message by the late rev david wilfekson

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Rev. David Wilkerson
THE EYE OF THE LORD IS ON HIS CHILDREN

In the midst of this worldwide “shaking of all things,” what is God’s great concern? Is it the events in the Middle East? No! The Bible tells us God’s vision is trained on His children: “Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy” (Psalm 33:18).

Our Lord is aware of every move by every living thing on Earth. And yet His gaze is focused primarily on the well-being of His children. He fixes His eyes on the pain and needs of each member of His spiritual body. Simply put, whatever hurts us concerns Him.
To prove this to us, Jesus said, “Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28). Even in the midst of great world wars, God’s primary focus is not on the tyrants. His focus is on every circumstance in His children’s lives.

Christ says in the very next verse: “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father” (Matthew 10:29). In Christ’s day, sparrows were the meat of the poor and sold two for a penny. Yet, Jesus said, “Not one of these small creatures falls to the ground without your Father knowing it.”

Jesus’ use of the word “fall” in this verse signifies more than the bird’s death. The Aramaic meaning is “to light on the ground.” In other words, “fall” here indicates every little hop a tiny bird makes.

Christ is telling us, “Your Father’s eye is on the sparrow not just when it dies but even when it lights on the ground. As a sparrow learns to fly, it falls from the nest and begins to hop along the ground. God sees every little struggle it has and He is concerned over every detail of its life.”

Jesus then adds, “Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:31). Indeed, He says, “The very hairs of your head are all numbered” (10:30). Simply put, the One who made and counted all the stars—who monitored every action of the Roman Empire and who keeps all the galaxies in the orbits—has His eye fixed on you. And, Jesus asks, “Are you not worth much more to Him?”

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christian testimony

 

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He s toured the World and his band has sold more than 150 million records. But What makes Brian Littrell tick?

Joy Tibbs found out Brian Littrell has been a Back- street Boy for more than half his life, but his love for music and for God began even earlier.
He grew up listening to and making music, and was always aware that God’s hand was upon his life.

“Music has always been my influence growing up,” says the American pop star. “l grew up as a little boy singing at church and it was always part of what I did. I sang at my church, in gospel choirs and in choirs at school. My grandparents were singing, my mum and dad sang and my brother sings.

“I remember being about nine or ten and I went to a church service and asked the choir director ifl could have the adult choir sing behind me for a special song I was doing. It was the first time the adult choir had accompanied a kid. It was something I loved and still love to do, but I didn’t know I was going to make a career out of it.”

Brian, now 39, had always seen himself becoming a church minister and was about to pack his bags to go to Bible college when he received a call from cousin Kevin Richardson asking him to fly from Lexington, Kentucky, to Orlando, Florida, to join his band. The very next day — April 20,1993 — he was on a plane and the five- member band was officially formed.

Explaining his decision to join the band and the way he has chosen to live his life ever since, Brian says, “l knew God was multiplying my audience all around the world to have the ability to talk about my faith and who I am, as a father, a husband and a man offaith.

“It’s always been my foundation when it comes to how I make my decisions; how I go about my personal and professional life. My faith has always kept me grounded. The music world will chew you up and spit you out, so you need that foundation. So many people get caught up in the glitz and glamour and they lose themselves. It’s a tough business; you always have to be on.” While there are countless young stars who seem to make tabloid headlines for all the wrong reasons, Brian has always worked hard to live a godly life.

“There is always temptation, but it’s about how you deal with it,” he explains. “I’ve been happily married almost 14 years now and we have a very stable, strong relationship. Even my fans know that my wife is part of me. You never see us one without the other. That’s a good thing. I think we can set an example for artists in the future and for regular people, because that’s all we really are.

“It’s tough. Everything is so instant nowadays. You really have to know who you are going in, because hopefully that’ll be the person you are when you come out. Nothing lasts forever.”

Talking about the highlights of his career as one of the Backstreet Boys, Brian struggles to pinpoint one particular moment or experience.

“There are so many. Last year we received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. We’ve sold 130 million albums worldwide. That’s a lot of records and that’s touched a lot of people’s lives. It’s been a ride; a fun ride. It’s also been tough. There have been highs and lows.

“We’re coming up on our 21st anniversary, so I’ve been a Backstreet Boy for more than half my life. I guess I’ll be a ‘boy’ forever. The best part of being an artist in general is the influence you do have on people; knowing that you’ve really touched someone in a positive way. I think that’s why God put me in this situation.”

As well as being part of the best-selling boy band of all time, Brian launched a solo career producing Christian music in 2006. His debut album Welcome Home has sold more than 100,000 copies and the singer has won four GMA Dove awards since the album launched.

Describing his musical sound and his aim in making his own music, Brian adds, “| call it an eclectic style. We make music for fans of all ages. In Christian music, maybe I can tell a different story and share who I am versus the pop star. Being a pop star is great, but I’d much rather be my little boy’s hero.”

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pastor’s weekly thought

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Rev. Ian Williams
LOOK AND SEE

It is wise to be looking for the good in all things, looking for God in everything, looking for something in the nothing. Then you can find you can do all things through Jesus Christ.

It’s easy to be taken up with the negative in lots of situations but begin to look for the good, the positives, the qualities, the benefits of situations. Look for the good in other people, in your family, your spouse, partner, children, parents.

If God is for you who can be against you? We have a God who stands for us and with us in the skirmishes, in the battles and through the storms. Even when you are in a fiery situation where all hope seems lost and you feel abandoned, God will walk with you, just as He did with Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego (Mishael, Hananiah and Azariah) in the furnace. Jesus will walk through fire with you.

Focus on Jesus Christ in your situation where it appears as if nothing is happening. Don’t withdraw or separate yourself from the Lord but remain connected to Jesus and to the believers.

And then, in all things, you will find that you are more than a conqueror in those situations. By putting Jesus first you will find you will prevail, your strength will increase and your boldness will increase.

He gives you strength so you can do everything through Him. Understand that God is for you and step out in faith knowing you will be able to overcome anything that is thrown at you.

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sermons to note

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#Rev. E. Anderson

THE DIVINE PURSUIT

Reading Psalm 27

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Introduction

We recognize from the words used here that the Lord has spoken to the psalmist. He has said to him most clearly: “Seek ye my face.” The response was made in word and there is every reason to believe that David would make the commitment and follow it through.

He is in very confident mind and mood and reveals his thoughts and convictions to the Lord. His faith is strong in the Lord and his whole being is focused and centred on Him. There are two choice verses that already place the Lord in perspective and give Him central stage and platform.

v1 affirms his utter confidence in the Lord from two angles. He positively asserts the Lord is both his light and strength. He is his personal source of revelation and power. Already he has known, in a marked degree, the disclosure of the Lord’s mind in his situations and they have been his salvation The Lord is never been in the dark and always has been willing and able to make known His plan and works of deliverance. At the same time, he has experienced the Lord’s energy in his being. He has felt divinely the Lord and His ability to deal with every form and force of evil.

v4 affirms his utter commitment in relation to the Lord. There is this overwhelming desire to dwell in the house of the Lord. He wants to make his personal abode in the divine sanctuary. It is there where things really happen as far as he is concerned. Two things of utmost worth are sensed there: ‘To behold the beauty of the Lord’. This is priority above all else. He wants to be able to gaze upon the glory and majesty of the Lord. He would really like a Moses experience – Exodus 33:18 or a Peter, James and John disclosure of the Christ – Matthew 17; 2 Peter 1:16,17. Somehow he knew, in spite of all that he had experienced of the splendour of the LORD, the psalmist needed to see more. But then, there was further benefit and delight: ‘to enquire in His temple’. To be able to hold conversations with the LORD and to find out His ways and doings. It was to be a very worthwhile exercise. There was so much to go for and appreciate.

“This world has too low a ceiling for aspiring man!” – Hamilton

It is into this healthy state of affairs that the LORD speaks. Of course, He must have been pleased beyond measure by what was being recorded and He adds something further in reply to the prayer of v7. The psalmist is desirous of some further manifestation of the LORD’S kindness and requests an answer. He gets it by this summons from the LORD v8. It looks as if the pursuit must become more intense. He is already on the right road but the LORD is underlining the whole inward aspirations of His servant. Why does the LORD give this direction when already he has indicated his commitment? It is to strengthen and endorse the procedure of his being. Also, the psalmist needs to know in added measure the reasons why he should be in quest of the LORD. Why did the LORD want him to seek His face? A good question because in contemplating the answer one has the inspirational and inspirational level raised. What has the LORD got in mind? What purposes has He in view with such an increased and intensified seeking?

1/. HE WANTS A CLOSER INTIMACY WITH HIMSELF

Whatever the psalmist had known and experienced with regard to relationship with the LORD, it is evident, the LORD was endeavouring to have it improved on to provide the way for a greater revelation of Himself. The LORD was desirous of him getting on closer terms so that He might unfold Himself to him in a more significant fashion. Whatever had been his lot, he had not exhausted the LORD but there was much more to be discovered and this could only be as the seeking was intensified.

One must see this as an earnest attempt by the LORD to take things a stage further and to give fresh manifestations of His person. It was possible for the psalmist to be static and stay where he was or be upgraded in His knowledge of the LORD. If he remained where he was there would come a mediocrity and a possible complacency that would deaden and destroy what had gone before. The intimate communion as it was increased would benefit him enormously. The showing of His face was the prelude to a great deal more.

Paul was driven by a divine aspiration that made him lose the sight of and desire for other things – Philippians 3:10. All other factors were insignificant in comparison and contrast to a disclosure of the LORD. He wants to come through on a personal, intimate front.

2/. HE WANTS TO SPEAK AT A DEEPER LEVEL

As the intimate factor is increased, in the result of the showing of His face, there comes in-depth conversations. He starts to utter things of great significance into the life and expresses His tremendous knowledge and understanding. The basic reason why so many live and walk in darkness is that they do not truly know the voice or mind of the LORD. In the deeper level of life they have no real consciousness of the LORD and His ways. The LORD does not want to appear in silence with nothing to say. He wants people to seek Him so that He can contribute messages that will have a direct bearing upon faith, life and situations.

The LORD appears to offer some prospect to His disciples on this front in John 16:12. There were things He wanted to convey to them but their own spiritual condition prevented Him from speaking at a greater inner depth. This would be remedied in the coming days by the advent of the Holy Spirit and by, no doubt, their own divine quest. There would be awakened within them a genuine seeking after the LORD which in turn would mean the LORD speaking at a deeper level. Isn’t this one of ministries of the Holy Spirit? 1 Corinthians2:11,12,16. They would have a resident, permanent Mentor to teach and instruct them – 1 John 2: 20, 27.

3/. HE WANTS TO RAISE LIFE TO A HIGHER EXPRESSION OF HIMSELF

No matter how far David had come with the LORD as a boy, teenager and man, there still needed to come a much greater expression of the LORD through him. It was now time at this point in his affairs to see the LORD at work in greater acts of love and faith. All that had been was nothing in comparison to what was going to be done as he sought the face of the LORD. The face of the LORD was the assuring factor that he would enable him to go forth and achieve whatever would be set before Him. As he reflected a stronger state of devotion to the LORD in the quest, so He would behold the LORD responding in like fashion.

If there are no high expressions of the LORD in supernatural power and glory, the root cause may lay in this direction. There is a real absence of seeking the LORD at His behest. Our risen LORD has gone to the Father so that we should seek the Father through Him and thus the greater and higher expressions of the Godhead – John 14:12. Situations can be turned right round if only His face is sought.

4/. HE WANTS TO GIVE DIRECTION TO LIFE

The psalmist was aware of the fact that he really did need divine guidance in his life. This is a subject matter in the context of the psalm vii. He knew that if he was to really get anywhere then he must be directed from above. How was this to come about? Only as he sought the face of the LORD would there be any hope of success in this. David learned within his life that it was important to be able to seek the LORD with regard every situation – c.f. 1 Samuel 30: 8. He was absolutely certain that the LORD would not mislead or misdirect.

There are moments within the life and experience of everyone that they require definite and precise direction. There are occasions when God expects us to use our commonsense and there are other times when there has to be a seeking of His face. No decision or step must be taken until there has been a gen¬uine seeking of the LORD’S face. If things are going wrong and are getting worse, it is imperative to turn to God to see and hear what He has to reveal and say – Joshua 7.

David knew how desperate it was to have the LORD with him. This is why he further prayed with regard to the face of the LORD v11.. Nothing and no one must be allowed to stop the LORD conveying His word to him. The LORD must be with him to give all needful help and direction. He wants to be the Director of life hence the summons and the pursuit. Those who want the direction of God in all their affairs make it their business to seek Him for His know how.

5/. HE WANTS TO PAVE THE WAY FOR THE MANIFESTATION OF HIS GOODNESS

The NIV puts v13 as “I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD…” Does not this come out of seeking the LORD? Faith must have come as he sought the LORD and delivered him from fainting and he was encouraged to expect to see yet again the evidence of His love and kindness. Seeking His face means there will inevitably be tremendous tokens of the lovingkindness of the LORD.

One cannot be before the LORD and in His presence without experiencing displays of His love and care. It was the way to taste in greater fulness the rich benevolence of the LORD. There is no limit in this regard. The more a person seeks Him the more there will be the exhibition of His concern and commitment in tokens of good deeds. This is why David could affirm : ” Surely goodness….’- Psalm 23: 6 because he was ever in pursuit of the LORD. He lacked nothing. All that he required was provided for by the LORD. Forever he was tasting God’s great goodness – Psalm 34: 8.

All the essential things of life are extended to and experienced by those who seek the LORD – Ps. 34:10. He makes absolutely certain that there is a sufficiency of supply to whatever is required. See also Matt 6:33. The promise of God holds good in this connection.

6/. HE WANTS TO ANSWER THE ISSUE OF THE ENEMIES

David did seem to have quite a few enemies. The psalm commences in this direction vv2, 3, 6, 12. They were a real source of trouble and contention. Throughout his life and service he appears to have those on the scene who made life pretty difficult. They were a problem that had to be dealt with. He did experience some great deliverances and acts of salvation and was in confident mood in relation to the same. But was there still some lurking fear factor? See his admission on one occasion – I Samuel 27:1. But he does place his trust in the LORD v5; Ps.56: 3; 3: 6. However, seeking and seeing His face does have a remarkable outcome in eliminating every last trace of fear. Any lingering doubts are more than dealt with by the LORD. His face has the effect of calming lurking negative attitude.

7/. HE WANTS TO MINISTER TO THE HEART CONDITION

In seeking the LORD v8 there must be the inevitable ‘waiting on the LORD1 v14. They are bound together. In seeking His face there comes the moments when there has to be a quiet, resting before Him. The seeking is free from strain and stress. If there has been strain and stress then He is able to deal with it in a dynamic way. He has ways and means of strengthening the heart. He does not want any of His people suffering from heart murmur and failure – Isa. 40: 31.

CONCLUSION

Apparently the words of the LORD are addressed in the plural – “YOU SEEK MY FACE.” It is something that the LORD calls everyone to do. No one is left out. It is applicable to all. None are left out and none can opt out.

He is looking for the personal response and action of each one. There needs to be a reply to Him- “Your face, LORD, will I seek”. He expects a positive and immediate reply so that He can reply in every possible way. heart. This being the case, there is everything to anticipate and look forward to in Him.

When is it time to seek? The prophet Hosea leaves us in no doubt – Hos. 10:12.
How are we to seek? Deut. 4 :29 There has to be a heart commitment. This is how God expects it and this is how the psalmist gave it. The LORD knows whether we are in pursuit of Him with all the heart and being and will respond.

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womens page

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Joyce Meyer
MAKE THE WISE CHOICES IN LIFE

One of the greatest gifts the Lord has given us is the power to choose. In fact, every day, we are faced with hundreds of decisions. We decide whether or not to get out of bed, what we’ll eat, what we’ll do, what we will think about, and what we will say. We make decisions about everything from how we style our hair to how we will react to more serious situations at work or at home.

While it may seem like many of our daily choices are not that significant, it’s important to understand that they do matter.

In Deuteronomy 30:19, God says, “I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live.”
It’s important to understand that every choice you make is a seed you sow, and those seeds produce fruit in your life — either for life or death. So if we want to have the life Jesus died to give us — an abundant life full of peace and joy — then we need to make wise choices.

I think many times we can be good at focusing on life’s ‘big’ decisions only to be defeated by the small ones. The Song of Solomon 2:15 actually tells us that it’s the ‘little foxes‘ that spoil the vine. Likewise, the many small decisions we make every day add up and greatly impact our lives.

Let me give you an example. I make it a habit to go to bed at 9 o’clock every night so that I can be asleep by about 9:30. If I get to bed on time, then I’m able to get up on time and spend quality time with God before I have to go on with the rest of my day. Now, some people might think, does your bedtime really matter that much?

Yes! Because if I decided to simply go to bed whenever I felt like it, I would sabotage my time with God – the very thing I need to grow as a Christian. After a few days, I would also end up feeling tired and worn out from staying up late and begin to wonder why everything seemed so difficult.

This seems so simple, yet I believe ‘little’ things like this affect our lives more than we realise. Using wisdom in our choices means living deeper than what we want, what we think, and what we feel.

Wisdom always chooses to do now what it will be satisfied with later on.

Conversely, foolish choices are often made without any consideration of the consequences. I’ve actually seen the word foolishness defined as ‘without commonsense‘.
Now here’s the great news: if you have made foolish choices (and we’ve all done it) and you’re not happy with the way things are right now, you can change. The greatest way to overcome a series of bad choices is to make a series of good ones.

It is extremely important to understand that none of us can change ourselves. Only God can give us the strength and ability to change our habits and the way we think, talk, and act. Only he can help us make great decisions for our lives. ‘

I know this because there was a time in my life when I desperately wanted to change… I wanted to be a better person who made right decisions. But it was clear that I couldn’t do it on my own. I needed God to heal me, strengthen me, and make me secure and whole in Christ. Only then was I able to choose life on a regular basis.

Whatever changes you need to make, I encourage you to go to God for help. Pray and ask him to guide you and give you the strength to make wise choices. I believe you can do it. If your progress seems slow, don’t get discouraged and never give up. Because when you stay determined to make wise choices, things will eventually start to change… and you will begin to see the great life God has for you.

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messages from the minor prophets

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Rev. E. Anderson
GLORIOUS PROSPECTS

Zephaniah 3: 9-20

This short prophecy ends on the high note of divine revelation. God’s servant is given a very wonderful disclosure of what is to be for the household of God. Whilst much has occurred that meant gloom and sorrow, it is not to finish up like that. There is a new day to dawn that will not herald further conflict and disaster but the opposite. Fantastic things are going to be brought about by Jehovah. All that He has ever dreamed, planned and wanted for them and Himself is going to ultimately realised and all will have cause to rejoice.

1/. THERE IS TO BE A UNITED STATE OF WORSHIP

For the first time there will be a pure and true state of worship on a universal scale because of the divine work of grace and purification that will occur – v9. It will be a welcome and inspired time and place to be in amongst a great worshipping throng. It will be an unequalled occasion of divine celebration.

2/. THERE WILL BE THE REMOVAL OF ALL REBELLION

Sin that has caused continual rebellion will be removed and there will be a glorious accord with God and with all people. The sinful element of pride will also be expunged and those who would possess and express it. The atmosphere all will be the best possible this enhancing everyone and everything – vv10, 11.

3/. THERE WILL BE THE MANIFESTATION OF HUMILITY AND FAITH

The spiritual qualities of lowliness and faith will be present and active will also make a tremendous difference. No one will be seeking up man ship and all will be generated and quickened by a divine trust in God and each other. – v12. All lying and deceiving will cease thus creating the grounds of perfect trust.

4/. THERE WILL BE A CONDITION OF UNIVERSAL PEACE

Everyone will be at peace in themselves, with each other and with God – v13. No tension or conflict will be in evidence because the inward state of all will enjoy a unique tranquility.

5/. THERE WILL BE UNTOLD DELIGHT AND JOY

The call to sing and be glad will be responded to and there will be every reason to because of the cessation of divine judgement, the removal of the enemy and the end of troubles. All the negative is gone and a new order begins! vv14,15

6/. THERE WILL BE THE DWELLING OF GOD IN THE MIDST

This will be the highlight: God dwelling amongst them and He is to take great pleasure and delight in and over them – vv15-17. At last Jehovah will be able to fully express His untold delight even with singing!

7/. THERE WILL BE THE RESTORING OF FORTUNES AND AN HONOURABLE NAME BESTOWED

The final consideration is the recouping of all that has been lost and a name given to God’s people by God that will be truly respected. It will be true by reason of their new state and the fact that Jehovah has so named them – vv18-20.

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powerful quotes

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Rev. Leigh Goodwin
POWERFUL QUOTES

“The angry word is a blow struck at our brother, a stab at his heart: It seeks to hit, to hurt, and to destroy. A deliberate insult is worse, for we openly disgrace our brother in the eyes of the world, causing others to despise him” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“If one man calls you a donkey, pay him no mind. If two men call you a donkey, look for hoofprints. If three call you a donkey, get a saddle”.

Get your friends to tell you your faults, or better still, welcome an enemy who will watch you keenly and sting you savagely. What a blessing such an irritating critic will be to a wise man, what an intolerable nuisance to a fool!” Charles Spurgeon

“I would rather be disagreed with by someone who understands me, than to be agreed with by someone who does not understand me” – James D. Glasse

“The defects of a preacher are soon spied. Let him be endowed with ten virtues and have but one fault, and that one fault will eclipse and darken all his virtues and gifts, so evil is the world in these times” – Martin Luther

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prayer dynamics

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Rev. E. Anderson
GOD’S TENDER MOMENTS
Taken from All About Prayer

“The Lord your God is with you, He is might to save, He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with his love, He will rejoice over you with singing” – Zephaniah 31; 3, 4.

The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness. I will build you up again and you will be rebuilt, O Virgin Israel. Again you will take your tambourines and go out to dance with the joyfu!”- Jeremiah 31: 3,4

“”My child, as certain as the sun rises in the sky, so is my love for you. With the rising of the dawn, My heart beats with excitement at the prospect of spending My day with you. Through the night I keep guard and watch over you” – Psalm 32: 8. Through the night I make plans I want to share with you. Yes, through the night My heart beats with the anticipation of tender moments between us.

As your eyes flutter with wakefulness, remembrances of past moments captivate My thoughts, Increasing My desire to communicate, to share. Sometimes I cant wait till morning, so I pour dreams and visions Into your times of rest (Acts 2:17). Being with you is My favourite thing to do.

We exist for each other. Neither is complete without the other. Child, you are the dew of morning to Me, consuming every moment of My existence, permeating deep into the very core of who I am (Deuteronomy 32:2).

Yet, something is missing. I have come on the wings of the wind to meet with you, only to find no one there. My heart is aching, longing, desiring. My very essence yearns to commune. O, how I have missed you.

Busyness of life has devoured your days, making stagnant the pool of life within. I can’t bear this. I cant bear to see you this way when I have so much to give.

Your pool is formed by underground springs of tender devotion between us. I can wait no longer. I am compelled by My great love, compelled by past joys. I am coming, interrupting, to stir your pool, to draw from the well of salvation within you (Isaiah 12:3).
Yes, I see the many things you do for Me and these are good, but don’t ever let yourself think doing things for Me is the same as being with Me. I don’t love you because you “do.” I love you because you are.

Open your heart. Let go of any unworthiness you might feel because of time away. I am waiting with open arms. Open your innermost self, for 1 am here to stir remembrances of our sweet whispers to one another, our declarations of mutual love. I am singing over you, My dew of the morning. 0, how I love you.

Prayer

My heart melts at Your sweet love. My innermost self reaches out to meet You, to respond to You. Your gracious forgiveness flows through me as I give myself to Your precious administrations of ravishing delight. I lay down the busyness of my life to be with You.

0, how I have missed You. Pour into the pool of my life, into the deep places of my longing, that I may hear the whispers of Your heart. Show me unsearchable things I know not. I love You because of who You are, not because of what You have done for me. Let tenderness cultivate me. Form me as Your kindness teads me. As I lay my head upon the pillow at night, make me aware of Your hovering presence that I may arise at dawn with the dew of Your name upon my lips. As I sit here, ravished by Your presence, speak, for I am listening. Amen

REFLECT AND JOURNAL

How does it make you fel to think that your father in heaven sings over yo waits for you, and longs for time with you?

Reflect on this: “Being with you is my favourite thing to do”.

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past illustrious men and ministries

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Rev. Dr. J. Alfred Smith

Rev. Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Senior, is a visionary and the illustrious Pastor Emeritus of the historic Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, California, where his son, the Dr. Rev. J. Alfred Smith Jr. is currently the senior pastor.

Dr. Smith Sr. is married to Rev. Bernestine Smith, Pastor of Allen Temple Arms I and II.

Pastor Emeritus Smith is also a giant of a man in intellect, wisdom and fecundity of the mind. An erudite sage, blessed by God with a plethora of knowledge and immense sagacity, Dr. Smith Sr. serves as “Distinguished Professor of Christian Ministry and Preaching at the American Baptist Seminary of the West and the Graduate Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California. He is also currently a Visiting Professor at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, as well as Scholar in Residence at the Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina.

He has served as an Acting Dean of the American Baptist Seminary of the West and as Area Representative for the American Baptist Churches of the Ministers’ and Missionaries Benefit Board. Dr. Smith Sr. is a past national president of the Progressive National Baptist Convention (PNBC), and a past president of the American Baptist Churches of the West (ABCW).

For two years consecutively, Dr. Smith was one of Ebony Magazine’s Most Influential Black Americans, and was among the magazine’s Top 15 Greatest Black Preachers of 1993. In 2001, Dr. Smith Sr. was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Greenlining Institute, the Humanitarian of the Year Award by the East Bay Area Agency For Children, and in 2002, the Agape Award from the Women’s Ministry of the Shiloh Baptist Church, Washington, D.C., and the Gandhi Ikeda Award from Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Smith Sr. is a man filled with “milk of human kindness and compassion”, who champions the causes of the poor, the down-trodden, the left-outs and the left-behinds. He is a voice for the disliked, the disaffected, the displaced, the disdained, the left-outs and the left behinds. He uses the pulpit to uplift the poor in spirit, the broken-hearted and the afflicted. He also challenges and afflicts the rich and comfortable to get up and get out of “their lazy chairs of religion”. He is a “fish of many waters” and a “bridge builder” who feels comfortable and at home with ordinary “every day” people as well as the movers and shakers of the society.

A renowned scholar, an acclaimed preacher and an accomplished author of more than sixteen books and a prolific writer, Dr. Smith Sr. has a voracious appetite for reading. His most recent book “Speak Until Justice Wakes: Prophetic Reflections from J. Alfred Smith, Sr. was released in 2006. In May 2004, “On The Jericho Road” was released and this book is a biography of his life in the ministry. Dr. Smith Sr. has several publications, which include: Giving to a Giving God, Basic Bible Sermons, his prayer in 9.11.01: African American Leaders Respond To An American Crisis, his sermon “Facing the Insufficiency of National Security With the Sufficiency of Faith”, Living Pulpit-Special Supplement, November 2001,, and his essay, entitled “Lamentations In The City”, in the April 2002 edition of The Living Pulpit. His work also appears in The Encyclopedia of African-American Christian Heritage, by Dr. Marvin McMickle, and Power In The Pulpit: How America’s Most Effective Black Preachers Prepare Their Sermons, by Dr. Cleophus LaRue.

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Rev. E. Anderson
VICTORIOUS LIVING
Taken from tne Word for Today

Here are three keys to victorious living:

1) Perseverance. Dr. G. Campbell Morgan tells of a man whose shop burned to the ground. The next morning he set up shop in the middle of the charred ruins and put up a sign that read, ‘Everything lost except wife, children and hope—business as usual tomorrow morning.’ So get back up again! ‘Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life.’

2) Purpose. Helen Keller wrote, ‘Many persons have the wrong idea about what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.’ Jesus said, ‘…the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve…’ (Mark 10:45 NKJV). Don’t pray for a generous heart, practice being generous and your heart will fall into line with your actions. As long as you are a sower, God will give you seed (2 Corinthians 9:10).

3) Perspective. Your disappointment may turn out to be God’s appointment. ‘In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps’ (Proverbs 16:9 NIV). Remember how an oyster makes a pearl? When a grain of sand gets into its shell, the oyster wraps it in layer after layer of beauty until a pearl is formed. The poet wrote: ‘This tale has a moral, for isn’t it grand, what an oyster can do with a morsel of sand? And what couldn’t we do, if we’d only begin, with some of the things that get under our skin.’ Have the right perspective. Try to see God at work in what you are going through today!

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