Monthly Archives: April 2012

Thinking of You


Psalm 115:12-13 AMP

“The Lord has been mindful of us, He will bless us: He bless the house of Israel, He will bless the house of Aaron [the priesthood],  He will bless those who reverently  and worshipfully fear the Lord, both small and great.” (Psalm 115:12-13 AMP)

It’s Sweet Psalm Monday once again! Today we offer words of encouragement from Psalm 115, specifically on the first portion of verse 12: The Lord has been mindful of us…

What an amazing thought that God is mindful of you and me! This world we live in is a cold world. Sometimes we may feel as if no one cares about us. We may feel isolated and alone. But it is a comforting thought to know that God cares about us. He is involved in the affairs of this world, but He takes time to come and see about us. He knows the number of hairs on our heads. He knows the exact number of tears that have fallen from our eyes. He knows the deep, dark thoughts that we are afraid to share with others. He cares and He is never too busy to hear the prayers of His children.

There are few people with whom we can be open and vulnerable, but we always have the opportunity to have such a fellowship with our Creator. So, I encourage you today: whatever you feel or think or may experience in life, talk openly and honestly about it to God. He cares.


From the Red Crusade Weekend: Prisoner of War


The following is a video of an inspiration talk from one of Shiloh’s daughters. This video is from our Soldier’s Night Service which celebrated the opening of our Red Crusade Weekend. In the video, she talks about being a prisoner of war and playing on the devil’s territory and the repercussions that it has on the believer.

No matter how bound you are, Jesus is yet able to deliver you and restore you. You don’t have to be a prisoner of war.



This was a very profound post that should be read by any and all believers in Christ.

I like to share my thoughts on this and hopefully this will encourage others as they go through daily struggles trying to live in this world. We as a society has gotten so used to living a certain way in our lives, that It’s hard for a lot of us to forget our past.

When a sudden change happens in our lives and all we had planned and looked to the future to do is suddenly snatched from under us, we ask ourselves why????

We try to go on with our lives, but somehow thoughts of our past get in the mix. These thoughts can be from someone hurting us or not loving us. These thoughts can be of regret about how we should have lived our lives. These thoughts can also be happy thoughts of the good times we had in the past and trying to relive what we…

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Being Thankful Minimizes Your Problems


No matter how bad my day is going or what’s happening in my life, there is one song that always pulls me out of the dumps: “Thank You” by Mary Mary.

The whole premise of the song reminds me that life could be much worse. In spite of it all, God has been good to me. If I can find something for which I can tell God “thank you,” I will feel better. I begin my worship by first telling God, “Thank You for my life.” And then, I begin to thank Him for my friends and family and my job and my church. This causes me to reflect on the things I have experienced since I began my walk with Christ over seven years ago. I remember the trials and hardships He has faithfully brought me through. I thank Him for His faithfulness at times when my faithfulness was lacking.

Then, I begin to reflect upon my life before Christ and the many things that God has spared me from: tragedies that did not come my way, relationships that ended, bad decisions that were covered by His mercy.Soon, tears of gratitude begin to flow and appreciation wells up in my heart and my love for God takes over and then… my problems don’t seem to be so big anymore.

As Mary Mary sings,

I want to thank you for your love
I want to thank you for your power
I want to thank you for protection
Every hour
Thank you Lord

Below is a video from YouTube of one of Shiloh’s daughters singing “Thank You” as a sermonic solo. Hope you enjoy! And always remember: Be thankful.


Sermon Series: The Revelation of Jesus Christ


This past Sunday, our Pastor announced that over the next couple of Sundays, he will be preaching from the Book of Revelation. This past Sunday, he preached a message from Revelation Chapter 4 entitled, “Washed in the Blood.”

We look forward to all the Lord will speak to us through our blessed and anointed leader, Administrative Assistant Marvin Sanders! Updates to follow.

Be blessed.


Trusting in God During Trials


 

Under the Winds of the Lord Almighty

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in you and in the shadow of your wings, I will make my refuge; Until these calamities have passed by. (Psalm 57:1)

Where do you seek refuge when hard times come? According the 1828 Webster’s Dictionary, refuge is defined as “a strong hold which protects by its strength, or a sanctuary which secures safety by its sacredness; any place inaccessible to an enemy.”

In this life, we can be confident that we will experiences hardships that cause us to feel misery. We are sure to find ourselves in some type of misfortune. It may be related to our health, finances, relationships, etc. Either way, we are sure to experience trials. In our trials, where or to whom will we turn? How will we seek a sense of relief from our pain?

Someone once told me, “When you expect people to be there for you, they won’t be.” The Bible affirms this truth in Psalm 146:3, “Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.” and, again, in Psalm 118:8 “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.” Instead, we must be sure that we seek God first when trouble comes. When your heart is broken, trust God. When the pain won’t end, trust God. When you don’t have a shoulder to cry on, trust God. When your world flips upside down, trust God. When you are in need and there is no help in sight, trust God.

Trust God. He will never fail you.

 


The Woman of Sumaria: Breaking Down the Barrier


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John 4:7-15, 23-26,28-30

A few words on the Sunday School Lesson Aim:

That you, through Jesus encounter with the Samaritan woman, will learn to love people who are different.

The thing that I find most intriguing about this week’s lesson is the fact that Jesus knowingly engaged in fellowship with a woman of ill-reputation. He did not allow her past,  her current situation, or her nationality to interfere with His mission – which was to bring the Gospel to the people of Samaria. Jesus tore down the walls of separation because He understood that all men are lost and in need of a Savior.

Always remember: the Gospel and the Savior that it points to is larger than race, sex, denomination, political preference, etc. It is available to all and for all – no exceptions.

Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them. ( Hebrews 7:25)


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