Sitting Under The Juniper Tree

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.

How To Walk With God In Our Modern World

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HOW TO WALK WITH GOD IN OUR MODERN WORLD

 

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.

 

  1. DON’T WALK (LIVE) LIKE YOU USED TO WALK (LIVE)

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.

 

  1. WALK IN GOOD DEEDS, ACTIONS AND WORKS FOR GOD

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.

 

  1. THINK RIGHT, WALK RIGHT & LIVE RIGHT

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.

 

  1. WALK IN LOVE

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!

 

  1. WALK AS CHILDREN OF THE LIGHT

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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FIELD NOTES FOR AN END TIME CHURCH

 

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.
 
 
FIELD NOTE #1 MONEY & RICHES WILL NOT INSULATE YOU FROM ALL OF LIFE’S
TROUBLES!

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.
 
 
FIELD NOTE #2 BE PATIENT!

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!
 
 
FIELD NOTE #3 DON’T GROAN OR GRUDGE OVER ONE ANOTHER!

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.
 
 
FIELD NOTE #4 KEEP ON ENDURING!

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!
 
 
FIELD NOTE #5 WATCH WHAT YOU SAY!

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.
 
 
FIELD NOTE #6 PRAY!

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.
 
 
FIELD NOTE #7 SING PSALMS!

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!
 
 
FIELD NOTE #8 CALL FOR THE PASTORS!

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.
 
 
FIELD NOTE #9 FORGIVE ONE ANOTHER!

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!
 
 
FIELD NOTE #10 PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER!

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!
 
 
FIELD NOTE #11 KEEP CONVERTING SOULS!

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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I WILL!

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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!

Today I Will Trust In The Lord

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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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THE LITTLE THINGS

 

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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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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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

1. BE FULL OF LOVE FOR GOD
2. BE PRAYERFUL
3. BE A WORSHIPPER
4. BE A BIBLE READER & DOER
5. BE FULL OF LOVE FOR OTHERS
6. BE A GODLY SPOUSE & NURTURE YOUR MARRIAGE
7. BE GODLY PARENTS & RAISE YOUR CHILDREN FOR GOD’S GLORY
8. BE SUBMITTED (TO GOD, TO THE WORD OF GOD, TO YOUR MAN OF GOD)
9. BE FAITHFUL
10. BE EARLY
11. BE ON TIME
12. BE DEPENDABLE
13. BE A GIVER
14. BE A ENCOURAGER
15. BE A DISCIPLE MAKER/ SOUL WINNER
16. BE CONNECTED
17. BE HOLY
18. BE INVOLVED IN SERVING/ MINISTRY OF YOUR CHURCH
19. BE A TEAMWORKER
20. BE PART OF GOD’S VISION FOR YOUR CHURCH AS OUTLINED BY YOUR MAN OF GOD

 

*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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Madelyn Gore


 

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