Isaiah 6:8 "Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? ' And I said 'Here am I, Send me!' "

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  • Leadership by: Myles Munroe

    We all have the ability to lead. It’s a gift that God has given all of us. The extent of leadership may be different for each person but God can call any of us into leadership. Don’t be afraid to be the example for once, to stand up and direct people to where God wants them to go because it’s in you and He can draw it out. Have faith, stand strong, and follow God’s lead. God is the ultimate leader and He created us in His image. Be a leader by His strength today. Sometimes you lead people by just being you, by being an example. You never know what God is working on your behalf in the lives of others. God doesn’t want you to be afraid of this.
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  • Our Nation, Sight, Vision, Our Eyes

    Proverbs 29:18
    “Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.”

    This nation is suffering because of its lack of vision of Who God is. Our nation is losing itself because it’s losing sight of God. Why are we losing sight of God? Because we are too busy trying to figure out how far we can push the line before what we are doing is considered sin or wrong. Instead of focusing on the things we want to do or think we want to do we need to start focusing on what God is instructing us to do and what His Word says is right and just. We are losing sight of what our country was founded on and what we as a church are suppose to do to preserve it’s traditional values and morals. This nation was founded on God and until we give it back to Him it will continue to fall apart and fall into a downward spiral. We can be the change, but first we need to ask God for the vision. We need to see Him again and we can only do that y repenting and asking Him to reveal Himself to us once more. God wants us to be leaders, so let’s start leading. God wants this nation’s heart back.
    In Exodus 20:4-6 God says “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” This nation has put it’s list for sin over God and God doesn’t take it lightly. God wants our souls back and we need to ask for His forgiveness and ask for His sight back and when we do He will forgive us just as He has promised in
    1 John 1:19 where it says “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Our nation can be saved but it starts with us and a repentant heart to our God and Saviour. Through Jesus we have hope and a future.image

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  • A Man With A Dream and A Woman With Vision

    One of the biggest make or breaks for many Godly men in the Bible was a woman. An unGodly woman brought the man to ruin, but the Godly woman brought him honor and great support. God created the woman to be the helper. Ladies please be a Godly woman for your husband. There’s only two beings he’ll share his dreams with God and you. He’ll take you at your word, don’t be the reason he fails or fails to try. When making a decision that God has instructed him for his family he’ll need all the respect and support you can give. Cause you have the power to make or break him with your words and actions.
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  • Culture, Same Sex Marriage, and God’s Word

    Isaiah 40:6-8 (NIV)
    6 A voice says, “Cry out.”
    And I said, “What shall I cry?”
    “All people are like grass,
    and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field.
    7 The grass withers and the flowers fall,
    because the breath of the Lord blows on them.
    Surely the people are grass.
    8 The grass withers and the flowers fall,
    but the word of our God endures forever.”

    No matter what it is, God does not change based on the culture. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. His Word stands forever and His Truth surpasses the horizons.
    Sin is still sin, it doesn’t matter how you mask it. Whether we are talking about same sex marriage, lying, stealing, coveting, gluttony, etc. we all sin and it’s all wrong to God. Just because a culture says it’s not changes nothing. It’s like saying that a door made completely of wood is not made out of wood. You can say it all you want, you can believe it all you want, but it doesn’t change the fact that the door is still made of wood. It’s like saying a push door is not a push door. The sign says push and all evidence points to it being a push door, but you say it’s a pull door. You can say it’s a pull door, you can wish it’s a pull door, you can believe it’s a pull door, you can try to change the sign and pull with all your might declaring it is a pull door but at the end of the day you can not change the fact that it is a push door.
    It will never pull in it will only ever push out.

    The same with our culture, sin, and God’s Word. The culture can say that God’s Word is wrong, it can say that sin is not sin, it can change it’s laws, and disobey but it can not change what God’s Word says is sin into a socially acceptable norm with no repercussions.

    If society says “Stealing is ok. I mean some people have an urge to steal, some people really want something without paying for it therefore they should have the right to just take it.” If society changed the law to make stealing legal would that really make it ok? No, it changes nothing. It’s still wrong and still hurtful to yourself and to others.

    The point is that while we do not have the right to say who goes to heaven and who goes to hell God did give us guidance in His Word to direct us from the things that can harm us. God corrects us for our own good. As Christians we can not deny these Truths, they are for our own good. Like I said we all sin and we all have things to work on but we can not let our culture go down the tubes by staying silent. We must resolve within ourselves that God’s Word is Truth and stand in our beliefs and let no one sway us.

    God loves everybody, God loves me. Yet God never tippy toes around telling me when I’m messing up. God corrects me when I’m wrong because He loves me. If He didn’t love me He’d let me continue down a destructive path. God loves me enough to tell me the truth, even if it offends me. Trust me when I’m in the wrong state of mind God will correct me and in my rebellious state I sometimes get offended but in the end I realize I was wrong and God’s correction is for my own good. The Truth is offensive but it’s Life giving and Life saving.

    At some point we must all come to the place of Joshua 24:14-15 (NIV)
    14 “Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

    Jesus is the only way and His way is freedom, His way is life. Leaders do not change this, nations do not change this, cultures do not change this.

    At the end of the day we can not sacrifice Truth at the Altar of offense.
    – Christine Sawyer
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  • The Cost

    The cost of not following Jesus is a lot higher than the cost of following Him. To be out from under His grace and forgiveness is a burden much too heavy for the human heart to carry.
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    “Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord” (Phil. 3:8)

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  • How Long: A Wayward Nation

    How much longer will this nation call what is good evil and what is evil good? How much longer will the church sit back and be silent while the nation redefines our culture legalizing gay marriage and saying people like Bruce Jenner are heroes and our soldiers are called scum?
    A nation where Christians are forced to go against their beliefs because of political correctness. Where authority is questioned and lawlessness runs rampant. This happened in the Bible during Elijah’s time. When Elijah went to Mt. Carmel Israel was in a time where they had forsaken God’s commands and turned to worshipping Baal. Jezebel was out executing the prophets of God. This nation is being punished greatly for its choices. The Bible talks about calling good evil and evil good in Isaiah 5:20 it says “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” God is not pleased with our decisions and our rebellion and we are suffering greatly for our choices. It’s up to the church to stop sleeping and stand up for Truth, to stand up for God’s Word and God’s laws. In 2 Chronicles 7:14 it says “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” If we repent and ask God for forgiveness he will bring healing to our land. As Christians we must ask God to help us be courageous enough to tell the truth and lead the way to repentance. God will show Himself to this nation and He will have the last word so choose wisely which side you will be on. The Bible says God is an all consuming fire anything that belongs to Him remains but anything that is not will be destroyed.

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  • The Promises Of God, The Word Of God, And The Holy Spirit

    1 Kings 8:56
    “Praise be to the Lord, Who has given rest to His people, Israel just as He has promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises He gave through His servant Moses.”
    The Bible is full of promises God has given to His children. Promises that we often forget about for many reasons. One reason being we are consumed by everyday things that we don’t focus on God, another is fear and doubt which sneak in and again redirect our attention to our circumstances instead of God, sometimes we just haven’t read some of the promises yet, or we didn’t take the time to study and pray about them, and there are so many other reasons we forget.
    Regardless of whether we witness them or not God’s promises are fulfilled. God fulfills His promises for us on a daily basis. It’s just whether or not we notice them or not. I often wonder how many times God protected me from potential disaster or harmful situations. I remember one time when I was 10 years old a friend of mine’s parent was driving me home from their house and we had started driving but I hadn’t put on my seatbelt yet. While I was looking out the window I heard the Holy Spirit say to me “put your seatbelt on.” So I immediately did and less than a minute later a deer darted out in front of my friend’s car and he hit it. I jerked forward but thank God He warned me because instead of smashing my face against the chair in front of me or worse I only experienced some minor whiplash. In short God promises to protect us from the enemy and that was a day God fulfilled His promise to me. I went home that night instead of to a hospital.
    Whenever I’m offered extra hours at work I stop and thank God for providing for me. It’s the big as well as the small things that God does for us that we should give thanks for. We see what we allow our eyes to be open to and closed to what we want them to be closed to. God’s Word is ever moving around us. God’s Word is living and through God’s Holy Spirit it breathes life into our very being. It’s something that can only be seen through the Holy Spirit but if we close our hearts and minds to Him then we will only see with the carnal eyes and our carnal sight is truly blindness.
    I’ll put it this way, the Bible is like a 3D movie and the Holy Spirit like the glasses. Without the 3D glasses a 3D movie appears blurry and what is going on in the movie is often misunderstood because of the skewed vision of the viewer. But a 3D movie combined with the 3D glasses has life and dimension. The viewer can see every detail of the movie. The storyline comes to life and all of the behind the scenes complexity that went into the design of the movie all comes together and makes sense to the sight of the viewer.
    What I’m saying is the Bible without the Holy Spirit cannot be understood by the human mind and heart. The corruption in a man’s heart and mind skews his vision and understanding of God’s Word. Therefore man cannot see nor comprehend all of the life that is offered to man in the Bible. The Bible says that the Word of God is foolishness to those who do not have the Holy Spirit. Which is why people like Miley Cyrus can say that it’s “fake”, they can’t see it and therefore they mock it.
    I can’t even begin to explain the issues brought into a man’s heart by the fall, but I can explain this. All the answers you are looking for are in the Bible. Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose again on the third day taking our punishment. The Bible says the penalty of sin is death (physically and Spiritually) a fact that we see every day. Our earthly bodies will die but Jesus died so that our spirit could live forever with Him. When we surrender our lives to Jesus we are covered by His sacrifice and we are made new. Every day He helps us to be better than we were the day before. God sees Jesus and forgives our sins. When we get saved we receive the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit guides us through God’s Word.

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  • Nail Scarred Hands

    Scars can be a reminder of a painful past or a symbol of a glorious future victory. It all depends on how you look at it. Jesus’ nail scarred hands remind me of the victory I have in Him. The victory I have because of the pain He endured at the cross. Jesus’ painful time leading up to and at the cross left scars on the hands of the Saviour of the world and it is in those scars that I can overcome.
    Because Jesus told us He wouldn’t take us out of the world but that He would give us the strength to overcome it. We experience pain but the pain is but a moment before the victory. My scars remind me of all He’s given me victory over.

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  • A Man Of Noble Character

    “A man of noble character cannot exist without the presence of God. Who is The Author of nobility and the One in whose image the man was created.”
    -Christine Sawyer
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  • The Jews, The High Priest, and Jesus

    John 19:9-22(note that in John 19 it specifically states the chief priests)

    A lot of people hate the Jews because they crucified Jesus. The thing is that it was prophesied that Jesus would come and be rejected by his own people, also if they hadn’t then the world wouldn’t be Redeemed.

    What most people forget is that the Jewish High Priest had to be the one to offer Jesus as a sacrifice unto God. In The Old Testament there was the Levitical Priesthood. The High Priest was the one who would go into the temple and present the sacrifice to God, if the priest was not in right standing with God then he would die. Many people say that Pilate was the one who crucified Jesus but Pilate wanted no part in it and the only reason he was involved was because of the laws of the land. Pilate found nothing wrong with Jesus and tried to give an easy way out but when given the Jews and The High Priest the choice they shouted crucify Him. So Pilate did not offer Jesus up but the High Priest.

    If Pilate had offered Jesus He wouldn’t have been considered a good sacrifice unto God. Jesus fulfilled the Law, everything He did up until the cross and even after was to fulfill it making Him the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. So why would Jesus follow everything up to that point and then break what God was doing then? The point I’m trying to make is don’t hate the Jews because if they hadn’t done what they did none of us would be saved right now.

    Jesus came first to the Jews and then to the Gentiles but God’s chosen people are the Jews. They fulfilled His prophesies and they trusted and believed Him from the beginning. God is going to continue to bless them and we need to as Christians continue to pray for them, pray for Israel. Jesus is alive and He loves the Jews just as much as He always did.

    “John 19:9-22 (NIV)

    9 and he went back inside the palace. “Where do you come from?” he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10 “Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?”

    11 Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”

    12 From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jewish leaders kept shouting, “If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar.”

    13 When Pilate heard this, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judge’s seat at a place known as the Stone Pavement (which in Aramaic is Gabbatha). 14 It was the day of Preparation of the Passover; it was about noon.

    “Here is your king,” Pilate said to the Jews.

    15 But they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!”

    “Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked.

    “We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests answered.

    16 Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified.

    The Crucifixion of Jesus
    So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. 17 Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.

    19 Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: jesus of nazareth, the king of the jews. 20 Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. 21 The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.”

    22 Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”

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