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Giving thanks to God

This week I want to start off with a verse O give thanks unto the Lord ; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.  O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever. Psalms 136:1‭-‬3 This week in America it is Thanksgiving.  This verse says to give thanks to the Lord, and God has given us a lot to be thankful for. He is the one who has given us everything we have. To give those of you who don’t know about the history of American’s Thanksgiving day. The Pilgrims came over on the Mayflower but when they got here they had trouble growing gardens because it was starting to turn winter. About half of the Pilgrims died that winter. In the spring they met an Indian man and he taught them how to farm in America. In the fall they had a feast to thank God for bringing them through the first winter and across the ocean. This year for some of you who have had a rough year and you don’t think there anything to thank God for but if you are breathing there is something  to thank God for. So this week, before we start celebrating with our families let’s thank God for all he has done for us. Or if you are not celebrating Thanksgiving this week then thank God anyway.

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Cross shaped hole in your heart

This week I want to start off with a verse,”So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” Genesis 1:27 God created us in his image so we could have a friendship with Him. He  created us to long for a friendship with Him. To put it more clearly he put a cross shaped hole in your heart and that hole makes you feel empty when the noise stops around you. Do you try to fill the crossed shaped hole in your heart with all the things the world says will make you happy? They will not make you happy, because the only thing that can satisfy the feelings of emptiness is Jesus Christ. He also created us to have certain things pull at our heart strings and that might be where he wants you to minister. George Müller felt a pull toward the poor people of the world. One day he was walking down the street when a little girl with her little brother on her shoulders asked him for a pence to buy dinner for her and her brother. He asked her about her parents, she said, that they both died in the bubonic plague and left her with nothing. This absolutely broke George and from that day forward he worked to make the Ashley Down orphanage. So, where is God calling you to minister? May be he is not calling you to start a ministry but he maybe calling you to pack a shoebox for  Samaritan’s Purse or serve in your local church. Or maybe he is calling you to start a ministry. Maybe this week you can feel that the cross shaped hole in your heart is empty then you can fill it by clicking the gospel button below.

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Friendship

This week I want to start off with a verse, “Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare.” Proverbs 22:24‭-‬25 This Bible verse is not saying if your boss or teacher gets mad that you quit or disrespect them. This is talking about your friends who are the ones that influence you the most in your life. They may also be the ones who stick with you through the valleys.  A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24 This verse is talking about a good friend who does not always cut you down or get mad at you and in that way is closer than a brother. Would that friend stick with you if you lost everything? That is something to think about would your inner circle stick with you or would your brother? Who is in your inner circle? You should be careful who you let into your inner circle. You should not have people who are not saved in your inner circle.  It’s fine to have them in your outer circles because, how else are they going to see the light of Jesus? Jesus’s inner circle was John, Peter, and James who saw Jesus closer than any of the other disciples. So this week, let’s think about what kind of friends we have and would they stick with us?

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Facing persecution

This week I want to start off with a passage of scripture “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. John 15:18‭-‬21 ESV This is the word from Jesus to His disciples but not only His 12 disciples but all Christians. He said the world hates me they’re going to hate you. So, when you face persecution don’t be surprised because that means you’re not of this world. You do not share in the activities of this world but you are set apart from the things of this world. We face less persecution in North America, but in other areas of the world they face a lot more persecution because of their faith in the one true God. It seems most persecution in North America is not physical but usually mental persecution. They may not even realize they are persecuting you. We must not fall because we can’t take anymore. When we get mad we must not sin because the Bible says “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,” Ephesians 4:26 We must remember that all but one of the disciples were martyred for their faith. John the disciple who was not killed for his faith was severely persecuted by the people of this time. So this week let’s remember that when we face persecution let’s not lose our temper and our testimony. And when we face persecution let’s not forget to remember that our Savior faced way worse persecution than us.

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difference between knowing and knowing

This week I want to talk about the difference between knowing and knowing. The first knowing is the way you know a friend. The other knowing is the way you know your parent, brother, sister or the closest person to you. Now, let’s apply that to our relationship with Jesus Christ. Do you know Him as a father or as an acquaintance? Have you trusted Him as your Lord and Savior? Knowing God is an amazing opportunity. For thousands of years no one truly knew God, but then the veil was torn and because of Jesus we are able to go boldly to the throne of God. Jesus is waiting for you to talk to Him and read the Bible. We must not allow Jesus to wait for days for us to have time. We must set aside time for Him daily. So, when was the last time you set aside time for Him? This week I would like to challenge you to set aside time for Him daily. if you don’t know him click on the button below that says I want to know more.

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Being in the world not of the world

 This week I want to talk about being in the world without being conformed to the world. Here is this week’s verse For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:6 We need to be in the world to show His light to the world. You cannot let the world influence you. You are in the world but not of the world because if you are of the world, then you will lose your testimony. We must remember not to get caught up in what the world does, because when we get to heaven our light will not need to shine any more. We will not be able to to share the gospel. When we go to heaven there is only one thing we can take and that is other people that God helps us share the gospel with. People do not want documentation they want to see transformation. So let’s show them transformation through the way we live. So let us live the way Christ did. We should desire to be more and more like him every day. The word Christian means little Christ originally said by the world as a slur against the Christian’s but then we embraced it. So do your coworkers or classmates know you are a Christian if not this week try to be a light in your workplace or school.

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Where shall we worship

 This week I want to start off with a verse John 4:19-24, The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Jesus was talking about the church age we are in now. Where we can worship anywhere the spirit is with us everywhere we go. We must not worship the Lord out of a spirit of fear, but a spirit of referent fear of the Lord. It doesn’t matter where you worship, but who you worship and why you worship him. So this week I want to challenge you to ask yourself why do you worship him. And worship him no matter where you are.

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Christian Joy

This week I want to start off with a verse; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: 1 Peter 3:15. It says to be prepared to give an answer for your hope which brings you joy. So what is the cause for a Christians joy? It’s that we have hope for tomorrow because no matter what happens we know that Jesus is still on the throne. If we call on his name and believe in him and that he died on the cross for our sins, then we know that Jesus is the only one that can bring us joy. We must trust in one name, the name of Jesus. So where does your joy come from, the newest episode of your favorite show or the Name above all names.

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Recognizing Jesus

This week I want to talk about right after Jesus rose from the grave. He appeared to two of His followers, one named Cleapus and the other was not named. They were walking away from Jerusalem when Jesus appeared to them, but they did not recognize Jesus. As they were walking along He told them prophecies about Himself from the Old Testament(TaNaK). They did not recognize Him until He broke bread with them. When your walking away from your purpose you will not recognize Jesus. This week I want to ask you where is Jesus showing up in your life, but you didn’t recognize him until later. Maybe you could not recognize Him because you haven’t talked with Him or walk with Him in a while and your relationship has dwindled and you need to take some time this week to talk to Him. So this week I want you to look for where you are not seeing Him in your life. Then ask yourself why didn’t I recognize Him.

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Sin cycle

I’m going to start off with a verse, Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: Genesis 12:1. This verse is about Abram better known as Abarham. This verse called Abraham out of what he knew to become the father of the Jewish nation. But if he would of stayed In the land of his father who taught him to worship the gods of the Samaritans. Then the one true God told Abraham to get out of his current cycle of sin and Idolatry. So that God could grow His people into a great nation, His nation. Both in size and in spirit, it’s better to get out of the sin pattern. So you can set a pattern of being in God’s word and prayer. As much as change can feel weird and even really annoying but change is good because it causes you to set new cycles in your life. Back to Abraham, when God calls him out so he could bring a redeemer through sinners. This is believed to be at the same time Job and Melchizedek king of Salem, a priest, were called out of sin to do extraordinary things for Him. You can see this all through out the Bible, and if you’re new to Christianity or you have been a Christian for a long time he wants you to stop being in sinful cycles. And set up a new cycle in your life. May be your not a Christian and if so I want to Encourage you to click the button that says the Gospel. To read the Gospel presentation because God wants to call you out of the cycle of sin in your life
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