Don’t Quit – Getting past criticism and your past.

As I was driving today from Nebraska to southwest Kansas and listening to some of the newer worship music out of Bethel Church in Redding, I was thinking about several things.

I had a good friend who was running for US Congress this week and he did not win, and in fact was beaten by a very narrow margin.  He worked hard and I know he must be disappointed, perhaps even discouraged.   He is a godly man with great integrity and a fine track record in politics and realms of service to the general population.  Yet I know that discouragement can easily sneak in when we have worked hard and things don’t go as we had planned.

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Awesome Extreme Make Over without Sears or ABC

A couple of years ago an African American Pastor Friend of mine invited me to his home.  He and his wife showed me around their home.  They live in a lower income area of North Omaha.  The home had a lot of problems including carpet squares covering holes in the floor carpet and broken light fixtures, and broken plumbing fixtures, ceiling fans with one paddle, a couple of cracked and broken windows, lots of heat loss through poor insulated doors and windows, some kitchen cabinet doors hanging by one hinge, and their bedroom was in a very cold basement with one heating vent – on cold tile floor, with no closet for clothes and no bathroom.  They have five children at home and were in the process of adopting a young extended family member.  They had lived this way for over two years and due to financial constraints, were unable to fix anything, and so they had stopped having people over other then family.  They asked me if I could help them.

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Beginning of the Work Week

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Okay  – while I am writing this late Sunday night, and its almost midnight.  I am believing that most of you will read it on Monday and I am writing to encourage you as you start this work week.  I know some of you are in a tough situation.  Or maybe you have a tough work environment this week.  Or you have a lot of extra work this week that is staring you in the face.
So as I went to write this, I asked the Lord for scripture and He took me to Psalm 13.

Prayer for the Week

Father in the name of Jesus, I ask you to bless and encourage my Email friends today.  I pray that each one will develop new levels of relationships with you that enable trust to be established, love to abound, hope to flourish, and any healing and provision that is needed to manifest.  I ask that extra angels be sent to those who need immediate help and that your Word, that my friends are standing and agreeing on will not return void, but will accomplish that to which you have sent it.
 
I ask that each need be dealt with today in a way that everyone who reads this prayer out loud will see some change, and transformation in their circumstances, the demonstrates and shows that something good is happening and that you are moving and working in their lives so that faith begins to rise to the surface in a way that promotes life and godliness, that will sustain courage for the battle and help each person identify and establish You as the source of their life and the completeness that they may need that is available to them bringing the answers from heaven to earth.
 
Lord I ask that you increase people’s finances, and influence for Kingdom purposes, and that healing becomes natural for them, rather than the exception.  I pray for peace to abound in all relationships, especially those with family and business partners, and church members that is currently strained.  I pray that a spirit of understanding will prevail for each person reading this prayer and that forgiveness will easily flow.  May the comforter who is the Holy Spirit come and be a part of each person demonstrating your goodness, your care and your companionship in a strong and personal way.
 
I pray against loneliness and fear and ask that perfect love which casts out all fear, blend together with their faith to make a difference.  I pray that the Kingdom of God will be expanded in each person’s life today and that today will be a day that they access the power of God to actually make a difference in someone else’s life, and that people come to know Jesus through the actions of many who may read this or forward it to their friends.  I ask that each person be faithful to the gifts that they have been given, and that wisdom and discernment are downloaded in ways that only they would understand as being a direct impartation from our Heavenly Father.  I pray for each person reading this now that they will stop and thank you for the many blessings that they already have received and enjoy, and that a spirit of thankfulness will permeate their lives in a consistent, profound and encouraging way. 
 
And finally I pray for a fresh anointing in every area of ministry, and that the anointing of the Holy Spirit will enable them to do things that they previously thought were impossible, recognizing that you are the God of impossibilities, and the God who indeed loves us with an unending love.  May this day be filled with joy, power, strength, might and may each person only do what they see the Father doing, and then move out in confidence and with courage and bless others in the process too.
 
In the powerful name of Jesus Christ
 
Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

Ministry of Cheerfulness: March 8

What a wonderful day.  Begin to plan right now  how you might encourage and cheer up one person today to help them have a wonderful day too.  Look for ways to bless, honor, be kind, demonstrate love, show compassion, give, help, assist, promote, share, smile, and just change the atmosphere for someone or some group and in doing so, you will be blessed back in amazing ways.  You’ll see. 
  • “Therefore, let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.”  Romans 14:19..
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Words of Knowledge – Praise God for His Faithfulness

. Glory Christian Center, Omaha – The Worship Leader and his wife approached me for prayer stating that they had been trying to have children for five years – I prayed over them in January and told them that they would have a child before Christmas – I was invited back to this church the next year in March and they introduced me to their daughter “Joy” who was born on Dec 23.

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Wow! – Let me say it backwards – Wow!

WOW – Its going to be a great week, in fact let me say it backwards – WOW

 Ministry is so much fun.  I get to see people come to Jesus, get discipled, mature in their faith, catch a vision, begin to minister and report back to me how God used me to help them in their walk with Jesus.  I’m having a great time. Continue reading