April 24, 2010

Affirming Words 4/24/10-"Receiving Guidance From God" Part 3 of 3

A sermon by Pastor Sherry Phillips from Raging Fire Ministries in Bluefield, WV:

Encouraging Music 4/24/10 "Lead Me to the Cross" by The Ascent

Just For Fun 4/24/10- Can Has Cheezburger

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Encouraging Words 4/24/10 The Only One Who Ever Chose to Die

From:  Love Worth Finding

“I am the Good Shepherd: the Good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep.” John 10:11

Did you know that there has only been one person who ever chose to die? Only one.

"Oh," you say, "Suicide pilots choose to die. Other people choose to die. People who die by their own hand choose to die. People who give themselves for others choose to die."

But really no one has ever chosen to die except Jesus. Why? Because He was the only One who didn’t have to die. Some people may choose to die a little sooner, but nobody has ever truly chosen to die except for One — Jesus.

It wasn’t nails that held Him to the tree. It was the silver cords of love and the golden bonds of redemption that held Jesus Christ to that cross.

The fact that no one has ever chosen to die but Jesus, may be a new concept to you. If so, it’s probably new to someone else as well. Share it with someone today!

April 23, 2010

Affirming Words 4/23/10-"Receiving Guidance From God" Part 2 of 3

A sermon by Pastor Sherry Phillips from Raging Fire Ministries in Bluefield, WV:

Encouraging Music 4/23/10 "I Am A New Creation" by Sarah Sadler

Matthew 25 Resource 4/23/10-Spectrum Youth and Family Services (Burlington, VT)

We have the unique capacity to support and help young people address factors that can interfere with their transition to adulthood such as mental health, physical health, joblessness, and substance abuse. Youth have access to our emergency shelter, long-term residential program, mental health and substance abuse counseling, educational services and an employment program, and much more.

Young people whose lives are unimaginably unstable and traumatic, but who manage to show up at our door day after day, continually inspire us.

"Can you imagine not having someone who cares about you, your well being and if you go to bed fed and warm each night? Because of Spectrum, hundreds of forgotten and in need teens now have people who truly care and are given the tools that they need to make their own futures bright! We think Spectrum’s 'making good' and are proud to support their efforts."         
- Nicole Ravlin, Partner, PMG Public Relations

Encouraging Words 4/23/10 The Enduring Beauty of the Word of God

From:  Love Worth Finding

“For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the Word of the Lord endureth for ever.” 1 Peter 1:24-25

The Bible is the incontestable, incorruptible, indestructible, and indispensable Word of God.

•No one can argue with it.

•Nothing can corrupt it.

•Nothing can destroy it.

•Nothing can replace it as the source and wellspring of life.

The late Dr. Robert G. Lee, a great preacher of the last generation, had this to say about the Bible:

"All of its enemies have not torn one hole in its holy vesture, or stolen one flower from its wonderful garden, nor diluted one honey from its abundant hive, nor broken one string of its thousand-stringed harp, nor drowned one sweet word in infidel ink."

Today, tell God how much your life has changed because of His Word. Meet together with a group of friends or your family and discuss the ways God has ministered to you through His Word.

April 22, 2010

Affirming Words 4/22/10-"Receiving Guidance From God" Part 1 of 3

A sermon by Pastor Sherry Phillips from Raging Fire Ministries in Bluefield, WV:

Encouraging Music 4/22/10 "My Deliverer" by Rich Mullins

LGBT Helping Hands 4/22/10-Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative

The Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of lesbians and other members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer community through education, advocacy, support and access to care.

Click here to find out more.

Encouraging Words 4/22/10 Experience the Abundant Life

From:  Love Worth Finding

“I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

Do you know what is wrong with many of us? We are trying to get out of trouble rather than get into righteousness. We are so focused on the defensive side of Christianity that we forget about offensive, positive approach.
•Wouldn’t you like to get up and stay up?

•Wouldn’t you like to experience the abundant life our Lord talks about?

Jesus came to give us eternal life. He came to give us the abundant life. We need to do like the old song says, and “Accentuate the positive. Eliminate the negative.”

April 21, 2010

Encouraging Music 4/21/10 "The Battle Belongs to the Lord" by Petra

Encouraging Music 4/20/10 "Lion of Judah" by Robin Mark

Encouraging Words 4/21/10 More Blessed to Give Than to Receive

From:  Love Worth Finding

“...remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35

Unhappiness comes from mirrors. Happiness comes from windows. If you want to be miserable, then think about yourself first...
•what you want,

•what people are saying about you,

•what you ought to have done for you,

•how down you feel,

•how good you feel.

Just focus on yourself. Feeling good yet? If you are, then something is wrong. Selfishness and happiness just don’t go hand in hand.

If you’re thinking it is better to receive than to give, then you’ll never be happy. You’ll never experience the blessing of giving that Jesus taught.

Hold out your hand and make a fist for at least one minute. Now, relax. Which feels better — the clinched fist or the relaxed and flexible hand?

Imagine that your spirit is tight like that fist and think of how severely that can quench His work in your life. Now relax and submit your spirit to the One who truly blesses.

Encouraging Words 4/20/10 Determining Your Course of Action

From:  Love Worth Finding

“My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.” Psalm 57:7

When I was in college, I kept a motto on my desk that said, “He who would not fall down ought not to walk in slippery places.”

•Keep yourself clean.

•Keep yourself pure.

•Watch what you set before your eyes.

There needs to be discipline. Job said, “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look upon a maid” (Job 31:1). If we are to have a walk of purity in obedience to God, we must determine ahead of time what our course of action will be.

One big decision will take care of a lot of little ones.

Are you going on a trip alone any time soon? If so, make the decision right now to keep your walk pure and holy for God’s glory.

Affirming Words 4/21/10-"How Can I Be Sure God Loves Me Too?" Part 3 of 3

A sermon from Soulforce founder Mel White:

Affirming Resource 4/21/10-New Hope First Community Church, Boynton Beach, FL

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16-17)
Following the call of Christ to "Love one another, as I have loved you" (John 15:12), we welcome everyone regardless of race, gender identification, sexual orientation, marital or divorce status or any other category used by people and churches in a divisive way. There are no barriers for all that seek Christ with a true heart.  Whether you have been divorced or remarried, are straight,gay, lesbian or transgender you are  welcomed here. Likewise, our clergy can be male or female, gay or straight, celibate or coupled. All baptized Christians are welcome at Holy Communion.

New Hope offers a special welcome for those who have been made to feel unwelcome or rejected by other churches. We trust you will spend a few minutes here getting to know us. Better yet, we pray you will join us for one of our services or activities and give us a chance to get to know you a little better.

Click here to find out more.

April 20, 2010

Affirming Words 4/20/10-"How Can I Be Sure God Loves Me Too?" Part 2 of 3

A sermon by Soulforce founder Mel White:

Matthew 25 Resource 4/20/10-Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin (Madison)

Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, a private, nonprofit organization, distributes food to more than 400 charitable programs that feed the hungry in 16 southwestern Wisconsin counties. Through food and fund donations from corporations, organizations, businesses, foundations and individuals, the Foodbank is able to distribute food to charitable shelters, food pantries and meal sites.

OUR MISSION:  To feed the hungry in southwestern Wisconsin by acquiring food and related products and distributing them to nonprofit organizations; to provide these programs with appropriate assistance; to act as a resource for information related to fighting hunger; and to develop partnerships with others who work on hunger issues. 

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April 19, 2010

Affirming Words 4/19/10-"How Can I Be Sure God Loves Me Too?" Part 1 of 3

A sermon from Soulforce founder Mel White:

Encouraging Music 4/19/10 "Awesome God" by Michael W. Smith

LGBT Helping Hands 4/19/10-Rainbow Center (Tacoma, WA)

The Rainbow Center's mission is to eliminate discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity by providing education, resources, information and opportunities for empowerment to individuals and organization with the south Puget Sound area. We find our activities falling into three general categories.

* Educate - to provide information to all individuals and groups about the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersexed, Questioning/Queer and Allied individuals community in an effort to eliminate harmful stereotypes
* Advocate - to ensure that Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersexed, Questioning/Queer and Allied individuals receive the same basic human rights as all other citizens of pierce County, the State of Washington and the United States.
* Celebrate - to acknowledge pride in who we are as valuable creative members of a diverse population in this county, state, and country.

Encouraging Words 4/19/10 Procrastination is a Sin

From:  Love Worth Finding

“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” James 4:17

Are you one of those people who believes, “Put off until tomorrow what you could be doing today”? This is one of those times when the fingers pointing back at me outnumber the one that’s pointing to you! What am I talking about? Procrastination.

Did you know that procrastination is a sin? I say that because sin is not merely doing wrong, it is failing to do what you ought to do. Procrastination and disobedience are just different shades of the same sin.

I heard a quote once that said it well:

When you have a job to do, begin this very hour. You supply the will, God supplies the power.

That is the will power we need to instantly obey!

Has a certain task been hounding you? Confess your procrastination as sin. And act now; don’t hesitate.

•Yesterday is gone.

•Tomorrow may never come.

•Today is the day!