Fear and Anxiety

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

                       –Philippians 4:4-7

 

On this third Sunday of Advent, we are encouraged to rejoice, rather than be in despair, resting in the knowledge that the Lord is near. This is a reminder for us to choose prayer over anxiety, and give everything to the one who has invited us into His exchange program.  He will take our burdens and give us peace that will cause us to stop and think; why didn’t I do this earlier?  Receive the peace of God as the umpire of our soul.



Pass It On

In a Peanuts cartoon Lucy demanded that Linus change TV channels, threatening him with her fist if he didn’t. “What makes you think you can walk right in here and take over?” asks Linus. “These five fingers,” says Lucy. “Individually they’re nothing but when I curl them together like this into a single unit, they form a weapon that is terrible to behold.”

 “Which channel do you want?” asks Linus. Turning away, he looks at his fingers and says, “Why can’t you guys get organized like that?” Read more…



Lord teach us to pray

Luke 11:1-4

 

Have you ever wondered why what we call “The Lord’s Prayer” has passed the test of time, and is used by So many churches of every denomination than any other prayer? I believe it is because it reveals why Jesus was so powerful in His earthly ministry. Prayer was the foundation of everything that He did. The disciples watched this day after day, and finally realized that they could not be effective to carry out the work of ministry without following His practice of praying and staying connected to the source of power – His Father in Heaven. They made a request of Jesus that changed their lives, Lord, Teach Us To Pray. Read more…



Praying Church is a powerful Church

 

When most of us think of power, we think about money, fame and
fortune.  This is because we have been trained to think that way, and it is what is usually promoted in
advertisements on television and in magazines.  During my years on this earth, I have met people who have power and influence as I have described above, but their power is only temporary.  If they should lose their position on the grand stage or their money, people would begin to treat them differently. While there is nothing wrong with having money,
fame or fortune, it does not fulfil the hunger of the spirit that longs to connect with our creator God.  I am so glad that there is a power, a right to access the throne of
grace that outweighs any other power that there is.
 

The church has been given this power, which is the right to overthrow the powers of darkness through praying in the name of Jesus.
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