“And we know that in all things God works, for the good of those who love Him,
who have been called accordingly to his purpose”
Sunday, April 03, 2005
Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no one comes unto the Father but by me."
Anger, Assurance, Burdens, Comfort
When you are Angry Ephesians 4:26
If you need Assurance John
When you carry Burdens Isaiah 41:13
In need of Comfort Psalms 138:7
Don't get so angry that you sin. Don't go to bed angry and don't give the devil a chance.
I tell you for certain that everyone who hears my message and has faith in the one who sent me has eternal life and will never be condemned. They have already gone from death to life.
I am the Lord your God. I am holding your hand, so don't be afraid. I am here to help you.
I am surrounded by trouble, but you protect me against my angry enemies. With your powerful arm you keep me safe.
Confidence, Courage, Depression, Discontent
When you need Confidence Deuter 31:6
Where to find Courage Isaiah 41:13
When you're Depressed II Corinth 1:3-4
If you are Discontented Hebrews 13:5
Be brave and strong! Don't be afraid of the nations on the other side of the Jordan. The Lord your God will always be at your side, and he will never abandon you.
I am the Lord your God. I am holding your hand, so don't be afraid. I am here to help you.
Praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! The Father is a merciful God, who always gives us comfort.
Don't fall in love with money. Be satisfied with what you have. The Lord has promised that he will not leave us or desert us.
Encouragement, Failure, Faith, Fear
Receive Encouragement Joshua 1:9
When you have Failed Proverbs 24:16
When you need Faith Exodus 33:14
Strength to replace Fear Psalm 27:1
I've commanded you to be strong and brave. Don't ever be afraid or discouraged! I am the Lord you God, and I will be there to help you wherever you go.
Even if good people fall seven times, they will get back up. But when trouble strikes the wicked, that's the end of them.
The Lord said, "I will go with you and give you peace."
You, Lord, are the light that keeps me safe. I am not afraid of anyone. You protect me, and I have no fears.
Forgiveness, Guidance, Healing, Hope
Need Forgiveness Matthew 6:14
When you need Guidance Psalm 37:23
Believers who need Healing James 5:14-15
Looking for Hope Psalm 31:24
If you forgive others for the wrongs they do to you, your Father in heaven will forgive you.
If you do what the Lord wants, he will make certain each step you take is sure.
14 If you are sick, ask the church leaders to come and pray for you. Ask them to put olive oil on you in the name of the Lord. 15 If you have faith when you pray for the sick people, they will get well. The Lord will heal them, and if they haved sinned, he will forgive them.
All who trust the Lord, be cheerful and strong.
Injustice, Jealousy, Joy
FacingInjustice Matthew 5:10-12
Bearing Justice Psalm 82:3-4
Facing Jealousy Psalm 37:7-8
Seeking Joy John 16:22
10 God blesses those people who are treated badly for doing right. 11 God will bless you when people insult you, mistreat you, and tell all kinds of evil lies about you because of me. 12 Be happy and excited! You will have a great reward in heaven. People did these same things to the prophets who lived long ago.
3 Be fair to the poor and to orphans. Defend the helpless and everyone in need. 4 Rescue the weak and homeless from the powerful hands of heartless people.
7 Be patient and trust the Lord. Don't let it bother you when all goes well for those who do sinful things. 8 Don't be angry or furious. Anger can lead to sin.
You are now very sad. But later I will see you, and you will be so happy that no one will be able to change the way you feel.
Kindness, Lonely, Loss, Love
If you need Kindness John & 15
If you are Lonely Psalm 32:7
Strength for Loss Isaiah 61:3
When you need Love I John 4:7-8
13 The greatest way to show love for friends is to die for them. 14 And you are my friends, if you obey me.
You are my hiding place! You protect me from trouble, and you put songs in my heart because you have saved me.
The Lord has sent me to comfort those who mourn, especially in Jerusalem. He sent me to give them flowers in place of their sorrow, olive oil in place of tears, and joyous praise in place of broken hearts.
7 My dear friends, we must love each other. Love comes from God, and when we love each other, it shows that we have been given new life. We are now God's children, and we know him. 8 God is love, and anyone who doesn't love others has never known him.
Mercy, Going Out, Patience, Peace
In need of Mercy Isaiah 30:18
When leaving Home Psalms 12:1
Need Godly Patience Ephesians 4:2
When you need Peace Psalms 29:11
The Lord God is waiting to show you how kind he is and to have pity on you. The Lord always does right; he blesses those who trust him.
Please help me, Lord! All who were faithful and all who were loyal have disappeared.
Always be humble and gentle. Patiently put up with each other and love each other.
Pray that our Lord will make us strong and give us peace
Protection, Rejection, Strength, Stress
When you need Protection Isaiah 43:2
Feeling Rejection Proverbs 18:24
When you need Strength II Corinthians 12:9
Obtain relief from Stress Matthew 11:28
When you cross deep rivers, I will be with you, and you won't drown. When you walk through fire, you won't be burned or scorched by the flames.
Some friends don't help, but a true friend is closer than your own family.
But he replied, "My kindness is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak," So if Christ keeps giving me his power, I will gladly brag about how weak I am.
If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest.
Thanks, Tragedy, Wronged, Worry
How to Give Thanks I Corinthians 15:57
Triumph over Tragedy John 14:1
You've been Wronged Luke 17:3
When you are Worried Peter 5:7
But Thank you God for letting our Lord Jesus Christ give us the victory!
Jesus said to his disciples, "Don't be worried! Have faith in God and have faith in me."
So be careful what you do.
God cares for you, so turn all your worries over to him.
I asked Jesus "Lord, how much do you love me?"
Jesus spread His arms, and died.
For God so loved the world,
that He gave His only Begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in Him,
Should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not His Son into the world to Condemn the world;
but that the world Through Him might be saved.
~ JOHN 3: 16-17 ~
Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to Suffer,
and to rise from the dead the third day:
And that repentance and remission of sins Should be preached in His name
Among all nations, Beginning at Jerusalem.
~ LUKE 24: 46-47 ~
To hang on a cross between Heaven and hell,
With such anguish and pain
Mere words could not tell.
My God, My God, why have you forsaken?
For I've become as their sin
By this action that's taken.
I now give My Own Life
For the sons and the daughters,
And am led to God's Judgment as
A Lamb To The Slaughter.
Whipped and beaten a spear thrust in My Side,
And because of My Stripes will My Healing abide.
Sharp nails were driven in My Feet and My Hands,
My Blood now poured out
For the sins of all lands.
It is Finished I said as I hung on that tree,
I've now died in your place
So that you can be free.
Into Thy Hands I commend My Spirit,
And said it in joy so My Father could hear it.
Darkness came to the earth in
This time that was spent,
And the Mighty Veil of The Temple was rent.
From The Cross I was taken
To a tomb that was borrowed.
And for those who did love Me,
Their hearts were so sorrowed.
Now three days had gone by
And the stone rolled away,
And now comes the dawning
Of a great new day.
For I Have Arisen, Just As I Did Say.
And give you My Peace which will not pass away.
I Was Taken Up In A Cloud To My Glory.
Now I Fill By My Spirit,
As you tell My Great Story.
Of A Merciful God Who Left His Own Throne,
To come down to this earth
To gather His Own.
I refuse to be discouraged,
To be sad, or to cry;
I refuse to be downhearted,
and here's the reason why:
I have a God who's mighty,
Who's sovereign and supreme;
I have a God who loves me,
and by grace I'm on His team. He is all-wise and powerful.
Jesus is His name;
Though everything is changeable,
My God remains the same.
My God knows all that's happening;
Beginning to the end;
His presence is my comfort;
He is my dearest Friend. When sickness comes to weaken me,
To bring my head down low,
I call upon my mighty God;
Into His arms I go.
When circumstances threaten to rob me of my peace;
He draws me close unto His breast,
Where all my strivings cease. When my heart melts within me,
and weakness takes control;
He gathers me into His arms,
He soothes my heart and soul.
The great "I AM" is with me.
My life is in His hand.
The "Son of the Lord" is my hope.
It's in His strength I stand. I refuse to be defeated.
My eyes are on my God;
He has promised to be with me,
As through this life I trod.
I'm looking past all my circumstances,
To Heaven's throne above;
My prayers have reached the heart of God
I'm resting in His love. I give God thanks in everything.
My eyes are on His face;
The battle's His, the victory mine;
He'll help me win the race. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!!!!
"I can do everything through him who gives me strength"
PLANTING, MULTIPLYING & WHAT THIS HAS TO DO WITH ME!
Genesis 1:11Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. 12And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:28Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”29And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so.
“Let the Land Produce Vegetation”
• Everything has a season and a cycle.
• Progress is always happening PLUS the potential of the progress is unlimited.
• The concept of multiplication is endless.
“Seed Bearing Plants and Trees on the Land that Bear Fruit with Seed in it”
• Stability and balance is set in motion.
• There is always a point of correction no matter how difficult a situation.
• Everyone reaps what they sow.
• Planting equals (=) Progress plus (+) Potential
“According to Their Kinds”
• There are all kinds of fruit.
• There are all kinds of ways to accomplish something.
• Gods wants us to be accepting, not rejecting.
• God wants us to build up, not tear down.
• God wants us to affirm us so that we may affirm one another.
• God wants life to be a celebration, not just survival
• The kind of seed is not as important as your consistency in planting.
There Are Only Four Things Which Can Negate God’s Principles of Creation:
1. Dishonesty (lies)—Deuteronomy 25: 13 “You shall not have in your bag differing weights, a heavy and a light.” Leviticus 19:3 “You shall not cheat your neighbor, nor rob him.”
2. Short-Cuts—Psalms 37:7-9 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret—it only causes harm. For evildoers shall be cut off; but those who wait on the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.
3. Manipulation—Romans 8:6-8 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
4. Debt—Romans 13:8 Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.
Loving God is my sweetest romance;
Seeking Him is my wildest Adventure;
Finding Him is my greatest Achievements;
Staying with Him is my best Advantage.
If you find your greatest pleasure in seeking God you've found the world's greatest treasure that is without measure and this kind can not be taken from you.
To get what you deserve is called fair.
Not to get what you deserve is called justice.
But to get what you don't deserve is called grace…
M others are the place that we call home.
O n them we rest our heads and close our eyes.
T here's no one else who grants the same soft peace,
H appiness, contentment, sweet release,
E rasing nighttime tears with lullabies,
R estoring the bright sun that makes us bloom…
Put them all together, they spell "MOTHER,"
A word that means the world to US…
The "Praying Hands" are much, much more
than just a work of art,
They are the "soul's creations"
of a deeply thankful heart. They are a Priceless Masterpiece
that love alone could paint,
And they reveal the selflessness
of an unheralded saint
These hands so scarred and toil worn,
tell the story of a man
Who sacrificed his talent
in accordance with God's Plan
For in God's Plan are many things
man cannot understand,
But we must trust God's judgment
and be guided by His Hand -
Sometime He asks us to give up
our dreams of happiness,
Sometimes we must forego our hopes
of fortune and success - Not all of us can triumph
or rise to heights of fame,
And many times What Should Be Ours,
goes to another Name -
But he who makes a sacrifice,
so another may succeed,
Is indeed a true disciple
of our blessed Saviour's creed -
For when we "give ourselves away"
in sacrifice and love,
We are "laying up rich treasures"
in God's kingdom up above -
And hidden in gnarled, toilworn hands
in the truest Art of Living,
Achieved alone by those who've learned
the "Victory of Giving" For any sacrifice on earth,
made in the dear Lord's name
Assures the giver of a place
in Heaven's Hall of Fame.
And who can say with certainty
Where the Greatest Talent Lies,
Or Who Will Be the Greatest
In Our Heavenly Father's Eyes!
Although things are not perfect Because of trial or pain Continue in thanksgiving Do not begin to blame Even when the times are hard Fierce winds are bound to blow God is forever able Hold on to what you know Imagine life without His love Joy would cease to be Keep thanking Him for all the things Love imparts to thee Move out of "Camp Complaining" No weapon that is known On earth can yield the power Praise can do alone Quit looking at the future Redeem the time at hand Start every day with worship To "thank" is a command
Until we see Him coming Victorious in the sky We'll run the race with gratitude Xalting God most high Yes, there'll be good times and yes some will be bad, but... Zion waits in glory...where none are ever sad!
"I AM Too blessed to be stressed!"
The shortest distance between a problem and a solution is the distance between your knees and the floor.
The one who kneels to the Lord in prayer, can stand up to anything.