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Thursday, September 24, 2020

We love Him, because He first loved us

September 24, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

1 John 4:10-11,19

This is Love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us
 and sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, if this is the way God loved us, we must also love one another...We love Him, because He first loved us.


Of all the world’s languages, English may be the most lacking when it comes to the word, love. Sanskrit has 96 words for love; ancient Persian has 80, There are 11 words for ‘love’ in Arabic, with each conveying a different stage in a relationship or the falling in love process. The Greek language has three words for love. English has only one.

We say, “I love you” the same way and with the same word as saying, “I love pizza” or “I love my dog” or “I love to travel.”

Researchers have found the word ‘love’ is mentioned hundreds of times in the Bible, but the exact number of times varies by version. For example, the King James Version has “love” mentioned 310 ties but the new International Version, love is mentioned 551 times.

I suspect that is because there are four different types of love discussed in the Bible and only one word for the English translation:

·      Storge – the feeling of familiarity and love towards family

·      Philia – the love felt in the bonds between friends

·      Eros – the strong romantic feeling for your spouse.

·      Agape – the unconditional devotion for one supreme power, God.

The Agape love from God is His greatest comes from the heart of God. God’s love isn’t sentimental; it’s part of His character; it is the outpouring of who He is. 

Today’s Prayer:
Dear Lord, we can only imagine with the smallest part of our being the magnitude of the Love You have for us. We compare Your love, to Eros love for our spouse and our kids; it doesn’t have a speck of comparison. We are so blessed to be Your chosen ones, called by Your name. Help us to feel Your divine love, if only a glimpse of it. We love You, Lord in the only ways that we know how.... accept our words, our prayers, and our gratitude. May Thy Will be done in our lives. In Jesus’s precious name. Amen.

Friday, September 18, 2020

God’s Purpose for Us: Happiness, Hope and Prosperity

September 18, 2020

Jeremiah 29:11-13

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. You will call to Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.

When Americans hear the word “welfare,” they usually jump to the more modern definition of welfare: economic support given by the government to disadvantaged low-income groups.

But Webster’s Dictionary has another definition for welfarethe state of doing well, especially in respect to good fortune, happiness, well-being, and/or prosperity.

God’s plan for us – His purpose for our life – is to do well, have happiness, good fortune and prosperity. Most importantly, when we stand strong in the Lord, we have hope. He promises when we call out to Him, when we humble ourselves before Him, ask for forgiven of our sins [past and present], He will come to us...and listen.

What plans could we as short-sighted humans make that would be better then embracing the plans the Lord ha for us? Every element of our life has been planned, down to the number of days we will be alive on this planet. The Free Will we have is choosing to ask, seek and find the Lord. We have the Free Will to follow His plan ... or not. 
  • This week we talked about PURPOSE, God’s plan for our life.
    • Monday:   Romans 8:28 - All things work together for good to them that love God
    • Tuesday:  Ecclesiastes 3:1 - To every thing there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven
    • Wednesday: Proverbs 16:4 - The Lord has prepared everything for His purpose
    • Thursday: Job 42:2 - God’s purpose of cannot be thwarted
At the end of the week, we see that God’s purpose for us is above all things, above all else. God says to put Him FIRST in our life, not as an after-thought or an Sunday morning exercise. He hears our prayers, He knows our fears, He wants to magnify our faith.

Know in your heart that God is just waiting for you the ASK that He fulfill your purpose during this season of your life. No matter what you may be experiencing right now, He’s right there, by your side.

Today’s Prayer
Dear Lord, may Your purpose for our life be manifest so that You receive the glory. As Your children, we know to ask, but we’re not always patient in waiting to here YOUR purpose. We run ahead and make our plans because we don’t have enough faith or we don’t fully trust. 

Lord, make way our paths. Show us the magnificent plan and purpose You have in store for us. We embrace Your plan with gratitude. We look forward to feeling and experiencing more of You in every task we do, every word we speak, every interaction we have with others. We are grateful to be part of Your family, Lord. We pray for our country, our President, our future. We seek Your face Lord as we humble our hearts in prayer. Thy will be done in Jesus’s name. Amen.

 

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

For Everything, There Is A Season

September 15, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

Ecclesiastes 3:1  
   - with Special Guest, Catherine Latham of the HighWire

To everything, there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven

Most of us know this verse and the long list ‘seasons’ in subsequent verses. Ecclesiastes 3 was popularized by rock band, The Byrds, in 1965. The lyrics are taken almost verbatim from the King James version of book of Ecclesiastes, although the sequence of the words was rearranged somewhat for the song.

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to harvest;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.”
 
This list represents nearly all the important perspectives in our lives. Some are happy, some are sad; some are building, some are taking away; some are harsh, some imply rest.

No matter which side of the pendulum you are on right now, almost every pro/con, every ebb and flow of life is necessary to participate in Earth School. Whether we succeed or fail, our experiences are how we learn, grow, and evolve.

We all prefer life to run smoothly, with as little disruption as possible. We complain about being bored, but the truth is, most of us like our boring routine. We don’t like surprises that upend our well-established boundaries and borders. Routine makes us feel safe.

The current circumstances have turned every element of life upside down. We’ve had many changes come at us out of the blue and in rapid succession. We haven’t had time to adapt. We find our activities and our mental functions are frozen, like deer in the headlights. The easiest, safest thing to do is to comply with the New Rules, even when we know they are wrong.

What if we respond to this storm from a perspective of, “this too shall pass”? What if we are experiencing this “season” in our life for a purpose? With God's presence within our hearts, we can navigate the situation with peace, and without fear, knowing He is in control.

Sometimes the only way we know how far we have come is when we emerge even stronger, wiser, and freer...many years down the road.

Today’s Prayer:

Dear Lord, we come to You today knowing that every situation, every circumstance, every activity has a purpose in the Plan of our life when we put our trust in You. We were never assured it would be easy, but we were promised You would be with us, every step of the way. Our part is learning to trust. Life’s lessons are how we grow personally as a human and grow spiritually as a child of God. 

You never allow the season to be more than we can bear...and You promise to always help us bear the load. Thank You for the seasons in our life, when we laugh and when we cry. All we really need, Lord, is You by our side. Thank You that Your plan for my life has long been set in place. We ask for courage and protection, and a quiet heart to stay the course. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Monday, September 14, 2020

All Things Are Good in God’s Plan

September 14, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

Romans 8:28

We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.

When bad things are happening, it’s difficult to grasp that ‘all things work together for good.’ Since the early part of 2020, we have seen entire industries collapse, millions have become unemployed, thousands of businesses burned and vandalized. We’ve seen our children become pawns in this sinister COVID plot and we’ve had our sense of security and life-rhythm turn upside down.

 When God promised to work all things together for good, He didn’t mean that all the things would be easy or good. Some situations and events are decidedly bad. But God uses all things – the good and the bad, weaving them into a good outcome for those who are called by His name. He sees the big picture; He has a master plan. We need to trust the outcome is in His hands, and in His time.

When I think about “staying the course” and trusting God’s outcome “no matter what” what the journey has in store, I often think of the story of Joseph found in the book of Genesis, beginning in Chapter 37.

Joseph experienced a lifetime of bad things. When he was just 17 years old, he was sold into slavery by his brothers. Later, he was thrown in prison under false accusations where he lived in captivity for more than 13 years, until God gifted him the ability to interpret dreams. His skill brought him to the Pharaoh. Impressed, he was given full responsibility to prepare Egypt to be in a state of abundance as the entire region experienced a 7-year severe famine.

When the truth of Joseph’s identity was finally revealed to his brothers, two years into the famine, Joseph said, 

“God sent me ahead of you to establish you as a remnant within the land and to keep you alive by a great deliverance. Therefore, it was not you who sent me here, but God. (Genesis 45:7-8)...You planned evil against me; God planned it for good to bring about the present result—the survival of many people. (Genesis 50:20)

Joseph trusted God with the Plan for his life. He never questioned the separation from his family, the years of slavery, his duties through the years of famine. He lived faithful to God and to God’s plan until he died at 110 years of age

The story of Joseph inspires is to know that when we are “called according to God’s purpose,” all things will work together for good. God’s plan will not fail, no matter what it looks like in our eyes and no matter how long it takes. When we look at today’s current events and trust God’s ability to see the full length of our life, we can be sure that He is working powerfully on our behalf to fulfill His Purpose. 

Today’s Prayer:
Dear Lord, Your Word inspires us every day. Stories from thousands of years ago are as pertinent today as they were long ago. Lord, remove our doubts. Help us to have the courage to trust the plan, Your plan, no matter what it looks like to our human eyes and no matter how long it takes. We may not get what we want, what we ask for, but Lord, we trust that You will grant our requests a “this or something better.” When we keep our eyes fixed on You, we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

 

Friday, August 28, 2020

Give Jesus the Chance to Bless You: Ask - Seek - Knock

August 28, 2020 - Keep asking! - LISTEN HERE

Matthew 7:7-8

(I especially like the Amplified version of this verse:)  
"Ask and keep on asking and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking and you will find; knock and keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who keeps on asking receives, and he who keeps on seeking finds, and to him who keeps on knocking, it will be opened."

How do you feel about asking God….for everything? 
  • Are you apologetic or fearful when you ask? 
  • Do you only ask for small things? 
  • Do you ask for very few things? 
How are we supposed to ask? 

Hebrews 4:16 says to "come boldly to the throne.” 

When you were a kid and you wanted something from your dad, did you start by saying how unworthy you were to even ask? Did you creep up to his chair, grovel on the floor, beg for a toy....and then hope that he heard you?

 

Unless you had a very abusive father, it’s highly doubtful this was your approach. 


The Lord also says - "Except ye become as little children...” 
— how many times a day does your 5-year-old ask you for something? 

We have the living God, ask Him; He is open. He is accessible, He is alive. You can have a personal relationship with Him.  Be yourself before God. Present your problems and your desires to Him every day. Dream big. The God who made the entire Universe with his outstretched arm can surely meet your needs according to His riches in glory. 

Ask, Seek, Knock…. and give Jesus the chance to bless, give, do. 

Today’s Prayer: 
Dear Lord, thank You that we can ask…and that You hear our prayers. You know what is heavy on our hearts. You know what makes us happy, what makes us worry, what makes us sad. You have even numbered the hairs on your head. You have told us that we ‘have not because we ask not’. 

Today, we come to you with a humble heart and yet, with the exuberance of a 5-yo child. We ask for our heart’s desires. We ask for financial security…for health and healing….for a loving relationship…for restoration of our country to the place where we can say, “in God We Trust.” We place our desires at your feet and ask for all these things….this or something better. In Jesus’s name. Amen. 

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Is Your Faith Bigger than a Mustard Seed?

August 27, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

Matthew 17:20 


Jesus told them. “For I assure you: If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

 

Jesus said this to His disciples when they were unable to cast out a demon from a child with seizures. He scolded them for being rebellious and unbelieving. Then, HE gave them a DIRECT message, told them what to do: have REAL faith.

 

According to Webster’s dictionary, FAITH in a noun. But we have accepted faith to be something akin to “wishful thinking” like when we say, “have faith it will happen.”

 

But real, spiritual FAITH is like anti-matter: it has substance, it has weight and is the strongest, most explosive power in the Universe. If the tiniest speck of REAL faith can move literal mountains, how much more can we manifest into our lives of we learn how to harness that God-given power into our Earthly lives?

 

I spent a little time trying to find the SIZE of a mustard seed. It’s 1-2mm in size - about the size of 1/8 of a black peppercorn. Surely, we must have that much faith, right? Then why aren’t our obstacles “tossed into the sea” every single day? What else should we be doing? 

 

I have learned that Spiritual faith is not only a noun; it is also a VERB. When exercised properly, FAITH is intense action, not a passive pleading.

 

If the amount of FAITH needed to move literal mountains is a tiny speck, we are not using it nearly enough. We are not tapping into FAITH to right the wrongs in our country, in our world….in our personal lives. Think about how powerful and intense FAITH really is when applied like a verb.

 

FAITH comes from the very heart and Power of God. Faith is a powerful principle; something to be exercised. If you reread that verse, FAITH is not passive hope. FAITH is something we need to learn how to use.

 

Try this exercise:

  • Close your eyes
  • Draw God’s energy into your consciousness
  • Rap that energy in intense Spiritual love
  • Send out a “bubble” of intention toward the obstacle to be removed (blow it up!) or attaching that “bubble” like a suction cup to something you want to come into your life
  •  Hold it steady – for minutes, hours, or even days - until you “know” things have changed and you’ve felt the shift

Remember, we are fighting powers and principalities. We need to use spiritual tools. God has given them to us. Let’s learn to use them.

 

Recap of this week’s Happy Hours on FAITH:

  • Monday: Hebrews 11:6 - Without faith, it is impossible to please Him
  • Tuesday: Romans 8:31 – If God is for you, who can be against you?
  • Wednesday: Jeremiah 32:17 - Nothing is too difficult for God
  • (Today) - Matthew 17:20 – Nothing is impossible with FAITH

 

Today's Prayer:

Dear Lord, You admonished Your disciples and You gave us a directive: Have the tiniest speck of REAL faith, REAL power, and NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE. You assured us we can do ANYTHING by tapping into the REAL Power of God.

 

How much more could we do for each other if we behaved, if we believed, we are the TRUE Children of God? What if we stood Your Word and LITERALLY internalized Your promises? Today, collectively, we step into the power You have given us. They will be done…in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

If God is for Us, Who Can be Against Us? - with Charles Pixley

August 25, 2020 - With Special Guest, Charles Pixley

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Romans 8:31 

What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 

 

In these challenging times, it seems everyone is conspiring to destroy America and destroy humanity: global governments what want One World Order and One World Religion; local governors who would keep us muzzled and restricted from commerce unless we OBEY their ordinances; even those in our own families that think we’re crazy for fighting for our personal freedoms. 

 

When we pray for our country, for resolution, for security, for financial security ...or more...and we don't see results, we can feel like God doesn’t hear our prayers.

 

But if we remain strong, if we remain close to God, if we humble ourselves and pray, promises will be fulfilled.


Can the Word be any more clear: If God is for us, who can be against us? 

 

Now read Romans 8:32…the very next verse: 

God did not even spare His own Son but offered Him up for us all; how will He not also with Him grant us everything?

 

Isn’t God saying to stand on what Jesus said: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”  (Matthew 7:7) 

  • Are you asking?
  • Are you seeking? 
  • Are you knocking on the door?  
  • Are you believing your prayers will be answered? 
  • Are you frustrated…because you are not seeing answers in YOUR time frame? 

 

Today’s Prayer: 

Dear Lord, we are so grateful to internalize the message - to know in our soul - that You are on our side, You will never leave nor forsake (abandon) us, You hear our prayers…and You answer them according to Your riches in glory.  In Jesus's name, amen. 


Special prayer by Charles Pixley: 

 

In the holy name of Jesus, dear FATHER, I love You and remember You as the tiniest of atoms in this human form, please purify the intentions, clarity and outcome of this prayer.

 

Dear FATHER, bow this Your head, to this Your heart, remove darkness and obscurity from this heart and ignite the flame of Knowledge. Awaken these divine senses, of hearing, seeing, tasting, smelling and touching. Pierce the phenomena to perceive Your Divine activity in the immutable background of Your Creation and help me to understand how to best serve mankind.

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Thank you, God, for watching over our children and grandchildren. Thank You for keeping them safe and free from harm. Thank You that they are healthy, happy, prosperous, and on a straight path to awakening in the Light of Your Knowledge.

 

Thank you, God, for the gifts You have given. Thank You that what we imagine comes true. Thank you that Your Grace brings Clarity, Light, and Peace to our hearts, minds, and souls.  Lord, we thank You for the blessings You have already given and those waiting to arrive at the right time. Thank You for the blessings we understand and those we have yet to understand.

 

Thank you, God, for the guardian angels who surround us and guide us with Love, Joy and help restore and maintain our health and protect me.  Thank you because your supernatural influence makes the veils of confusion and ignorance fall from these eyes and opens new levels of consciousness. 

 

Thank you, God, because Your Knowledge casts out all fear, all illness, and all pain. You permanently increase our joy, our immune system and our life force. 


Thank you, God, that we are living a life where all blessings, abundance and true freedom comes naturally from You. Thank you, God, that we no longer crave alcohol or cigarettes. Because of You, we are physically fit and we are committed to eliminating excess fat and increasing our love of exercise. Thank You for helping us improve our physical form in preparation to receive Your Holy Spirit.  Dear God, come into this body and allow be the director of our self-control.

 

Thank you, God, that Your Goodness creates prosperity and abundance in our lives. Thank you for allowing our house to be built by wisdom and to be established on understanding.  Thank you, God, that Your Goodness and Mercy is in our lives forever.

 

Thank you, God, for aligning us with a soul mission that is perfect and powerful. Thank You that through You, we can create value for the greatest number of people by being the best teachers for the rest of mankind. Thank You for giving us ever-evolving depth love, understanding and PEACE.

 

In the Holy Name of Jesus, we Thank You.  Amen

 

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