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Think on These Things
Father, we pray this morning for memories that are sweet and joyful and putting behind those that are painful and challenging. We thank You for Your new mercies this morning which bring about hope as we release old emotions that are a hindrance to our journey.
Thank You for Your infinite love that comforts us during the times of adversity giving us strength to persevere. Thank You Father for creating us in Your image that we will always remember that we are Yours – precious children of the Most High, worthy of good for we are wondrously and fearfully made.
We are grateful for our Divine inheritance of love, prosperity, joy, hope, peace and healing. Thank You that past transgressions have no power over us and we claim the victory in Christ Jesus for we are more than conquerors through Him that first loved us. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Phil. 4:8
They remembered that God was their rock, the Most High God their redeemer.—Psalm 78:35
God Is A Restorer
There have been times in my life I felt like Humpty Dumpty; broken into so many pieces that I thought things would never get better because I looked at my situation in the natural. In essence, for a second, I took my focus off the Creator, the Author and Finisher of my faith, the Restorer of my soul.
Just as God restored Job, God will restore His people. Until then, we are to praise God in seasons of adversity for He is Able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.
Precious Father, thank You for the act of restoration. It is so amazing to know that when we are broken and wounded, You can put us back together. You can restore that which was lost and we can be found. You can restore our hurts and and we can be whole. You are the One Who can enable us to forgive. To show mercy. To bestow grace. You are the restorer of all things and for that we give You praise.
For anyone that is hurting at this time, we ask that You reach out Your restorative Hands and pour out a healing balm to their souls. Soothe their spirits. Calm their nerves. Bind up the weary and broken pieces and grant them renewal in a mighty way. Revive them. Restore them. Do a powerful work in their lives that only You can do. We give You all glory and honor and praise that is so due Your Name. In the mighty, powerful, saving name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen
He restoreth my soul.... " Psm. 23:3
"A Greater Reward"
As one year closes another begins, one life ends as a child is born, life is a circle that repeats its self throughout time until meet our Creator. This week's message: "Do You Not See Me???" ~ shares these scriptures: Psalm 8, Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 and Matthew 25:31-46. Will this be the year that the world recognizes the Creator of all things and stops the violence that threatens to shred the very fabric of our existence or will we allow fear, hate, anger and jealousy to control our lives separating us from the love of God?
Psalm 8 ~ Our God, how majestic is your Name in all the earth...When I behold your heavens, the work of your fingers, what is humanity that you should be mindful of us? You have made us barely less than God, Lord, Our God how majestic is your Name in all the earth!
Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 ~ There is a time for every season and for every purpose under heaven..God has made everything in harmony with the divine; yet although the Almight has imbued eternity in our soul, we are unable to grasp the totality of God's work from beginning to end.
Matthew 25:31-46 ~ At the appointed time the Promised One will come in glory, escorted by all the angels of heaven, and will sit upon the royal throne, with all the nations assembled below. The Promisded One will separate them as a shepherd divides sheep from the goats..."The ruler will say to those on the right, 'Come, you blessed of my Abba God! Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world! For I was hungry and you fed me; I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me; naked and you clothed me. I was ill and you comforted me, in prison and you came to visit me.' Every time you did this for the least of my sisters and brothers, you did it for me..."
For those who were unable to attend below is the Christmas Eve Service.