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Organic Worship!

 

Over the last several years, the concept of healthy eating has exploded in the United States. People everywhere are doing their best to ensure they eat healthy so they enjoy life and live longer. Many of them have turned to eating organic foods—foods that are grown in environments free of harmful chemicals and pesticides, and are not loaded with preservatives. Perhaps one of the biggest drawbacks to organic food, aside from being somewhat expensive, is the fact that it doesn’t last long. Because organic food doesn’t have preservatives, it can perish quickly. Here’s something to consider, as a believer: In the same way that people protect their lives by eating organic foods, we should protect our relationship and fellowship with God through organic worship. By that, I mean we must make certain that our worship is always authentic and pure, and that it is constant—not only in church. We must not allow ourselves to become polluted with, or distracted by the cares of this world so that we don’t spend the proper time with God and His Word. When we do that, we risk tainting our spiritual lives; we chance having our relationship and fellowship with the Lord not be strong, healthy, and fruitful as He desires. Worship is a sacred privilege—not a religious obligation to be done only when we feel like it or “get around to doing it.” It must never become contaminated by the negative pressures of life—the so-called chemicals and pesticides of life’s drama that can spiritually ruin our lives. John 4:23, English Standard Version, says, “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.” Don’t let life’s toxic issues get in the way of your intimate joy with your true worship unto your heavenly Father.

2020-10-23T23:37:23-04:00

Stay Fresh and Green!

Today’s subject may have you wondering, What is he talking about when he says to stay fresh and green? But if you give me just a moment, I’ll explain. The Bible says in Psalm 92:12 and 14, “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing.” In that verse, God’s people are pictured as trees that “bring forth fruit in old age” and are “fat and flourishing.” In The Message, verses 13 and 14 say, “Good people will prosper like palm trees, grow tall like Lebanon cedars; transplanted to God’s courtyard. They’ll grow tall in the presence of God, lithe and green, virile still in old age.” I understand that some days we don’t feel our best. We feel tired, listless, and may not have enough energy to get out of bed. But God didn’t create us to be weak, sickly, decrepit, or senile. When He created us in His image and likeness, He placed in us His energetic spirit of creativity. He made us to be productive and enjoy life, even as we age. That’s how He could say to Adam and Eve, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth” (Genesis 1:28). As Christians, God expects us to do the same. He desires that we stay connected to Jesus, who is the Vine, so we can continuously receive the life-giving sap of health and strength that flow from Him. That way, we will always be fresh, renewed with the life of God that produces fruit for His glory.

Every day, you also have an opportunity to be a blessing by sharing your gifts and talents with others. You’re also being a blessing when you give to ministries like The Faith Center because your gifts enable us to continue sharing the saving message of Jesus Christ to lost people around the world. If you desire to sow into this ministry, please go online to thefaithcenterint.org/give and click on “GIVE.” You can also “text-to-give” by texting the word TFCGIVE to 73256, or by using our CASH APP. A love gift of any amount is appreciated. Thank you so much for being part of all God is doing here at The Faith Center.

2020-10-21T11:43:46-04:00

Enter Through the Right Door!

We’ve all been there. We see an “Entrance Only” sign at a store and, instead of obeying the directive, we use it as an exit. It’s human nature, right? But how does that work when it comes to our spiritual life? What happens when we ignore the signs that tell us the right way to go, and instead we choose what’s most convenient? How does taking the wrong path affect how we live for God? Proverbs 14:12 warns that “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death (English Standard Version). In The Message, that verse reads like this:  “There’s a way that looks harmless enough; look again—it leads straight to hell.” Every decision we make, including the doors we choose to walk through, can have serious consequences. When it comes to our spiritual lives, there’s only one door that leads to eternal life. In John 10:9, Amplified Bible, Classic Edition, Jesus told His disciples, “I am the Door; anyone who enters in through Me will be saved (will live). He will come in and he will go out [freely], and will find pasture.” The truth is, entering through the door that God provides offers us safety and protection. It promises us a long and prosperous life. But deciding to go where we’re not supposed to—to be associated with the wrong crowd or entertain ungodly activities—will eventually lead to spiritual ruin or even death. Just as warning signs are spread along the roadways for the safety of the motorists, God gives us signs to keep us moving in the right direction. When we decide to ignore those signs, to disobey the law just because it’s not convenient for us, we expose ourselves to possible danger. Your destiny has already been planned by your heavenly Father. Not only that, but He knows what you’re doing and where you’re headed all the time. If there’s danger in your path, He will always warn you in advance to keep you from walking head-on into it. He is your entrance to a blessed life. Make sure you always enter through the right door.

2020-10-17T09:04:27-04:00

Don’t Be Afraid to Start Over!

On Monday, we talked about arising—allowing God to jumpstart us so that we could continue on our faith journey and receive His blessings. Today, I want to encourage you to not be afraid to start over—to hit the reset button in your life and allow God to give you a fresh start. Many times people are afraid to start over because it gives the impression of failure. It signals that, for whatever reason, they just couldn’t cut it, that they didn’t have what it took to accomplish what they set out to accomplish. Society has trained us to believe we must always maintain a good status—that we must always look impressive and give the appearance that we have it all together. We deal with a lot of pressure to create an image of success. But the reality is that life, and the things we go through, are all part of a learning process. The story of the potter and the clay, found in Jeremiah 18, can help us to understand that we’re not failures when we mess up at what we attempt to do, and that it’s OK to start over. In verses 1-3, it says, “This is the message that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: ‘Jeremiah, go down to the potter’s house. I will give you my message there.’ So I went down to the potter’s house and saw him working with clay at the wheel. He was making a pot from clay. But there was something wrong with the pot. So the potter used that clay to make another pot. With his hands he shaped the pot the way he wanted it to be.” Notice the verse says, “…there was something wrong with the pot. So he used that clay to make another pot.” In other words, the potter started over. And the next time, “he shaped the pot the way he wanted it to be” and he was successful! You may not succeed the first time you try something. Many times we don’t. Maybe you’ve messed up in your finances. Perhaps a relationship has gone sour because of mistakes you made. What about your spiritual walk? Maybe you’ve slacked off in prayer or spending time studying the Word. No matter what, God is gracious and merciful. And He does give do overs. If you have fallen down in any way, confess it to Him and ask Him to help you to get back on track. He’ll give you a second chance, or as many chances as necessary because He wants you to finish your course in victory. So, don’t be afraid to start over. You’re only defeated if you quit.

Today is “Giving Friday,” a day when we consider sharing our blessings with others. If you’ve never given to help support The Faith Center and would like to, I’d like to offer you that opportunity now. Just go online to thefaithcenterint.org/give and click “GIVE.” You can also “text-to-give” by texting the word TFCGIVE to 73256, or by using our CASH APP. Thank you so much for being part of all God is doing here at The Faith Center.

2020-10-14T01:56:04-04:00

Arise, Shine & Get Going!

Chances are you’ve probably found yourself in this position before: For whatever reason, you felt low in spirit. Things seemly were moving slow and you felt like you were going nowhere fast. Things were not moving in the right direction and you felt depressed. The good news is, God wants to jumpstart your life. He wants to energize you so you can come out of that depressed state the devil has you in and move on to receive His promise of a blessed life. Isaiah 60:1-3 says to “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.” Look at how those verses read in The Message: “Get out of bed…Wake up. Put your face in the sunlight. God’s bright glory has risen for you.” God’s glory has risen for us—for you and me—and He wants us to enjoy it. That scripture continues by saying, “The whole earth is wrapped in darkness, all people sunk in deep darkness, but God rises on you, his sunrise glory breaks over you.” No matter what difficulty you may be facing today, you have the ability to rise above it. God will apply His positive to your negative and jumpstart you so you can be revived—so you can rise up and be all He desires for you to be and do all He has assigned you to do. Romans 8:31 says, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” God wants to jumpstart your life today. Use the cable of faith He has given you and let Him put His positive power surge onto your negative energy. He has the power and ability to get you cranked up so you can get going and fulfill your destiny.

2020-10-10T08:22:59-04:00

Never Underestimate Your Strength!

You’ve made it through another week. So, let me ask you: Where did your strength come from? If you’ve had a busy week, then likely you’re tired and drained. You may feel like you don’t have the energy or the strength to do anything else, except rest. Would it surprise you to know that when you feel your weakest is when you’re really your strongest? That’s because of God’s power at work in you and the fact that He is always providing you with His strength.  When the Apostle Paul sought the Lord because of an affliction he could not overcome, the Lord answered him saying, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).  “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” The Message says, “My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.” In verse 10, Paul said: “Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness.” It didn’t take being a rocket scientist for Paul to understand what those words from the Lord meant. It was clear to him, and it should be clear to you and me also. When we feel weak, we are strong because God’s strength is always at work in us. And because it is, we can be confident that there is nothing we can’t do. As Paul so boldly pointed out in Philippians 4:13, New Living Translation, For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”

 

Thank you for being faithful to return here each week to share in these spiritual nuggets. I enjoy being a blessing by sharing them. Every day, you also have an opportunity to be a blessing by sharing your gifts and talents with others. You’re also being a blessing when you give to The Faith Center because your gifts enable us to continue sharing the saving message of Jesus Christ to lost people around the world. If you desire to sow into this ministry, please go online to thefaithcenterint.org/give and click on “GIVE.” You can also “text-to-give” by texting the word TFCGIVE to 73256, or by using our CASH APP. A love gift of any amount is appreciated. Thank you so much for being part of all God is doing here at The Faith Center.

2020-10-07T22:44:43-04:00

You’re In a Bad Spot!

 

If you own a smart phone, then no doubt you’ve experienced dropped calls—those times when you’re talking with someone and suddenly static is on the line or there is “dead air” or silence when someone is talking. Either you can’t hear them, or they can’t hear you. When that happens, usually it’s because you’re in a bad spot. You’ve moved out of range of the cell tower that transmits communication signals and your connection has been interrupted. Usually, moving to another location or spot will fix the problem and you can hear clearly again. That’s how it is for some of us as believers. For the most part, we have clear or uninterrupted communication when it comes to hearing from God. We pray, meditate the Word and apply it to our lives, and we get answers. But there are times when, no matter how hard we pray, read and study God’s Word, nothing happens. Our connection to God seems to have been broken and we feel disconnected. We wonder, Why isn’t God answering me? Or, What have I done wrong? It’s in these times that we need to take inventory of our lives. We must examine ourselves, and the things we’re doing and allowing to monopolize our time, to see if they are distracting us to take our focus off Him. Maybe you’re dealing with a serious family matter. Or perhaps you’re having problems on the job or you’re concerned about a relative or a sick friend. Possibly, there’s someone in your life that you’re close to, but they’re having a bad influence on you. Whatever the matter, you cannot allow it to cause you to become disconnected from your relationship and fellowship with the Lord. John 8:47, New Living Translation, says, “Anyone who belongs to God listens gladly to the words of God. But you don’t listen because you don’t belong to God.” As a believer, you belong to God. But unless you get rid of the distractions in your life, unless you spiritually get in the right place for the right connection, you will always have problems hearing from your heavenly Father. If there is anything in your life today that is blocking your progress, that is keeping you from hearing clearly from God, you must shut it down. Get rid of the static and the emptiness so there is no silence. Move to a new location so you can hear clearly what God is saying and directing you to do.

2020-10-02T23:52:15-04:00

Appreciate the Moment!

We can spend so much time thinking about our future, envisioning where we want to be and what we desire to be doing years down the road, that we don’t take time to embrace the moment—to consider how blessed we are to be living right here, right now, in the present. For some, you’re standing between your past and your future. Either you’re focused on the future and the plans you have, or you’re allowing past failures to keep you from envisioning you could ever have a bright future. Take a moment right now and consider how blessed you are to be alive, in spite of your circumstances. Think about how good God has been to you, and the many tests and trials He’s brought you through. That’s what David did as he looked over his life and considered how God had blessed him. He said in Psalm 103:1-5, The Message: “O my soul, bless God. From head to toe, I’ll bless his holy name! O my soul, bless God, don’t forget a single blessing! He forgives your sins—every one. He heals your diseases—every one. He redeems you from hell—saves your life! He crowns you with love and mercy—a paradise crown. He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal. He renews your youth—you’re always young in his presence.” Those words from David should be the daily praise of every believer. Just like David, we are always in God’s presence. His blessings are over us every day—not just somewhere far off in the future. That’s why we should do as the Bible instructs. Philippians 4:4 says “Celebrate God all day, every day.” In 1 Thessalonians 5:16, we’re told to “Rejoice evermore.” That word evermore includes today—right now! So, forget about the past and let tomorrow take care of itself. Appreciate the moment! Thank God for His love, that you’re alive, and that He is blessing you.

 

Today is “Giving Friday,” so take a few minutes to bless someone by sharing this spiritual nugget with them. As you do, also consider being a blessing to The Faith Center. Your financial support helps enable us to continue sharing the gospel with lost people around the world. If you desire to sow into this ministry, please go online to thefaithcenterint.org/give and click on “GIVE.” You can also “text-to-give” by texting the word TFCGIVE to 73256, or by using our CASH APP. A love gift of any amount is appreciated. Thank you so much for being part of all God is doing here at The Faith Center.

2020-09-29T22:01:02-04:00

Never Forget!

Wouldn’t it be great if we could forget about all the negative things we’ve experienced in life and allow our minds to focus only on the good? I’m talking about the good things that ultimately lead to our success and victory. Unfortunately, for many people, that’s not how life works. The devil is so determined to keep them from moving forward, from prospering and being successful, that he continually bombards their minds with thoughts about their negative past. He knows that remembering those things will make them feel unworthy to receive all the blessings God has planned, prepared, and purposed for them.

Here’s the good news: God doesn’t mind us remembering our past. He just doesn’t want us continually dwelling on it so much that it hinders our blessed future and causes us to forget how, because of His love, compassion, mercy, and grace, He delivered us from the darkness of sin. In Psalm 103:2-5, The Message, David reminds himself of God’s goodness when he writes: “O my soul, bless God, don’t forget a single blessing! He forgives your sins—every one. He heals your diseases—every one. He redeems you from hell—saves your life! He crowns you with love and mercy—a paradise crown. He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal. He renews your youth—you’re always young in his presence.”

Many people have a difficult time moving forward because they cannot put the past behind them. For whatever reason, they choose to remember the bad and disregard the good in their lives. Don’t be one of those who lives continuously in the past. When those thoughts come up, cast them down and replace them with memories of all the good God has done, and is doing, in your life. Never forget the goodness of the Lord!

2020-09-28T10:19:37-04:00

Foresight Mixed with Optimism!

What do you see in your future? If you were to answer that question based on some of the things that are happening in the world today, then likely you wouldn’t be too optimistic. You’d probably express concern that things are going to get much worse before the year is over. With all the death, despair, and devastation brought on by the current pandemic, not to mention the racial tension and financial issues, I can understand how anyone would feel that way. But if you’re a believer, and you truly trust God to take care of you, then you won’t have such a negative attitude when it comes to life. You would be able to mix a positive foresight with the optimism that everything is going to be alright. In Jeremiah 29:11, New Living Translation, the Lord says, “For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Psalm 103:5, NLT, encourages us that the Lord “fills my life with good things.” And Proverbs 23:18, English Standard Version, declares: “Surely there is a future and your hope will not be cut off.” Those promises and assurance come straight from our heavenly Father. And, as the Bible declares, God does not lie. If He said it, then He will do it. If He spoke it, He will bring it to pass (Numbers 23:19). Your responsibility is to stay in faith. Mix your foresight of what a good future you are in for with your optimism that it will happen, and then let your words reflect what you are believing by declaring, in faith, that your future looks good. That way, others will be encouraged to have the same foresight and optimism as you that everything is going to be alright! Romans 8:25, English Standard Version, says, “But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” God has already purposed, planned, and prepared for your future to be successful and prosperous. You are designed to win. All you need to do is continue to have the foresight to see your good future from afar, then wait patiently, being optimistic that what He has promised will come to pass.

 

I’ve designated this day each week as “Giving Friday,” a day when we consider sharing our blessings with others. If you’ve never given to help support The Faith Center and would like to, I’d like to offer you that opportunity now. Just go online to thefaithcenterint.org/give and click “GIVE.” You can also “text-to-give” by texting the word TFCGIVE to 73256, or by using our CASH APP. Thank you so much for being part of all God is doing here at The Faith Center.

2020-09-22T21:41:19-04:00