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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!!!​​​​​​​

 


 

Scripture for the Day
December 30, 2020
My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life. Put away from you a deceitful mouth, and put perverse lips far from
you. (Proverbs 4:20-24)

(By Chris Musgrove of Future Now)

I’ve heard it said that if you shake up a can of coke and then pop the top, coke will come spewing out everywhere. Why? Because that’s what’s inside the can! That’s the way people are. Whatever is in them will come out, especially when they get shook up or upset. What’s inside of you?

Psalm 119:11 says, “Your Word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Have you hidden God’s Word in your heart? If you have, it should be coming out of your mouth.
Matthew 12:34 says, “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” That’s why Proverbs 4 says to hear the Word and keep it in your heart, so that Word is what will be coming out of your mouth. In verse 24 it says, “Put away a deceitful mouth and perverse lips.” At one time I didn’t think this verse applied to me because I didn’t lie or cuss. But deceitful words are any words that mislead people, even in joking. Perverse lips are anything that is contrary to the Word of God.

I Peter 2:24 says, “By whose stripes you were healed“, and Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” So to say that I know I’m going to get sick or I’m going broke is contrary to and is a perversion of the Word of God. Ephesians 4:29-30 says, “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” Ephesians 4:15 says, “but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head even Christ.”

Joshua 1:8 says, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Everyone wants to be prosperous and have good success. But it starts in what you hear, see and say. What’s going into your ears and what you’re putting before your eyes will affect what’s in your heart, which in turn affects what you say and do. If you want to be prosperous and have success begin to find out what God is saying and doing and do that. Begin to look at the life of Jesus in God’s Word and you will see what the Father is saying and doing. In John 5:19 Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.” We need to learn how to shut out everything, except what God is saying and doing, and say and do that.

 


 

Scripture for the Day
December 29, 2020
God called to him from within the bush, “Moses, Moses!”
(Exodus 3:4 NIV)

From “Ultimate Success God’s Way Devotional” By New Life Network

God doesn’t waste anything: He uses all our experiences to prepare us. Moses grew up in a “foster home.” He spent 40 years in Pharaoh’s palace learning the language and ways of the Egyptians. That’s because God was going to use him to lead Israel out of Egypt. What better preparation for understanding your enemy than to be raised among them. But Moses also needed to learn some personal lessons, so God took him out into the desert for another 40 years to tend sheep. The grandson of Pharaoh is now a lowly shepherd.

Nothing will humble you more than having to take a job for which you are overqualified, especially when it’s your own failure that put you there. Those years on the poor side of town taught Moses what it’s like to identify with the hurting. Finally, at 8o, he’s ready to fulfill his calling. God spoke to him personally out of a burning bush, “Moses, Moses!” It was at this most unlikely place that God revealed to Moses his calling as Israel’s deliverer. And even though he experienced fear, made excuses and raised objections, he ended up doing the job.

The point is, Moses’ 80 years of training weren’t wasted. His 40 years in the palace prepared him to deal with Pharaoh, and his 40 years as a shepherd prepared him to lead God’s people through the wilderness and into their destiny. So even though you may be going through a difficult time, rejoice. God never wastes an experience. Never! He’ll use it for your good and His glory.

 


 

Scripture of the Day
(December 28, 2020)
Don’t be misled; remember that you can’t ignore God and get away with it: a man will always reap just the kind of crop he sows! (Galatians 6:7, TLB)

My wife and I went on an afternoon car ride Saturday through the back country roads of South Georgia. If you have never been here it is beautiful this time of year with the pecan orchards turning green and the corn fields starting to sprout. The farmers were out enforce with their tractors, preparing the ground and planting their seed. Thousands of acres manicured to perfection. All the weeds had been plowed under and the seed planted in nice clean rows with irrigation pumps starting to hum. In just a few short months a great harvest will take place that will feed the multitudes.
As we drove by these fields I was reminded by God of a few things it takes for us to have a harvest in our own lives. We can learn a lot from the farmer:

* We need to prepare the soil – The soil is your heart. The hard places need to be tilled and the weeds plowed under. It is hard to grow a seed on a rock. Unforgiveness, bitterness and strife cause hard ground and it needs to be plowed under. You want the last word? Say, “I’m sorry”.
* The right seed needs to be planted – If you want mercy and kindness, you need to plant mercy and kindness. If you want honor and respect in your marriage, plant honor and respect. You may ask, “Why do I have to be first”? Because, you are the one reading this devotional.
* You don’t always have to be right – Sometimes being right can win you the booby prize. Some hills are just not worth dying on.
* You need to water your seed – Water is a critical element of life. Water is like encouragement. Everybody needs encouraging so do a lot of watering, especially in your marriage.  God’s ways are not our ways! In fact, they are usually just the opposite. If you want a harvest you are going to have to prepare your heart first; plant (or give) first; and then water your seed first by encouraging words and deeds. If you will do these things, you will see a harvest. It works for the South Georgia farmer and it will work for you.

A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an
hundredfold. (Luke 8:5-8)

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. (Psalm 1:3)

 


 

Scripture of the Day
(December 25, 2020)
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulders. And He will be called, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

One of the special Christmas ornaments that we have used for years is a door hanger that we put on 0ur door that simply says “PEACE”. In the times of turmoil that we live in you can have peace in your heart and home. I am reminded of the story in the Bible where Jesus told his disciples to get into the boat and go to the other side. In the midst of this journey, across this vast body of water, a severe storm arose and the disciples became very anxious and afraid. As the storm raged, Jesus slept calmly in the back of the boat.

The disciples, in a fright, woke Jesus and asked Him why he did not care that they were all about to drown. His actions were quite telling. He arose and spoke to the storm and said “Peace, be still” and the storm ceased and there was great calm. He then asked His disciples, “Why are you so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?” (Mark 4:35-40)  One of the names of Jesus in the Bible is “Prince of Peace”. We want you to know today that regardless of whatever storm is raging in your life, it can be stilled by the Prince of Peace. If He told you to go to the other side, then do not lose your faith just because a storm arises. The storms come to pass, not to stay. You can be in peace even when all about you are in turmoil, confusion and fear. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid”. (John 14:27)

In this Christmas season, we challenge you to be an agent of PEACE. The Bible tells us that we are called to peace and are to follow peace, be led by peace, be at peace, be ruled by peace, and to live in peace. You and I can not control everybody else’s reactions but we can control our own. We can set an atmosphere in our homes, in our businesses, and in our relationships. Let that atmosphere be one of peace, starting in this very special season. We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for all your prayers and financial support in 2020. You guys are the best of the best. We look forward to serving you in 2021 and beyond.

Merry Christmas to you and yours during this very special season from all of us at New Life Network!!!!

 


 

Scripture for the Day
(December 24, 2020)
When they saw the star, they rejoiced.
(Matthew 2:10)

Ever wonder why educated men would drop everything to follow a star for hundreds of miles? You’re not alone; there’s been a lot of speculation about the star. Think what it represents:
1. Hope. Listen: “God loved us, and through His grace He gave us…… Hope.,,..that continues forever” (2Th 2:16 NCV) Hope for all eternity, what a gift! This star didn’t merely lead the wise men to the fulfillment of their expectations, it points each of us to the only hope of salvation- Jesus!

2. Joy The Bible says, “When they saw the star, they rejoiced with….great joy.” Why? Because Jesus is the source of transcendent joy; the kind that lifts us above our circumstances and makes others think,  “Whatever you’ve got I need!”

3. Guidance The star united shepherds and philosophers, rich and poor, intellectual and illiterate-around Jesus-Heaven’s answer to earth’s dilemma. Notice, after the wise men worshipped Him and laid their treasures at His feet, the Bible says, “They departed into their own country another way.” (Mt 2:12) Understand this: it’s impossible to meet Jesus and go home the same way! “If any man be in Christ, he is new creature, old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2Co 5:17)

So when somebody asks you, “What did you get for Christmas?” just smile and say: (a) hope that gets brighter each day: (b) joy that’s greater than any threat or circumstance: (c) guidance for every step of the way.

 


 

Scripture for the Day
December 23, 2020
The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (John 3:2-3)

We are living in a time where change is speeding up exponentially. Computer and telephone systems are out of date within a year or two. It seems that more and more you have to be a lawyer, accountant, and computer geek all at one time just to stay somewhat current on all the changes, especially if you are the owner of a small business. The only thing constant these days is
change.

The question I have for you today is, “With all this change going on, what do you have in your life that is stable? What do you have in your life that you can count on to be there tomorrow and the next day? What do you have in your life that you can trust to never leave you nor forsake you?”

Consider the following scriptures:
For I am the Lord, I change not; (Malachi 3:6)
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. (Hebrews 13:8)
for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Hebrews 13:5)

We all need stability in our lives. We see so many people lose their way because they have no stability. They are devastated by a relationship failure, a job loss, a financial disaster, or the death of a loved one. When things like this happen, and they will, they have nothing to hold onto. Their entire support system is thrown into chaos. Their stability was dependent on all those things staying constant and they never will. They will change!  If you want to have peace in the midst of a storm you need to have God on your side. He is the stabilizing force in the midst of change. He is the life raft that will keep you from drowning. He is the rock that will not be moved.

Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great. (Luke 6:47-49)

The good part about change is that you and I can change. We can become a new person in Christ. We can become rooted and grounded in the Word of God. We can equip ourselves with the armor of God and be prepared for battle. We can be born again! We do not have to let change rule us. We can rule change!  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)