A Revelation of Love

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Love is flowing to me.
Love is flowing in me.
Love is flowing through me.
Love is flowing from me.
God is Love.

I am loved!
I need love!
I need to give love!
I need to show love!
God is Love.


“We love Him, because He first loved us” -1 John 4:19

After Easter!

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a resurrection revelation

After the resurrection is Pentecost!
Read the Book of Acts.

In hearts, homes, fields, chapels, churches & crowds great or small, may Jesus Christ be the Lord of us all.

Happy Easter to one & all,
saints, sinners, congregations &
pastors the same,

After Easter comes Pentecost & we must all be born again in Jesus’ name.

He is risen!

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Hope Is Rising!

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1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

1 Cor 15:1-4

Hope was raised up on a cross for us. Hope died for us. Hope was buried for us. Hope rose again on the third day for us. Hope is alive! Hope has a name. His name is Jesus! Jesus Christ is our Hope (Matthew 2:21-23; 26-28; Acts 4:12).

We can repent of our sins. Hope! We can be baptized in Jesus’ name to wash all our sins away. Hope! We can be filled with the Holy Spirit. Hope! We can arise to live in the newness of life. Hope!  

Jesus rose from the dead so we can rise from the deadness of our sins through the new spiritual birth He offers us (John 3:1-8; Acts 2:38-39; 22:16; 2 Corinthians 5:17). Hope is rising! 

Rise up in repentance towards God. Rise up out of the waters of baptism in Jesus’ name for the forgiveness and washing away of all your sins. Rise up and be filled with the Holy Ghost today. Rise up in the newness of life. All of this is a promise for you. Rise up and get all God has for you (Acts 2:38-39; 10:44-48; 19:1-6; 22:16; Ephesians 5:18).

Ultimately, we will rise in hope when Jesus comes again to catch away His church out of this world. What a hope (1 Corinthians 15; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:11-14). 

What a blessed hope! Hope is rising! 

My simple invitation to you, my friend, is to find hope in Jesus Christ. May His help, hope, healing & Holy Spirit be yours today. All of this is promised in the Holy Bible. May it rise in your heart in a new & fresh way today. 

Come hope with us. Hope is rising!

8 Ways to Honor God in Our Daily Lives

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8 Ways to Honor God in Our Daily Lives

5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. 7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. 8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. 9 Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: 10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

Prov 3:5-10


God’s Word, the Bible, teaches us to honor God. We should seek to acknowledge and honor God in all our ways. We are to honor God in all our ways and with all our substance, wealth, being, and existence. We are to honor God with the first fruits of all our increase. God blesses this. This is His plan. He blesses obedience to His plan. He knows best. God’s plan for our lives works best.

Each of us gets to choose whether we want to obey God’s plan and apply it to our lives or not. God allows us humans to make our own choices. Likewise, He allows our choices to make us day by day.

In short, it has a way of getting deep on the inside of you. You can feel it in your spirit and in your Holy Ghost bones!

The Holy Spirit inspired teachings of Proverbs 3:5-10 (see also Matt. 6:33) outlines several spiritual and practical ways to trust, acknowledge and honor God in our daily hearts and lives.

Allow me to distill them down to these 8 practical points.

1. Trust in the Lord with all our hearts

2. Lean not on just our own understanding and wisdom alone

3. Acknowledge God in all our ways

4. Be not wise in our own eyes

5. Fear, respect, love and want to obey the Lord

6. Depart and disconnect from evil

7. Honor the Lord with all our being, substance, wealth, finances and existence

8. Honor the Lord with the tithes or first fruits of all our personal increase

God allows us humans to make our own choices. Likewise, He allows our choices to make us day by day.

May we all make the right choices and seek to honor God in our daily decisions and lives.


When we seek to purposefully pursue honoring the Lord God, in our hearts and daily lives, in these ways, we will be blessed again and again. The Bible (Prov. 3:8) promises it will be spiritually nourishing and healthy medicine to our lives. In short, it has a way of getting deep on the inside of you. You can feel it in your spirit and in your Holy Ghost bones!

Over the past twenty-five years as a pastor and fellow traveler, I’ve seen these divine principles prove true in our lives as well as in the lives of the sweet people of God that Cynthia and I seek to lead and shepherd. God’s plan works best.

Every new day is a gift from God. Every morning His mercies are new. Every day is a chance to honor God afresh. May we all make the right choices and seek to honor God in our daily decisions. May we keep honoring God in our daily hearts as He leads and directs our daily path and lives.

Going About Doing Good In 2021

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How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

Acts 10:38


Good-bye 2020! Hello and welcome 2021!

Acts 10:38 gives us a one sentence sermon of the ministry of Jesus Christ. While Jesus was on the earth, He went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of hell. God was with Him. God was inside Him. He is God! Jesus is His name. Jesus Christ was, and still is, God in a human body (see Matt. 1:21-25; 2 Cor. 5:19; Col. 2:8-10; 1 Tim. 3:16).

Jesus went about doing good. What good did He do? He went about doing good for others by loving, preaching, teaching, delivering, healing and such. Ultimately, His goodness was extended to us all by His birth, life, death, burial and resurrection (see Tit. 3:4-5). This is gospel. This is the gospel. This is gospel good!

Jesus’ work was more than simple humanitarian in nature. He went about doing good. His going about doing good was soul work. His “going about and doing good” was that He went about ministering to all and healing them from the oppression of hell, the devil, disease and such. Ultimately, He made it possible for us all to be healed from the oppression of sin and hell through Calvary, His burial, His resurrection and the new birth plan (see John 3:3-8; Acts 2:38-39; Eph. 2:7). It is the goodness of God that leads us to repentance (see Rom. 2:4).

“Jesus’ work was more than simple humanitarian in nature.”


The Church is the Body of Christ in the world. We are to go about doing good and healing all that have been oppressed by sin, hell and the devil. When we are spreading His love, hope, healing, Holy Spirit and biblical truth, we are going about doing good like Jesus did (see Matt. 5:13-16; Acts 9:36; Eph. 2:10; 1 Tim.6:17-18). When we preach apostolic biblical salvation through Jesus and His name, we are going about doing good (see Acts 2:38; 4:12).

Doing “good works” in the name of Jesus benefits others, blesses us and brings glory to God. This is “Christian good works”. This is not merely secular human goodness. It stems from biblical teachings.

In no way can we work, merit or earn our way into Heaven. God’s goodness caused Him to come to the earth in flesh, live among us, produce the gospel and purchase a Bride-the Church. His goodness leads us to repentance, baptism in Jesus’ name and the infilling of the Holy Ghost (see Acts 2:38; 2 Cor. 5:17). God’s goodness causes us to live and lead changed lives as we glorify Him daily. As believers, we are to live and go about doing good so that others can see our light and glorify God. In short, good works are not a means of salvation, but a result of being saved.

“When we are spreading His love, hope, healing, Holy Spirit and biblical truth, we are going about doing good like Jesus did.”


Be encouraged child of God in this new year of 2021! Be reminded that you are anointed with the Holy Ghost and power to spread the message of hope, healing and salvation of Jesus Christ. He is with you. He is inside of you.

Get out and about. Go about. Go (see Mark 16:15-20; Luke 4:18; 19:10; Acts 1:8).

Go about doing good and be like Jesus today! Let’s make 2021 an apostolic year of God’s goodness and healing to all.

3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Isa 53:3-5

Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

1 Pet 2:24

38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. 39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree: 40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly; 41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead. 42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. 43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.

44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. 45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. 46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, 47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

Acts 10:38-48

Sitting Under The Juniper Tree


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1 Kings 19:4-8

4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers. 5 And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat. 6 And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again.
7 And the angel of the Lord came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee. 8 And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.

Sitting under the broom tree

Elijah was one of the greatest men of God and prophets of the Old Testament. Elijah was fearless at times. Elijah was fearful at times. Elijah was a man. Elijah was a man of God. Elijah was a man like the rest of us. “Elijah was a man subject to like passions as we are” (James 5:17).
After one of his greatest breakthroughs and victories, the man of God found himself full of fear. He was no longer running sacred, but running scared. Elijah went into hiding. He went into the wilderness a day’s journey. When he couldn’t go on any further he sat down under a juniper tree and called it quits.
The juniper tree is significant here. It was also known as “the broom tree”. The broom tree was known for its qualities of shade, fragrant and lasting embers, and beautiful white blooms. In short, it was a tree of rest, renewal and hope! We all need the Spirit of God to brush us and sweep us clean from time to time.
Even great men of God get discouraged. Elijah did. Jeremiah did. John the Baptist did. Even Jesus, in His humanity, groaned, sighed, wept and also prayed “not my will, but your will be done.” Great men of God are still men. At times, even they are not immune from depression, fear and anxiety. We are all human. We are all subject to like passions as these. Our answers are not to be found in the secular world’s ways, but in the presence and Word of our great God!
Sitting under the juniper tree, the man of God had had enough. “I’m done God!” Perhaps it sounded like this…
“I’m done God!”
“Are you done with me here?”
“Do I still have it?”
“Why am I not more effective?”
“I thought I would be further down the road than this by now!”
“This was not supposed to happen to me!”
“Does anyone know what I’m going through?”
“Does anyone really care?”

Wilderness thinking

Wilderness thinking can do strange things to any of us. Wilderness thinking can cause us to feel like those the lamenting and weeping prophet Jeremiah spoke of concerning experiencing “a spoiler at noonday” and “her sun is gone down while it was yet day” (Jeremiah 15:8-9). In other words, sometimes discouragement makes us feel like we’ve been broken, hindered, destroyed or crushed in our prime.

As Elijah sat under the juniper tree discouraged, depressed and depleted, he fell asleep. An angel of the Lord touched him and told him to arise and eat. He did this. He fell asleep again. The angel touched him a second time. The angel told the man of God to arise and eat again because the journey was going to be too great for him without it. Elijah ate again (or finished the meal). He then went on the strength of that touch and meal for forty days and nights!

A second touch from Heaven

Sometimes we all need a second touch from Heaven. Men of God surely do! We all need spiritual food. Men of God do as well. The journey is too great for any of us on our own. This is also true for the men and ladies of God in our lives. Leadership can be very lonely. Ministry can be very lonely.

It can be easy to hear and observe the powerful messages and demonstrations of apostolic ministry in our lives and churches from the man of God in our lives. However, never forget that sometimes, there is also powerful discouragement, tears, fears, bleeding and brokenness that we may never see or at least realize. Wilderness. Sitting under juniper trees. Fears. Loneliness. Exhaustion. Weary of the constant spirit of Jezebel of our age, some people and suchlike that hungers for power. Unfortunately, churches are not immune. It takes a God-called and God-sent man of God to keep this at bay, in check and in order as the Holy Spirit leads him.

Sometimes, the man of God needs alone time, rest, a good meal, a touch and word from Heaven. Sometimes he needs a second touch of the same. When it’s all said and done, God will take care of him and he will keep on going.

Some biblical & practical ways you can help your pastor

How can we help? Here are a few helpful and biblical ways you can help your man of God…

• Pray for him & his family daily.
• Ensure he is taken care of with love, care, kindness, support & finances.
• Remember he is human & bleeds like the rest of us.
• Remember that he has life needs & family needs like the rest of us.
• Pray for him that the wilderness & juniper tree times are minimal.
• Resist the spirit of Jezebel (controlling the ministry/ controlling the church) in yourself or church.
• Facilitate the touch of God and the Word of God to have free course in your church.
• Don’t tie the man of God’s hands, muzzle the ox of God that treads out the corn or desire to control him.
• Ensure he takes time for rest, nurture, nutrition, family time & avoids burnout.
• Serve under and alongside of your man of God. The journey alone is too great. Teamwork makes the dream work. No pastor & wife can build a church & sustain revival & growth alone.
• Be faithful with your attendance.
• Be faithful with your giving of time, talent, tithes, offerings & missions.
• Remember your pastor and his family during special times, holidays, birthdays and anniversaries.
• Remember that you have a direct hand in the pastoral health of your man of God and his family.
• Ensure that your pastor and family stay within the frequent touch, Word & nurture of God both spiritually & physically.
• Ensure & send them on trips, vacations & to attend ministry conferences where they can be refreshed with heavenly touches, words & food for their souls.
• Adopt the attitude of blessing your pastor whenever God blesses you.
• Do not have or set unrealistic expectations of or for them in your hearts or minds.
• Ensure from time to time your let your pastor and family know of your love, appreciation & prayers.

Ministry in the modern world is tough and getting tougher. The pressures are high. The constant demands are deep. The burden is heavy. If you have a genuine shepherd leading you then never treat him like a hireling or a temporary babysitter of the flock. If you’ve ever wondered what your pastor’s role or job description in your life is, simple read the pastoral epistles of 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus. This will give you a clearer understanding of your pastor’s role in your life and in your local church.

Stay close to the man of God in your life. He’s not perfect. He’s human. However, God’s hand is on him. God will continue to lead him, guide him and speak to him. His anointing will flow down to you and over you and your family. Stay connected to your man of God. Under his pastoral apostolic anointing and covering is protection, direction and sometimes correction. This is God’s plan.

The key to your future is within your relationship with God, your pastor and your church. Always protect these sacred relationships. You need them. Your children need them. Others need them. They will follow you when you stand before God for eternity.

Your pastor is a gift from God to you & the church

Your pastor, shepherd and bishop is a gift from God to you and your church family.

Jeremiah 3:15
And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.

Jeremiah 23:4
And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the Lord.

Ephesians 4:11
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

It’s of a certainty that it can be said of your pastor, shepherd and friend…

Acts 20:34
Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered…

Acts 20:18
And when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons,

Philippians 1:3-10
3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4 Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, 5 For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; 6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: 7 Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace. 8 For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ. 9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; 10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;

1 Thessalonians 5:25
Brethren, pray for us.

Your responsibility in helping to care for your pastor

Consider these wonderful words and verses as you ponder your responsibility in caring for your pastor, shepherd and bishop.

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; 13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

1 Timothy 5:17-19
17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. 18 For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward. 19 Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.

Hebrews 13:7
Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.

Hebrews 13:17
Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

How To Walk With God In Our Modern World

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I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
3 Jn 1:4

In the Bible, we are encouraged to “walk with God”. In short, this simply means to live for God. The whole Bible is full of those who walked with God and those who chose not to. We have the same choice today. We can either choose to walk with God (live for God) or to not walk with God. Of course, we pay the consequences, be they good or bad, for our decisions here.

The simple fact is that the way to walk with God, in the midst of our modern world, is simply the way that every generation of believers have. Just keep walking with God! Just keep obeying God’s Word. Keep worshipping Him, loving Him and living for Him. Every one of us gets the opportunity to make those decisions. And those decisions have a way of making every one of us.


“In the Bible, we are encouraged to ‘walk with God’.
In short, this simply means to live for God.”


The Book of Ephesians, in the New Testament, gives us five areas to walk with God. Take these five areas out of Bible leather and put them into shoe leather. Keep walking with God. Stay in step with God. Follow God.



Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Eph 2:2

Jesus Christ wants to change our lives as well as our direction. Biblical Christianity should bring a radical transformation and change of our hearts and lives. Therefore, you will live different when you walk with God. The Bible is our map, GPS or compass.



For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Eph 2:10

These words are addressed to believers. Therefore, this is not teaching us to earn our salvation through “works” or merits. God has ordained that those who become born again believers not only have a soul saving experience, but that their daily lives are also changed. As believers, we should radiate the love of God in our world by our actions, deeds, words and good works.



This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,

Eph 4:17

God wants us to allow Him to change our thinking. We are to no longer think like the unbelieving world who knows not God nor regards His Word or ways.



And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

Eph 5:2

Walking with God means walking in love. His love should flow through us towards all those we meet, come into contact with and influence. We should live this way because of the very love Jesus Christ has shown us. In short, we should love God and love others. This sums up the whole of Scripture!



For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

Eph 5:8

As Christians, we are to live our lives as children of light. We are to no longer be or live in darkness. The Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ and the Word in us are Light! We are to live within the light of the Lord and the Word of God at work in our hearts, souls and daily life. This should affect us in body, soul and spirit.


“Take these five areas out of Bible leather
and put them into shoe leather.”


In summary, we should…

  1. Not live like we used to.
  2. Allow our walk with God to cause us to do good, be good and make our world better.
  3. Allow God’s Spirit and Word to change our thinking, thus living, to align with God’s plan.
  4. Live our daily lives pursuing loving God and loving others.
  5. Walk or live in the illuminating truth of God, His Word and His plan.


How do we walk with God in our modern world? Just keep walking with God!

Field Notes For An End Time Church

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Behold, we count them happy which endure.
Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord;
that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

James 5:11


The Book of James was written by James, the half-brother of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Book of James is really a retelling of Jesus’ “sermon on the mount” in many ways. James was the practical pastor of the Jerusalem church. The basic theme throughout the Book of James is simply that of daily faith in action.

James writes to encourage believers who were scattered here and yonder due to the persecution, at the time, in Jerusalem. He writes to help them keep living for God and keep the right perspective of faith during the difficult and hard times of life. He gives them some “field notes” on living for God through the good, the bad and even the ugly times of life.

Perhaps during this unique year of 2020 we could use these field notes from Pastor James more than ever. Let’s go over these biblical field notes together.

1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. 2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. 3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. 4 Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth. 5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter. 6 Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.

Jam 5:1-6

This is not a discourse against money or riches. Rather, the main point is a matter of one’s heart about money and riches. Money is not the root of all evil. The love of money is the root of all evil!
This is a matter of desire, heart and motive. Basically, James was letting the people of God know that even if you have money and riches, none of us are exempt from all of life’s troubles and trials. Money will not keep us from pain, tears, fears and bleeding in life. However, it takes money, in many ways, to make life work. Keep your heart, perspective and attitude towards money right.

7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. 8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.

Jam 5:7-8

Pastor James encourages the believers to be patient in their suffering knowing that the Lord is one day coming back. Keep your hearts and spirit right. Jesus is coming back one day!

9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door. 10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.

Jam 5:9-10

The note here is to not become grieved with one another. They were encouraged to not allow themselves to cause one another to groan or be grieved with each other. In short, don’t cause one another to have a grudge and don’t hold grudges against each other. The Lord is soon to come. We don’t have time for drama, bitterness, grudges and suchlike! He encourages them to look to the Old Testament prophets for an example of staying faithful to God in the midst of suffering.

Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

Jam 5:11

The field note here is simply to keep on keeping on child of God! Do not quit! Keep living for God!

But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.

Jam 5:12

The saints were scattered and suffering. Pastor James encourages them that because of the given season they were going through they should be careful of what they say as well as how they say it to one another. He encourages them to keep their word. Perhaps, during all this current chaotic crisis and season we are in we too should be careful of what we say and how we say it. Watch your mouth. Watch you words. Watch what you text, tweet, post and etc. Of course, this field note is good for all seasons of life.

Is any among you afflicted? let him pray.

Jam 5:13

Prayer is still our answer! My apostolic Pentecostal grandmother, “Nanny”, used to tell me, “Pray Son. Pray much. Pray. Pray. Pray.” Lord, teach us to pray. Saturate your whole life in prayer. Prayer will carry you the suffering and keep your mind and spirit right.

Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.

Jam 5:13

Keep singing! Don’t’ lose your song! Keep singing even in the midst of suffering! Godly music, singing and worship will carry you through!

14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

Jam 5:14-15

Stay connected to your pastor. You cannot overlook the plan of God for there to be a pastor and shepherd in your life. Especially during times of suffering or sickness. We are called to exercise our faith and call for the pastors to pray for us. Make it your mission to stay connected to your man of God who watches over your soul.

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Jam 5:16

We must exercise caution here. This is not an open statement to just blurt out all your
shortcoming to everyone or the whole church. More than likely, it is within the context of an extension of the pastor pray for others as well as ongoing conversation and healing help. Likewise, we should all pray for one another. Do not overlook the field note of forgiveness!

16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. 17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.

Jam 5:16-18

We need one another. We need to pray for one another. Pray for one another to be healed. Pray for one another to “make it through”! Pray for others to have victory and healing in their suffering. Like Elijah, pray fervently. Pray again. Keep praying for one another to be healed. Thank God for the gift of prayer!

19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; 20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

Jam 5:19-20

We should actively encourage our brothers and sisters in the Lord to not error from the truth but to keep living for God. We should also be actively reaching out for new souls. Our main mission is to seek and to save the lost and to keep the saved, saved. Keep reaching for souls!

I Will!

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L. Chancy Gore, bishop & hope dealer,
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I will Hope continually when all hope seems gone!

I will praise God more and more and not lose my soul’s song!

I will love each season, day and moment in the strength of the Lord,

I will daily make mention of Him and His righteousness,

I will!

I will!

I will!

I will!


Psalm 71:14-19

14 But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.

15 My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof.

16 I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.

17 O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.

18 Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.

19 Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee!

The Little Things

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Madelyn Gore




Spring is a time to plant,

Spring is a time to take chance,

Spring is a time to love,

Spring is a time to gaze up at the sky above,

Spring is a time for dreams,

Spring is a time to sing,

But let us never forget the little things.


By Madelyn Gore