Monthly Archives: December 2011

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From Despair to Hope

Attempting to fight off a recent disappointment, the Spirit of God dropped a song in my heart,

“Have thine own way, Lord, Have thine own way
       Thou art the potter, I am the clay
  Shape me and mold me, after thy will
  While I am waiting, yielded and still”

As I sang this hymn over and over again, I began to wonder, “who wrote this song and why?” As I began searching website after website, and reading the background of this hymn, I began to be encouraged as I understood the reason the Holy Spirit had dropped this song in my heart.

The hymn “Have Thine Own Way Lord” is a song borne out of a young woman’s despair and disappointment. Adelaide Pollard, author of the hymn, had just experienced a great setback in her life. She had a desire to go to Africa for missions work and had set plans in motion to go, but had to cancel at the last minute due to financial reasons. Her despair over her situation drove her to a prayer service at the house of the Lord, and “as she sat there the words of a prayer, often uttered by an old lady she knew, came into her thoughts: ‘It’s all right, Lord! It doesn’t matter what you bring into our lives; just have your own way with us!’

“In that moment, her burden was lifted as she bowed her head in submission to the will of God.” That night, as she meditated on Jeremiah 18:34, she wrote the hymn “Have Thine Own Way Lord.

“Adelaide Pollard had learned that even Christians can be self-centred, self-possessed and self-willed. Even when doing God’s work, like her planned trip to Africa, she had to be careful lest it be done in the wisdom and strength of self.,In God’s own time he allowed her to go to Africa…”


Hold On

Dear Brother or Sister in the Lord,

I just wanted to tell you to hold on a little bit longer. Things are hard and many of us are going through, but we serve a God is a faithful provider and a source of strength and encouragement. Whatever your situation may be… Don’t give up! Don’t turn around! God will provide a “ram in the thicket” for you and for me!

Again I say…. HOLD ON!!!

You need more…

Learning and observing the church… I’ve learned…that there is always this misnomer that floated in the church – that once you got in here, you were good to go. And even in our churches, some of our modern day preachers; they won’t come out and say “once in Christ, you’re never out,” but they’ll suggest.. that once you get in here, “it’s all good.” They’ll suggest that once you receive the right hand of fellowship and associate with the congregation, “its all good.”

But they won’t tell us that we have to maintain our lives. They won’t tell us that we have to serve maintenance by praying and fasting and meditating and consecrating and dedicating ourselves. They won’t tell is that we have to serve maintenance by simply coming to the house of.the Lord and the power of worship. But they let us do it the way we want to do it.

And if we want to trade service for a baseball game, it’s alright.if we want to trade service hour for fellowship, it’s alright. But whatever happened to coming into the presence of God with a broken heart? Whatever happened to those days?

Quotes from Administrative Assistant Marvin Sanders, Pastor of Shiloh Temple COGIC
Sunday, August 21, 2011

Praise and the Blessings of God

“…I look at one common denominator. And that common denominator is… that whenever we were praising God with all of our strength and with all of our might; whenever we were having fellowship with Him two and three times a week, God was blessing us. Every time we’d turn around, He was blessing us. But I discovered: the more we turn our back on Him, the less He blessed us. The more we walk away from Him, the less He comes to see about us. The more we digress from Him, the less He moves upon us. But its time to come back [to God].

Quotes from Administrative Assistant Marvin Sanders, Pastor of Shiloh Temple COGIC
Sunday, August 21, 2011

Don’t Fall Away

“…And now we’ve come to a point in our lives where we have gained so much. But that which we have is starting to slowly dwindle away. The Word of God is right – afterwhile it looks like… your bag starts to get a hole in it…

“When I look at the opportunities that were once plentiful; you could quit a job and go out and get another job in a matter of minutes… Now, you leave a job; you may not get another job for months on end. Opportunities were plentiful…

“But what has happened: we found ourselves getting caught up in the times. The Bible says in the last day there would be a great falling away in the church. But the thing is: the old saints used to say, “…son, the prophesy [doesn’t] have to be fulfilled in you.” In other words, you can keep what you have. You can still be blessed. You can still have things from God.”

Quotes from Administrative Assistant Marvin Sanders, Pastor of Shiloh Temple COGIC
Sunday, August 21, 2011

Step Out (Now Faith…)

I remember, as a kid, going to the skating rink with my family. I remember how scared I used to be to get on the floor. I was always afraid that I would fall. The first time around the rink would be a little wobbly, but by the second time around, I had gotten a handle of things. After a few times around, I would be able to practice a few moves, spin a few times, even do the “crazy leg.” Those were good times…

This is what it is like when we “step out” on faith. We may be afraid at first and even a little wobbly, but the longer we “stick with it,” the stronger we’ll be. This Christian walk is a faith walk. And our faith is ineffective if we do not have works of obedience to follow. What is God telling you to do today? At some point we must stop allowing fear to determine our actions and allow faith to become a driving force in our lives. So, I challenge you today: step out… You’ll be glad you did!

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