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Scripture of The Day
June 9, 2021

…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians !:6)

By Cheryl Henderson

I have been making a few repairs and updating my house. It is amazing to me that it seems once I fix one thing it leads to another thing. Most women will understand what I am talking about. Right girls?

I also went outside today to fix some pots with fresh new plants. As I finished the pots I noticed some big limbs that had fallen out of my Georgia Pines. So I went to pick them up and then I noticed my flower beds were full of weeds. So then I went to pulling weeds. One thing lead to another!

You know, that is how it is with God. You give your heart to Jesus, get saved, and your life begins a new journey. You begin to think different, you begin to speak different, you now see things you never saw before. God takes us from one thing to another.  His desire for us is that we grow up in Him. That we become more like Jesus on the earth. Ephesians 4:13 says, “,,,until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, as we mature to the full measure of the stature of Christ…”

Be encouraged today that Jesus is leading you from one thing to another. Just know that He started the good work in you and He will keep working on you until either He comes here or you go there!
I pray today that you give it all to the Lord and let Him lead you and guide you by His precious Holy Spirit. Life is never dull with Jesus. It is the great adventure!

 


 

Scripture of The Day
June 8, 2021

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as ye see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:25)

By Ed Henderson ( 2016 )

To someone in the world (and not the church) “laying on of hands” may conjure up thoughts like, “I’d like to get my hands on him for the way he cheated me!” or, “Just wait ‘til I get my hands on him!” In sharp contrast, God’s use of the laying on of hands symbolizes the bestowal of blessings, healings, power, authority, and/or distinctiveness and separation for certain tasks. It is a symbolic act designed to represent God Himself setting a person apart for a holy use, whether for service, healing, protection and guidance, or blessing. I personally believe that the “laying on of hands” is a very important doctrine of the church (Hebrews 6:2) and emphasizes the critical need for physical human contact versus our ever ending fascination with social media.  Let’s take a quick look at several examples in the Bible where laying on of hands were used:

1. Blessing of Children – And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them near unto him. And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn. And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day, The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth. (Genesis 48:13-16)
2. Healing of the Sick – Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him (Jesus); and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them. (Luke 4:40)
3. Separation for Service – And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch: Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them. (Acts 6:5-6)
4. Holy Spirit – Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. (Acts 8:17) And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. (Acts 19:6)

All of these actions involved a physical touch, a “closeness” if you will. I can’t help but believe that our enemy knows that and if he can convince us not to become close with each other then he has just robbed us of a very important gift. It is so much easier to not get involved with people. It is so much easier to communicate via email, Facebook, and other social media. But, the miracles of God are often initiated through the compassion, emotion, tears, touch, hugs and prayers for one another as we gather together in person. There is no replacement for that.  If you have isolated yourself for whatever reason, we encourage you to come out of your cave and get involved with a good group of believers. If you don’t know such a group, we can help. Call us at 800-

 


 

Scripture of The Day
June 7, 2021

As the spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him. (2 Corinthians 3:18 TLB)

From Ultimate Success God’s Way Devotional

Did you hear about the frog that fell into a big hole and couldn’t get out? Several of his friends tried to help but finally gave up. “Since you’re going to be in there for a while,” they said, ” we’ll go and get some food.” But no sooner had they left than the frog came hopping up behind them. “We thought you couldn’t get out” they exclaimed. “Oh I couldn’t,” he replied, ” but suddenly there was a big truck coming right at me-and I discovered I could .” Usually it’s only when we’re forced to change that we discover we can. That’s because we’re more comfortable with old problems than new and untried solutions. If you believe nothing can ever be done for the first time, you’ll never see anything done-and nothing will change.

There are 3 times in our lives when we’re most receptive to change.
(1) When our pain levels get so high we’re forced to.
(2) When we accept the fact that what we’re doing no longer works.
(3) When we realize that by God’s grace we can change.

Nothing sparks the fired of faith more than the sudden realization that “I don’t have to stay this way anymore.” And you don’t Stand on these 2 scriptures: “God’s ….gracious word can make you into what He wants you to be and give you everything you could possibly need.” (Ac 20:32 TM). ” As the spirit of the Lord works within us,, we become more and more like Him” (2Cor 3:18 TLB). So, do you want to change.?

 


 

Scripture of The Day
June 4, 2021

And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hands. (1 Samuel 17:47)

By Ed Henderson (2020)

I need the kinda love that can outlast the night, I need the kinda love that is willing to fight
When the going gets tough, And my strength’s not enough
I see You showing up like never before
This battle for my heart, You took on from the start
You are the peace when my mind’s at war. And ohhhhhhhhhhhh
You will never stop fighting for me. When I can’t fight for myself
Every word is a promise You keep, Cause You love me like nobody else
You stand up for me in the darkest night, When my faith is weak You’re still by my side
You will never stop fighting for me, You will never stop fighting for me
In the perfect timing You make all things right, You paint a silver lining in this heart of mine
When the going gets tough, And my strength’s not enough
I see You showing up like never before
This battle for my heart, You took on from the start
You are the peace when my mind’s at war, And ohhhhhhhhhhhh
You will never stop fighting for me, When I can’t fight for myself
Every word is a promise You keep, Cause You love me like nobody else
You stand up for me in the darkest night, When my faith is weak You’re still by my side
You will never stop fighting for me, You will never stop fighting for me
Your love Is winning me over, Your heart Is pulling me closer
Your love Is winning me over, Your heart Is pulling me closer
You will never stop fighting for me, Fighting for me
Every word is a promise you keep, ohhhhhhhhhhhh
You will never stop fighting for me, Every word is a promise you keep
Cause You love me like nobody else, You stand up for me in the darkest night
When my faith is weak, Your still by my side
You will never stop fighting for me, You will never stop fighting for me
Click on link blow to hear ‘Fighting for Me” by Riley Clemmons

 


 

Scripture of The Day
June 3, 2021

He who…forgives an offense seeks love, but he who…harps on a matter separates…friends. (Proverbs 17:9, AMP)

By Ed Henderson (2015)

We were out for dinner recently with my sister-in-law and her husband. While we sat in this nice restaurant, enjoying our conversation, his cell phone rang very loudly and it kept on ringing. I became very aggravated with that, as did the other customers sitting around us. I told him very sharply to turn that blasted thing off and he responded back to me very sharply,  “Well, you two are the phoniest people I know”. Good thing I am saved because in my old life those would have been fighting words.  It took us all about a week to get over that but in the end all is forgiven. When we finally sat down and talked about it my brother-in-law said he did not mean “phoniest” in a sense of not being real but in a sense of always being on our own cell phones. Our choice of words are important, but forgiveness is even more important.

Countless friendships are destroyed because one person gets offended by something the other one said or did. A mark of spiritual growth is how quickly you get over slights and insults; the more mature you are, the less time it takes to “forgive an offense” and move on. One Christian writer says: “Okay, your friend ditches you and your feelings are hurt…or she’s too busy to return your phone call or email…or you’re out to dinner with another couple and the other guy insults your husband in an attempt to be funny …Offenses come…Jesus said they would (John 16:33). People are people. If you’ve been offended by a friend, or felt slighted; get over it! Hit the ctrl/alt/delete button.  Don’t let bitterness even think about putting down roots…‘Love…is not irritable…it keeps no record of being wronged…never gives up…and endures through every circumstance’ (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT)…It seems impossible…and without God’s love it is. So yield to His love, overlook offenses and walk in love, because next week you’ll be the one needing unconditional love. When it comes to being perfect, we’ve all blown it. If you want your friends to overlook your offenses, be quick to overlook theirs.” Make this your prayer today: “Father, thank You for the relationships You’ve blessed me with. I make a decision today to release anyone who has ever offended me in the slightest…to overlook it… forget about it, and move on. I will not keep a record of their wrongs. I will offer mercy and unconditional love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”  (parts reprinted from Bob Gass, The Word for You Today)

These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer: I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

 


 

Scripture of The Day
June 2, 2021
And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. (Luke 17:20-21)

By Ed Henderson (2015)

I recently had to contact our county tag office because of a computer error made by our auto insurance carrier. When they noticed that our truck was titled to a ministry the first thing the clerk asked me was, “where is your church?”. This is not the first time this has happened and it points to a mindset that has helped make a lot of modern day churches impudent. The Pharisees had this same mindset.

They wanted to see a literal kingdom. They were blinded by their own sight! Some people are the same today. When you say ministry, they want to see a brick and mortar building. They have no concept of ministry outside the four walls of a church.  The Kingdom of God is in you! It is in me! It is not in a building with a cross or in a church with a steeple. Your ministry, just like the ministry of Jesus, should be predominantly to people outside the walls of the church. You are a sales rep for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The same anointing that raised Jesus from the dead resides in you. Jesus himself said that you and I would do greater things than He did (John 14:12).

Why are we so blinded by religious traditions that have no foundation in the Word of God and have no resemblance to the ministry of Jesus or the home to home ministry of the early church described in the Book of Acts? I was recently flipping channels and watched several Sunday morning church services on television. As they panned the audiences I saw a lot of unhappy and unexcited people with very long and sad faces. These were church members! No wonder young people are turned off. If you don’t have a church that is alive with worship, full of love and joy, and seeing people from all ethnic groups and all walks of life being set free in your services, get out!

It is time for the true church to awake out of their slumber and realize we have a world out there that is going straight to Hell and we are sitting in our comfortable church pews getting fat and lazy. Open your eyes! You are the very miracle someone out there needs. Get out there amongst them and be Jesus to somebody. Don’t you dare succumb to the politically correct crowd.  Be the Church!

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel (good news) to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. (Mark 16:15-20)

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Scripture of The Day
June 1, 2021
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, But we will remember and trust in the name of the Lord our God. (Psalm 20:7)

By Ed Henderson ( 2016)

Proverbs Chapter 3 talks a lot about trusting in the Lord versus trusting in our own understanding (our own smarts):  Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. (Proverbs 3:5-10)

Some would say we are one of the most technically advanced and smartest countries in the world. We have been able to cure diseases that at one time wiped out thousands. We have built great skyscrapers, huge airplanes, and weapons of mass destruction.

I saw a short video skit one time about this Martian space craft that landed in the back yard of a young married couple. As the couple watched in fear and amazement, two small Martians exited the craft. The couple walked over to them very cautiously and asked them if they could speak English. Surprisingly, they could. The Martians began to share with the couple that they were travelling to every planet in the Universe to see what was the greatest event or accomplishment that had happened on each planet. They then asked the couple what type of great event or accomplishment had happened on Earth?  The couple thought for a long time and then the woman said, “I know one thing, we discovered democracy”. The woman then began to explain to the Martians about the three different branches of our government (Executive/ Legislative/Judicial) and went into great length. The two Martians looked at each other and said to each other quietly, “Primitive, primitive.” They then asked the couple if there was anything else?

The man piped in and said. “I know. We have discovered nuclear power.” The man then began to explain how we provide electrical power to cities with nuclear powered plants and how we have nuclear powered submarines and even atomic bombs. The two Martians looked at each other and said quietly to each other, “Primitive, primitive.” They then asked one more time if the couple knew of any other major or significant event that had happened on Earth?  The couple thought and thought and the woman finally said, “Well, I know of one event that may qualify. God visited Earth”. The two Martians all of a sudden became very excited and said. “You mean the God of this Universe visited Earth? You mean the God that created the Heavens and named all the stars? You mean God Almighty??? That must have been the most momentous occasion that had ever happened on this planet. Everybody must have celebrated Him and worshipped Him! It must have been the greatest time ever on this planet!”  The couple looked at each other and their demeanor suddenly changed to one of sadness and shame. The couple then responded to the Martians and said, “Actually, it didn’t happen like that. Actually, we crucified Him.”

Wise men of old made that decision to crucify Jesus. Sometimes we can become too smart for our own good. Sometime we trust in worldly people and worldly things, like chariots and horses, versus Heavenly wisdom from above. That normally results in some sort of destruction or disaster. There is a way to test whether wisdom is from above: But the wisdom from above is first pure [morally and spiritually undefiled], then peace-loving [courteous, considerate], gentle, reasonable [and willing to listen], full of compassion and good fruits. It is unwavering, without [self-righteous] hypocrisy [and self-serving guile]. (James 3:17, Amplified)   Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1)  God’s wisdom is not given to fence us in, but it is given for our protection and freedom. If we rely on His wisdom and His understanding, versus our own, it will go well with us.  Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. (1 Corinthians 3:18)

 


 

Scripture of The Day
May 31, 2021

But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory….
2 Corinthians 3:18

By Cheryl Henderson
I have had the wonderful opportunity to go to San Diego, California for my grandson’s high school graduation. How exciting it is to see how God is taking these young students from one place in their lives to another. One door shutting and another opening.

Isn’t that how God does us? He graduates us from one place in Him to another. The scripture says that He takes us from glory to glory.  I looked up the word graduation. It comes from the Latin root word, grad, meaning, to step. Walking with the Lord is a step by step, precept upon precept process. Much like these high school students. They go from 8th grade to 12th grade and they mature along the way. We may not have grades per se, but our walk with the Lord takes us through many learning experiences. The more time we spend with Him the more we learn and grow and
mature.

I found a couple of topics that are often spoken at graduations. These topics line up with God’s Word. I pray they encourage you as you graduate from glory to glory.
(1) Don’t be afraid. God has told us time and time again to not be afraid. We have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7) When you let go of fear you graduate from fear to faith!
(2) You can’t do it alone. God has put us in a family for a reason. We are better together. Anyone who thinks that they can do things without anyone else is in pride! We need each other! If any two of you agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. ( Matt, 18:19 )
(3) Change takes courage. For the most part most people do not like change. However, God’s Word says that we are being changed, transformed by the renewing of our minds. Everything changes, except Jesus. Do not be afraid of change, embrace it! Step out in faith and trust God.
(4) Force yourself to make choices that put you out of your comfort zone. It is very easy to stay in our comfort zone. It feels safe and we know what to expect. However, the walk of faith is just that, a walk of faith. That means when God calls us to step out in something we have never done before, we need to get out of the boat of comfort and trust Him! When you do, you will graduate from comfort to faith!
Be encouraged! God has great things in our future.

 


 

Scripture of The Day
May 28, 2021

Then said I unto them, “Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire. Come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach.” (Nehemiah 2:17)

By Ed Henderson ( 2016 )

There are so many similarities that I see in the Book of Nehemiah compared to our present situation in the United States of America. The Book of Nehemiah is about restoring a people and a city. The people had been in exile and their city (Jerusalem) had been torn down. They had no leadership, no vision, and had almost lost hope. It is very interesting to note how the rebuilding of Jerusalem went (which started with the wall). It is also interesting to see the challenges that happened along the way. The following is just a very brief summary of some critical similarities that I see as they pertain to our own country’s situation.

1. The vision and burden to rebuild Jerusalem was placed on Nehemiah’s heart. Nehemiah lived in the King’s palace and had great favor with the King. He was the last person you would expect God to choose for this task. Nehemiah had it made and did not need this challenge in his life except that he loved his country and their people.
2. From the word go Nehemiah had to face tough opposition from Sanballat, Tobiah and Geshem. They lied about Nehemiah, ridiculed him, impugned his motives, and even hired false prophets to prophesy against him.  But when Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, and Geshem the Arabian, heard it, they laughed us to scorn, and despised us, and said, What is this thing that ye do? will ye rebel against the king? (Nehemiah 2:19)
3. Nehemiah went around all the elites and went straight to the people and told them his vision. Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach. Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king’s words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work. (Nehemiah 2:17-18)
4. The people rose up and sided with Nehemiah and started building a wall (for they had a mind to work) to secure their city. So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work. (Nehemiah 4:6)
5. They restored worship and respect for God.
6. They finished the wall and it was a witness to all their enemies that this was a work of God. So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty and two days. And it came to pass, that when all our enemies heard thereof, and all the heathen that were about us saw these things, they were much cast down in their own eyes: for they perceived that this work was wrought of our God. (Nehemiah 6:15-16)

We are in this same process today of rebuilding the United States of America. There is much work that needs to be done and the opposition will continue throughout the process. We have to have a mind to work. We have to stay alert. We have to say no to the false prophets and we have to never quit. The word in the Hebrew for wall is “chowmah” which means to join together. Nehemiah did not build that wall by himself. He relied on families to join together, to work together, to protect each other, to pray together, and to worship together. This is not just about a physical wall for security purposes. It is about restoring vision, character, hope, and liberty. It is about restoring a love for God and the things of God. It is about restoring a dream. That takes leadership and that takes God!

 


 

Scripture of The Day
May 27, 2021

Two can accomplish more. (Ecclesiastes 4:9 )TLB

From Ultimate Success Devotional
By New Life Network

It is said that Marines are taught to dig a foxhole big enough for a friend. That’s good advice! We all face battles in life, and our “foxholes” come in many shapes and sizes. So let’s understand three things: (1) The foxhole is for you and a friend-not a friend alone. You can ask a friend to fight with you, but you should never send someone else to fight your battles for you. (2) Before the battle, you should have developed the friendship. Foxholes aren’t about using people. You first need to be a friend, before asking for help of a friend. (3) You have also been in your friend’s foxhole with them. You should be willing to fight for any friend whose help you would request. That’s what friend does. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr said, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Never let it be said you were a silent friend!

Here are two important truths about foxholes:

(a) Foxholes without friends are unhealthy. Trying to face the world alone is dangerous and unscriptural: “It is not good for a man to be alone.” (Ge 2:18 NLT)
(b) Foxholes prove friendships. In tough times you discover who your real friends are. When Pepper Rodgers coached at UCLA, his team had some bad seasons. Recalling one, Rodgers told a reporter, “My dog was about my only friend, and, I told my wife that a man needs at least two friends. So she bought me another dog.” As the old saying goes:, “In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends.”