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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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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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Three Steps to Answered Prayer by Vesta Mangun 1 5/5 (1)

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened”(Matthew 7:7-8).

What makes a prayer really a prayer? The saying of it? Or the hearing of it? Or is it the answering of it? Most Christians pray superficial and shallow prayers. We pray like children in a sandbox throwing up sand toward the sky.

Prayer is not a mystical gift which binds the hands of God to do as we wish. Prayer is the communication between a father and his child. Jesus Himself prayed constantly as an illustration to us, and He taught on prayer to help us understand and answer our questions. We know these verses well; most of us can quote them. But, in our familiarity, we may overlook important concepts. I believe, in these verses, Jesus Christ revealed three elements to real prayer. Each of these elements must be active for the prayer to reach fruition.

The Principle of Asking

“Ask, and it shall be given you…”

In verses 9 and 10 of Matthew 7, we see the child’s humble asking. He asks his father for bread and fish. The child knows his father can provide and has confidence that he will do so. Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” Psalm 2:8 says, “Ask of me, and I will give thee…” And in Psalm 145:18 we read, “The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.”

Prayer is not shopping for an answer; prayer is asking expectantly for an answer. Jesus taught us to ask, “Give us this day our daily bread…” The blind man called to Jesus by the way, “Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.” When Jesus asked him his need, he said, “Lord, that I might receive my sight…” Peter, when sinking beneath the waves, said “Lord, save me.”

One would think that this principle would be a simple one. But, “Ye have not, because ye ask not” (James 4:2). How many times have you heard someone say, “Why didn’t you just say so?” Sometimes it is hard to get to the point. The passenger who hails a cab must tell the driver where he wants to go. The lady who walks in the grocery store has a list. The Christian who would communicate with his Heavenly Father must ASK! Our prayers must not be like political speeches, with flowery language but saying nothing.

The first great principle of prayer is to ask.

The Principle of Abiding

“ … Seek, and ye shall find…”

The second great principle of answered prayer is to seek. This word, “zete”, means to seek in order to find out by thinking, meditating, and reasoning; to inquire into. God continually calls on His people to seek Him in His fullness.

“But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). “When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Jehovah, will I seek” (Psalm 27:8). “Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, that seek him with the whole heart” (Psalm 119:2). “I love them that love me; And those that seek me diligently shall find me” (Proverbs 8:17). “Seek ye Jehovah while he may be found; call ye upon him while he is near” (Isaiah 55:6). “And ye shall seek me, andfind me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). “ … That he is a rewarder of them that seek after him” “Hebrews 11:6).

(Information CONTINUES online at: https://www.worldnetworkofprayer.com/a-praying-life/three-steps-to-answered-prayer/)

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Intercessory Prayer by Ingunn Turner 1 5/5 (1)

“For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers” (Romans 1:9).

Recently, while sorting through our family members’ clothing and preparing for the transition from winter to spring and summer, I came across two small T-shirts with these words printed on the front: “My mom prays for me”. They were given to our two boys from the Daughters of Zion several years ago, and I never had the heart to give them away. They are a precious reminder of the fact that as mothers, we earnestly pray for our children. In fact, we tend to pray more fervently and more frequently for the ones who are close to us, especially when there is a need. Intercession, or intervening for another, happens when we willingly put ourselves in someone else’s place and pray on their behalf. Interceding in prayer for someone far away or for someone we don’t know may not always seem natural to us at first, but a heart and readiness to pray for our own children, whether natural or spiritual, is something we are often more ready to do.

“So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one” (Ezekiel 22:30).

God is searching for anyone who is willing to intercede – to stand in the gap before Him – on behalf of others. We live in a world in desperate need of God. Our first priority is to pray for and meet the needs of our own children, who have been given to us. But it doesn’t stop there. A gate into intercessory prayer is to see any person we are praying for as if they were our own child, sister or brother, dear parent or closest friend. We need to be willing to care about the salvation of others, as we would care for our own family members.

Intercessory prayer requires a true humbling of the heart. We don’t intercede for other people because they are worthy of it, or because there is some gain in it for us. Moses interceded over and over again for people who rebelled against God and were given over to their own selfish ways. Many people we pray for may not know exactly what they need, or how to get out of their mess. They need our help.

As women of God, we need to rise and intercede on behalf of our neighborhoods, our cities and our nations. Will you answer the call?

Note Ingunn Bakke Turner was born and raised in Norway. Nate and Ingunn Turner are UPCI missionaries to Estonia and pastor in the capital city of Tallinn.
(Information from: Ladies Prayer Intl August 2019 – UPCI LM ladiesprayerintl@aol.com)

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Lighted Path by Angela Overton 2 5/5 (2)

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105).

Do you ever feel apprehensive to allow God to guide your footsteps? I most definitely have. One reason is because God doesn’t reveal all the details of His plan and that is intimidating. I like details, you know what I mean?
When we arrive at a place where God is not trustworthy with directing our footsteps, providing financially for us, leading us out of an unhealthy relationship – it is a place where we have placed confidence in ourselves or confidence in someone other than God.

Everyone Lives This Story
Can I trust my destiny to God?
Will God provide for me?
Can I trust God when I don’t understand?

When our journey takes us through curves in the path we weren’t prepared for – such as disapproval, criticism, unfair decisions, health problems or relationship woes – our walk with God may be challenged and our calling may be questioned.
Do not give up when life isn’t turning out how you expected it. Trust in God.

God’s plan is revealed by a lighted path, but oftentimes we will not know the destination. It’s a step-by-step and a walk-by-faith journey.

Sometimes the path He has us walk will bend and wind through the boundaries of our comfort zones, but that is because God wants us to grow and He also wants us to know that His ways are greater than our ways.

Proverbs 3:5-6 states, “Trust in the LORD withal thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

Prayer: Lord, I pray Your word will lead me to Your perfect will. Direct my path today and help me to trust You with all of my heart and lean on Your understanding. I acknowledge Your sovereignty and Your power. Be a light to my path today. In Jesus Name.

(Information from: SISTERS Military Newsletter July 2019 – UPCI Ladies Ministries sisters@upci.org)

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