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Yearly Archives: 2020

Keep Trusting by Karen Harding. 1 4/5 (1)

One of my favorite hymns is “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus.” I want to encourage someone today to keep trusting. Turn it over to Jesus. It is so hard, when we are going through something, to relinquish control. The thing is, when we let go, He takes over. I’d rather let Jesus work it out. He knows a lot more than I do. He knows what’s best for me.

Get into His Word. Trust him. Jeremiah 32:27 says, “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?” The answer is no! Lord, there is nothing too hard for You.”

I trust Him. He has never failed me. He will never fail you either. His Word declares, “And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him” (Psalm 37:40). He is waiting for us to let Him help. Psalms 121:1-2 reminds us to do this: “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.”

We don’t have to know how He will do it; we just need to trust that He will. He will give us peace. He will answer our prayers. He still heals. He is still our provider. He is still a way maker. He is everything we need. Don’t stay up all night worrying about things. Let Him stay up and handle it. Let Him work it out. Stop fretting and start trusting. God’s got this. Can somebody say amen?

Information from: Pure Ministry – UPCI Ladies Ministries – ladiesconnections@upci.org

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Shut and Locked by Mary Loudermilk. 1 4/5 (1)

“On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’” (John 20:19, ESV)
Life has taken some unusual twists and turns for all of us in recent days. Our minds are filled with questions as we try to understand how things could have changed so rapidly. Our schedules are altered (or canceled) and social interactions are limited. New phrases mix into our conversations as we talk about “sheltering in place” and “social distancing.” Many of us had never heard of coronavirus until it crashed into our comfortable world a few weeks ago. Now uncertainty surrounds us. We are limited in what we can do and where we can go.

This week while thinking of various friends now facing difficult situations, I realized I cannot be there in person for them. One friend lost a family member. Another is currently in a rehab facility with no visitors allowed. Still another is a shut-in with health issues. A fourth is out of the country and alone. Because of current restrictions, I am limited to calls, texts, and email messages. As I prayed for each one, I realized how limited I am in what I can do. But then God reminded me that while I have limitations, He does not.

John 20:19 is part of a passage of scripture relating events following Jesus’ resurrection. Suddenly, life as the disciples knew it no longer existed. For over three years they had walked and talked with Jesus. Their hearts were stirred as they heard His teachings and saw Him perform the miraculous. Now? Now they were hiding, locked in with their fears and uncertainty. Where should they go? What should they do?

Then Jesus stepped into the locked room.

“Peace be with you.” Yes, peace was exactly what His disciples needed. His presence in their midst and the words He spoke allowed them to look to the future. This moment in time was not the end. It was the beginning of something even greater than what they had previously known.

As I meditated and prayed that evening, God reminded me of some things.

Walls cannot lock Him in or keep Him out.
Borders do not restrict His movement.
Viruses do not cause Him to fear.
Regulations do not limit Him from coming near us.

God has no limitations on what He can do. I may not understand how He will use this current situation for His glory, but I don’t have to understand. All I need to do is trust.

When the children of Israel left Egypt on their journey to the Promised Land, they found themselves in a difficult place. The sea was behind them and a wilderness lay ahead. At that point, they saw very little to encourage them. But God had a plan to draw Pharaoh and his army into position so He could destroy them. God’s reality was very different from the people’s perception.

“For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, ‘They are bewildered by the land; the wilderness has closed them in’” (Exodus 14:3, NKJV).

It may look like we are bewildered by current circumstances and that we are shut in by a wilderness, but in reality, God will use the things happening in our lives for our good and His glory. I cannot be with my friends during these difficult times, but God will be. He has promised to never leave us or forsake us. Nothing is impossible when He steps into the room.

Don’t put limitations on God’s power. He has none.

Information from: Pure Ministry – UPCI Ladies Ministries – ladiesconnections@upci.org

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God is still in control. 1 5/5 (1)

ARC Sunday Message Video Live on Facebook March 22, 2020 from Pastor Edwards…God is still in control. Some of the Scriptures mentioned by Pastor Edwards included Gen 1:1-5, Rev 1:8, Mala 3:6 and Isa 55:10-11 KJV.

Some of what Pastor Edwards said is that to say I’m a Christian but I’m living by “my will” is a contradiction of God’s Word. God is the Alpha and Omega. God changes not. What we find in Alpha we will also find in Omega. God changes not. God’s been to the end and back – before man was created and fell into sin against God.

Pastor Edwards also preached to the Church that the storm in our life may not be good. But God can still work it for His good. God has always dealt with evil. In the mist of everything, God is creating a different and new environment. When God said “let there be light” it was to create the perfect natural environment for us – God’s People. God cannot lie. God has never changed his mind…ever. God does things for His good. But it can work out for our good.

Pastor Edwards also said God is speaking in all this chaos we are currently facing and experiencing in America for his good pleasure. And because God is silent, we must not read that as he does not care. If God is not worried, we should not be worried if we are in Him and living in Him. If we keep our eyes set and focus on Him (i.e. Jesus) he has many things in store for the Church. We can have God atmosphere in a hell-like climate with faith in the Master (i.e. Jesus). If Jesus is in our vessel, it’s unshakable. Because greater is he that’s in us. It’s not God’s will that any should perish. The greater the storm in our life, the greater the victory.

As he preached some more, Pastor Edwards asked: Can we have enough faith for no word at all from Heaven? And can God get some glory out of all that’s happening now in our life? It’s good to teach others the “right fear of God.” God knows exactly what he’s doing in our life. He blessed us with Eternal Life. We gotta make it right with God for our own selves. The glory God wants is in who he is, not just what he can do. He is still the I AM. We have all the power over the enemy. And because he (God) did “not do” in our life, does not mean he is not “still doing” in our life. God needs to get the glory in our life. We cannot have the will of God and our will at the same time.

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God is still God. 3 4.67/5 (3)

It’s really good that we are called upon to pray for others, our families and ourselves at this time across America and the world. The “Coronavirus” is real. One Minister I know personally said on the phone recently that he knows of another Minister who died recently from the “virus.” So we know how real and deadly it is.

But what it has done is caused so many people who never prayed before to pray to God for protection and help. And cause so many who stopped praying to look to God and pray again. I am not sure who the “virus” is from (i.e. the works of the devil and sin or God’s punishment). I really do not like to say things I do not know or what the Holy Ghost has not told me.

But one thing I know, is that people (and their life) will change one way or the other because of the “virus.” I see that “none essential” small businesses in my Community are still open although they should not. I see people wearing masks like it’s a “gas thing” going around. I see people not wearing gloves or any basic protective gears. I see that supermarkets and other essential places I visited are out of hand sanitizers and hand soaps. I see from the news that police men, sports “stars” and celebrities, among others, are infected by the “virus” and some have died. And I see so many other life changing things. But I have never seen Churches “lock down” like this week and at least for the week to come.

So what can we say about all of this. I say we need to keep doing what’s right to protect our selves, families and neighbors as prescribed by our Medical Experts. Keep praying for others and ourselves. Keep seeking God and doing His will. And keep looking for the day soon when life is fine again without the evil “virus” going around. God is still God in all of this (Jeremiah 32:27 KJV).

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Locking Down and Locking Arms! 1 5/5 (1)

Keep Praying. While some of us are locking down, all of us should be locking arms…in the spirit of prayer! Your continual prayers are making a difference in our world. The masses are devastated by the Coronavirus pandemic, but there is hope…because there is a God who cares and has all power in His hands!

Let’s continue to pray for God’s divine healing to manifest in our world, and join with us in fervently praying and observing the following scripture, as we have faith and trust in God.

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (II Chronicles 7:14, KJV).

Flo Shaw
Director
World Network of Prayer
From: Flo Shaw (WNOP) wnopadmins@upci.org

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A Focus on God’s Attributes. 1 4/5 (1)

I’ve always been able to hold up my end of a conversation without difficulty. Except, that is, when it came to prayer, and particularly when I tried to express my praise to God. Attempting to begin and end my prayer times with praise and adoration, I often found myself flat-out speechless. I wanted to praise God with all that was within me, but I couldn’t think of one sensible thing to say. I recently read a book called Invading the Privacy of Godby Cecil “Cec”Murphey. The book describes how Cec’s prayer life was revolutionized when he settled on the practice of praying God’s attributes as praise. I began imitating that practice in my own times of praise, and over the course of a few months, I developed a “program of praise” that has proven wonderfully helpful. It has opened a door for me, and my praises to God now flow freely from my heart and lips during prayer. I focus on one attribute of my awesome God and Father each day, using the Scripture-based sentencesas “praise starters.” At the end of each month, I start the list over, combining traits when the month is shorter than 31 days.

READ more online at: https://files.constantcontact.com/aebf4de5001/6989a7b3-35e2-494b-a648-417332f3e64f.pdf

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God is jealous for you. 1 4/5 (1)

ARC Sunday Service Preaching March 15, 2020 with Pastor Edwards… God is jealous for you. Some of the Scriptures from the preaching include Exo 34:14, Isa 9:5-7, 2 Corin 11:1-2 KJV.

Just some of what Pastor Edwards preached and said is that we have a Spiritual Immune System just like how we have a Natural Immune System. But we need God esteem and not our self esteem. Even when we are fallen, God still has us covered. He is still jealous of us even when we are fallen. Even when we are fallen we can still turn our situation around with a humble spirit and the help of God. God hates everything that will try to take us away from him.

We can see ARC videos at: https://www.facebook.com/ARC.Philadelphia

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A Passion To Pray by Tim Massengale 1 5/5 (1)

In the opinion of many, of the many spiritual disciplines nothing is more important than prayer. Nothing will quite impact our spiritual development like a well-developed prayer life. However, prayer has sadly become one of the most neglected of disciplines in our hurried lives. If you hunger for a closer walk with God, the following six points will help you to develop your prayer life in a more meaningful way.

The importance of prayer. With God, everything revolves around relationship. God desires you to know Him, to love Him, and to make Him the number one priority of your life. While He desires our service, it falls a distant second to relationship.

In Luke 10:38 we read of Jesus in the home of Mary and Martha. Martha was focused on service, taking care of her guests. In contrast, Mary sat at the feet of Jesus and drank in the words that Jesus spoke. Martha complained that Mary was not helping. Jesus told her that Mary “hath chosen that good part” and that Martha should not be so “careful and troubled about many things.”

READ more of A Passion To Pray just click here.

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