Sunday, January 13, 2013

2013 Challenge at South Brandon Worship Center

Following are notes from Pastor Len Harper at South Brandon Worship Center

Last Week’s Challenge

“Let the Lord Build Your House”
1) Pray or personal Spiritual Growth for 2013
2) Read all 4 Gospels ea. month for Next 3 months.
3) Pray for the lost and for our Church (South Brandon Worship Center) to Grow!
4) Meet once a Week for 1 month in a “House of Prayer.”
Mark 11:7=> Jesus said:  “My house will be called a House of Prayer for all nations!” See also Is. 56:7

This Week’s Challenge
1) Why Should We Pray?  “Because  You Need It!”
Luke 11:1 => After Jesus finished praying, one of His Disciples came to Him and said, “Lord, teach us to pray!”

John 15:5  => Jesus said “Apart from me you can do nothing”

2) How Should We Pray? “Humbly to Your Father!”
Luke 11:2 => Jesus said, “This is how you should pray: ‘Father!’”

3) What Should We Pray For? “His Kingdom & Will”
Luke 11:2 => “Hallowed be Your Name, Your Kingdom come!”

Acts 4:29-30 => Enable your servants to speak Your Word with great boldness.  Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders!” After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken.  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the Word of God boldly!”

4) What Else Should We Pray For?  “Pure Hearts”
Luke 11:3-4 => “Give us each day the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us!”

Luke 11:4 =>  “And don’t let us yield to temptation.”

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Verse of the Day via Jer. 17:7-8

But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
He will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”
                      - Jer. 17:7-8

If anyone reads Jeremiah, they will see that the book is kind of depressing.  Many passages contain warnings of bad things that are about to happen. Then the bad things happened - i.e., exile at the hands of the cruel Babylonians - and we have the book of Lamentations.  In the midst of those dire warnings, there are words of encouragement, such as those found in 17:7-8.  If you put your trust in the Lord, you will be blessed.  Although you are being taken out of your homes, you will be blessed.  Despite the cruelty of the Babylonians who have you, your friends and family in captivity, you will experience blessings.  The passage tells us that we may experience drought, but put your trust in the Lord and you will have no worries.  

What about today?  We worry about terrorism.  Mass shootings such as what we saw in Connecticut.  The federal government is trillions in debt and we are worried about what the leadership in Washington is going to do next.  What happens out there really does not matter, though we may talk about it a lot.  We should have no worries in the midst of these things and place our trust in the Lord. I am not against being like a tree planted by the water.

He Reached Out and Caught Him

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”   Matt. 14:31

We are like Peter because we gave great potential to display very little faith.

Still, by walking on water Peter did what few of us will ever accomplish.

Although we struggle and at times will doubt, the Lord is there.  Do you feel like your sinking?  Are you over your head?  He will reach ou and catch you.

He promises to be with us even if we walk through the valley of the shadow of death.  Indeed, he promises to be with us until the end of this age.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Healing From Fear and Shame by Prince Handley

Came across this blog post on receiving healing from fear and shame.  Here is an excerpt:

Fear is a spirit; therefore, you must speak to it. God is love and He is spirit. Love is stronger than fear. Perfect love casts out fear“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear has torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18)If you are afraid of someone, ask G-d to give you His love for them. You can bind fear in the name of Yeshua, and cast it away from you.
To read the post in its entirety, go here: Healing From Fear and Shame.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Verse of the Day via 1 Cor. 13:4

1 Cor.13:4 El amor es sufrido, es benigno; el amor no tiene envidia, el amor no es jactancioso, no se envanece; no hace nada indebido, no busca lo suyo, no se irrita, no guarda rencor;

4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self‑seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8Love never fails.