By: Ryan Dempsey
We as Christians should watch what we do and say because we never know who is watching. If a nonbeliever, we may turn them away from the Lord and as Christians we are supposed to love and be the salt and light like Matthew 5 13-16 says “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is them good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. (14) you are the light of the world. a city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. (15) nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. (16) let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven." God's Word gives instructions to every believer about how to carry ourselves.
In Paul's writing to the church at Ephesus we read that husbands are to love their wives as Christ loves the church and wives are to submit to their husbands as unto the Lord (Ephesians 5:22 & 25)
Children are to honor & obey their parents (Ephesians 6:1), fathers are not to provoke their children to wrath and parents are told to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. All throughout scripture we are reminded to love our enemies, not to seek revenge, turn the other cheek, go the extra mile and give to those in need without expecting anything in return. Matthew 7:12 says, "Therefore all things whatsoever ye that men would do to you, do ye even so to them"
As followers of Christ, our ultimate goal at the end of our life is to stand before God one day and hear him say "Well done thou good and faithful servant." But can we be confident that He says "well done" thing at the end of the day? Have we acted in ways that please Him? Have we lived out our life before the world so that they too may want to know Him?
By: Harley Buchtel
We are living in a time of fear of what is happening in the world Read the word of God, Faith cometh by hearing and
hearing by the word of God Isaiah26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee because he trusteth in thee.” We have to stay focused on
Jesus Christ and plead the blood of Jesus Christ over our family members. There is more fear than faith in the world today. When the disciples asked Jesus what are the signs of his
coming. Luke 21:28 “Lift up your heads your redemption draweth nigh at hand” He told us to look up not down."
When Peter walked on the water as long as he stayed focused on Jesus Christ he walked on the water. But when he took his eyes off Jesus and looked at circumstances he began to sink. He cried out for Jesus and Jesus took him back to the boat.
So many times, we look at the negative. There is no power in the negative wire
The current flows from the positive side. Have faith in God and read the word of God to stay positive
By: Faye Palmer
WE ARE GOING THROUGH, Isaiah 43:1- God says "Fear not I have redeemed you I have called you by name. When
you pass THROUGH the waters I will be there, THROUGH the rivers they will not overflow you, when you walk THROUGH the fire you shall not be burned, neither shall the flame kindle upon you."
Psalm 23:4 Also "when you walk THROUGH the valley of the shadow of death you will fear no evil. The key word is THROUGH, keep walking."
Keep speaking the WORD. Keep praising and worshipping. God will see you THROUGH. Pass THROUGH to the HOLY OF HOLIES. Abide under His Shadow Psalm 91
By: Michael Delay
How are you praying?
We have a perfect example of how to pray given to us in the Word by the Word Himself. He tells us in Matthew 6:9-13 the manner in which we should pray. We can all probably quote it but how much thought have you put into it? Here’s a quick little breakdown.
 (Our Father which art in heaven) “do you know that He wants a personal relationship with you?” (Hallowed by thy name) “we should reverence how pure and Holy God is. “
 (Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. ) “We need to be Kingdom minded and not worrying about the temporal things of this world. We should want His will to be done”
 (Give us this day our daily bread. ) “We need to ask Him to give us what we NEED everyday and shouldn’t hand Him a shopping list of wants He knows better than we do what we need.”
 (And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.) “We must repent and We must forgive to be forgiven, let it go!”
 (And lead us not into temptation, ) “ Don’t let us fall into traps help us to stay on the straight and narrow.” (but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.)
By: Barbara Hatmaker
The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.
Jeremiah 8:20 “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.” Some of the saddest things is we are called to be saved and that we are not.
Dr. Robert Oppenheimer noted physicist who masterminded the first atomic bomb, was asked by congress if there was
anything that could stop the atomic bomb. His reply was “yes, peace.” The Bible teaches us about the peacemaker it says were blessed when we plant seeds of peace, we will reap a harvest of goodness.
James 3:18 “And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.” All around us there are frightened, despairing, hurting and lonely people. They don’t know which way to go or
what to do. They need someone to speak a work of peace to them, do you have one?
If you want to experience a miracle of your own today, try planting a seed of encouragement in the heart of someone today who’s ready to give up. Speak peace to someone who’s family is torn apart because of sin, health issues financial problems. Anytime you plant seeds of peace you are looking for a harvest of hope, love, joy is the life of the person and in your life too
September 2022 By: Jeff Ross
Joy and Happiness
When we believe ultimate happiness is found in God, the we will shut out distractions and open His word. If we buy into the lie that happiness is to be found in wealth, beauty, fame or any number of endless pursuits, bedsides Christ we are doomed to unhappiness because we are pursuing the wrong things. When we believe that the ultimate happiness and joy are to be found only in God. Then we will for a time turn off all our screens. All text, social media, movies, and tv. Open up the word of God asking for His Holy Spirit to speak His joy and happiness into our lives.
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