Scripture of The Day
January 18,2021
Let us hold firmly to…hope… because we can trust God to do what He promised. (Hebrews 10:23 NCV)

Written by Jentezen Franklin
Connect With God

Look around you: so many of the people you know live without hope. They smile but their eyes are dead; they talk but the music has left their voice. They’re like mannequins, all dressed up and going nowhere-they feel hopeless! Our hope isn’t luck, like winning the lottery. No, it’s expectancy: it’s confidence that God will do what He’s promised! Listen: “Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word” ( Heb 10:23 TN).

What keeps us going? “God’s Promises !” Nobody knew this better than David; he’d every reason to lose hope. After God anointed him to be the King, he waited 7 more years while a paranoid leader occupied the throne. He had to flee for his life and hide in caves surrounded by enemies. He saw Israel devastated by war, his friends killed and his family taken captive. Listen: “My foes taunt me saying…Where is your God?” (Ps 42:10 NIV)

Faced with circumstances that would wipe most of us out, David still said, “You are my hope” (Ps 119:147 NKJV) You can’t lose with an attitude like that! David became Israel’s greatest king because he never lost his confidence in God: it kept him focused; it kept him on top of the circumstances; it kept him going! So, “Let us hold firmly to …hope” (Heb 10:23 NCV) Why? Because God will keep every promise He’s made to you!

 


 

Scripture of The Day
January 15,2021
Create in me a clean heart, Oh God; and renew a right spirit within me.
( Psalm 51:10 )

Written by Cheryl Henderson and John Rex

If there is one thing I have learned about God in all the years we have served Him, it is not about our who and our do. It is always a heart issue with God. He wants our whole heart and nothing less. My brother in law sent over this example of a woman after God’s heart. As Jesus sat in the Temple, near the Treasury, he watched people drop in their money as offerings. He observed the rich drop in very large amounts. When a poor widow came up, she only dropped in two little copper coins, equaling about one penny. Now, to the casual observers her gift was trivial, insignificant, even minor. Conversely, those who watched the rich put in large amounts, were impressed. In the natural, this makes sense. Often people honor the seemingly important person in a room, ignoring the poor, the humble, and the common.

HOWEVER, Jesus had a different opinion. Others only saw with their eyes. The glitter caught them and held their attention. Jesus could see with the heart. “I tell you, this poor widow put in more offering than all the others… she, poor as she is, put in all she had to live on.” Mark 12: 41-44.  So, what shall we learn? EVERY ONE OF US PLAYS ON AN EQUAL BASIS IN GOD’S KINGDOM. And, even the minor things that a humble person does counts as much as the works of a well-known, and applauded “hero” of the world.  ALL that matters is our heart. Let it be totally devoted to service of others. God’s eyes are never averted such that it goes unnoticed.
This widow stood tall. Follow her example. GIVE ALL!

 


 

Scripture for the Day
(January 14,2021)

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psalm 119:105)

(By Ed Henderson July 27, 2015)
Let me give you a little personal history about Cheryl and I that some of you may not know. We were living in Collierville, TN, a suburb of Memphis, when we both dedicated our lives to the Lord in 1982. We were so excited! I can remember laying on my bed at our home one night reading the Bible. We had been praying and asking the Lord what He wanted us to do. As I was reading the Book of Isaiah I came to Isaiah 35. When I read that chapter the words just leaped off the pages into my heart. I knew immediately that the Lord had just spoken something very important to us.

I yelled for Cheryl and told her I felt God had just showed me what we were supposed to do in the ministry. This experience with God and His Word has guided us for some 33 years and we are still on that same highway. The plan is still unfolding 33 years later. The following are the key scriptures that have guided us for all these years: The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them (Isaiah 35:1) Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: (Isaiah 35:3-4) Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. (Isaiah 35:5) And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; (Isaiah 35:8) And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. (Isaiah 35:10)

The NLT (New Living Translation) of the Bible calls Isaiah 35 the “Hope for Restoration” chapter. We felt that God had rolled back the curtain and given us a glimpse of what we would be doing for the rest of our life. To boil it down to simpler terms, we would be “Hope Brokers”. We would start by going into wilderness and solitary places like prisons, small prayer groups, and small churches. Places where other ministers may not go. We would speak encouraging words and sing encouraging songs. We would be on the highways and byways and people would experience new found joy and gladness and they would be glad for us.

Looking back on that night now, it seems almost unbelievable. Everything God told us that night has come true, and more. We were not accomplished speakers or well-known personalities so we could have easily gotten into fear but God said they would be glad for us. That gave us great confidence! He said we would be on the Highway so we founded our first ministry in TN and called it High-Way Ministry. We bought a red van and had a graphic artist draw an Interstate highway sign on the side that read Is:35. We ministered in hundreds of prisons and small churches in TN, MS, AR, and AL before moving to FL and founding New Life Network, Inc. We are still on God’s Highway and we are still simply “Hope Brokers”. He is revealing new things to us every day but all those new things that are truly from God always lineup with that original vision. It’s kind of like having to go back to the Book of Genesis periodically to check on God’s original intent. What has God called you to do? Are you on the right highway? God speaks to every one of us differently. This is how God spoke to us and we are so grateful for everything we have experienced on His Highway.

 


 

Scripture for the Day
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (John 7:38)

Written by Ed Henderson 2017

A vision of what “can be” is sometimes very hard to explain to people that have never seen what you have seen in the natural, or what you are seeing in the Spirit. People that have never seen God touch a city in a miraculous way can become comfortable in their present conditions and surroundings and don’t realize that God wants to do much, much more. I am reminded of a lady friend of ours that went on a mission trip to an impoverished nation. One of the goals of the missionary team was to teach the people how to plant certain seeds and grow crops that would help feed their people and at the same time create a new source of income. Our friend was astonished at the response of the people to the vision of what could be. Their response was, “why would we want to do that?”

Now, we can look at this type situation and discount it as just poor people that don’t know any better. However, we need to take a close look at ourselves. We could be the poor people. Our own religious cultures can sometimes create the hardest place for a vision to take hold. We are creatures of habit. We become comfortable in our own religious traditions. We protect them at all costs because this is how we have done it for years. Why would we want to do anything different?  We live in a medium size South Georgia town that is full of denominational type churches. There are a lot of good people in this town but there needs to be a large Oasis type church. Let me explain what I mean by an Oasis type church. Most larger cities that we have lived in have what I call an Oasis church. It’s a place where you can go get a drink from the Spirit of God. It’s a place where you can go have someone pray for your healing. It’s a place where people worship God in Spirit and in truth. It’s a place where the gifts of the spirit are in operation. It’s a safe place where all ethnic groups are welcomed. It’s a place where thousands of people come from all around that metro area to worship the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. One of the clearest pictures of people getting stuck in their traditions and surroundings is the exodus of the Israelites out of Egypt. It was really hard for them to see how going through the desert, depending on God for water and food, and fighting numerous enemies, could be better than living as slaves in Egypt where all their needs were met. They were constantly murmuring against Moses and wanted to return to what they had become comfortable with (even though they were slaves). However, Moses had been given a vision from God about a “Promised Land” that was flowing with milk and honey. God’s vision wanted to take them to a better place which was an Oasis!

My vision for my city is that there be a place where the Spirit of God is free to flow as rivers of living water and not just a drip, drip, drip. My vision for my city is that the Spirit-Filled people of this area would have an Oasis that they could come to and get a drink. They would no longer have to be strictly secret agents for God and work undercover. They would no longer have to worry about
their neighbors talking about them going to a black church or a white church. This church would be for all races and all generations. My vision is for an Oasis in our city where the Spirit-Filled believers of our area could come together in unity and not be scattered all over the area. That is when you will see the power of God multiplied. That is when you will see an entire city changed!!!
Pray for us! I believe our church and our Pastor are on the right road to becoming that large Oasis type church. That is my vision and I’m sticking with it!!!

 


 

Scripture for the Day
(January 12, 2021)

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

God looks on our heart and He can see if we are praising and seeking Him with our whole heart. He knows if our worship and our praise is whole-hearted or half-hearted. The definition of the word “whole” is containing all components; complete; not divided or disjointed; in one unit. The definition of the word “half” is a portion, division, piece, or segment of a whole. We can’t have a divided heart where we give part of our heart to God and other parts to some sin or some idol.

Luke 10:27 says, “So he answered and said, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.’”
Psalm 138:1 says, “I will praise You with my whole heart.”
Psalm 119:10 says, “With my whole heart I have sought You;”
I Samuel 16:7 says, “God looks on the heart.”
Romans 13:14 says, “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”
Jeremiah 24:7 says, “For they shall return to Me with their whole heart.”
Colossians 3:23-24 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
Romans 1:9 says, “For God is my witness, Whom I serve with my [whole] heart [rendering priestly and spiritual service] in [preaching] the Gospel and [telling] the good news of His Son, how incessantly I always mention you when at my prayers.”

We wrote a book several years ago entitled “For the Love of God”. Jesus told all of us that the greatest Commandment was to love God with all our hearts. He did not say that just to complete a chapter in the Bible. Our personal love of God has great rewards, more than we have ever imagined. That is why the enemy constantly wants to sow doubts in our minds about why we should love God. Here is the truth. Anything that you hear about God that does not bring hope, healing, and liberty, does not come from God. Anything that brings fear does not come from God. Anything that does not cause you to love God more and more each day is not from God. When you hear and know the truth about God, your love will increase more and more. If you are truly walking with God, your love for Him will increase every day and every year because you see His heart and you see His love for you. Do not let anyone rob you of that by ascribing things to God that have no association with Him at all.

 


 

Scripture for the Day
(January 11 2021)

Behold I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. (Isaiah 43:19)

As I sit here in the office catching my breath from this last week, Isaiah 43:19 keeps coming to my mind. I am beginning a new walk and season of my life. As I ponder that, I feel like one minute I want to burst into tears; the other minute I want to jump back in bed and pull the covers over my head, and in the next minute I want to clean the whole house! I am sure that in time as God heals my heart that I will become more balanced, but the fact of the matter is that it is a new day.  Some new things are exciting, fun and fresh. Other new things are hard, challenging, and yet must be walked out. So here I am launching out into the deep. I know Ed is leaning over the bannisters of Heaven rooting for me. I am ready for what God wants to do in this new day.

I keep thinking about Matthew 5:4 where Jesus said that those who mourn are blessed and that they will be comforted. The comfort of God is not like ordinary comfort. The comfort of God which is administered by the Holy Spirit goes far beyond what the world calls comfort. He wraps us in His everlasting arms, holds us close and pours His love over us. The Lord has our backs and He meets all of our needs.

It is a new day and a new year. I plan to perceive and to take heed of what God is doing. I am keeping my eyes on Him, staying in His Word, and moving at his command. I am thankful that in my wilderness He will make a way. I am expecting rivers in my desert. Come on, join me in pressing in to the things of God, sharing the Gospel, ministering to those God sends into our path. Let’s seek first His kingdom and His righteousness. Let’s live for eternity.

 


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Scripture for the Day
(January 5. 2021)
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
( 2 Timothy 4:7)

 

On January 2, at 4:30 in the morning my love, Ed Henderson transitioned from Life to Life. He is now with his Father and walking on streets of gold!

He fought a long hard fight with Colon Cancer. Although our hearts are broken and we will so miss him, he reminded me often that “no matter what happens, I win!” Well, he did just that! He is now in the presence of the Lord. He knows as he is known, he has joined the crowd of witnesses who lean over the bannisters of heaven routing for us! I am so thankful that we had 53 years together. We laughed, we cried, had babies, worked hard, and served God together. We have wonderful memories and we have seen God do great miracles. I was blessed to have a husband who loved me, took care of me, was a loving father, and most of all a man of God. Oh, by the way, he was a great fisherman too! Husbands and wives I exhort you to love each other, speak life to each other, encourage each other, be thankful for each other and serve God together.

A celebration of life service will be held on Jan 8th, 2021 at the Victory Tabernacle Church in Albany, GA Due to seating restrictions we invite you to join us on line at Victory Tabernacle. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the market place ministry of New Life Network and help us continue the work of sharing the Gospel. God Bless you all and thank you for your love, prayers, and support.


 

Scripture for the Day
January 4, 2021
Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? (2 Corinthians 10:7)

We live in a world of productions where outward appearances are relied on heavily by many. We want the best looking, the best dressed, the best educated, the best speaking, etc., etc. We want the best representing us for our business, our television shows, our sales personnel, and even our Pastors and Ministers. It is very interesting to look at how the Bible describes some of the people that God chose. Do you remember when God chose David for Samuel to anoint as King? He chose David rather than any of his seven brothers even though Samuel and David’s father Jesse thought any of the older brothers were more suited for the job. Listen to God’s comments about one of the brothers: And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him. But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart. (1 Samuel 16:6-7)

The Apostle Paul was one of the most powerful men of God to ever live. He was responsible for a great majority of the New Testament. If you read 2 Corinthians you will find that his outward appearance was not that great and he wasn’t a great speaker. For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible. (2 Corinthians 10:10)
How did the Prophet Isaiah describe Jesus? For He [the Servant of God] grew up before Him like a tender shoot (plant), And like a root out of dry ground; He has no stately form or majestic splendor That we would look at Him, Nor [handsome] appearance that we would be attracted to Him. (Isaiah 53:2, Amplified Bible)

Do you see a pattern here? Does God just love ugly? No, he does not just love ugly. What God does do is look at the heart and that levels the playing field out there for everyone. You may not be the most handsome, and you may not be a homecoming queen, but if you have a heart for God, and are willing to go, He can use you mightily. There are a couple of English idioms like “don’t judge a book by its cover” and “pretty is as pretty does” that are metaphorical phrases which mean “you shouldn’t prejudge the worth or value of something by its outward appearance alone”. The point is that we live in a world that more and more concentrates on outward appearances and we need to be very careful of that, especially in the church world. Some of the most anointed and powerful people I have ever met were not great to look at but they sure did have a heart for God. Don’t be quick to judge. Look at the heart! By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples: if ye have love one for another. (John 13:35)

 


 

Scripture for the Day
January 1, 2021
Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. (Isaiah 43:19)

 

The New Year of 2021 is here. We have a brand new year to make a difference in our world and in the lives of others. What has God called you to do? Can you see it? Could you miss it? Let’s look closely at the scripture in Isaiah 43:19. The prophet Isaiah is prophesying that God is about to do a new thing and he indicates by his words that if we are not careful we could miss it when he says, “shall ye not know it?” How is that possible? Here are a few reasons for that possibility: He said God would make a way in the wilderness. No one wants to go to or through the wilderness. We would rather go to a place that is already prosperous. He said God would make rivers in the desert. No one wants to go to the desert. It’s just too much trouble to find water. We would rather go where there is already a plenteous supply.

I want you to envision a farm. What do you see? Fields of crops bearing fruit? A beautiful fenced property with roads cut through the fields? Well, that’s nice, but now I want you to look at that same farm before it was ever cleared. Someone had to put in years of work to get that farm to the place where it was producing crops. They cleared the land, removed the stumps and trees, plowed the ground, and worked for years before it became prosperous. I am reminded of the scripture God gave us when He first called us into the ministry. We spent many years going into prisons and small country churches before we ever ministered to a large group of business people. Those years we spent going into those desert and dry places were wonderful years. Sometimes you are actually more appreciated and loved in those places than the larger places. What I am trying to say is this. Do not forget the dry and barren places in 2021. If you look at everything in the natural, you could miss what God wants you to do.

The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God. Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; he will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. (Isaiah 35:1-6)

Remember, two-thirds of God’s name is Go! All we are required to do is go and minister. He is responsible for the miracles.

 


 

Scripture for the Day
December 31, 2020
God said…”Be fruitful and multiply.” (Genesis 1:28)

From “Connect With God” by Jentezen Franklin

It’s miserable trying to play a part for which you’re ill suited. It’s like walking in shoes that don’t fit. So this coming year ask yourself: What am I good at? What do I enjoy doing most! What accomplishments make me feel best? List 5 moments in your life when you were cutely aware of this sensation. Does this reveal anything about your purpose about? If money was not a consideration what would you want to do to fill your days? How does this compare with where you are now? What one small step can you take right now- one phone call made, one letter written, one email sent- to move you toward your true calling?

What have you learned about your purpose through failures? Are some areas clearly not a part of your calling at this time? Who do you admire for the way they’ve applied their talents? How are you like them? What can you learn from them? How would you describe your vision for your life this year? Five years from now? Who are the people in your life who really “get” who you really are? Have you asked them what they think your purpose might be? Have they given indications of how they think you should use your talents? While we never arrive at 0ur final destination in this life, we can get on the right path, with the right tools, making the right choices along our way! Ed and I are praying for you and we are excited about how God will use you in this new year.
Seek God and listen to the Holy Spirit as He guides you into your purpose for 2021.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!​​​​​​​