever you feel (remember we are led by faith not feelings) pitiful, and that question starts to ease its way out of your mouth, you need to pump yourself up with His Word. God says different things about you and your life than your circumstances say. Read His Word. Speak His Word. Do His Word. Then laugh at what seems so bad in your life.

 

~Pastor Todd

 
Note from Pastor Todd - February 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 02 February 2013 17:52

Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes." Mark 9:23

 

The way we believe effects our lives. The way we view ourselves, our lives, our world, and our God is the way we overcome or succumb. YOU, as an individual, will never rise above your beliefs. WE, as a church and as individuals, must believe for more from God. We must believe for His best. If this Scripture is true, what is possible? What are YOU believing God to do in YOUR life?

 

I have found something out. YOU will never do what you do not first believe. You will never believe, truly believe, without confirmation from God’s Word. You will never have confirmation without time spent studying and meditating on His Word. Daniel 11:32 says: "…but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits."

 

Dare to believe BIGGER in 2013!

 

~ Pastor Todd

 
Happy New Year PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 02 January 2013 16:28

"HAPPY NEW YEAR!" This is a phrase you will hear a lot at the beginning of 2013. People will be making their New Year’s resolutions: eat less, exercise more; read my Bible and pray every day; walk in love, and the list goes on and on. The Bible says that the "spirit is willing; but the flesh is weak." Most New Year’s resolutions are dropped and forgotten by February, so how will we be able to accomplish what we want to, or what the Lord has spoken to us? It will not be "by might or by the power of our will or the flesh, but by the Spirit of the Lord." We need to feed our spirit with the Word of God; depend on Him to be our Help, and He will do it!

 

Strand of Pearls JANUARY meeting will meet at Jim N Nicks, January 28 at 6:00 p.m.  ***Childcare will be provided at the church***

 

- Sandra Arnold

 
Note from Pastor Todd - January 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 02 January 2013 16:14

tarnold140"The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand; and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow."

 

January is typically the month we make resolutions. We commit to making changes in our lives for the better. Starting this January, we will be meeting on Sunday nights to learn about kingdom finances. We will be discussing tithing, investments, planning, blessing, business, etc. I will be teaching some of the classes and others members of our church will be teaching also. I encourage everyone who is hungry to learn more about prosperity to attend. In Deuteronomy 29:12, God says we will be a lender and not a borrower. How do we do this? Come to the class and find out.

 

~Pastor Todd