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Yearly Archives: 2019

Filling Our Home with Prayer by Kimberly Reinking 1 5/5 (1)

A mother wears many hats and, as I have heard many times, “works from sunup to sundown.” We need to clean the house, wash the dishes, cook a healthy dinner, plus take care of the kids. Not to mention, be a happy wife! We love, nurture, and care for others all day long. However, when we fall into bed at night, the kitchen floor may be sticky, the laundry not folded, and dinner a frozen pizza, but if prayers were lifted for our children, the day has been a success.

No matter their age, our kids need our prayers and to learn from the example we set. A toddler or preschooler may mimic our actions, grade school kids may ask questions, and a preteen or teen may be obstinate or act uninterested in what we are doing, but they are all watching us. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

Letting prayers permeate the atmosphere of our homes will be the most significant part of our day. Its effectiveness and overriding importance will be evident to our children as we pray with them and for them. It is our responsibility to model faith and trust in a merciful God. As it says in Philippians 4:6, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Taking our needs and our children’s worries and fears to God will be etched into their hearts and minds and will become a natural part of their lives that will be hard to stray from.

By filling our homes with prayer, we are creating a sanctuary. Our children will recognize the peace they feel after returning from school or activities filled with outside influences. Matthew 6:6 tells us, “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” Shutting the door to our homes and filling it with praise and worship will be asking His goodness to flow through every room and allowing His blessings to spill over to our children. A mother is the gatekeeper of her home, and there is no better way to insulate the inside than with prayer.

Let us continue to wear every hat our children need, but we must not forget the role they need most: a praying mama. So, be the cook, maid, chauffeur, or nurse, but our checklist is insignificant when it is not accompanied by a house of prayer.
(Information from: Ladies Prayer Intl November 2019 Newsletter – UPCI LM – ladiesprayerintl@aol.com)

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A Sense of Purpose by Linda Gleason 1 5/5 (1)

We all desire to be everything we can be for God. This is a worthy ambition. Unfortunately, there are many roadblocks on the path to this goal. Perhaps one of the greatest areas of need in this regard is a lack of sense of purpose.

It’s possible to determine a course of action and work toward that goal until the objective is reached. Paul told the saints at Corinth in, “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give” (II Corinthians 9:7). According to this verse, giving that pleases God involves a sense of purpose. If this is true in our giving, I believe it is true in other areas of our lives.

Dreams only become reality when we develop a sense of purpose that translates into action. Ecclesiastes 5:3 tells us “For a dream cometh through the multitude of business.” Our lives are filled with good intentions, but as the years pass we never attain many because of our lack of purpose. Jesus is coming soon, but even if He does tarry, three score and ten is not a very long time. We must make every day count.

Can we accept the challenge of II Corinthians 9:7 in the following areas of our lives?
“Every man as he purposeth in his heart, so let him . . .”

Pray and fast . What a noble desire. However, too often it ends there. Let us purpose to seek God as never before – and then do it.

Read the Word. We have had a goal in our church for several years of reading the Bible through each year. This is not all that is necessary in the area of Bible study but it is a good place to start. Many have never read the entire Bible one time. Purpose in your heart and then accomplish that goal.

Win a soul to God. This needs to be the desire of every child of God. For this to happen, we must take steps to see it accomplished. Give your personal testimony. Let people know what God has done in your life. Teach a home Bible study. Invite someone to the house of God. Pray with people at the altar.

These are just a few of the areas where purpose is needed. Let God talk to your heart about other areas. Your greatest enemy will be procrastination. It steals away our good intent.

My father-in-law, W. C. Gleason, used to quote a poem that packs a powerful punch.

Procrastination is my sin
It brings me nought but sorrow
I know that I should stop it
In fact, I will, Tomorrow!
(Gloria Pitzer)

We must declare war on procrastination! Let the things we have always intended become a reality. Things can be different if we purpose in our hearts to make them different! As a result, we will see many of our dreams for the kingdom of God fulfilled.

Linda Gleason, Ladies Ministries President.
(Information from: SISTERS Military Newsletter – October 2019 – UPCI Ladies Ministries sisters@upci.org)

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What Prayer Produces by Pastor Phillip Hofstetter 1 4/5 (1)

Truth be told, there is a realistic lack of prayer time not only in the church, but in it is leadership. It is not that people don’t necessarily want to pray. It is not that people don’t pray, but it is the quality of the prayer and the time spent in prayer that is the concern. There should not be less prayer, but more prayer. The encouragement needs to come from those who do pray effectively to those who don’t pray very much. The focus is to change the deficit of prayer. There needs to be a will to overcome the tendency not to pray. The busyness of schedules prevents the most needed thing of all…Prayer Time. A mind to pray is what is needed.

There needs to be a purpose for prayer. There needs to be an intentional time to pray. Incentive, Initiation, and Desire, are words that describe what it takes to actually enter into a quality prayer time. A greater prayer life takes time, and is progressive. Start your day with prayer. Set your prayer times to pray and keep it. The results will lead to more prayer.

Some of the things that prayer produces:

  1. A greater relationship with Jesus.
  2. A greater understanding of His will.
  3. A growing sensitivity to the leading of the Spirit of God.
  4. A greater recognition of His presence.
  5. Problems are revealed by the Lord, along with what it takesto resolve them.
  6. A greater understanding (revelation) of who God is and of His Word.
  7. A greater leadership ability.
  8. True effectiveness comes through intimacy with God.
  9. Quality of what is done for the Lord is improved.
  10. Revival in you, your church, and those around you.

Pastor Phillip Hofstetter, Guest Writer
District Prayer Coordinator, Florida District

(Information from: The Praying Life Newsletter – World Network of Prayer – wnopadmins@upci.org)

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ARC Sunday Service… Shaken Process of God 1 5/5 (1)

ARC Sunday Service Preaching October 27, 2019 with Pastor Edwards…Shaken Process of God. Some of the Scriptures from the Preaching include: Luke 22:31-34, Heb 12:25-29, John 16:33, Psalm 119:75 and Jere 29:11 KJV.

As Pastor Edwards preached, he said it does not matter what satan brings at us if we are in the hands of God. Sometimes the shaken process of God is to bring more blessings to us as Saints of God. And our faith will make all the difference in the world about what your shaken by God will produce. We must not get bitter on our way to better from God. We cannot endure to the end without the hand of God in our life. And we gotta have a faith answer for every foolish question the world will ask us.

See the video at: https://www.facebook.com/ARC.Philadelphia/videos/570492057117303/

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Kindness: Naomi and Ruth’s Way by Paula Nilsen 1 5/5 (1)

Growing up in Sweden, I loved receiving visitors in our home. I associated visitors with gifts – boxes of chocolates, beautiful cakes, and flowers. As the recipient it was always such a joy.

My room would be converted to a guestroom as needed. Often guests left gifts. I have fond memories running to my room after they left to find my surprise. I favored the guests by the gifts they left. Their kindness did not go unnoticed.

I am reminded of individuals who did not go empty handed to the ones they loved. Naomi brought an amazing gift with her back from the country of Moab. There were gifts left by Boaz for Ruth; gifts brought to Naomi from Ruth, but my favorite-because I get to enjoy it too-was the gift of peace of mind left for us all by God.

Naomi returned home from the land of Moab empty handed, destitute, a sorrowing widow, without children, and bitter toward herself. Her husband’s decision to move the family to Moab led her into the darkness. God’s grace led her out and back to Him.

Ruth had heard about Naomi’s God and wanted to know more. Because of this, she was willing to leave behind everything she ever knew. Having lived abroad I know the significance of this move. Ruth’s kindness and loyalty to Naomi brought her to a new home and a new life; her commitment to her mother-in-law and a God she didn’t know is remarkable.

Naomi thought she was returning empty handed but, in reality, she was returning to Israel with what would be the greatest gift known to mankind-Ruth is listed in the genealogy of Jesus, remember?

In the pit of despair, Naomi couldn’t see the plan of God unfolding. She even instructed Ruth to return back to her family, back to her gods, but Ruth was determined to stay on the path that led to favor. It’s a lonely road for those who turn from favor. But Ruth clung to Naomi, sensing deliverance, no doubt. It wasn’t long and God began to shine His light into Naomi’s darkness.

When we can talk of little else but our dark circumstances, it is His hand that lifts us out of troubled waters and places us beside still waters. Often He pairs us with a sister who straightens our thinking, offers encouragement, and gives the strength needed to lift our head to watch God’s plan unfold. There’s no need to go it alone.

Jesus left us the gift of peace of mind and heart. (See John 14:27, NIV.) Don’t go empty handed to the ones you love. Bring with you His grace, His love, His peace, and His joy. Your kindness will be noted.
(Information from: PURE Newsletter – UPCI Ladies Ministries – ladiesconnections@upci.org)

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Celebrate Life by Melody Reever 1 4/5 (1)

Celebrate Life!
Of late, I’ve been observing the beauty of nature: the vibrant greens of the trees and grasses; the lovely shades of yellow, orange, red, and purple in the flowers; and the hints of blue in the pools and fountains. Soon fall will bring new shades of color to plant life-and what a beautiful time of year it is. As I take a deep breath of fresh air, I am indeed happy to celebrate the life God has given me. I am glad to be alive!

Life is not perfect-for any of us. Some face illness and loss of a loved one. For others, loss of a job or mounting medical bills have them scrambling to bring in enough income to cover bare necessities. It is easy for our emotions to take over during times of struggle: fear, uncertainty, questions of “why” – Why me? Why now? Why?

A lesson I’ve learned during times of struggle is to simply trust in God. Paul said in Acts 17, “God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. … He gives to all life, breath, and all things. … He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being” (24-28, NKJV). A close friend, who is in the struggle of caring for a loved one dealing with disease, recently told me, “It’s tough. I don’t know how people cope without God.”

There are days when trusting God does not come easy. The enemy of our souls would like nothing more than to weigh us down with questions, depression, and defeat. But we are daughters of the King of kings! We are not alone! God is with and in us. Because of His promise to never forsake us, we can draw strength from His presence on the toughest of days.

In good times and bad, we can praise God for giving us life. Look up! Let’s count our blessings and celebrate His goodness in the life He’s given each of us.
(Information from: PURE Newsletter – UPCI Ladies Ministries – ladiesconnections@upci.org)

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Integrity continued…ARC Thursday Bible Study 1 5/5 (1)

ARC Thursday Bible Study October 24, 2019 with sister Edwards, Pastor Edwards and ARC Saints. The topic on Integrity continued. Some of the Scriptures mentioned during the Presentation are: Phil 4:8 (concerning our minds) Matt 7:12 (about the Golden Rule of Life) 1 Peter 1:13-15 and read up to verse 19 (in reference to our Life in Christ) plus Col 3:17 and verses 23-24 KJV.

As sister Edwards continued on the topic, she said if we live with the full Armour of God , we are living in Integrity as well. Good habits such as our Prayer Life (praying) Bible Reading and the Study of the word of God, among other things, are important habits as good habits that are essential for the success of our Spiritual Life. Good Spiritual Habits will promote Devotion to the Lord.

And Pastor Edwards did say to us that the Holy Ghost legislates what integrity is. That is, we do not decide that on our own. The Spirit of God and the word of God lead and direct us into true Biblical Integrity.

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The Bible says…these three are one 1 5/5 (1)

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
1 John 5:7 King James Version (KJV)

Porque hay tres que dan testimonio en el cielo, el Padre, la Palabra y el Espíritu Santo: y estos tres son uno.
1 Juan 5: 7 Versión King James (KJV)

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