Wednesday, December 14, 2011

It's No Fun to be Sick!

For the past few weeks sickness has visited my house in a variety of disgusting and painful ways. While in a near comatose state crashed out on the couch, the Lord taught me several painful lessons--perhaps you’ve thought about these things too. The first thing I learned relatively quickly is that I’m not nearly as strong as I think I am. Just add a little virus into my body and I crumble like a little baby! What weaklings we are--really! The perspective when I am on my knees in pain is priceless because it crushes my pride. I again come to the realization that I need the Lord for the littlest things in life and how He truly does hold me in the palm of His hand. Next to this, while I was sick, I came see how everyone ran away from me for fear of getting what I had. My sickness drove everyone away from me (which was a good idea) but left me all alone in my pain. I thought about the lepers on the edge of town suffering in isolation until Jesus heard their cry. Not only physical sickness but spiritual sickness as well will isolate you to experience the consequences of the pain and suffering of sinful choices. And when you’re isolated and alone, the pain just hurts all the more. The last recollection of my “sickness sermon” that the Lord taught me was that I can’t function the way I need too while I’m sick. I kept saying, “Lord, I’ve got things to do and people to see and I just don’t have time for this!” Friends, the Lord is so patient with us. He knows exactly what we need and when we need it! It was time for His servant George to learn another lesson about trusting God through the valleys of life. There is a reason we call it “Amazing Grace”.

My friends, I pray that you don’t get sick this winter but if you do I hope that there’s a sickness sermon for you from the Great Physician!

Walking in grace, Pastor George

Friday, December 2, 2011

Thanksgiving Surprises

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. My wife and I were invited to the home of my son's new in-laws. They were were very gracious hosts and we felt quite welcome. We enjoyed getting to know them and had a great time.

The highlight was my son and his new bride announcing that she is pregnant. Having just been married in October, they obviously did not waste any time. They are going on their official honeymoon at the end of December. Please keep both Mitch and Melissa in your prayers and ask God for an uneventful pregnancy along with a healthy baby.

As most of you know, the Sunday before Thanksgiving is designed as My Brother's Keeper Sunday. On that day, we take up our special offering for our benevolence ministry. This year we received over $4400 to help those in need. Given the state of our economy and our own financial difficulties as a congregation, this is truly a testament to the graciousness of God working through His people.

This is just the beginning of what I know God is going to do through My Brother's Keeper. With a new team of people, the ministry will grow and touch even more lives than it already has.

Transformation or Degradation

My wife reminded me that Sunday (first Sunday in October)was my tenth anniversary as the preacher of Crossroads. Whether you see that as a good thing or a bad thing depends on your prospective I guess. For me personally, it has prompted some deep introspection. It is not that I don't have regrets because I do. If you have ever tried to do anything worthwhile for God, you will make your share of mistakes. The secret is to learn from them, not dwell in them. The source of my personal reflection is that I have been long enough to see the long term results of my labors.

I continue to be amazed by the transformation God has brought about in the lives of some of our members. I am equally concerned when I see that some people have not grown at all in nearly ten years. I wonder what can we do as a congregation to inspire more transformation in the lives of individuals. The business axiom "the system you have is perfectly designed to produce the results you are getting" keeps coming the mind.

I am researching this subject and praying that God will open my eyes to areas where we can improve. It may be that we need to totally rethink our whole structure. At this point, I am open to suggestions and invite your comments.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Join in the Joyous Song

“It came upon the midnight clear, that glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth, to touch their harps of gold:
‘Peace on the earth, good will to men,’ from heaven’s all gracious King.
The world in solemn stillness lay, to hear the angels sing.”

In this Christmas hymn and so many others we have the picture portrayed of the angelic choir singing and giving glory to God at the birth of Jesus Christ. You see, the birth of Christ was a joyous event. It was something that stirred the shepherd’s awake with the glory of God. It was an event that caused joy to overflow and the stars above to shine in a special display to show the wise men the location of He who is born “King of the Jews.” The incarnation of God in Christ was a special and powerful occasion that called for the most joyous response. Dear friend, I pray that the old songs of Christmas would find an echo with us in modern times. The first Christmas at the birth of Christ was indeed a awe inspiring moment but looking back on what God did in taking human flesh can still cause wonder to come from our hearts today. Don’t let this Christmas go by without setting aside some time to sing a song of praise for the awesome thing the Lord has done for you and me.

In Christ, Pastor George

Monday, November 14, 2011

Monday, November 7, 2011

Books, Books, Books

And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” John 20:30-31

One of a pastor’s greatest joys is in his books. I suppose it’s the quality and quantity of information about the Lord that excites a minister to keep collecting and gathering books. With that in mind, I’ve always had a curious note about a couple of verses in John 20:30-31 about the books that Jesus could have filled with all of the miracles and wonders He did in the presence of His disciples. I think about all that information that the church could have had about the incredible grace and power of Jesus Christ. However, when I find myself leaning toward the side of desiring more than what God has provided I read these words from the Apostle John, “…but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” You see, the Bible is just not about communicating information ABOUT God. The point of the Bible is to help us encounter God in a personal way through faith in Jesus Christ. Of course, the goal is that we would “have life in His name”, that is, each person who comes to the Bible in faith would experience the fullness of life that God gives to those who love Him. Dear friend, I pray that as you crack open your Bible today that you will meet the God of the universe and experience His joy deep within your heart.

Walking in grace, Pastor George

Monday, October 31, 2011

Taking the Exam

While I was in school the thing I feared the most was an exam. It was not only a show of your knowledge but it was the opportunity for much pain and heartache when I showed my parents the grade. Test time always brings a sense of anxiety because it is a place where we pass or fail. The Apostle Paul called the Corinthians to give a self-examination of faith to their own hearts. Inspired by the Holy Spirit the Apostle remarks, “5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.” In essence Paul was saying “Look inside your hearts and lives to see if you really have a genuine faith in Jesus Christ.” You see, friend, sometimes life gets off track and we get caught-up in sin and a healthy self-examination is needed in order to deal with the blackness of our own heart. This type of exam is not something to be feared but this type of “soul-searching” will lead to a repentance of sin and an assurance of faith—if you pass. What is a passing grade? A passing grade is a heart of trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. It means looking at your life and coming to the conclusion that Jesus Christ lives inside you. Take time this week to examine your own heart and soul to answer the greatest question in the universe—am I a Christian?

Walking in grace, Pastor George

Monday, October 24, 2011

Mirror on the Wall

Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?”—The wicked Queen in the movie Snow White

We all look into mirrors. Some spend more time in front of them than others but we all spend some time looking at ourselves in a mirror. It reflects back to us who we are and what we look like. Well, my dear friend, if we gaze into the Scriptures we discover a much better gauge of who we are and what we look like to God. In 2 Corinthians 5:17 the Apostle Paul says that “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” The newness that we have in Christ is something special and unique. Think of it, a new name as a child of God, a new status as a friend of God, a new spirit that has been washed and redeemed, and a new community called the church. This is not to speak of a new mind and heart or the blessings that the Lord showers down upon us as believers. Mirrors can only reflect what is happening to you on the outside—but as a Christian the Bible declares who you are and what you look like through God’s very eyes. After all, He has your name inscribed on the palm of His hand! Beloved, I encourage you to take some time this week and look into the holy Word of God and see how much the Lord loves you. What an awesome God we serve!

Walking in grace, Pastor George

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The greatest name (Names of God)

Hi guys, I would like to share a poem with you about some names of God found in the bible. 
his is just to show you how amazing God is and the fact that He truly is our everything. 
No matter what We might be facing, let's remember who He says He is in his word and grab a hold of it to speak into our situations. Breathe.....Read......and Be blessed

I pray that anyone who is reading this be abundantly blessed
written by Malene Fumany, a member of christian chickz

Listen guys, I'm gonna take you into an amazing journey
Our adventure into the names of God begins here...
El or if you prefer the english way "God".
You are one and yet three, Elohim.
You appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as The God Almighty or should I say El-Shaddai. You are all sufficient.
Now, getting a little bit personal. Let me introduce you to Him as 
El-Emet, the God of truth, who can be completely trusted with every aspect of your life and he will never fail you .
And Without getting too emotional...
from superman to batman, not to mention the fantastic four 
These are the characters we all wish we could portray in real life. But as powerful as they are, they're nothing compared to our heroic God, 
El-Gibbor, the mighty God
He rises up and dramatically defeats the bad guys. 
He rises up at the right time and does the right thing.
David described you as El-Yeshuati, the God of my salvation
To me,
El-Sela: you are my rock.
Most important, you have not looked at my sins but you forgave them;
You showed me that you are:
El-Nasa, the God who forgives,
Christ died upon the cross for my sin and shame, he paid the ultimate price.
You saw my heartache, my affliction and listened to my cry
For me you became, El-Roi: the God who sees me
I choose to worship you alone and no other gods,
For You are El-kanno, a jealous God, and a consuming fire.
As a matter of fact, no other god compares to you,
You are high and above all things.
From El-elyon, the most high God, to Jehovah, the self-existing God
The bible is full of names to describe your unique nature.
Creator of all things, you revealed yourself to Moses as YHWH, Yahweh
You are the great I AM...and I stand in awe of who you are.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Dad and The Silver and Black

I know it's hard to believe but I'm an Oakland Raider fan. Believe me, I've taken lots of ribbing over the years from the image of team to the losing ways on the field. However, it was the passing of Al Davis this weekend that made me look back over all those years--especially how it all started. You see, I cheer for the Silver and Black because my Dad and I would read through the paper every Saturday as we were working at the gas station and talk about how the "Snake" (Ken Stabler) would beat the Broncos or Chargers on Sunday. As I look back over those times, it's not so much the Raiders I remember (although I think I remember the '76 roster by memory) but the time we spent together talking and working side by side. My Dad showed me how to fill up the gas tank, check the oil and wash the windshield--all in under a 3 minutes!

As a husband and a father I search for opportunities--excuses--like the Raiders, to get next to my kids just like my Dad did. He showed me so much about life and how to act like a man no matter what comes along. I KNOW what you see when you see the Raiders--a crazy owner, a bad football team, or fans that are just plain sick. But when I look at the Raiders I see the tool that my Dad used to get next to me and spend time with me to build me into the man that I am today.

Don't blame me because I'm an Oakland Raiders fan--it's my Dad's fault--and I'm so glad for it!

Walking in grace, George

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Preaching Your Sermon

Everyone preaches. Yes, I know you may not stand behind a pulpit or stand up and declare the truths of the Bible but everyone preaches. You and I preach a sermon every time we are in traffic or when they get the order wrong at Wendy’s. We send a message of what we think of people and how deeply we hold our faith. Every smile, every tear, every affirmation tells of the life that we as believers possess. Our Lord said it this way, “14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” So, my dear friend, this next week I pray that you preach a really good message—the message of God’s love in Jesus for you and for those around you.

Walking in grace, Pastor George

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Final Minutes of History

The motto of the boy scouts comes to mind when I look at the present circumstances in the middle east: "Be Prepared". I can't help but to see the proposed statehood of Palestine as a piece to the prophetic landscape setting for the end times. The conflict between Israel and Palestine is reaching a fevered pitch by the permanence of the proposal to the United Nations of an official "statehood" status of Israel's neighbor. What brings even more intensity to the situation is that Israel's neighbors (Syria, Jordan and Egypt) are increasingly unstable and seem ready to act on their threats towards Jerusalem. Of course, all of this conflict sets the stage for a prophetic peace treaty (Dan. 9:26-27) between Israel and her enemies by a man called "Antichrist" in Scripture. I believe, dear friends, that the time is drawing near (certainly nearer than when we first believed!) for the coming of the Lord Jesus. Whatever your eschatology, time is short. Now is the time to live for the Lord! Now is the time to declare His Gospel! Now is the time!

"Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book." Revelation 22:7

Walking in grace, Pastor George

Thursday, September 15, 2011

What did you say?

Let me share something that I’ve been mulling over for several years--even decades--Christianity is more than what you say. Over the years I’ve heard many a man, woman, boy and girl say to me “I’ve sinned.” Please don’t misunderstand me, these words are powerful and can be the beginning of a wonderful life with God. However, these words alone, outside of a transformed heart and true repentance, can actually demonstrate a hard-hearted rejection of the Gospel. Let me illustrate this for a moment: Pharaoh, King Saul, and Judas Iscariot have all professed “I have sinned” (Exodus 9:27, 1 Sam. 15:24, Matt.27:4). The issue with all three of these men is that they wanted to escape the consequences of their sin instead of seeking God’s forgiveness and responding in true repentance. To say it another way, if all you have to your Christianity is what you say then it is empty and useless. The apostle Paul said it this way in 1 Corinthians 4:20, “For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.” This is the principle that we see in the lives of David, Job, and story of the prodigal son. They were people who readily admitted that “I have sinned” but then surrendered to the power of God in repentance.

We have a saying where I grew up that says “Words are cheap”. Well dear friend, let me ask you honestly, how expensive is your Christianity? If all you have is words, I’m afraid that your faith is very cheap indeed. Today I pray that you make your profession your practice--matching what you say and believe to what you live.

Walking in grace, Pastor George

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Big Fish

Had a whale of a time fishing with Mark Hawkins this past Saturday morning. I caught lots of fish from a tree fish (actually the branch) and weeds to this HUGE bass. This fish was my first catch of the day and it was hidden within a clump of weeds. As I reached down to clear the weeds off my line--behold, a fish!

During my time with Mark and Dean I got to see the vast treasure of lures that both of these guys had--one for every situation--even a few for a novice like me! I loved the names for the lures--I used "The Creature" and caught a few fish but the one I had the best time with was called "Fat Albert".

These guys helped me get so good at fishing that at the end of the day I was yanking them out of the water without even setting the hook--and one just gave up and jumped into the boat (no joke!). Well, that's enough for the fish tales. Enjoy the picture!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Bite-Sized Sin

Chocolate is a tempting thing, especially when it is in bite-sized pieces. Eating these smaller portions makes it ever so easy to eat more than a king size candy bar in no time! One little piece leads to another and to another—you get the idea. In the end it can lead you to a big stomach ache! You know, sin is a lot like that. Just as with the candy, the white-lies and other “bite-size” sins you indulge in can lead you to more than a stomach ache—it leads you to heartache, if you are not careful. The Apostle Paul in Galatians 6:7 says, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” Those words are a clear warning for us as believers in Christ. Paul is saying that God refuses to allow people to “get away” with sin. Instead, because the Lord is the ultimate Father, He determines that sin will have its consequence in this life for His children. Wherever your life is invested, it will bring a cost—life to life, death to death. In other words, the little sins, without confession and repentance, can eventually add up to a life of pain and heartache. No matter how small or how big the sin is, if your heart repeatedly indulges in it, the result will only bring hurt—to you and to the heart of God. Beloved, I encourage you today to turn away from those “sample” sized-sins and trust Christ in those moments when you are tempted to taste a little rebellion. Say no to sin—regardless of what portion it comes to you in—small or large.

Walking in grace, Pastor George

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Are You Trying to Fool God?

“Are you really my son Esau?’ he answered, ‘I am.’ Genesis 27:24

This quote is from Isaac while his son Jacob is deceiving him about his true identity. Isaac was looking for Esau to come in with a delicious dinner and then he was going to bestow a father’s blessing upon the oldest son. Instead, Jacob came in with Esau’s coat, dinner (with the help of mom) and hair pasted on his skin to assume the appearance of his brother and so steal the blessing of the firstborn from his father Isaac. The condition that allowed this deception to work was the bad eyesight of Isaac. He was not able to recognize his sons apart from voice, touch and smell. Because of this, Jacob was successful in snatching the blessing away from his brother Esau through deception. My friends, the Lord is not like Isaac. He is not fooled by our appearances or pretensions. God’s eyesight is perfect—even seeing into the heart of man. We would be foolish to think that we could come to God with our fake coverings of good works and the smell of religious attendance and still attain the blessing of the Almighty. The writer of Hebrews says it this way, “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” (Hebrews 4:13). In other words, no one fools the Lord. He knows the depths of your heart. He sees your motivation. Don’t be misled, God knows completely and thoroughly your ways and thoughts. Today, I encourage you to come to the Lord with complete transparency, understanding that He is the God that saves sinners with His love and grace in Jesus Christ.

walking in grace, Pastor George

Monday, August 8, 2011

Extreme Measures

“17 Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.” Jonah 1:17

We can all relate to the story of the stubborn prophet Jonah. He was a man called by God to proclaim the news of divine judgment to the city of Nineveh. Instead of obeying the Lord, Jonah decides to run in the opposite direction far away from Nineveh. Eventually, the Lord gets the prophet to turn around through a violent storm and a big fish. After being violently ejected from the mouth of the fish, the Lord comes again to Jonah and says, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the message that I tell you.” The will of God has not changed for Jonah. He is still called to obey the Lord and has a second opportunity to do the right thing by the grace of God. What strikes me as interesting when I read about Jonah is the extreme measures that the Lord takes in teaching the prophet some valuable lessons as well as the ministry to Nineveh. Don’t laugh at the storm, the fish, or the vomit on the shore because God just might have to bring us through some pretty crazy things to test and teach us the lessons of trust and obedience. Let’s just hope that He doesn’t have to use a fish to get us to follow Him.

Walking in grace, Pastor George

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Money Management

As girls, we have a tendency to buy things we don’t need. I know for a fact that sometimes I look at my wardrobe and think “why did I even buy that, I never wear it”. I make myself feel better by saying; maybe I’ll wear it to a wedding knowing full well, I’m PROPER not going to wear it.
We impulse buy, lie that we’re window shopping (even though we fully brought our card out) and we’re tricked into buying things for 20% off not realizing that wisdom will tell you that 100% off is better. DON’T BUY IT ALL! Let’s face it girls, guys are better than us at saving money. As a woman of virtue and honour, a key aspect that you need to develop is how to budget and spend your money wisely.

Do not be conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewal of your minds. This bible verse is so well known but do people really know what this means? The mindset of the world will tell you to buy so you can save. But think about it; does that even make sense?

Spending your money wisely doesn’t mean behaving stingy or not buying anything at all; after all money’s there to be spent. But spending money wisely means buying things that you need and not want. It means saving your money for things you want instead of borrowing. It also means learning how to be independent and not rely on others for money.

 So I have 7 quick tips that I feel will help your money go that extra bit further:

1.   1.   I’m at university, so I know how it feels to borrow money for school fees, loan or whatever. In some circumstances borrowing is inevitable.
The bible teaches us how to handle our money wisely. In fact
5. Proverbs 22:7 tells us that
“The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender”
This is a figurative term meaning that when you borrow money you almost become a slave to the person who lent it to you as you must make efforts to give it back. We all know that feeling and it isn’t nice. Learn to borrow only in extreme circumstances. Even Romans 13:8 tells us “owe man nothing”

2.   2.   Give to God
Don’t expect God to help you if you refuse to bless him with a portion of your income. Whether that’s through the church you attend or through charity. Give to God. Proverbs 3: 9 tells us “Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase.”

3.     3. Be content with what you have. One of the main reasons we over spend or buy things we don’t need is because we don’t appreciate what we have right in front of us. We constantly have that “I want more” attitude. Which leads you into spending money you don’t have, for things you don’t need. Timothy 6:6 tells us But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that”. We’re told to be content and glad with our current situation.

4.    4.  Set priorities. If you have rent to pay, it isn’t wise to go and buy yourself a pair of Kurt Geiger heels instead. Of course, if you have money for both then by all means go ahead. But obviously there are things that are more important than others. This is where wisdom comes into play and plain old common sense. A new pair of heels or behind in rent payments?

5.   5.   Create a savings account. Not only is this a wise way of piling your money up somewhere but is also a secure way of knowing that in case of emergencies you have some money that you can comfortable rely on. Proverbs 30:24 says that “there be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise: 25 The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer.” God is saying the ants are wise because they prepare their meat in the summer ready for winter. If you know winter is expensive season for you; i.e a new winter coat, some new boots, or your mum’s birthday then start putting some money aside for it so that when the time comes, you are not suffering.

6.     6. Budget your income. Start shopping in places a little bit cheaper than usual. Markets are a great place to shop where you can look fashionable for half the price. The clothes I’m wearing right now are from a market warehouse where they sell clothes from high street shops, cut out the label and sell them as cheap as chips. Charity shops are cool as well because you can find vintage items as well as new season ‘must haves’. Sometimes as females, we want to look the best and can find ourselves in a competition to impress people who don’t even care about you.

7.   7.   PRAY!! Your financial situation will not sort itself out. Things won’t just fall into place. If you need a job, start applying. If you need to apply for Student Finance, then do it. Too many people pray for ‘financial stability’. I can’t stand it when I hear that. STABILITY means not moving! Pray for financial momentum so that you have the ability to keep generating money. Know what youre praying for. “Dear God, help my financial situation. Amen” NO! Say “Dear God, I know I owe Sara £250 but I ask for you to open a way so that I can her back. Bless me with a job, bless me with the drive and determination to go and find one. When employers see me, let them see your glory shining through me. Amen.”

All these are tips that I’m still learning and putting into practice. It takes a lot of hard work to make sure your finances are in check but as I said, it is the sign of a wise woman. Summer is a time when we have so much free time, use this as an opportunity to draw up a financial plan to keep you in credit!

I pray anyone that was reading this is abundantly blessed.
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Thursday, June 30, 2011

A New Life With Jesus Christ

“In the beginning, as said in the bible when God created the universe He saw that everything was good and perfect in his sight”

Well you must be thinking where is she going with this? What’s this post all about?

Before you start wondering and thinking what’s going on, let me explicit to you the reason why I’ve chosen to write it.

“ God created you in perfection, simply because He is God and He doesn’t make mistakes”
As the bible says in psalm 139: 14 “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well”

So if God created everything in perfection, then what went wrong?
Why are there sufferings and people dying? Humans hating on each other?
Ah! The well-known questions! We hear them about every day.
What went wrong with the world God had made so perfect at the beginning?

Well the bible gives a simple answer “ SIN”

Sin means: breaking God’s law. It is the tendency we all have to do wrong

When God first gave people the chance of going His way, we chose instead to please ourselves and to go against God. We have been going our own way ever since.

The bible says we all have sinned against God and fall short of His glory (Romans3: 23)
And that the wage of sin is death!

Now before any of you collapse in front of the screen after reading this, thinking, “ does it mean I AM GONNA DIE?”
Ladies, Take a deep breath and don’t take your eyes off the screen, you’re about to smile again as you once did when you bought a box of chocolate, or went shopping just because you felt like it!

As I said earlier that sin is the tendency we all have to do wrong.
The apostle Paul is a real and amazing example of this when he describe it in Romans 7:18-19 “For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do--this I keep on doing”

Sin separates us from God. It hinders our prayer.
Here we see that sin is attached to the flesh and that our flesh is led by sin.
Because of our sin we have gone astray, our own way. The bible describes us as sheep (it’s a metaphor ladies, before you take out your mirror thinking “does this hair cut makes me look like a sheep?”) Isaiah 53:6

A person goes his own way instead of God’s way and always lands in trouble. It’s a bit like a car with faulty steering. However much you want to go straight, it’s always pulling to one side. If something isn’t done about it, then you are likely to end up in a ditch!

We sin in many ways, with our thoughts, our words, our actions and even a lack of action.

Here’s when the good news of a super hero coming to save a lady in distress is needed.
Lucky for us, God in his loving mercy and grace saw that we needed a savior. A perfect sacrifice, a person, who will bear the sin of all humanity! (Well that must be heavy !!)
God sent his one and only son. He offered him as a sacrifice to save humanity.

Jesus Christ came and humbled himself, he gave himself as a sacrifice for our sin.
The bible says that He was rejected by His own, but because of his grace and love he didn’t chose to let us in condemnation but instead He chose to die so that we can have eternal life and share His joy when he returns to take his chosen ones, what a mind blowing thing! Almost gave you goose bump, innit?
Romans 6:23 say that for the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
So when you repent from your sin, put your trust and faith in Christ and confess that He is your lord and savior; you have eternal life in Jesus Christ and sin can’t hold you anymore!
The bible says in romans 8:1 “ Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.”

Yes, you can now go around the house and the neighbourhood shouting I AM FREE IN CHRIST!

God is merciful and gracious.  He didn’t just simply save us from eternal judgment but He went beyond it by his grace and adopted us as His own, to make us heirs of eternal life, and to give us every spiritual blessing in heaven!

We are now co-heir with Christ?! The king of kings, the lord of lords who has everything in his hands, has given you his kingdom in heritage! Just thinking about that gets me gassed!
Romans 8:16-17 “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”

So to finish with enthusiasm as we started, let me tell you something: don’t let sin hold you back today! Confess Jesus Christ as your lord and saviour and repent from all your wrongs. For the Lord wants us to live a life of constant repentance; He knows that we are not perfect and that every one is a sinner but by His grace has forgiven us, that is the very reason why He died on the cross. HE DIED FOR YOU, AND ME!

Let us not be conform to this world ladies but let us be transformed by the renewing of our mind in order to discern what God’s pleasing, perfect and good will is.
Let us always humble ourselves before the mighty lion of Judah and ask for forgiveness for who can kneel before God, can stand before great men!

Break the chains that once used to bind you and declare over your life that Jesus Christ came to set the captives free and lead you into eternal joy and happiness.

I take this opportunity to tell someone out there who hasn’t made Jesus Christ has their Lord and saviour. Today the Lord, your Dad in heaven is calling you! Come to me and I will give you peace. He knows your heart and saw how you fought so hard and how life has wronged you, but today He says don’t fight anymore for I fought for you at the cross and won the victory, I won it all for you.

This is a prayer of salvation for those willing to give accept Christ , to surrender it all unto the hands of the great Creator and receive his love. Now say it like you mean it!

"Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey you, and to do your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen." 

I pray anyone that was reading this is abundantly blessed.
This post was written by MALENE FUMANY. A member of Christian Chickz

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Why Pray?

This video is a reminder of the importance of prayer. It high lights key crucial points that women need to remember and focus on and dwell on during summer. The devil likes to demoralize and neutralize you so that prayer becomes secondary in your life. Summer's a time when we have so many plans and ambitions, but backing it up with prayer is a bullet proof plan. A prayerful woman is priceless; make sure we stir up that spirit within us and become that Proverbs 31 woman.
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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Summer's Here

This is the very first video log that Christian Chickz has produced and is one of many. It will be part of our SUMMER EDITION.The video talks about how Christian females have a responsibility to make sure they always look like what they are. In a world, where being sexy is top of the list for females; this video is really just a reminder of who we are and we what we should look like as women.
It includes bible verses and practical ways of looking stylish yet modest. I hope you enjoy watching!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

I’m too blessed to be stressed !!

I’m too BLESSED to be STRESSED !!

I remember when I first heard this saying. I thought it was kinda cute, But I never really understood it. I just thought yeah I’m blessed so that means I can’t be stressed. However, with exam season kicking in and revision at it’s peak...I had to put that into practice. The months of May and June are when people are under the most pressure. Exams, deadlines, coursework, jobs and promotions. I know for a fact that as a Law student the workload right now is immense. the other day I sat there and though "How exactly am I blessed and how do I stop myself from getting stressed?" SIMPLE. Read the Bible.

Now I know that seems like a shock horror. Read the bible?!! When I haven’t even finished reading the key concepts of misrepresentation in contract law (Law stuff for those of you who were crazy enough to study law lol). But it really does help. As Psalm 9:9 points out "The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble". So there is no better time than when you’re feeling pressured to fall on your knees.

The Bible has some powerful scriptures that you can use as memory verses right before exams or when you’re starting revision to help you realize that you’re not alone. Last Sunday, I went to church and noticed about half of the youth were first I thought: where’s this party I missed out on boy?! Then I realised it was the beginning of exam season, so everyone was saying: “I think I’m just gonna stay at home and revise”. It seems like a wise thing to do right? Stay at home, reduce the amount of time you spend outside to do your work. But it is far from wise; in fact it’s the biggest mistake you could EVER do!

Exam season should be the time when you’re at church the MOST. The time when you focus on God more because as humans we tend to over do it sometimes. Thinking that, If I just revise non stop, then surely I will pass. And yes that is true but Proverbs 3:5-6 teaches us to "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight". That goes for exams too! You can revise for a whole day but it is God that gives you the memory to retain it. It is God that gives you the knowledge to understand it and it is God that gives you the strength and courage to revise. So you can’t do it on your really can’t. And when you do think that you did it by yourself, you’re wrong! He was there all along 

Another reason why turning to God is important during times of stress is because He comforts you. There’s times when I have come home after 9 hours in the library, and I’m, tired, hungry, frustrated, my body hurts and I just want to sleep

but then I remember Matthew 11:28 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest". And I literally just go to Him, I get on my knees and lay everything that’s on my heart to Him. Remember, prayer is a CONVERSATION with God, there isn’t a set way of doing it nor do you have to say certain things in a specific way. But just opening up to God is the beginning of the one-on-one connection needed to open the floodgates of heaven.

Funnily enough yesterday I was praying and then I just went silent, I just stopped praying because I remembered something my pastor told me. If prayer is a conversation, "make time to LISTEN to what God is saying" as well. When you listen to God, there’s so much that can come out of it and it may just be the answer to a problem question you’ve been struggling with. I’m telling you, God works in weird, amazing ways; you never know what He’s got in store for you!

The book of Psalms is such an amazing book when it comes to leaning on God for strength because not only does it say we should trust the Lord with all our hearts but it tells you WHY as well. I encourage all of you to read it! Did u know that "Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing?" (Proverbs 34:10) So that means everything and anything that is good in the eyes of God, you will have. So you can’t fail with God on your side...that’s impossible!

My friend, even during the times when you take your eyes off Jesus, He never takes His eyes off you. And when you cry out to Him, He will immediately stretch out His hand to catch hold of you. You will not go under. These exams can never get the better if you! What doesn't kill you can only make you stronger.

I remember I used to think, God can’t get my grades up! I need another 62% to get an A but God says in (Jeremiah 32:27) "See, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is anything too hard for me?" Stress is not your portion in Jesus’ name. You will do fine in your infact you will excel!
Just put God first and you won’t be disappointed.

That’s not to say, spend your whole day praying and don’t revise because God will reveal the answers on the day! "Those who work hard will prosper and be satisfied". {Proverbs 13:4} God isn’t a slave trader, if you work for Him, you will get paid! Work your socks off mate...It will all pay off in the end!

I wish all you guys the very best in your exams, coursework, deadlines and any other pressures you have right now. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you (Phillipians 4:13)
Success and favour is yours in Jesus name.

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