Today I Will Trust In The Lord

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L. Chancy Gore, bishop & hope dealer,
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Today I Will Trust In The Lord

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Today, I will trust in the Lord,
Tomorrow, I will trust in the Lord,
And the next day after that I will trust in the Lord,

I will do my part,
God will do His part,

I will be faithful,
God is always faithful,

He is directing my steps,
I am taking the steps,

I am preparing,
I am daring,
I am sharing,
God is faithful in caring,

Lord help to not fear,
Lord help me, Your voice, to hear,
Lord, help me to follow after You,
Lord give me the grace, grit and daily strength to do what I need to do and what You want me to do,

Today I will trust in the Lord,
Tomorrow I will trust in the Lord,
And the next day after that I will trust in the Lord.


c. lcgore April 26, 2020


Proverbs 3:5-9
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:

Isaiah 26:3-4
3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

4 Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:

The Little Things

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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

When There’s No Wind In Your Willows

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L. Chancy Gore, bishop & hope dealer,
the refuge church of the lake cities

When There’s No Wind In Your Willows

L. Chancy Gore . September 22, 2010

When there’s no wind in your willows,
And tears fall on your pillows,
Though long may be the night,
Do not give up your fight,
It’s time to walk by faith and not by sight.

For His joy is coming in the morning!

Even in the midst of life’s billows,
God is still faithful.
Don’t lose your song!
Don’t lose your music!
Don’t lose your victory and dance,
When there’s no wind in your willows.

For soon enough the wind will return,
Let God’s victory in your heart still burn,
Take the lessons of this valley that you learn,
And fly with on the wings of grace and grit
like the beautiful swallows.

Yes, friend, even in the midst of life’s billows,
God is still faithful.
Don’t lose your song!
Don’t lose your music!
Don’t lose your victory and dance,
When there’s no wind in your willows.

c. 2020 lcgore

Ps 137:1-4
137:1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept,
when we remembered Zion.
2 We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.

3 For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they
that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.

3 Principles That Make Or Break Us

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L. Chancy Gore, bishop & hope dealer,
the refuge church of the lake cities

Life is full of principles. Principles remain the same. Methods change. The message never changes. Principles remain true.

Allow me to share with you three simple principles that will either help you or hinder you in your life. Buckle your seatbelts! These will be so easy. These will be so easy to overlook because they are so simple and basic.

“These three principles will either define you to a great degree or destroy you to a great degree.”

Here we go.

  1. The music you listen to (Music opens our soul to the spirit world).
  2. The media choices you allow your mind, heart & spirit to feed on (We tend to become like what we feed on regularly; watching, reading, listening, seeing etc.)
  3. The people you run with (fellowship with, hang out with, want to be like etc.)

These three principles will either define you to a great degree or destroy you to a great degree.

Here are a few verses to help you as you ponder these principles.

Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
Eph 5:19

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Col 3:16

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Phil 4:8

6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; 7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: 8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
2 Pet 2:6-8

How Can I Help My Church To Be Greater In 2020?

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I’ve never met anyone yet who aspires to mediocrity. I have never met any young parents who have told me that they hope and dream that their children will grow up to be failures. I’ve yet to meet anyone who has a life goal of being a loser.

It is in our God-given DNA to achieve, grow and go forward. The key is to succeed at those things that God desires us to succeed at.

Allow me to roll out some scriptural red carpet for *20 ways that you can make your life, marriage, parenting, family, job, church and future greater in 2020.

Enjoy your walking in apostolic victory and greatness!


And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus:
and great grace was upon them all.
Acts 4:33

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them:
because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
1 Jn 4:4

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



*This is not an exhaustive, perfect or chronologically perfect list.
*CAUTION: These things take purpose, hard work and do not happen by accident. Keep walking!
*HOPE? Yes, you can do these things!

God’s Love


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God’s Love

There’s a word,

A word that not all can describe,

The love of all humankind,

There’s only One who is truly colorblind,

No one else can say it like God’s love describes


By Madelyn Gore

What Is The Best Gift I Can Give To Jesus?

sometimes “simple” is simply the best

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L. Chancy Gore, bishop & hope dealer,
the refuge church of the lake cities

Christmastime is here again! I love this wonderful season. Of course, I endeavor to celebrate Jesus Christ, in my heart, every day and all year long. Christmastime naturally tends to direct our thinking towards giving. God is a giver. He is the greatest giver! When we give, we are being like Him.

It is unlikely that the “wise men” in the gospels arrived at the same time as the shepherds did to find Jesus in the manger. However, we do know that the wise men worshipped Jesus together and gave him gifts.

And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures,they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh

-Matt 2:11

What can we give the One who already has it all? What could we give the One who already owns it all? What could we possibly give to God that He really needs?

“What is there that God wants from me?” is perhaps a better question. The answer is simple. It is you He wants. It is me He wants. It is us that God wants. When He truly has us, everything else in our lives should follow accordingly.

We should give to Jesus these things that none other can give to Him for us.

1. Our Time (The time, days, months, years, life, breath etc that God gives us on earth. It is a gift from Him to us. It all belongs to Him)

2. Our Talents (All our gifts, abilities and talents come from God and should be used for His glory in the earth. We should make our world, people, our home, our marriage, our children, our class, our job, our church and suchlike better. Our talents should be used for good and for God. He’s the One who gave them to use to begin with. They all belong to God)

3. Our Treasures (All our treasures belong to God. All our life, breath, families, futures, finances and every day belongs to God. We are stewards of these beautiful things. We should handle them all for God’s glory. Apostolic truth and doctrine is a treasure. True Biblical Christianity is Treasure. We must cherish these with our hearts and lives. We must hand them down to our children. We must allow God’s hands to direct the lives of our treasures-our children)

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
Acts 2:38-39

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
Deut 6:5

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Matt 6:33

For in him we live, and move, and have our being;
Acts 17:28

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
Eccl 12:13

“It is you He wants. It is me He wants.
It is us that God wants.”

The late pastor Paul Hosch, of Dallas, Texas, used to preach and say, “Honey, you don’t need more of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost needs more of you.” Tis’ true! Tis still true.

We can give to him what no angel and nobody else can give Him. We can simply give him our hearts and lives. When God truly has our hearts, then we will find it a joy to give Him “our” time, “our” talents as well as “our” treasures.

Give Him your heart.
Give Him your life.
Give Him your all.
It all belongs to Him anyhow!

That’s as simple as it gets. Sometimes “simple” is simply the best.


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Jesus is our strong tower,
He’s our very present help in every hour,

He’s Alpha & Omega,
The First & The Last,
He’s the One who knows our past,

We are part of the last days,
Never forget Who formed you out of clay!


By Madelyn Gore
Aug 2019


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Recently I pulled into a store parking lot. I was going to go inside to pick up something for my wife. To my amazement, I looked down and there it was! It was simply a piece to a puzzle. It was a puzzle piece laying on the parking lot just outside my car door.

I smiled. I quietly laughed. I thought, “There it is y’all! I’ve finally found the missing piece to the puzzle!” Of course I had to snap a picture of it as well. I didn’t want to forget this little moment.

Of late I have really been asking God for wisdom and direction. After a few weeks of seeking God through tears, fasting, prayer and such, I come across this “missing puzzle” piece. A random lil’ happening in life? Sure. A lil’ reminder from Heaven that answers have come and are on their way? Absolutely! I believe God works in our everyday lives in big ways.

Have you ever felt puzzled? Missing something? Missing pieces?

Have you ever had God answer you with unexpected answers? He is a prayer answering God. When we need wisdom, He will provide us with it. It is scriptural to pray for a word of wisdom when we need it. It is equally biblical to ask God for wisdom when we need it.

What a great God we serve. He is God. He is the only God. He gives wisdom when we ask Him. If you are looking for the missing piece to your puzzle, ask God for wisdom and direction. He will lead and guide you. Perhaps He’ll even surprise you with an unexpected sign in the night while you’re going about your daily life!

Keep praying. Keep seeking God. Keep hoping. He is your answer. You are complete in Him.

This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
Ps 34:6

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.
Prov 3:5-6

For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
1 Cor 12:8

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
Jam 1:5

Sitting Under The Juniper Tree


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L. Chancy Gore, bishop & hope dealer,
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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.