Statement of faith

2 Timothy 3:16-17 "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." (NIV)

"The Spirit of God uses the Word of God to make us like the Son of God. To become like Jesus, we must fill our lives with his Word.
- Warren

Monday, October 29, 2012

Quiet-Time Reflections

Week of: October 29, 2012                  
Sharing by: Pam Crawford

2 Chronicles 7:14 - “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.

Life’s Application Commentary:
In chapter 6, Solomon asked God to make provisions for the people when they sinned. God answered with four conditions for forgiveness. (1) Humble yourself by admitting your sins, (2) pray to God, asking for forgiveness, (3) seek God continually, and (4) turn from sinful behavior. True repentance is more than talk – it is a changed behavior. Whether we sin individually, as a group, or as a nation, following these steps will lead to forgiveness. God will answer our earnest prayers.

The following is a letter I sent to several of our local newspapers for the purpose of addressing the faith community concerning the upcoming election. We need not fear the outcome of this election; God is very much in control and November 7th will be no surprise to Him at all.

Psalm 75:7
“It is God alone who judges; he decides who will rise and who will fall.” (NLT)

State Of Moral Decay
By Pam Crawford

"It is very apparent that we are in a state of moral decay in America. With the on-going effort to redefine marriage and the increased push for Christians to accept and pay for things such as abortion and contraception, may I suggest that this is no time to be silent? The future of our children and our grandchildren is at stake this November. Do not be deceived faith community! This election is about more than the need for an economic turnaround and it's about more than losing government entitlements. This nation is in direct rebellion to the Creator and we should not be surprised if we get exactly what we deserve here in America should we continue to mock the Word of God. Believers you have an opportunity to have your voice heard. You have the opportunity to intercede in prayer; and when you cast your vote in November, cast it aligned to your moral convictions. May God Bless America and may He get us turned around to be the people we were created to be." 

Friends, I encourage you to hit your knees and pray without ceasing that God would not remove His hand of mercy and guidance upon our country. 

Let's Pray: Heavenly Father, we join our voices in asking you for undeserved favor on our land. We admit that we have been doing it our way for way too long and we have ignored your instructions for godly living. Father help us to repent of selfishness and empower us to live our lives as Jesus did, always looking out for others before self. It is our prayer that  the majority of Americans will consult you Father before heading to the ballot box. That they will not overlook your views on things such as marriage, abortion and the nation of Israel. It is our hope that when we awake on November 7th our leader will lead this great country back onto a path that strives for dignity, honor and respect. We pray our President will be a man who delights in consulting you before making decisions that will affect us and future generations. May he be a man that will not waiver from his personal convictions to people please. GOD help us should the majority chose wrong. In Jesus name we lift our petitions. Amen.   

In Christ by grace,

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Quiet-Time Reflections

Week of: October 21, 2012                     
Sharing by: Pam Crawford

Romans 15:2
"Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification." (KJV)

Have you ever thought about this "neighbor" thing? According to the article below, our closest neighbor is not necessarily the person who lives on either side of us. I must say I haven't put much thought into this before. Although this example is on how to please your husband, it can be used as a protocol to incorporate some basic fundamentals in any relationship. Let's think about this, and better yet, let's see how we can respond to it. Be blessed.

Fifteen Ways to Please Your Husband

by Barbara Rainey

Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification.
Romans 15:2

Who is your closest neighbor? Your husband. And how can you edify (build or improve) your husband and thereby enhance his self-worth, the way the verse above instructs? By discovering--and doing--what pleases him. Here are a few ideas:
  1. Write him a letter and send it to his office, or put a love note in his lunch box or his briefcase.
  2. Prepare his favorite meal.
  3. Arrange an evening out for just the two of you.
  4. Wear his favorite dress with your hair done the way he likes it.
  5. Purchase something small and frivolous for him that he won't buy himself.
  6. Give him a nicely framed picture of yourself, or of you and the children, for his office.
  7. Surprise him with a trip to do something he likes.
  8. Put the children to bed early and prepare a candlelight dinner.
  9. Do something that especially pleased him back when you were dating.
  10. Pray and read the Scriptures with him daily.
  11. Take walks together.
  12. Keep your junk out of the garage.
  13. Greet your husband warmly after work.
  14. Wear his favorite negligee, or buy a new nightgown to add sizzle to your evening attire.
  15. Clean out the car for him.
Sometimes the smallest gesture can make the biggest difference. Pick out something you haven't tried before. Don't give complacency a foothold in your marriage relationship.

Pray and determine not to give complacency a foothold in your relationships. 

Life's Application Commentary:
If we merely set out to please our neighbors, we will be people pleasers. Paul was opposed to that (see Galatians 1:10). We are to set aside willfulness and self-pleasing actions for the sake of building others up. Our Christian convictions must not be a disguise for coldhearted treatment of our brothers and sisters.

I would love to hear what has worked for you along the way.

In Christ by grace,

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Quiet-Time Reflections

Week of: October 15, 2012                
Sharing by: Connie Kovach

Rest (Part 2)

Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.  Psalm 127:1

The fall season just keeps on rolling in.  Yesterday, the wind was picking up and by last night the sound of the leaves moving on the trees was so loud, it kept waking me up.  Change does have its own sound, doesn't it?  It's kind of sounds like a cross between relief and uncertainty all wrapped up into one, maybe that's why it's so loud.  So as I lay in bed, I asked God to give me this next part on this journey.  So put your scarf on, were ready to move.

The lesson before was to "Be still" in all things.  As the Lord has led, I have been still.  I have been attempting to do this.  When I feel a prompting to want to fix things in the house, I began to stop and pray to be still.  "Lord, you know my heart.  Help me to just relax and not worry about this stuff that doesn't matter in the end."  Let me tell you, when you stop and pray, He is right there, waiting to help you.  That verse that we talked about last time "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" is exactly what I was doing.  Jesus said come, all of you who are tired, exhausted, overdoing it, busy, stressed, grieving, lost, all of you, and I will give you rest.

As I began this journey, a wrench in my peace showed up via our household finances.  Every time you turn the television on, the news is chirping about the turn around in the economy.  Well, it's not with anyone I know, so who the news is talking about, I have no idea.  Anyway,  the Lord was asking me to "be still" as I watched our balance bottom out, our lists grow, and my pride sink.  Sitting at the bottom of my self and all that we had worked so hard to be, my husband and I tried something different.  We prayed over them.

The verse that God has given me as been "unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain."  What does this have to do with finances, and how am I supposed to rest when I am so stressed out?  Once again God spoke "unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain."  I  began to see it, if we do not surrender these finances to God, the work, stress, balancing, and writing of bills will all be done in vain.  This means it will all be a waste of time.

So we surrendered our mistakes, our selfishness, our hard work, our everything to Him.  We asked Him for help.  Sound kind of crazy?  I guess if you still view God as "the big man upstairs" as I used to call him, I could see why.  He is right here next to me as I write.  He is right there next to you as you read, yep even if you don't believe in Him, He is still there.  Don't believe me?  Call on Him and ask if He is there.  Be forewarned though, your life will drastically change.   

Let's pray..."Lord, here we are again at Your feet.  I pray today for anyone who is reading that may be where we are.  Keep them positive Lord, don't allow the spirit of despair to come upon them.  With You God, all things are possible.  Financial peace begins with trusting You Lord to provide.  Please give them the courage to begin trusting and relying on You instead of their wants and needs.  Lord, if we look to You before every purchase, the stress seems to disappear.  Thank You Father for providing.  Thank You for helping us to stay on track.  Thank You for guiding us through this thing called life.  This all I lay before the feet of Jesus and in His name that we pray...Amen"

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Quiet-Time Reflections

Week of: October 1, 2012                                 
Guest writer: Connie Kovach

REST (part 1)
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Can you feel the change of seasons?  The once warm air seems to be turning a bit chillier every morning.  The trees are beginning to change color and are starting to remind me of the many puzzles I see in the stores.  The clouds even seem different to me.  I love fall!  It’s one of my two favorite seasons.  My husband and I chose to marry in the fall because it was so beautiful.  

Much like the weather, the seasons in my life seem to be changing just as rapidly.  With all of my children in school for the second year, I thought there would be more time to do whatever it is that I need to do.  That lasted about three days.  Before I knew it, my schedule was filled to the brim with responsibilities as well as some added fun.  The people pleasing in me, that God and I worked so hard to destroy, began to emerge.  I was beginning a downward spiral of anger and depression until God spoke the word “REST”.

Ok, that’s funny, I don’t know if I know what that word means.  I love to rest, don’t get me wrong, however, I thought it meant going to sleep at night.  Let’s face it, how many of us get a chance to rest?  I mean if you count wiping the bathroom down with Clorox wipes instead of the deep cleaning, I know what you are talking about.  Asking God how this is done, He answered with the verse Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know...”.  No what? He continued, “that I am God.  That I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted among the earth.”  I love that verse, don’t you?  It just has a comfort to take away any anxiety.  After about a minute, I replied to Him “yea but who’s gonna clean that counter?  How can I rest while the house looks like the apocalypse?”

I am so glad that God knows me.  He knows my idiosyncrasies.  He knows my sense of humor, after all, He gave me all those things.  So after a few days of me ignoring the call, a dear friend and I had a conversation that led to my need to rest.  Go figure, don’t you love it when God uses those around you to tell you what He already told you? :)  So I listened.  I began to list all that I do in a week.  I was dumbfounded to see the list of responsibilities that I had allowed myself to create.  

God made me to be the person I am.  I love people, I do.  I could stay up all night if people wanted to talk.  I love to encourage, laugh, do whatever I can to help.  The problem is, when your views of God are twisted just enough, you can use this gift to the extreme.  If you are prone to people pleasing, you know exactly what I mean.  This is where the enemy comes in.  His lies lead us to think we need to do anything and everything put before us or we may lose relationships.  He tells us that if we don’t we are not pleasing God.  He tells us that it’s not a big deal, why wouldn't we want to help a friend, are we really that selfish?  Wow it’s amazing what we allow ourselves to hear and believe.  John 8:44 says it well when it says “he has nothing to do with truth, because there is no truth in him,” it also says, “he is a liar and the father of lies”.

I began to pray to God “why would you make me like this if it is wrong?”  He reminded me of my journey through healing last year.  He reminded me of all the lessons we went through and twisted views, and putting peoples opinions and intentions above Him.  I realized that I went back to that child that was trying to create a world around me that didn’t exist.  I needed to go back to the basics.  I needed to start over.

I will continue on this journey as it unfolds.  As you walk with me, ask God to reveal to you where He is asking you to allow Him to change you.  If you rest and get quiet enough, He will speak to you!  I promise you that if you open His word, the message is right there for you.