Afternoon Prayers

Part of being a Christian is humbling ourselves and realizing that without God, our lives truly mean nothing. We are to acknowledge that we have made a conscious choice to turn away from the bad deeds and sinful habits, and we have turned to the holy life God has presented before us. God had to forgive us of our sins first in order for us to be qualified to live this life. We are to never forget of this great forgiveness that God promised the children of Israel all those years ago. Repent from all evil ways, and choose to be transformed by the love of God and His Word.

Have you ever had to call a customer service line for one reason or another? I was on a flight when the plane had to make an emergency landing due to inclement weather. People were understandably panicked, but when we got to the airport, we realized that this landing was only the beginning of our problems. Every flight at the biggest airport in the world had been cancelled, so now everyone was waiting in line and on the phone trying to make other arrangements. Needless to say, it took ages, and every time I called customer service, they seemed to have no interest in listening to another angry customer.
This is not the same as it is with God. God works around the clock, waiting on the other end for us to call. If we knock, the door will be opened, if we ask, He will answer. If we seek His counsel, He will listen, and it is up to us to listen swiftly and speak softly, considering the words and questions that we come to Him and others with deliberately. If we call upon God, He will save us. As David says, evening, morning, noon, God answers whenever we ask for Him. If only the airline had that kind of service!

In 70 A.D., the Jews saw their revolt against the Romans as the Battle of Armageddon. 300 years later, the Bishop of Tours claimed that the end times were going to be arriving any day now. 1,000 years later, The Black Plague was making its way around Europe, as the world proclaimed that this was certainly the end! 500 years down the line, hundreds of thousands of American Christians lined up for an event that would later be known as ‘The Great Disappointment’.
Had they read 2 Peter 3, they would have realized that God takes no joy in destroying His creation, and is certainly not as fickle as the false prophecies like to imply.
Many have lived in their idea of ‘end times’, and have been convinced theirs will be the last. Yet God has stated that only He knows. Our job is not to be obsessed with Mayan calendars or British star maps. God has reserved the difficult task of judgment for Himself. All that is asked of us is that we come to repent. Everything else is but an egotistical distraction.

I feel that Christians are under attack in modern society: the atheist movement claims that we are fools, unwilling to listen to logic and science; with Muslims we face a passionate group of believers and many feel that we are in opposition to one another; an aging population of believers and an inability to attract young people to the church leads us to the point where we are now, desperate and willing to try new methods to gain new believers of Christ. Why have we grown to be so despised? What teachings of Christ are so wicked that we deserve such scorn?
The answer to that question is simple: we DON’T deserve this scorn. In these verses in the book of Titus, Christ’s followers are given simple lists of instructions on how to live faithfully: avoid ungodliness and worldly lusts, live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present world. OK, simple enough. The verse that really stood out to me, especially when considering our present situation, is the final one.

I was often an unruly child. I would fight with my siblings, talk back to my parents, lie about childish things and be about as imperfect as children are supposed to be as we learn life’s important lessons.
My parents had tried everything to keep my three brothers and me in line; groundings, confiscation of favorite toys, cancelling exciting plans. These acts of discipline often seemed to provide temporary fixes to the problems that a household of boys provided.
One Sunday morning, as we prepared for church, my parents asked my brothers and me if we had cleaned our teeth after breakfast. I wanted 5 more minutes in front of the television so I lied and said I had. My parents knew I wasn’t telling the truth because I hadn’t moved since I crawled out of bed to enjoy weekend cartoons. My mother was furious: “how dare I lie about such a trivial thing?”
But my father stayed calm and enacted wisdom that I will never forget. Instead of shouting or losing his temper, he told me ‘Today you will confess to Pastor Chris. You will tell him that you lied to your parents, fighted with your brothers and made back chat.” Pastor Chris was such a pure, positive and thoughtful man. The thought of him knowing that I misbehaved made me feel a deep sadness. I turned to see Pastor Chris walking in my direction, eyes fixed on me, but he didn’t seem mad. He explained that my parents had told him that I had some confessions to make. I said I was too embarrassed, that I didn’t want to look bad in front of him and God. He laughed and probed me to keep talking.
I said, “You are a kind, patient and friendly person. And God created me, provides for me and keeps me safe.”
He smiled, patted me on the head and said ‘Does that not describe your parents, too?’ and with that, he walked off, leaving me to reflect.
How embarrassed was I that I felt no shame in the way I had behaved for my parents, those who were doing God’s work without a robe or veil?
It is almost impossible to overstate the importance of our pastors, ministers and missionaries (and anyone else who also helps keep the gospel of peace).

We have heard the phrase, “You are what you eat.” Consider what you consume and put into your body on a regular basis: do you think that you treat your body as a temple of the Holy Ghost? I know that I have been guilty of gluttony and have had issues with alcohol that I am not proud of. This life is a gift and we only have one shot. What a shame it is to waste our time and health on weaknesses of the flesh. Sadly, in these modern times, gluttony is literally a deadly sin.We cannot truly understand the ways of the Kingdom. To pretend that we do would be a sinful pride. Jesus has said that we must be like a child, who is ignorant but not arrogant. Just as Jesus accepted the children into His arms, He will also accept us into His Kingdom if we are able to learn from these little ones.

It is easy for us to sit in church and listen to the word and tell ourselves that is enough. But is it actually getting through to us? If we have any actual faith, God tells us it will move us into action. If we are not moved to action, we must reconsider the state of our faith. Even if we have great understanding of the word, if we don’t have faith, we have nothing.

Lord, I pray for the children of Your church. May You bless each one of them and give them a playful and joyous spirit that is outpouring with love, and may we all show these children great love. Let us learn from these young ones and teach them as well, so that they may grow to know that You are the Lord. In the name of Jesus Christ our Savior. My body is a temple of the Holy Ghost. Give me this day my daily bread, and the strength and wisdom to accept only my daily amount. Lord, I pray that You help me to approach all things with moderation, but know that I am a sinner. I want what I cannot have, and that which I do have, I want more of. Hold my hand, loving God, and show me the path towards a healthy and loving relationship with You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Lord, light my heart aflame with passion for You. May I always be longing to serve You. Cast away all my laziness and let it be behind me, just as all sin is behind me in Christ. Make me a servant of Your kingdom. Solomon compares a woman who has physical beauty but no wisdom to a gold ring stuck in a pig’s nose. It is a most unfitting sight. It is an irony to see outer beauty where there is no inner beauty of soul. Far too many focus on only outward adornment but neglect to walk in the beauty of holiness with the Lord. Amen Amen.

Morning Prayers!

Communion is one of the most important ceremonies in the church. It is a reminder that the Holy Ghost surrounds us and is present in our lives at all times. This tradition has been on going for thousands of years: think of the importance and impact that eating these symbols of Jesus’ life and death have had throughout history! Each time that we do it, we join billions of other believers, going through the same struggles, yearning for the same relationship, and loving the same God. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. 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? It is wise to stop what we are doing and look up every once in a while. We can get so trapped and consumed in our day to day lives that we forget to look to the mountains, to the heavens, at the one thing that is really important: God. Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. The best way to train a child is by showing them yourself. The best way to show them yourself is to master the thing that you aim to train them in. Train yourself in the ways of the Lord so that you may train a child. They will see the benefits that it has on your life and they will naturally train themselves to adopt the same beneficial behaviors and beliefs. 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. Almighty God, maker of both heaven and earth, mover of mountains, splitter of seas, you are the all-powerful and loving God that we do not deserve. I shall never forget what you have done for me, and I shall strive with every fiber of my being to love you with all my heart and with all my strength, as you have commanded.

How could God be any more generous to us? He sent His only son to earth to die for us so that we could reside with Him in heaven for eternity. He created us in His image and if we ask anything of Him, He shall always listen. If He was willing to give His only son as a sacrifice, what do you think He would refuse to give us? Nothing.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. You have given me everything, generous and loving Lord, and I can only give You that which You already have. I vow to give You all of my life’s energy, blessed Father, and love You with all of my heart and strength. I ask forgiveness for the many moments of selfishness in my life, where I thought not of You but thought only of myself. You have never done this to me, but I have done it to You. As Your humble child, I repent at Your feet. I am kneeling, Lord. Please lift me up. Amen Amen.

Holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed are we who come in the name of the Lord. Truly blessed are we that have a strong faith that can endure the challenges that life brings to us. I pray all of this to Jesus Christ, my strength and my redeemer. Almighty Father, You have trained me well, but I am a slow learner. I am thankful for Your patience, because I need to be told things many times for my stubborn mind to let it set in. Help me to learn the ways of Your holy word, so that I may train others in the same way that You have trained me. I also wish to thank you for sending the many teachers and holy people into my life, for my faith journey would have taken an entirely different course if not for them. I pray all of this in Jesus’ name. Amen. Amen.

The Meaning of Thanksgiving! OPEN This Text!!!!

Gods beautiful Design

A common misconception among young people and non-believers is that we pray to God to ask for something. Perhaps there have been times when you yourself have prayed for good and righteous things. But we shouldn’t forget thanking Him for what has already been provided. God is not our concierge: in fact, we serve God.
In 2005 I found myself working on a film set as a stunt man in Bucharest, Romania. I had wanted to act since around 1999 but I had a terrible voice quality and was awfully shy. I prayed to God time and time again to provide me a big break and make me famous (for selfish reasons, too!). The stunt work was challenging, sometimes painful and I found myself surrounded by people that were often unpleasant. One evening, I returned to my hotel frustrated and began to cry. Why was I so close to achieving my dream but running on a hamster wheel? Why was it painful? Why was God mocking my ambitions?
I felt claustrophobic and decided to stand on my balcony under the Eastern European night sky. The cool breeze calmed me. My attention was pulled to two young gypsy girls begging in the street. My perception changed almost immediately, appreciating all the gifts that God had provided. That night was the first night I prayed to God to only offer thanks.
I thanked Him for inviting me into His glorious creation, for providing me with a means to follow my passion, and providing me an opportunity to share my privilege with those that need it, in His name.
Trust in Him, for God gives us what He deems is necessary for His children, and for this, we should continually show our gratitude.

Exoplanets are planets beyond our own solar system. Thousands have been discovered in the past two decades, mostly with NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope. 

These worlds come in a huge variety of sizes and orbits. Some are gigantic planets hugging close to their parent stars; others are icy, some rocky. NASA and other agencies are looking for a special kind of planet: one that’s the same size as Earth, orbiting a sun-like star in the habitable zone.

The habitable zone is the range of distances from a star where a planet’s temperature allows liquid water oceans, critical for life on Earth. The earliest definition of the zone was based on simple thermal equilibrium, but current calculations of the habitable zone include many other factors, including the greenhouse effect of a planet’s atmosphere. This makes the boundaries of a habitable zone “fuzzy.”  

Astronomers announced in August 2016 that they might have found such a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri. The newfound world, known as Proxima b, is about 1.3 times more massive than Earth, which suggests that the exoplanet is a rocky world, researchers said. The planet is also in the star’s habitable zone, just 4.7 million miles (7.5 million kilometers) from its host star. It completes one orbit every 11.2 Earth-days. As a result, it’s likely that the exoplanet is tidally locked, meaning it always shows the same face to its host star, just as the moon shows only one face (the near side) to Earth.

Most exoplanets have been discovered by the Kepler Space Telescope, an observatory that began work in 2009 and is expected to finish its mission in 2018, once it runs out of fuel. As of mid-March 2018, Kepler has discovered 2,342 confirmed exoplanets and revealed the existence of perhaps 2,245 others. The total number of planets discovered by all observatories is 3,706.

Astronomers are astonished that extrasolar planetary systems look nothing like our solar system.

Cause/reason? Earth was made for Man and Man for Earth. The GREATEST Artist – Supernatural yes!Man as an Artist. Since God has created us and made us to reflect Him (Genesis 1:26-27), we are also capable of aesthetic creation, reflection, self-evaluation, and visual communication.

Extensive word study led to the conclusion that creativity in Scripture refers exclusively to God’s achievements and that those achievements are in two dimensions which mirror human creativity. In the other dimension God creates by doing or performing rather than making.

Lord God, we gather around this table to humbly thank You for all that You have given us this past year – not just what is on this table, but who is sitting around this table. Thank you for life and laughter, for health and happiness, for relationships and memories. Thank you, too, for the lessons learned and the tears we’ve cried because of Your ability to grow us through them. Thank You for Your comfort and Your presence, in light of good days and bad. Thank You for what we have now, for what we had yesterday, and for what You will continue to give tomorrow. Let us never take that for granted, but to always be grateful for every good and perfect gift that comes from You. May we have hearts full of thanksgiving not only today but every day of our lives. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Your Son, Amen.

Thankful people are happy people.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

C O L O S S I A N S  3 : 15


Delana,

Thanksgiving Day — It generally brings up warm thoughts of good food, time spent with family and friends and reflection on the people and things in our lives we are most grateful for.
And it’s great to stop from all the busyness of the season to do just that…be thankful.

When we choose to look at what’s going right in our lives, it shifts our perspective. We become more focused on all that God is doing and less concerned with what is still lacking.

I believe the Lord would take joy in knowing we have grateful hearts all year long.

Taking time to remember what God has given us can lift our thinking to bring us to a place of contentment, peace, and joy.

We have so much to be thankful for—family and friends, health, food and shelter, careers and jobs—and most of all, a loving Savior who died for us so that we could have an abundant life here on earth and eternal life with Him in Heaven.

I’d like to pray a Thanksgiving Prayer of Blessing over you…

      Father, I lift up each person to You who is reading this today and I pray that if life has not been kind and they are feeling like there’s not much to be thankful for that they would have a renewed sense of Your presence, Your peace and Your joy during this holiday season. I pray they would be reminded of Your faithfulness in times past and that they would begin to hope again in Your goodness, knowing that Your Word says in 3 John 2 that Your desire is for them to be well—in spirit, mind and body.
            I give all honor, glory and blessing to You and I say a heartfelt thank you for all You mean in our lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Natural Born Peace Makers

And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LordGod among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” – Genesis 3:8-10

Like most marriages, my husband and I complement one another in different ways. While he is forgetful, I am usually mindful. While he is systematic, I tend to be unstructured. We’ve come to recognize the ways in which we balance each other out and make up for each other’s lack. There is, however, one area in which we are the same. We are both avoiders.

As natural-born peacemakers, we avoid conflict at all cost. In fact, we’d rather get a root canal than have a tough conversation! It takes a lot of push-come-to-shove for us to actually address something that’s bothering us. For example, if one of us is overspending, we’ll wait until we see a dip in our savings before mentioning it. If there is a recurring issue with intimacy, we’ll ignore it or joke about it, in hopes it will change on its own. Both of us struggle to address anything that is even the slightest bit uncomfortable.

It reminds me of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, who ate the forbidden fruit and suddenly realized they were naked. Instead of confronting their sin, and coming clean before God, they covered themselves and hid. Avoidance seemed easier to them than addressing what they had done.

But God…

In His sovereignty, God called Adam and Eve to come clean about their actions. And, He didn’t start out with a lecture, He started out with the simple question, “Where are you?”

That’s exactly how we can (and should) handle issues in marriage. We should have the perspective that our marriage is too important to allow things to fracture our relationship. Avoiding sin issues doesn’t cause them to disappear on their own. Instead, they tend to grow into larger issues that are damaging and divisive.CONTINUE READING →

Because the Lord’s fellowship with His beloved had been broken, He didn’t waste any time confronting the issue. They were too important to Him to avoid the truth and allow them to hide in their sin.

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Online VersionHappy Thanksgiving!On behalf of the Hagee Family and our entire ministry team, we wish you and those you love a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving.

As you sit around the table with friends and family, I want to encourage you to take a few minutes to reflect on all you have to be thankful for. Be sure to express your appreciation to those you love, and most of all give thanks to the Lord for His unconditional love and His blessings throughout this past year.

We are so thankful that you are part of our ministry family. Thank you for your consistent prayers and faithful support. You are making it possible for us to share the unconditional love of Jesus with a world that is desperately in need of our Savior.

As we approach the beginning of a new year, it is your generosity that helps us prepare for all that God has called us to do and ensures that the Gospel will be proclaimed to future generations.

We pray for you every day and hope that this holiday is filled with love and great memories. God Bless you and Happy Thanksgiving!

A big meal isn’t the only thing to prepare. If you’re anxious about what might come up at the dinner table, take this opportunity to prepare your heart as well.

Here are 4 practical ways to keep your words and actions rooted in Scripture:
❧ Pray Beforehand
Ask God to give you wisdom, grace and patience if tense moments arise, or while interacting with difficult family members.

❧ Prepare to Address Specific Topics
Consider what topics might be discussed, then invest some time searching the Bible and praying about how to respond.

❧ Listen First
If something upsetting comes up, your gut reaction may be to lash out, but God’s Word says be quick to listen and slow to speak.

❧ Respond With Love
Jesus commands His followers to love one another. How can you reflect Christ’s love to friends and family?Read MoreHappy Thanksgiving from our BGEA family to yours. We’re thankful for your prayers and ministry support.“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
—1 Thessalonians 5:16–18, ESV

Saying thank you can be a difficult thing to do. Doing so means admitting that you are in another’s debt. I am admitting that another individual did something for me. I am not all powerful, I need the help of others to survive. The reality is that the human race is interdependent. We cannot live life alone. We are constantly relying on each other for all kinds of resources, both physical and emotional. When I say thank you I am acknowledging that I have received something from another human being.

Holy Spirit

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. We have heard the phrase, “You are what you eat.” Consider what you consume and put into your body on a regular basis: do you think that you treat your body as a temple of the Holy Ghost? I know that I have been guilty of gluttony and have had issues with alcohol that I am not proud of. This life is a gift and we only have one shot. What a shame it is to waste our time and health on weaknesses of the flesh. Sadly, in these modern times, gluttony is literally a deadly sin.

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Don’t Give Up, From Richard Roberts!

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Laying hold of the promises of God

Have you been believing God for something that hasn’t yet come to pass? Sometimes, when the road is hard and the wait seems long, it’s possible to feel weary and consider giving up.

Be encouraged today—there is a reward for holding onto your faith. In fact, everything you are believing God for may be just on the other side of not giving up. As Galatians 6:9 says, “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” [NLT]
 
In times of discouragement, we need to remember that the promises of God are still a sure thing. Hebrews 10:35-36 says, “You were sure of yourselves then. It’s still a sure thing! But you need to stick it out, staying with God’s plan so you’ll be there for the promised completion”  [MSG]

If you need a second wind or a breath of fresh air to keep you going, you can find encouragement in God’s Word. Meditating on scripture in difficult seasons of waiting can strengthen your faith and give you hope. Romans 15:4 [AMP] tells us… For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope and overflow with confidence in His promises.”

God has not forgotten about His promises to you. Jeremiah 1:12 says, “…I am watching over my word to perform it.” [NRSV]

Don’t give up! The same God who showed up in times past is more than able to do it again. (Hebrews 13:8)

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He Is Always There! My Heavenly Father Through Jesus Name Amen!

November 21, 2021

When you feel like breaking down or crashing in,
Who do you turn to, to forgive your sin?
When you cried your lonely tears,
Who will be there to fight your fears?
And when it feels like no one would understand,
Who was there to hold your hand?

There are people whom you can’t replace,
They’re the ones who gave you your face.
They’ll love you through thick and thin,
They show you the light from deep within.
And if by chance you happen to die,
They’ll be the ones who will really cry.

You see, my friend, there’s no one who can love you more
Than your very own parents, that’s for sure.
Always remember this is true,
That wherever you go, your parent will be there for you.

In Sight

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“Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves.”

—Matthew 14:24

A while back I heard a minister say, “Chaos is never the evidence of God’s absence; it’s the arena in which He moves.”

When we’re surrounded by chaos, we might think that God is absent when He really isn’t. In Matthew 14 we read of a time when the disciples found themselves in the midst of chaos as they battled a storm on the Sea of Galilee. Worse yet, Jesus was nowhere in sight.

Commenting on the same story, Mark 6:48 gives us this detail: “He [Jesus] saw that they were in serious trouble, rowing hard and struggling against the wind and waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water” (NLT).

Although the disciples lost sight of Jesus, He never lost sight of them. And He came to them, walking on water. Jesus will come to us in our storms as well.

Jesus, being God, can do whatever He wants. He could have flown in. But Jesus walked among us as a man. He walked in our shoes, lived our life, and died our death. And He came to the disciples on the waves to show them that the things they feared—the wind and the sea—merely were a staircase for Him to come to them.

The disciples, however, didn’t know it was Jesus who was coming toward them. Matthew’s gospel tells us that when they “saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, ‘It’s a ghost!’” (14:26 NLT).

Why didn’t they know it was Jesus? It’s because they weren’t looking for him. A lot of times we miss Jesus not because He’s absent, but because we’re not looking for Him.

You’re not alone in your storm. Jesus is with you. He’s watching you, not impassively but with great interest and great concern.

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