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Tiffin, IA 52340

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  1. Contact

    Mailing Address
    LifePointe Christian Faith Center
    P.O. Box 337
    Tiffin, IA 52340

    Phone
    Main Office: 319.545.4031

  2. ON SUNDAY PASTOR SPOKE SPEAKIN AND PRAYING TO THE ANGEL OF THE LORD AND I FOUND THIS WHILE READING IN 2 CHRONICLES 32…..Sennacherib’s officers spoke further against the Lord God and against his servant Hezekiah. 17 The king also wrote letters ridiculing the Lord, the God of Israel, and saying this against him: “Just as the gods of the peoples of the other lands did not rescue their people from my hand, so the god of Hezekiah will not rescue his people from my hand.” 18 Then they called out in Hebrew to the people of Jerusalem who were on the wall, to terrify them and make them afraid in order to capture the city. 19 They spoke about the God of Jerusalem as they did about the gods of the other peoples of the world—the work of human hands.

    20 King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz cried out in prayer to heaven about this. 21 And the Lord sent an angel, who annihilated all the fighting men and the commanders and officers in the camp of the Assyrian king. So he withdrew to his own land in disgrace. And when he went into the temple of his god, some of his sons, his own flesh and blood, cut him down with the sword.

    22 So the Lord saved Hezekiah and the people of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib king of Assyria and from the hand of all others. He took care of them[c] on every side. 23 Many brought offerings to Jerusalem for the Lord and valuable gifts for Hezekiah king of Judah. From then on he was highly regarded by all the nations.

  3. Ok I’m going to warn you get the point, don’t like long paragraphs , believers to bypass this message because it might be pretty long. I feel it is neccessary to demonstrate my point that God is still Talking to His people!!! Let me start off by saying I have not always been a believer(it has been about 14 yrs now) and even as a believer I get down sometimes. As a testament to God I have always bounced back- Thank You Jesus! Right now I am dealing with a situation that has been going on for awhile- longer than I am used too lol. In my situation I have been wondering to myself why wont God just speak to me and tell me what I need to do so this situation ceases. In my thoughts, even as a believer I felt abandoned and that God was not speaking to me- as recent as yesterday. I have been getting into my word , going to studies, church and praying etc. and I was still feeling down. Over the years I have been taught that I can not look at a situation physically but spiritually because I am a new creation. I have also been taught to speak life into my situation and to study scripture concerning my situation. Lets say I know better but( My old pastor used to say you have to watch out for buts) I need to be sharpened from time to time. Everytime I show up at LifePointe I am reminded of the right thing to do and encouraged back to the Victory state that I should have been in in the first place. Now are you guys ready for what I have to really say ?-lol This relates to God speaking. I am going to share my notes from my facebook page that I posted after last nights’ bible study and then post my morning devotional to show you how tight(connected and real) this thing(word) really is
    Bible study was the bomb.com . We are doing a study on God’s favor.. Last week we were taught that God’s favor means 1). God grants goodwill on you (psalm 37:4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.) 2). God bestowing His love on you as a token of His regard for you 3). Preferential treatment 4). Advantage- Having something working with us and/ Superior position.. We were challenged To Speak it everyday That God ‘s favor opens doors keyword SPEAK IT!!! Today we were given scripture on the favor of God and told when we build our life on the rock(matthew 16 :13-19) failure and defeat are a thing of the past! We were also taught to use Favor as a replacement with the word grace . Psalm 41:11 11 By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me. Hebrews4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace(favor), that we may obtain mercy, and find grace (favor)to help in time of need. Psalms 3:8 8 Salvation belongeth unto the Lord: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah. 2Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.Genesis 39:2 And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.(after he was sold into slavery) He went from the pit to the pinnacle with many disappointments(slavery, prison) but The Lord remained with Him-Favor psalms30:5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning………..His Favor lasts a lifetime We Were also taught that we should be blessed to be a blessing Psalm 112:5 A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion. Job 22:28 28 Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways. …Speak it !!!! Pastor ended with this jewel,,,,,,,You cant fight thoughts with thoughts you fight thoughts with words…..Speak the word over your situation…You cant just say how you feel….satan is a legalist and will take you at your word…. So I wanna encourage you guys as well as myself to SPEAK LIFE and Speak The WORD!!!!!! God Bless You all and I hope you were blessed as I was SHALOM!!!!!

    Now this is the devotional I studied this morning
    A Great Power Thursday June 19

    Today’s Readings: Nehemiah 12-13; Acts 4:23-37 Today’s Thoughts: A Great Power

    And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. Acts 4:33

    When the disciples were left alone as Jesus ascended into heaven, a new beginning was just around the corner. Jesus told them to go to Jerusalem and wait for the Promise. That Promise came on the day of Pentecost, a day that would change their lives forever. God’s Holy Spirit came upon them with sounds of a mighty wind that came from heaven, a demonstration of supernatural power. Tongues of fire were then dispersed on (“sat on”) each person (Acts 2:1-4). This event made it very clear that something amazing and indescribable was taking place amongst these people. In the days that followed, this small group of believers came together in one accord, knowing that they had been given gifts from the Lord, and that they had been called to witness to the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

    The first gift given involved “great power” as the apostles zealously told of their knowledge and personal experience of who Jesus Christ was and what He had done. The second gift, however, is one we sometimes take for granted but it is extremely crucial to the first one: “great grace.” They were not only granted power but also they were given great grace. Without grace, they could not go forth and do what they were called to do. The same is true for us today. We may have gifts, callings, knowledge, experience and all of the right answers, but without grace, we will not get very far in our service or our usefulness to God. Why? Because we will be taken out by our own thoughts and behaviors as human beings. We become too aware of our weaknesses and we try to overcome them in our own strength. We cannot control condemning thoughts of the enemy who tells us we are not worthy. We lose faith, hope and the eternal perspective because our focus shifts to ourselves. Grace, however, steps in and says that the Lord has granted us unmerited favor in His sight. He chose us. He loved us first. He called us to do His work. He gifted us for His purposes. Not of us, but of Him, by His grace.

    Grace must accompany power in your life today. Grace must be connected to your faith. Take time today and look up verses on “grace.” Use your Bible concordance and spend some time reading about grace. Make a study of it and take your time, even over several days. Let the Lord minister to you through His Word. If you are suffering or struggling, you need to approach His throne of grace with boldness and receive His mercy today (Hebrews 4:16). And even though we are not worthy, the Lord still uses us by giving us the gifts and grace to minister for Him and by Him and in Him. You will be blessed!
    Now if that is not God Speaking, I don’t know maybe it is a coincidence ……Yeah Right!!! I say that to say this….. God is still on the throne and when yo get weary Stand and Speak The Word/Life.!!!!!! I have been blessed with some Mighty Men of God and the Shepherd of LifePointe is one of them! Be encouraged Pastor Tommy and Be Blessed because you are…Sorry for the novel bra..

  4. Thanks for sharing Erik. May you walk in the power and grace of God continually.

  5. The Blessings of Giving
    “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lordof Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!” – (Malachi 3:10)
    Our money is a direct reflection of the priorities of our lives. We like to disconnect the two, but really they are very connected. Jesus said, “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be” (Luke 12:34). We will invest in our passions. If you want to find out what a person’s interests are, then take a tour of their checkbook or expense account and see where they are spending their money.
    Although some make more money than others and some are more successful than others, here is the thing we all need to keep in mind: We need to take what God has given us and be wise stewards over it, investing generously in the work of the kingdom of God. God will bless generosity.
    Paul wrote, “You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. ‘For God loves a person who gives cheerfully’ ” (2 Corinthians 9:7).
    Some will say, “I can’t afford to give.” Really? I can’t afford not to give. Giving is not just for rich people; it is for all people. Everyone should invest in God’s kingdom. Here is something to consider: Maybe one of the reasons you are having financial struggles is because you have not honored the Lord in your giving.
    Am I saying that if you give, then God will make you rich?
    No, I am not saying that at all. But Scripture connects the two. Paul follows up 2 Corinthians 9:7 with this statement: “And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others” (verse 8).
    Everyone should give. And as you give to the Lord, He will bless you for it

  6. Bible study was bomb as always. We just finished up the 10 part series by Jerry Savelle on God’s favor. Before I share notes on tonight’s study i reflected on What Pastor Tommy Roberts stated before we started this series. If we got a hold of this concept lives and situations would change.. Man o man! Since this series , I went from thinking I was cursed to knowing I’m blessed and walking in His favor(God is so good). I wanna thank the Lord for the teaching/leadership and the saints of
    LifePointe Christian Faith Center . Bible study 8/20/14 Supernatural- a departure from the usual and normal God never meant for us to have the limitations of the world.. Two things that limit god 1.) Negative speech 2). Small thinking.. Psalm 7-8,12,19-20 7 That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: 8 And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright , and whose spirit was not stedfast with God 12 Marvellous things did he in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan. 19 Yea, they spake against God; they said , Can God furnish a table in the wilderness? 20 Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out , and the streams overflowed ; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people? No matter what miracle God performed for His people , they would say But can you do this? God split the red sea and engulfed their enemies…They got thirsty. God made water out of a rock for them. They got hungry. But can He Give bread also? Psalm 78:41 41 Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.
    Flow with His/ word/ Get in His word. Because they thought small, they prevented the work of God. God has no limitations But His people will limit Him. Put a guard over your mouth don’t talk negative We are not of this world John 17:16,20 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 0 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; Whatever is restricting/limiting the world is not restricting / limiting us.. we are in the world but not of it. Too many people are letting the world dictate their life rather than the word. SUPERNATURAL God’s favor removes all limitation…….learn to demand it/ Speak it continually. You want undo once what it took a lifetime to build but you have to start sometime(Now) When it looks like it is the worst, that is when it is most important to Decree favor(even when you don’t understand) Psalm 35:27 27 Let them shout for joy , and be glad , that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified , which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant. Mark 11:23 23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed , and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass ; he shall have whatsoever he saith . Make up your mind to watch what you say and believe what you say will come to pass!!! If you continue to speak the Favor of God you are going to see the Favor of God. Psalm 68:19 19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah Joshua 1:8 8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous , and then thou shalt have good success Speak the word all the time(The Favor of God) Trouble is around. The economy is bad. Sickness is out there.No denying but deny its right to affect you!!!!!! Be Covenant minded. You are the HEAD not the tail, ABOVE not below….It is not automatic….SPEAK IT!!!!! Matthew 24: 4-6 4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying , I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled : for all these things must come to pass , but the end is not yet. ……… Don’t let what men say deceive you/ Do not be deceived/ Don’t be troubled…….psalm 41:11 11 By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me. God bless you and i hoped this blesses you like it did me…..No turning Back …I speak great things…Kingdom minded ..Shalom

  7. The Power of Imitation
    Thursday August 21

    Today’s Reading: Psalm 107-109; 1 Corinthians 4

    Today’s Thoughts: The Power of Imitation

    “Therefore I urge you, imitate me.” 1 Corinthians 4:16

    We are masters at imitation. Whether we are copying someone else or they are copying us, we are continually being influenced and adapting our personality to the conformity of others. We may not realize that the things we do or wear or say are a result of imitating someone or something in our culture.

    Paul understands these issues when he says to the Corinthians “imitate me.” They were living in the world and enjoying being of the world. Paul knew that they needed a living example to follow. He became their example, a real person from whom to watch and to learn. Paul also knew that their only hope was in Jesus. He was the One they must ultimately learn to imitate.

    Second Corinthians 4:18 says that, “we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” Our focus should only be on Jesus Christ our Savior. This world and all that is in it will someday be gone. Where will you be when this happens? Do you choose your friends wisely, those who set the example in Christ as Paul did? Or are you influenced more by the world’s temporary offerings, instead of Christ’s eternal promises? How accountable are you to set godly examples for those who are imitating you? Ask the Lord to help you become the role model and example that He wants you to be for others. His Holy Spirit will guide you in this role

  8. Taken from the daily word devotion
    The Peaceful Fruit of Righteousness
    Weekend of November 8-9

    Today’s Readings: Jeremiah 43-45; Hebrews 5

    Today’s thoughts: The Peaceful Fruit of Righteousness

    Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11

    We know that the Lord disciplines those He loves but sometimes I wonder why He has to go to such extremes to love me so much? I have told the Lord that it is a good thing He told us that discipline is based on love because, at times, I would misinterpret the pain as something else.

    I have noticed that through the process of chastening, I probably will not remember the circumstance that brought the trial, but I will remember the intensity of the pain. When God really gets a hold of me and starts working on changing me, I feel hallow and empty. During those times, I feel like a pumpkin. God cuts around my handle and scrapes me clean of all the seeds and stringy things. But I liked all those seeds, stringy things and even the dingy environment; at first, I grieve over missing the “old me”. But then, He goes a step further and takes the knife of the Word and starts carving at my hardened protected outside. Now my insides become exposed to the outside, and light has the ability to shine through. So often, I can barely handle such exposure and I feel embarrassment and vulnerability no matter what angle the light hits. During these times I cry, yell, pray and beg Him to stop, not understanding why I have to go through this painful process. But in His perfect timing, I realize that the peaceful fruit of righteousness has resulted in me. Finally, I pray for His light to be placed deep within me so others can see His good work.

    We need the Lord. There should be nothing else we want to do but to love Him with all that we are and to serve Him with all of our lives. As we continue to walk with Him, we better understand that His purpose for us is best for us. We are called to endure these trials of life as we are becoming more like Christ, and being transformed by the work of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. Jesus needs to become our everything. We need to ask Him to help us yield to His will in the discipline process and to resolve ourselves with His timing, being content with His will. Though the process is painful, He knows what is best and we can trust Him to finish the work He started in us.

    Are you dealing with something painful today? Maybe you are wondering why God has put you in such a place. Regardless of the reasons for our sufferings, we must remember that He is our answer. Go to Him today and ask for His strength and guidance to lead you through this time. Begin thanking Him for His purposes in the work He is doing in your life. He will never let you down.

  9. Happy New year Saints! When I get certain things that touch me i have been encouraged by the leadership to share with the rest of the body! God bless you all and may your minds be renewed everyday(sometimes every hour)! Taken from Greg Laurie”s Harvest daily devotional
    Monday, January 19, 2015
    By Divine Design
    But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel.
    —Philippians 1:12
    The apostle Paul was the kind of guy who liked to get out and get things done. He took action and went out and accomplished things for God. But as a prisoner in Rome, Paul found himself stuck . . . immobilized . . . unable to move.

    Perhaps you are immobilized in some way right now. Maybe it is some kind of disability. Maybe you’re stuck in a really tough marriage or in a job you really don’t want to be in. Maybe you’re living somewhere you wish you didn’t live. Whatever it is, you feel immobilized.

    Yet notice how Paul, despite his circumstances, was able to rejoice. He wrote, “But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel” (Philippians 1:12). Even under house arrest, Paul was looking on the bright side. He was saying, “I believe I am here because God wants me here. But this isn’t what I planned.”

    And then Paul went on to talk about the guards: “It has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ” (verse 13). These weren’t just any guards; they were members of the Praetorian Guard, the elite soldiers.

    How could you not become a Christian while being chained to the Apostle Paul? Apparently some of the guards did come to Christ, because later in Philippians Paul wrote, “All the saints greet you, but especially those who are of Caesar’s household” (4:22).

    This is never what Paul planned, but it is what God planned. Maybe you’re in a place right now that you never planned on. You are there by divine design. God has put you where you are for such a time as this.

  10. God’s Ways
    Monday January 19

    Today’s Reading: Genesis 46-48; Matthew 13:1-30

    Today’s Thoughts: God’s Ways

    Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees! Then I would not be put to shame when I consider all your commands. Psalms 119:5-6

    This psalmist dealt with the same issues of guilt that we have today. When we consider all that God requires, His standard is too high. How is one to follow His ways when God’s ways are perfect and we are not? Like the psalmist, we cry out, “Oh, I wish my ways were consistent in following and obeying You. Then I would feel better about myself.”

    The problem with thinking this way is that God wants us to be thankful for His provision and not think of ourselves any higher than we ought. Jesus provides us with all that we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). It is because of Jesus that we can have a relationship with the Father. When our shortcomings turn our focus to ourselves, we have guilt and condemnation. When our eyes are focused on Jesus, despite our shortcomings, we are thankful to Him. God wants us thankful. He already knows our shortcomings and knows the extent of our ability to sin, but He saved us anyway. And He loves us anyway.

    Lately, everywhere I turn in the Bible, I am seeing that God desires a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. He wants me to sing to Him in gratitude for all He has done and is doing. The word sacrifice reminds us that giving Him thanks and praise is not easy when we are feeling guilty, angry, frustrated, depressed or miserable. But by praising Him during those times, it releases our faith to look to Him instead of to ourselves.

  11. Taken from Greg Laurie”s Harvest daily devotional Tuesday, January 20, 2015
    The Hide of a Rhinoceros
    The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains.
    —Philippians 1:17
    It is one thing to be criticized by nonbelievers. I expect that. But what is troublesome to me are those times when fellow believers are the critics. Now, I think there is a place for critiquing one another. If I have said something that is theologically incorrect or have done something that isn’t right, and someone brings it to my attention, then I certainly want to change. I think we can learn a lot by listening to our critics.

    But criticism from other Christians isn’t unique to our time. It also happened in the early church. Paul wrote to the believers in Philippi, “Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains” (Philippians 1:15–16). Paul’s critics were suggesting that he must be out of God’s will by being incarcerated. But Paul knew it was where he needed to be.

    Here’s what I have learned. When you are doing a work of God, you are going to come under attack. Those attacks will come from the outside, but sometimes they will even come from the inside. Believers, as well as nonbelievers, can be used by the Devil. So what do I do? I take the advice of a great British preacher I heard years ago. He said, “Every leader has to have the mind of a scholar, the heart of a child, and the hide of rhinoceros.”

    So I just press forward with what I believe God has called me to do. And instead of discouraging me and slowing me down, the criticism and opposition remind me that I am on the right track. These things can be a confirmation that we are doing the work of God.

  12. Taken from Greg Laurie”s Harvest daily devotional Saturday, January 24, 2015
    Prayer—A Conditioned Reflex
    Men always ought to pray and not lose heart.
    —Luke 18:1
    Have you ever been gripped by fear? You know the feeling. Your blood goes cold. You get a shiver down your spine. Your stomach sinks. Your hair stands on end (in my case—that is singular, not plural). All of these are emotions associated with fear.

    Then there is the emotion that is often coupled with fear, which is worry. There are a lot of things people can worry about today in our nation: the state of our country, our economy, terrorism, or the threat of war.

    And of course, there are personal worries. We are concerned about our health. We are concerned about our family. We are concerned about our future.

    When we feel worry approaching, we need to get into the habit of turning to God so that our reaction will be like a conditioned reflex.

    A normal reflex is different from a conditioned reflex. A normal reflex comes naturally. For example, if you touch a hot iron, you will pull your hand away very quickly because it is hot. A normal reflex comes naturally. A conditioned reflex, on the other hand, is something you learn over time. You teach yourself to do it.

    It can be compared to driving. When you are first learning to drive, you have to consciously think about everything you do. Key in the ignition. . . look over my shoulder before pulling out. . . look before making that turn. . . turn on the turn signal. . . change lanes. I am coming to a light—hit the brakes now. You had to think about it. But after a while, you get it down, and it comes naturally. You don’t even think about it anymore. You just drive.

    Now let’s apply the same principles to fear and worry. Our natural tendency when we are in trouble is not to pray. Rather, it is to worry. Something happens, and we go through various scenarios that start stacking up like dominoes in our minds. What if this happens? What if that happens? What if this other thing happens? But here is what we need to teach ourselves to do: We need to teach ourselves to pray.

    It is not what we naturally want to do. Often when we face adversity, our first instinct is to turn to people for help. God can work through people, of course. There is no question that he can provide through family and friends and help us. But ultimately, we should turn to God when trouble comes. And it will come.

    One reason we should turn to God and pray is because Jesus told us to. He said, “Men always ought to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1 NKJV). Even if prayer were a difficult thing to do, which it is not, or an unpleasant thing to do, which it is not, we should pray, because Scripture commands us to do so.

    Another reason we should pray is because prayer is God’s appointed way for obtaining things. That can sound somewhat mercenary. I am not describing God as some kind of celestial Santa. The fact of the matter is, the Bible tells me that I should go to God with my needs. And we all have needs. Jesus taught in the Lord’s Prayer,
    In this manner, therefore, pray:
    Our Father in heaven,
    Hallowed be Your name.
    Your kingdom come.
    Your will be done
    On earth as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread. (Matthew 6:9–11)

    Jesus taught us that we are to approach God with our needs. Do you have needs right now? Pray about it. Do you need his provision? Pray about it. Do you need his healing touch? Pray about it. Go to God with your request, and Scripture says that your Father who knows you have need of these things will hear you (see Matthew 6:32).

    And listen to what James 4:2 says: “You do not have because you do not ask.” Think about this: You might wonder why it is that you never know the will of God for your life. Answer: You do not have because you do not ask. How many answers to prayer would be waiting for you if you would just pray about it? Ask God about it. The worst-case scenario is that God will say no. But what if God says yes?

    Prayer is also the way God helps us to overcome our anxiety and worry. The apostle Paul wrote, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6). He didn’t say, “In only the big, hairy, scary things of life, pray.” Or, “Just pull out the prayers when things get really bad. Otherwise, just sort it out yourself.” No, he said, “In everything. . . ”

    Nothing is too small to bring to God in prayer. He is interested in even the smallest details. We sometimes only think about the big things, but little things can turn into big things. And little problems can turn into big problems. Nothing is too small or too big to bring to God.

    There is nothing productive about worry. In fact, the word “worry” originates from an old German term that means “to choke or to strangle.” And this is exactly what worry does: It chokes you spiritually. It creates an emotional and mental stranglehold on your life. It doesn’t ever make anything better. In fact, it makes things worse.

    When you worry about the future, you cripple yourself in the present. Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength. So in times of trouble, don’t give in to your natural reflex of worry. Instead, condition your reflex to pray.

  13. Listen to What You Hear
    Weekend of January 24-25

    Today’s Reading: Exodus 9-11; Matthew 15:21-39

    Today’s Thoughts: Listen to What You Hear

    Give ear and hear my voice, Listen and hear my speech. Isaiah 28:23

    Have you ever thought about the difference between hearing and listening? Did you know there was a difference? To “listen” means that we are paying attention to the sound, thoughtful and considerate attention to the sound. To “hear” refers to perceiving something with our ears, kind of like seeing with our ears. In life today there are literally thousands of noises a day that compete for our attention. There are so many different of noises and sounds that most of us do not pay attention to most of them. The television can be on, the phone ringing, and everyone in my house talking at once and I can still tune most of it out. It is not that I am not hearing the noise, but I am not listening to it.

    God gave us ears to hear the beauty of sound and He gave us the ability to listen so that the sound can be understood. When both hearing and listening work together, we have an understanding of the purpose of the sound. You can hear music but not listen to the words. When both music and lyrics are understood, the beauty and meaning of the whole song is revealed to you. You can hear the words of a person speaking to you, but if you truly listen to the person, you will better understand their heart and the meaning behind their words. The same principle holds true with God’s Word. We can hear the Word preached, taught and read. We can read the Word ourselves and hear our own voices speak it. But, when we really listen to God’s Word, then our understanding begins to change. So many times, people leave church after having heard a sermon and not remember anything about it. When we are listening and giving consideration to what we are hearing, we will leave thinking about what we just heard. The next step is to start talking back to God, asking Him to open up more of our understanding.

    Take time today and think about how much you hear versus how much you listen. How much are you missing of what God has for you? Is He talking to you but you are not paying attention? Take your Bible and read today’s chapter in Isaiah. Instead of just reading the words and hearing them in your head, pray the Holy Spirit will give you the power to listen and to understand the message God has for you. When the Word of God truly becomes His voice in your life, then your hearing and listening will open up a new world of understanding for you. Your life will change. But it all begins with understanding the difference between hearing and listening-start listening to God today.

  14. Church was awesome this morning !! Was blessed to hear a on time word from “Reverend Billy Matiyabo” I couldn’t really take notes like i wanted to (i was running the camera) but i was able to jot some notes on my phone (hope the filming didn’t suffer lol). #notes Whenever you sin ..Judge your self, Don’t hide sin(if not addressed it will be exposed one way or another) If you are struggling with something(sin, hard times and about 2 give up) God knows about it..
    Jeremiah 29:11New Living Translation (NLT)11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope……….and as members of the body(believers) our job is to pray/help our brother or sister…not shun or try to expose them ..Example…..”You heard what Brother so and so did”…STOP THAT!!!! Pray for them instead of gossiping or condemning! Love covers not exposes!!! 5 things we need to do 1. Cry out!!…. Psalm 88:1 O Lord, God of my salvation,I cry out to you by day.I come to you at night. ….. 2. Ask for forgiveness 1john 1:9 9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 2 chronicles 7:14 14 Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. 3. Leave the past behind(good and bad) 4. Help Others Hebrews 10.24 24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 5. Never cover sin up again( we have been trying to hide our sin since Adam made the fig leaf bikini. I hope these half taken notes help a little and that you all have the best week ever, no matter what ! Be blessed, because you are!!! Brotha ENock

  15. Monday, January 26, 2015
    Unity, Liberty, and Charity
    “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one–as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.”
    —John 17:20–21
    Have you ever noticed there are some people who like to fight? They like to argue, and they are unhappy when they are happy. So they find something to get worked up about, something new to debate. They love conflict. It’s a sad way to live.

    When I was a younger Christian, I felt that it was my job to set everyone straight. I had been a Christian for about a year and had been reading the Bible and going to church almost every night of the week. I thought, I’m going to set everyone straight. That was the way I was.

    I knew everything. I had the answer to every question. And if you held a view different from mine, then I was going to talk you out of it and into mine.

    I don’t feel that way anymore. Obviously, I want everyone to believe in Jesus. But if you have a slightly different take on a theological truth than I do, I don’t feel that it is my job to convince you. I like this statement regarding believers: “In essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; in all things, charity.” The word essentials refers to the most important theological doctrines like that of the Bible being the Word of God, Jesus Christ being the only way to the Father, and salvation coming through Christ and Christ alone. Those are the essentials. In essentials, unity. We don’t ever flex on essentials.

    But in nonessentials, liberty. What are nonessentials? Things like the style of music. Some people like it loud. Some people like it quiet. Some people like a certain style. Some people like another style. These are secondary issues. We should never divide over them. In nonessentials, liberty.

    Finally, in all things, charity, which is another word for love. Be loving.

  16. Wednesday, January 28, 2015
    A New Paradigm
    Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.
    —Romans 12:4–5
    We have a tendency to want to build our own private universe where the world revolves around us. We are the main characters in our own little movies, and everyone else is a member of the supporting cast. We think it is all about us.

    There is just one problem, however. There are other people in our universe, and a lot of them really bother us. But here is something to consider. You might be someone who really bothers another person. We always think that another person is really an irritant. I hate to break this to you, but you might be an irritant to some other people.

    However, as followers of Jesus, we need to remember this isn’t a solo effort where we only hang out with the kind of people we personally like. Some Christians may think this way when it comes to church: Well, I only want to be around people who are cool, like me. . . . I only want to be around people who are my age. . . . I only want to be around people I can relate to.

    Newsflash: It is not about you. God puts all kinds of different people together. Sometimes they are people we never would have hung out with before. Yet God puts these people in our lives and tells us to love them. And He puts you in others’ lives and tells them to love you. That is because we are a family. And sometimes in a family, you find yourself related to people you don’t always understand. But when the day is done, they are still family.

    God says that we need a new paradigm. The way to success, according to the Bible, is through humility. The way to self-fulfillment is thinking of others first.

  17. Patience
    Wednesday January 28

    Today’s Reading: Exodus 19-20; Matthew 18:21-35

    Today’s Thoughts: Patience

    Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. James 5:7

    I always cringe just a little (if not a lot) when I see the words “be patient.” Not long ago we spoke at an event that had an interesting theme. The theme for this event embraced the honey “bee” and even the decorations had some kind of bee on it. There were stuffed animal-type bees, candy bees, and even flower corsages that a bee would love to buzz around. You get my drift. When we sat down at a table, there was a bee placed in front of each glass. The bee had a saying on it. Mine said “be kind.” The one next to me said “be patient.” I was so glad I got the “be kind” bee. Then, out of the blue, we were asked to move over one place and there it was-“be patient” staring back at me. I knew I was in trouble.

    Since then I have had to wait on many things. Traffic seems extremely slow, far more than normal. This morning, we got stuck in a parking lot that was being paved and literally could not get out of it. We were running late for a meeting. And then, I went to the eye doctor. At five minutes past the hour, I heard him coming. Yea, he is right on schedule! Then, an emergency phone call came from nowhere. I waited 45 minutes. I sat in a semi-dark room and had a talk with God. He told me to be kind to everyone in that office and to keep waiting patiently. As I left, the doctor shook my hand, gave me a discount on the office visit, the receptionist gave me some free stuff, and another girl expressed to me that it had been a very long day for them. She sincerely thanked me for being “patient.” I smiled, they smiled and I am pretty sure God smiled too.

    When you get that little message and know in your spirit that you are being tested on something, like patience, stop and pray. The Lord had to remind me of the fruit that He wanted to bear through me – not about me, but about Him. Be alert to those things that God wants to do through you today. Stop and pray and let the Lord be your guide. You never know how it will turn out to bless someone else.

  18. Bible study was great! People were prophesied to by the Prophet Tom Stamman
    and the people of God heard an on time word. Nothing short of a Mighty Move of God. My notes wouldn’t due any justice but i did take down some things……You need to have Godly people in your life.. Your 5 closest friends speaks volumes on the type of person you are.. Your future depends on who you spend time with! …….. 3 ways to know peoples priorities 1. What they talk about the most 2. How they spend their spare time 3. After you pay bills, How do you spend your $.?… God wants action , not lip service (He wants fruit) God wants us to have moral character! Whatever you do, Do it for Jesus!! Whatever we do we must do it in excellence! A lot of the time we quote the promise of the Word (bible/God’s word), but don’t do the things we need to do to get them. Prophecy comes to pat when we Obey!!! God is looking for obedience, love and commitment…. Just a little bit from what I jotted down, ill be praying for the saints that we walk in all these things. God bless you all and love ya , sincerely Brotha E
    P,S. Don’t see people the way they are right now, but see them for what they can be (Destiny)

  19. Taken from Greg Laurie”s Harvest daily devotional Thursday, January 29, 2015
    The First Step to Joyful Living
    Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.
    —Philippians 2:2
    Conventional wisdom says that you must always look out for number one and do whatever it takes to succeed. But that is not how the kingdom of God works.

    Paul wrote to the believers in Philippi, “Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose” (Philippians 2:1–2).

    The Message puts it this way: “Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.”

    This goes against conventional wisdom about how we are to succeed in life, but this is what the Bible says. Some people may say, “I don’t know what planet you’re from, but that won’t work in my situation. You don’t know what it’s like in the world that I have to live in.”

    What we are talking about is the way that a Christian should live. The Bible says the first step to joyful living is to put the needs of others before yourself. Paul said, “Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too” (Philippians 2:4).

    That seems like a recipe for disaster and failure in today’s culture. But here’s what the Bible says: “So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor” (1 Peter 5:6).

    If you want to be a happy person, then you cannot be a self-absorbed person, because a self-absorbed person will be a miserable person.

  20. Faith or seeking a sign?
    Thursday January 29

    Today’s Reading: Exodus 21-22; Matthew 19

    Today’s Thoughts: Faith or seeking a sign?

    But He sighed deeply in His spirit, and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Assuredly, I say to you, no sign shall be given to this generation.”

    Mark 8:12

    There are four gospels that describe the life of Jesus, from His birth to His death. Even though these accounts were written by different men at different times, many of their stories are literally identical in the details. Even though each gospel is unique in its own way, many of the miracles and events are shared throughout them. How is this possible? Have any of us ever told the same story the exact same way the second time? And anyone who tells the story next would no doubt make changes to it. The only way this is possible is through the Holy Spirit of God. Paul tells us in 2 Timothy 3:16 that “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God.” Yet many people still refuse to believe that the Bible is completely inerrant and perfect in its every detail.

    One of the miracles told in all four gospels is how Jesus fed the people with a few fish and some loaves of bread. On one occasion He fed five thousand people and on another, He fed four thousand, having leftovers each time. In Mark chapter eight, the religious people are the ones questioning Jesus, asking Him for a “sign.” After all that Jesus had done in this miracle alone, the people still did not believe in Him. What other sign could He possibly give them? Jesus performed miracle after miracle for the three years of His ministry, in full view of everybody looking. He even foretold of His death, which happened just as was prophesied, but many would still not believe. I am sure the Lord sighs deeply even now, in those times when He shows Himself so clearly to someone, yet they refuse to believe Him. They want more proof.

    There is a reason that Hebrews 11:6 states that faith is the only way to please God. The Lord knows how hard it is for us to really believe in Him and His promises. Look up and see all that Jesus is doing in your life right now. Do you trust Him or are you still seeking a sign from Him for more proof? If you are struggling in your faith, ask the Lord to increase your faith. So often in life, we get so far down the road before we realize what God did for us a long time before. If only we could realize His signs when He is working in our lives and praise Him for His faithfulness to us. Are you seeking a sign today? Seek Jesus first and you may just notice all kinds of signs that you have been missing.

  21. Taken from Greg Laurie”s Harvest daily devotional Friday, January 30, 2015
    The Surprising Reward of Humility
    Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
    —Matthew 5:5
    We might think of humility as a form of weakness, but it is actually the very opposite. Humility is connected to meekness. Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” What is meekness? A literal definition of the word is power under constraint.

    For example, if you were to see a person riding a magnificent, powerful stallion, and he is clip-clopping along, that horse has submitted his will to the rider. He has more than enough power to resist the direction of the rider and do what he wants. But because that horse has effectively humbled himself, or has been meek, he’s putting his power under constraint. He’s surrendering his will to the person who is riding him.

    In the same way, when the Bible speaks of humility and meekness, it means surrendering our will to the will of God. Philippians 2:3 tells us, “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.”

    If you want to experience real joy, then put the acronym JOY into practice: Jesus. Others. Yourself. Put Jesus first. Put others second. Put yourself third. That is the joy we can experience. It is so simple, but I am amazed at the fact that very few people practice this. Many believers find themselves in the doldrums. They are down. They are depressed. They don’t have this kind of joy.

    If you want real success, if you want true happiness, if you want to experience a deep and abiding joy instead of the fleeting happiness of this world, it is found in following Jesus and loving others.

    Think about someone in need and start doing something for that person. Then watch how joy will appear in your life as a byproduct.

  22. Little by Little
    Friday January 30

    Today’s Reading: Exodus 23-24; Matthew 20:1-16

    Today’s Thoughts: Little by Little

    Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you have increased, and you inherit the land. Exodus 23:30

    In Chapter 23, God grants the Israelites various promises, including utterly overthrowing and completely cutting off their enemies. The Lord further states that He will bless their bread and water and take their sicknesses away. With the Lord on their side, the Israelites cannot lose. But in verse 30, the Lord says that He will fulfill His promises by driving out their enemies little by little. Why? Why doesn’t God just wipe their enemies out like He did the Egyptians as they entered the Red Sea? What benefit is there to do it little by little?

    Exodus 23:29 says “I will not drive them out from before you in one year, lest the land become desolate and the beast of the field become too numerous for you.” In other words, a place of instant abundance and blessings would be harmful for the Israelites. Blessings are not true blessings unless they come when we are able to handle them. Think of areas in your life that you would love to see the Lord work in you today. Maybe you need deliverance from sin that seems to have trapped you or maybe it is your finances. The list can go on and on. God wants to deliver you and bless you, but He will only give you what you can handle. God knows what is best for us. Even the blessings can become curses if we do not have the wisdom, maturity and honesty to handle them.

    The Lord’s timing is never too late nor too slow. He is patient and kind, assessing the whole situation, so that when He fulfills His promises in you, you will be able to receive them in peace. We want the quick fix or the instant gratification. We want the immediate and the miraculous. However, God’s ways are not our ways and He desires to give us a future life in His promises. Little by little, complete victory will be yours by having faith and patience day by day.

  23. Just Ask
    Weekend of January 31-February 1

    Today’s Reading: Exodus 27-28; Matthew 21:1-22

    Today’s Thoughts: Just Ask

    So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” Matthew 21:21-22

    My sister called the other day complaining about her boss at work. She began telling me about the problems she was having on her job and how they were beginning to disrupt her home life. How many of us can relate to this? After listening to her stories, I realized that the root of the problem stemmed from a breakdown in communication between my sister and her boss. As the picture came into focus, I realized that my sister had issues (wants, needs, desires) that needed addressing. However, she was not telling all of this to her boss. In other words, she somehow expected her boss to know and understand what she needed. I told her that maybe she should tell her boss what her issues were and ask for help. Sounds easy enough, but for some reason we just do not know how to ask for the things we want or how to discuss the problems we are having in certain situations.

    What about our prayer lives? Do we ask the Lord for the desires of our hearts? Do we honestly tell the Lord our problems, even when they involve Him? Today’s verses clearly instruct us on how to pray. We are to have faith and not doubt. We must come to the Lord in prayer and truly believe in our hearts that He hears us and will answer us. The faith to move mountains is amazing faith and is available to all of us, if we believe. Try not to get hung up on how to pray, what to pray and praying God’s will. Just go to the Lord and ask, believe, and receive. Even though God already knows our hearts’ desires, we need to ask Him for them because it increases our faith and blesses us in the process. Remember this: the Lord will answer as He sees best. That is why faith is so important in our prayers. We must trust in God’s final answer, regardless of what we think. If our prayers are continuing without ceasing, alongside His Word, and from our honest hearts, then His answers will be received in our hearts of faith.

  24. Growing Up
    Monday February 2

    Today’s Reading: Exodus 29-30; Matthew 21:23-46

    Today’s Thoughts: Growing Up

    When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 1 Corinthians 13:11

    When we first come to Christ, we are like babies. We crawl, then we wobble and stumble until we finally start to walk. Once we learn to walk, we want to walk faster, farther and without hindrances. Then we realize that the only way to go is upward, aiming for heaven. We do not want to move sideways any longer, but straight up. So we look up and try to figure out how to move up with the same pace… farther, faster, and without hindrances.

    But God does not desire for us to move up as of yet. In John 17:15, Jesus prayed, “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.” Being taken out of the world would be to move up and to get out of here. That is the natural desire of our heart when we really come to know Jesus. We just want to be with Him and we just want to see Him and please Him. Wouldn’t it be great if the moment we met the Lord on earth, He brought us up to heaven? We would accept Him in faith on earth but immediately see Him face-to-face in heaven. But…that was not His will nor His prayer for us. His desire is that we learn to advance from crawling to walking. His desire is that we walk by faith. Walking by faith does not come naturally. The believer’s stages of development are not easy but necessary. The Lord wants us to become mature, healthy, spirit-filled believers able to continue the work He began. Growing up is difficult because it always involves discipline. We are not born physically or spiritually knowing what is right and wrong. Many times we need to learn through trial and error. God is patient and loving to guide us and love us through those hard times of discipline. So, the Lord’s plan for us is not to move up but to grow up.

    Pray about it: Oh Lord, thank You for being my Lord. You love me so much to help me through every stage of growth and maturity. Remind me that You are always on my side, guiding me and directing me to the next stage for my own good. Mature me so that You may use me. I love You Lord. Let my life reflect my love for You.

  25. Monday, February 2, 2015
    Taken from Greg LAurie’s daily Devotional
    The Root of the Problem
    What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you?
    —James 4:1
    I think we could safely say that so many of the problems we deal with are because of our selfish human natures. Selfishness is at the root of many sins.

    It is amazing how even little children have this trait. Have you ever noticed when two children are playing and one child doesn’t care about a certain toy until the moment the other child picks it up? Suddenly both children want it. They scream and pull, and they will destroy the toy in the process. It’s all because one child wants what the other has. That is just human nature. We are born that way, and we carry this trait with us through life.

    James pointed out, “What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you?” (James 4:1). That’s really it. We want our own way.

    How many problems in our society are because of selfishness? When marriages are falling apart, by and large, it is because of selfishness. People have sex before marriage because of selfishness. At the root of adultery is selfishness. Name a problem, and for the most part you will find selfishness rearing its ugly head.

    Paul urged the believers at Philippi, “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3). So don’t be controlled by selfishness.

    Dwight L. Moody once said, “I have more trouble with D. L. Moody than with any other man I’ve ever met.” As Moody recognized, it’s our obsession with ourselves that is at the root of our problems.

    We need to constantly ask the Lord to transform and change us. I know I have a long way to go. And guess what? I know you have a long way to go, too. We all do.

  26. Go to the Lord First
    Wednesday February 4

    Today’s Reading: Exodus 34-35; Matthew 22:23-46

    Today’s Thoughts: Go to the Lord First

    He also hired a hundred thousand fighting men from Israel for a hundred talents of silver. But a man of God came to him and said, “O king, these troops from Israel must not march with you, for the LORD is not with Israel-not with any of the people of Ephraim. Even if you go and fight courageously in battle, God will overthrow you before the enemy, for God has the power to help or to overthrow.” Amaziah asked the man of God, “But what about the hundred talents I paid for these Israelite troops?” The man of God replied, “The LORD can give you much more than that.”

    2 Chronicles 25:6-9

    Amaziah was king of Judah and though he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, he did not follow the Lord wholeheartedly. One day Amaziah decided to muster his army, so he took count all of his able-bodied fighting men. Thinking he needed more troops, he hired another hundred thousand fighting men from Israel. Now at this time, the kingdoms of Judah and Israel were divided, each with their own kings. The Lord was with Judah because of His covenant with David but the Lord was not with Israel, especially as their kings were evil, wicked and against the Lord. So, the Lord sent a prophet, “a man of God,” to speak with Amaziah about sending the men from Israel back home. Even though Amaziah did as the man of God instructed, his first concern was about the money that he had already spent. The response from the man of God should speak to our hearts even today; “The LORD can give you much more than that.”

    Sometimes we fail (or forget) to realize that our God is in charge and has ownership of all things, even all the money of the world. We can get so caught up in making things balance out that we think we do not need to depend on the Lord. Many of us hate to waste money or waste things of value. We try to be good stewards. We try to make the right decisions. But, sometimes we act before we pray and we make decisions that may not be God’s will for us.

    The best course in making decisions is to take them all to the Lord first. But if you find yourself in a place of looking backwards (as we all do at times), then ask the Lord to work it out and even to replace what was lost. You will be amazed to watch how God works through our situations, even our mistakes, and He can replace what was lost in the process. Do not bear the burden alone-take it to the Lord. He loves to rescue. The rest of the story of Amaziah? He went into battle after sending the hundred thousand troops home and the Lord delivered him the victory. He will give us the victory when we seek His help in all things.

  27. Working Weary or
    Working With the Lord
    Friday February 6

    Today’s Reading: Exodus 39-40; Matthew 23:23-39

    Today’s Thoughts: Working Weary or Working With the Lord?

    Thus Moses did; according to all that the Lord had commanded him, so he did. And he raised up the court all around the tabernacle and the altar, and hung up the screen of the court gate. So Moses finished the work.

    Exodus 40:16, 33

    Have you felt overwhelmed by too much work? Many times, we are overloaded with overbooked calendars and too little time to do the things we have to do, not to mention the things we would like to do. Most of us are always busy trying to complete the tasks or jobs for the day. Our society is works-based in every way imaginable. The eighties were a decade that made longer workdays the in-thing. Forty-hour weeks were considered short in comparison to the more popular sixty to eighty-hour weeks. Stay-at-home moms had to get busier too. Today, with advances in technology and a “faster is better” mentality, doing more is a must. Even our kids are obliged to participate in extra-extracurricular activities, thinking they are necessary for higher education opportunities. As a result, many of us are worn out, stressed out, and burned out from so much work.

    In studying the construction of the tabernacle and its articles, we do not read of any overwhelming or stressful problems. The Lord commanded Moses who commanded the people to do all that the Lord had spoken. Simply put, Moses did what the Lord commanded and finished the work. What are we to learn from this story? The work that Moses did was given to him by the Lord. Moses followed the instructions to the exact detail, nothing added, nothing omitted. The Lord gave the gifts that were needed to do all of the designs and the Lord had already provided the required materials. The building of the tabernacle is a beautiful example of a perfect union between God and man. And the results were nothing short of miraculous.

    Think for a moment about the work you are doing today. Did the Lord instruct you to do these things? Has God given you the tools and talents to carry out the work? Are you working in unison with God, following His instructions and doing all that He says? The things we choose to do outside of the Lord’s plans for us will lead to fatigue, frustration and futility in our efforts. We get so busy just being busy that many of us do not stop to include the Lord in our activities.

    Have you spent time with the Lord today? Is He part of your “work” day? Maybe there is a tabernacle project in your life and God wants to do something miraculous through you. Pray that today is the day you let God take over all of your work. Get together with Him and see what happens.

  28. We had a very key speaker on Monday and Wednesday, who gave us insight on Israel and Yahweh’s plans and desires for Israel! This daily devotion From Greg Laurie also touches on Israel! Lifepointe partners, or anybody that happens to be reading this, I would suggest that you get tuned in to the things of God. Get into the game(get off the bench). It is readily made available for you. Don’t miss out!!! Already now today’s devotion…………….Saturday, February 7, 2015
    Where World History Ends
    On the same day the Lord #made a covenant with Abram, saying: “To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates. . .”
    —Genesis 15:18
    What on earth is happening in the Middle East? It seems that all we hear about in the news from this region is another outburst of violence—or a threat of one.

    In his address at the U.N., then Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had threatened once again to eliminate Israel. Also in another speech, he spoke of some Islamic “messiah,” as well as a new world order.

    As we look at the attacks on our embassies around the world, and specifically the September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, it is now clear that the war on terror has not been won.

    When Osama bin Laden was killed, we hoped that might be the end of it. But after Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, were murdered in Libya, there were people rioting in the streets and burning American flags. As they waited for their close-ups from the American media, they chanted together to the cameras, “Take a picture, Obama! We are all Osama!” That pretty much says it all. The message of Osama bin Laden and the terrorists appears to be alive and well.

    And what about the so-called Arab Spring? What some thought might be a hopeful sign, perhaps a surge of democracy in the Middle East, has not turned out so well. So what is the explanation of all of this chaos and confusion? What in the world is happening?

    The short answer is that Bible prophecy is being lived out in real time before our very eyes. The Bible has predicted the things that are happening in this part of the world. Scripture is very clear in pointing out that the end of the world will be centered in the Middle East. And it has all been foretold in the only book that accurately predicts the future: the Bible.

    Thousands of years ago, Hebrew prophets predicted the Jewish people would be scattered across the earth and then later regathered. Jesus, in fact, gave a very specific prediction when He said the temple in Jerusalem that was being rebuilt by Herod at the time would not only be destroyed, but also would be dismantled, stone by stone (see Matthew 24:1).

    Did that prediction reach fulfillment? Yes, it did. Because all historians agree that in A.D. 70, Titus and the Roman legions marched into Jerusalem, slaughtered thousands of Jews and dismantled the temple. Why did they dismantle it? Because there was gold in the temple, which had been burned, and they had to dismantle it to extract the melted gold. This fulfilled, to the letter, the prophecy of Christ. Also at this time, the Jews were scattered.

    Fast-forward many years to the Holocaust, when Hitler sought to eradicate the Jewish people from the face of the earth. Thankfully, the United States, Great Britain, and their allies stopped the Nazi war machine. And what happened in the aftermath of the Holocaust was nothing short of amazing. The Jewish people began to return to their homeland. And on May 14, 1948, a modern miracle happened. The state of Israel was officially declared.

    Here was a nation that had been dispersed for centuries, and then it was regathered. This has never happened again in history. And this was a super-sign that started the prophetic clock ticking. The people of Israel were back in their homeland again.

    But there was still a problem. Israel did not have control of Jerusalem, and Jerusalem plays a key role in the end-times scenario. Although they had declared their statehood, Jordan was still controlling the old city of Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount and most of the historic sites. Then, the Six Day War broke out in 1967, in which Israel was attacked. No one expected her to survive. Not only did Israel survive the attack, but she won the war and gained back a lot of the things she had lost, including the old city. And for the first time in more than 2,000 years, the city of Jerusalem was under Jewish control.

    Yet to this present day, Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with Arab leaders worldwide insisting that Jerusalem and the entire West Bank are rightfully Palestinian territory and ultimately must be given back as a condition of peace.

    Of course, I am going to side with God on this issue. God gave Jerusalem to Israel. He said to Abraham in Genesis 15:18, “To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates. . .” (NKJV). He gave that land to Israel, and the Israelis are not going to give up the city of Jerusalem.

    The Bible predicts that the city of Jerusalem will be at the epicenter of it all, and the attention of the planet will be directed toward Israel and toward the city of Jerusalem.

    Is this happening now? Yes, it is. All of this is happening just as the Bible predicted it would.

    So let’s go over the chronology of events the Bible has predicted: Israel will be scattered. Has this happened? Yes. Israel will be regathered after her people are scattered. Has this happened? Again, yes. Israel will regain the city of Jerusalem. Has this happened? Yes. Israel will be isolated from the other nations of the world and basically will stand alone. Has that happened? Not quite, but it appears to be moving in that direction. Lastly, Israel will be attacked. Has that happened? Not yet, and not on the scale the Bible predicts. This is still in the future, but perhaps the near future.

    Scripture specifically tells us that world history, as we know it, will culminate in this part of the world. Some people would assert that it is not important to study Bible prophecy, but I beg to differ. We must study Bible prophecy. The reason we should want to learn about the future is so we will be motivated to live rightly in the present.

  29. Church was On today as always!!!!!! Sunday Service Notes#2/8/15 What we face everyday has been conquered. God is looking to see if we are going to use our ( live by) faith. He will put you in situations where you cant see the light( way out) You will have to use your faith to overcome. We have to get to a place of victory! Sometimes its not a prayer problem.. Look inward The problem is not satan ( he is crafty but he is defeated) As long as we think Satan is the problem…we will be chasing red flags like bulls do( bull fighting..ole) Refreshment is only in the continual presence of the Lord. Everything else is temporal! Everything God expects for you now and beyond will take faith. We think we know more than we do! If we come up short in life…it is a Word problem… We will do anything to try and fix it but go to the word smh…. James 1:19- 22 19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
    20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
    21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
    22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. Quick to Hear slow to speak… Pastor Tommy used the illustration of a person going to trial whc was in a mess/ jam (trouble) The Defendants lawyer told him not to say anything but what i tell you ( shut your mouth) Once on the stand the the prosecutor tries to rip the defendant apart.( about his character and who he is) The defendant responds just as his Attorney has advised him too! The defendant is you, the prosecutor is satan and your Defense attorney is Jesus….Slow to speak. What you are going through is a word problem not an Anger problem( oh i have an anger problem…yeah right) Your lack and diligence of the word is the problem. The word in you desires more word( You already have the spirit inside of you). Anger is associated with word level. Every challenge of the enemy has a response. Righteousness cant be present in anger. The word can’t be an alternate or a la carte( Just a little of this….u need all of it) Be Blessed because you are and…….Step your Word up!!!! ‪#‎liveit‬ Be a Doer of the Word!! Brotha ENock

  30. Thursday, February 19, 2015
    A Suffering God
    This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
    —Hebrews 4:15–16
    When hardship strikes some people, they will turn away from God. Something bad happens to them that doesn’t make sense, and they conclude there can’t be a God if something like that could happen to them. They turn against Him and essentially find a belief system that accommodates their feelings.

    But our God is a suffering God. Jesus Christ was God incarnate, and no one ever suffered like Jesus. Not only did He endure the physical pain of the whipping, beating, and the crucifixion, but He bore all the sins of the world on Himself as He hung on Calvary’s cross and cried out, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” (Matthew 27:46).

    When you are suffering, you need to know that you’re talking to a God who knows what you are going through. You will find in Jesus a merciful High Priest and a faithful friend who feels your pain. Hebrews 4:15 says, “This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.”

    We can’t live in a pain-free world, as much as we would like to try. When trouble comes (and it will come), when crisis knocks at your door (and it will knock), you can either become angry at God or turn to Him and trust in Him.

    Here is your choice in life: you can become better or bitter. It is usually one or the other. When something bad happens, you can say, “I am mad at God. I am bitter with God.” Okay. That is your choice. But you can also say, “I am going to trust in God. I am going to cling to God.” And you will become better as a result. It is really up to you.

  31. Strength In Jesus
    Thursday February 19

    Today’s Reading: Leviticus 26-27; Mark 2
    Today’s Thoughts: Strength in Jesus

    Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10

    The Bible is filled with stories and teachings that go completely contrary to the views of the world. In Matthew 6:24, Jesus warned us that we could not serve both God and mammon (money). Later, the apostle John would write: “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (1 John 2:15) But today’s Scripture verse seems to go even a step farther. Paul tells us to “take pleasure” in the things in our lives that make us weak, such as sickness and all other types of distresses. How many of us can truly say that we find pleasure in being sick, having financial problems, family struggles or even persecution from various sources?

    As Christians, we are told not only to believe in Jesus, but to follow Him. In Luke 14:27-28, Jesus speaks of those who choose to follow Him, that they must leave everything else behind. He tells them to count the cost before they make their decision. We live in a world today that promotes “self” and all of the accolades that go along with self gratification and self satisfaction. We want to be comfortable, we do not want to suffer. Even the weather can dampen our spirits. We have our days so well-planned, so tightly-scheduled, that even one deviation from our plan can send us into a frenzy. Add sickness or some other types of problems and we soon find out where our strength is based. If our strength is not in Christ, then we are headed for a fall. Some of us fall several times a day. Jesus says that when we are weak, He is strong. When we truly follow Jesus, we discover just how weak we really are. It is in the weakness of our lives that He is able to show His power and might. Paul learned to glory in his weaknesses because that is when he saw the Lord work in a more powerful way through him.

    We will have troubles in this world, despite our efforts to avoid them. We will have sickness, needs, and distresses, but contrary to the world’s teachings, we can take pleasure in these times of weakness. Why? Because Jesus will show us His strength and power in glorious ways. Sin brings these bad things into our world, but Jesus has made a way for us to live through them with peace and joy. Today, instead of complaining about your circumstances, regardless of how painful they may be, ask the Lord to give you His strength through them. Allow yourself to be weak and dependent on Jesus. And, finally, give Him thanks for all that is happening in your life. Look up and see the glory of the Lord, for He is above and controls the activities of this world.

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  33. I’ve sent your information to the proper person.

  34. Hi, I was wondering if you have any volunteer opportunities open. This church was recommended by a friend and I would love to volunteer for the food pantry. If you have anything open let me know. Thanks!

  35. my sister recently moved to tiffin,iowa.she is a single mother.works as a nurse(or nurse aide).she is having knee problems and I would like you to pray with me for her to have healing for her knee and entire body.i want to pray for salvation for her and her daughter.her name is nancy,her daughter is krystal.

  36. Hello Joe,

    It is our honor to come into divine agreement with you in accordance with Matthew 18:18-19 for the healing and salvation of Nancy & Krystal. We welcome the opportunity to minister to them should they ever decide to attend one of our services in person. We also pray for your continued sensitivity to the Holy Spirit in matters such as this. It is an example of your yieldedness and obedience to the will of Jesus Christ.

    Sincerely
    LCFC

  37. I’m bout 2 shower and go 2 sleep btw Thank You Pastors Tommy and Lynette Roberts for pushing to do the Community Day!!! When I think of my current situation it pales into comparison to the Kingdom business we are. doing! It’s all about Him..and Doing for others!! You guys push us to be our best and Live for Him!! I am truly blessed to be In Tiffin Iowa…yup I said it ! You guys gave me a chance to be a part of something that was pure Love.. I performed with my Young Homie Chris R Thomas(Bro you tore that up…The Sky is the limit…lets increase the Kingdom Daily) and did that for 30 mins of Hip Hop. God Bless the people that stayed for the entire day. God will reward you for braving those temps…SPECIAL SHOUT OUT 2 MY CHURCH Fam and all the volunteers and Performers! Shout out 2 Kelsey Colbert(Allnet) for being a leader. one who submits and is awesome who staYs ahead of the curve even when it’s tough He Was a minister/ Co Host and sound man..The LCFC Praise and Worship Team Represented being selfless Jesse Craig Shultz David Roberts Cynthia K Fischer and Heather Massey!! 2 Set The Atomosphere the GreAtest Mime show on Earth Alpo Jones who would ve known 2 years ago when I started working at Twain. that we would be in conjunction to Praise Ya Weh like that!!! You guys were so Awesome## 2 Deja Bunyan. man. Not only a co captain cheerleader but a black belt in TaeKwondo but a Spoken Word at 17 #SoDope. Then another Dope Assemble. Ordained 2 Praise (Praise Doing God’s will) #Awesome. Then Praise7th Grader 2 Be Sarah Bunyan(Bunyans and LCFC represent) Amazing Talent. Blew my mind and had nerve enough 2 be nervous….You Did that!!! 2 Mandy And Pastor ending it out..We are Free!! It was an excellent day .. But My Ups 2 Minister Caleb aka MC Snoopy and MC Dave Rock The Bells Bell. Eric Massey for putting overtime to make this pop!! Amazing job this year bro…now rest that foot Shout out to Solon State Bank, Us Cellular, U of I, Tiffin Fire Department, Johnson County Sheriffs, and chick fillet for the bomb food. Shout to the cooks and servers, greeters, Youth workers(Bingo, Bouncy houses, and donut eating!! Also the BBall Tornament workers and everybody that doubles as clean up crew!! Thanks to all those that came out especially the ones that said they would and did. ! You are so Awesome. and Last But not least the Most High( For Everything I Got, Everything I am and Everything I’m not) Good Night!!!

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