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Monday, September 15, 2014

Welcome - Week of September 15, 2014 True Stories Party


Boy Reading a True Story
 
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Although Maria B. Woodworth-Etter was Ill, she ministered to others
Serving God Through Illness  by R.T. Kendall

As you know, it was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you. —Galatians 4:13

I turn now to illness and the possibility of service. That means going to work and also doing something for God. After all, there are some people who are chronically ill and work forty hours a week.

Others have problems far more serious; some are bedridden, and others are housebound but can still cope. Obviously Paul, who had an eye problem, kept going since it was because of that reason that he came to the Galatians. God can cause your illness to coalesce with an event, situation, or place wherein you would think, I am actually glad I had that illness, otherwise this wouldn't have happened!

God may use you in His service because of an illness. He may turn you into one of the great intercessors of history. This, therefore, brings me to the subject of illness and spirituality.

We are back to that word intimacy. God wants your company; He loves your company. "Me? I can't preach. I can't play a guitar. I can't compose hymns. He wants me?" Yes. The most insignificant person whom no one has time for, God wants. If this chronic illness is not going to go away, why don't you just say, "Lord, show me what You want"?

Excerpted from The Thorn in the Flesh (Charisma House, 2004).
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Monday, September 8, 2014

Welcome - Week of September 8, 2014 True Stories Party



Writing Her True Story
 
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You might enjoy a few words by Victoria Boyson.  STOP and WIN

Don't answer the foolish arguments of fools, or you will become as foolish as they are. Proverbs 26:4 NLT

When we argue with fools (those who are blind to the truth) we end up looking like fools; truly we make ourselves the greater fool.

It is far too easy to fall into a trap when someone reaches your personal point of contention or they've tipped your sacred cow. What makes your blood boil?
 
How easy it is to forget the battle we face is not of this world. Indeed, we are in a battle every day with unseen forces who desire to take advantage of any person or situation.

Are we letting the world set the agenda for us? Are we to mirror the world's hostility, or display the love of Christ?

For, "Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are My disciples" (John 13:35 NLT).

We say what Holy Spirit tells us to say, we do what He tells us to do, and pray what He tells us to pray. We take authority over the powers of darkness, and we will win. Our battle in the spirit realm, with Holy Spirit's help, is an extremely one-sided battle.

Proverbs 3:5-7 (NLT): "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take. Don't be impressed with your own wisdom..."
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Monday, September 1, 2014

Welcome - Week of September 1, 2014 True Stories Party


 
Some Stories Just JUMP off the Page Straight to My Heart

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I thought you might enjoy these few words by Rod Parsley
Bury Your Past and Refuse to Dig it back Up
 Put Your Past Behind You - by Rod Parsley 

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. —Philippians 3:13-14

Many people need to be delivered from the skeletons of their past. "Those things which are behind" may include failed marriages, broken promises, failures, disappointments, setbacks, and betrayals.

You can be standing waist high in ocean water and watch as water begins to ebb quietly away from you-.-.-.-then the force of the wave begins to increase, propelling you forward.

Just as the tide pulls the water back, forming a wave of power, God draws you to Himself.

Don't fight against God's pulling and tugging at your spirit. Allow yourself to be drawn to Him and enveloped in His presence. Trust Him with your very life, and He will propel you forward into your destiny.

Put all of your past behind you. Bury it under His mercy and grace. Refuse to dig it up again or to listen to the old, tired accusations of the devil.

Jesus, give me the strength to look forward and not look back.
Keep me from dredging up my past sin which You have
already forgiven and forgotten. Keep my
heart fixed on You. Amen.
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Welcome - Week of August 25, 2014 True Stories Party


Tell Me a True Story
 
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I though you might enjoy these few words by R.T. Kendall as they really spoke to me.
 Little Foxes
Deal With the Foxes in Your Life  By R.T. Kendall 

Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom. —Song of Solomon 2:15

When these things are present in my life, I have discovered that God's special presence is absent:

* Self-pity. Feeling sorry for myself always seems right at first, but I should never give in to it if I cherish the presence of the Dove.

* Self-righteousness. This is the identical twin of self-pity. I reflect on my obedience and imagine that God is giving me a little pat on the back.

* Defensiveness. This is not merely being "touchy"; it is the natural instinct to resist any criticisms. It is the opposite of turning the other cheek (Matt. 5:39).

* Seeking a compliment. "Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips" (Prov. 27:2).

* Listening to gossip.  I am not sure which is worse—telling another "the latest" or listening to it. It is hard not to listen, especially if it is delicious, bad news about someone I find threatening.

* Talking too much. "When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise" (Prov. 10:19). John Wesley often said that for every hour we spend talking, we should spend two hours in prayer!

* Rushing. Getting in a hurry almost always moves me ahead of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is not in a hurry.

* Pointing the finger. "Do not judge, or you too will be judged" (Matt. 7:1). Pointing the finger in judgment invariably includes keeping a record of wrongs—which the Bible advises us not to do (1 Cor. 13:5). Doing so will result in the departure of the Spirit's special presence.

When I come to terms honestly with the absence of God's special presence, I am more likely to be in a position to find Him.  
Excerpted from The Sensitivity of the Spirit (Charisma House, 2002).
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Welcome - Week of August 18, 2014 True Stories Party


Time for a True Story

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Enjoy these few words by Pastor Jeff Jones
 

 
LIVE  A  CAREFREE  LIFE

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God: and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7, NKJV

Did you know that it's possible, and even biblical, to live a carefree life...a life devoid of worry and anxiety, a life of absolute peace and joy in every situation you face. It is possible, but only by faith. You have to believe these two verses, and put them into practice, and that's where faith comes in.


The Amplified Bible translates that verse this way: "Do not fret or have anxiety about anything….” 
God wouldn't tell us not to worry or fret unless it was possible. First He tells us it's possible, and then He gives us the four things necessary to live this carefree life. 
 
Do you see them? They are right there in the verse—prayer, supplication, thanksgiving, and requests. 
 
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6)
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Monday, August 11, 2014

Welcome - Week of August 11, 2014 True Stories Party


TELL  ME  A  TRUE  STORY

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Scriptural Meditation
(Excerpt from Gloria Coleman’s book
“Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation"
 
What Is Scripture Meditation? The Bible tells us in Psalm 1: 2-3 that the person who delights in God’s Word and meditates on that word day and night will be ever green all year round and whatever that person does will prosper.

You may be asking the question I asked for years – What is scriptural meditation?

One of the Hebrew words used in the bible for meditate is “hagah” and it means to murmur (in pleasure or anger); to ponder, mutter, roar, speak, study, talk, utter. Scripture meditation therefore is when you speak God’s Word to yourself over and over again, think on it, pray it and mutter it.

Allow God’s Word to fill your heart and mind. Think on the scripture you have chosen to meditate on and ponder it in your heart. Soon the Holy Spirit will bring you revelation on that Word and make that Word effectual in your life.

As you continue to meditate, faith will rise up in your heart because you will keep on hearing (yourself murmur) the Word. Suddenly the Word will become life to you and health to all your flesh.
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Monday, August 4, 2014

Welcome - Week of August 04, 2014 True Stories Party


Lady Reading a True Story to Her Hubby

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 Sharing with you a few words by Rod Parsley
"Shielded With Favor"
 
For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favor wilt thou compass him as with a shield. —Psalm 5:12

Our own righteousness is as filthy rags. Right standing with God comes only through the blood of Christ and has nothing to do with our works; it is nothing we can earn. We are made the righteousness of God, and we will never be more righteous than we are right now.

Being in right standing with God, positions us for blessing.  His promises are "yes" and amen" to those who believe.  His desire is for every believer to walk in those promises (2 Corinthians 1:20).

Because God wants to bless you, He will give you supernatural favor with all men. He will even cause your enemies to bless you.

Because God rejoices as you come into His presence, you are wrapped in His blessing and favor—an impenetrable covering and shield of His loving grace and mercy.

God, release Your favor upon my life.
Cover me with Your blessing as I go out
and come in. Thank you, Jesus, for being
my righteousness. Amen
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A Miracle at Every Meal (Digested Sunday Sermon)

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