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Category Archives: Inspirations

Sharing Jesus by Debbie Sanders 1 5/5 (1)

We are called to be witnesses. We are the “advertisement of the church,” so to speak. Because we live a life of holiness, the way we dress stands out in the world. If we live according to the principles of the Word of God, we will look different, act different, and even talk different; therefore, our lives become a “sermon” to others, showcasing the principles that we follow.
Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men. 2 Cor 3:2
The Message Bible says, “Your very lives are a letter that anyone can read by just looking at you.”

The wonderful thing about this type of “lifestyle evangelism,” is that we will touch people that may never visit our church on their own. But when we can take Jesus to the street, then the effect is even more far reaching.

How do we engage others in a conversation about Jesus? It may begin with a simple smile, or “hello.” When asked how we are doing, a response of, “I’m blessed,” may open a door to explain why. A question of, “Why do you dress so differently than everyone else,” when responding with “I think it’s pretty important to God how I dress,” will most likely lead to further questions peaked by curiosity, and thus open the door to witness.

Or you could be like Hunter in Iowa who sparked interest in her boss, when she wore our TCG pin that states, “Let me tell ya’ll about my Jesus.” Hunter’s boss was so impressed with this statement of her faith, that she had to know more about it.

There are many great accessories available that will help you proclaim your Jesus to the world. The key is to connect with God before you connect with people, as stated by Kimberly Sciscoe in her book, “The Busy Woman’s Guide to Soulwinning.”
So, after you pray and ask God to lead you to hungry souls, then watch for the opportunities that God begins to open up for you.

Acts 1:8, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses.”

Club Meeting Idea:Take your meeting to a Mall. Pair the girls up, then ask them to do surveys in the mall, such as, “Excuse me, Sir. We are with Todays Christian Girl. Could I ask, if you had to choose, what would you pick, pepperoni pizza or cheese?” Another group may ask, “What would you say is your favorite, Starbucks or Jamba Juice?”

The group that completes the most surveys gets a Starbucks gift card. In this fun way, our girls will see how easy it is to talk to others. With tools you give them, they will feel more confident to talk to others about God.

Debbie Sanders
TCG Director
(Info from: TCG Parents and Leaders Newsletter – Ladies Ministries ladiesconnections@upci.org)

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Boldness in Prayer by Glenda Alphin 1 5/5 (1)

“No, I don’t want the blue one; I’d like the pink one instead, please.” “Can I have that burger with mayonnaise instead of mustard?” “Excuse me, but this is mine.” “Mommy, can I have that?”

Every day, humans profess opinions, desires, and wants. We have no problem with speaking boldly when it comes to self-preference or self-preservation. Why is it, then, that we struggle with boldness in prayer? This is something I have been working hard to apply, and teach others, for years; we must be bold when speaking with our Heavenly Father. Our pastor, William L. Sciscoe, taught us that to receive specific answers, our prayers must be specific. Being specific requires one to be bold.

Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (NKJV). I remember when we led a kid’s prayer room in the early 2000s. We taught the children they didn’t have to be shy when praying; they could talk to Jesus about whatever was bothering them. And, we impressed upon them the necessity of believing. Boldness without faith isn’t really boldness, it’s simply loud talk. Those children would line the downstairs hallway (or be laid out in the floor of a room), speaking in tongues and asking the Lord to move in the service that was about to happen. More than once, we would enter the sanctuary and watch as it came alive in the Spirit because of the young ones’ bold prayers.

What are we missing, ladies? What are we failing to understand? So many times, we let our circumstances cover up our minds. The enemy makes us forget that we must daily choose to speak boldly to ourselves, to the enemy, and to our situations. For the past couple of years, my self-talk has sounded something like this: “I am stronger than this.” “I can do all things through You, Jesus.” “Enemy, you will not win with me!” “Satan, you are done here!”

In 2012, our youngest daughter approached me during a house service and began to boldly proclaim a miraculous healing of the bursitis wracking my lower body with pain. I was instantly healed! That prayer was the result of training that prayers for scrapes or sickness happened before band-aids or pain reliever. I confess, I do not always remember that thought process. However, the key is to not let our humanity win, remembering that “in Him we live and move and have our being . . . ‘For we are also His offspring'” (Acts 17:28).

Practice boldness. Embrace it and watch what God will do!

Note: Glenda Alphin is an ordained minister with the UPCI and works alongside her husband in pioneering missions works in Finland and Iceland. She is first a wife and mother but is also Granna to two beautiful little girls who complete her world.
(Information from: Ladies Prayer Intl September 2019 – UPCI LM – ladiesprayerintl@aol.com)

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Keep Digging by Anne E. Johnston 1 4/5 (1)

In Genesis 26 we read the story of Isaac seeking water for his vast flocks and herds. The Philistines envied him and had filled in the wells which his father Abraham had dug. In verse 19, we read that he dug and found a well of springing water, but the shepherds in that area claimed it as theirs. Isaac moved on and dug another well, but once again was opposed, and he had to move on. Then in verse 22, he dug another well and there was no dispute over it. He called it Rehoboth – “The Lord hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.”

Water was so important to Isaac and his family to support their household and their animals. Digging wells was hard work in those days as they did not have the equipment we have today. It probably took many hours, and no doubt they became very tired and wanted to quit. But I can hear Isaac encouraging them to just work a little longer, dig a little deeper, because the next shovelful could be the one that hit water.

“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16).

Prayer can be hard work. Often when we are praying for a child who is not serving the Lord, it seems there is opposition on every side. The enemy would like to convince us it is no use, they will never find their way back to the Lord. As parents we sometimes tend to blame ourselves for our children not serving the Lord. What could we have done differently? We cannot change the past, and we must realize that we did the best we could as we were raising them. They came to a place where they decided not to live for the Lord. Sometimes it seems that the more we pray, the deeper in sin they go.

But we must not give up. We must keep praying. God has heard all the prayers we prayed yesterday, last month, last year, or even for many years. They are stored up, waiting for the right time that He will reach out and draw that loved one to Himself. Who knows? Maybe the next prayer we pray will be the one that will be answered.

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” (Ephesians 3:20).

Isaac and his servants had to keep digging until they found the right well that would provide all the water they needed to meet their needs.

Keep digging! Keep praying! Never give up. God’s timing is always perfect, and we can trust Him completely.

Note: Anne Johnston is a graduate of UPBI (now Northeast Christian College) in New Brunswick, a minister’s kid who has been involved in various aspects of gospel work most of her life. A mother of three and grandmother of six, she attends West Island United Pentecostal Church in Pointe Claire, QC. Anne also works for her daughter, Liane Grant, with The King’s Translators

(From: Ladies Prayer Intl September 2019 – UPCI LM – ladiesprayerintl@aol.com)

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How Far Will Your Prayers Reach? 1 5/5 (1)

“We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: 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” (Psalm 78-4-8).

In Chronicles, it is said that Asaph was a descendant of Gershom the son of Levi and he is identified as a member of the Levites. He is also known as one of the three Levites commissioned by David to oversee singing in the house of Yahweh. He wrote many of the Psalms and in this one he is showing how important it is to pass our faith in God down to the next generation, that they might pass it on in turn to their families. I am sure that Asaph spent many hours in prayer for his children and those that would come after them.e who

In the book of Nehemiah, we can see how those prayers were still being answered many years later. Nehemiah 11:17 reads: “And Mattaniah the son of Micha, the son of Zabdi, the son of Asaph, was the principal to begin the thanksgiving in prayer:” Mattaniah is also mentioned in other verses in Nehemiah. So, we see a man, several generations removed from Asaph, still following in his footsteps in prayer and worship in the Temple.

We never know how far our prayers will reach. No doubt most of us can look back and remember parents, grandparents and even farther back who loved God and spent time in prayer for their families. God heard every one of those prayers, stored them up and there are people serving the Lord today because of them.

Our prayers do not die with us, they will continue until the end of time. That is why we need to take our children and our grandchildren to the Lord in prayer every day. We pray that the Lord will be with them and with the generations to come.
Also, there may be some young people in your church, who do not have parents and grandparents praying for them. We can become a spiritual parent to them and take them to the Lord in prayer, that God will keep them and bless them, and bless the families that they will have.

We will never know who prayed for us, maybe many generations ago. We cannot comprehend how far our prayers will reach in the future. But we need to be faithful in praying and leave the results with God.

(Info from: Anne Johnston – SISTERS Military Newsletter – August 2019 – UPCI Ladies Ministries sisters@upci.org)

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PEACE… 1 4/5 (1)

“Peace” is a word Paul used often in his greetings and writings to the church, indicating that it is a foundational attribute in a Christian’s life and walk with God. It is associated with our feet being shod with the “the gospel of peace.” This means peace is bound to our feet which would give us the assurance that we can march into battle and confront any enemy with boldness. It can be a great offensive weapon when in a spiritual battle.The Prince of Peace (Jesus) gives us the confidence to not be affected by what we see or by what we hear as we can keep our spiritual foes under our feet.

It is our legacy as the Lord said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you…” At the cross, along with taking care of our sins, iniquities, and sicknesses, He also made provision for the chastisement of our peace. There is no end to this peace according to Isaiah 9, and Paul talks about it also, a peace passing all understanding. What an inheritance He has left us.

PEACE will abound as we pray:
KEEPING our heart and mind centered on Him so infusing our entire being with serenity
LEARNING to release all sense of turmoil in His presence
ALWAYS praising Him in every circumstance
MANIFESTING patience over all worries, anxieties, and cares, thereby possessing our souls
CASTING down every imagination and every high thing that is against the Word of God
ALLOWING the perfect will of God to reign in our life
FOLLOWING peace and forgiveness with ALL men

Ruth Stirnemann
Ladies Prayer Leader
Tennessee District
(Information from: WNOP Prayer Connect – World Network of Prayer wnopadmins@upci.org)

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IT’S A SMALL, BIG WORLD 1 5/5 (1)

My favorite attraction at Disney World is “It’s a Small World.” The theme song sticks in my mind as I have always loved visiting and learning about countries around the world.

In the last 20-30 years, international travel has become much more common. Consequently, we have also seen the migrating of many people to other nations. Many do this in hope of a better lifestyle and future for their families. When people change geographical locations, they take with them their customs and familiar habits.

It has intrigued me to watch the evolving of international cuisine into a cross cultural industry. Years ago, a British person would have never thought to put curry sauce on chips. In Scotland, we would have never dreamed there would be haggis curry. Tacos were for Mexicans and pizza and lasagna were Italian dishes. Now we have taco pizza and taco lasagna. Chinese curry is a popular dish. Grocery stores have many international foods.

Whereas years ago, a trip to another country was a big adventure, today it is routine. There are times my husband and I go to another country for one day which would’ve been unheard of years ago.

It used to be that communication with another country could take days or weeks. Now, through social media, it can be instant. Meetings and teaching sessions can take place through various technological means, bringing people together from around the world.

Also, the church has become a place for many cultures to blend together. It’s not uncommon to have dozens of nationalities in one church.

Indeed, it would seem the world has become smaller as so much is more easily accessible. Everything from travel to food to international friends to teaching and business can be accommodated so quickly. What once seemed so removed from us is now at our fingertips. Has the world truly become smaller? It would seem so when thinking of international accessibility. However, in reality the world is just as big as it ever was. There are more nations now than ever and more people live on planet earth than ever before. Our task of reaching this world is as great as it’s ever been. The challenges can seem insurmountable.

My heart is challenged to make good use of all the accessibility that I now have to nations and people around the world and to bring them the Gospel by every means possible. You never know who might be reached by your witness and take it back to their own nation and spread the Gospel. You never know what a positive impact can be made through technology. It would be wonderful to see social media have more positive impact than negative.

I am challenged to allow the Lord to burden me more for needs around the world. Whether it be through travel, the food I eat or the Home Bible Studies and Bible School lessons I teach via Skype or the people I meet in my church and in my city, I want to expand my ministry to reach around the world.

One of the best things I can do for the international community is broaden my vision of prayer. I am not called to every place but I can allow a burden of prayer to grip me as I am exposed to the cultures of others. There is no limit to what we can all accomplish through prayer and making ourselves available to be used anywhere by any means. Our prayers can indeed impact nations as well as individuals. When you read the news and learn of situations in other places, don’t just pass it off as having no value to you, but rather, make it a matter of prayer. Do not underestimate the valuable effect of your prayers. God’s love is truly displayed through your intercession for those you have never met but whom you choose to care deeply about.

May we all be challenged to do our part in reaching this small, BIG world!

Jerolyn Kelley, Missionary
United Kingdom, Ireland and Channel Islands
Europe/Middle East Prayer Coordinator
(Information from: WNOP Prayer Connect – World Network of Prayer wnopadmins@upci.org)

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The Church Lives On by Melissa Fross 1 No ratings yet.

A beautiful old church building here in Québec was put up for sale by its founding denomination many years ago. For some time, it has been rented out to people who used this old cathedral, with its cavernous ceilings and crumbling paint and fabulous acoustics, as a used book and rummage sale. Most recently, a controversial decision was made to tear down what was once a stunning edifice.

I was talking with a reporter, and he asked me, as a local pastor, what I thought about the “destruction of the church.”

I said, “As sad as it is that this beautiful building is being lost, the Church can never be destroyed. The Church is a living, breathing body of believers; it’s not a building. As long as people hold a vibrant, active faith, the Church will live on.”

The Church was met with persecution almost as soon as it was born. But believers always multiply in the face of any attempt to destroy the Church. Even today, Christians in China, Nigeria, Iran, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and dozens of other nations, face danger daily because of their faith in Jesus Christ. Buildings dedicated as houses of Christian worship are vandalized and destroyed regularly. The vandals and criminals don’t seem to understand that the essence of the Church isn’t about the building. Therefore the Church cannot be destroyed with an ax, or with fire, or even with a bulldozer.

Much to the frustration of some, the Church lives on, more alive than ever before as the gospel continues to save and change the lives of whosoever will.

“For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all who are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” -The Apostle Peter, in Acts 2:39

Melissa Fross is a Metro Missionary and church planter in Quebec City. She pastors Le Sanctuaire Apostolique – The Apostolic Sanctuary.

(Info from: PURE Newsletter – UPCI Ladies Ministries – ladiesconnections@upci.org)

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Radiating God’s Light by Linda Gleason, Ladies Ministries President 1 No ratings yet.

In her book The Story of My Life, Helen Keller stated, “Have you ever been at sea in a dense fog, when it seemed as if a tangible white darkness shut you in, and the great ship, tense and anxious, groped her way toward the shore with plummet and sounding-line, and you waited with beating heart for something to happen? I was like that ship before my education began, only I was without compass or sounding-line, and had no way of knowing how near the harbour was. ‘Light! Give me light!’ was the wordless cry of my soul.”

God Is the God of Light
God is the creator of light. Genesis tells us that when the earth was covered in darkness. “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light” (Genesis 1:3).

When Moses stretched out his rod and God sent a thick darkness over the land of Egypt for three days – a darkness that could be felt – there was light in the dwelling places of the Israelites.

When Israel wandered through the desert in the blackness of night, God walked before them – a pillar of fire – to give them light. For the Psalmist says, “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?” (Psalm 27:1).

The world cries, “Light, give me light.”
We answer, “But I am only one person – just one little light in the darkness. How can I affect my world?”
One Person Can Make a Difference

It doesn’t matter how young or old we are. It doesn’t matter where we were born. It doesn’t matter if our name is known or unknown. It doesn’t matter what we own or how much money we possess. None of that matters. God just needs someone willing to be a light.

Noah was 600 years old when he entered the ark and saved the human race.
When Jesus needed food for five thousand men plus women and children, a little boy provided lunch. 
While the armies of Israel huddled frightened in their tents, young David slew the giant. 
When God's people were threatened to be annihilated, God used Esther, an orphan living in a country not her own, "for such a time as this."
When God wanted to get a message to the vile household of Eli, the child Samuel carried the word.

A frightened young man threshed his wheat in a hiding place. When God needed someone to fight against the Midianites, he sent an angel to Gideon, the humblest in the tribe of Manasseh and the least in his father's house. 

You Were Designed to Reflect His Light
Matthew 5:14 tells us, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.”
There is work to do, and God wants us to be a light in this dark world. A light here, a light there – willing to be used for the kingdom.
Don’t be afraid to stand out in a crowd. Difference makers are different.
You are saved to shine! You have purpose; you have a place. You were designed to reflect His light.

(Info from: PURE Newsletter – UPCI Ladies Ministries – ladiesconnections@upci.org)

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