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           THY WORD IS A LAMP UNTO MY FEET, AND A LIGHT UNTO MY PATH. PS.119:105 ~ ~
          

          

          

    Wed, Mar 26th - 1:05AM



    PRAYER FOR INNER GROWTH

    EPHESIANS 3:14-21

    For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of Whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

    That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth  knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.

    Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power tht worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen     kjv

    God Bless, Lois



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    Mon, Mar 24th - 12:30PM



     

    New Beginnings

    Isaiah 43:19 -- Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 35:1 -- The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.

    God has a plan and a purpose for our life, just as He had a purpose in Genesis. He creates each individual for specific reason and equips us to complete the task. When we experience times of “dormancy,” He is able to bring forth new shoots of life and accomplishment after our personal winter.

    The Lord’s ability to re-create renews the purpose at all stages of the Christian’s journey. To the young believer, this means a regeneration of spirit that touches the outward conditions of life. (2 Corinthians 5:17 --”Old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. For the seasoned Christ-follower, it might mean a reawakening of old desires and goals. Just as a flowering plant dies off and hides beneath the ground during winter, the next spring it often grows stronger and blossoms more abundantly.

    And for those who are experiencing a vast barrenness or hopelessness, God provides the seeds of a new harvest and causes their purpose to come forth. Dry, lifeless marriages experience fresh vibrancy as God breathes new vitality into them. A failed business endeavor or lost promise from the past surfaces once again. What appears to be dead and lost awakens to God’s touch. He is able to take stark desert lands and turn them into fertile fields, as in Isaiah 35.

    Blessings, Lois



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    Sun, Mar 23rd - 11:54PM



     REJOICE

    LUKE 10:20

    REJOICE, BECAUSE YOUR NAMES ARE WRITTEN IN HEAVEN 

    Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say, Rejoice.  Let your moderation be know unto all men.  The Lord is at hand.  Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made know unto God.  and the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:4-7

    Exhort one another daily, while it is called TODAY:  But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine and my Soul shall be joyful in the Lord: it shall rejoice in his salvation.

    Jesus is the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.  For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. The joy of the Lord is my strength.

    O Give thanks unto the Lord:  Call upon His name:  know his deeds among the people, Sing unto Him: talk of his wondrous works.  Glory ye in His Holy Name:  let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.

    I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my Soul shall be joyful in my God; he hath clothed me with the garment of Salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh herself with her jewels.

    Come and see the work of God:  he is awesome in his doing toward the children of men.  He turned the sea into dry land:  they went through the flood on foot:  There did we rejoice in Him.

    Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with Praise:  be thankful unto him, and bless His name:  For the Lord is good:  His mercy is everlasting, and his truth endureth to all generations.

    God bless, rejoice, rejoice forever more…

    With God's Love,

    Lois J.



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    Sat, Mar 22nd - 8:38PM



    THE DEATH ( CRUCIFIXION ) THE BURIAL - THE RESURRECTION ------ 

    THE RESURRECTION

    JOHN 20: 1-18

    The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulcher, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulcher. Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, they have taken away the Lord out of the sepulcher, and we know not where they have laid him. Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulcher. So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulcher. And he stooping down and looking in saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulcher, and seeth the linen clothes lie, And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulcher, and he saw, and believed. For as yet they knew not the scripture that he must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.

    JESUS APPEARS TO MARY MAGDALENE

    But Mary stood without at the sepulcher weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulcher, and seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And they say unto her, Woman, why weepeth thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? Whom seeketh thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father; but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her. Kjv

    THANK YOU JESUS!  I SERVE A RISEN SAVIOR......HALLELUJAH TO THE LAMB OF GOD.......HE'S ALIVE....JESUS IS ALIVE FOREVER............



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    Wed, Mar 19th - 11:47PM



    HOW TO SURVIVE IN OUR PRESENT CULTURE

    TITUS CHAPTER - 1          

    As we know, every day we’re influenced by our culture. Society’s prevailing philosophies and attitudes are everywhere— on radio and TV, in books and magazines, and even in conversations at the workplace and corner coffee shop. It’s difficult for believers to avoid the pressure to be and think like everyone else. But the Bible calls us to live in our culture without becoming part of it. 

    In his letter to Titus, Paul explained how we’re to accomplish this. Titus 1:9 says those who won’t participate in the sins of the culture must hold “fast the faithful word.” To survive the pull of our present culture, we must cling to God’s Word and apply His principles. The Bible is the revelation of God. He tells us what He thinks, how He acts, and what He expects of us. Reading and obeying the Bible ensures that believers will live righteously, identify error, and avoid sin. 

     The Bible can’t do any of these things if we never open it. Obeying God’s Word is a practical matter. We’re to read Scripture carefully and meditate upon it daily. In other words, we must think about the meaning of passages and apply their lessons to our daily life. To apply scriptural truths, we must not only believe the Word wholeheartedly but also obey it consistently. When we take practical steps to keep Scripture as the anchor of our belief system, we will not be swayed by culture.

    God bless,

    Lois



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    Tue, Mar 18th - 5:48PM



    POWER OF LOVE

    1CORINTHIANS 13:4 -- Charity suffered long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunted not itself, is not puffed up.

    The believers are channels for God’s love. His love flowing through us is a powerful force that enables us to do more than the unbeliever who relies only upon himself:

    “Love is patient.” With God’s Spirit living within us, we are empowered to wait upon His timing and purpose. When we care about someone, we naturally wasn’t to act quickly on his or her behalf. But as the Lord is working out His perfect plan, we must wait until He tells us to proceed.

    “Love is kind.” As believers, we have the capacity to be genuinely kind, regardless of how others may treat us. Unlike vengeance, which feeds our own desires, kindness responds to the other person’s need for love and affirmation.

    “Love is not jealous.” Jealousy is a fear of losing someone--or losing loyalty from that person. Being a channel for God’s love gives us the security to hold relationship more loosely. When we are confident of our Lord’s care and sovereignty, we do not need to cling so fiercely to our friends and family that we smother them.

    “Love does not brag and is not arrogant.” Apart from the fullness of God’s love, people are empty and prone to be self-absorbed, craving attention for themselves. But as believers, we are indwelled by the Holy Spirit, who enables us to understand our value in God’s eyes. As a result, we can be humble before men. God’s love is powerful. When we allow His caring Spirit to flow through us, we can have a profound effect upon our world.

    God bless,

    Lois



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    Mon, Mar 17th - 11:03PM



     A NEED OR A DESIRE

    ROMANS 8:32 -- He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

    As we read in the fourth chapter of Philippians, Paul declares that God will "supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus" (v19).  When we read that passage and apply it to our daily lives, we must be careful to interpret it correctly.

    For that to happen, we must understand the difference between "need and desires."  A need is something that is essential in order for us to become the persons God wants us to be or to accomplish the things He has called us to do.  On the other hand, a desire is something we believe will bring enjoyment to our lives.  The key word here is "enjoyment," which describes a temporary pleasure; we tend to desire things that will bring us happiness for a season and then fade away.

    It's impotant to note that there is absolutely nothing wrong with a desire, as long as it is within the will of God and in an outflow of a Spirit-filled life.  Ours is a wonderful, adoring heavenly Father who loves to shower His grace upon us. (Matthew 7:11)  However -and this is critical-we must remember that God never promises to supply all of our desires.  He surely provides many of them, but only at His discretion and for His own glory.  Therefore, your inability to acquire a large-screen television, for example, is certainly no indicator that God is unfaithful! 

    Give some thought, what do we need in order to become the person God has called us to be.  Also what we desire that will help gain more enjoyment in life.

    God bless,

    Lois



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    Fri, Mar 14th - 5:17PM



    UNITY IN CHRIST

    ROMANS 15:1-6

    1.  We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.  v2.  Let every one of us please his neighbor for his good to  edification.  v3.  For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The Reproaches of them that Re-proached thee fell on me.  v4.  For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.  v5.  Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like-minded one toward another according to Christ Jesus;  v6.  That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    In His Love,

    Lois J.



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    Thu, Mar 13th - 9:41PM



    THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

    GALATIANS 5:22 -23

    When we bite into a juicy, delicious apple can actually help you grasp a spiritual truth about working to please God. Just as a maple tree is incapable of producing apples, it is likewise impossible for you to produce spiritual fruit apart from the Holy Spirit.

    Instead of depending upon your own skill to produce good works, trust in the Spirit to cultivate fruit like goodness, patience, perseverance, and self-control.

    Relying on talent and ability will take you only so far and will ultimately frustrate you because that’s not God’s plan. The Lord’s design and desire is for you to be guided directed, and energized by His Spirit. This wonderful relationship will empower you and expand your vision for ministry, enabling you to touch others with the Father’s love. What’s more, when you allow the Holy Spirit to produce lasting fruit, you will keep growing as a true disciple of Christ.

    God bless,

    Lois



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    Wed, Mar 12th - 12:29AM



    A TRUE FULFILLMENT

    ROMANS 8:9-14

    Some us hope for a mundane existence; instead, we long to experience a grand life. Unfortunately, chasing after the worlds’ vision of fulfillment leads to emptiness. Many people try saturating their minds with new ideologies and experiences, eager to find the one that will finally fill the hole inside them. But genuine satisfaction comes only through God.

    Believers are fulfilled by God’s presence living within them in the form of His Holy Spirit. Our decision to love the Lord and give ourselves fully to Him results in the kind of peaceful joy others search for in “religion” and short-term success. Submission does not mean that we settle for a second-rate life, as some people assume. Rather, we trade our dreams for His will. Sometimes our hopes already match His purpose for us, but whenever the two are not similar, the Father’s plan is always much bigger and greater than our desires.

    A believer’s life is designed for God’s glory. His purpose was in place for each of us before the world began: “For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope”’ (Jeremiah 29:11). We can still achieve goals, overcome failure, and experience success, but for a different reason than when we lived for ourselves. We no longer call people’s attention to our own capabilities, but instead bask in the abundant gifts of our loving heavenly Father.

    A person needs to choose today whom they will serve--the world of empty promises or a God of true fulfillment.



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    Tue, Mar 11th - 3:05AM



    Song - OASIS - Singing by - Frank Williamson - Al. - Our Good Friend and Brother in Christ.   God bless, Lois



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    Mon, Mar 10th - 1:56AM



    GOD’S SUSTAINING POWER

    PSALM 121: 1-8

    I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. v2. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. V3. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. V4. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. V5. The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. V6. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. V7. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. V8. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore. kjv



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    Sun, Mar 9th - 12:27AM



    Song From Our Second Cd -- What Was That You Said Lord - God Bless, Lois



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    Sat, Mar 8th - 12:10AM



    Song from our first Cd -- When I See The Cross - God bless, Lois



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    Fri, Mar 7th - 2:46AM



    Song from our first Cd .. Handful Of Purpose --  God bless, Lois



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    Thu, Mar 6th - 12:53PM



    Another song from our first Cd - City Limits Of Heaven - God bless, Lois



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    Wed, Mar 5th - 1:20AM



    Another song from our first Cd ..Wilt Thou Be Made Whole --  God bless, Lois



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    Sun, Mar 2nd - 10:24PM



    GOSPEL - SHARING CHURCH

    MATTHEW 28:19-20 -- Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: v20..Teaching all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

    The mission work isn’t limited to foreign lands. Every church is surrounded by a community--a population of souls who need the Savior. As followers of Jesus, we are called to make disciples (Matthew 28:19-20). So we cannot justify sitting comfortably in a pew while our neighbors struggle without God. The local church is to be a lighthouse for the Lord, and four principles can help its efforts.

    First…the church needs a shared vision for carrying out the Great Commission in the community. To be effective disciple-makers, the congregation must be willing to work together. If only the pastor or a small group of church members are interested in this mission, it cannot succeed.

    Second…proper motivation is necessary. In God’s eyes, right reasons for sharing the gospel include love for Him, love for people, and a desire to be obedient.

    Third… the appropriate methods must be employed. Every community and situation is different, so no one method works everywhere. The approach used must be based on scriptural principles and directed by the Holy Spirit.

    Fourth…the church must draw upon the best energy--only through God’s Spirit can members be equipped for effective long-term witnessing to neighbors.

    Our desire should be part of a church that spreads the gospel in our community. Then start praying for the congregation and pastor to develop a shared vision and burden for the neighborhood. And commit ourselves to getting involved in Scripture-based outreach. So lets be the Spark that lights the fire in fellow Christians' hearts.



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