From January 4, 2012
Speaker: Adm. Asst. Marvin Sanders, Pastor
Scriptural Reference: Acts 4:24-31
In our Christian walk, we will be required to make a stand for Christ. Doing so, we can expect to receive opposition that will cause us pain and suffering. Yet, we must know that God is able to bring us out. Sometimes, it seems that the situation gets worse before it gets better, but know God is at work. The Enemy would like to hinder our praise and silence our testimony, but don’t let him do it! We need to make up our minds to go with Jesus all the way, to never turn back no matter what adversities we encounter. When we are going through hard times and we find ourselves becoming tired and weak, let us find our way to the house of the Lord where we can find the power of God. We must not get discouraged. Let us turn to God in prayer so that He can strength and refresh us.
- Revival: “Clear the Channel” (shilohtemplecogic.wordpress.com)
Quote from Adm. Asst. Marvin Sanders, Pastor of Shiloh Temple COGIC on January 3, 2013 – Night #2 of our revival.
Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God. (Acts 3:6-8)
“God will work a miracle upon request. Look at what happened when he stretched out his hand and began to lift him up. No doubt it started as a hard pull but [then] …his muscles began to fill strength. And this man felt something he’d never felt in his life. He felt his legs begin to respond and he felt his legs begin to stand as he was being pulled. And as he was being pulled, he realized, “hey, I’m standing up.” He stood up and began to leap…He realized something wonderful had happened. Something great had happened… That’s what we need sometimes in our lives: sometimes we need a miracle. Sometimes we need something wonderful. Sometimes we need something great that will turn our lives around and alter our course. It only takes one great thing to altar our whole course of life and give us a new outlook. One great experience with God will re-focus us for the duration of our lives. One miracle from God can breed success in our lives for the rest of our lives. This man stood up that one time and was able to walk until he died… Sometimes we need that one touch from God that will turn us around from now on…”
- Miracles (araparisien.wordpress.com)
We began our annual revival last night and heard words of edification from our Pastor. Here is a quote from last night’s service. Pastor Marvin Sanders taught from Psalm 51: 1-8
“This is a Psalm of David and David is praying for remission of sins. And he is praying for sanctification and cleanliness because David had committed a sin against God. And the sin he had committed left him outside of the will of God. So many times, we can find ourselves in a position where we are outside of the will of God. But in this modern-day error of the church, we can move outside the will of God and [continue] performing and [working in the church] … They just kind of sweep it under the rug and say ‘I still am who I said I am’…Whenever you get caught in a situation where you are not doing the right thing, you need to stop and get it straight so that God can bless through you. I learned a long time ago that you have to keep a clear channel for God to bless through you… Sometimes, we can be involved in things that are not even sin, but they are the things that hinder us from doing the will of God. So then , we must keep a clear channel to be able to do the will of God. Somethings are not sin, but some things are not expedient. Some things are just not good to participate in because it hinders you from doing the will of the Lord. But whatever it is, we’ve got to make ourselves ready to do God’s will because that is our purpose and assignment here in the earth: to do God’s will. Everything else is secondary.”
- Create In Me (theworshipeffect.wordpress.com)
- I Will Restore To You (pttyann2.wordpress.com)
- Why Should I Repent? (christianitymatters.com)
- What is Repentance? (gilreathpreachersonline.com)
- What is Does it Mean to Repent? (christianitymatters.com)
- Restored and Refreshed by God (todaysfreshmanna.wordpress.com)
“As for what was sown on thin (rocky) soil, this is he who hears the Word and at once welcomes and accepts it with joy; yet it has no real root in him, but is temporary (inconstant, [a]lasts but a little while); and when affliction or trouble or persecution comes on account of the Word, at once he is caused to stumble [he is repelled and begins to distrust and desert Him Whom he ought to trust and obey] and he falls away.” (Matthew 13:20-21)
We live in an age where the Word of God is readily available at any given time or any given place. Yet, there remains a questions: Are we listening and retaining the Word that we hear? How can we know if we are retaining the Word of God? If we have received the Word within our hearts, then we have grasped, understood, and allowed the Word of God to take root in our hearts.
The only way we can be sure that have retained the Word is for us to experience the fires of tribulation, affliction, and/or persecution. The way respond to these trials indicates whether we have retained the word of God. Sometimes, when we experience hardships, we respond with doubt and unbelief. We question God: “Where are You, Lord?” “Why have you allowed this?” Sometimes we become offended with God. This response does not show that we have retain the Word. Sadly, some walk away from God concluding that He is not trustworthy or faithful to His Word. God forbid that we should think such things!
Let us study the Word of God and learn to apply it so that we do not fall away in unbelief as some have done. Remember His Word. Respond correctly: “He promised to never leave me or forsake me,” “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but He promised to deliver me from them all,” “This will work together for my good as long as I continue to love and trust Him and seek His will for my life,” and “He told me to endure hardships as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” You can make it. You can pass this test. All things are possible to him who believes and You can accomplish all things through Jesus.
2012 was a dynamic year for our blog. We would like to say a special “thank you” to all of you who visit, share, and follow our blog. Here’s an overview of what we accomplished in 2012. We couldn’t have done it without you! We only ask that you continue to help us grow in 2013. May God’s many blessings find you and overtake you in 2013.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 3 years to get that many views.
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God bless you and Happy New Year to all of our readers! Here is the theme for the Church of God and Christ per our international bishop, Bishop Charles E. Blake.