Thursday, December 29, 2011

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

“The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree...”
(Psalm 92:12, NKJ)



TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria

Have you ever seen a palm tree in the midst of a great storm? That tree may be bent so far over that it’s almost touching the ground, but when the wind finally stops, that palm tree bounces right back up. What’s interesting is that while that palm tree is hunched over under the pressure of the storm, it is actually growing stronger?

The reason God said we’d flourish like a palm tree is because He knew there would be difficult times. He knew things would come against us to try to steal our joy and victory. God said, “You’re going to be like a palm tree because when the storms of life blow, you are going to come right back up stronger than before.” Nothing can hold you back! No weapon formed against you will prosper.

As you reflect on the events over the last year, remember, the storms you have encountered have only made you stronger. You are wiser, you are more alive, and you are headed for victory. You’re brightest days are right out in front of you! Always remember that with God on your side, nothing can hold you back!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Forgiveness~

Colossians 3:13

Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (NIV)

We forgive by faith, out of obedience. Since forgiveness goes against our nature, we must forgive by faith, whether we feel like it or not. We must trust God to do the work in us that needs to be done so that the forgiveness will be complete.

Philippians 1:6

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. (NLT)

Hallelujah!

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Calhoun Baptist Church

Brother Jordan Hodges- Pastor

Sunday was a very special day to be in the house of the Lord. What an honor it is to worship a Living Savior!
The Jeff and Heather Hollinger Family lighted the Advent Candles and read the scripture from the Bible to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Brother Jeff offered a prayer of thanksgiving for the awesome Savior that come down to earth to be our sacrifical Lamb! On this day the white candle, the center one that represents Christ was also lit along with the other four candles as we honor His birth on this Sabbath day, December 25th. 2011. We began each week during the Advent Season by reading a scripture from the Bible and with prayer. Advent Season began the last Sunday in November and ended the last Sunday before Christmas. Our Pastor Jordan and his wife Mallory lighted all of them the last Sunday of Advent, which was last week. Lighting these candles each week helps us to focus on the birth of Jesus and reminds us that He is the true meaning of Christmas. We should work hard all year to keep the Spirit of giving in our lives that is flowing from us so freely at this time of the year.

The first coming of our Lord was as a little Babe in a manger or feeding trough. His next appearing will be as a Mighty Warrior! Shout it from your roof tops that the King Reigns!

When you pray, please remember those that are on our PRAYER CONCERNS, they are as follows~
The William Fain Family,~ Ken Willings, ~Buster Adams~ Jim Greer~ Angela Buchanan~
Janice Ivey~ John Snorgrass~ Jim Wasson~ Jay Lilly~ Kathy Adams~ Scot Pinkston~ Shaine Thompson

Also remember our men and women in the Military Service~

If you do not have a church family and want to find a place where you can call your own, stop by and visit the little Calhoun Baptist Church in Calhoun. You will be glad that you came!

Sunday Morning Fellowship with a light Breakfast 9:30 A.M.
Sunday School - with a Class for all ages 10:00 A.M.
Worship Services 11:00 A.M.

We have Children’s Church
and a Nursery for the little ones.

Sunday Evening Worship at 6 P.M.
7 P. M. Wednesday Services Include:
Youth Group,
RA’s GA’s,
And
Children’s Choir

Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Christmas



I would say by now most of you have already had your big dinner celebrating Christmas with your loved ones. We have and we had so many good things to eat. The majority of the food was prepared by yours truly. My dear sweet husband helped all that he could. We have both been sick with an upper respiratory infection. He still coughs so hard that he has remarked that his sides were so sore from all of the coughing. We managed to put on a grand production with the Lords help. He does give us strength when we need it the most.

The meat for the main course was a Smoked Spiral Ham and a Turkey Breast. We fixed all of the family favorites. Mashed potatoes, gravy, noodles, my famous dressing and of course the Green Bean Casserole. Almost all of my family likes candied sweet potatoes, so I cooked some of them too. I baked four pies this year for Christmas, which included two Pumpkin and two Pecan. I also baked a Pumpkin Bunt Cake. My two special girls that just happen to be my daughters-in-law always bring some really good food too. One brought home made cookies, candy and Rice Crispy Treats! The other one brought her special Broccli Salad and deviled Eggs. The food was so good, but most of all the good company was the best. We had a wonderful day celebrating Jesus' Birthday!!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Advent Season:

Last Sunday December 18, 2011 was the fourth Sunday of Advent~

The third candle, usually for the Third Sunday of Advent, is traditionally Pink or Rose, and symbolizes Joy at the soon Advent of the Christ. It marks a shift from the more solemn tone of the first two Sundays of Advent that focus on Preparation and Hope, to a more joyous atmosphere of anticipation and expectancy. Sometimes the colors of the sanctuary and vestments are also changed to Rose for this Sunday. As noted above, in some churches the pink Advent candle is used on the fourth Sunday to mark the joy at the impending Nativity of Jesus.The center candle is white and is called the Christ Candle. It is traditionally lighted on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. However, since many Protestant churches do not have services on those days, many light it on the Sunday preceding Christmas, with all five candles continuing to be lighted in services through Epiphany (Jan 6). The central location of the Christ Candle reminds us that the incarnation is the heart of the season, giving light to the world.



Gospel Lk 1:26-38The angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin's name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,
"Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you."
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
"Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.

"Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his kingdom there will be no end."
But Mary said to the angel,
"How can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?"
And the angel said to her in reply,
"The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born
will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God."
Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word."
Then the angel departed from her

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Lesson 12-The Name of Jesus Forbidden~

Acts 4:13-22

The Name of Jesus Forbidden

Summary

The rulers of the time just didn’t know what to do with Peter and John. They saw their boldness and they felt that Peter and John were uneducated and untrained men and they marveled by the influence they had over the people.

They saw the man who was healed standing with Peter and John and the rulers could say nothing. They knew that a miracle had taken place and they couldn’t deny that. So they decided to severely threaten them that from then on they could not speak to anyone in the name of Jesus.

So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”



Questions?

1. So what did the rulers do next? They commanded them to not speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.



2. Why did they choose to do this? They didn't want the news of what Jesus had done to spread any more than what it had ready.



3. How old was the man that was healed? He was over forty years old.

Saturday, December 10, 2011




Tomorrow is the Thrid Sunday of Advent~

What is the Season of Advent? It is the 4 week period before Christmas when the Church celebrates the first coming of Christ and anticipates his second coming. Advent can fall on any date between (and including) November 27 and December 3. This year (2011) Advent begins on November 27th.

The term "advent" comes from the Latin adventus, meaning "coming" or "appearance." Advent is the season marking the four Sundays before Christmas and developed as a way of helping Christians prepare not only to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ in his First Coming but also to help them look forward to his glorious Second Coming. Although Advent customs may be foreign to many Latter-day Saints, we have found that, like so many seasonal traditions, they are a wonderful way to turn our attention more fully to the true meaning of Christmas

Many Advent traditions come from Germany, where Martin Luther encouraged its continued observance as a way of teaching children and families more about the significance of the coming of Jesus Christ. It came to be celebrated by both Roman Catholics and Lutherans there and has become a common celebration in many Christian faith communities throughout the world.

One of the best known Advent customs is the lighting of the candles in an Advent wreath, a simple or decorated evergreen wreath with four candles placed in the circle and a single white candle in the center. The wreath itself represents the never-ending circle of God’s love, that he is the same and forever in his love towards his people. The green of the wreath, as in the Christmas tree, represents the hope of eternal life that comes through Christ and serves a reminder of the freshness of God’s love and promises. The light of the candles reminds us that Jesus is the Light of the World, that his birth represented the coming of the light into darkness, and that we are called to reflect that light in our lives.

The outer candles are purple, the color of royalty, although customarily the third one is rose or pink. Traditions differ regarding the symbolism of the candles. One is that they represent the hope, love, joy, and peace that come through Jesus Christ. Each Sunday before Christmas an additional candle is lit, creating a beautiful stepped-effect as the previous weeks’ candles burn down further. Scriptures can be read and carols sung as part of the lighting, which we do before family prayer. The four candles can also represent the different Old Testament covenants that God made with his servants, beginning with Noah and continuing through Abraham, Moses, and David. The central white candle is known as the Christ candle. It is lit on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and represents the new covenant made possible through Christ.

The scriptures below for each candle come from the Old Testament, the Book of Mormon, and the New Testament. While not all families may wish to observe such Advent customs formally, we hope that the scriptures and thoughts that we have selected for each of the Sundays of Advent will be uplifting and provide meaningful reflection on the season.

This year I have also added for the second, third, and fourth Sundays stirring anticipatory episodes known traditionally as the Annunciation to Mary, the Dream of Joseph, and the Visitation to better set up the Christmas story for Christmas Eve.

Third Sunday of Advent:




Traditionally the third Sunday of Advent is known as Gaudete Sunday, from the Latin for "rejoice!" The third candle represents the joy that we have in the birth of Jesus, but it is pink to remind us of Easter and the blood of Christ even in midst of the joyous celebrations of Christmastide. Nevertheless, the sorrow of Christ’s suffering and death is blotted out as we triumph in his resurrection, and we anticipate the return of Jesus in his Second Coming with joy.

This candle can also represent the covenant that God made with Israel through Moses. On one level it represents the law of Moses, the blood of its offerings prefiguring the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. On another it represents the Deuteronomic covenant that the Lord will bless those who will have him to be their God and who covenant to serve him and be his people.

"Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. And in that day shall ye say, Praise the Lord, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted. Sing unto the Lord; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth" (Isaiah 12:2–5)

"And he said unto me: Awake, and hear the words which I shall tell thee; for behold, I am come to declare unto you the glad tidings of great joy. For the Lord hath heard thy prayers, and hath judged of thy righteousness, and hath sent me to declare unto thee that thou mayest rejoice; and that thou mayest declare unto thy people, that they may also be filled with joy. For behold, the time cometh, and is not far distant, that with power, the Lord Omnipotent who reigneth, who was, and is from all eternity to all eternity, shall come down from heaven among the children of men, and shall dwell in a tabernacle of clay . . . And he shall be called Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning; and his mother shall be called Mary." (Mosiah 3:3–8)

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you." (John 16:20–22)


Suggested Carol: "Joy to the World"

The Angel’s Words to Joseph:

"When as . . . Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.

"But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.’

"Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son . . ." (Matthew 1:18–25)

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Tomorrow will be the second Sunday of Advent~
If you are like my family and me, we are looking forward to the day that we celebrate our Lords birth! Jesus come into the world as a little baby,,,,but that is only the beginning of this wonderful story. The story about the Savior of the world!


Celebrating Advent


Evergreens and The Advent Wreath
The beginning of Advent is a time for the hanging of the green, decoration of the church with evergreen wreaths, boughs, or trees that help to symbolize the new and everlasting life brought through Jesus the Christ. Some churches have a special weekday service, or the first Sunday evening of Advent, or even the first Sunday morning of Advent, in which the church is decorated and the Advent wreath put in place. This service is most often primarily of music, especially choir and hand bells, and Scripture reading, along with an explanation of the various symbols as they are placed in the sanctuary.

The Advent wreath is an increasingly popular symbol of the beginning of the Church year in many churches as well as homes. It is a circular evergreen wreath (real or artificial) with five candles, four around the wreath and one in the center. Since the wreath is symbolic and a vehicle to tell the Christmas story, there are various ways to understand the symbolism. The exact meaning given to the various aspects of the wreath is not as important as the story to which it invites us to listen, and participate.

The circle of the wreath reminds us of God Himself, His eternity and endless mercy, which has no beginning or end. The green of the wreath speaks of the hope that we have in God, the hope of newness, of renewal, of eternal life. Candles symbolize the light of God coming into the world through the birth of His son. The four outer candles represent the period of waiting during the four Sundays of Advent, which themselves symbolize the four centuries of waiting between the prophet Malachi and the birth of Christ.

The colors of the candles vary with different traditions, but there are usually three purple or blue candles, corresponding to the sanctuary colors of Advent, and one pink or rose candle. One of the purple candles is lighted the first Sunday of Advent, a Scripture is read, a short devotional or reading is given, and a prayer offered. On subsequent Sundays, previous candles are relighted with an additional one lighted. The pink candle is usually lighted on the third Sunday of Advent. However, different churches or traditions light the pink candle on different Sundays depending on the symbolism used (see above on Colors of Advent). In Churches that use a Service of the Nativity, it is often lighted on the fourth Sunday of Advent, the final Sunday before Christmas.

The light of the candles itself becomes an important symbol of the season. The light reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world that comes into the darkness of our lives to bring newness, life, and hope. It also reminds us that we are called to be a light to the world as we reflect the light of God's grace to others (Isa 42:6). The progression in the lighting of the candles symbolizes the various aspects of our waiting experience. As the candles are lighted over the four week period, it also symbolizes the darkness of fear and hopelessness receding and the shadows of sin falling away as more and more light is shed into the world. The flame of each new candle reminds the worshippers that something is happening, and that more is yet to come. Finally, the light that has come into the world is plainly visible as the Christ candle is lighted at Christmas, and worshippers rejoice over the fact that the hope and promise of long ago have been realized.

The first candle is traditionally the candle of Expectation or Hope (or in some traditions, Prophecy). This draws attention to the anticipation of the coming of an Anointed One, a Messiah, that weaves its way like a golden thread through Old Testament history. As God’s people were abused by power hungry kings, led astray by self-centered prophets, and lulled into apathy by half-hearted religious leaders, there arose a longing among some for God to raise up a new king who could show them how to be God’s people. They yearned for a return of God’s dynamic presence in their midst.

And so, God revealed to some of the prophets that indeed He would not leave His people without a true Shepherd. While they expected a new earthly king, their expectations fell far short of God’s revelation of Himself in Christ. And yet, the world is not yet fully redeemed. So, we again with expectation, with hope, await God’s new work in history, the second Advent, in which He will again reveal Himself to the world. And we understand in a profound sense that the best, the highest of our expectations will fall far short of what our Lord’s Second Advent will reveal!

The remaining three candles of Advent may be associated with different aspects of the Advent story in different churches, or even in different years. Usually they are organized around characters or themes as a way to unfold the story and direct attention to the celebrations and worship in the season. So, the sequence for the remaining three Sundays might be Bethlehem, Shepherds, Angels. Or Love, Joy, Peace. Or John the Baptist, Mary, the Magi. Or the Annunciation, Proclamation, Fulfillment. Whatever sequence is used, the Scripture readings, prayers, lighting of the candles, the participation of worshipers in the service, all are geared to unfolding the story of redemption through God’s grace in the Incarnation.

The third candle, usually for the Third Sunday of Advent, is traditionally Pink or Rose, and symbolizes Joy at the soon Advent of the Christ. It marks a shift from the more solemn tone of the first two Sundays of Advent that focus on Preparation and Hope, to a more joyous atmosphere of anticipation and expectancy. Sometimes the colors of the sanctuary and vestments are also changed to Rose for this Sunday. As noted above, in some churches the pink Advent candle is used on the fourth Sunday to mark the joy at the impending Nativity of Jesus.

Whatever sequence is adopted for these Sundays, the theme of Joy can still be the focus for the pink candle. For example, when using the third Sunday to commemorate the visit of the Magi the focus can be on the Joy of worshipping the new found King. Or the Shepherds as the symbol for the third Sunday brings to mind the joy of the proclamation made to them in the fields, and the adoration expressed as they knelt before the Child at the manger. If used on the fourth Sunday of Advent, it can symbolize the Joy in fulfilled hope.

The center candle is white and is called the Christ Candle. It is traditionally lighted on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. However, since many Protestant churches do not have services on those days, many light it on the Sunday preceding Christmas, with all five candles continuing to be lighted in services through Epiphany (Jan 6). The central location of the Christ Candle reminds us that the incarnation is the heart of the season, giving light to the world.


Advent is one of the few Christian festivals that can be observed in the home as well as at church. In its association with Christmas, Advent is a natural time to involve children in activities at home that directly connect with worship at church. In the home an Advent wreath is often placed on the dining table and the candles lighted at meals, with Scripture readings preceding the lighting of the candles, especially on Sunday. A new candle is lighted each Sunday during the four weeks, and then the same candles are lighted each meal during the week. In this context, it provides the opportunity for family devotion and prayer together, and helps teach the Faith to children, especially if they are involved in reading the daily Scriptures.

It is common in many homes to try to mark the beginning of Advent in other ways as well, for the same purpose of instruction in the faith. Some families decorate the house for the beginning of Advent, or bake special cookies or treats, or simply begin to use table coverings for meals. An Advent Calendar is a way to keep children involved in the entire season. There are a wide variety of Advent calendars, but usually they are simply a card or poster with windows that can be opened, one each day of Advent, to reveal some symbol or picture associated with the Old Testament story leading up to the birth of Jesus. One unique and specialized Advent calendar that can be used either in the home or the sanctuary is a Jesse Tree.

If the tree is used in public only on Sundays, the following week's story is given each Sunday with the corresponding symbols. This is an especially appropriate activity for children's church, or to use as the children's sermon in morning worship during Advent.


http://www.crivoice.org/jesse.html

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Last Sunday November 27 th. was the First Sunday of Advent~



The Advent wreath is an increasingly popular symbol of the beginning of the Church year in many churches as well as homes. It is a circular evergreen wreath (real or artificial) with five candles, four around the wreath and one in the center. Since the wreath is symbolic and a vehicle to tell the Christmas story, there are various ways to understand the symbolism. The exact meaning given to the va...rious aspects of the wreath is not as important as the story to which it invites us to listen, and participate.

The circle of the wreath reminds us of God Himself, His eternity and endless mercy, which has no beginning or end. The green of the wreath speaks of the hope that we have in God, the hope of newness, of renewal, of eternal life. Candles symbolize the light of God coming into the world through the birth of His son. The four outer candles represent the period of waiting during the four Sundays of Advent, which themselves symbolize the four centuries of waiting between the prophet Malachi and the birth of Christ.

The colors of the candles vary with different traditions, but there are usually three purple or blue candles, corresponding to the sanctuary colors of Advent, and one pink or rose candle. One of the purple candles is lighted the first Sunday of Advent, a Scripture is read, a short devotional or reading is given, and a prayer offered. On subsequent Sundays, previous candles are relighted with an additional one lighted. The pink candle is usually lighted on the third Sunday of Advent. However, different churches or traditions light the pink candle on different Sundays depending on the symbolism used (see above on Colors of Advent). In Churches that use a Service of the Nativity, it is often lighted on the fourth Sunday of Advent, the final Sunday before Christmas.
Read more........
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Monday, November 28, 2011

Lesson 11

Acts 4:1-12
Peter and John Arrested

4:1-3
And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them, being grieved* that they taught* the people, and preached* through Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next day: for it was now eventide.

Grieved*
1. to work out laboriously, make complete by labour
2. to exert one's self, strive
3. to manage with pains, accomplish with great labour
4. to be troubled, displeased, offended, pained, to be worked up

Taught*
1. to teach
2. to hold discourse with others in order to instruct them, deliver didactic discourses
3. to be a teacher
4. to discharge the office of a teacher, conduct one's self as a teacher
5. to teach one
6. to impart instruction
7. instill doctrine into one
8. the thing taught or enjoined
9. to explain or expound a thing
10. to teach one something

Preached*
to announce, declare, promulgate, make known to proclaim publicly, publish to denounce, report, betray


4:4
Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed*; and the number of the men was about five thousand.

Believed*
1. to think to be true, to be persuaded of, to credit, place confidence in
of the thing believed
2. to credit, have confidence
in a moral or religious reference
3. used in the NT of the conviction and trust to which a man is impelled by a certain inner and higher prerogative and law of soul
4. to trust in Jesus or God as able to aid either in obtaining or in doing something: saving faith 1bc) mere acknowledgment of some fact or event: intellectual faith
5. to entrust a thing to one, i.e. his fidelity
6. to be intrusted with a thing

4:5-6 And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes, and Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred* of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem.

Kindred*
1. kindred
2. offspring
3. family
4. stock, tribe, nation
5.i.e. nationality or descent from a particular people
the aggregate of many individuals of the same nature, kind, sort

4:7
And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power*, or by what name, have ye done this?

Power*
1. strength power, ability
2.inherent power, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth
3. power for performing miracles
4. moral power and excellence of soul
5. the power and influence which belong to riches and wealth
6. power and resources arising from numbers
7. power consisting in or resting upon armies, forces, hosts

4:8-12
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole.* Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation* in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved

Whole*
1. to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction
2. one (from injury or peril)
3. to save a suffering one (from perishing), i.e. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health
4.to preserve one who is in danger of destruction, to save or rescue
5. to save in the technical biblical sense
negatively 1b
6. to deliver from the penalties of the Messianic judgment
7. to save from the evils which obstruct the reception of the Messianic deliverance

Salvation
1. deliverance, preservation, safety, salvation
2. deliverance from the molestation of enemies
in an ethical sense, that which concludes to the souls safety or salvation
of Messianic salvation
3. salvation as the present possession of all true Christians
future salvation, the sum of benefits and blessings which the Christians, redeemed from all earthly ills, will enjoy after the visible return of Christ from heaven in the consummated and eternal kingdom of God.
4. Fourfold salvation: saved from the penalty, power, presence and most importantly the pleasure of sin. A. W. Pink

Save
1. to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction
one (from injury or peril)
2. to save a suffering one (from perishing), i.e. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health
3. to preserve one who is in danger of destruction, to save or rescue
4. to save in the technical biblical sense
negatively
5. to deliver from the penalties of the Messianic judgment 1b
6. to save from the evils which obstruct the reception of the Messianic deliverance



Let’s Take A Closer Look

In using a concordance sometimes it gives more than one meaning to a word. So in most cases one can know which meaning goes for the word that is being used in the verse.

Sometimes we think we know what a word means but it turns out to be something different or more to the meaning than we thought so that is why I decided to use the concordance and will from now on.

Question
What stands out most to you when you read these verses?
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Acts 4:1-12
New Living Translation (NLT)

Acts 4
Peter and John before the Council
1 While Peter and John were speaking to the people, they were confronted by the priests, the captain of the Temple guard, and some of the Sadducees. 2 These leaders were very disturbed that Peter and John were teaching the people that through Jesus there is a resurrection of the dead. 3 They arrested them and, since it was already evening, put them in jail until morning. 4 But many of the people who heard their message believed it, so the number of believers now totaled about 5,000 men, not counting women and children.[a]
5 The next day the council of all the rulers and elders and teachers of religious law met in Jerusalem. 6 Annas the high priest was there, along with Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and other relatives of the high priest. 7 They brought in the two disciples and demanded, “By what power, or in whose name, have you done this?”

8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of our people, 9 are we being questioned today because we’ve done a good deed for a crippled man? Do you want to know how he was healed? 10 Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene,[b] the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead. 11 For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says,

‘The stone that you builders rejected
has now become the cornerstone.’[c]

12 There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”

Footnotes:
a.Acts 4:4 Greek 5,000 adult males.
b.Acts 4:10 Or Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
c.Acts 4:11 Ps 118:22.


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Question
What stands out most to you when you read these verses?
I want to tell you what point that stands out the most to me as I study these verses. It is the fact that the precious name of Jesus is the only name in which

there is salvation. There isn't any other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Beleave upon the name of Jesus Christ and you shall be saved.

Salvation is NOT found in a religion or good works, but in a Person... The LORD JESUS CHRIST

A. C. T.

A- Accept Jesus as your personal Savior.

C.-Confess your sins to God and tell others how great He is.

T- Trust God to change you into the person that He wants you to be. This is the hardest part of being a Christian!

We are all sinners and need Gods forgiveness!

http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/how_to_be_saved.html

Monday, November 21, 2011

Acts 3:12-26

Peter Preaches in the Temple

Let’s Take A Closer Look

Questions


1. What did Peter say to the crowd?

1.“Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you?

2. Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?


2. Who did he say healed the man? Jesus


3. He talked about Jesus and what did Peter have to say about Jesus?
You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. 15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. 16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.


4. What did Peter tell the people to do? Repent and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.


5. What did Moses say to the people when he was alive? Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you. 23 Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from their people.’


6. The people were children starting with what prophet? Beginning with Samuel



7. Who did God tell that through his desendants that all families would be blessed on earth? Abraham


8. When God raised Jesus who did He go to first and why? His Disciples and their converts,,,the first people who were considered the Church.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011

Lesson 9

Acts 3:1-10

A Lame Man



Let’s Take A Closer Look
Questions



1. Who were the two disciples that were going to the Temple? Peter and John



2. What time of day was it when they got to the Temple? Three o'clock in the afternoon.



3. What were they going to do at the Temple? To pray.



4. Who was being carried to the Temple? A lame man.



5. Each day what gate was he placed by? The gate called Beautiful.



6. Why was he placed there? To recieve alms from the people going into the Temple. Or to beg from those people

7. Peter and John was asked for something as they going to enter the Temple. What was it? The beggar ask them for money.



8. What did Peter do? He told the beggar that silver and gold have I none, but such as I have Igive to thee. He told the beggar in the name of Jesus Christ to walk.



9. What did the man do? He got up and started walking and jumping around praising God!



10. What did the people think? They thought he was the lame man at the gate called Beautiful, who was always there begging from them.



11. What did the people do? They were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Lesson 8


Acts 2:40-47


A Vital Church Grows


Let us go back to verses 38-39 to pick up where we left off. Peter is giving a sermon to those that at Jerusalem for Pentecost. Each of those that were in the upper room are now filled with the Holy Spirit and they are able to speak to those around them in their own languages so that they can hear the gospel message.

“Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.‘” He continues with the words of “Be saved from this perverse generations.

Let’s Take A Closer Look
Questions

1. How did the people receive Peter’s message? (41) They accepted it.


2. What did some people do after hearing the message? (41) The ones that were saved were baptized.



3. About how many people were added to the church that day? (41) About 3,000 people.

4. After they were added to the church what did they continue to do? (42)They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

5. What came upon all those that were new members of the church? (43)They were filled with awe at the miracles that the aopstles were performing.

6. What was done in verse forty-three? The apostles performed many wonders and signs.

7. Now that all who believed were together what did they do? (44) They were all of one accord and had all things in common.

8. What did they do daily? (46-47)They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.

The Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. How wonderful it would be if our churches today were more united together. I am not saying we have to sell everything we have and share and divide among others but it seems like they had sweet fellowship in the first church, maybe more so than we do today. We have fellowship today but in a different way.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

1 Timothy 4:1-8 NIV - The Spirit clearly says that in later - Bible Gateway

1 Timothy 4:1-8 NIV - The Spirit clearly says that in later - Bible Gateway: 1 Timothy 4:1-8
New International Version (NIV)
1 Timothy 4
1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 3 They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. 4 For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.
6 If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters,[a] you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. 7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.
Footnotes:
1 Timothy 4:6 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family.

Devotionals: Which Jesus do you serve

Devotionals: Which Jesus do you serve

Our Pastor preached about this at our morning worship service today!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011Which Jesus do you serve

Yes your right this one is a repeat and it I will continue to repeat this till i know that each of us has answered this question. Is probably the most important question that you or I could ever ponder.






Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5:1-2)


The call to imitate God is a call to separate ourselves from the world though we may be in but not of it (Ephesians 4:17-19) and how we have been made new (Ephesians 4:20-24) and then gave us specific ways to do that (Ephesians4:25-32).


Our call is to live with the same love that Christ has demonstrated. Jesus laying down his life for us, was first of all an expression of his love for his Father. Jesus did it, not only because of his love for us, but because first of all he loved the Father and this was the Father’s will. This ‘life of love’ is not to be something we do to make ourselves feel good or appear good, it is to come out of and be an expression of our love for God Himself. When John says, “We love because he first loved us,” (1 John 4:19). The first thing we need to do in the Christian life is become utterly convinced of God’s love.


On Sunday they raise their hands to heaven and declare that it is Jesus that they serve.
Then why do we look so much like the world?
Did you know that the wheat and the tare, the world can't tell which is which and quite frankly neither can I. So I pose the question again, which Jesus do you serve?


My Savior bleed and suffered and died and rose again for a sinner like me. My Savior, was a friend to friendless, He remembers the forgotten ones among us, Which Jesus do you follow?


Which Jesus do you serve?


Is it this picture of the American dream that you chase after? Is the prince of this world who you serve or did you miss that part when you decided you want fortune and power?
If Jesus was here would you walk right by him or cross over to the other side of the street?
Would you even recognize him or have time to speak to him?
Pretty blue eyes and curly brown hair and a white complexion Michael Angelo version of Jesus ,is that the Jesus you serve? My Savior was battered and bruised for my sins, did you miss that part? Sometimes I ponder do we really understand what the price he paid for us?
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for they understand and they know My Savior. So which Jesus do we serve. is it the one whom we pray to bless us with great wealth? Or the Jesus who said
blessed are they that hunger and thirst for righteousness?
So who do you serve? The one whose promises are like shifting sand?
Marine says it God , then country and the marine Corp, what comes first for you?
My Jesus would he be accepted in your churches today? All bloody and bruised with no shoes on his feet, would we want him sitting next to us? He was not rich he didn't have a pillow to lay his head upon. Today my Jesus would look like a homeless man or perhaps we would see him as mentally insane.
He spent His time with criminals and those that are considered the least among us. Did you know he had a heart for the poor, so which place would He come to eat Sabbath meal at your house or among those that were forgotten by society?
Its time we decide which Jesus do we serve but I'm not sure we understand what that means to be like Christ,
Jesus said to live like HIM, love like HIM but then does that mean we must be willing to die for HIM as he died for you and I???
Can we be Imitators of Christ? Can we live like our Savior? Which one do you want to be ? I turned on the TV set today and heard a man preaching Jesus wants to make you rich and that he never intended for us to be poor. Is that the Jesus your seeking??? Heard a pastor say that his Jesus says that we should never be sad. Yet my Jesus wept when heard his good friend was dead. So which Jesus do you serve? I know that I want to be more like my Savior and less like me. I want to be an imitator of my Savior what about you????

Posted by Willis Henry at 1:00 AM

Monday, October 31, 2011

Here are my answers for the questions in Lesson # 7~

1. Do you have the same joy as David did?

Yes I do have the joy that comes from having Jesus Christ as my Savior, Lord and Master of my life! I was eleven years old when I first accepted Him into my life to guide and direct me through this journey here on earth. I am saved by the blood of Jesus that He shed on the cross.

2. What did you learn from this portion of Scripture?

I learn something new each time I read a scripture that I have read many times before.
David was sure of the hope that God would send the chosen One, the Messiah, as I am sure that He sent Him the first time. I know that He will return for me and all of His chosen people, the church. This means all who have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior.
I am an not worthy of such a great Love!!
I was so glad to see that you had been on here I was beginning to think you might be sick! I hope that you are ok!!

Here are my answers to the questions for Lesson # 6

1. Who stood up in front of all the people that were in Jerusalem? Peter and the other eleven Apostles

2. Who was the spokes person? Peter was the speaker for the group.

3. What did this person want the people to know first? He wanted them to know that they were not drunk!

4. Who was the prophet that spoke the words of what would happen? Joel

5. What is coming in the last days before the Lord comes? Pouring out of the Holy Spirit that your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:



6. Who shall be saved if they call on the name of the Lord? Anyone calling upon the name of the Lord!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I do take the Bible very seriously! Therefore, I take the study of its scriptures serious and honor the words in it as Gods Holy Words. They are His infaliable Words! I beleave with all my heart that the writters of the Bible were inspired by God. You can stand on them and build your life accordingly to what you read and learn from studying the Holy Scriptures. If you are listening to a speaker or reading anything that does not line up with what the Bible has to say, stear clear of their teachings. As a little one at our church once said,,,if you want to know something, you can find it in the Bible!

This is the reason why we need to know what the Bable says and do not take the word of anyone else, but read it for ourselves.

2 Timothy 3:15-17 (NIV)
15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.



May God always recieve the glory, not me! I am so unworthy of such a Great Love as my Savior Jesus Christ has for me. He took my place, He died on the cross for me and all lost sinners. He was, He is, He always will be the Great I AM!





Jesus Christ is the Great I AM
Jesus Christ claimed to be the “I AM.” It is the personal name of the God of the Old Testament (Exodus 3:13-14). On several occasions it is recorded that Jesus used the “I AM” formula in attesting to His deity. He claimed to be the LORD God, Jehovah, Yahweh.

The greatest of all the names for the Lord Jesus Christ is the “I AM.”

This is why the apostle Paul wrote: “God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11). Jesus is Lord. The name that is above all other names is “Lord,” and it is equivalent to “Jehovah” or Yahweh. This is the exact equivalent to the words, “I AM.”

The name that is above all earthly and heavenly names is Yahweh, the great “I AM THAT I AM.”

The apostle Paul tells us that the Lord Jesus is so above all other beings that all who are in heaven and the earth will bow and worship Him. He is God. He is not one among many gods, but the One and Only (Acts 4:12; 1 Tim. 2:5; 1 Cor. 8:4).

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

http://www.entrewave.com/view/reformedonline/Pentecost,%20part%202.htm

this is what I have found online,,,,I will do research on the author of this page. I learned that the Majority Text is the orginal documents,,,and the Minority Text are the ones that have come latter,,,,,very interesting!!

The phrase “with one accord” found in the Majority Text indicates that the believers in the Jerusalem church were “with one mind” (homothumadon). They were all focused on the apostles’ teaching. There was unity or “like-mindedness” among the 120. The Minority Text reading simply indicates that the disciples were all “together” (omou) as a group. While it is true that the disciples were all together in one place, the Majority Text reading is to be preferred.

When one confesses the extensive ministry of Jesus and the apostles in Jerusalem and the surrounding areas, the fact that only 120 Christians were present that day is rather shocking.24, Prior to the coming of the Spirit, the church was a small island in a sea of unbelief and hostility. With Pentecost that was all about to change.

The following website you can read about the author of the page.

http://www.entrewave.com/view/reformedonline/s36p1327.htm

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Lets Have A Closer Look

Qestions

1. What do you think it means when it says that when they heard this sound occurred in verse 6" Could they too hear the sound of the Holy Spirit Coming or did they hear the apostles speaking as they came out of the room.

They could hear the sound of the Holy Spirit!

Acts 2:6-8
New International Version 1984

6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language?



You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you.

And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. Romans 8:9
2. How do you think you would feel like if this happened to you?

I would be so amased that I would be one of the first people to recieve the indwelling of the Holy Spirt that I depend upon in my life to guide me in my Savior Jesus' ways.

3. Put yourself in the city and you have all the people talking to each other in their own langugaes (It was Pentecost) do you think the city was quiet? Were the people talking quietly about this or maybe just one or two from each group?

It is my understanding that a lot of people were talking and each person understood others in their own tongue.

I do not know the answer yet for sure. I will have to do some research.

While those on whom the Spirit had descended were speaking in tongues, the disciple Peter stood up with the eleven and proclaimed to the crowd that this event was the fulfillment of the prophecy ("I will pour out my spirit") in Joel 2:28-29.


4.Do you find when you are in a group there are always who have a real desire to know what is taking place and serious about finding out. Then you have some who have the attitude of the mockers and don't take things seriously?

Yes, you are correct about the way different people act in a group setting. I find this to be true in my Sunday School Class. There are some folks who never say a word about the different subjects we discuss and then there are those like me that can not seem to be able to keep our ideas to ourselves.

Monday, October 10, 2011

I have posted the questions and then the answers:



1. What day had fully come?

The day of Pentecost

2. What sound came suddenly from heaven?

A rushing mighty wind



3. What kind of sound was it?

rushing mighty wind

4. What happened next?

And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire


5. After the event happened what comes next?

They were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Everyone could hear each other in their own language.
Acts 2

King James Version (KJV)


Acts 2

1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Let’s Have A Closer Look~ Questions and Answers~


Here are my answers to the Questions:


1. In verse 4 who was assembled with the apostles? Jesus was there with them.



2. Why were they not to depart from Jerusalem? They were to wait for God to send the Holy Ghost which was the promise of the Father.



3. What was the promise of God to the apostles? Baptisim of the Holy Spirt.



4. What was the question they asked in verse 6? Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?




5. What was the reply found in verse 7. He said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.



6. When were the apostle going to receive power? He said that they would receive power after the Holy Ghost had come upon them.





7. And what would happen when they receive this power? They would be witnesses unto Him both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Praise the Lord! I am so very thankful for the Holy Spirt that God sent to draw me unto Him. He will guide me in the way He wants me to to go in my life. His way will lead me to eternal life with Him and all of Gods saints and I will praise Him all the days of my life. I am so not worthy of such a Great Love!
King James Version
ACTS 1:4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.

ACTS 1:5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

ACTS 1:6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

ACTS 1:7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

ACTS 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.Thought on This Chapter




ACTS 1:3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:



Began here for lesson two:
ACTS 1:4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.

ACTS 1:5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

Too often we forget that Jesus did not rise from the dead and then quickly go back to heaven. He shewed Himself alive for 40 days. And verse 3 tells us that during this 40 days Jesus was speaking to them about the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. Jesus was busy training these men. He had worked with them and trained them for about 3 1/2 years before the crucifixion. And now after the resurrection He spends another 40 days. You should be seeing the precident that Jesus set of how His workers need to be trained. There needs to be a period of time where a man gets prepared for the ministry. He needs to spend time learning and time walking with Jesus first. But good training is not enough to do the work of God. Even after all the training Jesus still tells them to wait. There is still something that they lack. Jesus tells them to wait until the Holy Ghost comes.

ACTS 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Lesson One's Answers



Answers to lesson one but also see Deanie’s answers

1. Luke

2. Theophilus

3. To record the account of what Jesus did before He was taken up to His Father.

4. 40

5. The kingdom of God



Lesson Two



The Holy Spirit Promised

The next topic we are going to look at in our study in Acts is the promise of the Holy Spirit. This is very important part of our life as believers because without the Holy Spirit we would not have the guidance that is needed to live the Christian Life. For the apostles it was needed especially because they were going out and reaching those in their world. The Holy Spirit again is important to us as we go and reach those in our world.



Acts 1:4-8 (KJV)

And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.



When they therefore were come together, they asked of him saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?



And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.



Let’s Have A Closer Look

Questions



1. In verse 4 who was assembled with the apostles?



2. Why were they not to depart from Jerusalem?



3. What was the promise of God to the apostles?



4. What was the question they asked in verse 6?



5. What was the reply found in verse 7.



6. When were the apostle going to receive power?





7. And what would happen when they receive this power?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Bible Study.




Acts-The History

In the Amplified Bible in the introduction to the book of Acts it provides the basic history of the spread of Christianity during the three decades immediately following the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.



It also states the book of Acts traces the expansion of the early church and the ministry of the followers of Christ. Peter is the central figure in the establishment of the church in Jerusalem. Then Paul becomes the foremost leader so the major part of the book of Acts is devoted to Paul and his mission. The Holy Spirit is also mentioned many times in this book. And there was conflict as the Gentile were added to the church. Those who were Jewish felt that the Gentiles needed to do all that the Jews did, such as being circumcised, but that was not necessary for the Gentiles to do.



Outline

Christ’s parting instructions-1:1-11

The church in Jerusalem-1:12-7:60

Expansion in South and North-8:1-12:23

Paul’s first missionary journey-12:24-14:28

The Jerusalem conference-15:1-35

Paul’s second missionary journey-15:36-18:22

Paul’s third missionary journey-18:23-20:2

Paul in Jerusalem and Caesarea 20:3-26-32

Paul’s mission in Rome 27:1-28:31

 

 Acts 1:1-3 (KJV)*

“The former treatise, have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: to whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.







Let’s Have A Closer Look

Questions



1. Who wrote the book of Acts? Luke



2. Who was this letter written to? Theophilus. No doubt, Luke also had a larger readership in mind.




3. Why was he writing this letter? Luke wrote the Book of Acts to inform Theophilus about events that took place after Jesus' ascension and after the baptism of the Holy Spirit, "the promise of the Father." One could describe the Book of Acts as the "acts" of the Holy Spirit



4. How many days after Jesus was resurrected did He appear to His disciples? Forty days

5. What did Jesus talk about during those days? His Kingdom and commissions them to baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and to make disciples of all people (the Great Commission).

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Bible Study based upon the book by Stormie Omartian "The Power of Praying Through the Bible"~

Today is the day that I said we would start up the Bible Study again!

May Gods blessings be upon us as we study His Holy Word!



*Ask, Seek and Knock*



Read and consider Matthew 7:7-12~

The Key Scripture for today is:
Matthew 7:7-8
New International Version (NIV)

Ask, Seek, Knock
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.



Matthew 7:7-12
New International Version (NIV)


Ask, Seek, Knock
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.




Hebrews 11:6
New International Version (NIV)

6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.



The following is my prayer seeking God for answers to my prayers.



Lord, my most highest one and only Heavenly Father. I come to You in faith to answer my prayers for your help and the give me desires of my heart. I know that You are my God and will hear and answer my prayers. Your Word says that You desire to give good gifts to those who deligently seek You.

I ask that my desires be perfectly aligned with Your Will so that they will come to pass. I knock on the door of oppertunity for my life, and anticipate it to be opened by You, Lord. In Jesus mighty name I pray. Amen!
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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Showers of Blessings! Our Family~Posted by CharlesAngel Deanie on August 20, 2011 at 7:24pmView Blog.

Hello Dear Ones in Christ,

I just now returned home from attending a precious party called a "Baby Shower!" Oh,,,what a blessing it is to be expecting a treasure sent straight from God. I had not ever met the expectant mother before, but I have known the babies dad for as long as he has been living. His mother is a daughter of one of my very long time, "BEST" friends. We have been friends so long that his Grannie was my Matron of Honor at my wedding, almost 47 years ago. So the new baby is important to me because of the love that is shared between friends whose family is my family too. I also met the expectant mothers mother who predicts that the baby girl will arrive on the 21st. of September. The doctor tells them the baby is a little girl. Only God knows for sure!,,Right? The day that the doctor says the little one will arrive is the 26th. of September.



Isn't it amazing how our families grow by different ones joining together to have families and then their families, in a way, becomes a part of each others family because of the bonds we have with each others children. This is kinda like the Family of God.

"His whole family in heaven and on earth." [Ephesians 3:15]

Ephesians 3:15-21
New International Version (NIV)

15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.



(a) True Christians are called "a family" because they all have one Father.

(b) True Christians are called "a family," because they all rejoice in one name.

(c) True Christians, above all, are called "a family" because there is so strong a family resemblance among them.

This family likeness among true believers is a thing that deserves special attention. To my own mind it is one of the strongest indirect evidences of the truth of Christianity. It is one of the greatest proofs of the reality of the work of the Holy Spirit. Some true Christians live in civilized countries, and some in the midst of heathen lands. Some are highly educated, and some are unable to read a single letter of the alphabet. Some are rich and some are poor. Some are old and some are young. And yet, despite all these differences, there is a marvelous oneness of heart and character among them. Their joys and their sorrows, their love and their hatred, their likes and their dislikes, their preferences and their aversions, their hopes and their fears, are all most curiously alike. Let others think what they please, I see in all this the finger of God. His handiwork is always one and the same. No wonder that true Christians are compared to "a family."

The last paragraph by Tony Capoccia from



THE FAMILY OF GOD



by
J. C. Ryle
(1816-1900)


All Scripture references are taken from the HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (C) 1978 by the New York Bible Society, used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Reply by Deanie "CharlesAngel" on October 25, 2009 at 7:56pm
Delete Hello to my friends at The Love Dare Group. I contenue to keep you in my thoughts and lifted up to the Lord in my prayers! This was the second book study that I have ever done. It really made me stop and take a look at my marriage and made me realize how very fortunate I am to have a husband that is very far from being perfect, but he is so kind and good me. I learned so much from this study!

The following is what I posted on my day 40:

I am so blessed that I have a husband that does not withold his love and affection from me, his wife from his youth. We were so young and brave. We were so very young!! I could not have imagined loving him more than I did then. You know I think that I do love him more than I did then. When our love matures it changes, we change and that is when our true love for each other is really tested.
Charles was 21 yrs. old and I was 20yrs. old when we pledged our Wedding Vows! I remember the minister saying 'in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit'

We both had Gods Son Jesus through the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us in our marriage. We did not always listen to His directions. We have both been guilty of not waiting to hear Gods wishes or commands. All through our marriage He has been with us. Even when we thought He might have forgotten about us. I have failed our Lord many times. He has never failed me. He has lifted me out of many deep places in my life, all of that time I have had a wonderful husband. We have depended on Gods Will in our lives for little decisions and for large or life changing things.
Ozark, County Missouri 1944,,, Birth AnnouncementPosted by Deanie "CharlesAngel" on April 19, 2009 at 11:30pm
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.Birth Announcement:

From their home in Trail Holler,
Ozark County, Missouri,

Mr. and Mrs. John Rue Lamb and two year old Mary Catherine are pleased to announce the birth of baby girl Claudean and twin brother baby boy, John Harrison. The proud parents are sadened to report the death of their precious baby boy John Harrison. He was allowed to be with his earthly father and mother but only a little while, but will forever be in his Heavenly Fathers arms.

When you are the the survivor of twins, you wonder what it would have been like to have grown up with a brother your age. I realize that we are not to question Gods Will that one should live on earth and the other be with Him forever.

Today is my 66th. birthday and what a wonderful life God has allowed me to have here on this earth.
I have had so much happiness and sad times too, there have been many. The joys out weigh them though. So, if we are not careful we might go through life wondering about the what ifs. God does not intend for us to do that when we promise to follow Him all the days of our lives as I have promised Him. So that I may have the assurance of having a Heavenly home some fine day when My Heavenly Father says, welcome home my daughter. He will say well done my good and faithful servant!
Oh, what a glorious day that will be.

Until He calls me home I plan on enjoying life to the fullest each day. I want to follow His commandment by telling everyone about Gods Son Jesus, that He sent to save a world of lost sinners like me.
Romans 3:23 KJV For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

First He came as a Baby; soon He will return as Divine Royalty!

On a very sad day for the rest of the family, on the 20th. day of Febuary the year was 1957, John Harrison welcomed his own sweet mother, Lula Lamb into heaven, her eternal home.
His earthly farther also joined him in his heavenly home on a cold day in December in 1970.
The Garden Gate---Gods Heavenly FlowersPosted by Deanie "CharlesAngel" on April 14, 2009 at 4:00pm
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.Rita watched her mother as she put the angel wing begonia in the pot full of potting soil. The little girl was watching with great intent. Seeing the flower being planted so carefully by her mother caused her to remember the reacurring dream that she had had about a beautiful gate.
The gate was at the edge of their farm where the forest started to get very thick with underbrush.
In Rita's dream she would go to the beautiful gate which had two angels standing by it. The angels stood at each end of the gate. She could see on the other side of the gate as far as the eye could see were the most beautiful flowers.

Mother, you should see the gate and all of the flowers on the other side of it. It is as if the gate was made of pure gold. I ask the angel on the left side of the gate what does all this mean? The angel stated that I would understand it all better some day when my life is over here on earth. I ask the angel on the right side of the gate what does all this mean? The angel also stated that I would understand it all better latter on.

Rita went on to tell her mother about her dreams.
I ask the angels what should I do so that I may enter through this Golden Gate.
They told me to go back home and tell you and everyone that I see, the story about Jesus the Savior that I have learned about at church for as long as I can remember. The Savior of the world that God sent to earth over 2,000 years ago that all may have everlasting life, in heaven with Him. The road to this gate is straight and narrow and only a few will enter through it. Only the children of God can enter through the golden gate. The angel went on to tell me that only God can open the Gate for us that we may enter into eternal life.

The little girl bowed her head and said a sinners prayer right then and there, asking God to forgive her from all her sins. She then told God that she wanted to follow him all the days of her life. God accepted her into His Kingdom, forgave all of her sins and sent them as far as the east is east and as far as the west is west, never to remember them again.

She went on to tell her mother about how the angels had given her a little glempse of the flowers in the heavenly realm of Glory. The flowers as far as she could see. One of the angels said with a smiling face.
These are the flowers for the Master's Bouquet.
Mother, don't you understand? We are the flowers for the Master's Bouquet!
Written by Claudean Brown

Comment by Deanie "CharlesAngel" on April 30, 2009 at 5:28pm Delete Comment I would like to dedicate my story, as a memorial to my Aunt Ivy, who passed into her eternal home yesterday evening around 5 pm. central daylight time. ..
Recieve New LifePosted by Deanie "CharlesAngel" on January 25, 2009 at 10:00pm
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.How does your life demonstrate that you have been transformed by recieving new life in Christ?


Anyone can experience this new life. God transforms all who by faith recieve His Son Jesus as Savior.

Here are important truths to remember when you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour.
You will find these truths in the Bible, Gods Holy Word.

1). The gospel of Jesus Christ supplies the need of people seeking spirtual fullment.

2). The gospel has the power to release people from spiritual bondage regardless of their circumstances.

3). Those who have truly recieved new life through faith in Jesus demonstrate the reality of that transformation through observable actions and attitudes.

4). You can show that you are a new creature by sharing the gospel with others, beleavers can participate with God in His miraculous work of transforming lives.

Recieve new life by beleaving in Jesus as your Savior; and live a transformed life characterized by
purpose, freedom and joy.

Acts: 16:31-NIV-They replied, "Beleave in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved"--you and your household.
Also, recomend reading the book of John.
Life is a Gift from GodPosted by Deanie "CharlesAngel" on January 18, 2009 at 10:00pm
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.

God wants us to realize that all human life is sacred. God wants us to show respect for all human life from conception to natural death.

God places high value on every human life and expects us to do the same.
We can adopt Gods attitude of valuing human life by:

1). Recognizing that all human life comes from God. God created every individual in His image and cherishes each one. We should show respect for all people.

2). Abandon self-centered attitudes. We are wise to eliminate attitudes that causes us to devalue or mistreat others. Cain's focus on self led him to jealously, hatred, and finally the murder of his brother Abel.
Am I my brothers Keeper?

3). Accept accountability for the way we treat others. We will all have to answer to God for harming others and failing to help others that are in harms way.

The age old question, Am I my brothers keeper?
The answer is ,,,YES!
A Fresh Start (Perspectives) in 2009 by: ClaudeanPosted by Deanie "CharlesAngel" on January 4, 2009 at 10:30pm
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What are perspectives? --- My Sunday School lesson today was all about a fresh start with God.
How many of us have made New Years Resolutions and they have been completely forgotten about by February or March. Well if you start these fresh starts with God in control, you will have a stronger power than your own will power.
--- Do you need a fresh start? The lesson sugested three places we can look for fresh perspectives.

1. Look into the heavens, or at Gods creations in general. We can see the evidence that He exist and is powerful beyond our comprehension.

2. We can find a fresh start by looking inside our Bible, Gods Holy Word. We can gain wisdom on how to live our lives in the best possible ways.

3. We can get a fresh perspective by looking inside our own hearts. We can see sins that we need to confess to God. Receiving Gods forgiviness for our sins is a vital step toward making a fresh start.

--- Just maybe we could make a fresh start in just one area of our lives. Perhaps I could do my daily Bible study more regular than I have in the past year.

---So, just what are perspectives?

---Notes from Claudean, "thats me," will be a regular happening on this page beginning today!
Until next time may God Bless all who read these words.

Character Makeover---40 Days with a Life Coach to Create the Best You!

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Welcome to my Blog: After being with my life coach in this wonderful book since October 10, 2008. With blogging about each chapter every week for eight or ten weeks, I have found myself missing my visits with her and her friends in the book. I really miss writing my thoughts here on my blogsite for you my accountability friends for this incredability Journey, called a Makeover for my life.
I want to thank those of you who have followed my journey through reading my blogs and commenting on them. I especially want to thank those of you who held me up in your prayers and gave me encouragement. Also, I really appreciate you that have blogged your journey and allowed so many others and myself to follow your journey too.

The most wonderful time of the year is here, the time we celebrate our Saviours birth. There never was and there never will be a Greater Love than when God sent His Son Jesus.
The Savior of the world as come. Rejoice and be glad!
4o Day Character MakeoverPosted by Deanie "CharlesAngel" on October 12, 2008 at 7:00pm
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.I am starting the Journey to day, October 12, 2008.
I have been searching the Group and trying to figrure out how to follow with other members of the Group. I may have to keep my journal on my personal blog and go from there. I will contenue to try to learn how to follow along on the Group.
Love and Prayers,
Deanie
Family DayPosted by Deanie "CharlesAngel" on October 12, 2008 at 1:00am
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.I just have to share with you all about the day I had to day with my family. To celebrate my husbands 65th birthday and our daughter-in-law T's 41st. birthday. We all went to the famous Cheesecake Factory down on the Plaza in Kansas City, Mo. for lunch. Then we went to Barns and Noble to buy books. I was able to find and purchase the book, "Character Makeover" 40 days with a Life Coach to create the best you. Yeah!
NOW I CAN JOIN THE GROUP
I will start tomorrow with the first chapter!
Until then,
Deanie
October is Breast Cancer Awareness MonthPosted by Deanie "CharlesAngel" on October 8, 2008 at 9:15pm
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.We should all have a buddy to remind them about being aware of the dangers of not having breast cancer screenings. This could be your mother, sister or friend. It just might be saving someones life.
Blessings to all who read this!
Deanie
Sovereign SundayPosted by Deanie "CharlesAngel" on October 18, 2009 at 10:15pm
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.

Simply let the Praises and Worship begin!

Today is a good day! God says that it is good.

My husband and I attended our 10 A.M. Sunday School Class this morning. It is a Bible study with other seniors. Our class is called " The Ventures Class" for retired Adults at Calhoun Baptist Church. Our lesson was about how Jesus was betrayed by Judas and deserted by all of His closest friends (His disciples) when He was in the Garden of Gethsemane. He was there to pray because He knew what agony was ahead for Him. His disciples did not understand what would happen to Him. They could not even stay awake to support Him.
Will He find us staying awake to spread the news about the Salvation we all can have through His sacrifice on the cross for the sins of a lost world?

Then we had our Worship Service at 11 A.M. Our guest speaker was a wonderful speaker that got his message straight out of the Word of God! He started in the book of Genesis. In the beginning......

This is the day that the Lord has made and He saw that it was good.

From one Pumpkin to Another--Subject: Pumpkin


A woman was asked by a coworker, 'What is it like to be a Christian?'

The coworker replied, 'It is like being a pumpkin.'
God picks you from the patch, brings you in,
And washes all the dirt off of you.
Then He cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff.
He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, and greed.
Then He carves you a new smiling face and
Puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.'
I Have Borrowed this Recipe from a Friend----Posted by Deanie "CharlesAngel" on October 10, 2009 at 8:00pm
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.I Have Borrowed this Recipe from A Friend
From "A Blog of Joy and Hope"

A healthy recipe..

4 cups of love
2 cups of loyalty
3 cups of forgiveness
1 cup of friendship
1 cup of understanding
1 cup of hope
1 cup of tenderness
4 quarts of faith
1 barrel of Laughter
1 quart of tears

take Love and Loyalty, and mix well with Faith. Blend it with Tenderness, Kindness, and Understanding. Add the friendship and Hope. and roll in laughter and sprinkle with tears. Bake it with Sunshine and serve daily to one and all. (unknown author)

---I say to you, in as much as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to me. Matthew 25:40
Jobs and Job----Another MountianWings MomentPosted by Deanie "CharlesAngel" on October 9, 2009 at 11:17pm
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.MountainWings A MountainWings Moment
#9282 Wings Over The Mountains of Life
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Jobs and Job
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If you ask the typical Christian what book and character of the
Bible represents the most severe trial, the vast majority will
identify Job.

Job was a man who had it all, then lost most of it and suffered
tremendously. There is often reference to "The Job Experience,"
and many of us will one day or are currently enduring a type of
Job experience of pain, ridicule, and suffering.

I urge you to remember this when it comes:

Job went through tremendous loss after he had been granted much.
He lost his ten children. When all was restored, everything he
had was restored double except his children. He only got ten
children back, why didn't he get twenty children?

Because he will likely see the original ten children again, he
didn't lose them, he was only parted from them in his lifetime.

Some of you will lose jobs or your current nightmares and
sleeplessness are due to the fear of losing your job. It's no
accident that job is spelled just like Job, and for many losing
your job will be your Job Experience.

It will be restored.

Scholars claim the book of Job is the oldest book of the Bible.
Perhaps intense trials at some point in our lives is the oldest
human condition.

Keep the faith, don't lose heart, and remember, like Job, you
won't lose it all, and when restoration comes, your latter days
will be greater than the former.

The book of Job has 42 chapters.

~A MountainWings Original~


Forward this issue to a friend or send them the link below:
http://www.mountainwings.com/past/9282.htm

Thank you for inviting MountainWings into your mailbox
To Brenda G T Posted by Deanie "CharlesAngel" on October 8, 2009 at 11:00pm
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.At 6:40pm on June 7, 2009, Brenda G T said…Deanie. How are you liking the Love Dare? Is it doable? Is it helping your marriage?

Talk to you soon I hope.

Bless You!
Brenda Gale

At 11:20pm on June 7, 2009, Deanie "CharlesAngel" said…I really like The Love Dare! It makes me think about things that I could very easily take for granted in my marriage and in my daily walk with the Lord, which is one of the same. Yes, it is very doable for me. Some of the dares do not apply to me as my marriage is not in a difficult state with problems. The very basics of the entire study is in fact about being more like Jesus in every aspect of our lives!
Thanks for asking!!

Have you done the study?

Love and Prayers,
Deanie

Brenda's reply:

At 8:37pm on October 8, 2009, Brenda G T said…Hi Deanie. No I haven't done the "Love Dare"... yet. I was thinking about it. Times have been tough and I'm spending more time Praising and Worshiping to get me through
My Dear -----, I do not even have to think about it, Of course I will pray for you and your ---! I Posted by Deanie "CharlesAngel" on October 4, 2009 at 11:22pm
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.My Dear -----, I do not even have to think about it, Of course I will pray for you and your ---! I will pray for marriages in general too. This covenant of marraige is taken so lightly by so many people these days. You say "stand in the gap" do you mean pray daily for you and Tom and the instution of marriage that is your Ministry at all of these blogs, websites and all of the other obligations that you have.

I will pray that you will recieve strength through the Holy Spirt, to do what God has led you to undertake in your walk with Him.
Please let me know what you want me to pray about. If there is any certian need other than what you have mentioned.

It is really strange, today we were at a Flea Market and I bought a book about A Praying Woman." The name of it is The Power of A praying Woman, written by Stormie Omartian. I have been a beleaver all of my life, but still feel inadequate when it comes to prayer!
I do know that He hears and answers our prayers!!!
I will contenue to praise God for your friendship!
In His Love, Deanie
Hey, it is Friday and I just could not resist sharing this with you all!Posted by Deanie "CharlesAngel" on October 2, 2009 at 6:00pm
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.Here is Friday's MountianWings Moment: What a wonderful way to end your day!

Happy Landings
===============

When I was in graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh,
I would change buses downtown, in front of a place called
"Happy Landings." The logo featured the front end of a smiling
plane.

I remember thinking to myself, "Next year, when I have a job,
I can afford to go night clubs like this. Then I'll be happy."

In doing so, I gave myself permission to be miserable in the
present.

I have lived most of my life that way.

When I was 15, I said to myself, "When I get a car, THEN I'll
be happy."

Later, "When we get a bigger house, THEN I'll be happy." And,
"When I get a better job, THEN I'll be happy."

Only recently have I realized that, although I have hopes for
the future, THIS IS AS GOOD AS IT GETS. Be happy...right now.

Here is what I now do:

When I go to bed, before I fall asleep, I make a list of three
things that I am grateful for that day.

Here is my list from yesterday (simple, little things):

* Listening to the Phillips Craig and Dean CD playing in my
car as I had the roof off waiting for my daughter to get off
work yesterday evening.

* Going with son and other daughter in his Jeep to pick up
dinner at Boston Market.

* Even though I am 52 years old, I still feel like I did in
high school. No aches. No pains. This is truly a miracle that
could be taken away from me at any time. But most days I just
take it for granted.

See what a difference it can make in your life if the last thing
you think about before your drift off to sleep are YOUR
blessings?

Happy landings!
A Strange Birthday PresentPosted by Deanie "CharlesAngel" on September 30, 2009 at 8:29pm
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.A Strange Birthday Present---

It is a strange birthday present.

Today is my mother's birthday. She is 76. People often think
that she is in her 40s. She looks just that young and is
amazingly spry and agile. My mother went with us when I took
my company on a trip to New York. We walked several miles.
Only one other woman could keep up with my mother.

So what was her strange birthday present?

First, there's really not much material that she doesn't have.
Trying to buy something for her is extremely difficult because
she has everything material that she wants. Her gifts have to
be of a different nature to really make an impact.

So I attached her gift in an email.

Was it a gift certificate to a fancy store?
Nope.

Was it a voucher for an exotic vacation?
Nope.

Was it a notice of the arrival of flowers or candy?
Nope.

So what was it?
It was prayers.

Prayers for her?
Nope.

It was your prayers. Forty-six pages of your prayers.
About the number of years people think is her age.

You see, my mother leads the Wednesday prayer service at our
church. Each week, the prayer team prays over the MountainWings
prayer requests one by one. I pray over them first during the
week and then the team prays over them each Wednesday.

So I attached this week's prayers as I usually do with a Happy
Birthday note.

My mother gets great joy from helping others. She really does.
Perhaps that is one of the things that has preserved her youth
and health. So the attached prayer requests and the opportunity
to go to the Heavenly Father on your account gives my mother joy.

Just as she has diligently prayed over her six sons,

so shall she pray over you.

For the prayers of a righteous mother availeth much.

~A MountainWings Original~

Note: To hear how my mother sounds, go to TheOnLineWord.com and
enter her name, Robbie Bronner, in the search box.
The Prayer Of Jabez---What does it mean to you?Posted by Deanie "CharlesAngel" on September 27, 2009 at 5:30pm
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.The Lords Pray is the prayer that I have always fashiond my prayers. Today our Guest Speaker taught from this scripture. He said since he has been praying in the way Jabez did. His work has prospered. I always like to follow through with research when I am peresented with a new or different way of worshiping my Savior. In His name is how we should pray. In the name Of Jesus!

Prayer of Jabez: What is it?

The Prayer of Jabez comes from the Bible. In 1 Chronicles 4:10, we read: "And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that Thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that Thine hand might be with me, and that Thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested." The prayer is composed of four parts. First, Jabez asks God to bless him. Second, he asks God to enlarge his territory or increase his responsibility. Third, he prays that God will be with him and stay close. Lastly, Jabez asks that God keep him from harm so that he will be free from pain.

Prayer of Jabez: Why is it important?

The Prayer of Jabez reveals that Jabez understands what many people do not -- there is only one God and He should be the center of our work God wants to bless every life. But, we must first make the choice to invite God into our life and ask for His blessings. Jabez wants to succeed and increase his sphere of influence for God. The specific sphere of influence is not important. What is important is that when we want to reach for goals and accomplishments that we have God on our side. Proverbs 16:3 says, "Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established." It is critical to understand and practice this in a close relationship with God. Further, it is equally important to stay close to God and rely on His continued support and guidance throughout life. Jabez clearly knows and prays specifically to the One who can protect him from evil and pain -- God. At the end of the verse it is clear that God approved of this faithful prayer by granting it. It is also important to see that Jabez was passionate in his plea to God: "He cried out to the God of Israel." God wants to hear that we need Him through passionate prayer.

Prayer of Jabez: What does it mean to you?

The Prayer of Jabez reminds us that everybody struggles with choosing to rely on himself or God. Whether you are a focused Christian
or just searching to find out more about God, life is a growing process. However, it is very clear in reviewing the Prayer of Jabez, as well as the rest of the Bible, that God is faithful in caring for those who seek Him. Jabez sets a great example of how God wants everyone to come to Him through constant and passionate prayer. If you are looking to start a relationship with God or improve your existing relationship with Him, start with prayer. God answers prayers when you trust Him (1 Chronicles 5:20). Prayers to God also please Him (Proverbs 15:8). We can all learn from Jabez and faithfully pray to God always in everything that we do